TERRE HAUTE —
Several Wabash Valley area college softball players have been honored by their respective conferences for outstanding play this spring.
Indiana University Southeast junior Bethany Sullivan of Terre Haute North was named the Kentucky-Indiana Athletic Conference pitcher of the week by KIAC officials on March 18 for the second straight week.
Sullivan pitched eight innings in two games that week and earned the win in both contests. She pitched four innings and only allowed two hits while striking out four in a 13-0 win against Briar Cliff. Sullivan also pitched four innings and struck out four in a 10-3 win against Roosevelt.
Sullivan is currently 5-0 on the season and has a 0.84 earned run average. The opposition is batting only .191 over her 25 innings pitched this season.
• Freshman pitcher Haley Chambers of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, a former Riverton Parke standout, was honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for the same award for the second time this year.
Chambers went 5-1 as SIUE improved to 19-8 overall and a 4-2 mark after sweeping doubleheaders against Georgia Tech and Morehead State as well as gaining a split at Eastern Kentucky.
Chambers improved her winning streak to seven games this week with wins over Georgia Tech, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. The freshman left-hander holds a 10-2 record overall.
Chambers struck out 20 batters and walked just one in 21 innings of work. Opponents hit just .158 off Chambers.
Terre Haute’s Mike Papinchock was one of the umpires in the Georgia Tech game.
• North Central sophomore Megan Stone earned her first Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week honors for Indiana State recently.
Stone led the Sycamores in the three games they played this past week, finishing the week with a .667 batting average. Stone went 6-9 at the plate with three RBIs and crushed her fourth home run of the season on Saturday. On the weekend, Stone also received two walks, leading to a .727 on-base percentage. On the season, Stone holds a .361 batting average and .447 on-base percentage with 19 RBIs and a team-leading four home runs and nine doubles.
• Bits and pieces — Terre Haute North grad Francesca McCarthy of Holy Cross (Ind.) was recently awarded the St. Sebastian Champions of Character Award by her school.
The award is given to the student athlete who most clearly exhibits the characteristics associated with the highest purposes of athletic participation, those of overall character development.
• Ethan Tyler, also a Terre Haute North grad, is the new director of strength and conditioning for Florida Tech athletics.
Tyler is a graduate of Indiana State, where he received his master’s in exercise science in 2009. He earlier received his bachelor’s of science in physical education from St. Joseph’s College in 2007.
Tyler has completed several certifications in his field, including becoming a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, first aid and CPR certified, and a first-degree black belt. He also previously served as the director of strength and conditioning at Beachside Health Studio.
In addition, Tyler has completed 400 hours of training in traditional Chinese medicine, specializing in Tui Na, at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, Calif. He currently resides in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Tyler worked for two seasons on the staff of Rose-Hulman’s football team as its strength and conditioning coach and inside linebackers coach. He was also the strength and conditioning coach for Terre Haute Rex collegiate summer baseball team for one season.
At Florida Tech, Tyler is reunited with his two former collegiate bosses -- Steve Englehart, who hired him at Rose and is the head coach at Florida Tech, and Jayson Martin, who is Englehart’s offensive coordinator and was Tyler’s head coach during his second Engineer season.
• It didn’t take Rhett Smith’s phone long to start ringing last week after his departure from the Indiana State basketball program.
One of the first calls the Sullivan native got was from Martin Methodist (Tenn.) coach Scott Combs, an Indiana native who starred at Paoli.
Combs just completed his first season as coach at MMU after 12 years as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Austin Peay. MMU went 21-11 this year and played in the NAIA Division I national tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
• Former Robinson and University of Illinois standout Meyers Leonard had his best NBA performance of the season recently.
In a 125-98 loss to Golden State, Leonard scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Leonard, a rookie, hit 9 of 17 field goals in 41 minutes including a 3-pointer.
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 tribstarcollege