News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 18, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Big week brought ISU alumni to Terre Haute in droves

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — It was a great weekend in Terre Haute.

Alumni were back in town for Indiana State’s homecoming, the football team made it great with another victory and the weatherman cooperated with nice fall weather.

Rose-Hulman also was a winner in football, and some of the top collegiate cross country teams competed in the Pre-Nationals on Sunday as a prelude for another national championship meet to be run here later in the year.

For the second year, induction ceremonies for the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame as presented by Old National Bank were part of the homecoming schedule. Three former athletes and three coaches were inducted and several former teammates and players were part of the crowd in Tirey Hall for the event.

Dennis Raetz, who was the head coach in football for 18 seasons, was one of the inductees. He said the keys to success were players, assistant coaches and administration — “perhaps the most important,” he noted.

Raetz said he worked with seven athletic directors in his time as coach and adminstrator and said the three who were excepional were Bob King, Larry Gallo and Ron Prettyman.

Prettyman, of course, is the current man in charge.

Deregulation of scholarships has been done under his charge and Raetz said that move, which removes the limit on out-of-state scholarships, helps coaches in recruiting.

“Morale is high,” he said of the air on campus.

Jack Effner was another inductee and honored for his wrestling and coaching.

He was hired as a coach at Clemson upon graduation from ISU and then was named head coach at Army. He was the youngest head coach in college at the time and was there for nine years before going to Cleveland State.

He was at CSU for 10 years and now is coaching at a school in Virginia Beach.

Noting the reason to leave Army, he said coaching at CSU gave him the chance for him to coach sons Jason and Marcus.

He said he and wife Lori — “I first met her when I was 15” — soon will become grandparents.

Yes, it was a nice few days in Terre Haute and it was good to see so many old friends.

• Prep patter — Warren Central was ranked 13th in the USA Today prep football poll last week and first in the Midwest Region. Carmel was sixth in the Midwest.

Warren Central beat Center Grove 54-21 to finish unbeaten while Carmel bested Ben Davis 30-20 to claim second place in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.

Cincinnati Moeller was ranked 16th in the USA Today poll last week and lost to Indianapolis Cathedral 26-24 on a game-ending 40-yard field goal.

Other teams finishing unbeaten were Linton, North Putnam and Castle.

Marshall goes for a perfect mark this week in Illinois against a good Robinson team.

Rising Sun finished fifth in the South Dearborn cross country sectional last week to qualify for the regional. Rob Roads, Terre Haute North grad, is in his first year as the the coach.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Purdue got a commitment in men’s basketball from 7-footer A.J. Hammons of Gary (and formerly of Carmel), who attends Oak Hill Academy.

Former Indy North Central player D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera also is at Oak Hill Academy and says he will sign with Georgetown. Lawrence North guard Petey Balls plans to go to Northern Illinois.

Indiana University will play the University of Indianapolis in an exhibition game Nov. 5. Indy defeated Tennessee in exhibition action last year.

• Riverton Parke won its first Banks of the Wabash volleyball championship since 2003.

• Jimmy Beasley is the new girls basketball coach at Turkey Run.

• Carmel won its seventh state championship in boys tennis, defeating North Central 5-0 in the finals and Park Tudor 3-2 in the semis. North Central bested Center Grove 4-1 in the other semifinal match.

• ISU grad Kurt Wayton is coaching and teaching in New Jersey. His high school cross country team is ranked 12th in the country and second in New Jersey to No. 1 Christian Brothers Academy.


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.