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A few tidbits going into the 2018 fall sports season

By B.J. Hargis

The Sullivan girls soccer team has been one of the most successful in the county since its inception in 2001.
With a win at Princeton on Monday to begin the 18th season of the program, the Lady Arrows win total now stands at 191, not 201 as I put in Tuesday’s paper.
They’ve been good, but don’t need any help from me unintentially fudging the numbers. Sorry for the error.
What we do know now is that Kathleen Ming scored her 95th career goal in the 3-0 win over the Lady Tigers on Monday.
She is now 36 behind Christina Haag, who is the career leader with 131 goals, going into tonight’s match at West Vigo. Haag played for Kurt Hauger, the only coach in the history of SHS girls program, from 2008-2011.
Hauger went back over Ming’s number and came up with 95, compared to the 98 he told earlier.
If sources are correct, Ming is trying something unprecidented. She is going to be the first female kicker for the SHS football team.
There have been players from the boys soccer team kick for the Golden Arrows previously, but none from the girls squad.
“I thought, why not?” said Ming, who will wear No. 60 on Friday night for the Golden Arrows. “I am a senior and decided to give it a try.”
Since teams rarely using the kicking option during controlled scrimmages, Ming did not get a dress rehearsal against North Central last week like her teammates.
She will be in uniform when the Golden Arrows begin the 2018 season at North Knox on Friday.
SHS coach Blaine Powell said that Ming has been a welcome addition to the squad.
“We are glad to have Kathleen kicking extra points and field goals for us,” said Powell. “She won’t be doing kickoffs because we don’t want to put her in a position where someone would take a shot at her.
“But she has looked very good kicking the ball and is working hard in practice. She has went several practices where she did not miss a kick.”
Ming said she is getting along well with her teammates.
“They have been great,” said Ming. “There have been no problems at all.”
Ming said she has had to learn how to kick the ball a little differently.
“I have to make sure and tilt my foot more at an angle when I kick a football, compared to kicking a soccer ball,” said Ming, who set the school record with 47 goals last year. “But for me, kicking a ball is kicking a ball.
“I am looking forward to getting a chance to help my new teammates.”
Tucker Smith leads the SHS boys soccer record book with 100 goals scored between 2009-12.
So tonight or very soon, Ming will become the third Sullivan soccer player with 100 career goals. Quite a feat, indeed.
Even though it won’t mean a thing come October, it will  be interesting to see how Vincennes Lincoln and Sullivan do against each other in volleyball tonight.
Lincoln won in August last year, but Sullivan avenged that loss on their way to a sectional championship.
The same thing happened in 2016, in a different sectional alignment, when Sullivan beat Northview in September as part of a Western Indiana Conference title, but the Lady Knights beat SHS at Sullivan enroute to winning a sectional championship.
Lincoln and Sullivan will again be in the same Class 3A Sectional 31, but this year it will be played at Pike Central instead of Sullivan. Washington and Princeton are the other teams that will make up the same five-team sectional field.
This year Sullivan is led by new coach Kim Rinck, who replaced Sue Chagnon.
She earned her first varsity win at South Knox on Monday.
North Central is ranked No. 3 in the preseason Associated Press Class A Top 10 football poll, released on Tuesday.
The Thunderbirds would appear to be the favorite in Class A Sectional 48.
“Winning the school’s first sectional in football is the goal,” said North Central coach Travis Nolting. “But we are trying to take things one day, one week and one game at a time.
“We have to learn how to stay focused for 48 minutes. If we can do that, we will have a chance to be successful.”
1987 Union (Dugger) graduate Jeff Griffith is the new football coach at his alma mater. As of last week, he had 18 boys playing for the Bulldogs.
I wish him the best, but I wonder if because of injuries and attrition, would the numbers get too low to safely play football?
I admire the program at Dugger Union. Football in Dugger goes back to 1930. That is quite a feat when you battle numbers each year like they have to do.
How tough it must be to play when you can’t even have an 11-on-11 scrimmage?
They will play at 5 p.m. Saturday vs. Noblesville Lions Club. A administrator for the team told me of the start time, 90 minutes earlier than listed, and that the game would be played at Park Tudor High School.
Heather McCoskey is the new volleyball coach at her alma mater North Central. McCoskey will be assisted by her daugther Mia McCoskey, who just completed her playing career at Lincoln Trail College and is now trying to finish her degree at Indiana State.
Daughter and sister Malee, a sophomore, will again be a starter for the Ladybirds.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to coach the varsity,” said Heather, who coached the JV last year but previously has coached the middle school at North Central as well as club volleyball during Mia’s playing days. “Obviously it is even more special to have Mia coaching with me and both of us coaching Malee.”
Heather described her coaching style as vocal and intense, different from her daughter.
“Earlier in practice, Mia came to get me and told me that she needed ‘the bad cop,’ to handle a situation,” said Heather. “So I guess that Mia is the good cop and I am the bad cop.”
A picture taken by this photographer at a volleyball scrimmage earlier this summer showed Heather intensely going over notes on her clipboard while Mia was laughing.
“Mia is more laid back,” said Heather. “I think our personalities will fit together well.”
Mia said that coaching with her mom is just like it was when she played for her in club ball and in middle school.
“I am looking forward to it,” said Mia, who added that she is looking forward to helping out her younger sister as well.”
Heather said that Mia has helped them with conditioning and training.
“We have a few new things up our sleeves this year,” said Heather.
Samantha Unger (Sullivan boys and girls cross country), Perry Thomas (Sullivan boys soccer), Jeff Lookebill (Sullivan boys tennis), Justin Ridge (Sullivan girls golf), Jeff Ransford (North Central boys and girls cross country) and Lois Astleford (Dugger Union volleyball) are the rest of the coaches for high school sports in Sullivan County this fall.
Thanks in advance for all of your help and best of luck.

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