Local Sports Headlines: April 15, 2022

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Local-Sports.png

IUWBB Gets Commitment from Lenee Beaumont for 2023
Indiana Women’s Basketball has landed a verbal commitment from 6-0 Lenee Beaumont from Lisle Illinois for the 2023 recruiting class. Beaumont her high school ball at Benet Academy and becomes the first member of the 2023 Class. She chose the Hoosiers over Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Princeton and Tennessee. Beaumont cannot sign a National Letter of Intent until this November or April of her senior season.

Beaumont just finished up her junior seasonwho recently wrapped up her junior season of high school, helped lead Benet Academy to a fourth-place finish in the 4A Illinois girls’ basketball tournament, the highest class in the state. For her performances, Beaumont was voted to the 4A All-State first team after averaging 15 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4 assists on the season. She also averaged more than two 3-pointers made per game.

Bloomington Speedway season opener postponed to April 22nd
The Season Opener at Bloomington Speedway that was scheduled for this evening has been postponed to Friday April 22,Due to the already saturated grounds and then the additional heavy rain Wednesday evening that hit the Bloomington area.  Rescheduled Season Opener will include Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modlites, and Hornets on the schedule.  Pits will open at 4 pm, Gates at 5 pm, Hot Laps at 6:30 and Racing at 7:30 pm. The Bloomington Speedway is located at 5185 South Fairfax Road Bloomington Indiana 47401. For more information visit www.racebloomingtonspeedway.com or call (812) 824-7400.

The United States Football League debuts tomorrow night with nine Indiana Players
The United States Football League will make its debut tomorrow night when the New Jersey Generals take on the Birmingham Stallions tomorrow night in Birmingham Alabama. The Game will start at 7:30 and will be broadcast on both FOX and NBC. The eight-team league will play a 10-week regular season schedule with all games taking place in Birmingham Alabama. The Division Championship and League Championship Games will take place in Canton Ohio the Last Saturday in June and the first Sunday in July.

There are eight players who played their college football in the state of Indiana and one who played his High School Football here in Monroe County who are on UFSL Rosters this season.  Defensive End Jonathan Newsome from Ball State and Kicker Brandon Aubrey from Notre Dame are on the Birmingham Team.  New Jersey does not have any players with Indiana ties.

Sunday is a tripleheader with The Houston Gamblers and Michigan Maulers at Noon NBC. Michigan has former Indiana University Running Back Stevie Scott III. The Philadelphia Stars take on the New Orleans Breakers at 4 PM on USA. Philadelphia has former Indiana University Defensive Tackle Jerome Johnson and Notre Dame Linebacker Te’Von Coney. The Nightcap is The Tampa Bay Bandits taking on the Pittsburgh Maulers at 8 pm on Fox Sports 1. Tampa Bay has former Indiana State Tackle Jalen Booth and Notre Dame Tackle Jarron Jones. Pittsburgh Has Edgewood grad and Northern Illinois Offensive Lineman Brayden Patton.

Victory Field classic teams announced
For the 13th time since 2009, four Indiana high school baseball teams will compete in the Victory Field Classic presented by BSN Sports and U.S. Army Recruiting. On Friday, April 29, Franklin Community, Franklin Central, Westfield and Noblesville will take the field. Only one ticket is needed to attend both games. Tickets to the high school doubleheader may be purchased by contacting the Victory Field Box Office at Tickets@IndyIndians.com or (317) 269- 3545.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of hosting four Central Indiana high school baseball programs for the Victory Field Classic,” said Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski Said in Press Release. “This annual high school doubleheader creates lasting memories for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at our terrific downtown ballpark.”

Gates open at 4:30 PM for the 5:30 PM matchup between Franklin Community (away) and Franklin Central (home). The nightcap – set for an approximate 8 PM first pitch – features Westfield (away) against Noblesville (home). Many top Indiana high school baseball preps have played at Victory Field before becoming professional ballplayers. Hunter Owen, who has played for the Indianapolis Indians in each of the last three seasons, played in the 2012 IHSAA 2A State Baseball Championship with Evansville Mater Dei High School. Dillon Peters, who pitched for the Indians in 2021, was the starting pitcher for Cathedral High School in the 2010 and ’11 IHSAA 4A State Baseball Championships.

This year’s Victory Field Classic is highlighted by Franklin Community junior outfielder/left-handed pitcher Max Clark, a Vanderbilt University commit who is the No. 1 high school player nationally in the Class of 2023 according to Baseball America. Westfield – Hoosier Crossroads Conference champions in 2021 – has a pair of Division I commits as well in right-handed pitcher Gage Stanifer (University of Cincinnati) and Keaton Mahan (Ohio State University). Starting at 3 PM, limited parking will also be available to the general public at Victory Field for $5 per vehicle (cash only).

Indianapolis Indians Coverage    

Last Night’s Indianapolis Indians Game at Saint Paul Postponed

The Indianapolis Indians have announced that their game scheduled for last night at St. Paul has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 25 when the Indians make their next trip to the Twin Cities. The Indians and Saints resume their series tonight at 7:37 pm Eastern Time with Saturday and Sunday’s games scheduled both days for 3:07 pm Eastern Time.

For more local news . . .
Check out our archived episodes of What’s Happenin’ and Talkin’ Sports with Nick Jenkinson here