Sports stories of the year Part 1

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TERRE HAUTE, IND (WTWO/WAWV) – At the start of the 2020-21 school year there was quite a bit of uncertainty as to how the sports calendar would come together. It was not known how the pandemic would affect teams ability to play sports like football. As it turns out to successfully play football in a pandemic players opened practice like the Terre Haute South Braves who went through routine temperature checks prior to taking the field.

That wasn’t the only change, face shields became the norm at South Vermillion, something these Wildcats may tell their kids about someday.

South Putnam defeated Parke Heritage 43-40 in an thrilling sectional victory in head coach Chuck Sorrell’s second season. They weren’t the only one, the Sullivan Golden Arrows also had great season. They beat Lincoln on the road thanks to this William Newby touchdown run en route to the school’s first sectional title. The WTWO Play of the year was won by the Vincennes Lincoln Alices. Eric Vickers to Coleton Pfoff on a 60 yard touchdown strike to beat Evansville North.

From the field to the pitch, the Northview girls soccer team won the school’s 4th straight sectional title. Par for the course for the powerhouse program. Meanwhile the Terre Haute South boys won one for the first time in five years. “This was a great win I was really hoping Terre Haute North would be here facing off against us in the final but it was a great win for Terre Haute and I’m just really proud of these boys,” head coach John Stephens said.

The Braves also got great efforts from Canaan Sellers and the tennis team. Canaan advanced to the state finals, equally as impressive he played number 1 singles all four years of high school.

In girls golf the Braves also won a sectional title at Forest Park. It’s something of a custom for them, their 3rd title in four years for head coach Cara Stuckey.

November featured two elite volleyball teams heading to Muncie for the state championship. Barr Reeve and Loogootee both played for titles at Ball State University.

It didn’t go the way the Lions had hoped, but the Vikings won the championship for the 3rd time in school history. Anna Ballengee had 21 kills to lead them to victory. “It’s just crazy like 1A we won my sophomore year and then we wanted to prove to people that we could do it in 2A and we did just that,” Ballengee said.

Added head coach Amber DeCoursey: “These seniors have you know been a big part of it for four years you know four of them have started and played all the way around since their freshman year and they just wanted to go out on top,” she said.

And from fall to winter, it seems fitting to close with an annual tradition. The Classic was held but it felt different. For those of us there it was good basketball as always, but we missed you the fans who bring so much atmosphere.

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