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Collins graduate Michael Brooks had a game-high 12 tackles and an interception for the Lindsey Wilson College football team in its 20-10 loss at Georgetown in a Mid-South Conference game on Saturday.
The setback ended the season for the Blue Raiders (8-3), who did not receive an invitation to the 16-team 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series (pairings were announced Sunday).
Brooks’ interception help set up Mark Corbett’s 27-yard field goal late in the first quarter that gave the then-15th-ranked Blue Raiders a 3-0 lead. They increased that to 10-0 later in the half, before the 14th-ranked Tigers (7-3) scored 20 consecutive points.
Fellow Collins alum and LWC quarterback Branden Cresap completed 16 of 31 passes for 146 yards with one interception but injured his knee in the second half. One of Cresap’s completions, which went for 6 yards, was to another former Titan, Tavis Elzy.
The Blue Raiders finished 19th in the final NAIA coaches’ Top 25 poll.
Axlines, UT-Martin beat EKU for 1st time
The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, which includes Shelby County graduate Matthew Axline and Collins grad Ben Axline, won its first-ever game over Eastern Kentucky, 16-7, Saturday in an Ohio Valley Conference game in Richmond.
The Skyhawks (7-4, 5-2), who had been 0-11 all-time vs. EKU, built a 13-0 lead.
UT-Martin, which started Matthew Axline at right guard and used Ben Axline on special teams, rolled up 371 yards of offense, including 215 yards on the ground.
UT-Martin hosts No. 2 Eastern Illinois (10-1) on Saturday.
Hudgens starts for Union
Union College freshman Jacob Hudgens, a 2013 Shelby County graduate, started at linebacker for the Bulldogs’ football team in its final two games of the regular season.
Against then 14th-ranked Georgetown, Hudgens tallied two tackles, including one for loss in Union’s 42-21 loss on Nov. 9. Against Pikeville, Hudgens had four tackles – which tied for third on the team – last Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 56-38 loss.
In nine games Hudgens has 15 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and Union finished the season 3-8, including 2-4 in the Mid-South Conference.
Thompson, Eden run in NCAA Southeast Regional
Virginia Military Institute senior Will Thompson and University of Louisville senior Stacey Eden, both Shelby County graduates, finished 133rd and 202nd respectively in the NCAA Southeast men’s cross country regional on Friday in Earlysville, Va.
Thompson covered the 10,000-meter course in 31 minutes, 59.6 seconds, and Eden did so in 33:34.8. UNC-Greensboro senior Paul Chelimo won the race in 28:37.3.
Eastern Kentucky captured the team title with 58 points. UofL finished seventh with 236 and VMI was 22nd with 565.
Adams named Diver of the Week again
Shelby County graduate Travis Adams, a senior at Centre College, was named the Southern Athletic Association’s Men’s Diver of the Week for the second time this season last week. Then Adams won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition as the Colonels’ swimming & diving team sunk visiting Rhodes, 211-64, on Friday night.
Slaughter helps UofL women to title
Shelbyville native Antonita Slaughter scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had 2 steals in 33 minutes in the University of Louisville women’s basketball team’s 97-92 victory at Oklahoma on Sunday in the Preseason WNIT final in Norman, Okla.
Slaughter was 6-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-7 from the 3-point line.
Slaughter also scored 12 points in UofL’s 88-67 victory over then-14th-ranked LSU this past Thursday night in the WNIT semifinals.
The Cards, up to No. 4 in the latest AP poll, host Ohio on Thursday and Florida State on Sunday.
Wells earns 1st start
Recent Collins graduate Aaliyah Wells scored nine points for the Morehead State women’s basketball team in its 64-56 overtime loss to Ohio on Saturday night in Morehead, then started her first game Monday night at Marshall.
Wells played 25 minutes and was 4-for-7 from the field, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range, against the Bobcats. Wells, a 5-foot-8 freshman wing player, also had five rebounds, four personal fouls, three turnovers and one assist.
Against the Thundering Herd, Wells was 0-for-1 from the field but grabbed two rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
The Eagles (3-2) play at East Tennessee State on Thursday.
Stone starts for Malone in exhibition
Brian Stone, a 2012 Collins graduate, started at center for the Malone (Ohio) men’s basketball team in its 87-60 loss at Bowling Green in an exhibition game on Nov. 2.
Stone, a 6-8 sophomore, scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting from the field and free-throw line and had three rebounds and three fouls in 18 minutes.
The Pioneers opened their season Tuesday night at Ohio Christian. They host Indianapolis on Saturday.
Orange starts for KCU
Samantha Orange, a 2013 Shelby County graduate, was a starting defender for the Kentucky Christian women’s soccer team during its recently completed season.
The Knights went 3-13, losing to Ohio Christian in penalty kicks Nov. 2 in the second round of the NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament.
“Sam understands soccer, gives one hundred and ten percent for the team, and I can play her anywhere,” KCU Coach Joshua Miller said.