TERRE HAUTE —
Mark Feller has been named the new softball coach at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, replacing Gary Rodgers after five seasons with the Pomeroys.
SMWC athletic director Deanna Bradley announced the hiring Tuesday.
Feller, a native of Lafayette, comes to SMWC after serving the past five seasons as the assistant varsity softball coach at West Lafayette High School. Feller has also been actively involved in the National Softball Association (NSA). He currently is the Indiana assistant state director with the U-16 and U-18 age groups as well as the state director with the U-10 through U-14 age groups for southern Indiana.
Feller has been coaching youth softball since 2001, but brings plenty of experience in his first time coaching at the college level.
“I would have to look back on the past 12 years as a travel coach, high school coach, and current assistant NSA state director and know that all of the challenges, hurdles and heartaches have paved this path as the new SMWC coach,” said Feller.
In addition to garnering the NSA tournament director award in 2005 and 2011, Feller has coached three youth state championship teams and one World Series runner-up team. He has even found himself behind the plate as an NSA umpire the past three years.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” exclaimed Feller. “Taking the helm for the first time in college, I feel much more comfortable in this setting. I will strive to continue the success that SMWC has shown in the past, build upon the foundation that coach Gary Rodgers has put in place.”
Bradley also believes Feller will continue to bring success in the coaching ranks at SMWC.
“Mark brings a plethora of developmental knowledge, experience and networking resources to continue the growth in recruitment and foundational success our softball programs is accustomed to,” said Bradley. “He has a clear understanding of the critical relational aspects to coaching young women and we are blessed to have him as part of our already remarkable staff.”
• North wins 10U pool play — Terre Haute North defeated Clinton 10-7 on Wednesday to finish 2-0 in pool play of the 10U Little League Tournament. Ethan Knott scored three runs and had a double for North. Blake Boatman was 2-for-4 with a run scored for Clinton.
North finished 2-0, Clinton was 1-1 and West Terre Haute was 0-2. North plays host to Clinton at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 10U championship game.
• Action Track rained out again — The Terre Haute Action Track is still looking to complete its first racing card of the summer after rain postponed the UMP Summer Nationals event Wednesday evening.
No make-up date has been announced. It is the fifth scheduled event to be rained out this summer.
• Evans continues to shine — Recent Rose-Hulman graduate Liz Evans became the first NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner at the eastside engineering institute in a generation, according to results released by the NCAA national office this week.
A total of 29 men and 29 women from all NCAA Division I, II and III spring sports were honored for a combination of their athletic and academic success. Each recipient earns $7,500 to pursue post-graduate studies.
Per the NCAA, to qualify student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. A minimum grade-point average of 3.20 and a nomination by their institution’s faculty athletics representative are other requirements to be eligible for the award. The scholarship has been awarded since 1964.
Evans earned dual degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering at Rose’s commencement ceremony in May 2013. She also earned first-team Capital One Academic All-American honors in 2012 and 2013 and was a second-team Academic All-American in 2011.
In track and field, Evans became the first five time national champion and eight-time All-American in Rose-Hulman history. She earned the 11th individual national championship and 84th All-American award in the Fightin’ Engineer athletic department history. Her honors marked the 49th All-American award and 10th national championship for the Rose track and field program.
Her eight All-American awards include five first-place efforts (2013 outdoors; 2012 indoors and outdoors; 2011 indoors and outdoors), two national runner-up performances (2010 indoors and outdoors) and one third-place effort (2013 indoors). She also finished seventh at the USA National Championships with an NCAA Division III national record-setting mark of 6 feet, 0 1/2 inches in June.
• nResults in — At Rea Park, the Thyssenkreup Presta Wabash Valley Junior Open for youth players took place Friday and Saturday.
Boys 14 doubles
Jonathan Ji-Canaan Sellers def. Braden Kelsey-Rishi Patel 7-5, 6-4.
Boys 14 singles
Hunter Sylvester def. Randall Bode 6-3, 6-3.
Boys 16 singles
Ryan Friedrich def. Benjamin Volkers 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Boys 18 doubles
Nathan Bogle-Tate Egan def. Keaton Akers-Justin Newton 8-0.
Boys 18 singles
Nathan Bogle (1) def. Tate Egan (2) 6-2, 6-0.
Girls 12 singles
Soren Leichter def. Elizabeth Tindera 7-5, 6-1.
Girls 16 singles
Meredith Katzenberger def. Courtney Sheets 6-1, 6-0.
Girls 18 doubles
Taylor Bode-Miranda Camp def. Shivani Purohit-Courtney Sheets 8-4.
Mixed 18 doubles
Nathan Bogle-Shivani Purohit def. Keaton Akers-Pamela Dorman 8-2.
• City play called — At Rea Park, rain wiped out the second round of the city junior tournament scheduled for Wednesday.
The final round will be played today with tee times the same as Tuesday.
• Weather halts racing — At Martinsville, Ill., weather conditions forced postponement of Wednesday’s harness racing at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair.
Races originally scheduled for Wednesday and today will be run today with Great Midwest Trot and Pace action on the card. Post time is 11 a.m. CDT.