Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Andrea Vogel making
news at Urbana
URBANA, Ohio — Andrea Vogel, a 2009 Norwell graduate, was named Student-Athlete of the Week at Urbana University after the Blue Knights’ women’s basketball freshman averaged 14.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and five blocked shots a game.
The 6-2 center has helped Urbana win 10 of its last 11 games.
Vogel has become a regular in the starting lineup, averaging 11.9 points per game on 62 percent shooting.
Last Saturday, Vogel etched her name into the Blue Knights’ record book with a 17-rebound game against Marygrove, tying Hall of Famers Cindy Frere and Sarita Brown for the sixth most rebounds in a single game.
On Tuesday night, Vogel one-upped herself by setting the all-time Blue Knights’ single-game record for blocked shots, swatting away seven Central State attempts in an 80-70 Urbana win. After 16 games, Vogel is tied for the 12th most blocked shots in a single season at Urbana with 26.
Vogel also acheived her first career double-double, scoring 11 points along with 17 boards against Marygrove. She also scored a career-high 18 points in the win over Central State.
With her string of six straight games in double figures, Vogel vaulted into second in scoring (9.4 points per game). She currently leads the Blue Knights in field goal percentage (.561).

Spring training for
runners, walkers
The Ouabache River Runners, YMCA and Bluffton Regional Medical Center will be offering a training program for those looking to increase their fitness level with a goal of completing a spring race. This is a 12-week program, starting Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will include weekly informational meetings and group runs/walks.
The first meeting will be held in Room 401 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and payment may be made on the first night. However, registration is required before. For registration information, please contact Lisa at

Killingbeck helps Trine
post conference win
ALMA, Mich. — Trine University freshman Haley Killingbeck, a 2009 Southern Wells graduate, stole the basketball in the final five seconds, drew a foul and promptly hit a pair of free throws to preserve a 62-59 victory for the Thunder against Alma on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball.

Middle school hitting camp slated at Norwell
Registrations are being accepted for the Norwell Knights Middle School Hitting League, which will be held Jan. 26, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1 in the auxiliary gym from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $40 with a discount if there are multiple entries from one family. For details on the program and more information, contact Kelby Weybright at 260-543-2213, ext. 7124, or 260-273-2396, or e-mail at Deadline is Jan. 25.

Bluffton MS needs coaches
The Bluffton Athletic Department is seeking candidates and taking applications for middle school track coaching positions. Interested applicants, who are qualified, should contact Steve Thompson, athletic director, at or 824-3724 as soon as possible.

Five gridders earn
state academic honors
Five Wells County high school football players were named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association 2009 Academic All-State Football Team. Norwell placed four student-athletes on the team and Southern Wells one. They are Bryce Biberstein, Klay Fiechter, Brandon Gerber and Jordan Shady of Norwell and Jacob Miller of Southern Wells.

Basketball contest slated
The Bluffton Optimist Club Tri-Star Basketball Contest for all Wells County boys and girls, ages 8-13 (as of March 15), is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Bluffton City Gym, 128 E. Market St. Registration and warm up begins at 3:30 p.m. and the contest starts at 4 p.m. Sign-up forms will be at the door. First-place finishers advance to regional competition to be announced. For more information call Larry Tschannen at 824-4173 or Doug Cale at 824-5650.

Other Tigers place at
Woodlan mat tourney
Five other Bluffton wrestlers placed in the Woodlan Invitational tournament on Saturday at Woodburn.
Isaac Higgins was third at 103 pounds, along with 119-pounder Philip Gerber and 171-pounder Ben Pfister.
Ty Bowman was fifth at 215 pounds and Jon Raugh was sixth at 135 pounds.

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