Jordan Peterson gives us hope that spring is right around the corner.
The Chesterton grad and standout pitcher at St. Joseph’s College was named to the 2014 Collegiate Baseball Division II preseason All-America Team, announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Peterson was 9-2 with a 1.92 earned-run average over 103 innings last season. He was the Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and also named Region Pitcher of the Year from the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings (ABCA) and a Third Team All-American.
On the season, he led the GLVC in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts looking. He fanned 87 and hitters only managed a .231 average against him.
* Manchester University is ranked No. 7 in the preseason D3Baseball.com poll. The Spartans are coming off a record-setting 37-9-1 finish in 2013, where they claimed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and postseason tournament titles. They also won the NCAA III Mideast Regional championship en route to a College World Series berth.
Senior Jordan Nieman (Michigan City) hit .335 in 47 starts with a team-best in RBIs (71), home runs (11) and triples (4).
Indiana University-South Bend senior Emily Strilich (Boone Grove) recently surpassed the 1,000-point milestone.
She became the 13th player in the program’s history to reach the mark.
Strilich scored a game-high 22 points and also added 11 rebounds in the milestone game — her fourth double-double of the season.
Strilich is also on the verge of joining the 700-rebound club, needing less than 30 to achieve another milestone.
She is averaging 12.6 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. She has started all 18 games and has 18 blocks and 14 steals.
* Despite trailing the entire first half Saturday, Northern Illinois got 24 points from Amanda Corral (Hobart) in rallying for its first Mid-American Conference road victory of the season in a 69-66 win over Miami of Ohio.
The junior guard leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points a game, and also chips in with 4.2 rebounds and tops the team with 38 steals and 15 assists.
* Saint Mary’s got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Ariana Paul (Valparaiso) and 19 points from Shanlynn Bias (Griffith) as it beat Albion 67-64 in overtime Saturday.
University of Indianapolis senior Cameryn Brady (Lowell) is ranked No. 4 in the latest NCAA Division II Coaches poll at 149 pounds.
Brady is 21-1 for the No. 10 Greyhounds. Indianapolis lost two matches at the recent NWCA National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa.
* Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe (Hanover Central) is still the nation’s top-ranked 174 pounder and is 14-0 on the season.
* Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) is 17-3 at 149 pounds and ranked No. 6 in his weight class.
* Hanover Central grad Paul Petrov had a win by pin and another by major decision at 125 pounds as Bucknell went 2-0 over the weekend with victories over Brown and Clarion. Petrov is 19-6 this season and tied for the team lead in victories.
Lindenwood University’s Ashley Holland (Crown Point) earned two honors, including the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Athlete of the Week.
The freshman scored the full 20 points in 1-meter diving with a mark of 364.90 at the Washington Invite. She finished 12 points higher than the second-place diver.
In 3-meter diving, Holland finished third. For her efforts, she also earned the school’s athlete of the week honors.
University of Southern Indiana’s Aaron Nelson (Chicago Heights/Bloom) continued his recording-shattering streak of double-doubles. He had 11 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as the No. 10 Screaming Eagles (13-1, 5-1 GLVC) beat No. 14 Indianapolis.
Nelson has a school-record 14 consecutive double-doubles.