The 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs won against Milan Thursday night by a score of 36-26.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 19, followed by Cole Pride and Grant Peters with 6 each and, Landon Harrison and Bryson Bonelli with 2 a piece, and rounding out the scoring was Jackson Renck with 1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.It was a good night for Bulldog basketball as we had a clean sweep of Milan. The 7th, 8th, JV, and Varsity all had wins!!The 8th Grade Bulldogs dominated on defense with a great all around effort creating several turnovers that led directly to points winning 49-34.Eli Pierson led the way with 16pts., and 3 assists. Cole Werner added 15 with multiple deflections leading to points. Zach Wade added 7 followed by Ian Loichinger with 4. Will Habig, Ian Powers, and Luke Wilson had 2 a piece. Travis Lecher added a free throw to finish the scoring.The Bulldogs will host Columbus Northside Tuesday. Come support your BMS Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.
Now that we know where, or whether, the Lakers will draft, we can pose the big question at last:Is this a good thing?On one hand, they lucked out keeping their pick, which they had a 44% chance of losing, and drawing No. 2 on top of it.On the other hand, there’s a distinct possibility they lucked out in the wrong draft. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 2. Lakers: Kristaps Porzingis. They loved him but wanted a point guard, either for themselves or to send to Sacramento if the Kings would take D’Angelo Russell for DeMarcus Cousins, which they wouldn’t. Instead, Porzingis fell to the Knicks at No. 4 and showed what a huge upside he has. Russell became a Laker and showed how much growing up he has to do.3. Philadelphia: Ben Simmons, LSU. The big Aussie power forward with the flashy handle but — oops! — no jump shot.4. New York: Brandon Ingram, Duke. Blade-thin as he is at 6-8, 190 pounds, my GM ranks him higher than Jahlil Okafor — a major compliment since Jahlil could be a 20-point career scorer even if he isn’t much on defese.As to who Laker fans should now be hoping drops to No. 2 …Simmons is now being called “the presumptive No. 1 pick,” but it’s not unanimous.Players of his size (6-10, 240) and promise rarely come along with so little demonstrated shooting ability.Despite his fabulous averages — 19 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists — he was a reluctant shooter outside the lane.Admirers say he was used badly by oft-criticized LSU coach Johnny Jones, who guided the team to a 19-14 finish and missed the NCAA Tournament.Indeed, someone should have told Simmons to expand his shooting range, or get some.However, NBA-bound stars often do that on their own when they hear the pros are questioning their shooting — like Kevin Love banging down 3-pointers late in his freshman season at UCLA.It’s not where they are upon arrival in the NBA, but where they go from there.If Simmons becomes a decent shooter, he’ll be really good.If not, he’ll be merely handy — like Lamar Odom, another tall left-hander who was great at everything but shooting — but not the star the Lakers need.Ingram doesn’t have an NBA-ready body. He didn’t even have an NCAA-ready body but averaged 17 points, 6.8 rebounds and shot 41% on threes with an impressive game for someone who barely had room on his arms for his tattoos.The intangibles are there. He improved dramatically as his freshman season went on, suggesting he’s coachable and a comer.NBA people expect the 76ers to take Simmons with a new management team in place after three years of tanking.That would leave Ingram for the Lakers … a coup according to my GM.“Simmons could go out and play for Toronto tonight and have an impact,” he said. “Ingram couldn’t do that right away.“Both have holes in their game, but Ingram’s are more fixable. He’s going to get bigger. His only issues are strength and conditioning and nutrition.“Everybody forgets what Kevin Durant looked like when he came in the league. They played him at shooting guard to keep him from getting the stuffing beaten out of him.“I think the Lakers are in the perfect position to get Ingram. This could be where their luck finally turns around.”Of course, it’ll be every press outlet for itself between now and the draft.Simmons, who has said he wants to be a Laker, will surely work out for them. That will send the world all a-twitter.Headlines will abound, no matter how obviously right, or sensationally wrong:“Sixers Ponder Ingram!”“Simmons Holds Out for Lakers!”“Lakers Shop Pick for Cousins! (Or Blake Griffin! Entire Chicago roster!)”You might consider hibernating until June 23, but it’ll be interesting before, during and after.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. Nevertheless, if the Class of 2017 is expected to be better, falling out of the top three would have meant conveying the pick to Philadelphia and having to wait another l-o-n-g season to get the blue-chip prospect they need so badly now. Without posting another 17-win season, they probably would have drafted lower than No. 2.So, yes, the Lakers lucked out big-time.To put this class in perspective, I asked an NBA GM how it would have gone if this class was eligible last spring.Here’s what he came up with:1. Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns. Duh.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and state soybean association staff met in St. Louis this week for discussion on the implementation of ASA’s strategic plan, member engagement, policy issues and communications.The annual State Staff meeting kicked off with ASA CEO Steve Censky leading discussion on how ASA and state affiliates can work together to be more effective in policy, training and communications.ASA staff provided an overview of the new Fiscal Year 2017 communications and marketing plans, including presentations on new tools implemented this year to help ensure state staff and growers have what they need to effectively communicate the importance and value of the soybean industry.Several states were recognized for meeting their membership goals for 2016, including Alabama; Arkansas; Kentucky; Minnesota; North Dakota; South Dakota; and Tennessee.During the meeting, staff shared best practices and discussed ways to work together at the national and state level as changes are made to align with the new strategic plan.While ASA’s mission remains the same, advocating for U.S. soy farmers on policy and trade, the new strategic plan in effect as of Oct. 1, allows states more flexibility in membership and ASA more resources to devote to policy work.Sponsoring the annual meeting this year was FMC and Monsanto. Both Rick Kesler, from FMC, and Mindy Whittle, from Monsanto, updated the crowd on what’s new at their companies and gave time for questions.