INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Cowan 79 Sheridan 73
Fort Wayne Canterbury 73 Lakewood Park 34
Gary 21st Century 74 Chicago Brooks (Ill.) 48
Gary West 63 Victory Christian 59
Greencastle 61 Owen Valley 28
Illiana Christian 69 Lake Station 36
Kouts 69 Rensselaer Central 54
Lakeland Christian 51 Smith Academy 17
Marquette Catholic 56 Hammond Science & Tech 36
Milan 71 Jac-Cen-Del 68 OT
Mooresville Christian 51 Heartland Christian 33
Randolph Southern 70 Anderson Prep 59
River Forest 56 Lowell 53
Scottsburg 71 Southwestern (Hanover) 48
Shawe Memorial 76 Trimble County (Ky.) 72 OT
South Central (Union Mills) 67 Culver 61
Southern Wells 72 Clinton Central 56
Wes-Del 56 Muncie Burris 50
West Vigo 77 North Central (Farmersburg) 42

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Andrean at Munster 8:00 pm
Argos at North Judson 7:30 pm
Avon at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at New Albany 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Speedway 7:30 pm
Blackford at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Hebron 8:00 pm
Borden at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Bremen at John Glenn 7:30 pm
Brownsburg at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm
Brownstown Central at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
Calumet at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Cannelton at Foundation Christian (Ky.) 7:00 pm
Carmel at Warren Central 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Taylor 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Homestead 7:30 pm
Cascade at Western Boone 7:30 pm
Caston at LaVille 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Salem 7:30 pm
Christian Academy Madison at Pleasant View Christian 7:00 pm
Clinton Prairie at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Columbia City at Northridge 7:45 pm
Columbus North at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
Cowan at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Danville at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Garrett 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Brown County 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Mississinewa 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Eastside at Angola 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Penn 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Evansville Central at Bloomington South 8:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Vincennes Lincoln 8:00 pm
Evansville North at Castle 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Fishers at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Princeton 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:30 pm
Fountain Central at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Franklin at Plainfield 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Westfield 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Connersville 7:30 pm
Frankton at Alexandria 7:30 pm
Fremont at Central Noble 7:30 pm
Frontier at Attica 7:30 pm
Gary West at Lighthouse CPA 8:00 pm
Greenwood Christian at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Griffith at North Newton 8:00 pm
Hammond Noll at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Hanover Central at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Henryville at West Washington 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Tell City 8:00 pm
Highland at Hobart 8:00 pm
Huntington North at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Anderson Prep 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Jasper at Pike Central 7:30 pm
Jay County at Norwell 7:45 pm
Jeffersonville at Evansville Reitz 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Lake Central at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park at Clinton Christian 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Crawford County 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Portage 8:00 pm
Liberty Christian at Waldron 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
Logansport at North Miami 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Manchester 7:45 pm
Madison at Columbus East 7:30 pm
Madison-Grant at Lapel 7:30 pm
Marion at Harrison (West Lafayette) 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Medora at Martinsville Tabernacle 6:00 pm
Merrillville at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Milan at Hauser 7:30 pm
Mitchell at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Tecumseh 8:30 pm
Muncie Central at McCutcheon 8:00 pm
New Haven at Heritage 7:30 pm
New Palestine at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
New Prairie at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Providence 7:30 pm
North Knox at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
North Montgomery at Tri-West 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Winchester 7:30 pm
Northview at Clay City 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Elwood 7:30 pm
Owen Valley at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Seeger 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Paoli 8:00 pm
Pike at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Morristown 7:30 pm
Richmond at Lafayette Jeff 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at South Ripley 7:30 pm
Rochester at Peru 7:45 pm
Shelbyville at Delta 8:00 pm
Shoals at Orleans 7:30 pm
Silver Creek at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at South Bend Riley 7:00 pm
South Bend Career at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at New Washington 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Batesville 7:30 pm
South Knox at Washington 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Southridge 8:00 pm
South Vermillion at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Southmont at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Southport at Terre Haute South 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Austin 7:30 pm
Southwood at Northfield 7:45 pm
Sullivan at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Lebanon 8:00 pm
Traders Point Christian at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Tri at Centerville 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Bethany Christian 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at Demotte Christian 8:00 pm
Union County at Union City 7:30 pm
Valparaiso at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Wabash at Whitko 7:45 pm
Wapahani at Daleville 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Blue River 7:30 pm
West Central at North White 7:30 pm
West Noble at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Westview at Goshen 7:30 pm
Westville at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Wheeler at Knox 8:00 pm
White River Valley at North Daviess 7:30 pm
Whiting at Washington Twp. 8:00 pm
Winamac at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm


Greater Indianapolis Conference playoffs
Central Christian at Eminence 6:00 pm 11th
Indiana Math & Science at Indianapolis Riverside 7:30 pm 9th
Victory College Prep at Indianapolis Metropolitan 7:30 pm 7th
Irvington Prep at Christel House 7:30 pm 5th
Indianapolis Tindley at Indianapolis Washington 6:00 pm 3rd
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indianapolis Attucks 7:30 pm 1st


Hoosier Conference playoffs
Northwestern at West Lafayette 7:30 pm 7th
Western at Benton Central 7:30 pm 5th
Hamilton Heights at Twin Lakes 8:00 pm 3rd
Tipton at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm 1st

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

NORTH

CLASS 4A AT LAPORTE

10 AM CT | G1: HOMESTEAD (23-4) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (24-4)

12 PM CT | G2: NOBLESVILLE (17-8) VS. VALPARAISO (19-7)

7:30 PM CT | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT HUNTINGTON NORTH

10 AM ET | G1: HAMILTON HEIGHTS (24-2) VS. NORWELL (21-4)

12 PM ET | G2: BREMEN (15-11) VS. NORTHWOOD (20-6)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT LOGANSPORT

10 AM ET | G1: FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (17-6) VS. LAPEL (23-4)

12 PM ET | G2: ANDREAN (13-14) VS. LEWIS CASS (22-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT FRANKFORT

10 AM ET | G1: UNION CITY (14-12) VS. CLINTON CENTRAL (24-1)

12 PM ET | G2: CASTON (22-3) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (22-4)

7:30 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

SOUTH

CLASS 4A AT SOUTHPORT

10 AM ET | G1: LAWRENCE CENTRAL (27-1) VS. PLAINFIELD (18-7)

12 PM ET | G2: CENTER GROVE (26-1) VS. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (24-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT JASPER

10 AM ET | G1: INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (19-8) VS. DANVILLE (23-3)

12 PM ET | G2: SCOTTSBURG (22-4) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (23-4)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT SHELBYVILLE

10 AM ET | G1: BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (18-9) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (20-6)

12 PM ET | G2: EASTERN HANCOCK (24-1) VS. SHERIDAN (20-5)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT NEW ALBANY

10 AM ET | G1: JAC-CEN-DEL (21-5) VS. LANESVILLE (26-1)

12 PM ET | G2: NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (18-10) VS. WOOD MEMORIAL (16-10)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

INDIANA WRESTLING STATE FINALS INFORMATION

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Site: Ford Center, 1 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN  Website 

>> Evansville Welcome Website 
>> Know Before You Go 
>> Parking & Directions 
>> Bag & Security Policies 
>> Explore Evansville News Release (2/1/24) 
>> Evansville Announcement (3/31/23) 

Admission: $15 per session; $30 all sessions. Reserved seating only (no general admission). Tickets for general public go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 am ET / 10 CT. Tickets will be digital only through your mobile phone and may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com (service fees apply). Show your ticket purchase verification on your mobile phone at the admission gate.

Streaming: All matches on Friday and Saturday, including Saturday night’s championship round, may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee of $15 via IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV).  If you have a FloPro+ plan, you may also view the livestream at FloWrestling.com through the consolation rounds. 

Photography: Double Edge Media is the Official Photography Service of the IHSAA and posts state championship images for purchase. Website 

Sports Medicine: Athletic trainers from Forté Sports Medicine, the Official Sports Medicine Provider to the IHSAA, will be on hand to assist student-athletes as needed. Website 

Apparel: Contact Team IP, our official online provider of state tournament apparel. Website 

Brackets are available via FloWrestling.com 

106 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

113 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

120 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

126 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

132 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

138 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

144 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

150 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

157 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

165 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

175 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

190 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

215 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

285 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

Approved Broadcasts | Watch on IHSAAtv.org | FloWrestling Subscribers 

SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024
Session 1
12:30 pm CT – Gates open
1:30 pm CT – Parade of Champions
2 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 152 – 285 
5:30 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 106 – 144

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
Session 2
8 am CT – Gates open
9 am CT – Quarterfinals begin with Semifinals to follow
Fieldhouse cleared of all spectators following Semifinals
1 pm – 6 pm CT – Fan Festival outside of Ford Center
Session 3 
3:30 pm CT – Gates open
4:30 pm CT – Consolation matches 
7:30 pm CT – State Championship matches

INDIANA BOYS SWIMMING SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Dates
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 (Swimming Preliminaries).
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 (Diving, Consolations & Finals in Swimming events).

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $7 per session; $12 both sessions. Children age 5 or younger admitted free.

Advancement
Swimming
1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state finals plus
2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event in the consolation finals or championship finals of the sectional qualifies for the state finals. The state standard may not be achieved by a swimmer who is competing as the first leg of a relay.
3. The next fastest number of contestants in the state that would bring the total number of state meet entrants to thirty-two (32) in each event. In the event that a tie exists for the 32nd position, the tie shall stand and both swimmers shall advance to the state championships.

Diving
1. First through fourth place sectional winners will qualify for the diving regional.
2. First through eighth place regional winners will qualify for the state finals.

1. Lake Central (16) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton, West Central.

2. Valparaiso (14) | Thurs, 6 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson-San Pierre, Portage, Valparaiso, Wheeler

3. Penn (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bremen, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, Trinty School at Greenlawn

4. Warsaw (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Cass, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Logansport, Manchester, Northfield, Pioneer, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash, Warsaw Community

5. Elkhart (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets   
Angola, Concord, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee

6. Fort Wayne South Side (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Homestead

7. Jay County (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Huntington North, Jay County, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Norwell, South Adams

8. Fishers (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Anderson, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Mississinewa, Marion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown

9. Carmel (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Carmel, Eastern (Greentown), Guerin Catholic, Kokomo, Maconaquah, Noblesville, Northwestern, Tipton, Western, Westfield

10. Crawfordsville (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Attica, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, Delphi Community, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Twin Lakes, Western Boone

11. Plainfield (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Avon, Cascade, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo

12. Lafayette Jefferson (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lebanon, McCutcheon, West Lafayette, Zionsville

13. Decatur Central (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Brownsburg, Decatur Central, Herron, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, Park Tudor, Pike, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks

14. Lawrence North (13) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, University, Roncalli, Warren Central

15. New Palestine (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Seton Catholic, Shelbyville

16. Franklin Community (9) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Center Grove, Franklin Community, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Martinsville, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Southport, Whiteland Community

17. Columbus North (14) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Batesville, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Edgewood, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley

18. Floyd Central (15) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 8:15 am, 11 am ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Charlestown, Floyd Central, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Albany, Providence, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Shawe Memorial, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County

19. Jasper (15) | Thurs, 6:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 2 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Corydon Central, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Lanesville, Northeast Dubois, North Harrison, Pike Central, South Spencer, Southridge, Tecumseh, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln

20. Evansville North (13) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#2 PURDUE 84 MINNESOTA 76

#24 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 80 TEMPLE 68

#18 ST. MARY’S 103 PEPPERDINE 59

ELSEWHERE:

RUTGERS 63 NORTHWESTERN 60

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 59  #16 NOTRE DAME 43

#19 SYRACUSE 71 MIAMI FLORIDA 60

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 66 TENNESSEE 55

#18 LOUISVILLE 69 BOSTON COLLEGE 67

#17 GONZAGA 96 ST. MARY’S 68

#12 VIRGINIA TECH 61 DUKE 56

#4 IOWA 106 MICHIGAN 89

ELSEWHERE:

MISSOURI STATE 59 INDIANA STATE 51

ILLINOIS 86 PENN STATE 71

SOUTHERN INDIANA 73 TENNESSEE MARTIN 67

EVANSVILLE 93 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 89 OT

VALPARAISO 68 BRADLEY 50

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 75 MILWAUKEE 55

NBA SCOREBOARD

MEMPHIS 113 MILWAUKEE 110

GOLDEN STATE 140 UTAH 137

MINNESOTA 128 PORTLAND 91

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 6 COLORADO 3

TORONTO 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 OT

NY RANGERS 7 MONTRÉAL 4

LOS ANGELES 2 NEW JERSEY 1

SEATTLE 4 BOSTON 1

ANAHEIM 5 OTTAWA 1

FLORIDA 4 BUFFALO 0

ST. LOUIS 6 EDMONTON 3

DALLAS 9 NASHVILLE 2

PITTSBURGH 4 CHICAGO 1

SAN JOSE 6 CALGARY 3

VANCOUVER 4 DETROIT 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

SHOOTING AFTER CHIEFS SUPER BOWL PARADE SEEMED TO STEM FROM DISPUTE AMONG SEVERAL PEOPLE, POLICE SAY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mass shooting that unfolded amid throngs of people at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration appeared to stem from a dispute between several people, authorities said Thursday.

Police Chief Stacey Graves said that the 22 people injured in the shooting ranged between the ages of 8 and 47 years old, half of whom were under the age of 16. A mother of two was also killed.

Three people were detained — including two juveniles — but no charges have been filed yet, Graves said. Police are calling for witnesses, people with cellphone footage and victims of the violence to call a dedicated hotline.

“We are working to determine the involvement of others. And it should be noted we have recovered several firearms. This incident is still a very active investigation,” Graves said at a news conference.

The shooting outside Union Station occurred despite the presence of more than 800 police officers who were in the building and area, including on top of nearby structures, said Mayor Quinton Lucas, who attended with his wife and mother and ran for safety when the shots rang out. But he doesn’t expect to cancel the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“We have parades all the time. I don’t think they’ll end. Certainly we recognized the public safety challenges and issues that relate to them,” Lucas said.

Throngs had lined the parade route before the shooting, with fans climbing trees and street poles or standing on rooftops for a better view. Players rolled through the crowd on double-decker buses, as DJs and drummers heralded their arrival.

The police chief said 1 million people likely attended the parade, which occurred in a city with a population of about 470,000 people and a metropolitan area of about 2 million, but stressed that the violence was wrought by just a handful of people.

“The law enforcement response was exemplary. Those in attendance also responded,” Graves added. “They helped one another and even physically stop a person who was believed to be involved in the incident.”

Meanwhile, police are still asking witnesses to come forward. Many described a sense of confusion that rippled through the crowd.

The rally had just ended and music was still blaring when the shots erupted. Many people initially thought they were hearing fireworks. But then chaos ensued. Some in the crowd hit the ground while others leapt over barriers and sprinted from the scene, some carrying children in their arms.

The crowd was so massive that normalcy returned quickly, with some fans unsure what had happened. But then ambulances arrived and officers rushed in with guns drawn. Some of the less seriously injured were driven away on golf carts.

The stunned crowd — some in tears — slowly gathered their belongings, trying to figure out how to get home. Strangers comforted each other as police put up crime scene tape in an area where moments early it had been a joyous celebration.

Hank Hunter, a sophomore at a Kansas high school, said he heard shots in the distance while watching the rally with a friend. Initially, they didn’t know what it was, but then “like a chain reaction” people started hitting the ground.

They ran to jump over a barricade and his friend slammed his head into the concrete, Hunter said. A security guard ushered his friend into Union Station, which was closed to the general public, as the players and coaches prepared to leave on buses. There, coach Andy Reid consoled his friend and “just tried to comfort him and calm him down.”

Social media users posted shocking video of police running through Wednesday’s crowded scene. One video showed someone apparently performing chest compressions on a victim as another person, seemingly writhing in pain, lay on the ground nearby. People screamed in the background.

Another video showed two people chase and tackle a person, holding them down until two police officers arrived. In an interview Thursday with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Trey Filter of Wichita, Kansas, said he saw someone being chased and took action.

“I couldn’t see much. I heard, ‘Get ‘em!’ I saw a flash next to me. And I remember I jumped and remember thinking, ‘I hope this is the fool they were talking about,’” he said. “They started yelling that, ‘There’s a gun! There’s a gun!’”

Filter said he and another man kept the person pinned down until officers arrived. “I remember the officers pulling my feet off of him and at that point I was just looking for my wife and kids,” he said.

It was not immediately clear if the person he held down was involved in the shooting, but Filter’s wife, Casey, saw a gun nearby and picked it up.

The woman killed in the shooting was identified by radio station KKFI-FM as Lisa Lopez-Galvan, host of “Taste of Tejano.”

Lopez-Galvan, whose DJ name was “Lisa G,” was an extrovert and devoted mother from a prominent Latino family in the area, said Rosa Izurieta and Martha Ramirez, two childhood friends who worked with her at a staffing company.

“She’s the type of person who would jump in front of a bullet for anybody — that would be Lisa,” Izurieta said.

Kansas City has long struggled with gun violence, and in 2020 it was among nine cities targeted by the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to crack down on violent crime. In 2023, the city matched a record with 182 homicides, most of which involved guns.

Lucas has joined with mayors across the country in calling for new laws to reduce gun violence, including mandating universal background checks.

“We did everything to make this event as safe as possible,” Lucas, a Democrat, said in an interview on KMBC-TV Thursday. “But as long as we have fools who will commit these types of acts, as long as we have their access to firearms with this level of capacity, then we may see incidents like this one.”

University Health spokesperson Leslie Carto said two of the eight gunshot victims brought to the hospital are still in critical condition. One is in stable condition. The other five have been discharged. The hospital also treated four people from the rally who had nongunshot injuries. Three of those patients were discharged, Carto said.

Stephanie Meyer, chief nursing officer for Children’s Mercy Kansas City, said it was treating 12 patients from the rally, including 11 children between the ages of 6 and 15, nine of whom suffered gunshot wounds. All were expected to recover, she said.

When asked about the condition of the children, Meyer responded: “Fear. The one word I would use to describe what we saw and how they came to us was fear.”

St. Luke’s Hospital spokesperson Emily Hohenberg said one gunshot victim at the hospital remains in critical condition. Four people who suffered injuries while fleeing the aftermath of the shooting were treated and released.

HOF SELECTION STEVE MCMICHAEL HOSPITALIZED

Steve McMichael, recently selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2024 class of inductees, has been hospitalized with suspected pneumonia, his longtime publicist announced Thursday.

McMichael, 66, was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as “Mongo,” appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

REPORT: 49ERS LB DRE GREENLAW HAS ACHILLES SURGERY

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw had successful surgery Thursday to repair his torn Achilles, NFL Network reported.

Greenlaw was injured when he began to run on to the field following a punt during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII last Sunday in Las Vegas. The standout defender suffered a full tear and could miss the start of the 2024 season.

He had three tackles in the 49ers’ 25-22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greenlaw, who turns 27 in May, was a fifth-round pick by San Francisco in 2019. He collected 120 tackles along with four passes defended, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits this past season (15 games), and he had two interceptions during the team’s three postseason games.

NBA NEWS

ALL-STAR WEEKEND ARRIVES IN INDIANAPOLIS, A 1ST-TIME EVENT FOR SOME, A 21ST-TIME EVENT FOR LEBRON

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Welcome back, LeBron James. Welcome for the first time, Paolo Banchero, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Brunson and Tyrese Maxey.

All-Star weekend in Indianapolis is here, with some familiar names, some new faces, a nod to nostalgia and a bit of unwinding for everyone before the stretch run of the season. Most of the 54 players who will be part of the weekend’s on-court festivities — and quite a few more are coming as well — began arriving on Thursday.

For James, it’s his 21st All-Star weekend in his 21 NBA seasons. He didn’t make the All-Star Game as a rookie; he made the weekend as part of the rookie game. He’s made every All-Star Game since, now the first player to be picked for the showcase in 20 different seasons. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a 19-time selection.

“I’m humbled and very blessed, obviously,” James said. “I don’t take it for granted, being an All-Star. The fact that I still get to represent this franchise, one, my family — which is most important, my family name on the back of the jersey, that’s very important to me when it comes to acknowledgement and accolades and things of that nature — and also the fans, who’ve been down with me for the last two decades-plus.”

There is something for everyone. There are all the traditional NBA on-court events — the Rising Stars and celebrity games on Friday; the dunk contest, 3-point shootout and skills competition on Saturday; then the All-Star Game itself on Sunday. Added to the slate for Saturday: a 3-point contest between NBA shooting king Stephen Curry and WNBA 3-point contest record-holder Sabrina Ionescu.

There’s a game between a pair of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as the NBA continues to give HBCU institutions part of the All-Star spotlight. This year, the game is Virginia Union against Winston-Salem State on Saturday afternoon. This weekend, a glass LED court is set to be part of the show on Friday and Saturday. There’s even a fan event called NBA Crossover, set up in a 350,000-square-foot space where ticketholders can try virtual reality headsets, test out the latest offerings from Jordan Brand, play with an airless basketball, even get a haircut while playing video games. And there’s a brunch honoring icons of the game on Sunday, an event that’s almost as tough a ticket to get as the game itself.

“Honestly, it’s just amazing to be an All-Star,” Banchero said. The Orlando forward was at All-Star weekend last year for rookie and skills events — this year, he’s got events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, having made the big game for the first time.

Banchero is one of four first-time All-Stars, joining New York’s Brunson, Philadelphia’s Maxey and Toronto’s Barnes. Plenty of other players are part of the weekend for the first time; that’s what events like the Rising Stars games are about, to give the league’s top promising players a chance to get a feel for the big stage.

“I’m excited to get there, excited to let it all sink in,” said San Antonio’s Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft who has the Rising Stars games and the skills competition on his on-court calendar this weekend.

Above all else, it’s a weekend for the fans. The All-Stars who’ll play Sunday combined to get more than 60 million votes from fans around the world. The game will be shown in more than 210 countries and territories, broadcast in 60 languages, and fans from at least 34 different nations have bought tickets to come to Indianapolis this weekend.

They probably don’t care who wins. They just want to see a show.

“I try to do it for them,” James said. “They’ve been along this journey for so long. It’s pretty cool to still be able to do it and do it at this level.”

STEWART ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING SUNS’ EUBANKS PREGAME

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart was arrested for assault after punching Phoenix Suns big man Drew Eubanks prior to Wednesday’s matchup between the two teams, Phoenix police confirmed to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The NBA is expected to receive footage and review the incident, a source told Charania.

Police said that security had to separate both players.

“Stewart was arrested for assault and issued a citation and released. The investigation remains active,” police Sgt. Phil Krynsky said in a statement.

The reason behind the dispute is still unknown.

“The attack on Drew Eubanks was unprovoked, and acts of violence such as this are unacceptable,” a Phoenix Suns spokesperson said. “We unequivocally support Drew and will continue to work with local law enforcement and the NBA.”

Eubanks remained available for Wednesday’s game against Detroit. Stewart had already been ruled out with a sprained ankle that’s sidelined him for eight consecutive contests, including Wednesday.

NBA ROUNDUP: KLAY THOMPSON COMES OFF BENCH TO FUEL WIN

Klay Thompson responded to not being in the starting lineup by scoring a season-high 35 points and the Golden State Warriors survived a late rally to earn a 140-137 win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

Thompson thrived as a backup after making 727 consecutive regular-season starts, dating back to March 2012 when he was a rookie. He scored 10 points in a key stretch of the first quarter, shot 13 of 22 from the floor and hit seven 3-pointers to send the Warriors into the All-Star break on a winning note.

The Warriors had two key milestones in the win, their sixth in seven outings. Steve Kerr picked up his 500th victory as a head coach and Thompson became the sixth player in Warriors history to surpass 15,000 points.

Draymond Green scored a season-high 23 and Andrew Wiggins added 19 points for the Warriors. Collin Sexton logged 35 points and nine assists while rookie Keyonte George contributed a season-high 33 points with six assists as Utah dropped its fourth game in a row.

Grizzlies 113, Bucks 110

Ziaire Williams and rookie GG Jackson scored 27 points apiece as short-handed Memphis withstood a late rally by visiting Milwaukee.

Memphis held on for the victory after Damian Lillard missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. The Grizzlies won their second game in a row following a nine-game skid. Williams set a career high with his point total, while Jackson matched his career high.

Memphis had 10 players out due to injuries and only seven Grizzlies scored. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 35 points and 12 assists, and Lillard added 24 points.

Timberwolves 128, Trail Blazers 91

Anthony Edwards scored 34 points to finish a two-game scoring spree against Portland as visiting Minnesota rolled to victory.

Edwards scored 41 points on Tuesday in Portland as Minnesota won 121-109 in the opener of the two-game set. On Thursday, he made 12 of 21 shots and had seven assists and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who won the final four contests of a five-game road trip.

Jerami Grant scored 20 points and Scoot Henderson added 15 points for the Trail Blazers, who trailed by as many as 38 while losing their sixth consecutive game.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 2 PURDUE RALLIES PAST MINNESOTA

On a night when both teams blew double-figure leads, No. 2 Purdue rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit Thursday night to stop Minnesota 84-76 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Zach Edey led the Boilermakers (23-2, 12-2 Big Ten) with 24 points and 15 rebounds despite playing just 29 minutes due to foul trouble. Braden Smith added 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, while Mason Gillis came off the bench for 14 points for Purdue, which won its ninth game in a row.

Purdue’s Lance Jones contributed 12 points.

Dawson Garcia paced the Golden Gophers (15-9, 6-7) with 24 points, while Mike Mitchell Jr. added 14 and Cam Christie finished with 13 points. Minnesota, which took its second consecutive loss, hit 9 of 16 3-point attempts in the first half but cooled off after the break, making just 3 of 9.

No. 18 Saint Mary’s 103, Pepperdine 59

Augustas Marciulionis scored a career-high 28 points and the Gaels won their 13th straight game, defeating the Waves in Moraga, Calif.

Alex Ducas contributed 18 points and Aidan Mahaney finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for Saint Mary’s (21-6, 12-0 West Coast Conference), which returned to the AP Top 25 this week after falling out in the second week of the season.

Jevon Porter scored 13 points, Michael Ajayi added 11 points and Houston Mallette had 10 for Pepperdine (10-17, 3-9), which has dropped seven of eight.

No. 24 Florida Atlantic 80, Temple 68

Johnell Davis had 17 points and six assists and Alijah Martin added 16 points and seven rebounds as Florida Atlantic thwarted an upset bid from Temple in Boca Raton, Fla.

Brandon Weatherspoon also scored 16 points while Vladislav Golden and Nick Boyd each scored 12 as Florida Atlantic (20-5, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) won for the ninth time in 10 games and improved to 10-1 at home.

Jordan Riley had 19 points and six rebounds and Sam Hofman added 12 points as Temple (8-17, 1-11) lost its 10th straight game.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CAITLIN CLARK SHATTERS SCORING MARK IN NO. 4 IOWA’S VICTORY

Caitlin Clark etched her name into the history books Thursday night, scoring a school-record 49 points and setting the all-time NCAA Division I career scoring record for women’s college basketball as No. 4 Iowa beat Michigan 106-89 in Iowa City.

Clark wasted no time at all in her pursuit of the record. She entered the game with 3,520 points, just eight points shy of passing the mark set by former Washington guard Kelsey Plum. Clark scored Iowa’s first eight points. She began the game sinking a layup, then swished a 3-pointer.

And then, at the 7:48 mark in the first quarter, Clark crossed halfcourt with a defender on her and pulled up several feet from the 3-point line on the left wing, nearly at the midcourt Hawkeye logo, and fired. The shot sank and Clark took sole possession of the record.

“It’s pretty unreal. This crowd is unreal. I’m just really grateful honestly,” Clark said after the win. “I’m filled with a lot of gratitude. It’s so special. These fans deserve it. They’ve supported me since I stepped on campus.”

About 30 seconds later, Iowa called a timeout and Clark was mobbed by her teammates with hugs and laughs. She cracked a smile too, and Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder kissed her on the cheek and gave her a lasting hug.

When the game resumed, Clark kept scoring, pouring in 23 points in the first quarter.

In a halftime interview with Peacock — the NBC streaming service carrying the game — Clark acknowledged her accomplishment but kept the focus on what her team needed to do to win. Iowa was up 53-41 at the half.

“It’s cool to be in the same realm of a lot of really good players. I’m lucky to do it because I have really good teammates, really good coaches, and a great support system that surrounds me,” Clark said. “But we need to play better defense.”

For the most part, Iowa (23-3, 12-2 Big Ten) did. The Hawkeyes held Michigan (16-10, 7-7) to 15.8-percent shooting from 3-point land (3-for-19) for the game and forced the Wolverines into 14 turnovers.

Michigan never led after the first quarter, while Iowa went ahead by as many as 24 points.

The Wolverines were paced by 16 points and five rebounds from Jordan Hobbs.

Clark also had 13 assists for Iowa, while Kate Martin scored 20 points Hannah Stuelke added 13.

“I’m so happy for Caitlin. When you do it, you do it well, girl,” Bluder said. “She picked a great night to do it. … What she’s done to uplift our program and women’s basketball nationally is spectacular. This record is going to stand for a long time and I’m just glad she’s wearing black-and-gold.”

It was the 126th career game for Clark, a 22-year-old senior from West Des Moines, Iowa. Clark reached and broke the scoring record in 13 more games than Plum played in for Washington from 2013-17. The 49 points broke the Iowa women’s record of 48 set by Megan Gustafson against Minnesota in 2018.

The reigning national consensus player of the year in women’s college basketball, Clark entered Thursday night averaging a nation-leading 32.1 points per game. She could become the first repeat winner of the AP Player of the Year since UConn’s Breanna Stewart won three in a row from 2014-16.

“Never stop dreaming, because you can achieve way more than you ever thought,” Clark said. “I get to live that every single day.”

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 6 NC STATE FLATTENS NO. 16 NOTRE DAME

River Baldwin paired 14 points with 10 rebounds as the No. 6 North Carolina State Wolfpack secured their sixth win over a ranked opponent this season by stifling the No. 16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 59-43 in South Bend, Ind.

N.C. State (22-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Notre Dame, which entered Thursday leading the conference in scoring (83 points per game) and field-goal percentage (46.5), to its lowest totals in both categories.

The Fighting Irish (18-6, 8-5) shot 26.9 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from 3-point range. Freshman guard Hannah Hidalgo (25.1 points per game, third in Division I) struggled to a season-low 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting for Notre Dame.

Madison Hayes powered the Wolfpack with 16 points, while Aziaha James had 11 and Saniya Rivers added 10 to go along with her 10 rebounds. N.C. State used a 14-0 run to lead 19-7 after the first quarter and never trailed. Maddy Westbeld paced the Fighting Irish with 14 points and Sonia Citron tacked on 13.

No. 19 Syracuse 71, Miami (FL) 60

Georgia Woolley finished with a season-high 24 points as the Orange held off the Hurricanes’ late surge in Coral Gables, Fla.

Woolley made 10-of-19 shots from the floor and snagged three steals for Syracuse (21-4, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) in its fourth straight win. She and Dyaisha Fair drilled consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to seal the win after Miami (16-8, 6-7) had whittled its 17-point deficit entering the fourth quarter down to five with 2:53 to play.

Fair had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Orange, who made six 3-pointers compared with the Hurricanes’ four.

Shayeann Day-Wilson’s 11 points paced Miami, who fell to 13-2 this season at home. Latasha Lattimore added 10 points off the bench, while Ja’Leah Williams, Kyla Oldacre and Jaida Patrick hit for nine points apiece.

The Hurricanes committed 15 turnovers, which Syracuse flipped into 12 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn, Iowa, Louisville and Tennessee will take part in the inaugural Women’s Champions Classic on Dec. 7.

The doubleheader will be played at Barclays Center and shown in primetime on Fox. The matchups haven’t been set yet.

“The Women’s Champions Classic is the next step in Fox Sports’ longstanding commitment to elevating women’s athletics, and we are eager to showcase these student-athletes at the highest level – in primetime on the Fox broadcast network,” said Executive Vice President of Fox Sports Jordan Bazant, “Alongside our partners at HS&E, the exceptional participating schools and their conferences, we could not be more excited to bring the Women’s Champions Classic to college hoops fans around the nation.”

The annual event will feature UConn and include a rotation of other top teams in the country.

“We’re very excited to have the Women’s Champions Classic on our schedule for the foreseeable future,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There’s never been a higher level of interest in women’s basketball. The Champions Classic will give fans exciting, marquee matchups early in the season.”

There’s been a men’s version of the tournament since 2011 that tips off the season and features Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas while rotating venues every year. It hasn’t been decided where the event will take place after this year’s inaugural one.

“Interest in women’s sports continues to experience exponential growth and basketball is leading the way with viewership and attendance records continually being set,” said Co-CEO of Horizon Sports and Experiences David Levy. “This moment feels like the right time to launch the Women’s Champions Classic, set in the mecca of basketball, and we are proud to have these four storied programs participate in our inaugural event.”

NHL NEWS

HOCKEY ONE. HOCKEY TWO. TWO OUTDOOR NHL GAMES AT METLIFE STADIUM WITH PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two games in two days. A concert. Four Metropolitan Division rivals separated by about a 100-mile corridor that runs from New York to Philadelphia. Roughly 140,000 fans sitting in bone-chilling temperatures waiting to shout for a goal or great save.

Hockey is coming back to the New Jersey Meadowlands in a big way this weekend with MetLife Stadium serving as the venue for the NHL’s Stadium Series.

The New Jersey Devils are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night and the Rangers and Islanders will face off Sunday afternoon in an all-NYC contest.

While these so-called pond-hockey games has been on the league’s program annually since 2008, this installment may be a little different. These games will influence the playoff hopes for all the teams with less than two months left in the regular season.

The Rangers have a little wiggle room at the top of the division but the Flyers, Devils and Islanders are in a tight fight for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. None can afford an off night, even in what might be a once-in-lifetime game for some players.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wasn’t sure if any of the 39 previous outdoor games had as much playoff implication.

“That always means a good game or good games, as the case may be. I think that’s fantastic,” Daly said Wednesday as work crews were putting in the tempered glass around the recently installed rink that runs between the 17-yard lines.

Hall of Famer goaltender Martin Brodeur is quite familiar with the Meadowlands. After the Rockies moved from Colorado to New Jersey for the 1982-83 season, the sport complex served as the Devils’ home for 25 years before leaving for Newark in 2007-08. Each of the team’s three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000 and ’03) were won in the former wetlands.

In a little more than two years, the Meadowlands will have another big game, the World Cup Final.

Brodeur, who started for the Devils in an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium against the Rangers in 2014, said the organization wants the players to embrace the game.

“It’s no different in the Stanley Cup Finals,” Brodeur said. “If they are able to adjust to this, when it’s time for them to deal with the Stanley Cup Final they’ll see that it’s the same thing. It’s a lot of distractions. You gotta block those noises.”

It’s the first time the league scheduled outdoor games on consecutive days with fans. The February 2021 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, had no fans because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Yankee Stadium was the site for two games in 2014 but over three days.

“It’s something that you circle on the calendar when you find out you’re going to be involved in one and try your best to treat it like another game,” Flyers forward Travis Konecny said.

For many, it’s a way of bringing back warm feelings. It reminds them of either playing with family or friends, when sides were chosen by throwing sticks in the middle of the ice for selection.

A lot of it had to do with where you lived.

Devils coach Lindy Ruff grew up on a cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada. When the pond froze, he and his brothers hit the ice and played with hard sponge puck. When it got warmer and the loft in the barn was clear of hay, they played there, using balled socks sewed together as the puck.

“You could shoot really hard. It didn’t hurt anybody,” Ruff quipped. “I didn’t patent it, but I think I should have.”

Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky grew up in New York City and played roller hockey with his brother.

“So just being outside and watching a hockey game is going to bring back a flood of memories for my family and for me,” he said.

Growing up in Montreal, Brodeur was a regular at Parc Ferland after finishing his homework.

“We played hockey till dinner time,” the NHL’s all-time winningest goaltender said. “And sometimes, if I was good enough, I was able to go back after dinner.”

Whatever happens this weekend, it’s a memory most players won’t forget. Vegas Golden Knights forward enjoyed the experience on Jan. 1 despite losing to Seattle 3-0.

Vegas forward Keegan Kolesar called the game hectic but historic.

“It was just something that I’ll carry for the rest of my life,” he said.

The event Saturday will feature a pre-game concert by the Jonas Brothers, plus a fan festival during the weekend.

“We need to make sure that every person that walks in that building leaves and says: ‘Wow, that was one of the greatest sporting events I’ve ever been at,’” said NHL executive vice president Steve Mayer. “The same for those on TV.”

BLUE JACKETS FIRE GM JARMO KEKALAINEN

The Columbus Blue Jackets fired general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Thursday.

His duties will be assumed by John Davidson, president of hockey operations, while the Blue Jackets search for a new general manager, the team said in a news release.

“This is one of the hardest days I have had in my career as Jarmo is a friend, someone I have a great deal of respect for and someone who has done a lot of good things during his time here,” Davidson said. “While the future of our club is bright, our performance has not been good enough and it is time for a fresh perspective as we move forward.”

The Blue Jackets enter play Thursday in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 16-26-10 (42 points) record. They are 3-6-1 over their past 10 games.

The Blue Jackets hired Kekalainen, 57, as general manager on Feb. 13, 2013. Since then, Columbus has gone 410-362-97 and to the playoffs five times — 2014, 2017-20 — but has finished no higher than sixth place in its division since.

The season got off to a rocky start in Columbus after the team hired Mike Babcock as its new coach in July, then saw him resign Sept. 18 after he drew criticism for requesting players share personal photos with him in an effort to bond with them. Pascal Vincent subsequently was hired to coach the team.

The Blue Jackets next play Saturday at the San Jose Sharks.

NHL ROUNDUP: WILLIAM NYLANDER LIFTS LEAFS PAST FLYERS IN OT

William Nylander scored 54 seconds into overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Thursday night.

Nylander, who also had an assist, scored his 27th goal of the season to save the win after Philadelphia tied the score with two third-period goals.

Auston Matthews had his fifth hat trick of the season for Toronto to improve his league-leading total to 45 goals. Mitchell Marner added three assists and Timothy Liljegren had two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row. Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves.

Travis Sanheim, Garnet Hathaway and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak end.

Lightning 6, Avalanche 3

NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to 10 games with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist as Tampa Bay topped visiting Colorado.

Kucherov gave his club its final lead when he finished a backhanded pass by Brayden Point for his 36th goal at 8:13 of the third period to break a 3-3 tie.

Colorado’s Bowen Byram scored twice and Artturi Lehkonen added a goal and an assist. Nathan MacKinnon notched two assists to bring his point total to 89 — four behind Kucherov. Colorado finished 1-4-1 on its six-game road trip.

Panthers 4, Sabres 0

Anthony Stolarz made 45 saves, and Florida extended its road winning streak to 10 games with a shutout of Buffalo. Florida is 8-1-0 in its last nine games. Thursday’s win combined with Boston’s loss moved the Panthers into a tie with the Bruins for first place (74 points) in the Eastern Conference.

Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals, Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist and Gustav Forsling had two assists. Ryan Lomberg scored Florida’s other goal.

Buffalo outshot Florida by a 45-31 margin, but Stolarz delivered a standout performance for his first shutout of the season. The Sabres are 1-3-0 in their last four games and were shut out for the fourth time this season. Rasmus Dahlin led all Buffalo skaters with eight shots.

Canucks 4, Red Wings 1

Elias Lindholm scored twice and Elias Pettersson had three assists as Vancouver became the first team to hit the 80-point mark this season with a win over visiting Detroit.

J.T. Miller and Nikita Zadorov also scored goals for Vancouver, which improved to 19-4-2 at home. The Canucks also extended their lead in the Pacific Division to 12 points over the second-place Vegas Golden Knights.

Thatcher Demko made 27 saves for his league-leading 30th win of the season (30-9-1). Demko improved to 18-2-1 in his past 21 starts.

Stars 9, Predators 2

Matt Duchene had two goals against his former team and Dallas cruised past host Nashville.

Wyatt Johnston had two goals and two assists for the Stars, who are 10-2-1 in their past 13 games. Tyler Seguin and Ty Dellandrea each had a goal and two assists for Dallas.

Cole Smith and Tommy Novak scored for the Predators, who completed a 1-3 homestand. Juuse Saros was lifted after allowing four goals in the first period. Kevin Lankinen stopped 18 of 23 shots.

Kraken 4, Bruins 1

A pair of Massachusetts natives led the way as visiting Seattle defeated Boston. Hingham’s Matty Beniers had a goal and two assists while North Andover’s Joey Daccord stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced to lead Seattle in its second straight win since a three-game skid.

Jordan Eberle, Eeli Tolvanen and Jared McCann also scored for the Kraken, who were completing a five-game road stretch.

David Pastrnak scored his team-leading 34th goal of the season and Jeremy Swayman made 22 stops for Boston, which is 1-3-1 on its current seven-game homestand.

Kings 2, Devils 1

Quinton Byfield scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 remaining in the third period and Los Angeles rebounded from an embarrassing loss to win in Newark, N.J.

On a power play with the game tied 1-1, Los Angeles’ Brandt Clarke sent the puck into some net-front traffic from the point. Positioned well was Byfield, who has five goals and four assists in his past seven games, to initially deflect it off Devils goalie Nico Daws, then fight to put in the rebound for the Kings’ lead.

Anze Kopitar scored a short-handed goal and David Rittich was stout when needed while making 26 saves for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in four games (the only loss being a 7-0 setback at Buffalo on Tuesday).

Rangers 7, Canadiens 4

Chris Kreider scored twice in the second period and finished his sixth career hat trick with 12:01 left in the third as New York extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over visiting Montreal.

The Rangers matched their longest winning streak of the season by dominating the latter portion of the second after losing right wing Blake Wheeler to a scary right leg injury with about nine minutes left in the first.

Jake Evans and Juraj Slafkovsky scored before Cole Caufield tallied twice in the third for the Canadiens, who allowed seven or more goals for the third time this season.

Sharks 6, Flames 3

Filip Zadina scored twice in a career-best, four-point game and Luke Kunin added two goals as San Jose won in Calgary.

Justin Bailey collected one goal and two assists, his first career multipoint game, while Mikael Granlund added a goal for the Sharks, who sit next to last in the NHL standings and snapped a two-game losing skid (0-1-1).

Nazem Kadri, Mikael Backlund and Andrei Kuzmenko scored for the Flames, who have dropped two straight outings. Chris Tanev logged two assists, and goalie Dustin Wolf stopped 25 shots.

Ducks 5, Senators 1

Cam Fowler and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and two assists for visiting Anaheim, which won at Ottawa after losing its previous two games by a combined score of 10-3.

Anaheim goaltender John Gibson stopped all 15 shots he faced before leaving after the second period with an upper-body injury. Lukas Dostal relieved him and stopped 18 of 19 shots in the third period.

Claude Giroux scored and Joonas Korpisalo made 15 saves for the Senators, who had their season-long four-game winning streak snapped.

Blues 6, Oilers 3

Jake Neighbours and Robert Thomas had a goal and two assists each as St. Louis defeated visiting Edmonton.

Jordan Kyrou, Pavel Buchnevich and Torey Krug had a goal and an assist each as the Blues won for the eighth time in their last 10 games to stay in the Western Conference playoff chase.

Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Corey Perry scored and Connor McDavid had three assists for the Oilers, who suffered just their third loss in 21 games.

Penguins 4, Blackhawks 1

Sidney Crosby scored twice and Rickard Rakell and Marcus Pettersson had two assists apiece to back a solid effort from goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic as visiting Pittsburgh topped slumping Chicago.

It’s Crosby’s 12th career season with at least 30 goals, tied for the 11th most in NHL history.

The return of rookie leading scorer Connor Bedard couldn’t propel the Blackhawks, who lost their season-worst eighth straight game.

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NCBWA UNVEILS 2024 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

DALLAS (NCBWA) – In times when the NCAA transfer portal and NIL sometimes cause confusion in Division I athletics, the 2024 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Preseason All-America teams, presented by The Game Headwear, reflect loyalty to contending universities and some of the nation’s most talented diamond standouts.

West Virginia’s J.J. Wetherholt, Preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, and Jac Caglianone, Southeastern Conference standout and fellow 2023 Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear finalist, head a solid list of returning post-2023 NCBWA All-America selections.

Wetherholt earned consensus DI A-A laurels with a nation-leading .449 batting average, 101 hits in 225 times at-bat, 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 60 runs-batted-in and 36 stolen bases (tied for 10th nationally).

Caglianone posted similarly exceptional numbers with a .323 batting average, 738 slugging percentage, 91-for-282 plate work with 33 home runs (tops nationally), two triples, 14 doubles, 90 RBI, 74 runs, and four stolen bases. The 2023 ABCA Position Player of the Year also was a weekend starting hurler for the Gators with 18 starts, a 7-4 mound mark, 4.34 ERA, .190 opponents’ batting average, and 87 strikeouts over 74-2/3 innings pitched for the 2023 NCAA runnerup to LSU.

Pitcher Josh Hartle of NCBWA-No. 1-ranked for 2024 Wake Forest, leads the first team starting pitchers with an 11-2 mound mark, 2.81 earned run average, 102-plus innings pitched over 17 starts, 140 strikeouts, 91 hits allowed and just 24 walks for just 2.1 walks per nine innings.

The five starting pitchers on the NCBWA first team had a combined record of 43-9 with 536 strikeouts in 443-plus innings while the exemplary relief corps compiled a composite 36 saves and average over one strikeout per inning pitched.

Some other returnees of note on the NCBWA dream team are Texas Tech catcher Kevin Bazzell with a .348 average, 10 homers and 62 RBI; Hartle’s Wake Forest teammate 1B Nick Kurtz with a .353 hitting norm, 24 dingers and 69 RBI; Oregon State 2B Travis Bazzana with a .374 average, 11 homers. 55 RBI and 36 stolen bases; and outfielder Charlie Condon (2023 SEC Freshman of the Year) with a .386 average, 25 homers (tops among all NCAA Division I freshmen in 2023) and 67 RBI.

Defending NCAA champion LSU suffered some extensive player losses from ’23 but still boasts returning All-America 3B Tommy White with a nation-co-leading 105 RBI, 198 total bases (third nationally) 102 hits (sixth in DI) and 24 home runs (tied for 11th in the country).

In all, there are 45 different schools and 16 DI conferences represented on the 2024 DI All-America teams, which also have individuals honored from 22 teams ranked in various preseason polls.

Previous NCBWA postseason All-America teams from 1996-2023 have featured the likes of several Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear recipients: RHP Paul Skenes of LSU, 3B Kris Bryant of San Diego, P Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, 1B Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, RHP Mark Prior of USC, SS-2B Rickie Weeks of Southern U., 3B Alex Gordon of Nebraska, P David Price of Vanderbilt, C Buster Posey of Florida State, catcher Mike Zunino of Florida, OF Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas and 1B-P Brendan McKay of Louisville, among others.

2024 NCBWA DIVISION I PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Pos.First TeamSchoolHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown
CKevin BazzelTexas Tech6-1205So.Rockwall, Texas
1BNick KurtzWake Forest6-6235Jr.Lancaster, Pa.
2BTravis BazzanaOregon State6-0199Jr.Sydney, Australia
SSJJ WetherholtWest Virginia5-10190Jr.Mars, Pa.
3BTommy WhiteLSU6-0236Jr.St. Pete Beach, Fla.
OFCharlie CondonGeorgia6-5216r-So.Marietta, Ga.
OFBraden MontgomeryTexas A&M (Stanford)6-2220Jr.Madison, Miss.
OFEthan PetrySouth Carolina6-4235So.Land O’ Lakes, Fla.
OFNolan SchubartOklahoma State6-5233So.Durand, Mich.
DHDerek BenderCoastal Carolina6-1235Jr.Murrells Inlet, S.C.
UTJac CaglianoneFlorida6-5250Jr.Tampa, Fla.
SPDrew BeamTennessee6-4207Jr.Murfreesboro, Tenn.
SPBrody BrechtIowa6-4235Jr.Ankeny, Iowa
SPJosh HartleWake Forest6-5200Jr.King, N.C.
SPDominic NimanKentucky (Central Connecticut)6-3220Gr.West Hartford, Conn.
SPTrey YesavageEast Carolina6-4225Jr.Boyertown, Pa.
RPBrandon NeelyFlorida6-3210Jr.Seville, Fla.
RPTyson NeighborsKansas State6-2220Jr.Royse City, Texas
RPFran Oschell IIIDuke6-7230Jr.Phoenixville, Pa.
RPjames TallonDuke6-5195So.Arlington, Va.
Second Team: C Caden Bodine, Coastal Carolina, So.; C Ike Irish, Auburn, So.; 1B Ethan Anderson, Virginia, Jr.; 1B Anthony Martinez, UC Irvine, So.; 2B Chase Mora, Texas State, So.; 3B Billy Amick, Tennessee (Clemson), Jr.; 3B Carson DeMartini, Virginia Tech, Jr.; SS Wehiwa Aloy, Arkansas (Sacramento State), So.; SS Griff O’Ferrall, Virginia, Jr.; OF Lawson Harrill, Campbell, r-Sr.; OF Anthony Donofrio, UNC, Gr. (Quinnipiac); OF Cam Cannarella, Clemson, So.; OF Porter Brown, Texas, Sr.; OF Mike Sirota, Northeastern, Jr.; DH Alex Lane, Northeastern, r-Sr.; DH Slade Wilks, Southern Miss, Sr.; UT Justin Murray, Houston, Sr.; UT Payton Tolle, TCU (Wichita State), Jr.; SP Chase Burns, Wake Forest (Tennessee), Jr.; SP Reese Dutton, Kansas, (USC Upstate), Sr.; SP Sebastian Gongora, Louisville, (Wright State), Sr.; SP Kole Klecker, TCU, So.; SP Hagen Smith, Arkansas, Jr.; RP Austin Anderson, Oregon, Sr.; RP Hudson Barrett, UC Santa Barbara, So.; RP Joshua Romero, CSUN, Sr.; RP AJ Russell, Tennessee, So.
Third Team: C Cole Messina, South Carolina, Jr.; C Jacob Cozart, NC State, Jr.; 1B Gavin Kash, Texas Tech, So.; 1B Sam Kulasingam, Air Force, Sr.; 2B Christian Moore, Tennessee, Jr.; 2B Jacob Starling, East Carolina, Sr.; SS Jake Rainess, Houston, (Maine), Sr.; SS Anthony Silva, TCU, So.; 3B Brandon Eike, VCU, Sr.; 3B Jay Thomason, Air Force, Sr.; OF Daalen Adderly, Loyola Marymount (TX Southern), Jr.; OF Treyson Hughes, Ole Miss, (Mercer), Jr.; OF Seaver King, Wake Forest (Wingate), Jr.; OF Jace LaViolette, Texas A&M, So.; OF Shane Lewis, Troy, Jr.; OF Cam Maldonado, Northeastern, So.; DH Ryan Cesarini, Saint Joseph’s, Jr.; DH Jack Hay, Alabama State, Sr.; UT Cole Mathis, Coll. of Charleston, Jr.; SP Matt Ager, UC Santa Barbara, Jr.; SP Aiven Cabral, Northeastern, So.; SP Andrew Healy, Duke, So.; SP Lebarron Johnson Jr., Texas, r-Jr.; SP Michael Massey, Wake Forest, Jr.; SP Mason Molina, Arkansas, (Texas Tech), Jr.; RP Ben Abeldt, TCU, So.; RP Micah Ashman, Utah, Jr.; RP Chris Lotito, Jacksonville, r-Jr.; RP Noah Manning, Troy, Sr.; RP Mason Moore, Kentucky, Jr.

BASEBALL NEWS

COMMISSIONER ROB MANFRED TO RETIRE WHEN CURRENT CONTRACT ENDS

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term when it concludes on Jan. 25, 2029.

Manfred, 65, made the declaration when asked a question about his future during a press conference in Tampa, Fla.

“You can only have so much fun in one lifetime,” Manfred said. “I have been open with (the owners) about the fact that this is going to be my last term.”

Manfred succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner in January 2015. His latest four-year extension was approved by ownership last July.

Manfred said he expects owners to use a familiar system to find a replacement.

“I’m sure the selection process will look like it looked the last time,” Manfred said. “There will be a committee of owners that will be put together and they’ll identify candidates via an interview process, and a slate of people will be put forward.”

Manfred referenced that he would be 70 when his current term expires.

Manfred has been a strong advocate for shortening the time of games, and his steps to make that happen included a pitch clock.

He also added a sixth playoff team to both leagues, something that drew mixed reviews. But this past season, the sixth-seeded Arizona Diamondbacks were the National League’s representative in the World Series before losing to the Texas Rangers.

He oversaw the lockout of more than three months following the 2021 season with an agreement with the players finally coming together in the second week of March 2022.

When COVID-19 led to the delay of the 2020 season, Manfred and the owners had acrimonious negotiations with the players and the commissioner eventually imposed a 60-game season.

Also, Manfred was sharply criticized for granting immunity to players in exchange for testimony in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal from the 2017 season. Then-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and then-manager A.J. Hinch were both suspended for the 2020 season.

COLE LEADS YANKEES’ ROTATION LOOKING TO REBOUND FROM TERRIBLE SEASON

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole was leaving the Yankees’ minor league complex when fans on the sidewalk by the parking lot asked for autographs.

When the 2023 AL Cy Young Award winner reached over a bush-lined fence to grab a baseball and pen, a fan asked whether he could capture the honor again this year.

“Would be nice,” Cole responded.

New York needs more than Cole to have a successful rotation. The Yankees were 82-80 last year and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Other than Cole, New York starters were 32-46 with a 5.08 ERA.

A 33-year-old right-hander, Cole is 51-23 with a 3.08 ERA in four seasons with the Yankees after going 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 33 starts last year.

He has a $324 million, nine-year deal through 2028 and can opt out at the end of this season, which would force the Yankees to decide whether to add a guaranteed $36 million salary for 2029.

“There’s a level of determination and a level of focus and maybe has a little bit of an edge to it,” Cole said after Thursday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers. “And that’s because maybe 82-80 is still pretty fresh in our mind. So, hopefully we’ll use it as motivation.”.

New York signed Marcus Stroman to a $37 million, two-year deal to join Cole and Clarke Schmidt (9-9, 4.64) in the rotation. Carlos Rodón (3-8, 6.85 in 14 starts) and Nestor Cortes (5-2, 4.97 in 12 starts) are coming off injury-shortened seasons but appear healthy.

“Right on the surface, the top-four guys are former All Stars,” Cole said “Clarke Schmidt had a career year last year and (is) looking to build on a really solid innings build up and a really solid body of work.”

The 32-year-old Stroman grew up on Long Island, about 55 miles from Yankee Stadium. The reliable righty missed six weeks last season because of inflammation in his right hip and then a rib cartilage fracture, and finished with a 3.95 ERA that was his highest since 2018.

“It’s an honor to wear the pinstripes,” Stroman said. “It’s going to get the best out of me.”

After signing a $162 million, six-year contract, Rodón didn’t make his Yankees debut until July 7 because of a strained forearm and back injury. He lost four of his first five starts and spent two more weeks on the injured list because of a strained left hamstring.

In his final outing, Rodón had a confrontation with Matt Blake at the mound in Kansas City as he allowed all eight batters against him to reach. Rodón turnedg his back on the pitching coach and gesturing for him to return to the dugout.

“I know I’ve got to be better,” a slimmer Rodón said. “Let’s start at it again.”

Rodón and Cortes, who was sidelined by a strained left rotator cuff, are throwing to hitters.

“A lot of things have to go right,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Start with health. You know, you’re going to have your health challenges here and there. But hopefully, for the most part, especially a lot of your core guys can go to the post regularly. I mean, that’s an important factor.”

YANKEES SIGN RHP LOU TRIVINO, MOVE OF JASSON DOMINGUEZ TO 60-DAY IL

The New York Yankees signed right-hander Lou Trivino to a one-year contract for the 2024 season with a club option for 2025.

Reports pegged the deal at $1.5 million for the upcoming season and $5 million for 2025.

Trivino, 32, is not expected to start the season with the Yankees. He missed the 2023 season after being diagnosed with a right elbow strain during spring training and undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 3, 2023.

In 2022, Trivino was 1-2 with a 1.66 ERA and one save in 25 appearances after being acquired from the Oakland Athletics in a six-player deal at the trade deadline.

He became a free agent following the 2023 season.

Trivino is 21-25 with a 3.86 ERA and 37 saves in 285 appearances (one start) over his career with the A’s (2018-22) and Yankees (2022).

In a corresponding move, the Yankees moved outfielder Jasson Dominguez to the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. A top Yankees prospect, Dominguez, 21, made his major league debut on Sept. 1, 2023, and hit a home run in his first at-bat against Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros.

He appeared in eight games before the surgery, batting .258 with four homers and seven RBIs in 31 at-bats.

Dominguez is expected to return to play around the All-Star break.

GIANTS AMONG FAVORITES FOR QUARTET OF UNSIGNED STARS

The San Francisco Giants struck out in their big swings to land Shohei Ohtani and other marquee names during the main wave of free agency, but remain in play for the quartet of big names who remain unsigned.

Left-handed pitchers Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, outfielder Cody Bellinger and third baseman Matt Chapman still are without homes. It’s no coincidence that they are all represented by agent Scott Boras, who has a storied history of holding out for bigger deals when teams feel the pressure of spring training upon them.

In their attempt to remain relevant in the National League West against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants would be a logical destination for one or more. That’s even after agreeing to a deal with former Miami Marlins slugger Jorge Soler.

The Giants are the favorites at SportsBetting.ag to sign Bellinger and Chapman, and are among the top three favorites for each of the southpaw pitchers.

CODY BELLINGER NEXT TEAM*
San Francisco Giants (2/1)
Los Angeles Angels (3/1)
Toronto Blue Jays (4/1)
Seattle Mariners (6/1)
New York Yankees (7/1)
Baltimore Orioles (12/1)
New York Mets (16/1)
Philadelphia Phillies (16/1)
Los Angeles Dodgers (20/1)
San Diego Padres (20/1)
Boston Red Sox (25/1)
Houston Astros (25/1)
Miami Marlins (25/1)
*If not re-signed by the Chicago Cubs

MATT CHAPMAN NEXT TEAM
San Francisco Giants (1/1)
Chicago Cubs (2/1)
Toronto Blue Jays (4/1)
New York Yankees (5/1)
Los Angeles Dodgers (12/1)
New York Mets (12/1)
Detroit Tigers (20/1)
Arizona Diamondbacks (22/1)
Miami Marlins (25/1)
Pittsburgh Pirates (25/1)
Seattle Mariners (25/1)

BLAKE SNELL NEXT TEAM
New York Yankees (2/1)
San Francisco Giants (4/1)
Seattle Mariners (4/1)
Los Angeles Angels (7/1)
Boston Red Sox (9/1)
Chicago Cubs (12/1)
Los Angeles Dodgers (20/1)
New York Mets (20/1)
Texas Rangers (22/1)
Houston Astros (25/1)
Philadelphia Phillies (25/1)
St. Louis Cardinals (25/1)
Toronto Blue Jays (25/1)
Cleveland Guardians (35/1)
Minnesota Twins (40/1)

JORDAN MONTGOMERY NEXT TEAM
Boston Red Sox (1/1)
Los Angeles Angels (4/1)
San Francisco Giants (5/1)
New York Yankees (6/1)
New York Mets (7/1)
Philadelphia Phillies (9/1)
Baltimore Orioles (14/1)
Chicago Cubs (14/1)
Seattle Mariners (18/1)
St. Louis Cardinals (20/1)
Cleveland Guardians (25/1)
Los Angeles Dodgers (25/1)
Miami Marlins (25/1)
Milwaukee Brewers (25/1)
Toronto Blue Jays (25/1)

Bellinger earned NL Comeback Player of the Year honors after batting .307 with 26 home runs and 20 steals for the Cubs last season. Still only 28, Bellinger is the most intriguing bat left on the market. He has long been considered likely to re-sign with the Cubs, but negotiations with Boras have continued to linger into the start of spring training.

The Giants did sign Korean star outfielder Jung Hoo Lee, who is slated to open spring training center field, with Mike Yastrzemski penciled in left and Michael Conforto in right.

Chapman is coming off earning his fourth Gold Glove in the past four seasons. However, his bat cooled off following a hot start, finishing last season with 17 homers and 54 RBIs for Toronto. The Giants currently have 30-year-old J.D. Davis, who belted 17 homers with 69 RBIs last season, at the hot corner.

The rotation is led by Logan Webb, with Alex Cobb hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound soon as he returns from a hip injury. The Giants also traded for former Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, who is expected to return some time after the All-Star Break.

Snell or Montgomery could certainly help bolster the rotation, especially considering the injury situations.

Snell, 31, led the majors in walks for San Diego last season but also led the league with a 2.25 ERA while striking out 234 batters in 180 innings to earn his second Cy Young award. However, that’s only the second time he has reached 130 innings in a season.

Montgomery, 31, helped the Texas Rangers to the World Series title after being acquired from St. Louis at the trade deadline. He finished the season 10-11 with a 3.20 ERA, but recorded a 2.83 ERA in 98 2/3 innings for the Rangers, including the postseason.

ORIOLES RHP KYLE BRADISH (UCL SPRAIN) TO OPEN SEASON ON IL

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish will begin the upcoming season on the injured list due to a sprained UCL in his pitching elbow.

Bradish is not alone in nursing an injury for the Orioles.

General manager Mike Elias also announced Thursday that 2023 American League Rookie of the Year Gunnar Henderson is dealing with an oblique injury and left-hander John Means is behind in his recovery from an elbow injury that caused him to sit out the AL Division Series last October.

Bradish received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow and is expected to start a throwing program on Friday.

“Everything is pointed in the right direction and going well right now at this time. But I’m not at a point where I want to start putting a timeline on when we’re going to see him in major league action,” Elias said. “Right now, we’re prepping him for a lot of action in 2024, and we’re getting him ready for that as expeditiously and responsibly as possible, but there’s going to be some time involved.”

Bradish, 27, finished fourth in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season after posting a 12-7 record with a 2.83 ERA in 30 starts. He recorded 168 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings.

Henderson, 22, likely will miss two to three weeks with his injury but is expected to be ready for Opening Day. He batted .255 with 28 homers and 82 RBIs in 150 games last season.

Means, 30, went 1-2 with a 2.66 ERA in four games (all starts) last season for the Orioles.

REPORT: FORMER OF LENNY DYKSTRA RECOVERING AFTER HAVING A STROKE

Former major league outfielder Lenny Dykstra sustained a stroke earlier this week and is recovering at a Los Angeles hospital, the New York Post reported on Thursday.

The Post reported that Darryl Strawberry and Kevin Mitchell, who were teammates of Dykstra on the New York Mets, said Dykstra was in good spirits and set to undergo further evaluation at UCLA Medical Center.

The former players said the 61-year-old Dykstra had been moved out of intensive care. Mitchell told the Post that Dykstra would likely be hospitalized into next week.

“He’s laying down, but he is being Lenny,” Mitchell told the Post. “We get to an age now where we have got to take care of ourselves. I told him he has to take more care of himself. You can’t let stress bother you. He’s been through a lot. I love him with all my heart.”

Dykstra was on the 1986 Mets championship team with Strawberry and Mitchell and played for New York from 1985-89 before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 1993, Dykstra was runner-up for National League MVP honors as the Phillies reached the World Series before losing to the Toronto Blue Jays on Joe Carter’s series-ending walk-off homer.

In 12 major league seasons (1985-96), Dykstra batted .285 with 81 homers, 404 RBIs and 285 steals in 1,278 games.

Since his career ended, Dykstra has been in a slew of trouble and spent 6 1/2 months in jail over 2012-13 due to bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, grand theft auto and false financial statements charges. Among other incidents was a threat by Dykstra to kill a Uber driver in 2018. Those charges were later dropped.

Strawberry defended Dykstra to the Post.

“He’s a special friend and I will never turn my back on him and say negative things about him because his life has had some challenges. We’ve all had challenges,” Strawberry said.

“I think a lot of times people look at a person and say, ‘Look at what happened to him.’ It’s not for us to judge people. If you are not trying to help the situation it’s better to not say anything. That is clearly what I believe.”

MEN’S GOLF

TIGER WOODS OPENS GENESIS WITH 1-OVER 72 IN RETURN TO ACTION

Tiger Woods ended an uneven day with an eventful bogey to shoot a 1-over-par 72 at the first round of the Genesis Invitational on Thursday in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Woods, the tournament host at Riviera Country Club, played his first round of an official PGA Tour event since the Masters 10 months ago after recovering from ankle surgery.

He carded five birdies and five bogeys through 17 holes, never lower than 1 under par or higher than 1 over. But he hit a surprise shank from the 18th fairway that sprayed far right.

His recovery shot, a stinger past a large tree, gave him 15 feet for par but the ensuing putt slipped left of the hole.

At the third signature event of the 2024 season, the top 50 players and ties will make the cut after 36 holes. Woods was tied for 55th when his round concluded, eight strokes behind leader Patrick Cantlay (7-under 64).

AUTO RACING

LEWIS HAMILTON ‘MOST MOTIVATED’ ENTERING FINAL MERCEDES SEASON

Lewis Hamilton apparently has no intention of just going through the motions in his final Formula One season driving for Mercedes.

He’s jumping to Ferrari in 2025, but he said Wednesday at the unveiling of a new team car that he’s as motivated and prepared for a new season as ever.

“I feel the most motivated and focused I’ve ever been. I genuinely feel like I’ve put more work, time and focus into preparation this year,” said Hamilton, a seven-time world champion who joined Mercedes in 2013.

Hamilton will drive the new W15 car in preseason testing in Bahrain next week in advance of the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 2.

At age 39, he’s excited about the experience with the new car. And the season.

“I never thought that at this point in my life that I would have hunger like I do right now,” he said. “To finish on the high with this team, it would be a dream.”

The British driver has recorded 103 wins, which are the most in F1 history. In 2023, he finished third in the F1 points standings behind the dominant Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

TRACK

TRACK AND FIELD LEGEND HENRY RONO DIES AT 72

Track and field legend Henry Rono, who broke four world records in 81 days in 1978, died Thursday, according to Athletics Kenya. He was 72.

Rono’s cause of death wasn’t revealed. Athletics Kenya said he was hospitalized in Nairobi for 10 days receiving treatment.

“Athletics Kenya is saddened to announce and notify the public of the demise of former Athlete Mr. Henry Rono which occurred today at 10.30 am,” the organization said.

Rono never ran in the Summer Olympics because Kenya boycotted both the 1976 and 1980 Games.

But he was a big name after his impressive records run in 1978 in which he won the 3000 meters, 5000 meters, 10,000 meters and 3000 steeplechase during an 81-day period from April 8 to June 27.

“On behalf of the Athletics Kenya Executive Committee and athletics fraternity, we wish to convey our sincere heartfelt condolence to his family, friends, and the entire athletics fraternity during this trying moment,” the Athletics Committee of Kenya said in a news release.

Rono attended Washington State from 1976-1979 and won six NCAA titles between track and cross country during his All-American college career.

“Henry Rono is a legendary figure in the history of Cougar Athletics,” Cougars athletic director Pat Chun said in a news release. “His accomplishments are unmatched in Track and Field, and he embodied the true Cougar spirit. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.”

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INDIANA WRESTLING

NO. 17 INDIANA TO HOST NO. 7 MICHIGAN AND TRAVEL TO NORTHWESTERN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– The Hoosiers will close out their Big Ten dual slate with a home match vs. No. 7 Michigan on Friday and a road dual at Northwestern on Sunday.

WEEKEND PREVIEW:

-No. 17 Indiana has two conference duals on the docket for the weekend as the Hoosiers host No. 7 Michigan and travel to Northwestern for a road dual.

-No. 7 Michigan enters the dual with nine ranked wrestlers in their probable lineup.The 6-4 Wolverines feature six wrestlers on their final years of eligibility, including No. 14 Michael DeAugustino (125), No. 5 Austin Gomez (149), No. 10 Will Lewan (157), No. 3 Shane Griffith (174), Bobby Striggow (197) and No. 6 Lucas Davison (285).

-DeAugustino and Davison both transferred in from Northwestern, where they were each multiple-time All-Americans.

-Gomez and Griffith both transferred to Ann Arbor this past season, as well. Gomez was the 2022 Big Ten Champion (149) at Wisconsin and had a 4th place finish at NCAAs. Griffith came in from Stanford with multiple All-America finishes and was the 2021 NCAA Champion at 165 lbs.

-Lewan and Striggow have been with the program since 2018. Lewan is a two-time All-American.

-The rest of the lineup has No. 5 Dylan Ragusin (133), No. 10 Sergio Lemley (141), No. 10 Cam Amine (165) and No. 18 Jaden Bullock (184). Amine is a three-time All-American.

-Northwestern enters Sunday’s matchup at 0-7 and 0-6 in Big Ten duals.

-The Wildcats are led by veterans in No. 21 Trevor Chumbley (157) and No. 20 Maxx Mayfield (165).

-Due to previous scheduling conflicts, Northwestern will compete in a rare conference doubleheader on Sunday with it facing Illinois after the dual with Indiana.

OSU REWIND:

-Last Sunday, Indiana fell to No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus, 32-6. Ohio State built a commanding early lead, taking the first six bouts to lead 24-0.

-Indiana got on the board with a win from No. 18 Brayton Lee (157) over No. 23 Isaac Wilcox, 4-2. Roman Rogotozke (184) closed out the match for the Hoosiers with a high-scoring win over Gaven Bell, 18-11, in Sudden Victory.

HOME STRETCH:

-The end of the regular season is near as Indiana wraps up conference dual meet action this weekend.

-Next weekend will be the team’s senior day in the final dual of the season against Chattanooga on Friday, Feb. 23. That Sunday, some Hoosiers will compete in George Mason’s Last Chance Open to close out the season.

-Once the calendar flips to March, the postseason will arrive. The Big Ten Championships will be held from March 9-10 in College Park, Md. The 2024 NCAA Championships are from March 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

CLASS OF 2018:

-Four of the ten Hoosiers in the routine starting lineup are sixth-year seniors.

-These seniors include Michael Spangler (125), Dan Fongaro (141), Graham Rooks (149) and Brayton Lee (157).

-Of the four, Rooks is the only one who has spent all six seasons in Bloomington. Spangler transferred from Pratt Junior College and Lock Haven.

-Fongaro and Lee each spent five seasons at their previous institutions, Columbia and Minnesota, respectively.

NEW FACES:

-Indiana has nine new wrestlers on the roster for this season.

-Of the newbies, five of them are freshmen while the other four are transfers.

-All five freshmen are from the state of Indiana. They include Bryce Lowery (Indianapolis), Joey Buttler (Greenwood), Cheaney Schoeff (Avon), Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) and Aidan Torres (Chesterton).

-Lowery, Buttler and Torres all won an IHSAA individual State Championship during their senior season. Bahl won a Team State Title with the Crown Point Bulldogs, the second in a row for the team, and their third in four years.

-Lowery won IndyStar’s Most Outsanding Wrestler award for the best senior wrestler in the state for the 2022-2023 school year.

-Indiana’s transfer class includes Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee, Roman Rogotzke and Aaron Johnson.

-Lee, a known commodity around NCAA Wrestling, returns to his home state after spending five years at Minnesota.

-The two-time All-American (2020, 2021) is seeking to recapture his momentum after entering last season as the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. in the country.

-Lee’s 2022-23 season was cut short due to injury at The Big Ten Championships.

-Fongaro comes to Indiana after five years at Columbia where he competed at 141 and 149 lbs. He will wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Hoosiers.

-Fongaro owns fifth and sixth place finishes at the EIWA Championships in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

-Rogotzke, a transfer at 184 lbs., from South Dakota State, enters his redshirt sophomore season with plenty of momentum.

-Last year, Rogotzke racked up 17 wins and took first place at two open tournaments.

-Johnson joined the Hoosiers at the semester break.

-The Kennesaw, Ga. native and heavyweight wrestled at University of the Cumberlands (NAIA) in Williamsburg, Ky. from 2017-2022.

-Johnson was a four-time NAIA qualifier and three-time All-American at Cumberlands.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS:

-The Indiana Wrestling team had a number of wrestlers compete in offseason competition to get better and compete on the world stage.

-Senior Jacob Moran competed for Team Puerto Rico at 57 kg in Freestyle and took third place at the Central American and Caribbean Games while also competing at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Albania.

-Derek Gilcher took fifth place at the 2023 U.S. Open at the Senior Level at 74 kg.

-Gabe Sollars earned sixth place at the 2023 U.S. Open in the U20 division in Freestyle at 92 kg. He also had a sixth place finish at the U20 World Team Trials in the same weight class and division.

-DJ Washington finished in second at 86 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Nick Willham had a fourth place finish at 92 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Tyler Lillard earned 7th place at 74 kg in the U20 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Cole Rhemrev took 7th place at 67 kg in Greco-Roman at the U20 World Team Trials. Magnus Kuokkanen got 7th in the same division, but at 77 kg.

GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION:

-Indiana’s roster features wrestlers everywhere across the country.

-Fifteen wrestlers on the team are home grown, in-state Hoosiers, including all of the freshmen.

-Of the 31 wrestlers on the team, there are 14 different states represented.

-The states represented on Indiana’s roster include Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Kansas, Kentucky and Georgia. 

INDIANA BASEBALL

BASEBALL CENTRAL: BASEBALL AT THE BEACH

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –  The 130th season of Indiana baseball begins with a trip to Coastal Carolina for the “Baseball at the Beach” round-robin event in South Carolina.

One of the premier opening weekend destinations, the Chanticleers’ annual event features four teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Duke, IU’s opponent on Opening Day, went to the Super Regionals in 2023.

Head coach Jeff Mercer, entering his sixth season as the skipper in Bloomington, returns a talented and potent offensive lineup. Featuring stalwarts in juniors Josh Pyne, Brock Tibbitts and Carter Mathison, as well as unanimous preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Devin Taylor, the Hoosiers will field one of the best lineups in the entire country.

Without a pair of weekend arms in Luke Sinnard and Matthew Bohnert for the season, the Hoosiers will turn to the likes of sophomores Connor Foley and Brayden Risedorph, as well as junior Ryan Kraft, for big innings on the mound this year.

Duke and Coastal Carolina enter the season as consensus top-25 teams while George Mason, the reigning A-10 Champions, looks to continue building as one of the better mid-major programs in the country.

Gameday Info

vs. #12 Duke (Friday, February 16th)

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at #18 Coastal Carolina (Saturday, February 17th)

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vs. George Mason (Sunday, February 18th)

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Probable Starters

Indiana vs. Duke

• Brayden Risedorph (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jonathan Santucci (0-0, 0.00)

Indiana vs. Coastal Carolina

• TBD vs. Alexander Meckley (0-0, 0.00)

Indiana vs. George Mason

• TBD vs. TBD

Notable

Back at the Beach

• The Hoosiers are no stranger to opening the season with a trip to Coastal Carolina for a round-robin tournament. In both 2011 and 2018, IU came to the Baseball at the Beach event. Head coach Jeff Mercer also brought his group to Coastal on the third weekend of 2019. The two teams are meeting for the fourth time in 14 years and second time under Mercer.

Indiana vs. Coastal Carolina  – Notes to Know

• The 2011 edition went 16 innings with IU winning 2-1 for its first win of the season.

• IU and Coastal Carolina split matchups in back-to-back years in 2018 and 2019.

• Three of the last four games between the two teams have been decided by one run each time.

The Hoosiers vs. The ACC

• For the second time in three years, IU and Jeff Mercer will open the season against an ACC foe. The Hoosiers were swept by Clemson to open the 2022 campaign in a three-game set but won their last matchup against an ACC foe by beating Louisville 7-3 in a midweek contest in 2023.

Veteran Group in the Field

• The Hoosiers will field an expected opening weekend lineup filled with five guys who are entering their third season as fulltime starters. Josh Pyne, Brock Tibbitts and Carter Mathison have been everyday starters for IU the last two years while Nick Mitchell (Western Illinois) and Brandon Burckel (Houston) have transferred in having started two seasons at their previous stops.

Hoosiers on Opening Weekend

• Last Opening Day Victory: 2019 at Memphis (W, 6-1)

• Last 2-0 Start to a Season: 2015 at Stanford

• Last Opening Weekend Sweep: 2003 vs. Findlay, Valpo and Boston College

Impact Freshman Class

• D1 Baseball ranked IU’s incoming freshman class No. 20 in the nation with only players that signed and made it to campus considered for the list.

• Among the players mentioned by D1 Baseball included outfielder Andrew Wiggins (Indianapolis, Ind.), infielders Cal Sefcik (Palos Heights, Ill.) and Jasen Oliver (Almont, Mich.) and pitcher Ryan Rushing (Bradenton, Fla.).

Scouting the Opponent

Duke (39-24, 16-13 in 2023; NCAA Super Regional Appearance)

• A consensus top-15 preseason team, Duke enters the season with aspirations of a trip to Omaha for the College World Series for the first time since 1961. The Blue Devils won the Conway Regional last year and went three games in a Super Regional loss to Virginia.

• Armed with a collection of talent on the mound, including Preseason All-American selections Fran Oschell III, James Tallon and Jonathan Santucci, Duke will be a formidable opponent on Opening Day.

• Alex Stone, one of the best catchers in the nation, returns for Duke after hitting .315 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI’s in 2023. The Blue Devils reshaped the entire infield with four transfers.

• Duke is ranked as high as No. 12 in the preseason polls and features among the initial top-25 by all major outlets.

Coastal Carolina (42-21, 23-7 in 2023; NCAA Regional Appearance)

• Coastal Carolina enters the final year of the legendary career of Gary Gilmore, who led the program to a national title in 2016 and has accumulated over 1,000 career wins.

• Catcher Caden Bodine anchors a strong lineup and is featured as one of the top draft prospects in the Sun Belt Conference. Graham Brown, Zack Beach and Derek Bender provide a plethora of power for the Chanticleers.

• The hosts of the tournament open up with George Mason on Friday afternoon before meeting the Hoosiers on Saturday.  This will be the fifth meeting between the sides since 2011.

George Mason (36-27, 13-10 in 2023; NCAA Regional Appearance)

• Featuring Atlantic 10 Preseason Pitcher of the Year (PG) Chad Gartland, George Mason comes into the season with high expectations after making the regional final last season.

• Catcher Connor Dykstra and outfielder South Trimble provide the pop in the middle of the Patriots’ lineup. The two teams will meet for a Sunday matinee after each playing Duke and Coastal Carolina to open the weekend.

Inside the Series

Indiana vs. Duke

• Duke leads a brief all-time series 2-0. Both matchups came on back-to-back days in 1951 with Duke winning the contests by a combined score of 35-1.

Indiana vs. Coastal Carolina

• Much acquainted with each other in recent years, IU leads the all-time series 3-1 but dropped the last meeting in 2019. Three of the four meetings have been settled by one run including a 16-inning marathon in 2011.

Indiana vs. George Mason

• These two programs meet for the first time ever.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

BIG TEN ANNOUNCES 2024 VOLLEYBALL OPPONENT ROTATION

ROSEMONT, Ill. –  Ahead of an expansion to 18 schools for the 2024-25 school year, the Big Ten Conference revealed volleyball opponent rotations for the 2024 campaign on Thursday (Feb. 15) afternoon.

UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington will join the Big Ten officially on August 2nd, 2024, just a month out from the beginning of the  college volleyball season. Of the 18 members for next year, 12 will have played in a Final Four during their history with six of them winning at least one national title.

The Big Ten will continue the traditional 20-game conference model while playing 14 opponents once (seven home, seven away) and three teams twice (both home and away).

All 42 matchups that didn’t occur at a certain site in 2023 will happen in 2024. Geography and competitive balance for two-plays were considered to the extent possible. IU will meet Purdue, Illinois and Ohio State twice in 2024.

The Hoosiers will have home contests with Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin along with the three double-play opponents.

Trips to Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Rutgers and Washington will also be on the docket.

IU will face Oregon for the first time in program history this season while meeting UCLA and Washington for a rematch of last year’s contests in Long Beach. The Hoosiers will play USC for the first time since the 2010 Sweet 16.

A full schedule, featuring dates and non-conference opponents, will be announced in the summer.

2024 Big Ten Opponents – Indiana

Home Only:

– Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin

Away Only:

– Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Rutgers, Washington

Double Play:

– Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA SOFTBALL TO COMPETE IN TROY INVITATIONAL

TROY, Ala. ––––– Indiana Softball will play in its second tournament of the season at the Troy Invitational over the weekend of Feb. 16-18.

In the tournament, Indiana will play two doubleheaders, with two games on Friday and Saturday and one on Sunday. The Hoosiers will face both Florida A&M and Troy twice, while playing Gardner-Webb once.

QUICK HITTERS

Indiana posted a red-hot start to the 2024 campaign, going 4-1 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. It was the second year in a row that the team started the season in Clearwater, Fla. with that tournament.

In its next outing, Indiana will play in the Troy Invitational in Troy, Ala. It’ll be the first time facing off against the Trojans since 2014.

The Hoosiers had their best season in 2023 since 2011, going 44-18 overall and 18-5 in conference play.

In 2023, Indiana finished second in the Big Ten regular season standings and reached the Big Ten Tournament final before falling to No. 1-seed Northwestern, 2-1. The Hoosiers also reached their first NCAA Regional since 2011, falling in the Regional final.

Indiana returns the bulk of their lineup from a season ago, only losing two positional mainstays and one member of the pitching staff.

LAST TIME OUT

Indiana opened the season at the 2024 NFCA Leadoff Classic from Feb. 8-11 in Clearwater, Fla. The Hoosiers played to a 4-1 start.

Indiana opened the season with a 7-5 win over No. 15 Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 8. The Hoosiers were led by junior Bri Copeland who dominated both at the plate and in the circle. She recorded a triple and a home run in her first two at-bats. She pitched in relief and dominated, throwing eight strikeouts and collecting the win.

On Friday night, Indiana fell to No. 5 Clemson, 3-2, in a very close game. The Hoosiers tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning, but Clemson scored one more run in the fifth inning to edge the Hoosiers.

On Saturday, Indiana went 2-0 in its doubleheader, topping Army, 11-3 (F/5) and Kansas, 2-1.

In the final game of the weekend, Indiana shut out N.C. Central, 4-0, and only allowed three hits.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

In the Troy Invitational, Indiana will play against three different opponents in a five-game set for the weekend over the course of Feb. 16-18.

Indiana will start with Florida A&M and Troy on Friday. On Saturday, it’ll be Gardner-Webb and Troy again, before playing against Florida A&M for a second time on Sunday.

Florida A&M is off to a difficult start to the season, posting an 0-5 mark in their opening weekend in Tallahasse, Fla. They lost to Florida State and Texas Tech twice, while also losing to Charlotte.

Troy will play host for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend, Troy went 5-2 with wins over UT Martin, North Alabama and Samford, The Trojans also dropped games to North Alabama and Samford.

Gardner-Webb enters the weekend with a 4-1 mark, owning wins against Delaware and ETSU and a loss to Youngstown State.

SERIES NOTES

Indiana’s all-time records against their Troy Invitational opponents are found below:

Florida A&M: 2-2, Gardner-Webb: 0-0, Troy: 2-1-1.

BENNY BOMBS

• Senior infielder Brooke Benson came through for the Hoosiers when they needed it most in their game against Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 10.

•With the game tied at 1-1, Benson hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the top of the seventh inning to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-1 win.

MINNICK MANIA

• Junior Taylor Minnick picked up right where she left off from her All-American sophomore season in 2023.

•In the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Minnick hit for a .467 batting average with with seven hits and six RBI. The junior went for six singles and one double. She also took one walk and logged eight total bases.

CONTROL IN THE CIRCLE

•Indiana’s pitching staff had a very solid first weekend in Clearwater.

•Junior Bri Copeland had a fantastic first weekend, pitching in relief in a win over No. 15 Oregon and had eight strikeouts. The junior had another eight strikeout performance in a win and complete game against Kansas. She also threw in relief against No. 5 Clemson.

•Sophomore Sophie Kleiman earned the win against N.C. Central and had a good showing against Clemson. She had 10 total strikeouts in Clearwater and posted a 0.78 ERA.

• In three innings of work, senior Macy Montgomery only gave up two hits, struck out three and surrendered no runs.

•Junior Heather Johnson made two starts in two wins against No. 15 Oregon and Army. She earned the win against Army.

LEADING IT OFF

•Indiana redshirt senior Cora Bassett has been a sparkplug in the Hoosier lineup, hitting leadoff in every game thus far.

•Through the first five games, Bassett is hitting for a .368 batting average with two multi-hit games against No. 15 Oregon and No. 5 Clemson.

•In her first at-bat against Clemson, she hit a lead-off home run to put Indiana up 1-0 right off the bat.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES

• Juniors Bri Copeland and Taylor Minnick both earned national acclaim entering the 2024 season.

• Each appeared in D1 Softball’s Preseason Top 100 Rankings, more commonly called The D100.

• Copeland slotted in at No. 45 and Minnick was at No. 79 in the rankings from D1 Softball.

• Minnick also earned national acclaim from Softball America, claiming the No. 53 spot in their preseason rankings.

•Both Minnick and Copeland experienced breakthrough seasons as sophomores.

• Copeland was a stud in the circle and at the plate. She was the pitching staff’s ace with a 22-4 record and 148 strikeouts.

• At the plate, she hit for a .318 batting average at the plate, logging a team-high 15 doubles and 14 home runs to go along with 48 RBI.

• Minnick brought a lot of offensive power to the team, she hit 14 doubles, one triple and 12 home runs and 55 RBI.

• The Bloomington, Ind. local reached base in 35 consecutive games in 2023.

• Minnick also ranked second in the conference in slugging percentage (.717) and OPS (1.239).

•The top-level play from the junior duo earned both of them NFCA Third Team All-American status in 2023 as sophomores.

• Indiana is the only Big Ten team that returns two All-Americans into the 2024 season.

ROSTER BALANCE

• Indiana’s 2024 roster features a nice mixture of young talent and a strong veteran presence. Of the 18 on the active roster, there is a mixture where each class has either four or five players.

• The group is spearheaded by four senior leaders in Cora Bassett, Aaliyah Andrews, Brooke Benson and Macy Montgomery.

• The junior class has five members in Sarah Stone, Bri Copeland, Kinsey Mitchell, Taylor Minnick and Heather Johnson.

• The sophomore class holds four players in Chloe Geijer, Avery Parker, Cassidy Kettleman and Sophie Kleiman.

• The freshmen are Aly VanBrandt, Ella Carter, Tristian Thompson, Savannah Oden and Alex Cooper.

STAYING WARM

• For four of the team’s non-conference weekends, Indiana will play in warm climates.

• The season started in Clearwater, Fla. with the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Hoosiers will return to the Sunshine State in mid-March for a road contest at FAU and a tournament hosted by the University of Florida.

• Sandwiched between those, Indiana will play in the Troy Invitational this weekend, from Feb. 16-18, against host Troy, Gardner-Webb and Florida A&M.

• In the last weekend of February, Indiana heads west for the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucscon, Ariz. facing Arizona, Central Michigan, Drake and Marshall.

51 YEARS

• Indiana Softball is celebrating 51 years as a varsity sport this season. In fall 2022, the program hosted a celebration, inviting alumni to celebrate 50 years of Indiana Softball and its storied history and bright future of the program.

FAB FRESHMEN

• Indiana boasts five-woman freshmen class for the 2024 season.

•The class features Alex Cooper, Ella Carter, Savannah Oden, Tristian Thompson and Aly VanBrandt.

• Cooper and Oden are in-state kids, hailing from Mooresville and Nashville, Ind.

• Carter is from New York City, Thompson from Waco, Texas. and VanBrandt is an Ottawa Lake, Mich. native.

• VanBrandt was named 2023 Michigan Miss Softball after her senior season.

HOOSIER DEBUTS

•Four of the five Indiana freshmen made their collegiate debuts  in Clearwater.

•Alex Cooper started in every game in the infield at either second or third base. Aly VanBrandt made two starts and played in four games.

•Tristian Thompson made three appearances and got two starts as the designated player. Ella Carter got two opportunities to pinch hit.

•Cooper, VanBrandt and Thompson all recorded their first hits of their college career. VanBrandt and Cooper each had a triple, too.

AWAITING ANDY MOHR FIELD

•After three weekends on the road to start the season, Indiana will get to host games at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington for two weeks in a row.

•Indiana will host the Hoosier Classic from March 1-3 and the Indiana Invite from March 8-10.

•The Hoosier Classic will pit Indiana in four games, playing Bowling Green and Valparaiso.

•The Indiana Invite will feature 12 total games in Bloomington amongst all participating teams.

•Indiana will play against Oakland, Dayton, IUPUI and Howard throughout the weekend.

INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS

TIGERS TOP HOOSIERS, 4-2

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After spending two weeks on the road, Indiana women’s tennis fell, 4-2, against Memphis (6-3) at the IU Tennis Center on Thursday night. 

The Tigers won the No. 1 doubles to take the first of three matches, before the Hoosiers battled back from behind to claim the doubles point.

Sarah L’Allier and Li Hsin Lin were all tied up, 4-4, midway through the match before they won 7-5.

Lara Schneider and Nicole Teodosescu stayed in the fight as they came back from a 5-4 deficit. The No. 2 doubles duo entered a tiebreaker to win the match, 7-6 (7-4).

Memphis won the first three singles matches in straight sets. Lara Schneider put up a strong fight at the No. 1 singles before dropping a close tiebreaker set.

Elisabeth Dunac put the Hoosiers on the board again after she won a hard fought match in three sets, before the Tigers clinched the win in the No. 6 singles.

INDIANA 2, MEMPHIS 4

SINGLES

1. Camila Soares (MEM) def. Lara Schneider (IND) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

2. Nicole Teodosescu (IND) vs. Leonie Moeller (MEM) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 2-3, unfinished

3. Monique Woog (MEM) def. Saby Nihalani (IND) 6-4, 7-5

4. Elisabeth Dunac (IND) def. Emily Meyer (MEM) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

5. Alice Amendola (MEM) def. Lene Mari Hovda (IND) 6-1, 6-3

6. Micah Pierce (MEM) def. Magdalena Swierczynska (IND) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

DOUBLES

1. Leonie Moeller/Emily Meyer (MEM) def. Saby Nihalani/Lene Mari Hovda (IND) 6-0

2. Lara Schneider/Nicole Teodosescu (IND) def. Camila Soares/Monique Woog (MEM) 7-6 (7-4)

3. Sarah L’allier/Li Hsin Lin (IND) def. Miriam Grosman/Alice Amendola (MEM) 7-5

ORDER OF FINISH

Singles: 5, 1, 3, 4, 6, 2 unf.

Doubles: 1, 3, 2

UP NEXT

Indiana will host Colorado and Ball State for the Adidas Classic on Saturday. The first match against Colorado is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

EDEY, SMITH NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY MIDSEASON TEAM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s Zach Edey and Braden Smith have been named to the 2024 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Midseason Team, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

The pair are two of 30 players nationally selected and two of four Big Ten players (Northwestern’s Boo Buie, Michigan State’s Tyson Walker) on the list. In addition, there are just four teams with two players named to the chart as the Boilermaker duo joins tandems from Houston, Kansas and North Carolina to have two representatives.

Lastly, Braden Smith is one of just three sophomores or younger on the list, joining Duke’s Kyle Filipowski and Iowa State’s Tamin Lipsey.

Last year’s recipient, Zach Edey, has the inside track to repeating in 2024 thanks to a dominating start for the Boilermakers. Edey is third in the country in both scoring (23.2 PPG) and rebounding (11.7 RPG) while producing 17 double-doubles.

He surpassed the 2,000-point barrier for his career in the win over Rutgers (Jan. 28) and ranks fourth on Purdue’s career points list (2,091) and second on the rebounds chart (1,128). He is the school record-holder in career double-doubles (56) and has scored in double-figures in a school-record 75 straight games.

This year, he has already produced five 30-10 games, the most in the country and his 13 career 30-10 games are the most for a Big Ten player in the last 15 years by eight games (Luka Garza – 5).

Edey has joined Hall of Famers David Robinson and Patrick Ewing as the only players in NCAA history to score 2,000 points with 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks while shooting at least 60.0 percent from the field. He needs just nine points to become the fourth player in Big Ten history with 2,100 points and 1,100 rebounds.

Edey has reached these marks in just 23.8 minutes per game and in under 3,000 minutes for his career.

Smith, meanwhile, has had a sensational season for the Boilermakers as their starting point guard, averaging 12.4 points, 7.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. He is one of two players nationally (Marquette’s Tyler Kolek) to average at least 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds and is on pace to become just the third player in Big Ten history to reach those averages (Denzel Valentine, Magic Johnson).

Smith has already dished out 171 assists this season, the ninth most in a season by a Boilermaker and just 37 shy of the school record set by Bruce Parkinson in the 1974-75 season (208). He is already one of four players in school history with 300 points, 150 assists and 125 rebounds in a season (Matt Waddell, Troy Lewis, Bruce Parkinson) and he has done it twice after reaching those marks a year ago as a freshman. Smith’s 16 assists against Northwestern were the second most in a game in Purdue history and the most for a Big Ten player in the last 15 years.

Based on a 38-game season, Smith is on pace to surpass 450 points, 250 assists and 200 rebounds, which would make him one of three players (BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball) to reach those marks in a season.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE TRIUMPHS OVER MINNESOTA

[2] Purdue 84, Minnesota 76 (Postgame Notes)

No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten Conference with an 84-76 win over Minnesota.

The win was Purdue’s ninth straight victory, now tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in the country. It was also Purdue’s 14 straight home win as Purdue improved to 13-0 in Mackey Arena.

The nine-game win streak in Big Ten play is tied for the fourth-longest conference winning streak of the Matt Painter era.

Purdue has now reached 12 conference wins in nine of the last 10 seasons. No other Big Ten team has more than six years of 12-plus victories.

Purdue has won six straight games over Minnesota at Mackey Arena.

Purdue has won 16 of its last 17 games.

The Boilermakers’ 23-2 start through 25 games is the best in school history (also in 2022-23, 2017-18, 1987-88).

Purdue is now 20-0 when holding teams to 79 or fewer points. Meanwhile, Purdue is 86-3 since the start of the 2017-18 season when scoring 80 points.

Purdue trailed by 10 early in the second half. It marked Purdue’s second comeback win of at least 10 points this season (Alabama – 12).

Points per possession for Purdue (1st half – 1.13; 2nd half – 1.53).

Points per possession for Minnesota (1st half – 1.39; 2nd half – 1.10).

Purdue shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from 3-point range and during Purdue’s nine-game winning streak, is now shooting 42.0 percent from 3-point range in that span. In Big Ten home games, Purdue is shooting 46.0 percent from long range.

Purdue is now 81-16 over the last three seasons. The school record for wins in a 3-year span is 83 (2017, 2018, 2019).

Purdue is just 106-of-159 (.667) from the free throw line in the last five games.

Zach Edey recorded his ninth straight double-double with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists. It marked his 57th career double-double and 18th of the season. It marked his 33rd career 20-10 game, the most for a Big Ten player since the 2010-11 season by eight games (Luka Garza – 25).

Edey now has 2,115 points and 1,143 rebounds in his career. He needs six rebounds to break the school record for career rebounds (Joe Barry Carroll – 1,148). He moved into a tie for fifth on the Big Ten’s all-time rebounds list.

Edey is the fourth player in Big Ten history with 2,100 points and 1,100 rebounds (Trayce Jackson-Davis, Ethan Happ, Joe Barry Carroll).

Braden Smith tallied 16 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals in the victory. He is the second player nationally this season to reach those marks in a game (Tulane’s Kevin Cross vs. Furman; 25 pts, 12 asts, 12 rebs, 6 stls). Smith attempted just seven shots in the victory.

Smith moved into a tie for sixth on Purdue’s single-season assist list with 180.

Smith now has 10 games of at least 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists – tied for the third most in America.

Smith is the first player in school history to have at least 320 points, 180 assists and 140 rebounds in a season. He is already one of just 13 players in Big Ten history to reach those marks.

Smith is averaging 12.8 points, 7.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

Mason Gillis tallied 14 points, four rebounds and three assists and is now shooting 37-of-76 (.487) from 3-point range on the season. Purdue is 36-4 during his career when he makes at least two 3-pointers in a game.

Trey Kaufman-Renn tied a career high with eight rebounds, coming in just 19 minutes of action.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey overcame a slow start with 24 points and 15 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Minnesota 84-76 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (23-2, 12-2 Big Ten), who trailed by 10 after the opening possession of the second half, turned to their 7-foot-4 senior All-American center to help lead the comeback. The reigning national player of the year shook off 3-of-9 shooting in the first half by moving closer to the basket with three dunks, the last slam pushing Purdue ahead 57-55 with 12:27 remaining.

“Just throw it inside. Just use him,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “They know we have him and he’s going to keep working. I’ve watched him dominate games for four years now.

“But you’re not going to have success if you don’t defend. If we weren’t going to be better defensively, we weren’t going to win the game.”

Point guard Braden Smith had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Purdue, which improved to 43-3 at home in the last three years, including 7-0 in Big Ten play this season.

“That’s who we are as a team — we stick together,” Smith said.

Mason Gillis hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Lance Jones added 12 for Purdue.

“We’re experienced in different situations,” Gillis said, referring to the halftime deficit. “When we look at each other and say, ‘We got this,’ we believe that and have confidence in each other.”

The Gophers (15-9, 6-7) stunned Purdue early by going 9 of 16 on 3-pointers in the first half. Four different shooters hit 3s during a 19-3 run.

“Our decision-making just wasn’t very good in the first half and our attention to detail on defense wasn’t very good,” Painter said. “They’re a tough cover.”

But then Minnesota went just 3 of 9 from long range in the second half.

“We’re growing and we’re battle-tested,” Minnesota coach Ben Johnson said. “We can compete with anyone in the conference. We just have that one more step to take to be in the top half of the Big Ten.”

Despite a roster with only three seniors, Johnson’s resurgent squad has improved dramatically from 9-22 last season. But the Gophers lack a signature road win in conference play, dropping to 2-5 in Big Ten away games.

Dawson Garcia led the Gophers with 24 points, including three 3s. Mike Mitchell Jr. scored 14 with four 3-pointers. Cam Christie finished with 13 points, the freshman’s fourth consecutive double-digit game. He also hit three 3s.

“They’re going in the right direction,” Painter said of the Gophers. “They should feel good about where they are.”

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Gophers showed they can play with one of the best teams in the country, albeit for one half. But when the 3-point shooting cooled off, so did Minnesota. This team has scoring balance and could be dangerous at tournament time, presuming it can shoot well consistently.

Purdue: What looked easy in the opening minutes proved anything but as the Boilermakers were visibly frustrated at times. But the second half was a reminder why these Boilermakers are not going to rattle when facing adversity. This team seems much better equipped for the NCAA Tournament than the No. 1 seed that was stunned in the opening round a year ago.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

PURDUE HEADS TO SUNSHINE STATE FOR WEEK 2

THE FONSECA MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AT USF

Friday, February 16

vs. UIC | 11:30 a.m. ET

at USF | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN+

Saturday, February 17

vs. Boston College | 9 a.m. ET

Sunday, February 18

vs. Hofstra | 11:30 a.m. ET

at USF | 2 p.m. ET | ESPN+

*Schedule was last updated at 10:30 p.m. ET on 2/15

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In weekend two, the Purdue softball team (3-2) is off to compete in the Fonseca Memorial Tournament at USF. The Boilermakers will face four opponents over five games in Tampa, Florida, facing UIC, Boston College, Hofstra and host USF.

Both games at USF will be streamed on ESPN+.

SETTING THE TONE

In Purdue’s season-opener, junior lefty Kendall Klochack nearly produced a perfect game, allowing just one hit in the seventh inning vs. Murray State (W, 3-0).

On opening day, Purdue registered 11 runs.

Eight of Purdue’s 11 hits came at the bats of underclassmen.

ALL ABOUT SPEED

Purdue went 12-13 on stolen bases, ranking second in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation.

The Boilermakers’ posted four stolen bases in each of the first two games of the season, a feat that has been accomplished just one other time in the last six years.

MAKING A STATEMENT: KHLOE BANKS

The sophomore led the team in nearly every offensive category over opening weekend.

She ranks T-#1 in stolen bases (4), #7 in the Big Ten in batting avg. (.583), #8 in runs scored (6) and #9 in on-base % (.643).

The outfielder posted a career-high three runs on three hits and three stolen bases vs. South Dakota (2/9).

A NEAR-PERFECT GAME: KLOCHACK

Despite the season-opener being her first complete-game and eighth start of her collegiate career, Klochack was one batter away from becoming the first pitcher since 2016 to toss a perfect game. She allowed one hit in the top of the seventh vs. Murray State.

She is the first pitcher since 2021 to throw a one-hitter complete-game.

Klochack sent five of her first nine batters faced to the dugout.

Tied a career-high six strikeouts.

COMING UP BIG IN CLUTCH MOMENTS

Kiersen George entered the game vs. South Dakota as a pinch hitter in the 5th inning (2 Outs). She produced an RBI triple – the only triple by the Boilermakers over the weekend – and was her first appearance of the 2024 season. The hit gave Purdue the 4-1 lead.

PURDUE WRESTLING

PURDUE READY FOR SENIOR NIGHT, FINAL DUAL OF THE SEASON

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers prepare for the final dual of the season, when they will face off with border-rivals Illinois at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday night in Holloway Gymnasium.

The senior ceremony will begin around 6:35. The match will be streamed live on B1G+ with live stats on TrackWrestling.com.

PURDUE POINTS

• Matt Ramos has won 12 straight matches dating back to the Cliff Keen Invite in early December, tying a career-long streak to start last season.

• Across the 12 wins, he is outscoring opponents 94-30 and has only given up two total takedowns. Five of the wins came against ranked opponents, including victories over No. 1 and No. 2.

• Ramos is 3-0 on the season against top-2 ranked opposition. He is tied with Dylan Lydy for the most top-10 wins of any wrestler under Ersland with 11.

• Joey Blaze has three overtime wins on the year, the most on the team. Last weekend, he knocked off No. 18 Trevor Chumbley 4-1 in sudden victory.

• Brody Baumann leads the team with 87 points in the first period this season, about 4.1 per match.

• The Boilermakers are outscoring their opponents by 200 points in the first period and are +132 in back points on the year.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

• .804 – Ramos’ 0.804 (78-19) career winning percentage is tied for the fourth best in program history and is the best of the Ersland era.

• 9 – Joey Blaze has the most dual wins of any true freshman in the Big Ten this season with nine.

• 4 – Stoney Buell picked up his fourth ranked win of the year in a 10-9 decision over No. 27 Blaine Brenner of Minnesota.

• 38 – Greyson Clark still leads the team in back points with 38 despite missing the last three weeks.

NCAA COACHES’ RANKINGS SECOND EDITION

Four Purdue wrestlers appeared in the second edition of the NCAA coaches’ rankings with five earning nods in the first release of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

Matt Ramos (No. 1 at 125), Greyson Clark (No. 32 at 141), Joey Blaze (No. 17 at 157), and Stoney Buell (No. 27 at 165) made the top-33 list from the coaches. The RPI, which is a calculation based on a wrestler, their opponent, and their opponent’s opponent’s winning percentages, placed Ramos at No. 2, Clark at No. 17, Blaze at No. 24, and Buell at No. 20 while also including Brody Baumann at No. 27.

Clark and Blaze are only the third and fourth true freshmen Boilermakers to be included in the rankings since the NCAA began releasing them in 2012. Blaze’s No. 17 spot in the coaches poll and Clark’s No. 17 spot in the RPI are the highest ever for a first-year Boiler.

SENIOR NIGHT

The Boilermakers will honor their senior class before the dual on Friday, recognizing Mitch Hutmacher, Trey Kruse, Michael Leveille, Christian Navida, Cooper Noehre, and Macartney Parkinson for their dedication to the program.

The group combined for 127 wins, 29 major decision and 23 pins on the mat with nine Academic All-Big Ten honors in the classroom. They all played a big role in the Boilermakers placing as a top-25 NWCA Scholar All-American team in 2022.

TRUE FRESHMEN PHENOMS

True freshmen Joey Blaze and Greyson Clark earned spots in the lineup from day one of their college careers and have already shown the talent that made them both top-30 recruits.

Blaze (15-7) made the biggest splash early by knocking off No. 5 Ed Scott of N.C. State in sudden victory. He was the first unranked Boiler to beat a top-5 opponent since Griffin Parriott in 2018. He is one of just five under Ersland to defeat top-5 opposition while unranked themselves.

Clark (13-5) has shown technique beyond his years. He leads the team with 38 back points on 11 near-fall attempts with five bonus point victories to his name.

The duo are also 2-of-9 Big Ten true freshmen currently ranked by InterMat. Blaze is the only B1G true freshman ranked at 157.

PURDUE BASEBALL

PURDUE VS. STONY BROOK FOR ANOTHER SEASON-OPENING SERIES IN SUGAR LAND

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Stony Brook (23-29, 14-16 Colonial) vs. Purdue (24-29, 11-13 Big Ten)

4-Game Series / Friday to Sunday, Feb. 16 to Feb. 18

Constellation Field / Sugar Land, Texas

Series Opener: Friday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. ET

Doubleheader: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. ET

All-Time Series: First Meetings

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Jordan Morales (Grad, LHP) vs. SBU’S Eddie Smirk (So, RHP)

Saturday Game 1: Jonathan Blackwell (Sr, LHP) vs. SBU’s Ty Saunders (Grad, RHP)

Saturday Game 2: Kyle Iwinski (Sr, RHP) vs. SBU’s Colton Book (Jr, LHP)

Sunday: TBA for Both Teams

SUGAR LAND, Texas – The season-opening weekend has brought Purdue Baseball back to a Triple-A stadium in Texas for the fifth year in a row as the Boilermakers host first-time foe Stony Brook to begin the new campaign.

It’s a four-game series with a Saturday doubleheader as the Boilermakers take on a Colonial Athletic Association opponent for the first time since playing at UNC Wilmington in March 1985. First pitch is set for Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (all times ET).

Constellation Field is the home of the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, the Houston Astros Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. Purdue has compiled a 7-1 record at Constellation Field since 2022, sweeping South Dakota State two years ago and winning three of four vs. Holy Cross last season.

The Boilermakers are 4-0 in season openers under fifth-year head coach Greg Goff. They’ve also won six of their last seven openers since 2017. Purdue is opening its season in the same location for the first time since 2009-13, when the Big East/Big Ten Challenge was an annual event in the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Purdue’s 40-man roster features 23 returnees and 17 true newcomers. Most of the Boilermakers’ experience is among its pitching staff, welcoming back eight pitchers that threw at least 20 innings last year. Of the 17 newcomers, 10 have prior Division I experience. Freshman pitchers Brayden Olson and Easton Storey were both among D1Baseball.com’s top 20 Freshmen to watch in the Big Ten.

Graduate transfer Jordan Morales has earned the Opening Day start on the mound. The lefthander from suburban Philadelphia previously pitched at Penn State (2022-23) and La Salle (2020-21). He’s set to become Purdue’s first lefty since Jordan Minch in 2014 – and just the second this century – to be the team’s Opening Day starter on the mound. The 2014 season also marked the only time this century in which Purdue started a lefthanded pitcher in its first two games of the season. With Jonathan Blackwell slated to pitch game 2 this weekend, it’s in line to happen again a decade later.

Located on Long Island, Stony Brook made the move to the Colonial league in time for the 2022-23 school year. Longtime head coach Matt Senk led the Seawolves to the College World Series in 2012 when SBU was a member of the America East Conference.

PURDUE’S LEADERS IN SUGAR LAND

Among Active Boilermakers

2023 VERSUS HOLY CROSS

• Mike Bolton Jr.: 5-for-14, HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, HBP, 5 R, 3 SB

• Couper Cornblum: 4-for-15, HR, 5 RBI, HBP, 4 R, 2 SB

• Jo Stevens: 3-for-12, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

• Keenan Taylor: 2-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R

• Camden Melvin: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, HBP, 2 R, SB

• Jonathan Blackwell: Win, 5 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 2 K

• Aaron Suval: Win, 4 IP, 2 H, R, 4 BB, 2 K

• Jackson Dannelley: 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

• Kyle Iwinski: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

• Griffin Lohman: Save, 3 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K (2022 vs. South Dakota State)

2022 & 2023 COMBINED

• Mike Bolton Jr.: 9-for-25, 2B, 3B HR, 6 RBI, 9 BB, 3 HBP, 12 R, 7 SB

• Ty Gill: 2-for-7, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, HBP, 2 R, Sac Fly

• CJ Backer: 7 1/3 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, BB, 7 K

• Carter Doorn: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K

PURDUE’S TEXAS TIES

• Couper Cornblum (Sr, OF) – Hometown: Woodway, Texas

• Jackson Dannelley (Sr, RHP) – Hometown: Colmesneil, Texas; Played JUCO ball at Panola College (Carthage, Texas); Pitched for the University of Houston in 2022

• Chase Brown (Jr, RHP) – Hometown: Austin, Texas; Played JUCO ball McLennan College (Waco, Texas)

• Keenan Spence (Jr, OF) – Played JUCO ball at Howard College (Big Spring, Texas)

• Davis Pratt (Sr, RHP) – Played JUCO ball at Temple College (Temple, Texas)

NOTABLE STREAKS FROM 2023

• Connor Caskenette – 25-game on-base, 18-game hit (Purdue’s longest since 2011), 18-game on-base at home (active), 16-game hit at home, 11-game hit in Big Ten play

• Couper Cornblum – 20-game on-base (active), 13-game hit, 13-game hit at home (active)

• Jo Stevens – 12-game hit

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 15-game on-base, 9-game on-base (active)

STATISTICAL MILESTONES & NOTABLES FROM 2023

• The Boilermakers went 6-2 on Fridays in Big Ten play, winning three consecutive series openers twice from March 24 to May 5. Purdue’s April 21 series-opening win at Maryland made the Boilermakers the first visiting team to win on a Friday in College Park since May 2019.

• Mike Bolton Jr. (74) eclipsed Purdue’s all-time stolen base record on April 26, breaking a mark that had stood since 1991. He led the Big Ten with 28 steals, helping Purdue lead the league with 99 steals through the end of the Big Ten Tournament. Bolton and Couper Cornblum (26) teamed up for 54 steals, the second most by teammates in team history. Bolton has 17, 28 and 28 steals the last three years to put him in a select group with three straight seasons of 15-plus steals and consecutive campaigns of 25-plus.

• Purdue had three players – Connor Caskenette, Couper Cornblum, Jo Stevens – with hit streaks of at least 10 games each for the first time since 2019.

• Purdue used the same weekend rotation – Khal Stephen, Jonathan Blackwell, Kyle Iwinski – for every Big Ten series for the first time since 2009 and only the fourth time since 2001. They were a big reason why the Boilermakers won five of six weekend series from March 31 to May 7. Stephen opted to transfer to Mississippi State in July and was announced as MSU’s Saturday starter to open the season.

• The April 15 doubleheader sweep of Penn State at Alexander Field gave Purdue a third straight Big Ten series win at the midpoint of the conference season. The Boilermakers swept a Big Ten doubleheader at Alexander Field for the first time ever and rallied to win a Big Ten series at home after dropping the first game since April 2009. Aaron Suval closed out both one-run wins, making him the first Boilermaker with two saves in one day since the final day of the 2018 regular season. Purdue had not won a pair of one-run Big Ten games on the same day since May 2005.

• Kyle Iwinski shined at home all season, compiling a 2.06 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and .214 batting average against over 35 innings. He pitched at least six innings in all five starts and the Boilermakers won four of the five games. He accounted for the best ERA at home by a member of the weekend rotation since 2016.

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING

TWO DOZEN HEAD TO OHIO STATE WINTER INVITE

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notre Dame will kick off its championship season this weekend beginning with the Ohio State Winter Invitational.

The Irish recently hosted the Buckeyes at the Tim Welsh Classic, and it was a meet to remember. For the first time in program history, Notre Dame defeated the Ohio State men’s team.

Distance specialist Connor Lathrop is among the Irish swimmers headed to Columbus. He is coming off of his best meet at Notre Dame. At Tim Welsh, Lathrop posted best times in both the 500 free (4:29.23) and 1000 free (9:21.90). He finished eighth and seventh in those events, respectively.

On the women’s side, Madison Feehery will swim at Ohio State after a successful Tim Welsh. She notched a personal best time in the 200 breast (2:22.06), and she went a season best in the 100 fly (56.15). Madeline Menkhaus went a season best in the 200 fly at the meet (2:01.87), and she will try to better that in Columbus.

All prelims sessions for this weekend’s meet will begin at 11 a.m. The Friday and Saturday finals sessions will begin at 5 p.m., while Sunday’s finals session will start at 4 p.m. Live results can be found here, and the meet can be streamed on BTN+.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday:

200 freestyle relay

500 freestyle

200 IM

50 freestyle

400 medley relay

Saturday:

200 medley relay

100 butterfly

400 IM

200 freestyle

100 breaststroke

100 backstroke

800 freestyle relay

Sunday:

1650 freestyle

200 backstroke

100 freestyle

200 breaststroke

200 butterfly

400 freestyle relay

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

GAMES 3 & 4 PREVIEW: NORTHWESTERN & BUTLER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A top-10 showdown comes to Loftus Sports Center this weekend as the eighth-ranked Irish host No. 1 Northwestern on Friday night at 7:30pm. The team returns to the field Sunday for a matinee matchup with in-state foe Butler at 1pm.

Friday’s game will be the team’s Together Irish game before they honor Morgan’s Message on Sunday against Butler.

GAME DETAILS

Location: South Bend, Ind. | Loftus Sports Center

Schedule: February 16 vs. No. 1 Northwestern — 7:30 p.m. | February 18 vs. Butler — 1:00 p.m.

TV: ACCNX

Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDWomensLax

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

FOR STARTERS

The Irish opened their season with a 21-6 win over Eastern Michigan inside Loftus last Friday, picking up their first win of the season. The team then posted back-to-back 20+ goal performances as they rolled to a 22-3 victory over Central Michigan in game two of opening weekend to finish the opening series with a 2-0-0 record.

Lilly Callahan picked up both decisions and now owns a 2-0-0 record to start the year. She tallied nine saves and a .692 save percentage over the two-game stretch.

Jackie Wolak’s 12 points to start the season leads the team following consecutive hat trick outings. She boasted three goals and two assists in game one before tallying four goals and three assists in game two to finish the weekend with 12 points.

Freshmen Angie Conley, Kathryn Morrissey, Kate Timarky and Meghan O’Hare all scored their first collegiate goals and were joined by veterans Ciara Mazzone and Maeve Dwyer in the accomplishment.

A graduate transfer and preseason All-American, Arden Tierney leads the two with six assists this season.

The Irish finished the 2023 campaign with a 15-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

They were the only non-seeded team to advance out of the NCAA Tournament regionals a season ago, besting Mercer 21-6 before defeating the host Florida Gators in a thrilling 16-15 showdown to keep their season alive.

The team’s leading scorer in 2023, Jackie Wolak, surpassed 100 points on the season with her third goal of the game (against Florida) to become just the third woman in program history to hit the ellusive century mark.

In round one of the 2023 postseason NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame rolled out a convincing 21-6 victory over Mercer to advance to the Second Round where they will face Florida. The 21 goals was a program best in the NCAA Tournament, along with their 31 points setting a new record as well.

Kasey Choma recorded 10 points in the win, leading the team and becoming the only Irish woman to hit double-digit scoring in a single game last season.

A program-best seven individuals were named to All-ACC teams ahead of the first round of the 2023 conference tournament. The offensive trio of Madison Ahern, Kasey Choma and Jackie Wolak were all named First Team All-ACC while the defensive corp of Lilly Callahan, Kelly Denes and Hannah Dorney were awarded Second Team honors. Abigail Lyons was recognized as a part of the All-Freshman team.

IN THE POLLS

Notre Dame was ranked No. 8 in the latest ILWomen/IWLCA poll of the season.

The ACC coaches tabbed the Irish to finish fourth in the preseason rankings.

BALANCED ATTACK

The Irish return an NCAA best 91-percent of their scoring from a season ago including their six top scorers in Jackie Wolak (105 pts.), Kasey Choma (88 pts.), Madison Ahern (84 pts.), MK Doherty (38 pts.), Kristen Shanahan (29 pts.) and Kelly Denes (25 pts.).

The trio of Ahern, Wolak and Choma combined for 26 points in the team’s opening weekend to kick off 2024, led by Wolak with a team-best 12 points and 7 goals.

Arden Tierney, a draw specialist who joined the Irish ahead of the 2024 season, registered 10 draw controls last weekend, including eight in the team’s 22-3 win over Central Michigan in their most recent outing. Kelly Denes, who led the team in the category a year ago boasts 16 draw controls thus far in 2024 and leads the team in the category again.

In addition to being one of the team’s top contributors offensively, Denes led the team at the draw circle last season, boasting 135 draw controls while MK Doherty’s 111 controls gave the Irish their first season in program history with two individuals eclipsing triple digits.

Choma, Ahern, and Wolak led the Irish in points combining for 277 points following a 17-point combined performance from the trio against Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the opening two rounds of NCAA Tournament play, the senior trio posted a combined 37 of the team’s 51 points to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

With 105 points in 2023, Wolak ranked fourth nationally and second in the ACC. With her performance against Florida to reach the 100+ point mark, she became just the third woman in program history to hit 100 points in a single season.

LEADERSHIP GROUP

The team named a trio of captains, as voted on by their peers, ahead of the 2024 season. This year’s captains will be Madison Ahern, Kasey Choma and Aine Maseker.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

NOTRE DAME RELEASES 2024 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

The University of Notre Dame football team has released its 2024 schedule, which includes six home games, the return of the Shamrock Series and back-to-back contests in NFL venues. The Fighting Irish will enter the third season under Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman looking to improve on the team’s 10-3 record from 2023 while facing teams from the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big Ten, American Athletic and Mid-American conferences across locales that include Texas, Georgia, California and the New York metropolitan area.

Broadcast networks and kickoff times will be released at a later date, save for the 2024 Shamrock Series game in Yankee Stadium on November 23, which has been previously released as a national broadcast on NBC and Peacock.

The Irish begin the season in Kyle Field against Texas A&M, facing the Aggies for the sixth time and the first since a loss in the program’s only visit to College Station in 2001. Notre Dame and Texas A&M first met in 1987 at the Cotton Bowl (a 35-10 Texas A&M victory), then followed with two more Cotton Bowl meetings – both won by the Irish – in 1992 and 1993. The two programs then held a home-and-home series in 2000 and 2001 with both teams earning a victory on their respective home fields.

The 2024 home opener with Northern Illinois will mark the first meeting between the Irish and the Huskies in football. Dating back to the 2013 season, the Irish are 6-0 in first-time meetings with opponents in Notre Dame Stadium, including the 41-7 victory over Central Michigan in 2023. Notre Dame is 10-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-America Conference.

Notre Dame and Purdue will renew their long-time rivalry on September 14th and battle for the Shillelagh Trophy. The Irish – Boilermakers series began in 1896 and is the third-most prolific in Notre Dame history with 87 meetings, trailing just Navy (96) and Southern Cal (94). Notre Dame holds a 59-26-2 advantage in the series, has won the last eight meetings against Purdue and earned a victory in its last three visits to Ross-Ade Stadium. 

The Irish return home on September 21st to face Miami OH for the third time and first since a 52-17 victory in 2017. The three-game homestand then continues with a visit from Louisville (Sept. 28), the first bye week of the season, then the annual battle for the Legends Trophy with Stanford on October 12.

Notre Dame and Louisville will be facing off for the second-consecutive season and fourth time since 2019. The Cardinals snapped Notre Dame’s 30-game win streak over ACC teams last season at Louisville, but the Irish will look to extend their 19-game home win streak over ACC opponents in 2024.

Notre Dame returns to the road for back-to-back games in NFL venues over the following two weeks, facing off with Georgia Tech in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Navy in MetLife Stadium. The Irish are 23-15 in current NFL Stadiums and will be making their first appearance in the home of the Atlanta Falcons (Notre Dame has played in 15 of the current 30 NFL stadiums).

The Irish and Yellowjackets will meet for the 38th time and the third since 2020, with Notre Dame holding a 30-6-1 advantage in the series with victories in four of the last five meetings. Notre Dame and Navy continue their annual rivalry and meet for the 97th time (ND leads the series 82-13-1) and for the second time in MetLife Stadium (2010).

The second bye week of the season leads into a two-game stretch in Notre Dame Stadium when Florida State (Nov. 9) and Virginia (Nov. 16) travel to The House That Rockne Built. The Irish will be looking to even the all-time series with Florida State (FSU holds the current advantage at 6-5) and earn their fourth consecutive win over the Seminoles.

Notre Dame and Virginia will meet for the fifth time and third since 2019. The Irish are 4-0 all-time against the Cavaliers and 1-0 in Notre Dame Stadium.

The month of November concludes with the Shamrock Series game against Army in Yankee Stadium, which will be broadcast on NBC and Peacock, followed by the next installment of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football when Notre Dame heads to Los Angeles to face Southern Cal on November 30.

The Irish and Trojans will meet for the 95th time and 45th time in the Coliseum, as Notre Dame looks to earn their first win over Southern Cal in Los Angeles since 2018 and seventh win over the SC in nine meetings.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 16 NOTRE DAME FALLS TO NO. 6 NC STATE, 59-43

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — NC State came out hot, and Notre Dame couldn’t recover. On Thursday, the 16th-ranked Irish fell to the No. 6 Wolfpack, 59-43.

NC State started on a 19-4 run and never gave up the lead. The Irish went just 8-30 in the first half (26.7 percent), and for the first time in her Notre Dame career Hannah Hidalgo was held scoreless in a half. Maddy Westbeld and Sonia Citron were the only two Irish players to score in H1. Westbeld had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Citron had 6 points.

The second half was more of the same, although Notre Dame played decently well on defense. The difference in the game was points off turnovers. NC State scored 16 points off of 15 Notre Dame turnovers. The Irish scored just 4 points off of the Wolfpack’s 13 giveaways.

When the clock hit zero, four NC State players finished in double figures. Three Irish were in double figures, with Westbeld leading the way at 14. She finished with 9 boards. Citron had 13 points, while Hidalgo had 10. Notre Dame ended with just 5 total assists.

The Irish are back on the road on Monday as they head to Cameron Indoor to face Duke (16-7, 8-4) on Monday.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER

KLENKE HEADS TO COLOMBIA WITH US U20 SQUAD

CHICAGO – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s Youth National Team will travel to Bogotá, Colombia for a training camp from Feb. 18-28 that will feature two matches against the Colombia U-20 WNT, the hosts of the 2024 Under-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. head coach Tracey Kevins has named 20 players to the roster, 12 of which play in college. With that said, Notre Dame’s own Leah Klenke will once again don the Stars & Stripes.

The USA will face Colombia twice in Bogotá during the trip, on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Estadio El Campín, the main soccer stadium in Colombia’s capital, and on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Estadio de Techo, a smaller venue. The event will serve as excellent preparation for the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will take place from August 31 to September 22, 2024 and will feature players born on or after Jan. 1, 2004.

And what a year it was for Leah Klenke, who was an absolute sparkplug for the Notre Dame offense. Klenke led the team with 10 assists, which ranked 18th nationally and 4th in the ACC. Her 0.5 assists per game ranked 18th and 4th as well, respectfully.

Get this, Klenke registered points in 10 of the last 16 matches. The sophomore had seven assists in conference play. Lastly, Klenke posted a career-best 14 points on the season.

U.S. U-20 Women’s Youth National Team

Training Camp Roster & Matches – Bogota, Colombia (College or Club; Hometown)

Goalkeepers (2): Mackenzie Gress (Penn State; Lyndhurst, N.J.), Teagan Wy (California; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

Defenders (7): Tessa Dellarose (UNC; Grindstone, Pa.), Elise Evans (Stanford; Redwood City, Calif.), Heather Gilchrist (Florida State; Boulder, Colo.), Savy King (Bay FC; West Hills, Calif.), Reese Klein (Florida United SC; Cooper City, Fla.), Leah Klenke (Notre Dame; Houston, Texas), Gisele Thompson (Angel City FC; Studio City, Calif.)

Midfielders (5): Sam Courtwright (Texas Tech; Dallas, Texas), Claire Hutton (Kansas City Current; Bethlehem, N.Y.), Riley Jackson (North Carolina Courage; Roswell, Georgia), Ally Lemos (Orlando Pride; Glendora, Calif.), Lauren Martinho (North Carolina Courage Academy; Cary, N.C.)

Forwards (6): Jordynn Dudley (Florida State; Milton, Georgia), Kat Rader (Duke; Stuart, Fla.), Giana Riley (Gonzaga; Manteca, Calif.), Ally Sentnor (Utah Royals FC; Hanson, Mass.), Taylor Suarez (Florida State; Charlote, N.C.), Pietra Tordin (Princeton; Miami, Fla.)

BUTLER BASEBALL

BUTLER TO OPEN 2024 SEASON AT FLORIDA STATE

INDIANAPOLIS – Baseball season is officially here and the Butler Bulldogs will open up the 2024 campaign with a three-game series at Florida State in Tallahassee.  Game times are set for 5 PM, 2 PM and 1 PM with the Seminoles hosting the action at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. All three games will stream on the ACC Network.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb. 16 – 5 PM

Saturday, Feb. 17 – 2 PM

Sunday, Feb. 18 – 1 PM

*All Games Played at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium

Projected Starters

Game 1 – RHP Justin Hornschemeier vs. RHP Cam Leiter

Game 2 – RHP Tyler Banks vs. LHP Jamie Arnold

Game 3 – TBA vs. RHP Conner Whittaker

Scouting Florida State

The Seminoles were picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division of the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll. A year ago, FSU posted a 23-31 overall record, but were just 9-21 in ACC action. They were far better at home than playing on the road with 17 of their 23 victories coming in Tallahassee.

On the mound, FSU will return Andrew Armstrong and Conner Whittaker. Armstrong is a left-handed senior that appeared in 32 games last season. He held a 4.19 ERA and struck out 57 over 58 innings. Whittaker is a right-handed junior that made eight starts in 2023. He held a 4.33 ERA and led the team in innings pitched (79.0). Cam Leiter and Jamie Arnold are also slated to get starts for FSU along with Whittaker. Leiter was a unanimous selection to the AAC All-Freshman Team at UCF in 2023 and Arnold is a lefty in the mix entering his sophomore season.

At the plate, the Seminoles return a trio of players to keep an eye on. James Tibbs III and Jaime Ferrer are a pair of juniors that started in every game last season. Tibbs III led the club with a .338 average and Ferrer was the FSU hit leader with 73. Cam Smith is the third member of the group. A sophomore infielder, Smith hit 12 home runs last year to post 36 RBI.

BIG EAST Preseason Poll

1. UConn (6) – 48

2. Xavier (2) – 44

3. Seton Hall – 35

4. Creighton – 29

4. Georgetown – 29

6. St. John’s – 17

7. Butler – 14

8. Villanova – 8

BIG EAST Preseason Awards

Preseason Player of the Year – Jake Studley, OF, UConn

Preseason Pitcher of the Year – Stephen Quigley, SP, UConn

Urban Named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

Butler outfielder Joey Urban was selected to the 2024 Baseball Preseason All-BIG EAST Team after a vote from the conference head coaches. He was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2023 after leading the Bulldogs in hits, doubles, RBI’s, total bases, slugging percentage and runs scored. A starter in all 55 games, Urban led BU with 19 multi-hit games and had multiple RBIs in nine games. Urban was the only BIG EAST player to earn a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America Team. He was the first Bulldog to earn the recognition since Tyler Houston in 2015.

Butler Team Captains

LHP Cole Graverson and SS Carter Dorighi were named team captains for the 2024 season. Each player was voted into that role after a vote by their teammates. Dorighi started in all 55 games a year ago and Graverson made 20 appearances on the mound.

Coaching Staff Updates

Blake Beemer added Isaiah Paige to the Bulldog coaching staff in prep for the 2024 season. Additionally, Assistant Coach Bladen Bales was promoted as the full-time Recruiting Coordinator.

As a student-athlete Paige started at Michigan in a National Championship game as a redshirt-freshman and spent the last two seasons as a pitching development coach for the Baltimore Orioles (FCL).

Bales returns to Butler in an expanded role while entering year two with the program. Beemer also retained pitching coach Ross Learnard.

New Year, New Team

Blake Beemer added 22 student-athletes to the 2024 roster over the off-season. Nearly half of the newcomers will pitch for the Bulldogs this year as the Butler staff added 10 arms to the team. Four infielders, two outfielders and two catchers are also in the mix to see playing time. BU also added four utility players that will look to carve out a role in 2024.

2023 Highlights

Highlights from Coach Beemer’s first season at Butler includes winning the weekend series at Seton Hall and at Georgetown, playing two games against #1 LSU in Baton Rouge, and upsetting #9 UConn on their Senior Day to claim their first win ever over a top-ten opponent and their first win over a ranked team since 2018.

Back in the Day

Butler’s first game against a ranked team came in 2003 at No. 23 Notre Dame. The following season they faced No. 19 Florida State in Tallahassee on March 10. They lost to the Seminoles 11-2.

A Year Ago

Butler opened the 2023 season by playing a four-game series vs. Fairleigh Dickinson in Lexington, S.C. Each team won a pair of games with BU coming out on top in Games 2 and 3. Each Bulldog loss came by just one run. When BU returned to campus on Monday, Joey Urban was selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week. He hit .438 against the Knights and tallied at least one run, hit and RBI in all four games.

Smart Dawgs

The Butler baseball team earned an Academic Excellence Award from the BIG EAST Conference at the conclusion of the 2023 season. The Bulldogs were recognized by compiling the highest collective grade-point average (3.385) of any BIG EAST baseball team.

Two-Sport Athlete

Ryan Lezon played football for Butler in the fall and now will transition to baseball in the spring. The Ball State transfer played in nine games for the Bulldogs, making six starts at tight end. He caught 18 passes for 190 yards and scored four touchdowns.

“Ryan brings a good attitude to this team and works hard every day,” Beemer stated. “He’s very athletic and is catching guys quickly in all facets of the game despite being behind on reps due to him playing football. He’s strong and repeats the motions that you need to see so it will be interesting to see what he can do for us.”

Up Next

The Bulldogs will play a three-game series at Alabama A&M next weekend. Action in Huntsville gets started Friday at 1 PM.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLERSOFTBALL HEADS TO ATLANTA FOR WEEKEND TOURNAMENT

Tournament Information – Panther Invitational at GSU
DATE:                                  Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18
LOCATION:                         Atlanta, Georgia / Bob Heck Softball Complex
LIVE STATS:                       StatBroadcast
LIVE VIDEO:                       N/A
 
Full Notes

The Butler softball team heads south to Atlanta this weekend to play its second tournament of the 2024 season. The Bulldogs went 1-4 last weekend at the UNI-Dome Classic in Iowa. Opponents this coming weekend include Belmont, South Dakota, and Georgia Southern,

Bulldog Bits                                                                                       

         at UNI-Dome Classic

Three Bulldogs – Teagan O’Rilley, Monique Hoosen, and Paige Dorsett – connected on their first home run of the season

Five Bulldogs combined for nine extra-base hits (3-HR, 2-3B, 4-2B) over the five-game tournament.

Freshman Katie Petran began her collegiate career pitching seven scoreless innings spread over two games. Her first win was a complete game vs. Western Illinois.

Six Bulldogs – Erin Clark, Leigh Vande Hei, Hailey Conger, Katie Petran, Makena Alexander, and Olivia Roberts – all made their first collegiate appearances over the weekend.

Butler’s 2024 schedule includes four teams that qualified for the 2023 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs’ season opener was vs. Omaha (Feb. 9) at UNI. Additional opponents include Seton Hall (Mar. 28-30), Miami (OH) (Apr. 9), and Indiana (Apr. 24), all at home.

BIG EAST coaches ranked Butler fifth in the 2024 Preseason Poll. Villanova (1st), UConn (2nd), and Seton Hall (3rd) each received at least two first-place votes. DePaul (4th) also ranked ahead of the Bulldogs.

Butler’s 2024 schedule includes four teams that qualified for the 2023 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs’ season opener is vs. Omaha (Feb. 9) at UNI. Additional opponents include Seton Hall (Mar. 28-30), Miami (OH) (Apr. 9), and Indiana (Apr. 24), all at home.

SCOUTING OPPONENTS

Belmont (1-2, 0-0 The Valley)

The Bruins have a win over Illinois and losses to No. 20 Auburn and No. 23 Virginia Tech.

Batting leaders include #14 Emily Cockrill (.400, 3-2B), #25 Emma Barnes (.400, 2-2B, 2-RBI), and #13 Bale Enslo (.375).

The pitching staff has a combined ERA of 8.24 with 10 Ks on the season.

South Dakota (0-5, 0-0 Summit)

The Coyotes’ losses include No. 6 Georgia, Purdue, and Murray State.

Batting leaders include Delaney White (.308), Gabby Moser (.250), and Alexis Lusk (.231).

The pitching staff has a combined ERA of 5.08 with 28 Ks on the season.

Georgia State (2-4, 0-0 Sun Belt)

The Panthers have two wins over Howard and losses to UConn, Seattle, UCF, and Mercer.

Batting leaders include #9 Chloe Nadler (.429), #28 Maya Montague (.333), #1 Chloe Middlebrooks (.333), and Ashton Schroyer (.313).

The pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.07 with 25 Ks on the season.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX

BUTLERWLACROSSE TAKES ON NO. 8 NOTRE DAME ON SUNDAY

The Butler women’s lacrosse program will travel to Notre Dame to take on Coach Zentgraf’s alma mater. The first draw is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 in South Bend, Ind.

GameDay

Butler vs. Notre Dame

1:00 PM

Sunday, Feb. 18

South Bend, Ind.

Bulldog Bits:

Maggie Zentgraf is in her second season as head coach for the Bulldogs. Zentgraf is a former member of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. Zentgraf previously coached at Division III Lake Forest, going 11-4 in the program’s first-ever season.

In the Bulldogs previous match, they claimed their first victory of the season with a 13-12 win over Central Michigan. The Bulldogs are currently 1-0.

Senior midfielder Leah Rubino tied both Butler’s single-game record and her own career-high with seven goals in the contest for the Bulldogs with seven goals. Rubino was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week for the third time in her career at Butler.

Goalie Caroline Smith recorded 14 saves on the 32 shots faced in Butler’s match against the Chippewas.

Freshman midfielder Emily Eckert recorded two goals against Central Michigan. Eckert also received BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors.  

Scouting Notre Dame:

Notre Dame is 2-0 all time over the Bulldogs.

The program is led by Christine Halfpenny, who is in her 13th season leading the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame is currently 2-0 this season with wins over Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

Jackie Wolak has been the leading scorer for the Fighting Irish thus far this season with a total of seven goals. 

Notre Dame women’s lacrosse is currently ranked eighth in the Division I Women’s Lacrosse poll.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will be back home to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Varsity Field.

Follow Along

For updates follow the Butler women’s lacrosse team on X and Instagram @ButlerWLacrosse. Live scoring will be available on ButlerSports.com

IUPUI SOFTBALL

JAGUARS RETURN TO ACTION AT THE FURMAN INVITATIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team returns to action this weekend, traveling to Greenville, S.C., to take part in the Furman Invitational. Play begins Friday (Feb. 16) and goes through Sunday morning (Feb. 18). The team will play a total of five contests, beginning with Georgetown and Furman on day one, Lipscomb and Georgetown again on Saturday and Towson on the final day.

Live stats will be provided, and you can follow along with the action at IUPUIJags.com. The game against Furman on Friday night will also be streamed on ESPN+ with the opening pitch set for 7:00 p.m.

The Jags come into the weekend with a 1-3 record after last week’s Mississippi State Tournament. They began the season with a victory against UAB on Friday (Feb. 9) before falling to the hosts later that evening. Carly Metcalf was credited with the win after pitching all seven innings and allowing just one run. On day two of the tournament UAB got revenge and the hosts again downed the Jags.

Offensively, Morgan Gilbert and Kelli Riordan lead the squad with a .222 batting average. Kinsey Pfeiffer has the teams’ lone home run and boasts a .500 slugging percentage. Kendal Calvert and Rachael Gregory have also recorded hits with the later also tallying a RBI on a sacrifice fly for the first run of the year.

Metcalf leads the team with 10 innings pitched followed by Alexa Holman who has four innings under her belt. Kasie Keyes leads the Jags with 16 putouts and one assist while Kayla Freiberg and Maicey Bedrick follow closely behind.

Georgetown boasts a 1-4 record after last weekend’s FGCU Kickoff Classic and are led by Brooke Rebhan who registered six hits and two runs on opening weekend. The hosts hold the best record of the competing teams, winning four out of five games at the UNCW Tournament to get off to its best start since 2002. Furman gave up just 10 runs in the five games thanks to excellent pitching. Lipscomb and Towson both got off to 1-3 starts after their opening weekend tournaments at Arizona’s Candrea Classic and USC Upstate’s tournament, respectively.

IUPUI SWIMMING

JAGS TAKE THREE GOLDS IN DAY TWO OF HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI swim and dive team earned three golds on day two of the 2024 Horizon League Championships. Emmaleigh Zietlow defended her title in the 500 free, nearly breaking her previous record while Spencer Jyawook took first in the 50 free and Sebastian Otero finished first in the 1-meter.

The Jaguars had 22 athletes qualify in the morning prelims with Zietlow, Jyawook and Otero all earning top seeds.

The finals meet kicked off with the women’s 500 free finals. Emily Heokstra and Samantha Lee swam in the 500 free consolations with Lee earning 10th and Hoekstra taking 16th. Zietlow then defended her title in the championship final, nearly beating her own meet record from last year with a time of 4:47.24.

The Jags had three in the men’s 500 free championship final with freshman Nathan Rariden leading the way, earning silver at 4:24.25. Youssef Magdy finished fifth while Luke Dibley took eighth.

Three Jags earned their way into the women’s 200 IM consolations finals with Victoria Surdyka taking ninth with a time of 2:05.69. Tess Jones earned 12th while Zoe Hendrickx finished in 14th.

Logan Kelly and Ben Kimmel represented the Jags in the championship finals of the 200 IM while Grayson Tidwell, Isaac Wilson and Turner Long swam in the consolation finals. Kelly earned the bronze with a time of 1:47.14 while Kimmel earned fourth.

Lillian Brandt took sixth in the women’s 50 free with a time of 23.45 while Tori Barnet earned 12th and Priscilla Zavala placed 16th. On the men’s side, Jyawook took gold with a fast time of 19.66 while Kevin Burke finished in fourth with a time of 19.83.

The women’s 200 free relay team of Brandt, Zietlow, Tori Barnet and Surdyka took fourth with a time of 1:33.91. The men’s 200 free relay team of Jyawook, Kimmel, Kelly and Burke took silver with a time of 1:19.33.

On the boards for the Jags, all three divers qualified for the championship finals with Otero leading the way. Otero finished the night with a high score of 376.85 to take the gold while Adam Schmehl took silver with a time of 334.15. Blake Vanderjeugdt finished in fourth with a score of 304.50.

After day two, the women’s team currently sits in third with 199 points behind Milwaukee (2nd – 243 points) and Oakland (1st – 325 points). The men’s team sits at the top of the leaderboard with 279 points with Oakland following right behind in second with 267 points.

Day three will feature the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, women’s 1-meter dive and the 400 medley relay. Prelims will start at 10:00 AM with diving prelims at 1:00 PM and finals starting at 5:30 PM.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO CHATTANOOGA CHALLENGE

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team returns to the road this weekend when it travels to Chattanooga for the 2024 Chattanooga Challenge … The Cardinals open the seven-team, 15-game event Friday with contests versus Jacksonville State (10 a.m.) and host Chattanooga (3 p.m.) … BSU will meet the same two teams Saturday for games at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., before closing the tournament Sunday versus Western Kentucky (11 a.m.).

» ONE DOWN, MANY MORE TO COME: Ball State closed play in the River City Leadoff with a 10-8 victory over Fordham (Feb. 11) to give head coach Helen Peña her first career head coaching victory … After pulling ahead 4-0 thanks to a first inning grand slam from junior Jessica Hoffman, the Cardinals found themselves trailing 6-5 after three … However, a five-run sixth inning gave BSU the momentum it needed to pull out the victory.

» THE OVERALL RECORD: Ball State enters the Chattanooga Challenge with a 1149-1146-4 (.501) overall record dating back to 1975 … The Cardinals have tallied 30-or-more wins in 16 seasons, most recently a 37-18 mark in 2021 … Of the 16 seasons with 30-or-more wins, 11 have come in the past 16 years.

» A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINALS: First-year head coach Helen Peña inherited a very experienced group with seven position starters and four of the team’s five pitchers coming back for the 2024 season … Highlighting the list of returning field players are a pair of NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team honorees in fifth-year infielder Haley Wynn and junior utility player McKayla Timmons … Wynn ranked second on the squad with a .377 average and was one of the league’s top run producers last season with 45 runs scored and 38 RBI … Timmons, a .345 batter, ranked sixth in the MAC and 78th nationally last season with her 12 home runs, while making 27 starts at catcher, 17 at first base and seven as the designated player … Sophomore Bridie Murphy is Ball State’s top returning arm in the circle by both ERA (3.71) and innings pitched (73.2) … She boasted an 8-3 record on the year and tallied 53 strikeouts … Senior Francys King was not far behind with a 3.99 ERA over 72.0 innings of work … She struck out 34 batters, while earning three wins and a save.

» ABOUT THE CHATTANOOGA CHALLENGE FIELD:

– Ball State enters the Chattanooga Challenge with a 5-10 all-time record versus teams it will face in the event … BSU and Jacksonville State are currently tied at 1-1 … Chattanooga holds a 3-1 edge all-time versus the Cardinals, while Western Kentucky is 6-3 all-time versus Ball State.

– JACKSONVILLE STATE: The Gamecocks opened the season by going 1-4 at the Carolina Classic, ending the event with a 6-3 win over UNC Greensboro … Kenzie Nicholson lead the squad with six hits, including three doubles, while boasting a .400 average … MacKinley Portillo picked up the win versus UNCG and leads the squad with a 3.00 ERA and a .192 opponent’s batting average over 7.0 innings of work.

– CHATTANOOGA: The Mocs opened the season by going 1-4 at the 38th Annual Louisiana Classics … Chattanooga’s lone win in the event was a 4-2 victory over New Mexico … Acelynn Sellers currently leads the team with a .600 average, including two doubles and one of the team’s three home runs … Battling some of the nation’s top teams including No. 21 Louisiana and Cal, the team struggled in the circle with Taylor Long leading the squad with a 6.68 ERA and 10 strikeouts over 7.1 innings.

– WESTERN KENTUCKY: The Hilltoppers opened the season by going 3-1-1 in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida … WKU earned wins over Missouri State (1-0), Army (7-1) and NC State (7-2), while tying Kansas (2-2) … Cheyanne Sales led the squad with a .462 average and a .563 on base percentage … Katie Gardner was credited with two wins, including the complete game shutout of Missouri State … She finished the weekend with a 1.40 ERA and a .204 average against over 15.0 innings.

BALL STATE NEWS & NOTES:

» MAC PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS: Ball State was picked to finish fourth among 11 teams in the Mid-American Conference’s annual preseason poll … The Cardinals, who finished fourth in the league last season with a 17-12 MAC record, are looking for a second consecutive  MAC Softball Championship berth, with the league’s top six teams advancing to Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, for the three-day event which runs May 8-11.

» THE WYNN FACTOR: Graduate Haley Wynn took early advantage of her extra year of eligibility, leading the Ball State offense with seven hits over opening weekend, raising her career hit total to 188 … Wynn registered at least one hit in all five games, including blasting a pair of home runs, with her 188 career hits currently tying for 12th in program history … She was the first Cardinals player to go yard in 2024, blasting a solo shot in Saturday’s game versus James Madison … She also produced a solo shot versus North Florida and leads BSU’s active players with 21 career home runs.

» MORE ON WYNN: Haley Wynn is one of the most prolific batters in program history ranking 12th on Ball State’s career charts with a .336 career average … She is also 12th all-time in slugging percentage (.540) and 13th in on base percentage (.414) … In addition, her 138 career runs scored are ninth in program history, and her 1.20 runs per game average so far this season ranks fifth in the MAC and 87th nationally.

» TIMMONS CLIMBING THE CHARTS TOO: After leading the Ball State offense with a .462 batting average, a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .632 on base percentage opening weekend, redshirt junior McKayla Timmons continued her climb up BSU’s career charts … She currently ranks fifth in program history in both slugging percentage (.639) and on base percentage (.453), while her .348 career batting average is eighth on BSU’s all-time list … Timmons, who blasted a pair of home runs opening weekend, is also one of the program’s top home run hitters with her 18 career long balls tying for 17th in BSU’s all-time list.

» BALL STATE’S BEST THIEF: Senior outfielder Remington Ross enters the Chattanooga Challenge as the greatest base thief in program history with a .979 (46-for-47) career stole base percentage at Ball State … Last season, she went a perfect 23-for-23 in stolen base attempts and ranked second in the MAC and 54th nationally with a 0.47 steals-per-game average … Ross, who ranks 10th in program history with 46 career stolen bases, has been successful in her last 33 stolen base attempts including her first one this season in the opener versus JMU (Feb. 9)

» A SLAMMING FIRST HIT: Redshirt sophomore Jessica Hoffman had just two career at bats when she stepped up to the plate with bases loaded in Sunday’s 10-8 win over Fordham (Feb. 11) … She proceeded to blast her first career hit over the fence in right center field for her first career home run and Ball State’s first grand slam since April 6, 2022 … She added an RBI single later in the game and ended up leading the Cardinals with five RBIs over opening weekend.

» KING OF THE PEN: Senior Francys King led the Ball State pitching staff with a 3.68 ERA over 13.1 innings of work opening weekend, including throwing the final 6.2 innings to earn the victory over Fordham (Feb. 11) … It was her 10th collegiate victory, with four coming at Ball State and six coming in her two seasons at Tennessee State (2021-22).

BALL STATE BASEBALL

BASEBALL OPENS 2024 SEASON IN CHARLESTON, SC

The Ball State baseball team plays two Big Ten opponents, including No. 20 Iowa, this weekend in Charleston, S.C., at the season-opening Swig & Swine College Classic.

The reigning Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Cardinals play Lehigh on Friday at 1 p.m. before taking on the Hawkeyes (noon) and Merrimack (4 p.m.) on Saturday and Michigan State (9 a.m.) on Sunday. Friday’s game will be at Shipyard Park’s Wando River Field, while the rest are scheduled to take place at Detyens Field.

Ball State went 36-23 (19-11 MAC) in 2023 to earn the No. 3 seed in the MAC Tournament and beat host and top seed Kent State twice to clinch the championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Head coach Rich Maloney begins his 19th season leading the Cardinals and has 953 career wins in 28 seasons as a head coach.

The Cardinals were recently voted second in the MAC Preseason head coaches poll.

Live stats will be available for Saturday and Sunday’s games at the links above. A subscription to watch the live streams costs $19.99 for one stream or $29.99 for four simultaneous streams.

SEASON OPENER: Ball State begins the 2024 schedule at Shipyard Park in Charleston against Lehigh, a university in Bethlehem, Pa.

This will be the two programs’ first ever matchup against each other. The Thunder Hawks were picked fourth in the six-team Patriot League preseason poll, while senior shortstop Tyler Young landed on the Preseason All-Patriot League team.

HOT HAWKEYES: Iowa earned the No. 3 seed in the 2023 Big Ten Tournament and made a run to the championship game where it fell to top-seeded Maryland. The Hawkeyes beat North Carolina twice in the NCAA Tournament, but fell to host Indiana State in the Terre Haute regional.

Iowa was voted the favorite in the Big Ten preseason poll and ranks No. 20 in both the D1Baseball.com and USA Today Coaches Poll to start the year.

FAMILIAR FACE: Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Rich Maloney at Michigan from 2004-07.

The Cardinals are 8-14 against the Spartans in the series history but sport a 2-1 record in neutral site games.

STACK THE DECK: Senior outfielder Decker Scheffler returns after leading the 2023 team in batting average (.378) and OPS (1.050) on his way to being named First Team All-MAC.

The left-handed hitter out of Sanborn, Minn., tallied 13 doubles, eight home runs and three triples among his 74 hits while scoring 46 times and driving in 49 runs. Scheffler was named the D1Baseball.com Mid-American Conference Preseason Player of the Year and No. 65 outfielder nationally in the online publication’s season preview.

DON’T DOUBT DOBBINS: Junior catcher Hunter Dobbins earned All-MAC Defensive Team recognition in 2023 and is considered the top prospect in the league by D1Baseball.com for the 2024 Major League Baseball Draft class.

The Indianapolis native had a breakout offensive season in 2022, hitting .339 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 29 games before hitting nine home runs and 29 RBI last year.

Up Next

The Cardinals enjoy another weekend in the Palmetto State, playing Cincinnati and Illinois on Friday, Feb. 23 and Coastal Carolina on Saturday in Conway, S.C.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 14 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL EARNS 3-0 SWEEP OVER MIVA-IN-STATE RIVAL PURDUE FORT WAYNE

MUNCIE, Ind. – In a battle between longtime in-state and Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) rivals, the No. 14 Ball State men’s volleyball team (10-7, 3-1 MIVA) claimed a 3-0 sweep over Purdue Fort Wayne (7-6, 1-3 MIVA) Thursday night in Worthen Arena.

With the win, third-year head men’s volleyball coach Donan Cruz remain undefeated against the Mastodons with an 8-0 record.

It came to no surprise that the first set would be a back-and-forth affair. The Cardinals were able to go up by three (20-17) after some defensive moves along with a Rodney Wallace kill at the net which kept BSU on pace with a 22-18 advantage over the Mastodons. It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to come to set point and Tinaishe Ndavazocheva’s kill sealed the 25-19 first frame victory for the Cardinals. Patrick Rogers was also on fire in the first period as he finished with a team high nine kills.

Purdue Fort Wayne jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set and the Cardinals were visibly frustrated. Ball State kept within two points for the first part of the set but a triple block from Wallace, Rogers and Saviski-Lynde knotted the frame, 7-7.

After that, Ball State was able to turn the page and take a 15-12 advantage at the midway point. As always, the Mastodons continued to put up a fight, as Purdue Fort Wayne rallied back to take a late 18-17 lead over Ball State. Back-to-back kills from Rogers put BSU back up 22-20. The set was tied one more time at 24-24 but a service error by the Mastodons along with a hitting error gave BSU the 26-24 second set win.

With the Cardinals up 2-0 in the third frame the Mastodons were fighting for dear life. The score was knotted late 19-19 with Purdue Fort Wayne on a roll allowing the Mastodons to go up by two (21-19). Ball State answered with a 6-2 run to take set three 25-23 and complete the three-set sweep.

For the match, Rogers led all players with a season best 22-kill performance, while hitting .515 from the floor off 33 swings. Other Cardinals to reach double figure kills was Ndavazocheva as he ended the night with 10. As a team, the Cardinals best offensive set was the opening frame as BSU tallied a .481 hitting percentage with 18 kills and 27 attacks.

The No. 14 Ball State men’s volleyball team continues MIVA action when it travels to No. 10 Loyola-Chicago for a 6 pm ET first serve at Gentile Arena. The Cardinals defeated the Ramblers in their first meeting in Muncie on Feb. 1 by a score of 3-1.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES HEAD TO TAMPA TO START THE 2024 REGULAR SEASON

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State opens up the 2024 season down in the Sunshine State as the Sycamores travel to the USF Baseball Stadium for a three-game set against Louisville, UConn, and South Florida.

The Sycamores will open the weekend against Louisville, before taking on UConn on Saturday and the host Bulls on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s contest against USF will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Indiana State was picked to repeat as the 2024 MVC Champions after last season’s run. The Sycamores posted a 45-17 record, 24-3 mark in MVC play, and swept the regular season and conference tournament championships. The Sycamores continued the season earning the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and hosting the Terre Haute Regional, before falling to TCU in the Fort Worth Super Regional Round.

Five Indiana State baseball players were named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s preseason All-Conference team with Grant Magill (C), Josue Urdaneta (2B), Randal Diaz (SS), Mike Sears (3B), and Jared Spencer (RP), while ISU received 95 total points and eight first-place votes on their way to being selected the conference favorites this year.

Six Sycamores were highlighted on D1Baseball’s top player positional rankings in the preseason. Jared Spencer (No. 8 relief pitcher), Grant Magill (No. 42 catcher), Josue Urdaneta (No. 44 second baseman), Randal Diaz (No. 21 shortstop), Adam Pottinger (No. 62 outfielder), and Luke Hayden (No. 149 starting pitcher) were all honored by the organization.

Spencer added Perfect Game Preseason All-American honors to his credit in early January. The Sycamore left-hander was named to the Second Team following a standout 2023 season on the mound. Spencer was the lone Missouri Valley player to receive the honors by the organization after making a team-high 25 appearances on the mound in relief in 2023 serving as the Sycamores’ primary closer. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over 37.1 innings while adding a team-high seven saves.

After finishing up the 2023 season ranked in all six major D1Baseball polls, the Sycamores enter the 2024 year receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll.

The Sycamores return 26 players who lined up and played on the 2023 squad last season, while 14 newcomers will look to crack their way into the lineup and rotation this year.

ISU’s schedule features 18 home games at Bob Warn Field starting on March 12 against Illinois. The Sycamores will be on the road or on a neutral field 34 times on the season including trips to Southern Miss, Vanderbilt, and Xavier prior to the start of conference play.

Scouting the Opposition

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville enters the 2024 season coming off a 31-24 overall record with a 10-20 mark in ACC play. The Cardinals went 23-10 at home but struggled away from the friendly confines of Jim Patterson Stadium with an 8-14 record. The Cardinals were selected fifth overall in the ACC Atlantic Division in the preseason poll. Louisville received 48 total points in the poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Louisville announced five captains prior to the start of the season with Logan Beard, JT Benson, Dylan Hoy, Isaac Humphrey and Evan Webster selected for the campaign. Beard and Humphrey were named captains for the second straight season.

The Cardinals feature a familiar face on the mound for Indiana State with Wright State transfer and preseason All-American selection Sebastian Gongorra. The left-hander transferred to Louisville over the summer with his last start at WSU coming against Indiana State in the 2023 Terre Haute Regional.

Connecticut Huskies

UConn was a fellow 2023 NCAA postseason participant as the Huskies earned the No. 2 seed in the Gainesville Regional following a 44-17 regular season campaign. The Huskies finished with an 18-4 mark at home and a 26-13 record away from Elliott Ballpark on the year. The Huskies were selected the BIG EAST preseason favorites heading into the year receiving six first-place votes and totaling 48 points to lead the conference.

Outfielder Jake Studley was named BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and Stephen Quigley was voted as the BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Lefthander and team captain Garrett Coe also landed on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team.

The game between the Sycamores and the Huskies marks the first time the two teams have lined up since the 2014 season, also down in Florida in Port Charlotte.

South Florida Bulls

South Florida is three years removed from winning the Gainesville Regional before losing to Texas in the 2021 Super Regional round, but the Bulls return plenty of talent to the field after a 21-39 record in 2023. The Bulls posted a 10-22 record at the USF Baseball Stadium last season.

South Florida had five players selected to the preseason American Athletic All-Conference team with Bobby Boser, Drew Brutcher, Jack Cebert, Ben Rozenblum and Eric Snow all garnering recognition from the league’s head coaches. USF was tabbed fifth overall in the preseason coaches poll for the 10-team league.

Boser had a breakout campaign in 2023 and was named to the All-AAC First Team. As a sophomore last season, he led the Bulls with 15 home runs which tied for ninth all-time in program single-season history. Brutcher enters his senior season ranked sixth all-time in USF history for career home runs (34). The slugger lands on the Preseason All-Conference Team for the third time and was named to the 2023 All-AAC First Team at the conclusion of last season.

Cebert was named to the 2023 All-AAC Second Team after leading the staff in innings pitched (76.2). The right-hander went 4-4 with a 5.05 ERA and ranked third on the team in strikeouts (65) while issuing only 21 walks.

2024 Baseball Season Ticket Information

Reserved chairback season tickets can be purchased for $99. General admission season tickets will go on sale as well with adult ($72), seniors ($54), and youth ($40) tickets also being available for purchase. There will be a $5 surcharge added to those wanting tickets printed.

ISU Baseball single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

LADY BEARS OUTLAST SYCAMORES IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Kiley Bess led all players with 17 points on an efficient shooting performance Thursday night, but Missouri State escaped Hulman Center with a 59-51 win over Indiana State.

Bess was 6-for-7 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc to go along with a career-high seven rebounds. Bella Finnegan added 11 points for the Sycamores, who led for nearly three-quarters of the game.

Indiana State jumped out to a strong start on the offensive end, shooting 50 percent from both the field and 3-point range in the opening quarter to take a 20-15 lead. The Lady Bears whittled Indiana State’s advantage down to a pair by the break, though Bess opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead back out. Indiana State trailed for less than 30 seconds across the first three quarters, but Missouri State outscored the Sycamores 16-7 in the final 10 minutes to survive a gritty effort from the Blue and White.

First Half

Missouri State scored the opening points of the game, but Indiana State quickly rattled off a 6-0 run with baskets from Bess, Chelsea Cain and Ella Sawyer to go in front. The Trees got a quick start from Finnegan with 10 points in the opening frame, including a 3-pointer, while Savannah White knocked down a three just before the buzzer to put Indiana State ahead 20-15 after the opening period.

Bess gave the Sycamores their largest lead of the game with a layup to start the second quarter, but Missouri State cut Indiana State’s lead down to 23-22 by the midway point of the quarter. Baskets from Keslyn Secrist and Mya Glanton kept the Blue and White in front, with Indiana State pushing its lead back up to six following a free throw from Sawyer. The Sycamores clinged to a 30-28 lead at the intermission.

Second Half

Bess opened the third quarter with a three-ball, and Finnegan tacked on a midrange jumper to make it 35-28 less than two minutes into the quarter. Sawyer added a layup midway through, but the Lady Bears battled their way back to even the score. Bess put the Sycamores back in front with a trey, and added another one late to keep Indiana State ahead at the end of the quarter. The Sycamores went into the fourth quarter ahead by a point, 44-43.

Missouri State opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run and never trailed from that point on. Baskets from Bess and Glanton kept the Sycamores within two possessions, but the Lady Bears took advantage of second chances on the offensive glass to remain in front. Indiana State got within five following a pair of free throws from Cain, but the Sycamores were unable to get closer in a 59-51 setback.

News and Notes

Indiana State presented Ella Sawyer with its annual Brenda Howell Spirit Award prior to Thursday’s game. The award is annually given to an Indiana State women’s basketball student-athlete who best exemplifies the traits of spirit, determination and positive attitude.

Kiley Bess had her best game against a conference foe this season, with her 17 points, six field goals and three 3-pointers all representing her most against an MVC opponent, and her seven rebounds being a career-best mark.

Indiana State’s defense put together a gutsy effort, holding Missouri State to just 59 points despite the Lady Bears entering Thursday’s game averaging 69.5 points per game overall and 73.8 points per game against conference foes.

Indiana State was plus-seven in the 22:45 that Ella Sawyer played before fouling out.

The Sycamores didn’t take many 3-pointers, but made the most of their opportunities from distance, hitting on 45.5 percent of their attempts from behind the arc.

Keslyn Secrist tied her career high of three rebounds that she set last week at Valparaiso, despite playing just 10:30 Thursday.

Indiana State registered its sixth game this season with five or more blocks, with Mya Glanton and Bella Finnegan both recording multiple rejections Thursday.

Turnovers proved costly for Indiana State, which had 20 in the contest.

Up Next

Indiana State continues its three-game homestand Saturday afternoon against Southern Illinois, with tipoff set for 1 p.m.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

SYCAMORES PICKED MVC SWIMMING & DIVING PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP FAVORITES

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State women’s swimming and diving was selected first overall in the Missouri Valley Conference’s pre-championship coaches poll as announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

The Sycamores received four first-place votes and 76 points overall in the poll to finish ahead of Missouri State (four first-place, 74 points). Southern Illinois received the final first-place vote and 65 total points to round out the top-three in the poll.

ISU put together an impressive season featuring a wealth of depth including 16 athletes recording 43 spots among the Missouri Valley’s top-10 times across all events. Highlighting the Sycamore roster includes the conference leader in both the 500, 1000, and 1650 Freestyle (Claire Parsons), as well as returning All-Conference divers Zoe Smith and Bailey Betzer. The Sycamores have already set seven school records on the year with Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, and Erin Cummins all posting new individual marks on the year.

Evansville will host the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville, Indiana. This is Evansville’s first time hosting the MVC Swimming and Diving Championship adding to their MVC championship hosting resume after hosting various other MVC Championships including Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Baseball, and Tennis. The competition will begin Wednesday, February 21st, and will last through Saturday, February 24th.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS BACK-TO-BACK MVC WINS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the first time in seven years, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team earned two straight MVC wins on Thursday evening.

A career night for guards Lexie Sinclair and Tené Smith highlighted the overtime win for the Aces over Southern Illinois. UE pulled away early in the extra frame to earn the 93-89 win, outscoring the Salukis 10 to six over five minutes. It was also Evansville’s best offensive game, going 30-56 from the floor for 53.6% and 8-15 from three-point range for 53.3%.

“It feels awesome to get back-to-back MVC wins,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the game. “It was one of the first things I thought of after the game, it’s a good milestone in our building of the program. We’re pretty pumped about it.

“We also took good shots today with good looks. Lexie made our first three out of the gate. And when you make the first couple you gain some confidence. Overall, without getting too three happy, we continued to take good shots throughout the game.”

It was a slow start for UE as Southern Illinois broke out to a six-point run. Forward Maggie Hartwig was able to turn things around, adding Evansville’s first four points to break up the run. Midway through the quarter the two teams went shot for shot until the break with under four minutes on the clock. Out of the timeout, the Aces tied the game at 13 as guard Tene Smith hit a bucket following a Saluki turnover. But a layup right after Smith’s spurred a six-point SIU run to put UE behind. In the final minute of the quarter, Evansville found its offense again as Hartwig hit a three-point buzzer-beater to tie the game at 20 all.

Hartwig wasn’t done behind the arc there as she made another trey to give the Aces their first lead of the game. The lead changed hands nine times in the second quarter as UE evenly matched with the Salukis. It was Evansville’s play behind the arc that gave the team the upper hand, shooting a blistering 80% in the second quarter. Every time SIU took the lead back, the Aces found a three to either tie or regain the lead. A seven-to-three run in the final two minutes of the first half had UE on top 45-42 going into the second half.

The Salukis made the first basket of the second half but a three-point play for Hartwig kept  Evansville on top for the first two minutes. The game was tied twice by SIU but fouls drawn from the Aces kept them ahead through the first four minutes. The lead changed ten more times through the third quarter as neither team had more than a one-point lead. With UE in the for the final four minutes, shots at the line kept Evansville close. The Aces headed into the fourth quarter with the lead as guard Kynidi Mason Striverson made her first field goal of the night with 46 seconds left.

UE kept its strong night behind the arc going as guard Julia Palomo hit an early three to give Evansville a four-point lead.  The Salukis got a bucket at the line just moments after. But the Aces broke out on a five-point run for their largest lead of the game up by eight. SIU responded with a three-point play, but Smith answered with a three behind the line to regain the eight-point lead. The Salukis top player, Laniah Randle made seven straight points to get the game down to only three.  UE was able to keep answering Randle from the floor. But SIU tied the game on a three with two minutes left on the clock, shortly taking the lead right after at the line. Evansville was able to answer in the final 30 seconds, tying the game up to go into the teams second overtime game of the season.

The Aces offense was firing early in overtime, scoring eight points in the first three minutes. UE particularly benefited from drawing fouls while in the bonus, making all six of its free throws in overtime. The Salukis made the last two shots of the game, but Evansville grew its lead far enough early in the extra period to stay on top. The Aces earned their second straight Valley win in the 93-89 victory.

 Four UE players ended the game in double figures with Hartwig leading the way at 22 points. She also led Evansville in rebounds with 12 for her fifth double-double of the season. Sinclair was right behind Hartwig with a career-high 20 points and a career-high six assists. Forward Neveah Thomas pushed her double-figure scoring streak to ten games with 17 points in 31 minutes while Smith had a career-high 16 points.

The Aces will have one day off before their next game on Saturday, Feb. 17. UE will host the Missouri State Lady Bears for its annual Play For Kay game, to support breast cancer awareness. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 2 p.m. from Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL OPENS SEASON THIS WEEKEND AT #26 ORAL ROBERTS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville baseball team will kick off the 2024 season on Friday, as the Purple Aces will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on reigning Summit League champion and 2023 College World Series participant Oral Roberts in a three-game series.  The season begins Friday at 3 p.m.

Evansville is coming off a 2023 season in which the Purple Aces went 37-24 overall and advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament final game.  UE returns seven position starters, including five who have earned all-MVC honors during the course of their UE careers, as well as 10 pitchers.

Headlining UE’s returning cast is preseason all-MVC first baseman Chase Hug (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike/Olney Central).  Hug earned first-team all-MVC honors a year ago after leading UE with a .311 average and ranking in the Valley’s top 15 in 11 different offensive categories.  Senior Kip Fougerousse (Linton, Ind./Indiana Univ.) also garnered first-team all-MVC honors a year ago on the infield, but will switch to the outfield this season, as he is expected to play right field after hitting .288 last year with 13 home runs and 47 RBI.  Senior shortstop Simon Scherry (Santa Claus, Ind./Heritage Hills) also earned honorable mention all-Valley honors last season, and he led all collegiate infielders in Defensive Runs Saved at 12.7, per 643 Charts and Synergy.

Pitching-wise, UE returns its top two weekend starters from a year ago in senior RHP Nick Smith (Boonville, Ind./Boonville) and senior LHP Donovan Schultz (Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly).  Smith is the 2022 MVC Pitcher of the Year, and earned honorable mention all-MVC honors a year ago.  Smith did not lose after March 10 last season, and Evansville went 10-1 in the 11 games he pitched after March 10.  Schultz, meanwhile, led the MVC in both fewest hits allowed per nine innings and opponents’ batting average last season, while leading UE with six victories on the mound.

Oral Roberts will enter the 2024 season off of a magical 2023 campaign in which the Golden Eagles went 52-14 overall and advanced to the College World Series.  ORU ranked among the NCAA’s Top 100 in all but two statistical categories a year ago, while leading the nation in fielding percentage at .984, and ranking seventh in the country in both batting average (.321) and team earned run average (4.03).  While the Golden Eagles return only two position starters from last year’s team, Oral Roberts does return eight pitchers from last year’s staff, including weekend stalwarts Brooks Fowler (9-2, 3.26 ERA) and Jakob Hall (8-3, 3.56).  The Golden Eagles are ranked 26th nationally in the NCBWA preseason poll, and ORU is receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Preseason Poll as well.

This weekend’s series will renew a rivalry between the two schools, as UE and Oral Roberts used to compete against one another in the old Midwestern Collegiate Conference in the 1980s.  ORU currently leads the series 26-4 all-time, with the last meeting coming in the 1987 MCC Tournament final.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI KICKS OFF ROAD SWING WITH WIN, ADDS TO OVC LEAD

MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball kicked off its four-game road stretch on the right note Thursday night when the Screaming Eagles won a competitive contest, 73-67, at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The Screaming Eagles improved to 17-6 overall and 12-1 in conference play. With the win and results from around the Ohio Valley Conference, Southern Indiana’s first-place lead in the conference standings grew to four games with five games remaining. USI’s magic number to clinch a regular-season title is down to two. To clinch it as early as Saturday, USI would need to win in addition to losses from three teams behind USI at 8-5 in the league table.

Thursday’s game started with UT Martin taking an early 8-2 lead following some offensive rebounds, but Southern Indiana answered back to tie the game with back-to-back three-pointers from redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) and sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana). In the middle of the opening quarter, defenses made each team go scoreless for nearly four minutes. Both sides began to find the hoop toward the end of the first period, as a triple from senior guard Lexie Green (Indianapolis, Indiana) gave USI a one-point, 16-15, lead going to the second stanza.

The contest continued to be a defensive affair in the early minutes of the second quarter. At one point, UT Martin’s defense held Southern Indiana without a field goal for over four minutes, but the Screaming Eagles’ defensive unit was also stingy. The game remained competitive for the rest of the first half with several lead changes and ties. In the back portion of the second quarter, freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee), who had 12 first-half points, scored consecutive layups to give USI a 25-22 lead. Offenses heated up late in the second quarter with each team exchanging baskets. Right before the halftime horn, Saunders netted a trey to put the Eagles ahead by three, 36-33, at the break.

The second half began similarly to the first half, as neither team was willing to give up any ground. Around the 6:30 mark of the third quarter, Southern Indiana held a two-point lead, 39-37, but UT Martin took the lead on a three. The Screaming Eagles later claimed a five-point advantage, 48-43, after another canned triple by Saunders. Inside the final couple of minutes of the third frame, USI’s conversions inside and the fourth made three from Saunders increased the Eagles’ lead to as big as nine, 58-49, heading to the fourth quarter.

In the early going of the fourth quarter, UT Martin made a run to cut Southern Indiana’s lead down to three, 60-57, with 7:30 left on the clock. Around the halfway point of the fourth, Saunders stayed on fire from long range, connecting on her fifth three to put USI up six. The Skyhawks continued to hang around, getting to within one possession with three minutes left and then again at the one-minute mark. With 30 seconds remaining, Saunders splashed her sixth three-pointer to seal the victory.

Following a defensive start, both teams ended up shooting the ball well. Southern Indiana went 27-58 for 47 percent from the floor. The Screaming Eagles were effective long range too, hitting at 50 percent (12-24). USI went 7-12 at the foul line. Southern Indiana was plus-12 on the glass, 37-25. Individually, Saunders tallied her best points total in a USI uniform with 20 points, making six threes, and adding five boards and six assists. Gannon, in her second start of the season, posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) and senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) registered 10 points apiece.

UT Martin (10-14, 7-6) was 25-54 for 46 percent in overall shooting, knocking down nine threes. The Skyhawks went 8-11 at the charity stripe. UT Martin had three players in double-figure scoring. Sophomore guard Josie Storey and redshirt freshman guard Kenley McCarn each had 20 points.

The Screaming Eagles will head to Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, which is one of the teams behind USI at 8-5 in the OVC standings. Saturday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI FALLS IN ROAD TRIP OPENER AT UTM, 75-63

MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball lost the opening game of four-straight on the road, falling at the University of Tennessee at Martin, 75-63, in Martin, Tennessee. The Screaming Eagles fall to 7-19 overall and 4-9 in OVC play, while the Skyhawks are 16-10 overall, 9-4 OVC.

Despite the loss, USI remains eighth in the league and in the race to secure a spot in the OVC Tournament in March. The Eagles have a one game lead over Southeast Missouri State University, Tennessee Tech University, and Lindenwood University with five games to play in the 2023-24 season for the final spot in the league’s post-season tournament.

The top eight teams at the end of OVC play advance to the league tournament March 6-9 at the Ford Center in Evansville. USI has three games on the road remaining before hosting a pair on the final weekend of conference play. 

In a back-and-forth battle throughout the first half, the Eagles snagged a 29-28 lead at the intermission as junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) scored the last four points of the half. The final four points capped off a 14-point first half for the junior.

The Eagles had the early 7-2 advantage, but the Skyhawks came ready to battle and had USI on its heels, 22-15, with 7:31 left before halftime. USI rallied in the final seven minutes, outscoring UTM, 14-6, to lead at the break.

The second half started with USI expanding its first half lead to five points, 38-33, before UTM bounced back with a 16-5 run to go up by six, 49-43, with 12:07 to play. The Skyhawk run would continue through the midway portion of the final 20 minutes, building a 12-point advantage with 8:46 left, 57-45.

After falling behind by 14, 63-49, with 6:25 remaining, the Eagles tried to get back into the game. They cut the deficit to seven points, 63-56, on a jumper by Hernandez and a three by sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) before sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) capped off the run with a dunk.

The Skyhawks, however, would rebound with nine-straight points to regain control, 72-56, with 1:47 left and would finish with a 12-point, 75-63 final. Overall, UTM also won the battle of the boards, 51-37, and going to the stripe, 33-9.

Individually for USI, Hernandez led three Eagles in double-digits with 25 points, adding 11 in the second half. Smith followed with 17 points and just missed his 12th double-double of the year with a team-high nine rebounds, while Hall rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points.

Next Up For USI:

USI continues the first half of a four-game road swing Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when it visits the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The Little Rock Trojans are 15-11 overall and 9-4 in the OVC after defeating Morehead State University, 69-68, Thursday evening. Little Rock has a four-game winning streak and has won seven of the last eight. The seven of the last eight stretch started with USI on January 18.

USI, which has a 2-1 series lead over the Trojans, lost the opening game of the 2023-24 series with Little Rock,77-75, in a game that came down to the final seconds and possessions. USI junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez led the Eagles in the loss with 28 points, while junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) and junior guard/forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi) followed with 17 points and 15 points, respectively.

Following next week’s action, the Eagles conclude the road swing with a visit to Morehead State University February 20 and Western Illinois University February 24. USI concludes the 2023-24 regular season with a pair of home games, hosting Lindenwood University February 29 and Southeast Missouri State University March 2.

Fans can find all the ways to follow USI Basketball action by visiting USIScreamingEagles.com

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO SET FOR TELEVISED MATCHUP IN MISSOURI

Valparaiso (6-20, 2-13 MVC)

at Missouri State (14-12, 6-9 MVC)

Game No. 27 – Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. CT

Great Southern Bank Arena (11,000) – Springfield, Mo.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will take the court for a televised showdown with Missouri State on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Mo. After playing back-to-back home games for the first time in conference play, the Beacons return to the road, where they will spend three of their next four contests.

Last Time Out: Isaiah Stafford posted a game-high 21 points and Darius DeAveiro turned in a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists, but visiting UNI shot a robust 80 percent in the second half and 66.7 percent for the contest to beat the Beacons 86-67 on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Panthers outscored the hosts 44-18 in the paint. The Beacons were shorthanded as Sherman Weatherspoon IV did not play due to illness.

Following the Beacons: Television – MVC TV Network (NBC Sports Chicago Plus, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast and ESPN+) – John Rooney (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-20) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Jan. 27 – Missouri State 81, Valpo 70: Valpo was even or ahead for the majority of the first half, but went into the break trailing 40-37 in this month’s home date with Missouri State at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Bears outscored the Beacons 41-33 after the intermission to notch an 81-70 victory despite a combined 39 points from Darius DeAveiro and Jahari Williamson. Valpo played without the services of leading scorer Isaiah Stafford for family reasons and started four freshmen for the first time in 40 years. A 12-0 run by Missouri State in the second half was crucial in the game’s outcome.

Series Notes: Missouri State possesses a 27-10 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1966-67 season. The two teams clashed just once last season, a 76-67 Valpo defeat in overtime on Feb. 1 in Springfield. The two squads played each other in the State Farm MVC Tournament four times in a five-year span with Missouri State ending Valpo’s season on three different occasions but Valpo winning a memorable MVC semifinal in 2019-20 to go to the conference title game. Valpo has dropped eight straight matchups between the two teams since that aforementioned 2020 victory in St. Louis.

Scouting the Bears

Picked to finish sixth of 12 in the MVC preseason poll.

Coming off an 82-72 loss at Murray State on Wednesday, the team’s third-straight setback after losses at UNI (72-65) and vs. Indiana State (73-71). Most recent win was Feb. 3 vs. Belmont, an 87-80 victory.

Led in scoring by Alston Mason at 18.0 points per game. The team’s second leading scorer is Donovan Clay, who started his collegiate career at Valpo and is averaging 13.1 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACONS START STRONG IN ROAD WIN AT BRADLEY

The Valpo women’s basketball team never trailed Thursday evening at Bradley, shooting 81.8% in the first quarter to get out to a 12-point lead and rolling from there to a 68-50 victory to complete a season sweep of the Braves.

How It Happened

After turnovers on its first two possessions, Valpo got back-to-back layups from senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and freshman Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) to take the lead for good.

A 3-pointer 90 seconds later from Jackson pushed the Beacons’ lead to six points, and a coast-to-coast layup by senior Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) with 5:21 to play in the first quarter made it 13-5 Valpo and forced a Bradley timeout.

Interrante hit a 3-pointer on the Beacons’ first possession out of the stoppage to push the lead into double figures for the first time. The Braves closed within six before Valpo closed the quarter on an 8-2 run — capped by a nice inside move from sophomore Ella Van Weelden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Marion) — to lead 24-12 at the end of the opening period.

Valpo opened the second quarter just like it started off the first, as Jackson drilled another triple. A couple possessions later, the Beacons got back-to-back layups from Earnest and fifth-year Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) to extend the lead to 31-14 and force another Bradley timeout with 7:48 remaining in the half.

The Braves got no closer than 12 points the remainder of the half. A basket from redshirt senior Emma Tecca (Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban [Akron]) in the final minute of the period gave Valpo a 39-22 edge at intermission.

It was a slow start to the second half both ways, as a driving layup by Jackson 2:35 into the third quarter was the first points of the period either way. That gave the Beacons their largest lead of the quarter at 19, while Bradley got no closer than 13, and Valpo led 52-38 with 10 minutes to play.

Fifth-year Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla./Crestview [Johnson C. Smith]) connected on a 3-pointer on the first possession of the fourth quarter to erase any thought of the Braves trying to close to within single digits. The lead never fell below 13 points in the final period, and the Beacons extended to much as a 20-point advantage to close out the game.

Inside the Game

Thursday’s win closed out Valpo’s third consecutive season sweep of the Braves, as the Beacons have won the last six matchups in the series.

The Beacons won their third road game in a row, combining Thursday’s triumph with previous wins at Evansville and at UIC.

It is the second straight season that Valpo has won three consecutive conference road games. Prior to last season, the program had last won three straight conference road games against three different opponents in January 2007.

Valpo shot a season-best 50% (26-for-52) from the field in the victory while limiting Bradley to 38.3% (18-for-47) shooting. The Beacons opened the game by hitting 9-of-11 from the floor over the first 10 minutes.

The Beacons hit at better than a 40% clip from the 3-point line for the fourth time this year, finishing the night 8-for-21 from deep.

Valpo held a +10 advantage on the glass, grabbing 33 caroms to the Braves’ 23. The +10 is the program’s best effort on the glass since outrebounding Evansville on the road, 38-28, on Feb. 18, 2022.

This is the second straight year the Beacons have held Bradley to 23 total rebounds on its home court. The last time a Valpo opponent grabbed fewer than 23 boards came when it limited Youngstown State to 22 rebounds on Jan. 12, 2013.

Only two of Bradley’s rebounds came on the offensive glass, the fewest offensive boards surrendered by Valpo since giving up just two at Youngstown State on Jan. 14, 2017.

The Beacons totaled 16 assists on Thursday, matching their second-highest total of the year.

Meanwhile, Valpo committed just 14 turnovers in the win. After committing 20.4 turnovers/game over the season’s first 14 games, the Beacons have committed just 15.0 turnovers/game over the last eight outings.

For the ninth time this year, the Beacons racked up double figures in steals, coming up with 12 thefts.

For the second time in as many matchups with Bradley this season, Earnest led all players across the board, as she finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

With 942 career points, Earnest is within 29 points of cracking Valpo’s all-time top-20 in the category.

Jackson scored in double figures for the sixth time this year, posting 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and adding four rebounds and three assists without a turnover. The freshman also came away with a season-high four steals.

Freshman Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) scored in double figures for the third straight game, tallying 10 points, while Interrante hit 3-of-4 from the floor for eight points.

Next Up

Valpo (5-17, 4-9 MVC) closes out the weekend on the road Saturday afternoon at Illinois State. Tipoff from Normal, Ill. is slated for 4 p.m.

UINDY BASEBALL

BASEBALL SET TO KICK OFF 2024 CAMPAIGN FRIDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – It is finally time for Greyhound baseball, as the University of Indianapolis baseball team will begin their 2024 campaign on Friday. The Hounds are set to travel to Notre Dame (OH) where they will face off for a doubleheader split between the hosting Falcons and the Lake Erie Storm on Friday, Feb. 16. They will follow that up with another contest against the Storm on the following Saturday.

Before the start to the season, the Hounds have been nationally recognized already, sliding into the top-five of the NCBWA rankings, while being tabbed to finish third in the Great Lake Valley Conference via the preseason coaches’ poll.

The regular season start to last season was a historic one for the Hounds, jumping to a 11-0 start, with series sweeps against Notre Dame (OH), Grand Valley State, Purdue Northwest and Davenport. That momentous streak marked the best start to a season for UIndy since 1997. That was just the start of what ended up being a historic year for the Hounds, as they went 39-21 overall with a 21-7 mark while playing at Bill Bright Field.

The Greyhounds parlayed that early success in tournament excellence, sweeping the NCAA Midwest Regional and eventual Super Regional to earn their trip to Cary. N.C. and the program’s third ever regional title.

The Hounds return nearly all of their offensive firepower from last year, headed up by Drew Donaldson at second base who became the first ever Greyhound to be an ABCA, NCBWA and D2CCA First Team All-American in the same season. Alongside Donaldson, the Hounds welcome back Caleb Vaughn in right-field who earned All-Midwest Team honors. For Donaldson, he’s already been predicted to repeat his heroic 2023, being tabbed a NCBWA Preseason All-American in late January.

With the returning firepower, the Hounds also added some new weapons in Missouri S&T standout Cole Hampton, after leading the Miners in OPS (1.194), batting average (.354), home runs (12), RBIs (57) and total bases in the 2023 season as their primary third baseman. He was not the lone Miner to join the Hounds, with Dakota Sill also joining the Hounds after leading S&T in hits, stolen bases and triples while manning centerfield.

On the bump, the Hounds graduated nearly half of their total innings pitched but return with a stellar bullpen headed up by crafty sidearm-tosser E.J White and junior Austin Bestul. On the starters side, the Hounds return Logan Peterson who tossed 73.2 innings who finished the year tied for second place in wins.

The Hounds are once again headed up by Al Ready who enters his sixth season after a 40-19 record and a 18-14 GLVC split in 2023.

UINDY MEN’S TENNIS

#7 MEN’S TENNIS KICKS OFF ITA INDOOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s tennis team is not only competing in the prestigious ITA DII National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, but they are also playing the host school for now the third season in a row. Eight of the best teams from all across the country are set to come to Indianapolis and will battle it out for championship glory starting this Friday.

The No. 7-ranked Greyhounds will enter the bracket as the No. 5-seed, kicking off their tournament run against the four-seed in No. 6 Columbus State. The Hounds and Cougars have plenty of history, with the most recent coming in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, where the Greyhounds saw their season end at the hands of the Panthers in Orlando, Fla.

The other match up the tournament holds on the left side is the reigning NCAA National Champions Barry Buccaneers, who enter as the No. 1 seed, and the eight-seeded Wayne State Warriors. The opposite side of the draw sees No. 1 Valdosta State and No. Flagler battle it out, while last year’s ITA DII Indoor Champs Saint Leo will battle the No. 5 ranked West Florida Argos.

The Greyhounds, much like last year’s ITA Indoors, are riding a hot streak to enter competition this year, starting 4-0, having downed back-to-back-to-back ranked squads, most recently beating fellow tournament team Wayne State by a score of 4-1 in the UIndy Tennis Center.

Individually, the Hounds have had a stout lineup headed up by Tom Zeuch out of the No. 1 singles slot who comes into the year with a 12-1 record, his only loss being in the finals of the ITA Cup in the fall. Thus far in team play, the No. 2-ranked graduate student has been lights out, going 4-0, having only dropped one set thus far in 2024.

Zeuch’s success doesn’t hold just to singles, as in doubles he’s found a new spark alongside Matthieu Derache, with the pair making it back-to-back wins against top-5 ranked teams. Zeuch and Derache beat the No. 1 pairing and reigning ITA Cup Champs, Tim Hammes and Santiago Rendon from Washburn on Feb. 9, following that up with a 6-3 masterclass victory against Daniel Grey and Cedric Drenth of Wayne State.

The success has not come only to Zeuch and Derache, as newcomer David Simeonov from Dryanovo, Bulgaria, has slid in nicely at No. 2 for the Hounds, going 3-1 to start the year. Rounding out the lineup the Hounds have seen quality tennis from Louis Picaud, Erwan Momo Andre, the aforementioned Derache and even bottom of the lineup play from Mauricio Grijalva.

More information about the ITA Division II Indoor Team Championship, including streaming, live stats and scheduling, can be found on the ITA website here.
 
The Tournament is set to begin at 8 a.m. ET on Friday with the championship set to take play on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS GROUND HAWKS IN THURSDAY ROAD WIN

QUINCY, Ill. – The UIndy men’s basketball team clawed back into the win column on Thursday night, squeaking out a 75-68 victory at Quincy from Pepsi Arena.

Jesse Bingham provided the dagger with under 45 seconds left, drilling a 3-pointer from the top of the key following his fourth block of the evening.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds and Hawks went back-and-forth all contest before David Ejah drilled a pair of 3-pointers to put the visitors up double digits for the first time.

Jarvis Walker, doing his best to end any Quincy hope, sunk his second triple of the contest with under five minutes left after a beautiful pass from Kendrick Tchoua underneath the basket.

The Hawks orchestrated a 10-2 run, however, to inch within five points before the Bingham 3-ball at the 42-second mark. After Walker swished free throws, Josiah Tynes sealed the win with a steal.

Just before halftime, Sean Craig put the Greyhounds up for good with his first of two 3-pointers right in front of the Quincy bench.

INSIDE THE BOX

– The team’s 11 triples are tied for the third-most in a game this season, while its 47.8 percent clip from deep is the fourth-best mark of the winter.

– Bingham’s four blocks match a career-high for the senior, who is now just nine from Steve Kahl atop the program’s all-time list with 137.

– Ejah nearly finished with his second double-double of the season, recording 10 points and nine rebounds.

– Dylan Ingram was impressive shooting the ball in limited time on Thursday, finishing with nine points on three 3-pointers and two rebounds.

– Walker led all scorers with 16 points, recording half of his tallies at the charity stripe.

– UIndy turned the ball over just five times in the win, tying the lowest mark of the season (vs. McKendree, Jan. 20).

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will end their short road trip at Illinois Springfield on Saturday for a 4 p.m. ET tip. UIndy has won each of the last five meetings and holds the all-time edge, 14-3.

The Prairie Stars, who are 16-10 this season and 9-7 in GLVC action, have lost three straight games heading into Saturday following its 86-74 setback against Lewis on Thursday night.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS SURVIVE SCARE AT QUINCY

QUINCY, Ill. – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Quincy, 71-68, on Thursday night. The Greyhounds are now 12-11 on the season and 9-8 in conference play.

Elana Wells was the leading scorer for the Hounds. Wells finished the night with 20 points, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.

INS AND OUTS

UIndy’s strong offense and defense were on display during the second quarter. The Greyhounds scored 16 points and held the Hawks to only 4 points in those 10 minutes. This was made accomplished by a 14-2 run for the first four minutes, going 5-of-7 from the field and 3-for-4 in three-point territory. The Hounds entered the half up by 25 points with a score of 41-16.

Quincy picked up momentum in the third quarter. The Hawks went on a 12-point uncontested run to cut the lead down to single digits. Quincy was able to continue this mindset into the fourth quarter and tied the game at 63 with less than four minutes to go.

In those final minutes, the teams went wire-to-wire fighting to maintain the lead. A 3-pointer made by Liv Becker with 35 seconds left was the key play that led the Greyhounds to victory.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jada Patton scored 10 points in the first quarter alone. Patton ended the night with 18 points.

– Ilani Williams-Harris was another Hound to finish in double-digits. Williams-Harris had 13 points on the night and led the team in steals and blocks with two each.

– Patricia Chikamba and Liv Becker were key players near the basket for UIndy. Each player finished with eight rebounds, and the team finished with 37 boards.

– The Greyhounds were able to hold a lead over the Hawks for 88.8 percent of the time, a total of 30:30 minutes.

MORE NOTES

Cymirah Williams was the leading scorer for Quincy. At the end of the contest, Williams had 18 points and also led the team in assists with four. … The Greyhounds continue to lead the Hawks in the all-time series, 33-23.

UP NEXT

UIndy will travel east to Springfield, Ill. to face Illinois Springfield. The contest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17 with tip-off slated for 2 p.m. ET.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 16, 1999 – O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend per the OnThisDay.com website.

Hall of Fame Birthday for February 16

February 16, 1931 – West Natrona, Pennsylvania – The University of Maryland’s great Tackle Dick “Lil Mo” Modzelewski was born. Dick was one of three brothers that had collegiate careers for the Terps. According to the NFF’s website bio on Lil Mo in his  three varsity years, Maryland had a 22-game unbeaten streak. In 1951 Maryland was ranked third in the nation and knocked off the top ranked team, Tennessee, in the Sugar Bowl, 28-13. Dick was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 after the National Football Foundation tallied their votes.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1924      Boston Braves third baseman Tony Boeckel becomes the first major leaguer killed in an automobile accident, dying from injuries received as a passenger yesterday in San Diego. Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel, another passenger of the car driven by Los Angeles theaterman Bob Albright, escapes without severe injuries.

1950      The BBWAA does not select any players for the Hall of Fame this season, with former Giants Mel Ott (69%) and Bill Terry (63%) as the top vote-getters. ‘Master Mel’ gets the nod next season, and ‘Memphis Bill’ enters in 1954 after both get named 75% of the writers’ ballots required for induction.

1952      Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner officially retires after 39 years in the major leagues, 21 as a player with the Louisville Colonels and Pirates, and another 18 years as a coach with Pittsburgh. The ‘Flying Dutchman,’ who led the league in stolen bases for five seasons, won eight batting titles, the most in National League history until Tony Gwynn tied the mark in 1997.

1953      Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia participate in a four-way trade that sends five players to new clubs. Joe Adcock (Reds) and Jim Pendleton (Dodgers) will now play for the Braves, Earl Torgeson (Braves) goes to the Phillies, Rocky Bridges (Dodgers) is now a Red, with Russ Meyer (Phillies) joining the Dodgers.

1967      Red Ruffing, the former Yankee pitcher who authored 273 major league wins, is selected to be in the Hall of Fame by getting the most votes on the second ballot necessary after the BBWAA fails to choose a player in January. Former Cardinal outfielder Joe Medwick also received 75% of the writer’s votes, usually enough to be selected; however, only the top vote-getter gets the nod in this special run-off election.

1989      Orel Hershiser, who will earn $3,166,167 in the final year of the deal, becomes baseball’s first three-million-dollar man when he signs a three-year $7.9 million contract with the Dodgers. The 1988 Cy Young Award recipient will post an 18-18 record and an ERA of 3.65 during the terms of the agreement.

1996      General Mills announces a special edition of a Wheaties cereal box honoring the 75th Commemorative Year of the Negro Leagues, featuring superstars Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and ‘Cool Papa’ Bell. In 1934, Yankee’s first baseman, Lou Gehrig, became the first athlete depicted on the Breakfast of Champions box.

2001      Yankee premier reliever Mariano Rivera (7-4, 2.85, 36 saves) signs a four-year, approximately $40 million contract with the Bronx Bombers. The 31-year-old Panama native surpassed Dennis Eckersley’s major league record with 16 saves in postseason games.

2003      Pete Rose becomes a member of the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame along with the Splendid Splinters’ teammate Dom DiMaggio, each not in attendance. ‘Charlie Hustle,’ who collected a record of 4,256 major-league hits, joins 1998 inductee Shoeless Joe Jackson, another player prohibited from becoming a member of Baseball’s National Hall of Fame.

2004      After leaving the Phillies as a free agent following the 2002 season to play for the Rangers, Doug Glanville returns to Philadelphia, signing a one-year contract with the team. The 31-year-old outfielder retires at the end of the season after compiling a lifetime batting average of .277 during his nine-year tenure in the major leagues, including playing time with the Yankees and the Cubs, and leaves with a 293-game errorless streak intact.

2004      The Rangers trade Alex Rodriguez along with cash to the Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later, Joaquin Arias. The deal comes on the heels of the Red Sox’s inability to land the American League MVP in a swap with Texas for Manny Ramirez due to the players’ association’s objection because of the need to restructure A-Rod’s existing contract as a result of the tentative transaction.

2007      Altering the regulations for the first time since 1996, the rules committee approves several changes, including eliminating tie games halted after the fifth inning due to weather by resuming the contest at the same ballpark in the next scheduled start. The new standards also implement a ten-game suspension for scuffing a baseball, prohibit players from going into a dugout to make a catch and allow pitchers to wear multicolored gloves.

2008      Kyle Kendrick, who posted a 10-4 record and an ERA under 4.00 last season as a rookie, is stunned when he hears about his trade to Japan for Takeru Kobayashi, a champion hot dog eater. The bogus deal, an elaborate hoax that includes skipper Charlie Manuel, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., fellow hurler Brett Myers, and media members, totally fools the Phillies sophomore pitcher.

2011      Rickie Weeks and the Brewers agree on a $38.5 million, four-year deal that includes a 2015 option based on plate appearances, which could increase the contract’s total value to $50 million. The 28-year-old second baseman broke a franchise record last season with 754 trips to the plate, mostly as the leadoff hitter.

2011      Speaking to reporters at the Phillies’ spring training complex, a tearful Dallas Green, former big-league manager and senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., thanks everyone for their support after the shooting death of his granddaughter. Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was one of six victims killed five weeks ago in a shooting rampage during U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ ‘Congress on Your Corner’ gathering outside a Tucson supermarket.

2013      After an appearance at a local winter festival, Guido’s costume, worn by one of the Brewers’ racing sausages, goes missing. Later that night, a seven-foot Italian sausage impersonator is spotted at bars in Milwaukee, signing autographs.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1914 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The United States finally completed the construction of the Panama Canal. The fifty-one mile long waterway ran across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic (by way of the Caribbean Sea) and Pacific oceans. After the United States acquired territory in the Caribbean and in the Pacific as a result of the Spanish-American War (1899), U.S. control over a man-made canal seemed imperative. In 1912, “The Panama Canal Act” was passed (exempting tolls from American cargo ships engaged in coastwise trade) igniting a protest by Great Britain that was eventually repealed in 1914 through the efforts of President Woodrow Wilson.

In the American League…

Cleveland Naps shortstop Ray Chapman stumbled his way into an unwanted record on June 20th after committing four errors in the fifth inning during a 7-1 loss to the New York Yankees at League Park II.

During the second game of an August 24th doubleheader in Washington, Detroit Tigers pitcher Hooks Dauss combined with four Senators aces to hit a record seven batters for a Major League mark that remained unmatched until the 1971 season.

In September, New York Yankees shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh replaced Frank Chance to become the club’s all-time youngest skipper (twenty-three), and the seventh in its twelve-year existence. He later went on to win nine of seventeen games and eventually managed Cleveland in 1928.

In the National League…

On June 9th at the Baker Bowl, Pittsburgh Pirate legend Honus Wagner joined Cap Anson as the only other member of the “3,000 Hit Club.” Wagner collected the historic double off the Philadelphia Phillies’ Erskine Mayer in the ninth-inning of his two-thousand three-hundred thirty second game.

Pittsburgh and New York went head-to-head for a twenty-one innings on July 17th before Larry Doyle’s two-run home run sealed a 3-1 Giants victory over the Pirates. The Forbes Field marathon set a Major League mark as the longest “non-walk game” in the history of organized baseball.

Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Jake Daubert tied a Major League mark on August 15th after recording four sacrifice bunts in the second game of a doubleheader sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies (8-4, 13-5). Daubert had also placed two sacrifice bunts in the first game after an ankle injury impeded his ability to run.

In the Federal League…

1914 debuted the short-lived Federal League after John T. Powers of Chicago convinced a group of entrepreneurs that the growing popularity of baseball could support a third major league. Eight teams entered the inaugural season with clubs based in Brooklyn, Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh as well as Baltimore, Kansas City, Buffalo and Indianapolis which had been the home for AAA teams. All eight cities constructed brand new ballparks including the Chicago Whales who played in what would eventually be known as Wrigley Field.

To effectively compete, the owners lured eighty-one former Major League players (eighteen of which were active) and one-hundred forty Minor League players (twenty-five of which were active) into the Federal League Baseball Company, Inc.

On May 6th, Pittsburgh Rebel Ed Lennox collected the only Federal League cycle during a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Packers.

Around the League…

A joint committee representing both the American and National Leagues voted that a “runner touched or held by a coach while rounding third base was officially out” and that “coaches could now assist other members of their team, not just the base runners”. Pitchers were also allowed to stand on the rubber (vs. standing behind the rubber until ready to pitch) and base runners were no longer permitted to run on an infield fly. A motion to eliminate the intentional walk was also rejected along with an attempt to legalize Sunday baseball in Massachusetts.

In April, the twenty-five player limit was suspended in both the American and National Leagues. With uncertainty over who has signed with what teams, it was almost impossible to verify how many players could be on any club’s roster at any one time.

On April 22nd, a nineteen year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth made his debut in the International League with a six-hit, 6-0 win for Baltimore over Buffalo. The second batter he faced was Joe McCarthy, the manager he would later play for as a New York Yankee.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

FEBRUARY 16

1961 — Elgin Baylor of Los Angeles scores 57 points to lead the Lakers over the Detroit Pistons 129-106.

1967 — Rick Barry of the San Francisco Warriors scores 52 points against Chicago at Fresno for his second consecutive 50-point game.

1969 — Alex Delvecchio of the Detroit Red Wings gets his 1,000th point with an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

1970 — Joe Frazier retains his world heavyweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Jimmy Ellis.

1972 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes the first player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

1989 — Chicago’s Michael Jordan scores 27 of his 50 points in the fourth quarter, to lead the Bulls to a 117-116 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

1992 — Martina Navratilova becomes the career singles titles leader by beating Jana Novotna in three sets in the final of the Virginia Slims of Chicago. Navratilova, with her 158th career singles championship, passes Chris Evert, who retired in 1989.

1992 — Chicago’s Michel Goulet becomes the 17th NHL player to score 500 goals, getting one in the first period of the Blackhawks’ 5-5 tie with Calgary.

1994 — John Stockton hands out 12 assists in Utah’s 103-99 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers to become the third guard in NBA history (joining Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson) to reach 9,000 career assists.

1997 — Jeff Gordon, 25, becomes the youngest winner of the Daytona 500 after Dale Earnhardt crashes 12 laps from the end to prolong his Daytona 500 jinx.

2001 — Philadelphia coach Larry Brown earns his 1,000th professional win, including his ABA record. Brown, 1,000-707 overall, ranks third on the career list behind Toronto’s Lenny Wilkens and Miami’s Pat Riley. Allen Iverson’s 42 points leads the 76ers to a 108-93 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

2009 — Harness driver Brian Sears drives seven winners on the Presidents Day afternoon card at the Meadowlands. The last driver to win seven races on a 10-race card at the Meadowlands was John Campbell on Feb. 3, 1983.

2013 — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the youngest woman in 39 years to win the slalom title at the world alpine championships held in Schladming, Austria. At the age of 17 years, 340 days, Shiffrin edges local hope Michaela Kirchgasser. The only slalom world champions younger than Shiffrin were Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein in 1974 and Esme Mackinnon of Britain in 1931.

2014 – American Bode Miller (36) becomes the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing history when he ties for bronze in the super-G in Sochi

2017 — Lowell Bailey upsets the pre-race favorites in the men’s individual competition to become the first American biathlete to win gold at the world championships. Bailey beats out Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic and three-time world champion Martin Fourcade of France.

2017 — Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby feeds Chris Kunitz for a first-period goal against Winnipeg to become the 86th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He adds an assist on Phil Kessel’s game-tying goal in the third and then puts the winner past Connor Hellebuyck with 21 seconds left in overtime as the Penguins escaped with a 4-3 victory.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

9 – 32 – 15 –  10 – 13 – 72

February 16, 1953 – The legendary Ted Williams makes the headlines, not on the diamond but at the U. S. Advanced Airbase in Korea when he piloted his damaged aircraft, a jet safely to the runway. The Boston Redsox slugger was serving during his second tour of duty with the Marine Air Corp as a pilot. The baseball great that wore Number 9 was awarded with the Air Medal for the event.

February 16, 1963 – On the college hardwoods, North Carolina Tarheels player wearing Number 32Billy Cunningham, Number in Carolina Blue, hauled in 27 rebounds against rival Clemson to set a new record. Cunningham would go on not only to play in the NBA but also coach at the next level as well.

February 16, 1967 – Red Ruffing, who once pitched for the New York Yankees and wore Number 15 for most of his career on his pinstripes was selected on this day to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

February 16, 1969 – Detroit Red Wings’ captain and sweater Number 10, Alex Delvecchio became just the third player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points when in a 6-2 loss of the Red Wings at the Minnesota North Stars Delvecchio tallied an assist.

February 16, 1972  – NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain wearing his trademark Number 13 for the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns

February 16, 1975 – At the 17th running of the Daytona 500: Benny Parsons in car Number 72 wins after Cale Yarborough in his famed racer Number 11 Valvoline Chevrolet sends race leader David Pearson, Number 21 spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the checkered flag.

TV SPORTS FRIDAY

AUTO RACING

3 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Qualifying, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

4:30 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: Practice, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

5:30 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Cup Series: Practice, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

7:30 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: The Fresh From Florida 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Colombia vs. Japan, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Portugal vs. Mexico, Group D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Senegal vs. Belarus, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

11:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Brazil vs. Oman, Group D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6:20 a.m. (Saturday)

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Italy vs. Egypt, Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

BOXING

9 p.m.

ESPN — Top Rank Main Card: O’Shaquie Foster vs. Abraham Nova (Super-Featherweights), New York

COLLEGE BASEBALL

3 p.m.

MLBN — 2024 MLB Desert Invitational: Boston College vs. Ohio St., Scottsdale, Ariz.

8 p.m.

MLBN — 2024 MLB Desert Invitational: Kansas St. vs. California, Scottsdale, Ariz.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

CBSSN — Villanova at Georgetown

ESPN2 — VCU at Saint Louis

ESPNU — Manhattan at Iona

9 p.m.

ESPNU — Ohio at Toledo

10 p.m.

FS1 — New Mexico at San Diego St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Colorado at Utah

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — UCLA at Oregon St.

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at North Carolina

SECN — Florida at Missouri

9 p.m.

SECN — Auburn at LSU

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

9 p.m.

CBSSN — Denver at Minn. Duluth

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

10 a.m.

ESPNU — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Georgia vs. Oklahoma St., Clearwater, Fla.

12 p.m.

SECN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Northwestern vs. LSU, Clearwater, Fla.

1 p.m.

ESPNU — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Florida St. vs. UCLA, Clearwater, Fla.

2 p.m.

ACCN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: UCF vs. North Carolina, Clearwater, Fla.

3 p.m.

ESPN2 — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Tennessee vs. Stanford, Clearwater, Fla.

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Stanford vs. Texas, Clearwater, Fla.

COLLEGE WRESTLING

7 p.m.

BTN — Ohio St. at Michigan St.

8:30 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at Virginia

9 p.m.

BTN — Wisconsin at Minnesota

GOLF

5 a.m.

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Second Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

12 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Chubb Classic, First Round, Tiburon Golf Club – Black Course, Naples, Fla.

4 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Genesis Invitational, Second Round, Riviera Golf Course, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

5:30 a.m. (Saturday)

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Third Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (BOY’S)

5:30 p.m.

ESPNU — Wasatch Academy (Utah) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kan.)

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

5:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — PLL Championship Series: California vs. Philadelphia, Round Robin, Springfield, Va.

NBA BASKETBALL

7 p.m.

ESPN — NBA All-Star Friday: Ruffles NBA All-Star 2024 Celebrity Game, Indianapolis

9 p.m.

TNT — NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game: Semifinals and Final, Indianapolis

TRUTV — NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game: Semifinals and Final, Indianapolis (Alternate Cast)

NHL HOCKEY

9 p.m.

NHLN — Carolina at Arizona

RUGBY (MEN’S)

1:50 a.m. (Saturday)

FS2 — NRL: Canberra at Parramatta

SOCCER (MEN’S)

1 p.m.

CBSSN — Serie A: Lecce at Torino

TENNIS

7 a.m. TENNIS — Doha-WTA Semifinals; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Quarterfinals