By GREG KEIM firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — GOSHEN — Junior Brooke Boyts is off to an excellent start this spring for the University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team.
The Fairfield High School graduate has a 4-2 singles record and a 5-1 doubles mark.
Among her singles wins is a 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2) victory over Grace Hyde of Butler, an NCAA Division I program.
Boyts notched a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles and paired with senior Kasey Land for an 8-3 triumph at No. 3 doubles as the Greyhounds were 5-3 winners at Alabama-Huntsville.
Boyts was a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 singles winner in a 5-4 loss to West Alabama.
In an 8-1 victory over Ferris State, Boyts recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles. She teamed with Land for an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.
Going into this season, the two-year letterwinner had an overall 16-9 singles mark and a 20-18 doubles record.
Boyts was an Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honoree in 2012-13.
• Two former Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers came within one victory of making the NCAA tournament as their schools lost in their conference tournament championships.
Senior Karvel Anderson poured in 21 points as Robert Morris dropped an 80-71 decision to Mount St. Mary’s in the Northeast Conference finale. Anderson made 8-of-17 field goal attempts (2-of-7 from 3-point range) and 3-of-3 free throws. He also had four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
It was the third time in four years Robert Morris has lost in the tournament championship.
Senior Michael Kibiloski tossed in nine points as the IPFW Mastodons fell to North Dakota State, 60-57, in the Summit League championship. He was 3-of-7 shooting (3-of-6 from 3-point range) to go with two rebounds.
The Bethel Pilots advanced to the NAIA Division II National Championship quarterfinals at Point Lookout, Missouri, before a 76-70 loss to Midland ended the season. Senior Ryan Brenner (Mishawaka) scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Pilots (28-8). Bethel made it to the quarterfinals with a 67-64 win over College of the Ozarks as Brenner tossed in 24 points and snared nine rebounds. Brenner had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Bethel defeated California-Maritime 85-75 in overtime.
• Bethel College freshman Aimee Swihart (Goshen) has been named to the NCCAA North Central Region All-Region Team after finishing as the second-leading scorer (12.5 ppg) for the Pilots while leading the team in assists (102) and steals (57). Junior teammate Ashley Lutz (Penn) was an honorable mention choice as she averaged 8.3 points and 7.4 rebounds.
• Senior David Yoder (Concord) had a double, two singles and four RBI for the Saint Francis Cougars in an 8-6 win over NorthWood at West Palm Beach, Florida.
• Goshen College junior pitcher Bryan Palmer (Elmwood, Illinois) was one of 13 student-athletes selected to participate in the 2014 Red Cross-NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program this summer. The initiative, now in its seventh year, continues to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of American Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program.
• Bethel College junior pitcher Natalie Newell (Goshen) won four of her first five decisions on the Pilots’ spring break trip to earn the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week and NCCAA Softball Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
The two-time Crossroads’ Pitcher of the Year whiffed 65 batters in 36 1/3 innings in Arizona while allowing only 19 hits and three earned runs. Her earned run average is 0.58. Newell ranks in the top 15 in all six pitching categories on a national basis including strikeouts per nine inning (11.52), 11th in total strikeouts (65), 12th in opponents’ batting average (.152), 13th in ERA (0.580), 14th in total runs allowed (three) and 15th in overall hits allowed (nine).
It’s the seventh time Newell has been honored as the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week.
• Freshman Lacee Mulcahey (Goshen) was hitless in one trip to the plate for the Saint Francis Cougars in an 8-0 loss to Brewton-Parker at Hardeeville, South Carolina.
•Freshman Hayley Ronci (Goshen) placed sixth in the 1,650 freestyle (17:47.75) and ninth in the 200 butterfly (2:11.39) for Olivet Nazarene in the NAIA National Championship at Oklahoma City. Olivet Nazarene finished fourth in the team standings.
Men’s Track and Field
• Bethel College junior Michael Ponce (Elkhart Central) earned All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in shot put at the NAIA National Championships in the SPIRE Institute at Geneva, Ohio. His distance of 16.90 meters was a Bethel record.
Women’s Track and Field
• Junior Cinnamon Green (Jimtown) and sophomore Jeslyn Zimmerly (Westview) garnered All-American honors at the NAIA National Championships in the SPIRE Institute at Geneva, Ohio. Green placed eighth in shot put (13.74 meters) and Zimmerly third in pole vault (3.68 meters).
• Freshman Chris Robbins (Northridge) teamed with sophomore Carter Perry for an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles as the Taylor Trojans posted a 5-4 victory over Trine University. Robbins dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4 tie breaker) at No. 5 singles.