PBS documentary brings small-town Indiana hoops, struggles to Boise big screen

March 31, 2014 

Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets, capturing the players' stories on and off the court as they seek to avoid another winless season. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite brutal odds stacked against them.



High school athletes and coaches are invited to Idaho Public Television's free screening of the PBS documentary "Medora," which chronicles the lives of members of a basketball team in rural Indiana.

"Many residents of Idaho towns might identify with the film because it shows the importance of a team, not only to the young students on it, in terms of their maturation, but also to the school and the larger community," said IPTV's Marcia Franklin, who will host a discussion after the movie with members of the audience.

"There's a real identification with the hopes for the team and the hopes for the whole area, which in some sense has been passed by. It's a hopeful film."

The film also focuses on school consolidation, an issue that has come up often in Idaho.

The screening is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Idaho Public Television (1455 N. Orchard St., Boise).


Boise historian Amber Beierle will document the city's baseball history in her presentation "Irrigators, Outlaws & Hawks," presented by the Fettuccine Forum on Thursday.

Beierle has spent the past year studying Boise's history with the game.

"Baseball pre-dates Boise, but the popularization of baseball is really the same time as Boise was becoming a city. There all these parallels with the game and the city," said Beierle, a Cleveland Indians fan.

The discussion will include historic photos, statistics and an analysis of professional affiliate leagues and recreational teams. She will also touch on the best players to come through Boise.

Beierle said the city's emotional connection to baseball "has made it thrive at times and, at other times, simply survive."

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Rose Room (718 W. Idaho St., Boise). Admission is free. Food and beverage are available for purchase.

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