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Local college athletes open season

Friday, August 28, 2009

Indiana State senior, Emily Pugh returns for her senior cross country season with the Sycamores.

Times Sports Editor

As the weather turns cooler, it means its time for another look at how our local high school graduates are doing as colleges reconvene and fall sports get underway.

On a professional note, Brady Shoemaker remains a leading hitter in the App-alachian League for the Bristol Sox.

Though Bristol has struggled to just a 25-38 mark this season, Shoemaker has the third-highest batting average in the league with a .352 mark and leads the league with a .593 slugging average and 118 total bases in 55 games. Shoemaker has 199 at-bats under his belt and has 34 RBI and 36 runs scored with 70 hits, nine home runs and 21 doubles.

In a four-game stretch from Aug. 18-22, Shoemaker went a combined 7-for-15 with four doubles and three runs scored.

Shoemaker, a Northview graduate, was drafted in the 19th round out of Indiana State by the Chicago White Sox.

College football got an early start in the mid-state as both Indiana State and Marian College got their seasons underway on Thursday night.

The Knights came away with a dramatic victory as freshman Martin Waddick hit a game-winning 50-yard field goal with just 20.2 seconds remaining to give Marian a 27-24 come-from-behind victory.

The Knights are coming off a 7-4 season and boast two former Northview Knights on the roster in junior Matt Crooks, who is a kicker and Dylan Kruse, who is a freshman defense back.

Former Northview football standout, Joe Evinger has begun practice at the University of Louisville after clearing up a few paper work eligibility issues.

Evinger, a 6'7, 330 lb. offensive lineman, spent two seasons with the College of the Canyons junior college program in California. While at The Canyons, Evinger was named to the 2008 All-America team voted on by the California Community College Football Coaches Assocation and was rated the No. 33 overall junior college recruit in the nation by Rivals.com.

Though Evinger got a late start in camp this year, Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe was quoted as saying that he would like to use up to 10 linemen in a rotation this season. While the Cardinals have more depth at the position than in recent years, it is possible that Evinger could see time this year, but a redshirt season is also possible.

The Cardinals open the season against Indiana State in Louisville on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The cross country season officially gets underway for the Indiana State Sycamores this morning with the annual Sycamore Cross Country Preview Day to be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at 9:30 a.m.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the team and should include a pair of former Northview athletes in the preview race.

Emily Pugh is a veteran senior runner for the Sycamores this season and returns for her final year of eligibility after competing for ISU at the Great Lakes Regional in November of 2008. Pugh ran a time of 24:39 in the 5K race and placed 172nd overall.

An alumni race will be held at 9:30 a.m. that is open to other runners except students who are in grades 9-12 or attending a junior college or a four-year school other than ISU.

Kylee Thacker is an ISU freshman on the roster for the Sycamores and could compete along with Pugh in the women's cross country team's 4K race to be held at 10 a.m. The men's 5K race will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Farther south, the University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team is ranked 12th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 poll and second in the (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region Poll.

The Screaming Eagles, a Division II squad that will host the NCAA DII National Championships in November, is seeking its fifth straight Great Lakes Valley Conference title and a fifth straight trip to the national meet.

USI is a strong bet to accomplish both goals as the team returns five all-GLVC performers from a team that placed 15th at the national meet.

There are plenty of familiar names on the USI roster this season including sophomore John Latta, a former Northview runner that got stronger as the season went on. Latta, who played soccer in high school, is relatively new to the sport and has a high upside and is looking to break into the top-eight with the Screaming Eagles.

In 2008, Latta finished 57th in the GLVC Meet with a time of 28:04 in the 8K race.

Several freshmen members of the USI team include North Daviess graduate Michael Callison, who was a four-time All-State performer and placed 32nd in the IHSAA State Cross Country meet last year, Edgewood grad Blake Hover and North Central's (Farmersburg), Ethan Jacob. Both runners were semi-state qualifiers last season.

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a pair of former Northview runners, CJ Barnett and Allie True, will be members of the Pomeroys' inaugural cross country season under head coach Danielle Readinger. The pair of former Knights are joined by White River Valley graduate, Jennifer Hughes on a 14-member team.

The season opens on Sept. 4 as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods travels to the Stegemoller Classic at the University of Southern Indiana at 6 p.m.

True and Barnett aren't the only former Knights on campus and competing for the Pomeroys.

Cayla Yockey is a member of the 2009-10 Pomeroy's soccer team after a standout career with Northview. The Pomeroys open the season at home on Wednesday by playing Spalding University at 4 p.m. before heading to Iowa Wesleyan on Saturday.

On the volleyball court, Brianne Arvin returns for her third season at Stephens College in Missouri. The junior member of the Stars begins the season on Sept. 14 against Cottey College.

The IUPUI Jaguars got the season underway in Peoria, IL on Friday evening, posting a pair of wins to tip-off the season. The Jaguars won 25-20, 25-15, 25-13 over Lehigh in the season opener as Northview graduate, Kaley Huffman had a set assist in one game of action. In the second match of the day, IUPUI dominated Chicago State in a 25-12, 25-16, 25-13 win as Huffman had a serve return in the match.

The three-time All-WIC member of the Knights, is a sophomore with the Jaguars.