News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 12, 2014

Metro sports: ‘Lucky Lou’ strikes again on golf course

SEBRING, Fla. — 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.

Mundell, 75, used a 6-iron on the 135-yard No. 5 hole to record his fifth ace on as many different courses.

Witnessing the feat, which occurred during Leisure Acres League play, were Tom and Barbara Epple and Denny Drexler, all of Michigan.

“People call me ‘Lucky Lou,’” Mundell told the Tribune-Star on Wednesday. “I’d rather be lucky than good any day.”


• Sycamores postponed
— At Bob Warn Field, the Indiana State home game against SIU Edwardsville scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

ISU (12-1) has won 12 straight games since opening the season with a 4-0 loss to Auburn in the Snowbird Classic at Port Charlotte, Fla. That represents the best start for a Sycamore team through the first 13 games of the season.

Indiana State will now travel to the East Coast to take on the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (6-8) for a three-game weekend series. The Sycamores and Seahawks are scheduled to open the series at 4 p.m. EDT Friday, with Saturday’s game scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and the finale at noon Sunday.


• ISU called off
— At Winter Haven, Fla., after barely getting underway, heavy rains forced Indiana State to cancel both of its games Wednesday.

The Sycamores will return to action today in their final two games in Florida, against South Dakota and Howard, with action beginning at 1 p.m.


• Odum named to NABC all-district team
— Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum has been named a first-team All-District 16 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The All-District Teams are selected and voted on by members of the NABC. A total of 252 student-athletes were selected, from 25 districts, and all are now eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America Teams.

In District 16, Odum was joined on the first team by Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker and Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle. On the second team are Evansville’s D.J. Balentine, Missouri State’s Jarmar Gulley, Bradley’s Walt Lemon, Jr. and Southern Illinois’ Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane.

Odum has led the Sycamores to a 23-10 record and the No. 2 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament — the program’s highest finish since 2000. The Sycamores defeated Loyola and Southern Illinois and finished as the tournament runner-up to Wichita State by advancing to its second MVC tournament championship game in the last four years. Odum’s seven MVC tournament victories is tied for a school record.

He became just the fourth Sycamore (joining an elite group of Larry Bird, Carl Nicks and John Sherman Williams) to be named first-team All-MVC in consecutive seasons and along with Williams is just the second Sycamore to be named all-conference during all four years of his career.

Following his eight-point performance in the MVC tournament championship game, Odum now has 1,557 career points scored, which moved him past Eddie Bird for sixth on the ISU scoring chart. He needs only five more in the postseason to move into the top five. Additionally, he has 597 career assists — just 19 shy of Steve Reed’s school record — and is the Sycamore standard bearer with 587 career free throws made. Odum is the only player in MVC history with 500 career made free throws and 500 career assists.

This season, Odum is averaging 13.2 ppg, which ranks 11th in the MVC, while his 4.5 assists-per-game average ranks second. His 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the conference and his 32.2 minutes per game is ninth best in the MVC. He was a first-team All-MVC Preseason selection as well as a member of The Bob Cousy Award Watch List and The Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team.

Indiana State now awaits its postseason assignment, which will be announced on the evening of Sunday. On a possible related note, the NIT Selection Show will be shown at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ESPNU.

• Another Sycamore honored — Indiana State senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir has been named one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Scholar-Athletes of the Week, according to an announcement from the league Wednesday.

It continues a week of accolades for the Springfield, Mass., native as she also was named a second-team Scholar-Athlete and first-team all-conference selection. In addition, she was the women’s basketball Player of the Week as she helped ISU secure the first program regular-season conference championship in eight years and the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament Friday. This is Abdul-Qaadir’s third MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award this season.

Abdul-Qaadir dazzled in the final weekend of regular-season action by posting back-to-back 20-point efforts in wins over Drake and Northern Iowa.

Against Drake, she dropped 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting and dished out a game-high six assists. She also pulled down five rebounds and went 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.

In Saturday’s regular-season finale win over UNI, Abdul-Qaadir paced the Sycamores with 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting and 5 for 5 from the line. Her 28 points helped guide the Sycamores to a share of the MVC regular-season championship for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

For the week, Abdul-Qaadir went 19 for 33 from the field (.576) for 51 points, 3 for 5 from 3-point range and 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. She collected a total of 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds as ISU built a six-game winning streak headed into the MVC tournament.

Ben Mullis of Drake men’s tennis was the male recipient of this week’s award.

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  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prettyman wants ISU to be prepared for potential NCAA changes

    Against a rising tide of media, public and institutional sentiment that would suggest otherwise, Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman believes that the current model of college athletics still works.

    July 26, 2014

  • ISU basketball trio earn national academic honors

    A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.

    July 23, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Truebytower.jpg Memorable experience in Morocco for ISU soccer team could help team's growth

    Coming off the best season in its history, the Indiana State women’s soccer team figures to have the experience to do even better in the upcoming fall season.
    Or maybe that’s #TheExperience.

    July 23, 2014 11 Photos

  • Metro: Former Miss Softball joins Purdue staff

    Terre Haute North graduate Megan Ciolli Bartlett, the state’s 2001 Miss Softball and a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, is joining the Purdue coaching staff.

    July 21, 2014

  • Metro: ISU graduate Johnson sixth in shot at Monaco

    Indiana State graduate Felisha Johnson competed in her first International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League track and field meeting Friday, placing sixth in a shot put competition that featured six of the top seven throwers in the world for 2014.

    July 18, 2014

  • ReedUK.jpg A.J. Reed makes it 5 for 5 in college baseball awards with Golden Spikes Award

    When it came down to it, college baseball’s electors agreed that there was no award Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed didn’t deserve for his remarkable 2014 season at Kentucky.
    Reed was selected Thursday as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making Reed a unanimous pick as the national player of the year.

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • MVC to shift women's basketball tournament to Moline, Ill.

    The Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament will move 90 miles farther from Terre Haute beginning in 2016, the league announced Thursday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Metro: ISU-IU football game to be on ESPNEWS

    Indiana University announced Wednesday that the season opening game between Indiana State and IU will be played at noon on Sept. 30.

    July 16, 2014

  • Riley 10s go 4-1, place second in state tourney

    Riley’s 10-and-under all-star team finished as runner-up over the weekend at the Cal Ripken baseball Central Indiana tournament.

    July 14, 2014

  • Odum heads for Vegas with Kings summer team

    Terre Haute native Jake Odum scored three points in the Indiana Pacers’ 84-74 victory on Thursday over the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

    July 11, 2014

  • odum.jpg Odum has 5 points for Pacers in summer play

    Former Indiana State standout Jake Odum contributed five points, three assists and a steal in 15 minutes on the court Wednesday for the Indiana Pacers summer league team.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • MVC Tournament staying in St. Louis until 2018

    Missouri Valley Conference men's tournament staying in St. Louis until 2018.

    July 9, 2014

  • mundy.jpg College report: Former Patriot runner Mundy is ‘proud to be a Hoosier’

    After redshirting the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons this year, Chanli Mundy was eager to do one thing recently as she prepared to compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Eugene, Oregon. “The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is being able to wear an IU uniform,” she said last week prior to making her cross-country trip.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Odum scores 2 points off bench for Pacers

    Three of the top picks in last month’s draft are adjusting to NBA at different speeds at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

    July 7, 2014

  • Terre Haute's A.J. Reed joins Manziel as an SEC Athlete of Year

    University of Kentucky baseball star A.J. Reed of Terre Haute and Florida softball standout Hannah Rogers have been named 2013-14 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year, according to a voting by the league’s athletics directors.
    “A.J. and Hannah are true examples of outstanding student-athletes,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Tuesday. “They have competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics, and through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence, have been successful in their endeavors. They are fine representatives of their universities and this conference.”

    July 1, 2014

  • SPT063014 loyd .jpg A new era: ‘Bittersweet day’ as Loyd takes over for ailing Shaw as Rose-Hulman men’s basketball coach

    Rose-Hulman President James Conwell couldn’t have been more accurate Monday afternoon when he called it “a bittersweet day” for his school.

    June 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Reed adds two-way award to collection

    Seeking to become the third unanimous national Player of the Year in Southeastern Conference history, Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed has been named winner of the 2014 John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s top two-way player, according to an announcement Friday from the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

    June 27, 2014

  • Metro: ISU’s Wise starts out well in USATF championships

    Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters as she ran 11.42 seconds in the opening heat of the event Thursday evening at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

    June 27, 2014

  • SPT021914ISUMBB odum.jpg ISU's Odum talks about agreeing to play for Pacers' summer-league team

    No team selected him in the two-round NBA draft Thursday night, but Terre Haute native and four-year Indiana State basketball standout Jake Odum agreed Friday to play for the Indiana Pacers’ summer-league squad next month.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo 4 Stories

  • SPT 030914 ODUM FILE.jpg Steady success: ISU continued to climb ladder with one of its best overall seasons ever

    First of all, if you’re an Indiana State fan, stand up and applaud. The Sycamores collectively went where only one Sycamore athletic department went before in 2013-14. ISU finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy standings. ISU recorded a score of 3.538, its highest in school history.

    June 25, 2014 6 Photos

  • Metro roundup: Odum to work out with Lakers

    Terre Haute native and former Indiana State guard Jake Odum will have two more workouts before next Thursday’s NBA Draft. Odum will work out with the Los Angeles Lakers today. Odum will have a second workout with the Orlando Magic next week before the draft.

    June 20, 2014 1 Story

  • Terre Haute’s Reed earns 4th national honor

    Recent University of Kentucky standout A.J. Reed has been named National Player of the Year and first-team All-America, according to an announcement made Wednesday afternoon by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

    June 18, 2014

  • NCAA Championships At_Pear.jpg Swift breaks ISU hurdles record, takes fourth place at NCAAs

    Senior Greggmar Swift broke the school record in the 110 meter hurdles, as Indiana State picked up two All-Americans in the final day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Swift’s five points in the event gave the men’s team five points for the meet and a 44th place finish in the nation. The women got 3 points from Mary Theisen in the shot put to place 51st in the nation.

    June 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.J. Reed chosen as 28th Dick Howser Trophy recipient

    University of Kentucky junior pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed, who enjoyed possibly the greatest individual season in UK history in 2014, is the 28th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s Player of the Year.
    The presentation was made Saturday during a national news conference at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the 2014 College World Series.

    June 14, 2014

  • SPT061214 ISUMBB parker.jpg New ISU coach Parker makes first impression

    Indiana State assistant coach Terry Parker hasn’t had too much time to make a first impression.
    Officially hired in late April, but identified as Dave Ragland’s replacement on Greg Lansing’s staff long before that, there haven’t been many team activities for Parker to take part in since he joined ISU’s staff from Utah Valley.

    June 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Greggmar Swift advances to NCAA hurdles final

    Greggmar Swift advanced to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles to highlight Indiana State’s performances during day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.

    June 13, 2014

  • SPT 112313 NCAA 01MASCARI.jpg Terre Haute's Mascari earns All-American finish in 10,000 meters

    Indiana State sophomore John Mascari finished 11th in the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-meter run Wednesday night at historic Hayward Field.

    June 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • Reed signs with Astros

    A.J. Reed’s Wednesday was already pretty good when he was named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year in the morning. In the afternoon, it got even better for the Terre Haute native. The Houston Astros, who drafted Reed with the first pick of the second round in last week’s Major League Baseball draft, announced that they had agreed to a deal with Reed. According to several sources, Reed signed his deal for $1.35 million.

    June 11, 2014

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