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
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.
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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.
New dates when available
- 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.
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