Sports UpdateSpring 2013

Spring 2013 sports update

GLVC Scholar Athlete

In February UIndy junior Klay Fiechter found out that he was one of seven student-athletes from the fall sports to be named as a 2012–13 Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Fiechter, a running back and return specialist on the UIndy football squad that captured the inaugural GLVC Championship this past fall, was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection and a candidate for the Harlon Hill Award, which is given annually to the top player in Division II. A two-time GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week, Fiechter set school records for rushing yards (1,475), rushing TDs (19), total TDs (21), points scored (126), all-purpose yards (2,237), and punt return average (21.3).

The Bluffton, Ind., native finished his junior season by helping UIndy (10-3, 8-0 GLVC) to its first-ever Division II playoff appearance and postseason victory. The league’s leading rusher got it done in the classroom as well, having earned Capital One Academic All-America first-team honors following a 3.94 semester GPA. Fiechter improved his cumulative GPA to 3.698 in the field of exercise science and pre-physical therapy.

Former baseball player earns position with Los Angeles Dodgers

Former Greyhound baseball pitcher Tyler Norton, a member of 2012’s Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA Midwest Regional championship team, has earned a position with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in strength and conditioning. “Not only did Tyler help us achieve a goal of ours in winning a conference and regional championship and going to the World Series,” Head Coach Gary Vaught said, “but he also achieved a greater accomplishment and goal of getting a degree and getting a great job.” Norton has been named assistant to the minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, based in the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. In his position, Norton will assist in implementing and super-vising the Dodgers’ strength and conditioning programs during spring training as well as in season with the Arizona League team.

“First I’d like to thank UIndy for giving me the experience I had,” Norton said. “The exercise science program prepared me very well to both interview and receive a position in strength and conditioning. It has been my dream to work in professional baseball, and I am excited and grateful to the Dodgers for allowing me to fufill that dream.” A relief pitcher, Norton made 27 appearances over two seasons in a Greyhound uniform. The St. Mary’s, Ohio, native will graduate in May from UIndy with a degree in exercise science, and took the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam in February. In addition to baseball, Norton volunteered in the UIndy weight room under strength and conditioning coach Steve Barrick for the past two years.

“The determination of Coach Vaught to ensure that each of his players earns a degree is something I will always be thankful for,” Norton said. “The guidance of both Coach Vaught and Coach Barrick has been key to me not only in graduating, but in earning this position.” Norton reported to Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 12 to begin working with the Dodgers’ pitchers and catchers. He worked with the major league roster for the first month of training before the minor league roster reported in March.

Game ball

William Hudnut, four-term Indianapolis mayor and former UIndy trustee, was on hand January 24 to watch the women’s basketball team defeat the McKendree Bearcats. Edward Frantz, interim director of the Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives, President Robert Manuel, and vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey presented Hudnut with a game ball.

Women’s basketball Academic All-District

University of Indianapolis junior Katy McIntosh was named to the 2012–13 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Austin, Ind., native was one of five student-athletes named to the NCAA Division II District 4 first team and one of 183 collegiate athletes recognized nationwide. As the leading scorer on a team that has been ranked as high as No. 5 in the country, McIntosh is in the midst of a breakout season for UIndy. The 5’8” guard is fourth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in field goal percentage (.535), scoring (16.4 ppg), and assists (4.3 apg). The 2012–13 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The backcourt duo of Katy McIntosh and Kristin Turner garnered All-Great Lakes Valley Conf-erence First Team recognition as voted on by league coaches. The two comprise the highest scoring tandem in the conference, while both rank in the top four in assists.

Men, women, advance

On March 3, the UIndy men’s basketball team won its 20th game for the second season in a row by advancing in the Deaconess Hospital Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament with its victory over Missouri-St. Louis, 74-63, at Nicoson Hall. The eighth-seeded Greyhounds (20-7) were next slated to play top-seeded and nationally ranked No. 8 Drury (22-4) on March 7 in the quarterfinals at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. The UIndy women’s basketball team recorded a postseason win at Nicoson Hall on March 3, as the Greyhounds (19-8) downed Southern Indiana, 79-61, in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament. The win advanced UIndy to the GLVC quarterfinals on March 8. The Hounds will face the tournament’s No. 3 seed in Kentucky Wesleyan. Visit athletics.uindy.edu for updates.

Former UIndy golfer wins tourney

Former UIndy All-American Seth Fair ’10 earned his first professional victory at the Manatee County Open, held at River Wilderness Golf Club in Ellenton, Fla., Jan. 27–28. Fair (68-65) bested
a talented field of 85 golfers, including 66 professionals and 19 amateurs, in one of the West Florida Golf Tour’s premiere events. One week after tying for 12th at the WFGT’s Lake Jovita North Series, Fair played the final four holes (-2) to claim the title. His final-round (-7) 65 overtook Abbie Valentine, who was waiting for a possible playoff after finishing with a (-8) 64. A native of nearby Brownsburg, Ind., Fair closed his golf tenure at UIndy with arguably the most memorable career-finishing round in program history. A week before being named Division II PING First Team All-America by the Golf Coaches Association of America, Fair fired a course-record-tying 68 to cap a fourth-place performance at the NCAA Division II Championship, held at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. His final shot was a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, one he fittingly sank. In addition to recording the second-best career scoring average in school history (73.3), Fair was named the 2010 Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year as well as a finalist for the 2010 Byron Nelson Award. He also garnered numerous academic accolades during his senior season, including ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, GLVC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors.

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