As the school year ends, I thought I might take a few lines to look at some of the highlights that quickly come to mind over the last nine months.
I guess watching Cody Zeller develop from the great player we knew he was, to the national sensation he became this season at Indiana was the most memorable for me.
I think everyone knew Cody was going to have a great year, but I don’t think that I expected the rock-star aura that surrounded him at IU. The win over Kentucky probably solidified that team's place in IU history and Cody's name is now one that will forever be linked with the moment, that team and that season.
I was excited for Loogootee basketball coach Mike Wagoner this spring. Mike went through an awful lot since the end of last season, and it said a lot about him in the way not only persevered, but overcame. Mike was under a lot of pressure and he and his team responded with the ultimate prize — a state title.
Hatchet coach Gene Miiller was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame this year. I know it was bittersweet for him, with the sad loss of his wife earlier in 2011. However, I think the honor is as much a testament to the life-long commitment the Miiller family had to the game as family, as it was to Gene’s tremendous success on the court.
We have also some great individual efforts, where some impressive athletes have not only had great season, but great careers. WHS’s Chloe Heller will going to state in track next week, capping off a great career in cross country and track. North Daviess’ Stacey Beard was eliminated recently in tennis, but will certainly go down as the best player in lady Cougar history.
Barr-Reeve continues to break records with the exploits of runners Conner Sorrells and Damon Pruett. I won’t say too much about them right now, because I have a feeling they still have some serious headlines left to write.
The Lady Viking senior class had a tremendous amount of success on the basketball and volleyball courts. The number of wins between those two programs was just staggering.
Football continues to be as solid. Scott Helms was honored by the Colts for the work his team had done within the community, while Washington has become a team that no one in the Big 8 wants to play. I think that is perfectly evident by looking at the number of former Hatchets on the Indiana State team who will open the season in Bloomington (against IU) in September.
I think one of the biggest moments of the year has yet to come. In about a month, former Hatchet and Tar Heel Tyler Zeller will walk across the stage at the NBA draft and shake hands with NBA commissioner David Stern as a first round draft pick.
With all the positive things that every season brings, we’ve also had our share of tragedy this spring.
The most memorable day may also have been the saddest, with the tragic loss of WHS basketball and soccer team members Derek Arvin and Zach Blubaum.
Our hearts continue to break with their families and friends. I’m sure there will be some very difficult moments when the Hatchet soccer team takes the field this fall. But I also know the community will be there to support them.
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Chattin, Stallman win doubles sectional title
Washington's Rachel Chattin and Audra Stallman defeated Madison Reed and Taylor Jeffers of North Daviess, 6-1, 6-4, Wednesday to win the doubles sectional championship.
Pacers miss golden opportunity
The Indiana Pacers had the Miami Heat right where they wanted them in the waning moments of overtime Wednesday night, but they couldn’t get out of their own way long enough to secure their most important playoff victory in more than a decade.
Rivet beats Lions in 1st round of sectional
Loogootee saw its chance to repeat as sectional champions end in dramatic fashion as Vincennes Rivet claimed the opening game of Sectional 63 with a 5-4, nine-inning win at Les Page Field on Wednesday.
Hatchets season ends with loss to Jasper
Washington senior pitcher Brayden Walls had one of the best seasons in Hatchet history, but he couldn’t will his team to one more win.
Loogootee falls to Rivet in Sectional 63
LOOGOOTEE - Loogootee saw its chance to repeat as sectional champions end in dramatic fashion as Vincennes Rivet claimed the opening game of Sectional 63 with a 5-4, nine-inning win at Les Page Field on Wednesday.
Wagler, Stoll pace Vikings
Brandon Wagler and Myron Stoll each hit three-run home runs as Barr-Reeve defeated Eastern Greene, 15-3, in six innings Monday.
WHS camp is Monday
The Washington Hatchet's Summer Tennis Camp begins Monday at the Lena Dunn Elementary School courts.
Boys and girls entering grades three through eight this coming school year wishing to participate may register when the camp begins at 9 a.m. The camp continues each day until 10:30 a.m. through Thursday.
Each player should bring a racket (one can be provided), a towel and a water bottle.
The cost of the camp is $25 per person. Checks should be made to WHS Boys Tennis.
Washington Catholic High School is seeking coaches for the fall season.
Coaching positions open include: varsity and junior varsity volleyball; junior high volleyball, and junior high boys soccer.
Persons interested in these positions should contact athletic director John Howell at 812-254-2050, or email at email@example.com.
Hatchets top Cougars
Washington out slugged North Daviess, 15-10, at the Sports Complex Monday.
Chestnut's big day lifts Vikings
Tuesday evening’s Class A Sectional 63 championship was supposed to be a battle between two bitter rivals, but it turned out to be a Viking coronation.
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