College Insider: Fleming honored as Taylor reaches NAIA Sweet 16

Fairfield’s Tim Fleming dribbles around La Salle’s Chris Rodriguez during their Division I sectional game against Xavier University’s Cintas Center on March 3, 2012. The Indians won 35-30. JOURNAL-NEWS FILE PHOTO

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Fairfield’s Tim Fleming dribbles around La Salle’s Chris Rodriguez during their Division I sectional game against Xavier University’s Cintas Center on March 3, 2012. The Indians won 35-30. JOURNAL-NEWS FILE PHOTO

The Taylor University men’s basketball team has completed an outstanding season with a strong local flavor.

Three area players helped the Trojans go 21-12 and reach the Sweet 16 of the NAIA Division II National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo.

Taylor began the national event with a 73-67 victory over Warner on March 8, then lost to Trinity International 74-72 on March 10.

The Trojans are coached by Josh Andrews, a Hamilton High School graduate and former Middletown head coach. He’s been at Taylor for four seasons.

Junior point guard Tim Fleming (Fairfield) earned a spot on the Crossroads League All-Defensive Team and was also named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. To achieve that status, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be a junior or senior.

Fleming led Taylor in assists (3.7) and steals (1.5) while also averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He shot 46 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the foul line.

Sophomore guard Evan Crowe (Franklin) was the Trojans’ fourth-leading scorer (12.0) and averaged 5.8 boards and 1.2 assists a game. His shooting percentages were 39.9 from the floor, 38.0 from 3-point range and 82.9 from the charity stripe.

Freshman guard Ryan Robinson (Hamilton) contributed 7.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.0 rebounds per game while shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the line.

Men's swimming: Junior Ross Westrick (Fairfield) and senior Bryan McNamara (Lakota West) contributed to Miami's fourth-place finish March 1-4 at the Mid-American Conference Championships in Carbondale, Ill.

Westrick placed fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:34.79), fifth in the 400 free relay (3:02.17), 13th in the 100 free (46.17) and 15th in the 50 free (21.16).

McNamara finished 10th in the 1,650 free (15:59.77), 13th in the 500 free (4:31.12) and 16th in the 200 free (1:41.44).

• Xavier graduate student Rob Van Kirk (Lakota East) earned All-Big East Conference honors by placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Big East Championships last month in Nassau, N.Y.

Van Kirk was also eighth in the 400 individual medley (4:04.77) and 11th in the 100 breast (57.60).

Hockey: Freshman forward Jason Tackett of West Chester Twp. collected four goals and five assists this season for Ferris State (13-19-5).

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