Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 31, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 31

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Beatty is Fan of Week for Colts-Texans

Former Kokomo resident Frank Beatty will attend the Colts-Texans game on Sunday night at Houston as a guest of NBC Sports after being picked as a Fan of the Week.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime,” Beatty said.

Beatty, who lives in Georgetown, Texas, is an avid Colts fan. NBC Sports picked two Colts fans and two Texans fans for Sunday’s game. The fans will receive tickets to the game, a behind-the-scenes look at NBC’s Sunday Night Football Bus, team gear and a private tailgate before the game. In addition, the fans can tag along as the bus makes stops around Houston beginning Friday.

Fan of the Week picks are based in part on social media activity and team pride. Beatty explained he caught NBC Sports’ eye by tweeting throughout the Broncos-Colts game on Sunday Night Football two weeks ago. He tweeted his support for the Colts and also Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC). He used various hashtags.

When Beatty lived in Kokomo, he managed the Delphi squad at Southside Youth Baseball League. His final year with the squad was 2004 when it posted a 22-2 record. Delphi won the Southside title and reached the final eight of the David A. Kasey Memorial Tournament before falling to eventual champion Martin Brothers of Russiaville.

Beatty’s job with DuPont took him to Texas in 2005. His Twitter handle is @styxvcopres.

Wildkat athletes earn all-NCC accolades

Kokomo is well represented on the all-North Central Conference teams for boys soccer, girls soccer and boys tennis.

In boys soccer, Philip Heilman, S.A. Dunn and Robbie Lambert earned spots on the 24-player team. In girls soccer, Cheyenne Eltringham, Anh Pham, Michaela Wade and Taylor Sparling earned spots on the 20-player team. And in tennis, Craig Simon made the 14-player first team and Bryce York made the 10-player second team.

Purdue turns back UIndy in exhibition

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue beat the University of Indianapolis 80-73 in a men’s basketball exhibition game Wednesday night at Mackey Arena.

Terone Johnson led a balanced Boiler attack with 17 points. Rapheal Davis followed with 13, freshmen Bryson Scott and Kendall Stephens had 11 apiece and Jay Simpson had 10. Stephens hit three 3-pointers.

The Division-II Greyhounds also showed good balance. Joe Lawson scored 17 points and Tyrae Robinson and Reece Cheatham had 15 apiece.

The Greyhounds shot better from the field than the Boilers (45 percent to 39 percent), but the Boilers had advantages in free throws made (24-14) and attempted (35-26).

Hansen records ace at Country Club

Brandon Hansen hit a hole in one Tuesday at the Kokomo Country Club. He used a driver to ace No. 10, which plays 138 yards. Derrick Hansen witnessed the shot.

New Zealand ties U.S. in women’s soccer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hannah Wilkinson, twice denied on near goals, chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand to forge a 1-1 draw with the United States in a women’s soccer friendly Wednesday night at Crew Stadium.

Syndey Leroux scored in the 42nd minute for the Americans.

It stayed 1-0 until Wilkinson swooped in from the right side, sidestepped a defender and beat goalie Hope Solo. Solo had three saves for the Americans,12-0-3 this year.