Jim’s Journal, March 4th, 2024

It was a huge late week and weekend of boys’ high school basketball in Indiana, and the field shrank from big to small, very fast.  The latest set of games Saturday night saw East Central eliminated by Franklin Community 41-34, Oldenburg Academy ending Jac-Cen-Del’s season 47-36, and Batesville knocking out nearby Lawrenceburg, 44-36.

That makes Batesville and Oldenburg the champions of their sectionals, sending them next into regional competition this coming Saturday.  The now 20 & 5 Bulldogs take on Scottsburg’s 21 & 5 Warriors in Seymour, and OA’s 13 & 11 Twisters will face the 17 & 7 Cougars of Greenwood Christian Academy in Martinsville, both games tipping at 4:00 that afternoon.


Other sports news includes Batesville High’s track & field squad opening its season Saturday, in a qualifying meet at Indiana Wesleyan, for the Hoosier State Relays, to be held at the new State Fairgrounds facility on the 23rd of this month.  Saturday’s meet was one of 2 qualifiers for the Bulldogs.  Qualifying times and distances will be the state’s top 24 in each event by the 16th.


Bulldog track coach Lisa Gausman will be one of those on Coaches’ Corner tonight at 6:00, from Ison’s Family Pizza in downtown Batesville.  Also on the show, Bulldog boys’ basketball coach Aaron Garrett, Milan boys hoops coach Matt Pickerell, and Greensburg track mentor Joshua Hawkins, all joining Terrance Arney for Coaches’ Corner, this evening at 6.


Before Coaches’ Corner, be sure to join us for Reds Cactus League baseball, as Cincinnati takes on the A’s… first pitch at 3:05, only on 103.9 FM, WRBI.


Men’s college basketball Sunday had IU’s Hoosiers getting by Maryland 83-78…  Ohio State pounding Michigan 84-61…  and Indiana State dropping Murray State 89-77.


Women’s college hoops saw a new standard for any gender set Sunday, as Iowa’s Caitlin Clark surpassed Pete Maravich’s record for college basketball scoring of 3667 points, set 54 years ago.  Clark finished the 93-83 win over Ohio State with 3685, with several regular-season games and the NCAA tournament left in her college career.  She plans to enter the WNBA draft, and could be selected first by the Indiana Fever.