The spring sports season continues to agree with Clay County athletes at the collegiate level.
Indiana University sophomore and former Clay City standout, Kari Bettenbrock continues to excel in part-time action for the Hoosiers.
Bettenbrock has a .321 average for the softball squad that split a pair of games this weekend against Wright State and Western Kentucky. She went 1-for-3 in her only action this weekend during a 2-1 win over the Hilltoppers. For the season, Bettenbrock is 9-for-28 with three runs scored and five RBIs while starting six games and playing in nine others.
Northview graduate Brady Shoemaker continues to punish opponents of his Olney Central Blue Knights.
Shoemaker continues to lead the conference in hitting with a .500 average and drilled a solo home run in a 6-1 win over Belleville before going 3-for-5 in a 13-9 loss. For the season he leads the team with 44 RBIs.
Matt Lash pitched a third of an inning this weekend for Rose-Hulman as the Engineers split with Concordia, Ill. on Sunday.
Lash walked one batter out of the three he faced in the 6-1 loss for the Engineers.
At Indiana State, left-hander Ryan Hayes, another Northview graduate, has gone 2-0 in four starts for the Sycamores.
Hayes has compiled a 0.79 ERA on the season, allowing just two earned runs in 22 2/3 innings of action. He has also struck out 16 batters and allowed just a .233 average to opponents.
Track and Field
A pair of Northview track and field athletes had a big weekend for Indiana State at the 2006 Spring Classic meet at Southern Illinois University.
Nikki Royer cleared 11-5 3/4" to finish third winner Sarah Landau who won by clearing 12-6.
Teammate Emily Pugh ran the 5,000 meters for the Sycamores and crossed the line in 15th place with a time of 18:48.32.
Marquette's Heidi Lindeman was the winner in 17:39.66