LEGION BASEBALL: Princeton’s Whitten wins Bosse home run derby

Dillon Whitten, a member of Princeton’s American Legion baseball team, won the inaugural Bosse Throwback Classic Home Run Derby at Bosse Field Friday evening.

The event was part of the 12-team American Legion Bosse Throwback Classic tournament taking place from Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30 at various Evansville baseball fields.

Whitten won by smacking a homer to left-center field on his last out of the championship round. He and teammate Tyler Stolz were the only batters out of the 17 participants from six Legion teams to homer at Bosse Field.

Whitten hit two home runs in the 10-out first round, one homer on the 5-out championship round and will be a senior at Gibson Southern High School this fall.

Follow @BosseThrowback for more tourney info and #BosseThrowback

Bosse Throwback Classic Home Run Derby results:
First round
— 2 home runs: Dillon Whitten (Princeton).
— 1 home run: Tyler Stolz (Princeton).
— 0 home runs: Jake Denbow (House Springs, Mo.); Beenden Murphy (House Springs, Mo.); Jake Moore (House Springs, Mo.); Bryson Jenkins (Newburgh, Ind.); Daniel Sander (Newburgh, Ind.); Nick Coudret (Newburgh, Ind.); Kaleb Krigbaum (Piatt County, Ill.); Ben Wilson Kaleb Krigbaum (Piatt County, Ill.); Tucker Robinson; Caleb Wagner (Princeton, Ind.); Tanner Butler (Sullivan, Ind.); Noble Harrison (Sullivan, Ind.); Cody Turner (Sullivan, Ind.); Austin Bruner (Evansville Pate, Ind.); Hayden Bershears (Evansville Pate, Ind.)
Second/championship round
— 1 home run: Dillon Whitten (Princeton, Ind.).
— 0 home runs: Tyler Stolz (Princeton, Ind.).

New IHSAA football classifications

The maps

Class 6A
6Amap
Class 5A
5Amap
Class 4A
4Amap
Class 3A
3Amap
Class 2A
2Amap
Class A
Amap

The Indiana High School Athletic Association approved and released 2013-14 and 2014-15 sectional alignments for all sports April 29.

Classifications with enrollments for each school were announced on March 12.

The new sectionals typically stir up controversy with fans on internet forums and media alike giving reactions to the new sectional groupings. The exact process of drawing sectional boundaries and grouping teams isn’t released, so fans are left to speculate. There are typically a relative few changes year-to-year in the groupings, but this year was different because of the IHSAA’s success factor and football’s sixth class being introduced — especially for the sport of football. Nearly every high school football team in Indiana will be playing in a new sectional this fall — less some teams in Class A.

So that’s what this blog post will illustrate — exact locations of all 322 high school football teams in Indiana on six Google maps (one for each class). That should be particularly helpful to casual fans, who may not pay attention to every IHSAA news release and would be confused when looking for “Sectional x” results, only to find that their team has changed sectionals. The teams are grouped together (with colors) by sectionals with separate layers for north and south semistates.

The six maps above should greatly aide anyone who is looking to debate the IHSAA’s alignment process or even casual fans looking to find directions to football games in fall.

NOTES: The maps were made using the Beta version of Google’s new Maps Engine Lite. The software, still in testing, has some features like layers, which Google Maps lacks, but the new software also lacks some features like a limit of three layers on any map, a limit of 64 elements in any layer and the lack of an export-to-.kml feature. Maps Engine Lite also can not be embedded into wordpress.com blogs because wordpress.com is unable to handle iframe tags.

The IHSAA has 411 member schools and 20 varsity sports each with different classifications. The only way to make a Google map for each sport and class would be to make a master Keyhole Markup Language file with every high school and their classification with each sport. That file could then be imported into Google’s new mapping software, if it could support more elements, more layers and even sublayers.

[View the story “Reactions to new IHSAA football sectionals” on Storify]

Steve Alford leaves New Mexico for UCLA

Steve Alford leaves New Mexico for UCLA

Former Indiana basketball standout, Steve Alford was hired to be UCLA’s next men’s basketball coach. This Storify shows his hiring and his staff being hired. It illustrates the movement, which occurs when coaching changes occur in major college basketball.

  1. ben howland out at ucla. last five yars. missed ncaa t twice, knocked out three times before second weekend
  2. New Mex’s Steve Alford to #UCLA … first Lobo beat writer quits after loss to harvard, then coach leaves…
  3. Breaking: Lobo assistant Duane Broussard will follow Coach Alford to #UCLA and join his staff as an assistant
    #ncaabb
    #UNMerciful
    #GoLobos
  4. Indiana manager and former player Kory Barnett named video coordinator at UCLA by Steve Alford. #iubb
  5. “@JHuntweet: Confirmed: Former OSU assistant coach David Grace joins coach Steve Alford’s staff at UCLA.” @DaneKuiper14 @javapusher
  6. Park Tudor has named Kyle Cox as new boys basketball coach. Cox was an assistant under Ed Schilling, who was hired to UCLA staff.
  7. UCLA officially announces Steve Alford’s staff: Duane Broussard, Ed Schilling and David Grace w/ Tyus Edney as Director of Ops.

Was the coverage of Louisville’s Kevin Ware’s injury appropriate?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard or seen (yikes) University of Louisville men’s basketball player Kevin Ware’s gruesome injury … Don’t worry, I won’t be posting a picture of the injury or how it happened. The game in which the injury occured was played in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Ware was treated at Methodist Hospital, which also treats patients of Indianapolis 500 wrecks.

But, more to our point. How did the media — CBS and subsequent coverage — handle and cover situation? Were they too cautious? Could they have blurred his injury? What obligations does the media have in these situations and what should consumers of media expect?

Evansville’s only beat writer for NCAA Division I basketball, Jonathon Lintner of the Evansville Courier & Press was kind enough to offer his insight and reactions. Lintner has been awarded for his coverage of Division I sports by Scripps-Howard, The C&P’s parent company.

Concussion Education Bill moving forward

Concussion Education Bill moving forward

Legislation unanimously passed a Senate committee Feb. 13

State lawmakers want Indiana high school and youth football coaches to be better prepared to deal with concussions before they step on the field. Legislation requiring concussion education passed a Senate committee Wednesday.

Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox says he supports the bill’s goals…but he’s worried about redundancy in the concussion education requirement.