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Hop's Heresy—A state title...any way you slice it!!

March 20, 2013

    "It's more important to win the outdoor state (title), but we'll take a state championship any way we can have it," stated Bellmont junior Bailee Hankenson after the Squaws won 18 medals, taking the small school indoor state track title in Saturday's Hoosier State Relays held at Indiana Wesleyan University.
    "I think it's a big deal," said Hankenson. "I knew we were rated in the top three, but I didn't realize we could actually win it."

Chillin' with Dylan

March 13, 2013

Beat the Pros March Madness!!!

    What a week it’s been!
    Today I have the amazing honor of watching the first round of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center in Chicago as some tickets became available last minute to me. As a matter of fact, if you’re reading this hot off the presses, I’ll already be courtside watching Purdue versus Nebraska.

From Left Field

March 11, 2013

    Now and again at a Decatur City Council meeting as discussion was winding down, longtime council member Frank Whitacre — who died Sunday at the age of 74 — would offer a "Well, now, hold on a minute," and then launch into untold facts and figures.

Digital Views

March 11, 2013

    The other day I found myself explaining to my niece what a formula movie was. For those who don't know it's a movie that follows a well-used formulaic plot that we've seen over and over again with a twist on it to make it new.

Digital Views

March 11, 2013

    It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since James Bond first hit the big screen and yet this past year had celebrations galore about that fact. First was the release of the blu-ray box set containing all Bond films with extras, excluding SKYFALL. Numerous shows were done about the fact.
    Finally a tribute was paid to Bond this past Oscar night. But the big news concerning Bond this year was a new film, SKYFALL that has just hit DVD shelves.

Chillin' with Dylan

March 7, 2013

    Chicago has a pretty good hockey team. I don’t follow hockey as religiously as I do other sports but the streak that the Blackhawks are on it pretty amazing. They won their 11th straight game last night and scored points for the 24th consecutive game extending the record. That’s pretty stellar by hockey standards.
    Anyways, had to get that out of the way.

Hop's Heresy

March 5, 2013

By Jim Hopkins  

Chillin' with Dylan

February 28, 2013

Round one sectional fallout

    I had it penciled in for Friday that three sectional semi-final basketball games would have to be covered.
    As South Adams and Bellmont figured out on Tuesday, however, sometimes it just doesn’t pan out.

Hop's Heresy

February 22, 2013

Starfires' state points no accident

    We were reminded exactly how tough it is to score at the IHSAA State Wrestling finals last Friday when four of the six county competitors were defeated in the opening round. The fact that South Adams adanced its two entries is a testimony to how far Eric Myers has brought that program.
    Congratulations go to Sawyer Miller for gaining a second top-four place in the first two years of his prep career with his third at 113 pounds, and to Lane Moser for his placement at 120 pounds.

Chillin' with Dylan—The Greatest of All-Time

February 21, 2013

    I was doing just fine when LeBron James tweeted that Jordan was the greatest of all time. I even understood when ESPN felt compelled to compare his Airness with LeBron and Kobe Bryant.
    It was when LeBron said that championship rings did not necessarily make a player the greatest of all-time. He illustrated that Bill Russell was not the greatest of all-time and he had the most rings (11 championships in 13 years, all with the Celtics).
    I have a real problem with that line of thinking.

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