HOWARD COUNTY SQUADS IN THE IHSAA SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Pairing and results for Howard County teams in IHSAA tournament play.

SOFTBALL

Class 4A Sectional 7 at Harrison HS

May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Kokomo def. McCutcheon 7-0

#18 Harrison def. Zionsville 9-4

May 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Kokomo def. #18 Harrison 11-3

Logansport def. Lafayette Jefferson 3-1

May 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Champ: Kokomo def. Logansport 16-2

Kokomo (18-8) at Hamilton SE (16-8) in regional on May 30

Class 3A Sectional 20 at Northwestern HS

May 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Western def. Peru 2-1

Northwestern def. Maconaquah 10-0

May 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Northwestern def. Western 4-1

Benton Central def. West Lafayette 12-1

May 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Champ: Northwestern def. Benton Central 1-0

NW (21-5) hosts SB St. Joe (24-4) in regional on May 30

Class 2A Sectional 39 at Eastern HS

May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

#1 Elwood def. Eastbrok 9-0

Taylor def. Blackford 8-3

May 23 at 5:30 p.m.

#1 Elwood def. Taylor 8-1

#13 Madison-Grant def. Eastern 10-1

May 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Champ: #1 Elwood (23-4) vs #13 Madison-Grant (21-6)

 

BASEBALL

Class 4A Sectional 7 at Kokomo Mun. Stad.

May 24 at 6:00 p.m.

#9 Lafayette Jeff  def. Logansport 3-1

Zionsville def. #4 Kokomo 7-3

May 29 at 11:00 a.m.

#9 Lafayette Jeff (19-5-2) vs Zionsville (18-11)

Harrison (14-13) vs McCutcheon (15-9)

May 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Championship game

Class 3A Sectional 20 at West Lafayette HS

May 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Northwestern def. Maconaquah 2-1 (3-17-1) vs Northwestern (5-16)

Benton Central def. Peru 10-2 (15-7) vs Peru (13-8)

May 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Northwestern (7-16) vs Benton Central (16-8)

#3 Western (16-5) vs West Lafayette (13-8)

May 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Championship game

Class 2A Sectional 39 at Blackford HS

May 24 at 6 p.m. 

Blackford def. Madison-Grant 8-0

May 27 at 11:00 a.m.

  1. Taylor (17-8-1) vs Eastern (12-10)
  2. Alexandria (12-16) vs Elwood (12-13)

May 27 at 11:00 a.m.

  1. Eastbrook (8-16) vs Blackford (15-12)
  2. Winner G2 vs Winner G3

May 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Championship game

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IU KOKOMO HEAD COACH TO HOST TOM CHURCH BASKETBALL ACADEMY

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – Tom Church may be new to Kokomo, but he already understands the rich history the city has with the game of basketball. As the newly minted head coach of the Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball program, Church wants local players to improve the game he loves. Next month, he will launch the Tom Church Basketball Academy for students in grades 4-9.

“We want to reach out into the community and build that relationship between IU Kokomo and players,” said Church, who coached last season at NCAA Division II St. Joseph’s College before the school closed. “We want to get kids involved. Summer basketball is about having fun. We want to get the kids into our gym, get to know the players and help improve their game.”

The basketball academy will take place from June 5-8 for boys entering grades 4-6 and June 19-22 for those entering grades 7-9 – both sessions are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cougar Gym (507 E. Superior St., behind Memorial Gymnasium). The cost of the four-day academy is $80 (lunch not included), and each student will receive a T-shirt and be instructed by Church, his staff and IUK players.

“The academy is a great opportunity for young boys to build player confidence through skill development and team play,” said Church. “The boys basketball day camp is designed to give kids a fun and exciting introduction to the fundamentals of basketball that will develop their basketball skills.”

Church said it is difficult to host a one-day camp because relationships cannot be built. He feels a multi-day camp will be more beneficial for younger players.

“They are going to get better during that week. More importantly, they will get drills that they can take with them and really work on their game. The goal is to show them how to work on their game and get better,” he said. “We will have some fun and build relationships. My goal is to have the fourth and fifth-graders go all the way through, returning each year.”

The IU Kokomo coach, who has facilitated camps for several years, said he will have his players on hand giving instruction to the academy participants.

“We will have a different focus each day, and the great thing is we will have our players there who can demonstrate certain things,” said Church. “Young players who have a goal to play college basketball will then be able to see what it will take to get there. We will be able to work with them one-on-one. We are excited. Parents will be able to drop their kids off with us for the day and we will help them get better in all facets of their game. It is about getting to know the kids in the community and them getting to know us.”

With most high schools also hosting camps, Church said there is no reason they should not be able to coincide. In fact, he has contacted local coaches and tried to schedule his academy during times school programs are idle.

“I think kids getting out and doing as many camps as they can is good,” said Church. “With skills and drills, I think we will bring something a little different than a high school coach. And maybe a high school coach will have their camp geared towards their own system. I think giving kids an option is a good thing.”

Church said there will be a one-day elite camp in August for high school players who have ambitions to play in college. He also has plans to work with middle and high school-aged players throughout the season.

For more information, contact Coach Church at (440) 812-5442 or churcht@iuk.edu. Additional information and an entry form is available by visiting www.tomchurchbasketball academy.com.

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IU KOKOMO HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AT THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS BANQUET

The IU Kokomo women’s golf team earned the Chancellor’s Cup for having the highest GPA. (Photo by Dean Hockney)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo athletic department recently gathered at Bel Air Events for its annual Celebration of Champions. The Cougars athletic program, which just finished its seventh season of competition, has grown from the original men’s basketball and volleyball teams to a total of seven teams, with two more starting this fall (women’s tennis and baseball).

IUK Chancellor Dr. Susan Sciame-Gieseke said she is thrilled with the growth of the program. She is also thankful for the way the student-athletes represent the school in public.

“It has been an outstanding year in almost every sport that we have,” she said. “They have represented us in ways that we are so proud. Everywhere I go, in the conference or at the NAIA National Conference, I was proud to say I was from Indiana University Kokomo. I am proud and humbled to lead such a great institution.”

IUK Athletic Director Greg Cooper said he was appreciative of the coaches who are leading the Cougar athletes. And while trying not to single any out, he did have additional praise for then interim women’s basketball head coach Carlee Cottrell, who took over the program mid-season and helped lead the Cougars to a River States Conference runners-up finish and a berth in the NAIA national tourney.

“I truly have one of the best jobs in the country, and I say that because my job is sports,” said Cooper. “But I take it seriously, and I know our coaches do as well.

“The change in basketball coaches was extremely difficult for the coaches and our students. We looked around the Kokomo area, but decided we had the right person right here. As a graduate student in the vigorous MBA program, (Cottrell) led this team in confidence, passion and maturity in a way no one expected.”

With nearly 240 in attendance, the rest of the event was dedicated to an awards program for the student-athletes. Junior Brooke Runyon led things off by earning the Cougar Community Spirit Award. The award is presented for an athlete’s commitment to community service both on and off the campus. Runyon was also recently recognized with the Women Helping Women Student Volunteer Leadership Award, which was presented by IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie.

Runyon, a secondary education major from Noblesville, serves as the American Red Cross blood drive coordinator for the campus through the Red Cross/NAIA Leadership Program. She said her goal is to help people overcome their fears about giving blood.

“It has taken a lot of hard work to make the blood drives happen, and I have had a lot of help along the way,” she said. “It meant a lot that my coach (Dr. Jason VanAlstine) would nominate me. I owe a lot to him as a mentor.”

Women’s basketball player Deja Felder was named the Female Athlete of the Year after becoming the first female member of the 1,000 Point Club and leading the Cougars to the NAIA Division II women’s national tournament. The junior finished ranked in the top 45 in the nation in nine categories, including No. 16 in steals (83) and No. 25 in assists (124).

Men’s basketball player Trent Elliott became the second Cougar in the men’s 1,000 Point Club, doing so in just two seasons, and was named the Male Athlete of the Year. He finished the season No. 12 in the nation in free throw percentage (.870) and No. 17 in points per game (21.06). The two-sport standout is also a member of the Cougars golf team.

In a close battle for the Chancellor’s Cup, the women’s golf team took top honors after accumulating a grade point average of 3.52.

“There is nothing that makes a chancellor happier than hearing these grades,” said Dr. Sciame-Gieseke. “This year was very close with our teams performing very well both on the field of competition and in the classroom. The second runners-up was the women’s cross country team with a 3.35. The first runners-up with a team GPA of 3.42 was the women’s volleyball team.”

“As a department, we had a 3.17 GPA in the fall and a 3.33 last spring,” added Cooper.

Also in academics, 24 Cougars were named RSC Scholar-Athletes as sophomores or above with a 3.25 GPA: (Volleyball) Lexi Brickner, Kaley Harness, Brook Karle, Nicole Sandmann, Elyse Younger, Lindi Thomas, Kaleigh Ensley and Casey Colgate; (women’s cross country) Hannah High, Karly Sprouse, Breanne Robertson and Brooke Runyon; (men’s cross country) Brad Jakes, Ethan Dubbels and Shad Jakes; (women’s basketball) Dejianna Butler and Deja Felder; (men’s basketball) Christian Smith and Toby VanLiew; (men’s golf) Seth Grimme, Kaleb Harness and Austin Welch; (women’s golf) Bailey Troutman and Lela Crawford.

Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes (junior or above with a 3.5 GPA) included Thomas, Ensley, Colgate, High, Sprouse, Robertson, Shad Jakes, Felder, Smith, Crawford and Troutman.

The Cougar Pride Scholarship was started a year ago thanks to a generous donation by Indiana University graduates and IU Kokomo supporters Dr. Richard and Betty Lasbury. This year’s recipients were men’s cross country sophomore Ethan Dubbels – a Northwestern High School graduate – and Deja Felder.

The City of Kokomo earned the Cougar Community Spirit Award. The city earned the award for supporting the Cougar athletic program, including providing the Foster Park tennis courts and Kokomo Municipal Stadium free of charge. Other awards included: Newcomer of the Year, McKenna Lundy (volleyball); Comeback Award, Shad Jakes (men’s cross country); Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, Brittany Sloan (women’s cross country); and the Legacy Award, Tyler Lucas (men’s cross country).

Senior awards were presented to: (Men’s golf) Ben Constable; (volleyball) Keeana Walton, Kaleigh Ensley and Kaley Harness; (women’s cross country) Hannah High and Breanne Robertson; (men’s cross country) Brad Jakes and Tyler Lucas; (men’s basketball) Micah Pier and Eric Miller.

For more on the IU Kokomo athletic program, visit www.iukcougars.com.

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