Rushville Republican

June 10, 2014

Sports Briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — RCHS spring awards

The spring awards program at RCHS will be held at 7 p.m. today in the RCHS cafeteria.

Volleyball camp

Any girls in grades 7-12 interested in volleyball are welcome to attend volleyball open gym at the high school gym addition. Open gyms are held 8 to 10 a.m. on June 9, 11, 16 and 18 and from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23.

Volleyball camp for grages 7-12 will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. June 23-26 and for grades 4-6 from 1 to 3 p.m. June 23-25. Camp information can be found on the RCHS website under volleyball.

Colts Fan Fest

The Indianapolis Colts will host a Fan Fest from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur County Courthouse, Front Lawn in Greensburg, Ind. featuring a concert by former Colts punter and his band, The Hunter Smith Band. The Colts will host Fan Fest events this summer in Greensburg, Louisville, and Fort Wayne. Colts Fan Fests are proudly sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Please visit for an up-to-date listing of locations.

Sun ride Bentley to 88-71 win over Fever

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alex Bentley had 21 points to lead five Connecticut players in double figures and the Sun beat the Indiana Fever 88-71 Saturday night.

Bentley added five assists, Allison Hightower had 11 points and five assists, and Katie Douglas scored 15 points.

Connecticut leading scorer Chiney Ogwumike played only 19 minutes due to foul trouble. She finished with 12 points for the Sun (3-6) and Alyssa Thomas added 11.

Rookie Natasha Howard scored 14 points for Indiana (4-4) and reserve Lynetta Kizer had 12.

The teams combined for 53 fouls and 56 field goals.

“It’s basketball,” Bentley said. “You’re going to hit some obstacles, some adversity throughout games. We just have to adjust to it, and that’s what we did tonight.”

Indiana outshot the Sun, 53.1 percent to 46.2 percent.

Kelsey Griffin snagged a career-high six steals for Connecticut, which took advantage of 25 turnovers and made 24 of its 32 free throws.

Indiana starters Briann January, Erlana Larkins and Howard each picked up three fouls in the first half.

Howard, who started, fouled out with 5:27 left in the game after logging a little over 20 minutes.

“Our fouls took a toll on us,” Indiana’s Shavonte Zellous said. “Then we turned the ball over too much. It gave them the extra energy that they needed to get a run.”

Bentley got hot early as she scored eight of the Sun’s first 10 points.

Allison Hightower’s two free throws and Bentley’s 3-pointer gave Connecticut a 32-21 lead with over five minutes left in the first half.

The Sun took a 45-35 advantage into halftime.

Howard helped the Fever cut into Connecticut’s lead. She had a three-point play and a putback wrapped around a Larkins’ layup to cut Indiana’s deficit to 53-47 with 4:28 left in the third quarter.

Bentley answered with a 3-pointer and off-balance jumper to push Connecticut ahead, 58-47.

“I think she hit every shot she put up,” Zellous said.

Purdue to remove some Ross-Ade Stadium bleachers

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke says about 6,100 bleacher seats in Ross-Ade Stadium’s south end zone will be removed before the start of the Boilermakers’ season.

Burke said Saturday the decision to remove the upper bleachers was made to avoid necessary maintenance and ensure their safety. He says removing the bleachers will give the area a new look and feel ahead of the stadium’s planned renovation.

Purdue says an announcement will be made later on how the space will be used during the 2014 season.

Fans that purchased tickets in the upper bleachers for the upcoming season will be contacted by the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office starting Monday and offered seats in the lower bleachers or in the main stand’s section 129 at no additional cost for the 2014 season.