TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at Terre Haute North
Robinson (Ill.) at T.H. North
The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (0-1) will have their home openers against the Northview Knights (0-1) tonight and the Robinson Maroons (1-3 before tonight’s home game against Olney) from across the state line Saturday night.
The times — Varsity tipoffs are slated for about 7:30 EST each day.
The airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 75-50 in his sixth season in charge at Terre Haute North. Clint Weddle is 8-16 in his second season at Northview. Mack Thompson is 48-16 in his third year at Robinson and 76-44 in his fifth year overall.
Probable starting lineups — For Terre Haute North, 6-0 sophomore Keshuan Sandifer and 6-6 junior Charlie Aimone at forwards, 6-7 junior Jackson Wolaver and/or 6-3 sophomore Kobi Riley at center, 5-9 junior C.J. Brown and 5-11 junior Austin Kurashima.
For Northview, 6-0 senior Mark Underwood, 6-5 senior Ethan Whitson and 6-6 senior Jim Mace at forwards, 6-4 senior Christian Ellis and 5-11 junior Joe Ball at guards.
For Robinson, 6-2 senior Landen Hoagland and 6-1 junior Wes Harrison at forwards, 6-1 junior Jason Richart, 5-11 sophomore Noah Tennison and 6-2 sophomore Parker Bopp at guards.
Key reserves — For Terre Haute North, either Wolaver or Riley (depending on Riley’s availability because of illness), 5-8 sophomore A.J. Smith, 6-0 junior Andrew Farmer, 6-0 senior Mitchell Dennany, 5-9 senior Austin Benson, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Poore, 6-1 junior Brian Stevens and 6-2 sophomore Casius Bell.
For Northview, 6-5 senior Daniel Kimball, 5-11 freshman Dylan Hyatt, 6-5 sophomore Hunter Ragan and 6-0 sophomore Quinton Hayes.
For Robinson, 6-5 senior Michael Akande, 6-1 freshman Dylan Dirks and 6-1 freshman Ethan White.
Team leaders — For North, Sandifer tallied 13 points in its only game so far. For Northview, Whitson had 17 points in its only game. For Robinson, Akande is averaging about 22 ppg off the bench and Richart is next at 9.3 ppg.
Recent games — On Saturday, North lost its season opener at Lebanon 53-40. On Nov. 26, Northview lost at home to Vincennes Lincoln 69-55. On Saturday, Robinson defeated Charleston 53-37 in the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.
Last meeting — On Nov. 30, 2012, North won at Northview 67-42. On Dec. 28, 2012, Robinson defeated North 63-58 in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic quarterfinals at Terre Haute South.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “Our guys have been very coachable, despite the season-opening loss. We watched the film [from the Lebanon loss] and tried to correct our mistakes this week in practice. And we had a very good week of practice.”
Woelfle on playing the Knights: “They’re big. The thing that jumps out at you about them is their sheer size and the amount of size they have. That size will cause every one of their opponents to really think about how they’re going to prepare to play them.”
Woelfle on playing the Maroons: “They’re a lot like us. They’re playing different people who are assuming new roles. … I think Akande is very good around the basket and his overall athleticism could cause us problems. We must find him every time and make sure to block him out because he pursues the basketball.”
Weddle on his squad: “We’ve practiced very well and we’ve been very focused the last 2 1/2 weeks. We’re looking forward to getting a few more games under our belt.”
Weddle on playing the Patriots: “I’m very impressed with the way they defend. It’s apparent they’ve got a couple kids who can put up good numbers on any given night, from what I’ve seen.”
Thompson on his squad: “We lost four starters from last year. That [Effingham St. Anthony] tournament we play in at the beginning of the year is pretty tough. In our three losses, we had the lead in the third quarter of each of them. … Michael Akande is our main offensive weapon, but I think we’ve got several other guys who can score double figures on any given night. That makes it hard for other teams to know where our points are coming from.”
Thompson on playing the Patriots: “I know they’re a lot like us in that they lost a lot of their minutes from last year. I know they’re playing some inexperienced guys, like we are. But Terre Haute North is always fundamentally sound and they always play hard-nosed and aggressive.”
— Compiled by David Hughes
TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at Terre Haute North
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