Times Sports Editor
The typically finicky spring weather in Indiana hasn't slowed down local collegiate athletes who are competing in a variety of sports.
Softball and baseball are underway with outdoor track and field also starting at various schools. Rose-Hulman's tennis teams have already started their seasons as well.
At Indiana State, Northview graduate Stephanie Jonson, is in her senior season with the Sycamores.
The Sycamores are currently just under the .500 mark after being swept against Missouri Valley Conference foe, Drake. ISU sits at 9-11 overall.
Jonson was 1-for-2 with a walk in the series finale, a 4-0 loss to the Bulldogs. In a doubleheader loss to Drake on Saturday, Jonson was 1-for-3 with a home run in a 5-4 defeat. She also reached base via a walk in the doubleheader opener.
Overall this season, Jonson has started 17-of-18 games and has hit .250 in 40 at-bats with 10 hits, six runs scored and four RBI's. She has also reached base at a .388 clip, which is third on the team.
This weekend, Jonson and the Sycamores host Missouri State for three games in MVC play beginning at noon with a doubleheader on Saturday.
Kentucky Wesleyan has the services of a pair of talented softball players from Clay County and another from North Central (Farmersburg).
Northview's Traci Sanders starred at Olney Central College for two years alongside Clay City graduate Angie Camp.
Sanders was named to the all-conference team as a sophomore with the Blue Knights and hit at a .442 clip with 47 RBI and a school-record total of 76 hits. She also scored 31 times for OCC.
Sanders suffered a foot injury that will keep her out for several weeks, but she was hitting .227 with a double and a triple for the 4-13 Panthers.
Camp hit .353 at OCC during her sophomore season and has continued that success at KWC. She has hit. 316 this season with two doubles.
On Sunday, KWC hits the road to face the University of Southern Indiana in a doubleheader beginning at noon.
Olney Central currently has another Northview High School product as Emily Phillips begins her freshman season with the Blue Knights.
After recovering from a knee injury that sidelined her senior softball season with the Knights, Phillips has made a splash with OCC this year.
The Blue Knights completed a sweep of Great River Athletic Conference foe, Southeastern Illinois on Tuesday, winning 9-1 and 10-0.
Phillips was 2-for-4 with a double in the opening victory. The victories moved OCC's record to 14-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference. In the second contest, Phillips was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
South Putnam graduate, Samantha Tomasino was also played a key role as she pitched a complete-game shutout in game two and improved to 5-2 in the circle this season.
In a split with Kaskaskia over the weekend, Phillips smacked a double in a 5-1 loss as Olney left 10 runners on base. In the nightcap, Phillips had two hits in a 4-3 win in eight innings.
In a doubleheader sweep against Lincoln Trail last week, Phillips drove in three runs to pace the OCC attack in a 7-4 game two win as she posted a pair of base hits.
Over the first 16 games of the season, Phillips was ripping the competition to the tune of a .464 batting average over 56 at-bats with three doubles, a triple, 18 RBI and 13 runs scored.
This weekend, the Blue Knights travel to Belleville, Ill. for a doubleheader against Southwestern Illinois before visiting Lakeland on Sunday.
In West Virginia, Glenville State has compiled a 6-12 overall mark this season and continues its home stand on Saturday with a noon contest.
Former Northview Knight, Shelby Colson has hit .188 through the first 10 games with a run scored and has two appearances in the pitching circle where she has thrown 2 1/3 innings with a 7.71 ERA.
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, former Clay City Eel, Chelsee Gerber, is in her senior season with the Pomeroys. Individual season statistics were not available.
The Sycamores' track and field team starts the outdoor portion of its season this weekend with an all-day meet at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
The Wabash Valley is well represented on both the men's and women's teams starting with Northview graduates.
Conor Strain, Shelby Sands and Kylee Thacker are all preparing for competition along with North Central (Farmersburg) standout Shelby Higginbottom and Shakamak's Drew Gambill. Terre Haute North is represented by Lindy Jones, Alexa McFadden and Brandon Query and Shaun Smith. The Braves of Terre Haute South also have several graduates on the team as Evan Myers, Andrew Sullivan and Kristy Twitchell.
The University of Southern Indiana track and field teams competed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships with the men's team placing fifth.
Former Knight, John Latta, finished fourth in the 5,000 meters (15:14.08) and was seventh in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:45.86.
Clay City alumna, Cole Schroer, placed sixth in the pentathlon to earn three team points for the Screaming Eagles.
Schroer claimed a victory in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:48.68.
USI hits the road for a long road trip west to compete at Stanford University in California beginning today.
Hanover College got its outdoor track and field season underway at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Meet last weekend.
Northview graduate Andrea Thomas continued building momentum during her senior season as she competed in the 4x100 relay. Hanover placed second to DePauw as Thomas' team raced to a time of 52.89.
Hanover hosts its own invitational this weekend beginning at noon.
At Rose-Hulman, the women's tennis team opened the spring portion of its schedule in preparation for a trip to the NCAA Division III Tourney. Rose-Hulman earned its first ever NCAA bid in the sport of tennis by winning the conference championship during the fall season.
Division II Ferris State was able to put a halt to the Engineer's nine-match winning streak with a 9-0 sweep.
Northview grad, Lauren Reberger, played at No. 3 doubles with Paige Cook and came up on the short end of an 8-0 score. The loss was the first for the team that compiled a 7-1 mark during the fall. Overall, Reberger is 13-1 during her freshman year at Rose-Hulman.
Rose-Hulman visits nationally ranked DePauw on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. match.