Winter sports show great promise

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Mike's Minute

By Mike Aldridge

The winter sports are upon us and today on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, given by that famous Hoosier Abraham Lincoln, I thought I would extol the virtues of the Harrison County High School teams.  
As you know, the teams have been preparing themselves for the last several weeks to get started on the right foot.  
The basketball teams traveled Saturday to play some tough competition in scrimmages, the bowlers already began the season with a tournament where the boys were first and the girls third, the wrestling team has a scrimmage this Saturday and the archery team is having an inner squad competition Saturday as well. The cheerleaders practice endlessly it seems and they are considered to be one of the teams to beat again in this area.
As I covered last week, Coach Luke Tucker has 12 starters back from last season and, while in a different region, the wrestling Breds should fare well in the tournament.  
Like the wrestling team, the boys’ varsity basketball schedule is tough, extremely so, but Coach Larry Kendall has some veterans back to mix with some newcomers to put a competitive team on the floor each night.
Coach Kim Furnish has a veteran line up returning with one of the region’s top players in Jordan Doram.  
The Fillies have an experienced, while still young at some positions, player at every spot with some good support from the bench.  
Both the Fillies and Thorobreds had great summers and should compete strongly in region play.  
The bowlers are young, especially the girls, but Coach Petey Reynolds believes that they will be region competitors by season’s end.  
The Harrison County archery program is always among the best and there is no reason to think things will be different this season.
I would like to encourage one and all to come out and watch these young people play their games this winter.  
Some of the most supportive people in our community, John Swinford, Huck Turner and Dr. Don Stephens have passed on so some others need to step up and fill the void.  
This community has many great sports fans but sometimes the gymnasiums do not reflect that when our high school teams hit the floor whether it be for wrestling, archery, bowling, cheer competition or basketball.  
Let’s try to find the time to come out and support the athletic programs. I know the young people will appreciate it.