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Today's News

  • Improved defense could help Sox win it all

    The Boston Red Sox have tried to win at times with the American League’s best offense and at other times with the league’s best pitching. This year they are going to try to do it with the best defense.

    Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein emphasized defense in his off-season acquisitions and now has former Gold Glove winners at five positions, though admittedly one of them, catcher Jason Varitek, is no longer a regular starter.

    Some might think there new center fielder, Mike Cameron, is also nearly over the hill at age 37.

  • Springtime spruce-up
  • Marksmen return three power hitters

    TELL CITY—With its top three power hitters and pitchers who earned 12 of its 14 wins last year returning, Tell City’s baseball team is primed for an even bigger season.

     “I know we’re going to be solid offensively with Gunn, Maddle and Osborne back,” said second-year coach Mark Wahl. “Those guys have proven they can hit at the varsity level.”

    Mike Maddle, a two-time All-PAC catcher, led the Marksmen with a .486 batting average last year, third highest in team history. He hit five home runs, drove in 19 runs, and scored 29.

  • Bulldog baseball team young, inexperienced

    CANNELTON—With two projected starters who have never played the sport before, Cannelton’s baseball team will be young and inexperienced this year.

    The Bulldogs have three seniors, but only five of the 12 players on their roster have any varsity experience.

    “We’re going to struggle in pitching,” said Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett. “Only three pitchers have any varsity experience.”

    Those three pitchers are senior Jordan Mattingly, junior Cody Lawalin and senior Ethan Herzog.

  • Hemmings state FT champ

    GREENWOOD—Mikah Hemmings never entered the Knights of Columbus free-throw contest the first three years she was eligible for it. But her mom said she “made her” enter it this year.

    It has paid off, as Sunday she became the age-14 girls state champion after previously winning the local, district and regional titles.

    Hemmings, the leading scorer on Tell City’s eighth grade girls basketball team this season, hit 23 of 25 free throws Sunday to beat the other four regional champions for the state trophy.

  • Perry County Storm wins third consecutive sectional

    BOONVILLE—Kevin Rates scored 63 points in two games as the Perry County Storm won the Special Olympics men’s masters 4 basketball sectional Saturday.

    The Storm, coached by Mike Gibson, won the sectional for the third year in a row.

    The team will go for its third consecutive state title this weekend at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. 

    The Storm faced the Vanderburgh County Shooters in the first sectional game. Hampered by a key player out due to an illness in the family, the Storm faced a tough contest.

  • PC 7th in 3200 indoor relay finals

    WEST LAFAYETTE—Perry Central placed seventh among 16 teams in the Class A-3A 3200-meter relay at the Hoosier State Relays indoor track finals Saturday.

    Eric Scheiber, Michael Ernst, Noah Gatwood and Alex Newton ran the race in 8:42.61, nearly five seconds faster than their qualifying time in a meet at Terre Haute March 11.

    Newton, a freshman, was substituting for Ian Bashor, who was in Canada on a spring-break vacation Saturday.

  • 'Hybrid welfare' trial appears to be successful

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry and Spencer counties were among 10 in this area trying out a "hybrid" system for the delivery of welfare benefits since January. A representative of the state's Family and Social Services Administration said Wednesday that trial is resulting in positive comments from everyone involved.

    Daily management meetings include discussions of how the system is working, Danielle Smith, the agency's deputy director for communications said, and positive feedback is being provided by clients and staffers.

  • School board approves calendar for 2010-11

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Board members approved at a regular meeting March 9 a calendar for next year that will give construction workers as much time as possible to complete summer projects, Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said.

    "The most significant thing is we're starting eight days later," he said of the calendar, which will have students reporting to school Aug. 19. Teachers will get a day's head start on them, and the first holiday for all of them will be Labor Day Sept. 6.

  • Academy chief says original mission being fulfilled

    TELL CITY - The executive director of the Perry County Learning Academy is finding "we're dealing more and more with students who are struggling to fit in to the traditional school model."

    Mike Bishop was providing a report to the board members who oversee the alternative school, Ron Etienne and Mary Roberson, superintendents for Tell City-Troy Township and Perry Central Community schools, respectively.