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December 31, 2013

2013's Top Newsmakers

The most memorable sports figures from Clark Clark County and Floyd County


The Borden High School boys’ basketball coach guided the Braves to their first Class A state championship on March 23 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis with a 55-50 victory over Triton. The coveted state title ended a quest that Nash started when he took over the Borden program during the 2006-07 season. Since he took over the Braves, Nash has compiled a 122-50 record with five Southern Athletic Conference titles, four sectional championships, two regional titles and one semistate crown along with the state championship. During his eight-year Borden tenure, the New Washington graduate has coached Borden to its first-ever sectional, regional, semistate and state titles.


The Providence volleyball coach led her alma mater to its first Class 2A state championship on Nov. 9 at Worthen Arena in Muncie. The Pioneers rolled past Hammond Noll, 25-18, 25-15, 25-20. Throughout the 2013 season, Purichia and her Providence players were completely focused on securing that first state title after they lost the 2012 Class 2A state final to Wapahani, 22-25, 25-15, 25-6, 25-22. The Pioneers posted a 36-4 record and were ranked No. 1 in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 2A poll for the entire 2013 campaign. Purichia guided Providence to repeat championships in the sectional, regional and semistate. Purichia, who has coached the Pioneers for 15 years, was honored for her work last season by being named the ICGSA Class 2A State Coach of the Year.


On May 31 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Codie Hamsley became the second Floyd Central boys’ track and field athlete to win a state championship. Hamsley capped off a great senior year by winning the discus title at the IHSAA State Finals. The senior’s second throw of 194 feet stood up as the longest toss in the meet. Hamsley, who finished second in the discus at the 2012 state finals, joined 1996 discus state champion Ben Jackson as the only Highlander boys’ track athletes to win state crowns. Hamsley is currently a freshman at the University of Louisville and competing for the Cardinals’ men’s track team.

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