Lakota East guard Robbie Harpring (left), Lakota West guard Tyler Williams (middle) and East forward Alex White (right) chase a loose ball during a game in Liberty Township on Jan. 8, 2013. JOURNAL-NEWS FILE PHOTO

College Insider: East’s White among key players for D-II power Findlay

Alex White is playing a key role for one of the country’s best NCAA Division II men’s basketball teams this season.

The Lakota East High School graduate is a 6-foot-7 junior forward for the University of Findlay, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular-season champion.

The Oilers are 25-3 overall and 19-1 in the G-MAC. They will host the conference tournament Thursday through Saturday at Croy Gymnasium, with Findlay meeting No. 8 seed Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday at 6 p.m.

White has started every game for the Oilers, who were ranked 11th and 14th in two national polls last week.

He leads the team in rebounding with a 6.8 average and is also scoring 9.4 points per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 69.6 percent from the line. White has 28 blocked shots, 23 steals, 17 assists and nine 3-pointers.

Women’s indoor track & field: Senior Jacquelyn Crow (Lebanon) helped Furman finish third out of nine teams at last weekend’s Southern Conference Championships at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va.

Crow was part of a first-place finish in the distance medley relay (a facility-record 11:52.94) and a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 relay (3:55.49). She was seventh in the mile run (5:04.14).

Men’s swimming: John Carroll took first place in the team standings at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 15-17 in Akron.

Sophomore Alex Nucerino (Lakota East) finished sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.49), 10th in the 1,650 free (17:38.43) and 13th in the 500 free (5:00.19) for the Blue Streaks.

Hockey: Freshman defender Brendan Demler (Lebanon) has played in every game and sophomore defender Clay Han (Lakota East) has played in 19 games for Darthmouth, which is 13-14-2 overall and 11-10-1 in the ECAC.

Han has tallied one goal and two assists, while Demler has one assist.

The Big Green will begin ECAC tournament play this weekend with a home series against St. Lawrence.

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