News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 23, 2013

Ramblin’ Reck: Sato first Foyt winner since 2002

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

---- — Takuma Sato made Izod IndyCar Series history Sunday when he won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Sato won his first IndyCar Series race in 52 starts and became the first Japanese race winner in series history. Fans will recall he was leading the Indianapolis 500 a year ago until crashing on the last lap.

He now is driving for A.J. Foyt and became the first Foyt Racing winner since the 2002 season.

A.J. was not at the race. He will undergo back surgery later in the week.

Next race in the series is in Brazil on May 5. Practice for the 500 begins mid-May.


• Moving on — More high school seniors have indicated where they intend to attend college and continue athletic participation.

Checking them out:

Dess Fougerousse of Linton will play basketball at IU East in Richmond, where the Miners won a semistate to advance to the Class 2A finals. Fougerousse is the all-time leading scorer in Linton history.

Paige Yando of Riverton Parke will play basketball for Olney Central. She is third all-time in scoring for Riverton Parke and ranks second in rebounding, averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.

Caelan Jones of Sullivan will play basketball for Danville Area Community College. She had 299 points, 95 steals and 113 assists her senior season.

Tasia Brewer of Terre Haute South will play basketball at Vincennes University. She earned all-MIC honors twice, averaging 17.8 points, six rebounds, 2.65 assists and two steals per game her senior season. She was a junior all-star pick and played in the recent North-South all-star game.

Hannah Stelflug of Terre Haute South will compete in swimming at Butler University. She was a state finalist her senior year and earned Academic All-America honors.

Ashley Bazier of Terre Haute South will play volleyball at Franklin. The four-year letterwinner had 54 career kills, 82 career aces, 56 career blocks, 2,035 career assists and 443 career digs and was the Student Council Award winner.

Nic Keller of Terre Haute South will compete in track and field at Rose-Hulman. He took 2012 sectional honors in the discus with a throw of 153 feet, 10.5 inches and placed fourth in the regional. His personal best in the event is 159-7.

Cheyenne Reinig of Terre Haute South will play softball at Oakland City. She has been on the varsity four years with a career batting average of .381.

Haven Eder of Terre Haute South will play softball at Lincoln Trail. She has been on the varsity two years.

Alexandra Pickens of Terre Haute South will play golf at Eastern Illinois. She had a best of 36 for nine holes and 74 for 18 holes, She was sectional medalist and earned all-MIC honors last fall.


• Tom-Cattin’ It — The Indiana All-Stars — girls and boys — will play the Junior All-Stars on June 10 at Sullivan.

Sullivan grad Rhagen Smith is a member of the team and coach Julie Meeks is an assistant coach for the Indiana girls team.

• Dan Sparks announced he is retiring after 42 years of coaching and 869 victories.

He coached at Vincennes University before going to Wabash Valley, where he coached the past seven seasons, compiling a record of 163-67.

Sparks is the leader in college wins by a coach in Indiana with 706.

• Brian Lewis has resigned as football coach at Evansville Harrison to become athletic director at Monrovia. He had a 4-37 mark in four years with the Warriors.

• Former Indiana State baseball pitcher Mitch Stetter, 32, has been assigned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees by the Los Angeles Angels. He appeared in six games with the Angels last season.

• Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball coach Todd Lee has resigned to be associate head coach at Grand Canyon University.

• Anthony Johnson has been granted his release in basketball to leave Purdue and transfer. The sophomore scored in double figures six times last season. Jacob Lawson and Sandi Marcius earlier announced they would transfer.

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.