Dylan Steele plays once every year at Bart Kaufman Field as part of the Bloomington North-Bloomington South rivalry.

Steele, the rising junior for North, will be playing at Indiana’s baseball venue a whole lot in a couple of years. He committed to the Hoosier baseball program on Friday night.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to go to IU and play for my hometown,” Steele said. “I think it’d be cool to support my hometown. I’ve lived here my whole life as a Hoosier.”

Steele was a first-team all-area selection for the Herald-Times as a sophomore, batting .408 with a .507 on-base percentage and seven doubles. The righty also led the Cougars with 45 strikeouts on the mound.

Steele said the Hoosiers view him as a two-way player, for now, with the ability to play the outfield or pitch. He is on the same travel team as Columbus North’s Parker Maddox, who is also committed to Indiana.

IU coach Chris Lemonis has been scooping up lots of area talent lately. Linton’s Kip Fougerousse committed to the Hoosiers last weekend. Bloomington South’s Alex Franklin, a rising senior pitcher, has also been committed to IU. South’s Tyler Van Pelt will be a freshman for the Hoosiers this coming season.

Staying at home made sense for Steele.

“I love the campus, the campus is beautiful,” Steele said. “The new facilities are nice. The new scoreboard they are putting in, that should be very nice. It all just feels like home to me, because I’ve been here for so long.”

Bloomington North pitcher Riley Crean was named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A All-State team.

Crean was one of seven pitchers honored, with one player selected at each of the other field positions. Arm issues kept him in the outfield, for the most part, but he hit .325 with 10 doubles and 19 RBIs. On the mound, threw 122/3 innings with a 2.21 ERA. He was drafted in the 35th round by the Chicago White Sox, but will spend next season at the IMG Academy in Florida.

Edgewood’s Connor Morton and Phillip Terrell each received honorable mention in Class 3A.

In 2A, honorable mention went to Linton’s Logan Hollingsworth.

Bloomington South’s Jonathan Dodrill, Bloomington North’s Parker Lucas and Elaina Walls and White River Valley grad Abby Denham all won titles at the USTAF’s Region 7 track and field meet at DeKalb, Ill. last weekend.

Several other area athletes, some with the Indiana Track Club and White River Valley TC, also qualified for the national meet, which will take place in Lawrence, Kan. July 24-30, via their top five finishes.

Dodrill made it to nationals in three events in the boys’ 17-18 age group, winning the hammer throw (153-10) and taking second in discus (164-3) and fifth in shot put (49-10). North’s Garrett Ramsey was fourth in pole vault (12-1 1/2).

The 17-18 girls saw Walls take the discus (119-9) and hammer titles (124-3) while the Ball State-bound Denham ruled in javelin (109-4).

In the 15-16 boys, Lucas took the hammer throw (117-11),  while also finishing seventh in the javelin (105-1) and ninth in shot put (37-10 3/4). North’s Zach Merritt was fourth in the shot (42-4 3/4). WRV’s Tanner Denham was fourth in javelin (112-3), while Joe Records was fifth in the 2,000 steeplechase (7:18.17) and seventh in the 3,000 (10:18.90).

South’s Jordan Monson placed fourth in the 400 hurdles in the girls’ 15-16 bracket in 1:06.77 and was 10th in the 100s (17.33).

In the 11-12 girls, Bloomington’s Hadley Lucas took fourth (59-4) in discus while WRV’s Becca Robbins was fifth (57-2) and ITC’s Dale Gordillo was sixth (55-4). Robbins was also  seventh in shot put (23-5 1/2).

And in the 9-10 boys, Adis Hamidovic took fifth in javelin (45-7) and eighth in shot put (14-8).

Just a month ago, Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow had a different set of goals.

The list was completely reasonable for a rising senior with his talents. He wanted to be an Indiana All-Star. He wanted to win a state championship for the Cougars.

But in late June, Jallow received a call from Chris Holtmann, just weeks into his appointment as men’s basketball coach at Ohio State. He knew Jallow had worked hard in the classroom, giving himself the freedom to graduate a year early. Holtmann wanted to know if the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard wanted to be a Buckeye, not in 2018, but this fall.

On Friday, Jallow went to Buffalo Wild Wings with his North teammates. It was rising sophomore Jack Townsend’s birthday. But it was also a night to celebrate Jallow’s commitment to Ohio State, which was announced via a flashy, two-part video posted to Twitter. National outlets Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report retweeted it.

A month ago, Jallow was North’s star player and one of Indiana’s top recruits for 2018. Now the four-star prospect is headed to Ohio State as a member of Holtmann’s 2017 recruiting class.

“I’ve been preparing for this since I started playing basketball. I knew what I wanted to do,” Jallow said. “Three weeks ago, I was playing school ball and I was trying to win a state championship. That’s what I was working for. Continue reading

Big news is on the way from Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound rising senior tweeted Friday morning that he will announce his college choice at 8:30 p.m. Jallow has a myriad of offers, including Virginia, Stanford, Ohio State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Purdue, among others. He also received offers from Butler and Indiana before those schools underwent coaching changes.

Jallow has visited IU since Archie Miller arrived as men’s basketball coach, and he participated in Miller’s team camp last month. Former Butler coach Chris Holtmann is now heading up Ohio State.

Rated as a four-star prospect by various scouting services, Jallow’s star really began to shine last summer with his independent AAU team. He also produced 15 points as a junior all-star this June versus the senior Indiana All-Stars in New Albany.

Jallow was the Herald-Times’ boys’ basketball player of the year in 2016-17 as a junior, averaging  24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.