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April 24, 2014

Good weather for big upcoming sports weekend

TERRE HAUTE — The forecast is for good weather most of the weekend and that’s good, because the schedule is full for sports fans.

Indiana State’s baseball team has a big series with Missouri Conference Valley rival Dallas Baptist. It begins tonight.

The ISU softball team faces Drake in its last home series of the season.

Regular racing is slated tonight at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway. U.S. Auto Club and Midwest Sprint Car Series action is set for Saturday at Tri-State Speedway and for Sunday at The Action Track.

Fifteen high school boys golf teams will vie for honors in the Bob Arnett Invitational hosted by Terre Haute South on Saturday at Rea Park, while a two-man event will be played Saturday and Sunday at Forest Park and the ISU Football Outing is slated for Saturday.

Four softball teams will compete in a tournament at West Vigo on Saturday while local prep baseball teams hit the road for Saturday’s action.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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n Doing well — Some of the older ISU fans will remember John Nelson of Rockville, who played basketball and golf for the Sycamores in the 1970s.

“Gordon Stauffer, Bob King and [golf coach] Ray Goddard were very good to me in those days,” he wrote recently after learning that Stauffer, the former basketball coach, had suffered a stroke.

Nelson has done well in Las Vegas, coaching high school teams in the area.

He taught and  coached boys and girls golf teams for 33 years at two schools. He also was an assistant coach for basketball for five seasons.

Five of his teams won state championships and he coached two players who went on to play on the pro tour: Robert Gamez and Stephanie Keever.

He has retired from teaching and coaching and now works at the Durando Hills Golf Club in Vegas. “I can still break 80 on a good day,” he says.

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n Tom-Cattin’ It — Former Terre Haute North player Matt O’Leary says he is leaving Loyola of Chicago and will transfer to IUPUI, where Jason Gardner is the new coach.

Other players who intend to transfer to the school are Darell Combs of Eastern Michigan, Leo Svete of Western Michigan and Nick Osborne of Loyola.

Gardner previously was on the staff at Loyola.

n Beth Couture has been fired as women’s basketball coach at Butler after five players left the program to transfer to new schools.

She had a 193-174 mark in 12 seasons and five of her teams competed in the WNIT.

n A.J. Hammons has decided to remain at Purdue to play basketball instead of declaring for the National Basketball Asssociation.

n Indianapolis Tech has been voted in as the 10th member of the North Central Conference. Guerin Catholic is another new member of the league.

n Congrats to the ISU women’s golf team for its outstanding showing in the MVC tournament.

n An autopsy has shown that The Ultimate Warrior died of a heart disease.

n Mike Woodson has been let go as coach of the New York Knicks. Steve Kerr, who has been doing work for TNT, may be the new coach named by Phil Jackson.

n Tom Dilley is the new football coach at Guerin Catholic. He previously coached at Lawrence North and Indianapolis Chatard. Two of his Chatard teams took state titles.

n Indiana University has lost one of its top basketball assistants. Kenny Johnson is leaving to be on the staff at Louisville.

n Goran Dragic has been voted Most Improved Player in the NBA. Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers was second in the vote.

n A vote will be taken by Northwestern athletes today whether to become union members. Former athletes at the schools have said it would not be a good decision.

 

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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