News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 30, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Labor Day means football, of the college kind

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Labor Day is coming up and that means the start of the college football season for most teams on Saturday.

Indiana State will open at Penn State and the game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. Rose-Hulman and DePauw renew an old rivalry with their game at Rose-Hulman.

The Indiana Hoosiers and Ball State meet in Lucas Oil Stadium in a night game, Purdue is at home to Middle Tennessee State and Notre Dame plays South Florida.

In other Indiana college openers, Albion is at Butler, Franklin goes to Valparaiso and Wabash is at Wooster.

In Thursday games, Anderson is at Taylor and Kentucky Wesleyan is at the University of Indinapolis.

Marian got off to a winning start by beating Olivet Nazarene 47-0 last week and is at Grand View this week.

Former players from Wabash Valley high schools are on the rosters of several of these teams.

In high school football, Terre Haute South, Linton, North Vermillion, Rockville and North Central are five teams going for 3-0 marks in Indiana on Friday, with the Braves hosting Vincennes.

The Miners are at Oakland City to face Wood Memorial and North Central will not be far away from there, playing at Tecumseh. Tecumseh beat Wood Memorial last week after losing to North Daviess and NC bested North Daviess last week.

Rockville is at South Putnam this week and North Vermillion is host to Covington.

Terre Haute North is 0-2 and Northview is 1-1. They will meet at Northview and that game could be a dandy.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Eastern Greene senior J.T. Yoho says he will play college basketball at Wright State. The 6-foot-6 player averaged 18.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a junior.

• Riverton Parke senior Sarah Burnham has been named second-team all-region by coaches of fastpitch softball. She batted .501 last season and had a slugging percentage of .921. 

• Former Terre Haute North cager Samantha Meissel has signed a contract to play in Germany. She played collegiately at the University of Indianapolis, where she  scored 1,777 points and was named Great Lakes Conference player of the year before being dismissed from the team.

• Scott Skiles has hired Sidney Moncrief for the Milwaukee Bucks’ staff. He replaces Kelvin Sampson, now at Houston.

• Pending settlement of the NBA labor problems, Luke Walton has been hired as a college assistant at Memphis.

• Mike Thomas is the new athletic director at the University of Illinois. He had been at Cincinnati since 2005.

• Willy T. Ribbs is the winningest African-American race driver and plans to come out of retirement to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights series race in Baltimore this weekend.

• Morry Mannies has been doing radio broadcasts for Ball State athletics for 56 years and says this year will be his last. He has done more than 5,500 BSU and high school contests.

• Appalachian State is considering a move to the top level of college football. The school won three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision titles from 2005 to 2007 and stunned Michigan by beating the Wolverines at Ann Arbor in 2007.

• Teams from Geneva Hills and Hulman Links recently met at Twin Bridges Course in Danville, Ind., and the Hulman Links team won 495-512 counting six scores from each team.


Team results

Hulman Links — Gary Hamilton 78, Fred Reynolds 81, Abe Nasser 82, Ryan Roscoe 82, Bill Doan Jr. 84, Dave Alumbaugh 88, Tom Rohr 94, Ted Schneider 95

Geneva Hills — Stacey Vitaniemi 79, Larry Griffin 84, John Paul Kanizer 84, Russ Maesch 88, Greg Reininga 88, Eddie Kanizer 89, Larry Fossi 90, Russ Campbell 96


Our thanks to J.P. for getting the results to us.

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.