Ball State football head coach Mike Neu announced Tuesday the promotion of Tyler Stockton to defensive coordinator.
Stockton, a Notre Dame graduate, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Connecticut 2014-15 before becoming an assistant with Western Illinois 2016-18. He joined the Cardinals’ coaching staff last December as the co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. He fills a role previously held by David Elson, with whom BSU parted ways after the end of the 2019 season. Stockton will still be the team’s inside linebackers coach.
Ball State will look for Stockton to cut down on the amount of points per game allowed by its defense in recent seasons, as the Cardinals have allowed an average of more than 31 points per game the past three years. Neu told the Star Press that was the deciding reason he moved on from Elson.
Here is a collection of more area news, as well as local high school sports results:
BSU basketball alumnus Trey Moses to receive 2020 NCAA Inspiration Award
Trey Moses, who played basketball for Ball State 2015-19, will be awarded the NCAA’s Inspiration Award in 2020 for how he’s overcome tragedy, championed people with special needs, battled depression in a public manner that’s helped others and more. Moses opened up about the suicide of his teammate and friend Zachary Hollywood, life and depression in June, and will be recognized in January at a NCAA convention.
“Once I started to open up, I realized I have this platform that’s actually making an impact on people’s lives,” Moses said in a release. “People started looking at me and thinking, ‘If he can go through it and he can deal with it, then I can do the same.’ That’s what has kept me going this entire time.”
Moses, who is now playing professionally in Bulgaria with BC Beroe, scored more than 1,000 career points and finished with the program record for games played in a career with 132. He switched his jersey number to Hollywood’s for his final two years with the Cardinals to honor Hollywood.
“He’s always been someone who has had a soft spot in his heart for people he views as vulnerable or could use a helping hand,” BSU coach James Whitford said in a release. “He takes great pride in using the platform he gets as an athlete.”
BSU football adds home-and-home to its schedule with UConn
Ball State and UConn have agreed to play each other in a home-and-home series in the coming years. The Cardinals will welcome the Huskies to Muncie on Oct. 15, 2022, and then play on the road at UConn on Sept. 20, 2025. BSU has won each of the past three meetings between the two sides with the most recent victory in 2002.
Cardinals men’s volleyball veteran, team receive preseason recognition
BSU senior outside attacker Matt Szews earned Preseason All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association recognition Monday as his team was picked to finish sixth in the eight-team league. The Cardinals’ season begins Jan. 10 when they play Belmont Abbey at home in the Don Shondell Active Ankle Challenge.
Szews was First Team All-MIVA last season and led Ball State with 383 kills and 39 aces.
Ball State baseball ace earns preseason recognition
Collegiate Baseball News named Cardinals senior pitcher John Baker a third-team, preseason All-American for the second-straight year. Baker, whom the Miami Marlins selected in the 29th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, has a career 17-9 record with a 3.36 ERA in 38 starts. He also has 270 career strikeouts and opponents have only hit .226 against him the past three seasons.
CBN also ranked Ball State, which opens its season with a Feb. 14-16 series on the road at Georgia Southern, as 39th in the nation.
Monroe Central girls’ basketball to play in honor of breast cancer awareness
The Golden Bears’ junior varsity and varsity girls basketball teams will wear pink uniforms Thursday at home against Lapel in honor of breast cancer awareness. During “Lady Bears Care” night, fans also are encouraged to wear pink.
High school swimming and diving
Jay County, Delta split
Jay County’s girls team topped Delta’s 116-67 while the Eagles’ boys beat the Patriots’ 122-63. On the girls’ side, Jay County found success in Erica Hathaway as she won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle and was a part of the 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay winning teams. Delta saw Emma Brown win the 50-yard freestyle. On the boys’ side, the Eagles had Eli Arnold win the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, in addition to being on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. The Patriots watched Chase McFarland, Griffin Mann, Kyle Sanders and Reid Claycomb win the 200-yard medley relay.
High school girls’ basketball
Frankton 43, Wapahani 30
Frankton topped Wapahani 43-30 to hand the Raiders a loss.
Jay County 53, Blackford 34
Jay County pulled away from Blackford to the tune of a 53-34 victory. Olivia Leas and Olivia Waters scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bruins. Renna Schwieterman led the Patriots with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
High school wrestling
Jay County defeats Parkway
Jay County beat Parkway 42-36 with Ben Hunter (138), Garrett Mann (160), Mason Winner (182) and Cooper Jacks (220) among the individual winners for the Patriots.
High school boys basketball
Yorktown 41, Jay County 35
Yorktown mounted a fourth-quarter comeback and defeated Jay County by six points, 41-35. Noah Arbuckle, Ethan Dirksen and Brayden Sprunger all scored eight points for the Patriots.
Jordan Guskey covers Ball State and East Central Indiana high schools at the Star Press. Contact him at (765) 213-5813, [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.