TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs has announced that Ronnie Prettyman will join his staff as an assistant coach, starting with the 2013-2014 season.
“I am very excited to be able to add Ronnie to the baseball staff,” Hannahs said. “He provides not only a lot of continuity from last year’s staff but is someone with a vast baseball background who will be a great asset for our players and our program.”
Prettyman will begin his third season as a Sycamore coach, the first as a full-time assistant after serving the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant. ISU won its first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship and made its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1995 during Prettyman’s first season in 2012. Indiana State had another winning season in 2013.
He played his collegiate baseball at Cal State Fullerton (2003-2005) as the Titans made three straight appearances in the NCAA super regionals. Cal State Fullerton made back-to-back trips to the College World Series (2003 and 2004) and claimed the 2004 national championship over the Texas Longhorns.
In three seasons with CSF, Prettyman played in 197 games with 195 starts as the primary third baseman, hitting .332 with 51 doubles, 11 triples, 11 home runs and 124 runs batted in. He was drafted twice during his time in college, going in the 28th round to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 and in the 10th round to the Seattle Mariners in 2005.
Prettyman signed with the Mariners in 2005 and played five seasons in their minor-league system (2005-2009). He finished his professional career with a .263 batting average, 69 doubles, eight triples, 30 home runs and 179 RBIs.
Prettyman also served as head coach for the Terre Haute Rex of the Prospect League this summer.
n Engineers announce women’s schedule — The 2013-14 Rose-Hulman women’s schedule includes 12 home games and two matchups with each of the nine Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents.
The Engineers return four starters and nine letterwinners from a team that finished 12-14 last season. Rose-Hulman also qualified for the HCAC tournament for the third consecutive season and the eighth time in 10 years last winter.
The 2013-14 schedule includes nine conference and three non-conference home matchups. The Engineers open the home slate against Indiana University-South Bend at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The home non-league schedule also includes matchup with crosstown rival St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Dec. 4) and Illinois Institute of Technology (Dec. 16).
After the opener against IU-South Bend, Rose-Hulman hits the road for the Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 22-23 and a road game at Marian on Nov. 30. The non-league schedule also includes a trip to Robert Morris-Springfield on Dec. 20.
The conference home schedule begins Dec. 11 against Anderson and features a stretch of five home games out of six contests between Jan. 18 and Feb. 5. Other in-state rivals visit Hulbert Arena on Jan. 22 (Hanover), Feb. 5 (Earlham), and Feb. 19 (Franklin).
2013-14 Rose-Hulman women’s basketball schedule
Nov. 15 — IU-South Bend, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 — At Wilmington Tourney, TBA
Nov. 23 — At Wilmington Tourney, TBA
Nov. 30 — At Marian, TBA
Dec. 4 — St. Mary-of-the-Woods, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 — At TransyIvania, 1 p.m.
Dec. 11 — Anderson*, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 — Manchester*, 2 p.m.
Dec. 16 — Illinois Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 — At Robert Morris-Springfield, 8 p.m.
Jan. 4 — Bluffton*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 8 — At Earlham*, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 — At Defiance*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 15 — At Franklin*, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 — Mount St. Joseph*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 22 — Hanover*, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 — Transylvania*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 29 — At Anderson, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 — Defiance*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 5 — Earlham*, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 — At Manchester*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 — At Hanover*, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 — At Bluffton*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 19 — Franklin*, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 — At Mount St. Joseph*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 28-March 2 — At HCAC Tournament, TBA
* — denotes Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game
n Exhibition matches near for ISU — After reaching the championship match of the Missouri Valley Conference women’s tournament last fall, Indiana State will play two exhibition matches at Memorial Stadium before starting the regular season.
ISU hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Monday, then entertains Bowling Green at 1 p.m. Aug. 17.
“This year will be a little different for us which is exciting,” ISU coach Erika True said. “We have always had a strong defensive core to the team but this year we feel that we will be able to add an attacking core to the program. We have never really been a goal-scoring team. We have gotten the job done but I think this year we are going to be really dangerous on the attack.”
Six starters return from the 2012 team that finished 8-10-3 overall and tied for fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season (2-3-1) before losing to Illinois State 5-1 in the tournament final. The runner-up finish matched the 2008 squad for the best tournament finish in the program’s history.
“We are really just into day two of our preseason but it has already been a really pleasant surprise,” True said. “You go into the season not really knowing what you are going to get or whether the kids are fit and ready to play. This group came in fit and is ready to win games. They have had a great attitude, a great training environment, and there have been some really good surprises.”
Fifth-year senior Taylor Hancock, senior Taylor Reed and junior Emily Chura return to solidify the middle for the Sycamores with senior Shelby Troyer anchoring the defense and sophomore Sydney Lovelace also returning in the middle. Hancock and Troyer will serve as co-captains this season.
“We have a really good core of returning players, especially in the middle,” True said. “It is really great to have Hancock, Reed and Chura returning in the middle. Troyer probably brings the most on field game time experience to us and she will be able to oversee everyone from the back which is going to help us out. Lovelace is another one that looks really good and will help us a lot.”
Several newcomers will also draw attention as the season unfolds including Maddie Orf at middle forward and Taylor Welch on defense. Two freshman goalkeepers are also battling for the starting spot.
“Abby Keller and Brittany San Roman have done well so far in their battle for the goalkeeper spot,” True said. “Both have already kind of proven that they can step in and play for us which is a good thing.
“I think that it is great that we have both exhibition games at home this year which is a first for us, at least since I have been here,” True said. “These games will allow us to get the kinks out and figure out how we want to play and who is going to play where. Both will be very beneficial for us.”
Indiana State will play eight times in Memorial Stadium during the regular season. The Sycamores open by hosting Georgia Southern on Aug. 23 and Butler on Aug. 25. ISU also will host non-conference opponents Green Bay (Sept. 6), UT-Martin (Sept. 15), and IUPUI (Oct. 11), along with Valley opponents Illinois State (Oct. 4), Evansville (Oct. 16), and Missouri State (Oct. 25) during the regular season.
“We have quite a few home games this season which is great,” True said. “We have a tough schedule across the board and it not going to be a cakewalk. We start off with Georgia Southern and Butler for our first home weekend. It will be the only weekend where we play both weekend games at home and both will be challenging.”
The non-conference schedule includes trips to Western Kentucky (Sept. 1), SIU-Edwardsville (Sept. 8), Illinois (Sept. 13), Toledo (Sept. 20), Eastern Michigan (Sept. 22), and IPFW (Sept. 29). Valley road games include Loyola (Sept. 27), Northern Iowa (Nov. 20), and Drake (Oct. 31).
“All of the teams on our non-conference schedule have been at the top of their respective conferences,” True said. “They all have done good things in the past couple of years. We also have Illinois on the schedule and having any Big Ten team on the schedule is a good thing and a tough game.”
The non-conference schedule is tough but should prepare the team for an always unpredictable conference season.
“It is always unpredictable when you get into conference play,” True said. “You have absolutely no idea of what will happen. The team that won conference last year did not win a game until the conference season. Our conference is always tough and every game will be a battle. But that is what we are prepping for in practice and during the non-conference portion of our season.”
n Locals advance — At Indianapolis, a team of Terre Haute women won three playoff matches in team competition and have another match coming up Sunday.
Victories Monday and Wednesday at the Five Seasons Sports Complex were by a 3-2 score over Carmel — coming from behind after losing the first two matches — and 4-1 over another Carmel team in a match that included four third-set tiebreakers.
The 40-and-over team won 5-0 Sunday over an Indianapolis Racquet Club team and will play this week at for the state 40-and-over championship at Wildwood Racquet Club at Fort Wayne.
The players are coached by Mike Reynolds and Chris Strong.
Terre Haute 5, IRC 0
Singles — Donna Kellams (TH) won 6-2, 6-0; Elizabeth Newton (TH) won 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles — Heather Esper-Beth Levin (TH) won 7-5, 6-1; Jennifer Myers-Sally Shipley (TH) won 6-3, 6-3; Carol Isles-Sue Welch (TH) won 6-0, 6-3.
Terre Haute 3, Carmel 2
Singles — Kellams (TH) lost; Newton (TH) won 7-6, 2-6, 10-3.
Doubles — Levin-Debbie Schmidt (TH) won; Myers-Shipley (TH) won; Isles-Welch (TH) lost.
Terre Haute 4, Carmel 1
Singles — Kellams (TH) won 6-3, 2-6, 10-8; Newton (TH) lost 2-6, 6-1, 10-3.
Doubles — Levin-Schmidt (TH) won 6-3, 6-3; Esper-Myers (TH) won 6-7, 6-1, 10-3; Isles-Welch (TH) won 7-5, 0-6, 10-3.
Other team members are Joyce Drake, Karen Garzolini, Shirley Martin, May Refugio, Darla Sacopulos and Merrie Williams.
TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs has announced that Ronnie Prettyman will join his staff as an assistant coach, starting with the 2013-2014 season.
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Rose-Hulman's Strickland being more assertive in senior year
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Rose-Hulman builds early lead, holds off DePauw
Rose-Hulman built a 19-point halftime advantage and withstood a second half rally to earn a 64-61 victory at DePauw University on Wednesday night.
DePauw forward Pat Haggin missed a potential game tying three-pointer in the final seconds as the Tigers nearly rallied from a double-figure deficit.
IU holds Oakland marksman in check
Oakland’s Travis Bader came into Tuesday night’s game at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall as the NCAA’s active leading 3-point shooter in men’s basketball.
The Hoosiers didn’t give him a chance to shoot the Grizzlies to an upset.
Bader’s NCAA-leading streak of games with a made 3-pointer ended at 62 as IU cruised to an 81-54 win.
Tough defeat: Inability to finish drops ISU women’s record to 3-4
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ISU’s Munn, ex-Riverton Parke player Dickey earn MVC honors
Wabash VaIley athletes swept Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball honors on Monday, with Indiana State’s Anna Munn named Player of the Week and Evansville’s Sara Dickey, a Riverton Parke graduate, earning Newcomer of the Week honors.
Strong defensive effort keys RHIT victory
Rose-Hulman placed three players in double figures and relied on a strong defensive effort to top Millikin 64-55 in men’s college basketball action Monday night.
Metro: Indiana Hall of Fame lauds two Wabash Valley athletes
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ISU picks up the defense to take down Eastern Illinois
When it's cold outside, it takes a while for your car engine to crank.
It wasn't cold inside Eastern Illinois' Lantz Arena on Saturday, but the same principle applied for the Indiana State men's basketball team.
Once the Sycamore engine revved up, the Sycamores cruised to a 66-48 victory over the Panthers.
Michigan State shakes up national title chase with win over Ohio State
Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.
The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.
Zurek, one of ISU's best defenders, also working hard off the court
Winning basketball teams need glue players, the term sometimes used when referring to someone who helps hold it all together.
In some cases, that means getting the ball in the right place at the right time. Or having a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
It’s more often than not coming away with a loose ball on the court. It’s deflecting so many passes that you become the player that most annoys the opponent.
For Indiana State, that’s Natasha Zurek. The junior athletic training major was inserted into the starting lineup for the past two games.
Zurek leads the Sycamores with 16 steals through six games, which isn’t surprising to anyone on the team.
EIU might come at right time for ISU
Sometimes an opponent lines up just right on the schedule that suits a team’s needs.
That’s true for Indiana State as it travels to play Eastern Illinois at 8 p.m. today at Lantz Arena. And it’s not because the Panthers have struggled, even though they have.
Young gun: Freshman Belyea leads Engineers to second straight victory over Saint Mary-of-the Woods
Freshman women’s college basketball players sparked Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Rose-Hulman on Wednesday in Hulbert Arena. Playing her first major minutes of the season, Rose-Hulman guard Kristen Belyea was the clutch shooter for the Engineers. In the second half, Belyea knocked down 4 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 from the 3-point arc to help the Engineers earn a second straight victory in the rivalry with a 74-54 decision.
Strickland leads RHIT men to win
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Metro: Boys county title games set for tonight
A pair of championship games in the Vigo County middle school boys basketball tournament will be played today in West Vigo High School’s main gym. At 6 p.m., Woodrow Wilson will take on Sarah Scott for the sixth-grade title. Then at about 7:30, Wilson and Honey Creek will tangle for the seventh-grade crown.
METRO ROUNDUP: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Rose-Hulman set to battle for Clabber Girl trophy
With the Clabber Girl Trophy hanging in the balance for the 21st time, the Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team will welcome crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to Hulbert Arena today for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.
The Engineers (0-4) will look to defend their title after capturing the Clabber Girl Trophy for the first time since 2008 with last season’s 80-74 victory.
ISU’s Underwood named first team All-MVC
Sophomore linebacker/defensive end Connor Underwood was named to the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team on Monday, heading a list of five Indiana State players honored.
Red-hot Strickland leads Engineers past Wabash 77-68
Julian Strickland tied his career-high point total with 31 Monday night — his third consecutive 30-point game this season — as host Rose-Hulman downed Wabash 77-68 in Hulbert Arena.
Metro sports: ISU women play today at No. 15 LSU
Indiana State’s women finish a three-game road swing by playing nationally ranked LSU at 12:30 p.m. today at Baton Rouge.
Rose-Hulman women fall short to Marian
A clutch 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch sealed the home victory for Marian University in Saturday’s competitive 50-45 nonconference victory over the Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team.
Strickland pours in 30, but the Engineers fall in home opener
Carroll University withstood a last-minute challenge by Rose-Hulman to earn a 67-64 men’s basketball victory in the Engineers’ home opener Saturday afternoon in Hulbert Arena.
Indiana State holds off hot-shooting Pepperdine
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But when it came down to winning time? Pepperdine’s Waves crashed on the rocks of ISU’s defense.
Hoosiers gain 692 total yards, re-claim Oaken Bucket
Although his team fell well short of defending its possession of the Old Oaken Bucket Saturday against Indiana, Purdue’s freshman quarterback Danny Etling — a Terre Haute South grad — showed poise and talent in bringing the Boilermakers back in the second half in a 56-36 loss.
Sycamores outpace Seawolves
Indiana State wanted a better defensive effort in its Great Alaska Shootout consolation semifinal game against host Alaska-Anchorage on Friday, but the Seawolves weren’t going to give the Sycamores an orthodox offense to assess themselves with.
Prep/Metro roundup: Marshall girls pick up big wins at Robinson
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Uneven Sycamores fall 63-62 to Tulsa
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Tulsa's switching defenses confounded Sycamores
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So the Golden Hurricane threw multiple defenses at the Sycamores.
On target: Sycamores spreading the wealth with their shooting
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O’Leary eyes return to Hulman Center
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College report: Gardner jumps at chance to play for ISU
Cody Gardner enjoyed his freshman baseball season at Wright State and earned more time on the field than he honestly expected to get. Coach Rob Cooper departed WSU after last season to take over at Penn State, however, and Gardner jumped at the chance to return to his hometown as an Indiana State Sycamore and perform for the school where two members of his family previously excelled.
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