TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at West Vigo
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — West Vigo’s Vikings take a 4-3 record overall and 3-1 conference mark into this crucial Western Indiana Conference game against rival Northview. The Knights are 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the WIC.
Last meeting — Northview won 27-10 in 2011.
Last time West Vigo beat Northview — The Vikings won 14-13 in 2008.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 44-40 in his 8th year at West Vigo. George Gettle is 68-40 in his 11th year with Northview.
Outlook — So far, the Vikings have lost at Evansville Harrison 52-7 — a win by forfeit — lost to Greencastle 44-0, won at Brown County 40-19, lost at Linton 40-0, won at South Vermillion 41-21, topped Edgewood at home 26-8 and then lost 41-20 at Owen Valley.
The Knights have lost 18-9 to Indianapolis Broad Ripple, won at Edgewood 20-13, lost at Terre Haute North 55-0, lost 35-0 at Sullivan, beat Owen Valley 20-19, lost 22-3 at Vincennes Lincoln and beat South Vermillion 54-6.
Injuries, lineups — For West Vigo, senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman Offensive lineman Alex May (offensive lineman) (muscle pull) is out this week.
Coaches’ comments — Cobb on the Knights: “They’re a typical Northview team, very big across the offensive and defensive lines. “They’ve had some good games [recently]. They’re extremely young so it’s taken a while for them to get up to speed.”
Cobb on his Vikings: “Very disappointing [loss last week]. We played a good first half. Seems like everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the second half. Poor tackling at times. Some bad mistakes at offense.
“I think getting back home, we’re recognizing the 2002 undefeated team before the game. A lot of former players coming back for that.”
— By Craig Pearson
Carmel at Terre Haute North
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
The action — Carmel’s Greyhounds (7-0, 5-0 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference), defending Class 5A state champions, come to Terre Haute to face North’s Patriots (4-3, 3-2) in a Senior Night game for the home team. Carmel, coming off a 10-7 overtime win over Warren Central on Saturday night, is ranked first in the state and has been all season. North, a 45-13 winner at Lawrence North last Friday, is ranked 11th.
Last meeting — Carmel won 63-0 last season at Carmel.
Last time North beat Carmel — The Patriots won 27-18 in 2005, and also beat the Greyhounds in 1997 and 1999.
Coaches — Kevin Wright is 30-3 in his third season at Carmel, 165-57 overall. Chris Barrett is 42-73 in his 12th season at North and 70-105 overall.
Outlook — Like most of the MIC, Carmel seems stronger on the defensive side of the ball than the offensive side this season. Unlike many Carmel teams, this year’s Greyhounds rely more on quickness than size and strength. North will try to establish control of the line of scrimmage and not attempt much fancy stuff; this is one season in which the Patriots are the bigger team, although as always the Greyhounds are the deeper one.
Injuries, lineup changes — Wright was concerned early in the week about recovery time for some of his players after a physical game against Warren Central. Best player for the visitors might be 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker John Kenny. All the Patriots are expected to be available.
Words from Wright — “You can’t say we’re not resilient. We preach not quitting, playing to the last play [of the game] and focusing on what’s in front of you instead of what’s in the past. Most of the [Warren Central] game they had us pinned back on our side of the field … special teams was what it came down to.
“[North] is the best Terre Haute team I’ve played against since I’ve been in the MIC [which also includes several seasons at Warren Central in addition to the three years at Carmel]. They’re the biggest team in the MIC, they have good athletes, speed, outstanding players, they’re a senior tem and they’re very well coached. We’ll treat this like a playoff game.”
Words from Barrett — “I thought we played hard and did what we wanted to do [at Lawrence North]. We still had a continuation of penalties and unforced mistakes, and we’ve got to eliminate those things.
“Carmel is extremely fast on both sides of the ball. Defensively they always have eight or nine players around the ball, and their offense executes and doesn’t make mistakes.”
— By Andy Amey
Terre Haute South at Warren Central
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The Terre Haute South Braves (2-5 overall, 0-5 MIC) will visit the Class 5A No. 10-ranked Warren Central Warriors (3-4, 2-3) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.
Last meeting — In October 2011, South lost at home to Warren Central 55-13.
Last time South beat Warren Central — On Sept. 17, 1999, South won at home over Warren Central 55-21.
Coaches — Mark Raetz is 14-43 in his sixth season at South, while Steve Tutsie is 26-8 in his third year at Warren Central.
Outlook — So far, 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, lost at Center Grove 55-28, lost at home to Ben Davis 30-13 and lost at home to Indianapolis North Central 24-8.
Meanwhile, Warren Central has defeated Merrillville 35-7, lost at home to Indianapolis Cathedral 14-7, won at home over Lawrence North 66-7, lost at home to Ben Davis 6-3, won at Indianapolis North Central 28-14, lost at Terre Haute North 14-10 and lost to Carmel 10-7 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Injuries, lineups — For South, senior center Zac Harper (torn ACL) and senior wide receiver Logan Steward (torn ACL) are out for the season. Some key starters include senior quarterback Danny Etling, junior guard/defensive tackle Junior Berry and senior wide receiver Tyler Seibert.
For Warren Central, all regulars appear healthy. Some key starters include senior linebacker Tim Kimbrough, senior defensive tackle Kris Davis and senior quarterback Anthony Cooper-Taylor.
Coaches’ comments — Raetz on his squad: “Last week [against North Central] was a tough game for us. I thought defensively we played pretty well for the most part. Offensively and special teams-wise, we had some critical breakdowns that ended up costing us … Really, outside of the Center Grove game, we’ve played pretty well defensively.”
Raetz on playing the Warriors: “Warren, as usual, has a lot of speed, a lot of size and a lot of good players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. What we’ve got to do is worry about what we have control over, which is our execution, our overall effort and our focus. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
Tutsie on his squad: “We played very well last week [against Carmel]. We outplayed them, but we didn’t outplay them on the scoreboard. This business is about wins and losses, so we’ve got to get a win.”
Tutsie on playing the Braves: “Their quarterback [Etling] got his [college] offer last year based on our game. He can make all the throws and he’s a tough kid. He stays in the pocket … He will definitely be successful at the next level.”
— By David Hughes
TERRE HAUTE —
Northview at West Vigo
- High School
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.
Terre Haute North plays well but doesn't finish at Bedford North Lawrence
Visiting Terre Haute North did everything but win a nonconference high school basketball game Tuesday at Bedford North Lawrence.
The Patriots shot better, dominated the boards and reversed the game’s momentum with a second-half defensive adjustment, but only once got the lead above a one-possession one. That cost North in the end, when the Stars scored the last six points to win 42-38.
Linton's defense causes West Vigo problems
West Vigo ran into a Linton boys high school basketball team Tuesday night that played like a contender to return to the Class 2A state championship game.
The Miners hit 26 of 45 shots from the floor and dominated the Vikings with their defense en route to a 71-42 win.
PREP ROUNDUP: Casey to meet Marshall in regional game
Semifinal games are slated for tonight in Illinois boys high school basketball regional tournaments.
Casey meets Marshall in one game at Robinson. Host team Paris takes on Tuscola in another contest.
Prep basketball: Marshall sidelines Robinson 51-46
The Marshall Lions were winners in the first game of the Robinson Class 2A Regional played Monday night, defeating the host Maroons 51-46 to advance to the semifinals on Wednesday.
Duncan brothers too much for Terre Haute North
An abundance of Duncans for visiting Evansville Harrison proved to be too much for host Terre Haute North in high school basketball Saturday night, although the Patriots didn’t go down without a battle before finally losing 64-56.
Heyen leads Braves to win on Senior Night
Terre Haute South stopped a seven-game skid as the Braves cruised to victory over winless Indianapolis Arlington by a score of 83-22.
On the Braves’ Senior Night, senior Da’Shon Heyen led the Braves with 15 points in an impressive send-off performance before his home crowd.
West Vigo holds off furious rally from North Central
West Vigo snapped a three-game losing streak in high school boys basketball Saturday night, defeating North Central 60-56 in the Jim Mann Green Dome.
The Vikings led most of the way, then hit free throws in the final minute to secure the victory after the Thunderbirds had knotted the score at 54-54.
Wilhelm's school-record freestyle victory leads South to second at swim sectional
Asked late Saturday afternoon about the Avon Sectional for boys high school swimming that had just ended, Jeff Thompson replied, “Well, it was fast.”
Understatement doesn’t always seem to be the Terre Haute South coach’s calling card, but that comment would qualify. Like the high tide that lifts all boats, the home team — ranked third in the state — had a fantastic meet, and pulled the rest of the field, particularly the three Vigo County teams, along with it.
Prep roundup: Sullivan boys lose close one to Evansville North
Host Sullivan led almost the entire game in high school basketball Saturday night, only to be overtaken at the end 64-60 by Evansville North.
The Golden Arrows had a 49-42 lead at the end of three quarters, but the Huskies — who came from behind for a four-point win over Terre Haute South a night earlier — caught and passed the home team when Robert West was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws for a 59-58 lead. The visitors protected their margin with free throws.
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