News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 25, 2011

COLLEGE REPORT: Some odds and ends from College Report mailbag

Joey Bennett
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Merry Christmas, everyone!

Here are some odds and ends from Santa’s mailbag:

• Former Franklin College and Terre Haute North standout Scott Roberts was honored earlier this month as a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s “Silver Anniversary” basketball team.

Roberts was one of 18 men to be named to the team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a high school senior basketball player 25 years ago. The 6-5 post player helped the Patriots to a regional title before falling to Evansville Memorial in the semistate.

Roberts averaged 16 points per game for Terre Haute North, which had the state’s longest winning streak and went 39-11 in his final two seasons. He was twice named all-sectional and twice all-regional.

A four-year starter at Franklin, Roberts remains the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in scoring (1,923 points), rebounds (870) and field goal accuracy (59.0 percent). His Franklin teams were 73-35 overall and 28-10 in conference play.

Roberts was a three-year all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, ICAC Most Valuable Player, and honorable mention NAIA All-America.

After playing four years of professional basketball in Australia and Sweden, he was an Indiana State Police Officer and later served in the Secret Service for five years on the personal security detail of former President Gerald R. Ford.

Roberts owned and managed “Hotel Australia” in Australia for six years, and now is general manager of a surf club. He is married and has two children, and resides in Queensland, Australia.

Roberts, who was inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, is one of only two men’s basketball players to have his uniform number (No. 50) retired.

• Terre Haute native Scott Sell is in his second year as graduate assistant athletic trainer at IUPUI, working primarily with the women’s soccer and softball programs. In his first year with the Jaguars, he worked almost exclusively with the softball team.

Before going to IUPUI, Sell completed an internship with the Indianapolis Colts (2008-2010), working in rehab and prevention. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Indianapolis, where he was the head athletic training student for the women’s basketball team.

While at Indianapolis, Sell assisted with football, men’s basketball, men’s/women’s cross country, men’s/women’s track and field and wrestling. He was also president of the Uindy Athletic Training Club his senior year. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Kinesiology at IUPUI.

• Former Indiana State men’s assistant coach Deryl Cunningham is now on the staff at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville under Lennox Forrester.

He coached for three years with the Sycamores.

• Several area junior college basketball players have had good games recently on the hardwood.

Terre Haute South grad Anthony McGill scored 14 points earlier this month in a 75-69 overtime loss to Southeastern Community College. McGill had three 3-pointers.

Derek Shouse, McGill’s 2011 classmate, recently poured in 17 points in a 97-94 double overtime loss to Columbus State.

North Vermillion grad Hillary Lively had 17 points on Tuesday as Danville Area Community College defeated Robert Morris 71-68. DACC is now 10-4 and has won nine of its last 11 games.

Alicia Tally of White River Valley scored a team-high 18 points last week as Olney Central defeated Lewis and Clark 72-61.


Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at