FANS SHOULD HAVE A SMILE ON THEIR FACE… TODAY TEAMS HIT THE COURT FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE OF THE 2012-2013 SEASON, SPORTS 10 CAUGHT UP WITH THE BIG FOUR IN THE WABASH VALLEY … THE LAST TIME WE SAW TERRE HAUTE NORTH THEY WERE MAKING THEIR DEEPEST POSTSEASON RUN SINCE 1999… THE PATRIOTS UPSET SECOND RANKED PENDLETON HEIGHTS IN THE REGIONAL SEMIFINALS BEFORE LOSING IN THE REGIONAL TITLE LAST MARCH TO PIKE IN THE ELITE EIGHT…. GONE FROM THAT ELITE EIGHT TEAM ARE TWO SOLID PLAYERS IN MATT O’LEARY AND ROSS SPONSLER… BUT NORTH DOES RETURN THREE STARTERS LEAD BY SIX-SIX BIG MAN CALVIN BLANK AND SEVEN OF THEIR TOP NINE PLAYERS … FEW IN THE STATE LAST YEAR PLAYED DEFENSE AS GOOD AS THE PATRIOTS AND THAT WILL ONCE AGAIN BE THE KEY TO THIS SEASON… “ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALK ABOUT. IF WE ARE GOING TO BE GOOD AND COMPETE WITH TEAMS ON OUR SCHEDULE WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GUARD FOR 32 MINUTES. IF WE CAN DO THAT, THAT KEEPS US IN BALLGAMES AND GIVES US A CHANCE TO WIN.” YEAR NUMBER TWO OF THE SCOTT RIDGE ERA GOT UNDERWAY MONDAY AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH… THE COMMON THEME AT PRACTICE WAS DEFENSE … THE BRAVES WILL BE LEAD BY SENIOR JEFFREY TURNER, HE AVERAGED 18.9 POITS AND 9.9 REBOUNDS ONE SEASON AGO…. THE BRAVES HAD JUST EIGHT WINS LAST YEAR, THEIR WORSE TOTAL IN SIX YEARS…. “WE WANT TO START GETTING SOME WINS, WANT TO WIN A LOT OF GAMES. VERY COMPETITIVE AT TIMES LAST YEAR, OTHER TIMES DIDN’T PLAY LIKE WE WANTED. SHOULD BE PRETTY GOOD.” FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JOE BOEHLER TOOK OVER AT WEST VIGO IN 2008 HE WILL NOT HAVE JORDAN HOUSER OR CODY THORNTON…. THE VIKINGS STILL HAVE THREE PRETTY GOOD PLAYERS BACK WHO LOGGED A LOT MINUTES FROM LAST YEAR’S 11-12 VIKINGS TEAM IN KYLE STEWART, CADE LINDSEY AND ADRIEN CORNFLOS…. WEST VIGO WILL BE AN INEXPERIENCED TEAM WHEN THE SEASON TIPS, BUT COACH BOEHLER BELIEVES HE HAS A LOT OF KIDS THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE THIS YEAR … “DEEP GROUP OF KIDS. GIVEN THEY ARE ALL KIND OF ROOKIES, KIND OF FEELING THERE WAY THROUGH THINGS. THINK WE CAN PLAY A LOT OF KIDS THIS YEAR, WHICH CAN HELP US THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE SEASON.” CLINT WEDDLE HELD HIS FIRST PRACTICE MONDAY AS THE NORTHVIEW BOYS BASKETBALL HEAD COACH … ENTHUSIAM IS HIGH IN THE KNIGHTS PROGRAM, YOU CAN SEE THAT BY THE TURNOUT, 48 KIDS WERE TRYING OUT THIS YEAR…. NORTHVIEW HAS STRUGGLED LATELY WITH THREE LOSING SEASONS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS BUT COACH WEDDLE BELIVES THE PIECES COULD BE IN PLACE FOR HIS TEAM TO MAKE A RUN AT THE WIC TITLE THIS SEASON… “BASED ON WHAT I HAVE SEEN FROM THESE YOUNG MEN, COME OUT EVERYDAY AND GIVE THERE BEST EFFORT IN THE WEIGHTROOM AND ON THE TRACK. THINK WE WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD ON THE PROGRAM IN GENERAL AND HOPEFULLY MAKE A RUN AT THAT.” PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES WILL BE AROUND TONIGHT WITH CHILLY EAST