College Report: Column will be popular BG addition

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Today marks the debut of the College Report column in the Greencastle Banner Graphic.

This column ran for the past 11 years in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star as I worked as a columnist and correspondent there, and has been a popular item among those readers over the years.

All Putnam County high school graduates known to be competing or coaching at the collegiate level will be written in a sport-by-sport listing, as the athletes from baseball, golf, tennis, softball and track and field are presented today.

The current plan is to have the column to run on Mondays.

Many people wonder how the compilation of this information takes place, and the technology of today makes this task much easier than it would have been 30 years ago.

I follow on Twitter and/or Facebook many of the college teams which have multiple athletes under my watch, and I can locate their achievements in that way.

Joey Bennett

I also have "Google alerts" set up for many of the most prominent athletes.

These alerts automatically send me an email every morning with all Internet mentions of those athletes for the previous day.

Besides the accomplishments of current college athletes, the column will also focus on signings of current high school athletes and will try to include quotes from the athlete, his/her high school coach and also future college coach.

I have noticed that in the past that only a photo was run in the Banner Graphic of the local athlete's signing ceremony, but this column will greatly expand upon that coverage.

I have joined the Banner Graphic late in the school year, so I am still in the process of compiling a list of those current local athletes who have signed to play collegiately.

Once the list is compiled, I will send it to each local athletic director to be checked for any omissions. Each of the athletes on the list, and their coaches, will then be contacted for quotes and information.

The hectic nature of the post-season tourneys over the rest of May will make this task a little tougher, so the ADs will be called upon to help in this process.

The end result is worthwhile. When I started my sports journalism career at the Tribune-Star as a high school senior in the fall of 1979, high school athletes transitioning to college somehow became a great interest to me and that has continued ever since.

Anyone with additions or corrections to today's lists is encouraged to send them to me at

Alec Davis of Greencastle was named the Southern Athletic Association co-Golfer of the Week this spring, and also earned second-team all-SAA honors for his play in the conference tourney.

College Report sport-by-sport spring lists



Sydney Shrum, Jr., Valparaiso -- Tied for sixth place in a dual meet against Green Bay on April 15-16 with rounds of 84-86-87 for a total of 257.


Katie Hedge, Sr., Franklin -- Tied for 8th in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships with a 188.

Alec Davis, So., Rhodes (Tenn.) -- Was named Southern Athletic Association men's co-Golfer of the Week for the period of April 6-12. Shot rounds of 73-70--143 to tie for fifth in the Emory Spring Invitational and helping the Lynx squad secure a third place finish. Earned second-team all-SAA honors for his play in the conference tourney in April. Davis played third on team and shot rounds of 73-72-74 for a score of 219.

Lauren Bridgewater, Fr., Hanover -- Finished 45th in the Hanover College Fall Invitational with a 102-107--209.


South Putnam

Brooke Boetjer, Sr., IUPUI -- Has a 9-13 pitching record with a 2.99 ERA. Has struck out 106 batters in 150 innings with 42 walks.

Emily Dabkowski, Sr., Ball State -- Has started all 51 games for the Cardinals, ranking second on team in hitting at .315 with 10 doubles (second on team), four triples (first on team), nine home runs (tied for first on team), 39 RBI (first on team) and 31 runs scored (first on team).

Jenny Thompson, Sr., Indianapolis -- Has started all 52 games, hitting .277 with eight doubles, one triple, seven homers, 35 RBI and 27 runs scored.

Jenna Jones, Jr., Miami (Ohio) -- Has played in 42 games, starting 40, and is hitting .222 with one double, one homer, four RBI and 17 runs scored.



Adam Gerard, Fr., Houghton (N.Y.) -- Went 0-2 in fall season.

Jacob Mangrum, Fr., Indiana-East -- Won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles in 8-1 win over the College of Mount St. Joseph on Sept. 21.



Claudia Monnett, Jr., DePauw -- Set school's 3K record in Rose-Hulman Invitational last month, and was named the NCAC Outdoor Running athlete of the week.

Gloria Butler, Fr., Anderson -- Finished 13th in the 100-meter dash in 14.03 and 20th in the 200-meter dash in a time of 30.04 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships last month.

Laura Worthington, Fr., Franklin -- Placed 13th in the hammer throw at 36.85 meters and 17th in the javelin (26.80 meters) and the discus (31.56 meters) in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.


Colleen Weatherford, Jr., Butler -- Won the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:29.78 last month in the Illinois Twilight meet, edging Hanna Winter of Illinois at the line.

Brittany Welker, Fr., DePauw -- Placed 29th in the 1,500-meter run in the Rose-Hulman Twilight meet last month in a time of 6:08.61.

Brittany Love, Fr., Franklin -- During the indoor season, placed 17th in 6:06.91 in the mile run in the DePauw Invitational.

South Putnam

Ryan Chestnut, So., Indiana State -- Finished in sixth place in the shot put in three different meets, with a long throw of 15.69 meters. Had top finish of fourth in the hammer at 53.05 meters in the Pacesetter Invitational and a best finish of fifth in the discus in the Gibson Invitational at 45.95 meters.

Klayton Vittetow, So., Vincennes -- Placed fifth in the 110 high hurdles in 17.98 in the Bill Smith Challenge and placed second in the 400 low hurdles in 57.15 at the Bellarmine Classic.

Ariel Higgins, Fr., Butler -- Placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.98 in the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational at Cincinnati last month.



Ryan Battin, Jr., Indianapolis -- Has played in two games and is hitless in three at-bats.

Tanner Nicholson, Fr., Franklin -- Has played in 32 games, hitting .258 with three doubles, four triples (team high), two homers, 13 RBI and 26 runs scored (team high).

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  • Great stuff from the new Sports editor! The B-Graphic Sports dept has been really bad for a long time. Things are looking up. Maybe we can now see some actual stats from games and even get some Middle School results? Welcome to Putnam County Joey

    -- Posted by nphs92 on Mon, May 2, 2016, at 8:44 AM
  • I agree its a great addition to the sports section, but perhaps instead of celebrating some and seemingly humiliating others - maybe look into the back story. Ryan Battin suffered a back injury before the start of the season and is back on the roster after a long recovery period. Perhaps mention that last season he hit .339 for the Olney Central Blue Knights in 23 games. These student athletes work hard in the classroom and for their teams(not always an easy go).

    -- Posted by marmee58 on Mon, May 2, 2016, at 10:40 AM
  • Thanks for the comments. Valid criticism from marmee58. I will make a note in next week's column about Ryan's injury. I followed him during his time at Olney and figured there was a reason he wasn't playing much, but didn't get it tracked down.

    One other flaw I realized after the fact is the lack of North Putnam athletes on the list. When I did this column previously, NP was not included due to not being considered in the Tribune-Star coverage area and I did not have their athletes already located. I am seeking to put together a list of former Cougars competing in college; please send me an e-mail at if you know of any.


    -- Posted by jbennett on Mon, May 2, 2016, at 2:55 PM
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