School Brawls

first_imgA press release by Bobby Cox, IHSAA Commissioner, spoke about recent fights that have taken place in middle school and high school basketball games.  Griffith High School and Hammond High School boys’ basketball teams were both suspended for a fight that took place in their basketball game.  Neither team was allowed to participate in the state tournament.Most of the fighting was the result of fans disagreeing with referee calls, and it did not originate with the players themselves.  Cox believes that schools must provide more security and more supervision for athletic events.  One administrator at a game is not enough.  Also, fans can help by alerting school officials of potential problems.  No one wants to see a game played in an empty gym which has happened in other states because fans could not be controlled.Fans at games seem to be too sensitive about referee calls, and the lack of security at most middle school games adds to the problem.  Cox also believes that schools must find a way to pay referees more per game to entice younger people to become officials.  Most schools pay less than $100 per game and their travel and food expenses must come out of this.last_img read more

Batesville American Legion Baseball Results

first_imgAfter being rained out on July 7th and 9th, Batesville was back in action on Saturday, July 11th, at Centerville High School vs. Richmond Post 65.  Richmond won 7-2.Post 271-101 000 000.   2-7-2Post 65-040 011 10x.   7-7-2For Post 271:Leo Enneking 0-3, run, bbNoah Gausman 2-4, runBaker Howard 1-3, sac fly rbiTyler Hogg 1-3, double, bb, rbiAnthony Butz 1-4Kyle Siefert 1-4Cody Roleson 1-3Chase Hogg 0-2, bbTyler Hogg 4 IP, 5 runs, LossZach Pottschmidt 2 IP, 2 runsLeo Enneking 1 IP, 0 runsPost 271 record: 2-6Next game: Monday (7-13) vs. Seymour.Courtesy of Batesville Legion Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

Bulldogs Boys Soccer Team Victorious Over Patriots

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Liberty, Indiana to take on the Union County Patriots in the opening game of the 2015 season and won 7-3.Despite losing several key players to graduation and starting many new and young players the Bulldogs started the match with high intensity.Batesville instantly put the Patriot defense under constant pressure and took the early lead when Nathan Batta received the ball on the left side of the field and was able to dribble passed the defense and put his shot under the Patriot keeper. “Nathan made an excellent overlapping run on the left side and took a couple nice touches to get behind the Union County defense.” Five minutes later Batesville doubled their lead when Henry Lipinski received a pass on the left side and cut into goal. He sent his shot low and hard to the near post. The ball glanced off the post and in to make the score 2-0. Just 2 minutes later Batesville scored a third goal when Austin Meyer redirected a Christian Wolfe shot. Wolfe had settled a deflected pass and hit a hard shot toward goal. Meyer got his head on the ball to deflect the shot into the net to give Batesville a comfortable 3 goal lead. After that goal it looked like the Bulldogs would run away with the game but then the flood gates opened for both teams as 7 goals were scored over the next 12 minutes. Just 30 seconds after the Meyer goal Union County got one back after a Bulldog defensive mistake. Less than 2 minutes later the Bulldogs answered with a fourth goal when Sam Dunbar notched his first goal of the match. Dunbar dribbling out of the midfield played a give and go pass with Austin Meyer. Meyer sent the ball through the Patriot defense and into the running Dunbar who gathered the ball and finished with a nice low shot into goal.“The give and go with Dunbar and Meyer was textbook. I was extremely pleased with the quick passing and excellent runs off the ball in the early parts of the first half.” Two minutes later the Patriots cut the Bulldog lead in half when a long, low shot got passed the Batesville keepers hands to make the score 4-2. The Patriots then felt a shift in the moment and began to put pressure on the Bulldog defense. Batesville appear a bit rattled and committed a foul just outside the 18’ box. The Patriot player hit a long shot up and over the Batesville wall and into the goal to make the score 4-3. Batesville regained its composure and scored two more goals over the next five minutes (Meyer and Batta each getting their second of the game) to take the lead up to 3 with the score at the half 6-3.The second half turned into a more defensive battle and the Bulldogs were able to add a seventh goal by Alex Todd to make the final score 7-3 in favor of Batesville. The Bulldogs finished the night with 7 goals on 36 shots and 5 corner kicks to Union Counties 3 goals on 8 shots and 1 corner. “Union County put up a good fight and never quit. I think they have improved a lot since last year and put us under pressure midway through the first half. Our inexperience showed defensively in the first half as we are still understanding and learning our roles and responsibilities. I also think there was a bit of nerves out there as this was the first Varsity start for a lot of our players.“Overall, we played well much of the match but still need to improve in technically and tactically. Offensively, we did well early on with our possession and quick passing inside and out but we got away from that later in the game and became too committed to the dribble and playing vertically. I think this team will grow and improved dramatically from game to game and I am excited about the potential we have this season.”  Bulldogs Coach Chris Fox.last_img read more

Am I Paranoid?

first_imgA few weeks ago I wrote a blog on how poorly I thought the umpires did in calling balls and strikes this year.  It appeared to me that they wanted the New York Mets to be in the World Series.  In the final game against the Cubs, there was one series of ball/strike calls that cemented my belief.  When TV showed the replay of 3 straight pitches, all 3 pitches missed the box that is supposed to be the strike zone.  In fact, not one of the three pitches was even close to the box.  One of the pitches even hit the dirt before the catcher caught it.  The Mets pitchers are good enough that they do not need any help.  Even though the Mets swept the Cubs, only one of the four games even resembled a blowout.  I wonder how soon it will be until we have a robot calling balls and strikes.  They are going to expand replay next year, so they might as well eliminate umpires completely.last_img read more

Sign work slated for Switzerland County

first_imgSWITZERLAND COUNTY—Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for a visibility improvements/curve sign project hopes to begin operations next Monday (MARCH 5), weather permitting, on State Road 129 between S.R. 56 and Moorefield Road in Switzerland County.Ragle Inc. of Newburgh, Indiana, is the state’s contractor this $129,130 curve safety project.  It is putting message boards in place at both sites at this time.  When operations begin, motorist may experience short delays while flaggers route traffic around work crews.last_img

Vendors sought for hummingbird migration event

first_imgConnersville, In. — IThe Indiana Audubon will be hosting the inaugural Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, August 11.  This inaugural event will draw hummingbird enthusiasts from around the Midwest to Connersville, IN for a one-day celebration of all things birds and hummingbirds.  Participants can expect an assortment of activities on the beautiful Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary grounds.As part of the event, vendors are being sought to showcase the region’s diverse arts, crafts, and outdoor related services.  Vendor applications are now available on the Indiana Audubon website.  Vendor fees are $50 for the day-long event.  Both professional companies, individuals, and civic groups are encouraged to apply.The Indiana Audubon Hummingbird Migration Celebration is a festival for the tiny gem, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Multiple sponsors and partners provide an opportunity for all to learn about these amazing little birds, how to attract them, and how to keep them coming year after year. Activities include hummingbird banding demonstrations to view hummingbirds up close, guided nature walks, a native plant sale, programs about birds and other pollinators, kid’s activities, vendor booths, live music, and more.To learn more about the Hummingbird Migration Celebration or Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web. Search keyword Hummingbird Migration Celebration.last_img read more