NCC hands out new Gold Passes

The North Central Conference is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Lifetime NCC Gold Pass, which allows the recipient admittance to any athletic event involving member schools of the North Central Conference.

The Gold Pass was established by the Athletic Directors and principals of the North Central Conference in 1955 as a way to recognize the careers and efforts of those who have served their school and the NCC either as an administrator, coach or support staff member. All member schools are eligible to nominate individuals each spring for consideration. All nominees are voted on by all schools. Those selected receive the NCC Gold Pass from their athletic director.

This year’s recipients are the IHSAA’s Bobby Cox, Logansport’s Frank Patacsil and Jim Turner II, Kokomo’s Brett Colby and Lafayette Jeff’s Carlynn Smith.

Previous Gold Pass recipients from Logansport include J. Herold Mertz, Fred Kinder, Rex Hunter, Hugh Leeman, Joe Patacsil, Jim Jones, Hank Stephan, Jim Turner I, Don Baldini, Jan Blackburn, Mike Smith, Mark Muehlhausen, Gordon Newlin, Lee Gaumer, Boyd Gundrum, Butch Jones, Dale Sullivan, Al Thomas, Rich Wild, Greg Fisher, Tom Evanich, Chuck LaDow and Pat Skaggs.

League starting at Logan Golf Club

The Sandbaggers Golf League hosted by Logansport Golf Club is ready to start for the season.

Teams are comprised of two players. The week of May 25-31 golfers will play nine holes to establish a handicap. Golfers may play any day of the week. Matches will begin on Tuesday, June 2.

You are welcome to find a partner and join the league. If interested call LGC at 574-722-1110 and ask for Mike or Buck.

Coaching great Jerry Sloan dies at 78

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring.

He never wanted the spotlight.

“This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night.

Talking about himself, that wasn’t easy. But basketball, he always made that seem simple.

Sloan, who spent 23 years as coach of the Utah Jazz and took the team to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, died Friday at 78. The team said that for four years he had Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

Sloan presided over the glory days of the John Stockton and Karl Malone pick-and-roll-to-perfection era in Salt Lake City. He is fourth on the NBA’s victory list.

“Before coming to Utah, I was certainly aware of Coach Sloan and what he meant to the NBA and to the coaching world,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Friday. “But, upon living in Utah, I became acutely aware of just how much he truly meant to the state.”

Sloan was a two-time All-Star as a player with the Chicago Bulls, led his alma mater, Evansville, to a pair of NCAA college division national championships and was an assistant coach on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal at the Atlanta Games. He fell in love with the game as a student in a one-room Illinois schoolhouse, never forgetting his roots.

Sloan had 1,221 NBA coaching wins, behind only Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Gregg Popovich.

The Associated Press

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