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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Odum, Smith, Arop recognized by MVC
Indiana State point guard Jake Odum doesn’t play baseball, but he did go 4-for-4 in his Sycamore career.
His 4-for-4 performance came in regards to his All-Missouri Valley Conference selections. Odum has been named to the all-MVC team in each of his four seasons, and for the second time in a year, Odum was named to the MVC’s first team.
Teammate Khristian Smith also received a major individual honor. Smith, a sophomore, earned the MVC’s Sixth Man Award. Senior Manny Arop also was named as an All-MVC honorable-mention selection.
ISU’s Odum earns first-team All-MVC honors
ST. LOUIS —Indiana State guard Jake Odum earned a spot on the 2014 All-Missouri Valley Conference first team, which was announced today as the Sycamores prepare for this week’s MVC men’s basketball tournament.
Metro: No ISU baseball today; home opener now Friday
Indiana State’s baseball home opener that was to be played today has been pushed back, according to Sycamore head coach Mitch Hannahs.
ISU's Scott booked for OWI, possession
Indiana State men's basketball player Brenton Scott was booked into the Vigo County Jail on Saturday for operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana/hash, possession of paraphenalia and false reporting/informing.
Senior Day Success
Indiana State shot just 35 percent from the field Sunday in Hulman Center compared with 46 percent for the visiting Bradley women, but that was almost a good thing.
ISU teams sweep titles in indoor track
Indiana State’s track teams swept the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday at Northern Iowa, the men leading all the way and the women surviving a three-way battle.
Odum can't get roll on game-winning attempt on Senior Day
The storybook was ready to be opened at Hulman Center on Saturday.
Down two with 4.5 seconds to go, Indiana State rebounded a free throw miss by Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle. ISU senior point guard Odum timed his dash perfectly up the floor. He released his shot from just behind the 3-point line at just the right second. The shot was true and online.
TODD GOLDEN: Lansing's belief in his team has not wavered
In the wake of Indiana State’s 71-69 loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday, and the three-game losing streak that comes with it, ISU coach Greg Lansing wanted to get one point across crystal clear in his postgame press conference.
Red-hot ISU baseball wins eighth straight game
Indiana State broke away from a tight ballgame with four runs in the fifth inning and went on to post their eighth-straight victory of the 2014 campaign with a 10-3 triumph over New Orleans Saturday.
David Stagg (3-0) was the winning pitcher for the Sycamores as he went seven innings. He allowed two runs, scattered nine hits and struck out eight.
ISU men’s track leading in MVC indoor championships
Indiana State’s men’s track and field team took the lead Saturday after the first day of the Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships Saturday at Northern Iowa, while the Sycamore women were second.
Seeking their second straight championship, the Sycamore men have 64 points to 37 for Illinois State. Indiana State’s women are just two points behind Southern Illinois, 50-48.
Rolling along: Third straight victory helps Sycamores tie for second in MVC
Aside from Teri Moren sticking with her pink Chuck Taylor shoes on the sideline for superstitious reasons, Indiana State’s three-game winning streak can be explained by strong play in nearly every aspect of the game.
Sycamores stay positive in face of adversity
After Indiana State’s 77-59 loss at Illinois State on Wednesday, ISU players had an idea of how the tone of Thursday and Friday’s practices would be prior to today’s regular-season finale against Northern Iowa.
Metro: ISU softball win streak reaches 6
Indiana State improved its college softball winning streak to six games Friday by beating Wright State 4-3 and IUPUI 3-2 on the opening day of the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic.
Odum's final chapter is here; how will he author the ending?
If you compare a college basketball career to a book, Indiana State point guard Jake Odum has been a page-turner from day one.
Odum has dazzled ISU fans from the time he became a starter during the first weekend of his first season in 2010. The Sycamores have not had a losing season during the Odum era, a run of success unprecedented in ISU’s Division I history.
VIDEO: Indiana State women looking to add to winning streak at home
Indiana State looks to put a three-game winning streak together tonight against Loyola, who topped the Sycamores behind 30 points by senior forward Troy Hambric for one of the Ramblers’ nine wins this season.
The Sycamores’ women’s basketball team stifled Missouri State last Friday and knocked off first-place Wichita State on Sunday for a pair of road wins last weekend. They'll look to build upon that momentum tonight at home.
Mayor Bennett takes students’ questions
Mayor Duke Bennett fielded some tough, thoughtful questions on topics that included potholes, neighborhood safety, abandoned homes and railroads Thursday.
Metro roundup: ISU track ready for MVC indoors
The Indiana State track and field teams will head to Cedar Falls, Iowa, this weekend for the Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships.
The men are defending champions and the women were runners-up a year ago.
Redbirds dominate Sycamores 77-59
Indiana State’s men’s basketball team is running out of answers for its recent woes ... and it’s running out of time to fix them. The slumping Sycamores added defensive problems to their offensive slump on Wednesday at Illinois State. The Redbirds made the Sycamores pay dearly for their poor all-around effort out of the gate as the Sycamores fell 77-59.
Metro roundup: Hutson awarded USA Track and Field grant
Terre Haute native and 2016 Olympic hopeful Kylie Hutson was awarded a $7,000 grant from the USA Track and Field Foundation.
Moren praises Jasmine Grier for helping ISU women pull out wins
Indiana State coach Teri Moren has preached to her women’s basketball team that consistent quality results at the defensive end will translate to the offensive end.
For junior Jasmine Grier and the Sycamores, their coach’s message was infallible last weekend.
Sycamores basketball set for Illinois State
It’s no secret that Indiana State’s basketball team hasn’t shot the ball lately. It’s also no secret that tonight’s opponent — Illinois State — uses a 2-3 zone as its base defense and 2-3s have been to the Sycamores as silver bullets are to werewolves.
Even though the Sycamores have struggled to get shots to fall, they’ve also kept teams from making theirs too. Defense has long been the characteristic coach Greg Lansing has wanted his Sycamores to define themselves by, and lately, they’ve been living up to it.
Metro: MVC honors Lockwood, Abdul-Qaadir; national award for A.J.
Indiana State sophomore Taylor Lockwood was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after pitching one of two ISU softball shutouts Sunday and earning Most Valuable Player honors at Tennessee State’s Tiger Classic.
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