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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.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Linton the last Valley team standing
Then there was one … and it is Linton.
AMEY TAKES AIM: Nitpicking aside, West Vigo Hall of Fame selections spot on
I can’t imagine a better first class of inductees into the West Vigo High School Athletics Hall of Fame than the one that was feted Saturday night in the Jim Mann Green Dome.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: North Vermillion, Linton, Casey remain unbeaten on gridiron
It’s a busy sports week for high schools in the Valley.
Colts' loyalty tested by Manning, Broncos
We’re approaching the halfway point of the NFL season and so far it’s been surprisingly enjoyable.
I wasn’t sure how I would handle following two favorite teams — 1a.) the Indianapolis Colts and 1b.) Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos — but the new arrangement hasn’t caused me any loyalty conflicts yet.
Tough bunch of people
I’m getting my warm clothes ready for a trip to Linton this week, and if a few thrills from the Miners, Casey or North Vermillion happen the next couple of weeks, I hope I get to see them.
But high school football is over in Vigo County for the season — as coach Chris Barrett of Terre Haute North said, prematurely — and I’m sadder to see it go than usual.
Walking the sidelines and doing midweek or postgame interviews enables me to meet quite a few of the guys whose names you are about to read, and haven’t been more impressed than I was this fall. What outstanding groups of young men. What a tough, tough bunch of people.
Many know that one of my favorite athletic adjectives appeared consecutively in the previous sentence.
LP Field Leap
Rookie Vick Ballard admits that he’s a little uneasy about all the attention Sunday’s LP Field leap into the end zone is garnering among Indianapolis Colts fans and the team’s media.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Diamond deliveries made many believers
As of midnight Sunday, the 2012 major league baseball season came to an end and the San Francisco Giants reign as World Series champs.
GIVEN TO FLY: Come to expect new standards of excellence
Records are definitely meant to be broken; athletes today are faster and stronger than those in the past in many endeavors in athletics.
FROM THE PRESSBOX: Lack of attendance could hurt ISU's chances of home playoff game
Over the years, I’ve ranted and raved about the apathy Indiana State’s fans and the Terre Haute community has demonstrated time and again when it comes to lack of attendance at ISU athletic events.
REDNECK QUAKER: Valley girl has big first hunt
Folks, you’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you of this young 11-year old lady's hunting experience.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Indiana sports fans treated to a successful weekend
Lots of sports fans around Hoosierland should have been in a good mood Monday morning as a result of action in Indianapolis on Sunday.
TRACKSIDE: Successful season concludes at Terre Haute Action Track
Another season of racing at the Terre Haute Action Track is now in the record books and from all indications it was a highly successful one.
This was according to those overseeing operations of the racing programs at the half-mile dirt facility.
Football teams post strong regular season finishes
Time to check the results of the final week of the regular season for Indiana high school football teams:
RUB OF THE GREEN: Ryder Cub drama a great part of American sports scene
The recent Ryder Cup matches are over, but not done with! At the time the final match had concluded the “talking heads” had already gone to work assessing blame to those who didn’t live up to their preconceived expectations.
ON AND OFF THE COURSE: Golf from the wrong side of the brain
Imagine this scenario: a woman, small in stature (possibly freckled), walks into a hospital emergency room and says, “I have an emergency, I need a doctor quickly!” The admitting nurse, ever trying to be helpful, asks what the emergency is.
Snedeker the big winner after FedEx Championship
The season-long FedEx Championship has finally come to an end and Brandt Snedeker may need a Brinks truck to haul his winnings to the bank.
Fidler brothers grew up in the outdoors
When you meet Tiler and Brandon Fidler, you will soon realize they grew up with a fishing pole or gun in their hands. These 13 and 14 year old boys are very polite and considerate.
ON AND OFF THE COURSE: FedEx Cup playoffs heating up
There is a lot of excitement brewing with professional golf on the men’s side right now, with the finals of the FedEx Cup playoffs this weekend in Atlanta to be followed by the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club near Chicago. TV executives had to be salivating over the upcoming revenue to be generated from the high-profile players who made the cut for the FedEx finals, and that many of them would also be playing the following week in the Ryder Cup. Of the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup, only Louis Oosthuizen and Nick Watney won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup.
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