For those of you who compete in fantasy leagues, whether it’s baseball or football or even basketball, don’t you love that feeling when you see a notice at the top of your team page saying you have a stat correction … and it’s in your favor.
It might help you win a category that week, or add a point or two to help you edge your opponent in a fantasy football matchup.
Well, that’s how Michigan City running back Daelon Wren, head coach Phil Mason, the rest of the Wolves and their fans will feel now that I’m providing you all with a real life stat correction, thanks to Adam Parkhouse.
You know that guy — the News-Dispatch Managing Editor who used to be Sports Editor before he relinquished that title to an extremely intelligent, good looking guy on a porch. But way back when he covered City football and was in the press box when Ryan Fics set a pair of school rushing records.
Fics scored six touchdowns against Chesterton in 2005. Wren tied that mark on Friday night at Ames Field in a 56-28 win over Merrillville.
But how many yards Fics rushed for back in that 2005 game was up for debate. Someone in the press box did a Google search and found one newspaper story said it was 407 yards. When I mentioned that number to Parkhouse back in the office, he was almost defensive, retorting with, “What? No way, he didn’t have 400 yards. I was there.”
Yes, he was, and he looked back to his own stories to refresh his memory, and then he found it.
“I had him with 368 yards and the City coaches agreed with that number,” Parky said.
He added that the 407 came from another Northwest Indiana newspaper (that will remain nameless to protect the guilty), while a third paper had a different number.
It’s not uncommon for three different papers to have different rushing or passing numbers while covering a football game. Remember, we all do our own stats, keeping track of every play, and we all see things a little differently at times.
So, from the words of the man who was there and had the coaches on his side, Fics rushed for 368 yards for the record.
And that means Wren DID break the record on Friday night with his 369 yards — myself and another region newspaper both had that number, so no debate this time.
It would have been nice to be able to tell Mason and Wren that news after the game, but we all needed Parky to set us straight and show we’re the paper of record and when we prove a record has been broken, that’s the truth.
• First-time success: The start of the girls golf postseason on Friday couldn’t have gone much better for local programs. In fact, it could be one of the best overall sectional from a county standpoint in the last decade or longer.
La Porte didn’t defend its sectional title at Beechwood, but still shot its best team score of the year (368) and finished second to advance to the Lafayette Regional. New Prairie senior Kara Blair not only took medalist honors to advance individually for the fourth straight season, but she also shot a 71 — the first under-par round at Beechwood in a girls sectional since the course started hosting it.
Marquette freshman Teresa Dorado shot a nice 75 to advance to regional. She’s the first Blazers’ female golfer to advance to regional since Mary-Katherine Slattery in 2010 at Valparaiso Country Club.
And last but certainly not least, Michigan City advanced for the first time as a team since the Rogers-Elston consolidation. The day after the sectional on Saturday, Emily Gushrowski got an even bigger surprise, depending on how you look at it.
City head coach Drew White made a poster for her leading into the sectional. It was PGA star Jordan Spieth (who is Gushrowski’s favorite pro golfer, likely because he’s a handsome young man in addition to darn good) pointing at the hole after making a long putt at the British Open back in July. The words “I want you” are above Spieth’s head on the poster and below his torso it says “to relax and trust yourself.”
The advice obviously worked for the team, and then on Saturday Gushrowski attended the third round of the PGA BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill., taking the poster with her. And guess what? Spieth autographed the poster. Now that’s pretty cool. Now she needs to bring it with to regional.
Reach sports editor Steve T. Gorches at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 214-4206. Follow him on Twitter @SteveTGorches.