The Banks of the Wabash overflowed with a blue wave of Rockville ball defenders on Saturday night.
Riverton Parke was swept up in the tide.
Relentless Rox pressure was too much for the Panthers to overcome. A 20-3 second quarter, in which Riverton Parke had 11 turnovers, was the difference as Rockville cruised to a 66-33 in the championship game of the Banks of the Wabash Tournament.
Riverton Parke committed 24 turnovers overall against Rockville’s trapping defense. It’s nothing new for the Class A No. 2 Rox.
“That’s our calling card. We try to guard people and make it difficult by sustaining pressure throughout the game,” Rockville coach Dave Mahurin said. “We’re pretty good at it right now, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Lane Mahurin led Rockville (4-0) with 20 points. Jordon McFall was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and chipped in 16 points. Gary Ulrich had 15.
Riverton Parke did a good job controlling tempo in the opening period. The Panthers were patient on offense and made Rockville work for shots. Rockville led 15-12 at the end of the period and it looked as though the Rox were going to get a title game challenge.
“I didn’t think we were sharp in the first quarter. We tried to perform instead of play. We’ve got so many people patting us on the back right now we forget that any team can beat us on any night,” Mahurin said.
Riverton Parke’s resistance subsided in a dominant Rockville second quarter. Mahurin scored the first five points of the quarter to give Rockville a 20-12 lead, but it was the Rox’ ball pressure that bothered Riverton Parke the most. Swarming traps and Rockville’s ability to force turnovers turned the game on its head. When the Panthers got the ball into a half-court situation, they couldn’t do much with it. Riverton Parke was 1 of 7 from the field in the period.
“We’ve played them five times in the last two years and it’s the exact same thing every single game. We freak out and start playing like chickens with our heads cut off,” Riverton Parke coach Charlie Martin said.
Mahurin had 16 points by halftime with two dunks accounting for part of the tally. Keiontre Wilkey, Nick Waltz and John Brown each had at least two steals by halftime as the Rox pushed their advantage to 35-15.
Riverton Parke (1-3) was led by Luther Mathas with eight points. Kole Sanders had seven.
“We got a win in the tournament. We’ve got a long season ahead of us. We’ll keep working hard,” Martin said.
North Vermillion (1-1) defeated Turkey Run 62-41 in the third place game. Brayden Woodard led the Falcons with 22 points and Jacob Earl added 18. Riley Sunderman paced the Warriors (0-3) with 17 points.
ROCKVILLE (66) – Mahurin 8-12 4-7 20, Wilkey 2-6 4-4 8, Ulrich 7-13 1-3 15, McFall 5-7 1-2 16, Waltz 2-8 0-0 4, Baysinger 0-1 0-0 0, J. Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Thurman 1-6 0-0 2, R. Brown 0-4 0-0 0, Griffin 0-1 0-0 0, Weisheit 0-1 0-0 0, Eldridge 0-0 0-0 0. 25-59 FG, 10-16 FT, 66 TP.
RIVERTON PARKE (33) – Sanders 3-8 0-0 7, Bovair 1-4 2-2 5, Haltom 2-9 2-2 6, Edge 0-5 0-0 0, Organ 0-2 0-0 0, Falls 3-4 0-0 6, Mathas 3-6 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 1-2 1. 12-38 FG, 5-7 FT, 33 TP.
Rockville 15 20 20 11 — 66
Riverton Parke 12 3 6 12 — 33
3-point shooting — Rox 6-18 (McFall 5-7, Waltz 1-4, Mahurin 0-2, Ulrich 0-2, Wilkey 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Weisheit 0-1), RP 4-14 (Mathas 2-3, Sanders 1-5, Bovair 1-4, Haltom 0-1, Organ 0-1). Rebounds — Rox 39 (Mahurin 7), RP 20 (Edge 4, Falls 4). Steals — Rox 16 (Wilkey 5), RP 9 (Haltom 3). Blocks — Rox 1 (Mahurin), RP 2 (Falls 2). Turnovers — Rox 17, RP 24, Total fouls – Rox 11, RP 13.
Next — Riverton Parke (1-3) plays at Turkey Run on Friday. Rockville (4-0) plays host to South Vermillion on Saturday.
TURKEY RUN (41) – Nevins 1 0-0 2, Amstutz 2 3-3 7, Thomas 1 0-1 2, Hunt 1 0-0 2, Ferguson 1 0-2 3, Jones 2 0-0 5, Sunderman 7 3-4 17, Budd 0 3-4 3. 15 FG, 9-13 FT, 41 TP.
NORTH VERMILLION (62) – Zumwalt 3 3-4 11, Lee 1 1-1 3, Hollowell 0 0-0 0, Wright 3 2-5 8, Woodard 6 9-10 22, Earl 8 2-4 18, Sams 0 0-0 0. 21 FG, 17-24 FT, 62 TP.
Turkey Run 8 13 9 11 — 41
North Vermillion 15 11 15 19 — 62
3-point goals — Budd, Ferguson; Zumwalt 2, Woodard. Total fouls — TR 21, NV 13. Technical foul — Turkey Run bench.
Next — Turkey Run (0-3) plays at Notre Dame de la Salette on Tuesday. North Vermillion (1-1) plays at Georgetown Ridge Farm on Dec. 14.
In other boys basketball Saturday:
• Sullivan 68, Shakamak 54 — At Jasonville, Class 2A’s 10th-ranked visitors pulled away in the second half behind five double-figure scorers.
Jake Kinnaman led Sullivan with 14 points, while Nathan Pirtle added 12, Mike Willis and Max Gregory 11 each and Michael Hutchcraft 10. Brodie Crowe had a game-high 20 points and Brandon Morin 13 for the Lakers.
SULLIVAN (68) — Weszely 1 2-4 4, Willis 5 1-4 11, Pirtle 4 0-1 12, King 2 0-0 6, Gregory 2 7-8 11, Kinnaman 6 2-3 14, Hutchcraft 5 0-0 10, Perkinson 0 0-0 0, McPhail 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 FG, 12-20 FT, 68 TP.
SHAKAMAK (54) — Walters 0 0-0 0, West 0 5-6 5, Crowe 8 1-2 20, Schubla 1 1-4 3, Cox 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-0 0, Green 3 2-2 9, Mescher 0 0-0 0, McDonald 0 0-0 0, Morin 3 7-13 13, Burris 0 0-0 0, Bessling 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 FG, 16-27 FT, 54 TP.
Sullivan 15 14 19 20 — 68
Shakamak 18 10 13 13 — 54
3-point goals — Pirtle 4, King 2, Crowe 3, Green. Total fouls — Sullivan 22, Shakamak 19. Fouled out — Crowe.
JV — Sullivan 36, Shakamak 29.
Next — Sullivan (3-0) plays Friday at Evansville North. Shakamak is 0-2.
• White River Valley 54, North Central 43 — At Farmersburg, Cade Hill had a game-high 14 points to lead the Wolverines to a SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference win.
Gavin Stanifer had 12 points and Austin Jewell 11 for the Thunderbirds.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (54) — Fisher 2 0-0 5, Ingram 4 0-0 10, Gamble 4 1-4 9, Ca.Hill 4 5-6 14, English 1 1-2 4, Mowery 4 0-0 8, Barnett 2 0-1 4. Totals 21 FG, 7-13 FT, 54 TP.
NORTH CENTRAL (43) — Greene 2 2-2 6, Stanifer 3 4-7 12, Jewell 4 2-3 11, Drake 3 2-4 8, Stucker 1 0-0 3, Peterson 0 1-2 1, Nikirk 1 0-0 2, Lebeda 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 FG, 11-20 FT, 43 TP.
White River Valley 19 16 7 12 — 54
North Central 12 9 4 18 — 43
3-point goals — Ingram 2, Fisher, Ca.Hill, English, Stanifer 2, Jewell, Stucker. Total fouls — WRV 20, NC 15. Fouled out — Ingram, Lebeda.
JV — White River Valley won.
Next — North Central (1-3, 0-2 SWIAC) hosts North Daviess on Friday.
n Northview 46, Brown County 44 — At Nashville, the visiting Knights picked up a Western Indiana Conference win.
No further details were available at press time.
In Illinois games Friday:
• Marshall 71, Hutsonville-Palestine 61 — At Hutsonville, Ill., four players scored in double digits for the Lions as they improved to 4-1.
Keegan Steele led the winners with 23 points. Taylor Maurer had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Cray Bloodworth had 10 boards.
Marshall plays its first home game Tuesday against Casey.
• Salem 59, Paris 45 — At Salem, Ill., Zack Lueken had 17 points for 2-3 Paris in Friday's game.
Paris will be host to Mount Zion next Friday.
The Banks of the Wabash overflowed with a blue wave of Rockville ball defenders on Saturday night.
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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
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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
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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
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South, North track athletes looking for big performances at state finals
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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.
South runs into ‘buzzsaw’ at girls tennis semistate
Postmatch interviews don’t often begin with a coach and a reporter ready to blurt out the same word, but that was the case for Bill Blankenbaker and his interviewer Saturday morning after the Center Grove Semistate for girls high school tennis.
Unfortunately for Blankenbaker’s Terre Haute South team, that word was “buzzsaw.”
Greenwood’s Kawamoto twins made quick work of the top of the Braves’ singles lineup, so despite stellar efforts by both South doubles teams the Woodmen’s 3-2 victory didn’t seem all that close.
Greenwood moves on to Fishers, where it plays Floyd Central or Jasper on Friday in the state quarterfinals.
Also playing Friday, but at Park Tudor, will be South’s Miranda Camp and Nicole Howe, who reached the individual doubles finals for the second straight season by virtue of their 6-4, 6-2 win over the Greenwood team of Taylor Hudnall and Brittany Toney.
“It’s really exciting,” said Howe of the prospect of a second straight finals trip, “but I wish our team could’ve gone with us.”
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