TERRE HAUTE —
West Vigo at South Vermillion
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled in the Terre Haute area.
The action — West Vigo’s Vikings (2-2, 1-0 Western Indiana Conference) visit the South Vermillion Wildcats (2-2, 1-1 WIC) tonight.
Last meeting — West Vigo won last season 62-8.
Last time South Vermillion beat West Vigo — In 2009, South Vermillion, coached by Ron Whiteman and quarterbacked by Andy Walsh, defeated West Vigo by a score of 32-21.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 38-39 in his eighth year at West Vigo. Chuck Sorrell is 2-12 in his second year at South Vermillion.
Outlook — South Vermillion is coming off a come-from-behind victory at Brown County, the Wildcats’ first road win since the 2009 season. South Vermillion quarterback Adam Crouch ran and threw for a touchdown in that game, but it was the Wildcats’ defense that stepped up with a shutout performance in the second half.
West Vigo’s offense will look to get back on track after being shut out by Linton last week.
Injuries, lineup changes — senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman (broken leg) is out. Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Patrick McVey (knee) is out for the season. Sam Bowden (concussion) is out.
Words from Cobb — “South Vermillion’s a much-improved team from last year. One of their improvements is they’ve learned how to win and how to come together as a team. You can tell that. Their win last week against Brown County was come-from-behind, which shows you they’re mentally improving as well as physically.
“Both teams are very similar size-wise. I think they’re a little bigger than we are on the lines so it will be a pretty even matchup.
“Our nonconference season is now over and we’ve played three pretty good teams. Our record is deceiving. I think we’re a lot better than our team indicates. We’ve got to come out fast and play confident.”
Words from Sorrell — Chuck Sorrell did not immediately return phone calls.
— By Craig Pearson
Terre Haute North at Ben Davis
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — None in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The Terre Haute North Patriots (2-2 overall, 0-1 MIC) will visit the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Ben Davis Giants (4-0, 2-0) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.
Last meeting — On Sept. 16, 2011, Ben Davis won at North 46-7.
Last time North beat Ben Davis — On Sept. 15, 2006, North won at Ben Davis 17-14.
Coaches — Chris Barrett is 40-72 in his 11th season in charge at North and 68-104 in his 18th season overall, while Mike Kirschner is 42-20 in his sixth year at Ben Davis and 56-46 in his 10th year overall.
Outlook — So far, North has lost at Castle 35-24, defeated Terre Haute South 27-10 at Memorial Stadium, won at home over Northview 55-0 and lost at home to Center Grove 17-15.
Ben Davis has won at home over Indianapolis Cathedral 24-21, won at Pike 24-0, won at home over Indianapolis North Central 19-6 and won at Warren Central 6-3.
Injuries, lineups — No report on injuries this week. Some key starters include senior fullback/linebacker Lee Davis, senior tight end/defensive end Calvin Blank and senior wide receiver/defensive back Austin Lewis.
For Ben Davis, all current regulars appear reasonably healthy. Some key starters include senior safety Antonio Allen, inside linebacker Tre Tunstill and senior running back Malcolm Fogle.
Coaches’ comments — Kirschner on his own squad: “Obviously, when you’re winning, it makes it a little easier. But we’re young. We only have five seniors on defense and three on offense. We’ll start three sophomores on offense. And they’re not bad. But our offense spits and sputters. Our defense is what kinda holds us together.”
Kirschner on playing the Patriots: “They’re very physical. I think think their linemen on both sides of the ball come off the line very well… We’re nervous, to say the least. We’re so young, we just never know what’s going to happen with our kids.”
North coach Barrett could not be reached for comment.
— By David Hughes
Terre Haute South at Center Grove
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled in the Terre Haute area.
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (2-2, 0-2 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) play at the sixth-ranked Center Grove Trojans (3-1, 1-1). Both teams have lost to top-ranked Carmel, South 38-0 on Saturday and Center Grove 31-21 the week before. Center Grove escaped with a 17-15 win at Terre Haute North on Saturday.
Last meeting — Center Grove won 21-0 last season.
Last time South beat Center Grove — Since joining the MIC, the Braves haven’t beaten the Trojans; they are 0-16, including two sectional losses.
Coaches — Mark Raetz is 14-40 in his sixth season at South. Eric Moore is 119-48 in his 15th season at Center Grove and 179-53 overall.
Outlook — North was able to slow the Trojans’ running game last weekend, and South could easily have been tied at halftime at Carmel if a quarterback sneak by Danny Etling had been ruled a touchdown. Both teams tonight have issues with injuries, but if the Braves can defend the Trojans like they did a year ago, they have a chance.
Injuries, lineup changes — The Braves get receiver Jacob Johnson, defensive end Howie Lawson and strong safety Logan Deady back; all have missed the last two games. Etling finished the Carmel game with a painful sprained ankle, but is hoping to play.
Safety Josh Piper and wingback Max Norris were the most significant of the Trojans who missed the North game, but junior safety Alex Aukerman had an all-state performance defensively and with a punt return for a touchdown that proved decisive. The Trojans will also have the services of a few underclassmen who missed the North game — played Saturday after a Friday postponement — because they were taking the ACT test.
Words from Raetz — “[The nearly successful quarterback sneak] would have made it 7-7 late in the first half [at Carmel] and would have definitely provided a momentum swing for us. The first half was one of the better defensive efforts we’ve had since I’ve been [at South], especially given the circumstances of the weekend [trip on Friday, postponement, trip back early Saturday] and our injuries.
“Center Grove is always a physical, well coached team, very solid on both sides of the ball. We’ll definitely have to play an outstanding game in all phases … but last year it was a 7-0 game in the fourth quarter; we just didn’t finish some drives.”
Words from Moore — “We’ll probably get all [of the injured Trojans] back just in time for Ben Davis or somebody like that to beat us up again. Our defense is getting better each week, but our offense was bad last week — and [Terre Haute] North did a really good job [against us].
“[South] is very athletic, well coached, their offensive and defensive lines are mobile and strong and their quarterback is awesome. They just seem to get better and better each year.”
— By Andy Amey
TERRE HAUTE —
West Vigo at South Vermillion
- High School
North gets past Knights in boys basketball
With a huge size advantage on the program roster, you wouldn’t need to be Dr. James Naismith to figure out Northview’s strategy Tuesday night against a much shorter Terre Haute North team in boys high school basketball.
Pound the ball inside.
That plan worked well early on, as the visiting Knights bolted out of the gates to an early advantage.
The Patriots hung tough, though, and thanks to some clutch play off the bench from Braxton Poore and Andrew Farmer in the second quarter, delivered a knockout punch from which Northview could never recover.
North used a balanced scoring attack and an almost flawless floor game to record an easier-than-expected 68-43 victory.
Vikings prevail over South Vermillion
Hayden Corenflos was not the tallest player on the court Tuesday night, but he was always close to the rim while leading West Vigo to a 50-36 victory over visiting South Vermillion in boys high school basketball inside the Green Dome.
Corenflos scored 21 points without taking a shot from outside the lane in the Vikings’ second win of the season.
Prep basketball: Kinnaman knocks down 21 as Sullivan defeats Shakamak
Sullivan led most of the way in high school boys basketball Tuesday night to win its second game of the season, defeating Shakamak 77-44.
The Arrows used a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead and had a 17-9 advantage after one period. They led 36-20 at the intermission and took a 52-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Metro: Indiana Hall of Fame lauds two Wabash Valley athletes
Two players from the Wabash Valley have been named members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team that will be honored in March. Tony McGee and Kenny Rowan are members of the honor team.
Today’s prep basketball games
Northview is at Terre Haute South and South Vermillion is at West Vigo
West Vigo shows its youth in loss to Owen Valley
It was a game that confirmed his fears, coach Joe Boehler said Saturday night after his West Vigo team lost 67-51 in its Western Indiana Conference boys basketball opener to visiting Owen Valley.
“I think our young team showed up tonight,” Boehler said. “We did not handle success very well.”
Terre Haute South can't match 'great' Mooresville team
Terre Haute South did very little right Saturday night at Mooresville, while the host Pioneers did very little wrong in an 89-54 victory over the visiting Braves.
Rady passes Sharpe to move into second on all-time victory list
Cloverdale coach Pat Rady, who resides in Terre Haute, climbed to No. 2 on Indiana’s all-time victory list for boys high school basketball Saturday morning when his Clovers got past host Greencastle 60-56 in the semifinals of the Putnam County Classic tournament in McAnally Center.
Consistent effort helps Terre Haute North hold off Robinson
After falling behind 14-2 after one quarter, Robinson’s Maroons bounced back to make it a game at Terre Haute North on Saturday night.
The Maroons cut the gap to 39-33 late in the third quarter, but a crucial turnover led to a 3-pointer by North and the Patriots went on a 65-50 win.
South girls fall to Indy North Central 67-46
Indianapolis North Central used 3-point shooting and defense to prevail in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference girls high school basketball Saturday, defeating Terre Haute South 67-46.
The Panthers got off to an 8-0 start in the early-afternoon contest played in the South gym and outscored the Braves 20-9 in the final frame to get even for the season at 3-3 and even in the conference at 1-1.
Sister act: Elkins pair have helped West Vigo get off to 4-1 start
Heading into tonight’s home game against Owen Valley, the West Vigo girls basketball team is one win from equaling last season’s total for victories. The 4-1 Vikings are led by post players and sister duo Lexus and Shyanne Elkins.
Rady could break tie with Sharpe today
Longtime boys basketball coach Pat Rady has a chance to pass the legendary Howard Sharpe for No. 2 on Indiana’s all-time victory list today when his Cloverdale Clovers play Greencastle at 10 a.m. in the first game of the postponed Putnam County Classic at Greencastle.
New dates when available
- Vigo County basketball matchups
Study looks at effects of concussions
Austen Cummings sits in class and can’t remember what he’s supposed to focus on. He doesn’t have a learning disability or an attention disorder. The Homestead High School sophomore suffered two concussions in the span of two months while playing football. The concussions have caused Cummings to blank out in class, at times for almost a half-hour.
Even high-rated helmets may not protect players
Two studies this year highlight the tough choices and conflicting information that parents and coaches face when trying to protect football players from head trauma.
PREP ROUNDUP: West Vigo girls basketball cruises past Sullivan
Lexus Elkins poured in 15 points, Shyanne Elkins contributed 13 and McKenzie Little added 11 to lead the host Vikings over Sullivan 57-40 in Western Indiana Conference action Tuesday night inside the Green Dome.
Terre Haute South girls hold off Northview's surge
A funny thing happened on the way to a Terre Haute South blowout victory Tuesday night at Northview High School. The Knights fought back and nearly pulled out a win.
Three-point baskets by Kennedy Williams and Lauren Perrelle and free throws by Kylie Fendrick and Lauren Hambrock preserved a 53-50 win for the Braves over the Knight.
Casey beats Terre Haute South with last-second layup
On many nights during this high school basketball season, the shots are going to fall for both Casey and Terre Haute South and both teams are going to look really good.
Tuesday was not one of those nights.
Former North Central inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Thirteen men will become official members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame when they are inducted into the Hoops Hall at the annual dinner in March.
Matchups set for wide-open Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic field
Sometimes the ping-pong balls used to draw the high school basketball pairings for the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic have a wisdom all their own, and that seemed to be the case Tuesday at Terre Haute North.
Metro sports: ISU women play today at No. 15 LSU
Indiana State’s women finish a three-game road swing by playing nationally ranked LSU at 12:30 p.m. today at Baton Rouge.
Tonight’s prep basketball
Casey at Terre Haute South
PREP ROUNDUP: North Central falls at home to Eastern Greene
Eastern Greene’s Camden Sego popped in 18 points to lead to a 67-42 home loss for North Central in SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys high school basketball Saturday night.
Bertoli runs personal-best time to qualify for Foot Locker national championships
Reigning IHSAA state champion Jackson Bertoli, a senior at Terre Haute South High School, accomplished a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 14 seconds as he finished fifth in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships for cross country Saturday morning at Wayne E. Dannehl Course.
New excitement: Opportunity to swim in new pool in near future has Vigo County athletes ecstatic
As excited as Mike Williams is about the start of the Terre Haute North High School swim season today, he’s just as excited that one of its circumstances won’t have to be repeated a couple of years from now.
Prep/Metro roundup: Marshall girls pick up big wins at Robinson
Marshall’s Lions got a huge girls high school basketball victory Friday afternoon at the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament, downing Mt. Carmel and 2013 Illinois Miss Basketball Tyra Buss 57-53.
Today’s Vigo County boys basketball game
Terre Haute North at Lebanon
West Vigo boys rally to pull out season-opening OT victory
A season-opening high school boys basketball game at West Vigo on Wednesday night was as much about when the players did things as it was what they did.
Visiting North Vermillion seemed to have a close game under control the entire way because every time the host team made a run, Falcon star Brayden Woodard was there to answer.
Although West Vigo was never ahead in the last 28 minutes of regulation time, the Vikings got a game-tying 3-pointer from Alec Blair with 6.3 seconds left and pulled out a 47-46 victory on Braiden Cardinal’s driving layup with 10 seconds left in overtime.
Clay City hits 13 first-half treys in downing Wildcats
Clay City junior Evan Rogers hit his first 3-pointer of the night 45 seconds into the season opener at South Vermillion.
By the time another 2 minutes, 15 seconds passed on the scoreboard, he had hit a fifth 3-pointer, putting his Eels ahead 17-2.
Heat check? That time had already passed.
Rogers hit a sixth 3-pointer to put the Eels up 25-4 then finally missed one with 2:20 on the first-quarter clock.
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