News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 21, 2012

SEASON PREVIEW: Braves need young players to step up

Injuries, graduation take toll on roster

TERRE HAUTE — Scott Ridge has been looking forward to seeing the leaders from a Terre Haute South junior varsity high school boys basketball team that went 15-4 during the 2011-2012 season move up to the varsity squad he coaches.

Thanks to some unforeseen circumstances, he’ll be seeing them right now.

The Braves competed during the summer with a couple of football players in their lineup, but Logan Steward suffered an injury and Danny Etling graduated early to get a head start on his career as a college quarterback. Another football player, who had showed promise as a sophomore basketball player, flirted with returning to the sport but decided against that.

So South enters the season with just three experienced players from last year’s 8-15 team and six athletes moving up from last year’s JV; if Friday night’s jamboree — in which the Braves won both their quarters including the one against Terre Haute North — is any indication, everything might work out fine.

“We have good athletes and good shooters,” Ridge said.

Leading the way for South is one of the unique players in the state. Jeffrey Turner, a 6-foot-2 senior about to become a four-year regular, is coming off a season in which he averaged 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and is capable of playing any of the five positions offensively.

That’s almost where the 2011-2012 statistics end, however. The other returnees with varsity experience are 5-11 senior Kevaris Gregory, who has seen two years of part-time action as a 3-point shooting specialist, and 6-2 senior Preston Tofaute, whose specialties have been defense and hustle.

A fourth senior, 5-11 Shane Stanley, is one of the players moving up to varsity play, and the 6-0 Steward hopes to return to the court by mid-January.

The rest of the rotation could consist of five sophomores — 6-4 Timmy Herrin, 6-4 Greg Newton, 6-0 Conner Shipley, 6-0 Spence Tofaute and 5-10 Jared Wolfe. Two juniors, 6-2 Jerad Fuson and 6-1 Da’Shon Heyen, are expected to see most of their playing time on the junior varsity team, at least early in the season.

“It will be important for them to have the attitude of a varsity player when they get out there,” Ridge said of his newcomers. “We’ll have to transfer [that JV success] to the next level.”

The Braves obviously won’t scare anyone when they get off the bus, but that 15-4 JV team last year was dwarfed by several of the teams it played too.

“We know we’re going to be undersized,” Ridge said. “Shot selection will have to be one of our main strengths … these kids shoot well and pass well, so if we make good decisions, we’ll be OK.”

That decision-making capability is there, the coach said.

“This is a smart group,” Ridge noted. “They play smart, and they play together.”

And while shot selection is important, the Braves don’t plan to slow the game down either.

“We’d like to play a little faster,” Ridge said. “We have a little more speed than last year … and we’ll have to get out and guard people.”

South’s regular-season opener was Wednesday at Bloomington North.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Interest
  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

    March 21, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

    March 11, 2014

  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

High School
  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game

    The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
    No surprise, then, that Tevin Coleman, Shane Wynn and Tre Roberson guided the Cream to a resounding 24-14 win over the Crimson.

    April 12, 2014

  • Rose-Hulman baseball gets wild doubleheader sweep

    Host Rose-Hulman came back from an early six-run deficit in the first game Saturday and went on to a 13-12, 7-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball sweep over Mount St. Joseph.
    The wild opener featured a Rose-Hulman comeback from an 8-2 deficit and included 18 hits and two school records for the Engineers.

    April 12, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball earns doubleheader sweep at Missouri State

    Yvette Alvarez’s one-hit shutout capped a dominant day of pitching Saturday as Indiana State swept a Missouri Valley Conference softball doubleheader at Missouri State by scores of 6-1 and 4-0.
    “We pitched well,” coach Shane Bouman said. “Both Taylor Lockwood in the first game and Yvette Alvarez in the second game threw great. When you pitch good and you play good defense and get some key hits, good things are going to happen.

    April 12, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
MET121713 rex presser segal.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Talent scout: New Rex manager Bobby Segal talks about the process of looking for players for the Prospect League team.

Colts Owner Arrested _Ter .jpg

This file mug shot provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department shows Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after he was arrested Sunday night, March 16, 2014. Police say Irsay had $29,000 in cash with him when he was arrested last week on suspicion of intoxicated driving. The Indianapolis Star reports it obtained the Carmel police documents on Irsay's March 16 arrest through a public records request. (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sherriff's Department)

Auto Racing

Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Today in History for April 16th NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage
NDN Video

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