TERRE HAUTE —
Versatile teenage athlete Rachel Gutish of Terre Haute said she will be one of 12 females competing in Thursday’s “invitation only” women’s endurocross during the nationally televised Global X Games in the city of Foz do Iguaeu in Brazil, South America.
A junior at Terre Haute North High School, Gutish told the Tribune-Star that the event will be shown live on ESPN. The sports network advertises that its Global X Games telecast will begin at 7 p.m. EDT Thursday and Gutish estimated that the indoor women’s endurocross should come on at about 8.
Gutish, 17, said she would miss four days of classes at North, but she added that she would be bringing homework to study during her down time on the road.
An IHSAA state finalist in the girls pole vault as a sophomore last year, Gutish also expects to miss two track and field meets while she’s away.
Gutish said she’ll be riding a Yamaha YZ 250S during the women’s endurocross main event, which she estimated will last about 15 minutes.
• Butler-ISU matchup called off — Tuesday’s game between Indiana State and Butler at Bob Warn Field was cancelled because of rain in the Wabash Valley.
No date has been set for a rescheduling of the game. Tuesday’s contest also was “Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club Night,” which has been moved to May 11 against Alcorn State.
The Sycamores will host Southern Illinois Edwardsville at 6 p.m. today to wrap up their homestand. This weekend, ISU will play its final road Missouri Valley Conference series, traveling to Normal, Ill., for three games against Illinois State.
• Valley athletes compete — At Indianapolis, at least three athletes with Wabash Valley connections fared well in the National Physique Committee’s Natural Indiana Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Championships on Saturday in the Madame Walker Theatre.
Clay County resident Brian Boyce, 37, placed third in the men’s open welterweight division for bodybuilding. Phil Chatman, 49, of Terre Haute finished sixth in the men’s open middleweight division for bodybuilding. Indianapolis resident Charity Stewart, a 2001 graduate of Terre Haute South High School, came in sixth in Figure Class C.
• Ace posted — At Idle Creek, Tyler Furniss of Terre Haute fired the first hole-in-one of his career Monday, using an 8-iron on the 140-yard ninth hole.
Witnessing the feat was Chris Telezyn.
• Winners determined — At the Country Club of Terre Haute, the duo of Jeff Lewellyn and Steve Holliday combined to shoot a 36 Saturday to win the gross division of the Country Club Showcase, which used a best-ball stableford format.
Country Club Showcase
Using best-ball stableford format
36 — Jeff Lewellyn-Steve Holliday.
37 — Gordy Bryan-Brett Henton.
45* — Jeff Harper-Jin Park.
45 — Bryan Phillips-Todd Rodgers.
* — denotes won by scorecard playoff
• Two signees — Terre Haute North High School seniors Joy Jakaitis and Jordan Bray signed letters-of-intent Friday to accept scholarships to play for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in the fall.
Jakaitis was a key defensive player for the Patriots for four years and for several more years on Terre Haute Flyers’ youth teams.
Bray has excelled on the field and in the classroom, winning awards for both, including the prestigious Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. A defending and midfield player in soccer, she has captained Terre Haute Flyers’ club teams and challenged herself to travel and play on premier teams at Center Grove as well.
By her senior year at North, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and earned All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference honors.
“These two represent a big step forward for us and rank near the top of all graduating seniors in the Wabash Valley,” Woods coach Mike Aycock said. “Jordan Bray is such a technically polished player and athlete and Joy Jakaitis brings so much defensive skill and quickness that I’m certain they will both contribute right away. They are both good enough athletes and soccer players, wherever they might be on the field, to make us better as a team.”
• Two honors for Engineers — Two Rose-Hulman student-athletes were named Heartland Collegiate Atheltic Conference Players of the Week in results released Monday by the league office.
Devon Fritz was named HCAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week and Karson Nixon won baseball’s Pitcher of the Week honors.
Fritz finished a perfect 3-0 in singles and doubles play last week to help Rose sweep Oakland City, Greenville and Defiance. He improved to 5-7 this season and 27-22 in his career in singles play, and has compiled a 10-2 record at No. 1 doubles with fellow senior Ben Paras.
Rose-Hulman, which has won five of its last six matches to improve to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play, will visit Anderson on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Nixon pitched a three-hitter in last Saturday’s 6-1 victory over Transylvania. The freshman right-hander struck out two batters and allowed one unearned run.
For the season, Nixon is 3-2 with a 1.85 earned-run average and 29 strikeouts in 39 innings. Winners of four of their last five games, the Engineers are 11-15 overall and second in the HCAC with an 8-5 record.