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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
MAR 16 2017
Morning Tee Times still available for GFPD Golf
The GFPD 2017 benefit golf tournament will take place on May 18-19, 2017. Tee Times and reception and dinner tickets are still available.
A Reception & Silent Auction will be held at the ISU Alumni Center on Thursday, May 18. On Friday, May 19, the Golf Outing and Golf Dinner will be held at ISU’s Weibring Golf Club in Normal. The afternoon golf is sold out but spots for the morning round are still available. Cost is $100.
Grandfather Alan Chapman, former principal and superintendent at Unit 5 schools started the tournament last year to raise funds to seek a cure for his grandson, Max, who is now 3 years old. Max has Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder, also known as Zellweger Spectrum Disorder (ZSD), which is extremely rare and affects approximately 1 out of 50,000 children and is incurable.
Max continues to charm everyone he meets. He attends preschool at Parkside Elementary School in the Early Learning Program.
The family writes, “We keep busy with several therapy sessions each week and regular doctor appointments. In between, Max continues to bring much joy and many, many giggles into our lives. If you haven’t met Max personally, please check out our website for some short videos and photos of Max at  www.teeitup4gfpd.com.”
All registration information is available at the website too. You can register directly via the website using a credit card, or you can download a printable registration form.
They are also excited to announce that Dan Hubbard will once again be providing our musical entertainment during the reception. 
The Silent Auction, includes a signed hockey stick from the Chicago Blackhawks, a Destihl Brewery package, a Lake Michigan yacht cruise, and many more!
To sponsor a prize this year email: teeitup4gfpd@gmail.com.
Go Redbirds
 I couldn’t believe the Redbirds didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, but now we have a chance to play in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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MAR 2 2017
Good Luck to Redbirds Teams
Good luck to the Illinois State Mens and Womens Basketball Teams. The men, co-champion of the Missouri Valley Conference, play in the Arch Madness tournament this weekend in St. Louis at noon Friday against either Evansville or Indiana State.  The women will play the next weekend in the Quad Cities.
This is the first conference championship for the men since the 1998 season which also was the last year ISU was selected to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Ever since Coach Dan Muller has arrived on campus the team has been close to getting a bid to the NCAA. With a 26-5 record this year they have an excellent chance this time around.
This season is special as senior guard Paris Lee was named to the Valley’s First Team and was also named the Larry Bird Player of the Year. The last time a Redbird received that award was in 2001 with Tarice Bryson. Rico Hill, 1998, was the only other Redbird to win the award.
The award was first given following the 1968–69 season. It was renamed to honor Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who played at Indiana State from 1977 to 1979 and led the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Championship game. Bird won every major player of the year award (including the Naismith and Wooden awards) in 1979.
Deontae Hawkins and MiKyle McIntosh of the Redbirds were named to the Second Team and sophomore Phil Fayne was placed on the All-Newcomer Team. Lee and Tony Wills were also named to All-Defensive Team.
Arcola a long ways away
I went to Arcola Tuesday night to take in the Heyworth versus Cisnna Park boys sectional game. That is a long way. Unfortunately Heyworth was eliminated by the Timberwolves, 50-43. No. 1 state-ranked Ridgeview played Fisher there last night. The winner advances to the Supersectional at Redbird Arena Monday night. Ridgeview Coach Rodney Kellar has been so close the last few years, finishing third and making the sectional title game last year before state champion LeRoy upset them. Let’s hope this is the Mustangs’ year.

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