TERRE HAUTE —
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.