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Some summertime notes from here and there:
• The Wabash College 4 x 400 relay team rallied after having the baton knocked from its hands on the final exchange recently to earn a seventh-place finish and All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The final event came down to a protest filed by Wabash. With Cole Hruskovich and Northview grad Joel Whittington making the final exchange with 400 meters remaining, officials ruled Monmouth College interfered with the Little Giants’ transfer.
Despite the extra time Whittington needed to retrieve the baton and get going, Wabash still managed to run a 3:16.97.
The foursome was on pace to break the school relay record of 3:10. 58 set last year at nationals to claim the first relay All-America awards in Wabash track and field history.
Whittington also competed individually in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing 12th overall.
• Indiana State senior outfielder Jacob Hayes of Terre Haute South is spending his summer playing for the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League.
Hayes homered in each of his first two games.
Hayes was named earlier this summer as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference baseball scholar-athlete team.
He batted .275 with four home runs, four triples, 12 doubles, 36 singles, and a team high 36 RBI in starting all 53 games this season. Hayes has just two errors in 116 chances in the field this season as the Sycamores earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. He also led the team in slugging percentage (.431).
Hayes has a 3.47 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biology.
• Terre Haute North grad Dan Millington is leaving his position as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Indiana State to take a job on the staff at East Carolina.
Millington helped Sycamore athletes for the past three years, serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with football as well as designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for baseball and women’s soccer. While at ISU, he also served as the internship coordinator, teaching and supervising all volunteer interns throughout the year while also finishing his Master of Business Administration degree.
• ISU football recently got its first verbal commitment from a senior-to-be player in the class of 2015 when quarterback Broc Rutter of Neuqua Valley (Ill.) chose to be a Sycamore.
• Shakamak first baseman Christian Burris, the cleanup hitter for the Class 1A state champion Lakers, will continue his college career at Lincoln Christian University. Amazingly, Brett Yeryar is still without a college home despite a batting average of better than .500 and the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award now on his trophy case. Vincennes University may be a possibility, however.
• Several recent Terre Haute North grads will also be continuing their careers after claiming state runner-up honors in the Class 4A state finals last week.
Infielders Nathan Will and Jonathan Eilbracht will be playing for Anderson University, while standout pitcher Austin Hicks will be performing for Danville Area Community College. Infielder Zach Milam is leaning toward Ball State as his collegiate home, while outfielder Lane Dransfield is drawing considerable interest from Franklin.
• Two members of Rockville’s Class 1A state runner-up team are also moving on to play collegiately. Catcher John Brown will suit up for Marian, while pitcher Dalton Clark will play for Ancilla.
• Terre Haute North senior-to-be kicker Zach Potter recently received his first collegiate offer from Eastern Michigan, with many more surely to come.
• Marshall grad Nolan Schafer was named to the All-Mideast Region second team by the American Baseball Coaches Association for an outstanding senior season pitching for Anderson University.
Schaefer had a 7-2 record with two complete games and a 2.29 earned run average. He struck out 70 batters in 82.2 innings and walked just 23.
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Some summertime notes from here and there:
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College report: Former Patriot runner Mundy is ‘proud to be a Hoosier’
After redshirting the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons this year, Chanli Mundy was eager to do one thing recently as she prepared to compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Eugene, Oregon. “The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is being able to wear an IU uniform,” she said last week prior to making her cross-country trip.
College report: Wabash College relay team earns All-America honors
Some summertime notes from here and there:
College Report: Brazil’s Baysinger navigates college tennis waters
Garrett Baysinger of Brazil played his senior season of tennis at Rockville, one of the smallest high schools in the state to field a team in the sport.
In a sport dominated by foreign players for teams in both genders at most levels, the competition for any college roster spot is extremely difficult. Baysinger did well at Rockville and on the summer circuit and earned a spot on the team at Kaskaskia Junior College in Illinois.
College Report: Former Oblong standout helping VU baseball in Junior College World Series
Ryan Cheek of Oblong, Ill., helped pace the Vincennes University baseball team to a regional championship and was the winning pitcher as the Trail Blazers won their opening game Saturday in the National Junior College World Series at Enid, Okla.
Cheek pitched 5.1 innings to pick up the victory as the Trail Blazers won 9-4 over top-ranked Mesa Community College in a rain-delayed contest that took more than five hours to complete.
College Report: Behind former Valley standout, SIU-Edwardsville back on national softball scene
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville dominated softball at the NCAA Division II level for many years, and knew it would take a little while to get back on the national stage after moving up to Division I three years ago.
South baseball cruises past Robinson
Terre Haute South swept Robinson in high school baseball Saturday at the South diamond.
College Report: Haley Chambers making noise in OVC softball circles
Two Wabash Valley natives are again making big news for the Southern Illlinois-Edwardsville softball team.
Former Riverton Parke and Cascade standout pitcher Haley Chambers was recognized for a string of dominant performances in the circle by being named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
College Report: Valley athletes helping Wabash College
Two Wabash Valley hurdlers helped the Division III Wabash College track and field team go head to head against talent from NCAA Division I schools in the Vanderbilt University Black and Gold Invitational this past weekend.
The Little Giants produced several quality times, including a first-place finish by Northview grad Joel Whittington in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The junior captured the title with a top time of 54.4 seconds, the fourth quickest recorded for NCAA DIII men this season. Cole Seward, a freshman from Terre Haute North, took third place, crossing the finish line in 55.7.
College report: Former Terre Haute South player Conrady returns to coaching
Former Terre Haute South and Furman University basketball standout David Conrady has re-entered the coaching world after a short hiatus. Conrady was recently named head coach of the boys team at Chattanooga Christian, a prep school in eastern Tennessee.
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.
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