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Metro roundup: ISU hands out spring awards
The Indiana State University athletic community, along with family, friends and fans, paused Tuesday night to honor the spring sports teams at the Terre Haute Savings Bank Spring Sports Banquet.
Most of the ISU teams are still in competition with the baseball team having 13 games left of its regular-season schedule before beginning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament May 21, the softball team with just three games left of the docket this coming weekend against Southern Illinois and the track and field program with just one more meet before beginning its postseason events.
The ISU women’s golf team is the team that has ended at this time, with the group recording a sixth-place finish at the MVC championships one week ago.
Indiana State loses 2 in MVC softball
Indiana State aspired to upset Illinois State to get at least a doubleheader split in Missouri Valley Conference softball Thursday at Price Field as the Sycamores opened an eight-game season-ending homestand.
Paige Schreiner hit a two-run blast over the left-field fence in the fifth inning and junior Shelby Wilson delivered a sizzling RBI triple down the right-field line in the sixth as ISU ended the day playing well against the league’s highest-scoring offense.
The result was still a 5-3 loss to the Redbirds (26-18, 11-6 Missouri Valley Conference) as freshman Halle Humphrey gave up four runs in the first two innings. Humphrey, called upon to pitch the opener as well — she’s the only full-time pitcher remaining on the team — gave up six runs and eight hits as the Sycamores dropped a 6-1 game to start the day.
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.
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.
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.
Creighton sweep puts ISU in thick of things
In a difficult early-season Missouri Valley Conference schedule, Indiana State took its lumps. Unenviable back-to-back trips to contenders Missouri State and Wichita State had ISU reeling with five straight MVC losses eight days ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sanford seeking more from defense
According to Indiana State football coach Mike Sanford, defense had been ahead of the offense in the eight spring practices prior to Friday’s scrimmage. And it stood to reason.
METRO ROUNDUP: North, South well-represented on All-Star teams
Two Terre Haute schools, two Terre Haute coaches and four Terre Haute All-Stars.
When it comes to the 21st Annual North-South All-Star Classic on April14 at Rose-Hulman, it would be hard to discern any North-South bias.
UIC snaps ISU baseball team's five-game winning streak
Indiana State’s baseball team struggled offensively and on the mound through the first 8 1/2 innings, then its two-run ninth inning fell tantalizingly short in a 6-2 loss to Illinois-Chicago on a chilly Wednesday afternoon and evening at Bob Warn Field.
Despite snow, ISU football practices heating up
With the snow melting at Memorial Stadium, the Indiana State football team was still getting plenty of work done Tuesday afternoon during the Sycamores’ important first spring under new coach Mike Sanford.
Maintaining an outstanding defense will be vital to their ability to build upon last season’s success and several key defenders have been lost, particularly in the front seven.
Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Brian Cabral is enjoying his challenge with the Sycamores after spending 24 years coaching at his alma mater, Colorado. Cabral was an All-American linebacker for the Buffaloes before spending six of his eight years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.
He faces the challenge of replacing three starting linebackers and an All-American defensive end (Ben Obaseki) on a defense that was one of the stingiest in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2012.
Aaron Archie and Jacoby Washington have graduated and Georgia native Tarris Batiste has joined former ISU coach Trent Miles at Georgia State.
ISU’s Megan Stone honored by MVC
Indiana State sophomore Megan Stone has earned her first Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week honors, the league office announced this week.
Stone led the Sycamores in the three games they played, finishing the week with a .667 batting average. Stone went 6 for 9 at the plate with three runs batted in and crushed her fourth home run of the season Saturday. For the weekend, she also received two walks, leading to a .727 on-base percentage. For the season, Stone owns a .361 batting average and .447 on-base percentage with 19 RBIs and a team-leading four homers and nine doubles.
Ankle injury doesn’t slow down Sycamores’ ace
It probably won’t make the hitters from Southern Illinois feel any better today if they learn that Indiana State’s Sean Manaea was a question mark entering Friday afternoon’s game.
Metro Roundup: Big seventh inning propels Indiana State softball
The Indiana State softball team used a seven-run sixth inning to grab a 9-7 win over Missouri State in the Sycamores’ 2013 home opener Friday at Price Field.
Second half dooms ISU; Iowa wins NIT opener 68-52
For 20 minutes on Wednesday, Indiana State showed the nation why it earned a National Invitation Tournament bid.
For the last 20 minutes, the Sycamores showed why they lost eight of their last 10 games.
After controlling parts of the first half, ISU trailed by one at halftime, but its second-half inability to prevent mistakes ensured that its season would come to an end. Iowa won 68-52 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
ISU women start WNIT trail at Youngstown State
Climbing the ladder of success includes getting knocked down a rung on occasion.
Indiana State coach Teri Moren leads the Sycamores into the Women’s NIT today, making her first Division I postseason appearance as a head coach. The 18-12 Sycamores have lost three out of four, but it’s been an enjoyable season as ISU looks to match the most wins in a season since the 2006-07 team went 19-11.
Youngstown State is coming off a 72-45 loss in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals, but it’s been a historic season for the Penguins (22-9), who have made one of the best one-year turnarounds in the NCAA this season.
Ready for more: Rested ISU excited to make men's NIT run
Success in the National Invitation Tournament is often predicated on how a team approaches it.
Is the NIT a validation of a season that was more successful than expected? Or is it a disappointing consolation prize in season that had NCAA Tournament promise?
Indiana State’s men’s basketball team is hoping to take the former approach as it plays its first NIT game in 35 years as it travels to play Iowa at 7 p.m. today.
By the time the Sycamores takes the Carver-Hawkeye Arena floor tonight, it will have been 11 days since they last played. It seems an eternity, but the break away from basketball might have been just what they needed.
Sanford’s Sycamores picking up the pace
Indiana State football players and coaches bounced around on a sunny winter day at Memorial Stadium as the first day of spring practice officially initiated the Sycamores into the Mike Sanford era.
Sanford began the installation of a no-huddle offense, while associate head coach Brian Cabral will lead an aggressive, fast-paced defense.
“The tempo’s real nice,” said ISU quarterback Mike Perish, who threw for 1,615 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012. “We’ll have the ability to balance our offense a little bit more. Last year, we were a pretty heavy run team [with Shakir Bell racking up 1,475 yards]. We’ll be able to balance it out a little bit more. I’m just excited to keep learning more every day.”
Perish, 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman Robert Tonyan Jr., and former Northview standout Trent Lancaster worked in 7-on-7 against defenders with veteran receivers such as Tanner Riley, Demory Lawshe, Donald Spencer and former running back and defensive back Taje High.
Spring football marks Sanford era’s beginning
Change came to the Indiana State football program in November when Trent Miles left the Sycamores to take over at Georgia State. In December, Mike Sanford was hired to replace him.
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