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Outdoor sports getting underway for college athletes

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Andrea Thomas
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

A pair of former Clay County softball standouts had big spring break trips for the Olney Central Blue Knights.

Northview High School graduate, Traci Sanders, went 17-for-34 on the trip with 10 RBI, three doubles and seven runs scored. Blue Knight teammate, and former Clay City Eel, Angie Camp, went 13-for-34 on the trip with six RBI, two doubles and six runs scored.

Overall, Sanders is hitting .474 this season with 18 RBI and 13 runs scored while Camp has hit .393 with 10 RBI and has scored 10 times.

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroys recently split a pair of games against Goshen, winning 7-0 in the opener before falling 2-1 in the nightcap.

Former Clay City Eel, Chelsee Gerber had a single hit in the victory and then went 2-for-3 in the loss.

At Indiana State, Northview graduate, Stephanie Jonson was 3-for-7 in a pair of losses to Northern Iowa heading into the weekend. Jonson hit her second home run of the season in a 2-for-3 game at the plate during the doubleheader opener, a 6-3 loss.

Last weekend, Jonson had a hit and drew a walk in three at-bats while playing centerfield in a 6-0 loss to Creighton on March 21. In the second game, Jonson blasted a homerun and drove in two runs in a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

In 17 games this season, Jonson is hitting .277 with six runs scored, five doubles and seven RBI.

The Sycamores are now 11-13 overall and 0-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference and host Indiana University on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Track and field

Former Northview athlete, Andrea Thomas wrapped up a successful indoor track and field season on Feb. 20 at Rose-Hulman.

Thomas broke the Hanover College pole vault record by clearing 9'5 while finishing second in the event. She then competed in the 55-meters and placed fifth.

Earlier in the indoor season, Thomas cleared 9'3 to place third at Anderson University on Feb. 13 and was third at Rose-Hulman on Jan. 22 by clearing 9'3 in the pole vault.

Thomas competed in the season's first outdoor meet on March 20 where she placed fourth by clearing 8-6 1/4 in the pole vault. Rose-Hulman's Tanya Colonna broke the school record while winning the event with a clearance of 10 feet.

Thomas also competed in the 4x100 relay for the second-place Hanover squad that finished in 52.46 and was third in the 100 meters with a time of 13.88.

On Saturday, Thomas raced to a fourth-place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 13.68 and then joined three of her teammates for a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay. She was also fifth in the pole vault behind a pair of meet record performances.

The Indiana State Sycamores headed to Eastern Illinois University for a four-way meet over the weekend.

The ISU women won three of four meets that were scored in a dual format.

Sycamore freshman, Kylee Thacker, a Northview graduate, raced to a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:45.13.

Next weekend, ISU travels to Missouri to the Tom Botts Invitational in Columbia.

On March 20, the Marian College Knights and Taylor University competed at the J. Owen Huntsmen Relays at Wabash College.

Former Northview athlete, Devon Chamberlain and Clay City graduate, Adam Schroer were in competition for their respective college teams.

Chamberlain finished 12th in the 100 meters with a time of 12.14 and Schroer raced to a fifth-place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:57.80. Chamberlain also took fifth with his 4x100 relay squad.

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Golf

Northview graduate Kade Baker competed for Rend Lake College's golf team two weeks ago at the Ron Marshall Spring Fling in Alabama.

After the first round, the Warriors were fifth out of 21 teams with a team score of 291. Dean Wright of Reading, Berkshire, England, was the Rend Lake leader through the first round with a one-under-71. Baker was tied for 34th with a 75 on the par-72, 7,101 yard course.

In the second round, Rend Lake slipped to eighth-overall in the second round with a team score of 308. Baker shot an 82 in the second round for a two-day score of 157, which tied him for 60th.

In the final round, Baker bounced back to card a 78 to finish at 19-over par, which tied him for 56th as Rend Lake finished eighth as a team.

The Warriors are in competition for a two-day event in Marion, Ill. at Kokopelli Golf Club on March 28-29.