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Some summertime notes from here and there:
• The Wabash College 4 x 400 relay team rallied after having the baton knocked from its hands on the final exchange recently to earn a seventh-place finish and All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The final event came down to a protest filed by Wabash. With Cole Hruskovich and Northview grad Joel Whittington making the final exchange with 400 meters remaining, officials ruled Monmouth College interfered with the Little Giants’ transfer.
Despite the extra time Whittington needed to retrieve the baton and get going, Wabash still managed to run a 3:16.97.
The foursome was on pace to break the school relay record of 3:10. 58 set last year at nationals to claim the first relay All-America awards in Wabash track and field history.
Whittington also competed individually in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing 12th overall.
• Indiana State senior outfielder Jacob Hayes of Terre Haute South is spending his summer playing for the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League.
Hayes homered in each of his first two games.
Hayes was named earlier this summer as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference baseball scholar-athlete team.
He batted .275 with four home runs, four triples, 12 doubles, 36 singles, and a team high 36 RBI in starting all 53 games this season. Hayes has just two errors in 116 chances in the field this season as the Sycamores earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. He also led the team in slugging percentage (.431).
Hayes has a 3.47 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biology.
• Terre Haute North grad Dan Millington is leaving his position as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Indiana State to take a job on the staff at East Carolina.
Millington helped Sycamore athletes for the past three years, serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with football as well as designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for baseball and women’s soccer. While at ISU, he also served as the internship coordinator, teaching and supervising all volunteer interns throughout the year while also finishing his Master of Business Administration degree.
• ISU football recently got its first verbal commitment from a senior-to-be player in the class of 2015 when quarterback Broc Rutter of Neuqua Valley (Ill.) chose to be a Sycamore.
• Shakamak first baseman Christian Burris, the cleanup hitter for the Class 1A state champion Lakers, will continue his college career at Lincoln Christian University. Amazingly, Brett Yeryar is still without a college home despite a batting average of better than .500 and the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award now on his trophy case. Vincennes University may be a possibility, however.
• Several recent Terre Haute North grads will also be continuing their careers after claiming state runner-up honors in the Class 4A state finals last week.
Infielders Nathan Will and Jonathan Eilbracht will be playing for Anderson University, while standout pitcher Austin Hicks will be performing for Danville Area Community College. Infielder Zach Milam is leaning toward Ball State as his collegiate home, while outfielder Lane Dransfield is drawing considerable interest from Franklin.
• Two members of Rockville’s Class 1A state runner-up team are also moving on to play collegiately. Catcher John Brown will suit up for Marian, while pitcher Dalton Clark will play for Ancilla.
• Terre Haute North senior-to-be kicker Zach Potter recently received his first collegiate offer from Eastern Michigan, with many more surely to come.
• Marshall grad Nolan Schafer was named to the All-Mideast Region second team by the American Baseball Coaches Association for an outstanding senior season pitching for Anderson University.
Schaefer had a 7-2 record with two complete games and a 2.29 earned run average. He struck out 70 batters in 82.2 innings and walked just 23.
TERRE HAUTE —
Some summertime notes from here and there:
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