As one of the South’s three coaches in Saturday’s North-South All-Star doubleheader at the Cherry Tree Softball Complex in Carmel, Gary May didn’t have an inkling what would happen when All-Star coaches of both teams were called to line up at home plate between games.
After impacting Gibson Southern to a 3A state tournament runnerup finish as a sophomore and the state championship as a junior, Lora Barton has committed to a college softball program that is fresh from an NCAA Division II World Series appearance.
After starting his teaching and basketball coaching career with two years at New Harmony, where he coached junior varsity boys and fifth through eighth grade boys, Charlie Mair moved to North Posey and for one year coached football and baseball but not hoops because the school had no coaching vacancies in that sport.
EVANSVILLE — When Gary May was offered a Gibson Southern softball assistant coaching job in 2000, daughter Allie’s freshman year, he declined because “after coaching Allie her seventh and eighth grade years, I thought she needed to make it on her own.”
Gibson Southern basketball girls, in a summer season to prep them for a 3A Sectional 32 that won’t include Princeton Community because the state champion Lady Tigers are reassigned to Sectional 31, sounded a warning Monday and Tuesday by sweeping seven games to win a tournament at Vincennes University.
FORT BRANCH — Brothers Kalan and Justin Burchal each batted 4-for-5, Kalan batting in four runs and earning the pitching save, as Boonville beat Princeton Junior Legion 8-5 Monday night at Gibson Southern.
HAUBSTADT — Over four inches of rain fell Friday night in Posey County, but that didn’t stop two Posey Countians from getting to Haubstadt and running to titles in a record-breaking Laufenfest for which rain stopped before Saturday morning’s 20th annual running.
After advancing from the 135-man preliminaries to the 36-man finals by shooting a 38-37--75 Thursday on the Winding Ridge Golf Club on Indianapolis’ east side, Gibson Southern grad Shane Murphy shot a 41-40--81 in Friday afternoon’s finals of the Elite North-South All-Star Tournament.
HENDERSON, Ky. — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah won’t make a stop at Ellis Park like he did Saturday at Churchill Downs, where he paraded on the track and in the barn area to the joy of racing fans.
The 2014-15 school year became a first in Gibson County athletic annals, Gibson Southern softball girls encoring Princeton Community basketball girls to make this the first year two Gibson County high school teams won state championships.
In the afterglow of Gibson Southern’s Class 3A state softball championship, junior shortstop Lora Barton is a First Team All-Stater, and Coach Gary May is the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association District 5 Softball Coach of the Year.
EVANSVILLE — They managed against each other at Bosse Field in 1979, and each guided the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in his first season with the franchise that wasn’t born until 1993.
Princeton Post 25’s offense overcame early errors and brought Friday night’s 11-5 baseball win over visiting Washington on Gil Hodges Field, giving the team a 4-0 record to take into yesterday’s doubleheader at Terre Haute Wayne Newton.
After playing apart from each other throughout their Gibson Southern tennis careers, Haley Decker and Taylor Kiesel played together in Sunday’s North-South All-Star Tennis Cup at Marian University in Indianapolis.
LOUISVILLE — Mike Pegram co-owned Hoppertunity ran third in Saturday night’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, a while after Triple Crown winner American Pharoah paraded on the track, and after Kentucky Derby award-winning ceremonies that included Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
FORT BRANCH — A sign on cardboard that is taped the south wall of their dugout, keys the Gibson Southern softball girls’ approach to Saturday’s 3A state championship game vs. Leo at Indianapolis Ben Davis.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Ahead 54-35 with little over 16 minutes left, the Indiana Senior All-Star Girls had to fend off a Jackie Young-led comeback to edge the Junior All-Stars 86-83 in the opener of Wednesday night’s doubleheader at Columbus North.
Tyler Kruse broke a Gibson Southern record three times in five weeks. Princeton Community trackmen became a 10, in late-20th century lingo, by running and jumping unbeaten until the regional by winning Gibson County, Big Eight Conference and sectional team championships.
When he looked at his cell phone Tuesday and saw that the about-to-be-answered call was from J.D. Minch, Chuck Barnett thought the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association secretary was about to cancel an appointment.