News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 22, 2009

College Report: Hayne joins Oakland City volleyball team

By Joey Bennett

Terre Haute North grad Casey Hayne is following in the footsteps of her older sister, Madison, by transferring to Oakland City University to play volleyball this fall.

Hayne was a standout last year at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., finishing second on the team in assists and fourth in serving aces.

“Oakland City’s starting setter graduated last year which gives me a great chance to earn a spot as one of the starting six,” Hayne said. “After last season, I was given the opportunity to transfer to Oakland City on a volleyball scholarship. OCU also has a Criminal Justice program in which I can earn my bachelor’s degree, so this is a great opportunity for me both academically and athletically.”

The Lady Oaks start their season on the road next weekend at the Cumberland University Tournament in Lebanon, Tenn.

Madison Hayne started college at Indiana State, and transferred to Oakland City where she was a second-team National Christian College Athletic Association All-American in 2006 as team went 1-3 in NCCAA national tournament. She led the team with 249 kills and 40 blocks.

She is now an archivist with the Vigo County Historical Society and an assistant coach at Terre Haute South and with the Crossroads of America club program.

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• Evinger gets late start – Northview grad Joe Evinger, a Louisville junior guard who transferred from College of the Canyons, participated in his first practice on Friday. According to blog sites from the Louisville Courier-Journal, Evinger was getting his paperwork “in order” and was only admitted to the school this week

Practice began earlier this month.

Nevertheless, LCJ blogger C.L. Brown liked what he saw.

“My first impression, dude is huge,” Brown wrote on Friday of the 6-6, 330-pounder. “Only junior Conrad Thomas, listed at 6-foot-6, 345 pounds, is bigger than Evinger. Once he gets up to speed I think he’ll be able to help the Cards upfront.”

It seems logical that Louisville may choose to redshirt Evinger this year to give him two full years of eligibility, but no information could be found on that possibility.

Louisville opens its 2009 season by hosting Indiana State on Sept. 5.

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• Pigg, IUPUI honored — Terre Haute South grad Anna Pigg and the IUPUI Jaguars opened their soccer season on Friday night with a 2-0 loss.

Offensively, IUPUI controlled the pace in the early going, getting quality opportunities from Leslie Walker and Pigg in the opening stanza. Pigg forced EIU’s Kaylin Lorbert to make a diving stop in the 34th minute after getting free behind the Panthers’ defense.

Afterward, they received their 2008 Summit League championship rings.

The 2008 team won a school record 13 matches, including going 7-1 in Summit League play to earn a share of the program’s first-ever regular season crown. IUPUI also notched a school record eight shutouts.

IUPUI will play at Indiana State on Sept. 6.

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• Locals shine in all-star game – Several college-bound Wabash Valley area high school basketball players, and others perhaps playing in their last organized game, competed in the second annual Olney Central College All-Star Game this summer.

Team Illinois, consisting mostly of players from Illinois but with some Indiana grads, defeated Team Indiana 79-73.

Josh Wilson of Riverton Parke collected 15 points and seven rebounds for Team Illinois while OCC-bound guard Chase Brinkley of Paris finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

Wilson hit four 3-pointers and Turkey Run’s Colin Brown had three treys.

For Team Indiana, Northview’s Austin Akers — also an OCC recruit — had nine points on three treys, three rebounds, one steal and several assists.

“Our recruits really connected and hit it off well,” Burris said. “They showed some glimpses of what they can do and that’s why we’re excited about those guys.

“Our kids were talking about how excited they were to get here in August, and we’re counting the days until they get here so we can get to work. We really like the freshman guards we have coming in.”

Terre Haute North’s Zach Harrison, who will walk on at Ball State, had 13 points and two rebounds while North Central’s Donnie Abrams (bound for Marian) had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Jacob Birch of White River Valley added three points.

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