Quinten Payne, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/forward from St. Charles, Ill., has signed scholarship papers to play basketball for Ball State next season.
He was honorable-mention all-state as a senior at St. Charles North High School, averaging 19.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.
He brings a skill set that will make our team better with his ability to both shoot and drive the basketball. He is a versatile player who loves to compete and wants to be great, Ball State coach James Whitford said.
Other recruits for the Cardinals include Zavier Turner of Indianapolis Pike, Franko House of Concord in Elkhart and Mark Alstork of Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton.
Around the track
NASCARs chief appeals officer John Middlebrook upheld the fines and points penalties against Penske Racing for parts infractions at Texas but reduced the suspensions of team members from the next six races to the next two. NASCAR said that Ryan Newman will not be fined for his rebuke of NASCAR on live television after a late accident at Talladega. IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe will serve as honorary director of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety today.
Racing to begin at Baer Field
The HOSS Outlaw Winged Sprints headline the lineup Saturday for the season-opening night of racing at Baer Field, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Defending series champion Joe Swanson heads the HOSS lineup. Spectator gates open Saturday at 4 p.m. Qualifying is at 5 p.m. and races at 7:30 p.m.
Luers sets deadline for coach résumés
Bishop Luers announced in a statement it received James Blackmon Sr.s resignation as boys coach and will be accepting résumés for prospective replacements until May 24 to email@example.com. Blackmon took the boys coaching position at Marion, his alma mater, last month.
6 from area earn IBCA scholarships
Concordias Ryan Poor and Thomas Starks, Columbia Citys Drew Benedict, Northrops Quila Jackson, Fremonts Brittany Davis and Huntington Norths Noah Reed will receive scholarships from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Oakland joining Horizon League
Oakland University announced that it will leave the Summit League and join the Horizon on July 1. The school will compete in all 18 of its intercollegiate sports.
Jacksonville continues to revamp its secondary, signing free agent cornerback Marcus Trufant. John Kasay, who ranks among the NFL all-time leaders in field goals and scoring, signed a one-day contract to retire with Carolina.
BSU-North Texas game to be on TV
Ball States game at North Texas on Sept. 14 will be televised as part of the Conference USA package on Fox Sports Net.
City man third at Senior Open
Quinn Griffing of Fort Waynes Donald Ross Golf Club finished third at the Indiana PGA Senior Open, shooting a two-day total of even-par 144 at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin. Among those tying for fourth place at 1 over were Bill Schumaker of Columbia Citys Crooked Lake and Todd Sandow of North Manchesters Sycamore Golf Club.
Carrolls Audrey Mallers (volleyball) will sign with Huntington University and Kyle Gater (track) will sign with Indiana Tech. Concordias Bryndon Williams (football) will sign with Concordia University in Chicago. Lakewood Park twin sisters Rae and Nicole Faur (basketball) will sign with Bethel.
3 in running for top defenseman
Montreals P.K. Subban, Pittsburghs Kris Letang and Minnesotas Ryan Suter are finalists for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHLs top defenseman.
Russia downs US
In Helsinki, Russia beat the United States 5-3 in a hard-fought game, and Canada routed Norway 7-1 at the ice hockey world championships.
Djokovic loses in Madrid’s 2nd round
Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open, beating the top-ranked Serb 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 for the biggest win of his career.