Engelhardt’s votes for AP poll entering Week 3

ENGELHARDT’S VOTES FOR AP POLL ENTERING WEEK 3

(Note: the overall AP poll from writers and broadcasters throughout the state should appear in Wednesday’s Courier & Press)

Class 6A
1. Ben Davis
2. Carmel
3. Warren Central
4. Penn
5. Hamilton SE
6. Center Grove
7. Southport
8. Pike
9. Fishers
10. Avon
Class 5A
1. FW Snider
2. Indy Cathedral
3. Concord
4. Westfield
5. Whiteland
6. McCutcheon
7. TH North
8. TH South
9. Castle
10. Fort Wayne Wayne
Class 4A
1. Columbus East
2. Indy Chatard
3. Reitz
4. Jasper
5. New Pal
6. New Haven
7. FW Dwenger
8. Roncalli
9. Norwell
10. Central
Class 3A
1. Andrean
2. Indy Brebeuf
3. Gibson Southern
4. Brownstown Central
5. West Lafayette
6. Hamilton Hts.
7. Yorktown
8. Jimtown
9. Mishawaka Marian
10. Batesville
Class 2A
1. Indy Scecina
2. Laf Cen Cath
3. Mater Dei
4. Rensselaer Central
5. Indy Ritter
6. Triton Central
7. Speedway
8. Shenandoah
9. Southridge
10. Monrovia
Class A
1. Indy Lutheran
2. Tri-Central
3. Winamac
4. Linton-Stockton
5. Pioneer
6. N Vermillion
7. Fountain Central
8. Northeastern
9. Perry Central
10. Whiting

Make your picks for week 2 of high school football

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS INVOLVING SIAC TEAMS
WEEK 2

Friday
(All times CDT)
MEMORIAL (0-1) vs. MATER DEI (1-0), 7 p.m., Reitz Bowl
Jasper’s physical offensive line simply manhandled Memorial last week in a 45-14 romp at Romain Stadium. Tigers coach John Hurley said his team couldn’t adequately handle Jasper’s pressure and noted that pressure is MD’s M.O. The Wildcats breezed past Indianapolis Northwest, 61-0. Julian Weidner gained 84 yards rushing on just three carries, including touchdown runs of 56 and 36 yards. Memorial hasn’t beaten MD since 2009. In an odd twist, teams meet Friday in a nonconference game at the Bowl, then meet in SIAC play on Sept. 12 at Owen Stadium.

Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Memorial 14

BOSSE (0-1) at WASHINGTON (0-1), 7 p.m.
Both teams are coming off blowout losses. This might be Bosse’s best chance to secure a win early in the season, so Dawgs need to take advantage. Washington was pounded by Boonville, 50-13.

Prediction: Bosse 42, Washington 28

PAOLI (0-1) at CENTRAL (0-0), 7 p.m.
Paoli was pounded by Brownstown Central 38-0 while Central’s game last Friday was canceled vs. North Oldham, Kentucky. Central was snubbed in trying to reschedule game the next night at Southridge, a neutral site. Strange days, indeed. Bears should take out their frustrations on Paoli.

Prediction: Central 35, Paoli 21

INDIANAPOLIS HOWE (0-1) at HARRISON (1-0), 7 p.m.
Harrison has an excellent chance to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2004.
Howe lost its opener, 27-10, to Indianapolis Tech.

Prediction: Harrison 35, Howe 28
HENDERSON COUNTY (0-1) at NORTH (0-1), 7 p.m.
Coming off a 34-13 loss to Reitz, the Colonels can’t wait to get a crack at North. Huskies are reeling after falling behind Terre Haute South 47-0, before putting 15 points on the board in the final period to make the score a little more respectable. North has not beaten Henderson County since 2007.

Prediction: Henderson County 35, North 17

REITZ (1-0) at PADUCAH TILGHMAN (0-1), 7 p.m.
Panthers were impressive in season-opening win at Henderson. Reitz looks to improve to 2-0, but it won’t be easy making the 2-hour trip to play against a perennial Western Kentucky powerhouse. However, the Blue Tornado suffered several self-inflicted errors in losing opener 49-21 to rival McCracken County, Kentucky.

Prediction: Reitz 35, Paducah Tilghman 21

CASTLE (0-1) at NEW ALBANY (0-1), 7 p.m.
After failing to avenge a pair of 2013 losses to Terre Haute North last week, the Knights are gunning for their first victory. New Albany, which lost 15-14 to Class 2A Clarksville Providence, will be the victim.

Prediction: Castle 31, New Albany 17

Last week: 5-2
Overall: 5-2.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Engelhardt’s AP football poll entering Week 2

Here are the votes I submitted to the AP for week 2 of the Indiana high school football poll:

Class 6A
1. Ben Davis
2. Carmel
3. Warren Central
4. Center Grove
5. Hamilton SE
6. Penn
7. Southport
8. Fishers
9. Indy Pike
10. Avon
Class 5A
1. Westfield
2. FW Snider
3. Indy Cathedral
4. Concord
5. TH North
6. Mishawaka
7. Castle
8. Whiteland
9. Munster
10. Bloomington South
Class 4A
1. Columbus East
2. Indy Chatard
3. Reitz
4. Jasper
5. New Prairie
6. Lowell
7. Norwell
8. New Pal
9. Leo
10. S. Bend St. Joseph’s
Class 3A
1. Andrean
2. Indy Brebeuf
3. Gibson Southern
4. Delta
5. Brownstown Central
6. W Lafayette
7. Hamilton Heights
8. Mishawaka Marian
9. Jimtown
10. Tri-West
Class 2A
1. Laf Cen Cath
2. Indy Ritter
3. Rensselaer Central
4. Mater Dei
5. Southridge
6. Triton Central
7. Monrovia
8. Indy Scecina
9. Speedway
10. Paoli
Class A
1. Tri-Central
2. Indy Lutheran
3. Linton-Stockton
4. Winamac
5. S Putnam
6. Perry Central
7. Fountain Central
8. Rockville
9. Northeastern
10. Pioneer

Get ready for Reitz vs. Tony Lewis at Henderson, round 2

Welcome to another year of my weekly high school football predictions. Please feel free to make your own picks and compare them.

WEEK 1
Friday
(All times CDT)
REITZ at HENDERSON COUNTY, 7 p.m.
Welcome to Tony Lewis vs. Reitz, year 2, and perhaps a little less hype. After leading the Panthers to four successive victories over Henderson County, Lewis turned the tables in his first season on the other side of the bridge as the Colonels pulled out a 24-21 victory in the final minute, ruining Andy Hape’s debut as Reitz head coach. Expect another close game; Malik Higgins’ all-around excellence could prove to be the difference. The Panthers are ranked No. 10 in preseason AP Class 4A poll, coach Hape was not pleased with their effort in practice earlier this week.

Prediction: Reitz 27, Henderson County 21

JASPER vs. MEMORIAL at Harrison, 6:30 p.m.
Not since the Chad Rupp era in 2004 have the Tigers beaten Jasper. I don’t see any reason for the streak to end this year, unless Memorial has drastically improved. The Wildcats, who are always solid no matter what their talent level may be that season, are ranked No. 6 in Class 4A.

Prediction: Jasper 28, Memorial 14

JEFFERSONVILLE at BOSSE, 6:30 p.m.
After going 7-4 last season, the Bulldogs lost a wealth of talent and will be hard-pressed to beat Jeff, a Class 6A school, which outlasted Bosse 60-48 in last year’s season opener.

Prediction: Jeff 42, Bosse 27

TERRE HAUTE NORTH at CASTLE, 6:30 p.m.
It was an unhappy bookend of sorts for Castle, which lost to THN in its season opener and also in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. However, the Knights started 10 sophs last season and we’ll see right off the bat how much they have improved. THN is ranked No. 4 in Class 5A while Castle just missed cracking the top 10.

Prediction: Castle 28, Terre Haute North 27

CENTRAL vs. NORTH OLDHAM, Ky., Vision Works Bowl, 7 p.m.
North Oldham is a Class AAAA team that won 9 games and returns all-state running back, Arien Beasley, who scored 30 TDs last year. Central lost a host of talent to graduation and should eventually be another above .500 team, but the opener could be a learning experience.

Prediction: North Oldham 35, Central 34

HARRISON at WEST VIGO, 7 p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity for the Warriors to get the season started on the right foot in Cory Brunson’s second season as head coach.

Prediction: Harrison 38, West Vigo 21

MATER DEI at INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST, 7 p.m.
Versatile Mater Dei running back-wide receiver-defensive back Julian Weidner is ready for a breakout season. Wildcats coach Mike Goebel was unhappy with his team’s effort in their scrimmage against Reitz last Friday, but will have them prepared for the bus trip to Indy and to play Northwest, a 4A school that finished 1-9 last season. MD is tied for No. 3 in Class 2A.

Prediction: Mater Dei 42, Indy Northwest 14

NORTH at TERRE HAUTE SOUTH, 6:30 p.m.
While Castle lost twice to THN last season, North beat THS twice. The Huskies, who have a strong senior class, hope to continue their mastery of THS.

Prediction: North 34, Terre Haute South 27

–Gordon Engelhardt

Engelhardt’s preseason football rankings

Following is my preseason football poll submitted to The Associated Press. The overall poll, from writers and broadcasters throughout the state, should come out Monday or Tuesday and will be printed in the Courier & Press.

Class 6A
1. Ben Davis
2. Carmel
3. Center Grove
4. Warren Central
5. Hamilton SE
6. Penn
7. Southport
8. Fishers
9. Lake Central
10. Lawrence Central
Class 5A
1. Indy Cathedral
2. Fort Wayne Snider
3. Westfield
4. Concord
5. Castle
6. Mishawaka
7. Whiteland
8. Decatur Central
9. Bloomington South
10. Terre Haute North
Class 4A
1. Columbus East
2. Indy Chatard
3. New Prairie
4. Lowell
5. Reitz
6. Jasper
7. Norwell
8. New Palestine
9. South Bend St. Joseph’s
10. Central
Class 3A
1. Andrean
2. Indy Brebeuf
3. Gibson Southern
4. Delta
5. Jimtown
6. Tri-West
7. Brownstown Central
8. Hamilton Heights
9. Mishawaka Marian
10. Memorial
Class 2A
1. Laf. Cen. Cath.
2. Indy Ritter
3. Rensselaer Cen.
4. Mater Dei
5. Southridge
6. Paoli
7. Triton Central
8. Speedway
9. Monrovia
10. Cass
Class A
1. Tri-Central
2. Indy Lutheran
3. Sheridan
4. Eastern Hancock
5. Linton-Stockton
6. Winamac
7. South Putnam
8. Perry Central
9. Rockville
10. Pioneer

Final basketball tournament proposal presented to IHSAA committee

The final proposal to alter the state basketball tournaments was presented to the IHSAA Executive Committee Thursday for its consideration.
It was a result of two years of study by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) in cooperation with the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) and the IHSAA. The Executive Committee will vote on it on Oct. 2.
Following the next realignment, which begins with the 2015-16 school year, the largest 64 schools by enrollment would make up Class 4A. Sixteen sectionals would be played, containing four teams each and all games would be played on a Saturday. The remaining schools in Classes 3A, 2A and A (approximately 114 in each) would then be evenly distributed among 16 sectionals in each classification.
Those games would be played as they are now in a Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday format. Currently, teams are equally distributed across all four classes with an average of 101 schools in each.
The football state tournament was conducted last year using a similar model with the top 32 teams comprising Class 6A with the next 34 making up 5A.
In summation, this is another attempt to address the discrepancy in the size of schools from the largest to the smallest within Class 4A.

Reitz guard Sanford commits to Toledo

ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESS ARCHIVES Reitz’s Jaelan Sanford (13) shoots a basket during the first half of the game at Memorial on Jan, 25, 2014.
ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESS ARCHIVES Reitz’s Jaelan Sanford (13) shoots a basket during the first half of the game at Memorial on Jan, 25, 2014.

Reitz guard Jaelan Sanford orally committed to the University of Toledo to play basketball late Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-3 Sanford, who averaged about 17 points per game for the Panthers last season, blew up this summer. Shortly after the July college recruiting period opened, Sanford received more than a dozen Division-I offers in a matter of two weeks.

Sanford decided on Toledo after he visited them, Ohio and Bowling Green State this past weekend.

“It was a very tough decision for me to make considering that I had so many great college programs to chose from,” Sanford said. “I thought about it for a while and talked about it with my dad and (Pocket City Basketball AAU club head) N.D. Kendrick, and after visiting Toledo and Ohio this past weekend and choosing between those two schools we’re tough.

“But I just had a great feeling about Toledo and felt like it is the best fit for me so I went ahead and committed. I’m super excited about it,” he added.

Sanford had received scholarship offers from American, Ball State, Boston, Bowling Green State, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois State, IPFW, Kent State, Northeastern, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio, Robert Morris and Southern Indiana.

“He’s the hungriest kid in this program.” Kendrick said. “He was my number one priority get this summer. I knew once I got him, everything would change. He’s a highly competitive kid. A lot of people I spoke to thought he was a Division-II player.”

Toledo, a Division-I program who plays in the Mid-American Conference, went 27-7 last year and earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, where it was a No. 6-seed and lost in the first round.