Sports Digest: L.C. grad Letz named NJCAA All-American in baseball

2014-06-12T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:07:11Z Sports Digest: L.C. grad Letz named NJCAA All-American in baseball nwitimes.com

College baseball

SOUTH SUBURBAN'S LETZ NAMED ALL-AMERICAN: Lake Central graduate and South Suburban sophomore outfielder Stephen Letz was selected as an NJCAA Division I First Team All-American.

This is the second consecutive year Letz, who will play at Northern Illinois, has received All-American honors.

“Stephen has accomplished something nobody else has done here — to be named First Team All-American twice,” SSC coach Steve Ruzich said in a news release. “I am so proud of him, because Stephen worked extremely hard, and he was a great team player for two seasons.”

Letz, who hit .424 with 11 home runs and 75 RBIs this season, was named the top player in the NJCAA Region and Northern District for the second consecutive year. Letz was also selected by Marucci as the top hitter in the Midwest.

Local golf

C.P.’S GRUBNICH CONTINUES TO LEAD AT INDIANA AMATEUR: Indiana University’s Nick Grubnich (Crown Point) remained in the lead by three shots Thursday after three rounds of the Indiana Amateur Championship at Purgatory Golf Course.

Grubnich carded a 2-under-par 70 and is at at 8-under 208 heading into today’s final round.

"Today was the tale of two nines,” Grubnich said in an IGA news release. "I played lights out on the front nine and turned at 4-under-par for the day. On the back nine, things didn’t come easily for me. I hit a few bad shots and had a few tough breaks, but I reminded myself that good pars go a long way on the more difficult holes out here.”

Also, Garrett Bianchi (Hobart) is tied for 27th at 226; Drake Devereux (Boone Grove) is tied for 42nd at 229; Patrick Mudd (Crown Point) is tied for 44th at 230, and Kyle Meihofer (Valparaiso) is 62nd (237).

Prep baseball

LOCALS IN ALL-STAR GAME: Mount Carmel's Dave Dobrinich and Marko Boricich, St. Francis de Sales' Kemari Simmons and Seton Academy's Tyrone Gaston have been selected to play for the Catholic League team in the Catholic League-Public League All-Star Game.

The game is at 2 p.m. June 20 at U.S. Cellular Field. Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry will be one of the Catholic League coaches.

Pro baseball

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating its diamond anniversary.

A ceremony marking the 75th anniversary will be held Thursday morning on the front steps of the museum, with Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Joe Morgan taking part.

Babe Ruth was the star of the first class elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936, and he attended the Hall of Fame's official opening on June 12, 1939. Ruth was the last person to speak before Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis officially opened the museum.

To honor his contributions to the game, the Hall of Fame is opening a new Babe Ruth exhibit today.

Thursday's festivities included a discussion by three local residents who were present when the Hall of Fame opened in 1939.

Pro football

FEMALE OFFICIAL HOPES TO BREAK NFL BARRIER: Sarah Thomas doesn't consider herself a trailblazer, just "one of the guys."

But as one of two female officials in the NFL's officiating development program, Thomas has a chance to break barriers in a male-dominated profession. This week, Thomas worked with a crew of officials during Browns mini-camp, where she worked on her skills as she strives to make it to the pros.

Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden joked that Thomas "was calling everything", but Cleveland coach Mike Pettine praised her, saying she was "efficient."

Swimming

INJURED OLYMPIAN PLANS TO MOVE TO REHAB HOSPITAL: Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen plans to undergo rehabilitation for her severed spine at a suburban Denver hospital.

Van Dyken-Rouen plans to be transferred sometime next week to Craig Hospital, which specializes in spinal cord injuries. Her husband, former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, told The Denver Post that she may still need to undergo a second surgery at the Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital where she has been since she was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Friday night.

Tom Rouen says the family doesn't know if she will be paralyzed.

Around the horn

Purdue Calumet athletics consultant and former athletics director John Friend is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).

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