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The Franklin College softball team is off to an undefeated start this season.
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Daniel Kuhn, a Shelbyville graduate, is continuing to make a name for himself at Indiana Unviversity. Above, Kuhn competes in a Big Ten track and field meet.
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By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

Daniel Kuhn, a Shelbyville graduate and Indiana University track and field star, is continuing to impress. He won his third straight Big Ten indoor title in the 600-meter run on Feb. 24.

The senior finished the race in 1:17.14. Senior Corbin Ellis of Wisconsin was second in 1:17.14.

Kuhn, who was originally planning to play baseball out of high school, is only getting better in his fourth season at IU.

Last season, Kuhn was a two-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week. He broke the Gladstein Fieldhouse record in the 600m dash with a time of 1:16.11 against Purdue, his first race of the season, and broke his own school record in the 800m run with a time of 1:47.03 at the Gladstein Invitational.

Kuhn was a member of the winning DMR team at the Alex Wilson Invitational, repeated as 600m Big Ten Champion with a blistering time of 1:15.23, the fifth fastest time ever run, and earned All-America honors in the 800m run with a sixth place finish and as a member of the fifth place DMR team.

He redshirted the outdoor season as a junior, according to IUAthletics.com.

Kuhn and the IU track team is preparing for the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas on Friday.

Hannah File

Hannah File, a Shelbyville graduate and James Madison University freshman, spent her weekend playing softball in Hawaii — not a bad life.

JMU is 14-2 this season and finished 5-0 in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament over the weekend.

In limited playing time, File has registered one hit, one walk and one stolen base this season.

Natalie Weber, Jaclyn Tackett

Shelbyville graduates Natalie Weber and Jaclyn are also enjoying warm weather. Weber and Tackett, both freshman, helped the Franklin College softball team remain undefeated in Florida recently.

In Clermont, after enjoying the sunshine, the Franklin College softball team was back on the diamond for two more games on Monday (March 5) morning, taking on Wartburg College and Mount Union University.

The Grizzlies remained perfect on the year, sweeping past both the Knights and Raiders in completely different fashions. In game one, the Grizzlies jumped all over Wartburg pitching early on their way to a 10-2 five-inning win. Game two saw Franklin use some late-game heroics to pull away from Mount Union, 5-3.

Franklin wasted no time getting the jump on the Knights, plating three runs in the first trip to the plate. Back-to-back doubles from Justice Carmichael and Alexis Tarver opened the scoring and later in the inning, Weber drove in two with a single to left field to make it 3-0.

For the second straight game, the Franklin offense got right to work, plating three runs in the top of the second inning.

Franklin’s starting pitcher rolled through the Raider lineup, allowing just three hits while keeping Mount Union scoreless through the first five innings. But her shutout bid was ended in the bottom of the sixth when Mount Union’s Allie Goldy launched a two-out, three-run home run that tied the game with an inning to play.

But the Franklin offense would pick their pitcher up in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded, Weber showed remarkable plate discipline to draw a walk and force home the go-ahead run. One batter later, Grace Paszek added to the lead with an RBI groundout.

The team also picked up two wins Tuesday to move to 8-0.

Weber, a catcher, is hitting .500 this season with nine hits, three doubles, one home run and nine RBIs. Tackett has scored one run this season in limited action.

Kay Brokering

Kay Brokering, a Shelbyville graduate, and the King University softball team finished the Young Harris College Tournament (March 4) with a pair of tough games against the host. The Mountain Lions took game one 10-2 before coming back with an 11-2 victory.

Brokering and Hannah Riddle each posted a double on the day, scoring one and driving in one each.

Brokering, a junior, is hitting .359 this season with two doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs.

Ethan Larrison

Ethan Larrison, a Shelbyville graduate, was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 26), the league announced. It marks the first weekly honor for Larrison in his career at Indiana State and the first MVC honor for the Sycamores this season. Larrison dominated out of the Sycamore bullpen over the last week as the Trees went 4-0 and improved to 5-2 on the season. Larrison carried a 1.12 ERA over eight innings, striking out nine batters and holding opponents to a .167 average against during the stretch.

The right-hander pitched the final three innings in Indiana State’s 4-2 win over UNLV last week before picking up a relief appearance win at Belmont. Larrison went three innings and allowed only two hits and one run while striking out five UNLV batters en route to the three-inning save. He went on to toss five innings at Belmont, allowing just two hits to the Bruins while striking out four for his first win of the season.

Jeff Cassidy

Jeff Cassidy, a Shelbyville graduate and Spalding University senior, finished inside the top-15 in shot put, placing 14th (11.31m), and took 21st (10.94m) in weight throw at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Feb. 18.

Hayden Veach

The Hanover track and field team tied its best finish ever at an indoor conference championship meet as the Panthers placed third out of the 10 league schools at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships (Feb. 17).

Hayden Veach, a Southwestern graduate and sophomore at the school, recorded a time of 4:28.18 in the mile, which was good enough for second place.

Annie Thomas

IU Southeast senior guard Annie Thomas, a Southwestern graduate, has been named a River States Conference All-Conference First Team selection, the league announced.

Thomas ranked No. 4 in the conference with 14.5 points per game during the regular season. She ranked No. 5 in NAIA Div. II with 95 total steals and led the conference with 3.3 steals per game. She also ranked third in the conference with 3.9 assists per game.

Thomas earned first-team honors during the 2015-16 season, as well.

Kiersten Lux

Kiersten Lux, a Waldron graduate, recently broke a school record at Mount. St. Joseph University.

In a meet at DePauw University in the middle of February, Lux was able to finish in 8th overall by throwing 12.85M (42 feet 2 inches), which topped the previous program record at the school. Lux is a sophomore at MSJU.

Abey Bass

Abey Bass, a Shelbyville graduate, is hitting .444 for the DePauw University softball team this season. Bass, a sophomore, has collected eight hits, one double, two stolen bases and five RBIs.

The team is 4-4 this season.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37. Feel free to submit any information regarding a former Shelby County athlete to kmills@shelbynews.com.