News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 19, 2012

RAMBLIN’ RECK: No more preps to keep us occupied

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Nobody asked me but:

• The Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees are the two hottest teams in baseball with the Reds winning their last six and the Yankees their last nine.

Interleague play continues this week. Cincy began a series with Cleveland on Monday and the Yankees were at home against Atlanta.

Chicago’s two teams are meeting again this week with the White Sox in first place in the American League Central while the Cubs are in last place in the National League Central.

• Watching the U.S. Open made for great television even if Tiger Woods was not in the hunt at the end.

It was good to see an American take the title, but it was the course that was the winner.

• Miami may be hard to beat now that the Heat are up 2-1 in the NBA finals. I said the Thunder would win in six. It could be Miami in five.

• Preps done — Another Indiana high school sports season came to a close last week with boys golf and baseball teams meeting in their finals.

Southern Indiana teams did well in golf, with Evansville Harrison winning and Jasper placing third.

Sean Stone of Harrison was medalist and Dylan Meyer of Evansville Central was second, with Alex Turner of Harrison tying for fifth.

These results just affirmed the toughness of the Washington Regional. Two players from the area made it out and did well at state.

Linton junior Clayton French shot 74 the first day and tied for 28th. Sullivan freshman Nate Pirtle carded 77 the first day and just missed the cut.

North semistate baseball teams swept baseball honors. Lafayette Central Catholic bested Shakamak for another Class A title.

The Lakers had only two seniors on the roster and will be looking to return to Victory Field in 2013.

Other winners were Northfield in 2A, Lake Central in 4A and Western in 3A.

Softball teams from the South did better with South Putnam and Plainfield being champs. Plainfield nipped Terre Haute South to win the Northview Sectional.

Congrats to all of our teams and athletes for great seasons, win or lose.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — The Paris (Ill.) American Legion baseball team recently defeated Tri-Valley. The game was played in Busch Stadium.

• North Posey has hired Heath Howington as boys basketball coach. He was an assistant at Evansville Harrison last year.

Howington replaces Matt Wadsworth, who is the new coach at Whiteland. He had a 55-31 mark in four years at North Posey.

• Former Bloomington South player Jessica Parker is leaving Eastern Illinois to play at Southern Indiana. Brady Sallee left EIU to be the new coach at Ball State.

• Sean McDonough, who worked the U.S. Open for ESPN, will require head surgery.

• Kentucky Derby officials have announced a major change, with the 20-horse field determined by a points system to be used in 36 races.

• Hamilton Heights senior Alex Etherington says he will sign with Kansas State to play basketball. The 6-foot-6 prospect averaged 22.1 points last season after coming back from injury incurred at the end of his sophomore season.

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.