By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Lance Carter’s freshman year on the men’s basketball team at Tabor College came to a close Thursday — but what a freshman season it was.
Carter, a Troy High School graduate, was an immediate starter at Tabor College and helped lead the Bluejays to the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament this past weekend. In the first round of the tournament, Indiana University Southeast beat Tabor 77-75.
In the tournament game, Carter led the Bluejays with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Carter also played a key role in the Bluejays getting to the national tournament. In the finals of the Kansas College Athletic Conference tournament, he poured in 42 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out four assists in Tabor’s 97-90 overtime victory over Sterling College.
For the season, Carter — who started 30 of Tabor’s 33 games — averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
• Zach Toal
COLUMBIA, Mo. — For the fourth time in his illustrious collegiate carer, Toal — a Troy Christian High School graduate — will be competing at the NCAA Championships.
Toal, a senior wrestling at 165 pounds, earned an automatic berth to the tournament March 9 by placing third at the Mid-American Conference championships. Missouri is an affiliate member of the MAC in the sport of wrestling.
Toal — ranked No. 2 in the MAC — placed third in the conference tournament to punch his ticket to the national tournament. After losing his opening match 5-3 to Northern Illinois’ Shaun’Qae McMurty, bounced back with four wins in a row. He pinned Buffalo’s Jake Campana in 1:47, won by major decision, 10-2, over Old Dominion’s Devin Geoghegan and then defeated Central Michigan’s Nick Becker, 8-2.
In the match for third place, Toal avenged his earlier tournament loss to McMurty, defeating him 8-2.
Toal, now 26-5 on the season, will open the NCAA Tournament against Northwestern’s Pierce Harger (26-7). Harger is ranked No. 7 in the nation. Toal defeated Harger at the tournament last year. The top seed at 165 pounds is Graham High School graduate David Taylor (29-0).
This is Toal’s fourth and final trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was a three-time state champion at Troy Christian.
• Breanna Stucke
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Stucke, a Tippecanoe High School graduate, is going to the Big Dance.
Stucke is a junior on the Wright State women’s basketball team, which earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Tournament with an 88-69 victory over Green Bay in the finals of the Horizon League Tournament title game. It is the first Horizon League title in school history for the Raiders.
In the championship game, Stucke came off the bench to score two points, grab three rebounds and nab a pair of steals.
For the season, Stucke appeared in all 33 of the Raiders’ games, averaging 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
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