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March 12, 2013

TOM RECK: Championship Week marks beginning of Madness

TERRE HAUTE — The final round of Championship Week for men’s college basketball teams began Monday and winds up Sunday just before teams are announced for the NCAA tournament.

Teams that already have won their league titles and are in the field include Creighton, Liberty and Harvard.

Indiana won the regular-season Big 10 Conference title to enhance its chances of being a No. 1 seed. Other teams that should rate the honor are Duke and Gonzaga.

Indiana State’s strength of schedule is emphasized with the seeds of its opponents in tournaments this week.

Top seeds are New Mexico in the Mountain West, Long Beach State in the Big West, UCLA in the Pac-12 and Miami of Florida in the Atlantic Coast while Ole Miss is the No. 3 seed in the Southeastern. Miami won its first outright ACC title.

In the Big Ten, IU meets the Illinois-Minnesota winner on Friday, and Purdue plays Nebraska on Thursday.

College women’s tournaments also are slated this week. Best of luck to the ISU Sycamores.

Conference tournament winners in the field include Purdue in the Big Ten and Tennessee-Martin in the Ohio Valley.

In the Big Dance, someone says as many as 30 teams may have a chance to win. Parity prevails. That’s for sure.


Coaches named — The coaching staff for the Indiana Girls All-Star team that will play Kentucky has been announced.

Mark Hurt of Mooresville is the coach. He has a 269-86 record in 15 years at Mooresville. The Pioneers won a Class 4A sectional this year and lost to Roncalli in the Decatur Central Regional.

Julie Meeks of Sullivan and Juanita Goodwell of Fort Wayne South are the assistants.

Indiana will play Kentucky in June.


Tom-Cattin’ It — Linton athletic director Charlie Karaszia has confirmed that Linton has withdrawn from the SouthWest Seven in football and already has added Sheridan to the schedule.

n IU has gotten a late recruit in football, landing blue-chip prospect Taj Williams of Tallahassee, Fla. He was rated No. 25 at wide receiver.

n Mike Swan, the volleyball coach at the University of Evansville, has resigned to take the same post at Valdosta State. He was 124-184 in 10 years at Evansville.

n Rick Gosnell of Paris, Ill., has been inducted into the Central Missouri Hall of Fame for basketball. His point total of 1,144 ranks 15th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

n Four high school football players from the area have announced their college choices.

Stewart Arp of Paris is going to Millikin. He rushed for 645 yards his senior season.

North Central standout Dante Rehmel will be on scholarship at Walsh University, an NCAA Division II school in Ohio.

Brett Gierke of Greencastle has chosen Wabash, and teammate Nick Gilliam says he will attend Siena Heights in Michigan.

n It was good to see Chad Collins back in action on the golf tour and get off to a good start.

n Kendra Bosecker of South Knox and Vincennes University won the pole vault in the NJCAA indoor track and field championship with a vault of 11 feet, 11 3/4 inches.

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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Got it: A hard-hit ball bounces off the glove of Rex third baseman #15 Ryan Sabo during game action against Quincy. Sabo regained control of the ball and threw out the batter on the play. Quincy third base coach gets an up-close view.

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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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