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August 10, 2010

Ramblin' Reck: Revival of college hoops’ Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis gaining steam

TERRE HAUTE — It’s not really basketball weather by any means but the sport — mainly college basketball — has been the topic of conversation in recent days.

One of the topics has been a revival of the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis. This event for years was played at Butler (now Hinkle) Fieldhouse when Tony Hinkle still was coach.

Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler were the teams in the event. Those schools may get together again in basketball in Conseco Fieldhouse in the future.

Purdue and Indiana State men’s teams will meet in the Purdue Blockbuster in Indy this winter.

Robbie Hummel could be back in the lineup for the Boilermakers. His rehab from seems to be on schedule.

Meanwhile, Cody Zeller of Washington has narrowed his choice of college to three schools. They are IU, Butler and North Carolina.

Another top Hoosier player, 6-foot-6 Branden Dawson of Gary Wallace, says he will play for Michigan State.

MSU also got a commitment from 6-7 Kenny Kaminski of Medina, Ohio. He also had considered Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Illinois State received a commitment this week from 5-9 Nic Moore, who helped Warsaw get to the Class 4A title game last season. He averaged 26.7 points as a junior.

Finally, a former Indiana State player and the Sycamores were featured in the August 2-9 issue of Sports Illustrated.

“Shining moments” of the NCAA basketball tournament were recalled from 1985 to 2010.

The ISU bit:

“2001 — In round 1 against No. 4 seed Oklahoma, Kelyn Block lost three teeth in a collision with the Sooners Hollis Price near the end of regulation, then returned in OT to score five of his 17 points to seal the upset.”

SI says Block has played overseas and now hopes to secure coaching work in the Indianapolis area.

Creighton’s Terrell Taylor was spotlighted in 2002 for scoring 28 points in beating Florida, and Ali Farokhmanesh of Northern Iowa was featured for 2010 for hitting the clinching 3-pointer in beating Kansas.

Also, Bryce Drew of Valparaiso got the plug for 1998 for hitting the basket that enabled the Crusaders to beat  Ole Miss.

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• Nice work — Dave Thiemann was an interested spectator at the recent Golf Headquarters Senior City Championship.

The 1969 graduate of Terre Haute Schulte had a thick folder of photographs with him. Most of them were pictures of some of the best known golfers of our time.

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnie Palmer and the late Payne Stewart all were subjects of photos taken by Thiemann, mostly when he lived in Colorado from 1978 to 2009.

He has done work for golf publications as well as Time/Life publications. Television personality Vern Lundquist was the subject of one article while Will Nicholson and Jack Vickers of Augusta National and the Masters were featured in another one.

He had several photos of two noted Ohio State grads — Nicklaus and Bob Knight. Knight used one of the photos in one of his books.

“I got to go fishing with [Knight] and have dinner with him and his wife. He has always been gracious, a gentleman,” said Thiemann, who began taking pictures when he was a student at Indiana University.

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• Tom-Cattin’ It — With all the publicity generated by the “small crowd of more than 100,000” at the Brickyard 400, it had been suggested that adding a Nationwide Series race to the card might help boost crowd totals.

The Kroger 200 has been run for years at O’Reilly Raceway Park the night before the 400 and apparently it will be run on that night at the same facility next season.

At the same time, one of the races in the series that has been run at Gateway International will not be on the schedule. So, that seems that the Speedway could gain a race and ORP would continue to have the Kroger 200.

• Notre Dame and Texas have agreed to a new series in football.

• Joey Forney of Bloomington South says he will play college baseball at Duke.

• Condolences go to the family of Jo Ann Forbes, widow of Bob Forbes. She died last week in Hamilton County.

Son Kevin is director of engineering and construction at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

• Two Indiana high schools have named new boys basketball coaches.

Edinburgh has named Decatur Central assistant Drew Gientzer, subject to board approval. He had been at DC the past five seasons.

Albert Hendrix will be the new coach at Lebanon. He has coached different teams in the system for 20 years.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (82) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.


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