The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on June 10, 2007 · Page C1
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INSIDE You go, filly Rags to Riches (left) becomes the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes. C2 TENNIS: Henin wins French Open title. C12 SECTION C THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2007 INDYSTAR.COMSP0RTS SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: CLASS 4A HAMILTON SE 2, CASTLE 1 CLASS 4A: CATHEDRAL 11, NOBLESVILLE 8 CLASS 2A SCECINA 5, N. POSEY O CLASS A LUTHERAN 1, TECUMSEH O GOT IT: Cathedral's Patrick Paligraf catches an infield fly in a semifinal victory over Castle at Evans-ville. The Irish defeated Noblesville 11-8 Saturday night to advance to the state final. Story, Cll HEATHER CHARLES The Star ON THE MARK: Hamilton Southeastern's Morgan Mellon delivers on the mound and at bat in the Royals' 10-inning victory. Story, C10 JOE VITTI The Star THANKS: Emily Wethington (foreground) and her Scecina teammates serenade their fans after defeating North Posey. Story, C10 JOE VITTI The Star WE DID IT: Lutheran pitcher Morgan Lewis (left) and first baseman Brandi Lawson embrace after the team's nine-inning victory. Story, C10 ERIN McCRACKEN Courier & Press ONLINE: Go to INDYSTAR.COMPREPS for more coverage of Saturday baseball and softball action. TENNIS: Park Tudor's Megan Martzolf wins state title. C11 NBA DRAFT IRL: BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550K BOB KRAVITZ Greg Oden, face of a franchise Media coach works to bring stoic 7-foot Ohio St. star out of his shell Z ' By Mark Alesia mark.alesia(3indystar.com When cast as the counterpoint to Florida's ebullient Joakim Noah during the Final Four, Ohio State center Greg Oden seemed to confirm a public image summed up by the Seattle Times. "Oldest-looking freshman ever, no smile, furrowed brow, stoic," the paper said. Hardly an advertiser's dream. But move ahead two months, and with the help of a media coach who had a part in one of Oden's favorite movies, the probable first pick in the June 28 NBA draft has loosened up. In doing so, he has drawn raves from surprised reporters and, of course, helped loosen the purse strings of companies searching for an endorser. Consider an interview session earlier this month at an NBA pre-draft combine. Kevin Durant, the other possible No. 1 pick, came off as shy, according to several media reports. Oden was gasp a media darling. At one point, Oden said he had a See Oden, Page C8 Colts' Johnson deserves his hero status We talk about the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl heroes, about Peyton Manning and Joseph Addai, about Kelvin Hayden and Dominic Rhodes. We see Manning continue his Peyton Across America Tour, hosting "Saturday Night Live." We see Rhodes, a forgettable player most of the regular season, hitting his stride in the postseason, then hitting the fiscal jackpot with the Oakland Raiders. And then there's Charlie Johnson. Remember Charlie Johnson? Somebody? Anybody? "Well, people know me back at Oklahoma State," he said sheepishly after Thursday's summer school session. "Around here, sometimes. You get the super-Colts fan, they know. But most of the time they see me (at 6-4, 305 pounds), they figure I probably play football." He's the Colts' Super Bowl hero most locals couldn't pick out of a lineup. He's anonymous even by offensive lineman standards of anonymity (although we're worried Jeff Saturday is in danger of overexposure). He not only didn't host a nationally televised sketch comedy show, he wasn't even a part of the "SNL" audience. But when the Colts' players, coaches and staffers receive their big, shiny diamond rings this week, the people inside the organization will know that Johnson played as big a role in Indy's Super Bowl victory as anybody on the team. "I can remember, at one point late in the (Super Bowl) game, I looked around the huddle and saw Charlie, and asked him, 'How long have you been in?' " Manning recalled. "And he said, 'Oh, about a quarter and a half " That's how you know an of-See Kravitz, Page C5 MATT SL0CUM Associated Press RACE TO THE CHECKERS: Sam Hornish Jr. (bottom) holds off Tony Kanaan to win the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick (top) finished in third place Saturday night to record her career-best finish in the IRL series. No catching Hornish Defending IndyCar champ takes 1st win of season On lap 88, Andretti turned his car down on Scheckter on the front straightaway, sending Scheckter spinning through the infield. Andretti was slapped with a penalty for avoidable contact, and he also missed his pit box on the ensuing stop. Scheckter was hopping mad, running to the edge of the track to throw both gloves at his friend as he passed by under caution. "To swerve at me on the straightaway is really stupid," Scheckter said. "What a waste." Said Andretti: "I thought he had enough room. I apologize. It was completely unintentional." Jon Herb also had a difficult trip to Texas. He lost control of his car trying to slow for a pit stop under caution on lap 45. His car banged off the inside wall. Call Star reporter Curt Cavin at (317) 444-6409. I0WA CORN INDY 250 NEWTON, IOWA 1 p.m. June 24 WRTV-6 Inside: IRL notebook and finishers box. C4 dents, the largest of which eliminated three contenders on the 197th lap. A.J. Foyt IV's car lost a wheel in the third turn, causing a host of trailing cars to slow up. Dan Wheldon, Scott Dixon and He-lio Castroneves, who were in the front pack, were involved as were Darren Manning, Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher. Somehow, Kanaan made it through the mess. Patrick had to slow hastily to avoid it. But they couldn't catch Hornish, the reigning IndyCar Series champion who became the first three-time winner at the track. By Curt Cavin curt.cavin(3indystar.com FORT WORTH, Texas - There was no one tough enough to fight with Sam Hornish Jr. on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. A weekend that included the verbal sparring of Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon before the race along with Tomas Scheckter angrily throwing his driving gloves at Marco Andretti during the race finished with Hornish scoring his first win of the season. Tony Kanaan finished a close second with Patrick right there for a career-best third, but neither had the speed to match Hornish, who at one point had a nine-second lead. "The car was awesome," he said. "We pretty much had a flawless night." There were only six drivers running on the lead lap of the Bombardier Learjet 550k due to a number of acci- JOHN RA0UX Associated Press OPENING UP? Surprised reporters say Greg Oden is showing more personality. 500 USED TO COUNT TOWARD INTERNATIONAL TITLE BATS, BALLS AND BLOfiS JUST US. The Indianapolis Indians are opening up their world to Indy-Star.com readers. Beginning today, Tribe manager Trent Jewett (left) will blog once a week about his team, his decisions, player moves and what it's like to be part of the team. Check it out at: blogs.indystar .comindians. the 1952 event when the right rear wire wheel collapsed, relegating him to 31st place. He did not score a championship point as only the top five finishers in races did so. The other F-l drivers involved with Indy were Giuseppe Farina (three times, including his 1950 championship season) and Juan Manuel Fangio in 1958. Fangio did not make a qualifying attempt. Curt Cavin .' i 1 A fact almost lost to history: From 1950 to 1960, the Indianapolis 500 counted toward what was then known as the World Drivers Championship, a forerunner to the Formula One title. But it mattered little as it related to the sport and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only three grand prix drivers entered the 500 during that period, and only one made the race. In a Ferrari, Alberto Ascari spun out of GRAND PRIX RACE DAY 1 P.M. JUNE 17 MINUTE ' ' " ' ' ' ' ' " " " RN Thompson Golf wvw.rnthompsongolf.com

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