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September 21, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: ‘Chuck’ Bennett entering IU Hall of Fame

TERRE HAUTE — A coach and former player for the Linton Miners in football has been in the news.

Charles H. “Chuck” Bennett will be inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame next month.

He was a halfback for the Hoosiers and earned All-America honors in 1928. That same year, he was All-Big Ten and was IU’s first Big Ten MVP in football.

He was a senior on the Linton football team in 1923 that went 8-0 against Indiana opponents, outscoring them 155-0, and lost to Robinson, Ill., in a challenge game 8-7. The Miners were declared state champs twice in his high school career.

According to The Greene County World, he began working in the mines at the age of 13. That was not unusual in those days, especially in Greene County.

His coach at Linton was Gerald “Two-Penny” Landis, who held the all-time coaching mark of 96-47-7 until last Friday.

Steve Weber became the winningest coach of the Miners with a 97-25 record following Linton’s 34-19 defeat of Springs Valley. Weber is in his 11th season at the school.

Rick Wellington preceded him and was 42-16 from 1995 to 1999. Charlie Karazsia had an 84-26 record.

The current Miners have a big game this week, meeting North Daviess, which has lost only to the Washington Hatchets.

• Coaching changes — Some high school coaching changes were reported in the area last week.

A.J. Graves was named the girls basketball coach at White River Valley, where he had a stellar career in basketball before going to Butler and having a stellar career there.

He succeeds Joe Pigg, who coached the Wolverines for a long time.

Two other men who will be coaching girls basketball teams this season are Rich Schelsky at Western Boone and Scott Buell at Northview.

Schelsky is the current leader in the WTHI-TV City Tourney and has been coaching baseball at Western-Boone. He previously coached baseball and boys basketball at Rockville.

Buell has been coaching boys golf at Northview and previously was an assistant in boys basketball.

The Sullivan Daily Times reports that Craig Grow has resigned as the baseball coach at Sullivan and will be the new coach in the sport at North Central. Darin Simpson resigned as coach after guiding the T-Birds to sectional and regional titles.

Grow coached Sullivan from 1994 to 2004 and came back to coach the Arrows last season.

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