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- Amey Takes Aim: High school basketball isn’t easy to predict — it’s cool like that The annual Terre Haute North-Terre Haute South high school basketball doubleheader in Hulman Center on Friday is a further reminder that predicting high school sports is foolhardy at best, idiotic the rest of the time.
- Amey Takes Aim: Wrapping up 2007’s Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic Except for the extra weight I’m dragging around this week, the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic was another unqualified success as far as I was concerned.
- Amey Takes Aim: A few odds and ends before four days of pizza A couple of brief notes as I try to wrap up my Christmas shopping — or start it — and work up an appetite for four days of pizza.
Amey Takes Aim: Getting to know a few Wabash Valley boys basketball teams
You may have noticed that I didn’t write a column a couple of weeks ago talking about the exciting boys high school basketball teams we had to look forward to in the coming months, something I’d done for the girls teams a little earlier.
That wasn’t an accident, or even — as is occasionally the case — my running out of time or energy.
- Amey Takes Aim: Time to honor Valley football players with anual Amey Awards Any high school football season that ends in the RCA Dome or at Illinois State University is a good one for the Tribune-Star, and we were within a touchdown of having both places to go on Friday.
Amey Takes Aim: An early fall look at the Valley girls hoop season
High school girls basketball practice has been officially under way in Indiana for almost a week now, and its season is being very eagerly anticipated in pockets of the Wabash Valley.
- Amey Takes Aim: High school postseasons in full swing this weekend The last of the postseason high school events in Indiana get under way this week, and I’ll be missing part of them for a self-indulgent reason that you’ll learn about later in this column.
Amey Takes Aim: Last two weeks have been a return of the same old Bears
The late, great Carl Jones had a three-letter expression that he would have greeted me with on either of the past two Sundays.
Same Old Bears.
- Amey Takes Aim: Catch quality volleyball and support a great cause Friday Since our scary episodes with Rachel that were mentioned here a couple of years ago, the females in my family have more than their share of pink clothing.
- Amey Takes Aim: Former Negro League star coming to Terre Haute A few odds and ends to consider as we wait breathlessly to see if either the Cubs or the Brewers can finish above .500 and thus dominate the National League Central:
- Amey Takes Aim: Columnist excited about alma mater’s football start Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I have no trouble believing that statement, so you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve restrained myself this week in wielding the awesome power I have at my disposal as a weekly voter in the Associated Press high school football poll.
- Amey Takes Aim: Big ovation for Friday’s North-South football crowd I’m not entirely sure if this qualifies as sports news, but frankly I don’t care. If what I saw Friday night isn’t the coolest thing that I run into between now and June, the 2007-2008 school year will definitely be a success.
Amey Takes Aim: Hopefully North-South game is as thrilling as West Vigo’s baseball win a few years ago
A few odds and ends as I psyche up for the North-South high school football game which, you’ll recall, is coming off arguably the two most dramatic finishes in its history.
Amey Takes Aim: Golf scramble will help Terre Haute ‘sparkplug’ keep firing
A few years ago, columnist Mike Lunsford and I had a semantic difference about the term “sparkplug.”
I’d used the term in referring to Maynard Lewis, and Mike — with some justification, I might add — suggested that Maynard was more a star than a sparkplug. Mike liked the latter term for someone who overcame a lack of size or speed or strength with hustle and desire and a team-first attitude.
- Amey vacation continued: Will Andy and Jenny survive in exotic Toronto?
- Amey Takes Aim: Trip to Toronto was worth every single penny Let’s say you have a couple — we’ll call them Andy and Jenny — who decide in the spring to visit Toronto in July, knowing they can save money because the Canadian dollar is worth about 80 cents in the U.S.
- Amey Takes Aim: Baseball lacks grit of yesteryear We are somewhere near the traditional mid-point of the Major League Baseball season, or maybe we’re between it’s traditional mid-points — July 4 and the All-Star Game.
- Amey Takes Aim: Tuning in is not like it was in the ’60s One of the strange but occasionally cool things about this wonderful (?) 21st century — and no, you can’t have the number to my new cell phone — has been the e-mail pen pals I’ve acquired and sometimes check in with without the inconvenience of actually having to write by hand.
- Amey Takes Aim: Shakamak is state champs in own way Not quite 11 years ago, when the Indiana High School Athletic Association had its final vote to usher in the era of class sports and brought sportswriters from around the state to witness history being made, one of those writers — kind of a wise guy, actually — asked about the impact of parochial schools.
- Amey Takes Aim: Valley preps filling roster of Indiana colleges Expanded sports offerings and expanded recruiting bases by some of the NAIA schools in the northern and eastern part of the state are beginning to prove beneficial for some Wabash Valley athletes.
- Amey Takes Aim: Mom was sports inspiration
- Amey Takes Aim: Rooting for tennis players a smashing day I’m as surprised as anyone to realize this, but the hardest sport for me to watch any more is girls tennis.
- Amey Takes Aim: Major Leaguers gave a sneak peak last summer It’s only been about 11 months since Jenny and I made our trip to Portland — and trust me, she’s ready to go there again, or almost anywhere else, as soon as possible — where we spent a pleasant summer evening watching the Portland Beavers battle the Tucson Sidewinders.
Amey Takes Aim: Big Four shows how competitive Wabash Valley prep baseball is
So what did we learn from last weekend’s Big Four Classic in high school baseball?
For one thing, we learned that the teams from West Vigo, Northview, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South are definitely a Big Four in this particular sport — this year, last year, and for the foreseeable future.
- Amey Takes Aim: Time to critique Bears’ NFL draft Considering what happened a year ago, I feel it is my duty to once again blast all the draft choices made by Jerry Angelo and the Chicago Bears.
- Amey Takes Aim: Softball in Tri-River among state’s toughest Have you picked your favorite Indiana high school spring sports postseason event yet? I have, even though the odds are slim and none that I’ll get to see any of it.
- Amey Takes Aim: In a fix: No fixing mindset playoff games are fixed It’s an odd time of year, or maybe it’s just post-vacation blahs.
- Amey Takes Aim: Amey Family Vacation: Northern Kentucky edition We probably could have lived without the 50-degree drop in temperature, or the fact that two-thirds of us had colds by the end of the week — possibly a relationship there — but even at that the Amey family vacation to northern Kentucky during spring break was a pretty successful one.
- Amey Takes Aim: Confluence of Cubs, weather is at hand It’s been an odd spring so far, not that there are any normal ones in these parts.
Amey Takes Aim: Is more hoop help on way to The Woods?
Does Lexee Hayes have a roommate yet?
That’s the question I’ve been trying to get answered for the past two days, ever since reading the School Zone section of Wednesday’s Tribune-Star.
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