TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman has been selected to finish sixth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season in a preseason poll of league football coaches.
The Engineers finished 5-3 in conference play last season and tied for second place in the HCAC standings. Rose-Hulman returns five starters on offense, six starters on defense and the starting punter from the 2011 squad.
Franklin was chosen to win the conference and has been selected No. 13 nationally by d3football.com this season. The Grizzlies received 79 poll points and seven first-place votes.
Mount St. Joseph was selected second by the league coaches after a 6-4 record and a 5-3 conference mark. Hanover, Bluffton and Defiance rounded out the top five.
Rose-Hulman was chosen sixth, followed by Manchester, Anderson and Earlham.
Offensively, the Engineers return two all-conference players and five overall starters. Senior Kyle Kovach led NCAA Division III in all-purpose yardage and earned Little All-America honors last fall. Sophomore offensive tackle Eric Taylor earned second-team all-league honors in 2011.
Senior quarterback Mitch Snyder of Casey returns behind center, with a total of three offensive line starters providing depth up front. Snyder recorded the sixth 2,000-yard passing season in Rose-Hulman history last fall.
Defensively, Rose-Hulman returns two starters on the line, two at linebacker and two in the secondary. Senior linebacker Ryan Gallagher claimed first-team all-league honors, with sophomore linebacker Grant DePalma and senior defensive back Jordan Martin earning spots on the honorable mention all-conference squad.
Junior punter Eric Schaible also returns after claiming second-team all-league honors last fall with 15 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and just four touchbacks.
Rose-Hulman's schedule begins with a home matchup against Kalamazoo at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Homecoming features a battle with Manchester on Sept. 22. The remaining home contests are with Bluffton, Anderson and Earlham.
• Northview jamboree — The annual junior varsity/freshman jamboree is 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at Northview High School.
JV play begins at 10 a.m., freshman play at noon. In both cases, Northview and Danville play in the first quarter followed by Terre Haute North vs. Terre Haute South, Danville vs. South and Northview vs. North.
Tickets are $5.
• Engineers picked fifth — After making its first trip to the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament last fall, Rose-Hulman has been selected to finish fifth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season.
Five teams tied for first-place honors in the HCAC regular season last fall before Rose-Hulman won the HCAC tournament.
The league preseason poll reflected the balance shown last year. Hanover was picked to win the league with 88 points and two first-place votes. Transylvania was chosen second with 83 points and three first-place votes. Third-place Bluffton tallied 76 points and two first-place votes, Mount St. Joseph (74 points and one first-place vote) was chosen fourth, with Rose-Hulman receiving 71 poll points and the final two first-place votes.
The remaining picks included Defiance in sixth place followed by Anderson, Manchester, Franklin and Earlham.
Rose-Hulman has two experienced seniors in three-year all-conference player Anna Lewer and recent NCAA Division III Sportsmanship Award winner Erika McGuire. The roster also includes five juniors with two varsity letters each, several returning sophomores, and perhaps the largest incoming freshman class in program history.
Rose-Hulman opens the season at the Illinois College Invitational on Sept. 1. The home-opening Rose-Hulman Invitational is Sept. 8-9.
• North 11th — At Fishers, Terre Haute North was 11th on Tuesday at the Hamilton Southeastern Invitational at Stonycreek.
Nicole Anderson shot 94 and Alex Bryant 97 to lead the Patriots.
Hamilton Southeastern Invitational
Team scores — Hamilton Southeastern Blue 296, Carmel Blue 304, Noblesville 318, Marion 333, Hamilton Southeastern White 334, Carmel Gold 345, Fishers 359, Plainfield 360, Roncalli 362, Brebeuf 377, Terre Haute North 406, Kokomo incomplete.
North scores — Nicole Anderson 94, Alex Bryant 97, Alli Farrington 111, Carson Smith 104, Delaney Cox 132.
• Tiger Cubs seventh — At Ravines Golf Course, Greencastle placed seventh Thursday at the McCutcheon Invitational. No individual scores for the Tiger Cubs were available.
Team scores — Lafayette Jeff 337, Lebanon 342, Lafayette Central Catholic 366, McCutcheon 385, Benton Central 411, Seeger 439, Greencastle 467.
• Ace for Hamilton — At Geneva Hills, Dale Hamilton got a hole-in-one on Wednesday on the par-3 No. 2 hole.
He used a 9-iron for the 115-yard shot. Witnesses were Woody Delp, Jim Pizzola, Jack Cappa, Darrell Overpeck and Alivie Overpeck/Kanizer.