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Ramblin' Reck

September 4, 2012

Ex-players want to place ‘Paul in the Hall’

TERRE HAUTE — Some former Sullivan County athletes are making a big push to get Paul in the Hall.

To be specific, men who played basketball for Paul Weekly at Shelburn and North Central have collaborated on a big push to try and get their former coach into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Weekly began coaching Shelburn in 1939 and coached the Panthers until the school closed in 1956. It was said that the school had not had a winning season before 1939 and it is known that the Panthers never had a losing season under Weekly, who spent 1942 to 1946 in the service.

In his first year back from the service, he guided Shelburn to a sectional title, defeating a Sullivan team that had won five straight titles. The Panthers then won a regional at Vincennes to earn a spot in the semistate at Bloomington.

The Panthers’ run ended against Terre Haute Garfield, led by Clyde Lovellette.

The story goes that the student manager for Shelburn had forgotten to pack the shoes for the team. Branch McCracken, the coach at Indiana, arranged for shoes to be obtained at a sporting goods store, doing it for the respect he had for coach Weekly.

The Panthers also won sectional titles in 1948 and 1949, losing to eventual state champ Jasper in its fantastic run in the regional. That team lost only one other game, bowing to Attica in the Wabash Valley Tournament.

Just this bit of information tells you that Weekly deserves to be in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Brent Wible and a delegation of other former players will attend a Hall of Fame meeting this month and he will address the group.

Letters of recommendation will be taken to the meeting. Anyone wishing to write one of the letters may send it to Brent Wible, 2047 E. Jasper-Dubois Road, Jasper, IN, 47546-8502. Wible has been in the radio broadcasting business for 37 years.

Good luck.

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n Golfers on course — Teams from Geneva Hills and Hulman Links recently competed in the second Nasser Cup at Harrison Hills at Attica.

We hear the weather was hot with a breeze and greens were slow with wet fairways. Geneva Hills’ six-man team prevailed 453-468 in a great match.

Match scores:

Tom Rohr (79)/Fred Reynolds (76)

J.P. Kanizer (82)/Russ Campbell (76)

Dave Alumbaugh (85)/Mike Wright (77)

Eddie Kanizer (71)/Denny Byram (73)

Larry Fossi (78)/Larry Griffin (79)

Abe Nasser (78)/Ted Schneider (82)

Stacey Vitaniemi (76)/Greg Reininga (85)

Don Alumbaugh (76)/Dave Nasser(81)

Players from both teams enjoyed a post-match meal at the Beef House.

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n Players ranked — Several high school football players are ranked in the top 10 in statistical categories.

The stats do not include games played last week.

In passing, Austin Karaszia was first with 40 completions in 52 attempts for 583 yards and two touchdowns. Payne Fortner of Sullivan was sixth (40 for 78 for 509 yards and three touchdowns) and Dillon Boknecht of Brown County was seventh (35 for 70 for 501 yards and two touchdowns).

In receiving, Grant Stamm of Linton was fifth: 11 catches for 249 yards.

In sacks, Brett Giercke of Greencastle was tied for fifth with four.

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n Tom-Cattin’ It — Zach Shoulders scored five touchdowns and rushed for 180 yards in Lawrenceville’s victory over Edwards County in the opener for both teams.

Carmel and Ben Davis both improved to 3-0 in prep football last week. Both teams won Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference openers.

n Evansville has signed 6-foot-10 Lithuanian player Egidijus Mockevicius. He is 20 years of age. The Aces will play Notre Dame in a non-conference contest.

n John MacCauley, who was the public address announcer for UE games for 27 years, has died at the age of 65. He had a heart attack.

n Eastern Illinois defeated Southern Illinois in football last week. Former Marshall standout Taylor Duncan netted 36 yards rushing on 11 carries.

n Season ticket sales for football are down at the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats lost to Louisville in Governor’s Cup action on Sunday.

n Castle shot 169 to hand Jasper its first nine-hole defeat of the season in girls golf. The Wildcats shot 175 and recently edged out Bloomington South in a matchup of two top-10 ranked teams to win a tournament hosted by Vincennes Rivet.

n Instant Racing machines have been installed at Ellis Park, and the slot-like machines will be in used year-around. The live racing season ended Monday at the track located between Evansville and Henderson (Ky.).

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt.3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.

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