News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Sports

March 23, 2014

ISU stretching to improve softball program

TERRE HAUTE — Some are from as far away as California, or Arizona or Iowa. Some played their high school games a little closer to Terre Haute, such as at North Central or Clay City.

But all the Indiana State softball players seem to agree on one thing: There’s no place to play like the place they now call home.

“We’re definitely different. Our culture is unique,” said sophomore outfielder Kelsey Montgomery, a product of Mesa, Ariz.

“We’re different than any team we’re going to play,” senior shortstop Morgan Allee — she’s from Cedar Rapids, Iowa — agrees.

The difference, both players and coaches agree, is what gives the Sycamores a fighting chance in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and for seasons to come, despite a three-game sweep at the hands of Wichita State over the weekend.

So what makes them unique, several Sycamores are asked.

“Energy, energy, energy,” said Montgomery, who entered the series against the Shockers ranked first in the conference and among the top 40 in the nation in batting average. “You don’t see other teams sprinting out to the field [which the Sycamores do at every opportunity]. … We feed off each other and we pick each other up.”

“The overall energy and attitude of everybody gets you excited,” junior first baseman Megan Stone — she’s the one from North Central — added. “When I’m out there at first base, I just know somebody is going to make a great pitch or a great play. The thrill of it is really awesome.”

“We outhustle and outenergy other teams,” said Allee. “I think we’re a fun team to watch.”

“We’re going to play an aggressive style,” coach Shane Bouman promised recently.

“We like to run and steal bases (the Sycamores entered the Wichita series averaging 2.5 steals per game, led by Allee with 22 in 25 games). We want our pitchers to get ahead in the strike zone, and we want to play with great energy.”

Neither the Sycamores nor the Shockers had a pitcher averaging a strikeout per inning in the recently completed series, so swing-and-miss softball was the exception rather than the norm in the three games.

“There are less elite pitchers,” Bouman said, “that’s just part of the game. If you have an elite pitcher, chances are you’re an elite team.”

Without an elite pitcher, the coach continued, “You’ve got to hit your spots and change speeds, and we got girls (Yvette Alvarez, Taylor Lockwood and Halle Humphrey) that can do that.”

Bouman mixed and matched his three pitchers against the Shockers in all three games, with varying amounts of success. The Sycamores could never get a lead, however, and once the bigger visitors started scoring some runs ISU’s speed became less a factor.

There’s no discouragement in the ISU dugout, however.

“We’ve just got to find a way to win games,” Bouman said.

“We’re in a great spot, and it’s only going to get better from here,” Stone said. “Seeing where the team [improved] since the fall is exciting, and we’re ready to keep going.”

Stone’s bat figures to help that journey. Almost as famous for injuries as for her athleticism when she was playing for the Thunderbirds, she is now healthy and on a roll, with three homers in her first three MVC games.

“I started out a little slowly,” she said, “but I’ve got my swing back.”

“[The season is] going to be great,” Montgomery added. “There are a lot of things we have to improve on, but since last year we’ve grown a lot.”

Montgomery’s bat also figures to be a key component of the Sycamore season.

“The coaches have me focusing on the mental aspect,” she said, “and I’m more confident this year.”

“The coaching staff does a great job to prepare us,” agreed Allee, last year’s MVC Newcomer of the Year and a preseason first-team all-conference selection.

Although she was plucked from the neighborhood of MVC favorite Northern Iowa, Allee seems willing to go back home and recruit more Iowa players to Indiana State.

“I’d tell [players in Iowa] that I have the time of my life here,” she said recently, “and that players who come here become not only better athletes but better people.”

That’s another reason, Bouman said, that the future is bright.

“They’re all good kids,” the coach said of his players. “They go to class, they get good grades and they care about each other.

“I like where the program is going.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
SPT072114 golf hug.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Friendly rivals: Rachel Welker, right, hugs Cara Stuckey after Welker won the Terre Haute Women�s City golf Championship Monday morning. Watching is Welker�s caddy/dad Charlie.

  • Total control: Welker posts eight birdies while dethroning 10-time city women’s golf champion Stuckey

    Rachel Welker is the 2014 Terre Haute Women’s Golf Association city champion. The former Terre Haute North standout defeated 10-time winner Cara Stuckey 5 and 4 in sunny, warm conditions Monday at Rea Park.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • SPT 061114 BROCK PITCH.jpg Game’s the same, no matter park’s name

    Maybe they should play this at Valle Field. It’s called Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club Park now, but the venerable ballpark was the site of some classic high school baseball regional games in the 1970s when coach Don Jennings and Terre Haute North’s local dynasty fought off stiff challenges from the best the rest of the Wabash Valley had to offer.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tom Reck: Brickyard 400 highlights big sports week

    It’s another busy week in sports. Two of the events on the schedule are the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the windup of the Show-Me’s/THGA men’s city golf tournament.

    July 21, 2014

  • Pacers sign Stuckey, face uphill battle

    Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA’s best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey. It’s a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division that might be the toughest in basketball.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro: Former Miss Softball joins Purdue staff

    Terre Haute North graduate Megan Ciolli Bartlett, the state’s 2001 Miss Softball and a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, is joining the Purdue coaching staff.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro Baseball: Both North Little League teams win, move on

    With their backs planted firmly against the wall, the Terre Haute North 12-year-olds kept their Little League state championship hopes alive Monday evening with a 5-1 victory over Franklin Township.

    July 21, 2014

  • Paris racing begins

    Dolly’s Girl was a first-time winner in Illinois harness racing on Monday at the Edgar County Fair.

    July 21, 2014

  • Sports — What’s going on

    July 21, 2014

  • ChadSmith.jpg Running a race against ALS

    Chad Smith carried himself with grace when racking up victories in track and field and cross country as an athlete at Sullivan High School, and later at the University of Southern Indiana.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 072014 OPEN INTEREST.jpg Jones leads after first weekend of men’s tournament

    Tom Jones, the defending champ in the Show-Me’s/Terre Haute Golf Association men’s city tournament, is the leader after the first two rounds of this year’s competition.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

Local Interest
High School
College
  • Metro: Former Miss Softball joins Purdue staff

    Terre Haute North graduate Megan Ciolli Bartlett, the state’s 2001 Miss Softball and a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, is joining the Purdue coaching staff.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro: ISU graduate Johnson sixth in shot at Monaco

    Indiana State graduate Felisha Johnson competed in her first International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League track and field meeting Friday, placing sixth in a shot put competition that featured six of the top seven throwers in the world for 2014.

    July 18, 2014

  • ReedUK.jpg A.J. Reed makes it 5 for 5 in college baseball awards with Golden Spikes Award

    When it came down to it, college baseball’s electors agreed that there was no award Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed didn’t deserve for his remarkable 2014 season at Kentucky.
    Reed was selected Thursday as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making Reed a unanimous pick as the national player of the year.

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • MVC to shift women's basketball tournament to Moline, Ill.

    The Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament will move 90 miles farther from Terre Haute beginning in 2016, the league announced Thursday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Metro: ISU-IU football game to be on ESPNEWS

    Indiana University announced Wednesday that the season opening game between Indiana State and IU will be played at noon on Sept. 30.

    July 16, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
Colts
clark.jpg

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Recording May Show Attempt at Crash Cover-up Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: Gaza City Shelling Attack NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal Wisc. Twins Celebrate a Century of Laughter 45 Years Later, Buzz Aldrin on Walking on Moon Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Shark Sightings a Big Catch for Cape Tourism
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted
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