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- AMEY TAKES AIM: Bears win leaves questions to ponder What I’d like to think is that Sunday night had a whole lot of things in common with Nov. 27, 1978.
Amey Takes Aim: At this point, the Bears are still undefeated
We’re coming up to that small window of time each year during which I’m really excited about the National Football League.
My fantasy team is undefeated — assuming my kids didn’t get me ejected from the draft meeting Wednesday night — and so are the Bears and Colts.
Amey Takes Aim: Miles has grown up and when Sycamores do too, look out
The funny, and very fortunate, thing about this job I have is that every now and then, when I’m grumpy and not looking forward to an assignment, one of those dreaded assignments jumps up and slaps me in the face and tells me, “You know, what you’re doing is supposed to be fun. And it is.”
Case in point: Indiana State football scrimmage.
- Amey Takes Aim: Maroska’s legacy leaves gap to fill Long, long ago, when I was young and stupid (stupider?), I thought I wanted to be a high school basketball coach in Indiana.
- Amey Takes Aim: Feelin’ great in the Palmetto state Jenny and I returned from the South Carolina coast with a much better understanding of 18th- and 19th-century U.S. history and lifestyles — which has come in handy now that we’re without electricity.
- Amey Takes Aim: It may be summer, but the football is fantastic As it turns out, Chris Barrett and Steve Weber were both half right. Weber, who coached the South team in the fourth annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, had predicted a low-scoring game and it was in the first half — much to his team’s dismay.
Amey Takes Aim: It’s a great time to be a Cubs and Wayne Newton fan
I certainly can’t be at all disappointed about how two of my favorite baseball teams are faring at this point in the season.
There was actually a point or two during the spring when I wondered exactly how manager John Hayes was going to come up with a respectable team for Wayne Newton Post 346’s American Legion season, but that worry is now behind me.
- Amey Takes Aim: Sometimes, coaches do crazy things Texas Tommy Keithley had somehow reached third base with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, representing the tying run for his Lowell Post 101 American Legion baseball team in its game against LaPorte.
- Amey Takes Aim: Think baseball is boring to watch? Class A sectional proves that wrong People who believe that baseball is a boring sport were probably not in Jasonville on Friday to see Shakamak’s come-from-behind win over North Central for a Class A sectional championship.
Amey Takes Aim: Celebrating talent off the playing field
Remember the name Devin Walsh.
He’s not a baseball phenom with a 95-mph fastball or a 7-foot point guard with mad skills, he’s a budding playwright. But since what I do here is basically find and evaluate talent, I feel it’s my job to alert you all to him. If he turns up in the same sentence as O’Neill or Albee or Shakespeare before long, you will have been given the inside information.
- Amey Takes Aim: WRV’s Fougerousse shows true spirit of competition I’ve had some back issues of my own in the past few weeks, as you may recall. So when I saw White River Valley softball pitcher Stephanie Fougerousse pick up a ball off the ground Monday evening at the Clay City Sectional, kind of half kneeling and approaching the ball from an angle, my rooting interest for that game against Shakamak was decided.
- Amey Takes AIm: Anything can happen in Valley prep baseball Pretty much everything you need to know about postseason high school baseball in western Indiana could have been learned by watching the Big Four Classic that started Saturday and wasn’t determined until Monday night.
- AMEY TAKES AIM: Track meet provides many OMG moments I don’t know Caitlin Fears well enough to know how much she enjoyed the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference track and field championships Friday night.
- Amey Takes Aim: NHL postseason is great to watch, but I’m not growing a playoff beard If the folks at Rapid Cable up Clinton way would ever add Versus to their lineup (hint, hint — and Comcast from Chicago would be nice too) this would still be my favorite time of year — even though I’m married now.
- Amey Takes Aim: West Vigo grad ends prolific coaching career You might recall that we started this week talking four great people I know, and about the naming of the new gym at Woodrow Wilson Middle School for Trannie Grainger and Mike Kennedy.
- AMEY TAKES AIM: Time for much-needed recognition Four of the best people I’ve known will be getting well deserved recognition in this space this week, and I’m even getting a little help with today’s item that deals with the first two of them.
- Amey Takes Aim: Delicious food, steroids and fun at Dollywood If I look a little bit bigger to you since the Ameys returned late last week from their Gatlinburg vacation, it could be a consequence of the southern Tennessee cuisine, whose three basic food groups appear to be pancakes, barbecue and fudge.
- Amey Takes Aim: Heading into the land of the Vols and thoughts on Butler Just a few odds and ends to get out of the way today before the Griswolds — oops, I mean the Ameys — pack up the van and get out of here.
- Amey Takes AIm: With no further ado, here are Amey’s winter boys awards I’ve heard some of the older Terre Haute South High School basketball fans — sorry, Mark — question coach Mike Saylor’s sectional comment about the 2007-2008 Braves having perhaps the best season in the school’s history.
- Drum roll please … it’s time for annual Amey girls basketball awards As the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s annual postseason basketball geography tour takes fans from the western part of the state to concession stands they’d never have visited otherwise (didn’t want the sugar buzz from the cotton candy at Frankfort, but was intrigued by the barbecued frog legs and fried bologna sandwiches at Martinsville), it’s an obvious sign that the winter season is (finally?) coming to a close.
- Amey Takes Aim: Jones might have one more sectional title in his coaching bag of tricks I enjoy watching Dana Greene’s Plainfield High School basketball teams play, although keeping statistics for the Quakers are a little problematical.
Amey Takes Aim: IHSAA has an interesting concept
I don’t usually start this column with a trivia question, but I liked this one. Answer at the end.
On Feb. 12, Kentucky lost 93-52 at Vanderbilt in men’s college basketball, and the 41-point loss matches the fifth-worst in Wildcat history. Who is the other team to beat Kentucky by 41?
- Amey Takes Aim: South girls finish up their season as boys continue to play well You’ve heard all the jokes about the world’s thinnest books or the world’s shortest lists, and I won’t get into any specifics for reasons of political correctness.
- Amey Takes Aim: Knight ends one of most interesting, controversial careers in sports history Assuming that this decision sticks — and assuming anything about Bob Knight is kind of risky — it will end maybe the most interesting and controversial career in sports.
- Amey Takes Aim: High school basketball isn’t easy to predict — it’s cool like that The annual Terre Haute North-Terre Haute South high school basketball doubleheader in Hulman Center on Friday is a further reminder that predicting high school sports is foolhardy at best, idiotic the rest of the time.
- Amey Takes Aim: Wrapping up 2007’s Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic Except for the extra weight I’m dragging around this week, the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic was another unqualified success as far as I was concerned.
- Amey Takes Aim: A few odds and ends before four days of pizza A couple of brief notes as I try to wrap up my Christmas shopping — or start it — and work up an appetite for four days of pizza.
Amey Takes Aim: Getting to know a few Wabash Valley boys basketball teams
You may have noticed that I didn’t write a column a couple of weeks ago talking about the exciting boys high school basketball teams we had to look forward to in the coming months, something I’d done for the girls teams a little earlier.
That wasn’t an accident, or even — as is occasionally the case — my running out of time or energy.
- Amey Takes Aim: Time to honor Valley football players with anual Amey Awards Any high school football season that ends in the RCA Dome or at Illinois State University is a good one for the Tribune-Star, and we were within a touchdown of having both places to go on Friday.
Amey Takes Aim: An early fall look at the Valley girls hoop season
High school girls basketball practice has been officially under way in Indiana for almost a week now, and its season is being very eagerly anticipated in pockets of the Wabash Valley.
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