Indiana High School senior baseball player Tommy DuBose has been awarded the fifth annual John Challis Memorial Award.
DuBose will be honored at the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association awards banquet on June 10 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.
The John Challis Memorial Award was named after Challis, a former Freedom High School student who died of cancer two months after graduating in 2008. The foundation’s mission is to provide life-encouraging sporting experiences and community support for high school athletes with life-threatening illnesses.
DuBose developed a seizure disorder as a seventh-grader and experienced nearly 500 grand mal seizures between November 2006 and March 2009. He was diagnosed as having electrical status epilepticus, a rare form of epilepsy, and has since suffered just two seizures.
DuBose was slated to graduate in 2012, but because of his condition, was forced to come back in 2013 for his senior year.
Although DuBose had no PIAA eligibility left, he appealed the WPIAL’s decision, and ultimately was granted a PIAA and WPIAL waiver to play baseball in 2013.
IHS tennis team scores two wins
NATRONA HEIGHTS — Indiana swept St. Joseph in a WPIAL Section 4-AA boys’ tennis doubleheader Tuesday.
Indiana won the first match, 5-1, and the second match, 4-1.
Justin Fleming, Jacky Li and John Karcher each won in singles play in the first match. The doubles team of John Appolonia and Greg Olechovski earned a win, and Caleb McCombie and Jimin Chun followed suit.
Karcher and Appolonia each won in singles play in the second match. The doubles teams of Aishan Shetty and Kyle Valeski and Kellen Short and Kevin McCreary each notched wins.
Indiana (8-4) travels to Riverview today.
IASB teams win three games
Indiana Area Soccer Boosters teams won three of six games over the weekend.
The U-10 Blackhawks blanked Scottsdale, 5-0. Vince Belice led Indiana with four goals. Josh Glaser had a goal and an assist, and Dominic Groman, Jack Mock and Nickolas Detwiler shared goaltending duties.
The U-12 girls’ team defeated Connellsville, 7-1. Brooke Ianarelli and Sidney Turner each scored two goals, and Lauren McKelvy, Grace Mullen and Katharina Lippert each netted a goal. Grace Mullen and Ella Spadafora played in goal.
The U-12 Red Hawks beat Greensburg Salem, 3-1. Isaac Argueta Valle, Cameron Walls and Trevor Walls each scored a goal. Cian Williamson-Rea and Argueta Valle shared goaltending duties.
The U-10 Red Hawks lost to Connellsville, 4-1. Ethan Shearer scored Indiana’s lone goal, and Aaron McKelvy and Jack Turner played in goal.
The U-12 Blackhawks lost to Woodland Hills, 5-2. Luke Ciocca and Connor Ballas scored a goal apiece. Nathan Birch, Danny Lee and Hunter Takach each tacked on an assist. Walker Raykes and Sam Meil each played in goal.
The Indiana U-14 team lost to East Allegheny, 3-0. Charlie Bunnett and Matt Corjelko split goaltending duties.
Indiana wins JV game
UNIONTOWN — Indiana defeated Uniontown, 17-5, in a junior varsity baseball game Tuesday.
Chase Kromer and Grant Schrecengost each doubled twice and singled to lead Indiana. Schrecengost racked up four RBIs, and Kromer had three. Jonah Schall and Cole Shaffer each stroked two singles.
Cory Hotchkiss allowed just one hit in five innings to earn the win.
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GREENSBURG — In a game played Monday, Indiana lost to Greensburg Salem, 14-4, in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Kromer and Ian Helsel each ripped an RBI single for Indiana. Hotchkiss scored a pair of runs.
Indiana JV team suffers loss
SAXONBURG — Indiana fell to Knoch, 9-6, in a junior varsity softball game Tuesday.
Shannon Ream went 3-for-4 to lead Indiana. Ream struck out six and walked two in a complete-game effort. Taylor Thomas and Ashley Steffish each singled twice.
Indiana (2-5-1) plays host to Highlands on Thursday.
Homer City sets Sr. Legion tryouts
HOMER CITY — Tryouts for Homer City Post 493 Senior Legion Baseball will be held at First Commonwealth Field at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Players from the Homer-Center and United school districts who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1994 are eligible to play.
McDonald’s wins Little League game
McDonald’s beat McGill’s 7-1 in Indiana Little League baseball action Sunday.
Luke Thomas pitched 5 2-3 innings to earn the win, and Luke Ciocca notched the save. Joseph Spohn doubled for McGill’s.