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So Major League Baseball and the Players Union are talking about playing all of their games in Arizona at spring training facilities and at Chase Field with no crowds.

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One of the most asked questions around the Hatchet House this winter was “Where is Grant Niehaus going to play next season?” Well the answer is … he hasn’t decided yet.

Thirteen players have been selected for the 2020 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars, it was announced Monday night.

The 2020 high school basketball season is now in the rear-view mirror due to COVID-19. However, with things shut down tight as a drum, coaches are starting to think about 2020 and beyond. And it is not just basketball, as almost every team is finding ways to keep student-athletes involved du…


The Indiana High School Athletic Association staunchly supports our Governor, our State Commissioner of Health and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction in their herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely fortunate in Indiana to have these exemplary leaders pro…

Basketball officials Jay Slater and Gary Wier will be will be recognized with special awards for 2020 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

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I have noticed a trend among my sports writing brethren, we are spending a lot of time looking back at the past. Now, that is perfectly understandable, as there is absolutely nothing going on at the local, state, national or even international level.

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Being recruited to play college sports is a big deal. Being recruited to play at the Division I level is even bigger. One of the area’s best baseball players is Washington junior Trey Reed and he has been the target of college coaches since he was a freshman.

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association recently honored top administrators who have had an impact on High School basketball. School administrators Stacy Adams of Valparaiso, Shane Osting of New Castle and Tim Grove of South Knox will be will be recognized with special awards for 2020 fro…

Sometimes golf doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Not only is it one of the oldest and most popular recreational activities in America — the governor of Indiana has now deemed it necessary to health and recreation.


MADRID — In a letter critical of Barcelona club officials, Lionel Messi and his teammates said on Monday they are taking a 70% cut in salaries because of the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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As the trees begin to bud and the flowers blossom, the next sign of spring is hearing “play ball” as line up cards are filled out and hot dogs find their ways into buns.

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MONTGOMERY — The is a lot of tradition where Barr-Reeve baseball is concerned. For decades the name Joe Rademacher was synonymous with the diamond that now bears his name. However, this year there will be a different man in the dugout, but one who still respects tradition as much as previous…


Denver’s players, if they’re so willing, have the same assignment each day: Go to their phone or tablet, launch an app and view their individualized daily workout plan that was created by the Nuggets’ strength and conditioning staff.

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Washington Hatchet senior basketball player Grant Niehaus and Barr-Reeve senior Keegan O’Neill were named to the Large-School and Small-School All-State teams on Thursday by the IBCS.

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So it finally hit me that baseball might be in some jeopardy. Now I don’t know anything in particular or have any inside source, but it just occurred to me that there is a chance we won’t have baseball — or at least in the manner we are used to.

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The honors and awards keep piling up for the Loogootee Lady Lions and head coach Brian Smith. Smith was one of six Indiana high school girls basketball coaches to have been chosen as 2020 Bob King Coaches of the Year by their peers in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

WHS student Ashton Baxter recently went to Kokomo at Workhorse Gym for weight-lifting contest with the Anytime Fitness lifting team. Baxter, a 16-year-old, 10th grader, who competed in the 148 lb. high school weight class and set three records. His squat was 347 lbs., his bench was 220 lbs. …

When the Indianapolis Colts officially announced the signing of free agent quarterback Philip Rivers on Saturday, the 2020 season’s biggest question was answered.

A move viewed as a fait accompli by much of the NFL for months was officially announced by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

With fields including five first-time participants and teams with collective 181-24 records this past season, another illustrious lineup is set for the 2020 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

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Both Barr-Reeve and Washington will be two of 64 sectional champions who will end the boys basketball season with a win. The IHSAA has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament, but have not yet made a final decision about spring sports.

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 56 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.

Players from Washington and Barr-Reeve were part of the 71 Indiana high school seniors — 39 boys and 32 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, along with 188 more boys and 189 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Ac…

Three members of the North Daviess basketball team were named to the All-SWIAC team, and one was named to the SWIAC honorable mention squad.

Six months ago, Frank Reich reiterated his belief Philip Rivers is “among the most elite quarterbacks to have ever played this game.”

In the end, Indiana didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for long-time athletic director Fred Glass.

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Although the IHSAA may have left the tournament with some loose ends, I thought we could at least tie one up — the 2020 boys all-area team.

Normally the all-area team is collection of individual talent. It is usually a coterie of players who had standout individual seasons; however, this year is different. This year we had some outstanding individuals, each who made their teams better.


NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.


The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks.

They say it is always sunny inside the eye of a hurricane. Regardless of how much havoc is being created around you, the eye of the storm gives you a very different perspective of the storm than those being battered around off shore.



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Curtis A. Branam passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 6, 2020, at home in Bloomington in his sleep. Curt was born to Richard (Dick) and Anna Mae (Bingham) Branam, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Washington High School and Indiana State University. He retired from G.E. an…

Donna Saravia, 50, passed away at 12:49 p.m. April 6, 2020, at Hillside Manor Nursing Home. Donna was born Aug. 25, 1969, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Q.T. and Wanda (Koker) Franklin. Donna enjoyed scrapbooking and loved her flowers. She also enjoyed her time doing arts and craf…

Freeda (Cox) Smith, 84, passed from this life at her home in Indianapolis on April 6, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born in Alfordsville. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.