The Sideline – July 29

Cougar Value Cards on sale now

The Greenfield-Central High School athletics is now selling Cougar Value Cards for the 2016-17 school year.

The cards are $10 each and are available for sale through the high school athletic office or from any fall athlete. All proceeds benefit Greenfield-Central athletic programs.

Each card is valid through Sept. 1, 2017, and offers multiple discounts at local restaurants and businesses.

The merchant list includes: Applebee’s, Chicago’s Pizza, Dave’s Express Car Wash, Express Car Wash, Firehouse Subs, Lincoln Square Pancake House, McCleery’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Montana Mike’s, The Mug, Orange Leaf, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Strike Force, That Fun Place, Valvoline Express Care, Waffle House, White Castle, Worland Cleaners and Ye Olde Head Shoppe Salon & Spa.

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Marauders fall sports tryout dates released

The 2016 fall sports season is approaching quickly, and Mt. Vernon High School has announced their first day tryout/practice details. Here are the dates and times for each sport:

Boys & Girls Cross Country: Aug. 1 after school. Contact coach Bruce Kendall with any questions.

Football: Aug. 1 after school (meet at the football locker room behind the home bleachers).

Girls Golf: Friday at 4 p.m. (meet at Arrowhead G.C.).

Boys Soccer: Aug. 1 after school (meet at the boys’ soccer locker room behind home football bleachers).

Girls Soccer: Aug. 1 after school (meet at the girls’ soccer locker room behind the home football bleachers).

Boys Tennis: Aug. 1 after school (meet at the tennis courts)

Volleyball: Tryouts will be August 1 and 2 from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a parent meeting on Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

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Celebration of life for county sports legend

Family and friends are invited to A Celebration of Life for Gene “Tink” O’Neal on Saturday. The remembrance event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farm Shop, 7500 N. State Road 109 in Wilkinson.

O’Neal, 88, of Wilkinson, passed away July 9 at Hancock Regional Hospital. A Hancock County hoops legend, O’Neal loved his family and sports.

O’Neal’s wife, Elaine (married 68 years), survives, as does his three children, seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A successful basketball player at Eden High School (later consolidated into Hancock Central and eventually Greenfield-Central), O’Neal, a 6-foot-2 forward, was Hancock County’s first 1,000-point scorer and led the Flyers to back-to-back sectional titles during the 1945-46 seasons.

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Olympic Dream Team returns in video game

A partnership with 2K and USA Basketball was announced Wednesday that will bring the full roster of the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team to NBA 2K17, the next iteration of the NBA video game simulation series.

Fans who preorder NBA 2K17 will receive the legendary 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team,” along with a special USA Basketball MyTEAM card and MyPLAYER jersey to fully customize their USA Basketball experience.

2K has also revealed that renowned Duke University and USA Basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, will be making his debut in the series.

The NBA 2K17 Standard Edition will be available in both digital and physical formats on Sept. 20. All fans who preorder any version of NBA 2K17 will receive their copy at Early Tip-Off four days early, Sept. 16.