David Anspaugh's film recognized

NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- Indiana natives David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo, who captured the state's passion for high school basketball in the 1986 film "Hoosiers", are being inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Organizers announced Tuesday that Anspaugh, the director, and Pizzo, the screenplay writer, will be inducted in March as recipients of the St. Vincent Health Silver Medal for contributions to Indiana high school basketball other than as a player or coach.

"Hoosiers", which starred Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey, is loosely based on the 1954 state championship team from tiny Milan High School -- known in the movie as the Hickory Huskers -- and often tops lists of best all-time sports films. Anspaugh grew up in Decatur and Pizzo is from Bloomington. They also collaborated on the Notre Dame football movie "Rudy."

Adding to the authenticity of "Hoosiers", scenes from the movie were filmed throughout Indiana and numerous Indiana basketball players and legends make on-screen contributions.

In 2001 the film was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." "Hoosiers" received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Hopper) and Best Original Score.

Previous recipients of the hall's Silver Medal include now-retired college coaches Bob Knight of Indiana University and Gene Keady of Purdue.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.