TERRE HAUTE —
The Sporting News recently released its rankings of best sports cities in the country.
Factors considered in the rankings are records of teams in the area, postseason appearances of teams, applicable power ratings, number of teams and attendance.
Dallas-Fort Worth is No. 1 in the 2011 list, replacing Chicago-Evanston, which slipped to fourth behind the No. 1 city, Boston and Philadelphia.
Terre Haute made a nice gain in the list, presumably because of the success of Indiana State teams including the Sycamores earning a spot in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Terre Haute was 158 out of 402 cities a year ago and is 123rd out of 271 this time.
Indianapolis is 19th and St. Louis 27th. Indiana and Missouri Valley Conference cities ahead of Terre Haute are South Bend 53, West Lafayette 89, Bloomington 106, Wichita 111 and Springfield, Mo., 120.
Ratings of others include Omaha 128, Valparaiso 130, Muncie 137, Evansville 155, Fort Wayne 165, Des Moines 174, Carbondale, Ill., 181, Peoria, Ill., 183, Normal, Ill., 200, Cedar Falls, Ia., 203, Charleston, Ill., 250, and Macomb, Ill., 261.
Now you know.
• Prep patter — Edgewood and Martinsville were two winners in sectional volleyball tournaments last week.
Edgewood bested Brown County 3-1 in the Owen Valley 3A action while Martinsville defeated Plainfield 3-0 in the 4A competition at Martinsville.
Riverton Parke and Clay City go for regional titles tonight.
In tennis, Ronnie Schneider of Bloomington South repeated as individual singles champ, beating Brendan Tannenbaum of Park Tudor 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Park Tudor’s team of Sam Geier and Dan Rayl bested Drew Hussing and Jarrett Oldham of Floyd Central 6-3, 6-1, in the doubles finals.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — Gunner Keil of Columbus East surprised some folks earlier in the year when the quarterback said he would sign with Indiana University in football.
He has changed his mind and is looking at other schools again, supposedly unofficially visiting Notre Dame last week.
• In the USA Today prep football rankings last week, Warren Central was 13th nationally and first in the Midwest Region while Carmel moved up to sixth in the region.
Warren Central bested North Central 29-0 and Carmel defeated Perry Meridian 59-20 in 5A sectional games last week.
In another game, Castle was a 56-7 winner over New Albany.
• Lance Berkman of St. Louis and Jacoby Ellsbury of Boston have been named baseball comeback players of the year.
• Larry “Bud” Wright of Sheridan has tied Jerry Brewer of Jasper in Indiana prep football coaching victories with 368 after his team won its sectional opener.
• When Illinois State met South Dakota in football, it was a preview of sorts since South Dakota will become a Missouri Valley football member next fall.
• Albert Pujols put his name in the record books when the St. Louis ace hit three homers, going 5 for 6, and had six runs batted in in Saturday’s 16-7 victory over Texas.
Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson are the only other players to have three homers in a game while Pujols tied Paul Molitor for most hits in a game and tied Bobby Richardson and Hideki Matsui for most RBI.
He established a record for total bases with 14.
• Alabama and LSU will meet in college football on Nov. 5 and CBS will show the game in prime time.
Along that line, chances are that NBC lost viewers to baseball Sunday night with New Orleans whipping Indianapolis 62-7. The Colts’ run of nine straight seasons with 10 or more victories has ended.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at email@example.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.
TERRE HAUTE —
The Sporting News recently released its rankings of best sports cities in the country.
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