Ball State tennis player Luke Andersen and Indiana University pole vaulter Sydney Clute, both Center Grove graduates, had memorable performances last week.
With Ball State tied 3-3 against Buffalo in the Mid-American Championship final, and with everyone nervously watching, Andersen won a third-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, (9-7) to give the Cardinals the title.
Clute won the women’s pole vault event at the prestigious Penn Relays with a season best 13-4½, the fifth-best women’s outdoor vault in Indiana track and field history.
Joel Cox is one of four Ball State athletes selected to the 2014 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Honor Society. The senior started all 13 games at defensive tackle for the 10-3 Cardinal football team and carries a 3.593 GPA as a business major.
The University of Indianapolis and Southern Indiana competed at the Bellarmine Track and Field Classic. The Greyhounds’ Katy Watson was second of 14 in the discus (144-7), fourth of 15 in the shot put (40-7½) and seventh of 16 in the hammer throw (133-4). Southern Indiana’s Jordan Jones was ninth of 15 in the shot put (36-3), 10th of 14 in the discus (100-3), 11th of 16 in the hammer (125-0) and fifth of 13 in the javelin (94-0).
Ball State’s Jordan Timmons was 10th of 22 in the women’s 800 meters in 2:24.58 at Miami’s Red Hawk Track and Field Invitational. Butler’s Shelby Burnett was sixth of 28 in the 1,500 (4:45.28), and Xavier’s Delainey Burnett was 11th of 24 in the 5,000 (19:08.72).
Competing at the Heartland Conference Track and Field Championships, Rose-Hulman’s Nathan Catt was sixth of 30 in the 1,500 (4:08.33) and fifth of 26 in the 5,000 (15:42.90). Teammate Ryan Meyer was fifth of 17 in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:59.76) and 10th of 30 in the 1,500 (4:13.10), and Anderson’s Jacob Branam was 19th in the 5000 (16:55.85).
The Anderson softball team (26-7) split two games with Ohio Northern and won twice against both Mount St. Joseph and Hanover. Shelby Shaffer had three hits in six at-bats, with five runs scored and one stolen base, in three of the games and is hitting a team high .423 (22 for 52).
The Indiana softball team (15-35-1) defeated Louisville and won one of three against Iowa. Natalie Lalich had five hits, two RBIs and three runs scored in 11 at-bats and is hitting .303 (23 for 76).
The Taylor softball team (37-14, 23-9) lost twice to Mount Vernon Nazarene, split two games against Bethel and won two against Marian. Anna Gunderson had six hits in 20 at-bats with two doubles and three runs scored and is batting .325 (53 for 163).
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Golf Championship Tournament is being played during two weekends. After the first weekend of competition, Rose-Hulman’s Kent Kraus is in 27th place, fifth for his team, with scores of 81-86—167 on the par-72 Legends Golf Club course.
The Marian baseball team (17-23, 15-19) won one of four games against St. Francis and lost two to Spring Arbor. Brice Laigle had four hits, one RBI and two runs scored in 15 at-bats in the six games and is batting .319 (23 for 72).
The IU-Southeast baseball team (29-21) won twice against Alice Lloyd, defeated Brescia and lost two to Point Park. Brad Walker had one hit, one RBI and two runs scored in five at-bats and is hitting .208 (11 for 53).
The Anderson baseball team (22-11, 15-7) defeated Rose-Hulman and swept three games against Hanover. Conner Morris had seven hits in 14 at-bats with one home run, seven runs scored and three RBIs and is hitting .306 (38 for 124).
The Hanover baseball team (12-19, 8-13) defeated Franklin and lost three against Anderson. Zack Shultz had two hits in 15 at-bats in three of the games and is hitting .297 (35 for 118).
The Marian baseball team (17-24, 15-19) lost twice to Spring Arbor and won one of four against St. Francis. Conner Beidelman had two hits in six at-bats with one RBI and one run scored and is hitting .200 (12 for 60).
The Iowa Western baseball team (39-10) split four games with Indian Hills. Alex Krupa had three hits in 12 at-bats with three RBIs and two runs scored and is batting .367 (36 for 98).
Franklin’s Erica Christy was third of 18 in the shot put (39-8¾), seventh of 19 in the discus (98-3) and 14th of 18 in the hammer (95-9) at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.
Brittany Toney lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and 8-1 at No. 1 doubles in Ohio Northern’s 6-3 tennis loss to Walsh.
The Franklin men’s tennis team defeated Manchester 9-0 and lost 7-2 to Earlham and 5-4 to Transylvania. Ryan Hammer won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and 8-6 at No. 1 doubles against Manchester; lost 6-1, 6-3 and 8-1 against Earlham; and lost 6-3, 6-3 and 8-2 to Transylvania.
The Butler softball team (23-25, 9-8) won two against Eastern Illinois and two of three against Seton Hall. Chelsea Norwood had three hits in 17 at-bats with two doubles and one run scored and is hitting .248 (32 for 129).
The Franklin softball team (21-17, 8-8) split doubleheaders against Ohio Christian and Transylvania and won twice against Mount St. Joseph. Katie Struewing had 10 hits in 18 at-bats with six RBIs, three doubles and two runs scored and is batting .395 (49 for 124) with 16 doubles. Anne Schwomeyer had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in six at-bats and is hitting .231 (12 for 52).
The Taylor softball team lost twice to Mount Vernon Nazarene, split two games with Bethel and won twice against Marian. Alex Lovelace had five hits in 17 at-bats with one double, four RBIs and three runs scored and is batting .439 (79 for 180).
The Southeastern (Florida) softball team won twice against both Northwood and St. Thomas. DeVyn Barker had three doubles, two singles, three RBIs, eight runs scored and four stolen bases in 10 at-bats and is hitting .339 (43 for 127).
Franklin’s Ashley Myers, competing at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, was fifth of 19 in the 1,500 meters (5:05.64), 12th of 19 in the javelin (83-6), 11th of 14 in the triple jump (30-10¼), 14th of 19 in the long jump (14-2½) and seventh of 20 in the 800 (2:31.44). Her 800 time in the preliminaries was 2:29.72.
Bethel pitcher Sammy Wilkerson (3-1 with a 4.47 ERA) relieved in a 25-2 loss to Grace and gave up one earned run and two hits, with one strike out, in 1-1/3 innings. He was the starting pitcher in a 7-5 loss to Grace, yielding six hits, five earned runs and two walks with three strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings before being relieved with the score 5-5.
After posting the fastest time in the 100-meter preliminaries at the Drake Relays (11.33), Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise suffered her first loss of the outdoor season with a third-place finish in the finals in 11.78.
Franklin’s Anna Murdock won both the 1,500 (4:54.98) and the 800 (2:19.54) at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.
The IUPUI softball team (20-19, 7-7) defeated Illinois-Chicago and won one of three against Omaha. Lindsey Richards had five hits in 11 at-bats in the four games with one home run, one double, one RBI and two runs scored. She is batting .245 (25 for 102) in 39 games and has six home runs.
Franklin’s Clay Warner finished sixth of 21 in the long jump (20-1½) and sixth of 15 in the triple-jump (40-8¼) at the Heartland Conference Track and Field Championships.
The Ancilla softball team (11-21-1) lost doubleheaders to Muskegon, Lansing, Kellogg and Kalamazoo Valley and split two games against Grand Rapids. Hanna Moore had nine hits in 28 at-bats in the 10 games with one double, one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored and is hitting .226 (19 for 84) in 31 games.
The Franklin tennis team defeated Manchester 9-0 and lost 5-4 to Transylvania and 7-2 to Earlham. Luke Snyder won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and 8-0 at No. 2 doubles against Manchester; won 6-3, 6-3 and lost 9-8 against Transylvania; and lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and 8-1 at No. 2 doubles to Earlham.
The Rose-Hulman baseball team (21-13, 14-8) lost to Anderson, defeated DePauw and won three against Transylvania. Donnie Waters had seven hits in 16 at-bats in four games with four doubles, one home run, seven RBIs and eight runs scored and is batting .281 (32 for 114) with 15 doubles. His .465 slugging percentage is second on the team.
Brett Schultheis pitched twice for the Marian baseball team (17-24, 15-19), losing starts against St. Francis 7-1 and Spring Arbor 7-4. He gave up 12 hits, 12 earned runs and four walks in nine innings with two strikeouts in the two games and has a 3-4 record with a 7.71 ERA.
Jeremy McKinney has a 2-0 record with a 2.48 ERA in 15 games for the Northwest Florida baseball team (27-18, 9-11). He has walked 17, given up 25 hits and struck out 35 in 32-2/3 innings.
Competing at the Bellarmine Track and Field Classic, Indianapolis’ Farin Hickman won the hammer throw (172-11), was second of 13 in the javelin (112-10) and was fifth of 15 in the shot put (40-0). Teammate Melissa Rios was ninth in the 400 meters (1:04.72), and the Greyhounds’ Robert Geis was third of 10 in the men’s 110 hurdles (56.85).
The Franklin baseball team (22-14) lost to Hanover and won three against Defiance. Tyler Ison was seven for 16 in the four games with two home runs, one double, nine RBIs and five runs scored. He is batting .287 (33 for 115) in 33 games and leads the Grizzlies with five home runs.
The Liberty baseball team (35-10) lost to North Carolina and won three against UNC-Asheville. Ashton Perritt earned two saves against Asheville, pitching two perfect innings with one strikeout. He has a 1-1 record and a 1.50 ERA with 11 saves in 24 innings and has given up only 16 hits and three walks while striking out 24. At the plate he was two for nine with two RBIs and four runs scored and is batting .248 (39 for 157).
The Franklin tennis team defeated Manchester 9-0, lost 5-4 to Transylvania and lost 7-2 to Earlham. Jared Hunt won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles and 8-0 at No. 2 doubles against Manchester; won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and lost 9-8 at No. 2 doubles against Transylvania; and won 7-6, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and lost 8-1 at No. 2 doubles against Earlham.
Shelby Wilson had two hits in 11 at-bats with one double and one RBI for the Indiana State softball team in a loss to Loyola and one win and two losses against Drake.
The Southern University softball team (10-35, 8-9) won two against Langston, lost one to McNeese and lost three to Texas Southern. Harley Roller had six hits in 15 at-bats in the six games with one home run, two runs scored and one stolen base and is hitting .287 (31 for 108).
The Southern Indiana softball team (22-33, 12-22) won two against Oakland City, split two against St. Joseph’s and lost two to Indianapolis. Brooke Harmening had six hits in 16 at-bats in five games with one home run, one double, four RBIs and two runs scored and is batting .326 (46 for 141). She started three games on the mound, winning two shutouts and losing once and pitched twice in relief. She gave up six earned runs, 20 hits and seven walks and struck out 20 in 26-1/3 innings. Her record this season is 14-10 with a 2.25 ERA in 177-2/3 innings.
Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School send ideas for the College Update column to email@example.com.