REGION COLLEGIANS: Andrean’s Norton stellar for Fighting Irish

2013-03-24T21:30:00Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Andrean’s Norton stellar for Fighting IrishBRIAN WADDLE Times Correspondent
March 24, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

There’s lights out. Then there’s Adam Norton. Both have been hand-in-hand in South Bend.

Norton, an Andrean grad, moved to 6-0 after Saturday’s stellar performance against Seton Hall in Big East Conference action. The senior right hander threw 7 2/3 innings against the Pirates, leading No. 15 Notre Dame to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 of a sweep.

Last week, Norton became the first ND pitcher since 2001 to win his first five starts. That, along with eight scoreless innings of work, including throwing 76 strikes out of 103 pitches, earned him Big East Weekly Honor Roll recognition.

The Highland native has been brilliant each time out, including a 3-0 victory at Virginia Tech, where he tossed a complete-game, four-hitter.

The Fighting Irish are 14-6 on the season and 2-1 in the Big East. They are ranked in the Top 25 in all five major polls.

* Mike Pokers (Lansing, Andrean) was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs Friday as Saint Xavier University beat Calumet College 15-5 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. Brad Myjak (Mount Carmel) added an RBI-single in the game.

On Saturday, Tony O’Shea (Valparaiso, Mount Carmel) had three hits in a 12-2 victory over Calumet College.

Women’s tennis

Indiana University’s Katie Klyczek (Andrean) earned the Big Ten’s women’s tennis Athlete of the Week recognition after she won the clinching singles match in IU’s win over then No. 2 Duke on March 15 in Las Vegas.

Klyczek, a sophomore and Munster resident, beat Duke’s Hanna Mar, who was ranked No. 16th nationally in singles, in the Hoosiers’ 4-2 victory.

Klyczek dropped the first set 3-6, but battled back to take the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-3 to cap off the win.

Klyczek was one of four five-star recruits in IU’s 2011 recruiting class, which was ranked sixth nationally. Klyczek also plays No. 2 doubles. As a freshman, she led IU with 24 singles wins and added 19 doubles victories.

Women’s basketball

Eastern Illinois senior Ta’Kenya Nixon (Michigan City) has been named one of 10 national female finalists for the 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

Only 20 male and female finalists were chosen from over 500 student-athletes nominated for the award, co-sponsored by the NCAA.

Nixon recently became the first women’s basketball player in school history to be named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference first team four times. She is the two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year. The winner of the Ashe Award will be announced on April 11.

The biology major just became the school’s all-time scoring leader after posting a game-high 27 points in a stunning 60-58 victory over host Missouri in the first round of the WNIT Wednesday. Nixon, who averages a team-high 15 points per game, hit a career-high 13 baskets and was 13-of-17 from the field. It was the Panthers’ first postseason win in school history. They play at Illinois in the second round of the WNIT tonight.

Nixon, who has 1,907 career points, is also first in school history in free throws made (528), second in assists (633) and third in steals (285).

EIU also has locals Morgan Palombizio (Chesterton) and Danielle Woolfolk (H-F) on the roster.

Men’s basketball

Tommy Peller (Chesterton) and Nate Kasper (Wheeler) both eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone for Taylor University.

The senior duo was instrumental in the team’s 21-12 season under head coach and Morton grad Paul Patterson.

Kasper (1,547 points) ranks 15th on Taylor’s all-time scoring list, while Peller (1,352) is 24th.

* North Central College (Naperville) lost 52-44 to Amherst College in Saturday’s semifinals of the NCAA Division-III national championship tournament.

Brandon Williams (Bloom Trail) and David Fuller (Thornwood) were key reserves for the Cardinals (28-4), who completed the most successful season in the program’s 111-year history.

The Times welcomes information about local athletes for inclusion in Region Collegians. E-mail Brian Waddle at

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