News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 12, 2012

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Thunder looks like favorite

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — June is about half over and the NBA finals will start tonight.

Miami is at Oklahoma City for the first and second games before the action shifts to Miami for three games, then back to Oklahoma City for the final two if needed.

The Heat had to go seven games to emerge from the East finals while the Thunder got by San Antonio in six, meaning the Thunder have had more rest time while the Heat hope to carry momentum from the series with Boston into the finals.

LeBron James still is seeking his first NBA title and has been playing some of his best basketball in the postseason.

The Thunder may rate as slight favorites because of having homecourt advantage and postseason play. We like the Thunder in six.

Another major sports event is on this week’s schedule with Tiger Woods taking aim on another major in the U.S. Open golf championship.

• Busy Bob — “Baseball Bob” Warn no longer is coaching college baseball, but he’s been busy in the past few weeks.

The former Indiana State coach began the postseason by working the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional with former umpire Dick Runchey.

He then was asked to work the Super Regional at the same time.

Florida defeated North Carolina State in two games to earn a spot in the College World Series.

Other teams in the field include Arizona, UCLA and newcomer Stony Brook, which bested LSU on its home field to do it.

• Congrats — We need to offer some congratulations:

• To South Putnam for winning another 2A softball state title and its seniors concluding a fantastic four seasons.

• To Nate Pirtle of Sullivan and Clayton French of Linton for qualifying for the state golf finals.

• To Shakamak for beating South Central in the South Semistate. Best of luck in the state against Lafayette Central Catholic.

• And to Shelby Stewart for placing sixth in the junior college national meet. Great play.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — More seniors have decided where they will attend college.

Rachel Whitlock of Sullivan will play softball at Lincoln Trail.

Ben Boyd and Luke Jerrells both hope to play golf for Vincennes University.

Brienne Miles of Evansville Central will play basketball at Wabash Valley Junior College. He averaged 17 points and six rebounds his senior season.

• Kelly Lewis is the new athletic director at Greencastle High School.

• Rayvonte Rice has decided that Illinois will be his new school. He set a freshman scoring record at Drake with a 16.8-point average two years ago.

• Jarrod Uthoff will transfer from Wisconsin to Iowa. The 6-foot-8 player from Iowa was a redshirt at Wisconsin.

• Two Park Tudor players will be at new schools, with 6-7 Gary Bonds going to Warren Central and 6-3 Troy Spears to Martinsville.

• Roncalli girls basketball coach Sara Riedeman has resigned to join the staff at Indiana State. She had a 68-28 mark in four seasons at Roncalli and played for ISU coach Teri Moren at the University of Indianapolis.

• Former Purdue coach Gene Keady married Kathleen Petrie in Hanover. Former player and current Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was best man.

• Pedro Borbon, who helped Cincinnati win two World Series, died of cancer at the age of 65.

• Pittsburgh beat Kansas City on Sunday for the Pirates’ first sweep of an American League team in more than a decade with A.J. Burnett winning his fifth straight start.

Getting Burnett was a great move for my Bucs.

Tom Reck may be contacted by phone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.