TERRE HAUTE —
Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball teams and others are off to a good start.
Valley teams were 9-2 in games played through Sunday. Two teams picked up some very nice victories.
Evansville played its first official game in its new arena and beat preseason Horizon League pick Butler 80-77. There was some controversy about the final minutes and the Aces had a 32-15 edge in free throws, but the Aces also defeated Butler at Indy last season.
The Aces meet Indiana in another home game on Wednesday.
Missouri State bested Nevada by 22 points at Nevada. Nevada is the preseason pick to take WAC honors.
Illinois was another winner in its first game, defeating Loyola of Chicago 67-49. Robinson sophomore Meyers Leonard did not start but had a great game with a career-high 15 points and six blocks for the Illini.
The Illini met SIU-Edwardsville in their second game Monday.
Former Illinois State coach Porter Moser is in his first season as the Loyola coach.
Sports Illustrated had its predictions for the 68 teams in the NCAA tournament in the past issue with Creighton, Wichita State and Indiana State in the field.
ISU has a big game coming up Friday with a tough Ball State team.
• Down to two — Two high school football teams in our coverage area still are alive in postseason play with Casey in Illinois and Linton in Indiana both in the Final Four.
The Miners take on Indianapolis Scecina at the University of Indianapolis on Friday in a Class A semistate game and Casey is host to undefeated Maroa-Forsyth in Class 2A semifinal action on Saturday. Maroa-Forsyth has been ranked No. 1 most of the season in Illinois.
Good luck to both teams in their bids to go to state.
Several players from the area were included in the list of Indiana leaders prior to last week’s games including Linton quarterback Austin Karazsia, who was No. 1 in passing with 216 completions in 303 attempts for 3,199 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Others: Rob Gibson of South Putnam, No. 8 in rushing with 243 carries for 1,943 yards; Dante Rehmel of North Central, No. 3 in solo tackles with 106 and Tsali Lough of Terre Haute South, No. 10 in solos with 99; Jake Lear of Rockville, tied for No. 2 in sacks/tackles for loss with 24 and Ethan Lannon of Linton No. 9 in the same category with 20; and Hayden Stuckwisch of Greencastle and Justin Bumgardner of South Putnam, tied for second with seven interceptions.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — One of the great Indiana high school boys basketball coaches died last week.
Bill Green won a record six titles at Indianapolis Washington and Marion. Many people thought the 1968-69 team with Steve Downing and George McGinnis in the lineup was one of the greatest teams ever.
Green received one of his degrees from Indiana State University.
• Bob Spoo coached his last football game at Eastern Illinois last week and the Panthers lost to Southern Illinois 45-28 to finish 2-9. SIU will be in town to play Indiana State this week
• Julie Meeks won her 100th girls basketball game last week when Sullivan defeated Riverton Parke.
• Bud Wright keeps extending his state-best total for football coaching victories at Sheridan. His team won a regional last week and faces Lafayette Central Catholic this week, with the winner playing Linton or Scecina in the finals.
• Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern was one of the prize recruits who did not make up his mind until late and chose Michigan State. He averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals last season.
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TERRE HAUTE —
Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball teams and others are off to a good start.
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Ramblin’ Reck: It’s officially Tourney Time in the Valley
The regular season now has ended for most high school and college basketball teams in the area. It’s Tourney Time.
Ramblin Reck: Cloverdale riding 10-game winning streak
Illinois high school boys basketball teams commenced postseason play Monday night and teams in Indiana are set to close out the regular season. Two of the teams with top marks in the area are Cloverdale and Clay City and they met last Saturday to cap a good week of basketball.
Ramblin’ Reck: Regular season winding down in high school basketball
Time flies when you’re having fun … and playing basketball.
It’s hard to believe that the regular season ends this week for high school basketball teams that we cover in Illinois. The postseason begins next Monday.
Paris, Casey and Marshall have the top marks and Robinson has had some good wins playing a tough schedule.
Ramblin’ Reck: Grizzlies shoot, make just one free throw in win
Memphis defeated Atlanta 79-76. The big point about this game is that the Grizzlies shot just one free throw in the game — and made it. That is an unofficial record for the shot-clock era.
Ramblin' Reck: Upsets leave Syracuse in No. 1 spot
A wild week of men’s college basketball action ended Sunday with Indiana’s Hoosiers knocking off Big Ten leader Michigan 63-52.
Ramblin’ Reck: Even after 20-point loss, Sycamores move up to 51st in RPI
Checking out some basketball polls and rankings -- colleges first:
In spite of losing to Wichita State, Indiana State moved up to 51st in the weekly RPI totals from 63. Some other rankings: Kansas 1, Wisconsin 4, Villanova 5, Wichita State 9, Creighton 10, Illinois 58, Northern Iowa 70, Indiana 77, Missouri State 78, Purdue 87, Butler 90, Notre Dame 94, Illinois State 108.
Ramblin' Reck: After snow, busy week in prep basketball
Because of lots of snow and ice, high school basketball action was limited in the area last week. This week promises to be a busy one, especially with better weather conditions in the forecast. Some key prep boys games are slated, two of them tonight.
Ramblin' Reck: Both ISU basketball teams off to strong starts in MVC
College basketball teams have commenced league play and it's nice to see Indiana State teams in the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
Ramblin’ Reck: College basketball season races start to get serious
The preliminaries are over and college conference teams start playing each other tonight with league titles and possible NCAA berths on the line.
A few words of wisdom for this Christmas season
Tis the day before Christmas, a day set aside for observing the birth of Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas to you all and your loved ones. We'll take this time to publish some words of wisdom from one of the cards sent our way – this person is No. 1 among card senders in our book. To wit:
Ramblin' Reck: Broncos QB Manning gets early accolade
The National Football League season has not ended but one of the top players has received a top honor. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has been named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. With the great season he has had, he should be a top candidate for NFL Player of the Year.
Ramblin’ Reck: Thanks to snow, hectic high school slate tonight
Due to last week’s snowfall, tonight’s boys high school basketball schedule is akin to a Friday night in the area.
Ramblin' Reck: Final BCS national title picture still unclear
With one improbable finish and another near-upset last week, the question of which teams are best in college football remains clouded, especially in regards to the national championship game.
Ramblin’ Reck: College football race should clear up this week
We should have a better idea of which teams are best in college football after games this week with top teams meeting their biggest rivals.
Rambling Reck: Big victories for Sycamores, Engineers
It was another busy weekend in sports with lots of highlights.
RAMBLIN RECK: Recalling events of 50 years ago
Monday was Veterans Day and it seemed to be a good time to recall some events of 50 years ago.
Ramblin' Reck: Valley football season winding down
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.
Tom Reck: Postseason prep action heats up this week
High school postseason competition fills the Tribune-Star sports schedules this week.
Expect some frosty games in Fall Classic
It’s October and time for the Fall Classic.
Tom Reck: Fans enjoyed a high-drama sports weekend
High drama prevailed in more than one weekend sports contest.
Rolling Colts appear to be the real deal
Some of Monday’s headlines in sports pages pretty well summed up another interesting weekend in the National Football League.
Fun season continues for Pirates
Postseason baseball begins tonight and I can root for my team for the first time since 1992.
I’ve followed the Pittsburgh Pirates most of my life — I was born and lived in Indianapolis until 1950, and the Indians then were affiliated with Pittsburgh just as they are now.
NFL season offering some early surprises
The third week of the National Football League ended Monday night when Oakland played at Denver. Some interesting results cropped up in headlines and stories in Monday’s newspapers and were hashed out on some Sunday night sports shows.
NFL QBs rack up some big numbers
Sunday was a good day for quarterbacks in the National Football League, with lots of points and yardage racked up by some of them.
Friday the 13th offers intriguing matchups
\It is the only Friday the 13th of the fall, and some interesting high school football games are scheduled in the area on that date.
Opening week was a fun one for FCS teams
The college football season officially is under way and FCS teams had some fun against BCS opponents.
College football season is finally here
College football kicks off this week with games slated for Thursday and Saturday.
Tom Reck: NL Central offers baseball’s best divisional race
Checking the major league baseball standings, you will find that the closest race in either league is in the National League Central, with 21⁄2 games separating the top three teams.
RAMBLIN RECK: Pigskin soon to fly on campus
The first kickoffs for college football games are slated at the end of the month, and national publications continue to release their preseason rankings.
Braves are rolling; most other races tight
With less than two months left in the major league baseball season, close races are probable in most divisions but not the National League East.
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