Times Sports Editor
Chilly temperatures and the rapidly nearing joys of turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving means basketball season is upon us. For several local athletes the collegiate hardwood season has gotten underway with either practice or exhibition games already.
Northview graduate Julie Whitted has garnered Pre-Season First Team All-Conference honors for the IUPUI Jaguars and leads a group that has high hopes this year.
The 2008-09 season got underway with less than desirable results however as Whitted's squad dropped their exhibition game on Monday night to the OGBR Legends, 90-81.
The biggest reason was the visitors scorching shooting percentage of 65 percent that led to the loss by the Jags.
The 6'5 Whitted came off the bench and scored 18 points in 27 minutes of action, pulling down six rebounds and grabbing a pair of steals.
The Jaguars tip-off the regular season when they travel to Northern Illinois on Friday night for a 7 p.m. game before heading to West Lafayette to face Purdue on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Unfortunately the news isn't as good for one of Whitted's former teammates at Northview.
Lexee Hayes will miss her sophomore season at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods after having surgery on her knee and ankle. She had a 'harvest' cartilage taken from her knee and placed into the ankle, which has been problematic since high school. The recovery time for the July surgery is typically nine months.
In a rout over OSU-Marian on Saturday, Chamberlain played just four minutes, but scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in the 96-45 victory.
In the season opener one night earlier, Chamberlain had six points in 10 minutes of action in a one-point loss to Rio Grande, 64-63.
The Knights travel to Valparaiso for an exhibition contest on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.
On the Marian College gridiron the news was good as well as the Knight secured the program's first overtime victory and, with it, a winning record.
The Knights won 34-31 over Walsh to improve to 6-4 overall with one game remaining against Urbana on Saturday at 2 p.m.
In Saturday's victory, Northview graduate Jered Timm had a tackle, raising his season total to 10 to go with one pass breakup.
Dayne Upperman and Matt Crooks did not see action in the game. Both are former Northview Knights.
At Indiana State, the Sycamores led 21-7 in the first half against Youngstown State, but eventually dropped a 35-21 decision to the Penguins.
Broc Miller did not play in the game for the Sycamores.
Joe Evinger and the College of the Canyons Cougars remained unbeaten and claimed the conference championship in a 42-41 shootout with Pasadena.
The Cougars won in overtime by scoring first in the extra session and kicking the extra point. Pasadena answered with a touchdown, but their run was halted short.
The 9-0 Cougars visit Bakersfield on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game to wrap up the regular season.
For college volleyball players, postseason play is on the horizon.
Former Northview standout Kaley Huffman's IUPUI Jaguars' volleyball team has qualified for the conference tournament in the Summit League.
IUPUI won four of its final six matches in conference play to qualify for the postseason tourney that begins Nov. 21 in Tulsa, OK. The Jaguars wrap up the regular season with matches at IPFW on Friday and at Oakland University on Saturday.
At Lake Land College, Ashley Hull and her Lakers' squad wrapped up their season last week in the double-elimination district tourney.
The Lakers opened by downing Indian Hills on Friday in four sets before falling to the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Iowa Western, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18. On Sunday, Indian Hills upended the Lakers to end Lake Land's season with a 25-18, 25-15, 11-25, 25-15.
The Indiana State Sycamore cross country teams ran to second and sixth-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Meet last weekend.
Women's coach John Gartland wasn't happy with his squad's sixth-place in the meet.
"We had an extremely disappointing performance today," said Gartland. "We have had some problems putting together a team from one to five that could run as a cohesive unit and that was missing today. I thought we had enough to overcome the sixth place finish in the pre-championships poll, but we couldn't get it done today."
Senior Heather Stembridge led the Sycamores with an eighth-place All-Conference finish in 18:00.28 in the five-kilometer event. Junior Emily Pugh, a former Northview standout, placed 44th in 19:41.
ISU returns to action on Saturday when they travel to West Lafayette to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet.
The University of Southern Indiana cross country team took seven of the top-11 spots at the Great Lakes Valley Conference meet.
Freshman John Latta, who ran just one year of high school cross country for Northview, ran to a 57th-place time of 28:04 in the eight-kilometer event held at Missouri S&T's cross country course on Oct. 25.
Last weekend, USI qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania on Nov. 22 by placing second at the Midwest Region Championship at Ferris State.
The men's soccer season concluded for the Franklin College Grizzlies with a 4-15 record. Taylor Montague is a sophomore on the team, but did not see action.
Grace College wrapped up an 8-11 season with Abby Birkey seeing action in six matches. The freshman scored a goal and added an assist for the Lancers.
Birkey scored and assisted in an 8-0 blanking of Taylor Fort Wayne on Oct. 22.
The Lancers concluded their year with a first round conference tourney loss. Grace played unbeaten Marian College (15-0-2) in the conference tourney, falling by a narrow 1-0 decision.