TERRE HAUTE —
Three Southwest Seven Conference teams were winners last week as Indiana high school football teams opened the 2011 season.
Linton and North Daviess both are ranked Class A teams. The Miners bested Eastern Greene in their opener 61-12 and the Cougars rallied to best Tecumseh 41-34.
North Central was the other SSC team to win and we were on hand to watch the Thunderbirds beat Union 56-0 in Travis Nolting’s first game as the North Central coach, working in a new offensive pattern.
North Central had a 35-0 lead at halftime and began every scoring drive in Union territory, recovering an onside kick to set up one of the touchdowns.
Zach Lyday was back at quarterback for the winners, scoring twice and passing for another touchdown. He completed six of seven passes for 152 yards with Dillion Bailey catching two of the passes for 67 yards.
Bailey also scored a touchdown and netted 52 yards on six carries. Chase Vanschoyck scored three times and rushed for 96 yards.
North Central is host to North Daviess this week. The Cougars trailed 34-33 with less than three minutes to play before winning at Tecumseh.
Senior running back Anthony Steffey of the Cougars was injured in the game and likely is out for the season.
Koye Kaiser and Austin Karazsia led the Miners in their victory. Kaiser rushed for 113 yards and scored three times while Karazsia completed 14 of 23 passes for 161 yards and two scores.
Linton faces Sullivan this week. The Arrows were winners in their opener.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — The University of Evansville men’s basketball teams will play in a new arena this season — Ford Center — after playing in Roberts Stadium for years.
Some home opponents for the Aces will be Indiana, Butler and TCU in addition to Missouri Valley Conference rivals.
• Two basketball coaches who will be inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame are Charlie Spoonhour and Denny Crum for their work at Missouri State and Louisville, respectively.
Other inductees include cager Paul Silas of Creighton and track ace Connie Price-Smith of Southern Illinois.
• Center Grove’s 6-foot-7 senior Joe Reed says he will play college ball at IPFW. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds as a junior.
Indianapolis North Central’s Patrick Ingram says he will go to Iowa. He averaged 10 points per game as a junior.
• Former Indiana Hoosier Steve Downing has been named the athletic director at Marian University. He has been senior associate director of athletics at Texas Tech the past 10 years.
• Warren Central was ranked 20th in the preseason USA Today prep football poll. The Warriors are second and Fishers 10th in the Midwest Region.
Indianapolis Cathedral has no Friday games in the first five weeks of its football schedule.
• IU has approved new facilities for softball and baseball that will be in use in 2012.
n Philadelphia made a great deal in getting Hunter Pence from Houston. Pence was hitting .327 in his first 14 games with the Phils and they were 12-2.
• Major League Soccer will move to NBC Sports for television. They will be shown on NBC and on Versus, which will be called NBC Sports Network.
ABC has maintained the television rights to the Indianapolis 500 and will air some regular races along with Versus.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.