Evansville swimmer Abby Smith became just the third athlete in the school’s history to win the Missouri Valley Conference’s prestigious Elite 18 Award.
The award is presented to the outstanding scholar/athlete in each sport the conference sponsors. The sophomore, a Franklin Community High School graduate, maintained a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester and carries a 3.932 cumulative GPA in professional chemistry.
At this year’s MVC championships, she was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team and the second-place 400 freestyle relay team, and was eighth in the 50-yard freestyle.
In addition to the conference award, she was named the Vectren Student Athlete of the Week at Evansville.
Hannah Moore is batting .286 (6 for 21) in eight games and has scored eight runs for the 5-3 Ancilla softball team.
Brent Schultheis has pitched 4-1/3 innings in three games for the Marian baseball team (2-5), is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA and has walked two and given up four hits.
Jeremy McKinney pitched a five-inning complete-game in Northwest Florida State’s 16-2 baseball win against the Huntingdon, Ala., junior varsity, giving up five hits, one walk and one earned run and striking out four. In a 1-0 loss to Bishop State he pitched one inning in relief, walking one and striking out two while giving up no hits and no runs. The freshman has a 2-0 record with a 0.96 ERA in 18-2/3 innings and has walked seven, struck out 19 and yielded 11 hits.
The Rose-Hulman baseball team (5-4) defeated Illinois Wesleyan and Alma and lost to Concordia, Chicago. Donnie Waters is batting .241 (7 for 29) after going hitless in seven at-bats in the three games.
The University of Indianapolis’ Farin Hickman finished 15th in the women’s weight throw (54-1¼) at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships.
The Eastern Michigan gymnasts defeated Ball State. Sarah Ebeyer (Ball State) and Kim Ebeyer (Eastern Michigan) tied for seventh in the vault (9.650) and for sixth in the floor exercises (9.750). Kim was ninth of 12 on the beam (9.650).
The Indiana State softball team (14-9) defeated Bucknell and Howard, split two games with Evansville and lost to Creighton and South Dakota. Shelby Wilson played in the second Evansville game and was two for two at the plate with one RBI and one run scored.
The Southern softball team (0-18) lost to Southeastern Louisiana and twice to Lamar. Harley Roller, the team’s leading hitter with a .263 average (10 for 38), was 2 for 6 in the three games with one double, two RBIs and one run scored.
Brooke Harmening has started each game for the Southern Indiana softball team (10-5) and is batting .340 (17 for 50) with 13 RBIs, seven runs scored, five doubles and two home runs. The junior has a 6-2 pitching record with a 1.52 ERA in 60 innings and has given up 49 hits and 18 walks while striking out 76.
The Liberty baseball team defeated Elon and won two of three against Campbell. Ashton Perritt, who is batting .253 (20 for 79), had four hits and scored three runs in 15 at-bats. The junior earned his sixth save of the season in a 4-2 win against Elon, giving up two hits in one inning while striking out three. He was charged with his first loss of the season in a 6-5 13-inning loss to Campbell when he gave up a run in the 13th inning, his fifth inning of relief. He struck out six, walked one and gave up four hits and one run in five innings and has a 1.62 ERA in 16-2/3 innings this season.
After winning six consecutive games, the Franklin baseball team (8-4) lost twice to Adrian. Tyler Ison, who is batting .227 (5 for 22), had one hit, one RBI and one run scored in four at-bats in game two.
Taylor Murray has played in nine games, all starts, for the Taylor softball team (14-5) and is batting .138 (4 for 29).
Anna Gunderson had five hits, including a double, in 15 at-bats and scored four runs for the Taylor softball team (14-5) in three wins and two losses. She is batting .367 (22 for 60) in 18 games.
The Anderson softball team split its first four games, defeating Benedictine and Fontbonne and losing one-run games to Hope and Otterbein. Shelby Shaffer had four hits in 11 at-bats (.364) and scored one run in the four games.
The Indiana softball team (8-17-1) extended its winning streak to six with wins against Illinois-Chicago, Toledo and Wright State before losing to Illinois-Chicago. Natalie Lalich is batting .300 (12 for 40) after going hitless in six at-bats in three games.
Alex Franklin has played in nine games, starting three, for the St. Joseph’s softball team (7-9) and is batting .083 (1 for 12).
Brandon Gridley won five of seven face-offs for the Purdue lacrosse team (0-4) in a 10-9 loss to Minnesota-Mankato.
Emily Claeys won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles in St. Joseph’s 7-2 tennis loss to Chowan.
Emily Bueno won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles in Marian’s 9-0 tennis win against St. Ambrose, Iowa.
The Ball State tennis team defeated North Dakota 7-0 and lost 4-3 to Nevada-Las Vegas in matches played at Las Vegas. Luke Andersen won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and 8-2 at No. 3 doubles against North Dakota and 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and 8-3 at No. 3 doubles against UNLV.
The Indianapolis women’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals with a 63-58 loss to Wayne State. Kirsten Gliesmann had seven points (3 for 7, 1 for 1), four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot in 15 minutes.
Brock Sockolowski has played in four games for the Danville Community College baseball team (6-2) and is batting .556 (5 for 9) with one home run, five RBIs and three runs scored. Teammate Zach Anderson defeated Genesee Community College in his only pitching appearance, giving up no runs, one walk and three hits in six innings, with six strikeouts.
Brice Laigle is batting .333 (3 for 9) with one RBI and three runs scored in five games for the Marian baseball team (2-5).
The Indiana-Southeast baseball team (10-13) lost four games to Point Park and one to Georgetown College. Brad Walker played in all five games, two as a pinch-runner, and had one double, one single, two RBIs and one run scored in seven at-bats.
The Marian tennis team defeated St. Ambrose, Iowa, 9-0 and lost 7-2 to Northwood, Florida, and 6-3 to Webber International. Taylor Kinney lost 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6 singles and 8-3 at No. 3 doubles against Northwood; won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and 8-0 at No. 3 doubles against St. Ambrose; and lost 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 at No. 6 singles and 8-2 at No. 3 doubles to Webber.
Lindsey Richards is batting .154 (6 for 39) for the IUPUI softball team (7-9).
The Northern Illinois women’s basketball team (11-19) defeated Eastern Michigan in the first round of the MAC tournament before losing 61-47 to Ball State in the second round. Ally Lehman had two points (1 for 2, 0 for 1), five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 27 minutes in the win and 10 points (5 for 11), five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes in the loss.
Conner Morris had four hits, two runs scored and one RBI in 15 at-bats for the Anderson baseball team (7-2) in two wins against Hope, one against Rutgers-Camden and a doubleheader split with Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Zack Shultz had two hits, two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base in seven at-bats for the Hanover baseball team (4-6) in two wins against DePauw and is batting .237 (9 for 38).
Alex Krupa is batting .267 (8 for 30) with six runs scored, two stolen bases and one RBI for the Iowa Western baseball team (16-4).
Conner Beidelman is batting .182 (2 for 11) with two runs scored in six games, four of them starts, for the Marian baseball team (2-5).
Brittany Toney lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles and 8-3 at No. 1 doubles in Ohio Northern’s 6-3 tennis loss to Oberlin.
The Indianapolis women’s tennis team lost 5-4 to West Alabama and won 5-3 against Alabama-Huntsville. Taylor Eckert won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 singles and 8-0 at No. 1 doubles in the loss and 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and 9-7 at No.1 doubles in the win.
The Southern Indiana tennis team defeated Webber International 6-3 and lost 7-2 to Florida Tech and 9-0 to South Dakota. Alyssa Hoover won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles against Webber and lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 to Florida Tech and 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 and 8-4 at No. 3 doubles to South Dakota.
Chelsey Norwood has played in 18 games for the Butler softball team (7-15) and is batting .222 (12 for 54), with 10 RBIs, two doubles, one home run and two runs scored.
The Franklin softball team (8-4) lost two to DePauw and won two against Wilmington. Katie Streuwing was 4 for 13 in the four games, with four runs scored, one RBI and two doubles, and is batting .415 (17 for 41). Anna Schwomeyer had a double in four at-bats and is hitting .318 (7 for 22).
Kelly Pevely is batting .250 (4 for 16) in 10 games, five of them starts, for the IPFW softball team (19-7).
The Southeastern softball team (15-8) won twice against Grand View, Iowa; and DeVyn Barker had one single and one home run in five at-bats. She is hitting .327 (18 for 55) with 17 RBIs, five home runs and 16 runs scored.
The Taylor softball team (14-5) won three games and lost two. Alex Lovelace had eight hits, including two doubles; three runs scored; and four RBIs in 18 at-bats and is hitting .545 (36 for 66) in 18 games.
Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School send ideas for the College Update column to rmorwick@dailyjournal..net.