News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 23, 2014

Prep basketball: This weekend's Vigo County boys games

Staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE —

Bloomington North at T.H. South

T.H. South at Plainfield

The action — The Terre Haute South Braves (6-5) will play host to the Bloomington North Cougars (6-6) tonight and visit the Plainfield Quakers (3-7 before tonight’s game at Mooresville) on Saturday night.

The times — Both varsity tipoffs are slated for about 7:30.

The airwaves — Tonight’s action will air on radio stations WFNF-FM 99.5 and WFNF-AM 1130, beginning with a pregame show at 7:15. Saturday’s game can be heard online by clicking on a link at www.wabashvalleysports.com.

The coaches — Scott Ridge is 23-34 in his third season at Terre Haute South. Andy Hodson is 95-109 in his 10th year at Bloomington North. Andy Weaver is 8-23 in his second year at Plainfield and 234-199 in his 20th year overall.

Probable starting lineups — For South, 6-4 junior Greg Newton and 6-6 junior Timmy Herrin at forwards, 5-11 junior LaMarkis Stevenson, 6-0 junior Conner Shipley and 6-0 junior Spence Tofaute at guards.

For Bloomington North, 6-3 senior Grant Sims and 6-1 senior Tyler Truesdel at forwards, 5-11 junior Connor Basye at center, 5-10 junior Jacob Treadway and 6-3 senior Saikou Jallow at guards.

For Plainfield, 6-4 freshman Nathan Mills and 6-1 junior Garrett Patton at forwards, 6-5 senior Bobby Jensen at center, 5-9 senior James Mayberry and 6-5 sophomore Max Kurkowski at guards.

Key reserves — For South, 6-0 junior Tre Minnett, 5-11 freshman Jaylen Minnett, 6-2 senior Jerad Fuson and 6-0 freshman Josiah Wallace.

For Bloomington North, 5-11 sophomore Malik Laffoon, 6-4 junior Kaleb Ferrell and 5-10 junior Ken Montgomery.

For Plainfield, 6-1 junior Mark Daum, 6-2 sophomore Reece Crawford and 6-2 sophomore Jake Maple.

Team leaders — For South, Herrin and Minnett are each averaging 10.9 points per game. For Bloomington North, Sims is scoring 19.5 points per game and Truesdel is next at about 14 ppg. For Plainfield, Kurkowski is tallying about 12 ppg heading into tonight.

Injury report — For South, 6-3 junior Logan Dinkel (concussion) is out this weekend and 6-2 senior Da’Shon Heyen (illness) is questionable. For Plainfield, 5-11 junior Kyler Nichols (illness) is questionable for Saturday.

Recent games — Last Friday, Terre Haute South lost at home to Northview 74-68. Last Saturday, Bloomington North won at home over Owen Valley 79-30 and Plainfield won at home over Monrovia 60-46.

Last meeting — On Nov. 21, 2012, Terre Haute South lost at Bloomington North 75-59. On March 6, 2009, Terre Haute South defeated Plainfield 51-44 in Class 4A sectional action.

Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on his squad: “We’re playing pretty well right now. We’ve had a good week of practice. … I think we’ve kind of turned the corner this week and we’re hoping for a good weekend.

Ridge on playing the Cougars: “They’re very good, a very talented team. They’ve got three senior guards who have started since they were freshmen. They’re all good athletes — big and strong — and they can all shoot it a little bit.”

Ridge on playing the Quakers: “They’re a good, young squad. Coach Weaver has got those guys working their way up. He’s making good progress there. He’s a good coach and I know they’ll be ready to play.”

Hodson on his squad: “I think our team has been up and down this year. We’ve beaten Bloomington South and lost to teams where we had a decent, healthy lead that we let slip away. So we’re trying shore up some mistakes and reduce the mental errors. We’ve got some quickness. Despite our lack of size, we’ve done a good job of rebounding.”

Hodson on playing the Braves: “They’re quick. They get after you for 32 minutes. I saw them live against Sullivan and they pressed basically the entire game. They wreaked havoc with a lot of deflections.”

Weaver on his squad: “We played better last weekend [in picking up two victories]. It’s my second year here and we’re trying to build our program. We obviously have a very young team with only two seniors. We’re kinda disappointed with our start, but our schedule was pretty tough before and around Christmas. If we can be a balanced-scoring team and get better defensively … I think we can make strides.”

Weaver on playing the Braves: “They won the Pizza Hut [Wabash Valley] Classic [right after Christmas]. They played very well during that stretch. They’ve played some tough teams since then. We know they’ll shoot a lot of 3s and drive and kick. … Herrin is a solid post player. Heyen, he’s a very good shooter from what I can see.”

— Compiled by David Hughes

T.H. North at Bedford North Lawrence

The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (6-7) will visit the Bedford North Lawrence Stars (4-6 before tonight’s home game against Seymour) on Saturday night.

The time — Varsity tipoff is slated for about 7:30.

The airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.

The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 81-56 in his sixth season in charge at Terre Haute North, while Jamie Hudson is 73-65 in his seventh year at BNL and 96-87 in his ninth year overall.

Probable starting lineups — For Terre Haute North, 6-0 sophomore Keshuan Sandifer and 6-6 junior Charlie Aimone at forwards, 6-3 sophomore Kobi Riley at center, 5-9 junior C.J. Brown and 5-11 junior Austin Kurashima at guards.

For BNL, 6-3 junior Blaze Byrer and 6-2 senior Matt Garrison, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Day, 6-2 senior Morgan Cummings and 5-10 senior Trey Turner at guards.

Key reserves — For Terre Haute North, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Poore, 6-7 junior Jackson Wolaver, 5-8 sophomore A.J. Smith, 6-0 junior Andrew Farmer, 6-0 senior Mitchell Dennany, 5-9 senior Austin Benson, 6-1 junior Brian Stevens and 6-2 sophomore Casius Bell.

For BNL, 5-9 senior Dillon Hensley, 6-3 junior Seth Stockman and 6-2 senior Isaac Fender.

Team leaders — For Terre Haute North, Aimone is averaging 10.9 points per game and Sandifer is next at 10.1 ppg. For BNL, Byrer is tallying 15.9 points per outing and Cummings is next at 10 ppg before tonight’s game.

Injury report — For North, all regulars appear healthy. For BNL, 6-2 junior Matt Shoufler (torn meniscus) is still out.

Recent games — On Monday, North lost at home to Martinsville 64-38. Last Saturday, BNL won at Jennings County 67-65 in double overtime.

Last meeting — On Jan. 19, 2013, North won at home over BNL 54-51.

Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “I thought we played a really good first half against Martinsville. We competed and executed on both ends of the floor and we were locked into the scouting report [in the first half]. We’re searching for a way to now do that for 32 minutes [an entire game].”

Woelfle on playing the Stars: “They’re an experienced basketball team. They play extremely hard and they’re very physical. Also, Bedford is always a tough place to play, so we must be ready to compete.”

Hudson on his squad: “We’re all right. We’re in the third weekend of January and we’ve only played 10 games. Mother Nature hasn’t been very kind to us. It’s been up and down for us. In basketball, it’s all about rhythm and getting in a groove and we’ve haven’t been able to do that. … That was a big win for us over at Jennings County last weekend.”

Hudson on playing the Patriots: “I know they’re young. They lost a lot of seniors who played a lot last year. I know they’re very well-coached and I know his kids will play hard. … Their physical strength is what worries me the most. We match up OK with them in some spots, but in other spots they’re more physically gifted than we are.”

— Compiled by David Hughes

Shakamak at West Vigo

The action — Shakamak’s Lakers (2-9 going into tonight’s game with White River Valley) travel to the Jim Mann Green Dome on Saturday to face West Vigo’s Vikings (4-6). It’s the homecoming game for the Vikings, who also play Monday night at Riverton Parke.

The time — Varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m.

The airwaves — The game will be broadcast on WFNF-AM 1130 and WFNF-FM 99.5

The coaches — Steve Brett goes into tonight’s game with a 67-62 record in his sixth season at Shakamak and 461-352 in his 36th season overall. Joe Boehler is 68-57 in his sixth season at West Vigo.

Probable starting lineups — For Shakamak: 5-10 junior Dylan Collins, 5-11 freshman Parker Green, 6-2 senior Brandon Morin, 6-0 junior Jake Walters, 5-9 senior Mark West.

For West Vigo: 6-1 junior Hayden Corenflos, 5-9 junior Tyler Hayes, 6-1 freshman Tyler Kernstein, 6-6 freshman Austin Sappingfield, 6-1 junior Alex West.

Key reserves — For Shakamak: 6-4 senior Jeff Bessling, 6-2 senior Christian Burris, 6-4 sophomore Braden Scott. Sophomore Griffin Terrell is expected to miss the game with a knee injury.

For West Vigo: 5-10 junior Alec Blair, 6-2 junior Grant Daley, 5-7 junior Keagan McClain, 5-9 sophomore Jordan Schaffer, 5-9 freshman Corey Vickers. Two Vikings, Braiden Cardinal (torn ACL vs. Terre Haute North) and Hunter Voils (broken finger) are out for the season.

Team leaders — Morin leads the Lakers in scoring and rebounding. Cardinal had been the Vikings’ leading scorer, although Corenflos is averaging approximately 12 points per game.

Recent games — Shakamak lost twice last weekend, 53-36 at North Daviess and 49-40 at Marshall. West Vigo lost 62-41 to Terre Haute North last Friday, the Vikings’ first game since Dec. 28.

Last meeting — West Vigo beat Shakamak 60-38 on Dec. 27 at the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic. Shakamak beat West Vigo 71-51 on Jan. 19, 2013.  

Coaches’ quotes — Brett on the Lakers: “We’re not in very good shape right now. We’ve had trouble scoring. A couple of things we have done better lately is taking care of the basketball and playing defense, but we’re not shooting very well and we’re not executing well enough to get shots we can hit.”

Boehler on the Vikings in their first game without Cardinal: “We’ll try to find our roles again. Guys will have to do things they’re not used to doing.”

Brett on the Vikings: “We were right with them for almost three quarters, but then we gave up a couple of easy baskets and it got away from us. They did everything right, and we just ran out of gas. They had all the answers for us.”

Boehler on the Lakers: “We played well [against them] but that was a long time ago — even though it was only three games ago. The big challenge for us is seeing how we’ll respond. Coach Brett does a great job and Brandon Morin is a heck of a player, but our challenge is just learning to function again.”

 — Compiled by Andy Amey