South Madison County graduates contribute collegiately


PENDLETON — With collegiate basketball season wrapping up and baseball and softball seasons getting underway, here is a look at several local products and their individual results.

Softball: Grace College freshman Hannah Harless got out of the gate slowly because of an early season illness. The 2016 Lapel graduate is still looking for her first hit after three at-bats but has handled six defensive chances with just one error and has turned one double play.

Basketball: Trine University recently wrapped up a 14-12 season following a loss in the MIAA tournament. Freshman Kamron Herrington followed up his state championship run with Lapel a year ago by averaging 3.4 points per game and was second on the team in both 3-point and free throw shooting percentages.

• The Butler Bulldogs have enjoyed a 23-8 season and will play Winthrop on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Redshirt freshman Sean McDermott has played in 28 of those 31 games, averaging 11 minutes, 2.4 points, and 1.5 rebounds per game. The former Pendleton Heights standout also has shot 35.7 percent from 3-point range.

Baseball: Brady Cherry, the 2015 Lapel graduate, has started all 13 games this spring for Ohio State. He is hitting .256 with two home runs and six RBI. He has walked eight times for an on-base percentage of .385.

• Hanover College is off to an 8-1 start this season, and sophomore Chase Sizemore has been a big part of it. The Lapel alum is hitting at a .313. clip, has scored seven runs and leads the Panthers with three stolen bases.

• The rough start for sophomore John Magers mirrors the start of the season for his Manchester Spartans. The former Bulldog has pitched in relief twice in the first five games, all losses. He has a 15.43 ERA after giving up five hits and four earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.

• PHHS graduate Logan Robertson has one hit in two at-bats and has handled his one chance in the field, but has played in just two of at Taylor’s first 20 games.

• Former Lapel stars Cade Luker and Dalsen Murdock are sophomores for the Vincennes Blazers, who are off to a 3-14 start. Luker is 4-23 (.174) with an RBI and a double, while Murdock has pitched two-thirds of an inning in his one appearance, giving up no runs, one hit and a walk.