When Indiana University offered, Fishers High School senior-to-be receiver J-Shun Harris felt he had to listen.
Harris, who decommitted from Ball State after a weekend visit to IU, said Wednesday night he made a verbal commitment to IU.
“On my visit, I instantly felt like I was a part of their family when I met some of the players,” Harris said in a text response to The Indianapolis Star.
Harris said Ball State is a great school and he had a good relationship with the Cardinals’ coaches, but IU presents more opportunities “not only on the field but most importantly in the classroom with having one of the top business schools in the nation, which is what I need.”
The 5-8 Harris had accepted Ball State’s offer, his first, in early June. Harris caught 38 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns last season. Harris placed fifth in the 100 meters in 10.96 seconds at the state track and field meet on May 31.
Beech Grove’s Bougher gets honor
USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced Tuesday that 2013 Beech Grove High School graduate Haley
Bougher was awarded the $15,000 Marian Wood Baird Scholarship. Bougher played No. 1 singles for the Hornets last season.
The award is given to a high school senior who excels academically, demonstrates achievement in leadership and participates extensively in an organized community tennis program. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who was recognized by the USTA for more than 40 years of volunteer service.
Bougher has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics of Indiana and the Up and Down Wheelchair Tournament. She has served as a board member of United Way of Central Indiana and a School Community Council representative. She serves as an assistant instructor for the local National Junior Tennis and Learning network chapter.
Bougher will attend Butler University with a dual major in biology and chemistry.
Cathedral athletes commit
Cathedral High School senior-to-be Wesley Bernard made a verbal commitment to wrestle for Rutgers, which joins the Big Ten for the 2014-15 academic year. Bernard also considered offers from Indiana, North Dakota State and Maryland.
Bernard finished third in the heavyweight division in the state high school meet in February. He will compete in the junior division in the Asics Fargo Nationals in Fargo, N.D., which starts Monday. Last season he earned double All-American status in his last appearance in the Cadet Division. Bernard is ranked No. 1 in Indiana and No. 11 nationally in the heavyweight division by flowrestling.com.
Recent Cathedral graduate Mike Hammel committed to play baseball at Indiana State, Cathedral coach Rich Andriole said.
Hammel, a third baseman, hit .405 with 26 RBIs for the Irish (28-1), who reached the Class 4A state championship game before losing to Elkhart Central 1-0. Hammel was 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA as a pitcher.
Hammel’s teammate, senior-to-be Alex Boos, recently committed to play for Yale. Boos, a second baseman, hit. 432 with 30 RBIs last season.
Former Carmel DB Race Johnson, who graduated this spring, was excused from the Air Force Academy last week for medical reasons. Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in basic training after reporting June 27. Johnson may walk on at Purdue. Johnson intercepted a pass and blocked one punt last season. He also returned 13 punts for a 15.5-yard average. His younger brother Steele, a standout diver, committed to attend Purdue in 2014. … Brownsburg’s Chloe Dygart, who played on the girls basketball team as a sophomore last season, won the criterium in the junior women 15-16 division at the USA Cycling Amateur and Para Road Nationals at Madison, Wis., on Sunday … The Grange Insurance All-Star Classic football game is set for 7 p.m. on July 19 at North Central High School. … The Football University (FBU), a national, invitation-only training camp run by ex-NFL coaches and players, will held from Friday-Sunday at Noblesville High School. More than 200 of the region’s elite high school and youth players (sixth grade to junior) have been invited to participate.