Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 30, 2013

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS: Former Raider enters coaching ranks

By GREG KEIM greg.keim@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — GOSHEN — Former Northridge High School cross country and track standout Megan Jackson was recently hired as an assistant coach in the two sports at IUPUI.

Jackson will assist head coach Antonio McDaniel in all facets of the program, including training, recruiting, fund raising and academic oversight.

The 2010 graduate of the University of Arkansas, was most recently a graduate assistant at her alma mater. She completed her Master’s degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science in 2013.

She earned All-American honors in the steeplechase in 2008 and was an Academic All-American throughout her college career. She also served on the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was a two-time team captain for both the cross country and track programs.

Jackson earned SEC All-Academic First Team accolades every year of her collegiate career as well as being named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll all four years. She was also involved in the Fayetteville community, participating with the Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO) and Sweat Hawgs program. She also took part in the Lee Spencer Cup.

At Northridge, she was a four-time First Team All-State performer. She finished among the top 13 at the IHSAA state cross country meet all four years and was part of four conference and sectional championship teams and six squads that earned regional titles.

Football

• Eastern Michigan freshman DuWhan Alford (Concord) played in 13 games this season for the Eagles (2-10 overall, 1-7 Mid-American Conference) catching 10 passes for 57 yards. He snared three passes for 16 yards versus Penn State and three for 19 against Army.

Men’s Basketball

• Senior Karvel Anderson (Elkhart Memorial) scored nine points to go with two steals for Robert Morris in a 100-94 loss to Oakland.

• Ball State freshman Franko House (Concord) has played in all nine games (three starts) for the Cardinals (2-7) averaging 5.0 points per game. He is shooting 46.2 percent (18-of-39) on all field goals including 30.0 (3-of-10) on 3-point attempts and 54.5 (6-of-11) from the free-throw line. House has a total of 46 rebounds, nine assists and four blocks.

• Taylor University senior Josh Riikonen (Elkhart Central) had seven points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal for the Trojans (7-6) in a 62-58 win over Rochester in Livonia, Michigan.

• University of Illinois Chicago freshman Markese McGuire (Elkhart Memorial) grabbed a rebound for the Flames (5-9) in a 74-60 loss to Illinois (11-2) at the United Center in Chicago.

• Sophomore Nic Moore (Warsaw) tallied 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals for the SMU Mustangs (10-2) defeated Wyoming 62-52. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the 12 games. Moore has also been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll three times this seasons.

Women’s Basketball

• Freshman Anna Heck (Concord) had 10 points and four rebounds for Holy Cross in a 76-46 win over Marygrove in the consolation game of the Davenport University tournament. Senior Lindsey Steffen (NorthWood) totaled 10 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal for the winners. Holy Cross lost to Davenport 116-58 in the first round. Steffen had 14 points, three rebounds and a steal.

• Freshman Savannah Bley (NorthWood) tossed in a career-high 14 points for Taylor University in an 82-75 loss to Indiana University Southeast. She made 6-of-7 field goals and 2-of-3 free throws. Bley also had six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Bley has played in all 13 games for the Trojans (4-9) averaging 5.3 points per game. She is shooting 42.9 percent (40-of-70) and 62.9 (22-of-35) from the free-throw line. Bley had a total of 71 rebounds, 17 assists and seven steals.

• Senior Lauren Tait (Wawasee) had two rebounds and an assist and sophomore Sarah Miller (Jimtown) played for the Trine Thunder in a 76-63 win over Brescia in Bluffton, Ohio.

• Sophomore Akyah Taylor (Elkhart Memorial) tossed in 19 points for the Saint Francis Cougars in an 85-49 win over the University of Northwestern Ohio.