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REGION COLLEGIANS: Chesterton’s Knight just right at St. Francis

2013-10-27T17:00:00Z 2013-10-27T18:44:10Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Chesterton’s Knight just right at St. FrancisBrian Waddle Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 27, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

The good hands award might be in Aaron Knight’s future.

The Chesterton grad moved into No. 2 on the University of St. Francis (Fort Wayne) career receptions list recently with his 151st reception.

Knight caught seven passes for a season-best 78 yards in a win over St. Francis (Il.) and also moved into eighth place on the USF career receiving yards list with 1,685. Knight needs 102 yards to move up to No. 7 on the list. Knight has caught at least two passes or more in 11consecutive games, dating back to last season. He has caught at least one pass in 40 of the 43 games he has suited up for the Cougars. Knight had a 19-yard TD catch in Saturday’s 28-24 loss to Robert Morris.

• Anderson University blew a 20-0 halftime lead and fell to Earlham on Saturday, its 23rd straight loss.

Keith Thomas (Merrillville) had an 11-yard touchdown reception for Anderson, which last tasted victory on Sept. 24, 2011 against Earlham.

Women’s soccer

Lake Central grads Brooke Polus and Kaley Marcinak will be making a homecoming of sorts when St. Francis (Il.) travels to Purdue Calumet Tuesday for a contest at Munster High School.

Polus, who tied a team record with four goals in a 6-0 victory over Holy Cross last week, is second all-time in career goals at USF with 40, just six shy of the program’s record. Polus ranks third in CCAC goals, shots and points and ranks 24th nationally in goals scored. She has 15 goals this season.

Marcinak, who scored the game-winner in a 2-1 upset victory over No. 13 Judson Saturday, has three goals this season.

Volleyball

Heather Boyan (Munster) was named Offensive Player of the Week in the Sun Belt Conference, a first for the junior, as she helped Western Kentucky to a 2-0 weekend with wins over Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State.

Boyan had a team-high 24 kills and a .422 hitting percentage to go with a team-high seven blocks in the two matches.

She had a team-high .455 hitting mark and 13 kills against UALR, handing the Trojans their first Sun Belt loss of the season. Boyan followed with a team-high 11 kills and five blocks in the win over Arkansas State.

Boyan ranks in the top 50 nationally in hitting (third in the Sun Belt in hitting percentage) and is sixth in the league in blocks.

Softball

Ball State’s Audrey Bickel (Andrean), Nikki Steinbach (Andrean) and Jessica Craft (LaPorte) were honored at a recent football game. The trio, which helped the Cardinals (37-17) to the Mid-American Conference regular season title with an 18-3 mark, was presented with rings.

Steinbach went 14-9 on the mound with a 2.28 earned-run average to go with 19 complete games and three saves. She pitched 160 innings with 114 strikeouts and 39 walks.

Bickel, a third baseman, started 53 games, hitting .218 with 21 runs, eight doubles, 36 RBIs, and five homers.

Craft had a team-high three homers off the bench, batted .382 in 35 games with 14 runs, 14 RBIs and five doubles.

Wrestling

Hanover Central’s Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) is scheduled to wrestle Penn State’s Matt Brown at 174 pounds in the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic, presented by the Marines, at George Mason University on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Howe, a 2010 NCAA champion while at Wisconsin, is ranked No. 2 in the nation going into the season, while Brown is ranked third.

The Times welcomes information about local athletes for inclusion in Region Collegians. E-mail Brian Waddle at bjwaddle@comcast.net.

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