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
South Vermillion at West Vigo
Owen Valley at West Vigo
The action — The West Vigo Vikings (1-0) have two Western Indiana Conference matchups this weekend, beginning with a home game against South Vermillion 9 tonight. The Vikings will remain at home for a Saturday game against Owen Valley (1-2).
The time — Varsity tipoff is set for about 7:30 p.m. both nights, with the games following the girls varsity contests each night.
The airwaves — None locally.
The coaches — Joe Boehler is 65-51 in his sixth year at West Vigo. Michael Byrum is 9-36 in his third year at South Vermillion. Chad Smith is 28-45 in his fourth year at Owen Valley.
Probable starting lineups — For West Vigo, 5-9 junior Tyler Hayes, 6-1 junior Braiden Cardinal, 6-1 sophomore Hunter Voils, 6-1 junior Hayden Corenflos and 6-6 freshman Austin Sappingfield.
For South Vermillion, 6-0 junior Jordan Branz, 5-11 senior Tristan Spivey and 6-1 sophomore Dru Strayer at guard, and 6-2 junior Logan Waldrop and 6-1 senior Aaron Hines at forward.
For Owen Valley, 5-9 senior Nolan King and 6-0 senior Noah Woodruff at guard; 6-3 senior Matt Mahoney and 6-2 senior Ethan Sparks at forward, and 6-3 junior Ethan Daffron at center.
Key reserves — For West Vigo, 5-10 junior Alec Blair, 5-7 junior Keagan McClain, 6-2 junior Grant Daley and 6-1 junior Alex West.
For Owen Valley, 6-0 senior Dillan Hege, 5-8 junior Devon Shouse, 6-5 junior Matt Campbell, 6-0 sophomore Cameron King, 6-1 junior Evan Wood and 6-4 sophomore Dakota Manion.
Team leaders — For West Vigo, Hayden Corenflos paced the Vikings with 13 points in their opener.
For South Vermillion, Jordan Branz and Logan Waldrop have scored in double figures.
For Owen Valley, Nolan King and Ethan Sparks are two of the leaders.
Injury report — All regulars appear healthy.
Recent games — West Vigo won its season opener 47-46 in overtime against North Vermillion. South Vermillion lost its season opener at home against Clay City by a score of 85-59.
Owen Valley lost its opener, 60-58, to Eastern Greene, then lost 66-60 to Paoli and defeated Vincennes Rivet 59-57.
Last meeting — West Vigo topped South Vermillion in last year’s season opener by a score of 72-58, while also winning at Owen Valley by a margin of 46-35.
Coaches’ quotes — Byrum on his team: “This is a big game for us for several different reasons. First of all we need to see what improvements we’ve made since the Clay City game. We’ve had a pretty good week of practice, now it’s a matter of executing and competing for 32 minutes.”
Byrum on the Vikings: “This is a WIC game; we want to get off to a good start in conference play. More importantly, this is also a rivalry game for us. South Vermillion is 4-21 versus West Vigo in the last 20 years. My upperclassmen want to be the group that gets South Vermillion to start having more success against West Vigo. West Vigo is a good team; we’re going to have to fight for 32 minutes. It should be a great atmosphere on Friday night.”
Boehler on the Wildcats: “I think they have some really good guards. They have a lot of experience, guys that have been playing for several years. Jordan Branz is a really good player, I know Tristan Spivey looks like he’s playing really well.”
Boehler on his team: “I keep saying we’re young and inexperienced. Until we develop some consistency, you never know what to expect. I was pleased with how we played last week, I thought we made some big plays when we needed to. If we can just have a couple nights where we can play well again, we’ll start feeling good about things. We keep talking about doing what it takes to win games. Getting big rebounds, knocking down shots. With a young team, I know we have some talent. We made plays at critical junctures. That’s what I was most impressed with against North Vermillion.”
Boehler on Owen Valley: “They’re kind of like South Vermillion in that they’ve got a lot of guys back. They played for a sectional title last year. Nolan King does a nice job. He’s one of the best guards in our conference. We drew them in the Pizza Hut Classic too.”
— Compiled by Craig Pearson
Terre Haute South
at Lawrence North
T.H. South at Mooresville
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (0-1) have a two-trip weekend, opening their final season of Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference play tonight at Lawrence North, then getting back on I-70 on Saturday to play at Mooresville. It will be the season opener for both South opponents.
The time — Varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. each night.
The airwaves — No broadcast is scheduled either night.
The coaches — Scott Ridge is 17-30 in his third season at South. Jack Keefer is 632-255 in his 38th season at Lawrence North, 693-281 in his 42nd season overall. Bob Carter is 107-108 in his 11th year at Mooresville and 133-127 in his 13th season overall.
Probable starting lineups — For South: 6-0 junior Spence Tofaute, 6-4 junior Greg Newton, 6-6 junior Timmy Herrin, 6-0 junior Conner Shipley, 5-11 junior LaMarkis Stevenson.
Lineups for the Wildcats were not available. Lawrence North’s always-deep roster has been supplemented this season by 6-8 transfer Perry Poindexter from Indianapolis North Central.
For Mooresville, 5-9 senior Jonathan Hurt, 6-0 sophomore K.C. Earls at guard, 6-5 senior Carter VanWanzeele and 6-7 senior Jacob Johnson at forward and 6-5 junior Clay Hibler at center.
Key reserves — For South: 6-0 junior Tre Minnett, 6-2 senior Jerad Fuson, 6-2 senior Da’Shon Heyen, 5-11 freshman Jaylen Minnett and 6-3 junior Logan Dinkel. Dinkel will be seeing his first action this weekend after missing the opening game with an injury.
For Mooresville, 6-0 senior Chase Smith, 6-0 junior Lane Weaver and guard J.T. Sanborn.
Team leaders — Herrin had 10 points and Newton nine points and eight rebounds for South in its first game.
For Mooresville, Johnson is an all-state candidate.
Recent games — The Braves lost 51-49 at the buzzer to Casey on Tuesday, shooting less than 40 percent from the field and 1 for 19 from 3-point range.
Last meeting — South lost to both teams at home last season, 87-69 against Lawrence North and 64-60 against Mooresville. The Braves and Pioneers also met in sectional play at Mooresville, the home team emerging with a 71-68 double-overtime victory.
South’s last win over Lawrence North was a 50-44 decision on Dec. 5, 2008. The Braves won 56-51 at Mooresville on Dec. 4, 2010.
Coach’s quotes — Ridge on the Braves: “We played good defense and we played hard [against Casey] but we missed a lot of shots. There are a lot of things we can do better.”
Ridge on this weekend’s opponents: “Lawrence North is always a challenge, especially over there. Mooresville got us twice lsat year and has everybody back. Johnson is one of the best players in the state.”
Carter on the Braves and his team: “Whenever we play South, it’s always a highly competitive game. This one should prove no different. South will be playing their third game of the season and it’ll be our season opener.
“The game will be decided by which team can take advantage of their strengths. South is quick with an aggressive style of play. Mooresville has a size advantage. We should have the experience advantage from a team that won 7 of its last nine games last season.”
— Compiled by Andy Amey
TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at Terre Haute North
- High School
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
Clay City, the two-time defending champion of the IHSAA Class A Sectional No. 57, took the floor at White River Valley High School with a chip on its shoulder Saturday night.
Linton pulls away late to win at North Knox
Defending smartly and playing the offensive tempo like a finely tuned violin, Linton’s Miners dominated the fourth quarter of a previously air-tight high school basketball game to defeat South Knox 57-45 and repeat as Class 2A Sectional 47 champions.
Damon Bailey among coaches directing daughters at Hulman Center on Saturday
Father-daughter bonding was among the themes Saturday at Hulman Center as Terre Haute played host to the IHSAA girls basketball state finals for a third straight year.
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
The prudent thing would have been to pull the basketball out, wait for an opponent to foul and run as much clock as possible in the final minute of the Illinois Class 2A Westville Sectional on Friday night. Audie Temples was thinking dagger.
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
Terre Haute North and Center Grove – two teams that haven’t won much lately – struggled to put the finishing touch against the other on Friday at North.
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.
Casey, Paris to play in regional title games
Championships of Illinois regional boys high school basketball tournaments will be decided tonight.
AMEY TAKES AIM: Bringing you the Amey Teams for girls basketball
Our Wabash Valley teams won’t be represented when the Indiana girls state basketball finals return again to Hulman Center on March 8 (even though the Class 4A title will probably be decided this weekend when Lawrence North plays Bedford North Lawrence in a semistate game).
I wish some of our girls teams had been able to play longer for a purely selfish reason: that might have given me an opportunity to see one or two of their games.
South boys fall to Southport, finish regular season 8-14
Terre Haute South got an up-close look Thursday night at what a Conference Indiana championship boys basketball team looks like. And Southport is big and quick.
Southport, led by 6-foot-10 sophomore Joey Brunk and junior guard Malik Bennett overpowered South’s Braves 61-49 at Southport Fieldhouse. Brunk had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Bennett scored 21 points.
VIDEO: Wilhelm leads South swimmers into state finals
Christian Wilhelm plans to compete in the distance freestyle when he gets to the University of Illinois-Chicago’s downtown campus.
Wilhelm emerged as a state qualifier in the 500-yard freestyle and 200 freestyle as a junior for Terre Haute South. But his senior season took a different turn and he’s hoping to make a big splash in a new event.
Casey advances to regional title game
Casey will be in the championship game of the Class 2A Robinson Regional for boys high school basketball teams Friday night. The Warriors gained their spot in the title tilt with a 55-42 victory over Marshall on Wednesday.
Cloverdale joins Pizza Hut Classic field
The Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic has a new team, but the newcomer for the 2014 tournament is led by a familiar name to Terre Haute basketball. Pat Rady’s Cloverdale Clovers, currently 19-1 this season, will join the field as a likely contender.
Preps: Northview rallies past Linton in boys basketball
Ethan Whitson, Christian Ellis and Jim Mace tallied 19, 18 and 10 points respectively as host Northview overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Linton 62-57 in boys high school basketball Wednesday night.
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