TERRE HAUTE —
Warren Central at Terre Haute North
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled
The action — Warren Central’s Warriors (3-2, 2-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) travel to meet Terre Haute North’s Patriots (2-3, 1-2) in a conference game. The Warriors, ranked seventh in the state, have lost only to Class 4A power Indianapolis Cathedral (14-7) and second-ranked Ben Davis (6-3) and are coming off a 28-14 win over Indianapolis North Central. The Patriots have lost their last two conference games, 17-15 to sixth-ranked Center Grove and 30-7 to Ben Davis, although they outgained both those teams.
Last meeting — Warren Central won 50-19 last season.
Last time North beat Warren Central — The Patriots haven’t won against the Warriors since joining the MIC in 1998.
Coaches — Steve Tutsie is 26-6 in his third season as head coach at Warren Central; it’s his second stint as head coach, and he was an assistant there in the interim. Chris Barrett is 40-73 in his 11th season at North and 68-105 overall.
Outlook — Year in and year out the Warriors are probably the fastest team in the state and this season is no different. Although the 2012 Warriors haven’t scored as many points as some of their predecessors, they don’t give up many either — not more than 14 in any game this season — and if they are like most Warren Central teams, they cover kickoffs as well as any high school team in the country. North’s strength is its ball-control offense, but drives are hard to sustain against a team capable of making as many big defensive plays as the Warriors are.
Injuries, lineup changes — There was no word from Warren Central about injuries; their best player is probably 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker Tim Kimbrough, a Georgia recruit. North gets offensive guard Bryce Woodason back, so the Patriots are as healthy as a team can be at this point in the season.
Words from Barrett — “We did not execute [at Ben Davis] and we had the same red-zone woes as we had against Center Grove — a holding penalty, a missed field goal — but still we were in the game until the last four or five minutes of the second quarter. We had one good fourth-quarter drive against their No. 1 defense, and the defense played well the entire game; we just gave [the defense] too many short fields and we kept them out there too long.
“[Tonight] should be a good game. [The Warriors] are as athletic as always. Our defense has to be ready but more than anything our offense has to finish drives, score points and move the chains.”
— By Andy Amey
Ben Davis at Terre Haute South
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The Terre Haute South Braves (2-3 overall, 0-3 MIC) will play host to the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Ben Davis Giants (5-0, 3-0) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.
Last meeting — In September 2011, South lost at Ben Davis 63-17.
Last time South beat Ben Davis — It is believed that South has never defeated Ben Davis.
Coaches — Mike Kirschner is 43-20 in sixth year at Ben Davis and 57-46 in his 10th year overall, while Mark Raetz is 14-41 in his sixth season at South.
Outlook — So far, Ben Davis has posted the following victories: 24-21 at home against Indianapolis Cathedral, 24-0 at Pike, 19-6 at home against Indianapolis North Central, 6-3 at Warren Central and 30-7 at home against Terre Haute North.
Meanwhile, South has won at Indian Creek 34-24, lost to Terre Haute North 27-10 at Memorial Stadium, won at Vincennes Lincoln 34-0, lost at Carmel 38-0 and lost at Center Grove 55-28.
Injuries, lineups — For Ben Davis, all current regulars appear reasonably healthy. For South, senior center Zac Harper (torn ACL) and senior wide receiver Logan Steward (torn ACL) are out for the season.
Coaches’ comments — Kirschner on his squad: “We’ve got to improve. I felt like we had some letdowns against [Terre Haute] North mentally. We started slow. We had two penalties before we had our first offensive snap. We’re so young. We only had one senior playing last Friday night. We’ve got to start faster if we’re going to be successful.”
Kirschner on playing the Braves: “We’re real concerned about their quarterback, Danny Etling. We think he’s a special quarterback and we’re concerned about their receiver Seibert too… On offense, we’re concerned about their physicality up front.”
Raetz on his squad: “The last couple weeks, we’ve played two of the better teams in the state. Against Carmel [two weeks ago], I thought we played well defensively for the most part but struggled offensively. Last week against Center Grove, I thought we played well offensively but struggled defensively. So we’re looking to put together a solid game in all phases this Friday.”
Raetz on playing the Giants: “A lot of speed, a lot of depth, a lot of talent. We’d have to play an outstanding game to give ourselves a chance against them.”
— By David Hughes
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The West Vigo Vikings (3-2, 2-0 Western Indiana Conference) take on the Edgewood Mustangs (0-5, 0-3 WIC) looking to keep pace with conference co-leader Sullivan.
Last meeting — In 2011, Edgewood won 37-7 at home.
Last time West Vigo beat Edgewood — In 2010, West Vigo defeated Edgewood 35-14.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 39-39 in his eighth year at West Vigo. Jerry Bland is 32-28 in his sixth year at Edgewood.
Outlook — West Vigo looks to stay atop the Western Indiana Conference standings if the Vikings can win a homecoming battle with Edgewood.
The Vikings will hope to continue to run the ball as well as they have recently.
Danny Creasey piled up 166 of the Vikings’ 356 yards last week but Skyler Warnock, Jacob Creasey, Dakota Short and quarterback Jimmy Maples also had some impressive gains.
West Vigo already has conference road wins over Brown County and South Vermillion, a 41-21 decision last Friday.
Injuries, lineups — Senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman (broken leg) is out. Lineman Patrick McVey (knee) is out for the season. Junior outside linebacker Sam Bowden (concussion) returns to the lineup. Jacob Creasey left the south Vermillion game last Friday but is back in the lineup tonight.
Coaches’ comments — Cobb on his team:“We’ve been running the ball well. The offensive line has done an outstanding job of opening up some holes and giving the running backs time to run. Jacob Creasey is always a threat on the outside. Danny runs more up the middle. They kind of complement each other well.”
“We’re getting into the final four, a four-game stretch of formidable conference foes. We need to control the ball and limit turnovers, which we didn’t do last week. We lost three fumbles.”
Cobb on the Mustangs: “They’re one of the best 0-5 teams I’ve seen in a while. They’ve lost several close games because of their youth and inexperience. They’re going to give us their best effort. They’re a very good team. They’re going to run a spread option attack and it’s kind of like a zone read. We have to be disciplined on defense and make sure we know our alignment and assignments.”
— By Craig Pearson
TERRE HAUTE —
Warren Central at Terre Haute North
- High School
Prep basketball: Bendickson leads Pats’ girls
Terre Haute North was nothing but net for most of the third period in girls high school basketball Tuesday night as the Patriots defeated visiting Northview 61-50.
North outscored the Knights 28-8 in the third quarter, hitting 10 of 13 shots, including 6 of 7 3-pointers.
Jennifer Bendickson led the Patriots with 20 points. She was 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the third period and was 7 of 14 for the game, making 6 of 11 3-pointers.
Prep basketball: North boys lose on road
Terre Haute North committed 21 turnovers last Friday while playing at Ben Davis, a member of the conference the Patriots are leaving. On Tuesday night, North matched that number against a future conference opponent, Bloomington South.
Bloomington South converted on many of those turnovers while defeating North 58-32 in boys high school basketball.
Prep roundup: North wrestling nips Sullivan
Terre Haute North senior Ryan Moshak delivered the decisive win for Terre Haute North wrestling Tuesday, providing a technical fall at 182 pounds in a 40-39 victory for the Patriots at Sullivan.
Ethan Edington, Peyton Webster, Thomas Dull, Tyler Gilmore, Sean Elia and Dalton Berry all added victories via pin for Terre Haute North.
Never too young to learn finer points of high school basketball
West Vigo girls basketball coach Ryan Easton hopes to have a consistent, winning high school program. The 10th-year coach of the Vikings has started a program for elementary-age girls at the West Terre Haute Community Center. Those future Vikings were honored on the floor of the Jim Mann Green Dome prior to last week’s Western Indiana Conference matchup against Northview.
Metro: Wittman, Small ready to play for Sycamores
Indiana State’s women’s basketball team will be a little deeper on Wednesday when the Sycamores play at East Tennessee State.
Tonight’s prep basketball
Terre Haute North plays at Bloomington South tonight.
PREP ROUNDUP: WRC honors top fall athletes
Wabash River Conference all-conference honors have been accorded for the fall sports season.
Noth Vermillion was the conference champ in football, while Seeger claimed the volleyball title.
Not quite: Late West Vigo rally falls short in loss to Northview
t was uphill all the way for West Vigo’s boys in Western Indiana Conference high school basketball Friday night, and in the fourth quarter the Vikings got to the summit — only to slide back off, visiting Northview shaking off West Vigo’s 13-0 run to win 46-39.
Turnovers prove too much for Pats
Terre Haute North played some good defense Friday night at Ben Davis. Coach Todd Woelfle pointed out that when the Patriots forced the Giants to run their half-court offense it was a much different game.
Preps: All Vigo County athletic events for Saturday postponed
All Vigo County athletic events scheduled for today have been postponed. Several boys basketball games scheduled for Friday night were also postponed.
Bertoli, Morris named Tribune-Star's Fall Sports Athletes of the Year
In some ways, the 2013 Tribune-Star Fall Sports Athletes of the Year are similar to the 2012 winners — identical in one case.
But even though Terre Haute South distance runner Jackson Bertoli is a repeat winner of the fall award, his path to it was a lot harder, and perhaps even more rewarding as a result.
And as Shelbi Morris of Northview inherits the honor from former volleyball teammate Brylie Riddell, she too had a different path that was rewarding, as the Knights became regional champions for the first time since 1984.
Tribune-Star's all-Wabash Valley fall prep teams chosen
All-Wabash Valley teams
Boys cross country
Jackson Bertoli, Terre Haute South, Runner of the Year, Fall Sports Athlete of the Year
This time don't use your head
My personal suggestion is leather helmets.
As frightening data on concussions filters its way from the National Football League on down to colleges, high schools and youth leagues, I can’t help but think back to the time when I was standing on the sidelines watching my teammates play.
North girls win at Sullivan
Layne Curley and Sierra Sykes paced Terre Haute North to a a 67-52 victory over Sullivan in girls high school basketball Thursday by scoring 18 and 17 points respectively.
Patriots get past Vikings for coach Frisz's 300th victory
By guiding Terre Haute North over host West Vigo 48-30 in high school wrestling Wednesday night inside the Green Dome, Mark Frisz chalked up the 300th victory of his 24-year coaching career.
“When you coach a long time, those things happen,” said Frisz, whose first season in charge of the Patriots was 1990-91. “I know there are coaches who have 600, 700 wins, but not very many.
PREP ROUNDUP: Fendrick leads South to girls basketball win
Kylie Fendrick scored a team-high 13 points as Terre Haute South’s girls basketball team pulled away from Indianapolis Tech in the second half for a 62-39 victory at South.
North gets past Knights in boys basketball
With a huge size advantage on the program roster, you wouldn’t need to be Dr. James Naismith to figure out Northview’s strategy Tuesday night against a much shorter Terre Haute North team in boys high school basketball.
Pound the ball inside.
That plan worked well early on, as the visiting Knights bolted out of the gates to an early advantage.
The Patriots hung tough, though, and thanks to some clutch play off the bench from Braxton Poore and Andrew Farmer in the second quarter, delivered a knockout punch from which Northview could never recover.
North used a balanced scoring attack and an almost flawless floor game to record an easier-than-expected 68-43 victory.
Vikings prevail over South Vermillion
Hayden Corenflos was not the tallest player on the court Tuesday night, but he was always close to the rim while leading West Vigo to a 50-36 victory over visiting South Vermillion in boys high school basketball inside the Green Dome.
Corenflos scored 21 points without taking a shot from outside the lane in the Vikings’ second win of the season.
Prep basketball: Kinnaman knocks down 21 as Sullivan defeats Shakamak
Sullivan led most of the way in high school boys basketball Tuesday night to win its second game of the season, defeating Shakamak 77-44.
The Arrows used a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead and had a 17-9 advantage after one period. They led 36-20 at the intermission and took a 52-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Metro: Indiana Hall of Fame lauds two Wabash Valley athletes
Two players from the Wabash Valley have been named members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team that will be honored in March. Tony McGee and Kenny Rowan are members of the honor team.
Today’s prep basketball games
Northview is at Terre Haute South and South Vermillion is at West Vigo
West Vigo shows its youth in loss to Owen Valley
It was a game that confirmed his fears, coach Joe Boehler said Saturday night after his West Vigo team lost 67-51 in its Western Indiana Conference boys basketball opener to visiting Owen Valley.
“I think our young team showed up tonight,” Boehler said. “We did not handle success very well.”
Terre Haute South can't match 'great' Mooresville team
Terre Haute South did very little right Saturday night at Mooresville, while the host Pioneers did very little wrong in an 89-54 victory over the visiting Braves.
Rady passes Sharpe to move into second on all-time victory list
Cloverdale coach Pat Rady, who resides in Terre Haute, climbed to No. 2 on Indiana’s all-time victory list for boys high school basketball Saturday morning when his Clovers got past host Greencastle 60-56 in the semifinals of the Putnam County Classic tournament in McAnally Center.
Consistent effort helps Terre Haute North hold off Robinson
After falling behind 14-2 after one quarter, Robinson’s Maroons bounced back to make it a game at Terre Haute North on Saturday night.
The Maroons cut the gap to 39-33 late in the third quarter, but a crucial turnover led to a 3-pointer by North and the Patriots went on a 65-50 win.
South girls fall to Indy North Central 67-46
Indianapolis North Central used 3-point shooting and defense to prevail in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference girls high school basketball Saturday, defeating Terre Haute South 67-46.
The Panthers got off to an 8-0 start in the early-afternoon contest played in the South gym and outscored the Braves 20-9 in the final frame to get even for the season at 3-3 and even in the conference at 1-1.
Sister act: Elkins pair have helped West Vigo get off to 4-1 start
Heading into tonight’s home game against Owen Valley, the West Vigo girls basketball team is one win from equaling last season’s total for victories. The 4-1 Vikings are led by post players and sister duo Lexus and Shyanne Elkins.
Rady could break tie with Sharpe today
Longtime boys basketball coach Pat Rady has a chance to pass the legendary Howard Sharpe for No. 2 on Indiana’s all-time victory list today when his Cloverdale Clovers play Greencastle at 10 a.m. in the first game of the postponed Putnam County Classic at Greencastle.
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