Reds Caravan Revisited

February 3, 2014

As usual, it was a lot of fun to MC the Reds Caravan when they were in Batesville.  I was really impressed with Brayan Pena, the new catcher for the Reds.  The young man is a native of Cuba and a countryman of Reds relief pitcher, Chapman.  The soft-spoken catcher was friendly and was a...

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Track Clinic

January 31, 2014

If you are reading this article today, I am attending the annual Indiana State Track and Field Clinic.  Each year, weather permitting, almost 800 coaches throughout the state convene in Indianapolis for this annual event.  It is always nice to think about warmer weather and track meets in the middle of winter.  For the...

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Sideline Interviews

January 30, 2014

By now all of you have seen the interview conducted by Erin Andrews after the Seattle/San Francisco ball game.  Any time you do an interview after a hotly contested pro game, you have to be careful what questions you ask a player.  Erin innocently wanted to know the Seattle defensive back’s description of his...

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Old High School Gym

January 29, 2014

My wife and I were watching an old Cagney & Lacey the other night, and a scene in that show took place in a police bathroom.  There was mold all over the walls.  The first thing I thought of was the shower room at the old gym.  I can’t even imagine what the State...

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Girl/Boy Basketball Doubleheaders

January 28, 2014

It is time for schools to schedule boys and girls varsity basketball games on the same night.  This format will make it much easier to satisfy Title IX and make sure gyms do not sit open on weekend nights.  This is happening now to satisfy the Title IX requirement for equal girl and boy...

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More County Tourney Thoughts

January 27, 2014

On Friday I listed some of my thoughts on the reduced attendance at the Ripley County Tourney games.  Another thought on why the attendance is lower today could possibly be the number of games involved and the fact there are two tournaments in one–a boys tourney and a girls tourney.  This causes people to...

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County Tourney Revisited

January 24, 2014

The just completed Ripley County Tournament was a success when you compare it to other tournaments being held in the state of Indiana.  However, it is no where near the event it used to be.  In its heyday you had to know somebody or compete in a lottery just to get tickets to attend. ...

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Hope Springs Eternal

January 23, 2014

If you are one of those who have a ticket to the Reds’ Caravan occurring today, you can begin to speculate on the success of the Reds this year.  With a new manager at the helm, former pitching coach Price, the Reds probably will look similar to last year.  Let’s hope that he will...

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Red Caravan

January 22, 2014

Tomorrow the Reds Caravan for 2014 will be in town.  As usual, they will appear at The Sherman House, and this year it will be  10 a.m.  Every year it allows the avid baseball fans a chance to get baseball fever in the middle of the winter.  This year Marty Brennaman will head the list. ...

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January 21, 2014

I wonder how many things I used as a backstop for my baseball throwing sessions as a kid.  I never had one of those throw-back devices, so all of my backstops were home made.  The most practical one was a stack of straw or hay bales lines up along the barn wall.  They didn’t damage...

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12:00 am 2015 Batesville Youth Baseball/S...
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Dec 31 @ 12:00 am – Mar 14 @ 12:00 am
Registration is open online 24/7 go to and click on the “Register Now” link. Early registration Discount $5.00 per registration if completed IN JANUARY The spring/summer season will run from April 25th through July 2nd. All games will be through the week excluding April 25th to avoid conflict with spring soccer You can also register in person at the Batesville firehouse. Registration days: January 31, 2015- 9:00 to noon February 21, 2015- 9:00 to noon March 7, 2015- 9:00 to noon  
9:00 am YMCA January Incentive @ Southeastern Indiana YMCA
YMCA January Incentive @ Southeastern Indiana YMCA
Jan 1 @ 9:00 am – Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm
YMCA is where you belong! Community incentive to make being healthy a habit The whole month of January bring in 10 food pantry items and the $75 joiners fee will be dropped  
1:51 pm Patriotic Art Contest
Patriotic Art Contest
Jan 1 @ 1:51 pm – Mar 31 @ 11:59 pm
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3183 is sponsoring an art contest for students in grades 9-12. The contest is a great way to earn money for college. The art must be on paper or canvas and have a patriotic theme. Digital Art is not accepted. The art must be original. Judging is based on originality, presentation, and patriotism expressed. There are monetary awards given locally and at the state level. The national winners will receive scholarships. Home schooled students are eligible, foreign exchange are not. Your entry must be signed by a teacher. You can obtain an entry form by calling Kay Pulskamp, chairperson at 934-3442. Please submit your art by March 31, 2015. The first place winner will be sent to the State Scholarships Chairman for judging. Your art will be returned to you after judging is complete. Additional info/rules may be reviewed at

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