- Southwestern girls basketball player Kelsi Brierly was named the MVP of the Hoosier Elite North/South 2A Freshman All-Star game on Saturday, March 15 at Lebanon High School.

Brierly, who saw action on both the junior varsity and varsity Rebel squads this season, led the South squad in scoring with eight points including two 3-pointers.

The South team, coached by Switzerland County's Ashley Kitts, fell 59-43 to the North team. Covenant Christian's Rachel Mclimore was named MVP of the North squad.

- Former Madison standout Ryan Thurston had his best performance to date for Western Kentucky University's baseball team.

Thurston, a freshman pitcher for the Hilltoppers, gave up two hits and a run in three innings of work against Georgia over two weekends ago and picked up his first two collegiate strikeouts.

This past weekend, Thurston saw action in WKU's 6-5 win over Georgia State. He came in relief in the seventh inning with the Hilltoppers trailing 5-4 and runners on first and third with two outs and struck out the only batter he faced.

Thurston has now made five appearances on the season, pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, striking out three and has a 3.86 ERA.

Western Kentucky plays at Kentucky today and hosts Texas State next weekend in another conference series. You can follow the Toppers at www.wkusports.com.

- Hanover College's Matt Brooks has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week.

Brooks, a junior first baseman from Goodlettsville, Tenn., led the Panthers to a 2-1 record last week by going 7-of-12 (.583) at the plate. Brooks scored three runs with a double and two RBIs during the week.

- Madison scored a three-way win over Southwestern and South Ripley in junior high swimming on Wednesday.

The Bears scored 101 points while Southwestern had 72.5 and South Ripley 56.5.

Winners for Madison were: Beth Mahoney, 100 free, 1:06:52; Dillon Ray, 50 back, 32:89; Brandon Stewart, 50 breast, 37:74; and Adam Norris, Mahoney, Alexis Bivens and Ray, 200 free relay, 1:58:68.

Winners for Southwestern were: Kasey Worcester, 50 free, 27.99; and Talon Harmon, Caty Battjes, Worcester and Blaine Stewart, 200 medley relay, 2:27.81.

On Monday, Madison won a three-way meet with Charlestown and North Harrison. Winners were: Ray, Stewart, Mahoney and Norris, 200 medley relay, 2:14:76; Stewart, 100 IM, 1:15:70 and 50 breast, 38.31; Lydia Wright, 50 free, 31:95; and Norris, 100 free, 1:10:30.

On Monday, Southwestern competed against Scottsburg and won 89-51. Winners for the Rebels were: Samantha Suthard, Battjes, Worcester and Belle Crawford, 200 medley relay, 2:41.68; D.J. Aloma, 200 free, 3:18.71; Battjes, 100 IM, 1:21.03; Worcester, 50 free, 27.82 and 100 free, 1:03.26; Harmon, 50 back 38.93; and Brelyn Short, Aloma, Jacob Hall and McKenzie Morris, 200 free relay, 2:44.47.

On Tuesday, Madison defeated Switzerland County in a dual meet. Winners for the Bears were: Ray, Stewart, Mahoney and Alexis Bivens, 200 medley relay, 2:15:60; Ray, 200 free, 2:30:09 and 50 free, 29.41; Stewart, 100 IM, 1:15:66 and 50 fly, 32.59; Bivens, 100 free, 1:10:36; Mahoney, 50 back, 35:65; and Ray, Mahoney, Bivens and Norris, 200 free relay, 2:02:32.

On Thursday, Southwestern won a tri-meet over South Ripley and Switzerland County. The Rebels scored 114 points, South Ripley had 60 and Switzerland 44.

Winners for the Rebels were: Harmon, Battjes, Worcester and Stewart, 200 medley relay, 2:26.41; Worcester, 50 free, 28.28 and 50 breast, 38.84; and Harley Middleton, Lakyn Wilson, Suthard and Harmon, 200 free relay, 2:38.09.

- The Madison Parks Department's Women's Summer Softball League will have an organizational meeting on Thursday.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Broadway Tavern on the patio. 2014 season rules and deadlines will be discussed and anyone interested in entering a team should have a representative present.

Team entry fee is $400. Any individuals looking for a team to play on may also attend the meeting. For more information contact Scott at 812-265-8308 or 812-493-9840.

- The Madison Parks Department's Men's Summer Softball League will hold its organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 25.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Broadway Tavern on the patio. Items discussed will be the 2014 season's rules and deadlines.

Anyone interested in entering a team or any individual looking for a team should attend the meeting. Team entry fee is $600.

For more information contact Scott at 812-265-8308 or 812-493-9840.

- Carroll Couny High School will hold its basketball banquet on Wednesday, March 26.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow.

- The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter will hold its third annual 5K Spring Sprint Walk/Run on April 5.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. Early registration costs $20 if postmarked by March 15 but is $25 after. Funds collected will go towards the construction of a new shelter building.

An 18-mile bike ride hosted by the Madison Area Bicycle Club will also be held.

Registrations forms are available on our Facebook page or at the shelter.

Checks are payable to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter Building Fund.

This year the walk/run will allow leashed dogs to join the walkers and runners. Dogs must be current on rabies vaccinations and know how to behave around others.

Registration forms are available at the shelter or on the Madison Animal Shelter Facebook page. Forms and payment can be taken to the shelter or mailed to 2727 Hannah Drive, Madison, IN 47250.