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Local college athletes continue hoops and indoor track season; spring sports ready to kick-off

Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 6:08 PM

The Olney Central men's basketball team has faced off with some of their league's top squads over the last two weeks with mixed results.

The Blue Knights came out on the short end of a 76-64 contest with Southeastern Illinois on Jan. 29.

Olney fell behind 17-3 over the first four minutes of the game and actually fought back to take a 27-27 lead at halftime. The second half was a back-and-forth affair before Southeastern Illinois went on a late 8-0 run to stave off the OCC rally.

Northview graduate Austin Akers scored 17 points to lead OCC as he hit eight-of-17 shots from the field and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The following game, OCC bounced back to claim a 72-71 victory against Lakeland College as Akers hit for 13 points to go with four rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes of action.

Lakeland led 63-46 with 10:40 remaining in the game before rallying back to within 65-60 with 6:31 left.

James Ancreon missed a 12 foot contested jumper with just under 10 secs to play. PJ Alston rebounded the miss for OCC and hit Akers for the outlet. Akers attacked the rim and was fouled at the buzzer. He made the free throw to clinch the game at 72-71.

In Olney's most recent game on Feb. 9, John A. Logan College used a 24-4 run to close the first half to take a 42-21 lead on the way to an 89-71 victory over the Blue Knights.

Akers tallied 21 points to lead the team on 10-of-23 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three assists while playing all 40 minutes.

Olney Central dropped to 15-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play while John A. Logan improved to 15-6 overall and 9-2 in league play.

At Danville College in Illinois, Kirstin Kimball has competed for the Lady Jaguars, who have struggled to a 3-19 overall record.

She's averaged 4.6 ppg. this season to go with 5.5 rebounds per contest, which is third on the team. Kimball, a Northview graduate, also has a team-high 15 blocks this season. She's hit 67 percent (28-of-42) of her free throws for Danville this year.

At Lincoln Christian University, Josiah Brock is in his senior season and has contributed to the Red Lions' mark of 16-6 this season. No recent stats were available for Brock, a 6'5 Northview graduate.

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Indoor track and field

The Indiana State track and field teams had members that competed at DePauw University last weekend and former Knight, Kylee Thacker, raced to a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters on Saturday.

The Sycamore sophomore raced to a runner-up finish in a time of 10:50.34, crossing the finish line second to Franklin senior, Heather Waterman (10:18.59).

Thacker's former Northview teammate, Shelby Sands, a Sycamore freshman, raced to a 12th-place finish in the 800 meters in 2:41.42.

"This was a strong meet on both sides, men and women," Jeff Martin, Indiana State assistant coach, said. "The women won the meet with some of the top guns at Notre Dame. The men were a lot more short-handed and still finished in second."

Indiana State won the women's invitational with 192 points. The Sycamores were followed by Bethel (152), Vincennes (91), Campbellsville (65.5), Franklin (28), Rose-Hulman (28), Wittenberg (22), DePauw (21), Marian (18.5), Centre (11), and Brescia (10).

Sycamore sophomore Felisha Johnson established a school record in the women's weight throw for the second time this season as she led the Indiana State women to the team title of the 2011 DePauw Tiger Invitational on Saturday.

The weekend prior, Thacker and the Sycamores competed against some of the nation's top teams at the Wisconsin Invitational.

Thacker competed in the 3,000-meter event and placed seventh with a time of 10:37.81.

This weekend the Sycamores will compete in Michigan as part of the Grand Valley State University Big Meet in Allendale.

The Sycamore women will be competing in two events that they have not done so far this season as Thacker will see her first 5,000-meter race along with teammates Jessica Zangmeister and Bethany Scruton. The pentathlon will also be contested at the meet.

"The girls are very excited to be competing," Martin said. "This is a different kind of competition than we have seen. It is a really big meet with some very good competition."

The University of Southern Indiana was also in action last weekend at Indiana University in the Hoosier Invitational.

Clay City graduate Cole Schroer saw action in a number of events including a 21st-place in the shotput (28-5 ), a sixth in the high jump (5-8 ), 12th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.89 prelims) and a runner-up finish with the 4x400 relay team in 3:35.52.

The weekend prior, Northview graduate John Latta, finished second in the 3,000 meters at Indiana University with a time of 8:39.15.

At Anderson University, the Hanover College women's and men's track and field teams competed in the Raven Indoor Invitational on Feb. 5.

Former Northview athlete, Andrea Thomas, a senior at Hanover, placed second in the pole vault by clearing 9-0 ".

Thomas currently has the top 55-meter time in the conference with her 7.89 at the Anderson Invitational and she's currently tied for third in the pole vault.

The team is back in action on Saturday at DePauw University beginning at noon.

Taylor University's track and field team spent the month of January on a mission trip to the Bahamas and got off to a strong start on Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan.

Former Clay City standout, Adam Schroer, won the 5,000-meter event with a time of 15:28.91.

Taylor hosts an invitational on Saturday in the Kesler Student Activities Center.

At Indiana Tech, freshman Samantha Solomon placed 11th in the shotput with a heave of 34-7 at the Mike Lints Alumni Open held at Grand Valley State University on Jan. 21-22.

The team will be back in action at GVSU on Feb. 11 with athletes also competing on Feb. 12 at Taylor University.

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Softball

The Indiana State softball team begins the 2011 season on Feb. 12 at the UL-Monroe Tournament in Monroe, La. The team is scheduled to open the home portion of the season when its hosts IPFW at Price Field in Terre Haute.

Former Northview standout, Stephanie Jonson, is the lone senior on the ISU team and returns after leading the team with five home runs last year. Jonson hit .255 over 49 games last year, scored 20 runs and had 17 RBI and nine doubles.

At Kentucky Wesleyan, Northview alum, Traci Sanders and Clay City graduate, Angie Camp, begin their junior seasons after competing at Olney Central their first two years.

Sanders hit .442 with OCC last year to lead the team and also led the Blue Knights with 47 RBI in 59 games. She scored 31 times and had 11 doubles.

Camp hit .353 as a sophomore last year with 31 runs scored, 10 doubles and a home run. She also drove in 27 runs and stole 10 bases.

The Panthers begin their season on Feb. 18-20 with a trip to Huntsville, Ala.

Emily Phillips, a former Northview teammate of Sanders, begins her collegiate career on Feb. 26 as Olney Central travels to Jackson, Tenn. for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

In West Virginia, Glenville State's program welcomes former Knight, Shelby Colson, for her freshman season as the team kicks off the season on Feb. 25 in North Carolina at the Catawba Tournament.

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, former Clay City Eel, Chelsee Gerber enters her senior season with the Pomeroys, who are the defending runner-ups in the USCAA National Invitational Tournament.

The Pomeroys open the season in Mobile, Ala. on March 4 against Bethel College and Mobile University.



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