Times Sports Editor
The weather might still be hovering around the freezing mark, but spring sports have gotten underway around the country.
A number of former high school athletes from Clay County have wasted little time in making a mark with their college teams on the diamond.
The Olney Central Blue Knights hit the road over the last two weeks, opening the season on the road at Madisonville, TN. Weather claimed the first two games so the Knights headed to Gallatin, TN to face Volunteer State on Feb. 16.
With the temperatures hovering in the 30's, Olney Central dropped the first game by a 10-2 squad despite leading early.
Angie Camp, a former Clay City standout, drew a walk in the fifth inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a passed ball and scoring on a groundout.
In the second game, Olney Central evened its record with a 6-4 victory.
In the opening game, a 14-3 victory, former Northview player, Traci Sanders, doubled twice in the victory.
Lindenwood bounced back to take the second game by a 7-5 score.
Olney Central (2-2) takes a brief hiatus before traveling to Alabama to take on Columbia State on March 6.
Rend Lake College and former Northview Knight, Kayla Raderstorf, open the season with a trip to face Lindenwood on Thursday.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods begins its spring season on Friday with a visit to Cocoa, FL for a Spring Break Tournament that runs for an entire week. Clay City alum, Chelsee Gerber returns to lead the Pomeroys into action.
The Indiana State Sycamores got their season underway with five games over one weekend in Corpus Christi, TX.
Sophomore Stephanie Jonson, a former Northview Knight, saw action in two of the games, playing rightfield. She went 0-for-2 at the plate in a 3-1 win over Detroit Mercy.
ISU went 3-2 in the tourney and continues the season with a trip to Richmond, KY for four games in two days this weekend.
On the baseball field, Sycamore senior Brady Shoemaker helped the team to a 3-1 start against The Citadel in South Carolina last weekend.
Indiana State opened the season with a 12-8 victory as Shoemaker went 1-for-3, scored two runs and drove in another run. He was also hit-by-pitch and stole a base. Game two of the series was the big one for Shoemaker in a 9-6, 10-inning victory.
As the designated hitter, Shoemaker went 4-for-5 at the plate, hit his first homerun of the season and drove home three runs and walked once. In the nightcap, Shoemaker struggled at the plate with an 0-for-5 game while playing leftfield. However, he bounced back in the series finale, to pick up a pair of hits and score a run. He also stole his second base of the season.
The Sycamores hit the road south to Palm Beach, FL for a three-game set this weekend in the Palm Beach Challenge.
At the University of Arkansas Little Rock, the Trojans won 2-of-3 games against Northern Iowa.
Senior T.J. King, a former Northview player, got into the first two games as a pinchrunner for the Trojans.
UALR visits McNeese State for a 2 p.m. game today before hosting Valparaiso over the weekend in a three-game series.
Vincennes University has gotten the baseball season underway on the road, but returns home to host Muscatine Community College and Jackson Community College this week.
After missing the 2008 season due to injury, Northview graduate John Reberger had two hits and an RBI in the opening game for the Trailblazers.
Over the weekend, Vincennes dropped three games to Cleveland State despite former Terre Haute South player, Cole Vicars, drilling his third home run of the early season.
In track and field, the Indiana State Sycamores prepared for the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Meet this weekend by competing at the Eastern Illinois Friday Night Special Meet.
Northview alumni Emily Pugh, raced to an eighth-place finish in the mile run, finishing in 5:28.38. Nikki Royer placed third in the pole vault by clearing 11-10 ¾."
The Sycamores head to Cedar Rapids, IA to compete in the MVC Championships Saturday at 11:30 a.m.