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
- Vigo County basketball matchups
Study looks at effects of concussions
Austen Cummings sits in class and can’t remember what he’s supposed to focus on. He doesn’t have a learning disability or an attention disorder. The Homestead High School sophomore suffered two concussions in the span of two months while playing football. The concussions have caused Cummings to blank out in class, at times for almost a half-hour.
Even high-rated helmets may not protect players
Two studies this year highlight the tough choices and conflicting information that parents and coaches face when trying to protect football players from head trauma.
PREP ROUNDUP: West Vigo girls basketball cruises past Sullivan
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
Thirteen men will become official members of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame when they are inducted into the Hoops Hall at the annual dinner in March.
Matchups set for wide-open Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic field
Sometimes the ping-pong balls used to draw the high school basketball pairings for the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic have a wisdom all their own, and that seemed to be the case Tuesday at Terre Haute North.
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
PREP ROUNDUP: North Central falls at home to Eastern Greene
Eastern Greene’s Camden Sego popped in 18 points to lead to a 67-42 home loss for North Central in SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys high school basketball Saturday night.
Bertoli runs personal-best time to qualify for Foot Locker national championships
Reigning IHSAA state champion Jackson Bertoli, a senior at Terre Haute South High School, accomplished a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 14 seconds as he finished fifth in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships for cross country Saturday morning at Wayne E. Dannehl Course.
New excitement: Opportunity to swim in new pool in near future has Vigo County athletes ecstatic
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.
Prep/Metro roundup: Marshall girls pick up big wins at Robinson
Marshall’s Lions got a huge girls high school basketball victory Friday afternoon at the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament, downing Mt. Carmel and 2013 Illinois Miss Basketball Tyra Buss 57-53.
Today’s Vigo County boys basketball game
Terre Haute North at Lebanon
West Vigo boys rally to pull out season-opening OT victory
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.
BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Turkey Run picks up 77-62 win over Southmont
Austin Jones, Jake Amstutz and Jarred Russell all scored in double figures for the Warriors.
GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Houser leads West Vigo to 66-19 win
Sophomore Brooke Houser led West Vigo with 14 points in a 66-19 victory as all 12 Vikings that played contributed to the scoring column in a girls high school basketball game.
A grateful coach: Cloverdale’s Hall of Famer Rady begins 50th season on sideline tonight
History is being made here. One sees it most Friday or Saturday nights in the winter, being quietly made by a man who isn’t necessarily quiet, especially when he sees bad play or a blown call.
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Patriots to rely on youth this season
High school sports are rarely predictable, but there’s one thing fans can count on during the winter of 2013-2014. The percentage of playing time earned by seniors on Terre Haute North’s boys basketball team will be considerably less than it was a year earlier.
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