TERRE HAUTE —
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
TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South at Ben Davis
- High School
West Vigo comes up short against 19-9 Brown County softball
West Vigo got off to a good start but Brown County finished better in Class 3A high school softball sectional semifinal action Tuesday night at Edgewood.
The Eagles bested the Vikings 7-5 and will meet South Vermillion, a 12-7 winner over Owen Valley, for the sectional championship on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.
Valley baseball teams have been keeping busy heading into sectionals
When high school baseball sectionals begin around the Wabash Valley today, one complaint that’s not expected to be heard from any coach is that his team has had too much time off.
Northview powers way past Terre Haute South in sectional semifinal
Northview unleashed power rarely seen in high school girls softball Tuesday night to eliminate Terre Haute South 8-1 in the Class 4A Sectional at Martinsville High School.
The Knights hit three home runs in an eight-run third inning to reach the championship game.
Terre Haute North dominates field at regional
Keirra Porter took first place in two individual events and helped Terre Haute North win one of its relays as the Patriots captured the Evansville Central Regional team championship in girls high school track and field Tuesday night.
PREP ROUNDUP: South tennis cruises into regional final
Terre Haute South didn’t lose a game en route to blanking Seeger 5-0 in girls high school tennis Tuesday to advance to today’s championship match against Crawfordsville in the Greencastle Regional.
Terry enjoys strong year with Wildcats, and still enjoying suiting up to play
South Vermillion’s Tim Terry is the longest tenured coach in Wabash Valley high school baseball as his Wildcats are set to begin sectional play Thursday against Owen Valley.
But on the Yankees, a 35-and-over team in the Terre Haute Men’s Senior Baseball League, Terry is “just a youngster” if you ask Larry Roesch, his 68-year-old teammate on the Volkers Group Yankees.
West Vigo softball holds off nemesis Edgewood in softball sectional
Ice cream was enough of a reward Monday night after the West Vigo Vikings beat eight-time defending champion Edgewood 6-2 in extra innings in the opening game of the Class 3A softball sectional at Edgewood High School. But that’s not what Vikings want.
PREP ROUNDUP: Shakamak's Green hits two homers in win over West Vigo
Shakamak improved to 22-3 on the season behind a complete-game effort from Brett Yeryar, and Patrick Green hit two solo home runs in a high school baseball game Monday.
Terre Haute North offense unable to get going in loss to Mooresville
Jack Kirchner chose to give credit Monday night to Mooresville pitcher Taylor Chitwood, not to the Greg Maddux-size strike zone she seemed to enjoy.
But if there were no excuses forthcoming from Kirchner and his Terre Haute North High School softball team, it wouldn’t have been hard to find a spectator or two to come up with extenuating circumstances about the Patriots’ 4-1 loss at the Class 4A Martinsville Sectional.
Terre Haute North looking strong going into girls track regional
Terre Haute North might need an off night for anyone to catch them in the girls track regional at Evansville Central.
The Patriots are as well-rounded as they’ve ever been, and two relay teams are state contenders with times ranking No. 2 in Indiana among times recorded all spring.
Terre Haute South, Northview and Sullivan have athletes among the contenders in multiple events as well.
South tennis ready for potential challenge in regional
Terre Haute South and Northview take respective records of 10-5 and 11-5 into the Greencastle Regional today.
Softball sectionals up for grabs
All three Vigo County high schools and Northview appear to have a realistic chance of winning sectional championships in softball this week.
Terre Haute South, Northview vie for tennis regional title
Terre Haute South and Northview take respective records of 10-5 and 11-5 into the Greencastle Regional today.
Coach Bill Blankenbaker’s Braves will play Seeger at 4:30 p.m., while coach Emily Goff’s Knights will take on Crawfordsville about 6 p.m.
Vikings win in extra innings at Rockville
West Vigo scored six runs in its first two innings Saturday, then needed a ninth-inning single by Lucas Fagg to escape with a 7-6 extra-inning win in nonconference high school baseball at Rockville.
TH South beats Northview in Big Four makeup baseball game
Terre Haute South wrapped up a share of the MIC baseball title and finished up the Big Four Classic with an 8-1 victory over Northview in less than 24 hours on Saturday morning.
Olds pitches South to share of MIC baseball title
Friday night, winning the second game 5-0 and earning a share of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference high school baseball title.
Damon Olds was dominant on the mound for the Braves, striking out 14 and walking just one while pitching a three-hit shutout.
South wins first half of doubleheader against Lawrence North
Host Terre Haute South kept its Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference high school baseball title hopes alive — and clinched no worse than second place in the process — by downing Lawrence North 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night.
The second game, which started after Senior Night festivities between games, ended past the Tribune-Star deadline.
PREP ROUNDUP: Calleja pitches West Vigo past South Vermillion
Brandon Calleja had 13 strikeouts to lead West Vigo to a 5-1 victory against South Vermillion in high school baseball Friday.
Brandon Behringer went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Vikings, who secured second place in the Western Indiana Conference.
Kaden Lawson had double for South Vermillion (15-7), which finished 4-2 in the WIC.
Seibert returns from injury to win three events as Braves win sectional crown
His baseball equivalent might be Rick Sutcliffe of the 1984 Chicago Cubs.
When Tyler Seibert returned to the Terre Haute South track and field lineup Thursday for sectional action at Terre Haute North, it was like the midseason trade the Cubs made for Sutcliffe that earned them a playoff spot.
South switches up lineup to defeat North in tennis sectional
Terre Haute South coach Bill Blankenbaker said two weeks ago that he would change the Braves’ lineup after the 3-2 dual-meet loss to Terre Haute North.
The Patriots knew it was coming, but they couldn’t do anything to stop it.
PREP ROUNDUP: North slips past Northview in eight-inning baseball game
Colton Pittman drew a bases-loaded walk to score Zach Milam with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as host Terre Haute North edged Northview 8-7 in high school baseball Thursday at Jennings Field.
PREP ROUNDUP: North and South to face off for tennis sectional title
The winner of the Terre Haute sectional for girls high school tennis will come down to Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South.
Terre Haute North gets 10 event victories to claim 12th straight sectional crown
Terre Haute North won 10 events Tuesday night while winning the Indiana High School Athletic Association girls track and field section at South Putnam High School for the 12th straight year.
North, South to meet in first round of baseball sectional
The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced pairings for the baseball state tournament Tuesday and the draw offered up a Vigo County battle in the opening game.
PREP ROUNDUP: West Vigo softball clinches share of WIC title
West Vigo clinched at least a share of the Western Indiana Conference softball title with a 6-4 victory over Edgewood on Tuesday.
Jacy McClain and Bailee Waters had RBI singles in the fourth inning to break the game open for the Vikings.
Track sectional titles on the line
Expect one heck of a high school dual track meet Thursday night when Wabash Valley boys visit Terre Haute North for sectional action.
Prep report: Patriots, Braves favored to advance from tennis sectional 1st round
Persons attending this week’s girls tennis sectional championship match at Terre Haute North might want to pack a lunch.
Local ADs happy to see spring come to a close
Brian Mancuso is the most experienced of the high school athletic directors in Vigo County — and that’s a very relative term — but even he wasn’t quite ready for the headaches that have accompanied spring sports the last few weeks thanks to rain, rain and more rain.
South baseball remains in first-place tie with Center Grove
Heading into Saturday’s Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference baseball doubleheader against Center Grove, coach Kyle Kraemer of Terre Haute South wasn’t completely optimistic.
Kehrt Award goes to Emily Bell, Lee Davis
Emily Bell of Terre Haute South and Lee Davis of Terre Haute North are the 2013 recipients of the Willard M. Kehrt Mental Attitude Award.
Bell and Davis were nominated by their schools and chosen in a vote by the Kehrt Award panel. Both will be recognized at awards assemblies later in the month at the schools.
Bell played varsity basketball four years at South and is competing in track this season, running the 800 and two relays. “I wanted something to do my senior year,” Bell said.
She plans to attend DePauw University and play basketball. DePauw is the reigning NCAA Division III champ in women's basketball.
Bell tore an AÇL playing in a basketball tournament the summer after her sophomore season. She missed most of her junior season but came back to play her senior year and was second leading scorer and leading rebounder her final season.
Bell also was leading rebounder her sophomore year.
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