Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 28, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 28


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Weir is co-captain pick for BSU baseball team

Kokomo High School product T.J. Weir will lead Ball State’s baseball team in the 2014 season as one of the Cardinals’ co-captains.

Weir, a senior infielder/pitcher, appeared in 48 games with 45 starts in 2013. He made 16 appearances on the mound and had 60 strikeouts in 60 innings. He closed with a 3-2 record, a team-high three saves and a 3.90 ERA. At the plate, the former Wildkat three-sport standout had 11 multi-hit games and five mult-RBI games. He was fifth on the team with 74 total bases.

Jacob Brewer is the Cardinals’ other captain. The South Bend St. Joseph’s product sat out the 2013 season due to injury. He is a pitcher.

“Naming T.J. Weir and Jacob Brewer team captains was an excellent selection by our team,” coach Rich Maloney said in a story on Ball State’s website. “Both veteran players have exhibited great work ethic, determination, passion and enthusiasm to be their best. With their experience and desire to see Ball State baseball succeed, they will push the other players to continue to raise the level of our program.”

Ball State had a 31-24 overall record last season and a 15-12 Mid-American Conference mark. The Cardinals will open the 2014 season on Feb. 14, vs. Morehead State in Spartanburg, S.C.

Taylor High School product Seth Vautaw also plays for the Cardinals.

6 KT-area teams left in football tourney

The IHSAA state football tournament resumes Friday. The six KT-area teams left in the tourney will play in sectional semifinal games.

Here’s a schedule, with kickoffs set for 7 p.m.:

• McCutcheon (3-6) at Kokomo (5-4)

• Western (9-1) at West Lafayette (9-1)

• Yorktown (9-1) at Northwestern (7-3)

• Lafayette Catholic (9-1) at Tipton (7-3)

• Pioneer (8-2) at Carroll (6-4)

• Tri-Central (9-1) at Sheridan (5-5)

Serena Williams beats Li for another WTA title

ISTANBUL (AP) — The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end.

Williams capped a career year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championships crown.

Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion at the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.

“It was an awesome year of tennis,” said Williams, who sank to her knees after firing a backhand winner on her second match point.

The victory brought Williams’ prize money total for the year to $12,385,572. The only player, male or female, to earn more in a year was Novak Djokovic with $12,803,737 in 2012 and $12,619,803 in 2011.

Williams won the event for the fourth time, having captured the elite tournament for the top eight players also in her debut in 2001 and in 2009 and 2012.

Williams has won 78 of 82 matches this year and will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the third time in her career after 2002 and 2009. Williams’ titles this year included the French and U.S. Opens for a total of 17 Grand Slam crowns. Her winning percentage of .951 is the best on the tour since 1990. Martina Navratilova had an 86-1 record and a .989 percentage in 1983.

Li was in her first WTA Championships final and will finish the year at a career-high No. 3.