Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 13


Sectional champs

Thumbs up to the Crothersville and Brownstown Central boys basketball teams for winning their respective sectionals Saturday. The Tigers’ squad includes seniors Josh Thomas, Carson Farmer, Kaedon Bright, Jayden Walls and Taylor Tatlock; juniors Ethan Shirley, Quinten Keasler, Cable Spall and Jacob Moeller; sophomores Zach Helt and Zerik Hunt; and freshman Damian Bowman. Members of the Braves’ squad are seniors Clayton Barger, Eli Brown, Isaiah Wineinger, Clay Chastain, Jalen Tiemeyer and Derek Thompson; juniors Nathan Koch, Lucas Hines and Lucas McKinney; and sophomores Kiernan Tiemeyer, Levi Stahl and Carter Waskom. For the record, the Tigers brought home that program’s first title after 105 years of trying, while Brownstown Central’s sectional title was the program’s 14th.

Helping hearts

Thumbs up to Tiffany Reynolds who recently organized a formal dress giveaway through The Helping Hearts initiative. The free giveaway was designed to help local girls who need dresses for proms and other formal dances coming up but can’t afford them. Nearly 100 dresses are available in a variety of colors, sizes and styles. For information about the giveaway and The Helping Hearts initiative, visit

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State champs

Thumbs up to local seniors Xander Good and Collin Kinney, who along with teammates Izzy Hilderbrand, Nate Johnson, Shivali Singireddy and Kylie Wagaman represented the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities at the Technology Student Association competition Feb. 29 at Purdue University in West Lafayette. Kinney, Good and Hilderbrand won the Tech Bowl, the team of Good and Johnson placed first in coding and the school earned the chapter award. The team also won the state championship and will participate in the national TSA competition in June in Nashville, Tennessee.

Serving up pancakes

Thumbs up to everyone who bought a ticket for the Brownstown Exchange Club’s annual pancake breakfast Saturday. Proceeds from the breakfast help the club support as many as 25 programs in the community, including those aimed at youth, drug abuse and crime prevention and a variety of other programs. The goal is providing a positive influence in the community.

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