Batesville 7th Grade team beat Milan 26 – 22 on Tuesday night.Seth Gausman led the Bulldogs with 11 points and 5 steals. Colt Meyer added 9 points, John Thompson and Jake Cruse 2 points and Drew Kiefer and Clay Grunkemeyer chipped in a point each.The 7th grade is now 8 – 3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The 8th Grade Bulldogs improved to 8-3 on the season with a win at Milan last night by a score of 41-29.Leading scorers were Trey Heidlage with 14 points, Sam Haskamp 10, Cooper Williams 7 and Lane Oesterling with 6.The Dogs improved their lead every quarter.Our next game is this Thursday at BMS against Franklin County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting.
Hikers male team dominate, but females edged by GCC Spice on opening nightTHE annual Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships got off to an exciting start on Tuesday at the National Gymnasium with reigning champions Pepsi Hikers posting the most emphatic performance of the evening with 19 unanswered goals.The tournament, which follows the unique concept of teams being awarded goal handicaps at the beginning of the tournament, allows junior sides to compete against the more mature and experienced sides.The top-ranked Pepsi Hikers entered their match against Old Fort Gosh with a 14-goal deficit due to the handicap given to the younger side.Hikers dominated possession and made it a long night for Gosh, as they were subjected to chasing the ball around the floor and taking it out of the back of their own net.The Hikers side had scored eight goals by the half to make it 14-8 in favour of Gosh, and would go on to net 11 more in the second half against a tiring young Gosh team to come out with the 19-14 victory.National striker Aroydy Branford led all scorers with eight goals, Jamarj Assanah, Shane Samuels and Andrew Stewart each had hat-tricks while Devin Munroe and Robert France scored one each, all for the Hikers.The most exciting women’s match of the evening saw GCC Spice (+2) try to hold off Woodpecker Hikers (+4).This match seemed to be a foregone conclusion as Hikers scored three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of play to make up the deficit and take the lead by 5-4.A Nicole Eastman penalty corner in the third minute, a Kenisha Wills finish off a Maria Munroe pass from the right in the 5th and a Latacea Chung goal in the 7th seemed certain to assure the Hikers an easy victory.Spice finally found the Achilles heel of the Hikers, however, in the 16th minute, as Tiffany Solomon managed to squeeze past Latacea Chung on the goal line with a low penalty corner flick to even the score at 5-5.Spice managed to neutralise the potent Hikers attack of the first half and threw the game out of balance once again with a second penalty corner goal by Solomon 8 minutes into the second half. The final 12 minutes of the match failed to produce any goals, leaving the GCC Spice the victors by 6-5.The youngest men’s side in the competition, Old Fort Warriors (+20), suffered an opening defeat to senior counterparts Old Fort Damn (+8) with the latter securing a 24-20 win.With the Warriors starting the match with 20 goals in their favour due to the handicap, they were the only side to score with seven in the first half and nine in the second for the win.SHC Old Dogs (+12) managed to overcome the HHC Recruits (+14) by 17 – 16 in the final men’s clash of the evening while the Old Fort Shooting Stars upstaged the youthful GCC Spartans by 14-13 in a ladies’ matchup.The tournament continued last evening and games will also be played tomorrow and Saturday of this week with the final scheduled to begin at 18:40hrs on Saturday.
Six of the Dodgers’ next nine games are against the Giants, some of whom you may not recognize any longer from a year ago. The Giants have stumbled miserably out of the gate for the 2015 season, already five back of the first-place Dodgers to start last weekend, and finally ending an eight-game losing streak. Games Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:15 p.m., Thursday is at 12:45 p.m.NO. 3: RUNNING: 119th BOSTON MARATHONDetails/TV: Monday at 5:30 a.m., Universal Sports:Defending champion Meb Keflezighi, who became the first American winner since 1983 by running a 2:08:48 race, has had a marathon of interviews to do before this event, yet he’s stayed Boston strong. Keflezighi, who turns 39 in May, is looking at this also as his progression toward the 2016 Summer Olympics. “With less than a year to go now, 2016 is my goal, to be able to represent the United States,” he said. He’ll race in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016. “I hope I can punch my ticket,” he said.NO. 4: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA SPRING GAMEDetails/TV: At the Rose Bowl, Saturday, 10 a.m., Pac-12 Network:Season ticket holders and UCLA students with their Bruin Card get in free. Non-season ticket holders are required to pay $5 to see how freshman QB Josh Rosen does handling his reps in with the first team. Gate A opens at 9 a.m.NO. 5: MLS: GALAXY at NEW YORK RED BULLSDetails/TV: Sunday, 2 p.m., ESPN2:Last September, the Galaxy fired off a 4-0 win over the Red Bulls at StubHub Center as Robbie Keane scored twice and Gyasi Zardes had anothter. Jaime Penedo made three big first-half stops to preserve the shutout against Thierry Henry’s team. Keane has sat out the last two games for the Galaxy (3-2-2) with a groin injury. The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls (3-0-2) is the only team among the 20 in the league left without a loss.NO. 6: NHL PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:DUCKS vs. WINNIPEG:Details/TV: Game 3 at Winnipeg: Monday, 6 p.m., Prime:The Ducks’ 2-0 series lead hasn’t come real easy. Now they head to Winnipeg, where the city hasn’t played host to a post-season game since April, 1996. Wednesday’s Game 4 is also at Winnipeg (6:30 p.m., FSW) with a Game 5 back in Anaheim on Friday (TBD, Ch. 13). There’s also a Game 6 back at Winnipeg on Sunday (TBD, Prime) if we need to drag this out any longer.NO. 7: MLB: ANGELS vs. OAKLANDDetails/TV: At Angel Stadium, Monday-Thursday, FSW, Ch. 13:The latest charts say the A’s are right where they want to be in the payroll department – Billy Beane’s team starts the season ranked No. 27 out of 30 with a $85.4 million in salary. Of that, $7.8 million takes care of the infield, $15.4 mil goes to the outfield and $33.6 million to the pitchers. They’ve also got $6.6 million in the DH category. The Angels? They start at No. 7 with $154.8 million. It breaks down to $40.7 million on the infield, $12.3 million in the outfield and $57 million on the pitching. The DH? Just a $512,500 investment. Let’s see how that all factors in during a four-game series that has 7:05 p.m. starts on Monday and Tuesday on FSW and 7:05 p.m. Wednesday on Ch. 13, plus 4:05 p.m. on Thursday. The Angels also host Texas on Friday-Sunday.NO. 8: MLB: DODGERS at SAN DIEGODetails/TV: Friday-Sunday, SportsNet L.A.:Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (5:40 p.m.) and Sunday (1:10 p.m.)We doubt Padres’ fans aren’t fretting too much about the fact that Yasmani Grandal has caught on with the Dodgers. Maybe they should. The 28-year-old born in Havana is winning over his new teammates with his ability behind the plate. “He catches the ball deep. He catches it soft,” Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy told the O.C. Register recently. “You might not know why you’re doing something well. For years and years, guys took walks and didn’t know it was an extremely valuable thing they were doing. They just were not hitting. You found out after the fact what you were doing was valuable.” Yeah, so Grandal was 0 for 5 with three walks when the Dodgers took two out of three against the Padres in the season opening series at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp, on the other hand, was 5 for 13 (.385) with those three RBIs in the opening loss.NO. 9: AFL: L.A. KISS vs. ARIZONA:Details/TV: At Honda Center, Saturday, 7 p.m., CBSSN:If you’ve been puckered up to the Kiss to this point – and really, why should you be? – you realize they’ve yet to win after the first four weeks, lost 10 straight going back to last year’s 3-15 finish, and should be pretty rattled having to face the Rattlers. But, hey, crank the music to 11 and maybe no one will notice. Even with a cool looking guitar pick as a logo, you’ve got to pick your spots.NO. 10: TENNIS: 115th OJAI TOURNAMENTDetails/TV: At Libbey Park in Ojai, Wednesday-Sunday:Started in 1896 by William Thacher, the oldest and largest amateur event in the same U.S. location continues on with 27 different divisions, including the Pac-12 men’s dual championship and individual championships. and more than 1,400 junior, high school, college and Open players, heading out to more than 30 sites through Ventura County. Don’t forget the fresh-squeezed orange juice and cookies served daily. Those who have played in this event and went on to win a Grand Slam include Bill Tilden, Helen Wills Moody, Tony Trabert, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Pancho Gonzales, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras and the Bryan twins. Because we can, we looked back at how some of the NBA “experts” last October decided the 2014-15 season would end up. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix had San Antonio defeating Chicago in the championship, but only after the Spurs got past the Clippers in the Western Conference finals. “It’s hard to bet against the defending champs that return 97.5 percent of their minutes from last season,” he wrote. SI colleague Phil Taylor had the same scenario. And SI’s Ben Golliver had the Spurs winning it all after they KO’d the Clippers in the conference finals. The reason SI’s Matt Dollinger, took the Clippers over OKC in the West, and then over Cleveland for the title was because that “while the Spurs return the exact same team that won the title, they won’t return with the same edge. A brutal loss to the Heat in the 2013 Finals fueled San Antonio’s title run last season. It’s unlikely last spring’s Finals romp will drum up the same emotions. Instead, another devastating defeat will catapult a new champion. The Clippers lost Game 5 in the West semifinals to the Thunder … this is the year the Clippers become L.A.’s team.” At CBSSports.com, Matt Moore took the Clippers over the Spurs in the West final, then over the Cavs for the title. Again, most assumed this was based on the Clippers and Spurs not hooking up until Round 3, not Round 1. So what if … we went over to WhatIfSports.com and looked at updated numbers, based on its simulating the entire playoffs 1,001 times and “taking into account home court advantage and the statistical makeup of each team.” The Clippers have a 63.5 percent edge over the Spurs and will win the first round in seven games, the data says. Yet, maybe you don’t want to know what happens from here. Its crunching numbers gives the Clippers a 24 percent chance of making it out of the conference semifinals (a predicted six-game loss to Houston in Round 2), with a 6.9 percent chance of getting to the NBA Finals, and a 4.3 percent chance of winning everything. Now, let’s continue where we left off on Sunday night’s Game 1.Game 3 is Friday at San Antonio (6:30 p.m., Prime, ESPN), with Game 4 on Sunday at San Antonio (12:30 p.m., Ch. 7).NO. 2: MLB: DODGERS at SAN FRANCISCO:Details/TV: Tuesday-Thursday, SportsNet L.A.:As fate and rotations seem to have it, NL Cy Young and MVP Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to match up against World Series MVP and Cy Young runner-up Madison Bumgarner as the star attractions for the middle day of this three game series. As numbers align, the 27-year-old Kershaw is also seeking his 100th career win in his 213th career start – compared to just 50 losses. Of all the teams he has beaten over the years, the Giants have been victims 14 times (one back of Colorado, whom he used to grind his first win of the 2015 season in his last start) and he was 3-0 against the NL wild-card-turned-World Series-champs during the regular season with a 1.69 ERA. Bumgarner, who doesn’t turn 26 until August, has a modest 1-1 record so far – matching Kershaw – with an ugly 5.29 ERA. The Padres tore him up for five runs and 10 hits in three innings on April 11 in a 10-2 loss. During the 2014 spring training, the thought of how a long-term Kershaw-Bumgarner rivalry could perhaps match the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird career arch as they continue to battle each other year after year. “It could happen,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com reporter Lyle Spencer. “They could be facing each other quite a bit down the road. You look at Clayton Kershaw, everything he’s accomplished, and Madison … one of the elite left-handers in the game. Hopefully, that is the case. You have one guy who sets a bar that high, you want to say you’re in that class.” Replied Bumgarner when asked about comparing himself to the Dodgers’ ace: “I don’t need Kershaw to want to be a better pitcher.” Fastballs often speak louder than words. Ranking top 10 sports events April 20-26 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: NBA PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:CLIPPERS vs. SAN ANTONIODetails/TV: Game 2: Wednesday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime, TNT: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers are expected to pursue Leonard – a Southern California native and soon-to-be free agent – in the coming offseason. The Clippers (like the Lakers) are in position to sign a max-contract player.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For now, Leonard, 27, has led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Finals in his first season with the team. Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 1-0 following Thursday’s 118-109 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.It didn’t take long for Rivers’ comments to gain steam on social media, where they were met with calls of “tampering,” which the NBA collective bargaining agreement describes as actions that “directly or indirectly, entices, induces, persuades or attempts to entice, induce or persuade any Player, Coach, Trainer or General Manager or any other person who is under contract to any other Member of the Association to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services.”After the fine was announced, the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn asked NBA commissioner Adam Silver what Rivers should have done differently in the situation, having been asked about Leonard.A video of Silver’s response was posted on Washburn’s Twitter account. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA fined the Clippers $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering role with comments that Coach Doc Rivers made this week regarding Kawhi Leonard on ESPN’s NBA Finals preview show, the league announced Friday.On the show, which aired Tuesday, Rivers answered Stephen A. Smith’s question about whether Leonard was “the best player in basketball at this particular moment in time.”Said Rivers: “He is the most like (Michael) Jordan that we’ve seen. Like, there’s a lot of great players. … LeBron is phenomenal, KD is phenomenal. Not that (Kawhi) is Jordan or anything like that, but he is the most like him.“Big hands. Post game. Can finish. Great leaper. Great defender. In-between game. If you beat him to the spot, he bumps you off. And then you add his 3-point shooting.” “I would just say Doc’s been at this a long time,” Silver said. “And it’s not a fun part of my job ever fining anyone. And I understand the competing interests of the media, hearing a coach’s view about a current NBA player. But it’s something where there’s a bright line in this league, and you’re not allowed to do it. And head coaches or team executives in those positions need to say, ‘I’m not permitted by the league to respond to that question.’ And it’s a balance of interests, I understand that. But he, unfortunately, crossed a bright line.”The Lakers were fined $50,000 last June for a violation of the anti-tampering rule, reportedly for comments that then President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson made about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo: “He plays above the rim, I never could do that. But in his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we (have the same thing. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play. I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star Game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.”