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Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015
What a journey it was
Posted Tuesday, March 24, at 11:51 AM
I was less than 25 miles into my 100-mile journey to Historic Southport Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon to watch the Linton-Stockton Miners battle Park Tudor with the winner earning trip to the Class 2A State Finals, when BOOM, a blowout. Luckily, I was not swallowed whole by this gigantic pot hole, which decided the front right tire and rim were not a perfect match for each other and tried to separate the two...

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Looking forward to returning home and seeing Historic Southport Fieldhouse
Posted Thursday, March 19, at 7:22 PM

It is funny how some things seem to come full circle, at least that has been my experience while working as a sports editor. During my time as a journalist, it has been my pleasure to have the opportunity to come home to cover sporting events, with home being Central Indiana ...

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A deeper look at sectional-champion Miners
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 7:03 PM

BICKNELL - Before we look forward to the boys basketball regional, I would like to take a glance in the rear view mirror at the third consecutive sectional championship by the Linton-Stockton Miners. Coach Joey Hart's bunch has 12 postseason tournament victories in the past three seasons, including a 41-34 win over North Knox in the semifinals on March 6 and a 36-33 win over South Knox in the title game on March 7...

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Miners and Warriors have provided sectional drama
Posted Saturday, March 7, at 12:01 AM

BICKNELL -- No one could say that Linton-Stockton and North Knox have not provided area boys basketball fans with high drama the last couple of seasons. In fact, including the Miners' 41-34 victory over the Warriors here Friday night, the two teams have met in the postseason three years in a row...

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The most wonderful time of the year
Posted Monday, March 2, at 10:37 AM

Growing up near Indianapolis but in the countryside of Morgan County, I just knew I was where I was supposed to be every March - near the mecca of high school basketball in Indiana. Getting a chance to watch the sectional, regional and semistate and Final Four at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University on WTTV-TV Channel 4 as an impressionable youth, I just knew I had died and gone to heaven...

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Congrats to WRV, North Knox
Posted Monday, February 16, at 10:44 AM

BLOOMFIELD - Congratulations to the White River Valley girls basketball team for repeating as the Class A Sectional 57 champs here Saturday night, defeating Shakamak 66-35 in the title game. The site had changed from Clay City to Bloomfield with Glover Gymnasium being the venue this year...

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It was my pleasure to witness a rare double
Posted Monday, February 9, at 7:52 PM

In life and sports, timing is everything. That was the case for me last week when I got to witness in person a rare double -- two players eclipsing the 1,000-point plateau. Unlike pro football, where a 16-game schedule has watered down 1,000 yard rushing and receiving seasons, scoring 1,000 points as an Indiana High School basketball player is still pretty rarified air indeed...

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Greene County has history of overtime games
Posted Thursday, January 29, at 6:25 PM

LITTLE CINCINNATI - Not one, not two, not three, not four, but five overtimes were needed to settle a boys basketball dispute between host Eastern Greene and Bloomfield here Saturday night, with the Cardinals coming up with a 54-51 victory. But it got me to thinking and that is always a very dangerous proposition. What was the most overtimes ever played in a basketball game in Greene County or around our great Hoosier state...

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Bloomfield game Thursday to help raise money in honor of Lauren Hill
Posted Tuesday, January 20, at 9:06 PM

Most dictionaries, bound or on the web, define courage as "The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery." At one time or another, we have all witnessed what we thought was a courageous act during a sporting event, but very little can compare with the story of Lauren Hill...

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Looking back at 2014 county tournament
Posted Tuesday, January 6, at 7:02 PM

Whether you say that time flies while you're having fun or time flies when your kids are young or that time flies as you get older, I think most of agree that we never seem to have enough of it and sometimes can barely recall the passing of it. What I am driving at is that I was trying to remember what specifically happened at the 2014 Greene County Invitational boys basketball tournament, as we are set to begin the 2015 edition...

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Yoho having breakout season at Wright State
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 12:27 PM

Eastern Greene's all-time leading scorer JT Yoho is having a breakout season with the Wright State University Raiders in Dayton, Ohio. Going into tonight's game home game against George Mason, Wright State has an 8-4 record. Yoho has played in nine games, starting eight. He is averaging 34.7 minutes per game, tops on the team...

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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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