Times Sports Editor
Temperatures have gotten only slightly warmer, but track and field athletes are making the transition to outdoor meets and both baseball and softball teams in the area have returned from their southern trips.
Clay County athletes made a splash, almost literally with recent weather trends, at Rose Hulman on Saturday afternoon.
Northview alumni and Hanover College freshman Andrea Thomas won the pole vault by clearing 8-6 for the Panthers.
Former Clay City Eel and current Rose-Hulman sophomore Sabrina Liechty had a busy day competing in three different events for the Engineers.
Liechty placed ninth in the hammer throw with a throw of 87-7 in an event won by DePauw's Brittany Ray, who had a throw of 128-11. In the javelin throw she had a throw of 83 feet to finish second to teammate Liz Ridgway who threw 97-8. Her final event of the day was the shot put where she placed sixth with a throw of 30-11 ¼.
Making the transition from football in the fall to track and field in the spring, Northview grads Devon Chamberlain and Jamie Bays each competed for Marian over the weekend.
Chamberlain raced to a fourth place finish in the 100 meters during the Gerry England Invite held at the University of Indianapolis.
Chamberlain ran a time of 11.78 in the finals to edge out Bays' time of 11.82.
In the 200 meters, Chamberlain placed sixth in 24.30 with Bays racing to a time of 24.76 for eighth.
The Knights compete this weekend at the St. Joseph's Invite.
Indiana State's track team and both Nikki Royer and Emily Pugh begins the outdoor season on Saturday by traveling to Charleston, Ill. for the Eastern Illinois Invite.
At Indiana State, the baseball team went 1-2 on the road against Southern Illinois and fell in a postponed game against Big Ten foe Illinois on Wednesday evening.
Against the Salukis, Northview graduate Brady Shoemaker went 2-for-5 in an 11-3 loss with a homerun. He backed that up with a triple during a 15-6 victory that drove in three runs and scored a run as well.
For the season, Shoemaker is hitting .324 for the Sycamores with six doubles, two home runs and a team-high 21 RBI with a .407 on-base percentage.
The University of Arkansas Little Rock has struggled for victories this season with former Knight, T.J. King competing for the Trojans.
King has been used in leftfield and as a pinchhitter in recent action and has hit .208 in 12 games, six of them starts.
King has four RBI on the season.
John Reberger is a member of the Vincennes University baseball team in a redshirt season while rehabbing an injury this year.
He will be eligible to compete next season for the Trailblazers.
Brittaney Searing and Stephanie Jonson were each integral parts of an outstanding Northview softball team last season and have taken their talents to Indiana State this year.
Searing had a hit in two at-bats as the designated hitter at St. Louis University this week. The game was called due to weather in the sixth inning of a 0-0 tie.
Jonson hasn't seen action in recent contests.
Clay City's Kari Bettenbrock is a senior for the Indiana Hoosier softball team, which has gotten off to a 7-19 start this year.
Bettenbrock had an RBI on a sacrifice fly on March 22 against Louisville.
Fans may get an opportunity to see Bettenbrock on television this weekend as the Big Ten Network broadcasts its first softball games on Sunday.
The Hoosiers are scheduled to play visiting Penn State in a televised doubleheader beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Another former Eel has had recent success for the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods softball program.
Chelsee Gerber helped the Pomeroys sweep to a championship at the University of Indiana Southeast Tournament last weekend.
Leading off for the Pomeroys, Gerber had a hit and a run scored against Anderson in a 4-2 victory and followed with a 3-for-4 effort versus Judson in an 8-6 victory.
Against Calumet College, Gerber had a hit, scored twice and walked twice for the Pomeroys in a 13-8 victory before walking three times against the host squad during an 8-3 title game victory.
The wins push the season record to 11-6 for the Pomeroys.
Rend Lake College has had a wealth of weather postponements this year, which has kept the Lady Warriors and Northview graduate, Kayla Raderstorf, from hitting the field.
Monday afternoon the team finally got some game action under their belt, but lost a doubleheader to John A. Logan College.
Raderstorf was the catcher in a 2-1 defeat in game two.
The Lady Warriors are 1-11 overall.