News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 20, 2014

Vigo County basketball matchups this weekend

The Tribune-Star


T.H. North at Franklin Central

Evansville Harrison at T.H. North

The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (7-10) will visit the Franklin Central Flashes (9-10) in Indianapolis tonight and play host to the Evansville Harrison Warriors (13-8) Saturday night.

The times — Both varsity tipoffs are slated for about 7:30.

The airwaves — Tonight’s game will be broadcast online through a link at and Saturday’s game will be aired on radio stations WFNF-FM 99.5 and WFNF-AM 1130.

The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 82-59 in his sixth season in charge at Terre Haute North. John Rockey is 35-31 in his third year at Franklin Central. Bryan Speer is 109-48 in his seventh year at Evansville Harrison.

Probable starting lineups — For Terre Haute North, 6-0 sophomore Keshuan Sandifer and 6-6 junior Charlie Aimone at forwards, 6-3 sophomore Kobi Riley at center, 5-9 junior C.J. Brown and 5-11 junior Austin Kurashima at guards.

For Franklin Central, 6-1 senior Jalen Bell and 6-5 sophomore Antoyne Jackson at forward, 6-3 senior Jacob Malone at center, 6-5 senior D.J. Heinrichs and 6-3 sophomore Marcus Burk at guards.

For Evansville Harrison, 6-6 junior Everett Duncan at forward, 6-3 senior Ernie Duncan (Everett’s older brother), 6-6 junior Stanley Duncan (Everett’s twin brother), 6-2 senior Jared Chestnut and 5-10 junior Jackson Strong at guards. Ernie Duncan has verbally committed to attend Vermont.

Key reserves — For Terre Haute North, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Poore, 6-7 junior Jackson Wolaver, 5-8 sophomore A.J. Smith, 6-0 junior Andrew Farmer, 6-0 senior Mitchell Dennany, 5-9 senior Austin Benson, 6-1 junior Brian Stevens and 6-2 sophomore Casius Bell.

For Franklin Central, 6-6 senior Lucas Huffman, 6-4 junior Matthew Anderson, 6-1 junior Matthew Clements and 6-4 freshman Grant Pedigo.

For Evansville Harrison, 6-7 sophomore D.J. Jennings, 6-2 sophomore Trey Schafer and 6-0 junior O.B. Brown.

Team leaders — For Terre Haute North, Aimone is averaging 11.0 points per game and Sandifer is next at 10.8 ppg. For Franklin Central, Huffman is scoring 15.7 ppg, Bell is next at 15.5 ppg and Malone is at 12.0 ppg. For Evansville Harrison, Ernie Duncan is tallying 22.1 ppg, Everett Duncan is next at 16.8 and Stanley Duncan is at 14.3 ppg.

Injury report — All regulars appear healthy for all three teams.

Recent games — Last Saturday, North lost at Class 4A No. 1-ranked Carmel 46-26. On Tuesday, Franklin Central lost at home to Columbus East 63-56 and Evansville Harrison lost at home to Evansville Bosse 89-88 in double overtime.

Last meeting — On Dec. 15, 2012, North lost at Evansville Harrison 65-48. North and Franklin Central have not played each other in recent years.

Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “I thought we competed and came together as a team against Carmel. There were several positives that came out of that game that we can build on.”

Woelfle on playing the Flashes: “They are fundamentally sound, talented and have a lot of size. That size presents some matchup problems for us. We’ll need to take care of the ball and rebound in order for us to be successful.”

Woelfle on playing the Warriors: “They’re an experienced team which started the season ranked second in the state. They’ve played some really close games and they’re capable of scoring in bunches. Their point guard Ernie Duncan is very solid and he makes everything go for them.”

Speer on his squad: “We’ve won 10 of our last 13 [games]. We started getting a little healthier and we found the right mix of guys. … Over the course of the last half of the season, we’ve had a little more chemistry.”

Speer on playing the Patriots: “They’re extremely well-coached. They’ve got some guys who can score — Aimone and Sandifer — and they do a nice job. They run their offense well and they’re physically strong.”

Franklin Central coach Rockey could not be reached for comment.

— Compiled by David Hughes

T.H. South at Evansville North

Indy Arlington at T.H. South

The action — Terre Haute South visits a 5-11 Evansville North squad tonight before returning home for a Senior Night contest against 0-15 Indianapolis Arlington.

The times — Tonight’s varsity tip-off is slated for approximately 8:30 p.m. EST. Saturday’s varsity tip-off will be at 6 p.m.

The airwaves — No broadcasts in the Wabash Valley.

The coaches — Scott Ridge is 24-36 in his third season at Terre Haute South.

Probable starting lineups — For South, 6-4 junior Greg Newton and 6-6 junior Timmy Herrin at forwards, 5-11 freshman Jaylen Minnett, 6-0 junior Conner Shipley and 6-0 junior Spence Tofaute at guards.

For Evansville North, guards C.J. Hedgepeth, Robert West, Justice Dixon and Chase Whitler and center Austin Elmore.

Key reserves — For South, 6-2 senior Da’Shon Heyen, 6-3 junior Logan Dinkel, 6-0 junior Tre Minnett, 5-11 junior Lamarkis Stevenson, 6-2 senior Jerad Fuson and 6-0 freshman Josiah Wallace.

Team leaders — Timmy Herrin leads the Braves with an average of 12 ppg. Hedgepeth is averaging 12.7 points, West 11.7 and Dixon 9.9 for the Huskies.

Injury report — The Braves are at full health.

Recent games — South is coming off a loss Tuesday to Geurin Catholic by a score of 88-49. Evansville North lost 74-68 at Castle on Monday to drop its fourth straight. Indianapolis Arlington iscoming off a 67-42 loss to Irvington Prep Academy.

Last meeting — Evansville North won last year’s meeting 71-55 and lost 70-65 to Arlington two seasons aog.

Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on Evansville North: “They’ve got two really good players. Those two will be very good shooters. We’ve really been getting killed on the baords so maybe it will be nice to play a guard-oriented team.”

Ridge on the Braves: “We’ve got to take good shots, have good possessions, and pick it up on defense, I think we’ll be fine. We just need to get playing well going into the tournament.”

— Compiled by Craig Pearson

South Knox at West Vigo

North Central at West Vigo

The action — The South Knox Spartans (13-5) visit West Vigo’s Vikings (5-12) tonight to make up a nonconference game that was originally scheduled in early December. On Saturday, North Central’s Thunderbirds (5-9 going into tonight’s game with Linton) visit the Jim Mann Green Dome for another nonconference game.

The time — Varsity tipoffs are approximately 7:30 p.m.

The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.

The coaches — Mark Rohrer is 19-21 in his second season at South Knox. Joe Boehler is 69-63 in his sixth year at West Vigo. Ryan Kamman is 91-107 in his ninth season at North Central going into tonight’s game.

Probable starting lineups — For South Knox: 5-8 junior Colton Houchin and 6-0 sophomore Isiah Stafford are the guards, 6-5 junior Andrew Scott and 6-4 senior Tucker Welton the forwards and 6-3 senior Nick Burke the center.

For West Vigo: 6-1 junior Hayden Corenflos, 6-2 junior Grant Daley, 6-1 freshman Tyler Kernstein, 5-9 junior Tyler Hayes and 5-9 sophomore Jordan Schaffer.

For North Central: 5-8 junior Austin Jewell, 6-0 junior Andrew Nikirk, 6-3 junior Mitchell Peterson, 5-9 sophomore Gavin Stanifer, 5-11 senior Nick Stucker.

Key reserves — For South Knox: 6-4 junior Austin Sievers, 6-0 junior Mason Gay, 6-1 senior Chad Thompson.

For West Vigo: 5-10 junior Alec Blair, 5-7 junior Keagan McClain, 6-6 freshman Austin Sappingfield, 5-9 freshman Corey Vickers, 6-1 junior Alex West.

For North Central: 6-3 junior Loren Drake, 6-4 sophomore Neal Greene.

Team leaders — Scott averages nearly 15 points and six rebounds per game for South Knox, while Sievers averages just over 10 points per game and Stafford just under 10. Corenflos is West Vigo’s only double-figure scorer after Braiden Cardinal was injured and lost for the season early in January. Nikirk and Stanifer are North Central’s top scorers, but the balanced Thunderbirds have four or five players averaging at least eight points per game, Kamman said.

Recent games — South Knox beat Vincennes Rivet 68-52 on Tuesday and lost 58-43 to Class A’s top-ranked Barr-Reeve last Thursday. West Vigo lost twice on the road last week, 68-43 at Sullivan on Thursday and 50-25 at Marshall on Saturday. North Central lost 78-54 to Clay City last Thursday before losing to North Daviess on Wednesday by a score of 68-57.

Last meeting — West Vigo won 52-38 at South Knox last season. The Spartans beat West Vigo 60-51 in December of 2010. West Vigo beat North Central 60-43 last Feb. 16, and haven’t lost to the Thunderbirds since a 73-64 decision on Feb. 17, 2007.

Coaches’ quotes — Rohrer on the Spartans, who were 6-16 a year ago: “We physically grew and matured, but the mental part has been the biggest thing. We’ve won some close games this year that we probably would have lost last year.”

Boehler on the Vikings: “We do things well every game we play, but we need to take better care of the ball and be more efficient [offensively].”

Rohrer on the Vikings: “Obviously Cardinal was their go-to guy, and it seems like they’ve strugged to score [without him]. But they’re very young, kind of like we were last year, and they’re trying to figure things out.”

Boehler on the Spartans: “They’ve got almost everybody back from last year. They have good size, they’re athletic, and they have two really good players in Scott and Sievers.”

Kamman on the Thunderbirds: “We’ve been playing better after the start of [2014]. The kids are working hard, and it helped when we got Neal Greene back [after a bout with mononucleosis].”

Boehler on the Thunderbirds: “They’ve got a lot of guys back from last year too. They are very well coached, with a lot of good shooters. We will have to come in and play very well.”

Kamman on the Vikings: “Our two conference games this week have our focus. I think [the Vikings] are using younger guys.”

 — Compiled by Andy Amey