Lawrence “Larry” Damon 80, of Milan, formerly of Dillsboro passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at Ripley Crossing. Larry was born Saturday, January 15, 1938, the son of Ervin and Thelma (Richardson) Damon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM #151 and American Legion Post #452. He was a 1954 Dillsboro High School graduate. Larry worked at Monsanto for 42 years as a fork lift operator. He enjoyed Jeep racing- Gravel Rama and spending time with his family.Larry is survived by son: Mike Damon of Northfield, Ohio; Daughters: Tammy (Scott) Bowling of Sharonville; Joyce Engel of Dillsboro. 5 Grandchildren, 5 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Judy Goodman.Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Monday July 9, 2018 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home with Allen Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro. Visitation will be 10-11:45 a.m. Monday, July 9 also at the funeral home. Masonic Service will also be Monday 11:45 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Dillsboro Life Squad or Dillsboro Fire Department. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home of Dillsboro is entrusted with arrangements; 12887 Lenover Street Box 146 Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480. You may go to filter-devries-moorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearComing off a pair of wins, including a unanimous decision triumph over Josh Sampo last time out, the 31-year-old “Honey Badger” is a tough test with proven talents and exactly the type of opponent Bunch needs to get through if he hopes to scale the divisional ladder in 2019.If he keeps his winning streak intact through this weekend, don’t be surprised to see Bunch land on the main card in a marquee matchup next time out, potentially with a title shot hanging in the balance. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Shawn Bunch Record: 8-3 overall; 5-2 Bellator MMADivision: BantamweightTeam: American Kickboxing AcademyIf I were writing a fantasy sports profile on Shawn Bunch, I would refer to the 35-year-old Bellator MMA bantamweight as a “post-hype sleeper” because after getting a lot of press and praise early in his career and struggling, the former All-American wrestler and Olympic alternate has put together a nice little winning streak heading into his Bellator 219 showdown with Dominic Mazzotta this weekend in Temecula, California.Join DAZN and watch Bellator 219 on March 29A close friend of UFC heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and graduate of Edinboro University, the same school that produced Josh Koscheck, Chris Honeycutt, Gregor Gillespie and the leader singer of Train, Pat Monahan, “Bunch the Great” went 4-1 in his first five professional bouts, all of which came under the Bellator MMA banner. But a loss to future champ Darrion Caldwell dropped him to 4-2 and was followed by a split-decision setback on the regional circuit, prompting many to cast him aside as another standout wrestler who just couldn’t put it all together inside the cage.But a funny thing happened on the way to Bunch being left behind for good: he started putting together a nice little winning streak.Three straight wins in the regional circuit earned him a call back to the Bellator MMA cage and last November at Bellator 210, the 35-year-old picked up the biggest win of his career, registering a first-round stoppage victory over former two-division champ Joe Warren.Now, Warren isn’t the same marauder that he was earlier in this career, but he’s still a seasoned veteran who had previously only lost to divisional standouts at both featherweight and bantamweight, so while the tendency is to want to diminish his standing and Bunch’s performance as a result, that feels a little forced.Additionally, this was only Bunch’s 11th professional bout, so while he has a wealth of experience as a competitor, he’s still relatively young as a mixed martial artist. While some who make the move from the mats to the cage adjust and acclimate quickly, others need a little more time to figure out how to put everything together efficiently and effectively and it wouldn’t be out of the question for the AKA product to finally be reaching that point.It feels like Bunch was at a disadvantage, perception-wise, when he made the move to MMA because so many of his contemporaries and various others who make the same transition did so seamlessly, most notably Cormier, who had already won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by the time he was through his 10th fight.Expectations got too high for Olympic-level athletes shifting to MMA and fighters like Bunch and many others suffered as a result when they didn’t roll in and set the world on fire in the came fashion.Now, more than six years after his debut and coming off the biggest win of his career, Bunch may be poised to put together a run towards the top of the bantamweight division.Mazzotta is a tremendous measuring stick and in a comparable position as Bunch, having earned acclaim on the regional circuit and won all but two of his 16 professional appearances, with his setbacks coming against former UFC champ Cody Garbrandt and unbeaten Bellator MMA rising star A.J. McKee.
As for the trade itself, it’s a big move, as Ohai was a star for the Dash. She was the second overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft, selected by Houston, and has spent her career with the team. Ohai was a team captain over the past three seasons and owns the club record for goals scored (28).In 2016 she was named to the NWSL Best XI team, and her impressive season led to a call up to the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. She didn’t make the final roster, but did spend time in training camp with the USWNT.Very proud of you and excited for you!!I’ll hold it down here, you dominate in Chicago!❤️💙 https://t.co/2nXTDhRJ3K— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 6, 2020″I want to thank the entire Houston organization and the wonderful fans for my last 6 years as a Dash player,” Ohai said in a video posted to Twitter. “I have created lasting friendships and Houston will always be my home. I’m excited for a new opportunity with Chicago and to become the best player I can be.” This headline is trash.Kealia Ohai (which is her name by the way, since you didn’t even bother to mention it) is incredible entirely on her own merit and deserves to be treated as such.Be better than this. https://t.co/82GMrYOv9U— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 7, 2020MORE: Texans will need to rely on Deshaun Watson for NFL playoff runAs Watt points out, the tweet doesn’t mention her name. ABC 13 was likely going for an SEO play as Watt is a highly searched player, especially with the Texans still being alive in the playoffs. But this is a questionable approach with a story like this.It’s unclear whether that was ABC 13’s original headline, or just the social copy that was used for the tweet. The headline currently reads, “Houston Dash star Kealia Ohai traded to Chicago.” Kealia Ohai was traded from the Houston Dash to the Chicago Red Stars on Monday after six seasons with the team. Ohai is engaged to Texans star J.J. Watt, and that led some in the media to frame the story in an odd way.News station ABC 13 in Houston sent out a tweet announcing the news with the phrasing: “Houston Dash trade J.J. Watt’s fiancee to Chicago.” The tweet was criticized by many, and eventually made its way to Watt who quote-tweeted it and called the headline “trash.”