The Batesville High School Cross Country team opened up their season on Saturday they traveled to Terre Haute to compete on the State LaVerne Gibson course against 21 other teams. Both the boys and the girls had solid performances all around placing 5th and 6th respectively.The boys raced first as the humidity was already present, lining up with 20 other teams totally 358 runners altogether. Top performances for the boys were Adam Moster crossing the line at 18th in 17:00. He was followed closely by teammates, Ean Loichinger, 22nd (17:11) and Joshua Myers, 26th (17:14). Next for the Bulldogs was Benjamin Moster in 35th place (17:24), Adam Hollowell, 64th (17:35) and Daren Smith, 86th (18:19). Finishing out the top 7 for the dogs was Dillon Murray who finished at 119 (18:52).On the girls side, they again stood at the start line with 20 other teams, totally 294 competitors. The girls were led by sophomore Lily Pinckley crossing 7th at 19:57. Liz Loichinger followed her in 13th at 20:37. Then Batesville has a nice pack taking spots 40, 41, 44, 45 and 52nd. They were Ava Hanson (21:32), Maria Lopez (21:33), Madison Rahschulte (21:42), Sophie Myers (21:44) and Trysta Vierling (21:58). Close behind this pack was Sarah Ripperger in 66th at 22:37. This is a tough course and we already had one person set a personal best, beating her best from last season and that was Maria Lopez.Way to go Maria! The Bulldogs were against mostly 4A and 5A schools and accepted that challenge.They will compete again this Thursday at North Branch golf course where they will complete against North Decatur, South Decatur and Greensburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Embiid’s fitness has always been a topic of discussion, and all eyes will be on the three-time All-Star center when the NBA returns following the coronavirus pandemic.MORE: TV schedule, key dates for the NBA restartPhiladelphia’s first game back will be against the Indiana Pacers, who share identical 39-26 records to be fifth and sixth respectively, on Aug. 1.And Brown had high praise for Embiid’s training and conditioning midweek.”Let’s start with the respect and applause I give him for putting in time. There is nobody on our team that has put in more time than Joel Embiid,” Brown told reporters on Wednesday.”Forget what he has actually done in the gym for a minute, just go to the man hours and consecutive days and the amount of days he has put in over the past few months. I’m proud of him, I respect him. He needed to do it. We understand the impact he can have on our team.”Coming to your screens August 1st.. pic.twitter.com/db7B4Ycg1R— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 27, 2020Embiid had been averaging 23.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season.”We’ve got a three-week runway to deliver him to the regular season,” Brown said. “I’m looking for Joel to come in in as good of shape as he’s been in since I have coached him.”I think the three weeks we have together is an inverted sort of luxury we haven’t had. I’m excited for Jo to get back into this and show what he has been doing the last few months.”MORE: List of NBA players opting out of return Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown said no one has worked harder than Joel Embiid as he hailed the All-Star ahead of the NBA’s return.The 2019-20 NBA season is set to restart via a 22-team format at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Fla., on July 30 after the campaign was halted due to COVID-19 in March. The 76ers — 14 games behind the Eastern Conference and NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) — are also set to be boosted by the return of fellow All-Star Ben Simmons.Simmons has been sidelined since February due to a back injury, but Brown added: “He’s good to go. He’s put in a tremendous amount of work for me to be able to confidently say that.”As you search for silver linings with this pandemic and the way things have shaped up, it would be hard-pressed for me to find something more obvious than this: It’s enabled Ben to reclaim his health. He’s good to go, and we look forward to watching him with what I’m told is effectively 100 percent health.”