By now everyone has probably heard about the high school football game in Texas that wound up 91-0. Some parent on the losing team has brought some type of legal action against the coach for “bullying”. I have not read the legal papers, of course, so the exact nature of the action is speculation on my part. I certainly do not advocate running up the score; however, when kids practice all year round and make a varsity team, they deserve the right to play. This particular team used their first string for only 21 plays (one-fourth to one-third of a total game) and the rest of the game they played their second and third string and then whoever was left also got to play. The second half of the game used a continuous clock which means it only stopped for a called time out. What else could that coach do to try to keep the score down? If you do anything other than what he did, you have made a joke of the game. You can’t tell players to stop running, stop trying, and stop doing what they are trained to do. Losing is just as much a part of life’s experiences as winning. The players on both teams understand this. Unfortunately, one parent did not.
The East Central Trojans Football Booster Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday (5-7) starting at 6 PM at The High School Cafeteria. Enter by the Fieldhouse.Submitted by The EC Football Boosters.
BROOKVILE, Ind. – A Brookville man will have an extended prison stay after being sentenced this week for his role in a Tri-State Ponzi scheme.Jerry Smith, of Brookville, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court last month to five felony counts of criminal securities fraud.Investigators say Smith, and co-conspirator Jason Snelling, ran an $8.9 million scheme selling unregistered investments while working for OneAmerica Securities.Instead of investing clients’ money as promised, the pair used the funds to pay for personal expenses, authorities said.Smith was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison and 20 years on probation. The judge ordered he pay $410,189 in restitution.Jail time will run concurrently with the 65-month federal jail sentence Smith is serving for mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion, related to the Ponzi scheme.Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s Prosecution Assistance Unit assisted in the investigation.“Smith’s actions were deplorable and I’m pleased we were able to add additional jail time to his sentence,” said Secretary Lawson. “He took advantage of people who knew and trusted him. Plus, he never registered his products as required by law. This combination is typical of what we see in so many Ponzi schemes. I encourage all investors to protect themselves by checking with my office before investing, even if you know the person.”Securities Commissioner Carol Mihalik commented, “I would like to thank Franklin County Prosecutor Mel Wilhelm for his continued work on this case.”“Our offices have been collaborating on this case for almost five years now. Thanks to the continued cooperation between state and local officials, we have been able to hold Smith accountable for his actions and maximize his sentence.”
The Oldenburg Academy Boys Soccer team beat South Ripley Tuesday night with a score of 7-2.Courtesy of Michelle Wachsmann.
The Batesville High School Wrestling team traveled to Milan to wrestle in the annual Milan 6-way. Competing in this event were: Milan, Lawrenceburg, Rushville, South Dearborn, Union County, and Batesville. South Dearborn came away on top defeating all teams today for a 5-0 record.The Bulldogs struggled on the day regarding team scores but competed well individually. Team scores were: Rushville 46 Batesville 30, Union County 42 Batesville 21, Lawrenceburg 75 Batesville 6, Milan 42 Batesville 27, and South Dearborn 65 Batesville 18.Individual win/loss records on the day were: Michael Deal 5-0, Jon Kurtz 4-1, Xavier King 3-2, John Moody 2-3, Jon Vincent 2-3, Miguel Ramirez 1-4, Mitchell Thomas 1-4, Chris Schene 0-5, and Abram Garcia 0-5.Courrtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.
Congratulations to the 5th, 4th and 3rd grade boys Bulldog Basketball teams for making it to Championship Sunday this coming weekend.The 5th Grade Bulldogs (13-1) are the #2 seed and will play Richmond at 3:00 pm at the Spartan Bowl in Connersville. In the other contests, Greensburg plays the winner of New Castle and Centerville with the championship slated for 4:00 pm.The 4th Grade Bulldogs (10-4) are the 6 seed and take on New Castle at 1:00 pm at the Spartan Arena in Connersville. If the Bulldogs advance, they will take on Connersville Red at 3:00 pm with the championship scheduled for 5:00 pm. Other teams in the bracket are Greensburg, Connersville White and Brownstown Black.The 3rd Grade Bulldogs (14-0) are the 1 seed and received a bye in the first round. They will play the winner of Centerville vs. Connersville White at 3:00 pm at Batesville High School. The Championship is at 5:00 pm. Other teams include Connersville Red, Greensburg, Milan and Eastern Hancock.Good luck to all Bulldog teams!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.
I was reading an article in the Indianapolis Star about getting high school officials for Friday night football and basketball games. Bobby Cox, the IHSAA Commissioner, said that the problems are not with getting people to sign up for officiating but to keep them in the business. He feels that in our lifetime an athletic director may have to come out before game time and announce that the game has been cancelled because we have no officials.The main reason people do not stay with this profession is because of the treatment they receive from fans, coaches, and players. Cox said that officials will simply not take this abuse–and they shouldn’t! He hopes that the attitude from the ground level up will change, and people will be willing to return to a profession that once had more officials than could be used on any Friday night.
The Batesville High School Wrestling team ended their regular season by competing in the EIAC Wrestling Tournament.Despite having only bringing 8 wrestlers the Bulldogs were able to land 6 placers. Sophmore JT Linkel placed the highest on the team with a 4th place finish picking up a pin and a tech fall in the process. Receiving 5th place finishes were Senior Dallas Lamping with 2 wins, Sophmore Ethan Gibbs with 1 pin, and Junior Abram Garcia with a pin as well. Finishing 6th was Sophmores Mason Green picking up a pin and Nick Nobbe with 1 victory. Also competing were Sophmores Axel Garcia and Drew Grarbarini.Next Saturday the Bulldogs travel to Franklin County for Sections to begin the state series.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.
Indianapolis, In. — Hoosier homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that sustained uninsured damage caused by severe storms and flooding starting on or after February 15 can report damage online.A link to the form is also available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website. In the middle of the page under “Featured Topics,” click on ” Heavy Rain and Flooding; February 15, 2018 and continuing.”Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.Information gathered from citizens will assist county and state agencies in determining the scope of damage, as well whether state or federal assistance will be available for recovery efforts.FOR QUESTIONSFor questions, contact your county emergency management agency. Contact information is available here. at dhs.in.gov/2797.htm.FOR THOSE WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESSIndividuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities. If none of those options are available, individuals may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage.THIS REPORT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ANY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMThis is NOT an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security with preliminary damage assessments and to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.
Sardinia, In. — Officials from the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency say State Road 3 will close beginning Monday, April 2 between County Roads 800W and 700W (just north of Sardinia) for bridge work. The project duration is expected to be two months but weather conditions could extend the closure.