By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Indiana colleges are well represented by Northview high school graduates this fall. The season has reached for the mid-point for most of the fall sports, which include volleyball, women’s golf, football and cross country.
The Indiana Wesleyan volleyball team and Northview graduate Ashlen Buck went 36-9 last season and have picked up right where they left off.
The Wildcats are currently 19-1 overall and 10-0 in their conference and boast an active 14-match win streak after topping Marian (Ind.) 3-1 on Sept. 28. The team is back in action on Oct. 5 at IU-Kokomo.
In the victory over Marian, Buck had 13 digs for the 23rd-ranked Wildcats.
The senior libero has played in 52 sets this season and has 149 digs for the Wildcats.
Over the weekend, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College celebrated homecoming with a 3-1 volleyball win over Oakland City, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17. The Pomeroys’ offense was dominant in the match with a .271 hitting percentage against the Oaks. Former Northview High School standout McKenzi Kumpf continued her strong season by recording 18 kills and 15 digs in the victory.
This season, Kumpf, a sophomore with the Pomeroys, has played in all 17 matches and has 149 kills this season. She is second on the team with 2.57 kills per set and is second with 193 digs and 179 points.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) released its first Volleyball Coaches’ Poll of 2016 on Friday. The Pomeroys debuted at No. 14 in the poll after having a 2-2 record this season against USCAA opponents.
The Pomeroys have USCAA victories over No. 7 Carlow and No. 11 Johnson and Wales, while their only two USCAA losses have come at the hands of No. 1 Florida National and No. 2 Florida College.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will be hosting its first SMWC Volleyball Classic presented by Dorsett Automotive this Friday and Saturday. The two day classic will feature five schools from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), including SMWC.
The Knoerle Center will hold 10 matches over the two day span with SMWC playing four matches in Hamilton Arena. Outside of SMWC, the classic will consist of Illinois Tech, Berea, Rochester and Wright State – Lake Campus.
The SMWC Volleyball Classic presented by Dorsett Automotive will feature three schools ranked in the top 20 of the USCAA Volleyball Coaches’ Poll - No. 5 Rochester, No. 14 SMWC and No. 20 Illinois Tech. Berea is also currently receiving votes in the USCAA Coaches’ Poll. The Pomeroys enter this week with a 4-13 record and will have a match with Marian on Wednesday prior to their classic matches. Wright State–Lake Campus enters this week with a 1-11 overall record and will play two matches this week prior to the classic, while Berea is currently 4-14 and will play one match this week prior to the classic. Rochester will enter the classic with a 9-17 record, while Illinois Tech enters the classic with a 8-10 record.
Northview grad Shelbi Morris is in her second season at the University of Southern Indiana playing volleyball for the 7-8 Screaming Eagles.
Morris has competed in 14 matches this season and a total of 50 sets. She has piled up a total of 91 kills along with 15 assists and 134 digs. She had a season-high 19 kills in a match on Sept. 3 against Valdosta State. Her season-high mark of 24 digs came on Sept. 17 against Rockhurst.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s golf team competed in the Franklin Lady Grizzly Fall Invitational at Legends Golf Club over the weekend and placed third overall.
The Pomeroys finished with a score of 364 to beat Spalding by 20 strokes. Finishing in first and second was Franklin with a 345 and Rose-Hulman with a 354. Former Northview High School golfer, Karlie Atkinson-Fritz shot 92 to tie for 12th.
This season, Atkinson-Fritz has averaged 92.6 strokes during nine rounds of action during her sophomore year. She shot a season-best score of 86 and tied for fourth out of 21 golfers against Oakland City/Vincennes this year.
At Walsh College in Ohio, Northview graduate Keirsten Mikesell is in her sophomore year with the Cavaliers’ golf program. She has not competed for the varsity squad to this point.
The IUPUI Jaguars’ cross country team competed at South Bend in the Joe Plane Notre Dame Invitational at Warren Golf Course. A week after she ran her best time of the year, Northview grad Ashley Kidwell raced in the Open event and ran a time of 19:13.2 to place in 58th
“Ashley Kidwell just keeps impressing me and our entire team,” Jaguars’ head coach Antonio McDaniel said of the sophomore. “This sort of improvement this quickly is tremendous. She set a goal of making top 12 to run at Pre-Nats and I’m thrilled she’s now accomplished that goal.”
As a freshman last year, Kidwell’s top time was 20:34 in a five-kilometer race on Sept. 5 at the Butler Open. She had her best 6K of the year at the Oct. 16 Bradley Classic, finishing the race in 25:10.3. Kidwell was named a Summit League Fall Distinguished Scholar (3.60 GPA or better).
Kidwell is also a strong competitor in the classroom as she was named to IUPUI’s Academic Advisor’s List (3.0 GPA or better) both semesters. She was also chosen to The Summit League Academic Honor Roll as a Distinguished Scholar (3.6 GPA or better) during track season.
At Indiana State, Northview grads Emily Conrad and Cam Trout are members of the Sycamore cross country team. Conrad is a red-shirt freshman eligibility-wise while Trout is a true freshman. Neither runner has competed on varsity to this point in 2016.
Marian University’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) top-ranked football team is coming off a huge win against second-ranked St. Francis (Ind.) over the weekend. The defending NAIA national champion Knights won 35-21 to improve to 5-0 overall.
Northview grad Ben Girton is scheduled to red-shirt for the Knights in 2016, but has impressed the coaching staff during his freshman campaign according to head coach Mike Henninger.
“Ben Girton is, in fact, red-shirting this fall and is performing at a very high level on the scout team. He won the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the St. Xavier University week and is in the discussion for the honor every week,” Henninger said. “We are very impressed by his work ethic, his toughness, and his leadership skills. He instantly won the respect of the nation’s top ranked defense by his non-stop effort. He will be a great player here at Marian and we are excited to watch him develop during his career.”
At Anderson University, former Knight Trey Boor has had a strong sophomore season for the Ravens’ football team.
On Saturday, Anderson fell to Rose-Hulman, but Boor kicked a 34-yard field goal and the only extra point attempt of the day. The field goal was the longest of the season for Boor, who has gone 3-of-4 this season for the 1-4 Ravens. He has also successfully made 10-of-11 extra points and handles kick offs for the team as well.
At Franklin College, the Grizzlies have started the season 4-1 and are ranked 21st in the NCAA Division III polls as of Sept. 26.
Northview graduate Aaron See has played in three games this season for Franklin. The 6’1, 250-pound senior has seen time on the offensive line after moving over from the defensive side of the ball last year. He also was a part of the team’s field goal protection team.
Wabash College’s football team has started the season with a 3-1 mark and is ranked 13th in Division III.
Northview alum Daniel Kimball has played in all four games and started for the Little Giants along the offensive line in Saturday’s 45-21 victory at Hiram. The 6’6, 285-pound lineman is in his junior season at Wabash.
Jacob Dean is also a member of the Little Giants and has seen action during his freshman campaign with the program’s junior varsity program to this point. He is listed as a running back and long snapper on the roster, but has also seen game action on the defensive side of the ball.
Liam Jones joined the University of Indianapolis football team in the fall. He has not seen varsity snaps to this point as he recovers from an injury.
Two different Northview graduates are playing college tennis this season as Jessica Baker competes in her junior season with the Franklin Grizzlies and Hannah Minor has transitioned from soccer to the hard courts at Anderson for her sophomore year.
Baker has played doubles tennis at Franklin this season and has a 3-5 overall mark and is 2-4 in dual matches at No. 3. The team is now 5-5 in dual matches this season after losses to Hanover and Indiana-Southeast on Sunday.
Baker and her teammate, Alexa Schofner, were 8-5 winners at No. 3 doubles against IU-Southeast and fell 8-3 versus Hanover on Sunday.
Minor won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, at no. 6 singles on Monday against visiting Earlham College. She also teamed with Megan Moriarty to win 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.
The team is currently 3-4 overall and travels to Defiance (Ohio) Wednesday.
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a pair of former Knights are members of the Pomeroys’ soccer team this year.
Mannah Mace has played in all 10 matches this season with two starts at goal keeper for the team. She has a 1-1 record and a 1.09 goals against average with 11 saves during her freshman year. Her classmate, Brooklyn Fagg has also started three of the 10 matches that she has played in and has three shots on goal.
The team hosts Cincinnati Clermont on Wednesday evening at 4 p.m.