• NAME: Bethany Neeley
• SPORT: Girls track and field
• SCHOOL: Eastern
• GRADE: Senior
• ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Neeley had a pair of record-breaking performances in the Zionsville Invitational on Friday. She won the 3,200 run in an all-time area best time of 10:52.91, and helped the Comets’ 4x800 relay team roar to a win in an all-time area best time of 9:10.63. The Comets’ 4x800 time ranks No. 3 in state history and No. 6 in the nation this year. Neely is no stranger to all-time area records — the IU recruit also owns individual bests in the 1,600 run, 800 run and 300 hurdles and is part of the 4x400 best. She is the defending 1,600 state champion.
Bethany Neeley is this week's AOW.
• NAME: Bethany Neeley
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- Sports briefs for Friday, April 18 Kokomo High School will host the 2014 Howard County free physicals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14.
- Kats top Panthers in baseball Since the inception of class sports, the annual early-season baseball matchup between Kokomo and Western had been solely for in-county bragging rights. With Western moving up to Class 4A for the next two seasons because of the IHSAA's new success factor, the rivals met up Wednesday as potential sectional opponents for the first time since 1997.
- Prep roundup for Thursday, April 17 Eastern junior Caleb Aaron tossed a four-hitter to lead the Comets past Northwestern 3-1 in a Howard County baseball clash Wednesday at Greentown.
- Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17 The North Central Conference on Wednesday announced Indianapolis Arsenal Tech will join the conference on April 1, 2015.
- BOYS GOLF: Howard County preview Western's boys golf team is thinking big this season.
- GIRLS TENNIS: Howard County preview After 39 seasons and counting as the boys tennis coach at Taylor High School, Dave Wise is entering his 24th season leading the Titan girls.
- Western hires football, volley coaches Western High School's search for a new football coach is over. Western on Tuesday named Ron Jankovich its new coach during a board meeting. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Bethel University in Tennessee. He was the Wildcats' co-offensive coordinator.
- BOWMAN: Abreu shines in Kokomo GP Although he might be short in size, California's Rico Abreu was tall in stature after dominating the two-day Kokomo Grand Prix for the USAC Honda National Midget Series and the Lucas Oil Powri National Midgets over the weekend at the Kokomo Speedway.
- Cusick is Lady Kats' new coach Heather Cusick is enjoying a pretty good month. Kokomo High School on Monday selected Cusick as its new girls basketball coach. Three days earlier, she became engaged to Michael Mygrant.
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