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
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.
South softball's power display earns Braves share of MIC
The fun that the Terre Haute South high school softball team had Saturday — including those five home runs — was all the result of the hard work the Braves had put in before the game, coach Dwayne Stout said after the game.
Pirtle takes medalist, leads Sullivan to WIC title
Sullivan took team and individual honors in the Western Indiana Conference boys high school golf championships played Saturday at Idle Creek.
Prep roundup: Patriots drop doubleheader to Carmel baseball
Host Terre Haute North saw its Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference baseball championship hopes suffer what was probably a fatal blow on Saturday as the Patriots lost a doubleheader to Carmel by scores of 8-7 and 11-8.
Timely hits: After slow start, Terre Haute North rallies to beat Mooresville
No-hit through three innings, Terre Haute North’s bats came alive — especially Sam Wolf’s — just in time to rally for a 4-2 home victory over Mooresville in high school baseball Friday evening at Jennings Field.
Linton’s Weber to coach at BNL
Bedford North Lawrence High School has announced that Steve Weber will be the Stars’ head coach for the 2013 season.
Freshman group adds to Big Four teams' baseball tradition
The Terre Haute North-Terre Haute South high school baseball series wasn’t an inning old last week before T.J. Collett of the Patriots lashed a run-scoring single.
That hit helped the Patriots take a 2-0 lead, but in the top of the second inning a three-run double by Justin Jenkins sparked the visiting Braves to a four-run inning.
North tied the score in the bottom of the second inning, Collett driving in another run. And just before rain caused the game to be suspended, South called Logan Ames in from its bullpen for some solid pitching.
Not bad for a trio of freshmen. And the weekend hadn’t even started yet.
Pairings drawn for high school softball sectionals
The IHSAA announced Thursday its pairings for the 2013 sectional softball tournament slated for May 20-25.
Regionals will take place May 28.
North boys make it three consecutive Vigo County golf titles
Terre Haute North made it three in a row in Vigo County boys high school golf championship action Wednesday at Hulman Links.
The Patriots shot 161 to edge Terre Haute South with 165. West Vigo carded 222.
PREP ROUNDUP: Wolf homers as North baseball wins 16th game
Terre Haute North erupted for seven runs in the third inning on its way to routing visiting White River Valley 14-1 in 41⁄2 innings of high school baseball Wednesday afternoon at Don Jennings Field.
Northview's Carter strikes out 19 in 10-inning win against South Vermillion
Northview’s Taylor Carter and South Vermillion’s Daphne Dunegan locked into a 10-inning all-star softball pitching duel Tuesday night at Northview High School.
Unfortunately, one of them had to lose.
PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: South Vermillion 4-0 in WIC after 4-3 win at Northview
Jordan Branz won his ninth game of the season, scattering six hits over eight innings to lead South Vermillion to a 4-3 victory at Northview in a Western Indiana Conference battle.
Thompson going into Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame
Former Terre Haute North High School standout Anthony Thompson is the newest member of the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame.
PREP ROUNDUP: South tennis wins against Oldenburg Academy
Playing on Ben Davis’ courts, Terre Haute South pulled out a 4-1 victory over Oldenburg Academy in girls high school tennis Tuesday.
Multiple records fall in Big Four track meet
Terre Haute North dominated the girls competition, as expected, and Terre Haute South’s boys edged the host Patriots in what turned out to be a rain-soaked Big Four Classic high school track and field meet Saturday at North.
Despite the less-than-ideal weather, North’s girls set four meet records in compiling 132.5 points, outdistancing the runner-up Braves, who had 63.5.
Four teams still in running for Big Four baseball crown
The 2013 Big Four baseball tournament was going to last longer than Saturday anyway, thanks to a schedule change this season.
Thanks to steady rain at Terre Haute North, it will last even longer than planned.
Terre Haute South beat West Vigo 2-0 in Saturday morning’s first game, and the second contest between Northview and the host Patriots was halted in the top of the third inning as the field became unplayable.
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