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            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
April 23  2015
Congratulations to my old teammate Ed Brucker
Congratulations are in order for my classmate at Lexington High School and former Illinois State basketball player, Ed Brucker, who was inducted into the Illinois Football Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame this past weekend in Champaign.
Ed had a very successful career as a football coach. He started out at Forreston, Ill. and moved on to Woodstock, Ill. where he won a state championship at their high school in 1997. He moved over to Woodstock Marian Catholic for the last 12 years. In 21 seasons total as a head coach he finished 178-72.
Ed also coached baseball and is in its coaches hall of fame too. He finished 324-197. His 1992 team took third in state. All told Ed spent 47 years in coaching, which also included girls basketball. He said the secret was, “I enjoyed it and it kept me going.”
He has a wonderful family and is married to his high school sweetheart and another classmate of ours, Edna Luechtenberg of Lexington.
A sharp shooting guard, Ed was a great teammate on our Lexington basketball team in 1964 that finished 23-3 under legendary coach E. W. Towner. He also played on a great  Illinois State team that featured Jerry McGreal, George Terry, Tom Taulbee and Steve Arends that was coached by the late Jim Collie.
A retirement celebration for Ed will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Woodstock Moose Lodge and the public is invited. Anyone needing information may email at jjbrucker@comcast.net or diannebrucker@comcast.net.
There is not a nicer guy in the world. This time a nice guy did finish first.

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April 16  2015
Cubs and Steve Pampel waiting for Kris Bryant
The Chicago Cubs have a dandy prospect in the Triple A minor leagues in third baseman Kris Bryant. He hit over 40 home runs last year in the minors and led all of the players in the majors in spring training with nine home runs and his batting average was .425.  He is languishing in the minors again at Triple A at Des Moines, Iowa. Due to a contract agreement with the players association the Cubs get to keep him for an extra year before he becomes a free agent if he stays down in the minors for the first two weeks of the season.  The Cubs will probably bring him up as so as they can.
Nobody is more aware of this than Steve Pampel of Bloomington, a member of the Ramblin’ Randy Fantasy Baseball League. Steve has gone out of his way to make sure he is in last place in the 10-member league.  He is there by a long ways too. I, of course, studied and studied and I am in first place and 40 points ahead of Mr. Pampel. If he stays in last place he has a good chance of being first in line to get Bryant when he comes up while the rest of the Ramblin’ Randy owners watch and shed a tear. Bryant could become a superstar. Mr. Pampel is also a superstar in maneuvering his team to the most optimum position.


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