Jim’s Journal, February 2nd, 2024

What a high school basketball year it’s been, for all these terrific southeastern Indiana teams, and for us here at WRBI!!  If you missed the boys’ game we aired Thursday night, check it out at WRBIRadio.com.  Offense, defense, strategy, lead changes… the game had it all, including a tight last-second finish where the potential tying shot didn’t go in, and the Knights of South Dearborn hung on to edge past the Batesville Bulldogs in EIAC play, 54-51. You could get worn out, just listening.

Other boys’ regular-season scores last night included Greensburg topping Rushville 38-26, East Central slipping past Lawrenceburg 43-41, Milan dropping Rising Sun 62-56, Southwestern of Hanover all over South Ripley 70-44, and North Decatur defeating Waldron 47-38.


Tonight, there’s more excitement, with the semi-finals in the girls’ sectional tournaments.  We’ll bring you a big doubleheader, tipping off at 6:00 in Shelby County, where Class 1A Jac-Cen-Del’s 18 & 5 Eagles square off against the 14 & 10 Cougars of South Decatur.  When that one’s over, we head to North Decatur, with South Ripley’s 13 & 8 Raiders up against 13 & 11 Switzerland County’s Pacers in Class 2A at 7:30.  All the fun starts live, about 5:45 this evening, on 103.9 FM, at WRBIRadio.com, and on the new WRBI app.

Tonight’s other local teams in the sectionals include Oldenburg Academy playing Morristown, Milan’s at North Decatur, and in 3A, Connersville facing Batesville, plus Greensburg at Lawrenceburg.


The local youngsters who’ll be in those high school jerseys someday are already working on their game, and at Batesville’s St. Louis school, the 6th-grade girls just opened their season this week, with a 38-13 loss to the Wildcats from St. Mary’s of North Vernon.  Coaches say they were really active on defense though, battling for the ball.  Those St. Louis 6th-graders have their next game at Mt. Carmel on Tuesday.

And Thursday at Batesville Middle School, the 7th-grade Lady Bulldogs pulled out an impressive win over North Decatur, 35- 10.  They’re back on court Tuesday, too.


In the men’s college ranks, Ohio State’s Buckeyes visit the Iowa Hawkeyes tonight in Big 10 play…  and the Butler Bulldogs will be in Omaha, looking to wing the Creighton BlueJays.


In the NBA last night at the Garden in New York, the homestanding Knicks just got by Indiana’s Pacers, 109-105.