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U Conn Women’s Basketball

April 16, 2015
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This past week the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team under the direction of Geno Auriemma won their 10th national championship.  This ties him with John Wooden, UCLA, and Phil Jackson, LA Lakers, for national championships.  This was their 3rd straight national championship, and their team has 4 starters back for next year.  Don’t...

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Sarah Thomas

April 15, 2015
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Sarah Thomas was hired as the first female NFL ref this month.  She feels like she will not be taken seriously if she appears in her referee uniform looking like a girl.  So, she tucks her ponytail inside her hat to help blend in with the other officials.  She breaks a 95-year men’s only...

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Kevin Gregg

April 14, 2015
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Kevin Gregg is a relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.  He was signed as a free agent before Spring Training.  Gregg did not pitch last year because of arm problems.  Before that, he saved 33 games for the Chicago Cubs.  The Cincinnati Reds plan for him to be their 8th inning pitcher to get...

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Alonzo Gee

April 13, 2015
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Have you heard of the saga of Alonzo Gee, a National Basketball Association player.  As I write this article, he is a member of the Trail Blazers.  Believe it or not, since the end of 2012 he has been around the world as far as the NBA is concerned.  Here is his saga. In the...

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Framing Artist

April 10, 2015
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A framing artist in this article has nothing to do with picture framing.  It is a talent used by major league catchers to steal strikes for their pitcher when a pitch is just out of the strike zone.  Believe it or not, MLB keeps this statistic among all the other (useless) facts they record....

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Men’s Final Four

April 9, 2015
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This year’s Final Four met almost all the expectations that experts predicted it would.  The one noticeable flaw in all of their predictions was that Kentucky did not play in the final game.  The tournament itself gave us one terrific game (Wisconsin vs. Kentucky), one very good game (Duke vs. Wisconsin), and one less...

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Dean Smith vs. Marvin Wood

April 9, 2015
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My good friend, Glen Butte, shared with me a Sports Illustrated article on Dean Smith and his famous 4-corners offense.  Evidently, Marcus Paige was a point guard for Dean Smith and he ran the 4 corners that was born in a 1962 practice session of the North Carolina Tar Heels.  They used it for...

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Are High School Sports Worth It?

April 7, 2015
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Recently I had a conversation with someone who wondered if all the time spent in sports by our current high school students is really worth it.  As soon as school is out this spring, their summer workouts will begin.  The only week that is truly a summer vacation is one week in July designated...

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Gary Thompson

April 6, 2015
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I would guess only the old timers that read this blog remember this name.  Gary Thompson grew up in Roland, Iowa, a town the size of Oldenburg.  This name came to mind when Sally and I drove through Roland on our last trip to visit our daughter’s family. Roland is very close to where...

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Back to Basics

April 3, 2015
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Andrea Westerfeld of Oldenburg sent out an article about a new high school principal who decided to go “old school”.  His talk to the students on the first day was about the fact that all the students are Americans.  Even though they were all from different ethnic backgrounds, they were now Americans.  They would speak English,...

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Upcoming Events

Jan
15
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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.
Feb
14
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all-day Three Parish Mission
Three Parish Mission
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day
The parishes of St. John in Osgood, Immaculate Conception in Millhousen and St. Maurice in Napoleon will co-host a three day mission led by Fr. Jim Farrell.  The theme of the mission will be “Mercy: God’s Gift.”  Fr. Farrell is currently pastor of Pius X Parish in Indianapolis and is also Director of Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis. The retreat schedule and topics will be Sunday Feb. 14 at St. John’s – “Encountering God’s Mercy in the Scriptures;” Monday Feb. 15 will be at Immaculate Conception – “Experiencing God’s Mercy in the Sacraments;” and Tuesday Feb. 16 at St. Maurice – “Carrying God’s Mercy Forward- Giving What We Have Received.” All talks will begin at 7:00 PM and will be followed by opportunities for Confession and Anointing of the Sick.  Refreshments and opportunities for fellowship will also be available in the parish halls.  Please come, bring a friend and join us for this perfect beginning to Lent.
6:00 pm 7-Week Intensive Study Program @ Hopewell Baptist Church
7-Week Intensive Study Program @ Hopewell Baptist Church
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hopewell Baptist Church is hosting a 7-week intensive study for teenagers ages 13 – 18 over the issues that they are facing such as cutting, drinking, drugs, effects of divorce, and suicide. These discussions will take place every Sunday starting January 17 through March 6 from 6 – 8 pm.

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