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High Jump

May 13, 2014
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Most of you know that high jumpers today basically “flop” over the bar.  That was not the case when I attended high school.  We used the Western Roll.  The Western Roll is really an apt description of what an athlete did.  He jumped as high as he could and rolled his body full length...

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Did You Know?

May 12, 2014
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Did you know that Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds has an older brother who is also a baseball player?  His name is Jeff Frazier, and he has had a couple minor stints in the big leagues.  He was originally drafted by Detroit as an outfielder.  He has been with the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals. ...

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Kentucky Derby Wrapup

May 9, 2014
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I hope you enjoyed the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby last Saturday.  California Chrome did not disappoint its many fans.  It was a fairy tale story from the beginning.  The product of two horses that nobody wanted became the first favorite to do well in the Derby in several years.  Most experts do...

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The New River Downs

May 8, 2014
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Belterra Park is the latest racino to open in the tri-state area.  It, of course, replaces River Downs.  Today this entertainment facility starts live thoroughbred racing.  It seems that today to stay in business you have to tie horse racing with some other form of gambling.  Racinos have the video slots that a player...

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Coaching High School Athletes Today

May 7, 2014
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As I observe today’s high school athletes, I realize it is quite a different world from the one I retired from in the late 1990’s.  I still help out with track, so I see some of the things coaches deal with on a day-to-day basis that were non-existent 15 or so years ago.  The...

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Chris Mullin

May 6, 2014
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Chris Mullin is in Batesville today and will be speaking at The Sherman House tonight.  Chris spent 16 seasons in the NBA, and he was on two Olympic Gold Medalist basketball teams.  One of these teams was the 1992 “Dream Team”.  This team was made up of the so-called best players in the world...

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Pine Tar

May 5, 2014
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When a Yankee pitcher was recently caught with pine tar on his neck, it really was a chuckle!  Evidently, he is a slow learner because that is the second time he has been caught with pine tar.  At least in the old days pitchers would try to hide all their illegal pitching aids.  Joe...

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Derby Weekend

May 2, 2014
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For all fans of horse racing, this is the weekend!  The Kentucky Derby is a field of 20 horses which is twice as many as the normal race field the rest of the season.  This is why it is a very risky betting race.  With that many horses, a favorite can easily get boxed...

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Batesville A.D.

May 1, 2014
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As you probably have heard by now, Bryan Helvie is the new athletic director at Batesville High School.  He will replace the retiring Mark Ferguson on July 1.  Bryan has been part of  Batesville Athletics for most of the years he has been a resident of Batesville.  He is currently coaching the girls tennis...

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Pam Shively

April 30, 2014
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Yesterday I did an article on the practice of hiring men to officiate high school games over women even when the woman would be equal or better than the man.  This is the case for Pam Shively of East Central who is in much better condition and ability to referee high school boys games...

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all-day Metamora Volunteer Firemen’s Fes... @ Gateway Park
Metamora Volunteer Firemen’s Fes... @ Gateway Park
Jul 4 all-day
The Metamora Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual firemen’s festival at Gateway Park (across US 52 from Metamora) on Saturday, July 4. Parade starts at 6 pm at the park (route crosses US 52 and goes through Metamora). 3 pm food starts — pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, ice cold drinks. Also included are kids’ games, pull tabs, bounce house, slides, tractor pull. Live music by Stagger Lee. Beer garden from 3 pm – 3 am. Fireworks at dusk at Gateway Park.
10:00 am Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Blueberry treats, live music, horse-drawn trolley rides, crafts, petting zoo, pony rides, paddleboat rides, south of Batesville on State Road 129. 10 am – 7 pm. No admission charge.
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10:00 am Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Blueberry treats, live music, horse-drawn trolley rides, crafts, petting zoo, pony rides, paddleboat rides, south of Batesville on State Road 129. 10 am – 7 pm. No admission charge.

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