Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Seniors Have Graduated, but Still Competing

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Seniors Have Graduated, but Still Competing

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It's the season of pomp and circumstance, where high school seniors dream about college and the "real world" beyond. For prep athletes, they may have graduated, but one of the busiest weeks of the year still awaits them. "It's totally weird," said Avion Sullivan, who won the 100 and 200 meters and long jump for the third successive meet last Thursday at the boys' track and field sectional at Central Stadium. "I'm glad I'm still representing Central, even though I have graduated."

This week, baseball and softball teams will compete in sectionals, boys' and girls' track teams compete in regionals, girls' tennis teams will participate in regionals and semistate and the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference boys' golf tournament is Friday. Did I miss anything?

First, I must' fess up to my version of the "Sports Illustrated jinx." I wrote a feature on the Bosse girls' 4x400-meter relay team in last Tuesday's Courier & Press and how the Bulldogs' foursome might advance deep into postseason. As Memorial's Aaliyah Armstead gained ground on Bosse anchor Jasmine Washington, Washington began overstriding and fell down in a heap about 10 meters before the finish in the last event of the Mount Vernon Sectional. She did not recover in time to finish the race, so the Bulldogs' hopes of advancing were extinguished.

Washington's cries of pain and anguish could be heard all the way up in the press box. Moments later, she finally was able to get to her feet.

It's seems strange I have covered more track meets this spring than in the past 15 years combined. Semiretired Steve Ford was our "Mr. Track & Field." I told Bosse football and girls' basketball coach Andre Thomas I was a semipro baseball pitcher - I wasn't enough of an athlete to even compete in track and field. He thought that was funny. It recalls John Kruk's famous quote: "Lady, I'm not an athlete, I'm a professional baseball player. …

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