News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 21, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Kudos to the prep teams, athletes who made it to post-season

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The final high school games and matches have been played in the 2010-11 season. It won’t be that long until a new season begins. In the meantime, kudos to the athletes who competed in the final week of the season.

Kudos to:

• The North Central baseball team for reaching the state finals and for giving Lafayette Central Catholic all it wanted in losing by a run in the Class A championship contest.

The Thunderbirds have had back-to-back premier seasons in baseball and will be looking for more of the same next spring.

The North and South split decisions in the final games, with Carroll (Allen) joining LCC as champs from the North, beating Indianapolis Cathedral 5-3 in 4A action. South Spencer took 2A honors with an 8-1 victory over Hanover Central and Crawfordsville won in 3A, beating Mishawaka Marian 8-3.

• Terre Haute South and Brandon Bekkering of South Vermillion for making it to state in boys golf and having a solid first day to earn the right to play the second day — being one of 10 teams and one of nine individuals, respectively, to do it.

The seniors on the South team and Bekkering have had four super seasons of high school golf and can look back on that time with pride and satisfaction.

Avon senior Patrick Rodgers capped a stellar career tying for third last week after being the champ as a junior and runner-up as a sophomore. He won the mental attitude award.

Adam Wood of Zionsville may be following in his footsteps, finishing second as a freshman. He competed in the Terre Haute men’s city tournament last year.

• Getting together — Former members of the Terre Haute Hurryin’ Hauteans got together for the 10th time recently, enjoying good food and fellowship and, of course, playing some basketball at the home of Nancy and David Haynes.

David coached the cagers from 1990 to 1995, then assisted Joey Bennett with the Terre Haute Express. This gathering serves as a fundraiser for the Matt Beecher Memorial Scholarship given annually at Terre Haute North. “Beech” was an original Hurryin’ Hautean and met an untimely death in 1992 in the midst of a banner North season.

David notes that the generosity of those attending the Hauteans Classic allows the scholarship to continue. Former winners of the scholarship were at the gathering along with Mayor Duke Bennett, who made the toss for the ceremonial tipoff for the eight-team competition.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Travis Nolting is the new football coach at North Central. He has been an assistant at different schools and played at Anderson University.

He succeeds Brian Crabtree, the new coach at North Putnam.

• Megan Barnes was the only senior on the South Putnam softball team that won the 2A state championship.

Ace pitcher Brooke Boetjer has committed to play for Arizona State after going 21-1 with a 0.45 earned-run average this season.

• Lyndsey Cummings has been hired as guidance counselor and volleyball coach at North Vermillion. She coached at Shakamak last season.

• Stan Benge has resigned as girls basketball coach at Ben Davis to be an assistant at IUPUI. He had a 519-126 mark in 25 seasons at Ben Davis while his teams won four 4A state titles and won a record 81 games in a row.

His assistant, Joe Lentz, has been named to succeed him. He had a 256-90 mark in 15 seasons at Center Grove.

• Kevin Sweeney has left Lawrence North after two years as girls basketball coach, compiling a 26-18 record, to return to Chatard where he took one team to the 3A finals and his teams had a 77-22 record in four years.

• Brian Gordon got the chance to start for the New York Yankees last week and hurled five strong innings in a game the team won in extra innings. The 32-year-old outfielder-turned-pitcher had spent most of 15 years in the minors before getting his big chance.


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