TERRE HAUTE —
Respect is fleeting.
After finishing in a tie for third place last season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Indiana State Sycamores have been picked to finish sixth in the league in the upcoming 2013 season. The annual preseason poll of MVFC coaches, media and sports information directors was released this morning.
ISU wound up with records of 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference in 2012. At one point, the Sycamores won five consecutive games last season, including a 17-14 victory over the No. 1-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision — MVFC rival North Dakota State on the Bison’s home turf before a crowd of 18,164.
The Sycamores will operate under new coach Mike Sanford this season, who replaced Trent Miles, now the head coach at Georgia State.
North Dakota State, the defending conference champion, were the unanimous choice of preseason poll voters to repeat in 2013. Winners of 28 of their past 30 games (going 14-1 each year), the Bison earned 39 of a possible 39 first-place votes. The Bison return 18 total starters from a team that went 14-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference last year.
South Dakota State was picked to finish second, followed by Northern Iowa, Illinois State, Youngstown State and Indiana State.
2013 Valley Football Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes) Points
1. North Dakota State (39) 390
2. South Dakota State 323
3. UNI 269
4. Illinois State 264
5. Youngstown State 253
6. Indiana State 197
7. Southern Illinois 188
8. Missouri State 123
9. Western Illinois 77
10. South Dakota 61
TERRE HAUTE —
Respect is fleeting.
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Study finds school scores rising — poverty too
While Vigo County’s educational scores outperform the state average, schools are seeing the impact of an increase in the number of children living in poverty, according to the national Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 “Kids Count.”
No more teacher-led prayer in Vigo schools
As the result of a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Vigo County School Corp. teachers and other staff will no longer be able to lead prayers during school-sponsored events.
Vigo school board candidate filing period begins today
Four of seven Vigo County School Board seats are up for election this year.
Six hurt in pickup crash on I-70
An accident on Interstate 70 that injured six people Tuesday afternoon is being attributed to mechanical failure.
Cops know where hoax call came from — next is who made it
Police have identified the location from which a bomb threat was made and mentioning The Meadows shopping center.
Parties fill openings on fall ballots
The face of the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election has changed slightly after a July 15 deadline for major parties to nominate candidates and independent candidates to file for positions that were left vacant after the May primary election.
Motorcyclist critical from head trauma after crashing bike
A Vigo County man remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition following a motorcycle accident on Monday evening.
Greene County woman dies from motorcycle wreck injuries
A Linton woman has died as the result of a motorcycle crash on Monday in Greene County on Indiana 157 north of Worthington.
Man whose body found in trailer identified; how he died still undetermined
The body discovered inside a trailer in Montgomery County last month has been identified as a man whose last known address was in Clinton.
Vigo schools miss out on preschool programs for low-income students
Vigo County schools were not selected, but schools in Indiana’s three most populous counties were among five chosen for a pilot program that will allow low-income children in those areas to attend preschool as early as next year.
Drowning confirmed as cause of death at Raccoon Lake
A Veedersburg man has died after resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful after his drowning Monday at Raccoon Lake in Parke County.
WTH house fire under investigation
No injuries were reported in a West Terre Haute house fire that is under investigation.
Body found in trailer identified as Vermillion County man
Authorities have identified the person whose body was discovered last month in a trailer that had recently been moved from Vermillion County. Indiana State Police, using DNA testing, identified the body as that of Shane L. Sowers, 41, whose last known address was on North Sixth Street in Clinton
Driver charged in Will County crash that killed 4
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A semitrailer driver involved in crash that killed four people southwest of Chicago was driving too fast and falsified entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours he spent behind the wheel, authorities said today.
Indiana chooses 5 counties for preschool program
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s three most populous counties are among five chosen for a pilot program that will allow low-income children in those areas to attend preschool as early as next year.
Update: Bomb threat suspect placed call from pay phone
Police have identified the location from where a bomb threat was made referencing The Meadows shopping center.
Update: Man critical following Vigo motorcycle crash
A Vigo County man remains hospitalized in critical condition following a Monday evening motorcycle accident.
Vigo County Jail Log: July 22, 2014
The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Monday and Tuesday, based on jail records.
Indiana makes marginal improvement in ‘Kids Count’
A new national report says the well-being of Indiana’s children has improved somewhat, but improvement in a key area might be overstated because of a quirk in the state’s reading rules.
Lowe’s expected to announce Indianapolis facility
Home-improvement retailer Lowe’s is expected to announce what state officials are calling a major development in Indianapolis.
Motorcyclist airlifted after Vigo County crash
A motorcycle crash in southern Vigo County remains under investigation.
Fire damages West Terre Haute house
A West Terre Haute house fire is under investigation.
Passenger dies in Greene County motorcycle wreck
A Linton woman has died in a Monday motorcycle crash on Indiana 157 north of Worthington.
UPDATE: Man dies in Raccoon Lake drowning
A Veedersburg man has died after resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful following his drowning Monday at Raccoon Lake in Parke County.
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Troubled bridge over water
For years, the iconic, arched foot-bridge at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College had been the backdrop for pictures of newlyweds, prom-goers and Woodsies.
Pool construction bids, principals approved
After more than a year of discussion, debate and planning, work on the new Vigo Schools Aquatic Center at Voorhees Park is expected to begin today.
‘Launch’ pad for creativity
In an effort to foster entrepreneurs to begin and grow their ideas into a start-up business in Vigo County, “Launch Terre Haute” will host a co-work open house Wednesday.
Gelato at 12 Points
Coffee and gelato are now on the menu on Terre Haute’s north side.
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