COLLEGE REPORT: Moore named All-Region, All-GRAC; nominated for All-American

Saturday, March 16, 2019 ~ Updated 12:54 AM
Cloverdale grad Jalen Moore goes to the basket against No. 1-ranked Vincennes in January.
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While Jalen Moore and the Olney Central Knights were knocked out of the Region 24 tournament by eventual champion Kaskaskia, the Cloverdale graduate has picked up numerous post-season honors for his outstanding play.

Moore was named to both the All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference team and the All-Region 24 team, and was also one of five players on the All-Region team to be nominated for All-American honors.

OCC coach Mike Burris was pleased with the play of his freshman point guard, and looks forward to continued great things next year.

“Jalen had a great freshman season,” Burris said. “We gave him the keys from day one and it was a pretty smooth drive. We knew he was a winner and he showed that all season long.

“We look forward to him leading us next season as the best point guard in the nation.”

Moore finished as Olney’s leading scorer with 18.7 points per game, while also leading the team in minutes played with 29.1.

He shot 46.8 percent from the field, including 40.7 percent from 3-point range. Moore also hit 78 percent of his free throws and averaged 7.9 assists per game to 2.4 turnovers.

Moore’s total of 229 assists ranked him fourth in the nation, while his assist to turnover ratio (3.3 times more assists) was 34th in the nation.

His scoring average was also 57th best in the country.

Olney Central finished ranked No. 26 in the country with a 25-6 record.


* Jay Scrubb, John A Logan (Player of the Year)

* David Sloan, John A Logan

* Lony Francis, Vincennes

* Javonte Perkins, SWIC

* Jalen Moore, Olney Central

Josh Thomas, Wabash Valley

Thomas Bell, Kaskaskia

Keith Clemons, Vincennes

Clivonte Patterson, John A Logan

Justin Williams, Lincoln Trail

George Dixon, Vincennes

Wade Coomer, Olney Central

Anthony Christian, Wabash Valley

Levi Cook, Wabash Valley

Nathan Scott, Olney Central

Lawrence Williams, Lincoln Trail

Region 24 Coach of the Year - Brian Hancock, Kaskaskia

* - All-American nominees


David Sloan, John A Logan (Player of the Year)

Javonte Perkins, SWIC

Jay Scrubb, John A Logan (Freshman of the Year)

Josh Thomas, Wabash Valley

Jalen Moore, Olney Central

Thomas Bell, Kaskaskia

Justin Williams, Lincoln Trail

Clivonte Patterson, John A Logan

Wade Coomer, Olney Central

Levi Cook, Wabash Valley

Parker Dortch, Kaskaskia

Rodley Adjei, Rend Lake

Anthony Christian, Wabash Valley

Nathan Scott, Olney Central

Quin Nottingham, Kaskaskia

Lawrence Williams, Lincoln Trail

GRAC Sportsmanship Award - Cooper Bybee (Olney Central), Will Keller (John A Logan)

GRAC Coach of the Year - Mike Carpenter (Wabash Valley), Kyle Smithpeters (John A Logan)

In other post-season basketball action:

• Greencastle’s Nailah Ray and the OCC Lady Knights won their opening game in the Region 24 tourney by defeating Lincoln Trail 62-59, before being eliminated by No. 1-ranked Wabash Valley 99-59 in the semifinals.

Ray had four points and 11 rebounds against Lincoln Trail and added 13 points and four rebounds in her OCC finale.

The team finished 19-13 overall and 11-7 in conference play. Ray averaged 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

• Cooper Neese of Cloverdale and the Indiana State Sycamores wrapped up their season with a 77-55 loss to Valparaiso in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at St. Louis.

Neese closed out a strong freshman year with five points, hitting 2 of 7 shots from the field and 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

He finished the season third on the team in scoring at 8.2 points per game, shooting 40.1 percent from the field overall and 37.7 from 3-point range.

Neese was named the MVC newcomer of the week for the final week of the regular season, and was one of five players chosen to the All-Freshman team.

Fall wrap-up

Shelby Kallem of Greencastle competed in the NAIA Championships cross country meet for Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) College last fall.
Hannibal-LaGrange photo

Shelby Kallem of Greencastle competed for Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Kallem finished 123rd of 340 runners in the 5K event, and set a personal record with a time of 18:54.

Coach Andy Lemons was excited to take members of the team to back-to-back championships.

“Shelby has had an outstanding race to finish out the year,” he said. “She has battled a lot over the last year and overcome some tough obstacles. I am very proud of her and am extremely excited to see what the future holds.”

Kallem was excited at the opportunity.

“Running at the NAIA Nationals was an amazing experience,” she said. “God has blessed me with a healthy season, an awesome family and friends to come out and support me. I met all my goals for this year, and now am excited for track season.”

Overall summary

Included with this story are the final wrap-ups from the fall sports season for Putnam County athletes competing in college.

Cumulative statistics are listed, when available, and in other cases the best available individual performance is included.

Fall sports results for Putnam County athletes competing in college



Laura Worthington, Sr., Franklin


Joe Franklin, head coach, New Mexico – coached women’s team to runnerup finish at NCAA Championships.

Clayton Wilson, So., Anderson – Ran third on the team in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional at Shelbyville, finishing 169th in an 8K time of 27:51.8.

Shelby Kallem, So., Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) – Finished in 123rd place at the NAIA National Championships in a time of 19:46.

Ben Gellman, Fr., Colorado College – Finished 22nd in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships with an 8K time of 27:56.64.

South Putnam

Kieffer Vittetow, So., Indianapolis – Finished 51st in NCAA Midwest Regional meet, improving his time from last year by 24 seconds in finishing 26 places higher.

Logan Vandermark, So., Franklin – Finished 52nd in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet in an 8K time of 30:18.9.

Maddie McHugh, Fr., Hanover – Placed 57th overall in the Otterbein Invitational with an 8K time of 31:59.7.

Mike Crossman, Fr., Hanover – Placed 57th overall in the Otterbein Invitational with an 8K time of 31:59.7.



Tyler Lotz, R-Jr., Marian – Earned second-team all-Mid-States Football Association honors as an offensive lineman. The offensive line allowed only seven sacks this season, which ranked first in the country and helped Marian’s ground game rack up 226.8 yards per game, which was 12th in the nation.

Tyce Jackson, Fr., DePauw

Nick Winders, Fr., Franklin – Returned six kickoffs for 118 yards, with a long return of 24 yards. Made three tackles (two solo, one assisted).

T.J. Hagymasi, Fr., Franklin

Tyler Kaeff, Fr., DePauw


Nate Tesmer, Sr., Manchester – Caught two passes for 42 yards and one touchdown. Also made five solo tackles.

Nick Costin, So., Wabash

Jacob Meyer, Fr., Millikin – Played in one game and had one assisted tackle.

Cade Winslow, Fr., Franklin – Played in two games, making three solo tackles and two assists with one tackle for loss.

Abe Wade, Fr., Wabash – Named special teams “Scout Team Player of the Week” in October.

North Putnam

Bobby Scheele, Jr., Wabash – Played in seven games with two solo tackles and one assist.

Hayden Rudes, Fr., Wabash

South Putnam

Lucas Lorian, Sr., Manchester – Made 12 solo tackles and had two assists. Had one quarterback sack, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Zane Yon, Sr., Manchester – Caught five passes for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Grady McHugh, Jr., Wooster – Played in three games, completing 5 of 7 passes for 31 yards with a longest completion of 10 yards. Also punted eight times for a 32.8 average, with a long punt of 53 yards. One punt resulted in a touchback, and two were downed inside the 20.

Johnathan Thibodeau, So., Wabash

Christian Zeffel, Fr., Wabash



Rhonda (Gottschalk) Smith, women’s assistant coach, Lourdes (Ohio) – Team finished with 4-11-2 record.

Mark Hiemenz, women’s assistant coach, Texas-San Antonio – Team finished with 6-9-2 record.

Sydney Secrest, Sr., Franklin – Played in 18 matches, starting 16. Had one assist and made four shots on goal.

Evan Crowe, Fr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods – Played in nine matches, starting six, with two goals and three assists. Made 12 shots on goal and had one game-winner.

Seth Nichols, Fr., Marian



Jed Fajt, So., Hanover – Team only played one fall match. Teamed with Jalen Simmons to defeat Oakland City 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.

South Putnam

Alex Lesko, Jr., Olivet (Mich.) – Went 0-2 in fall matches in both singles and doubles.

Josh Stewart, Jr., Franklin – Had 5-1 record in six fall singles matches at a variety of positions. Also played six fall matches at No. 3 doubles with a 3-3 record.



Maggie Meyer, Fr., Marian – Played in 130 of 124 sets with 98 digs and 23 service aces. Team finished the season 30-7 and reached the NAIA National Tournament for the second straight season, winning their first-ever game at the final site in Sioux City.

North Putnam

Kaitlin Mindiola, Sr. Manchester – Played 43 sets in 14 matches with 48 kills, one assist, eight service aces and 106 digs.

Taylor Nauert, Jr., Marian – Played in 25 sets with 27 kills and 13 digs with four blocks.



Jake Buis, Jr., Aurora (Ill.) – Tied for 27th among golfers with a 10-over-par 154 in the Country Club Classic.

Jake Bennett, Fr., Marian

North Putnam

Taylor Dixon, Fr., Franklin