Memorable moments from '19, take two

TRAVIS DAVID

Sports editor

Before I delve into another round of the moments from the past year which stands out to me, please allow me to pass along some business news.

Maybe some of you caught wind of this from the managing editor of the Clarion, Andrea Howe or perhaps word on the street...December 28 was our last Saturday edition of the Clarion. On the sports side, this really only affects Thursday night events. With that being said, I will try my best to get a “standalone” photo or two from Thursday night events into the Friday edition with as much information from the event as possible. More photos with a complete recap of the event will be posted online.

I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or displeasure this may cause. It will be my goal to add a couple added features to the pages as the second half of this winter season rolls out.

Moving forward with today’s space…

This next moment did not develop into anything newsworthy but the Big Eight Conference individual wrestling tournament marked my first official assignment on the job. For any of you who follow along with me on social media, you know my love for the sport of wrestling. So I guess it was only fitting it is how I got “broken” into the area.

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I was not present at the Hatchet House when the Princeton Community boys’ basketball team ended its sectional championship drought but I was in attendance the night before. After receiving the bye, the Tigers completely dismantled Southridge in the semifinals. Of course all the talk was about the Raiders’ Colson Montgomery, and rightfully so, but the Tigers were hands down the better team that night. I don’t think, then coach Ryan Haywood — along with the rest of his coaching staff — received near enough credit for the job they did with the game plan for not only Southridge but also the next night against the Hatchets. They may have received a bye to start the tournament, but those were two impressive wins on back-to-back nights to hoist the long awaited sectional trophy for the first time in 10 years.

Speaking of Haywood, he is off to a great start at Loogootee as well — which is not surprising.

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Also in regards to upsets and knocking off Washington, how about the Princeton Community baseball team in the Vincennes Lincoln Sectional. The Hatchets may have not been the favorites to win the sectional, but with Trey Reed on the mound and his filthy arsenal of pitches, they were certainly favored to knock off the Tigers. Only someone forgot to mention that to Zach Barrett’s bunch. Senior David Jones tossed the game of his life and outdueled Reed as the offense did just enough for the 3-1 win. The Tigers followed it up by avenging a regular-season loss to county rival Gibson Southern in the semifinals before falling to a very stout Vincennes Lincoln team.

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Sticking with the Washington theme, perhaps the best moment of this past fall came at the Washington girls golf regional at Country Oaks. Prior to the meet, Gibson Southern coach Cliff Irvin told the girls he would jump into the water off the 18th green if they qualified for the state finals. After a gut-wrenching 90 minute wait for the final results to be posted, when it was announced the Lady Titans placed third in the team standings to qualify for the IHSAA State Championships for the first time in program history, Irvin held up to his promise. It may have been the best celebration I have ever witnessed in person.

He packed a change of clothes with him so he was confident in his team.

Irvin provided for another memorable moment earlier in the season when he caused a regular season match at the Country Club of Old Vincennes to run longer than expected by arriving late because he did not know the best route to take to Vincennes from Fort Branch.

I can’t let him live that one down!

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How about the performance of Zach Dove at the track and field state championships. His final throw in the discus, Dove tossed a then personal record throw to spring him into third place.

When the announcement was made, Dove briskly walked over to the fence to celebrate with teammates and was greeted with open arms by veteran coach Bill NIederhaus who had a smile from ear to ear. That moment was well worth the trip to Bloomington in itself.

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I was planning on making this the last installment of my 2019 memories, but there are a couple more I would like to share.

I will save you the boredom at this time so as I stated with the first edition, stay tuned.

Also, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Travis David is the sports editor of the Daily Clarion. He can be reached at 812-220-4843 or sports@pdclarion.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.

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