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Local college roundup: Former assistant back with St. Joe’s as head coach

Updated: May 30, 2013 3:26PM



St. Joseph’s College brought back a former assistant to be its men’s basketball head coach. Tom Church will be the 18th coach of the Pumas after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Florida Southern College. Before that he was an assistant for SJC from 2007 to 2010.

“We came to a conscience that Tom was the right person to guide our program,” said Director of Athletics Bill Massoels. “He is certainly accustomed to winning and we look forward to seeing that trend continue throughout his tenure.”

In three years at Florida Southern with Church on the staff, the Moccasins were 70-25 with two Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championships in 2012 and 2013, while making appearances in the NCAA Tournament all three years. They won the South Regional to advance to the Division II Elite Eight this season. In Church’s three years with SJC, the Pumas had a 53-37 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2010.

“My goal is to create a winning environment on the court, in the classroom, and in the community,” Church said. “I plan to instill the values of Saint Joseph’s College into the student athletes and make the city, students, employees and alumni proud of this program.”

Softball: SJC ended No. 1 University of Indianapolis’ 38-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Indianapolis. SJC lost the first game 12-1, and now has a 25-14 overall record. Stephanie Winter went 3 for 4 in that second game with two runs and a RBI, while Kristin Paris was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI.

Purdue North Central

PNC baseball went 5-0 last week to improve to 25-15 overall and 20-10 in the CCAC. The Panthers swept a doubleheader from Illinois Institute of Technology on Wednesday, 10-9 in the first game and 14-2 in the nightcap, then winning three straight from region rival Calumet College of St. Joseph’s. On Friday PNC edged CCSJ 7-5 at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, and on Saturday PNC swept a doubleheader, 8-2 and 8-1. Anderson Spencer had a monster week, going 11 for 18 with two home runs, two doubles and eight runs scored. In Game 1 against IIT, Chad Gaskin also had a home run and four RBI, while Kevin Gates had a homer against CCSJ.

Calumet College

CCSJ softball won six straight games last week, easily sweeping a doubleheader against Trinity International on Thursday, 11-1 and 19-1, sweeping two more against Trinity Christian on Friday, 9-0 and 3-0, then finishing with two close wins over Huntington University on Saturday, 7-6 and 5-3. The offense racked up some big numbers with Jessica Pabey having 11 RBI for the week, including six in Game 1 against Trinity Christian. Against Trinity International, Lauren Johnson was the perfect leadoff hitter, going 7 for 8 in the doubleheader with six runs scored.

Purdue Calumet

PUC women’s basketball added East Chicago Central senior Dariyelle Ricks to its recruiting class for next season.

“Dariyelle adds another fast guard to our rotation,” said head coach Tom Megyesi. “She is an excellent defender and is also very talented on the offensive end.”

The 5-foot-2 guard was a four-year letterwinner for the Cardinals, helping the team to a sectional championship in 2011-12. She was an IBCA/Subway Honorable Mention All-State selection as a senior and also earned Post-Tribune all-area honorable mention.

Golf: PUC closed its season with a fifth-place finish at the CCAC Championship at Balmoral Woods Golf Club last Tuesday. The Peregrines posted a team score of 648 for two days, led by Mat Bowen’s 154, which was one shot shy of earning all-conference honors. Tim Talley added a 162 while Aaron Mercer was one shot behind with 163.



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