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December 31, 2013

2013's Top Newsmakers

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



The Clarksville native reclaimed an important piece of hardware in 2013 as he captured the ARCA Racing Series championship. It was Kimmel’s 10th ARCA title overall and his first crown since 2007. The ARCA championship was not the only accomplishment for Kimmel in the 2013 season. On Oct. 4 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., after clinching the 10th title by completing one practice lap, Kimmel proceeded to win the Kansas Lottery 98.9. The victory was the 80th of Kimmel’s stellar career and broke the all-time ARCA wins record of 79 by ARCA legend Iggy Katona. Kimmel will drive for Win-Tron Racing in Mooresville, N.C., next season after spending the past two years with ThorSport Racing in Sandusky, Ohio.


Last June, Chad Gilbert shocked the Jeffersonville High School community by resigning as the Red Devils’ boys’ basketball coach and becoming the new athletic director at Charlestown, his alma mater. In his two seasons as the Jeff boys’ coach, Gilbert had a combined 44-8 record, won back-to-back championships in both the Hoosier Hills Conference and the Class 4A Seymour Sectional and claimed the 2013 Class 4A Seymour Regional title. Former Jeff standout Matt Pait, who was the head coach of the Jeff girls’ program in 2012-13, was hired as the Red Devil boys’ coach several weeks later.


In 2012-13, the 6-foot-2 senior guard had one of the best individual seasons in the history of Jeff boys’ basketball. Baker averaged 23.4 points per game for the 24-4 Red Devils and snapped Jeff’s single-season scoring record. He was named the News and Tribune Area Player of the Year and made The Associated Press All-State second team.


The Jeffersonville boys’ swimming standout capped off his junior season with a stellar effort in the IHSAA State Finals on Feb. 23 in Indianapolis. Martin placed third in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 20.93 seconds and sixth in the 500 freestyle in 4:35.7 along with helping two Red Devil relay teams finish in the top six. Martin, who has signed a national letter of intent to swim at Indiana University next season, earned the 2013 News and Tribune Area Boys’ Swimmer of the Year honor.

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