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Local college athletes excelling during spring season

Friday, April 24, 2009

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Brady Shoemaker is hitting .396 for the Sycamores this season.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The Indiana State Sycamores baseball team is heating up along with the spring weather.

The Sycamores picked up a sweep of in-state foe Indiana on Wednesday, defeating the Hoosiers 7-4.

The win came on the heels of the Sycamores finishing off a sweep of Southern Illinois on Saturday that helped them improve to 10-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Northview alumna, Brady Shoemaker, was a handful for the Salukis all weekend.

In the opening game of the series, Shoemaker was 4-for-4 in a 5-4 victory on Friday evening.

The senior leftfielder hit a homerun and doubled once in the win. He followed that up in game one of the doubleheader by going 2-for-3 while scoring three times and driving in a run. Both of his hits were doubles in a 10-5 win by the Sycamores. In game two, a 5-3 ISU win, Shoemaker was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Against Indiana, Shoemaker added his seventh homerun of the season as part of a two hit day.

Through games of April 23, Shoemaker is hitting .396, which is second on the team. He also has a team-high 33 walks and has reached base in 53 percent of his at-bats. He has 13 doubles and has driven in 30 runs.

Northview graduate, John Reberger, is a sophomore at Vincennes University and has hit .259 this season for the Trailblazers.

Reberger has scored 11 runs while driving in 12 runners and homering once this season. He went 3-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader against Olney Central on April 3. He drove in two runs with a double in the game.

Vincennes has currently won 14 of the last 15 games through April 15 and is 27-11 overall this season.

Former Northview Knight, T.J. King is currently on the roster at Arkansas Little-Rock, but suffered a broken hand early in the season and hasn't been able to play.

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Softball

The Indiana State softball team nearly completed a sweep of Northern Iowa over the weekend. The Sycamores won the first two games of the series, but came up just short in the finale, a 4-3 Panthers win.

Former Northview Knight, Stephanie Jonson did her part at the plate, drilling a home run for the Sycamores. In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, Jonson went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI in a 2-1 win for the Sycamores. She also had a sacrifice fly in the win.

This season, Jonson has hit .244 in 24 games and 45 at-bats. The sophomore has also scored eight times with three doubles.

The Olney Central Blue Knights showed off their power in a doubleheader sweep last Tuesday of Rend Lake College that evened the Knights' record in GRAC play, 11-11.

Traci Sanders, a Northview graduate, hit a home run in the second game, a 16-7 Olney Central win.

On Saturday afternoon, Olney Central swept Southwestern Illinois College, winning 11-3 and 8-0.

In the second game, Angie Camp had two hits including a homerun as Olney Central moved its overall record to 19-22 this season.

Rend Lake heads into the Great Rivers Athletic Conference tourney play with a 14-28 overall mark and 11-15 in the league.

The Lady Warriors will have to shake off some rust as rain claimed the final eight games of the regular season. Rend Lake is the No. 5 seed and faces No. 4 seed Olney Central (14-14 in GRAC play).

Rend Lake's Kayla Raderstorf, a Northview graduate, will face off with her former teammate, Sanders.

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Track and field

Rose-Hulman hosted the Twilight Meet last weekend at the William M. Welch Track Complex.

Several Clay County high school graduates competed for their collegiate teams on Saturday.

Cole Schroer, of the University of Southern Indiana, placed 15th in the long jump with a leap of 18-7 . The Clay City graduate also competed in the javelin where he launched a throw of 118-3 to place 14th overall. Schroer continued a busy afternoon by running in the 1,500 meters where he placed 33rd with a time of 4:44.82.

Northview graduate, John Latta, is a teammate of Schroer's at USI and the freshman placed third in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:18.89 in the event.

In the pole vault, Hanover sophomore, Andrea Thomas cleared 8-6 in the pole vault to place second. Thomas is a Northview High School graduate.

Rose-Hulman freshman, Jordan Maurer, has the fourth-best height in the pole vault with a vault of 11-0 this season coming in the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet.

Members of the Indiana State track and field teams competed at the Indiana Invitational, including Northview alumni Nikki Royer and Emily Pugh.

Royer placed sixth in the high jump by clearing 11-9 in the event won by IU's Vera Neuenswander, who cleared 13-3 .

In the Little State outdoor track meet two weeks ago, Clay City graduate, Adam Schroer, ran to an 18th-place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:45.44.