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
West Vigo shows its youth in loss to Owen Valley
It was a game that confirmed his fears, coach Joe Boehler said Saturday night after his West Vigo team lost 67-51 in its Western Indiana Conference boys basketball opener to visiting Owen Valley.
“I think our young team showed up tonight,” Boehler said. “We did not handle success very well.”
Terre Haute South can't match 'great' Mooresville team
Terre Haute South did very little right Saturday night at Mooresville, while the host Pioneers did very little wrong in an 89-54 victory over the visiting Braves.
Rady passes Sharpe to move into second on all-time victory list
Cloverdale coach Pat Rady, who resides in Terre Haute, climbed to No. 2 on Indiana’s all-time victory list for boys high school basketball Saturday morning when his Clovers got past host Greencastle 60-56 in the semifinals of the Putnam County Classic tournament in McAnally Center.
Consistent effort helps Terre Haute North hold off Robinson
After falling behind 14-2 after one quarter, Robinson’s Maroons bounced back to make it a game at Terre Haute North on Saturday night.
The Maroons cut the gap to 39-33 late in the third quarter, but a crucial turnover led to a 3-pointer by North and the Patriots went on a 65-50 win.
South girls fall to Indy North Central 67-46
Indianapolis North Central used 3-point shooting and defense to prevail in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference girls high school basketball Saturday, defeating Terre Haute South 67-46.
The Panthers got off to an 8-0 start in the early-afternoon contest played in the South gym and outscored the Braves 20-9 in the final frame to get even for the season at 3-3 and even in the conference at 1-1.
Sister act: Elkins pair have helped West Vigo get off to 4-1 start
Heading into tonight’s home game against Owen Valley, the West Vigo girls basketball team is one win from equaling last season’s total for victories. The 4-1 Vikings are led by post players and sister duo Lexus and Shyanne Elkins.
Rady could break tie with Sharpe today
Longtime boys basketball coach Pat Rady has a chance to pass the legendary Howard Sharpe for No. 2 on Indiana’s all-time victory list today when his Cloverdale Clovers play Greencastle at 10 a.m. in the first game of the postponed Putnam County Classic at Greencastle.
New dates when available
- Vigo County basketball matchups
Study looks at effects of concussions
Austen Cummings sits in class and can’t remember what he’s supposed to focus on. He doesn’t have a learning disability or an attention disorder. The Homestead High School sophomore suffered two concussions in the span of two months while playing football. The concussions have caused Cummings to blank out in class, at times for almost a half-hour.
Even high-rated helmets may not protect players
Two studies this year highlight the tough choices and conflicting information that parents and coaches face when trying to protect football players from head trauma.
PREP ROUNDUP: West Vigo girls basketball cruises past Sullivan
Lexus Elkins poured in 15 points, Shyanne Elkins contributed 13 and McKenzie Little added 11 to lead the host Vikings over Sullivan 57-40 in Western Indiana Conference action Tuesday night inside the Green Dome.
Terre Haute South girls hold off Northview's surge
A funny thing happened on the way to a Terre Haute South blowout victory Tuesday night at Northview High School. The Knights fought back and nearly pulled out a win.
Three-point baskets by Kennedy Williams and Lauren Perrelle and free throws by Kylie Fendrick and Lauren Hambrock preserved a 53-50 win for the Braves over the Knight.
Casey beats Terre Haute South with last-second layup
On many nights during this high school basketball season, the shots are going to fall for both Casey and Terre Haute South and both teams are going to look really good.
Tuesday was not one of those nights.
Former North Central inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Thirteen men will become official members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame when they are inducted into the Hoops Hall at the annual dinner in March.
Matchups set for wide-open Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic field
Sometimes the ping-pong balls used to draw the high school basketball pairings for the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic have a wisdom all their own, and that seemed to be the case Tuesday at Terre Haute North.
Metro sports: ISU women play today at No. 15 LSU
Indiana State’s women finish a three-game road swing by playing nationally ranked LSU at 12:30 p.m. today at Baton Rouge.
Tonight’s prep basketball
Casey at Terre Haute South
PREP ROUNDUP: North Central falls at home to Eastern Greene
Eastern Greene’s Camden Sego popped in 18 points to lead to a 67-42 home loss for North Central in SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys high school basketball Saturday night.
Bertoli runs personal-best time to qualify for Foot Locker national championships
Reigning IHSAA state champion Jackson Bertoli, a senior at Terre Haute South High School, accomplished a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 14 seconds as he finished fifth in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships for cross country Saturday morning at Wayne E. Dannehl Course.
New excitement: Opportunity to swim in new pool in near future has Vigo County athletes ecstatic
As excited as Mike Williams is about the start of the Terre Haute North High School swim season today, he’s just as excited that one of its circumstances won’t have to be repeated a couple of years from now.
Prep/Metro roundup: Marshall girls pick up big wins at Robinson
Marshall’s Lions got a huge girls high school basketball victory Friday afternoon at the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament, downing Mt. Carmel and 2013 Illinois Miss Basketball Tyra Buss 57-53.
Today’s Vigo County boys basketball game
Terre Haute North at Lebanon
West Vigo boys rally to pull out season-opening OT victory
A season-opening high school boys basketball game at West Vigo on Wednesday night was as much about when the players did things as it was what they did.
Visiting North Vermillion seemed to have a close game under control the entire way because every time the host team made a run, Falcon star Brayden Woodard was there to answer.
Although West Vigo was never ahead in the last 28 minutes of regulation time, the Vikings got a game-tying 3-pointer from Alec Blair with 6.3 seconds left and pulled out a 47-46 victory on Braiden Cardinal’s driving layup with 10 seconds left in overtime.
Clay City hits 13 first-half treys in downing Wildcats
Clay City junior Evan Rogers hit his first 3-pointer of the night 45 seconds into the season opener at South Vermillion.
By the time another 2 minutes, 15 seconds passed on the scoreboard, he had hit a fifth 3-pointer, putting his Eels ahead 17-2.
Heat check? That time had already passed.
Rogers hit a sixth 3-pointer to put the Eels up 25-4 then finally missed one with 2:20 on the first-quarter clock.
Prep basketball: Marshall preparing for Capital Classic
Marshall is one of the boys high school basketball teams that will compete in the Capital Classic to be played at Lawrenceville and Red Hill.
The Lions will play their preliminary games at Lawrenceville, meeting Mount Carmel and Lawrenceville today and Pinckneyville on Saturday.
O’Leary eyes return to Hulman Center
Former Terre Haute North standout Matt O’Leary is hoping to help Loyola Chicago coach Porter Moser turn the program into a new chapter of success in a new conference.
Preps: Turkey Run wins boys basketball opener
Austin Jones tallied 14 points for Turkey Run in a season-opening 77-62 home victory over Southmont in boys high school basketball Tuesday night.
Northview opens with tough loss to Vincennes Lincoln in boys basketball
Coaches learn more about their team playing quality opponents than a weak opponent.
That is why Northview coach Clint Weddle wasn’t down after Vincennes Lincoln defeated the Knights 69-55 in the opening game of the boys high school basketball season for both teams.
Prep preview: Knights more comfortable with Weddle
The Northview boys team is a year older, wiser and more adept with the basketball.
The Knights also are are more comfortable with what second-year coach Clint Weddle wants.
After an 8-15 season in his debut, Weddle is optimistic about contending for Western Indiana Conference and Class 3A sectional crowns in 2013-14.
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