The Indiana High School Athletic Association’s “100 Years IN 100 days” memorabilia tour will visit the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute North next Monday.

The tour was tipped off Friday in Indianapolis by Governor Mitch Daniels and will commemorate a century of Hoosier Hysteria and the 100th anniversary of the boys basketball state tournament.

“As Hoosiers, we all have fond memories of the game Indiana made great,” said IHSAA commissioner Blake Ress. “Since Crawfordsville captured the first boys’ state title in 1911, basketball has remained central to our core.”

The tour showcases articles and artifacts from Indiana’s rich high school basketball history. It was displayed at Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday for the John Wooden Tradition Tournament and will visit 11 Simon Malls and over 49 high schools during the next three months.

“We are very excited to have the ‘100 Years IN 100 Days’ Tour as part of our tournament to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic,” said Gary Fears, Classic chairman. “The time capsule is a great addition to the Classic, and we are very pleased that it will be shared with all of our fans.”



Baseball

• Engineers earn preseason ranking — Rose-Hulman’s baseball team has been ranked No. 27 nationally by the American Baseball Coaches Association in a preseason poll of NCAA Division III coaches released Monday.

Rose-Hulman has made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament over the past two seasons. The Engineers won the 2009 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament and finished 32-14 overall, after earning an at-large bid to the tournament in 2008 with a 32-15 mark.

Rose-Hulman leads three nationally ranked teams from the HCAC in the preseason poll. Anderson claimed the 28th spot, with defending regular-season champion Franklin ranked 29th.

The Engineers bring back the most experienced and accomplished team in school history for the 2010 campaign. Rose-Hulman returns all eight of its position starters and all 379.1 innings on the mound.

Senior shortstop Tim Tepe leads the returnees after earning first-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and second-team accolades from d3baseball.com. Tepe hit .489 with school records of 87 hits, 57 runs, an on-base average of .536 and a slugging percentage of .792 last spring to lead the offense.

Catcher Keenan Long added single-season school records with 11 home runs and 60 runs batted in, along with a .356 batting average. Outfielder Chris Stemple earned all-region honors after a .432 season that featured 70 hits and 44 runs.

Other award winners from last season included Rawlings Mideast Region Gold Glove honorees Chandler Kent and Andrew Bilse. Kent batted .335 with just six errors in 44 starts at third base, while Academic All-America Bilse has yet to commit an error in his Rose-Hulman career and hit .362 with 10 doubles and six triples.

Remaining returning starters include Kreigh Williams, who hit .331 with 43 hits, 32 runs and a team-high 10 stolen bases; Michael Kovacs, with a .285 average and 12 doubles as the starting center fielder; and first baseman Troy Eveslage, who hit .276 with 45 hits last spring.

Derek Eitel anchors the pitching staff after finishing 10-1 with 81 strikeouts in 82.2 innings of work on the mound last season. Eitel claimed first-team all-region honors as a sophomore and has twice been named first-team all-conference.

Other starting rotation returnees include Gannon Sadzeck (6-3, 3.51 ERA), Nick Maloney (6-2, 3.65) and Nick Rumpke (5-0, 2.88). The bullpen features four other pitchers who earned victories last season, with Jared Kronable and Ben Stenger joining Eitel with two saves each. Andrew Markowitz also recorded two wins and one save in the bullpen, with Andrew Oakley anchoring last season's middle relief corps at 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA.

Rose-Hulman opens the 2010 season Feb. 28 at the RussMatt Baseball Invitational in central Florida.



Wrestling

• South club members place second, fifth — At Indianapolis, two wrestlers from the Terre Haute South Wrestling Club competed Sunday in the Cliff Keen Border Wars Winter Championships.

Alex Mimms was second in the heavyweight division and Daniel Colon was fifth in the 85-pound class.

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