The college basketball season has entered conference play at each of the various levels and several Clay County athletes are competing.
The closest former Knight in action is also the most experienced collegian as Dillon Reynolds is competing at a high level during his senior season at Rose-Hulman.
The Civil Engineering major has started nine of the team's 10 games this season and has averaged 9.5 points per game in 27 minutes of action. He's currently shooting 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Reynolds also has averaged just under four assists per contest (3.8 assists/game). He is also shooting 94 percent from the free throw line (16-of-17).
Reynolds had a season-high 18 points against DePauw on Nov. 29 where he also posted seven assists in a 76-67 victory. He also contributed a nine-assist effort in an 82-80 victory over Franklin on Dec. 9 and had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists versus Bluffton in a 66-62 victory on Dec. 12. In an 83-78 loss to Illinois Tech, Reynolds had 14 points and five assists on Dec. 17.
The Engineers are back in action with a home contest on Jan. 2 against Transylvania.
Northview graduate Mikayla Rowan has had a strong start to her freshman campaign on the hardwood for the Screaming Eagles at the University of Southern Indiana.
The Division II program has excelled during the first half of the season with a 9-1 mark and a current six-game winning streak into the holiday break. The Screaming Eagles won the Bellarmine Classic prior to Christmas, topping Ferris State 66-48 and Northern Michigan by a 63-43 count.
The team's lone loss came to 11th ranked Ashland on Nov. 21.
Rowan has been in the starting lineup of late and has strung together season averages of 5.3 points per game and three rebounds per contest.
The 6'1 forward/center has excelled as she grown more accustomed to the collegiate game. She started and played 22 minutes in the game prior to tourney play last week. In that contest against Salem International, Rowan posted a career-high 10 points. She was 4-of-5 from the field with four rebounds and an assist and a block in an 87-55 victory.
In the Dec. 20 win over Ferris State, Rowan came off the bench and played 14 minutes while providing three points and four rebounds.
Next up for USI is a trip to Missouri to take on Rockhurst University on Jan. 7.
Former Terre Haute South standout Tasia Brewer is also a member of the Screaming Eagles' roster.
Rowan's former teammate with the Northview Knights has had a more turbulent start to her collegiate basketball career. The six-foot forward has had to sit out this season following surgery on her leg. Smith is currently in rehabilitation process after the procedure prior to Olney's season.