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  • 7/20/2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Justin Hall’s sensational first year on the Ball State football team earned him a spot on the initial 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the creator and sponsor of the award, released the preseason watch list Thursday.

    The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the most outstanding NCAA Football Subdivision (FBS) receiver across the nation. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award.

    Hall, a native of Douglasville, Georgia, led all freshmen in the nation in receptions (78) last year and ranked fourth among all freshmen in receiving yards (801). He led the Cardinals in receptions in 11 straight games in 2017 and posted team season highs in receptions (13) and receiving yards (121) on Sept. 30 at Western Michigan. Hall went on to earn ESPN.com Freshman All-America honors and was also named second team All-Mid-American Conference.
  • Baseball rules changes focus on pitching mechanics
    7/20/2018 The elimination of the requirement for the entire pivot foot to be in contact with the pitcher’s plate is among the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school baseball season.

    This revision in Rule 6-1-3 was one of three changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “We are very fortunate that the state of high school baseball is in an excellent position, which is indicative of the few rules changes that were passed,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball. “We appreciate the hard work of dedicated coaches who, in addition to minimizing risk associated with the sport, teach the game in a way that makes our young people enjoy playing for their high school. We must also acknowledge the highly professional and responsible game umpires. Without their thorough knowledge and implementation of NFHS rules, we would not be able to enjoy the small injury rate and increase in player participation.”
  • 7/19/2018 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the second consecutive year, Indiana redshirt junior wide receiver Nick Westbrook earned a spot on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., announced today. The award annually recognizes the outstanding FBS receiver in college football.

    Westbrook will return to the field in 2018 after he suffered a season-ending ACL injury on the first play of the 2017 campaign. A 2016 honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, he caught 54 passes for 995 yards (18.4 average) and six touchdowns. Westbrook led the team in yardage, TDs and yards per reception.

    The Lake Mary, Fla., native ranked second in the Big Ten in yardage (38th nationally), third in average per catch (T-27th nationally), seventh in receptions and tied for seventh in scores. Westbrook's 995 yards rank seventh on IU's single-season list.
  • Pacers youth camp stops in Westfield
    7/19/2018 Absolute chaos.

    Those are two words to describe the atmosphere from an outsider's perspective of the Junior Pacers Hoop Tour Wednesday at the Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield.

    Step a little closer, however, and you can see this is organized chaos. You can also see familiar faces, such as former Indiana Pacer Fred Jones, still doing what drives them – sharing their love for the game with younger generations.

    “The motivation for me (teaching kids basketball) is this is what I am supposed to do,” Jones said. “I’ve been blessed to play the game of basketball at a high level and get to a point where people tend to want to listen to what I got to say. With that, my obligation is to pass it forward.”
  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Metal military monsters are great for storage
    7/19/2018 I’d be willing to bet that at least half of our readership has one sitting in the garage, shed, barn or storage unit right now. It’s probably sitting there forlornly gathering cobwebs, waiting patiently for the day it is hauled out to take center stage in a grand and glorious adventure. 

    Or, it might be sitting there like a ticking time bomb, full of stink bait or a forgotten, badly-tanned squirrel tail, waiting for the unfortunate soul who happens to open its airtight lid, accidentally releasing the horrors within. In either case, the nondescript rectangle box might be one of the most overlooked outdoor accessories in spite of being one of the most useful.

    I’m talking about the humble ammo can.

    I never really stopped to think about the somewhat ungainly but supremely useful containers until I recently ran across a webpage that explained the history behind these olive-drab metal military monsters.
  • 7/18/2018 Hunters can apply online for a reserved hunt by visiting hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. 

    The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.

    Hunters will be selected through a computerized, random drawing. Drawing results will be posted at wildlife.IN.gov within two weeks after application deadlines, and an email will be sent to applicants when results are posted. 

    Applications are currently open for:
  • 7/18/2018 

    When the day began in the Sheridan Horseshoes League, there was a three-way tie atop the standings.

    When it ended, thanks to Jeff Ogle, Price Heating was standing alone in first. Ogle led his team from start to finish as Price Heating handily defeated Deem.

    Meanwhile Traditional Concepts, whom could hardly buy a win in the first round, moved into second by taking 8.5 wins and losing only 1.5.

    This week the teams will draw to see whom they will pitch.

  • 7/18/2018 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Four former Purdue players played well during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, highlighted by Caleb Swanigan helping Portland to an undefeated record and a Summer League championship.

    Playing in his second summer league, Swanigan averaged 8.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He played his best late in the league, scoring 21 points with 16 rebounds in a 97-92 semifinal win over the Grizzlies and tallied seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and a +24 rating in the championship win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Swanigan finished seventh in the summer league with 10.7 rebounds per game and was the only player to average eight points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Summer League play (min. 3 games). He finished Summer League play with an astonishing plus/minus of +100.
  • Daly tests at Mid-Ohio
    7/18/2018 LEXINGTON, Ohio — Noblesville native Conor Daly drove for Harding Racing in the recent Verizon IndyCar Series race on the streets of Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto and finished 13th. 

    On Tuesday, just days after scoring the teams’ best result of the year, Daly tested in the morning session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, less than two weeks before the Honda Indy 200 on July 29, in a continuing evaluation of the car and the team’s performance and development.

    “It was OK so far,” said Daly. “I think the track was pretty icy this morning so we couldn’t really get to running again until 9:30 but we’ve only run two sets of tires. We didn’t get a lot in yet but we want to make some big, swinging changes. So we had to stop early before lunch just to try to get back to the (setup) pad and take a big swing at it because that’s what we’re here to do is take big swings at it technically.”

    Harding Racing President Brian Barnhart looked at the test session as a continuation of the Toronto weekend and saw the test as an evaluation of what the team will do for Mid-Ohio in due course. 
  • 7/17/2018 

    The Indiana Pacers announced they have signed Alize Johnson to a contract. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released.

    The Pacers selected Johnson with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Johnson averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Missouri State. He appeared in five games for the Pacers in the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

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