TERRE HAUTE —
South Vermillion at West Vigo
The action — West Vigo’s Vikings (0-4) return return to Jay Barrett Field — where they’ve played just once — for homecoming festivities against the South Vermillion Wildcats (1-3).
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — Pre-game show begins at 6:45 pm. on WFNF-FM 99.5, WFNF AM1130.
So far — West Vigo lost a tight battle at Evansville Harrison 28-22, at Greencastle 36-6, at home to Brown County 34-30 and at Lucas Oil Stadium to Class A No. 1 Linton 45-14. South Vermillion won its season opener 35-2 before losing to North Vermillion by a score of 54-0, at Owen Valley by a 49-20 margin and at home to brown County by a score of 42-13.
Last meeting — West Vigo won last season’s meeting 41-21.
Last time South Vermillion beat West Vigo — The Wildcats won a 32-21 battle in 2009.
Outlook — The Vikings will look to take better care of the football after five turnovers against Linton led to a fourth straight loss.
The Vikings will hope to find a balanced offensive attack to get into the win column, but they’ll need a quality effort from the defense to subdue the Wildcats backfield of quarterback Jordan Branz and Adam Crouch. Branz has 274 yards rushing on the season.
Words from Cobb — “We’re excited to be in the WIC portion of our schedule. From here on out, it’s conference, conference, conference. We’ve been on the road so much. We’ve got several kids playing pretty well for us. We’ve got to cut down on turnovers. We had five against Linton and several of them were unforced. That’s got to be goal No. 1 and maintain drives. We played on the wrong end of the field for most of that game.
On the Wildcats: They’re much improved over last year. I’m really impressed by a lot of their players. There’s two experienced, athletic kids back there in the backfield.”
— By Craig Pearson
Terre Haute South
at Columbus North
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (2-2, 1-1 Conference Indiana) travel to Columbus today to face Columbus North’s Bull Dogs (1-3, 1-1) in a conference game.
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
So far — South lost 37-20 at Evansville North; won 28-24 at Terre Haute North and 48-0 at home against Vincennes Lincoln; and lost 43-35 last Friday at Perry Meridian. Columbus North opened with losses against Plainfield 34-32 at home, 48-13 at Columbus East and 19-14 to Bloomington North at home, then won 30-8 last week at Franklin Central.
Last meeting — Columbus North won 47-0 in sectional play on Oct. 19, 2007.
Last time South beat Columbus North — The teams have met only one other time, Columbus North winning 56-14 in sectional play in 2004.
Coaches — Tim Herrin is 2-2 in his first year at South. Tim Bless is 91-63 in his 14th season at Columbus North, 103-72 in his 16th season overall.
Outlook — Until last week, this looked like a very winnable game for the Braves, and it still might be. But they didn’t travel well last week, getting off to a miserable start at Perry Meridian, and have a longer bus ride today. The Bull Dogs, on the other hand, picked up an impressive victory last week after starting the season with three consecutive losses, two of those at home.
Injuries, personnel, lineup changes — Junior guard/defensive tackle Leroy Dickerson is questionable for the Braves after being injured at Perry Meridian, but both cornerback/backup quarterback Taxi Brown and receiver Tanner Hamblen are returning from injuries. South quarterback Timmy Herrin has a good corps of potential receivers led by Jacob Johnson and Johnathan Rogers and a stable of running backs beginning with Logan Deady.
The Bull Dogs are at their healthiest point of the season, after being hampered by injuries in their first three games. Key players for them include junior defensive back Josh Holt, who is also getting plenty of offensive work; senior middle linebacker Luke Teague; and senior quarterback Michael Vogel.
Words from Herrin — “We had a slow start [last week], including two turnovers in the first quarter. We fought back to give ourselves a chance to win; we just came up short.
“[Columbus North] is going to run the ball. They’re a power running team, and they like play-action [passes]. We’ll have to be sound on defense. [The Bull Dogs] are very fundamentally sound defensively.”
Words from Bless — “We’re still a work in progress, a young, developing ballclub. We came out and played our best game last Friday.
“[South is] very dynamic, with a lot of big plays offensively. Our defense will have its work cut out for it.”
— By Andy Amey
Terre Haute North
at Bloomington North
The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (2-2 overall, 0-2 Conference Indiana) will visit the Bloomington North Cougars (3-1, 2-0) for a conference matchup. Bloomington North is tied with Southport for first place in the Conference Indiana standings.
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — No radio in the Wabash Valley, but wabashvalleysports.com will be airing the game through a link on its website.
Last meeting — On Oct. 31, 2008, Terre Haute North lost at Bloomington North 50-49 in double overtime in the second round of the sectional.
Coaches — Chris Barrett is 46-77 in his 12th season at North and 74-109 in his 19th season overall, while Scott Bless is 43-50 in his ninth year at Bloomington North and 58-80 in his 14th year overall.
Outlook — So far, Terre Haute North has routed Castle 44-14 inside Lucas Oil Stadium, lost at home to Terre Haute South 28-24, won at Northview 47-14 and lost at home to Southport 11-10 in two overtimes.
Meanwhile, Bloomington North has lost at home to Class 4A No. 1-ranked Columbus East 49-21, won at home over Bedford North Lawrence 45-20, won at Columbus North 19-14 and won at Bloomington South 24-16.
Injuries, lineups — For Terre Haute North, some key starters include seinior running back/cornerback Ricky Brookins, senior inside linebacker/part-time fullback Wyatt Stoelting and senior center Forrest Lowery.
For Bloomington North, all regulars appear healthy. Some key starters include senior tailback Hunter Jastremski, sophomore quarterback Jack Smith and junior middle linebacker Devin Green.
Coaches’ comments — Barrett on his squad: “We’re holding up fine [after the tough loss to Southport]. We’ve had some setbacks, but our guys come to work every day and they love football. It’s going to take a lot more than [a loss] to get those guys down.”
Barrett on playing the Cougars: “They’re playing very well. They’ve got some momentum going. They’re controlling the clock well and they’re running to the ball well defensively. They’ve pulled out some tough games lately. They’re battle-tested and ready to go.”
Bless on his squad: “What I’ve been impressed with [against Columbus North and Bloomington South], when the games were tight, that’s when we stepped up and made big plays, both offensively and defensively.”
Bless on playing the Patriots: “They’re big. They’re physical. They can run the ball. They have a pretty good quarterback [Chris Barrett II] who can throw the ball. They’re the real deal.”
— By David Hughes
TERRE HAUTE —
South Vermillion at West Vigo
- High School
AMEY TAKES AIM: Loss of Coach Bennett leaves hole in Marshall
My email box is a little less busy now, and there’ll be a familiar face missing on basketball trips to Marshall in the future.
Roncalli fights past North Central in extra innings on way to Braves Bash title
Roncalli became a three-time Gold Bracket champion of the sixth annual Braves Bash high school softball tournament at Terre Haute’s Miss Softball America complex Saturday night by defeating Evansville Mater Dei 7-1 in the title game.
The 12-team round-robin tournament, which started Friday evening with three pools, and concluded with bracket championships Saturday night.
Sullivan enjoys record golf day at Northview Invitational
Sullivan and No. 1 player Nathan Pirtle were top finishers in the Northview Invitational for high school boys golf teams played Saturday at Forest Park.
TH North loses to McCutcheon, beats Harrison (West Lafayette)
Terre Haute North bounced back from a big loss to host McCutcheon to defeat Harrison (West Lafayette) in a pair of high school baseball games Saturday.
The Mavericks defeated the Patriots 17-7 early Saturday, but North beat the Raiders 9-4 later in the day.
West Vigo baseball drops first two in Center Grove Classic
West Vigo hammered the baseball all over the field and had a double-digit lead through three innings early in the week at Seeger before rain washed it out short of a complete game.
TH South sweeps MIC baseball doubleheader
Justin Jenkins and Timmy Herrin led visiting Terre Haute South to a sweep of a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference high school baseball doubleheader Saturday at Indianapolis North Central.
Opening their final MIC season, the Braves won the opener 9-6 and the nightcap 8-6.
Braves Softball Bash a 'premier' early-season tournament
The Braves Softball Bash has grown to 12 schools in 2014, with high school teams looking to gauge their early-season progress against quality competition.
The host Braves have put together a solid 3-1 start that includes a doubleheader sweep of Casey, Ill., a newcomer to the field along with West Vigo.
Golf season gets going Saturday with Northview Invitational
Most high school boys golf teams in the area will get the season started Saturday in the Northview Invitational at Forest Park.
New players will be in the lineups for many of the teams. Sullivan and Greencastle are the leaders in returning players.
PREP ROUNDUP: Allen homers in North softball win
Jazmine Allen had her first home run of the season and she and Conner Nelson combined for five hits and four RBIs as Terre Haute North defeated Sullivan 8-1 on Thursday in nonconference high school softball.
PREP ROUNDUP: South offense leads Braves to dominant win over Lincoln
Justin Jenkins had three hits and Jacob Johnson and Zach Donnelly drove in four runs apiece as Terre Haute South rolled to a 15-2 high school baseball victory Wednesday at Vincennes Lincoln.
Terre Haute North tops Sullivan, falls to Class A No. 1 Shakamak
Class A No. 1-ranked Shakamak got a big pitching performance and big hits from Braxton and Brett Yeryar Tuesday night while beating Terre Haute North 5-2 at Don Jennings Field.
Prep roundup: West Vigo softball wins in 4 1/2 innings
Charity Lane, Shelby Edington, Baylee Waters and Leah Morrison each had two hits and Lane knocked in three runs to lead West Vigo past visiting Turkey Run 13-2 in a run-rule high school softball game that went 4 1/2 innings Tuesday.
Terre Haute South cruises to Braves Bash title
Terre Haute South knew it had a deep pitching staff going into the 11th annual Braves Bash baseball tournament and that proved to be true. But the Braves’ offense surprised everyone but the players Saturday as South won two 10-run-rule games en route to the championship.
South defeated Mount Vernon 10-0 Saturday morning and capped the championship with a 14-4, come-from-behind victory over Munster in the finale.
PREP ROUNDUP: Collett homers as North splits doubleheader
Sophomore T.J. Collett hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader as Terre Haute North opened its high school baseball season with a 9-3 victory over host Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday.
The Patriots lost the nightcap 6-0 after three first-inning errors led to three unearned runs.
Metro sports: Locks of Love tournament today at Memorial Stadium
The Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will host its annual Locks of Love tournament today. The 4th annual event will begin at 9 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.
PREP TRACK PREVIEW: Raetz, Holman among new coaches
Two new coaches are in charge among the eight Vigo County and Northview high school track teams in 2014, although one of them isn’t really that new.
Mark Raetz has taken over the Northview boys for Chad Smith, who is battling an illness. Raetz formerly headed the Terre Haute South boys program for two seasons.
Metro sports: ISU blanks Austin Peay in 6-plus innings
Indiana State’s baseball team posted another mid-week victory Wednesday night as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout and lead a 3-0 victory over Austin Peay State at Bob Warn Field.
Season preview: Vigo County, Northview baseball teams ready to roll
To no one’s surprise, Wabash Valley baseball fans don’t have to leave Vigo County — although they certainly could, as described later in this article — to find talented baseball players on the high school diamond this spring.
Terre Haute North has a quartet of .300 hitters returning — Zach Milam, Jonathan Eilbracht, Nathan Will and Lane Dransfield — in addition to super sophomore T.J. Collett, who led the Patriots with a team-best 50 runs batted in for the 24-7 Patriots last season. Collett hit .424 with six doubles, two triples and nine home runs as a freshman.
PREP ROUNDUP: Marlow's 10 RBI leads Braves' softball at Casey
Terre Haute South’s Kelsey Marlow had 10 runs-batted-in during a doubleheader sweep at Casey.
Metro sports: ISU’s Stone, Riemenschneider honored by MVC
Indiana State junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors, according to an announcement from the league office Monday.
Girls state finals leaving Terre Haute
The IHSAA and city of Terre Haute are still on excellent terms, insists Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Dave Patterson. But that didn’t keep the girls basketball state finals from returning to Indianapolis in 2015 after a three-year stint with Terre Haute’s Hulman Center serving as the host venue.
TH South comes out swinging in softball opener
The combination of experience and talent has created great expectations, from both the fans and players, for the Terre Haute South High School softball team. The Braves displayed both Friday afternoon in an impressive 11-4 season-opening victory over host Southmont.
SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Big Four teams looking to build off strong 2013 seasons
Although any of the four would have liked more postseason success, the spring of 2013 was a good one for the Big Four high school softball teams. That’s good news.
Even better news for the three Vigo County teams is that very few seniors who contributed to that success are missing, and hopes are even higher this year.
Til it's over: Long wait finally over for first-year West Vigo baseball coach
My sincerest apology if I jinx it, but winter should be done now. This means, first and foremost, baseball season has arrived. It’s been a long winter for Culley DeGroote, in particular. He takes over the West Vigo program that his father Steve DeGroote built into a perennial winner.
Metro sports: Silver Crown field filling up for Action Track
More than a dozen drivers are scheduled to seek their initial U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown championship victory April 6 when the Sumar Classic is run at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Amey Takes Aim: Columnist’s boys basketball tradition continues
In marked contrast to my recent whiny column about girls basketball, I was blessed this winter to see virtually every high school team in the Wabash Valley during the boys season.
Some might suggest that was a mixed blessing, since a few of our teams weren’t as successful as they are used to being (particularly in the 2014 portion of the season), but the Tribune-Star was still involved with two teams that came within a game of the state finals, one of them in an Indiana final four (no capitalization anymore, new system) and two teams that were in the top eight of their class. That’s only three great teams — Paris was both a game away and in the final eight — but that’s still a pretty good haul.
Metro sports: Rose's Stull, Schultheis earn HCAC honors
Rose-Hulman took two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors this week, with Andrew Stull and Austin Schultheis recognized for their work over the weekend.
Clay City's special season ends in semistate loss to No. 1 Barr-Reeve
A slow start led to a quick end of the Clay City boys high school basketball season on Saturday afternoon.
Top-ranked Barr-Reeve scored the first eight points of the game, led 22-4 after one quarter and hit 34 of 40 free throws to win the Class A semistate title 75-55 over Clay City at Seymour.
Lombard leads ISU baseball to win at Evansville
Brad Lombard pitched a complete game Saturday at Braun Field as Indiana State knotted up its first Missouri Valley Conference baseball series of the season by beating Evansville 4-1.
Marshall baseball holds off Casey
Marshall defeated Casey 12-5 in high school baseball in cool weather on Saturday, improving to 3-0 for the season.
Dalton Hefner made his second start of the season and went 6 2/3 innings to get the mound decision. He struck out eight batters and walked just one, allowing two earned runs on a two-run homer by Ethan Blankenship. Hefner also had one of the Lions’ 10 hits and scored a run.
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