TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at Terre Haute South; Guerin Catholic at Terre Haute South
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (6-4) have a pair of nonconference home games this weekend, facing Northview’s Knights (4-4) tonight and Class 3A’s fourth-ranked Guerin Catholic’s Golden Eagles (11-3) on Saturday.
The time — Varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. each night.
The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled tonight. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on WFAN-AM 1130 and FM 99.5.
The coaches — Clint Weddle is 12-19 in his second year at Northview. Scott Ridge is 23-33 in his third season at South. Pete Smith is 130-61 in his 10th season at Guerin Catholic and 314-214 in 23 seasons overall.
Probable starting lineups — For Northview: 5-11 freshman Dylan Hyatt, 6-5 senior Christian Ellis, 6-1 senior Mark Underwood, 6-6 senior Ethan Whitson and 6-6 senior Jim Mace.
For South: 5-11 junior LaMarkis Stevenson, 6-0 junior Conner Shipley, 6-0 junior Spence Tofaute, 6-4 junior Greg Newton and 6-6 junior Timmy Herrin.
For Guerin Catholic: 6-6 junior Matt Holba, 6-6 senior Aaron Brennan, 6-6 senior Cris Burrough, 6-3 sophomore Christian Munson, 6-0 senior Whit Rapp.
Key reserves — For Northview: 6-6 senior Daniel Kimball and 6-0 sophomore Quinton Hayes.
For South: 6-0 junior Tre Minnett, 5-11 freshman Jaylen Minnett, 6-2 senior Jerad Fuson, 6-3 junior Logan Dinkel and 6-2 senior Da’Shon Heyen.
For Guerin Catholic: 5-10 freshman Matthew Godfrey and 6-1 junior Nick Schneider. Matt Labus, a 6-0 junior and a two-year starter, is unavailable Saturday.
Team leaders — Whitson is Northview’s leading scorer and was named to the all-tournament team at the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic. Herrin leads South in scoring and rebounding. Brennan averages 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, Holba 15.3 points and 6-3 rebounds and Rapp 8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists for Guerin Catholic.
Recent games — Northview hasn’t played since its four games at the Classic back in December, when the Knights beat Linton 52-50 and South Vermillion 64-42, then lost to Terre Haute North 54-43 and Sullivan 60-54.
South had back-to-back Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference games on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, losing 75-41 at Lawrence North and 63-38 at home to top-ranked Carmel.
Guerin Catholic played twice last weekend, beating Indianapolis Chatard 55-35 on Friday and losing to Louisville Ballard 77-71 on Saturday at Freedom Hall in Louisville.
Last meeting — South beat Northview 68-60 and lost to Guerin Catholic 59-45 last season. Northview’s last wins over South came seven years ago, when the Knights won at the PHWVC 43-35 and in the regular-season game 55-36. Guerin Catholic has won its only two games against the Braves.
Coaches’ quotes — Weddle on the Knights: “We haven’t had a game since the Classic, and we haven’t had a home game since the first game of the year, which should make for an exciting new start for 2014. I’m really happy with where we’re at. I’ve seen a lot of growth and now we have a lot of games, which should be a nice road to travel.”
Ridge on the Braves: “We’re all healthy now [Jaylen Minnett has missed the last three games and Heyen the last two], and we’ll have to play well against two big, physical teams.”
Weddle on the Braves: “They’re definitely a good team. They proved themselves a couple of weeks ago to be the team to beat in our area. It will be a good test for us against a style that’s different from what we do, which should make for an exciting game.”
Ridge on the Knights: “They are very strong inside. We [watched] them at the Classic, when they played well. We’ll have to defend the lane.”
Smith on the Golden Eagles: “I really enjoy this team. We have not played up to our potential yet, but have played some pretty good games.”
Ridge on the Golden Eagles: “They beat Lawrence North by 15 points. They are big — three guys 6-5 or 6-6 — and we’ve seen Brennan, who’s a Division I player, and Rapp, a great point guard, the last two years [Guerin Catholic won the Class 3A state championship in 2012]. Pete Smith is one of the best coaches around.”
Smith on the Braves: “Scott’s team really has played some good basketball this season. As they continue to get experience they’ll play even better than they already have in their wins to date. We know we’ll be in a battle from the tipoff.”
— Compiled by Andy Amey
T.H. North at West Vigo; Martinsville at T.H. North West Vigo at Riverton Parke
The action — Weather permitting, the Terre Haute North Patriots (5-6) will visit the West Vigo Vikings (4-5) tonight. Then North will play host to Martinsville (6-3 before a home contest tonight against Bloomington North) and West Vigo will travel to Riverton Parke (2-9 before a game tonight at Attica) on Saturday night.
The times — All varsity tipoffs are slated for about 7:30.
The airwaves — Tonight’s Terre Haute North-West Vigo clash will be broadcast by radio stations WFNF-FM 99.5 and WFNF-AM 1130, beginning with a 7:15 pregame show.
The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 80-55 in his sixth season in charge at Terre Haute North. Joe Boehler is 68-56 in his sixth season at West Vigo. Before tonight’s games, Kip Staggs is 6-3 in his first year at Martinsville and Charlie Martin is 78-112 in his ninth year at Riverton Parke.
Probable starting lineups — For Terre Haute North, 6-0 sophomore Keshuan Sandifer and 6-6 junior Charlie Aimone at forwards, 6-3 sophomore Kobi Riley at center, 5-9 junior C.J. Brown and 5-11 junior Austin Kurashima at guards.
For West Vigo, 6-1 junior Hayden Corenflos and 6-1 freshman Tyler Kernstein at forwards, 6-6 freshman Austin Sappingfield at center, 5-9 junior Tyler Hayes and 6-1 junior Braiden Cardinal at guards.
For Martinsville, 6-2 senior Aaron Sutton and 6-5 senior Aaron Tincher at forwards, 6-7 sophomore Keegan Northern at center, 6-3 senior Troy Spears and 5-11 senior Noah Davis at guards.
For Riverton Parke, 6-2 junior Tanner Edge and 6-0 senior Daniel Organ at forwards, 6-6 junior Hunter Falls at center, 5-6 senior Luther Mathas and 5-9 senior Kole Sanders at guards.
Key reserves — For Terre Haute North, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Poore, 6-7 junior Jackson Wolaver, 5-8 sophomore A.J. Smith, 6-0 junior Andrew Farmer, 6-0 senior Mitchell Dennany, 5-9 senior Austin Benson, 6-1 junior Brian Stevens and 6-2 sophomore Casius Bell.
For West Vigo, 6-2 junior Grant Daley, 6-1 junior Alex West and 5-10 junior Alec Blair.
For Martinsville, 5-10 senior D.J. Schwab, 6-4 sophomore Josh Bertelsen and 5-11 junior Gannon Myers.
For Riverton Parke, 6-2 sophomore Michael Lowe, 5-10 junior Brogan Thomas and 5-9 junior Logan Blacketer.
Team leaders — For Terre Haute North, Sandifer is tallying 11.3 points per game and Aimone is next at 10.4 ppg. For West Vigo, Cardinal is averaging about 13 ppg and Corenflos is next at about 12 ppg. For Martinsville, Spears is scoring about 18 ppg and Tincher is next at 14 ppg heading into the Bloomington North game. For Riverton Parke, Falls is tops at 8.8 ppg before the Attica game.
Injury report — For Terre Haute North, West Vigo and Martinsville, all regulars appear healthy. For Riverton Parke, 6-0 senior forward Kaleb Walker (broken wrist suffered in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic last month) is still out.
Recent games — On Jan. 4, Terre Haute North lost at Indianapolis North Central 90-41. Way back on Dec. 28, West Vigo lost to Linton 60-40 in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute North. Last Saturday, Martinsville won at home over Decatur Central 73-48 and Riverton Parke lost at home to Covington 71-34.
Last meeting — On Jan. 11, 2013, North won at home over West Vigo 42-31. On March 1, 2013, North lost to Martinsville 47-42 in overtime in the Class 4A Mooresville Sectional. On Jan. 4, 2013, West Vigo won at home over Riverton Parke 45-40.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “It was nice to get back in the gym and have some practice time this week [except for Thursday]. … I think we got some things corrected and I’m excited to see our players in a game situation.”
Woelfle on playing the Vikings: “They are similar to us in that they’ve played really well at times and struggled at others. What concerns me is Joe Boehler is an excellent coach and they will be very disciplined.”
Woelfle on playing the Artesians: “Martinsville is an experienced team with five seniors who play significant roles. They have some very impressive wins and they play well together. Spears really caused us problems in the [Mooresville] sectional last year. He’s very versatile.”
Boehler on his squad: “We had the long layoff because of the weather and we were unable to practice for a while. It kinda felt like we had to come in this week and re-learn some things and get back in shape.”
Boehler on playing the Patriots: “They’re very well-coached and they play an excellent schedule. They have some very good young players. It’s a tough matchup for us.”
Boehler on playing the Panthers: “They’ve got some nice, young big kids. Hunter Falls, Tanner Edge and Daniel Organ give them a nice inside presence and coach Martin does a great job of getting them ready to play. They always play us well.”
Staggs on his squad: “We are a team under construction. Even though we have a senior-laden team, we’re still gaining experience. We’re improving.”
Staggs on playing the Patriots: “Todd [Woelfle] is dealing with a young squad and they’re gettting better. North is always tough to play against at Terre Haute North. We feel like they’re kinda like us; they’re getting better each week.”
Martin on his squad: “I’m pleased with the effort that the kids have had, despite the lack of wins. We just have to find more offense. One key to that is not turning the ball over as much as we have.”
Martin on playing the Vikings: “I really like West Vigo’s team. I really like Cardinal as a good scorer. I like their point guard [Hayes] too. I’m really concerned about Corenflos because of his physicality and his ability to score with the basketball. We’re going to have to try to limit them to one shot by doing a good job on the boards.”
— Compiled by David Hughes