An Indiana Senate committee passed a bill that would require football coaches to take concussion-awareness training and require an idle period of 24 hours for players who may have sustained concussions or head injuries.
State law already mandates athletes must be removed from games if a concussion or head injury is suspected. That law also stipulates the player must be cleared by medical personnel before returning.
The bill, if passed by the full legislature, would require football coaches to pass accredited courses every two years.
* New Albany’s Tuwan Payton has committed to play at the University of Indianapolis.
Payton ran for 2,177 yards, averaging 9.2 yards per carry, and scored 24 touchdowns for the Bulldogs in 2013. He set a school record with seven TDs against Jennings County.
Charlestown will chase its ninth straight Mid-Southern Conference championship during Saturday’s league meet at Corydon.
The Pirates will feature senior Luke Woods (113 pounds), sophomore Zach Higdon (170) and junior Josh Hurley (220), all of whom won titles during last week’s Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference meet at Southwestern. Charlestown also won the SIWC team title.
* Area wrestlers will compete in IHSAA sectionals at Jeffersonville, Jennings County and Southridge on Feb. 1. The top four in each weight class will advance to regionals at Jeffersonville and Bloomington on Feb. 8.
The IHSAA will conduct the draw for the state tournaments on Feb. 2. The draw is set for 4 p.m. to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl.
* Providence (12-5) clinched its first winning season since 2003 with its win over Rock Creek on Wednesday night.
Class A No. 2 Borden (10-1, 4-0) is poised to clinch its fourth straight Southern Athletic Conference title with a win at Henryville on Saturday night.
2-A No. 2 Clarksville, 3-A No. 7 Brownstown and 3-A No. 4 Corydon are still unbeaten in the Mid-Southern. That race will start to shake out with coming showdown games, including Clarksville at Corydon on Jan. 31 and Brownstown at Corydon on Feb. 1.
* Brownstown leads the state in winning margin at 32.1 points per game. Providence is second in the state in scoring defense, surrendering only 40.2.