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Greene County Daily World's Top 10 Sports Stories of 2011

The staff of the Greene County Daily World selected the Top 10 Sports Stories for the year 2011.

Sinkhole closes road; repairs should be made by Wednesday afternoon (08/14/12)
An old sinkhole believed to be caused by an abandoned coal mine shaft has closed a county road to enable repairs to be made. Greene County Highway Department Superintendent Brent Murray said County Road 1100W ---- between County Roads 100S and 200S in Stockton Township -- was closed on Monday...
No. 10 - Lady Lakers earn sixth straight regional, Riggins to semistate (12/30/11)
The successes of the combined efforts of the Shakamak girls cross country team and Bloomfield senior harrier Julie Riggins have earned the No. 10 spot in the 2011 Greene County Daily World's top sports stories. For the sixth straight year the Lady Lakers advanced out of the IHSAA Sectional at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute thanks to a ninth-place finish by junior Savannah Turner and a 12th-place showing by sophomore Aleksey Green...
No. 9 - Witt excels at Grand Valley State (12/30/11)
The Grand Valley State men's cross country team had another banner season, matching the program's best finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship with a third-place result in Spokane, Wash. The team won its 10th straight GLIAC Championship and its 10th straight NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship with its performances toward the end of the season...
No. 8 - Hazelwood reaches state track finals (12/30/11)
Linton-Stockton freshman Micaela Hazelwood earned the No. 8 spot in the Greene County Daily World's top sports stories for 2011 thanks to her efforts in the shot put and discus. The freshman earned a place in both events at the IHSAA State Finals in Bloomington...
No. 7 - Eastern Greene has record season on gridiron (12/30/11)
Eastern Greene did not make its goal of a .500 season in 2011, but it came awfully close. The success of the Thunderbirds on the gridiron was voted as the No. 7 sports story of the year by the Greene County Daily World. The Thunderbirds shored up a defense that had been porous throughout the years. Led by Ezra Eads and Jake Johnson, who earned honorable mention Class A All-State by The Associated Press, they allowed less than 30 points per game...
No. 6 - Miners take sectional, stumble at regional (12/30/11)
The success of the Linton-Stockton Miners baseball team earned the No. 6 spot in the Greene County Daily World's top sports stories of 2011. There was no shortage of power in the Class 2A Sectional final at Roy Herndon Field in Linton on May 31. The Linton-Stockton Miners pounded out a dozen hits -- including four home runs -- and got a stellar relief effort from Ty Scott as they claimed their second straight sectional title with a 12-7 win over Eastern Greene...
No. 5 - Lady Cardinals cap perfect season with sectional title (12/30/11)
During his nearly two decades as boys and girls tennis coach at Bloomfield High School, Mike Canty has witnessed record-setting team and individual performances and conference and sectional championships. But never has he seen perfection. Bloomfield capped off a perfect season in May with a 4-1 win over Paoli to claim the second girls Loogootee Sectional title and first in nine seasons...
No. 4 - Oliphant to be honored by Hall (12/30/11)
Oliphant to be honor by Hall Linton High School graduate (1910) Elmer Oliphant, who was born July 9, 1992 in Bloomfield and went to school at Washington, will be honored in 2012 by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. This was voted as the No. 4 sports story of 2011 by the Greene County Daily World...
No 3 - Eastern Greene basketball had interesting year (12/30/11)
There were several things that happened to the Eastern Greene High School boys basketball program in 2011, making it the Greene County Daily World's No. 3 sports story of 2011. On the court, the Thunderbirds claimed its fourth sectional championship in school history -- all in Class 2A...
No. 2 - Record setting year for Miner football (12/30/11)
A record-setting year for the Linton-Stockton Miners football team earned the No. 2 spot on the Greene County Daily World's top sports stories for 2011. The dream of a class A state championship came to a painful end for the No. 3 Miners on a cold Friday night in November at the University of Indianapolis' Key Stadium...
No. 1 - Lady Thunderbirds earn trip to state volleyball finals (12/30/11)
The dream of a state title came to an end Nov. 5 for the Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbirds volleyball team. In a match that was anything but typical of the team that ran roughshod over the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference, captured their third straight Class 2A sectional, second consecutive regional and first semistate in any sport in school history, the No. 3 Lady Thunderbird spikers fell to No. 2 Wapahani 25-16, 28-26, 25-14 at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University...