Times Sports Editor
Basketball is in full swing around the nation and that's more than enough reason to celebrate if you're a Hoosier.
Even better is the fact that Clay County residents have some players they can call their own on the collegiate hardwood.
Though Northview graduate Lexee Hayes' season ended before it got started due to surgery on her knee and ankle, hopes are high that she should be able to recover in time to be healthy for next season at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
Without her the Pomeroys have won just one game all season.
Up the interstate at IUPUI, the Jaguars have had a rollercoaster type season.
This year the team has twice won back-to-back games, but has also lost back-to-back once and recently followed up a two-game winning streak with a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.
The Jaguars are 5-4 this year with Northview graduate Julie Whitted averaging 11.6 ppg. and grabbing 7.7 rpg. She's also leading the squad with 26 blocks.
Whitted is currently tied for 12th in the nation with 2.9 blocks per game through Dec. 14.
In the most recent game against the Bearcats, the 6'5 center had 11 points and seven boards with a pair of blocks.
In a conference win over Western Illinois on Dec. 6, Whitted had another 11-point, seven rebound game in 29 minutes of action.
With temperatures routinely hitting the teens recently, Whitted and the Jaguars will head to a warmer climate before the holidays with a pair of games at the South Padre Island Shootout Dec. 19-20.
The Jaguars tip-off against Virginia Tech in the first game before taking on either SMU or Jacksonville the following day.
Over at Marian College in Indianapolis, the Knights have put together a 7-4 overall record and have gone 7-1 in non-conference play.
Chamberlain had a season-high 21 points in an overtime loss to Spring Arbor, MI on Nov. 25 and had a 13-point game against No. 12 ranked Indiana Tech on Nov. 22.
Chamberlain, a Northview graduate and Marian College junior, has started seven games and has averaged 14.5 minutes per game. He's scored seven points per game while grabbing just under three rebounds per contest.
Marian will host a holiday tournament beginning on Friday night at 6 p.m.
Former Northview Knight, Josiah Brock, is a sophomore at Lincoln Christian College. Though no season statistics were available, Brock did post an eight-point, two rebound game earlier in the season against Indiana University East for the 3-6 Preachers.
The indoor track season has also gotten underway with a pair of Northview athletes competing at Indiana State.
Sycamore senior Nikki Royer placed second at the Eastern Illinois Invitational by clearing 11 feet, 11 3/4 " in the pole vault. Her finish was part of a top-three sweep by ISU as Kylie Hutson won the event by clearing 13 feet 5 ¼" and Amanda Barlage was third.
Emily Pugh did not compete in the meet.
The indoor season doesn't begin until late January for the University of Southern Indiana, but Clay City graduate Cole Schroer and Northview graduate John Latta are expected to compete.
Schroer was USI's top hurdler last season when he set a freshman record time in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.94. He also posted USI's top 600-meter time of the season when he ran a 1:28.34 at the DePauw Invitational.
Schroer placed 17th in the 200 meters at the conference indoor championships with a time of 28.63.