News From Terre Haute, Indiana


April 23, 2013

Ramblin’ Reck: Sato first Foyt winner since 2002

Takuma Sato made Izod IndyCar Series history Sunday when he won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Sato won his first IndyCar Series race in 52 starts and became the first Japanese race winner in series history. Fans will recall he was leading the Indianapolis 500 a year ago until crashing on the last lap.

He now is driving for A.J. Foyt and became the first Foyt Racing winner since the 2002 season.

A.J. was not at the race. He will undergo back surgery later in the week.

Next race in the series is in Brazil on May 5. Practice for the 500 begins mid-May.


• Moving on — More high school seniors have indicated where they intend to attend college and continue athletic participation.

Checking them out:

Dess Fougerousse of Linton will play basketball at IU East in Richmond, where the Miners won a semistate to advance to the Class 2A finals. Fougerousse is the all-time leading scorer in Linton history.

Paige Yando of Riverton Parke will play basketball for Olney Central. She is third all-time in scoring for Riverton Parke and ranks second in rebounding, averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.

Caelan Jones of Sullivan will play basketball for Danville Area Community College. She had 299 points, 95 steals and 113 assists her senior season.

Tasia Brewer of Terre Haute South will play basketball at Vincennes University. She earned all-MIC honors twice, averaging 17.8 points, six rebounds, 2.65 assists and two steals per game her senior season. She was a junior all-star pick and played in the recent North-South all-star game.

Hannah Stelflug of Terre Haute South will compete in swimming at Butler University. She was a state finalist her senior year and earned Academic All-America honors.

Ashley Bazier of Terre Haute South will play volleyball at Franklin. The four-year letterwinner had 54 career kills, 82 career aces, 56 career blocks, 2,035 career assists and 443 career digs and was the Student Council Award winner.

Nic Keller of Terre Haute South will compete in track and field at Rose-Hulman. He took 2012 sectional honors in the discus with a throw of 153 feet, 10.5 inches and placed fourth in the regional. His personal best in the event is 159-7.

Cheyenne Reinig of Terre Haute South will play softball at Oakland City. She has been on the varsity four years with a career batting average of .381.

Haven Eder of Terre Haute South will play softball at Lincoln Trail. She has been on the varsity two years.

Alexandra Pickens of Terre Haute South will play golf at Eastern Illinois. She had a best of 36 for nine holes and 74 for 18 holes, She was sectional medalist and earned all-MIC honors last fall.


• Tom-Cattin’ It — The Indiana All-Stars — girls and boys — will play the Junior All-Stars on June 10 at Sullivan.

Sullivan grad Rhagen Smith is a member of the team and coach Julie Meeks is an assistant coach for the Indiana girls team.

• Dan Sparks announced he is retiring after 42 years of coaching and 869 victories.

He coached at Vincennes University before going to Wabash Valley, where he coached the past seven seasons, compiling a record of 163-67.

Sparks is the leader in college wins by a coach in Indiana with 706.

• Brian Lewis has resigned as football coach at Evansville Harrison to become athletic director at Monrovia. He had a 4-37 mark in four years with the Warriors.

• Former Indiana State baseball pitcher Mitch Stetter, 32, has been assigned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees by the Los Angeles Angels. He appeared in six games with the Angels last season.

• Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball coach Todd Lee has resigned to be associate head coach at Grand Canyon University.

• Anthony Johnson has been granted his release in basketball to leave Purdue and transfer. The sophomore scored in double figures six times last season. Jacob Lawson and Sandi Marcius earlier announced they would transfer.

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.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Whipped into shape: Kevin Selby watches as Johnny Rosselli with a heavy rope attached to kettle bells. Selby is one of the managers at Stan�s Fitness Center.

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  • minors.jpg From Terre Haute to the majors: Eitel, Phegley recognized as Triple-A All-Stars

    Phegley is a third-time All-Star in the International League, while Marshall, Ill., native Derek Eitel was named to his first Triple-A All-Star game. The Rose-Hulman graduate and right-handed relief pitcher for the Reno Aces has put up impressive numbers in the Pacific Coast League. Eitel has a 2.70 earned-run average with 60 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks’ top minor-league team.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 071214 RYAN SABO.jpg Gems cut Rex hold on first place to 1/2 game

    As good as the Terre Haute Rex have been in the second half of the Prospect League season — the Rex had lost just once entering Saturday's game against the Quincy Gems — the Gems themselves have given the Rex little reason to feel comfortable atop the West Division.

    July 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • Local boxers to compete at Indiana Black Expo

    Two boxers from Terre Haute’s Sweatbox Gym will be featured on a card at the Indiana Black Expo Midwest Invitational Boxing Showcase next weekend at the Indiana Convention Center.

    July 12, 2014

  • SPT071114  LL BB team.jpg 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.

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  • 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.

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Tribune-Star/Bob Poynter Fetch and fire: Rex third baseman #15 Ryan Sabo looks to first base after fielding a line drive down the baseline during game action against Quincy. Sabo got the runner for an out.


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