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Weather break finally gives college athletes a chance to shine

Posted Monday, May 2, 2011, at 6:10 PM

A break in the weather over the weekend gave area athletes a chance to compete for several different colleges in both softball and track and field.

Northview High School graduate and Olney Central Junior College freshman, Emily Phillips, has been tearing it up all season for the Blue Knights.

After missing her senior softball season with Northview Phillips has bounced back quickly.

Phillips leads the Blue Knights in hitting with a .386 average over 42 games and is the team leader in RBI's as well with 38. She is tied for second with 34 runs scored, five behind South Putnam graduate Krystal Welch. Phillips has also stolen 14 bases in 16 attempts.

All has not been rosy for Olney Central as a late season eligibility issue cost the team 26 victories. A team that would have been 36-14 overall and the third seed in the Region 24 Tournament, dropped to the eight seed.

Olney Central was able to win a pair of games Saturday against Southeastern Illinois in a play-in series, but lost a pair of games to top-seeded Lake Land College to bow out of the tourney.

Phillips drilled her fourth home run of the season in an 11-0 win to open against Southeastern Illinois.

In a 9-8 loss to Lake Land College, Phillips went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, but the Lady Falcons won with a walk-off home run in he seventh inning.

With the forfeited games, OCC ends the season with an 8-42 record.

"It was due to an electronic submission problem on the computer when we submitted the original eligibility form," OCC Athletic Director Dennis Conley told the Olney Daily Mail. "The person was eligible but her name didn't go through and we didn't catch it."

Coach Nick Short was equally frustrated by the mistake.

"It's very frustrating and I feel really bad for the girls," Short said. "They worked hard and earned those victories. One name didn't get submitted and our girls get punished. She had a 3.6 GPA and was perfectly eligible."

A pair of former OCC players, Northview grad Traci Sanders and Clay City's Angie Camp, continued solid junior campaigns for Kentucky Wesleyan.

Sanders has hit .230 over 27 games with 17 hits in 74 at-bats and has driven in six runners. Sanders has three doubles and a triple with 14 walks.

Camp has produced a .252 average in 41 starts with 34 hits in 135 at-bats. The former Eel has hit eight doubles with six RBI.

The team has compiled a 15-26 mark overall this season.

At Glenville State in West Virginia, former Northview standout, Shelby Colson, finished her season with a .175 average in 24 games, 16 of them were starts.

The Indiana State Sycamore softball team celebrated senior night with a victory over the weekend.

The team's lone senior, former Northview standout, Stephanie Jonson, has hit .284 for ISU over 42 starts. She has 31 hits in 109 at-bats with a pair of home runs and a .386 on-base average.

The team travels to Northern Iowa to finish out the regular season beginning with a Saturday doubleheader.

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball team has had five different dates rained out recently leading up to the USCAA National Tournament that begins Thursday in Akron, Ohio.

Former Clay City standout softball player, Chelsee Gerber, has been one of the team's leaders, hitting .328 over 25 games. Gerber, a senior with the Pomeroys, has 14 RBI and has reached base at a .416 clip.

In track and field action, the Indiana State Sycamores competed in both the Drake Relays in Iowa and in the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis.

Northview graduate Kylee Thacker ran a personal best in the 5,000-meter face at the Stan Lyons Meet. The ISU sophomore ran a time of 18:20.

Indiana State will compete in the Billy Hayes Invite at Indiana University on Friday. The meet is the final outdoor meet of the season before the MVC Meet to be held May 13-15 at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hanover College's women's team earned the school's first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference track & field championship. The HCAC's men's and women's championships were held Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

The women's team was fourth after the first day of competition, but came back in day two to earn the team title.

The Rose-Hulman men's team earned the team title as well.

Former Northview standout and Hanover senior, Andrea Thomas qualified for the finals in the 100 meters and placed eighth in a time of 13.84. She was also 13th in the prelims of the 200 meters.

Thomas was also part of the second-place 4x100 relay team that ran to a time of 51.15 to finish behind Rose-Hulman's 50.47. In the pole vault, Thomas placed fifth by clearing 9-0 .

The Indiana Tech track and field team competed at Hillsdale College in the 45th Gina Relays.

Freshman Samantha Solomon competed in the shotput where she finished 24th with a throw of 34-1 in the 35-person field.

The team will compete in the conference meet next weekend.

At Marian College in Indianapolis, Taylor University's mens' team placed fourth and was helped to that spot by the distance running of Clay City graduate Adam Schroer.

The senior capped an impressive distance double on Saturday as he finished sixth in the 5,000-meter event in a time of 15:58.77. That effort came a day after he was the runner-up in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 32:10.46.

His time in the 10,000 was just three seconds out of first-place and reached the NAIA 'B' Standard time.

The team will host the Taylor Invitational on Saturday at the George Glass Track and Field Complex.

The University of Southern Indiana track and field teams competed on April 23 at the Pacesetter Invite at ISU.

Clay City graduate Cole Schroer placed 40th in the 200-meters with a time of 25.22 and he was 10th in the long jump with a leap of 17-6 1/4. And placed 16th in the javelin with a throw of 103-6.

The team will compete this weekend in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Meet on Friday and Saturday in Missouri.

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