Former Northview basketball standout Mikayla Rowan (with ball) has started four games and has played in all 11 games for Division II University of Southern Indiana this season.
By CAREY FOX
Times Sport Editor
The 2018-19 college basketball season is well underway and teams are returning to the court after the holiday break as well. A pair of Clay County athletes are competing for teams in both Indiana and Illinois this season. Below is a look at how each player has been doing through the New Year.
Former Northview Knight Mikayla Rowan is in her senior campaign with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles program. The Division II squad is currently 8-3 overall this season and has compiled a 7-1 mark at home. The team has a pair of games this week with a trip to Maryville University on Thursday in St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday game against the University of Missouri St. Louis. at 1 p.m.
The Screaming Eagles opened the season with a narrow 72-71 loss in Michigan against Northwood University before reeling off eight consecutive victories. However, USI is looking to turn the page after falling in a pair of tight games to end the 2018 year. The Screaming Eagles lost 74-71 to the University of Central Missouri on Dec. 18 and then 86-82 to Ashland University on Dec. 30.
This season Rowan has started four games and played in all 11 contests and has averaged 21 minutes per game. She has averaged 3.6 points per game and has snagged 5.5 rebounds per contest. Rowan had a season-high 10 points against Lake Erie and grabbed a season-high nine boards against Saginaw Valley. Five times she has pulled down at least six rebounds in a game.
The Sports Management major collected All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Academic honors after last season and played in all 31 games, averaging 3.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, former Clay City Eel standout Avee Jeffers is in her freshman season with the Pomeroys.
To this point in the season, SMWC has a 4-10 mark heading into their Jan. 8 match-up at Lincoln Christian University in Illinois. The Pomeroys have alternated wins over their past four games to end the 2018 portion of their schedule.
Jeffers has averaged 14 minutes per game during her first season in college and has started eight games. Jeffers has averaged 6.3 points per game while shooting 44-percent from the field. She has also pulled down 4.3 rebounds per game and averaged an assist per contest. She also leads the team with nearly three steals per game.
On Nov. 8, Jeffers scored a season-high 11 points and she also reached double-digits on Nov. 18 with 10 points against Washington Adventist University. Jeffers has a season-high of eight rebounds achieved twice and she also had eight steals in a game at Penn State-Beaver on Nov. 17.
Indoor track and field got an early December start with Indiana State hosting a meet on Dec. 8.
Former Northview competitor Cam Trout raced to a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:37.44 to finish two seconds behind teammate Ryan Cash.
The Sycamores will host the Coughlan/Malloy Cup indoors on Jan. 12.
Former Knight Michael Heading completed his fall sports campaign at Franklin College and will run distance with the track and field program.
In his first collegiate meet, Heading placed second in the one mile run with a time of 4:52.62 in the Indianapolis Winter Break Meet. The team is back in action on Jan. 12 at Wabash College at noon.
At IUPUI, Ashley Kidwell, a Northview distance running graduate, is a member of the Jaguars track and cross country teams.