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IWU softball to host NAIA opening round

From staff reports

For just the second time in school history, the NAIA Softball Opening Round is headed to Indiana Wesleyan University.

Indiana Wesleyan faces Central Baptist at 11 a.m. Monday in game one of the opening round. The Mustangs will make the journey from Conway, Arkansas and making their first-ever trip to the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round.

The Marion Bracket will feature Oregon Tech (No. 1 seed), Indiana Wesleyan (No. 2), Central Baptist (No. 3) and Siena Heights (No. 4). Games will start on Monday and will conclude on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the 39th Annual NAIA Softball World Series in Springfield, Missouri. The World Series will take place o May 23-29 featuring just ten teams with games played at the Killian Sports Complex.  

Taylor headed to Oregon for opening round

Taylor (35-15) heads to Medford, Oregon, in the opening round of the NAIA Softball Championship. No. 4 Southern Oregon (45-7) will be the host school. No. 12 Hope International (44-12) and RV Marymount California (34-13) are the other two teams in the bracket.

In the opening round, No. 3 seed Taylor will compete against No. 2 seed Hope International, California at noon Monday. On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 seed Southern Oregon will play No.4 seed Marymount California. 

Boys golf

Eastbrook 191, Elwood 230

The Panthers improved to 5-1 in dual meets. Noah Ross led the way with 39, followed by Collin Burman with a 44, Gaven Bright 52 and Tyler Harness 56.

Eastbrook hosts Southern Wells and Southwood today at Arbor Trace.


Men’s golf

Trojans sweep postseason honors

Taylor University golfer Alec Dutkowski was named Crossroads League Player of the Year and the Trojans picked up several post-season league honors Wednesday.

Dutkowski, a senior, was named the league’s top golfer for the third consecutive season. Dutkowski posted the lowest scoring average in the Crossroads League for the season at 73.19 in 27 rounds. The Wakarusa, Indiana native tallied a pair of victories during the season and finished inside the top 10 in ten of 12 events.

Crossroads League tournament medalist Lucas Beck earned the nod as the Crossroads League Newcomer of the Year and a spot on the All-League team. A freshman from Zionsville, Indiana, Beck posted a 75.07 scoring average in 27 rounds while finishing inside the top 10 in six events. Beck played stellar golf in difficult conditions to earn his first collegiate victory at the Crossroads League Championship last week.

Senior Jeremy Ray earned All-League honors for the second consecutive season. Ray posted a 75.74 scoring average in 27 rounds and tallied eight top 10 finishes in 12 events, including a runner-up finish at the Crossroads League Championship last week.

Nate Morris. A junior from Spencerville, Indiana, also made the all-league team. Morris tallied a 76.19 scoring average in 27 rounds, carding seven top-10 finishes during the season.

Junior Scottie Marston also received recognition as All-League honorable mention. The Delwood, Minnesota native tallied a 76.27 scoring average in 22 rounds and added a pair of victories at the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate and the Ackerman-Allen Shootout.

After winning a fourth straight Crossroads League title last week the Trojans led all institutions with four All-League selections. In addition, Taylor coach Cameron Andry was voted the Crossroads League Coach of the Year. This is the fourth straight season Andry has been named the League’s Coach of the Year and marks the fifth time in eight seasons Andry has garnered the award.

The Trojans will represent the Crossroads League at the NAIA National Championship at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona on May 21-24.

IWU has three on all-league team

Indiana Wesleyan men’s golf took home three Crossroads League awards Tuesday for their success on the course during the 2018-19 season. Seniors Nick Schad and Patrick Hardy capped off their careers with selections to the all-league team, while sophomore Cameron Luczka also earned a spot on the team.

The Wildcats capped off the 2018-19 season with a third place finish in the Crossroads League Tournament with Cameron Luczka and Nick Schad shooting 150, good for a tie in fourth place.