On the Fast Track by Carey Fox http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/ en-us Northview graduates excelling in college athletics http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/67288 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... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:13:40 -0400 Racing community saddened by passing of Bryan Clauson http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/66768 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor The racing community was shocked and saddened by the passing Sunday evening of 27-year-old Bryan Clauson, who succumbed to injuries suffered in a midget racing crash Saturday night during the "Belleville Midget Nationals" in Kansas. Clauson was leading the race at the time of the accident as he clipped the tire of a slower car and flipped into the guard rail before careening back onto the track where he was hit by the car driven by Ryan Greth after it had... Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:01:56 -0400 Strong collegiate finish for several Knights on the diamond http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/66297 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor Several former Northview Knights wrapped up strong seasons on the collegiate baseball diamond recently. Former Northview standout T.J. Decker wrapped up an outstanding senior season with the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. USI won the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional to reach the NCAA Division II Championship Series during a 38-21 season. The Screaming Eagles bowed out of the tournament after playing three tight contests, losing 2-1 to Cal Poly Pomona... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:35:13 -0400 Northview's Decker wins Conference Pitcher of the Week honors http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/65959 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor Colleges around the nation are wrapping up their classes and with the calendar rolling into May it means that the spring sports seasons are concluding as well. The number of Clay County athletes competing collegiately has continued to rise and below is an update on the spring competitors and their 2016 season. At the University of Southern Indiana, Northview graduate TJ Decker is nearing the end of his college baseball career in style. He was named as the... Tue, 10 May 2016 15:35:36 -0400 Track and field season already underway for several local collegians http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/65085 Spring has indeed not sprung just yet despite unseasonably warm weather outside. However, collegiate athletes have begun the indoor track and field season, which includes several local athletes. St. Joseph's College sophomore Leanna Knight is back in action after missing the end of the outdoor track and field season last spring following knee surgery. The former Northview High School standout is working her way quickly back to the top of the long jump standings during the early stages of the... Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:37:41 -0500 Former Knights excelling on collegiate hardwood http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/64679 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... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:36:02 -0500 College volleyball players heading into season's stretch run http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/63989 Fall sports are in the stretch run for high schools around the state, but in the collegiate ranks, the season still has better than a month to go. There are several Clay County high school graduates that are competing in the collegiate ranks to great success. While local volleyball teams are preparing for sectional competition, collegiate athletes are readying themselves for postseason action as well. Northview graduate Shelbi Morris is in her sophomore season with the University of Southern... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:23:30 -0400 Big weekend of racing between USAC Silver Crown and sprint cars at Terre Haute and Lincoln Park Speedway http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/62891 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor The Independence Day holiday is the perfect time to take a step back and give thanks for the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans and to remember those that have fought to give us those rights over the years. While many celebrate with the traditional cook out with friends and family while enjoying local fireworks displays, there is also some incredible racing action slated for this week. It all begins Thursday at the historic half mile dirt oval in Terre Haute... Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:54:44 -0400 Shoemaker showcasing his versatility and bat at Triple-A New Orleans http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/62349 Brazil's own Brady Shoemaker has always had versatility whether it be off the baseball field as a tutor and a mentor for young athletes during some of his camps or hitting clinics or as an eighth-grade basketball coach a year ago at North Clay. Recently, he's added that versatility to his on the diamond resumé. The former Northview, Olney Central and Indiana State standout is in his second season with the Miami Marlins organization and is excelling with the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs. The... Wed, 13 May 2015 13:36:52 -0400 Clay County high school grads excelling in college sports http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/61723 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor Clay County graduates are making a big splash this season for their collegiate teams as the winter sports season comes to a close and spring athletics has already begun. For St. Joseph freshman Leanna Knight, a Northview alum, her indoor track season has taken off much like the Puma frosh's long jump career. Knight was coming off a victory in the Grand Valley State University Big Meet on Feb. 15 as she flew to a distance of 17 feet, nine inches. Over the... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:29:14 -0400 Fan support near and dear to Northview volleyball players, coaches http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/60325 Wherever they may go, the Northview Knights are never alone. The volleyball team doesn't just fill up its home gym, but has a traveling support system that includes more than just parents and grandparents of players. The student body has long embraced the group of girls that don the Northview Knights jersey. It helps that the program has won better than 100 matches over the last three years. The success extends farther back than that even and the fan base has continued to grow... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:42:59 -0500 It's always nice to get away for awhile http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/59156 I'm sure that most people would agree that this summer went particularly fast. In fact, it seemed like it barely got started with unseasonably cool temperatures through what are typically the 'dog days' of the summer. I'm not much for going to the pool, but I do enjoy the summer break to recharge the batteries for another school year. While this summer was somewhat brief in its duration, I did actually get to get away from the desk at work and enjoy some time away. I haven't gotten to... Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:17:04 -0400 Indiana Sprint Week roars into local tracks for seven nights of racing http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/58858 Perhaps the most anticipated part of the summer for fans of dirt track racing begins this evening as the 27th edition of "Indiana Sprint Week" gets underway at Gas City I-69 Speedway. The stop is the first of seven nights of high octane sprint car racing around the state for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars. The series continues at Kokomo on Saturday and Lawrenceburg on Sunday before a quick break to start the week. The series continues in Terre Haute on Wednesday followed by Lincoln Park... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:56:29 -0400 Jones' video becomes internet sensation http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/54118 Bethany Jones had had a pretty hectic year to this point, spending a large percentage of her time as a coach with the softball and girls basketball teams as well as teaching Health and Physical Education at Northview High School. While she's garnered plenty of notice as head coach of the softball team that has won better than 70 percent the past three seasons, she has drawn nationwide attention for another endeavor that happened quite by accident last weekend. Bethany happened to capture one... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:23:21 -0400 Interesting story lines for NBA Summer League play http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/53879 If you happen to be a true NBA hoops junkie desperately in need of a fix now that the Cristal is nearly dry on the floor of the Miami Heat's dressing room floor. I present to you the Orlando Summer League. While the quality of basketball is only a little better than some of your top end AAU games, there are certainly plenty of interesting story lines, especially for Indiana hoops nuts. The Orlando Summer League features 10 teams playing a short schedule of games against each other... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:52:19 -0400 Indoor track and field warming up for high school athletes http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/51321 With the state of Indiana firmly in the grip of winter's icy embrace, most of the focus of high school sports fans is understandably on the hardwood as basketball reaches the stretch run. While sectional action is on the horizon for boys basketball and arriving quickly for the girls, prep track and field is just getting underway. The indoor season got underway around the state in December with large meets at the University of Indianapolis and in Ft. Wayne. Last weekend, DePauw University... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:13:52 -0500 Recruiting prospects looking up for IU football http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/50546 The Indiana Hoosiers football team showed some marked improvement on the offensive side of the ball during the 2012 season, but the defense has left fans wanting in recent years. Saturday's contest against Purdue was a prime example of the embarrassing results that piled up down the stretch for the Hoosiers. After back-to-back wins over Illinois and Iowa left IU in control of its own destiny in pursuit of a trip to the Big 10 Championship game, the Hoosiers gave up 62, 45 and 56 points in... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:39:31 -0500 Cubs, Reds and Cardinals have talent waiting in the wings http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/47511 The Winston-Salem Dash have gotten off to a great start to the 2012 baseball season with a 14-8 overall mark in the High Class A Carolina League. There's a distinct Wabash Valley flavor to the Dash, currently on a seven-game winning streak and wins in 8-of-10 games. Perhaps of most interest to local readers is Northview High School graduate Brady Shoemaker, an Indiana State standout, who is currently playing right field for the Dash. The Chicago White Sox draft pick has hit .342 this season... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:58:29 -0400 Hoosiers wrap up solid National Signing Day http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/46125 National signing day is a lot like Christmas morning for college football coaches and for Indian, Santa was pretty good to them this year. Both schools signed 25 players for the upcoming season and the Hoosiers actually already have six players that have enrolled and are attending classes already. After a disappointing first season with the Hoosiers, head coach Kevin Wilson knew he needed to make quick improvements, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Not surprisingly, that is... Wed, 01 Feb 2012 18:31:28 -0500 Wabash Valley H.S. Tourney nostalgia; Dean Kendall's book a special source of history http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/45440 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor As the 12th Annual Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic prepares to tip-off this morning at Terre Haute North High School, I thought it only fitting that I share some thoughts and notes from an impressive book that my uncle shared with me over the Christmas weekend. The book, researched and compiled by Dean Kendall, is titled The Wabash Valley High School Basketball Tournament and has already impressed upon me how much intensive research was done to put together... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:26:22 -0500