Whiting’s Mel Dumezich has done just about everything during a brilliant prep and college career. The Texas A&M senior recently added another special honor to her loaded awards collection.
Dumezich was named USA Softball National Player of the Week on Feb. 26. The senior standout threw her first two career no-hitters in run-rule shutouts of Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana.
During five appearances, Dumezich allowed one earned run and one walk, struck out 22, tossed three solo shutouts, and picked up her second save of the season. On Saturday, Dumezich (15-0) tossed her third no-hitter of the season, striking out 16, in a 5-0 victory over Illinois State.
Oh, and at the dish, she hit .500 with seven RBIs, nine hits, including five doubles, one homer, five runs and two walks. She is the first Aggies player to earn the prestigious honor since 2008. For the season, she is batting .295 with 12 runs, seven doubles, five homers and 19 RBIs.
The No. 5 Aggies (22-1) are off to the program’s best start in school history and match their highest ranking since February of 2009.
* Ashford (Ia.) University’s Megan Frieling (T.F. South) threw a complete-game one-hitter against Grace University on Feb. 24. The sophomore struck out eight in picking up her second win of the season.
Women’s track and field
Kyela Specht (Munster) recently placed fourth in the 800 meters at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships. Specht, a sophomore at Bradley, ran a personal-best 2 minutes, 13.76 seconds to win her heat in the prelims. She clocked in at 2:14.30 in the finals.
Specht also ran team bests in both the 600 and 1,000 during the indoor season.
Indiana University’s Allie Lamberson (Valparaiso) and Shelby Carroll (Lake Central) both posted career-best efforts at the Big Ten Championships.
Lambert, a freshman, hit 53.47 in the 100 free, while Carroll, also a freshman, finished in 1:57.61 in the 200 back. The duo helped the Hoosiers finish second to Minnesota in the team standings.
* Purdue’s Maddie Miskulin (Valparaiso) was responsible for 24 points at the Big Ten Championships. Miskulin was seventh in platform diving (14 points) and finished second in both the 3-meter diving consolation finals (seven points) and 1-meter (seven points). Brittany Fozkos (Chesterton) also competed for the Boilermakers.
Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) helped the No. 3 Wolverines three-repeat over the weekend at the Big Ten Championships.
The junior helped the 800-yard free relay take first place, while he shaved three seconds off his preliminary time to finish second in the 400 IM (career-best 3:40.94), and he was fourth in the 200 butterfly.
* Purdue’s Corey Bandura (Munster) capped off his career by competing in the Big Ten Championships.
Bandura, a four-year member of the team, specialized in both the butterfly and freestyle events. He was a member and team captain of the state runner-up Munster High team during the 2008-09 season. During the regular season, Bandura helped the 800 free relay team clock the Boilers’ third-best time of the season at the Purdue Invite on Nov. 17.
Teammate Alec Back (Portage) had two individual diving victories this past season, while Adam Johnston (Highland) won the 50 free with a personal season-best (20.56) and was fourth in the 100 free (46.01) at the Michigan First Chance Meet Feb. 16-17.
Amanda Corral (Hobart) continues to lead Northern Illinois in scoring at 12.5 points per game. The sophomore is also adding 4.7 rebounds and has 53 assists and 28 steals. Teammate Ashley Sneed (Thornton) is averaging 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and has 34 assists.
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