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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Another look at Greene County Open
Posted Tuesday, July 15, at 3:07 PM
Although the weather this past weekend might have kept a few golfers from competing in the annual Greene County Open golf championship at Phil Harris Golf Course, and forced the tournament to last longer than expected on Sunday, the 36-hole event was completed in grand fashion...

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What to make of those perplexing Pacers?
Posted Friday, July 11, at 10:39 AM

I have been meaning to write a season-ending column about my beloved Indiana Pacers since their playoff exit, courtesy of the Evil Empire, otherwise known as the Miami Heat, in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, despite having homecourt advantage...

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Lakers battled Rox in regional back in 2006
Posted Friday, June 20, at 10:09 AM

Rockville and Shakamak haven't always played in the regular season in baseball. The Rox and Lakers also have not often traveled the same path as far as the Indiana High School Athletic Association state baseball playoffs. As far as I could find, and that is certainly unofficial, RHS and SHS have met at least two times in the postseason previous to their 1 p.m. Saturday date at Victory Field against each other in the Class A State Championship game...

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McNabb praises work of Lovelace, Neal
Posted Thursday, June 19, at 10:55 AM

If someone is in the limelight, then there is always somebody in the background. In the case of the Shakamak High School baseball team, who will be playing at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class A State Championship game against Rockville, there are two. Manager Trey Neal and Daylon Lovelace, the 21st player on the SHS roster, both receive high praise from Laker assistant coach Steven McNabb...

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Eccles concludes first career at regional
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 6:16 PM

MONTGOMERY -- I can't profess that I know Shakamak graduate Eamon Eccles very well. I have seen him several times at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton over the past four seasons, but we rarely spoke or gave each other a passing nod. A lot of what I know about Eamon, who was one of three valedictorians at Shakamak this year and earned a spot on the Academic All-State Golf Team as voted on by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association, comes from SHS boys golf coach Kirk Buckley...

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We are usually the last to know
Posted Wednesday, May 21, at 1:18 PM

You would think that a high school sectional is pretty important, especially the days and times that games, matches and meets are scheduled to take place. But just the other day, I found out that the craziness and lunacy of spring sports also transcends into tournament play...

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Pacers get what they wanted -- another shot at the Heat
Posted Friday, May 16, at 7:49 PM

Sometimes wishes do come true. But as the old saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for." That's the case for the Indiana Pacers, who defeated Washington 93-80 on the road Thursday night to clinch that NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal series 4-2. The up and down Pacers, putting it mildly after losing to the same Washington team at home 102-79 Tuesday night with a chance to close out the upstart Wizards, have gotten where they hoped to 11 months ago...

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IHSAA announces hoop, golf changes
Posted Tuesday, May 13, at 5:24 PM

It is funny that potential changes by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, especially in basketball and football, always make for big headlines or a lot of rumors. But that was not the case this time as the IHSAA's Executive Committee voted to table the first of two proposals from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association that would create a hybrid format for the boys and girls basketball tournaments...

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Postseason coming up very soon
Posted Thursday, May 8, at 3:38 PM

If the warm temperatures were not an indicator, nor the calendar changing from April to May (I guess April showers brings May heat or something like that), that can only mean one thing -- the postseason for spring sports is right around the corner. Actually, it will start in less than two weeks...

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Former Clips owner taints beautiful game
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 7:15 PM

Anybody that knows me realizes that I love basketball, especially the NBA. This is one of my favorite times of the year, even if my Pacers are on the verge of a historic collapse in the playoffs. But that is another story for a different day. Growing up watching the Game of the Week on ABC back in the days, I marveled at the talents of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West...

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Green, Johnson and weather among topics of discussion
Posted Friday, April 25, at 5:13 PM

Congratulations to Shakamak seniors Aleksey Green and Eric Johnson of Shakamak. Both signed letters-of-intent Wednesday to extend their careers as student-athletes. Johnson will compete the next two seasons in men's cross country and track at Vincennes University...

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What do Pacers do with No. 1 seed?
Posted Tuesday, April 15, at 8:11 PM

Although the past couple of months have been dysfunctional for the Indiana Pacers, they achieved their first goal for the 2013-14 season -- being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, even if Indiana and the Miami Heat seemed to play a game of hot potato, appearing not to want the top spot...

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A few basketball announcements
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 9:14 PM

Although the men's college basketball season ended Monday night, the women Tuesday and the high school season a couple of weeks ago, there is still basketball news to pass along. IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox announced recently that the Girls Basketball State Finals will return to Indianapolis next year. The IHSAA Executive Committee unanimously approved the move...

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Former WRV coach running tennis center
Posted Friday, April 4, at 6:05 PM

Former White River Valley tennis coach Scott Davis is the general manager/director of tennis at the Robinson Tennis Center, a new indoor tennis facility that will be opening later this year in Robinson, Ill. "The Robinson Tennis Center design was carefully planned and no expense was spared building the facility. ...

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Miners come up one play short
Posted Wednesday, March 19, at 9:34 AM

HUNTINGBURG -- After senior guard Ryan Woodward hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds to play to give Linton-Stockton a 29-27 lead, I wonder how many fans here in the Huntingburg Memorial Gymnasium thought that the Miners were not going to repeat as Class 2A Regional champions?...

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Miners making a return trip to Huntingburg
Posted Friday, March 14, at 10:16 PM

Let's be honest, how many fans and hoop pundits would have predicted that the Linton-Stockton Miners would repeat as boys basketball sectional and Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference champions? I bet not many, especially after the Miners lost three senior starters (four if you count injured point guard Sam Dyar) after Linton-Stockton's run to the Class 2A State Finals in 2013...

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Saying goodbye to hoops at UHS
Posted Monday, March 3, at 1:56 PM

DUGGER -- Over the past 26 years as a sports writer in the Wabash Valley, I must have walked into the Union High School gymnasium hundreds of times. It had been my pleasure to watch some great Bulldog basketball teams and the players perform on at the highest level of small school hoops in Indiana on this court, including 1,000-point-plus scorers Brody Boyd, Jared Chambers, Ben Boyd, Joey Hart, Clark Golish, Marty Hale, Tyler Talpas, J.T. ...

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Wide-open boys basketball sectionals are set to begin
Posted Friday, February 28, at 6:07 PM

With the winter that we have experienced, it would be only fair if the boys basketball sectional were messed with by Mother Nature. It has always been accepted as fact that bad weather is part of the boys basketball sectionals in March. The late Wayne Fuson, the sports editor of the now defunct Indianapolis News, the afternoon sister paper of The Indianapolis Star, used to put out a column every year recalling all the bad weather experienced during the Indiana High School boys basketball state tournament throughout the years. ...

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Congrats to the local ladies; thanks Benji
Posted Wednesday, February 26, at 6:33 PM

Is it just me or has Old Man Winter or Mother Nature, take your pick, made things so tough on us that January or February have just about slipped past us as Saturday is March 1. With that, the high school girls basketball season, at least locally, is behind us...

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Fougerousse leading new volleyball club in Greene County
Posted Friday, January 31, at 6:22 PM

It is nothing new for area volleyball players to try and develop their skills during the late fall and winter months. But for a couple of dozen girls from Greene County , they now have an alternative closer to home. Linton-Stockton High School varsity coach Jill Fougerousse has organized the Greene County Volleyball Club. The teams go by the name of Hoosierland Linton...

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