TERRE HAUTE —
Lots of sports fans around Hoosierland should have been in a good mood Monday morning as a result of action in Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 87-78 to win their first WNBA championship and the first pro basketball title for hoops-crazy Indy since 1973, when the Pacers won their last ABA championship.
They did it in front of a boisterous crowd in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Tamika Catchings has been in the league for 11 seasons and was able to add the WNBA title to those she has won in college, in the Olympics and overseas.
She was named the MVP and thanked the fans for all their support in the playoffs. Legendary coach Pat Summitt was one of those in the stands for what turned out to be the final game.
Earlier in the day, the Colts held off Cleveland 17-13 and now are 3-3 for the season. That is one more win than all of last season and is about what many fans thought they might be lucky to win this season.
Now, they are in second place in the AFC South and some folks actually are talking playoff potential. That might not happen, but the Colts figure to win a few more games.
• Tournament continues — Second-round games will be played in the Indiana high school football tournament this week.
Two undefeated teams won their openers in the first round and will try to keep their record clean this week with Linton facing Perry Central and North Vermillion taking on North Central, loser only to NV and Linton during the season.
We failed to mention North Vermillion last week as one of the teams finishing strong in the regular season. My bad.
Casey and Robinson both earned spots in the Illinois football playoffs that begin this week, and the undefeated Warriors have a home game against Carmi in Class 2A on Saturday while the Maroons hit the road to play a 3A game with Benton.
In volleyball, Clay City and Riverton Parke are the two teams from the area that won sectional titles in Class A competition.
Other winners in sectional play last week — all by 3-0 counts — were Eastern over Linton, Martinsville over Plainfield and Edgewood over Owen Valley.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — The New York Yankees hit only .188 in the postseason. … Detroit manager Jim Leyland is 67 and is in his 49th season of pro baseball.
Baseball America has tabbed Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as rookie of the year and player of the year.
And, in case you missed it, Cincinnati has given Dusty Baker a two-year contract extension.
• Bruce Speth of Clinton is 63 and recently competed in his 70th marathon. He has run at least one event in each of the 50 states.
• Bob Knight will do SEC basketball games on ESPN on Thursdays along with Reece Davis. Knight did Big 12 games last year and Fran Fraschilla now will do those contests.
• Adam Schenk of Knox County is a junior at Purdue and recently was named Big Ten golfer of the week. He started the final round of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in a tie for 13th and finished second.
Castle senior Kayla Katterhenry confirms that she intends to play college golf at Evansville.
Don’t forget that one of the final golf events of the season in the county is the Providence Medical Group/St. George two-man scramble on Sunday at Rea Park.
• Vincennes University coach Brittany Harry has recorded her 100th win in volleyball while Sullivan High School coach Jennifer Murdock has won 200.
• Terre Haute South recently had a nice message on its marquee in front of the school … congratulating North teachers Michael Menser and Matt Renn for their induction into the Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN,47802.