IHSAA softball sectional pairings announced

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the sectional pairings for softball. All times are central, subject to change and all dates are also subject to verification.

Class 4A Sectional 16
Wednesday, May 26
Castle vs. Reitz, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 28
Harrison vs. Central, 5:30 p.m.
North vs. Castle-Reitz winner 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 29
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Class 3A Sectional 31
Tuesday, May 25
Mitchell vs. Washington, 9 a.m.
Pike Central vs. Heritage Hills, 11 a.m.
Jasper vs. Vincennes Lincoln, 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Southridge vs. Mitchell-Washington winner, 5 p.m.
Pike Central-Heritage Hills winner vs Jasper-Vincennes Lincoln winner, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 28
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Class 3A Sectional 32
Wednesday, May 26
Memorial vs. Boonville, 5:30 p.m.
Bosse vs. Mount Vernon, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Memorial-Boonville winner vs. Bosse-Mount Vernon winner, 5:30 p.m.
Gibson Southern vs. Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 28
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Class 2A Sectional 47
Wednesday, May 26
North Knox vs. South Knox, 5:30 p.m.
Linton-Stockton vs. Sullivan, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
North Knox-South Knox winner vs. Linton-Sullivan winner, 5:30 p.m.
North Central (Farmersburg) vs. Eastern Greene, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 28
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Class 2A Sectional 48
Wednesday, May 26
Forest Park vs. North Posey, 5:30 p.m.
Mater Dei vs. South Spencer, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Forest Park-North Posey winner vs. Mater Dei-South Spencer winner, 5:30 p.m.
Perry Central vs. Tell City, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 28
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Class A Sectional 63
Wednesday, May 26
Barr-Reeve vs. North Daviess, 5 p.m.
Loogootee vs. Shoals, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Semifinal winners, 5:30 p.m.

Class A Sectional 64
Wednesday, May 26
Tecumseh vs. Northeast Dubois, 5:30 p.m.
Wood Memorial vs. Cannelton, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Jasper up to No. 1; Loogootee cracks top 10

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week six. Records are through games of Saturday, May 9, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indpls. Cathedral 16-1 (118) 1
2. Floyd Central 17-3 (94) T2
3. Lawrence North 18-4 (92) T5
4. Columbus North (82) 4
5. Lake Central 14-3 (68) T5
6. LaPorte 17-4 (66) T2
7. McCutcheon 12-4 (38) T7
8. Hobart 16-3 (24) NR-RV
9. Center Grove 14-2 (20) NR
10. Zionsville 8-2 (18) T7
Dropped out: Avon (9), Crown Point (10).
Received votes: Avon, Bedford North Lawrence, Castle, Connersville, Crown Point, Huntington North, Westfield.

CLASS 3A
1. Jasper 18-0 (96) T2

T2. Crawfordsville 20-3 (68) T2
T2. Silver Creek 15-2 (68) 4
4. Andrean 12-2 (66) 5
5. Hanover Central 17-3 (56) 1
T6. Norwell 15-3 (50) 8
T6. Yorktown 16-3 (50) 7
8. Leo 17-2 (44) T9
9. Puru 11-4 (36) 6
10. West Vigo 14-3 (4) NR-RV
Dropped out: North Harrison (T9).
Received votes: Bellmont, Charlestown, New Haven.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 16-1 (98) 1
2. Lapel 15-3 (84) T2
3. South Spencer 14-2 (80) T2
4. Fort Wayne Canterbury 13-1 (60) 7
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 16-5 (56) 8
6. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 4-0 (52) 5
7. Alexandria 14-6 (32) 6
8. Wapahani 14-7 (26) 4
9. Eastern (Greentown) 14-5 (24) T9
10. Hebron 14-3 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Sullivan (T9).
Received votes: Churubusco, Forest Park, Sullivan.

CLASS A
1. Pioneer 12-1 (112) 2
2. Rockville 14-5 (80) T4
3. Rising Sun 11-3 (72) 6
4. South Central (Elizabeth) 11-7 (50) 3
5. North White 13-5 (40) 10
6. Frontier 14-6 (36) T4
7. Orleans 11-5 (34) 1
8. Shakamak 3-2 (30) T8
9. Jac-Cen-Del 11-5 (24) T8
10. Loogootee 12-5 (20) NR-RV
Dropped out: Caston (7).
Received votes: Caston, Daleville, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Hauser, Morgan Township, Northeast Dubois, Tecumseh.

Memorial’s Sullivan gets latest offer from Missouri

Emily Sullivan has received a scholarship offer from the University of Missouri, making it an even dozen. The 6-foot-4 junior center from Memorial High School cannot sign a binding national letter of intent until November.
Sullivan, a member of the Indiana South Junior All-Stars, averaged 13.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and a school-record 6.0 blocks in leading the Tigers to an 19-6 record. The Indiana Junior All-Stars will play the Indiana (senior) All-Stars on June 8 at Richmond and June 10 at Columbus North.

Thomas officially named North’s boys’ basketball coach

Andre Thomas was named North High School’s boys basketball coach at Monday’s EVSC board meeting.
He guided Bosse’s girls’ basketball team to a 49-44 record in four seasons, including a Class 3A sectional championship and an 18-7 record in 2013. Thomas also served as Bosse’s football coach, posting a 12-31 mark in four years. The Bulldogs finished 7-5 and advanced to the 3A sectional title game in 2013.
Ever since he began his coaching career nine years ago, Thomas’ goal has been to become a boys’ varsity basketball coach and now his dream is realized.
“Everything in my life I did in Florida, and everything I’ve done here was to one day being a boys’ (head) coach,” Thomas said.
A Harrison High School graduate, Thomas was an assistant boys’ basketball coach and assistant football coach for four years at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, before returning to Evansville to coach at Bosse.
Thomas, 33, played college football at the University of Toledo and college basketball at John A. Logan, a junior college in Carterville, Illinois, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
He replaces Scot Bunnell, who resigned his position last month. He led the Huskies to a 45-60 record in six seasons.

Jasper, South Spencer only area representatives in IHSBCA Top 10

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week five. Records are through games of Saturday, May 2, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indpls. Cathedral 16-1 (140) 1
2. Floyd Central 15-2 (110) 2
2. LaPorte 16-2 (110) 3
4. Columbus North (64) T6
5. Lawrence North 14-2 (52) 5
5. Lake Central 7-2 (52) 4
7. Zionsville 8-2 (48) T6
7. McCutcheon 10-3 (48) 8
9. Avon 12-4 (32) NR-RV
10. Crown Point 11-5 (16) NR
Dropped out: Bedford N. Lawrence (9), Harrison (W. Lafayette) (10).
Received votes: Bedford N. Lawrence, Castle, Columbus East, Connersville, Crown Point, Ev. North, Hobart, Huntington North, Lafayette Jefferson, Mishawaka, Munster, Terre Haute North, Westfield.

CLASS 3A
1. Hanover Central 16-0 (110) 2
2. Jasper 16-0 (96) 3
2. Crawfordsville 16-2 (96) 1
4. Silver Creek 13-1 (84) 5
5. Andrean 12-2 (82) 4
6. Peru 9-2 (48) T8
7. Yorktown 11-3 (28) T6
8. Norwell 9-3 (26) T6
9. N. Harrison 11-5 (20) T8
9. Leo 12-2 (20) NR-RV
Dropped out: Charlestown (10).
Received votes: Charlestown, F.W. Dwenger, Frankfort, Lebanon, New Haven, W. Vigo.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 13-1 (94) 1
2. Lapel 13-2 (68) 8
2. S. Spencer 12-2 (68) 2
4. Wapahani 13-5 (66) 4
5. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 3-0 (60) T8
6. Alexandria 11-4 (54) 3
7. F.W. Canterbury 9-1 (50) 6
8. Lafayette Central Catholic 12-5 (48) 5
9. Sullivan 11-4 (10) 7
9. Eastern (Greentown) 11-4 (10) NR-RV
Dropped out: Austin (10).
Received votes: Austin, Churubusco, Forest Park, Hebron, N. Newton.

CLASS A
1. Orleans 10-3 (90) 1
2. Pioneer 12-1 (86) 4
3. S. Central (Elizabeth) 10-6 (80) 2
4. Rockville 11-3 (68) 3
4. Frontier 12-5 (68) 6
6. Rising Sun 8-3 (48) T8
7. Caston 10-4 (22) NR-RV
8. Jac-Cen-Del 8-4 (14) NR-RV
8. Shakamak 2-2 (14) 5
10. N. White 9-3 (12) NR-RV
Dropped out: F.W. Blackhawk Christian (7), Barr-Reeve (T8), Hauser (10).
Received votes: Barr-Reeve, Daleville, F.W. Blackhawk Christian, Hauser, Loogootee, Morgan Township, Northeast Dubois.

Andre Thomas appears to be leading candidate to become North’s new boys’ basketball coach

Andre Thomas appears to be a leading candidate to become North High School’s new boys’ basketball coach, according to several sources. The EVSC will hold its next board meeting on Monday night.
Thomas led Bosse’s girls’ basketball team to a 49-44 record in four seasons, including a Class 3A sectional title and an 18-7 record in 2013. The Bulldogs were just 3-20 this past season, but Thomas was blessed with little experience or talent.
He also has served as Bosse’s football coach, posting a 12-31 mark in four years. The Bulldogs finished 7-5 and advanced to the 3A championship game in 2013. They were 2-9 last fall.
It makes sense that Thomas would be seeking his first boys’ basketball head coaching opportunity. He was also reportedly upset that the Bulldogs will move up from 3A to Class 4A in football this fall, after the IHSAA’s latest reclassification. Bosse is pretty much always going to struggle in football. They usually have talent at the skill positions, but lack the overall numbers to be competitive on a consistent basis.
North is still a relatively new school at its U.S. 41 location and boasts good facilities and is the second-largest school in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, behind Castle. Thomas, a Harrison graduate, played college football at the University of Toledo and college basketball at John A. Logan and SIU Edwardsville. He would be an excellent choice for the Huskies.
North Posey’s Heath Howington’s name has also surfaced as a candidate to replace former North coach Scot Bunnell. Howington guided the Vikings to a 14-11 record this past season and is 31-40 in three years overall.
Bunnell resigned his position as North coach early last month. He led the Huskies to 11-10 and 12-9 records in 2011-12 and ‘12-13, marking the first time they had back-to-back winning seasons in 13 years. Bunnell was 45-60 in six years at North, including 11-24 in the SIAC. He is expected to remain at the school as a health and physical education teacher.

Memorial’s Sullivan receives three more scholarship offers

The offers continue to pour in for Emily Sullivan, Memorial’s 6-foot-4 junior center. Minnesota, St. John’s and Miami (Ohio) are the latest group of schools to join the battle for her services. They all offered her a scholarship on Thursday, hiking the overall total to 11 schools.
She has also received offers from IUPUI, Boston University, the University of Evansville, Cal State Bakersfield, Indiana State, Valparaiso, Arkansas and Iowa State.
Sullivan, a member of the Indiana South Junior All-Stars, averaged 13.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and a school-record 6.0 blocks in leading the Tigers to a 19-6 record.
The Indiana Junior Stars will play the Indiana (senior) All-Stars on June 8 at Richmond and June 10 at Columbus North.

South Spencer, Jasper climb IHSBCA poll

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week four. Records are through games of Saturday, April 25, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indianapolis Cathedral 12-0 (180) 2
2. Floyd Central 12-1 (156) 1
3. LaPorte 14-1 (132) 6
4. Lake Central 6-1 (96) 3
5. Lawrence North 12-0 (90) 9
6. Columbus North (74) 8
6. Zionsville 6-1 (74) 5
8. McCutcheon 9-2 (32) NR-RV
9. Bedford North Lawrence 9-3 (30) 4
10. Harrison (West Lafayette) 10-3 (26) 10
Dropped out: Castle (7).
Received votes (alphabetically): Avon, Brownsburg, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Castle, Center Grove, Evansville North, Homestead, Lawrence Central, Mishawaka, Munster, Terre Haute South.

CLASS 3A
1. Crawfordsville 13-0 (98) 1
2. Hanover Central 12-0 (92) 2
3. Jasper 11-0 (72) 5
4. Andrean 11-2 (60) 4
5. Silver Creek 12-1 (54) 3
6. Yorktown 8-2 (26) 10
6. Norwell 7-2 (26) 6
8. Peru 6-1 (24) NR-RV
8. North Harrison 10-2 (24) 9
10. Charlestown 8-3 (16) 7
Dropped out: Lebanon (8).
Received votes: Fort Wayne Dwenger, Griffith, Lebanon, Leo, Maconaquah, Mitchell.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 8-0 (110) 2
2. South Spencer 10-2 (88) 3
3. Alexandria 9-2 (82) 1
4. Wapahani 10-3 (80) 4
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 10-4 (70) 5
6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 6-1 (44) 6
7. Sullivan 10-2 (36) 7
8. Lapel 9-1 (26) NR-RV
8. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 3-0 (26) 10
10. Austin 7-1 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Centerville (8), Eastern (Greene) (9).
Received votes: Centerville, Churubusco, Eastern (Greene), North Newton, Shenandoah, Woodlan.

CLASS A
1. Orleans 8-0 (110) 2
2. South Central (Elizabeth) 9-3 (108) 1
3. Rockville 8-1 (98) 3
4. Pioneer 7-1 (76) 4
5. Shakamak 1-2 (48) 5
6. Frontier 9-4 (46) 6
7. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 0-3 (32) 10
8. Rising Sun 7-2 (30) NR-RV
8. Barr-Reeve 2-2 (30) 8
10. Hauser 6-4 (28) 7
Dropped out: Daleville (9).
Received votes: Caston, Daleville, Jac-Cen-Del, Morgan Township, North White, Northeast Dubois, Tecumseh.

Reitz sixth man Barnes headed to Lincoln Trail College

Mario Barnes, a senior guard who helped lead Reitz High School to a berth in the Class 4A state championship game, has committed to Lincoln Trail, a junior college in Robinson, Illinois. The Panthers’ sixth man most of his senior year, he averaged 7.2 points after averaging 10.5 as a sophomore and 10.2 as a junior. His career mark was 8.9.
Lincoln Trail should be a good fit for the speedy Barnes, who becomes the fifth Reitz senior to announce he will go on to play college basketball. Jaelan Sanford is headed for the University of Toledo. Nate Hansen to Vincennes U., and Alex Stein and Jacob Norman to the University of Southern Indiana.
Dru Smith, an Indiana South Junior All-Star, is getting looks from Indiana State, among others. If he continues to improve, junior guard Blake Ruckman could also go on to play college ball.

South Spencer’s 7-run 7th stuns Titans

Hannah Epperson’s two-run double highlighted a seven-run seventh as visiting South Spencer snapped a scoreless tie to beat Pocket Athletic Conference rival Gibson Southern, 7-0, in a regular season softball showdown of epic proportions on Thursday night.
“We faced a really good pitcher (Jaime Nurrenbern) and it took a while to make adjustments,” said Rebels coach Tara Compton. “We saw her a couple of times and were finally able to get something rolling toward the end of the game.”
Kaylea Horn fired a three-hitter for Class 2A No. 1-ranked South Spencer (10-0, 3-0). The Rebels avenged a 3-2 9-inning loss to Gibson Southern last year. The 3A No. 2-ranked Titans are 11-3, 2-2.
Gibson Southern went on to win the PAC title last season and finished as 3A state runners-up. South Spencer went on to win the 2A state championship.