TERRE HAUTE —
Former Indiana State women’s soccer player Morgan Wendlandt has been nominated for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The annual award, in its 22nd year, honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Wendlandt graduated with honors this past spring, earning a degree in marketing while also delivering the student address to her fellow graduates at Indiana State’s commencement ceremony. She was the first Sycamore soccer player to earn all-Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete first-team honors for three straight years and made dean’s list, athletic director’s honor roll and MVC academic honor roll each semester at ISU. The past two years, Wendlandt earned the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.
Conferences select one or two women from the nominees to represent their conference. Those names are sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division. Wendlandt is one of four initial nominees from the MVC, joined by: Mallory Duran-Sellers (softball) of Southern Illinois, Jessica Carlson (women’s soccer) of Illinois State and Jill Lageschulte (women’s track & field) of Northern Iowa.
The selection committee announces the top nine finalists in September. Top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced, at Indianapolis on Oct. 14.
• Lady Rex win national tournament — The 18u Lady Rex won the United States Fastpitch Association’s Northern National tournament over the weekend, winning all seven games.
The Wabash Valley team posted three shutouts on Friday — 16-0 over the Indy Fear, 10-0 over the Anderson Crush and 11-0 over the Indy Venom. Saturday victories came against the Indy Chaos 6-5 and the Indiana Shockers 4-2, and on Sunday the Lady Rex beat Indy Smoke 9-7 and took the championship with an 8-5 decision over the Indy Edge.
The Lady Rex batted .439 as a team; got a combined 1.58 earned run average from pitchers Natalie Draper and Marissa Stout; and stole 25 bases led by Marlee Yeager with six and Joie Gadberry with five. Stout led the team with nine RBIs, while Mackenzie McGregor and Cheyenne Reinig had eight each; McGregor, Reinig and Yeager also homered.
In pre-tournament competition, Gadberry and Yeager finished first and second in baserunning competition and McGregor won the home run derby.
Lady Rex — Aly Bennett, Kelly Combs, Natalie Draper, Lexi Higgins, Joie Gadberry, Rebecca Latta, Ciara McClain, Jacy McClain, Mackenzie McGregor, Cheyenne Reinig, Marissa Stout, Alicyn Woodward and Marlee Yeager. Coaches are Cherrie Bennett, Tony Bennett and Dwayne Stout.
• Negro League star and former Mr. Basketball visits Bob Warn Field — A former Negro League baseball star and also a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, “Jumpin” Johnny Wilson, will be in Terre Haute on Wednesday for the annual celebration of Negro League Baseball by the Terre Haute Rex.
Wilson and Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will have a presentation at 12:30 p.m. at the Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club and will meet and greet fans and take part in ceremonies prior to the Rex game against the Springfield Sliders on Wednesday night.
Wilson was named Mr. Basketball in 1946 after leading Anderson High School to the Indiana state championship. He played baseball for the Chicago American Giants and was a member of the Globetrotters from 1949 through 1954.
He is a graduate of Anderson University and holds a graduate degree from Indiana State.
• Granda runner-up — At Tipton, Andrew Granda of Terre Haute finished second in a tournament Monday at Tipton Golf Course.
Granda, 11, shot a 2-over-par 73, including a 35-yard chip-in for an eagle on the sixth hole.
Peyton Snoeberger of Williamsport won the tournament with a 71.