News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 22, 2013

ISU football closes out season against SIU

Final game today for 14 seniors

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State’s football team had its last practice of the 2013 season Thursday and it had a jovial climax.

Coach Mike Sanford gathered ISU’s 14 seniors in the west end zone and had the team surround them in a 10-yard arc with a tackling dummy near the 10-yard line.

Each senior told his teammates what his experience at ISU has meant to him and what he hopes today’s Senior Day game against Southern Illinois will be the culmination of. The senior then sprints the 10 yards to hit the tackle dummy as his younger teammates cheered him on.

“It’s a thing I’ve been around before that’s a nice tradition we want to start. We call it Senior Tackle. They talk about their experience as a Sycamore football player and what advice they want to give the players. They make their last tackle in front of their teammates,” ISU coach Mike Sanford said.

It added a bit of cheer to a Sycamore team that badly needs it. So much so, that seniors Tyler Stafford and Russell Jones were joyfully carried off the field by their defensive line teammates.

The fun and emotional climax still couldn’t mask the problems the Sycamores have had this season. Several seniors, including Larry King, Calvin Burnett, Tyler Boyd and Taje High — major contributors all — were in street clothes. They represented a few of the many Sycamores who have succumbed to the massive injury toll ISU has endured this season.

The ceremony itself was carried out in a steady drizzle, it seemed that even Mother Nature couldn’t cut the 1-10 Sycamores a break, but she knew all too well what tableau to provide.

For the injury-ravaged Sycamores, Saturday’s game comes to down to survival. Hyperbolic though that might seem, the sheer amount of players out have jeopardized units — running backs, quarterbacks and secondary in particular — to the point where there aren’t enough healthy players to properly call them “units”.

Running back Buck Logan and Austen Wozniak are the only healthy running backs. Quarterback Robert Tonyan is the only healthy quarterback, though Sanford said both Trent Lancaster and Mike Perish are game-time decisions. The secondary added cornerback Alex Stowers, but subtracted safety Donovan Layne, who suffered an ankle injury.

“We’ve had the attitude of no excuses and the next man up. I’m going to continue with that, but the issue has been whether we have a next man up. We’re very thin, but we’re going to go out and fight,” Sanford said.

What the Sycamores have going for them is a modest bit of momentum coming off their 21-14 loss to Western Illinois last Saturday. Pride might be the only thing at stake by now for ISU, but pride matters.

“It’s very important. It’s the last game I’ll ever play. We’ll give everything we have. We want to finish with a bang and finish with a win,” ISU senior wide receiver Tanner Riley said. “We had a lot of chemistry in that second half last week and it’s important to build off that.”

If Lancaster, who completed 8 of 15 passes for 93 yards last week against Western Illinois, can’t go, and if Tonyan can’t improve his performance, ISU’s offense is in a bind given its injury woes. Sanford promised that he has contingencies if further Sycamores get hurt, but declined to say what those were.

Southern Illinois comes into the game with a chance at a Football Championship Subdivision playoff bid in the expanded 24-team field. The Salukis (6-5, 4-3) have defeated South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and lost in overtime to No. 2 Eastern Illinois.

SIU has had injury problems of its own. It lost starting quarterback Kory Faulkner in October and 48-catch tight end MyCole Pruitt on Nov. 12, but the Salukis have maintained a balanced offense.

Defensively, SIU stops the run effectively and is vulnerable against the pass, though ISU has not tested pass defenses of late due to its own problems throwing the ball.

Sanford said he won’t overplay the idea that ISU can play spoiler to SIU. The seniors just want to end the season on a high note.

“It’s been a tough season. We came in with high expectations. Even though things haven’t gone as planned, these seniors have fought their butts off. We’ve never lost faith in developing as a team or getting better. We’re excited to play on Saturday,” Riley said.

One senior of note will not be honored today — running back Shakir Bell.

The team has not had Bell — who is second on ISU’s all-time rushing list with 4,214 yards and is ISU’s all-time leader in yards per carry at 6.2 — in its presence since Oct. 22. That was when the team maintained he was out for the season due to injury. Bell said at the time he was dismissed from the team.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
SPT071114  LL BB team.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Team effort: The North Terre Haute Little League All-Starts won the District 4 championship by beating Clinton 4-0 Friday evening.

  • Bradley’s stellar pitching helps TH North win District 4 title

    Jordan Bradley didn’t walk a batter until the sixth inning, scattering three hits in a shutout pitching performance to lead Terre Haute North to the District 4 championship with a 4-0 victory over a tough Clinton team.

    July 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Andy Amey: Just a small trip to talk about this time

    To paraphrase Carl Spackler, the heavy stuff’s not going to come for quite awhile. So while it’s true that I’m back from a week’s vacation, it’s not time — yet — for the big vacation column. Trips to Noblesville, Brunswick and Reelsville, while providing some nice family time, don’t really have the cachet to fill newspaper space.

    July 11, 2014

  • Pacers sign three free agents

    The Pacers couldn’t keep waiting around for Lance Stephenson to make up his mind. So on Friday, they went to work. The two-time Eastern Conference runner-ups announced they had signed three free agents — backup big man Lavoy Allen, swingman C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez, a sharp-shooting forward from Europe.

    July 11, 2014

  • Odum heads for Vegas with Kings summer team

    Terre Haute native Jake Odum scored three points in the Indiana Pacers’ 84-74 victory on Thursday over the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

    July 11, 2014

  • Metro sports: Rosselli, Biechler capture Prospect League honors

    The Terre Haute Rex swept the Prospect League Player of the Week honors this week.

    July 11, 2014

  • Thoroughbreds complete race card at Martinsville

    Thoroughbred races were on Friday’s card to wind up four days of Illinois racing at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair. Horses owned by Bart Baird and Lance and Stacey Holsapple won all six of the thoroughbred races on the card with two other features run for ponies and mules.

    July 11, 2014

  • LeBron James says he’s returning to Cavaliers

    LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    James told Sports Illustrated Friday that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.

    July 11, 2014

  • Sports: What’s going on today

    July 11, 2014

  • SPT 071014 RAMER TROPHY.jpg Ramer, Kuppler claim junior city golf titles

    Megan Ramer and Colton Kuppler were two winners in the junior city golf tournament concluded Thursday in sunny, warm conditions at Rea Park.
    Both golfers claimed titles in the 15-17 age division for the first time while Ramer and Andrew Granda were two of the winners in the 2013 tournament.

    July 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rex return from All-Star break with a win at Danville

    The Terre Haute Rex returned to action on Thursday in winning fashion as they defeated Danville 4-1.

    July 11, 2014

Local Interest
High School
Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Chimp-attack Victim Lobbies Congress Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban Raw: Rebel Leader Weds in Eastern Ukraine Soft Robot Fish Lead New Wave of Robotics World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Downside of Low Mortgage Rates? Less Selling Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Israeli-Palestinian Tensions, Attacks Escalate Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
NDN Video
Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News