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June 8, 2013

Metro roundup: Former Sycamores take talents to CFL

TERRE HAUTE — Former Indiana State players Johnny Towalid and Justin Hilton were signed by teams in the Canadian Football League this week.

Towalid signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hilton with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Both Towalid and Hilton are in preseason training camp with their respective teams.

Towalid earned the College Football Performance Awards FCS Defensive Back of the Year Award in the fall, earning first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors and setting a school record with four career interception returns for touchdowns. Two of those came in ISU’s win over eventual national champion North Dakota State.

Hilton joins the Tiger Cats after a stint this spring with the Cincinnati Bengals as well as a 2012 preseason camp with the Bengals. He had 40 receptions for 684 yards and seven touchdowns as a Sycamore and was on the MVC All-Newcomer Team in 2010.

Hamilton plays its first preseason game Thursday at Montreal, while Saskatchewan opens June 14 at Edmonton. The two teams play each other July 21 and July 27.

High schools

• Viking awards — West Vigo honored its spring sports athletes at a banquet earlier this week.

Baseball — Four-year letterwinners: Brandon Calleja* (all-WIC), Lucas Fagg, Cade Lindsey*, Kevin Stewart (all-WIC), Kyle Stewart (all-WIC), Austin Wallace*. Also Donnie Ames, Elijah Atterson, Brandin Behringer, Jack Belleu, Derrick Bennett*, Alec Blair*, Braiden Cardinal*, Cameron Crooks, Zach Edwards, Kyman Elkins*, David Fiddler*, Trevor Harris, Davie Inman*, Ryan Johnson, Josh Judson, Justin Kump, Wyatt Lowe, Clayton O’Neal*, Travis Reese*, Thomas Roberts*, Brycen Scank, Jordan Schaffer*, Dakota Short, Dacoda Watson, Alex West.

Golf — Clayton Baugh, Nate Ennis*, Nate Keith*, Nick Leek*, Brandon Long*, David McClain, Austin Roach.

Softball — Four-year letterwinners: Ciara McClain* (all-WIC), Jacy McClain* (all-WIC). Also Kayla Akers, Shelbe Barnhart-Padgett, Lizzie Barton*, Kortney Brown, Taylor Corbett, Mary Curley*, Shelby Edington*, Victoria Farris*, Maddie Funk*, Hannah Harden*, Charity Lane, Kenzie Little*, Miranda Mann*, Leah Morrison, Mackenzie Roth*, Brittany Voils* (all-WIC), Mackenzie Wallace, Baylee Waters* (all-WIC), Andrea Yocum, manager Austin Woodward*.

Tennis — Four-year letterwinner: Sydney Brown. Also Taylor Atterson*, Jessica Burns*, Kaylen Cheesman*, Mackenzie Collins*, Jordyn Cook*, Allyson Donnelly, Megan Glasgow*, Makayla Herring*, Delanee Hurst*, Savannah Mann, Payton McCall* (all-WIC), Kamdyn Moss*, Heather Prouse*, Maddie Riley*, Michaela Rollings*, Shyla Smith*, Justice Waltermire*, Halie Wilkinson, Nicole Wilson*, Nikki Wilson, Sarah Wyrick*.

Boys Track — Four-year letterwinners: Derek Braun*, Danny Creasey, Jacob Creasey*, Daniel Mackey* (regional qualifier), Clayton Minger*, Andy Velazquez*. Also Tyler Bell, Blake Benefiel* (regional qualifier), Sam Bowden*, Austin Buckallew*, Brody Donnelly, David Donnelly, Jonah Eckert* (regional qualifier), Ryan Hackett, Aaron Kirby, Jacob Lewis, Caleb Likens, Jimmy Maples*, Alex May, Cogan McClain*, Thomas Nicholson, Nate Owens, Austin Romanelly, Trevor Roskovensky*, Logan Thralls* (regional qualifier), Tyson Tolerson, Austin Vangilder, Kyle Watson*, Jacob Weir (regional qualifier), Doug Wilkins*, Kaleb Wilkinson, Chris Wolfe, Shawn Wycoff.

Girls Track — Four-year letterwinners: Kayla Lindsay*, Acetha Tolerson. Also Alathia Bowden*, Amanda Bridgewater*, Taylor Bunch, Olivia Butterman*, Lexie Carlson*, Taylor Certain*, Korinna Clay*, Joslynn Donham*, Carlie Eldredge, Lexie May*, Sophie Owen*, Shelby Sparks, Keisha Spillers*, Maddie Stuck*, Mackenzie Wallace, Shaelynn White*, Ashley Wilson.

*—Academic excellence awards

Auto racing

• Clayton prevails — At Bechtelsville, Pa., Daron Clayton won the feature in U.S. Auto Club sprint-car racing Wednesday at Grandview Speedway.


Wednesday's results

Fast qualifier — Dave Darland.

Heat winners — Darland, C.J. Leary, Levi Jones, Brady Bacon, Billy Pauch (semi).

Feature — Daron Clayton, Bryan Clauson, Jones, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Shane Cottle, Chris Windom, Darland, Bacon, Matt Westfall, Tracy Hines, Mark Smith, Tyler Courtney, Nick Drake, Mark Bitner.

USAC sprint point leaders — Stockon 523, Darland 505, Bacon 483, Clauson  481, Schuerenberg 480.


• Rose schedule announced — The 2013 Rose-Hulman schedule features 14 home matches and the program’s first trip to California.

Rose finished 21-9 last season, including a 7-2 mark in HCAC matches. The Engineer roster includes nine letterwinners and seven newcomers, including three from Illinois.

Rose-Hulman will open its season Aug. 30 in the Otterbein Invitational. Its home schedule begins with a Sept. 6 match against Greenville.

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    Indiana State’s baseball trip to Victory Field on Wednesday to face Butler turned into a virtuoso performance in pitching and defense.

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Metro roundup: Rose swimmer honored as CCIW’s best

    Rose-Hulman sophomore Orion Martin of Dublin, Ohio, has been named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Male Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year, according to voting by league coaches.

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT042214 ISUBB zahn.jpg ISU baseball improves to 26-12 with 10-3 victory over Purdue

    As its 21st-place ranking in unofficial NCAA baseball RPI lists attest, Indiana State’s baseball team has done a lot right this season.
    It’s been a surprising season, but one thing the Sycamores haven’t done is to put together a big early lead and ride out the wave.
    On Tuesday against struggling Purdue, ISU finally added an early big inning to its list of accomplishments.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • MET 042114 TRACK MCNICHOLS.jpg Til it's over: Grand memories usher in a new era for ISU track

    John McNichols won his first Missouri Valley Conference championship in outdoor track at Indiana State’s Marks Field back in 1988. He’s gone on to win eight more — in addition to his two indoor track and eight cross country crowns. In 2016, McNichols will have a chance to add that outdoor title total on the site of a brand new facility — proposed to be named Gibson Track and Field by ISU President Dan Bradley.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Metro roundup: ISU trails by 4 with 18 holes left

    Indiana State is four shots out of the lead and McCall Christopher five shots from the individual lead after the second of three rounds of the Missouri Valley Conference golf championships was completed Monday at Panther Creek Country Club.

    April 22, 2014

  • Sycamores dig down to beat Canisius, avoid sweep

    Indiana State took control late in the game and avoided being swept in a weekend college baseball series for the first time this season as it defeated Canisius 8-4 Sunday.

    April 21, 2014

  • ISU baseball drops second straight

    Indiana State’s baseball team rallied late in the game but could not get in front as the Canisius Golden Griffins held off the Sycamores 5-4 Saturday.
    ISU (24-12) will look to avoid being swept for the first time this season at noon EDT today when it plays the series finale against Canisius (22-13).

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT 041414 ERINN SUTTON2.jpg Driving to victory

    College golf, Indiana State coach Greg Towne indicated Monday afternoon, is all about the process.

    April 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • QFRGGNSQNGORIUF.jpg ISU losing Ragland to Bowling Green St.

    David Ragland was the first person Indiana State men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing hired to his staff when he became the Sycamores’ head coach in 2010.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thunder Pacers Basket_Tayl.jpg FROM THE PRESSBOX: In Lance the Pacers trust? Why not?

    The trials and tribulations of the Indiana Pacers are well documented.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 041314 DELLACAMERA.jpg Sycamores just one shot behind in tourney on familiar turf

    Lack of experience in playing a collegiate women’s golf tournament in their own backyard may not be a hindrance for Indiana State, which finds itself one shot out of the lead — and with room to do better — after Sunday’s first round of the Indiana State Spring Invitational at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • ISU pushes run across in 9th to beat SIU — again

    Indiana State scored in the ninth inning for a second game in a row Sunday, breaking a tie to defeat host Southern Illinois and win a closely contested Missouri Valley Conference baseball series.

    April 14, 2014

  • SPT040914ISUBB_kudrecki.jpg Indiana State falls to No. 23-ranked IU 8-4 in baseball

    Indiana State’s baseball team tried to walk a double tightrope this week.
    The degree of difficulty was cranked up significantly as the Sycamores played back-to-back games at Vanderbilt and Indiana, both top 25 teams.

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • ISU baseball falls to Vanderbilt 6-2

    The seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores took control early to defeat the Indiana State Sycamores 6-2

    April 9, 2014

  • SPT 040614 TONY ROSSELLI.jpg ISU baseball is deadly with two outs

    One of the many charms of baseball is that there are a thousand different debates about a thousand different topics one can embroil themselves in. One of the most passionate is whether clutch hitting exists.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 040614 ROSELLI HOMER.jpg ISU dusts off its broom

    Wichita State’s baseball program has been the bellwether of the Missouri Valley Conference for more than a quarter-century. And 2014 is no different. When a team has success against the Shockers, picked to win the league in the preseason coaches’ poll, it still has cachet.

    April 6, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grant Prusator …nd jones 0.jpg Prusator gives ISU a shooter for 2015

    Grant Prusator, a native of Rochelle, Ill., has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Indiana State starting in the 2014-15 season. He will have three years of eligibility with the Sycamores as he played just one year for Highland Community College.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Metro sports: Locks of Love tournament today at Memorial Stadium

    The Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will host its annual Locks of Love tournament today. The 4th annual event will begin at 9 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

    April 4, 2014

  • SPT012714ISUWBB laramie.jpg Laramie to transfer from ISU women's basketball program

    Indiana State forward Marina Laramie averaged 9.9 points and started all 32 games as a sophomore for the Sycamores.
    But the 6-foot-2 women’s basketball player will continue her career elsewhere.

    April 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: ISU blanks Austin Peay in 6-plus innings

    Indiana State’s baseball team posted another mid-week victory Wednesday night as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout and lead a 3-0 victory over Austin Peay State at Bob Warn Field.

    April 2, 2014

  • 20140401_145857.jpg Chicago guard commits to ISU women's basketball

    The Indiana State women’s basketball team picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago guard Kiera Brooks on Tuesday.
    The 5-foot-7 junior for North Lawndale College Prep visited ISU’s campus for the first time, met the team and chose her college home. Brooks averaged 18.7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for coach Corey Morgan’s 15-11 squad.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Metro sports: ISU’s Stone, Riemenschneider honored by MVC

    Indiana State junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors, according to an announcement from the league office Monday.

    March 31, 2014

  • SPT 033014 A.J. McELDERRY.jpg Bad day for Sycamores

    Indiana State’s baseball team has had more good days than bad so far this season.
    Sunday, however, was bad in every way.

    March 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT032814 ISUBB hayes.jpg Going the distance: Redbirds ace Savas allows just five hits while shutting down Sycamores

    Indiana State’s pitchers weren’t their best in Friday’s series opener against Illinois State, but it seemed the Sycamores might get away with it. Through seven innings, ISU had issued six walks, gave up six hits and hit a batter, but still trailed by just a run. But ISU’s luck with its generosity would give out in the eighth, and even if it hadn’t, Illinois State standout starter Dan Savas had the Sycamores’ bats in a deep freeze anyway. The Redbirds defeated the Sycamores 5-2 at Bob Warn Field.

    March 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT032614 ISU BB curry.jpg ‘A full night’: Leadoff hitter Curry leads 16-hit attack as Sycamores pound Hoosiers

    Lead-off man Landon Curry had four of Indiana State’s 16 hits Wednesday afternoon, and cleanup hitter Mike Fitzgerald reached for the 17th straight game to lead the Sycamores to a 12-8 victory.

    March 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • ISU committed to making Tonyan a key contributor

    Indiana State’s 1-11 2013 football season was nightmarish in many ways, but one player who had to endure it with eyes more wide open than most was Robert Tonyan Jr.
    Thrust into a much larger role than anticipated at quarterback when Mike Perish was injured in early October, and with injuries occurring all around him as well, the then-redshirt freshman struggled behind center.

    March 26, 2014

  • SPT 032414 ISU FOOTBALL.jpg Fresh start: ISU football team springs into action for coach Sanford’s second season

    Many things change from year one to year two in someone’s coaching regime, but when it comes to football, few things change more dramatically in that span than spring football practice.

    March 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Aces ride leadoff success to series win over ISU

    The leadoff bullets were flying around at Evansville’s Charles Braun Stadium as Indiana State and Evansville locked up in a Missouri Valley Conference baseball series decider on Sunday.

    March 23, 2014

  • SPT 032314 MEGAN STONE DIVE.jpg ISU stretching to improve softball program

    Some are from as far away as California, or Arizona or Iowa. Some played their high school games a little closer to Terre Haute, such as at North Central or Clay City.

    March 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • ISU loses 63-61 to Marquette in WNIT

    After a Jasmine Grier 3-pointer with four seconds on the clock cut Marquette’s lead to two points, a crazy March ending appeared possible as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir came up with a steal with just more than a second to go Thursday in Hulman Center
    Abdul-Qaadir had momentum going toward the bucket after her steal but couldn’t get the layup off in time as the Sycamores fell in the first round of the Women’s NIT to the Big East squad, 63-61.

    March 20, 2014

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