Jim’s Journal February 14th, 2024

Last night in an exciting non-conference boys’ regular-season high school basketball game, Oldenburg Academy outscored Waldron 10 to 3 in the second quarter, then 14 to 10 in the 4th, and that got the job done, the Twisters coming away with their 9th win of the season, and the 4th in their last 5 games, the final 44 to 35.  OA has 3 games left before the playoffs, against Rushville, South Decatur, and Lawrenceburg.  If you missed the game, or if you just want to re-live it, it was fun…  and you can find it now, here on WRBIRadio.com.

Other scores last night included Batesville hammering Franklin County 55 to 26, and Seymour topping Greensburg, 48 to 40.


More from those younger athletes, the stars of tomorrow–  Just a bit younger within high school, junior varsity boys’ basketball results earlier this week include Kamryn Holcomb scoring literally half his Batesville JV squad’s points, 27, as the Bulldogs defeated the East Central JV’s 54 to 44.  Also, over the weekend at South Ripley, Cole Henry accounted for 16 of the Raiders’ points, although his SR JV team got knocked off by Seymour, 47-24.

And earlier in the week, Batesville’s 7th grade Bulldog basketball girls beat South Ripley, 36-13.  Also, it was a competitive middle school wrestling match for Batesville Monday, the ‘Dawgs losing in the team score, 66-51 to Milan, but winning 8-6 in head-to-head matches.

The 5th grade Cardinal girls of Batesville’s St. Louis School beat Laurel Tuesday, 28 to 19…  the 6th graders of St. Louis lost to Laurel by 2 points.

Batesville Middle School’s 7th-grade girls lost a close one to Waldron Tuesday, 23 to 21, after beating South Ripley Monday, 36 to 13.

And the Batesville 8th-graders topped Waldron, 25 to 10.  That makes the 8th-grade squad’s season record a strong 12 wins, against only 2 losses.


As the ramp-up to baseball season moves ahead now with pitchers and catchers reporting to Reds camp in Arizona Tuesday, Cincy says it may have a surplus of riches…  more every-day infielders available, than there are positions for them to play.  That makes it appear several guys will be moving around to various spots during Reds’ camp, but the team’s clear, Elly De La Cruz will not be one of those.  The 22-year old is expected to be the starting shortstop most of the time, according to Manager David Bell.  He adds that Matt McLain is pretty much the target for 2nd base, after playing some second and short last season.  Bell adds last year’s starter at second, Jonathan India, has been talked to about multiple positions, and Bell says he’ll need to be flexible.  Remember the first spring training game is on the horizon for the 24th, a week from this Saturday.


Tonight in men’s college basketball, Xavier visits Seton Hall.  Tuesday night, it went like this–  the 10th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones dropped UC’s Bearcats 68-59… Number 20 Wisconsin topped Ohio State 62-54… the Number 4 Golden Eagles of Marquette knocked off Butler’s Bulldogs 78-72… and, this isn’t good…  Number 23 Indiana State’s first visit to the top 25 since Larry Bird got them there back in 1978-79 may not last long now.  That’s because the new Sycamores were upset Tuesday in their first game in the current rankings, by the Redbirds of Illinois State, 80 to 67.  That drops the Sycamores’ season record to 22 wins, and now 4 losses.


In the NBA, the Raptors host the Pacers in Toronto Wednesday evening.