Crews Putting Final Touches To New Jasper Turf (PHOTOS)

Jasper (NNDC) – Crews are in the final hours, literally, of installing the new all-weather turf at Jasper’s Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.

The turf, paid for by an anonymous donor, will be ready for the Jasper High School football team when practice for the upcoming 2017 season begins the in August.  Crews are expected to be finished with the installation this week.

The new field will be called “Joe Rohleder Field at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.

Rohleder was an assistant under former JHS head coach Jerry Brewer for many of Brewers’ 44 years with the Wildcats; winning the 4A IHSAA state championship in 2001.

Rohleder, a 1958 graduate of Jasper, is an inductee of both the Indiana Football and Wrestling Halls of Fame.

Jasper will be the first member of the Big 8 Conference with an artificial turf home field. Also many of the 4A teams Jasper competes with have the all-weather turf, including all of the Evansville public schools.

In addition to the new turf, the running track and field event areas at the stadium are also being replaced.

Baseball, Softball Classifications Announced for 2017‐18, 2018‐19

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – The Indiana High School Athletic Association announces the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in
baseball and softball for the next two school years.

Sectional groupings for both sports will be announced in late August following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

With the reclassification, Jasper, the defending Class 3A state runner-up moves up to Class 4A for the next two years.

Southridge will remain in Class 3A, Forest Park stays in Class 2A and Northeast Dubois, the defending local Class 1A sectional champs remain in 1A.

The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.   Classifications for those sports were announced earlier.

Jasper remains in Class 4A for football, but moves up to 4A in boys and girls basketball and volleyball.  The Wildcats will compete in Class 3A in boys soccer and in 2A in girls soccer.  There are only three classes in soccer.

Southridge returns to Class 2A in football for the next two years where it will join Forest Park.

Forest Park and Northeast Dubois will compete in Class 1A in boys soccer and as will the Forest Park girls.

Southridge will compete in Class 2A in volleyball along with Forest Park.

Also, per IHSAA By‐Law, C‐2‐3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two‐year classification period by notifying the Association Office.

Accumulated Tournament Success Factor points have been tallied from the previous two seasons and have been applied in placing those affected schools in their appropriate classification within each sport.

Reds Hosting Reunion; Current Reds Accept World Series Invite

Jasper (Local Sources) – The Jasper Reds are hosting their 25th Annual Reunion today at the Jasper Jaycees Clubhouse.

The doors open at 11 a.m. to the public.

Reds spokesman Tom Alles says anyone who is a baseball fan will enjoy this event that will have many interesting items on display including old pictures, uniforms, equipment, newspaper and films from the 1940s and 1950s.  Refreshments will be served.

Meawhile, the 2017 edition of the Reds have has accepted one of the few at-large bids to compete in the upcoming 83rd National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kanas.

This will be the sixth appearance at the World Series for the Reds, who will open pool play July 22 or 23.

Alles says one of the other teams that has accepted a World Series Invite is the Kansas Stars.  The Stars’ roster includes former MLB stars Chipper Jones, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Jake Peavy.

NNDC-TV Will Televise LIVE From League Stadium This Afternoon For Ruxer Ford Night With The Bombers!

Ruxer FordHuntingburg (NNDC) – Tonight is “Ruxer Ford” Night with the Dubois County Bombers.  The first 1ooo fans that enter the ballpark will get in for FREE as the newly-crowned OVL Eastern Division champs play Owensboro tonight.

Our pre-game ‘Live Look” from League Stadium will begin at about 5:30pm with NNDC’s Ron Spaulding hosting.   Gates open at 6pm.

First Pitch for the game will be at 7pm!


Bombers Win OVL Eastern Division Outright

Huntingburg (NNDC) – The Dubois County Bombers won the Ohio Valley League Eastern Division title outright Tuesday night with an impressive 19-9 win over Muhlenberg County at League Stadium; 12 of the 19 Bomber runs coming in the bottom of the first inning.

In the Dubois County first, second baseman Camdon Mercier double in three runs and leftfielder Alex Alders hit a grand slam home run all off Stallions starting pitcher Jacob Bowman.

Alders had five RBIs in game, Mercier had four as did DC first baseman Philip Archer who hit three doubles off Muhlenberg pitching.  CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE BOX SCORE.

Dubois County is now 24-7 for the 2017 season and have clinched home field advantage for the playoffs which begin July 21st.   The Bombers have been almost impossible to beat at home this season (13-2).

Western Division leading Hoptown also won Tuesday night defeating Fulton 11-2 at Hopkinsville, KY. The Hoppers lead second place Paducah by three games.

Below are the OVL standings after Tuesday’s ballgames…

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Former Wildcat Named Head Softball Coach At Hanover



Hanover, IN (by Tyler Jester/Hanover College) – The Hanover College Athletic Department has named Cori Eckerle as the new head coach of the softball program.

Eckerle comes to Hanover after spending the last seven seasons, both as a player and a coach at the University of Indianapolis, where the team appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Regional, Super Regional and World Series rounds.

Eckerle will look to build upon the recent success of the Hanover softball program, which has won at least 18 games in each of the past four seasons. The Panthers finished 18-14 overall this past spring and logged their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 2016 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

“I am honored and excited to continue the previous success of the Hanover softball program and take it to the next level,” stated Eckerle. “I am very thankful to Melissa Frost, Sara Kubuske, Dr. Willey and the University of Indianapolis for their support and guidance in the previous years.”

Eckerle spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant for the UIndy softball program, which accumulated a 132-41 overall record during the span.

The Greyhounds appeared in the NCAA National Tournament in all three seasons with Eckerle on the staff, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2015. Eckerle and her fellow UIndy coaches added 2015 NFC Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year to their resumes.

Prior to her coaching stint with the Greyhounds, Eckerle was a four-year starter for the squad as a catcher and infielder, with the team accumulating a 184-44-1 overall mark. She was voted to the all-Great Lakes Valley Conference teams on three occasions, while also earning 2011 GLVC Freshman of the Year honors. Eckerle’s freshman campaign also garnered her NFCA Academic All-American and second team Midwest region awards.

“I want to thank Hanover College, Lynn Hall and the administration for this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the Panther softball team members, their families and alumni.”

As a student-athlete at UIndy, Eckerle was a four-year starter at catcher, helping the Hounds to a stellar 184-44 record in her four years. The Jasper, Ind., native was three times voted to the All-GLVC Team as well as being dubbed the 2011 GLVC Freshman of the Year. She finished her career ranked highly in the UIndy career annals in a number of statistical categories, including walks (3rd, 97), home runs (6th,18), runs batted in (11th, 84) and runs scored (13th, 94).

Earned three letters each in softball and basketball at Jasper High School where she graduated in 2011.  She batted .407 as a senior team captain…starting catcher for the IHSAA 3A state runner-up squad as a sophomore, batting .418 with a .508 on-base percentage…earned team leadership award as a senior…two-time All-Big 8 Conference and All-Southwest Indiana selection.

Cori is currently finishing her Masters of Business Administration program at UIndy with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her fiancé, Alesa Collinsworth.

NNDC-TV To Televise Jasper Reds Doubleheader

Jasper (NNDC) – In keeping with its mission of promoting local events, NewsNow Dubois County says it will televise this Saturday’s doubleheader at Ruxer Field against the St. Louis Eagles LIVE.

First pitch of Game One will be at 2:00pm.  Both games will be 7-inning affairs.

The games will air on NNDC’s local cable TV channel (Spectrum 183) and online on its NNDC Webchannel (

“This telecast will also be a ‘first’ for our company as it will be our first ‘multi-camera’ telecast,” says NNDC General Manager Ron Spaulding.

This is NNDC’s first season of televising an ambitious schedule of local events LIVE including sports.  NNDC telecasts also feature instant replay which it introduced last fall during the local high school football season.

“This is another step in our development of televising events LIVE that feature the best of Dubois County, says Spaulding.

Founded in 1878, the Jasper Reds are believed to be the oldest continuing semipro baseball organization in America.

Heartland Half Marathon in Need of Volunteers

Jasper (Local Sources) – Are you looking for a fun service project the whole family can participate in? The Heartland Half Marathon committee is in need of volunteers for this year’s Heartland Half Marathon.

The event is scheduled to take place during Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, September 2nd in Jasper. The events will include a half marathon, 5K, and team challenge.

Volunteers are needed for registration in the morning and afternoon on Friday, September 1st and during the race on Saturday, which will begin at 7:30 a.m.  Volunteers generally work in pairs or small groups, and children/teens can also help when paired with an adult. Volunteers also receive a free t-shirt.

The majority of the proceeds from this year’s race will be given to the Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center at Memorial Hospital to be utilized for new integrative medicine services provided to cardiac patients. Ten percent of the proceeds will go towards the DC Multisport Endowment to ensure future stability of the organization and to continue in its efforts to give towards worthy causes.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please call the Marketing Department at Memorial Hospital at (812) 996-2333.

Eight Bombers Named To Ohio Valley League All-Star Game This Sunday

Huntingburg (Local Sources) – The Ohio Valley Summer Baseball League will host its 2nd annual All-Star Game at Huntingburg’s League Stadium this Sunday.

Today, the league office released the 2017 All-Star rosters which are divided into two teams.  The East All-Stars are made up of players from Dubois County, Henderson, Muhlenberg County and Owensboro.  The West team is made up of players from Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah and Fulton. Railroaders).  Player numbers will not be available until before game time when the All-Star jerseys are distributed; 1-28 for players and 30-33 for coaches).
Eight Bomber players are on the squad including … Bryce Krizan, Camden Mercier, Roman Trujillo, Zach Gray, Brandon Smith, Bear Bellomy, Caleg Wagner & Tyler Hagedorn.  Bombers manager Andy Lasher will coach the team.
In addition to the All-Star players, there will also be representatives from each team competing in the HOME RUN DERBY, STRONGEST ARM & FASTEST RUNNER competitions prior to the game.
Gates will open at 4:00pm Sunday at League Stadium with the individual competitions before the game starts at 7:00. (Eastern time)
Tickets are available by calling the Bombers office at 812.683.3700 (please leave a message if necessary).
2017 OVL All-Star West Team Roster
Name Team College Position Hometown
Taylor Fought Hoppers Huntingdon College UTL Fort Walton Beach, FL
Aharon Modlin Hoppers Pepperdine University SS Irvine, CA
Reese Alexiades Hoppers Pepperdine University OF Manhattan Beach, CA
Zach Duvall Hoppers University of Alabama Huntsville 2B Madison, AL
Michael Rhea Hoppers Northeastern State OF Greenwood, AR
Dustin Berrong Hoppers Northeastern State RHP Fort Walton Beach, FL
Jesse Philp Hoppers Texas A&M Corpus Christi LHP Lufkin, TX
Paul Salata Railroaders Barry University 1B Norwalk, CT
Zell Walker Railroaders Tennessee Tech 3B Nashville, TN
Jake Wikel Railroaders Tacoma Community College OF Redmond, WA
Will Acuff Railroaders University of Alabama Huntsville 2B Huntsville, AL
Taylor Bobo Railroaders Memphis LHP Olive Branch, MO
Jackson South Railroaders Jackson State Community College RHP Bartlett, TN
Pablo Arevalo Railroaders Barry University RHP Miami, FL
Tate Mathis Chiefs University of North Alabama OF Hartselle, AL
Brandon Kelley Chiefs Austin Peay State University OF Evansville, IN
Nick Shumaker Chiefs Union College 3B/1B Paducah, KY
Keaton Rice Chiefs Bradley University C Geneseo, IL
Trevor McMurray Chiefs Murray State University RHP Wildwood, MO
Blake Clynes Chiefs Murray State University LHP Eureka, MO
Bryant Claunch Chiefs University of North Alabama LHP Florence, AL
Logan Jarvis Miners Belmont University UTL Franklin, TN
Alex Carignan Miners Middle Tennessee State University C/1B Murfreesboro, TN
David Robins Miners Union University OF Edina, MN
Ryan Brooks Miners University of Montevallo 1B/3B Spanish Fort, AL
Michael Sebby Miners Illinois State University LHP Lombard, IL
Austin Henrich Miners University of Charelston RHP Elkview, WV
Jonathan Joy Miners Eastern New Mexico University RHP Las Cruces, NM

2017 OVL All-Star East Team Roster

Name Team College Position Hometown
Bryce Krizan Bombers University of Southern Indiana OF Mt. Vernon, IN
Camden Mercier Bombers Maryville University INF DuQuoin, IL
Roman Trujillo Bombers New Mexico State INF La Mesa, NM
Zach Gray Bombers High Point University 1B/OF Hamilton, OH
Brandon Smith Bombers University of Dayton UTL/RHP Georgetown, IN
Bear Bellomy Bombers Wright State University RHP Teays Valley, WV
Caleb Wagner Bombers Oakland City University RHP Haubstadt, IN
Tyler Hagedorn Bombers University of Southern Indiana RHP Evansville, IN
Christian Beckley Flash Asbury College RHP Wilmore, KY
Dillon Day Flash Campbellsville University RHP Mt. Sterling, KY
Brandon Diaz Flash Campbellsville University LHP Pembroke Pines, FL
Robby McGaha Flash Olney Central College OF Buffalo Grove, IL
Nolan Fertig Flash Olney Central College OF Jeffersonville, IN
Fernando Villegas Flash Central Methodist University C Hutchinson, MN
Zach Smith Flash William Wood University 1B O’Fallon, MO
Aaron Euler Flash University of Southern Indiana OF Evansville, IN
Paul Haupt Flash Samford University 3B/DH Louisville, KY
Sam Folks Stallions University of Tennessee at Martin LHP Franklin, TN
Ian Walters Stallions Rend Lake College INF Paducah, KY
Alfred Cruz Stallions Tennessee Wesleyan University OF Dominican Republic
Zach Erhart Stallions Belmont University INF Mt. Juliet, TN
Jacob Morris Stallions University of Montevallo OF Birmingham, AL
Jacob Bowman Stallions Millersville University RHP Chesapeake, VA
Brooks Warren Stallions East Central Community College LHP French Camp, MS
Chase Andrews Oilers Lee University C Lebanon, TN
Jakob Shuler Oilers Wabash Valley College 1B Owensboro, KY
Andrew Kirkland Oilers Kentucky Wesleyan College INF Louisville, KY
Koby Silvy Oilers Roane State University RHP Hopkinsville, KY
Payton Griffin Oilers East Central Community College RHP Montpelier, MS

Bombers Split Pair With Henderson; At Hoptown Tonight


Bombers General Manager John Schneider being presented a check for $10,000 from the “League Of Their Own” 25th Celebration Committee. The endowment is used for needed maintenance and improvements at League Stadium. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Huntingburg (NNDC) – A crowd of 17oo was on hand at League Stadium for a night of baseball and fireworks.

The game was a quasi-double header as Dubois County and Henderson first completed a game suspended from last Friday.  The Bombers started out leading 2-0 as the game picked up in the top of the fourth.  A five-run Flash eighth proved to be the difference in a 9-8 win.  The Bombers scored four in the bottom of the ninth, but came up a run short when Craig Shepherd struck out swinging with the bases loaded.  The loss was the Bombers first at home this season in thirteen games. (CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE)

In the regularly scheduled nightcap, Dubois County scored three runs in the first two innings enroute to a 6-1 win.  Shepherd doubled and had two RBIs.  Jordon Cozart got the win on the hill for the Bombers, striking out five while scattering seven hits. (CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE)

The evening was highlighted by a check presentation of $10,000 to Bombers Endowment Fund.  The check was presented by the “League of Their Own” 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee with proceeds raised last month during events surrounding the anniversary of the filming of the movie in Huntingburg.

The Bombers are now 21-5 for the season and atop of the Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Division by eight games over second place Henderson.  Dubois County heads to Western Division-leading Hopkinsville this evening.  The game will be televised LIVE on NewsNow Dubois County beginning at 7:30pm EST.  The game will be followed by a fireworks show which will also be televised. (CLICK HERE FOR OVL STANDINGS AS OF JULY 4TH)