Times Sports Editor
The Olney Central Blue Knights continued to score points at a high rate in their second basketball game of the season, but in round two, Vincennes was able to rally late to edge Olney Central, 96-87.
"It was a disappointing loss, but encouraging," OCC head coach Mike Burris told the Olney Daily Mail. "Vincennes had a great crowd and very few teams are gonna win on their floor. Although we lost, we got better. It was a good early test for us to see where we're at."
Former Northview guard, Austin Akers, had a strong game with 24 points on seven-of-15 shooting from the field and an eight-of-nine effort from the free throw line. He also contributed five rebounds and three assists.
Olney Central led by as many as 17 in the second half before the Trailblazers bounced back behind Keith Ford, who scored 16 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. Vincennes ended the game on a 9-0 run to even Olney's record at 1-1 overall.
Akers played a team-high 36 minutes in the game and told the Olney Daily Mail, "Akers was really good," Burris said. "He had two terrific games this week."
Up next for Olney is a visit to Lincoln College on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Down the road in Danville, Akers' classmate, Kirstin Kimball was in action as the Danville Lady Jaguars tangled with the 16th-ranked Lady Statesmen of Lincoln Trail College and another local high school athlete in Tessa Johnson formally of Terre Haute South.
The Statesmen took control early and led 28-20 with eight minutes remaining in the first half before an 18-1 burst to end the first half put the game out of reach by the break at 46-21.
Former Northview Knight, Kirstin Kimball, a Jaguar freshman, scored five points in the game for Danville. For the Statesmen, Johnson had a packed score sheet with eight points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists.
Turnovers were a big problem for Danville, which committed 28 turnovers to just 15 for Lincoln Trail. The Jaguars also missed out at the free throw line, hitting just 19-of-32 from the charity stripe.
The Statesmen are reloading after graduating a pair of Division I guards as Ty'Ronda Benning is now at Ball State and Talisha Davis is at Eastern Kentucky. Former Mooresville Pioneer, Lauren Kenney also moved on following a standout career at Lincoln Trail and is at Valparaiso University.
At IUPUI, Julie Whitted was not in action as her Jaguar teammates faced Kentucky State at Conseco Fieldhouse on Monday evening. Whitted, who is a Pre-Season First Team All-Conference selection, is rehabbing an injury and hopes to be back for the regular season opener on Nov. 13 on the road at Akron.
Marian College will visit the University of Iowa on Sunday afternoon with 6'7 senior, Heath Chamberlain as one of its top returnees. Last season, Chamberlain started 20 games and averaged 9.1 points per game and a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. Also joining the team this year is former North Central (Farmersburg) player, Donnie Abrams.
The game will be broadcast live on XL 950AM in Indianapolis and wil also air live on the Big Ten Network Video on Demand at video.bigtennetwork.com for $2.99. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
At Lincoln Christian University, former Knight, Josiah Brock is a junior with the Red Lions who open on the road at Blackburn College on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Lexee Hayes faces World Harvest Bible College today on the road at Columbus, OH at 5 p.m.
On the Indiana State women's cross country team were picked to finish sixth in the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship. The Sycamores exceeded expectations by finishing fourth and came within 10 points on bringing home the second-place trophy.
"On the one hard it was a vast improvement for us," John Gartland, Indiana State women's cross country coach said in a press release. "On the other hand, it was a very, very frustrating finish because we were just 10 points out of second and just three out of third. I really felt like we just missed a really big opportunity today."
Allison Malone of Rensselear, IN led the team with a seventh-place finish in 19:10 to earn All-Conference honors. Senior Emily Pugh, a Northview graduate, placed 48th in 20:40 while freshman Kylee Thacker, also a Northview alum, placed 61st in her first conference meet in a time of 21:09.
Pre-championship favorite Wichita State ran away with the team title by scoring 43 points. The tight battle for the next three spots was won by Illinois State who finished second with 86 points. Bradley took third place with 93 points and Indiana State was fourth with 96 points.
Next up for the Sycamores is the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at Bloomington, IN on Nov. 14 slated for 12 p.m.
In southern Indiana, the University of Southern Indiana is one of the top Div. II cross country programs in the nation with the men's team coming off its fifth-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference team title and is currently ranked eighth in the nation. Today, the Screaming Eagles tackle the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships in Kenosha, WI.
The Screaming Eagles enter this weekend's regional meet with one goal in mind: advance to the NCAA II Championships which will be held November 21 on its home course in Evansville, Indiana.
USI, which is second in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Midwest Region Rankings, has plenty of reason to believe it will accomplish that goal. The Eagles, who must finish in the top three to advance to nationals, had five runners finish in the top-12 of the GLVC Championships two weeks ago.
Former Northview soccer player, John Latta, placed 49th overall in the race with a time of 27:19. Latta is a sophomore at USI.