Castle looking to get back on track in Week 2

First off, a couple of disclaimers: We can’t make Reitz at TH South the Game of the Week because Reitz was involved the Game of the Week for Week 1 and Reitz-Castle will almost assuredly be the Game of the Week for Week 3.
Secondly, Mater Dei at Tri-West Hendricks could also be a legitimate Game of the Week, but it’s on a Saturday and traditionally, we always make it a Friday night game.
So by default of sorts, our game of the week is…drum roll please…New Albany at Castle. Let the howling begin!

NEW ALBANY (1-0) at CASTLE (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
It’s only week 2, but this is a huge game for the Knights. There’s no shame in going up to TH North and losing, but you would think it would’ve been a lot closer than 27-11 if Castle is indeed good enough to challenge Reitz and Mater Dei for SIAC supremacy. At this point at least, they aren’t. New Albany routed Clarksville Providence 44-7 in its opener.

Prediction: Castle 35, New Albany 21.

REITZ (1-0) at TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (1-0), 6:30 p.m. Friday
As I said earlier, this obviously would’ve been a good choice for Game of the Week. But Reitz was already involved in Game of the Week in Week 1. I expected the Panthers to beat Henderson County handily, but 62-14? Wow. Reitz is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A while TH South is No. 6 in 5A. The Braves beat Ev. North 26-7 in their opener.

Prediction: Reitz 28, TH South 21

INDY HOWE (1-0) at HARRISON (1-0), 7 p.m., Friday
Harrison coach Cory Brunson said his team was fast and multi-talented and the Warriors certainly proved it in a 54-9 romp over Madisonville North Hopkins, which included an 85-yard kickoff return by CJ Hedgepeth for one touchdown and a 90-yard kickoff return for yet another touchdown by Elizjah Harvey soon thereafter after a Maroons’ field goal. QB Ryan Hales ran for two scores and threw for two others. However, Howe is coming off a 74-21 dismantling off Indy Broad Ripple.

Prediction: Harrison 42, Howe 35

MEMORIAL (0-1) at HENDERSON COUNTY (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Both teams are coming off tough losses. Leading 14-8 at the half, the Tigers surrendered 20 successive points in losing 28-14 at Jasper. Henderson was pounded 62-14 by Reitz. If Memorial can sustain its first-half effort for a complete game, it will beat the Colonels. But that’s a big if.

Prediction: Memorial 21, Henderson County 17

WASHINGTON (0-1) at BOSSE (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Trailing 11-8, Bosse stormed back to beat Pike Central 26-11 and give Eric Schnur a victory. But oh, the humanity! The Bulldogs won despite being penalized 17 times for 105 yards, several on illegal procedure calls. Washington lost 35-13 to Boonville, so Dawgs could start 2-0 for the first time since 1994.

Prediction: Bosse 28, Washington 10

CENTRAL (1-0) at PAOLI (0-1), 6:30 p.m. Friday
The Bears pounded outmanned Indy Marshall, which had 17 players, 53-0. Paoli lost its opener 51-27 to Brownstown Central. Looks like Central is going to begin the season 2-0.

Prediction: Central 42, Paoli 21

NORTH (0-1) at INDY BROAD RIPPLE (0-1), 6 p.m. Friday
Something’s gotta give as someone is going to get its first victory. The Huskies lost 26-7 to mighty TH South while Broad Ripple was routed, 74-12, by Indy Howe.

Prediction: North 28, Broad Ripple 10

MATER DEI (1-0) at TRI-WEST HENDRICKS (0-1), 2 p.m. Saturday
This is another game that could’ve been Game of the Week, but as I detailed previously, it’s on a Saturday and we make our Game of the Week a Friday game. It also lost a bit of its luster because Tri-West lost its opener to then-Class 3A No. 7 West Lafayette 43-23 last Friday. Tri-West, which was No. 1 in 3A, dropped to No. 8. MD raced to a 35-0 halftime lead, settling for a 35-14 win over hapless Indianapolis Northwest when the Space Pioneers scored a couple of TDs against the Wildcats JV team in the second half. Drayke Richardt was in midseason form, scoring on all three carries for MD, then taking a well-deserved seat on the bench.

Prediction: Mater Dei 35, Tri-West 21

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Last week: 6-2.
Overall: 6-2

Like colleagues, I voted Reitz and MD No. 1 in respective classes

Below is how I voted in this week’s Associated Press football poll. Like my colleagues throughout the state, I ranked Reitz No. 1 in Class 4A and MD No. 1 in 2A. The overall AP poll will appear on the scoreboard page in Wednesday’s Courier & Press.

Class 6A
1. Ben Davis
2. Carmel
3. Center Grove
4. Penn
5. Avon
6. Warren Central
7. Indy Cathedral
8. Fishers
9. Southport
10. Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Class 5A
1. New Palestine
2. Bloomington South
3. FW Snider
4. Columbus East
5. Mishawaka
6. TH South
7. TH North
8. Whiteland
9. Decatur Central
10. Castle
Class 4A
1. Reitz
2. Plymouth
3. Jasper
4. Northridge
5. East Central
6. Andrean
7. Northview
8. Munster
9. Roncalli
10. Central
Class 3A
1. West Lafayette
2. FW Luers
3. Gibson Southern
4. Chatard
5. Tri-West
6. Heritage Hills
7. Guerin Catholic
8. Hamilton Hts.
9. Yorktown
10. Jimtown
Class 2A
1. Mater Dei
2. Triton Central
3. Winamac
4. Monrovia
5. Indy Ritter
6. Winchester
7. North Posey
8. Bremen
9. Heritage Christian
10. South Spencer
Class A
1. Laf. Cen. Cath.
2. N. Vermillion
3. Pioneer
4. Linton
5. Tri Central
6. Shenandoah
7. Perry Central
8. Tecumseh
9. Fountain Central
10. LaVilla

Mater Dei at Tri-West pushed back an hour

The Mater Dei at Tri-West Hendricks football game on Saturday has been pushed back an hour to 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday.
This highly-anticipated battle lost a bit of its luster when Tri-West lost to Class 3A No. 7-ranked West Lafayette 43-23 last Friday. Tri-West was ranked No. 1 in 3A, will obviously drop when new Associated Press poll is released Tuesday.
Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in 2A, beat Indianapolis Northwest 35-14 in its opener last Saturday at the Bowl.

Prep football predictions for Week 1



The Tony Lewis-coming back-to-face-Reitz intrigue has died down, now that it’s the third time he will have faced his former team as Colonels’ coach. But Henderson County always likes to cross the river and try to take it to Reitz, or any Evansville school, for that matter. However, the Colonels are coming off a 5-6 season, their first losing mark since 2007, while Reitz coach Andy Hape thinks the Panthers could be the best of his three teams thus far. Without the graduated Malik Higgins, Reitz will be more diversified and perhaps even more dangerous overall. Current group of Panthers seniors haven’t forgotten 24-21 loss to Henderson two years ago. Reitz prevailed, 34-13, last season. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by Indiana Football Digest.

Prediction: Reitz 34, Henderson County 17

PIKE CENTRAL at BOSSE, 6:30 p.m. Friday
The Bulldogs hope to make the most of Eric Schnur’s first game, which should be a winnable debut. After surrendering 474 points last year, Schnur has a defense-first philosophy. He was the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator a few years ago before assisting at Mount Vernon last season. Bosse defeated Pike 41-20 in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs last year. But the Bulldogs moved up to 4A this year, after the IHSAA’s latest reclassification.

Prediction: Bosse 35, Pike Central 27

After having their streak of nine straight winning seasons snapped, the Bears are anxious to get started on the right foot. Marshall was young and inexperienced in finishing 3-7 last year. Central hopes to take advantage, playing at home.

Prediction: Central 42, Marshall 21

North played extremely well in a scrimmage last Friday at Jasper, but this ain’t no scrimmage. Terre Haute South won its first sectional title since 1988 last year, but lost several seniors. However, the Braves will probably will be too strong for the Huskies. TH South pounded North 47-15 last year.

Prediction: Terre Haute South 35, North 21

MEMORIAL at JASPER, 6:30 p.m., Friday
The Tigers haven’t beaten Jasper since the Chad Rupp era, back in 2004. Don’t look for anything to change. Jasper may be down slightly, but Memorial is young and inexperienced.

Prediction: Jasper 28, Memorial 14

CASTLE at TERRE HAUTE NORTH, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Terre Haute North finished 5-6 last season, but still defeated the Knights 24-14 at Paradise. Castle hopes to challenge Reitz and Mater Dei for the SIAC title this year and winning at TH North might prove it will indeed be in that class. But it won’t be easy. The Knights hope to snap a two-game losing streak in this series.

Prediction: Castle 28, Terre Haute North 27

The Warriors are on the upswing, but Madisonville is coming off a 10-3 season in which it advanced to Kentucky’s Class 4A quarterfinals.

Prediction: Madisonville 28, Harrison 14

INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST vs. MATER DEI, 1 p.m. Saturday, Reitz Bowl
The Wildcats can basically win this game by as many points as they want. But coach Mike Goebel is always the good sportsman and will play subs most of the second half in hopes of keeping the score down. MD is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by Indiana Football Digest. The ‘Cats won at Northwest 61-0 last year.

Prediction: Mater Dei 56, Northwest 7.

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–Gordon Engelhardt

Sullivan narrows her choices to final eight colleges

Emily Sullivan, regarded as the most highly-recruited girls’ basketball player ever to play for the tradition-rich Memorial High School program, has narrowed her final collegiate choices to eight. In no particular order, she listed them as follows: Iowa State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Northwestern and Virginia Tech.
Sullivan, a 6-foot-4 senior center, cannot sign a binding national letter of intent until the fall signing period begins in November. She averaged 13.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and a school-record 6.0 blocks last season for the Tigers, who finished 19-6.
Sullivan was a member of the Indiana Junior South All-Stars and played for Best Choice United AAU out of Indianapolis this summer. She had to overcome two stress fractures in her left foot last season and missed nine games with a concussion as a sophomore.
When she is completely healthy, she is one of the best shot-blockers to ever come out of Southwestern Indiana.

2015 Boys’ and girls’ EVSC soccer jamboree pairings

Saturday at EVSC Fields
Mater Dei vs. Central boys and girls, 5 p.m.
North vs. Central, 5:30 p.m.
Mater Dei vs. Memorial, 6 p.m.
North vs. Memorial, 6:30 p.m.
Castle vs. Reitz, 7 p.m.
Bosse vs. Reitz, 7:30 p.m.
Castle vs. Harrison, 8 p.m.
Bosse vs. Harrison, 8:30 p.m.
Note: the times and pairings are identical for the boys’ and girls’ 20-minute exhibition matches, which are played on adjoining fields

Lilly King places second in 100 breast at U.S. National meet

Lilly King placed second in the 100-meter women’s breaststroke with a time of 1:06.69 Saturday at the Phillips 66 U.S. National Swimming Championships in San Antonio, trailing only Katie Meili.
King, a Reitz High School graduate and member of the Newburgh Sea Creatures, will be a freshman at Indiana University. She was named the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference female athlete of the year last Sunday. King ended sixth in the 100 breast at the 2014 nationals.

Mater Dei to dedicate field on Saturday

Mater Dei High School is dedicating Boots Baumann Field, its new artificial turf field, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The program will include remarks by Mater Dei president Timothy Dickel and Wildcats football coach Mike Goebel. Football Chaplain Fr. Phil Kreilein will lead the blessing.
After the program, the Red and Gold scrimmage (Mater Dei’s intervarsity scrimmage) will take place at 8:45 a.m. The field has been named in honor of the families of Ira and Terry Boots, Dan and Andrea Baumann and Brandon and Lindsey Boots. Work on the field began in May and was first used in the middle of July. Perimeter work around the field continues due to the extremely wet spring and summer. The field was designed by Jim Farny at the Lochmueller Group, and Blankenberger Bros. is the general contractor. A-Turf was the artificial turf supplier.
“There are many advantages of this new field, including use in all weather, safety and reduced maintenance costs,” said Dickel. “Once we realized the advantages and return on investment for the field, we knew this was the right direction for the school. The generosity of our community made this project possible for our students.”
Boots Baumann Field will be utilized for football practices and junior varsity, freshman, and cub football games. In addition, the field will be used by soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, band, and physical education classes.