> SOUTHERN INDIANA — 7. IUS MEN GO TO FINAL 4
IU Southeast men’s basketball program continued its winning ways by reaching the NAIA Division II Tournament for the sixth straight year. After reaching the Elite Eight the year before, the 11-seed Grenadiers opened the national tourney at Point Lookout, Mo., with a 75-72 win over Valley City State (N.D.). Two nights later, Cameron Mitchell scored 31 points in a 83-73 victory over Saint Xavier (Ill.) for a spot in the Elite Eight. The following night, IUS earned a 75-60 win over host College of the Ozarks for its first berth in the Final Four. The run ended with a 69-56 loss to No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) but not before a school-record 30 wins.
8. NEW ALBANY LITTLE LEAGUE WINS ANOTHER STATE CROWN
For the third straight year, New Albany’s Little League can boast the 9-10-year-old state champions. After beating Jeff/GRC 3-0 to win the district title, New Albany had little trouble at the state finals at Jeff. In pool play, New Albany beat every team by at least nine runs then beat Auburn 10-0 to set up a championship game against Highland. After a scoreless first three innings, New Albany scored a pair of runs in the fourth and pulled away for a 6-1 victory and its third consecutive state crown.
9. JEFF WINS BASEBALL REGIONAL
Winning a sectional title is nothing new for Jeffersonville baseball. On May 26, the Red Devils capped their 23rd sectional championship run, which included an upset of No. 1 Floyd Central in the first round, with a 5-0 win over host Bedford North Lawrence for their second straight sectional crown and their fourth in seven years. Regional titles have been more elusive for Jeffersonville. On June 3, Jeff beat Franklin 1-0 in the regional semis before winning its first regional title since 2003 with a 7-3 win over Bloomington North.