A pair of Clay County softball players are off to a great start at Kentucky Wesleyan as Northview graduate Traci Sanders and Clay City's Angie Camp have been leaders for the team.
The team got its first win of the season over the weekend as Sanders smacked a double, walked twice and scored twice in a 9-8 win over West Virginia State. Camp also had a hit in the win and scored as well.
In the second game of a three-game set, Camp went 1-for-3 in centerfield and Sanders scored a run while playing second base in a 5-2 loss.
Through nine games this season, Camp has hit .259 over 27 at-bats while hitting two doubles and driving in a run. Sanders has hit .227 with a double and a triple to go with an RBI.
At Glenville State in West Virginia, former Northview standout, Shelby Colson, is in her freshman season with the Pioneers.
The team hasn't gotten off to a strong start however, going 1-7 over a pair of tournaments to start the season. Individual statistics aren't currently available.
The Olney Central Blue Knights softball team has also headed south to start the season and is in action at Myrtle Beach this week where they split the first two games, allowing four unearned runs in the opener to lose 5-2 to Owens (Ohio) Community College. They bounced back to take the second game by an 8-1 score versus Lincoln (Ill.) College.
The Blue Knights and former Northview Knight, Emily Phillips, started the season at Tennessee where they split a pair of doubleheaders against Jackson State Community College and Dyersburg State Community College.
Phillips was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-1 loss to Dyersburg and she was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-1 win.
The Indiana State Sycamore softball team improved to 7-7 overall while competing at the Rebel Games in Orlando, Fla. Indiana State has gone 4-2 during a hectic schedule that has them playing twice a day over five days of competition. The Sycamores will wrap up the tourney on Friday with games against Lafayette and Columbia.
Former Northview Knight, Stephanie Jonson, is a senior with the Sycamores and has started each of the seven games she has played in before the current tournament. She has struggled a bit at the plate to start the season, hitting .133 with a run scored and two RBI and two stolen bases.
The Rend Lake College men's golf team opened up its season by competing at The Shootout at Aguila Golf Course in Arizona and placed third in the six-team tournament.
Sophomore Kade Baker, a former Northview athlete, tied for 23rd as the Warriors shot a team score of 605 to finish 13 strokes behind Lewis University.
Baker started slow with an 87, but rebounded strongly with a second-day round of 72 to finish 15-over-par at 159.
Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Alabama to compete March 17-19 in the Goose Pond Spring Fling.
The indoor track and field season is coming to a close with the NCAA Championships getting underway this weekend and several local athletes had strong seasons.
Northview graduates Kylee Thacker and Shelby Sands wrapped up their indoor season with the Indiana State Sycamores.
Sands finished with a best time in the 800 meters of 2:42.42, which came on Feb. 5 and her top time in the 1,000 meters was a 3:38.26 on Dec. 10, 2010.
Thacker registered a season-best time of 10:37.81 in the 3,000 meters on Jan. 28, 2011 and she ran her best time of 18:15.79 in the 5,000 meters on Feb. 11, 2011.
The outdoor track and field season begins with the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Meet on March 26.
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference held its inaugural Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet on Feb. 19 and Northview graduate Andrea Thomas claimed a league title to lead the Hanover Panthers.
Thomas, a senior at Hanover, won the 55-meter title in 7.89 seconds and also placed fourth in the pole vault by clearing eight-feet, 8.25 inches. Thomas was also part of the 4x200 meter relay squad that placed third in 1:51.
Hanover placed third as a team with Rose-Hulman claiming the team title.
In northern Indiana, Indiana Tech freshman and former Northview Knight, Samantha Solomon, placed third in the shot put with a throw of 37-2 to help the Warriors set a meet record with 221 points to win its first conference championship over the second-place score of 99. The throw was also Solomon's season-best.
At the University of Southern Indiana, Northview graduate John Latta raced to a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Wisconsin.
Latta ran a time of 8:45.86 in the 3,000 and came back to place fourth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:14.08.
Clay City alum Cole Schroer, placed sixth in the Men's Heptathlon with 4,091 points. His top finish in the individual events included a victory in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:48.68.
Taylor University senior Adam Schroer competed on Feb. 19 at the DePauw Indoor Classic where he placed fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:28. Schroer also placed ninth in the mile with a time of 4:32.76.
Taylor's outdoor season begins on March 19 at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.