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Amey Takes Aim

Amey Takes Aim
  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Honor to see Turkey Run girls close out memorable career

    I don’t know if anyone in this part of the state could actually say they enjoy going to Fort Wayne and back, but I was glad to see the Turkey Run Warriors play one last time during the girls basketball state finals Saturday.

    March 10, 2011

  • AMEY.jpg So many matches, so many favorites

    Go ahead, ask me anything about the 224 wrestlers who competed last week at the Indiana state finals — or at least about the 112 wrestlers who survived Saturday’s first round.

    February 24, 2011 1 Photo

  • ANDY TAKES AIM: A sportwriters’s lament: Oh, the games we missed

    I was already tired of winter by the time that first bitterly cold snap passed through in mid-December, so it’s safe to say the season hasn’t grown on me.

    February 10, 2011

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Time of the season for teams to tough it out

    In the last month or so I figure I’ve seen at least four boys high school basketball teams with legitimate state-championship dreams as the season heads into its dog days.

    January 20, 2011

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: It's the fall 2010 Amey Awards

    I won’t get to know the kids from Casey and North Putnam until they come to Terre Haute in droves next June for the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game, so I guess it’s not too early for the high school football awards from this space.

    November 11, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: An early look at Indiana prep football playoffs

    I wasn’t at all surprised to watch Linton pick up a 20-point win over previously unbeaten North Knox in high school football last Friday, one week after the Miners had lost by 40 to North Daviess.

    October 6, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Baseball season rounding third for an exciting ending

    Major League baseball is coming down to an interesting week for the National League, then a couple of interesting weeks for the American League.

    September 30, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Look for me in the yellow shirt

    I won’t be wearing pink or blue tonight for the Terre Haute South-Terre Haute North volleyball match at North, but I’m anticipating that plenty of you will be.

    September 23, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Little QB had big moments in ISU blue

    You won’t find his name easily in the Indiana State record book, but for my money the best quarterback the Sycamores have ever had was Verbie Walder.

    September 2, 2010

  • Amey Takes Aim: Biggest baseball pet peeve … Nibbling

    Having seen some outstanding baseball — and some not-so-outstanding baseball — at literally every level of play this spring and summer, I have identified what without a doubt is my main pet peeve with the sport. Nibbling. I’m not referring to popcorn or pretzels or nachos or cheese sticks or corn dogs or snow cones or candy or ice cream. Those can also be a serious problem — particularly if the kids are with me — but one that can be solved by simply running out of money.

    August 11, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Head to the high seas: Ameys’ vacation cruise

    It’s good to be king. Abdication? Not so good.

    July 24, 2010

  • World Cup replaces void opened when Stanley Cup ended

    It’s niche sports day here at the Tribune-Star, so we’ll start with a test of how much you learned while watching the recent National Hockey League season.

    June 24, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Win or lose, a softball season to remember

    Well, this is awkward. I’m writing this late Monday night, with my Tuesday and Wednesday days off in the future, not knowing entirely how happy I am with state-finals softball.

    June 16, 2010

  • Amey Takes Aim: Wabash Valley is a softball powerhouse

    Greetings from the high school softball capital of Indiana. Your Tribune-Star will be spending all day Saturday at Ben Davis, dominating the press box and elbowing those other newspapers to the back row where they belong. No other paper has as many teams to cover as we do (go Panthers, go Miners and go Patriots); The Times and Post-Tribune get off to a good start with Whiting (against Riverton Parke) and Wheeler (versus Linton), but couldn’t get anything going among the bigger schools (now that my cousin Keith Hauber no longer coaches at Lake Central).

    June 10, 2010

  • Amey Takes Aim: NHL playoffs > NBA playoffs

    Eavesdropping, as I often do, at a couple of sporting events recently, I heard conversations that warmed my heart. At both the Rose-Hulman baseball game recently and the Terre Haute North-Terre Haute South girls tennis match a week ago, I heard spirited arguments involving — the NHL playoffs.

    April 27, 2010

  • Amey Takes Aim: Amey family travels to Astros land

    I have an uneasy feeling that I know what I’m getting for Fathers Day. Not sure how your family celebrates that holiday, but mine uses it to get me things I wouldn’t otherwise buy for myself. It’s probably the only reason I ever got a cell phone, and a couple of years ago it was a good excuse for a flat-screen TV for the living room. Yes, I use both of them now.

    April 14, 2010

  • Amey Takes Aim: Favorite group for boys basketball Amey Awards ... Most Improved team

    As much as I enjoyed the girls high school basketball season this past winter, I liked the boys season even better; something about a team winning its last game — or another team practically becoming the 2010 version of “Hoosiers” — will do that for you. Maybe that’s the excuse for having a record number of captains for some of the Andy Amey teams, as you are about to see.

    March 31, 2010

  • ANDY AMEY: Butter your popcorn! It’s time for the Amey Awards!

    Yes, you’re right. The high school girls basketball season has been over for awhile, which can only mean the Andy Amey teams are getting out a little late this spring.

    March 24, 2010

  • Amey Takes Aim: Robinson proves it takes toughness to win tournaments

    If the last two weeks proved anything to Wabash Valley high school basketball fans, it was that toughness is what it takes to win tournaments.

    March 15, 2010

  • Amey takes Aim: It’s hard to take in all the great athletic feats going on in the Valley It’s one of those times of the year again when I really need to be in several places at once; I almost pulled that trick off on Saturday.

    February 24, 2010

  • ISU to host Jazz Festival on Saturday Indiana State University will host a day of jazz Saturday with performances by 21 middle and high school jazz bands; the ISU Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Eric Alexander.

    February 18, 2010

  • Entertainment Briefly: Feb. 5, 2010 • Lunsford to sign books downtown

    • Heritage Awards Dinner set Feb. 23

    • Vintage Camper Rally reservations sought

    • Children's Summer Theater play set

    • Woods student's work in Visual Arts Show

    • Women of Note to begin rehearsals

    • House of Hope pancake breakfast set

    February 4, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Here’s a sneak peek at the All-Amey team Rebel that I am, I’m going to violate protocol this week. I’m going to reveal one of the captains of the Andy Amey Teams for girls high school basketball who will be appearing in a few weeks.

    February 4, 2010

  • Fighting winter ‘blahs’ with some help from MVC basketball Trying to overcome the January blahs with the help of Missouri Valley basketball, NHL hockey and — dare I say it — even occasionally the NBA and the Big 10 has been semi-successful.

    January 21, 2010

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Pick a skill and Billy ‘The Kid’ Harris had it This column is for longtime Sycamore fans — emphasize the “long” part — who remember the CMU.

    January 13, 2010

  • Amey takes Aim: Classic’s best title game capped great tourney If it weren’t for last year, we might be talking about the recently completed Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic as the best one ever — and it unquestionably had the most interesting championship game, only the 2003 Terre Haute North-Bloomfield matchup being anywhere comparable.

    January 7, 2010

  • Andy Amey: Sometimes there is joy in the simplest of gifts The stockings are hung by the chimney with care in the Amey household. The hopes for St. Nicholas arriving, however, depend upon how much he’s accomplished in the short amount of time between him writing this and you reading it.

    December 23, 2009

  • Amey Takes Aim: Mashall’s pride was roaring during unforgettable run Only 29 seconds remained Saturday afternoon when Marshall’s Lions finally realized their 11-game high school football winning streak had come to an end. Taylor Duncan’s fourth-down pass had fallen incomplete, visiting Maroa-Forsyth had the ball — and a 17-point lead — and the Lions’ offensive unit trooped dejectedly off the field.

    November 21, 2009

  • Amey Takes Aim: Envelope please … it’s the annual Amey Awards for Valley football It’s been a high school football season Mike Stiener would have loved. Probably the toughest kid in my class at Center Grade School and Lowell High School — or at least he would have tried to convince you he was the toughest — Mike was our team MVP in football our senior year as a 130-pound guard and middle linebacker (I was in the running for LVP, but that’s another story), flew supplies into the Middle East during the first Gulf War, and is currently the pastor of a little church in the hills of northern California.

    November 18, 2009

  • Amey Takes Aim: Pomeroys’ success has this columinst smiling Let me be the first to say that I should have been on this bandwagon a lot sooner; 15 years ago or so, in fact. Considering what I do for a living, I could have been a lot more vocal and enthusiastic when the decision was made back then to offer athletic scholarships at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. I wasn’t opposed to the idea, and calling me skeptical would have even been a little too strong. But I guess I just kind of shrugged and said, “Oh well.” So long as it didn’t affect Sunday brunch, I was OK with it.

    November 11, 2009

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    March 12, 2010