TERRE HAUTE —
Three Vigo County players, two of them valedictorians, have been named to the Academic All-State girls tennis team chosen this week by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.
Paige Cook of Terre Haute North, her class’s top scholar, and Eesha Purohit of Terre Haute South, one of five valedictorians for the Braves, are joined on the all-state team by South’s Mallory Metheny.
Three other Braves — Emma Bilyeu, Jacqualynn Bogle and Lexi Summers — earned academic honorable-mention honors, as did Sarah Miller of Bloomfield and Kathleen Babington of Greencastle.
Bilyeu and Metheny are the last two Wabash Valley players still in action. They have a first-round bye in today’s state doubles finals, and will play the winner of a morning match between teams from Munster and Fort Wayne Dwenger at approximately 2 p.m. at Indianapolis North Central.
Should the South duo win their match today, they would be among the final four and play twice on Saturday. Their 10 a.m. semifinal match would be against either Fairfield or Carmel; Carmel is the only team to have beaten the Braves this season.
• Three Sycamores named — Three Indiana State baseball players have been chosen by Missouri Valley Conference sports information directors as members of the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete first team.
Seniors Luke Fieser and Ben Ferrell and sophomore Kyle Burnam are the honored trio.
Fieser, an honorable-mention all-conference selection at third base, led the Sycamores in batting average (.362), finished second on the team in hits (79), RBIs (42), doubles (14) and assists (113), and never went more than two consecutive games without a hit. He has a 3.29 GPA while majoring in communication.
Ferrell led the Sycamores with 161 assists and led the team with seven RBIs in the ninth inning, including a walk-off hit against Creighton in the MVC tournament. He was an honorable-mention all-conference pick and ended the season with a 10-game hitting streak. He has a 3.58 GPA in physical education and exercise science.
Burnam, also an honorable mention all-conference selection, finished the 2010 season with a.340 batting average while leading the Sycamores in walks (33) and on-base percentage (.427). Burnam placed second on the team in doubles (14), runs (45) and multiple hit games (27) and had a 13-game hitting streak. He has a 3.37 GPA in management.
• Rex player earns All-America honor — Recent Vincennes University graduate Jared Broughton, now playing for the Terre Haute Rex, has been named to the third team of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-America team.
Broughton hit a walk-off homer as the Trailblazers beat top-seeded Kellogg Community College in the championship game of the Regional XII tournament and was Region XII Most Valuable Player.
For Vincennes he batted .434 with 17 homers, 57 RBIs and 53 runs. He’ll play next season at Dayton.
• Clark County juniors win — At Marshall, Ill., Conner Walters hit three homers as the Clark County Post 90 junior American Legion team defeated Paris on Wednesday at Hornbrook Field.
Paris Post 211 101 010 0 — 3 7 0
Clark County Post 90 110 030 8 — 13 13 0
Paris battery unavailable; Osborn (W) and Inboden. HR — CC: Walters 3.
Highlights — For Clark County, Conner Walters was 3 for 5 with 3 homers and 7 RBIs; Brock Hook was 3 for 4; winning pitcher Austin Osborn was 3 for 4; and Dalton McNeely was 2 for 4 with a double.
Next — The Post 90 juniors play at 8 p.m. CDT today at Toledo, Ill.
• ISU’s Keeney honored twice — Indiana State senior Scott Keeney has been named the male winner of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award and also the male postgraduate Emerson Excellence Award.
The Charlotte West criteria include academic achievement, athletics excellence and service and leadership. West is a former women’s athletic administrator and member of the Hall of Fame at Southern Illinois. The Emerson Award includes a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship from the conference.
Keeney has a 3.96 GPA in mathematics while minoring in chemistry. He was recently named a member of the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-Academic District V first team and has received ISU’s Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year award twice (2008 and 2010). In 2008, he was honored as Indiana State’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Keeney was the first cross country athlete at Indiana to earn first-team all-MVC recognition four straight years (2006-09) culminating with a fifth-place finish at the 2009 championships while running with a broken back.
• Viking awards — West Vigo High School honored its spring sports athletes with a banquet Tuesday at the school. Awards are as follows.
Baseball — Four-year letterwinners — Brodey McCalister, Tyler Wampler; varsity letterwinners — Dylan Aff, Kaleb Blair, Brandon Calleja, Ryan Crowther, Lucas Fagg, Nolan Flinn, Peyton Freeman, Zack Kent, Travis Lewzader, Cade Lindsey, Zane Mann, Cogan Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Kyle Stewart, Cody Thornton, Conor Tilford, Austin Wallace, Scott West, Cody Wheat; junior varsity — Jacob Baugh, Tyler Fields, Ryan Johnson, Logan Kastigar, Chris Neidlinger, Cody Romanelly; managers — Shelby Behringer, Brittanee Kent.
Boys golf — Four-year letterwinner — Adam Thompson; varsity letterwinners — Brandon Blystone, Nick Brownfield, Stephen Engles, Jered Hauer, Brandon Lorance, Cody Mattox; junior varsity — Chris Gardner, Joe Gray, Gage Lynch, Lucas Sweatt.
Softball — Four-year letterwinners — Gina Furrey, Sam Richey; varsity letterwinners — Erin Barton, Cassidy Carlson, Carlie Hux, Ciara McClain, Jacy McClain, Taylor Otte, Leah Ross, Allyson Walters, Leslee Walters, Alicyn Woodward; junior varsity — Kayla Akers, Kilee Akers, Kylee Beddow, Amber Blevins, Sabrena Cooper, Kelsey Kennedy, Brittany Long, Sam Porter, Renee Roberts, Alainie Shepard, Angel Strader, Alisha Taylor, Abby VanGilder.
Girls tennis — Varsity letterwinners — Sydney Brown, Olivia Butterman, Sydnie Covert, Ashleigh Davis, Allison Hunt, Ashley Kennedy, Elizabeth McGlone, Micaela Mustin, Amanda Myers, Emilee Roberts, Mackenzie Stuck, Alli Summers, Emily Wheatfill, Abby Williams; junior varsity — Taylor Atterson, Kaylen Cheesman, Megan Glasgow, Alyssa Pointer.
Boys track — Four-year letterwinners — Austin Deal, Shane Wycoff; varsity letterwinners — Ben Bird, Derek Braun, Devin Bull, John Burt, Patrick Carter, Trey Clark, Nick Cramer, Danny Creasey, Jacob Creasey, Dylan Graves, Chris Guymon, Lukas Kernstein, Craig Knoepfel, Andrew Kump, Nathan Kump, Dyman Lewellyn, Daniel Mackey, Clayton Minger, Jesse Murphy, Tyler Randolph, Dylan Roe, Casey Sereno, Chase Silcock, Andy Velazquez, Tyler Wampler; junior varsity — Cody Akers, Shane Huffman, Dakota Lewellyn, Tyler Owens.
Girls track — Four-year letterwinner — Karen Beal; varsity letterwinners — Jade Andres, Sarah Hudson, Mariah Huffman, Mikaila Kelley, Kayla Lindsay, Janelle Lucas, Alexis May, Erin Mundy, Anna Soliday, Brittany Solomon, Hallie Sparks, Sveta Stott, Lindsay Stroot, Acetha Tolerson, Alicyn Woodward; managers — Audrey McDowell, Jetta Smith.
• Northview awards — Boys athletic special awards have been announced at Northview High School.
Baseball — David Ullery Defensive Player of the Year, Seth Lunsford; Brady Shoemaker Offensive Player of the Year, Caleb Mason; Andy Lumsdon Pitcher of the Year, Craig Bell; Brad Pierce Most Improved Player, Zach Hull and Joey Thomas; T.J. King Rookie of the Year, Craig Peters; Matt Nodley Mental Attitude Award, J.T. Jeffries and Kodie Girton.
Golf — Caption Award, Daniel Eaglin, Dylan Moore, Jarrod Short, Drew Snyder and Ryan Turner; Most Fairways Hit, Turner; Most Greens in Regulation, Snyder and Turner; Best Putting Average, Snyder; Best Scoring Average, Snyder; Most Improved, Brad Smith; MVP — Snyder.
Track — MVP, Joel Whittington; Most Improved, Patrick Durcholz; Newcomer of the Year, Collin Richards.
• More MIC — All-Metropolitan Interscholstic Conference awards for Vigo County athletes in baseball and girls tennis were previously announced. Others are as follows.
Boys golf — Thomas Goss, South; Sam Pollock and Ryan Sneddon, North.
Softball — Kelsey Coffey, Danielle Ketner and Bethany Sullivan, North; Ciara Hall and Jena Renteria, South.
Boys track — John Mascari, North.
Girls track — Arianne Bell, South; Chanli Mundy, North.
n Welker wins — At Monticello, Rachel Welker of Terre Haute shot a 79 on Tuesday to win the 15-16 age group at a Pepsi Junior Golf Tour Event at Tippecanoe Country Club.