TERRE HAUTE —
June is about half over and the NBA finals will start tonight.
Miami is at Oklahoma City for the first and second games before the action shifts to Miami for three games, then back to Oklahoma City for the final two if needed.
The Heat had to go seven games to emerge from the East finals while the Thunder got by San Antonio in six, meaning the Thunder have had more rest time while the Heat hope to carry momentum from the series with Boston into the finals.
LeBron James still is seeking his first NBA title and has been playing some of his best basketball in the postseason.
The Thunder may rate as slight favorites because of having homecourt advantage and postseason play. We like the Thunder in six.
Another major sports event is on this week’s schedule with Tiger Woods taking aim on another major in the U.S. Open golf championship.
• Busy Bob — “Baseball Bob” Warn no longer is coaching college baseball, but he’s been busy in the past few weeks.
The former Indiana State coach began the postseason by working the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional with former umpire Dick Runchey.
He then was asked to work the Super Regional at the same time.
Florida defeated North Carolina State in two games to earn a spot in the College World Series.
Other teams in the field include Arizona, UCLA and newcomer Stony Brook, which bested LSU on its home field to do it.
• Congrats — We need to offer some congratulations:
• To South Putnam for winning another 2A softball state title and its seniors concluding a fantastic four seasons.
• To Nate Pirtle of Sullivan and Clayton French of Linton for qualifying for the state golf finals.
• To Shakamak for beating South Central in the South Semistate. Best of luck in the state against Lafayette Central Catholic.
• And to Shelby Stewart for placing sixth in the junior college national meet. Great play.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — More seniors have decided where they will attend college.
Rachel Whitlock of Sullivan will play softball at Lincoln Trail.
Ben Boyd and Luke Jerrells both hope to play golf for Vincennes University.
Brienne Miles of Evansville Central will play basketball at Wabash Valley Junior College. He averaged 17 points and six rebounds his senior season.
• Kelly Lewis is the new athletic director at Greencastle High School.
• Rayvonte Rice has decided that Illinois will be his new school. He set a freshman scoring record at Drake with a 16.8-point average two years ago.
• Jarrod Uthoff will transfer from Wisconsin to Iowa. The 6-foot-8 player from Iowa was a redshirt at Wisconsin.
• Two Park Tudor players will be at new schools, with 6-7 Gary Bonds going to Warren Central and 6-3 Troy Spears to Martinsville.
• Roncalli girls basketball coach Sara Riedeman has resigned to join the staff at Indiana State. She had a 68-28 mark in four seasons at Roncalli and played for ISU coach Teri Moren at the University of Indianapolis.
• Former Purdue coach Gene Keady married Kathleen Petrie in Hanover. Former player and current Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was best man.
• Pedro Borbon, who helped Cincinnati win two World Series, died of cancer at the age of 65.
• Pittsburgh beat Kansas City on Sunday for the Pirates’ first sweep of an American League team in more than a decade with A.J. Burnett winning his fifth straight start.
Getting Burnett was a great move for my Bucs.
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TERRE HAUTE —
June is about half over and the NBA finals will start tonight.
- Ramblin' Reck
Ramblin’ Reck: It’s officially Tourney Time in the Valley
The regular season now has ended for most high school and college basketball teams in the area. It’s Tourney Time.
Ramblin Reck: Cloverdale riding 10-game winning streak
Illinois high school boys basketball teams commenced postseason play Monday night and teams in Indiana are set to close out the regular season. Two of the teams with top marks in the area are Cloverdale and Clay City and they met last Saturday to cap a good week of basketball.
Ramblin’ Reck: Regular season winding down in high school basketball
Time flies when you’re having fun … and playing basketball.
It’s hard to believe that the regular season ends this week for high school basketball teams that we cover in Illinois. The postseason begins next Monday.
Paris, Casey and Marshall have the top marks and Robinson has had some good wins playing a tough schedule.
Ramblin’ Reck: Grizzlies shoot, make just one free throw in win
Memphis defeated Atlanta 79-76. The big point about this game is that the Grizzlies shot just one free throw in the game — and made it. That is an unofficial record for the shot-clock era.
Ramblin' Reck: Upsets leave Syracuse in No. 1 spot
A wild week of men’s college basketball action ended Sunday with Indiana’s Hoosiers knocking off Big Ten leader Michigan 63-52.
Ramblin’ Reck: Even after 20-point loss, Sycamores move up to 51st in RPI
Checking out some basketball polls and rankings -- colleges first:
In spite of losing to Wichita State, Indiana State moved up to 51st in the weekly RPI totals from 63. Some other rankings: Kansas 1, Wisconsin 4, Villanova 5, Wichita State 9, Creighton 10, Illinois 58, Northern Iowa 70, Indiana 77, Missouri State 78, Purdue 87, Butler 90, Notre Dame 94, Illinois State 108.
Ramblin' Reck: After snow, busy week in prep basketball
Because of lots of snow and ice, high school basketball action was limited in the area last week. This week promises to be a busy one, especially with better weather conditions in the forecast. Some key prep boys games are slated, two of them tonight.
Ramblin' Reck: Both ISU basketball teams off to strong starts in MVC
College basketball teams have commenced league play and it's nice to see Indiana State teams in the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
Ramblin’ Reck: College basketball season races start to get serious
The preliminaries are over and college conference teams start playing each other tonight with league titles and possible NCAA berths on the line.
A few words of wisdom for this Christmas season
Tis the day before Christmas, a day set aside for observing the birth of Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas to you all and your loved ones. We'll take this time to publish some words of wisdom from one of the cards sent our way – this person is No. 1 among card senders in our book. To wit:
Ramblin' Reck: Broncos QB Manning gets early accolade
The National Football League season has not ended but one of the top players has received a top honor. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has been named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. With the great season he has had, he should be a top candidate for NFL Player of the Year.
Ramblin’ Reck: Thanks to snow, hectic high school slate tonight
Due to last week’s snowfall, tonight’s boys high school basketball schedule is akin to a Friday night in the area.
Ramblin' Reck: Final BCS national title picture still unclear
With one improbable finish and another near-upset last week, the question of which teams are best in college football remains clouded, especially in regards to the national championship game.
Ramblin’ Reck: College football race should clear up this week
We should have a better idea of which teams are best in college football after games this week with top teams meeting their biggest rivals.
Rambling Reck: Big victories for Sycamores, Engineers
It was another busy weekend in sports with lots of highlights.
RAMBLIN RECK: Recalling events of 50 years ago
Monday was Veterans Day and it seemed to be a good time to recall some events of 50 years ago.
Ramblin' Reck: Valley football season winding down
There’s a bit of a lull in high school athletics right now, but not for members of five football teams in the Wabash Valley.
Those teams will be out to keep their title hopes and postseason alive this weekend.
Tom Reck: Postseason prep action heats up this week
High school postseason competition fills the Tribune-Star sports schedules this week.
Expect some frosty games in Fall Classic
It’s October and time for the Fall Classic.
Tom Reck: Fans enjoyed a high-drama sports weekend
High drama prevailed in more than one weekend sports contest.
Rolling Colts appear to be the real deal
Some of Monday’s headlines in sports pages pretty well summed up another interesting weekend in the National Football League.
Fun season continues for Pirates
Postseason baseball begins tonight and I can root for my team for the first time since 1992.
I’ve followed the Pittsburgh Pirates most of my life — I was born and lived in Indianapolis until 1950, and the Indians then were affiliated with Pittsburgh just as they are now.
NFL season offering some early surprises
The third week of the National Football League ended Monday night when Oakland played at Denver. Some interesting results cropped up in headlines and stories in Monday’s newspapers and were hashed out on some Sunday night sports shows.
NFL QBs rack up some big numbers
Sunday was a good day for quarterbacks in the National Football League, with lots of points and yardage racked up by some of them.
Friday the 13th offers intriguing matchups
\It is the only Friday the 13th of the fall, and some interesting high school football games are scheduled in the area on that date.
Opening week was a fun one for FCS teams
The college football season officially is under way and FCS teams had some fun against BCS opponents.
College football season is finally here
College football kicks off this week with games slated for Thursday and Saturday.
Tom Reck: NL Central offers baseball’s best divisional race
Checking the major league baseball standings, you will find that the closest race in either league is in the National League Central, with 21⁄2 games separating the top three teams.
RAMBLIN RECK: Pigskin soon to fly on campus
The first kickoffs for college football games are slated at the end of the month, and national publications continue to release their preseason rankings.
Braves are rolling; most other races tight
With less than two months left in the major league baseball season, close races are probable in most divisions but not the National League East.
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