TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South
at Evansville North
Kickoff — 8 p.m. Terre Haute time (7 p.m. CDT).
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
Records — It’s the season opener for both teams, now potential Class 5A sectional foes. Terre Haute South’s Braves were 3-7 last year, Evansville North’s Huskies 5-5. In controlled scrimmages last week, South played at Northview and Evansville North met Jasper.
Last meeting — The schools were rivals in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but not all SIAC schools played each other in football. South and Evansville North may not have played each other since the Braves went undefeated in 1973.
Coaches — Tim Herrin, after 16 years as an assistant at South, begins his first season as head coach. Bret Szabo is new to Evansville North but is 62-44 in his 11th season, the previous 10 at Bedford North Lawrence.
Outlook — Both new coaches are emphasizing toughness in their new positions. The Braves’ record last year came against a significantly tougher schedule than the Huskies have, but South also has to replace a quarterback (Danny Etling) who is contending for a Big Ten starting spot.
Injuries, lineup changes — South is actually healthier than it was going into last week’s controlled scrimmage at Northview; because sophomore Dante Johnson (running back/safety) and junior Sammy Velazquez (running back/linebacker) will be available. Evansville North has no injuries.
Key players — The Braves figure to be led by junior quarterback Timmy Herrin, with four-year starter Jacob Johnson as the top receiver and a backfield committee that includes returnees Ian Newton and Michael Watt and former linebacker Logan Deady. Junior Berry is an all-state defensive lineman.
The Huskies have four returning starters on each side of the ball, but their key player might be senior quarterback Jesse Millikan. He’s a transfer from BNL (his father is offensive coordinator) and earned all-conference honorable mention there last season.
Words from Herrin — “We had a lot of guys step up and play pretty well [at Northview]. There were a lot of mistakes that were on us; we’ve got to fix the little things.
“Coach Szabo has had quite a bit of success at Bedford. [The Huskies are] young, but with a lot of skill players. They look very athletic.”
Words from Szabo — “Jasper is a classy, well coached program, and I thought we hung right with them.
“It’s really hard to tell [about South]. They are very large, athletic, and they look real physical. They look like a typical [Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference] team, even if they aren’t there anymore, and that’s a compliment. It will be a real challenge for us.”
— By Andy Amey
at Evansville Harrison
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The West Vigo Vikings (6-4 last season) will visit the Evansville Harrison Warriors (1-9 last season) in the season opener for both teams.
Last meeting — On Aug. 17, 2012, Evansville Harrison won at West Vigo 52-7 on the playing field, but the decision was later ruled a forfeit victory for the Vikings because the Warriors used an ineligible player.
Last time West Vigo defeated Evansville Harrison — The forfeit victory last season is believed to be the only time West Vigo has ever defeated Evansville Harrison.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 42-41 in his ninth season at the helm for West Vigo. Cory Brunson (0-0) is in his first season at Evansville Harrison.
Injuries, lineups — For West Vigo, every regular appears healthy. Some key players to watch include senior quarterback/cornerback Jimmy Maples (5-10, 170), senior running back/linebacker Skyler Warnock (5-10, 180) and senior offensive/defensive lineman Sam McClain (6-0, 215).
For Evansville Harrison, sophomore Ryan Hales (6-0, 163), running back Kyndrick Hancock (5-10, 163), running back Andrew Finch and wide receiver Malik Parker (6-1, 189) key your offense. Finch, dealing with an ankle issue this week, was a 1,000-yard rusher for Castle High School the past two seasons.
Coaches’ comments — Cobb on his squad: “We’re improving every day. We’ve got a lot of young, inexperienced players that we’ve kinda had to slow some things down for so that they can get up to speed.”
Cobb on playing the Warriors: “Evansville Harrison is always going to have a fast, athletic team. That’s what we’ve dealt with the past three years with them and sometimes it’s hard for us to adjust.”
Brunson on his team: “They’re new to what I do. They seem to be picking up the offense, defense and special teams pretty well. There’s a lot of potential to be good. The key is getting them to buy into all the changes.”
Brunson on the Vikings: “They seem to be a decent-sized team. They seem to be a team that’s going to play hard and do the right things right. Early in the season, we’re just working on ourselves.”
— By David Hughes
Terre Haute North
Kickoff — 8:30 p.m.
Airwaves — WFNF AM 1130, beginning at 8:15 p.m.
Records — The Terre Haute North Patriots — 6-5 in 2012 — plays Castle — a 12-1 squad in 2012 — in both team’s season opener.
Last meeting — On Aug. 17, 2012, Castle hung on for a 35-24 home victory.
Last time Terre Haute North beat Castle — The Patriots were 35-31 winners in 2010 at Castle.
Coaches — Chris Barrett is 44-75 in his 12th year at Terre Haute North and 72-107 in his 19th season overall. Doug Hurt, a former Indiana State player, is 58-26 in his 8th year at Castle.
Outlook — The Patriots are ranked No. 8 in Class 5A’s AP Poll and No. 7 in the IFCA Coaches Poll, while the Castle squad comes in at No. 3 in both polls.
Castle appears to have lost a good amount of talent from last season’s sectional championship team, but the Knights have been a formidable opponent since Hurt took over eight years ago.
Injuries, lineups — Terre Haute North brings talented players on both sides of the ball with a total of 17 players returning with starting experience, including a dynamic running back duo of Ricky Brookins and Kai Stratten. Quarterback Chris Barrett II returns after a strong junior season with some veteran receiver options. They’re all behind a massive, experienced offensive line.
The Patriots’ defense could be a force as well, and coach Barrett said the team has been preparing for the Castle offense for a long time.
The Knights will not have senior Andrew Finch, who rushed for 1,252 yards and 15 TDs yards the past two years, on the roster this season. Running back Christian Peach (5-8, 145) will take handoffs from sophomore quarterback Will Randle (6-5, 185), while senior Andrew Gearhardt (6-1, 25) leads the Castle offensive line.
The Knights’ “Tampa Two” defensive scheme is led by linebacker Clay Seitz (5-11, 185), defensive tackle Mason Wetzel (6-4, 265), defensive end Beau Brinkman (5-11, 195) and cornerback Logan Guerzini (5-8, 142).
Coaches’ comments — Barrett on his team: “These kids know they’re playing on the biggest stage. The Colts play there. It’s an NFL Complex. It’s the big house. These guys have been looking forward to it ever since it was announced last spring. I think that’s going to play a factor into the game. Both teams will have to be able to control that anxiety and the awesomeness of the place. Once that first hits get out of the way, you’re back to normal anyway. But it’s still a big deal.”
“We’ve got a very good series going on. They’ve got us the last two years. We’ve been working on them throughout the summer, trying to stop their zone offense and their jailbreak screen. They run it very efficiently. Our guys are very prepared, now it’s just up to who can make plays.”
Hurt on the matchup: “To beat the Patriots we are going to have to play exceptionally well. They are talented and very well-coached. Chris Barrett and his program are class acts. They are fundamentally sound and always well prepared. Turnovers will most likely determine the game. If we get into a shoot-out with them we most likely won't be able to keep up. Their running backs Ricky Brookings and Kai Stratten are as good as we will see all year. Chris Barrett II is an excellent quarterback. Their defense is big and physical. They have the potential to be the best team we will see on our regular season schedule. We will need to move the football, keep our defense off of the field and avoid turnovers to have a shot at winning the game.”
— Craig Pearson
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Paris rally falls short in Super Sectional
When Petersburg (PORTA) finally showed it was possible to hit a free throw on the west end of the Illinois-Springfield gym Tuesday night — after 12 misses in a row — it spelled the end of a high school comeback by Paris that looked for awhile like it would be one for the ages.
“I thought we had ‘em,” Tiger coach Shawn Nugent said after the Class 2A Super Sectional game won by the Bluejays 58-49.
Paris seeking finals berth tonight
The Paris Tigers may be the underdogs again tonight when they play at the Class 2A Springfield Super Sectional, or they may be the favorites. What’s already clear as the Illinois boys basketball tournaments for the smaller schools enter their final week is that rankings and reputation don’t matter, particularly to the Tigers.
Class 2A girls: Rick Risinger coaches Heritage to fifth state title
Rick Risinger spoke this past week about defense being the key to securing a win against a talented Fort Wayne Canterbury girls basketball squad in the Class 2A state championship game.
Coach Risinger’s Heritage Christian squad rose to the occasion Saturday in Hulman Center, holding the Cavaliers to 33-percent shooting to claim the school’s fifth state title since joining the IHSAA in 2003.
The Eagles won their first title since 2009 by a score of 64-61.
Class A girls: Oregon-Davis holds off Vincennes Rivet
Oregon-Davis jumped out to a 15-2 lead when senior Alicia McIntosh drilled a 3-pointer in Saturday’s Class A state championship for girls high school basketball.
The Bobcats stretched that lead to as large as 17 before halftime, and still led by double figures with three minutes remaining.
Class 3A girls: Western over Evansville Mater Dei 38-35
Like Fort Wayne Canterbury in the Class 2A championship, two-time defending Class 2A champion Evansville Mater Dei found the going much more tough when moving up one class due to the IHSAA’s “Team Success Factor” legislation.
Mater Dei (26-2), which had an average margin of victory of 27 points throughout the season, struggled against Western’s 2-3 zone all night long in falling to the Panthers 38-35.
Class 4A girls: Bedford North Lawrence wins second straight title
Damon Bailey guided Bedford North Lawrence to a second straight state championship in his first year as head coach.
Bailey, an assistant on the Stars’ unbeaten Class 4A champions in 2013, watched his team hold off a scrappy Penn squad for a 51-41 victory Saturday night.
Central Catholic rallies to defeat Rockville
It was an old story in a new location Saturday for the boys basketball team from Lafayette Central Catholic High School.
Clay City wins third straight sectional
Clay City, the two-time defending champion of the IHSAA Class A Sectional No. 57, took the floor at White River Valley High School with a chip on its shoulder Saturday night.
Linton pulls away late to win at North Knox
Defending smartly and playing the offensive tempo like a finely tuned violin, Linton’s Miners dominated the fourth quarter of a previously air-tight high school basketball game to defeat South Knox 57-45 and repeat as Class 2A Sectional 47 champions.
Damon Bailey among coaches directing daughters at Hulman Center on Saturday
Father-daughter bonding was among the themes Saturday at Hulman Center as Terre Haute played host to the IHSAA girls basketball state finals for a third straight year.
Class 4A title favorite Bedford North Lawrence looked to repeat as champions late Saturday night. Former BNL state champion and Indiana Hoosier great Damon Bailey led his Stars into the game with a pair of daughters on the court. Junior Alexa Bailey, wearing No. 22 of course, is a Butler recruit and sophomore Loren is a reserve for the Stars.
Owen Valley, Edgewood in sectional final again
Things haven’t changed that much in the Class 3A boys basketball sectional. Northview was in the field for the first time and hosted the semifinals Friday night. But for the second year in a row, Edgewood and Owen Valley will play for the Sectional 28 championship tonight.
Temples’ 3-pointers help Paris advance
The prudent thing would have been to pull the basketball out, wait for an opponent to foul and run as much clock as possible in the final minute of the Illinois Class 2A Westville Sectional on Friday night. Audie Temples was thinking dagger.
Ailing Wilkey helps Rockville advance to title game
For part of Friday, doubt existed about whether flu-stricken Rockville standout Keiontre’ Wilkey would be able to play in the first semifinal game of the Class A North Vermillion Sectional for boys basketball. The junior guard gutted it out, however, and tallied 17 points to help lead the Rox over the host high school 61-53. That sent them into tonight’s sectional championship game against No. 7-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic.
Preps: Late free throws help Linton beat North Knox
Linton hit 4 of 5 free throws in the final minute and hung on to defeat streaking North Knox 47-46 in the semifinals of the Class 2A North Knox Sectional for boys high school basketball.
Former Terre Haute resident Rick Risinger looking for fifth state title in Hulman Center
An accomplished group of girls basketball coaches will make their way into Hulman Center on Saturday for the IHSAA state finals.
Damon Bailey, 1990 Mr. Basketball for state champion Bedford North Lawrence and former Indiana University great, is the most familiar name to Hoosier basketball fanatics. In his first year as a girls varsity coach, Bailey leads BNL into action in the 4A state championship game.
With 590 career wins, Fort Wayne Canterbury coach Wayne Kreiger is already a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Behind senior Miss Basketball candidate Maura Muensterman, Steve Goans leads Evansville Mater Dei into the Class 3A title game on the heels of consecutive 2A titles.
No answer: Spears scores 30 as Martinsvlle ends TH South’s season
Terre Haute South ran into a championship performance Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Class 4A Avon Sectional for boys high school basketball. Martinsville’s Troy Spears scored 30 points while leading the Artesians to a 65-44 victory that ended South’s season.
North falls to No. 5 Brownsburg in Class 4A Avon Sectional
Terre Haute North did not bow out of the boys high school basketball tournament Tuesday night like a team on a seven-game losing streak.
The Patriots executed their gameplan, battled back from a double-digit deficit and forced Class 4A No. 5-ranked Brownsburg to hit free throws to win the opener of the Class 4A Avon Sectional.
Brownsburg (19-2) hit six straight free throws in the final 1 minute, 15 seconds to hold off the Patriots 51-47.
Two sets of Eels win at WRV Sectional
There’ll be no Cinderella story in Dugger to end this boys high school basketball season, and a spirited upset bid also fell short Tuesday night at the Class A White River Valley Sectional.
Defensive pressure and depth made the difference in both games, as Eminence ended the Union season — perhaps its last, at least as a public school — by a 59-46 score and Clay City pulled away in the second half for a 53-44 win over Shakamak.
Paris knocks off 23-2 Clinton Central in overtime sectional thriller
Paris’ boys basketball team has learned a lot in a late-season run of success, but the one thing that set the Tigers apart on Tuesday in Class 2A Westville Sectional semifinal game was composure.
The Tigers never got rattled, never flinched and got the ultimate reward.
BOYS SECTIONAL ROUNDUP: Linton holds off Sullivan at North Knox
Linton and Eastern posted victories in the opening round of the North Knox Class 2A Sectional on Tuesday.
Linton led most of the way to defeat Sullivan 51-43 in the first game. Eastern Greene bested North Central 62-42 in the nightcap.
Linton is 16-6 and will take on North Knox and Eastern Greene faces South Knox in the semifinals on Friday. North Knox takes an 11-game winning streak into the action.
Tough roads ahead: Terre Haute North faces big challenges in its sectional
With the hope that the obligatory snow is already on the ground, high school boys basketball sectionals begin today in Indiana, and for one Wabash Valley team in Illinois.
South swimmers fall short of lofty goals at state finals
Sometimes the journey is more rewarding than the destination.
That would best describe Terre Haute South’s performances Saturday in the 77th annual IHSAA boys swimming and diving state championships at the IU Natatorium.
Center Grove deals Terre Haute North 7th loss in row
Terre Haute North and Center Grove – two teams that haven’t won much lately – struggled to put the finishing touch against the other on Friday at North.
Prep roundup: Casey falls at Robinson Regional; Paris posts upset win at home
Teutopolis finished strong Friday night to defeat Casey 47-36 and win the Robinson Class 2A Regional for boys basketball teams.
Casey, Paris to play in regional title games
Championships of Illinois regional boys high school basketball tournaments will be decided tonight.
AMEY TAKES AIM: Bringing you the Amey Teams for girls basketball
Our Wabash Valley teams won’t be represented when the Indiana girls state basketball finals return again to Hulman Center on March 8 (even though the Class 4A title will probably be decided this weekend when Lawrence North plays Bedford North Lawrence in a semistate game).
I wish some of our girls teams had been able to play longer for a purely selfish reason: that might have given me an opportunity to see one or two of their games.
South boys fall to Southport, finish regular season 8-14
Terre Haute South got an up-close look Thursday night at what a Conference Indiana championship boys basketball team looks like. And Southport is big and quick.
Southport, led by 6-foot-10 sophomore Joey Brunk and junior guard Malik Bennett overpowered South’s Braves 61-49 at Southport Fieldhouse. Brunk had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Bennett scored 21 points.
VIDEO: Wilhelm leads South swimmers into state finals
Christian Wilhelm plans to compete in the distance freestyle when he gets to the University of Illinois-Chicago’s downtown campus.
Wilhelm emerged as a state qualifier in the 500-yard freestyle and 200 freestyle as a junior for Terre Haute South. But his senior season took a different turn and he’s hoping to make a big splash in a new event.
Casey advances to regional title game
Casey will be in the championship game of the Class 2A Robinson Regional for boys high school basketball teams Friday night. The Warriors gained their spot in the title tilt with a 55-42 victory over Marshall on Wednesday.
Cloverdale joins Pizza Hut Classic field
The Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic has a new team, but the newcomer for the 2014 tournament is led by a familiar name to Terre Haute basketball. Pat Rady’s Cloverdale Clovers, currently 19-1 this season, will join the field as a likely contender.
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