Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 17, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, March 18

Kokomo Tribune

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Saint Francis women reach title game

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Skylarr Shurn and her Saint Francis teammates will play for the NAIA Division II women’s basketball championship tonight.

Unbeaten and top-ranked Saint Francis beat Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 68-64 in the opening semifinal game Monday night.

Kokomo’s Shurn scored 12 points and also had seven assists, five rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal. The Crossroads League Player of the Year had an off shooting night (1 of 7 from the field), but made 10 of 12 free throw attempts. She made a pair of attempts with :06 left to seal the win.

Saint Francis (37-0) plays Ozarks (27-9) for the title at 8 o’clock tonight. The Missouri school beat Davenport (Mich.) 75-72 in the second semifinal.

Ind. Wesleyan men to play for NAIA title

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Kylan Dubbels and his Indiana Wesleyan teammates will play for the NAIA Division II men’s basketball championship tonight.

The Wildcats beat Southeastern (Fla.) 98-77 in the opening semifinal game Monday night. Jordan Weidner poured in 29 points to lead five Wildcats in double figures.

Dubbels works off the bench for the Wildcats. The Northwestern High School product is a sophomore guard. In the semifinal win, he scored one point, dished three assists and took a steal in 11 minutes and 31 seconds of action.

The title game is 7 p.m. Indiana Wesleyan (30-6) will play Midland of Nebraska (30-5).

Beachy going to L.A. for second opinion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Braves pitcher Kris Medlen will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, while teammate Brandon Beachy is getting another opinion on his ailing elbow.

The Braves announced Medlen’s surgery after he was examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Kokomo’s Beachy also was examined by Andrews and will now head to Los Angeles to get another opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician.

Medlen will undergo the second Tommy John surgery of his career after having the elbow ligament replaced in 2010. Beachy underwent the same procedure in 2012 and has endured multiple setbacks since then.

Harrison swims well at age-group meet

INDIANAPOLIS — Kokomo’s Jaylyn Harrison, 10, earned podium finishes in all six events in which she competed at the Age Group Championship swim meet Saturday and Sunday at IU Natatorium. The age-group meet is a qualifying meet that brings together many of the top swimmers in the state.

Harrison took third place in the 100 butterfly (1:13.20), fifth in the 50 backstroke (:32.76), sixth in the 50 freestyle (:28.40), sixth in the 100 free (1:02.63), seventh in the 50 fly (:31.93) and seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:12.08).

Lewis Cass selling semistate tickets

WALTON — Lewis Cass’ athletic department will have boys basketball semistate tickets on sale this week.

Tickets, priced at $8, are available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today by parents of varsity and JV players, managers and cheerleaders along with the student body and faculty and staff. The general public can purchase tickets Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

T-shirts will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday. They are priced at $12.

Cass plays Westview for the Class 2A north semistate title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Huntington North.

ND earns No. 1 seed in women’s tourney

Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies hope to achieve history by the end of this NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

The top-seeded Huskies (34-0) are trying for a record ninth NCAA title, which would break a tie with Tennessee for most all-time. Standing in the way of undefeated Connecticut’s run could be Notre Dame. The Irish were also unbeaten this season and earned the top seed in their own region. It’s only the second time that two teams entered the tournament undefeated.

Despite not playing this season, the former Big East rivals know plenty about each other having met 12 times over the previous three seasons. The unbeaten wouldn’t meet until the national championship game on April 8 in Nashville. Notre Dame isn’t intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have won seven of the past nine meetings with the Huskies.

Tennessee and South Carolina also earned No. 1 seeds. While it’s the 22nd time that the Lady Vols have earned a top spot, it’s the first for the Gamecocks.

Notre Dame (32-0) opens against Robert Morris (21-11) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Toledo, Ohio.

Purdue (21-8) is the No. 4 seed in the Notre Dame Region. The Boilers open against Akron (23-9) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Lafayette.

• Five other Indiana schools will play in the 64-team Women’s NIT — Indiana, Indiana State, IUPUI, Ball State and Butler. IUPUI is coached by Northwestern High School product Austin Parkinson, and the Jags’ roster includes Western product Nicole Rogers.

— The Associated Press and staff reports

Hunt takes 24th place at Paralympics

Kokomo native Joel Hunt earned a 24th-place finish out of 30 entries in the standing giant slalom at the Sochi Paralympic Games on Saturday at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Hunt, 35, is a Northwestern High School graduate and a former Army specialist who made three deployments to Iraq. The Purple Heart recipient sustained a traumatic brain injury and some paralysis in his left leg following a roadside blast in June 2005.

Hunt was 30th on his first run in 1:31.93. He was 25th on the second run in 1:26.40.

“The first run I was going in all at it,” Hunt said in a statement distributed by the U.S. Olympic Committee. “Unfortunately, I got yellow flagged, and at the time that happened my back popped. The USOC trainers really helped me back get in the fight.

“Second run, I feel like I could have done better.”

Police Athletic League sets soccer signups

The Police Athletic League will hold soccer signups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the PAL field, 3520 W.Boulevard.

Additional soccer signups are set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 25; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29 and 1-4 p.m. on March 30.