Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 6, 2014

Sports Briefs: Feb. 6

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Shurn scores 1,000th point in USF victory

FORT WAYNE — Former Kokomo standout Skylarr Shurn scored 15 points to help the unbeaten University of Saint Francis women’s basketball team roll over Bethel College 76-44 Wednesday night and in the process, hit her milestone 1,000th point.

Shurn reached 1,000 with a 3-pointer in the first half. She now stands as one of 20 women to score in quadruple digits for USF with a career total of 1,011 points for the Cougars. She hit the milestone in less than two seasons after she spent her freshman and sophomore seasons in junior college at Vincennes. Shurn added five rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday’s victory.

USF is ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division II and improved to 25-0 on the season, and 13-0 in the Crossroads League.

Several area athletic events rescheduled

Snow storms wiped out Wednesday’s athletic schedule in the area, with several new dates being announced.

Eastern will host Tri-Central tonight in girls basketball, with a junior varsity tipoff set for 6 p.m. Taylor will host Clinton Central tonight in girls basketball, with the JV tipoff set for 6 p.m. The Clinton Central-Taylor boys game that was scheduled for Wednesday has yet to be rescheduled.

The preliminary round of the IHSAA girls swimming sectional at Carmel High School, originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed to Friday at 5:30 p.m.

And, Eastern will host Hamilton Heights in boys basketball on Feb. 26.

Laudenschlager competes in New York

NEW YORK — Kokomo Flipsters’ Level 10 gymnast Chantel Laudenschlager recently competed in the 2014 Manhattan Classic.

The Manhattan Classic, held in New York City, is an international gymnastics competition which features 2,500 gymnasts from the United States and Bermuda.

Laudenschlager, 22, finished fifth on the balance beam with a score of 8.55, and also took eighth in the floor exercise with a score of 8.50.

“I have been competing since I was six-years old and have competed throughout the United States”, Laudenschlager said. “It has been my dream to compete in New York City, and to do well on beam — my favorite event — has made the trip worthwhile.”

Freeman inks biggest deal in Braves’ history

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman says he won’t try to do anything differently to prove he was deserving of the biggest contract in Atlanta Braves’ history.

Freeman said Wednesday his $135 million, eight-year deal shows he should simply continue on his current path to becoming one of the best first basemen.

The agreement covers three arbitration-eligible seasons for the 24-year-old and five years in which he could have become a free agent.

Freeman called the deal “truly an honor” and “humbling” as he spoke at a news conference Wednesday with general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Freeman says Wren told him he be should “be the player that I already am.”

Pacers end road streak, outlast Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) — David West scored 22 points, Paul George added 18 and the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-85 on Tuesday night.

The Pacers snapped a 12-game regular-season losing streak in Atlanta while improving the league’s best record to 38-10.

Atlanta failed to place a starter in double figures, led by Jeff Teauge and Kyle Korver, who both scored nine.