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November 22, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Sinclair: ‘Never underestimate the heart of a Warrior’

TERRE HAUTE — Casey’s high school football team will have one more week of practice, including a workout early Thanksgiving Day, but the players don’t mind it.

The Warriors will be playing in the Class 2A championship game for the fourth time in school history and for the second time in four seasons. They defeated Maroa-Forsyth 14-7 to earn another trip to the finals and will meet Morrison in the title tilt Friday at 1 p.m. CST.

Morrison and Casey both are 12-1 and both have been winners in state championship games. Casey won in 1982 and Morrison bested Maroa-Forsyth in 2009.

Keith Sinclair was the coach in 1982 and will be on the sidelines for Friday’s contest. Noting that Maroa-Forsyth had been ranked No. 1 in the 2A polls most of the year, he said, “Rankings are based on numbers. You can’t rank heart. Never underestimate the heart of a Warrior.”

Linton was the other team that had the chance to play in the state finals in Indiana but lost to Scecina. That defeat should not diminish what was a great season for the Miners.

State championship games will be played Friday and Saturday in Indiana and Illinois.

Lineups for the Indiana games:

5A — No. 2 Carmel (13-1 vs. No. 3 Penn (14-0)

4A — No. 9 South Bend Washington (11-3) vs. No. 2 Ind. Cathedral (11-3)

3A — No. 6 South Bend St. Joseph’s (12-2) vs. No. 1 Chatard (12-2)

2A — No. 1 Fort Wayne Luers (12-1) vs. No. 4 Evansville Mater Dei (13-1)

1A — No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic (14-0) vs. No. 10 Scecina (11-3)

Carmel was 15th in the USA Today prep football poll last week and No. 1 in the Midwest Region.

Tom-Cattin’ It — Baylor defeated Notre Dame 94-81 in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT.

• Tiger Woods made Fred Couples look good by choosing him to play for the U. S. in the Presidents Cup. Woods got the clinching point for the Americans as they defeated their International counterparts 20 1/2-11 1/2.

• More high school seniors signed letters of intent last week including Connor Strain of North Central with Evansville for baseball and Brooke Boetjer of South Putnam with Indiana for softball.

• Riverton Parke’s girls basketball team recently won the Banks of Wabash championship, the second time in school history for that to happen. The school’s other title came in 1992.

Vincennes Rivet is off to a 3-0 start in girls basketball and has a 31-game winning streak going over two seasons.

Sullivan  and meets Terre Haute South in a matchup of unbeaten teams tonight at South.

• The Chicago Bears have looked good in the NFL but may have lost quarterback Jay Cutler to injury for the season.

• Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel and Tampa Bay hurler Jeremy Hellickson were chosen rookies of the year in baseball. Kimbrel was a unanimous choice.

• Indianapolis North Central is 24th in the USA Today preseason prep boys basketball poll and No. 5 in the Midwest Region.

• Fred Haaf, manager of the Rockport American Legion baseball teams, will be inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame. His teams have won five state championships.

• Former Eastern Illinois football player Sean Payton is one of the recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He now is coach of the New Orleans Saints and is a former assistant at Indiana State.

David Robinson is one of the other recipients.

• Franklin and Wabash both won first-round games in the NCAA Division III football playoffs and Marian continued to win in NAIA postseason action.

 

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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