More than 130 former Western Boone football players representing five decades ventured onto the Western Boone practice fields one more time Saturday to partake in the inaugural Jeff Pearson 7-on-7 alumni tournament. Fourteen teams ranging from the Class of 1978 to the Class of 2014 played in the tournament, with the Class of 2012 winning. Teams were put together by graduation year, or with years close to theirs, so that no "super" teams could be formed. Current Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said that helped raise the interest. "It was awesome," Pelley said. "I wasn't really sure what we were getting into. This idea came to me in February and I ran it by our defensive coordinator Travis Brunes and he said that he thought it would turn out OK. He did a great job of getting a hold of all the people I couldn't get a hold of and we ended up with 138 participants and it went all the way back to 1978. They (that class) had 13 guys show up and they played four games so they may be hurting a little bit tomorrow." Pelley, who is entering his second season at the helm of the Stars, said he thought the tournament was a great way to honor Pearson as well, who served as Western Boone head coach from 1984-2009. He attended the event. "I think for a lot of people that is why they came back and he deserves it," Pelley said. "He has been around, he was the coach here for 25 years and so many people respect him. I have been able to become friends with him in the one year I have been here and what a great resource to have as a young coach, being able to see him every day and bounce ideas off of him. I thought it would be nice to honor him in a way where he could see all the guys he coached before." Western Boone was 141-139 in Pearson's 25 years as head coach. His teams won seven sectional titles, four regional titles, two semi-state titles and the Class 2A state title in 1988. They also won five Sagamore Athletic titles. Pearson said it was fun to see so many of his former players. "This doesn't happen everyday," Pearson said. "It was a good event. It is different than a golf tournament where you only play with three other guys and you don't get to interact with everyone. These guys are all competitive, they're having fun and they aren't as good of players as they were in high school, but everyone had a great time." Pearson said that besides the wins and the state championships, some of his favorite moments as coach were being able to play across the state and spread Western Boone football. For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.
Street Truck Mud Bog ends North Track competitions
The Boone County 4-H Fair hosted its last Mud Bog of 2014 on Wednesday night, the 15th-year the event has been at the North Track.
Hog Wild makes its return to North Track
Hog Wild Wrestling came back to the North Track after a year absence Tuesday night at the Boone County 4-H fair.
Truck and Tractor Pull results
The Garden Tractor and Truck and Tractor Pull came to the North Track on Sunday evening as part of the festivities at the Boone County 4-H Fair.
Outlaw Mud Bog kicks off North Track events
The Outlaw Mud Bog started off the events at the North Track for the 2014 Boone County 4-H. The event was the first of two mud bogs during fair week, with the Street Truck Mud Bog taking place next week.
A farewell to guard Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson’s signing with the Charlotte Hornets, or Bobcats, or Hornets again, whatever they feel like calling themselves this season, generated almost no buzz whatsoever. This must be a small feeling for the Stephenson camp considering it is the deadest sports week of the year. This in the wake of LeBron’s decision to return to Cleveland, one broadcast in 195 different countries and every planet from Earth to the one Marshall Henderson calls home. Meanwhile, Charlotte is bracing for Stephenson’s arrival as if he were Hurricane Lance instead of a mercurial, multi-talented guard who does nothing but play hard, agitate opponents and do his physical best to run through walls on a nightly basis.
Stowers makeshole-in-oneFrank Stowers scored his first hole-in-one Friday at Rocky Ridge Golf Course in Darlington. The shot was made on the 145-yard sixth hole, with a 5 iron. Witnesses were Jim Edwards, Garry Dowden and Les McIntire.
LeBron James returns to Cavs: 'I'm coming home'
CLEVELAND (AP) — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go. To Ohio. Home. Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that da
Coaches Deal, King to speak at IU alumni golf outing at Ulen
The Boone County Indiana University Alumni Association Alan Wharry “Big Al” Golf Outing celebrates its 20th year this summer. Boone County IUAA’s first president, Alan Wharry, died unexpectedly the morning of the first golf outing, which he designed
LMS call-out for football and boys and girls soccer
The first practice and call-out for Lebanon Middle School football and boys and girls soccer has been scheduled for all interested 6th- through 8th-grade student athletes.Football will have equipment hand-out from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 22 and 23 at Leb
- Street Truck Mud Bog ends North Track competitions