Sport Psyche

May 7, 2013
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If you can figure out what goes on in the mind of a teenager, you can make a mint by writing a book about the process. Why can some kids go to the line in the last 10 seconds of a game and write beautiful music with the rippling of the nets while another kid with just as much talent goes to the line and throws up a brick. Most of it occurs above the shoulders and between the ears. Any coach with any kind of talent can make the x’s and o’s work, but the real winners can get inside a kid’s head and make him/her believe they are world beaters. Selling a kid on his/her ability is the real art. John Wooden cornered this market, but many less known people work tirelessly in high schools all over the USA and do the same thing in lesser known programs. Coach Bader did this for years at Harrison Ohio High School with his baseball program. He won more games in his career than most of those high profile private schools in Cincinnati. The wrestling program at Milan is another one of these programs. Coach Durham did this with his cross country program at South Ripley for years. All these guys used what the school provided and then convinced their athletes they could win and do it year after year. As a coach, you have to be a friend, a father figure, and their mentor. Most of all, you need to make your ideas gospel in their eyes. While doing this, you still have to run a tight ship. If I were smarter, I would probably write a book on it.

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11:00 am Annual Classic Cruise-In
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Sep 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ripley Crossing presents their Annual Classic Cruise-In on September 5 from 11 am – 2 pm at 1200 Whitlach Way in Milan. Food & drinks, live music, vendors, and door prizes will be featured and available. Free will offering will be accepted for registration the day of the event. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place!
12:00 pm 22nd Annual Metamora Grad School... @ Old School Grounds Shelter House
22nd Annual Metamora Grad School... @ Old School Grounds Shelter House
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm
This is a casual reunion for anyone who ever attended Metamora Grade School, and an excellent opportunity to reminisce about the good ‘ole days at Metamora School. Take yourself back in time as you visit with some of your former schoolmates. The Metamora School days are remembered by many from this era as days of hardships, yet they also remain as some of their fondest memories of youth. The school has been gone about 36 years now, since about 1979. Please feel welcome to bring your family, old photographs or class pictures, or any old school mementos. All ages are welcome. Attendance in past years has ranged from 25 – 100. This event is very informal and will begin with a pitch-in lunch at noon. Dress appropriately for visiting at the outside, open shelter. Restrooms are available a couple hundred yards away at the State Building. Please bring a covered dish and your own beverage. Let’s keep our memories of the old school alive as long as we’re alive. Call Jim Hunter at 812-350-8253 for more information.

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