Local teams recognized by Kiwanis at 50th Vic Tanguy Luncheon

Feb. 28—Local boys basketball teams gathered together at U-Know Pizza for the annual Vic Tanguy Boys Basketball Sectional Luncheon, hosted by the Kiwanis Club.

It was the 50th year the luncheon, named after Indiana Hall of Fame broadcaster Vic Tanguy, was held.

The luncheon was open to senior boys basketball players, managers and cheerleaders. Local school administrators and members of the Kiwanis also joined in. There were approximately 80 people in attendance.

Kiwanis member Jerry Miller said he was the Kiwanis vice president when the luncheon began.

Tanguy was a local radio announcer and the voice of the Logansport Berries. He was also a member of the Kiwanis. Miller recalled Tanguy was a master of roasting the coaches during the early days of the luncheon.

This year, Iron Horse Broadcasting's Allan James emceed the event, inviting each team to stand and talk. He also led the audience through a few verses of Queen's "We Will Rock You."

In attendance were three of Tanguy's children, Polly Shilling, Lindy Deeter and Kate Herr.

"He was an icon in the community," said Deeter of her father. "He did a lot of community work."

Along with broadcasting Logansport High School sports, Tanguy also covered Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers games.

He was selected for the Indiana Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in 2004.

He was the father of six and loved sports, his daughters said. He served on the Logansport school board and the board of public works. He passed away in 1985.

"You go back probably 50 years when Vic Tanguy was on the radio, it was a completely different generation in the media back then," James said. "(Radio stations) would support a job like Vic Tanguy had. Those jobs really don't exist in small market radio anymore. You had a dedicated full-time sportscaster who got up early every morning to read the sports scores that came over the teletype."

James invited local coaches Matt Lange (Logansport), Darren McKaig (Pioneer), Eric Branz (Lewis Cass) and Carl Davis (Caston) to talk about their teams and seniors.

"All of you represent your schools but all importantly you represent our community," James said. "As you embark on the sectional tournament, Hoosier Hysteria 2024 is as rich in history as (the single class tournament). You have the opportunity to make history."

All four local boys basketball teams received a bye in sectional play and will begin their march to the state finals Friday evening.