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
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Linton (Class 2A) and Clay City (Class A) each finished 7-1 in the SWIAC. Clay City handed Linton its only conference loss Feb. 18, a 58-50 decision, while Clay City’s only SWIAC setback was by a 62-51 score at Eastern Greene on Jan. 17.
Paris rally falls short in Super Sectional
When Petersburg (PORTA) finally showed it was possible to hit a free throw on the west end of the Illinois-Springfield gym Tuesday night — after 12 misses in a row — it spelled the end of a high school comeback by Paris that looked for awhile like it would be one for the ages.
“I thought we had ‘em,” Tiger coach Shawn Nugent said after the Class 2A Super Sectional game won by the Bluejays 58-49.
Paris seeking finals berth tonight
The Paris Tigers may be the underdogs again tonight when they play at the Class 2A Springfield Super Sectional, or they may be the favorites. What’s already clear as the Illinois boys basketball tournaments for the smaller schools enter their final week is that rankings and reputation don’t matter, particularly to the Tigers.
Class 2A girls: Rick Risinger coaches Heritage to fifth state title
Rick Risinger spoke this past week about defense being the key to securing a win against a talented Fort Wayne Canterbury girls basketball squad in the Class 2A state championship game.
Coach Risinger’s Heritage Christian squad rose to the occasion Saturday in Hulman Center, holding the Cavaliers to 33-percent shooting to claim the school’s fifth state title since joining the IHSAA in 2003.
The Eagles won their first title since 2009 by a score of 64-61.
Class A girls: Oregon-Davis holds off Vincennes Rivet
Oregon-Davis jumped out to a 15-2 lead when senior Alicia McIntosh drilled a 3-pointer in Saturday’s Class A state championship for girls high school basketball.
The Bobcats stretched that lead to as large as 17 before halftime, and still led by double figures with three minutes remaining.
Class 3A girls: Western over Evansville Mater Dei 38-35
Like Fort Wayne Canterbury in the Class 2A championship, two-time defending Class 2A champion Evansville Mater Dei found the going much more tough when moving up one class due to the IHSAA’s “Team Success Factor” legislation.
Mater Dei (26-2), which had an average margin of victory of 27 points throughout the season, struggled against Western’s 2-3 zone all night long in falling to the Panthers 38-35.
Class 4A girls: Bedford North Lawrence wins second straight title
Damon Bailey guided Bedford North Lawrence to a second straight state championship in his first year as head coach.
Bailey, an assistant on the Stars’ unbeaten Class 4A champions in 2013, watched his team hold off a scrappy Penn squad for a 51-41 victory Saturday night.
Central Catholic rallies to defeat Rockville
It was an old story in a new location Saturday for the boys basketball team from Lafayette Central Catholic High School.
Clay City wins third straight sectional
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Linton pulls away late to win at North Knox
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Damon Bailey among coaches directing daughters at Hulman Center on Saturday
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Class 4A title favorite Bedford North Lawrence looked to repeat as champions late Saturday night. Former BNL state champion and Indiana Hoosier great Damon Bailey led his Stars into the game with a pair of daughters on the court. Junior Alexa Bailey, wearing No. 22 of course, is a Butler recruit and sophomore Loren is a reserve for the Stars.
Owen Valley, Edgewood in sectional final again
Things haven’t changed that much in the Class 3A boys basketball sectional. Northview was in the field for the first time and hosted the semifinals Friday night. But for the second year in a row, Edgewood and Owen Valley will play for the Sectional 28 championship tonight.
Temples’ 3-pointers help Paris advance
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Ailing Wilkey helps Rockville advance to title game
For part of Friday, doubt existed about whether flu-stricken Rockville standout Keiontre’ Wilkey would be able to play in the first semifinal game of the Class A North Vermillion Sectional for boys basketball. The junior guard gutted it out, however, and tallied 17 points to help lead the Rox over the host high school 61-53. That sent them into tonight’s sectional championship game against No. 7-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic.
Preps: Late free throws help Linton beat North Knox
Linton hit 4 of 5 free throws in the final minute and hung on to defeat streaking North Knox 47-46 in the semifinals of the Class 2A North Knox Sectional for boys high school basketball.
Former Terre Haute resident Rick Risinger looking for fifth state title in Hulman Center
An accomplished group of girls basketball coaches will make their way into Hulman Center on Saturday for the IHSAA state finals.
Damon Bailey, 1990 Mr. Basketball for state champion Bedford North Lawrence and former Indiana University great, is the most familiar name to Hoosier basketball fanatics. In his first year as a girls varsity coach, Bailey leads BNL into action in the 4A state championship game.
With 590 career wins, Fort Wayne Canterbury coach Wayne Kreiger is already a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Behind senior Miss Basketball candidate Maura Muensterman, Steve Goans leads Evansville Mater Dei into the Class 3A title game on the heels of consecutive 2A titles.
No answer: Spears scores 30 as Martinsvlle ends TH South’s season
Terre Haute South ran into a championship performance Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Class 4A Avon Sectional for boys high school basketball. Martinsville’s Troy Spears scored 30 points while leading the Artesians to a 65-44 victory that ended South’s season.
North falls to No. 5 Brownsburg in Class 4A Avon Sectional
Terre Haute North did not bow out of the boys high school basketball tournament Tuesday night like a team on a seven-game losing streak.
The Patriots executed their gameplan, battled back from a double-digit deficit and forced Class 4A No. 5-ranked Brownsburg to hit free throws to win the opener of the Class 4A Avon Sectional.
Brownsburg (19-2) hit six straight free throws in the final 1 minute, 15 seconds to hold off the Patriots 51-47.
Two sets of Eels win at WRV Sectional
There’ll be no Cinderella story in Dugger to end this boys high school basketball season, and a spirited upset bid also fell short Tuesday night at the Class A White River Valley Sectional.
Defensive pressure and depth made the difference in both games, as Eminence ended the Union season — perhaps its last, at least as a public school — by a 59-46 score and Clay City pulled away in the second half for a 53-44 win over Shakamak.
Paris knocks off 23-2 Clinton Central in overtime sectional thriller
Paris’ boys basketball team has learned a lot in a late-season run of success, but the one thing that set the Tigers apart on Tuesday in Class 2A Westville Sectional semifinal game was composure.
The Tigers never got rattled, never flinched and got the ultimate reward.
BOYS SECTIONAL ROUNDUP: Linton holds off Sullivan at North Knox
Linton and Eastern posted victories in the opening round of the North Knox Class 2A Sectional on Tuesday.
Linton led most of the way to defeat Sullivan 51-43 in the first game. Eastern Greene bested North Central 62-42 in the nightcap.
Linton is 16-6 and will take on North Knox and Eastern Greene faces South Knox in the semifinals on Friday. North Knox takes an 11-game winning streak into the action.
Tough roads ahead: Terre Haute North faces big challenges in its sectional
With the hope that the obligatory snow is already on the ground, high school boys basketball sectionals begin today in Indiana, and for one Wabash Valley team in Illinois.
South swimmers fall short of lofty goals at state finals
Sometimes the journey is more rewarding than the destination.
That would best describe Terre Haute South’s performances Saturday in the 77th annual IHSAA boys swimming and diving state championships at the IU Natatorium.
Center Grove deals Terre Haute North 7th loss in row
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Prep roundup: Casey falls at Robinson Regional; Paris posts upset win at home
Teutopolis finished strong Friday night to defeat Casey 47-36 and win the Robinson Class 2A Regional for boys basketball teams.
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