The spring not only brings flowers and buds, it brings the craziness of the spring sports season.
Softball, baseball, track, golf, and tennis matches occur six days a week, and sometimes it’s hard to find room for all the results in our daily paper.
Track offers special challenges as the results require a lot of space even if we use agate type. As proof, look at today’s story about the Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference meet. To keep the SWIAC story manageable in length, we didn’t mention several athletes who recorded personal bests.
Those omitted include: Brendan Arthur (WRV), 1600-meter run; and Emma Stichter (Eastern-Greene), 4X400 and 4X800 relays.
“Almost all of our relays, boys and girls, set PRs tonight,” WRV assistant coach Conner Hill said.
Because of deadline pressures, we also didn’t get in Linton-Stockton coach Aaron Lynn’s comments about the Miners’ performance in last week’s Keith Jones Classic. He noted three girls won seven events to lead the Lady Miners. They were: Caroline Wilson, 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles and long jump; Skylar Tucker, 200- and 400-meter dashes; and Vanessa Shafford, shot put and discus.
“I was very happy with the performances from both the boys and the girls Friday night,” Lynn said. “For the girls, this was our second time winning this meet and the first since 2015. We knew these three were going to need to come up big for us to win this meet and they certainly did.”
The Linton coach also said the team got good performances from Imagin Morgan, 400, 4X800, and 4X400; Haley Rose, both hurdles, high jump, and 4x400; Aubrey Burgess, 800, 1600, and 4X800; and Cryslin Woods, 1600, 3200, 4X800, and 4X400.
Lynn noted Cameron Parola led the Linton boys in the Keith Jones Classic by placing first in the 800, 1600, 4X800, and 4X400.
“Cam had an amazing night,” Lynn said. “He looked very strong in every event he was in.”
The coach noted that Lance Dyer reached his goal of hitting 20 feet in the long jump.
I owe a couple of people apologies, I’ve consistently misspelled Kassi Morrison’s name in several stories about softball this spring. I also misidentified Clay City baseball coach Larry Shaw as his predecessor Kyler Rhodes in a story last week.
Sometimes I think society makes a big mistake by letting me run loose.
My colleague Terry Schwinghammer pointed out that our March 30 story about Edgewood head basketball coach J.B. Neill failed to mention that the Mustangs won the Wabash Valley Classic in late December. Neill, a resident of Bloomfield, coached his teams to victories over both Terre Haute South and Terre Haute North in that tournament.