TERRE HAUTE —
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (2-3) travel to the Jim Mann Green Dome tonight to face West Vigo’s Vikings (3-1) in the first Vigo County series boys game of the season. Both teams also play on Saturday, West Vigo at home against Brown County’s Eagles (1-4 going into a game tonight at South Decatur) in Western Indiana Conference play and South at the Evansville Reitz Panthers (2-1 going into a game tonight at Castle).
The time — Varsity tipoff tonight is approximately 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, West Vigo and Brown County begin at approximately 6 p.m. and South and Reitz at approximately 8 p.m. EST.
The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The coaches — Scott Ridge is 10-18 in his second year at South. Joe Boehler is 57-40 in his fifth season at West Vigo. Roger Fleetwood goes into tonight’s game 45-65 in his sixth year at Brown County, 482-311 in his 35th season overall, and Michael Adams enters tonight’s game 239-187 in 20 years at Reitz and 298-199 in 23 seasons overall.
Probable starting lineups — Definite starters for South are 6-2 senior Jeffrey Turner and 5-10 senior Kevaris Gregory. Other potential starters for the Braves are 6-4 sophomore Timmy Herrin, 5-11 sophomore Conner Shipley, 5-11 senior Shane Stanley, 6-2 senior Preston Tofaute and 5-11 sophomore Spence Tofaute.
West Vigo will probably start 5-11 senior Cade Lindsey and 5-7 senior Kyle Stewart at guards with 6-3 senior Aaron Kirby, 6-1 senior Adrien Corenflos and 6-1 sophomore Alex West up front.
Brown County starters are 6-3 senior Tony Goral, 6-2 senior Steven Norman, 6-0 junior Luke Huls, 6-0 freshman Colin Hoskins and 5-9 sophomore Evan Rose.
Probable starters for Reitz are four sophomores — 6-0 Mario Barnes, 6-1 Jaylen Sanford, 6-1 Alex Stein and 6-2 Nate Hansen — plus 6-3 junior Logan Worthington.
Key reserves — For South, 6-4 sophomore Greg Newton and 5-10 sophomore Jared Wolfe. For West Vigo, 6-0 sophomore Braiden Cardinal, 6-2 sophomore Grant Daley, 6-0 senior Lance Stonebarger and 5-10 sophomore Tyler Wilson. For Brown County, 6-7 senior Steve Shanafelt, 6-2 junior Dillon Boknecht and 6-2 senior Josh Brown. For Reitz, 6-3 junior Jordan Summers and 5-11 senior Kameron Malone.
Team leaders — Turner is averaging 28.2 points per game for South, with Gregory also in double figures for the year and Herrin with 41 points in his last two games. Stewart leads the Vikings at 16.3 points per game, with Kirby at 11.5 and Corenflos at 10. Norman averages 21 points per game and Goral 14 per game for the Eagles. For Reitz, Sanford enters tonight’s game averaging about 17 points per game with Stein and Hansen also in double figures.
Recent games — South got its first win last Friday, downing Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference foe Center Grove 85-79, then beat North Central 80-39 on Wednesday. West Vigo split last weekend, losing 64-50 at Northview but winning 52-38 at South Knox. Brown County lost 72-49 to Eastern Greene last Friday, but got its first win the following night by beating Greenwood 50-33. Reitz beat Evansville Mater Dei 59-42 last Friday.
Last meeting — South beat West Vigo 49-46 last year, with West Vigo’s most recent win in the series a 53-46 decision in December of 2009. West Vigo lost 61-52 at Brown County last year, but beat the Eagles 65-58 the year before. South lost to Reitz 71-67 last season and hasn’t beaten the Panthers since a 74-49 win in December of 2008.
Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on the Braves: “We got everybody some minutes [against North Central]. We have three or four guys who are capable of playing varsity who haven’t been able to get minutes.”
Boehler on the Vikings: “Friday night [at Northview] we made a lot of fundamental mistakes, but we came back Saturday [at South Knox] and responded really well.”
Ridge on the Vikings: “Coach Boehler’s got those guys playing well, and they always seem to hit a lot of 3s against us. The Jim Mann Green Dome is always a tough place to play.”
Boehler on the Braves: “They’re a good basketball team. Turner is averaging close to 30 [points per game] and they’ve surrounded him with a nice group of kids who are very complementary. Kevaris Gregory is one of the best shooters around. We really struggled with them at the jamboree … I just hope we play the way we’re capable of playing.”
Fleetwood on the Eagles: “We’re a young team and I feel really good about it. We had one loss by three points to Waldron [unbeaten] and one by two points to Northview. They are very coachable guys who should get better every time we play.”
Boehler on the Eagles: “They have two lettermen back who are both really good, and coach Fleetwood does a great job. It’s another conference game on the second night of a doubleheader, so it will be tough for us.”
Fleetwood on the Vikings: “They hvae a nice team, as usual. [Boehler] does a good job. They’re a little young too, so I think it will be a good game.”
Adams on the Panthers: “We’re very, very young. We have a lot of nice young kids, but we have a lot to learn. I like our effort and how we’re approaching [the season], but we’ve got to grow up in a hurry.”
Ridge on the Panthers: “They’re looking pretty good … athletic. They’re a little young, but so are we. They won at Vincennes, and that’s never easy.”
Adams on the Braves: “We’ve got to be ready to play. With a [Southern Indiana Athletic Conference] game on Friday, we’ll have to get ready [for South] in a hurry.”
The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (3-2) will visit the Mooresville Pioneers (1-2) tonight and visit the Class 4A No. 5-ranked Evansville Harrison Warriors (4-0) on Saturday night.
The times — Varsity tipoffs are slated for about 7:30 tonight and 8 EST on Saturday.
The airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 66-39 in his fifth season in charge at Terre Haute North. Bob Carter is 97-98 in his 10th year at Mooresville and 123-117 in his 12th year overall. Bryan Speer is 78-38 in his sixth year at Evansville Harrison.
Probable starting lineups — For North, 6-5 senior Austin Lewis at forward, 6-5 junior Calvin Blank at center, 5-11 senior Casey Vickers, 5-10 senior Nathan Jahn and 6-2 senior Steven Davis at guards, although there’s a chance 6-5 senior Patrick Hart may start at forward if Vickers does not recover from the flu by game time.
For Mooresville, 6-1 sophomore Lane Weaver and 6-6 junior Jacob Johnson at forwards, 6-4 sophomore Clay Hibler at center, 5-9 sophomore J.T. Sanborn and 5-8 junior J.T. Hurt at guards.
For Evansville Harrison, 6-3 senior Keaton Weil and 6-6 sophomore Everett Duncan at forwards, 6-3 junior Ernie Duncan, 6-5 sophomore Stanley Duncan and 5-0 senior Duran Miller at guards. All three Duncans are brothers, with Everett and Stanley being twins.
Key reserves — For North, Hart, 6-2 senior A.J. Grady, 6-0 senior Charles Dillahunt, 6-2 senior Evan Low and 6-1 senior Chris Schenck.
For Mooresville, 6-3 sophomore Bailey Suter and 6-1 junior Keith Kassen.
For Evansville Harrison, 6-4 senior Deniko Scott, 5-10 senior Brandon Stewart, 5-11 senior Robert Barnes, 5-10 senior Chaz Wisuri and 6-0 senior Eric Blackman.
Team leaders — For North, Blank is averaging 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, Lewis is at 13.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg and Davis is at 10.5 and 6 rpg. For Mooresville, Johnson is averaging about 26.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg. For Evansville Harrison, Stanley Duncan is tallying 17.3 ppg, Ernie Duncan is at 14.8 ppg and 8 assists per game. Everett Duncan is at 13.8 ppg and Scott averages 10 rebounds per outing.
Injury report — Regulars for all three teams appear elatively healthy, although North’s Jahn and Vickers have been hampered by the flu this week.
Recent games — Last weekend, North lost at home to Ben Davis 52-36 and won at home over Bloomington South 57-43. At the same time, Mooresville was losing at Decatur Central 58-57 and losing at home to Speedway 56-46. Last Friday, Evansville Harrison won at home over Castle 66-64.
Last meetings — On March 3, 2012, North defeated Mooresville 80-63 to win the Class 4A Northview Sectional championship. On Dec. 17, 2011, North won at home over Evansville Harrison 75-50.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “I was very pleased with the way we rebounded offensively after a tough night against Ben Davis to come back and play well against a quality Bloomington South team.”
Woelfle on playing the Pioneers: “Mooresville has one really good player [Johnson] and a lot of guys around him who understand their roles. Coach Carter puts him in a position to be successful … and they always play hard.”
Woelfle on playing the Warriors: “Evansville Harrison is one of the top-ranked teams in the state and it’s well-deserved. They’re talented at every position. They’re well-coached and they’re explosive on the offensive end. It’ll be a big challenge for us to go on the road back-to-back nights and we’re looking for consistent play on both ends of the floor.”
Carter on his squad: “We’re just young. We lost seven seniors from last season. Four out of our top six guys are sophomores. As a coach, I think we’re ahead of where I thought we’d be. We’ve played good teams so far. We’ve been able to compete. We’ve been right there in every game.”
Carter on playing the Patriots: “I think they’ve got 10 seniors on their roster. North’s just really good. They’re well-coached and they execute so well. They’re going to be bigger and stronger than us. We’re going to have to outshoot them and keep our turnovers down.”
Speer on his squad: “We’ve played a tough schedule [consisting of Jasper, New Albany, Evansville Central and Castle so far]. We’ve played very well in stretches. But we’re going to have to continue to improve and start to execute a lot better, with the games we have ahead of us.”
Speer on playing the Patriots: “They’re always very well-coached, very prepared. You look at a guy like Calvin Blank. He’s a Division I athlete [heading to Ball State to play football next season]. … Every time I watch them, it seems like they’re getting better each night. They are a good team. We certainly will have our hands full Saturday night.”
— Compiled by David Hughes