The Rose-Hulman men’s basketball team will embark on a week-long journey of China and Japan during the college’s upcoming spring break.

The Engineer travel party of 25 will begin the week in China with an informal basketball exchange and many of the nation’s prominent sites.

Rose-Hulman will also visit world famous sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Beijing Zoo and the Summer Palace in China.

“I think it’s been an extremely valuable and rewarding experience for all players in the past who have enjoyed the opportunity to travel abroad with the team,” said Rose-Hulman coach Jim Shaw.

The Japan portion of the trip includes another visit with Rose-Hulman’s sister school, Kanazawa Institute of Technology. The Kanazawa squad is coached by Takashi Aoki, who spent 1998-99 as a visiting assistant at Rose-Hulman.

In Japan, the Engineers will visit Kyoto and Kanazawa. Rose-Hulman professor Dr. Scott Clark, on a sabbatical in Japan, will accompany the team throughout much of the journey.

“Each trip has been unique and rewarding in different ways. Our alumni have said that the foreign trips have been one of the most memorable experiences of their life. It pleases me to no end personally to help provide another group of players that experience and opportunity,” said Shaw.

Also Dave Sutherland, a member of the Rose-Hulman Athletic Hall of Fame, currently resides in Asia and will unite with the team in Shanghai.

Shaw credits Sutherland with originally suggesting the idea of Rose-Hulman making a trip to China.

Baseball

• Woodason signs — Terre Haute North player Andrew Woodason has signed with Indiana Wesleyan. Wesleyan’s coach Mark DeMichael is happy to have him, according to a university release.

“We are very excited to have a player of Andrew’s caliber join our program,” DeMichael said. “Andrew has a chance to be an impact player for us right away both on the mound and as a position player at either corner infield spot. Most importantly, Andrew is exactly the type of student-athlete that we want in our program. He is an outstanding student and a young man high in character and integrity. We look forward to getting Andrew in Wildcat red and gray next season.”

Golf

• ISU in sixth — At Richmond, Ky., after the first day of the Eastern Kentucky Spring Invitational, the Indiana State Sycamores are within striking distance of their first team tournament championship, standing in sixth place, just eight strokes off the pace. The Classic continues today and Saturday with the two final rounds of play.

Overall, the Sycamores stroked a first-round score of 332, good enough for sixth place in the 12-team tournament field. Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan are tied for first with a team score of 324. Missouri Valley Conference member Evansville shot a 328, just ahead of Indiana State in fifth.

Freshman Breanne Smith led the way for Indiana State with a score of 78, which ties her for fifth place. Smith is just three strokes behind Eastern Michigan’s Catherine Fortin and Tennessee Tech’s Madison Denman for the tournament lead.

Kelsea Ice carded an 83, which tied her for 23rd, while Kayley Bodine’s 85 is tied for the 31st-best score after day one.

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