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January 16, 2014

Vigo County boys basketball matchups

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

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