Northview’s Jesse Miller provided a couple of the biggest highlights Saturday at Wabash Valley high school wrestlers competed in the Evansville Semistate at Ford Center.
A fourth-place finisher at the Bloomington Regional a week earlier, Miller dominated the third period of a match against regional champion Mitchell Sandlin of Madison, finally getting a pin with a second left, and added a first-period pin of Evansville Central’s Caleb Hart to earn a berth in Friday’s state finals in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Miller lost to Rudy Harris of South Putnam in the third-place match later Saturday, and those two will be the Valley’s lone representatives next week.
Terre Haute South’s Phoenix Adams recovered from an emotional loss in the go round to add two more victories in the wrestlebacks, earning fifth place, while Cody Helms of South, Eric Elia of Terre Haute North and Nick Byrd of Sullivan won first-round matches. Sullivan’s Cory Orndorff, considered to be a favorite to get to the state finals, was an injury default.
Coach Dan Mikesell of Northview was disappointed about the premature end to the career of heavyweight Justin Sampson of the Knights — “One of my favorite wrestlers ever,” the coach said — but happy to be going back to the finals with his 195-pounder.
“[Sandlin] was ranked 16th, and we saw him at the Jeffersonville tournament even though we didn’t wrestle against him,” the coach said. “Jesse kept it close and stayed out of [Sandlin’s] crazy throws.”
Neither wrestler scored in the first period. Sandlin got an escape in the second period, but Miller got a takedown before the Madison wrestler got another escape.
That made the score 2-2 going into the third period, with Miller in the bottom position. He got a quick escape for the lead, added a takedown and worked for the pin in the final second.
The match that sent Miller to the state was a little simpler: a Miller takedown 42 seconds into the match and a pin with 11 seconds left in the first period.
“It feels awesome,” Miller said when asked about his first state-finals appearance. “I’ve worked really hard, and it’s nice to see hard work pay off … I’m still kind of in aftershock a little bit.”
“He’d pinned the Evansville kid before,” Mikesell added. “Jesse was on the brink of beating somebody who was ranked lately, and his breakthrough day came at the right time.”
Sampson, ranked fourth in the state at the end of the regular season, had a tough draw thanks to a tough regional day and lost 4-1 to North Posey’s Austin Little, a wrestler ranked even higher who competed for the 285-pound championship late Saturday night. The Knights were also represented in the first round by Cale McCoy and Shawn Ryann.
South’s biggest semistate contingent ever included Darin Pemberton, David Lewis, Ian Newton and Duane Deerwester.
“It’s a tough tournment,” coach Gabe Cook noted. “They all came out and wrestled hard, but I would have liked to see some of our first-round matches a little bit closer. Duane Deerwester [who lost a crucial point in a close match when one referee overruled another] wrestled very well … and an encouraging thing is that five of these guys [all but Helms] will be back next year.”
Elia was the highlight for the Patriots, also represented by Tyler Gilmore and Ethan Edington.
“Eric wrestled really well, and it was good for him to get to the ticket match,” coach Mark Frisz said. “It’s hard to take those one-point defeats [Elia lost 2-1 in the second round, coming close to match-tying escapes on several occasions], but it wasn’t for lack of effort … Tyler just got caught in a move [for an early pin]; I think it was the first time all year he’s been on his back.”
Orndorff suffered what is believed to be a torn rotator cuff in practice Wednesday. “He’s pretty torn up mentally and physically,” coach Roy Monroe of the Golden Arrows said.
Byrd’s win and an appearance by Jonathan Sullivan provided some solace for the Arrow fans, and Monroe is hopeful about the future.
“We lose five seniors [including Byrd] this year,” he said, “but our eighth-graders have been coming in [to practice … we had five newcomers this year [and still had a good season], so we’ve got some potential.”
Wabash Valley wrestlers
At Evansville Semistate
106 — Cale McCoy (Northview) lost to Isaac Gomez (Plainfield) 5-0.
113 — Darin Pemberton (Terre Haute South) was pinned by Hunter Fox (Cascade) 1:30; Shane Ryann (Northview) lost to Devin Hupp (Indian Creek) 8-6.
120 — David Lewis (Terre Haute South) was pinned by Josh Davis (Evansville Reitz) 1:50.
126 — Cory Orndorff (Sullivan) injury default; Eric Elia (Terre Haute North) pinned Keenan McDaniel (Evansville Central) 2:51; Elia lost to Dalton Noblitt (Columbus East) 2-1; Elia was pinned by Ben Macri (Plainfield) 2:28.
132 — Nick Byrd (Sullivan) defeated Ezra Paden (Corydon) 9-3; Byrd lost to Logan Wedding (Evansville Memorial) 9-3; Byrd lost to Ben Auberry (North Knox) 4-2.
138 — Phoenix Adams (Terre Haute South) defeated Jordan Shearin (Danville) 4-1; Adams lost to Patrick Schnell (Castle) 8-2; Adams defeated Branson Schroeder (Evansville Mater Dei) 12-4; Adams defeated Zach Batts (Cascade) 6-3, fifth place.
145 — Ian Newton (Terre Haute South) lost to Milan Wayant (Columbus East) 17-5; William Newforth (Owen Valley) defeated John Flynn (Jennings County) 12-8; Newforth lost to Brendon Kelley (Evansville Central) 19-4; Newforth was pinned by Matthew Ruddick (Seymour) 3:27.
152 — Tyler Gilmore (Terre Haute North) was pinned by Kyle Stillinger (Columbus East) 0:58; Cody Helms (Terre Haute South) defeated Andrew Jones (Columbus North) 4-1; Helms was pinned by Kody Henshaw (Evansville Memorial) 5:46; Helms was pinned by Jacob Stevenson (Franklin) 4:26.
160 — Jonathan Sullivan (Sullivan) was pinned by Mahlon Perkinson (Evansville Mater Dei) 1:12.
170 — Duane Deerwester (Terre Haute South) lost to Jimmy Fisher (Columbus East) 3-1; Larry Shaffer (Owen Valley) defeated Ian Bagwell (Floyd Central) 11-3; Shaffer lost to Garrett Fentz (Franklin) 5-2; Shaffer defeated Dominique Davis (Bloomington North) 3-1; Shaffer lost to Alex Schneider (Evansville Mater Dei) 10-4, sixth place.
182 — Tanner Thompson (South Putnam) lost to Sam Bassmier (Evansville Mater Dei) 3-1.
195 — Jesse Miller (Northview) pinned Mitchell Sandlin (Madison) 5:59; Rudy Harris (South Putnam) defeated Rashawn Jefferson (Vincennes Lincoln); Miller pinned Caleb Hart (Evansville Central) 1:49; Harris defeated Moises Valenciano (Jasper) 7-4; Miller lost to Clayton Fiddler (Bloomington South) 7-1; Harris lost to Kalob Salkill (South Spencer) 8-4; Harris defeated Miller 5-2 in third- and fourth-place match.
220 — Jacob Williams (South Putnam) lost to Boyd Haley (Bloomington South) 3-1; Ethan Edington (Terre Haute North) was pinned by Connor Tolley (Franklin) 4:58.
285 — Justin Sampson (Northview) lost to Austin Little (North Posey) 4-1.
At New Castle Semistate
138 — Jacob Thurman (Rockville) lost to Christian Cox (Hagerstown) 14-2.
182 — Jeff Girdler (Turkey Run) was pinned by Jake Masengale (Perry Meridian) 1:09.
Northview’s Jesse Miller provided a couple of the biggest highlights Saturday at Wabash Valley high school wrestlers competed in the Evansville Semistate at Ford Center.
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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.
Preps: Northview rallies past Linton in boys basketball
Ethan Whitson, Christian Ellis and Jim Mace tallied 19, 18 and 10 points respectively as host Northview overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Linton 62-57 in boys high school basketball Wednesday night.
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