Maybe it's because the tournament is no longer played in the county seat. What is for certain is the first stop on the basketball tournament trail, now known as the sectional, is not near as high on the social and athletic calendar as the county tournament was back in the 20s, 30s and 40s.
"I remember those county tournaments when I was young," 75-year-old farmer Adolph Fischer said. "What was different for those players, is they had to take their game from those little gyms to the big court at Norwalk High School. And, probably more important, those players who had played in front of a maximum 200 fans but more times than not, 50, now had to play in front of 1,000."
In 1924, the ruling body of high school sports, the Ohio High School Association, decided county tournaments was the way to go in starting the elimination process leading to the state finals. Coaches met a week before the tournament and in an open draw (pairings) with the defending champion, in this case Monroeville, getting a first-round bye.