Start Your Tractors Boys

“Start Your Tractors.”

The chant from the Guerin fans near the end of a high school sectional championship game.

Is this an insult to Tipton County?

Agriculture is an integral part of Tipton County life. Our county ranks first in the state of Indiana as having the highest percentage of prime farmland acreage, and therefore, agriculture represents the largest single land use in the county. It is on this land that not only the highest yields per acre in Indiana are produced, but also some of the top yields in the nation. We have consistently ranked among the leading counties for our impressive return in the production of corn, soybeans and wheat in Indiana. Source: Tipton County Ag Business

Today, much of Tipton County is still rural farmland. We are proud of farmers in Tipton County. They are hard workers with values. This is your insult? Really?

Tipton County is still mostly farmland . At one time, Hamilton County, was mostly farmland, right? Now it is filled with housing division after housing division, strip malls, and traffic. We love our farmland in Tipton.

My retort would have been: “Start your daddy’s Mercedes.” But I wouldn’t because that has nothing to do with the actual game being played. Maybe, an “airball” or a “you got swatted” or even an “overrated.” But why insult the tractors?

I’m not sure there was even a player from a farming family on the team. All the boys I can think of are “city boys.”

Onto the actual game.

Guerin is a good team, don’t get me wrong. They played hard and tough. They had impressive three point shooters. Really, I was impressed. Not surprised because we watched them come back from at least a ten point deficit against Madison Grant.  I knew they would bring the three point ball on Saturday.

We started the game out hot and then somewhere during the first half went cold. Everytime we started to get fired back up again, we would be brought back down by a shrug your shoulders foul.

You do have to question it. The foul situation that is. Tipton was called for almost twice as many fouls as Guerin. (Tipton 25, Guerin 14) Let me tell ya it was a physically game. It just wasn’t as one sided as those stats are portraying. I’m browsing the stats for the other games in our area and the foul situation for almost every other sectional championship game is very even. It seemed these one particular referring squad we had the entire sectional game really had it out for us.

In these types of situations, it can mess with your psyche. If one team is allowed to play a more physical game and the other is not, it can affect the outcome of the game. I’m not making excuses, I’m sure we could have played a better game but you have to take this into account.

It was an exciting, entertaining season. Indiana high school basketball is inexpensive entertainment and excitement.

Tipton loses only two seniors, including a Ohio University bound Ethan Jacobs. We will come back strong with a great line up of seniors.

Oh, and Greg Dickey, Sofia still thinks you are the “awesomest”!

We lost.


Sadly our high school basketball season came to a end by Ft. Wayne Luers yet again. I’m proud of our team and sad and disappointed for them. They played hard but just couldn’t pull out a win in the end.

The team gave us a fun and exciting season. Something for all us “old” people to do on Friday and Saturday nights. We look forward to an exciting season next year as well.

Here’s one of the highlights from the game when Ethan Jacobs (#44) dunks it from a pass from Greg Dickey (#20):

So how rude do you think it is for the other team to dance on your mascot in the center of the court after the game? Very rude, I think.

Wordless Wednesday 3/11 (Youth Basketball is over!)

This is my first Wordless Wednesday! #20 is “mine”. The others are the spectators (my other two babies!)

Huddle Time
Eli at Basketball Game
Donna & Sofia

Tipton Won the Sectional!

devillogoWith another hard fought game, our Tipton Blue Devils won the Sectional against Guerin High School.  Very exciting to win Sectionals 2 years in a row! Lots of credit goes to our team who has worked hard all season!

Of course, I loved what the opposing coach had to say about my cousin:

“I thought we played tentative and [the Devils] can do that to you — they play very physical and they’re very strong,” Guerin coach Pete Smith said. “[Greg] Dickey makes their defense go with his ball pressure. Bradley [Yust] doesn’t see very much ball pressure like that. That was one of the toughest nights he’s had all season, and that’s a credit to Dickey.”

We will now face Ft. Wayne Luers yet again. This year the outcome WILL be different than last year. It is bound to be a good game and possibly the “real” state championship as it is the #1 (us)  and #2 (Luers) teams in the state facing off. Last year Luers after defeating us in the Regional Championship, Luers went on to win the state.

I took a ton of videos with my flip camcorder after the game and will work on putting together a video montage.

Here’s a couple of good links:

Another Night, Another Basketball Game

Our Friday night was spent at the high school basketball sectional and it did not prove to be as nerve wrecking as Wednesday night in a good way. We won 74 to 14. An awesome win for our team and the boys needed an easy game after the tough physical battle on Wednesday night against Oak Hill. I really enjoy watching my younger cousin play basketball…he’s got the moves! One of the exciting plays he made tonight – he picked a guy’s pocket tonight and just took off for a beautiful lay off. There was no cameras there tonight as the news station had a more competitive game to film – but I wish we had that one on film!

As a parent, though, I felt bad for the other team. How demoralizing to only score 14 points in a tourney game and their faces just look so defeated the entire game. As a parent, I can’t imagine how hard it would have been to watch if you were on the other side. We didn’t run up the score either. During the second half, the coach rotated in junior varsity players and did not play any starters in the fourth quarter. Even our jv team is pretty darn good – they went 17-1 on the season.

So tomorrow night is another “date night” with the basketball team. We take on Guerin Catholic and it will be an more interesting game, I’m sure.

Exciting High School Basketball Game! Blue Devils Beat Oak Hill

Yet again, this year, the Tipton Blue Devils found themselves behind most of the game against a tough Oak Hill Eagles team. Yet again this year, the Blue Devils pulled the game out from under the Eagles in the last few minutes. Watch this video to see my little cousin Craig Greg swoosh a 3 pointer that tied the game up – hear the crowd roar! We play again Friday night. Games like this are bargain entertainment.

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