TERRE HAUTE — Basketball season is upon us again, and it’s time to take a look at where former Wabash Valley standouts will be competing this winter.
A thorough examination of all college Web sites in Indiana and Illinois, plus others known to have local talent outside the bi-state area, shows a total of 14 area graduates coaching in college and 42 players competing collegiately.
Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South each has eight graduates either coaching or player to lead the area schools.
Most of the coaches are in the same location as last year, with the only exceptions being Terre Haute North grad Clint Weddle switching from Indianapolis to Indiana State, South Vermillion’s Lou Gudino moving from Louisiana Tech to Indiana State and former local resident Mike Roberts being promoted on Ben Braun’s staff to assistant coach for the California Bears.
Marshall native Jeff Strohm, a finalist for the Indiana State job last spring who has been an assistant coach at Western Kentucky the past two seasons, left WKU this summer to pursue other career goals.
“Jeff will be moving on to pursue his career goals of being a head coach or working at a higher level of basketball, possibly the NBA,” said WKU Coach Darrin Horn.
Of the players, 27 are men and 15 are women. Eight of the players toil at the NCAA Division I level, while four play NCAA Division II, nine play in NCAA Division III, 12 play for junior colleges and nine play for either NAIA or other small-school division programs.
Several players are returning to the court after a year away.
Included in that group are:
• Robinson’s Tyson Schnitker, the former Indiana State standout who will be completing his eligibility this year at Southern Indiana.
• North’s Andre Dickson, who has not played for a few seasons but is resurrecting his career at Lindenwood.
• North’s Dan O’Leary, who sat out last season but is returning to action for Hanover.
• South’s Brooke Daugherty, who played briefly for Danville Area CC before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
• South’s J.T. Hatfield, who graduated in 2005 and is making his collegiate debut for Olney Central.
• South’s Travis Davis, who was injured last year but returns for his sophomore season at Illinois Central.
As always, several players who previously competed have ended their careers despite having eligibility remaining.
The most prominent of those is North Vermillion grad Allison Hughes, who has decided to forego her senior season at St. Joseph’s.
Hughes was the leading scorer for the Pumas last year at 17.5 points per game, and was the fifth-leading scorer in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
A Dean’s List student in business administration, Hughes plans to resume her playing career next winter.
“I’m going to finish out the year at Saint Joe and get my undergraduate degree,” she said recently. “Next year, I will be looking to use my last year of eligibility at a school that I have not yet determined [while pursuing a master’s degree].”
Allison’s older sister, Ashley Hughes, graduated from St. Joseph’s in 2006 after an excellent playing career there, and spent last season as an assistant coach for the Pumas under Amy Siegel (now an Indiana State assistant). Ashley is now a student at Rose-Hulman pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering.
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• Morgan starts coaching career — Former North Vermillion and DePauw University softball player Annie Morgan has been named graduate assistant coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc.
Morgan was a member of DePauw’s NCAA Central Regional Championship team that ended up finishing fifth overall at the Division III World Series last spring. She was mainly a utility player that specialized in base running.
“Annie is knowledgeable and likes the strategy side of the game,” said Lakeland Coach Chad Buchmann. “Her championship experiences will help her make coaching adjustments, as well as help our program reach our goal of making the NCAA tournament.”
Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from DePauw with an emphasis in sport and exercise science. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in theology.
• Graves in nation’s top 50 — Butler senior guard A.J. Graves of White River Valley has been named to the Preseason Top 50 Candidates list for the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor.
Graves was named to the Wooden Award Midseason All-America team, featuring the Top 30 candidates for the Wooden Award, a year ago. He finished the season as Butler’s leading scorer, while helping the Bulldogs to a school-record 29-7 campaign, a championship in the NIT Season Tip-Off, a co-championship in the Horizon League and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
The 6-1 guard averaged 16.9 points in 2006-07 and finished second in the NCAA Division I in free throw shooting (.948). He was named MVP of the NIT Season Tip-Off, after leading Butler to consecutive victories over Notre Dame, Indiana, No. 22 Tennessee and No. 23 Gonzaga, and he earned honorable mention All-America recognition. He also was named a first team Academic All-American.
Last month, Graves was named Horizon League preseason Player of the Year.
On Thursday night, Graves had a team-high19 points as Butler defeated St. Joseph’s 75-50 in an exhibition contest.
• USI No. 10 — The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team received its second preseason ranking of the fall when the Division II Bulletin placed the Screaming Eagles in its Top 25 at number 10.
The Screaming Eagles, who were ranked seventh last week by the Sporting News 2007-08 College Basketball Magazine, have been ranked in the preseason each year since 1993-94 and have been a preseason fifth or better 11 times in the last 14 seasons.
Besides Schnitker, the only other local product with the Screaming Eagles is sophomore guard Brent Owen of Chrisman.
• DACC No. 11 — Linton native Mike Carpenter improved a struggling Danville Area Community College men’s basketball program to a 14-17 record last year, and the Jaguars have earned a No. 11 pre-season ranking in the NJCAA Division II pre-season poll.
“We play a style that hasn’t been seen here before. It’s an athletic, up-tempo exciting brand of ball,” Carpenter told the Danville Commercial-News. “We’re going to push the ball and play above the rim. We feature several long and quick players who can excel at multiple positions on the court. It’s a style similar to Kansas, Florida and North Carolina.”
Among the returnees for DACC are South Putnam’s Ronnie Williams and first-team pre-season All-America selection Marcus Thomas.
Thomas holds school records for three-pointers in a season (79) and three-point field goal percentage in a season at 47.8 percent.
“We’re ready to get going. There hasn’t been a winning season here since 2000,” Carpenter said. “We have good quality players who are good students and hard working young men. It has the potential to be a very rewarding year.”
• Conrady, Mocs to battle IU — Indiana’s men’s basketball team will open the regular season on Nov. 12 by playing Chattanooga, a team which made the NCAA tournament two years ago.
Terre Haute South grad David Conrady, who led the Braves to the semistate finals in 1982, is the associate head coach for the Mocs.
• Kelly scores 10 for Hawkeyes — Former Marshall High School standout Jake Kelly, a freshman at Iowa, scored in double figures in his first collegiate game on Thursday.
Kelly scored 10 points in 16 minutes as Iowa beat Division III Simpson College 56-30 in an exhibition game. Kelly hit 2 of 3 shots from the field, both 3-pointers, and also went 4 for 4 at the free throw line. He also had one rebound.
Iowa has just 11 players on its roster this year due to several defections after former coach Steve Alford took the New Mexico job.
• Trendelman paces St. Joe’s — The St. Joseph’s volleyball team lost both matches on its final road trip of the season recently, falling by identical 3-0 scores to Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine.
Joy Trendelman of Terre Haute South had a team-high 18 kills for the weekend.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter who now teaches at Northview High School. He can be reached at email@example.com.
TERRE HAUTE — Basketball season is upon us again, and it’s time to take a look at where former Wabash Valley standouts will be competing this winter.
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Catching up as the school year winds down
Odds and ends from here and there as the school year quickly winds down. For starters, high jumper Nick Jaeger of Terre Haute South was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s male track & field newcomer of the year:
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Hillary Lively signed to play Division II basketball at Maryville (Mo.) during her senior year at North Vermillion, but those plans changed and she would up at nearby Danville Area Community College — where she recently concluded an outstanding two-year career.
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.”
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley prep athletes getting ready for next level
The NCAA “regular” signing period begins Wednesday for all sports except football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo.
COLLEGE REPORT: Conferences honor Valley softball players
Several Wabash Valley area college softball players have been honored by their respective conferences for outstanding play this spring.
COLLEGE REPORT: Jake Newton makes big impact for Lincoln Trail College
Jake Newton had a long time between playing in competitive basketball games, a span of about 18 months, and used the frustration from that long dry spell to produce a stellar freshman season for Lincoln Trail College this winter.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed earns SEC Player of the Week honors
After belting three home runs during a five games last week, Kentucky sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
COLLEGE REPORT: Spring newcomers making marks
Several freshman baseball and softball NCAA Division I players from the Wabash Valley have already made immediate impacts at their new schools, while others are waiting for their turns to shine.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed named third-team preseason baseball All-American
Two-way sophomore standout A.J. Reed was one of three University of Kentucky players named third-team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
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Wabash College freshman Ross Sponsler of Terre Haute North was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 6.
COLLEGE REPORT: North grad Hughes finds success after facing preseason adversity
A.J. Hughes knew he was in for a battle as he competed with three other walk-on punters in the preseason for the lone starting job on the Virginia Tech football team.
Etling, Meggs enjoying great year
It’s been a great year so far with more to come for a pair of longtime friends and St. Patrick’s School classmates.
Former Terre Haute resident Jack Meggs quarterbacked the Bellevue Wolverines football team to the Washington Class 3A state championship this fall, culminating with a 35-3 win over Sammamish Eastside Catholic — Bellevue’s fifth straight crown.
Danny Etling, meanwhile, has completed graduation requirements at Terre Haute South and is preparing for an upcoming high school all-star game and his first college classes in a couple of weeks.
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley’s women’s college hoops players start strong
Several women’s college basketball players from the Wabash Valley have gotten off to good starts this season on the hardwood. Highlights:
COLLEGE REPORT: Mayhew, Mascari provide fall highlights
Several dozen Wabash Valley athletes enjoyed successful fall seasons collegiately in cross country and tennis this year.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former North teammates start strong in college
Former Terre Haute North teammates Ross Sponsler and Matt O’Leary made their college basketball debuts last week and had outstanding initial performances.
COLLEGE REPORT: Shoemaker OBP leads Chisox farmhands
Former Indiana State, Olney Central and Northview baseball standout Brady Shoemaker opened a lot of eyes last summer in the Chicago White Sox farm system, earning him a spot on a mlb.com blog team that highlighted the team’s outstanding minor leaguers at each position.
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Melanie Boeglin, an All-American who played on the women’s basketball team at Indiana State from 2002-2006, will be inducted into the 21st class of the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday.
COLLEGE REPORT: North grad leading DePauw volleyball in winning streak
DePauw’s volleyball team has won seven straight matches entering this weekend’s DePauw Invitational, including four straight wins last weekend to capture the Rose-Hulman invitational title.
COLLEGE REPORT: Engle moving up football coaching ranks
Michael Engle graduated from DePauw University in the spring of 2011 with a degree in political science and future plans to advance his studies in law school.
Being a coach’s son and a competitive athlete by nature, Engle has put those plans on hold for now.
COLLEGE REPORT: From Terre Haute South to Division I competition to coaching careers
Adriane Wunderlich and Katelyn Bishop both turned stellar high school careers at Terre Haute South into Division I collegiate careers at Indiana State and Southern California, respectively.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former prep athletes getting ready for fall college season
An impressive total of at least 122 Wabash Valley athletes and coaches will be competing collegiately for the first time during the upcoming school year or have changed schools to continue their careers.
COLLEGE REPORT: SP’s Boetjer is Indiana’s Miss Softball
South Putnam’s Brooke Boetjer, who will be a freshman on the Indiana University softball team next spring, was named the 2012 Indiana Miss Softball last month between games at the North/South All-Star games in Carmel.
College report: North grad Mayhew is second team all-American at IU
Indiana University running standout Zach Mayhew of Terre Haute North was honored earlier this month as a second-team All-American by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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Bloomfield track/cross country standout Julie Riggins will be joining the developing IUPUI program next fall as one of six incoming recruits.
COLLEGE REPORT: Roberts takes coaching position at UNC-Greensboro
Terre Haute native Mike Roberts is continuing his climb up the college basketball coaching ladder, recently departing Rice for a spot as the associate head coach at North Carolina-Greensboro.
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley grads playing role for No. 13 Vincennes
A few springtime odds and ends:
COLLEGE REPORT: Shouse making his mark for Danville Community College
Derek Shouse definitely flew under the radar in his one season of playing for the Terre Haute South boys basketball team last winter.
Not highly recruited, he made his way to Danville Area Community College as a walk-on with the hopes he could find his way onto the court at some point.
COLLEGE REPORT: Bullock finds sunny home to continue tennis career
Most college athletes progress along similar paths to get to their final destinations athletically, but Terre Haute South grad Taylor Bullock’s route to the Eckerd College women’s tennis team was a little different than most.
COLLEGE REPORT: TH South QB entertains Division I offers
Danny Etling’s trek to being a big-time college quarterback took a huge step this week when the Terre Haute South junior picked up a scholarship offer from Purdue, according to 247sports.com.
COLLEGE REPORT: Seibert stepping up her game
Terre Haute South grad Haley Seibert has seen the usual ups and downs of her freshman basketball season at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne and is making the most of her opportunities this season.
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West Vigo grad Lauren Dailey helped the Lady Vikings basketball program to a lot of success at the end of the 1990s, and went on to play for Eastern Illinois from 2001-2004.
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