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  • Commodores have depth, experience

    LEOPOLD—With 37 boys on the roster and the top performer from last year returning in most events, Perry Central could have the depth and experience to compete for its first boys track sectional title this year.

    The turnout, which includes 13 lettermen, is “the most I’ve ever had,” said seventh year coach Jason Barnett.

    The Commodores graduated their top two shot putters, including regional champion Robbie Piper, and their top 400-meter runner, sectional champion Samson Benjamin.

  • TC returns strong hurdlers

    TELL CITY—With 36 on the roster, including 22 lettermen, Tell City’s boys track team has experience and depth in nearly every event.

    “We should be able to put at least four or five in every event except we might have just a couple in the high jump,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden.

    The hurdles could be the Marksmen’s strongest events, with juniors Tyler Dauby and David McDaniel returning in both of them.

  • Hitting is question mark for PC team

    LEOPOLD—Some new starters will have to come through with the bats if Perry Central is to repeat as PLAC baseball champion this spring.

    “We’ve got almost all of our pitching back from last year,” said Coach Gary Hanan. “The biggest question mark I think is how well we’re going to hit the ball.

    “Of the seven kids that graduated last year, all of them contributed offensively. We’ll have to see what the juniors will be able to do.”

  • 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.

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  • 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.