Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 12, 2014

Sports briefs for Wednesday, March 12

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Western’s O’Neal wins District 2 award

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday named Western guard Carley O’Neal its District 2 girls player of the week.

O’Neal helped Western upset Evansville Mater Dei 38-35 in the Class 3A state title game Saturday night at Terre Haute. The 5-foot-7 guard scored 12 points and also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Davis & Elkins College recruit made 5 of 7 shots, including 2 of 3 from 3-land.

NAIA women’s tourney begins play today

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The NAIA Division II women’s basketball national tourney swings into action today with eight games. The 32-team field includes four Indiana squads — No. 1-ranked Saint Francis (33-0), No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan (26-7), No. 15 Purdue Calumet (24-6) and No. 19 Huntington (23-8).

Saint Francis opens against Ashford of Iowa (12-20) at 1 p.m. Kokomo’s Skylarr Shurn leads the Cougars. She tops the team in scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (3.8 per game).

Indiana Wesleyan plays Oklahoma Wesleyan (22-11) at 8:30 p.m. and Purdue Calumet plays Oregon Tech (28-5) at 10:15 p.m. in the final game of the day.

Carroll product Abby Reinke plays for Indiana Wesleyan. Carroll product Quincy Eller plays for Purdue Calumet. Eller scores 3.8 ppg and shoots 39.7 percent from 3-land.

Huntington opens against Menlo of California (25-5) at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Area officials earn regional assignments

Seven KT-area officials have earned selections to work boys basketball regionals on Saturday.

Kokomo’s Pat Dumoulin and Kokomo’s Jim Newburn will work at Michigan City (4A), Camden’s Chad Myers and Galveston’s Tim Knowland will work at Southport (4A), Tipton’s Dean Martin is set for Kankakee Valley (3A), Tipton’s Mike Cherry is set for Blackford (3A) and Tipton’s Jeffrey Heard will work at Martinsville (1A).

Swimmers fare well at divisional meet

CARMEL — The Howard County Aquatics swim club competed at the Indiana Mid-Central Divisional Championship on Saturday and Sunday.

HCA had a pair of swimmers win events. Brittany Lake won the 200 butterfly in the girls 15-and-older division and Griffin Longshore won the 100 butterfly in the boys 15-and-older division.

Check the scoreboard for other top results.

Brebeuf’s Thompson commits to Boilers

Brebeuf Jesuit point guard P.J. Thompson on Tuesday committed to play basketball at Purdue beginning next season.

Thompson joins four other players in the Boilers’ 2014 class. The other four — 6-foot-7 forward Vincent Edwards of Middletown, Ohio; Dakota Mathias, a 6-5 guard from Lima, Ohio; Jacquil Taylor, a 6-9 forward from Chestnut Hill, Mass.; and Isaac Haas, a 7-1 center from Gadsden, Ala. — signed in the fall period.

Thompson averaged 24.1 points and 2.8 assists per game this season for Brebeuf, which closed with a 15-6 record.

Braves say Medlen has elbow injury

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.

Medlen had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury, according to general manager Frank Wren.

Wren said Tuesday the 28-year-old right-hander and the team will seek a second medical opinion.