Whiting’s Dumezich named Texas A&M’s top female athlete

2013-05-05T18:19:00Z 2013-05-05T19:29:20Z Whiting’s Dumezich named Texas A&M’s top female athleteBRIAN WADDLE Times Correspondent
May 05, 2013 6:19 pm  • 

Whiting’s Mel Dumezich was honored with a Distinguished Lettermen’s Award at the Texas A&M CHAMPS Banquet this past week.

The Distinguished Lettermen’s award is given to athletes who have demonstrated outstanding athletic performance and acted in a manner that has brought credit to student-athletes, the university, and intercollegiate athletics.

Dumezich, a senior, is a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American, a three-time NFCA All-Region selection, and a three-time All-Big 12 honoree.

On Friday, Dumezich (102-32) reached 900 career strikeouts in the No. 14 Aggies’ 5-2 win against Mississippi State in Southeastern Conference play.

She fanned 10 hitters to put her total at 902.



Illiana Christian product Chris Rudenga was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Ashland.

The senior outfielder hit .545 (6-for-11), scored four runs, drove in five, and hit his first home run of the season, all in his final home game for Grand Valley State.

He was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.


Women’s track

North Central College’s Ebony Stallworth (Thornwood) was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Field Event Athlete of the Week.

Stallworth set a new North Central outdoor record in the shot put, turning in a distance of 42 feet, 8 ½ inches at the Benedictine University Twilight Invitational. She placed third in the event and is currently second in the CCIW and 28th overall among NCAA Division III throwers. She also had a personal-best throw of 122-3 in the discus.

* Delaney McGinley (Valparaiso) won the hammer throw for Lewis University at the recent Big Blue Track and Field Invitational at Millikin University.

* Chesterton’s Mary Ballinger, a Southern Indiana grad, won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the prestigious Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford.

* Lake Central’s Rachel Zajac broke the IUPUI record in the 1,500-meters at the Stan Lyons Invitational at Butler. Zajac was the Jaguars’ top performer in both the 800 and 1,500. She was seventh overall in the 800 and sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:42.25.

Teammate Jordan Hanaway (Hebron) was the team’s top placer in the 5,000.


Men’s golf

Chesterton’s Kyle Grassel finished tied for 22nd to lead the Colorado College of the Mines to a second-place finish at the 2013 RMAC Spring Championship.

* Nick Brogdon (Gavit) and Dan Novitski (Hanover Central) were a part of an Indiana Tech team which finished third at the Wolverine-Hoosier Conference Tournament, and fourth during the regular season.

Brogdon, a sophomore, appeared in one event for the Warriors and played two rounds in the fall. Novitski, a freshman, appeared in two events and played four rounds.



St. Joseph College’s Katee Sanderson (Michigan City) has been named Senior of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Sanderson previously received First Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference accolades in April.

Sanderson was part of the team's No. 1 doubles team and was the No. 1 singles player. Sanderson was 15-4 in singles and 10-7 in doubles play. This past season she reached 70 career singles wins, setting a school record.

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

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