Rushville Republican

January 28, 2014

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

---- — RCHS events

Today

Gymnastics: Hagerstown at Rushville, 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball: South Dearborn at Rushville, 6 p.m. (JV)

Wednesday

Gymnastics: Rushville at Cambridge City, 6:30 p.m.

Swimming: Rushville, Hagerstown at Eastern Hancock, 5 p.m.

Thursday

Girls basketball: Rushville at Heritage Christian, 6 p.m. (JV)

Youth baseball and softball signups

Sign-ups for youth baseball and softball will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays (Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22) at Boys and Girls Club of Rush County.

This year’s fee will be $40, a slight increase from last year due to increases in shirt and trophy prices. We will not turn a kid away if unable to pay.

Tryouts at the Boys and Girls Club for softball will be at 6 p.m. March 4 and for baseball at 6 p.m. March 5.

Western Michigan holds off Ball State 62-53

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Shayne Whittington scored 21 points and hauled in 15 rebounds to lead Western Michigan to a 62-53 win over Ball State on Sunday.

Trailing by a point at the break, Western Michigan (11-7, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) opened the second half with a 17-5 run, led 42-31 with 12 minutes still to play and would hold on to the lead down the stretch.

David Brown contributed 17 points and Connar Tava added 11 in the win — the first time this season the Broncos have come back from a halftime deficit.

Ball State (4-13, 1-5) narrowed the gap late in the second half, drawing to within five on a pair of Chris Bond free throws that made it 58-53 with 2:48 to go before the Cardinal rally stalled.

Bond and Majok Majok led the Cardinals with 13 points each.

Wawrinka: Tried again, didn’t fail this time

MELBOURNE, Australia — For 35 Grand Slam tournaments, the words of an Irish poet became something of a mantra for Stan Wawrinka. After one too many defeats, he had them inscribed on his left arm.

At each ball toss, if he cared to glance, he could see the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

He’s going to have to come up with something new after beating top-ranked Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday night. Nadal was clearly hampered by a back injury after the first set, but Wawrinka blocked that out of his mind to win 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Coming into the first major of 2014, Wawrinka hadn’t beaten No. 1-ranked Nadal in a dozen matches, and had a 14-match losing streak against No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who won three straight Australian Open titles from 2011-’13. He wasn’t even the highest-ranked player in Switzerland, not surprising considering he was playing in Roger Federer’s generation.

“I had that quote in my head for a long time. It was part of my life, how I see the life, and especially how I see the tennis life,” Wawrinka said of the Beckett quote.