Jack Butcher, Howard Sharpe and Bill Stearman.
All Indiana legends, those are the only names above Pat Rady on the state’s career victory list for boys high school basketball coaches, although Rady tries to avoid talking about passing them.
Beginning his 48th season as a head coach and eighth season at Cloverdale, the 70-year-old Rady prefers focusing on the present and future more than numbers he accumulated in the past at Bainbridge, Winchester, Southmont, Shelbyville, Terre Haute South and Cloverdale.
With 711 wins under his belt after the Clovers finished 11-11 last season, Rady needs three to tie and four to pass Stearman (714) for No. 3 on the list and 13 to tie and 14 to pass Sharpe (724) for No. 2. Butcher, who retired at Loogootee in 2002, sits on top at 806.
Getting ready to run practice Wednesday afternoon, Rady understood why I brought up the possibility of him climbing the ladder. But most of his comments concerned his current team, which includes seniors Mitch Williams, Joe Fidler and Chuck Strunk along with one junior and at least three promising sophomores.
The Clovers’ first game will be Tuesday at North Central.
“I’m excited about the team we’ve got this year,” Rady emphasized. “I always take pleasure in watching a player improve and watching a group come together as a team.
“Before the year’s over, I think we’ll be competitive, but we may have some tough times early on … We are going to be fun to watch.”
“Fun” is the key word here and that’s what keeps Rady going after all these years.
“I love the game and I always have,” he explained. “This [coaching] is still as much fun as when I first started.”
Although Rady doesn’t want to look beyond this season, he figures he’ll take it “year by year” when making decisions about whether to continue coaching or retire. Regardless of what he chooses, he knows he’ll have the support of his wife Margaret and sons Patrick and Michael, whom he appreciates for all the personal sacrifices they’ve made during his career.
Patrick Rady, who worked as a part-time sportswriter here at the Tribune-Star in the 1980s, is again serving as a varsity assistant to his father at Cloverdale this season. Another familiar name, former Indiana State player Greg Thomas, is the Clovers’ junior varsity coach.
Pat Rady, who still substitute teaches at the high school and middle school in Cloverdale when needed, doesn’t avoid the past so much that he discourages contact from his former players and former coaches. On the contrary, he enjoys reminiscing about his times at all of the above-mentioned high schools.
That includes South, where he left in 2004, enabling longtime assistant Mike Saylor to become head coach. Saylor stepped down after the 2010-11 season and Rady understands why Saylor would want to do that in his early 50s.
“It’s become so demanding,” Rady said of coaching at the high school level. “It’s such a year-round thing and it’s so hard to spend time with your family.”
Still a Terre Haute resident, Rady insists that he frequently checks the Tribune-Star for South scores on the days after its games.
Yes, he specifically mentioned the Tribune-Star. I knew there was a reason I always liked him (insert “wink” symbol here).
• Better late than never — This was announced by the IHSAA earlier this month, but it’s still worth reporting: Mike Stoffers of Terre Haute was recipient of the 2011 Interscholastic Athletic Officials Association Award for excellence in the sport of volleyball.
According to its website, the IHSAA — in cooperation with the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association — recognizes and honors an outstanding official in each of 11 sports each year.
During his career, Stoffers has worked 13 sectionals, 10 regionals, three semistates and two state finals.
Stoffers was selected for this honor by a committee representing the officials associations, according to the IHSAA announcement. In Indiana, there are 24 associations made up of men and women who assist in providing activities for the student-athletes in our state. There are more than 8,000 officials licensed by the IHSAA in 11 sports.
A licensed referee for 16 years, Stoffers is a member of the Wabash Valley Officials Association, He also is a licensed football, track and basketball official.
Stoffers is a 1977 graduate of Terre Haute South High School (hey, so was I) and a 1979 graduate of Vincennes University, where he earned a degree in horticulture.
Good job, Mike.
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Jack Butcher, Howard Sharpe and Bill Stearman.
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Rady could break tie with Sharpe today
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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
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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
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Bertoli runs personal-best time to qualify for Foot Locker national championships
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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.
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Today’s Vigo County boys basketball game
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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
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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.
Prep preview: Young Vikings hope to rely on talent
Opposing coaches will have to search out junior varsity or eighth-grade film from 2012-13 in order to scout the West Vigo Vikings early on this season.
Coach Joe Boehler is optimistic that his boys high school basketball team will work hard to get up to speed to varsity play after achieving success at lower levels.
Prep preview: Ryan Luce steps up to fill Dave Mahurin’s shoes
A man of many hats, Ryan Luce probably won’t be bored anytime in the next several months.
Luce, 36, now serves as assistant principal, athletic director and boys basketball coach at Rockville. Previously the high school’s girls basketball coach for two seasons, he switched over after Dave Mahurin stepped down as coach over the summer.
South girls down Arrows by 47 in girls basketball
Terre Haute South got even in girls high school basketball Tuesday, defeating Sullivan 82-35.
Four players were in double figures for the Braves, 3-3 for the season. Kayla Speth led the winners with 15 points. She was 5 of 9 from the field with one 3-pointer and was the only South player to go to the free-throw line, hitting 4 of 7 at the stripe.
Lauren Perelle and Kylie Fendrick each had 14 points and Lauren Hambrock had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 9 of 10 field goals.
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