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Arrows open sectional at West Vigo; Thunderbirds draw first-round bye

Call it fate, call it irony or just call it football. The Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state tournament series on the gridiron will start with a local rematch while another won’t play until next weekend. Dugger Union, who is not yet a member of the IHSAA, is not eligible for tournament play.
North Central, who has been ranked among the best in Class A all season, will sit out this weekend as they received a bye in the seven-team Sectional 48.
The T-Birds (7-1) will play at the winner of North Daviess vs. Tecumseh on Oct. 26.
“That is something we have no control over,” said North Central coach Travis Nolting, who’s Thunderbirds did not play two weeks ago because of Wood Memorial not having a team this season. “We made the best of having not playing in week eight and will be do the same this week.
“Even though it will be fall break, we are going to practice every day, work hard and then do some scouting to prepare for our first game in the tournament.”
Sullivan (7-2) at West Vigo (3-6) — After never meeting in the postseason, the Golden Arrows and Vikings will be playing in the opening round of playoffs for the second straight season.
The Golden Arrows defeated 34-0 in 2017 in a Class 3A playoff game at Sportland Field.
On Friday, the venue will be Jay Barrett Field in West Terre Haute.
It was just two weeks ago that Sullivan needed two long touchdown drives in the second half to defeat the Vikings 27-24 in Vigo County.
“They came out and punched us in the face,” said Sullivan coach Blaine Powell. “We were not ready to play.
“But I was very happy with the way we responded in the second half.”
Sullivan seemed to get out of a funk as the Golden Arrows dominated Cascade 48-21 in a Western Indiana Conference crossover game that was not that close.
The Sullivan varsity defense did not allow a touchdown in three quarters. They only gave up a kickoff return for a score.
Sullivan rolled up a season-high 688 yards of total offense as Jakeb Skinner rushed for 164 yards and two TDs
Jack Conner completed 26 of 39 for 354 yards with four touchdowns and one pick.
Kyle Vernelson had 139 yards receiving and three scores and Karter Vernelson hauled in seven passes for 105 yards and one TD.
Tristan Drake threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Williams.
“We need to have another great week of practice, like we did last week,” said Powell. “We need to be focused and ready to play from the opening kickoff.”
In the first meeting with West Vigo, quarterback Dane Andrew completed 12 of 23 for 206 yards and three TDs. Matt Berkley had one and Colton Yates snared two. Berkley also had a rushing TD.
Sullivan limited the Vikings to 47 yards rushing.
“West Vigo is a well coached team,” said Powell. “Jeff Cobb does a good job with them.
“They won the first half and we won the second two week ago. We are a different team that played there two week ago. Now we just have to go out and prove it.”
Kicker Kathleen Ming made 3 of 3 PATs in the first meeting with the Vikes, who missed on all four of their two-point conversion attempts.
Sullivan has won seven straight games against West Vigo, who last defeated the Arrows 8-7 in 2012. This is the 58th meeting between the two schools with Sullivan leading 32-25.

Sullivan vs. West Vigo
      Football series
   Sullivan leads 32-25

1963 Sullivan 48, West Vigo 7
1964 West Vigo 19, Sullivan 7
1965 Sullivan 7, West Vigo 6
1966 West Vigo 26, Sullivan 23
1967 Sullivan 24, West Vigo 14
1968 Sullivan 20, West Vigo 6
1969 Sullivan 23, West Vigo 0
1970 Sullivan 13, West Vigo 6
1971 West Vigo 47, Sullivan 0
1972 West Vigo 6, Sullivan 0
1973 West Vigo 27, Sullivan 0
1974 West Vigo 33, Sullivan 0
1975 Sullivan 6, West Vigo 0
1976 West Vigo 14, Sullivan 13
1977 West Vigo 18, Sullivan 13
1978 West Vigo 34, Sullivan 0
1979 Sullivan 28, West Vigo 14
1980 West Vigo 30, Sullivan 13
1981 West Vigo 28, Sullivan 0
1982 Sullivan 12, West Vigo 6
1983 West Vigo 16, Sullivan 6
1984 Sullivan 26, West Vigo  14
1985 West Vigo 36, Sullivan 12
1986 West Vigo 27, Sullivan 20
1987 West Vigo 28, Sullivan 7
1988 Sullivan 23, West Vigo  20
1989 West Vigo 26, Sullivan 20
1990 West Vigo 21, Sullivan 13
1991 Sullivan 39, West Vigo 38
1992 West Vigo 7, Sullivan 6
1993 Sullivan 28, West Vigo 14
1994 Sullivan 29, West Vigo 15
1995 West Vigo 42, Sullivan 0
1996 West Vigo 36, Sullivan 6
1997 West Vigo 48, Sullivan 18
1998 West Vigo 19, Sullivan 18
1999 Sullivan 55, West Vigo 28
2000 Sullivan 28, West Vigo 12
2001 Sullivan 31, West Vigo 13
2002 West Vigo 14, Sullivan 7
2003 Sullivan 14, West Vigo 0
2004 Sullivan 35, West Vigo 13
2005 Sullivan 49, West Vigo 40
2006 Sullivan 28, West Vigo 13
2007 Sullivan 14, West Vigo 12
2008 Sullivan 52, West Vigo 21
2009 West Vigo 45, Sullivan 28
2010 Sullivan 17, West Vigo 14
2011 Sullivan 59, West Vigo 38
2012 West Vigo 8, Sullivan 7
2013 Sullivan 31, West Vigo 7
2014 Sullivan 35, West Vigo 27
2015 Sullivan 50, West Vigo 27
2016 Sullivan 28, West Vigo 7
2017 Sullivan 41, West Vigo 13
2017 *Sullivan 34, West Vigo 0
2018 Sullivan 27, West Vigo 24

Sectional pairings

Wheeler (4-4) at Hanover Central (4-5)
Andrean (8-1) at Benton Central (0-9)
Twin Lakes (4-5) at Hammond Clark (3-6)
West Lafayette (9-0) at Calumet (6-2)
Southmont (4-5) at Brebeuf Jesuit (7-2)
Crawfordsville (1-8) at Guerin Catholic (5-4)
Hamilton Heights (2-7) at North Montgomery (3-6)
Northwestern (1-8) at Blackford (6-3)
Tippecanoe Valley (5-4) at Peru (0-9)
John Glenn (1-8) at Maconaquah (7-2)
Knox (6-3) at Jimtown (5-4)
Mishawaka Marian (5-4) at Fairfield (0-8)
West Noble (7-2) at Norwell (2-7)
Heritage (2-7) at Fort Wayne Luers (5-4)
Fort Wayne Concordia (4-5) at Lakeland (6-3)
Garrett (2-7) at Bellmont (0-9)
Indianapolis Chatard (7-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (3-6)
Indian Creek (5-4) at Indianapolis Attucks (6-3)
Rushville (5-4) at Winner Game 1
Indianapolis Manual (4-4) at Winner Game 2
Greencastle (8-1) at Danville (5-4)
South Vermillion (3-6) at Tri-West (5-4)
Sullivan (7-2) at West Vigo (3-6)
Monrovia (4-4) at Brown County (2-7)
North Harrison (6-3) at Lawrenceburg (4-5)
Batesville (7-2) at Greensburg (3-6)
Corydon (3-6) at Brownstown Central (8-1)
Charlestown (7-2) at Salem (5-4)
Pike Central (1-8) at Vincennes Lincoln (7-2)
Princeton (3-6) at Evansville Memorial (9-0)
Mt Vernon (P) (5-4) at Heritage Hills (9-0)
Gibson Southern (7-2) at Washington (1-8)
Bowman Academy (5-3) at Boone Grove (7-2)
North Newton (6-3) at Whiting (9-0)
Gary Roosevelt (3-6) at River Forest (2-7)
Lake Station (0-8) at Winner Game 1
Woodlan (4-5) at Bremen (7-2)
Wabash (2-7) at Central Noble (6-3)
Bluffton (5-4) at Manchester (3-6)
Whitko (1-8) at Prairie Heights (1-8)
Delphi (9-0) at Rensselaer Central (5-4)
Eastern (Greentown) (8-1) at Lewis Cass (5-4)
Oak Hill (4-5) at Eastbrook (8-1)
Taylor (2-7) at Rochester (7-2)
Madison-Grant (3-6) at Shenandoah (8-1)
Elwood (0-9) at Alexandria (3-6)
Winchester (3-6) at Northeastern (5-4)
Frankton (3-6) at Lapel (5-4)
Eastern Hancock (3-6) at Heritage Christian (5-4)
Centerville (5-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (8-1)
Triton Central (8-1) at Milan (6-3)
Union County (5-4) at Knightstown (8-1)
Cascade (4-5) at Park Tudor (0-8)
North Putnam (6-3) at Cloverdale (2-7)
Western Boone (9-0) at Indianapolis Washington (3-6)
Speedway (3-6) at Tipton (8-1)
Perry Central (5-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (2-7)
Switzerland County (5-4) at Providence (7-2)
Mitchell (5-4) at Clarksville (0-9)
Paoli (9-0) at Crawford County (2-7)
Linton-Stockton (4-5) at Forest Park (1-8)
North Posey (5-4) at Evansville Mater Dei (4-5)
South Spencer (2-7) at Southridge (6-3)
Tell City (3-6) at North Knox (4-5)
Triton (6-3) at Culver (2-7)
Winamac (4-5) at Caston (0-9)
North Judson (4-5) at LaVille (6-3)
South Central (Union Mills) (2-7) at West Central (4-5)
Carroll (Flora) (3-6) at Frontier (3-5)
South Newton (0-9) at Pioneer (9-0)
Tri-County (6-3) at North Miami (3-6)
North White (1-8) at Lafayette Central Catholic (3-6)
Eastside (5-4) at Southwood (9-0)
Southern Wells (1-8) at Fremont (1-8)
Adams Central (9-0) at Northfield (5-4)
South Adams (7-2) at Churubusco (8-1)
Sheridan (7-2) at Tri-Central (2-7)
Monroe Central (7-2) at Clinton Central (6-3)
Wes-Del (3-6) at Clinton Prairie (1-8)
Union City (3-6) at Anderson Prep Aca (2-7)
Traders Point Christian (8-1) at Covenant Christian (9-0)
Indianapolis Shortridge (2-6) at South Putnam (3-6)
Indy Deaf (5-4) at Indianapolis Howe (7-2)
Indianapolis Tindley (3-6) at Winner Game 1
Edinburgh (0-8) at Cambridge City (0-9)
Oldenburg Academy (4-5) at Hagerstown (7-2)
South Decatur (3-6) at Indianapolis Lutheran (6-3)
Tri (2-7) at North Decatur (5-4)
Riverton Parke (1-8) at North Vermillion (8-1)
Parke Heritage (7-2) at Covington (5-4)
Fountain Central (6-3) at Attica (6-3)
Seeger (2-7) at Winner Game 1
North Daviess (2-7) at Tecumseh (3-6)
Eastern Greene (5-3) at Rock Creek Academy (2-7)
West Washington (7-2) at Springs Valley (3-6)
North Central (7-1) at Winner Game 1

Jail inmate faces four charges following fight with another inmate, making threat

A Sullivan man was charged with four counts related to an incident at the Sullivan City-County Correctional Facility.

Richard Dean Taft, 33, was charged in Sullivan Circuit Court on Aug. 24 with two counts of intimidation and one count of battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, all Level 6 felonies; and disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

The charges were related to an incident on Aug. 20, reported to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department by assistant jail commander Doug Inman.

According to an SCSD incident report, Inman advised inmate James Willoughby was allegedly assaulted in his jail cell by Taft, also an inmate. Willoughby was taken to Sullivan County Community Hospital where he received stitches on his forehead and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Willoughby was interviewed at the SCSD office the next morning, who stated he and Taft were talking about another inmate, who Taft said when the inmate left he was going to move to his cell. 

According to the report, after Willoughby admitted describing the third inmate in a  derogatory way, Taft then started punching him repeatedly. After he left the cell, Taft allegedly made a threatening comment to Willoughby.

After the interview, Sheriff Clark Cottom was notified of the incident and the threat Taft had made to Willoughby if he reported the assault. Cottom took immediate steps to ensure Willoughby and other inmates’ safety.

Taft had been arrested previously on Aug. 15 along with nine other persons on drug charges.

For the previous four months, Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section investigators and the Greene County Drug Task Force had been working tips and other investigative information related to illegal drug activity in the Greene and Sullivan County area.  

At the conclusion of that investigation, felony arrest warrants were obtained, an earlier press release notes. Starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, officers arrested 10 individuals, including Taft, on those warrants at either their home or on a traffic stop. 

Milk-shake it up baby!

Many Sullivan County 4-H fairgoers know of the famous vanilla-chocolate treat, but do they know of the man behind the milkshake?

That would be Rusty Deckard — Sullivan County Farm Bureau Inc. president.

Before taking over the coveted milkshake man title, Deckard could remember, as a youngster, when they were served during the annual fair.

“I was a 4-Her when it started,” he noted.

When Deckard began working for SCFB, he recalls, “I was in Wendy’s one night and seen ’em making their Frosties and talked to the manager, got the idea and then we bought a machine and started up making them like we do now.”

“They bought two machines that was going to serve tomato juice and done that a year or two and then they got to buying ice cream in quarts and half gallons, they would soften that up and chop it up into chunks, put chocolate milk in it,” he added. “It was a lot messier than it is now.”

With a nearly 30-year-old machine and several volunteers, “a lot of time and labor” went into making the desert.

Sponsored by SCFB, Deckard is simply “the one that runs it every year … and it’s all volunteer help,” he continued. “It’s an activity that we have very little trouble getting people to come in and work a two-hour shift.”

After taking money out for materials, the profits raised through selling the milkshakes are donated to the 4-H Council to use however they see fit.

“It’s just a project to support the 4-H and 4-Hers in the county,” Deckard said.

“It’s kind of a specialty of the 4-H fair for people to come out and get a (SCFB) milkshake,” he added.

In a seven-day period, it’s “meeting people and seeing people, and seeing the reaction of people whenever they taste a milkshake or whenever they find out it’s only a dollar,” that keeps Deckard returning year after year as the milkshake man. 

“It’s something that most everybody enjoys.”

Cool facts:

• The 2017 Sullivan County 4-H Fair sold over 7,500 milkshakes, but was “down just a little bit from last year,” Deckard noted.

• At the 2014 county fair, 1,424 were sold in a day, making it a record.

• The milkshake mix contains  2.5 gallons of vanilla and 2.5 gallons of chocolate.

• Each year, nearly 500 gallons milkshakes are used to cool off fairgoers.



Sullivan County Farm Bureau’s Rusty Deckard serves up the Sullivan County 4-H Fair vanilla-chocolate staple.  

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