Times Sports Editor
College basketball continues to be the main area of competition for several county high school graduates. But track season has also begun with softball and baseball on the horizon as well.
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, the Pomeroys dropped their matchup to Rose-Hulman in the 15th-annual Clabber Girl game, 77-53.
Northview graduate Lexee Hayes dished out five assists to go with five points and two steals.
Teammate Jennifer Gregg is still out of action following a broken hand several weeks ago, but coach Deanna Bradley believes Gregg could return soon.
"Jen is out for at least another 7-10 days with the broken hand," commented Bradley. "We'll know more on Thursday. She has been doing a little shooting and running with the team, so her return to 'game-like' should be fairly quick."
Gregg's return to the point guard spot will provide the Pomeroys with valuable depth as well as experience at the position. Currently the team is going with just six active players in the rotation.
"Jen is learning more and more about the point position and has been more aggressive with her play and her decisions from that position," said Bradley about her sophomore guard. "Her footwork is much improved and we miss her ball handling experience."
Taking advantage of her chance to start in the recent stretch of games, Hayes has also put up some improved numbers.
Hayes had six points, six assists and seven rebounds in a 74-60 loss to visiting IU Southeast over the weekend and had a 13-point, seven assist, eight rebound game in an 82-70 win over Asbury on Jan. 10.
Bradley commented recently that Hayes' work ethic during her freshman year at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is a big reason for her success.
"Lexee is very coachable and works hard to improve in all areas. She is gaining more confidence in the execution of her abilities at this level," said Bradley. "She is especially improving her game defensively and is getting the tough assignments regularly and is handling them very well. She works hard and I am pleased with her progress."
Marian college sophomore, Heath Chamberlain returned to the Knights' lineup on Sunday following an extended absence due to illness, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 57-56 loss.
The 6'7 Northview graduate saw 20 minutes of court time and her scored seven points while grabbing eight rebounds in the game. He also had four blocks and three steals in the game.
In Indianapolis, IUPUI sophomore Julie Whitted dominated visiting North Dakota State on Monday, scoring 16 points on eight-for-17 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds for the Jaguars in a 59-54 victory.
The 6'5 Whitted helped the Jaguars outscore the visitors 30-20 in the paint as IUPUI improved to 6-11 overall and 2-3 in the Summit Conference.
Lincoln Land Community College dropped a narrow 71-69 decision to Illinois Central on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars shot 58 percent in the second half of the victory and were able to hold off the Loggers despite allowing them to shoot 59 percent from the field.
Freshman Matt Stuckey, a 2007 Northview graduate, saw 35 minutes of action in his start, but only took two shots in the game while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out two assists.
At Lincoln Christian College, freshman Josiah Brock helped his team win an 84-74 decision over Principia College.
Brock got the start, but struggled from the field, missing all three of his shot attempts. However, he did grab five rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Teammate Jon Wallace had a career-night, scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds.
In a loss to WCMB on Jan. 5, Brock had 11 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes for the 4-7 Preachers.
At Olney Central College in Illinois, Clay City graduate Whitney McWilliams was a part of the Blue Knights team that dropped to 5-10 overall with an 86-65 loss to Southwestern Illinois College.
McWilliams' statistics for that game were not readily available.
Track and Field
Indiana State's track and field teams competed at Illinois State on Saturday and came away with a pair of wins.
The men's team won 80-65, while the women's team scored a 77.5-71.5 win over the Red Birds.
Northview High School was represented by graduates Emily Pugh and Nikki Royer.
Pugh was third for the Sycamores in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:47. Kayla Alexander, a Terre Haute North alum, was the winner in a time of 10:30.11.
In the pole vault, Nikki Royer placed third in the pole vault by clearing 10-6 in the event won by Terre Haute North grad Kylie Hutson, who cleared 13-0 ¼.
Northview graduates James Grounds and Neil Vanatti are members of the Vincennes' indoor track and field teams, but did not compete at the recent Indiana Open held at Indiana University.
Former Greencastle standout and two-time 1,600 meter state champion, Andy Weatherford, placed fifth in Saturday's 3,000 meters for Indiana University during the Indiana Open.
Weatherford ran an 8:44 while Louisville's Cory Thorne was the winner in 8:23.
Sophomore Sycamore Erica Moore, a Sullivan alumni, had a busy day at the meet, winning the 800 meters in 2:13 and winning the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.93. Moore also cleared 5-2 to finish second in the high jump.
Erica was really our yeomen today and pulled out big wins in the 60 and the 800 and raced well in several other events," said women's coach John Gartland. "Kylie also improved on her provisional mark from the first race and earned a big win for us in that event."
The Sycamores will travel to West Lafayette on Saturday to compete in the Purdue Tri-angular.