News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 11, 2013

RAMBLIN’ RECK: South grad helps VU to national golf title

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — Vincennes University’s men’s golf team claimed the junior college national championship last week with a Terre Haute South Vigo  grad in the lineup.

The Trailblazers shot 910 in the 54-hole event played at the Chautauqua Golf Course in New York to edge Sandhills by four shots for the school’s first title in the sport.

They trailed Jamestown by one shot going into the final round.

Tyler Sloan and South grad Shelby Stewart each finished with 228 scores to tie for 11th place and earn All-America honors, along with Trevor Grant. Stewart had a hole-in-one on the No. 8 hole in the tournament.

Koye Kaiser and Cole Bradbury are recent graduates at Linton and competed in the Washington Regional. They plan to attend VU and hope to play golf, while teammate Clayton French is going to Marian University.

Terre Haute North players Sam Pollock, Andrew Behnke and Ryan Baker all are going to Franklin, while South players Luke Peoples and Sam Mimms will go to Rose-Hulman.

Former South standout Thomas Goss is at Dayton and was at the regional last week.

• Winding down — Indiana high school tournament action winds up with finals in golf and baseball.

Terre Haute North is in the golf finals (see separate story).

The windup for baseball:

Class 4A — Indianapolis Cathedral (28-0) vs. Elkhart Central (31-1)

3A — Jasper (32-3) vs. Norwell (32-3)

2A — South Spencer 22-8) vs. Northfield (29-3)

A — Vincennes Rivet (19-12) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (30-5)

The 3A game will be played Friday at Victory Field in Indy. Other games will be Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Lafayette Central Catholic pitchers have not allowed a single run in the tournament, and most of the team’s games ended after five innings.

Jasper defeated Crawfordsville 11-1 in six innings in the semistate played at Jasper. The Wildcats have won 23 regionals and 12 semistates.

Softball champs were crowned last week. The results:

Class 4A — Portage 2, Franklin 0

3A — Tri-West 7, Yorktown 4

2A — Indianapolis Scecina 4, Adams Central 2

A — Lakewood Park Christian 10, Tecumseh 3

Tom-Cattin’ It

• Indiana has secured a spot in the College World Series in Omaha, the first Big Ten team to make it to the nationals since 1984.

IU will meet Louisville in the first game of the finals.

Louisville has had a great year — a national championship in men’s basketball, runner-up in women’s basketball and winner of the Sugar Bowl football game.

You’ll recall Indiana State went to the College World Series in 1986, one of the few northern teams to make it to Omaha.

• Esther Williams was a champion swimmer and movie star. She died last week at the age of 91.

• When Pittsburgh shut out the Chicago Cubs last week, it was the Bucs’ 10th shutout of the season, best in the majors. It also matched the team’s entire total for 2012.

• Colt Ryan, Evansville basketball player, has signed a contract to play in Belgium.

• The Miami-Indiana series in the NBA East finals drew good ratings on TNT.

• The U.S. Open will be played this week at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania. It’s called a pocket-sized course.

• Indiana Midget Week begins Wednesday. The schedule includes racing Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway at Putnamville and Friday at Bloomington Speedway.

• Former IU basketball player Maurice Cheek will play his final season at George Washington University. He graduated from IU and will be eligible to play immediately.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at 812-232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.