News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 6, 2013

Ramblin' Reck: Valley football season winding down

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — There’s a bit of a lull in high school athletics right now, but not for members of five football teams in the Wabash Valley.

Those teams will be out to keep their title hopes and postseason alive this weekend.

In Illinois, undefeated Casey-Westfield will have another home game after beating Villa Grove last week. The Warriors go against 9-1 Carrolton on Saturday.

Robinson was a winner in its first playoff game against Anna-Jonesboro and is on the road to battle undefeated top seed Greenville on Saturday.

In Indiana, sectional championship games will be played Friday night.

Terre Haute North bested Castle for the second time this season to set up a Class 5A title tilt with Evansville North, which ended Terre Haute South’s season last week.

In Class A, South Putnam and Linton are on the road for championship action.

The 10-1 Eagles are at 7-4 Indianapolis Lutheran and undefeated Linton goes to Perry Central, which lost to Corydon Central and Tell City during the season. The Miners handled a solid Tecumseh team last week in spite of injuries to key players.

State-final action is set for volleyball in Indiana, while Robinson saw sectional action in Illinois on Tuesday.

The lineup for Indiana:

4A — Avon (36-3) vs. Carmel (37-1).

3A — Fort Wayne Concordia (29-7) vs. Brebeuf (19-12).

2A — Hammond Noll (30-9) vs. Providence (35-4).

A — Barr-Reeve (37-2) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (29-9).

Avon and LCC both began their tourney in sectional action against Valley foes, while Brebeuf ended Northview’s state run in the semistate.



Bears win — The Chicago Bears defeated Green Bay in Monday Night Football by a 27-20 score with backup quarterbacks on the field for both teams.

Jay Cutler had been sidelined by injury in a previous Bears game, while Aaron Rodgers left Monday’s game early and was on the field in street clothes for the second half.

Seneca Wallace was in the key slot for the Packers while Josh McCown directed the Bears’ offense.

It was a nice victory for the Bears.

Tom-Cattin’ It — Indiana University won its first outright Big Ten title in cross country since 1973 with four runners in the top 10.

• World Series TV ratings were up some from last year but still trailed NFL action among Sunday night viewers. Jon Lester was a key reason for Boston’s success and now has a 3-0 record and 0.43 ERA in three Series starts.

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas have made the Los Angeles early favorites to win last year at 8-1 odds. Detroit is next at 9-1 followed by Boston at 10-1.

Detroit has tabbed former catcher Brad Ausmus as its new manager to succeed Jim Leyland. He has no managerial experience.

• Butler junior forward Andrew Smeathers says he will transfer to another school to play basketball. He played high school basketball at Center Grove.

Park Tudor senior has chosen Xavier as his college choice for basketball. He earlier had "committed" to UCLA.

• The Indiana Pacers went for a 4-0 mark in NBA action Tuesday night. They were tabbed second behind Houston in this week’s power rankings.

• It’ll be interesting to see how a crackdown on hand-checking and a new interpretation of the block-charge call will have in college basketball. In Louisville’s recent exhibition against Kentucky Wesleyan, 64 fouls were called and five Wesleyan players exited the action with five fouls.



Tom Reck may be contacted by phone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.