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RAMBLIN' RECK: It won’t be long before another season of college football
College football will be here before you know it and some of the preseason picks already have been made.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Hey, Pittsburgh still has a chance at mid-season
The Fourth of July is history, and the all-star baseball game is coming up next week. In other words, major-league baseball is at the midseason mark.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Horse, auto racing fills local calendars
Racing — all sorts of racing — is on the schedule this week in the area.
Four days of Ilinois county fair racing begins today at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair.
Harness races are scheduled today, Wednesday and Thursday, with thoroughbred races winding up action on Friday.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Kudos to the prep teams, athletes who made it to post-season
The final high school games and matches have been played in the 2010-11 season. It won’t be that long until a new season begins. In the meantime, kudos to the athletes who competed in the final week of the season.
RAMBLIN' RECK: North Central’s senior pitcher on a tear in postseason action
The final state champs of the 2010-11 season in Indiana high school sports will be decided this week and the Valley is well represented.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Regionals, semistate action put area prep athletes in overtime
School will be out for all high school students this week, but some athletes will go overtime as they continue postseason action as a result of weekend success.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Prep tourneys, MVC action and 500 make for booming week
With changes in the Indiana high school tournament schedules, this week will be one of the busiest of the entire year for Tribune-Star staffers and others in the state.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Cyclist Newlin makes pit stop
Tom Newlin was able to spend some time at home this weekend as part of a rest time for bicycle riders participating in American By Bicycle.
RAMBLIN' RECK: South Vermillion golfers to join teams at DePauw, Wabash
Two seniors at South Vermillion High School have enjoyed success on the links and intend to play college golf in the state.
Brandon Bekkering is ranked No. 1 in his class with a 4.00 grade-point average — that is all As — and will go to DePauw, where his coach will be Vince Lazar. He plans to major in biology and political science with an emphasis on pre-law.
Logan Burdick is ranked sixth in his class and will attend Wabash, where his coach will be Mack Petty. He is not sure about his major. “Mom would like for me to major in law,” Burdick said recently.
Bekkering says he was about 3 when he first played golf. His dad, Tom, has been greenskeeper at Matthews Park for more than 30 years and his stepdad, Scott Hess, formerly was the PGA pro at Geneva Hills. “He [Hess] has helped me a lot and getting my swing down,” he said.
Bekkering was medalist in sectional and Western Indiana Conference matches last year and just missed qualifying for the state. “I had a two-shot penalty for testing the surface … and missed by one shot of going to state. The USGA later said it was not a penalty,” he noted.
His goal, therefore, is to make it to state this season as well as helping the team win its second sectional in school history.
His low round in high school has been 31 at Forest Park as the team set a school record, shooting 141.
Burdick also says he was 3 or 4 when he started playing golf. “My grandfather got me started,” he said.
He has tied for medalist honors twice this season in multi-team tournaments, in the Terre Haute South Invitational and in the Greencastle Invitational. He lost the South playoff to Thomas Goss and beat Nick Brotherton in the Greencastle playoff.
He said he has been helped in his game by Hess and former Rea Park pro Jon Holloway. “I’m playing a lot better this spring,” Burdick said.
He has played in some of the summer tournaments and Terre Haute junior city and took first in the first flight in the Spaghetti Open last summer.
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n New look — The NBA finals will have a new look to them this season with the elimination of the Los Angeles Lakers, the defending champs, on Sunday.
They were swept by the Dallas Mavericks and lost the last game by a record score.
Sadly for LA fans, it may have been the last game for coach Phil Jackson, who has guided teams to 11 titles.
One of his assistants in that time has been Terre Haute native Frank Hamblen. One TV commentator mentioned Frank and Tex Winter as two of the top coaches Jackson has had on his staff.
By the way, the Dallas coach is Rick Carlisle, formerly of the Pacers.
TV ratings are up for the NBA playoffs and part of that is because of the success of Memphis, the good games given Chicago by the Pacers and the all-star lineup of Miami.
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n Tom-Cattin’ It — Indianapolis media report that North Central junior D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera will enroll at Oak Hill Academy for his senior year.
The Indy player originally had committed to Xavier but has changed his mind and reopened the recruiting.
Another North Central junior says he will attend Purdue. Ronnie Johnson picked Purdue over Illinois and other schools.
He averaged 14.5 points and 5.0 assists for the Class 4A power last season.
n Purdue coach Matt Painter has completed his men’s basketball staff by hiring Greg Gary, who has been on the Duquesne staff and who once was the coach at Centenary.
Butler reportedly has hired former Indiana player Michael Lewis, who set the assists record for the Hoosiers with 545 and had been at Eastern Illinois six seasons before accepting a position at Loyola of Chicago, which he held only a short time. Loyola made the announcement.
n Former IU player Keith Smart, meanwhile, is out after one year as the coach at Golden State in the NBA.
n Ben Davis has named Mark James as its boys basketball coach. He had been at Franklin Central for 26 seasons and won 345 games.
n Former South Knox golfer Adam Schenk has been named Big Ten freshman golfer of the year. He had a 73.3 stroke average for Purdue.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Pacers not expected to take series, but could push it to Game 7
The Indiana Pacers haven’t been in the NBA playoffs for some time, but haven’t played like newcomers against the Chicago Bulls, the team with the best record in the league this season.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Home run, no-hitter add up to special day for Reed
Terre Haute South baseball player A.J. Reed had some sort of a special day Saturday as the Braves took two from Ben Davis in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference action.
RAMBLIN' RECK: It’s a busy, interesting week in the world of sports
Monday marked the start of what should be an interesting week in sports full of big events.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Beauty is at least one ‘underdog’ will be in final game
The Butler did it again.
Yep, the Butler Bulldogs are in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championship for the second straight year, knocking off Old Dominion, No. 1 seed Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Florida.
Ramblin' Reck: Shakamak standout now a winning coach in Virginia
Michael Allen is establishing quite a nice boys basketball coaching record for himself in Virginia.
RAMBLIN' RECK: North hopes to storm the Castle in regionals
Last week was a busy week for Tribune-Star staffers and most other sports staffs in the state, with all of them covering at least one high school boys basketball sectional tournament.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Thatcher, Stetter, Barmes back for another MLB season
As major league baseball teams have begun spring training and the first exhibition games have been played, three former Indiana State players are found on the 40-man rosters of the teams.
RAMBLIN' RECK: At this point, not safe to be No. 1 in the polls
It hasn’t been safe to be the No. 1-ranked team in the college basketball polls this season, with parity prevailing in the ranks.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Despite weather, let’s still get a crowd at tonight’s game
If you’ve listened to any weather forecasts at all on Monday, you know bad weather could be headed here today and Wednesday. That’s not good for lots of reasons, particularly because ice is mentioned. It’s not good for Sycamore Pride Day at Indiana State.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Words of wisdom, thoughts to live by
Hi. Each year, at least recently, we have run a column denoting Words of Wisdom — leading to success and satisfaction.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Ex-ISU player to join Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced inductees for 2011, and a former Indiana State Sycamore is one.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Barret leads North Putnam into state finals
Coach Greg Barrett’s Cougars gained the title tilt by defeating Evansville Mater Dei 6-0 — the score if not the outcome had to be surprising to lots of folks. Luers bested Rensselaer for its semistate championship.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Two valley teams alive in high school FB playoffs
Then there were two … two high school football teams in the greater Wabash Valley still alive in the postseason competition.
Casey-Westfield and North Putnam both are undefeated and both are seeking another victory in Class 2A action, the Warriors in Illinois and the Cougars in Indiana.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Illini Coach Bruce Weber speaks at Edgar benefit
Bruce Weber is in his eighth season as the coach of the Illinois men’s basketball team and thinks the Illini can be pretty good this season.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Will Zeller join high-ranking recruit at IU?
Let’s talk college basketball.
Cody Zeller of Washington made an official visit to Indiana University last week along with some other top players. He had not made his decision as of Monday afternoon, but IU got a commitment from a good one.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Football teams find success in postseason
A little bit of high school football and volleyball:
The regular season ended for Illinois teams last week and the postseason begins this week.
Casey ended the season 9-0 — the sixth time in seven seasons for the Warriors to be undefeated. Quite a record.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Prep football preseason presents prime match-ups
The postseason begins this week for Indiana high school football teams.
Some interesting games are included in the first round, while some interesting games were played in the final week of the season.
- RAMBLIN' RECK: Surprising college results make for interesting season
RAMBLIN' RECK: ISU HOF welcoming new class
Five new members of the Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted Thursday at a dinner sponsored by Old National Bank in Tirey Hall.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Big Ten teams turn to conference competition
The prelims are over for Big Ten football teams. Ten of the 11 teams open conference play Saturday, with Purdue enjoying a break in the schedule.
RAMBLIN' RECK: ‘Chuck’ Bennett entering IU Hall of Fame
A coach and former player for the Linton Miners in football has been in the news.
Charles H. “Chuck” Bennett will be inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame next month.
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