The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

High School Sports

January 22, 2014

Weather creates crunch time for local ADs

ANDERSON — Jimmie Howell's Hall of Fame coaching career began in 1978 with the junior varsity team at Frankton. That winter brought with it one of the worst blizzards in state history.

School was canceled for four weeks, and athletic schedules were wrecked.

This month has been the worst Howell can remember in the 36 years since. Tuesday brought another day of mass cancellations across the state as drifting snow made many rural roads impassible.

Meteorologists report January has been the third snowiest month in Indiana history, and more is on the way.

All the white stuff has created unique challenges for high school athletic directors as they attempt to balance safety, fairness and the financial bottom line.

"It's a challenge getting (athletic events) moved," Pendleton Heights AD John Broughton said. "The thing most people don't understand is you've gotta move the bus drivers, you've gotta move workers, you've gotta move officials. And you feel like you're always missing somebody important."

The winter weather really began to take its toll two weeks ago when the Madison County basketball tournaments were scheduled to begin. The events were supposed to start with girls/boys doubleheaders at three sites on Jan. 6.

Those games eventually were played Jan. 10, the original date of the boys championship game. The boys tournament played its semifinals on Jan. 11 and finished on Jan. 13. The girls played the semifinals on Jan. 13 and the final on Jan. 14, five days behind the scheduled finish.

Anderson's girls team wound up playing five games in a six-day span and won them all. Hopefully, the boys took notes. The Indians will play a regularly scheduled North Central Conference game Friday against Marion, followed by a makeup game Saturday against Lafayette Jeff that was originally scheduled last week.

On Tuesday, the Tribe hosts Indianapolis Brebeuf in a game pushed back from November by the Braves' participation in the Class 3A state championship football game. Anderson then plays for the fourth time in eight days on Jan. 31 at Kokomo.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0715 - Mireles art Mireles leaning toward joining Ravens The next big play record-setting running back Sammy Mireles makes could be at Anderson University.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0712 - Morgan Nadaline art Nadaline's storied junior career concludes Morgan Nadaline's junior golf career came to an end Friday when Rachel Johnson sank a birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Indiana Section Junior PGA Championship at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0710 - Brady Cherry art THB Baseball Player of the Year: Lapel's Brady Cherry The hardest part of the 2014 season for Brady Cherry might have been living up to his own legend.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0709 - Weins art Weins aids Eagles' bonding process

    Contrary to popular belief, sometimes numbers do lie. Logan Weins surrendered nine hits and seven runs in the final start of his high school career — a sectional championship loss against Class 2A state champion Wapahani — and nobody argues those figures. But they don't tell the whole story.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Benefiel 3 Repeat for Benefiel

    It might not have been the season that she envisioned, but it was a mark worth honoring.Pendleton Heights’ Bailey Benefiel put up some spectacular numbers and earned the nod as The Herald Bulletin’s Softball Pitcher of the Year — repeating the award she also won a season ago.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Noone 2 Noone as in No-one better It is hard to imagine how Elwood's Jessie Noone could have had a better senior season individually than the one she posted this past spring.

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - boys track - Zack Taylor Pendleton Heights' Taylor wins Track Athlete of Year

    This past season, the Pendleton Heights boys track team was saddled with replacing several graduated seniors. Junior Zach Taylor was among the leaders who filled the roles and as a result, Zach is the 2014 Herald Bulletin Boys Track Athlete of the Year.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - girls track - Cottrell 2 Cottrell sprints to the top Kiawna Cottrell’s goal going into the season was to find two seconds in the 400 meter dash.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin