Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 31

Remembering the sacrifice

Thumbs-up to the group of dedicated volunteers that spends countless hours placing flags on the graves of veterans in Jackson County in the days leading up to Memorial Day. A similar thumbs-up to the veterans and other volunteers who organize Memorial Day services at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown and Riverview Cemetery in Seymour each year. Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free is important and something every American should do every day.

Headed for state

Thumbs-up to Seymour senior Ashton Chase and Brownstown Central senior Brooklyn Snodgrass who both re-punched tickets to the state finals during the Bloomington North Regional on May 21. Chase was the runner-up in the 1,600-meter run (5 minutes, 8.46 seconds) and 3,200-meter run (11:26.08) and Snodgrass placed third in the 100-meter dash (12.85) at Bloomington High School North. The top three placers in each event qualified for the state meet, which will be Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Also thumbs-up to Brownstown Central senior Caleb Bollinger and Seymour sophomore Josh Pennington who had career-best performances May 23 at the Bloomington North Regional. Bollinger cleared 13 feet, 8 inches to finish second in the pole vault and advance to today’s state finals at IU in Bloomington, while Pennington timed 15.31 in the 110-meter hurdles to finish second and advance to state.

Sectional champs again

Thumbs-up to members of Trinity Lutheran High School’s baseball squad for beating Orleans 7-3 in the Class A Sectional 61 championship game Monday at West Washington High School. The sectional title is the third for the Cougars in four years and sixth overall. Members of the squad, coached by Ben Kleber, include seniors Trent Shoemaker, Denver Shelley, Hunter Morgan and Connor Scifres; juniors Chris Mau, Josh Rowe and Noah Voelker; sophomores, Tyler Goecker, Lawson Woods, Jake Mau, Jack Marksberry and manager Ean Hunt; and freshmen Evan Hunt and Chase Sawyer.