Rose-Hulman senior Jennifer Gordon earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors in women’s soccer, in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Gordon becomes the first women’s soccer player in school history to earn first-team Academic All-American accolades. She joins men’s standout Matt Trowbridge as a 2007 first-team Academic All-American.

Gordon was chosen as one of just three midfielders for the College Division team, among more than 400 institutions at the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels.

Gordon was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player this season after recording the most assists (26) by an NCAA Division I, II or III player.


• ISU inks nine —Indiana State University has received National Letters of Intent from nine high school players who will begin play for the Sycamores during the 2008-2009 season.

Two are area players, Koby Kraemer (Terre Haute South) and Kyle Burnam (Marshall, Ill.).

The signees are listed below:

Koby Kraemer is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound infielder at Terre Haute South, averaged .375 at the plate with 42 hits including six doubles and 13 RBIs last season.

“Koby brings a lot to the table,” ISU coach Lindsay Meggs said. “He is a plus runner who can hit at the top of the lineup, and he can play virtually anywhere. With all due respect to his skills, I am even more excited about the intangibles. He is every ounce a coach’s son. At the end of the day, he is going to help you win. And above all else, he is a relentless competitor.”

Kyle Burnam is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound outfielder at Marshall, was a 2006 and 2007 first team all-conference selection. Last season, Burnham hit .551 at the plate with 43 hits including 15 doubles, three triples and six home runs. He had an on-base percentage of .650. He had 23 walks and just five strikeouts last year.

“When you draw up the blueprint for a lead off hitter, Kyle comes to mind,” Meggs said. “I don’t think I saw a more consistent player all summer. Kyle is talented enough to come in here and start in center field as a freshman. He is a left handed leadoff guy with sneaky power and above average speed. While Kyle will be steady on defense, he can truly handle the bat.”

Mark Conover is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed pitcher at Brownsburg.

Dylan Hale is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-handed pitcher at Austin (Ind.).

Cory White is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound right hand pitcher from South Fulton, Tenn. who has been pitching at Rend Lake Community College. He pitched 33 innings in five games, finishing with a 3-1 record and a 2.70 ERA, striking out 35 and walking 15.

Joe Rodriguez is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound left-handed pitcher from Middletown, N.Y., who has been pitching at Clarendon Community College. Rodriguez started five games and appeared in eight, finishing with a 5-1 record. In 31 innings, he struck out 25 and walked 10.

Eric Valdez is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Kearny, NJ. and also pitched at Clarendon College. He started five games and appeared in 12, finishing with a 2-2 record. The opponents had a .230 batting average against him.

Brandon Ritchie is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-handed pitcher from Kalamazoo, Mich. who has been playing at Grand Rapids Community College. In 2006, Ritchie had a 3-3 record in the nine games he started, striking out 43 and walking just 10 in 36 innings pitched. He redshirted in 2007.

Tyler Graham is a 6-foot, 180-pound catcher, from Strafford, Ontario, Canada, played at Kaskaskia Community College where he hit .317 with 44 hits including two doubles, three triples and 24 RBIs. He had 17 walks and six stolen bases.


• Sycamores signs six players — Indiana State has received national-letters-of-intent from six players for next season.

Below are capsules on the players:

Lindsey Beisser — is one of three players who will graduate from Pendleton Heights High School next spring, was a First Team All-Conference and All-County pitcher this past season and lead her team to a school record 31-2. She went a perfect 15-0 in 92 innings and produced an ERA of .76, averaging 9.3 strikeouts per game.

Shonda Garringer — is the second of the trio from Pendleton Heights High School, will play in the outfield for the Sycamores. Garringer earned All-County First Team honors as well as Hoosier Heritage Conference Honorable Mention. Garringer had a .444 batting average last season and tallied 44 hits, including two 22 RBI.

Stephanie Robinson — will join her Pendleton Heights teammates when they come to Terre Haute after she concludes her senior season as the team’s second basemen. Robinson has All-County and All-Conference accolades and was also named Offensive MVP this past summer after hitting .423. She led her high school team to a 3A state runner-up title after pacing them in hits and runs in 2005.

Alyssa Doyle — is a three-time All-Area and All-County selection at her outfielder position, coming from Frontier High School. She led her team in stolen bases and on-base percentage this past season.

Alyssa Marcum — is a catcher from New Palestine High School where she has accumulated multiple accolades. She was twice named to the All-State team and also received All-Conference and All-County honors three times. Last year, Marcum was a Hoosier Diamond All-State pick where she hit .420, accumulating 93 RBI.

Bailey Wittenauer — is another catcher who hails from Hebron High School in Texas, will follow in her parent’s footsteps who also attended ISU. Wittenauer’s father, Kent, was a member of the ISU baseball team and her grandparents still live in Terre Haute. In 2005, she was named to the All-State Second Team and also received the Offensive Player of the Year award in Georgia. After switching to Hebron High School, she again received Offensive Player of the Year honors. Last season, Wittenauer garnered First Team All-District recognition along with Defensive Player of the Year.


• Two Illinois all-staters — Two Illinois high school players from the area have earned first-team honors on the dall-state team selected by coaches.

Travis Johnson of Marshall is the quarterback on the 3A team. He set all Marshall school passing records this season, passing for 34 touchdowns and scoring 10 times himself.

Aaron Rhoads of Casey is a wide receiver on the 2A team. He caught more than 70 passes and scored 12 times.

Casey reached the Final Four of the 2A playoffs, losing to undefeated Westville. Marshall advanced to the Elite Eight of the 3A playoffs, losing to undefeated Greenville.


• Middle school — Below are middle school scores reported to the Tribune-Star on Tuesday:


Seventh grade — Honey Creek 39 (Jay Turner 19), Otter Creek 30 (Calvin Blank 17).

Eighth grade — Honey Creek 37 (Lucas Steward 12), Otter Creek 22 (Eliot Utterback 9).

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