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Local high school grads hit the college hoops' hardwood

Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Northview graduate Heath Chamberlain (left) goes up for a shot over a DePauw defender during the Mike Rokicki Challenge Tourney. Chamberlain, a Marian College sophomore, is averaging just under 10 points per game.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

College basketball is fully underway as the weather steadily gets colder and the snow flakes begin to fly.

That means that several local athletes continue to hit the hard court with their respective college teams.

Northview graduate, Heath Chamberlain, a sophomore at Marian College, recently played locally at Greencastle's DePauw University.

The 6'7 post player had a strong tournament to keep his Knights' close in two losses at the Mike Rokicki Tournament just after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Marian came up on the short end of an 83-72 loss to the home Tigers, who were receiving Division III ranking points.

In the game, Chamberlain dropped home six-of-10 shots from the field and hit all five of his free throws in a 14-point effort and grabbed four rebounds with a block and a steal.

The following evening, in an 89-81 overtime loss to Transylvania, Chamberlain came back with a 13-point night, again hitting 60 percent of his shots from the field and hauled in eight rebounds for Marian while blocking two shots.

Marian, which started the season 4-0, has slipped to 4-4 during a four-game losing streak.

In the past two games, a loss to 7-3 Huntington, Chamberlain had five points and three rebounds and in a loss to 9-2 Bethel College, Chamberlain had eight points and six boards with a steal.

For the season, Chamberlain has averaged 20 minutes per game and has started all eight games. He has hit 60 percent of his shots for the season and has averaged 9.6 ppg. and 6.1 rpg with seven blocks on the year.

Chamberlain and the Knights will travel to Crawfordsville to face Wabash on Saturday at 3 p.m. before returning home on Dec. 14 to face Davenport in the opening game of a tourney at 6 p.m.

Northview graduate Julia Whitted, a sophomore at IUPUI, has had a strong second season for the Jaguars and recently had a career-night.

Whitted posted 25-points and added 10 rebounds against Cleveland State on Wednesday night, but the rest of the team hit just 9-of-40 from the field and hit just 20 percent of its shots in the second half of a 60-49 loss.

Last weekend, Whitted scored 11 points and added six rebounds in a 59-53 loss to Evansville. She added three blocks and two assists.

In Beaumont, Texas, Whitted had nine points and seven rebounds in a loss to Lamar on Nov. 27. She also had two blocks in 21 minutes of action.

For the season, Whitted is averaging 12.6 ppg. and is grabbing 7.6 rpg. With a team-high 25 blocks.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College recently got its first girls' basketball win of the year on Nov. 30.

Both Lexee Hayes and Jennifer Gregg, former Northview athletes, were key parts of that 70-52 win over Principia College.

Gregg hit five-of-nine shots from the field, including two 3-pointers in a 12-point, five assist, five rebound effort with two steals for the Pomeroys' sophomore.

Hayes also had 12-points and added four assists, hitting six-of-11 shots from the field in 32 minutes of action.

Overall this season for the 1-7 Pomeroys, Gregg is averaging 8.5 ppg. and has a team-high 24 assists with three rebounds per game.

Hayes is getting back into the swing of things after missing the first few games due to injury and has tallied 5.4 ppg. and 3.4 rpg.

Olney Central College features Clay City graduate Whitney McWilliams, had 10 points, with two 3-pointers in a 106-49 win against Malcolm X College during the Vincennes SODEXHO Tournament last weekend.

Lincoln Land College's Matt Stuckey, a 2007 graduate from Northview, had a long bus ride over the weekend when his Loggers' team faced Highland.

Due to the winter storms crossing the Midwest, a three-hour bus ride eventually took eight hours and the game began later than was scheduled.

The trip also ended in a 71-53 loss despite six points, all on 3-pointers, to go with a rebound in 20 minutes of play for Stuckey.

The result came on the heels of one of Stuckey's best game, an 11-point effort in which he also fouled out in 16 minutes of an 85-62 win against Schoolcraft.

The week of Thanksgiving, Stuckey poured in 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers as Lincoln Land took a 72-46 win over Hannibal-LaGrange on Nov. 26. He also added two steals.

Stuckey's former teammate, Josiah Brock, scored 11 points in 23 minutes of action in a Nov. 29 game against Maranatha Baptist Bible College.

Brock's Lincoln Christian College team came out on the short end of a high-scoring 99-90 decision. Brock also had five rebounds in the contest.



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