Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 3

13th in the state

Thumbs-up to Seymour diver Devin Ramsey for finishing 13th with a score of 304.85 in the finals of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state diving contest on Saturday at the natatorium at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The sophomore was 14th of 32 divers after five dives in the preliminaries and 10th of 20 after three dives in the semifinal round earlier in the day.


Thumbs-up to Seymour’s Kellsye Warner, who finished sixth in the balance beam competition Feb. 24 at the Columbus East Sectional to advance to tonight’s Columbus East Regional. The Owl junior finished with a score of 9.125.

Award winning

Thumbs-up to the 2017 Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce award winners, who will be recognized during the chamber’s 86th annual awards dinner on March 9 at Celebrations, 357 Tanger Blvd. They are Sara Bane, Rising Star Award; Klaes Chiropractic Clinic, Small Business of the Year Award; Kristi Burbrink (elementary), Ellen Mirer (middle school) and Dave Boggs (high school), Teacher of the Year Awards; Excel Manufacturing, Corporate Citizen Award Winner; and Deb Bedwell, Citizenship Award.

Thumbs-up to the staff of Schneck Medical Center, which recently was named one of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The Seymour hospital was one of only seven in Indiana to be named to the list.

Number retired

Thumbs-up to Dave Benter, who is the head coach of the Brownstown Central Braves boys basketball squad and a physical education teacher. Hanover College recently retired the No. 34 jersey that he wore while playing for the NCAA Division III school after he graduated from Brownstown Central in 1992. Benter was a four-year member of the Hanover program, helping lead the Panthers to a 79-28 record. In his junior and senior seasons, Benter topped the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference in both scoring and rebounding and earned back-to-back ICAC most valuable nods. His senior year, Benter averaged 22.5 points and nine rebounds en route to being named the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Player of the Year.