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There were more noteworthy accomplishments in 2017

By B.J. Hargis

In 2017, there were a lot of noteworthy accompliments by teams and individuals in and from Sullivan County. Too many in fact to list in Wednesday’s annual Year in Review.
So today I am going to list everything else that I ran across or could remember that happened in 2017, in no particular order.
1961 Sullivan High School graduate Dale Jarrett was named to the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Assocition Hall of Fame as an official. He was one of eight to be inducted.
Sullivan native  Jerry Baker returns to Indiana Pacers as the new Public Address voice.
Having heard him in person a time or two this year, Baker has not lost a thing.
Bob Simmers, a Sullivan native and longtime sports play-by-play announcer at WITZ Radio in Jasper and at WBDC in Huntingburg, was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
Dugger Union girls have best basketball record in county, winning 14 of 17 games.
Tanner Horton of Sullivan finishes third in the High School Bowling State Finals
Youth wrestlers Lane Gilbert and Spencer McCammon have successful seasons, including taking first place at the Adidas Folkstyle Wresting National in Independence, Missouri.
Izzy Reel of Sullivan signs letter-of-intent to play soccer at St. Marys.
Dugger Union’s Rayven Knotts signs letter-of-intent to play softball at Lincoln Trail College.
Sullivan’s McKenzie Pirtle signs letter-of-intent to play softball at Lincoln Trail College.
Rachel Shroyer of North Central went over 1,000 ponts in her high school girls basketball career in the second game of the 2017-18 season.
 Wes Bedwell of Sullivan won the Character Counts Award, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and advanced to the track and field regional in the pole vault.
North Central freshman Averi Davidson tied the school record with seven 3-pointers in a game and had alsready broken the school record for threes in a season with 45 before Christmas.
Dugger Union boys and girls basketball teams played games at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown in December.
North Central fails to win a softball sectional for the first time in four seasons, finishing 19-8.
Sydney Pike qualified for the girls cross country regional for a fourth consecutive season. She advanced to her first semi-state. Teammates Riley Smith and Shelby Hall also qualified for the regional.
Dakota Caton broke the school record in the 100 meters in track and field, advancing to the regional.
Eric Tomey broke the school record in the 200 meters and advanced to the regional.
The Sullivan 400 relay team of Daylan Curtis, Caton, Trey Powell and Tomey also set a school record. They won with a time of 44.68.
Sullivan wrestlers Bedwell and Tanner Hancock each placed sixth at the Evansville Mater Dei Holiday Classic
Zane Merritt of Farmersburg took first place at the ASA Pro/Am in Augusta, Georgia and second place at the ASA Pro/Am in London Ky. Merritt also placed first at the first S3DA Target Archery State Tourament. He also placed second in the Indiana S3DA state tournament and took home Shooter of the Year for elementary boys and Shooter of the Year for Indiana ASA Elementary.
Zander Merritt had a great first archery season with several Top 5 finishes, including runner-up for Indiana ASA Shooter of the Year.
Rural Community Academy sixth-grader Kimberly Monroe qualified to go to the National Tournament for the National Archery in the Schools Program that took place in Kentucky.  RCA’s junior high team competed at the NASP State Tournament in March where Kimberly placed fifth overall in her division of over 300 junior high school girls.
Michael Fraker of Sullivan threw a no hitter as the Golden Arrows defeated North Knox 15-1 in April.
Dugger Union junior Kyndall Foli set the school record with seven 3-pointers in a game.
Charlie Archer advances to wrestling regional.
Sullivan quarterback Powell was a preferred walk-on at Indiana State University and was named to the South All-Star team. He was unable to participate because of an injury.
Dugger Union’s Caleb Wright signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Manchester University in northern Indiana.
Brian Schulze and Tyler Schulze played baseball in the Chicago regional qualifier for the father-son World Series.
Lexi Netherlain of Sullivan sets the career digs record and signs with Missouri S & T.
Sam Steimel signs as a pitcher with the Univiversity of Evansville.
Ryli Bobbitt signs to play volleyball at Vincennes University.
Nic Thomas of Sullivan had 25 saves to set school record in boys soccer.
Well, that’s all I could come up with so far for 2017. If I missed anything, e-mail me at or call at (812) 268-6356, ext. 217.

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