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Ramblin' Reck

March 10, 2014

Ramblin' Reck: Four prep basketball teams still in contention

TERRE HAUTE — The season now is over for all but four high school basketball teams in the area.

In Illinois, the Paris Tigers just keep winning and will try to keep the string going in the Springfield Super Sectional tonight against Petersburg PORTA. The winner goes to the Class 2A state finals.

In Indiana, two teams again won sectionals and again will vie for regional victories on Saturday.

In Class A, Clay City (18-6) will take on Oldenburg Academy (13-9) at Martinsville. Indianapolis Metro (9-15) and Greenwood Christian (18-5) are the other teams. You’ll notice, the Eels are  the only non-private school in the field.

In Class 2A, the 19-6 Linton Miners are in the regional at Southridge (Huntingburg) and will face either Perry Central (17-5) or Evansville Mater Dei (13-9) in the first game. PC and MD met Monday night since the Mater Dei girls team was in the state finals.

Austin (13-10) and Clarksville (21-2) are the other teams at Southridge.

Edgewood was another sectional winner, taking 3A honors at Northview.The Mustangs meet Crawfordsville on Saturday. Both teams take 12-10 records into the action.

In college basketball, the Indiana State women’s team is the top seed in the MVC tournament as the Sycamores try to become the school’s first women’s team to play in the NCAA.

Big Ten men’s teams have their tourney in Indy. Indiana and Illinois play in the first game and Purdue takes on Ohio State in the first round.

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• Thanks — I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Sycamores, the Indiana State men’s basketball team, for looking so good and playing so well in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, i.e., Arch Madness.

In the end, you lost to the undefeated, powerful Wichita State Shockers but you gave them all they wanted and then some before bowing. Thanks from this alum for the memories.

Your season will continue against some team somewhere. Good luck.

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• Tom-Cattin’ It — IUPUI has canned men’s basketball coach Todd Howard following a second 6-26 season. He was with the school for 19 seasons, the past three as head coach.

• Eastern Kentucky defeated Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game.

n Indiana and Kentucky are scheduled to meet in baseball today at IU. IU reliever Ryan Halstead is out for the year with a knee injury.

•Kyle Korver’s streak of games with at least one 3-pointer in a game ended at 127 for the Atlanta shooter when he went 0 for 5 against Portland.

• Florida has signed reliever Carlos Marmol, who was 2-4 with a 4.44 ERA last year with the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Devon Hester was let go by the Chicago Bears. He had 19 returns for touchdowns in eight seasons.

• Three players considered strong candidates to be rookie of the year in the National Basketball Association are Trey Burke of Utah, Victor Olapido of Orlando and Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia.

• Lebron James hit eight 3-pointers when he recently scored 61 points for Miami against Charlotte.

• Patrick Rodgers is the top-ranked amateur in golf and is a junior at Stanford. The graduate of Avon High School says he will turn pro after this season but hopes to lead Stanford to an NCAA title before doing it.

• Maryland upset No. 5-ranked Virginia 75-69 in its final regular-season game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps will be in the Big Ten next season.

• The Indiana Pacers are in a little slump and dropped to sixth in the weekly NBA Power Rankings. San Antonio is first followed by Oklahoma City, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami, Houston and Indiana.

The Clippers handed the LA Lakers their worst defeat last week, winning 142-94.

• Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci have replaced the retired Tim McCarver on the Fox baseball team and will work with Joe Buck on some games.


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.


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