News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 15, 2013

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Tourney games, key matchups this week

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — Tournament games and key conference matchups highlight high school basketball action this week.

Little Illini Conference boys teams commence tournament play Friday at Casey-Westfield. Robinson is the No. 1 seed with the host Warriors seeded second.

Marshall is the No. 5 seed and likely will vie for another tournament championship after losing at Flora by one point and losing a close, hard-fought game to Robinson at Marshall last week.

The Maroons are in their first year in the LIC and have not lost a conference game while being ranked in the top 10 in the state. Casey has lost only to Robinson in league games.

LIC girls teams began tournament play last week at Cumberland and will continue tonight. Marshall was an easy winner in its first game, and the once-beaten Lions will be favored to claim the championship.

In Indiana, North Daviess and Linton are tied for first place in the SWIAC standings. The 11-2 Cougars play host to the 10-2 Miners in a Friday headliner.

Eastern Greene is third in the standings and is at Sullivan the same night, while Clay City is 2-1 in league games and entertains Brown County on Saturday. Blake Cesinger had 30 points for the Eels last week against Eastern.

White River Valley is 6-0 and alone in first place in the SWIAC girls totals, with North Daviess second at 3-0. North Daviess is at WRV on Saturday.

Owen Valley is 4-0 in Western Indiana Conference girls totals with Sullivan and Edgewood next with 3-0 records. Clay City is at Sullivan on Thursday and Owen Valley is at Edgewood on Friday.

Sullivan is in first place in the WIC boys standings at 1-0. West Vigo, Northview and Owen Valley are next with 3-1 marks and Edgewood is 1-1.

Owen Valley is at Edgewood and Northview is at South Vermillion on Friday. Edgewood goes to Sullivan and West Vigo next week.

Tom-Cattin’ It — Lawrence Central has hired Jed Richman as its new football coach. He had a 25-9 mark the past three seasons at Western Boone and previously was an assistant at Ben Davis and Carmel.

• Steve Nash has recorded his 10,000th assist in NBA games. Quite a mark.

• Ron Turner, who formerly coached at Illinois, is the new football coach at Florida International.

• Indianapolis Arlington has ended its girls basketball season early after some players failed to meet school academic standards, higher than the IHSAA.

• Vincennes University defeated Lincoln Trail 83-65 for a 15-0 mark in junior college men’s basketball. The Trailblazers nipped Olney Central 48-47 prior to that. Terre Haute North grad Thomas Anderson had eight points for OC.

• Evansville Bosse bested Evansville Central in boys basketball 75-67, a few days after the Bulldogs had lost to the Bears. JaQuan Lyle had 30 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks for Bosse in the victory.

• Kelly Lewis has resigned as athletic director at Greencastle High School. He was named to the post last year.

• Golf Digest has tabbed Victoria National 47th and the Pete Dye Course at French Lick 93rd in its list of Top 100 courses.

• We recently mentioned that former Indiana State aide Jerry Hoover was the boys basketball coach at Logansport High School. He coaches the girls team at the school.

• Bloomington South recently defeated Bloomington North for the 13th straight time in prep boys basketball.

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