News about basketball and baseball coaches continued to make news in the Valley last week.
Bloomfield has hired a former player to be the new boys basketball coach succeeding Ron McBride, who resigned to become athletic director.
John Bucher played for Steve Brett and McBride and will be the man on the sidelines this winter. He formerly was the coach at Princeton and Borden.
Most recently, he was a varsity assistant at White River Valley and served as athletic director at Worthington.
Steve Jones will make a return to coaching at Bloomfield. He will coach the boys cross country team.
In another move in Greene County, Matt Fougerousse has resigned as baseball coach at Shakamak.
Fougerousse was a standout athlete at the school and served as assistant to Chip Sweet before taking the job when Sweet resigned. Laker teams won three regionals, two semistates and the 2008 Class A title in his three years on the job.
He will continue to teach at Shakamak.
Applications now are being taken for the baseball position.
Former Riverton Parke and DePauw standout Jeremy Bettis is the new boys basketball coach at Lighthouse Christian Academy.
He played some basketball in Germany after graduating from DePauw.
Basil Mawbey has a 645-246 record in 38 years of coaching and has won state boys basketball titles at Connersville and Lewis Cass. He is the new coach at Indianapolis Broad Ripple.
Chaz Hendrix is the new girls golf coach at Linton. The Miners will play Terre Haute South at Phil Harris Course on Wednesday.
• Commitments given — More high school basketball players have indicated their collegiate choices.
P.J. Hubert, 6-foot-5 guard at Mount Vernon, likes IUPUI. He averaged 14 points per game his junior year.
Demetria Nunley-Lash, 5-9 senior who averaged 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds off the bench for the stellar Ben Davis girls team, will go to IUPUI.
Two Indianapolis Howe players, 6-9 Jordan Manuel and 5-7 P.J. Boutte, plan to sign with Detroit. Manuel averaged 18.4 points per game his junior year. Boutte averaged 14 points and 9.1 assists.
In college coaching moves, Butler assistant Kevin Kuwik has joined Thad Matta's staff at Ohio State.
Northern Iowa has given Ben Jacobson a seven-year extension with the contract reportedly worth $190,000 per year.
• Two top finishes — Congrats to Chad Collins for his second straight second-place finish on the Nationwide Tour.
He was 25th in the money totals last week and earned $55,000 this week. The top 25 earn a spot on the PGA Tour. Eleven dates are left on the Nationwide schedule and he will play in nine of them.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — Baseball and softball may be out for good as Olympic sports.
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee voted to consider golf and rugby for the 2016 Games. Softball and baseball were not included on the list.
• Indiana is a unanimous pick to finish last in the Big Ten by The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Purdue does not fare much better, tabbed ninth by TSN and SI.
In the national rankings, Florida is everyone’s pick for No. 1. IU is 99th of 120 teams by SI with Purdue 87th.
Illinois is 33rd and Notre Dame is 25th. Western Kentucky is 120.
• Turkey Run golfers Nathan Smith and Jason Millikan will go to Franklin.
• Funeral services were conducted Friday in LaGrange for former Indiana State basketball player Bill Bender. He was 49.
Bender played one year at Western Michigan before enrolling at ISU.
• Bartholomew County, which defeated North Terre Haute in the Indiana state finals at North last month, gained the finals of the Great Lakes Division of the Central Region Championships in Little League Baseball before losing to a Kentucky team in its bid to go to Williamsport.
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News about basketball and baseball coaches continued to make news in the Valley last week.
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