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Merrillville’s Wells honored by St. Joseph’s College

2013-04-28T18:40:00Z 2013-04-28T18:59:08Z Merrillville’s Wells honored by St. Joseph’s CollegeBRIAN WADDLE Times Correspondent
April 28, 2013 6:40 pm  • 

Merrillville football coach Zac Wells was inducted into the St. Joseph’s College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The former baseball and football standout helped the school’s baseball program to an NCAA Division II national runner-up finish in 1996 when the team won a program-best 52 games.

The Merrillville product was also a part of the 1996 football team, which still holds the school record for wins (it went 9-2 that season). Wells is sixth all-time in tackles with 363 (1993-96).

“It’s a great honor, but I’m somewhat embarrassed because 100 percent of those sports are team-oriented and I wouldn’t get any recognition if the team isn’t good,” Wells said. “I’m very flattered because we had some great athletes and it was an awesome weekend to see some of the guys again.”

Wells threw out names from the baseball team like Larry Satkowski (LaPorte), Chad Cook (LaPorte), Jeff Bull (Portage), Jason Quigg (Highland), Jake Chapman (Rensselaer), and football teammates like Scott Babjack (Crown Point), Eric Ziolkowski (Bishop Noll), Robert Segudovic (Hobart) and Mike Stewart (Merrillville).

“We were loaded with region guys and South Chicago guys,” Wells said. “That’s why it’s special, too.”

During Saturday’s baseball game, Lowell’s Craig Austgen and Kolin Conner each hit three-run homers to lead the Pumas to a sweep over No. 12 Lewis University, 12-0 and 6-4.

Austgen was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the first game.

Conner was 6-for-8 on the day with two doubles, a homer, and seven RBIs.

Chesterton’s Jordan Peterson picked up his seventh win of the season. The sophomore went the distance on a two-hitter with six strikeouts in the opener.

* Crown Point’s Scott Donley is still on a tear, leading Indiana and the Big Ten in RBIs with 47. The sophomore infielder had four hits, including a homer, three RBIs and two runs in Friday’s 9-1 win over Michigan.

The No. 17 Hoosiers (34-8, 11-4 Big Ten) have already surpassed last year’s win total (32).

Women’s tennis

Munster’s Mary Hill helped Bowling Green State do something it had never done before: beat Western Michigan.

Last week, Hill and her teammates snapped a 38-match losing streak to Western Michigan. The Falcons ended up tied for second place overall in the Mid-American Conference standings. Hill and teammate Jade Johnson went 7-1 in MAC play in doubles action.

Hill also helped the Falcons reach the MAC championship for the first time in program history.

* Indiana sophomore Katie Klyczek (Andrean) was named to the 2013 First Team All-Big Ten team by the conference’s coaches. The Munster native holds a 21-13 singles record for the season, playing mostly in the No. 2 singles spot. She defeated two ranked opponents during wins over then No. 2 Duke and No. 10 Michigan.

Men’s track

Freshman Cornelius Strickland (Bowman Academy) has had a great freshman season at Indiana. He holds the Hoosiers’ best 100-meter dash time (10.56) and 200 (20.96). His 200 time is also good enough for third-best this season in the Big Ten.

Strickland helped the team’s 4x100 relay take fifth overall (41.04) at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday.


St. Joseph’s knocked off the University of Indianapolis, the NCAA Division II No. 1 team in the nation, 5-3, on Wednesday. The Greyhounds came in on a 38-game winning streak. Megan Ramey took a one-hitter into the final inning before holding on for the win. Stephanie Winter went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, while Kristin Paris was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

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