TERRE HAUTE —
Hail to the champs — the U. S. men’s basketball team.
Termed too short and too young to win, the U.S. defeated Turkey 81-64 to win the world’s championship in Istanbul. It’s America’s first gold medal in the sport in international competition since 1994.
Kevin Durant had 28 points in the final game and was named MVP of the tournament. He plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Danny Granger of the Pacers and former Hoosier Eric Gordon were two other members of the team. Mike Krzyzewski coached the team and now is 49-1 in international competition.
Football boots — Brown County bested South Vermillion in Western Indiana Conference football 16-14 to snap an 11-game losing streak in the sport.
Konnor Graber kicked a 15-yard field goal that proved to be the difference and also rushed for 129 yards.
In another WIC game, Owen Valley edged Edgewood 14-13.
In Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference action, Warren Central blanked Ben Davis 36-0.
Warren Central was ranked 15th in the USA Today national poll last week and was second in the Midwest Region, with Carmel ninth.
In Dubois County, Jasper nipped Heritage Hills 13-7 in overtime in a battle off unbeatens.
Nice weekend — Enjoyed a nice weekend.
Spent Saturday evening at Celestine at the 55th class reunion of the 1955 class at Dubois High School.
It was good to see some classmates. One came from Missouri and one from Florida.
Spent Sunday afternoon at Matthews Park in Clinton, covering the final round of the Spaghetti Open.
Dusty Jovanovich won the event for the fifth time, edging Chris Cassell by one shot and Rich Schelsky by two.
Gene Verostko is the all-time leader in wins at the event, winning seven times.
The Waldrop brothers again did a great job of running the show, with help from Jeremy Roehm on the computer, and Ed Groves fixed his usual big pot of ham and beans served with Italian bread.
This tournament always has a big field, and more than 125 players were in this year’s field. Most of them will be in the WTHI Men’s City Tournament that will be played the next two weekends at Hulman Links and Rea Park.
Tom-Cattin’ It — Purdue has a commitment from a big man and shot blocker in basketball.
Jacob Lawson, a 6-foot-8 player at Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy, says he will sign with the Boilermakers. He averaged 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks last year.
Another 6-8 player, Austin Burget, a junior at Avon, plans to sign with Notre Dame. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore.
IUPUI got a commitment from 6-5 Lionel Gaines of Louisville Eastern Hancock. He averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior.
• Indiana University plays Western Kentucky in its second football game this week, 16 days after opening the season.
• Bill Parcells has turned over control of the Miami Dolphins to general manager Jeff Ireland. He will continue to serve as a consultant.
• Mickey Holmes died last week at the age of 72. He was a former commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference and had been executive director of the Sugar Bowl from 1979 to 1993.
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TERRE HAUTE —
Hail to the champs — the U. S. men’s basketball team.
- Ramblin' Reck
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