On campus: Valparaiso, St. Joe receive spring raves
Defending champion Valparaiso dominated the Horizon League pre-season all-star team released by College Sports Madness with six selections.
Shortstop Spencer Mahoney, who was named defensive player of the year, and infielders Tanner Vavra and Elliot Martin were listed on the first team. Pitcher Kyle Wormington, outfielder Chris Manning and utility man Andrew Bain joined them.
Mahoney led VU with a .348 average and was named to the Louisville Slugger freshman All-American team. Bain was selected to the Gary all-regional team last June. The Crusaders are coming off a 35-25 season.
Perfect Game, a collegiate baseball publication, picked them to repeat as Horizon League champions. This weekend VU opens against Bellmont and Ohio U. in Nashville, Tennessee.
St. Joseph’s is ranked No. 7 nationally in the Fastpitch Coaches preseason Division II poll, but only second in the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley. Conference.
Coming off a World Series appearance, the Pumas return 18-game winners Sarah Franklin and Megan Ramey. Franklin was also credited with five saves on her way to all-GLVC first team honors. Ramey posted a team-best 1.81 ERA and struck out 154.
Holdovers include third baseman Shawn Hoskins, who led the team with a .330 average, and outfielder Kylie Weeks, who drove in a team-high 20 runs. The Pumas posted a 40-21 record.
Chesterton’s Mitch McGary has been named Big Ten freshman of the week for the second time. Michigan’s 6-10 forward earned it with 14 points and six rebounds in a victory over Ohio State. He added 12 points and eight rebounds in a season-high 32 minutes in an overtime loss at Wisconsin.
McGary collected seven steals in the two games.
Northern Illinois won back-to-back Mid-American Conference road games at Kent State behind Amanda Corral’s (Hobart) 18 points and eight rebounds; and 20 points versus Ohio University. Thanks to her heroics, the Huskies won at Kent State for the first time since 1985. Corral played all 40 minutes against the Flashes.
She boosted her averages to 12.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. The 5-foot-6 guard has topped the Huskies on the boards eight times and is their assist leader.
Freshman Courtney Kvachkoff (Crown Point) has cracked St. Joseph’s starting lineup and is averaging 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Western Michigan (15-7, 7-3) won seven straight games with the help of Austin Richie (Lowell). The 6-3 sophomore leads the Broncs in assists (3.2 average) with a high of eight against Mt. St. Mary.
In a streak-breaking loss at Ball State, he came off the bench to deliver nine points and three assists in 31 minutes. Ball State’s Chris Bond (Gary/Bowman) led the Cards with eight rebounds.
Richie has started 15 games. He is averaging six points with a season-high of 13 against Loyola.
St. Xavier held off Trinity International for its 13th consecutive victory. Brad Karp (Valparaiso) pocketed 26 points and 10 rebounds. The No. 9 Cougars improved to 24-4.
Four IUPUI runners broke the school indoor record for 5000 meters, including freshman Ryan Cutter (Chesterton). He was clocked in 15:03.25 in his indoor debut .at that distance