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February 23, 2013

Two Indiana State track athletes take MVC Indoor titles Saturday

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Two Indiana State athletes were crowned champions on the first day of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference indoor track and field championships with Maurice Lyke winning the men’s long jump for the second straight year and Felisha Johnson the women’s weight throw.

Lyke’s best distance was 24 feet, 7 inches, which was a career best and the third best in ISU history. Frankie Young holds the school record at 26-13⁄4, with Ron Smith second at 24-73⁄4. Indiana State’s Robert Webb was eighth with a distance of 23-03⁄4.

The nation’s leader in the women’s weight throw picked up her first MVC championship Saturday, winning the event with a distance of 74-01⁄4. The Sycamore senior finished third last year, second as a sophomore and was fourth as a freshman.

Dawnielle Passmore scored a point for the Sycamores in the women’s weight throw by finishing in eighth with a career best distance of 55-51⁄4. Katelyn Rutz placed 14th with a distance of 50-91⁄4.

Illinois State’s Brittany Smith, ranked fifth nationally in the weight throw, finished second at the MVC indoors with a distance of 68-8, while Southern Illinois’ Kim Fortney, ranked 24th in the nation, was third at 66-111⁄2.

With three women’s events completed in the MVC championships at the University of Northern Iowa, Wichita States led with 36 points with Illinois State second at 26 and Indiana State third with 20. With four men’s events scored, Southern Illinois led with 41 points with Indiana State second at 37.5 and Northern Iowa third with 26.

Kelly Steffen picked up ISU’s first all-conference recognition of the day as she finished third in the women’s pentathlon with a career-best 3,691 points, the second-best total in Indiana State history. Rachael Johnson also had a career best with 3,296, which ranks sixth on the Sycamore all-time list, and finished in the scoring in sixth place. Lizzy Herron competed in her first pentathlon and finished with 2,737, good for 11th place.

Wichita State’s Tanya Friesen won the pentathlon with 3,872 points and teammate Jenny Pinkston was second with 3,707.

Indiana State’s Robert Webb sits in third after the first day of the Heptathlon with 2,957 points. Four events were featured Saturday with the 60, long jump, shot put and high jump. The final three events will be run today, including the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 run.

Austin Bahner of Wichita State led after the first day with 3,186 points with Northern Iowa’s Ethan Miller second with 3,144.

ISU’s Dustin Betz ran to a third-place finish in an exciting end to the men’s 3,000 (8:22.27), while John Mascari finished fifth in 8:26.12 and Taylor Head 10th in 8:42.78. Zach Dahleen of Southern Illinois won the event in 8:20.38.

Jessica Zangmeister scored points for the Sycamores in the women’s 3,000 as she finished eighth with a time o 10:02.80. Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton won with a time of 9:29.03.

Connor Curley, Drew LaMaster, and Wes Schenck each cleared 15-91⁄4 in the men’s pole vault, a career best of Schenck with Curley placed fourth, Schenck fifth and LaMaster tying for seventh. Southern Illinois’ Ryan Sidwell won the MVC title by clearing 16-51⁄4.

Brandon Pounds misfired on five of his six attempts in the men’s weight throw, finishing a disappointing seventh for the Valley leader heading into the MVC championships. Pounds only counted throw went 60-111⁄4. Chris Fields was the top Sycamore by finishing fifth at 61-51⁄2.

Sean Dennis was 10th with a career best distance of 59-7 with Derek Bunch 11th at 59-43⁄4 and Justin Applegate 14th at 57-2. Isaac Twombly of Drake was the MVC champion with a distance of 68-71⁄4.

ISU’s Katie Wise kept her winning streak alive in the women’s 60 preliminaries as she won the second heat in 7.51 seconds. Teammate Kaisha Martin was right behind in 7.61. Demetra Camble was second in the third heat with a time of 7.62 and all three will advance to the finals at 3:35 p.m. EST today.

Terre Haute North alumnus Shaun Smith continued to lower his time in the 60 and ran the seventh-fastest time in Indiana State history as he won the second heat the MVC Indoors in 6.80. Keith Housley was right behind in a career best 6.86 while Justin Baxtron also had a career best of 6.82 in finishing third in the opening heat. Devin Price was 11th overall and just missed qualifying for the finals with a time of 6.97.

Stacia Weatherford ran the fifth fastest 200 time in ISU history and advanced to the finals of the event at 4:15 p.m. today by winning her heat in Saturday’s preliminaries with a time of 24.63 seconds.

Katie Wise also advanced to the finals with a time of 24.96. Demetra Camble ran 24.79 in her heat but did not advance, finishing second to Printassia Johnson of Illinois State who won in 24.70.

Justin Baxtron and Keith Housley advanced to the men’s 200 final at 4:20 p.m. today as Baxtron won the second heat in 22.37 and Housley was second in the opening heat in 22.33. Shaun Smith finished 19th overall in 23.22 while Devin Price was 20th in 23.25.

Macey Black just missed an opportunity to advance to the finals in the women’s 400 as she ran 57.60 to finish second in the opening heat and 10th overall, just three-tenths of a second off of making the finals today.

Arqeil Shaw was the only Sycamore to advance in the men’s 400 and will run in the finals at 3:30 p.m. today after winning the sixth heat in 49.84. Max Tuttle was second in his heat but failed to advance on time even though he ran 49.84 in the prelims. Ryan Dickson finished 1 th overall in 49.92 with Kevin Piraino 18th in 50.38.

Leeann Michl and Shelby Higginbottom advanced to the finals of the women’s 800 with Michl winning the second heat in 2:15:36, while Higginbottom was second in the opening heat in 2:13.99. The finals will be run at 4:05 p.m.

The Sycamores had four in the men’s 800, but only Jonathan Jackson advanced to today’s 4:10 p.m. finals as he won the second heat in 1:54.70. Brad Adams just missed a spot in the finals as he placed ninth in the preliminaries (1:55.48) with Michael Steele 12th (1:55.72), and Corey Hahn 13th (1:55.88).

Stacia Weatherford lowered her school record time in the 60 hurdles as she advanced to the finals by winning the second heat in 8.47 seconds. Carmelia Stewart was fourth in that heat with a career best 8 .66 to advance to the 3:45 p.m. finals today. Jalencia Lemons had a career-best 9.04 to finish 16th overall, while Taylor Gilles ran 9.09 to finish 17th.

Greggmar Swift cruised to victory in the second heat of the men’s 60 hurdles with a time of 7.81 with Adarius Washington finishing second in the heat in 8.10 to also advance to today’s 3:55 p.m. finals. Duane Brown finished second in the first heat in 8.06 and also advanced. Jonathan Jackson just missed, placing ninth overall in 8.27 with Marcus Neely 14th in 8.55.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Catch me if you can: Terre Haute South's Justin Jenkins takes a lead off first base while Northview's Jacob Harden holds him close. Nathan Thomas is on the mound for the Knights.

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    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • Stout home run sparks South softball at Sullivan

    Terre Haute South junior Mariah Stout made her father proud and helped her team win its eighth game of the season at the same time Friday evening.
    With the previously flat-looking Braves trailing host Sullivan 1-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the second inning, Stout woke up her dugout mates by hammering a McKenzie Pirtle pitch over the fence in left-center field for a score-tying home run.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • Terre Haute North baseball cruises past Warren Central

    Terre Haute North swept a high school baseball doubleheader against Warren Central on Friday night by scores of 14-1 and 10-4.

    April 19, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Sollars, Morrison lead West Vigo softball to win

    Kaitlyn Sollars had a double, triple and four runs batted in and winning pitcher Leah Morrison contributed a pair of triples and a double to lead visiting West Vigo over Riverton Parke 14-1 in high school softball.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041714 WV BB shaffer.jpg West Vigo baseball wins in rout

    When Brandin Behringer drove in his first run Thursday evening, it gave West Vigo a short-lived lead in nonconference high school baseball.
    The remainder of the Viking senior’s RBIs came four at a time in the bottom of the fourth inning, his grand-slam homer capping the second of consecutive seven-run innings that sent his team to a 15-3 win over visiting North Vermillion.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Report: Haley Chambers making noise in OVC softball circles

    Two Wabash Valley natives are again making big news for the Southern Illlinois-Edwardsville softball team.
    Former Riverton Parke and Cascade standout pitcher Haley Chambers was recognized for a string of dominant performances in the circle by being named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Colts take another look at Shakir Bell

    Under general manager Ryan Grigson, the Indianapolis Colts have searched nationally and internationally for talent to build a program that has won 23 of 34 games in the last two seasons.
    On Wednesday, the Colts took a look at some Indianapolis-area talent, including former Warren Central High School and Indiana State standout Shakir Bell.

    April 18, 2014

  • Prep roundup: Vikings get big hits to beat North Vermillion on softball diamond

    The West Vigo softball team improved to 4-3 for the season with an 11-4 victory over North Vermillion on Thursday.
    Leah Morrison busted the game open with a three-run double in the Vikings’ seven-run fourth inning.
    Kenzie Little chipped in with a two-run triple in the sixth and Hannah Harden tossed a complete-game for the pitching win.

    April 18, 2014

Local Interest
  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

    March 11, 2014

  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

High School
  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Expanding the fan base: Bruce Rosselli, manager of the Terre Haute Rex, displays the team's new slogan, Wabash Valley's Own, during a press conference on Wednesday at Clabber Girl.

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