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Let’s Get Weird Sports Podcast #20: The Swayzee 9 Overtime Game

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In March of 1964 Swayzee and Liberty Center kept playing... and playing... and playing...

Credit to @AroundIndy for this Twitter photo.

On March 7, 1964 the longest game in Indiana high school basketball history was played. Swayzee, a tiny town located between Kokomo and Marion took on Liberty Center, a school of only 70 students and the smallest sectional champion that season. The pair met in what would become one of the most celebrated games in state lore.

It was the opening game of the Marion Regional, and neither team would give an inch for 59 minutes. Swayzee and Liberty Center set a state record that day that has not been broken in the ensuing 56 years as they played a total of nine overtimes before the Swayzee Speedkings emerged victorious, all while Huntington and Portland had to wait to take the floor in their own regional semifinal.

In this edition of the Let’s Get Weird Sports podcast Paul and T-Mill discuss the game along with special guest Caleb Derby, who played in the special throwback anniversary game for Oak Hill High School (the school that Swayzee eventually consolidated into) in 2014.