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Andrean players from left KaitlBarajas Kaitlyn Bridgeman Johnee Rodish Nicole Steinbach pose with state chamionship trophy after defeating Edgewood 9-2

Andrean players, from left, Kaitlin Barajas, Kaitlyn Bridgeman, Johnee Rodish, and Nicole Steinbach pose with the state chamionship trophy after defeating Edgewood 9-2 on Saturday, June 8, 2012. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media

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All-time State high school

Girls Softball champions

Total School Years (class)

5 Center Grove 1986, 1995, 1998 (3A),

2003 (3A), 2009 (4A)

3 ANDREAN 1998 (2A), 2007 (3A),

2012 (3A)

3 Lake Central 1992, 2002 (3A),

2004 (4A)

3 New Palestine 2004 (3A), 2008

(3A), 2009 (3A)

3 Roncalli 1998-99 (2A), 2001 (2A),

2011 (3A)

2 Carmel 1994, 2011 (4A)

2 Lewis Cass 2006 (2A), 2008 (2A)

2 Clinton Prairie 2002 (A), 2005 (A)

2 Eastern 2003 (A), 2005 (2A)

2 Gibson Southern 2003 (2A), 2005 (3A)

2 Hamilton SE 2007 (4A), 2010 (4A)

2 Indianapolis Lutheran 2004 (A), 2007 (A)

2 Martinsville 2005 (4A), 2006 (4A)

2 MERRILLVILLE 1993, 1997

2 South Putnam 2011 (2A), 2012 (2A)

2 Tecumseh 2009 (A), 2011 (A)

2 Whiting 2006 (A), 2008 (A)

Updated: March 12, 2013 12:12PM



Andrean graduate Adam Norton (2009) pitched a complete-game shutout at No. 25 Virginia Tech on March 3. Norton struck out five and walked one, throwing just 108 pitches.

Norton was named Big East Player of the Week (for the time being ND is still in the Big East) for the win, the first complete game victory over a ranked foe for an ND pitcher in 13 years.

Norton, a 22-year-old senior right-hander, was 5-5 with a 4.32 earned run average in 98.0 innings of work last season.

Norton, a three-time Northwest Indiana player of the year for Dave Pishkur at Andrean, helped the 59ers to the 2009 state 3A baseball championship.

After 18 games at Ball State (10-8), freshman Nicole Steinbach (2012) of Andrean was 4-5 with a 2.19 ERA with eight complete games and 55 strikeouts in 64 innings.

Steinbach was 25-3 last year for Andrean, the 2012 Class 3A state champ.

Junior Audrey Bickel of Andrean (2010) was batting .231 (12 of 52) with four home runs and 16 RBIs. Bickel, who played on the 59ers’ 2007 state championship team, has the third most home runs (30) in the history of Indiana high school softball.

Sophomore Jessica Craft of LaPorte (2011) had two hits in five at bats with a stolen base for BSU. which is a Division I school in the Mid-America Conference.

After eight games at Indiana University (6-2), Crown Point’s Scott Donley (2010) was 9-for-31 with a home run and seven RBIs.

Donley was an all-stater for coach Steve Strayer at CPHS, batting .566 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs at Crown Point in 2009.

LaPorte’s Dustin DeMuth (2011) was 11 for 36 (.306) after eight games.

Indiana in one of the favorites to win the Big-10 baseball championship this spring.

It’s been a struggle at Chicago State College (1-9) this spring but the Cougars did finally win 11-1 over Muskingum College on March 3.

Hanover’s Andy Wellwerts (2011) pitched two shutout innings in relief.

Wellwerts, an all-stater for Hanover coach Doug Nelson in 2011, was 0-3 after 10 games but his ERA was 2.54 and he had 14 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Crown Point grad and University of South Carolina Aiken senior Daniela Tarailo was been chosen to the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team.

Tarailo was third nationally in three-pointers made per game (3.31), fourth in the PBC and 12th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (42 percent).

The senior guard has scored in double figures 22 times this season. She has scored over 20 five times and over 30 twice.

Tarailo is currently in the top-10 in USC Aiken’s NCAA Division II women’s basketball history in points (1,077), three-point field goals made (205), games played (116) and minutes played (2,757).

In the Peach Belt conference semifinals last Thusrday, USC-Aiken lost to undefeated Clayton State (29-0), the nation’s top-ranked Division II team.

But Tarailo and Aiken were chosen for an at-large NCAA tournamet bid.

They will play Lenior-Rhyne (19-9) in the Southeast regional quarterfinals Friday night in Morrow, Ga.

If Aiken wins that game, it gets a rematch with Clayton State in the regional semifinals.

Hanover grad Nick Bollenbacher (2012) had a good debut season for IU-East in Ricmond.

Bollenbacher, a 6-foot-1 left-handed guard, averages 5.7 points per game in a reserve role. he averaged 17 minutes of playing time over 31 games.

Bollenbacher averaged 2.6 assists and 1.5 turnovers shooting 40 percent from the field and 64 percent from the line.

IU-East lost to IU-Southeast in their league semifinals. IU Southeast (27-4) won the title and advanced to the NAIA Natinal tournament.

Hanover’s Jessica Toth (2009) walked twice and scored two runs in Illinois Weslyan’s 12-11 win over undefeated Trine University in the IWU season debut last week.

Toth, a two-time PCC MVP for coach Larry McMillen at Hanover, plays first base for Illinois Weslyan, which was 39-8 last season.

IUW (2-0) also defeated Mississippi College 3-2 Friday at the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.

By the way, the assistant to the president at Trine University is Gretchen Miller, who graduated Hillsdale College (2003) and got a master’s degree in business administration and marketing from Walden University.

But before that, she played softball for Andrean.

Miller, then Gretchen Messenger, was an all-area pitcher and third baseman for Andrean in 1999.

She batted .317 that year with 28 RBIs and as a pitcher was 9-0 with an 0.93 ERA.

In 1998, Gretchen was 13-3 with a 1.35 ERA for then-coach Frank Podkul, with a .333 batting average and 20 RBIs.

Gretchen Miller was promoted from Director of Alumni Relations and Events to assistant to the president in June of 2011.



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