Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 22, 2013

Sports briefs, Sept. 22


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Bethany Neeley helps IU win meet

BLOOMINGTON — Eastern High School product Bethany Neeley helped the Indiana women’s cross country team win the Big State race in the Indiana Intercollegiate meet on Friday evening.

The Hoosiers topped the eight-team field with a score of 21. Purdue (55), IUPUI (108), IPFW (135), Indiana State (136), Evansville (159), Butler (161) and Ball State (193) rounded out the standings.

Neeley, an IU freshman, covered the 5K course in 18:08.11. She was fourth overall, and IU’s third finisher.

In the Little State women’s race, Indianapolis (44) topped DePauw (56) for the top spot in the 18-team field. IU Kokomo finished 18th. Alisha Hobbs and Amy McCauley led IUK. Hobbs was 85th in a time of 23:06.4 and McCauley was 87th in 23:19.99. There were 120 runners in the field

On the men’s side, Indiana won the Big State race and Wabash won the Little State race.

IU Kokomo was 17th out of 19 teams in the Little State race. Javier Vasquez led the Cougars with a 71st-place finish. He covered the course in 29:21.45. Teammates Cody Phelps (30:31.37) and Jon Flory (30:40.37) were 92nd and 94th, respectively. There were 131 runners in the race.

Sports Hall of Fame tickets on sale

The Howard County Sports Hall of Fame has tickets are on sale for its 2013 induction banquet, which is set for Oct. 26 at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event and Conference Center. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m.

Tickets are limited. They are $25 each, or an entire table of eight can be reserved for $200. Tickets are only available by calling Ron Barsh at 765-453-4739.

The 2013 induction class has Ty Calloway, Art Hammond, Dave Kitchell, Pat Kubly, Carroll Odom, Kylee (Wells) Retrum and James “Tod” Sloan.

Questions about the HCSHF should be directed to Steve Broo at 765-860-2824 or Dean Hockney at 765-271-0787.

Eastern has opening for diving coach

GREENTOWN — Eastern High School athletic director Brad Wilson is looking for a diving coach for the upcoming boys and girls swimming and diving seasons.

Those interested should contact Wilson at 765-628-5004.

Stenson has 4-shot lead at Tour Champ.

ATLANTA (AP) — Henrik Stenson was so flawless that he built a nine-shot lead at the turn Saturday in the Tour Championship.

Four bogeys in the rain on the back nine at East Lake put him right back where he started the day and injected some hope for Dustin Johnson and a few other players.

Stenson made two bogeys on the last three holes — he made a 12-foot par putt on the other — and had to settle for a 1-under 69. That gave him a four-shot lead over Johnson going into the final day of the PGA Tour season.

This is far from over — not only the Tour Championship, but the FedEx Cup.

Stenson was at 11-under 199, and everyone except for Johnson (7-under 203) and Steve Stricker (5-under 205) were within six shots of him.

Johnson made two late birdies and two solid pars, getting up-and-down after a close call with the water on the 17th, and then making a 30-foot par save on the last hole for a 67 that put him in the last group and gave him a chance to see who he was chasing.

Stenson is still in great shape to go home with a lot of money — $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup, $1.44 million for winning the Tour Championship. Even if he were to finish third, he still would be in good shape to win the FedEx Cup.