News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Sports

March 2, 2013

Rose prepared for ‘great opportunity’

Engineers ready for former Division III national champ Calvin

TERRE HAUTE — At first glance, the men’s basketball teams of Calvin College and Rose-Hulman resemble each other in several ways.

Both will bring 24-3 records into their NCAA Division III tournament first-round clash today in Hulbert Arena.

 Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Also, both captured 2012-13 regular-season conference championships — the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) for Rose and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) for Calvin.

And both emerged from their conference tournaments as champions last Saturday, thus earning automatic bids into the Division III tournament. The Engineers downed Hanover 64-59 behind 17 points from tournament Most Valuable Player Brenton Balsbaugh to claim the HCAC title in Hulbert Arena and Calvin got 18 points from reserve guard Bryan Powell in routing Hope 77-57 for the MIAA crown at Grand Rapids. Mich.

Another similarity is both squads possess balanced offensive attacks. The Engineers have five players averaging between 14.5 and 7.4 points per game, while the Knights from Grand Rapids utilize four double-digit scorers.

But for some reason, Calvin is ranked higher in the latest d3hoops.com national poll — No. 12 (compared to No. 19 for Rose-Hulman). In fact, this is the only matchup out of the Division III tourney’s 31 first-round games that features two top-20 teams.

This will be Rose’s 10th appearance in the Division III tourney, having lost a first-round matchup to North Central College 74-71 in St. Louis last season. Meanwhile, this will be the 18th DIII tourney appearance for Calvin, which won national championships in 1992 and 2000.

“They’re a real storied program, absolutely,” Rose-Hulman coach Jim Shaw told the Tribune-Star this week. “This year, they are really long and very skilled. They do a lot of things well. They’re really good defensively.”

Among the Knights’ front-line starters are 6-foot-9 junior Tyler Kruis, 6-8 sophomore Tyler Dykstra and 6-4 senior Tom Snikkers. That may be a challenging combination for Rose’s 6-6 starting big men, seniors Balsbaugh and Jon Gerken.

Calvin’s top scorer is Snikkers at 13.3 ppg, although Kruis (12.8 ppg), Powell (11.6 ppg) and 6-3 sophomore guard Jordan Brink (10.7 ppg) aren’t far behind. Kruis averages a team-high 6.2 rebounds per contest.

“I’ve heard they’re a good team,” Balsbaugh mentioned. “We’ve got to defend their guys who are a little bit bigger than us and we also need to rebound. … don’t give them any second-chance points. And then we need to get the ball out and run a little bit.”

“We always have to defend well … and we have to rebound,” added 6-3 junior guard Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman’s leading scorer at 14.5 ppg. “[Calvin] is a long team, like coach [Shaw] has been telling us, so we’ve got to guard ‘em and when we stop them, we can’t give them second-chance efforts. So we’ll have to rebound. And we’ll have to execute our plays … running in transition and putting the ball in the basket.”

“Obviously, their length inside and on the perimeter concern us,” Shaw admitted, “because we usually have that advantage over people. But it might be a disadvantage this game. … [Calvin] is a program that really knows how to win. They’ve had a lot of success. This is a great opportunity for us to beat somebody with a national reputation.”

In addition to Strickland, the Engineers plan to rely on 6-2 senior guard Austin Weatherford (12.5 ppg), 6-4 senior reserve Nate Gissentanner (7.8 ppg), Gerken (7.6 ppg), Balsbaugh (7.4 ppg) and 6-2 junior guard James Pillischafske (3.9 ppg), among others. In last weekend’s HCAC tournament victories over Defiance and Hanover, Balsbaugh combined for 34 points, Strickland totaled 31 and Weatherford had 25.

“We probably need to play better [than last weekend],” Shaw assessed. “You need to play better at every level you go up. I think we beat good teams the last couple weeks, but Calvin’s at another level of good.

“By the same token, I don’t think we have to do anything that is out of character for us. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We’re not going to change who we are and neither will Calvin. We’re two really good teams … and whoever plays best will probably win.”

If Rose happens to knock off Calvin tonight, a 25th victory would give this group the highest season total in program history. The 1976-77 Engineers, coached by John Mutchner, posted 24 wins.

I I I

n Rose awards — Earlier this week, Strickland (Player of the Year) and Shaw (Coach of the Year) were honored by the HCAC for their achievements in 2012-13. Each offered his reaction following a mid-week practice.

“I’ve got to give credit to my teammates for getting me open, getting me shots,” Strickland said. “Coach is always pushing me in practice and it shows in the game. I’ve made some progress since I got here my freshman year — my mindset and my skill level. … I knocked down some open shots and I take what the defense gives me.”

“I’m proud individually, but first my team, the players, make a coach,” Shaw emphasized. “Second of all, I have the best assistant coach in America [Rusty Loyd] and we work as a team, so it’s his honor as well. And third, it’s a great honor because of the respect I have for the other coaches in the league who voted for me as Coach of the Year.”

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
SPT061214 stan's rosselli.jpg

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.

  • Valley gym review: Choosing the right fit for your fitness goals

    Below is a review of nine Terre Haute/Vigo County fitness centers (listed in alphabetical order). A partial list of others from around the Wabash Valley appears elsewhere in this section. Surely at least one can fit your needs.

    July 13, 2014 11 Photos

  • 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.

    July 11, 2014

  • 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.

    July 11, 2014

Local Interest
High School
College
Sports Columns
minors.jpg

Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
SPT 071214 RYAN SABO.jpg

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.

Colts
clark.jpg

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Bull Run Comes to Middle America Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Raw: Divers, Snorkelers at Undersea 'Concert' Wisconsin Cop Ready to Roll...On Skateboard Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Arizona Mom of Missing Baby Released From Prison Giant Whale Vacuumed in New York City World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Raw: Truck Crash Spills Turkeys on Va. Highway Diaz and Segel Strip Off for 'Sex Tape' Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale NYC Police to Subway Acrobats: Sit Down Hamburger Champion Downs 26 Burgers Netherlands Beats Host Brazil 3-0 to Finish 3rd WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement'
NDN Video
Germany Wins The 2014 FIFA World Cup!!! RAW VIDEO: Stampede injures ten at Georgia World Congress Center Cellphone Video Shows Assault Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash
Parade
Magazine

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

activity
Real Estate News