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Given to Fly: South’s Brandon Smitley preparing for national meet
The Terre Haute South wrestling team had one of its better seasons in recent years this winter, and first-year coach Dave Stewart is still working hard with his youth program.
He’s also putting a large amount of energy — and he’s got a lot of energy — into helping senior Brandon Smitley secure a college scholarship.
- Given to Fly: ISU grad Joe Thatcher knocking on major league door Indiana State alum Joe Thatcher went undrafted after a solid career closing and starting baseball games for coach Bob Warn at Indiana State. Just three years later, Thatcher is knocking on the door of pitching in the Major Leagues.
- Given to Fly: Baseball in winter new for ISU’s new coach The words “indoor baseball practice” and “snow postponement” are still new to the vocabulary of Indiana State baseball coach Lindsay Meggs.
- Given to Fly: MVC women’s tourney finally moving to neutral ground The Missouri Valley Conference’s official announcement Tuesday to move the MVC Tournament to a neutral site in 2008 comes two years too late for Indiana State women’s basketball fans.
Given to Fly: Sycamores doing it with more than just offense
Back on Nov. 28, 2006, the Indiana State women’s basketball team allowed a Loyola (Ill.) team to come into Hulman Center, shoot 50.9 percent from the field and score 71 points.
Uninspiring defensive efforts were commonplace back then, but coach Kelvin Sampson of Indiana — referring to a Purdue men’s team that has steadily improved this season — said a team’s true identity is shown in February, not in November.
- Bounce Passes: Jones hanging on to one-win lead on Rady Terre Haute North’s Jim Jones and Cloverdale’s Pat Rady are still neck and neck as they have been most of their careers.
- Given to Fly: Big Ten, Missouri Valley teams in NCAA bubble machine In men’s college basketball action, the Big Ten and the Missouri Valley Conference each have three teams that are locks to make NCAA Tournament.
- Given to Fly: Bringing a different slant to radio broadcasts A former NFL player filling the role as color commentator for a college women’s basketball team is unusual, but a Terre Haute native is a perfect fit.
Given to Fly: It’s clear that Roger Federer is a genius
No tennis player right now compares to Roger Federer. No athlete in any sport is at the top of his or her game like Federer is now.
He won’t tell you about it like Muhammad Ali, but Federer is 25 years old and he’s The Greatest. Some say a genius.
- Given to Fly: Sunday was a great day to watch dreams come true For the record, Sunday marked the greatest day in NFL history. Colts vs. Bears. Super Bowl. Only in our dreams.
- Given to Fly: This Sycamore women’s team needs to pick it up a notch In Larry Bird’s autobiography, “Drive,” the former Sycamore great writes of current Terre Haute North coach Jim Jones, whom Bird credits for teaching him the fundamentals of basketball as he developed his game at Springs Valley High School. Bird mentions how the Celtics lost a couple key postseason games because a guy gave up an offensvie rebound off a free throw.
- Given to Fly: ISU women end non-conference play on strong note Indiana State’s experience at the Vanderbilt Holiday Tournament ended up being a positive one despite playing to the level of its opponent in the opener against Longwood.
Given to Fly: Colts, writer working to regain injured form
They’re not who we thought they were.
Not the Chicago Bears. The Indianapolis Colts are not the Super Bowl favorites we thought when coach Tony Dungy’s team prepared for the season at Rose-Hulman.
- Given to Fly: Talking Cubs during hot stove league season The Chicago Cubs won eight out of 10 games at Wrigley Field against the world champion St. Louis Cardinals this past season. They won the overall season series 11-8.
- Given to Fly: Young ISU women's team poised for upset on road What appears to be the most talented freshman class that coach Jim Wiedie has ever brought to Indiana State brings a lot of poise to the table for a team that has no interest in comparing itself to last year’s 27-6 squad.
- Given to Fly: Watch it live! ISU expanding presence on Web Indiana State has taken a step in the right direction toward improved marketing of Sycamore athletics.
Given to fly: Can Pacers’ true character be revealed?
“Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” — The great John Wooden, former UCLA and Indiana State basketball coach.
Larry Bird, as we all know a man of high-caliber character, said in 2005 that it would take the Indiana Pacers a year or more to overcome that night in Detroit.
He probably wishes he wasn’t so right about that.
- Given to Fly: Boeglin doing well on Swedish hoops team While it comes as no surprise, Melanie Boeglin is off to a stellar start to her season with Jamtland of the Swedish women’s professional basketball league.
- Groups and Gatherings: Oct. 1, 2006 Listing of groups and regular gatherings in the Wabash Valley.
Quick Hits: Record-setting start to season for Knights, Thunderbirds
Two Wabash Valley teams are off to school-record starts to the 2006 high school football season. Northview and North Central are both 3-0 in the young season.
The Knights are coming off a big win at Terre Haute North.
How big was it? Not the biggest win of Northview coach George Gettle’s career, but a huge one, nonetheless.
Given to Fly: ISU runners, alumni share cross country course
With just one kilometer left in Saturday’s 5K Sycamore Pride Alumni/Intrasquad Meet, 1950 Indiana State alumnus Dan Dimich was greeted by more than 25 Sycamores.
The ISU runners had decided to escort Dimich down the front straightaway of LaVern Gibson Championship Course to the finish line Saturday morning.
Given to Fly: Role players provide vital little things
Even as Terre Haute Wayne Newton Post 346 fell behind 2-0 Sunday, there were signs that the team would break through against Beverly, Ohio, lefty Chris Dent.
One of the signs was Nick Ciolli’s blast that cleared the ballpark by 50 feet but was about 20 feet right of the foul pole. On a day when Ciolli and Indiana’s 2006 Mr. Baseball Josh Phegley both went 0 for 4 at the plate, it was also evident it might take a “small-ball” attack to get back into the game.
Given to Fly: Colts have changed since that first party in 1999
Take a trip back to 1999.
Star Wars Episode I — The Phantom Menace was the top grossing movie of the summer.
- Given to Fly: Halfway home, can the Cards do it? The St. Louis Cardinals are good enough to win the National League Central, but they need to make a move to get to the next level.
Given to Fly: Clint Weddle makes jump to Division II assistant coach
Terre Haute native Clint Weddle took a few steps up the women’s college basketball coaching ladder in May when he was hired as an assistant coach for the University of Indianapolis, which plays in the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Hired by the Greyhounds at the age of 25, Weddle had already picked up two years of experience as a head coach at Oakland City University.
Given To Fly: ISU track coach guiding hurdlers at USA Championships
John McNichols is no stranger to a hurdle.
He’s obviously done a pretty good job coaching the hurdles at Indiana State. The Sycamores have had two NCAA champions in McNichols’ tenure, Aubrey Herring in the 2001 indoor season and Chris Lancaster during the 1990 outdoor season.
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Given To Fly: Look for Pistons to play music of champions
I’ve been through Detroit before, but never had I entered the Palace of Auburn Hills until recently.
It’s not the Boston Garden, but there is some basketball tradition there.
Given to Fly: Six-time world champ offers tips
Dave Scott was in the prime of his first-class career as a triathlete during the 1980s, racking up six world championships from 1980 to 1987.
Since fighting through knee surgery, the now 52-year-old Scott is still giving back to the sport that he helped make famous. He and Mark Allen are the only two men to win six world titles since the competition began in 1978.
Given to Fly: Pujols, Cubs might be home run race to watch
The Cincinnati Reds’ powerful offense is no secret The Reds wouldn't be a game out of first place in the NL Central because of their pitching.
Chicago fans should know their Cubs are sitting dead last in runs scored, on-base percentage and OPS — on-base percentage and slugging percentage added together — as well as almost 100 points behind the Milwaukee Brewers in slugging percentage.
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- Given to Fly: South’s Brandon Smitley preparing for national meet The Terre Haute South wrestling team had one of its better seasons in recent years this winter, and first-year coach Dave Stewart is still working hard with his youth program.