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Trackside with Joe Buckles: Stockon enjoying battling with USAC’s top race teams
When the U.S. Auto Club sprint-car contingent rolls into the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds next week for the scheduled running of the Tony Hulman Classic, young Chase Stockon will find himself cast in the role as a pre-race favorite.
From the Press Box: Indiana lacking killer instinct against Wizards
After Indiana eeked out a seven-game series win over Atlanta, I opined that I thought the Pacers could only truly declare themselves “back” if they took care of an emerging, but still young, Washington team in six games or less.
After a rousing Game 4 comeback in Washington on Sunday, it appeared the Pacers were ready to do just that. Leading 3-1 in the series, the Wizards limped into Indianapolis on Tuesday and seemed ripe to be closed out by the invigorated Pacers.
Amey Takes Aim: Still-alive columnist offers thanks for recent kind words
I’ve often had the weird thought that it would be nice to be able to attend my own funeral — in some kind of cognitive state, of course.
Seeing what people show up to say nice things about me (or bad things, although I’ve never known that to happen and I’ve been to quite a few funerals) would be very interesting, maybe a little heart-warming (a relative term in that circumstance).
College Report: Behind former Valley standout, SIU-Edwardsville back on national softball scene
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville dominated softball at the NCAA Division II level for many years, and knew it would take a little while to get back on the national stage after moving up to Division I three years ago.
Tom Reck: Pacers seem to be back in top form
So you say the Indiana Pacers can wind up their National Basketball Association second-round playoff series with the Washington Wizards in five games tonight? Hard to believe.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Sycamores have that winning ‘feel’
When you cover a team, no matter the sport, you hear a lot about the “feel” around a team. Morale, spirit, whatever you want to call it, it’s something that universal to all sports.
Trackside: Valley racers appear destined for banner year at various tracks
The green flag may have just fallen on the 2014 racing campaign, but early results give all the indications that it’s going to be a banner season for the Wabash Valley contingent.
Competitors have already made their presence felt at two of the most popular weekly cards, those at Bloomington and Lincoln Park Speedways. Chase Stockon has established himself again as legitimate contender on the U.S. Auto Club sprint-car circuit.
Tom Reck: Get ready for busy sports week in area
It’s another busy week for sports fans and teams in the area. Big Four action is slated for Terre Haute North and South, West Vigo and Northview teams.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Relax, Pacers fans, but don't breathe easy yet
Breathe, Indiana Pacers fans. Just breathe.
You deserve to take a deep breath after a seven-game series against Atlanta that very nearly depleted the Pacers of oxygen in their quest for a NBA championship.
Redneck Quaker: Nicholas Winchell is one proud hunter
As I answered my cell phone on the second day of youth turkey season, my ear detected a very excited, high-pitched voice of an 11-year-old young man saying, “I got my turkey.”
No, I couldn’t get a word in edgewise for several minutes. I thought he was going to crawl through the phone line. Nicholas Winchell is a veteran deer, coon and squirrel hunter who loves the outdoors.
Trackside: Track promoters realize rainy weather is part of territory
The life and times of a race-track operator or promoter is sure to test the patience and character of any individual adventurous enough to journey into such a risky profession.
Especially if your name is Bob Sargent or Reece O’Connor and your race dates are at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Tom Reck: Pair with ISU ties honored by peers
Congratulations to Indiana State University coaches — past and present.
Redneck Quaker: Get involved in ‘Blastin Cancer’ Relay for Life on Saturday
Taghleef Industries will present its second annual “Blastin Cancer” Relay for Life Sporting Clays shoot Saturday at the Terre Haute Sporting Clays, 3⁄5 miles north of Terre Haute on Indiana 63.
The Taghleef team proudly holds the record of raising the most money of all teams in Vigo County for two year. It raised more than $10,000 last year! It’s like one large family, with the volunteers glowing with pride from Taghleef Industries backing them up all the way. Some have fought the battle with cancer.
Good weather for big upcoming sports weekend
The forecast is for good weather most of the weekend and that’s good, because the schedule is full for sports fans.
Todd Golden: Elite athletes? TH bows to no one
Maybe instead of a new swimming complex, Terre Haute ought to built itself an ice rink. I mean no disrespect to swimming, but ice hockey is the only sport that Terre Haute can’t unequivocally claim an elite athlete in.
Til it's over: Grand memories usher in a new era for ISU track
John McNichols won his first Missouri Valley Conference championship in outdoor track at Indiana State’s Marks Field back in 1988. He’s gone on to win eight more — in addition to his two indoor track and eight cross country crowns. In 2016, McNichols will have a chance to add that outdoor title total on the site of a brand new facility — proposed to be named Gibson Track and Field by ISU President Dan Bradley.
Redneck Quaker: A young lady of the outdoors
Where do I start to tell you about this 10-year-old outdoor lady? Let’s start with her own words from a nice letter she wrote.
“My name is Lilly Hutchison and this year when I was nine and again hunting with my Papaw, Mike Burch, we got up way before daylight on opening morning of youth deer season. I was watching a 6-pointer for several minutes until a larger buck appeared and chased him off, but not giving me a shot at him. Papaw and I were preparing a place for our evening hunt when a couple of does came across the field right to us. I carefully placed my shot and she ran around 8 yards. That evening, we decided to go to our neighbors’ woods. On the way in, we saw a large buck watering in one of the few puddles in the creek. Papaw said we would wait nearby to see if he would come back. To our amazement, he did! I was fortunate to take this 10-pointer, 250-pound buck. I have had many great hunts with Papaw.”
College Report: Haley Chambers making noise in OVC softball circles
Two Wabash Valley natives are again making big news for the Southern Illlinois-Edwardsville softball team.
Former Riverton Parke and Cascade standout pitcher Haley Chambers was recognized for a string of dominant performances in the circle by being named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
AMEY TAKES AIM: Loss of Coach Bennett leaves hole in Marshall
My email box is a little less busy now, and there’ll be a familiar face missing on basketball trips to Marshall in the future.
Ramblin’ Reck: We’ve lost 2 ‘good guys,’ but another is in stroke recovery
Some reflections and thoughts on some of the “good guys” in sports.
Hughes, News & Views: Memories relived of fallen 'Warrior' who attended ISU for one year
Editor’s note — Amid national media reports that retired pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior (formerly known in real life as Jim Hellwig) died late Tuesday night at the age of 54, here is a column that David Hughes completed about the man Tuesday afternoon, not realizing Warrior would be dead within 12 hours.
I realize some of you will cringe or perhaps shift your attention to a different story if I mention “pro wrestling” in this column.
But give this stroll down memory lane a chance before you bolt, because I think it’s interesting.
If I’m wrong, feel free to put me in a headlock. Gently, please.
TODD GOLDEN: Waltman's integrity helped him rise to the top
When I began to think about former Indiana State coach Royce Waltman — and I’ve thought about him a lot in recent months as the ravages of a stroke and cancer robbed us of his presence — I thought to myself “what can I print?”
Waltman was many things. Blunt, plain-spoken, unfiltered? All of the above and more. Every Indiana State fan saw Waltman in action … and I had a front row seat for three years right next to him on press row.
Ramblin’ Reck: Irish still alive in women’s tourney
The college basketball season is at an end, while some of the National Basketball Association teams still could be playing late in May.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Missouri Valley is tough — ISU making it tougher
For those who measure the quality of a conference by their place in the Ratings Percentage Index, it was a tough year for the Missouri Valley Conference and its marquee sport: men’s basketball.
The MVC was 11th in conference RPI and took all manner of criticism when Wichita State ran the MVC table for a perfect 18-0 season. The fingers that pointed at the league for fielding a weak challenge to the Shockers’ dominance were many.
Trackside: If weather cooperates, racers are set to start their engines
With any assistance from the weather, the Wabash Valley motorsports season is expected to shift into high gear this weekend on several fronts.
College Report: Valley athletes helping Wabash College
Two Wabash Valley hurdlers helped the Division III Wabash College track and field team go head to head against talent from NCAA Division I schools in the Vanderbilt University Black and Gold Invitational this past weekend.
The Little Giants produced several quality times, including a first-place finish by Northview grad Joel Whittington in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The junior captured the title with a top time of 54.4 seconds, the fourth quickest recorded for NCAA DIII men this season. Cole Seward, a freshman from Terre Haute North, took third place, crossing the finish line in 55.7.
Ramblin' Reck: April brings showers of closings, openings
It's the first of April, no April fool – a month marking the wrapup of college basketball, the first month of baseball and the close of the regular season in the National Basketball Association.
Hughes, News & Views: West Vigo graduate earns 600th victory as coach; Looking back at 1979 championship game
I haven’t written a column since before the Super Bowl, so now’s a good time to get a few things off my chest:
• Congratulations to Mike Fields — a 1969 West Vigo High School graduate, a 1973 Indiana State grad and a former Terre Haute Tribune part-time sportswriter — for posting the 600th victory of his baseball coaching career.
He accomplished the feat March 3 when his Harmony High School squad defeated Orlando Oak Ridge 11-2 down in Florida.
TODD GOLDEN: ISU's no-excuses approach for real
If you were to ask me what the drawback of covering Indiana State baseball is? I’d be hard-pressed to name very much.
Redneck Quaker: Lidster knows his mushrooms
To be or not to be, mushrooms this year? After looking high and low, I found a legendary Morel mushroom hunter living amongst us here in the Wabash Valley.
You are about to learn all of Richard Lidster’s secrets and knowledge on sneaking up on those elusive creatures. Richard is the oldest of three boys. He’s 67 years old, Mike’s 63 and Steve’s 55.
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