Saved by the ball
How a small Indiana town used sports to preserve its school and perhaps itself
DUGGER, Ind. -- History came calling this winter for the tiny Indiana town of Dugger, just like history had come calling years ago for other tiny Indiana towns like Brisco and Tunnelton and Cass, ghost towns now. Once history has its eye on you, you're done. You're history. You gave it a good run and you showed plenty of heart, all those sports clichés we use to prop up the tiny and hopeless, but small towns like Dugger are too small to last forever. One truth: Life isn't sports. And another: Towns like Dugger are born to die.