Stay out of Kelly Belzeski’s lane. She’s on a roll.
The Lake Central product and standout bowler on the top-ranked Nebraska women’s bowling team had a stellar day at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Belzeski, a senior, led all bowlers at the tournament with a 233 average. The Huskers were undefeated going into the championship, but lost to McKendree to go 12-1 overall. There were 20 teams in the field, including seven top-ranked teams from around the country at the event.
Belzeski was named to the All-Tournament Team and was the MVP at the competition. Earlier this season, she was second in the individual standings in leading the Huskers to the team title at the Brunswick Bearcat Open.
Nebraska returns to action Feb. 2-4 at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas.
Women’s track and field
Indiana State’s Taylor Austin (Griffith) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week.
The senior dominated the mile run at the Terre Haute Double Dual, setting the new meet record by over four seconds with a time of 4 minutes, 51.08 seconds.
Austin’s time was also a personal-best and moved her into third on the ISU all-time list. She currently holds the top time in the conference and is 19th in the nation with a converted time of 4:48.23.
Louisville’s Dana Evans (West Side) had eight points and dished out seven assists in a 77-51 victory over Pittsburgh.
The true freshman is averaging 6.8 points per game and is second on the team in assists.
The No. 2 Cardinals won their NCAA leading 20th game of the season.
• Owens (Ohio) Community College’s Brenda Pennington (Bishop Noll) is seventh in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association at 5.7 assists per game. The team is 15-4 on the season.
Cedarville (Ohio) University’s Conner TenHove (Valparaiso) had nine points and nine rebounds in an 87-68 loss to Davis & Elkins. He added a team-high 10 rebounds and six points in a 79-72 loss to Alderson Broaddus.
• DePauw’s Ken Decker (Crown Point) had eight points and four rebounds off the bench in the team’s 77-72 loss to Ohio Wesleyan Saturday.
• Siena’s Roman Penn (Bishop Noll) had 12 points and six rebounds in a 68-65 victory over Marist.
• Florida Southwestern’s Tremell Murphy (Griffith) is leading the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game. He’s also averaging 5.6 rebounds. His brother, Anthony, is averaging 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
The Buccaneers, who are ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Region 8 men’s coaches’ poll, are 20-1 on the season and riding a 10-game winning streak.
Men’s track and field
University of Saint Francis (Joliet) senior Brian Blaylock (Lowell) and sophomore Joel O’Shea (Wheeler) starred at the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge.
Blaylock was first in the mile run, while O’Shea was tops in the 3,000-meter run. Additionally, Zach Hoover (Crown Point) was third in the 3,000.