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Boys Basketball: CC outlasts WW in 2 OTs

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 2/5/2016 6:05:00 AM

CAMPBELLSBURG — The Crawford County Wolfpack clinched a share of the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference title with a 65-62, double-overtime victory over the West Washington Senators Thursday night at T. Kermit Gymnasium. The Senators appeared to grab

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Sectional 61 at Borden shaping up as shootout

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 2/1/2016 6:20:00 AM

“It will come down to who is able to string two or three games of good basketball together.” The Bulldogs boast one of the top scorers in the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference in senior forward Addie Ramsey, who averages 14.4 ppg. She gets help from

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Girls Basketball: Valley girls down Borden, finish regular season 21-0

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 1/29/2016 6:12:00 AM

BORDEN — Monday night Springs Valley laid an outright claim to the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference crown and Thursday they wrapped up an unbeaten regular season. The Blackhawks battled past Borden (11-9) on the road to earn a 48-38 victory and finish

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Orleans tops Mitchell, 38-36

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 1/29/2016 5:14:00 AM

Ramsey drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with 13.3 seconds left to aid the Orleans Bulldogs in a 38-36 victory over the Mitchell Bluejackets in Patoka Lake Athletic Conference action at The Hive. Moments after Mitchell’s Jasmine Blais

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Orleans powers past PC, 46-42

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 1/28/2016 5:32:00 AM

LEOPOLD — The Orleans Bulldogs overcame a slow start Wednesday night to rally and defeat Perry Central, 46-42, in Patoka Lake Athletic Conference action. Orleans fell behind 8-0 to begin the game before recovering to take a 21-16 halftime lead

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• Surface Area: 8,880 Acres
Patoka Lake is the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. state of Indiana (after Lake Monroe) and is spread across Dubois, Crawford, and Orange counties in southern Indiana.
Created as a joint effort between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the lake is one of eight such reservoirs built in the state to provide a secure water supply and as a method of flood control. The lake covers 8,800 surface acres (36 km²) of water in the summer.
The lake was created by damming the Patoka River about 118.3 miles (190 km) above its mouth with the Patoka Lake Dam, a 145-feet-high rockfill earthen dam. The lake is fed by several smaller tributaries including Allen Creek, Paint Creek, and Ritter Creek. After the lake was created several parks and nature preserves were established around it totaling 16,920 acres (68.5 km2). The lake and dam is still managed by a cooperative management team of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Patoka Lake is a great place for photography, as it is inhabited by migrating birds, a large variety of fish and beautiful lake shores. The lake has been heavily stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish, redear, crappie, and walleye. Once a year the Lake Association hosts GarDaze, an event bringing in avid fisherman from around the world, including fishing celebrities like Babe Winkleman and Bill Dance. Other facilities include an archery range, boat ramps, a cross-country skiing course, fishing areas (including ice fishing), a disc golf course, trails for hiking and bicycling, hunting areas, interpretive and recreational programs, star parties, picnic shelters, swimming areas, and waterskiing zones. The lake also hosts a large campground with over 500 camping sites.
Patoka Lake has been very beneficial to the surrounding community and the State of Indiana.
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