The Olney Central Blue Knights basketball team and Northview graduate Austin Akers have had a successful start to the new year with wins in 12 of the team's last 14 games overall.
The Blue Knights picked up a hard fought 67-64 win over Rend Lake College on Jan. 15 as Akers tallied 10 points while playing the entire 40 minutes at the point guard position. Akers dished out five assists in the win and grabbed a pair of rebounds with a steal.
In a 65-55 victory over John A. Logan on Jan. 12, Akers also played all 40 minutes and t allied 16 points with six assists and three rebounds.
On Jan. 10, OCC defeated Lake Land College by a 74-64 count as Akers hit 11-of-16 free throws on the way to a 17-point effort to go with seven assists and four rebounds.
Terre Haute South grad, John Michael Jarvis added a team-high 22 points in the game, nailing five-of-10 3-pointers in the win with three steals.
The winning streak hit a bit of a hiccup on Monday night as Southwestern Illinois College handed OCC a 53-51 defeat that improved them to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Neither team led by more than six points at any point in the game and there were 14 lead changes in the contest. The Blue Knights forced 21 turnovers in the game and allowed the opposition only two free throw attempts, but hit only 30 percent from the floor.
Akers had 10 points in 40 minutes of action with four rebounds and four assists. Jarvis added 11 points and had seven steals with three assists.
The loss dropped OCC to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the GRAC.
In track and field, a pair of Northview Knights competed at the ISU Open, which was held in the north gym of the ISU Arena on Tuesday
Both Shelby Sands and Conor Strain, who are Sycamore freshmen, competed in the 800 meters.
Strain placed second in the event with a time of 2:06.45 and Sands placed third in a time of 2:56.82.
Several current Northview athletes also competed in the indoor meet as Patrick Durcholz placed seventh in the high jump by clearing 5'6. He was also seventh in the pole vault as he cleared 10'6.
In the 3,200 meters, Northview freshman Nic Yocom placed second in 10:25.80 and Cam Trout was fourth in 13:15.40. Yocom was also the runner-up in the mile run with a time of 5:09.94.
In the men's 55-meter hurdles, Joel Whittington won the event in 8.29 and he was fourth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.88. The Knights' senior was also fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 59.37.
Former Indiana State Sycamores, Erica Moore and Kylie Hutson, each began their post-graduate competition in style last weekend and achieved top-10 rankings in the world with their efforts.
Hutson, a Terre Haute North High School graduate, competed at the Air Force All-Comers Meet held at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Friday and won the pole vault competition by clearing 14-5 ¼, which is currently the best indoor vault in the United States and ties her for eighth-best in the world. It was the second best indoor vault of her career as she cleared 14-9 to win the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship.
Moore, a Sullivan High School standout, competed at the University of Kentucky Invitational on Saturday, won the 400 meters with a time of 52.85. That is currently the fastest time in the United States and the third fastest in the world.
Hutson will be back in action Jan. 29-30 at the Reno Pole Vault Summit while Moore will compete at Virginia Tech this weekend.