COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Army 21, Air Force 14 (OT) (Arlington, Texas)
No. 16 Ole Miss 27, Liberty 14
No. 5 Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17
Kansas State 35, Kansas 10
North Carolina 58, No. 9 Wake Forest 55
No. 25 Pitt 54, Duke 29
Memphis 28, SMU 25
UAB 52, Louisiana Tech 38
Illinois 14, No. 20 Minnesota 6
No. 1 Georgia 43, Missouri 6
Kennesaw State 45, Robert Morris 21
Marist 7, Drake 0
Bethune-Cookman 35, Alcorn State 31
Central Connecticut 30, Bryant 15
Miami 33, Georgia Tech 30
Fordham 41, Georgetown 20
Holy Cross 35, Lafayette 10
Yale 63, Brown 38
Sam Houston 59, Dixie State 10
North Carolina A&T 21, Charleston Southern 18
Hampton 27, Gardner-Webb 21
Monmouth 45, North Alabama 33
Harvard 49, Columbia 21
Cornell 15, Penn 12
Illinois State 17, UNI 10
Missouri State 38, Southern Illinois 28
North Dakota 24, Youngstown State 21
South Dakota 42, Western Illinois 21
Dayton 41, Stetson 13
East Tennessee State 27, VMI 20
Nicholls 24, McNeese 14
Lehigh 38, Bucknell 6
Chattanooga 35, Wofford 10
Appalachian State 48, Arkansas State 14
Jacksonville State 40, Abilene Christian 25
Montana 35, Northern Colorado 0
North Carolina Central 38, Norfolk State 36
South Carolina State 15, Howard 12
Murray State 32, Tennessee Tech 27
Valparaiso 65, Presbyterian 55
Western Carolina 43, Furman 42
North Texas 38, Southern Miss 14
East Carolina 45, Temple 3
Texas State 27, UL Monroe 19
Arizona 10, Cal 3
Portland State 30, Weber State 18
South Dakota State 27, North Dakota State 19
Austin Peay 42, Eastern Illinois 26
UT Martin 41, Tennessee State 20
Samford 35, The Citadel 14
Incarnate Word 55, SE Louisiana 52
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 33, Grambling 26
No. 6 Cincinnati 28, Tulsa 20
No. 10 Notre Dame 34, Navy 6
Charlotte 31, Rice 24
Western Kentucky 48, Middle Tennessee 21
Troy 31, South Alabama 24
Rhode Island 35, UMass 22
Penn State 31, Maryland 14
No. 11 Oklahoma State 24, West Virginia 3
Purdue 40, No. 3 Michigan State 29
TCU 30, No. 12 Baylor 28
No. 14 Texas A&M 20, No. 13 Auburn 3
No. 15 BYU 59, Idaho State 14
No. 21 Wisconsin 52, Rutgers 3
Wyoming 31, Colorado State 17
Arkansas 31, No. 17 Mississippi State 28
Utah State 35, New Mexico State 13
No. 19 NC State 28, Florida State 14
UCF 14, Tulane 10
Montana State 23, Eastern Washington 20
Idaho 42, Southern Utah 24
UC Davis 40, Northern Arizona 24
Northwestern State 28, Houston Baptist 24
Central Arkansas 63, Texas Wesleyan 3
Stephen F. Austin 31, Eastern Kentucky 17
Coastal Carolina 28, Georgia Southern 8
Marshall 28, FAU 13
Tennessee 45, No. 18 Kentucky 42
Colorado 37, Oregon State 34 (2OT)
Old Dominion 47, Florida International 24
Boise State 40, No. 23 Fresno State 14
No. 2 Alabama 20, LSU 14
No. 22 Iowa 17, Northwestern 12
UNLV 31, New Mexico 17
Tarleton State 42, Lamar 21
Florida A&M 29, Southern 17
No. 4 Oregon 26, Washington 16
Iowa State 30, Texas 7
South Carolina 40, Florida 17
No. 7 Michigan 29, Indiana 7
Clemson 30, Louisville 24
Houston 54, South Florida 42
Sacramento State 41, Cal Poly 9
Arizona State 31 USC 16
No. 24 San Diego State 17 Hawaii 10
Nevada 27 San Jose State 24
UTSA 44 UTEP 23
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HCAC AND INDIANA SCOREBOARD
Michigan 29 Indiana 7
Purdue 40 Michigan State 29
Indianapolis 45 William Jewell 14
Indiana Wesleyan 61 Taylor 0
Marian 28 Siena Heights 6
Wittenberg 35 Wabash 14
Lawrence Tech 31 St. Francis 28
Rose Hulman 38 Franklin 14
Anderson 42 Defiance 14
Bluffton 31 Manchester 7
Trine 37 Alma 23
DePauw 66 Oberlin 13
Mount St. Joseph 23 Hanover 6
Valpo 65 Presbyterian 55
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Akron at Western Michigan
Buffalo at Miami (Ohio) | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Ohio at Eastern Michigan | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Toledo at Bowling Green | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Ball State at Northern Illinois | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Kent State at Central Michigan | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Thursday, Nov. 11
North Carolina at Pitt | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Nov. 12
Cincinnati at South Florida | 6 p.m. | ESPN2
Wyoming at Boise State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Nov. 13
New Mexico State at Alabama | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Mississippi State at Auburn | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Samford at Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN+/SECN+
UConn at Clemson | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Syracuse at Louisville | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
UCF at SMU | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
East Carolina at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Houston at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Bucknell at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Western Kentucky at Rice | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
South Alabama at Appalachian State | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Southern at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida International at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Charlotte at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UAB at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Southern Miss at UTSA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Boston College at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Duke at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Louisiana at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
South Carolina at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UTEP at North Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Tulsa at Tulane | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Hawai’i at UNLV | 4 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
Arkansas State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas A&M at Ole Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Kentucky at Vanderbilt | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
New Mexico at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Air Force at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Arkansas at LSU | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Washington State at Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Nevada at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Georgia at Tennessee
Maryland at Michigan State
Purdue at Ohio State
Michigan at Penn State
Oklahoma at Baylor
NC State at Wake Forest
Notre Dame at Virginia
TCU at Oklahoma State
Minnesota at Iowa
Northwestern at Wisconsin | ESPN2
Miami at Florida State
Rutgers at Indiana
West Virginia at Kansas State
Kansas at Texas
Iowa State at Texas Tech
USC at Cal
Stanford at Oregon State
Utah at Arizona
Arizona State at Washington
Colorado at UCLA
Utah State at San Jose State
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
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 15, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONALS
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)
Denver 95 Houston 94
Miami 118 Utah 115
Philadelphia 114 Chicago 105
Dallas 107 Boston 104
Phoenix 121 Atlanta 117
Portland 105 LA Lakers 90
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Tampa Bay 5 Ottawa 3
Florida 5 Carolina 2
Detroit 4 Buffalo 3
Toronto 5 Boston 2
Vegas 5 Montréal 2
Minnesota 5 Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 2 Washington 1
Columbus 4 Colorado 2
NY Islanders 2 Winnipeg 0
Calgary 6 NY Rangers 0
Arizona 5 Seattle 4
New Jersey 3 San Jose 2
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INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL
Class A State Championship
Final | Lafayette Central Catholic def. Trinity Lutheran 3-2 (30-28, 18-25, 17-25, 25-12, 15-7)
> LCC rallies to win third state championship
> Knights’ Caitlin Dineen earns Mental Attitude Award
> Final Records: LCC (27-9), Trinity Lutheran (30-5)
Class 2A State Championship
Final | Andrean def. Western Boone 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-27, 27-25, 15-12)
> Andrean rallies back to win second title in five years
> Western Boone’s Marli Ransom named Mental Attitude Award recipient
> Final Records: Andrean (32-5), Western Boone (27-9)
Class 3A State Championship
Final | Brebeuf Jesuit def. Bellmont 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13)
> Brebeuf Jesuit holds off Bellmont in five-set thriller
> Bellmont’s Paige Busick earns Mental Attitude Award
> Final Records: Brebeuf Jesuit (32-3), Bellmont (30-6)
Class 4A State Championship
Final | McCutcheon def. Castle 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-23)
> McCutcheon sweeps Castle for first volleyball state title
> Mavericks’ Shelbey Carrico named Mental Attitude Award winner
> Final Records: McCutcheon (30-6), Castle (32-3)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL-COURTESY JOHN HARRELL
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|Columbia City||59||Carroll (Fort Wayne)||49|
|Columbus East||57||Floyd Central||48|
|Concord||46||South Bend Adams||34|
|Corydon Central||50||Brownstown Central||43|
|Covenant Christian||29||Beech Grove||25|
|Crown Point||70||Kankakee Valley||17|
|Culver Academy||39||South Bend Clay||32|
|Daleville||53||Anderson Prep Academy||29|
|Eastern (Pekin)||41||Crawford County||28|
|Evansville Reitz||57||Vincennes Lincoln||46|
|Fort Wayne Blackhawk||47||West Noble||46|
|Fort Wayne Concordia||60||New Haven||4|
|Fort Wayne Luers||43||Central Noble||36|
|Fort Wayne Northrop||75||Leo||36|
|Gary West||68||Gary 21st Century||11|
|Harrison (West Lafayette)||82||Marion||13|
|Indianapolis Attucks||44||Terre Haute South||34|
|Morgan Twp.||45||Illiana Christian||37|
|Mount Vernon (Fortville)||47||Warren Central||40|
|New Albany||59||Evansville Bosse||19|
|North Central (Indianapolis)||44||Brownsburg||39|
|North White||47||North Miami||40|
|Parke Heritage||53||North Montgomery||42|
|Rensselaer Central||61||North Judson||35|
|Rising Sun||49||Southwestern (Hanover)||41|
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|Union City||71||Southern Wells||47|
|Vincennes Rivet||70||Evansville Harrison||17|
|Hamilton Southeastern||68||Ben Davis||59|
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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
O’Connell, Bell help Purdue take down No. 5 Spartans 40-29
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Aidan O’Connell threw for a career-best 536 yards, matched his career high with three touchdown passes and led Purdue past No. 5 Michigan State 40-29 on Saturday, leaving the Big Ten without any unbeaten teams.
Purdue’s second major upset in four weeks could keep the conference out of the College Football Playoff for the third time in five years. The Boilermakers (6-3, 4-2), who won at then-No. 2 Iowa last month, are bowl-eligible for the first time in three years. They tied for the West Division lead and extended their FBS record for wins over top-five teams when unranked to 17.
The Spartans (8-1, 5-1) lost to Purdue for the first time since 2006 and trail Ohio State in the East by one game.
O’Connell went 40 of 54, including a 39-yard TD to Jackson Anthrop on a beautifully executed trick play that put Purdue ahead 21-7 in the second quarter. Anthrop began the play in motion, took a handoff and gave the ball to a wide receiver on a reverse who then pitched the ball back to O’Connell. The QB tossed an easy screen pass back to Anthrop, who followed a convoy of blockers into the end zone.
David Bell hauled in 11 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. He posted his 15th career 100-yard receiving game, breaking John Standeford’s Purdue record.
Even another strong showing by Kenneth Walker III – 23 carries for 146 yards and a score – couldn’t keep the Spartans on track. Michigan State (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP) spent most of the day playing catch-up.
The Spartans got within 21-14 at halftime and tied the score on their third play of the second half when quarterback Payton Thorne ran 39 yards for a touchdown.
King Doerue broke the tie with a 1-yard TD run on the ensuing series and the Boilermakers extended the margin to 37-21 with three field goals. The Spartans closed to 37-29 on Thorne’s second TD pass to Tre Mosley and a 2-point conversion pass from Thorne to Maliq Carr.
Purdue sealed it with a 22-yard field goal with 41 seconds left.
Clemons’ scoop-and-score seals Texas A&M’s win over Auburn
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Micheal Clemons scored the game’s only touchdown on a 24-yard fumble return early in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Texas A&M beat No. 12 Auburn 20-3 on Saturday.
Clemons’ scoop-and-score came after defensive tackle Jayden Peevy poked the ball away from scrambling Auburn quarterback Bo Nix. Clemons, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, picked up the ball and sprinted to the end zone, diving to the ground after he crossed the goal line.
Zach Calzada finished 15 of 29 for 192 yards for Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), shaking off an apparent injury to his non-throwing shoulder in the third quarter. His performance was was good enough for the Aggies to survive a defensive battle between the two highest-ranked two-loss teams in the country.
Auburn (6-3, 3-2) had its four-game winning streak in College Station snapped.
Calzada woke up the crowd of 109,835 – the second-largest in Kyle Field history – with a 49-yard completion to Caleb Chapman late in the third quarter, setting up a 29-yard field goal by Seth Small that gave the Aggies a 6-3 lead.
Small put the Aggies up 9-3 with a 47-yard field goal with 13:40 remaining before the Aggies’ defense finally found the end zone. Small connected again from 37 yards with 3:15 remaining.
Small opened the scoring midway through the first quarter on a 21-yard kick, and Auburn answered with Anders Carlson’s 32-yard field goal late in the quarter.
Both Small and Carlson missed midrange field-goal attempts that would have broken the 3-3 tie.
QB Daniels returns as No. 1 Georgia dominates Missouri, 43-6
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) With Missouri gearing its defense to stop the run, No. 1 Georgia relied on big plays in a passing game that was boosted by the return of quarterback JT Daniels.
Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns before giving way to Daniels, the former starter, leading the Bulldogs to a 43-6 win over Missouri on Saturday.
The game opened new questions for Georgia at quarterback while affirming the Bulldogs’ season-long defensive dominance. Missouri was held to 273 total yards in Georgia’s seventh game of the season allowing no more than 10 points.
“I think … their game plan was not to let us run the ball,” Bennett said. “They were trying to stop our run game and when they do that we have to try to be explosive.”
The Bulldogs completed four passes of 31 yards or longer and seven for at least 15 yards. Wide receivers Jermaine Burton, who had a 47-yarder, and Arian Smith, who had a 35-yard scoring catch from Bennett, have returned from injuries to boost the unit’s depth.
As usual, Georgia’s defense led the way. The Bulldogs began the day leading the nation with 6.6 points allowed per game. Jamon Dumas-Johnson and Travon Walker had sacks.
Georgia (9-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) scored 40 straight points after Missouri’s early 3-0 lead. Still, coach Kirby Smith wasn’t satisfied, calling the overall performance “subpar” and noting the modest rushing total of 168 yards.
“We were trying to stop the run,” Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. “… When you do that you’re susceptible to the passing yards.”
Daniels opened the season as Georgia’s starter before missing more than a month with a lat injury. He came off the sideline midway through the third quarter. His 7-yard scoring pass to Ladd McConkey gave Georgia a 40-3 lead.
“We’re blessed to have two quarterbacks who can go out there and both play at a high level,” McConkey said.
Daniels’ second possession ended with an interception by Missouri defensive back Jaylor Carlies.
Missouri (4-5, 1-4) also could have ongoing questions at quarterback.
Tigers starter Connor Bazelak, who left last week’s win over Vanderbilt with what Drinkwitz called a “soft tissue” injury, was with the team but did not play.
Freshman quarterback Tyler Macon passed for 74 yards and ran for 42 in his first start. He shared time with Brady Cook, who threw for 78 yards.
“We were just trying to see if one of them could really spark us and sustain us,” Drinkwitz said, adding “both of them did some really good things.”
Harrison Mevis kicked a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter to give Missouri a 3-0 lead, leaving him 12 for 12 this season before his third-quarter attempt from 48 yards hit the left upright and was no good.
No. 2 Cincinnati holds off Tulsa 28-20 to improve to 9-0
CINCINNATI (AP) Desmond Ridder threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns and No. 2 Cincinnati held off Tulsa 28-20 on Saturday.
Alec Peirce had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown to help the Bearcats (9-0, 5-0 American Athletic) extend the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 25 games.
Shamari Brooks rushed for 132 yards for Tulsa (3-6, 2-3), and Anthony Watkins ran for 105.
When Tulsa was stopped short on fourth down at the 4, it appeared the Bearcats would just run out the clock. But Ridder fumbled on a sneak, giving the Golden Hurricane life.
On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Steven Anderson fumbled as he was reaching for the goal line, and Jabari Taylor made the recovery for a touchback.
The Bearcats beat Tulsa 27-24 on a last-second field goal in the AAC championship game last season.
The game Saturday didn’t feel like it would be that close when rushing TDs by Ridder and Jerome Ford put the Bearcats ahead 14-0.
The Bearcats had a rough series in the second quarter when Ridder was sacked twice and leading rusher Jerome Ford was helped off with an apparent left leg injury. He did not return.
Brooks’ 8-yard TD run capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive by Tulsa late in the first half and cut the Bearcats’ lead to 14-9, but the point-after attempt was missed.
Zack Long connected on a 50-yard field goal and Tulsa trailed 14-12 at halftime. It was the second straight week that the Bearcats led 14-12 at halftime.
Cincinnati outgained Tulsa 165-36 in the first quarter but was outgained 120-66 in the second.
Ridder and the Bearcats responded with touchdown passes to Pierce and Michael Young Jr. to go ahead 28-12.
But Tulsa wasn’t finished.
Davis Brin threw a 21-yard TD pass to JuanCarlos Santana and the 2-point conversion to bring the Golden Hurricane to 28-20 with eight minutes left.
Arkansas scores in final seconds to beat Mississippi State
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Dominique Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown from four yards with 21 seconds left and Arkansas rallied to beat Mississippi State, 31-28.
The Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3 in SEC) had an opportunity to tie the game with two seconds left, but kicker Nolan McCord missed a 40-yard try, giving Arkansas the win. McCord took the kick after Mississippi State’s first-string kicker Brandon Ruiz missed his first two of the game, including one from 23 yards.
The win makes Arkansas (6-3, 2-3) bowl-eligible, under non-COVID qualifications, for the first time since 2016 and gives the Razorbacks their second win this season over a team ranked inside the College Football Playoff top 25.
The Razorbacks, trailing 28-23 with one minute left, appeared to have lost when KJ Jefferson’s pass into the flat on fourth down from the Mississippi State 25 fell incomplete. However, the Bulldogs were called for holding, Arkansas moved up to the 15 and two plays later, Johnson scored.
Mississippi State had twice come back from two scores down to take the lead. The last of which came on the series before, when Will Rogers found Jo’quavious Marks for a 15-yard score with 2:22 left. Jefferson and the Razorbacks went 75 yards on 10 plays in 2:01 on the game-winning drive.
Johnson, who began the year as the fourth-string running back, made his first start of the season and ran for 107 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.
Jefferson had his most efficient game of the season, completing 19 of 23 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. Treylon Burks, who entered as the SEC’s leader in yards receiving, caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Arkansas snapped a three-game SEC losing streak and could re-enter the Top 25. The Razorbacks’ win ensures their first .500-or-better regular season since 2016.
Mississippi State, which was ranked No. 17 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings this week, lost to Arkansas for the second straight season.
Chandler, Tar Heels rally past No. 10 Demon Deacons, 58-55
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) For the second straight year, Wake Forest couldn’t protect a big second-half lead at North Carolina. This time, though, it likely cost the 10th-ranked Demon Deacons any chance of playing their way deeper into the College Football Playoff race.
Ty Chandler ran for career highs of 213 yards and four touchdowns and North Carolina overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Wake Forest 58-55 on Saturday, handing the Demon Deacons their first loss in a nonconference matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
It ended with the unusual sight of Tar Heels fans storming the field to celebrate a win against their instate foe, though not one that will count toward the league standings.
“I’ve told them: every Saturday you build memories,” Tar Heels coach Mack Brown said. “That’s what you do. And this is a game that they will remember for the rest of their lives. And I’m really, really proud that my name is associated with them.”
Chandler’s big day included a 50-yard breakaway run with 1:12 left to make it 58-48. That was the final blow for the Tar Heels (5-4) in rallying from a huge third-quarter deficit to beat the Demon Deacons (8-1, No. 9 CFP) for the second straight year, following a 21-point comeback last year by erasing a 45-27 deficit with 7:38 left in the third.
“It just felt like a rerun of last year’s game,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said.
“Pretty similar,” quarterback Sam Hartman echoed.
The Tar Heels felt it too, even down big.
“What we were saying on the sidelines is: we’ve been here before,” UNC quarterback Sam Howell said.
The loss doesn’t impact the Demon Deacons’ pursuit of their first ACC title since 2006 since it was part of a home-and-home nonconference series announced in 2015 with the schools not meeting as often amid the expanded ACC’s scheduling model. But the goal Clawson mentioned after last week’s rout of Duke – being in the playoff discussion – is likely gone.
“We just, we weren’t sharp,” Clawson said. “You say that and we scored 50-something points. But we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. We certainly played well on offense and scored a lot of points, but with as well as North Carolina played, we had to be a little bit better. And we weren’t.”
Hartman threw for 398 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 78 yards and two more scores for Wake Forest. A.T. Perry and Jaquarii Roberson each hauled in a pair of touchdown grabs to lead a 615-yard effort from the offense.
But that high-scoring unit, one of the best of the Bowl Subdivision, stalled at a critical time with three straight empty drives. And it came against a much-maligned defense that had struggled to show many tangible signs of improvement this season, a key piece of UNC’s struggles in going from ranked No. 10 in preseason to unranked before October.
Howell threw for 216 yards and a touchdown and ran for 104 and two more scores in a matchup of high-profile quarterbacks. And the Tar Heels scored on their last five full drives, four for touchdowns.
“We were just breathing life into each other and encouraging each other and keeping it going,” Chandler said, adding: “That’s what it came down to: just being able to respond. And we did a great job of that.”
No. 6 Buckeyes hang on to win 26-17 over struggling Huskers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A nine-point win over the last-place team in the Big Ten West might not satisfy Ohio State’s fan base.
Buckeyes coach Ryan Day was just fine with it.
C.J. Stroud threw for 405 yards and two touchdowns, Ohio State’s defense came up with a pair of stops after Nebraska had pulled within six points, and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes got out of Memorial Stadium with a 26-17 win on Saturday.
“We’re going to watch it and think we could have won by three touchdowns or more if we clean some things up,” Day said. “But (Nebraska) is a good team, this is a good defense. We knew that coming in, I said that, and I believe that. It’s great to get wins on the road. It’s not easy to do.”
The Buckeyes’ nation-leading offense managed only two field goals in the second half, allowing the Cornhuskers – a two-touchdown underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook – to make it a one-score game until Noah Ruggles kicked a 46-yard field goal with 1:29 left.
Ohio State (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) won its 24th straight game against a conference opponent but couldn’t have impressed the committee that made it No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
“Some things weren’t clicking right, and they put it on me to execute the passing game, and I felt we did that well,” Stroud said. “We have to start executing and finishing drives.”
The Huskers (3-7, 1-6) dropped their fourth straight game and are assured of a fourth consecutive losing season under Scott Frost and a fifth in a row overall.
“I hate losing more than anybody in that locker room,” Frost said. “But I just love being the coach here, I love these kids. They battled through a lot. This is going to pop at Nebraska. It just is. We’re doing too many good things right. We have too many good young players. We’re putting ourselves in position to win too many games and just not making a play or catching a break.”
The Buckeyes played without top receiver Garrett Wilson for an undisclosed reason but got a school-record 15 catches from Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a career-high 240 yards.
Stroud completed 36 of 54 passes but threw two interceptions after having gone four straight games without being picked off.
His 3-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave and Smith-Njigba’s 75-yard catch-and-run for a TD helped put the Buckeyes up 20-10 at half.
The Huskers scored late in the third quarter to pull within 23-17 and got the ball right back when Myles Farmer intercepted Stroud’s deep ball intended for Olave. Nebraska drove to the 13, but Chase Contreraz missed a 30-yard field goal attempt.
The Buckeyes were forced to punt and Nebraska began its next possession at its 10 with 6:11 left. Adrian Martinez started it with a 21-run but threw three straight incomplete passes to bring on the punter.
Martinez was 16 of 31 for 248 yards and a touchdown, with his lone interception coming in the final minute. He ran 18 times for 51 yards and a score.
Nebraska’s Samori Toure had four catches for 150 yards and a touchdown.
“I’m proud of our guys for continuing to fight and the way we had each other’s backs out there and stuck together through everything, through the noise,” Martinez said. “The brotherhood is strong here at Nebraska and we believe in each other, so we’re going to keep pressing on.”
Defense dominates for Illinois in 14-6 win at Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Chase Brown rushed 33 times for 150 yards, and the Illinois defense delivered six sacks and two interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on the way to a 14-6 victory on Saturday.
Kerby Joseph picked off Morgan at the Illini 45-yard line with 38 seconds left to halt the too-little-too-late rally by the Gophers (6-3, 4-2), whose four-game winning streak that catapulted them into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West Division was stopped cold.
“It was awesome. We developed a lot of different schemes and a lot of different things during the week. Our guys do an amazing job, so to see it all come to fruition is not a surprise,” said tight end Trip Reiman, who caught his first career touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter.
Morgan scored on a fourth-and-1 bootleg with 4:56 to go after going 7 for 8 for 68 yards on that drive to pull the Gophers within one score.
Brandon Peters attempted a season-low nine passes for the Illini (4-6, 3-4), but he was as sharp as he needed to be with seven completions for 80 yards and a score to help keep a bowl game in play.
The Illini finished the game with seven consecutive punts, except for a kneel-down at the end of each half, but Brown moved the chains with a 7-yard run off left tackle on third-and-4 near midfield around the 3-minute mark. Blake Hayes pooched his last punt to land it at the 2, leaving only 1:12 remaining and no timeouts for Morgan and the Gophers.
After a 38-yard strike to Dylan Wright, Morgan was taken down for an 11-yard sack by Isaiah Gay so hard the Illini linebacker hurt himself on the play.
The damage was already done by the Illinois defense, which frequently pressured Morgan and forced him out of the pocket to throw on the run when he wasn’t sacked. The Gophers never found their usual rhythm, netting a season-low 89 rushing yards after racking up 634 yards on the ground over the previous two games. They crossed the 30-yard line without scoring three times, including a sack by Owen Carney Jr. on fourth-and-6 at the 22 in the third quarter.
Illini defensive coordinator Ryan Walters received plenty of postgame accolades from both sides.
“We stacked the line, so all the gaps were spaced out. It really helped us stop the run game,” defensive tackle Jer’Zhan Newton said.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS
ILLINOIS 14, MINNESOTA 6: The Fighting Illini football team pulled off another Big Ten upset on the road as a late-game interception by Kerby Joseph sealed a 14-6 win over Minnesota on Saturday at Huntington Bank Stadium. The Gophers entered the game ranked No. 20 in the season’s initial College Football Playoff (CFP) ranking, marking the Illinois’ first win over a CFP-ranked opponent. The Illini defense held the Gophers to their lowest point total of the season, while Chase Brown’s 150 rushing yards led the offense. [FULL RECAP]
OHIO STATE 26, NEBRASKA 17: The No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes held on to a 26-17 win at Nebraska Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. With the win, the Scarlet and Gray improve to 8-1, while the Huskers fall to 3-7 in 2021. Sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba had a school-record performance in the road win, with 15 catches for 240 receiving yards. The mark passed David Boston’s record of 14 receptions (at Penn State, 1997). His 240 receiving yards was just 13 yards shy of the OSU record by Terry Glenn (253, at Pitt, 1995). [FULL RECAP]
PENN STATE 31, MARYLAND 14: Led by a career day for wide receiver Jahan Dotson, the Penn State football team defeated Big Ten foe Maryland 31-14 on Saturday. Dotson set the Penn State single game receiving record with 242 yards, breaking Deon Butler’s record of 216 set in 2006 vs. Northwestern. Dotson also tied career-highs with 11 receptions and three touchdowns. Quarterback Sean Clifford tallied his third 300-yard game of the season, completing 27-of-47 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. [FULL RECAP]
PURDUE 40, MICHIGAN STATE 29: For the second time this season, the Purdue football team knocked off a Top-3 team, as the Boilermakers upended No. 3/5 Michigan State 40-29 on Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue beat two AP Top-5 teams for the first time since 1960, when it beat No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota. Aidan O’Connell threw for 536 yards – the third-highest total in Purdue history, and David Bell became the school-record holder for 100-yard receiving games with 15 as he totaled 11 catches for 217 yards. The Boilermakers totaled 594 yards of offense. [FULL RECAP]
WISCONSIN 52, RUTGERS 3: Graham Mertz threw a season-high three touchdown passes and Wisconsin won its fifth straight game and become bowl eligible for the 20th straight year with a 52-3 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.
Chez Mellusi, Braelon Allen and Jackson Acker each ran for a touchdown and cornerback Caesar Williams highlighted a dominant performance by the Badgers’ top-ranked defense by returning an interception 29 yards for a TD. [FULL RECAP]
Health care company ends relationship with Aaron Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) A Wisconsin health care organization has ended a nine-year partnership with Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers after the quarterback detailed his reasoning for avoiding the three COVID-19 vaccinations endorsed by the NFL.
A statement posted on Twitter by Prevea Health said the company and Rodgers mutually agreed to end their partnership, effective Saturday. Prevea Health and Rodgers had been partners since 2012.
The statement said Prevea Health “remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”
The move comes a day after Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” he had sought alternative treatments to COVID-19 vaccination because he is allergic to an ingredient in two of the FDA-approved shots. Rodgers, who turns 38 in December, did not say what ingredient he was allergic to, or how he knows he is allergic.
Rodgers has strongly questioned the NFL’s COVID-19 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 Friday. “Health is not a one size fits all for everybody, and for me it involved a lot of study in the offseason.”
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, who has been tested daily as part of NFL protocols for unvaccinated players, found out he contracted COVID-19 on Wednesday. He can’t rejoin the Packers for 10 days and will miss Sunday’s game at Kansas City. He must have a negative test to return to the team on Nov. 13.
The reigning NFL MVP, whose endorsement deals include a starring role in commercials for insurance company State Farm, hinted that his stance on vaccination could have consequences when he described himself Friday as a victim of “cancel culture.”
AP source: Browns, Beckham finalize terms for his release
CINCINNATI (AP) Odell Beckham Jr.’s messy breakup with the Browns is officially over.
After three days of negotiations, the team and the troublesome receiver agreed to terms for his release on Saturday, clearing the way for him to potentially become a free agent, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.
Beckham, who was excused by the team this week for his conduct, signed off on the settlement and will be waived Monday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
On Friday, Beckham’s 29th birthday, Browns general manager Andrew Berry said it was time to cut ties with him after 2 1/2 seasons in which the three-time Pro Bowler produced few highlights on the field.
“It’s unfortunate,” Berry said. “But at the same time there are some situations in the NFL where things just don’t quite work out.”
Berry and Beckham’s agent spent the past few days working through details for the separation, which became inevitable when his father shared a video on social media showing times when Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t throw him the ball.
The video posting came hours before the trade deadline, and the Browns explored moving Beckham, whose value has been diminished by his contract, injuries and lack of productivity.
There were much deeper issues than Odell Beckham Sr.’s personal attack on Mayfield as Beckham had requested to be traded several times and in recent weeks showed his frustration at not being more involved in Cleveland’s offense.
The Browns and Beckham agreed to eliminate the non-guaranteed two years remaining on his contract after 2021, the person said.
Once Beckham’s waived, he can be claimed by a team that would have to pay the $7.25 million he’s owed for the remainder of this season.
If Beckham clears waivers Tuesday at 4 p.m., he’ll be become a free agent and the Browns would owe him $4.25 million, saving the club $3 million.
NFL Network was first to report the financial terms,
By restructuring the deal, Beckham is more likely to become a free agent, which is his preference since he can then choose his team. In that scenario, the Browns would get a break financially.
Beckham was acquired in 2019 by the Browns in a trade from the New York Giants by former general manager John Dorsey, who wanted to give Mayfield a game-breaking playmaker.
Beckham didn’t deliver.
He arrived with a reputation for being self-centered and disruptive and never seemed to get comfortable in Cleveland. He had more 1,000 yards in his first season, but suffered a knee injury in 2020 and was out when the Browns ended a long playoff drought and won their first playoff game in 26 years.
Beckham’s situation was a distraction for the Browns (4-4), who play a critical game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3). Cleveland has dropped three of four and can’t afford many more losses, especially inside the AFC North, if it wants to make the playoffs.
Browns place All-Pro tackle Conklin on injured reserve
CLEVELAND (AP) Browns All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin will miss at least three games after being placed on injured reserve Saturday with a dislocated elbow.
Conklin got hurt in the second quarter of last weekend’s 15-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had just returned after missing two games with a knee injury.
Blake Hance will start for Conklin on Sunday as the Browns (4-4), who have had a distracting week with star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s impending release, visit the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3).
Any player placed on IR must miss a minimum of three games, but it’s possible Conklin could be out longer. Earlier this week, coach Kevin Stefanski said he expected Conklin to return at some point this season.
Conklin has had a major role in Cleveland’s success in the run game. He signed a three-year, $42 million free agent contract before last season after four years with Tennessee.
The Browns also activated fullback Andy Janovich and guard Nick Harris from injured reserve, giving them needed depth.
Janovich missed three games with a hamstring injury. Harris was sidelined four games with a hamstring injury.
Rookie tight end Miller Forristall and defensive tackle Sheldon Day were elevated from the practice squad. Forristall could see time against the Bengals because third-string tight end Harrison Bryant (thigh) missed practice on Friday and is questionable.
49ers activate Kittle, Gould, Wilson for Cardinals game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have activated tight end George Kittle, kicker Robbie Gould and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to play this week against the Arizona Cardinals.
Kittle and Gould were activated from injured reserve on Saturday and Wilson was taken off the physically unable to perform list.
Kittle missed three games with a calf injury, Gould missed four games with a groin injury, and Wilson has been sidelined since injuring his knee in May.
The Niners also placed defensive end Dee Ford on injured reserve with a back injury and released defensive lineman Zach Kerr.
Safety Tony Jefferson and linebacker Tyrell Adams were elevated from the practice squad to be eligible to play Sunday against the Cardinals.
Embiid, 76ers beat Bulls again to extend win streak to 6
CHICAGO (AP) Joel Embiid had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their sixth straight victory, 114-105 over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Furkan Korkmaz matched his career best with seven 3-pointers and added 25 points for the Sixers, who topped Chicago for the second time in four nights and secured coach Doc Rivers’ 1,000th career win.
“It’s not analytical right now. We just did it,” said Rivers, who used just a three-man bench as his team copes with injuries and illness that have kept several regulars off the court lately.
“The ball kept going to the right players in the last 2 1/2 minutes.”
Zach LaVine had 32 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 for Chicago.
The Bulls led 97-96 after LaVine ended a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer with 5:48 to play, but Embiid answered with a 3 a minute later and the Sixers never trailed again. Korkmaz gave Philadelphia a bit of a cushion with his final 3-pointer with 3:03 left and the Bulls played catch-up the rest of the way.
Embiid finished the Bulls with the last of his four 3-pointers with 15 seconds left.
“The chemistry that we have is very different from the previous years,” Embiid said. “We’re complete. We’re on the same page.
“Everybody feels like they have something to prove.”
The Bulls never seemed to find a consistent shooting touch, especially from the perimeter. They finished the game 7 for 29 from long distance while the Sixers were 50% from the same range.
“If you really break it down, the last two times we’ve played them, I think they’ve made twice as many 3s as we’ve made,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.
The Sixers went on a 15-0 run midway through the second quarter to erase a 38-32 deficit and outscored the Bulls 25-9 over the final six minutes to take a 57-47 lead to halftime. Embiid scored 14 of his 20 first-half points during the run and capped it with a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Shake Milton had 13 points for the Sixers, who topped the Bulls 103-98 in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago.
Lillard has 25, Blazers beat short-handed Lakers 105-90
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard said some dad time at home with his son helped put him in a good place before facing the Lakers.
Lillard, who has been in a shooting slump, scored 25 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers for a 105-90 victory on Saturday night.
“I thought I shot the ball better. Not as good as I would have liked to, with some of the opportunities I got,” Lillard said. “But I shot the ball better and we got another win, so I feel good about it.”
Jusuf Nurkic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 34 points despite playing the second of a back-to-back.
Former Blazer Carmelo Anthony had 12 points off the bench for the Lakers, who were without LeBron James because of an abdominal strain.
Leading scorer Anthony Davis was questionable for the Lakers going into the game with a thumb strain. He started but played just seven minutes before leaving with a stomach illness. Coach Frank Vogel said after the game that Davis was throwing up before the game, but thought he could play.
Russell Westbrook, who was averaging 20.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.1 assists, shot 1 for 13 and finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
Dwight Howard said there were no excuses for the loss.
“Every possession, every minute on the floor has to matter,” he said.
The Blazers were coming off a 110-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers the night before that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lillard was averaging just 17.8 points to open the season, well off his average from last season. He had been shooting just 21.7% from 3-point range.
But with his wife out of town, he wasn’t as focused on the night’s game as much as he usually is.
“My son woke up and and said, `I want macaroni and cheese,’ just random stuff in the morning,” he said. “So I’m just doing random stuff, where I’m not even thinking about the game.”
Lillard hit a 3-pointer to open the game and he made two of his first three attempts. He also hit a 3-pointer for Portland’s first points in the second half, and finished with six 3s on 14 attempts.
Anfernee Simons’ follow shot capped a 13-0 run that put Portland up 25-10 early and the rout was on. The Blazers outscored Los Angeles 36-14 in the first quarter.
Although their offense cooled off a bit in the second quarter, the Blazers still had a 51-36 lead at halftime.
Norman Powell’s basket put the Blazers up 69-44 in the third quarter. The Lakers pulled their starters before the final period and fans headed for the doors early.
“We’re not the championship team we want to be right now, so to get there, we have to stay humble,” Howard said.
Lillard reached 17,000 career points.
Panthers match record, deny Hurricanes one in 5-2 victory
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) For the Florida Panthers, history. For the Carolina Hurricanes, history denied.
The Panthers matched the best 11-game start in NHL history and kept the Hurricanes from what would have been a league record-tying start of their own, with Anthony Duclair getting two goals and two assists in a 5-2 victory on Saturday night.
“I don’t think it’s a statement game,” Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “There are none in November. They don’t really present trophies in November.”
They do put entries in history books, however.
Spencer Knight made 28 saves for Florida (10-0-1), which tied the 1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres as the only NHL teams to reach 21 points after 11 games. Carolina (9-1-0) was bidding to join the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and those ’06-07 Sabres as the lone teams to start a season with 10 consecutive wins.
It was the first game in NHL history pitting two teams with season-opening point streaks of at least nine games. Duclair got Florida on the board 2:28 into the contest and the Panthers led the rest of the way.
“Tonight was a good test,” Duclair said. “Obviously, the whole league’s watching. It was a really big game.”
The Hurricanes hadn’t trailed by more than two goals in any of their first nine games, but were down 4-0 in the first period against Florida and couldn’t pull off a comeback.
Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Jesper Fast also scored for the Hurricanes.
“I mean, 9-1’s a great start,” Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin said. “It’s definitely a good start and gets us going in the right direction.”
Frank Vatrano, Anton Lundell and Patric Hornqvist also had goals for Florida, which got two assists from Carter Verhaeghe and Brandon Montour.
Duclair clinched it with an empty-netter with 58.5 seconds left.
“Special teams was the difference tonight,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We were terrible on those, and they were good. End of story.”
The Panthers played without captain Aleksander Barkov, the team’s best player, who was a surprise scratch with a lower body injury. They also improved to 3-0-1 in four games under Brunette, who took over a week and a half ago following the resignation of Joel Quenneville as part of the fallout from how the Chicago Blackhawks ignored a player’s claims of sexual assault by a video coach in 2010.
Duclair had three of his points in the first period, sparking Florida’s 4-0 game-opening burst.
Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen was pulled after the first period, having given up those four goals on 14 shots. But he returned midway through the second when Antti Raanta had to leave the game following a collision with Florida’s Ryan Lomberg. Raanta came way out of his crease and into the faceoff circle to his left to pursue a loose puck, as Lomberg bore down on him giving chase from the other direction. They collided, Raanta sustained what the Hurricanes suspect is a concussion and Lomberg was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.
Trocheck scored to make it 4-2 with 2:02 left in the major, but the Panthers fended the rest of it off.
“I can’t speak for everyone, but me personally, I don’t even look at standings or anything,” Knight said. “Can’t win the Cup in October or November. Today we’ll enjoy this one, but we’ve got a game in two days.”
White Sox pick up Craig Kimbrel’s $16 million option
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have exercised their $16 million club option for reliever Craig Kimbrel and declined their option on infielder Cesar Hernandez.
The team announced the moves on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Kimbrel struggled after he was acquired in a July trade with the crosstown Cubs for infielder Nick Madrigal and reliever Codi Heuer.
Kimbrel had a sparkling 0.49 ERA and 23 saves in 39 games with the Cubs, making the NL All-Star team. But the White Sox used the right-hander in a setup role in front of All-Star closer Liam Hendriks, and Kimbrel had a 5.09 ERA in 24 games for the AL Central champions.
With Hendriks expected to return, the White Sox could look to move Kimbrel to a team in need of a closer. The eight-time All-Star has 372 saves and a 2.18 ERA over 12 years in the majors.
Hernandez’s option was worth $6 million. There was no buyout attached to his deal.
The 31-year-old Hernandez was acquired in a July trade with Cleveland. Hernandez, a 2020 Gold Glove winner at second base, batted .232 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 53 games with Chicago.
With Madrigal now on the North Side of Chicago, the White Sox could add a second baseman over the winter. They also could make a move for a shortstop or third baseman, and then move Tim Anderson or Yoan Moncada to second.
Blackhawks fire coach Jeremy Colliton after rough start
CHICAGO (AP) The reeling Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Jeremy Colliton on Saturday, dismissing the former NHL forward with the team off to a rough start in his fourth season.
Colliton, who turns 37 in January, was in the first year of a two-year contract extension. Derek King was promoted from Rockford of the American Hockey League, replacing Colliton on an interim basis.
Colliton went 87-92-26 with Chicago. He was dismissed exactly three years after he got the job.
Assistant coaches Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank also were let go. The team said assistants Marc Crawford, Jimmy Waite, Matt Meacham and Dylan Crawford will remain in their current positions, and Chris Kunitz will stay on as a player development advisor.
The coaching change is the latest chapter in a rough stretch for what was once regarded as one of the NHL’s marquee franchises.
The Blackhawks published a report on Oct. 26 that showed senior leaders with the organization largely ignored allegations that assistant coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted former first-round pick Kyle Beach during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup title in 2010. Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual.
Stan Bowman, Chicago’s general manager and president of hockey operations, resigned in the wake of the independent review, and Al MacIsaac, another top hockey executive, also departed. The NHL fined the Blackhawks $2 million, and Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks’ coach at the time of the alleged assault, stepped down as coach of the Florida Panthers.
Colliton’s firing was the first major move for Kyle Davidson, who was elevated to interim GM when Bowman stepped aside.
Davidson “has our full confidence and autonomy to make hockey decisions, and we support him on this coaching change,” Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said in a team statement. “We appreciate all that Jeremy has brought to the Blackhawks, and we look forward to working with Derek as our interim head coach while we work to rebuild our permanent hockey operations leadership.”
Chicago lost 5-1 at Winnipeg on Friday night, dropping 1-9-2 after beginning the season with playoff aspirations.
“Our on-ice goal remains the same: to build an elite system of hockey – and we have not delivered on that,” Davidson said in the team statement. “The fact is our play and competitiveness must improve. Every game, every shift.”
Colliton stepped into a tough situation when he replaced Quenneville in November 2018, becoming the 38th coach in franchise history. Quenneville led Chicago to three Stanley Cup titles in his 10-plus years in charge.
Colliton was coaching at Rockford when he got the job 15 games into the season. Then his second and third seasons with the Blackhawks were disrupted by COVID-19.
He guided Chicago into the postseason in 2020, winning a four-game series against Edmonton before being eliminated by Vegas. The Blackhawks played without captain Jonathan Toews last season, but they stayed in playoff contention before fading to a 24-25-7 record.
Looking at a normal training camp and schedule for the first time, Colliton had high hopes for his fourth season. The Blackhawks acquired defenseman Seth Jones, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and forward Tyler Johnson in three July trades, and signed Jake McCabe, another veteran defenseman, in free agency.
But Colliton was cut loose after a sluggish start that included offensive and defensive issues. The coach was greeted with a round of boos when he was introduced before the team’s first home game, and fans chanted “Fire Colliton!” during a 6-3 loss to Detroit on Oct. 24 that also marked the end of the franchise’s sellout streak at 535 games.
Chicago’s early woes were compounded by stints in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol for Patrick Kane, Riley Stillman, Jujhar Khaira and a couple members of Colliton’s coaching staff.
The 6-foot-2 Colliton was selected by the New York Islanders in the second round of the 2003 draft. He had three goals and three assists in 57 career NHL games – all with New York.
King, 54, was hired as Rockford’s head coach in April 2019. He took over the IceHogs on an interim basis after Colliton was promoted to the Blackhawks’ job.
King also was an Islanders draft pick and played in the NHL for 14 seasons, finishing with 261 goals and 351 assists.
“This team has a lot of talent – talent that I am familiar with from my time in the organization – and I look forward to working with them behind the bench,” King said in the statement.
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PURDUE FOOTBALL: DOWN GOES NO. 3! Boilermakers Roll Past Spartans; Become Bowl Eligible
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the second time this season, the Purdue football team knocked off a Top-3 team, as the Boilermakers upended No. 3/5 Michigan State 40-29 on Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue beat two AP Top-5 teams for the first time since 1960, when it beat No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota.
Purdue is bowl eligible for first time since 2018 and the third time in the Brohm era.
Aidan O’Connell threw for 536 yards – the third-highest total in Purdue history, and David Bell became the school-record holder for 100-yard receiving games with 15 as he totaled 11 catches for 217 yards. The Boilermakers totaled 594 yards of offense.
Meanwhile, the Purdue defense recorded a pair of takeaways including a key goalline interception by Dedrick Mackey in the fourth quarter to preserve a 34-21 advantage.
The defense gave Purdue an early jolt when Marvin Grant forced a fumble on Michigan State’s opening drive and recovered by George Karlaftis. O’Connell marched the Boilermakers down the field on a 9-play, 62-yard scoring drive, capped by a 5-yard scoring toss to David Bell.
Purdue regained the lead early in the second, O’Connell lofted a pass to the back corner of the endzone where Broc Thompson managed to drag a toe for the 8-yard score and make it 14-7 Purdue.
The Boilermakers dipped into their bag of tricks late in the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead. O’Connell handed the ball off to Jackson Anthrop, who flipped it to Milton Wright, who then lateraled back to O’Connell, who threw a short screen back to Anthrop. The redshirt senior then picked up key blocks from Greg Long, Tyler Witt and David Bell before taking it 33-yard for the touchdown.
Michigan State evened the score with 14 unanswered points. Running back Kenneth Walker III (23 carries, 146 yards), cut the gap in half with a 14-yard touchdown run on fourth down right before the half, before the Spartans took advantage of a fumble on Purdue’s opening drive of the second half with a 32-yard touchdown run by quarterback Payton Thorne.
The Boilermakers bounced back with 16 straight points of their own. King Doerue pounded his way through the line on a one-yard score to put Purdue back on top. Mitchell Fineran came on to connect on three second-half field goals of 29, 24 and 23 for a 37-21 lead.
Michigan State narrowed the margin to 37-29, but Fineran put the nail in the coffin with just over a minute left.
AIRING IT OUT
O’Connell threw for 300 yards for the fifth time in his career. He recorded career highs in yards (536), completions (40), attempts (54) and touchdowns (3).
ANOTHER TOP-5 BITES THE DUST
The Boilermakers added to the legacy of taking down the nation’s top teams. Including a 24-7 win at No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16, Purdue now has 17 wins all-time against the AP Top 5, the most in the country. Purdue has seven wins against No. 1, six against No. 2, two against No. 3, two against No. 4 and seven against No. 5.
In the past 50 years, there have now been four instances of a team beating two top-5 teams in the same season while unranked for both games (2021 Purdue, 2007 Illinois, 1983 Penn State, 1978 Missouri).
The Boilermakers will hit the road for a showdown at Ohio State next Saturday. Kickoff will be announced later.
PURDUE WRESTLING: No. 21 Wrestling Earns 29-18 Win at Drexel
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 21 Purdue wrestling team opened the 2021-22 season with a 29-18 win at Drexel, winning six of the 10 matches to improve to 1-0. Seniors Parker Filius and Michael Woulfe highlighted the dual with falls, while freshman Matt Ramos added a technical fall in his Boilermaker debut.
The Boilermakers raced out to a 14-0 lead behind wins at 125, 133 and 141, but the Dragons came storming back with consecutive wins from 149 to 174 to take an 18-14 edge. Momentum came back to Purdue’s side over the final three matches with a decision, a default and a fall to seal the victory. The Boilermakers have now won their season-opening dual in eight straight years under head coach Tony Ersland.
Filius stormed out to a 7-3 lead over Tyler Williams before whipping him to his back for the fall at 2:51, the sixth of his career. Woulfe needed only 1:19 to earn the fall in his Purdue debut and first collegiate match since 2016, sealing the win for the Boilermakers and notching the 25th of his career. Ramos put together a highlight reel in his first match at Purdue, storming out to a 10-2 lead in the first, adding six more in the second and posting a takedown in the third to finish it up.
Seniors Devin Schroder and Max Lyon earned decisions at 125 and 184, respectively. Schroder opened the dual with a 6-0 win, while Lyon turned the tide at 184, halting the Dragons’ win streak with a 10-8 sudden victory over No. 29 Bryan McLaughlin. Boilermaker junior Thomas Penola had a 7-1 lead at 197 pounds before accepting an injury default from Sean O’Malley. Purdue’s Alec White was on the other end of an injury default, headed toward overtime in a 1-1 tie late in the third before the match had to be stopped.
The Boilermakers are back in action at 8 p.m. ET, heading up the road to Rider University for a dual with the Broncs. The dual will air live on ESPN+.
No. 21 Purdue 29 – Drexel 18
125: No. 13 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. Antonio Mininno (DREX), D 6-0
133: No. 33 Matt Ramos (PUR) def. Deon Pleasant (DREX), TF 18-3 (5:16)
141: No. 21 Parker Filius (PUR) def. Tyler Williams (DREX), Fall 2:51
149: Luke Nichter (DREX) def. Alec White (PUR), Inj. Default (6:51)
157: No. 29 Parker Kropman (DREX) def. No. 9 Kendall Coleman (PUR), D 6-1
165: Evan Barczak (DREX) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 4-0
174: No. 16 Michael O’Malley (DREX) def. Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR), Fall 2:43
184: No. 20 Max Lyon (PUR) def. No. 29 Bryan McLaughlin (DREX), SV 10-8
197: No. 14 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Sean O’Malley (DREX), Inj. Default 2:24
285: Michael Woulfe (PUR) def. Liam Dietrich (DREX), Fall 1:19
184: Joshua Stallings (DREX) def. Macartney Parkinson (PUR), Inj. Default 3:41
PURDUE WRESTLING: No. 21 Wrestling Roughs Up Rider 33-3
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The No. 21 Purdue wrestling team closed its east coast trip Saturday with a dominant 33-3 victory at Rider University. The Boilermakers took nine-of-10 bouts from the Broncs, including a pair of falls, improving to 2-0 on the early season.
The Boilermakers gutted out win after win over the first five bouts, seeing only a total of 10 points separating the two squads at the midway point. Senior Devin Schroder held a 4-0 lead surrendering a late takedown in his 4-2 win over Tyler Klinsky, and both freshman Matt Ramos and senior Parker Filius went to overtime against their respective opponents. Ramos fought his way out of a 4-1 hole at 133, scoring two takedowns in the third and forcing the extra session, where he put No. 24 Richie Koehler on his back for a fall at 8:08. Filius put on similar performance at 141, rallying from a 4-1 deficit to defeat No. 22 Quinn Kinner 7-5. Filius scored a pair of takedowns in the third and added another in the overtime for his second win of the day.
Sophomore Trey Kruse continued the theatrics at 149, surrendering early takedowns to Cole McComas before scoring one of his own in the second and another in the third for an 8-7 decision; the first career varsity dual win for Kruse. Junior Kendall Coleman rebounded from his earlier decision, forcing a second-period stalling call and scoring two takedowns in the third in a 7-4 win over No. 31 Jake Silverstein.
Rider got on the board at 165, but sophomore Gerrit Nijenhuis put Purdue back in the win column with a 4-2 decision over Shane Reitsma. Nijenhuis struck early and held position late to earn his first win of the season. Senior Max Lyon improved to 2-0 with a 3-1 decision over George Walton at 184. Lyon got to Walton’s legs a number of times but couldn’t find the finish, setting for stalling points awarded for his consistent, unanswered attacks.
In an anticipated rematch from the 2019-20 season, No. 14 junior Thomas Penola was dominant in a 7-2 decision over No. 26 Matt Correnti. Penola picked up two in the first, rode Correnti out in the second and then tacked on a pair of takedowns in the third to seal the win over the former Rutgers wrestler.
Senior Michael Woulfe finished the dual with more fireworks, picking up his second fall of the day as he spladled Rider freshman David Szuba and stuck him at 4:09.
The Boilermakers remain on the road next weekend, heading to Cleveland State on Sunday, Nov. 14, for a 2 p.m. ET dual against the Vikings.
No. 21 Purdue 33 – Rider 3
125: No. 13 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. Tyler Klinsky (RID), D 4-2
133: No. 33 Matt Ramos (PUR) def. No. 24 Richie Koehler (RID), Fall 8:08
141: No. 21 Parker Filius (PUR) def. No. 22 Quinn Kinner (RID), SV 7-5
149: Trey Kruse (PUR) def. Cole McComas (RID), D 8-7
157: No. 9 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. No. 31 Jake Silverstein (RID), D 7-4
165: Joe Casey (RID) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 1-0
174: Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) def. Shane Reitsma (RID), D 4-2
184: No. 20 Max Lyon (PUR) def. George Walton (RID), D 3-1
197: No. 14 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. No. 26 Matt Correnti (RID), D 7-2
285: Michael Woulfe (PUR) def. David Szuba (RID), Fall 4:09
165: Michael Wilson (RID) def. Hayden Lohrey (PUR), D 7-6
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Indiana Falls to No. 7 Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tough times continue for Indiana.
Big plays allowed.
A struggling offense.
A fifth-straight defeat.
It was all there Saturday night at Michigan Stadium during a 29-7 loss to No. 7 Michigan, and for this, head coach Tom Allen has a firm message:
“This team has a lot of character and grit and fight to it,” he told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during his post-game radio show. “There’s a lot of hurt in the locker room, and rightfully so, but these guys have a lot of pride in who they represent. They will pull together and finish strong.”
The blows keep coming. Walk-on running backs. A banged-up defense. The last scholarship quarterback – although it is hyper-talented, and unnervingly fearless Donaven McCulley.
The Hoosiers (2-7) kept taking shots in front of a crowd of 109,000-plus, and Michigan (8-1) gradually pulled away.
“The kids battled,” Allen told Fischer. “They fought.
“It’s very disappointing. The frustrations continue. Michigan is a good team. They’re one of the better teams we’ve played.”
IU finished with 195 total yards, just 53 in the second half.
“We have to execute better,” Allen told Fischer. “We didn’t get it done.”
The Hoosiers’ defensive injuries — cornerbacks Reese Taylor and Tiawan Mullen didn’t make the trip — continued. Defensive end Ryder Anderson was briefly shaken up. Outside linebacker Jaren Handy suffered a lower leg injury after colliding with teammate Micah McFadden. Defensive end James Head Jr. was banged up after making a ferocious third-quarter tackle. Defensive tackles Demarcus Elliott and Weston Kramer needed attention.
Then there was the first-play injury to offensive lineman Luke Haggard and the first-half injury to tailback Stephen Carr, which left the Hoosiers with zero scholarship running backs for the rest of the game.
Carr finished with 12 yards on three carries.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Allen told Fischer about the injuries. “Stephen will be out who knows. Luke Haggard went down. He played just one snap. That was a big blow. Handy went down. That was another big blow. That’s three pretty good players right there.
“(Injuries have) been an unfortunate theme of the whole season. We have to get as many of them back as we can. Go back to work. Keep battling.”
It was a tough day for McCulley, a true freshman who was under constant pressure and sacked twice. He was 10-for-24 for 88 yards. He also rushed 14 times for a team-leading 37 yards.
“Donaven struggled in that area,” Allen told Fischer about the lack of a passing attack. “He missed some open receivers. He showed his youth. He prepared well and worked hard, but with the pressure and the way they do things, he was uneven at times.
“He didn’t trust the pocket. He made some quick decisions because he’s young and not able to trust what was in front of him and the reads he was supposed to make. That’s part of the growth process.
“He continued to show toughness. Had some really good runs.”
McCulley was making just his second college start.
“I’ve got to play better,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. I’ve got to play better. I’ve got to find a way to become more comfortable. I have to find more poise.
“It was tough to move the ball. That’s really it.”
Against Michigan’s ferocious attack-the-quarterback approach — Wolverine defensive ends Aiden Hutchinson and David Ojabo each entered the game with seven sacks — IU went with a quick-pass game plan that featured plenty of McCulley runs.
For much of the first half, it worked.
McCulley wasn’t intimidated on the Hoosiers’ first possession, when he ran three times for 10 yards, threw five passes and completed three, and delivered consecutive third-down conversions before the Hoosiers punted.
However, the Wolverines pressure began getting to McCulley. Ojabo’s second-quarter sack forced a fumble. The Wolverines recovered on the IU 24-yard line and scored a touchdown. Add their field goal to end the first quarter and they led 10-0.
IU went with a trick play to slow Michigan’s pass rush. McCulley lined up at wide receiver, took a reverse pass, threw into triple coverage and completed a first-down-making pass to tight end Peyton Hendershot.
A few plays later, McCulley ran 24 yards, breaking two tackles, trying to run over a third tackler, and got the ball inside the 10-yard line. That set up Chris Childers’ TD run for a 10-7 score.
Michigan came back with a touchdown for a 17-7 halftime lead.
The Wolverines added a touchdown and two field goals for a 29-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
After four-straight three-and-outs, McCulley hit a third-down pass to Davion Ervin-Poindexter for a first down. IU got another first down, but couldn’t sustain the momentum.
The Hoosiers got a fourth-quarter interception from safety Devon Matthews. McFadden had a sack. That gave him a tackle for loss for the 14th-straight game.
Husky Bryant Fitzgerald and Kramer also had sacks.
Still, the Hoosiers gave up a 62-yard run and a 50-yard pass to set up Wolverine scores.
“The long run didn’t make any sense,” Allen told Fischer. “The pressure we brought was perfect for that play. We didn’t finish.
“That long pass should never have happened. The coverage we were in was set up to take that away. We didn’t execute it properly.
“The consistency that caused them to kick field goals was a positive, but we gave up too many big plays.”
IU returns to Memorial Stadium next week to face Rutgers at noon on BTN.
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Hoosiers Drop Road Match To Iowa, 3-1
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Indiana Volleyball (9-16, 3-10 Big Ten) fell in the first of two straight road match to Iowa (4-19, 2-11 Big Ten), 3-1.
• Camryn Haworth recorded the first kill by the Hoosiers in the opening set to tie that game at 2-2.
• Breana Edwards slammed two kills, but Indiana saw themselves down 8-4 early. Needing a spark, Kaley Rammelsberg swiped back-to-back kills to pull within five of the Hawkeyes. Kjolhede
• Mady Saris came alive in the middle of the opening frame with a pair of kills which was paired with a block from Saris and Haworth as the Hoosiers made it a two-point set and forced Iowa to take a timeout.
• Out of the break, the Hawkeyes got on a roll as Indiana fell in the first set, 25-18.
• The Hoosiers went on a 4-0 run to begin the second set that was comprised of kills from Savannah Kjolhede, Rammelsberg and Saris along with blocks from Kari Zumach, Rammelsberg and Saris.
• Rammelsberg found her stride and gave Indiana the 10-5 advantage with two kills and solo block. It was followed up with a pair of kills by Edwards to extend the Hoosiers leads to six and made Iowa take a break.
• Kills back Rammelsberg and Saris extended the Hoosiers lead, 20-9, but the Hawkeyes says a spurt in the attack in which Indiana needed a break. A slam from Breana Edwards gave Indiana the 25-17 victory in set two.
• A pair of kills from Saris and an attack error from Iowa evened the score at 5-5 in the third set.
• Edward knocked down two kills to bring Indiana within four of the Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers let Iowa out a six-point lead which forced them to call a timeout.
• An ace from Saris aided a spark from the Indiana attack that saw three straight kills from Edwards. Ultimately Indiana went on to drop the third set, 25-20.
• Kills by Morgan Geddes and Kjolhede got the Hoosiers going in the fourth set of action. Indiana saw a block from Haworth and Kjolhede followed by a solo block from Zumach to put them up 4-2.
• Haley Armstrong and Kjolhede served up aces that put the Hoosiers ahead 9-3. After letting the Hawkeyes come back, Edwards tallied two kills in a row to make the score 14-11. The two squads exchanged points for the rest of the match but Indiana couldn’t handle to Iowa offense and let the Hawkeyes take the fourth set, 25-23.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards knocked down a team leading 19 kills.
• Junior defensive specialist led the way in digs with XXXX.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg saw double-digit kills with 15 and tallied two blocks on Friday night.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris had a solid night with 11 kills and two blocks.
The Hoosiers will remain on the road as they take on Northwestern on Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. ET. The match will stream live on B1G+.
INDIANA WRESTLING: Indiana Begins Season With Two Matches in Louisville
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Wrestling team kicks off its 2021-2022 season this weekend with a pair of matches in Louisville. IU will take on SIUE in its first match Sunday before wrestling Bellarmine to close out the weekend. This will be IU’s first non-conference match since Feb. 21, 2020.
This will be the 38th all-time matchup between IU and SIUE. The Hoosiers hold a 30-7 mark in the series and have won 27 straight matches.
IU’s match with Bellarmine on Sunday afternoon will be the first time the schools have ever hit the mats.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
SIUE wrapped up its season ago with a 10th place finish at the MAC Championships. Saul Ervin, 10-7 at 141, and Justin Ruffin, 9-4 at 157, were among the Cougars’ most productive wrestlers a season ago. Ryan Yarnell (197) and Colton McKiernan (285) also return as veteran members of the squad.
Bellarmine finished last season at 1-9, its lone win coming in a 32-18 victory over Presbyterian College. The Knights return a pair of heavy contributors in the form of Devan Hendricks (174) and Eric Beck (165). Bellarmine will take on SIUE in the opening match of the afternoon on Sunday before getting a look at IU in the closing act on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT: 2020-2021 SEASON
During the COVID-19 shortened season, IU wrestled only Big Ten opponents in Head Coach Angel Escobedo’s third year in charge. The Hoosiers finished 13th at the Big Ten Championships but qualified three underclassmen to the NCAA Championships.
Last year, IU saw three wrestlers qualify to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Redshirt sophomore D.J. Washington, redshirt junior Graham Rooks and junior Cayden Rooks all took part in the event featuring the nation’s best wrestlers.
Graduate student Brock Hudkins, sophomore Jacob Moran and junior Nick Willham all return as expected starters and heavy contributors.
THE BEST OF THE BEST
Over the summer, redshirt sophomore D.J. Washington wrestled at the Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia. He was selected to represent the USA after winning a Junior National Championship in June.
THE YEAR AHEAD
The Indiana Wrestling team opens its 2021-2022 season with a trip to Louisville to face Bellarmine and SIUE. IU will wrestle in five home matches and face eight conference opponents ahead of March’s Big Ten Championships in Lincoln, Neb.
This season will also take IU to the prestigious Midlands Championships as well as the Mountaineer Invite in Boone, N.C.
The campaign will culminate in Detroit, Mich. for the NCAA Championships.
Junior Kasper McIntosh returns home to Indiana after spending two years at Minnesota.
IU welcomed five freshmen to the program this year. Jake Evans, Alec Freeman, Noah Gochberg, Robert Major and Zack Rotkvich hail from four different states and join IU’s roster to begin the season.
On the coaching staff, Riley LeFever and Lincoln Kyle begin their first seasons on the IU bench.
BIG TEN DOMINANCE
The Big Ten once again figures to be NCAA Wrestling’s premier conference. 11 of the conference’s teams begin the year in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll.
IU will wrestle six of those teams in conference action.
This is the first year of divisional formatting in Big Ten Wrestling. IU will face its fellow six East Division Teams as well as two crossovers (Illinois and Purdue).
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: IU Hosts Rutgers in Big Ten Tournament Opener
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It’s tournament time in Bloomington.
Indiana men’s soccer (12-4-1, 5-3-0 B1G) is set to kick off the Big Ten Tournament, a contest the Hoosiers have won a league record 15 times, when it hosts Rutgers (9-5-2, 3-4-1 B1G) in the quarterfinal round Sunday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana hosts as the No. 3 seed, while Rutgers claimed the No. 6 seed. The victor will face the winner of No. 2 Maryland and No. 7 Northwestern.
• Sunday marks the first-ever Big Ten Tournament meeting between the two programs.
• The two teams met to open Big Ten Conference play on September 17 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Rutgers went home with a 2-1 win, scoring twice in the second half after Daniel Munie’s 23rd minute opener.
ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
• Rutgers is led by Third-year head coach Jim McElderry. He owns a 20-17-6 record during his time with the Scarlet Knights.
• Junior midfielder Jackson Temple leads Rutgers in scoring with six goals to his name this season. Senior defender Thomas DeVizio has contributed a team-high five assists.
• Junior goalkeeper Oren Asher has started 15 matches for Rutgers, allowing 15 goals. The three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week owns seven clean sheets this season.
• Indiana and Maryland have played each other 15 times since 1993 with Indiana holding a 10-3-2 record in the all-time series.
• After an IU four-match winning streak, Rutgers won the most recent matchup earlier this season, September 17, 2-1.
• Four current Hoosiers have scored against the Scarlet Knights: Ryan Wittenbrink (2), Victor Bezerra, Daniel Munie and Joe Schmidt.
BIG TEN AWARD HAUL
• 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).
• Victor Bezerra, Herbert Endeley and Spencer Glass were All-Big Ten Second Team selections.
• Forwards Tommy Mihalic and Samuel Sarver earned All-Big Ten Freshman Team laurels.
• Sophomore Joey Maher was one of nine league recipients of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #8/8/10 NOTRE DAME DEFENSE DOMINATES IN 34-6 WIN OVER NAVY
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 8/8/10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1) put on a defensive clinic on Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium in a 34-6 win over the Navy Midshipmen.
The Irish held Navy to just 184 total yards, 168 on the ground and 18 in the air. Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish turned in the performance of his career, recording his first double-digit tackle performance of his career with 10 on the day, including a sack and two tackles for loss.
Jack Coan had an ultra-efficient day passing, connecting on 23-of-29 attempts for 269 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Austin was on the receiving end of six of the passes, racking up 139 yards and a touchdown.
Kyren Williams put another impressive performance on the ground, carrying the ball 17 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Williams also played a role in the passing game, catching all seven of his targets for 36 yards.
The Midshipmen scored first with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter. Navy converted a fourth and one from their own 41and moved into Irish territory as Jayden Umbarger took an end around 32 yards into Irish territory. After another fourth down conversion, back-to-back sacks from Kurt Hinish and Jordan Botelho pushed the ball back to the 29 before Navy settled for a 51-yard field goal to go up 3-0.
The Irish tied the game up two possessions later, using an 11-play 74-yard to get on the board with a 24-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer. Michael Mayer moved the Irish into Navy territory as his 14-yard reception converted a third-and-five early in the series. On the next play, Jack Coan found Kevin Austin for 38 yards to move the Irish to the Navy 11. Coan finished the series 7-for-8 and the game was knotted at three.
Notre Dame took the lead on its next possession, moving 66-yards in 11-plays. 34-yards came on the ground and a key 15-yard personal foul moved the ball down to the Navy 15. On third and seven from the Navy 12, Tyler Buchner found Austin on a slant for 11-yards to convert. Kyren Williams scored his eighth touchdown of the season from a yard out on the next play as the Irish took a 10-3 lead with 2:46 remaining in the first half.
The Irish defense got the ball back, forcing a quick three-and-out. After a 75-yard punt, Notre Dame took over at its own five with 1:50 left in the half. After a pair of rushing first downs from Williams, Coan found Austin down the sideline for the longest pass play of the season. The 70-yard touchdown pass is the longest of Austin’s career as it extended the Irish lead to 17-3 on a drive that took 60 seconds off the clock.
The Midshipmen received the second half kickoff and marched 71-yards in nearly 10 minutes. The Irish defense held strong inside the five-yard line, holding Navy to a 21-yard field goal attempt as Bijan Nicholas hit his second of the evening to cut the lead to 17-6, in favor of the Irish with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter.
After exchanging punts, Notre Dame’s Jay Bramblett pinned the Midshipmen down at the one on a 49-yard boot. Two plays later, Navy’s Xavier Arline fumbled the ball in the endzone and jumped on top of it as the Notre Dame defense recorded its first safety since the 2017 season to extend the lead to 19-6 with 13:20 remaining.
Williams capped a 7-play 54-yard drive with another highlight reel run as he broke several tackles on his way to scoring his second touchdown of the day. The 20-yard run extended the lead to 27-6 in favor of the Irish as Coan found Braden Lenzy for the 2-point conversion.
Notre Dame’s defense then forced a turnover on downs at midfield on the next drive, setting up another Irish touchdown. Notre Dame put together a seven-play, 53-yard drive, capped off by an eight-yard rushing touchdown from Logan Diggs to give Notre Dame the 34-6 win.
The Irish hit the road next week as they head to Charlottesville for a matchup with the Virginia Cavaliers. Game time and broadcast channel will be announced on Sunday.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Wins Penalty Shootout, 4-2, to Advance to BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals
QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler men’s soccer team has advanced to play in the semi-final round of the BIG EAST Tournament, eliminating No. 24 St. John’s on its home turf. In a defensive battle, neither the No. 6 seed Bulldogs (7-8-3) nor the No. 3 seed Red Storm (10-5-3) were able to find the back of the net in two periods of regulation or in two periods of overtime play. In the subsequent penalty shootout, all four Bulldogs converted, while keeper Gabriel Gjergji made one save and force one St. John’s miss. The 4-2 advantage sends Butler to Washington D.C. to play No. 2 seed Providence on Thursday, November 11, at 1:30 pm.
19′ | Quint Breitkreuz has a good look inside the penalty area, but the hard shot is blocked.
31′ | A St. John’s shot from the left side of the penalty area gets past Gabriel Gjergji but rolls just wide of the far post.
36′ | Perrin Barnes gets a one-touch shot from 12 yards, forcing a St. John’s save.
46′ | A St. John’s breakaway forces Gjergji to the ground to save a hard low shot. The resulting corner leads to a header shot, but it goes wide.
63′ | Nick Okoro shoots at a charging Red Storm keeper. The deflection is corralled by Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., whose left-footed shot is on target but saved by the retreating keeper.
65′ | A St. John’s shot sails over the bar, and a few seconds later, a second shot, from 15 yards, deflects of Gjergji’s legs and out of play.
90′ | Gjergji makes one last save to send the match into overtime.
FIRST OVERTIME PERIOD
91′ | Perrin Barnes is issued a second yellow card on a foul, putting the Bulldogs down a player for the remainder.
98′ | Gjergji has to extend to the ground to save a Red Storm shot from within the box.
SECOND OVERTIME PERIOD
102′ | A ball played into the box by St. John’s is head toward goal, but Gjergji makes the save.
108′ | Butler sends a free kick directly into the penalty area but cannot produce a shot.
BU-Griffin DeBolt – goal (1-0)
SJ-Johan Aquilon – goal (1-1)
BU-Jack Haywood – goal (2-1)
SJ-Lucas Bartlett – goal (2-2)
BU-Louie Bulger – goal (3-2)
SJ-Jared Juleau – saved by Gjergji (3-2)
BU-Joel Harvey – goal (4-2)
SJ-Einar Lye – missed (4-2)
Butler Points Summary
With tonight’s draw, Butler has produced a record of 3-3-1 against ranked opponents this season. The Bulldogs defeated No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1) on September 21, No. 20 Providence (2-1) on October 16, and No. 24 St. John’s (1-0) on November 3. Butler lost to No. 1 Indiana (0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (0-2).
The Bulldogs’ record in overtime matches this season is 2-0-3.
This was Butler’s fourth penalty shootout in BIG EAST Tournament play and its first time to advance. The Bulldogs were eliminated on the previous three events, in 2015 (Providence, 4-2), 2017 (Xavier, 4-1), and 2019 (Georgetown, 4-3).
Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (7-8-3) made five saves in the match to earn his fifth shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs offensive attack was led by Nick Okoro, Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., and Quint Breitkreuz who each had a pair of shots with one on goal.
St. John’s outshot Butler, 15-8. The Red Storm put five on frame, while the Bulldogs managed four.
St. John’s produced eight corner kicks compared to two for the Butler.
Butler will play No. 2 seed Providence on Thursday, November 11, at 1:30 pm. The BIG EAST Tournament semifinal matches and championship are being hosted by No. 1 seed Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUARS SEND OFF SENIORS IN 2021 HOME FINALE ON SATURDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team played one of the Horizon League’s top teams, Wright State, to a tough four-set loss inside the Jungle on Saturday (Nov. 6), falling 25-23, 25-27, 25-18, 25-11. The match marked the home finales for fifth-year senior Rhiannon Schuenemann and senior Shakana Norfleet.
IUPUI (5-23, 3-14 HL) outhit the Raiders in each of the first two sets, both of which went to the wire, before fading in the final two sets. Freshman Briana Brown had a game-high 17 kills and Emily Alan had 11 kills and four blocks. Allie Pogue had 10 kills and Schuenemann had 22 digs.
“I thought we battled,” head coach Lindsey Froehlich said. “I thought we did a lot of really good things, especially in those first two sets.”
The first set had eight ties overall, including at 21, 22 and 23 all. At 23 all, Wright State got a key point when Megan Alders finished a long rally by tipping an attempt just off a Maddie Haines block and out of bounds for a kill. Sam Ott sealed the set with a service ace.
The second set was tighter than the first as the teams locked up on 10 ties, including at 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. IUPUI had a set point opportunity at 25-24, but saw Wright State get a kill to notch the score. IUPUI got a side out when Haines put down a kill, prompting a WSU timeout. However, IUPUI claimed the set on a Pogue kill, tying the match.
Momentum from the second set win dissipated early in the third as Wright State took an early 8-5 lead. The Jags tied the score at 8-8 after Brown put down consecutive kills before Phillips hammered a left-handed swing into the back corner of the court. After Millai Madison tied the score at 10-10, WSU responded with four straight points and took control from there. The Jags closed within three, but got no closer as the Raiders captured a 25-18 victory.
The fourth set was all WSU from the opening serve as the Raiders hit .270 and held the Jags to just seven kills and an .023 hitting percentage in a 25-11 win.
Alders led WSU with 12 kills and Jenna Story collected 32 digs from her libero spot.
IUPUI will cap the regular season last weekend when the Jaguars trek to Fort Wayne to face the Mastodons on ESPN+.
EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: Aces go for tournament title on Sunday afternoon against top-seeded Ramblers
CHICAGO, Ill. – With a golden-goal victory over Valparaiso in the 104th minute, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team earns the chance to go for the 2021 MVC Tournament crown against top-seeded host Loyola Chicago on Sunday at 1 PM at Loyola Soccer Park in Chicago, Ill.
Last Match: Evansville 2, Valparaiso 1 (2OT)
For the first time since 2015, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team is headed to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship match following a 2-1 golden-goal win in two overtimes over Valparaiso on Friday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.
Seniors Alex Eyler and Emily Ormson represented the attack for Evansville on a sunny afternoon in the Windy City, each finding the back of the net. In goal, fifth-year senior Michaela Till was stout as always, allowing a goal and stopping five shots, while picking up the win and moving into sixth in MVC history in career saves.
Evansville wasted little time in taking the lead in its MVC semifinal clash with the Beacons. In the seventh minute, the Aces generated multiple opportunities, keyed by a shot from the top of the box from Eyler that hit the crossbar. On the rebound, fifth-year senior Jayme-Lee Hunter headed the ball back on frame, which was saved and rebounded back to Hunter. The New Zealand native then turned and pushed the ball back to Eyler, who slipped the ball to the opposite post and past the keeper to give Evansville the early 1-0 lead.
Less than seven minutes later, Valpo answered the Aces off a corner. As the ball sailed in, Nicole Norfolk clipped the ball towards goal that Addy Joiner volleyed in from close range to tie the match at one. The latter half hour of the first half featured less chances for the two sides as the Aces and Beacons went to the break with nearly identical stat lines with each team recording five shots and putting two on goal.
Evansville’s defense was superb in the second half as it faced a handful of Beacon chances. In all, Valpo out-shot the Aces, 10-3, with three coming on-goal and Till stopping all three as the match went to overtime.
In the first overtime, Hunter nearly ended the match, putting a shot on-goal that Valpo keeper Nikki Coryell saved to prolong the match. Till answered Coryell with a save of her own in the 100th minute to force a second OT.
Three minutes into the second overtime, Evansville took advantage of a chance. Following a goal kick from Till, the ball bounced and got away from senior Emily Wolak. As the ball bounced towards Valpo’s keeper, Ormson approached to make the clearance difficult. As Valpo cleared the ball, Ormson deflected it back towards goal and the Folsom, Cali. native brought down the ball and quickly volleyed it home from an acute angle to win the match for Evansville.
The Aces are the first six seed to advance to the MVC Tournament championship match since Indiana State in 2008 and only the second all-time.
Previewing the Matchup
Sunday’s matchup in the MVC Tournament championship game represents the 14th all-time meeting between the Aces and Ramblers with Loyola Chicago owning an 8-2- 3 advantage in the all-time series.
Evansville and Loyola have met twice previously in the MVC Tournament in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016. Both matches went to penalty kicks with the Aces advancing from both. The 2015 matchup was the championship game, which UE advanced 5-3 on PKs and captured its first MVC Tournament Championship since 2008.
In the previous meeting this season between the two sides, Evansville scored the opening goal off the foot of Emily Ormson in the 32nd minute before the Ramblers scored three goals in the second half to secure a 3-1 win.
Evansville won its last meeting with the Ramblers at Loyola Soccer Park, earning a 1-0 win over Loyola on April 3, 2021.
No Stranger to Championship Matches
Of 26 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship matches, the Aces have played in exactly half, making their 13th appearance on Sunday, owning a 5-5-2, capturing the tournament title in six of their previous 12 appearances.
At Loyola Soccer Park
In each of its last three matches played at Loyola Soccer Park, the margin of victory has been just one goal.
On Nov. 2, 2018, Evansville dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in overtime of the MVC Tournament semifinals.
The last two have been Aces wins, a 1-0 regular-season win over Loyola on April 3, 2021 and Friday’s 2-1 double-overtime victory over Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament semis.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Hall scores again as Aces drop regular-season finale at Bradley
PEORIA, Ill. – Closing-out the regular season, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team equalized the match before falling late, 2-1, to Bradley on Saturday night in Peoria, Ill.
The Aces entered the night having already clinched the right to host a quarterfinals match and are the four seed heading into the postseason and will face No. 5 seed Drake in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals.
On an absolute tear, it was redshirt junior Jakub Hall who led the attack again for the Aces, scoring in the 57th minute on a penalty kick. In goal, Jacob Madden made his 14th-straight start in goal, allowing a pair of goals.
The Braves jumped on the board first in the ninth minute as Kwasi Boateng clipped in a ball from close range that gave Bradley a 1-0 lead. Both sides showcased limited success on the attack in the first half as the Aces and Braves combined to record just three shots in the opening 45 minutes as the match went to the break with Bradley owning the 1-0 advantage.
Evansville’s attack held the advantage in the second half, generating seven shots to just two for the Braves. The Aces got the breakthrough they deserved in the 57th minute as freshman Owen Butcher danced into the box and was brought down, earning UE a penalty. On fire over the last two weeks, Hall stepped to the spot and neatly finished to the right side of goal to tie the match at one. Despite the advantage in shots, Bradley would capitalize on its limited opportunities. With just 17 minutes left, Camdyn Starzyk pushed the Braves back in front with a shot from the top of the box. Over the final 15 minutes, Evansville pushed forward, but could not tie the match again in the Braves 2-1 win.
Evansville heads into the postseason at Noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against fifth-seeded Drake at Arad McCutchan Stadium. The first 200 fans to enter the match will receive a voucher for a free combo meal, including a hot dog, chips, and drink. Along with the free combo meal promotion to the first 200 fans, all UE students receive free admission to Tuesday’s MVC Tournament quarterfinal match.
EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Cardona and Feliciano lead Aces in setback at Bradley
PEORIA, Ill. – Giulia Cardona and Melanie Feliciano recorded 19 and 18 kills, respectively, in a 3-1 setback to Bradley on Saturday evening in Renaissance Coliseum.
Cardona’s match-high 19 kills came along with 14 digs and two block assists. Feliciano also had a double-double for the Purple Aces (17-8, 7-7 MVC) adding 10 digs to her 18 kills. Alondra Vazquez was the third UE player to finish with a double-double, picking up 15 kills and 12 digs. Taya Haffner and Cecilia Thon led the squad in assists (28 and 27) while Thon picked up three aces.
Hannah Thompson led the Bradley (15-11, 11-4 MVC) attack with 12 kills and 14 digs. Serena Sparks led all players with her 16 digs.
Set 1 – Bradley 26, UE 24
Bradley jumped out to a 4-1 lead to open the night and would go up by as many as five points when they took a 15-10 advantage. With the Braves continuing to lead by five (17-12), the Aces made their move, going on an 8-2 run to take their first lead of the night at 20-19. Kills by Madisyn Steele and Melanie Feliciano made it an 18-16 game before the run continued with a Vazquez kill that gave the Aces the lead. Bradley countered with three in a row, but UE fought back once again to tie it at 22-22. With the game tied at 24-24, it was BU who added the final two points to take a 1-0 lead.
Set 2 – Bradley 25, UE 13
Another fast start saw the Braves take a 5-1 lead. After letting Evansville erase their advantage in the opening frame, Bradley kept the petal to the metal in the second, extending the lead to 13-5. The Aces were unable to close the gap with the Braves grabbing a 2-0 lead on the strength of the 25-13 win.
Set 3 – UE 27, Bradley 25
A Feliciano kill saw the Aces get off to their best start of the night, taking an early 5-4 edge. With the set knotted at 10-10, the Braves took their biggest edge at 17-12 as they looked to complete the 3-0 shutout. Evansville had other ideas, scoring the next six points to jump back in front at 18-17. Vazquez and Giulia Cardona had two kills apiece in the rally. The squad swapped the lead down the stretch before the Braves had set point, up 24-23. Down to its final point, the Aces took advantage of back-to-back Feliciano kills to go back in front. After BU tied it at 25-25, Feliciano and Vazquez forced a fourth set with a 27-25 win for UE.
Set 4 – Bradley 25, UE 21
In a close battle early on, the Braves held a 9-7 advantage. They would gradually add to their lead, going up by eight points at 23-15. With their opportunity for a win slipping away, the Aces made a final rally, scoring four in a row to make it a 23-19 game. Following a Bradley point, Vazquez added a kill before Cardona registered an ace to get UE back within three at 24-21. Unfortunately, the rally came just a few points too late when a kill sealed the 25-21 win in the fourth set and a 3-1 match.
The final home weekend of action is slated for next weekend when the Aces welcome Drake and UNI on Friday and Saturday.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Northern Kentucky Slips by Mastodons in Five Sets
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Madelyn Wurster recorded a career-high 23 kills, but it wasn’t enough to take down first-place Northern Kentucky. The long-time rival defeated the Mastodons 3-2 (26-24,16-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-9) on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 6) in Horizon League women’s volleyball play.
Wurster finished with a line of 23-6-51 for a .333 attack percentage. She was one of three Mastodons with double-digit kills. Katie Crowe had 12 kills to go along with 17 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. Ramei Jackson totaled 10 kills.
Madison Gates had 42 kills and a team-high 21 digs for her second double-double in as many matches.
The opening set featured 13 ties and seven lead changes. While it didn’t go in the Mastodons’ column, the ‘Dons turned away two NKU set points. It set the tone for what would end up being the Mastodons’ eighth five-set contest of the season.
The ‘Dons evened the match in the second, out-hitting the Norse .345 to .000 in the frame. NKU had only six kills in the set.
The third saw the ‘Dons go up 2-1 after winning the set by four points. The score was tied at 11 when the ‘Dons took the lead for good with five straight points. Alexandra Traciak had an ace for point 16.
NKU took sets four and five to take the match by limiting the Mastodons to sub-.100 hitting in each of the final two frames. Anna Brinkmann and Reilly Briggs each had 16 kills for the Norse. Anna Burke recorded 22 digs.
Northern Kentucky picked up its 11th win in its last 12 matches and improves to 17-7 (13-2 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-23 (5-12 Horizon League). The ‘Dons will close out the 2021 campaign on Friday (Nov. 12). It will be Senior Night for the Mastodons against IUPUI. First serve on Arnie Ball Court is set for 7 p.m.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores Win Five-Set Thriller to Snap Eight-Match Redbird Win Streak
NORMAL, Ill. – The Indiana State volleyball team picked up a five-set victory (25-21, 14-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12) over Illinois State Saturday night at Redbird Arena. The win snapped an eight-match win streak by Illinois State and marked the first time in 44 years that Indiana State has won on the road against ILS.
The Redbirds (15-12, 11-4 MVC) outhit Indiana State over the course of the match .229 to .177 but ILS was able to keep the advantage during sets in which the team won, outhitting ILS in the first, third and fifth sets.
The Sycamores (14-10, 6-8 MVC) were led at the net by Storm Suhre. Suhre finished the match with 13 kills on 27 swings (.444) while recording five total blocks. Madeline Williams (11) and Mallory Keller (10) also joined Suhre with double-digit kills while Williams also led the team with six blocks.
Melina Tedrow led ISU defensively with 21 digs while Chloe Mason tallied a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs while also sending three aces over the net. Karinna Gall put together another well-rounded match with five kills, 11 digs, two assists and a block.
The Sycamores converted just 55.2 percent of their sideout opportunities and took advantage of 28 Redbird attacking errors in the match.
Tamara Otene led Illinois State with 26 kills and eight digs while three other Redbirds tallied 10 or more kills.
Indiana State came out on top in the opening set that featured 13 tied and three lead changes. Suhre tallied six of her 13 kills in the opening frame and ISU took control with three-straight points once the match was tied at 11-all. The Redbirds tied the set just one more time, but ISU was able to finish off the set, outhitting the home team .271 to .200 to secure the win.
The Redbirds jumped out to a 10-1 and never looked back. ISU was able to close the gap to four points at 11-7 but the Sycamores could not overcome the early deficit. Indiana State answered back though in a set three win when the Trees raced out to a 5-0 lead and eventually led 12-4. ILS did pull to within a point at 22-21 before Kaitlyn Hamilton and Jamie Brown sent back a Redbird attack to swing the momentum back the Sycamores’ way.
Illinois State would send the match to a fifth and deciding set after claiming a 25-15 win in set four. ISU trailed by three points early before a timeout was called. Kylie Newby and Hamilton kicked off a Sycamore rally with a block assist for the first of three-straight points to tie the set at eight. ISU carried that run after an Illinois State timeout the squad put together a 5-3 run to take control before winning the match on a block from Hamilton and Williams.
The Sycamores won the battle at the net over Illinois State 11-8. Six different players recorded blocks led by Williams’ six and Suhre’s five.
The Sycamores will play their final two home matches next weekend as Drake and Northern Iowa come to town Friday and Saturday.
VALPO FOOTBALL: Valpo Tops Presbyterian in Record-Setting Fashion
The Valparaiso University football team shattered a school record for single-game rushing touchdowns with eight while posting the fifth-highest point total in program history during a lengthy 65-55 victory over visiting Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Nick Orekoya (Billerica, Mass. / Everett [Massachusetts]) tied a program record with four rushing TDs, while Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) ran for three scores and accrued 234 yards on the ground. The 120 combined points shattered a Valpo single-game record that had stood since 1923. In addition, kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) made eight PATs to break the program’s single-game mark.
How It Happened
How long do you have? A three-hour, 49-minute affair began with the Blue Hose striking first on a 49-yard TD run on their opening possession. A two-point conversion made it 8-0.
Valpo’s first three drives of the game all resulted in Orekoya TD runs. He scored from four, seven and two yards out.
Washington got in on the act with a 61-yard TD run to help the Beacons open up a 20-point lead at 28-8 with 1:32 left of first-quarter time.
A 10-play, 70-yard Presbyterian drive was capped by a Ren Hefley to Austin Polson 12-yard score through the air to make it 28-14. The PAT was blocked by Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) as Valpo continued its kick-blocking prowess.
Presbyterian’s Jalen Jones had a pair of second-quarter TD receptions, which occurred from nine yards and 75 yards. Those scores were sandwiched around a 37-yard field goal by Bartholomew.
Valpo took advantage of strong field position and found paydirt once more prior to halftime as Washington marched in from two yards out to up the lead to 38-28. Valpo defensive back Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) made an interception on the final play of the first half to help the Beacons hold a 10-point halftime cushion.
Presbyterian’s first two drives of the second half both ended in interceptions as Gavin Twigg (Acworth, Ga. / Allatoona) and Jadarius Horton (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte [Southwestern College]) recorded picks.
The second-half scoring started with a five-yard TD run by Valpo quarterback Jeffrey Jackson (San Diego, Calif. / Bishop’s [San Diego]) with 4:36 left in the third to make it 45-28 Valpo.
Jones responded with his third TD catch of the day from 34 yards out with 2:36 to go in the third, then Valpo returned to the end zone on a 25-yard run by Washington that made it 52-34.
A 61-yard TD to Jones helped the Blue Hose cut the deficit to 12 (2-point try failed), then Jackson connected with Connor Hebbeler (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Bergen Catholic [Wake Forest]) for a 27-yard score, Valpo’s lone passing TD of the day. The Beacons tried a fake PAT, but Bartholomew’s pass was incomplete and it remained an 18-point lead at 58-40 with 11:34 remaining.
Jones’ fifth receiving TD of the afternoon came from 50 yards out and made it 58-48 following the successful 2-point conversion. The Blue Hose followed that by recovering an onside kick, then scored again on a nine-play, 57-yard drive to trim the lead to three at 58-55.
Orekoya’s record-tying fourth rushing score of the day came from six yards out with 5:36 on the clock to up the lead back to 10 at 65-55. That stood as the game’s final score.
Inside the Game
The 120 combined points shattered the previous record of 110 for combined points in a Valpo game. The prior record had stood since Nov. 2, 1923, when Valpo beat Lewis by the unusual score of 110-0.
The 65 points represented Valpo’s highest single-game output since Sept. 14, 1996, a 66-21 victory over Alma. This marked the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history. In addition to the Alma game in 1996, Valpo scored 78 against Indiana Central in 1958, 85 against Northwestern in 1920 and the aforementioned scoring record of 110 against Lewis in 1923.
Orekoya’s four rushing scores tied a program record as he became the seventh Valpo player with four rushing TDs in a single game. He was the first to accomplish the feat since Jeff Horton on Sept. 2, 2006 at Wisconsin Lutheran.
Washington’s career-high 234 rushing yards were the most by a Valpo player in a single game since Jake Hutson had 248 on Nov. 2, 2012 at Campbell. Washington finished the game with 282 all-purpose yards.
Valpo’s 65 points marks the 12th-highest single-game scoring output in the FCS nation this season.
The eight rushing TDs in the game were the most in a single game in the FCS nation this season. Entering play on Saturday, Michigan (8 vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 18) was the only NCAA Division-I team with eight rushing scores in a single game this fall.
The eight rushing TDs shattered the previous program record of seven set in 1954 and matched on three occasions – most recently Sept. 23, 1995 at Kalamazoo.
Orekoya became the sixth player in the FCS nation with four rushing scores in a game this season, tying for third nationally behind a pair of individuals who have five rushing TD games this year.
Washington’s 234 rushing yards are the fifth-most in a single game in the FCS nation this season.
Valpo rushed for 298 yards and boasted 426 yards of total offense, both season highs. The 298 rushing yards were the team’s most since accruing 299 on Oct. 12, 2019 vs. Dayton. The 426 yards of total offense were also the most since that 2019 Dayton game (447).
Orlandini blocked a kick for the second straight week, joining Brett Bittner (3) as Valpo players with multiple blocked kicks this season. There are 15 players in the FCS nation with multiple blocked kicks this year, and two of them play for the Beacons.
Valpo has now blocked eight kicks this season, holding the outright lead in all of Division-I college football, both FBS and FCS. The Orlandini block on Saturday was the team’s first blocked PAT of the season, joining four punts and three field goals that have been turned away by the Beacons.
In addition, Valpo’s eighth blocked kick of the year allowed this year’s team to move into sole possession of second in the program record book for single-season blocked kicks. This year’s squad has now surpassed the 2002 team (seven) and is behind only the 1991 group, which blocked a program-record 14 kicks.
The Valpo defense notched 18 tackles for loss including 10 sacks. The 10 sacks tied for the second-most in the FCS nation this season as Valpo became just the fourth team nationally with a double-figure sack total in a single game this year.
The 18 TFL also tied for the most in a single game nationally this season in FCS.
The 10 sacks were one shy of a PFL record, set by Dayton in 2011 and tied by Stetson last week against Presbyterian.
Valpo’s TFL total was its highest in a single game since at least 2004 and the sack total was the program’s first double-figure performance in that area in over 20 years.
Purty had five tackles for loss including four sacks. He became just the ninth player in the FCS nation with five or more TFL in a single game this season as his total is tied for third nationally. He was one sack shy of a PFL record of six set by Pat Dowd of Dayton in 2013 at Drake. Purty was the eighth player nationally with four or more sacks in a game this season. His four sacks are tied for the fifth-most in a single game in Division-I FCS this year.
Twigg boasted four TFL, while Price recorded three sacks. Trey Psota (Bay Village, Oio / Bay) posted a team-high 13 tackles.
Turner’s interception was his first of the season and the fifth of his Valpo career. It was his first takeaway of the season and the seventh of his collegiate tenure.
Twigg and Horton both enjoyed their first career interceptions.
Jeffrey Jackson had his first rushing and passing TDs in a Valpo uniform. Hebbeler’s TD catch was his first Valpo score.
Orekoya had one rushing TD all season prior to his breakout performance with four on Saturday.
Washington is up to 11 rushing TDs this season. Thanks to his three on Saturday, he now ranks second on Valpo’s single-season rushing TD list. He surpassed a four-way second place tie with 10 (Brandon Hall, Ross Wiemer, Jeff Horton and David Zurcher) and is now behind only Dave Newman’s 1977 program record of 14.
Based on stats entering Saturday’s action, 11 rushing TDs would put Washington tied for seventh nationally this season.
Thanks to his effort against the Blue Hose, Washington has rushed for 844 yards this season. He has cracked the top 5 in single-season program history as his current total ranks fifth. He bumped Ross Wiemer’s 2008 accumulation of 824 rushing yards out of the single-season top five on Saturday. Brandon Hall’s 2014 season is fourth at 855.
Washington is up to 1,497 career rushing yards, the highest total by any Valpo player since Jeff Horton closed out his career in 2007 with a school-record 3,072. Washington needs to get to 1,644 to crack the program’s all-time top 10, and Saturday was just his 15th career game.
Bartholomew went 1-for-1 on field goals, averaged 47.3 yards per kickoff and booted three touchbacks. Most notably, he shattered a single-game program record with eight made extra points. The previous record of seven was set in 1984 by Kevin Mackey and matched six times since.
In addition, Bartholomew is 24-for-24 this season and 37-for-37 in his career on extra points. The program record for consecutive PATs without a miss is 49 set by Mackey from 1983-1985. Bartholomew is six away from cracking the single-season top five.
INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Football Earns Convincing Win on Senior Day
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy football team (6-4, 4-2 GLVC) celebrated Senior Day with a 45-14 victory Saturday afternoon against visiting William Jewell. The Greyhounds delivered a number of standout performances in all three facets of the game, while senior Cory Klem put an exclamation point on the day with a marriage proposal to his girlfriend Jordan.
Prior to the game, UIndy honored 18 seniors in recognition for their hard work and dedication to the program, including Gavin Bane, Charlie Bernhardt, Paul Buisman, Gabe Collins-Green, Bryce Edwards, Christofer Ford, Clay Hadley, Sean Jackson, Cory Klem, Daniel McDonald, Tyson Magee, Levi McKinney, Will Loggan, Alec Patch, Tyler Selm, Tarnjeet Singh, Bryce Stancombe and Jayme Taylor.
Ranging from four-year players to the rare seventh-year senior in Stancombe, this group has helped the Greyhounds to a combined 55 wins, four GLVC titles and four NCAA playoff appearances. Eleven student-athletes on the list are wrapping up their fifth season on the team, compiling a .813 win percentage to date since first stepping onto campus in 2017.
INS & OUTS
Despite missing a number of offensive weapons due to injury—including star running back Toriano Clinton, the Greyhounds jumped on the Cardinals with 24 unanswered points to start the game.
The scoring started with a career-long 51-yard field goal from Buisman on the opening drive of the afternoon, followed by a pair of first-quarter TDs from running back JaQuan Buchanan.
Meanwhile, the UIndy defense forced three 3-and-outs and a turnover in the first five Cardinal possessions. Cornerback Kasyus Kurns earned the INT, one of two picks for the Chicago native on the day.
Jewell finally broke the seal with a rushing touchdown late in the first half, and later added a meaningless TD in the fourth quarter to account for all their scoring.
Buchanan garnered 23 carries on the day, finishing with a career-high 154 yards and two TDs. Super-senior Bryce Stancombe was as efficient 20-for-26 passing for 271 yards and three scores. Freshman Jeremiah Lee racked up 166 receiving yards, including a 47-yard touchdown catch.
Defensively, The Greyhounds held the Cardinals to just 52 yards rushing and 275 yards in all. Second-year freshman Larry Burks, who got the starting nod at corner, compiled seven tackles as well as the third and final UIndy interception of the game. Kiave’ Guerrier also had seven stops, while both Klem and Sean Jackson recorded a sack.
INSIDE THE BOX
– Receiver Frank Bentley returned from injury today and hauled in an impressive 19-yard sideline catch for the Hounds’ final TD.
– Kellen Porter came just shy of making it two 100-yard rushers for UIndy, finishing with 98 yards on 14 carries.
– Lee added 60 kickoff return yards to his receiving total, good for a team-high 226 all-purpose yards.
– Buisman’s lengthy field goal attempt marked the first 50-plus-yard FG by a Greyhound since Nick Parker’s school-record 58-yarder in 2004.
– Brian Mullins took over punting duties late, highlighted by a booming 68-yard boot.
UIndy is now 9-1 all-time versus William Jewell … Buchanan’s performance marks the third different Greyhound this season to amass at least 150 rushing yards in a game.
The Greyhounds hit the road for the 2021 regular season finale when they head to Kirksville, Mo., to take on the Bulldogss of Truman State University next Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.
INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Tops Maryville in Road Finale
ST. LOUIS, MO – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team is back in the win column after a four-set victory over Maryville in their final road match of the regular season. The Hounds hit 0.286 in the final set to seal the GLVC win and move to 9-7 in conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tied at 17 the Hounds utilized a 7-2 run to jump out to a 24-19 lead. Elizabeth Eads served up an ace in the run while Lauren Cullison tabbed a pair of kills. Even again at 25, Hannah Sabotin came up with a kill before an attack error gave the Hounds the first set victory at 27-25.
The Hounds trailed 17-15 in the second before a 6-0 run gave them a 21-17 advantage. Cullison came up clutch again, this time with a trio of kills in the run. UIndy recorded four of the final points of the set en route to the 25-18 win.
A kill from Grace Hegwood put the Hounds ahead 23-21 in the fourth before Maryville scored the next three points to take a 24-23 lead. Tied at 24, a pair of kills gave the Saints the 26-24 win.
UIndy trailed 13-12 in the fourth frame until an explosive 11-0 run put the Hounds ahead 24-12. Hegwood tallied four kills in the run while Eads tallied three. The Saints scored a few points until Hegwood put the match away with a kill.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Hounds recorded 11 blocks in the match marking the fifth time this season they recorded double digit blocks.
– The two teams were even in aces (6) and assists (48).
– Hegwood paced the Hounds with 15 kills while Cullison tallied 14.
– Hannah Huppenbauer recorded six kills followed by Cullison at four.
– Alex Equihua dished out 45 assists while Gillian Santana paced the defense with 26 digs.
UIndy returns home for their final two matches of the regular season next week. The Hounds host McKendree on Tuesday followed by Illinois Springfield on Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS SWIMMING: Three School Records Broken as #1 Hounds Dominate Saturday Afternoon
INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday against McKendree, Liki Prema of the University of Indianapolis men’s swimming & diving team broke the school record in the 200 breast at 1:57.95. However, today against Findlay, Prema passed that mark and produced an even stronger time at 1:57.49, earning him a B-standard and a first-place finish in the race.
The records didn’t stop there, as Alexis Lumaj of the women’s program set the new school record over in the diving in the 3 meter-6 dives at 311.40. This won her the event and slides her by the previous record set by Cassie Kury of 277.05 in 2020.
Finally, Cade Hammond is now the new school record holder in the 1 meter-6 dives for the men’s squad after his 415.65 final score today. Not only did Hammond win the event, he breaks the previous mark of 375.82 set by Payton Staman in 2020.
Prema, Lumaj, and Hammond were just a few individuals in a giant team effort which saw both swimming & diving programs dominate yet again in the pool. On the women’s side, the Greyhounds dropped Findlay 206-91 and Butler 226-61. The men took down Findlay 195-90.
HOW IT HAPPENED (WOMEN)
A solid all-around performance saw three different Hounds bring home top finishes in two different events. Karolina Dubcakova won the 1,000 free (B-standard of 10:17.97) and 500 free (B-standard 5:02.15). Joining her was Krystal Caylor, who notched top marks in the 50 free (B-standard of 23.77) and 100 fly (56.33). Finally, Marizel van Jaarsveld was victorious in the 200 fly (B-standard of 2:00.97) and 200 IM (B-standard of 2:01.32).
In the 100 back, Mia Krstevska pulled in a top time of 57.86. One event later, Julia Simioni touched the wall at a winning mark in the 100 breast at 1:04.77. Continuing the trend of success, Anahi Schreuders logged the best time for the Hounds in the 100 free at 53.49. Later, Kaitlyn McCoy dropped in a strong winning mark of 2:01.18 in the 200 back for a B-standard. Alaina Joyce also tallied a best time on the afternoon for UIndy, this one coming in the 200 breast at 2:27.62.
Once again, both relays were won by the No. 1 Greyhounds. The 400 MR, featuring the quartet of McCoy, Simioni, Van Jaarsveld, and Johanna Buys, touched the wall over the competing field at 3:47.20. In the final event of the afternoon, the 400 FR of Buys, van Jaarsveld, Schreuders, and Caylor corralled a winning time of 3:25.36.
Over in the diving, Lumaj broke the school record and won the 3 meter while Mikaela Starr pulled in a third place finish in the event (244.27). In the 1 meter, Starr collected a second place mark (260.92) while Lumaj (250.57) and Sarah Kerbrat (239.70) went third and fourth, respectively.
HOW IT HAPPENED (MEN’S)
Along with his record-breaking performance in the 200 breast, Prema capped off a great day with his second win in the 100 breast (B-standard at 53.71). Hammond also added to his diving school record in the 3 meter with a win in the 1 meter (415.65). Sebastian Wenk managed to pull together a big day in the pool with wins in both the 200 free (B-standard at 1:39.41) and 500 free (4:45.18).
Single event individual victories went to Christian Hedeen (1,000 free at 9:45.63), Bartek Swiderski (100 back at 50.04), Joao Silva (50 free at 20.74), Andras Tiszai (200 back at 1:51.13), and Kael Yorke (100 fly and B-standard at 49.01).
Both relays pulled off victories for the men, with the 400 MR (Jeron Thompson, Prema, Yorke, and Victor Antonon) winning at 3:19.74 and the 400 FR (Silva, Austin Kehr, Thompson, and Antonon) notching a top finish at 3:01.96.
While Hammond swept the diving, Casey Crawford added a second place finish in the 1 meter (350.47) while Jason Lenzo was third (324.15). Lenzo earned second in the 3 meter (299.47) while Crawford was third (293.85)
Final thoughts on the day from head coach Jason Hite…
“It was another good meet for us, especially seeing three school records be broken. We’re looking forward to the House of Champions meet and making some cuts for nationals.”
The Greyhounds return to the pool on Nov. 18-20 for the House of Champions meet beginning at 10 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS CROSS COUNTRY: Hounds Compete at NCAA DII Midwest Regional
EVANSVILLE, IN – On a beautiful Saturday morning both men’s and women’s cross country faced the region’s top competition at the NCAA DII Midwest Regional in Evansville, Ind. Both the men’s 10K and the women’s 6K race took place at Angel Mounds State Memorial, hosted by the University of Southern Indiana. Similar to the GLVC Championships, both squads shared a finish with the men’s and the women’s team finishing 14th of the 30 teams in the region.
On the men’s side Ben Nagel and AJ Goecker crossed the line in 72nd and 74th respectively, just two seconds from each other. They were followed by Will Reid (33:04.4) in 95th place. Blake Ellis was next to cross the line for the Hounds with a 100th place finish in 33:08.2. To round out the top five for the Hounds, just twenty seconds after Ellis was Andrew Bixler in 33:21.3. Noah Kurtz and Jordan Parkinson rounded out the seven Hounds at the regional in 119th and 162nd respectively.
On the women’s side, Claire Eaton continued her impressive season with yet another quality day crossing the line in 33rd at 21:47.9. Like we have seen all season, Melissa Spencer was the next Hound to cross the line with a 22:22.8 time to earn her a 63rd place finish. Eline Pinter, who crossed at 22:42.2 was next in 79th. Hannah Stein and Hanna Stamm rounded out the top five finishes for the Hounds with Stein in 96th and Stamm in 111th. Mariah Judy crossed in 141th with a time of 23:58.5. Rounding out UIndy’s line up was Emma Treibic who with a time of 24:45.7.
The official field for the NCAA National Championships will be announced on Monday at NCAA.com.
INDIANAPOLIS WRESTLING: Three champs highlight #13 UIndy’s day at Kaufman Brand Open
ST. LOUIS- Three Greyhounds earned bracket championships at the Kaufman/Brand Open Saturday, while another nine placed in their respective weight classes.
The three Greyhound champions were #10 Logan Bailey (149), #6 Jack Eiteljorge (165) and Derek Blubaugh (197), with Blubaugh winning the event for the second time in his career.
Nathan Conley (157), #5 Andrew Sams (174), Gleason Mappes (184), Owen Butler (Amateur 174), and Cale Gray (Amateur 285) all earned runner up finishes in their weight classes, while Breyden Bailey was the third place finisher in the 141 bracket. The remainder of the Greyhound placers took sixth in their respective brackets: Robert Gurley (Amateur 184), Aidan Petersen (Amateur 197) and Dennis Hubbard (Amateur 285).
Bailey (5-0) put up a pair of bonus point wins en route to the Elite 149 title, including a 32 second pin in the quarterfinals over Ethan Ewing of Central Missouri. The Cathedral HS product then bested a pair of GLVC foes, with a semifinal win over McKendree’s Noah Villarreal, 10-4, and a finals win over Maryville’s Tyler Stegall, 8-1.
Eiteljorge (4-0) only had to take to the mat twice to win the 165 bracket. The redshirt sophomore took a quarterfinal win over Gavin Smith of Campbellsville, 4-2, and then took a medical forfeit in the semis. In the bracket finale, Eiteljorge defeated Austin Morgan of Central Missouri, 8-3.
Blubaugh (5-0) posted three bonus point wins to win the Elite 197 bracket, starting his day with a fall in 4:14 over Caleb Guise of McKendree. He then teched Westminster’s Montgomery Mills, 19-3, and posted a semifinal win in SV-1, 8-6, over Maryville’s Chase Stegall. He then took the championship match with an 8-0 major over Tereus Henry of Fort Hays State.
UIndy will face a pair of NCAA Region 4 opponents in dual action next weekend, heading to Oklahoma for matches with Newman and host #4 Central Oklahoma Sunday afternoon.
MARIAN FOOTBALL: COMPLETE TEAM EFFORT FUEL’S MARIAN’S 28-6 WIN AT SIENA HEIGHTS
Adrian, Mich. – The Marian football team put together a complete team victory in their final road game of the regular season Saturday afternoon, defeating MSFA foe Siena Heights 28-6. The Knights never trailed in the game, and put the game away with 14 points in the final quarter to move to 7-2 this season.
Marian’s defense came out aggressive early and often, forcing a three and out on the first series of the game. Baron Huebler and the Marian offense marched down the field after starting their first series on their own 28 yard line, but came up empty as Huebler got stuffed short of a first down on the 11th play of the series, turning it over on downs.
After an exchange of punts the defense made their first major play of the game, with Diomoni Small punching the ball out of Eric Williams II hands’ and recovering the fumble, setting up Marian with short field position. Three plays later Zach Bundalo hit Trent Gipson on a 16-yard slant, capping the short drive with a quick score. The touchdown gave Marian a 7-0 lead with 2:11 left in the first quarter. The defense forced their third three and of the quarter, and after getting 46 yards from Johnny William on the final play of the first, Bundalo found Ben Stevens for a short strike to make it a 14-0 game early in the second quarter.
Defense headlined the remainder of the half, as gang-tackling Knights forced a punt on the series immediately after the Stevens score. Siena Heights would force Marian to kick it back, but the defense led by Sir’Zion Dance was too strong, holding the Saints out of the end zone after reaching the seven. Dance made four consecutive tackles to end the series and bring the game to halftime, stopping a rollout pass at the seven on fourth down. Dance’s goalline stand kept the score 14-0 at the break.
In the second half Marian failed to get past midfield resulting in a punt on their first series, and Siena Heights responded with a touchdown drive. The Saints ran 15 plays on the drive that resulted with an Andre Chenault eating up over seven minutes of the clock, but were stuck with six points as T.Y. Thomas blocked the PAT. Siena Heights got the ball back quick as William had an uncharacteristic fumble, but the defense once again came to the call forcing a turnover on downs.
Tristen Tonte got a health dose of the carries in the fourth quarter, touching the ball four times on the offense’s first drive of the quarter before plowing into the end zone from 11 yards out. Tonte’s first score since September put Marian on top 21-6, but on the ensuing kickoff Siena looked to answer running the kick inside the Knights’ 10. Small made the stop as the Saints ran just four plays, denying a naked bootleg to keep the Saints off the board.
On the ensuing drive Marian put the game to rest, covering 95 yards in seven plays to push the lead to three scores. Bundalo connected with Drew Byerly on a short pass in the flat, watching his tight end race 70 yards to the house to seal the victory. The defense would make one final stop, and Marian ran out the final 3:30 to cap off the 28-6 win.
Bundalo threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns in the win, finding William five times for 87 yards. Byerly had 74 yards on two catches, scoring his third touchdown of the season. Tonte ran for 44 yards, and in his first career start Huebler ran for 69 yards, catching two passes for 20 yards. On defense Dance led the charge with a team-high eight tackles, and Ricky Kwak made seven stops. Tyler Majors had two sacks, with Chamaar Smith, Krystapher Oakley, and Chauncey Mays each recording one. As a unit, Marian forced five turnover on downs and had one forced turnover.
Marian will complete their regular season on November 13, hosting Lawrence Tech at 1:05 PM for their senior day game.
MARIAN WSOCCER: MARIAN ADVANCES IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT WITH 5-0 RESULT OVER BETHEL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team got back into the win column on Saturday afternoon, opening the Crossroads League Tournament with a 5-0 victory over Bethel in the quarterfinal round. Marian received a pair of two goal games from Allie Schlom and Erin Oleksak each scoring twice, to improve Marian to 15-3-1 overall this season.
Marian began the match with an early offensive assult, peppering the Pilots net with four shot attempts in the first 16 minutes. Erin Oleksak took three of the attempts including the game’s first look on goal, and kept attacking with a shot on frame in the 22nd minute. The Knights kept their play on the offensive end of the pitch, and in the 29th minute broke loose, as Allie Schlom played a long pass ahead for Oleksak, who beat her defender and scored the game’s first goal.
With the 1-0 lead at hand, Marian continued to press and was close to doubling their lead in the 35th minute as Lindsey Stoughton headed down a corner toward the center of the goal, but Corryn Berlin made the save. In the 40th minute Bethel found a line and managed their first shot attempt of the game as Jessica Wilker booted one toward Noelle Rolfsen, but the keeper made the save. Marian responded with a breakaway as Miranda Nosko had an open look to double the lead, but she clanged the strike off the bottom of the crossbar only to watch the ball carrom away.
Marian gave one final push in the 43rd minute, and got their second goal of the day from Schlom, as she tapped one in off her heel to put Marian on top 2-0 entering halftime. Maya Decker picked up the assist on the goal, playing the ball to the striker from the left sideline.
The Knights again came out aggressive in the second half picking up two shots and a corner in the half’s first 15 minutes, continuing to own possession. In the 65th minute Marian tacked on their third goal of the game, this time seeing Oleksak record the assist as she found Schlom for an easy scoring chance, making it a 3-0 game. Ryli John and Oleksak put the final two goals on the board, scoring 57 seconds in between one another to add to the 5-0 result. John scored off a corner with Delaney Taylor and Sydney Genatempo earning the assist, while Kinadee White assisted on the Oleksak score.
Schlom led Marian in points in the win with two goals and one assist, picking up goals 10 and 11 on the year while adding her 12th assist. Oleksak scored her 20th and 21st goals of the season, leading the team with six shot attempts. John scored on her only shot of the game. In goal Rolfsen earned the win making one save, and in the final 15 minutes Kristen Morgan made a save in her limited action.
Marian will play either Indiana Wesleyan or Taylor in the semifinal round on Wednesday night. The story will be updated once that match is final.
MARIAN MSOCCER: LATE GOALS LEAD KNIGHTS PAST MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team erased an early second-half deficit and Jalen Rice scored the game-winning goal in the final 10 minutes to steal a 2-1 victory over Mount Vernon Nazarene in the Crossroad League Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday at St. Vincent Field. The win is Marian’s first men’s soccer Crossroads League Tournament win since 2010 and just their third since 2007, as they improve to 10-7-2 this season.
Mount Vernon Nazarene began with several shot opportunities early but failed to get any good looks on the net. Rice recorded Marian’s first shot on goal in the fourth minute before getting a better look in the 16th minute that went wide. The Cougars turned on the pressure with several tough shots from the Cougars, but Marian goalkeeper Brendan Weiger made two saves that set the tone for the rest of the contest. The Cougars’ Jared Mount picked up a yellow card in the 29th minute, with many more cautions coming to both squads later.
Marian’s next look came from Rice in the 34th minute, but Mount Vernon Nazarene saved his strike once again. Timmy Annee was rewarded a yellow card in the closing minutes with the Cougars attacking. Mount Vernon Nazarene took their first corner kick in the closing minutes but could not convert the opportunity. Rene Diaz took the team’s second yellow card in the first half’s final minute, with the game scoreless through 45 minutes. The Cougars led in shot attempts 4-3 at the break, with both teams having two shots on goal.
The action picked up early in the second half with Mount Vernon Nazarene going on the attack first. After a shot that hit the right post, the Cougars scored on the deflection to take a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute. Marian answered right back by nearly tying it back up a minute later after Nate Van Keulen’s line-drive shot hit the crossbar, and James Jenkins’ rebound attempt was sent high. MVNU tried to add to their lead with a corner kick and three shots in the next eight minutes, but Weiger made two saves to keep Marian within reach.
In the final 30 minutes, the Marian offensive front went to work. The Knights put three shots on goal in four minutes, but Mt. Vernon Nazarene made three saves. Marian got a free kick from about 35 yards out, and Valentin Neuhold sent a ball into the box. Jenkins got his head on it and redirected it into the net for Marian’s first goal, tying the contest at 1-1 in the 71st minute.
The Knights continued to attack following the goal, earning a pair of corner kicks over the next 12 minutes. Rice took a shot that was saved but not held by the Cougars’ goalkeeper in the 85th minute. Rice got a shot on the rebound that went past the Mt. Vernon Nazarene defense and into the net, giving Marian their first lead of the game in the final five minutes. The Cougars’ final chance to force overtime came on a shot that was easily grabbed by Weiger with just over two minutes left. While the game remained intense as a pair of yellow cards were awarded in the final minute, Marian maintained possession in the offensive half to run out the clock for the victory.
As a team, Marian outshot Mt. Vernon Nazarene 16-14 with 10 shots on goal to the Cougars’ eight. Rice and Jenkins led the Knights with five shots, while Van Keulen managed three shots with two on goal. Kent Bailey, Sebastian Gonzalez, and Axel Perez-Leon also contributed one shot each for the Knights. Neuhold recorded the only assist for both squads in the contest. Weiger took the victory in the net, making seven saves over 90 minutes.
Marian will play at No. 1 seed Bethel in the crossroads Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday, November 10.
MARIAN WBASKETBALL: KNIGHTS DEFEAT CARDINAL STRITCH 67-43
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian women’s basketball team completed an undefeated weekend at the Catholic Classic in Fort Wayne early Saturday afternoon, defeating Cardinal Stritch 67-43. The win gives Marian an perfect 2-0 start to the 2021 season.
Marian wasted little time getting on the board as Ella Collier drained a three on the game’s first possession, giving her team the first score of the day. The game didn’t match the rhythm of the 20 second score, but two minutes after the Collier three Allison Bosse broke the seal on the rim with a steal and a layup. Cardinal Stritch took a shot lead after a Camry Dillie put her team up 6-5, but a three from Bosse on the next trip shot Marian back in front. Collier’s second three of the quarter helped ignite a 9-1 run over the quarter’s final two minutes, sending Marian to the second on top 17-9.
The Knights followed an effecient first quarter with an even stronger second, making nine shots from the field as they won the period 19-8. Imani Guy took over in the second, adding eight of her 10 first half points in the period. A three from Jayla Wehner gave the Knights a double-digit lead with 3:15 remaining in the half, and on the next trip a bucket from Shanyce Makuei gave Marian a 30-17 edge. Makuei and Guy polished off the 11-0 run with the final eight points of the half, giving Marian a 36-17 lead at the break.
Cardinal Stritch could do little to slow down the Knights as the second half began, as Guy and Collier combined to score the half’s first 14 points, with Marian extending their run to 25-0. Guy’s final basket in the run put the team on top 51-17, with the 34-point lead marking the largest of the game. Wehner and Abby Downard added to the team’s 23-point corner with a three from each of the point guards, as Marian ended the third on top 59-31.
Marian was able to coast through the fourth quarter, getting offense contributions from Guy and Esther Sevilla to keep the 20-point lead in tact. Stritch did the majority of their scoring from the foul line as they were unable to take advantage of a poor shooting quarter for Marian, as the defense forced tough look after tough look. Majestic Sales capped the scoring for the Knights with a layup in the final two minutes, as Marian rolled to the 67-43 win.
Guy led Marian in scoring with a dominant inside game, posting a game-high 22 points on 11 made field goals. Guy also led the Knights in rebounding with seven boards. Collier finished with 15 points, and off the bench both Makuei and Wehner scored six points. Bosse tied for a team-leading three assists, and Sevilla led the Knights with two blocked shots.
Marian will go back on the road next weekend for their third and fourth games of the season, playing both Dordt and Northwestern (Iowa) in the Red Raiders’ Classic. The Knights tip against Dordt at 3 PM ET on Friday afternoon.
MARIAN MCROSS COUNTRY: BARRETT HEADLINES MARIAN’S FIFTH PLACE FINISH AT THE CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
Huntington, Ind. – The Marian men’s cross country team finished their 2021 regular season on Saturday at the Crossroads League Championship meet, placing fifth out of 10 teams. Taylor took home the conference crown upsetting No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan, as the Wildcats finished second. Huntington took third, and Grace placed fourth ahead of the Knights. Joe Barrett was Marian’s top finisher, scoring a top-15 finish in the league meet.
Marian’s efforts were led by junior Joe Barrett, who took 13th place with a time of 25:36.0 to earn All-Crossroads League honors. Barrett’s run is his career best in the league meet, and marks his first All-Crossroads League honor. Barrett will move on to the NAIA National Championship meet after earning his spot in the top-15 today.
The sophomore was followed to the line by running mate Blake Hipkiss, who finished in 18th place with a time of 26:09.1. Kyle Linwanag was the third-best finisher for Marian as he took 36th place with a time of 26:55.6. Placing fourth on the team and 43rd in the race for Marian was Sam Stage with a time of 27:08.3. Taking the final spot among runners counted in the team score was Nick Frank who posted a time of 27:44.4 in 65th place.
The next finisher for the Knights was Aaron Broderick, completing the course in 28:03.1 in 72nd place. Mitchell Heyward finished in 88th place with a time of 28:48.0. Taking 108th place for Marian was Ben Hochgesang, running a 29:44.6. Drew Holok finished in 115th place with a time of 30:11.2. Kenneth Hammell finished three spots behind Holok with a time of 30:25.8. The final Knight to cross the line was Jacob Oppy, with the senior in 123rd place with a time of 31:08.1.
Barrett has qualified for the NAIA National Championship meet in Vancouver, Washington on Friday, November 19, and will wait to see if the rest of his team joins him as Marian holds a chance to earn an at-large bid as a team.
MARIAN WCROSS COUNTRY: WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TAKES EIGHTH PLACE AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Huntington, Ind. – The Marian women’s cross country team ended their season on Saturday morning at the Crossroads League Championship race hosted by Huntington, finishing in eighth in the league. Taylor swept both the men’s and women’s races with Indiana Wesleyan taking second place in both races as well.
Marian was led by freshman Nora Steele, who crossed the line in her first league championship meet as the 17th overall runner. Steel ended with a time of 19:35.0, leading the Knights in the final meet of the season. The next finisher for the Knights was Catherine Newhart, finishing in 33rd place with a time of 20:14.3. Sophomore Liz Loichinger followed Newhart with a 37th place finish in 20:22.2. The fourth Marian finisher was Ali Ray, placing in 54th with a time of 21:07.1. Right behind Ray was Sydni Montgomery in 55th place, who completed the race in 21:07.4.
Finishing just outside the team scoring position for Marian was Lauren Longshore in 57th place with a time of 21:12.9. Senior Kate Cunningham crossed the line next for the Knights, placing 84th in 22:12.6. The eighth finisher for Marian was Mari Hudson, completing the race in 22:23.6 for 88th place. Right behind Hudson was Luci Woodrum, taking 90th position in 22:31.2. Running the race in 22:44.7 was Maria Christoff in 96th place overall.
The tandem of Hannah Zubay and Maria Cavacini took 104th and 105th place, with times of 23:14.2 and 23:45.1, respectively. Rounding out the Marian runners was Kiley Breedon, who finished in 117th place with a time of 25:01.3.
Marian’s season comes to a close following the meet, as the Knights begin to prepare for indoor track and field season.
MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: BOUNCES BACK WITH CL TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL SWEEP OF HUNTINGTON
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team began their postseason with a fresh slate on Saturday night, and kicked it off with a win as they recorded a 3-0 sweep of Huntington in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals. Marian is now 30-1 with the win, advancing to the semfinal round for the sixth consecutive year.
The Knights got off to a lightning fast start Saturday night, scoring the first three points of the match on two kills. The 3-0 sprint was one of three Marian used early in the night, with a Madison Brooks and Jai-Lyn Norwood block pushing the lead to 10-5. Norwood moved to the focal point in the offense over the next eight rallies, as she posted four kills to move the lead to 18-11, forcing a Huntington timeout. Norwood spiked one into the floor after the timeout, and a pair of Skyler Van Note points moved Marian to a 21-13 lead. The Foresters used their final stoppage in the first set after a Sarah Spangler kill made it a 22-15 contest, but it did little to slow the Knights as five rallies later Norwood ended the game with a kill to score the 25-17 win.
In the second set Marian grew separation early, growing an 11-4 lead after 15 rallies. Two kills from both Norwood and Spangler helped the Marian offense get out to a quick lead, and after a Huntington timeout the Knights continued to attack. A pair of Sydney Schaffer service aces and a solo block from Michaela Hoffa moved Marian ahead 19-10, with the block creating a 5-0 run. The Foresters would score back to back points killing the streak, but a Spangler kill started one final Marian move, as she and Norwood scored three of the final six points in the set, giving their team a 2-0 lead following a 25-12 win.
Huntington challenged Marian early in the third set fighting back and forth through 12 rallies, but the Foresters defense was unable to stop the Knights’ hitters. Van Note, Spangler, and Hoffa helped Marian capture a 7-5 lead, which quickly grew to 13-8 after a Lexi Spence kill. The lead moved to 14-9 following a slam from Norwood, but the Foresters chopped back into the game scoring four unanswered points. Norwood’s strong night helped keep her team in front as a kill ended the run, and five rallies later Marian jumped ahead 18-14. Needing seven points to end the match, Marian ended the night on a 7-3 run, with Gabby Fish scoring two of the final five points on a pair of kills to seal the 25-17 win.
In the sweep Marian hit .471 as a team and had 47 kills on the night, with Norwood’s season-high 15 kills leading the way. Norwood finished with a hitting percentage of .667, and also added three block assists. Van Note ended the night with 10 kills and 12 digs to record a double-double, and Spangler had nine kills. Spence had two kills to go with 20 assists and nine digs, and Katie Hardegree finished the night with 18 assists. Maggie Meyer had 11 digs and six assists from her libero position, and Averi Lanman and Spangler both had three block assists.
Marian will get the rematch they desired on Wednesday night in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals, as they host No. 4 seed Bethel. First serve on the ISC Sports Network comes at 7 PM.
MARIAN MBASKETBALL: HEADY EARNS 100TH CAREER WIN AS KNIGHTS TOPPLE NO. 23 THOMAS MORE
Crestview Hills, Ky. – The Marian men’s basketball team trailed at halftime Saturday night to No. 23 Thomas More, but used a strong run at the start of the second half to roar back in front, leading to a 66-57 lead over the Saints. The win is Marian’s first of the season over a ranked team, helping move the Knights to 2-0 this year. Head coach Scott Heady earned his 100th career collegiate coaching victory with the win Saturday night.
Saturday’s game began with a lull as the two sides combined to miss seven shots in over the first two minutes of play, but the action picked up after Jacob Wiley collected an offensive rebound and followed with the putback. Wiley’s layup started a 6-0 run for the Knights through the media timeout, but Thomas More answered with a run of their own to take the lead. Christian Stewart canned a three with 13:30 to play in the half to put the Knights ahead 9-7, but an 8-4 spree over three minutes allowed the Saints to shoot in front 15-13 as the clock dipped under 10 minutes.
Marian would tie the game up at 15 before the eight minute mark as Hayden Langkabel finished at the rim, but a Ryan Batte three moved Thomas More back on top by three. The trey kept the Saints in the lead for the final 7:50 of the half, as Marian was unable to find a way to push back in front. Wiley, Langkabel, and Malek Edmonds kept Marian within five and brought the team back within one as the defensive struggle lingered. Thomas More would get the final basket of the half as Logan Swackhammer made a jumper in the waning seconds, giving the home team a 26-23 lead at intermission.
The Knights made strong adjustments coming out of halftime, and opened the period on a 7-0 run to recapture the lead. Thomas More’s Batte broke the run with a layup, but Stewart and Wiley again started the offense with back to back makes to push the team ahead by seven. After the media stoppage Marian carried a 35-30 lead, and continued to give the ball to the senior scoring duo, as Wiley and Stewart helped increase the lead to six two minutes after the timeout.
A Luke Gohmann three pointer kickstarted another run as the Knights moved ahead 47-38 with 9:47 to play, and the lead stood at nine for over two minutes as the two sides combined for five missed shots. Thomas More broke the drought at the 7:35 mark to get back within seven, but a pair of layups for Marian saw the lead shoot to 11, the largest of the game for either side. The 51-40 advantage was not safe however, as Thomas More responded with eight unanswered points and an 13-2 run to tie the game 53-53.
Marian used a timeout to halt the momentum, and with 1:53 remaining got the lead back for good as Stewart drained one of his five three’s. Ryan Batte and Wiley traded baskets keeping the game a three-point differnence, and after a timeout Marian’s defense forced a long shot that carromed out of play, giving the Knights possession. With the ball back, Marian was able to keep control and ice the game away at the free throw line, as Stewart went 8-8 from the charity stripe in the final 24 seconds to add to the lead and end the game with a 66-57 victory.
Stewart led all Knights with 25 points, making five three point shots in addition to his perfect 10-10 free throw shooting. Wiley finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Langkabel scored eight. Edmonds had six points and rebounds, and off the bench Brody Whitaker scored six points while grabbing five rebounds.
The Knights will next travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, to play in the Clarke Tournament. Marian’s first game of the weekend comes on Friday November 12 against St. Ambrose at 5 PM.
INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL TOPPLES TAYLOR 61-0
UPLAND, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan football traveled the 12 miles to Upland Saturday for a battle with Grant County foe Taylor University. The Wildcats cemented their dominance from the beginning, scoring 21-points in the first quarter on their way to a 61-0 win. It’s the second straight game between schools where Taylor didn’t score a point, and the Wildcats third straight win in the rivalry.
INSIDE THE GAME
Taylor was held to just 104 total yards, their fewest in a game since October 13, 2018 when they were held to 76 yards.
Neil Campbell became the first Wildcat this season to collect two interceptions in a game, grabbing one in the second quarter and his second in the third quarter.
Bryce Leach and Clayton Mosher also collected interceptions, giving IWU four on the day, matching their season-high which was set against Valparaiso University.
IWU attempted a season high 45 rushed in the contest picking up 247 yards on the ground, 12 yards short of their season-high.
Xander Stokes tossed two touchdowns in the contest, the fifth time this season he has had at least two. He also added one on the ground, his second of the season.
Devodney Alford punched it into the endzone twice Saturday, giving him 12 rushing touchdowns on the season. He has scored a touchdown in all but one game this season.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU wraps up their regular season on the road Saturday, traveling to Madonna University for a 12:30 p.m. start.
Madonna is 1-8 on the year, with their lone win coming from a forfeit.
INDIANA WESLEYAN MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS ON PENALTY KICKS
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer advance to the Crossroads League semi-finals after winning 6-5 on penalty kicks this afternoon. The game ended after double overtime 0-0 leading to penalty kicks to decide a winner. This is the first time the Wildcats have defeated Huntington since 2015.
The game was a battle on both ends of the field, as Wildcats came out with seven shots in the first half to Forrester’s zero. Huntington increased their offensive presence and equalized the shots with both teams ending regulation with 15 shots.
Huntington scored a goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation that was called offsides and sent the game into overtime play.
When it came to penalty kicks, Kyle Rinehart scored the first goal. Aaron Carr made a save on Huntington’s first shot. Both teams made another three goals to tie up 4-4 out of the first five shots. Giuseppe Santacroce scored the sixth goal and Aaron Carr saved the last Huntington attempt.
“Things are always more difficult in the playoffs. Today was another resilient effort by our guys. We will enjoy the win tonight and then refocus for the semifinal next week.”
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats advance to the semi-finals to play the winner of Grace and Taylor on Wednesday, November 10.
INDIANA WESLEYAN MCROSS COUNTRY: TAKES SECOND AT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan men’s cross country finished runner-up Saturday in the 2021 Crossroads League Championship. Despite claiming four All-Crossroads League finishes, IWU was edged 46 points to 56 points by No. 5 Taylor University.
We are obviously disappointed. Our pack wasn’t tight, and that’s something we must figure out before nationals. Even so, I remain very proud of this group of overachievers.
2- Steven Ott – 25:00.10 *
11 – Landon Wakeman – 25:29.90 *
12 – Matthew Ruppert – 25:35.70 *
14 – Eli Fullerton – 25:36.20 *
17 – Ben Neideck – 26:06.00
20 – Braden Vernot – 26:13.20
24 – Raffi Fry – 26:20.80
29 – Logan Fullenkamp – 26:44.20
30 – Luke Bantz – 26:48.50
34 – Braden Hervey – 26:54.60
47 – Josh Bainbridge – 27:12.30
48 – Josh Hinderliter – 27:13.20
52 – Owen Fink – 27:23.40
59 – Josh Felo – 27:36.60
76 – Kenny Erow – 28:25.50
83 – James Rathbun – 28:36.90
102 – Nick Houck – 29:26.00
Mount Vernon Nazarene
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU turns its attention to the 2021 NAIA National Championships. This year’s Championships takes place in Vancouver, Washington on November 19th.
INDIANA WESLEYAN WCROSS COUNTRY: TAKES SECOND AT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan women’s cross country finished runner-up Saturday, in the 2021 Crossroads League Championships. Jenna Couwenhoven led the Wildcats past three NAIA Top-25 teams, finishing fourth overall.
Both Couwenhoven and Ashlyn Hastings earned a spot on the All-Crossroads League finishing with their fourth and 14th place performances.
In order to qualify we knew we had to run our best race. They did. It was a beautiful race to move up three places.
4- Jenna Couwenhoven – 18:45.10*
14 – Ashlyn Hastings – 19:21.80*
21 – Christina Magers – 19:47.80
23 – Ashlyn Shrimplin – 19:53.10
29 – Erin Manns – 20:09.20
40 – Ella Baldwin – 20:27.60
41 – Kaitlyn Smith – 20:28.80
47 – Mara Smith – 20:43.91
48 – Reagan Hoke – 20:48.70
52 – Raegan Tippey – 21:00.30
58 – Kate Stuber – 21:15.70
62 – Adrianna Frederick – 21:20.91
66 – Selah Jackson – 21:28.41
80 – Sterling Simek – 22:05.90
83 – Tomecio Hardy – 22:11.30
#17 St. Francis
Mount Vernon Nazarene
INDIANA WESLEYAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: MAXWELL DROPS 34, MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS IN OVERTIME
MARION, Ind. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball needed extra time Saturday to collect their fourth win of the season, slipping past Lincoln College, 88-82.
INSIDE THE BOX
Seth Maxwell fueled the Wildcat start, scoring 12 of the Wildcats first 14 points.
Indiana Wesleyan closed out the half on a 16-9 run, taking their largest lead of the half into halftime.
IWU was ice cold from deep in the first half, shooting 3-of-15 for 20%. LC wasn’t much better, shooting 3-of-11 for 27%.
Seth Maxwell poured in 16 first-half points on 8-of-11 shooting. He also added six rebounds, three coming on the offensive side of the floor, and two blocks. He finished with 34 points, three points shy of a new career-high.
IWU didn’t visit the free-throw line in the first half.
The red and grey coughed it up 19 times for the most in a game this season. Six came in the final five minutes of the game.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU remains home hosting IU Southeast on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS GRACE IN QUARTERFINALS
MARION, Ind. – No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball swept Grace College 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 this evening. Both matchups between these two teams in the regular season were four-set victories for the Wildcats. This sweep advances IWU to the semifinals on Wednesday night.
WIN 3-0: 25,9, 25-13,25-15
Set one was highlighted by back-to-back aces by Katherine Mendez and a 10-0 run served by Martina DeMarchi.
Wildcats continued to spread the lead in the second set dominating 19 kills to seven.
The last set saw the Wildcats produce a .333 kill percentage to Grace’s zero percent.
Wildcat offense poured in 45 kills to Grace’s 23. IWU was led by Demarchi and Ana Collar with 10 kills each while Courtney Watkins and Victoria Johnson contributed nine a piece.
Macy Puthoff records a season-high five blocks.
Olivia Zawadzki spread the offense with 38 assists.
Wildcats collected 70 digs, 25 of which came from Paige Thibault.
“The girls came ready to play! They were focused and playing together! Really proud of their performance! It was a team effort on offense and on defense. Paige Thibault was amazing tonight scooping up 25 digs! We are looking forward to the semis on Wednesday!”
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats advance to semifinals hosting No. 25 Taylor University on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm.
IU EAST CROSS COUNTRY: HART HEADED TO NATIONALS!
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s and women’s cross country teams commenced the 2021 season on Saturday Nov. 6 at the River States Conference Championship held at the IU East Cross Country course where they finished seventh and fourth place respectively.
Savannah Hart finished in 7th place with a time of 20:22.1 and was the lone qualifier on either team for the NAIA National Meet.
Liam Nelson led the men with a 14th place finish and a time of 28:16.7 while
The women had two other runners finish in the top 25 with Hannah Markeson (21:01.9) finished in 19th place and Edmalie Cruz-Sanchez (21:16.1) finished in 24th place. Chance Klipstine (28:40.1) finished in 24th place for the men.
Nelson was also named as the Champion of Character recipient and was named to the All-Conference Second Team. Macy Adams was the Champion of Character recipient for the women’s team and Hart was named to the All-Conference First Team.
Hart will compete in the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Washington at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course on Nov. 19.
IU EAST WBB: IU EAST 90, MICHIGAN-DEARBORN 59
RICHMOND, Ind. – A perfect 4-0 for the Indiana University East women’s basketball team.
The Red Wolves maintained their unbeaten start with a 90-59 win against the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Nov. 6 in the final game of the First Bank Richmond Classic.
IU East went 2-0 at its home event for the first time since 2017. Michigan-Dearborn fell to 1-4.
Kami McEldowney and Addie Brown scored 21 points apiece for the Red Wolves. Bethany Mackin added 15.
“We were really excited about this weekend,” Brown said. “We wanted to be 4-0 to start, and that’s a great way to start. We stuck to the game plan and worked really hard and played as a team, and it was really fun this weekend.”
IU East limited the Wolverines to a .214 shooting percentage from 3-point range and a .328 shooting percentage overall. The Red Wolves shared the ball on offense to the tune of 19 assists on 30 field goals.
All four of IU East’s wins this season have been by double digits. The Red Wolves have held all four opponents to a .405 shooting percentage or lower.
IU East hosts the University of the Cumberlands on Nov. 9. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on Lingle Court.
IU EAST WSOCCER: IU EAST 3, OAKLAND CITY 0
EATON, Ohio – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the the River States Conference Championship with a 3-0 victory over Oakland City University at Eaton High School on Saturday, Nov. 6.
IU East is now 11-6-1 overall, while the No. 6 seeded Mighty Oaks end the season at 8-9-1.
The No. 3 seeded Red Wolves travel to No. 2 seed University of Rio Grande 10-5-2 on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The title match of the RSC Championship is at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Shelby O’Leary scored twice in the opening half for the Red Wolves, while Tori Martino added a goal early in the second half.
Gabby Mitchum had two saves and Ashlynn Black recorded a save as the duo posted a shutout in goal for the Red Wolves.
IU EAST MSOCCER: OAKLAND CITY 3, IU EAST 0
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer season came to a close in the River States Conference quarterfinal match on with a 3-0 loss to Oakland City University on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The Red Wolves were looking to make it two in a row against the Mighty Oaks, with the lone regular season match going to the Red Wolves 1-0 just a few weeks ago.
IU East finished the season at 5-12-1, while Oakland City advances to the semifinals in the conference tournament to face Brescia University.
Although the shots on goal were minimal on both sides of the ball, it was Jorge Tallada who struck first for Oakland City in the 8th minute. This was the lone first half goal,and proved to be the game-winner. The hosts scored two more goals in the second half in the 72nd and 75th minutes to seal the victory. Oakland City outshot IU East 10-4.
IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, CARLOW 0
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team concluded the regular season with a three-set home win against Carlow University.
Final score on Alumni Day at Lingle Court: 25-15, 25-12, 25-14.
River States Conference East Division champion IU East finishes the regular season 19-11 overall and 14-4 in the conference. Carlow is 9-18 overall and 0-18 in the league.
The current Red Wolves put on a show for more than a dozen IU East volleyball in attendance for the final home match of the 2021 season. The alumni were introduced on-court after the second set.
“It was amazing to look up in the stands and see the alumni, a big extension of our IU east family,” said IU East’s Jenna Mitchell. “It means so much to me that they helped build this program up to where we are now. So many familiar faces that I have missed so much, and I appreciate every single one of them.”
IU East improved to 15-0 in the all-time series against Carlow, with all of the wins in three sets. The Red Wolves were particularly impressive to start the second set, racing out to an 18-3 lead.
Jessica Swimm tallied a career-best seven of IU East’s 14 aces, along with eight kills. Brooke Lepper and Jenna Mitchell made 13 digs apiece.
IU East takes a five-match winning streak into the RSC Championship tournament starting Nov. 12 at Indiana University Kokomo. The Red Wolves will face Oakland City University in the tournament quarterfinals.
IU EAST MBB: BRIAR CLIFF 75, IU EAST 68
MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team concluded its stay at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic with a 75-68 loss against Briar Cliff University on Nov. 6.
IU East (1-3) and Briar Cliff (2-2) both finished with a split of their weekend games.
The Red Wolves erased an early double-digit deficit and clawed into the lead on four occasions in the second half, but Briar Cliff made another surge midway through the second half and held the lead the rest of the way.
Justin Williams followed up his 28-point night in the Red Wolves’ win against Lincoln on Nov. 5 with 26 more on Nov. 6. Jehu Lafeuillee scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year.
The IU East-Briar Cliff matchup took place twice in the Round of 8 at the NAIA Division II National Championship, with the Red Wolves winning trips to the Round of 4 in 2016 and 2018.
IU East’s next matchup is Nov. 12 at Mount Vernon Nazarene.
EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: VB punches ticket to HCAC Championship
RICHMOND — The Earlham College volleyball team has punched it’s ticket to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship game with a 3-1 win over Hanover College in the semifinals.
The Quakers improve to 20-5 while the Panthers fall to 17-10 in the season.
Giselle Mora and Maria Young paced the offense with 12 kills each. Olivia Kyrk scored 12 kills and had a team-high .346 hitting percentage of players with at least 10 attacks.
Caroline Mulvihill collected five blocks and scored three serving aces, both game highs.
Erin Wagner set up a game-high 43 assists and surpassed the 1,000 assist mark for the season during the match.
Earlham had a high-pressure offense and controlled the first two sets. The Quakers attacked at a .393 and .244 clip as a team in the first two frames and held the visitors to under .100 in both sets.
Things unraveled for the No. 1 seeded Quakers in the third set. Hanover held them to a .132 attack percentage while the panthers hit for .353. Before a late resurgence by Earlham, the Quakers were trailing 23-12 in the set and rallied a 6-1 run.
The final set saw a return to form for the Earlham defense, holding Hanover to just eight kills and a negative attack percentage in the frame. The offense still saw struggles though as the Quakers attacked below .100. Trailing 23-20, Earlham marched on five consecutive points with Mora serving and three Quaker kills to end the set and make the championship game.
The Quakers will meet the Pioneers of Transylvania in the final after a 3-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph. Earlham defeated the Pioneers in straight-sets when they met in the regular season. The championship game will take place in Druley Performance Gym tomorrow at 1 pm.
WABASH MBB: Wabash Rallies For Season-Opening Win At Centre
Wabash opened the 2021-2022 basketball season with a come-from-behind 74-70 victory on the road at Centre College.
Four Little Giant players scored in double figures in the opener. Senior Tyler Watson led the way with 27 points. Kellen Schreiber added 15 points. Edreece Redmond came off the bench to score 11 points. Ahmoni Jones scored 10 points.
Wabash (1-0) led by as many as 10 points in the first half. Centre (0-1) outscored the Little Giants 26-13 over the finals 10 minutes of the first half to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Colonels expanded their lead to 14 points over the first four minutes of the second period. Watson scored five points in a one-minute stretch to bring Wabash to within six points. Redmond picked up nine points over a two-minute span to bring the Little Giants back to within a point of Centre.
Wabash kept the Colonels’ lead at one basket until Jack Davidson connected on a three-point basket to give Wabash its only lead of the second half at 68-67 with 3:24 remaining in the game. Watson followed with a layup to stretch the lead to three points.
Redmond added his final basket with less than two minutes on the game clock to put Wabash in front 72-68. Jones was fouled to stop the clock and connected on a pair of free throws for a six-point lead with nine seconds left to play. Centre hit a basket just before time expired to provide the final four-point margin.
Wabash shot 41.9 percent from the field (29-of-62). The Little Giants hit eight three-point shots (29.6 percent) and 14-of-17 free throws (82.4 percent). Centre finished 26-of-63 from the field (41.3 percent) but made only four of 21 three-point tries (19 percent).
Watson led the Little Giant with nine of the team’s 36 rebounds. He also handed out five assists in the game.
Four Centre players also scored in double figures led by the 22-point effort of RJ Smith. Carter Baugman scored 20 points. Dustin Gerald finished with 12 points. Chez Moore scored 11 points.
Wabash plays its home opener Wednesday night against Hanover College in a 7 p.m. contest.
WABASH FOOTBALL: Second-Half Shutout Sends Wabash To Home Loss
Wabash and Wittenberg were tied at 14-14 before the visiting Tigers scored on an interception return on the way to handing the Little Giants a 35-14 home loss on Saturday.
Wabash (6-3, 5-3 NCAC) outgained Wittenberg (6-3, 6-2 NCAC) by 80 yards but could not overcome four interceptions. The Little Giants finished with 428 total yards of offense. Wabash passed for 341 yards and ran for 108 yards.
Liam Thompson connected with Derek Allen on a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7. Donovan Snyder gave Wabash its only lead of the game in the second quarter. The sophomore capped a 14-play, 70-yard drive with a four-yard run. Wittenberg answered with its own long drive of 10 plays to move 65 yards. A five-yard pass from Collin Brown to Drew Sterett drew the Tigers even at 14-14.
Wabash had the ball on its own 35-yard line when Liam Thompson’s shovel pass was intercepted by Mike Knock and returned 31 yards for a touchdown to move in front 21-14 with one minute left in the first half.
The Tigers scored another touchdown in the third quarter and one more in the fourth to pull away for the 21-point victory. Wabash outgained Wittenberg 242 yards to 170 in the final two periods but could not put any points on the scoreboard. The Little Giants gave up three interceptions and missed a field goal on four of their final six drives with the other two ending on downs.
Thompson threw for 341 yards and one touchdown, completing 29-of-55 pass attempts. Cooper Sullivan topped the 100-yard receiving mark for the fourth consecutive game. Allen hauled in seven passes for 91 yards. Snyder carried the ball 14 times for 53 yards.
Casey Crozier led the Wabash defense with 12 tackles. Josh Myers added 11 tackles. Will Olive recorded the only sack of the game for Wabash.
The Little Giants close out the 2021 season with the annual Monon Bell Classic next Saturday against DePauw. Kickoff for the 127th meeting between the two teams is set for 1:07 p.m.
WABASH WRESTLING: Captures Adrian Wrestling Invitational Title
The Wabash College wrestling team returned to competition for the first time since 2020 on Saturday. The Little Giants won the Adrian Invitational with 22 wrestlers earning top-eight places.
Wabash captured six individual championships in the 10 weight classes. The Little Giants recorded 17 pins throughout the tournament along with six technical falls.
Christian Merrill finished with a 4-0 record for the day to win the 125-pound weight class. He pinned Allan Davis from Henry Ford College in the finals. Brady Ester placed sixth overall in the weight class with a record of 3-2.
Blake McGee won the 133-pound weight class. He scored a 7-1 decision over teammate Andrew Sinkovics in the finals to finish 5-0 for the day. Sinkovics captured second place at 133 pounds with a record of 3-1.
Gavinn Alstott added another first-place finish for the Little Giants at 141 pounds. Alstott defeated fellow Wabash wrestler TJ Driessens by a 13-3 major decision in the finals to win the title with a 5-0 record. Driessens won his first four matches of the tournament before the loss to Alstott to finish in second place. Daniel Uribe picked up three wins to capture fourth place at 141 pounds.
Tyson Nisley earned a first-place finish at 157 pounds by going 5-0 overall. His 12-4 major decision in the championship match secured his title. Evan Burge placed third overall in the 157-pound weight class. Burge closed out the tournament with an 8-3 decision to finish 3-1 overall.
Chase Baczek scored a pin at the 4:48 mark of his finals bout in the 184-pound bracket to win that weight class title with a 5-0 record. Cameron Bacon also pinned his finals opponent in 2:06 to finish 3-1 overall and earn third place.
Jack Heldt won the 197-pound title with a perfect 5-0 record. He scored a 6-5 win in the finals to remain undefeated and capture the title. Matt Lepper went 3-2 for the day to finish in fourth place at 197 pounds. Grant Johnson was 5-1 in the bracket to earn a fifth-place finish, including a pin at 5:30 in his bout against teammate Nick Casad in the finals. The loss gave Casad sixth place overall with a 4-2 record for the tournament.
Alex Barr went 4-1 for the day to place third at 159 pounds. He closed out the tournament with a 16-0 tech fall in his finals match.
Ray Arebalo went 3-1 overall including a 3-0 decision in the finals of the 174-pound bracket to finish in third place. Bradley Harrington finished 4-2 overall to capture sixth place. Eero Gross added an eighth-place finish with a 3-3 mark for the tournament.
James Lewis picked up three victories including a pin at 1:58 in the finals to finish in third place in the 285-pound weight class. Alex Naylor went 3-2 for the day to finish in sixth place.
Johnathan Otte scored a pin 1:05 into his final match of the tournament to finish seventh at 165 pounds with a 3-2 record.
Wabash scored a total of 216.5 points to easily outdistance the other 14 teams competing at the tournament. Adrian finished in second place with a score of 145.5. Heidelberg took third place with a total of 125.5 points.
The Little Giants return to action on Friday evening with a dual meet against Manchester College scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Adrian Invite Results for Wabash
Brady Ester (3-2) placed 6th.
Champ. Round 1 – Harrison Hadley (Heidelberg) 3-1 won by decision over Brady Ester (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Brady Ester (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Chase Wolfingbarger (Ohio Wesleyan ) 0-2 (Dec 8-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Brady Ester (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Reece Chapman (Wabash) 1-2 (Dec 5-0)
Cons. Semi – Brady Ester (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Skyler Pike (Aurora) 3-2 (Dec 12-8)
5th Place Match – Colton Weimer (Adrian) 4-1 won in sudden victory – 1 over Brady Ester (Wabash) 3-2 (SV-1 11-9)
Christian Merrill (4-0) placed 1st and scored 25.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Christian Merrill (Wabash) 4-0 won by tech fall over Connor Schelb (Adrian) 0-2 (TF-1.5 5:07 (18-3))
Quarterfinal – Christian Merrill (Wabash) 4-0 won by fall over Jaden Hansen (Alfred State) 1-2 (Fall 3:32)
Semifinal – Christian Merrill (Wabash) 4-0 won by major decision over Harrison Hadley (Heidelberg) 3-1 (MD 12-3)
1st Place Match – Christian Merrill (Wabash) 4-0 won by fall over Allan Davis (Henry Ford College) 3-1 (Fall 1:59)
Ethan Bednarczyk (0-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Cody Wood (St. Clair) 1-2 won by decision over Ethan Bednarczyk (Wabash) 0-2 (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Colton Weimer (Adrian) 4-1 won by major decision over Ethan Bednarczyk (Wabash) 0-2 (MD 9-0)
Reece Chapman (1-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Reece Chapman (Wabash) 1-2 won by decision over Cole Renier (Heidelberg) 1-2 (Dec 9-2)
Quarterfinal – Justin Brantley (Manchester ) 2-2 won by fall over Reece Chapman (Wabash) 1-2 (Fall 2:52)
Cons. Round 2 – Brady Ester (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Reece Chapman (Wabash) 1-2 (Dec 5-0)
Rodney Hendricks III (1-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Rodney Hendricks III (Wabash) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Rodney Hendricks III (Wabash) 1-2 won by fall over Adam Kates (Case Western ) 1-2 (Fall 1:49)
Quarterfinal – Dawsen Yates (Alfred State) 3-2 won by fall over Rodney Hendricks III (Wabash) 1-2 (Fall 3:36)
Cons. Round 4 – Markus Roberts (Manchester ) 4-3 won by decision over Rodney Hendricks III (Wabash) 1-2 (Dec 12-7)
Peyton Schroeder (1-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Peyton Schroeder (Wabash) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Tanner Smith (Adrian) 4-1 won by major decision over Peyton Schroeder (Wabash) 1-2 (MD 13-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Peyton Schroeder (Wabash) 1-2 won by fall over Josh Gibson (Heidelberg) 0-2 (Fall 1:51)
Cons. Round 3 – Jake Campbell (Henry Ford College) 2-2 won by decision over Peyton Schroeder (Wabash) 1-2 (Dec 8-6)
Andrew Sinkovics (3-1) placed 2nd.
Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) 3-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) 3-1 won by major decision over Brandon D`Egidio (Heidelberg) 2-2 (MD 10-2)
Quarterfinal – Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Tyler Davis (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 0:48)
Semifinal – Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Dawsen Yates (Alfred State) 3-2 (Fall 0:40)
1st Place Match – Blake McGee (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) 3-1 (Dec 7-1)
Blake McGee (5-0) placed 1st and scored 25.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Blake McGee (Wabash) 5-0 won by fall over De`Marshaun Mitchell (Toledo) 0-2 (Fall 0:43)
Champ. Round 2 – Blake McGee (Wabash) 5-0 won by fall over Iosef Nunez (Heidelberg) 2-2 (Fall 1:57)
Quarterfinal – Blake McGee (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Randy Frailey (Siena Heights) 4-2 (Dec 13-7)
Semifinal – Blake McGee (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Tanner Smith (Adrian) 4-1 (MD 16-4)
1st Place Match – Blake McGee (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) 3-1 (Dec 7-1)
Daniel Uribe (3-2) placed 4th.
Champ. Round 1 – Daniel Uribe (Wabash) 3-2 won by tech fall over Ashtyn Bennett (Adrian) 1-2 (TF-1.5 4:31 (16-1))
Champ. Round 2 – Daniel Uribe (Wabash) 3-2 won by tech fall over Brandon Callow (Case Western ) 2-2 (TF-1.5 5:53 (19-1))
Quarterfinal – Daniel Uribe (Wabash) 3-2 won by major decision over Jake Elasivich (St. Clair) 2-2 (MD 13-2)
Semifinal – TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 won by decision over Daniel Uribe (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 8-4)
3rd Place Match – Joshua Stephenson (Manchester ) 3-1 won by decision over Daniel Uribe (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 16-14)
TJ Driessens (4-1) placed 2nd.
Champ. Round 1 – TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 won by tech fall over Seth Majewski (Defiance) 1-2 (TF-1.5 3:47 (17-2))
Champ. Round 2 – TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 won by fall over Robert Brotherton (Alfred State) 0-2 (Fall 1:44)
Quarterfinal – TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 won by fall over Donovan Ortiz (Ohio Wesleyan ) 2-2 (Fall 1:26)
Semifinal – TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 won by decision over Daniel Uribe (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 8-4)
1st Place Match – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 (MD 13-3)
Jordan Hodge (1-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Jake Elasivich (St. Clair) 2-2 won by major decision over Jordan Hodge (Wabash) 1-2 (MD 14-5)
Cons. Round 1 – Jordan Hodge (Wabash) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Jordan Hodge (Wabash) 1-2 won by major decision over Gavin Richter (Alfred State) 1-2 (MD 14-6)
Cons. Round 3 – Zachary Platte (Adrian) 5-1 won by fall over Jordan Hodge (Wabash) 1-2 (Fall 0:57)
Gavinn Alstott (5-0) placed 1st and scored 25.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Sean Peterson (Alfred State) 5-1 (Dec 10-8)
Champ. Round 2 – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) 5-0 won by fall over Damien Skelly (Heidelberg) 1-2 (Fall 0:35)
Quarterfinal – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Sam Ross (Adrian) 2-2 (MD 13-4)
Semifinal – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Joshua Stephenson (Manchester ) 3-1 (MD 8-0)
1st Place Match – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over TJ Driessens (Wabash) 4-1 (MD 13-3)
Joseph Miller (2-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Joseph Miller (Wabash) 2-2 won by tech fall over Jordan Tutt (Albion) 1-2 (TF-1.5 4:43 (16-0))
Champ. Round 2 – Joseph Miller (Wabash) 2-2 won by decision over Gavin Richter (Alfred State) 1-2 (Dec 8-7)
Quarterfinal – Joshua Stephenson (Manchester ) 3-1 won in sudden victory – 1 over Joseph Miller (Wabash) 2-2 (SV-1 5-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Ty Cowen (Albion) 4-3 won by decision over Joseph Miller (Wabash) 2-2 (Dec 6-3)
Jack Thursby (0-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Jack Thursby (Wabash) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Mitchell Arch (Case Western ) 4-1 won by fall over Jack Thursby (Wabash) 0-2 (Fall 1:24)
Cons. Round 2 – Jacob Colbart (Adrian) 1-2 won by decision over Jack Thursby (Wabash) 0-2 (Dec 6-4)
Alex Barr (4-1) placed 3rd and scored 20.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Alex Barr (Wabash) 4-1 won by fall over Isaiah Bretz (Heidelberg) 0-2 (Fall 1:22)
Champ. Round 2 – Alex Barr (Wabash) 4-1 won by fall over Tyler Bostelman (Toledo) 0-2 (Fall 0:57)
Quarterfinal – Alex Barr (Wabash) 4-1 won by fall over Christopher Sorrow (Siena Heights) 2-2 (Fall 4:56)
Semifinal – Dwight Parker (Heidelberg) 4-0 won by decision over Alex Barr (Wabash) 4-1 (Dec 6-5)
3rd Place Match – Alex Barr (Wabash) 4-1 won by tech fall over Jamen Onesky (Heidelberg) 2-2 (TF-1.5 5:00 (16-0))
Tyson Nisley (5-0) placed 1st and scored 25.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Tyson Nisley (Wabash) 5-0 won by tech fall over Jakob Snowden (Henry Ford College) 3-2 (TF-1.5 4:17 (19-1))
Champ. Round 2 – Tyson Nisley (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Reginald Ryder (Adrian) 1-2 (MD 13-1)
Quarterfinal – Tyson Nisley (Wabash) 5-0 won by tech fall over Gabe Phillips (Manchester ) 2-2 (TF-1.5 6:00 (20-4))
Semifinal – Tyson Nisley (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Junior Martin (Adrian) 3-2 (Dec 4-3)
1st Place Match – Tyson Nisley (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Carson Pottenger (Heidelberg) 4-1 (MD 12-4)
Phenix Carney (1-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Caleb Blake (Ohio Wesleyan ) 4-2 won by major decision over Phenix Carney (Wabash) 1-2 (MD 12-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Phenix Carney (Wabash) 1-2 won by fall over Charlie O`Connor (Manchester ) 0-2 (Fall 5:51)
Cons. Round 2 – Ote Allsup (Aurora) 2-2 won by fall over Phenix Carney (Wabash) 1-2 (Fall 0:56)
Evan Burge (3-1) placed 3rd.
Champ. Round 1 – Evan Burge (Wabash) 3-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Evan Burge (Wabash) 3-1 won by major decision over Noah Engelhardt (Adrian) 2-2 (MD 12-0)
Quarterfinal – Evan Burge (Wabash) 3-1 won by decision over Justin Smith (Alfred State) 4-1 (Dec 11-4)
Semifinal – Carson Pottenger (Heidelberg) 4-1 won by decision over Evan Burge (Wabash) 3-1 (Dec 7-6)
3rd Place Match – Evan Burge (Wabash) 3-1 won by decision over Junior Martin (Adrian) 3-2 (Dec 8-3)
Eric Green (0-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Ote Allsup (Aurora) 2-2 won by decision over Eric Green (Wabash) 0-2 (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Alejandro Castro (Defiance) 5-1 won by decision over Eric Green (Wabash) 0-2 (Dec 6-0)
Johnathan Otte (3-2) placed 7th and scored 10.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Johnathan Otte (Wabash) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Johnathan Otte (Wabash) 3-2 won by fall over Oscar Cordova (Toledo) 0-2 (Fall 0:50)
Quarterfinal – Trenton DiGenova (Adrian) 3-1 won by decision over Johnathan Otte (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 10-6)
Cons. Round 4 – Johnathan Otte (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Logan Germaine (Heidelberg) 2-2 (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Semi – Jaret Lowry (Ohio Wesleyan ) 3-2 won by decision over Johnathan Otte (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 8-4)
7th Place Match – Johnathan Otte (Wabash) 3-2 won by fall over Benjamin Rivera (Alfred State) 2-3 (Fall 1:05)
Cody LeNeave (1-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Cody LeNeave (Wabash) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Damani Wallace (Adrian) 3-1 won by decision over Cody LeNeave (Wabash) 1-2 (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Cody LeNeave (Wabash) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Cody LeNeave (Wabash) 1-2 won by medical forfeit over Sean Malenfant (Alfred State) 1-2 (M. For.)
Cons. Round 4 – Zach Altman (Adrian) 4-1 won by tech fall over Cody LeNeave (Wabash) 1-2 (TF-1.5 4:13 (18-3))
Bradley Harrington (4-2) placed 6th.
Champ. Round 1 – Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 won by fall over Avery Kemp (Henry Ford College) 0-2 (Fall 1:46)
Champ. Round 2 – Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 won by fall over Sean Rankin (Defiance) 1-2 (Fall 2:04)
Quarterfinal – Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) 3-1 won by decision over Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Round 4 – Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 won by decision over Tyler Bodovetz (Ohio Wesleyan ) 2-2 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Semi – Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 won by decision over Derick Duvall (Adrian) 4-2 (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match – Devin Miller (Heidelberg) 5-1 won by decision over Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 (Dec 6-3)
Ray Arebalo (3-1) placed 3rd and scored 15.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) 3-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Daniel Mills (Albion) 2-2 (Fall 1:51)
Quarterfinal – Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) 3-1 won by decision over Bradley Harrington (Wabash) 4-2 (Dec 8-6)
Semifinal – Luke Silva (Aurora) 4-0 won by fall over Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) 3-1 (Fall 4:11)
3rd Place Match – Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) 3-1 won by decision over Derrick Top (Adrian) 3-2 (Dec 3-0)
Jacob Graden (0-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Braedan Kahl (Heidelberg) 2-2 won by major decision over Jacob Graden (Wabash) 0-2 (MD 13-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Desmon Perry (Ohio Wesleyan ) 3-2 won by fall over Jacob Graden (Wabash) 0-2 (Fall 1:36)
Eero Gross (3-3) placed 8th.
Champ. Round 1 – Eero Gross (Wabash) 3-3 won by tech fall over Jordan Caballero (Aurora) 0-2 (TF-1.5 3:07 (15-0))
Champ. Round 2 – Eero Gross (Wabash) 3-3 won by tech fall over Devin Gibson (Adrian) 1-2 (TF-1.5 6:08 (16-0))
Quarterfinal – Mike Galton (Alfred State) 3-1 won by decision over Eero Gross (Wabash) 3-3 (Dec 12-6)
Cons. Round 4 – Eero Gross (Wabash) 3-3 won by fall over Desmon Perry (Ohio Wesleyan ) 3-2 (Fall 2:01)
Cons. Semi – Devin Miller (Heidelberg) 5-1 won by major decision over Eero Gross (Wabash) 3-3 (MD 10-1)
7th Place Match – Derick Duvall (Adrian) 4-2 won by tech fall over Eero Gross (Wabash) 3-3 (TF-1.5 7:00 (20-3))
Tucker Coffman (2-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Tucker Coffman (Wabash) 2-2 won by fall over Connor Rayment (St. Clair) 0-2 (Fall 1:14)
Champ. Round 2 – Tucker Coffman (Wabash) 2-2 won in sudden victory – 1 over Vaughn Petty (Henry Ford College) 0-2 (SV-1 10-2)
Quarterfinal – Derrick Top (Adrian) 3-2 won by decision over Tucker Coffman (Wabash) 2-2 (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Devin Miller (Heidelberg) 5-1 won by decision over Tucker Coffman (Wabash) 2-2 (Dec 7-5)
Trescott Duffy (0-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Trescott Duffy (Wabash) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Michael Jacobs (Adrian) 5-1 won by fall over Trescott Duffy (Wabash) 0-2 (Fall 3:25)
Cons. Round 2 – Kairos Norman (Adrian) 1-2 won by fall over Trescott Duffy (Wabash) 0-2 (Fall 0:47)
Chase Baczek (5-0) placed 1st and scored 26.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Charles Baczek (Wabash) 5-0 won by fall over Kairos Norman (Adrian) 1-2 (Fall 1:44)
Champ. Round 2 – Charles Baczek (Wabash) 5-0 won by tech fall over Triston Hinkle (Heidelberg) 0-2 (TF-1.5 3:48 (17-0))
Quarterfinal – Charles Baczek (Wabash) 5-0 won in sudden victory – 1 over Mitchelle Moore (Adrian) 2-2 (SV-1 3-1)
Semifinal – Charles Baczek (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Cameron Bacon (Wabash) 3-1 (MD 14-2)
1st Place Match – Charles Baczek (Wabash) 5-0 won by fall over Adam Medeiros (Heidelberg) 4-1 (Fall 4:48)
Cameron Bacon (3-1) placed 3rd.
Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Bacon (Wabash) 3-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Cameron Bacon (Wabash) 3-1 won by decision over Aidan Gassell (Case Western ) 4-2 (Dec 6-4)
Quarterfinal – Cameron Bacon (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Abraham Spurlock (Ohio Wesleyan ) 4-2 (Fall 4:59)
Semifinal – Charles Baczek (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Cameron Bacon (Wabash) 3-1 (MD 14-2)
3rd Place Match – Cameron Bacon (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Owen McDaniel (Albion) 3-2 (Fall 2:06)
Teo Palubinskas (2-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Teo Palubinskas (Wabash) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Owen McDaniel (Albion) 3-2 won by decision over Teo Palubinskas (Wabash) 2-2 (Dec 12-7)
Cons. Round 2 – Teo Palubinskas (Wabash) 2-2 won by decision over Blake Daniels (Adrian) 0-2 (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Round 3 – Teo Palubinskas (Wabash) 2-2 won by decision over Joey Perez (Defiance) 1-2 (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Michael Jacobs (Adrian) 5-1 won by tech fall over Teo Palubinskas (Wabash) 2-2 (TF-1.5 1:52 (17-0))
Matt Lepper (3-2) placed 4th.
Champ. Round 1 – Matthew Lepper (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Lukas Zywicki (Adrian) 0-2 (Dec 7-5)
Champ. Round 2 – Matthew Lepper (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Alessandro Bruni (Ohio Wesleyan ) 0-2 (Dec 3-2)
Quarterfinal – Matthew Lepper (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Michael Nykoriak (St. Clair) 1-2 (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal – Dylan Wellbaum (Adrian) 4-1 won by fall over Matthew Lepper (Wabash) 3-2 (Fall 1:20)
3rd Place Match – Donald Moses III (Adrian) 4-1 won by decision over Matthew Lepper (Wabash) 3-2 (Dec 3-2)
Jack Heldt (5-0) placed 1st and scored 24.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jack Heldt (Wabash) 5-0 won by tech fall over Mason Morris (Defiance) 1-2 (TF-1.5 3:00 (16-0))
Champ. Round 2 – Jack Heldt (Wabash) 5-0 won by major decision over Samuel Shaw (Adrian) 2-2 (MD 8-0)
Quarterfinal – Jack Heldt (Wabash) 5-0 won by fall over Robert Brandon (Macomb CC) 2-3 (Fall 1:12)
Semifinal – Jack Heldt (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Donald Moses III (Adrian) 4-1 (Dec 4-0)
1st Place Match – Jack Heldt (Wabash) 5-0 won by decision over Dylan Wellbaum (Adrian) 4-1 (Dec 6-5)
Grant Johnson (5-1) placed 5th.
Champ. Round 1 – Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 won by fall over Aidan Nunez (Heidelberg) 1-2 (Fall 4:07)
Champ. Round 2 – Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 won by fall over Boden Brown (Albion) 1-2 (Fall 4:21)
Quarterfinal – Dylan Wellbaum (Adrian) 4-1 won by fall over Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 (Fall 2:31)
Cons. Round 4 – Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 won by fall over Cage Dye (Henry Ford College) 3-2 (Fall 3:38)
Cons. Semi – Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 won by fall over Blake Ilges (Alfred State) 4-2 (Fall 2:13)
5th Place Match – Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 won by fall over Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 (Fall 5:30)
Nick Casad (4-2) placed 6th.
Champ. Round 1 – Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 won by fall over Alexis Aguirre (Aurora) 0-2 (Fall 0:51)
Champ. Round 2 – Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 won by fall over Shylin Hurston (St. Clair) 0-2 (Fall 0:28)
Quarterfinal – Donald Moses III (Adrian) 4-1 won by major decision over Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 (MD 14-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 won by major decision over Samuel Shaw (Adrian) 2-2 (MD 11-0)
Cons. Semi – Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 won by fall over Robert Brandon (Macomb CC) 2-3 (Fall 1:40)
5th Place Match – Grant Johnson (Wabash) 5-1 won by fall over Nicholas Casad (Wabash) 4-2 (Fall 5:30)
James Lewis (3-1) placed 3rd and scored 19.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Lewis (Wabash) 3-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – James Lewis (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Cam`ron Harper (Aurora) 0-2 (Fall 1:34)
Quarterfinal – James Lewis (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Jonah Schlegel (Defiance) 4-1 (Fall 6:51)
Semifinal – Christopher Krum (Albion) 3-1 won by decision over James Lewis (Wabash) 3-1 (Dec 4-2)
3rd Place Match – James Lewis (Wabash) 3-1 won by fall over Jose Armando Ferrer (Aurora) 2-2 (Fall 1:58)
Colin Baker (2-2) place is unknown.
Champ. Round 1 – Eric Adkins (Heidelberg) 2-2 won by fall over Colin Baker (Wabash) 2-2 (Fall 3:28)
Cons. Round 1 – Colin Baker (Wabash) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Colin Baker (Wabash) 2-2 won by fall over Prudhomme Chabi (Macomb CC) 0-2 (Fall 1:23)
Cons. Round 3 – Colin Baker (Wabash) 2-2 won by decision over Wallace Gilbert (Henry Ford College) 1-2 (Dec 11-5)
Cons. Round 4 – Jonah Schlegel (Defiance) 4-1 won by fall over Colin Baker (Wabash) 2-2 (Fall 1:10)
Alex Naylor (3-2) placed 6th.
Champ. Round 1 – Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Owen Miller (Albion) 4-0 won by major decision over Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 (MD 13-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 won by decision over Nico Torres (Manchester ) 1-2 (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 won by injury default over Eric Adkins (Heidelberg) 2-2 (Inj. 0:54)
Cons. Semi – Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 won by fall over Grant Robinson (Case Western ) 3-2 (Fall 3:39)
5th Place Match – Jonah Schlegel (Defiance) 4-1 won by fall over Alex Naylor (Wabash) 3-2 (Fall 4:16)
FRANKLIN SWIMMING: RECAP | Men’s Swimming & Diving Opens Home Schedule with Two Dual Wins
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s swimming and diving team opened their home schedule over the weekend with matchups against Asbury on Friday (Nov. 5) night and Hanover on Saturday (Nov. 6) morning.
The Grizzlies bested both of their opponents over the weekend, taking a 174-67 win over Asbury and a 167-20 victory over Hanover.
On Friday night against Asbury, Franklin claimed wins in 10 of the 12 events taking place on the night. Two Grizzlies were winners in multiple events, with freshmen Paul Klaeren and Campbell Coyle taking two wins each. Klaeren was a winner in the 200 IM (2:01.89) and the 100 breaststroke (57.42) while Coyle laid claim to the 100 freestyle (47.76) and the 200 freestyle (1:44.51).
Senior Kyle Haflich earned top billing in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:42.60, freshman Calyx Holmes won the 50 freestyle in 22.58 and junior Logan Parker won the 100 backstroke in 57.42. On the one-meter board, junior Gauge Creech racked up a score of 300.30 over 11 dives.
Franklin also won both relay races, starting off the night with Klaeren, Coyle, Nolan Davis and Jack Burke winning the 400 medley relay in 3:34.91. Holmes, Clay Key, John Hasquin and Jonah Hensley closed out the evening with a win in the 200 freestyle relay with their showing of 1:29.70.
On Saturday against the Panthers, the Grizzlies claimed victory in all 12 events to cruise to victory against their league foe. A total of 10 different swimmers picked up individual wins, while the two relay teams picked up decisive victories. The day started with the 200 medley relay that saw Parker, Haflich, Holmes and Luke Becker take top billing in 1:42.52. In the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay quartet of Parker, Hensley, Burke and Kosmo Wojack hit the finish wall in 3:24.20.
Individual winners included Klaeren in the 200 freestyle (1:49.57), Holmes in the 50 freestyle (23.39), Haflich in the 200 IM (2:04.52), Becker in the 100 butterfly (57.57), Hensley in the 100 freestyle (50.38), Parker in the 100 backstroke (50.38), Coyle in the 500 freestyle (4:59.89) and Wojack in the 100 breststroke (1:04.70).
In the opening diving session, Creech topped all divers with a score of 235.30. In the second session, Cameron Baker finished with 225.45 points to take the top spot.
The Grizzlies are back in the pool on Friday (Nov. 12) night, heading to Kentucky for a league showdown with the Transylvania Pioneers. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: RECAP | Grizzlies’ Home Finale Spoiled by Rose-Hulman
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College football team suited up for the final home game of the regular season on Saturday (Nov. 6), taking on the Rose-Hulman Engineers.
The Grizzlies (5-4, 3-3 HCAC) got off to a fast start against the Engineers (7-2, 6-0 HCAC), but couldn’t keep the momentum going as Rose left town with a 38-14 win. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Franklin, dropping them to .500 in league play.
How it Happened
The Grizzlies marched right down the field on the game’s first drive, needing just six plays for the game’s opening touchdown. A pair of long passing plays from Kai Ross to Dylan McKinney and Jarrett Gibson helped set up the score, with Ross using a brilliant play fake to rush in from two yards out.
However, the Franklin offense would struggle to stay in a rhythm the rest of the day while the Engineers league-leading offense found their legs. Franklin scored for the final time with 11:14 to go in the game when Ross connected with Elijah Corwin on a 26-yard touchdown pass, with Corwin making a great catch going to the ground.
Inside the Box Score
-Making his second career start under center, Ross went 20-for-44 for a career-high 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
-Gibson turned in another strong outing as Ross’ top target in the pass game. The Angola, Ind.-native hauled in nine passes for 114 yards, giving him at six straight games with at least eight catches and five games with more than 100 yards receiving.
-Nick Winders and Jason Pigg topped the Franklin defense with 10 tackles each. Kody Wilkerson and Aaron Black just missed double figure totals with nine stops each.
-Evan Stambaugh picked off his second pass of the year, returning the pass 18 yards early in the second half.
-Sophomore Jireh Ojata recorded at least a share of a sack for the eighth straight game, teaming with Tanner Swindle for a sack early in the game. The Carmel, Ind.-native maintained his national sack lead and is now up to 13.0 for the year.
-Saturday’s game was the final home contest for 18 members of the Grizzly football program. This year’s senior class featured: WR Ryan Poole, DB Nick Winders, DB Wyatt Carmack, DB Michael Heading, DB Evan Stambaugh, K Casey Smith, K Carter Brown, WR Bobby Scaggs, RB Ian Seim, DL Noah Ryan, DL Dante Darden, LB Jason Pigg, OL Evan Hosea, DL Tanner Swindle, OL Thomas Witham, OL Ethan McClain, WR Devon Mueller, DL John Svinarich and student assistant Ryan McGillem.
The Grizzlies close out the season next Saturday (Nov. 13) afternoon, heading to Hanover for the 91st Victory Bell Game. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
ANDERSON FOOTBALL: Charges Past Defiance on Senior Day
On Saturday, the Anderson University football team picked up their first win of the 2021-2022 season against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at Macholtz Stadium. The game, which saw the Ravens outscore the Yellow Jackets 42-14, also honored senior day for the Ravens as they congratulated seniors on the cheerleading squad, the athletic training staff, and the football team.
Senior day celebrations took place before the game where the Ravens honored Cheerleaders: Imani Person and Valerie Porter, Athletic Trainers: Mariah Clemons, Kalynn Condrey, and Tess Maubach, and Football players: Dagan Cecere (Palm Harbor, Fla. / Palm Harbor University), Troy Hicks (Richmond, Texas / Austin), Alex Laccabue (Tampa, Fla. / Calvary Christian), Hayden Lee (Cedarville, Ohio / Cedarville) , Braden Mikel (Wakarusa, Ind. / NorthWood) , Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind. / Marion), Alex Parra (Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian), Zac Tallent (Lakeland, Fla. / George Jenkins), and Austin Weiland (La Porte, Ind. / New Prairie). Congratulations to these 14 seniors and all of their accomplishments on and off the field as a Raven over the years!
Anderson (1-8, 1-5) got the game started late in the first quarter. During the Defiance (1-8, 1-5) possession, Jose Olivo (Knightstown, Ind. / Knightstown) came up with a huge interception on the Anderson 47 and returned the ball for 26 yards, being brought down on the Defiance 27. The offense came into the game with 8:44 remaining in the first quarter. With the Ravens on the Defiance 27, Quarterback Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind. / Mount Vernon) threw a 27-yard touchdown to Dean Foundos (Highland, Ind. / Highland) to put the Ravens on the board. Caleb Oliver’s PAT was good and the Ravens led 7-0 with 8:42 left in the quarter.
A trick play by the Ravens resulted in a Defiance pick-6 for a 75-yard touchdown. The Yellow jacket PAT was good as they tied the game with 6:20 left in the first quarter. Neither team would find the end zone again by the end of the first.
With 9:42 left in the half, the Ravens received the ball and started their offensive drive down towards the end zone. After two rushes by Caden Robinson (Mooresville, Ind. / Mooresville), and a rush by Tyson Harley for a total of 17 yards, the Ravens found themselves on the Defiance 14-yard line. Harley and Robinson would then connect on a pass for a 14-yard touchdown with 7:18 left in the second quarter. Oliver once again made the PAT as the Ravens led 14-7. The score would remain the same as the Ravens headed into halftime with the lead.
Coming out of halftime, the Ravens wasted no time getting another one on the board. The Ravens made their way downfield as Harley connected with Tallent and James Tucker (Brookville, Ind. / Franklin County) on a 46-yard hook-and-ladder play. With 13:19 left in the quarter, Harley then completed a 20-yard pass to Zac Tallent and Oliver’s kick attempt was good as the Ravens took a 21-7 lead.
Once again in the third quarter, the Ravens found the back of the end zone. The drive started with 11:36 on the clock. After multiple offensive plays, the Ravens were able to get the ball down to the Defiance 7-yard line. Here, Harley threw a seven-yard pass to Caleb Brown (Decatur, Ga. / Alcovy). Oliver kept the streak going, making the PAT and giving the Ravens a 28-7 lead over the Yellow Jackets.
The Ravens held a 21-point lead as they entered the fourth quarter. The lead would only grow as Harley immediately completed a three-yard pass to Tallent. After the PAT was good, the Ravens’ lead grew to 35-7.
Defiance would get their second touchdown of the game with 11:47 left, making it a 35-14 game.
Before the end of the game, Anderson would get one more touchdown on the board to conclude senior day. At the 5:48 mark, Harley found Brown for the second time of the day on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Oliver secured the final PAT and the Ravens built their lead to 42-14 over the Yellow Jackets.
Inside the box score, Tyson Harley led the Ravens, completing 32-of-58 pass attempts for 316 yards and six passing touchdowns. Harley and Caden Robinson each had 55 rushing yards. Tucker led the Ravens with 85 receiving yards on eight receptions. Zac Tallent was right behind him with right receptions for 81 yards. Caleb Oliver completed all six of the PAT’s Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind. / Monroe Central) recorded six tackles, while Caden McClain (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights), Aidan Roach (Clayton, Ind. / Cascade), Austin Weiland, and Brandon Goodman (Logansport, Ind. / Logansport) each recorded five. Tristian Chambers (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran) and Roach each forced fumbles while Mikel and Jacob Holifield (Gary, Ind. / Calumet New Tech) each recovered fumbles. Olivo picked off a pass. Lee, Kavel Killins (Gary, Ind. / Calumet New Tech) and Chambers each produced sacks while Feola and Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind. / Morton) contributed half sacks. Coney also broke up two passes.
Head Coach Steve Rock had the following to say after the game: “I’m really proud of the way our team came out [Saturday] and played well in all phases of the game. We gained confidence early on with the way the defense played and that allowed the offense to find their rhythm and belief. With the struggles this season it would have been easy to pack it in and think about next year but this team doesn’t quit. There are many individual accomplishments I could mention but, in the end, it takes everyone, we learned that [Saturday].
I cannot thank the seniors we honored enough for their commitment to this team. While the wins have been fewer than what they had hoped for, the relationships, memories, and their educational accomplishments will last a lifetime. I am proud of each of them for achieving the No. 1 goal of earning an Anderson University degree!”
The Ravens will now close out their 2021-2022 season on the road as they head to North Manchester to take on the Spartans of Manchester University (2-7, 2-4). Kickoff between the Ravens and Spartans is set for 1:30PM on Saturday.
ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL: RHIT Football Sets Up HCAC Title Showdown with 38-14 Road Win
FRANKLIN, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team secured a least a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football championship and set up a winner-take-all game for an NCAA Division III Playoff bid with a 38-14 victory at Franklin College on Saturday.
With the win, Rose-Hulman secured essentially an HCAC championship game next weekend at Cook Stadium. The Fightin’ Engineers have secured at least a share of the HCAC regular championship, but the winner of next Saturday’s 1:30 pm game against Mount St. Joseph will represent the HCAC in the NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday Nov. 20.
Andrew Dion completed 24-of-38 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rose-Hulman offense. Shane Welshans led the ground attack with 111 rushing yards on 25 carries and one touchdown.
Adam Tice-Saliu had a team-high 121 receiving yards on four catches, highlighted by a 76-yard touchdown reception. Noah Thomas added 85 receiving yards on seven catches with two touchdowns.
Defensively, Tyler Smith had a huge game with 12 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. Michael Stevens added six tackles and three pass breakups, and Tyce Miller grabbed his team-high sixth interception of the season.
Jailen Hobbs added a 59-yard punt return for a score to lead the special teams performance. Jonathan Oliger added a 1-1 field goal performance and was 5-5 on extra points, and Andrew Toler placed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line to provide special teams depth.
Kai Ross led the Franklin offense by completing 20-of-44 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown. Jarrett Gibson added 114 receiving yards on nine catches.
Franklin scored the first points of the game on its opening drive, but Rose-Hulman responded with 38 unanswered points over the next three quarters to secure the victory.
Oliger started the Rose-Hulman scoring with a 28-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Fightin’ Engineers took the lead for good at 17-7 on back-to-back touchdown passes from Dion to Thomas. The first was a 16-yard catch in the first quarter, and the second was an 11-yard pass in the second quarter.
Welshans boosted the Fightin’ Engineer lead to 24-7 at the half with a 1-yard touchdown run to cap a 10-play drive.
In the second half, Tice-Saliu hauled in his 76-yard touchdown catch from Dion to make the score 31-7 at the 11:14 mark. Hobbs completed the scoring with his 59-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-2 on the season and secured at least a share of the 13th regular season conference championship in school history with the win. The Fightin’ Engineers have won three HCAC regular season championships under head coach Jeff Sokol (2013, 2016, 2021) and seek their second NCAA Division III playoff appearance in program history next weekend. Franklin dropped to 5-4 on the season with the loss.
ROSE HULMAN WSWIMMING: RHIT Women’s Swim-Dive Tops Anderson in Saturday Home Meet
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s swimming and diving team beat Anderson University on Saturday afternoon 149-123. This win marks the women’s first team win of the season.
The 200-medley relay team of Natalija Pumpurs, Lauren Meyer, Megan Howell, and Therese Jaeger captured the first win on the day with a time of 2:00.65.
Natalija Pumpurs led the Fightin’ Engineers with three wins. Pumpurs won the 50-backstroke (30.91), the 100-backstroke (1:06.81), and the 50-butterfly (28.37).
Meyer and Jaeger each recorded two wins on the day. Meyer won the 50-breaststroke (33.01) and the 100-breaststroke (1:13.23). Jaeger was victorious in the 100-freestyle (1:00.95) and the 400-IM (5:15.64).
Cate Stauffer secured another victory in the 1000-freestyle with a time of 11:45.47.
The team returns to action on Friday, November 19 at Bethel College in Elkhart, Ind.
ROSE HULMAN MSWIMMING: RHIT Men’s Swim-Dive Tops Anderson
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on 12 event victories to top Anderson University 179-81 in men’s swimming and diving action on Saturday at the Sports & Recreation Center Natatorium.
Derick Miller and Evan Sellers led the individual performances with two wins each. Miller won the 100-butterfly in 51.97 seconds and the 100-breaststroke in 1:01.17. Sellers brought home top honors in the 200-freestyle (1:47.20) and in the 500-freestyle (4:49.35).
Other individual winners included Ryan Bowering in the 400-IM (4:19.90); John Dinkel in 1-meter diving (188.45 points); Alex Ketcham in the 50-breaststroke (28.49); Heath Thomas in the 1000-freestyle (10:54.47); Tyler Sommer in the 100-freestyle (48.83); and David Utsis in the 50-backstroke (27.17).
Rose-Hulman also swept the two relay events. Ryan Nikolic, Miller, Anthony Napreev and Logan McLaughlin won the 200-medley relay in 1:37.42. Nick Edwards, Nikolic, Sommer and McLaughlin combined to win the 400-freestyle (3:14.93).
Rose-Hulman improved to 2-0 in duel meets this season with wins over Wabash and Anderson. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action in a duel meet at Bethel on Friday Nov. 19.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor’s Season Closes with 2-0 Loss in Crossroads Quarterfinals
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – In the 2021 Crossroads League Quarterfinals, the Taylor University men’s soccer team lost to RV Grace (10-9, 6-3 CL) by a score of 2-0.
Taylor looked sharp in the first-45, outshooting the Lancers 9-7, six of which landed on frame. Yet, none found the net as Grace recorded four team saves in addition to two made by the Lancer goalie.
Sophomore, Brian Matipa, sent two of Taylor’s six shots on-goal, while four additional Trojans contributed one each.
Trojan goalie, Sam Spiegel, secured four saves on Grace’s seven shots in the first half, as the match moved into intermission locked at zero,
Grace, then, took control of the ball in the second half, outshooting the Trojans 11-2. Nonetheless, Taylor battled to keep the score tied for much of the final-45, that is, until less than 10 minutes to play.
The Lancers scored two goals in the final nine-minute stretch of the match, breaking the 0-0 tie and sending the Trojans home with an end to their season.
Taylor finished the year 9-7-1 overall and 4-4-1 in league play, posting a significant turnaround from a 2-10 2020 season.
Tonight’s loss closes the book of six Trojan senior careers, representative of six men whom the Taylor University community will miss dearly for their contribution both on and off the field: Owen Hardy, Luke Holwerda, Clay Vander Kolk, Quinn Partain, Josh Zeidan, and Sam Villegas.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Adams Powers No. 25 Taylor Past SAU in CL Quarterfinals
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor opened its postseason in style on Saturday, topping the sixth-seeded Spring Arbor Cougars (14-18) by a 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 margin to improve to 27-6 overall and advance into the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals.
The action was close throughout, with no team leading by more than four points at any points during the entire match. TU pulled away late in each of the three sets to secure the sweep, improving to 13-1 inside Odle Arena with its 10th-straight win on the home court.
The opener was played within a three-point spread until the final point gave Taylor a 25-21 victory. TU erased an early 3-0 deficit and closed the game on a 6-2 stretch to strike first. Amanda Adams set the tone for the Purple and Gold with six kills in 14 swings and the Trojans hit .324 in the game.
Adams picked up six more kills in the second set and Taylor again overcame deficits of 11-7 and 21-18 to take a 25-23 win. TU scored seven of the final nine points to complete the comeback and put the game away with back-to-back terminations from Jaylynn Dunsmore and Adams.
It was more of the same in the finale, with both teams trading points until SAU opened a 20-16 lead late. Taylor one again dug in and rallied back, getting kills from Adams, Ryan Czerniak and Adams again to draw even at 20-20, and using kills from Adams and Grace Isaacs to take a 24-23 edge. An error from Spring Arbor capped the 9-3 rush from Taylor to finish the sweep with a 25-23 victory.
It was all Adams in the contest, as the senior outside hitter dominated with 18 kills in 42 swings. The All-American had just three errors, posted a .357 percentage and added six digs.
Dunsmore provided several key swings and finished the match with six kills and a .364 percentage, while Kacy Bragg posted 35 assists, nine digs, five kills and one block. Isaacs also came up large with four blocks and Stephaney Fifield ended with 14 digs.
No. 25 and third-seeded Taylor (27-6) will now turn its focus toward a CL Tournament Semifinal clash at No. 21 and second-seeded Indiana Wesleyan (21-4). That match is slated for Wednesday, November 10 at IWU, with a start time to be determined.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Fall 1-0 in Crossroads League Quarterfinals
MARIAN, Ind. – Taylor women’s soccer (11-7, 3-6 CL) lost 1-0 to No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan (14-3, 8-1 CL) in the 2021 Crossroads League Quarterfinals, closing the book for Taylor on the 2021 season.
While at the end of the day the majority of statistical categories leaned in favor of Indiana Wesleyan, the Trojans controlled the ball for long stretches of play. Nonetheless, the Wildcats withheld the Trojan attack and scored a goal of their own with 11 minutes to play in the second half.
Erin Teevans landed the Trojans’ only two shots on-goal, both in the second half, yet the Wildcat goalie secured each.
Hannah Brackenbury collected five saves in the match, two of which were surely highlight-worthy, keeping the score even at zero for the time being.
Indiana Wesleyan eventually broke the tie, though, as freshman, Jackie Norris, scored her 15th goal of the season.
Tonight’s loss marks the end of seven Trojan senior careers, representative of seven women who will be deeply missed for their gifts both on and off the pitch: AC Hardy, Kate Kortenhoeven, Riley Massey, Alanna Raikes, Erin Teevans, Linli Tu, and Ali Vander Kolk.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 5 Trojans Win First League Championship Since 1999
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The No. 5 Taylor men’s cross country team raced in the highly competitive Crossroads League Championships Saturday morning and claimed the team title for the first time since 1999.
The Trojans battled for the win and tallied a total of 46 points, just 10 points ahead of No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan with 56 points. No. 10 Huntington finished in third with 62 points, No. 22 Grace placed fourth with 115 points and No. 25 Marian claimed fifth with 157 points.
Taylor placed four competitors in the top-eight, showing impressive strength at the top of its roster. The squad recorded a team time of 2:06:53, posting the seventh-best combined time in school history.
“I am very proud of our men and the way they competed today,” commented head coach Quinn White. “We have an extremely competitive league and it is never a given who will win. Our focus all season has been for this meet and for nationals, so we are excited that things came to fruition today.”
Seniors Derek Van Prooyen, Daniel Gerber and Alex Helmuth ended fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. Fellow senior Connor White turned in an eighth-place finish with a 16-second season PR. Van Prooyen clocked a time of 25:02.7, Gerber finished with 25:06.3 and Helmuth posted a time of 25:07.3. White ended with a mark of 25:16.1.
Josh Harden crossed the line next for TU. The junior finished 23rd overall and recorded a time of 26:19.7. Zach Hoekstra and Ben Eiffert rounded out the Trojans’ top-seven. Hoekstra claimed 33rd place in 26:52.9. Ben Eiffert posted a time of 27:11.5 and ended 46th overall.
Taylor’s Van Prooyen, Gerber, Helmuth and White secured four of the 15 All-Crossroads League awards by finishing inside the top-15 overall. Head coach Quinn White was awarded the Crossroads League Men’s Coach of the Year for the first time in his three years coaching men’s squad.
Finishing as league champions, the No. 5 Trojans (71-24) have secured an automatic bid to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Washington on November 19.
Taylor has competed in the NAIA National Championships for the past seven seasons, turning in the runner-up finish in 2019 and claiming Taylor’s first-ever NAIA National Championship in 2020.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 4 Taylor Sets League Record for Most Consecutive Crossroads League Crowns
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The fourth-ranked Taylor University women’s cross country team claimed a dominant victory at the Crossroads League Championships Saturday morning, beating the field by 50 points. The Trojans continued their streak of success, winning their ninth-straight Crossroads League Championship and stealing the league record for the most-consecutive Crossroads League Titles.
The loaded TU squad gathered a total of 41 points. No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan claimed second place (91 points), No. 15 Grace took third (114), No. 18 Huntington claimed fourth (118) and No. 17 St. Francis notched fifth place (132).
Showing immense depth in the roster, four Trojans finished inside the top-10 and all seven varsity runners claimed top-20 spots. TU recorded a team time of 95:12.
“I am very proud of the ladies,” commented head coach Quinn White. “They ran a patient and smart race. With such a competitive league, it makes it very special to win nine in a row. This is a tribute to the ladies of the past and present.”
Senior Abbey Brennan ran a smart and gutsy race, finishing as the runner-up and claiming her first All-Crossroads League award. Brennan logged a time of 18:34.5, finishing just two-seconds behind the first-place competitor.
Mollie Gamble and Giovanna Domene sprinted down the final stretch stride-for-stride and crossed the line in sync. Gamble claimed sixth place while Domene ended seventh, both posting times of 18:59.7. Gambled earned her first all-league award while Domene grabbed her third.
Sophomore Ahna VanderWall landed in the top-10, clinching 10th place overall and clocking a time of 19:03.2. VanderWall earned a spot on the All-CL team. Brooke Studnicki rounded out the Trojans’ scoring five. The junior ended 16th place with a time of 19:34.2.
Two freshmen, Elayna Kitt and Lynae Ackley ended in TU’s varsity-seven. Kitt claimed 18th place with a mark of 19:40.1. Ackley snatched 19th place, clocking a time of 19:43.0.
Taylor’s Brennan, Gamble, Domene, and VanderWall secured four of the 15 All-Crossroads League awards by finishing inside the top-15 overall. Head coach Quinn White was awarded the Crossroads League Women’s Coach of the Year for the ninth time in his 12 years at Taylor.
The Taylor men’s cross country team also claimed the 2021 Crossroads League Title, making it the first Taylor league sweep since 1996.
Finishing as league champions, the No. 4 Trojans (65-41) have secured an automatic bid to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Washington on November 19. Taylor has competed in the NAIA National Championships for the past eight years, turning in a third-place podium finish in 2020 and 2018.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Drop Second-Straight at the Cattle Classic by a Score of 88-76
SEWARD, Neb. – On the second day of the 22nd annual Cattle Classic, the No. 25 Taylor women’s basketball team lost to No. 18 Sterling (2-0) by a score of 88-76.
Senior, Lauren James, looked sharp from the field, scoring 19 points on 7-12 shooting, but untimely turnovers and a sharpshooting opponent made it tough for Taylor to get a lead.
The Trojans turned the ball over 19 times throughout the game, an ever-so slight improvement from their 20.0 turnover per game season-average, but these 19 proved especially difficult as Sterling capitalized on them for 24 points.
Sterling shot 53.3 percent from three on 15 shots, while Taylor made just a third of its 30 three-point field goals, which kept the Trojans at bay throughout the game’s 40 minutes.
First-quarter scoring for the Trojans was evenly spread, Kayla Kirtley leading the way with five while Ava Henson trailed with four. Taylor shot a respectable 43.8 percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes, but Sterling shot 80 percent from three as the Warriors took a 22-17 lead into the second frame.
James got on a bit of a roll in the second quarter, scoring eight points on 3-4 shooting. Kirtley contributed another six, while the Trojans shot a stellar 70 percent in the frame. Yet, nine team turnovers fed the Warriors as they maintained their lead, heading into the half up 41-35.
Claycee West was quite active in the third, leading the Trojans with seven points and three rebounds. But the Trojans shot just 2-7 from three and committed nine team fouls, which sent Sterling to the line a total of 10 times. The Warriors shot 80 percent at the free-throw line, increasing their lead to 14 heading into the fourth.
The Trojan three-point woes extended throughout the remainder of the game, as Taylor went 1-7 down the stretch from three. Gretchen Moll finished the fourth efficiently for the second-straight game, leading the Trojans with six points on 3-3 shooting in the final frame.
Taylor finished the game shooting an impressive 50.9 percent from the floor, but a 33.3 percent mark from three, 19 turnovers, and a Sterling 53.3 percent average from three kept a comeback out of reach from the Trojans.
James’ 19 points was a team-high, followed by Kirtley with 15, West with 14, and Henson with 10 more.
After going 0-2 at the 22nd annual Cattle Classic, No. 25 Taylor (2-4) will head home for a moment of rest before its home-opener against Brescia (0-2) on Thursday, November 11th, at 6:00 pm.
TRINE FOOTBALL: Defense Stifles Scots; Football Wins 37-23
ALMA, Mich. — Alma College took an early lead, but the Trine University football team roared back to win comfortably by the score of 37-23. After their opening quarter success, the Thunder defense stifled the Scots, holing them to just 154 total yards.
After a punt from each team to start the game, the Trine offense mad the first mistake of the contest, as the Scots intercepted junior Alex Price (Reading, Mich. / Reading) and returned it 19 yards to the endzone to give the team an early 7-0 lead. Another turnover by the Thunder would give the Alma excellent field position leading to a field goal and giving the Scots a 10-0 lead.
The teams would trade punts for the rest of the first quarter and the start of the second, before the Thunder offense finally found some footing. Price did most of the work on the drive, which started at the teams own 45, completing three passes, the third of which was a 12-yard touchdown to sophomore Rodney Johnson (Houston, Texas / Benjamin O Davis, Jr.). After a failed extra point, the team would trail 10-6.
After a turnover on downs during Alma’s next drive Price struck quickly completing a 15-yard pass to junior Kyran Pearson (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Central) and following a successful extra point the team had its first lead of the game at 13-10. That score would hold through to halftime.
Following the intermission, the Thunder defense returned to the field, ready to impose its will on the opposition. On the Scots’ opening drive, senior Tyler Pollard (Homosassa, Fla. / Crystal River) picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown, giving the team a 20-10 lead.
The next Alma drive ended during its first play, with senior Marc Guerrero (Gary, Ind. / Merrillville) forcing a fumble which the Thunder recovered.
After the Scots forced a fumble of their own on the ensuing drive, the defense did it again, with sophomore Zach Kornak (Hillsdale, Mich. / Hillsdale) grabbing the ball and returning it six yards to the house. The defensive touchdown gave the team a 27-10 lead.
The defense went right back to work forcing a quick punt from Alma on their next drive. Senior Aaron Dean (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Eastside) received the punt and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown of his own giving the team a 34-10 lead.
The rest of the game was relatively quiet, with the Trine defense continuing to stifle the opposition. The offense would add a field goal in fourth quarter to make the team’s point total 37. A late touchdown form Alma gave them their final score of 23 and the Thunder would leave with the victory.
The Thunder allowed just 154 yards out of the Scot offense including 102 passing and 52 rushing. All told they finished with four takeaways in the contest. Pollard led the defense finishing with seven total tackles, one coming for a loss, a forced fumble and the interception. Junior Kyle Naif finished the game with five tackles including two for a loss and a sack.
Dean finished the game with an interception in addition to his punt return touchdown.
Offensively Price led the way rushing for 40 yards and completing 10 of 18 passes for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns, he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Junior Xaine Kirby (Sweetser, Ind. / Eastbrook) finished the game with 69 yards rushing to lead the team. Junior Kale Lawson (Reynolds, Ind. / Tri-County) finished with a team high 76 yards receiving on five receptions.
The team improves to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. The Thunder currently sit in a three-way tie for first in the conference, with Hope College and Albion College being the other two teams currently 4-1. Trine will face off with Hope in their next contest, with a win securing them at least a share of the MIAA title. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.
TRINE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Gritty Trine Team Secures Season-Opening Win Versus Mount St. Joseph
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team grinded out a 61-52 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon in the team’s home and season opening game.
The Thunder start the season on the right foot at 1-0, while the Lions falter to 0-1. A fantastic defensive effort in the second half, limiting Mount St. Joseph to just 19 points, was the difference in the game.
“Our plan is to wear teams down with the way we play and be physical with screening and cutting,” Head Coach Brooks Miller said postgame. The Lions shot 50.0% (13-for-26) in the first half, but were held to 26.1% (6-for-23) in the second stanza.
Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] provided highlights all afternoon with a high-octane performance for 35 of the 40 minutes.
“There were a lot of special performances tonight. Everybody knows what Nick does, the plays he makes where he takes two away on defense and gives us two on offense is a special way to win basketball games,” Coach Miller continued.
Bowman finished with team highs in points (24), rebounds (7) and steals (3). Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville] was another contributor for the Thunder, but the impact he made was hard to see on the box score if you aren’t looking carefully.
“Jones, if you look at his plus-minus, he was a +19. He is such a special player because he can do so many things and keeps improving,” Miller beamed.
Both teams struggled to get the ball in the hoop early in the inaugural regular season game of the 2021-22 campaign, but a two-handed slam by Emmanuel Megnanglo [Cotonou, Benin / Amelia Academy] sparked the crowd at MTI to give Trine a 6-5 lead four minutes into the game.
The Lions held the Thunder quiet in the middle stages of the first period and held a 19-11 lead before the home team used a timeout down 19-11. A steal and dunk from Bowman halted the dry spell, but Mount St, Joseph continued to apply pressure on the Trine offense.
Down 24-14 with five minutes remaining, Hayden Jones [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] knocked down a pair of three-point jump shots off of feeds from Megnangelo to cut into the deficit. Bryce Williams [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold] and Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] connected from deep as well as the half came to a close to make it 33-32 Mount St. Joseph at the break.
Trine immediately took the lead with a jump shot by Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford] and another Cox three within the first two minutes of play. Once again, it was the defense by Bowman that provided an and-one opportunity for the senior with 15 minutes remaining to keep the momentum going the Thunder’s way.
Cox crashed the offensive glass and was fouled for an and-one inside that gave Trine a 45-43 edge and the Thunder would not look back. A 7-0 run gave Trine some breathing room and a big time block from the freshman Jones kept the Lions down with eight to go.
Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] made his presence known late in the game with closing time minutes and a few key plays on both ends of the floor in an effort to secure the victory. He scored a lay-up and found Warzecha for a three to keep the Thunder in front 56-52 and Bowman was able to put the game away with free throws just before the final buzzer sounded. Trine was able to score the final eight points.
“Seniors made senior plays. Mitch was huge for us coming in ready to go. He had a big impact off the bench to win the game with some of the plays he made. Aiden struggled early, but he hit the three that took the air out of their sails a little bit. Those are the types of plays you like to see from seniors,” Miller concluded.
Along with Bowman’s 24 points, Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] was the only other player in double figures with 15, including 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.
The season continues for the men’s basketball team on Tuesday, November 9 at Manchester University. That game will tip-off at 7 pm.
TRINE MEN’S SOCCER: Wins First Ever MIAA Tournament Championship
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Trine University men’s soccer team punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Kalamazoo College in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Final.
After a runner-up performance a season ago, the Thunder lay claim to their first MIAA title in program history, earning the league’s automatic qualification for the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament. The 2021 season marks the first appearance in the NCAA Tournament by the program.
Trine will carry a 12-7-1 record into the national tournament on the back of six consecutive victories. Kalamazoo’s season comes to a close at 11-4-3.
Both teams peppered the net in the early stages of the match, but each keeper was able to deny every look at the goal. Ethan Pendry [Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg] forced a save on a shot on goal in the second minute, followed by three shots on target by Brian Morris [Metamora, Mich. / Lapeer] and one from Colin Nicoski [Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield East] in the first 15 minutes.
Troy Saylor [Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia] made a critical save in the 23rd minute on a header by Kalamazoo and another one off the head of a Hornet player in the 32nd minute. At the end of the first half, Saylor was up to five saves in the match.
For the 17th time this season, Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] put his name in the scoring column with a goal in the 51st minute. Luke Kearns [Dearborn, Mich. / Dearborn] executed a perfect pass from the back line to lead Murphy behind the defense and he did the rest by beating the keeper one-on-one. The freshman Kearns picked a clutch moment to be credited with his first career assist.
With their season hanging in the balance, Kalamazoo went on the attack to try to even the match. Trine was able to dig their heels in defensively and turned away 10 shots after taking the lead in order to preserve the shutout.
Insurance was provided off the foot of Koen Droese [Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central], distributing the ball to Alhusain Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] for the goal to seal the match at 2-0 in the 89th minute. Droese was patient working his way into the offensive zone and Yahya put a laser passed the keeper on the right side of the pitch.
Murphy led the team with three of the 10 Trine shots. Saylor got a piece of nine of the 11 total shots on goal and notched his fifth shutout of the season (three in a row).
The 2021 Division III men’s soccer championship selection show is Monday, November 8 at 1:30 pm on ncaa.com. There, the Thunder will find out who they will play in the First Round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer championships.
DEPAUW FOOTBALL: Wraps Up NCAC Outright Title; Monon Bell Next
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw totaled a school-record 502 passing yards and the defense recorded a pair of scores as the Tigers topped Oberlin, 66-13, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game on Nick Mourouzis Field at Blackstock Stadium. With the win, DePauw moved to 8-1 overall and 8-0 in the NCAC and secured the NCAC outright title and the conference’s automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship. Oberlin slipped to 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
DePauw travels to Crawfordsville on Saturday, November 13, for the 127th meeting with Wabash and the 89th for possession of the Monon Bell which entered the series in 1932. Kickoff is set for 1:07 p.m. The Tigers regained possession of the Bell in 2019 with a 17-13 win in Greencastle.
Today, the Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the second on touchdown passes from Chase Andries to Trey Shaw, Jaylon Smith and Josh Major.
Oberlin’s Chris Allen tossed a 3-yard pass to Brandon Davies with 8:23 left in the second, but the Tigers came right back as Andries connected with Smith on scores of 18 and 94 yards to extend the lead to 35-7 with 1:07 remaining in the half.
Jack Drake’s 38-yard field goal early in the third made it 38-7 before Brevon Gude picked off Allen’s pass late in the third and returned it 51 yards for a score.
Nathan McCahill teamed with Trent Veith for a 20-yard score with 9:39 left in the game before Matthew Coons scored on a 53-yard run with 2:50 remaining on the first play after an Oberlin punt.
On Oberlin’s next play from scrimmage, Matthew Funk intercepted an Evan Smith-Rooks pass and took it 30 yards for the Tigers’ final score.
The Yeomen put together a 10-play, 79-yard series and scored on the game’s final play as Matt Siff connected with Ty Weatherspoon for a 23-yard score.
DePauw outgained Oberlin, 639-310, and the Tigers broke the program’s single-game record with 502 passing yards on just 29 attempts.
Andries completed 16 of 22 passes with career highs of five touchdowns and 391 yards. Josh Major caught six for a career-best 125 yards, while Smith hauled in three for 145 yards and three scores.
Allen competed 16 of 31 passes for 154 yards with Davies catching six for 60 yards.
Josh Coons and Evens Cribs led DePauw with seven tackles apiece, while Jake Comer had 1.5 of the Tigers’ three sacks.
Luca Friedman led Oberlin with 11 tackles including two for losses and David Harris added nine stops.
DePauw’s 502 passing yards topped the previous school record of 494 vs. Anderson (9/12/2009)
The 639 yards of offense were the third-highest DePauw single-game total behind 665 (Anderson, 2009) and 661 (Allegheny, 2016)
DePauw has won eight straight this season, extended its NCAC win streak to 10 games and its overall streak against non-Division III schools to 12
The Tigers have won 10 straight at Blackstock Stadium which is the program’s longest home win streak since a 25-game string from 1980-1985
Brett Dietz moved his career record to 10-1 which is the same start as Nick Mourouzis in 1981 and 1982. Gaumey Neal began his career with an 11-1 record in 1930-1931
DePauw entered the game ranked 10th in Division III with three defensive scores and added two more today
The Tigers’ three interception returns for scores this year matches the school record set in 1981 and the two in a single game equal the marks set against Taylor in 1986 and St. Norbert in 1981
DePauw became the 20th football program in Division III to reach 600 wins
Jaylon Smith began the week ranked third in Division III with 23.7 yards per catch and improved that to 26.2
HANOVER MSOCCER: wins HCAC Championship in dramatic fashion
HANOVER, Ind. – The Panthers advance to the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon, defeating no. 5 seed Defiance College in sudden death penalty kicks, 5-4. With the win, Hanover captured their second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in three seasons.
For his tremendous effort in frame, sophomore Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) was named the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
After being held scoreless for 110 minutes of action the HCAC Championship went to penalty kicks. Defiance got the first attempt as they were able to strike for the 1-0 advantage.
Senior Leonardo Bottura (Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil) countered knotting the PK count at 1-1 when the Yellow Jackets swarmed. DC was able to provide a pair of back-to-back blows that saw them capture the heart pounding 3-1 advantage.
The Panthers remained poise as freshman Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) delivered cutting the deficit to 3-2 before the Yellow Jackets stung once more.
Facing a 4-2 deficit, Salemi stepped-up big in frame capturing a pair of game altering saves that stole the momentum in favor of Hanover.
In front of an electric crowd, senior Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) stood tall providing the game winning blow in sudden death overtime that lifted the Panthers past Defiance in dramatic fashion.
Hanover finished the afternoon with a game-high 25 shots, nine of which landed on frame.
With the win, Hanover claimed the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will await the results of the selection show to take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 PM.
HANOVER WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer captures HCAC Tournament Championship in PK shootout
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover women’s soccer team captured the theatrical Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Saturday evening after defeating no. 1 seed Mt. St. Joseph in penalty kicks to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Hanover was paced in the contest by sophomore, goalkeeper, Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) who was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Hanover captured the lead early as senior Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) netted a goal just five minutes into the opening frame before the Lions found the heartbreaking equalizer with just minutes left that would ultimately result in penalty kicks.
Mt. St. Joseph got the first look on frame in PKs as Hinegardner made a huge save that set the stage for senior Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.). Hughes delivered, beating the Lion keeper for the 1-0 advantage.
The Mount responded on the next attempt to tie the penalty kicks at 1-1 when junior Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) approached, propelling Hanover back on top.
However, the Lions would claim the lead moments later on a balloon deflating kick, 3-2.
Senior Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) stood tall as she provided the tying blow that set the stage for teammate senior Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio).
After the Lions hit the cross bar on their final attempt, Smith handled the rest sending Hanover to the NCAA Tournament with a PK winning goal.
With the win, Hanover claims the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will await the results of the election show to take place on Monday, Nov. 8.
HANOVER FOOTBALL: Hanover falls in HCAC battle at Mt. St. Joseph
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers hit the road for Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon falling to the Lions of Mt. St. Joseph, 23-6.
Hanover was paced in the contest by senior Jared Frank (Louisville, Ky.) with two receptions for 78-yards and a touchdown.
The opening frame saw a slow start as both defenses stepped up big holding each other scoreless through 15 minutes of action. However, the Lions would draw first blood just minutes into the second quarter as they were able to connect on a 21-yard field goal for the 3-0 advantage.
Hanover looked to respond later in the stanza as senior Matthew Weimer (Gerogetown, Ind.) piloted the offense inside the MSJ 30-yard line before the Lions forced a turnover on downs.
The Mount got the final say of the opening half as they tallied the game’s first touchdown with seconds remaining to capture the 10-0 halftime lead.
The second half saw the Panthers record their lone score of the afternoon as Weimer connected with Frank for a 70-yard hookup on a third six that resulted in a Hanover touchdown, 16-6. The play capped a three play 74-yard drive.
Mt. St. Joseph delt the final blow in the fourth quarter en route to the HCAC victory, 23-6.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 13 when they welcome Franklin for the playing of the 91st Victory Bell Game. Kick-off is slated for 1:30 PM.
HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball bows out of HCAC Tournament after falling to no. 1 seed Earlham
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team hit the road for the semifinal match-up of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon, taking on no. 1 seed Earlham. The Panthers fell in the contest 3-1 (15-25, 17-25, 25-18, 23-25).
Hanover was paced by junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) with 10 kills for a team-high .200 hitting percentage.
The opening set saw Earlham edge the Panthers early as they strung together a series of runs that propelled them in front 14-5. Hanover looked to rally as freshman Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) continued her strong year from behind the service line to cut the deficit to 20-14. However, the Quakers deemed too much down the stretch as they were able to secure the 25-15 win.
Set two saw the Blue and Red knot the score early off a senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) kill but the Earlham attack continued to fire on all cylinders. They once again put together a series of outburst that helped them jump out the 2-0 set lead, 25-17.
The Panthers lone victory came in set three as Harmon excelled the attack to push HC in front 6-2. The late rally continued for Hanover as Ketcham went to work with her bag of tricks charting a service ace followed by a kill to push the difference to 19-8. The final dagger came from Harmon as she took a pass from Ketcham to secure the 25-18 win.
However, Earlham used home court to their advantage as they were able to capitalize on a series of Hanover miscues to claim the 12-8 difference in set four. But the Panthers clawed their way back rattling off five straight points to regain the 18-16 lead when the Quakers said enough recording the final five points for the game advancing victory.
Hanover concluded the season at 17-10 overall and 7-2 among HCAC opponents.
HANOVER WSWIMMING: Women’s Swimming competes at Franklin
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover women’s swimming team hit the road on Saturday morning for their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener with Franklin. The Panthers fell in the meet 169-33.
Hanover was led in the contest by junior Ilys Anderson (Hebron, Ky.) winning the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 27.38, following her across the finish line in second place was sophomore Alaina Simmons (Amboy, Ind.) in a time of 27.46.
Anderson would also capture the top mark in the 100-yard freestyle touching the wall in a time of 59.46. Simmons finished fourth overall in the event.
Senior Megan Brandt (Guyton, Ga.) captured a third place mark in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:15.53, while also taking third in the 100-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:12.05.
Teammate sophomore Keli Brock (Mooresville, Ind.) took fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:12.33.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 13 when they take on Anderson.
HANOVER MSWIMMING: Men’s Swimming opens HCAC action at Franklin
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover men’s swimming team opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday morning taking on the Grizzlies of Franklin. Hanover fell in the meet 167-20.
Claiming a top mark for the Blue and Red was senior Will Morgan (Lapel, Ind.) who claimed a runner-up mark in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:14.91.
Senior James Moll (Tipton, Ind.) captured a third place mark in the 200-yard freestyle, completing the race in a time of 2:00.46. He also added a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke touching the wall with a time of 1:01.80.
Teammate sophomore Dustin Wilson (Richmond, Ind.) turned in a third place mark in the 50-yard freestyle reaching the wall with a time of 23.91.
The 100-yard freestyle saw a third place mark from Wilson with a time of 52.75, followed by Morgan in fourth place with a mark of 55.24.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 13 when they take on Anderson.
MANCHESTER WBB: Buzzer-Beater Sinks Spartans in Season Opener at Rockford
ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Manchester University women’s basketball team fell on the road in its season opener at Rockford on Saturday November 6.
The Regents, members of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, defended their home court by knocking off the Spartans by a final score of 83-82.
The Black & Gold opened the game with a 7-2 lead following 7 early points by first-year Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester).
The Regents then used an 18-4 burst over a large portion of the opening period to grab a 9-point lead. Rockford shot 57.9 percent in the 1st quarter and led 24-14 after 10 minutes of action.
Rockford grew its lead to as much as 14 points (30-16) early in the 2nd quarter. Manchester responded with a 13-0 run over a 3 and half minute stretch to claw back to within a basket midway through the period. The Regents then converted a late flurry of baskets in the paint to stretch its lead back up to 9 points, 42-33, at the intermission.
The 3rd quarter saw both teams shoot well from the floor. Rockford narrowly outscored the Black & Gold 25-23 in the frame after shooting 62.5 percent (10-16). Manchester shot 60 percent (9-15) in the 3rd quarter.
The 4th quarter proved to be dramatic as Manchester and Rockford traded baskets in the final seconds. The Black & Gold rallied from a double-digit deficit after going on an 18-8 run and grabbed a 1-point lead with just 4 seconds left on the clock following a driving, right-handed layup by Eva Bazzoni. The Regents then called their final timeout of the game to advance the ball and RU’s Au’Drina Terhune sunk a floater in the paint as time expired to lift Rockford to a 1-point victory.
Both sides found success on offense on Saturday afternoon. Rockford ended the ballgame shooting 53 percent (35-66) from the field. Terhune led the Regents with a double-double after scoring 19 points and dishing out 10 assists. Three other Regents scored in double figures, Anaya Davis (18 points), Jocelyn Callahan (16 points, 4 3FGM), and Roshanda Stevens (11 points).
Manchester shot 50.9 percent (28-55) from the floor. MU also made good use of the free throw line, finishing 20-22 for a 91 percent clip. Eva Bazzoni, making her collegiate debut this afternoon, led Manchester with 23 points on the strength of 8-14 shooting. She also went 5-9 from downtown. Senior Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind,/Carroll) added 20 points. Miller finished 6-10 from the floor and was a perfect 8-8 at the charity stripe. She added 6 boards.
Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) chipped in 17 points, while Hillery Shepherd (Middletown, Ind./Shenandoah) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Manchester (0-1) will travel to NCAA Division I-member Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday November 9 for an exhibition contest against the Mastodons. MU will then host the Kalamazoo Hornets in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Friday November 12 beginning at 7 p.m.
Rockford improved to 1-0 and will host Grinnell College on Wednesday November 10.
MANCHESTER FOOTBALL: Spartans Stymied by Bluffton on Saturday
BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Manchester University football team was defeated by Bluffton University on Saturday November 6, falling on the road in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action by a final score of 31-7.
Bluffton knocked in a 37-yard field goal in the 1st quarter for an early 3-0 advantage. The Beavers then found the end zone twice in the 2nd quarter. Bluffton quarterback Blake Rine threw touchdown strikes of 35 and 10 yards to push the Beavers’ advantage to 17-0.
The Beavers would add another score on its opening possession of the 3rd quarter. Blake Rine threw his third touchdown of the game, completing a 16-yard pass to Laurenz Johnson. Bluffton would find the end zone one final time, scoring midway through the 4th quarter following a 6-yard touchdown pass from Zachary Nobis to Chris Mclaurin
Manchester’s young offense was held off the scoreboard until the final seconds of Saturday’s game. Carter Campassi (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) did manage to throw a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior Harrington Greer (South Bend, Ind./Riley) with 29 ticks left on the game clock. Greer had 4 receptions for 50 yards on Saturday.
For the game, Bluffton tallied 415 total yards of offense – throwing for 293 yards and rushing for 122 yards. Manchester put up 286 yards of total offense – throwing for 174 yards and rushing for 112 yards.
Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) finished with a team-high 8 tackles. He had 1 sack against Bluffton. 4 additional Spartans added 5 tackles on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester (2-7, 2-4 HCAC) will conclude its season next weekend at home against rival Anderson University. The Spartans will look to win back the coveted Bronze Ball Trophy.
Bluffton (3-6, 2-4 HCAC) will travel to rival Defiance College to conclude its season next weekend.
MANCHESTER WRESTLING: Wrestling Returns with 8th-Place Finish at Adrian Invite
ADRIAN, Mich. – The Manchester University wrestling team returned to the mats on Saturday November 6. The Black & Gold had a solid season debut at the Adrian Invitational, earning an eighth-place team finish after posting a team score of 50 points. 15 total teams competed at Adrian on Saturday.
Fifth-year Josh Stephenson (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown) earned a third-place finish at 141-lbs Stephenson pinned Adrian’s Zachary Platter in his first bout of the day. Stephenson would add a sudden victory over Wabash’s Joseph Miller and a 16-14 decision over Little Giant Daniel Uribe on Saturday.
First-year Justin Brantley went 2-2 on the afternoon and earned a fourth-place finish in the 125-lb weight class. Brantley posted a tech fall victory and a pin in his collegiate debut.
Sophomore Mark Roberts (Greencastle, Ind./Greencastle) would add an eighth-place finish at 133-lbs for the Black & Gold. Roberts went 4-3 on the day, winning a pair of decisions and recording a pair of pins.
Brothers Elijah Phillips (Centerville, Ind./Centerville) and Gabe Phillips (Centerville, Ind./Centerville) added a total of five wins at 157-lbs for Manchester on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans will head to nationally-ranked Wabash on Friday November 12 for a dual against the Little Giants. Match time from Chadwick Court is currently scheduled for 7 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS WBASKETBALL: Cougars Fall to SFIL Saints to Earn a Split in Catholic Classic
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (1-2) played host to the Saint Francis Saints of Illinois (2-2) at Hutzell Athletic Center for the final day of the 2021 Catholic Classic but fell by one score as the Saints won 68-65.
Junior forward Meleah Kunkel got the scoring started right off the hop with a layup and junior forward Elise Scaggs followed with another to put Saint Francis ahead 4-0 early. Both teams then went back and forth through the first quarter exchanging leads, but a three-pointer followed by a layup by the Saints put the Lady Cougars in a 13-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter.
The Saints maintained their lead over the Lady Cougars through the majority of the second quarter at one point leading by eight points. But matters didn’t get better after that because the Saints finished the half like they did in the first quarter with a three-pointer and layup to extend their lead to 12 points over the Lady Cougars.
As the game went to halftime, the Lady Cougars were trailing 31-19.
But come the third quarter, the Lady Cougars offense went to work.
After a layup put them even further behind at 14 points, sophomore guard Reganne Pate gave Saint Francis the spark that they needed. The third quarter then saw the Lady Cougars battle their way back and outscore the Saints 25-15 in the frame.
Coming into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars still trailed 46-44, but had the momentum on their side.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle with neither team able to gain an edge. And as the game entered the final minute, Saint Francis still trailed by four points and had to start fouling to stay in the game.
In the end, a three-point shot by Cassidy Crawford hit the rim and fell short as the buzzer sounded. A strong comeback effort by the Lady Cougars fell just short.
Throughout the game the Lady Cougars shot 49 percent from the floor, 18 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 63 percent from the free throw line. Cassidy Crawford led the team in scoring with 24 points and seven rebounds, while Meleah Kunkel followed suit with 17 points and six rebounds.
The Cougars resume play on Tuesday evening when they travel to Georgetown, Kentucky to face the Georgetown College Tigers (3-0) for a non-conference game beginning at 6:00 pm.
ST. FRANCIS FOOTBALL: Victory Falls Just Out of Cougars’ Reach as they Fall to LTU Blue Devils by Three
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-5; 1-4 MSFA) played host to the Lawrence Tech University Blue Devils (7-3; 3-3 MSFA) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium but fell just short by a score of 31-28.
After a thrilling come from behind victory last week against the Taylor Trojans, the Cougars’ offense picked right back where they left off and it started with an interception from senior Damon Hunter in just the second play of the game.
What followed was an eight-yard pass from junior quarterback Heath Simmons to junior wide receiver Jay Segal who ran it in for the game’s first score giving the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
After kicking it off, the Cougars defense then forced a fumble and recovered it in Blue Devil’s territory. Then Heath Simmons followed suit with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Devin Senarius to double the lead at 14-0.
The Cougars had scored in five consecutive possessions dating back to last Saturday’s fourth quarter, but then halfway through the first quarter the Blue Devils’ offense came to life.
Lawrence Tech put together a successful drive towards the end of the first quarter and capped it off with a touchdown, though Damon Hunter blocked the extra point attempt to keep it an eight-point game.
Come the second half, the Blue Devils began to take control of the momentum and the clock. A 17-yard touchdown pass put them within one point, and after forcing a three and out from Saint Francis within the frame’s final two minutes.
Then Lawrence Tech connected with a 64-yard touchdown pass to take the lead at 20-14 and it stayed that way as the game went to halftime.
But the Cougars got the ball to start the second half, and they took advantage as Simmons guided the offense down the field and with the ball on the five-yard line, and then a reverse play got the Cougars back on top in the frame’s opening drive to regain the lead at 21-20.
Although they had regained the lead, it evaporated on the next drive by the Blue Devils resulting in a six-yard rushing touchdown, and a field goal on their next drive put them ahead now by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Down but not out, the Cougars continued to scratch and claw until the end. Their defense stepped up to make a couple of key stops in the final frame, but the Cougars couldn’t break through to the end zone themselves.
Finally, with just over three minutes remaining in the game, Simmons found Jay Segal again for the duo’s second touchdown of the game and Saint Francis was right back in it now trailing by just three.
But needing to make a stop, the Cougars defense couldn’t as the Blue Devils’ run game found an open lane on the next several plays and as the game clock winded down to zero, victory was just out of the reach of Saint Francis.
ST. FRANCIS WCROSS COUNTRY: NAIA All-American Alex Ebetino Places 1st at Crossroads League Championship!
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday morning, the No. 17 University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars cross country runners traveled to Huntington, Indiana to compete in the Crossroads League Championship, and placed fifth out of 10 teams with a team score of 132.
The most notable performance on the day came from junior Alex Ebetino who placed first out of 127 runners with a time of 18:32.1. The NAIA All-American edged out Abby Brennan from Taylor by just over two seconds.
“Alex works incredibly hard and this week was more about her believing in herself and the fact that she could be the conference champion,” Head Coach Corey Birchmeier said. “I knew she could do this all season long, but this last week and today was the first day where Alex believed she could do it, and as a coach, it was awesome to see her race with that type of confidence.”
Following Ebetino’s lead from the Lady Cougars were junior Leah Hall placing 27th with a time of 20:01.3, senior Hailley O’Neill finished 32nd at 20:11.9, sophomore Kristina Baum just behind her at 34th at a time of 20:18.4, and senior Ariana Moran placing 50th with a time of 20:55.6.
The top five runners from the Lady Cougars all placed in the top 50.
The Lady Cougars will now travel to Vancouver, Washington in two weeks to compete in the NAIA Cross Country National Championship on Friday, November 19 at 12:00 pm.
BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER: PILOTS POWER THRU TO SEMIFINALS WITH WIN OVER SAU
MISHAWAKA – (RV) Bethel Men’s Soccer didn’t wait long to get on the board against Spring Arbor in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, as Andres Gonzalez Maza found the net in the 8th minute to get the Pilots rolling to a 4-1 victory over the Cougars on Saturday evening. Luan Bressy, Andre Luis Sabino, and Andrew Argueta would also each find the back of the net for the Pilots.
Score: Bethel def. Spring Arbor 4-1
Records: Bethel (14-4-1) | Spring Arbor (6-10-2)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – RV | Spring Arbor – NR
Location: Morey Field | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
8′ | Andres Gonzalez Maza (BU)
27′ | Luan Bressy (BU) assisted by Andres Gonzalez Maza
45′ | Leutrim Shefkiu (SAU)
80′ | Andre Luis Sabino (BU) assisted by Jefter Pereira
88′ | Andrew Argueta (BU)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
A rematch of the previous match for each of these squads from last Saturday, the contest featured 6 total cards and 31 total fouls.
The Pilots allowed just three shots in the match and the only one on frame was the free kick goal less than a minute before halftime for Spring Arbor.
The Pilots have allowed one or fewer goals in 13 of their last 14 matches and are 12-1-1 in that stretch.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots host fourth-seeded Marian in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm.
BETHEL WSOCCER: SEASON COMES TO END IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS
INDIANAPOLIS – Bethel Women’s Soccer fell in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals to No. 8 Marian 5-0 on Saturday. The Pilots were outshot 20-3 in the match.
Score: Marian def. Bethel 5-0
Records: Bethel (5-14-0) | Marian (15-3-1)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Marian – No. 8
Location: St. Vincent Field | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.
29′ | Erin Oleksak (MU) assisted by Allie Schlom
43′ | Allie Schlom (MU) assisted by Maya Decker
65′ | Allie Schlom (MU) assisted by Erin Oleksak
79′ | Ryli John (MU) assisted by Sydney Genatempo and Delaney Taylor
79′ | Erin Oleksak (MU) assisted by Kinadee White
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots finish the season with their most wins overall and in Crossroads League since 2013 and their sixth-place finish in league play is the highest since 2013.
BETHEL MBB: HOLY CROSS CLAIMS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER PILOTS
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball lost their second game in three tries on Saturday, falling to Holy Cross 93-80 in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. Zac Owens led the Pilots with 28 points, but the Pilots trailed by as many as 25 points in the contest in the defeat.
Score: Holy Cross def. Bethel 93-80
Records: Bethel (3-2) | Holy Cross (3-1)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Holy Cross – NR
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Zac Owens: 28 pts, 3 reb, 7-7 ft
Drew Greene: 12 pts, 4 reb
Wesley Burse: 10 pts, 3 reb, 3 blk
Jared DeHart: 6 pts, 2-4 3-pt
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots lose to Holy Cross for the first time in program history in their sixteenth meeting dating back to November 3, 2007.
The Saints opened the second half on a 17-2 run to extend a three-point halftime lead to a 53-35 advantage. The Saints would lead by as many as 25 in the game.
The Pilots only gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the game but allowed Holy Cross to convert them to 17 points.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH DRABYN
“Our team learned a lesson today that we have to be ready to play at all times. We played a really well-coached and fundamental team today that did what they do better than we did what we do. They make you earn everything, slow the game down, play possession basketball, and if you aren’t disciplined and ready to handle that well, it is a tough game to win. Coach McBride had his guys prepared and they palyed to their strengths better than we did. We didn’t play with enough pace on offense, and they were allowed to guard how they are comfortable. On defense, they made us work the entire shot clock and we didn’t make them uncomfortable enough. I am proud of our guys for not giving up and continuing to fight. I love this team, our growth, and what we can become. I look forward to getting back at it on Monday to prepare for another good team in William Penn next Saturday.”
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots host No. 4 William Penn (Iowa) in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Saturday at 2:00 pm.
BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: PILOTS MAKE QUICK WORK OF (RV) MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Volleyball exacted revenge on Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals with a 3-0 win in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. After getting swept in a couple of five-set matches in the regular season, the Pilots advanced over the (RV) Cougars to the semifinals.
Match Score: Bethel def. Mount Vernon Nazarene 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-22)
Records: Bethel (28-7) | Mount Vernon Nazarene (27-9)
NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll: Bethel – NR | Mount Vernon Nazarene – RV
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Isabelle North: 13 kills, 3 blocks, .391 hit pct.
Michaela Whitaker: 9 kills, 3 blocks, .333 hit pct.
Madyson Beaver: 6 kills, 25 assists, 8 digs
Jackeline Fernandez: 20 digs, 1 ace
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots outhit the Cougars 21.4-percent to 12.0-percent and had 20 more kills.
The Pilots trailed for nine total rallies in the match. After falling behind 5-1 in the third set, a Jackeline Fernandez serve charge led the Pilots to 10 straight points and an 11-5 advantage.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots return to Indianapolis for a rematch with No. 6 Marian on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm. The Pilots just defeated the Crossroads League champions on their home court on Saturday, October 30 in four sets for the Knights’ only blemish on the season.
IU SOUTHEAST WBB: GRENADIERS GET PAST RACERS 67-60 IN OVERTIME
RICHMOND, Ind. – The IU Southeast women’s basketball team trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter but railed to defeat the University of Northwestern Ohio 67-60 in overtime at the First Bank Richmond Classic on Saturday.
Hannah Corus had a huge game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Karly Sweeney had 15 points, Lauren Lambdin had 12 points and Brynna Blackburn added 11 points for the Grenadiers.
The first quarter was close throughout the period. IU Southeast took an 11-7 lead on a Sweeney jumper but the score was tied at 16 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second, the Racers used an 11-5 run to take a 27-21 lead which they held for much of the rest of the half as the IU Southeast offense stalled, shooting 5-of-16 from the field in the quarter. Northwestern Ohio led 35-29 at halftime.
The Grenadier defense shut down UNOH in the second half, allowing nine points each in the third and fourth quarters.
IU Southeast trailed 41-31 with 6:39 left in the third quarter but held the Racers to just three points in the remainder of the period. IU Southeast trailed 44-39 after three periods of play. Two Blackburn three-pointers and a Sweeney jumper got the Grenadiers back into the game in the third quarter.
Hannah Corus scored half of the Grenadiers’ 14 points in the fourth quarter to provide the offensive spark. The Grenadiers used a 14-4 run to take a 53-48 lead with just under 30 seconds to play.
Corus gave the Grenadiers the lead with pair of free-throws, then Blackburn connected ona three-pointer and Corus hit three more free throws to give the Grenadiers the five point advantage.
But Morgan Hughes cut the deficit to three with a pair of free throws and then hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 53 with 13 seconds to play.
Overtime was dominated by the Grenadiers. Leah Miller opened the scoring with two free throws and then Corus scored on a jumper. Lauren Lambdin would score on jumper after a pair of Sweeney free throws and two more Corus free throws extended the lead to 10.
The Grenadiers held the Racers to just 30 percent shooting from the field in the second half and overtime.
IU Southeast scored 21 points off of 26 UNOH turnovers and the Grenadiers had 13 steals to just three for the Racers.
The Grenadiers travel to Huntington University next weekend.
IU KOKOMO CC: Men’s Cross Country Earns Runner-Up; Saldana Sets New School Record to Earn Trip to NAIA Nationals
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s cross country team went into today’s River States Conference Championship as the top-ranked team in the league. The Cougars narrowly missed bringing home the Championship, falling to the Midway Eagles by just one point.
Luis Saldana did what he has done all year; sets a new school record one week and then goes out the following week and destroys his own record. Today was no different as Saldana finished the 8k race in 27:14.5, beating his previous school record by about 50 seconds. The record earned Saldana a 6th place finish and a trip to NAIA Nationals.
Bryce Jennings was the next to cross the finish line for the Cougars, doing so in 28:17.4 for a 16th place finish. Dereck Vogel finished in 28:36.6 in 21st place. Caleb Dugger was next in 29th place with a time of 28:56.6 and Drew Caldwell and Coby Grunden came in right behind Dugger in 30th and 31st place, respectively, to round of the top five for IU Kokomo.
IU KOKOMO WCC: Finishes Third at RSC Championship; Lexi Jackson Qualifies for NAIA Nationals
RICHMOND, Ind. – With a trip to NAIA Nationals on the line, the Indiana University Kokomo women’s cross country team came up just short, finishing third at the River States Conference Championships on Saturday.
Lexi Jackson secured her spot at Nationals, finishing runner-up in the race with a time of 18:30.3, just over a second off the top time. Casey Lechner was just behind Jackson as the junior crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 20:23.2. Lechner was just one spot off of a NAIA Nationals appearance.
April Chrisman earned a 16th place finish, running the 5k race in 20:56.2. Audrey Benefiel and Isabelle Altic rounded out the top five for the Cougars finishing in 21st and 23rd place, respectively.
NAIA Nationals will be held in Vancouver, Washington at the Vancouver National Historic Site on November 19th.
IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Beats IU Northwest 3-1 to End Regular Season on 14 Game Win-Streak
GARY, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team took down IU Northwest in four sets on the road Saturday evening. The win extends the Cougars win streak to 14 games and puts an exclamation mark on the regular season. IU Kokomo enters postseason play with an overall record of 25-8, and a 16-1 RSC mark.
The Redhawks opened the match with a quick 5-0 spurt before the Cougars were able to get on the board. Trailing 12-7, IU Kokomo used a 5-0 run of their own to draw even. The Cougars took their first lead of the set at 18-17 after Morgan Weir and Erinn Adam combined for a block. IU Kokomo never trailed for the remainder of the set and eventually closed it out 26-24 on a Redhawk attack error.
The second set was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Redhawks find a groove and steal the set from the Cougars. Leading IU Kokomo 17-16, IU Northwest went on a 5-0 run to open up a 22-16 lead. The Redhawks took the second set 25-21, holding IU Kokomo to a match low .030 hitting percentage.
The Cougars began a set with the lead for the first time on the night as a Sidney Gerig kill gave the Cougars an early 1-0 advantage in the third set. Leading 5-4, IU Kokomo won seven points in a row to take a commanding 12-5 lead over IU Northwest. The Redhawks cut the lead to two at 16-14 forcing a Cougar timeout, however, the Cougars went on a 9-4 run out of the timeout to close out the third set 25-18.
IU Kokomo dominated the fourth and final set, carrying the momentum over from the strong third-set performance. The Cougars hit for a match-best .343 while holding the Redhawks to a .103 hitting percentage in the final set. Leading 10-8, IU Kokomo used rang off four consecutive points to take a 14-8 lead. A Loralei Porter kill gave the Cougars a 25-14 fourth set victory and a 3-1 win
Erinn Adam led the Cougars with 17 kills while Lorelei Porter added 13. Tori Wilkinson had three service aces.
The Cougars will open postseason play by hosting the River States Conference tournament next Friday and Saturday, November 12 & 13, inside the Student Activities and Events Center. IU Kokomo comes into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.
IU KOKOMO WSOCCER: Soccer Falls to Point Park 1-0 in Double-Overtime of RSC Tournament Quarterfinals
PITTSBURGH, Pa. The Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Point Park University Saturday afternoon in double-overtime.
IU Kokomo outshot Point Park 27-14, including 8-6 in shots-on-goal. Kelsi Hoot led the Cougars with seven shots, while Morgan Scruggs had six and Keely Hoopingarner added five.
Similar to the Cougars regular season matchup against the Pioneers, the match was tightly contested throughout. The first half was especially close, and it saw the Cougars narrowly outshoot the Pioneers 8-6. IU Kokomo finished the half strong with two shot opportunities for Morgan Scruggs, with both going wide-right.
The Cougars carried the offensive momentum over to the second half, earning six shots in the first five minutes of the final half. A shot from IU Kokomo’s Madison Gregory in the 46th minute hit off the crossbar, and Keely Hoopingarner gathered the rebound and missed high. Despite outshooting Point Park 15-7 in the second half, IU Kokomo was unable to find the back of the net. The match remained scoreless at the end of regulation.
The first overtime period saw four total shots, all coming from the Cougars, but the match remained scoreless after one overtime period.
In the first minute of the second overtime, TaMaya Wolford found the back of the net for Point Park, giving the Pioneers the golden goal victory over IU Kokomo. The goal was assisted by Athena Beck.
With the loss in the River States Conference tournament quarterfinals, the Cougars finish the season with an overall record of 6-9-2, and a RSC record of 6-4-1. IU Kokomo’s six conference wins this season set a program record.
IU SOUTH BEND WBB: Titans sharp from long range in win at Midway
MIDWAY, Ky. – IU South Bend benefited from a hot hand beyond the arc, as the Titans picked up a road win on Saturday afternoon by defeating Midway (Ky.), 80-71.
As a team the Titans (4-1) nearly shot fifty percent from three-point range, going 13-for-28 (46.4%) on the day. Rachael Robards led IUSB with 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including a 7-for-11 performance from long-range. Sara Doi scored 17 points, knocking down five three-pointers, while Katie Gard came close to a triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.
The Eagles (1-1) held a four-point advantage midway through the first quarter, after back-to-back threes made it a 13-9 score for the home team at the 5:06 mark. The Titans responded with 14 unanswered points, including 11 straight points from Robards, and would lead 23-18 by the end of the first quarter.
The run continued, as IU South Bend scored 13 straight to open the second quarter, leading 36-18 on Katie Gard’s layup at the 4:45 mark. The basket would mark the Titans’ largest lead of the first half.
The Titans would control the game, maintaining a double-digit lead until the closing minutes of the game, when Midway would go on an 11-3 run and close the gap to 73-67 with 2:25 to play. A pair of free throws would make it a five-point game, but buckets on the last three possessions by Emma Fisher and Courtney Haynes, along with two key stops on the defensive end, secured the victory for IUSB.
IU South Bend will now prepare to step back into conference play next week, when they host cross-town rivals Holy Cross on Wednesday night. Tipoff against the Saints from the Student Activities Center is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10.
PURDUE NORTHWEST HOCKEY: Hockey can’t overcome slow start in loss to Marquette
HAMMOND, Ind. — The Purdue University Northwest D2 men’s ice hockey team fell 10-6 to Marquette in the second meeting of the weekend series at The Kube.
PNW was forced to try and dig itself out of an early hole after the Golden Eagles went up 5-1 in the first period. The Pride cut the deficit to three with a Craig Herman goal near the end of the first to make it 5-2. However, Marquette tacked on four more and blanked PNW in the second period to build a 9-2 cushion going into the final stanza.
PNW will host Concordia University Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 19 at The Kube. The Pride will play its final two home games before the Holiday Break on Dec. 10-11 when they host Northern Michigan at Bulldog Park located in Crown Point, Ind.
PURDUE NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball drops home match to Grand Valley St.
WESTVILLE, Ind. — The Purdue Northwest women’s volleyball team fell 3-0 to Grand Valley State Saturday inside H.D. Kesling Gymnasium in Westville. The Lakers won by final set scores of 25-19, 25-15 & 25-19.
Riley Kraiza led the Pride with nine kills while Bryanna Moonen produced six. Summer Clark, Erica Brohm and Olivia Brooke each chipped in with three kills, each. Brooke finished with 20 assists and nine digs.
PNW registered an overall .141 team hitting percentage while the visitors recorded a mark of .277.
The Pride led 5-4 and started strong in the opening set after a kill from Kraiza and an ace from Alexis Wade. But, the Lakers created separation after the set was tied at 7-7, gaining a five-point lead that PNW couldn’t recover from.
In the second set, a Moonen kill put PNW in front 2-1 as the Pride remained withing striking distance for the majority of the frame. Trailing 16-13 later on, PNW’s momentum ran dry after the visitors closed on a 9-2 run to claim the set.
PNW grabbed its largest lead of the night in the third set when it moved ahead 9-5. Two early kills from Moonen got the ball rolling for the Pride as Caleigh Smith recorded an ace, and Kraiza and Brooke added kills during the early spurt. The set remained tight the rest of the way with neither team leading by more than three until GVSU made another late run. The Lakers led 19-18 and then rattled off six of the final points.
PNW will host Davenport at the Hammond Campus Fitness & Recreation Center on Thursday. The regular-season finale is set for a 7 p.m. first serve and will air live on JEDtv.com.
PURDUE NORTHWEST CC: Pride close on strong note at Midwest Regional Championships
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest cross country teams raced at the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships Saturday at Angel Mounds State Park.
On the men’s side, PNW placed 18th out of 30 teams in the 10K race while finishing ahead of GLIAC opponents Parkside, Ferris State, Davenport and Lake Superior State. The top five PNW runners set a new school record in the 10K with a time of 33:13.2 (34:27 was the previous mark set in 2019). Senior Antonio Chapa placed 75th overall and set a new school record with a personal-best 32:32.6 to lead the Pride.
One the women’s side, the Pride finished 23rd out of 30 teams in the 6K meet – ahead of league foes Davenport, Northwood and Lake Superior State. The entire top five in the scoring lineup set personal-best times, led by junior Christina Shaginaw’s new school record of 22:27.2. Additionally, juniors Holly Shaginaw (23:25.5) and Morgan Bartlett (23:47.4) moved into fourth and fifth, respectively, on the school’s all-time 6K performance list.
VINCENNES MBB: Jackson records double-double as Trailblazers fall to No. 20 Harcum at Kiwanis Classic
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University men’s basketball team completed the back end of a back-to-back weekend against NJCAA Top-25 teams Saturday against No. 20 Harcum College.
The Trailblazers fell for the second time this season as the Bears came away with an 87-61 victory.
Vincennes freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) controlled the glass all game for the Blazers as he finished with his second double-double in three games, ending with 12 points and a staggering 17 rebounds.
VU fell behind early as Harcum opened the game on an 11-0 scoring run. The Blazers were able to recover and narrow the margin to six points midway through the first half.
The Bears would extend their lead to 20 points after a 14-0 scoring run by Harcum made the score 34-14.
Vincennes would cut into the margin by halftime but were only able to take five points off the Harcum lead as the Bears went into the break leading 50-35.
VU continued to chip away at the deficit early in the second half, getting the lead back to single digits before Harcum again used a large scoring run to take a 60-41 lead.
Vincennes continued to grind with the Bears but fell into a battle of trading baskets late as Harcum pulled away late to pick up the 87-61 victory in the final game of the 2021 Kiwanis Classic.
“We came out and got hit with a punch and didn’t respond as much as we would like,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Todd Franklin said. “I thought there were some good responses later on. For digging ourselves a big hole, we were able to come back and get into some pretty competitive situations.”
“I think the game was much more competitive than what the final score shows because I felt like there were long stretches where we won,” Franklin added. “We got down 22 in the first half, then I thought from that point until about 10 minutes left in the game we outscored them by about 12 or 14 and I thought we were outplaying them. It slipped away from us late but I think there were things in the game where you can see the potential.”
Jackson led the Blazers in scoring along with fellow freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) who each ended with 12 points.
Along with Jackson’s game-high 17 rebounds, he also finished his night with an impressive five blocks for the Blazers.
James Biel ended the game with three rebounds and a pair of assists.
Freshmen Trenton Johnson (South Bend, Ind.), Ketaan Wyatt (Toledo, Ohio) and Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, PA) all narrowly missed reaching double-figures in the points column.
Johnson finished the game with nine points and five rebounds, while Wyatt and Davis finished with eight points, with Wyatt adding five rebounds as well.
“Shilo played like a freshman early, tentative and scared but he figured out as we went along ‘I can be successful against these guys’,” Franklin said. “It’s what we’re trying to preach, if you do what you’re supposed to do you can be successful.”
“I thought most of the guys on the team had pockets in the game where that was true and I think they can take away from that ‘if we do what we’re supposed to do and do it with full intensity and competitively we can be good’,” Franklin added. “And if we’re not good, if we get in the gym and really work hard, we really could be good.”
“If we can get everybody together and do it I think there’s some things you saw tonight, Shilo’s going to be a good play, Thow will be a good player and you go down the list, there are opportunities. We’ll see where we stack up with Harcum if we see them in three months and if my guys stay healthy, if my guys buy in, which I can see a little bit of that, I was very encouraged by the pockets in this game. Obviously we don’t like the final score, but right now we’re not a Top-20 basketball team. We’re not a team that is going to the Final Four, right now. But what we are is a team, when we do those things right against teams that are in that position, we can be successful. We’re a young bunch who can grow into about anything if we work hard enough.”
The Trailblazers had a late addition to their schedule for next week as VU will host Indiana Elite Prep Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. eastern at the P.E. Complex.
Vincennes will conclude next week by hosting the first annual McDonald’s Classic Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13.
VU will play East Mississippi Community College from Scooba, Miss. Friday, followed by Northeast Mississippi Community College from Booneville, Miss. Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. both days.
“Mostly this is about us, we had one game to fill, I thought it would be good for us to get a game,” Franklin said. “We have such a horrific stretch of tough games here and I think if we handle it right, it will be good for us. We may not have the prettiest record and at the end we may have to win the Region tournament to go to Hutch, but that’s alright. Right now, we have to get good enough to where we can.”
“It’s good to get the game against Indiana Elite, so I hope people come out and I hope we play better. I hope we have two good days of practice, we play well in that game and it leads us into the weekend,” Franklin added. “We’re going to get the same opportunities next weekend that we did this weekend against two really good teams. Two teams that are probably further down the road than we are. Two teams that have high aspirations to play at Hutch, one is the favorite where they’re from, the other is probably top-three and they will be hungry to beat us.”
VINCENNES VOLLEYBALL: VUVB falls to Jefferson College in Midwest District A Semifinals in four sets
Hillsboro, Mo. – The historic run for the Vincennes University volleyball team has likely come to an end Saturday afternoon as the Blazers fell to host Jefferson College in four sets, 19-25, 18-25, 26-24, 18-25 in the Midwest District A Semifinals.
Jefferson utilized the home court advantage early as Vincennes fell behind two sets to zero with the Vikings winning set one 25-19 and set two 25-18.
Looking to avoid being swept for the first time since late September, the Blazers rallied back to win set three in overtime 26-24.
The momentum would not last however as Jefferson answered back to take set four and win the match 25-18, handing VU only their fourth loss of the season.
“We started off very slow as our serve receive and defense were uncharacteristically off,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We did some good things in stopping a couple of Jefferson’s hitters, but we did not capitalize on that with any extended runs of our own. It still seemed like we made enough plays in every set to win.”
VU was led offensively by freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) who led Vincennes with nine kills and narrowly missed a double-double with eight digs.
Freshmen Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) and Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) were next in line as Szybinska ended the match with seven kills and a pair of aces and Banasiak finished with six kills and a pair of blocks.
Sophomores Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) finished the match with five kills each, with Russell also leading the team with six blocks, while Cornelson added two of her own.
Sophomore Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) rounded out the VU hitting, ending with three kills offensively and four blocks on the defensive side of the net.
Freshman setters Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) ran the Vincennes offense, with Graber finishing with a team-high 19 set assists to go along with five digs and one kill. Mulligan ended her day by just missing a double-double with 13 set assists and nine digs.
Sophomore libero Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) led the VU first contact defense as Earp led the Blazers with 19 digs, along with three service aces.
Sophomore Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) also helped out the back row defense, finishing with six digs on the match.
The Vincennes volleyball season likely comes to a close with the Trailblazers sporting a 22-4 record and an unbeaten 12-0 record against Region 24 teams.
The fall 2021 addition of the Trailblazer volleyball team came away with the first Region Championship as an NJCAA Division I program and the school’s first volleyball Region Championship since 2006.
“It was a great year,” Sien added. “These students put forth their all in winning a championship and having the best record in the Region.”
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|5 Minnesota Wild||10||7||3||0||14||6||32||34||3-1-0||4-2-0||7-3-0|
|6 San Jose Sharks||11||6||4||1||13||6||32||30||3-2-1||3-2-0||5-4-1|
|7 Anaheim Ducks||12||5||4||3||13||5||38||36||4-2-1||1-2-2||4-3-3|
|8 Nashville Predators||11||6||5||0||12||5||31||31||3-3-0||3-2-0||6-4-0|
|9 Vegas Golden Knights||11||6||5||0||12||5||31||33||2-3-0||4-2-0||5-5-0|
|10 Los Angeles Kings||11||5||5||1||11||4||30||31||5-2-0||0-3-1||4-5-1|
|11 Dallas Stars||10||4||4||2||10||3||22||29||1-1-1||3-3-1||4-4-2|
|12 Seattle Kraken||12||4||7||1||9||4||34||40||3-2-0||1-5-1||3-6-1|
|13 Colorado Avalanche||10||4||5||1||9||3||30||36||2-2-1||2-3-0||4-5-1|
|14 Vancouver Canucks||11||4||6||1||9||3||27||30||1-4-0||3-2-1||4-6-0|
|15 Chicago Blackhawks||12||1||9||2||4||1||26||47||1-4-1||0-5-1||1-8-1|
|16 Arizona Coyotes||12||1||10||1||3||1||19||49||1-3-0||0-7-1||1-9-0|
|x – Philadelphia||33||14||11||8||47||34||13||11-3-3||3-8-5||53|
|x – Nashville SC||33||12||17||4||54||32||22||8-8-0||4-9-4||53|
|x – New York City FC||33||14||8||11||55||35||20||10-3-3||4-5-8||50|
|Orlando City SC||33||12||12||9||48||48||0||8-7-2||4-5-7||48|
|Inter Miami CF||33||11||5||17||35||53||-18||7-2-8||4-3-9||38|
|x – Seattle||33||17||8||8||52||32||20||8-5-4||9-3-4||59|
|x – Sporting KC||33||17||7||9||58||39||19||9-5-2||8-2-7||58|
|x – Colorado||33||16||10||7||46||33||13||8-7-1||8-3-6||58|
|x – Portland||33||16||4||13||53||52||1||10-2-4||6-2-9||52|
|Real Salt Lake||33||13||6||14||54||54||0||9-4-4||4-2-10||45|
|Los Angeles FC||33||12||9||12||51||46||5||8-6-3||4-3-9||45|