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November 20, 2013

Rose-Hulman’s Sokol named HCAC Coach of the Year

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman’s Jeff Sokol was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year and 13 Engineers earned all-league recognition for their efforts during the 2013 season.

First-team all-conference honorees included offensive guard Kie Bates, senior defensive tackle Dean Griffing, senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr and junior center Eric Taylor.

Second-team award winners included senior kicker Matt Angel, junior tight end Zac Erba, senior running back Danya Francis, freshman cornerback Kevin Nowak and senior punter Eric Schaible.

Four Engineers received honorable-mention all-conference accolades. Honorees included senior wide receiver Connor Gerhart, senior defensive lineman D.J. Lawson, senior linebacker Cody Rivers and senior linebacker Craig Voges.

Sokol earned his first HCAC Coach of the Year Award after leading the Engineers to a share of their first conference championship since 1988. The third-year Rose coach led the team to a 7-1 conference record and a 7-3 overall mark to match the program’s best football record since 1988.

Sokol’s coaching staff includes offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Brian White, defensive coordinator Brian Vaughn, running backs coach Nick Davis, linebackers coach Ben Olson, wide receivers coach Chris Scheidt and defensive line coach Dominique Ware.

Bates completed his fourth year as a starter on the offensive line, earning honorable-mention all-league accolades last season and serving as a team captain this season. His blocks over 10 starts allowed Kyle Kovach to become the all-time leading rusher in 2012 and helped Ryan Landwehr set a school record for total offense in 2013.

Senior Mark Fitz also was honored as Rose’s representative to the all-conference sportsmanship team.

Rose-Hulman opens the 2014 season Sept. 6 at Kalamazoo College.

Volleyball

• Dahl inks four for Sycamores
— A member of the two-time IHSAA Class 4A state champion Avon team, an AAU All-American from Ohio, a member of the Division II Ohio state champion Padua Franciscan Bruins and an all-conference performer from Saint Louis have signed national letter-of-intents to compete for Indiana State, ISU coach Traci Dahl said.

“This year’s class is probably one of the most talented classes we have had here in my tenure at Indiana State,” Dahl said. “I am so thrilled to have each and every one of these young ladies join the Sycamore family. All of them possess tremendous character and athletic ability and they are excelling at a high level in the classroom and on the court.”

Rachel Griffin led the Avon Orioles to their second straight 4A state championship with 34 assists and 17 digs in a four-game win over Carmel (1-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18). It was Avon’s second straight state championship (defeating Carmel for the 2012 title in five games) and their third straight state final appearance.

Griffin received the Mental Attitude Award, presented by the IHSAA Executive Committee, following the 2013 championship. The Avon senior was recently named an Indiana All-State after being named to a Second Team All-State selection this year and also picking up her second straight All-Conference honor. As a junior, Griffin was named to the 2012 Junior All-Star Team (Indiana South) and the 2012 Indy Star Super Team. She also was named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Stephanie Bindernagel was a four-year starting defensive specialist at Kenston High School and also was a member of the Academy Volleyball Cleveland team that finished second at the AAU national championships and the USA volleyball national championship in 2013.

Bindernagel was named the Defensive Player of the Year all four years at Kenston while also being named First-Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference and First-Team All-District as a junior and senior. The head captain of the Bombers concluded her senior campaign with 5.54 digs per game, 12 service aces, 338 digs and 60 set assists in 61 games played.

Sarah Peterson was a key to the Padua Franciscan High School team winning the 2013 Division II Ohio state championship this season as the Bruins defeated Ketering Archbishop 23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-21.  Peterson had 17 kills and seven digs in the match. She also was a teammate of Bindernagel’s on the Academy Volleyball Cleveland team that finished second at the AAU national championships and the USA Volleyball national Championships in 2013.

Danielle Waedekin has played a variety of positions as a four-year starter for the Parkway North High School Vikings. She also has been instrumental in the H2 Saint Louis volleyball club advancing to AAU and USAV national championships for the past three seasons.

Auto racing

• Clauson wins two
— At Peoria, Ariz., Bryan Clauson was a double winner in U.S. Auto Club midget racing Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park.

Clauson won the dash and led the last lap to win the 30-lap feature. Darren Hagen led four laps and took second while Christopher Bell led 25 laps and finished third.

 Bell has a 117-point lead in the midget point totals over Clauson going into racing later in the month.

 

Saturday’s results


Heat winners — Tyler Thomas, Mike Spencer, Bryan Clauson (dash), Chris Windom (semi).

Feature — Clauson, Darren Hagen, Christopher Bell, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Brad Kuhn, Thomas, Spencer, Ronnie Gardner, Andrew Felker, Tanner Thorson, Windom, Caleb Armstrong, Jake Swanson, Jerry Coons Jr.

USAC midget point leaders — Bell 1,088, Clauson 971, Hagen 908, Hines 889, Rico Abreu 834.

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