Memorial’s Sullivan receives three more scholarship offers

The offers continue to pour in for Emily Sullivan, Memorial’s 6-foot-4 junior center. Minnesota, St. John’s and Miami (Ohio) are the latest group of schools to join the battle for her services. They all offered her a scholarship on Thursday, hiking the overall total to 11 schools.
She has also received offers from IUPUI, Boston University, the University of Evansville, Cal State Bakersfield, Indiana State, Valparaiso, Arkansas and Iowa State.
Sullivan, a member of the Indiana South Junior All-Stars, averaged 13.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and a school-record 6.0 blocks in leading the Tigers to a 19-6 record.
The Indiana Junior Stars will play the Indiana (senior) All-Stars on June 8 at Richmond and June 10 at Columbus North.

South Spencer, Jasper climb IHSBCA poll

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week four. Records are through games of Saturday, April 25, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indianapolis Cathedral 12-0 (180) 2
2. Floyd Central 12-1 (156) 1
3. LaPorte 14-1 (132) 6
4. Lake Central 6-1 (96) 3
5. Lawrence North 12-0 (90) 9
6. Columbus North (74) 8
6. Zionsville 6-1 (74) 5
8. McCutcheon 9-2 (32) NR-RV
9. Bedford North Lawrence 9-3 (30) 4
10. Harrison (West Lafayette) 10-3 (26) 10
Dropped out: Castle (7).
Received votes (alphabetically): Avon, Brownsburg, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Castle, Center Grove, Evansville North, Homestead, Lawrence Central, Mishawaka, Munster, Terre Haute South.

CLASS 3A
1. Crawfordsville 13-0 (98) 1
2. Hanover Central 12-0 (92) 2
3. Jasper 11-0 (72) 5
4. Andrean 11-2 (60) 4
5. Silver Creek 12-1 (54) 3
6. Yorktown 8-2 (26) 10
6. Norwell 7-2 (26) 6
8. Peru 6-1 (24) NR-RV
8. North Harrison 10-2 (24) 9
10. Charlestown 8-3 (16) 7
Dropped out: Lebanon (8).
Received votes: Fort Wayne Dwenger, Griffith, Lebanon, Leo, Maconaquah, Mitchell.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 8-0 (110) 2
2. South Spencer 10-2 (88) 3
3. Alexandria 9-2 (82) 1
4. Wapahani 10-3 (80) 4
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 10-4 (70) 5
6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 6-1 (44) 6
7. Sullivan 10-2 (36) 7
8. Lapel 9-1 (26) NR-RV
8. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 3-0 (26) 10
10. Austin 7-1 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Centerville (8), Eastern (Greene) (9).
Received votes: Centerville, Churubusco, Eastern (Greene), North Newton, Shenandoah, Woodlan.

CLASS A
1. Orleans 8-0 (110) 2
2. South Central (Elizabeth) 9-3 (108) 1
3. Rockville 8-1 (98) 3
4. Pioneer 7-1 (76) 4
5. Shakamak 1-2 (48) 5
6. Frontier 9-4 (46) 6
7. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 0-3 (32) 10
8. Rising Sun 7-2 (30) NR-RV
8. Barr-Reeve 2-2 (30) 8
10. Hauser 6-4 (28) 7
Dropped out: Daleville (9).
Received votes: Caston, Daleville, Jac-Cen-Del, Morgan Township, North White, Northeast Dubois, Tecumseh.

Reitz sixth man Barnes headed to Lincoln Trail College

Mario Barnes, a senior guard who helped lead Reitz High School to a berth in the Class 4A state championship game, has committed to Lincoln Trail, a junior college in Robinson, Illinois. The Panthers’ sixth man most of his senior year, he averaged 7.2 points after averaging 10.5 as a sophomore and 10.2 as a junior. His career mark was 8.9.
Lincoln Trail should be a good fit for the speedy Barnes, who becomes the fifth Reitz senior to announce he will go on to play college basketball. Jaelan Sanford is headed for the University of Toledo. Nate Hansen to Vincennes U., and Alex Stein and Jacob Norman to the University of Southern Indiana.
Dru Smith, an Indiana South Junior All-Star, is getting looks from Indiana State, among others. If he continues to improve, junior guard Blake Ruckman could also go on to play college ball.

South Spencer’s 7-run 7th stuns Titans

Hannah Epperson’s two-run double highlighted a seven-run seventh as visiting South Spencer snapped a scoreless tie to beat Pocket Athletic Conference rival Gibson Southern, 7-0, in a regular season softball showdown of epic proportions on Thursday night.
“We faced a really good pitcher (Jaime Nurrenbern) and it took a while to make adjustments,” said Rebels coach Tara Compton. “We saw her a couple of times and were finally able to get something rolling toward the end of the game.”
Kaylea Horn fired a three-hitter for Class 2A No. 1-ranked South Spencer (10-0, 3-0). The Rebels avenged a 3-2 9-inning loss to Gibson Southern last year. The 3A No. 2-ranked Titans are 11-3, 2-2.
Gibson Southern went on to win the PAC title last season and finished as 3A state runners-up. South Spencer went on to win the 2A state championship.

Memorial’s Stachowski to attend Wabash College

Memorial senior Ben Stachowski announced that he will play baseball and basketball next season for Wabash College, a NCAA Division III member.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Stachowski averaged 13.5 points in 15 games in helping lead the Tigers to an 18-7 record in basketball. He battled a variety of injuries in both sports, but once he became healthy last winter Memorial’s basketball team took off, winning eight in a row before losing to Vincennes Lincoln in the Class 3A regional finals.
“Wabash is a D-III school with a good mix of academics and sports,” said Dave Stachowski, Ben’s father.

Pendleton transfers to Minnesota State-Mankato

Bosse High School graduate Jalen Pendleton has announced that he is transferring from Southern Illinois University to Minnesota State-Mankato. Since he is transferring from a NCAA Division I school to a Division II school, he will not have to sit out next season.
Pendleton, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound guard, will have one year of eligibility remaining. He averaged 9.1 points as a sophomore for the Salukis and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench Team. But his scoring average dipped to 6.6 as a junior, even though he started 14 games. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds.
Minnesota State-Mankato finished 24-8 last season, advancing to the Division II tournament. Pendleton is one of five former Salukis who elected to transfer at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. He lifted Bosse to the Class 3A semistate in 2012.
SIU finished 12-21 this past season.

Jasper trending up in latest IHSBCA poll

 Jasper’s Cal Krueger delivers a pitch to a Castle batter in the second inning of their game at Castle High School Thursday evening. DENNY SIMMONS / COURIER & PRESS

Jasper’s Cal Krueger delivers a pitch to a Castle batter in the second inning of their game at Castle High School Thursday evening. DENNY SIMMONS / COURIER & PRESS

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week three. Records are through games of Saturday, April 18, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Floyd Central 10-0 (140) 1
2. Indpls. Cathedral 10-0 (126) 2
3. Lake Central 4-1 (84) 3
4. Bedford N. Lawrence 9-1 (80) 8
5. Zionsville 5-1 (56) 7
6. LaPorte 10-1 (54) NR
7. Castle 8-3 (50) T4
8. Columbus North (48) T4
9. Lawrence North 10-0 (42) NR-RV
10. Harrison (West Lafayette) 9-1 (26) NR-RV
Dropped out: Noblesville (T4), Hobart (9), Munster (10).
Receiving votes (alphabetically): Evans. North, Hamilton Southeastern, Hobart, McCutcheon, Mishawaka, Munster, Noblesville, Terre Haute South.

CLASS 3A
1. Crawfordsville 10-0 (90) 8
2. Hanover Central 9-0 (76) 5
3. Silver Creek 9-1 (74) 2
4. Andrean 3-1 (72) 1
5. Jasper 8-0 (46) NR-RV
6. Norwell 5-1 (38) 7
7. Charlestown 6-3 (32) 10
8. Lebanon 5-2 (28) 4
9. North Harrison 9-1 (24) NR
10. Yorktown 6-2 (20) 6
Dropped out: Griffith (3), Batesville (9).
Received votes: Fort Wayne Dwenger, Griffith, New Palestine, Peru, West Vigo.

CLASS 2A
1. Alexandria 6-0 (100) 2
2. Knightstown 5-0 (78) 5
3. South Spencer 5-2 (68) 3
4. Wapahani 6-3 (62) 1
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 7-4 (56) 6
6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 4-1 (40) 7
7. Sullivan 8-1 (38) NR
8. Centerville 6-3 (22) 10
9. Eastern (Greentown) 5-1 (20) NR
10. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 2-0 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Mater Dei (4), Indpls. Cardinal Ritter (8), Forest Park (9).
Received votes: Austin, Evans. Mater Dei, Lapel, Lewis Cass, North Knox, Providence, Woodlan.

CLASS A
1. South Central (Elizabeth) 6-2 (130) 1
2. Orleans 5-0 (108) 3
3. Rockville 5-1 (94) 4
4. Pioneer 6-1 (82) 8
5. Shakamak 1-2 (78) 2
6. Frontier 7-3 (66) T5
7. Hauser 6-2 (58) 10
8. Barr-Reeve 4-1 (34) 7
9. Daleville 4-2 (26) T5
10. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 0-1 (26) 9
Dropped out: None.
Received votes: Jac-Cen-Del, North Daviess, North White, Northeast Dubois, Rising Sun, South Newton.

Memorial’s Sullivan gets offer from IUPUI

Emily Sullivan, a 6-foot-4 junior center from Memorial High School, has been offered a scholarship by IUPUI.
She was previously offered by Boston University, the University of Evansville, Cal State Bakersfield, Indiana State, Valparaiso, Arkansas and Iowa State. Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown has made an in-house visit to Sullivan.
She averaged 13.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and a school-record 6.0 blocks last season and is a member of the Indiana Junior South All-Stars.

Pierce sets Castle school record

Castle High School senior Quentin Pierce set a new school record with a time of 4:16.1 on Friday at the “Miracle Mile” at Franklin Central. He placed fourth among 60 runners. David Goodman held the old mark of 4:18.1 in 1995.
Pierce, who signed with Indiana State University, placed 10th in the 1,600 meters at the 2014 state track meet in Bloomington. He was a school-record best 11th at the state cross country meet last fall.

Chezem moves from Covington to Loogootee

Kent Chezem, who guided Covington High School to the No. 1 ranking in Class A at the conclusion of this past regular season, was named Loogootee’s new boys’ basketball coach at a school board meeting Friday.
During his tenure at Covington, his teams posted a record of 152-94 in 11 seasons, including 52-14 the past three years. The Trojans won three sectional championships and advanced to the final eight in postseason in 2005 and 2010.
He will inherit three starters from last season’s Loogootee team that finished 8-15 under interim coach Michael Hopkins.
“The tradition at Loogootee and their love of basketball is second to none,” said Chezem, 46. “Everybody in the state of Indiana and beyond knows about what coach Jack Butcher has done there. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to have a chance to lead the program.”
Hopkins stepped into the breach when former coach Mike Wagoner abruptly resigned in September to become an assistant at South Knox. Wagoner guided Loogootee to a 90-44 record in six seasons, including the Class A state championship in 2012.
Loogootee’s gym is named Jack Butcher Arena, after the legendary figure who is Indiana’s all-time winningest coach with a 860-250 record in 45 years. Butcher, who retired following the 2002 season, guided the Lions to a berth in the single-class 1975 state championship game.