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Deborah Hile, Designer

The season is over, but Florida Southwestern State College’s Tremell Murphy is still scoring accolades.

On Friday, the Griffith product was named first team to the NJCAA Division I All-America Team, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The 2018 Suncoast Conference Player of the Year, Murphy led the Bucs in scoring (16.7 points per game) and was second in rebounds (6.4). The sophomore scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games, including 15 or more points on 18 occasions.

Murphy and his twin brother, Anthony, helped FSW to a program-record 30-3 season, the school’s first Suncoast Conference championship (12-0 mark), and second consecutive berth to the NJCAA District VIII Championship.

Men’s golf

Carthage’s Matt Meneghetti (Lake Central) paced the field with a season-low 68 on the way to the individual title at the Loras College Invitational.

The senior standout earned his fourth tournament championship of the 2017-18 season. Meneghetti was also first at the Tim Kopka Tournament, CCIW Preview Meet and MSOE Invitational.

Baseball

Case Western Reserve’s Corey Brown (Crown Point) came into emergency action with no warm-ups and got the win in a 13-3 victory over New York University on Friday. Brown (3-0) allowed only two runs on two hits, while striking out five.

The junior lefty also got his first save of the year against Brandeis. Brown went four innings, giving up just two hits with five strikeouts.

Case Western is ranked No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division III poll.

• Marian University’s Cody Earl (Morton) is hitting .347 with 26 runs. The junior standout and 2015 Times Baseball Player of the Year is also first on the team in doubles (11), RBIs (24), and walks (29). Teammate Sam Bell (Munster) has two wins on the hill for the Knights (14-20).

Men’s lacrosse

Indiana Tech got a scare from Lawrence Tech, but survived 12-10 to stay unbeaten. On Saturday, the NAIA No. 3-ranked Warriors beat Concordia (Michigan) 14-4 to improve to 11-0 on the season.

Brandon Phipps (Crown Point) has 18 goals on the season. Joe Dosen (Crown Point) is 3-0 in the net with 54 saves.

Softball

Saint Xavier’s Tori Keilman (Bishop Noll) had four hits in a doubleheader loss to Judson. Keilman was 3-for-3 in one game, which included her third home run of the season.

Keilman, a sophomore, leads the team with 21 RBIs. She’s also second in both batting average (.380) and homers (three).

• Oregon’s Miranda Elish (Crown Point) was named the espnW Softball Player of the Week. The sophomore ace tossed her first seven-inning perfect game in a 3-0 victory over Portland State. It was also the first in school history, another impressive feat for a program that’s had its share of All-American pitchers. Elish struck out 16 of the 21 batters on just 79 pitches.

• Saint Mary’s sophomore Jill Ackermann (Munster) is hitting .333 for the team, which is 28-2 on the season and ranked No. 25 in the most recent NCAA Division III poll.

• Indiana Wesleyan’s Kira Madl (St. John/homeschool) is first on the team in batting average (.385) and doubles (14), while also adding five homers and 24 RBIs. The Wildcats (35-6) are ranked No. 11 in the latest NAIA Division II poll.

Women’s swimming

Michigan State’s Racheal Bukowski (Crown Point) was named the school’s Female Swimmer of the Year at the annual winter sports banquet.

Bukowski, a senior, owns both school records in the 50 and 100 free.

Women’s track and field

Louisville’s Victoria Farley (Portage) was sixth in the shot put with a toss of 13.97 meters (45 feet, 10 inches) at the 2018 Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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

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