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November 12, 2013

Sports briefs, Nov. 12

- — TC girls basketball falls to No. 6 Heights

SHARPSVILLE — Tri-Central’s girls basketball team fell just short of a an upset win in its season opener Monday night.

Class 3A No. 6-ranked Hamilton Heights edged TC 55-54. TC had a 28-20 halftime lead and an 11-point lead in the third quarter, but foul trouble slow the Trojans’ momentum and the Huskies rallied for a 41-all tie by the end of the third quarter.

Cecelia Rayl led the Trojans with 18 points and nine rebounds. Shelby Ramsey had 12 points, Kinsey Leininger had 10 points, Haley Farris offered nine rebounds and Hadley DeWeese had eight rebounds.

The Huskies finished with a 15-7 advantage in free throw makes, a big key to their win.

IPFW has its way against IU Kokomo

FORT WAYNE (AP) — Joe Reed had 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting on Monday night to lead IPFW’s men’s basketball team to victory in its home opener over IU Kokomo 90-62.

Spencer Krhin had 12 of his 14 points in the first half and was the only Cougar to finish in double figures.

NCAA Division I IPFW (1-1) dominated the interior, outscoring the NAIA Division II Cougars 62-12 in the paint.

IUK hit 5-of-6 3-pointers to start the game and trailed only 22-20 with 8:34 left in the first half before the Mastodons went on an 11-2 run and never looked back.

IUK (0-5) is back in action tonight at Point Park, located in Pittsburgh.

IUK’s Vasquez earns all-conference spot

MIDWAY, Ky. — IU Kokomo’s cross country teams ran in their first Kentucky Intercollegiate Atheltic Conference meet on Saturday at Midway College.

Junior Javier Vasquez led IUK’s men’s squad with a seventh-place finish, which earned him all-conference honors and a ticket to the NAIA national meet. He covered the 8K course in 28:25.60. The Cougar men finished fifth out of eight teams.

IUK was eighth in the women’s race. Amy McCauley was the top Cougar, finishing 31st in 23:04.

No. 6 ND women top No. 19 Michigan State

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Jewell Loyd had 22 points and nine rebounds and No. 6 Notre Dame dominated the boards in an 81-62 victory over No. 19 Michigan State on Monday night.

Taya Reimer added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish (2-0), who finished with a 52-29 rebound advantage.

Becca Mills scored 15 points for the Spartans (0-1).

Fernandez, Myers are MLB’s top rookies

NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays were selected baseball’s Rookies of the Year on Monday.

Fernandez stood out in a very deep National League class, and the pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. His debut season was so superb that he’s one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award, with the winner to be announced Wednesday.

Myers took home the American League prize after putting up impressive offensive numbers in barely half a season. The right fielder was chosen first on 23 of 30 ballots, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer.

After the Marlins dumped nearly all of their high-priced stars last winter, Fernandez was a rare bright spot in Miami’s 62-100 season. He made the All-Star team at age 20 and went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 172 2-3 innings.

The 22-year-old Myers batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in only 88 games after he was called up from the minors June 18. He immediately added much-needed power to the middle of the Rays’ lineup, helping them reach the playoffs as an AL wild card.

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