Pair of Woodmen teaming up in college

Teammates in high school, they will be teammates in college.

Greenwood Community High School seniors Brayton England and Austen Cummings, standouts on the Woodmen’s football team, are expected to sign letters of intent today to continue their careers at Tiffin University, an NCAA Division II program in Tiffin, Ohio.

Both players were first-team members of the Daily Journal’s 2015 All-County football team.

A 5-11, 182-pound middle linebacker, England led the county last season in tackles (139) and sacks (8.5). He was a two-year starter who made more than 200 tackles in his career.

A 6-foot-4, 258-pound offensive lineman, Cummings played only one season for the Woodmen but made it count. He was the top offensive lineman on a prolific offense that was a dual-threat rushing and passing.

England and Cummings are the latest in a parade of Greenwood seniors who’ve recently announced plans to play sports in college. The others are:

Jae Taft, who will play basketball for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team; Olivia Stilley, who will play volleyball at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; and Kyle Nixon, who will play football at Taylor University

Speed to spare

This time, there was no suspense.

This time, Bryan Clauson made the 33-car Indianapolis 500 field, minus any drama.

Clauson, driving the No. 88 Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda, will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on the inside of Row 10.

He made the 33-car grid Sunday with a four-lap average of 225.266 mph.

Although not one of the fastest qualifiers, this time he wasn’t the slowest.

Last year, Clauson barely made it in with the field’s slowest qualification time. This time, the dubious distinction belonged to Buddy Lazier, who will start in the middle of Row 11 with a time of 222.154 mph.

Alex Tagliani occupies the 33rd and last position, the result of a crash that didn’t allow for a qualifying time.

Athletes honored

Two dozen Franklin College athletes in seven different sports have made the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. To be selected, players must have a 3.5 or higher grade-point average at the conclusion of the academic period.

The honors students, by sport, are:

Baseball: Tom Duncan

Men’s golf: Jack Knue

Women’s lacrosse: Brittny Balog, Carley Campbell, Paige Clark, Abby Stayer, Jess Silva and Taylor Tichenor

Softball: Jeana Gregory, Jasmine Hanna, Megan Lalioff, Bailey Lindamood and Michelle Murphy

Men’s tennis: Dan Hicks and Kyle Sauley

Men’s outdoor track and field: Richard Conway, Deron Molen and Evan Vernon

Women’s outdoor track and field: Rachel Bowden, Kasey King, Ally Marlow, Ashley Myers, Bret Roberts and Emily Stayer

FC camps sign-ups

Registration is underway for the Franklin College Summer Volleyball Camps.

Open to players in Grades 1 through 12, camps are supervised by Franklin College volleyball head coach Mary Johnston and her staff. Dates are as follows:

Grades 1 to 5, June 13 through 16; grades 4 to 8, July 11 through 14; grades | 9 to 12, July 18 through 20

For information about costs and how to register online, visit:

Registration also is underway for the Franklin College Summer Baseball Camps.

Open to players ages 7 to 18, the camps are supervised by Franklin College baseball coach Lance Marshall and his staff. Dates are as follows:

Hitting camp, ages 7 to 18, June 2 and 3; pitcher and catcher skills camp, ages 7 to 18, June 2 and 3; all skills camp, ages 7 to 14, June 6 through 9; advanced skills camp, ages 11 to 14, June 6 through 9

For more information, costs and times and how to register, call 317-738-8121.

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Rick Morwick is sports editor of the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2715.