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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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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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