News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 27, 2008

Former Northview football standout Joe Evinger racking up postseason accolades

By Joey Bennett

TERRE HAUTE — Post-season honors have been pouring in for former Northview football standout Joe Evinger after his sophomore football season for the College of the Canyons junior college team in California.

Evinger, a 6-7, 340-pound sophomore offensive tackle, was named a first-team junior college All-American choice after earlier receiving first-team Region III All-California honors. He also was named as a first-team all-Southern California Football Association selection.

Evinger’s growing list of Division I schools recruiting him now includes Arkansas, Louisville, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Nevada and San Diego.

Evinger told there will be two main factors when he reaches his decision next month.

“Location and education,” he said. “I want to be somewhere close to home so at least my family can get to the games. I'm also looking for a good education if things don't work out.”

Evinger also told that his junior college experience has helped him in many ways.

“It gives you time to adjust to the next level,” he said. “Academically, it lets you get things back in order. It's like a second chance, kind of.”

• Colson gets DII scholarship — Northview senior softball player Shelby Colson will be attending Glenview State in West Virginia following graduation and will be a pitcher and first baseman for the Pioneers’ softball team.

Last year for Northview, Colson earned all-Western Indiana Conference honors while hitting .361 and leading the team with a pair of home runs. She slugged .528 and reached base nearly 40 percent of the time.

As a pitcher, Colson was 8-7 overall and posted a 3.57 ERA in 14 starts. She threw 84 1/3 innings and struck out 64 batters.

Glenview State Coach Rick Moore likes Colson’s hitting and pitching abilities.

“Any time a player can go to the mound and hit at the plate is a big plus in Division II,” Moore told the Brazil Times. “I think she'll play a lot of ball next year. Honestly, I think she's got the second best changeup that I've ever seen. If she can learn one more pitch, she'll be pitching a lot for us. But I have the feeling she'll be playing first base too.”

• Odds and ends — Statistics were not listed for Terre Haute South and Danville Area Community College graduate Brooke Daugherty for the current basketball season at Indiana-South Bend, but they are now available.

Daugherty ranks fourth on the IUSB team and 26th overall in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference at 7.3 points per game, while she is second on the team and tied for sixth place in the conference with 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Titans have a 6-9 record so far this season.

• Well-traveled Terre Haute North grad Wendell Mardis had a huge debut in November for Southwest Baptist, a Division II school in Missouri. The Bearcats went to Salt Lake City and won an 80-79 decision over the Utah Utes as Mardis had three points and two assists.

The Bearcats are 9-0 and are currently ranked No. 3 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. For the season, Mardis is averaging 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists while averaging 15.6 minutes played per game.

His best game came on Nov. 28 against Rockhurst, as Mardis had 13 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting (including two 3-pointers) and six rebounds.

• Terre Haute South grad Anna Pigg, a sophomore soccer player at IUPUI, was a key defensive contributor as the Jaguars tied for The Summit League regular season championship.

IUPUI finished 13-7 overall and 7-1 in league play, losing a tough 2-1 first-round match to no. 2 seed South Dakota State in the first round of the post-season tournament.

Pigg started all 20 matches, attempting two shots (one on goal) but made her biggest contribution helping key a defense that allowed only 0.85 goals per match and a .068 shooting percentage.

• Sophomore wide receiver Chris Russell of Terre Haute North was named as a first team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference wide receiver after an excellent season for the Anderson Ravens.

Russell finished the season with 37 receptions for a team-high 670 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 23 kickoffs for 441 yards for a 19.2 average per return.

AU finished third in the conference with an overall record of 5-5, including a 4-3 mark in the HCAC.

• Butler junior linebacker Derek Guggenberger, another former Terre Haute North standout, was only named to the honorable mention all-Pioneer League team despite leading the Bulldogs in tackles.

Guggenberger had 41 solo tackles and 44 assists, six of those resulting in losses, with two sacks and one fumble recovery. Eleven Butler players were honored by the Pioneer League.

• Terre Haute South grad Kristen Seaton missed her entire sophomore volleyball season at Pepperdine with a foot injury. She was redshirted, though, and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Seaton was expected to be a starter this season. Pepperdine finished the season at 20-8 and was ranked in the top 25 nationally, but lost a first-round NCAA tournament match to Long Beach State.

Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at