Engelhardt’s state-wide boys’ prep basketball poll

Here is my state boys’ prep basketball poll for this week. AP did not issue an overall poll because no boys’ teams played last week.

Class 4A
1. Carmel
2. Ev. Harrison
3. Indy Cathedral
4. Indy Tech
5. Columbus N.
6. Indy N. Central
7. Indy Pike
8. Lawrence N.
9. Ev. Reitz
10. Jeff
Class 3A
1. Greensburg
2. Guerin Catholic
3. FW Concordia
4. Andrean
5. Bowman Academy
6. Brownstown Cen.
7. Ev. Bosse
8. Batesville
9. Mount Vernon
10. Vincennes Lincoln
Class 2A
1. Indy Park Tudor
2. Speedway
3. Wapahani
4. Hammond Noll
5. Tipton
6. Linton-Stockton
7. Sullivan
8. Perry Central
9. Ev. MD
10. Clarksville Providence
Class A
1. Barr-Reeve
2. Laf. Cen. Cath.
3. Borden
4. Mich. City Marquette
5. Pioneer
6. Triton
7. Loogootee
8. Ev. Day
9. N. Daviess
10. Orleans

–Gordon Engelhardt

Former Bosse star Pendleton gets start for Salukis

Jalen Pendleton, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Bosse High School, will crack the starting lineup tonight when Southern Illinois plays St. Bonaventure at 7:30 in the Florida Gulf Coast Showcase at Estero.
Pendleton is coming off a career-high 24 points in the Salukis’ victory over Division II Missouri State last Thursday, which increased his season average to 13.3.
He is playing a similar role on this year’s team to former Saluki Jeff Early, an undersized guard playing power forward. Last year, the 6-1 Early led the nation in rebounding (7.4) among players 6-1 and under. This season, Pendleton is averaging 5.0 rebounds off the bench.
He is replacing forward Bronson Verhines, who is out with a sprained ankle. Verhines could be sidelined two weeks.

SIU enters tonight’s game with a 3-1 record; St. Bonnie is 3-1.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Former Castle star Seniour gets offer from Chicago State

Shane Seniour, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward-center from Parkland College, has received a scholarship offer from NCAA Division I Chicago State. Seniour helped lead Castle High School to the Class 4A semistate in 2012. Parkland is a junior college in Champaign, Ill.

Seniour hopes to receive more Division I offers, said Brian Gibson, his high school coach.

Seniour is a college teammate of former Reitz standout Nate Tidwell, a 6-5 sophomore.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Pendleton may be SIU’s ‘energizer bunny’ off the bench

Southern Illinois University men’s basketball team is off to an 0-2 start after facing a brutal one-two punch in Missouri and St. Louis. But one shining light for the Salukis has been the play of former Bosse standout Jalen Pendleton off the bench.
SIU coach Barry Hinson said Pendleton, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, likes his role.
“Yeah, I hope so,” Hinson said during a press conference. “Even with three fouls, we said let’s go to the spark. Then we put Jalen on the floor. He gives us that spark when he’s in the game and we certainly have to have that from him.”
Pendleton is the Salukis’ third-leading scorer (9.0) and rebounder (4.0) after two games. But Hinson is not planning to start him anytime soon.
“He’s that spark that you have to have coming off the bench,” Hinson said. “Quite frankly, Jalen’s played well in those games but we start guys that are consistent in practice and the things that we do. We would like to play with a little bit more size and we can’t do that with Jalen in the hybrid spot. It makes teams adjust to him as well. I think that’s one of the byproducts of bringing him off the bench. Then they have to make substitution packages based on our people.”
Hinson was asked if Pendleton replaced departed Jeff Early as the team’s “Energizer Bunny.”
“It’s too early to say,” Hinson said. “I hope so. We have a lot of roles changing. We needed solid point guard play and Marcus Fillyaw has provided that. We need to shoot the ball better from the perimeter; we haven’t shown any improvements at that yet. We needed better interior play and I think we will make great strides in that arena.
“The spark right now – the Energizer Bunny Rabbit – has been Jalen and I hope it continues to be him. If he can do that and accept that role that will certainly make us a better ballclub.”

–Gordon Engelhardt

Former Bosse standout Lyle is still undecided

JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-5 point guard ranked No. 22 in the Class of 2014 by rivals.com, is expected to wait until spring the make his college choice.
Lyle, who played three years for Bosse High School before transferring to Huntington (W.Va.) Prep for his senior season, made an oral commitment to defending NCAA champion Louisville last June, then de-committed in September.
Huntington coach Rob Fulford told me that Lyle is unsure where he wants to go and will probably wait until the April signing period.
Lyle’s latest round of official offers have come from Connecticut, Kansas, Memphis and Arizona. He has made unofficial visits to UConn and Memphis.
Indiana, Kansas State and Oregon are reportedly among the other schools still in contact with Lyle, who averaged 27 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in leading Bosse to a 19-6 record last winter.
He was an Indiana Junior All-Star, but has raised eyebrows by transferring from Bosse to Huuntington Prep and changing AAU teams on several occasions.

–Gordon Engelhardt

No SIAC football teams in regional first time since 2002

After North, Reitz, Bosse and Mater Dei’s football teams all went down in sectional championship games on Friday night, it send us scrambling to the record book.

It marked the first time since 2002 that no SIAC team won a sectional title and was competing in a regional. Before that, you have to go all the way back to 1981 to find a SIAC team not competing in a regional.

Does this mean the SIAC was down this season, or the area was up?

On the flip side, four (Bosse, Castle, Mater Dei and Reitz) SIAC teams all won sectional titles in 2010. That is the most in one year. Ten different times, the latest in 2011, three teams won sectional championships.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Pick your sectional championship game winners


NORTH (3-7) at No. 2 TERRE HAUTE NORTH (8-2), 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, Class 5A Sectional 16
Comparative scores don’t mean much, but are fun to look at. While TH North beat Castle twice and Castle beat North, consider that North defeated TH South twice and TH South beat TH North 28-24 back in August. TH North is seeking its first sectional title since 1986 while the North Huskies are seeking a monumental upset.

Prediction: TH North 38, North 21

REITZ (8-3) at No. 6 JASPER (10-1), 7 p.m. CST Friday, Class 4A Sectional 24
Last year, Jasper was on the verge of blowing out the Panthers in the sectional title game at Alumni Stadium. But Reitz scored before half to narrow the margin to 17-7. The Panthers never led until Zach Phillips kicked a 34-yard field goal with 9.1 seconds left to give them a 31-30 victory. Jasper has not won a sectional title since 2008 and is sick and tired of losing to Evansville schools in the sectional – especially Reitz. Expect another close game in this classic rematch. Jasper’s rock-ribbed defense could prove to be the difference.

Prediction: Jasper 24, Reitz 21

BOSSE (7-4) at No. 2 GIBSON SOUTHERN (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Class 3A Sectional 32
Carrington Crutcher had a monster game against Princeton, leaving him just 97 yards shy of 2,000 for the season. He will need another spectacular game for Bosse to pull off an upset at Fort Branch. Gibson Southern QB Nick Sellers is the real deal and so is coach Nick Hart.

Prediction: Gibson Southern 42, Bosse 33

No. 1 MATER DEI (11-0) at No. 6 SOUTHRIDGE (9-2), 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, Class 2A Sectional 40
Last year, Mater Dei edged the Raiders 22-15 in the first round. Last week, the Wildcats fell behind Sullivan 13-0 last week before taking control. Coming off an injury, Nolan Goebel gained 239 yards rushing and scored three TDs. Expect MD to win its fifth consecutive sectional title.

Prediction: Mater Dei 34, Southridge 21

Last week: 6-1
Overall: 48-8

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt