Times Sports Editor
Indiana State has long been a popular choice for local high school students to continue their educational careers, but this season has seen an abundance of athletic success for county athletes.
For the season, Searing has started in four games while getting 17 at-bats and hitting a cumulative .235 this season. She's driven in one run for ISU and has two assists in the field.
Former Northview teammate Stephanie Jonson is also a Sycamore freshman, but hasn't seen recent action after appearing twice earlier in the season on the mound.
On the baseball diamond, ISU stepped out of conference play to drill Eastern Illinois on Wednesday evening, 10-6.
Junior Brady Shoemaker doubled in a run as part of a 1-for-5 day at the plate and scored a run from the clean-up spot.
In Tuesday's non-conference blowout of SIU-Edwardsville, Shoemaker handed out five RBI on a 3-for-4 night with two runs scored. He finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle after knocking out a single, double and a triple in a 19-4 win.
Shoemaker also hit his third home run of the season over the weekend against Northern Iowa.
This season he is hitting .339 in 27 starts and leads the team in slugging percentage at .578. He has a team-high 63 total bases with 11 doubles and a team-high 38 RBI.
This weekend he'll get a chance to face off with Pac-10 opponent Arizona as the Sycamores travel west for a three-game set.
At Arkansas Little-Rock, former Knight T.J. King has hit .243 over 17 games with four RBI.
King had a 2-for-3 day at the plate on Saturday against the University of Louisiana-Monroe with two runs scored and two walks.
The track teams began their outdoor seasons with great success too.
At the Big Blue Classic at Eastern Illinois over the weekend, Sycamore junior Emily Pugh and Northview alumni, was the winner of the 10,000 meters in a time of 39:07.
Former Terre Haute North standout Kylie Hutson broke the ISU school record in the pole vault by clearing 13-1 ½ at the meet. Northview grad Nikki Royer, a Sycamore junior, placed fifth by clearing 11-7 3-4 in the event.
Marian sophomore Devon Chamberlain also competed in the meet and finished 24th in the 200 meter finals in 24.29.
Rose-Hulman's track teams will compete at the Little State Meet at Wabash College this weekend and Clay City's Sabrina Liechty will compete for the Engineers.
Liechty is scheduled to compete in the javelin this weekend and has a season-best of 84-3 and a shot put best of 30-11 ¼.
At Hanover College, Andrea Thomas placed third in the pole vault at the Anderson Invitational over the weekend. She cleared 8-0 ½ in the event.
One week earlier in the Hanover Invite, Thomas was the runner-up by clearing 8-6.
The successful emergence of the county's softball programs has led to several players competing in college.
Kayla Raderstorf capped her Northview career last spring and is competing for Rend Lake College this season.
The Warriors are currently 9-13 after having a six-game winning streak snapped against Lake Land College this week.
Raderstorf was behind the plate for the second game of the doubleheader loss for Rend Lake. She also caught the second game of a sweep versus Olney Central over the weekend.
Raderstorf has hit .286 in nine games with a pair of RBI and three runs scored.
Clay City's Chelsee Gerber has had a successful freshman season for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods' softball program.
Against Spalding on Sunday, Gerber had a pair of hits and drove in two runs in a 5-0 shutout.
One of Gerber's best performances of the season came in teammate Ashley Loomis' no-hitter on Wednesday.
Gerber went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot with two RBI and two runs scored in the 12-0 blanking. Gerber doubled in the game before finishing the doubleheader with a hit in two at-bats.
At Indiana University, Kari Bettenbrock helped the Hoosiers edge Kentucky in a 16-13 slugfest with a hit and an RBI in a pinch hitting role on April 1.