Carter leads team to conference title



By David Fong

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Lance Carter is going dancing again this year.

For the second year in a row, the Troy High School graduate helped lead the Tabor College men’s basketball team to a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The championship gives the Blue Jays an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament.

It will be the third trip in a row to the tournament for Tabor. Carter, a junior, has been a part of all three teams to make it to the tournament.

Carter — who scored his 1,000th career point earlier this season — leads the team in scoring (17.9 points per game), rebounding (7.8 per game) and assists (5.4 per game).

Tabor College is 25-3 this season and ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Division II national standings.

Jackie Siefring and Tara Snipes

AKRON — It’s been a record-setting month for Jackie Siefring.

Siefring, a Covington High School graduate and member of the University of Akron women’s track and field team, was part of the 4×400 relay team that set a school indoor record (3:44.67) recently at the Spire Invitational.

Earlier this season at the Akron Invitational, Siefring took first place in the pentathlon with a school-record 4,089 points. She won the shot put (39-6), long jump (19-6) and 800 (2:14.92), while placing second in the 60 hurdles (8.69) and seventh in the high jump (5-2.5).

Snipes, also a Covington graduate and member of the Covington track and field team, was a member of the distance medley relay team that placed second (11:59.60) at the Spire Invitational.

Colleen Powers

AKRON — Powers, a Troy High School graduate, was one of six University of Akron women’s swimmers recently honored on Senior Day as the Zips took on Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan recently.

Powers is a freestyle specialist for Akron. Her top career times are: 50 freestyle (26.69 seconds), 100 freestyle (1:05.16), 200 freestyle (2:22.50), 400 freestyle (4:57.40) and 800 freestyle (10:11.06).

Akron will compete in the Mid-American Conference meet next week.

Gracie Huffman

ATHENS — Huffman, a Troy High School graduate, is a freshman on the Ohio University track and field team.

Huffman has competed in a number of indoor meets for the Bobcats this winter. Most recently, she placed sixth in the 400 meter run (58.13 seconds) at the Marshall Invitational. At that same meet, she helped the Ohio 4×400 relay team take fourth (3:56.17).

Earlier this season at the Spire North Coast Open, Huffman placed second in the 400 (59.05 seconds) and helped the 4×400 relay team to a first-place finish (3:58.28).

Huffman also will compete for the Ohio University outdoor team this spring.

Nick Kleptz

DEFIANCE — Nick Kleptz, a Troy High School graduate, was named third-team All-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association for his performance this past fall.

Kleptz led Defiance in five statistical categories this season: goals (eight), points (17), game-winning goals (four), shot percentage (.381) and penalty kick goals (three).

He also was third on the team in shots (21) and second on the team in shots on goal (14).

Kleptz also was honorable mention All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the second year in a row.

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