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There are always more scoring numbers to sift through

Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 7:44 PM

I was never a great student of history in high school or college. I am still not, but for some reason I find solace in front of a microfilm machine trying to dig up local sports facts (assuming that if it is in a newspaper it has to the truth, nothing but the truth, so help me God).

But I have always found that discovering historical info is always a good news-bad news proposition. The good news is you have discovered something you didn't know previously, but the bad news is there always is so much more to find.

When I was writing the other day about Mike Misner and J. Yagle and their accomplishments on the basketball court at L & M, I was trying to share more information that I had recently discovered.

It wasn't to say that their accomplishments were at the top of the heap for the Braves.

In response to that, I got an e-mail from an L & M graduate to let me know about the 1983-84 Braves going 23-1 and winning the first of back-to-back sectional championships.

After completing a 21-0 regular season including breaking the century mark twice, Tom Oliphant's L & M squad beat Eastern Greene 72-63 in the semifinals of the Switz City (Central) Sectional. The Braves drubbed Bloomfield 69-34 in the sectional title game.

Terre Haute South, playing at Hulman Center, defeated the Braves 64-56 in the semifinal of the regional, their only loss of the year.

The fan wanted to make sure I knew that Tony Patterson scored 48 points in a 102-72 victory over Eminence on Jan. 21, 1984. That game is a part of the partial all-time individual game scoring list that I have. It became much more incomplete when I decided to add 30-point games to the list.

Patterson's outburst is tied for the eighth-most points in a game all-time by an area player, including Union (Dugger), and it broke the old school record of Bob Misner, who had 47 against Switz City (Central) on Feb. 7, 1978.

L & M also defeated Clay City 117-61 in 1983-84 on Valentine's Day.

The Braves won the sectional and regional the following season, finishing off one of the most magical years in the history of Greene County basketball. They won 28 of 30 games, including a 72-65 win over South at the regional.

They held off Owen Valley 61-56 in the Terre Haute Regional finale.

At the Evansville Semistate at Roberts Stadium, L & M edged Evansville Bosse 76-71 before losing to Southridge 72-54 in the game to decide who went to the Final Four.

Elsewhere, While talking with Jared Rehmel recently (no he has not made a decision yet about where he will be playing his final two seasons of college basketball), he told me about two of his better performances during that 2005-06 season, when the Lakers won the sectional and regional.

Other than the 42 he dropped on Rockville in December of that season, he hit Bloomfield for 35 points on Dec. 2, 2005 at Jasonville. But the Cardinals came up with a 47-45 victory.

Rehmel hit five 3-pointers and was 7-for-7 at the foul line.

At White River Valley during the Class A Sectional semifinals, Rehmel poured in 39 points in a 58-41 victory over Clay City on March, 3, 2006.

He scored 25 points in the second half to finish just two points short of eclipsing the entire Eel total.

During his days at Olney (Ill.) Central College, the 6-0 guard scored 35 twice this past season.

I am sure that Jared has a few more big-time games left in his arsenal.

Let me know if you got anything else that might have slipped through the cracks. Thank you.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at hargisbj@yahoo.com or (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.


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