By Joey Bennett
TERRE HAUTE — Cloverdale grad Chase Haltom blistered the nets at Chadwick Court for a career-high 31 points to give Wabash an 80-77 victory over Calumet College of St. Joseph in the second game of the 2008 Pete Thorn Tournament Friday night.
Haltom’s outburst included a rare five-point play with 41 seconds left in the contest.
Wabash took its first lead at 62-59 on a Haltom three-pointer with 5:11 left in the contest, trading baskets with the Crimson Wave over the next few minutes before Calumet’s Robert Wright tied the game at 70-70 with 1:04 left in regulation. Haltom drove through the right side of the lane, drawing a foul on Wright while hitting the go-ahead basket. Crimson Wave head coach Ryan Sexson stormed onto the court, drawing a technical foul to add to the damage. Haltom drained all three free throws, putting Wabash in front by five.
Haltom’s 31-point effort came on the heels of a 23-point game in a Wabash loss at Kenyon last Saturday. He was 9-of-14 from the field, including 8-of-12 from behind the three-point arc. His hot shooting night hid a poor start from the field for the Little Giants.
Haltom exploded for 22 points in the final period, hitting five consecutive threes at point in the final half while playing all 20 minutes.
Marian defeated Wabash 74-62 in the championship game on Saturday night. Haltom had 12 points and North Central grad Andrew Gilman had four points, two assists and a steal.
• Lange second team All-North Region — Wabash College’s Jared Lange, a senior defensive end from Terre Haute North, earned first team All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors after the 2008 season and also was named a second team All-North Region selection.
He was third on the Wabash team in total tackles with 58 while leading the Little Giants with 16 tackles for losses and 7-1/2 sacks. Lange also lead the NCAC in tackles for losses per game, averaging 1.33 per contest. His 16 tackles for losses tied for the ninth-best single-season effort in Wabash history.
Lange finished his career with 57-1/2 tackles for losses, the third-best total among all Little Giant players. His 23-1/2 career quarterback sacks place him seventh on the Wabash career list. Lange also had three pass defenses and a forced fumble this season. His forced fumble against Wittenberg set up the game-tying score for the Little Giants, eventually leading to a 13-10 win over the Tigers.
• Hughes to run at SMWC — White River Valley senior Jennifer Hughes has signed a letter of intent to run cross country for the inaugural team at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute in 2009.
“We are very excited to have Jennifer as our very first girl to sign with the program,” St. Mary’s Coach Danelle Readinger told the Greene County Daily World. “In fact, Jennifer was at the top of our list from the beginning.”
Hughes qualified for the semistate as a freshman in 2005 but struggled with injuries the next two seasons.
“I know we will be running farther in college,” Hughes told the Daily World of the increase from 5,000 meters in high school to 6,000 in college. “I know it will be more competitive so I am going to have to work even harder.
“I am hoping to make the most of this chance.”
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.