“I like surprises when they’re like that,” Cara Stuckey said Saturday afternoon at Forest Park.
The Terre Haute South High School girls golf coach wasn’t necessarily talking about her team’s sectional championship, which the Braves had achieved in decisive fashion moments earlier, but the fact the season had played out in a manner to make that championship not much of a surprise at all.
Three seniors — on of them an eventual state finalist — had graduated from the South team that was sectional runner-up a year ago, and Stuckey admitted she was skeptical about this year’s team. But the 2012 Braves not only won the sectional, they bettered by 20 strokes the score last year’s team had achieved on the same course.
“We knew South was going to play well,” said coach Bob Treash of runner-up Northview. “[Terre Haute] North and South are well coached — and they’re never really down.”
“If you told me at the beginning of the season that we’d have a chance to win the sectional, I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” she said Saturday. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
One of the two returning South veterans, Alexandra Pickens, flirted with par all day — she was 2-under after an eagle on the 12th hole — and took medalist honors with a 74. One of the South newcomers, Taylor Monroe, flirted with par for nine holes before finishing with an 86 that tied freshman Ali Danielson for South’s second-best score.
Host Northview shot 361, counting four scores 93 or better, while Anna Potter and Nicole Anderson finished second and third individually with scores of 83 and 85 to lift North comfortably into third place at 375. Those three teams plus South Putnam’s Caitlyn and Kyndra Boyce and Rockville’s Micha Moore — all of whom shot 93 — advance to regional play next Saturday at Smock Golf Course south of Indianapolis.
“We had a good day,” noted Treash, whose team was led by sophomore Keirsten Mikesell with an 86. I thought we might do a little better [than 361], but I’m very satisfied with it.”
Treash was particularly pleased with newcomer Makenzie Brown, who overcame first-sectional nerves to shoot a 93. “The kids have worked hard all season,” he pointed out.
North’s score “was about what I would expect,” noted coach Abe Nasser of the Patriots, who was waiting for a back-nine challenge from eventual fourth-place finisher South Putnam that never materialized. “If that’s good enough to get out, great. If not, we’ll get Anna and Nicole out.”
Nasser was happy to see Pickens earn medalist honors.
“Alex works so hard in the summer, I’m glad for her,” the coach added. “It’s what you want all your kids to do.”
“I couldn’t be happier for her,” Stuckey agreed. “Coming from her freshman year, when she was shooting in the 60s … it shows a lot of hard work pays off. And she’s probably happier with our team win than with her individual win.”
“I shot 35 on the front, which was my best … anywhere,” Pickens said. “And I’ve never [gotten an eagle in competition] before, so this was a whole round of new things.”
Speaking of her 120-yard second shot on the par-4 12th hole, Pickens said, “I knew it was headed in that direction [toward the hole] and I was hoping it didn’t go over … it kept rolling, and then it disappeared.”
Monroe was a second Brave to shoot her best nine holes of the season on the front Saturday, giving the Braves a 13-shot advantage at the turn.
“It was the best I shot all year, and I was just glad I could contribute to my team more,” the junior said.
“Last week [Monroe] played good on the front [in an 18-hole match], and I talked to her about handling success,” Stuckey said. “She definitely stepped up with a score we needed.”
“We’ve all been working really hard,” Monroe added in explaining her team’s improvement throughout the season. “I’ve slowed myself down more, and I have more confidence in myself and my swing.”
2012 girls golf sectional
At Forest Park
Team scores — Terre Haute South 344*, Northview 361*, Terre Haute North 375*, South Putnam 397, Rockville 406, South Vermillion 417, North Putnam 431, Greencastle 438, West Vigo 488, Shakamak incomplete.
South (344) — Taylor Baugh 54-54—108, Taylor Monroe 37-49—86, Katelynn Gordon 46-52—98, Ali Danielson 43-43—86, Alexandra Pickens 35-39—74.
Northview (361) — Makenzie Brown 45-48—93, Sierra Girton 53-51—104, Megan Heaton 44-47—91, Karlie Atkinson 44-47—91, Keirsten Mikesell 41-45—86.
North (375) — Carson Smith 54-52—106, Alli Farrington 50-55—105, Alex Bryant 49-53—102, Anna Potter 39-44—83, Nicole Anderson 43-42—85.
South Putnam (397) — Clair Perry 57-57—114, Allacyn Arnold 64-68—132, Kyndra Boyce 43-50—93*, Madison Cash 45-52—97, Caitlyn Boyce 45-48—93*.
Rockville (406) — Alexia Lear 54-58—112, Megan Baxter 54-53—107, Kristin Wheeler 47-47—94, Micha Moore 48-45—93*.
South Vermillion (417) — Billie Rayce 54-53—117, Tori Vitaniemi 54-51—105, Shayna Craft 52-54—106, Madison Miller 63-57—120, Kristi Thomas 49-50—99.
North Putnam (431) — Jessica Cox 65-60—125, Olivia Zarate 54-58—112, Josie Parent 45-51—96, Ellen Wilborn 48-50—98.
Greencastle (438) — Haley Cash 66-76—142, Lokysa Scheuermann 58-61—119, Lauren Bridgewater 52-52—104, Elizabeth Johnson 52-59—111, Kenzie St. Marie 54-50—104.
West Vigo (488) — Sarah Dugger 86-92—178, Heather Prouse 72-69—141, Elizabeth Favre 55-59—114, Olivia Butterman 61-59—120, Ciara McClain 57-56—113.
Shakamak — Casey Reynolds 55-59—114.
* — advances to regional at Smock Golf Course next Saturday.
“I like surprises when they’re like that,” Cara Stuckey said Saturday afternoon at Forest Park.
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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.
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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.
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Today’s prep basketball games
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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.
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Tonight’s prep basketball
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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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