Former Clay City Eel standout Avalee Jeffers recently etched her name in the SMWC record books when she had nine steals in a game. That figure is good for secondin program history.
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
As the cold hands of winter began to thaw a bit, college basketball and indoor track and field is now joined by softball and baseball as athletes in those sports head south to begin their seasons.
Clay City’s Avalee Jeffers has helped the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College basketball team surge of late. The Pomeroys won their second straight game on Wednesday evening with a 90-67 pummeling of Danville Area Community College.
Jeffers notched a career-high 15 points and also contributed a robust stat line that included eight steals, five rebounds and three assists.
In a 101-83 win on Sunday afternoon, Jeffers came off the bench to play 16 minutes and had three points along with four rebounds and two assists against Robert Morris University-Springfield.
On Feb. 7, Jeffers notched herself into the Pomeroy record books when she posted nine steals against Midway University. The total is good for second-place in the school record books. She also posted three points, six rebounds and five assists.
Overall this season, Jeffers has played in 22 games, starting 12, and has averaged 6.5 points per game while shooting 49-percent from the field. She also has averaged 3.2 steals per contest along with four rebounds.
At Division II University of Southern Indiana, former Northview Knight Mikayla Rowan is finishing her senior campaign strong.
Rowan has lead the team in rebounding in five of the last nine games for the 15-7 Screaming Eagles squad.
The six-footer posted 12 rebounds on Feb. 2 at Bellarmine just a few days after pulling down 10 at home against Drury. She scored a season-high 11 points twice, once at Rockhurst on Jan. 17 and on Jan. 10 against Truman State.
Overall, Rowan has averaged 21 minutes per game and has shot 42-percent from the field and averaged 5.2 points per game. She has also snagged an average of six rebounds per contest.
Plenty of Midwestern college baseball teams have headed to warmer climes in the south with a handful of Clay County High School graduates competing.
Former Northview standout Braydon Tucker made his season debut for Indiana University in game two of a three-game set against the Memphis Tigers on Saturday.
Tucker came in out of the bullpen to pitch two strong innings, allowing two hits and three unearned runs. He walked one and faced eight batters for the Hoosiers.
The 2-1 Hoosiers will remain in-state heading from Memphis to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on the Volunteers in three games beginning on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Former Clay City High School baseball standout Hunter Wolfe is with the Division I Dayton Flyers this season.
Wolfe started his collegiate pitching career with Purdue University as a freshman before transferring to Wabash Valley College last season.
On Friday afternoon, Wolfe got the start for the Flyers in the season opener against the 13th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Wolfe pitched six innings, allowing five earned runs and seven hits while walking four and striking out four during his stint.
At Vincennes University, Northview alum Luke Lancaster saw an inning of mound work for the Trailblazers against West Georgia Tech in the season opening series. Lancaster allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two.
Brigham Booe, a Northview grad, got his season started with the Olney Central’s baseball team at Union College.
Nate Thomas, also a Northview graduate, enters his junior season with Spalding University located in Louisville, Ky.
Track and field
Northview grad Michael Heading wrapped up the fall season with the Franklin College football team and has transitioned into the indoor track season with the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies placed eighth at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Track and Field Meet in Defiance, Ohio.
Heading turned in a personal-best time of 53.27 in the 400 meters to place eighth.
On Feb. 9, Heading placed 12th in the 800 meters at the DePauw Invitational with a time of 2:04.90. He also ran to a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters (53.77) and eighth in the 200 meters (25.12) at the Tiger Small College Indoor Invite on Feb. 1.
The versatile Heading has also competed in the mile and the 1,000 meter events this season for Franklin.
At IUPUI, senior Ashley Kidwell, a Northview High School graduate raced to a seventh-place finish on Feb. 9 in the 3,000 meters (11:48.65) at the Indianapolis Team Invite.
Fellow Northview grad, Cam Trout, is recovering from injury for the Indiana State Sycamore track and field team. However, he competed back on Dec. 8 and placed second in the 3,000 meters (8:37.44) at the Indiana State Early Bird Meet.