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Things seem to be progressing nicelyPosted Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 8:27 PM
Well here we are about halfway through the fall sports season. And for the most part things have gone about as expected for area fans.
There are a few teams that have shown they're just about as strong as they were last year -- namely the Linton-Stockton football Miners and the Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbird volleyball teams.
There's also a few teams that have started to show some promise and there are others that are still trying to find that final piece of the puzzle.
But for the most part, things are progressing nicely.
The Miner football team appears once again to be the team to beat in the Southwest Seven and in the sectional.
But you have to give some credit where it is due and the Eastern Greene Thunderbird gridders are starting to make their fans believe they're ready to take the next step in the maturation process that began 10 years ago.
Coach Luke Dean has his team making forward strides each time out and they seems to be responding well to what he and the coaches are trying to do.
As for the Miners, they appear to be the barers of the proverbial target. They also appear to be the barer of bad news for any team that doesn't believe.
Austin Karazsia is once again having a season that will likely find him in the Linton-Stockton record books. And the defense is starting to look more and more like they might be one of the best defensive units to come along in a while.
The Union Bulldogs football team is not coming together as quickly as coach Todd Gambill would have hoped, especially considering a roster of almost two dozen features 12 seniors, but there are still winnable games on the schedule.
But with a small school and a limited number of players to draw from, you never really know how things will fall into place until the game starts.
Give coach Gambill a lot of credit -- and I mean a lot of credit -- for continuing to push for excellence and competitiveness from his charges. There aren't many coaches in the state of Indiana, or anywhere else for that matter, that could put a team on the field ever year while often not having enough players to scrimmage.
While it doesn't always show up on the scoreboard, they've never shown signs of giving in to failure. Instead the Bulldogs seem to be always striving for success and hopefully soon things will make a full turnaround and they will once again climb over the .500 mark.
The same holds true for the Lady Bulldogs spikers. While they've won only one match this year, they've started to make believers out of their fans that things are heading in the right direction.
Maybe more importantly, the Lady Bulldogs are showing new coach Mike Voigtschild what they are capable of doing. Now he's just trying to get them to do it consistently.
As for the Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbirds, it appears they are heading down what could be another long run in the postseason.
They've jumped out to a 24-2 mark, won a couple of tournaments and made a strong statement about how good they have the potential to be.
While I'm no expert and I'm sure coach Gina Ingram would find a reason to disagree, I feel like they've got a lot of wins left in them and that they're headed for good things as the month of October unfolds and hopes to still be playing the first Saturday in November (state finals).
For the remainder of the volleyball teams in the area, there's plenty to be proud of as well.
The Lady Miners are one example of a team that quietly gets the job done. Coach Jill Fougerousse has them preparing for the postseason and they could be a solid factor when the sectional rolls around as well.
White River Valley and Shakamak are steadily building on their success and have began the road back to being a strong program.
Both are building solid foundations for the future and both teams are heading in a favorable direction.
They continue to march ahead and look to be in a position to challenge in the not so distant future.
As for the Lady Cardinals of Bloomfield and head coach Susie Schulte, I wouldn't want to be facing them when the postseason rolls around. She will likely have them playing their best volleyball of the year when it counts the most, so don't count them out either.
Tennis is one sport that falls under the radar sometimes and this year is no exception. All three teams are looking for an identity and are in rebuilding mode.
Roger Maryfield has a team that is young and learning solid lessons while taking their lumps while Mike Canty is steadily making progress with his Cardinals, despite the ineligible player snafu.
As for the Miners and Brad McKinney, things are tough this year, but with only one senior he expected it to be a learning experience.
It's that all right, but it's one that will produce good results down the road.
These are just my observations and hopefully I haven't missed anyone, if I did I apologize in advance.
Cross country also is winding down and there are several athletes and team that could make their mark in the p
Just for the record, we have some very fine athletes in this area with a trait that is more important than an ability to be a winner.
We have some very fine athletes around here that ARE winners. Maybe not on the field or court, but certainly in the way they address the issues they face as athletes.
They are all well on their way to becoming fine adults and after all isn't that what high school sports is all about?
Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487, ext. 20. He can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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