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Special bond: former South Side player, coach named to hoops Silver Anniversary Team

December 9, 2017



FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Former South Side player and coach Ryan Bond has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Boys Silver Anniversary Team.

The roster recognizes 18 of the state’s top seniors from 25 years years ago, and mirrors the Indiana All-Stars selections from that particular season. The Indiana All-Stars played Kentucky’s All-Stars in a series of games the summer after graduation.

“It seems like a lifetime ago,” Bond, a 1993 South Side graduate, says. “You get to meet guys that— even at your own age—I sort of looked up to.”

Bond led the 1992-93 Archers (24-2) to their first-ever Summit Athletic Conference championship (9-0 in league play); as well as sectional and regional titles in the one-class state tournament. South Side would lose to South Bend St. Joseph’s, 82-72, at semi-state.

“We had a really good team and to get lucky, and make a great run,” Bond remembers. “We had that idea that we could go to the (Hoosier) Dome at that time.”

After playing collegiately at Vincennes and IPFW, Bond returned to his alma mater to coach the Archers from 2000 to 2009. While there, South Side won 65 precent of its games, including a 20-3 mark in 2006-07 and two sectionals.

Bond is now in his 5th year teaching social studies and coaching boys basketball at Miami Middle School. The Indians have become one of the best teams in Fort Wayne Community Schools, winning 2 city championships with Bond as coach.

The Silver Anniversary Team will be honored during the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame men’s awards banquet on March 21, 2018.  

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