COLLEGE REPORT: Neese, Moore finish collegiate careers; Whitaker, Marian see season end in NAIA Tournament; Haywood competes at NCAA Zone C Diving Championships

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Former South Putnam and current Manchester University teammates Brionna Egold (left) and Sabrina Leonard (right) took the field for the Spartans at The Winter Games held at Clermont and Winter Haven, Fla. Leonard has started all 14 games for Manchester prior to Thursday, leading the team with 15 RBI.
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Cloverdale graduates Cooper Neese and Jalen Moore wrapped up their collegiate basketball careers earlier this month.

Neese and the Sycamores finished the regular season 22-12 and qualified for the College Basketball Invitational, where they lost in the quarterfinals 89-88 to Eastern Kentucky.

ISU closed the year with a 23-13 mark, while Neese ended his Indiana State career as ISU’s all-time leader in games played with 137. He scored 17 points in his final game, and his two 3-pointers in the game make 231 triples for his career – which ranks fourth on ISU’s list of career threes made.

Moore and the Oakland Grizzlies did not have as good of a season, as injuries limited several key players throughout the year. Oakland finished 13-19 overall and 11-9 in the Horizon League, dropping their final game to eventual league champion Northern Kentucky.

Moore scored 21 points in his final collegiate game, adding seven assists and four rebounds. He was named all-Horizon League for the third straight season.

Here is a recap of other winter sports athletes:



Kyle Thomas, Fr., Cedarville – Team finished season 18-11. Thomas played in all 29 games, averaging 6.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Chloe Sprinkle, Fr., Lincoln Trail – Played in 28 games, starting three, averaging 2.2 points per game.


Brody Whitaker, So., Marian – Team finished 21-10 and qualified for NAIA Tournament in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Knights were eliminated 79-75 by Rio Grande, as Whitaker scored 19 points.

Finished season fourth on team in scoring at 11.0 points per game, also averaging 4.2 rebounds per night.

North Putnam

Mason Brooks, So., Cornerstone (Mich.) – Team finished 18-11. Brooks played in all 29 games off the bench, finishing season with 4.4 scoring average and 2.4 rebounds per game.

South Putnam

Chloe Custis, So., Lake Land – Played in 29 games, starting 19. Averaged 4.9 points and 1.0 assists per game.

Brie Miller, Fr., Vincennes – Team finished 21-11 for the season. Miller played in all 32 games, starting 20, averaging 3.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.



Tracy Menzel, women’s head coach, DePauw – Team finished third in the North Coast Athletic Conference championships, recording a program-record 1,293.5 points.

Mallary Meyer, head coach, Hollins (Va.) – Her first team finished 11th of 12 teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference meet.

Olivia Headley, Fr., Centre (Ky.) – Was a member of the 200 free relay “C” team at Union which had a time of 1:43.8.

South Putnam

Zach Rayce, assistant coach, Franklin – Women’s team won Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships for sixth straight season. Men’s team finished second.

Lee Haywood, So., Southern Illinois – Qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships at Indiana University. Haywood competed at in 3-meter diving at the Zone C Championships. He finished in 25th place with a score of 246.30.

In the Mid-American Conference Championships, Haywood finished fifth in 3-meter diving with a score of 279.30 and fourth in 1-meter diving with a score of 284.05.

Evan Steffy, So., DePauw – Best finish in North Coast Athletic Conference championships was 19th place in the C finals of the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:25.02.

Spring sports under way – Following is a list of Putnam County graduates known to be competing in college sports. Please send any additions to



Parker Watts, Jr., Marian


Ethan Maier, So., Indiana Wesleyan

Nick Sutherlin, So., Glendale (Cal.) CC

Keifer Wilson, Fr., Olney Central



Olivia Johnson, Jr., Dominican (Ill.)

North Putnam

Grace Kinkead, Fr., Franklin

South Putnam

Drew Bratcher, Sr., DePauw

Brionna Egold, So., Manchester

Sabrina Leonard, Fr., Manchester



Ray Bates, Jr., Rose-Hulman

Kenzie Stoltz, Jr., Indiana State

Keeley Hughes, Jr., Marian

Lily Monnett, So., DePauw


Seelye Stoffregen, Jr., DePauw

Lauren Elam, Fr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods

North Putnam

Josie Lyons, Jr., Franklin

South Putnam

Bree Mahoney-Sutherland, So., DePauw

Sarah Jones, Fr., Hanover

Hanna Teipen, Fr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods



Conner Taylor, Jr., Wabash



Trent Ross, So., Southern Indiana

South Putnam

Austin Arnold, Sr., Manchester

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