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March 20, 2011

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TERRE HAUTE — Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil.

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Jarrod Brett, men’s ass’t coach, Franklin — Helped coach team to 8-17 record.

Andy Cochrane, Fr., Franklin — Played in seven games, did not score.

Elyse Weddle, Fr., Hanover — Played in 23 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds.


Brent Owen, men’s graduate assistant coach, Southern Indiana — Helped coach team to 24-6 record, No. 12 national ranking and appearance in NCAA Tournament.


Mike Carpenter, men’s head coach, Danville Area CC — Finished his seventh year as head coach of the Jaguars.

Olivia Wells, Fr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods — Played in seven games, averaging 0.6 points.

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Mike Roberts (former Terre Haute resident), men’s assistant coach, Rice — Helped coach team to 14-18 record.

Jake Kelly (former Marshall resident), Sr., Indiana State — Ranked fourth on team in scoring at 8.8 points, also averaged 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Ryan Russell (former Turkey Run student), Sr., DePauw — Started 6 of 26 games, averaged 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Kelly Meggs (former Terre Haute North player), Fr., California-Irvine — Averaged 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range before ending season early due to shoulder surgery.


Jon Prevo, women’s head coach, Rose-Hulman — Coached team to 10-16 record.

Logan Eitel, Fr., Indiana State — Played in 10 games and scored five points.

Lucas Eitel, Fr., Indiana State — Played in 21 games and averaged 0.8 points.

North Central

Andrew Gilman, Sr., Wabash — Averaged 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds.

Donnie Abrams, So., Marian — Played in four games and averaged 1.0 points.

Siona Taft, So. Lincoln Trail — Joined team midway through season as a walk-on, averaged 0.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists.


Josiah Brock, Jr., Lincoln Christian — No information available.

Kirstin Kimball, So., Danville Area CC — Averaged 4.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Austin Akers, So., Olney Central — Led team in scoring at 14 points per game and averaged 4.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds.  Named first-team all-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and all-Region 24.

Owen Valley

Samantha Stahl, Sr., Oakland City — Led team in scoring and passed 1,000 point career mark.

Jared Maners, Sr., Oakland City — Led team in scoring at 15.0 points.

Antonio Marshall, Jr., Olivet Nazarene — Ranked second on team in scoring at 13.7 points.

Heather Gonser, So., Indianapolis — Averaged 7.7 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Nickole Gonser, So., Indianapolis — Averaged 3.7 points and team-high 5.7 rebounds.

Randy Lientz, Fr, Oakland CIty — Averaged 5.6 points per game and 1.8 rebounds.

Cody Vest, Fr., Indianapolis — Played in 24 games, starting three, averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Kaitlyn Sweatman, Fr., Missouri-St. Louis — Started two of 27 games, averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds.


Rodney Watson, head men’s coach, Southern Indiana — Coached team to 24-6 record, No. 12 national ranking and appearance in NCAA Tournament.

Emily Maggert, Sr., Ball State — Named to Mid-American Conference third team.  Led team in scoring (14.6), rebounding (251) and blocks (31).  Holds school record for single-season rebounds (329), ranks fourth all-time in career rebounds (933), ranks third all-time in career scoring (1,691), ranks third all-time in free throws made (389) and ranks fourth all-time in career field goals (611). Ended her career with 29 double-doubles.

Chase Brinkley, So., Olney Central — Averaged 9.0 points and 1.8 assists.

Riverton Parke

Josh Wilson, Fr., Ancilla — Averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.


Stephen Jones, Fr., St. Louis Christian College — Statistics not available.

Meyers Leonard, Fr., Illinois — Has played in 32 of 33 games, starting one. Averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds.

Ben Jones, Fr., Lincoln Land — Averaged 5.4 points.


R.J. Mahurin, Fr., Indiana State — Played in all 34 games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds.


Jared Rehmel, Sr., Southern Indiana — Played in all 30 games off the bench, averaging 7.1 points and 2.5 assists.

Billy Newton, Fr., Oakland City — Started 20 of 28 games, averaging 7.3 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Casey Fougerousse, Fr., DePauw — Played in three games, did not score.

Marki Collins, Fr., Olney Central — Averaged 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds.

South Vermillion

Lou Gudino, men’s assistant coach, Indiana State — Helped coach team to 20-14 record, Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship, and appearance in NCAA Tournament.

Jenni McLeish, Jr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods — Started 18 of 26 games, averaging 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds.

Terre Haute North

John Grimes (Gerstmeyer H.S), men’s head coach, Marian — Coached team to 16-11 record.

Clint Weddle, women’s associate head coach, Indiana State — Helped coach team to 16-16 record.

Nate Blank, Sr., Indianapolis — Played in just nine games, starting one, due to two knee injuries. Averaged 8.0 points.

Samantha Meissel, Sr., Indianapolis — Led team in scoring at 18.8 points per game and averaged 4.5 rebounds before being dismissed from team.

Molly Martin, Sr., Hanover — Led team in scoring at 18.1 and in rebounding at 9.7. Team lost in first round of NCAA tournament. Finished career as school’s leading career scorer and rebounder. Named HCAC Player of the Year, and was first-team all-HCAC for the fourth straight year. Named to all-Great Lakes Region third team by

Thomas Anderson, Fr., Olney Central — Sat out season as a medical redshirt after suffering shoulder injury.

David White, Fr., Ancilla — Averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Francesca McCarthy, Fr., Holy Cross (Ind.) — Played in all 31 games, starting one, averaged 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds.

Terre Haute South

Jim Shaw, men’s head coach, Rose-Hulman — Coached team to 16-10 record this season.

Melanie Boeglin, women’s assistant coach, Indiana State — Helped coach team to 16-16 record.

Brooke Daugherty, Sr., Indiana-South Bend — Averaged 3.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Spencer Harlan, Jr., Rose-Hulman –Averaged 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Megan Craft, Jr., Ball State — Played in 27 games, starting two, and averaged 3.5 points while shooting 54 percent from 3-point range.

Randa Rector, So., Vincennes — Averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 assists.

Tessa Johnson, So., Marshall — Played in 29 games, starting five, averaging 3.4 points per game and 1.1 rebounds.

D.J. Shouse, So., Lincoln Trail — Averaged 10.7 points and 1.5 rebounds.

Jake Odum, Fr., Indiana State — Started 31 of 34 games, scored 9.3 points per game, averaged 4.0 assists per game. Named to all-Newcomer, all-Freshman and honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Conference teams.

Dragana Grbic, Fr., Butler — Played in 16 games, starting none, averaged 1.6 and 36 minutes in five games, averaging 1.8 points and 0.6 rebound.

John Michael Jarvis, Fr., Olney Central — Ranked second on team in scoring at 11.7 points per game, averaging 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists before missing last month due to wrist injury.

Ike Worrell, Fr., Oakland City — Played in 10 games, starting one, averaged 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Jacob Tanoos, Fr., Illinois Central — Averaged 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Joey Etling, Fr., Wabash — Played in two games, did not score.

Turkey Run

Meghan Doss, So., Vincennes — Averaged 2.2 points and 1.7 assists.

White River Valley

Matthew Graves, men’s assistant coach, Butler — Has helped coach team to 24-9 record through Friday’s games.

Jared Shelton, Fr., IU-Southeast — Sat out season as a redshirt.

Alicia Tally, Fr., Olney Central — Averaged 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 rebounds.

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    Former Terre Haute South and Furman University basketball standout David Conrady has re-entered the coaching world after a short hiatus. Conrady was recently named head coach of the boys team at Chattanooga Christian, a prep school in eastern Tennessee.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

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    December 23, 2013 2 Photos

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    Matt Seliger, also a former graduate assistant and North Patriot, has been hired by Athletes’ Performance in Frisco, Texas, to serve as an intern.

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    June 25, 2013

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    May 14, 2013

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