Creek latest to leave IU’s basketball program
Just a few weeks ago, one of the big questions surrounding Indiana University basketball was how the Hoosiers would contend with too many players and not enough scholarship spots.
That’s not a problem for coach Tom Crean anymore.
As of now, the Hoosiers are one scholarship under the 13-scholarship limit after Wednesday’s announcement that Maurice Creek was leaving the program.
Creek has another season of college eligibility, but chose to leave Indiana to seek more playing time. He’ll graduate from IU next week and will try to play elsewhere as a graduate student immediately.
“I feel like I would have a better opportunity for more playing time at another school where I can be eligible right away,” Creek said in a press release announcing his departure.
Metro roundup: ISU baseball’s Alumni Weekend coming in May
The Indiana State baseball team will be hosting its Alumni Weekend on May 16-18, with its annual golf outing taking place May 17 at Idle Creek Golf Course.
The Sycamores will be host to Bradley on May 16-18 before heading to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at Normal, Ill., the following week.
Idle Creek (5353 Eldridge Road) will be hosting the golf outing again, with registration and lunch starting at 11 a.m. before the event tees off at noon. Individuals can register for $100 with a foursome costing $400. Package A includes a foursome and a hole sponsorship for $500 while an individual hole sponsorship costs $150. Lunch, a cart and an Indiana State baseball cap will be included for all the golfers.
Beginning May 1, Indiana State plays 12 of its final 13 regular-season games on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium, including weekend series against Evansville (May 3-5), Alcorn State (May 10-12) and Bradley (May 16-18).
For more information on Alumni Weekend or the golf outing, contact ISU assistant coach Tyler Herbst at 812-237-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
METRO ROUNDUP: Rose-Hulman baseball to play DePauw on Thursday after Tuesday's rain
The Rose-Hulman baseball team has rescheduled its non-conference game with DePauw to Thursday night.
The start time remains 7 p.m. for the single nine-inning game that was originally scheduled for today. Tuesday’s scheduled Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game at Anderson was moved to Sunday because of rain.
ISU, MVFC brace for change at FCS football level
It seemed so far-fetched.
Internet rumors circulated that Indiana State had been approached by the Sun Belt Conference to bring the Sycamores’ football team into the Sun Belt’s fold.
The Sun Belt is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Bowl football. Big boy football … and all it entails.
ISU football in good spirits after healthy Spring Game
Was Saturday afternoon’s weather an omen for Indiana State football as the Sycamores wrapped up spring practice with the annual Blue-White Game at Memorial Stadium? After several practices conducted in less-than-perfect conditions, they’d like to think so.
METRO ROUNDUP: TH native Gutish places at X Games
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Gutish, a junior at Terre Haute North High School, placed fifth in the women’s endurocross main event as part of the Global X Games, which were televised live by ESPN on Thursday night from the city of Foz do Iguaeu in Brazil, South America.
Loyola ready to take big step
Loyola University and the Missouri Valley Conference took their first steps together Friday and the MVC is hoping the Ramblers don’t have to take too many baby steps before they become a competitive part of the conference.
Sanford wraps up first spring with ISU
The final day of Indiana State football’s first Mike Sanford experience is upon the Sycamores.
Metro/Prep roundup: Wet grounds can’t stop ISU golf outing
The team of Kevin Bruning, Bryan Anten, Greg Wilkins and Greg White won by six shots Friday in the annual Indiana State University football golf outing at Idle Creek.
Drug-testing, discipline at Indiana State among toughest among its peers for athletics
No matter the level of sport, drug testing can be a stealthy exercise.
To a degree, that’s by design. The very nature of random drug tests dictates that they are done without notice or pomp and circumstance. Privacy of the athletes who take the tests is paramount and is a valued part of the process.
Though positive tests that occur at an NCAA-sponsored event have specific penalties per sport, each school is charged with creating its own policies for regular season contests. It creates a gaggle of policies where there’s little uniformity among the NCAA’s schools.
One thing most NCAA schools have in common? Unlike professional sports, positive tests by collegians are almost never announced to the public.
Indiana State baseball's five-game winning streak snapped against SIU-E
Riding high with a five-game winning streak entering its Wednesday game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, it didn’t seem as if Indiana State was in need of a wake-up call.
But it got one just the same.
Lansing excited about Etherington's signing with Sycamores
The spring signing period for men’s basketball is usually a time to use available scholarships to load up on junior college additions and transfers.
To find a diamond-in-the-rough at the high school level who can give you four years? That’s harder to come by.
Second City in the Valley: Loyola joins the MVC
For the first time in its history, the Missouri Valley Conference will have a home in the Second City.
The Chicago Tribune confirmed Saturday via a Loyola University source that the Ramblers will replace Creighton as the MVC’s 10th team. Loyola — a member of the Horizon League — will join the MVC effective July 1.
Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman — who was part of the MVC search committee that scouted potential replacements for Creighton — confirmed Sunday that the Ramblers were in the MVC loop.
Valley talent, ISU recruits on display today at Rose-Hulman
Eleven Wabash Valley players plus two Indiana State recruits and another player who will draw fans from Clark County, Ill., will be featured today at the 25th annual North-South Indiana All-Star Classic at Rose-Hulman.
Sponsored by Hoosier Basketball Magazine and Pacesetter Sports, the event includes a 2 p.m. girls game followed by a 4 p.m. boys contest. Tickets are $10.
The girls team includes 11 members of the Indiana All-Stars, including Sullivan’s Rhagen Smith. Two other highly touted girls, Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg and Taya Reimer of Hamilton Southeastern, will be in attendance and be recognized but will not play due to other all-star commitments, including the recent McDonald’s All-America game.
New Purdue coach takes backseat at first spring game
Purdue coach Darrell Hazell took plenty of notes Saturday and now he’ll have plenty to ponder heading into fall practice.
Instead of calling plays at Saturday’s spring football game, Purdue’s new coach spent most of the afternoon walking around in a white windbreaker and black baseball cap analyzing every play from the offensive backfield. His early conclusion: The Boilermakers look better than they did four weeks ago when spring practice began but still have room for lots of improvement.
“I really like the direction we’re heading,” Hazell said after his first spring game in West Lafayette. “Obviously, there’s a lot of work to be done before we open up the season, but I think they’re starting to understand what it takes to be a better football team.”
Purdue didn’t show much during the game and that was by design. Hazell acknowledged he limited the play-calling for both offenses and both defenses in an effort to keep things simple.
Metro roundup: ISU softball shows power but falls to Creighton
Three different Indiana State batters combined to hit four home runs as the Sycamores’ softball team fell in both games of a doubleheader to Creighton on Saturday at Price Field.
In the first game, the Sycamores struck first in the bottom of the first inning but could not rally behind freshman Halle Humphrey’s complete game as the Sycamores lost, 3-1.
Junior Shelby Wilson gave the Sycamores an early lead as she hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead.
The Bluejays battled back in the top of the third when Creighton sophomore Bri Lingl hit a bases-loaded deep flyball to center field that was misplayed by the Sycamore center fielder, allowing three unearned runs to score, giving the Bluejays a 3-1 advantage.
The Sycamores threatened in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Ashley Dickerson hit a one-out double to right center before a walk by freshman Kelsey Montgomery. Both runners advanced on a groundout by junior Morgan Allee before a groundout ended the inning.
But the Sycamores could get no closer.
Sycamore baseball holds off Creighton rally
By his own estimation, Indiana State baseball coach Rick Heller has been involved in close to 2,000 baseball games. If anyone has seen it all on the field, he’d be as good a candidate as any.
Devin Moore pitches gem in 6-1 victory over Creighton
A hip injury suffered by Indiana State ace starting pitcher Sean Manaea shuffled the Sycamores’ starting rotation for the second weekend running as it opened a Missouri Valley Conference home series against Creighton on Friday.
Sanford gets 2nd look at Sycamores
In the immediate aftermath of a practice, game, or in Friday’s case for Indiana State, a scrimmage, most football coaches defer to the film to paint a true picture of what was and wasn’t done. ISU coach Mike Sanford is no different. With the flurry of activity on both sides of the ball, it’s hard to get a true evaluation of anything watching it live.
Metro Sports: Mascari runs career-best 10K for Sea Ray win
Terre Haute North alumnus John Mascari won the 10,000 meters at the Sea Ray Relays on Friday night at the University of Tennessee.
ISU center FN Lutz glad to be back in the middle of things
For someone who missed an entire season due to a knee injury, Indiana State center FN Lutz has certainly kept himself visible since then.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU's Brandon Pounds the top collegian in Sea Ray relays
Indiana State senior Brandon Pounds was the top collegian in the men’s hammer throw and fellow senior Felisha Johnson opened up the Sycamores’ three-day competition at the University of Tennessee’s Sea Ray relays with a second-place finish in the women’s hammer throw.
Stealing records: ISU softball’s offense gaining momentum
The Indiana State softball offense is no juggernaut, but the fog may be clearing on a program that has had a long history of struggles with few signs of consistent winning.
Explosive, dedicated athletes like Morgan Allee and Megan Stone are two reasons to believe this group of Sycamores can spark a turnaround.
The Sycamores are scoring an average of 3.1 runs per game while also ranking in the middle of the Missouri Valley Conference pack in hits and batting average. But the Sycamores are on pace to break the school record for on-base percentage as they lead the MVC in walks, hit-by-pitches, sacrifice bunts and stolen bases.
Allee, with 17 regular-season games to go, broke the school record for stolen bases in a season Tuesday against IUPUI and is among the 10 best in the NCAA. Her total of 30 makes up almost half of ISU’s 74.
“I’m so big [that] they think I won’t go. It works out well,” the stocky shortstop said.
IU’s Cody Zeller also going pro
When Cody Zeller was asked when he decided to leave Indiana University early to enter the NBA, he sidestepped the question.
“After a while, you just kind of know,” Zeller said Wednesday as he formally announced he was leaving IU’s basketball program. “I knew barring injury or anything, this might be my last year; I was enjoying every last minute of it.”
Zeller turned down the opportunity to go to the NBA last season, but the chance to achieve his lifetime goal was too much to deny a second time — even if he leaves the Hoosiers without a national title.
“That’s always the goal,” Zeller said, acknowledging that the chance at a national championship was a key factor in his decision to return to IU last season. “We had a great team this year, with a lot of depth, a lot of great players. Unfortunately we couldn’t make that happen, but we definitely had a successful year with how many wins we had, the Big Ten championship.”
ISU's Koby Kraemer honored by MVC
Indiana State’s Koby Kraemer, who led the Sycamores with a .700 batting average during their weekend baseball set at Wichita State last weekend, has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, according to an annoucement Wednesday by the league office.
Kraemer joins senior pitcher Devin Moore (March 27) and sophomore outfielder Landon Curry (March 20) on the list of ISU baseball student-athletes who have been recognized with the weekly award so far this season.
The Terre Haute native tallied three multi-hit games and three doubles during the Sycamores’ series in Wichita, Kan., scoring three runs over the weekend. Kraemer posted another multi-hit game against Purdue on Tuesday, going 2 for 4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored as the Sycamores won 10-5.
Indiana’s Cody Zeller heading to NBA decision
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana’s Cody Zeller is expected to announce his future plans this afternoon.
ISU’s QB battle
Quarterback battles come in all shapes and sizes, but one could forgive Indiana State’s Mike Perish, Robert Tonyan Jr. and Trent Lancaster if they feel a bit more beleaguered than your average signal-caller.
Not only is the trio fighting for the right to be named ISU’s starter by the Sycamores’ football opener Aug. 29 at Indiana University, but all three also are trying to learn a new offense, they’re acclimating themselves to new coach Mike Sanford’s different way of running things, and they’re trying to maintain harmony amongst each other, so whoever the ultimate winner is can effectively lead the team without angst.
All of it is playing out during ISU’s spring practice, and so far, none of the quarterback candidates have separated themselves from the pack.
IU star Oladipo chooses NBA
Victor Oladipo and Tom Crean slowly walked to midcourt at Assembly Hall together on Tuesday afternoon, sharing a few words before addressing the waiting media.
The usually ebullient Oladipo had a serious demeanor as coach Crean talked about what Oladipo had meant to Indiana University’s basketball program.
Then it was Oladipo’s turn, to make it official.
“I will be growing and going on and entering the NBA Draft,” he said.
Oladipo’s decision wasn’t entirely unexpected. He entered the season as an NBA prospect but raised his stock dramatically with a year that saw him win several individual awards.
He was the Sporting News National Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Kansas’ Jeff Withey.
Sycamores wrap up season sweep of Purdue in baseball
Jordan Pearson went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and all nine position starters for the Indiana State baseball team recorded at least one hit, leading the Sycamores to a 10-5 victory and a season sweep of Purdue in front of 679 fans Tuesday at Bob Warn Field.
ISU claimed its second consecutive game and improved to 14-13 overall, while Purdue dropped to 11-19. The Sycamores are 4-1 against the Big Ten Conference this season after sweeping their two-game series with the Boilermakers and winning two out of three at Minnesota in mid-March.
ISU and Purdue combined for nine runs over the first three innings as the Sycamores took a 5-4 lead. Pearson (single), Mike Fitzgerald (single), Tyler Wampler (one-run single), Landon Curry (single) and Cody Zimmerman (two-run single) tallied five consecutive hits with one out in the bottom of the second inning as ISU scored four runs in the frame.
Metro roundup: ISU’s Allee breaks steals record in twinbill split
Junior Morgan Allee broke the ISU single-season stolen bases record as the Indiana State softball team split a doubleheader with the Jaguars of IUPUI Tuesday at Price Field.
ISU defeated IUPUI 7-0 in the opener and fell 17-6 in the nightcap.
“It's nice to be able to get records but it's really not that important to me,” Allee said about breaking the record. “I would rather us win every game than for me to personally break any records.”
Allee led off the bottom of the first inning of the first game with a walk and promptly stole second base to break the ISU single-season record.
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