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Mills' excellence has extended off the track
Posted Wednesday, April 29, at 8:19 PM
I love sports and I love movies. So it would be a very natural thing for the two to overlap in my life, meaning I love sports movies. Yeah I know that many of them are full of non-truths (like Vince Papale scoring a touchdown for the Eagles in the movie Invincible although he did play three seasons for Philadelphia in the NFL) and can be a bit corny (like The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, which featured Doctor J as Moses Guthrie and the late great Chick Hearn on play-by-play for the Pittsburgh Pythons later renamed Pisces because all the players were born under that astrological sign. ...

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Tidbits about nothing in particular
Posted Friday, April 24, at 6:59 PM

People that are desperate enough for written entertainment know that I like the NBA, which puts me in the minority. But there are some things about the association that could be improved. Take for instance Thursday night in New Orleans. The host Pelicans are up three points in the final seconds of regulation in game three of a first-round series...

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Where the Pacers go from here?
Posted Friday, April 17, at 9:15 PM

The roller coaster of a season for the Indiana Pacers almost mercifully came to an end Wednesday night in Memphis. A 95-83 loss to the Grizzlies left the Pacers on the outside looking in after four straight years of making the playoffs. The Pacers finished with a 38-44 record, which had they been in the Western Conference instead of the Leastern Conference they would had been eliminated weeks ago...

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What will new sectional alignments look like?
Posted Thursday, April 16, at 6:50 AM

Although the official and final announcement of where high school teams will be competing in the post season in 2015-16 and 2016-17 won't be made for a couple of weeks, the Indiana High School Athletic Association teased us by letting us know which teams will be moving up or down in class, and in what sports...

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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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