TERRE HAUTE —
The Indiana Pacers are back in form and looking good.
The Pacers were at their best last week to wrap up their series against Atlanta, ending a 13-game losing streak on the Hawks’ home court.
Two days later, they were in prime form and completely dominated the first game of their series with the New York Knicks, winning 102-95. One publication dubbed it “Garden Party,” since it wiped out the Knicks’ early home-court advantage.
They’ll play again in the Garden tonight, then play two games in Indianapolis, the first one being Saturday.
Miami had been idle for some time after sweeping its opening series against Milwaukee. The Heat and Chicago played the first game of their Eastern Division Series on Monday.
• Anthony Johnson of Oblong and Aaron Siler of Robinson were two of the top scorers in the Little Illlini Conference last season.
Both players are headed for Eastern Illinois.
EIU recently signed 7-foot-2 Mat Piotrowski, who was at Southwestern Illinois for two seasons.
• Manolo Concepcion is the new University of Evansville volleyball coach.
He formerly was on the staff at the school and also was the coach at Western Carolina before working in a program in his native Puerto Rico.
• Former South Knox standout golfer Adam Schenk, now at Purdue, again has earned all-Big Ten honors. He led the Boilers with a 73.44 scoring average.
• Officials are considering a change in the college basketball shot clock, reducing it from 35 to 30 seconds even though scoring was the lowest last season at 67.50 points since 1952.
• Illinois should have two transfers in basketball next season: Illinois State forward Jon Ekey and Seton Hall guard Aaron Crosby. Ekey will be a graduate student and can play right away, while Crosby must sit out a year.
• Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle recently won his 700th game. He pointed out that he had 808 losses.
• USA TODAY announced its all-time alumni team in high school basketball: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garrett, and Jason Kidd.
That bunch would not lose many games.
• Indiana players are on this year’s USA TODAY girls all-star basketball team. Taya Reimer of Hamilton Southeastern is on the first team, and Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg is on the second team.
Reimer is going to Notre Dame and Mavunga to North Carolina.
• Weather permitting, USAC sprint racing is slated for Saturday at Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt. Rainy and cold weather have wiped out three programs the past two weekends.
• Stan Benge built a powerhouse at Ben Davis in girls basketball before taking an assistant’s job at IUPUI. He recently was named the girls coach at Roncalli.
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TERRE HAUTE —
The Indiana Pacers are back in form and looking good.
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I felt compelled to write these words for the sake of you night hunters — or let’s say coon hunters — as well as deer hunters.
In my coon-hunting days, if your hounds ran a coon on to posted property, you left your weapon at the property line and went straight in to retrieve your dogs and come back out the same way you went in. Well, we were actually wrong because you have to get permission from the landowner before stepping a foot on their property. The same goes for tracking a wounded deer.
Ramblin' Reck: Final BCS national title picture still unclear
With one improbable finish and another near-upset last week, the question of which teams are best in college football remains clouded, especially in regards to the national championship game.
From The Press Box: If ISU figures out defense, look out
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College report: Gardner jumps at chance to play for ISU
Cody Gardner enjoyed his freshman baseball season at Wright State and earned more time on the field than he honestly expected to get. Coach Rob Cooper departed WSU after last season to take over at Penn State, however, and Gardner jumped at the chance to return to his hometown as an Indiana State Sycamore and perform for the school where two members of his family previously excelled.
Ramblin’ Reck: College football race should clear up this week
We should have a better idea of which teams are best in college football after games this week with top teams meeting their biggest rivals.
From the Press Box: Damage is done for ISU football
As a parent and a professional, there’s a bit of advice I’ve tried to pass along that I’ve found to be true.
No matter what you happen to be doing — whether it be job performance or just your own personal behavior — you can do the right thing for a period of time, even the vast majority of the time, but all it takes is one slip and the goodwill you’ve built up can be gone in one fell swoop.
Rambling Reck: Big victories for Sycamores, Engineers
It was another busy weekend in sports with lots of highlights.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former WRC football standouts playing key roles for No. 1 Mount Union
It’s a huge jump from the Wabash River Conference, one of the smallest leagues that plays high school football in Indiana, to Division III national powerhouse.
But two Wabash Valley standouts have made that leap and are significant contributors for top-ranked and defending national champion Mount Union (Ohio).
RAMBLIN RECK: Recalling events of 50 years ago
Monday was Veterans Day and it seemed to be a good time to recall some events of 50 years ago.
DAVID HUGHES: The ’78-79 Sycamores rediscover timeless bond
The 1978-79 Indiana State men’s basketball team that posted a 33-1 record and battled Michigan State for the coveted NCAA championship almost 35 years ago isn’t likely to play any more full-court games together, not even just for fun.
Ramblin' Reck: Valley football season winding down
There’s a bit of a lull in high school athletics right now, but not for members of five football teams in the Wabash Valley.
Those teams will be out to keep their title hopes and postseason alive this weekend.
Hughes, News & Views: Shaw preparing for 20th season as Rose-Hulman coach
When Rose-Hulman men’s basketball coach Jim Shaw gets introduced to the Hulman Center crowd before Sunday afternoon’s exhibition game against Indiana State, think of the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun.”
TODD GOLDEN: Munn, Odum want to make paper accomplishment a real one
When it comes to Missouri Valley Conference Media Day, it has historically been a kick in the gut for Indiana State's basketball teams.
But not this year. For the first time since formal MVC preseason polls began in the mid-1980s, the Sycamores rule the MVC roost.
College Report: North grad enjoying sophomore season at Virginia Tech
A.J. Hughes had an admittedly up and down freshman season as the punter for Virginia Tech’s football team, but the sophomore from Terre Haute North High School has elevated his game like one of his long, hanging left-footed punts.
Hughes ranks first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in punting with a 44.8-yard average per punt, a 4.7 increase over last year and a lofty number that ranks him ninth nationally.
Tom Reck: Postseason prep action heats up this week
High school postseason competition fills the Tribune-Star sports schedules this week.
Redneck Quaker: Hunters Helping Hunters big boost for handicapped who love outdoors
Hunters Helping Hunters’ mission is to improve the quality of life for physically challenged and seriously ill hunters. This is accomplished by providing hunting opportunities to those who would not otherwise have the ability or resources to fulfill outdoor adventures.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Injuries, tough schedule have led to Sycamores' slide
No one saw this coming.
On the final October weekend of 2012, Indiana State’s football team was 7-2 and a Football Championship Subdivision playoff bid seemed a mortal lock.
Expect some frosty games in Fall Classic
It’s October and time for the Fall Classic.
TODD GOLDEN: Colts fans paid Manning ultimate tribute
Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis was many things — the return of a beloved prodigal son, a battle of Colts’ No. 1-draft-pick quarterbacks and last, but not least, the visit from one of the AFC’s last reminaing undefeated teams — but most of all, it could have been a battle for the Colts’ fans soul.
College Report: South graduate becomes Wabash College swim coach
Brent Noble’s climb up the collegiate swimming coaches has taken another big step, after the Terre Haute South grad was recently named the new head swimming and diving coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
Noble joins the Wabash program after serving for a year as the women’s head swimming coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
Tom Reck: Fans enjoyed a high-drama sports weekend
High drama prevailed in more than one weekend sports contest.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Sycamores shocked by 1-5 start to season
It was a play that not only symbolized Indiana State’s 17-14 loss at South Dakota on Saturday, but perhaps the Sycamores’ entire season.
Down three with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, ISU faced third-and-9 from its own 39. ISU ran Shakir Bell to the left and the senior standout had daylight.
Hughes, News & Views: Friends remember Jim Bogle
When I covered the semifinal round of the IHSAA boys tennis sectional at Terre Haute North last week, it seemed like there was an empty seat in the bleachers.
In reality, I noticed few — if any — empty seats because plenty of spectators wanted to watch the host Patriots battle No. 14-ranked Terre Haute South for the right to advance to the next day’s sectional championship match.
In the end, junior Nathan Bogle pulled out a dramatic three-set victory at No. 1 singles to help South edge its crosstown rivals 3-2 on its way to capturing the sectional title.
Yet there was something missing.
The person who would have been in that empty seat I imagined, Nathan’s father Jim Bogle, had been battling cancer for close to two years and could not attend the sectional.
Sadly, cancer claimed his life Thursday morning. He was 52.
Rolling Colts appear to be the real deal
Some of Monday’s headlines in sports pages pretty well summed up another interesting weekend in the National Football League.
College Report: People with Valley ties getting up-close look at top-ranked Crimson Tide
Trivia question: What do Trent Miles, A.J. Hughes and Johnny Manziel have in common?
Maybe nothing right now, but after Saturday they will all have played against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide already this season.
Manziel has no known local ties, but was involved in the most-hyped game of the year last month as Texas A&M fell just short in a late comeback against Alabama.
Hughes, a sophomore punter for Virginia Tech from Terre Haute North, did his part in the Hokies’ 35-10 season–opening loss to the Tide.
Fun season continues for Pirates
Postseason baseball begins tonight and I can root for my team for the first time since 1992.
I’ve followed the Pittsburgh Pirates most of my life — I was born and lived in Indianapolis until 1950, and the Indians then were affiliated with Pittsburgh just as they are now.
Trackside: Burns, Fitzpatrick provide fun moments at Putnamville
In a season that has generated more than its share of down moments for Wabash Valley fans and racers, last Saturday’s “King of non-wing Sprints” program at Lincoln Park Speedway served notice that there are still a few positive storylines to be found in the wild and unpredictable sport of sprint-car racing.
One such storyline unfolded this past weekend on the rough and challenging 5⁄16-mile Putnamville dirt oval. That’s where the runs of Eric Burns and Blake Fitzpatrick sent fans home feeling that if the season has to come to a close, it couldn’t end on a happier or brighter note.
NFL season offering some early surprises
The third week of the National Football League ended Monday night when Oakland played at Denver. Some interesting results cropped up in headlines and stories in Monday’s newspapers and were hashed out on some Sunday night sports shows.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former North standout Goatee making strides at VU
If college is supposed to help you grow up and mature by exposing you to new experiences, it hasn’t taken Vincennes University freshman TaPring Goatee long to find those things waiting for her.
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