‘Ultimate’ Viewing Party for Wichita State Game set for Feb. 11

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Join Indiana State University alumni, students and fans to cheer on the Sycamore men’s basketball team as they travel to Kansas to take on No. 16 Wichita State on Feb. 11.

The ISU Alumni Association and Sycamore Athletic Fund are hosting the Ultimate Sycamore Viewing Party 7 p.m. at Indiana Theatre in Terre Haute. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

“Indiana State Basketball is about our fans, our community and the entire Sycamore Family,” said Greg Lansing, head coach of Indiana State men’s basketball. “When we go on the road to compete in hostile environments, we do it to represent all of you. There is no tougher arena to play in the Koch Arena at Wichita State. We’re excited for the gathering at Indiana Theatre … we hope to make your night one to remember.”

Activities include face painting before the game; performances from the Indiana State spirit squad (Cheer Team and Sparkettes); reserved section for Indiana State student members of The Forest; crowd participation and giveaways, including Arch Madness MVC Tournament package, men’s basketball team autographed basketball; Copper Bar, Indiana Theatre and other Sycamore prizes; concessions and cash bar; half-time show, including a photo booth with Sycamore Sam; and, of course, watching the game on the big screen at the Indiana Theatre.

“The Sycamore Athletic Fund is thrilled to partner with our alumni association and the Indiana Theatre to provide a fantastic venue to watch the Sycamore men’s basketball team play at Wichita State,” said Phil Ness, associate vice president of development for athletics. “Not only will this historic theater provide a great atmosphere to watch our Indiana State team compete, but also it will continue our efforts to bring all of our fans together in our community. Free admission to this event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of our loyal Sycamore fans, as our team continues its push toward the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St Louis. We look forward to seeing you there.”

The event is free to alumni, students and fans. Pre-register and enter for the chance to win one of the prize packages at www.indstate.edu/alumni. Once you register for this event, print the registration ticket and bring it to the event to be eligible for grand prizes.

For more information, call 800-258-6478.

Sullivan Youth Football League Sign-Ups Set for Feb. 15 and 24

Sullivan County Youth League sign-up is scheduled for Feb.15 and 24.

SULLIVAN COUNTY-  The Sullivan Youth Football League is hosting its second annual flag football league for all Sullivan County Kindergarteners, first and second- graders.

Sign-ups will be Feb. 15 from 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Central Park Gym (the site of the former Central  Elementary School.)  Cost is $60 per child and $40 for each additional sibling.  All participating children will receive a NFL reversible jersey that they get to keep at the end of the season.

Sullivan Youth Football League President Kevin Arnett said organizers hope to build on the enthusiasm from a successful inaugural league last year. He notes that 89 kids signed up then, and they expect to have approximately 120 kids sign up this spring.

“The community has really bought in to what we are doing for our youth, and that was proven with our Super Bowl event last year,” Arnett said. “This isn’t just for Sullivan kids; we are going to ensure that we target all the elementary schools in Sullivan County. We want everyone to experience this fun event!”

Flag football is not only safe for children, but with more flexible play guidelines, it also allows opportunities for young boys and girls to participate in ways not possible in the more aggressive type of the sport. Arnett explained that some parents are concerned about concussions in tackle football. Because flag football is safer, those parents are more likely to let their child play flag football instead.

“In tackle football, there is a weight limit to who can carry the football. In flag football there is no weight limit, so kids can enjoy playing quarterback or running back that are normally over the weight limit in tackle football,” he said.

Important Dates:

Sign Up: Feb. 15 and Feb. 24

Draft: March 8

First Practice: March 12

First Game: April 4

Playoffs: May 30

Super Bowl: May 31

All games will be played at the Sullivan County Sports Complex.

For more information, contact Kevin Arnett 812-887-8551 or Adam Porter at 812-249-6735.

See NewsBarb article and photos from the Inaugural Super Bowl event.

Linton Miners Football vs North Vermillion – Sectional 48 Regional Championship Game [Live Video]

Watch the Miners LIVE* tonight at LintonMiners.com as the Linton take on North Vermillion.  We’ll be broadcasting live with commentary from Keith Doades and Dan Phillips of Media Five Sports.

*Broadcast availability will depend on presence of adequate internet bandwidth at game site. This broadcast may be cancelled without notice if we experience any major technical issues.

Kickoff is at 8pm EDT.

The broadcast is made possible by:

Anderson-Poindexter Funeral Homes

Greene County General Hospital

Linton Family Pharmacy

Node 1 Technology

Premier Healthcare

Richard Brown Insurance

Wolfe’s Gym

Cine Senior Apartments


Linton vs. Perry Central – Football Sectional [Live Video]


Watch the Miners LIVE* tonight at LintonMiners.com as they take on the Perry Central Commodores in Game 2 of IHSAA Sectional 48, We’ll be broadcasting live with commentary from Keith Doades and Dan Phillips of Media Five Sports.

Kickoff is at 8pm EDT.

The broadcast is made possible by:

Anderson-Poindexter Funeral Homes

Greene County General Hospital

Linton Family Pharmacy

Node 1 Technology

Premier Healthcare

Richard Brown Insurance

Wolfe’s Gym


*Broadcast availability will depend on presence of adequate internet bandwidth at game site. This broadcast may be cancelled without notice if we experience any major technical issues.

Elite AAU Basketball team coming to Linton — tryouts set for Sept. 20

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Indiana Elite, one of the Nation’s largest and most successful youth basketball programs, will now have a presence in Greene County as a new team is being organized in Linton.

Last season, Indiana Elite had over 75 basketball teams all over the State of Indiana and the organization continues to produce many of the Nation’s top collegiate and NBA players including Cody Zeller, Eric Gordon, and Yogi Ferrell. The organization’s mission is to promote the continued development of young players as it relates to fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship and athletic competition.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the Country,” said Coach Jay Smith. “Our players will be building lifelong skills that extend far beyond the basketball court.”

Open tryouts for the 2015 Spring/Summer travel season will be held on September 20th at the newly-renovated Pleasantville gym in Pleasantville, Indiana. Tryouts are open to all boys in grades 4 through 11.

Session Schedule:

  • 4th Grade Boys – 9am until 10:30am

  • 5th Grade Boys – 10:30am until 12pm

  • 6th Grade Boys – 12pm until 1:30pm

  • 7th Grade Boys – 1:30pm until 3pm

  • 8th Grade Boys – 3pm until 4:30pm

  • 9th, 10th, & 11th Grade Boys –  5pm until 6:30pm

Each session will last approximately an hour and a half.

To register or learn more please contact Jay Smith at 812-512-1054 or ClubEliteLinton@gmail.com

Indiana Elite online at IndianaElite.com

2014 Linton Miner Football Schedule

08/22 – 7:00 pm
08/29 – 7:00 pm
09/05 – 7:30 pm
09/12 – 7:00 pm
09/19 – 7:00 pm
09/26 – 7:00 pm
10/03 – 7:00 pm
10/10 – 8:00 pm
10/17 – 7:00 pm

TH North baseball crushes Linton

Terre Haute North baseball Tuesday beat Linton 13-3 in five innings. Patriots sophomore T.J. Collett homered twice and drove in four runs in the win.

Shakamak seniors Green and Johnson sign to run in college

Shakamak seniors Aleksey Green and Eric Johnson signed Wednesday to run in college.

Green will continue her career at Indiana State, competing in cross country and track. Johnson is heading to Vincennes University to run cross country and track.



Documents show Irsay battled Rx drug abuse for decades

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – Colts owner Jim Irsay’s arrest Sunday night on four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance follows a documented history of prescription drug abuse stretching back nearly two decades.

Problems may have begun surfacing decades earlier, however, when Irsay was in college at Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Court records obtained by our sister station WISH-TV show Irsay was arrested in Dallas County, Texas on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge on January 16, 1979. According to court records, he was later found “not guilty” of the offense by a judge.

But, his battle with substance abuse wasn’t over.

In 2002, Irsay admitted that he had become addicted to painkillers. Several reports show Irsay was first prescribed Vicodin in the 1990s following several different surgeries on a chronic back injury sustained during his football playing days at SMU.

According to reports filed by the Associated Press at the time, Irsay sought substance abuse treatment at least three times, beginning in 1998. AP stories at the time also cited multiple sources who alleged that Irsay overdosed on prescription drugs in both 2000 and 2001.

VIDEO | New video and details: Irsay booked into jail

Then, in 2002, reports surfaced that Irsay was the target of a federal Drug Enforcement Administration probe into prescription drug fraud, along with two Indianapolis-area doctors who were under investigation for prescribing excessive amounts of painkillers.

No charges were ever filed against Irsay in connection with that case.

But, in response to those reports, Irsay did admit for the first time that he had developed a dependence on prescription painkillers.

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” Irsay wrote in a 2002 statement to the media. “This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana. I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues.”

Addiction specialists say that promise is often hard for addicts to keep.

“By and large, that’s the trend, to where someone needs repeated exposure to education, repeated exposure to therapy, repeated exposure to treatment in order for them to “get it,” and begin to put together, proactively, a lifestyle of recovery,” said Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center Assistant Director of Adult Services Tobyn Linton.

Still, Irsay seemed to have embraced that recovery.

“It’s a lifelong thing,” he told USA Today in 2007. “It’s something you deal with every day for the rest of your life.”

Linton says that admission is key to recovery.

“It is a lifelong process. People refer to recovery as a journey, and not as a destination. It’s those little days you put together, one day at a time, and then looking back and reflecting now and then,” he said.

Linton said prescription drug abuse has grown quickly in Indiana, outpacing national rates, and has reached across all gender, race and income barriers.

“Addiction knows no bounds. It’s non-discriminatory. It can affect a seemingly well put together person. And, it can affect people who don’t appear on the outside to have their life together. That’s a real myth we try to work against,” he said.

Irsay spoke publicly about his use of drugs and alcohol as a college student and young adult. And, in a 2010 interview with USA Today, he said he had been “clean and sober” since 2002, in part because of his father’s addition to alcohol. Robert Irsay, who moved the Colts to Indianapolis from Baltimore in 1984, died in 1997.

“The alcohol turned him into Jekyll-and-Hyde, and he was a bad Jekyll-and-Hyde drinker,” Irsay said in the story, which was printed shortly before the Colts played in their last Super Bowl. “But, there was a part of him that said ‘I don’t want that to happen to my son.”

More recent public affirmations of sobriety were made on Irsay’s most popular communication medium: Twitter.

“I don’t drink…haven’t in over 15 years,” he wrote in a tweet last October.

Then, in December, he addressed the issue again.

“Sorry to ruin your theories…but I don’t drink…at all,” he tweeted. “I’m allergic to alcohol…I break out in handcuffs if I drink!!!”

Still, if Irsay relapsed into additional prescription drug abuse, experts say it wouldn’t be a unique situation.

“I hesitate to say that there is any sort of usual situation, because we’ve heard of cases where someone will put together 6 years or 15 or 20 years [in sobriety], and for whatever reason, those triggering reasons and external cues come together at the wrong time and wrong place and trigger a relapse,” Linton said. “As a treatment provider, it doesn’t matter how you get to the door. You just have to be willing to accept the help.”

Union High School Homecoming

Queen: Hallie Smith

LSHS Football Coach Brian Oliver Talks at L-S Chamber Meeting

Photo courtesy of Becky Deischer Photography

Linton-Stockton High School football coach Brian Oliver served as the guest speaker at the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday.

Oliver, an LSHS grad, spoke on football, leadership, faith, family and the small-town experience.

“We’re having a very successful season,” he said, noting the LSHS football team is working toward winning 15 games.

“I’m proud of what they [players] bring to the town and to the school,” he said, adding that several people come from out of town to experience Miner football.

Experiencing the community support during football season has also been great, he said.

Oliver also teaches industrial technology at the L-S Middle School.

“I am a teacher first before I am a coach,” he explained.

Oliver is also a deacon at the Linton First Christian Church.

“I am high on the Christian faith,” he said, noting his faith keeps him grounded.

Oliver also encouraged everyone to attend Friday’s game.

“Our goal is ‘win 15′ and these guys are very determined … I honestly believe we will win Friday night,” he added, noting the team is practicing great.

The Miners will take on Eastern Hancock in Charlottesville Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. For those unable to make the trip there will be a free online live stream of the game at lintonminers.com.

In other business, L-S Chamber Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton noted that the chamber’s annual Christmas party is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Old Bank in downtown Linton.

Bloomfield School Cheers on Volleyball and Cross Country at Pep Session

Bloomfield School Pep Session

School spirit hit the Bloomfield School in the way of a pep session on Tuesday afternoon.

Bloomfield Athletic Director Ron McBride explained that the pep session was twofold in that it honored the varsity volleyball team and cross country runner, Ali Workman.

“We [honored] our girls who advanced to regional [in volleyball] and Ali [was] honored for advancing to state finals in cross country,” McBride said.

Bloomfield varsity volleyball will take on the Indiana Deaf School in the regional match at 7 p.m. at Bloomfield tonight. Ali Workman, a sophomore, will compete at the cross country state competition Saturday in Terre Haute.

“It’s a big honor for our school to have first of all one of our runners advance to the state finals. It’s a big honor for her as an individual to represent our school,” McBride explained. “It’s also great for the volleyball team to win the sectional and advance to the regional. To have them both advancing at this time of year is really good.”

Workman is the first girl in Bloomfield cross country history to make it to the state competition, explained Bloomfield cross country coach Caleb Dunkerly.

“For her to be the first girl in Bloomfield history to make it to the state in cross country just shows how much time she’s put in… and to do it as a sophomore is remarkable,” Dunkerly said, noting Workman’s dedication to the sport is phenomenal and as a freshman she qualified for semi-state.

“She doesn’t want to take an off-day and she wants to prepare mentally,” he added.

Workman also recently set a new personal record.

“This past Saturday at the semi-state at Brown County, Ali set a new personal record at 19:23. She surpassed her [former] personal record by 27 seconds,” he added.

Workman has spent this week preparing for Saturday’s competition with speed workouts and long distance runs. On Wednesday, she will go to Terre Haute to experience a practice run at the state course.

“She has huge potential for junior and senior year,” Dunkerly also said, noting the potential for a scholarship looks hopeful.

Ashlea Dunkerly, Bloomfield varsity volleyball coach, is looking forward to tonight’s regional competition and said her team is ready to go.

“They are definitely ready. We had a really good practice yesterday and we played really well at the sectional. They have a really good chance to win the regional,” she explained.

The team has improved its winning record and has a current season standing of 18-11.

“Last year we had 13 wins on the season, this is the first winning record we’ve had in five or six years,” she added. “I am so proud of them this season. They have worked so hard. We’ve laughed, cried, and persevered. I couldn’t be more proud to be their coach.”

With two seniors, one junior, two freshman, and six sophomores the team has a very bright future, she said.

“I think our sophomore class is really strong. They play basketball, softball, and tennis. They work really hard, but the team in general is a really special group… They’re such a close group of girls and that really helps,” she added.

The winner of tonight’s regional game will compete at the semi-state on Saturday.

Linton Youth All-Star Football Fundraiser Set for Nov. 2

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Linton Youth All-Star Football invites you to its upcoming Fazoli’s fundraiser and silent auction.

The fundraising event is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the east shelter house at Humphreys Park in Linton. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Robbie Boldrey, event co-organizer, encouraged the public to come out and support all-star football.

“[Advance] tickets can be purchased by contacting players, family, and coaches or by contacting Rachel or Robbie Boldrey,” he said, noting tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Menu includes the following: Spaghetti/fettuccine, salad, breadsticks, dessert, and drink.

Several silent auction items have been donated from various local and regional businesses.

“The auction itself is going to be very nice. With Christmas closely approaching, I would be thinking gifts and stocking stuffers,” Boldrey added.

Look for donated items from the following businesses: Linton Sporting Goods, Texas Road House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Big Splash Adventure, Jay’s Auto World, Pacesetter Sports, Kado’s Trading, Correll’s L.P. Gas, Harley-Davidson Store, Dairy Queen, Vigo Dodge, Sullivan Bowling Lanes/Patrick’s Restaurant, Montana Mike, Pizza Hut, Linton Family Pharmacy, Sha’e  Lynn, Monical’s Pizza, La Fiesta, Sears, and more.

For more information, contact Boldrey at (812) 798-4926.

L-S Cross Country Freshman Hanna Camden Heads to Regional

Hanna Camden, daughter of Heather and Eric Van Horn, will represent the L-S cross country team at the regional round of the state tournament, which will be held at Bedford North Lawrence with the girls’ start at 11:10 a.m.

One Linton-Stockton freshman is running right into the cross country regional on Saturday.

Hanna Camden, daughter of Heather and Eric Van Horn, will represent the L-S cross country team at the regional round of the state tournament, which will be held at Bedford North Lawrence with the girls’ start at 11:10 a.m.

Camden has been running since the sixth grade and was inspired to do so by her older sister.

“My older sister did it and I started running with her,” she explained.

As for her upcoming regional run, she is really looking forward to it.

“I’m real excited and I can’t wait to go and compete against all of the other schools,” Camden added.

She’s also been practicing harder for the competition.

“We’ve been doing more speed practices so I can try to get faster in my race,” she said.

She was honored as most valuable runner in eighth grade and her best time this season has been


As a freshman, Camden is also looking forward to the rest of her high school career as a runner. For now, she is ready to compete on Saturday.

“I’m just real excited to go,” she reiterated.

Live Video: Linton Miners vs North Central

Live Video: Linton Miner Football vs Eastern Greene Thunderbirds


Linton Miner Football is back! We will have all the action, LIVE! Watch tonight’s game vs. Eastern at lintonminers.com. Commentary provided by Keith Doades and Dan Phillips of Media Five Sports

Linton vs. Speedway – Basketball Semi-State Championship [LIVE STREAM]

[EDIT 3/22 9:21am: It seems when I was making the thumbnail graphic for this video, I forgot how to use a calendar.  March 13th is a Wednesday.  How did we all miss that?  -  Derrick]

Watch LIVE as the Miners take on the Sparkplugs of Speedway in the Boys Basketball Semi-State Championship at Richmond.Tip-off begins Saturday at 1pm for Richmond’s Tiernan Center!

The broadcast is presented by Premier Healthcare and made by possible by Linton Family Pharmacy, Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, and Lyons Health and Living Center. Commentary is provided by Keith Doades and Darren Clayton of Media Five Sports.

Volunteer Streaming Crew
Derrick Tennant – Producer
Tony Tadey – Audio
Nolan Spinney – Camera
Jared Albright – Camera

Also available for viewing at LintonMiners.com