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Birthdays, Karl and planning are local hoop topicsPosted Friday, December 10, 2010, at 1:52 AM
Nobody can say that Eastern Greene High School boys basketball coach Andy Igel is not focused on his job.
Igel, who turned 50 on Saturday, opted to go scout Brown County the same night as his birthday.
"My brothers and sisters wanted to have a meal for my birthday," said Igel. "But this is my job and this is how I make my living.
"They work at their jobs during the week and I work at my job on weekends this time of year. That just the way it is."
Bloomfield senior Payton Karl has a unique distinction -- he is the only starting center in the area that is under 6-0. He is listed at 5-11.
Just on the local level, he has to match-up with the likes of 6-7 Austin Karazsia of Linton-Stockton, 6-6 Ray Darnell of Eastern Greene, 6-8 Cole Goodman of White River Valley, 6-7 Justin Crody of Shakamak and Union (Dugger) sophomore 6-3 Ethan Fettig.
Karl, who averages six points per game, does all the dirty work for the Cardinals, like rebounding, setting screens and playing defense.
Karl had two key offensive plays in the fourth quarter in Bloomfield's 44-39 victory at Linton-Stockton Saturday night.
With the Cardinals clinging to a 36-33 lead in the final three minutes, Linton-Stockton came up with a defensive rebound. In the blink of an eye, Karl took the ball away and his short flip shot in the lane put Bloomfield ahead by five points with 2:24 to play.
He hit 1 of 2 free throws with 38.7 seconds remaining, giving the Cards a five point cushion. He scored all three of his points in the final 2 1/2 minutes. He also had one rebound, the one theft and one assist.
"What Payton might lack in height, he makes up for in guts," said Bloomfield coach John Bucher. "He uses body position to play good defense.
"He is a very hard worker and a team player. He does things that do not show up in the scorebook or on a stat. You cannot compete without players like Payton."
Just like a coach, but we actually try to have a game plan in the sports department of the Greene County Daily World. I know it is not the same thing, but we try to best use our resources -- Rick Curl and myself, and sometimes freelance photographer Shad Cox.
But it is a numbers game we play. No matter how hard we try, two guys can't be in six different places at once. When you take into consideration having to be done at a certain time -- deadline as we call it -- unlike our friends in radio have to deal with and the location of games, it is not physically possible for us to be every where on every night.
Even on nights where there aren't six games, plans can go awry.
Take the night before Thanksgiving when Bloomfield played at Union (Dugger) and White River Valley hosted Shoals.
We had planned for each of us to cover one game, but Rick wife's was getting out of the hospital that day. As is the case almost always, she did not get released until very late in the day, actually hours after they told her to be ready.
It was certainly not in time for Rick to pick up her meds, pick up equipment in this case as well, get her safely home and go to a game.
So that left me to cover the Bloomfield at Union (Dugger) contest. WRV coach J.B. Neill faxed in his results and our editor Chris Pruett took photos. We tried to make the best of a less than perfect situation. One divided by two is never an even number.
It's like I've always said, we cannot do our job without the help of coaches. We are greatly indebted to them. We hope they understand this and appreciate our efforts and the fact that we are human beings with frailties, too. I wish that were true all the time, but it isn't.
B.J. Hargis is sports editor is sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reach at (812) 847-4487, ext. 20 or at email@example.com.
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