Sports Digest: Crown Point's Wen advances to state semifinals

2014-06-13T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:07:10Z Sports Digest: Crown Point's Wen advances to state semifinals nwitimes.com

Girls tennis

C.P.'S WEN ADVANCES TO STATE SEMIFINALS: Crown Point's Qing Wen advanced to this morning's semifinals of the IHSAA individual singles tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Fishers' Jessica Lorenz on Friday.

Wen meets Greenwood's Jade Kawamato at 9 a.m. Kawamato's twin sister, Jackie, won the title last season.

The championship is at 1 p.m. at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis.

College sports

PURDUE CAL HIRES ASSISTANT AD: Purdue Calumet Director of Athletics Rick Costello has announced the hiring of Nicole Watkins as the department’s assistant athletic director for sports information, marketing and event management, effective July 1.

The Medina, Ohio, native comes to Purdue Calumet after spending the past year as a sports information graduate assistant at NCAA Division III Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

While at Rose-Hulman, Watkins played a significant role in the athletic department’s rise in the realm of social media.

“After a national search ... Team Peregrine is very fortunate to land an individual with amazing energy, enthusiasm and wonderful experience in social media, graphic design and journalism," Costello said in a news release.

American Legion baseball

HIGHLAND DEFEATS VALPO: Highland Post 180 pounded out three doubles among its 16 hits to defeat Valparaiso Post 94 11-8 on Friday.

Alec Del Rio was 2-for-2 with a double, while Alex Coccia and Mike Mueller each had a two-run double for Highland. Chase Lorenz was 2-for-2, John Pitsas 2-for-4, David Hladek 2-for-3, Matt Benninghoff 2-for-4 and Alex Smith 1-for-2 for Highland.

Nick Fromm was the winning pitcher, allowing an earned run through five innings for Highland, which will travel to Plymouth for a doubleheader at noon Sunday.

Pro football

HALL OF FAME COACH NOLL DEAD AT 82: Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.

The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons from 1974-79, an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL's marquee franchises.

Noll's 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons, after inheriting a team that had never won a postseason game in club history.

Noll was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.

Pro basketball

FEVER'S DUNN HEADS HOME FOR HALL OF FAME HONOR: Fever coach Lin Dunn is back in her home state to receive her biggest honor yet as she nears the conclusion of an illustrious career.

Dunn, who will retire from coaching at the end of the season, is being inducted today into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Dunn, a Nashville native, still has plenty of ties to Tennessee.

Dunn went 447-257 in a 25-year college head coaching career with stops at Austin Peay, Mississippi, Miami and Purdue. She also has coached the ABL's Portland Power and the WNBA's Seattle Storm and Fever. She led Indiana to the 2012 WNBA title.

This year's induction class also includes former players Michelle Edwards, Yolanda Griffith and Jasmina Perazic, broadcaster Mimi Griffin, and former Southern Illinois women's athletic director Charlotte West.

MYSTICS DEFEAT SHORT-HANDED SKY: Emma Meesseman took advantage of Elena Delle Donne's absence for Chicago to finish with career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Washington Mystics to a 79-68 victory over the short-handed Sky on Friday night.

Allie Quigley scored 18 points, and Epiphanny Prince had 17 for the Sky (5-5), who lost their fourth straight. Delle Donne, the WNBA's second-leading scorer, missed a second straight game for Chicago while receiving treatment for a reoccurrence of Lyme disease.

Auto racing

HARVICK LATEST DRIVER TO BREAK TRACK RECORD IN MICHIGAN QUALIFYING: Kevin Harvick posted the fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR's top series since 1987, winning the pole at Michigan International Speedway on Friday at 204.557 mph.

Harvick's pole-winning speed was the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 mph at Talladega Superspeedway in April 1987, but drivers have routinely broken 200 mph at Michigan since the track was repaved before the 2012 season.

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