News From Terre Haute, Indiana

High School

March 16, 2013

Trio seek playoff wins this time

Softball teams came up short after strong regular

TERRE HAUTE — Near the end of the 2012 high school softball season, three Wabash Valley Class 4A teams thought they had a realistic chance of going deep in the state tournament.

But Terre Haute North got knocked off by Northview 5-4 May 21 in the Northview Sectional. The Patriots finished with a 21-8 mark.

Northview went on to lose to Terre Haute South 5-1 May 22. The Knights ended up


With that victory for the Braves, they earned the right to face Plainfield for the sectional championship May 23. But they lost 1-0, concluding their season at 24-8.

So the combined record for South, North and Northview was an impressive 68-23, yet there was no sectional title for any of them.

And what eventually happened to Plainfield last season? Well, some of you might remember the Quakers captured the Class 4A state championship.

“Our sectional is always tough,” Northview coach Bethany Jones pointed out. “You never know what’s going to happen. I think last year was a perfect example of that.”

“The records are great, but we have to win that sectional,” veteran North coach Jack Kirchner emphasized.

Now it’s almost time for a new season to begin and all three of these Valley schools — plus Class 3A West Vigo — are hoping for a deeper tournament run.

• • •

Below is a look at how these four squads appear to stack up in 2013:

• Northview — Beginning her ninth season in charge, Jones will rely heavily on senior standout Taylor Carter, who will take her talents to East Tennessee State in the fall, to provide pitching and offense in the spring.

Last season, the pitcher/first baseman smashed nine home runs and 12 doubles with 42 runs batted in and 29 runs scored while posting a .490 batting average and a .900 slugging percentage. On the mound, the right-handed Carter went 16-6 with four shutouts, a 1.59 earned-run average and 166 strikeouts in 141 innings.

“I just had a talk with Taylor,” Jones told the Tribune-Star on Friday. “Now that she’s signed [with East Tennessee State], she should just relax and try to have fun out there.

“She’s improved from last year even and I feel like she’s really going to step in and be a team leader for us this year. She can be a little quiet at times, but she’s starting to come out of her shell.”

Among the Knights’ other key returnees are senior catcher Ashley Hughes (.333, 35 runs); sophomore shortstop/pitcher Whitney Halfhill (.319, 33 runs, eight doubles, four steals, played a lot of first base in 2012); senior center fielder Hope Torbert (.259, two homers, 17 walks); senior left fielder Kindra Cox; and sophomore third baseman/right fielder Madison Nevins (.323).

Jones said righties Halfhill (6-1, 3.33 ERA) and Jensen Swaim, a junior, will see time at pitcher when Carter plays elsewhere or rests.

“We do have several players back, although we’ve got some key positions that we’ve got to fill too,” Jones assessed. “Overall, I have very high expectations for this team. They get along great. There’s a lot of good team chemistry. Probably our big thing this year is that opponents will respect Taylor Carter so much that they’ll walk her a lot and our other hitters will have to step up and make the other teams pay.”

The Knights’ coach mentioned that juniors Lindsey Potter (right field or third base) and Shelby Dupin (maybe second base) and sophomore Tori Tilley (first or second base) are possibilities to step in and fill the roles of players who graduated after last season.

“We don’t have a lot of depth,” Jones admitted. “We are lower in numbers than in past years. So we can’t afford any injuries to key players.”

She predicts Edgewood will be the team to beat in the Western Indiana Conference. “They’ve won our conference the last several years.”

• Terre Haute North — Kirchner is ready to kick off his 13th season as the Patriots’ head coach and 18th season on their staff.

In other words, he’s got enough experience to know more than a little about the sport of softball. So when he says one of his players is likely to become a significant NCAA Division I talent someday, folks should listen.

That player would be junior Jazmine Allen, who is switching from center field to shortstop this season.

In 2012, Allen hit .567 with six homers, 12 doubles, 17 stolen bases and a .944 slugging percentage. She also scored 34 runs and knocked in 25.

“She’s very athletic,” Kirchner explained. “I don’t think it’ll be much for her to change positions, although she likes center field better. But she’ll do whatever it takes. She’s worked hard all winter. She doesn’t miss any of our open gyms. She’s really been working on her hitting and she’s starting to be a leader.”

He also praised the maturity that Allen has demonstrated this year.

“She understands that she’s not going to get a hit every time up,” Kirchner noted. “She’s leading by example.”

Other returning starters or frequent contributors are junior right fielder/first baseman Adrienne Pritchard (.417, two homers and nine RBIs in only 12 games), junior third baseman Katie Herrick. junior left fielder Lorrie LaTourette (.304), senior catcher/outfielder Allie McKinney (.345), senior catcher Kaci McBride (.318, two homers) and senior pitcher/right fielder Alisha Ludwig.

Pritchard tore an anterior cruciate ligament while swinging a bat last season, so Kirchner figures North fans have not seen the true talent of the 6-foot-2 Pritchard yet.

“She’s got a cannon for an arm and the girl can flat-out hit it,” he mentioned.

Kirchner likes the potential of this group, although previous starter Paige Collins — who would have been a senior — moved to Ohio with her family between seasons.

“We’re learning the game better,” he said. “The kids are starting to know how to not just play the game, but think the game. … It’s all going to be about how we hit. I think our pitching is going to be OK. We’ve just got to be able to make contact.”

Besides Ludwig (7-3, 3.45 ERA), other pitchers expecting to see action are junior Morgan Young (6-1, 2.48) and sophomores Allison Crick and Conner Nelson.

Looking at the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, Kirchner sees Center Grove as the favorite to finish first.

“They’ve got just about everybody back,” he said. “Carmel lost a lot of people, including their pitcher and a couple of really good hitters.”

Kirchner thinks Carmel, North and South should contend for the MIC title as well.

• Terre Haute South — The Braves have a first-year head coach in 46-year-old Dwayne Stout, who had been a South assistant for the previous four seasons.

A former Chesterton High School baseball player and a graduate of Purdue University, Stout was hired in early 2013 to replace Steve Woerner, who had stepped down last summer.

“I love the game,” Stout said, explaining why he wanted the job. “I love coaching it and I love seeing the girls give everything they’ve got. I love the excitement.”

Stout acknowledged that he saw some potential in this South group of 26 players. Sixteen are underclassmen and 10 are sophomores.

“Our offense will be our biggest asset,” he stressed. “Our hitting, our speed on the bases, we’re going to use that to put pressure on the opposition. Right now, I’ve got six returning starters and I’ve got stiff competition going on for the remaining three positions.”

Some of the Braves’ top returnees are Ball State-bound senior Shelbie Scamihorn, a catcher who drove in 22 runs last season; junior Mackenzie McGregor, a first baseman who smacked four homers; senior Cheyenne Reinig, a second baseman/pitcher who also hit four homers; junior Lexi Higgins, a center fielder who scored 32 runs; junior Kelsey Marlow, who scored 28 runs; and sophomore Hollie Jones, a third baseman.

“This team is going to be strong up the middle defensively,” Stout pointed out. “That’s going to be our strong suit.”

South’s new man in charge anticipates Reinig, sophomore Hanna Gossman and Jackie Swain — all right-handers — to handle the pitching duties.

“I think we’re young, but very capable,” Stout said of his staff. “We took some great strides last year. These girls worked hard all winter.”

Assessing the MIC, Stout agreed with Kirchner that Center Grove might have an edge to win the crown, with Carmel probably next in line.

•  West Vigo — Fifth-year coach Cherish Easton said her squad, which finished 10-16 in 2012, is already battling injuries and its first game of 2013 is scheduled for Tuesday at Marshall, Ill.

But she still thinks she has a reasonably strong nucleus.

Returnees include junior outfielder Kenzie Little (.380, 14 RBIs, 16 runs), senior second baseman Ciara McClain, senior third baseman Jacy McClain (Ciara’s cousin who was hitting .417 before suffering a head injury last season), junior right-handed pitcher Hannah Harden (who missed a big portion of last season with injuries to both of her knees), junior catcher/outfielder Brittany Voils, sophomore center fielder Baylee Waters, sophomore catcher/utility specialist Charity Lane, junior outfielder Kortney Brown, junior Kenzie Roth, senior right-handed pitcher Kayla Akers (who may miss the early part of this season with an injury) and sophomore Miranda Mann (who may only bat early in the season because of a dislocated shoulder).

Easton said a few freshmen will be thrown into the max immediately — primarily new starting shortstop Shelby Edington, who may bat cleanup.

“She’s tough, she’s smart and she’s got a good stick,” the Vikings’ coach said.

Another freshman expected to contribute is right-handed pitcher Leah Morrison, who may see action at first base when Harden is pitching.

“She’s quicker than what we had last year,” Easton indicated. “And she’s got a good stick.”

Freshman Mary Curley could see action in the outfield, the West Vigo coach added.

Easton named Northview and Edgewood as “always the favorites [to win] in the WIC.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School
  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • 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

Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot

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