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Greg Murray

Tuesday, July 22





Indiana Field Hockey head coach Amy Robertson stopped by the studio Tuesday morning to talk about IU's upcoming season. The Hoosiers open their season with a scrimmage on August 19 against Miami (OH), and have their first regular season game on August 29 against New Hampshire. Listen to her interview here: Amy Robertson Interview





The Post-Season awards continued recently for local area athletes.

Here is a list of All-State recipients from our listening area.


Gage Rogers, Bloomington South
Tyler Bivins, Bloomington South
Caleb Milner, Martinsville

Mena Fulton, Bloomington South*

Matthew Garrison, Bedford North Lawrence, Long Jump
Alex Olson, Bloomington South, High Jump
Deakin Volz, Bloomington South, Pole Vault*
Grant Stamm, Linton-Stockton, 110m High Hurdles, 300m Hurdles

Trinity Clements, Bloomington North, 300m Hurdles
Liz Iversen, Martinsville, Shot Put*
Micaela Hazelwood, Linton-Stockton, Shot Put & Discus
Trinity Clements, Gracie Heeb, Jaela Campbell, Kate Raphael - Bloomington North, 4x400m Relay

Denise Azcui, Bloomington South*

*State Champion




Rory McIlroy finished this weekend 17-under at the Open Championship, and won his third Major Tournament of his young career. He led from the first round all the way until he finished, and is now the third-youngest golfer ever to get three legs of the career Grand Slam. The only other two golfers to do it: Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.



In just his rookie season, Chase Elliott won his third race of the season in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicago Speedway. He is tied with Kyle Busch for the most wins this season, and has now jumped into the points lead in the standings.



Indiana Fever Tamika Catchings participated in the WNBA All-Star Festivities this weekend, and did what she does best. She chipped in 14 points, 13 rebounds, and hit the game-winning layup with only a few seconds remaining to propel the East to victory, 125-124.



On Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Rowdies took down the Indy Eleven in Indianapolis, 2-1 final score. They’re at home once again this weekend against FC Edmonton on Saturday afternoon. 



Last month, the end of High School Golf season also brought an end to the high sports year 2013-14. Numerous area athletes and teams had quite a spring season to remember, with plenty of post-season awards and post-season team successes.

All-Conference Indiana awards were given out to individuals and coaches at both Bloomington North and Bloomington South in the following spring sports:



Bryce Aldridge, Bloomington North
Blake Richardson, Bloomington North
Dylan Stutsman, Bloomington North
Max Williams, Bloomington North
Tyler Bivins, Bloomington South
Rex McHaley, Bloomington South
Gage Rogers, Bloomington South

Pete Allen, Bloomington North
Joe Crider, Bloomington South
Henry Niswander, Bloomington South
Jordan Parrott, Bloomington South
Bloomington South Panthers Sectional Finalists


Emily Ridge, Bloomington North
Kenzey Ridge, Bloomington North
Whitney Ennis, Bloomington South
Mena Fulton, Bloomington South
Olivia White, Bloomington South

Emily Liford, Bloomington North
Addie Benham, Bloomington South
Elizabeth Getz, Bloomington South
Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Class 4A Sectional Champions
Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Class 4A Regional Champions

Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Class 4A State Champions


4x400m Relay Team (John Earl Manns, Jop Horning, Delvon Wilson, Bryce Frazier), Bloomington North
Long Jump – Drew Ludwig, Bloomington North
110m High Hurdles – Danny Thomas, Bloomington South
High Jump – Alex Olson, Bloomington South
Pole Vault – Drew Volz, Bloomington South
Coach of the Year – Ernie Clark, Bloomington North
Bloomington North Cougars & Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Co-Sectional Champions
Bloomington North Cougars IHSAA Regional Champions
Drew Volz, Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA State Champion, Pole Vault


100m Hurdles – Trinity Clements, Bloomington North
300m Hurdles – Trinity Clements, Bloomington North
High Jump – Ashley Hash, Bloomington North
100m – Megan Grabowski, Bloomington South
200m – Megan Grabowski, Bloomington South
4x100m Relay Team (Isabelle Conrad, Emily Morrone, Cameron Lien, Megan Grabowski), Bloomington South
Pole Vault – Emily Finley, Bloomington South
Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Sectional Champions
Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Regional Champions


Ian Bailey, Bloomington North
Joe Weiler, Bloomington South
Nick Burris, Bloomington South
Sam Karcher, Bloomington South
Coach of the Year – Frank Wintin, Bloomington South
Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Sectional Champions
Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA State Tournament Finalists


Taylor Bode, Bloomington North
Megan Coghlan, Bloomington North
Sarah Coghlan, Bloomington North
Megan Gardner, Bloomington North
Denise Azcui, Bloomington South
Janani Krishnan, Bloomington South
Lauren Whitlach, Bloomington South
Coach of the Year – Barb Mills, Bloomington North
Denise Azcui, Bloomington South Panthers IHSAA Individual Singles State Champion

All-Western Indiana Conference awards were given out to individuals and coaches at Edgewood, Brown County and Owen Valley in the following spring sports:


Tanner Kolbe, Edgewood
Ben Krouse, Edgewood
Ryan Newman, Edgewood
Nick Raventos, Edgewood
Chase Snider, Brown County
Alex Walker, Brown County
Nolan King, Owen Valley
Casy Roberts, Owen Valley
Edgewood Mustangs IHSAA Class 3A Sectional Champions
Edgewood Mustangs IHSAA Class 3A Regional Finalists


Sydney Brinegar, Edgewood
Steffi Farkas, Edgewood
Nicole Salyers, Edgewood
Cheyenne Ellis, Brown County
Bri Harper, Brown County
Sarah Southerland, Brown County
Jennifer Morgan, Owen Valley
Madison Summerlot, Owen Valley


Emily Maegerlein, Edgewood
Josie Grey, Brown County
Mary Kate McCann, Brown County
Whitney, Williamson, Brown County
Kayla Sarnick, Owen Valley


Lemonis Joins Hoosier Nation

On July 2, 2014 Indiana University announced the hiring of Chris Lemonis as Indiana’s new head baseball coach. Lemonis comes to Bloomington after eight seasons at the University of Louisville, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In his tenure there, he helped the Cardinals make three different College World Series appearances (’07, ’13, ’14).


On Monday, Coach Lemonis dropped by the station to chat: Lemonis Interview




Coach, thanks for coming in and joining us. It’s been a little bit of a crazy schedule for you I imagine?

It’s been a crazy schedule but a fun schedule. It’s been really exciting; once I was able to get the staff lined out, it really took a lot off my mind so I could have two guys out recruiting.


As you make that (coaching) transition from Louisville, what have you been up to (in regards to recruiting)?

Like I said it has been fun, but it’s been hectic. In the college baseball world, or high school baseball world, all of the recruits are out playing. We’ve really tried to get out there, and the success and failure will be about players. We really have to run out there and recruit, and that’s where our emphasis has been. Everybody keeps asking me where I’m going to live, and I haven’t even looked yet.


We have to figure out first…what do we call you?

I’m fine with Coach. The players call me Lemo; it was always short for Lemonis and that’s what I have always gone by. I’m going to pass on Skip, because I think you all just had a Skip, but I am pretty laid back in that area.


It’s gotta feel good that the Hoosiers zeroed right in on you in the coaching search. We thought this was going to be this long process, but they knew exactly who they wanted.

I’m going to tell you: that was maybe the most exciting part of the job. Over the last couple of years, I have spoken to some other schools in the area and also turned down some opportunities. But when you have a place like Indiana, and I felt the same thing, I felt from the get-go that I was the guy they wanted here. That was a good feeling to know that. The last couple years has been a dogfight between Louisville and Indiana, I think Louisville has been coming out on the other end. I’ve been sitting in the other dugout but, there is a lot of respect from each of those programs and I think that had a lot to do with it.


I want to apologize for everything I’ve ever yelled at an IU/ Louisville game. That wasn’t pointed at you!

I’ve already gotten that a couple times. They say “Coach, we’re sorry we heckled you when you were at Louisville.” But that’s all part of it, and that’s fine.


20 years as an assistant at both The Citadel, and more recently at Louisville. A tremendous amount of success at Louisville; you played a key role in that as an assistant. A major factor for you was your recruiting role that you had…What types of things will you take from your time in Louisville now here in Bloomington?

When we took over in Louisville, the head coach Dan McDonnell, was one of the best recruiters in the country. I think the mindset of the program was that everything that we did was part of recruiting. So I’m trying to bring that here to where I will have the same mindset and we are always trying to sell the program and always trying to give to the student-athlete. Everything we do in the program is to get the next great recruit and I think that is a big part of it. Like I said earlier, you win with players. You have to have great players to win.


Specifically you have expressed to me the importance of recruiting not only in the Midwest Region but specifically in the home state of Indiana as well.

Huge. This is a great baseball state. If you look all over, there are great players from Indiana playing everywhere. We just need to get a bigger percentage of them here. I’m trying to create that mindset where the kids in our state are dying to become Hoosiers. When you have a kid that is dying to play for a school, it seems like you get a little bit more out of them in the process if that is their dream school.


Congratulations as well to your Twitter blowing up. Talking with Greg this morning, evidently you have gone from having only a few followers to having the 10th most followers of any collegiate baseball coach?

I’m not sure if it matters in recruiting or anything like that, but in my house my teenagers think I am the coolest dad in the world. I didn’t realize it would be this big of a deal to have this many followers. The day I got the job, I had my wife there, and my wife’s brothers there. I had about six or seven teenagers there and when they saw my Twitter blow up, they thought it was the craziest thing. I was recruiting out in Indianapolis this weekend, and it was hard to recruit because I had so many great families from IU coming up and wanting to introduce themselves to me. It just shows you the fan base and how strong it is.


The Indiana program has had a lot of success of the past few years…how has the interaction been with some of the returning players since you got the job?

It’s been great. You can tell Coach (Tracy) Smith did such a great job with this clubhouse. Even my staff mentioned it as we reached out and talked to the guys; the maturity level is very high. It’s a group of kids that have won a lot, and it’s an older group. I know they lost the big four guys, but the clubhouse still has a lot of winners in there. They challenged me: “Coach, we want to win now.” I’m in on that; I understand that.


It must be tough, you don’t have that rebuilding process time to go. The expectations are high; you want to win right now.

Yes. We want to win right now. My goal the whole time is to keep the momentum moving forward. Not just inside the clubhouse, but it’s also with the fan base and with recruiting and everything else…to keep it moving forward and stay at the top of the Big Ten and to be a presence nationwide. Once you get to the postseason, it’s a free-for-all. You just hope your experience in the postseason in Bloomington.



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