Stevan Micic is a champ once again.

The Hanover Central product and three-time state champion earned his first Big Ten title Sunday afternoon.

The Michigan standout cruised to the 133-pound title match with a 19-3 victory over Nebraska’s Jason Renteria in the semifinals, then held on in a 7-4 victory over Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher for the title.

In earlier action, Micic scored a 17-2 tech fall against Maryland’s Jhared Simmons, and in total outscored his day-one opposition on Saturday by a 46-7 margin.

In other Big Ten action, Purdue 285-pounder Shawn Streck (Merrillville) earned seventh-place to qualify for the NCAAs, while Michigan State’s Jake Tucker (Lowell/Mount Carmel) fell in the first round at 157 pounds to No. 1 Jason Nolf of Penn State. However, the redshirt freshman stormed back with two victories in the consolations to earn a trip back to Sunday’s action.

The NCAA Wrestling Championships are March 15-17 in Cleveland.

• Arizona State’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) won the 149-pound title at the Pac-12 Championships, helping the No. 9 Sun Devils to back-to-back conference titles for the first time since 2005 and 2006.

Women’s indoor track and field

Indiana State’s Taylor Austin (Griffith) took the crown in the 3K with a time of 9 minutes, 35.34 seconds to lead the team to a runner-up finish to Illinois State at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Austin was also runner-up in the 5K.

Men’s indoor track and field

Marquette’s Daniel Armstrong (Michigan City) was the high jump champion at the Big East Championships. The sophomore won the Big East indoor title for the second time with a leap of 2.20 meters (7-2.5 feet), leading the team to a runner-up finish.

Armstrong was named the Big East Field Athlete of the Meet and advances to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

• Indiana State’s Scott Schreiber (LaPorte) took second in the 60-meter dash to help the Sycamores to second place behind Illinois State at the MVC Championships. He was also third in the long jump.

• University of Indianapolis junior Brian Sales (Merrillville) earned his third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title in the 400. He finished in 49.74 seconds.

• Trine’s Nick Hayes (Merrillville) helped the distance medley relay finish second overall and the team earned a runner-up finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Indoor Championship.

Jacob Payne (LaPorte) was second in the pole vault for Trine.

Men’s basketball

Cedarville (Ohio) freshman Conner TenHove (Valparaiso) ended the season as the team’s leading rebounder (5.8 per game) and third-leading scorer (11.4). He started 25 of 27 games for the Division II school.

TenHove scored 21 points in an 88-69 victory over Davis & Elkins. He hit the 20-point mark for the second straight time and fifth overall. He averaged over 17 points and 6.6 rebounds over his last six games.

Women’s basketball

Trine’s Katy Steers (Portage) had seven points, four rebounds, and three assists in the team’s 65-50 victory over DePauw in the first round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Bloomington, Illinois.

On Saturday night, Steers had a game-high five assists as Trine punched its ticket to the program’s first Sweet 16 in a 79-70 victory over Illinois Wesleyan.

• Louisville’s Dana Evans (West Side) was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the coaches.

Evans leads all ACC freshmen, ranks 11th in the league, and is second on the team at 3.7 assists per game. She is fourth in the ACC with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. Her 1.3 steals rank fourth among ACC freshmen.

• Owens Community College’s Brenda Pennington (Bishop Noll) had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while adding a game-high seven assists in a 91-57 victory over Columbus State.

The Express (23-4), winners of 11 straight games, play Tuesday in the NJCAA Division II district tournament.

• Trinity Valley Texas’ Michal Miller (Michigan City) had 16 points as the Cardinals beat Tyler to claim at least a share of the Region XIV Conference championship for the 17th straight year.

• Lane College’s Mariah Hopkins (West Side) had a double-double with 12 rebounds and 10 points in her final collegiate game in a 68-51 loss to Claflin University.


Michigan State’s Ryan King (Munster/Brother Rice) had a fantastic debut as a freshman, ranking seventh in the Big Ten with a .381 average (8-for-21). A middle infielder, King went 2-for-4 in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to UCLA.

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