Call it a season to remember for Manchester College’s Jordan Nieman.
Even though the Spartans were eliminated from the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisc., on Saturday, the Michigan City product lead D3 baseball with 71 RBIs and tied for fifth nationally with 11 home runs.
The junior third baseman’s slugging helped carry Manchester to the World Series, a first for the school since 2004. Nieman batted .339 with 42 runs and 17 doubles. Manchester went 39-5-1 during the regular season. Nieman was named a second team D3baseball.com All-American, an ABCA’s All-Mideast Regional team first team pick, and had a 15-game hitting streak at one point this season.
* Lake Central’s Chase Fieldhouse has a knack for winning. After helping the Indians capture the Class 4A state baseball title in 2012, the freshman outfielder has guided Kaskaskia College to the National Junior College Division I World Series.
Play started this past weekend in Grand Junction, Colo.
Fieldhouse led Kaskaskia, located in Centralia, Ill., with seven home runs. The team finished the regular season 39-10 and captured the Northern Regional 24 Championship to qualify for the World Series.
Fieldhouse owns a .340 batting average with 33 RBIs, 41 runs, eight doubles and six stolen bases. The team entered weekend action riding a 14-game winning streak.
* Lake Central’s Cody Dykema and Andrean’s Kenny Mahala have led Heartland Community College to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla.
Dykema, an infielder, has played in 49 games with a .351 average, 40 runs, 30 RBIs, one homer, nine doubles and has stolen 20 bases in 24 attempts.
Mahala, also an infielder, has played in 47 games with a .262 average with 29 runs, 29 RBIs, nine doubles and two homers.
The Hawks, who are ranked No. 3 nationally, went 41-9 during the regular season.
Indiana University’s tennis team advance to the NCAA Tournament, but fell to Vanderbilt in the opening round.
Andrean’s Katie Klyczek won her 90th career match for the Hoosiers and was voted First Team All-Big Ten by the league’s coaches. The sophomore was also one of only 10 conference players nationally to be ranked in singles in the final National Singles Rankings. The Munster resident was also the winner of the Sportsmanship Award for women’s tennis at the IU sports banquet.
Lew Wallace grads Robert Gardner and Jerel Flournoy earned All-American honors for the University of Indianapolis on Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Pueblo, Colo.
The duo teamed up with a school record 40.24 seconds in the 400-meter relay during Thursday’s prelims and took fourth in the final race with yet another school-record time of 39.96.
Flournoy was also 15th overall in the long jump (career-best 7.19 meters), while Gardner was 10th overall in the 400 meters (personal-best 46.99), good for second-best in UIndy track history.
* Lowell’s Ray Skamay finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The junior posted a time of 53.39 as the Sycamores won the MVC title for the third straight year.
Texas A&M’s Mel Dumezich, the pride of Whiting, saw her college career come to an end on Saturday as the No. 16 Aggies lost to top-ranked Oklahoma 8-0 in five innings.
Dumezich (27-10) struck out three batters in her final start on the mound. The two-time All-American, who holds the A&M record for games played at 230, left her cleats on home plate after the game, and left a legacy on the A&M program.
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