College Notes: Stout defense earns Woolems top billing

From Herald Staff Reports

The worst thing to see when walking on the court against the Luther College women’s basketball team last season? Dribbling upcourt just to see Lyndsi Woolems in a defensive stance.

Woolems, a 2010 Heritage Hills graduate, was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year Award at the Norse’s postseason banquet last Sunday. She played in all 26 of Luther’s games and started all 14 conference matchups in her junior campaign, averaging 5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 26 minutes per contest.

The Norse compiled a 13-13 record — the same number of wins they had garnered the previous two seasons combined — and made the Iowa Conference six-team tournament for the first time since 2009.

In the first game of a doubleheader against Lincoln Trail on April 3, Vincennes University freshman Trent Simpson (Heritage Hills) launched a walk-off home run over the left-field wall in extra innings to send the Trailblazers to a 5-3 win.

That same game, sophomore Ty Simpson (Heritage Hills), Trent’s older brother, pitched 72⁄3 innings, scattering three runs on six hits while striking out eight.

Two weeks prior, Ty delivered a three-hit complete game against Milwaukee Area Technical College. He struck out five and allowed just one run. Trent also notched an RBI in the game.

Later that day, sophomore Drew Rosbottom (Heritage Hills) went 2-for-4 at the plate for VU in its 9-5 win against Lake Michigan College.

Austin Schulthies (Northeast Dubois) finished first for Indiana State University in a dual meet April 12 at Rose-Hulman’s William Welch Track and Field Complex. The former Jeep completed a personal-best throw of 160 feet, 7 inches in the javelin.

Also last weekend, Cassie Wertman (Southridge) and Dustin Betz (Northeast Dubois) competed in the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee. Wertman placed fourth in the shot put (50-7) and seventh in the discus (154-4) for the University of Tennessee, while Betz finished second in the steeplechase with a season-best time of 9:05 for Indiana State. Betz also anchored the distance medley relay team with a 4:14 mile to help the Sycamores finish fourth.

On April 11, Betz received the distinguished male scholar-athlete award from the ISU athletic department for the 2012-13 school year. The award is based on academics, athletics and community service.

Betz and Schulthies also competed for Indiana State during the Cornell Spring Classic Invitational on March 29 and 30 at Carbondale, Ill. Schulthies finished eighth in the javelin with a heave of 159-7, and Betz scored 10 points for the Sycamores, placing first in the 3K steeplechase with a mark of 9:12.

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