News From Terre Haute, Indiana

High School

September 21, 2013

West Vigo celebrates homecoming win

WEST TERRE HAUTE — Perhaps helped by the season’s first rainy Friday night, two defenses were the show at West Vigo in Western Indiana Conference high school football, the host Vikings rewarding their homecoming crowd with a 14-6 win.

It was the first victory of the season for West Vigo, and it was a costly one. Sophomore Hunter Voils, the game’s leading rusher — and, with one attempt, its leading passer — suffered a broken collarbone in the second half and will be out the rest of the season.

Two other key Vikings, senior lineman Sam McClain and sophomore linebacker/running back Dakota Short, also had to be helped off the field, Short with the apparent recurrence of a hip pointer and McClain with some nagging ankle and groin issues. McClain returned, Short didn’t.

But the West Vigo defense persevered no matter who was available, holding the Wildcats to just one first down and 56 total yards, only seven of those yards after halftime.

That’s when the rain was coming down the hardest, but coach Chuck Sorrell of South Vermillion refused to make excuses.

“I don’t think anything,” he said when asked what effect the weather had on the game. “West Vigo had a very good game plan to stop the run, and we didn’t execute throwing the ball like we should have.”

South Vermillion had an injury issue there too. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Branz was dinged in the first half and senior Adam Crouch, who started the game at running back, went back to the position he’d played a year ago.

“Jordan got banged up in the first half so we put him at receiver,” Sorrell said, “but we couldn’t protect [Crouch] well enough to get [Branz] the ball.”

Coach Jeff Cobb of the Vikings knows that feeling. West Vigo quarterback Jimmy Maples was running for his life most of the game too, and if it hadn’t been for turnovers — there were seven, four by South Vermillion — and one punting miscue, the score would have been even lower.

The game’s best offensive play was West Vigo’s first one, after two quick penalties forced the Wildcats into a third-and-24 situation — not an unusual spot to be for either team, as the game progressed — and an eventual punt.

Maples pitched the ball to Voils, apparently for a toss sweep around the right side. Instead, Voils turned and lofted a pass back to Maples, who got a great block from Tyler Gustafson and scampered all the way to South Vermillion’s 9-yard line.

“We’ve worked on that before,” Cobb said after the game. “Coach [Troy] Isles saw something on film and said that would be our first play … when you’re 0-4, you’re going to take some chances.”

Maples eluded the pressure and fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to Daniel McClain three plays later, and the Vikings had the lead.

A trade of fumbles on back-to-back plays less than two minutes later had West Vigo in South Vermillion territory again but — after Voils picked up a first down on a 10-yard run — that drive stalled and Maples was sacked on fourth down. A long punt return by Voils was wiped out by a penalty, and a fumble recovery by Skyler Warnock in Wildcat territory was nullified by an interception by Crouch.

“The first half we wasted a lot of golden opportunities,” Cobb said. “South Vermillion had Owen Valley on the ropes, so you can’t keep a team like that around, and that’s what we did.”

Voils had one more punt return in him, however, and he bolted 30 yards to the South Vermillion 24 late in the second quarter. Runs by Warnock, Short and Voils picked up a first down — the Vikings finished with just eight of those — and Maples found freshman Tyler Kernstein for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 1:16 left in the first half.

That insurance touchdown proved huge immediately in the second half. With the rain pouring at its heaviest, the Vikings committed back-to-back penalties deep in their own territory, then couldn’t get a punt off when the snap bounced back to Voils.

South Vermillion took over at the Vikings’ 9-yard line and bulldozed their way to a touchdown in three plays, Crouch scoring from the 2 with 7:40 left in the third quarter.

West Vigo responded with a two-first-down drive into Wildcat territory that was halted by an interception, and neither team threatened again the rest of the game.

The Vikings got fumble recoveries from Isaac Boatman and Ryan Hackett and an interception by Austin Cutliff in addition to Warnock’s recovery. Short and McClain were stalwarts too, as long as they were healthy.

Lineman Adam Stultz and Gavin Clark — a combined 605 pounds — were stout inside for the Wildcats, who also got big defensive games from Daniel Shew, Hunter Thornton and Tanner Smith.

“We made some [defensive] adjustments this week, and it helped the kids get a little more comfortable,” Cobb said.

“We really put a focus on tackling and flying to the ball this week,” said Sorrell, whose own defense held the Vikings to 141 yards. “They just made that one play early.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School
  • SPT041714 WV BB shaffer.jpg West Vigo baseball wins in rout

    When Brandin Behringer drove in his first run Thursday evening, it gave West Vigo a short-lived lead in nonconference high school baseball.
    The remainder of the Viking senior’s RBIs came four at a time in the bottom of the fourth inning, his grand-slam homer capping the second of consecutive seven-run innings that sent his team to a 15-3 win over visiting North Vermillion.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep roundup: Vikings get big hits to beat North Vermillion on softball diamond

    The West Vigo softball team improved to 4-3 for the season with an 11-4 victory over North Vermillion on Thursday.
    Leah Morrison busted the game open with a three-run double in the Vikings’ seven-run fourth inning.
    Kenzie Little chipped in with a two-run triple in the sixth and Hannah Harden tossed a complete-game for the pitching win.

    April 18, 2014

  • Prep baseball: Northview beats top-ranked Shakamak

    Damon Bass pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out seven to lead Northview to a 7-0 high school baseball victory over Shakamak.
    The visiting Knights blew open a tight game against Class A’s top-ranked team with a four-run seventh inning.
    Austin Butts and Jake Harden combined for six hits for Northview.

    April 18, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: North girls tennis wins 5-0 at Plainfield

    Terre Haute North’s girls tennis team swept its opening match of the high school season as it defeated Plainfield 5-0 on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Loss of Coach Bennett leaves hole in Marshall

    My email box is a little less busy now, and there’ll be a familiar face missing on basketball trips to Marshall in the future.

    April 15, 2014

  • SPT 041214 MADDI BOLINGER.jpg Roncalli fights past North Central in extra innings on way to Braves Bash title

    Roncalli became a three-time Gold Bracket champion of the sixth annual Braves Bash high school softball tournament at Terre Haute’s Miss Softball America complex Saturday night by defeating Evansville Mater Dei 7-1 in the title game.
    The 12-team round-robin tournament, which started Friday evening with three pools, and concluded with bracket championships Saturday night.

    April 12, 2014 9 Photos

  • SPT 041214 NATHAN PIRTLE 2.jpg Sullivan enjoys record golf day at Northview Invitational

    Sullivan and No. 1 player Nathan Pirtle were top finishers in the Northview Invitational for high school boys golf teams played Saturday at Forest Park.

    April 12, 2014 4 Photos

  • TH North loses to McCutcheon, beats Harrison (West Lafayette)

    Terre Haute North bounced back from a big loss to host McCutcheon to defeat Harrison (West Lafayette) in a pair of high school baseball games Saturday.
    The Mavericks defeated the Patriots 17-7 early Saturday, but North beat the Raiders 9-4 later in the day.

    April 12, 2014

  • West Vigo baseball drops first two in Center Grove Classic

    West Vigo hammered the baseball all over the field and had a double-digit lead through three innings early in the week at Seeger before rain washed it out short of a complete game.

    April 12, 2014

  • TH South sweeps MIC baseball doubleheader

    Justin Jenkins and Timmy Herrin led visiting Terre Haute South to a sweep of a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference high school baseball doubleheader Saturday at Indianapolis North Central.
    Opening their final MIC season, the Braves won the opener 9-6 and the nightcap 8-6.

    April 12, 2014

  • SPT041014 THN SB nease.jpg Braves Softball Bash a 'premier' early-season tournament

    The Braves Softball Bash has grown to 12 schools in 2014, with high school teams looking to gauge their early-season progress against quality competition.
    The host Braves have put together a solid 3-1 start that includes a doubleheader sweep of Casey, Ill., a newcomer to the field along with West Vigo.

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Golf season gets going Saturday with Northview Invitational

    Most high school boys golf teams in the area will get the season started Saturday in the Northview Invitational at Forest Park.
    New players will be in the lineups for many of the teams. Sullivan and Greencastle are the leaders in returning players.

    April 10, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Allen homers in North softball win

    Jazmine Allen had her first home run of the season and she and Conner Nelson combined for five hits and four RBIs as Terre Haute North defeated Sullivan 8-1 on Thursday in nonconference high school softball.

    April 10, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: South offense leads Braves to dominant win over Lincoln

    Justin Jenkins had three hits and Jacob Johnson and Zach Donnelly drove in four runs apiece as Terre Haute South rolled to a 15-2 high school baseball victory Wednesday at Vincennes Lincoln.

    April 9, 2014

  • SPT 040814 SMODILLA LOOK.jpg Terre Haute North tops Sullivan, falls to Class A No. 1 Shakamak

    Class A No. 1-ranked Shakamak got a big pitching performance and big hits from Braxton and Brett Yeryar Tuesday night while beating Terre Haute North 5-2 at Don Jennings Field.

    April 8, 2014 3 Photos

  • Prep roundup: West Vigo softball wins in 4 1/2 innings

    Charity Lane, Shelby Edington, Baylee Waters and Leah Morrison each had two hits and Lane knocked in three runs to lead West Vigo past visiting Turkey Run 13-2 in a run-rule high school softball game that went 4 1/2 innings Tuesday.

    April 8, 2014

  • SPT040514 THS BB herrin.jpg Terre Haute South cruises to Braves Bash title

    Terre Haute South knew it had a deep pitching staff going into the 11th annual Braves Bash baseball tournament and that proved to be true. But the Braves’ offense surprised everyone but the players Saturday as South won two 10-run-rule games en route to the championship.
    South defeated Mount Vernon 10-0 Saturday morning and capped the championship with a 14-4, come-from-behind victory over Munster in the finale.

    April 5, 2014 2 Photos

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Collett homers as North splits doubleheader

    Sophomore T.J. Collett hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader as Terre Haute North opened its high school baseball season with a 9-3 victory over host Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday.
    The Patriots lost the nightcap 6-0 after three first-inning errors led to three unearned runs.

    April 5, 2014

  • Metro sports: Locks of Love tournament today at Memorial Stadium

    The Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will host its annual Locks of Love tournament today. The 4th annual event will begin at 9 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

    April 4, 2014

  • SPT110113XCTRY chute.jpg PREP TRACK PREVIEW: Raetz, Holman among new coaches

    Two new coaches are in charge among the eight Vigo County and Northview high school track teams in 2014, although one of them isn’t really that new.
    Mark Raetz has taken over the Northview boys for Chad Smith, who is battling an illness. Raetz formerly headed the Terre Haute South boys program for two seasons.

    April 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: ISU blanks Austin Peay in 6-plus innings

    Indiana State’s baseball team posted another mid-week victory Wednesday night as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout and lead a 3-0 victory over Austin Peay State at Bob Warn Field.

    April 2, 2014

  • SPT 072813 JACOB JOHNSON2.jpg Season preview: Vigo County, Northview baseball teams ready to roll

    To no one’s surprise, Wabash Valley baseball fans don’t have to leave Vigo County — although they certainly could, as described later in this article — to find talented baseball players on the high school diamond this spring.
    Terre Haute North has a quartet of .300 hitters returning — Zach Milam, Jonathan Eilbracht, Nathan Will and Lane Dransfield — in addition to super sophomore T.J. Collett, who led the Patriots with a team-best 50 runs batted in for the 24-7 Patriots last season. Collett hit .424 with six doubles, two triples and nine home runs as a freshman.

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Marlow's 10 RBI leads Braves' softball at Casey

    Terre Haute South’s Kelsey Marlow had 10 runs-batted-in during a doubleheader sweep at Casey.

    April 1, 2014

  • Metro sports: ISU’s Stone, Riemenschneider honored by MVC

    Indiana State junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors, according to an announcement from the league office Monday.

    March 31, 2014

  • Girls state finals leaving Terre Haute

    The IHSAA and city of Terre Haute are still on excellent terms, insists Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Dave Patterson. But that didn’t keep the girls basketball state finals from returning to Indianapolis in 2015 after a three-year stint with Terre Haute’s Hulman Center serving as the host venue.

    March 28, 2014

  • TH South comes out swinging in softball opener

    The combination of experience and talent has created great expectations, from both the fans and players, for the Terre Haute South High School softball team. The Braves displayed both Friday afternoon in an impressive 11-4 season-opening victory over host Southmont.

    March 28, 2014

  • SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Big Four teams looking to build off strong 2013 seasons

    Although any of the four would have liked more postseason success, the spring of 2013 was a good one for the Big Four high school softball teams. That’s good news.
    Even better news for the three Vigo County teams is that very few seniors who contributed to that success are missing, and hopes are even higher this year.

    March 27, 2014

  • SPT 032014 WV DEGROOTE.jpg Til it's over: Long wait finally over for first-year West Vigo baseball coach

    My sincerest apology if I jinx it, but winter should be done now. This means, first and foremost, baseball season has arrived. It’s been a long winter for Culley DeGroote, in particular. He takes over the West Vigo program that his father Steve DeGroote built into a perennial winner.

    March 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: Silver Crown field filling up for Action Track

    More than a dozen drivers are scheduled to seek their initial U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown championship victory April 6 when the Sumar Classic is run at the Terre Haute Action Track.

    March 26, 2014

  • SPT 013114 AIMONE FILE.jpg Amey Takes Aim: Columnist’s boys basketball tradition continues

    In marked contrast to my recent whiny column about girls basketball, I was blessed this winter to see virtually every high school team in the Wabash Valley during the boys season.
    Some might suggest that was a mixed blessing, since a few of our teams weren’t as successful as they are used to being (particularly in the 2014 portion of the season), but the Tribune-Star was still involved with two teams that came within a game of the state finals, one of them in an Indiana final four (no capitalization anymore, new system) and two teams that were in the top eight of their class. That’s only three great teams — Paris was both a game away and in the final eight — but that’s still a pretty good haul.

    March 26, 2014 3 Photos

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Raw: Urinator Causes Portland to Flush Reservoir New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity