Courtesy: ISU Athletics
Sycamore Branchetology Social Media Contest
Courtesy:ISU Athletics

Welcome back Sycamores! As everyone prepares for the 2013-2014 school year, you will probably be looking forward to having some pretty epic performances by ISU student athletes. As you prepare for your own, you can also decide the best moments in Indiana State’s history as well. Over the next three weeks we will be determining the greatest moments in ISU athletics, but you will be the ones to decide which one is the best. We will have one match up per day, until the final matchup before our home opener against Quincy, help us determine ISU’s greatest point in history so you can be a part of the history too!



1979 NCAA Runner Up Team

-        In 1979, the Larry Bird led Sycamores powered their way through a season that saw them in the NCAA national championship. Entering at 33-0 and #1 in the nation, the Sycamores became the first team in NCAA history to make the championship in their first ever appearance. They eventually lost the game to the Magic Johnson-led Michigan State Spartans.


Making MVC Tournament for 3 straight years

-        Indiana State volleyball got on a roll and made the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for three straight years during the 1999-2001 seasons.


1947 Wooden Coached Sycamores winning IIC (Declining postseason offer)

-        In 1947, head coach John Wooden led his first Indiana State basketball team to a championship in the Indiana Intercollegiate Conference title, but when they were invited to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball they declined. Wooden refused to play at the NAIB because of their policy that banned African-American players, the next year the rule was overturned.



Manaea getting drafted in the first round

-        Indiana State Junior Sean Manaea set the Indiana State single-season record in 2013 when he had an ERA of 1.47 in 2013. Manaea was a pivotal part in the Sycamores success and the MLB’s Kansas City Royals recognized that, making him a 1st round pick in the 2013 draft.


Bruce Baumgartner Olympian

-        Baumgartner is America’s most decorated Amateur Wrestler, winning four Olympic medals from 1984-1996, two of them gold. At ISU Baumgartner was the NCAA champion and completed an undefeated season at 44-0.


Sycamore Softball Team Setting Stolen Bases Records In 2013

-        The Indiana State softball team broke multiple school records during the 2013 season but one set them apart from everyone else. In 50 games the Sycamores stole 100 bases which shattered the ISU record of 64 and tied the Missouri Valley Conference record. Their 100 stolen bases also ranked them 8th in the NCAA in stolen bases per game. Junior Morgan Allee transferred to ISU from Iowa Central Community College, where she was a junior college star. When she arrived to Indiana State to play for the Sycamore Softball team, she picked up right where she left off. She set a school record for steals in a season at 36, finished one behind the MVC record, and was ninth overall in the NCAA in steals.


Soccer advancing to MVC Championship game twice

-        During the 2008 season, the women’s soccer team made history in the MVC tournament as they became the first #6 seed to ever advance to the championship game after defeating Drake and Illinois State before falling to Evansville in the title game. Four years later the Sycamores repeated history when they advanced to the championship game in 2012 as the #5 seed. ISU defeated Northern Iowa and Evansville before falling to Illinois State.


Football defeating #1 NDSU

-        The Sycamore football team was in the midst of an excellent start to their season at 4-2 during the 2013 season, when they traveled to North Dakota State to take on the defending national champions and #1 Nationally ranked Bison’s. North Dakota State was heavily favored, but received their only loss of the season at the hands of the Sycamores as Indiana State won 17-14.


Kurt Thomas Olympian

-        Thomas was a three time World Champion in Gymnastics, as well as an Olympian in 1976. In 1979, as a member of the Sycamores Thomas won the Nissen Award, which is considered the Heisman of men’s gymnastics.


Reece Reducia finishing 3rd at MVC's

-        2011 was a memorable year for Feducia as she became Indiana State’s highest finisher ever at Missouri Valley Conference Championships. She shot an 80 on the first day, but came back with a career low of 71 to get a two round total of 151, which was good for third overall.


Triple Crown

-        In the 2010-2011 seasons of ISU Cross Country and Track and Field, the Sycamores went from being a great team in the Missouri Valley Conference to one of the greatest. In cross country, the team won in dominating fashion by scoring 25 points to set one of the lowest winning scores in conference history. That spring the indoor track team won their first ever championship by winning the championship on the final event, the 4 x 400 relay, they went on to complete the triple crown (winning cross country, indoor and outdoor track) as they won the outdoor championship in the final event yet again.


Baseball advancing to the NCAA Regional

-        During the 2013 season the Sycamores compiled a record of 41-19, defeated Indiana, Notre Dame, Kansas, Nebraska, and won the MVC regular season championship. The Sycamores also earned their spot into the NCAA Regional, where they were eventually eliminated Austin Peay.


Men's hoops defeating Indiana in 2000 off a last second shot by Michael Menser

-        The game known as “Michael’s Miracle” was one of the all-time greats played in front of a standing room only crowd of 10,220 screaming fans at the Hulman Center in 2000. ISU trailed Indiana by 4 points with under 10 seconds to go before Menser hit a big three with 8.5 seconds left, then another with 0.5 seconds to seal the deal.


WNIT win over Eastern Michigan

-        The Sycamores won the MVC regular season title in 2005-056 on their way to a 27-6 season that included a big WNIT win over Eastern Michigan 79-57. The Sycamores ultimately ended their season in the second round in a very close game to the IU Hoosiers.


Kylie Hutson Four Consecutive NCAA Titles

-        From 2009-2010 pole vaulter Kylie Hutson held the title of the best collegiate pole vaulter in the country. Hutson won both the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles in 2009 and 2010 to make it four consecutive national titles to wrap up her Sycamore career.


Women's hoops beating #17 Vandy at home

-        The Sycamores started off their season at home during the 2007-08 season hosting the #17 ranked Vanderbilt. During that game freshmen Kelsey Luna proved pivotal, with a key three pointer in overtime and finally three free throws to put the game away with a 77-72 victory.


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