March 20, 2014

Sports briefs, March 20


---- — Shorter first to sign with IUK women

Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball coach Whitney Farris has started building the program for the 2014-2015 season and announced the signing of Stephanie Shorter on Tuesday. Shorter is the first student-athlete to sign a letter of intent to compete for the Cougar women’s basketball team.

“We are excited to have a player like Stephanie as our first signee,” said Farris. “She is the complete package of what our program is looking for in a student, person and player. She is skilled and a relentless competitor who will be able to play multiple positions on the floor. We look forward to having Steph help build a strong foundation for the women’s basketball program here at IU Kokomo.”

A native of Winamac, Shorter is a 5-9 forward who averaged 20.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per contest as a senior at Winamac. She led the Warriors to a sectional title in each of her sophomore and senior years.

Shorter scored her 1,000th point in January against Twin Lakes and finished her career with 1,148 points. She also holds the single game rebounding record (21) as a Warrior. Her accomplishments on the court earned her Co-MVP of the Midwest Conference her senior year and she has also been named to the IBCA/Subway Girls All-State honorable mention two years in a row.

“I chose IU Kokomo because of their outstanding radiology and medical imaging program,” said Shorter. “I look forward to being part of the first women’s team. We have the opportunity to set the standard for IU Kokomo basketball and we will all be experiencing this together.”

In addition to her successes on the basketball court, Shorter excels in the classroom. She was named academic all-conference, is a member of National Honor Society, and has been on the honor roll all four years.

Maconaquah board votes to join TRC

BUNKER HILL — The Maconaquah school board voted 5-0 Wednesday night in favor of having the Braves join the Three Rivers Conference beginning with the 2015-06 school year. The Braves join fellow Miami County school Peru in leaving the Mid-Indiana Conference for the TRC.

“Last week we had an informational session for the public and had quite a few people attend,” Mac A.D. John Off said. “In the course of that the board was there and they weighed public opinion and saw that not only were the coaches in favor of moving to a more stable conference but the public was as well. [Wednesday] night, they voted 5-0 to join the TRC.”

Maconaquah will stay on board next season, then, along with Peru, will join the TRC. Eastern and Taylor earlier made plans to leave the MIC. The uncertainty about the league’s future made Maconaquah administrators consider the move out of what had been its home league for half a century.

Knicks beat Pacers to open Jackson era

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.

With their new team president watching from a midcourt seat, the Knicks dominated the first half, then pulled away after the Eastern Conference leaders finally got untracked in the second half.

Fans stood to cheer Jackson in the first quarter and were on their feet again in the final minute to watch the Knicks beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

Lance Stephenson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and failed to extend their three-game lead over the Miami Heat, who lost to Boston earlier Wednesday.