TERRE HAUTE — Next month, many students returning to schools all over the country will write introductory papers on the subject of “What I Did on my Summer Vacation.”
Several current and future Wabash Valley area college athletes have been busy this summer.
Here’s what some of them did:
• Koby Kraemer (Terre Haute South) — Besides maintaining a busy schedule with the Wayne Newton American Legion team, Kraemer participated in the Chicago White Sox Training Academy Prospect Games at North Central College from June 18-20.
During the three-day event, Kraemer competed with approximately 150 of the top players in the Midwest and made a good impression.
Ranked fourth in his high school class academically, Kraemer was rated as the fifth-best prospect at the event. He received the following evaluation on the Academy’s Web site:
“One of the top players in camp. Plays well beyond his tools. Great baseball savvy, instincts and energy. Has above average tools, but is just a hard-nosed baseball player.
Moves well on the infield. Good around the bag from short and second. Above average arm strength. Excellent offensive player. Good hands through the zone. Gets excellent extension at plate, giving him good backspin carry on ball. Good gap to gap power. 7.1 sixty time is not as good as his usable speed. Gets excellent jumps on the bases. Son of a coach and it shows.”
Kraemer’s father and coach, Kyle, said that no college decisions have been made yet but it is hoped that this Academy and another long tournament run by the Wayne Newton team can bring about many good opportunities to choose from.
“Koby definitely wants to sign early in November,” Coach Kraemer said. “He’s in the process of setting up visits. Hopefully this Academy and another good Legion tournament will open up some doors for him.”
• Josh Phegley (Terre Haute North/Indiana) — On July 17, Phegley was only one of two Wareham Gatemen players to be chosen to participate in a Cape Cod Invitational-Only Boston Red Sox Tryout session at Fenway Park.
Some familiar faces have also joined Phegley, as Indiana University pitchers Tyler Tufts and Matt Bashore have been added to the Wareham roster.
• Jared “Bubba” Lange (Terre Haute North/Wabash) — Fully recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for most of last season, Lange and his teammates spent a lot of time doing community service.
Lange, the team’s community service chairman, wrote about some of his experiences on a blog on the Wabash College Web site.
“The most memorable trip was the Riley Hospital visit,” Lange wrote. “I have never been there, but heard stories from a former player and good friend, Josh Foster, who spent some time there when he was young. I was amazed at the courage and strength many of the young children had. One little girl, whom we made about four bird cages, was an avid Elvis fan. She was constantly playing Elvis songs on the jukebox to barely missing my hand while hammering nails. From there we went door to door to kids just to chat with them and their guardian.”
Lange’s day had only just begun.
“From there, we also went to the local elementary school to celebrate the Colts’ big Super Bowl game. We had the kids participate in various drills including running, bags, kicking footballs and trying on equipment. It was so funny seeing these little kids try on pads and run around. One girl ran at me as if she was going to tackle me, but instead she gave me a huge hug. In the end it is always the same thing. People always come up to us to thank us, but it is we who want to THANK YOU.”
• Rachael Pruett (Linton/Ball State) — On Monday, Pruett will represent the state of Indiana for the second year in a row while competing for Team Indiana in the Indiana-
Kentucky Junior Challenge Cup at Hunting Creek Country Club in Prospect, Ky.
“This is a great way to finish my junior career,” Pruett told the Greene County Daily World.
“It’s an honor to play for your state. It’s a little different than playing for yourself or your school. It’s Indiana vs. Kentucky. You don’t want to let your teammates down.”
While it’s a good time for the participants, they know why they’re going to be there.
“The team gets to spend the night together, and that’s fun,” Pruett said. “But once you tee it up, it’s competition as usual.”
Pruett has stayed busy this summer playing in the USGA Women’s Amateur qualifier, Indiana Women’s Open, Indiana Women’s Amateur, Indiana Women’s Match Play Championships, Westfield Junior PGA Championships and Indiana Girls Junior State Championships in preparation for starting her career at Ball State.
“I can’t wait for the first tournament,” Pruett said. “Playing golf in college was my goal ever since I started playing.”
Ball State opens its fall season on Sept. 10 with the Mid-American Conference Tournament at the Brickyard Golf Course.
• Katelyn Bishop (Terre Haute South/USC) — In preparing for her senior year, Bishop and the Trojans went to Europe and finished second in the prestigious Savaria Cup by defeating the Swedish National Team 3-1.
Bishop had three kills in the match against Sweden, one of three national teams the Trojans faced on the trip.
The Women of Troy played six matches in six days, and then drove to the mountain spa-resort town of Maribor, Slovenia for rest and relaxation. They then traveled to Italy for touring and sightseeing in Milan and Venice for one day each. The tour wrapped up in Montreaux, Switzerland, where they played their final match against the Swiss National Team.
That match was in conjunction with the Montreaux Volleymasters International Tournament. While watching the tournament, USC saw China, Russia, and Cuba, who accounted for all three medals in the 2006 Olympic Games.
• Marie Humpolick (Terre Haute South/Manchester) — Humpolick traveled to Lima, Peru, to represent the United States as part of the USAAI soccer team which competed in the Apemude Friendship Series Tournament.
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• Seaton saluted — Incoming Pepperdine women’s volleyball signee Kristen Seaton of Terre Haute South was named as a Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” in the publication’s annual listing of the top 50 incoming freshmen to the collegiate game.
The 6-5 lefty set the school record for most kills in a game (36) and in a season (455) while earning first team All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference accolades.
The highly recruited Seaton also picked up second team All-State honors and competed in the Indiana State All-Star game as a member of the South team. She helped lead her club team to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Junior Olympics.
Pepperdine is scheduled to open the 2007 season in Fayetteville, Ark., on Aug. 24.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches and coaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com, and his Web site listing area athletes competing in college can be found at www.tribstarcollegereport.com.
TERRE HAUTE — Next month, many students returning to schools all over the country will write introductory papers on the subject of “What I Did on my Summer Vacation.”
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