Times Sports Editor
It's official. Spring is here. Don't be fooled by the icy rain and slush that is predominant in the Wabash Valley. Luckily for college baseball and softball players in the area, they get to head south where the diamonds are hot and the weather is mild.
Northview graduates T.J. King and Brady Shoemaker have begun their Division I baseball careers with Arkansas Little-Rock and Indiana State respectively.
Shoemaker has gotten off to a solid start with the Sycamores who aren't shying away from the early season competition.
Shoemaker has hit .273 over the first six games of the season played against the second-ranked team in the country, Ole Miss, and the University of South Florida Bulls.
The junior spent his first two seasons with Olney Central Junior College before joining the Sycamores this season. Shoemaker has six hits in 22 at-bats with two runs scored and three doubles and six RBIs. In his most recent game, a 6-5 loss to Ole Miss, Shoemaker had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBIs.
Ole Miss is unbeaten this season at 8-0 following a sweep of the Sycamores in 6-5, 11-4, 6-4 contests.
Indiana State is 1-5 to this point and is scheduled to play Indiana University in the home opener today at 3 p.m. weather permitting.
King has gotten off to a slightly slower start, hitting .188 over 16 at-bats thus far for the Trojans who have gotten off to a 1-7 start.
King has four RBIs on three hits with three walks this season.
The Trojans continue their season with a trip to Mississippi State this afternoon before hosting Florida Atlantic through the weekend.
In softball, Indiana University's Kari Bettenbrock, a Clay City graduate, has gotten off to a slow start hitting .125 over 16 at-bats.
Bettenbrock has scored a run with two RBIs and a homerun for the Hoosiers during a 1-8 start for the team.
The Hoosiers head to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF-UnderArmour Invitational where they face Fairfield on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
The Indiana State softball team has compiled a 4-6 overall mark in a couple early season road trips south.
Northview alumni, Brittaney Searing and Stephanie Jonson are freshmen with the Sycamores.
Jonson was thrown in the fire early for ISU due to some pitching injuries and allowed 10 runs over 3 1/3 innings of work over two appearances.
Searing has yet to see action for the Sycamores.
The Sycamores head to Kansas next weekend to participate in the Jayhawk Classic.
At Rend Lake College, Northview graduate Kayla Raderstorf begins the spring season with the Warriors as a catcher with a trip to Ina, Ill. for a contest against Lindenwood barring inclement weather.
The indoor track season is nearing an end and Indiana State's track and field teams competed at the Missouri Valley Conference meet last weekend.
Former Northview athlete, Nikki Royer, vaulted to an eighth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing a height of 10-11 ¾.
Terre Haute North's Kylie Hutson capped a strong indoor season by winning the event with a vault of 12-11 ½. Hutson already owns the conference record that she set this year at 13-7 ¾.
Marian College's Devon Chamberlain and the Knights wrap up the season as athletes travel to Johnson City, Tenn. to compete in the NAIA National Championships this weekend.
Rose-Hulman sophomore, Sabrina Liechty, placed eighth in both the weight throw and shot put in the Hoosier-Buckeye Invite on Feb. 16.
She had a throw of 34-0 ¾ in the weight throw and followed with a throw of 32-4 ¼ in the shot put for the Engineers.
Liechty, as well as Hanover College freshman Andrea Thomas, a former Northview Knight, are slated to compete at DePauw on Friday evening's NCAA Qualifier.
Julie Whitted has starred all season for the IUPUI Jaguars' basketball team and her efforts have earned her Player of the Month honors from the school and Player of the Week in the Summit League.
Against IPFW on Feb. 25, Whitted put together a 24-point, 13 rebound effort in a 72-62 victory. The Jaguars followed with a 47-45 victory against Western Illinois as Whitted scored nine points and added 15 rebounds.
For the season, the 6'5 Whitted has averaged a team-high 13.9 ppg. and 8.4 rpg. in 26.7 minutes per game. She also has a team-high 90 blocks as IUPUI has gone 15-15 overall and 11-7 in the conference.
The Jaguars head to Tulsa, Okla. to tip-off the Summit League Conference tourney with a game against Southern Utah on Sunday at