Times Sports Editor
Joe Evinger was a fixture on the offensive and defensive lines for the Northview Knights during his high school career. With a combination of size (6'6, 340 lbs.) and unusual quickness for that size, Evinger was a force at the prep level.
Now he's exerting his will upon opponents at the collegiate level and playing for a championship this weekend as well.
Evinger is an offensive lineman for the College of the Canyons Cougars and has been a starter and key member of a team that has lost just twice all season.
Cougars' coach Garrett Tujague was named Co-Coach of the Year in the conference and feels that Evinger has been a big reason for his team's success.
"He has done a great job for us all year long and ended up earning 2nd team all-conference as an O-Lineman, which is quite an accomplishment for a true freshman," said Tujague. "Joe continues to get better each week as our team advanced to the Southern California Semifinals for a rematch this weekend against the No.1 team in the country, Bakersfield College.
When he talks about a lineman's ability, Tujague knows of what he speaks.
The first-year Cougars' coach played on the offensive line for Division I, Brigham Young University and blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer while with the Cougars.
Tujague also feels that Evinger has the potential to be one of the school's best and to move on to the next level of college football as well.
"Joe brings a physical presence to the o-line and continually is improving on his pass blocking. Joe has a great chance to continue to add to the great list of quality lineman that have played at COC," said Tujague."
Christy Fulk and her Indianapolis Greyhounds' volleyball team registered quite a few school records this season. Winning 33 matches during the regular season and conference tournament, the Greyhounds also won their first NCAA match before falling Friday to Lewis University.
Seventeenth-ranked Lewis proved to be a tremendous thorn in the side of Indianapolis, handing the Greyhounds three of their four losses on the season.
In the five-game loss, Fulk played in two of those games and had a defensive dig and had two block assists.
For the season, Fulk played in 26 matches with three starts and saw time in 47 games.
The sophomore had 35 kills and 83 total attacks and had two assists and 16 total blocks.
Also of note: Former North Putnam standout softball, basketball and volleyball player, Haleigh Spencer, recently capped her collegiate career with a NCAA Division III championship.
Spencer is a senior with the Washington University volleyball team that defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater on Nov. 17.
She had a team-high 19 kills and 59 attack attempts along with 31 defensive digs to complete a 33-5 season.
Spencer also was a member of the All-Tournament team and averaged nearly three kills per game and four digs per contest.
The Marian Knights, along with Heath Chamberlain, a Northview graduate, improved to 4-0 on the season with an 80-61 victory over Purdue-North Central on Tuesday.
Chamberlain had plenty to do with that win as he posted 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and hauled in nine rebounds.
Coach John Grimes has come to expect that sort of effort from his starting center. Chamberlain has averaged seven rebounds per game while making the most of his 17 minutes per game, scoring 9.3 ppg. and has shot 62 percent from the field.
Local fans will have an excellent chance to see Chamberlain in action over the weekend as the Knights take on Division III DePauw at 6 p.m. tonight. With a victory this evening, Marian would play in the championship game of the Community Versus Cancer Challenge Tourney on Sunday at 4 p.m. A loss means they would play at 2 p.m. against either Chicago or Transylvania.
Both Chicago and DePauw are preseason top-40 teams according to DIII.com
After a strong start for the Lincoln Land Loggers, the team has suffered through a bit of a slump following back-to-back losses this week.
Northview grad, Matt Stuckey had two points and two assists in 19 minutes of action against Prairie State College.
In that game, the Loggers weren't able to contain the Pioneers' Ronald King who went off for 37 points, including seven 3-pointers.
In Tuesday's loss to Florissant Valley, Stuckey had five points, two rebounds and three assists.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College lost an 80-54 decision to Spalding in Louisville this week to drop to 0-5 this season.
Twenty-six turnovers were the culprit and helped Spalding expand a 35-23 halftime lead to the final margin of victory.
Northview graduates Lexee Hayes and Jennifer Gregg each saw time in the game with Gregg tallying five points and Hayes adding six points and two steals.
Lincoln Christian College's Josiah Brock, a former Northview Knight, scored three points and added four rebounds in a 75-64 win over St. Louis Christian College.
Julia Whitted, a sophomore at IUPUI, ripped South Carolina Upstate for 18 points and nine rebounds in a 65-56 win on Wednesday night. Whitted also had four blocks as the Jaguars improved to 2-3 on the season.
Clay City 2006 graduate, Whitney McWilliams, scored three points in the championship game of the Highland College Tourney.
Olney Central improved to 2-3 overall this year and will host Mineral Area College on Saturday at 3 p.m.