Another local coach ends up being very successful back at his own Alma Mater! Stacy Meyer was a Greensburg High School graduate where he played basketball and baseball 4 years and football for 2. He continued with his athletics at Hanover College where he played basketball for 4 years and baseball for 2.Stacy was a teacher in the Greensburg School System before he became their Athletic Director. He has been head coach for the Pirates for 13 years having prior coaching experience as an assistant at Franklin College and then head coach at Southwestern Shelby High School for 2 years and at Whiteland High School for 3. The Greensburg Pirates have been very successful under Coach Meyer winning the 3A state title twice.Coach Meyer & his wife, Jennie, have been married for 21 years and have twin daughters, Ashlynn and Bailey. The girls are freshmen in college.
In their first home game back from their three-game road trip, the Trojans went back to their winning ways by triumphing over the visiting Washington State Cougars 81-71 Thursday night in the Galen Center. Now 12-0 in front of the home crowd, this win marks its best start at home since USC’s 1943 campaign when they went 13-0.The Trojans’ performance against the Cougars was not a statement game, but rather a reinstatement game after the Men of Troy dropped two straight to Oregon and Oregon State.The Trojan offense was led by redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt who shot six for 12 from the field and 3 for 8 from beyond the arch to finish the night with 18 of the Trojans’ 81 points, putting him over 1,000 career points. Reinhardt’s 18 points were good enough to set a new career high for the guard.Washington State came out of the starting blocks with standout play from their big man Ike Iroegbu who tallied eight of Washington State’s first 16 points, finishing the contest with 21 points, six assists and three rebounds on 46.7 percent shooting.USC head coach Andy Enfield commented on the Cougars’ offensive efficiency and outstanding shooting percentage in comparison to his Trojans.“I thought Washington State did a great job in the first half of making tough shots. A lot of times at the end of the shot clock, they made a lot of contested shots. Even though both teams were scoring a lot, I thought our defense was solid,” Enfield said.A resurgent Nikola Jovanovic shot 6 for 10 from the field and ended the night with 12 points.Despite great defense from the Trojans, the Cougars shot admirably from the floor, knocking down 25 of their 55 shots from the field.The game was fairly tight throughout the majority of the first half, with the lead changing multiple times in the first half. Not to mention, the physicality of both teams could be felt in the first half with 22 combined fouls being called on both teams.Eventually the Trojans grabbed the lead, thanks to their three-point shooting, as guards Elijah Stewart and Katin Reinhardt connected on four consecutive shots.By the end of 20 minutes, USC held a 11-point lead on Washington State despite the Cougars’ 55.2 percent shooting overall.Though USC featured seven players with six or more points and a 58.6 overall shooting percentage, they only completed 14 of their 22 first-half free-throw shots, missing eight potential points.These mistakes were overshadowed, though, by their ball distribution and rebounding efforts. In the first half alone, Julian Jacobs contributed six of the Trojans’ 12 assists and the Men of Troy outrebounded the Cougars 13-12.The beginning of the second half was more of the same for USC as the Trojans took their biggest lead eight minutes into the second half after a pair of free throws by Metu, which gave USC a 70-54 advantage.The difference in the second half of play was a combination of USC’s shut-down defense and Washington State’s inconsistent shooting from the floor. To end the night, the Trojans totaled eight steals and forced 13 Washington State turnovers.Not to mention, the Cougars shot just 36 percent in the final 20 minutes, with first-half performer Ike Iroegbu shooting one of three, scoring just five points while the rest of the squad scored just 25.In terms of the Trojans’ offense, the second half saw an initial scoring flurry, with USC taking a 64-51 advantage on Jordan McLaughlin’s first field goal of the game, a 3-pointer.With 12 minutes left, though, USC’s offense started to slump as Washington State went on a 10-1 run and brought the Trojans’ lead to just six points. The Cougars’ resurgence in the second half of play could be attributed to their 3-point shooting as well as some ill-timed Trojan turnovers.Eventually, the Men of Troy’s scoring prowess returned as in the final four minutes, thanks to key buckets from McLaughlin and Metu.By the end of the contest, the Trojans tallied five double-digit scorers with an overall field goal percentage of 46.6 percent.Albeit unranked, the Trojans improve their record to 16-5 on the season with a 5-3 record in Pac-12 play. On the other hand, the Cougars were handed their sixth straight loss in Pac-12 play.Katin Reinhardt commented on USC’s future moving forward after Thursday night’s win despite losing their national ranking.“The whole preseason we worked our butts off trying to get that recognition we deserve. To see that ranking on the TV and that ranking next to our name meant a lot and we lost it,” Reinhardt said. “We know what type of basketball team we are. Today was a step in the right direction. Now we just got to keep pushing forward.”USC’s next game will be at Galen Center this Saturday as the 16-5 Trojans take on the 14-6 Washington Huskies at noon.
If Jansen indeed pitches more than one inning at a time on a regular basis, it would be an early indicator of how Roberts manages games differently in his first trip to the postseason. Jansen made consecutive eighth-inning appearances once this season. When he did, back on May 20 and May 22 in San Diego, Jansen blew the save each time.“I’ve talked to Kenley all year long and we’ve prepared for this moment,” Roberts said. “Mentally, physically, he’s prepared. If the situation calls for it (Saturday) then I don’t think I’ll hesitate, but obviously you want to see how he feels after he’s playing catch (Saturday).”Other than Jansen’s extended appearance, the Dodgers’ bullpen followed a familiar script in pitching four shutout innings Friday.Joe Blanton was the first man up. Nationals catcher Pedro Severino had doubled and reached on an error in his first two plate appearances against Clayton Kershaw, so Roberts didn’t want Kershaw to face Severino a third time.Blanton retired Severino and pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo to begin the sixth inning, then walked Trea Turner and handed the ball off to left-hander Grant Dayton.Dayton got Bryce Harper to fly out to end the sixth inning, then struck out Jayson Werth to begin the seventh inning before he walked Daniel Murphy.Pedro Baez relieved Dayton with a right-handed hitter, Anthony Rendon, about to hit. Baez got lucky when Murphy was thrown out trying to steal second base. Baker said that Murphy, who appeared in one of the Nationals’ final 12 games because of a buttocks injury, attempted the steal on his own.Baez got Anthony Rendon to pop out to end the seventh inning, then got Ryan Zimmerman to fly out to begin the eighth. Then it was Jansen’s turn to lock down the five-out save.“When starters go five (innings), we never complain about it,” Jansen said. “We just go out there and do the job.”The job description changed this week, and not just for Jansen.Andrew Miller, one of the best relief pitchers in baseball this season, appeared in the fifth inning of the Cleveland Indians’ win over the Boston Red Sox in their AL Division Series on Thursday. It was the earliest Miller had appeared in a game this year, and only the fifth time he’d been asked to pitch two innings.Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was taking note.“You know, the whole closer-pitches-the-ninth-inning thing doesn’t mean those are always the biggest three outs of the game,” Turner said. “Sometimes those three outs come in the eighth or the seventh. … In the playoffs it comes down to important outs, and you want your guys to get those outs regardless of what time of the game it is.”Even if that means Kenley Jansen batting with the bases loaded in the ninth inning in October.“Normally Joe throws more in the eighth; we put him in in the sixth,” Jansen said. “That’s how it goes sometimes. It’s just the matchup, and I feel like that’s how it should be from now on.” “A little gamesmanship,” Roberts said. “Dusty (Baker, the Nationals’ manager) knew there was no way that anyone else was going to hit. I figured, why not?”Jansen then reappeared and took a few practice hacks, none of which served him well when Mark Melancon struck him out to end the inning.The final three outs were elementary. Jansen struck out Trea Turner swinging, Bryce Harper hit a soft line drive to second baseman Charlie Culberson, and Jayson Werth flailed at a two-strike slider in the dirt to end a seven-pitch at-bat — and the game.It was the second five-out save of Jansen’s career; the first came on April 13 of this year. Jansen said he was prepared to pitch up to two innings if needed.“Me and (Roberts), we’ve been talking about that since our first workout (Tuesday) in L.A.,” Jansen said. “If I have to go six outs right now, you know, it’s just we’ve got to go. If I have to do it every day, we’ve got to go.” WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Kenley Jansen said he was already thinking about pitching the bottom of the ninth inning when he was replaced, briefly, in the on-deck circle by Andre Ethier. It was odd enough that Jansen would be holding a bat in the first place. The Dodgers’ 29-year-old closer had only made four plate appearances in his career before Friday. It was even more rare that Jansen would bat in a playoff game.But Dave Roberts, the Dodgers’ manager, painted himself into a corner Friday. Jansen had recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning with the Dodgers holding a 4-3 lead over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their best-of-five NLDS. Then, with two outs in the top of the ninth, the bases were loaded with Jansen’s spot due up.So Ethier briefly stepped out of the dugout with a helmet on. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error