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Tom Reck: Fans enjoyed a high-drama sports weekend
High drama prevailed in more than one weekend sports contest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From The Press Box: An avoidable loss
It couldn’t last forever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SOFTBALL SCENE: Summing up a successful summer in the Wabash Valley
While the “Softball Scene” has been on a hiatus of late, Wabash Valley softball teams have not. This past season, several local squads have posted some very impressive results. I thought it fitting that they be recognized for their considerable achievements.
REDNECK QUAKER: Deer-hunting technology worth a look
A good friend, Mack Adams, alerted me to a new product that scores your deer before you ever pull the trigger and get a tape measure out.
Using this innovative computer program, hunters can upload digital images of bucks from their game cameras and generate reliable Boone and Crocket scores.
College football season is finally here
College football kicks off this week with games slated for Thursday and Saturday.
Tom Reck: NL Central offers baseball’s best divisional race
Checking the major league baseball standings, you will find that the closest race in either league is in the National League Central, with 21⁄2 games separating the top three teams.
REDNECK QUAKER: Deer reduction hunts to come at some Indiana state parks
If you would like to deer hunt in some selected state parks, read on.
Applications are available online for Hoosiers wanting to participate in special deer reduction hunts at designated Indians State Parks this fall. The first round of state Park deer reduction hunting will be Nov. 18 and 19th. The second round will be Dec. 2 and 3rd.
Is it time for Redskins to find a new name?
Mention the Washington Redskins and names like Joe Theismann, Art Monk and Sonny Jurgensen come to mind. They were great players on great teams. Robert Griffin III might be added to the list someday as well. But another subject has some grumbling that political correctness has reached its zenith in Washington. That is the team’s nickname — the Redskins — which has drawn claims that it carries racial overtones and draws out the NFL franchise’s history of discrimination.
Hughes, News & Views: Doug Shouse going into ASU Hall of Honor
One thing you can say about members of Terre Haute’s Shouse family: They never have had a problem with running and jumping.
At least not until knee problems hit.
An outstanding athlete since the days I played pick-up basketball games with him and his brothers in the Terre Haute Boys Club and Indiana State University Arena gyms in the mid to late 1970s, a young Doug Shouse knew how to turn heads with his dunks and athletic fast-break moves against college guys and mediocre players like me.
From the Press Box: Stipends? No. Off-field income? Oh yeah, bring it on
The war flags have been raised. The trumpets have sounded.
With the Johnny Manziel autograph hullabaloo and the ongoing Ed O’Bannon suit against the NCAA for using his likeness as background, many have rallied to the battle standard of stipends as a means of compensating NCAA athletes who are allegedly being exploited for income by their universities.
This rally cry has a particular resonance among those in my profession, many of whom dislike the current system, and who detest the NCAA with a virulent passion.
Camp Scene: Colts looking for playmakers on defense
When it comes to setting goals for the Indianapolis Colts’ defense during the team’s final three preseason games, second-year defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has a simple wish list.
He’s looking for playmakers.
“In this league, there are difference makers. Guys that come into the league and become difference makers. Are you one of those guys? Are you a solid football player? A good football player? And then are you a backup player? A special-teams player? That’s what I was when I played in the National Football League,” Manusky explained Wednesday.
TRACKSIDE: Drivers, fans pay tribute to fallen sprint-car driver at Lincoln Park
The heartbeat of America short track racing — your weekly Saturday night racers and fans — came out to pay tribute to one of their own at Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday night.
The show might have been billed as a $3,000-to-win Midwest Sprint Car Series special but the night rightfully belonged to the family and friends of the late Ed “Slick” Griffin.
RAMBLIN RECK: Pigskin soon to fly on campus
The first kickoffs for college football games are slated at the end of the month, and national publications continue to release their preseason rankings.
Hughes, News & Views: Oden picks Miami Heat for site of comeback
At 7 feet tall, former Terre Haute resident Greg Oden stands out in almost any crowd.
So to persuade the increasingly healthy Oden to play during the 2013-14 NBA season — for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009 — a team needed to offer something unique to stand out.
Like, say, a chance at a ring.
Enter the Miami Heat, who have won the last two NBA championships behind the “Big Three” of four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
TOM LINDLEY: Off-field problems cast pall on college football
The 2013 college football season promises to be a wild and wacky ride. No surprise there, except two major developments have come before the players even put on their pads and started scrimmaging.
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