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.
Abrams leads Illini over IU in Big Ten tournament
Now, Indiana waits.
To see if the NIT wants the Hoosiers for an at-large berth.
To see if Noah Vonleh will head to the NBA after one season in Bloomington.
No. 24 Ohio State holds off Purdue 63-61
Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter appreciated his team’s effort Thursday.
He still didn’t like the numbers on the box score — or the scoreboard.
Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross combined to score nine points in a late 12-4 run that gave No. 24 Ohio State control and the Buckeyes held on for a 63-61 win — only after Terone Johnson’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer came up short in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
ISU’s Abdul-Qaadir, Munn All-MVC selections
Senior guards Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Anna Munn have both been named to Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference teams, announced by the league on Wednesday. Abdul-Qaadir earned a spot on the first-team while Munn was named honorable mention.
History in making?: Indiana, Purdue need to reverse recent trends to keep offseason hopes alive
The state’s two Big Ten schools could begin the offseason as soon as tonight, depending on how they fare in the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.
Metro sports: ‘Lucky Lou’ strikes again on golf course
Retired Public Service Indiana employee Lou Mundell, a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, posted the fifth hole-in-one of his life Tuesday afternoon at the Harder Hall Country Club golf course in his winter home of Sebring.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida
Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
“The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Oh snap: Reed's 18-game hitting streak falls in No. 20 UK's loss at No. 16 IU
No. 16 Indiana mounted two-run rallies in the first and fourth innings and the Hoosiers ended the hitting streak of Terre Haute native A.J. Reed at 18 games to post a 7-2 win over No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday.
Despite going hitless, Reed remains the NCAA leader in home runs (8) and RBI (28) for a potent Wildcats’ offense.
Kentucky (13-4) dropped its first game with the Hoosiers in the last four meetings, with the meeting marking the first time in modern UK history (2003-present) that the two teams faced off as top-20 foes.
Munn named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley with six of the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards after Anna Munn earned the recognition Tuesday for the 2013-14 season.
Munn joins Kourtney Mennen (2003), Melanie Boeglin (2006), Laura Rudolphi (2007) and Kelsey Luna (2009 and 2010) as winners of the award, which began in 2002.
ISU win streak at 12
Ryan Keaffaber recorded his sixth save in seven opportunities Monday as Indiana State won its 12th straight college baseball game, holding off a rally by visiting Western Illinois for a 7-4 victory on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Another Rose freshman making big splash
The Rose-Hulman men’s swimming team received a much-needed boost last season when a talented freshman from Ohio entered to set school records, rack up conference titles and qualify for the NCAA Division III championships. So when the Rose women’s swimming team needed a boost this season, what did it do? Yep, the Engineers found another talented freshman from Ohio to do pretty much the same things.
Metro sports: Indiana State's Abdul-Qaadir honored by MVC again
Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir of Indiana State has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for women’s basketball, the league announced Monday.
Guts, sweat, tears: Sycamores fall to perfect Shockers
No one on Indiana State’s men’s basketball needed to say a word about the Sycamores’ 83-69 loss to Wichita State in Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game.
Todd Golden: Sycamores ran with the best
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Odum rises to WSU challenge
When you’re getting ready to play the No. 2 team in the country — the undefeated No. 2 team in the country and the best Missouri Valley Conference team in a generation — the unwritten rule says you’re not supposed to rile them. That you’re not supposed to poke the hornet’s nest.
Clock problems delay start of Indiana State semifinal game
Time stood still in Scottrade Center on Saturday.
Not by design.
Sycamores advance to Arch Madness title game
ISU women grab share of MVC regular-season title
The preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite lived up to its expectations, as the Indiana State women’s basketball team grabbed a piece of the regular-season title with an 85-72 triumph over host Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon inside McLeod Center.
Robinson leads No. 12 Michigan over Indiana
Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 to play, and Jordan Morgan had a double-double in his final home game to help No. 12 Michigan finish off its Big Ten championship season with an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.
Michigan (23-7 15-3) avenged last year’s defeat in the last game of the regular season. In that game, Morgan’s tap-in rolled off the rim as time expired, giving the Hoosiers the victory and costing the Wolverines a share of the conference title.
ISU headed to MVC title game
Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 62-59 on Saturday to advance to Arch Madness championship game.
Ramblin’ On: Sycamores use defensive stops to reach Missouri Valley semifinals
It sounds counter-intuitive, but to go forward in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament you must first get stops. In Friday’s MVC Tournament quarterfinal against Loyola, ISU followed that bit of zen to a tee. The Sycamores never let the Ramblers get comfortable offensively and put a hammer-lock on Loyola standout Milton Doyle. ISU rode its defense to an easy 75-62 victory at Scottrade Center.
ISU baseball looking to carry success home
Indiana State had pitching questions coming into the season, having lost its entire starting staff from a year ago.
So far anyway, those questions have been answered. The Sycamores are 9-1 going into their home opener today against Western Illinois.
Metro sports: Rose-Hulman picks up baseball win
A late run in the eighth-inning broke a 4-all tie and proved to be the game winner for Rockford College in a 5-4 decision over the Rose-Hulman baseball team Friday at the Chain of Lakes Complex.
Indiana State women move within one win from MVC title
Senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had 23 points to lead Indiana State to a 73-71 win at Drake on Thursday. The point guard led four Sycamores in double figures in the win.
Anna Munn, Jasmine Grier and Chelsea Small each chipped in 11 points as ISU shot 10-of-21 from 3-point range as a team.
Sycamores rejuvenated heading into MVC Tournament quarterfinals
Indiana State point guard Jake Odum is sick-and-tired of being sick and tired.
He’s tired of hearing about the team’s three-game losing streak. He’s tired of the Sycamores playing below par. He’s tired of the team not fulfilling its potential.
He plans to do something about it this weekend. Second-seeded ISU begins its Missouri Valley Conference Tournament trek at 7:05 p.m. tonight against either No. 10 Loyola.
Rose-Hulman seniors lead Engineers into NCAA Division III Tournament
For Rose-Hulman’s six senior men’s basketball players, this weekend will mark the beginning of their third and final appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Having left Terre Haute by bus Thursday, Rose (22-5) will open the Division III four-team regional at Hope College in Holland, Mich., today against Wheaton College (19-8) at the unique time of 5:30 p.m.
Coach Jim Shaw’s Engineers are coming off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular-season and tournament championships for the second consecutive year.
ISU women seek top MVC seed
Defense and rebounding are the staples of Teri Moren’s fourth Indiana State team, a squad that hits the road trying to defend and rebound its way to a regular-season conference title. The Sycamores women’s basketball can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference with wins tonight against Drake and Saturday against Northern Iowa.
Nebraska completes sweep of Indiana
Indiana’s slim hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid are all but done, unless the Hoosiers can win the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska never trailed Wednesday night, completing a season sweep of the Hoosiers with a 70-60 win. The loss ensures a losing conference record for IU (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) while boosting the Huskers’ chances at an at-large berth.
ISU reserve Smith earns two MVC honors
Indiana State sophomore Khristian Smith has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Bench and Most Improved Teams, according to an announcement by the league office Wednesday.
Two Sycamores with Scott during Saturday incident
A Vigo County’s Sheriff’s case report of Brenton Scott’s arrest last Saturday indicated that Scott, an Indiana State basketball player, tried to pass himself off as his twin brother and that two of his teammates were with him at the time of the incident.
Metro Sports: Sycamores to be represented at NCAA indoors
Three members of the Indiana State track and field team will compete in the 2014 NCAA indoor championships March 14-15 at Albuquerque, N.M. Senior Greggmar Swift will represent the men, while sophomore Katie Wise and senior Mary Theisen will represent the women.
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