Bell to be honored at IU-Nebraska game

BLOOMINGTON — Dr. Greg Bell, arguably the greatest student-athlete in Indiana University history, will be recognized this Saturday, Dec. 4 at the IU men’s basketball game against Nebraska.

The game is a noon tip and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Bell holds the distinction of being IU’s first student-athlete individual event Olympic gold medalist and Indiana University’s first African American gold medalist.

In addition to his 1956 Melbourne Olympics long jump gold medal, Bell is a three-time All-American, two-time NCAA Champion, Big Ten Scholar Athlete, inductee in four Track & Field Hall of Fames, a close friend of Jesse Owens, a professor at Howard University, a 50-plus year employee of the State of Indiana along with numerous other honors and achievements.

Dr. Bell’s recognition of the 65th anniversary of his gold medal performance at the Melbourne Olympics will be almost 65 years to the date when he returned to the Indiana University campus in 1956 and was recognized at halftime of the IU vs. Butler basketball game on Dec. 10, 1956. IU won the game and went on to become the Big Ten champions in the 1956-57 Season.

Dr. Bell just recently turned 91 and retired in 2019 after 62 years as a practicing dentist. Bell routinely jumped up on lab tables approximately 40 inches tall well into his 80s, and I believe he could still jump over 20 feet with a week or two of practice.

For this special occasion, Dr. Bell will be wearing a pair of custom designed and created Adidas tennis shoes (by Leah Pinney, that capture the highlights of his outstanding career. Bell wore Adidas during his Olympic gold medal performance in Melbourne and while he was competing at IU.

The shoes — much like the man wearing them — are amazing.

Thank you to Indiana University for Dr. Bell’s special recognition.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

Kirk A. Milburn

Logansport Soccer Club registering

Logansport Soccer Club has opened registration for its Spring 2022 season. There will be recreational leagues available for players born in 2017 through 2021-22 eighth graders. Training will begin the week of March 21, and games will be on Sunday afternoons beginning April 3 and ending May 22.

The cost is $55 per player. Additional immediate family members may be registered for $40. Registration is done online at Registration ends Feb. 28.

Questions should be directed to Mauro Picardo at 574-702-5531.

No. 2 Purdue holds off Iowa 77-70

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Trevion Williams showed his senior leadership down the stretch Friday night.

Not only did Williams motivate his teammates, but he led the way with his effort.

Williams contributed 13 points and 18 rebounds, including two huge ones late, Jaden Ivey scored 19 points and No. 2 Purdue held off a late Iowa rally to win 77-70 on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Mason Gillis added 12 points off the bench for the Boilermakers (8-0).

Patrick McCaffery led Iowa with 15 points. Tony Perkins scored 14 and Murray 12 for Iowa.

“They deserved to be No. 1,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “They can hurt in so many ways. They have depth, experience and size. It’s going to be a hard team to beat.”

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