Rushville Republican

August 23, 2013

Sports Briefs

Rushville Republican

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Football: Rushville at East Central, 7 p.m.

Lady Lion car wash

The sixth-grade Lady Lion basketball team will host a fundraiser car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Free will donations will be accepted.

Ladies bowling meeting

Rushville Bowl will host the organization meeting Aug. 27 for the Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League. All bowlers from last year as well as potential new bowlers are asked to attend. For more information, call 561-7573.

Fan Appreciation night Aug. 24 at Mt. Lawn

Saturday night will be the season championship and final race of the 2013 season at Mt. Lawn Speedway located five miles west of New Castle. Season championship races will be contested in the Van Hoy Oil Series Late Models, Thunder Cars and Hornets along with the UMRA Midgets all running in 50 feature events. Indy FasKarts and State Farm Insurance Street Drags will also be on the racing program.

There will be an on track autograph/photo session where the cars will be brought to the track and fans will be allowed to come meet with their favorite drivers, get autographs and take their picture with the drivers. There will also be Big Wheel races where kids may bring their own Big Wheels or use one of the Mt. Lawn supplied Big Wheels. There will also be (Mt. Lawn supplied) Pedal Car races for older kids. Citizens State Bank is sponsoring the nickel scramble that will be held for age groups 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 where $100 worth of nickels will be poured on the racing surface for each group and the kids get to keep all the nickels that they can pick up.

Ticket prices will be $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-10 with 5 and under free.

Ticket gates and practice open at 5 p.m. with qualifications starting at 6:15 p.m. with evening festivities getting underway at 7:30 p.m. with the on track autograph and photo session. Big wheel and pedal car races will be next followed by the nickel scramble. Racing should begin around 8:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity football changes

Junior varsity football games times have changed due to the Lions not fielding a freshman team. The junior varsity game at New Palestine on Aug. 31 will begin at 10 a.m. The game at Connersville on Sept. 21 and at Lawrenceburg on Oct. 5 will both start at 10 a.m.

Field named after Tommy John

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A sports field in former major league pitcher Tommy John’s western Indiana hometown is being named in his honor.

The spot picked by the Terre Haute parks department is where John played his final game for the old Gerstmeyer High School before starting his professional career.

John was born and raised in Terre Haute, then went on to post a 288-231 record over 26 major league seasons. He’s also known for the procedure known as Tommy John surgery that fixed his injured pitching elbow in 1974 and saved his career so it could continue until 1989.

Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114