College cross country
PUC HIRES COACH: Purdue University Calumet has hired Stephanie Beck as men's and women's cross country coach.
Already an assistant coach with the women's basketball team, Beck was a two-year all-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection for the Peregrines in basketball after a stellar running career at Mishawaka High School, where she was a team captain and three-year letterwinner.
"I plan to attack the recruiting trail immediately, utilizing the contacts I’ve established within the running world,” Beck said in a media release. “By bringing in top runners to complement our talent on campus already and implementing a challenging work plan, it should allow us to get better each and every day and compete at a high level.”
RAILCATS HIRE ASST. GM AND DIRECTOR OF TICKETS: The RailCats announced the hiring of Merrillville resident David Kay as Assistant General Manager and Director of Tickets for the 2014 season.
This summer will mark Kay's ninth season working in professional baseball. He most recently served as Director of Tickets for the Tulsa Drillers Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies (2013) and previously served as Director of Tickets with the Arkansas Travelers (2007-2012) and with the Carolina Mudcats (2006). Kay was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Arkansas Travelers in 2008, a position he held through 2012.
EIGHT VALPO ATHLETES EARN HORIZON LEAGUE ACADEMIC HONORS: Valparaiso placed eight athletes on the Horizon League’s Fall Academic All-League teams.
The list includes Tom Serratore and Todd Vervynckt (men’s soccer), Rita Craven and Kristen Manski (women’s soccer), Morgan Beil and Sarah Dooms (volleyball), David Rutkowski (men’s cross country) and Jessica Richardson (women’s cross country).
Eligible athletes must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.
SIU-EDWARDSVILLE RALLIES TO BEAT AUSTIN PEAY: Rozell Nunn scored 15 points Thursday night, including a game-winning three-point play, as SIU-Edwarsdville (5-1, 2-3 Ohio Valley) rallied to beat Austin Peay 71-67.
CHICAGO STATE POWERS PAST NEW MEXICO STATE: Clarke Rosenberg scored 20 points, and Quinton Pippen added 19 with eight rebounds as Chicago State (8-9, 3-0 WAC) defeated New Mexico State (14-6, 3-1) 86-81.
PAYNE LIFTS MURRAY ST. OVER EASTERN ILLINOIS: Cameron Payne scored seven points in the final 1:22 to carry Murray State (10-7, 5-0 Ohio Valley) to a 70-66 comeback victory at Eastern Illinois.
Reggie Smith had 27 points, and Sherman Blanford added 17 for Eastern Illinois (5-12, 2-4).
MILWAUKEE SLIPS BY UIC: Jordan Aaron scored 18 points to lead Milwaukee (13-6, 3-2 Horizon League) to a 67-63 come-from-behind win over Illinois-Chicago (5-13, 0-4).
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE DEFEATS WESTERN ILLINOIS: Jordan Dykstra scored 20 points as South Dakota State (10-8, 2-1 Summit) jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in a 64-55 victory over Western Illinois. Garret Covington led the Leathernecks (7-10, 1-1) with 24 points and three assists.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME ROUTS PITT: Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to a 109-66 victory over Pittsburgh (9-9, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Thursday night.
Natalie Achonwa had 14 points, reserve Michaela Mabrey scored 13 and Taya Reimer had 10 for the Fighting Irish (16-0, 4-0).
2 HOOSIERS PLAN TO TRANSFER: Quarterback Cam Coffman and linebacker Jordan Wallace are transferring from Indiana.
Coffman came to Indiana as a junior college recruit and became the starter in 2012 after Tre Roberson was injured. Coffman threw for 2,734 yards with 15 TDs and 11 interceptions but found himself third on the depth chart behind Roberson and Nate Sudfeld in 2013. Coach Kevin Wilson said in a video posted on the Hoosiers website that he is trying to help Coffman find a new school where he can get more playing time.
Wallace, a 6-foot, 234-pound linebacker, did not play last season after getting a medical redshirt in 2012. The Indianapolis native is expected to land at Indiana State, a Football Championship Subdivision school and will not have to sit out.
SERENA SETS AUSTRALIAN MARK WITH THIRD-ROUND WIN: Five-time champion Serena Williams has won more matches at the Australian Open than any other woman, notching career win No. 61 today as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on another scorching day at Melbourne Park.
Williams converted her fourth match point on No. 31-seeded Hantuchova's serve. It was Williams' 24th consecutive win on the tour back to August, and improved her career record to 61-8 at the Australian Open.
She equaled Margaret Court's Australian Open mark of 60 wins with her second-round victory, and now has matched Lindsay Davenport's record of 69 main-draw matches here in the Open era.
Around the horn
Sports medicine specialist and Purdue Calumet team physician Lorin Brown, M.D., discusses core-related injuries on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).