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.”

Edgewood offensive lineman Ryan Stuffle verbally committed Friday night to Howard University.

Stuffle, a rising senior, has been a two-way lineman for the Mustangs during his varsity career. He was selected to the Herald-Times’ all-area football team as a junior. He was also an all-area baseball player in the spring.

Howard, an historically black college, competes in the Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) subdivision and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The Bison finished the 2016 season with a 2-9 record, but Mike London took over as Howard’s head coach in January. London was previously the associate head coach at Maryland. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s coach of the year in 2011 while at Virginia.

Linton’s Kip Fougerousse has verbally committed to play his college baseball at Indiana.

Fougerousse batted .438 with a .573 on-base percentage as a freshman for the Miners in 2017. He also had five doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs.

Fougerousse can play multiple positions, playing third base and the outfield last season. He also threw 41 innings as a pitcher with a 2.56 earned run average and 41 strikeouts.

Fougerousse is a multi-sport athlete, as well. He played for the Linton basketball team as a freshman.

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).