TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South got its 2013 high school boys tennis season off to a great start Saturday morning, knocking off traditional power Center Grove 3-2 on the Trojans’ courts.
Krishan Kumar and Scott Kellar picked up singles wins for the Braves, while the No. 2 doubles team of Harrison Villarreal and Luke Yeagley came from behind for a three-set victory.
Terre Haute South 3, Center Grove 2
Singles — Connor Anderson (CG) def. Nathan Bogle 6-4, 6-4; Krishan Kumar (THS) def. Cam Schoolcraft 6-3, 6-3; Scott Kellar (THS) def. Peter Golder 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).
Doubles — Vaughan Knutson-Ty Thixton (CG0 def. Reed Crawford-Trace Harruff 6-3, 6-3; Harrison Villarreal-Luke Yeagley (THS) def. Casey Fellers-Alex Sorley 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-3.
JV — South 4, Center Grove 1.
Next — Terre Haute South (1-0) plays Jasper on Wednesday at Vincennes Lincoln.
In other tennis Saturday:
• Terre Haute North 3, Greenwood 2 — At Greenwood, the visiting Patriots came within two third-set losses of getting a sweep.
Harry Williams and North’s two doubles teams — Keaton Akers and Justin Newton, Lucas Davis and Luke Dugger — scored for the Patriots.
Terre Haute North 3, Greenwood 2
Singles — Alex Hammer (G) def. Andrew Farmer 6-1, 2-6, 6-0; Zach Lester (G) def. Grant Potts 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Harry Williams (THN) def. Jack O’Reilly 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles — Keaton Akers-Justin Newton (THN) def. Anthony Miller-Bradley Rothaar 6-3, 6-3; Lucas Davis-Luke Dugger (THN) def. Micah Graber-Cole Simmerman 6-2, 6-1.
JV — North 3, Greenwood 3.
Next — Terre Haute North (1-1) plays Jeffersonville, Castle and Jasper on Friday and next Saturday at the Jasper Invitational.
• Vikes take own tournament — At West Vigo, the host team won every match in taking the Viking Invitational.
South Putnam, White River Valley and Turkey Run finished second, third and fourth respectively.
No. 1 singles — Kyle Watson (WV) def. George Munoz (TR) 6-1, 6-0; Trent Myers (WRV) def. Trey Moore (SP) 6-0, 6-2; Watson def. Myers 1-6, 6-4, 6-2; Munoz def. Moor 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 singles — Blake Benefiel (WV) def. Collin Berry (SP) 6-2, 6-2; Brock Mitchell (TR) def. Ethan Hoffeditz (WRV) 6-1, 6-1; B.Benefiel def. Mitchell 6-1, 6-1; Berry def. Hoffeditz 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 singles — Logan Benefiel (WV) def. Hunter Uplinger (TR) 6-1, 6-2; Josh Stewart (SP) def. Sam Kreiling (WRV) 6-3, 6-3; L.Benefiel def. Stewart 6-1, 6-1; Uplinger def. Kreiling 6-2, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles — Aaron Cole-Tyler Long (SP) def. Seth Jones-Tanner Newcomb (TR) 6-0, 6-0; Paden Horsley-Tyson Tolerson (WV) def. Jordan English-Colton Gregory (WRV) 6-0, 6-2; Horsley-Tolerson (WV) def. Cole-Long 6-0, 6-0; J.English-Gregory def. Jones-Newcomb 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles — Grant Kirby-Michael Vermillion (WV) def. Jake Carmichael-Zane Crosby (SP) 6-1, 6-1; Trey English-Tyler James (WRV) def. Jacob Fougeron-Austin Hartman (TR) 6-1, 6-1; Kirby-Vermillion def. T.English-James 6-3, 6-2; Carmichael-Crosby def. Fougeron-Hartman 6-0, 6-2.
• Arrows win — At Sullivan, the host Golden Arrows won three of the five championships and were second at the other two spots in winning their own invitational.
Team scores — Sullivan 18, North Central 14, Greencastle 12, Rockville 6.
No. 1 singles — Parker Drake (NC) def. Kaleb Fleming (G) 6-2,6-1; Luke Willis (S) def. Lucas Rowe (R) 6-1, 6-1; Rowe def. Fleming 6-2, 6-2; L.Willis def. Drake 7-5, 6-4.
No. 2 singles — Colton Prechtel (NC) def. Chance Becker (R) 6-0, 6-0; Jake Pirtle (S) def. Christian Ritchey (G) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Ritchey def. Becker 6-2, 6-3; Pirtle def. Prechtel 6-2, 1-6, 10-3.
No. 3 singles — Dustin Boyll (NC) def. Dakota Whitmer (R) 6-1, 6-2; Will Arnett (S) def. Jason Ummel (G) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4; Ummel def. Whitmer 6-1, 6-3; Boyll def. Arnett 6-1, 6-4.
No. 1 doubles — Adam Gerard-Jake Mangrum (G) def. Hunter Allee-Ben Paddock (R) 6-0, 6-0; Austin Bobbitt-Carson Willis (S) def. J.C. Childs-Collin Taylor 6-1, 6-3; Childs-Taylor def. Allee-Paddock 6-0, 6-0; Bobbitt-C.Willis def. Gerard-Mangrum 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 doubles — Lucas Eckrich-Nathan Gobert (G) def. Jake Croft-Keith Riggs (NC) 6-2, 6-2; Braden Davis-Solomon Ficklin (S) won by forfeit; Croft-Riggs won by forfeit; Eckrich-Gobert def. Davis-Ficklin 6-4, 6-3.
• Braves go 1-1 — At Columbus, Terre Haute South lost to the host team but handled Bloomington North at the Columbus East Invitational.
Terre Haute South 9 16 11
Columbus East 25 25 25
Highlights — For South, Hannah Stephens had 8 assists, Maddie Callahan 6 kills, Marissa Coutinho 6 digs, Bailee Williams 2 blocks and an ace and Meaghan Etling 2 blocks.
Terre Haute South 9 25 25 25
Bloomington North 25 16 22 15
Highlights — For South, Hannah Stephens had 24 assists and 2 aces, Marissa Coutinho 20 digs, Emma Burke 11 kills, Bailee Williams 10 kills and 2 blocks and Kaitlynn GIlmore 2 aces.
Next — South (3-1) plays Wednesday at Mooresville.
• Arrows win — At Solsberry, Sullivan defeated Eminence and the host team to win the Eastern Greene Invitational.
Sullivan 30 18 15
Eastern Greene 28 25 13
Highlights — For Sullivan, Kathryn Gilbert had 20 assists, 10 digs, a kill and 6 points; Abigail Hornback 16 digs, 5 kills, a block, an assist and 2 points; Tori Stamper 16 digs, a kill, an assist and 4 points; Morgan Stoltz 8 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks and 4 points; Sam Vernelson 5 kills, 4 digs and 5 points; Preslee Vaught 9 digs; Hallie Durall 3 kills, 3 digs and an assist; Skye Dillingham 2 digs and 4 points; Cierra McCammon 2 kills and a dig; and Ashley Durall 2 digs.
Sullivan 25 25
Eminence 13 8
Highlights — For Sullivan, Abigail Hornback had 10 digs, 4 kills, 9 points and 3 aces; Kathryn Gilbert 14 assists, 4 digs and 2 points; Sam Vernelson 4 digs, 3 kills and 7 points; Skye Dillingham 5 digs, 3 points and 2 aces; Morgan Stoltz 3 digs, a kill, 5 points and an ace; Tori Stamper 4 digs, 2 kills, 2 points and an ace; Hallie Durall 5 kills and 3 digs; Cierra McCammon a kill, a dig and an assist; and Preslee Vaught 2 digs.
Next — Sullivan (3-2) plays Wednesday at Greencastle.
• Terre Haute South 2, Vincennes Lincoln 0 — At South, Matt Green had a goal and an assist and Keaton Vanwey had his first varsity shutout in goal as the host Braves defeated the defending sectional champions.
Vincennes Lincoln 0 0 — 0
Terre Haute South 1 1 — 2
THS — Forrest Pommier (Matt Green)
THS — Green (Graham Wrin)
Highlights — Keaton Vanwey had the shutout for South.
Next — South (1-1) plays Tuesday at Martinsville.
• Patriots go 2-1 — At Evansville, Terre Haute North defeated Evansville Reitz 9-0 on Friday night, then lost 3-0 to Evansville Central and won 3-0 over Boonville on Saturday at the River Cities Tournament.
Terre Haute North 5 4 — 9
Evansville Reitz 0 0 — 0
THN — Tyler Zigler (Jacob Wilson)
THN — Noah Brewster (Nolan Seward)
THN — Dominick Hendricks (David DeSantos)
THN — Vince Eldred (Hendricks)
THN — Jared Prifogle
THN — Mat Zigler
THN — Seward
THN — Seward
THN — Brandon McInerney (Seward)
Terre Haute North 0 0 — 0
Evansville Central 1 2 — 3
EC — Will Boston
EC — Yanniah Scales
EC — David Ansliger
Terre Haute North 3 0 — 3
Boonville 0 0 — 0
THN — Vince Eldred
THN — Griffin Pfaff (Mat Zigler)
THN — David DeSantos (Alex Poole)
Record — Terre Haute North is 3-1.
• Sullivan 6, Vincennes Rivet 3 — At Sullivan, Luke McPhail had three goals as the Golden Arrows won.
Vincennes Rivet 1 2 — 3
Sullivan 2 4 — 6
S — Luke McPhail (Eli Smith)
S — McPhail (Ben Walker)
VR — Ben Niehaus (Emily Niehaus)
S — Walker
S — McPhail
S — Walker
S — Carsen Vijil (Jonathon Cox)
VR — Alec Coatney
VR — John Anderson (E.Niehaus)
Record — Sullivan is 2-0.
• Seeger, Western are winners — At Veedersburg, Seeger won the girls championship and Western the boys title at the Fountain Central Grand Prix.
Team scores — Seeger 30, Perry Meridian 55, Western 74, Greencastle 125, Angola 146, McCutcheon 147, Western Boone 177, Fountain Central 243, South Vermillion 276, North Montgomery 281, Rockville 293, North Vermillion 305, Linton 376, Attica 395, Riverton Parke 423, Covington, Crawfordsville, Turkey Run and Eminence incomplete.
Winner — Kieran Casey (PM) 20:31.
Greencastle — 12. Corrie Romer 22:49, 18. Brittany Love 23:10, 24. Samantha Haynes 23:47, 32. Alex Stoffregen 24:29, 39. Megan Haynes 25:04, 50. Katerina King 25:37
South Vermillion — 35. Shai Hollifield 24:57, 45. Lexi Holbert 25:19, 57. Madi Newburn 25:58, 68. Heather Wright 27:05, 75. Emily Vitaniemi 27:55, 83. Julia Junker 28:58, 86. Taylor Uselman 29:32.
Rockville — 27. Bailey Hayes 24:06, 36. Hannah Houvenagle 24:58, 65. Jessica Cooper 26:49, 81. Brianna Holechko 28:35, 88. Kayla Houvenagle 29:40.
North Vermillion — 53. Gretchen Vicars 25:47, 60. Sierra Grube 26:22, 62. Chloe Stalcup 26:25, 63. Shawnacee Bowman 26:44, 72. Paxton Axtell 27:20, 74. Whitney Weinke 27:49, 80. Mackenzie Lamb 28:35.
Linton — 67. Hanna Camden 27:00, 70. Kiera Mossburger 27:15, 77. Maddie Gainey 28:15, 93. Kennedy Camden 31:18, 100. Shanae Spinks 32:43, 101. Morgan Cox 33:22.
Riverton Parke — 73. Keara Richey 27:36, 76. Katie Doyle 28:05, 84. Natasha Leonard 29:18, 85. Taylor Guoli 29:26, 90. Kierston Burdine 30:35, 102. Hannah Carty 35:13, 103. Samantha Horutz 35:37.
Turkey Run — 92. Ellie Ashley 30:40.
Team scores — Western 47, Angola 92, McCutcheon 97, Perry Meridian 113, Greencastle 132, Western Boone 200, South Vermillion 209, Crawfordsville 234, Seeger 245, Attica 253, Fountain Central 274, Rockville 298, Eminence 313, North Montgomery 335, North Vermillion 408, Riverton Parke 436, Covington, Turkey Run and Linton incomplete.
Winner — Matt Grider (W) 16:16.
Greencastle — 7. Elijah Brattain 17:59, 13. Taylor Secrest 18:21, 15. Clayton Wilson 18:37, 51. Jacob Crawley 20:33, 52. Levi Lewis 20:38, 67. Justin Painter 21:33, 74. Peyton Jones 21:44.
South Vermillion — 17. Tristan Spivey 18:49, 30. Davey Francis 19:37, 46. Tony Gaebel 20:22, 61. Brody Jacobs 21:07, 63. Austin Fagg 21:14, 76. Mo Holland 21:48, 101. Jacob Phillips 24:18.
Rockville — 33. Shane Slaven 19:51, 56. Cole Butler 20:47, 65. Luke Monroe 21:30, 73. Caleb Sparks 21:44, 80. Eli Palm 22:05, 85. Canaan Palm 22:26.
North Vermillion — 68. Tristen Holmes 21:33, 72. Zach Buchhaas 21:41, 90. Michael Mendenhall 23:08, 94. Lauren Kinneer 23:31, 102. David Hill 24:22, 104. Julian Wharton 25:10, 105. Adma Wesley 25:38.
Riverton Parke — 79. Odin Meyers 21:58, 84. Daniel Noorlag 22:26, 96. Brett Hillyer 23:53, 98. Clay Keller 24:17, 99. Kaleb Derrick 24:18, 103. Avery Moore 24:26, 107. Anthony Vore 26:51.
Turkey Run — 89. Luke Gill 23:02.
Linton — 11. Janzen Frankin 18:19, 44. Thaniel Heath 20:16, 83. Eli Passen 22:22, 92. Ben Lewellyn 23:22.
TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute South got its 2013 high school boys tennis season off to a great start Saturday morning, knocking off traditional power Center Grove 3-2 on the Trojans’ courts.
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Linton, Clay City coaches pulling for each other Saturday in IHSAA basketball regionals
The only Wabash Valley boys basketball teams remaining in the IHSAA state tournament are the two that tied for first place in the SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference.
Linton (Class 2A) and Clay City (Class A) each finished 7-1 in the SWIAC. Clay City handed Linton its only conference loss Feb. 18, a 58-50 decision, while Clay City’s only SWIAC setback was by a 62-51 score at Eastern Greene on Jan. 17.
Paris rally falls short in Super Sectional
When Petersburg (PORTA) finally showed it was possible to hit a free throw on the west end of the Illinois-Springfield gym Tuesday night — after 12 misses in a row — it spelled the end of a high school comeback by Paris that looked for awhile like it would be one for the ages.
“I thought we had ‘em,” Tiger coach Shawn Nugent said after the Class 2A Super Sectional game won by the Bluejays 58-49.
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.
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