News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

High School

December 26, 2013

Robinson shows gumption in comeback victory

Rockville title defense falls at first hurdle

TERRE HAUTE — The rematch of the 2012 Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic championship game didn't feature much of the cast and crew who figured prominently in last's year's title tilt.

Both teams graduated key players -- notably Robinson's Aaron Siler and Rockville's Lane Mahurin -- and both are trying to blaze a trail in the right direction with new contributors.

That both teams are finding their way was evident in a topsy-turvy affair. In the end, the game belonged to closers and Robinson proved it could finish with panache.

The Maroons' 13-0 fourth-quarter run was the difference-maker in a 44-42 victory in the finale of Thursday action at the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute North.

"We made some big plays and hopefully that's a turning point for our team. We didn't play well, but we came back and held on to a win like we did," Robinson coach Mack Thompson said.

Robinson played without its best shooter, Jason Richart, and the Maroons are still finding their feet without him. Senior Michael Akande, however, was stout for Robinson on both ends of the floor. He had 17 points, eight rebounds and six steals. The Maroons were dangerous when Akande was on his game, but he shared the credit.

"I can't take all of the credit for the steals. Our team is playing tough defense and I just happen to be the one on the rotation. I put a 50/50 on [the credit] for that," Akande said.

For Rockville, it was a painful loss as its title defense ended at the first hurdle. The Rox led by eight early in the fourth quarter and had a peak lead of nine, but couldn't shut the door on the Maroons.

Turnovers were Rockville's biggest problem. The Rox had 22 in the game, including nine in the final period.

"Its been a theme for us of late. We haven't been able to finish games off efficiently. When teams put pressure on us we have the tendency to go back to some of our bad habits," Rockville coach Ryan Luce said.

There wasn't much to separate the teams in the first half. When Robinson was at its best, it packed the middle defensively, forced Rockville's offense out of the paint and scored off Rox turnovers. Rockville had 13 first-half giveaways. Akande had four of Robinson's eight first-half steals and scored seven of their 18 first-half points.

Robinson led by five with two minutes to go in the half when the Rox began to create offense of their own off turnovers. Two buckets were scored off Robinson turnovers in Rockville's half-ending 9-3 run. Keiontre Wilkey's 3-pointer just before the halftime gun staked the Rox to a 19-18 halftime advantage.

The tension went up considerably in the second half. Rockville seemingly staked a claim on advancing to the Pizza Hut Classic quarterfinals as it started the second half with a 10-2 run to build its lead to 29-20. Thompson was irritated with Robinson's inability to run its offense and stop the Rox baseline drives.

Nothing seemed destined to change as Rockville's lead was 37-29 with 7:43 left. Then Robinson got down to business.

After the Rox had a turnover-less third quarter, Robinson began to force Rockville mistakes and the worm turned. The 13-0 run wasn't solely fueled by Rockville turnovers, but it gave the Maroons the impetus needed to break out their shell offensively too. By the 2:25 mark, Robinson led 42-37.

The last two minutes were frantic. Robinson briefly reverted to sloppy form and Wilkey doesn't need a second asking to force a steal. He scored two buckets off Robinson turnovers in the span of 20 seconds to tie the contest at 42 with 1:09 left.

Rockville forced another Robinson turnover, but were then undone but that which got them back in the game in the first place. Wilkey momentarily lost concentration above the timeline with 35 seconds left and Robinson's Connor Griffin stole the ball. Griffin was fouled on his breakaway and made one foul shot to put Robinson up 43-42.

Rockville never gave itself another chance. Turnovers on two possessions with a chance to tie or win squelched the Rox hopes for overtime or a dramatic victory.

"Each night these nip-and-tuck games we've played in? I hope they learn from each experience. It's our job to point out the information they need to take from these games," Luce said. "Right now, I don't think we're learning anything from these close battles we've had because we keep making the same mistakes."

Robinson (5-4) meets Sullivan in a quarterfinal game at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Rockville (3-2) plays Turkey Run at 5:30 p.m. in a consolation quarterfinal.

"It's going to be a regional/sectional type atmosphere for us. [Sullivan] is really good. They have guys who have been playing since their sophomore year. They're big, they can shoot, they're quick. We have to be careful with the basketball and use their aggressiveness to our advantage," Thompson said.

ROBINSON (44) -- Dirks 0-1 0-1 1, Con. Griffin 2-4 3-4 9, Hoagland 1-7 0-2 2, Bopp 5-6 0-0 10, Harrison 1-1 0-0 2, Akande 7-10 3-6 17, Tennison 1-3 0-1 3, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. 17-32 FG, 7-15 FT, 44 TP.

ROCKVILLE (42) -- Hopkins 4-7 2-2 10, K. Wilkey 6-12 2-4 17, Col. Griffin 1-5 0-0 2, Leach 0-3 0-0 0, Thurman 0-0 0-0 0, Laney 3-5 0-0 6, Paddock 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 3-3 0-1 7, R. Wilkey 0-0 0-0 0. 17-36 FG, 4-7 FT, 42 TP.

Robinson     8  10   11   15    --   44

Rockville       7   12   16     7    --   42

3-point goals -- Rob 3-10 (Con. Griffin 2-4, Tennison 1-1, Hoagland 0-3, Dirks 0-1, Bopp 0-1), Rox 4-10 (K. Wilkey 3-4, Brown 1-1, Col. Griffin 0-3, Hopkins 0-1, Paddock 0-1). Rebounds -- Rob 18 (Akande 8), Rox 21 (Leach 5). Steals -- Rob 13 (Akande 6) Rox 13 (K. Wilkey 4). Blocks -- Rob 1 (Akande), Rox 0. Turnovers -- Rob 17, Rox 22. Total fouls -- Rob 12, Rox 14. Fouled out -- Leach.

Next -- Robinson (5-4) plays Sullivan at 8:30 p.m. today. Rockville (3-3) plays Turkey Run at 5:30 p.m. today.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School
  • SPT 061114 BROCK PITCH.jpg Game’s the same, no matter park’s name

    Maybe they should play this at Valle Field. It’s called Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club Park now, but the venerable ballpark was the site of some classic high school baseball regional games in the 1970s when coach Don Jennings and Terre Haute North’s local dynasty fought off stiff challenges from the best the rest of the Wabash Valley had to offer.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 061114 JOHNSON FILE.jpg Ex-Brave Johnson happy to welcome back ex-Patriots

    When recent Terre Haute South graduate Jacob Johnson watched his baseball counterparts from Terre Haute North march through the IHSAA state tournament to the Class 4A title game against Noblesville last month, he had mixed emotions.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • North wrestling club performs well at Disney World

    Several athletes from the Terre Haute North wrestling club fared well this week in the AAU Scholastic Duals National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.

    July 3, 2014

  • SPT052814 THNBB collett.jpg Collett named first-team All-State in Class 4A

    T.J. Collett led Terre Haute North to the Class 4A state championship game at Victory Field.
    The sophomore catcher was rewarded as a first-team All-State selection by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. Collett hit 17 home runs with a .536 batting average this spring.

    July 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thompsonswing.jpg Tribune-Star Spring Sports Athletes of the Year: Hard-working sluggers

    It’s not a challenge to figure out one of the things the two players chosen as the Tribune-Star’s Athletes of the Year for high school spring sports have in common. Both Cheyenne Thompson of Marshall and T.J. Collett of Terre Haute North make the ballparks they play in look way too small.

    July 2, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT 062814 DANE RUPSKA.jpg Gold surprises Black 35-12 in WVFCA All-Star Game

    A dozen players from Terre Haute North were hoping that Saturday night’s Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game at Memorial Stadium would put a fitting exclamation point on their historic 2013 high school season.
    But there were four other smaller schools in the Valley that also had excellent seasons, and Brian Oliver drafted all of them.
    “I’m a coach at a small school,” said the Linton coach, whose first year resulted in an Indiana Class A semistate appearance and earned him the right to be an all-star coach opposite North’s Chris Barrett, “and I picked [Casey, North Vermillion and North Central, among others] because I know how much heart those schools play with.
    “I knew those kids would come out tonight and give me everything they had, and they did,” he continued after a 35-12 victory by a Gold squad that had probably been considered an underdog.

    June 29, 2014 10 Photos

  • SPT 062614 STEPINA ESCAPE.jpg Fireworks likely: Plenty of offense expected in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Predicting the offensive attack for the Black Division in tonight’s 10th annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game shouldn’t be difficult.

    June 27, 2014 5 Photos

  • Metro: ISU’s Wise starts out well in USATF championships

    Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters as she ran 11.42 seconds in the opening heat of the event Thursday evening at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

    June 27, 2014

  • SPT 062614 COMER SCANK.jpg TH North puts 12 players in WVFCA All-Star football game

    The third week in June has become an unofficial reunion for members of the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association, who make their way to Indiana State’s Memorial Stadium to swap stories and coach — officially or unofficially — the two all-star teams for the Saturday game.
    Terre Haute North has taken the concept one step further this week, however.

    June 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • North wrestlers set for big AAU meet

    Sixteen members of the Terre Haute North AAU wrestling team — coached by Luke Register, Mark Frisz and John DeLisle — will leave today for Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Scholastic National Duals meet at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex on the Walt Disney World Resort property.

    June 25, 2014

  • SPT 062114 CHEST-BUMP.jpg Sweet season: Shakamak wins Class A baseball title

    Shakamak baseball wins the IHSAA Class A state baseball championship.

    June 21, 2014 15 Photos

  • SPT 062114 EARLY LEAD ROX.jpg Rockville philosophical about championship game defeat

    Rockville philosophical about championship game defeat

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 053114 SHAWN TURNER.jpg North's Turner departs Patriots after title game loss

    Terre Haute North coach Shawn Turner will leave his head coaching and teaching job to join McCutcheon's staff.

    June 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT062014milam.jpg Just a little short: TH North strands 10 runners while losing in Class 4A state title game

    Pitching depth came into more play than one might have expected Friday night in the Indiana Class 4A baseball state championship game, and that’s what Noblesville had in abundance.

    June 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT 061414 MILAM SMILE.jpg It's go time for North, Rockville and Shakamak

    Terre Haute North, Rockville and Shakamak will be playing for high school baseball state championships this weekend, the Patriots at 7:30 p.m. today against Noblesville for the Class 4A title and the Rox and Lakers against each other at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class A final.

    June 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT061914rox BB buell.jpg Rockville gets its first Victory Field shot in Class A title game

    Rockville's talent runs deep as it plays in its first Class A baseball championship game.

    June 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 022214 THOMPSON JUBI.jpg Thompson leaves big legacy in TH swimming

    Jeff Thompson, of Terre Haute South and the Terre Haute Torpedoes, has taken the head coaching position at Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania.

    June 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 061414 EIL LOOK.jpg The final inning: Close-knit Terre Haute North seniors hope long journey winds up with a state title

    Most of them have been close enough to a state baseball championship already to decide that close just isn’t good enough anymore. But the lessons they learned and the bonds they formed in those previous tournaments are among the reasons why Terre Haute North’s nine seniors are looking forward to Friday night’s Class 4A high school state championship game with excitement and optimism.

    June 19, 2014 7 Photos

  • SPT061714shakamak  c sweet.jpg This time, Shakamak coach is really retiring

    This isn’t the first time that a story has been written about the retirement of Chip Sweet as Shakamak High School’s baseball coach.

    June 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT061714 cahill.jpg Sullivan 12th heading into today’s final round of boys golf state finals

    It was hot and windy for the start of the IHSAA boys golf state finals Tuesday at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club.
    Columbus North was the leader at the conclusion of 18 holes and Sullivan is 12th going into the final round to be played today with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.

    June 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sullivan opens bid for state golf title

    Play begins today in the high school boys state golf finals at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club at Franklin.

    June 16, 2014

  • Prep/Metro roundup: Hambrock named to all-state tennis team

    Lauren Hambrock of Terre Haute South was named to the all-state first team on Monday by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.

    June 16, 2014

  • SPT 061414 HICKS PLAQUE.jpg IHSAA baseball game times set

    Game times set for IHSAA state baseball finals.

    June 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 061414 VICTORY PILE.jpg Shakamak tops Rivet in pitchers' duel to advance to Victory Field

    When your name is Yeryar, Shakamak High School expects great things on the baseball diamond. Vincennes Rivet dodged Brett Yeryar intentionally walking him. But Rivet had to face Braxton and pitch to Tanner and their performances lifted the Lakers to a 1-0 victory and into the Class A state championship game.
    Braxton Yeryar pitched a three-hit shutout and Tanner Yeryar singled up the middle in the eighth inning to drive in Kyler Fulford with the game-winning run.

    June 14, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT 061414 THN WIN PILE.jpg Terre Haute North heading to Victory Field after semistate win

    If Terre Haute North becomes the Class 4A state champion a week from now — and who would bet against the Patriots at this point? — there’s one prediction that might be safe: it won’t be a typical, run-of-the-mill high school baseball game that makes it happen.

    June 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rox.jpg Rockville to make maiden voyage to Victory Field

    Rockville wins the Class A Kokomo baseball semistate.

    June 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT061314 dransfield.jpg Rival Castle up next for Patriots

    Revenge isn’t the purest of motives, but it’s one that two of the three Wabash Valley high school baseball teams involved in semistate games have in common today. And it could come in handy for Terre Haute North’s Patriots.

    June 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • IU recruit lights up Kentucky for 41 points in All-Star win

    James Blackmon Jr. scored 41 points to lead the Indiana boys All-Star team to a 104-94 win over Kentucky on Friday night.

    June 13, 2014

  • Sullivan boys, South's Drew Cahill qualify for state golf finals

    Sullivan’s team and two players from the area extended their high school boys golf season by two days with their play on the links on Thursday.
    The Arrows placed third to qualify for the state finals Tuesday and Wednesday, and Alec Davis of Greencastle  and Drew Cahill of Terre Haute South qualified as individuals in the Washington Regional played at Country Oaks in warm, mostly sunny conditions.

    June 13, 2014

  • Rockville baseball coach wants season to last one week longer

    Bob Kyle really hopes his Rockville High School baseball team can win its semistate game Saturday at Kokomo against Washington Township.
    Not exactly earth-shaking news, but not exactly the usual reasons either.

    June 13, 2014

Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens of Gaza Targets Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010