Local Sports Headlines: June 5, 2023

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Indiana University Extends Teri Moren’s contract through 2029
Indiana University and IU head women’s basketball coach Teri Moren have agreed to an extended contract that will make her among the highest paid women’s basketball coaches in the country. Moren’s deal features an average annual compensation of more than $1.3 million, which ranks second in the Big Ten and among the top coaches nationally. The contract has also been extended by two years thru the 2028-29 season and includes more significant performance bonuses that can enhance the deal, including the following:

Big Ten regular and postseason championships; Top three Big Ten regular season finishes; NCAA Tournament participation and victories; and conference and/or national coach of the year accolades. “Teri Moren has clearly established herself as one of the nation’s best basketball coaches, and in doing so has elevated Indiana Women’s Basketball to an unprecedented level in our program’s history,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “The decision to modify her contract not only recognizes the tremendous successes she has enjoyed during her nine years here, but also Indiana University’s commitment to continuing to elevate IU Women’s Basketball into one of the best programs in the sport.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive a contract extension from Indiana University,” said Moren. “I am incredibly proud of what we have been able to build during our time at IU which is a direct reflection of our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and fans who have all played a big part in our success. I am excited for what’s happening in the future of our program. A very heartfelt thank you to President Whitten and Scott Dolson for their support and their trust in me to lead this program for the long term. I am proud to be a Hoosier.”

The reigning AP National Coach of the Year and the IU program’s all-time winningest coach, Moren has compiled a 200-93 record (99-57 Big Ten) during her nine seasons in Bloomington. She’s enjoyed eight straight 20-win seasons, doubling the number of 20-win seasons that the program enjoyed in the previous 41 years. She’s coming off a 2022-23 season where she guided the program to a 28-4 overall record, its first Big Ten regular season championship in 40 years, and its first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Her IU teams have earned invitations to each of the last four NCAA Tournaments and five overall during her tenure. Each of her NCAA-bound IU teams have won at least one NCAA Tournament game, while the 2020-21 team advanced to the Elite Eight and the 2021-22 team to the Sweet 16. In addition to the NCAA berths the team earned two WNIT invitations, highlighted by the 2018 WNIT Championship.

The program’s successes have also helped produce exponential growth in attendance at IU’s women’s basketball games. After averaging 2,708/game in the year prior to Moren’s arrival, average home attendance as Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall reached an all-time best of 8,104/game in 2022-23, a 199% increase compared to 2013-14. After previously ranking near the bottom of the Big Ten in attendance, IU ranked second in the Big Ten and in the top 10 nationally last season.

Southern Indiana Bobcats get their First win of the Season  
The Southern Indiana Bobcats Semi Pro Football Team made history with their first win as an organization with 29-14 victory over the Owensboro Spartans at Owensboro Regional Airport field in Owensboro Kentucky Saturday Evening in a Blue-Collar Football League Western Conference battle. The Bobcats are in its first year as a team led by Edgewood Graduates Chris Brummett and Daniel Kimbro along with Head Coach Daniel Ponce. This is the first win in Semi Pro Football for Coach Ponce as a head coach and the Bobcats celebrated the win with a team picture after the game. The Bobcats are 1-1 on the season and return home to face the Indy Bison Red this Saturday at 7 pm at Edgewood HS. The Indy Bison Red lost to the Indiana Tornados 20-8 at Beech Grove HS in Indianapolis and will come in with a 1-1 record.

The Bobcats gave the Spartans good field position on their opening drive starting at the Bobcats 40-yard line. The Spartans were unable to convert as the Bobcats defense set the tone holding them to 4 yards rushing and two incomplete passes turning the ball over on downs. The Bobcats were forced to punt on fourth down after a bad snap forced them back to their own 8-yard line. The Spartans turned the ball over on downs and the Bobcats scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Johnson to Parker Osborn with 2:35 left in the First Quarter to make it 7-0. The Bobcats forced a turnover on the next Spartans possession as Blair Boruff forced a fumble and Cantrell Harris recovered the ball. The Bobcats used a nine-play drive to hit a field goal to make it 10-0 with 9:34 left before halftime. The Spartans responded with a 11-play drive resulting in a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:55 left in the second quarter to make 10-7.

The Spartans outgained the Bobcats 55-41 in the first half, but the Bobcats scored on three of their four possessions in the second half. The Spartans threw three 3 interceptions and had a turnover on downs but did score on a touchdown pass. The Bobcats hit two field goals in the third quarter to make it 16-7 with 1:03 left. The Spartans were driving when Alex Shimp was injured at the end of the third quarter Shimp had to be taken to the hospital with a possible broken neck. The good news was all tests came back clear for Shimp but he will sit out the next two weeks. D.J. Stephens who had the Bobcats First Interception in the second half also was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion but after the game he was feeling a lot better.  Once play resumed the Spartans were able to complete the 8-play drive with a 20 yard touchdown pass and trailed 16-14 with 10:18 left.

The Bobcats were not able to convert on their next possession as Sean Simmons threw an interception. The Bobcats defense rose to the occasion as the Cantrell Harris picked off the Spartans Quarterback and, on the Bobcats, possession Running Back Marquise Holt took it 28 yards to the house to give the Bobcats a 23-14 lead with 6:10 left in the game. The Spartans who were 1-3 on fourth downs were unable to convert at midfield. The Bobcats sealed the game with Tavaras Rochell throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Parker Osborn with 2:03 left as the two-point conversion was no good to make 29-14 with 2:03 left. The Spartans had one last chance as Laz Bolton got to the quarterback and two plays later TJ Knighton had an interception to end the game and the Bobcats get the win and give them a huge momentum boost going into Saturday’s game with Indy Bison Red at home.

The Bobcats had 30 Carries for 108 yards a one touchdown. Marquise Holt had 13 carries for 94 yards and the touchdown. Parker Osborn caught 2 passes for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns while Jermaine Clack caught one pass for five yards. The Bobcats Quarterbacking Trio of Sean Simmons, DJ Johnson and Tavaras Rochell finished 3 of 7 for 98 yards passing as the Bobcats offense had 206 yards total. The Spartans ran the ball 22 times for 59 yards and were 9-22 passing for 85 yards for 144 yards total offense as they fall to 0-2 on the season. Through two games the Bobcats Defense has recovered 4 fumbles, 6 interceptions and 5 times had the opposition turn the ball over on downs.

Bloomington North Boys Track and Field Finishes in Fourth Place at IHSAA State Meet                                                              
The Bloomington North Cougars Boys Track and Field Team scored 31 points and finished Tied for 4th place with Fishers at the IHSAA Boys State Track and Field State Finals on Friday at the Robert C Haugh Complex on the Indiana University Campus.  Brownsburg won the State Title for the first time with a score 55 Points after the Bulldogs have finished runner up the last two years to Carmel in 2021 and Plainfield in 2022. Carmel finished second with 50 and Plainfield finished third with 50 points. Bloomington South finished in 15th place tied with Angola with 16 points. The Bloomington schools combined for 47 points which is the most a state meet since 2010 when Bloomington South scored 33 and Bloomington North 23 for a combined total of 56 points. The fourth 4th place finish for Bloomington North is the most points ever a state meet.

The Cougars won the 3200 relay which marks the first time the school has won a state relay title and just the second in City History with Bloomington South winning it in 1999. Freshman Caleb Winders, Juniors Dominic D’Onoforio and Reid Pierce along with Senior Ryan Clark finished with a time of 7:43.67 while Bloomington South Finished 19th with a time of 8:05.99. Bloomington North Junior Jaidyn Johnson finished 17th in the 100 Meters with a time of 10.98. Bloomington South Junior D’Andre Black finished eighth in the 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.74. Senior Sam Costner of Bloomington South finished 25th in the 200 Meters with a time of 22.52. Bloomington North finished third in the 400 Meter Relay with a time of 42.84 while Bloomington South finished 19th with a time of 43.05.

Bloomington North Senior and 2023 Indiana Basketball All Star JQ Roberts finished 7th in the 400 meters with a time of 49.18. Roberts will be heading to Vanderbilt University later this month to start his College Basketball Career. Bloomington South Junior Josh Tait finished 25th in the 400 meters. Senior Broc Murphy of Bloomington North finished 20th in the 300 Meter Hurdles with a time 40.83. Caleb Winders finished second in the 800 Meters with a time of 1:52.68 for his second medal of the meet and makes his mark as one of the best freshman in the State of Indiana and the future of Bloomington North Track and Field for the next three years. Junior Ryan Reham of Bloomington South finished 3rd in the 3200 Meters with a time of 9:03.96 and Junior Joe Zinkan finished 14th with a time of 9:23.77. Senior Kyle Clark of Bloomington North finished 9th in the 3200 meters with a score of 9:09.87

Bloomington North finished 8th in the 1600-meter relay with a time 3:21.70 and the Cougars and Brownsburg were the only two teams to medal in all three relays. Bloomington South finished 12th in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:23.44. Bloomington North Senior Cody Mikulich finished 15th in the Discus. Junior Max Wynalda of Bloomington North finished 13th in the Shot Put. Bloomington South Senior Sawyer Bailey finished 4th in the Pole Vault.

Bloomington North Girls Track and Field Finishes in Fourth Place at the IHSAA State Meet
The Bloomington North Girls Track and Field team Finished fourth in the IHSAA State Finals at the Robert C Haugh Complex on the IU Campus Saturday Night. The Cougars finished with 30 points, Bloomington South scored 10 points and finished tied for 20th and Edgewood scored 6 points and finished 34th place. Noblesville won the State Title with a score of 45 Points, Warren Central was second with 44 Points and Carmel third with 33 points.

Bloomington North Senior Hadley Lucas won the Shot Put with a throw of 49.5 and finished second in the Discus with a throw of 157.7. Junior Nola Somers-Glen finished 3rd in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.47. Sophomore Sarah Elliott was disqualified in the 100 meters for a false start. Senior Cora Deamer finished 25th in the 200 meters with a time of 26.54. Junior Dede Eberle finished 6th in the Long Jump with going 18 feet and 9 and 1/4 inches. Eberle was disqualified in the 100 Meter Hurdles finals for pushing with her hand. Eberle finished 23rd in the 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 47.20. Senior Hope Taylor tied for 15th in the High Jump with mark 10-6. The Cougar relays finished 9th in the 400, 17th in the 1,600 and 27th in the 3200.

Bloomington South Senior Lilly Meyers finished 3rd in the 1600 Meters with a time of 4:56.04 and eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:13.48 which is a new school record. Sophomore Ellie Brada finished 6th in the 400 meters with a time of 56.78. Freshman Jasmine Martogilo finished 14th in the 3200 Meters with a time of 11:02.12. Freshman Violet Hall finished 27th in the High Jump clearing 5 feet. The Panthers finished 3rd in the 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:12.91 setting a new school record, 15th in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:01.31 and 23rd in the 400 Meter Relay with a time of 50.49.

Edgewood Senior Clara Crain finished 4th in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:33.73. Junior Emma Edwards finished 18th in the 400 meters with a time of 58.19 which is a new school record. Junior Sara Polito finished 11th in the 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 46.07. Senior Ella Hayden finished 27th in the long jump with a mark 16 feet and 3 and 1/2 inches. Junior Ashley Abram did not clear a height in the High Jump and the Mustangs finished 14th in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:01.31.

The Hoosier Army ends its run in The Soccer Tournament                                                                                   
The Hoosier Army which consist of former Indiana University Men’s Soccer players finished group play of The Soccer Tournament in Cary North Carolina on Friday Morning with a 2-1 record in group play. The Hoosier Army beat German Side Borussia Dortmund 5-2 and Kingdom FC 5-4 on Thursday before losing to Newtown Pride of Connecticut 3-1 on Friday Morning. The Hoosier Army scored 11 goals and gave up 9 and had a plus 2 goal differentials as Kingdom FC and Newtown Pride along with the Hoosiers all finished with a 2-1 group play record. The Hoosier Army came up short on the tiebreaker which is goal differential and were knocked out of the tournament as the top two teams in each group advance to the round of 16. Borussia Dortmund finished 0-3 scoring just three goals and gave up 20.

Kingdom FC beat Borussia Dortmund 7-1 and Newtown Pride 2-1 scoring 13 goals and gave up 7 for plus six goal differentials. Newtown Pride who beat Borussia Dortmund 8-0 scored 12 goals and gave up 3 goals for a nine-goal differential as they advanced to the knockout stages. Kingdom FC lost to Blade of Grass 4-3 in the Round of 16 while Newtown Pride beat DMV Diplomats 4-0 to advance.  Newtown Pride made it all the way to the final against SLC FC on Sunday Afternoon. In the Round of 16 The Team from the Sandy Hook Neighborhood of Newtown Connecticut beat Hapoel Tel Aviv from Israel 3-1 in the quarterfinals and Sneaky Fox FC 4-1 in the Semifinals. and won the 1 million Dollar winner take all tournament beating SLC FC from Canada 2-0 in the final.

The Soccer Tournament is a 7v7 $1 Million Dollar winner take all tournament involving 32 teams from all over the world and is an open application process. Teams play two 20-minute halves and then a target score is set where the game has to end on a goal and every five minutes a player is removed until a goal scored. If the leading team has scored 4 goals through 40 minutes, then the target score is 5 and the first team to reach it wins.   

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