Times Sports Editor
Clay County athletes have put up some impressive numbers for various collegiate teams over the past couple of weeks.
As baseball and softball begins for area colleges, expect even more area athletes to make a name for themselves at the collegiate level.
While playing important roles for their teams, Northview graduates Andrea Thomas, Josiah Brock and Julia Whitted each had some of their best college efforts to date.
As Hanover College came to Terre Haute to participate at Rose-Hulman, Thomas took to the vault pit where she cleared eight feet to score eight team points for her team. She also raced to a ninth-place in the 200 meters in 29.75.
Thomas wasn't the only Clay County participant at the meet as former Clay City Eel standout, Sabrina Liechty competed for the host Engineers.
Liechty placed eighth in the women's shot put with a toss of 32-4 ¼" and began the day in the weight throw by taking and eighth-place with a throw of 34-0 ¾".
The Indiana State track team competed at DePauw on Saturday where a pair of Northview athletes placed third in an indoor meet.
Nikki Royer finished third for the Sycamores after clearing 10-11 ¾ and teammate Emily Pugh was third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:30.21.
For Josiah Brock, a former Northview basketball player, Feb. 13 will be a night to remember as he played an integral role in Lincoln Christian College's 88-84 win over Blackburn.
Coach Matt Clark agreed that Brock was a difference-maker in the game.
"This was probably his best game of the season," said Clark. "He was big on both ends of the floor and grabbed some big rebounds down the stretch. He had back-to-back blocks to get our biggest stop of the night."
Whitted, a 6'5 center for IUPUI's womens' basketball team, has been a formidable force all season for the Jaguars. But on Feb. 16 she teamed with forward Jernisha Cann to nearly lead the team to an important conference win by themselves.
Whitted had a 26-point, 14 rebound night in 31 minutes to go with Cann's 21-points and 17 boards as IUPUI improved to 8-6 in the Summitt lead with a 69-66 win over Oral Roberts.
Currently the Jags are sitting in the third seed for the conference tournament.
Two nights later, Cann surpassed the 1,000 point mark in a 97-45 win against Centenary as Whitted posted another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
For the year, Whitted is leading the team with 14.9 ppg. and is second in rebounding at 9.1 rpg. with a team-leading 50 blocks.
Matt Stuckey, a Lincoln Land College freshman, went for 10 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and added three rebounds. The Loggers downed John Wood Community College, the third-ranked team in Region 24, 56-46.
At Marian College, Heath Chamberlain, a Northview High School product, scored seven points with three rebounds and three assists in a 75-59 loss to Grace College on Feb. 16.
Chamberlain's former football teammate with the Knights, Devon Chamberlain, plays football for Marian and is now in the thick of the indoor track season.
Last weekend, Chamberlain raced to a 34th place finish in the 55 meter dash in 6.94 seconds. In the 200 meters, Chamberlain finished 30th in a field of 61 sprinters with a 24.39.
A pair of former Northview Knights had good games for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in an 80-68 loss to Robert Morris-Springfield on Tuesday.
Lexee Hayes had seven points and Jennifer Gregg added eight, hitting all six of her free throws.
With the NCAA basketball gods frowning on Bloomington currently, not all is bad in Hoosier-land thanks to Clay City product, Kari Bettenbrock.
The Hoosier softball player gave IU its first win of the season when she blasted a walk-off home run against Tulsa in San Diego, California in tournament play.
The Golden Hurricanes took a 6-5 lead into the seventh inning against IU when Bettenbrock brought home teammate Sarah Padove, who doubled earlier, with a two-run, two-out blast.
The Hoosiers continue their early-season schedule with a trip to Chattanooga, Tenn. On Feb. 29 where they will play five games in three days against UConn, Eastern Illinois, the host team, Buffalo and Kentucky.
Bettenbrock saw action in 22 games last year in her junior season with 10 starts and was named Academic All-Big Ten for the second straight season.
Rend Lake College has freshman Kayla Raderstorf on the squad.
The former Knight hit .269 in 26 at-bats during the fall season with five RBIs.
For the Indiana State Sycamores, both Brittaney Searing and Stephanie Jonson are freshmen this season.
Jonson made her season debut at New Mexico State against Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisi on Friday night.
Jonson pitched two innings, allowing five hits and four runs with one walk as Corpus Christi won 11-5.
Indiana State will be back in action this morning with a contest against Oklahoma State at 9 a.m.
Brady Shoemaker and the Sycamore baseball team begin their season at the University of South Florida this weekend with three games.
At Arkansas Little-Rock, Northview graduate T.J. King will head to Texas with the Trojans to take on Dallas Baptist today at 1 p.m. and both Missouri State and UT Arlington on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.