Derby City Classic '63 Topic

 The 5th Derby City Classic will take place at Louisville, Kentucky.

Five schools join host Bellarmine to compete for the Black Diamond Trophy.  It features a horseshoe carved from genuine Kentucky coal by Kentucky coal crafter Alvin Powell. Presenting the trophy to the winning team will be descendants of Franklin Runyon Sousley. Born in Hilltop, KY in 1925,  Sousley was one of six Marines to raise the flag at Iwo Jima. He died on the island one month later.


The host Knights are led by veteran coach greenhawks. Thru 33 years, he's 833-211 at the Louisville school. Included are eight Final Fours, one of which led to a national title and two others as RU. The Knights return 10 players from last season's 26-6 squad which lost to Humboldt St. in the Elite Eight.

Knights Hall, Bellarmine's gym, has hosted such guests as The Grateful Dead and Mother Teresa (but not on the same night).  The 2007 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest, on ESPN, took place there as well


 The Bulldogs from Bowie, MD have been coached by baseballer77 for 18 seasons. His record of 479-98 includes national titles in '52 and '55 and a Final Four in '59. They return 9 players from a 19-11 squad that lost to Longwood in the 1st round.

 Bowie St. is a member of the CIAA. It's annual basketball tournament is the 3rd most attended collegiate basketball event in the world, trailing only the ACC and Big East tournaments. Last season, 160,000 fans attended the CIAA tournament.


  The Chargers from Hillsdale, MI are coached by mmd1841. Starting his 21st season, he had a record of 286-165. The Chargers have reached the Sweet  16 in four of the last 5 seasons and return 10 players from a 26-5 team.

 Their football team lost to Evansville in the 1949 Refrigerator Bowl. It was played at Evansville, IN, which was the 'Refrigerator Capital of the United States'.  3800 units a day were manufactured in Evansville. The Refrigerator Bowl lasted from 1948 to 1956.


 Coach muskies85 has coached the Queens Royals for 3 seasons, with a record of 41-43. Before that, he spent three seasons at W. New Mexico, going 68-23 with an Elite Eight. Last season, the Charlotte school lost in the first round to in-state rival Lees-McRae.

 A statue of Rex at the Queens Sports Complex is the largest standing lion sculpture in the world. 


   Coach mhollebeek coaches the Devils from Philadelphia. His 15-year record is 285-151 and includes the '59 national championship. Their mascot is Drake the Devil. They were 22-10 last year, falling in the Sweet 16 to CSU-Stanislus. They return 10 lettermen.

  Charles Hires was a U. Science grad before inventing Hires Root Beer. He advertised heavily, believing that 'doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. YOU know what you're doing, but no one ELSE does."


The Wildcats hail from Wayne, NE. Their veteran coach is jtreeves27 who, in 31 seasons, is 648-285. They return 10 players from last year's PIT champions.

 Gregg McDermott, now the coach at Creighton, coached at Wayne St. from 1995-2000. He had four 20-win seasons and a DII Sweet 16. He then led No. Iowa to 3 consecutive NCAA berths before going to Iowa St.  He's been at Creighton since 2010. Last season, the Blue Jays were 6th nationally in attendance. 

2/16/2013 5:02 PM (edited)
Looking forward to competing for the first time here.
2/18/2013 8:02 AM

#39 Bellarmine (2-2) at #11 Bowie St. (4-0)
#10 Queens, NC (3-1) at #24 Wayne St., NE (4-0)
#7 U. of the Sciences (3-1) at #14 Hillsdale (3-1)
3/4/2013 4:03 AM


#11 Bowie St. 68; #39 Bellarmine 65
#10 Queens 91; #24 Wayne St. 79
#7 U. Science 90; #14 Hillsdale 80


Bellarmine (2-3) at #6 Queens (4-1)
#8 Bowie (5-0) at #7 U.Sciences (4-1)
#36 Wayne St. (4-1) at #28 Hillsdale (3-2)


3/5/2013 4:04 AM
#6 Queens 66; Bellarmine 64
#7 U. Science 86; #8 Bowie 71
#28 Hillsdale 71; #36 Wayne 60

1. U. of the Sciences  2-0
    Queens                   2-0
3. Bowie St.                1-1
    Hillsdale                   1-1
5. Bellarmine                0-2
    Wayne St.               0-2


#6 Queens (5-1) at #21 Hillsdale (4-2)
#3 U. Science (5-1) at Belarmine (2-4)
#22 Bowie (5-1) at Wayne St. (4-2)

3/6/2013 3:57 AM
#3 U. Science 65; Bellarmine 62
#22 Bowie 75; Wayne 58
#21 Hillsdale 66; #6 Queens 56

1.  U. of the Sciences 3-0
2.  Queens                   2-1
     Bowie                     2-1
     Hillsdale                  2-1
5. Bellarmine                0-3
   Wayne St.                0-3

#16 Bowie St. (6-1) at #15 Queens (5-2)
Wayne St.(4-3) at #3 U. of the Sciences (6-1)
#13 Hillsdale (5-2) at Bellarmine (2-5)

NOTE: U. Science can clinch the title tonight with a win over Wayne plus a loss by Queens. 

WHINY NOTE: My Bellarmine team is the hard-luck story this season. Our 5 losses (4 to ranked teams) have been by the scores of 68-67, 69-67, 68-65, 66-64, and 65-62

3/7/2013 4:37 AM (edited)
i knew that game against you would be close. I was hoping it would be a little higher scoring, because I liked my chances better then.
3/7/2013 4:54 AM
#15 Queens 79; #16 Bowie 68
#3 U. Science 70; Wayne 63
Bellarmine 61; #13 Hillsdale 47

1. U. Science     4-0
2. Queens          3-1
3. Bowie            2-2
   Hillsdale          2-2
5. Bellarmine     1-3
6 Wayne           0-4

 #2 U. Science (7-1) at #11 Queens (6-2)
#26 Hillsdale (5-3) at #22 Bowie (6-2)
Wayne (4-4) at Bellarmine (3-5)

NOTE:  It's winner-take-all when U. Science clashed with Queens. It should be a good one!

3/8/2013 4:39 AM (edited)
I don't like that this game coming up is on the road for me. Should be a good one either way though.
3/8/2013 6:53 AM
So this ones for all the marbles! Good luck man!
3/8/2013 7:19 AM
Posted by muskies85 on 3/8/2013 7:19:00 AM (view original):
So this ones for all the marbles! Good luck man!
yeah, you too.  Talk about two contrasting styles of play though.
3/8/2013 4:25 PM
Well I keep losing, but it surely isnt from a  lack of effort!!...Im so bummed that my team hasnt performed better...One more chance to prove my worth tonight...Good luck to everyone and thanks for including me in the tourney!
3/8/2013 8:45 PM

Championship Game:  Queens 93; U. of the Sciences 77
Bellarmine 89; Wayne St. 59
Hillsdale 82; Bowie St. 61

1. Queens       4-1
2. U. Science  4-1
3. Hillsdale     3-2
4. Bowie St.    2-3
5. Bellarmine 2-3
6. Wayne St.   0-5

Congratulations to coach muskies85  and the entire Royal Nation!
3/9/2013 3:52 AM (edited)
good game muskies, that was a horrible matchup for my team.
3/9/2013 7:42 AM
Thanks guys and thanks greenhawks for the invite, goodluck rest of the season!
3/9/2013 9:49 AM
Derby City Classic '63 Topic

Search Criteria

Terms of Use Customer Support Privacy Statement

© 1999-2018, Inc. All rights reserved. WhatIfSports is a trademark of, Inc. SimLeague, SimMatchup and iSimNow are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts, Inc. Used under license. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.