TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at West Vigo
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — West Vigo’s Vikings take a 4-3 record overall and 3-1 conference mark into this crucial Western Indiana Conference game against rival Northview. The Knights are 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the WIC.
Last meeting — Northview won 27-10 in 2011.
Last time West Vigo beat Northview — The Vikings won 14-13 in 2008.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 44-40 in his 8th year at West Vigo. George Gettle is 68-40 in his 11th year with Northview.
Outlook — So far, the Vikings have lost at Evansville Harrison 52-7 — a win by forfeit — lost to Greencastle 44-0, won at Brown County 40-19, lost at Linton 40-0, won at South Vermillion 41-21, topped Edgewood at home 26-8 and then lost 41-20 at Owen Valley.
The Knights have lost 18-9 to Indianapolis Broad Ripple, won at Edgewood 20-13, lost at Terre Haute North 55-0, lost 35-0 at Sullivan, beat Owen Valley 20-19, lost 22-3 at Vincennes Lincoln and beat South Vermillion 54-6.
Injuries, lineups — For West Vigo, senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman Offensive lineman Alex May (offensive lineman) (muscle pull) is out this week.
Coaches’ comments — Cobb on the Knights: “They’re a typical Northview team, very big across the offensive and defensive lines. “They’ve had some good games [recently]. They’re extremely young so it’s taken a while for them to get up to speed.”
Cobb on his Vikings: “Very disappointing [loss last week]. We played a good first half. Seems like everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the second half. Poor tackling at times. Some bad mistakes at offense.
“I think getting back home, we’re recognizing the 2002 undefeated team before the game. A lot of former players coming back for that.”
— By Craig Pearson
Carmel at Terre Haute North
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The action — Carmel’s Greyhounds (7-0, 5-0 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference), defending Class 5A state champions, come to Terre Haute to face North’s Patriots (4-3, 3-2) in a Senior Night game for the home team. Carmel, coming off a 10-7 overtime win over Warren Central on Saturday night, is ranked first in the state and has been all season. North, a 45-13 winner at Lawrence North last Friday, is ranked 11th.
Last meeting — Carmel won 63-0 last season at Carmel.
Last time North beat Carmel — The Patriots won 27-18 in 2005, and also beat the Greyhounds in 1997 and 1999.
Coaches — Kevin Wright is 30-3 in his third season at Carmel, 165-57 overall. Chris Barrett is 42-73 in his 12th season at North and 70-105 overall.
Outlook — Like most of the MIC, Carmel seems stronger on the defensive side of the ball than the offensive side this season. Unlike many Carmel teams, this year’s Greyhounds rely more on quickness than size and strength. North will try to establish control of the line of scrimmage and not attempt much fancy stuff; this is one season in which the Patriots are the bigger team, although as always the Greyhounds are the deeper one.
Injuries, lineup changes — Wright was concerned early in the week about recovery time for some of his players after a physical game against Warren Central. Best player for the visitors might be 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker John Kenny. All the Patriots are expected to be available.
Words from Wright — “You can’t say we’re not resilient. We preach not quitting, playing to the last play [of the game] and focusing on what’s in front of you instead of what’s in the past. Most of the [Warren Central] game they had us pinned back on our side of the field … special teams was what it came down to.
“[North] is the best Terre Haute team I’ve played against since I’ve been in the MIC [which also includes several seasons at Warren Central in addition to the three years at Carmel]. They’re the biggest team in the MIC, they have good athletes, speed, outstanding players, they’re a senior tem and they’re very well coached. We’ll treat this like a playoff game.”
Words from Barrett — “I thought we played hard and did what we wanted to do [at Lawrence North]. We still had a continuation of penalties and unforced mistakes, and we’ve got to eliminate those things.
“Carmel is extremely fast on both sides of the ball. Defensively they always have eight or nine players around the ball, and their offense executes and doesn’t make mistakes.”
— By Andy Amey
Terre Haute South at Warren Central
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The Terre Haute South Braves (2-5 overall, 0-5 MIC) will visit the Class 5A No. 10-ranked Warren Central Warriors (3-4, 2-3) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.
Last meeting — In October 2011, South lost at home to Warren Central 55-13.
Last time South beat Warren Central — On Sept. 17, 1999, South won at home over Warren Central 55-21.
Coaches — Mark Raetz is 14-43 in his sixth season at South, while Steve Tutsie is 26-8 in his third year at Warren Central.
Outlook — So far, South has won at Indian Creek 34-24, lost to Terre Haute North 27-10 at Memorial Stadium, won at Vincennes Lincoln 34-0, lost at Carmel 38-0, lost at Center Grove 55-28, lost at home to Ben Davis 30-13 and lost at home to Indianapolis North Central 24-8.
Meanwhile, Warren Central has defeated Merrillville 35-7, lost at home to Indianapolis Cathedral 14-7, won at home over Lawrence North 66-7, lost at home to Ben Davis 6-3, won at Indianapolis North Central 28-14, lost at Terre Haute North 14-10 and lost to Carmel 10-7 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Injuries, lineups — For South, senior center Zac Harper (torn ACL) and senior wide receiver Logan Steward (torn ACL) are out for the season. Some key starters include senior quarterback Danny Etling, junior guard/defensive tackle Junior Berry and senior wide receiver Tyler Seibert.
For Warren Central, all regulars appear healthy. Some key starters include senior linebacker Tim Kimbrough, senior defensive tackle Kris Davis and senior quarterback Anthony Cooper-Taylor.
Coaches’ comments — Raetz on his squad: “Last week [against North Central] was a tough game for us. I thought defensively we played pretty well for the most part. Offensively and special teams-wise, we had some critical breakdowns that ended up costing us … Really, outside of the Center Grove game, we’ve played pretty well defensively.”
Raetz on playing the Warriors: “Warren, as usual, has a lot of speed, a lot of size and a lot of good players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. What we’ve got to do is worry about what we have control over, which is our execution, our overall effort and our focus. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
Tutsie on his squad: “We played very well last week [against Carmel]. We outplayed them, but we didn’t outplay them on the scoreboard. This business is about wins and losses, so we’ve got to get a win.”
Tutsie on playing the Braves: “Their quarterback [Etling] got his [college] offer last year based on our game. He can make all the throws and he’s a tough kid. He stays in the pocket … He will definitely be successful at the next level.”
— By David Hughes
TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at West Vigo
- 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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