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May 9, 2014

SPORTS BRIEFS: Horvath places 16th in Crossroads tourney

Horvath finishes 16th in Crossroads tourney

NOBLESVILLE — Saint Francis freshman Noel Horvath finished with a 54-hole total 232 to finish 16th in the Crossroads League Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at Harbour Trees G.C.

The Eastern High School product shot 80-75 on the first day (Monday) and finished with a 77 on Tuesday. Horvath recorded 11 pars in the third round.

“Great for Noel to go out this way with a top-20 finish,” Saint Francis coach Tim Alexander said. “He’s probably the hardest worker on our team and he is being rewarded for that. We have changed some things with his putting and it is all started to click. Just too bad for him our season is over.”

Indiana Wesleyan won the team title with a total of 913 (300-304-309). Saint Francis tied with Grace for seventh in the nine-team field with a 953.

Ex-Boiler Johnson transferring to Houston

Ronnie Johnson, who was Purdue’s starting point guard the last two seasons, is transferring to Houston to play for former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson.

Johnson told the Indianapolis Star that he likes Sampson’s style of play.

“It’s a fast-paced, guard-oriented style,” Johnson said. “[Sampson] has coached some great guards and I thought I could learn a lot from him. His style of play is a really good fit for me.”

Johnson was Purdue’s No. 2-leading scorer as a sophomore (10.8 ppg) and leading assist man (3.7). He started 59 of 66 games over two seasons but told the Star after the season he felt Purdue coach Matt Painter lost confidence in him.

Johnson will sit out the 2014-15 season and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Sampson is in his first year at Houston, taking over a program that finished 17-16 last season under James Dickey. He took over as IU’s coach in 2006 and resigned under pressure late in the 2008 season due to NCAA recruiting violations over improper telephone calls and was slapped with a show-cause penalty that ensured he couldn’t coach a college team for five seasons.

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