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Today's Sports

  • Football class changes may...

    There will be only minor changes in this area’s football sectionals next year. But the enrollment figures released by the IHSAA with the changes indicate there could be major changes in the Class 2A basketball sectional two years from now.

    Two years ago the IHSAA decided to change football classifications every two years but change basketball classifications every four years.

    Crawford County and Southridge, each with an enrollment over 600 then, went from Class 2A to 3A in basketball two years ago.

  • Pappano leads Hanover

    HANOVER—Tell City graduate Will Pappano reached base 12 of 14 plate appearances for Hanover’s baseball team in a three-game weekend series against Anderson University.

    Pappano, the Panthers’ center fielder and leadoff hitter, went 6 for 8 plus six walks.

    He had two singles, a double and two walks and scored two runs in the one game the Panthers won in the series.

    He is their leading hitter for the season with a .420 average (42 for 100) and also leads the team in doubles with nine and in on-base average at .491.

  • New Tell City coach expects good...

    TELL CITY—New Tell City baseball coach Mark Wahl thinks his team’s hitting and defense will be strong this season.

    “Hitting’s definitely our strong suit,” he said Wednesday. “I believe we’ll have some .400 hitters.

    “We should be able to put runs on the board with anybody. We have three strong guys in the middle of the lineup in Mike Maddle, Trent Gunn and Kyle Osborne.”

  • Hanan thinks PC's defense...

    LEOPOLD—Perry Central baseball coach Gary Hanan thinks strong defense could help the Commodores contend for the PLAC title this year.

    “I think we can play pretty solid defense,” said Hanan, who is starting his second tour of duty as the Commodores’ coach. “And I think hitting-wise we’ve got some guys with a little bit of power.”

    He has at least 10 returning lettermen, though some of them will be playing different positions than last year.

  • Garrett says Bulldogs'...

    CANNELTON—Cannelton’s baseball team lacks depth but has plenty of experience.

    The Bulldogs have only 11 players, which means injuries or any kind of ineligibility could cause severe problems.

    But eight starters return from last year’s 1-20 team. And another, who was unable to play last year, was the team’s top pitcher two years ago when he went 2-3.

    Though some players are switching positions, “our defense will be our biggest asset,” said second-year coach Mike Garrett.

  • Sophs could lead TC

    TELL CITY—Though Tell City’s boys track team graduated “a really good senior class” last spring, Coach Chris Hollinden thinks the Marksmen could still contend for the PAC title this year.

    He has 35 boys on the team this year, though with only six seniors “we’re pretty young,” he said. “The vast majority are sophomores but that’s a great group—they won the junior high PAC title as eighth graders.”

  • Distances strong for Tell City...

    TELL CITY—Tell City’s girls track team returns a sectional champion jumper but has the most depth and experience in the distance races.

    “We have only two throwers, five distance girls, and six or seven sprinters,” said Coach Katie Chinn.

    With the depth in distance runners, the 3200-meter relay “could be our strongest event,” said Chinn.

    Cross country stars Andyn Rowe, Sarah Goffinet and Tiffany Davis will run it along with “either Brittany Waninger or Elizabeth Kohnert,” said Chinn.

  • Yankees' spending not...

    After the New York Yankees spent $423.5 million for free agent pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J Burnett and first baseman Mark Teixera this winter, I told a friend that everyone in the sports media would again pick them to win the World Series.

    “Not everyone,” he said, expecting that I would pick the Boston Red Sox instead.

  • Chinn unanimous choice as all-...

    Voters for this year’s All-Perry County boys basketball team pretty much agreed on four spots on the team, but there was a wide variety of choices for the fifth spot.

    As usual voting was done by the three county coaches, the three who coached against all three county teams (Kelly Ballard of Evansville Day, Kevin Oxley of Tecumseh, and Rob Schulte of South Spencer), and me, who saw each county team play at least nine times.

    Tell City guard Andy Chinn, Perry Central forward Reuben A. Schwartz and Cannelton guard Tyler Aud were unanimous choices of the voters.

  • Goffinet makes academic all-state

    INDIANAPOLIS—Tell City guard Lauren Goffinet has been named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s 2009 girls academic all-state team.

    Twenty-five seniors who were key players on their teams and excelled academically were chosen for the team.

    Goffinet led the Marksmen in every basketball statistic and also excelled in the classroom.

    She carries a 4.0 grade-point average and scored 1,780 on the SAT.

    She plans to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College and study secondary education with a major in social sciences.