TERRE HAUTE —
The red-hot Danville Dans kept the Terre Haute Rex off the board for the first eight innings on Monday en route to a 3-1 victory at Bob Warn Field.
Danville (32-13) scored two in the second inning and one in the third off Terre Haute starter Kendall Paluch and the Dans made the lead stand despite a ninth-inning run scored by Kyle Zimmerman on a Rex double play.
The Rex (23-24) fell 10 games behind first-place Danville. Terre Haute is seven games behind second-place Quincy.
Terre Haute returns to action Wednesday as it hosts Hannibal.
n LaGrange fourth — At Westfield, Adam LaGrange tied for fourth place in the Central Junior Masters Tournament.
LaGrange fired a 69 Sunday and 75 Monday on the par 71 at Wood Wind Golf Club for a two day total of 144 which was 2 over par. The event was won by Joshua Keating of Noblesville
LaGrange had finished eights in the Boys State Golf Championships.
Checkered flags about ready to fall
It’s another big week of racing — different types of racing — capped by the Crown Royal 400 on Sunday.
Action commences Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with practice for Sports Car Series and Sports Car Challenge drivers.
Practice for Nationwide and Sprint Cup series drivers is on Friday’s card, followed by Sports Car Challenge and Grand Am racing.
Nationwide and Sprint Cup qualifying is first on Saturday’s schedule before the 4:30 p.m. Nationwide Series race.
The main event — we still think of it as the Brickyard 400 — begins around 1 p.m. Sunday.
U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown and midget races are slated Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway.
In Illinois, harness races are part of two fairs.
Races are on the card this afternoon and Wednesday at the Edgar County Fair at Paris. Post time is 1 p.m. CDT both days.
Evening racing is set for the Clark County Fair on Saturday at Marshall with thoroughbred racing the next day.
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n ESPY awards given — The annual ESPY awards were presented last week.
LeBron James and Michael Phelps were two big winners. James was tabbed male athlete of the year and best NBA player and was further cited for best championship performance.
Phelps was honored as best male Olympian and for best record-breaking performance, winning seven gold medals in swimming in the Olympics.
Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first IndyCar Series driver to be named driver of the year since 1997 when Jimmy Vasser received the honor.
Serena Williams was named female athlete of the year, while the Miami Heat were tabbed Team of the Year. Miguel Cabrera was named best in baseball, and Adrian Peterson earned the same honor in pro football.
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n On the links — Congrats to Rachel Welker for nice play in the Indiana Women’s Amateur, to Adam LaGrange for an excellent showing in the boys state junior golf tournament and to Tom Jones for winning the men’s city championship.
Sam Pollock has been playing well, too. He shot 67 in the final round of a tournament sponsored by Riddell National Bank and took first place, winning a $500 scholarship. He also had a 66 in one of the games played at Rea Park recently, going 31-35.
And Megan Ramer won the girls title in the Riddell National Bank event after winning her age-group title in the city junior.
Seven-man teams from Hulman Links and Forest Park played a Ryder Cup-style match at Forest Park, and the host team won 13-8. They’ll play again in September at Hulman Links.
Chad Collins had another good week in the web.com tour with four sub-par rounds in the Midwest Classic to finish 11 under par, tying for 18th and earning more than $6,500.
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n Tom-Cattin’ It — Katie Gearlds is the new women’s basketball coach at Marian University. She was Miss Basketball her senior year at Beech Grove, earned All-America honors at Purdue and played in the WNBA with Seattle. … Butler has named Chris Holtmann as an assistant on Brandon Miller’s staff for men’s basketball. He had been the coach at Gardner-Webb the past three seasons. He was an NAIA All-America pick at Taylor University. … Lawrence Central, coming off a 15-0 season, is ranked 20th in the USA Today pre-season prep football Top 25. … Kent State has won a $1.2-million lawsuit against former coach Geno Ford for leaving in 2011 to become basketball coach at Bradley. The court ruled he had no permission to terminate his contract that was to run through 2015. … Northwestern has received a commitment in basketball from 6-foot-6, 200-pound Vic Law from the Chicago area. … Lake Central football standout Galen Robinson has committed to Purdue. He is the son of former Boilermaker Glenn Robinson, who was national player of the year in basketball in 1994. … The L.A. Lakers will pay a $29.2-million luxury tax in the NBA, but the Brooklyn Nets will top that with all the deals made since the season ended.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802