News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 24, 2013

METRO ROUNDUP: Rogers wins three at Paris harness racing

Tom Reck
The Tribune-Star

PARIS, ILL. — Michael Rogers was in the bike for three winners in harness racing on Tuesday at the Edgar County Fair.

Post time was delayed an hour in order to prepare the track following overnight rains. Good racing ensued on the program.

Rogers drove NJ’s Big Deal to his third win in in the final race of the day, winning in 1 minute, 58 seconds.

NJ’s Big Deal is trained by John Fletcher and now has won 22 races and nearly a quarter of a million dollars in earnings. The 4-year-old had won a race in 1:54 in its last outing.

Tinkers Damn has won 37 races and was second, while 19-race winner Helen’s Place Girl took third.

Rogers opened the afternoon action driving 2-year-old pacer Fox Valley Roxanne to its first win, leading all the way in its third start.

Macie Rae won for the fifth time in eight starts in the second race, with Rogers driving the 2-year-old trotter. He also trains the filly named for his daughter.

Mathew Avenatti was the driver behind Towne’sbrightlight in the third race in the good time of 2:05.2. He’s the son of veteran Chrisman horseman David Avenatti, who is the owner and trainer of the 4-year-old pacer that won for the second time.

Mathew Avenatti has been driving for about a year and now has driven three winners. He will attend Indiana State University next month. 

Cash The Check, a 3-year-old trotter, won for the first time in 18 starts in the fourth race with Clark Fairley in the bike.

Seven heats of racing are on today’s card. Post time is 1 p.m. CDT.

Tuesday’s results

2-year-old pace, $6,472 purse

Results — Fox Valley Roxanne (Michael Rogers), Sheriff Joe, Go Run N Tell That, Going Sumwhere, Party On The Lake, I’m All Track, 2:10.1.

2-year-old trot, $6,204 purse

Results — Macie Rae (Rogers), Pistol Annie, BC’s Hot Dancer, Lora Lee Breeze, Mindofamaniac, 2:10.4.

Nonwinners $5,000 pace, $1,000 purse

Results — Towne’sbrightlight (Mathew Avenatti), Uptown Shooter, Margie’s Wildchild, Ima Risk Taker, Fox Valley Venus, So Shoe Me, 2:05.2.

Nonwinners $5,000 trot, $1,000 purse

Results — Cash The Check (Clark Fairley), Repeated In Red, Reasoning As, 2:07.1.

4-year-up pace, $2,250 purse

Results — NJ’s Big Deal (Rogers), Tinkers Damn, Helen’s Place Girl, BC’s Bad Cat, Just Shutup NDrive, 1:58.


* Women’s city slated — Qualifying is scheduled for the women’s city golf tournament at Hulman Links on Friday.

Qualifying will determine pairings for match play that will begin Saturday. Players wishing to enter may call Eileen Mann at 812-299-4212.

* Goddard team second — At Robinson, Ill., Idle Creek professional Ray Goddard led his team to a second-place finish at the Tri-State Pro Am recently.

Joining Goddard on the team were Jerry Weigand, Vince Frey and Bill Thompson. Goddard’s score of 73 put him third in the open pro division.

* ISU outing — At Idle Creek, the Indiana State University Alumni Association conducted an outing last week.


56 — Ralph Cutter, Dick Vining, Pat Cahill, Jim Christee

57 — Brent Smith, John Nusbaum, Mike Bailey, Brent Chandles (second place); Kent Stultz, Brandon Henman, Jimmy Smith, Earl Elliott (third)


62 — Gary Joseph, Carl Swalls, Mike Webster, Steve Nicoson

63 — Darrin Barton, Lucas Hileman, Dustin Toberman, Matt Foster

64 — Bill Burdine, Mel Krueger, Brian Rice, Matt Schafer

Proximity winners

Closest to pin — Zach Wilhoyte (No. 3), Mike Snyder (No. 9), Jim Lowe (No. 12), Elliott (No. 16)

Long drive — Brock Dyer (No. 15)

Long putt — Dyer (No. 18)


* Rose assistant moves up — Matthew Cole has resigned his positions as Rose-Hulman head women’s cross country and assistant track and field coach to accept head coaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. 

Cole will serve as the track and field head coach at River Falls and has also been named the co-head coach for the cross country teams, according to Falcons athletic director Roger Ternes. 

Cole has spent the last seven years on the Rose-Hulman coaching staff. As head cross country coach, Cole’s program has produced the college’s first NCAA individual national qualifier in Rachel Krasich, as well as the first individual conference champion in Melissa Rogers. 

Cole also served as meet director for the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships, hosted by Rose-Hulman at the LaVern Gibson Course. 

For the track and field team, Cole coached two of the top athletes in Rose-Hulman history. Liz Evans completed the top athletic career in Rose-Hulman history with five NCAA Division III high jump national championships and eight All-America awards in 2013 and Sutton Coleman, a 2012 graduate, became the first seven-time All-America in Rose-Hulman history under Cole’s tutelage. Coleman’s career included two top-three finishes in high and intermediate hurdles events. 

Cole was named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year four times during his Rose-Hulman coaching era, including two men’s accolades and two women’s honors. 


* Old National Bank Classic — Results were reported from the Old National Bank Classic Junior Tennis Championships at the Wabash Valley Tennis Club on Friday and Saturday.

Boys 12 singles — Stephen Kallubhavi def. Garrett Hart 6-0, 6-1; Braedon Christie def. Richard Williams 6-2, 6-0; Austin Atwood def. Kallubhavi 7-5, 6-0; Andrew Dale def. Alex McGuire 6-0, 6-3; Cameron Jackson def. Benjamin Street 6-4, 6-3; Atwood def. Christie 6-1, 6-1; Dale def. Jackson 6-0, 6-0; Dale def. Atwood 6-1, 7-5, final.

Boys 14 singles — Anish Bedi def. Matthew Holmes 6-0, 6-0; Evan Miller def. Dan Aikawa 6-4, 6-3; Canaan Sellers def. Nathaniel Schludecker 6-0, 6-0; Ryan Ferguson def. Braden Kelsey 6-0, 6-1; Sellers def. Mathias Stamper 6-0, 6-0; James Cristee def. Miller 7-5, 6-1; Bedi def. Grant Racop 6-1, 6-0; Ferguson def. Chaman Kumar 6-1, 6-0; Sellers def. Cristee 6-2, 6-0; Bedi def. Ferguson 6-3, 6-3; Bedi def. Sellers 6-0, 6-1, final.

Boys 14 doubles — Dale-Sellers def. Kallubhavi-N.Schludecker 8-2; Cristee-C.Kumar def. Holmes-Kelsey 8-3; Dale-Sellers def. Cristee-C.Kumar 8-4, final.

Boys 16 singles — Nate Knapp def. Jonathan Ji 6-0, 6-1; Grant Stamper def. Parker Drake 4-6, 7-5, 10-6; Max Holloway def. Matthew Schludecker 6-2, 6-3; Kyle Jackson def. Curtis Smith 6-2, 6-2; Benjamin Volkers def.  Lucas Vervynckt 6-0, 6-0; Luke Dugger def. Ryan Friedrich 4-6, 6-0, 10-4; Holloway def. Kyle Watson 6-0, 2-6, 10-8; John Hunter def. Alexander Stadler 6-3, 6-4; Christopher King def. Stamper 5-7, 6-4, 11-9; Sam Caskey def. Michael Johnson 6-0, 6-0; Chase Dinkel def. Jackson 7-5, 6-3; Nate Knapp def. Alec Fair 6-1, 3-6, 10-6; Knapp def. Caskey 6-1, 7-5; Dugger def. King 6-4, 6-1; Hunter def. Holloway 6-1, 6-4; C.Dinkel def. Volkers 2-6, 6-2, 10-6; Hunter def. Knapp 6-2, 6-0; Dugger def. Dinkel 6-2, 6-0.

Boys 16 couples — Daniel Chua-Gilbert Sadding def. C.Dinkel-A.Stadler 9-8 (7-5); Dugger-Watson def. M.Johnson-Vervynckt 8-2; M.Schludecker-Volkers def. Chua-Saddig 8-5; Dugger-Watson def. M.Schludecker-Volkers 8-3, final.

Boys 18 singles — Scott Kellar def. Reed Crawford, Wd (ill); Dominick Refugio def. Geoff Webb 6-0, 6-1; Krishan Kumar def. Justin Newton 6-2, 6-1; Tate Egan def. Kellar 6-0, 6-1; Harrison Villarreal def. Matthew Gonzalez 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-5; Keaton Akers  def. Ryan Johnson 5-7, 6-1, 10-6; Luke Yeagley def. Nathan Wright 1-6, 6-3, 11-9; Ethan Caldwell def. Matt Flynn 6-0, 6-3; Logan Dinkel def. Nathan Bogle, Wd (ill); K.Kumar def. Refugio 6-2, 6-2; Egan def. Villarreal 6-0, 6-0; Yeagley def. L.Dinkel 6-4, 6-2; Caldwell def. Akers 6-1, 6-4; Caldwell def. Yeagley 6-3, 6-2; K.Kumar def. Egan 3-6, 6-4, 10-8; K.Kumar def. Caldwell 6-4, 6-4, final.

Boys 18 doubles — Webb-Harrison Williams def. R.Johnson-Knapp 8-6; Gonzalez-Trace Harruff def. Isaac Foreman-Aaron Meyers 9-8 (10-8); Caldwell-Egan def. Webb-Williams 8-0; Akers-Newton def. Gonzalez-Harruff 9-8 (11-9); Crawford-Kellar def. L.Dinkel-Yeagley 8-4; K.Kumar-Refugio def. Flynn-Holloway 9-7; Caldwell-Egan def. Crawford-Kellar 8-6; Akers-Newton def. K.Kumar-Refugio 8-6; Caldwell-Egan def. Akers-Newton 8-3, final. 

Girls 12 singles — Kambree Lucas def. Andrea Saylor 6-4, 6-3; Anna Dubois def. Abigail Atwood 6-0, 6-1; Lucas def. Jacelyn Street 6-2, 2-6, 10-5; Elizabeth Tindera def. Dubois 6-0, 6-0; Tindera def. Lucas 6-0, 6-0, final.

Girls 14 singles — Erin Hunter def. Emily Wright 6-0, 6-0; Lily Yeagley def. Abigail Freeze 6-1, 6-2; Hunter def. Hodges 6-0, 6-0; L.Yeagley def. Meredith Fenimore 6-0, 6-0; Hunter def. L. Yeagley 6-1, 6-0, final.

Girls 14 doubles (round robin) — Samantha Dougherty-A.Saylor def. Dubois-Erica Yeagley 8-0; Lucas-Kassondra Volkers def. Dubois-E.Yeagley 8-2; Dougherty-A.Saylor def. Lucas-Volkers 8-5.

Girls 16 singles — Lauren Hambrock def. Carly Berger 6-1, 6-0; Sofia Saylor def. Kaysia Reberger 6-4, 2-6, 10-5; Dougherty def. Valerie Garza 6-3, 6-2; Maegan Flight def. Erin Friedrich 2-6, 7-5, 10-1; S.Saylor def. Dougherty 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 10-7; Hambrock def. Flight 6-0, 6-1; Hambrock def. S.Saylor 6-1, 6-0, final.

Girls 18 singles — Nicole Howe def. Shivani Purohit 7-5, 6-0; Laura Mascari def. Miranda Camp 6-0, 6-4; Mascari def. Howe 6-3, 6-0, final.

Girls 18 doubles (round robin) — Howe-Purohit def. Reberger-S.Saylor 8-0; Reberger-S.Saylor def. Berger-Camp 9-8 (8-6); Howe-Purohit def. Berger-Camp 8-2.

Mixed 18 coubles — E.Hunter-J.Hunter def. Dougherty-Saddig 8-3; Flight-Kellar def. E.Hunter-J.Hunter 8-3; Purohit-Refugio def. Alexandra Sacopulos-Villarreal 8-3.


* Seniors compete — The following results were reported from Terre Haute Men’s Senior League play.

Yankees 201         002         0              —            5              9              1

Astros     040         002         1              —            7              6              0

Highlights — For the Wabash Valley Animal Hospital Astros, Matt Jacobson had 2 doubles and Gene Sinclair 2 RBIs. For the Volkers Group Yankees, Rick Patterson, Paul Rupska, Frank Volkers and Kyle Volkers had 2 hits each.