Heavy Rock, a Hot Seat, and a Sore Shoulder

Shots in the Darke

Now that most of you have had a chance to catch your breath from the Great Darke County Fair it’s time to get caught up on sports activities of the past week. Speaking of catching your breath, Kathy and I along with Ty and Lita House and Gary and Lajeanne Riegle attended the .38 Special concert Wednesday evening at the Grandstand. The sounds of non-stop Heavy Southern Rock entertained the capacity crowd for almost two hours. I’m not sure which stopped vibrating first, my eardrums or my derrière!! 

Kathy and I drove up to the Wright State-Celina campus Saturday morning for the Wave Cross Country team’s appearance at the Bulldog Invitational. Coach Stephanie Lind’s teams ran well along the shore of Grand Lake, with Noah Stevens pacing the boys while Tessa Fine ran a heady race in placing fourth overall in the girls competition. If you get the chance, make your way to the City Park Saturday morning for the annual Treaty City Invitational, featuring a field of over 1,200 runners in different divisions. 

Tri-Village’s Patriots lost a hard-fought game Friday night with last year’s WOAC champions from Preble Shawnee – look for both squads to make the playoffs again this year. Meanwhile, up north Versailles took an important first step in MAC play by defeating Fort Loramie while Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley captured wins. Arcanum’s young team struggled against Twin Valley South while Greenville fell to Stebbins. 

The Wave must have a feeling of (in the famous Yogi Berra quote) “deja vu all over again.”  For the second straight outing the Wave gave up a late TD in the second quarter, then allowed  the opponent to take the second half kickoff down the field for a score, and had to spend the  rest of the evening playing catch-up. Brock Short had a second consecutive outstanding game, rushing for 260 yards and all three GHS TDs. The senior running back leads the MVL with 391 yards gained on the ground. Once again the defense needs to gel with too many missed tackles causing Wave fans no small amount of anguish. 

What a great comeback at the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta by Rory McIlroy Sunday.  Coming from six strokes behind at the beginning of the fourth round, the Northern Irishman overtook Scottie Scheffler to take home the (are you ready for this?) $18 million first prize to end the official PGA season. You can’t feel awfully sorry for Scheffler—second place was worth $6.5 million!! 

An abbreviated first weekend of the college football campaign highlighted the pressures involved in coaching at the highest level of the sport. Nebraska native and former ‘Husker quarterback Scott Frost is in his fifth year as the head coach of his alma mater. Following an undefeated season in 2017 at Central Florida, Nebraska brought Frost aboard to try to restore the former glory of the Cornhusker program from the heady days of the “80s and “90s. Since leaving the Big Eight in 2011 for the “greener pastures” of the Big Ten the ‘Huskers have fallen on hard times. Frost has a record of 15-30, 10-26 in conference play, with an almost unbelievable 21 losses by single digits, including 7 in a row. After an off-season gathering of highly sought recruits and transfers, hopes were high in Big Red Nation. Following Saturday’s loss to Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland, blowing a double-digit lead twice, and exasperating fans with a highly dubious onside kick call, Frost is on the so-called “hot seat” after only one game. Once again it’s “what have you done for us lately”—coaches with big salaries and promises better produce or get ready to look for a new job! 

Finally, an update on North Star native Craig Stammen. The 13-year major league veteran was placed on the 60-day Injured List by the Padres on July 6th due to shoulder inflammation. Stammen has once again been an important piece of the San Diego bullpen this year with a 1-1 record and a 3.34 ERA. Here’s hoping he’ll be back for the final few weeks of the season as the Padres battle to hold on to the third and final wild card slot in the National League. All of Darke County is pulling for him!! Have a great week and safe Labor Day weekend!

Dr. Alex Warner | Correspondent for Darke County Now

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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