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Mullis returns to courts, quickly

Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 9:33 PM

Keith Maze
It has always been said that actions speak louder than words and such was the case with White River Valley girls tennis coach Katie Mullis.

On April 27, Mullis had her first baby Maggie Elizabeth. One week later, Mullis was back on the courts coaching her Lady Wolverines in a match at Edgewood Tuesday.

"I didn't want to leave her so we brought her to the match," said Mullis, who is in her second season at WRV. "I really missed being on the court with the girls.

"My mom was with her during the match. I knew that she was in good hands, but I would sneak over and check or her when I could, but it was hard to do with everything going on."

Husband Tyler acts as Katie's assistant coach. She said they have been getting a lot of much needed sleep.

"Maggie Elizabeth is a good baby," said Katie. "She sleeps all night."


The Eastern Greene softball team won its second game of the season Tuesday, beating Bloomington South 7-6.

The Lady Thunderbirds wore their new uniforms for the first time this season.

Coach Gina Ingram had her squad take advantage of a new feature of the uniforms.

"We talked about the small things," said Ingram. "And since our new uniforms have pockets, I had the girls set their goals for the game and put them on paper and place them in their pockets.

"It gives them more of a sense of playing with a purpose and working toward a goal for themselves. It could be something as simple as staying positive on the field, staying relaxed at the plate or stay up for the team. It was amazing how many of them met some or all of their goals."

The Lady Thunderbirds, who were a combined 0-30 the past two seasons and started this year 0-4, have won 2 of 6, including 1-0 in their new threads.


After Drew Gambill shattered the Greene County Track and Field Meet record in the 800 meters Monday with a time of one minute, 55.98 seconds, it got me to wondering how many old records are still standing.

Gambill's time was over four seconds faster than the 2:00.1 set by Tim Gambill of Shakamak in 1972.

Linton's Steve Hastings set the county record in the long jump back in 1959, some 51 years ago if my math skills aren't failing me.

Hastings mark is 21 feet, 5 3/4 inches.

Eastern Greene senior Scott Conley won the county meet with an effort of 19-10 1/2 Monday.

Kerry Newsom of Linton has the second oldest boys county track and field record. In 1968, Newsom was timed at 15.4 seconds in the 110 high hurdles.

EGHS junior Keith Maze won that event with a time of 15.55 seconds this year.

Linton-Stockton's Stefan Sparks broke the record in the shot put. He had a throw of 52-3 1/2 in winning that event Monday. The old record was 52-2 1/2 by Miner Wes Leigh in 1997.

Sparks won the discus with an effort of 153-1, but that was over nine inches short of the mark set by Ron Provo of White River Valley in 1999.

All of the other boys records are no older than 13 years.


An interesting thing happened Wednesday as Union (Dugger) forfeited its make-up high school softball game at Shakamak.

This makes the Lady Bulldogs 0-14 on the season.

I know a team forfeiting a game is not earth shattering news, even a dual conference contest, but with the sectional just a little more than three weeks away, it begs an interesting question. If Union (Dugger) can't field a team every night, should they just go ahead and think about canceling the rest of the season?

I am not trying to be harsh or deny anyone an opportunity to play ball, but what happens if the Lady Bulldogs say that are going to be part of the sectional and then on May 24 or 25, they don't have enough kids to compete when they are scheduled to play?

The final rosters for the state tournament have to be submitted by Tuesday, May 11 with games likely to begin Monday, May 24 at the Class A Clay City Sectional. The pairings will be announced Thursday, May 13.

If the Lady Bulldogs receive a bye, but can't compete, that would mean their opponent would not have to win a game to advance to the championship game.

I think some would say this could become an unfair competitive balance.

For all I know, this likely is a one-time thing where a couple of kids just missed school or were sick.

Union (Dugger) softball coaches Rick Swan and Mike Miller both continue teaching the youthful Lady Bulldogs, who are just six seasons removed from being state runner-up in Class A.

Hopefully UHS will be able to finish out the season and this topic will all be for naught.

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

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