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B-2 Sports Wednesday, August 9, 2017 The Press-Dispatch LUNSFORD Continued from page 1 ROACH Continued from page 1 GOLF Continued from page 1 Heartland Half Marathon giving cash prizes This year's Heartland Half Marathon prepara- tions are underway as the sixth annual event is sched- uled to take place during La- bor Day Weekend on Satur- day, Sept. 2. The events will once again include a half marathon, 5K, and team challenge, along with cash prizes for the top three fin- ishers in both male and fe- male divisions for the half marathon. The races will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the shadow of the Jasper Train Depot in Jasper, along the banks of the Patoka River, and will finish in the shade along the same river just a stone's throw away. This scenic course takes half marathon runners along a hilly route through commercial and residen- tial neighborhoods with challenging peaks midway through the race. The 5K starts and ends in the same location as the half mar- athon, but splits to take a different course close to the start of the race. The routes once again merge during the last leg of the race, which take runners along the scenic Jasper Riv- erwalk. The team challenge is a re- lay comprised of a four-per- son team and follows the same course as the Heart- land Half Marathon. The first runner in the relay will travel 3.8 miles, then pass along his/her timing chip to the second runner. The second runner will then run 4.05 miles and pass along the chip. The third runner will run 2.5 miles, and final runner finishes off with the remaining 2.75 miles. The registration fee for the half marathon is $ 60 if registered by Aug. 13. A f- ter Aug. 13, cost for the half marathon is $70. The 5K and team challenge regis- tration fee is $25 per person. Pre-registrants will re- ceive a technical shirt, and the first 500 half marathon- ers to preregister will also receive a special race gift. Registration can be com- pleted online at raceroster. com or at heartlandhalfmar- For anyone interested in training with others in preparation for the Heart- land Half Marathon, the Southern Indiana Wolf- pack, based in Jasper, spon- sors a free training program every Sunday morning be- ginning at 7 a.m. in front of the Jasper Fire Station, located at 309 East Sixth Street. Each workout be- gins with basic stretching, plus a few short core drills prior to beginning the run/ walk route. There are no pace requirements for this training group, as partici- pants are free to run/walk at their own pace. The Heartland Half Mar- athon, 5K and Team Chal- lenge is being coordinat- ed by DC Multisport, a non-profit organization ded- icated to promoting health and wellness while giving back to local communities. Lodging information and race-day event volunteers are being coordinated by the Dubois County Visitors Center staff. The event cor- porate sponsor is Memori- al Hospital and Health Care Center. The majority of the pro- ceeds from this year's race will be given to the Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center at Memorial Hospi- tal to be utilized for new in- tegrative medicine services provided to cardiac patients. Ten percent of the proceeds will go towards the DC Mul- tisport Endowment to en- sure future stability of the organization and to contin- ue in its efforts to give to- wards worthy causes. For more information, vis- it www.heartlandhalfmara- or call Memorial Hospital's Marketing De- partment at 812-996 -2333. Thursday Senior Golf League results Thirteen golfers began play in the Thursday Se- nior Men's League at 10 a.m., just as the rain end- ed, at Pride's Creek Golf Course on Thursday, Ju- ly 27. The 13 men were divided into three three- man teams and one four- man team. Steve Pride, Larry Barr Sr., and Tom Hunt won this day, scoring an 8 -under-par score of 28. On Thursday, Aug. 3, two teams tied at 4-un- der-par for nine holes, and a putt-off on the practice green decided the winners. Tom Alvey, Heath Brig- gaman and Brent Lovell had the closest-to-the-hole putt and won the contest over Andy Query, Eddie Fiscus and Terry Braun. Twenty-one men partici- pated this day and were di- vided into seven three-man teams. Senior Men's League be- gins at 10 a.m. each Thurs- day at the Prides Creek Golf Course, and all men are welcome to participate. UPCOMING SPORTS SCHEDULE THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 High School Girls' Golf: Pike Central vs. North Knox and South Knox at Country Club of Old Vin- cennes, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 High School Football: Wood Memorial at Pike Central (scrimmage), 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 High School Boys' Tennis: Loogootee at Pike Cen- tral, 10 a.m. High School Boys' Soccer: Junior Varsity Tourna- ment at Pike Central, 10 a.m. High School Girls' Golf: Pike Central in Washing- ton Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course, 2 p.m. MONDAY, AUGUST 14 High School Boys' Tennis: Northeast Dubois at Pike Central, 4:30 p.m. High School Girls' Golf: Pike Central and South Spencer vs. Gibson Southern at Cambridge Golf Course, 5:30 p.m. Middle School Girls' Soccer: Pike Central at Princeton, 5 p.m. Middle School Boys' Soccer: Pike Central at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 High School Girls' Golf: Pike Central and Her- itage Hills vs. Southridge at Huntingburg Country Club, 5 p.m. High School Volleyball: Pike Central at Vincennes Lincoln – Junior Varsity, 6 p.m.; Varsity, 7 p.m. Middle School Boys' Soccer: Pike Central at Gib- son Southern, 6 p.m. Middle School Football: Pike Central at Wood Me- morial, 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 High School Boys' Tennis: Pike Central at North Posey, 5:30 p.m. High School Girls' Soccer: Pike Central at North Knox, 5:30 p.m. High School Volleyball: Washington at Pike Cen- tral – Junior Varsity, 6 p.m.; Varsity, 7:15 p.m. Middle School Girls' Soccer: Northeast Dubois at Pike Central, 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 High School Girls' Golf: Pike Central and Vin- cennes Lincoln vs. Washington at Country Oaks Golf Course, 4:30 p.m. High School Girls' and Boys' Cross Country: Pike Central in Forest Park Invitational at Cedar Crest, 6 p.m. Middle School Boys' Soccer: Southridge at Pike Central (B-team), 6 p.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 High School Boys' Soccer: River City Classic – Pike Central vs. Evansville Bosse at EVSC Soccer Complex (East Field), 6:30 p.m. High School Football: Pike Central at Evansville Bosse, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 High School Boys' Tennis: Evansville Bosse, North Daviess and South Spencer in Pike Central In- vitational, 10 a.m. High School Girls' Soccer: Mount Vernon (Posey) at Pike Central, 11 a.m. High School Boys' Soccer: River City Classic – Pike Central vs. Evansville Reitz at EVSC Soccer Complex ( West Field), 9 a.m.; Pike Central vs. Gib- son Southern (Gold) at EVSC Soccer Complex (East Field), 1 p.m. before participating in the Washington Invitational at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Country Oaks Golf Course. Pike Central will then bat- tle two PAC teams – South Spencer and Gibson South- ern – at 5:30 p.m. on Mon- day, Aug. 14, at the Cam- bridge Golf Course, before traveling to the Christmas Lake Golf Course on Tues- day, Aug. 15, to take on two more PAC foes – Southridge and Heritage Hills – starting at 5 p.m. vanced to the finals of the Class 3A Region Tourna- ment at Washington. "Pike Central has a chance to compete and de- fend that sectional champi- onship," Roach said. "Bry- ant Nalley is probably go- ing to be a Top 60 guy – he was a Top 100 guy this year. He's battled some in- juries this summer, but he's been a coach's dream for three straight years now. And Breyton Booker might be one of the most improved kids you've seen. He has been great for us all summer long, basical- ly our best scorer. Kyson Western is as feisty as they get and will be on the court battling from start to fin- ish. And you've seen what Kaleb Claridge can do. He's one of the smartest kids on the court. He's al- ways prepared to do the little things. We saw Tyler Tormohlen take a huge step forward this sum- mer, and Cameron Henson is one of the best shooters in the whole program. So there's a lot of good things going on, you know, with those guys." Roach noted, howev- er, that knowing what he would be leaving behind made his decision that much more difficult. "I feel like that was kind of my first class," Roach said. "They were fresh- men when I came in and have grown on me a ton and I've gotten to know them and become really close to them." "It's just hard leaving those kids, but, at the end of the day, you've also got to look out for what's best for you and your family," Roach added. "Long term, that's probably what we were looking at, with the North job." "It's kind of hard to swallow. We fell in love with Pike Central and the Pike County community, and I've had the pleasure of coaching some really great kids." Roach said that he had met with the Chargers on Monday evening to tell them that he was leaving. "Well, some people had heard some rumors, so I think they kind of thought it could happen," Roach said. "They were very sup- portive. The administra- tion's been very support- ive. You can tell that it's hard. It's hard on every- body. It's hard on me. It's hard on my wife. It's hard on the kids, and probably hard on some parents. But they took it really well." "We've got a bunch of great kids up there and they're just amazing and you couldn't ask for any better kids to coach," Roach added. "They just know how to act and I thought that they took it really well." Roach, who will be teaching physical edu- cation, graduated from Washington Catholic High School – where he played basketball, soccer and baseball – in 2002. Roach got his start in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Evansville North in 2005 while pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Phys- ical Education, with a mi- nor in health and safety, and life science. A fter graduating from college, Roach served as an assistant varsity coach and assistant freshman coach. He also coached high school tennis for four years, middle school boys' and girls' basketball for two years and track for four years. Roach subsequent- ly served as an assistant varsity boys' basketball coach at Evansville Bosse for four years. During that time, the Bulldogs won two Southern Indi- ana Athletic Conference tournaments, one SIAC ti- tle, three sectional cham- pionships and one region- al championship. in the novice lightweight, overall novice and open wel- terweight divisions at the NPC Bodybuilding Contest in Indianapolis; and first in the welterweight division at the NPC Jr. Nationals. In 2016, Lunsford placed first in the middleweight di- vision, was the overall body- building winner and re- ceived the award for most muscular during the Mid- west Battles of the Champi- ons; placed first in the mid- dleweight division during the NPC Jr. Nationals; and placed second in the mid- dleweight division during the NPC USA Bodybuild- ing Championships. "Last year, when I took second as a middle, a lot of you had my back and said, 'Oh, you should have been a pro,'" Lunsford told Buckle. "You know what I responded to that? I said, 'Everything happens for a reason, and it's the best possible thing that could happen to you at the time.' I wanted to turn pro (but) it wasn't God's plan." "I was a lot heavier this year (and) I was crowned and honored with Mr. USA last weekend," Lunsford continued. "I turn around and won this pro show. It's all in God's time ... and I'm blessed and thankful that I was given the opportunity to compete in NPC one more year and, now, in IFBB the rest of my life, the rest of my bodybuilding career. I'm so thankful the way every- thing's turned out." Among the bodybuild- ers who Lunsford will com- pete against in the 2017 Olympia's 212 class in Sep- tember is five-time defend- ing champion James "Flex" Lewis, a 33-year-old Welsh bodybuilder who currently resides in Florida. "I'm going to feed him up for a week or so, maybe two weeks, depending on how he looks, and then we'll get back on the grind," Brown told Harris. "His workouts will never stop, of course, but then we'll make sure he's nice and healthy, fed up, and then we'll pull back down to the 212. I have no doubt, at Olympia, he'll weigh in at 212." "Whether I can achieve the things that I want to achieve is one thing, but I'm going to give it everything I have, every second of ev- ery day, to be the best I can possibly be towards these goals," Lunsford told Buck- le. "And I'm going to try to do it with the best possible attitude I can, and being pro- fessional and doing it the right way." Derek Lunsford holds up a ceremonial $3,000 check after placing first in the 212-pound class at the 2017 International Federation of Bodybuild- ing (IFBB) Tampa Pro on Friday, Aug. 4. With th first-place finish, Lunsford earned a chance to compete at the 2017 Olympia in Las Vegas, Neva- da, on Sept. 14-16. Submitted Photo Above: Pike Central High School senior Mack- enzie DeWeese tees off during a varsity girls' golf match against visiting Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Prides Creek Golf Course. DeWeese shot a nine-hole score of 48 as the Lady Chargers won the match, 184-210. Ed Cahill photo Left: Pike Central High School senior Jalah Barnes tees off during a varsity girls' golf match against visiting Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Prides Creek Golf Course. Barnes shot a nine-hole score of 53 as the Lady Chargers won the match, 184-210. Ed Cahill photo Lady Chargers' golf team improves to 2-0 with win over Heritage Hills Junior Natalie Bohnert and senior Natalie Bur- khart both had nine-hole scores of 41 to lead the Pike Central High School girls' golf team to a 193- 239 victory over visiting Heritage Hills at the Prides Creek Golf Course on Mon- day, Aug. 7. Bohnert's five-over-par 41 matched her personal best score, which she set last year as a sophomore. In addition, senior Mackenzie DeWeese had a 13-over-par 49, both se- nior Morgan DeWeese and sophomore Hadley Holder shot a 26 -over-par 62, and senior Jalah Barnes shot a 28 -over-par 64.

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