Brightman, Glomb receive Mental Attitude awards
Recent Corydon Central High School graduate Nolan Brightman was on the winning side of the first East/West Baseball All-Star game on Saturday.
The event featured an All-Star softball game and two baseball games celebrating all four classes. The games were held at Blackford High School in Hartford City. The softball doubleheader involved girls from all classes in Indiana, and there was one baseball game for Class 3A/4A boys and another for Class A/2A boys.
Brightman’s East team defeated the West in the 3A/4A game 4-3. Brightman pitched two solid innings, giving up one earned run while striking out two. He also received the Bill Jones Mental Attitude Award for all 3A schools.
‘He was very deserving of the award and like all the winners, demonstrated leadership and team work in addition to this performance on the field,’ said Bill Hess, East/West Baseball and Softball Games Chairman.
‘We had great players, it was a great game and it was a great thing to play in this first-ever all-star game,’ Brightman said. ‘I’m glad we came out with the win. I caught the sixth through ninth innings after Dom (Catanzerite) did a great job in the first five.’
Brightman will play at Olney Central Community College (Ill.) next season.
‘Coach (Dennis) Conley at Olney Central does a great job in getting his players ready for the next level,’ Brightman said. ‘I’m going to put in my two years there, and hopefully hookup with a D1 program, which has been a dream of mine.’
Glomb, Schoen team to lead East over West
Harrison County’s basketball talent was well represented at the East/West All-Star Basketball games on July 19 in New Castle.
In the Class A girls’ game, the East team knocked off the West 68-44. The game was close early on, but the East blew the game open in the second half and won convincingly. Sharon Jackson of Waldron led the East with 18 points, and Amber Suiters of Tri-Central added 14. Jacci Martin of Eminence led the West with 15 points.
South Central Junior-Senior High School graduate Brittany Schoen won the 3-point contest, and Lanesville Junior-Senior High School grad Beth Glomb was the Mental Attitude award recipient.
‘This was a lot of fun,’ Glomb said. ‘I’ve never played in a gym this size before. It’s unimaginable. Our team did really good and I’m proud of them all. We worked up a good sweat, and I really liked the rotation in-and-out.’
Glomb finished the game with six points and is bound for Franklin College.
‘I’m planning to study secondary education at Franklin College because I want to be a math teacher,’ she said. ‘I’m going to try to play basketball, as I want to coach high school girls.’
Schoen, who is going to attend Indiana State University, scored seven points and defeated Northeast Dubois’s Allie Matheis 6-5 in the FedEx 3-point shooting contest at halftime.
In the Class 3A Boys’ game, the West team held off the East for an 81-72 victory.
The West boys took a 21-13 lead after the first period and maintained a cushion the rest of the game. John Hart of Beech Grove led the West with 19 points, Greg Foster of Howe Academy added 12 and Tommy Weakley of Edgewood had 11.
Fraternal twins Zach and Clay Merschbrock of Charlestown led the East with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Calvin Saulman of Corydon Central High School, who will play basketball at Hanover College, scored five points for the East squad.