Lyle’s list still at seven schools

While Harrison’s Ernie Duncan’s stock may have risen through his solid performance for the Indiana Junior All-Stars against their senior counterparts, Bosse’s JaQuan Lyle skipped the final Juniors vs. All-Stars game on Wednesday night, instead playing for the Bulldogs in an exhibition scrimmage against Henderson. According to reports, Bosse coach Shane Burkhart pulled his team off the floor with 7:40 remaining. But don’t get too excited, people. It’s summer ball, for crying out loud. It doesn’t count!

What is more important in the long run is that Lyle is still looking at seven schools, even though he had previously indicated he was going to cut it to four on Wednesday. The five-star prospect’s final list is apparent front-runners Indiana University and NCAA champion Louisville, plus Illinois, Ohio State, Florida, UCLA and Tennessee.

Lyle had stated that he might wait until the fall signing period in November, or even next spring, to make his decision.

Here’s hoping Duncan and Lyle will have many memorable battles this winter in their senior high school season, before moving on to college ball. Maybe they can meet at the Ford Center. City officials, are you listening?

–Gordon Engelhardt

‘Emo’ Murphy, wife of FSL president, passes away

The Florida State League has lost a legendary figure.
Laura “Emo” Murphy, wife of FSL president Chuck Murphy, recently passed away at the age of 84 after suffering a massive stroke.
She helped her husband run the FSL and also helped him run the Evansville Triplets in his role as their general manager from 1977 to 1984.
“I was deeply saddened when I heard of the sudden passing of Emo,” stated Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner. “She was a wonderful, sweet and genuine woman who will be missed by everyone whose life she impacted. Emo was an integral part of the resurgence of the Florida State League. One of her many duties included assisting her husband, Chuck, with the operation of the league. Our hearts and prayers go out to Chuck, their daughter, Laura, and the entire Murphy family during this difficult time.”

Emo always kept a scorebook when attending games with Chuck, her husband of 53 years. She is the lone female in the FSL Hall of Fame – having been inducted in 2011.

The Trips left Evansville for Nashville after the ’84 season. The Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate then became the Nashville Sounds.