Lisa Gausman, present Batesville Boys and Girls track coach, brought over a box of track and cross country pictures and record books. Memories of many of the years that I coached were in that box. It brought back memories of the scissors kick in high jump, the long hair styles of that era, the cinder track, and names & faces that many of you might remember.One of the most interesting was the photo of the pit used for the high jump. It was not one of the fancy ones produced by Gill, but old mattresses donated by Hillenbrand Industries piled on top of each other. The bar was metal, not fiberglass like today.Some of the faces included Terry Giesting, father of current multiple record holder Chris Giesting. There were also pictures of Dennis Dierckman who was one of our first cross country champions. Dennis helped put Batesville on the map in cross country back in the late 60’s. It also included names like Pete Schmidt, John Harmeyer, and David Galle.There were also photos from my years as head basketball coach, and pictures of the memorable 1971 team coached by Kirby Overman that many thought would win a state championship. It was a fun afternoon reminiscing.
The Tipperary Senior Hurling panel selected to take on Dublin in their opening Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A fixture in Semple Stadium this Saturday night, February 13th at 7pm has been announced by manager Michael Ryan. Michael has handed starting league debuts to Daire Quinn from Nenagh Éire Óg who lines out in midfield and also to Dan McCormack from Borris Ileigh who starts at right half forward.The McGrath brothers Noel and John line out together once again since both last made joint appearances in last year’s league. The full panel is as follows;1) Darren Gleeson – (Portroe)2) Cathal Barrett – (Holycross Ballycahill)3) Tomás Hamill – (Moyne Templetuohy)4) Michael Cahill – (Thurles Sarsfields)5) Brendan Maher Capt. – (Borris Ileigh)6) James Barry – (Upperchurch Drombane)7) Padraic Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)8) Michael Breen – (Ballina)9) Daire Quinn – (Nenagh Éire Óg)10) Dan McCormack – (Borris Ileigh)11) Patrick Maher – (Lorrha Dorrha)12) Jason Forde – (Silvermines)13) Noel McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)14) Conor Kenny – (Borris Ileigh)15) John McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)16) Darragh Mooney – (Eire Óg Annacarty)17) Ronan Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)18) Willie Ryan – (Clonakenny)19) Liam Ryan – (Drom & Inch)20) John Meagher – (Loughmore Castleiney)21) Joe Gallagher – (Kiladangan)22) Adrian Ryan – (Templederry Kenyons)23) Dylan Fitzelle – (Cashel King Cormacs)24) Sean Ryan – (Sean Treacy’s)25) Andrew Coffey – (Nenagh Eire Óg)26) John O’Dwyer – (Killenaule)