Sports Digest: Bandits draft Whiting grad Dumezich

2013-04-01T21:15:00Z 2013-07-11T21:10:04Z Sports Digest: Bandits draft Whiting grad Dumezich nwitimes.com
April 01, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro softball

BANDITS DRAFT DUMEZICH: The Chicago Bandits took Whiting graduate and Texas A&M senior Mel Dumezich with their fifth pick in Monday's National Pro Fastpitch draft. Dumezich is hitting .285 with nine home runs, nine doubles and 27 RBIs, while posting a 4-5 record with a 3.56 earned run average.

College basketball

KEADY PART OF HALL OF FAME CLASS: Longtime coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino, and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Keady began his career at Western Kentucky before going 512-270 during 25 years at Purdue, while Massimino spent 30 years coaching Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV and Cleveland State.

McMillen starred for Maryland in the 1970s before serving in Congress from 1987-93.

Joining them in the Hall of Fame will be George Ravling of Nike, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Killian of FIBA and the 1963 team from Loyola University of Chicago, which broke through racial boundaries and eventually defeated Cincinnati in the national championship game.

The class will be inducted during a ceremony Nov. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a three-day celebration that also includes the CBE Classic at the nearby Sprint Center.

Pro football

FORMER NFL COACH PARDEE DIES AT 76: Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has died, University of Houston spokesman David Bassity said.

Pardee was 76.

Pardee's family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live in November.

Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

He played six-man football at Christoval High School in west-central Texas, near San Angelo, before moving on to Texas A&M.

Pardee played three seasons at Texas A&M and was the 14th overall pick in the 1957 NFL draft by Los Angeles. He played for the Rams from 1957-64, sat out a year to deal with his melanoma, and played seven more seasons. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins in 1973.

He was selected as an All-Pro in 1963 and 1971.

He coached in the World Football League for one season before moving on to NFL coaching. He was the Bears' head coach from 1975-77.

Pro hockey

HAWKS EDGE PREDS IN SHOOTOUT: Defenseman Michal Rozsival scored in the fifth round of shootout after Jonathan Toews also connected in the tiebreaker, and the Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Rozsival, who hasn't scored a goal this season, beat Pekka Rinne with a high shot in his first attempt in a shootout this season.

Chicago's Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 19th goal and rookie Brandon Saad scored in regulation to help the Blackhawks win their second straight.

College softball

WEISSENHOFER WHIFFS 12: Taylor Weissenhofer struck out 12, including the first nine Wright State batters, allowing just three hits in host Valparaiso's 5-0 Horizon League victory Monday. Joylyn Ichiyama and Tarah McShane were each 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run for the Crusaders (16-12, 3-1).

Women's golf

VALPO SEVENTH AT IPFW TOURNEY: Valparaiso finished seventh in the IPFW Spring Classic, posting a 36-hole score of 644. Indianapolis won the nine-team event with a 618. Kelly Voigt tied for 10th for the Crusaders at 156, shooting a three-over par 75 on Monday. UIndy's Jenny Knoop was medalist with a 148.

Prep football

EARLY REPS CAMP DEADLINE FRIDAY: Preregistration for the Region Elite Passing School ends Friday. Sign-ups will still be accepted after Friday but at an additional cost of $20. The camp, which is open to players of all positions in grades 9 to 11, runs April 14, 21, 28 and May 1 at Hobart High School. For details or to register, go to www.repsfootball.com.

Pro baseball

RAILCATS' NATIONAL ANTHEM TRYOUTS FRIDAY, SATURDAY: Singer auditions for national anthems at RailCats' games take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday  and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Diamond Club at U.S. Steel Yard.

For more information, contact the RailCats at (219) 882-2255.

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