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Local briefs: Saint Francis' Ridley honored

Brooke Ridley
Brooke Ridley
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Former Luers standout helps keep Cougars perfect

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:01 am
Saint Francis sophomore forward Brooke Ridley earned Crossroads League player of the week honors after averaging 19 points and shooting 62 percent form the field to lead the No. 1 Lady Cougars to a pair of victories.Saint Francis (18-0) beat Bethel and Grace with Ridley leading the way. The former Bishop Luers standouot also averaged 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and shot 92 percent from the line. She had five blocks against Grace and is four blocks away from breaking Jennie Thomas' school career record of 135.

Ridley has scored in double figures in 38 of her 54 career games. She ranks among the national NAIA leaders in field goal percentage (No. 3 in Division II at 60.1), blocks (No. 15 with 32), total rebounds (No. 36 with 141) and defensive rebounds (No. 35 at 5.778)IPFW's Luis Jacobo's big week earned him his second Summit League men's basketball player of the week award.

The senior forward averaged 22.0 points as the Mastodons beat No. 9 North Dakota State and defending conference champ South Dakota State.

Jacobo had 20 points, including 12 in the second half, against North Dakota State. He followed that by tying his season high of 24 points against South Dakota State. In that game he was 10-for-18 from the field, including 4-for-4 on three-pointers. He added four rebounds and two assists.IPFW's Amanda Hyde won the Summit League's women's basketball player of the week award after averaging 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 seasons as the Mastodons split a pair of games.

In a double overtime win at North Dakota State, Hyde had 35 points on 12-for-19 shooting, along with 10 rebounds and five assists. She sent the game into overtime with 0.3 seconds left in regulation by making a pair of free throws.

Against South Dakota State she had 26 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Hyde leads the league in scoring, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage.Former Wayne High School standout Xavielle Brown, a sophomore guard at Park University in Missouri, averaged 27 points and eight rebounds in a pair of victories last week to earn AMC player of the week honors for the second time this season.

Brown had a career-high 32 points in a win over Benedictine Springfield. He had 22 points and seven rebounds in a win at Harris-Stowe.

"(Xavielle) got hot when we needed him to last week," said Park coach Jason Kline. "(Against Benedictine Springfield), he put the game on his shoulders and was big for us, especially down the stretch at the foul line."Are you ready for some baseball?

TinCaps individual game tickets for the 2014 season go on sale Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. via phone at 260-482-6400, online at TinCaps.com and in person at Parkview Field's Suite Level Lounge. Food is available for those who buy tickets at the park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30.

After that tickets can be purchased at The Orchard Team Store (Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) through Friday, February 28th. The Parkview Field Ticket Office, located at the ballpark's south gate, will then open for regular hours on Monday, March 3rd at 9:00 a.m.

The TinCaps open their sixth season at Parkview Field on Thursday, April 3rd, against the Great Lakes Loons. The game will be a Thirsty Thursday with $1.00 beer specials and feature post-game fireworks, one of 30 such shows during the 2014 season.

Season ticket packages and group outing tickets are currently available for purchase. Contact the TinCaps at (260) 4820-6400 for more information.Homestead athletic department officials expect sellout crowds for boys' basketball games against Bellmont (Jan. 25), New Haven (Feb. 8), Norwell (Feb. 13) and North Side (Feb. 28). Fans are asked to come early. Once gym capacity is reached, the school doors will be locked.

Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Freshman and junior varsity games begin at 6 p.m., with varsity to follow. Fans with season passes or conference passes are not guaranteed entry. All seats and tickets wil be filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the athletic office at 431-2283.Snider junior Deja Wimby and Norwell senior Brent Bales have been honored by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and McDonalds as their high school basketball players of the month for December. Both will be honored at an upcoming Mad Ants home game.

Wimby led Snider to a 5-6 against a rugged December schedule. She averaged 21.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She had 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 42-40 win over Northrop.

Bales led Norwell to a 3-1 December record. He averaged nearly 12 points and four assists a game. In a victory over Adams Central, he had 19 points, four assists and three rebounds.


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