Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 21

Running solo

Thumbs-up to Trinity Lutheran High School’s A.J. Goecker. The sophomore was the only member of the school’s cross-country team this past season and trained and run in meets by himself. He advanced to Saturday’s Brown County Semistate by finishing 20th in the Brown County Regional. A related thumbs-up to Crothersville senior Breanna Barger, who was 10th in the regional and advanced to the semistate.Running togetherThumbs-up to members of the Seymour boys and girls cross-country teams and Brownstown Central girls team for advancing to Saturday’s Brown County Semistate. The Owl girls finished second, while the Braves finished third in the Brown County Regional. The Seymour boys finished fourth to advance.

No-net duo

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central senior duo Sy Zickler and Sam Hoff for advancing to the Bedford North Lawrence Regional doubles tennis tournament before falling to undefeated North Posey’s Dylan Brown and Wes Voegel. A second thumbs-up to Zickler, who finished his high school career with 70 wins, the most in school history.

On the gridiron

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central’s football squad for winning the Mid-Southern Conference title for the 17th time in 24 years, and thumb-ups to the Seymour Owls football team for finishing second in Hoosier Hills Conference and finishing the regular season with a winning season at 6-3.

Houston’s helpers

Thumbs-up to all of those who served on committees or helped in any way to organize the 21st annual Houston Fall Festival on Oct. 8 and make it successful. The festival serves as a fundraiser to restore and maintain the Houston community’s former schoolhouse, which is now used as a gathering place for anniversary celebrations and other events, including a monthly community supper. A related special thumbs-up goes to Thelma Crider, who has served on the Houston Fall Festival committee since it began. She was presented with a special plaque for her service during the festival.

Enlightened

Thumbs-up to Duke Energy for sprucing up the streetlight poles with a new coat of primer and finish in the downtown areas of Seymour, Brownstown and Ewing in recent weeks.

Budding gardeners

Thumbs-up to Tricia Bowers and Stacey Driver for showing the younger generation the value of knowing where food comes from through a series of classes at Girls Inc. of Jackson County in Seymour.

Top scout

Thumbs-up to R.J. Beavers of Seymour for erecting a bicycle repair station near the Schurman-Grubb Memorial Skatepark at Shields Park for his Eagle Scout project.