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August 24, 2013

Saturday's sports briefs

Kokomo Tribune

---- — New Castle, NCC opt for quick divorce

New Castle’s exit from the North Central Conference will come sooner than originally planned.

IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox met with NCC schools on Friday amid recent reports that the league was experiencing in-fighting over New Castle’s planned departure following the 2013-14 school year for the Hoosier Heritage Conference. New Castle’s decision to leave was based on the NCC’s expansion plans, but apparently the decision and New Castle’s exit strategy not sit well with some other NCC schools.

Following Friday’s meeting, the NCC released a statement that said the league’s remaining schools will void all current and future league dates with New Castle, with the exception of 2013 football matchups.

“NCC schools wishing to schedule New Castle may do so on a school-by-school basis,” the statement noted.

“The North Central Conference looks forward to a new era with its current membership and the addition of Lafayette Jeff, Harrison, and McCutcheon [beginning with the 2014-15 school year]. The NCC would also like to wish New Castle the best of luck as they begin a new chapter in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.”

New Castle was a charter member of the NCC in 1926.

Kokomo’s Cusick earns hall of fame spot

OXFORD, Ohio — Miami University on Friday announced its sports hall of fame class for 2013-14 and former Taylor and Kokomo basketball standout Heather Cusick is one of the six honorees. The class will be inducted on Oct. 5.

Cusick is the only player in Mid-American Conference women’s history to record 1,700 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds, 300 steals and 200 3-point field goals. The Class of 2003 player ended her career with 1,728 points, which set a then-school record and currently ranks third. She was named MAC Player of the Year her senior season. She was the first four-time all-MAC pick in program history, earning first-team distinction in 2002 and 2003. She also was Miami’s female athlete of the year in 2001-02.

Over four seasons, the Kokomo native appeared in 116 contests — never missing a game — and made 113 consecutive starts. She led Miami to its first MAC East Division title in 2002-03. She is one of just two Miami women’s players to have her jersey retired.

Cusick, who was named to the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, played two seasons at Taylor and two at Kokomo and was a 1999 Indiana All-Star.

Braves place Beachy on 15-day DL

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed Kokomo’s Brandon Beachy on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

Beachy allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings during a 5-3 loss to the Mets on Tuesday. The Northwestern High School product was making his fifth start since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Beachy, who is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA, will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he isn’t overly concerned based on discussions with the pitcher.

Smackdown continues at Kokomo Speedway

Night 2 of the Sprint Car Smackdown for the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series was Friday night at the Kokomo Speedway. Check our website, www.kokomotribune.com, for a wrapup.

The three-day event concludes with the big finale tonight.