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Summertime comings and goings:
• Sullivan standout to IPFW — Sullivan grad Olivia Trimble will be taking her track and field talents to the Division I level at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne next spring.
Trimble comes to IPFW with personal-bests of 13.1 in the 100-meter dash, 27.5 in the 200-meter dash, 1:04 in the 400-meter dash, and a long jump personal best of 15-5.
She placed fifth this past season at the Terre Haute North Sectional in the long jump, while helping her 4x100-meter relay team to a third place finish, and a spot at the Regional Meet, where the team missed out on a chance at the state meet by one place (.12 of a second), placing fourth in the field.
“Olivia has focused on the long jump in high school, as well as relays,” IPFW Coach Mike Fruchey said. “She will add quality depth to our sprint group.”
Trimble likes the IPFW curriculum as well as the track program.
“I really like the graphic design program, which is what I am going into, and they have a brand new indoor track,” she told the Sullivan Daily Times.
• Knights catcher to RHIT — Recent Northview graduate Jessica LaTourette will continue her softball career as a member of the Rose-Hulman squad.
LaTourette was a three-year starter for the Knights and batted .362 this spring in helping Northview to a 20-7 record and a sectional runnerup finish. She had seven doubles and 10 RBI.
She had originally planned to attend Indiana State, but then she received interest from the Engineer coaching staff.
“It was during the sectional when we really talked,” LaTourette said. “I was really excited.”
Bethany Jones, LaTourette’s high school coach, thinks the decision is a good one.
“Academics always come first,” Jones said. “Rose-Hulman will be a good fit and she’s going to get a great education.
“She calls a good game and she’s more mobile now,” Jones said. “I think she will excel at Rose-Hulman.”
• Kempf to Marian — Zach Kempf, who graduated from Rockville High School this spring, committed to Marian University and becomes the fourth baseball commitment for the Knights in 2012.
An honor roll member, Kempf was a two-sport athlete who lettered three years in basketball and four years in baseball at Rockville High School. In baseball, he earned All-Conference honors in both his junior and senior seasons and led the team in both RBI and home runs each season. He also ended his senior season with a 10-3 record on the mound and compiled 101 strikeouts.
Kempf is the fourth to commit to the program which has won eight MCC championships and finished last season with a 24-20 overall record and a 17-5 mark in the MCC. The Knights nearly capped the season with a berth in the NAIA championship, but fell short as the runner-up at the MCC Tournament.
Rockville grad Drew Kelley is a sophomore pitcher for Marian.
• Oden dismissed at Arkansas — Former Terre Haute resident Anthony Oden has been dismissed from the Arkansas football team after his second arrest for driving while intoxicated in the last year.
Oden, who was listed as a possible first-team tackle on the Razorbacks’ spring depth chart, started one game in his Razorback career after attending Lawrence North, Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar and Hargrave Military Academy.
He is the younger brother of NBA center Greg Oden.
Oden’s dismissal leaves Northview grad Scott Wheeler, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman at Kent State, as the Wabash Valley’s only BCS college football player this year.
• Hostetter back on sidelines — White River Valley graduate Marc Hostetter coached college basketball for more than 10 years after helping lead Southern Indiana to the 1995 Division II national championship, but left the profession three years ago to enter the business world.
Hostetter will be returning to the hardwood this winter as the head coach at Mount Vernon (Posey), where he can enjoy teaching the game without some of the drawbacks of the college lifestyle.
“The rigors of recruiting got to me and my family,” he told the Evansville Courier. “I kept finding I was missing the interaction with students, the opportunity to help them grow. That led me back to coaching.”
• Pruett honored — Recent Ball State graduate Rachael Pruett of Linton was one of three Cardinal golfers named National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars.
In order to be a recipient of the NGCA award, the female golf student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.50 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale.
Pruett tallied a 3.79 GPA as an exercise science major prior to her graduation last May. Her 78.78 career average is second all-time at Ball State, behind only Kelly’s mark. Pruett won her first career tournament at the Ball State Cardinal Classic in the fall of 2010 with a 72-70—142.
• IUPUI to field track teams — IUPUI Director of Athletics Michael Moore has announced the Jaguars will be sponsoring men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, beginning with the 2011-12 school year.
The programs will be phased in incrementally with the immediate future of the teams relying primarily on the current cross country rosters to compete in the distance events.
The addition of two sports bring IUPUI’s total to 16 varsity squads. IUPUI will be immediately eligible to compete in The Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships next May in Fargo, N.D.
“It only makes sense for us to sponsor outdoor track and field,” Moore said. “Our cross country student-athletes have already been competing in spring meets and we have a first-rate, well recognized facility located on our campus. Our recruiting base will be the Midwest with a particular focus on Indiana student-athletes. It’s only logical that we take that next step and make it official.”
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 email@example.com.
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Summertime comings and goings:
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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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