News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 30, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: Ex-ISU player to join Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced inductees for 2011, and a former Indiana State Sycamore is one.

Johnny Robbins played basketball at Thorntown High School and coached Muncie South for some time. He played for ISU from 1960 to 1963, teaming with Johnny Dow to form the popular Robbins-Dow backcourt in that time.

Robbins is 28th in career scoring at ISU with 1,095 points, just four points behind Dan Bush at 1,099.

The undefeated 1971 East Chicago Washington state championship team will be honored, along with two players from the talented squad: Pete Trgovich and Tim Stoddard.

Other inductees will be Joe Hinton, Ed Kershner, Pat Klein, Jim Powers Jr., Walt Sahm, Ed Schienbein, Burke Scott, Jerry Southwood, Charlie Stanski, Roy Stoll and Ivan Wilhelm.

The Hall of Fame recently issued a special publication in honor of former ISU coach John Wooden. Fans wishing to purchase one may call (765) 529-1891.

Duane Klueh played for Wooden and has an article about the coach's time at ISU. Bill Pfister became a good friend and also has an article.

• Two left — Two members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference were winners in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and will be in action again this week.

Western Illinois defeated Coastal Carolina 17-10 and will be at No. 1 seed Appalachian State, while North Dakota State bested Robert Morris 43-17 and plays at Montana State.

Valley teams had some nice wins in basketball too, with Evansville defeating ranked Butler at Butler in a blue-chip effort.

Going into games this week, Illinois State has the top mark of 5-1. Wichita State is 3-1 while Creighton, MIssouri State and Bradley all are 4-2.

Indiana State is 3-3 and has a tough week with games at undefeated Notre Dame and Wyoming.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Indiana got another top commitment in men's basketball last week when Park Tudor junior Yogi Ferrell said he will sign with the Hoosiers next year.

Ferrell is ranked high at point guard in all of the recruiting lists and has played on the Indiana Elite Team along with Cody Zeller and other top players.

• Dave Smith resigned as the girls basketball coach at Loogootee High School shortly before the season began with seven girls on the roster.

Assistant Josh Mullis was named the coach and some more girls have joined the team.

• The Black Eyed Peas will be your halftime entertainment for the Super Bowl next year.

• Ball State is one of the schools looking for a new football coach. Stan Parrish was let go after 4-8 and 2-10 seasons.

• In the USA Today preseason girls basketball poll, Ben Davis ranked 13th and No. 4 in the Midwest Region while Jeffersonville is No. 7 in the Midwest.

• Later — This column will be my last for awhile.

I will be undergoing surgery next week in The VA Hospital at Indianapolis.

I hope to be back with you sometime in December and be ready to cover some Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic games. They'll draw for that event today at Terre Haute South.

Take care.


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.