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Hello Hillsboro: Benish returning to Tigers bench
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Lady Tiger basketball fans will be exchanging plenty of high fives as the news spreads throughout the Hillsboro community that he is returning as their coach next season.

The news also sparked some pretty good humor at the School Board meeting Monday night when it was brought up for approval by School Superintendent Curt Bisarek. Among other comments, he asked the Board members, “Do you really want me to read his resume to you?”

One member simply replied, “I think more than 500 victories pretty much says it all.”

Of course, native son Benish, in addition to serving as School Superintendent here, is a local legend both on the floor as a player and on the bench as a coach.

He was forced off that bench for a while a few years back when he battled heart issues. Not surprisingly, he argued that his unbending coaching style had nothing to do with it! The problem, he insisted, came from an on-going difference of opinions with a contractor working on the Elementary School addition.

That premise, by the way, didn’t cut it with his doctor, who called a timeout on the coaching career. Ron argued that he could calm down his coaching style if he could still be on the bench. That argument drew a technical foul from the doctor, who reminded him that he had once played for him and knew from personal experience his former coach was having what could generously only be called a slight memory loss!

That’s all history now, and Ron has done some fine coaching since his recovery.

Getting back to the meeting, when a motion was asked for, Bob Stekel somehow beat Tiger fanatic Carl Baller in raising his hand. He drew plenty of laughter when he announced, “I’ll second Carl’s motion!”

Plenty of folks will join me in saying, “Welcome back, my friend!”


Now that we’ve properly paid tribute to our mothers on their special day, here’s a humorous look back at what...and how...they taught us some of life’s great lessons.

My mother taught me logic: “Because I said so, that’s why!”

My mother taught me religion: “You better pray that comes out of the carpet!”

My mother taught me foresight: “Make sure that you wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident!”

My mother taught me about stamina: “You’ll sit there until you eat that spinach!”

My mother taught me about anticipation: "Just wait until we get home!”

My mother taught me medical science: “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way!”

My mother taught me genetics: “You’re just like your father!”

My mother taught me how to be an adult: “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you will never grow up!”

My mother taught me about my roots! “Shut that door behind you. Were you born in a barn?"

My mother taught me about irony: “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about!”

My mother taught me about wisdom: “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand!”

And the winner! My mother taught me about justice: “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they grow up just like you!”