Takuma Sato made Izod IndyCar Series history Sunday when he won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Sato won his first IndyCar Series race in 52 starts and became the first Japanese race winner in series history. Fans will recall he was leading the Indianapolis 500 a year ago until crashing on the last lap.
He now is driving for A.J. Foyt and became the first Foyt Racing winner since the 2002 season.
A.J. was not at the race. He will undergo back surgery later in the week.
Next race in the series is in Brazil on May 5. Practice for the 500 begins mid-May.
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• Moving on — More high school seniors have indicated where they intend to attend college and continue athletic participation.
Checking them out:
Dess Fougerousse of Linton will play basketball at IU East in Richmond, where the Miners won a semistate to advance to the Class 2A finals. Fougerousse is the all-time leading scorer in Linton history.
Paige Yando of Riverton Parke will play basketball for Olney Central. She is third all-time in scoring for Riverton Parke and ranks second in rebounding, averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.
Caelan Jones of Sullivan will play basketball for Danville Area Community College. She had 299 points, 95 steals and 113 assists her senior season.
Tasia Brewer of Terre Haute South will play basketball at Vincennes University. She earned all-MIC honors twice, averaging 17.8 points, six rebounds, 2.65 assists and two steals per game her senior season. She was a junior all-star pick and played in the recent North-South all-star game.
Hannah Stelflug of Terre Haute South will compete in swimming at Butler University. She was a state finalist her senior year and earned Academic All-America honors.
Ashley Bazier of Terre Haute South will play volleyball at Franklin. The four-year letterwinner had 54 career kills, 82 career aces, 56 career blocks, 2,035 career assists and 443 career digs and was the Student Council Award winner.
Nic Keller of Terre Haute South will compete in track and field at Rose-Hulman. He took 2012 sectional honors in the discus with a throw of 153 feet, 10.5 inches and placed fourth in the regional. His personal best in the event is 159-7.
Cheyenne Reinig of Terre Haute South will play softball at Oakland City. She has been on the varsity four years with a career batting average of .381.
Haven Eder of Terre Haute South will play softball at Lincoln Trail. She has been on the varsity two years.
Alexandra Pickens of Terre Haute South will play golf at Eastern Illinois. She had a best of 36 for nine holes and 74 for 18 holes, She was sectional medalist and earned all-MIC honors last fall.
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• Tom-Cattin’ It — The Indiana All-Stars — girls and boys — will play the Junior All-Stars on June 10 at Sullivan.
Sullivan grad Rhagen Smith is a member of the team and coach Julie Meeks is an assistant coach for the Indiana girls team.
• Dan Sparks announced he is retiring after 42 years of coaching and 869 victories.
He coached at Vincennes University before going to Wabash Valley, where he coached the past seven seasons, compiling a record of 163-67.
Sparks is the leader in college wins by a coach in Indiana with 706.
• Brian Lewis has resigned as football coach at Evansville Harrison to become athletic director at Monrovia. He had a 4-37 mark in four years with the Warriors.
• Former Indiana State baseball pitcher Mitch Stetter, 32, has been assigned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees by the Los Angeles Angels. He appeared in six games with the Angels last season.
• Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball coach Todd Lee has resigned to be associate head coach at Grand Canyon University.
• Anthony Johnson has been granted his release in basketball to leave Purdue and transfer. The sophomore scored in double figures six times last season. Jacob Lawson and Sandi Marcius earlier announced they would transfer.
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Takuma Sato made Izod IndyCar Series history Sunday when he won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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Tom Reck: Brickyard 400 highlights big sports week
It’s another busy week in sports. Two of the events on the schedule are the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the windup of the Show-Me’s/THGA men’s city golf tournament.
Tom Reck: At break, A’s own baseball’s top record
The all-stars will be out tonight in Major League Baseball, meaning there’s a little break in the regular schedules. At this point, the team with the best record in either league … is Oakland which is 59-36 for a .621 percentage.
Tom Reck: All-Stars get chance to shine
It’s July and that means all-star baseball time.
Tom Reck: July a big month for local sports
It’s the first day of July, a month full of golf tournaments and racing — all types of racing — and youth baseball tournaments.
Tom Reck: Valley could be home of some champions
And the beat goes on … for four teams and two individuals in the final week of Indiana high school sports action.
Tom Reck: Seven teams, three golfers still have title shots
Most high school sports teams in the Valley have concluded their seasons and are getting set for summer activity but four golf teams, three baseball teams and three golfers will be busy this week with more postseason play — all hoping to play another week in the state finals.
Ramblin’ Reck: Reflections plentiful from memorable Indianapolis 500
The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 is history and will go down as one of the best.
Weather was perfect and the finish was second closest ever with Ryan Hunter-Reay nipping Helio Castroneves at the finish.
There were few yellow caution periods with the first incident coming on the 150th lap and a race record was established with 6,105 laps completed by the drivers.
Ramblin’ Reck: Dave Mahurin heading to Edgewood
Dave Mahurin will be leaving Rockville to assume new duties in July.
His appointment as administrative assistant (assistant principal) and boys basketball coach at Edgewood High School was approved by the Richland-Bean Blossom school board Monday night. He will begin those duties July 1.
Tom Reck: Pacers seem to be back in top form
So you say the Indiana Pacers can wind up their National Basketball Association second-round playoff series with the Washington Wizards in five games tonight? Hard to believe.
Tom Reck: Get ready for busy sports week in area
It’s another busy week for sports fans and teams in the area. Big Four action is slated for Terre Haute North and South, West Vigo and Northview teams.
Tom Reck: Pair with ISU ties honored by peers
Congratulations to Indiana State University coaches — past and present.
Good weather for big upcoming sports weekend
The forecast is for good weather most of the weekend and that’s good, because the schedule is full for sports fans.
Ramblin’ Reck: We’ve lost 2 ‘good guys,’ but another is in stroke recovery
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Ramblin’ Reck: Irish still alive in women’s tourney
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Ramblin' Reck: April brings showers of closings, openings
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Ramblin' Reck: Three local hoops teams still have shot at titles
Then there were three — Indiana State men, Indiana State women and Clay City, the three teams still playing basketball in our area.
Ramblin' Reck: Four prep basketball teams still in contention
The season now is over for all but four high school basketball teams in the area.
Ramblin’ Reck: It’s officially Tourney Time in the Valley
The regular season now has ended for most high school and college basketball teams in the area. It’s Tourney Time.
Ramblin Reck: Cloverdale riding 10-game winning streak
Illinois high school boys basketball teams commenced postseason play Monday night and teams in Indiana are set to close out the regular season. Two of the teams with top marks in the area are Cloverdale and Clay City and they met last Saturday to cap a good week of basketball.
Ramblin’ Reck: Regular season winding down in high school basketball
Time flies when you’re having fun … and playing basketball.
It’s hard to believe that the regular season ends this week for high school basketball teams that we cover in Illinois. The postseason begins next Monday.
Paris, Casey and Marshall have the top marks and Robinson has had some good wins playing a tough schedule.
Ramblin’ Reck: Grizzlies shoot, make just one free throw in win
Memphis defeated Atlanta 79-76. The big point about this game is that the Grizzlies shot just one free throw in the game — and made it. That is an unofficial record for the shot-clock era.
Ramblin' Reck: Upsets leave Syracuse in No. 1 spot
A wild week of men’s college basketball action ended Sunday with Indiana’s Hoosiers knocking off Big Ten leader Michigan 63-52.
Ramblin’ Reck: Even after 20-point loss, Sycamores move up to 51st in RPI
Checking out some basketball polls and rankings -- colleges first:
In spite of losing to Wichita State, Indiana State moved up to 51st in the weekly RPI totals from 63. Some other rankings: Kansas 1, Wisconsin 4, Villanova 5, Wichita State 9, Creighton 10, Illinois 58, Northern Iowa 70, Indiana 77, Missouri State 78, Purdue 87, Butler 90, Notre Dame 94, Illinois State 108.
Ramblin' Reck: After snow, busy week in prep basketball
Because of lots of snow and ice, high school basketball action was limited in the area last week. This week promises to be a busy one, especially with better weather conditions in the forecast. Some key prep boys games are slated, two of them tonight.
Ramblin' Reck: Both ISU basketball teams off to strong starts in MVC
College basketball teams have commenced league play and it's nice to see Indiana State teams in the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
Ramblin’ Reck: College basketball season races start to get serious
The preliminaries are over and college conference teams start playing each other tonight with league titles and possible NCAA berths on the line.
A few words of wisdom for this Christmas season
Tis the day before Christmas, a day set aside for observing the birth of Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas to you all and your loved ones. We'll take this time to publish some words of wisdom from one of the cards sent our way – this person is No. 1 among card senders in our book. To wit:
Ramblin' Reck: Broncos QB Manning gets early accolade
The National Football League season has not ended but one of the top players has received a top honor. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has been named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. With the great season he has had, he should be a top candidate for NFL Player of the Year.
Ramblin’ Reck: Thanks to snow, hectic high school slate tonight
Due to last week’s snowfall, tonight’s boys high school basketball schedule is akin to a Friday night in the area.
Ramblin' Reck: Final BCS national title picture still unclear
With one improbable finish and another near-upset last week, the question of which teams are best in college football remains clouded, especially in regards to the national championship game.
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