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- AMEY TAKES AIM: Indiana football sectional realignment didn’t make things easier for Valley schools Today, students, we are going to study population shifts in the greater Indianapolis area.
Amey Takes Aim: Amey vacation: A return trip to The District might be in order
The FDR Memorial, the Museum of Natural History, the Holocaust Museum, the American Indian Museum, the Gallery of 20th-Century Art, the Bureau of Engraving, the National Archives, the U.S. Capitol, the White House and a touring company of Second City, our favorite comedy/improv group.
That’s a partial list of the things Jenny and I didn’t see on our vacation to Washington, D.C.
- Amey Takes Aim: Making a comeback as Home Run Derby pitcher while Cubs fade Having glanced up from my arduous work for just a few seconds Monday night — and seeing mostly commercials as a result — I have decided to make a comeback.
- Amey Takes Aim: Rain didn’t slow down Fourth of July sports action It takes more than a few raindrops to stop a good Fourth of July celebration. A little precipitation wasn’t going to slow down Tapring Goatee or Josh Bedford or the rest of the competitors in the Fast Track Mile. Organized fireworks displays may have had to have been postponed, but the disorganized ones were going on in every neighborhood I visited Saturday night.
- Amey Takes Aim: All-Star football game ‘greatest thing since sliced bread’ Because the high school football season is so short — and because almost all of its games are played on the same night every week — the annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game will probably continue to remain one of my highlight events of every year.
- Amey Takes Aim: Fort Wayne here we come …maybe I’m almost ready to congratulate Sam Karr right now. As soon as I heard earlier this week that Fort Wayne was going to be the site for the 2009-2010 girls basketball state championship games, I figured it would be inevitable that the Tribune-Star would have a team to cover up there.
- Amey Takes Aim: What exactly does it mean to be picked in MLB draft? It’s come to my attention in the past few days that some people have a misconception about what it means to be drafted by a major league baseball team. I can boil that controversy down into one quick fact: where you are drafted has a lot more to do with your measurables than how good a player you are.
- Amey Takes Aim: South’s Hunter Bullock’s joy for athletics is refreshing Hunter Bullock didn’t win the state mental attitude award for girls high school tennis like I had instructed her to do on Saturday, so you’ll have to get this information some other way.
- Amey Takes Aim: Some standout MIC track performances slipped through the cracks I know it’s a don’t-get-out-of-school-early thing, which I can appreciate, but I still wish there were a way to get the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference high school track and field championships over a little sooner.
- Amey Takes Aim: One of TH’s all-time greats nurturing tennis protege daughter My pick for the hardest job in high school spring sports goes to tennis parents — particularly since the spring is girls season in Indiana. I can watch the matches around the Wabash Valley very calmly, knowing I have friends on both sides and no stake in which team wins or loses.
- Amey Takes Aim: An epiphany visualized in high definition Until last Father’s Day, I was a TV snob. Couldn’t see what people saw in that idiot box. Looked down on folks in couch-potato mode every night.
- Amey Takes Aim: Spring break … burgers, bad weather and trading paint in Missouri You would figure — or at least you would if you were the Amey family vacation planners — that a later-than-usual spring break would lessen the necessity of heading south for the annual family outing. So we didn’t.
- What team did you make on the Amey Awards? We’ve already talked about what a wonderful season of high school basketball we were blessed with recently, so while the Amey family is packing its bags for spring break — look for a recap of central Missouri in a couple of weeks — you can enjoy the Amey Awards.
- Amey Takes Aim: Familiar Valley names highlight girls Amey Awards The Amey Awards for girls high school basketball this year will include a lot of familiar names, because a lot of great players have reached the ends of the high school careers.
- Amey Takes Aim: What a fantastic boys basketball season it was on both sides of Wabash River No, we’re still not to the Amey Awards for 2008-2009 high school basketball. They won’t be forgotten, there’s just a bunch of stuff to get out of the way first. And the main bunch of stuff is the fact that, despite a quartet of one-sided losses in the last week, we have just witnessed one of the most fantastic boys seasons since … well, I don’t know when we’ve had one like it.
- Amey Takes Aim: Searching for another Norm Van Lier Some of the younger guys around the office get a little bit of amusement about the fact that I would rather watch the National Hockey League than the National Basketball Association on my nights off.
- Amey Takes Aim: Turkey Run girls say goodbye to lone senior, a true Warrior I had to get out of the Tri-Central High School gym pretty quickly Saturday night in order to find a place from which to send my story, so for all I know there’s still a line of Turkey Run fans up there waiting to hug Meghan Doss.
- Postseason is near for high school hardwood teams The Marshall boys team would probably start regional play right now if it could, because the Lions are rolling. Turkey Run’s girls might say the same. Rockville’s boys seem to be gradually getting better and not at their peak yet, which might be the ideal position for the Rox to be in at this point in the season.
- Amey Takes Aim: Northview pair gets to run together for The Woods A chance meeting three falls ago made me a high school cross country fan of Allie True and C.J. Barnett of Northview ever since, and now I’ll get to follow their careers a little farther.
- Amey Takes Aim: Recapping the greatest four days in the history of high school basketball High school basketball coaches and administrators have different wishes about 11 months from now, when pairings for the 2009 Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic are drawn.
- Amey Takes Aim: ’Tis the season for meaningless college football bowl games I know you’re probably all wondering what you can get me for Christmas, so I am going to do you a favor. You don’t have to buy me anything this holiday season.
- Amey Takes Aim: It’s only about 3 weeks to that magical day My kids and I all have visions dancing in our heads right now about what’s going to happen in about three weeks. Yes, it’s almost time again for the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic (I guess there’s some kind of holiday about that same time, although I haven’t thought much about that), and Tuesday’s tournament draw at Terre Haute South was a nice way to get the anticipation started.
- Amey Takes Aim: New boys basketball coaches ready to take over sidelines won’t be there Friday night to see three new boys high school basketball coaches make their Bi-County rivalry debuts, but there’s no reason you can’t be.
- Amey Takes Aim: Annual Amey Awards for Valley prep football It was a good, if occasionally nippy, weekend for left-handed quarterbacks and middle linebackers in high school football.
- Amey Takes Aim: Play games in middle of night, watch World Series ratings drop In reading Sports Illustrated last week, I was amused by the implication that World Series television viewership was down because of steroid testing.
- Amey Takes Aim: North baseball’s Jared Eller gets chance Jared Eller got to play baseball in Florida earlier this month, and he’s hoping that pays off in more baseball in his future.
- Amey Takes Aim: Valley volleyball standouts at top of state’s stats This column could very well be marked with a giant asterisk this week. It involves high school sports statistics reported to the site that supplies the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and those stats are only as good as the percentage of coaches who report theirs.
Amey Takes Aim: Gritty seniors ready to run past expectations
Kylee Thacker, meet Hannah Spencer. I don’t know if you two know each other, but you have a lot in common. For example:
Both of you are high school seniors, Kylee at Northview and Hannah at Greencastle.
Amey Takes Aim: Football postseason taking shape with three games left
Pairings will be drawn for the 2008 Indiana high school postseason football playoffs on Tuesday night, and it’s probably safe to say that most of the teams around here are looking for some good luck.
- Amey Takes Aim: Maybe North, South should stick with the MIC It’s almost fall, so all the great traditions of the season are upon us — fantastic weather, apple cider, festivals, lots of orange, pumpkins, and questioning whether or not Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South belong in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. Actually, I don’t think that last one is so great.
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