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Post-season awards continue for Evinger; Winter athletes continue strong seasons

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Julia Whitted is averaging more than 13 ppg. and eight rebounds per game for the Jaguars this season.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The post-season awards continue to roll in for College of the Canyons offensive lineman Joe Evinger.

The former Northview High School standout was a two-year starter for the 2008 National Division, Northern Conference champions and recently was named an All-American.

Evinger was a second-team all-conference selection as a freshman and was a unanimous first-team pick this past season. He played a major role in the Cougars racking up the top total offensive yards per game in the entire state this year. The College of the Canyons averaged 499.9 ypg., 7.4 yards per play and 6.1 rushing yards per game and the team scored 45.9 points per game.

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Heath Chamberlain
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College basketball

The IUPUI Jaguars women's basketball team has had a tough time of late with All-Conference performer, Jernisha Cann, on the shelf due to injury.

The Jaguars have leaned heavily on former Northview Knight, Julia Whitted, to carry the offensive and defensive load, but have come up empty against North Dakota and South Dakota State.

Temperatures hovered below zero on Monday night outside Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, ND, which wasn't much colder than the Jaguars' shooting. The Bison held the Jaguars to just 25 percent shooting from the field on the way to a 61-41 Summit League victory. IUPUI scored just 14 first half points in the defeat.

Whitted did her part in the game, scoring a team-high 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and five blocks in 35 minutes of action. However, it wasn't enough to prevent the Jags from dropping their third consecutive conference game.

The loss came on the heels of a 96-49 blowout loss to 23rd-ranked South Dakota State, which was the Jags second-worst loss in the Division I era.

With just nine players available IUPUI hit just 34 percent of its shots against the Jackrabbits.

Whitted posted 14 points and 11 boards in the game with four blocks in 36 minutes on the court.

This season, Whitted, a 6'5 junior, has started in 14-of-16 games for the Jaguars with a 13.2 ppg. average. She has also grabbed 8.1 rpg. and is one of the nation's top shot blockers with 50 on the season, good for 3.1 per game.

Whitted is currently tied for ninth in the country in blocks per game.

IUPUI has dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference and are slated to face Centenary on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in The Jungle.

At Marian College, the Knights have had their own struggles recently, falling to 0-6 in the conference with a 72-55 loss to Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday.

Northview High School graduate, Heath Chamberlain, was unable to go for the second consecutive game with an injury.

Chamberlain last saw action on Jan. 3 in a 62-60 loss to Taylor University in which he scored 14 points and added nine rebounds in 32 minutes of action with a pair of steals and a block.

This season, Chamberlain has started in 10 of the 14 games he has played in and has averaged 7.8 ppg. with 3.3 rpg. and six blocks.

The Knights, 9-7 overall, travel to Goshen on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip-off.

Josiah Brock is a member of the Lincoln Christian College basketball team, but no current statistics were available.

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Indoor track and field

Indoor track teams begin their seasons around the state this month with Indiana State University competing at Rose-Hulman against Illinois State on Saturday.

At Rose-Hulman, Sabrina Liechty is a thrower for the Engineers.

Former Northview Knights, Nikki Royer and Emily Pugh, are seniors for the Sycamores this season. Royer competes in the pole vault for ISU and Pugh is a distance runner. Marian College begins its season on Jan. 24 at the Wabash Invitational in Crawfordsville.

The Knights have former Northview Knights, Jaime Bays and Devon Chamberlain.

At the University of Southern Indiana, John Latta, is a freshman distance runner for the Screaming Eagles, which continue their season on Saturday at Carbondale, Ill. in the Saluki Fast Time Invitational.

Andrea Thomas and her Hanover track team kicks off the season on Feb. 1 at DePauw University. Thomas is a sophomore pole vaulter and long jumper for the Division III Panthers.



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