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June 9, 2014

Tom Reck: Seven teams, three golfers still have title shots

TERRE HAUTE — Most high school sports teams in the Valley have concluded their seasons and are getting set for summer activity but four golf teams, three baseball teams and three golfers will be busy this week with more postseason play — all hoping to play another week in the state finals.

Rockville, Shakamak and Terre Haute North earned slots in baseball semistates by winning regionals last week.

North and Rockville both bested No. 1-ranked teams in their classes to do it — North toppling Indianapolis Cathedral 8-7 and Rockville beating Frontier 3-1.

Chip Sweet has announced his retirement at Shakamak and his players aim for him to close out his long career in  a championship mode. It would be great to have the Lakers go against coach Bob Kyle’s Rox in the Class A state finals and for North to meet either Lake Central or Noblesville for the 4A championship.

First things first. North, 24-7, meets 24-8 Castle in the Jasper Semistate while 27-3 Rockville faces 23-8 Washington Township at Kokomo and 25-6 Shakamak takes on 21-7 Vincennes Rivet at Plainfield. The Lakers will have extra motivation since they lost to Rivet during the season 4-1.

Sophomore Dalton Laney is 12-1 and senior Dalton Clark is 10-1 for the Rox. Clark had a no-hitter and struck out 17 Covington batters in the sectional.

In golf, Greencastle won the Crawfordsville Sectional last week and will be in the Washington Regional at Country Oaks along with Will Martin of North Vermillion.

Sullivan, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South qualified for the same regional with their 1-2-3 finish in the Linton Sectional on Monday, while Eamon Eccles of Shakamak and Keegam Roembke and Blake Bennett of Northview will make the trip as individual qualifiers.

West Vigo and Clay City softball teams both made it to the Final Four in their classes before losing to conclude stellar seasons.

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• Tom-Cattin’ It – Tiger Woods has made it official. He will not play in this week’s U.S. Open. He’s still recovering from back surgery.

Payne Stewart won the Open in 1999 and died four months later in an airplane crash. We watched a film about his career Sunday on television and it was great.

• Indianapolis Cathedral offensive lineman James Officer has been named to the U.S. Under-19 National Team that will play in an international tournament next month. Officer is an Indiana State recruit.

• Bruce Canal and Nancy (Roberts) Zemen recently were honored for various achievements. Both are former Tribune-Star sports reporters. Congrats to them both.

n Former Illinois basketball player Darius Paul has enrolled at Lamar State College in Texas. Paul originally was a Western Michigan player, then was suspended at Illinois.

• Wisconsin-Whitewater has had a banner year. The school recorded a first by claiming NCAA Division III titles in basketball, football and baseball.

• Play recently concluded in the NCAA softball championship at Oklahoma City and the event will remain at the same site at least through 2020. The NCAA has similar arrangements with Omaha for baseball and Eugene, Ore., for track.

• Ryan Spoonmore is the new football coach at Greencastle High School as recently reported. He’s been an assistant at Center Grove.

• White River Valley will have new basketball coaches. Joe Pigg will coach the boys and Mark Graves the girls. Pigg coached the Union boys team last season and formerly coached the girls team at WRV with lots of success.

• Alabama football coach Lou Saban will make even more money. He’s already the highest-paid coach in the sport at a public university. He will earn $6.9 million for the next eight years under the terms of a new deal.

• The track coaching staff at Indiana University has been shaken up with four staffers let go, including associate head coach Jeff Huntoon. Ed Beathea has been the head coach at Ohio State and will be the new associate head coach at IU.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at 812-232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.


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