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American Basketball Association: A Slam Dunk for Vermillion County

Take a seat, folks, and let me paint you a picture—a scene straight out of a small-town gymnasium, but bursting at the seams with big-time basketball energy. This ain't your grandma's high school game; no sir, this is the Hoosier State Instigators in action, and let me tell you, it's a sight to behold.


Now, I've had the privilege of being courtside for every game of this inaugural season, and let me tell you, it's been a wild ride from start to finish. From the first tip-off to the final buzzer, the Instigators have been putting on a show—a high-flying, high-scoring extravaganza that's got fans on the edge of their seats.

But what sets this team apart isn't just the wins and losses—it's the way they play the game. I'm talking alley-oops that'll make your jaw drop, dunks that'll have you jumping out of your seat, and a level of excitement that's downright contagious. These Instigators aren't just here to play basketball; they're here to put on a show, and let me tell you, they're doing just that.


And let's not forget about the fans. From the youngest cheerleaders to the die-hard supporters who've been here since day one, the energy in the gym is electric. There's nothing quite like the feeling of watching your hometown heroes take the court, knowing that you're a part of something special.


So as we gear up for the final stretch of the season, I invite you to join me in cheering on the Hoosier State Instigators. Trust me when I say, you won't want to miss a minute of the action. So grab your popcorn, take your seat, and get ready for a basketball experience unlike any other. The Instigators are here to fly high, and I, for one, can't wait to see where they take us next.


Just what exactly is this new American Basketball Association you might ask...


American Basketball Association: The Hoops Phenomenon

american basketball association

The original ABA sprang onto the scene in 1967, adding a splash of color and excitement to basketball with its iconic red, white, and blue ball. While it eventually merged into the NBA, the spirit of the ABA refused to fade away. Fast forward to 1999, and the American Basketball Association made a triumphant return, bringing back the same intensity and flair that made it legendary. Now, a quarter of a century later, Vermillion County, Indiana proudly boasts its own ABA team, channeling that same electrifying energy on the court.


And where better to showcase this thrilling brand of basketball than at the CRC?


With its rich history and passionate fans, it's the perfect venue to reignite the ABA magic. Huge thanks to the APEX sports collective for making this dream a reality!


Learn More About Today's ABA League

The Hoosier State Instigators: Local Legends in the Making

ABA Instigators

Enter the Hoosier State Instigators, a rising force in the realm of ABA basketball and a source of immense pride for Vermillion County. Led by the dynamic duo of Dillon Ware and AB Brown, this formidable squad boasts a roster brimming with talent and tenacity. From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming stars, each player brings their unique flair to the court, igniting the passion of fans and striking fear into the hearts of opponents.


Check out the Team Merchandise

What makes the Clinton CRC (our preserved high school gymnasium located at 301 Blackman Street in Clinton, IN) the perfect venue for ABA Basketball? - Everything!


The Clinton CRC: Hallowed Ground for Hoops

CRC American Basketball Association

Nestled within the quaint confines of Clinton, Indiana, lies the historic Clinton CRC, a true Mecca for basketball enthusiasts. Formerly the gymnasium of Clinton High School, this venerable venue has played witness to countless memorable moments in the annals of local sports history. Now, it serves as the proud home of the Hoosier State Instigators, providing a fitting backdrop for their electrifying brand of ABA basketball.


Years ago, a group was formed to preserve this gymnasium. This team of local basketball fans, and "hoosier hysterians", desired to preserve the glory of this facility. This was exactly the moment for which they were saving the gym.


Believe it or not, this expansion team came together so strongly in the second half of the regular season they earned their spot in the playoffs.

Preparing for Playoff Glory: The Instigators' Journey

Playoffs for the Hoosier State Instigators

As the regular season draws to a close, the Hoosier State Instigators find themselves on the cusp of postseason glory, poised to make a run for the championship title in their very first year of competition. Despite facing adversity early on, this resilient team has rallied together, overcoming obstacles and forging a path to success. With each thrilling victory and heart-stopping comeback, they've endeared themselves to fans across Vermillion County, embodying the true spirit of sportsmanship and perseverance.


Follow the Hoosier State Instigator's Facebook Page for More Postseason Details

Come out Sunday March 3, 2024, to witness the magic as they prepare for the playoffs. And, they are preparing in true Instigators fashion...


A Scrimmage Spectacular: Fans Take Center Stage

American Basketball Assocation Scrimmage

But the excitement doesn't stop there! This Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 5:00 PM, basketball enthusiasts of all ages are invited to witness a spectacle like no other as the Hoosier State Instigators gear up for a thrilling scrimmage at the Clinton CRC. In a nod to their inclusive ethos, fans will have the unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the action, voting to determine which players start for Team Ware and which ones suit up for Team Brown. It's a chance for the community to come together, united by their shared passion for the game and their unwavering support for their hometown heroes.


Click Here to draft the team!

This new local treasure is being shared with us by another local treasure...


Celebrating Local Treasures: Vermillion Reasons in Indiana Podcast

A Vermillion Reasons In Indiana Podcast

Speaking of community spirit, there's no better embodiment of Vermillion County pride than the Vermillion Reasons in Indiana Podcast, hosted by the incomparable Doug Hess. Through his engaging interviews and heartfelt storytelling, Doug shines a spotlight on the myriad local treasures that make our corner of Indiana truly special. From historical landmarks to hidden gems, each episode offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of our shared heritage, celebrating the people and places that make Vermillion County a place like no other.

FAQs: All Your Burning Questions Answered

aBA FAQS

  • What is the American Basketball Association?

  • The American Basketball Association, or ABA, is a dynamic basketball league known for its fast-paced action and innovative gameplay. Founded in 1967, it has left an indelible mark on the sport, inspiring players and fans alike.

  • Who are the Hoosier State Instigators?

  • The Hoosier State Instigators are a rising force in ABA basketball, representing Vermillion County with pride and passion. Led by part owner/coach Corey Kern, they boast a talented roster and a relentless drive for success.

  • Where do the Instigators play their home games?

  • The Instigators proudly call the Clinton CRC home, delighting fans with electrifying performances in the heart of Clinton, Indiana.

  • What makes the Instigators' inaugural season so special?

  • Despite facing challenges early on, the Instigators have rallied together to make a strong showing in their first year of competition, earning a spot in the ABA playoffs and capturing the hearts of fans across Vermillion County.

  • What can fans expect from the upcoming scrimmage?

  • The scrimmage promises to be a thrilling event, with fans playing an active role in shaping the action. It's a chance for the community to come together and show their support for the Instigators as they gear up for playoff glory.

  • Who hosts the Vermillion Reasons in Indiana Podcast?

  • The Vermillion Reasons in Indiana Podcast is hosted by the talented Doug Hess, who celebrates the local treasures of Vermillion County through engaging interviews and heartfelt storytelling.

  • What makes Vermillion County special?

  • Vermillion County is a place rich in history, culture, and community spirit. From its scenic landscapes to its vibrant local businesses, it's a place that holds something special for everyone.

  • How can I support the Hoosier State Instigators?

  • There are many ways to show your support for the Instigators, from attending games and scrimmages to following them on social media and spreading the word to friends and family.

  • What role do fans play in ABA basketball?

  • Fans are the lifeblood of ABA basketball, bringing energy and excitement to every game and creating an electric atmosphere that fuels the players to perform at their best.

  • Why is it important to celebrate local treasures like the Instigators?

  • Celebrating local treasures like the Instigators helps to foster a sense of community pride and unity, showcasing the unique spirit and character of Vermillion County for all to see.


The Excitement of ABA Basketball: A Thrilling Spectacle

American Basketball Association Excitement

There's something undeniably electrifying about ABA basketball, an adrenaline-fueled extravaganza that leaves fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish. With its fast-paced action, high-flying dunks, and nail-biting finishes, each game is a testament to the sheer skill and athleticism of the players. And when you throw in the vibrant atmosphere of the Clinton CRC and the passionate support of Vermillion County's basketball faithful, you've got a recipe for pure sporting magic.


Supporting the Instigators: A Commitment for the Ages

Hoosier State Instigators Need Your Support

As the Hoosier State Instigators prepare to embark on their playoff journey, it's crucial that we, as fans, rally behind them with unwavering support. Whether it's by attending games, tuning in to the Vermillion Reasons in Indiana Podcast, or spreading the word on social media, every one of us has a role to play in shaping the destiny of our beloved team. Together, we can ensure that the Instigators continue to shine bright as a beacon of pride and inspiration for years to come.


A Legacy in the Making: The Future of ABA Basketball in Vermillion County

ABA in Vermillion County

As the final buzzer sounds and the dust settles on another thrilling season of ABA basketball, one thing is abundantly clear: the Hoosier State Instigators have cemented their place as a true local treasure in the heart of Vermillion County. But this is only the beginning of their journey. The Instigators are poised to build upon their success, write the next chapter in the storied history of ABA basketball, and bring an ABA championship to our bustling community.


A Slam Dunk Success Story

ABA Championships

In the ever-evolving landscape of professional sports, it's rare to find a team that embodies the true spirit of community and camaraderie quite like the Hoosier State Instigators. From their humble beginnings at the Clinton CRC to their triumphant run to the ABA playoffs, they've captured the hearts and imaginations of fans across Vermillion County and beyond. As we look ahead to the future, let us continue to celebrate and support our local treasures, ensuring that the legacy of the Instigators lives on for generations to come. So mark your calendars, basketball fans, and get ready to cheer on our beloved team as they take to the court this Sunday for what promises to be an unforgettable scrimmage at the Clinton CRC. The Hoosier State Instigators are counting on us, and together, we'll make sure they know they have the full support of Vermillion County behind them every step of the way.


As we stand on the threshold of another chapter in the storied journey of the Hoosier State Instigators, it's only fitting to take a moment to reflect on the memories we've shared and the dreams that lie ahead. This season, filled with thrills, triumphs, and heart-stopping moments, has been nothing short of unforgettable. From the electrifying atmosphere of the Clinton High School Gymnasium to the resounding cheers of Vermillion County's loyal fans, each game has been a testament to the unwavering spirit and passion that defines our community.


As we bid farewell to this first season, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the Hoosier State Instigators for the memories they've given us and the inspiration they've instilled within us. Your dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to excellence have not only brought us joy on the court but have also united us as a community, reminding us of the power of teamwork, perseverance, and camaraderie.


Embracing the Journey: A Tribute to the Hoosier State Instigators

Embrace the Journey: American Basketball Association

As we look forward to the seasons to come, we do so with anticipation and excitement, knowing that the Hoosier State Instigators will continue to be a source of pride and inspiration for Vermillion County. May the echoes of this season's triumphs reverberate through the halls of the Clinton High School Gymnasium for years to come, serving as a reminder of the indelible mark you've left on our hearts and the legacy you've built within our community. Here's to many more seasons filled with unforgettable moments, thrilling victories, and cherished memories.


Thank you, Hoosier State Instigators, for everything you've given us, and here's to the journey ahead.


Echoes of Glory: A Vermillion County Ode


In the heart of Vermillion County, where memories linger,

The old gymnasium stands, a relic of yesteryear.

But tonight, it comes alive with the echoes of cheers,

As the Hoosier State Instigators take the stage, drawing near.


With every dribble, every shot, the town ignites,

For in these hallowed halls, where dreams take flight.

The spirit of local heroes, long gone but not forgotten,

Is reborn in the faces of players, their passion unbegotten.


The air crackles with anticipation, the crowd on their feet,

As the Instigators weave and bob, their movements fleet.

And in this moment, under the gym's flickering light,

Vermillion County finds itself, alive with delight.


The cheers reverberate through the rafters, a symphony of pride,

As fans young and old, stand side by side.

For in the heart of this small town, on this hallowed ground,

The spirit of basketball thrives, forever unbound.


So let us raise our voices, let us shout and sing,

For in this moment, we are part of something grand.

The echoes of glory, of triumph and defeat,

Resound in the gymnasium, where memories meet.


In Vermillion County, where the past meets the present,

The Hoosier State Instigators reign supreme.

And as long as basketball is played, and dreams take flight,

The echoes of glory will forever ignite.


Ignite Your Passion: Join the Hoosier State Instigators Journey Today!

Join the American Basketball Association

Now that we've reminisced on the memories and celebrated the triumphs of this season, it's time to take action and be a part of the Hoosier State Instigators' journey moving forward. Visit the team's official website to check out exclusive team merchandise and grab your piece of Instigators pride. From jerseys to hats, show your support in style, and represent Vermillion County wherever you go.


But why stop there?


Secure your spot for next season by purchasing season tickets now. Be there for every exhilarating moment, every heart-stopping play, as we continue to write the next chapter of Instigators' history together. And for those who want to dive deeper into the Instigators community, consider becoming a fan on their Patreon page. Memberships start at just $1.00 per month, and signing up unlocks access to exclusive content and behind-the-scenes updates.


But the excitement doesn't end there. Join them this Sunday, March 3rd, at the CRC for a scrimmage like no other. Experience the electric atmosphere firsthand as the Instigators take to the court and showcase their talent and determination. It's sure to be a day filled with thrills, cheers, and unforgettable moments that you won't want to miss.


And as they gear up for the playoffs, follow the Instigators' journey every step of the way. From the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, be a part of the action and show your support as they chase glory and write their names in the annals of ABA history.


This team is electric, and together, we'll light up the court and make Vermillion County proud.



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