October 23, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 23


---- — Cardinal to speak at PU alumni event

The Purdue Alumni Club of Cass County Fall Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the 4-H Community Center.

The speaker for the event is Brian Cardinal, who was a four-year member of the Boilermaker men’s basketball team. He played for coach Gene Keady and helped the Boilers reach the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight in 2000. He went on to play 12 years in the NBA, capping his career with a role on the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks’ squad. He has returned to Purdue University where he is an assistant director of the John Purdue Club.

Event cost is $15 per person and it includes meal. Reservations are due today to Dan Layman (574-722-1032). Guests are encouraged to bring items for Cardinal to autograph.

Carroll volley wins regular-season finale

LAFAYETTE — Carroll’s volleyball team ended its regular season with a four-game win against Faith Christian (25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13) Tuesday night.

The Cougars’ lone senior, Bailey Worl, led the way. She had 24 kills and 24 digs, pushing her career kill total to 389. Also for Carroll, Lauren Worl had nine kills, Macy Willoughby had six kills and Elizabeth Eurit had 33 assists.

The Cougars (12-17) play Frontier on Saturday in the semifinal round of the Class A Clinton Prairie Sectional.

Rockets 12U goes 3-0 at tournament

WABASH — The 12U Rockets softball team went 3-0 in a recent tournament in Wabash. The Rockets defeated Indiana Shockwave, Hoosier Diamond Dawgs and Kendallville Heat.

In the pitching circle, Morgan Stetz struck out nine, walked one and gave up two hits and Alynna Richard stuck out five and gave up two hits. At the plate, Hanna Young had six hits and three RBIs, Stetz two hits and an RBI, Abby Coryea one hit and two RBIs, Aubry Jackson one hit and two RBIs, Yilian Rodriguez an RBI, Emily Phillips had two hits and an RBI Taylor Tinney had two hits and an RBI and Heidi Reed had two hits.

The 12U Rockets will play a team from Cincinnati, Ohio Nov. 16 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.

Reds going with Price as next manager

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving pitching coach Bryan Price a three-year deal Tuesday.

The job carries enormous expectations for the 51-year-old Price, who has been one of the most successful pitching coaches in the majors but has never managed at any level. He and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman were two in-house candidates considered for the job.

Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, but Cincinnati got knocked out in the first round of the postseason each time.

The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year contract after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff. Cincinnati lost its last six games, including a 6-2 defeat at PNC Park in the wild-card playoff against the Pirates. General manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to change managers.

Baker led the Reds to their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine to World Series titles in the 1970s. Price will be expected to keep Cincinnati winning deep into the playoffs in 2014 with the core of the team under contract.

Like Baker, he has an even-keel personality. Unlike Baker, he comes to the job with no previous managing experience.