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March 30, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For March 30-31

CHEERS

... to the Borden Braves, the Indiana boys’ class A state champions.

The players, coaches, parents and fans truly defined the term “team effort.” Look for an upcoming retrospective magazine from the News and Tribune about the Braves’ championship season.

— News and Tribune

CHEERS

... to the Dare to Care Food Program.

A reader from New Albany wrote in and asked me to pass along this note: “I care for my mother and am not employed. It has been somewhat of a Godsend for our family. I would like to say a simple thank you to those who come weekly, rain or shine, to arrange and hand out the produce and other items.

“Dedication is seeing that those who wish to participate are given what is available and the rest is taken to homeless shelters. They do at times put items back for people who can’t come to get their own. One gentleman actually walks three boxes to folks there in the area before leaving every week.

“I just want them to know there are those who appreciate them and the work it takes to make this happen every week. Thank you, John, Arthur, Dorothy and Mr. Ed.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

CHEERS

... to the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team for a fine year.

As I sat grumbling at the TV last Thursday night, most of my thoughts turned to baseball season starting.

But Friday morning when I got to work, I thought about how far the program has come in the last few years. This season ended with a Big 10 — or whatever the conference is really called ... I can’t make that little logo with my keyboard — championship and a player of the year named by some publications in Junior Victor Oladipo.

The high-flying guard is probably on to the NBA, and he should be. His stock probably can’t get any higher. It will be sad to see him go, as well as seniors Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston. And, perhaps Cody Zeller as well.

Even though I was disappointed with the team again losing in the Sweet 16, it could be a lot worse. Just a short time ago, it certainly was.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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