All those ghosts from Bearcats past

For the fifth straight year, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler walked onto the ICE League Championship Court Thursday to bestow one of the League’s highest honors: the Mayor’s Trophy for the League’s Championship teams. “I love to watch the kids as I hand off those trophies,” Tyler said. One other aspect of the academic-based League that the mayor likes to see: students’ GPA averages. “Sometimes we forget as we’re cheering on the players that they’re student athletes,” Tyler said.  One of the most special moments of ICE League Championship game night for Tyler are the most valuable players awards named in honor of Tyler’s childhood friend and Muncie basketball legend Ron Bonham. “I like to watch the players’ faces as Bonham’s biography is being read and see their eyes widen and go, ‘Wow.’” The irony, he added, is that Championship night is the first time many of the players have likely heard of the former Indiana Mr. Basketball and professional Boston Celtics player. “He was the leading scorer for Muncie Central and that was 50 some years ago,” Tyler said.  He added that he looks forward to the ICE League’s return to the Muncie Fieldhouse in 2020. “There’s no experience in the world that these kids can grasp like when they get to play in the Fieldhouse,” he said. And Tyler predicts that if those students are still for a moment as they stand in the middle of the historic Muncie Fieldhouse court, they may just get another experience. “They’ll hear all those ghosts from Bearcats past,” said Tyler and smiled.