Sectional 1

Merrillville 42, Lafayette Jeff 14

Sectional 2

Penn 10, Chesterton 7

Sectional 3

Carroll (Fort Wayne) 36, Warsaw 0

Sectional 4

Westfield 24, Hamilton Southeastern 22

Sectional 5 

Brownsburg 31, Carmel 7

Sectional 6

Ben Davis 49, Tech 20

Sectional 7

Lawrence North 28, Lawrence Central 20

Sectional 8

Center Grove 41, Columbus North 7


Sectional 9

Valparaiso 42, Munster 0

Sectional 10

 Michigan City 48, Mishawaka 25

Sectional 11 

FW Bishop Dwenger 42, FW Snider 20

Sectional 12

Zionsville 42, Kokomo 17

Sectional 13

Cathedral 31, Decatur Central 0

Sectional 14

New Palestine 20, Whiteland 17

Sectional 15

Bloomington South 25, Bloomington North 17

Sectional 16

New Albany 34, Seymour 27


Sectional 17 

Lowell 38, Hobart 10

Sectional 18

New Prairie 35, South Bend St. Joseph 3

Sectional 19

Northridge 27, Leo 26

Sectional 20

Mississinewa 42, FW Wayne 6

Sectional 21

Mt. Vernon 70, Connersville 0

Sectional 22 

Roncalli 35, Bishop Chatard 21

Sectional 23

East Central 37, Martinsville 7

Sectional 24

Evansville Memorial 24, Northview 7


Sectional 25 

Hanover Central 26, Knox

Sectional 26

Mishawaka Marian 40, Jimtown 7

Sectional 27

Norwell 24, Peru 13

Sectional 28 

Brebeuf Jesuit 42, Western Boone 17

Sectional 29

Tri-West 18, Danville 13

Sectional 30

Owen Valley 14, Vincennes Lincoln 0

Sectional 31

Lawrenceburg 35, Brownstown Central 14

Sectional 32

Gibson Southern 42, Heritage Hills 7


Sectional 33

Andrean 49, Whiting 0

Sectional 34

LaVille 41, Pioneer 0

Sectional 35

Eastside 21, FW Bishop Luers 16

Sectional 36

Eastbrook 28, Tipton 21

Sectional 37

Lafayette Central Catholic 56, Speedway 35

Sectional 38

Scecina 21, Centerville 10

Sectional 39

Triton Central 37, Paoli 35

Sectional 40

Evansville Mater Dei 42, North Posey 13


Sectional 41

North Judson 40, Culver 6

Sectional 42 

Carroll (Flora) 16, Clinton Prairie 6

Sectional 43

South Adams 41, Union City 7

Sectional 44

Adams Central 49, Triton 3

Sectional 45

Parke Heritage 34, Riverton Parke 16

Sectional 46

Lutheran 34, Covenant Christian 27

Sectional 47

Tri 20, North Decatur 13

Sectional 48

North Central (Farmersburg) 30, Springs Valley 14



Penn at Merrillville

Westfield at Carroll (Fort Wayne)

Brownsburg at Ben Davis

Center Grove at Lawrence North


Valparaiso at Michigan City

FW Bishop Dwenger at Zionsville

New Palestine vs. Cathedral

Bloomington South at New Albany


New Prairie at Lowell

Mississinewa at Northridge

Roncalli at Mt. Vernon

East Central at Evansville Memorial


Mishawaka Marian at Hanover Central

Brebeuf Jesuit at Norwell

Tri-West at Owen Valley

Lawrenceburg at Gibson Southern


LaVille at Andrean

Eastbrook at Eastside 

Scecina at Lafayette Central Catholic

Evansville Mater Dei at Triton Central


North Judson at Carroll (Flora)

Adams Central at South Adams

Lutheran at Parke Heritage

Tri at North Central (Farmersburg)


Class A State Championship

11 am ET | Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)

> LCC making seventh state appearance and first since 2017 title season

> Trinity making second trip in three years, chasing first state title

Class 2A State Championship

1:30 pm ET | Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)

> Andrean seeking second volleyball crown in five years

> Western Boone making first state finals appearance

Class 3A State Championship

4 pm ET | Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)

> Bellmont playing for school’s third volleyball crown

> Brebeuf Jesuit returns to state after last year’s runner-up finish

Class 4A State Championship

6:30 pm ET | McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2) 

> McCutcheon making first trip back to state since 1989 runner-up season

> Castle making sixth state appearance but first since 1981


Bedford North Lawrence47Mooresville44
Cascade47Park Tudor35
Eastern (Pekin)55Borden18
Edinburgh53Central Christian15
Evansville Harrison30Mount Vernon (Posey)20
Fort Wayne Blackhawk64Southern Wells22
Fort Wayne Wayne60Fort Wayne Canterbury17
Franklin County51Rising Sun46
Indiana Math & Science43Providence Cristo Rey10
Jeffersonville43North Harrison42
North Knox45Washington35
North Miami66South Newton27
Northwestern48Carroll (Flora)39
Oldenburg Academy46Providence32
Perry Central37Wood Memorial33
Randolph Southern46Northeastern37
Rushville52New Castle25
South Ripley45Austin35
Union County54Milan16
Waldron59Blue River41
Western62Eastern (Greentown)15
Whitko44Fort Wayne North34


Saturday, Nov. 6

Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS

Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX

Kansas State at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1

Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC

Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Missouri at Georgia | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Arizona | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC

Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports

Penn State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan State at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Baylor at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Auburn at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Wisconsin at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Utah State at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports

NC State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Oregon State at Colorado | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN or CBS

Iowa at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Oregon at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Iowa State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Indiana at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | FOX

Clemson at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

USC at Arizona State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Nevada | 10 p.m. | FS2

UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | FS1


Sunday, November 07, 2021

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 08, 2021

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN


Brooklyn 96 Detroit 90

San Antonio 102 Orlando 89

Washington 115 Memphis 87

New York 113 Milwaukee 98

Cleveland 102 Toronto 101

LA Clippers 104 Minnesota 84

Golden State 126 New Orleans 85

Portland 110 Indiana 106

Sacramento 140 Charlotte 110


Winnipeg 5 Chicago 1

Edmonton 6 NY Rangers 5

Nashville 3 Vancouver 2

Anaheim 3 Arizona 1

Los Angeles 3 New Jersey 2


• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Michigan State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 22 Penn State. 

• The Big Ten (three teams) is the only conference with more than two teams ranked in the top-10 of the AP Poll. The only other conference with multiple teams ranked in the top-10 is the SEC (two teams). 

• No. 5 Michigan State (8-0) defeated then-No. 6 Michigan, 37-33, and is now one of just six undefeated teams remaining in the FBS. The Spartans are 8-0 for the first time since 2015 and for just the seventh time ever in program history. The win over Michigan marked Michigan State’s first win over an AP Top 10 team since they defeated No. 8 Penn State on Oct. 13, 2018, and the Spartans’ highest-ranked win since they defeated No. 4 Iowa in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game. 

• Michigan State junior RB Kenneth Walker III was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 197 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries (8.57 avg.) in the win vs. Michigan. Walker scored all five of Michigan State’s touchdowns, becoming just the second FBS player to record five rushing touchdowns in a game this season. Walker leads the FBS is rushing yards per game (149.2), is tied for third in the FBS in rushing touchdowns (14) and total touchdowns (15), and ranks fifth in all-purpose yards per game (153.75).

• No. 6 Ohio State improved to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 33-24 win over then-No. 20 Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (47.2 ppg), rank second in total offense (548.1) and third in team passing efficiency (183.34). The Buckeyes are one of just two teams in the nation to average more than 45 points per game this season along with the No. 2 scoring offense, Alabama (45.9). 

• Defensively, Ohio State held Penn State to 33 yards rushing. Dating back to Week 3, the Buckeyes are surrendering just 66.2 rushing yards per game and in their last three wins they are allowing just 45.7 yards per game on the ground. 

• Minnesota defeated Northwestern on the road, 41-14, to win its fourth game in a row and move into first place in the Big Ten West. With the victory, the Gophers became bowl-eligible for the third time under head coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers are now 3-0 on the road this season and have an unblemished road record through three games for just the fourth time since 1961.

• The Gophers finished with 442 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing yards. The ground game was powered by freshmen RBs Mar’Keise Irving (110 yards) and Ky Thomas (106 yards), who each compiled more than 100 yards rushing for the second straight week. Irving and Thomas are the first pair of Minnesota running backs to record back-to-back 100-yard games since Laurence Maroney and Gary Russell in 2005.

• Wisconsin earned its fourth straight win, and its third straight conference win, with a 27-7 victory over then-No. 9 Iowa. The victory marked Wisconsin’s second consecutive victory over an AP Top 25 team and their first against a top-10 team since they defeated No. 9 Minnesota on Nov. 30, 2019. The last time that Wisconsin defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks was in 2017. 

• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (214.6 ypg) and rushing defense (49.6 ypg). The Wisconsin run defense leads the No. 2-ranked run defense (Georgia, 75.6 ypg) by 26 yards per game. Wisconsin is surrendering just 7.5 points and 180.3 yards per game during their four-game win streak. After holding Purdue to -13 rushing yards in their Week 8 win over the Boilermakers, the Badgers limited the Hawkeyes to a season-low 24 yards rushing. 

• Purdue defeated Nebraska 28-23 to improve to 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers defense notched four interceptions, marking the second time in three games that Purdue has registered four interceptions. Junior LB/S Jalen Graham was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after snagging two interceptions, including a 45-yard pick-six. Graham became the second Purdue defender to record two interceptions in a game this season, joining junior safety Cam Allen. Graham is just the 12th Purdue defender to record a multi-interception game since 2000.

• Maryland topped Indiana, 38-35, and is now 5-3 on the season. Sophomore QB Taulia Tagovailoa threw for a career-high 419 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking the first 400-yard passing performance by a Maryland quarterback since Danny O’Brien threw for 417 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. Tagovailoa’s 419 yards are the third-most in a single game in Maryland history, trailing only Scott Milanovich’s 498 vs. Virginia Tech and 451 vs. West Virginia in 1993.

• Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano earned his 75th win as head coach of the Scarlet Knights with a 20-14 victory at Illinois. Schiano needs just four wins to pass Frank Burns (78) for the most wins by a head coach in Rutgers history. The Scarlet Knights defense allowed just 10 total first downs, tying Rutgers’ program record in Big Ten play (also allowed 10 first downs vs. Illinois in 2016).

• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.

• The Big Ten boasts five teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Iowa (t-4th, 16.1 ppg), Penn State (t-8th, 17.0), Wisconsin (t-8th, 17.0). Michigan (t-10th, 17.1) and Purdue (t-10th, 17.1). The conference has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 49.6 ypg, and No. 8 Minnesota at 92.9 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.97), Penn State (6th, 103.56), Purdue (8th, 106.42) and Wisconsin (10th, 110.30).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (4th, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (5th, 257 vs. Charlotte). The Big Ten has three additional 200-plus yard rushing performances this season: Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio on Sept. 25.

• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (5th, 266.174 passing efficiency), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (4th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

Rodgers sought treatments instead of COVID-19 vaccine

(AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Friday he sought alternative treatments instead of the NFL-endorsed COVID-19 vaccinations because he is allergic to an ingredient in two of the FDA-approved shots.

Speaking on SiriusXM’s “Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers said: “I’m not an anti-vax, flat-earther. I have an allergy to an ingredient that’s in the mRNA vaccines. I found a long-term immunization protocol to protect myself and I’m very proud of the research that went into that.”

Rodgers, who turns 38 on Dec. 2, did not say what ingredient he was allergic to, or how he knows he is allergic.

Rodgers, who has been tested daily as part of NFL protocols for the unvaccinated, found out he contracted COVID-19 on Wednesday. The reigning NFL MVP said he didn’t feel well on Thursday but was much better on Friday.

Rodgers can’t rejoin the Packers for 10 days, missing Sunday’s game at Kansas City. He must have a negative test to return to the team on Nov. 13.

During the interview with McAfee, Rodgers misquoted the CDC website and offered his explanation for why hasn’t taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Rodgers said the CDC’s website says “should you have an allergy to any of the ingredients, you should not get one of the mRNA vaccines. So those two (Moderna and Pfizer) were out already.”

Instead the CDC site says, “If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction – even if it was not severe – to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.”

Rodgers did not say he had an allergic reaction.

He said with some of the public issues involving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – clotting issues and his “hearing of multiple people who had had adverse events around getting the J&J … the J&J shot was not even an option at that point.”

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. were tested in tens of thousands of people and proven to be both safe and effective at dramatically reducing the risk of serious disease and death. The vaccines now have been given to more than 200 million Americans and that real-world use plus extra government safety tracking have made clear that serious side effects are extremely rare – and that any risk is far lower than the risks posed by COVID-19.

Rodgers’ research led him to a treatment he did not detail, and he said the NFL was aware of the treatment protocol he was using, which took “multiple months.”

“The league was fully aware of it upon my return to the Packers (in August),” Rodgers said. “It was at that point that I petitioned them to accept my immunization under their vaccination protocol.”

A member of the Packers’ medical staff inquired to the NFL Players Association’s medical director on behalf of an anonymous player who asked if an alternative homeopathic treatment could render him as “fully vaccinated” under the protocols. That player was Rodgers.

The NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, shared an email from the team and related materials from Rodgers with Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s medical chief, and with an independent infectious disease expert, who were asked for an opinion.

The expert, hired jointly by the league and union, said he could not find in his research that the treatment offers reliable and robust COVID-19 protection – that the treatment was not the equivalent of receiving one of the three endorsed vaccines. There was a lack of scientific data demonstrating whether and how well the treatments Rodgers wanted approved would work.

The union and the doctors were never contacted again by Rodgers after his petition and a subsequent appeal were denied.

“And I also said, how come there’s no exemption for medical exemptions, religious exemptions, pre-existing conditions?” Rodgers added. “And they basically said those are all basically exempted but you would be put in the non-vaccinated category.”

Rodgers also told McAfee he has concerns about potential fertility issues had he taken one of the vaccinations.

Many scientists, including three doctors who specialize in reproductive health, have vouched for the safety of vaccinations for couples who want to have a baby and urged people to seek out their doctors or nurse practitioners with any questions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and obstetrician groups also recommend COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant individuals.

Dr. Stephanie Broadwell of Sanford Health Fargo, Dr. Stephanie Foughty of Altru Health Devils Lake and Dr. Ana Tobiaz of Sanford Health Bismarck said at a virtual North Dakota town hall in July to get the vaccine.

“I can understand that people are scared, people are nervous,” Broadwell said. “I think sometimes there can be information that can be helpful and some that can be somewhat misleading. I think it’s just really hard to digest all the information that is out there and stories that are filtering through that maybe even come from trusted sources.”

Rodgers strongly questioned the NFL’s protocols, along with any organization forcing health requirements on individuals.

“I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something,” he said. “Health is not a one size fits all for everybody, and for me it involved a lot of study in the offseason.”

Disconnect: Browns cut ties with OBJ, end drama-filled stay

CLEVELAND (AP) Odell Beckham’s final target with the Browns was a pass thrown to him late, high and out of his reach.

He tried catching it with one hand.

Another incompletion, and like OBJ’s time with Cleveland, a failure.

Out of patience with Beckham’s antics and attitude, the Browns on Friday said they’re releasing the polarizing star wide receiver, whose arrival 2 1/2 years ago triggered a celebration and spawned wild expectations never met.

Beckham’s unceremonious exit – still not official – came on his 29th birthday and days after his father shared an 11-minute video on social media highlighting plays on which Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t throw him the ball.

Beckham was excused from two days of practice while his agents tried to work out an amicable parting with general manager Andrew Berry as the Browns (4-4) were preparing to play a critical game on Sunday in Cincinnati.

“This really is not about the video,” Berry said a few hours after the Browns announced the breakup. “It’s really about a series of discussions, certainly over the last week but even spanning back longer than that.”

Beckham wanted out of Cleveland almost from the time he was acquired in a 2019 blockbuster trade from the New York Giants. He asked to be traded several times, and now has his wish. Sort of.

It was supposed to be so different. The Browns thought Beckham could be the final piece, the game-changing playmaker for Mayfield, capable of transforming the offense and leading Cleveland to Super Bowls. Instead, Beckham was injured, frustrated and mostly used as a decoy.

“I don’t think anyone envisioned when the organization traded for Odell three years ago that this would really be the resolution,” said Berry, who inherited Beckham after former GM John Dorsey pulled off the trade.

“It’s unfortunate, but at the same time there are some situations in the NFL where things just don’t quite work out.”

The Browns didn’t appreciate the video or that Beckham never reached out to Mayfield or coach Kevin Stefanski, who often praised his work ethic in an arduous recovery from knee surgery.

Berry did speak with Beckham, but didn’t disclose the nature of their conversations.

Once the sides finalize financial terms – Beckham is owed $8 million this season – Beckham will be waived and can be claimed by any team with enough salary-cap space. If he clears the waiver wire, which probably won’t happen until early next week, he’ll be a free agent and can sign anywhere.

It’s possible Beckham could stay in the AFC or wind up in Cleveland’s division. That might worry some fans, but Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett isn’t concerned.

“It might happen. I’m not scared of it,” Garrett said. “There’s great receivers everywhere that we have to worry about, and if he goes to another good receiving corps, then we have to step up and prepare for it.

“We know what he can do. We see it on the practice field all the time. No need to worry about the possibility, Twitter’s going to make up enough stories.”

Garrett was shocked by the speed of Beckham’s departure.

“It was quicker than anyone expected,” Garrett said. “I wish we got a little bit more communication between upper management and the players, a little bit more knowledge of what was going on because it seemed just like it happened overnight.

“Things just like kind of snowballed.”

Now that Beckham’s gone, the Browns can put their full attention on the Bengals (5-3). Coincidentally, it was at Cincinnati in Week 7 last season when Beckham suffered a season-ending knee injury and Mayfield threw five touchdown passes.

Garrett thinks this saga could unite the Browns.

“I think it will bring us together,” said the league’s sacks leader. “It did the first time he went out, even though that was against anyone’s wishes, but we found a way and I think this year we’re going to do the same thing.”

One of the NFL’s most talented receivers, Beckham has also been one of its most irksome.

Although he insisted he was happy in Cleveland, where he was reunited with former college teammate and close friend Jarvis Landry, Beckham didn’t seem to like not being in a big market. He reportedly told opponents on the field during pregame warmups to “come get me” in the offseason.

Beckham seemed to fall in line last season under Stefanski, but he never made a strong on-field connection with Mayfield, and their lack of chemistry was a constant topic.

When Beckham got hurt last October, it appeared to free up Mayfield, who played better without the playmaker and led the Browns to their first playoff appearance in 18 seasons and first postseason win since 1994.

This season started ominously as Beckham, who had just two 100-yard games with Cleveland, was set to play in the opener at Kansas City before telling the Browns he couldn’t shortly before kickoff, forcing them to alter their game plan.

The final straw came Sunday in a loss to Pittsburgh as Beckham caught just one pass and was noticeably upset while walking off the field with Garrett, who tried to console his friend – and now former teammate.

“I want the best for him and I want to see him prosper and I never want to see him down like that,” Garrett said. “I just threw my arm around him to try tell him that whatever happens we’re going to be all right.”

The Browns are about to find out if that’s true.

Cowboys’ Prescott puts calf issue to rest, set for Broncos

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott didn’t think twice about maximum effort in his first practice after missing a game because of a strained right calf.

Until the star Dallas quarterback had time to think twice about it.

“First play (Wednesday), I get ready to scramble, I take five or six steps and throw on the run and I thought about it,” Prescott said. “I’m like, `I probably shouldn’t have done that on my first rep.’ That was easy for me to say, `OK, that is why I didn’t play last week, because I don’t think about that.’ And I am not going to think about that. I am going to think about whatever it takes to win the game.”

Prescott said it was “safe to say” he would play Sunday against Denver (4-4) after sitting last week when backup Cooper Rush threw the go-ahead touchdown pass in the final minute of a 20-16 win over Minnesota. It was the sixth straight victory for the Cowboys (6-1).

The strained calf came when Prescott threw the winning TD pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime for a 35-29 victory against New England almost three weeks ago. The Cowboys hoped an open week would keep Prescott from missing a game. They chose the cautious approach.

Prescott said he was disappointed not to get to play against the Vikings, but didn’t have much trouble getting over it. Asked if there was any way he would sit again, Prescott said, “No, no, no. They got their two weeks with the bye. We’ll give them that.”

The Cowboys listed Prescott as questionable against Minnesota after he was held out of team drills all week. Receiver Amari Cooper, who caught the go-ahead TD toss from Rush, said the quarterback told his teammates two days before the game that he wasn’t playing.

No need for such questions now.

“I’m sure he’s going to be fired up,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “I don’t know if you can get more fired up than he always is, but if he can, I’m sure this week might be one of them.”

Prescott missed most of the preseason after straining his right shoulder early in training camp. He missed the final 11 games last year after the gruesome compound fracture of his right ankle against the New York Giants.

Suffice to say he’s been through the injury drill lately, which means he won’t change much with rehab even though Prescott says he’s close to fully recovered from the calf injury.

“I won’t stop doing all the things necessary to make sure I stay on top of it,” Prescott said. “Not only that, just my ankle, just my whole body, whether it’s the shoulder. I don’t want to say older because I’m only six years into this thing, but as I get more experience, I spend more time taking care of my body.”

Because surgery limited his mobility after the broken ankle last year, Prescott never made it to the sideline while the Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs.

The win over Minnesota was the first time he’s watched most of a game with a headset since the final game of his rookie year, when Dallas’ postseason plans were all but set. Prescott said the thing he learned was, “That I don’t necessarily like to watch. That I like to play.”

“I don’t want to get used to it,” Prescott said. “It was challenging, but I embraced it, was able to support the guys, something coach (Mike) McCarthy talks about is support the 48. That was my job.”

Prescott is getting his old job back.

Coach: McCaffrey could see limited reps vs. Patriots

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey has a chance to play Sunday against the New England Patriots if he can make it through practice on Saturday without any setbacks.

Quarterback Sam Darnold (concussion/shoulder) could be active too after being listed as questionable on the injury report Friday.

Rhule said he is “hopeful” that McCaffrey can play, but indicated the 2019 All-Pro wouldn’t see a full amount of snaps if he’s able to go. McCaffrey has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury and was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this week. He is not yet on the 53-man roster, so he has no injury designation.

“Saturday is typically the day we move around and try to have explosive movements,” Rhule said. “So we will see if he is able to hit full speed. He is obviously in good condition and knows the game plan. So I am hopeful that Christian might play, I really am.”

McCaffrey had not practiced in three weeks before this week, so Rhule doesn’t want to risk overusing his star player. He said he is happy with how McCaffrey’s backup, Chuba Hubbard, has performed.

“He is just coming back and I don’t think it would be one of those 50- or 60- or 70-play games,” Rhule said of McCaffrey. “… Christian will play when he is ready and only play as many snaps as seems appropriate for where he is coming back. And hopefully if we do that we can build him back up to getting 40, 50 or 60 snaps when need be.”

Meanwhile, Darnold is listed as questionable and Rhule suggested chance he may be active for Sunday if he clears the concussion protocol. Rhule also indicated Darnold is battling a shoulder injury, which may be just as problematic as the concussion.

Darnold could serve as a backup Sunday to P.J. Walker, who has taken most of the first-team reps at quarterback this week in practice, Rhule said. Darnold was injured in last week’s 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think he looks good and signs are positive,” Rhule said of Darnold, who is 4-4 as a starter. “We will see what he can do tomorrow. Anything is on the table and he could be (ready) for this game, which would be great.”

Saints’ Payton gives Siemian the nod for start vs Falcons

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian will start a game for the first time in more than two years when New Orleans hosts Atlanta on Sunday.

Saints coach Sean Payton announced his decision on Friday, specifying that fellow quarterback Taysom Hill, who came back this week from an Oct. 10 concussion, also is expected to play against the Falcons.

“It’s just what we’re doing this week,” Payton said. “A lot of it’s based on I felt like Trevor played well last week. Taysom was coming out (of the concussion protocol) just at that same time.

“We’ll see each week,” Payton added. “We’ve got a good plan we feel like this week relative to this game and we’ll kind of go from there.”

Siemian, now in his seventh pro season out of Northwestern, came on in relief of injured starter Jameis Winston in the second quarter of last week’s 36-27 victory over Tampa Bay. Siemian completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He led five scoring drives in all – two that ended with touchdowns and three with field goals.

Before last Sunday, Siemian had not played in a regular-season game since Sept. 16, 2019, when he started for the New York Jets because of an illness to then-Jets first-string QB Sam Darnold. Siemian’s ankle was injured in that game and he missed the rest of the season. He spent part of 2020 with New Orleans but did not play because Winston and Hill were already backing up Drew Brees.

This season, Siemian has been slotted as the primary backup for games Winston started because Hill, who competed for the starting job in training camp, would spend much of the week preparing to serve in multiple roles in the offense and on special teams.

“I’ve had a lot of confidence in myself,” Siemian said. “I didn’t know if it was going to happen or when it was going to happen, but I knew I’d be ready. And here we are. So I expect to play well, just like everyone else on this team. That’s my mindset.”

Siemian, is 13-12 in 25 career starts (24 with Denver). He said that being the starter for this week is “not really new to me; it’s not that foreign.”

“I mean, it’s been a while for a sure,” Siemian added. “But I’ve been playing all along as if I’m going to get another chance.”

Payton said rookie Ian Book, who has normally been a healthy scratch on game days, probably will be active on Sunday.

NOTES: Defensive end Carl Granderson (shoulder) and receiver Ty Montgomery (hamstring) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) and rookie defensive end Payton Turner (calf) have been listed as questionable.

Attorney requests suspension of Georgia’s Anderson be lifted

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson’s attorney said Friday he has asked for Anderson’s suspension to be lifted because his client, who is under investigation by Athens police for an alleged rape, has not been charged with a crime.

Attorney Steve Sadow told The Associated Press he has submitted a formal request to Georgia senior deputy director of athletics Darrice Griffin to lift the suspension. If the athletic department does not intervene, Anderson will not play for No. 1 Georgia in Saturday’s Southeastern Conference home game against Missouri.

Sadow’s provided The Associated Press a copy of his letter to Griffin in which he requested “an immediate reconsideration of (the) suspension.”

Sadow told Griffin the University of Georgia’s Equal Opportunity Office has informed him that “no determination whatsoever of the legitimacy of the alleged sexual misconduct violation has been made.”

“A mere allegation of sexual misconduct should not be sufficient to warrant a suspension. Fairness and due process require more,” Sadow said.

In the letter, Sadow requested Anderson be cleared immediately to play because “time is of the essence.” He told The Associated Press he received no immediate response from Griffin.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police incident report, a 21-year-old woman reported on Oct. 29 that she was raped that day. The woman told police she went to an Athens residence after having some drinks and woke up on a bed while Anderson was having nonconsensual sex with her.

Georgia has not announced Anderson’s suspension, which was disclosed by Sadow. He said the suspension was “pending the investigation.”

Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Shaun Barnett told The AP on Thursday the investigation was ongoing.

In a statement released Thursday, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said, “We are aware of the report and we don’t comment on law enforcement matters, but I’ve been clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field. I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

Anderson, a senior, leads the Bulldogs with five sacks. Georgia’s defense leads the nation with its average of 6.6 points allowed, and Anderson’s absence could impact the Bulldogs’ hopes of winning their first national championship since 1980.

Hundreds of thousands fans celebrate Braves title in parade

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves were cheered by hundreds of thousands of fans in a two-stage parade on Friday celebrating the team’s first World Series championship since 1995.

Some area schools closed, and students seized the opportunity to attend the event.

“That’s what the fun part of this is,” Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said. “Every block it was just kids and it was all kids. Never, never did I expect to see that many little guys.”

The parade started in downtown Atlanta, near the Braves’ former home at Turner Field. The route took the busses, floats and pickup trucks past a memorial to late Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at the site of old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The procession then headed to Peachtree Street, where fans packed sidewalks several rows deep.

Atlanta police estimated 300,000 to 400,000 fans attended the downtown portion of the parade.

The fan turnout was similarly strong for the final mile of the parade, which ended at the Braves’ current Truist Park in suburban Cobb County. The stadium was filled. Thousands more fans packed the mixed-entertainment complex outside the stadium.

The Braves were lured to Cobb County by tax incentives and the ability to build a complex of dining, shopping, apartments and entertainment adjacent to the new stadium, which opened in 2017.

McGuirk said he thought “there were well more than a million people” overall.

“This city has lost its mind and it’s so wonderful to be a part of it,” McGuirk said.

The Braves clinched the World Series by beating the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, a native of Marietta in suburban Atlanta, had a hometown perspective on the fans’ 26-year wait to celebrate another championship.

“This city has been wanting a championship for a long time,” Swanson said. “It’s just so cool they let schools out. To see kids be able to enjoy this moment and be inspired by this moment, it’s second to none.”

Despite temperatures in the mid-40s at the start of the parade, Braves outfielder Joc Pederson wore shorts. Most of his teammates and fans in the street bundled up.

Pederson stayed warm by remaining active. Wearing a pearl necklace and puffing on a cigar, Pederson tossed more pearl necklaces to the fans as if he were in a Mardi Gras parade on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Pederson also won the World Series last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he said this was his first parade.

“This is incredible,” Pederson said. “The turnout is unreal. I didn’t expect anything less. The A-T-L is the best. … I’ll remember it forever. It’s a special moment.”

Braves manager Brian Snitker rode in the back of a pickup truck with his wife, Ronnie. Snitker described the fan turnout as “insane.” He said riding in the parade was “phenomenal. … I’m so proud of our city and Braves country. What a day.”

Aaron’s wife, Billye, said at the Truist Park celebration that Hank, who died on Jan. 22, “is here with us. He loved the Atlanta Braves and I am so very, very happy to see these young men who have picked up the mantle and carried it on.”

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, unable to attend Game 6 because he tested positive for COVID-19, spoke at the ceremony from a luxury suite and said “Flags fly forever, 2021 will fly forever!”

Fans at the stadium were encouraged by broadcaster Joe Simpson to participate in the controversial tomahawk chop chant.

The celebration at the stadium included a free concert featuring Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Big Boi.

Dusty Baker gets contract from Houston Astros for 2022

HOUSTON (AP) Dusty Baker will return as manager of the Houston Astros for a third season after agreeing to a one-year contract with the AL champions.

Baker took over from AJ Hinch, who was suspended by MLB for his role in the team’s sign stealing and then fired. The Astros lost to Tampa Bay in the 2020 AL Championship Series and to Atlanta in this year’s six-game World Series.

“We have an exciting future here — and present,” Baker said Friday. “I just had some unfinished business to take care of, but we’re close. We’re getting better every year.”

The 72-year-old Baker has never won a World Series title as a manager. He has 1,987 regular-season wins as a manager.

Baker said he has enjoyed his time in Houston, even adapting to the team’s focus on analytics.

“I was talking to some of our sabermetrics guys, and I said, `Hey, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks,’ and they said, `Depends on the dog,'” Baker said with a grin. “That was a compliment, I guess.”

Owner Jim Crane said he expects the team’s payroll to be near the luxury tax level and possibly above. Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the players’ association are ongoing to set rules for after Dec. 1.

“If we have to make a move to compete and close out something, we’ve always done that,” Crane said. “We’ve got the resources because we’ve got great support from the city. Our goal is to win championships and put the best team on the field that we can.”

Shortstop Carlos Correa became a free agent on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get something done.” Crane said.

“Carlos Correa has been a huge part of this organization, and we are going to put our best foot forward to try to make sure that continues,” general manager James Click said. “But the nature of free agency is, there are 30 teams out there, and Carlos is going to make the best decision for him and his family. We obviously hope that’s Houston, and we are going to put our best foot forward, but we have to be responsible for the team and make sure we’re putting a winning team out there.”

Click said he hopes Baker’s coaching staff will return, except for pitching coach Brent Strom, who is retiring after eight seasons.

“We had talked about it earlier in the year last year, but I urged him to put all of his efforts into this year and not think about the end until the end came,” Baker said.

Baker said he believes assistant pitching coaches Bill Murphy and Josh Miller are ready to take the next steps in their careers and could be leading candidates to replace Strom.

Among Houston’s other key free agents are Justin Verlander, who pitched just one game in the last two seasons because of injuries, and Zack Greinke.

G Carey Price to rejoin Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) Carey Price is preparing to return to the Montreal Canadiens.

The superstar goalie will rejoin the team on Monday, according to Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme. Price will meet with athletic therapists and develop a plan moving forward, Ducharme said Friday.

Price voluntarily entered the NHL’s player assistance program on Oct. 7.

The assistance program, jointly run by the league and the NHL Players’ Association, helps players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other matters.

No official reason was given as to why Price entered the program, but his wife, Angela, cited mental health in an Instagram post when the news first broke that he would miss the start of the season.

Price also was recovering from offseason knee surgery when training camp began.

“He’s coming off a surgery, so we’ve got to see where he’s at with that,” Ducharme said. “And then from there I think it’s gym, then on the ice by himself, then with the goalie coach, with shooters, with the team.

“So there’s a buildup for sure, and the timeline, it’s tough to go deep and really have a plan.”

Ducharme said it’s possible Price might have a conditioning stint with the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket before returning to action with the Canadiens. Price played briefly with the Rocket late last season after recovering from a concussion.

“We’re going to take a look at everything we can do to get him ready to play,” Ducharme said.

Price has a career record of 360-257-79, with a 2.50 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 49 shutouts.

The 34-year-old Price was instrumental in Montreal’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last season, where it lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

The Canadiens host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.



After consecutive wins at home, the Pacers headed out West to take on the Portland Trail Blazers to start a four-game road trip. Indiana knew it would be a tough battle at Moda Center, as the Blazers have won by an average of 23 points at home to start the season.

The Blue & Gold appeared primed to break that streak, rallying back from a 16-point first-half deficit to take a nine-point lead late in the fourth. However, the hosts (4-5) responded with an 18-5 run, including 12 unanswered, over the final 4:48 to steal a 110-106 victory from the Pacers (3-7).

With the Pacers trailing 107-106, Robert Covington’s fifth 3-pointer of the night with 14.7 seconds remaining put the final nail in Indiana’s coffin. Although CJ McCollum recorded 27 and Normal Powell added another 25, Covington’s season-high 19 seemed to hurt the most. The eight-year veteran’s shots from deep seemed to drop at the worst times all night for Indiana.

“When it mattered, we couldn’t get stops and couldn’t score on the other end,” Domantas Sabonis said plainly.

Five Pacers finished in double figures. T.J. McConnell filled in for Malcolm Brogdon (non-COVID illness) once again and tallied a team-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep. Myles Turner followed with 16. Sabonis recorded a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Although disappointed about surrendering the late lead, head coach Rick Carlisle pointed to the first quarter as the main cause of the defeat. The hosts raced out to an 8-0 lead after Indiana came up empty on its first five possessions. McConnell finally ended the drought at the 9:02 mark after getting a friendly roll on a jumper in the paint.

But the bucket did not spark the offense. Portland’s length appeared to be an early problem, as seven-foot center Jusuf Nurkic clogged up the paint and made entry passes difficult. The Blue & Gold tallied just six points through the first 7:54 as the Blazers’ lead swelled as high as 22-9.

“It was horrible,” McConnell said of the start. “As a group, we have to be so much better to start games and set the tone.”

However, the bench provided Indiana with a spark. Threes from Justin Holiday and Kelan Martin helped trim Portland’s 12-point lead to 24-19 before the end of the first quarter.

Holiday and Martin teamed up again to bring the deficit down to two, twice in the first minute of the second. However, Portland soon found its stroke from beyond the arc.

Leading 27-25, the hosts rattled off a 13-3 run, including three consecutive treys, to take a 40-28 lead with 8:23 remaining.

The Pacers struggled to chip away at the deficit midway through the second. They appeared disconnected on the offensive end, and could not find a way to slow down McCollum on defense. His open jumper off a screen at the 3:09 mark gave the hosts a 59-43 lead over the Blue & Gold.

But Indiana showed fight down the stretch. Holiday knocked in two 3-pointers as part of a 10-0 run to close out the second. McConnell capped the run with a crafty driving layup with 21.8 seconds to go, cutting the gap to 59-53 before halftime.

Four quick Pacers points to start the third brought the deficit to two. But once again, Portland stayed ahead. A bucket from Covington and two free throws from Powell expanded the lead once again.

The Pacers scratched and clawed to their first tie since 0-0 behind threes from McConnell and Chris Duarte. With 7:15 to play in the third, LeVert knocked in a running jumper to give Indiana its first lead, 72-71. However, Covington quickly regained a Portland lead by answering with a 27-foot triple.

At the 4:46 mark, Myles Turner knocked in his first trey to give the Blue & Gold another one-point lead (77-76). But, Covington responded again with a three, giving the Blazers a two-point edge.

From there, the squads remained in a tight battle to close out the frame. After Torrey Craig banked in a layup, Sabonis powered home a left-handed flush to take an 81-79 lead. The score remained stagnant over a 1:47 span before McCollum’s triple put the Blazers ahead by one. However, Sabonis’ reverse layup with 34.1 seconds remaining gave Indiana a one-point advantage entering the final frame.

A clutch offensive rebound by Nassir Little led to an Anfernee Simons three that put the Blazers up 87-86 at the 9:27 mark. 39 seconds later, the IMG Academy product added another to give the hosts a four-point edge.

However, after a timeout, the Pacers found their footing. Trailing 90-86, Indiana scored 11 unanswered to take a 97-90 lead with 5:51 to play. Turner had five of the run, including a triple after a swat on the defensive end.

Indiana stretched the lead to nine. However, consecutive threes from McCollum and Covington quickly shrunk the gap to 101-98 with 3:55 remaining.

Despite an Indiana timeout, Portland’s run continued. Powell, McCollum, and Nurkic combined for six more to give the Blazers a 104-101 lead. Sabonis then cut the lead to one at the 2:09 mark with a layup under the outstretched arms of Nurkic.

Covington once again put pressure on Indiana, drilling a three on the Blazers’ next possession. However, this time Turner responded. The Texas center drilled a rainbow trey from the top of the key to pull the Pacers to within one with 1:01 to go.

After McCollum missed a jumper, Indiana had a chance to grab the lead. McConnell drove the lane and fired up a floater. The ball hopped off the rim and into the arms of Covington. Shortly after, he fired home his final 3-pointer of the night to seal the deal.

Indiana hopes to bounce back against the Sacramento Kings Sunday afternoon.

Inside the Numbers

For the first time in his career, Chris Duarte was limited to fewer than 10 points. He finished with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and four assists.

Indiana outscored its opponent in the third quarter, 30-23 – its second time this season. But Portland outscored the Pacers in the fourth, 28-23, to take home the win.

The Pacers’ defense limited Damian Lillard to just four points on 2-of-13 shooting. He shot 0-for-6 from deep.

After not scoring against the Knicks two nights ago, Justin Holiday had a bounce-back game, scoring 12 points on four made 3-pointers off the bench.

You Can Quote Me On That

“They put us in scramble situations. They hit big shots. (Robert) Covington hit some tough shots down the stretch. It is what it is. We just have to bounce back.” –Turner on the late-game lapse

“To dig out of that kind of a hole, it just expends a lot of energy. It’s just rare that you can dig out of a hole that big.” –Carlisle on the first quarter’s impact throughout the game

“Absolutely. Having a nine-point lead, you certainly knew they were going to make a run. But we just didn’t sustain it. It is disappointing. We did have a lot of momentum going into this game. (We) just didn’t play a full game and that’s what happens.” –McConnell on the letdown after consecutive wins

Stat of the Night

Portland shot 11-of-24 from deep in the second half, including Covington’s five.


Indiana has won just one time in its last 13 road contests against Portland dating back to 2007.

The Pacers and Trail Blazers will meet one more time this season on March 20 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Indiana has yet to win on the road this season (0-5).

Up Next

The Pacers continue their road trip on Sunday, Nov. 7 in Sacramento, when they take on De’Aaron Fox and the Kings at 6:00 PM ET.

INDIANA WBB: No. 8/7 IU Routs UIndy In Exhibition

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Six players scored in double figures and defense shined as No. 8/7 Indiana posted a 97-36 exhibition win over UIndy on Friday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.


Behind seven points on 3-for-5 shooting in the opening frame from senior guard Grace Berger, the Hoosiers went 69.2 percent from the field to take a 25-15 lead in the opening quarter.

They would continue their hot shooting in to the second quarter, opening on a 12-0 run. It would be a 22-2 run when it was all said and done as the Hoosiers extend its lead out to 51-17.  It paved way for a 53-21 halftime lead as junior forward Mackenzie Holmes paced her squad with 13 first half point, six rebounds to go along with Berger’s 10 points.

Indiana’s defense was on display again in the third quarter, holding UIndy scoreless for the first 5:25 as it built a 67-21 lead. It held the Greyhounds to just a combined 21 points in the second frame and limiting them to 23.3 percent shooting on the evening.

Using its entire bench in the game, newcomers including freshman guard Kaitlin Peterson who contributed 12 points in 20 minutes of action and four steals, saw significant minutes in the only public exhibition of the season. Sophomore guard Chloe Moore-McNeil also added to the double-figure scorers as she dropped 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.


13 players saw minutes for the Hoosiers and eight different players scored in the game.

Six Hoosiers scored in double figures.

Holmes led the way for Indiana with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Graduate student guard Ali Patberg scored 14 points and added three assists and two rebounds.

Senior guard Grace Berger scored 13 points and tallied five assists and three rebounds.

Freshman guard Kaitlin Peterson scored 12 points off the bench for Indiana.

The Hoosiers connected on seven of their first 10 shots.

Indiana opened the second quarter scoring the first 16 points to build a 41-15 lead. The Hoosiers held the Greyhounds without a point in the second quarter until the 4:20 mark.

Indiana outscored UIndy, 28-6, in the second quarter.

The Hoosiers opened the third quarter on a 14-0 run and held the Greyhounds scoreless until the 4:35 mark.

After allowing 15 Greyhound points in the first quarter, Indiana allowed just 13 points combined in the next two quarters.

Indiana shot 37-of-65 (56.9 percent) from the floor and held UIndy to 14-of-60 (23.3 percent).

The Hoosiers forced 25 Greyhound turnovers and converted 32 points off turnovers.

Indiana held a 56-16 advantage in points in the paint and 19-2 on fast break points.

The Hoosiers got 33 points from their reserve players.


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, it’s great to be back in front of our fans at (Simon Skjodt) Assembly Hall, in front of our fans, it was nice to have some noise, some real noise. We were obviously excited for this night, to be here. It’s always a great opportunity when you play your entire team and get to see some of the things we do in practice, and if they are going to work, if they’re working, if we’re getting better. I thought tonight our effort was there, of course it wasn’t, by any stretch of means, a great offensive performance. I thought we had moments of, I was frustrated with our free throw shooting, obviously, and the fact we got out-rebounded, that’s never a good thing. But I overheard Mackenzie talking about what this will give us. It’ll give us good film, great film that we can do a lot of teaching come tomorrow. But I thought for the first night, anytime it’s the first time for things, for our freshman especially, and Caitlin Hose, I thought they handled themselves in a great way. That was obviously good to see, but I think our vets are who they are, who they have been, but we’ll sure up some things tomorrow and come Wednesday in Indianapolis, it’s for real.”


The regular season opens up at Butler on Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

INDIANA FB: Game Notes: at Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The fifth primetime kickoff of the season is set for Saturday (November 6) inside Michigan Stadium for the Indiana football program. The Hoosiers (2-6, 0-5 B1G) take on No. 9/10 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 B1G) at 7:30 p.m. on FOX.

INDIANA (2-6, 0-5 Big Ten) at No. 9/10 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten)

Michigan Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 6 | 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (2-6, 0-5 B1G East) wraps up its two-game road trip at No. 9/10 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Michigan Stadium (107,601; FieldTurf) on FOX.

• The Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines, 38-21, in Bloomington last season (Nov. 7).

• It marked IU’s first victory over U-M since Oct. 24, 1987.

• Indiana is 7-4 over its last 11 road games.

• The Hoosiers have faced five ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 34-6.

• Peyton Hendershot is IU’s tight ends receptions (125) and yardage (1,383) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

• Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares second nationally with 14 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 13-straight games.

• Donaven McCulley threw for 242 yards at Maryland last weekend, an Indiana true freshman record.

The Coaches

• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-28 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)

• Jim Harbaugh is 56-23 (.709) in his seventh season at Michigan. He owns a 114-50 (.695) overall record with stints at Stanford (2007-10) and San Diego (2004-06). Harbaugh also coached the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14).

News & Notes

• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.

• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.

• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).

• IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).

• Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.

• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Eight Hoosiers Earn Big Ten Postseason Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Another regular season complete, another huge haul of Big Ten postseason awards for Indiana men’s soccer.

With two specialty award winners, eight Indiana student-athletes combined for a league-best tying 10 Big Ten postseason honors as announced by the conference office on Friday (Nov. 5).

Junior Roman Celentano is first-ever two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons. An Indiana goalie has claimed the award in three of the last four years as Trey Muse received the honor following the 2018 season.

Junior Daniel Munie is the fourth Hoosier in the last five seasons to earn the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, following Grant Lillard (2017), Andrew Gutman (2018) and Jack Maher (2019).

Celentano and Munie have led one of the top defenses in the nation, recording 10 clean sheets on the year. In October, Indiana shut out seven straight opponents, the second longest single-season streak in program history. During that span, the Hoosiers did not concede a goal in 725 consecutive minutes of play.

Indiana has earned multiple Big Ten specialty awards in each of the last five seasons, totaling 14 conference player of the year and coach of the year honors since 2017. A specialty award has arrived in Bloomington in each of the last 12 seasons.

With its 2021 count, Indiana has totaled 115 All-Big Ten first team selections all-time, 55 more than the next best program (Penn State, 60). Alongside Munie and Celentano’s first-team selections, three Hoosiers were named to the All-Big Ten second team: junior forwards Victor Bezerra and Herbert Endeley and redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass.

All three second teamers each earned their third-career Big Ten postseason awards. Last season, Bezerra was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year which also saved him a first-team spot. Endeley was a second team pick following the 2020-21 regular season as well and was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2019. Glass took home first team laurels in 2020-21 and a second team pick in 2019.

Bezerra is once again putting out fine offensive numbers, sharing the team-high in goals (6), and leading IU in assists (5) and points (17). Of his six goals, five gave Indiana a lead and four were match winners.

Endeley has started 11 of 17 matches for Indiana, contributing two goals, including the match-winner against Northwestern on September 21, and four assists that tie for the second-most on the team.

Glass been another key member of the Indiana defense from his left back position, starting 15 of 16 matches played. A leader on the pitch, in the classroom and in the community, Glass is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Unlimited fan voting is available until November 22 here.

Completing IU’s All-Big Ten haul, forwards Tommy Mihalic and Samuel Sarver were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Mihalic was a unanimous selection.

Starting 16 of 17 matches this season, Mihalic has scored five goals in his first season with one assist. Two of his goals have come as match winners, including a golden goal against Wisconsin on October 24. The Skokie, Illinois, native was the season’s inaugural Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on August 31 after his brace against Notre Dame (Aug. 27) led to a 3-2 season-opening, overtime win.

Sarver sits tied with Bezerra for the team-lead in goals (6) and has contributed four assists during his rookie campaign. A Chesterland, Ohio, native, Sarver has scored twice in multiple matches.

Mihalic and Sarver rank No. 19 and No. 77, respectively, on the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 Freshmen list.

Rounding out Friday’s awards, sophomore Joey Maher was one of nine recipients of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Maher has been a crucial piece of the IU defense, forming a center back pairing with Munie that has started all 17 matches. It’s Maher second-career Big Ten postseason award after he was named to the freshman team last season.

2021 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Awards

Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year: Peter Mangione, Penn State

Big Ten Midfielder of the Year: Ben Bender, Maryland

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Daniel Munie, Indiana

Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year: Roman Celentano, Indiana

Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Joshua Bolma, Maryland

Big Ten Coach of the Year: Jeff Cook, Penn State

All-Big Ten First Team*

Farai Mutatu, Michigan State

Justin Weiss, Northwestern

Peter Mangione, Penn State

Ben Bender, Maryland

Joshua Bolma, Maryland

Marc Ybarra, Michigan

Jack Beck, Michigan State

Laurence Wootton, Ohio State

Daniel Munie, Indiana

Brett St. Martin, Maryland

Brandon Hackenberg, Penn State

Roman Celentano, Indiana

All-Big Ten Second Team     

Victor Bezerra, Indiana

Jackson Temple, Rutgers

Herbert Endeley, Indiana

Seth Kuhn, Penn State

Andrew Privett, Penn State

Pierre Reedy, Penn State

Spencer Glass, Indiana

Vince Borden, Rutgers

Moritz Kappelsberger, Wisconsin

Niklas Neumann, Maryland

All-Big Ten Freshman Team*

Tommy Mihalic, Indiana

Samuel Sarver, Indiana

Joshua Bolma, Maryland

William Kulvik, Maryland

Caden Stafford, Maryland

Jason Buckner, Michigan

Hayden Evans, Michigan

Collin McCamy, Northwestern

Nathan Demian, Ohio State

Anthony Samways, Ohio State

Matt Acosta, Rutgers

Joey Zalinsky, Rutgers

Adir Raphael, Wisconsin

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Joey Maher, Indiana

Justin Gielen, Maryland

Kevin Buca, Michigan

Farai Mutatu, Michigan State

Deng Deng Kur, Northwestern

Xavier Green, Ohio State

Alex Stevenson, Penn State

Ola Maeland, Rutgers

Tim Bielic, Wisconsin

* – Additional honoree due to ties

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Boilermakers Ready for Spartan Visit on Saturday

Purdue Football (5-3, 3-2) heads into the month of November with five victories on its record for the first time since the 2007 season as the Boilermakers play hosts to No. 5/3 Michigan State (8-0, 5-0) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Head coach Jeff Brohm and his squad are on the hunt for a fourth Big Ten Conference victory for this 2021 campaign, a threshold that Brohm has been able to lead Purdue past twice thus far in his tenure (2017, 4-5; 2018, 5-4). Since the 2010 season, Purdue has claimed four or more Big Ten wins just three times.


• The 28-23 win at Nebraska (Oct. 30) stands as Purdue’s third win in the last four matchups against the Cornhuskers. It was also the second-straight win for the Boilermakers in Memorial Stadium.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm improved to 3-2 against Nebraska with the result, and the series record is now knotted up at 5-5-0. 

• The victory was also Purdue’s third road win of 2021. Since the 2000 season, Purdue has won three away contests just five times, with three of those instances by Joe Tiller-led squads (2003, 2004, 2006) and twice now by Brohm-led teams (2018, 2021).

• To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.


• Purdue and Michigan State cross paths more seldom than most Big Ten Conference colleagues, with just five matchups against each other since 2010. Saturday’s game will be the first Boilermaker-Spartan contest since 2018.

• Purdue trails in the all-time series, 28-36-3, but has the advantage in games played at home (16-14-3).


• Purdue’s last contest against Michigan State (Oct. 27, 2018) came after the famous Boiler win over No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018), with Purdue yielding a 23-13 result to the Spartans in East Lansing.

• Then-freshman LB Jaylan Alexander recorded three tackles in that game, and redshirt sophomore WR Jackson Anthrop returned one kickoff for 14 yards.


• Purdue has now had four interceptions in two of the last three games after not recording a four-INT game since the 2018 season. Prior to the four interceptions by Purdue’s defense at No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and the most recent effort at Nebraska (Oct. 30), the Boilermakers last had four interceptions vs. Boston College on Sept. 22, 2018.

• The Boilermakers have accomplished a four-interception game eight times in the last 21 seasons of football, but 2021 stands as the first season since 1999 with two instances in the same campaign.


• The Boilermakers have 10 takeaways in the last three games after recording a total of two in the first five games.

• Purdue also stands out as one of just 16 teams nationally to have recorded both a fumble return and interception return for touchdown this season. For Purdue, both types of defensive scores had not occurred since 2011, per Sports Reference.


• Junior LB Jalen Graham’s second-quarter interception at Nebraska (Oct. 30) was returned 45 yards for a touchdown, becoming the first Purdue pick-six since Cory Trice’s 37-yard return on October 12, 2019, vs. Maryland.

• Graham’s performance at Nebraska, which included two interceptions, helped him earn Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday, Nov. 1

• Junior DE George Karlaftis’ fumble return for a touchdown in the second half vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 23) was the first by a Boilermaker since Graham on October 31, 2020, at Illinois.

• With Karlaftis’ play, Purdue has now had a fumble or interception returned for score by its defense for eight consecutive seasons.

    Defensive Touchdowns in the Last EIGHT Years

    2014    Frankie Williams vs. 39 yards vs. Iowa (INT)

    2015    Danny Ezechukwu 90 yards vs. Virginia Tech (FUM)

    2016     Gelen Robinson 78 yards vs. Eastern Kentucky (INT)

    2017     Ja’Whaun Bentley 76 yards vs. Minnesota (INT)

    2018     Markus Bailey 41 yards vs. Ohio State (INT)

    2019     Cory Trice 37 yards vs. Maryland (INT)

    2020    Jalen Graham 0 yards at Illinois (FUM)

    2021    George Karlaftis 56 yards vs. Wisconsin (FUM)

    2021    Jalen Graham 45 yards at Nebraska (INT)


• Junior DE George Karlaftis was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday, Nov. 1, an honor annually bestowed upon the college football defensive player of the year.

• Prior to the season, Karlaftis was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 23 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 25.5 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks.


• If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999).

• Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019).

• Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 25 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record previously held  solely by John Standeford.

• Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11).

• Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after the Notre Dame (Sept. 18) game.

• The Boilermaker star ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (112.3), and first in the Big Ten Conference.

• For his career, Bell is averaging 7.7 catches per game and 97.8 yards per game. His 97.8 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.7 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career.

• The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).


• Since the 2000 season, just five Boilermakers have accumulated 15 or more tackles in a game. With his effort against Wisconsin (Oct. 23), senior LB Jaylan Alexander became the latest to accomplish the feat (11 solo, 4 assisted, 1.0 TFL).

• In recent memory, former LBs Ben Holt and Markus Bailey make the list provided by Holt recorded 17 tackles in 2019 against TCU (Sept. 14, 2019), while Bailey posted 15 stops in 2018 in the win against No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018).

• Alexander is tied for 16th in the Big Ten Conference, currently, with his 58 total tackles (7.3 per game).


• With the win against No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), Purdue improved to 6-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, and the Boilermakers have won two in a row, including the 49-20 win against second-ranked Ohio State on October 20, 2018

• The Boilermakers have 16 wins over top-five opponents when they are unranked, the most in the country.

• The Iowa win is Purdue’s first against a top-2 foe on the road since a 31-20 victory at Notre Dame on September 28, 1974.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Uses Balanced Attack to Sweep Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Butler volleyball swept Providence (25-18, 25-23, 25-13) Friday night at Alumni Hall to also sweep the season series with the Friars (15-11, 3-10 BIG EAST). The Bulldogs (14-12, 8-5) used a balanced offensive effort to get the win and remain in fourth place in the conference standings.

Set 1: Butler 25-18

Kills by Brittany Robinson and Mariah Grunze helped the Bulldogs lead 4-1 early before the Friars responded with a 4-0 run. A later 7-1 Butler streak including kills from Grunze, Robinson, Melody Davidson and Amina Shackelford put the Bulldogs ahead 15-10 midway through the set. Butler would steadily build that lead to as much as seven and clinch the set on a Grunze kill. Robinson (five kills), Grunze (four) and Shackelford (four) led the Bulldog offense in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-23

The Bulldogs led 6-2 early following back-to-back kills by Robinson and Davidson. Providence rallied back to eventually lead 17-16 and 18-17 before Butler went on a 5-2 run for a 22-20 lead. Shackelford put down a kill to clinch the tight second set. Davidson and Shackelford contributed three kills each in the period.

Set 3: Butler 25-13

Two Marissa McKelvey aces followed by Robinson and Sheridan kills helped the Bulldogs get out to a 5-0 lead. A later 4-0 streak highlighted by kills from Davidson and Shackelford extended the advantage to eight at 13-5, and Butler would cruise from there. Robinson and Sheridan had three kills each to pace the Bulldog offense in the final frame.

Stat of the Match

Butler outhit Providence by over 200 points (.317 to .073)

Inside the Box Score

– Robinson put up 11 points on 10 kills (.444 hitting percentage) and two block assists.

– Madison Friebel had a double-double with 14 assists and 12 digs.

– Shackelford contributed nine kills (.421 hitting percentage), a block and a dig.

– Grunze and Sheridan both finished with seven kills each.

– Jaymeson Kinley had 13 digs and four assists.

Up Next

The Bulldogs travel west and finish the weekend with a match at No. 24 Creighton on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

BUTLER MSOCCER: Faces St. John’s for Second Time in Four Days, This Time in BIG EAST Quarterfinals

Matchday Information – Butler at St. John’s

DATE:                         Saturday, November 6 / 5 pm

LOCATION:                Queens, N.Y. / Belson Stadium


LIVE VIDEO:              BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     St. John’s leads, 8-3-1

LAST MEETING:        November 4, 2021 – Queens, N.Y. – Butler 1, St. John’s 0 (OT)

The No. 6 seed Butler men’s soccer team will play No. 3 seed St. John’s in a quarterfinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament on Saturday, November 6, at 5 pm. The same two sides just met, three days earlier, in the final regular season match for both teams. Butler came out on top in that one, 1-0, in overtime.


Butler is appearing in the BIG EAST Tournament for the sixth time in nine seasons. The Bulldogs’ overall record is 4-1-3.

Jack Haywood, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection in spring 2020-21, returned to action in the previous match against St John’s after missing seven matches due to injury. He had been out since the September 29 match at No. 5 Marshall.

Butler’s 2021 schedule has included six ranked teams, including three ranked in the top-5 when the contest was played. The Bulldogs faced No. 1 Indiana (L, 0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (L, 0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (L, 0-2). Marshall is the defending College Cup National Champion, having defeated Indiana in the spring.

The Bulldogs were victorious over No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1) on September 21, No. 20 Providence (2-1) on October 16, and No. 24 St. John’s on November 3.

As of 11/04/21, Butler’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 7 by RPI Update.

The Matchup

In the previous match: Neither side was able to score in regulation, but Butler’s Hemi Nasser found the back of the net just four minutes into extra time to walk off with the win.

Butler and St. John’s have never met in the BIG EAST Tournament.

The Bulldogs and Red Storm have met twelve times overall, with the St. John’s coming out on top in eight.

St. John’s most recent win (1-0) was September 28, 2019, in Indianapolis.

Scouting St. John’s

Previous match: Butler L, 0-1 (OT)

St. John’s lost to No. 6 Clemson (1-2).

The Red Storm has scored 22 goals this season and given up 10.

Ten different players have scored at least one goal, and nine have at least one assist.

Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for St. John’s include:

        #10 Brandon Knapp (4g, 6a)

        #40 Lucas Bartlett (5g, 3a)

        #7 Einar Lye (3g, 4a)

        #9 Wesley Leggett (3g, 1a)

Luka Gavran (10-5-2) has played every minute of all 17 matches in goal. He has made 53 saves (.841) and has allowed 10 goals (0.56 GAA). He has ten shutouts.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  —  Aubrey Hamilton notched 15 kills with a mark of .357 and Charley Niego collected five service aces as Notre Dame earned a road sweep over North Carolina (25-22, 25-20, 25-21) on Friday night inside Carmichael Arena.

Hamilton’s 15 kills came on just 28 swings while Niego added nine kills and Sydney Bent notched eight. As a team, the Irish hit .299 on Friday night with Zoe Nunez collecting 30 assists in the three sets of play.

Notre Dame also totaled nine service aces against the Tar Heels, including five by Niego, two by Nunez and one each from Kiara Schmidt and Hattie Monson. Monson also led the Irish with 15 digs while Lindsey Miller notched a team-high four blocks.

The sweep is Notre Dame’s (10-12, 7-5 ACC) seventh straight-set victory this season and sixth in ACC play. Each of Notre Dame’s last six wins have come in straight-set fashion.


First Set

The Irish broke a 3-3 tie with a 5-1 run, including an ace by Nunez, to go up 8-4 and force an early Tar Heels timeout. The hosts used a pair of 3-0 runs to even the set again at 13-13 before Miller and Niego notched back-to-back kills to put the Irish up 15-13.

The Irish forced another North Carolina timeout and extended their lead to 20-16 with two consecutive blocks by Miller. Kills by Hamilton, Niego and Nunez down the stretch helped Notre Dame clinch the opening frame, 25-22. Hamilton led the Irish with five kills in the first set and Notre Dame limited North Carolina to a hitting percentage of .079.

Second Set

The Tar Heels used a 4-0 run to go up 8-4 before the Irish eventually used a 4-1 run, including a kill and ace by Niego, to even the set at 14-14.

After the sides worked to an 18-all deadlock, Niego and Lockwood each notched a pair of kills in an Irish 4-1 run that put Notre Dame up 22-19.

Niego clinched the set with two straight aces, pushing her total to five in the set, as the Irish took a 2-0 lead with a 25-20 triumph in set two. As a team, Notre Dame hit .370 in the second set with six service aces.

Third Set

The Irish erased a 9-6 deficit with a 5-1 run, including an ace by Monson, to earn a 12-10 lead.

After the Tar Heels evened the frame at 15-15, the Irish earned five of the next six points, including two straight kills by Bent, to go up 20-16.

The hosts earned the next three points to get within one at 20-19, but a trio of kills by Hamilton kept the Irish in front as Notre Dame clinched the sweep with a 25-21 victory.


The Irish with a road matchup at NC State this Sunday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. ET

That match will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra.

Irish Sweep Holy Cross with 4-1 Victory

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Fighting Irish closed out their two-game home series against Holy Cross with a decisive 4-1 victory on Friday night at Compton Family Ice Arena (4,521) to earn the weekend sweep.

Solag Bakich had a goal and an assist, Max Ellis tallied his team-leading fifth goal of the season, while Jack Adams netted his first in an Irish sweater and Ryder Rolston sealed the win with his second of the season.

In net, Matthew Galajda finished with 25 saves to earn the win, while Erik Gordon (6) and Thomas Gale (23) combined for 29 saves.

Holy Cross finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Notre Dame was 0-for-5.

How It Happened

A physical first came to a close still knotted at 0-0, as both Matthew Galajda and Thomas Gale made eight saves in the period.

Notre Dame’s best look in the first came when Trevor Janicke was sent in on a shorthanded breakaway by quick Adam Karashik and Jesse Lansdell passes in the neutral zone, but Janicke’s shot flashed just over the crossbar.

The Fighting Irish then exploded for three goals in the final 3:40 of the second period to build a 3-0 lead after two.

The scoring began with Solag Bakich’s tally at 16:20. After a few Notre Dame chances down low, Adam Karashik found Bakich in the high slot and and he wristed his third goal of the season past Gale. Grant Silianoff had the second assist on the play.

Then at 18:27 Jack Adams fired home a rebound in front for his first career goal with the Irish, with the assists going to Jake Boltmann and Justin Janicke.

Just 51 seconds later, Max Ellis beat Gale gloveside high with a snapshot following an offensive zone faceoff win by Bakich.

Ryder Rolston found the net on a pass from Cam Burke to make the Irish lead 4-0 at 13:27 of the third.

Holy Cross netted the final goal with a little less than five minutes on the clock. While the play was reviewed for goalie interference, ultimately, the goal was awarded for the final 4-1 scoreline.


Matthew Galajda started on consecutive nights (as opposed to consecutive Irish games) for the first time this season and the first time since Feb. 28-29, 2020 with Cornell.

Jack Adams scored his first goal with the Irish and his first collegiate goal since scoring for Union on March 8, 2019.

Solag Bakich finished with a goal and an assist for his third multi-point game of the season/of his career.

Notre Dame’s penalty kill is now 33-for-34 on the season.

Mental Miles

On both Thursday and Friday, Notre Dame wore commemorative jerseys as they partnered with 2014 hockey alum Stephen Johns, who recently retired from the NHL.

The jerseys will be auctioned off in the coming week at to benefit Johns’ #MentalMiles initiative to support mental health.

Approximately 20 jerseys will be available and each jersey will have “JOHNS” and “28” on the back.

Next Up

Notre Dame plays its first home Big Ten games of the season next weekend, welcoming Wisconsin on Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m.) and Nov. 13 (6 p.m.).

Friday’s game against the Badgers will be on NBCSN, while Saturday’s contest will be on NBC Sports Chicago (both games will be available on the NBC Sports App/


INDIANAPOLIS – Former IUPUI basketball standout Marcus Burk has landed a spot with the G League Grand Rapids Gold, the league affiliate of the Denver Nuggets. Burk was recently named to the Gold’s 12-man roster as they will officially begin their season against Sioux Falls on Nov. 11.

Burk, a 6-foot-3 guard, will be coached by former NBA standout Jason Terry and a teammate of NBA veteran Lance Stephenson. Two other teammates, Markus Howard and Petr Cornelie, are with the Gold on two-way contracts.

A two-time All-Horizon League performer, Burk was the 25th member of IUPUI’s 1,000 Point Club, doing so in just 47 career games. He finished his two-year career ranked No. 22 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,072 points. He totaled 1,848 points in his collegiate career – 776 at Campbell and 1,072 at IUPUI.

Last season, he ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring at 21.7 points per game and was 21st in the country in three-point percentage at 40.9 percent. He also led the Horizon League in steals per game at 1.83. He connected on 138 threes in just 50 games in an IUPUI uniform, doing so at a 39 percent clip.

Purdue Fort Wayne Falls to Wright State 3-0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Madison Gates recorded a 30-assist, 15-dig double-double in Friday’s (Nov. 5) match against the Wright State Raiders, but the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team fell 3-0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-19) in the Gates Sports Center.

The Mastodons had 75 digs in the three-set affair, the most in a three-setter since 2007, a 78-dig effort against Kansas City.

The opening set was as competitive of a set as the Mastodons have played in all season, as it extended to feature 56 points. After Wright State led 20-19, Purdue Fort Wayne called timeout, then rattled off a 5-0 run that saw three ‘Dons get kills and Sidney Schiller get a block. Wright State evened the set with four-straight points, then took the final three points of the frame. All told, the Raiders evaded seven set points. Rachael Crucis had nine digs in the first set alone.

Crucis’ defensive efforts continued in the second set, as she had nine more in the 25-18 second. Wright State got out to a 13-5 lead, but the Mastodons stormed back with a 6-0 run that included an ace from Schiller. Wright State got another run to go its way to go up 21-13, which ultimately was enough to take a 2-0 lead.

Purdue Fort Wayne jumped out to a 10-5 lead in set three, which was capped off by an emphatic block from Madelyn Wurster and Ramei Jackson. The ‘Dons led at 16-12, but the Raiders went on a 10-0 run to run away with the match.

Katie Crowe, Schiller and Wurster all had 10 kills. Crucis finished with 21 digs, her second-best of the season. Gates, Crowe and Wurster also reached double-digit digs. Wright State was led by 14 kills from Fort Wayne native Nyssa Baker.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-22, 5-11 Horizon League. Wright State improves to 19-7, 11-3, officially clinching a berth to the Horizon League Championship. The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday (Nov. 6) at 4 p.m. on the Arnie Ball Court when Northern Kentucky comes to town. The Norse are coming off a 3-1 win at IUPUI.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Bradley defeats Sycamores in three sets

PEORIA, Ill. – The Indiana State volleyball team fell in three sets to the Bradley Braves (15-25, 17-25, 17-25) Friday night in Missouri Valley Conference play inside Renaissance Coliseum.

The Braves, who have now won five-straight matches, outhit the Sycamores .226 to .077, while trailing in the match just four times.

The Sycamores were led at the net by Mallory Keller. Keller finished the match with 10 kills on 37 swings, four digs and a pair of blocks. Storm Suhre put down five kills while four other Sycamores tallied a trio of kills. Defensively for the Sycamores, Melina Tedrow tallied 15 digs and Ashley Eck dug out 13 Bradley attacks to go with a service ace.

Bradley led from start to finish in the first set of action and forced the Sycamores to call their first timeout at 10-5. The Braves came out of the break and scored two of the next three points and only led by fewer than five points just one time the rest of the way.

In the second set, Indiana State broke a 4-all tie and scored six of the next eight points to take a 10-6 lead. Bradley answered though by reeling off seven-straight points to take a 13-10 lead. Indiana State ran out of gas as Bradley went on the win the set by holding the Sycamores to just four more points in the set.

Bradley came out in the third set energized, scoring the sets first four points. ISU rallied back though by scoring eight of the next 11 points to take its first lead of the set. The teams would go back-and-forth until the Braves were able to extend their lead to four at 16-12 to force an ISU timeout. BU went on to extend its lead to eight points en route to the set and match win.

The Sycamores are back in action Saturday, Nov. 6 when they travel to Normal to take on the Redbirds. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Redbirds defeat Aces in weekend opener

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State opened the night with a 25-13 win and kept up the intensity on their way to a 3-0 win over the University of Evansville volleyball team on Friday night in Redbird Arena.

Evansville (17-7, 7-6 MVC) was led by Giulia Cardona’s 12 kills with Alondra Vazquez adding eight.  Melanie Feliciano had a team-high nine digs while Cecilia Thon added 18 assists.  Tamara Otene paced the Redbirds (15-11, 11-3 MVC) with 13 kills while Kaity Weimerskirch had 11 digs.

Set 1 – ISU 25, UE 13

The Redbirds set the early tone in the opening frame, opening up a 7-2 lead with Nora Janka capping it off with an ace.  After a kill by Cardona, ISU continued to add to its lead, extending it to double figures with another run that made it a 17-6 score.  From there, the Redbirds took a 25-13 decision to take the first set.

Set 2 – ISU 26, UE 24

An early kill by Melanie Feliciano saw the Purple Aces tie things up at 4-4.  Illinois State responded by posting the next seven points to take their largest lead of the frame.  Evansville showed its character, scrapping for each point.  Their work would pay off when consecutive service aces by Laura Ruiz tied the game back up at 16-16.  After falling behind by the 11-4 score, the Aces responded immediately with five in a row.  A Cardona kill got it started before Alondra Vazquez added another.  Feliciano also had an ace to chip into the deficit. 

After the Aces tied it up, the Redbirds wrestled the lead away, going up 20-17.  Down to its final point trailing 24-22, UE stormed back when kills by Vazquez and Feliciano tied it up.  Illinois State regained control with the final two points, winning by a 26-24 final on their way to a 2-0 lead.

Set 3 – ISU 25, UE 10

In the third set, it was another early run by the Redbirds that gave them control.  Scoring the first six points of the set, ISU grabbed the momentum and would not give it up.  Evansville got within five, but the Redbirds answered each time, pulling away for a 25-10 win to clinch the match by a final of 3-0.

On Saturday, UE will look for a weekend split when they face Bradley in a 5 p.m. contest in Peoria.

EVANSVILLE MSOCCER: Men’s Soccer looks to close regular season with momentum

PEORIA, Ill. – Closing the regular season and looking for a top three seed, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team makes the trip to take on Bradley on Saturday night at 7 PM in Peoria, Ill.

Previewing the Matchup

Meeting for the second time this season, the Aces and Braves are meeting for the 36th time with Bradley owning a 20-12-3 advantage in the all-time series.

In this season’s earlier matchup in Evansville, the Aces broke a losing-streak, capturing a 2-1 win on Oct. 9.

The Aces enter Saturday’s meeting looking for its third-straight win, a feat Evansville has not accomplished since 2017.

A win would earn Evansville the No. 3 seed in the MVC Championship as the Aces have already secured a home quarterfinal match next Tuesday.

Last Match: Evansville 2, Drake 0

Continuing its run of good form, the University of Evansville men’s soccer captured a 2-0 shutout victory over Drake on Senior Day at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

“It’s been a long stretch of games for the guys and as I told them after the game today, I don’t think there’s any question we’re a better team now than we were when we started this seven-game stretch,” said Evansville head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We kept our composure under some adverse circumstances and were able to keep two clean sheets in a row. We’ve got some guys banged up and we’re going to have to take this week to rest, recover, and get prepared to go to Bradley. Our season is in front of us.”

In goal, it was the second-straight shutout for redshirt junior Jacob Madden, who made three saves and was supported by an exceptional performance from the backline. On the attack, redshirt junior Jakub Hall turned-in what might be his best performance as an Ace, scoring twice with opportunities to record a hat trick with four shots on the afternoon.

Evansville scored quickly to take control of the match, finding the opener within the match’s first quarter hour. With sophomore Pablo Guillen on the ball, Hall sprinted to the backline as Guillen slipped a well-timed through ball. Hall took a dribble and chipped the keeper, giving the Aces a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Drake would put three shots on-goal in the first half, challenging Madden. In the 35th minute, the Bulldogs generated their best chance of the day, sending a ball towards goal that an Evansville defender headed away as UE held the 1-0 advantage at the break.

To start the second half, it was again Evansville who came out on the front foot. Earning a free kick near midfield in the 58th minute, it was freshman Oliver Hald who stood over it. Hald sent a sailing ball into the box that junior Ethan Garvey found the end of, heading back towards the central part of the box. On the spot was Hall, who flicked the ball in on the first touch, doubling Evansville’s lead and giving the West Lafayette, Ind. native his brace. The final half-hour of the match featured few chances for either side as Evansville’s defense held strong in the 2-0 win.

The shutout was the third of the season for Evansville and the 2-0 win for the second-straight match marked the first time Evansville has recorded back-to-back two-goal-plus shutout wins in MVC play since 2010 when the Aces earned 3-0 and 5-0 wins over Eastern Illinois and Central Arkansas. The last time it happened with at least one of the matches coming on the road was in Oct. 1990 with wins over Loyola and at Marquette.

A Weekend Unlike Another

Last week, Evansville recorded a pair of shutout wins over SIUE and Drake, jumping the Aces into third in the MVC standings.

The wins were the first back-to-back shutout wins of two-goals or more, including a road match, by the Aces since 1990, a season in which the Aces advanced to the Final Four.

Hall Emerging for the Aces

Redshirt junior Jakub Hall is coming into form at just the right time for the Aces.

Last week against SIUE and Drake, Hall recorded three goals, including both game-winners, tallying five shots with four on-goal.

A prolific prep scorer, Hall has found his stride on the attack this season, also scoring twice in the preseason.

VALPO WSOCCER: Soccer Season Comes to End Friday

The Valpo soccer team saw its 2021 season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion Friday evening in Chicago, Ill., as the second-seeded Beacons fell to sixth-seeded Evansville 2-1 in the MVC Tournament semifinals on a golden goal from the Purple Aces in the 104th minute.

How It Happened

Evansville opened the scoring early on in the 7th minute, with Alex Eyler scoring off a rebound.

It took Valpo less than seven minutes to find the equalizer. Sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) sent a corner kick into the box, where junior Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) nodded it down to the ground. Freshman Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) took a right-footed shot from the edge of the six and buried it in the right-hand side of the net to level the match.

The match went into halftime tied at 1-1, with both sides recording five shot attempts in the opening 45.

Valpo started to turn the balance of the match in its favor in the second half, out-shooting Evansville 10-3. Junior Cierra Welch (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) had a strong chance from the right-hand side of the box in the 64th minute which Evansville goalkeeper Michaela Till had to drive to her right to parry away one-handed.

With the contest moving into the final 10 minutes of regulation, sophomore Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) had an effort from the top of the 18 which Till pushed up and over the crossbar.

The final minute was ticking down when senior Morgen Metzger (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) unleashed a shot of her own that Till pushed over the bar. The ensuing corner kick was taken with just seconds remaining in regulation and nearly resulted in a timely winner, as Norfolk’s header ricocheted off the crossbar and over.

The two sides combined for just one shot on goal in the first 10 minutes of extra time, but the lone shot of the second period of extra time resulted in the match-winner, as Emily Ormson scored for the Purple Aces to send them to the championship match.

Inside the Match

Valpo fell on Friday despite out-shooting the Purple Aces, 18-10, and putting six shots on goal to Evansville’s five. It was just the Beacons’ second loss of the season when out-shooting their opponent.

Valpo also attempted seven corner kicks to the Purple Aces’ one.

Joiner’s goal was her third of the season. James picked up her team-best fourth assist of the year on the goal, while Norfolk’s helper was her second assist.

Valpo goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made three saves in goal for the Beacons.

Inside the Season

Valpo’s season ends with a 10-6-2 overall record, the 10th 10-win season in program history.

Valpo finished in second in the MVC regular season standings, its top finish since joining the conference.

The 10-6-2 mark represents a three-game improvement over last season’s 5-4-5 record.

James finished the year with nine goals, tied for seventh-most in a single season in program history, and 22 points, tied for sixth in a season by a Valpo player.

Norfolk, junior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) and freshman Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) each started all 18 matches on the season. Dugan and Norfolk both made their 50th career start on Friday.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“It’s obviously a difficult way to see our season come to an end on that final play. But we certainly won’t let that define our team. We had a really successful year — our players played well, we enjoyed the way we were playing the game, and I thought they again showed today.”

“What you see in the growth in this team from the start of the season to today is what I’ll really wrap my arms around. Soccer can be a cruel sport sometimes, but we’ll put this behind us, look at the progress we made and continue to push forward.”

“The toughest part about today is seeing our seniors’ careers come to an end. We tell incoming freshmen that we want them to leave the program in a better place when their time is up than they receive it as freshmen. Without a doubt, 1000%, this senior class leaves the program in a better place. More than any singular game or moment, the forward progress the team has taken in their time here and the way they’ve raised our standards will live on.”

VALPO WSOCCER: Coryell Repeats as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year; Eight Beacons Earn Postseason Honors

Valpo soccer sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) earned Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors for the second time in as many seasons and was joined on the First Team All-MVC by sophomore forward Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), highlighting a total of seven Beacons who raked in postseason honors Thursday evening as the MVC announced the awards.

Valpo placed a trio of players on the Second Team All-MVC: junior forward Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford), sophomore forward Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) and junior defender Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels). Junior midfielder/defender Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis) earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice, while rookies Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan) and Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) represented Valpo on the All-Freshman Team.

Coryell posted an MVC-best .865 save percentage within conference matches and tied for the MVC lead with five clean sheets in conference play. She surrendered just two goals over Valpo’s first seven matches of the MVC slate to help the Beacons secure the top-two spot and the corresponding bye to the tournament semifinals. Overall this season, Coryell boasts a GAA of 1.11 and a save percentage of .830, both marks on pace to be among the best in program history, while her career GAA of 0.82 is fourth-best in MVC history.

The only goalkeeper in program history to earn a league Goalkeeper of the Year award, Coryell is also the first player in program history to earn a conference postseason major award multiple times. She is the first Valpo player to earn First Team All-Conference honors in each of her first two seasons since Jackie Thomas did so in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2005 and 2006.

James earns First Team All-MVC accolades this season after receiving an Honorable Mention nod in the spring as a freshman. She leads the Valley in both goals (9) and points (21), marks which are both tied for seventh-best in a single season in program history. James scored match-winning goals in conference play against Missouri State, Drake and Evansville, making her the only MVC player with three match-winners within conference play. Two of her three assists this year came on match-winning goals as well, including the winner against Illinois State.

This is the second straight season Dugan has been an All-Conference honoree, claiming a Second Team All-MVC honor this season to go with her First Team selection in the spring. Dugan has played 1,154 minutes this year, the most of any Valpo forward. A key connecting piece up front for the Beacons, Dugan owns a pair of assists this season, including an assist on the match-winning goal versus Evansville.

DuSatko receives Second Team All-MVC recognition despite missing three of Valpo’s eight conference fixtures. She ranks second on the team in both goals (3) and points (8). Two of Dusatko’s three goals came in conference play — the match-winner in extra time at Indiana State and the opening goal in Valpo’s win at Missouri State.

Norfolk makes it three Second Team All-MVC honorees for Valpo for her steady presence at center back. She broke Valpo’s record for consecutive minutes played by a field player early this season, started all 17 matches this season and went the distance in 15 of the 17 contests. Norfolk anchors a defensive unit which has posted eight clean sheets this fall, five of which have come in MVC play. Offensively, she registered an assist on Valpo’s match-winning goal at Indiana State.

Coryell and James were the only two underclassmen to earn First Team All-MVC honors, while Valpo led the conference with five honorees between the first team and the second team. The last time Valpo had five players earn first or second team honors in the same season came back in 2005 in the Mid-Con.

Graf picks up Honorable Mention All-MVC recognition for her defensive work this season. She has appeared in all 17 matches, starting 15 times, and has played 1,314 minutes — third-most among Valpo field players. She started the season as a defensive midfielder before moving back to center back Sept. 24 at Indiana State. The Beacons have gone 5-1-1 with Graf starting at center back, including four shutouts.

Fish grabbed an opportunity early in the season and ran with it all the way to MVC All-Freshman Team accolades. Fish netted three goals in a four-match stretch in September, including match-winners in MVC play against Illinois State and Southern Illinois. That stretch also saw her record an assist on Valpo’s golden goal at Indiana State as well. Fish is just one of four players in the conference who scored multiple match-winners within MVC play.

White made an immediate impact this year en route to earning a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team. Slotted in at left back from the very start of the season, she has played 1,339 minutes this year — second-most among Valpo field players — for a defense which has posted eight clean sheets. White has shown the ability to get forward as well and scored a match-winning goal earlier this season at Robert Morris.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hounds Fall by Five to Butler in Final Exhibition

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team made the short trip north on Friday night to take on Butler University inside the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.  In their final exhibition match up of the week the Hounds trailed by four with under three minutes left, but the Bulldogs held on for the 73-68 win.


– For the third straight game Cory Miller Jr. led the offense with 21 points with 17 coming in the second half alone.

– Kendrick Tchoua and Josiah Tynes also recorded double figures with 14 and 11 points respectively.

– Tynes paced the Hounds with six rebounds while Jakobie Robinson and Tchoua tabbed five.

– The Hounds scored 15 second chance points to Butler’s 12.


With the exhibition slate in the rearview mirror, the Hounds turn their attention to the regular season starting next week.  The Hounds have a pair of home games inside Nicoson Hall next weekend, hosting Lake Erie on Friday followed by Grand Valley State on Sunday.

INDIANAPOLIS SWIMMING: Prema Sets School Record, #1 Swimming & Diving Dominates McKendree Friday Afternoon

INDIANAPOLIS – What was expected to be a great contest at the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center turned into yet another dominating performance for the No. 1-ranked University of Indianapolis swimming & diving teams. The most notable headline from this afternoon came when Liki Prema swam a new school record and a B-standard in the men’s 200 breast at 1:57.95, beating out the previous record held by TJ LeSeure in 2019 (1:58.25).

While both programs at UIndy hold the No. 1 ranking in the CSCAA preseason poll, McKendree entered this afternoon with its men’s team at No. 4 and its women’s squad at No. 24 in the same poll. However, the Hounds had no problem pulling together a convincing 205-95 win on the men’s side and a 224-66 victory on the women’s side.


 Beginning on the women’s side, Marizel van Jaarsveld won three individual events on the afternoon to pace the Hounds. She was victorious in the 100 back (57.32), 100 free (B-standard at 52.03), and 100 fly (56.17).

In total, three UIndy swimmers won two individual events against the Bearcats. Kaitlyn McCoy was victorious in the 200 free and earned a B-standard at 1:52.97 while also claiming the top-time and another B-standard in the 500 free (4:59.78). Julia Simioni was a winner in the 100 breast (new sixth-fastest time in school history at 1:04.72) and 200 breast (2:24.06). Finally, Andrea Gomez swam the top time in the 200 fly (new ninth-fastest time in school history at 2:07.35) and 200 IM (2:08.85).

Other individual victories in the swimming came from Brynhildur Traustadottir in the 1,000 free (10:33.07), Johanna Buys in the 50 free (B-standard at 23.41), and Mia Krstevska in the 200 back (2:04.28).

Relays also went to the Greyhounds, with the quartet of McCoy, Simioni, Buys, and Krystal Caylor notching a winning-mark of 1:44.02 in the 200 MR. Also, Caylor, Leticia Vaselli, Kyra Hall, and Simioni won the 200 free relay at 1:37.18.

In the diving, Alexis Lumaj was victorious in the 3-meter with a score of 246.82. Mikaela Starr and Sarah Kerbrat went fourth and fifth, respectively, while Emma Weisgerber notched seventh. In the 1-meter, Starr notched a second place mark (exceeded the standard mark at 263.70) while Lumaj, Kerbrat, and Weisgerber went fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.


While Prema shined in his school record run, he also brought home a new second-fastest time in school history in the 100 breast at 53.59 (B-standard). He was just one of a handful of Greyhounds that performed at a high level against the Bearcats.

Cedric Buessing tallied another strong outing in the pool, corralling the top times in the 1,000 free (new fifth-fastest mark in school history and a B-standard at 9:14.76), 200 back (1:50.91), and 200 IM (New 10th-fastest time in school history and a B-standard of 1:50.60) to lead the Hounds. Close behind, Cade Hammond swept the boards in the diving, bringing home the top marks in the 1-meter (334.95) and 3-meter (291.97).

Five different Greyhounds won at least one individual event on the afternoon. In the 100 back, Jeron Thompson claimed first with his time of 49.27. Joao Silva won the 50 free (20.67), while Victor Antonon managed to touch the wall on top in the 100 free (45.73). Finally, Christian Hedeen was the top finisher in the 500 free (4:40.18) while Kael Yorke notched the best time in the 100 fly (49.21).

Much like the women’s team, the men won both relays as well. The 200 MR (winners at 1:28.41) featured Thompson, Jan Zuchowicz, Yorke, and Silva. In the 200 FR, Thompson, Diego Mas, Antonon, and Silva managed to lead UIndy to victory at 1:20.94.

While Hammond dominated the diving this afternoon, UIndy had a strong overall presence in both the events. In the 1-meter, Jason Lenzo tallied a second-place finish (290.85) while Casey Crawford and Joseph Donlin went fourth and fifth, respectively. Lenzo added runner-up finish in the 3-meter (281.86) while Crawford and Donlin went third and fifth, respectively.


Final thoughts on the day from head coach Jason Hite…

“It’s always good to have ranked teams come to our house and us still handle our business. I thought our relays looked great on both sides. Our divers also looked good. Overall it was a solid day for both teams”


The Hounds return right back to the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center tomorrow at 1 p.m. to battle Findlay and Butler.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Greyhounds Open Season Against #7 Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team kicked off their season at the legendary Assembly Hall as they faced the No. 7 Indiana Hoosiers in an exhibition match. The Greyhounds fell 97-43 to the 2021 Elite Eight team on Friday night. 

Sadie Hill scored the first points of the season early in the first quarter and continued to lead the Greyhounds offensively going three for seven from field goal range, posting nine total points, one assist, and two rebounds.

Mya Scheidt also made an impact offensively with five points, two assists, and two rebounds.

The Hoosiers were led by Mackenzie Holmes who posted 19 points, seven rebounds, and went 8-10 from field goal range. She was followed by Ali Patberg who posted 14 points, two rebounds, and three assists.


-The Hounds outrebounded the Hoosiers, 42-39

-The Hoosiers scored 32 points off Greyhound turnovers

– IU posted six blocks, while the Hounds had none


The Hounds will begin their regular season against at Malone on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. ET.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: Steinwascher, Higgins, Rasheed Headline Men’s Soccer in 11 GLVC Honors

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team collected 11 Great Lakes Valley Conference honors for the 2021 season, officials announced on Friday. Most notably, Alejandro Steinwascher (Offensive Player of the Year), Makel Rasheed (Defensive Player of the Year), and John Higgins (Coach of the Year) all earn their major awards for the second-straight season.

Steinwascher earns the league’s top offensive honor after being voted to the same recognition this past spring, notching his fourth All-GLVC selection and second nod to the first team. He is the third player to win consecutive honors in the category and just the second Greyhound honored after Ngwese Ebangwese was Player of the Year in 2013. The senior, who was also the GLVC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2018, totaled a league-best 23 points and 1.77 points per game with a tie for both the most goals (9) and fourth-most assists (5) in 13 GLVC matches. He also had two game-winning goals and took the most shots per game (3.54) and tied for taking the most total shots (46) among Conference players in GLVC games. The product of Sterling Heights, Mich., was also named GLVC Offensive Player of the Week twice on Sept. 20 and Oct. 11.

Rasheed earns the league’s top defensive honor after being voted to the same recognition this past spring and is the only Greyhound to win the accolade in the 15 seasons it has been awarded. He is also the only defensive player to win the award twice in a row and just the second to win it more than once, as Quincy’s Chris Garavaglia was the 2012 and 2014 honoree. The defender led a UIndy backline that surrendered the second-least goals in league play (10) and posted the second-most shutouts (6) with the third-best goals against average (0.74). Offensively, the Rockville, Md., native finished the GLVC slate of the regular season with eight points on three goals and two assists. Rasheed also picks up back-to-back All-GLVC first-team laurels.

Higgins claimed his third GLVC Coach of the Year award with the first in 2013 and the most recent just this past spring. The 12th-year mentor guided the Greyhounds to a 12-1-2 overall record and a 10-1-2 mark in GLVC play this fall to earn the top seed in the GLVC Championship Tournament. UIndy has also been ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Poll the entire season and was ranked as high as No. 1 on three occasions. 

Along with Steinwascher and Rasheed on the first team list, Dimitrios Karousos and Kendall Allen also make an apperance for UIndy. Cole Rainwater was a second team honoree while Eli Dulle, Patryk Olczyk, and Vincent Stone were all tabbed to the third team.

The league also recognized 15 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees and one team award winner. Stone was selected from UIndy, and the Hounds were awarded as the team award winner. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of thesports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced at the end of the academic year.


MARION, Ind. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball used a second-half scoring surge Friday night, topping the Charger of Briar Cliff 83-58 in game one of the Caleb Dimmichi Memorial Classic. The Wildcats shot a whopping 53% from the field in half number two compared to 37% in the first 20 minutes of play.


It was back-and-forth during the first ten minutes of play, with 11 lead changes taking place. Briar Cliff picked up steam, going on a quick 10-2 run, forcing an IWU timeout at the 7:59 mark in the first half. Their run built a nine-point Chargers lead.

IWU would respond with a 22-9 run to end the half, trailing by just six at the half.

31 points is the fewest points scored in half by an IWU squad this season.

IWU started the second half on a 15-10 run bringing the game within one at the first media timeout. BCU’s first six points came from the free-throw line, while Michael Thompson III sparked IWU, netting six of the 15 points.

Spencer Piercefield gave IWU their first lead since the 19:44 mark in the first half, knocking down the Wildcats fifth three of the game. Dan Largey would grow the Wildcats lead with a corner three at the 12-minute mark, pushing it to seven.

IWU continued to surge offensively in the second half, with Griffin Kliewer giving IWU a 20-point lead with 5:29 left in the contest.


BCU’s Kyle Boerhave led all scorers with nine points at the half, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field. Seth Maxwell was second best, adding eight on 3-of-4 shooting.

IWU was a perfect 15-for-15 from the charity stripe through eight minutes of play. Dan Largey broke the streak at the 7:21 mark in the first half. IWU shot a season-high 28 freebies, making 25, also good for a season high.

Indiana Wesleyan coughed it up just ten times for a season low.


IWU hosts Lincoln College at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Hubbard Goes for 25 and 13 in Home Opener

UPLAND, Ind. – Jason Hubbard posted a 25-point, 13-rebound double-double in Taylor’s 2021-2022 home opener and the Trojans led throughout the night, before a scoreless drought over the final three minutes opened the door for Rio Grande to steal the 66-61 decision.

The Trojans flirted with putting the game away multiple times throughout the evening, holding several leads of eight points but were once again limited by costly turnovers and missed opportunities at the charity stripe.

After taking a 34-28 lead to the break behind 13 first-half points from Kaden Fuhrmann, TU struggled mightily in the second stanza, turning the ball over 10 times, missing nine-of-16 free throw attempts and shooting just 36.0 percent from the field.

Despite the offensive struggles, Taylor maintained a game-high lead at 40-32 before Rio Grande (1-1) battled to the lead with a 17-7 spurt. TU netted the next eight points to go back in front by six, before a string of four-straight turnovers allowed the guests to rally right back at 55-55 with 5:58 remaining.

Taylor still managed to hold the lead over the next few minutes, but a scoreless stretch over the final 3:05 of game action saw a 61-59 edge turn into a 66-61 defeat. The Trojans missed their final four shots of the contest and saw the Red Storm take their only lead of more than three points all night on a bucket with eight seconds left.

For the game, Rio Grande outscored Taylor by a 21-8 margin off turnovers and were plus-nine in second-chance points thanks to 11 offensive rebounds.

Hubbard led Taylor with the 25 points and 13 rebounds and also added three assists, one block, one steal and a pair of thunderous dunks. Fuhrmann ended the night with 13 points, while Jackson Lewis posted six boards and five assists and Jeff Clayton grabbed eight rebounds.

Taylor (0-4) will return to action on Tuesday, November 9 at Indiana Kokomo (2-1) in a 7:30 pm start.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Westgate Scores a Career-High as Trojans Suffer 26-Point Loss

SEWARD, Neb. – In the opening game of the 22nd annual Cattle Classic at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, the No. 25 Taylor University women’s basketball team lost to No. 13 Dakota State (4-2) by a score of 102-76. 

Sophomore, Taylor Westgate, scored a career-high 23 points and shot 10-19 from the floor. However, as a team, Taylor struggled to keep pace with Dakota State’s efficient shooting as the Trojans from the Great Plains went 52.1 percent from the floor en route to 102 total points. 

Dakota State got off to an early 8-0 lead, thanks to two three-pointers before Lauren James knocked in a three of her own to get the Trojans on the board after four minutes of scoreless play. 

Westgate, then, scored seven-straight points, but the Trojans fell behind as Dakota State maintained a 58-percent first-quarter shooting percentage to carve a 30-15 lead at the end of the first frame. 

Taylor was not prepared to lie down, however, as the Trojans outscored Dakota State 28-14 in the second quarter, cutting the lead to one at the half. 

Claycee West played a significant role in the comeback, as she collected eight points and scored on four of her five shots. Westgate added eight points of her own, while going 3-3 in the quarter. James served as the final piece of the Trojan trio, scoring six points on two big threes. 

At the half, the score read 44-43 as the Trojans held a 48.6 percent shooting percentage from the floor and 40.0 percent from three. 

Taylor was not able to maintain such efficiency in the second half, however, as Dakota State outscored the Trojans 58-33 in the final twenty minutes, a gap that was nurtured by Taylor’s 0-13 mark from three. 

The third quarter proved especially difficult for Taylor, as Dakota State posted 35 points in comparison to Taylor’s 15. Ava Henson scored four in the quarter, while Westgate added four more. Nonetheless, Dakota State went 12-21 from the floor and 5-10 from three, progressively increasing its lead. 

Gretchen Moll was a bright spot for the Trojans in the fourth quarter, scoring six points with a perfect field-goal percentage. But it was all too-little-too-late for Taylor, as Dakota State kept the lead over twenty throughout the final stretch of the game, culminating in a 26-point victory. 

The Trojans (2-3) will be back in action tomorrow, the second day of the Cattle Classic, when they take on No. 18 Sterling (0-0) at 11:00 am.


RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team clinched the top spot in the East Division of the River States Conference with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Point Park University on Friday, Nov. 5.

IU East is now 18-11 overall and 13-4 in the conference, while Point Park ends its regular season at 17-10 and 12-6 in the league.

Teah Barrett Matthews led the Red Wolves with 11 kills and four blocks. She had a .588 hitting percentage for the contest.

“I just go hard every time,” Barrett Mathews said of facing Point Park. “We just have to trust our teammates to know what they need to do.”

Jessica Swimm finished with 10 kills as Reece Shirley paced the attack with 27 assists for IU East. Brooke Lepper had four aces.

Jenna Mitchell had 15 digs with Shirley contributing 13.

“We definitely need to keep the same energy,” Mitchell said preparing for the upcoming RSC tournament. “That’s was helped us win in three.”

The Red Wolves jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead in the opening set on Lingle Court and maintained that edge the rest of the way.

Point Park had an early advantage in set two at 3-0, but the Red Wolves were able to tie it at 6-6. IU East eventually led 10-9 and the Red Wolves were able pull away late in the set.

Set three was a tight affair until the Red Wolves put together a late run, breaking a 17-17 tie to take the match.

IU East leads the all-time series with the Pioneers at 12-6 since the teams began playing each other in 2012. In the earlier meeting this season, the Red Wolves won 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12 in Pittsburgh.

The Red Wolves entertain Carlow University in their regular-season finale on Saturday, Nov. 6. The RSC match gets underway at noon.


RICHMOND, Ind. – Kami McEldowney scored 14 points off of the bench as the Indiana University East women’s basketball team tipped off its own First Bank Richmond Classic with a 60-43 win against the University of Northwestern Ohio on Nov. 5.

IU East is 3-0. It was the season opener for the Racers.

The Red Wolves used a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter that turned a 19-16 game into 29-18 and another big 13-0 run that turned a 31-29 contest into a 44-29 lead midway through the third quarter to stop the visiting Racers from spoiling the home opener.  Both runs were keyed on clutch outside shooting and capitalizing on Racer turnovers.

The Red Wolves caused 26 turnovers that they turned into 29 points.  IU East also dished out 11 assists on 18 made field goals.

McEldowney led the scoring attack with a game high 14 points, while Addie Brown and Kennedy Griffin scored 12 apiece for IU East.  Jada Haines led the Racers with 12 points.

“I thought we played well today and focused our week on what we needed to work on from our first few games,” said Griffin.  “We won the rebound battle today and that was big for us.  We need to do a better job on making our free throws, but I’m sure we’ll be practicing on that soon.”

IU East faces the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Nov. 6 in the final game of the First Bank Richmond Classic. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.

EARLHAM MEN’S BASKETBALL: Comeback falls short in MBB opener

RICHMOND — The Earlham College men’s basketball team began its 2021-22 season with a loss to Rockford University 84-78 in Druley Performance Gym.

Anthony Phillips and Kolden Vanlandingham both tallied 18 points for the Quakers. Jaden Terry followed with 15 and Jordan Goodson scored 14. Phillips shot an impressive 4-for-7 from 3-point range and helped carry the second half charge.

Goodson shone under the hoop with seven defensive rebounds on the evening.

The Quakers got behind early in the contest and shot just 33% from the field in the first half. Rockford had garnered a lead of 12-4 after eight minutes of play.

A 5-0 run by Earlham brought the gap under 10 points with 10 minutes remaining in the half, but Rockford out-scored the Quakers 22-14 in the final nine minutes, and carried a 42-28 lead into the locker rooms.

Earlham began the second half with an 8-2 run, but the main grunt work was done in a four-minute stretch in the middle of the half. A 19-4 run brought the Quakers right back into contention with a pair of 3-pointers from Phillips and five points from Vanlandingham aiding the charge. The Quakers had tied the game at 55 with 9:27 remaining on the clock.

Rockford tried to eek out a lead again but everytime they found momentum, the Quakers would string a run together to come back into it. Earlham led for brief periods in the middle periods of the half, and heading into the final minute Rockford led 75-74.

Earlham missed a 3-pointer which was returned down the court for a Regent layup. Then a Rockford 3-pointer made it a six-point game with 28 seconds remaining. Earlham managed a 2-point jumper on its next possession and then fouled to stop the clock.

The Regents made both of their ensuing free throws and the Quakers missed a 3-point attempt. Rockford made its final two free throws of the contest to take the 84-78 win.

Earlham will be back in action next Friday as the Quakers travel to DePauw University for a 7 p.m. matchup in Greencastle.

ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL: Travels to Franklin on Saturday at 1:30 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team (5-0 HCAC) travels to Franklin (3-2 HCAC) for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday at 1:30 pm.


* Rose-Hulman would clinch a share of the HCAC regular season conference championship with a win at Franklin. 

* The Fightin’ Engineers would clinch a bid to the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs with a win and a loss by Mount St. Joseph to Hanover on Saturday.

* Rose-Hulman seeks its second NCAA Division III Playoff appearance in school history this season.  The Fightin’ Engineers previously appeared in the 2016 NCAA Playoffs.

* The Fightin’ Engineers lead the HCAC with a perfect 5-0 record in league games.  Rose-Hulman’s biggest win was the 31-21 Homecoming win over Hanover that snapped the Panthers 14-game conference winning streak.

* Rose-Hulman junior Chaikou Sow is the reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Week and Jonathan Oliger is the current HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week. 

* Sow returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble, while Oliger was 2-3 on field goals with a 42-yarder and 6-6 on extra points.

* Andrew Dion holds career school records for career passing yards (8820) and career touchdown passes (85).  He also ranks No. 2 in school history with 649 career completions.

* Noah Thomas holds Rose-Hulman career school records for pass receptions (232) and receiving yards (3327).  Thomas also ranks No. 2 in school history with 32 receiving touchdowns (4 shy of the school record).

* Defensively, Michael Stevens leads the team with 65 tackles and has 143 in his career.  Kyzer Bowen has 12 TFLs, Tyce Miller leads the team with 5 INTs, and Deven Cobb has a team-high 3.5 sacks.


* Jireh Okata leads NCAA Division III with 12.5 sacks this season.  Okata had a season-high 3 sacks in last week’s 13-7 win over Defiance.

* Franklin has passed for 1,775 yards and rushed for 1,114 with a balanced offensive attack. 

* Dane Andrews is the passing leader with 1,243 yards.  Garrett Cora has a team-high 589 rushing yards.  Jarrett Gibson has a team-high 661 receiving yards.

* Franklin needs one more win to secure its third consecutive winning season.


* Franklin leads 43-25-2

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 1

* Last Meeting: RH 34, FC 14 (4/3/21)

* Last FC Win: FC 29, RH 28 (10/5/19)

TRINE VOLLEYBALL: Trine’s Season Comes to a Close in MIAA Semifinals

HOLLAND, Mich. – The fourth-seeded Trine University women’s volleyball team was ousted from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament in the Semifinal round at the hands of the top seed, Hope College, 3-0 on Friday night.

Trine wraps up play in the 2021 season with a record of 17-16 while the Flying Dutch advance to the MIAA Finals to take on the number two seed, Calvin University.

An early 8-0 run in the first set allowed Hope to jump ahead early 11-3. The Flying Dutch were able to throw down 18 kills and limited the Thunder to just three in a 25-14 win. Cassidy Victor [Fraser, Mich. / Fraser] was able to notch two kills in the first set.

Victor picked up where she left off in the first with a kill to start the second set and a five-point swing by Trine was led with Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] serving. An ace highlighted a 6-2 advantage for the Thunder early on. Francesca Queary [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] secured three consecutive Trine points on kills to keep the visitors in front, but the lead did not last.

A 7-1 scoring spree allowed Hope to take their first lead of the set, but Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina], who received her All-MIAA award prior to today’s contest as well as senior setter Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest], tied it up at 16 with an ace. Queary marked three more kills late in the set, but the Flying Dutch pulled away to a 25-19 victory.

Baughman and Chloe Behm [Albion, Ind. / Central Noble] got in the scoring column early in the third set, with the Thunder looking like they had some late life. Unfortunately for Trine, Hope rattled off 10 points in a row and took a commanding 20-12 edge. Madison Dominick [Swartz Creek, Mich. / Swartz Creek] entered to try to stop the bleeding, but was unable to lead a comeback effort and the Flying Dutch closed the match with a 25-16 set three win.

Queary had a team-high eight kills, and finished the season third on the team in kills with 145. Baughman recorded nine assists in the match, and Carlin chipped in with five. Both All-MIAA representatives also were in double figures with digs. Carlin had 16 and Baughman, 10.

Baughman ends her career with 2,631 assists, third all-time in program history during the NCAA DIII era. The 2021 season also marked her second with over 1,000 assists. With 122 aces, she also finds herself in fourth since joining the NCAA.

Jolliffe’s 63 service aces during the 2021 campaign ties her for the most in a single season with Lindsey DeCamp in 2019. As a team, the Thunder were able to tie the DIII program record for most in a season with 256. Carlin’s 16 digs put her over the edge for the most in a single season at 578 (NCAA DIII era).

TRINE WHOCKEY: Oles Hold Off Thunder, Women’s Hockey Loses 4-3

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — After scoring the final two goals of the contest to pull back within striking distance of St. Olaf College, the Trine University women’s hockey team fell to their hosts by the score of 4-3.

The Oles struck first in the contest, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the game. The lead would last just under five minutes as the Thunder scored their first goal of the game. Freshman Payton Hans (Johnson Creek, Wis.) passed the puck off to senior Natasha Strbiak (Renton, Wash.) who fired a shot toward the goal. Freshman Kailey Mleko (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) deflected the puck into the goal for the first of her career.

In the final minutes of the period St. Olaf would take back the lead. The lone goal of the second period would go to the Oles as well and the Thunder would enter the third period trailing 3-1.

A power-play goal in the 10th minute of the final stanza gave the home team their largest lead of the contest at 4-1.

Freshman Anabelle Scriver (Holt, Mich.) started the comeback attempt for Trine, scoring her first goal of the season with junior Grace Canty (West Bloomfield, Mich.) adding an assist.

Just two minutes later in the 14th minute of the period, sophomore Grace Hicks (Layton, Utah) cut the lead further with a goal of her own. Scriver and senior Brandi Wilson (Fenton, Mich.) added assists.

In net, freshman Ryleigh Furlong (Lakeville, Minn.) started her third straight game and finished the game with 19 saves, while allowing the four goals.

The Thunder fall to 1-2 following the loss. They will face off with St. Olaf again tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 6. Opening puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.


KANSAS CITY – Bethel Women’s Swimming jumped up one spot from their finish to the 2020-21 campaign to debut at No. 8 in the NAIA in the first Coaches’ Top 10 poll of the season on Friday. The Pilots totaled 379.54 points in the poll, less than 10 points behind No. 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

The Top 10 team ratings are recommended to the NAIA National Office by a Coaches’ Presidential committee and will conduct the top 10 rating five times over the course of the season. The committee consists of seven current NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches and use the most current “top times” as the primary source of rankings.

For the latest information on each of Bethel University’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams, visit or follow the Pilots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BUPilots or on YouTube at /BethelSportsNetwork.

HANOVER FOOTBALL: Football hits the road for a key HCAC match-up with The Mount

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team hits the road for a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at Mt. St. Joseph. Kick-off is set for 1:30 PM.

LAST MEETING: The last meeting between the Panthers and Lions came in 2019 with Hanover reigning victorious 27-3. Pacing the attack was senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with 22 rushes for 160-yards and two touchdowns.

THE SERIES HISTORY: The last 10 meetings between the Lions and Panthers has seen the Lions hold the 7-3 edge, however the last meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio saw Hanover claim the 27-3 victory.

THE RECAP: Hanover enters the weekend at 5-3 overall, 4-1 in the HCAC including a 33-0 victory over Manchester. Pacing the Blue and Red was HCAC Offensive Player of the Week senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) who tallied 369 yards with two passing touchdowns. He also added 117 yards on the ground and a score.

MSJ RECAP: The Lions enter the contest at 5-3 overall, 4-1 in the HCAC after defeating Anderson 35-18. The Mount was paced in the contest by Jake Ayler with 166 yards through the air and four touchdowns.

ANDERSON Women’s Basketball: Ravens Record Pair of Double-Doubles against Gorloks

Anderson University women’s basketball seniors Payton Moore (Spiceland, Ind. / Tri) and Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind. / South Adams) each recorded double-doubles against Webster University on Friday in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

Moore posted 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Dellinger notched 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

The Gorloks (1-0) put together a 74-47 victory against the Ravens (0-1).


Webster converted 30-of-84 (35.7 percent) shots from the field while Anderson made just 17-of-70 (24.3 percent) attempts from the floor.

Both teams were limited from the perimeter. The Gorloks hit 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) shots from 3-point range while the Ravens made 2-of-17 (24.3 percent) attempts from the perimeter.

The Ravens committed 28 turnovers while Gorloks turned the ball over 17 times. Webster held a 26-7 advantage in points off turnovers and a 19-11 advantage in steals.


Payton Moore – 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks

Lexi Dellinger – 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals

Makynlee Taylor – 3 points, 3 steals

Brynn Beard – 2 points

Recce Colclesser – 2 points

Carly Holley – 2 points

Allison Shaffer – 2 points

Jade Shipley – 2 points

Maya Turner – 2 points


[Friday] was a good first step for us in a long growing process. We played hard and had some really good flashes. I loved the pace we played at. We just didn’t shoot the ball very well.

I want to thank all of the fans for coming out and making our home opener special. It’s great having fans back and we really fed off their energy.


The Ravens take on Ohio Northern University (0-1) on Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in Ada, Ohio.

ST. FRANCIS WBB: Lady Cougars Strong in all Aspects Upending CSU Wolves 83-58 in Catholic Classic

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday evening the University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (1-1) played host to the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves (1-4) at Hutzell Athletic in the first of two days in the 2021 Catholic Classic and won 83-58 to earn the team’s first victory on the season.

As the game got underway the Lady Cougars went straight to work and never let their foot off the gas. They jumped out to a 12-4 lead to open the game and stepped up on defense to force several turnovers and steals.

The Wolves did however go on a bit of a run towards the end of the frame and the first quarter ended with Saint Francis leading 15-10.

Then in the second quarter, the Lady Cougars offense came to life.

A three-pointer by Chloe McKnight gave the Lady Cougars the spark. Throughout the frame the Lady Cougars outscored the Wolves 26-17 and capped off by a three-pointer by Cassidy Crawford, Saint Francis extended their lead to 14 points as they led 41-27 going to halftime.

Heading into the second half the script remained relatively unchanged as the Lady Cougars carried their momentum over from the first half.

Saint Francis maintained their distance from the Wolves with Crawford, Meleah Kunkel, and Reganne Pate leading the charge.

Now ahead by 18, Chloe McKnight stepped up to the challenge with consecutive made three’s while Aubrey Dunnuck entered and seemed to get every rebound available as the Lady Cougars outscored Cardinal Stritch 21-13 in the frame to lead 62-40 heading to the fourth.

A strong defense in the fourth quarter nailed down the win for the Lady Cougars as they prevail by 25 points and earn their first victory of the 2021-22 season.

“This was a great team effort tonight,” Head Coach Jason Ridge said. “I loved the way the guards came out looking to shoot tonight. Our forwards played very unselfishly tonight and kept us looking to get those girls shots. I thought Sidney, Chloe, and Reganne got some really good looks early that didn’t go down and then we just got hot.”

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 51 percent from the floor, 34 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 85 percent from the free throw line. Crawford was the team leader in points with 18 and in assists with six with Pate and McKnight each chipping in with 15 each, while Dunnuck led the team in rebounds with 12.

The Lady Cougars resume play tomorrow afternoon when they wrap up the Catholic Classic against the University of Saint Francis Saints of Illinois (2-0) at Hutzell Athletic Center beginning at 2:00 pm.


RICHMOND, Ind. –The IU Southeast women’s basketball team dropped an 83-71 decision to Michigan-Dearborn on Friday at the First Bank Richmond Classic.

Karly Sweeney had 16 points, Brynna Blackburn had 15 points and seven rebounds and Hannah Corus had 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

The Grenadiers (1-2) started off slowly and were outscored 29-19 in the first quarter. IU Southeast allowed Michigan-Dearborn to shoot 57 percent from the field to open the contest.

The Grenadiers responded with a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to four midway through the second quarter. Brynna Blackburn provided the spark offensively in the second quarter, as she scored seven of her 15 points in the second period.

But the Wolverines answered with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 13 points. They led 48-37 at halftime.

Once again, the Wolverines started strong in the second half, as they extended their lead to 58-41 and led 64-45 at the end of the third quarter. The Grenadiers were outscored 16-8 in the third quarter.

The Grenadier offense clicked in the fourth quarter as they tried to mount a comeback. Karly Sweeney had eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter and Maddie Knight had seven off of the bench.

IU Southeast cut the lead to 77-69 with 1:24 to play after two free throws by Sweeney. But back-to-back jumpers by India Grissom put the game out of reach.

IU Southeast shot 33 percent from the field in the contest and were 26 percent from three-point range. The Wolverines were 40 percent from the field but only 29 percent from behind-the-arc.

IU Southeast will take on Northwestern Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m.

PURDUE NORTHWEST: Women’s Soccer posts strong second-half showing against Huskies

Score:  Michigan Tech 3, Purdue Northwest 1

Location:  Pepsi Field at Dowling Park (Hammond, Ind.)

Records: PNW 1-15-1 (0-13-0 GLIAC) / MTU 12-5-0 (9-4-0 GLIAC)

The short story: Purdue Northwest fell 3-1 to Michigan Tech in the women’s soccer home finale at Dowling Park this season.

Senior Haneen Abdulla (Crown Point, Ind.) scored PNW’s lone goal in the 79th minute, but the Pride couldn’t complete the comeback. Abdulla finished with a touch from close range off a perfect cross into the box by fellow senior Reannah Soto (Merrillville, Ind.). It was Abdulla’s second goal of the season and Soto’s first assist.

The visiting Huskies scored all three goals in the opening half, but the Pride responded with a clean half to finish the match on a strong note.

PNW held a 2-0 edge in corner kicks during the second period and shots were nearly even with MTU holding a 6-5 edge in the second half. Overall, the Huskies outshot the Pride 12-5 in shots on target.

Goalkeeper Ashley Lovins (Huntley, Ill.) earned the start and recorded four saves. Bridget Grady (Frankfort, Ill.) came on in the second half and logged five saves between the posts.


PNW will play its final match of the season when it travels to Saginaw Valley State on Sunday.

Indiana Tech Selected as Opening Round site for NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Tech was selected to host one of 10 Opening Round sites for the 2021 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship as the national office released the group of hosts Thursday.

This is the third consecutive season that Indiana Tech has been selected to host an Opening Round, with the Warriors falling to the championship match in each of the last two seasons. Each of the 10 opening round sites will feature four teams and take place November 18-20 with a day off in between the semifinals and championship. The winner of each opening round will advance to the final site in Decatur, Alabama beginning on November 30, 2021. The 63rd Annual Men’s Soccer National Championship will be played at Jack Allen Soccer Complex.

Selections of each site were made in part by the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Selection Committee. The committee is comprised of head coaches and administrators from around the nation. Selections take into account geography, facilities and host qualification. The application deadline was on November 1, 2021.

All 10 Opening Round sites are listed below:

School   Location

Bellevue (Neb.) Bellevue, Neb.

Central Methodist (Mo.)               Fayette, Mo.

Columbia (Mo.) Columbia, Mo.

Indiana Tech      Fort Wayne, Ind.

Keiser (Fla.)        Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Missouri Valley Marshall, Mo.

Mobile (Ala.)      Mobile, Ala.

Oklahoma Wesleyan       Bartlesville, Okla.

St. Thomas (Fla.)               Miami Garden, Fla.

Vanguard (Calif.)              Costa Mesa, Calif.

Vincennes falls in defensive showdown with No. 25 Columbia State

VINCENNES, Ind. – On the first day of the annual Kiwanis Classic at Vincennes University, the Trailblazers hosted the first of two Top-25 teams this weekend in No. 25 Columbia State Community College.

The Trailblazers battled all game, holding a lead midway through the second-half, before the Chargers came away with the 53-47 win.

Vincennes jumped on top early against Columbia State, with freshman Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) coming off the bench to score four points in a VU 7-0 scoring run to give the Blazers a 9-5 lead.

Columbia State answered back with an 8-0 scoring run later in the first half, as they held on to a narrow four-point lead at halftime.

VU came out of the locker room firing as back-to-back baskets by freshman Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) cut the deficit to just a single point.

After a three-pointer from Davis and a basket by freshman Ketaan Wyatt (Toledo, Ohio) the Trailblazers held a 36-34 lead with 11:50 to play.

Columbia State would not go away quietly as the Chargers used a 9-2 scoring run to take a 47-41 lead late in the second half.

Vincennes continued to fight on their home floor, with Jefferson consistently keeping the Blazers within striking distance, but the young Trailblazers could not take the lead back as Columbia State finished off the 53-47 win.

“I hope this is a learning experience. I hope what our guys take away from this is attention to detail,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Todd Franklin said. “I thought we played really good defense but when we didn’t, we fell asleep on a cut that we know is coming or not putting a body on a body. When Columbia State would score, it was usually when we would go to sleep and we have to learn that we’re not going to be able to do that.”

“The biggest thing that has to be taken from tonight is ‘are you going to get in the gym and work’,” Franklin added. “We’ve tried to harp on that all year. We’ve got a lot of young guys and they’re not used to doing that and we’ve stressed that you’ve got to get in the gym and work until you own it at game speed.”

Brevin Jefferson led all scorers, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“Brevin was better tonight. Brevin was more of what he was like the second half of last year for us,” Franklin said. “I still think he’s got opportunities that he just has to be more confident and attack more. There were chances tonight and he’s got to get downhill and see it and not be passive.”

“I think on this team, he’s got to be more of the alpha dog,” Franklin added. “But he was much better tonight and he certainly played a good enough game to be apart of victory. Monday night he wasn’t himself, but we expected him to come back and be solid and I think that’s what he was tonight. He’s got the be the one who initiates earlier and look to be more of the aggressor, instead of waiting and being more passive. But he definitely played well enough to win tonight, we just have to get more guys doing it.”

Darrius Davis also reached double-figures for the first time in his VU career, ending with 10 points and a pair of steals.

Ketaan Wyatt ended his day with seven points and three assists, while freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) finished with five points and six rebounds.

Vincennes was led on the glass by freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) who finished with a game-high nine rebounds and three blocks.

Vincennes will return to the floor Saturday, Nov. 6 as the Trailblazers host No. 20 Harcum College on the final day of the Kiwanis Classic at 7 p.m. eastern.

Shawnee and No. 25 Columbia State will get the action started Saturday at 5 p.m. eastern.

“We’re playing teams that are really good and we’re really young, so us having success right now is difficult,” Franklin said. “If you tell me that we shoot 15 for 54 and have a shot to beat Columbia State, we’ve done some things right. I think we’re working hard defensively; we’ll fight through things. We didn’t turn the ball over as bad tonight, we were down to 14, so we’re doing okay there.”

“We’re trying to move the ball but we have to get where players are improving their skill level and their skill level at game speed,” Franklin added. “Had we done that for the last month or two, we probably would have won this game tonight. We shot 15 for 54, if we shot 20 for 54, we’re going to win. If we create a little bit better, we’re going to get people open because the opportunities were there, against a team that has a really good chance of going to Hutch this year.”

“The team we play tomorrow night is maybe another step up,” Franklin said. “Harcum is really good and they score easy. We’ve played two games and we haven’t given up 100 points combined. These are grinding type of games because we don’t score easy and we’re not letting the other team score easy.”


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills520.7140.02291093-1-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
New England Patriots440.5001.52061641-4-03-0-04-1-02-1-02 W
New York Jets260.2503.51442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
Miami Dolphins170.1254.51382330-3-01-4-01-5-01-2-07 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01721772-2-02-1-03-2-02-0-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs440.5001.52082202-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 W
Denver Broncos440.5001.51571372-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-01 W
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals530.6250.52201622-1-03-2-03-1-02-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers430.5711.01321422-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-03 W
Cleveland Browns440.5001.51831803-2-01-2-02-3-00-1-01 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans620.7500.02271953-1-03-1-05-1-03-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts450.4442.52452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars160.1434.51232031-3-00-3-01-4-00-2-01 L
Houston Texans170.1255.01192411-3-00-4-01-4-01-1-07 L
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys610.8570.02251623-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Philadelphia Eagles350.3753.52031910-3-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
Washington Football Team260.2504.51562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
New York Giants260.2504.51562001-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams710.8750.02451683-1-04-0-05-1-01-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4293.51681710-3-03-1-03-3-00-2-01 W
Seattle Seahawks350.3754.01811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings340.4293.51631572-2-01-2-03-2-01-0-01 L
Chicago Bears350.3754.01231952-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-03 L
Detroit Lions080.0007.01342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints520.7140.51761282-1-03-1-04-2-01-1-03 W
Carolina Panthers440.5002.01651592-2-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons340.4292.51481951-3-02-1-01-4-00-2-01 L


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia72.7784-13-10-24-27-25 W
Brooklyn63.6671.04-22-11-06-36-34 W
New York63.6671.02-24-12-15-36-31 W
Toronto64.6001.52-44-02-06-36-41 L
Boston45.4443.00-34-20-23-54-52 W
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago62.7503-13-12-04-26-21 L
Cleveland64.6001.02-14-33-16-43 W
Milwaukee45.4442.51-43-12-03-24-51 L
Indiana37.3004.03-20-50-12-63-71 L
Detroit18.1115.51-40-40-31-81-84 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami62.7503-13-12-04-26-21 L
Washington63.6670.54-12-21-15-36-31 W
Charlotte55.5002.02-23-31-14-35-53 L
Atlanta45.4442.53-11-41-12-44-52 L
Orlando28.2005.00-42-40-21-62-82 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah71.8753-04-12-05-07-13 W
Denver44.5003.02-12-31-14-34-42 L
Portland45.4443.54-10-43-24-51 W
Minnesota35.3754.02-51-00-12-43-54 L
Oklahoma City26.2505.01-21-40-12-52-61 W
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State71.8754-13-03-06-17-13 W
Phoenix43.5712.53-21-11-13-34-33 W
LA Lakers54.5562.54-31-10-24-45-41 L
Sacramento54.5562.52-23-21-14-45-42 W
LA Clippers44.5003.02-22-20-14-34-43 W
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas53.6253-12-23-04-15-31 W
Memphis54.5560.53-12-34-25-41 L
San Antonio36.3332.51-32-30-20-43-61 W
Houston17.1254.01-20-50-11-61-76 L
New Orleans19.1005.00-41-51-51-96 L


Eastern Conference
Florida Panthers1090119941226-0-03-0-19-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes990018937155-0-04-0-09-0-0
New York Rangers1162315629281-1-15-1-26-1-3
Washington Capitals1051414536273-0-32-1-15-1-4
Toronto Maple Leafs1164113627305-1-11-3-05-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning1053212530322-2-13-1-15-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers952212530243-1-12-1-15-2-2
Columbus Blue Jackets963012528264-1-02-2-06-3-0
Buffalo Sabres1054111430274-1-01-3-15-4-1
10 New York Islanders842210423204-2-24-2-2
11 Boston Bruins853010423214-0-01-3-05-3-0
12 Pittsburgh Penguins943210429273-3-11-0-14-3-2
13 Detroit Red Wings1145210430392-1-22-4-04-5-1
14 New Jersey Devils943210423283-2-11-1-14-3-2
15 Ottawa Senators103617325352-4-01-2-13-6-1
16 Montreal Canadiens123906324402-4-01-5-03-7-0
Western Conference
Edmonton Oilers1091018845286-1-03-0-09-1-0
St. Louis Blues971115736213-1-04-0-17-1-1
Calgary Flames1061315634221-0-35-1-06-1-3
Winnipeg Jets1062214537304-0-02-2-26-2-2
Anaheim Ducks1254313538364-2-11-2-24-3-3
Nashville Predators1165012531313-3-03-2-06-4-0
San Jose Sharks1064012630273-2-03-2-06-4-0
Minnesota Wild963012627303-1-03-2-06-3-0
Los Angeles Kings1155111430315-2-00-3-14-5-1
10 Vegas Golden Knights1055010426312-3-03-2-05-5-0
11 Dallas Stars1044210322291-1-13-3-14-4-2
12 Seattle Kraken114619430353-2-01-4-14-5-1
13 Colorado Avalanche94419328322-2-12-2-04-4-1
14 Vancouver Canucks114619327301-4-03-2-14-6-0
15 Chicago Blackhawks121924126471-4-10-5-11-8-1
16 Arizona Coyotes1101011014450-3-00-7-10-9-1


New England33227465402512-3-110-4-373
x – Philadelphia331411847341311-3-33-8-553
x – Nashville SC33121745432228-8-04-9-453
x – New York City FC331481155352010-3-34-5-850
Orlando City SC3312129484808-7-24-5-748
New York3313812383268-6-35-2-947
CF Montreal33121011464249-4-33-6-846
Inter Miami CF33115173553-187-2-84-3-938
Toronto FC33610173863-254-7-52-3-1228
FC Cincinnati3348213672-361-5-103-3-1120
x – Seattle3317885232208-5-49-3-459
x – Sporting KC3317795839199-5-28-2-758
x – Colorado33161074633138-7-18-3-658
x – Portland33164135352110-2-46-2-952
Los Angeles33138124751-48-4-45-4-847
Real Salt Lake3313614545409-4-44-2-1045
Los Angeles FC3312912514658-6-34-3-945
San Jose331010134553-85-4-75-6-640
FC Dallas33711154655-95-7-52-4-1032