This is about the time of a baseball season that some of those flashy rookies start hitting the skids. They start to face the pitchers or hitters for the second or third time around and their weaknesses are exposed. One of those wonders was Mark “The Bird” Fidrych of the Detroit Tigers. He did last a whole season, and it was quite a memorable one. I believe he had 19 wins that year, but that is not what he will be remembered for. It was all the antics he did before and after a pitch. He would paw at the dirt, talk to the ball, crouch down between pitches, throw balls out of the game after someone hit it, and shake any hand he could before and after a game. He was 19-9 that season but only 10-10 the rest of his career. Most of his trouble after his rookie year was a rotator cuff injury. That magic season of 1976 put him on all the talk shows, got him commercials, and made “The Bird” a household name. His ERA was 2.34 and he was rookie of the year. The 19 wins would have put him on the map itself, but all the antics made him the darling of the baseball world for one season. He faded away before you could say “Legend” and died in 2009 from a truck accident on his farm in the Boston area. For one glorious season he sure had everyone rooting for the Tigers, and every news cast showing some antic “The Bird” did. Most people believe he was not trying to be a showman, but just being himself.
The teams that make the field for the NCAA tournament are always controversial in one aspect or another. There is a way to take all the human bias out of it but I don’t think it has a leg to stand on. Power conferences have their post conference tournaments to make money so they want that winner as an automatic pick. Conferences without a tourney and deemed worthy of a bid take the conference champs. Why not take the power rankings and line up the top 64 teams and let them play. The top 4 get the No. 1 seed and you go on from there. If ten teams come from one conference so be it. For those that don’t make this tourney set them up in the next best post-season tourney and so on.If some school wants to play a weak pre-season they will pay for it. Just because you win 20 games will not guarantee an entry into the tourney. It will be based on quality wins and quality opponents. If you are an independent or a school from a small conference but have the right power numbers you would be in. The power rankings are based on numbers and not on any one’s opinion and those numbers are not subject to human bias.The power teams would always get in and some of the small schools who play tough schedule would also get in.
A Greendale man died in a motorcycle and car collision over the weekend.The accident occurred on Nelson Road on Saturday around 1 p.m.Authorities say the motorcycle driver, Larry David Jones II, 23, went left of center while attempting to pass another vehicle. A Ford Explorer traveling the opposite direction struck the motorcycle.First responders say Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Oldenburg Academy Boys Soccer team beat Franklin County 3–0 on Tuesday night. The OA JV team also won 1-0.Aaron Huber gets OA on the board early in the second half as he adds on to his total goals for the year which stand at 14 now. Luke Weisenbach scored the second goal on a PK from a hand ball in the box. Tyler Wachsmann got his first Varsity goal as he netted the third and final goal of the night. Give credit to the Franklin Co. defense and keeper as we had a season high 28 shots but had a hard time scoring as we were kept at bay the first 40 minutes.Our defense did a great job as they recorded their 4th shutout on the year.Jacob Henson scored the only goal of the JV game on a PK from a hand ball in the box. This was Henson’s first career goal against a lot of his friends since he is from Franklin Co. Elliot Jarman had 1 save and Sam Rippe had 3 saves for OA.Courtesy of Coach Ken Getz.
The Versailles community lost a very highly respected man. Gerald Gene Laswell, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2017, at his home. Gerald was born on March 4, 1937, the only child of the late Roscoe and Ollie (Snedaker) Laswell of Versailles. Gerald graduated from New Marion High School in 1954. After high school, he attended Hanover College and IU, studying in the field of speech and dramatics. He then served in the United States Army as a Radio-Teletype Operator. He was a sharpshooter and received medals for Good Conduct and Expert Marksmanship. While in the Army, he married Janice Graves, the love of his life, on June 23, 1957. They lived together in Hawaii during his duty. Upon completion of service, they returned to Gerald’s home town of Correct and began to raise a family. They were blessed with 3 children, and they were raised in a home of love and faith. Gerald was an active member of Shelby Christian Church and served as Sunday School teacher, Youth Coach, and Elder for several years.Gerald worked in positions such as State Highway Inspector, Farm Credit Loan Officer and Owner/Operator of his own excavation and demolition company for 13 years. He served as Ripley County Treasurer and Clerk for 2 terms each. Before retirement, he was honored to receive the Sagamore of the Wabash award from the Governor of Indiana.After retirement, Gerald enjoyed participating in several of the surrounding 5K walks until the age of 75. He also loved woodworking and growing big pumpkins for the Pumpkin Show. Gerald loved horses and was once a member of the Osgood Saddle Club. Another big part of Gerald’s life was the Versailles Lions Club of which he was 40 year member. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and wife Janice. He is survived by sons Larry (Elaine) and Terry Laswell of Osgood, and daughter Sherri (Kevin) Comer of Holton and grandchildren Ashley, Nathaniel, Nicholas, Karen, Jordan, Kasey, Lindsay, and Lydia, along with 8 great grandchildren. The visitation will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm . Funeral services will be on Tuesday October 3, 2017 at Shelby Christian Church of Versailles, with visitation starting at 9:30 am and funeral starting at 10:30 am officiated by Minister Tim Heim. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Memorials may be given to Shelby Christian Church Youth Group or the Versailles Lions Club Scholarship Fund in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.
North Vernon, In. — Police in Mooresville have identified a North Vernon as the “car wash bandit” and are looking for to track him down. Police believe Dana Bailey, 55, has been using a tethered device to steal thousands of dollars from auto-pay machines in at least five states.Police in Jennings County made the initial identification after viewing the report on FOX 59 in Indianapolis.During a search of the home, he shares with his mother police found maps and a laminate substance, consistent with suspicions of detectives. Police also found evidence of a fishing line purchase but no other fishing equipment in the house.Surveillance cameras from New York, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and Illinois have captured images of a man matching Bailey’s description manipulating machines with something on a line.In Boardman Township, Ohio police the suspect entered a coated $20 bill attached to a line into the machine 20 times and voided each purchase, taking the cash.Police in Jennings County say his history of theft from coin machines goes back to 2003. Bailey also ran the now defunct, Midwest Games where police say he may have learned how to compromise machines that accept and return cash.Bailey’s mother says she hasn’t seen him in about one week. Police believe he is driving a white Ford pickup truck with the license number XZT904.
#4 [1A] OA travel to #20 [2A] Lawrenceburg on Tuesday night for a varsity match. OA came away with a hard fought 2-1 win. It was an exciting finish between two evenly matched teams.Max Kirschner scored in Period 1 at 35:10 on a chest shot inside the 6 yard box, assisted by Lucas McFee’s service from a corner kick. (Very nice ball placement from the corner). Lawrenceburg scored in period 2 at 13:22 on a long cross into the 6 that was headed in. Matthew ‘Rocks’ Hoog scored the game winning goal in period 2 at 3:52 on a rebound from the keeper save. The assist goes to Gariott Scott who’s 10 yard rocket shot deflected off the keeper. This was Matthew’s first ‘official’ goal of his OA career. Yes he scored against International Friday night, but that was a scrimmage….OA had 12 shots with 6 on goal, 8 fouls, 3 corners, 2 hand balls and Chris Hautman had 5 saves.Lawrenceburg had 13 shots with 6 on goal, 7 corners, 1 off sides, 5 fouls, 1 hand ball and their keeper had 4 saves.The last Twisters win at Lawrenceburg was 2-0 in 2012.The last Twisters win vs. Lawrenceburg was 1-0 in 2013 at the Graveyard.“It was very high intensity game and our team was there every part of the game in defense, midfield and offense. It is a great pleasure to see the mix of classic and modern soccer within this developing team. Very proud of our guys” Twisters Coach Ken Getz.