Region Collegians: Illiana Christian grad off to a hot start at Calvin College

2013-01-13T20:42:00Z 2013-01-13T20:58:08Z Region Collegians: Illiana Christian grad off to a hot start at Calvin CollegeBRIAN WADDLE Times Correspondent
January 13, 2013 8:42 pm  • 

Jordan Brink knows all about being in the zone.

The Dyer native and Illiana Christian grad was recently named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for having a hot hand for the men's basketball team at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Brink, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, averaged 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds as the Knights won the Elmhurst, Ill. Bluejay Classic. He fired in a career-high 27 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range, and grabbed seven boards in just 23 minutes of action as Calvin routed Ripon (Wis.) 87-62 in the championship game. Brink scored 22 of his points, including six 3-pointers, in the first half.

Brink, who was honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career, shot 59 percent from the field (13 of 22) and 75 percent from 3-point range (9 of 12) for the tournament.

Calvin is 13-2 on the season, including 4-0 in MIAA action.

* Behind a monster game from Brad Karp (Valparaiso), No. 23 St. Xavier University beat Roosevelt University 88-65 Saturday night. Karp had game-best totals of 29 points, 19 rebounds and four steals.

Women’s soccer

Tara Ellis (Portage) started all 19 games for Valparaiso University this past season. Ellis, who was a four-year letter winner in high school, logged more than 1,000 minutes, had one goal and a team-leading four assists from defense. She also helped anchor the No. 1 defense in the nation in GAA (goals against average) in Division-I, the first in VU history.

The Valpo women’s soccer team surrendered just 10 goals in 19 matches during the 2012 campaign, good for the nation’s best goals against average at 0.51. The Crusaders gave up more than one goal just once all season, and gave up just five goals in their final 14 games of the year.

Women’s basketball

Julie Hogg (Boone Grove) is off to a great start in her freshman season at Oakland City University.

The 5-foot-11 forward is averaging 11.6 points (third on the team) and 6.3 rebounds (second) for the 7-8 squad.


Audrey Bickel (Andrean) was recently named to the College Sports Madness Mid-American Conference Preseason All-Conference team.

Bickel, a junior third baseman at Ball State, was named to both the All-MAC Second Team and the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team after starting all 55 games for Ball State last season, including 54 starts at third base.

She tallied a .345 batting average with 58 hits in 168 at bats last season, and ranked ninth in the league with a .589 slugging percentage and 10th in the conference with a .437 on-base percentage. Her 99 total bases and 49 RBI were the fifth-best single season totals in program history, while her 10 home runs were sixth.


Behind B.J. Futrell (Mt. Carmel), No. 6 Illinois beat No. 21 Purdue 29-10 in Big Ten Conference action this past week. Futrell, who is ranked third in the nation at 141 pounds, won by major decision in the match.

Purdue’s Tommy Churchard (Valparaiso) was pinned at 157 pounds, but is still 15-5 on the season.


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