Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 17, 2013

Local sports briefs - Sunday, March 17, 2013

NW’s Miller competes at state gymnastics

MUNCIE — Northwestern junior Amber Miller scored an 8.45 on the vault and finished 47th Saturday at the IHSAA gymnastics state championships.

“It wasn’t her best day, it upset her,” NW coach Mary Clem said. “I think the nerves got a little bit to her, but like I told her, this is a learning experience for next year.

“I can tell you this, as soon as she didn’t do well, she was in the practice gym warming up for next year — if that tells you anything.”

Miller was making her first appearance at the state meet and is only the second Purple Tiger to compete at state.

“It’s a huge achievement,” Clem said of reaching state. “When you think of all the teams in the state of Indiana, and you are selected [qualifying from that group] just to participate in vault. There were 28 schools there and she was lucky enough to be one of them.”

Kokomo Babe Ruth to hold signups today

The Kokomo Parents Babe Ruth will conduct late signups for the upcoming season from 1-2 p.m. today at the Houston Park pavilion. For more information call Ken at 765-271-4949.

Northside sets tryouts, signups for Monday

The Northside Youth Baseball league will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. Monday at Bon Air Church. The tryouts are for the major league, but Northside will also conduct signups for all divisions. Anyone with questions should call Brian West at 765-398-1888.

Local athletes compete in indoor state meet

MARION — Eastern’s girls finished third in the Class A-2A-3A Division of the finals of the Hoosier State Relays on Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan, setting a pair of new division records.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Brittany Neeley, Bethany Neeley, Avery Ewing and Jessie Sprinkles took top honors in a time of 9:26.3, setting a new record by 15 seconds.

The Neeley sisters, Sprinkles and Sarah Wagner teamed to win the distance medley relay in 12:20.1, setting a new record by 21 seconds.

Wagner tied for fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.

“We’re super excited to be able to set two state records by such a margin,” Eastern coach Michael Goodspeed said. “Fifteen seconds is unheard of. We feel pretty good for this early in the season.”

Kokomo’s girls track squad had several participants competing in the finals.

Topping the Kat contingent was Anh Pham, who was fifth in pole vault with an effort of 11-0. Summer Blackamore was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

Taylor Coram was 19th in the long jump with a leap of 16-6 3/4. And the 800 relay team of Ma-Ryssa Martin, Brayanna Fowler, Raven Pugh, Iesha Wallac was 21st in 1:51.49

As a team, the Kats were 27th out of 42 teams competing in the Class 4A-5A Division.

Western’s boys team placed 10th in the Class A-2A-3A Division with a score of 20 points.

The Panther’s Matt Grider was second with a time of 9:28.76 in the 3,200-meter run, and Riley Worl was 16th (10:18.21).

Grider and Worl joined forces with Jacob Bradshaw and Auston Davenport in placing third in the distance medley relay (11:05.54).