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Two names hold the significance of royalty in Delaware County. The first is Ball. As the namesake of the local university and the name of the family who brought jobs to Muncie in the early 20th century, the Balls have given Delaware County's biggest city a comfortable spot on any United States map.
"Hey man, who's that cat comin' down the street? I don't know, but it sounds to me that he's the man with the bones. He's sure havin' himself a ball!" For 90 years, the lyrics from "Sweet Georgia Brown" has introduced the famous Harlem Globetrotters into arenas around the world, to a game like no other.
There was an extra member on the Ball State gymnastics' team during its come-from-behind victory over Bowling Green. From the team huddle to the Cardinals comeback performance on the floor event, 6-year-old Halleigh Lynn Chitwood stood close by. Halleigh's childhood hasn't been as easy.
From as little as one season to as many as 132 games, these three players have impacted and been impacted by the Ball State and Muncie communities in their time as athletes and students. When the final buzzer sounds, these are their final remarks in dawning the cardinal and white.
Editors note: An earlier version of this article stated that Tahjai Teague started against Defiance on Nov. 5. Teague did not start that game and has since been corrected. The all-familiar voice of Ball State Men's Basketball public address announcer Tom Simpson echoes inside Worthen Arena Nov.
While Evans was booed and heckled inside the ring at almost every WWE event, a 10-year-old Tye Evans could only sit there and listen to his dad be hounded by fans from Portland to Philadelphia, sometimes not even knowing if he should cheer for him.
After a injury in the first half caused redshirt freshman guard Kani Acree to leave the game, his heart and drive to win would see him return to the game, helping Ball State Men's Basketball clinch a BYE in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Some days are good. Some days are bad. For assistant professor of English Kathryn Gardiner, things could be worse. Like getting punched in the face worse. "I'll think sometimes if I'm having a bad day or something like that, I'll say 'What's the person going to do?
Crimson. Cardinal. Cream. White. It's not the state's most storied rivalry, but it is one that has drawn in thousands of fans for the past two decades. Dramatic finishes and milestone seasons have highlighted each matchup between Ball State and Indiana on the gridiron.
26.2 In any other city, the mile marker just stands as a marathon. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. It just another race. However, in Boston, it means something more. "If someone talks to you about marathon running, they don't ask you about Chicago. They ask you if you're a Boston qualifier.
While some might crack under the pressure, junior pitcher Alyssa Rothwell has proven to stand tall when all eyes are on her. This past weekend against Monmouth at the Madeira Beach Invite, Rothwell struck out three batters to record her 17th career save, setting a Mid-American Conference record.
On a cold Tuesday night, ineligible for a bowl game and playing in front of a crowd of only 5,503, Ball State Football played with its heart on its sleeve in a thrilling 42-41 overtime win over Western Michigan. "This was the best way we could go out for our seniors," head coach Mike Neu said.
Eight seconds for Jacob Herrboldt mean everything. That's how long the 26-year-old needs to hang on to the raging bull. It feels like an eternity. He's not an experienced rider. He didn't plan on doing this solo, but he's not doing it for himself. He's doing it for Chad.
CLOSE Nala, a 1-year-old terrier mix, is a ball of energy. Her tail wags rapidly as she tries to hold back her excitement inside the visitors room of the South Dakota State Penitentiary last week. There's a lot to be excited about with new people and other dogs around.
CLOSE A white Ghost Bike was placed at the location of where Kenneth Gunderson was killed on June 11. This is the second ghost bike placed in Sioux Falls since 2015. (Photo: Jack Williams) A group of around 20 bicyclists glided up North Kiwanis Avenue Tuesday night.
CLOSE Buy Photo Infielder Mitch Glasser (22) goes for a catch during the game against the Texas Air Hogs at the Birdcage on Wednesday, July 10. Glasser led Team Israel to an undefeated record in their European qualifying tournament in Bulgaria.
CLOSE Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore (left) faces Jonathan Coachman in a street fight wrestling match on Friday night at the Icon Lounge. (Photo: Jack Williams) The last time Jonathan Coachman faced off against Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore, he took a beating. Now it's for the rematch.
Many faces and personalities wander the halls of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. In the kennel you can meet Cal. The shy 7-year-old German Shepard/Alaskan Malamute mix loves to have her ears scratched. Or Buddy, a 3-year-old Lab/Hound mix is a playful and goofy spirit who loves the outdoors.
CLOSE Buy Photo Rio, now retired from the K-9 unit, receives lots of petting Thursday, June 6, in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader) A siren rang over the Minnehaha County and Sioux Falls Police, Fire, and EMS scanner at 3:03 p.m. Wednesday. "Metro to all units.
CLOSE Los Angeles, Denver, Memphis - and now Sioux Falls. Looking to bring together communities through art, The National Levitt Foundation is opening up its eighth permanent location, Levitt at the Falls, in Sioux Falls this month.
CLOSE NBA Commentator and hall of famer Bill Walton was the featured celebrity of Hy-Vee/Sanford's Legends clinic on June 15, 2019 at the Sanford Pentagon. (Photo: Jack Williams) Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Bill Walton talked about working toward dreams and becoming a leader at the Legends basketball clinic on Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon.
CLOSE (Photo: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal / AP) Bears and Packers. Cubs and White Sox. Hot dogs and ketchup. Growing up around Chicago my entire life, these were the rivalries I knew. No loved shared and no compassion given.
CLOSE Groove Inc. is made up of members ranging from six to 18 years old. (Photo: Jack Williams) Growing up in Pipestone, Minn., and playing snare drum in the high school marching band, Pete Hansen, 44, knew it was something he loved.
CLOSE Courtney Place created the SEE US movement in 2018 in response to women's equality in sports (Photo: Photo Submitted) Courtney Place has been bothered by the inequalities in women's sports for a long time. The lack of exposure and respect compared to men's sports stood out whenever she took the volleyball court.
The Herald Bulletin
ALEXANDRIA - After a blowout loss to Southwood on Thursday, Argylls head coach Brian Trout wrote one word on the whiteboard and questioned it. "Pride?" With the odds against them, facing the Tigers in Alexandria, Madison-Grant played with its pride on its sleeve to stun the Tigers, 71-65.
ANDERSON - "We told our kids to keep believing." Those were the words of Anderson Prep boys' basketball coach Corey Scott after the Jets broke an eight-game losing streak to Liberty Christian in a thrilling 57-52 win. "In years past, we would've folded, lost energy, lost focus and lose all energy," Scott said.
FRANKTON - Even before the Eagles hit the mat, there were already a lot of emotions in the air. Prior to the meet, head coach Courtney Duncan told his wrestling team he couldn't make the meet as he was out with the flu.
ALEXANDRIA - At Alexandria, the wooden floors of "The Jungle" and the rough dirt of the baseball field just outside of the gym share a handful of similarities. The few who don the cardinal and gold both in the winter and spring all share a similar culture of success.
MUNCIE - Six schools and 24 individual runners from The Herald Bulletin coverage area took the starting line at the IHSAA Cross Country Delta Regional on Saturday hoping to keep their seasons alive. Along with another first-place finish from Lapel senior Luke Combs, Pendleton Heights qualified both its boys and girls teams to semistate and Frankton will send its boys team to Fort Wayne next weekend.
LAPEL - While Lapel wrapped up its football season over a month ago, the Bulldogs are still feeling the lasting effects on the court. Injury on the gridiron has left two of Lapel's big men benched, putting the Bulldogs in an interesting situation.
ANDERSON -- 2:32 was left on the clock at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium at Anderson University. Anderson Women's Basketball was down by 14 to Aurora University and it looked like the Ravens were going to drop down to .500 with their first loss.
YORKTOWN - After opening up the season splitting both of its home meets against Hagerstown and Jay County, Anderson's swim teams suffered their first sweep in Yorktown on Thursday. Despite a handful of first-place finishes, the boys fell to the Tigers, 101-84, and the girls, 117-59.
GASTON - From buzzer to buzzer, senior Sam Hensley was in the zone for the Alexandria boys basketball team. He opened up with two of the Tigers' first three shots, helping Alex to an early 9-0 advantage. Thirty minutes on the clock later, Hensley put in his own rebound with seven seconds left to give Alex a narrow 63-62 win over Wes-Del.
ELWOOD - It was a tale of two games for both Elwood and Alexandria on Tuesday night. Falling behind 5-0 in the second inning, the Panthers rode a major comeback in the fourth inning to a dominating 15-8 win. "The first two innings we played, we didn't look really good," Panthers head coach J.R.
DALEVILLE - With age comes growth. Mentally and physically. In a matchup of two struggling teams in Daleville and Muncie Burris, it was the height and experience of the Owls that propelled the team over the Broncos, 74-40. "We're having a really hard time starting games this season," Daleville head coach Tyler Stotler said.
LAPEL - Down 2-0 early, after Lapel freshman Ashlynn Allman sent a bomb over the left-field fence, Madison-Grant brought in five run in the third and three for insurance in the seventh for an 8-4 win over the Bulldogs. "It was a complete team win," Argylls coach Danny Justus said.
DALEVILLE - Win. Loss. Win. Loss. This is what the Daleville girls basketball season has looked like with a record of 5-4 coming into Saturday's matchup. With the team defeating Southern Wells by only two on Wednesday, the Broncos made sure history would not repeat in a dominating win over Muncie Burris, 66-47.
The Indianapolis Star
CLOSE Buy Photo Soccer (Photo: Leah Klafczynski for IndyStar) The Mudsock rivalry reached a climax Thursday night as Class 3A No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern took on No. 9 Fishers in a sectional semifinal. An early made penalty kick from HSE junior Izzy Wallace held off a Tigers comeback, giving the Royals a 3-2 win.
In what has turned into a rivalry of sorts, Cathedral needed five sets to oust Lawrence North for a sectional championship. A bounce back in the fourth and fifth sets clinched it for the Irish, 3-2 (25-15, 19-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-7).
Girls basketball highlights: Hamilton Southeastern 60, Avon 35
Carmel booked its ticket to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Class 6A state title game with a win over Merrillville.
Carmel 31, Homestead 7
Mt. Vernon 21, Pendleton Heights 14
Guerin Catholic's defense proved to be too much for Yorktown in Week 1 of football sectionals.
Lutheran 63, at Traders Point Christian 27
Fishers 19, Westfield 14
Friday Night Highlights: HSE 34, Westfield 10
Friday Night Highlights: Fishers 27, HSE 6
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Eight seconds for Jacob Herrboldt mean everything. That's how long the 26-year-old needs to hang on to the raging bull. It feels like an eternity. He's not an experienced rider. He didn't plan on doing this solo, but he's not doing it for himself.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Nala, a 1-year-old terrier mix, is a ball of energy. Her tail wagged rapidly as she tried to hold back her excitement inside the visitors' room of the South Dakota State Penitentiary last month. There's a lot to be excited about with new people and other dogs around.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A siren rang over the Minnehaha County and Sioux Falls Police, Fire, and EMS scanner at 3:03 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. "Metro to all units. K-9 Rio has faithfully returned to his handler Officer Shannon Irish, members of the Sioux Falls Police Department and the community with pride and integrity.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Courtney Place has been bothered by the inequalities in women's sports for a long time. The lack of exposure and respect compared to men's sports stood out whenever she took the volleyball court.
After eight semesters in Muncie and two years as the sports editor of The Ball State Daily News, I've learned sports at Ball State are about more than just winning. The Cardinals offered something the big schools didn't when I went to each game: heart and familiarity.
Jack Williams is a junior journalism major and writes "Sharp Around the Edges" for The Ball State Daily News. His views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper. Write to Jack at Editor's note: This article contains information about sexual assault or violence which may be triggering to survivors.
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