TERRE HAUTE —
Derek Shouse definitely flew under the radar in his one season of playing for the Terre Haute South boys basketball team last winter.
Not highly recruited, he made his way to Danville Area Community College as a walk-on with the hopes he could find his way onto the court at some point.
Shouse figured out the college game pretty quickly this winter, earning himself a scholarship, the Mid West Athletic Conference “Freshman of the Year” award, a regional championship and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.
“I really like that I had to earn everything and Coach [Mike] Carpenter gave me an opportunity,’’ Shouse told the Danville Commercial-News. “I wouldn’t have won that honor without my teammates getting me open shots and getting everyone involved.
“But, I’m more focused on Nationals and helping my team, that’s more important than any individual award.’’
Carpenter, a Linton native, earned MWAC Coach of the Year honors.
“We did recruit Derek, it was just late in the process,’’ Carpenter said. “We were in a position with the guys that we had returning — at that time — a shooting guard was the last position we needed.
“But, Coach [Mike] Saylor sent me a YouTube video on Derek. I watched it a two or three times, then I called Coach [DeJuan] Gouard and we determined that we wanted him here for a visit.
“I told him that day if we had a scholarship, I would offer it. I hated it as a coach, because I’m only allowed so many by the school.’’
With his options limited, Shouse decided to go ahead and attend DACC to see what would happen.
“I really didn’t have any offers,’’ Shouse said. “I really liked the school and their history.
“So my dad [Daniel Shouse] and I decided that I would come here as a walk-on and try to earn my spot and a scholarship.’’
Some players scheduled to arrive on campus didn’t make it, so Carpenter was able to give Shouse a scholarship on the first day of school.
“That opened it up for Derek,’’ Carpenter said. “His work ethic has been impressive and it’s surprised some of us.’’
Carpenter likes many things about Shouse’s game.
“Derek does a lot of things that people don’t notice,’’ he said. “He does more than shoot. He can take the ball to the basket. He can make shots off the dribble and he has a great frame.”
DACC lost to sixth-ranked Erie Community College 63-62 in the Consolation Championship at the 2012 NJCAA National Basketball Tournament to earn eighth place.
This was just the second DACC team in the program’s history (1998) to win the Conference, Region, and place in the National Tournament in the same season.
Shouse’s father, Daniel, was able to see every one of Derek’s games this year. He had a legendary playing career at Peru State in Nebraska that included a 100-point game prior to the 3-point shot.
“He’s one of my biggest critics, but I know he just wants the best for me.’’
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n Grimes retires — After 36 seasons leading Marian University’s men’s basketball program, Terre Haute Gerstmeyer grad John Grimes has announced his retirement as head coach of the Knights.
“The board of trustees and the entire Marian University community are thankful for Coach Grimes’ extraordinary service. He was committed to educating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. An exemplar as a coach, he provided character-building leadership to thousands of young women and men during his career,” said President Daniel J. Elsener.
Former Indiana star Steve Downing, the school’s athletic director, echoed Elsener’s sentiments.
“We would like to thank Coach Grimes for everything he has done for the Marian University department of athletics and the men’s basketball program,” Downing said. “Words cannot express the respect I have for Coach Grimes and the way he led his program. He accomplished a great deal during his 36 seasons, leading the team to Mid-Central College Conference titles as well as NAIA tournament appearances.”
In a legendary career that spanned four decades, Grimes earned a 566-408 record, which is sixth all-time in the state of Indiana and 12th all-time in NAIA history. His teams earned four NAIA national championship tournament berths, won three Mid-Central College Conference championships and won two MCC Tournament championships.
“We are appreciative of Coach Grimes’ dedication to graduating players and guiding them through the rigors of being a student-athlete,” said Downing. “On behalf of the department of athletics and Marian University, we hope for the best for Coach Grimes and his family. Thank you for everything you have done to make Marian University a better place by doing things the right way.”
n Latta, Loebker to SMWC — Terre Haute South High School senior outfielder Rebecca Latta has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
With a proven commitment to academics, she has maintained a 3.8 grade point average and is a member of the National Honors Society. She plans to study education at The Woods.
She will give the Pomeroys another left-handed hitter in the line-up and a strong arm in the outfield. Latta joins Terre Haute North High School graduate Kelsey Rosselli, as an outfielder at SMWC, who was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association Academic All-American.
Latta has played varsity softball since her freshman year at Terre Haute South.
Coach Gary Rodgers sees Rebecca as an immediate contributor to the SMWC program. “Rebecca has speed on the bases and will help cover the gaps and line in the outfield. Her ability to slap and bunt from the left side coupled with her speed will enhance our short game.”
Amanda Loebker, one of the most sought after soccer athletes in the Wabash Valley, signed a national letter of intent with SMWC in January.
Loebker, a three-year varsity starter and team captain for two years with a long list of honors and accomplishments, has twice been named to the All-Conference team in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. Those choices were topped in her senior year by her selection as a Second Team All-State Player and an Indiana Soccer Coaches’ Association Top Team Player. Her speed, technical ability, and composure in front of the goal make her a prime college prospect. She netted 16 goals in her senior season, including the regular-season game winner against Terre Haute South, and will make an immediate impact in the Pomeroy attack.
She has maintained a 3.0 grade point average and currently intends to study Education at the Woods. Well-known as one of most intense, committed players in the area, she follows other great talents from Terre Haute North like Lauren Sullivan and Erin Pugh who were central to building a Pomeroy team that could make runs at the USCAA national championship.
Coach Mike Aycock sees Loebker as a key ingredient for a new Pomeroy side.
“Amanda is a special player in the attacking part of the field,” he said. “She has speed, creativity, and the composure to finish well and be dangerous as a target player. I have no doubt that her abilities will change some of the things we can do going forward.”
n Marshall honored — Olivet Nazarene University point guard Antonio Marshall of Owen Valley was one of 10 players in the nation selected to the NAIA Division I All-America Third Team.
Marshall, a 5-foot-9 senior, led the Tigers in scoring average (17.1), three-pointers (74), free-throw percentage (.871), assists (142) and steals (56). His free-throw percentage ranked third in the nation, and he scored a career-high 34 points against No. 3 Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Feb. 18 — a performance that earned him national NAIA Player of the Week honors.
His older brothers Harry and Jordan played for Indiana State and Terre Haute North, respectively.
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
TERRE HAUTE —
Derek Shouse definitely flew under the radar in his one season of playing for the Terre Haute South boys basketball team last winter.
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College report: Former Patriot runner Mundy is ‘proud to be a Hoosier’
After redshirting the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons this year, Chanli Mundy was eager to do one thing recently as she prepared to compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Eugene, Oregon. “The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is being able to wear an IU uniform,” she said last week prior to making her cross-country trip.
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College Report: Brazil’s Baysinger navigates college tennis waters
Garrett Baysinger of Brazil played his senior season of tennis at Rockville, one of the smallest high schools in the state to field a team in the sport.
In a sport dominated by foreign players for teams in both genders at most levels, the competition for any college roster spot is extremely difficult. Baysinger did well at Rockville and on the summer circuit and earned a spot on the team at Kaskaskia Junior College in Illinois.
College Report: Former Oblong standout helping VU baseball in Junior College World Series
Ryan Cheek of Oblong, Ill., helped pace the Vincennes University baseball team to a regional championship and was the winning pitcher as the Trail Blazers won their opening game Saturday in the National Junior College World Series at Enid, Okla.
Cheek pitched 5.1 innings to pick up the victory as the Trail Blazers won 9-4 over top-ranked Mesa Community College in a rain-delayed contest that took more than five hours to complete.
College Report: Behind former Valley standout, SIU-Edwardsville back on national softball scene
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville dominated softball at the NCAA Division II level for many years, and knew it would take a little while to get back on the national stage after moving up to Division I three years ago.
South baseball cruises past Robinson
Terre Haute South swept Robinson in high school baseball Saturday at the South diamond.
College Report: Haley Chambers making noise in OVC softball circles
Two Wabash Valley natives are again making big news for the Southern Illlinois-Edwardsville softball team.
Former Riverton Parke and Cascade standout pitcher Haley Chambers was recognized for a string of dominant performances in the circle by being named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
College Report: Valley athletes helping Wabash College
Two Wabash Valley hurdlers helped the Division III Wabash College track and field team go head to head against talent from NCAA Division I schools in the Vanderbilt University Black and Gold Invitational this past weekend.
The Little Giants produced several quality times, including a first-place finish by Northview grad Joel Whittington in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The junior captured the title with a top time of 54.4 seconds, the fourth quickest recorded for NCAA DIII men this season. Cole Seward, a freshman from Terre Haute North, took third place, crossing the finish line in 55.7.
College report: Former Terre Haute South player Conrady returns to coaching
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.
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.
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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
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.
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