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Posted on: Jan 28, 2020

One of the Southwest Indiana’s most recognizable television and radio personalities, Kurt Gutgsell of WBDC Radio and WJTS TV 18 in Jasper will be presented the 2019-20 Distinguished Media Service Award for District 3.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-27-2020)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Super Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes was quite the high school athlete. He starred in basketball, baseball and football.  However, the professional sport of football he now plays was not his best sport in his younger years. 

Today, most student-athletes tend to specialize in one sport early in their high school years. According to Mahomes’ high school football coach, he was much more successful in basketball and baseball his 9th and 10th grade years.

He played defensive back in football until his junior year. He wanted to be a quarterback and thought briefly about giving up on football since he wasn’t playing the position he desired.

Multi-sport athletes in high school seem to be a dying breed. I encourage all athletes to play as many sports as they can for as long as they can. Just think, if Patrick Mahomes had chosen baseball or basketball early on, he may have never reached his full potential as an NFL quarterback !

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Posted on: Jan 26, 2020

The opening week’s pairings were announced this afternoon for the 45th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2020

Minutes from the Jan. 16, 2020 meeting of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-20-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

It's so easy to form an instant opinion of a student-athlete by watching them in a close game or match and how they react to a tough call or a questionable call by an official. How is your attitude when you get a questionable call?  What does your body language say about you?

Composure and self control during tough moments in a game or match is not easy to accomplish. You need to program yourself and make a decision that you won't try to upstage an official, whether you agree with a call or not. 

In those tough moments, will you react in a negative way or will you forget about the bad call and move on instantly to the next play?

There's nothing more impressive than watching a game and not seeing athletes moaning and crying about every call. Common sense tells me that every call is not going to go your way. However, if you are one of those athletes that complains about every call, don't count on getting the call from an official when you really need it!

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Posted on: Jan 16, 2020

Bobby Cox, Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. since 2011, announced to the IHSAA Executive Committee his intention to retire effective August 1, 2020. Cox’s announcement came this morning as part of the group’s January meeting.

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-13-19)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-13-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

One of the many challenges facing coaches today is how to deal with the egos of the student-athlete.  In individual sports, most coaches would agree that having an athlete with a big ego might be beneficial, but in team sports that big ego could prove detrimental.

Are you playing a team sport? If so, holding your ego in check is essential. We have all heard the saying there is no "I" in team. Egos must be left in the locker room.  While you need individual skills to play team sports, the most important impact you can have is blending your skills with those of the team.

That is the reason coaches spend so much time on team bonding and building a team culture. Getting everyone to buy in and be on the same page can be the difference between a so-so season and a very successful one.

Remember, to earn playing time and the trust of your coach, the most important thing you can do is satisfy your coaching staff!

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