College Insider: Lakota East’s Dieball makes first cut for Bevo Francis Award

Adam Dieball is in the running for the Bevo Francis Award, given to the player who has the finest overall season in small college basketball.

The Lakota East High School graduate is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior forward for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. The NCAA Division II Bucs are 18-8 overall and 13-5 in the Gulf South Conference.

The Bevo Francis watch list started with 100 players, which included Dieball and Findlay senior Alex White, also an East graduate. Dieball was still on the list when it was cut to 50 players on Feb. 15 — the field will be narrowed to 25 on March 15.

Dieball leads CBU in rebounds (8.5), assists (6.9) and blocks (1.0) while ranking second in scoring (17.8). He’s shooting 50.4 percent from the floor, 32.4 percent from 3-point range and 69.7 percent from the foul line.

Another East product also plays for the Bucs. Redshirt junior guard/forward Mitchell Mays has appeared in 12 games and started four, averaging 6.2 points and 2.1 boards per game. He’s shooting 61.2 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Christian Brothers will travel to Alabama Huntsville on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Women's indoor track & field: Eastern Michigan freshman Nina Ward (Fairfield) turned in a personal-best performance last Friday at the Saginaw Valley State University Tune Up.

That showing in the long jump (5.45 meters) gave her a first-place finish. She was also fifth in the high jump (1.53 meters).

The Eagles will travel to Kent for the Mid-American Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday.

• Junior Simone Henderson (Lakota West) helped Hanover (Ind.) place second at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships last Saturday in Defiance.

Henderson placed seventh in the 60-meter dash (8.30 seconds) and was part of a third-place unit in the 800 relay (1:50.13). That relay time ranks as No. 5 in Hanover history.

The Panthers totaled 131.5 points as a team, trailing only Rose-Hulman’s 163. Hanover will travel to Anderson, Ind., for the Fred Wilt Invitational on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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