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  • COLLEGE REPORT: Former WRC football standouts playing key roles for No. 1 Mount Union

    It’s a huge jump from the Wabash River Conference, one of the smallest leagues that plays high school football in Indiana, to Division III national powerhouse.
    But two Wabash Valley standouts have made that leap and are significant contributors for top-ranked and defending national champion Mount Union (Ohio).

    November 13, 2013

  • RAMBLIN RECK: Recalling events of 50 years ago

    Monday was Veterans Day and it seemed to be a good time to recall some events of 50 years ago.

    November 11, 2013

  • MET 110913 BIRD 79 TEAM.jpg Hughes, News & Views: The ’78-79 Sycamores rediscover timeless bond

    The 1978-79 Indiana State men’s basketball team that posted a 33-1 record and battled Michigan State for the coveted NCAA championship almost 35 years ago isn’t likely to play any more full-court games together, not even just for fun.

    November 10, 2013 7 Photos 3 Stories

  • Ramblin' Reck: Valley football season winding down

    There’s a bit of a lull in high school athletics right now, but not for members of five football teams in the Wabash Valley.
    Those teams will be out to keep their title hopes and postseason alive this weekend.

    November 6, 2013

  • Hughes, News & Views: Shaw preparing for 20th season as Rose-Hulman coach

    When Rose-Hulman men’s basketball coach Jim Shaw gets introduced to the Hulman Center crowd before Sunday afternoon’s exhibition game against Indiana State, think of the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun.”

    October 31, 2013

  • TODD GOLDEN: Munn, Odum want to make paper accomplishment a real one

    When it comes to Missouri Valley Conference Media Day, it has historically been a kick in the gut for Indiana State's basketball teams.
    But not this year. For the first time since formal MVC preseason polls began in the mid-1980s, the Sycamores rule the MVC roost.

    October 31, 2013

  • College Report: North grad enjoying sophomore season at Virginia Tech

    A.J. Hughes had an admittedly up and down freshman season as the punter for Virginia Tech’s football team, but the sophomore from Terre Haute North High School has elevated his game like one of his long, hanging left-footed punts.
    Hughes ranks first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in punting with a 44.8-yard average per punt, a 4.7 increase over last year and a lofty number that ranks him ninth nationally.

    October 30, 2013

  • Tom Reck: Postseason prep action heats up this week

    High school postseason competition fills the Tribune-Star sports schedules this week.

    October 28, 2013

  • Redneck Quaker: Hunters Helping Hunters big boost for handicapped who love outdoors

    Hunters Helping Hunters’ mission is to improve the quality of life for physically challenged and seriously ill hunters. This is accomplished by providing hunting opportunities to those who would not otherwise have the ability or resources to fulfill outdoor adventures.

    October 27, 2013

  • SPT 102613 LOGAN RUN.jpg FROM THE PRESS BOX: Injuries, tough schedule have led to Sycamores' slide

    No one saw this coming.
    On the final October weekend of 2012, Indiana State’s football team was 7-2 and a Football Championship Subdivision playoff bid seemed a mortal lock.

    October 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Expect some frosty games in Fall Classic

    It’s October and time for the Fall Classic.

    October 21, 2013

  • tsgolden TODD GOLDEN: Colts fans paid Manning ultimate tribute

    Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis was many things — the return of a beloved prodigal son, a battle of Colts’ No. 1-draft-pick quarterbacks and last, but not least, the visit from one of the AFC’s last reminaing undefeated teams — but most of all, it could have been a battle for the Colts’ fans soul.

    October 21, 2013 1 Photo

  • College Report: South graduate becomes Wabash College swim coach

    Brent Noble’s climb up the collegiate swimming coaches has taken another big step, after the Terre Haute South grad was recently named the new head swimming and diving coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
    Noble joins the Wabash program after serving for a year as the women’s head swimming coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
     

    October 16, 2013

  • Tom Reck: Fans enjoyed a high-drama sports weekend

    High drama prevailed in more than one weekend sports contest.

    October 15, 2013

  • USDvISfb-84468.jpg FROM THE PRESS BOX: Sycamores shocked by 1-5 start to season

    It was a play that not only symbolized Indiana State’s 17-14 loss at South Dakota on Saturday, but perhaps the Sycamores’ entire season.
    Down three with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, ISU faced third-and-9 from its own 39. ISU ran Shakir Bell to the left and the senior standout had daylight.

    October 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bogle, James.jpg Hughes, News & Views: Friends remember Jim Bogle

    When I covered the semifinal round of the IHSAA boys tennis sectional at Terre Haute North last week, it seemed like there was an empty seat in the bleachers.
    In reality, I noticed few — if any — empty seats because plenty of spectators wanted to watch the host Patriots battle No. 14-ranked Terre Haute South for the right to advance to the next day’s sectional championship match.
    In the end, junior Nathan Bogle pulled out a dramatic three-set victory at No. 1 singles to help South edge its crosstown rivals 3-2 on its way to capturing the sectional title.
    Yet there was something missing.
    The person who would have been in that empty seat I imagined, Nathan’s father Jim Bogle, had been battling cancer for close to two years and could not attend the sectional.
    Sadly, cancer claimed his life Thursday morning. He was 52.

    October 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • Rolling Colts appear to be the real deal

    Some of Monday’s headlines in sports pages pretty well summed up another interesting weekend in the National Football League.

    October 7, 2013

  • College Report: People with Valley ties getting up-close look at top-ranked Crimson Tide

    Trivia question: What do Trent Miles, A.J. Hughes and Johnny Manziel have in common?
    Maybe nothing right now, but after Saturday they will all have played against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide already this season.
    Manziel has no known local ties, but was involved in the most-hyped game of the year last month as Texas A&M fell just short in a late comeback against Alabama.
    Hughes, a sophomore punter for Virginia Tech from Terre Haute North, did his part in the Hokies’ 35-10 season–opening loss to the Tide.

    October 2, 2013

  • Fun season continues for Pirates

    Postseason baseball begins tonight and I can root for my team for the first time since 1992.
    I’ve followed the Pittsburgh Pirates most of my life — I was born and lived in Indianapolis until 1950, and the Indians then were affiliated with Pittsburgh just as they are now.

    September 30, 2013

  • Trackside: Burns, Fitzpatrick provide fun moments at Putnamville

    In a season that has generated more than its share of down moments for Wabash Valley fans and racers, last Saturday’s “King of non-wing Sprints” program at Lincoln Park Speedway served notice that there are still a few positive storylines to be found in the wild and unpredictable sport of sprint-car racing.
    One such storyline unfolded this past weekend on the rough and challenging 5⁄16-mile Putnamville dirt oval. That’s where the runs of Eric Burns and Blake Fitzpatrick sent fans home feeling that if the season has to come to a close, it couldn’t end on a happier or brighter note.

    September 25, 2013

  • NFL season offering some early surprises

    The third week of the National Football League ended Monday night when Oakland played at Denver. Some interesting results cropped up in headlines and stories in Monday’s newspapers and were hashed out on some Sunday night sports shows.

    September 23, 2013

  • Goatee.jpg COLLEGE REPORT: Former North standout Goatee making strides at VU

    If college is supposed to help you grow up and mature by exposing you to new experiences, it hasn’t taken Vincennes University freshman TaPring Goatee long to find those things waiting for her.

    September 17, 2013 1 Photo

  • NFL QBs rack up some big numbers

    Sunday was a good day for quarterbacks in the National Football League, with lots of points and yardage racked up by some of them.

    September 16, 2013

  • SPT 091513 GRIMES PICK.jpg From The Press Box: An avoidable loss

    It couldn’t last forever.

    September 15, 2013 3 Photos

  • Friday the 13th offers intriguing matchups

    \It is the only Friday the 13th of the fall, and some interesting high school football games are scheduled in the area on that date.

    September 10, 2013

  • From The Press Box: Colts dodge bullets ... it's what they do

    Just a few minutes into the second quarter, it seemed Colts fans could kick back and enjoy a Sunday on Easy Street.

    September 9, 2013

  • Redneck Quaker: Come on out for Nature Day at Clay County Fairgrounds on Saturday

    Purdue’s fifth annual Nature Day is this Saturday at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Rain or shine, it will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fairgrounds are between Brazil and Interstate on Indiana 59.

    September 9, 2013

  • SPT 090713 SANFORD HAZELL.jpg FROM THE PRESS BOX: Indiana State proves plenty in 20-14 loss at Purdue

    No moral victories?
    Bull. Its always been bull and it will always be bull. The Sycamores proved again that moral victories are very real, and can be very rewarding.
    All they needed to do to prove it was to look at the stunned faces of the Purdue faithful at Ross-Ade Stadium in the Sycamores’ near-miss 20-14 loss to Purdue.

    September 8, 2013 4 Photos

  • SPT 083113 CLASSIC FANS.jpg TRACKSIDE: Promoters conclude Action Track season, look forward to planning bigger 2014

    An abbreviated Terre Haute Action Track season has drawn to a close all too soon for fans on the Wabash Valley racing scene.
    In a season plagued with weather-related issues, even the season finale could not totally escape the wrath of mother nature.
    Although the show was run in its entirety there were more than a few anxious moments as threatening weather conditions hovered over the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds and the surrounding area most of last Saturday night.

    September 4, 2013 6 Photos

  • Opening week was a fun one for FCS teams

    The college football season officially is under way and FCS teams had some fun against BCS opponents.

    September 3, 2013

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