Senior Athletes

August 28, 2013

It used to be that everyone looked forward to their senior year in school. This is still the case for most high school athletes; however, the D-1 athlete now has the added burden of “where am I going to continue my career”. To the ordinary person, this is a nice thing because if they are good enough their college will be paid for through scholarships. What most of us don’t think about is the price these young athletes pay to get that college free. College recruiters are really leeches. Once they start pursuit of an athlete they seldom give up. If you commit early, you would think that it would stop. Not any more. The average college coach only thinks a commitment is a small obstacle in his recruiting. In fact, a previous commitment gives the other coaches a starting point. It allows them to know what they can add to make their offer more attractive. Just read the major area papers and you will see how some of our local athletes are being hounded by these recruiters. The young athlete and their parents need to be on their toes because some of these offers contain more than what the NCAA allows. The athlete could wind up ineligible before his/her first game. One thing that would certainly help this is to go back to the rule that college freshmen are not eligible to play varsity ball. This would push the whole process back a little and give the high school senior a little more breathing room. On the other hand, Damon Bailey was recruited as a sixth grader by IU and never waivered from that commitment.

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am 4th Annual “Walk Off the Gravy” @ Versailles State Park
4th Annual “Walk Off the Gravy” @ Versailles State Park
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
On Saturday, November 28 the Fourth Annual “Walk Off the Gravy” will begin at 10:00 AM.  Jerry Wilson will be the walk leader.  He has planned about a two hour walk that will take place on paved surfaces on the roadways on top of the big hill which could include the Campgrounds, Day Horse Area, Fire Tower Road, etc.  The assembly point will be the Oak Grove Shelter Parking Lot. Friends, family, and well behaved pets are welcome.  Should it be raining or rain is imminent, the events will be cancelled.  As always, proper footwear, fluids, hiking stick, and a camera are good ideas. Should you need additional information, please feel free to contact me at 513-260-7982 or
5:00 pm Two Hearts One Community Prayer ... @ Milan Park
Two Hearts One Community Prayer ... @ Milan Park
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tanner Thompson & Kasey McAdams Community Prayer Walk at the Milan Park on Saturday, Nov. 28th beginning at 5 PM. Hot Chocolate, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be served! Donations are Appreciated. *Psalms 55:22    
6:10 pm Project T3 offering ‘Fun Crayons’
Project T3 offering ‘Fun Crayons’
Nov 28 @ 6:10 pm
‘Fun Crayons’ are recycled from broken crayons, then made into many fun shapes and colors. Every cent made from the proceeds of these sales goes directly for ‘Totes for Tots and Teens (Project T3). You can purchase Fun Crayons at: The Gooseberry, Joan’s T-Shirt Printing and Lisa’s Sew and Tux in Batesville, and Gary’s Wood Design in St. Leon, www.Project or call Carrie at 812-933-1519.  

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