REGION COLLEGIANS: Taylor-made double play in Kasper, Peller; Valpo’s Karp earns All-America honor

2013-02-24T18:15:00Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Taylor-made double play in Kasper, Peller; Valpo’s Karp earns All-America honorBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
February 24, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

Taylor University’s Porter County combo of Nate Kasper and Tommy Peller has been quite the Batman and Robin duo this season.

Kasper, a Wheeler grad, was recently named the NAIA Division II Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points, seven rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and one steal per game. The 6-foot-8 senior scored a season-high 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a victory over Marian. For the season, he is averaging 15.1 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds a game.

Peller, a Chesterton grad, was named third team All-Crossroads League, as voted on by the league’s coaches. Peller also was named to the Crossroads League All-Defensive Team. The senior is averaging 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He was often given the task of guarding the best player on the opposing team on a defense that ranked second in the league, holding opponents to 57.7 points per game.

Taylor (21-11) advances to Tuesday’s Crossroads League Championship against Bethel, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NAIA D-II National Tournament.

Taylor is coached by Paul Patterson, a Morton grad, who is into his 33rd season with the program.

* Indiana Wesleyan coach Greg Tonagel (LaPorte) was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year. A former Valpo University standout and assistant coach at VU, Tonagel guided the Wildcats to a 25-5 regular season record and 14-4 mark to win the Crossroads League title for the fifth straight season.

* Saint Xavier University’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) headlined the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men’s Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Karp was chosen the winner of the Capital One Academic Team Member of the Year award for the men’s basketball team out of 14 other players.

Karp, a junior biology major, carries a 3.61 grade-point average, and currently leads the Cougars in scoring (22.1) and rebounding (9.2). He ranks fourth in NAIA Division II in total scoring and is quickly closing in on his 2,000th career point. In addition, Karp has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Week seven times out of 14 weeks this season.

On Saturday, Karp was named the 2012-13 CCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

* University of Saint Francis forward Josh Hogan (Merrillville) earned All-Crossroads League recognition.

Hogan, a sophomore, was a third-team selection. He played in 30 games, starting 13, and averaged 10.5 points per game. He led USF in steals (36) and was No. 2 in 3-point field goals made with 29.

Hogan scored in double figures in 11 of his last 14 games, and scored 20 or more points in three games, with a career-high 25 against Indiana Wesleyan on Jan. 15.

Women’s track and field

Sophomore Brianna Martinez (Andrean) was second in the 1,600-meter run and third in the both the 800 and 3,200 while competing for Manchester at the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 16.

Women’s bowling

Indiana Tech sophomore Ashley Zeabart (Highland) was part of a Warriors team that finished second in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference during the regular season and placed third in the WHAC Championship.

Zeabart bowled in all four conference meets this past season, averaging 123.75. Her best finish was at the Raider Classic with a 153.50 average.

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