Times Sports Editor
Last season was a breakout year for IUPUI junior Julia Whitted, a former Northview basketball standout.
Whitted helped lead the Jaguars to the Summit League Championship game and one win away from the NCAA Tourney.
Determined to make that next step, Whitted and teammate Jernisha Cann, spent the summer in Indianapolis to work out with incoming freshmen. The goal was two-fold in easing the transition for the first-year players as well as improving some of the weak spots in the veteran's games.
Running, lifting weights and playing basketball, the Jaguar players got an early start on conditioning as well as getting the freshmen accustomed to what Division I basketball requires physically.
Whitted was also invited to the prestigious Pete Newell Tall Women's Basketball Camp at Notre Dame de Namur Univeristy in Belmont, California where she worked on her post techniques that earned her First Team All-Summit League selection last season.
"The camp was extremely beneficial for me," Whitted told the Jaguars' website. "I learned a lot of important things that I hadn't known, and I think they will serve me well in the upcoming seasons."
The 2008-09 season schedule was recently announced for the Jaguars and includes a trip to Lafayette to face the Boilermakers on Nov. 16 and a visit to the South Padre Island Shooutout before Christmas to face Virginia Tech.
On the gridiron, the Marian College Knights are earning respect from their peers in just the program's second-year of existence.
The Knights improved to 3-1 on the season by defeating Valparaiso on Saturday, 21-13.
Marian scored 13 second half points to grab the road victory that avenged a blown 13 point lead last year to the Crusaders.
Northview graduate Jered Timm saw his first game action of the season at the wide receiver position. Matt Crooks, Dayne Upperman and Dylan Kruse are each members of the Marian program's resurgence.
The win has helped the Knights rise to 27th in the NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll this week.
Joe Evinger and his College of the Canyons football team piled up another lopsided win on Saturday, drilling L.A. Valley College, 66-7 in the Cougars' homecoming game. The win keeps the Cougars on top of the rankings for another week.
At Indiana State, the Sycamores dropped a 48-3 decision to Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Broc Miller, a redshirt freshman, did not record a catch in the game.
Also at Indiana State, Emily Pugh competed with the Sycamore cross country teams at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet in Bloomington on Friday night.
The Sycamore men came in as the three-time defending champion, but took second this year to the host Hoosiers.
The ISU women placed fourth in the race that was won by Purdue. Pugh, a junior this season, finished in 41st-place overall in 19:56.
Former Greencastle standout, Andy Weatherford, a past state track champion, finished in 10th-place for the Hoosiers with a time of 25:39 in the eight-kilometer event.
On the soccer field, the Franklin Grizzlies dropped to 2-6 overall following an overtime loss to conference foe Anderson on Saturday.
Sophomore Taylor Montague, a Northview graduate, did not see action in the game.
Abby Birkey has continued her soccer career at Grace College where she has played in two games for the 4-3 Lancers and has a shot on goal.
Lake Land's volleyball team edged closer to the .500 mark this season with four consecutive wins to capture the championship at the Southeastern Community College Invitational.
The Lakers defeated Kirkwood (Iowa) 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 before dropping Iowa Central 25-23, 25-19, 26-24. Against Kaskaskia, Lake Land won 25-19, 25-13, 25-12 and then handled Highland by a 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 score.
Freshman Ashley Hull, a former Northview Knight, had eight digs, 15 blocks, 10 kills and two aces in the tourney.
At IUPUI, the Jaguars are now 8-6 following a 3-0 volleyball win over Centenary on Friday evening and a 3-0 loss to the University of Cincinnati.
Freshman Kaley Huffman, a former teammate of Hull's with the Knights, saw action in two games against Centenary and had three defensive digs for the Jaguars, who currently lead the country in digs per game.
IUPUI currently averages more than 19 digs per game and the Jaguars are the only team in Division I to have reached that mark.
At Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, Brianne Arvin and her volleyball squad were 2-5 through Sept. 13. The 2007 Northview graduate is in her second season at the NAIA school. No individual stats were available.