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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Funny things happened at girls basketball game
Posted Friday, December 19, at 10:30 PM
JASONVILLE - Just like in life, you never know what you are going to see in a gymnasium at a high school basketball game. Such was the case Thursday night here when Shakamak hosted Linton-Stockton in a girls SWIAC contest. Midway in the fourth quarter of the junior-varsity game, a girl fouled out for the Lady Miners with no apparent substitutes on the bench...

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Are stats really important for youth sports?
Posted Wednesday, December 10, at 1:53 PM

As former NFL player and coach and now commentator Herm Edwards once famously said, "You play to win the game." And the way you win the game is to score more points than your opponents, obviously. So B.J., what is your point, no pun intended? At the elementary level, it is really a necessity to record rebounds, steals and assists, or drum roll please, even points. I know that it is sacrilegious to think that...

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Time of the year for hoops
Posted Tuesday, December 2, at 7:11 PM

The measurable snowfall and cold temperatures we have experienced in November can only mean one thing - that basketball season is upon us. NBA has been playing all month, colleges have recently tipped off and now high school hoops in Indiana are set to begin...

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A look back at the Miner football season
Posted Friday, November 21, at 6:32 PM

Any way you look at it, the 2014 football season was a success for the Linton-Stockton Miners. Sure, the taste of a 31-8 loss at North Vermillion in the Class A Regional championship game is still in the mouth of Miner fans, but I just thought I would take a look at some of the numbers...

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Miners and Falcons have no post season history, but have played six times previously
Posted Thursday, November 13, at 6:54 PM

I could have sworn that Linton-Stockton and North Vermillion would have met previously at the regional. But after checking my records, I found out that I was wrong. But there is a reason for that. North Vermillion has only won four sectionals in football compared to 12 for the Miners...

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Norris points out an oversight
Posted Thursday, November 13, at 5:46 PM

The other day I got an email from one of the most outstanding scorers to ever play girls basketball in Greene County. Misty (Norris) Chapman, a 1992 Bloomfield graduate, asked me to look into the fact that she is not listed among the top scores on the all-time ladies list by the Indiana High School Athletic Association...

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Spikers from BHS, WRV left a lasting impression
Posted Friday, October 24, at 11:24 PM

CLAY CITY - Some of my most memorable moments as a sports writer have come during a high school volleyball match. And although a first-round contest might not normally seem like much, especially when a team wins three straights sets, but Thursday night at the Class A Clay City Sectional 47 here was the exception...

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Davis dealing with more than running
Posted Monday, October 20, at 4:50 PM

NASHVILLE - Although some fans might argue this point, sports is not a life or death proposition. But sometimes, life intervenes and intrudes in the world of sports. Such has been the case for White River Valley junior Buddy Davis. The cross country runner was staring at the real world right in the face when he grandfather John Davis was killed on Oct. 10 in an accident at their home, the night before the sectional...

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Tidbits about cross country, tennis, volleyball and football
Posted Thursday, October 16, at 6:53 PM

To say the least, when you advance in the Indiana High School Boys Tennis individual tournament, whether as a No. 1 doubles player or No. 1 singles players, be prepared to wait. By the time that the Bloomfield No. 1 duo of Hunter Heaton and Alex Chestnut play their next match, it will 10 days between matches...

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To early to tell about my Pacers
Posted Saturday, October 11, at 3:31 PM

Yes, it's that time for my annual column about my Indiana Pacers and how I think they are going to do in the upcoming season. Last year I waited until they were 9-0 to write, but I don't see that happening this season. The Pacers have everybody right where they want them - predicting gloom and doom after the injury to Paul George and the defection of free agent Lance Stephenson to Charlotte...

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What difference does a color make?
Posted Tuesday, September 30, at 10:15 PM

Colors play an important part of our lives, even more than we might think. It is the red, yellow and green lights dictating the proper etiquette for proceeding through an intersection in our automobiles. It is more important to women than men when using the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day...

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Postseason for fall sports is right around the corner
Posted Tuesday, September 23, at 7:38 PM

The cooler temperatures, leaves starting to change colors and chilly nights can only mean one thing -- the start of fall. It officially arrived late Monday night. But what it also means is that the sectionals for fall sports are right around the corner, with the exception of girls golf, which had its sectionals over the weekend...

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Sportsmanship was on display at Dugger Saturday
Posted Monday, September 15, at 6:55 PM

Sportsmanship was in full force Saturday DUGGER - There are a lot of words that get thrown around in the world of sports like a punch line at a party, or often are taken for granted. One that you often hear is "sportsmanship," but I don't think it is in vogue like it has been in the past even though the Indiana High School Athletic Association has had campaigns for several years to promote sportsmanship...

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Hats off to the T-Birds for win No. 1 in 2014
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 1:53 PM

LITTLE CINCINNATI -- My hats off to the Eastern Greene High School football team and new coach Joey Paridaen. Although I can't profess to being at every Thunderbird game through the years, I think I can safely say that their 44-16 Southwest Conference victory over visiting North Daviess Friday night might have been one of the most impressive in their history of regular season games, dating back to the beginning in 2003. ...

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A look at some football records
Posted Thursday, September 4, at 8:21 PM

As anyone who as ever read this column realizes, I am curious when it comes to records. So when Linton-Stockton's streak of regular season football victories was snapped at 31 with a 24-21 loss at Sullivan last week, I was wondering where that stacked up when compared to some other similar streaks in the history of high school football in Indiana. Actually I peeked before the start of the season...

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Everything changes, that's for sure
Posted Tuesday, August 26, at 8:49 PM

Anything you can think or talk about -- the weather, politics, and the luck of your favorite sports teams, except the Cubs, always changes. Earlier this month, I was told that Eastern Greene had dropped Linton-Stockton in football, and that's what I said in last week's column...

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Footballs start flying for real this weekend
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 10:29 PM

After a couple of weeks of preseason drills and a controlled scrimmage, the area high school football teams are set to begin the season this weekend. Although the warm temperatures and high humidity are two things we have avoided for most of the month, they have returned in time for the beginning of prep football...

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The landscape of fall practice has changed
Posted Monday, August 11, at 8:04 PM

Any time anyone talks about the way things used to be, they are setting themselves up to be called an old fogey or even worse. No, I did not have to walk five miles to school, uphill, in blinding snowstorms or face any other significant obstacles in my youth...

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Graves hit the ground running at WRV
Posted Monday, July 28, at 1:38 PM

SWITZ CITY -- Mark Graves had no choice but to hit the ground running after being named the new girls basketball coach at White River Valley High School back on May 23, right before start of summer vacation and days before one of the busiest months of the year for high school basketball coaches in Indiana -- June...

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Glad I could help, even if just a little bit
Posted Wednesday, July 23, at 5:11 PM

It is not usual for me in my position here at the Greene County Daily World to receive requests from people. Sometimes it is about pictures or something commonplace as information about a team or individual. But I have had my share of interesting requests -- from Bob Elkins about making sure the s was on the end of his name as he was listed as Bob Elkin winning the 1962 Greene County Open golf championship...

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