THE DEAN’S LIST WITH DEAN HOCKNEY
Hello Howard County, the Sports Journal is back after a one-month vacation!
First, I would like to thank all of our friends and followers who asked where the Sports Journal has been and if everything was okay. I can assure you I am fine and nothing has happened heath-wise. It is good to know we have loyal readers and social media followers who miss us when we are gone.
As most of you know, the Sports Journal is a small operation with most of the work done by myself. I write or collect the stories, captions and briefs and rely on contributors to supply the Sports Journal with pictures (with the exception of the national award-winning photo editor William Gibson, who is out and about with a camera most weeks).
That said, most of you also know I had a partnership with the Kokomo Herald for several years, and when they merged with another paper, my position was eliminated. It is a shame that the Herald has evolved into an entertainment paper and not the good news publication it once was.
Since then, I took a position with the Kokomo School Corporation as the Assistant Transportation Supervisor, Community Relations and Communications. While the new position is not in sports, it does fit with my military logistics and communications background. I spent nearly 10 years on active duty driving a 6,000-gallon fuel truck and controlling all movements of our refueling fleets as a dispatcher in Air Force Fuel Control Centers around the globe. I also spent five years as an Army civilian, many of which was spent in our headquarters operations in media relations and communications. So, this is a perfect fit.
That said, it has been a shock to the system – my day now starts at 5 a.m. (a return to my military days) as the school buses are revving engines in the KSC Bus Yard at the Transportation Department. And that is one of the reasons I took a month off – I needed to adjust my schedule as I was starting this new segment in life.
Now that my body is used to getting up before the rooster’s crow, I am ready to relaunch the Sports Journal after a month off. But don’t worry, you really didn’t miss that much as the month of August is a fairly quiet sports month.
We missed the end of a lackluster Kokomo Jackrabbits season that saw the squad miss the playoffs and finish with its worst record in its three-year history (27-33, 10 games out of first place in the East Division). One bright note is the Rabbits set a Kokomo Municipal Stadium attendance record with 49,191 fans (1,638 per game) – nearly 1,000 fans more per game than Lafayette (747). Meanwhile, the Jackrabbits sister team in Lafayette won the league title in just its second year of competition.
High school sports started in the latter half of August, and we missed giving a shout out to the Taylor Titans as they ended an 11-game losing streak in football. In week one, the Titans buried North White 51-6 on the road. So congrats to coach Dennis Bentzler and his squad.
But now, we are back to running at full speed. The Sports Journal will drop into your inboxes each Tuesday morning and our Twitter page will post scores and results as usual – and don’t miss our coverage of high school football on Friday nights and other sporting events as they come up. Thanks for being patient, and good luck to all area teams.
Until next time, remember to keep the man and ship in sports – and I’ll see you at the game.
Dean Hockney is the publisher of the Sports Journal of Central Indiana, Hit Country WWKI sports contributor and the public address voice of the Kokomo Jackrabbits and other local events. You can follow him on Twitter (@Sports_Journal) for the latest in local sports news and in-game reports.