June 11, 2014

Sports briefs, June 11


---- — Brogdon named MWC softball player of year

WINAMAC – Winamac senior pitcher Bethany Brogdon was named the 2014 Midwest Conference Player of the Year in softball.

Complete listings of the All-Midwest Conference honorees in softball and baseball, plus All-Mid-Indiana Conference selections in baseball, softball and girls tennis can be found in today’s Scoreboard on Page B2.

North Miami is selling state finals tickets

DENVER — North Miami will have state softball tickets for sale from Wednesday to Friday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the athletic office.

North Miami (30-4) plays North Daviess (18-11) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Class A state championship game at Ben Davis in Indianapolis.

North Miami will have a fan bus leave Saturday morning at 7:45 am. from North Miami High School. If you are interested in riding the fan bus, please call Erin Brindle at 765-985-2931. Deadline for bus sign-up is Friday at noon.

North Miami also has semistate championship T-shirts for sale in the athletic office starting Thursday morning. T-shirts are $12 and can be purchased in the athletic office.

Campers wanted forLHS gymnastics camp

The Logansport gymnastics team will be having a gymnastics camp from June 16-20.

Campers, who will be from 3 years of age to above, will work on equipment and learn basic gymnastics skills, and work with one of the LHS gymnasts or coaches.

The camp will be broke down to three different levels. Two groups will be the 3-4 years olds and the 5-6 year-olds. They will be learning the basics from 9:30-11 a.m. with the cost being $30. The 7-and-above age group will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be learning more advanced skills. Cost will be $40. Checks should be made out to LHS Gymnastics.

For more information, please call Dannan Mordenti at 574-721-7188, or email her at

Jury convicts suspect in Sean Taylor slaying

MIAMI (AP) — A man identified by prosecutors as the greedy organizer of a bungled 2007 Miami-area burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was convicted Tuesday of murder and burglary, and immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A 12-person jury deliberated nearly four hours before finding Jason Mitchell, 25, guilty of first-degree felony murder and armed burglary. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy swiftly imposed the mandatory life sentence for murder, plus 40 more years for the burglary conviction.

Although trial testimony showed Mitchell did not fire the fatal shot, prosecutors say he is equally responsible for the slaying under the law.

Assistant State Attorney Reid Rubin said Mitchell hatched the plot that eventually involved five Fort Myers-area men after spending time at Taylor’s home near Miami, where he saw the player giving friends and relatives thousands of dollars in cash. Rubin said Mitchell initially tried and failed to burglarize the home alone in mid-November 2007, returning with the group on Thanksgiving weekend to finish the job.

“It doesn’t matter whether they planned to kill him (Taylor) or intended to kill him, he died as a result of that burglary and they are all responsible for it,” Rubin told the 12-person jury in closing arguments. “At the center of it all was Jason Mitchell.”