A few holiday leftovers that don’t even need a microwave oven:
• Ohio junior Armon Bassett of Terre Haute South was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 7-12.
Bassett had his best week to date for the Bobcats, averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 30.5 minutes in Ohio's two contests. He shot 50 percent (10-20) from the field and 3-point range (2-4), while netting an 85 percent clip (17-20) from the charity stripe.
The 6-2 junior punctuated his week with a career-high 27 points on 8-12 shooting in the 16-point win at Delaware on Saturday.
Bassett has played in seven games for Ohio since transferring from Alabama-Birmingham a year ago, starting six and ranking fourth on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game.
• It’s been a good year for Division I head coaches with Indiana University ties.
New Mexico’s Steve Alford (12-1), Texas Tech’s Pat Knight (10-1) and Alabama-Birmingham’s Mike Davis (11-1) have combined to go 33-3 so far.
Alford’s Lobos lost their only game 76-66 at Oral Roberts, a team which lost to Indiana State earlier this month. Knight and the Red Raiders lost their only game at Missouri Valley Conference power Wichita State.
• A pair of future Division I athletes were left out of a list in a preview story of the Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic this week describing how many talented basketball players were in the 2008 tournament.
Terre Haute South’s Adam Austin will compete in track and field next spring for Lipscomb University, while West Vigo’s Joel Modesitt was the No. 4 singles players in men’s tennis at IUPUI this fall.
• Shakamak grad Jared Rehmel has started 11 of 12 games for the 5-7 Central Arkansas Bears, and is fifth on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
Two of UCA’s losses were difficult road encounters at Kansas and Memphis. Rehmel’s best game was a 21-point effort against Tennessee-Martin, in which he was 4 of 12 from the field (3 of 8 from 3-point range) and 10 of 10 at the free throw line.
• Northview grad Julia Whitted has left the IUPUI women’s basketball team. She had missed most of the first month of the season due to an injury, and had only been able to play 61 minutes in seven games for the 1-10 Jaguars.
The pre-season first-team all-Summit League selection is a psychology major.
• Two other high profile athletes ended their careers after the 2008-2009 school year.
Sullivan’s Justin Ridge, who was the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s golf champion as a freshman, ended his career for Franklin College. He is focusing on the end of his teaching curriculum, which will include his student teaching experience.
Terre Haute North grad Amy Hamilton did not return to the University of Indianapolis this fall, after finishing fifth overall in the 2008 Great Lake Valley Conference women’s cross country race and earning “Freshman of the Year” honors.
• Several high school baseball players have recently made their college choices, according to prepbaseballreport.com.
Among those are North Central’s A.J. Boyll (South Carolina-Beaufort), South Putnam’s Cam Chestnut (Lincoln Trail), Shakamak’s T.J. Hill (Olney Central) and Northview’s Caleb Mason (Olney Central).
• Terre Haute North grad Samantha Meissel was named the Great Lake Valley Conference player of the week for the last week of November.
Meissel opened the week by posting a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds in Indy’s 91-60 victory over Central State. Meissel connected on 12 of her 14 shot attempts on the evening, an 85.7 percent clip.
In the Greyhounds' 93-39 win over Oakland City in the opening round of the UIndy Thanksgiving Classic, Meissel tallied 19 points, converting 8 of her 14 shot attempts and adding a pair of rebounds.
The junior closed the week and the Thanksgiving Classic by scoring 21 points and grabbing four boards in the Hounds' 68-55 victory over Lake Superior State. Meissel shot 8 of 12 from the field and was successful on two of her three three-point attempts.
On the week, Meissel averaged 22 points and 4.3 rebounds while averaging only 20.3 minutes per contest. Meissel finished the week by shooting 70 percent from the field, draining three of her five three-point tries, and hitting seven of eight attempts at the charity stripe.
The Greyhounds are 9-0 on the season, and ranked fourth nationally. They are in the midst of an 11-day break, and return to action on Wednesday by hosting Christian Brothers.
• Fellow North grad Molly Martin continues to dominate play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Martin has been named the conference’s player of the week twice already this season, and leads the conference in scoring (19.9 per game) and rebounding (12.0 per game).
The Panther are 6-3 overall, but only 1-2 and tied for sixth place in the HCAC.
• Austin Akers of Northview continues to shine on the court for Olney Central, ranking in the top 10 in scoring among all Illinois junior college players at 13.9 points per game.
He is shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range (23-58) and averages 3.3 assists per game. Akers had his collegiate career high recently with 23 points against IU-East, hitting 8 of 10 from the field (5-5 from 3-point range) and also dishing out six assists.
• Ball State’s women’s basketball team, which defeated national power Tennessee in the NCAA tournament last spring, is off to just a 5-6 start this season.
Emily Maggert of Paris is definitely doing her share, having led the Cardinals in scoring in seven of the 11 games and in rebounding in 10 different games. Maggert, a junior, leads the team in scoring at 17.5 and in rebounding at 11.6.
• Three former Indiana State players are competing for new schools this year.
Tyler Cutter transferred to Lee University (an NAIA school in Tennessee) after one season at ISU and is averaging 4.2 points per game.
Marico Stinson, a junior, is averaging 12.3 points per game for Kentucky Wesleyan – which is ranked 19th nationally in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II rankings.
On Tuesday, KWU will host Tiffin University in a game that will match Stinson against former ISU teammate Keenan Barlow. A walk-on who played very little for the Sycamores, Barlow leads Tiffin (1-7) in scoring at 13.0 points per game and in rebounds at 5.1.
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.
A few holiday leftovers that don’t even need a microwave oven:
- 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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