Northview graduate Mikayla Rowan recently completed her junior season with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles by playing in the NCAA Division II tourney.
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
While the winter has seemed to drag on interminably the last several months, several county high school graduates are having successful seasons on the collegiate hardwood and tracks of their respective schools.
Academically, former Northview standout runner Ashley Kidwell was named to the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field All-Academic team. Kidwell and teammate Haley Welch were voted to the team by the league’s faculty athletic representatives and are repeat honorees after having earned the honor during cross country in the fall.
Kidwell, a junior biomedical engineering major, ran a season-best 5,000m time of 19:25.36 at the Fort Wayne Duals on Jan. 20. She’s battled through injuries throughout the indoor season, but still performed at a high level in the classroom.
The NCAA Division I Jaguars open the outdoor season on March 17 in Indianapolis against Butler.
At Indiana State University, Northview graduate Cam Trout wrapped up the indoor track and field season with a 10th-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Missouri Valley Conference Meet. Trout ran a time of 15:07. Bradley’s Michael Ward won the event in 14:49.53. Trout also ran an 8:41.82 in the 3,000 meters to place 17th for the Sycamores at the MVC Meet. Previously, the freshman placed 28th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:57 at the Meyo Invite in South Bend on Feb. 2-3.
The Sycamore outdoor season beings with a trip to Carbondale, Ill. on March 23-24
Northview graduate Mikayla Rowan recently capped her junior season with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles basketball team on one of the brightest stages.
The third-seeded Screaming Eagles appeared in the NCAA Division II tournament on Friday afternoon, but fell to sixth-seeded Lewis University 72-64 in Midwest Region Tourney play. After leading for the entire first half and most of the third period, the Eagles turned a one-point deficit in the early stages of the fourth quarter into a 56-51 lead with eight minutes to play.
USI (26-5), ranked No. 15 in the nation, led 60-55 less than two minutes later when the Flyers went on a 13-1 game-clinching run.
Rowan had an excellent game against the Flyers during 19 minutes of court time.
Rowan hit 3-of-4 shot attempts from the field and also snagged five rebounds and added two assists in the loss. The 6’1 Rowan averaged 16.4 minutes per game during her junior campaign and posted 3.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and shot 42-percent from the field this year. She had a season-high 10 points against Grace College on Dec. 31 and pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against Harris Stowe State on Dec. 16.
At Olney Central College a pair of Clay County standouts wrapped up their hoops season for the Blue Knights in a district semifinal round loss to Wabash Valley College.
Former Northview Knight Mallory Smith finished her sophomore year at Olney by averaging nine points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds for the 16-15 squad. Smith shot 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line over 30 games. She started 29 games for Olney and averaged 19 minutes per contest. Smith posted a 20-point game against Lindenwood Belleville JV early in the season in which she hit six 3-pointers. In eight games this season she hit at least four 3-pointers.
Clay City graduate Alisha Steward completed her freshman season with the Blue Knights and competed in 27 games and averaged 11 minutes per contest. Steward averaged three points per game and grabbed 1.3 rebounds per game. Her season-high of nine points came against John A. Logan College on Feb. 17. Steward grabbed five rebounds in a win over Rend Lake College on Feb. 24.