On Oct. 6, two college football quarterbacks with Terre Haute connections had big days as first-time starters replacing their team’s regular signalcallers.
Stanford’s Tavita Pritchard, the son of former Terre Haute resident Kelli Miller Pritchard, led the Cardinal to a stunning 24-23 win over then-No. 1 Southern California.
Closer to home, former Terre Haute resident Shaine Tierney saw his first extensive action for St. Francis and scored a pair of touchdowns as the Cougars defeated Marian 57-7.
Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford on fourth-and-goal with 49 seconds left as Stanford won over the Trojans despite being a 41-point underdog. He completed 11 of 30 passes for 149 yards in that game, and completed 12 of 27 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 38-36 loss to TCU.
Kelli Pritchard and her family — parents George and Jeannie and siblings Mike, George and Kathy — moved to Washington in the late 1970s. Tavita’s father, David Pritchard, was a starting center at Washington State who played in the 1981 Holiday Bowl. His uncle is Jack Thompson (”The Throwin’ Samoan”), legendary quarterback at Washington State.
The Pritchards still have relatives in Terre Haute. George Wright is Jeannie Miller’s brother, and he and his wife Marti are the parents of former Terre Haute North basketball player Mark Wright and Kristen Gauer, wife of North assistant football coach Greg Gauer.
Pritchard, a redshirt sophomore, became the Stanford starter when T.C. Ostrander suffered a seizure at a Palo Alto restaurant on Sept. 30 and was held out of the USC game for precautionary reasons.
Saint Francis quarterback Jeff Wedding sat out the Marian game due to a nagging injury, and Tierney took advantage of the opportunity.
Tierney completed 9 of 14 passes for 115 yards and scored Saint Francis’ first two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 15 yards. He finished with 57 rushing yards.
Tierney is a redshirt freshman, and shared quarterback duties on the day with true freshman Jordan Wise
“It was a concern when you have your No. 1 guy out, so that lies on the shoulders of a couple young freshmen that have never been in that situation in their college career,” SF Coach Kevin Donley told the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. “I was really proud of both of them. They really stepped up and did an outstanding job.”
Tierney completed 9 of 12 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday’s 69-29 win over Taylor.
He is the son of Leo and Deb Tierney.
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In other news:
• Evinger shining for Canyons — Northview grad Joe Evinger has started every game at left guard for the College of the Canyons, and helped the Cougars to a 5-1 record going into this weekend’s game against East Los Angeles Junior College.
Cougar Coach Garett Tujague said he has seen a lot of improvement so far in the 6-6, 330-pounder and hopes to see that improvement continue.
“Joe has steadily improved from week to week, playing left guard for us through out the year,” Tujague said. “We saw film on him in high school, and you never know until they get here if guys like Joe are going to be able to adapt to the speed of the game.”
Tujague said that Evinger leads the team in “pancake” blocks, which drive defenders flat on their backs.
“Joe is getting better each and every day, and I think that all the big schools will come back around after the effort Joe has put in with our strength and condition coach,” Tujague added. “His overall speed and strength have greatly improved, not to mention his foot speed and his pad level. Joe has lived up to our expectations and then some.”
• Phegley regains stroke — The Indiana baseball team concluded its fall practice season last weekend, with the Cream team taking the intrasquad series 3-2. Sophomore catcher Josh Phegley of Terre Haute North led the Cream with a pair of home runs.
“Overall we had a strong fall practice season,” IU coach Tracy Smith said. “It was nice to see a good number of our players step up, particularly Josh [Phegley] and [pitcher] Matt [Bashore].”
Phegley hit .425 with his two home runs and 17 RBI for the fall scrimmage schedule.
Indiana returns 22 letterwinners, including seven starting position players and nine pitchers from the 2007 team.
• Hoosiers down Purdue — On Wednesday, the Indiana Hoosiers battled Purdue in a conference volleyball match televised on the Big Ten Network.
In that match, IU improved to 13-7 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten with a 3-1 win.
Terre Haute South’s Lauren Ditteon had 15 kills on the night, second highest on the team.
• Rehmel to be redshirted — Sophomore guard Jared Rehmel of Shakamak will not play basketball this season for Olney Central College after suffering serious injuries in a car accident in August.
OCC Coach Mike Burris said last weekend that Rehmel, an all-Region performer last season, is being redshirted with hopes of returning next year.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” Burris said. “If he hadn’t been wearing a seat belt, he wouldn’t have made it. He’s been cleared for some light shooting, but he still has a long way to go. He’s a hard worker and we’re hopeful he makes a full recovery.”
Rehmel is one of two former Shakamak Lakers who will sit out due to injury at OCC this year, as baseball standout Ridge Inman is sidelined after having Tommy John surgery.
Burris said that Terre Haute South grad J.T. Hatfield is performing extremely well in preseason workouts and should be a big contributor this year.
• Russell getting back on track – Terre Haute North grad Mike Russell had his best game of the season last Saturday as 14th-ranked Wabash College remained unbeaten by defeating defending North Coast Athletic Conference champion Wittenberg 24-17.
Eight different Little Giants caught passes, led by Russell’s 9 receptions for 110 yards.
“It’s great to be back,” Russell said. “The guys are always awesome but to be able to get out there and play my best ball, and definitely against Witt, it’s good again.”
Russell also remembered last season’s tough 19-17 Wittenberg come-from-behind win and offered up his own redemption.
“Last year I left two interceptions on the field that were my fault,” he said. “I definitely felt like I needed to pay the team back. I took a lot of responsibility for last year and it feels good to get that off my chest.”
• Shiflett sets PR — Freshman Robert Shiflett of North Central ran second for Purdue in the men’s open division of the Pre-Nationals cross country race at the Lavern Gibson Course east of Terre Haute on Oct. 13.
Shiflett completed the course in a career-best time of 25:41.0.
• Trivia question — Name the person who fits the following description:
• Was a member of the Fort Wayne Northrop baseball team that defeated Terre Haute North 4-2 in the 1983 Indiana high school state championship game.
• Went on to star at a Missouri Valley Conference school.
• Is currently a major-league manager.
See the answer at the end of this column.
• Chagnon to VU — Sullivan senior setter Alyssa Chagnon has made a verbal commitment to play volleyball at Vincennes University next fall.
Chagnon was recently named to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association academic all-state team. She is Sullivan’s career leader in assists with more than 2,100, and earlier this season she broke the school record for serving aces with 77.
Chagnon also ranks among the state leaders in kills, aces and assists.
Northview senior Lottie King has attracted interest from many schools, and has made an official visit to Southern Indiana.
Both Chagnon and King were members of the Crossroads of America 18 Red team that went 8-3 and finished third in the 18 Club Division of AAU Nationals last summer at Orlando, Fla.
• Blank retires – Luke Blank of Terre Haute North has transferred from Lindenwood to Indiana State to complete his degree requirements.
Blank attended the University of Indianapolis for three years and played two seasons there before going to play at the Missouri school last season.
Andre Dickson, another former North standout, is on the roster for Lindenwood Coach Ryan Cherepkai’s team.
• Woodason to ISU — Andrew Woodason, a 2007 Terre Haute North grad, had intended to play baseball at Indiana Wesleyan but has had a change of plans and is now a member of the team at Indiana State.
• Trivia answer — Eric Wedge, who was a freshman at Northrop in 1983 and went on to Wichita State before leading the Cleveland Indians to the American League Championship Series this year.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter who now teaches at Northview High School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Oct. 6, two college football quarterbacks with Terre Haute connections had big days as first-time starters replacing their team’s regular signalcallers.
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Lively was impressive enough to earn a Division I scholarship to Southeast Missouri State of the Ohio Valley Conference, and both her future and past college coaches think she will continue to succeed there.
“She fits what we need,” SEMO coach Ty Margenthaler said. “She has college experience, she is strong and physical and plays well around the basket and moves well.
“Her strength, rebounding and touch around the basket will be a big help. On the defensive end, she’ll be able to guard a true center.”
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