Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 6, 2013

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS: Konarski remains unbeaten

By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Manchester College senior pitcher Kyle Konarski (Concord) improved his record to 9-0 as the Spartans whipped Mt. St. Joseph, 19-4, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at North Manchester.

Konarski pitched 5 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out three and walking three.

The Spartans won the second game of the twin bill by an 8-2 count to improve to 31-5-1 (21-3 HCAC) on the season.

Konarski had pitched 63 1/3 innings this season with a sparkling 1.85 ERA. He has fanned 52 and walked 23.

Men’s Golf

Bethel College senior Brady Klotz (NorthWood) garnered medalist honors in the Crossroads League Championship at Orchard Ridge Country Club near Fort Wayne. He carded a 70-72-72—214 total to finish ahead of Trey Stoll of Grace College at 74-73-71—214.

Klotz also earned Crossroads League Player of the Year honors.

“I’m so happy for Brady to finally finish on top after two runner-up finishes the past two  years He’s one of Bethel’s all-time greats and I’m sure he’ll have a great experience at nationals,” Bethel coach Christopher Hess said on the school Web site.

Klotz qualified for the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship on May 14-17 in Salem, Oregon.

Marian posted a three-day total of 888 (291, 290, 307) to take the team title, followed by Bethel 906 (304, 203, 300), Taylor University 914 (298, 307, 309), Huntington University 939 (311, 213, 316), Indiana Wesleyan 939 (313, 231, 313), University of Saint Francis 945 (304, 317, 324), Grace College 949 (314, 313, 322), Spring Arbor University 954 (310, 320, 324), Mount Vernon Nazarene 854 (321, 215, 317) and Goshen College 1,036 (355, 333, 348).

Also for Bethel, sophomore Brian Ulrich (Fairfield) posted a 78-75-73—226 to earn all-Crossroads League honors.

Goshen freshman Alejandro Genis (Elkhart Central) carded an 83-85-89—257.

Softball

Bethel college sophomore pitcher Natalie Newell (Goshen) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic 2012-13 All-District Team.

CoSIDA honors student-athletes from the NAIA as well as NCAA Division I, II and III who have earned at least a 3.3 GPA. The members of the CoSIDA then vote through the district and national round of winners from eligible student-athletes.

Newell’s All-District selection will put her name on the ballot for All-American status.

Newell has broken the Bethel record for strikeouts in a season with 252 up to this point of the season. Concord graduate Brittney (Hire) Lightfoot struck out 244 in 2007 to match the 244 by Amy Wetzel in 1995.

Newell has allowed just 71 hits and 25 runs this season in 137 innings, giving her a 1.03 ERA and a .150 batting average by opposing teams.

The Pilots’ run at the Crossroads League tournament championship came to a close when Bethel was upended by top-seeded Marian University 10-5 and 2-1 in Indianapolis.

Newell was the starting pitcher is the second game. She hurled five inning, allowing two hits to go with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Despite the two setbacks, the Pilots still earned the second automatic bid to compete for the NAIA National Championship.

Women’s Track and Field

The Indiana Tech Warriors captured the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference championship on Houseman Field at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Junior Chloe Brooks (Concord) was second in the 400 meters (56.60) and freshman Jeslyn Zimmerly (Westview) third in pole vault (11-9 3/4). Brooks teamed with sophomore Shayne Armbrister, junior Zalika Dixon and sophomore Kirten Flake for a win in the 4 x 400 relay (3:53.12).

Men’s Track and Field

Senior Aaron Baker (Lakeland) finished first in discus (165-8) as the Indiana Tech Warriors captured the team championship in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference championship on Houseman Field at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Baker was also second in shot put (45-11 1/4) and third in hammer (153-8). Senior David Army (Elkhart Central) was third in the 200 (21.74) and eighth in high jump (6-5) and freshman Creig Leu (Lakeland) fourth in the 110 high hurdles (15.21) and seventh in the 400 hurdles (57.79).

Army teamed with junior Donaey Paige, freshman Harris Edwards III and freshman John Broaden to win the 4 x 100 relay (40.59).

Women’s Golf

University of Indianapolis junior Amy Thompson (NorthWood) carded a 79 and is tied for eighth place among the individuals after the opening round of the NCAA Division II Super Region at the Joliet Country Club at Joliet, Illinois.