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TERRE HAUTE — The final football game finally has been played, meaning folks in the Valley can concentrate on basketball this week.

Some of the oldest rivals will meet in Indiana and Illinois boys high school games.

Marshall plays host to Casey tonight in Little Illini Conference action. The Lions bested the Warriors earlier in an LIC tourney game and won two games on the road last week.

Casey was even busier last week with four games on the schedule. The Warriors dropped a close game to a strong Newton team to begin the week, defeated Chrisman and Oblong, then lost to Benton in the Benton Shootout.

West Vigo and Sullivan renew their rivalry on Thursday at Sullivan. The Arrows are 16-2 after defeating Owen Valley and are 4-0 in Western Indiana Conference games.

High school girls teams will vie for regional honors in Illinois and sectional titles in Indiana.

Marshall and Shiloh are No. 1 seeds in Illinois tournaments. The Lions take a 19-game winning streak into the postseason and are 24-1 but have a tough tourney assignment, playing at Teutopolis.

In Indiana, Western Boone and Sullivan both are ranked teams that will be out to gain revenge in order to win sectionals.

Western Boone is coached by reigning Terre Haute city golf champ Rich Schelsky. The 18-2 Stars are ranked 10th in Class 3A and take an 11-game winning streak into their own sectional. Lebanon is ranked 11th in the poll, is in the same sectional and handed the Stars one of those defeats.

Sullivan, meanwhile, is ranked eighth in the 2A poll and is 18-3 for the season, winning its final six games. The Arrows face South Knox in their first sectional game at Bloomfield; the Spartans won in overtime against Sullivan in the regular season and bested Vincennes Lincoln last week in Knox County action.

In college basketball, Purdue takes on Big Ten leader Ohio State tonight in a road game that is on ESPN while Indiana, fresh from its victory over the Boilermakers, meets Illinois at IU on Thursday with the winner moving above .500 in the standings.

Indiana State is at Bradley on Wednesday and returns home to face Southern Illinois on Saturday. The Sycamores could help themselves a lot by winning both games.

The ISU women also have home games Friday and Sunday and the Rose-Hulman men have home games with conference foes Franklin and Defiance.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Former Indiana State and Marshall player Jake Kelly was one of the contestants on The Big Time program Saturday on ABC-TV.

He survived a first-round penalty to make it to the final phase, losing in what amounted to a game of HORSE. The winner got the chance to play in an exhibition game with a team in the NBA Developmental League.

• Anthony Johnson, a junior at Oblong, hit the 1,000-point mark last week and Jake Duncan, a senior at Marshall, did the same.

• Tom Izzo has won his 400th game at Michigan State.

• Indianapolis Arlington will be the host team for a Class 3A girls sectional but apparently will not have a team in the competition.

Six girls were on the Arlington roster and that number was reduced due to disqualifications in a game with Indianapolis Manual, meaning they would not be eligible for the next game.

• The Indiana Pacers concluded the first third of their NBA schedule last week, winning twice on the road and then losing at home again to Orlando. They meet Utah in a home game tonight.

• Savannah Shaffner of Marshall has signed to play softball at Kaskaskia College. She’s a pitcher and has taken part in Denny Throneberg’s pitching course for some time.

• Repeating what was mentioned in last week’s column, anyone who took the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl before the season or before the playoffs may have gotten rich.

Their odds to win the event were 80-1 before the season and 30-1 at the start of the playoffs.

Jay Leno had a dog on his Late Night program last week and that dog has picked winners in the past by bursting balloons — with the last one burst being the winner. Fido was wrong last week since a New England balloon was the last one popped.

Oh, yes, we picked the Giants to win last week.

• In a final note, it was neat to hear the NBC-TV voices comment on the work done by Terre Haute’s Steve Weatherford in the game and what a good move it was for the Giants to sign the punter last year.

Punters don’t often get that kind of notice but those were well deserved.

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

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