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May 28, 2014

Ramblin’ Reck: Reflections plentiful from memorable Indianapolis 500

TERRE HAUTE — 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.

Only Graham Rahal and Buddy Lazier failed to make it halfway through the race.

And the red flag was thrown to insure a clean, close finish with the winner nipping Helio by 0.06 of a second.

Kurt Busch completed the double and finished a strong sixth in Indy before being hurt by an engine problem in the World 600 to finish 40th, just behind Danica Patrick. On Tuesday, he was named the race’s 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

It was good to see Jeff Gordon hold the lead late in the NASCAR race before being passed by Jimmie Johnson and finishing seventh. He remains the leader in the point totals.

Miners on court — Linton defeated Bloomfield 3-2 to win the North Daviess Sectional title in girls tennis action last week.

The Miners were paired against 12-2 Vincennes Rivet in the Jasper Regional. Jasper met Paoli in the other regional match.

Tom-Cattin’ It — Funeral services have been conducted for Donald “Butch” Rees, an old friend of mine who played basketball for Jasper High School and Texas Wesleyan, where his name is in the record books.

He coached high school basketball for several years before retiring at Hutsonville-Palestine in Illinois. We got to know Rees when both of us were in a group that detasseled corn for Pioneer Corn Co. in Tipton — a long time ago.

• Sullivan junior Nathan Pirtle recently competed in a U.S. Open qualifier in Kentucky. He placed 11th in the field of 90.

• Medal play has concluded in the NCAA golf championship. Purdue finished 27th.

Patrick Rodgers of Avon will turn pro after the competition and was 16th in the totals, helping Stanford to finish atop the leaderboard with 827 followed by Alabama and LSU at 819.

Those three teams, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, SMU and UCLA began match play Tuesday to determine the champion.

• Final Indiana high school baseball polls have been released.

In Class 4A, Terre Haute North and South both received votes and West Vigo received votes in 3A. In Class A, Shakamak was third and Rockville fifth.

• Terre Haute North and South golf teams will vie in match play today at Hulman Links.

• Seven-footer Jeremiah April has signed his letter of intent with Indiana. He is attending a prep school in Arizona.

• The San Antonio trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili has established a National Basketball Association playoff record for victories — 111 and counting.

• Shiloh school officials in Illinois have voted to join the Tri-County sports coop with Kansas and Oakland.

• Eastern Illinois has added four transfers to its football roster. One is Kentucky quarterback John Whitlow.

• Indianapolis Cathedral offensive lineman has been named to the U.S. Under-19 National Team and will play in an international tournament.

He will be a freshman at Indiana State in the fall.

• Brandon Taylor has been named athletic director at Castle High School. He is a Castle grad and has been a teacher at the school since 2006.

Owen Valley is looking for a new AD.

• Two athletes at Vincennes Lincoln have announced college choices.

Rashon Jefferson will play football at Wabash College. Josh Sprinkle will play basketball at Danville Area Community College in Illinois.

• The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Tony LaRussa as their chief baseball office. Kevin Towers remains the general manager and Kirk Gibson still is manager.

LaRussa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

• Indiana State’s baseball team remained consistent in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Sycamores received 26 votes to rank 27th.

Dallas Baptist and Evansville each received one vote.

ISU and Dallas Baptist are the two Missouri Valley teams in the NCAA tournament field.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at 812 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St. Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.

 

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