Franklin County High School Boys Varsity Tennis falls to Rushville Consolidated High School 3-2. #1 Singles Jack Stirn 6-1, 6-0 vs. Jake Carroll#2 Singles Brant Ertel 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (6-8) vs. Marlin Hershberger#3 Singles Landen Wuestefeld 1-6, 0-6 vs. Sam Smith#1 Doubles Kurt Oetzel & Lonnie Schwartz 6-7 (2-7), 6-7 (7-9) vs. Braiden Hunter & Cameron Jackman#2 Doubles Will Wade & Evan McMillin 7-5, 6-3 vs. Bryce Berkemeier & Alex WainwrightCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Dylan Little.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ORLANDO, Fla. >> Time doesn’t always apply to Jamal Crawford. He sure doesn’t feel 36 years old on the basketball court, and his time on the open market certainly didn’t feel like a long weekend.Free agency started at midnight on Thursday. For Crawford, it ended Sunday afternoon with a three-year, $36 million contract to stay with the Clippers.The wait was excruciating.“It felt forever,” he said in a phone interview Sunday. “It was a wild process, for sure.” Their first offer to Crawford, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was low enough where the reports began to trickle out that, just maybe, Crawford would be taking off.Maybe he’d head to Golden State to team up with the Clippers’ rivals. Maybe he’d join the Washington Wizards or mentor the developing Philadelphia 76er locker room. There were other options, and Crawford seemed ready to take them.But, what no one knew, was that the Clippers had gotten Crawford and his wife to start feeling sentimental.The team sent over a tablet loaded with his highlights, memorable moments and quotes from the past four seasons.Even though they were apart on dollars and years, Crawford, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer kept plugging away.“We both had faith it would work out,” Crawford said of the negotiations.In four years with the organization, Crawford has won a pair of Sixth Man of the Year awards. This past season, he scored 14.2 points per game. In the playoffs, he upped that average to 17.3 points.With the Clippers on the outside of the Kevin Durant chase, the team was committed to returning as many of its free agents as possible, and getting Crawford was a must.First, they agreed to a deal with Austin Rivers. Then, they locked up Wesley Johnson.All the while, they were talking to Crawford, neither side willing to budge before the Clippers finally gave way Sunday afternoon.The Clippers’ roster has now taken almost complete shape, with six players signed to guaranteed deals, one to a non-guarenteed contract, another three drafted and another three committed to signing on or after July 7 when the free-agency moratorium ends.The Clippers can use a $2.2 million bi-annual except and veteran’s minimum contract, but they cannot exceed a hard cap of $117.3 million, which was triggered by using an exception to sign Johnson.The financial crunch forced the team to watch as productive backup center Cole Aldrich signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.NotesFirst-round pick Brice Johnson bounced back from a horrific debut in the Orlando Summer League to score 23 points and grab six rebounds in the Clippers’ 81-72 loss to Oklahoma City. Second-round picks Diamond Stone (3 points, 10 fouls) and David Michineau (3-for-12 shooting) both struggled. … Austin Rivers and North Carolina coach Roy Williams were among the people watching the Clippers’ game Sunday. With billions of dollars being exchanged between teams and players in the first days of free agency, Crawford watched. With each deal, the anxiety and the excitement grew.It became hard to sleep.And, then, he got what he wanted all along — a multi-year deal to stay with the Clippers. The third year of the contract is partially guaranteed.The negotiations got off to a rocky start.It’s hard to send someone the wrong message with a $12 million offer for a single year of work, but somehow that’s what the Clippers did.