TERRE HAUTE —
Carmel at Terre Haute North
The action — Terre Haute North’s Patriots play host to the Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Grehounds tonight.
The time — Varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. EST.
The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 74-46 in his fifth year at Terre Haute North. Scott Heady is 49-19 in his third year at Carmel and 265-146 in his 18th year overall.
Probable starting lineups — Terre Haute North’s starters are expected to be 6-5 seniors Calvin Blank and Austin Lewis up front, with 6-2 senior Stephen Davis, 6-1 sophomore Charlie Aimone and 5-10 senior Nate Jahn in the backcourt.
For Carmel, 6-2 sophomore Ryan Cline, 5-9 senior Michael Volovic, 6-0 senior James Crowley, 6-0 senior James Volovic and 6-6 junior Zach McRoberts.
Key reserves — For North, 6-5 senior Patrick Hart, 5-11 senior Casey Vickers, 6-2 senior A.J. Grady, 6-0 senior Charles Dillahunt, 6-2 senior Chris Schenck and 6-2 senior Evan Low could see action.
For Carmel, 6-4 senior Grant Goodman and 6-1 junior Parker Burnhold will see action off the bench.
Team leaders — Blank and Lewis score in double figures for the Patriots. For Carmel, Crowley and Volovic average in double figures in scoring, while McRoberts leads the team in rebounds and steals. For North,
Recent games — Terre Haute North has lost three of four, most recently a 65-45 loss at Center Grove. Carmel is coming off a 54-47 home win against Warren Central after losing last weekend to Hamilton Southeastern at home.
Last meeting — Carmel took last year’s game by a score of 56-40.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his team: “We are still striving for consistent play on both ends of the floor and want to be playing our best basketball when the state tournament begins.”
Woelfle on the Greyhounds: “Carmel is a very disciplined, fundamentally sound basketball team. They understand what it takes to win and have experienced a great deal of success as a team. They play well together and make you pay for making mistakes.”
Heady on the Patriots: “We have a lot of respect for Terre Haute North. They play hard and are very well coached. This will be another challenging MIC game on the road.”
— Compiled by Craig Pearson
West Vigo at North Central
The action — The West Vigo Vikings (9-10) will visit the North Central Thunderbirds (6-12 before tonight’s game at Linton) for a nonconference game Saturday.
The time — Varsity tipoff is slated for about 7:30 p.m.
The airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
The coaches — Joe Boehler is 63-49 in his fifth season at West Vigo, while Ryan Kamman is 85-95 in his eighth year at North Central.
Probable starting lineups — For West Vigo, 6-3 senior Aaron Kirby and 6-0 senior Lance Stonebarger at forwards, 6-1 senior Adrien Corenflos at center, 5-11 senior Cade Lindsey and 5-7 senior Kyle Stewart at guards.
For North Central, 5-10 senior Tod Lebeda and 6-3 sophomore Mitchell Peterson at forwards, 5-8 freshman Gavin Stanifer, 5-10 sophomore Andrew Nikirk and 5-10 junior Nick Stucker at guards.
Key reserves — For West Vigo, 6-1 sophomore Alex West, 6-0 sophomore Braiden Cardinal, 5-9 sophomore Tyler Hayes, 6-2 sophomore Grant Daley.
For North Central, 5-8 sophomore Austin Jewell, 6-3 sophomore Loren Drake and 6-3 freshman Neal Greene.
Team leaders — For West Vigo, Stewart is tallying about 13 points per outing. For North Central, Stanifer is tallying about 11 ppg and Nikirk is next at about 10 ppg.
Injury report — All regulars appear healthy.
Recent games — Last Saturday, West Vigo broke a five-game losing streak by winning at home over Marshall, Ill., by a 47-37 score. On Feb. 7, North Central lost at Clay City 60-46.
Last meetings — On Feb. 18, 2012, West Vigo won at home over North Central 58-48.
Coaches’ quotes — Boehler on his squad: “We’ve kinda straightened some things out a little bit lately. We finished 1-1 last week, but we felt like we played two really good basketball teams [Sullivan and Marshall]. So we’ll go into this weekend feeling pretty good.”
Boehler on playing the Thunderbirds: “They’re very well-coached. They’re a young team, but they have a year of experience under their belt now. They shoot the ball really well.”
Kamman on his squad: “We’re a young team. We’ve got one junior and one senior. But the kids have been playing hard and working hard in practice. I just hope they can shoot the ball better and continue to give good effort on the defensive end Saturday.”
Kamman on playing the Vikings: “I really haven’t seen them much since Christmas. I think they have a good mix of guards and interior players. I noticed they battled Sullivan real well [in a loss] and they defeated a good team like Marshall, so we’ve got to be ready to play. It looks like they may have turned the corner a little bit.”
— Compiled by David Hughes
Terre Haute South at Evansville North
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (9-11) travel to northern Vanderburgh County to play Evansville North’s Huskies (9-8) in a nonconference game.
The time — Varsity tipoff is approximately 8:30 p.m. EST.
The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The coaches — Scott Ridge is 17-26 in his second year at South. Scot Bunnell is 27-32 in his third year at Evansville North and 111-67 in his eighth season overall.
Probable starting lineups — Probable starters for the Braves are 6-2 senior Jeffrey Turner at forward, 6-4 sophomore Timmy Herrin at center and 5-10 senior Kevaris Gregory, 5-11 sophomore Conner Shipley and 5-11 senior Logan Steward at guards. Turner is questionable with illness, however.
Evansville North’s probable starters are 6-5 senior Brock Underwood and 6-7 sophomore Austin Elmore up front with 5-10 senior Damar Young, 5-11 senior Jaylen Chambers and 6-1 freshman C.J. Hedgepeth at guards.
Key reserves — For South, 6-2 senior Preston Tofaute, 5-11 sophomore Spence Tofaute, 5-10 sophomore Jared Wolfe and 6-4 sophomore Greg Newton. Shane Stanley is out at least another week with an ankle injury.
For Evansville North, 6-2 senior Mike Johnson, 6-1 senior Drew Watters and 5-11 sophomore Robert West.
Team leaders — Turner is averaging approximately 25 points per game and Gregory is also a double-figure scorer for South. Chambers averages 15 points per game, Watters is at 9.8 and Elmore at approximately 9 points per game for the Huskies.
Recent games — South’s only game last week was a 70-56 loss at home Saturday to Indianapolis North Central. Evansville North hasn’t played since Feb. 7, when the Huskies beat Tell City 61-42 on the road.
Last meeting — South won 60-53 last season. Evansville North hasn’t beaten the Braves since a 72-55 win on Feb. 16, 2007.
Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on the Braves: “We got off to a really bad start [against North Central] and couldn’t afford to. We played as well or better than [the Panthers] for a good portion of the game.”
Bunnell on the Huskies: “I don’t think we’ve played our best basketball yet … we’re 9-8 against a tough schedule [four of the losses to highly ranked Evansville Harrison and Evansville Bosse]. We’re still improving, hoping to play our best in February and the tournament.”
Ridge on the Huskies: “They’re good; athletic, with a lot of returning players. They’ve been a little up and down at times, but so are we.”
Bunnell on the Braves: “Turner is just a load … a matchup nightmare, and he really took us to task last year. We have great respect for them, because we know with the schedule they play they’re battle tested.”
— Compiled by Andy Amey
TERRE HAUTE —
Carmel at Terre Haute North
- High School
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.
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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