TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute native Mike Roberts is continuing his climb up the college basketball coaching ladder, recently departing Rice for a spot as the associate head coach at North Carolina-Greensboro.
Roberts, who was an assistant coach at Rice for the past four years, previously worked on head coach Ben Braun’s staff at California for two years and at Rice played a role in the Owls building a foundation for the program’s future success.
Rice improved each year during Roberts’ tenure, marked by a 19-16 record and a postseason appearance this past season.
“I really enjoyed the past four years at Rice and the past six years working under Coach Braun,” Roberts said. “Coach Braun has played a major role in my development as a coach and mentor to young men and I consider him to be a dear friend.
“I was able to grow professionally and made many lifelong friends during my time at Rice. I wish the program nothing but the best moving forward and I am excited about the new opportunities ahead at UNCG.”
Braun said, “Mike has been a very valuable addition to our basketball program over the past four years. He will have a great opportunity as the associate head coach at UNCG. I believe Mike has a very bright future in college coaching. Our staff and players have appreciated his dedication and wish him nothing but success.”
Roberts lived in Terre Haute as a youngster but moved to Oregon during junior high. He returned to the Hoosier state to play for the Indiana Hoosiers under Bob Knight before beginning his coaching career.
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n Modesitt honored — The IUPUI men’s tennis team, which claimed a share of its first regular-season Summit League title since 2004, placed three players on the All-Summit League Team — including West Vigo grad Joel Modesitt.
After going 4-1 in Summit League matches, Modesitt brought home all-conference accolades for the first time.
In addition to going 4-1 in singles action between the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, Modesitt also posted a 3-1 record in double action with teammate Nick Volz.
n Another Reed honor — Terre Haute South grad A.J. Reed was honored as the Southeastern Conference baseball “Freshman of the Week” in March after leading UK to five wins as the No. 4 hitter, midweek starter and weekend late-inning reliever.
Reed picked up two wins on the mound, one coming in a midweek start and the second coming in relief of UK’s series-clinching win over No. 2-ranked South Carolina.
In both of his wins on the mound, Reed — who was in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak — delivered the game-winning RBI at the plate.
At the plate, Reed led UK in hitting all week batting .526 (10 for 19) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI. He had a 1.12 ERA on the mound, striking out eight in eight innings.
n Haag to Oakland City — Sullivan soccer standout Christina Haag has signed to continue her career at the collegiate level for Oakland City.
Sullivan High School’s 2010 and 2011 captain, Haag led the Golden Arrows to four consecutive league titles, as well as earning sectional titles in 2009 and 2011.
Individually, Christina ended her high school career with 131 goals, the third highest total in ISHAA history, including a school record 36 her senior season, and was named 1st Team All-State in 2011, Terre Haute Tribune Star Female Soccer Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011, along with All-District and Western Indiana All-Conference honors three years in a row.
“I couldn’t even begin to thank my coach Kurt Hauger enough,” Haag said. “He was always there to support our team and I through any game or obstacle. He was a great coach that taught me many different things about the game that I plan to take with me to the collegiate level.
“I also would like to thank Richard McPhail, Raymond Secrest and Paige Bond for all of their help with coaching an outstanding group of girls.”
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 email@example.com.
Payton Karl, Fr., Oakland City – Has played in 32 games, starting 28, and is hitting .200 with six doubles, one homer and 13 RBI.
D.J. Throneburg, assistant coach, Butler – Serving in second year as pitching coach.
Keegan Remsburg, Fr., Indianapolis – Has not appeared this season.
Pete Stuart, So., DePauw (son of Terre Haute native Grant Stuart) – Has appeared in one game as a pitcher with 0-0 record.
Kyle Burnam, Sr., Indiana State – Has started all 42 games and ranks fourth in hitting at .331 with three doubles, one homer and 31 RBI.
Nolan Schaefer, So., Anderson – Has 1-1 pitching record with 6.43 ERA in four games.
Craig Bell, Fr., Lake Land – Has not appeared this season.
Seth Lunsford, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Does not appear in team statistics.
Zac Niehaus, Fr., Olney Central – Statistics not available.
Caleb Mason, Fr., Olney Central – Statistics not available.
Drew Morecraft, So., Lincoln Trail – Does not appear in team statistics.
Craig Roberts, Jr., Indiana-Southeast – Has played in 39 games, starting 38, and ranks seventh on team in hitting at .291 with two doubles, one homer and 28 RBI..
Johnny Dayton, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan – Has played in 19 games, starting 14, and is hitting .222 with one double and four RBI.
Pete Dayton, Jr., Robert Morris-Springfield – Statistics not available.
Tim Johnson, Fr., Vincennes – Has a 6-1 pitching record with a 3.06 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 44 innings.
Derek Hannahs, So., Indiana State – Sitting out season after transferring from Ohio State.
Don Daugherty, So., Monmouth – Has not appeared this season.
Taylor Harper, Sr., Northern Kentucky – Has not appeared this season.
Luke Greene, Jr., Northern Kentucky – Has played in six games, starting one, and is hitting .500 with one double and four RBI.
Matt King, So., Siena Heights – Has pitched in nine games with a 3-4 record and a 4.31 ERA.
Drew Kelley, So., Marian – Has not appeared this season.
Zach Kempf, Fr., Marian – Has a 0-2 pitching record and a 13.50 ERA in three appearances.
T.J. Hill, Fr., Olney Central – Has a 5-0 pitching record.
Brian Blaydes, Sr., Oakland City – Has a 3-4 pitching record with a 6.48 ERA in 41.2 innings of work.
Noah Boswell, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan – Has pitched in 12 games, one as a starter, and has a 0-1 record with a 3.95 ERA in 13.2 innings.
Josh Flory, Jr., Indiana Tech – Has a 0-0 pitching record with a 1.35 ERA in six appearances .
Cam Chestnut, So., Lincoln Trail – Is batting .309 with 12 doubles, three triples, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored.
Brayden Freeman, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Is batting .417 (best on team) with six doubles and 12 RBI.
Dylan Reyher, Fr., Franklin – Statistics unavailable.
Terre Haute North
Max Hutson, ass’t coach, Hesston (Kan.) College – Serving in first year as pitching coach.
Scott Lawson, Rose-Hulman – Serving in third year as pitching coach.
Brandon Dorsett, Sr., Indiana State – Has pitched in 20 games, all in relief, with a 2-0 record and one save. He has a 1.65 ERA.
Joe Meggs, Jr., Washington – Has played in 36 games, starting 35, and ranks eighth on the team in hitting at .282 with one double and 11 RBI.
Nick Pilipovich, Jr., Rose-Hulman – Has played in 29 games, starting 26, and is hitting .233 with two doubles, one triple and 14 RBI.
Michael Eberle, Jr., Indiana State – Sitting out season due to injury after transferring from Lincoln Trail.
Parker Fulkerson, So., Rose-Hulman – Has started all 33 games this season and is hitting .331 with four doubles, one home run and 13 RBI.
Wade Bush, So., Indiana State – Has not appeared this season.
Doug Collett, So., Rose-Hulman – Has played in 12 games this year, starting two, and is hitting .118 with three RBI.
Bryan Nacke, Fr., Vincennes – Has pitched in 19 games with a 2-2 record and a 4.09 ERA. Leads team with eight saves.
Dalton Hathaway, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Does not appear in team statistics.
David Knight, Fr., Marian – Has not appeared this season.
Ryne Ruddock, Fr., Wabash – Has not appeared this season.
John Robert Patterson, Fr., Olney Central – Statistics not available.
Terre Haute South
Koby Kraemer, Jr., Indiana State – Has played in 40 games, starting 39, and is hitting .285 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, and 27 RBI.
Josh Dove, So., Lincoln Trail – Has a 3-1 pitching record and a 5.00 ERA..
Jacob Hayes, So., Indiana State – Sitting out season as a redshirt after transferring from Ohio State.
A.J. Reed, Fr., Kentucky – Has played in 40 games for No. 1-ranked Wildcats, starting 39, and ranks fifth on team in hitting at .311 with nine doubles, three homers and 39 RBI. On the mound, has a 4-1 record in 11 appearances with 32 strikeouts and just six walks in 30 innings of work.
Jimmy Maxwell, Fr., Wabash – Has pitched in three games with a 0-0 record and a 6.75 ERA.
Bryan Chestnut, Sr., Southern Indiana – Has played in 24 games, starting 10, and is hitting.204 with one double and three RBI.
Jordan Pearson, Jr., Indiana State – Has played in 26 games, starting three, and is hitting .250 with one double and four RBI.
Jeremy Lucas, Jr., Indiana State – Leads team in hitting at .367 and also has 10 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 45 RBI.
Tyler Wampler, So., Indiana State – Has played in 41 games, all as a starter, and is hitting .280 with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 24 RBI.
Zach Kent, Fr., Olney Central – Statistics not available.
Cameron Fagg, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Is batting .333 with five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 17 runs scored.
Ryan Crowther, Fr., Olney Central – Statistics not available.
Shelby Gott, So., Oakland – Has played in 35 games, starting 30, hitting .176.
Danielle Sichting, Fr., Franklin – Statistics not available.
Sandy Montgomery, head coach, SIU-Edwardsville – In her 24rd season as head coach of the Cougars.
Mark Brayfield, head coach, Illinois College – In second year as head coach at Illinois College.
Mackenzie Connelly, Jr., Indiana State – Has started 40 games and is hitting .190 with two doubles and two RBI.
Kara Repp, Fr., Illinois State – Has played in 18 games, starting 13, hitting .200 with a double, triple and two RBI.
Angie Camp, Sr., Kentucky Wesleyan – Ranks sixth on team in hitting at .211 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI.
Martika Byrd, So., Lincoln Trail – Batting .278 with two doubles, five runs scored and 10 RBI.
Kayla Downing, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Has a 2-2 pitching record with a 3.02 ERA.
Samantha Butt, So., Olney Central – Is hitting .190 with six RBI.
Ashley Gordon, head coach, Lincoln Trail – In second year as head coach at LTC after one year as an assistant.
Kayla Irwin, Jr., Rose-Hulman – Has played in 27 games, starting 25, and is hitting .209.
Megan Stone, Fr., Indiana State – Leads team in hitting at .351 with two doubles, two homers and 15 RBI. Has struck out only 22 times in 131 at-bats.
Ashli Scott, Fr., Indiana State – Has played in 36 games, starting 34, and is hitting .235 (fifth on team). Has a 5-9 pitching record with a 3.32 ERA.
Lainey Thompson, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Batting .333 with one double, one RBI and four runs.
Ariel Jacobs, Fr., Olney Central – Is hitting .278 with one RBI and two doubles.
Whitney Davis, Jr., SIU-Edwardsville – Ranks seventh on team in hitting at .248 with three doubles and 15 RBI.
Traci Sanders, Sr., Kentucky Wesleyan – Ranks fourth on team in hitting at .269 with 10 doubles and 15 RBI.
Emily Phillips, So., Olney Central – Leads team in hitting at .396 and ranks second in RBI with 22.
Shelby Colson, So., Glenville (W.Va.) State – Has a 1-0 pitching record in eight appearances with a 6.09 ERA..
Kelsey Maus, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Is batting .310 with three doubles, one triple, eight RBI and six runs.
Kirstin Strow, So., St. Mary-of-the-Woods – Has played in six games, starting two, and is hitless in six at-bats.
Ashley Loomis-Organ, St. Mary-of-the-Woods – Serving as pitching coach.
Dani Phillippe, Fr., Kaskaskia – Batting .250 with one double, three RBI and one run scored.
Cierra Rains, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Has a 0-0 pitching record with a 10.50 ERA.
Lindsey Greene, Fr., Illinois State – Has played in 39 games, starting 37, and is hitting .184 with a double, triple and four RBI.
Samantha Tomasino, So., Olney Central – Has pitched in 17 games with an 8-7 record and a 3.08 ERA.
Krystal Welch, So., Olney Central – Hitting .353 with four doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and 23 runs scored.
Brian Shearer, Rose-Hulman – Is in 9th year as head coach.
Alisha Lowery, So., Wabash Valley – Batting .405 with three doubles, one triple, 32 RBI and 27 runs.
Terre Haute North
Megan Ciolli, Northern Illinois – In fourth season as assistant coach.
Kelsey Rosselli, Jr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods – Ranks fourth on team in hitting at .321 with 10 doubles, three triples and 23 RBI.
Danielle Ketner, So., Indiana State – Has played in 20 games, starting four, and is hitting .176 with one homer and four RBI.
Bethany Sullivan, So., Indiana-Southeast – Has played in 24 games, starting 10, and is hitting .333 with two doubles and two RBI. Has a 2-3 pitching record in eight games with a 4.00 ERA.
Terre Haute South
Macy Toon, So., Wabash Valley – Batting .341 with five doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and three runs scored.
Kayla Price, So., Lincoln Trail – Has a 5-9 pitching record with a 3.37 ERA.
Alicyn Woodward, Fr., Olney Central – Is batting .286 with three doubles, two triples, eight RBI and 20 runs scored.
TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute native Mike Roberts is continuing his climb up the college basketball coaching ladder, recently departing Rice for a spot as the associate head coach at North Carolina-Greensboro.
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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.
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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
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COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed earns SEC Player of the Week honors
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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
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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.
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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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