Caleb Hamilton of Eastern-Greene (35) makes a short gain for the Gold team.
Defenders also shone at the All-Star game. Levi Jerrells of Linton-Stockton (77) helps tackle a running back.
Saturday night’s Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star football game at the Indiana State University football stadium turned out to be a pretty good game.
First of all, you couldn’t ask for better weather. The temperature was in the high 70’s with relatively (at least compared to what we’ve had) low humidity. The sky was clear and the moon was shining.
Eastern-Greene quarterback Caleb Hamilton put on a show to delight the Thunderbird faithful who traveled to Terre Haute. He scored twice, on runs of 1 and 45 yards, and hurled a 72-yard scoring strike to Tyson Magee, Cumberland County (IL). Hamilton ended up gaining 65 yards on 11 carries and completed 10-16 passes for 191 yards. Four of his completions went to Eastern players: Joel Weimer grabbed two for 21 yards and J.W. Howard hauled in two for 19.
The senior, who will be playing for the Sycamores this fall, wasn’t the only firecracker on offense.
Conner Dunegan of South Vermillion threw for two touchdowns and 58 yards and ran the bell well, once gaining 21 yards on a fourth down, as he carried for 72 yards. He finished with seven completions and one interception in 13 attempts. Peyton Doughty of Newton Community (IL), Hamilton’s backfield partner, gained 33 tough yards on 13 carries and scored a TD
Elijah Rivera of Terre Haute South caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score for the Black team. Magee ended up with 92 receiving yards on three receptions. Dakota Caton of Sullivan, a member of the Gold team, ended up with 37 all-purpose yards.
IFCA hosts All-Star game July 13
Just a reminder.
The Indiana Football Coaches Association will sponsor the 52nd annual North-South All-Star game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at North Central High School in Indianapolis.
The game will be the final high school game for Caleb Hamilton as he will play for the South team. Joey Paridaen, who has coached Eastern for the last four years before leaving for Evansville North, will be one of the South’s assistant coaches.
Hamilton started 14 games at quarterback for the Thunderbirds, but he is listed as a tight end.
Other area players on the South team are: Nathan Barrett, Terre Haute North, wide receiver; Dakota Caton, Sullivan, defensive back; Cade Winslow, defensive tackle, Greencastle; and Chris Bomba, Bloomington South, punter.
Andy Owen of Evansville Central will coach the South team.
Paridaen and Owen’s teams will face each other before the end of the 2018 season. North will travel to Central at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, for the final regular game of the season.
The Eastern football season will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, with a home game against Springs Valley.
COA Volleyball will sponsor several volleyball camps this summer.
The Terre Haute sports club will sponsor a middle school camp for girls in fifth- through eighth-grade from Monday, July 30, through Thursday, Aug. 2, at Terre Haute South. The camps will run from 6-9 pm each day and will cost $65. Brian Payne, a former coach at South, will serve as camp director.
An elementary camp for girls in second- through fifth-grades will be offered from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, at South. The camp will run from 4-6 pm each day and will cost $50. Payne will also serve as director for this camp.
COA is also offering a clinic for girls ages 7-14. Each session costs $5, but there is no sign-up; participants just show up and pay.
The clinics will be offered on June 25 and 27 and July 9, 11, 16, and 18 at Honey Creek Middle School. General skills clinics will be offered from 3-4 pm each day, and advanced skills clinics will be offered from 4-5:30 pm.
For additional information, visit COA’s web page at www.coavolleyball.com/home.htm or its Facebook page.