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Terre Haute South at Ben Davis
The action — The Terre Haute South Braves (8-10, 1-4 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) visit the Ben Davis Giants (10-4, 3-2 MIC) for South’s only game this weekend. The Braves are looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
The time — Game will tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The airwaves — None locally.
The coaches — Scott Ridge is 16-25 in his second year at Terre Haute South. Mark James is 28-11 in his second year at Ben Davis and 466-241 in his 31st year overall.
Probable starting lineups — For South, 5-10 senior Kevaris Gregory, 6-0 senior Logan Steward and 6-2 senior Preston Tofaute at guards, 6-2 senior Jeffrey Turner at forward and 6-4 sophomore Timmy Herin at center.
For Ben Davis, 6-2 junior Mike Beaty, 5-8 Kendall Broome and 6-4 senior Tony Wills at guard, with 6-3 senior Deaire Tate and 6-6 sophomore Brennan Gillis at center.
Key reserves — For South, 5-11 G Connor Shipley, 5-11 senior Shane Stanley, 5-11 sophomore Spence Tofaute and 5-10 sophomore Jared Wolfe.
For Ben Davis, 6-3 senior Jordan King and 6-0 senior Jeff Wilson.
Team leaders — For South, Jeffrey Turner is one of the state’s top scorers, averaging 25.7 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Kevaris Gregory is averaging 10.9 points and 2.5 steals. Wills, an Illinois State recruit, leads the Giants in scoring.
Recent games — Ben Davis is coming off a 72-44 loss at Carmel. South is coming off a 50-39 loss to Terre Haute North.
Last meeting — Ben Davis won last season 76-64.
Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on the Giants: “They’re solid. All their losses are to MIC schools and Pike. They’re physical. They’re a strong team inside and out. Take care of the ball and play good defense.”
Ridge on the Braves: “We were tied or had a lead with three or four minutes to go [against North]. Similar to the Carmel game. We’ve got to put that fourth quarter together. We’ve been hanging in games then losing them at the end.”
“Sophmores Shipley and Spence Tofaute are both coming off injuries that they’ve been playing through so we expect them to increase their production. They’ve been playing through it, but I think they’re ready to step up into more of a role.”
James on the Braves: “Terre Haute South is much improved from where they were earlier in the year. Turner plays at a high level and the other kids on the team just keep getting better.”
James on his team: “On the other had, we are not playing well right now. We hope to make this a competitive game. We did not compete last week as Carmel drilled us by 28 points.”
— Compiled by Craig Pearson
Indianapolis North Central at Terre Haute North
Terre Haute North at Evansville Reitz
The action — Indianapolis North Central’s ninth-ranked Panthers (10-4, 3-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) come to Terre Haute today to face North’s Patriots (10-6, 1-2) in a conference game. On Saturday, the Patriots travel to Evansville to face another group of Panthers, these from Reitz (10-6 going into tonight’s game at Jeffersonville).
The time — Tonight’s varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the varsity game should begin at 8 p.m. EST.
The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The coaches — Doug Mitchell is 338-137 in his 20th season at Indianapolis North Central. Todd Woelfle is 73-43 in his fifth year at Terre Haute North. Michael Adams is 247-192 in his 20th season at Reitz, 306-204 in his 23rd season overall.
Probable starting lineups — Possible starters for North Central are 5-4 senior Wade Stallings and 6-2 freshman Eron Gordon in backcourt with 6-8 junior Perry Poindexter, 6-6 senior Chandler Rowe and 6-6, 285-pound senior Darius Latham up front. Latham is an Indiana University football recruit; Gordon is the younger brother of former IU basketball star Eric Gordon, currently with the New Orleans Hornets.
North’s starters are expected to be 6-5 seniors Calvin Blank and Austin Lewis up front, 6-2 senior Steven Davis and 5-10 senior Nate Jahn in backcourt, with the fifth starter either 6-5 senior Patrick Hart or 5-11 senior Casey Vickers.
Possible starters for Reitz are 6-1 sophomore Jaylen Sanford and 5-11 senior Kameron Malone in backcourt with 6-1 senior Alex Stein, 6-2 sophomore Nate Hansen and either 6-3 junior Logan Worthington or 6-3 junior Jordan Summers up front. A usual starter for the Panthers, 6-0 sophomore Mario Barnes, is out with an injury.
Key reserves — For North Central: 6-4 junior Michael Loggan, 6-2 sophomore Aaron Banks, 5-10 junior Jeff Harris, 5-8 sophomore Wes Stowers and 6-5 freshman Antonio Singleton. Senior Collin Bridgeforth is unavailable for this week’s game.
For North: 6-2 senior A.J. Grady, 6-0 senior Charles Dillahunt and 6-2 seniors Chris Schenck and Evan Low.
For Reitz: 6-0 sophomore Milik Higgins and 5-11 freshman Blake Ruckman.
Team leaders — Gordon leads North Central in scoring at 18.7 points per game, with Latham averaging 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and Poindexter 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Blank and Lewis both average in double figures for North. Sanford is the leader of a balanced attack for Reitz.
Recent games — North Central’s only game last weekend was a 69-62 win over Warren Central. North’s only game was a 50-39 win over Terre Haute South. Reitz played twice last week, losing 85-78 to Evansville Central but beating Floyd Central 74-56.
Last meeting — North lost 68-48 to North Central last year, but won 62-48 the following night against Reitz. The Patriots haven’t beaten North Central since a 59-57 decision on Feb. 4, 2005, while Reitz had a 52-50 win over North on Feb. 23, 2011.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on the Patriots: “Austin Lewis did a really good job on [Jeffrey] Turner defensively [against South], and I was pleased with our composure in the fourth quarter [of that game]; we were able to get to the free throw line, we hit those free throws and we iced the game.”
Mitchell on his Panthers: “We’ve won something like seven of eight against really tough competition. Nothing’s been easy; our four losses were all against top-10 teams and some of those you get and some you don’t. But we’re heading in the right direction.”
Woelfle on the weekend: “North Central is very athletic and skilled, and Evansville Reitz is one of our more extensive scouts of the year because they run multiple sets and they execute very well.”
Mitchell on the Patriots: “They just won’t go away. They’re a really good ball-control team and good at keeping control of their tempo. It will be a battle of wills.”
Adams on his Panthers: “Our schedule is just brutal, but we’ve been competitive in every game. There have been a lot of positives, but we’ve got to be able to finish the deal against good teams.”
Adams on the Patriots: “The league they play in is really, really good, so they’ll be a challenge for us. They’re a good team and a good program.”
— Compiled by Andy Amey
Rockville at West Vigo
The action — The West Vigo Vikings (8-8) will play host to the Class A No. 1-ranked Rockville Rox (18-0 before tonight’s game at Fountain Central) for a nonconference clash Saturday night. West Vigo will be celebrating its homecoming this weekend.
The time — Varsity tipoff is slated for about 7:30.
The airwaves — No broadcasts planned in the Wabash Valley.
The coaches — Dave Mahurin is 158-79 in his 10th year at Rockville and 283-221 in his 23rd year overall before tonight, while Joe Boehler is 62-47 in his fifth season at West Vigo.
Probable starting lineups — For Rockville, 6-7 senior Lane Mahurin and 6-4 senior Jordon McFall at forwards, 6-0 senior Joel Wittenmyer, 6-1 senior Gary Ulrich and 5-8 sophomore Keiontre Wilkey at guards.
For West Vigo, 6-3 senior Aaron Kirby and 6-1 senior Adrien Corenflos at forwards, 6-1 sophomore Alex West at center, 5-11 senior Cade Lindsey and 5-7 senior Kyle Stewart at guards.
Key reserves — For Rockville, 6-7 senior Nick Waltz and 6-3 senior Trevor Woodard.
For West Vigo, 6-0 senior Lance Stonebarger, 6-0 sophomore Braiden Cardinal, 6-2 sophomore Grant Daley and 5-9 sophomore Tyler Hayes.
Team leaders — For Rockville, Lane Mahurin is tallying about 21 points per game, Ulrich is next at about 16 ppg and McFall is at about 10 ppg. For West Vigo, Stewart is averaging about 13 points per outing and Corenflos is next at about 10 ppg.
Injury report — All regulars appear healthy.
Recent games — Last Saturday, Rockville won at home over Seeger 71-44 and West Vigo lost at Evansville North 70-37.
Last meeting — On Feb. 4, 2012, West Vigo lost at Rockville 53-46.
Coaches’ quotes — Boehler on his squad: “We had a really rough weekend last week [with losses to Edgewood and Evansville North] … but we feel like we had an opportunity to learn from those two games. We’re going to try to focus on ourselves this Saturday night and try to be a better basketball team.”
Boehler on playing the Rox: “Obviously, they’re one of the best teams in the state. I think they have the best record in the state — 18-0 — possibly 19-0 by Saturday. They’ve got very good players who know their role perfectly. Lane Mahurin is a future college basketball player … does so much for their team. He’s a difficult matchup for anybody.”
Dave Mahurin on his squad: “Being 18-0, it’s hard to get too upset. There’s still some things we need to get better at, though. We have to get mentally tougher. We take some possessions off defensively every now and then.”
Dave Mahurin on playing the Vikings: “They’ll be good against us. They always play us very tough. They’re competitors and they’re very well-coached. We’re going to have to defend them well.”
— Compiled by David Hughes
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Terre Haute South at Ben Davis
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Northview's Taylor Carter to play in state all-star softball game
Recent Northview High School graduate Taylor Carter will compete Saturday in the annual North-South All-Star softball doubleheader at the Cherry Tree Complex at Carmel.
Goatee, Bertoli ran away with Spring Athlete of the Year
When honoring athletes after a season of excellence, the phrase “what might have been” doesn’t usually come up.
But in the case of Terre Haute South’s Jackson Bertoli and Terre Haute North’s TaPring Goatee – the Tribune-Star’s Athletes of the Year for spring sports – there’s an air of unfinished business despite obvious recent successes.
Post 346 opens tournament with two victories
Preston Tofaute got on base enough to score three runs, Cody Thornton smashed a two-run triple in the first inning and pitcher Pete Lannoo scattered four hits over a seven-inning complete game.
All of that helped Wayne Newton Post 346 down Lafayette Post 11 by a 7-2 score in the opener of the Terre Haute Inviatational tournament for American Legion baseball Thursday afternoon at Terre Haute North High School.
North boys move up to 13th in golf state finals
Early Wednesday morning, Terre Haute North senior Ryan Baker and coach Abe Nasser headed out to the Legends of Indiana Golf Course for a range session.
Baker wasn’t happy with the 85 he shot in Tuesday’s first round of the IHSAA boys golf state finals.
“He was frustrated,” Nasser said.
Problem solved. Baker bounced back with a 2-over 74 Wednesday, helping the Patriots improve their team score by seven strokes.
The Patriots shot 304 as a team Wednesday, giving them a two-day score of 615, good for 13th place in the 15-team field.
Big hill to climb for North golf
Terre Haute North boys golf is 21 strokes behind leaders at IHSAA boys golf tourney.
Top of her game
There are a lot of surprising facts about blossoming volleyball prodigy Caitlyn Newton, including that shape-shifting thing she can apparently do, but maybe one of them stands out the most. She may only be scratching the surface.
Camp, Howe win, then lose in state tennis tourney
Miranda Camp and Nicole Howe of Terre Haute South won their first match of high school tennis Friday at the state individual doubles finals, then won the first set against a powerful Park Tudor team before falling in three sets.
Terre Haute North heading back to state finals in boys golf
Terre Haute North is going back to the state finals in boys high school golf for the first time in more than 10 years. The Patriots qualified for a trip to The Legends Course next week by tying for third in the Washington Regional at Country Oaks Golf Club and advancing with the better fifth score.
North, South, Sullivan to compete at golf regional
Boys high school golf teams from the Wabash Valley will compete in the Washington Regional on Thursday, seeking a spot in the state finals to be played next week.
Terre Haute North falls 6-1 to Brownsburg in opening game of Class 4A Regional
Terre Haute North coach Shawn Turner told the Patriots to raise their heads. He wanted to see their eyes at the close of their 24-7 high school baseball season.
Terre Haute North girls shine on dreary day at track state finals
Led by a record setting 3,200-meter relay team and Keirra Porter’s long jump, Terre Haute North turned in its best finish ever in the 40th annual IHSAA Girls Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Valley teams will have to wait until Monday for baseball regionals
Rain and the threat of more rain caused postponements of high school baseball regionals involving Terre Haute North, West Vigo and Shakamak on Saturday.
Rockville's season ends at Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic ended Rockville’s tourney run in high school baseball Saturday, defeating the Rox 8-0 in the first game of the LCC Class A Regional.
IHSAA boys state track finals: Standing alone
It hadn’t been a particularly good day for Wabash Valley track and field Friday, and it wasn’t looking like a good one for Jackson Bertoli either.
Terre Haute North, West Vigo return to baseball regionals
Terre Haute North’s baseball team hasn’t participated in an IHSAA regional since 2006. West Vigo’s wait hasn’t been as long, but it was 2010 when the Vikings last advanced from a sectional.
Patriots girls take aim at state track title
Terre Haute North’s girls have several potential state champions today at Indiana University.
South, North track athletes looking for big performances at state finals
Terre Haute South’s distance trio of Jackson Bertoli, Logan Hambrock and Riley Stohler appear to be the favorites to crack all-state status among Wabash Valley competitors today in the IHSAA boys track and field state finals at Indiana University.
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South Vermillion softball can't overcome errors, Tri-West
Uncharacteristic errors led to eight unearned runs and hard-luck hitting made that impossible to overcome for South Vermillion, which fell 8-0 to Tri-West in Class 3A regional play.
Clay City softball comes up short against Lutheran
Clay City closed its high school softball season Tuesday night with the best record ever for the program at 21-9.
The Eels wanted to add another win, the school’s first regional title, but they came up short.
PREP ROUNDUP: Rockville wins baseball sectional
Rockville won its own Class A sectional in high school baseball Tuesday, defeating Covington 10-4 in the rain-delayed championship game.
Class 4A Terre Haute South Sectional:The wait is over
Three minutes into an interview with various media members, Terre Haute North baseball coach Shawn Turner couldn’t react fast enough to avoid a bucket of ice water being dumped over his head from behind by his giddy players. The soaking-wet Turner could shake it off with a smile, however, because his Patriots had just won the IHSAA Class 4A Terre Haute South Sectional championship with a 13-3 six-inning triumph over Plainfield on Monday evening.
Class 4A Terre Haute South Sectional: TH North, Plainfield win squeakers
The high school baseball teams of Terre Haute North and Plainfield proved Monday that what a batter does early in the game is not necessarily indicative of what he will do in the late innings.
Class 2A Linton Sectional: Eastern rains on Sullivan parade
Mother Nature put Sullivan’s quest for a high school baseball sectional championship on hold Monday night at Linton-Stockton High School. Sullivan (14-15) and Eastern Greene (16-7) will resume play in the Class 2A Sectional 47 championship game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Linton’s Roy Herndon Field.
Opening Day: Terre Haute Rex host Quincy
In his first season at the helm, first-year Terre Haute Rex manager Ronnie Prettyman is going to be surrounded by men he knows and trusts.
Class A Shakamak Sectional: Stout pitching leads Union, Shakamak to final
Trey Bedwell and Patrick Green made sure their respective high school baseball teams would meet for the championship of the Class A Shakamak Sectional by pitching shutouts in semifinal contests Monday afternoon.
Class A Rockville Sectional: Covington, Rockville title game postponed
Rockville and Covington won semifinal high school baseball games Monday to advance to the championship game of the Rockville Class A Sectional. Due to rain, the championship game was postponed. A decision was expected this morning whether the game will be played today or Wednesday.
South Vermillion, Linton, Clay City look to stay alive in softball
There might have been as many reasons to think they wouldn’t be winning sectionals this spring as evidence to show they would, but high school softball teams from South Vermillion, Linton and Clay City will be playing one-game regionals Tuesday with the chance to keep defying the odds.
West Vigo back on top of Class 3A baseball sectional
West Vigo won its sectional with a 6-4 victory over South Vermillion on a rainy night at Dick Ballinger Field.
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