TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South at Ben Davis
The action — The Terre Haute South Braves (8-10, 1-4 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) visit the Ben Davis Giants (10-4, 3-2 MIC) for South’s only game this weekend. The Braves are looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
The time — Game will tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The airwaves — None locally.
The coaches — Scott Ridge is 16-25 in his second year at Terre Haute South. Mark James is 28-11 in his second year at Ben Davis and 466-241 in his 31st year overall.
Probable starting lineups — For South, 5-10 senior Kevaris Gregory, 6-0 senior Logan Steward and 6-2 senior Preston Tofaute at guards, 6-2 senior Jeffrey Turner at forward and 6-4 sophomore Timmy Herin at center.
For Ben Davis, 6-2 junior Mike Beaty, 5-8 Kendall Broome and 6-4 senior Tony Wills at guard, with 6-3 senior Deaire Tate and 6-6 sophomore Brennan Gillis at center.
Key reserves — For South, 5-11 G Connor Shipley, 5-11 senior Shane Stanley, 5-11 sophomore Spence Tofaute and 5-10 sophomore Jared Wolfe.
For Ben Davis, 6-3 senior Jordan King and 6-0 senior Jeff Wilson.
Team leaders — For South, Jeffrey Turner is one of the state’s top scorers, averaging 25.7 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Kevaris Gregory is averaging 10.9 points and 2.5 steals. Wills, an Illinois State recruit, leads the Giants in scoring.
Recent games — Ben Davis is coming off a 72-44 loss at Carmel. South is coming off a 50-39 loss to Terre Haute North.
Last meeting — Ben Davis won last season 76-64.
Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on the Giants: “They’re solid. All their losses are to MIC schools and Pike. They’re physical. They’re a strong team inside and out. Take care of the ball and play good defense.”
Ridge on the Braves: “We were tied or had a lead with three or four minutes to go [against North]. Similar to the Carmel game. We’ve got to put that fourth quarter together. We’ve been hanging in games then losing them at the end.”
“Sophmores Shipley and Spence Tofaute are both coming off injuries that they’ve been playing through so we expect them to increase their production. They’ve been playing through it, but I think they’re ready to step up into more of a role.”
James on the Braves: “Terre Haute South is much improved from where they were earlier in the year. Turner plays at a high level and the other kids on the team just keep getting better.”
James on his team: “On the other had, we are not playing well right now. We hope to make this a competitive game. We did not compete last week as Carmel drilled us by 28 points.”
— Compiled by Craig Pearson
Indianapolis North Central at Terre Haute North
Terre Haute North at Evansville Reitz
The action — Indianapolis North Central’s ninth-ranked Panthers (10-4, 3-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) come to Terre Haute today to face North’s Patriots (10-6, 1-2) in a conference game. On Saturday, the Patriots travel to Evansville to face another group of Panthers, these from Reitz (10-6 going into tonight’s game at Jeffersonville).
The time — Tonight’s varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the varsity game should begin at 8 p.m. EST.
The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The coaches — Doug Mitchell is 338-137 in his 20th season at Indianapolis North Central. Todd Woelfle is 73-43 in his fifth year at Terre Haute North. Michael Adams is 247-192 in his 20th season at Reitz, 306-204 in his 23rd season overall.
Probable starting lineups — Possible starters for North Central are 5-4 senior Wade Stallings and 6-2 freshman Eron Gordon in backcourt with 6-8 junior Perry Poindexter, 6-6 senior Chandler Rowe and 6-6, 285-pound senior Darius Latham up front. Latham is an Indiana University football recruit; Gordon is the younger brother of former IU basketball star Eric Gordon, currently with the New Orleans Hornets.
North’s starters are expected to be 6-5 seniors Calvin Blank and Austin Lewis up front, 6-2 senior Steven Davis and 5-10 senior Nate Jahn in backcourt, with the fifth starter either 6-5 senior Patrick Hart or 5-11 senior Casey Vickers.
Possible starters for Reitz are 6-1 sophomore Jaylen Sanford and 5-11 senior Kameron Malone in backcourt with 6-1 senior Alex Stein, 6-2 sophomore Nate Hansen and either 6-3 junior Logan Worthington or 6-3 junior Jordan Summers up front. A usual starter for the Panthers, 6-0 sophomore Mario Barnes, is out with an injury.
Key reserves — For North Central: 6-4 junior Michael Loggan, 6-2 sophomore Aaron Banks, 5-10 junior Jeff Harris, 5-8 sophomore Wes Stowers and 6-5 freshman Antonio Singleton. Senior Collin Bridgeforth is unavailable for this week’s game.
For North: 6-2 senior A.J. Grady, 6-0 senior Charles Dillahunt and 6-2 seniors Chris Schenck and Evan Low.
For Reitz: 6-0 sophomore Milik Higgins and 5-11 freshman Blake Ruckman.
Team leaders — Gordon leads North Central in scoring at 18.7 points per game, with Latham averaging 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and Poindexter 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Blank and Lewis both average in double figures for North. Sanford is the leader of a balanced attack for Reitz.
Recent games — North Central’s only game last weekend was a 69-62 win over Warren Central. North’s only game was a 50-39 win over Terre Haute South. Reitz played twice last week, losing 85-78 to Evansville Central but beating Floyd Central 74-56.
Last meeting — North lost 68-48 to North Central last year, but won 62-48 the following night against Reitz. The Patriots haven’t beaten North Central since a 59-57 decision on Feb. 4, 2005, while Reitz had a 52-50 win over North on Feb. 23, 2011.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on the Patriots: “Austin Lewis did a really good job on [Jeffrey] Turner defensively [against South], and I was pleased with our composure in the fourth quarter [of that game]; we were able to get to the free throw line, we hit those free throws and we iced the game.”
Mitchell on his Panthers: “We’ve won something like seven of eight against really tough competition. Nothing’s been easy; our four losses were all against top-10 teams and some of those you get and some you don’t. But we’re heading in the right direction.”
Woelfle on the weekend: “North Central is very athletic and skilled, and Evansville Reitz is one of our more extensive scouts of the year because they run multiple sets and they execute very well.”
Mitchell on the Patriots: “They just won’t go away. They’re a really good ball-control team and good at keeping control of their tempo. It will be a battle of wills.”
Adams on his Panthers: “Our schedule is just brutal, but we’ve been competitive in every game. There have been a lot of positives, but we’ve got to be able to finish the deal against good teams.”
Adams on the Patriots: “The league they play in is really, really good, so they’ll be a challenge for us. They’re a good team and a good program.”
— Compiled by Andy Amey
Rockville at West Vigo
The action — The West Vigo Vikings (8-8) will play host to the Class A No. 1-ranked Rockville Rox (18-0 before tonight’s game at Fountain Central) for a nonconference clash Saturday night. West Vigo will be celebrating its homecoming this weekend.
The time — Varsity tipoff is slated for about 7:30.
The airwaves — No broadcasts planned in the Wabash Valley.
The coaches — Dave Mahurin is 158-79 in his 10th year at Rockville and 283-221 in his 23rd year overall before tonight, while Joe Boehler is 62-47 in his fifth season at West Vigo.
Probable starting lineups — For Rockville, 6-7 senior Lane Mahurin and 6-4 senior Jordon McFall at forwards, 6-0 senior Joel Wittenmyer, 6-1 senior Gary Ulrich and 5-8 sophomore Keiontre Wilkey at guards.
For West Vigo, 6-3 senior Aaron Kirby and 6-1 senior Adrien Corenflos at forwards, 6-1 sophomore Alex West at center, 5-11 senior Cade Lindsey and 5-7 senior Kyle Stewart at guards.
Key reserves — For Rockville, 6-7 senior Nick Waltz and 6-3 senior Trevor Woodard.
For West Vigo, 6-0 senior Lance Stonebarger, 6-0 sophomore Braiden Cardinal, 6-2 sophomore Grant Daley and 5-9 sophomore Tyler Hayes.
Team leaders — For Rockville, Lane Mahurin is tallying about 21 points per game, Ulrich is next at about 16 ppg and McFall is at about 10 ppg. For West Vigo, Stewart is averaging about 13 points per outing and Corenflos is next at about 10 ppg.
Injury report — All regulars appear healthy.
Recent games — Last Saturday, Rockville won at home over Seeger 71-44 and West Vigo lost at Evansville North 70-37.
Last meeting — On Feb. 4, 2012, West Vigo lost at Rockville 53-46.
Coaches’ quotes — Boehler on his squad: “We had a really rough weekend last week [with losses to Edgewood and Evansville North] … but we feel like we had an opportunity to learn from those two games. We’re going to try to focus on ourselves this Saturday night and try to be a better basketball team.”
Boehler on playing the Rox: “Obviously, they’re one of the best teams in the state. I think they have the best record in the state — 18-0 — possibly 19-0 by Saturday. They’ve got very good players who know their role perfectly. Lane Mahurin is a future college basketball player … does so much for their team. He’s a difficult matchup for anybody.”
Dave Mahurin on his squad: “Being 18-0, it’s hard to get too upset. There’s still some things we need to get better at, though. We have to get mentally tougher. We take some possessions off defensively every now and then.”
Dave Mahurin on playing the Vikings: “They’ll be good against us. They always play us very tough. They’re competitors and they’re very well-coached. We’re going to have to defend them well.”
— Compiled by David Hughes
TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South at Ben Davis
- High School
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.
Terre Haute North plays well but doesn't finish at Bedford North Lawrence
Visiting Terre Haute North did everything but win a nonconference high school basketball game Tuesday at Bedford North Lawrence.
The Patriots shot better, dominated the boards and reversed the game’s momentum with a second-half defensive adjustment, but only once got the lead above a one-possession one. That cost North in the end, when the Stars scored the last six points to win 42-38.
Linton's defense causes West Vigo problems
West Vigo ran into a Linton boys high school basketball team Tuesday night that played like a contender to return to the Class 2A state championship game.
The Miners hit 26 of 45 shots from the floor and dominated the Vikings with their defense en route to a 71-42 win.
PREP ROUNDUP: Casey to meet Marshall in regional game
Semifinal games are slated for tonight in Illinois boys high school basketball regional tournaments.
Casey meets Marshall in one game at Robinson. Host team Paris takes on Tuscola in another contest.
Prep basketball: Marshall sidelines Robinson 51-46
The Marshall Lions were winners in the first game of the Robinson Class 2A Regional played Monday night, defeating the host Maroons 51-46 to advance to the semifinals on Wednesday.
Duncan brothers too much for Terre Haute North
An abundance of Duncans for visiting Evansville Harrison proved to be too much for host Terre Haute North in high school basketball Saturday night, although the Patriots didn’t go down without a battle before finally losing 64-56.
Heyen leads Braves to win on Senior Night
Terre Haute South stopped a seven-game skid as the Braves cruised to victory over winless Indianapolis Arlington by a score of 83-22.
On the Braves’ Senior Night, senior Da’Shon Heyen led the Braves with 15 points in an impressive send-off performance before his home crowd.
West Vigo holds off furious rally from North Central
West Vigo snapped a three-game losing streak in high school boys basketball Saturday night, defeating North Central 60-56 in the Jim Mann Green Dome.
The Vikings led most of the way, then hit free throws in the final minute to secure the victory after the Thunderbirds had knotted the score at 54-54.
Wilhelm's school-record freestyle victory leads South to second at swim sectional
Asked late Saturday afternoon about the Avon Sectional for boys high school swimming that had just ended, Jeff Thompson replied, “Well, it was fast.”
Understatement doesn’t always seem to be the Terre Haute South coach’s calling card, but that comment would qualify. Like the high tide that lifts all boats, the home team — ranked third in the state — had a fantastic meet, and pulled the rest of the field, particularly the three Vigo County teams, along with it.
Prep roundup: Sullivan boys lose close one to Evansville North
Host Sullivan led almost the entire game in high school basketball Saturday night, only to be overtaken at the end 64-60 by Evansville North.
The Golden Arrows had a 49-42 lead at the end of three quarters, but the Huskies — who came from behind for a four-point win over Terre Haute South a night earlier — caught and passed the home team when Robert West was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws for a 59-58 lead. The visitors protected their margin with free throws.
Reversal: South Knox turns up defense in second half to rally past West vigo
For a half of high school basketball Friday night, host West Vigo did what it took to make an upset of a 13-5 team look like reality in the Jim Mann Green Dome. In the second half, visiting South Knox didn’t let the Vikings do some of those things, exploding for a 60-39 nonconference win that wasn’t as decisive as that score makes it appear.
Late Huskies run sinks Braves
Since the calendar flipped to 2014, it’s been a struggle for Terre Haute South.
Franklin Central outmuscles Patriots
With Franklin Central missing shots early, Terre Haute North’s chances of stealing a high school basketball road win were looking promising. The second quarter Friday night changed that.
Prep roundup: Linton boys get past Thunderbirds 58-48
Linton dominated the third quarter in a SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys high school basketball game Friday night, beating host North Central 58-48.
Both teams had balanced scoring attacks, with Ryan Woodward and Zach Riddell scoring 13 each and Bryant Jackson and Joe Dieball 10 apiece for the Miners. Andrew Nikirk scored 11 and Austin Jewell and Mitchell Peterson had 10 each for the Thunderbirds.
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