TERRE HAUTE — The 2008-2009 college sports season is almost upon us, and it’s time to take a look at all of the new faces who will be in new places this year.
The list accompanying today’s column does not include every athlete that will be competing in college this year, only the ones known to have committed, signed with or transferred to new colleges for the upcoming year.
Starting Aug. 24, all athletes known to be competing will be listed sport-by-sport and their progress will be followed as usual throughout the year.
Most colleges have not yet resumed classes, so few sports information departments have updated their rosters for the fall sports teams. Some of the athletes listed today may have changed their minds since originally making a decision, so the list is very likely to be incomplete or in need of revision.
Please send any additions or corrections to the e-mail address provided below. There are many familiar names whose eligibility has expired and who have moved on to other things, but the many talented names on this list are all ready to step up and take some of their places in the limelight.
Special thanks go out to the coaches, athletic directors, sports information directors and other knowledgeable people for their contributions and suggestions to this column throughout the year. It couldn’t happen without all of you.
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n Where’s Trine? If you look at the accompanying list very closely, you may notice a new school called Trine. Actually, it’s not a new school but an old one with a new name. Tri-State University in Angola (northeastern Indiana) changed its name this fall to honor a large contributor.
The Wabash Valley doesn’t have a huge number of people going that far to play sports, but freshman guard Adam Rucker does appear on its football roster.
n Possible ringer? Terre Haute South grad Zach Odum and 2007 Owen Valley grad Jared Maners will be playing basketball for legendary junior college coach Dan Sparks at Wabash Valley this winter. According to popular Internet rumors, they could be getting a huge addition as a teammate.
Angel Garcia, a 6-10 forward who led East Chicago Central to the Class 4A state title in Indiana two years ago, is reportedly heading to the Mount Carmel if he is not academically eligible at Memphis. Regardless of whether Garcia plays for Sparks or John Calipari, he is considered to be a “one-and-done” player headed to the NBA after one year of college.
n New home, same conference — Former North Vermillion and St. Joseph’s College basketball standout Allison Hughes will complete her eligibility this winter at Bellarmine while in graduate school. She had earlier planned to go to Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee. She played against Bellarmine several times in Great Lakes Valley Conference action while at St. Joseph’s.
More on her during basketball season.
2008-2009 transfers/new college athletes
Terre Haute North
Alicia Hayes, softball, IUPUI (from Lake Land)
Brandon Dorsett, baseball, Indiana State
Joe Meggs, baseball, Indiana State
Shaun Smith, track and field, Vincennes
Wendell Mardis, basketball, undecided (from Alabama State)
Khaim Helms, soccer, Ancilla
Amy Hamilton, cross country/track and field, Indianapolis
Casey Hayne, volleyball, Lake Land
Jake Shaffer, football, Wabash
Danielle Rosselli, golf, St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Terre Haute Gerstmeyer
Steve Higham, head golf coach, St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Terre Haute South
Armon Bassett, basketball, Alabama-Birmingham (from Indiana)
Koby Kraemer, baseball and football, Indiana State
Brock Lough, football, Indiana State
Megan Craft, basketball, Vincennes
Jay Smith, basketball, Eastern Illinois (from Trinity Valley)
Zach Odum, basketball, Wabash Valley College
Spencer Harlan, basketball, Rose-Hulman
Dragana Grbic, basketball, Butler (verbal commitment)
Maddy Bogle, tennis, Kentucky Wesleyan
Katie Bilyeu, tennis, Valparaiso
Brooke Daugherty, basketball, Indiana-South Bend (from Danville Area CC)
Kelly Fougerousse, softball, Olney Central (from South Georgia)
Trent Miles, head football coach, Indiana State (from Washington)
Tony Barton, football, Heidelberg College
Andrew Sullivan, cross country/track and field, Indiana State
Anthony Lewis, track and field, Indiana State
Kristy Twitchell, cross country/track and field, Indiana State
Morgan Coombs, baseball, Ball State (from Lincoln Trail)
Pablo Castillo, soccer, Danville Area CC
Leaerin Moore, soccer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Haleigh Sanders, track and field, Bethel
Mike Roberts, men’s assistant basketball coach, Rice (from California)
Lottie King, volleyball, Southern Indiana
Jered Timm, football, Marian
Abby Birkey, soccer, Grace
Traci Sanders, softball, Olney Central
Kaley Huffman, volleyball, IUPUI
Ashley Hull, volleyball, Lake Land
Angie Camp, softball, Olney Central College
Anthony Witt, cross country/track and field, Grand Valley State (Mich.)
Emily Lahay, soccer, Indiana State
Alyssa Chagnon, volleyball, Vincennes
Jackie Exline, track and field, Emerson
Reva LeDune, softball, Southern Indiana (from Indiana State)
Michael Woodsmall, football, DePauw
Scottie Austin, football, St. Joseph’s
Jacki Porter, softball, Wabash Valley College
Megan Cox, softball, Olney Central
Nicole Miller, softball, Rend Lake
Luke Greene, baseball, Lake Land
Zach Clapp, football/baseball, DePauw
Taylor Harper, baseball, Ancilla
Adam Rucker, football, Trine
R.J. Mahurin, basketball, Indiana State (verbal commitment)
Matt King, baseball and football, Indiana State (verbal commitment)
Chelsey Myers, softball, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Ethan Brewer, football, Indiana State
Chris Taylor, golf, Southern Indiana (from Vincennes)
Lance Irwin, football, Rose-Hulman
Aubrey Sears, track and field, Vincennes
Jenni McLeish, basketball, Lake Land
Sondra Blake, softball, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Whitney Davis, softball, SIU-Edwardsville
Ashley Corbin, softball, Danville Area CC
Allison Hughes, basketball, Bellarmine (from St. Joseph’s)
Clint Burney, cross country, Hanover
Meghan Canary, softball, Rose-Hulman
Shelby Johnston, volleyball and track, Franklin
Ben Parker, football, Rose-Hulman
Ethan Kestenman, football, Rose-Hulman
Heather Gonser, basketball, Indianapolis (verbal commitment)
Nickole Gonser, basketball, Indianapolis (verbal commitment)
Kyle Burnam, baseball, Indiana State
Travis Johnson, football, Indiana State
Troy Johnson, assistant football coach, Indiana State
Megan Murphy, softball, Illinois
Logan Boyd, basketball, Greenville
Brianna Athey, softball, Lake Land
Heidi Dahnke, basketball, Illinois-Chicago
Chase Lee, basketball, Greenville
Brittani Wolfe, basketball, Greenville
Ethan Nash, football, Rose-Hulman
Bobby Short, football, Rose-Hulman
Ericka Bonnell, softball, Lincoln Trail
Danielle DiMarzio, softball, Lincoln Trail
Maggie Chenault, track and field, Vincennes
Logan Brimberry, golf and basketball, Lincoln Trail
David Ulrich, track and cross country, Olivet Nazarene
TaNeal Pinkston, track and cross country, SIU-Edwardsville
Brenden Sears, golf, Danville Area CC
Ryan Roberts, football, Indiana State
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches and coaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com.
TERRE HAUTE — The 2008-2009 college sports season is almost upon us, and it’s time to take a look at all of the new faces who will be in new places this year.
- College Report
College report: Valley softball pair help Ball State start off with 12-2 record
Two Wabash Valley products have helped the Ball State softball team get off to a 12-2 start, including five straight wins last weekend to capture the Louisville Slugger Invitational at Arizona State.
College Report: Valley pair square off in softball pitching duel
Administrators and coaches long ago scheduled the East Tennessee State and Indiana University softball teams to both compete in the Georgia State Panther Invitational in Atlanta last weekend. Little could they have realized, however, that a Sunday afternoon pitching matchup between the two teams would pair two successful, blonde, and versatile performers from western Indiana in a head-to-head clash.
College report: Versatile Vicars set to help VU baseball program
Chris Barney knew what qualities he wanted as he was searching this winter for a new assistant baseball coach at Vincennes University. He wanted someone familiar with his program and his coaching style, someone from the Wabash Valley area who understood the state’s high school and American Legion programs, someone who had played several different positions in the field and also someone who had made a successful transition from junior college to Division I baseball. It didn’t take him long to realize that Cole Vicars was his man.
College report: Terre Haute pair Berry, Comer to boost Sycamores’ lines
While many people have varying opinions on the most important position on a football team, most old-school gridiron veterans would consider strong line play as a necessity for anything else to work — kind of like pitching in baseball and guard play in basketball.
College report: Wabash Valley hoops pair earn MVC weekly honors
Two Wabash Valley natives picked up big honors this week from the Missouri Valley Conference for their excellence on the basketball court. Evansville freshman Sara Dickey of Riverton Parke earned the league’s Newcomer of the Week for the third time while Loyola sophomore Matt O’Leary of Terre Haute North was chosen as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the week.
College Report: Mahurins playing major role for Indiana Wesleyan
R.J. Mahurin, a senior at Indiana Wesleyan, was selected as the Crossroads League’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 24-30.
The fifth-year senior from Rockville led Indiana Wesleyan, then ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II, to an 88-82 win over No. 9 Bethel last month in the Crossroads League opener.
Mahurin scored 33 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3 point range. He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while knocking down both free throws in the contest.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former WRC football standouts playing key roles for No. 1 Mount Union
It’s a huge jump from the Wabash River Conference, one of the smallest leagues that plays high school football in Indiana, to Division III national powerhouse.
But two Wabash Valley standouts have made that leap and are significant contributors for top-ranked and defending national champion Mount Union (Ohio).
College Report: North grad enjoying sophomore season at Virginia Tech
A.J. Hughes had an admittedly up and down freshman season as the punter for Virginia Tech’s football team, but the sophomore from Terre Haute North High School has elevated his game like one of his long, hanging left-footed punts.
Hughes ranks first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in punting with a 44.8-yard average per punt, a 4.7 increase over last year and a lofty number that ranks him ninth nationally.
College Report: South graduate becomes Wabash College swim coach
Brent Noble’s climb up the collegiate swimming coaches has taken another big step, after the Terre Haute South grad was recently named the new head swimming and diving coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
Noble joins the Wabash program after serving for a year as the women’s head swimming coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
College Report: People with Valley ties getting up-close look at top-ranked Crimson Tide
Trivia question: What do Trent Miles, A.J. Hughes and Johnny Manziel have in common?
Maybe nothing right now, but after Saturday they will all have played against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide already this season.
Manziel has no known local ties, but was involved in the most-hyped game of the year last month as Texas A&M fell just short in a late comeback against Alabama.
Hughes, a sophomore punter for Virginia Tech from Terre Haute North, did his part in the Hokies’ 35-10 season–opening loss to the Tide.
Turner hoping to prove himself in junior college
Jeffrey Turner hopes a couple of years at junior college will do for his basketball career what it did for Derek Shouse.
COLLEGE REPORT: Watson, Seliger move on in strength and conditioning careers
Three members of the Indiana State athletics strength and conditioning staff, including two from Terre Haute, have advanced their careers and moved on to other opportunities.
Daniel Watson, former graduate assistant from Terre Haute North, has been hired by Rocky Mountain College to serve an assistant football coach and the head strength and conditioning coach.
Matt Seliger, also a former graduate assistant and North Patriot, has been hired by Athletes’ Performance in Frisco, Texas, to serve as an intern.
Longtime Butler assistant stays loyal to new job
Matthew Graves waited patiently for nine years as a member of the Butler men’s basketball staff for his chance to be a head coach.
COLLEGE REPORT: Several Valley standouts busy with baseball
Several of the Wabash Valley area standouts now in college baseball are busy with summer league teams.
COLLEGE REPORT: Kentucky baseball star Reed earns All-SEC
Kentucky sophomore baseball standout A.J. Reed of Terre Haute South Vigo High School earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in voting by the league coaches for the recently completed season.
- COLLEGE REPORT: Wabash College All-American relay team has TH flavor
Catching up as the school year winds down
Odds and ends from here and there as the school year quickly winds down. For starters, high jumper Nick Jaeger of Terre Haute South was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s male track & field newcomer of the year:
College Report: Lively earned collegiate upgrade with strong play
Hillary Lively signed to play Division II basketball at Maryville (Mo.) during her senior year at North Vermillion, but those plans changed and she would up at nearby Danville Area Community College — where she recently concluded an outstanding two-year career.
Lively was impressive enough to earn a Division I scholarship to Southeast Missouri State of the Ohio Valley Conference, and both her future and past college coaches think she will continue to succeed there.
“She fits what we need,” SEMO coach Ty Margenthaler said. “She has college experience, she is strong and physical and plays well around the basket and moves well.
“Her strength, rebounding and touch around the basket will be a big help. On the defensive end, she’ll be able to guard a true center.”
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley prep athletes getting ready for next level
The NCAA “regular” signing period begins Wednesday for all sports except football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo.
COLLEGE REPORT: Conferences honor Valley softball players
Several Wabash Valley area college softball players have been honored by their respective conferences for outstanding play this spring.
COLLEGE REPORT: Jake Newton makes big impact for Lincoln Trail College
Jake Newton had a long time between playing in competitive basketball games, a span of about 18 months, and used the frustration from that long dry spell to produce a stellar freshman season for Lincoln Trail College this winter.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed earns SEC Player of the Week honors
After belting three home runs during a five games last week, Kentucky sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
COLLEGE REPORT: Spring newcomers making marks
Several freshman baseball and softball NCAA Division I players from the Wabash Valley have already made immediate impacts at their new schools, while others are waiting for their turns to shine.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed named third-team preseason baseball All-American
Two-way sophomore standout A.J. Reed was one of three University of Kentucky players named third-team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
COLLEGE REPORT: Sponsler honored after big week for Wabash men's hoops
Wabash College freshman Ross Sponsler of Terre Haute North was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 6.
COLLEGE REPORT: North grad Hughes finds success after facing preseason adversity
A.J. Hughes knew he was in for a battle as he competed with three other walk-on punters in the preseason for the lone starting job on the Virginia Tech football team.
Etling, Meggs enjoying great year
It’s been a great year so far with more to come for a pair of longtime friends and St. Patrick’s School classmates.
Former Terre Haute resident Jack Meggs quarterbacked the Bellevue Wolverines football team to the Washington Class 3A state championship this fall, culminating with a 35-3 win over Sammamish Eastside Catholic — Bellevue’s fifth straight crown.
Danny Etling, meanwhile, has completed graduation requirements at Terre Haute South and is preparing for an upcoming high school all-star game and his first college classes in a couple of weeks.
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley’s women’s college hoops players start strong
Several women’s college basketball players from the Wabash Valley have gotten off to good starts this season on the hardwood. Highlights:
COLLEGE REPORT: Mayhew, Mascari provide fall highlights
Several dozen Wabash Valley athletes enjoyed successful fall seasons collegiately in cross country and tennis this year.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former North teammates start strong in college
Former Terre Haute North teammates Ross Sponsler and Matt O’Leary made their college basketball debuts last week and had outstanding initial performances.
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