Several Wabash Valley athletes have now made commitments, have signed letters of intent or are finalizing their choices for new places to play college sports in the 2007-2008 school year.
Some of these choices have been previously reported, and this list does not include athletes who competed this season collegiately and have eligibility remaining.
Please send any additions or corrections to the e-mail address listed below. Special thanks to the athletic directors, coaches and other assorted contributors who helped in the compilation of this list.
Terre Haute North
Nate Blank — basketball at Gardner-Webb
Wendell Mardis (Illinois Central) — basketball at Alabama State
Kyle McFadden — basketball at Lincoln Land (Ill.) CC
Samantha Meissel — basketball at Indianapolis
Molly Martin — basketball at Hanover
Miracle Thompson — track and field at Southern Illinois
Matt Seliger — football at Indiana State
Ryan Nevill (Lake Land) — baseball at Dayton
Andrew Woodason — baseball at Indiana Wesleyan
Jordan Shaw-Tyler — baseball at Indiana State or Lincoln Trail
Clint Weddle — women’s assistant basketball coach at Indiana State
Erin Pugh — soccer at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Andrew Bostrom — tennis at Southern Indiana
Caleb Anderson — tennis at Rose-Hulman
Brian Sutterer — tennis at Rose-Hulman
Terre Haute South
Kristen Seaton — volleyball at Pepperdine
Lauren Gottardi — volleyball at Indiana State
Ariel Hall — cross country, track and field at Indiana State
Michael Engle — football at DePauw
Derelle Hankins — football at Indiana State
Brett Arnold — baseball at Franklin
Ashley Sankey (Lincoln Trail) — softball at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Robert Davis (Illinois Central) — basketball at Brescia
Garrett Fredrick — soccer at Ancilla
Kelly Fougerousse — softball at South Georgia College
Ben Bertoli — track and field at Indianapolis
Cole Vicars — baseball at Vincennes or other JUCO, or possibly Indiana State
Anthony McNeal (Danville Area CC) — basketball at Brescia
Jay Smith (Trinity Valley) — basketball at Eastern Illinois (starting in 2008-2009 school year; will play for Trinity Valley again next winter)
Jacob Brown — golf at Evangel (Mo.) University
Zach Avary — football at Marian
Former area residents
Jake Kelly (Carmel) — basketball at Iowa
Ryan Russell (Brebeuf) — basketball at DePauw
Mike Roberts (South Eugene, Ore) — men’s basketball assistant coach at California
Louie Gudino — men’s assistant basketball coach at Indiana State
Cole Milam — undecided on where he will play basketball
Brady Shoemaker (Olney Central) — baseball at Indiana State
T.J. King (Olney Central) — baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock
Matt Stuckey — basketball at Lincoln Land
Broc Miller — football at Indiana State
Brodee Miller — basketball at Hanover
Stephanie Jonson — softball at Indiana State
Brittaney Searing — softball at Indiana State
Kayla Raderstorf — softball at Rend Lake
Brianne Arvin — volleyball at Stevens College (St. Louis)
Lexee Hayes — basketball at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Chris Dean — wrestling at Rend Lake Junior College
Ashley Davis — track and field at Indiana State
Joe Evinger — football recruiting status unknown
Chelsee Gerber — softball at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Ashley McCullough — volleyball at Indiana State
Eric Hardin — tennis at Lake Land
Joey Pigg — football at Franklin
Jacilyn McClain — softball at Lincoln Trail
Reva LeDune — softball at Indiana State
Derrick DeMoss — basketball at Danville Area CC
Paige Gill — soccer at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Briauna Davis — soccer at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Josh Mager — football at Anderson
Evan Lunsford — football at Hanover
T.J. Amerman — baseball at Vincennes or other JUCO
Mark Pate — football at Marian
Chelsea Hanner — softball at Hanover
Lacie DePlanty — softball at Franklin
Ashli Wicker — volleyball at Lake Land
Kelsey Hartman — tennis at Indianapolis
R.J. Mahurin — basketball at Indiana State (starting in ‘09-’10)
Tyler Rehmel (Lincoln Trail) — baseball at Eastern Kentucky
Jessica Stout — basketball at Vincennes
Corianne Warrick (Vincennes) — volleyball at St. Francis
Rachael Pruett — golf at Ball State
Hannah Gennicks — softball at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Chris Pingleton — wrestling at Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Chelsey Sullivan — softball at Lake Land
Tyson Schnitker (Indiana State) — basketball at Southern Indiana
Adam Richart — baseball at Lincoln Trail
Julie Nichols — softball at Shawnee CC
Jacob Carpenter — football at McKendree College
Marvin Washington — basketball at Rockford CC
Emily Maggert — basketball at Ball State
Katie Meagher — softball at Danville Area CC
Sarah Snider — softball at Danville Area CC
• Coach happy with McNeal — Anthony McNeal, a 6-foot-4 guard from Danville (Ill.) Area Community College, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Brescia University. The Terre Haute South grad averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game last season for the junior college.
“Anthony is a versatile, athletic scorer that will fit nicely into our system,” Brescia Coach Joe Pechota told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. “He’s deceptively quick which makes him hard to guard, and his length, combined with his toughness, makes him a very solid defender. Anthony has a tremendous work ethic, and that blue-collar mentality and toughness, along with his experience, will add to our program.”
McNeal joins a young backcourt of sophomores-to-be Andrew Howard and Doug Denton.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Pechota,” McNeal said. “There is a solid core of players there with Andrew and Doug in the backcourt. We will have the ability to hopefully put together a special season next year.”
Among McNeal’s teammates at Brescia next year will be former Terre Haute South teammate Robert Davis and former Robinson and Lincoln Trail player Brad Lachenmayer.
• Martin keeping busy —Terre Haute North’s Molly Martin has been keeping her game fine-tuned for her debut on Hanover College’s basketball team this winter.
Martin played in an all-star game at Logansport in April, participated in the top 40 workout and will compete on Saturday in the “Hoosiers Classic” all-star game at Knightstown on the homecourt of the fictional Hickory Huskers of cinema fame.
She also was a member of a state champion AAU team this spring, after leading the Patriots to a sectional championship last winter.
Martin averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for North in her senior year while shooting 54 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. She earned all-Vigo County honors, all-Wabash Valley honors and all-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference honors.
A 6-2 center, Martin should have no trouble stepping into the rotation for the Panthers, who were 3-21 last year and 1-15 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
“I am very happy for Molly,” North Coach Mike Allen said. “Her hard work in the off-season and during the season have paid off for her.
“I know that Hanover is getting an outstanding young lady and an excellent basketball player,” Allen added. “I have high expectations for Molly and think that she will make a big impact on the Hanover basketball program.”
• Iocoangeli a scholar — Terre Haute North grad and former St. Mary-of-the-Woods softball player Katie Iocoangeli was one of three Indiana State Sycamores named to the Missouri Valley Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete team.
To be eligible for the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team athletes must hold a GPA of at least 3.00, be of sophomore standing or greater, and have competed in at least 75 percent of the games played by their team that season.
Iocoangeli, who has a 3.77 GPA in elementary education, was named to the MVC second team. This season, she hit .207 BA with nine runs, six doubles, three home runs, 20 RBI, 14 walks and 153 putouts with a fielding percentage of .980.
She made 38 starts on the season, splitting time between first and second base.
• Roberts a full-time coach — Former Terre Haute resident Mike Roberts, a player at Indiana and graduate assistant at Texas Tech who spent this past season as video coordinator for the California men’s basketball team, has been named an assistant coach for the Golden Bears.
“I’m excited to have Mike on board,” California Coach Ben Braun said. “I think his experience at Indiana, Texas Tech and Cal have helped him prepare for this opportunity. I think Mike has a great rapport with our players, coaching staff and recruits.”
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree at Indiana and recipient of a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, he served as team captain as a senior in 2004-05.
“Obviously, I feel very fortunate to be offered this position at Cal, and I am excited to get to work and help our program,” said Roberts. “I feel my experience working with the players and the comfort level I have with the staff will be a big benefit.”
Roberts’ duties will include assisting Braun with Cal’s post players, overseeing the team’s academic program and recruiting, as well as continuing his work with scouting and preparation.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in history with a certificate in management from Indiana, Roberts spent the 2005-06 season as a graduate assistant under Bob Knight at Texas Tech. While with the Red Raiders, he aided the coaching staff in practices, supervised academic progress of the players and was an analyst for the team’s radio and TV broadcasts.
Roberts received his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech in 2006.
• Weatherford gets competition, Petrowski shines — Former Terre Haute North and Illinois punter Steve Weatherford learned last month that no job is safe in the National Football League.
Despite a strong rookie season in which Weatherford averaged 43.8 yards per punt and put almost half his kicks inside the opposition’s 20, the New Orleans Saints signed former Pro Bowler Chris Hanson to a one-year, $650,000 contract.
Hanson, 30, struggled last season, mostly because of a nagging hamstring injury. He averaged a career-low 40.6 yards per punt for Jacksonville, and he placed a career-low 20 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
“Steve [Weatherford] had a great year last year,” Hanson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m just coming in to kick the football like they want me to and let them make the decision.”
Petrowski, a former standout tight end at Terre Haute North and Indiana State, signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans in January, and is playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe this summer as one of Tennessee’s allocated players.
Frankfurt has a 7-3 record, and Petrowski has caught 14 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
• A great sport — White River Valley graduate Doug Dayhoff, a junior sprinter for Indiana’s track and field team, was among those honored for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The student athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Dayhoff is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at North Central Jr.-Sr. High School. He can be reached at tribstarcol firstname.lastname@example.org, and his Web site listing all known area athletes now competing in college can be found at www.trib starcollegereport.com.
Several Wabash Valley athletes have now made commitments, have signed letters of intent or are finalizing their choices for new places to play college sports in the 2007-2008 school year.
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College report: Valley softball pair help Ball State start off with 12-2 record
Two Wabash Valley products have helped the Ball State softball team get off to a 12-2 start, including five straight wins last weekend to capture the Louisville Slugger Invitational at Arizona State.
College Report: Valley pair square off in softball pitching duel
Administrators and coaches long ago scheduled the East Tennessee State and Indiana University softball teams to both compete in the Georgia State Panther Invitational in Atlanta last weekend. Little could they have realized, however, that a Sunday afternoon pitching matchup between the two teams would pair two successful, blonde, and versatile performers from western Indiana in a head-to-head clash.
College report: Versatile Vicars set to help VU baseball program
Chris Barney knew what qualities he wanted as he was searching this winter for a new assistant baseball coach at Vincennes University. He wanted someone familiar with his program and his coaching style, someone from the Wabash Valley area who understood the state’s high school and American Legion programs, someone who had played several different positions in the field and also someone who had made a successful transition from junior college to Division I baseball. It didn’t take him long to realize that Cole Vicars was his man.
College report: Terre Haute pair Berry, Comer to boost Sycamores’ lines
While many people have varying opinions on the most important position on a football team, most old-school gridiron veterans would consider strong line play as a necessity for anything else to work — kind of like pitching in baseball and guard play in basketball.
College report: Wabash Valley hoops pair earn MVC weekly honors
Two Wabash Valley natives picked up big honors this week from the Missouri Valley Conference for their excellence on the basketball court. Evansville freshman Sara Dickey of Riverton Parke earned the league’s Newcomer of the Week for the third time while Loyola sophomore Matt O’Leary of Terre Haute North was chosen as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the week.
College Report: Mahurins playing major role for Indiana Wesleyan
R.J. Mahurin, a senior at Indiana Wesleyan, was selected as the Crossroads League’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 24-30.
The fifth-year senior from Rockville led Indiana Wesleyan, then ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II, to an 88-82 win over No. 9 Bethel last month in the Crossroads League opener.
Mahurin scored 33 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3 point range. He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while knocking down both free throws in the contest.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former WRC football standouts playing key roles for No. 1 Mount Union
It’s a huge jump from the Wabash River Conference, one of the smallest leagues that plays high school football in Indiana, to Division III national powerhouse.
But two Wabash Valley standouts have made that leap and are significant contributors for top-ranked and defending national champion Mount Union (Ohio).
College Report: North grad enjoying sophomore season at Virginia Tech
A.J. Hughes had an admittedly up and down freshman season as the punter for Virginia Tech’s football team, but the sophomore from Terre Haute North High School has elevated his game like one of his long, hanging left-footed punts.
Hughes ranks first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in punting with a 44.8-yard average per punt, a 4.7 increase over last year and a lofty number that ranks him ninth nationally.
College Report: South graduate becomes Wabash College swim coach
Brent Noble’s climb up the collegiate swimming coaches has taken another big step, after the Terre Haute South grad was recently named the new head swimming and diving coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
Noble joins the Wabash program after serving for a year as the women’s head swimming coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
College Report: People with Valley ties getting up-close look at top-ranked Crimson Tide
Trivia question: What do Trent Miles, A.J. Hughes and Johnny Manziel have in common?
Maybe nothing right now, but after Saturday they will all have played against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide already this season.
Manziel has no known local ties, but was involved in the most-hyped game of the year last month as Texas A&M fell just short in a late comeback against Alabama.
Hughes, a sophomore punter for Virginia Tech from Terre Haute North, did his part in the Hokies’ 35-10 season–opening loss to the Tide.
Turner hoping to prove himself in junior college
Jeffrey Turner hopes a couple of years at junior college will do for his basketball career what it did for Derek Shouse.
COLLEGE REPORT: Watson, Seliger move on in strength and conditioning careers
Three members of the Indiana State athletics strength and conditioning staff, including two from Terre Haute, have advanced their careers and moved on to other opportunities.
Daniel Watson, former graduate assistant from Terre Haute North, has been hired by Rocky Mountain College to serve an assistant football coach and the head strength and conditioning coach.
Matt Seliger, also a former graduate assistant and North Patriot, has been hired by Athletes’ Performance in Frisco, Texas, to serve as an intern.
Longtime Butler assistant stays loyal to new job
Matthew Graves waited patiently for nine years as a member of the Butler men’s basketball staff for his chance to be a head coach.
COLLEGE REPORT: Several Valley standouts busy with baseball
Several of the Wabash Valley area standouts now in college baseball are busy with summer league teams.
COLLEGE REPORT: Kentucky baseball star Reed earns All-SEC
Kentucky sophomore baseball standout A.J. Reed of Terre Haute South Vigo High School earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in voting by the league coaches for the recently completed season.
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Catching up as the school year winds down
Odds and ends from here and there as the school year quickly winds down. For starters, high jumper Nick Jaeger of Terre Haute South was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s male track & field newcomer of the year:
College Report: Lively earned collegiate upgrade with strong play
Hillary Lively signed to play Division II basketball at Maryville (Mo.) during her senior year at North Vermillion, but those plans changed and she would up at nearby Danville Area Community College — where she recently concluded an outstanding two-year career.
Lively was impressive enough to earn a Division I scholarship to Southeast Missouri State of the Ohio Valley Conference, and both her future and past college coaches think she will continue to succeed there.
“She fits what we need,” SEMO coach Ty Margenthaler said. “She has college experience, she is strong and physical and plays well around the basket and moves well.
“Her strength, rebounding and touch around the basket will be a big help. On the defensive end, she’ll be able to guard a true center.”
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley prep athletes getting ready for next level
The NCAA “regular” signing period begins Wednesday for all sports except football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo.
COLLEGE REPORT: Conferences honor Valley softball players
Several Wabash Valley area college softball players have been honored by their respective conferences for outstanding play this spring.
COLLEGE REPORT: Jake Newton makes big impact for Lincoln Trail College
Jake Newton had a long time between playing in competitive basketball games, a span of about 18 months, and used the frustration from that long dry spell to produce a stellar freshman season for Lincoln Trail College this winter.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed earns SEC Player of the Week honors
After belting three home runs during a five games last week, Kentucky sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
COLLEGE REPORT: Spring newcomers making marks
Several freshman baseball and softball NCAA Division I players from the Wabash Valley have already made immediate impacts at their new schools, while others are waiting for their turns to shine.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed named third-team preseason baseball All-American
Two-way sophomore standout A.J. Reed was one of three University of Kentucky players named third-team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
COLLEGE REPORT: Sponsler honored after big week for Wabash men's hoops
Wabash College freshman Ross Sponsler of Terre Haute North was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 6.
COLLEGE REPORT: North grad Hughes finds success after facing preseason adversity
A.J. Hughes knew he was in for a battle as he competed with three other walk-on punters in the preseason for the lone starting job on the Virginia Tech football team.
Etling, Meggs enjoying great year
It’s been a great year so far with more to come for a pair of longtime friends and St. Patrick’s School classmates.
Former Terre Haute resident Jack Meggs quarterbacked the Bellevue Wolverines football team to the Washington Class 3A state championship this fall, culminating with a 35-3 win over Sammamish Eastside Catholic — Bellevue’s fifth straight crown.
Danny Etling, meanwhile, has completed graduation requirements at Terre Haute South and is preparing for an upcoming high school all-star game and his first college classes in a couple of weeks.
COLLEGE REPORT: Valley’s women’s college hoops players start strong
Several women’s college basketball players from the Wabash Valley have gotten off to good starts this season on the hardwood. Highlights:
COLLEGE REPORT: Mayhew, Mascari provide fall highlights
Several dozen Wabash Valley athletes enjoyed successful fall seasons collegiately in cross country and tennis this year.
COLLEGE REPORT: Former North teammates start strong in college
Former Terre Haute North teammates Ross Sponsler and Matt O’Leary made their college basketball debuts last week and had outstanding initial performances.
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