Cedric Ridle Jr. has been quite the entertainer in the state capital of Missouri.
Ridle, a Roosevelt grad, was honored recently by Lincoln University in Jefferson City, where the 6-foot-2 senior guard surpassed the 1,000-point mark for the Blue Tigers.
In 23 games, Ridle averaged 19.5 points per game, while also hitting 71 percent of his free throws, grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game, and leading the team in steals (30).
Lincoln University, which competes in Division II, finished 3-20 this past season, but it didn’t stop Ridle from competing at a high level every night.
Ridle’s all-around talent was recently noticed by Breitbart Sports, which named the former Roosevelt standout one of the 100-best non-NCAA Division-I basketball players in the country. Ridle came in 82nd on the list and was the highest MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) player ranked out of 2,000 athletes at the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III or NAIA levels.
* Brad Karp (Valparaiso) continues to set the tone at St. Xavier University. On Saturday, Karp scored 30 points, hitting 9-of-13 shots, to lead the NAIA No. 7-ranked Cougars to a 110-75 road win over Holy Cross.
SXU (26-4, 22-2 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) has won 15 straight games – including a perfect 14-0 in 2013.
Karp is joined by senior point guard Anthony Grant (Thornridge), who hit for 22 points against Holy Cross. Also chipping in was senior Dominique Harvey (Homewood-Flossmoor), who posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for SXU, which secured the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will play on Wednesday.
* Mike Lipton (Crown Point) is averaging 6.3 points and 2.2 assists for St. Joseph’s College (6-16).
Courtney Kvachkoff (Crown Point) is averaging 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in her freshman season at St. Joseph’s College (1-21). Tityana Miller (Hammond) is averaging 1.9 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Men’s track and field
Joe Tooks (Bloom Trail) was named the first Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week in 2013 after his performance at the Bob Eubanks Open at Grand Valley State.
Tooks, a senior, was second in the triple jump and 13th in the long jump.
In other action, Alex Yong (Portage) ran a 16:43.47 in the 5,000-meter run, shaving 20 seconds off his best time, while Patrick Massoels (Rensselaer) ran a personal record in the 3,000-meters (9:05.24) and Corey Dowds (Rensselaer) ran a PR in the 5,000 (16:07.87).
Women’s track and field
Freshman Allison Boyle (Munster) recently had a personal record in the 800-meter run in 2:28.76 for St. Joseph’s College. Teammate Frehiwet Negassi added a PR in the 3,000-meter run (10:43.88), while Andie Strang (10:51.60) and Kelli Lippold (10:53.48) had PRs as well. Samantha Nirva added a PR in the pentathlon with a score of 3,226.
Earlier this month, Alex Meier (Munster) was third in the 400 and Danielle Perkins was third in the 200 at the IPFW Mastodon Invitational.
Merrillville grad Shannon Wells was inducted into the University of Southern Indiana’s Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.
Wells, who played both volleyball and basketball at USI, was honored by the school on Feb. 8. Wells is currently the associate head volleyball coach at Ole Miss.
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