In the early days when I was coaching, it was up to the coach to find transportation to away contests unless it was basketball or football. This meant that kids usually were asked to drive. No one seemed to be too concerned about liability, but as I think back now, what a risk we were taking. In some cases you had kids driving who only had a license for a few months. Fortunately, in the late 70’s, schools started buying vans and the coach could haul as many as 15 kids in these vans. As I look back, these vans were really not much safer than some of the cars we had kids driving. They got very top heavy when loaded to the maximum with student athletes.Before I finished coaching, the small buses became the mode of transportation for those sports that had smaller numbers of athletes. You did not need a special bus license to drive these. A regular car license sufficed. These buses were a very stable way to transport kids. As you know, they are still in use today and most schools have a full fleet of them for getting their athletes to away contests. Big buses are still available, but in many schools, you must wait until they run their regular routes before they are available. This means that certain athletic contests can’t begin until 5:30 or later. Cars were more convenient, but buses are sure safer.
The Batesville Bulldogs Varsity Baseball Team once again played one of the top teams in Indiana. After beating The 3A #1 Greensburg Pirates on Monday Night, The 4A #7 Franklin Central Flashes won 7-1.Bulldogs vs. Franklin Central Varsity Baseball (5-6)The Bulldogs Varsity record is now 10-4.The East Central Trojans JV Baseball Team won 12-5 against Batesville.Bulldogs vs. East Central JV Baseball (5-6)The Bulldogs next Varsity game will be on Thursday versus New Palestine at Liberty Park with the 1st Pitch at 5:30 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coaches Alex Davis and Steve Ollier with Max Preps.
Batesville tennis goes 1-1 at Franklin Invitational.Batesville lost to No. 24 Roncalli by a score of 4-1.Lydia Olsen was the team’s lone winner at No. 2 singles. She defeated Annie Wagner 5-7, 6-4 and (10-8) in a third set super tie-breaker.The Lady Bulldogs defeated Franklin High School by a score of 3-2.Olsen was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Mary Huffine at No. 2 singles.Allyson Ritter defeated Morgan McCarter 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford teamed up to win 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles over Katie Bemis and Ashlyn Smith.The Lady Bulldogs are now 10-4 on the season.Submitted by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.
(Image; American Cancer Society Relay For Life)Many residents will join together in the fight against cancer this weekend during the Relay For Life of Franklin County.The annual event gets underway at the Brookville Town Park on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will be ongoing until Sunday at 9 a.m.Relay For Life is family friendly and serves as an opportunity to celebrate those that have overcome cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and providing a chance to fight back against the disease. The event supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.Activities include music, a bone marrow drive, pretty baby contest, Relay’s Got Talent, and a Luminaria Ceremony to honor and remember everyone touched by the disease.All community members are welcome to attend and you do not have to be on a team to participate.The Relay For Life of Ripley County will be held Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.
The Lady Pirates soccer team hosted EIAC rival Batesville and fell 5-1.The Lady Bulldogs found the back of the net with 13 minutes left in the first half scoring off a direct kick. The halftime score was 1-0 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs who outshot the Lady Pirates 15-1 for the half. Batesville scored the clinching goal with 29 minutes to play. The Lady Pirates found the back of the net with 17 minutes to play off an Emma Overmyer corner kick that bounced off a Batesville defender. That goal was Overmyer’s first varsity score. The Lady Bulldogs regrouped and connected quickly scoring at the 12, 11 and 5 minute marks for the 5-1 final.The defensive line and midfield for the Lady Pirates did an outstanding job pressuring the Lady Bulldogs all night as the visitors controlled the tempo and possession for the majority of the match. McKella Lynette had a solid night in goal making 23 saves on 28 shots on goal. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 34 shots total to Greensburg’s 4 shots on goal.The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in EIAC play.The JV Lady Pirates also fell to the Lady Bulldogs 4-0.Emily Lowe made 14 saves and the Lady Pirates were not able to record a shot.The Lady Pirates will be back in action at noon on Saturday versus Oldenburg Academy. This game will follow the boys match at 10 AM.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.
Frances L. Manlief, 97, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.Born May 14, 1918 in Jennings County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Baker) Montgomery.Frances was a 1935 graduate of Westport High School. She was a member of the Westport 1st Baptist Church.She was married to William D. “Bill” Manlief on October 30, 1937 in Carrollton, Kentucky and he preceded her in death on November 4, 1992.She is survived by six grandchildren, Mike (Teresa) Manlief, Tuscaloosa, AL, Ann Manlief, Greensburg, Vicki (Todd) Houk, Greensburg, Kelly (Scott) Johnson, Bluffton, Fred Manlief, Greensburg, Lisa (Phil) Menkedick, Greensburg; 14 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and one great great grandchild on the way; daughter-in-law, Marcia (Dick) Manlief Foley, Greensburg, Sister-in-law, Helen Speer, Greensburg, several nieces and nephews including Judy Brashars, Greensburg.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son, Robert “Bob” Manlief; one brother, Virgil Montgomery; two sisters, Ruby Bruneau, Clara Mae Miller.Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Greg Redd officiating.Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Hospice of South Central Indiana.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the family to assist with funeral expenses in care of the funeral home. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Daniel Welke. Those surviving who will cherish Daniel’s memory include his parents, Wanda and Jerry Welke of Cedar Grove; brothers, Jerry Allen (Sherri) Welke, Andrew Welke, and Timothy Welke, all of Cedar Grove; children, Adam, Aubrey and Chloe Welke; grandfather, Ivan Wells of Cincinnati, OH, and 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rob Welke, and grandmothers, Jean Wells and Verna Hauser. Daniel Welke, of Cedar Grove, was born on February 24, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Jerry A. and Wanda R. Wells Welke. He graduated from Franklin County High School where he was very active in sports. Daniel enjoyed playing baseball, football and softball and loved spending time with his children and family. On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the age of 31, he passed away at Mercy-West Hospital in Cincinnati.
Juanita Nobbe, age 90 of Batesville, Indiana, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born March 3, 1926 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Garnet (Nee: Nickell) and Theodore Dickman. She married Lawrence M. Nobbe on October 17, 1946 at St. Nicholas Church and he preceded her in death June 7, 1988. Juanita was a homemaker and worked in the Cleaning Department from 1978 to 1991 at Hillenbrand Industries, before retiring. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and formerly a member of the Oldenburg Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary.Over the years, Juanita loved to travel with her husband, Lawrence, and their children. She enjoyed taking a cruise to the Mediterranean, with trips to Russia, Greece and Ireland among her favorites. She was fortunate to be able to travel to every state in the United States. Some of her favorite hobbies were cooking, reading, quilting and sewing. She loved to make baby quilts and hangings for her family and made quilts for each of her children for their weddings. She also would often make and sew wedding attire for her family and friends. She more recently enjoyed watching movies on the Hallmark Channel. Her passion though was her family. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially around the holidays. Juanita was able attend all of her grandchildren’s weddings, even those most recent that were out of state.She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Camille “Cam” and Robert Wahman of Batesville, Michelle Nobbe of Brookville, Melanie and Steve Stahley of Oldenburg; son Duane Nobbe of Batesville; daughter-in-law Bea Nobbe of Batesville; sister Helen Nobbe of Batesville; brother Lawrence “Larry” Dickman of Batesville; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons Darwin and Darrell Nobbe, brother Bruce Dickman Sr., granddaughter Lorinda Jansing and great-granddaughter Rebecca Grote.Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 26th, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27th at Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg, with Rev. David Kobak, O.F.M. officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Church Capital Improvement Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.weigelfh.com.
There has always been a a worry in sports concerning concussions. Until a few years ago, it was mainly in contact football or getting hit in the head with a baseball. However, today there seem to be as many concussions, or even more, occurring in soccer and basketball. Just recently two members of the Batesville Bulldog boys team missed several games because of concussions.In football they have improved the helmets and changed some rules to help that sport. In baseball, battting helmets have taken some of the fear away from being hit with the ball. In younger teams, players even wear the helmets while on defense. The question is: What can be done in soccer and in basketball?No one envisions playing basketball with a restrictive helmet on your head. The same is true of soccer players. Soccer has eliminated the use of the head in hitting a soccer ball. Even in soccer, concussions are still up even with the new head rule. Science is working overtime trying to figure out ways to prevent these head injuries. Let us hope they succeed with a solution sooner than later.
Mr. José Trevino “Joe” Gutierrez, age 87, of near East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on March 2, 1929, in Harlingen, Texas, the son of the late, Clemente and Petra (Trevino) Gutierrez. He was raised in Harlingen, Texas where he attended school. Joe was inducted into the United States Army on October 2, 1952, in Harlingen, Texas. serving during the Korean War. Joe was honorably discharged on September 15, 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe was united in marriage on September 17, 1955 in Scottsville, Kentucky, to the late, Gladys Williams. He was later united in marriage in 1994 in Warsaw, Kentucky, to Dorothy Katherine Staggs. Joe and Dorothy shared 23 years of marriage together until his death. Joe was a former machinist for International Harvester (Navistar) in Indianapolis, Indiana, retiring in 1985 after 30 years of service. Joe resided in the Indianapolis community from 1955 to 1985 and later moved to the Switzerland County community where he resided until his death. Joe enjoyed farming and gardening and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Joe passed away at 12:20 pm, Monday, February 6, 2017, at his residence near East Enterprise, Indiana.Joe will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 23 years: Dorothy Katherine (Staggs) Gutierrez of near East Enterprise, IN; his daughter: Cindy Little and her husband: Barry of Dallas, GA; his sons: Arthur Gutierrez of Indianapolis, IN, José T. Gutierrez, Jr. and his wife: Sydney of Indianapolis, IN, Anthony Gutierrez of Indianapolis, IN and Andy Gutierrez and his wife: Maria of West Lafayette, IN; his step-daughters: Rinda Reed and her husband: Bob of Vevay, IN and Glenna Nicholas and her husband: Dan of Indianapolis, IN; his step-son: Jeff Staggs of near East Enterprise, IN; his grandchildren: Marcus, Joshua, Stephanie, Jonathan, Mason and Evan; his step-granddaughter: Jackie; his great-grandchildren: Alexie, Logan, Jacob, Cera, Ezra and Samuel; his step-great-grandson: J.J.; his brother: Johnny Gutierrez of Martinsville, IN; his sisters: Mary Gutierrez of Harlingen, TX, Petra Lopez of Denver, CO, Frances Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, TX and Elva Sequnvo of Harlingen, TX and his numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents: Clemente and Petra (Trevino) Gutierrez; his 1st wife: Gladys (Williams) Gutierrez, died April 12, 1981; his daughter: Dora Adkins, died December 31, 2007 and his brothers, Manuel, Alfred, Clemente, Jr., and Jesse Gutierrez.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 10, 2017, at 2:00 pm, by Barry Little at the Fountain Run Funeral Home, 175 Main Street Fountain Run, Kentucky 42133.Interment will follow in the Fountain Run Cemetery, Fountain Run, Kentucky.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043 and from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Friday, February 10, 2017, Fountain Run Funeral Home, 175 Main Street Fountain Run, Kentucky.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.