Kurt Monix did whatever was asked of him during his days at Lowell.
Things haven’t changed much at the next level, either.
The former Red Devil three-sport standout recently moved into sixth place in receiving on Manchester University’s all-time receiving list. He currently leads the 2012 team in receptions per game (five) and yards per game (65.7).
“Kurt has been the ultimate team player,” Manchester coach Shannon Griffith said. “We recruited him as a quarterback, but asked him to move to wide receiver his sophomore year. He did it without hesitation — he had never played the position before. He has earned everything.”
Monix was a standout in football, leading Lowell to a 13-1 record his senior year. He finished sixth in the wrestling state championships, and was one of the area’s top pole vaulters.
He’s helped Manchester rally from an 0-4 start to a four-game winning streak, including the game-winning TD catch in Saturday night’s 17-14 victory on the road against Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a 35-yarder from QB Nick Williams.
At Manchester, he’s second on the team in all-purpose yards (84.9 per game) and is the team’s top punt returner. For the season, Monix has 31 receptions for 380 yards (12.3 avg.). As if that isn’t enough, the senior has even punted at times for the team this fall.
“He is a great leader of our football team,” Griffith said. “He will truly be missed after this year as a player, but more importantly I will miss Kurt for the person I have seen him become.”
Chesterton teammates Kyle Grassel and Pat Herrod are doing quite well on the greens in college.
Grassel, who competes at the Colorado School of Mines, a D-II school, has averaged 73.1 strokes in four events. He was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection last season for the Orediggers, who are ranked 17th in the nation.
Herrod just completed the season at DePauw, where he tied for eighth overall at DePauw’s Small College Classic Oct. 13-14. Herrod also tied for seventh at Wabash Fall Golf Classic Oct. 6-7.
Ball State’s Audrey Bickel (Andrean) and Western Michigan’s Tara Buchanan (LaPorte) were named to the 2012 Softball Academic All Mid-American Conference’s Team.
Bickel, a Munster native, hit .345 in 55 games with just two strikeouts and 26 walks in 168 at-bats last season for the Cardinals. The incoming junior hit 10 home runs with 49 RBIs and had a .589 slugging percentage (.437 on-base percentage).
Bickel was also second team All-MAC and a Second Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region player.
Bickel helped the Cardinals to just their third MAC regular season title in the program’s history with a 40-15 overall record (17-3 MAC) in 2012.