WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: What – University of Redlands Winter Classic; When – Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29; Where – Currier Gym, University of Redlands campus – Live video and statistics available for both games at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics
Spartan Shorts: Coach Josh Dzurick’s team faces the host Bulldogs at 10 p.m. EST Friday and Marian College of Wisconsin at 8 p.m. EST Saturday. They are the final two non-conference contests on the Spartans’ regular season schedule. … MU (3-6) is in the midst of its second five-game road trip of the year. They finished the first one with a 2-3 record which included Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference wins at Hanover and Rose-Hulman. Their second-such stretch began with a 53-42 loss at Trine Dec. 18. … Junior forward Erynn Meiklejohn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) goes into the weekend as the team’s scoring (10.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.8 boards per game) leader. Freshman guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) is just below double digits in scoring (9.3 ppg), while sophomore forward Abby Lang (Indianapolis, Ind.) is close behind Meiklejohn in rebounding (4.7 rpg). … Other leaders for the Black and Gold include freshman guard Hannah Field (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (21 assists), Arterburn (18 steals) and Lang (eight blocked shots). … Arterburn has a string of nine straight games having garnered at least one steal. She’s recorded multiple steals six times this season. … Lang and Meiklejohn have been consistent cleaning off the glass to date. Meiklejohn has registered seven contests with four-or-more rebounds, while Lang has done so six times. … Looking further into the statistics, Field has dished out multiple assists in five of Manchester University’s nine games, while Lang has reeled off a set of three successive outings with a blocked shot twice this year.
Busy January Begins: Manchester returns to league play with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Anderson University Wednesday, Jan. 2. The clash with the Ravens opens a stretch of nine games during the first month of 2013.
BARKER EARNS ACADEMIC AWARD: Manchester University senior women’s soccer player Sara Barker (Goshen, Ind.) was named a collegiate division honorable mention all-North/Central Region Scholar by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Dec. 18.
Barker is a chemistry major with a 3.60 grade-point average. Honorees must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout their career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team and be a junior or above in academic standing.
Barker adds the award to all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference playing and fall academic accolades gained earlier this year.
MU ALUM TO JOIN IHSBCA HALL OF FAME: Gene Butts, a 1952 graduate of Manchester University, is among the five-member Class of 2013 for the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
Butts umpired Indiana high school baseball for over 55 years. He worked 35 sectionals, 24 regionals, 17 semi-states and eight state finals, being named Indiana State High School Athletic Association Umpire of the Year in 2000. Butts also worked college games for the Hoosier-Buckeye, Mid-American and Mid-Central Conferences for 45 years.
MU BASEBALL WINTER CAMP, HITTING SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS STILL OPEN: Manchester University’s baseball program is still taking applications for its 2012-13 winter camp and hitting schools.
The dates are as follows – Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 27-29 – Defensive (Dec. 27), Pitchers/Catchers (Dec. 28) and Hitting Camp I (Dec. 29). There will also be three Sundays in February (the 10th, 17th and 24th) for hitting school clinics. All camps and clinics are set in Manchester University’s Physical Education and Recreation Center.