Rounding Third 3-10-17
Thursday, March 09, 2017 2:28 PM
TIGER GYMNASTS END SEASON
The Northwestern Tigers finished fifth at the IHSAA Valparaiso Gymnastics Regional. Valparaiso took the team title with 113.150 points, followed by Chesterton (112.4) and Merrillville (109.225). The top three teams in each regional advanced to the state finals in Muncie. McCutcheon was fourth (105.9), Northwestern fifth (104.15) and Logansport sixth (98.85).
Northwestern’s best finish came from Regan Gross, who finished eighth on the floor exercise with a score of 9.225.
GIRLS HOOPS SENIOR TOP 60
The Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Senior Girls Workout took place on March 5 at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted all season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60. Kokomo’s Jayda Andrews was the lone local student-athlete selected to participate this season.
NORTHWESTERN ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
The Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame will host its annual induction banquet on March 10 in the Tiger Den Gym. Members being inducted are: (Gerald Hood Coaches Wing) Bill Keaffaber; (Brent Graber/Brian Hemmerly Athlete Wing) DeWayne Ewing, Scott Robinson, Katy Hinkle Yohn, Mary Klein Tuck, Rick Cardwell; (Gerald Sullivan Sports Reporters Wing) Dayton Merrell, Marsha Miller, Stan Rybolt.
For more information, contact the athletic office at (765) 457-8130 ext. 2033.
KPRD SOFTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION
The Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the men’s, women’s and co-ed slowpitch softball leagues. The deadline to register is Friday, March 10.
The fee for the men’s and women’s leagues is $478 per team. The fee for the co-ed league is $490 per team. The entry fee includes softballs. Men’s and women’s leagues will play a 14-game schedule while co-ed league will play 12 games. All leagues will end with a single-elimination tournament within their respective divisions. Rosters must have a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 20 players.
The league organization meeting for men’s league will be held on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodgers Pavilion in Highland Park. The league organization meeting for the women’s and co-ed leagues will be held on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodgers Pavilion.
League play will begin on May 1 and is open to players age 18 and older. For more information, call the KPRD office at (765) 456-7275.
ALL-STATE GIRLS HOOPS
The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association released its annual post-season honors, and seven student-athletes from the local area received recognition. Leading the way is Eastern High School junior Hailey Holliday, who was named IBCA Underclass Small School All-State First Team for those in classes 1A and 2A. Others receiving recognition include:
Senior All-State honorable mention: Kokomo’s Jayda Andrews, Tri-Central’s Taylor Davis, Northwestern’s Brianna Hahn.
Underclass All-State honorable mention: Northwestern’s Kendall Bostic, Tipton’s Cassidy Crawford, Northwestern’s Madison Layden,
The IBCA All-State teams are selected through a process organized by the IBCA and presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana. All IBCA-member head coaches have the opportunity to nominate players from their schools or opposing schools. A panel of 22 IBCA coaches (16 from the traditional non-class regional areas, plus six district representatives – two each from IHSAA Districts 1, 2 and 3), then meets to review those nominations, vote and finalize the selections.
PAL SOCCER REGISTRATIONS
The Kokomo Police Athletic League will hold registrations for its upcoming soccer league. In March, registrations will be accepted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays from 2-4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $55 per child and the season will start on April 15 and end on June 25. For more information, contact PAL Director Mark Snodgrass at email@example.com.
PERSONS EARNS MAC HONORS
Kokomo High School graduate and Ball State University sophomore Tayler Persons helped lead the Cardinals to its second consecutive Mid-American Conference West Division co-championship following an 87-82 victory over Northern Illinois. Franko House scored 22 points in his final home game to lead the Cardinals on Senior Night. Persons had 14 points and eight assists, while senior Ryan Weber and Trey Moses added 12 points each.
After the game, Persons earned Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honors and was named to the All-MAC Second Team. He averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game last week to earn the POW honors.
In the NIU game, Persons became the first Ball State player ever to surpass 500 points and 150 assists in a season. The point guard finished the week with 13 assists and just four turnovers. He wrapped up the regular season second in the MAC in assists per game (5.0) and eighth in scoring (16.2).
The Cardinals finished as part of a four-way tie for the second-best record in the overall league standings. They earned the No. 4 seed and a bye in next week’s MAC Tournament based on tiebreakers, in large part because their 9-1 record against the division put them ahead of Western Michigan.
Ball State wrapped up the regular season at 20-11 (11-7 MAC) and finished tied atop the West Division with the Broncos. It is the first time the Cardinals have won back-to-back division championships since the divisional format was implemented in 1998.
BSU also reached the 20-win mark in consecutive seasons for the first time since the early 1990s. The Cardinals finished the regular season by winning five of their final six games.
Ball State will play March 9 in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Cardinals will play at approximately 2:30 p.m. against the winner of Monday’s first-round game between No. 5 seed Western Michigan and No. 12 Miami.