Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 4, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, March 4

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Snyder steps down as Lady Kats’ coach

Kokomo girls basketball coach Jason Snyder on Monday submitted his letter of resignation prior to the school board’s monthly meeting.

“Even though it was a very difficult decision, I know it is the right decision,” Snyder said in a press release. “I also believe this is the best decision for the girls basketball program and its future. I am very excited about the future of the program and where it is headed.”

Snyder will continue to work as Kokomo’s athletic director.

Snyder had a 101-68 record in eight seasons with the Red and Blue. He led Kokomo to a Class 4A sectional title in 2008 and North Central Conference titles in 2008 and ‘10.

Kokomo went 11-9 this season.

In the press release, Snyder noted his appreciation for the support from his family, the athletic department staff and his coaching staff.

Boys basketball coach Brian McCauley tipped his hat to Snyder. The two are former teammates on Basil Mawbey-coached teams at KHS.

“In my opinion, you cannot find a better person than Jason Snyder. [He] is in coaching and teaching for all the right reasons,” McCauley said in the release. “I have never witnessed a situation where Jason did not put the student-athlete first.”

Trinity’s Woodard makes NCCAA squad

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Former Kokomo Lady Kat Clarissa Woodard on Monday earned selection to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s All-North Central Region team after leading Trinity International in scoring and rebounding.

Woodard started all 27 games for Trinity International this season, averaging 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The Trojan senior finished the season ranked ninth in the North Central Region in scoring and 10th in rebounding. The senior also ranked among the region leaders in field goal percentage (41.2), and free throw percentage (79.8).

The NCCAA North Central Region is made up of six programs — two from NCAA Division III and four from the NAIA ranks. Trinity International is an NAIA school.

Saint Francis wins title; Shurn does it all

FORT WAYNE — Former Kokomo Lady Kat Skylarr Shurn led the way as NAIA Division II No. 1-ranked Saint Francis beat Indiana Wesleyan 75-63 Monday night in the championship game of the Crossroads League’s women’s basketball tournament.

Shurn poured in a game-high 27 points. She also had six steals, four assists, two rebounds and zero turnovers.

The Cougars improved to 33-0. Next up is the NAIA D-II national tournament.