Gutsgell to be honored on Friday

From Herald Staff Reports

One of the Southwest Indiana’s most recognizable television and radio personalities, Kurt Gutsgell of WBDC Radio and WJTS TV 18 in Jasper will be presented the 2019-20 Distinguished Media Service Award for District 3.

Kurt is in his 30th year as sports director at WBDC Radio, a Dubois County Broadcasting Company station, and has also served as sports director, anchor and play-by-play broadcaster for WJTS TV 18 since 1993

At WBDC, he hosts both a daily half hour sports show that focuses on Dubois County sports as well as Southridge football and basketball coaches shows. As the long-time “Voice of the Southridge Raiders”, Gutsgell estimates he’s provided play-by-play for more than 1,500 Southridge games in football, boys basketball, girls basketball, and baseball and another 500 for county schools, Forest Park, Jasper and Northeast Dubois.

Among his favorite games behind the microphone were calling Southridge’s 1998 girls basketball state championship, the 2017 football state championship as well as the baseball team’s run to the state finals in 2018 and 2019. Other highlights over the years have included covering Jasper baseball’s five championships, Forest Park’s two boys basketball and one softball titles and Northeast Dubois’ two appearances in the girls basketball state finals.In addition to all the great games hes broadcast, he has enjoyed the thousands of Dubois County athletes he has had the Privilege to cover

In addition to this award from the IHSAA, he’s a six-time honoree by both the Indiana Broadcasters Association (Spectrum Award) for sports play-by-play and the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA). He’s also earned distinguished service awards from the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).

This is the 35th year the IHSAA has recognized outstanding members of the Indiana news media from each of its three legislative districts for excellence in the coverage of high school sports. District 3 covers 43 counties across southern Indiana.

The Heritage Hills Softball team, in association with ProRehab and USA Softball of Indiana, will be hosting a softball camp at the Patriot Activity Center Feb. 22.

Former University of Tennessee standout and professional player India Chiles will bring her nationally recognized Slap and Power hitting camps to Heritage Hills to lead and instruct area players. Rounding out the camp staff will be former NCAA collegiate standouts.

Her camp will include three separate sessions with detailed instructions and some picture & autograph time.

Three hour slapping camp, two hour hitting, two hour defensive.

A special event to celebrate a golden era in Jasper Wildcats boys’ basketball history, the five consecutive sectional basketball championships from 1971 to 1975, will be held on Feb. 8. Members of those sectional winners will be recognized at halftime of the Jasper – Heritage Hills game that afternoon, to be played at the historic 80-year-old Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium. The gym was the home of those sectional champion teams. The varsity game will begin at 2:30 p.m. A reception for those sectional teams will follow the game at the Dubois County Museum. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided, compliments of the Jasper High School Boys’ Basketball Booster Club. All friends and families of Jasper basketball are invited to attend.

The SHS Lettermens Club will meet Wednesday at The Old School Cafe in Huntingburg. Food and refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6:30. p.m. Winter coaches will speak.


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