By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Last Friday night in the opening round of the Habitat for Humanity Classic, Grace College senior Elliot Smith reached a special milestone in men’s college basketball as he scored the 1,000th point of his career in an 84-69 win over Wilberforce.
The Northridge High School graduate swished a 3-point with less than 2:00 left in the opening half to become the 44th player in Grace history to eclipse the 1,000-point standard.
In the championship game on Saturday, Smith was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, finishing with 14 points in a 75-65 win over Trinity Christian.
Smith is hitting a noteworthy 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from 3-point range this season, which ties him for seventh in the country among the NAIA Division II schools.
Smith is averaging 12.9 points per game this season.
Over his career, Smith is shooting 41.0 percent from 3-point range (191-of-473).
The Grace Lancers (7-2) are ranked 10th in NAIA Division II.
Saint Francis senior Ethan Hussey (Goshen) has started nine of 10 games for the Cougars (8-2). Hussey is averaging 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while playing 29.9 minutes per game. He is shooting 42.9 percent (33-of-77) on all field goals, including 33.3 (11-of-33) from 3-point range and 6-0. (6-of-10) from the free-throw line. Hussey scored a season-high 17 points in a 90-85 win to open the season.
Junior Taylor Kolbus (Goshen) netted eight points and grabbed four rebounds for the Bethel Pilots in a 73-62 win over IUSB. Bethel is 9-2 on the season, including 6-0 at home. Freshman Riley Stichter (Wawasee) didn’t score before fouling out for IUSB.
Junior Michael Kibiloski (Elkhart Memorial) has played in five games for the IPFW Mastodons (5-6) averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. He also had five assists and three steals.
Junior Karvel Anderson (Elkhart Memorial) is the leading scorer at 12.1 points per game for the Robert Morris Colonials (6-4). He had 12 points and six rebounds in a recent 66-54 win over Hampton at the HU Convocation Center in Hampton, Virginia, and the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in a 61-48 victory over Campbell at Gore Arena in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
Anderson played two years at Glen Oaks Junior College before transferring to Robert Morris located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. He averaged 24.0 points per game for glen Oaks in 2011-12.
Freshman Julie Jesse (Goshen) won the first diving event of her collegiate career when she placed first in the one-meter event (221.10 points) as the United States Naval Academy defeated Army 207-93. She also finished second in the three-meter diving (223.23 points) as the Navy recorded its 24th straight win in the series with Army.
Junior Emily Wisolek (Northridge) teamed with senior Jillian Bischoff, junior Haley Richter (Columbia City) and sophomore Carlena Magley (DeKalb) to finish first in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:29.27) as the Ball State Cardinals placed third in the team standings in the House of Champions hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay won the team title with 1,803 points, followed by the University of Evansville 1,574 and Ball State 1,571. Sophomore Kayla Hussey (Goshen) was second in the 1,650 free (18:01.75) for the Cardinals.
Freshman Sarah Rozow (Wawasee) finished seventh in the 200 freestyle (2:08.87) and sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:16.89) as the IUPUI Jaguars dropped a 142-95 decision to the University of Evansville.
Freshman Haley Bechtel (Fairfield) completed a successful season for the Campbellsville Tigers that finished with a 30-13 overall record and 11-4 in the Mid-South Conference. She played in 39 matches (130 games) totaling 254 kills, 25 aces, 344 digs, six solo blocks and 13 assisted blocks. She had a high of 17 kills in a match with Asbury.
The Bethel Pilots finished the season with a 24-16 record after dropping decisions to McMurry 25-23, 17-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10 and Malone 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22 in the NCCAA national tournament.
Senior Callie (Hartman) Patrick (Concord) had 12 kills and eight digs, senior Lindsay Marks (Elkhart Memorial) 13 kills, 25 setting assists and 13 digs and junior Amanda Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) 39 digs for Bethel in the McMurry match. Against Malone, Patrick had five kills and two blocking assists, Marks 12 kills and six digs and Troyer 19 digs.
Patrick and Marks were named NCCAA Scholar Athletes.
Junior Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) teamed with senior John Huster, senior Matt Ross and freshman Orion Martin to set a Rose-Hulman record in the 400-yard medley relay (3:28.71) in the DePauw University Invitational.
The Fightin’ Engineers placed second in the team standings.
Podgorski placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.68) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (48.54).
He was also on relays that finished second in the 200 free (1:26.56) and 200 medley (1:37.69). Also for Rose-Hulman, sophomore Marshall Yeoman (Elkhart Memorial) was sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.78) and sophomore Stephen Housman (Concord) 13th in the 1,650 free (19:11.91).
Freshman Ben Weingart (Elkhart Memorial) placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.58) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.05) as the IUPUI Jaguars placed second in the team standings in the House of Champions meet hosted by IUPUI.
Bethel senior Ashlee Ort (Wawasee) scored eight points (6-of-6 from the free-throw line) to go with seven rebounds, five assists and six steals in 22 minutes of action in a 93-59 win over Holy Cross. The Pilots (7-2) are No. 15 ranked in NAIA Division II.
Senior Courtney Simpson (NorthWood) had six points and 12 rebounds, senior Leah Meyer (Northridge) five points and eight rebounds and junior Lauren Adams (Northridge) six rebounds for IUSB in a 53-40 win over Calumet.