Volz Dynasty

May 1, 2015

Dave Volz and his sons, Drew and Deakin, all have been Indiana State pole vault champions.  It started with Dave in 1979 when he was a student at Bloomington South High School.  He went on to IU and eventually pole vaulted in the Olympics in 1982. Not to be outdone by their father, Drew Volz...

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Cheating In Sports

April 30, 2015

It is hard to pick up a paper these days and not find a headline story about someone cheating in sports.  Who can forget Bill Belichek and the New England Patriots and their famous deflated footballs?  A-Rod of the Yankees opened his baseball year to a chorus of boos because he is one of...

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Sport Sounds

April 29, 2015

All of us are familiar with the “swish” of the nets on a perfect 3-point shot or free throw.  Baseball announcers keep talking about the perfect sound of a baseball hitting a wooden bat.  If you go to any baseball game other than the pros, you are very familiar with the “clink” of the...

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Big Ten Next Year

April 28, 2015

What does Bo Ryan have left on the Wisconsin team for next year?  Player of the Year, Frank Kaminsky, and Sam Dekker will both be pros.  Wisconsin also loses Josh Gasser, Traevon Jackson, and Duje Dukan who were all seniors.  That will leave the Badgers with Koenic and Hayes from this year’s team. Several other...

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Year-End Games

April 27, 2015

If you notice that as the NBA and NHL seasons were coming to an end, the teams who already made the playoffs rested their starters.  The problem I have with this is the teams they were playing were in the race for the final playoff spots.  This gives an unfair advantage to certain teams...

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High School Basketball Hall of Fame Classic

April 24, 2015

Next year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Classic has been set.  On December 29 at New Castle High School in the girls’ portion of the tourney Noblesville will play Benton Central and Lebanon will play Princeton. On December 30 the boys’ portion of this tourney will take place.  It will match Lawrence Central against Lafayette...

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Lynna Irby

April 23, 2015

Lynna Irby is a sophomore at Pike High School in Indianapolis.  Last year this young lady was a triple state track champion.  She won the 100 meters in 11.1 seconds, the 200 meters in 24.07 seconds, and the 400 meter in 54.38 seconds.  She is also a 2-time indoor 60-meter champion.  Lynna is only...

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What Are We Developing?

April 22, 2015

just 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...

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Three Generations in the Hall of Fame

April 21, 2015

The Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet occurred on April 11 at JCD Elementary School.  I think this marked the first time that the third generation in a family became a member of the Hall of Fame.  Ed Westmeyer, a South Ripley graduate, was one of this year’s class.  His grandfather, Irvin Freudenstein, was...

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Why Major Leaguers Don’t Hit Better

April 17, 2015

Last year there were 692 pitchers used in major league baseball.  Since there are 30 teams in the majors, this averages out to be over 20 pitchers per team.  Just 5 years ago only 557 pitchers were used.  Not only are so many pitchers used but 61 of those pitchers had a fast ball that...

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all-day BHS Interact Club Spring Cleanin...
BHS Interact Club Spring Cleanin...
Jan 15 – Feb 15 all-day
The Batesville High School Interact Club will be having a spring cleaning coat drive from January 15 – February 15. Drop-off locations include Goody’s, Batesville Memorial Public Library, and the Guidance Office at the Batesville High School.
8:00 am CASA Training @ Souttheastern IN YMCA
CASA Training @ Souttheastern IN YMCA
Feb 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) training is February 5 and 12 from 5:30 – 9 pm, and February 6 and 13 from 8 am – 4 pm at the Southeastern IN YMCA in Batesville. Prospective volunteers who want to aid children must fill out applications ahead of time. Information can be found at or by calling Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Executive Director Tonya Ruble-Richter at 812-599-2630 or emailing her at
9:30 am “Praying Our Dreams: Discovering... @ Oldenburg Franciscan Center
“Praying Our Dreams: Discovering... @ Oldenburg Franciscan Center
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
“Praying Our Dreams: Discovering God’s Messages” will be presented on February 13 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost is $45 – $65 includes lunch. Info and RSVP at or 812-933-6437.

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