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REDNECK QUAKER: Father, son enjoy island adventure together
Here I sit looking at a picture of two adventurous souls standing next to a boat they’re about ready to take on an adventure of a lifetime.
I’m at awe reading a 41-page diary Rich Cope kept while he and his son adventured out to Anclote Key Island on the west side of Florida. Four-mile-long Anclote Key is the northernmost in a chain of barrier islands that stretch to Cape Romano at the southern end of Collier County.
TODD GOLDEN: Indiana State has far more occasions to rise to
Rejoice, Indiana State basketball fans. The Sycamores’ 68-55 victory at No. 15 Wichita State on Tuesday is worthy of celebration.
TODD GOLDEN: Big plays in last 10 minutes story of the season for Indiana State
You’d think I’d have learned by now.
It’s 20 games into Indiana State’s men’s basketball season and I still expect the Sycamores’ offense operate like a well-oiled machine from the opening tip.
COLLEGE REPORT: Sponsler honored after big week for Wabash men's hoops
Wabash College freshman Ross Sponsler of Terre Haute North was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 6.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: ISU men enter RPI Top 50
Last week’s success is paying dividends for Indiana State’s men’s basketball team.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Tourney games, key matchups this week
Tournament games and key conference matchups highlight high school basketball action this week.
Young hunter enjoys getting first deer in winter
As I stepped around the corner of the skinning shed, a young man was smiling from ear to ear, looking at a very nice doe lying in the snow he had harvested.
Nine-year-old Nicholas Winchell was hunting with his dad on Dec. 31 in 32-degree temps with snow falling. They knew deer would be moving and in groups.
TILL IT'S OVER: Davis heading to West Point to play linebacker
While it was announced after the 2012 season concluded that Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South would no longer be a part of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference after 2013, last fall was one for the city to remember in a positive fashion.
Terre Haute North senior linebacker Lee Davis, who became the fourth Division I recruit out of this year’s city senior class, was a big part of making that happen. The Patriots had a 6-4 regular-season, finishing in the top half of the MIC standings with a 4-3 mark.
COLLEGE REPORT: North grad Hughes finds success after facing preseason adversity
A.J. Hughes knew he was in for a battle as he competed with three other walk-on punters in the preseason for the lone starting job on the Virginia Tech football team.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: A big week of hoops passes and another awaits
Big high school boys and men’s college basketball games were played last week and more of the same is on the schedule this week.
AMEY TAKES AIM: Maroons, Rox final a true Classic
I don’t make predictions nearly as often as I used to, but I had one several months ago that was proven correct last week.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Close but no cigar for Sycamores at Creighton
Close but no cigar.
That was how Indiana State’s 79-66 loss to No. 16 Creighton felt on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Another unforgettable tournament
Another Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic is history and, once again, was a smashing success.
TRACKSIDE: 2012 a good year in auto racing in Wabash Valley
The 2012 Wabash Valley racing season avoided the potential pitfalls of a sluggish economy and inclement weather to provide fans one of their best and most promising campaigns in recent years.
TODD GOLDEN: No beauty but ISU was beast in Hawaii
This just in … Hawaii is beautiful.
The crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean entice you. They are contrasted by the volcanic browns of Diamond Head and the lush greens of the mountains of Oahu that can be seen in the distance from Honolulu.
RAMBLIN RECK: ISU looks ready to begin Missouri Valley Conference play
The first big snow has fallen in the Valley just in time for the return of Indiana’s State’s basketball team from the sunny climes of Hawaii.
The Sycamores had a great showing in the Diamond Head Classic, beating two good teams and losing a tough one to a tough, ranked San Diego State team.
Book review: Thumbs up for ‘Trophies and Tears’
Now might be too late for giving Christmas presents, but the book “Trophies and Tears: The Story of Evansville and the Aces” is a fascinating read for longtime Indiana basketball fans, particularly those older than 40.
Written by award-winning Kyle Keiderling of Henderson, Nev., and released in hardcover format in mid-December, the 480-page “Trophies and Tears” documents the rich tradition of the University of Evansville men’s basketball program through recent interviews and research of old yearbooks and newspaper/scrapbook clippings.
The book contains many cheery moments — behind-the-scenes details of all five NCAA College Division (now known as Division II) championships won in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s by the Purple Aces and their legendary coach Arad McCutchan — although some of those moments don’t seem so cheery from an Indiana State perspective when the Sycamores found themselves on the losing end of scores.
Sycamores blossom on Hawaii trip
Quick quiz … what’s the state flower of Hawaii?
Don’t worry. I can’t just rattle state flowers off the top of my head. I had to look it up too, even though I’ve seen them all over the place in Honolulu.
I didn’t even know that Indiana’s state flower is the peony, which replaced the apparently unloved zinnia in the 1950s.
Hawaii’s flower, and they’re ubiquitous in Waikiki tourist shops and in actual flora on Oahu, is the yellow hibiscus.
The yellow hibiscus is big, bold and bright. I’ve never seen one blossom, but I imagine it has to be a beautiful sight.
What I have seen blossom — and it’s the only reason flowers would be brought up in my column — is the Indiana State basketball team at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
Old friend missing as Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic begins
It occurred to me late last month, as I opened my morning newspaper to read up on the draw for this year’s Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic, that when I walk through Terre Haute South’s doors on Wednesday it will be the first time that I won’t find my old buddy Dean Kendall sitting at one end of the gym, a smile on his face a good while before the first whistle is blown or the first shot is taken.
REDNECK QUAKER: Wabash Valley lady takes her first deer with bow
As Seth and I arrived at swim practice the other night, I saw the smile on a young lady’s face that gave away what she was about to tell me.
I took my first deer!
Hughes, News & Views: Wishing for Colts-Broncos playoff matchup from Santa
There’s plenty of tragedy in the world to bring us down if we let it, so let’s have a light-hearted column today — my annual Christmas gift requests for Santa Claus.
I already know one of my gift wishes is becoming less likely to happen. That would be for the Indianapolis Colts to face the Denver Broncos in the AFC playoffs.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Marian reigns in NAIA; 3 unbeaten preps remain in Valley
Rockville has a date with Frankton this week.
Terre Haute Sporting Clays good experience for Wabash Valley shooters
I experienced a gratifying time at a local shooting range some of you may not have heard of yet, the Terre Haute Sporting Clays Range.
RAMBLIN' RECK: Gonna be tough going in MVC, Big Ten
To no one’s surprise, really, competition should be tough as ever for men’s basketball teams in the Big Ten and Missouri Valley.
TODD GOLDEN: ISU AD Prettyman keeps it close to the vest
Do you want to know who’s on the short list to become Indiana State's next football coach?
REDNECK QUAKER: First deer taken down by Booker
After I returned to the hunting cabin on a cold morning deer hunt, the wood burner was warming me as the coffee pot was perking
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Hoops are hot this week in Valley
High school basketball — boys and girls — is off to a nice start in the Valley, and some interesting games are on this week’s card.
TODD GOLDEN: Trent Miles leaves Sycamores with giant legacy
To glean perspective on Trent Miles’ time as Indiana State’s football coach, I went back into the Tribune-Star’s archives to remind myself of what the football program was like when Miles arrived to rebuild it.
REDNECK QUAKER: Veteran hunter bursting with pride as son gets first harvest
When Langdon Pounds said “Dad, I want to go deer hunting with you,” Jonathan Pounds took him seriously.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Scoreboard watching and the threat matrix for ISU
Indiana State football coach Trent Miles reaffirmed his belief Tuesday that a victory over Youngstown State on Saturday will propel the Sycamores into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time since 1984.
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