For the first and hopefully the final time, I am going to start this column by talking about the award I received from the IHSAA at Friday night’s boys basketball game between Anderson and Richmond.
It is the Distinguished Service Media Award, presented once each year in each of three districts.
It was quite an honor. The IHSAA was represented by Commissioner Bobby Cox and sports information director Jason Wile. They could not have been more gracious or complimentary.
We went out to dinner first and then to the game. At the dinner, I was pleased to have my family as well as Shenandoah athletic director Todd Salkoski, who nominated me, and Shenandoah principal Charles Willis, who wrote a strong letter of recommendation on my behalf.
At the game, Anderson High School Athletic Director Steve Schindler was quite accommodating and made everything run smoothly. The presentation was made right before the player introductions.
Despite being a bit nervous about being in the spotlight, the reception from the fans was kind, warm and greatly appreciated. Many long-time friends like Johnny Wilson, Lovell Wilkerson, Bruce Sellers, Jack Macy, Randy Albano and Greg Graham were on hand.
I will never forget the feeling, and the handsome plaque given to me will be on my wall soon.
One final thing, much of the time after the award is a blur of faces and well-wishers. I have a favor to ask, if your name isn’t listed above and you congratulated me Friday night, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to personally drop you a note of thanks.
Apparently there is some big football game today.
Obviously, there isn’t the same excitement for me personally as there would be if Indianapolis was playing or either of the Mannings. But there is an ex-Colt of some importance on both sides.
The Ravens have former Indy head coach Jim Caldwell, and the 49ers are led by former Colt QB Jim Harbaugh.
Based on that alone, I would turn my rooting allegiance to San Francisco.
It is also my pick to win the game, though with Baltimore’s defense, it should be a close contest. As with all Super Bowls, there will be too much pregame hype today, and I am not a huge fan of the halftime entertainment. But once the game actually starts, the game should be good and the commercials outstanding.
Enjoy the day.
One final thing, in Monday’s THB we will carry a preview of the two 2A girls basketball sectionals that open on Tuesday.
Then in Tuesday’s THB we will preview the 4A sectional at Greenfield and the 1A sectional at Southern Wells.
Good luck to all of the girls teams in our area. It would be great to have four sectional champions. I wish I could be at all four sites. I hope you’re planning to attend some of the games.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh’s columns appear twice weekly.