Calumet grad Juaneice “JJ” Jackson became Grace College’s all-time scoring leader Saturday night, pouring in 25 points as the Lady Lancers edged Taylor 73-72.
Jackson now has 1,648 career points. She broke the previous record of River Forest alum Tracie Mezera (1,632), who is currently the girls head coach at Highland.
“Coming in as a freshman, I didn’t even think about breaking the scoring record or any record,” Jackson told the school’s website.
The senior guard has scored 20 or more points in 31 career games and has topped 25 points or more on 16 other occasions.
“JJ has grown every year she’s been at Grace. She’s been a joy to coach, and it’s a blessing to have her on the team,” Grace head coach Scott Blum said. “Her dedication and consistency the last few years have helped make this a sweet moment. This record could not have happened to a better person.”
• Saint Mary’s junior Ariana Paul (Valparaiso) was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week after averaging 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists in two games.
Her best effort was a 21-point, 14-rebound game in a 67-64 overtime win over Albion.
• University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Karisma Chapman (T.F. North) is tops in points and rebounding at 19.1 and 8.7, respectively.
Indiana University’s Katie Klyczek (Andrean) has helped the Hoosiers land a Top 50 national ranking, sitting at 41st in the ITA National Rankings going into the spring.
Klyczek also ranks among the 125 women’s singles rankings, with a spot at 73rd, which is sixth-best among Big Ten players.
Klyczek, a Munster native, had a stellar fall season with an 8-1 record in singles play to begin the 2013-14 season.
The Hoosiers kicked off their spring season recently with the IU Winter Invitational. The junior standout won the No. 1 singles draw, including a victory over Oregon’s Nicole Long 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. Klyczek teamed up with Carolyn Chupa to go 4-0 and capture the No. 1 doubles title, beating teams from Oregon, Marquette and Abilene Christian.
Bucknell’s Paul Petrov (Hanover Central) did his part, winning his team-leading 21st match of the season at 125 pounds in Friday’s 19-18 loss to Columbia.
Petrov, a sophomore, collected a 13-9 victory – his seventh straight win of the season.
Petrov is 21-6 on the season for the Bison, who rank No. 1 in the nation in student-athlete graduation rate.
• Oklahoma's Andrew Howe (Hanover Central) continues to roll at 174. The 2010 NCAA champion at 165 while at Wisconsin, Howe is 15-0 this season and is ranked No. 1 in the nation in every major poll. He registered a 17-6 major decision over Oregon State’s Joe Latham in Saturday’s 20-18 Oklahoma win.
Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds Saturday in an 84-72 victory over St. Francis (Ill.). It was the Cougars’ 16th straight victory.
Karp, who recently became the school’s all-time scoring leader, moved into eighth all-time in Illinois college basketball scoring history with 2,611 career points.
• Indiana State’s Jake Kitchell (South Central) started in Saturday’s 76-62 victory over Illinois State.
The Sycamores improved to 16-4 on the season and 7-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference – the best overall start by the program since the 1978-79 campaign.
Men’s track and field
Rose-Hulman’s Stuart West (LaPorte) is among the athletes listed to keep an eye by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
West, a junior, set a new conference record at the championships last winter, winning the mile run with a time of 4:20.31.
• Manchester’s Jon Caffarelli (Marian Catholic) is named among the distance runners to watch.
Women’s track and field
Manchester’s Brianna Martinez (Andrean) is picked as an athlete to watch in distance events by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Teammate Alissa Niswonger (Michigan City) is picked in the throws.
St. Joseph’s College alum DeQwan Young has signed to play with the Erie Explosion, a Pro Indoor Football team, for the 2014 season.
Young is a veteran defensive back who led the United Indoor Football League in interceptions with 16 during the 2011 season. He was a four-year starter with the Pumas and had 15 career interceptions and 196 tackles.