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Syd in Honduras – a “risky trip”

For most of the summer Syd has been on campus at Louisville taking classes, working out and doing rehab on her knee. She took a break this week to go on a mission trip to Honduras with her mother’s church. They will be doing construction work and providing a shoe ministry.

The Courier-Journal, a newspaper in Louisville, ran an article on her trip. I thought that was great that they would take the time to promote Syd and her fellow travellers in this ways – until I looked at the title of said article – Sydney takes “a risky ministry trip.” Not the thing that parents want to read about.

This is a good opportunity for her and I know she is excited to be able to participate. Here’s the text of the article. I’m sure all those who are taking part in the trip and their family members back at home would appreciate prayers while they serve in Honduras.

At the time of year most teammates are on campus and focused on basketball, Louisville women’s player Sydney Brackemyre on Friday left for a city often referred to as the murder capital of the world.

The Ohio native’s home church raised $10,000 to build a worship space in a small town outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and with it the group took hundreds of shoes for children in the impoverished Central America nation.

“My family has just always been about service, and it’s something really important to me,” said Brackemyre, who redshirted her freshman season at U of L after suffering a preseason knee injury. “In high school, I was always so busy and working hard. I never got to go outside the country. So when this came up through my home church…I really just couldn’t turn it down.

“Coach (Jeff) Walz has been amazing letting me go because this is the time everybody is getting better. But he’s letting me go and get off campus, so I’m really grateful for that.”

Brackemyre’s trip will tally nine to 10 days, with a week in Honduras bookended by lengthy travel there. Inspired by her grandfather, who has ministered in South America and Asia, the 6-foot-1 forward said her group from Countryside Church of the Nazarene will construct the first such facility in the area.

“It’s somwhere where they really need a church,” she said. “We want to show them love and compassion — reach out to them and know this church will be available to them.”

Mostly, Brackemyre plans to work with area children, who attend a half day of school and will then open up their days to the Countryside Church group. That’s where the 500 or so pairs of shoes come in. Brackemyre and other ministers will wash kids’ feet and gift what, for some, my be their first pieces of proper footwear.

She also has planned games and activities, one in which the former five-star recruit may get to show off a bit.

“My goal is to do a sort of basketball camp,” Brackemyre said. “We’re going to take a ball and see if there’s a rim or court around there. I’d love to show the kids and teach them. I know resources are slim, but that’s something I’d love to do.”

Brackemyre still has an eye on the upcoming season. She passed a number of clearance tests the last two weeks toward a return to full playing strength back from a torn ACL and meniscus in her left knee.

“My trainers have done a really good job making sure I’m equipped to go and won’t be losing anything while I’m over there,” she said. “When I come back, I should be ready to go.”

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Thorntown to Celebrate 100 Year Old Basketball Championship

Cliff Woody (from left), Gordon Wait, David White, Martha Randel, Florence Emma Peery and Cliff Beesley surround the trophy for the 1915 Indiana state basketball champions of Thorntown High School at the town’s Public Library, 124 N. Market St. (Photo: Kyle Neddenriep / The Star)

Cliff Woody (from left), Gordon Wait, David White, Martha Randel, Florence Emma Peery and Cliff Beesley surround the trophy for the 1915 Indiana state basketball champions of Thorntown High School at the town’s Public Library, 124 N. Market St. (Photo: Kyle Neddenriep / The Star)

A link came across Twitter today that caught my attention. My grandparents lived for many years (not sure how many) in the little town of Thorntown, Indiana. Most of my memories of Thanksgiving and some Christmases are at the house they lived in on Locust Place. They are both buried at the cemetery in town.

So, it was kind of surprising to see a link to an article titled “100 years after winning boys state basketball championship, Thorntown’s ready to party.” The article gives the story of the boys championship that happened in 1915. The article talks about where they played some of their games and gives some of the scores. The final score of the championship game was 33-10. Not a very high scoring affair.

Having a connection to Thorntown made the article interesting for me. For anyone who likes basketball, especially the mystique that comes with Indiana high school basketball, you’ll enjoy this article. It is kind of reminiscent of the movie Hoosiers.

One of my favorite family pictures is of my grandpa after his high school team beat their rivals New Albany. The article just reminded of my grandparents and the town where they lived.

You can read the article on the Indy Star website.

Here’s the text from the article for your reading pleasure:

THORNTOWN — Why would a community go out of its way to honor a high school basketball state championship team from 100 years ago?

“Pride,” said Florence Emma Peery, a 1946 Thorntown graduate and former teacher at the school. “It’s the one thing we have in a small town. It’s the thing we can be proud of.”

Thorntown, a community of 1,500 in Boone County, hasn’t had its own high school since the last senior class graduated in 1974. But back in the early portion of the 20th century, Thorntown was part of the “Cradle of Indiana Basketball.” The first eight high school state champions came from a 30-mile radius — Crawfordsville in 1911, Lebanon in 1912, ’17 and ’18, Wingate in 1913 and ’14, Thorntown in 1915 and Lafayette Jeff in 1916.

On Saturday at the Thorntown Elementary School, the alumni association will celebrate the accomplishments of the 1915 team at its annual banquet. It’s been a long time coming, according to many of the alums, who hope to eventually raise money to put signs outside of town to honor the championship. There are also plans for the downtown merchants in Thorntown to dress up their businesses in the blue and white of the school’s colors this weekend, as well as invite graduates of the rival schools near Thorntown. There will be displays available for viewing beginning at 9 a.m. and a buffet lunch served at noon.

“The whole town has kind of embraced the idea,” said Martha (Maiden) Randel, a 1965 Thorntown graduate who has played a major role in coordinating the event. “That championship (in 1915) is kind of our one claim to fame in basketball.”

Fifteen years after Thorntown won the title, the Thorntown Centurian recalled the aftermath of the championship. “Thorntown had one of its greatest celebrations of its first century when the boys came home. Every business closed its doors and the citizenship gave vent to its enthusiasm. This began with a big street parade of the school children, citizens and visitors headed by a band of volunteer musicians.”

As with many schools at the time, Thorntown in 1914-15 did not have its own gym. Previous Thorntown teams had played games in the opera house downtown, but local historian David White and others believe Thorntown played most of its home games in 1914-15 on the third floor of the grade school, in a large room that was also used as a science lab.

“There was an independent team called the Thorntown Americans that played at the opera house,” White said. “But that court had posts in the middle of the floor, so people didn’t really like to play there.”

The 1915 postseason was the first with a sectional round. Thorntown, coached by a young Chet Hill (who would later go on to Martinsville, Lebanon and Kokomo and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame), won the sectional at Lebanon by avenging a regular-season loss to the host and knocking off Rossville in the championship.

Thorntown was one of 14 teams to advance to the state tournament in Bloomington. Thorntown won 46-20 over Hartford City and avenged a 14-point loss to Rochester, winning 17-14. In the final four, Thorntown defeated Manual 30-16 and blew out Montmorenci 33-10 in the championship. Al Smith, a senior, was the star of the seven-player team.

Thorntown, later nicknamed the “Kewaskees” in the late 1920s, went back to the final four in 1919 — played that season at Purdue — and lost to Bloomington in a semifinal. Thorntown star Walter Cross, named the Gimbel (Trester) Award winner in 1919, was the grandfather of former Park Tudor coach and current UCLA assistant Ed Schilling.

Thorntown never again reached such great heights in basketball, though the teams were successful and the passion ran high. Thorntown won sectionals in 1944, 1957 and 1960. Part of the legacy of the 1915 team was that it became immediately apparent that the community needed a larger gym than a third-floor science lab could offer. The following season, a gym was built-in the space between the elementary and high school buildings (all of which are now gone).

“The ceiling was low,” said Marvin White, a 1943 Thorntown graduate. “If you shot it too high, the ball might hit the rafters. We had an old hardwood floor and in the wintertime when it was freezing it would get a little uneven. The Thorntown players knew you had to pass the ball in that gym instead of dribble. I remember a team from Sheridan came over to play us and the coach swore after the game he’d never come back to play us in that gym.”

Thorntown built a new, modern gym in 1954. For the gym’s dedication, Milan — fresh off its famous state championship win that spring — made a visit for a game.

“To me, the Thorntown Kewaskees were kind of like the Boston Celtics or New York Yankees,” said Gordon Wait, a 1963 graduate who followed the teams closely. “For a lot of teams, even if you were having a lousy season, if you could beat Thorntown it was a good season.”

But by 1974, Thorntown had gone the way of many small towns and lost its school to consolidation, in its case into Western Boone. Even after 40 years without a graduating class, Thorntown is still proud of his basketball heritage. Larry Campbell, a 1958 graduate and former player, was a part of a float in 2010 that honored 100 years of high school basketball in Indiana. With him that day was the trophy created in 1915 by coach Hill, which featured half of the basketball from the sectional title and half of the basketball from the state championship game.

To Campbell and other Thorntown graduates, the 1915 championship is worth celebrating — even 100 years later.

“It exemplifies the best of Indiana high school basketball,” he said.

Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Frank Caliendo as Morgan Freeman as LeBron

Pretty much anything LeBron trends now that he has made the decision to back to Cleveland.  I saw this link on Twitter where comedian Frank Caliendo reads LeBron’s Coming Home essay in the voice of Morgan Freeman on ESPN’s Mike & Mike.  It is very funny.  I enjoyed watching Mike & Mike stifle laughter as he read.

Check it out.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Syd Reaches 1,000 – Video

Prior to last night’s game (1/22/2014) against Chillicothe, the school recognized Sydney for scoring 1,000 points in her high school career. They presented her with the game ball and gave us a copy of the game. She reached this milestone fairly early in the game so I was able to upload about a four-minute video.

She needed 5 points going into the game to reach 1,000. She got the first two points on a jump shot. The next two came at the free throw line (not see on the video) and the basket that put her over the top was on a driving lay up.

They did stop the game to acknowledge her accomplishment. It was pretty obvious she wasn’t sure what to do, but it was a nice gesture.

She wears #31 for Massie (in blue on the video).

2014 01 21 12H33M PM – Movie 01 from Tony Brackemyre on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Syd Reaches 1,000

Syd 1000After missing most of her junior season due to an ACL injury, we weren’t sure where Sydney was on her quest to score 1,000 points in her high school career. About a week ago her coach informed us she was 36 points away from hitting the mark. She got her 1,000 point in a shoot out on Sunday.

The picture shown here is from the Wilmington News-Journal. You can read the article on the game and mention of her passing 1,000 on the local sports page of the News-Journal website.

Massie won the game to remain undefeated this season. Syd ended the game with 23 points.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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OGBR Top 25 Seniors

OGBR Top 25 Seniors – Class of 2014

Sydney Brackemyre, 6-1, Clinton Massie

Jenna Burdette, 5-8, Reedsville Eastern

Amanda Cahill, 6-2, Clyde

Stasha Carey, 6-3, Berea Midpark

Kristen Confroy, 5-9, Solon

Sasha Dailey, 5-8, Toledo Rogers

Jenna Gunn, 5-11, Mason

Alexa Hart, 6-3, Columbus Africentric

Regina Hochstetler, 5-8, Berlin Hiland

Trinity Hunter, 6-2, Gahanna Lincoln

Tyra James, 6-0, Cincinnati Winton Woods

Bethany Krause, 5-9, Centerville

Kelsey Mitchell, 5-9, Cincinnati Princeton

Nicole Orr, 5-9, Reynoldsburg

Imani Partlow, 6-0, Cincinnati Winton Woods

Baleigh Reed, 5-9, Twinsburg

Alyssa Rice, 6-3, Reynoldsburg

Megan Sefcik, 5-9, Austintown-Fitch

Laina Snyder, 6-1, West Holmes

Terra Stapleton, 6-5, Proctorville Fairland

Kaylee Stroemple, 5-11, North Canton Hoover

Korrin Taylor, 5-6, Canton McKinley

Marquia Turner, 5-8, North Canton Hoover

Makayla Waterman, 6-2, Kettering Fairmont

Kathryn Westbeld, 6-2, Kettering Fairmont

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Six area players named McDonalds All-American nominees

Congratulations to our local players for being added to this prestigious list!

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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