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Collegiate seasons near mid-point

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Former Northview athlete, Joe Evinger, made his season debut with the Louisville Cardinals last weekend. This week Louisville takes on UConn.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

Northview High School alum, Joe Evinger, made a successful debut with the Louisville Cardinals football team on Saturday. The Cardinals scored a 25-23 victory against visiting Southern Mississippi and Evinger saw time on the offensive line during the game.

Evinger, a 6'6, 330lb. offensive guard has risen to No. 2 on the depth chart behind senior, Abdul Kuyateh. Evinger starred at Northview before graduating and taking his talents to the College of the Canyons junior college in California. While there, Evinger earned All-American status his sophomore year before signing with Louisville prior to this season. Louisville hits the road to face UConn on Saturday.

At Marian College, Matt Crooks, a Northview graduate, is a member of the Knights' football team. The junior is one of just 10 players that were members of the inaugural team in 2007. Crooks saw action against Anderson in an extra game and kicked five extra points in a 41-6 victory.

Crooks is on track to graduate with a double major in finance and business management.

Dylan Kruse is also listed as a member of the Marian College team, but has not seen action in a varsity game.

The Indiana State cross country teams took on some of the top teams in the country last weekend at the 54th running of the Notre Dame Invitational as the Sycamore men took 12th in the Blue Division and the ISU women were sixth in the Gold Division.

Sycamore women's coach John Gartland was pleased with his team's effort.

"We had some good individual performances today," Gartland said. "I think that we could have finished higher up in the standings but Julia Costello injured a hamstring midway through the race and had to drop out. The rest of the team tried to pick it up and we just missed making it into the top-five."

Former Northview standouts, Emily Pugh and Kylee Thacker each competed for the Sycamores with Pugh, a senior at ISU, taking 63rd in the five-kilometer race. Thacker, a freshman, placed 117th in 20:00

Grand Valley State, one of the top Division II programs in the nation, won the women's Gold Division with a dominating 48 points. Dayton finished second with 104 while Calvin College was third with 119, Eastern Michigan fourth with 160 and Southern Illinois fifth with 164 points.

Indiana State led the second five with a sixth place finish and 171 points. Oshkosh was seventh (190), Fresno State eighth (222), DePaul ninth (227), and Hillsdale College was 10th (251).

The rest of the field had Xavier in 11th (278), IUPUI 12th (319), Ball State 13th (341), Wisconsin-Stevens Point 14th (354), Saint Louis 15th (416), Creighton 16th (430), Valparaiso 17th (502), Wisconsin-Green Bay 18th (506), Bethel College 19th (559), and Anderson University 20th (626).

"I think that we could have beaten Southern if Julia hadn't had to pull out with the injury," Gartland said. "We still had great effort today and I think that we now have a good plan to prepare for the conference championships."

Junior Allison Malone came through with her third top-10 finish of the season, finishing in eighth with a time of 18:00. Freshman Kacie Klem placed 19th overall with a time of 18:24 while senior Kayla Alexander was 28th overall with a time of 18:38, junior Bethany Scruton was 57th with a time of 19:09.

Also for Indiana State, senior Adriane Wunderlich was 111th in 19:56 and freshman Kate Tarr 131st in 20:17

Ayla Mitchell, a senior from Oshkosh, won the individual title with a time of 17:31.

The Indiana State women will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 16, when they compete at the Bradley Classic. The Sycamore men will be in competition on Saturday, Oct. 17, when Indiana State hosts the Pre-Nationals at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Championship Course.

At the University of Southern Indiana, former Northview runner, John Latta is in his second season with the Screaming Eagles cross country program, which is ranked 10th in the nation.

Despite running without six of its top-eight runners on Saturday, USI was fourth in the GLVC-MIAA Challenge, finishing with 90 points, 37 points behind 19th-ranked Missouri Southern State College.

With the Great Lakes Valley Conference meet looming on Oct. 24, the Screaming Eagles rested some of its top runners. Latta finished 46th in the meet with a time of 26:26 overall.

Previously, Latta competed with his team at the Greater Louisville XC Classic in Kentucky where USI competed with two teams. Latta was on the Blue Team, which placed third out of 33 teams and individually he was 37th, finishing the 8K race in 25:28.

The GLVC championship will take place in Louisville on Oct. 24 at 9:45 a.m.

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods cross country team also took part in the meet with a pair of Northview graduates.

Allie True and Casandra Barnett each competed for the Pomeroys in the Oct. 3 meet with Barnett taking 174th in 22:23 and True finishing 181st with a time of 22:28.

The Pomeroys finished 12th out of 35 teams.

Last weekend, SMWC competed at the Gibson Family Cross Country Invite where True finished in 27:26 to take 110th. The Pomeroys finished in 11th-place as a team as Depauw won the women's meet with a score of 61.

The Knights also have a soccer player on a collegiate roster as Cayla Yockey has helped Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to a 4-5-1 record and recently a 1-0 win over Trine. The one goal lead looked to be in jeopardy during the second half, but SMWC coach, Lynn Hughes, credited the Pomeroys' back row of Yockey, Alex Amos, Maureen Brown and Abby Schmitt for maintaining their level of play and denying the tying goal.

Up next for SMWC is a trip to Oakland City University on Oct. 15.

The IUPUI Jaguars hit the mid-point of the season with a 13-6 overall mark and sophomore Kaylee Huffman has helped the team to a successful record at the halfway point. In a 3-2 victory over Oakland on Oct. 9, Huffman played in one of the games for the Jaguars.

Huffman has played in 10 matches and a total of 14 games this season where she has set up an assist and has six digs.

IUPUI has built a 7-3 home record this year and a 5-4 conference mark.