TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State’s women’s soccer team opens its 2012 season Friday at Memorial Stadium and will be assisting the Catholic Charities food bank during the game.
Fans can receive free admission to the game against SIU Edwardsville by donating at least two items while entering the stadium. The food bank is asking for non-perishable items, canned goods and boxed items while also asking for fans to avoid glass jars.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. between the Sycamores and Cougars. Fans that cannot make it to Terre Haute for the game can follow along with live statistics at GoSycamores.com and live in-game updates on Twitter at @ISUsoccer.
• Sycamores ranked 23rd — Indiana State is ranked No. 23 in The Sports Network Preseason Poll announced Monday.
ISU is one of five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams to garner the preseason recognition. North Dakota State, the defending national champion, is ranked No. 2 while Northern Iowa is No. 9. Youngstown State is No. 13, Illinois State is No. 19 and the Sycamores are No. 23.
All 10 MVFCS teams received at least one vote.
The Sycamores are coming off back-to-back 6-5 campaigns, marking the first time the program has seen consecutive winning seasons since 1995 and 1996. Another winning season in 2012 would give ISU three in a row for the first time since 1967-69.
The Sports Network has already honored running back Shakir Bell in the preseason by naming him to the Walter Payton Award watch list; he finished second in the Payton Award voting last season. Likewise, defensive end Ben Obaseki is on the Buck Buchanan Award watch list after appearing there as well in 2011.
Indiana State begins the 2012 season at Indiana at 8 p.m. Sept. 1, a game that will be nationally televised on The Big Ten Network.
• Short wins again — At Paragon, Brady Short won a feature race for the second straight night in action at Paragon Speedway on Saturday.
Short won the feature for sprint cars. He also won the sprint main on Friday at Bloomington Speedway.
Doug Heck of Brazil won his heat and finished fifth in the sprint main.
Other winners were Bryson Clark in hornets, Trent Niflis in super stocks, Tim Wright in bombers and Aaron Acres in pure stocks.
Heat winners — Greg Garrison, Lucas Jackson.
Feature — Bryson Clark, Jackson, Garrison, Brayton Arthur, Chris Hanners, Jesse Cooper, Ralph Robertson, Jeff Herron, Justin Jeffries, James Lane.
Heat winners — Jordan Kinser, Brian Lake, Chris Babcock, Doug Heck, Pat Giddeons (B-main 1), Bub Cummings (B-main 2).
Feature — Brady Short, Eric Smith, Josh Cunningham, Chase Briscoe, Heck, Kinser, Lake, Jon Sciscoe, Cummings, Giddeons.
Heat winners — Trent Niflis, Jeremy Potts, Steve Hollars.
Feature — Niflis, Rob Paris, Travis Howe, Roy Bruce Jr., Winston Howe, Steve Hollars, Marty Cooper, Jake Leitzman, Raymond Crone, Buddy Frye.
Heat winners — Christian Kline, Chris McCoy, Tyler Neal, Anthony Dayhuff (B-main).
Feature — Tim Wright, April Ditton, Neal, Jason Trader, John Hager, Don Baker, Jason Trimmer, Barry Hicks, Robert Machian, Brad Leitzman.
Heat winners — Bret Sherrow, Baily Hicks, Aaron Acres.
Feature — Acres, Jon Dotson, Don Grant, Ben Daniel, Jarrod White, Matthew Cooley, Sherrow, Dakota Lanham, Tim Houk, David Truax.
• Darland prevails — At Hartford, Mich., Dave Darland won the feature race in U.S. Auto Club sprint car racing Saturday at Hartford Motor Speedway.
Darland led the last 20 turns to win the 30-lap main, his fifth USAC feature win of the season. Jon Stanbrough took second to maintain his lead in the sprint point totals.
Chase Stockon won his heat and was fifth in the main. He moved into eighth in the point totals going into August 23 action at Kokomo Speedway.
Fast qualifier — Levi Jones.
Heat winners — Bobby East, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr.
Feature — Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou, Jones, Stockon, Tracy Hines, Damion Gardner, Bryan Clauson, Chris Windom, East, Hunter Schuerenberg, Dustin Daggett, Thomas, Steve Irwin, Jay Steinebach.
USAC sprint point leaders — Stanbrough 1,505, Jones 1,499, Darland 1,406, Clauson 1,298, Gardner 1,222, Hines 1,195, Ballou 1,157, Stockon 1,147, Thomas 1,137, Schuerenberg 1,105.
• Puterbaugh posts win — At Putnamville, Billy Puterbaugh was a feature winner in Saturday’s race action at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Puterbaugh won his heat and the main event for sprint cars. Other winners were C.J. Bryan in bombers, Doug McCullough in super stocks and Rob Fuqua in UMP modifieds.
Hoosier Sprint Car Series racing will be part of this week’s card.
Heat winners — Brandon Roundtree (B-main), Josh Settles, Curt Leonard, Harry Shepherd.
Feature — C.J. Bryan, Marlin Burns, Leonard, David Wallen, David Bumgardner, Justin Minardo, Ron Smith, Roundtree, Frank Cotton, Tom Courtney.
Heat winners — Jeff Bland Jr., Billy Puterbaugh, Keaton Dobbs, Brad Barrow (B-main).
Feature — Puterbaugh, Bland, Josh Burton, Tyler Courtney, A.J. Anderson, A.J. Hopkins, Garrett Abrams, Levi Shields, Rick Vaughn, Brad Barrow, Dobbs, Matt Goodnight, Lance Hayden, Brent Beauchamp, A.J. Martin.
Heat winners — Doug McCullough, Travis Heramb.
Feature — McCullough, Steve Peeden, Kenny Carmichael, Mike Staggs, Troy Clark, Heramb, Kenny Carmichael Jr., Josh McDaniel, Steve Ware, A.J. Smith.
Heat winners — Paul Bumgardner, Carmichael Jr., Bradley Sterrett, Chris Brewer, Chuck Walden (B-main).
Feature — Rob Fuqua, Carmichael Jr., Sterrett, Bumgardner, Eric Varner, Kent Robinson, Craig Conyer, Brewer, Carmichael Sr., Jaymie Turner.