Times Sports Editor
The Olney Central baseball and softball teams took a trip south for Spring Break and each played a wealth of games in the warm Myrtle Beach weather.
The softball team produced four straight wins to finish off a 6-3 trip in South Carolina to improve to 9-8 overall.
Blue Knights sophomore Emily Phillips, a Northview High School graduate, has hit .326 this season over 15 games and is tied for third on the team in RBI with 10. She's also scored nine runs and has three doubles and a home run with 15 hits in 46 at-bats.
The team currently has a team batting average of .352 overall.
South Putnam graduates Samantha Tomasino and Krystal Welch each had big tourneys as Tomasino threw a no-hitter and Welch batted .548 for the trip. Tomasino's no-hitter came against Miami University-Hamilton in a 10-0 victory. Welch was 3-for-4 with a home run in the win.
Phillips is coming off a strong season as she produced the third highest single-season RBI total at Olney Central with 43.
The team is back in action today with a trip to Wabash Valley at Mt. Carmel, Ill. beginning the doubleheader at noon.
The Blue Knights' baseball team has roared out of the gates to a 16-2 mark following a 10-2 record during its trip south.
Olney Central features several local athletes including Northview graduates Zac Niehaus and Caleb Mason along with Vigo County's John Robert Patterson (THS), Zach Kent (West Vigo) and Shakamak grad T.J. Hill.
Hill got his second win in an 8-5 victory over Marshalltown College to open the tourney and Kent gained his first pitching victory in game two in a 2-1 battle over the same squad.
The Blue Knights came up with a dramatic five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to get past Catholic University (Washington, D.C.) by a 6-5 score. Niehaus provided a 2-for-4 game in the victory. Niehaus would later help Hill get his third pitching victory as he drove in a run in a 4-3 victory against Westmoreland College.
Olney Central returns home today to take on Southeastern Illinois College in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. CDT.
The Kentucky Wesleyan softball team is looking to rebound from a 15-26 overall mark last season.
The Division II squad registered a 6-18 mark in conference play despite the efforts of a pair of local players.
Clay City graduate Angie Camp and Northview's Traci Sanders, each signed following stand out careers with Olney Central Junior College. The pair were huge offensive threats during their two-year careers with the Blue Knights.
Sanders is second in single-season batting average (.442) and set the career mark with a .416 average in 2009-10. Sanders is also the single-season (76) and career (108) leader in hits with Camp second with 99 in her career. Sanders is second with 47 RBI's in one year and second (59) in her career. She also holds the record for walks (27 in 2010) and 37 for her career.
In their first season at Kentucky Wesleyan, Camp hit .252 in 41 games, all starts, with 34 hits in 135 at-bats. Camp had six RBI and scored nine times. Sanders hit .230 in 27 games with 17 hits in 74 at-bats. She scored nine runs and drove in six runs.
In 2012, the Panthers have scuffled to start the season with a 5-13 mark following a pair of losses to the University of Southern Indiana on Thursday.
In the opening contest, Camp had a hit and drove in a run while starting in centerfield. Sanders was hitless in four trips to the plate.
In a 1-0 victory over Missouri S&T on Sunday afternoon, Sanders doubled and scored the lone run in the win.
The Panthers host Northern Kentucky in a doubleheader this afternoon at Foster Field in Owensboro, Ky. beginning at noon.
The indoor track and field season has run its course as the outdoor season has nearly arrived.
Northview High School 2011 graduate Joel Whittington helped earn Wabash College a repeat of its Men's NCAC Championship.
The Little Giants' freshman was part of the second-place 4x200 meter relay team that finished in 1:31.29. He also raced to a fourth-place time in the 400 meters while finishing in a season-best time of 50.59. Whittington also reached the finals of the 60-meter hurdles where he was ninth in 8.83.
Next up will be the outdoor portion of the schedule that begins today in Crawfordsville with the J.O. Huntsman Relays at noon.
At the University of Southern Indiana, former Northview athlete John Latta competed in the distance events for the Screaming Eagles at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Meet.
Latta placed 11th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:33 as teammate Dustin Emerick won the event in 14:39. He also took 18th in the 3,000 meters in 9:00.36 behind Emerick's winning effort of 8:30.70.
The outdoor season begins on March 30 in St. Louis for USI.
At Indiana Tech, sophomore Samantha Solomon is competing in the shot put for the Warriors and finished 10th in the conference on Feb. 18 with a throw of 10.40 meters.