Purdue Northwest Athletics had plenty of its student-athletes recognized when the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced its All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Teams Thursday morning following the Spring 2018 semester. The Pride had 30 student-athletes across five spring teams (baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s tennis and softball) named to either the All-Academic or All-Academic Excellence Team.
Run your best. That is all the coaching staff of the Calumet College of St. Joseph track and field program asked of Olivia Askew (SR/Munster, Ind.) as she prepared to run her final collegiate race on the biggest stage of them all. Askew clearly listened to her coaches. The outgoing senior not only set a personal best, but broke yet another school record, when she competed in the 200-meter dash at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. on Thursday evening.
One day after teammate Olivia Askew (SR/Munster, Ind.) wrapped up her collegiate track career, Demetrius Banks (JR/Hazelcrest, Ill.) took his first shot on the sports grand stage. Though surface conditions were less than ideal, Banks powered through and came away with a top ten spot for his efforts at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala on Friday evening.
The Purdue Northwest student-athletes shined in the classroom again with the recent release of the 2018 Spring Semester Academic report. Over 200 student-athletes combined to average a collective grade point average (GPA) of 3.21.
The RailCats signed infielder Will Savage to his first Independent Professional Baseball contract before Sunday’s 10-2 loss vs. Fargo-Moorhead and placed infielder Randy Santiesteban on the Disabled List retroactive to June 2 with a strained left hamstring. Savage made his IPBF debut after coming in at shortstop as a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh and recorded an infield single in his first at-bat in the eighth.
Railcats fans know that a day at the U.S Steel Yard always brings much more than a quality baseball game. From fireworks and autographs to Taco Tuesdays, something exciting is always happening be it on, or off the field. This year, the Railcats are celebrating a legendary workplace comedy with “The Office” Wednesdays, featuring “The Office” themed games, contests, jerseys, and more.
Since joining Indiana Elite FC coaching staff three years ago, girls Director of Coaching Semir Mesanovic has seen what he considers “tremendous growth.” What started as two girls teams within the club has now blossomed into five teams with more than 80 young women athletes. The successes of these teams on the field has “Coach Semir” and his teams gaining popularity and being highly sought after, while setting their sights on some tournament cup goals.
Jon Newcomb has been hired as Purdue Northwest’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Marketing and Event Management. Newcomb officially begins his new role on Monday, June 4. Newcomb served as a graduate assistant for Pride Athletics from August 2015 to December 2017.
The accolades continue to come in for senior Kyleigh Payne (Bourbonnais, Ill./Kankakee CC/Bishop McNamara) as she was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Division II All-American Third Team Wednesday evening. Earlier this month she was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Player of the Year. Payne was also a NFCA Division II All-Midwest Region First Team honoree. She became the first female student-athlete to win GLIAC Player of the Week on March 26.
You don’t have to love baseball to have a blast at a RailCats game.
The Gary SouthShore RailCats 2018 season is now underway. Game after game is lined up with rivals such as the Chicago Dogs facing off with the RailCats, but there are a ton of other events that will draw crowds out to the field this summer!