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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Beech Grove Sports: Josh Fryar talks

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 26, 2019) IBG — There are days when a classmate in the hallways at Beech Grove (Ind.) will ask Josh Fryar if he plans to play college football. Those kids know Fryar as the friendly face on top of the 6-5, 315-pound frame.

“They ask if I’m going to Marian or somewhere local,” Fryar said.

Nothing against Marian, which has built on NAIA powerhouse under coach Mark Henninger on the strength of local talent. Fryar’s older brother, Jacob Fryar, is a sophomore tight end at Marian.

But what those classmates do not often see is the line of coaches waiting in the main office at Beech Grove to see Fryar, a junior, go through a workout. One day this month, assistants from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt were there the same day.

“It’s crazy how you walk through the door and see those coaches,” Fryar said. “I thought I’d be going to a Division II or Division III school instead of a huge Division I school.”

Photo: Wayne McGahee III/Tallahassee Democrat

Fryar is literally and figuratively one of the biggest recruits in the state. The multi-sport standout will make the first of his official visits next week to Oregon, where he has a scholarship offer. Fryar has other official visits set for Penn State (June 14-16) and Ohio State (June 21-23), two more schools that have offered. He has plans to narrow his list down to eight by July 4 and then make his decision during the middle or end of his senior season.

Other programs on his offer list include Indiana, Purdue, Florida State, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Washington State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“I’m taking it real slow,” Fryar said. “This is the first time and probably only time I’m going to do this.”

The first program to offer Fryar was Indiana State, which was a significant to the family. When the late Bill Mallory was hired at Indiana in 1984, one of his first recruits was Jeff Fryar — Josh’s father — out of Lawrence North. Indiana State’s coach is Curt Mallory, Bill’s son.

I can’t describe what that was like,” Josh said. “Even though it’s a (FCS) school, you have a scholarship offer to play college football. It was humbling because it was coach Mallory and my dad obviously knew him really well. They wanted to be the first one to offer me because my dad was the first one to get recruited by Bill Mallory.”

Fryar came to Beech Grove from Roncalli, where as a freshman he saw action in two plays in the Rebels’ Class 4A state championship win over NorthWood in 2016. “Most nervous I’ve been in my life,” Fryar said. Jeff Fryar had been the offensive line coach at Roncalli for longtime coach Bruce Scifres, who retired after the 2016 season.

“I wanted to try something new at Beech Grove and I absolutely love it here,” Josh said. “I came in blind and didn’t really know anyone. But I love the people, love the teachers, the administration. They are so friendly and awesome to be around.”

College football coaches love Fryar’s athleticism and versatility. He is ranked as the No. 5 center in the country on the 247Sports national composite, but can also play guard or tackle. Coaches also like that he is a multi-sport athlete, playing on Beech Grove’s basketball sectional title team last season as a junior and is currently competing in the discus and shot put for the Hornets’ track team.

For Fryar, who was a standout wrestler from first through eighth grade, there was never a doubt he would continue with basketball and track. He plans to play all three sports again as a senior.

“You are never going to get a chance to play high school sports again,” he said. “Indiana basketball is Indiana basketball. In track, I like throwing the shot and disc. It keeps me active. I don’t want to be that guy who just plays football and lifts weights and doesn’t have anything outside of that to do. I want to expand my athleticism and show college coaches, ‘Hey, I can do this, too.’”

Related | Josh Fryar sets Oregon Ducks visit 

And while he is a star in football, Fryar said it was beneficial to play a supporting role on the basketball team. Beech Grove won its first sectional since 2008 in an emotional season that saw former coach Matt English die after a long battle with brain cancer and former assistant Mike Renfro take the reins.

“My sophomore year I was kind of pushing (former coach Matt English) that I could play varsity,” Fryar said. “But he had a plan for me. He wanted me to be a better basketball player and I trusted him. Sitting on the bench and cheering my teammates on made me have the perspective of, ‘You can change the outcome of a game even if you aren’t playing.’ It was awesome. That was the most fun I ever had in a basketball season. You can actually see the tradition coach English built here and we just want to keep it going.”

Fryar will have his college decision made by the time his senior basketball season begins. Coaches from Oregon and Ohio State were in again Tuesday to watch him work out. Fryar, who plans on majoring in communications, will get his first look at the Oregon campus when he arrives in Eugene on Monday.

“Distance doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “The relationship with the offensive line coach and strength coach is really important because I’m going to have to click with them. And mainly, you have to talk to the players. They will tell you straight up how it is. I’m just looking forward to taking my officials, talking to the players and seeing what it’s all about.”


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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Nite Owls embraces high tech

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 25, 2019) - A new project is in the works at Nite Owls Saloon and Grill in Beech Grove, Indiana. They are currently beta testing with Twitch TV and Just Darts to live stream their dart matches with other matches from all over the world.

They are in beta mode as of right now but all indications show this to be a win win for all involved.

Twitch TV is a live streaming video platform that focuses on video games, especially eSports competitions. In 2015, Twitch had more than 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million views per month. As of May 2018, it had 2.2 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users.

Just Darts is a family owned amusement and entertainment company that has been in business in Indianapolis since 1981. They started Just Darts by placing a few dart machines in a couple local bars. They have since then evolved into a full line amusement company operating many diverse machines such as juke boxes, pool tables, dart machines, and video games in many locations. Just Darts also runs dart, pool, golf and bowling leagues all year round.

 Below is a recording of one of their remote tournaments

Nite Owls Saloon and Grill is located at 3535 South Emerson Avenue in Beech Grove, Indiana. They have a full food menu are renowned for their Hot Wings. You can follow them on Facebook below.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Josh Fryar sets Oregon Ducks visit

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 22, 2019) IBG — Under Mario Cristobal, the Oregon Ducks football program has seen a dramatic rise in its recruiting haul, particularly along the offensive line.

That effort, and the talent flocking to Eugene, is not lost on top prospects around the country. And several of them are anxious to visit to learn what all the fuss is about.

First reported by Indianapolis Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep, 247Sports four-star center Josh Fryar has scheduled official visits to Oregon on May 28 and Ohio State on June 19. The 6-foot-5, 294-pound interior lineman, out of Beech Grove High School (Beech Grove, Indiana), is rated the nation’s No. 7 center.
Despite his Midwest roots, he is quite familiar with the Oregon football program. “I know them well,” he said. “I watched them when I was growing up when they had De’Anthony Thomas.”

Fryar has also grown to appreciate the Cristobal era, particularly his emphasis on quality offensive line play. “(Cristobal) is awesome, and I think it’s the best because you see that they are getting up there to (being elite),” he said.

Oregon’s current eight-man 2020 recruiting class is rated No. 1 in the Pac-12 Conference and No. 12 nationally, but does not yet have an offensive line pledge. Given the limited options along the West Coast, Cristobal and his coaching staff may have to look across the United States to find offensive linemen that fit the program.

Fryar appears to be a fit, and is ready to check out Eugene.

SOURCE: The Oregonian 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Beech Grove High School grad praises his teachers

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 16, 2019) IBG — Skylar Schlicher, a 2015 Beech Grove High School graduate, recently returned to visit his alma mater.

Schlicher is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he serves as a geospatial intelligence imagery analyst in support of ground combat troops. He has served for 18 months and hopes to make military service a career. During his visit, Schlicher said, “I miss Beech Grove, the small town, the friendliness.”

He acknowledged being raised by his grandmother Janice Schlicher as his biggest cheerleader and encourager. He was active at BGHS in the marching band and on the swim team, competing in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 medley relay.

He praised many helpful and caring teachers at BGHS for making an impact.

Donna Hall encouraged him at the Hornet Enrichment Academy.

“She helped me graduate; I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help,” the former Hornet said. Schlicher also acknowledged swim coach Oskar Vuskalns for “really motivating me to bet better and be a better person.”

SOURCE: The Southsider Voice

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

New physician joins practice

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 11, 2019) IBG — Abhigyan Banka, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Beech Grove Family Medicine. His special interests include: preventive medicine; sports physicals; women's health; acute and chronic conditions; joint injections and skin biopsies.

He joins Patrick Enight, MD; Victoria Othersen, DO, and a team of advanced practice providers whose offices are located at 2030 Churchman Avenue., Suite A, Beech Grove, Indiana. The practice offers a wide range of services to patients of all ages.

Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Banka most recently was on staff with Windrose Health Network in Franklin. In that role, he provided a full scope of care to patients in the medically underserved community.

Dr. Banka earned his medical degree with an academic scholarship from Nanjing Medical University in the People's Republic of China. He completed externships in urology and surgical intensive care with highest honors at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He later completed a residency and served as chief resident of family medicine at Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia. Franciscan Physician Network Beech Grove Family Medicine is located at 2030 Churchman Ave in Beech Grove.

SOURCE: Franciscan Health

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