Sports Briefs

Softball Winter Academy dates announced

The Northern Kentucky University Softball Team will be hosting its three-week Fall Academy for grades 4-thru-12 Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at Regents Hall.

NKU coaches and players will teach the students in all areas of fastpitch softball.

The academy will have five different sessions each week that are one-hour sessions. There will be two separate Hitting Academies that will take place each Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. The academies will concentrate on hitting, bunting and base running skills.

The Pitching Academy will be from 11 a.m. to noon and will be broken into three levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. It will teach the fundamentals of pitching, developmental drills, and change-up and drop-ball instruction.

The only requirement for the Pitching Academy is that the pitchers bring their own catchers.

From 2 to 3 p.m. the Defense and Catching Academy will take place. The Defense Academy will assist with the fielding and throwing fundamentals, as the Catching Academy will teach throwing, blocking, covering bunts, pop ups and throwing out base runners.

The cost of a one-hour academy is $60 dollars, covering all three Sundays.

For more information on the academies, contact the NKU softball office at (859) 572-5939.

Women’s Basketball signs three players

The Northern Kentucky University Women’s Basketball head coach Nancy Winstel, announced the signing of three players for the 2008-09 season Nov. 27.

Sadie Bowling is a guard/forward from Madison, Ind. and averaged 15.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds as a junior at Madison Consolidated High School. She was named to the All-Hoosier Hills Conference first team.

Bowling is nearing the 1,000-point mark in her high school career as she is currently at 959 career points at Madison.

Whitney Levering is a power forward from Fredericktown, Ohio, and averaged 14.2 ppg as a junior at Fredericktown High School. She earned first team All-Mid Buckeye Conference honors and was selected as the District 11 co-Player of the Year in Division III.

Entering her senior year at FHS, Levering has scored 846 career points.

Cassie Mogan is a guard from Circleville, Ohio, and averaged 16.3 ppg as a junior at Circleville High School. She earned second team Division II all-state honors in Ohio from the Associated Press as a junior.

Mogan was also named to the Mid-State Leagues’s All-Buckeye Division first team.

The Norse are currently 3-1 on the season and re-ranked No. 15 in the NCAA Division II poll.

Hockey Club pulls out overtime win

The Northern Kentucky University Hockey Club pulled out a victory against Lansing Community College, 4-3 Dec. 1 at the Northern Kentucky Ice Center.

The Norse had a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period, when LCC netted two goals in the last two-and-a-half minutes to force overtime.

NKU forward Karl Mueller scored his second goal of the game to clinch the win against LCC.

Next for the Norse is a two-game series against the University of Akron, Dec. 7 and 8 at the NKIC.