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MSC All Conference Announced

The 2009 All-MSC team was announced earlier this week. The Warriorettes Darion Hutchinson was named to the girls team as Honorable Mention. The Warriors Matt Bridgewater was named to the boys first team.

Friday - March 6, 2009

The Warriors advance to the Sectional Championship game with a 76-60 victory over Madison. Scottsburg will be going for the schools 23rd Sectional title and first since 2005. They will play Greensburg, a 62-54 winner over Batesville. Greensburg will be going for their schools 35th Sectional title and first since 2001.

Game 1 - Batesville 57 - South Dearborn 42
Game 2 - Madison 49 - Franklin County 47
Game 3 - Greensburg 62 - Batesville 54
Game 4 - Scottsburg 76 - Madison 60
Game 5 - Greensburg v. Scottsburg (Saturday, March 7, 2009 @ 7:30 PM)
Madison Sectional… Kicking it Old School!
Thursday - February 19, 2009
by Jamie Lowry

With the IHSAA boys’ tourney draw tonight, I began to think back to a simpler time in Hoosier Hysteria (or at least when there was Hysteria). A time when there was no class basketball. A time when teams would gather to watch the tourney draw on Sunday afternoons on Channel 4. It is a time when every team dreamed of making it to Market Square Arena for the Final 4. Well, those times have passed, but it can’t keep me from dreaming of what might have been if class basketball didn’t exist and we were getting ready for the old Madison Sectional.

The six teams that were part of the Madison Sectional before the inception of class basketball were Madison, Madison Shawe, Southwestern, Austin, Scottsburg & New Washington. The rivalries and potential match-ups that would come from this would be absolutely great. Here is my dream draw and results:

Game 1 – Austin Eagles v. Madison Shawe: These teams have one thing in common, and that is they both beat a very solid Providence team. In this match-up, defense is the key early. The Hilltoppers take an early lead and use defense to keep the game close at the half. They lead Austin 21-19 at the break. In the second half, the backcourt of Austin steps up and with Ben Raichel heating up from the outside and Dewayne Rice feeding him the ball, the Eagles storm ahead and never look back winning 60-46. The Eagles will now face New Washington (bye) who has been waiting for a rematch against the Eagles.

Game 2 – Madison v. Southwestern: The first night of sectional and all three local teams in action along with Austin make the first night a sell-out. This Jefferson County rivalry is renewed in the sectional sending local fans into frenzy. Early on, Southwestern uses their underdog status to help propel them to an early lead against the favored Cubs. The Cubs won the early battle on their home court by 24 points, but it is different this time as the Rebels aggressive play keeps them close throughout the game. Late in the 4th quarter, the Cubs cling to a 3-point lead and seal things up with a bomb from Wynn and finish things off at the line for a 52-45 victory. The Cubs will now face old time rival Scottsburg (bye) in a much-anticipated rematch.

Semifinals Game 1 – New Washington v. Austin: The Eagles won the earlier match-up 64-54 and the Mustangs have been waiting for revenge since that loss. Mustang standout Vincent Minton was held to 7 points in that game and comes out on fire in this game. He quickly gives the Mustangs a 6-0 lead. The Eagles, who gave up 21 points to Devin Freels in the regular season match-up, again have problems with Freels. He continually gets loose and finds the open man or his own shot and at the half Austin fans sit stunned as the Mustangs lead 38-21 at halftime. In the 2nd half, the Eagles intense defense and great teamwork get the Eagles back to with 3 points after 3 quarters of play 49-46. The Eagles did it from the inside as Zach Edwards and Eric Rigel control the boards and get some easy put backs. Late in the 4th quarter, the Mustangs still cling to a close lead 61-59 when the New Wash faithful start dreaming of a potential match-up against former Mustang coach Jim Matthews and the Madison Cubs, but they take their mind off finishing the task against Austin. A steal by Chance Densford lead to a lay-up by Brad Deaton and the Eagles had the game tied with 15 seconds to play. On the ensuing Mustang possession, Devin Freels is called for a charge on a drive to the basket as Dewayne Rice was set up for the charge. The Eagles get the ball back with 6 seconds to play and everyone is on their feet. The entire gym starts whispering about Zack Edwards and his game winners this year, and the Mustangs are aware of this too. With Edwards double teamed on the inbound play, Raichel gets the ball into Rigel at the foul line who quickly gets it back to Raichel who is cutting to the basket and makes the lay-up as time expires. Eagles win 63-61 as Eagle fans and Scottsburg fans waiting for the next game are all going crazy. The Eagles are now cheering for Scottsburg, because they want their rematch!

Semifinals Game 2 – Scottsburg v. Madison: Madison won the regular season match-up 62-55. Scottsburg uses great ball movement to get the ball inside to DJ Myers and Matt Bridgewater early to take a 12-4 lead early and in doing so, they get Madison center, Jones in early foul trouble. The Warriors defensive scheme is easy; don’t let Wynn go crazy from 3-point land like he did in the regular season. Coach Keck uses freshman Max Clemons and his long arms to harass Wynn shutting him down early and taking him out of the game. However, the Cubs have one of the best coaches in the state in Jim Matthews and he uses his patient offense to chip away at the early Warrior lead. At the half, the Warriors only lead by 2 points 32-30. The Warriors 3rd quarter woes continue as they go nearly 4 minutes in the 3rd quarter without a field goal and Madison now leads after 3, 46-40. However, the Warriors refuse to fold and come out hot in the 4th. Gregory nails two three pointers, while Boswell and Humes each hit a three. The Warrior run is capped off by a Clemons baseline drive for a lay-up and a foul to complete the 3-point play. The Warriors now lead 55-48 with 4 minutes to play. The Cubs don’t give up. They again show patience in getting the score down to 57-54 with under a minute to play. A Warrior turnover gives the ball back to Madison and with 30 seconds to play Wynn has the ball and fires a 3, but the long arms of Clemons blocks the shot and he quickly gets the loose ball and is fouled. Clemons makes the foul shots to give the Warriors a 5 point lead. Madison quickly scores a 2-point goal and has to foul the Warriors, but the Warriors nail their free throws down the stretch to defeat the Cubs 63-58, setting up an Austin/Scottsburg sectional final.

Sectional Finals – Austin v. Scottsburg: The game is a sellout as are all the sessions in this sectional tournament. Half the gym is in black and white the other half is in purple and gold. Big Daddy is on the Austin sideline waving his towel getting the cheer block on their feet. Bev Taflinger and Gene Rogers have the Warrior fans cheering, “Give me one big FIGHT!” The place is a madhouse! The Warriors won the regular season game 69-64. Since that game, the Austin fans have said they would like to play Scottsburg again. Well, they get their chance. The Eagles led that regular season game by double digits in the 3rd quarter before a Warrior rally and 3 point shooting by Gregory gave Scottsburg the win.

This game would start differently. The Warriors get the early lead as they come out to prove that they were the better of the two teams. Offensive rebounding by Myers and Everett help the Warriors take a 15-8 lead after one quarter. Coach Deaton of Austin decides to go to his big man, Rigel, in hopes of getting the Warriors post players in foul trouble. It works Rigel gets 6 quick points on a couple of three point plays and Everett has to go to the bench with 3 fouls. Myers is also on the bench with 3 fouls, so the Warriors have to put Matt Bridgewater in the post against Rigel. Bridgewater uses his quickness to draw a couple of fouls on Rigel and Edwards, so all the big men are in early foul trouble. The Warriors are cold from the perimeter, so the Eagles tie the game at the half 22-22. In the second half, the Eagles backcourt takes over as Rice and Raichel use their quickness to give the Eagles a 36-32 lead after three quarters. In the 4th quarter the Warriors are still cold and the Eagles lead increases to 10 points. That is when freshman Max Clemons goes wild on the Eagles. Clemons nails a 3 pointer that opens up his game for drives to the basket. Clemons goes on a 12-0 run of his own and the Warriors are back on top 44-42. The teams trade baskets and free throws down the stretch and with the Eagles still trailing by two points with 15 seconds to play; Coach Deaton draws up a play for Edwards. Edwards comes around a screen from Brad Deaton and is open for a three pointer that he hits with 3 seconds left. As the Eagle fans go crazy, the officials say it was just a 2 pointer so the game is tied 50-50. The Warriors have the ball with 3 seconds and have to go the length of the court. Raichel steals a long inbound pass and heaves it nearly the length of the court. The shot banks off the rim. The game goes to overtime.

In the overtime, both teams are tight early and it takes nearly two minutes for either team to score. The Eagles strike first as Raichel makes a lay-up and draws a foul on Everett who picks up his 5th. Raichel makes the foul shot and the Eagles lead by three. Humes and Bridgewater work hard inside to keep the Warriors close. With the overtime winding down and the Warriors trailing by 1, 59-58, they go to Gregory who is fouled with no time on the clock and will be shooting two. The first foul shot is off the mark as Eagle fans in the crowd were causing the basket to shake with all their noise and stomping in the bleachers. The second foul shot is good and we go to a second overtime.

In overtime number two; the Eagles lose the services of Ben Raichel who has fouled out. The Warriors also lose DJ Myers and Matt Bridgewater to fouls. No field goals are made in the second overtime as the game is being played at the charity stripe. The Warriors have taken the lead 68-67 as they have out shot the Eagles from the line 9 out of 12 to the Eagles 8 out of 14. The last free throw coming with 10 seconds left from Warrior senior Tyler Patton. The Eagles have the ball and everyone is on their feet, as they have been the entire game. Dewayne Rice pushes the ball up the court and breaks the Warrior press. With 5 seconds left Rice gets the ball the Edwards. Edwards makes his move on Humes and gets loose just inside the arc from the right wing. Clemons comes over to help and with 1 second left Edwards lets the shot loose and it barely gets over the fingertips of Clemons. As the ball is in the air the horn sounds. Time has stood still for the fans. A loud hush falls over the crowd. Bev Taflinger lights a cigarette (she never got to take a break during the game and says the heck with the rules). The ball is on the way down, when…. AAHHHHHHH! My clock alarm goes off and I wake from a great dream!

Oh, I wish for the old format this season. The Madison sectional would be a GREAT sectional with large crowds. It is ashamed that I will not get to see my dream come true this year (or any year for that matter).

*Side note: The total distance traveled by the teams in the old format (one way) is approximately 79 miles. The Warriorettes recently traveled 75+ miles one way to play a sectional game.

Franklin clinches share of HCAC championship in win at Hanover

HANOVER, Ind. (Feb. 18) - Franklin College clinched a tie for the Heartland Conference men’s basketball regular season championship by topping host arch rival Hanover 92-84 this evening.

The victory improved the Grizzlies to 13-2 in the HCAC and 16-8 overall and kept them one game ahead of Transylvania with one to play. The Pioneers routed Mount St. Joseph to keep its hopes of sharing a league title alive. Franklin – now with an eight-game winning streak – can claim the Heartland championship outright with a victory over Defiance at home on Saturday.

Hanover, which had surged from the bottom end of the conference standings with a five-game winning streak to earn a berth in next week’s HCAC Tournament, fell to 6-10 in the conference and 9-15 overall.

The Grizzlies, who trailed by one point at 40-39 at halftime, overwhelmed the Panthers with balanced scoring in a game that included ties on seven occasions and 14 lead changes.

Both freshman center Will Conoley (Franklin, Ind./H.S.) and senior guard Dustin Marshall (Lexington, Ind./Scottsburg H.S.) scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the way. Senior forward John Yochum (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln H.S.) added 17 points and senior Jace Redman (Mount Vernon, Ind./H.S.) contributed 16 points and dished out nine assists for FC, which shot 61.3 percent in the second half and 59.3 percent for the game.

Hanover’s Taylor Dial led all scorers with 22 points. Mitchell Meyer tallied 20 points and had seven rebounds and Jake Inman added 16 points for the Panthers, who hit 57.1 percent of their field goal attempts.

*Article courtesy of FranklinCollege.edu athletics.
1989 State Champion Warriorettes Ceremony Postponed

The 1989 State Champion Warriorettes were to be honored during the Warriorettes home game with Silver Creek on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Due to the weather, the Silver Creek game was re-scheduled and the celebration of the '89 State Champs has been postponed until the Fall of 2009. This season marks the 20th anniversary of that magical season. Led by Miss Basketball Renee Westmoreland, the Warriorettes went 26-1 and defeated Benton Central in overtime of the state championship game.

The 1988-89 Warriorettes consisted of Rachele Baker, Jeanne Taylor, Carla Westmoreland, Carrie Thompson, Alisa Rogers, LeAnn McCandless, Melanie Hughbanks, Amy Thomas, Christy Robison, Renee Westmoreland, Shannon McClain, Sara Colwell, Coach Donna Cheatham, Asst. Coach Jean Phillips, Asst. Coach Cheryl Miller, Mgr. Kim Dismore, Mgr. Dena Jewell & Mgr. Sandy Gray

The Athletic Department would ask that ALL Scottsburg fans make it to Meyer Gym that evening for what will surely be a very memorable occasion.

1969 Scottsburg Warriors to be Honored February 14th!

The 1969 "Sweet Sixteen" Scottsburg Warriors team will be honored during the Warriors home game at Meyer Gym against Jennings County on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 1 pm. The game was originally scheduled for January 30th. The 1969 Warriors went a perfect 20-0 during the regular season and went on to win Sectional & Regional titles before losing to Vincennes in the morning session of the Evansville Semi-State.

The 1969 Warriors consisted of Rick Stultz, Steve Johnson, Ted Murphy, Greg Hoard, Mike Hazelwood, Bill James, Coach Jim Barley, Carl Whitlatch, Bob James, Eddie Meyer, Bill Williams, Phil LaMaster, Buzzy Kelley, Cheerleaders: Christy Burns, Sue Campbell, Candy Crawford, Karen Robinson, Christy Crawford, Managers: Steve Helton, Ed Misamore, Barry Weddington & Ken Weddington.

Marshall Named HCAC Player of the Week
-Monday, January 26, 2009

Franklin senior guard Dustin Marshall (Lexington, Ind./Scottsburg) helped the Grizzlies post two more HCAC wins and remain tied for the conference lead and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The senior scored a game-high 21 points, on 9 of 14 shooting from the floor, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out six assists in FC’s 86-71 win over rival Hanover to begin the week. The Lexington, Indiana native added a team-high 17 points with three boards and three assists in Franklin’s impressive 74-67 win at Anderson. Franklin (10-8, 7-2 HCAC) remains in a first place tie with Transylvania and Defiance in the conference standings and will face off with Rose-Hulman and Bluffton this week.

Hutchinson Finds a Home in Oakland City
Tuesday - January 20, 2009
When Evan Hutchinson graduated from Scottsburg High School in 2004, he had signed to play Jr. College basketball with Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL with a friend from New Albany. The plan was to stay for the 2 years and see what schools would be interested in having a premier ball handler on their team. Evan wasn't the first Warrior to attend a Jr. College, as Bill James had attended Tyler Jr. College in Tyler, TX. But along the way, those plans for Evan changed.

After leading the state in assists during his Junior season at Scottsburg High School with an average of 8.7 per game, Hutchinson was one of the top point guards on a lot of small colleges list of top prospects. During his senior season, Hutchinson's Warriors finished 13-8 and lost to Salem in the first round of the Sectionals. It was a disappointing season for Hutchinson, as his assist average dropped to 7.3, which is still excellent, but not up to par with what his expectations were. It placed him among the state leaders in that category once again. He finished his career at Scottsburg with 926 points which put him at number sixteen on the list of Warriors all-time scorers. His career assist total was 518 which is number two all-time just ahead of his dad Tim Hutchinson. Combined, the father/son combo totaled 2,200 points and 1,014 assists. Those will likely be the best father/son totals for many, many years to come.

Once Hutchinson landed at Danville, his hopes were high, but it wasn't long before he no longer felt like that was the place for him to be. He would return home less than a year into his stay at Danville, and like many former athletes before him, it looked like another Scottsburg standout would not fulfill his college athletic dreams. Three years away from organized basketball and one would assume that Evan would never play college ball again. He would have graduated in 2008 had he stayed in school, so it would appear that time was up. Sure, he would be a standout in different tournaments at Beechwood Park in Scottsburg, but that just wasn't the same as being a standout in college.

Then came Coach Mike Sandifer of Oakland City showing interest in having Evan join the team. Oakland City had one standout in Brandon Hopf from nearby Forest Park where he won a state championship for the Rangers. What Coach Sandifer needed was a guard to get him the ball. With 3 years of eligibility remaining, Hutchinson enrolled at Oakland City and joined the basketball team. It didn't take long for Evan to become the starting point guard for the Mighty Oaks. He has started 13 of the 15 games he has played in. He is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game. He is shooting over 79% from the foul line and has established his place as one of the top playmakers in NCAA Division II basketball. He ranks 6th in NCAA Division II in assists with 7.1 per game while only committing 49 turnovers for a 2.2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. He recently had a groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for the Mighty Oaks last game, but will return shortly. The Mighty Oaks record is 7-9 at this time, but their first 5 games (all losses) were to Division I schools.

The Mighty Oaks future looks bright, and with Hutchinson having 2 years of eligibility left after this season, Coach Sandifer and the fans at Oakland City have a lot of exciting basketball ahead of them. So while many will go away to school to play sports only to return in less than a year, Hutchinson has set an example that you should never give up on your dream.
1979 Warriors & Warriorettes Honored
Friday - January 16, 2009
The 1978-79 Scottsburg Warriorettes & Warriors basketball teams were honored during a halftime presentation during the Scottsburg Warriors game with the Salem Lions. 1979 was the only time in school history that both the Warriorettes & Warriors both won regional titles during the same season. Pictured above (L to R) are Paul Meagher, Tim Hutchinson, Coach Bill James, Coach Donna Cheatham, Assistant Coach Jean Phillips, Melinda Sparkman & Rhonda Smith.

1978-79 Warriorettes & Warriors to be Honored
The 1978-79 Scottsburg Warriorettes will be honored during a ceremony on Friday, January 16, 2009 during the varsity double-header against Salem. The 1979 Warriorettes made it to the "Elite Eight" that season coming a basket from advancing to the schools first Final Four. The Warriorettes posted a record of 19-3 winning the Sectional & Regional titles that season. The team was led by Melinda Sparkman & Rhonda Smith. Sparkman went on to play at IU and would later become a member of the 2004 Silver Anniversary Team as honored by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith played at Evansville where she ranks 9th All Time in both scoring (1,227 points) and assists (312). Smith also coached the Charlestown Lady Pirates to the Final Four in 1993.

The 1978-79 Warriorettes were, Ingrid Schulze, Rhonda Smith, Cindy Johnson, Tracy Patton, Dana Marshall, Kim Zollman, Marsha Mitchell, Melinda Sparkman, Terry Taflinger, Lorna Bayes, Bev Smith, Coach Donna Cheatham, Asst. Coach Jean Phillips, Mgr. Debbie Gibson, Mgr. Patty Green, Cheerleaders: Kim Bridgewater, Tessa O'Neal, Kim Newport
The 1978-79 Scottsburg Warriors will be honored along with the '79 Warriorettes during the Warriors varsity double-header against Salem on January 16, 2009. The '79 Warriors were coached by Hall of Fame Warrior Bill James. It was James' first season as coach after Jim Barley had retired after the previous season. The Warriors finished with a regular season record of 13-7, and lost one of their star players, Jeff Moore to a broken leg. But the Warriors didn't give up and saved their best play for the post season. After breezing to a Sectional title, the Warriors defeated Floyd Central in the semi-final of the Seymour regional setting up a title match with the Clarksville Generals and All-Star Chuck Franz. Clarksville won the regular season game 87-78. It was a battle and with the score tied at 68, the Warriors got the ball to their star Tim Hutchinson, and with time running out, Hutchinson hit a buzzer beater from near mid-court to defeat the Generals and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In the semi-state semi-final against the Washington Hatchets and Mr. Basketball Steve Bouchie, the Warriors again had one last chance, but Paul Steele's last second shot that seemed like it was going to drop rimmed out and the Warriors were eliminated 53-52.

The 1978-79 Warriors consisted of Russell Ferrell, Paul Meagher, Tim Patton, Mike Walker, Rod Mace, Mark Bridgewater, Tim Hutchinson, Jeff Moore, Kyle Meyer, Allen Ponder, Russell Petty, Gordon Bayes, Paul Steele, Jim Kimbley, Coach Bill James, Asst. Coach Tom Dietrich.
IHSAA to be eliminated? Bill in place due to Jasmine Watson case

Posted: 7:43 PM Feb 19, 2009
Last Updated: 1:22 AM Feb 20, 2009
Reporter: Angelo Di Carlo of WNDU.com
Email Address: angelo.dicarlo@wndu.com

Hold the presses.

There's another new development in the Jasmine Watson-IHSAA case, and this one could have a long-lasting effect on the future of high school sports in Indiana.

Displeased by the manner in which the IHSAA has handled the case of Jasmine Watson -- the girls' basketball player who transferred from Elkhart Memorial to South Bend Washington -- an Indiana House panel has passed a plan that would eliminate the IHSAA altogether.

The bill, sponsored by South Bend Representative David Niezgodski (D), would put control of high school sports under the Department of Education.

"The IHSAA is the living embodiment of the faceless, nameless bureaucracy that is able to thrive because it is not accountable to anyone," Niezgodski said. "With House Bill 1733, we will provide the accountability that has been lacking."

The IHSAA is a volunteer organization that is governed by its members schools.

"We’re disappointed that this bill has been introduced and don’t believe there is any need for it," IHSAA commissioner Blake Ress said in statement released to Newscenter 16.

Watson's case was the final straw, according to Niezgodski.

When Watson first transferred to Washington, Memorial protested and claimed it was for athletic reasons. The IHSAA agreed and Watson was ruled ineligible. The senior missed the first half of the girls' basketball season.

In December, Watson's case went to a St. Joseph County Circuit Court, where a judge ruled that the transfer was not for athletic reasons but rather for economic hardship, as the Watsons had claimed.

The Court ruled Watson eligible, and she immediately began playing for Washington.
Since that time, the IHSAA has not given in and continues to pursue an appeal -- one that would not likely come until after the state championship.

That means, if Washington were to win the state title and the IHSAA would win its appeal, the Panthers could be forced to forfeit their state championship because they had an ineligible player.

House Bill 1733 was approved this week in the House Education Committee to combat the problem.

Under the bill, the division of interscholastic athletics would be governed by a nine-member board of directors appointed by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

"This board would regulate, supervise and administer all interscholastic athletic programs, and establish standards for eligibility, competition and sportsmanship while providing protection against the exploitation of schools or students," Niezgodski said.

"In short, it would do everything the IHSAA does now, except with a level of oversight and accountability that is missing today."

If the bill, which now advances to the full House, becomes law, state control of high school athletics would take place on July 1.

Meanwhile, Watson is still playing basketball, and this announcement comes just two days before she and Washington will face her former team Memorial in the regional playoffs.

This won't be Jasmine's first meeting with her old school, but she says that doesn't make it any easier.

"I don't think it matters if we played them three times during the year," Watson told Newscenter 16 on Wednesday. "It's always going to be different for me because every time I step on that floor, I'm a Panther now instead of a Charger."

In going through all of this -- going to court, being forced to sit out of games -- Watson has become a stronger person.

"It didn't break me," Watson said. "That was the main thing I was focused on. It didn't break my spirits."

"Basketball is something I love to do. No matter what, no one can take that away from me."
That determination and ability to fight with such grace is something those around her admire.
"Everything she had to go through this year and the end of last year, I don't think a lot of teenagers or young adults would have been able to handle it like she did," teammate Skylar Diggins said.

Washington coach Maurice Scott agrees. "She has a big heart, she cares about people, she cares about her teammates."

"She's very special here."

And that's why Jasmine has quickly become a vocal leader for the Panthers -- in more ways than one.

"I've been able to sing for a long time," Watson says, laughing.

Jasmine sang the National Anthem before Washington's final regular season game last month. Her singing inspired Diggins and Scott, who both broke down crying because of the emotion of the night.

"She's a wonderful singer," Scott says. "We might have to get her to tryout for American Idol next year."

Diggins meanwhile is known for being the best at just about everything. This is one area she quickly concedes to Jasmine.

"She has me on that," Skylar says with a smile. "We do a little pre-game, locker room duets sometimes, but nothing anyone would hear out here."

For Panthers fans, the duet between Skylar and Jasmine they want to see most is the combination that puts up a lot of points on Memorial Saturday at 12:30 ET at Valpo High School in the regional semifinals.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Bill seeks to replace IHSAA with new sports division
Associated Press  
Lawmakers frustrated with the Indiana High School Athletic Association have proposed legislation they say would eliminate the organization.

The bill proposed by Rep. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) would create a new sports administration within the state Department of Education.

The IHSAA's commissioner responded that he did not believe the proposal was justified.

The legislation was approved by the House Education Committee this week and now goes to the full House for consideration.

The bill would create the division of interscholastic athletics, which would be governed by a nine-member board of directors appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.

"It would do everything the IHSAA does now, except with a level of oversight and accountability that is missing today," Niezgodski said.

Niezgodski was upset with how the IHSAA handled the case of Jasmine Watson, a high school basketball player who moved from Elkhart Memorial High School to Washington High School in South Bend.

Elkhart officials disputed her eligibility, claiming she transferred for basketball reasons. The family says the move took place because her mother lost her job and the family had to move for economic reasons, Niezgodski said.

A St. Joseph Circuit Court ruling supported Watson and allowed her to play, but the IHSAA said it would appeal the decision.

Niezgodski said the hard feelings caused by the case were the last straw.

"Through the years, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have complained about the heavy-handedness demonstrated by the IHSAA in everything from the decision to move to multi-class basketball to their arbitrary rulings on whether young people can play athletics," Niezgodski said. "What sticks out in all of these instances is a cavalier contempt for the feelings of the lives of athletes and their families."

The IHSAA is made up of about 400 public and private high schools across the state.

"We're disappointed that this bill has been introduced and don't believe there is any need for it," IHSAA commissioner Blake Ress said in a statement.
Legislator dumps move to replace IHSAA

By Bill Ruthhart of the Indy Star
Posted: February 25, 2009

A state lawmaker pressing to eliminate the IHSAA and place the control of high school sports under state government abandoned the effort today.
Rep. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend, withdrew from consideration House Bill 1733, which would have given control of high school athletics to the state Department of Education.

Niezgodski said he decided not to call the bill for a vote before the full House, because the IHSAA had pressured his fellow lawmakers to the point where they did not feel comfortable voting on the controversial measure.

“I sent a message, and I think it was an immensely strong one,” Niezgodski said. “I would have liked to have gone farther.”

Niezgodski introduced the bill after the IHSAA ruled earlier this year that South Bend Washington High School basketball player Jasmine Watson was ineligible to play on the team after transferring from Elkhart Memorial, which filed a complaint with the association.

Former Warrior Coach Tony Bennett Sworn in as State Superintendent
Monday - January 12, 2009
Former Scottsburg Warrior Coach Tony Bennett was recently sworn in as State Superintendent on Monday, January 12th. Bennett made mention numerous times of his coaching days at Scottsburg during his inaugural address. Bennett was head coach of the Warriors from 1991-97 and tied the school record for most Sectional titles with four during his six seasons. You can read, and watch the video of the inauguration at the web address below. It is truly an honor to hear him mention Scottsburg & Charles E. Meyer gymnasium during the address.


Marshall matches career high in FC's victory over Lions

FRANKLIN, Ind. (Jan. 7) - Senior guard Dustin Marshall (Lexington, Ind./Scottsburg H.S.) scored a career-high-tying 28 points and Franklin College chalked up an 84-71 men's basketball victory over visiting Mount St. Joseph in the Spurlock Center gym tonight.

The decision kept the Grizzlies in first place in the Heartland Conference race with a 5-0 league record. FC improved to 8-6 overall. The Lions, meanwhile, dropped to 1-3 in the conference and 5-8.

Franklin emerged from a mostly close first half with an eight-point advantage at 40-32 at the intermission. In the second period, FC allowed Mount St. Joseph to close within two points at 42-40 with 16:07 remaining before gradually building a 12-point lead at 68-56 with 6-1/2 minutes to go. The Lions whittled their deficit in half at 71-65 two minutes later, but the Grizzlies wouldn't let the visitors get any closer en route to their HCAC win.

The Lions outshot Franklin 51.7 to 45.3 percent for the game, but collected 50 of their 71 points in the paint. However, the Grizzlies didn't allow Mount St. Joseph to hit a 3-point shot (out of 10 attempts) while FC knocked down nine treys. Marshall buried six of FC's nine 3-pointers.

Franklin also offset the Lions' inside offense by hitting 17 of 19 free throw attempts and committing just nine turnovers.

Backing up Marshall for FC were senior guard Jace Redman (Mount Vernon, Ind./H.S.) with 14 points and seven assists, senior forward John Yochum (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln H.S.) with 13 points and six rebounds and freshman center Will Conoley (Franklin, Ind./H.S.) with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Mount St. Joseph was paced by Michael Romes with 27 points and eight rebounds and Travis Huffman with 22 points.

**Marshall now has 1,166 career points at FC.
Warriorettes Will Challenge Columbus North in Qdoba Classic

The Scottsburg Warriorettes will play Columbus North High School in the Qdoba Classic this Tuesday, December 30th at 11:45 am. The game will take place at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. The Warriorettes/Lady Bulldogs game will be the second of four games taking place that day. The Qdoba Classic is in it's 8th year. Lawrence North High School and Lawrence Central High School alternate turns hosting the event. It is not a tournament, as each team just plays the one game. Here is the schedule of games for tomorrow at Lawrence North High School:

Game 1 10:00 am Brownsburg v. Pike
Game 2 11:45 am Scottsburg v. Columbus North
Game 3 1:30 pm Triton Central v. Lawrence Central
Game 4 3:15 pm Ft. Wayne Carroll v. Lawrence North

*Speaking of Qdoba, if you have never eaten at one, do it! Get the Chicken (or Steak) Queso Burrito. You also need to get their chips and queso dip!!

*This marks the first time since January 11, 2005 that the Warriorettes have played Columbus North. The Warriorettes are 19-15 all time against Columbus North.

*The game will not be aired on local radio, so check with ScottsburgWarriors.com for updates during the game.

Big Moment Indeed!
Pictured above is an article from the January 12, 1974 Scott County Journal showing the ceremony in which Bill James' numbers were retired. Both #40 (Home jersey) and #51 (Road jersey) were retired during the ceremony.

Bill James Elected to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Monday - December 1, 2008
Former Warrior great Bill James has been elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall announced the election in this press release this morning:


Steve Alford New Castle 1983
Denny Bishop South Bend Central 1958
Steve Bouchie Washington 1979
Phil Cox Connersville 1972
Fred Fleetwood Southport 1962
Dick Hickox Fort Wayne North 1956
Bill James Scottsburg 1969
*Charles Jenkins Providence 1957
Ted Kitchel Cass 1978
Gregg Popovich Merrillville 1966
Dolph Pulliam Gary Roosevelt 1965
Wayne Radford Indianapolis Arlington 1974
Bob Sakel Jasper 1945
Scott Skiles Plymouth 1982
Vaughn Wedeking Evansville Harrison 1967
**Indianapolis Washington Team 1969

NEW CASTLE - Steve Alford - 1983 Indiana high school "Mr. Basketball" for New Castle, a two-year All-American and 1987 NCAA champion for Indiana, and a 1984 Olympic gold medalist - heads the 2009 class of inductees for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Alford is the eighth honoree to be selected in the first year of eligibility, 26 years after high school graduation. He joins Oscar Robertson (a 1956 graduate, inducted in 1982), Rick Mount (1966-1992), George McGinnis (1969-1995), Kent Benson (1973-1999), Larry Bird (1974-2000), Kyle Macy (1975-2001) and Dave Colescott (1976-2002).

Two National Basketball Association head coaches, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs (Merrillville), and Scott Skiles of the Milwaukee Bucks (and 1982 state champion Plymouth), also are in the 14-man group who will be inducted in the men's banquet Wednesday, March 25, at Primo's in Indianapolis.

Alford is one of four former Indiana University players on the list. Others are Wayne Radford of Indianapolis Arlington, 1979 "Mr. Basketball" Steve Bouchie of Washington and Ted Kitchel of Cass. Radford was on IU's unbeaten 1976 NCAA championship team, and Bouchie and Kitchel were on IU's 1981 NCAA champions.

Also in the induction class of 2009 are Denny Bishop of unbeaten 1957 state champion South Bend Central, "Mr. Basketball" Phil Cox of 1972 champion Connersville,
Fred Fleetwood of Southport, Dick Hickox of Fort Wayne North, Bill James of Scottsburg, Dolph Pulliam of Gary Roosevelt, Bob Sakel of Jasper, and Vaughn Wedeking of Evansville Harrison (and 1970 NCAA runnerup Jacksonville). Hickox, who played at Miami (Florida), is deceased.

Popovich, who played college basketball at the Air Force Academy, is one of five men who have coached four or more NBA championship teams. He also is in the top three all-time in won-lost percentage in regular-season and playoff competition. Skiles, an All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year for Michigan State, has a spot in Indiana high school lore for his long game-tying basket at the end of regulation time and 39-point contribution to Plymouth's 75-74 double-overtime upset of Gary Roosevelt in the state championship game.

*Charles Jenkins, St. Vincent Silver Medal - sports announcer that covered Indiana basketball superbly for over 40 years in Southern Indiana is being awarded The St. Vincent Silver Medal. This medal is presented annually to someone that has made a significant contribution to high school basketball in some fashion other than as a player or coach.

**1969 Indianapolis Washington State Basketball Team - Any high school basketball team that is undefeated and wins the state championship is automatically inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, as a team. It took 45 years of conducting the state tournament before such a dubious distinction was earned by Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School in 1956. The following year the Bears from South Bend Central High School equaled the standard by achieving a record of 30 wins and no defeats. Indianapolis Washington High School was the third school to accomplish such a difficult feat, as the team racked up 31 wins without losing a game.

Coach Bill Green led the 1969 Continentals into the most amazing state finals ever, as Washington, Marion and Vincennes were all undefeated and Gary Tolleston had only lost one game. Washington slipped by Marion by the slimmest of margins, 61-60, in the afternoon game before defeating Gary Tolleston 79-76 in the championship tilt.

Herb Schwomeyer, in his book, Hoosier Hysteria, describes George McGinnis and Steve Downing as the two best big men ever to play on the same team in the history of Indiana Basketball. McGinnis stood 6' 7" and Downing was 6' 9" and each young man weighed 220 pounds. George McGinnis was named Mr. Basketball for the 1969 Indiana All-Star Team and his Washington teammate, Steve Downing, was also his running mate on the All-Star Team. Coach Green, George McGinnis and Steve Downing have all been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and it is only fitting that this great team is now being inducted, as a unit.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's Annual Men's Banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The ceremony will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. Tickets will be made available in early 2009. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 for more information.
Former Warrior Coach & Hall of Famer Charley Meyer Passes Away
Sunday - November 23, 2008
Former Scottsburg Warrior coach and Indiana basketball legend Charley Meyer passed away today. Meyer coached at Scottsburg for 12 seasons (1950-1962) and compiled 145 wins during that time. Meyer coached the Warriors to 4 straight sectional titles from 1953-56 and guided the '56 team to the Elite Eight (the only Warrior team to do so in open class basketball).

Coach Meyer graduated from Jeffersonville High School and was a collegiate All-Star while a player at Indiana University. He was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. His legacy will forever live on as the gym that the Warriors & Warriorettes still play in to this day was named for Coach Meyer in the 80's.

A great legend, Coach Meyer will be greatly missed.

MEYER, CHARLES EDWARD, 82, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 23, 2008 at Clark Memorial Hospital. He retired from Scott County District #2 in 1991 as a school teacher, transportation director and coach. Charley graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1945 and Indiana University in 1950. He was a three year varsity basketball letter winner at Jeffersonville and four year varsity basketball letter winner at Indiana University. He was a member of the 1950 Indiana Collegiate All-Star team. He coached basketball at Scottsburg High School from 1950-61, winning four consecutive sectionals and one regional and was inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the American Legion Post 234, Scottsburgh Lodge # 572 F & AM (32nd degree), Indiana State Retired Teachers Association, Retired Scottsburg Volunteer Fireman, and I'Men's Association. Other honors include Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel. Charley also enjoyed spending his summers with family and friends at Hanover Beach in Hanover, IN. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Wanda Newell Antz and brothers Robert and Carl Meyer. He is survived by his four children, Steve Meyer (Candy), Scottsburg, Ed Meyer (Debbie), Jeffersonville, Debbi Rademacher, (Terry), Memphis and Kyle Meyer (Sara), Port Orange, FL; his sister, Sarah Kaufman, Jeffersonville; and sister-in-law, Miriam Meyer, Jeffersonville. Being a grandfather was one of his greatest satisfactions in life. His grandchildren include, Ryan, Evan, Bradley, Alexa, Brandon, Bryan, Matthew and Hannah Meyer, Brittney Wardlaw (Bill), Andrea and Allison Rademacher, Kaley Anderson and great- granddaughter, Kaidyn Wardlaw. All will miss Papaw, as his grandchildren affectionately called him. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium in Scottsburg, with burial to follow in Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Jeffersonville. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church. Expressions of sympathy: Jeffersonville Class of 1945 Scholarship Fund or the Meyer Gymnasium Lobby Restoration Fund, c/o Collins Funeral Home, 465 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg, IN, 47170

Marshall Trying to Accomplish What He Couldn't in High School
Sunday - November 16, 2008
Former Warrior Dustin Marshall and his Franklin College Grizzlies opened up the regular season with a loss to Centre College Saturday night 67-65. In the loss, Marshall scored 14 points, giving him a total of 988 points while a Grizzly. With just 12 points in his next game, Marshall can accomplish something that he didn't get a chance to do while in high school, and that is score 1,000 career points.

Those with short term memory problems, or for those that didn't pay that close attention, one would have assumed that Marshall scored 1,000 points while a member of the Scottsburg Warrior varsity. However, Marshall only played a handful of minutes his Sophomore year and scored only 5 points. During his Junior season he led the Warriors in scoring with 362 points and again led in scoring total his Senior year with 442 points, thus giving him a Warrior career total of 809 points. His Jr. & Sr. total of 804 points ranks him behind players like Bill James, James Colwell, Vince Bruce, Bret Johnson & Monty Stutsman for highest 2 season total. He scored a single game high 41 points against Madison in a classic battle back on January 7, 2005.

As a member of the Grizzlies, Marshall has been an integral part of a solid program. He has been a steady scorer during his first three seasons as well, with season totals of 307, 280 & 387. He has garnered a lot of individual awards during his three seasons:

2005-06 - Conference Freshman of the Year
2005-06 - All Conference Honorable Mention
2006-07 - All Conference Honorable Mention
2007-08 - All Conference First Team
2007-08 - MVP of Conference Tournament
2007-08 - 7th in Conference in Scoring
2007-08 - 6th in Conference in Assists
2007-08 - Career High 28 points versus Anderson
2007-08 - Named Goaltender Club's "Clutch" Award for 2nd time

With just 12 points, Marshall will join a list of 25 previous players (including Sam Alford) that have joined Franklin's 1,000 point club. He will get that chance in Franklin's next game on Tuesday, November 18th at home against Trine University. The game will tip-off at 7:30 pm. If you get a chance make the 60 mile drive north up I-65 to see one of Scottsburg High School's very own accomplish a unique record.

*UPDATE (11/21/08): Dustin scored 13 points to go over the 1,000 point mark in Franklin's 75-61 win over DePauw in the Wabash College Little Giant Tip-Off Tournament. He now has 1,012 points for his career.
Warriorettes Pick Up South Central to Complete Schedule
--Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Scottsburg Warriorettes now have a 20 game schedule as they picked up a HOME game against the South Central Lady Rebels on January 13, 2009. The Lady Rebels were State Runners-Up in Class 1A in the 2005-06 season and were Sectional champs last season. They are coached by Randall Schoen who is 160-69 entering his 10th season.

Former Warriorette Rademacher Surpasses 1,000 Point Mark
--Thursday, November 13, 2008
Former Scottsburg Warriorette Andrea Rademacher, now with Borden High School surpassed the 1,000 point mark for her career in the Lady Braves season opener against West Washington. The Lady Braves won the game 66-19. Rademacher needed only 17 points to get to the mark and easily made it limited action. Rademacher who verbally committed to Indiana State last season during her Junior year at Scottsburg, signed her letter of intent for a full ride this week as well. Congratulations Andrea.
SHS Cheerteam Takes State Title!
-- Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Scottsburg High School Cheer Team won the IASP State Competitions State Title for Large Co-Ed cheerteams! This is the second time in 3 years the SHS has captured the title! Congratulations to the kids and their coaches on what is becoming a dominant cheer squad!

Former Warrior Coach Wins Election to Office of State Superintendent
Wednesday -- November 5, 2008
Former Scottsburg Warrior coach Tony Bennett was elected last night to the office of State Superintendent. Bennett was Warrior coach from 1991-1997 and won 4 sectional championships during that time (tied for school record). His winning percentage as coach was 67.9% which is third best in history. For more information about Dr. Tony Bennett, you can visit his homepage here: http://www.drtonybennett.com/

Warriors add Scrimmage Against Columbus North
Sunday -- November 2, 2008
The Scottsburg Warriors have added a scrimmage against Columbus North to their schedule. The scrimmage will take place at Meyer Gym on November 21st at 6:30 pm. This will give the young Warriors a chance to get a practice game under their belt before the season opener at Austin the following Friday. This marks the first time that a Scottsburg Warrior team has played a Columbus North team in any type of game since Dec. 13, 1986.

Fewer Home Games, New Opponents Highlight 2008-09 Schedules
--Thursday - October 30, 2008
The 2008-09 varsity girls and boys schedules have been posted and the highlight is the Warriorettes participation in the Qdoba Classic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis on December 30th. The Warriorettes will play Columbus North at 11:45 am in the classic (not a tournament). 8 teams participate in the event that rotates between Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools. The classic is in its 8th year of existence. The Warriorettes dropped potential home games against Providence & South Decatur (teams on the schedule last season) and picked up only the one game at the Qdoba Classic. The Warriorettes will play a scrimmage on November 8th at Meyer Gym against potential sectional opponent South Dearborn. This season is the first since 1996-97 that Providence is not on the schedule. The Warriorettes will only have 8 home games this year (9 if you include the scrimmage).

The varsity boys have a new opponent on the schedule this season as they have dropped Switzerland Co. and picked up South Dearborn. The game will be played at South Dearborn meaning the boys will play only 9 home games this season. The Warriors kick things off on the road against county rival Austin on November 28th in Coach Keck's Warrior debut.

Good news for next season is that there will be a combined total of 21 home games!

For a complete schedule listing, click on the SCHEDULES link under the main menu.
Former Warrior Evan Hutchinson Playing for Oakland City
--Thursday, October 30, 2008
Former Scottsburg Warrior point guard Evan Hutchinson has found a home with the Oakland City Mighty Oaks in Oakland City, IN. The Division II independent will kick off the season in an exhibition against Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, November 8th. You can follow Evan the Mighty Oaks by going to the LINKS section under the Main Menu and clicking on the Oakland City link.

Good Luck Evan!

40 Years is LONG Enough!!
By Jamie Lowry

The greatest basketball team in Scottsburg High School history will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their magical season. What they won’t be celebrating (at least not yet) is a Hall of Fame nomination for one of the true legends of Indiana High School basketball, Bill James.

First, let’s look at the 1968-69 team and the records they set that remain unbroken. The team went an amazing 20-0 in the regular season, the only team to do so in Warrior basketball history. The team finished 25-1, which is the best record in school history. The 25 wins are the most in any season. The 2,342 points scored for an amazing 90.07 points per game are both records. The team scored 100+ points in 5 straight games and a total of 7 times that year they reached the century mark. The team crashed the boards as well, for an amazing average of 44 rebounds per game for a total of 1151 rebounds. These records have stood for 40 years, and may stand for another 40 years.

The team consisted of one of the best backcourt tandems in school history. Buzzy Kelly and Rick Stultz wreaked havoc on the guards of the opposing teams. Coach Jim Barley said that if steals were kept back then, these two would probably have all the single game and single season (and maybe even career) records. The frontcourt consisted of Ted Murphy, Bob James and Bill James. The team would become known as the “James Gang”, and much like the original James Gang, this team captured the imagination of a community, and a state. But while this was one of the greatest teams in Indiana Basketball history, it was one player, Bill James, which garnered the majority of the attention.

Bill Mac James came into his senior season as one of the best players in Southern Indiana. He had averaged 24 points and 13 rebounds during his junior season, so it wasn’t a surprise that he was a preseason All-State candidate. Many people wondered what Bill could do during his senior season. It didn’t take long for the magic to start. After 3 games, Bill had two 30+-point games, but what happened on November 30, 1968 against West Washington will live forever in Indiana High School Basketball lore. Early on, the crowd could tell that something special was happening. By halftime, the crowd was buzzing! The score was 52-30, Scottsburg on top, but it was Bill James that had everyone talking. Bill scored 41 of the Warriors 52 points, and Coach Barley wanted to see what Bill could do. Those involved talk about Bill not really wanting all the attention, but it was too late! When the game was over, the Warriors won the game 96-68 and Bill finished with 69 points. He also grabbed 25 rebounds for the greatest individual game in school history.

What Bill James did for a community and a school is amazing. It is hard to go anywhere in the state without running into basketball fans from other communities that say “I remember seeing Bill James play. He was the greatest player I ever saw in a high school uniform.” Bill James still holds numerous records that may never be broken. The 69 points in one game is a school record and ranks 13th in the state. His school record 1,890 points (in just 3 seasons) is the 65th most in state history, and his 938 points scored in his senior season (another school record) is still the 7th most in state history. Even with the addition of the 3-point line (which for you young kids, didn’t exist back then), no Warrior has come close to these records. Bill did more than just score. His 975 career rebounds and 376 rebounds during his senior year are both school records. What Bill James did for Scottsburg Warrior basketball may never be duplicated. The combination of team success and individual success and the many accolades the Bill received are more than enough qualification for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Bill also had success at the next level. He attended Tyler Junior College in Texas, as he was preparing to go to the University of Houston, but Marshall University came calling and that is where Bill would wind up. And again, history came calling. During his senior season, Bill was awarded the Marshall University Male Athlete of the Year award. He would also play one season of football for the Thundering Herd after the football team was struck with tragedy. That would lead to an NFL tryout. Bill would also play in a couple of games for the Kentucky Colonels in the old ABA.

That is why 40 years is long enough to wait. There are less accomplished players in the Hall because of political connections. Bill deserves to be in because of his basketball accomplishments.

Today, when Scottsburg fans that were lucky enough to enjoy that season reminisce about that game and that season, you can see the joy in their eyes. The stories never get old. People can remember exactly what seat they were sitting in during certain moments of that season. Those that were lucky enough to be at the Seymour Fieldhouse for one of the greatest high school games of all time, talk about it with such great detail that you think it just happened. That game featured 3 all-stars and a Scottsburg 110-104 overtime victory. When talk of the season goes to the ending of that season, you can almost see the tears come back as some fans remember the heartbreaking loss in the semi-state to Jerry Memering’s Vincennes team. It wasn’t supposed to end that way. This Warrior team was destined for the Final Four, but the experience of that Vincennes team was hard to overcome.

Bill James just retired after many years of teaching at Scottsburg Middle School where he taught science. There would be no better retirement gift than an election to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

*Pictured above is Bill James getting prepared to get a shot off against Steve Green and the Silver Creek Dragons.