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  • Bulldogs Fall To Trojans In SEI Finals

    first_imgThe 7th grade Bulldogs ended their season losing to Sunman Dearborn 46 – 30 in the championship game of the SEI Tourney.Seth Gausman led the scoring with 9 points. Also scoring for Batesville were Colt Meyer with 8, Dempsy Bohman 6, Brayden Linkel 3 and Alex Smith and Jake Cruse with 2 points apiece.The Bulldogs finished the season with a 13 – 4 record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The Bulldogs 8th grade lost a nail-bitter of a game in the championship of the SEI tourney against Sunman Dearborn. The game went into overtime and the Dogs came out on the short end losing 35-32. Both teams played great with outstanding effort.BMS led after the 1st Q. 9-6 but were down by two at the half 17-15. After the 3rd Q. Batesville was still down by 1 point but were able to send the game into overtime with a 28-28 score.For BMS, Cooper Williams had 8 points and several key rebounds and critical shots, Trey Heidlage with 8 points and did a great job running the point while guarding the other team’s best player. Austin Siefert and Sam Haskamp had 6 points each. Tyler Meyers had 4 points and played with good defense and rebounding.The Dogs finished with a 12-5 record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more

  • What Are We Developing?

    first_imgjust In a recent conversation the word “commitment” came up.  The person I was talking to was worried that our young people today don’t seem to be as interested in putting their whole mind and body into what they are doing.  This particular individual was more interested in the sports end of this conversation and not so much the academic.  The gist of the conversation was the cumbersome task of working around a young person’s schedule.It is hard to get everyone at practice at the same time.  You have to schedule around the students’ work and other activities in which they are involved.  Only football and basketball seem to be able to demand that everyone show up at the same time every day.  Another big factor in high school sports today is “burnout” or “perfection”.  A young athlete may start as young as 4 playing some form of AAU.  By the time they are freshmen in high school they are either very good or they have already quit.  Unfortunately, the very good are much lower numbers than the ones who quit.Seniors seem to think that it is below them to participate in any spring sport.  Their excuse is that they are tired and just want to have fun before they graduate.  We now have many one-sport athletes coached by lay coaches who sometimes have no sense of the tradition of that sport in a particular school.  Us old timers find it confusing to see athletes show up at practice with their phone in their hand.  I would bet that except in Ripley County 90+ percent of the kids don’t even know what “Hoosiers” is.  I guess I am just getting old.last_img read more

  • Feel Good Story

    first_imgIt is nice to watch the nightly news when they show a story about a person living their dream at a high school or college athletic field.Recently on Channel 12 the story was about a young lady with special needs and her teammates playing basketball on the Wilmington College floor.  The story was not so much about her playing basketball, because she does that a lot.  However, she had a dream about playing basketball and having it covered by the Channel 12 news staff.I, for one, was glad they took the time to do a story like this.  It sure beat another story about some athlete beating up his girlfriend.last_img read more

  • Saunders scores at Oshkosh

    first_imgBy Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (July 31) – Brock Saunders parlayed a restart with five laps left to win Friday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Jason Vandenberg was in front when the only caution of the night came out. The field ran three- and four-wide into the first turn and Saunders emerged from the scrum with the lead. Jon Schultz outran Jeff Schmuhl for second.Eric Scribner won for the first time at Oshkosh, getting the best of Jerry Wilinski in a back-and-forth Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified main event that went down to the final circuit.Following a late caution and five-lap sprint to the finish, Travis Van Straten won his third straight and seventh local Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car feature of the season by holding off Joe White.Drivers inducted into the Oshkosh Walk of Fame during intermission ceremonies were Ron Van Roy, Mike Pahlow and Charlie Ewald.last_img read more

  • IMCA special events drivers contend for Wehrs awards

    first_img“We’ve really developed a great personal and professional relationship with Chad Wehrs and his team at Wehrs Machine during our nine-year run,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We have had a mutually beneficial partnership and working together again in 2020 is something we’re excited about.” The Bangor, Wis., manufacturer and nine-year sponsor will give $50 gift certificates to designated top five finishers at a total of 80 specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. BANGOR, Wis. – Special events competitors in six IMCA divisions chase awards from Wehrs Machine and Racing Products again in 2020. Information about the complete line of Wehrs-made high performance products is available at the www.wehrsmachine.com website, by calling 608 486-4343 and on Facebook.  All certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received. last_img read more

  • Three Arrested in Catalytic Converter Theft Investigation

    first_imgColumbus, IN—Three people were arrested early Wednesday morning as a result of an ongoing investigation into a string of nearly 50 catalytic converter thefts that have occurred in Columbus and Bartholomew County since late last year.  Law enforcement officers from the Columbus Police Department’s Intelligence-Led Policing Unit, which consists of officers from the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, spotted a vehicle on Tuesday evening that they suspected was associated with several catalytic converter thefts on Columbus’ west side. The investigation led officers to a Columbus motel where they served a search warrant in the early morning hours of February 5th.During the warrant service, the officers located three suspects in the motel room along with multiple cutting tools consistent with devices used in removing catalytic converters, as well as drugs, drug paraphernalia, a handgun, and a possible stolen catalytic converter.The following persons were arrested with 48 hour holds on the preliminary charges below as part of the ongoing investigation:Darren D. Morgan, 38, of Saint Paul, was arrested on allegations of Three Counts of Theft, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana. Johnnie Hagan, 48, of Columbus, was arrested on allegations of Three Counts of Theft, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Possession of Heroin. Daniel E. Morgan, 35, of Columbus, was arrested on allegations of Three Counts of Theft with a Prior Conviction, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, and Possession of Marijuana.last_img read more

  • Hughes: Virus blowing through Stoke

    first_img Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes has conceded his side are at the mercy of a virus that has swept through the training ground. “Hopefully it’s going to be a 24-hour thing and they’ll be okay, but naturally it’s something we’re having to monitor. “We thought we’d got hold of it, but after this morning we’ve had to put those thoughts on the backburner. “We’re trying to keep the impact of it to a minimum if we can, but we’re at the mercy of it. We’re hoping nobody else will go down with it. “In 24 hours’ time we might be in a similar situation with different people, but we’re hopeful we’ve done enough.” For Hughes, it is a case of illness being added to injury given the number of players who have been on the sidelines of late. On-loan Victor Moses joined the list on Wednesday as he will be out for six-to-eight weeks with a thigh injury. Better news for Hughes, though, is that defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson returned to training this week after missing the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley last Saturday with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Crucially, influential centre-back Robert Huth is on the brink of a return after a recent calf injury. Huth has not played a league game for a year after sustaining a long-term knee injury, and although fit in pre-season, has only played two Capital One Cup matches this term due to setbacks. Hughes added: “He’s doing really well. He’s very close to joining in with the senior squad again, which we are all delighted about. “We’re coming into a period of games in a short period of time, so we are going to need bodies, and Rob coming back at this time of year is a bonus for us. Hughes explained: “We’re struggling to contain it somewhat. “The under-21s were hit by it earlier in the week. We tried to deal with it there and then. “We closed their operation down to such an extent they haven’t been in or around the building for the last three days, and they won’t be in tomorrow either. “Unfortunately, today Asmir, Geoff and Phil reported they were feeling unwell with sickness and what have you. “Phil came in and was prepared to train, but under the circumstances we felt he was better served by returning home. “Asmir was ill overnight and didn’t report in, and Geoff was sick when he came into the building, so he went straight back.” Asked as to the cause, Hughes replied: “It could be the time of the year, something that’s around, that you pick up from your kids. “We’re not sure where it’s come from. We tried to sanitise the building on Wednesday, we went right through it. The bug has already decimated the under-21 set-up, and although the club believed they had contained it, three senior players in Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley have now been laid low. Hughes is hopeful the illness will pass in 24 hours and the trio will be in training again on Friday, but has no idea who might be the next victims ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool. last_img read more

  • Remi Garde says Jack Grealish will return to Aston Villa fold this week

    first_imgRemi Garde has revealed Jack Grealish will return to training with Aston Villa’s first team this week, and the manager will then focus on preparing to face Arsenal, the Frenchman’s former club. “Jack Grealish will play with the reserve team on Monday and will probably join the group after that,” said Garde, whose previous experience of English football came at Villa’s next visitors, Arsenal, where he was a player in the 1990s. “It’s a very good feeling (to face Arsenal again). But my personal feelings are not very important. “Of course I have very good memories and a strong relationship with this English football club but I know that it is a very good side and they will come to Villa Park to win the game. “For us it will be very tough but I expect my players to be like they were (in the 0-0 draw with Manchester) City.” Southampton’s improved performance, following Wednesday’s 6-1 Capital One Cup defeat by Liverpool on Wednesday, came with the return of captain Jose Fonte from injury. The central defender almost gave his team the lead before Joleon Lescott scored on the stroke of half-time to put Villa in front. Substitute Oriol Romeu secured the equalising goal from a similar position to Lescott in the 73rd minute, ending Southampton’s run of three straight defeats. But though greater conviction in the final third would have given his team victory, Fonte denied suggestions they are lacking in confidence. “If you are Aston Villa (who remain bottom of the Premier League) you’d be struggling for confidence,” he said. “We’re in a good position still. Of course we want to be higher up the table but I wouldn’t say there’s a lack of confidence. “We have confidence, it’s just that it isn’t happening at the moment. Next Saturday, I’m sure we will approach it in a way that the strikers show that they can score because they have been working hard as well.” The talented Grealish had been forced to train with Villa’s development squad as a punishment for being filmed in a Manchester nightclub hours after the first team’s 4-0 defeat at Everton and amid allegations he also partied at a Birmingham hotel the following day. He again had no involvement in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton, but after he has played for the reserves on Monday, Garde – who has overseen two draws and two defeats since his appointment as Villa’s manager – will again consider the 20-year-old for selection. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Don Cossack tuning up for Kempton and King George

    first_imgGordon Elliott will put the finishing touches to Don Cossack’s William Hill King George VI Chase preparation on Tuesday. The eight-year-old has won eight of his last nine races, with his only defeat in that time coming at Cheltenham in the Ryanair Chase. He has been imperious in two starts this season and while his task may look slightly easier with Gold Cup winner Coneygree absent, Elliott is taking nothing for granted. “He’s in good form and will do his last bit of work on Tuesday,” said Elliott. “All being well the King George is the plan (rather than the Lexus). “Coneygree might not be there, but with Vautour and Cue Card it is still a very good race and I’m looking forward to it.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines To April 30th

    first_img(Washington, DC) — Americans could be self-isolating at home until May according the President’s latest coronavirus update on Sunday evening.The White House’s social distance recommendations are being extended through April 30th. President Trump said the peak of coronavirus deaths could hit in the next two weeks. He previously hoped that the country would be re-opened for business by Easter, April 12th. However, now he predicted that the country will be getting back on track by June 1st.Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could be up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S.which currently has the most confirmed cases in the world. Currenty there are 141,812 confirmed cases and 2,475 deaths in the U.S. Keep track here.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases added that the number of cases will go into the millions. On a more positive note, Dr. Fauci said there’s a window of opportunity to slow the spread of COVID-19 in parts of the country that don’t have that many cases yet.last_img read more