TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South captured the water-logged Big Four high school softball championship Saturday with a 1-1-1 record. That’s right, there is a tie.
With the Terre Haute North JV field getting slicker and dangerous by the inning, the final game of the tournament was called after seven complete innings with South and Northview tied 8-8.
“I think the weather won the Big Four today, because I think that’s what created the tie. I thought both teams played pretty well,” South coach Dwayne Stout said.
An official complete high school softball game is five innings and the umpires could have called this game due to field conditions at the time. South held an 8-6 lead.
“The [pitchers] were struggling with the location of their pitches, struggling with the batters’ box, struggling to make plays defensively. The field got pretty sloppy around the fifth inning and made it tough on everyone,” Stout said.
Northview’s Lindsey Potter led off the bottom of seventh with a solo home run to tie the score, as the rain picked up.
“[I’m] definitely glad we went on [to the seventh inning]. I hate to see it end in a tie, but also I don’t want to see any girls get hurt. It was a good call,” Northview’s Bethany Jones said.
South captured the Big Four championship with a 3-2 win over West Vigo on Saturday morning and a Tuesday night win over Northview. The Braves are now 12-7.
“I was thrilled with the way we hit the ball. We came out, we were a little slow against West Vigo. I though Hannah [Harden of West Vigo] did a good job of keeping [us] off balance, then [Northview] brought Taylor [Carter] in here, [and] she’s just a phenomenal pitcher. We knew we had our work cut out for us,” Stout said.
Terre Haute North comes out of the tournament 17-2. The Patriots won a pair of 10-run rule victories Saturday, overpowering Northview 12-2 in the morning and West Vigo 14-3 in the afternoon. West Vigo now stand 8-10.
In the tourney finale, Jackie Swain got the Braves going early. After Cheyenne Reinig belted a one-out double, Swain brought her home with a timely single. Swain gave the Braves a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a three-run home run.
Northview came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, led by Madison Nevins’ two-run homer.
South took advantage of a Northview error and passed ball and hits by Lauren Perrelle and Kelsey Marlow to take an 8-3 lead in the fifth inning. Northview closed the gap to 8-6 on run-scoring hits by Potter and Shelby Dupin.
Northview closed within one, 8-7, in the sixth inning when Hughes doubled and score on a single by Carter, setting up the game-deciding seventh inning.
South’s 3-2 victory over West Vigo in the morning more intense than the rain-soaked finale.
West Vigo took a 1-0 in the second inning when Brittany Voils singled, was bunted to second by Mary Curley, stole third and score on a double by Kenzie Little.
“We did the same thing we did a North. [West Vigo] got out to a lead, they kept us off balance with their pitching. Hannah Harden did a good job for them. But the girls didn’t give up. [They] kept swinging and swinging and made the adjustment,” Stout said.
West Vigo’s lead held up into the fourth inning when Mackenzie McGregor led off with a solo home run for a 1-1 tie.
South took the lead for good with a two-run fifth inning. Haven Eder led off with a double, was bunted to third by Taylor Chilling and scored on a base hit by McFarland. Hollie Jones reached base on a ground out, stole second and scored on a double by Kelsey Marlow.
West Vigo scored one run in the seventh, but left the game-tying run on second base.
While North did not win the tournament, the Patriots scored the most runs and hits for the day — 26 runs and 30 hits.
North took a 2-0 lead on Northview in the third inning, then broke the contest open with 10 runs over the next three innings.
Lorrie LaTourette hit a home run in the sixth inning and was 2 for 5 at the plate. Allie McKinney had three hits, while Alisha Ludwig, Allison Crick and Jazmine Allen each contributed two hits to the 15-hit performance.
Northview had four hits in the game, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning by Carter. Carter and Halfhill each had two hits in the game.
North’s Crick improved to 10-1 for the year after holding West Vigo to five hits in five innings.
West Vigo led 2-1 after the first inning, but North scored thee run in the second inning to take the lead and brok the contest open when Paige McClain hit a bases loaded, grand slam home run in third inning. McClain had six RBI for the Patriots.
North’s Conner Nelson was 2 for 2 with a two-run homer, while Katie Herrick drove in three runs with a single and double. Crick and LaTourett each went 2 for 3.
“We’ve been hitting pretty decent all year. Today we came out and hit the ball pretty good, we still got to work on our defense a little bit. But I was happy with [how we played] today in the rain,” North coach Jack Kirchner said.
For West Vigo, McClain, Shelby Edington and Leah Morrison each had one double.
West Vigo 010 000 1 — 2 5 0
Terre Haute South 000 120 x — 3 7 1
W — McFarland. L — Harden. LOB — WV 7, THS 3. HR — McGregor.
Highlights — For West Vigo (8-9), Kenzie Little was 1 for 3 with a double to lead the Vikings’ 5-hit offense. Baylee Waters, Ciara McClain, Brittany Voils and Mary Curley each had a base hit. For South (11-7), Mackenzie McGregor belted a home and Kelsey Marlow, Cheyenne Reinig and Haven Eder each had doubles. Eder was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Northview 000 002 — 2 4 2
Terre Haute North 002 136 — 12 15 0
W — Ludwig. L — Halfhill. HR — Carter, LaTourette.
Highlights — For Northview, Taylor Carter hit her 10th home run of the season and Whitney Halfhill was 2 for 3 at the plate. For North, Lorrie LaTourette was 2 for 5 with a home run, while Allie McKinney was 3 for 4 at the plate. Alisha Ludwig, Allison Crick and Jazmine Allen each had two hits for the Patriots.
Terre Haute North 136 40 — 14 15 4
West Vigo 200 01 — 3 5 3
W — Crick, 10-1. L — Harden. HR — McClain, Nelson.
Highlights — For North, Paige McClain hit a grand-slam home run in a 6-RBI performance for the Patriots. Conner Nelson was 2 for 2 with a two-run homer, while Katie Herrick drove in 3 runs with a single and double. Crick and LaTourett each went 2 for 3 for North. For West Vigo, Jacy McClain, Shelby Edington and Leah Morrison each had one double.
Terre Haute South 010 340 0 — 8 9 1
Northview 000 331 1 — 8 11 2
Game called after 7 innings due to wet field.
Swain, Woodard (4), Grossman (6) and Scamihorn; Swaim, Carter (3) and Hughes. LOB — THS 4, Nv 8. HR — Swain, Nevins, Potter.
Highlights — For South, Jackie Swain hit a 3-run homer and single while Mackenzie McGregor connected for a single and double. Reinig added a single and double to the Braves’ 9-hit attack. For Northview, Lindsey Potter led off the 7th inning with a solo homer to tie the score. The Knights also got a 2-run homer from Madison Nevins and two base hits from Shelby Dupin and one double from Hughes.
TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South captured the water-logged Big Four high school softball championship Saturday with a 1-1-1 record. That’s right, there is a tie.
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Linton, Clay City coaches pulling for each other Saturday in IHSAA basketball regionals
The only Wabash Valley boys basketball teams remaining in the IHSAA state tournament are the two that tied for first place in the SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference.
Linton (Class 2A) and Clay City (Class A) each finished 7-1 in the SWIAC. Clay City handed Linton its only conference loss Feb. 18, a 58-50 decision, while Clay City’s only SWIAC setback was by a 62-51 score at Eastern Greene on Jan. 17.
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.
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Linton pulls away late to win at North Knox
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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
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Temples’ 3-pointers help Paris advance
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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
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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.
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Championships of Illinois regional boys high school basketball tournaments will be decided tonight.
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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.
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