MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#6 MICHIGAN 88 BUFFALO 76

#20 FLORIDA STATE 105 PENN 70

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#8 INDIANA 86 BUTLER 63

#15 TENNESSEE 59 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 49

#17 OHIO STATE 71 BUCKNELL 48

#20 UCLA 78 PEPPERDINE 69

PURDUE 79 WESTERN KENTUCKY 69

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

BOONE GROVE43HEBRON36 
BOONVILLE52PIKE CENTRAL43 
DANVILLE54UNIVERSITY47 
FISHERS58ANDERSON8 
FRANKLIN74HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN57 
GARRETT70HERITAGE31 
HOBART53KOUTS44 
HOMESTEAD63NORTHRIDGE54 
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY55INDIANAPOLIS HERRON36 
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON39CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL37 
LEBANON59INDIANAPOLIS RITTER26 
LEO48FORT WAYNE WAYNE42 
MADISON-GRANT43WES-DEL28 
NEW PALESTINE43GREENWOOD34 
NORTHWESTERN55ROCHESTER38 
PARK TUDOR65INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE14 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)57CULVER21 
TAYLOR46KOKOMO45 
UNION CITY76RANDOLPH SOUTHERN52 
WARSAW61MANCHESTER13 

NBA SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 97 CLEVELAND 94

BROOKLYN 123 ORLANDO 90

BOSTON 104 TORONTO 88

DETROIT 112 HOUSTON 104

MILWAUKEE 112, NEW YORK 100

OKLAHOMA CITY 108 NEW ORLEANS 100

CHICAGO 117 DALLAS 107

CHARLOTTE 118 MEMPHIS 108

SAN ANTONIO 136 SACRAMENTO 117

DENVER 101 INDIANA 98

PHOENIX 119 PORTLAND 109

GOLDEN STATE 123 MINNESOTA 110

LA LAKERS 120 MIAMI 117  OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 3 PHILADELPHIA 0

NASHVILLE 4 DALLAS 2

MINNESOTA 5 ARIZONA 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONALS THIS WEEK

CLASS 6A

PENN AT MERRILLVILLE

WESTFIELD AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)

BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS

CENTER GROVE AT LAWRENCE NORTH

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO AT MICHIGAN CITY

FW BISHOP DWENGER AT ZIONSVILLE

NEW PALESTINE VS. CATHEDRAL

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT NEW ALBANY

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE AT LOWELL

MISSISSINEWA AT NORTHRIDGE

RONCALLI AT MT. VERNON

EAST CENTRAL AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

CLASS 3A

MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT HANOVER CENTRAL

BREBEUF JESUIT AT NORWELL

TRI-WEST AT OWEN VALLEY

LAWRENCEBURG AT GIBSON SOUTHERN

CLASS 2A

LAVILLE AT ANDREAN

EASTBROOK AT EASTSIDE 

SCECINA AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT TRITON CENTRAL

CLASS A

NORTH JUDSON AT CARROLL (FLORA)

ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS

LUTHERAN AT PARKE HERITAGE

TRI AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEDNESDAY

TOLEDO 49 BOWLING GREEN 17

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 30 BALL STATE 29

CENTRAL MICHIGAN 54 KENT STATE 30

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

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

OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC

RUTGERS AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

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+

UTAH AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

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+

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

PURDUE AT OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

USC AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

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

MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

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+

IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

MINNESOTA AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX

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+

STANFORD AT OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7 P.M. | FS1

NEW MEXICO AT FRESNO STATE | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

AIR FORCE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

NOTRE DAME AT VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TCU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

COLORADO AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

NFL SCHEDULE

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

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

WENTZ INTENDS TO PLAY VS. JAGUARS DESPITE IMPENDING BIRTH OF 2ND CHILD

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz intends to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, even if it means missing the birth of his baby.

Wentz’s wife is due to deliver the couple’s second child any day now.

“I could get a call at any time,” he said, according to The Athletic’s Stephen Holder. But after having a discussion with his wife about a possible conflict between this weekend’s game, Wentz noted that “I’m playing.”

With the Colts signal-caller intent on being active for Week 10, the decision aids the Philadelphia Eagles, who could receive a first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft if Wentz plays 75% of the team’s snaps during the regular season. The conditional draft pick will remain a second-round selection if Wentz does not fulfill the percentage criteria.

The 2017 Pro Bowler has passed for 2,198 yards, 17 touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 63% of his pass attempts. Wentz has thrown more TDs through nine contests than he did in his final campaign with the Eagles in 2020.

Indianapolis will aim to take advantage of a Jaguars defense that’s allowing an average of 272 passing yards per game to opponents this season.

Wentz and the Colts currently sit second in the AFC South with a 4-5 record.

REPORT: BECKHAM DECIDING BETWEEN PACKERS, CHIEFS, SAINTS

Odell Beckham Jr. is honing in on the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints as he gets ready to choose his next team, sources told Dianna Russini of ESPN.

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver became a free agent Tuesday for the first time in his career after going unclaimed on waivers. Beckham began the season with the Cleveland Browns, who moved on from him amid off-field turmoil.

The Packers, Chiefs, and Saints all have a need at wide receiver, though New Orleans is the only team where Beckham would be the clear-cut No. 1 option.

Beckham reportedly wants to finish the campaign on a contender. The 29-year-old has only appeared in one career playoff game, which came in 2016 when he played for the New York Giants.

Beckham was one of the NFL’s most productive wideouts from 2014-2018 with the Giants, but his numbers declined over three seasons with the Browns. He had 17 catches for 232 yards in six appearances for Cleveland this year before the team waived him.

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks have also been rumored to have some level of interest in Beckham.

RHULE: DARNOLD OUT 4-6 WEEKS, PANTHERS TO EXPLORE ALL QB OPTIONS

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule announced Wednesday that quarterback Sam Darnold will miss four-to-six weeks due to a shoulder injury, according to The Athletic’s Joe Person.

Rhule added that the Panthers will explore “any and all options” in response to Darnold’s absence. Tests reportedly revealed that the passer fractured the scapula in his right shoulder.

Darnold’s performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday marked a new low in what’s been a string of disappointing performances. He completed under 50% of his passes for 172 yards with zero touchdowns to three interceptions. His 26.3 passer rating was also his lowest of the season.

The former third overall pick led Carolina to a 3-0 start but has now lost five of his last six games. Darnold also hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 6 but has been intercepted four times in that span.

Rhule said he didn’t want to get into hypotheticals when asked about the possibility of signing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, according to ESPN’s David Newton.

Newton enjoyed nine years with the Panthers after being selected first overall in the 2011 draft. He was named league MVP after leading Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 campaign. The veteran spent last year with the Patriots before being released prior to the 2021 season.

P.J. Walker is set to start with Darnold sidelined. Walker has completed just three of his 15 pass attempts for Carolina this season.

The Panthers sit in last place in the NFC South at 4-5. They’re set to take on the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals on the road Sunday.

JETS NAME MIKE WHITE STARTING QB VS. BILLS

The New York Jets will start Mike White at quarterback for their Week 10 meeting with the Buffalo Bills, head coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

Rookie passer Zach Wilson will sit another week as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Wilson sprained his PCL in a Week 7 loss and was expected to miss two-to-four weeks.

During an impressive first start, White led the Jets to an upset win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 while throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns. His second start ended prematurely after he exited last week’s game versus the Indianapolis Colts with an injury.

White’s emergence has led to questions over the Jets’ starting quarterback job. Robert Saleh has continued to be noncommittal on Wilson’s role once he returns, telling reporters Wednesday that the decision is “day-to-day,” according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

“We’ll see,” Saleh said when asked if White would start in the future, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Saleh added: “(Wilson is) trending in the right direction. We’ll see how he practices this week and see how he feels.”

Wilson’s struggled in his rookie campaign. The former second overall pick has tossed more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (4) and has a 63.5 passer rating.

BROWNS, BITONIO AGREE TO 3-YEAR EXTENSION WORTH REPORTED $48M

The Cleveland Browns agreed to a three-year contract extension with guard Joel Bitonio, the team announced Wednesday.

The extension is worth roughly $48 million, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Browns inked Wyatt Teller to a new four-year, $56.8-million deal one day prior. Cleveland now has its entire starting offensive line under contract until the end of 2022.

General manager Andrew Berry explained that extending Bitonio was a high priority for the Browns and said the organization believes the lineman could end up in the Hall of Fame.

“We are all excited about this extension and hopeful that at the end of his career, we will all be looking forward to celebrating Joel’s gold jacket fitting in Canton,” Berry said in a statement.

Bitonio has developed into one of the league’s best interior linemen. He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons and hasn’t missed a regular-season snap since the start of the 2017 campaign. Bitonio’s also been an instrumental force in a Browns rushing attack that finished third in yardage last season and is currently second this year.

BROWNS’ CHUBB STILL UNCERTAIN FOR PATS AFTER POSITIVE TEST

CLEVELAND (AP) Nick Chubb’s positive COVID-19 test despite being vaccinated has the Browns taking extra precautions.

They’re back to wearing masks inside the building, holding meetings virtually, closing their cafeteria and not taking any chances.

“It always puts things back into perspective of the weird times that we are in,” linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. said Wednesday. “COVID is still a thing and we have to respect that as such.”

Chubb tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, and it’s possible the star running back will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

Rookie running back/wide receiver Demetric Felton also tested positive and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with Chubb, who is coming off a 137-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win over Cincinnati.

Both players will need to be symptom free and have two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to face the Patriots. Chubb and Felton are both vaccinated.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski would not disclose whether Chubb is experiencing any symptoms, leaving his status uncertain and perhaps Cleveland without its best offensive player this week.

In the meantime, the Browns had their fifth positive test in three days as backup guard Nick Harris was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Stefanski said the second-year lineman was the only new positive test.

With Chubb and Felton currently out, the Browns (5-4) are running out of running backs.

Kareem Hunt is on injured reserve with a calf injury and not ready to return. Stefanksi said the versatile Hunt will not be designated for return this week.

For now, third-stringer D’Ernest Johnson, who rushed for a career-high 146 yards in his first NFL start in a win over Denver on Oct. 21, has moved into the starting spot.

“We are extremely confident in D’Ernest,” said quarterback Baker Mayfield. “That has not been a question yet. Obviously, very unfortunate news about Demetric and Nick. Obviously, we have been here before. We had to deal with a lot of issues last year with this. It is kind of one of those fluid situations.

“We just have to be ready to go. Next man up mentality, and we are confident in D’Ernest, that’s for sure.”

Because of the recent COVID-19 cases, the Browns are this week following enhanced protocols, which include daily testing for players and staff.

The Browns were one of the league’s hardest-hit teams by the virus in 2020 so this is nothing new. Stefanski missed last season’s playoff win in Pittsburgh after a positive test.

“It’s things that we’ve done before and we know virtual meetings are not ideal,” Stefanski said “But we also understand that you can cover a lot of ground in them.”

NFL PREVIEW: WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 10

REMEMBER THESE TITANS: The TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2) enter Week 10 with the best record in the AFC and the longest active win streak in the league (five games). Each of their past four wins have come against 2020 playoff teams, with victories over the Buffalo Bills (Week 6), Kansas City Chiefs (Week 7), Indianapolis Colts (Week 8) and Los Angeles Rams (Week 9).

Each of the previous three teams to win four consecutive games with each win coming against a team that made the postseason the year before all made it to the Super Bowl that season: NEW ENGLAND in 2011, GREEN BAY in 2010 and NEW ORLEANS in 2009.

In Week 10, the Titans host the New Orleans Saints, who won the NFC South last season. With a win on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Tennessee can become the second team ever to win five consecutive games with each win coming against a team that made the playoffs the previous season, joining PHILADELPHIA (Weeks 7-11)in 2003.

The 2021 Tennessee Titans’ Weeks 6-10 results:

WEEKOPPONENTOPPONENT’S PRIOR SEASON RESULTGAME RESULT
Week 6vs. BuffaloAdvanced to Championship GameW, 34-31
Week 7vs. Kansas CityAdvanced to Super BowlW, 27-3
Week 8at IndianapolisAdvanced to Wild CardW, 34-31 (OT)
Week 9at L.A. RamsAdvanced to Divisional RoundW, 28-16
Week 10vs. New OrleansAdvanced to Divisional Round???

The 2003 Philadelphia Eagles’ Weeks 7-11 results:

WEEKOPPONENTOPPONENT’S PRIOR SEASON RESULTGAME RESULT
Week 7at N.Y. GiantsAdvanced to Wild CardW, 14-10
Week 8vs. N.Y. JetsAdvanced to Divisional RoundW, 24-17
Week 9at AtlantaAdvanced to Divisional RoundW, 23-16
Week 10at Green BayAdvanced to Wild CardW, 17-14
Week 11vs. N.Y. GiantsAdvanced to Wild CardW, 28-10

— NFL —

RUSS RETURNS FOR 150: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON is expected to make his 150th career start on Sunday. He enters the game with 277 touchdown passes in his career and has won 100 of his 149 starts. Entering this season, Wilson has the most wins (98) and the second-most touchdown passes (267) by a quarterback through his first nine seasons in NFL history. 

With at least three touchdown passes at Green Bay on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Wilson would surpass TOM BRADY (279 touchdown passes) for the fourth-most touchdown passes by a player in his first 150 starts. With a win, he would surpass BEN ROETHLISBERGER (100 wins) for the fourth-most wins by quarterback in his first 150 starts.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 150 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMTOUCHDOWN PASSES
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay327
Dan MarinoHOFMiami290
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis286
Tom BradyNew England279
Russell WilsonSeattle277*
*Making 150th start on Sunday 

The quarterbacks with the most wins in their first 150 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMWINS 
Tom BradyNew England116 
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco108 
Terry BradshawHOFPittsburgh102 
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh100 
Russell WilsonSeattle100* 
*Making 150th start on Sunday

With four touchdown passes on Sunday Wilson, can tie Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (17 games) and PEYTON MANNING (17) for the most games with at least four touchdown passes in a player’s first 10 seasons in NFL history.

— NFL —

HOME ON THE ROAD: In four road games this season, Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS has totaled 11 touchdowns (10 passing, one rushing) with no interceptions and a 111.3 rating. Dating back to Week 16 of the 2020 season, Cousins has passed for at least two touchdowns with a rating of 100-or-higher in each of his past six road starts.

With two touchdown passes and a rating of 100-or-higher at SoFi Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Cousins will become the sixth player ever to accomplish the feat in seven consecutive road games.

The players with at least two touchdown passes and a rating of 100-or-higher in the most consecutive road games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)GAMES
Carson PalmerCincinnati2004-058
Patrick MahomesKansas City2018-197
Tony RomoDallas20147
Tom BradyNew England2011-127
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay20117
    
Kirk CousinsMinnesota2020-216*
*Active streak

— NFL —

STREAKING BACKS: Indianapolis running back JONATHAN TAYLOR enters Week 10 leading the league with 1,114 scrimmage yards (821 rushing, 293 receiving) and ranks third with eight rushing touchdowns. The second-year back has rushed for a touchdown and eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in each of his past six games, including two rushing touchdowns with a season-high 200 scrimmage yards in Week 9.   

With at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown against Jacksonville on Sunday (1:00 PM, ET), Taylor will become the fourth player ever to do so in seven consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight consecutive games in 2006), LYDELL MITCHELL (eight in 1975-76) and LARRY JOHNSON (seven in 2005).

The players with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)GAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego Chargers20068
Lydell MitchellBaltimore Colts1975-768
Larry JohnsonKansas City20057
    
Jonathan TaylorIndianapolis20216*
*Active streak

Pittsburgh’s NAJEE HARRIS leads all rookie running backs with 830 scrimmage yards (541 rushing, 289 receiving) and six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) this season. He enters Week 10 having scored a touchdown and eclipsed at least 75 scrimmage yards in each of his past five games.

With at least 75 scrimmage yards and a touchdown against Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Harris will become the sixth rookie to accomplish the feat in six consecutive games since 1950.

The rookies with at least 75 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the most consecutive games since 1950:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Eric DickersonHOFL.A. Rams198310
Fred TaylorJacksonville19988
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans20176
Franco HarrisHOFPittsburgh19726
Gale SayersHOFChicago19656
    
Najee HarrisPittsburgh20215*
*Active streak

— NFL —

BEST RECEIVERS OUT WEST: Entering Week 10, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the league with 1,019 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions and is the fifth player ever with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his team’s first nine games of a season.

San Francisco wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL ranks second in the league with 882 receiving yards and has eclipsed 150 receiving yards in three games this season, the most in the NFL.

When the 49ers host the Rams on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) it will mark the fourth game since 2012 featuring the league’s top-two leaders in receiving yards entering Week 10 or later.

The games featuring the league’s top-two leaders in receiving yards entering Week 10 or later since 2012:

WEEK, SEASONLEADING RECEIVER  SECOND-LEADING RECEIVERRESULT
Week 10, 2021Cooper Kupp (1,019)  Deebo Samuel (882)???
Week 11, 2019Michael Thomas (1,027)  Mike Evans (924)NO 34, TB 17
Week 10, 2017Antonio Brown (835)  T.Y. Hilton (702)PIT 20, IND 17
Week 17, 2012Calvin JohnsonHOF (1,892)  Brandon Marshall (1,466)CHI 26, DET 24

— NFL —

WATT A START: Last week, Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT recorded a season-high three sacks, his 14th career game (fourth this season) with at least two sacks, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017. In 69 career games, he has a total of 61 sacks, the second-most in the NFL since 2017.

With a sack against Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Watt will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (61 sacks) and his brother, J.J. WATT (61), for the second-most by a player in his first 70 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 70 career games since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMSACKS
Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia79
Derrick ThomasHOFKansas City61
J.J. WattHouston61
T.J. WattPittsburgh61*
*In 69 games

Watt enters Week 10 ranking second in the league with 11.5 sacks this season. With at least 1.5 sacks on Sunday, he will become the second player since 1982 to record at least 13 sacks in four consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (1985-88; 1990-93).

— NFL —

SACK ATTACK: Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT enters Week 10 leading the league with 12 sacks. Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT ranks second with 11.5, while Arizona linebacker MARKUS GOLDEN, New England linebacker MATT JUDON and Tennessee linebacker HAROLD LANDRY are tied for third with nine sacks each.

The 2021 season has a chance to become the fourth season since 1990 and first since 2000 with five players each having at least 10 sacks through Week 10.

The seasons with the most players with at least 10 sacks through Week 10 since 1990:

SEASONPLAYERS WITH 10+ SACKS
19987
20005
19905

NFL CAPSULES WEEK 10

BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-2) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-7)

THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/8/19: Ravens 59 at Dolphins 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/19

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 266 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for season-high 120 yards last week, his 10th-career game with 100+ rush yards, tied with MICHAEL VICK for most all-time by QB. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rush yards & 5th in row with 50+ rush yards. Completed 17 of 20 passes (85 pct.) for 324 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating in last meeting. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for season-high 79 yards & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Rushed for 68 yards in only career game vs. Mia. (10/15/17 w/ Atl.). RB LE’VEON BELL rushed for season-high 48 yards & TD in Week 9. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 9 catches for 116 yards last week, his 5th-career game with 100+ rec. yards & 3rd this season. Has 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Had 4 catches for careerhigh 147 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. Rookie WR RASHOD BATEMAN aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 9. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had season-high 2 PD last week & aims for his 6th in row with PD. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with PD. LB JOSH BYNES led team with season-high 11 tackles & had TFL & PD in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & TFL. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 TFL, sack, FF & FR in his last game vs. Mia. (12/23/18 w/ Jax.).

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA has 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Can make 1st-career start in primetime. QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 244 yards & TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Passed for 215 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in only career start vs. Bal. (12/23/17 w/ Ind.). Has 4 rush TDs & 0 INTs in 4 career games on TNF (3 starts). • RB MYLES GASKIN had 57 scrimmage yards (34 rush, 23 rec.) with 6 catches & 1st rush TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 8 catches for 83 yards last week, his 3rd game with 8+ catches this season, most among rookies. Has 7+ catches & 40+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 80+ rec. yards. Leads rookies with 56 catches, tied-3rd most all-time by player in 1st 9 career games. WR MACK HOLLINS had rec. TD in Week 9 & has TD catch in 2 of past 3. TE MIKE GESICKI had 54 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with rec. TD. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 10 PD in his past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with INT. CB NIK NEEDHAM had PD & sack last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 9. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had PD & 2.5 sacks last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 5th in row with PD.

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 16-11

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Falcons 39 at Cowboys 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20

QB MATT RYAN passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating & had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. Has 73 games with 300+ pass yards, tied with PHILIP RIVERS for 4thmost all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of 4 road starts this season & aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 catches & season-high 136 scrimmage yards (126 rec., 10 rush) last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 6 games with 5+ catches in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. Has career-high 737 scrimmage yards this season & leads all RBs with 459 rec. yards in 2021. • WR RUSSELL GAGE led team with season-high 7 catches & had 64 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 46 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 4+ receptions. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 62 rec. yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies & 3rd among TEs with 546 rec. yards. • LB DEION JONES led team with 10 tackles & had 2 PD last week. Is 1 of 4 players with 6+ games (6) with 10+ tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. Had 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks in last meeting. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 6 tackles & career-high 3 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 9+ tackles.

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 2 TDs last week & aims for his 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts. Passed for 450 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.4 rating & had career-high 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Amis for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 13 receptions, 323 scrimmage yards (161.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 447 scrimmage yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 8 players all-time with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB has 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 6 catches for 106 yards in last meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR MALIK TURNER had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • LB MICAH PARSONS (rookie) had 10 tackles, 3 TFL & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Is 1 of 3 rookies (KENDRELL BELL & NICK BOSA) with 5+ sacks (5) & 10+ TFL (10) in 1st 8 games since 2000. CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 7 INTs. Has 13 PD & 5 INTs in 11 career home games & aims for his 7th in row at home with PD.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 25-15

STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Jaguars 14 at Colts 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & 0 INTs last week. Has 774 pass yards (258 per game) in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 270+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (176), pass yards (1,851) & TD passes (8). • RB JAMES ROBINSON has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Had 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (9/13/20). Has 663 scrimmage yards (94.7 per game) in 7 career games vs. division. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for season-high 67 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 67 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (11/21/19 w/ Hou.). • WR MARVIN JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Ind. (11/1/20 w/ Det.) & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 68 yards & career-high 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rec. TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE DAN ARNOLD aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack & 1st-career INT & FR last week, 1st player in 2021 with sack, INT & FR in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT TAVEN BRYAN had career-high 2 sacks in Week 9. S RUDY FORD had 1st-career INT last week.

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 134.3 rating last week, his 6th game with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs this season, tiedmost in NFL (AARON RODGERS). Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 7th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 286 yards & 3 TDs for 119.6 rating in only career start vs. Jax. (10/28/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 6th start in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 200 scrimmage yards (172 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TDs last week, his 2nd-career 200-yard game. Can become 4th player in SB era with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games. Rushed for career-high 253 yards & had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,114 scrimmage yards & ranks 2nd with 821 rush yards this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had season-high 108 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR T.Y. HILTON had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. Jax. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 5 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles & 4th FF of season last week, tied-most in NFL. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 11 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH had 1st 2 sacks of season last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: All-time series tied, 12-12

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/27/19: Browns 13 at Patriots 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/19

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 14 of 21 passes (66.7 pct.) for 218 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 132.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 109.3 rating since Week 5, 3rd-highest in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB NICK CHUBB had 163 scrimmage yards (137 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week, his 8th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Rushed for 131 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards in 2021. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 5 catches for 65 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. NE with 5+ catches. Has 65+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with TD catch. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE DAVID NJOKU had rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 6th in row with sack. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. Leads NFL with 12 sacks. LB ANTHONY WALKER led team with season-high 14 tackles & had sack last week. CB DENZEL WARD had season high 3 PD & 99-yard INT-TD last week, his 2nd-career TD. Had 2 PD in last meeting. S JOHN JOHNSON had INT & FF in Week 9.

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 12 of 18 passes (66.7 pct.) for 139 yards & TD vs. INT last week & became 3rd rookie QB ever to win 1st 4 road starts. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 7 of 9 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 109.1 rating in his past 3 home starts. Leads all rookies with 204 completions, 68 comp. pct., 2,135 pass yards, 10 TD passes & 89.8 rating this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has rush TD in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Has 80+ rush yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had career-high 106 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 44 rec.) last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. RB BRANDON BOLDEN had season-high 81 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 9. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS is 1 of 4 AFC WRs with 4+ catches in 8 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE aims for 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Cle. (12/3/17 w/ LAC). • CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs, incl. 88-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (XAVIER MCKINNEY) with 2 INTs in 2 games this season. LB MATT JUDON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 9 sacks. LB JAMIE COLLINS had 1st INT of season last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (5-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 64-56

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/25/20: Bills 18 at Jets 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 31 of 47 passes (66 pct.) for 264 yards & rushed for 50 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of past 6. Had 619 pass yards (309.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 97.5 rating in 2 starts vs. NYJ last season. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB ZACK MOSS had 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 rec.) in last meeting. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 59 scrimmage yards (season-high 43 rec., 16 rush) & career-high 7 catches last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 6+ catches in each of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches. Had 11 catches for 112 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 50+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 65 rec. yards in Week 9 & has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 8 games this season. Had 9 catches for 72 yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/7/18 w/ Den.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 6 tackles, PD & 0.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. S JORDAN POYER has INT in 2 of past 3 & PD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. DE MARIO ADDISON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYJ.

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE has 78.6 comp. pct. & 112.8 rating in 2 starts this season. QB JOSH JOHNSON set career highs in completions (27), pass yards (317) & TD passes (3) last week. QB JOE FLACCO has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Buf. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 86 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 37 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. Has 294 scrimmage yards (98 per game) in 3 home games this season. Ranks 4th among rookies with 591 scrimmage yards (328 rush, 263 rec.) in 2021. RB TY JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 115 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (9/13/20). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE had season-high 7 catches for 84 yards & 1st 2 career rec. TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Had INT-TD & FR in his last game vs. Buf. (9/8/19). S ASHTYN DAVIS had 10 tackles & 1st 2 career FFs last week.Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 4th sack of season in Week 9. Had FR in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home.

DETROIT LIONS (0-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 17-14-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Steelers 20 at Lions 15

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Steelers 37, Lions 27

QB JARED GOFF passed for 222 yards & had 90.6 rating in Week 8. Has 5 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 84.7 rating in 4 road starts in 2021. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 8+ games (8) with 60+ comp. pct. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 5 catches & 51 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 8. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Leads all RBs in receptions (47) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (415). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 135 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 64 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Pit. (11/26/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team with 10 receptions & 89 rec. yards in Week 8. Has 4 games with 8+ catches this season, most by TE. Is only NFC TE with 40+ catches (48) & 400+ rec. yards (448) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. • LB DERRICK BARNES (rookie) had 7 tackles in Week 8 & has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has sack in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. LB JULIAN OKWARA has sack in 2 of his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 7+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. S TRACY WALKER had 7 tackles in Week 8. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with INT.

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 21 of 30 passes (70 pct.) for 205 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.1 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 315+ pass yards. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in his past 3 at home. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 78 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 9. Aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 6th in row with TD, longest active TD streak among rookies. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has TD in 4 of 5 home games this season. Leads rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (830), rush yards (541) & TDs (6) this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards, 3rdlongest active streak in NFL. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 5 catches for 43 yards & season-high 2 TDs in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 4 rec. TDs this season. • LB T.J. WATT had 7 tackles, PD & tied career high with 3 sacks last week, his 14th-career game with 2+ sacks, most in NFL since 2017. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & 1.5+ sacks & 6th in row with TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Has sack in 7 of his past 8 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11.5 sacks. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2nd-career INT in Week 9. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 8-6-1

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Saints 38 at Titans 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.5 rating in 1st start of season last week. Completed 35 of 51 atts. (68.6 pct.) for 334 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.1 rating in his only career start vs. Ten. (12/11/16 w/ Den.). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 104 scrimmage yards (team-high 54 rec., 50 rush) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has 358 receptions, tied with ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Leads NFL with 66 TDs since 2017. Had 110 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. RB MARK INGRAM ranks 2nd among active players in rush yards (7,688) & 3rd in rush TDs (63). • WR MARQUES CALLAWAY had 4th rec. TD of season in Week 9. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had season-high 53 rec. yards last week. WR DEONTE HARRIS had career-high 6 receptions & 52 rec. yards in Week 9. WR KENNY STILLS had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 3rd sack of season in Week 9 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 96.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 5th in row on road with 8+ tackles & TFL. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 8 PD in 3 road games this season & aims for his 10th in row on road with PD. S MALCOLM JENKINS aims for his 5th in row on road with 6+ tackles.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 143 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for TD last week. Has 250+ pass yards 95+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.6 rating in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for TD in season debut last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. NO (10/4/18 w/ Det.). Ranks 5th in NFL history with 14,841 rush yards & 4th with 119 rush TDs. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for 42 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Is 4th player in franchise history with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR JULIO JONES has 75+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NO. Has 1,615 rec. yards (89.7 per game) in 18 career games vs. NO. TE GEOFF SWAIM aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • S KEVIN BYARD had 24-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & has INT in 4 of past 5. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 INTs. Has 23 INTs since 2017, most among safeties. S AMANI HOOKER led team with career-high 12 tackles last week. LB DAVID LONG had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with PD. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had season-high 6 tackles & career-high 3 sacks last week. DT DENICO AUTRY had 2 PD & 1.5 sacks in Week 9. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL in his last game vs. NO (12/16/19 w/ Ind.).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-2) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 11-10

STREAKS: Washington has won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Washington 16 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/15: Washington 31, Buccaneers 30

QB TOM BRADY passed for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating in Week 8. Has 38 games with 4+ TD passes & 98 games with 3+ TD passes, both most in NFL history. Has 25+ TD passes in 16 seasons, tied-most all-time. Passed for 381 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in 2020 NFC-WC meeting (1/9/21). Aims for his 6th start in row vs. Was. in reg. season with 285+ pass yards & 2+ TDs. Has 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 road starts. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 132 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 & 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • WR MIKE EVANS had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 8 & is only player with 8+ rec. TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Incl. playoffs, has 21 catches for 492 yards (164 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games at Was. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 8 catches for 140 yards & rec. TD in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 79 rec. yards & TD catch in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Had 103 rec. yards in last reg. season meeting. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & sack in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Aims for his 5th in row in reg. season vs. Was. with 7+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 1+ sack in 4 of his past 5. Has 8 TFL in his past 7 on road. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 12.5 sacks, 17 TFL & 4 FFs in 13 reg. season games vs. Was.

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 306 yards & TD vs. INT & had 46 rush yards & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 3rd in row with 265+ pass yards & TD pass. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his 8 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 8 receptions & 93 scrimmage yards (83 rec. 10 rush) in Week 8. Is 1 of 3 RBs with 2+ games (2) with 8+ catches in 2021. Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (113) & rec. yards (921). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 6 catches for 75 yards in 2020 NFCWC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 9th in row at home with 4+ catches. WR CAM SIMS had 7 catches for 104 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). WR DEANDRE CARTER had 51 rec. yards & 1st-career rec. TD in Week 8. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches for 74 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Has rec. TD in 2 of his 4 games this season. • DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. DT DARON PAYNE had 2 sacks & FF in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 2nd sack of season in Week 8. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 6th in row at home with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 2 PD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. S LANDON COLLINS had 8th-career sack in Week 8. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-1)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 11-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Cardinals 21 at Panthers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Panthers 38, Cardinals 20

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards in 2 of 4 road starts this season. Has TD pass & 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. NFC West. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 106 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 52 rush) in Week 9. Has 20 career games with 50+ rush & 50+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Since 2019, has 1,440 scrimmage yards (130.9 per game) & 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in 11 road games. Has 340 receptions & needs 3 to surpass HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (342) for 3rd-most by RB in 1st 5 seasons. • WR DJ MOORE aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. Had 52-yard rec. TD in last road meeting. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 99 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 90+ rec. yards. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Is 1 of 2 (MYLES GARRETT) with 8+ sacks (8.5) & 12+ TFL (12) in 2021. Set career-highs with 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL with Az. in 2020. DE BRIAN BURNS had 22ndcareer sack & 5th-career FF last week. Had sack in last road meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had 27th-career INT last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. Az. S JEREMY CHINN led team with season-high 11 tackles & had 3rd-career FF in Week 9. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

QB KYLER MURRAY has 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 home starts this season. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (TOM BRADY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6 games with 100+ rating in 2021. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. • RB JAMES CONNER had 173 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 77 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9, his 2nd-career game with both rush & rec. TD. Is 1 of 2 (COOPER KUPP) with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Leads NFC in rush TDs (10) & NFL in scrimmage TDs (11). Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. Rushed for 65 yards & TD in his only career game vs. Car. (11/8/18 w/ Pit.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 5+ receptions. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his 4 home games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 6 catches & 91 rec. yards in Week 9. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last meeting. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had career-high 3 sacks last week & leads NFC with 9 sacks in 2021. Has 2+ sacks in 3 of his past 4. LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks, 2 FF & FR in last home meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 8 tackles & had career-high 2 FRs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 11+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 4th-career FF last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 2nd INT of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Vikings 39 at Chargers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/19

QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2+ TD passes & rush TD. Has 1,851 pass yards (308.5 per game) & 18 TDs (16 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 114 rating in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 122 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 12 rec.) last week, his 18th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Since 2020, has 1,356 scrimmage yards (123.3 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 11 road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 50-yard rec. TD last week & became 2nd-fastest player (ODELL BECKHAM JR. – 21 games) to reach 2,000 rec. yards (24 games) in SB era. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with 65+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Since 2018, is 1 of 4 WRs with 35+ rec. TDs (36). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with career-high 17 tackles in Week 9. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games this season. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 10 seasons. LB ANTHONY BARR had 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 1st sacks (1.5) of season last week. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. CB CAMERON DANTZLER had season-high 10 tackles last week.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 32 of 38 passes (career-high 84.2 pct.) for 356 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating & rushed for TD last week, 2nd-highest comp. pct. ever by QB under 24 years old (min. 30 attempts). Has 12 games with 300+ pass yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 82 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Had 81 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 19 rush) in last meeting. Has 503 scrimmage yards (125.8 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rush TDs (5) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with season-high 12 catches for 104 yards last week, his 9th-career game with 12+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, most all-time. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ catches & 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 232 yards (116 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. Min. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 58 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 4 catches for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. TEs STEPHEN ANDERSON & DONALD PARHAM each had TD catch last week. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in Week 9 & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Has 7 TFL in 4 career games vs. NFC North. S DERWIN JAMES is 1 of 2 AFC DBs with 5+ tackles in 8 games this season. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with FF. Had 8 tackles in last meeting.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-6) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Broncos 23 at Eagles 51

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Broncos 52, Eagles 20

QB JALEN HURTS had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 115.3 rating & 62 rush yards in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 QBs (LAMAR JACKSON & KYLER MURRAY) with TD pass & 60+ rush yards in 6+ games (6) since 2020. Has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 13 career starts. Has 85+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had 71 rush yards & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. RB BOSTON SCOTT has 3 rush TDs in his past 2 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 3rd rush TD of season last week. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) led team with 5 catches & 116 rec. yards & had his 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 9. Ranks 3rd among rookies in rec. yards (537) & 4th in receptions (38). Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 2+ games (2) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. TE DALLAS GOEDERT aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 4 NFC TEs with 400+ rec. yards (401) in 2021. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks & 4 TFL in 5 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had TFL in last meeting. LB T.J. EDWARDS led team with 12 tackles in Week 9, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 on road. CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD in his last game vs. Den (12/22/19 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 5+ tackles. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 249 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 107.6 rating & rushed for 1st TD of season last week, his 5th game this season with 0 INTs & 100+ rating, tied-2nd most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Is 7-0 as starter vs. NFC East with 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 96.9 rating. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 609 scrimmage yards (101.5 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 vs. NFC East. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 111 rush yards in Week 9, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Ranks 3rd among all rookies with 601 scrimmage yards (466 rush, 135 rec.). • WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards & 4th TD of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 69 yards in Week 9. Has 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 2 PD & TFL last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (QUANDRE DIGGS & J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 9. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 2nd INT of season last week. Tied for lead among rookies with 2 INTs. Rookie LB JONATHON COOPER had 4 tackles & 1st 2 career sacks last week.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 11-8

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/15/18: Packers 24 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Packers 17, Seahawks 9

QB RUSSELL WILSON is expected to make his 150th career start. Has 277 pass TDs & can become 4th QB with 280+ TD passes in 1st 150 starts. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 130.3 rating in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 110+ rating. Passed for 225 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had rush TD in last meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. GB (11/19/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 43 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 8 & joined ODELL BECKHAM JR. & HOFer RANDY MOSS as only WRs since 1990 with 25+ rec. TDs (25) in 1st 40 career games since 1990. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 8 rec. TDs & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 12 catches & 142 rec. yards in Week 8, his 6th-career game with 10+ receptions. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 14 tackles in Week 8. Has 3 games with 14+ tackles in 2021, most in NFL. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles & 7th in row vs. GB with 8+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 10 tackles in Week 8, his 10thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in only career game vs. GB (12/23/18 w/ NYJ). S QUANDRE DIGGS is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Had INT in his last game at GB (12/30/18 w/ Det.).

QB AARON RODGERS has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 124.4 rating in 3 home starts this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Passed for 332 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.8 rating in last meeting. Has 7 TDs vs. INT for 111 rating in 4 career home starts vs. Sea. Has 111 games with 100+ rating & can tie HOFer PEYTON MANNING (112) for 3rdmost in NFL history. QB JORDAN LOVE passed for 190 yards & TD vs. INT in his 1st career start last week. • RB AARON JONES has 90+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10 at home. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 29 career home games. Had 103 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 40 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 active players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 40+ rush TDs (40) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) since 2017. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 11 rec. TDs in his past 9 at home. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 6+ receptions. Had 10 receptions for 166 yards in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in rec. TDs (61), ranks 3rd in receptions (516) & 5th in rec. yards (6,425). WR ALLEN LAZARD had 9th-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is only player with 80+ tackles (82) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 PD in his past 4. S ADRIAN AMOS aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ tackles.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 66-53-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Chiefs 35 at Raiders 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 166 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Completed 34 of 45 passes (75.6 pct.) for 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 340+ pass yards. Has 1,882 pass yards (313.7 per game) & 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 105.6 rating in 6 career starts vs. Raiders. Has 95.4 rating in his past 4 vs. division. Has 90+ rating in 8 of 9 career starts on SNF. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS rushed for career-high 70 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 5 catches for 68 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 432 rec. yards (108 per game) in his past 4 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row on SNF with TD catch. WR TYREEK HILL has 5+ catches in 6 of past 7. Had 11 catches for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 50+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 with 750+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 6 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Has 4 INTs in his past 3 on SNF. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Leads all rookies with 71 tackles & ranks 2nd with 9 TFL.

QB DEREK CARR completed 30 of 46 passes (65.2 comp. pct.) for 296 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 30+ completions & 295+ pass yards. Has 315+ pass yards & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 70+ comp. pct., 275+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOSH JACOBS had season-high 95 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with rush TD. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 vs. division. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. RB KENYAN DRAKE had season-high 100 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 6 catches last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER led team with 7 catches for 92 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 7 catches for 49 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in 3 of past 4. DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. KC with TFL. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 vs. division. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 10 tackles & PD last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 91 tackles this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-5)

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 72-67-3

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: 49ers 23 at Rams 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: 49ers 24, Rams 16

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is only QB with 250+ pass yards in 9 games in 2021. Passed for 347 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.7 rating in his last start at SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating. Leads NFL in pass yards (2,771) & ranks 2nd in TD passes (23). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON is 1 of 2 NFC RBS (CORDARRELLE PATTERSON) with 8 games with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2021. Rushed for 88 yards in last road meeting. Has 381 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. • WR COOPER KUPP leads NFL in receptions (74), rec. yards (1,019) & rec. TDs (10) & became 2nd player in SB era (JERRY RICE – 1990) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in his team’s 1st 9 games of season. Has 5+ receptions in 13 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. WR ROBERT WOODS had 2nd game in 2021 with 100+ scrimmage yards (104) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. • DL AARON DONALD has 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL in 13 career games vs. SF. Has 6 sacks in 2021 & can become 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 8 seasons. LB LEONARD FLOYD has team-high 7.5 sacks & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB VON MILLER can make LAR debut. Leads active players with 110.5 career sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 3rd INT of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with PD.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 100.6 rating in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.3 rating in last home meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC West. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had career-high 5 receptions & 79 scrimmage yards (career-high 43 rec., 36 rush) in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 rookie RBs (MICHAEL CARTER & NAJEE HARRIS) with 4+ games (4) with 75+ scrimmage yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for season-high 101 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & DARREN WALLER) with 10+ games (11) with 100+ rec. yards since 2017. Has 38 catches for 638 yards (106.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 882 rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 133 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. LAR with TD. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 89 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 1st-career rec. TD in last home meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 4th-career FF last week. Ties for NFL-lead with 12 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER led team with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 7th in row vs. LAR with 6+ tackles. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had career-high 10 tackles & 2nd sack of season in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL.

NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

(AFC)

Quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT of the Los Angeles Chargers, defensive end/linebacker JOSH ALLEN of the Jacksonville Jaguars and punter TOMMY TOWNSEND of the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 9 (November 4, 7-8).

OFFENSE: QB JUSTIN HERBERT, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

  • Herbert completed 32 of 38 pass attempts (84.2 percent) for 356 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 123.2 and added a rushing touchdown in the Chargers’ 27-24 victory over the Eagles.


  • It marked the second-highest single-game completion percentage ever (minimum 30 attempts) by a player age 23 or younger.


  • Herbert took 6:05 off the clock during a game-winning drive that resulted in the go-ahead field goal with two seconds remaining, giving the Chargers their fifth victory of the season. On the drive, he completed five of six pass attempts and rushed for a fourth-down conversion.


  • This is the first career Offensive Player of the Week award for Herbert. He becomes the sixth Chargers quarterback to ever earn the honor and first since Philip Rivers (Week 12, 2018).


DEFENSE: DE/LB JOSH ALLEN, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • In Jacksonville’s 9-6 victory over Buffalo, Allen recorded eight tackles and two tackles for loss along with a sack, interception and fumble recovery. He is the first defender to post such stat line this season.  
  • Allen led a Jacksonville defense that held the league’s top-scoring offense without a touchdown. It marked the fourth time since 1970 that a team has held an opponent that entered Week 9 or later averaging at least 32 points per game without a touchdown  


  • This is the first career Defensive Player of the Week award for Allen. He becomes the first Jacksonville player to earn the honor since Calais Campbell (Week 3, 2019).

  • Allen is the second player from Kentucky to win a Player of the Week award this season, joining former Wildcat teammate and current Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards (Week 2).


SPECIAL TEAMS: P TOMMY TOWNSEND, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

  • Townsend pinned five of his six punts inside the 20-yard line in the Chiefs’ 13-7 victory over the Packers. He ended the game with an average of 56.8 yards per punt (54.3 net), with a long of 64.


  • That marks the highest net punting average by a player since 2018, minimum five punts.


  • This is the second career Special Teams Player of the Week award for Townsend (Week 15, 2020). He is the first Chiefs punter to ever earn the honor twice.


  • He becomes the second former Florida player to win Special Teams Player of the Week this season, joining Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson (Week 1).

(NFC)

Quarterback MATT RYAN of the Atlanta Falcons, safety XAVIER MCKINNEY of the New York Giants and running back KENE NWANGWU of the Minnesota Vikings are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 9 (November 4, 7-8).

OFFENSE: QB MATT RYAN, ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Ryan completed 23 of 30 pass attempts (76.7 percent) for a season-high 343 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135.8 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Falcons’ 27-25 win at New Orleans. His 135.8 rating was the highest among all quarterbacks in Week 9.


  • This is the 10th Offensive Player of the Week award for Ryan, the most in team history, and he becomes the second Falcons player to earn a Player of the Week honor this season (linebacker Deion Jones, Week 7).
    • 2008: Week 9
    • 2011: Week 14
    • 2012: Week 16
    • 2013: Week 7
    • 2014: Weeks 1, 3
    • 2016: Weeks 9, 17
    • 2020: Week 6
    • 2021: Week 9
  • Ryan is the one of three former Boston College quarterbacks to win multiple Offensive Player of the Week awards, along with Doug Flute (four) and Matt Hasselbeck (two).


DEFENSE: S XAVIER MCKINNEY, NEW YORK GIANTS

  • McKinney totaled seven tackles and two interceptions, including a 41-yard interception-return for a touchdown in the Giants’ 23-16 win over Las Vegas. He was the only NFC player with multiple interceptions in Week 9.


  • This is McKinney’s first Defensive Player of the Week honor and is the first Giants safety to win the award since Landon Collins (Week 11, 2017). 


  • McKinney is the seventh former Alabama safety to win Defensive Player of the Week and he joins Dallas’ Trevon Diggs (Week 4) as Crimson Tide defensive backs to earn the honor this season.


SPECIAL TEAMS: RB KENE NWANGWU, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • In Week 9, Nwangwu had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half and rushed for a first down on a fake punt in the third quarter.
     
  • This is the first career Special Teams Player of the Week award for Nwangwu and he becomes the first Viking to earn the honor since Mike Boone (Week 4, 2020).


  • Nwangwu is the second former Iowa State player to win Special Teams Player of the Week, joining Ellis Hobbs (Week 1, 2007 and Week 15, 2008).

NO CHANGE TO COOK’S STATUS AS VIKES RB FACES ASSAULT LAWSUIT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, facing a personal injury lawsuit from a former girlfriend for allegedly assaulting her during an altercation at his home last year, maintained Wednesday he was the victim in the fight.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the matter will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy, but Cook will continue to practice and play with the team.

“We will continue to monitor developments, but there’s no change to his status as this is a civil complaint,” McCarthy said.

Cook’s attorney, David Valentini, said Tuesday, after the lawsuit was first reported by the Star Tribune, his client had the legal right to defend himself because the woman entered Cook’s home with a stolen garage door opener, punched him and sprayed mace in his face without provocation. Valentini said the woman and her attorney were trying to extort Cook for “millions of dollars.”

At his weekly media availability Wednesday, Cook declined to divulge further details but said again he was the one who was harmed. He said he was not considering his own legal action but deferred all other comment to Valentini.

“I know that the facts of the situation will come out and clear everything up,” Cook said.

Included as evidence in the lawsuit filed in Dakota County District Court was a message sent from Cook to the woman after the fight apologizing for his actions. She said she suffered a concussion, deep cuts to her face and other bruising. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 for claims of assault, battery and false imprisonment.

“I’m a pretty private person. Just seeing my business out on the social web is not ideal for me. I try to walk that straight line, but bumps and bruises come through life and it’s how you handle it,” Cook said. “I’ve been through a lot of tough things in my life, and I’ve got my head up high knowing that the truth will come out. I hate being a distraction to the team, but I know those guys have got my back 1,000%.”

Because this is a civil complaint, Cook would not be subject to being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, a paid leave used at league discretion in criminal cases. Former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spent most of the 2014 season on the commissioner’s exempt list for the child abuse case he was involved in with his young son.

The Vikings play at the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend.

“I’m here to work, and I’m letting my legal team handle all the legal matters. I’m handling what I can handle. I’m here where my feet are at. I’ve got my head in it trying to get ready for a game plan for the Chargers and just letting the outside things handle the outside things,” Cook said.

Coach Mike Zimmer said he wasn’t concerned about Cook. He’s got plenty of other worries with the Vikings slumped to a 3-5 record and more COVID-19 spread throughout the team.

Zimmer said one vaccinated player whom he declined to identify was admitted to the emergency room Tuesday because of COVID-19-related breathing trouble and remained hospitalized Wednesday.

“He’s stable now. But it was scary,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer said 29 people with the Vikings, including himself, were getting close contact testing Wednesday. The team currently has five players on the COVID-19 reserve list: safety Harrison Smith, center Garrett Bradbury, backup guard Dakota Dozier, backup linebacker Ryan Connelly and practice squad offensive lineman Timon Parris.

Smith, Bradbury and Dozier had to sit out the last game at Baltimore. Smith, who is unvaccinated, has also been ruled out of the game Sunday. NFL protocols for unvaccinated players who test positive require a minimum 10-day isolation.

HENRY RUGGS’ LAWYERS ARGUE TO BLOCK MEDICAL RECORDS RELEASE

LAS VEGAS (AP) Attorneys for former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III launched a bid Wednesday to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a Las Vegas woman and cost Ruggs his spot on the team.

Ruggs didn’t appear in person in court as a prosecutor filed additional felony charges of DUI causing substantial injury and misdemeanor possession of a gun while under the influence that could mean additional prison time if the 22-year-old former first-round draft pick is convicted.

Outside court, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Ruggs would serve at least a mandatory two years behind bars and could get more than 50 years if he’s found guilty of DUI causing death or substantial injury and felony reckless driving.

Ruggs is accused of driving 156 mph (251 kph) with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16% – twice the legal limit in Nevada – before his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor’s vehicle before dawn on Nov. 2.

Tintor, 23, and her dog, Max, died as flames consumed her Toyota Rav4 SUV. Her funeral is scheduled Thursday. Family members sat with their attorney Wednesday in court but declined to comment.

Ruggs was released by the Raiders and is on house arrest with strict conditions while his criminal case proceeds. He posted $150,000 bail for his release from jail a week ago.

Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum said Wednesday that Ruggs risks a return to jail if he doesn’t comply with restrictions. According to the court record, Ruggs faces four-times-a-day alcohol testing because his medical condition prevented him from being fitted with an electronic device to detect the use of alcohol.

“Any missed check-ins, any dirty tests would result in revocation of his bail,” the judge told his lawyers. She set a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing of evidence to determine whether Ruggs will face trial in state court.

Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, signaled they intend to fight at every step.

They argued that Nevada privacy law is more strict than federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements, and convinced Baucum to at least temporarily block prosecutors’ access to Ruggs’ medical records.

Attorney Peter Christiansen obtained the same temporary block on behalf of Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who was with Ruggs in his Corvette and was also injured in the crash.

Prosecutor Eric Bauman argued that investigators need the records to determine facts in the case.

Outside court, Chesnoff said that in 40 years as a lawyer he has handled cases “where the facts that were presented at the outset of the case turned out not to be the facts.”

“My job is to question all the facts,” the defense attorney said.

Ruggs remained seated in a wheelchair with a foam brace on his neck during his initial court appearance last week.

Wolfson said at the time that prosecutors were told Ruggs suffered a leg injury and that Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury. The district attorney declined Wednesday to say more.

The judge set a Dec. 8 hearing to decide if the medical records must be turned over to police and prosecutors.

The Raiders released Ruggs hours after the crash. He was emerging as a star for the team this season with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.

Ruggs was picked 12th overall in the 2020 NFL draft after three years at Alabama during which he helped the Crimson Tide win the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2017.

LILLARD FRUSTRATED WITH RULE CHANGES: OFFICIATING HAS BEEN ‘UNACCEPTABLE’

Damian Lillard is the latest star to voice his discontent with how NBA referees are calling fouls this season.

“I feel like the way the game is being officiated is unacceptable,” Lillard said after his Portland Trail Blazers fell 117-109 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, courtesy of NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin. “I don’t want to go too deep into it so they make a big deal out of it, but the explanations, the shit that’s getting missed, I mean, come on.

“I felt like coming in, the rule change wouldn’t affect me, because I don’t trick the referees, I don’t do the trick plays, and it’s just unacceptable. Then the explanations and the remarks in return when you tell them is just like – I don’t even have nothing else to say about it.”

The NBA made a concerted effort entering the 2021-22 season to cut down on calls stemming from “overt, abrupt, or abnormal non-basketball moves” by offensive players attempting to bait defenders into committing fouls.

Those tweaks may be behind a noticeable drop in Lillard’s offensive numbers this campaign; the six-time All-Star is scoring just 19.3 points per game through 11 contests this season, the lowest output since his rookie year. He’s also managing just 3.2 free-throw attempts per game, far less than half of the 7.2 trips to the line he averaged in 2020-21.

Some players have welcomed the change, including Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. The 31-year-old opined in October that matchups have been much more enjoyable to watch this season thanks to referees not rewarding players who were “cheating the game.”

However, Brooklyn Nets star James Harden, who was specifically mentioned by Green as one of the biggest benefactors of the old rules, said earlier this season that he believes he’s being targeted by the officiating adjustments. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young has also aired his frustrations with the changes.

WIGGINS DOMINATES FORMER WOLVES MATES WITH SEASON-BEST 35

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew Wiggins drove the baseline for an emphatic one-handed slam right over old teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, and it sure felt sweet.

“That’s my guy,” Wiggins said, noting it was better coming against Towns. “Oh, for sure. He got me last year, so I got him back.”

Wiggins had two dunks over Towns and dominated his former Timberwolves with a season-high 35 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 123-110 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

“No, not a revenge game, a well-played game against a former team,” Wiggins said. “A fun game. The game of basketball’s fun. … Facing your former team is always one you wake up excited for.”

Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 48 points for Minnesota, hitting seven 3-pointers in the Timberwolves’ sixth straight loss.

Wiggins, traded by Minnesota to Golden State in February 2020, made his initial 10 shots, scored 22 of his points on 9-for-9 shooting in the first half.

“Andrew was just fantastic, the aggression from the beginning of the game, loved his energy,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Obviously he was pretty excited to play against his old team. We needed everything he brought us tonight.”

Stephen Curry scored 25 points to go with six assists coming off a 50-point masterpiece Monday night against Atlanta. Jordan Poole had 14 points and five rebounds to help Golden State push its NBA-leading record to 10-1.

Kevon Looney added season-bests of 11 points and 17 rebounds, delivering on both ends on a night Draymond Green exited with a bruised right thigh. Green is listed as questionable for Friday’s game with the Bulls.

“I thought Kevon Looney was just amazing. That’s one of the toughest matchups in the league in Towns,” Kerr said.

Edwards’ 3-pointer with 5:59 left pulled the Timberwolves to 105-98, and longtime Warriors nemesis Patrick Beverley made it 105-100 before Looney’s dunk with 4:04 remaining.

Minnesota’s D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and seven assists against his former team.

LAKERS RALLY LATE IN REGULATION, HOLD OFF HEAT 120-117 IN OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) Malik Monk scored five of his season-high 27 points in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a big deficit in the final minutes of regulation before surging in overtime for a 120-117 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 2-2 while LeBron James is sidelined by a strained abdominal muscle.

Monk put on an impressive shooting display with four 3-pointers, and Anthony Davis had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers trailed by nine in the fourth quarter before rallying to beat the Heat, who had won six of eight.

Bam Adebayo scored 28 points before fouling out and Kyle Lowry had 18 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who lost Jimmy Butler to a sprained right ankle in the first half. Butler scored seven points while playing the entire first quarter, but didn’t return for the second.

Tyler Herro scored 27 points, but missed two 3-pointers in the final nine seconds of overtime in Miami’s third loss in four games.

Herro also missed a 3 with 23 seconds left in regulation, but P.J. Tucker threw down a tying rebound dunk. Westbrook missed a jumper and Davis missed the tip at the buzzer, sending the Lakers to overtime for the second straight game.

Los Angeles jumped to a five-point lead in OT while Miami missed six of seven shots. Adebayo trimmed the lead to 119-117 with 23 seconds left before fouling out, and the Heat forced a five-second violation by the Lakers on the ensuing inbounds play – but Herro missed an off-balance 3-pointer.

Carmelo Anthony hit one of two free throws with 6.5 seconds left, and Herro missed again to end it.

Avery Bradley scored 17 points with a season-high five 3s for the Lakers.

Roughly 13 months after the Lakers beat the Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals in the Florida bubble, the Heat showed much more cohesion than the former champs until LA’s stirring late rally. The Lakers have jettisoned all but three players from their title team – and of those three, only Davis was healthy for this meeting.

Miami’s Markieff Morris sat out against his former team with whiplash stemming from his altercation with Denver’s Nikola Jokic on Monday.

KAMINSKY HAS CAREER NIGHT, SCORES 31 POINTS IN SUNS’ VICTORY

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns forward Frank Kaminsky bested his career high in points with a very Kaminsky-esque move, faking out Portland’s Norman Powell with a smooth up and under that he finished with a finger roll at the rim.

From bench to beast, the big man’s rise in the playing rotation might become a regular occurance.

Kaminsky finished with 31 points, Chris Paul added 21 and the Suns beat the Trail Blazers 119-109 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

The 7-foot Kaminsky continued a stellar stretch of play, making up for the recent absence of injured starter Deandre Ayton. The 28-year-old former Wisconsin star has at least 10 points in four of the past five games and was at his best Wednesday, making 12 of 18 shots and grabbing seven rebounds.

“I still don’t think it’s really hit me yet,” Kaminsky. “But it’s just a mindset. Go out there, play as hard as you can, be ready for anything. You never know when your opportunities are going to come so you’ve got to make the most of them.”

The big man also grabbed an offensive rebound with about 2:25 left and fired to Mikal Bridges in the corner, who hit a 3-pointer that gave the Suns an insurmountable 10-point lead. It’s not a total shock when Kaminsky plays well: He was the No. 9 overall pick in 2015 and averaged about 11 points per game during his second and third seasons.

Paul said he wasn’t surprised by Kaminsky’s big night: “He just knows how to play.”

Suns coach Monty Williams acknowledged that Kaminsky’s been so good over the past couple weeks that it’s his job to find a spot for him in the rotation, even with Ayton returns.

“He’s not just out there,” Williams said. “He’s doing a lot of stuff.”

The Suns improved to 7-3. They led the entire second half, though Portland cut the lead to six midway through the fourth quarter. Phoenix’s Jae Crowder made a couple of 3-pointers in the fourth that helped keep the Trail Blazers from getting too close.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 28 points and gamely kept his team in it with some late baskets in the fourth quarter. But every time he’d score, the Suns had an answer. Powell scored 23 points for the Blazers. C.J. McCollum added 18.

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said his team played hard, but there were too many mistakes.

“You know how hard it is to win on the road in this league,” Billups said. “If you don’t play from the neck up a little bit, it makes it tough.”

The Blazers have lost five of their last seven.

The Suns pushed to a 60-47 lead by halftime. Kaminsky poured in 18 points before the break, shooting 6 of 11 from the field and 5 of 5 on free throws. Paul added 10 points.

CONNAUGHTON HELPS BUCKS RECOVER, TOP KNICKS AFTER BLOWN LEAD

NEW YORK (AP) Pat Connaughton kept another lost lead from becoming another lost game against the New York Knicks.

Connaughton scored a season-high 23 points, making three late 3-pointers to swing a wild second half back in Milwaukee’s favor, and the Bucks blew a 24-point lead before beating the Knicks 112-100 on Wednesday night.

Less than a week after the Knicks came from 21 down to win 113-98 at Milwaukee, the Bucks opened a 70-46 cushion midway through the third quarter. But the Knicks’ reserves wiped that away and the game was tied with 5 minutes to play.

“We kept our composure and that’s who we are and it feels good,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said.

Connaughton’s 3-pointers reopened a 10-point lead with 2:05 remaining and Grayson Allen added another pair to put it away.

Milwaukee couldn’t hold a 40-19 lead Friday, getting outrebounded 59-37 by the Knicks. This time, the Bucks held a 50-38 advantage on the boards – though their 26 3-pointers is ultimately what won the game.

“It was good to be in a hostile environment, good to face some of the same things we faced against them last week and good to be able to come out victorious,” Connaughton said.

Connaughton finished with a career-high seven 3-pointers.

“We needed them all,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and Antetokounmpo had 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks, who had just enough to win for the second straight night. They won at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Derrick Rose had 22 points and seven assists for the Knicks, while Immanuel Quickley scored 18 points. New York’s starters were ineffective all night and coach Tom Thibodeau stuck with his reserves for the final 1 1/2 quarters.

That decision was improbably almost enough for the Knicks to overcome a five-minute scoreless drought in the third quarter.

Milwaukee led by eight before Holiday made a 3-pointer with 9:02 left in the third. Antetokounmpo had a basket and two free throws before Holiday made another 3-pointer for a 64-46 advantage.

Antetokounmpo then drove his way to the basket for a dunk, Connaughton scored on a follow shot and Antetokounmpo stole an inbounds pass and dunked, capping the 16-0 run and making it 70-46.

Rose made a 3-pointer to end the drought and then finished the third quarter by beating the buzzer, getting a steal and racing in for a layup with 0.1 seconds left that cut it to 82-66.

New York then opened the fourth with an 18-6 run that trimmed it to 88-84 and tied it at 89 on Quickley’s 3-pointer with 5:06 remaining.

“You’re in a hole like that so the urgency came in,” Thibodeau said.

George Hill answered with a 3-pointer and Connaughton made sure the Knicks could never take the lead, his 3-pointers extending a one-point lead to 104-94.

BALL, LAVINE LEAD BULLS PAST MAVERICKS 117-107

CHICAGO (AP) There is no secret to Lonzo Ball’s improved 3-point shooting. He put the work in, and it’s paying off.

He has come a long way from long distance.

“It’s night and day now,” he said.

Ball made seven of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers and Zach LaVine scored 23 points, powering the Bulls to a 117-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Ball went 7 for 10 from deep and finished with 21 points. He is shooting 44.7% from beyond the arc in his first year with the Bulls, continuing his steady rise from shooting 30.5% from 3 during his rookie season in 2017-18 with the Lakers.

“He deserves a lot of credit,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s put in an incredible amount of work to get himself to that level.”

Five players scored in double figures for Chicago during its second consecutive victory. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points.

Dallas had won three straight and four of five overall, but couldn’t keep up with LaVine and Chicago in the second half. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, and Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

“I should take better shots,” said Doncic, who was 6 for 18 from the field. “I know I always say this, but honestly, I’ve got to do it, not just say it. I’ve got to be better.”

Dallas trailed by seven in the third quarter before Doncic wrapped the ball around his back and then lobbed to Dwight Powell for a jam over Vucevic with 3:29 left. The play drew an “ooohhh” from the United Center crowd of 20,910, but the rest of the period belonged to Chicago.

Alex Caruso converted a three-point play and made a jumper to give the Bulls a 95-80 lead after three. The reserve guard finished with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

“I just tried to be aggressive when I had the ball and shots went in,” Caruso said.

Chicago was never seriously threatened in the fourth, and LaVine punctuated the win when he got an overhead pass from Ball and finished a 360-degree dunk with 1:50 remaining.

“The Bulls are back, man. That’s all I can say,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 21 points for Dallas.

Doncic’s free throw gave the Mavericks a 51-48 lead with 4:46 left in the second quarter, but the Bulls closed the first half with a 13-3 run. LaVine opened the spurt with a 3-pointer and a dunk.

“Right there before half, with two minutes left, they went on a run, and we just couldn’t recover from that,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said.

HENDRIKS, HADER SELECTED AS TOP MLB RELIEVERS OF 2021

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Chicago’s Liam Hendriks earned his second straight Mariano Rivera Award as the American League Reliever of the Year on Wednesday, and Milwaukee’s Josh Hader won his third Trevor Hoffman Award as the National League Reliever of the Year.

Hendriks had an 8-3 record and 38 saves in 44 chances with a 2.54 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 71 innings during his first season with the White Sox.

Hader was 4-2 with a career-best 1.23 ERA and 34 saves in 35 chances. He also won in 2018 and ’19. He struck out 102 in 58 2/3 innings.

Voting was based on regular season performance and was conducted among seven former relievers: Rivera, Hoffman, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Lee Smith, John Franco and Billy Wagner.

BORAS: MLB CANCER OF TRADING VETERANS HELPED BRAVES WIN

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Baseball’s most influential agent said the sport was the victim of a “competitive cancer” caused by teams unloading veterans to accumulate draft picks and said the Atlanta Braves’ World Series title was a direct result of others’ tanking.

Speaking Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings, Scott Boras backed the demands of the players’ association for changes in the collective bargaining agreement that expires Dec. 1. The sport is braced for a lockout that would be baseball’s ninth work stoppage but first since 1995.

“This is the Easter Bunny delivering rotten eggs,” he said in front of Bob’s Steak & Chop House at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

“Every team says, `I need to do this because it’s my only option, knowing I can’t reach a divisional crest, I can’t get in the playoffs.'”

Atlanta was 51-53 when it obtained outfielders Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall and Jorge Soler along with reliever Richard Rodriguez in four swaps in the hours before the July 30 trade deadline. It also added outfielder Joc Pederson from the free-falling Cubs on July 15.

“We have seen the championship in 60 days,” Boras said. “The rules allow them to be a less-than-.500 team at Aug. 1 and add four players, five players from teams that no longer wanted to compete, and for very little cost change the entirety of their team and season.

“And we saw this unfold to the detriment of teams that create at vast expense, planning and intellect and won over 100 games. In doing all this, we have now created an understanding that a fan would not know who the true team is until, frankly, the trading deadline.”

Rosario was NL Championship Series MVP and Soler became World Series MVP as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

“The Atlanta Braves are the Atlanta Braves because tanking teams said, `I want to get to the bottom to get those draft picks,'” Boras said.

Teams draft in the reverse order of their regular-season record.

Boras blames behavior on restraints imposed on amateur spending in 2012. The caps came as the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros undertook rebuilds that resulted in World Series titles, informing decisions by other clubs to tear down.

Boras represents many top draft picks and has lost revenue because of the system of draft signing pools that no team has exceeded by more than 5%.

“It created an incentive for the race to the bottom, because now we have half the major league teams at some time during the season being non-competitive, trading off their players, making the game and the season very different than what it was intended to be, and that was having an incentive to win every game that you play,” he said.

Boras represents five of the eight men on the union’s executive subcommittee: Zack Britton, Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, Max Scherzer and Marcus Semien, who switched his agency to Boras last month. Jason Castro, Francisco Lindor and Andrew Miller are the other members.

Castro, at $3.5 million, is the only one of the eight who earned under $12 million this year. Just 86 players among 1,695 who played in the major leagues this season earned $12 million or more as of Aug. 31, including prorated shares of signing bonuses.

Ever loquacious, Boras interjected colorful metaphors for his clients and possible destinations.

– On free agenty slugger Nick Castellanos: “I kind of advised all of you like two years ago, St. Nick was going to bring a lot of presents, and frankly, we’re just going to sit back and see what teams have been naughty and nice.”

– He compared Kris Bryant to actor Sean Connery, saying “he has Bond-like abilities to create a great middle of the lineup. He’s always red-hot in the hunt for October. He’s an extraordinary gentleman and is in a league of his own.”

– Former Mets outfielder Michael Conforto had become the “King of Queens,” Boras said, but “in free agency now, he’s kind of like the ace of many GMs’ hearts.” Mets president Sandy Alderson responded: “Those comments I would characterize as a blowhard in a house of cards.”

– For Semien: “He kind of brings a charge in the batter’s box and kind of, you know, he insulates the middle infield. So he’s truly a modern day Semien conductor, and we all know there’s a shortage of chips worldwide.”

– Shortstop Corey Seager is “like a rock,” Boras said. “Of course, his parents knew this. That’s why they named him Corey.”

– On the Mets, whose search for a general manager has dragged on: “Well, there are 29 teams that have their big carts out there, and they’re filling them up now. Now, probably when you look at the old adage, `What’s upsetting the big apple cart?’ And it might be that it’s rather unattended at the moment. I’m sure that will be there, and we know that in our shopping malls, we’re very welcoming of the big apple cart.” Said Alderson: “So he’s changed the supermarket metaphor to something vehicular, I guess, and I’m not really prepared to respond. I had a great answer for the supermarket question, but I’ll keep it to myself.”

Asked if New York was a stable organization, Alderson said: “I think we’re working toward a stable enviornment.”

– Boras endorsed Commissioner Rob Manfred’s proposal to expand the postseason from 10 teams to 14. “The econonics would say there’s more TV revenues for more playoffs. The question is, where do those revenues go and how are they used?”

– He is against management’s proposal of a $100 million payroll floor. “They give you the rowboat of the minimum, but the tidal wave of the ceiling on the maximum just drowns the whole concept.”

– On the possibility of a free agent spending spree in February or March at the end of a potential signing freeze that might accompany a lockout: “Talent is the steak, and I don’t really care what time dinner is.”

KERSHAW AND FAMILY ASSESSING FUTURE, DODGERS ‘WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPOT’ FOR HIM

Clayton Kershaw is heading for free agency without having to worry about draft-pick compensation since the Los Angeles Dodgers did not tender him a one-year, $18.4-million qualifying offer.

Team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman explained why the Dodgers opted against using the qualifying offer on the three-time Cy Young winner despite wanting the ace back.

“We’ve made it very clear that if (Kershaw) wants to come back, he will always have a spot with what he’s meant to this organization,” Friedman said Wednesday, according to The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya. “Not just looking back but with what we think he can do for us next year.”

Friedman also indicated Kershaw is looking into what’s best for him and his family, and the club didn’t want to add any pressure to that decision with the qualifying offer, which comes with a 10-day deadline to accept or decline.

“I know he wants to take a little time with Ellen and figure out what’s best for them and also, more importantly, get to a point where he feels good health-wise,” Friedman continued, according to Ardaya. “We have no reason to believe that he won’t … This would’ve accelerated the timeline.

“I think just with our respect for him and for what he’s done for this organization, that wasn’t something that we wanted to do and put him on that kind of clock when he wasn’t ready for it.”

The eight-time All-Star is coming off a decent but shortened campaign after ominous-sounding left forearm discomfort left him on the injured list. Kershaw, who spent time on the IL from mid-July to mid-September with left elbow inflammation, authored a 3.55 ERA and 3.00 FIP over 121 2/3 innings.

The 2014 Triple Crown winner and MVP has spent his entire 14-year career with Los Angeles, owning a 2.49 ERA and 2.77 FIP over 2,454 2/3 innings through 379 appearances (376 starts).

While Kershaw did not get a qualifying offer, the Dodgers did tender one to pending free agents Corey Seager and Chris Taylor. Both players have until Nov. 17 to accept or decline. L.A. will earn draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS AND RELEASES

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER TEAM ALL STATE

FIRST TEAM

NOAH REINHART FISHERS

JOSE ESCALANTE SPEEDWAY

PALMER AULT NOBLESVILLE

DECLAN WHEELER WESTFIELD

SPENCER HOLLAND NOBLESVILLE

KAMERYN CLOUS ZIONSVILLE

KEIJI NAKAMAE FISHERS

KYLE ALB CROWN POINT

RYAN O’DELL CHESTERTON

BRADY HORN NOBLESVILLE

GIANLUCA SCALZO MUNSTER

GABE STAGGS HERITAGE HILLS

JACKSON MITCHELL CASTLE

MICAH WIELAND NORTHRIDGE

CHRISTOPHER QUISENBERRY COLUMBUS EAST

SAED ANABTAWI CANTERBURY

ANDREW CAITO CARMEL

TYLER MARCH FISHERS

SECOND TEAM

GABE INGLE NOBLESVILLE

LUKE KEGERREIS RONCALLI

AERIK TANNIS HIGHLAND

JD KERBER FOREST PARK

JARICK AGUILAR NORTHROP

EVAN HUDAK EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

GERMAN MENDIVIL ELKHART

GARRETT KLEFEKER COLUMBIA CITY

JAXSON HUNDT MISHAWAKA MARIAN

ELIJAH MACKE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN

EJ DREHER VALPARAISO

STEFAN BAHAMONDE LAWRENCE CENTRAL

JOSEPH RODEN EAST CENTRAL

EVAN DAWDY HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

JORGE CUAYA LAWRENCE NORTH

CONNOR DORA CARMEL

GUS DICKMAN NEW ALBANY

JOEL “ALEX” RUSSELL CATHEDRAL

THIRD TEAM

GEORGE PAPPAS ZIONSVILLE

DALTON BLANKENBAKER PENN

BRYAN GUERRERO ELKHART

DONOVAN DOOLITTLE CANTERBURY

TREY PLACE SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH

AJ JACKLIN ZIONSVILLE

MILES RESHETAR CASTLE

PHILIP KEGBEH PERRY MERIDIAN

STEFAN BOES BREBEUF

AUSTIN PACHECO WEST LAFAYETTE

JOSH WESSELING CATHEDRAL

CHARLIE STUMP FISHERS

BILLY HOKE PROVIDENCE

DREW COCHRAN NOBLESVILLE

JIM MCMURRAY EVANSVILLE NORTH

CONNOR MCKENNA SOUTH BEND ADAMS

HENRY TORRES WEST NOBLE

BRAYDEN DOLL NOBLESVILLE

HONORABLE MENTION

DIEGO CAMPOS NORTHRIDGE

CESAR MORALES PIKE

ALEX ALVARADO BREMEN

RAINEY BIGGERSTAFF AVON

QUENTIN ENYEART LAKE CENTRAL

ZACH MARTIN CARDINAL RITTER

JACOB PERKINS CHESTERTON

BAENAN MCKEOWN CARMEL

JACK ISROFF VALPARAISO

NOAH VACHON FRANKLIN CENTRAL

LIAM GRIMES CHESTERTON

JOHN HALVORSEN GREENFIELD-CENTRAL

JOEL GOMEZ KANKAKEE VALLEY

KEVIN MIDENCE MIDDENE PIKE

BEN PUCH LAKE CENTRAL

JOE SLOAN PLAINFIELD

LUKE BENNER MCCUTCHEON

COLIN NUGENT CASTLE

LUCAS CIOCCA BISHOP DWENGER

QUINCY RAINEY NEW ALBANY

DOMINIC CRUZ BISHOP DWENGER

SANDRO SMITH BLOOMINGTON NORTH

PETER DUBIE PARK TUDOR

TYLER BOYD WASHINGTON COMMUNITY

KOLTON FOSTER HUNTINGTON NORTH

SEBASTIAN BRENA-OCHOA BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

ABEL LEON LOGANSPORT

ANTHONY JOHNSON COLUMBUS NORTH

ADEN LOVELACE YORKTOWN

GRIFFIN ATKISON FRANKLIN CO

COACH OF THE YEAR

KEN DOLLASKE NOBLESVILLE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PALMER AULT NOBLESVILLE

INDIANA GIRLS ALL-STATE SOCCER

FIRST TEAM

PEYTON HULL SAINT JOSEPH

NAOMI SPLITTORFF REITZ

JOSIE TAYLOR NOBLESVILLE

COLINA MIROFF PARK TUDOR

ELLA FRICK SAINT JOSEPH

SOPHIA JAIME VALPARAISO

AMELIA WHITE HOMESTEAD

ADDIE CHESTER DELTA

AVA BRAMBLETT NOBLESVILLE

SOPHIA WHITE HOMESTEAD

OLIVIA SMITH HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

KENNEDY NEIGHBORS EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

EMILY ROPER CARMEL

MAKENNA MALOY NOBLESVILLE

ABBEY ILER ZIONSVILLE

KAILYN SMITH VALPARAISO

JENNA LANG COLUMBUS NORTH

ALEYNA QUINN CASTLE

SECOND TEAM

CARLEY BALAS CHESTERTON

ZOEY WELLS CROWN POINT

MAKENNA NICKENS HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

AUBREY ROBERTSON FISHERS

ELLA SCOTT SAINT JOSEPH

SYDNEY COUCH HOMESTEAD

ELLA WOLF HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

NITYA CHENANDA COLUMBUS NORTH

KYLIE CONRAD BROWNSBURG

KATIE KOGER GUERIN CATHOLIC

TAMARA SMITH CARMEL

ELLIE HAGUE PENN

SAMANTHA KING NORTH CENTRAL

CORISSA KOONTZ WARSAW

ELLA HAMNER EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

TAYLOR JOHNSON FJ REITZ

GRACE BAMBER CHESTERTON

MELEA MILLER BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

THIRD TEAM

KATE PHILLIPS CATHEDRAL

MYA HALL BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

MALLORY GILLEY COLUMBUS NORTH

LAUREN ADAM NOBLESVILLE

MANDY BAKER PENN

NORAH DWENGER COLUMBUS EAST

KAITLYN KOGL CHESTERTON

ANNA BORKOWSKI ADAMS

SAMI BIRD FISHERS

TATUM COLEMAN HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

BRIANNA BUELS BISHOP CHATARD

AMIAH SPRUNGER WESTFIELD

JOSIE STUDLEY BREBEUF JESUIT

MIA VELDMAN MISHAWAKA MARIAN

KARSYN CHERRY LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

EMMA TKACZ LEO

ESTE BONNELL EVANSVILLE MATER DEI

EMMY HIGGINS CASTLE

HONORABLE MENTION

KYLIE REIF WEST LAFAYETTE

MARYN WEIGER NORTH CENTRAL

LAYLA DORESKI LAKE CENTRAL

SYDNEY MILLER PLAINFIELD

BRIDGET SHERMAN ANDREAN

SOPHIE BROWNDYKE EAST CENTRAL

ALAYNA WILSON ADAMS

MADISON SWINGLE MT. VERNON

HOPE LEWIS DEKALB

KASIDY SCHENK NORTH CENTRAL

CHRYSSA GAGIANAS CROWN PONT

CAMILLE CLARK PLAINFIELD

LAUREN HARRINGTON SAINT JOSEPH

HARPER RING PLAINFIELD

GRACE WEAVER MISHAWAKA MARIAN

ABBEY SCHEIL RONCALLI

SAMANTHA CHRISTLE LEO

ARISSA NORTH BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

CARLY GILBERT BELLMONT

KAYLEE WOOSLEY EVANSVILLE NORTH

GRACE MORRIS BISHOP DWENGER

RYLIE WILLIAMS CENTER GROVE

KARISSA SZYNDROWSKI CARROLL

HADLEY LYTTON HERITAGE HILLS

COURTNEY TOBIN COLUMBIA CITY

DAKOTA BRAMER FLOYD CENTRAL

ALLI MACBETH FISHERS

SARAH ELDER SILVER CREEK

JAYLA LOGAN HAMILTON HEIGHTS

ABBY RHOUTSONG CASTLE

CAROLINE KELLEY HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

 TESS FREEMAN EVANSVILLE MATER DEI

COACH OF THE YEAR

RICK LINK HOMESTEAD

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AMELIA WHITE HOMESTEAD

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

Game Recap

Everything pointed towards the Pacers’ favor as they entered Ball Arena on Wednesday to play the Denver Nuggets. They had two days of rest, and the hosts learned they would be without Nikola Jokic after the NBA announced a one-game suspension for the 2020-21 MVP.

However, after a hard-fought battle, the Blue & Gold (4-8) found themselves on the short end of the stick once more. A 30-point night from Will Barton made up for Jokic’s absence as the Nuggets (6-4) topped the Pacers, 101-98.

In his first game back from a non-COVID illness, Malcolm Brogdon recorded a team-high 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter alone, for Indiana. Domantas Sabonis tallied 20 points and 19 rebounds, while T.J. McConnell had another stellar night. The reserve guard notched 16 on 8-of-11 shooting and dished out nine assists. But it just wasn’t enough tonight.

“(We couldn’t) get that last stop,” McConnell said. “Will Barton had a really good night. And he made a big-time shot.”

Barton essentially sealed the deal after banking in a layup with 27.2 seconds remaining. The bucket came after a successful Nuggets coach’s challenge overturned a potential shooting foul on Sabonis.

The Pacers came up empty on their first four possessions as Denver jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. Indiana recovered slightly, but Denver soon stretched the gap again as the midway point of the frame passed. This time, an 8-2 Nuggets run pushed the hosts ahead 16-8 with 4:23 to play.

“We should’ve been more dominant from the jump ball,” Sabonis said. “We came out, a couple days off, playing here with altitude. It kind of got us a bit. But that’s no excuse.”

From there, Indiana had a tough time catching up in the frame. Down 16-13, Denver youngsters Zeke Nnaji and Bones Hyland found success both in the paint and beyond the arc to extend Indiana’s deficit to 23-15 with 1:40 left.

Yet, Indiana did leave the frame with a bit of a spark. The squad finished the frame with five unanswered, including a much-needed triple from Sabonis, to trim the gap to 23-20 before time expired. Coming into tonight, Indiana was averaging 31 points in the first quarter. They made just eight shots in the period.

Indiana did not find success to start the second either, as Nnaji and Hyland teamed up for a 7-2 spree over the first 1:58 to extend Denver’s lead to 30-22. However, McConnell made sure the tables turned.

Checking in off the bench, the high-energy guard helped Indiana close the gap swiftly. McConnell drilled a jumper, grabbed two assists, and snagged a steal to kick off a 16-4 run that gave the Pacers their first lead of the game. Justin Holiday capped the run with his first bucket of the game, a 26-foot step-back three from the top of the key, to force a Nuggets timeout with 3:27 remaining. Indiana led 38-34.

Down the stretch, the teams remained in a close battle. Sabonis’ jumper at the 1:08 mark pushed Indiana ahead 42-41. Brogdon added a circus-like layup with 10.4 seconds to play to extend the lead to three. However, Monte Morris’ pull-up trey with 1.4 seconds showing tied the game at 44-all as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.

Aside from a three by Brogdon, the early moments of the third quarter belonged to Myles Turner. The seven-footer tallied his 900th and 901st career block in a three-second sequence to keep Indiana ahead 47-44. At the 9:18 mark, he then drilled a triple to stretch the Pacers’ lead to six. After Chris Duarte drilled a three, he then tallied his third block of the frame to keep the Blue & Gold ahead 53-48.

The Blue & Gold stretched their lead to as many as eight before the Nuggets led a charge. The hosts used nine unanswered, including seven straight from Barton, to regain a 57-56 lead to force a Pacers timeout with 5:09 to play in the third.

The score remained stagnant for a 2:45 span as both defenses rose to the occasion. A pair of free throws from Turner finally ended the drought and pushed the Pacers ahead, 58-57.

But still, Indiana had trouble scoring from the floor down the stretch. Holiday’s three with 1:01 to go cut the gap to 62-61. However, Denver managed to extend the margin to four, 69-65, before the third quarter ended.

The Nuggets’ lead bounced between four and one over several possessions early in the fourth. Duarte’s second triple of the night finally tied things up at 76 apiece with 8:16 to play.

Then, Barton and Brogdon broke the game open. After Sabonis’ putback brought the Pacers back within one, Barton nailed a triple to extend the Nuggets lead to 82-78. Brogdon responded with a trey. Then Barton. Then Brogdon again. After Nnaji broke the trend with a pair of free throws, Brogdon responded with a jumper to cut Indiana’s gap once more to a single point (87-86). With 4:45 to play, Barton broke serve, drilling another triple to push Denver’s lead to four. A pair of Aaron Gordon free throws extended Denver’s lead to 92-86 at the 4:18 mark.

Trailing 94-88, McConnell and Brogdon both drove the paint for easy buckets to bring Indiana to within two. Later, trailing by four, Sabonis slammed down a putback with 1:36 to go to cut the gap to 96-94.

After a stop, Sabonis received a pass and a foul was called as he attempted to rise for a shot. However, upon a coach’s challenge, it was overturned and a jump ball took place. The Nuggets captured it, and Barton extended the lead to four with his 30th point of the night.

Jeremy Lamb cut the deficit to 98-96 on a floater with 14.1 seconds remaining, giving the squad hope. However, on Denver’s inbounds play, Indiana left Jeff Green wide open in the paint for a slam.

Brogdon made it interesting once more with another layup as Hyland connected on just 1-of-2 free throws. However, Lamb’s long 3-point try bounced left. It left the Blue & Gold heartbroken once more after a hard-fought battle.

Indiana will finish off its four-game road trip with a bout against the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Inside the Numbers

Seemingly bothered by the high altitude, Chris Duarte had a rough outing. He finished with six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

The Pacers committed 15 turnovers, which turned into 15 points for the Nuggets. Meanwhile, they forced only 10 for 12 points.

Denver’s bench outscored Indiana’s bench, 39-28. Nnaji and Hyland combined for 31 of those points.

You Can Quote Me On That

“I’ve been out the last two games with strep throat. Tonight, I (was) still feeling a bit under the weather. It just took me a while to wake up and get out of the fog. My teammates, my coach, they trust me with the ball.” –Brogdon on his recovery and performance tonight

“They were switching it around, changing defenses on us, and packing the paint. We also had a couple of good looks and couldn’t convert.” –Sabonis on what made the third quarter so tough

“We just got to be better. When we’re running it out in transition like that, that’s when we’re at our best. We can’t continuously blow leads like that. We can’t let that be a trend. We’ve got to find ways to take our leads and expand them and weather the storm when they make their run.” –McConnell on what needs to change to keep a late lead

Stat of the Night

Myles Turner tallied a season-high six blocks en route to surpassing the 900-block mark for his career.

Noteworthy

Caris LeVert did not see action on Wednesday due to a sore lower back.

Indiana drops to 1-6 on the road this season. Five of the squad’s next seven games are away from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Pacers have lost three straight to the Nuggets for the first time since 2014-16.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to Utah to close out their road trip against Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 PM ET.

INDIANA WBB: CARDAÑO-HILLARY LEADS NO. 8/7 INDIANA PAST BUTLER

INDIANAPOLIS – Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary led all scorers with 29 points as she went 7-for-8 from the 3-point line to lead No. 8/7 Indiana over Butler, 86-63, in the season opener at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

KEY MOMENTS

Five points from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes paced the Hoosiers in the opening quarter as it took a 17-13 lead. Butler took a brief lead in the early minutes of the second quarter but Cardaño-Hillary countered with a 3-pointer that swung the game back in favor of IU.

It stretched its lead to six with a wide-open layup from Cardaño-Hillary with 6:32 to play. The Bulldogs, however, cut the deficit back down to two-points just a minute later but a 12-0 run gave IU a 36-24 lead.

They would take a 43-32 lead into the break behind double figures from Cardaño-Hillary (10) and Berger (12).

Cardaño-Hillary’s third triple of the day pushed the Indiana lead to 48-35 with 7:56 on the clock in the third quarter as Butler fought back to cut the deficit to single digits. Answering the bell, Gulbe hit a pair at the line while Cardaño-Hillary added another 3-pointer while graduate student guard Ali Patberg pulled up to put her team up 15.

The Hoosiers would cap off the win by outscoring Butler, 26-17, in the fourth quarter.

NOTABLE

Cardaño-Hillary led all scorers with 29 points as she set a new personal IU record. She went 10-for-11 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the 3-point line. Her 7 triples ties for third place in a single game in program history.

She paced four players in double figures as Berger added 18, junior forward Mackenzie Holmes adding 11 and sophomore forward Kiandra Browne adding 10 points off the bench.

Berger became the 29th player in school history to record 1,000 career points on Wednesday night.

The Hoosiers now have two active 1,000 point scorers on their roster as Berger joins Patberg (1,374).

Indiana improved to 8-1 all-time in the series and increased its win streak to four games over the Bulldogs.

Patberg recorded her 34th game with five assist or more as she recorded 10 assists. It marked fourth career-game with 10 or more assists.

Holmes led the way with eight rebounds as the Hoosiers won on the boards, 32-24.

Holmes hit her first career 3-pointer to open up scoring for the 2021-22 season.

Indiana shot 52.2 percent from the floor on the evening (35-for-67) and dished out 24 assists.

As a team, it also went 8-for-8 from the free throw line and had just nine turnovers while forcing Butler into 18 miscues on the evening.

In season openers, IU improved to 38-12 all-time and win its regular season opener for the 10-straight season.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return home to face No. 13/13 Kentucky on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

INDIANA WBB: BARGESSER AND MEISTER SIGN WITH INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball has announced the signing of two for the class of 2026 in Lexus Bargesser (Grass Lake, Mich.) and Lilly Meister (Rochester, Minn.).

“This class is really important to us as we continue to build our program,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “These two young ladies are great basketball players and great people. As we went through the recruiting process, it was important that we found the right fits for us. Lexus and Lilly fit our style of play and our culture of hard work. They are going to buy into doing the extra to become better every single day.”

The class has been rated as the No. 22 overall class by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Lexus Bargesser

A 5-9 guard from Grass Lake, Michigan, Bargesser led Grass Lake High School to a 2021 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state championship while averaging 23.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals and shot 55 percent from the floor. During her time at Grass Lake, she has also helped the program to a district championship and regional championship. She has been named an All-State honoree, All-Conference selection, Jackson Area Dream Team and Best of the Best. Bargesser, who plays AAU with Michigan Premier and Michigan Crossover, is rated as the No. 48 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, No. 53 by All Star Girls Report and No. 67 overall by ESPN.

Moren on Bargesser

“We are thrilled that Lexus is a Hoosier. When we started recruiting for our Class of 2022, we knew we need a point. We feel that we got the best fit for us in the entire country. Lexus plays with a pace and an IQ that will help us continue to be successful. She is a competitive player with elite athleticism that can do a little bit of everything.”

Lilly Meister

Meister, a native of Rochester, Minn., averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds last year at John Marshall High School. Scoring over 1,000 points in her career, she is a three-time all-conference and all-area first team selection. As a junior, Meister was named a 2021 All-State honorable mention. During her freshman season, she helped John Marshall to a conference championship. She played AAU with Minnesota Fury. Meister is rated as the No. 87 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 86 recruit by All Star Girls Report.

Moren on Meister

“Lilly is a player that we have recruited for a long time. She has great length and skill at the forward position. She has versatility in that she can score inside, as well as step out to the perimeter and hit from beyond the arc. As she continues to get stronger, her best basketball is ahead of her. We are excited to develop her into a really good Big Ten player.”

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: INDIANA BASKETBALL SIGNS THREE TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent to play basketball and attend Indiana University beginning in the fall of 2022. The first-year head coach and his staff welcome 6-8 forward Kaleb Banks (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County), 6-5 guard C.J. Gunn (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) and 6-5 guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (Charlotte, N.C./Monteverde Academy (FL)) to IU.

The recruiting class is ranked 16th in the country by 247Sports and 22nd by Rivals.com.

Mike Woodson on the Recruiting Class:

“I’m very excited to have these young men join our program and to have the opportunity to attend what I feel is the greatest University in the country. As a group, we are bringing in versatile players who have a great work ethic and tremendous attitudes. We believe they will continue to get better and improve themselves not only as players but as people as well. They have been well-coached and want to be challenged. They will fit right in with who we have in the program and are excited to be a part of something special here at Indiana. I think our coaching staff has done an outstanding job of identifying players who can thrive in our environment athletically, socially, and academically and we welcome them and their families to Hoosier Nation.”

Kaleb Banks

F 6-8 215

Fayetteville, Ga. (Fayette County)

Ranked #81: ESPN, #95: 247, #121: Rivals.com

Was integral part of Class 4A State runner-up team under coach Andre Flynn… averaged 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior… hit 40 three-pointers and shot 63% from the field overall… won Region 5-AAAA player of the year… named First Team All-State in Class 4A… played AAU in the off-season for coach Greg Robinson of the Atlanta Celtics… son of Kendra Banks.

Woodson on Banks:

“Kaleb is someone who continues to improve his game and has a tremendous future in basketball. He is a very versatile player both offensively and defensively. His ability to score the basketball and create for him and his teammates is something that was very attractive to our staff. He is a tough-minded player who plays with great confidence and will be an impactful part of our program. I love the way he carries himself and shows his love for what he does.”

C.J. Gunn

G 6-5 175

Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North)

Ranked #130: 247

Helped lead Lawrence North to an Indiana Class 4A state runner-up appearance in 2021 under legendary coach Jack Keefer… averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game as a junior … shot 38% from long distance… had 33 points and made a school-record nine three-pointers in a game against Ft. Wayne Snider… named an Indiana Junior All-Star and to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclass All-State Supreme 15 … played AAU for Spiece Indy Heat under coach Ryan Owens prior to his senior season… son of Christopher and Linda Gunn.

Woodson on Gunn:

“C.J. is a local kid who has tremendous love for Indiana University. He’s loyal and dedicated and will bring size and athleticism to the wing position. He comes from a very respected and winning high school program in Indiana and will be able to help us with his ability to play multiple positions. I think he, like the others, will have a real opportunity to grow and improve in our system. We can’t wait to have the opportunity to work with him when he gets to campus.”

Jalen Hood-Schifino

G 6-5 210

Charlotte, N.C. (Montverde Academy)

Ranked: #20: Rivals.com, #24: 247 and ESPN

A five-star recruit who plays for prestigious Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. for coach Kevin Boyle… team won the 2021 Geico High School National Title… five of his teammates also are signing Division I letters of intent… played for coach Norton Hurd IV and Team Thad, an AAU program founded by NBA player Thaddeus Young, in the off-season… son of Adrianne “Angel” Hood-Schifino.

Woodson on Hood-Schifino:

“Jalen has a presence about himself that makes you take notice. As a staff we loved watching him play. He displays great maturity and is a team-first guy who makes others around him better, a pure winner. He has great size for his position and is a powerful guard that plays with force. Jalen will be able to help our ball club in a variety of ways. He’s a guard that can score on all 3 levels, rebound the basketball, and has tremendous defensive awareness. Like the others, we are anxious for Jalen to get to campus.”

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: CELENTANO, MAHER HEROICS PUSH IU TO BIG TEN TITLE MATCH

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Overtime heroics allowed Indiana men’s soccer (14-4-1, 5-3-0 B1G) to pull out a 1-0 victory over Northwestern (6-9-3, 3-5-0 B1G) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal Wednesday (Nov. 10) afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

In the 95th minute, junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano made three spectacular saves in the span of about six seconds to keep IU in the match. Three minutes later, Joey Maher netted home the golden goal on the opposite end of the pitch. 

With the win, No. 3 seed Indiana advances to the Big Ten Tournament Championship match to be played at Jeffrey Field, the home pitch of host and No. 2 seed Penn State, Sunday (Nov. 14) at noon ET. Indiana will play for its 16th tournament title and fourth in as many seasons.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana had its first dangerous opportunity in the eighth minute as a Tommy Mihalic cross found Herbert Endeley in front of goal. Endeley took first time, but his shot went wide of the post.

• Victor Bezerra took a trio of free kick chances in the 54th, 68th and 82nd minutes. All three shots forced a save from Northwestern keeper Miha Miskovic.

• Patrick McDonald nearly put IU ahead in the 72nd minutes as his low shot from distance asked Miskovic to dive to his left to keep it out of the side netting.

• Nate Ward came close to ending the match with a dazzling display in the 92nd minute, flicking a cross behind him and towards goal. Guarding the near post, Miskovic reacted quickly to put his hands up and save the attempt.

• Within about six seconds during the 95th minute, Celentano made three crucial saves deep to keep the Hoosiers alive in the match. First, Celentano dove to push a cross out, then leapt from his sitting position to deflect a first-time attempt. The next shot was aimed at the far post, but Celentano recovered, dove right and saved again. After a header, another shot came in, but the IU keeper was right in front of it for another deflection, and the ball ended up out of play.

• Coming into the 98th minute, Spencer Glass and Mihalic played a one-two combination down the left flank that allowed Glass to release a pass to Ryan Wittenbrink deep in the box. Wittenbrink drew three defenders off their marks, which left Maher alone in the final six to take a touch and finish for the golden goal.

NOTABLES

• Indiana earned its seventh straight victory at Bill Armstrong Stadium, improving its home record to 10-3-0 on the season.

• The Hoosiers have won 11 consecutive matches, including ties broken by penalty kicks, in the Big Ten Tournament going back to 2018. IU has reached the tournament title match in each of the last five seasons.

• IU collected its 12th clean sheet of the season and No. 9 in its last 10 matches. After opening Big Ten Conference play with a 2-1 defeat to Rutgers, the Hoosiers have conceded just five goals in 13 matches.

• Maher’s golden goal was his second score of the season. The defender’s earlier goal was also the match-winner in IU’s 1-0 victory over Butler on August 31.

• Celentano earned his 27th career shutout, putting him in a tie for No. 10 in program history. The clean sheet was also his 10th this campaign, setting a single-season career high.

UP NEXT

Indiana will head to Happy Valley to take on Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament Championship match Sunday (Nov. 14) at noon ET in a rematch of the 2020-21 title contest. The match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: INDIANA VOLLEYBALL PENS ONE ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball Head Coach Steve Aird along with his staff announced their 2021 National Signing Day class. 6’1 right side hitter and setter Katie Hurta (Palos Hills, Ill.) is the No. 40 recruit in the nation and will join the roster in the summer of 2022.

“Katie is one of the top prep players in the country and we are thrilled she is joining the IUVB family.  She is a long, versatile multi-skilled player that has been trained by fantastic club and high school coaches,” said Head Coach Steve Aird. “She is fiercely competitive, not afraid of the big moments and has been very excited about coming to IU for several years.  Her experience with the USA program and competing in huge matches has prepared her for life in the B1G Ten.  We expect Katie to contribute from day one,” said Aird.

Katie Hurta

6’1 | Setter | Right Side

Palos Hills, Ill. | Nazareth Academy | Head Coach: Melissa Masterson

Club: Adversity | Head Coach: Kyle Masterson

Hurta will graduate from Nazareth Academy. She is a High School All-American and was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) High School All-America first team. She was named the 2021 Player of the Year in the East Suburban Catholic Conference and is a four-time All-Conference selection. The Palos Hill, Ill. native is two-time All-Tournament team selection at the Crimson Classic and the Plainfield Harvest Tournament. For three years straight, Hurta has been a member of the AVCA Phenom List. In her sophomore and freshman campaign she landed on the national list of the top players playing varsity according to Prepvolleyball.com. After the 2019 season, she earned All-State accolades from The News Gazette and illprepvb.com. In 2019, Hurta was honored at the Newcomer of the Year at Nazareth Academy and was also named one of the top players in Illinois.

She plays club volleyball for Adversity and is a club team All-American. She was a member of the U18 USA Volleyball National Development Program Summer and Fall Training Series in 2021. At the 2019 Girls Junior Volleyball National Championship Hurta earned Supernova Status and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She has participated in various USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in 2017 through 2021. Prepdig.com announced their Right Sides to Watch and Setter to Watch Class of 2022 and Hurta saw herself on both lists. She was also named to the Swiss Army Knife Athletes-Players who can do it all in 2021.

Shifting to academics, Hurta is a National Honor Society member and is part of the Roadrunner Tutor Club. She has earned high honor roll every semester of her high school career. For her efforts the classroom, Hurta was awarded with the AVCA Best and Brightest Award for posting a 3.8 GPA or higher.

She was born to Dennis and Shelly Hurta and has a sister named Camille. Her sister is currently a sophomore at Grand Valley State where she plays volleyball. Her mother Shelly played basketball at Loyola University – Chicago.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: GEARLDS ERA OPENS WITH 79-69 WIN AT WESTERN KENTUCKY

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Purdue women’s basketball team officially opened the Katie Gearlds Era with a win. The Boilermakers opened the 2021-22 season on the road with a 79-69 victory at Western Kentucky.

Purdue (1-0) shot 50% and knocked down five triples in the second half to pull away with the 10-point victory. For the game, the Boilermakers went 22-of-28 at the line and connected on nine 3-pointers.

Abbey Ellis, in her first game as a Boilermaker, led the way with 17 points, including 9-of-10 at the charity stripe. Madison Layden added 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting with a team-high eight rebounds, while freshman Jayla Smith tacked on 11 points.

The Boilermakers flew out of the gates on an 11-0 run and built it into a 17-6 lead. Defensively, Purdue forced Western Kentucky (0-1) to just 1-of-10 on its opening field goal attempts. Ellis connected on a pair of early triples to give Purdue a 20-14 lead after the first.

Western Kentucky took advantage of Purdue foul trouble and nine turnovers in the second to pull within two at the break, 33-31. Mide Oriyomi tallied four points on four free throws in the frame.

Purdue shot 34.8% from the field and made four 3-pointers over the opening 20 minutes and made 13 of 17 free throws. 

Layden and Brooke Moore broke the game open late in the third quarter, knocking down 3-pointers on three straight trips down the floor. Moore finished with nine points in 14 minutes.

The Boilermakers grew their lead to 17 after a 10-3 run to start the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach.

Purdue won the rebounding battle 42-33 and turned 14 offensive rebounds into 19 points. Rickie Woltman finished second on the team with seven rebounds, matching her career high from last season.

NEW FACES

Five Boilermakers made their debut Wednesday night. Ellis’ 17 points came off 3-of-6 from the field with two 3-pointers and nine free throws, one shy of her career high. Jeanae Terry tallied five points and five rebounds, while fellow transfer Mide Oriyomi added nine points, six boards and two assists. Oriyomi converted a traditional 3-point play to stifle a Western Kentucky comeback. Jayla Smith was 5-of-10 from the field and recorded four steals. Ava Learn checked in at the end of the first half to stymie an attempt to tie the game on last second shot.

QUOTE

Head coach Katie Gearlds …

Gutsy win on the road. We weren’t great, but we found a way to win. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. First win on the road with six new kids and we’ve been together for seven weeks, there’s going to be a time when we can’t use that excuse anymore, but we’ll take the win and head back home.

NOTES

• The all-time series with Western Kentucky is now tied at 2-2.

• Madison Layden moved into a tie with Katie Gearlds for the second longest 3-point streak in program history, recording a triple in her 22nd straight game. Ashley Morrrissette holds the title with 25 games.

• Purdue head coaches are 9-0 all-time in their first games coaching.

• The Boilermakers forced 21 Western Kentucky turnovers that flipped into 30 points. Six differ

• Six different Boilermakers dished out an assist, led by Madison Layden’s five.

• The Boilermakers made 22 free throws and nine 3-pointers in a game for just the second time in the last 12 years.

• Smith’s 11 points marked the second straight year a Boilermaker rookie hit double figures in the season opener, following Ra Shaya Kyle’s 19 against North Alabama last in 2020.  

• Purdue is now 40-7 in season openers, including the last five straight.

UP NEXT

Purdue will make is home debut at Mackey Arena on Sunday against Western Michigan. The game will tip at 2:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: PAINTER INKS HIGHLY-REGARDED TRIO IN CLASS OF 2022

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue head coach Matt Painter has announced that three players have signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Boilermaker program for the 2022-23 season.

Cam Heide, Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith all submitted their paperwork this morning and are officially members of the Purdue basketball program.

The class is ranked in the top 30 of all three major recruiting services and the group will give Purdue basketball another solid class of skilled players.

“I think all three of these guys help our competitive spirit and our skill level. They’ve all come from winning programs and bring that mentality with them,” Painter said. “Their skill level, knowledge of the game and their ability to make players better around them is what really drew us to them.”

Loyer was ranked in the nation’s top 100 in the recruiting services while Heide was a borderline top-100 player. Braden Smith exploded onto the scene late and will be one of the favorites for Indiana Mr. Basketball this upcoming season.

“Our staff did a great job in a tough year when we couldn’t go on the road recruiting. Looking back to the last class, we did a great job evaluating Brian Waddell when we couldn’t really watch him much. We had really recruited the other two guys (Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn) for a long time, so we knew all about them, but getting Brian was really big for us. They continued that this year in evaluations and knew this group would be great fits for us,” Painter added.

Cam Heide / 6-6 / Forward / Wayzata, Minnesota

A 4-star recruit, Heide led Wayzata to the 2021 Minnesota State Championship before transferring to Wasatch Academy (Utah) this summer.

Committed on Purdue on June 15, 2021.

Ranked the No. 1 class of 2022 player in Minnesota by 247Sports.com before his transfer.

Averaged almost 18 points and six rebounds per game at Wayzata as a junior. Shot over 40 percent from 3-point range.

An outstanding athlete, Heide is a strong shooter that will also stretch the defense.

Chose Purdue over offers from Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Creighton among others.

Cam’s father, Craig, is a 1979 graduate of Lafayette Jeff High School and a 1984 Purdue grad.

Became the first eighth-grader to ever compete on the Wayzata High School team.

Named one of 18 finalists to USA Basketball’s U16 National Team in May 2019 and attended the Men’s Junior National Team minicamp in July 2019.

Painter on Heide: Cam is someone we recruited for a long time and thought he was a great fit in our program. He is a guy who is athletic, can really shoot the ball and play the big wing spot. He gives us another versatile athlete and shooter that really fits our system.

Fletcher Loyer / 6-5 / Guard / Fort Wayne, Indiana

A top-100 recruit, Loyer led Homestead High School to a 25-1 record and a No. 1 ranking in Indiana as a junior.

Moved to Fort Wayne from Clarkston, Michigan, before his junior year.

Brother, Foster, played at Michigan State before transferring to Davidson before this season. Foster was Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2018 and Fletcher will be a favorite to be Mr. Basketball in Indiana.

Was named second-team All-Peach Jam this past summer, the elite AAU Tournament nationally during the summer.

Scored a school-record 50 points in a December 2020 win over Marion High School.

An elite shooter, Loyer averaged 24.4 points, 4.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds as a junior at Homestead. Shot 44.9 percent from long range and 90.3 percent from the free throw line.

Chose Purdue over offers from Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame, Utah and Missouri.

His grandfather, Al McFarland, played for the Boilermakers in 1964 and his mother, Kate, was a standout athlete at McCutcheon and later served as an assistant coach with the Purdue volleyball program.

His father, John, is a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers and also served as the interim coach of the Detroit Pistons in 2014.

Averaged 22 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a sophomore at Clarkston High School (Mich.) as a sophomore.

Painter on Loyer: Fletcher had a great summer on the EYBL circuit and then a phenomenal junior year at Homestead. He can play with the ball in his hands, play out of ball screens and play without the ball. He has a really unique game in that he can make a lot of different shots. He’s also an excellent passer. I think he’s going to be a very, very good player here.

Braden Smith / 6-0 / Guard / Westfield, Indiana

An underrated three-star recruit, Smith led Westfield to an 18-5 record and a sectional loss to the eventual state champs, Carmel, and future teammate Brian Waddell.

Committed to Purdue on April 29, 2021, less than a week after receiving an offer from Painter.

Purdue was the first high-major program to offer, but Gonzaga, Villanova, Oregon and Indiana were highly interested before he committed.

Is the first Division I recruit in Westfield High School boys’ basketball history.

Along with Loyer, will be one of the favorites for Indiana Mr. Basketball.

As a junior, Smith averaged 22.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game. He shot over 45 percent from 3-point range and has scored more than 1,200 points in his career.

Painter on Smith: We were very fortunate to be able to get Braden. We weren’t able to see him live and we were blown away when we watched him on film with his basketball savvy and tenaciousness. He has an ability to make players better. He can really pass the basketball and has unlimited range. He’s extremely crafty on both ends and we feel really good about what he will bring to the program.

PURDUE WRESTLING: WRESTLING INKS INDIANA STATE CHAMPION

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland added a key piece to the Boilermaker family Wednesday, signing Indiana native Brody Baumann to a national letter of intent. A native of Evansville, Baumann won a 2021 Indiana high school state championship at 160 pounds for Mater Dei High School and has a solid list of national and regional performances on his resume.

“Due to the COVID waivers, several guys coming back and the overall youth of our team we had a short list of needs,” said Ersland. “The great news for us is that Brody checks off all of those needs.”

Baumann projects to wrestle at either 174 or 184 pounds at the collegiate level, and holds a variety of national high school rankings. He’s tabbed 14th in the nation at 170 pounds by MatScouts, and is also ranked as the No. 102 overall wrestler in the Class of 2022. FloWrestling has Baumann ranked No. 12 nationally at 170 pounds.

“You want to keep the best kids from the state from going elsewhere, and we were able to do that with Brody,” added Ersland. “There are a lot of things that we value about Brody. You have to find people who fit your wrestling needs and your team culture, and he does that.”

Baumann intends to study business management in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, and will enroll with the Boilermakers in the fall of 2022.

HIGH SCHOOL

• Two-year varsity letterwinner at Mater Dei High School

• 2021 Indiana high school state champion at 160 pounds, posting a perfect 30-0 record for the year

• Placed fifth at the 2021 U.S. Marine Corps Junior National Freestyle Championships at 170 pounds, advancing to the semifinals and posting an overall record of 6-2 for the tournament

• Won the 2021 Central Regional Greco-Roman Championship, and placed second at the 2021 Central Regional Freestyle Championship, falling to future Purdue teammate Stoney Buell in the finals 11-10

• Qualified for the state championships as a sophomore at 145 pounds

NATIONAL RANKINGS

• Ranked No. 12 in the nation at 170 pounds by FloWrestling (Oct. 27, 2021)

• Ranked No. 14 nationally at 170 pounds by MatScouts (Oct. 26, 2021)

• Named the No. 102 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 by MatScouts (Nov. 8, 2021)

VARSITY RECORD

• 2020-21 (160): 30-0 (1.000)

• 2019-20 (145): 34-5 (.872)

• 2018-19 (113): 13-3 (.813)

• Total: 77-8 (.906)

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Broderick Daniel Baumann

• Intended Major: Business Management

• Birthday: Dec. 17, 2003

• City Born: Evansville, Indiana

• Parents: Dan and Andrea Baumann

• Siblings: Brothers, Cam and Grayson, and sisters, Alessia and Hadley

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: GEARLDS INKS 3 IN CLASS OF 2022

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Women’s Basketball head coach Katie Gearlds announced her first signing class of three future Boilermakers on Wednesday. Guards Ainhoa Holzer and Addison Potts and forward Lilly Stoddard all signed National Letters of Intent to join the program in West Lafayette.

“Today is great day for Purdue Women’s Basketball,” Gearlds said. “Our program took a step forward by adding these three to our roster next year. Smart, fast and hardworking – these are the type of high-character student-athletes we want to become Boilermakers. They have the potential to make a significant impact, and we can’t wait to get started with them on campus next fall.”

ADDISON POTTS | G | 6-0 | Fort Myers, Fla.

Potts is a versatile 6-foot guard out of Fort Myers, Fla. Her offensive talent presents problems for opposing defenses with her ability to create off the dribble, catch-and-shoot and get to the basket. We are excited about her ability to score from all 3 levels, as well as her high basketball IQ. Potts has continued to develop her game since she started playing varsity basketball in seventh grade. A 2,000-point scorer during her prep career, Potts can make a significant impact on the offensive end.

HIGH SCHOOL

• 3-star recruit, No. 103 player in the nation and No. 26 guard in the nation with a 90 rating by ESPN HoopGurlz

• Rated the No. 99 player in the nation by All-Star Girls Report

• No. 65 player in the nation by KY Prep Hoops and No. 87 by Jr. All-Star Girls

• 17 rating from Dan Olson Basketball

• Honors haul includes, 3-time First Team News-Press SWFL All-Area, 3-time News-Press SWFL Player of the Year Finalist, SSAC First Team Team Florida and Player of the Year Finalist, FACA 3A Player of the Year, Impact Academy Player of the Year and FACA 5A Player of the Year

• Will be a six-year letterwinner

• Played varsity-level basketball since seventh grade

• Won 68 games and two district titles during prep career

• Scored her 2,000th career point on Feb. 4, 2021

• Her father Andy was her coach in seventh and eighth grades, as well as sophomore season

• Career 40% shooter and 34% from beyond the arc with an assist-to-turnover ratio above 5.0 and a steal-to-foul ratio of 5.76

• Will finish prep career at South Fort Myers High School in 2021-22

• Finished with 11.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1 assist per game as a junior at Seffner Christian

• Tallied 16.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore in 2019-20 at Bishop Verot, leading the Vikings to a district title

• Named FACA 5A Player of the Year in Lee County, First Team News-Press Southwest Florida All-Area and News-Press Southwest Florida Player of the Year finalist in 2018 as a sophomore

• Played at Impact Academy in 2018-19, scoring 522 points and earning Player of the Year honors

• Won a district title with Gateway Charter in 2018 with a 27-3 record

• Named the News-Press Player of the Year finalist after averaging 17.7 points, 2.5 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game as an eighth grader in 2018

• Totaled 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals as a seventh grader against high school opponents

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Addison Olivia Potts

• Birthdate: Feb. 12, 2004

• Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.

• Parents: Andy and Lisa Potts

• Intended Major: Business

• Grandfather, Steve, played at Iowa

LILLY STODDARD | F | 6-3 | Crown Point, Ind.

Lilly Stoddard will join the Boilermakers after an impressive four-year career at Crown Point. Lilly brings an energetic offensive and defensive presence to the paint, as well as an ability to stretch the floor. Her constant motor and ability to run the floor and contest shots at the rim is something we are really excited about. An Indiana Junior All-Star, Stoddard dominated the paint in northwestern Indiana for the Bulldogs, winning a trio of Duneland Conference titles and the 2021 IHSAA Class 4A State Championship.

HIGH SCHOOL

• 4-star recruit, No. 87 player in the nation, No. 18 forward with a 91 rating in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz

• No. 18 forward in the nation with a 20 rating by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Report

• Three-year letterwinner at Crown Point High School

• Through three seasons, won 79 games, three Duneland Conference championships, three sectional titles, two regional and one IHSAA title

• Career 46% shooter with 8.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game through three years

• Named an Indiana Junior All-Star in 2021, facing Jayla Smith in the annual all-star game in 2021

•  IBCA Underclass Supreme 15 All-State and Duneland All-Conference selection in 2021

• Nearly averaged a double-double as a junior with 10.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.3 blocks per game

• Guided Crown Point to a 25-1 record and the Class 4A Indiana State Championship in 2021, along with the Duneland, sectional and regional titles

• IBCA Large School All-State and Duneland All-Conference in 2020

• Notched 9.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a sophomore

• Took Crown Point to an undefeated regular season in 2019-20, going 26-1 on the year

• Went 28-1 as a freshman, falling in the Class 4A Semi-State

• Recorded 5.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a freshman

• Lettered four years in volleyball, winning 111 matches, two conference titles, three sectional championship and one regional title

• Recorded 507 kills with a .298 hitting clip, while recording 294 career blocks, including 250 solos

PERSONAL

• Parents: Chris and Brian Roye and Paul and Jeanette Stoddard

• Sister Abigail plays forward at Butler

AINHOA HOLZER | G | 5-9 | Martigny, Switzerland

Ainhoa Holzer will arrive in West Lafayette with a vast amount of international experience. Her ability to control tempo, shoot the ball from the perimeter and share the ball with her teammates is something we’re excited about adding. Ainhoa has spent part of the last four years competing in the Swiss Basketball League as an amateur, earning Rising Star of the Year honors in 2021. After several years on the Swiss youth national system, she recently was called up the Swiss Senior National Team for EuroBasket Qualifiers.

PREP

• Extensive European experience at the junior and national levels in Switzerland and the United States

• Named to the Swiss National Team in 2021-22 ahead of Women’s EuroBasket 2023 qualifiers

• Represented Switzerland at the U16 European Championships in 2018, playing in eight games with 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game

• Called up for the U18 European Championships in 2019 and the U20 Swiss National Team in 2021 for the European Challengers

• Averaged 4.2 points, 2.0 assists per game with a 41.8% shooting clip during prep career in the Swiss Basketball League

• Named the 2021 Rising Star of the Year by the Swiss Basketball League

• Played in 24 games for Troistorrents in 2020-21 with 4.8 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds per game at a 54.1% shooting clip and reaching the semifinals of the Swiss Basketball League Championship

• Played four games for Helios VS Basket in 2020-21, averaging 3.5 points in four games, before moving to BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents

• Totaled 17.5 points, 5 assists per game in five outings with Martigny in the SBL Second Division

• Returned home to Switzerland due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reclassifying from 2021 to 2022

• Played one season at Christ the King in Middle Village, Queens, N.Y., in 2019

• Named an All-Star by The Tablet, CHSAA Roohie of the Year, NYC Rookie First Team, CHSAA AA All-Star Second Team in 2019 after averaging 12 points, 7 assists per game at Christ the King

• Took the Royals to a 26-4 record, a GCHSAA NY State Championship, New York City Championship, a Catholic AAA League title and a New York Federation AA championship

• Moved to New York for junior year of high school ahead of the 2018-19 season

• Joined Helios VS Basket in the Swiss Basketball League, as an amateur for 2017-19, playing for the U16 team for a season and being called up to the senior team on several occasions

• On the senior team, averaged 1.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 15 games at age 15 against an league average age of 26

• Played for hometown Martigny Basket’s U17 squad, averaging 17.3 points and nine assists per game, reaching the finals of the Swiss National West Conference and winning a Valais State Championship in 2017-18

• Two-time Gold Honor Roll honoree at Lycee-College des Creusets  in Switzerland and at Christ the King in New York

• Member of the National Honor Society

• Accomplished jazz pianist

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Ainhoa Holzer

• Birthday: Nov. 2, 2002

• Intended Major: Physics or Astronomy

• Parents: Fabrice Holzer and Elena Plazaola

• Siblings: Brother – Iban, Sisters – Paula and Maitena

PURDUE SOFTBALL: SOFTBALL PICKS UP NO. 5 RECRUITING CLASS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Head coach Boo De Oliveira and the Purdue softball program welcomed in nine Boilermakers on National Signing Day. Combined, the incoming 2022 recruiting class ranks as No. 5 in the nation, according to Extra Inning Softball.

In addition to the nine signees, one more recruit is slated to join the program in the coming day, bringing the class total to 10.

“We are excited to welcome this special group of players,” De Oliveira said. “To collectively rank as a top-five recruiting class is not an easy feat, but they have not just competed against the best teams, but excelled against them. This is a gritty and smart group – they know how to compete and get results, both on the field and in the classroom.”

Bella Bacon

Position: 1B/3B

Hit/Throw: R/R

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.

High School: Millard West

Intended Major: Pre-Dentistry

Club Team: Iowa Premier

Quick Hits:

Ranked No. 53 in the nation among first basemen by Extra Inning Softball

Nebraska Super-State Second Team and Class A Second Team selection during senior year

Nebraska Super-State First Team and Class A First Team selection during junior year

Helped Iowa Premier to a 2021 PGF Premier National Championship and 2021 Boulder IDT Championship

Appeared on the Extra Innings Softball Extra Elite Top 200 list as a sophomore

Four-time letter recipient

Metro Coaches First Team and All-Academic selection during senior year

Bacon on what it means to be a Boilermaker: “Being a Boilermaker means that I get to represent one of the most well-known universities while playing the sport I love most.”

Coach De Oliveira on Bacon: “Bella has played at the highest level. She is a 2021 PGF National Champion. She is solid first basemen who will add championship experience and power to our line up.”

Emma Bailey

Position: RHP

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN.

High School: North Central High School

Intended Occupation: Civil Engineering

Club Team: Beverly Bandits

Quick Hits:

Ranked as the No. 52 pitcher in the 2022 signing class by Extra Inning Softball

Spent her first two years of High School at Herron High School

Earned All-City team award her Freshmen Year

Was Named to the All-Academic State team her Junior year

Throughout her four years of High Schools she has always been on High Honors

She also has been named to

 the National Honor Society

Before joining the Beverly Bandits she played for three other club teams (Indiana Gators, Indy Crush, and Lady Dukes Lamar)

Helped the Lady Dukes Lamar win the Triple Crown Nationals in 2020

Helped the Beverly Bandits win the King of the Hill Tournament in 2021

Bailey on why she chose Purdue: The privilege to study and play softball at Purdue will allow me to learn at one of the top ten public institutions in the United States with access to some of the best professors, coaches, and facilities. Wearing the Motion P is an honor for me, as Purdue offers me the opportunity to compete in the classroom, on the field, and make connections with a community of students from all over the world. Purdue would allow me to become the best student, teammate, leader, and person that I can be and will prepare me for my life beyond college.

De Oliveira on Bailey: “Emma is a gritty pitcher. She does a great job of feeding the defense and keeping the ball in the park. We look forward to seeing this Indiana native get it done on the mound for her home state.”

Khloe Banks

Position: OF

Hit/Throw: L/R

Hometown: Orange Park, Fla.

High School: Oakleaf

Intended major: Pre-Med

Club Team: Santa Fe Inferno

Quick Hits:

Ranked No. 60 among all outfielders and No. 108 overall recruit by Extra Innings Softball

During her junior year, posted a .402 batting average

Totaled 41 runs in 26 games as a junior

Posted eight triples and three home runs in 2020-21

Owns a .966 fielding %

Registered 26 RBI over the last two seasons

Over the last two seasons, Banks has made base .488 %

As a freshman, averaged a .435 batting averaging, including 16 runs and 20 hits

Banks on choosing Purdue: “I wanted to play for a great Power Five school, and Purdue had the academic rigor I was looking to balance athletics.”

De Olivera on Banks: “Khloe has real deal speed. She is a ‘gaser’ both in the outfield and on the base paths. She will definitely cause defenders to be at their best.”

Olivia Cainey

Position: LHP

Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.

High School: Hopewell

Intended Major: Political Science/Environmental Science

Club Team: Team NC Eaton

Quick Hits:

Ranked as one of the nation’s top-15 pitchers among all 2022 recruits and No. 31 overall

Helped Team NC Eaton win 2019 TCUSA National Championship

All-Conference Award winner for softball as a freshman

All-Conference Award winner for tennis as a senior

4-year letter-winner in Softball and Tennis at Hopewell High School

Cainey on opportunities as a Boilermaker: “This allows me to get a great education and be a part of something bigger than myself.”

De Oliveira on Cainey: “Liv is a top-15 pitcher who has many tools – spin, movement, speed, and competitive drive. She will make an immediate impact on our pitching staff and we look forward to her making her mark on Purdue’s record books.”

Rita Nuss

Position: 3B/UT

Hit/Throw: R/R

Hometown: Bloomsburg, PA.

High School: Bloomsburg Area High School

Intended Occupation: Physician Assistant

Club Team: Lady Dukes Lamar (3 years) Stars National (Senior Year)

Quick Hits:

Ranked as the No. 3 third baseman in the nation and is a top 63 overall recruit by Extra Innings Softball

2019 and 2021 First Team All-State honoree

Named a 2-year High School team captain

Helped the Lady Dukes Lamar win the 2020 Triple Crown

Helped Bloomsburg earn the title of District Champion in 2019

National Honors Society member

Nuss on joining the Purdue family: “Joining Purdue means being a part of a family, working hard and having fun along the way.”

De Oliveira on Nuss: “Rita is a fast and strong versatile athlete. She plays solid on both infield corners and hits for power. Her travel ball experience has been competing with and competing against the best. She is ready to help us win championships.”

Jordyn Ramos

Position: OF/SS/UT

Hit/Throw: R/R

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

High School: Somerset Sky Pointe

Intended Major: Undecided

Club Team: Explosion Hagberg

Quick Hits:

Ranked as a top-14 outfielder and as the No. 31 overall recruit by Extra Innings Softball

Two-time Extra Innings Softball Top 100 selection

Extra Innings Softball All-American as a junior

Extra Innings Softball Player of the Week runner-up as a junior

3-time Nevada Rising Star Award winner

First Team All-Region selection as a junior

2021 USSSA West Coast Nationals Tournament MVP

Helped Mercado/Grey Club Team win 2021 IDT Championship

FloSoftball Top 100 selection

Recorded the highest ODM Allister Index of 100.94 as a sophomore

Ramos on goals for year one as a Boilermaker: “Work on improving my speed and strength. I was to be the fastest.”

Coach De Oliveira on Ramos: “Jordan is top utility who can legitimately play outfield and middle infield at the collegiate level. She hits for power and average, as well as runs with above average speed. She has a ton of passion and will make her mark known on Purdue Softball.”

Sage Scarmardo

Position: MIF/UT

Hit/Throw: L/R

Hometown: College Station, Texas

High School: College Station

Intended Major: Business Communications

Club Team: Texas Bombers 18U Gold American

Quick Hits:

Ranked No. 45 in her position and No. 67 overall in the

First Team All-District for three consecutive years

Competed with the USA Softball Gulf Coast team as a junior

Was named Best Texas Bomber Gold Offensive Player as a junior

Named Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive MVP as a sophomore

Helped College Station to a Regional championship title as a freshman

Received the team’s Hustle Award as a sophomore and freshman

Three-time Academic All-District honoree

Will play alongside her twin, Summer Scarmardo for the Boilermakers

Scarmardo on being a Boilermaker: “Being a Boilermaker means being a team player, sacrificing anything for my teammates and always being kind.”

De Oliveira on Scarmardo: “Sage is a gritty middle infielder who has the ability to play both short-stop and 2nd base. She is a catalyst offensively and causes chaos on the base paths. Sage’s confidence is contagious and she will elevate our team immediately.”

Summer Scarmardo

Position: C/3B

Hit/Throw: R/R

Hometown: College Station, Texas

High School: College Station

Intended Major: Business

Club Team: Texas Bombers 18U Mckorckle

Quick Hits:

Ranked No. 45 in her position and No. 67 overall in the

First Team All-District for three consecutive years

Competed with the USA Softball Gulf Coast team as a junior

Was named Best Texas Bomber Gold Offensive Player as a junior

Named Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive MVP as a sophomore

Helped College Station to a Regional championship title as a freshman

Received the team’s Hustle Award as a sophomore and freshman

Three-time Academic All-District honoree

Will play alongside her twin, Summer Scarmardo for the Boilermakers

Scarmardo on being a Boilermaker: “Being a Boilermaker means being a team player, sacrificing anything for my teammates and always being kind.”

De Oliveira on Scarmardo: “Summer is a versatile defender who plays catcher and third base. Offensively, she has power and is clutch. She has played high caliber softball in Texas and is ready for the challenge of being a Boilermaker.”

Julianna Verni

Position:

Hit/Throw:

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

High School: Nardin Academy

Intended Major: Health and Kinesiology

Club Team: Top Gun 18U National – Turner

Quick Hits:

Ranked by Extra Inning Softball as a top 60 pitcher in the nation among 2022 recruits

2021 MMHSAA Pitcher of the Year Award Winner as a junior

Led MMHSAA in strikeouts, ERA, and shutouts as a junior in 2021

All WNY First Team selection and All State selection as a junior

Recorded 89 strikeouts in 44 innings as a junior

Helped Nardin Academy win MMHSAA Regular Season Championship in 2021

Helped Top Gun 18U National win PGF Premier Qualifier Championship in Kansas City, Kansas

Lettered in Volleyball and Softball at Nardin Academy

Verni on her inspiration to play softball: “My parents inspired me to play. My mom was a great athlete in high school and my dad played baseball in college. My mom also competed in triathlons and she really inspired me to get into athletics as a kid. Neither of them had the opportunity to play at the national level, so I want to acknowledge the work they have put in for me by working as hard as I can for my future.”

Coach De Oliveira on Bacon: “Julianna is a pitcher whose strengths are working vertically – rise, drop, and change. She gets a lot of swing and misses and changes speeds effectively. We know her spin and movement will help her succeed at Purdue.”

PURDUE FOOTBALL: NO. 19 PURDUE PRIMED FOR TRIP TO NO. 4 OHIO STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE – Newly-ranked Purdue Football (6-3, 4-2) has won back-to-back Big Ten Conference games and will ride the momentum of its outstanding victory over No. 5-ranked Michigan State into its game at No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 13. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s 19th-ranked Boilermakers kick off against the Buckeyes at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, looking for a possible fifth league win for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.

With its sixth win, Purdue is bowl eligible for first time since 2018 and the third time of the Brohm era. The Boilermakers are also hunting for a possible fourth away game victory. To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1960

• Purdue has beaten two AP Top-5 teams for the first time since 1960, when it beat No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota.

• Former head coach Jack Mollenkopf’s Boilers defeated the Buckeyes by a score of 24-21 (Oct. 15, 1960) and went on the road to top the top-ranked Gophers, 23-14 (Nov. 12, 1960).

LINE THEM UP, KNOCK THEM DOWN

• The last season Purdue beat two or more Top-25 teams in a season was 2018, with three, and the last time Purdue upended two top-10 teams was in 1984 (No. 8 Notre Dame, 23-21 and No. 2 Ohio State 28-23).

• Purdue has 17 wins against AP Top-5 foes as an unranked team, which is the most in the country by six, ahead of Illinois and USC’s 11 and Michigan State’s 10.

PURDUE – OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY

• Purdue has not faced Ohio State since 2018, and Boilermaker fans everywhere remember that game. And probably Buckeyes fans, too. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s team, unranked, dispatched the No. 2-ranked visitors by a score of 49-20 (Oct. 20, 2018).

• Purdue trails in the all-time series vs. Ohio State, 15-40-2, but has carved out a more successful stretch as of late, winning three of the last six matchups since 2009.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE BUCKEYES

• In case you missed it, the Boilermakers are looking for a second-straight win against the Buckeyes, with the post-game scenes of that eventful and emotional night on Oct. 20, 2018, still resonating in West Lafayette.

• The late Tyler Trent was in attendance, cheering on his favorite team to victory, a 49-20 win. The game has become an iconic moment in Purdue history and amongst the legendary stories of college football, as a whole.

• Former QB David Blough passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while former RB and current graduate assistant D.J. Knox rumbled for 128 rushing yards and three scores of his own. • Currently starring for the Arizona Cardinals in his rookie NFL season, then-freshman WR Rondale Moore electrified Ross-Ade Stadium with 12 catches for 170 receiving yards and two scores.

• In his second season with the Cincinnati Bengals, former LB Markus Bailey had 15 tackles and a remarkable 41-yard interception return for touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

A WHOLE NEW (CFP) ERA

• Purdue Football has entered the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 19, it was announced on ESPN on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The ranking is the first-ever in the CFP era for the Boilermakers.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s squad (6-3, 4-2) earned an Associated Press Top 25 ranking earlier this season after the upset win over No. 2-ranked Iowa (Oct. 16) to improve to 4-2 (2-1). Following the Boilermakers’ latest big win over No. 3-ranked Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue has ascended into the latest set of CFP rankings.

DEFENSE IS TRENDING UP

• The Boilermakers have at least two takeaways in four consecutive games and 12 in the last four games after recording a total of two in the first five games.

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

RING THE BELL

• If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16) or the Michigan State game (Nov. 6), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999).

• Bell led the team with 217 receiving yards on 11 catches with a TD in the victory over No. 5/3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), with those 217 receiving yards standing as the fifth-most in school history.

• With the Iowa and MSU efforts, Bell is the second player in program history with multiple 200-plus-yard receiving games, along with Brian Alford (215 and 209, both in 2017).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 15 of his 26 career games at Purdue. When Bell passed the 100-yard mark vs. the Spartans, he broke the school record with his 15th career 100-yard game.

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

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

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

• The Boilermaker star ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (125.4), and first in the Big Ten Conference.

• For his career, Bell is averaging an FBS-leading 102.4 receiving yards per game. His 7.8 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career.

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

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: CONNOR TURNBULL SIGNS NLI TO PLAY FOR BUTLERMBB

Connor Turnbull, a 6-10 forward/center from Missouri, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulldogs beginning with the 2022-23 season. Coach LaVall Jordan made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 10.

“Connor is a tremendous fit for our program,” said Jordan. “Because of the values his family has raised him with, he has strong character and an appreciation for the academic opportunities that are here at Butler. He has good size and strong basketball IQ and instincts. He has a knack for blocking and altering shots defensively, and a solid skillset for his size offensively. His best basketball is certainly ahead of him and we are excited about his development in the years ahead.”

Turnbull, from Saint Paul, Mo., stars for Fort Zumwalt North High School, where he earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors for Class 6. As a junior, Turnbull averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, leading the team to a 27-4 record and the Class 6 state semifinals. He shot 34 percent from three-point range. His ascent has been rapid as his statistics improved greatly from his sophomore averages of 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

He helped Brad Beal Elite to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Peach Jam as part of the Nike EYBL circuit. Turnbull averaged 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game alongside a group of high-major prospects.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: #8 INDIANA DEFEATS BUTLER WBB 86-63 IN SEASON OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Hoosiers posted an 86-63 victory over the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday night in front of 2,360 fans. Nicole Cardano-Hillary led all players with 29 points. The Bulldogs were led in the scoring column by freshman Alex Richard.

How It Happened

Richard and Zoe Jackson combined for 38 of Butler’s 63 points on Wednesday night to lead the Bulldogs. Richard earned the start didn’t miss a shot over the opening 20 minutes. She led all players with 12 at the half and would end with a team-best 20. Jackson also shot a great percentage from the field to net her 18 points.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field and Indiana was equally as impressive shooting 52 percent. Cardano-Hillary only missed one shot and was 7-for-8 from 3-point range to lead all players with 29 points. Grace Berger added 18 points and Ali Patberg was the team leader in assists with 10.

Indiana led Butler 7-2 early, but the Bulldogs would move forward and cut the lead to just two with 1:30 to play in the first frame. That two-point cushion would ride into the second quarter with 7:53 to play in the first half.

The big moment on Wednesday night followed the second quarter media timeout. Indiana went on an 8-0 scoring run to push the lead to 10 and forced BU into a timeout. The Hoosiers led 43-32 at the half and Cardano-Hillary would score 19 in the second half to keep IU on top.

Stat of the Game

Alex Richard filled up the box score with 20 points (10-for-13 shooting), four rebounds, one steal and one assist in 25 minutes of playing time.

Coach G Quotes

“Alex was extremely aggressive tonight,” Godlevske stated. “She went out and executed what we work on every day.”

“Zoe was a spark plug off the bench,” Godlevske added. “She’s a gamer. I loved her ability to get downhill on a very good, experienced IU team.”

Inside the Box Score

– Butler shot 60% from the field in the second quarter and 54% in the fourth

– Trinity White played well in her BU debut with nine points, four rebounds and an assist

– Genesis Parker left the game with 8:53 to play in the third quarter (undisclosed injury)

– Every active BU player hit at least one field goal tonight except for Parker who left the game early

– Tenley Dowell led BU with five rebounds while also adding a steal

– Butler scored 34 points in the pain tonight, but only hit four of their 11 3-point field goals

– BU freshmen accounted for 53 of Butler’s 63 total points

– The Butler women’s basketball program set a new attendance record with 2,360 fans at Hinkle on Wednesday night!

Up Next

Fans can return to Hinkle Fieldhouse this Saturday afternoon for a 12 PM tip vs. Western Illinois #GoDawgs

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: NO. 6 SEED BUTLER MSOCCER SET TO TAKE ON NO. 2 SEED (#16) PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST SEMIFINALS

Matchday Information – Butler vs. No. 16 Providence

DATE:                         Thursday, November 11 / 1:30 pm

LOCATION:                Washington D.C. / Shaw Field

LIVE STATS:              gohoyas.com

LIVE VIDEO:              BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 6-2-1

LAST MEETING:        October 16 – Indianapolis – Butler 2, #20 Providence 1

The No. 6 seed Butler men’s soccer team is preparing to play No. 2 seed Providence in a semifinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday, November 11, at 1:30 pm. After playing to a 0-0 draw through two overtime periods, Butler advanced out of the quarterfinal round by winning a PK shootout with No. 3 seed St. John’s, 4-2. The Friars most recently lost to Creighton, 1-2, in their regular season finale.

BULLDOG BITS

Gabriel Gjergji’s current national rankings (as of 11/07/21) include: 37th in Save Percentage (0.772), 41st in total saves (61), 45th in shutouts (5), and 46th in Goals Against Average (0.956). He finished the BIG EAST season ranked second in Goals Against Average (0.96), tied for second in shutouts (3), fourth in Save Percentage (0.787), and fifth in total saves (37).

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

Butler’s record in overtime matches this season is 2-0-3.

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Rhys Myers was selected to the Second Team.

For their performances against St. John’s in the regular season finale on Wednesday, November 3, Hemi Nasser was selected as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, and Gabriel Gjergji was chosen as Goalkeeper of the Week. Gjergji also was named to the eleven member CollegeSoccer.com Team of the Week, and Griffin DeBolt was selected to TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.

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 tied No. 24 St. John’s (0-0) on November 6.

The Bulldogs lost to No. 1 Indiana (0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (0-2).

As of 11/08/21, Butler’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 7 by RPI Update.

The Matchup

In the previous match: Butler’s Henri Kumwenda scored in the 11th minute, and a Providence own goal in the 32nd minute put the Bulldogs up, 2-0. The 20th-ranked Friars scored one on their offensive end, just two minutes later, but that was it for the scoring. Butler held on defensively through the end of the first period and throughout the second to maintain the winning margin.

Butler and Providence have met nine times overall, with the Bulldogs coming out on top in six.

The two sides have met only one time previously in the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2015, after playing to a 2-2 draw through two overtime periods, Providence advanced on PKs, 4-2.

The Friars’ most recent win (3-2) was September 22, 2018.

Scouting Providence

Previous match: Creighton L, 1-2

Providence lost to #14 New Hampshire, and defeated #23 Fordham.

The Friars have scored 34 goals this season and given up 18.

Thirteen different players have scored at least one goal, and thirteen have at least one assist.

Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for Providence include:

        #21 Luis Garcia (5g, 4a)

        #17 Brendan McSorley (6g, 2a)

        #9 Davis Smith (4g, 4a)

        #6 Paulo Lima (4g, 3a)

        #8 Simon Triantafilou (1g, 5a)

Lukas Burns (9-3-4) has started all 16 matches in goal. He has made 44 saves (.733) and has allowed 16 goals (0.96 GAA). He has five shutouts.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: BALL STATE DROPS HEARTBREAKER AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS

DEKALB, Ill. – In a pivotal Mid-American Conference showdown at West Division leader Northern Illinois, Ball State took a 29-27 advantage on a 48-yard field goal from Jacob Lewis with 1:42 remaining.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals (5-5, 3-3 MAC) left the Huskies (7-3, 5-1 MAC) just enough time to drive down to the 12-yard line and connect on a game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired Wednesday night at Brigham Field at Huskies Stadium. The kick allowed NIU to escape with a 30-29 victory and end Ball State’s bid to repeat as MAC Champions.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing to lose a game on the road, especially knowing what was at stake,” Cardinals head coach Mike Neu said. “I’m hurting for those guys in the locker room. We’ve got two games at home left. It’s going to be a tough bus ride home, but we’ve got to stay together and fight for each other with the time that we have left.

“In the first half, we had missed opportunities and left plays out on the field that would’ve resulted in points, and probably touchdowns. But we didn’t make those plays when we needed them. That’s the hard part to swallow. We did a good job early creating turnovers, but we just didn’t capitalize when we had some early momentum in the game.”

Despite the game-winning drive, it was strong defensive and special teams play which gave the Cardinals some much-needed sparks in the contest. Up first was the defense, which forced a pair of first quarter turnovers to help BSU build a 10-0 edge.

Brandon Martin got things going with his first interception of the season, giving Ball State the ball at its own 45-yard line. That, along with runs of 13 yards from Carson Steele and 17 yards from Justin Hall, helped set up Lewis’ first field goal of the contest from 43 yards out.

Two plays after the kickoff, Ball State’s Malcolm Lee recovered a fumble which was forced by Brett Anderson II to give the guests first-and-10 at the NIU 42-yard line. After a 25-yard catch from Jalen McGaughy and back-to-back one-yard runs by Will Jones, quarterback Drew Plitt would connect with Jayshon Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown.

Thanks to those two turnovers, Ball State would finish the game with a 2-0 edge in the category. BSU also limited NIU to a 5-for-14 effort on third-down conversions in the game. Jaylin Thomas would lead Ball State’s defensive effort with 15 tackles, including three solo. Bryce Cosby and Martin each added 10 tackles.

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, NIU would break onto the board early in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run at the 12:41 mark. With the score 10-7, the Cardinals were able to respond quickly, with a six-play, 76-yard drive of its own which lasted just 1:47.

Steele ran for 61 of the 76 yards, including a 49-yard scamper to get the ball to the NIU seven. Hall followed with a seven-yard carry, scoring his first of two rushing touchdowns in the game to give him at least one touchdown in each of BSU’s last five contests.

Steele led Ball State’s rushing attack with 109 total yards on 21 carries. Hall was second on the squad with 79 rushing yards to go along with 27 receiving yards. Throw in 23-yard punt return yards and Hall finished the contest with 129 all-purpose yards to move atop the Ball State record book in the category at 5,353. He moved past Dante Love’s (2005-08) career mark of 5,337.

While NIU would get the next 10 points, tying the score heading into halftime, it was a huge Ball State special teams play which set the tone early in the second half.

With the Huskies punting the ball from its own 15 yard line after going three-and-out on its opening possession, Hassan Littles broke through to block the punt out of the end zone for a safety. Ball State then marched the ball down the field after the free kick on a 10-play, 72-yard, 4:31 drive capped by Hall’s second rushing touchdown to make the score 26-17.

This one went for two yards, while another big play in the drive was a 25-yard run by Plitt which moved BSU deep within NIU territory. It was Plitt’s lone rush of the contest, and he also finished the night 11-for-26 passing with 126 total yards.

The Huskies answered with the next 10 points, starting with a 38-yard field goal with 4:45 remaining in the third quarter. Northern Illinois would go on to take its first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter, utilizing a 14-play drive which spanned 7:22 and 69 yards to pull ahead 27-26 with 2:42 remaining.

The ensuing NIU kickoff would go out of bounds, giving Ball State excellent field position at the 35. Catches of 19 yards and 15 yards from Plitt to Hall would get Ball State to the NIU 31, setting up Lewis’ 48-yard go-ahead kick with 1:42 remaining.

Unfortunately, it was just enough time to allow Northern Illinois to get into field goal range for the game-winning score.

Ball State returns home for its final two games of the regular season, starting next Wednesday (Nov. 17) with a 7 p.m. ET showdown vs. Central Michigan. The Cardinals can still become bowl eligible with a win in either contest, with the last being a Tuesday, Nov. 23 matchup with Buffalo.

“We’ve got bowl eligibility still lying ahead of us and we want to end the season on a positive note, especially for all of the seniors that have given so much to our program,” Neu added.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: BRANDON MARTIN NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR JASON WITTEN COLLEGIATE MAN OF THE YEAR

DALLAS – Ball State inside linebacker Brandon Martin has been named a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, the award selection committee announced Wednesday.

The award is the first college football honor to focus primarily on a player’s leadership, both on and off the field. Leadership is a term synonymous with Jason Witten, who, in addition to becoming one of the best tight ends in the history of the sport, served as one of football’s most prominent role models during his 16-year pro career. In addition to winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2012, Witten also received the Bart Starr Award, Pro Football Weekly’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP and the Bob Lilly Award, among many others. All of those honors have recognized his work in the community, achievements on the field and dedication to his teammates and family.

When it comes to adversity, the Indianapolis, Ind. native embodies what it means to be resilient. He has fought through multiple serious injuries and has rose above them to be a leader and two-time captain. In the 2019 season opener, Martin tore his labrum in his left shoulder and his season was over. Then, after recovering, he tore his labrum in his right shoulder leading up to Ball State’s appearance in the Arizona Bowl. Coming back for his final season, Martin re-tore his left shoulder and has since played through it. In the 2021 season opener, he tore cartilage in his right knee and was told his career may be over. Martin went through rehabilitation, the doctors removed the cartilage from his knee and he got back on the field seven weeks later, serving as a team captain for a team that is in search of repeating as MAC champions.

Martin came into the program as a running back, but made the switch to linebacker after taking a redshirt his first season on campus. He has played in 36 games with 20 starts as a middle linebacker. He owns 225 total tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, three passes defended and one interception. In 2020, Martin became the first BSU player named MAC Defensive Player of the Year since punter Brad Maynard in 1996 and the Cardinals’ first traditional defensive player to win the award since linebacker Greg Garnica did it three straight years from 1987-89. He was also selected All-Mid-American Conference First Team.

Having served on the program’s leadership council, Martin is a key figure and representative for the football team. He was recognized by Ball State’s Multicultural Center with the Mary Etta Taylor-Rose Service Award. The award is presented annually to a student of color who has shown self-initiated service in a variety of agencies and has a consistent history of service to others within the Ball State and/or Muncie communities. Martin served on Ball State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the group’s social media and marketing executive. He came up with the #NoShameInMyGame hashtag that pushed the importance of mental health in one of SAAC’s key initiatives. SAAC aimed to emphasize the importance of speaking up about one’s mental health issues and finding strength in vulnerability during that campaign. Martin has been involved in a handful of local community organization events as well, volunteering some of his time with Ball State Best Buddies, Ball State Dance Marathon, Children’s Museum and Muncie Mission. One person who has had a lasting positive impact on Martin is 10-year old Dominick Landreth, a child who was born with mitochondrial disease. Landreth connected with Martin and the rest of the football team in 2018 through the organization Team IMPACT. Martin was awarded Academic All-Mid-American Conference after earning his degree in Business Marketing. He is currently working towards another degree in Health Education and Promotion.

Martin is joined on the list by Grant Morgan (Arkansas), James Empey (BYU), Elijah Hicks (California), Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati), Darien Rencher (Clemson), Jake Bobo (Duke), Vederian Lowe (Illinois), Skylar Thompson (Kansas State), Joshua Paschal (Kentucky), Tanner Morgan (Minnesota), Austin Williams (Mississippi State), Adrian Martinez (Nebraska), Patrick Fields (Oklahoma), Sean Clifford (Penn State), Nick Figueroa (Southern California), Kingsley Jonathan (Syracuse), Tony Bradford, Jr. (Texas Tech), Bryce Harris (Toledo) and Brock Hoffman (Virginia Tech).

Three finalists will be named for the award on Wednesday, December 15. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony in Frisco, Texas, on February 17, 2022.

The winner of the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year will also receive a $10,000 contribution in his name to his school’s athletic scholarship fund. The contribution will be made by Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation, the official charity of Jason and his wife Michelle. The SCORE Foundation, founded in 2007, has positively impacted tens of thousands of children and families in Texas and Tennessee over the last 14 years. The foundation operates its nationally-recognized SCOREkeepers program, which places trained male mentors on staff to work with children at family violence shelters, at nine shelters in the two states.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: IRISH HEADED TO ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WITH 2-0 WIN OVER #5 PITT

PITTSBURGH — The No. 20 Fighting Irish men’s soccer team scored twice in the span of 12 seconds to defeat top-seeded Pitt and head to the ACC Championship final on Sunday in Cary, North Carolina. The win snaps Pitt’s 19-match home winning streak, dating back to the 2019 season.

The Irish goals came from Jack Lynn and Daniel Russo, both coming in the 77th minute. Tyler Shea set up Lynn’s opener and then Lynn assisted on the goal from Russo to seal the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Irish soaked up pressure in the opening 45 minutes of play and then sprung counters when presented the opportunity. Notre Dame had two great scoring chances, the first coming in the 26th minute. Ethan O’Brien played a through ball into space that Jack Lynn ran onto. Lynn then beat his defender but the Pitt keeper came off his line and made a sliding save.

Twelve minutes later the Irish counter nearly found the opener. Dawson McCartney found Daniel Russo on the left flank and the sophomore cut inside and fired a shot on target but the keeper was up to the task and made the save.

The Irish came out of the halftime break and continued to defend at a high level, not allowing the Panthers clean looks at goal.

In the 77th minute the Irish caused a turnover at midfield and Tyler Shea played a perfect ball into Lynn, who fired into the net for the opening goal. Just 12 seconds later Notre Dame struck again. The Irish caused a turnover and then Lynn played a great pass to Russo, who slotted home to double the lead at 2-0.

The Irish then locked down on defense over the final 13 minutes to secure the spot in the ACC title match on Sunday.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“Very impressed with the team’s performance. They did what we needed to do. They were tough, stuck together and did all of the intangibles that we pride ourselves on. Then we executed two executed two great goals and showed wonderful composure to close out the game and get another shutout against a top team. Not a bad result for the last place team in the ACC preseason poll.”

On the clean sheet…

“I think three straight clean sheets in the ACC Tournament says everything about the defending from the strikers all the way back to the goalkeeper. The backline is always keeping us organized and communicating well but I think it really says a lot about the team and the commitment to be really tough to score on.”

On the counterattack…

“We created turnovers in the midfield and when you do that it usually leads to good chances off of them. Then the guys showed great composure to finish the goals off.”

ND NOTES

The Irish advance to their second ACC Championship final in nine seasons in the league with the win.

ND is now 12-6-3 in ACC Championship history over its nine years in the league.

The Irish snapped Pitt’s 19-game home win streak which dated back to the 2019 season.

Notre Dame is now 20-7-3 against Pitt in the all-time matchup, winning both matches this season.

The cleans sheet is Notre Dame’s 10th of the season.

The Irish haven’t given up a goal in any of the three ACC Championship matches.

Lynn scored his eighth goal of the season, leading the Irish on the season, and now has 29 in his career.

Russo’s goal marks his third of the 2021 campaign and his fourth of his career.

UP NEXT

The Irish advance to the ACC Championship final to take on the winner of Clemson and Duke at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 14 in Cary, North Carolina. The title match will air on ESPNU.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: CAMPBELL, LUBIN AND STARLING ARE IRISH

he University of Notre Dame men’s basketball program and Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey have announced that three prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Notre Dame and compete for the Fighting Irish in 2022-23.

The three-member class is composed of forwards Dom Campbell and Ven-Allen Lubin, along with guard J.J. Starling. All three are consensus top-100 players and four-star prospects which provide the Irish the 15th-ranked recruiting class by 24/7 Sports (fifth-best in the ACC) and the 18th-rated (fourth-best in the ACC) group from Rivals.

“Our new staff started with a plan in June and I really like how we stayed focused and committed while being on the road in June and July, then followed through when the visits on campus took place,” Brey said.

“It was a fabulous team effort by our coaching staff to get a three man class that will be part of a bright future for Notre Dame basketball. Our fans will love to watch these guys play and grow as part of our program.”

DOM CAMPBELL

Forward

6-9, 265

Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)

Scarborough, ME

“Dom is a gifted low post guy with great hands and footwork. He has the ability to carve out space and step out as well. He can make really good decisions with the ball in his hands.” – Mike Brey

Rivals 4 Star – 96th overall, 11th power forward

24/7 4 star – 120th overall, 17th power forward, 2nd state

Played three years at The Wynflete School in Portland, Maine, before enrolling at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire to repeat his junior year • in his final season at Wynflete, scored 17 points with 11 rebounds while helping the team advance to the Class C South regional final • Phillips Exeter did not compete in 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic • garnered accolades on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2021 as a member of the Middlesex Magic, earning second team honors on The Circuit awards by averaging 17.3 points and 9.0 rebounds during the event • Middlesex Magic, coached by Michael Crotty, also featured former Irish captain and NBA Champion Pat Connaughton and current senior guard Cormac Ryan • the third player from Maine to sign with the Irish under Mike Brey (Chris Markwood, Tom Knight) • coached by Jay Tilton at Phillips Exeter Academy •  son of Lynn and Kathleen Campbell along with his brother, Demetrius.

VEN-ALLEN LUBIN

Forward

6-8, 220

Orlando Christian Prep

Orlando, FL

“Ven-Allen is a position less basketball player. He has the ability to post up, face up, run and change ends. He also brings great length on the defensive end.” – Mike Brey

Rivals 4 Star – 63rd overall, 8th power forward

24/7 4 Star – 114th overall, 22nd power forward, 18th state

ESPN 4 star – 75th overall, 12th power forward, 14th state

Invited to the Pangos All-American and National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in the summer of 2021 • helped lead Orlando Christian Prep to the 2020 Class 2A State Championship and was a first-team all-state selection by SourceHoops.com/Florida Association of Basketball Coaches • ranked by Florida Hoops Report as the 10th-rated prospect in the state • the Rise League Most Valuable Player as a member of the Southeast Elite Grassroots Academy AAU team, coached by Anthony Ricks • coached by Treig Burke at Orlando Christian Academy • father, Lubenique and mother, Carmee Francois, emigrated from Haiti to the United States when they were 17 years old • one of four children, along with brothers Luvensky and Keon and sister, Cathy.

J.J. STARLING

Guard

6-4, 195

La Lumiere School (IN)

Baldwinsville, NY

“J.J. is an explosive guard. You can’t pigeonhole him as a point guard or a two man, he does a little bit of everything. The most infectious thing is his energy and charisma that he plays with. He really engages his teammates and leads on the floor.” – Mike Brey

Rivals 4 Star – 40th overall, 8th point guard

24/7 – 33rd overall, 7th point guard, 1st state

ESPN – 27th overall, 6th point guard, 3rd state

Competed in his first two years of prep basketball at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York, before transferring to La Lumiere School in northwest Indiana for his junior season • averaged 28.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in his final season at Baker High School • averaged 14.9 points per game at LaLumiere in 2020-21 • named one of the top performers at the Wootten’s Top 150 camp in October of 2021 • competes for City Rocks out of Albany, New York, on the AAU circuit, coached by Jim Hart and Cory Whalen • The Circuit named him as a second-team selection at the Nike EYBL Session in the summer of 2021 after averaging 15.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game • coached by Patrick Holmes at La Lumiere School • son of Patrick and Satonya, with siblings Tyler, Donyai and Janee’.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: BRINGS IN FOUR FOR ITS INCOMING CLASS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame softball head coach Deanna Gumpf has added four to its incoming class, featuring three signees from California and an additional signee from New York as announced Wednesday.

Paige Cowley, Micaela Kastor, Gaelen Kelly and Makayla (Mickey) Winchell will be making the move to South Bend next summer. This class features a pair of two-way players, a catcher and an outfielder.

“I’m very excited to announced the Notre Dame softball class of 2022/2026.” Gumpf said, “This group brings a massive amount of talent. Each of these players come from a travel ball organization with a history of winning. With that, they will bring a championship level mindset to our program. All four players have the ability to make an impact from the moment they step foot on campus.”

Paige Cowley

Pitcher/Utility

Upland, California

Upland High

“Paige is a talented pitcher who is a master of spin.” Said Gumpf, “Her pitches constantly force swings and misses. She’s a dual threat because she is a strong two-way player who provides power to our lineup.”

A two-time team captain at Upland High, Cowley has earned three varsity softball letters so far in her career. She was a two-time first team all-Baseline League selection and helped her team earn a 25-2 record last year. During the 2021 season, she earned a 1.90 ERA in 73.0 innings of work and struck out 144 hitters. She made 13 starts, appearing in 27 games.

She competed with the Firecrackers Brashear 18U team during club play.

Cowley has two aunts that have played collegiate softball as Jamie and Sarah Farnworth played at Long Beach State and Utah and Cal State Northridge, respectively. Her cousin Stacey Farnworth played at Utah as well as Arizona State.

She also volunteers helping her aunt coach a 10U travel ball team. She assists with practices and has worked with the Spark of Love Christmas Toy Drive.

“I chose Notre Dame because I wanted a place that would give me a competitive softball program, where I would have a real opportunity to win a national championship.” Cowley said, “The coaches have also built an amazing culture that I really wanted to be a part of. I also wanted a place that would push me academically and set up the future that I want for myself.”

Micaela Kastor

Pitcher/Utility

Simi Valley, California

Oaks Christian

“Micaela is a fierce and gritty competitor in the circle.” Gumpf stated, “She thrives on the challenge. Not only is she a great pitcher, but also one of the best defensive pitchers in the game.”

A two-way player from Simi Valley, California Kastor was a four-time letterwinner at Oaks Christian under head coach Pete Ackerman. She earned first team All-Marmonte League honors four times, as well as earning Daily News all-area and Ventura County Star first team all-star honors. She was also selected to the 2018-19 super regional team, was a four-time first team all-western region and first team National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School all-region. She was also named all-state four times. After being named Rookie of the Year in 2019, She was the 2021 Marmonte League Pitcher of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

In her final season, she hit for a .471 average with three home runs and scored 32 times. In the circle, she earned a 0.75 ERA in 122 innings of work. She finished with a 16-3 record and 149 strikeouts in her 19 appearances.

She competes with the Firecrackers Rico 18U team where she led her team to win the 2021 TC National Championship, throwing a complete game against Athletics Mercado in a 6-5 win to close the weekend out 10-0.

Off the field, Kastor has been involved in film production classes and is a member of the Institute of Arts and Innovation at Oaks Christian. She recently produced a three-time award winning short film that has been accepted into several film festivals across the country.

“I chose Notre Dame for the amazing community of people on and off the field and campus, as well as for the extensive academic opportunities and connections at hand.” Said Kastor.

Gaelen Kelly

Catcher/First Base

Hopewell Junction, New York

John Jay High

“Gaelen is a skilled catcher who will bring a unique look to our battery.” Stated Gumpf, “Her craft is framing pitches and understanding a pitcher’s mindset. At the plate, she will provide a powerful punch to our lineup.”

Kelly joins the Irish after earning varsity letters from John Jay High in New York where she played for head coach Lawrence Brooks. Last season she was named first team all-state by the Poughkeepsie Journal, as well as being named an all-section honoree. She stormed onto the scene as a freshman, earning all-league honors and was named honorable mention all-section.

She enters her final season after hitting for a .567 average in 60 at bats where she drove in 30 runs while swiping five bases.

She competed with the Empire State Huskies 18u squad. In her final season with the Huskies, she hit for a .350 average.

Also at John Jay High, she was a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society as well as earning a spot on the high honor roll. She’s worked on several community service projects through the National Honor Society, while also volunteering to coach for the Empire State Huskies youth softball program.

“I chose Notre Dame because it has been my dream to attend school and play softball here since I first stepped on campus in the summer of ninth grade.” Kelly said, “The culture and traditions that define the university have always made me feel valued and at home.”

Mickey Winchell

Outfielder

Livermore, California

Granada High

“Mickey is a commanding outfielder and is a triple threat at the plate, capable of changing the game with her offensive dominance.” Gumpf said, “She is an aggressive baserunner who can create chaos on the base paths.”

Winchell enters her senior season with three varsity softball letters from Granada High where she played for head coach Johnny Heinz. A two-time all-East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) first team selection, she was named her team’s most valuable player. She was a 2021 West Coast Preps CalHiSports All-Bay area first team as well as Mercury News Bay Area High School softball top 40. As a freshman in 2019, she was the Granada High offensive player of the year as she went on to earn all-EBAL honorable mention.

As a prep athlete, she hit for a career .416 average with four home runs, drove in 38, scored 39 times and stole 25 bases. Her junior season she recorded a .519 average in 77 at bats, and hit half of her career home runs as well as swiping 18 bases. She hit for a career-best .542 in the shortened 2020 season in 24 at bats and led her team to the second round of North Coast Section playoffs as a freshman.

She competed with the So Cal Athletics Richardson 18G team where she was a team captain.

Winchell volunteered with several organizations as she was her class’s treasurer, as well as a 2021-22 Young Life Leader, a volunteer and camp assistant for the Taylor Family Foundation and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Her family is no stranger to collegiate athletics as she her cousin played football at Nebraska, and another cousin played soccer at San Jose State.

“I chose Notre Dame for many reasons.” Winchell said, “The foundation of Notre Dame is built on traditions, values, faith and family. The education is second to none. There is a small town feel in the community and endless support and opportunities for student-athletes. The softball stadium, facilities, trainers and support staff are amazing. The softball coaches have a synergy and create a culture like nothing I have experienced. They carefully select players that fit within their supportive, yet competitive culture. The players embrace new recruits and make them feel a part of the team immediately. It is my belief that the core of a team’s success is engrained in the coaching staff along with the talent and the unity of the team all wanting to compete at the highest level and towards the same team goals. For all of these reasons and more, I chose Notre Dame. Go Irish!”

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: NO. 15 IRISH OPEN HOME BIG TEN PLAY THIS WEEKEND VS. WISCONSIN

WHO: #15 Notre Dame (6-3-0, 0-2-0-0-0-0 B1G) vs. Wisconsin (4-6-0, 2-2-0-1-0-0 B1G)

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET // Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. ET

WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena | Tickets

WATCH: NBCSN // NBC Sports Chicago (NBC App/online for both games)

LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com

SETTING THE STAGE

Coming off a home non-conference sweep of Holy Cross, the Fighting Irish return to Big Ten play by hosting Wisconsin this weekend at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Nov. 12-13).

It will mark Notre Dame’s first home conference games of the season.

Notre Dame is 4-1-0 at home this season.

Max Ellis (2-1-3), Jake Boltmann (1-2-3) and Solag Bakich (1-2-3) helped lead the Irish to the sweep over Holy Cross by scores of 5-2 (Nov. 4) and 4-1 (Nov. 5).

In net, graduate student Matthew Galajda made both starts, stopping 45 of the 48 shots he faced for a .938 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals against average.

Ellis leads the Irish with 11 points on a team-high five goals and six assists, followed by Bakich (3-6-9) and Trevor Janicke (4-3-7).

Janicke and Graham Slaggert rank tied for second on the team with four goals each.

Notre Dame’s penalty kill is 33-for-34 on the season (.970), which ranks second in the NCAA.

All told, 13 Notre Dame players have scored so far this season, while 18 have at least one point.

The Irish are averaging 3.52 goals per game, which ranks 13th in the NCAA (fourth in the Big Ten) and are also holding opponents to 1.98 goals-against per game, which ranks 11th nationally (second in the Big Ten).

Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.

THE BIG TEN STANDINGS

This season, teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation.

If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.

The conference standings now match a national standard: W-L-T-OTW-OTL-SOW.

GALAJDA SHUTOUT RANKS

Graduate student Matthew Galajda made 22 saves to help lead the Irish to a 6-0 win over RIT on Oct. 22, marking his first shutout for Notre Dame and the 20th of his career.

A 2018 First Team All-American, his 20 career shutouts rank tied for fourth in NCAA Men’s Division I history:

Rank Name (Years) GP Shutouts

1. Dryden McKay (2018‑pres.) 107 GP/27 SHO

2. Ryan Miller (1999‑2002) 106/26

3. Michael Bitzer (2014‑2018) 138/21

4. Joe Fallon (2004‑2008) 132/20

Matthew Galajda (2017‑pres.) 90/20

6. Ben Scrivens (2006‑2010) 117/19

Michael Garteig (2012‑2016) 124/19

THE NOTRE DAME – WISCONSIN SERIES

Former opponents in the WCHA, Notre Dame and Wisconsin have met 80 times in program history with Wisconsin leading the all-time series 46-25-9.

The first meeting between the two teams came during the 1921-22 season when the Irish skated away with a 3-0 victory at Badin Rink (outdoors at Notre Dame).

The teams met once more, in 1925-26, before taking a 40 year hiatus and returning to competition when Notre Dame earned varsity status.

As a head coach, Jeff Jackson is 8-8-2 all-time against the Badgers (1-1-0 at Lake Superior State).

The one win Jackson had over the Badgers at Lake Superior State came on April 4, 1992, in Albany, New York, as the Lakers defeated Wisconsin 5-3 to win the NCAA Championship (the first of Jackson’s two NCAA Championships at Lake State).

Since joining the Big Ten, the series is tied at 7-7-2.

The teams opened the shortened 2020-21 season on Nov. 13-14 at the Compton Family Ice Arena, with the Badgers posting a 2-0 win and a 5-3 victory (Colin Theisen had a hat trick in that game two loss).

Then at Wisconsin on Feb. 19-20 2021, the Badgers took game one 4-2 before the teams skated to a back-and-forth 5-5 tie in game two.

In the game two shootout, Max Ellis scored and Dylan St. Cyr denied Cole Caufield, Dylan Halloway and Ty Pelton-Byce to seal the extra point.

The teams split the 2019-20 series 2-2-0, including a split at the Kohl Center on Nov. 15-16.

Wisconsin took game one, 3-0, and Notre Dame took a back-and-forth game two, 5-4 in overtime.

Alex Steeves had the OT game winner (just moments after Nate Clurman cleared a puck off the Notre Dame goal line) and Trevor Janicke, Cam Burke and Colin Theisen also scored for the Irish.

Later in the season at home (Jan. 24-25), Notre Dame dropped game one, 6-4, before bouncing back to take game two, 5-2.

With a career-high four points on a goal and three assists, Alex Steeves helped the Irish to that 5-2 win.

Notre Dame’s active career offensive leaders against the Badgers include Graham Slaggert (10 GP, 2-3-5), Spencer Stastney (12 GP, 0-5-5), Landon Slaggert (4 GP, 0-4-4), Trevor Janicke (8 GP, 2-1-3), Jesse Lansdell (8 GP, 1-2-3) and Jake Pivonka (12 GP, 1-2-3).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: FOUR IRISH EARN ALL-ACC HONORS

REENSBORO, N.C. – The ACC announced its season awards on Wednesday and four Irish players earned conference recognition for their play on the pitch this season. Senior Jack Lynn received first-team status for the second straight season while senior Philip Quinton was named to the third team. Matthew Roou and Josh Ramsey each earned All-Freshman ACC honors.

Lynn is receiving his third All-ACC honor after being selected to the first team in 2020-21 and second team in 2019 while Quinton picks up his first honor from the conference.

#27 JACK LYNN

The senior forward leads the Irish in scoring on the season with seven goals. The St. Louis native finished the regular season with three game-winning goals over the year, coming in victories against Michigan, Virginia and Purdue Fort Wayne. The forward has also added three assists to his ledger this season. Lynn now has 28 career goals over the course of four seasons at Notre Dame.

#2 PHILIP QUINTON

Quinton has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s defense over the last four seasons at the center back position. The 6-foot-6 defender has played a pivotal role in helping the Irish record nine clean sheets this season. Quinton has scored the first two goals in his Notre Dame career this season, coming against Virginia Tech and Purdue Fort Wayne.

#21 MATTHEW ROOU

The freshman forward has enjoyed an impressive rookie season for the Irish, scoring six goals to rank second on the team. Roou has played in all 18 games for the Irish and has earned seven starts at one of the striker positions. Roou has also added three assists to his name.

#18 JOSH RAMSEY

Ramsey made an instant impact on the Notre Dame defense, starting 17 matches this season while making an appearance in all 18 at the center back position. The freshman defender has helped Notre Dame record nine clean sheets this season. Ramsey also provided an assist with a ball over the top to Roou against Boston College.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: KK BRANSFORD OFFICIALLY BECOMES IRISH

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  — Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach Niele Ivey was pleased to announce on Wednesday that 2021 Ms. Ohio Basketball KK Bransford had signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Fighting Irish next fall. 

“I am thrilled to welcome KK Bransford to our ND family! She is an athletic combo guard that can take over and dominate a game. She will be an incredible addition to our backcourt and to the makeup of my team,” Coach Ivey said. “With her ability to use her quickness, athleticism, passing and scoring skillset, I expect her to make an easy transition to the collegiate level and make an immediate impact on our team. Culture is a big part of what I’m building and KK fits our culture perfectly.”

A 5-11 guard hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, KK Bransford is ranked as the seventh best guard in her class and 27th overall. She attends Mount Notre Dame, where all she has done is win.

She’s a two-time Ohio state champion, and could have been a third as Covid stopped her 28-0 squad in 2020. Mount Notre Dame is also a three-time Greater Girls Catholic League champion during Bransford’s tenure.

Speaking of records, Bransford has led the Cougars to a combined 85-2 mark, and will be riding a 72-game win streak heading into the 2021-22 season.

Last year, Bransford averaged an impressive 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals, which led her to be named not only the MaxPreps Ohio Player of the year, but also the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as well. Therefore, for those counting, that would make back-to-back Ohio Gatorade Player of the Years for the Irish, with current sophomore Maddy Westbeld earning the honor in 2020.

“I chose Notre Dame because I believe in Coach Ivey’s vision, and I want to be a part of it,” explained Bransford. “The education and degree from Notre Dame speaks for itself. One of the most important things was the family atmosphere that I felt when I was with the girls. It was amazing.”

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: GEBERT, GATES, NELL AND CROWE TO BE HONORED ON SENIOR DAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will recognize its four seniors on Friday (Nov. 12) when the Mastodons welcome IUPUI. The four seniors to be recognized will be Kendyll Gebert, Madison Gates, Maddi Nell and Katie Crowe.

Game Day Information

Who: IUPUI Jaguars

When: Friday, November 12 | 7 p.m.

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne owns a 29-24 record against IUPUI in the all-time series, with the Jaguars taking the last win in October of this season. The first match these two teams played was in 1978, a 2-0 win for the Mastodons. IUPUI has won six of the last 10 matches, but the ‘Dons have a 12-11 edge as members of the same conference.

Know Your Foe

• IUPUI is 5-23, 3-14 in Horizon League play and have gone 2-5 since beating the ‘Dons 3-1 on October 15. Those two wins came against Youngstown State and Robert Morris, both 3-1. Briana Brown is leading the Jaguars’ offense with a 3.21 kills per set clip and Rhiannon Schuenemann pacing the back line with 3.38 digs per set.

Today….. Is Senior Day

Purdue Fort Wayne will recognize four student-athletes for senior day on Friday: Kendyll Gebert, Madison Gates, Maddi Nell and Katie Crowe. Gates and Crowe were both First Team All-Horizon League honorees in the spring of 2021. Nell is only a junior in terms of athletic eligibility, but will be graduating and ending her career after three seasons with the Mastodons.

Finishing Strong

Madelyn Wurster has been finishing the season strong. Over the last four matches, she averaged 4.19 kills per set and a .301 hitting percentage against Robert Morris, Youngstown State, Wright State and Northern Kentucky. This totals to 67 kills, the most of any Mastodons in this same stretch.

No One Has Played More

No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons have played 116 sets this season. Eastern Kentucky is second, having played 115 sets.

Nearing 100

Head coach Steve Florio is nearing 100 wins in his career. He is currently sitting at 98 wins since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Saturday Night Five

The Mastodons have played eight five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC, Oakland, at UIC, and Northern Kentucky). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne went to five sets with the league-leading Northern Kentucky Norse on Saturday, November 6. The Mastodons got a career-high 23 kills out of Madelyn Wurster, who did so on a .333 hitting percentage.

Coming Up

After the Mastodons celebrate Senior Night for Madison Gates, Katie Crowe, Kendyll Gebert and Maddi Nell, their sights will turn toward the 2022 season.

IUPUI SOCCER: IUPUI ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES MEN’S SOCCER LEADERSHIP CHANGE

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry announced a leadership change for the men’s soccer program as head coach Brian Barnett’s contract will not be renewed beyond the 2021 season. The Jaguars went 3-12-1 and 2-8 in Horizon League play this fall.

“We appreciate all that Brian has done for the IUPUI program and the Indianapolis community,” Perry said. “We thank him for his tireless work with our young men and certainly wish him the very best in the future.”

Barnett took over the IUPUI program just prior to the 2016 campaign and has since compiled a 14-68-11 (.210) overall record. His 2018 squad advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament before falling to eventual league champion UIC on penalty kicks.

“Our standard for success is to be competing for Horizon League Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances and at this point, we believe a change in leadership is necessary to reach those goals,” Perry said. “We’re going to continue to support our student-athletes and provide them the resources to be successful in the classroom and in training during the transition period.”

Assistant coach John Schwien will serve as the primary point of contact for soccer related matters during the transition period and a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL: JAGUARS HIT THE FLOOR FOR SECOND TIME IN THREE DAYS ON THURSDAY

Date:     Thursday, Nov. 11 – 6:00 p.m. CT

Location:              Evansville, Ind. – Ford Center  

Live Video:          ESPN3

Game Notes:     IUPUI (PDF)   |  UE (PDF)

Live Stats:            Click Here

Social Media:                     Twitter   |   Instagram

Series History:   UE leads 4-0

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The IUPUI basketball team will hit the hardwood for a second time in three days to start the season on Thursday (Nov. 11) when the Jaguars take on Evansville (0-1) inside Ford Center at 6:00 p.m. CT (7 Eastern). IUPUI (0-1) opened the season with a 56-47 loss at Butler on Tuesday night and will start the campaign with five consecutive games away from home.

The Jaguars’ defense was up to the task against the Bulldogs, limiting the hosts to just 56 points, 15 made field goals and 34.1 percent shooting from the field. However, the IUPUI offense was in a similar slumber as the Jaguars mustered just 47 points in the opener and made less than 38 percent from the floor. The Jaguars closed at 3-of-23 (13 percent) from three-point range, but used back-to-back makes in the closing minutes to cut the lead to single digits. IUPUI had a chance to close within two possessions, but missed a fast break opportunity with a minute to play before Butler salted away the contest.

Graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell had a team-high 14 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3FG, 4-6 FT) and six boards while Bakari LaStrap finished with eight points on four buckets. Head coach Matt Crenshaw had two true freshmen make their collegiate debuts in the starting five in Boston Stanton III (5 pts, 3 reb) and KJ Pruitt (4 pts, 2 reb). In addition, true freshman Chuks Isitua came off the IUPUI bench for his first collegiate appearance and closed with four points and two blocked shots.

IUPUI was outrebounded by the taller Bulldogs by a 38-26 margin, but committed just nine turnovers and outscored Butler 11-7 in points off turnovers. The Jags forced 14 turnovers and collected five steals, playing four-guard and five-guard lineups at times. Despite being outrebounded by a wide margin, IUPUI yielded just three second chance points, even though Butler crashed 10 offensive boards.

Thursday’s game with Evansville caps a home-and-home series as the Purple Aces visited Indianapolis back on Nov. 30, 2019, defeating IUPUI 70-64 inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. IUPUI is seeking the program’s first-ever win over the Purple Aces, having lost the first four meetings between the two schools.

QUOTABLE

“We do have some depth and we want to be able to play a lot of different guys and cause some matchup problems with some different combinations,” Crenshaw said after 10 different players played at least 15 minutes in the opener. 

UP NEXT

IUPUI will trek to San Antonio to compete in three games in three days at the UTSA Tournament from Nov. 15-17. The Jags will open that event against former league foe Denver on Nov. 15 at 6:00 p.m.

QUICK HITTERS (click here for full game notes)

PROTEGE

    First year head coach Matt Crenshaw is quick to credit his college coach and mentor Ron Hunter (current Tulane HC) for helping guide his principles. IUPUI experienced a lot of success at the Division I level under Hunter with the success largely stemming from two traits – an aggressive matchup zone defense that held opponents down and ability to limit turnovers.

    IUPUI did both in the season opener, holding Butler to just .341 percent shooting, 15 made field goals (only six after halftime) and just 56 points.

    The .341 shooting percentage was the lowest by an IUPUI opponent since holding St. Francis Brooklyn to .340 back on Nov. 23, 2018. The 15 made buckets tied for the fourth-lowest total in a game by an IUPUI opponent and were the least since Western Illinois made just 14 against IUPUI back on Feb. 6, 2010. The 56 points allowed were the fewest by an IUPUI foe since IUPUI held South Florida to 53 back on Nov. 13, 2019.

    In addition, IUPUI committed just nine turnovers and forced 14 miscues. The Jaguars cashed in to outscore Butler 11-7 in points off turnovers.

DEBUTS

    Four IUPUI players made their Jaguar debuts at Butler on Tuesday night (Nov. 9) with three making their collegiate debuts.

    Grad-transfer B.J. Maxwell made his IUPUI debut with a team-high 14 points, six boards and two blocked shots. He hit 4-of-11 field goal attempts and played a team-high 27 minutes.

    The three true freshmen all made their collegiate debuts with KJ Pruitt and Boston Stanton III doing so as starters. 6-foot-11 forward Chuks Isitua made his debut off the IUPUI bench.

    Pruitt: 4 pts, 2 reb, 2-5 FG

    Stanton: 5 pts, 3 ast

    Isitua: 4 pts, 2 blk

DEPARTED

    IUPUI returns just 32.5 percent of its scoring from a season ago as the trio of Marcus Burk (21.7 ppg, 45 3’s), Jaylen Minnett (16.4 ppg, 41 3’s) and Elyjah Goss (11.1 ppg, 11.6 rpg) are all playing elsewhere this season.

    Burk recently inked a deal with the G League Grand Rapids Gold (affiliate of the Denver Nuggets), Goss is playing professionally in Sweden and Minnett opted to play a graduate season at Missouri State.

    Burk finished his two-year IUPUI career ranked No. 22 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,072 points and Minnett finished No. 9 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,403 career points and as the program’s all-time leader in threes made (285). Goss closed his career as the program’s all-time leader in rebounds (880) and a D1 record 25 double-doubles.

SEVEN BACK

    IUPUI returns seven letterwinners and two starters – Mike DePersia (5.0 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Nathan McClure (4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg). The other returning letterwinners are Azariah Seay (5.7 ppg), Bobby Harvey (5.6 rpg), Bakari LaStrap (2.8 ppg), Dimitar Pandev (1.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and Jonah Carrasco (0.3 ppg, 0.4 rpg).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: UE RIGHT BACK IN ACTION FOR HOME OPENER ON THURSDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 11th season of action at the Ford Center opens on Thursday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team takes on IUPUI in a 6 p.m. contest.  ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the broadcast.

Last Time Out

– Evan Kuhlman and Blaise Beauchamp recorded 11 points apiece to lead the Purple Aces in Tuesday’s season-opening 65-43 loss at Cincinnati

– Kuhlman hit 3 triples in the contest and added 6 rebounds while Beauchamp was 4-of-5 from the free throw line

– Noah Frederking set his career high with 8 rebounds while Shamar Givance had 7 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds

– UE held a 13-10 lead with 11:01 left in the first half before an 18-1 Bearcat run proved to be the difference

– Trailing by nine points at halftime, the Aces were unable to get any closer in the final 20 minutes

Scouting the Opponent

– IUPUI enters Thursday’s game with an 0-1 mark following a 56-47 loss in their season opener on Tuesday at Butler

– Graduate student B.J. Maxwell led the Jaguars in scoring and rebound, recording 14 points while hauling in 6 caroms

– Bakari LaStrap came in off the bench to add 8 points

– The Jaguars outscored the Bulldogs by a 22-16 final in the paint and 20-8 in bench points, but a drought by IUPUI saw them miss 14 consecutive shots with Butler hanging on for the win

– Head coach Matt Crenshaw is in his first year at the helm of the program…he was most recently an assistant at Ball State and previously worked at IUPUI for 12 seasons

11th Season at the Ford Center

– Thursday’s game against IUPUI will tip off the 11th season in the history of the Ford Center, which opened in 2011

– In ten season openers inside the building, the Aces have won on nine occasions with the lone loss coming to Buffalo in 2012

– Evansville opened the arena on Nov. 12, 2011, taking down Butler in a thrilling 71-68 overtime victory…the Bulldogs were coming off of their second National Championship game appearance in a row

No Place Like Home

– Opening the 2021-22 season in Cincinnati was a homecoming for Evan Kuhlman, who grew up in nearby Liberty Township, Ohio

– Kuhlman did not disappoint the hometown supporters, tying for the team lead with 11 points while chipping in 6 rebounds

– The effort continued a streak for Kuhlman that dates back to last season…he has now recorded double figures in each of the last seven games dating back to Feb. 17

– Averaging 6.0 points per game for his career, Kuhlman has recorded 13.6 PPG over that span

Consistent Start

– After averaging 12 PPG in UE’s two preseason contest, Blaise Beauchamp followed that up with 11 points to open the regular season against the Bearcats

– He led the way with four free throw makes while hauling in 4 rebounds and adding a blocked shot

Depth Down Low

– Junior Antoine Smith Jr. has gotten off to a nice start to his UE career…in the regular season opener, he played close to 29 minutes while recording 3 points and 2 rebounds

– He made the start in the exhibition opener versus Mount St. Joseph and came through with 13 points and 3 caroms

VALPO FOOTBALL: RIVALRY WEEK ARRIVES WITH HOOSIER HELMET BACK UP FOR GRABS

Valparaiso (3-6, 3-3 PFL)
at Butler (2-7, 0-6 PFL)

Game #10 Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. CT
Sellick Bowl (5,647) – Indianapolis, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: Every game means a lot, but this one means the most to the Valparaiso University football team. The Pioneer Football League’s oldest rivalry will feature an unprecedented third installment within the same calendar year as Valpo and Butler get together on Saturday at the Sellick Bowl in Indianapolis. The Beacons will attempt to clinch at least a .500 finish in PFL and notch their second straight victory on Saturday.

Previously: Valpo posted the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history and highest since 1996 in a 65-55 victory over Presbyterian last week at Brown Field. The game set the record for the most combined points in a Valpo contest. Several other records were altered in the bizarre battle as the Beacons had a school-record eight rushing touchdowns, Nick Orekoya tied a program record for individual rushing TDs in a single game with four and Brian Bartholomew converted a program-record eight extra points. The Valpo defense notched 10 sacks including 18 tackles for loss.

Series Notes: Valpo will look to move to 3-0 against Butler in the calendar year of 2021. The Beacons prevailed 24-14 on March 13 in Indianapolis before repeating the success with a 28-25 triumph on March 27 at Brown Field. The two teams have clashed 80 times over the years, with Valpo owning a 29-51 record. The Beacons have won four of the last five meetings with the only loss in that span coming by a three-point margin in 2019. This matchup has occurred every year since 1951. Valpo has won four of five from their instate rivals for the first time since prevailing in seven straight showdowns from 1994-2000.

Following the Beacons: This week’s game will be broadcast with a free video feed on YouTube Live courtesy of Butler Athletics. Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Tom Byrne (analyst) will have the hometown radio call on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (8-19) is in his third season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in Fall 2021. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. Valpo limited the opposition to 172.2 passing yards per game, the program’s best passing defense since 2008. In addition, the squad boasted its best rushing defense (111.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points per game) since 1999. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

Putting Up Points: Valpo posted the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history and highest in 25 years in the 65-55 victory over Presbyterian on Nov. 6. The 65 points marked the team’s highest total since beating Alma 66-21 on Sept. 14, 1996. The game against the Blue Hose was Valpo’s second-highest point total since 1958. In addition, the 120 combined points shattered the previous school record of 110 established in Valpo’s 1923 victory over Lewis, which came by the highly unusual score of 110-0. The 65 points were the 12th-most in a single game in the FCS nation this season.

Receiving Recognition: Valpo’s record-setting 65-55 victory over Presbyterian on Nov. 6 was followed by significant attention. Most notably, running back Robert Washington received a “Helmet Sticker” on ESPN’s College Football Final for his standout performance. Washington’s big day earned him Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week status from both the league office and College Sports Madness. In addition, Brian Bartholomew was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week. Valpo has received nine weekly awards this season from either the league office or College Sports Madness.

Name                          Opponent        Date    Award

Austin Martins            Dartmouth      9-18     College Sports Madness PFL Defensive POTW

Austin Martins            at Drake          9-25     PFL Special Teams POTW

Ben Niesner                at St. Thomas  10-9     PFL Special Teams POTW

Austin Chilton            Dayton            10-23   PFL Defensive POTW

Austin Chilton            Dayton            10-23   College Sports Madness PFL Defensive POTW

Ben Niesner                at San Diego   10-30   PFL Special Teams POTW

Robert Washington    Presbyterian    11-6     PFL Offensive POTW

Robert Washington    Presbyterian    11-6     College Sports Madness PFL Offensive POTW

Brian Bartholomew    Presbyterian    11-6     PFL Special Teams POTW

In addition, Valpo players have earned STATS FCS National Player of the Week honorable mention on six occasions this season.

9/25 at Drake – Austin Martins (ST)

10/9 at St. Thomas – Ben Niesner (ST)

10/23 vs. Dayton – Austin Chilton (D)

10/30 at San Diego – Austin Martins (D), Ben Niesner (ST)

11/6 vs. Presbyterian – Robert Washington (O)

Rewriting Rushing Records: Valpo shattered the program record for single-game rushing touchdowns with eight on Nov. 6 vs. Presbyterian. The previous record of seven was established on Oct. 16, 1954 and was matched on three occasions – 1956, 1969 and most recently on Sept. 23, 1995 at Kalamazoo. The eight rushing scores are the most in the FCS nation by any team this season. Valpo joins Michigan (Sept. 18 vs. Northern Illinois) as the only two Division-I college football teams (FBS or FCS) with eight rushing TDs in a single game this year. Nick Orekoya rushed for four touchdowns, tying an individual single-game TD record. That mark was established in 1956 and matched on five previous occasions, most recently by Jeff Horton on Sept. 2, 2006 at Wisconsin Lutheran. By accounting for 24 points, Orekoya also equaled the single-game program record for points scored. He tied for the fifth-most points in a single game in the FCS nation this season, while his four rushing TDs are tied for the fourth most. Orekoya became just the ninth player nationally to rush for four scores this year. Washington ran for three TDs of his own in the victory over the Blue Hose, accruing a career-high 234 rushing yards, 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. His 234 yards on the ground are the fifth-most in a single game in the FCS nation this season.

Robert in the Record Book: Valpo running back Robert Washington has rushed for 1,497 career yards in just 15 games in a Valpo uniform. He owns the most career rushing yards of any Valpo player in the last 14 years since Jeff Horton closed out his career in 2007 with a school-record 3,072. In order to crack the top 10 in program history in career rushing yards, Washington would need to get to 1,644. The reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for 844 yards this season, which currently ranks fifth in single-season program history. He bumped Ross Wiemer’s 2008 season (824) from the all-time top five during the Nov. 6 game vs. Presbyterian. Washington’s next target is Brandon Hall, whose 2014 season is fourth at 855. Washington is currently at 164 carries this season and needs 179 to crack the program’s single-season top five. He owns 11 TDs on the year, second on Valpo’s single-season rushing TD list. With his three rushing scores against Presbyterian, Washington surpassed a four-way tie for second with 10 (Brandon Hall, Ross Wiemer, Jeff Horton and David Zurcher) and now is only behind Dave Newnam’s 1977 season of 14 rushing TDs.

Valpo Single-Season Rushing Yards

Name                          Year                Yards

Jeff Horton                  2005                1,358

Dave Newnam            1977                1,009

John Knight                1961                998

Brandon Hall              2014                855

Robert Washington    2021                844

Valpo Single-Season Total Rushes

Name                          Year                Rushes

Jeff Horton                  2005                257

Dave Newnam            1977                191

Derrel Sanders            1976                186

Bob Foley                   1984                183

Bobby Mason             1986                179

Robert Washington     2021                164

Team Rushing TD Tracker

As a team, Valpo has rushed for 18 touchdowns this season, two shy of cracking the top five in single-season program history.

Rank   Year    Rushing TDs

1          1969    36

2          1971    25

T-3      2000    22

T-3      1961    22

T-5      1996    20

T-5      2017    20

—        2021    18

PAT Palooza: Kicker Brian Bartholomew went 8-for-8 on PATs in the Nov. 6 victory over Presbyterian, shattering the single-game program record of seven that was set by Kevin Mackey in 1984 and matched on six occasions, most recently by Dimitrios Latsonas on Oct. 28, 2017. Bartholomew also converted his lone field-goal attempt, a 37-yard effort, in the game against Presbyterian. He booted three touchbacks and averaged 47.3 yards per kickoff on 11 attempts. Bartholomew is now 24-of-24 on PATs this season and 37-of-37 in his Valpo career. The program record for consecutive PATs without a miss is 49, set by Mackey from 1983-1985. Bartholomew is six made extra points away from cracking the single-season top five, as Jacob Newman (2014) is fifth with 30. Bartholomew is up to nine made field goals on the season, two away from cracking the program’s single-season top five in that category.

Stops Behind the Sticks: Valpo piled up 10 sacks in the Nov. 6 win over Presbyterian, becoming the fifth team in the nation with a double-figure sack total in a game this year. Valpo is tied for third nationally as only two FCS teams have surpassed 10 sacks in a single game this autumn. The 10 sacks were one shy of a PFL record set by Dayton in 2011 and tied by Stetson earlier this season. The 10 sacks marked Valpo’s most in over 20 years. The team accrued 18 tackles for loss in the game against the Blue Hose, tied with two others (Stetson and Wagner) for the most TFL in a single game in FCS this year. That marked Valpo’s highest single-game TFL total since at least 2004. Trejuan Purty had five tackles for loss including four sacks in the Presbyterian game. The single-game sack total of four was tied for sixth-most nationally while the five tackles for loss were tied for fifth. Gavin Twigg boasted four TFL, while Nick Price recorded three sacks. For the season, Valpo is up to 28 sacks, needing two more to crack the program’s all-time top five. The team is also two TFL away from cracking the program record book in that area.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BEACONS FALL IN SEASON OPENER TO MIAMI

The visiting Miami RedHawks spoiled the Valpo women’s basketball season opener Wednesday evening at the ARC, as the visitors claimed an 85-60 victory.

How It Happened

The teams traded 3-pointers on their respective first possessions and inside baskets the second time down the floor.

Miami then scored the next seven in a row to take the lead for good.

The RedHawks extended their lead to 23-14 at the end of the first quarter.

Valpo cut the deficit to seven points with the first basket of the second period before the RedHawks went on an 8-0 run.

The Miami lead was 48-26 at halftime and 69-36 at the end of the third quarter.

The Beacons outscored Miami 24-16 over the final 10 minutes.

Inside the Game

Redshirt senior Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) led the Valpo offense with 12 points on Wednesday.

Sophomore Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) went 4-of-6 from the floor — a career high for field goals made — for nine points, while senior Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) added nine points as well and matched a career best with three assists.

Senior Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) tallied eight points and tied for game-high honors with four assists, while sophomore Lauren Gunn (Fishers, Ind./Lawrence North) shot 3-for-4 for seven points.

Fifth-year Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) tied a career best with four steals.

Valpo shot 47.9% (23-for-48) from the floor, but was just 7-for-23 (30.4%) from the 3-point line. Meanwhile, the RedHawks hit at a 51.4% clip (38-for-74) and claimed 20 offensive rebounds.

Next Up

Valpo (0-1) will look to rebound on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Central Michigan at the ARC. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m., and the game can be seen live on ESPN3.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: SYCAMORE SOCCER ADDS SEVEN ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to further their academic and athletic careers as members of the Indiana State women’s soccer program, head coach Julie Hanley announced today.

Set to join the program in the fall of 2022 is Ella Gorrie, Kaitlin Koger, Madeline Lotspeich, Leah McDonald, Ella Roesch, Molly Smith and Adelaide Wolfe.

“We are very excited to welcome our 2022 class to the Sycamore family. We feel this group can have an immediate impact and help us continue our growth as a program,” head coach Julie Hanley said. “These girls all come wonderful families so we are ecstatic to welcome them to our family at Indiana State.”

2022 Signing Class

Ella Gorrie

Chatham, Illinois // Glenwood High School

Midfielder/Defender

A three-year letterwinner at Glenwood High School under head coach Jay Lipe, she has tallied 19 goals and 20 assists. Played club soccer for Eclipse ECNL RL under head coach Brandon Menke. An All-State and All-Midwest selection as well as the SJR Female Soccer Player of the year winner in the spring of 2021.

Kaitlin Koger

Zionsville, Indiana // Guerin Catholic High School

Midfielder

Earned All-Conference and All-District honors for four-straight years at Guerin Catholic under head coach Sean Yau. Recorded 35 goals and 17 assists over four seasons. Named to the All-County team three times while earning academic All-State honors four times. Played club for Indiana Fire ECNL under head coach Paul Dolinksky. She was also a four-year starter on the varsity basketball team.

Madeline Lotspeich

O’Fallon, Missouri // Fort Zumwalt West High School

Goalkeeper

Has been a part of the Fort Zumwalt West HS team for four years under head coach Sean Baldwin. Named to the conference All-Academic team twice. Played club for St. Louis Scott Gallagher ENCL Green under head coach Shawn Hewitt. She was a member of two Missouri State Cup Champion teams as well as the runner-up in 2019. Member of the 2019-20 US Youth Soccer National League.

Leah McDonald

Springfield, Missouri // Glendale High School

Defender

Three-year starter at Glendale High School under head coach Jeff Rogers. She has earned 1st team all-region honors twice as well as 2nd team all-state in the spring of 2021. Played club for Sporting Springfield SC under former Indiana State head coach Vernon Croft. They were state runner-up in 2019 Also played varsity volleyball.

Ella Roesch

St. Louis // Parkway West High School

Midfielder

Four-year letterwinner at Parkway West High School under head coach Annie Wayland. Made 1st team All-Conference, All-District and All-Region as a junior. Played club for the Sporting St. Louis Rangers under head coach Mike Preusser. Member of two Midwest Regional Champion teams as well as making two state semifinals.

Molly Smith

Springfield, Tennessee // Springfield High School

Forward

Three-year letter winner at Springfield High School under head coach Ann Marie Turpen. She scored 125 goals in 35 games and was named District Offensive MVP three times. Career leader in goals at Springfield High School. Set the Tennessee State record for most goals in a game with 10. Played club for the Tennessee Soccer club under head coach Christian Dale.

Adelaide Wolfe

Bettendorf, Iowa // Pleasant Valley High School

Defender

Three-year letterwinner at Pleasant Valley High School under head coach Ed Krupp. Two-time high school State Qualifier. Earned Academic All-State four times. Played club for Sporting Iowa East under head coach Paul Dayrell. Won the 2020 State Cup with Sporting Iowa East.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: SYCAMORE VOLLEYBALL ADDS TWO IN 2021 SIGNING CLASS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball head coach Lindsay Allman announced the addition of two student-athletes for the 2021 Sycamore signing class Wednesday afternoon.

Allman welcomes setter Jazzlyn Ford (Prosper, Texas/Prosper High School) and libero Cadence Gilley (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East High School) to the team.

“The addition of Jazzlyn and Cadence is very exciting for us,” Allman said. “Both will be able to step in and contribute to our success early on while challenging the whole team day in and day out. We can’t wait to get them on campus.”

Jazzlyn Ford | S | Prosper, Texas | Prosper HS

Ford comes to Indiana State after earning three letters at Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas under head coach Erin Kauffman … She helped her team to three consecutive district championships from 2018-2020 and an area championship in 2021 … Was named to the AVAC Phenom/Under Amour underclassmen watch list for three-straight years … Earned honorable mention all-district honors in 2019 and first team all-district in 2020 … Was named to the 2021 AVAC all-region team … Played two seasons for Drive Nation – an club team from Irving, Texas … In the classroom, Ford has earned academic all-district accolades in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Cadence Gilley | L | Columbus, Ind. | Columbus HS

Gilley comes to Indiana State after a four-year playing career at Columbus East High School under the direction of head coach Ellyn McIntosh … A dual-purpose player, Gilley helped her squad to a conference championship in 2019, 2020 and 2021 while the team earned sectional championships in 2019 and 2020 … A two-time all-conference award winner, Gilley also served as team captain her junior and senior seasons while also earning academic all-state honors in 2021 … She tallied over 1,000 digs over her career and was an HHC all conference award winner in 2020 and 2021 … Gilley also has a brother (Cole) who plays on the ISU baseball team.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: RETURNS TO #1 SPOT IN UPDATED REGIONAL RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has returned to the No. 1 spot in the most recent edition of the NCAA Division II Regional Rankings, officials announced on Wednesday.

The Greyhounds (13-1-2) take back the top spot in the Super Region 3 from Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Maryville, who moves down to No. 2.

In total, there are four Super Regions with each having 12 teams that earn a ranking. Ten teams are set to advance to postseason play from each region, while the top six seeds from that region will earn a “bye” to the second round.

Other leaders in the Super Regions are Franklin Pierce (SR1), Young Harris (SR2), and Cal State LA (SR4).

NCAA tournament action is slated to begin with the first round opening up on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19.

ALSO: The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team is gearing up for its Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament semifinal match against Drury this Friday, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. With the Greyhounds being the No. 1 seed, semifinal and championship action is slated to take place at Key Stadium on Friday and Sunday.

Earlier this season on Oct. 24, UIndy took down Drury by a final of 2-0 at Key Stadium. The Hounds dominated on the offensive side of the ball, firing a total of 22 shots in 90 minutes of action while the Panthers managed just six in return.

The winner of this semifinal match is set to face either Maryville or Illinois Springfield in the championship match on Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: LANDS #6 IN MIDWEST RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team has repeated as the No. 6 seed in the more recent edition of the NCAA DII Midwest Regional Rankings according to the official announcement on Wednesday.

The Greyhounds hold a 10-3-3 record and sit below Michigan Tech and above Saginaw Valley. The top eight teams from the Midwest Region will earn a berth into the NCAA tournament. Postseason action is set to begin with the first round kicking off on Nov. 18 and No. 19 at the higher-seed’s respective campus.

The regional tournament selection show will take place on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. On NCAA.com

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S BB: GREYHOUNDS OPEN REGULAR SEASON AGAINST MALONE, #8 ASHLAND

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team will open up regular season play this weekend on the road, when they will travel to Malone on Friday afternoon and Ashland on Saturday.

This will be the first non-conference teams the Hounds will face in the regular season since Feb. 2020 when the NCAA announced the cancellation of seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Going 11-11 in 2020-21, the Hounds averaged 69.0 points per game.

VS MALONE

Picked to finish Eighth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, the Malone Pioneers are coming off of a 9-12 2020-21 season. Averaging 74 points in the past season, while holding their opponents to a close 71.1 PPG. The Pioneers show their depth in field goal range, shooting .434. Defensively, they have a rebounding margin of -1.4, posting 35.7 per game.

Graduate Student, Holly Groff leads the Malone with 15. 8 points per game, shooting on average 2.7 three’s a game. Hunter Madison is a heavy hitter on the board, posting an average of 5.8 rebounds per game. The Pioneers also return G-MAC standout Robin Campbell.

The last time the Hounds faced off against the Pioneers was in Nov. 2019, when the Hounds dominated 75-47. The current record between the two teams is 1-1.

VS ASHLAND

Having been ranked No. 8 in the preseason by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the Ashland Eagles will open their season on Friday against GLVC opponent Lindenwood before hosting the Hounds on Sunday.

In 2020-21 Ashland was named the runner-up in their conference tournament and also made a run for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional title. They posted a record of 16-9, while averaging 72.3 points per game and allowing 65.1.

The Eagles are led by Annie Roshak who averaged 21.0 points per game, followed by Karlee Pireu who averaged 18.4 and 7.7 rebounds.

TIP OFF

The Greyhounds will tip off against Malone at 4 PM on Friday, and then No. 8 Ashland at 5 pm on Saturday.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: MARIAN EXACTS REVENGE OVER BETHEL WITH 3-0 SWEEP IN CL TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team avenged their only loss of the season Wednesday night in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals, as the Knights swept No. 24 Bethel 3-0 in the PE Center. Bethel had snapped Marian’s perfect season 11 days prior in the regular season finale, but were unable to match Marian’s offensive gameplan as they fell 25-17, 25-19, and 25-17. Marian is now 31-1 overall this season entering the CL Tournament Championship.

Marian got off to a strong start in Wednesday’s first set, beginning the match on a 6-2 run that featured three kills from Sarah Spangler. Spangler’s hot start prompted a Bethel timeout, and after the break Bethel responded with a 6-2 run of their own to tie the first set at eight. A service error ended the Pilots run, and after an exchange of points Spangler’s fourth kill of the game gave Marian an 11-9 lead. Two rallies later Skyler Van Note ignited a 4-0 run with her first kill of the set, forcing Bethel’s second timeout. Marian poured it on after the break leading 15-10, pushing their lead to eight after getting kills from Katie Hardegree and Jai-Lyn Norwood. Bethel attempted to rally late turning a double-digit hole into eight points, but Norwood put away the set with her fifth kill, giving Marian a 25-17 win.

After starting the second set exchanging points, Marian flipped the momentum to their side of the net using two Pilot errors as part of a 5-1 run. A block from Norwood and Madison Brooks capped the run and forced a timeout, as the Knights gained control leading 9-5. Bethel would inch back getting a pair of kils from Cheyanne Seymour to come within one, but Seymour’s third error ended the rhythm. Like the first set, the Pilot error helped Marian gain separation as the lead soon ballooned to 20-12. Michaela Hoffa helped the Knights capture the lead, and grew it to 10 points after recording three straight kills. The Pilots would again show late life, but it was too late to get back in the set, as Norwood finished the second set with her seventh kill to secure a 25-19 win.

Marian pulled out to a strong lead in the third set after getting emphatic kills from both Spangler and Norwood, as the two hitters helped grow a 10-5 lead. Bethel would slowly inch back as they attempted to extend the match, and got within one after a kill from Seymour, however the Pilots could not close the gap as Norwood put her team back on top by two. Hardegree recorded an ace after the kill to give her team a 15-12 lead, and five rallies later the margin grew to four as Bethel used their final timeout. Van Note started a 2-0 run prior to the timeout, and after the break the senior kept the charge rolling as the Knights rattled off three straight. Leading 21-14, the senior tandem of Van Note and Spangler put away the match, scoring the last four points to close the sweep with a 25-17 score in the third set.

As a team Marian recorded a hitting percentage of .320 and had 44 total kills, denying the top-ranked Bethel block. Marian also out-blocked the nation’s top team, holding a 10-4 advantage in total rejections in the match. Spangler led all players in the win with 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, and Norwood had 10 kills to go with five block assists. Van Note led the Knights with 12 digs while also recording eight kills. Both Hardegree and Lexi Spence had 16 assists, with the sophomore posting seven digs and two service aces. Maggie Meyer had 11 digs and seven assists, and Brooks had five block assists and three kills.

Marian’s win advances the Knights to the Crossroads League Tournament Championship match for the fourth consecutive season, as Marian will match up with the No. 2 seed Indiana Wesleyan. First serve of the CL Title rematch on Saturday will air on the ISC Sports Network at 6 PM.

MARIAN WSOCCER: MARIAN DROPS 3-2 LOSS TO INDIANA WESLEYAN IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

Marion, Ind. – The Marian women’s soccer team rallied late after trailing by two goals with just over 40 minutes left but came up short in a 3-2 loss to No. 2 seed Indiana Wesleyan in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

In a contest that saw plenty of offensive action, the Wildcats were the ones to strike first. Noelle Rolfsen made an early save, but Jackie Norris struck a shot that snuck by Rolfsen and into the lower corner of the net in the 13th minute. Marian answered right back with the Knights scoring on a terrific opportunity. Maya Decker sent a cross right into the center of the box, and Gretchen Mallin’s strike found the back of the net to tie things up at 1-1 in the 14th minute. Marian stayed on the offensive, earning two corner kicks with a shot by Erin Oleksak over the next 10 minutes but without anything to show for it.

Indiana Wesleyan responded in the closing moments of the half with two shots on goal late. Rolfsen made the saves, keeping things tied up after 45 minutes. Marian had just one shot on goal to Indiana Wesleyan’s four. Both teams ended the half with two corner kicks.

The Wildcats came out of halftime as the aggressors with two shots right away. Those opportunities resulted in an Indiana Wesleyan corner kick and a goal, as Jackie Norris’ header sailed over Rolfsen to make it 2-1 Wildcats in the 49th minute. Jacelyn Smith answered for Marian with two shots of her own over the next couple of minutes but without result. On a counterattack, Indiana Wesleyan’s Sarah Foulk found the back of the net with her shot sneaking through which extended the Wildcats’ lead to two goals with just under 30 minutes left.

Marian bounced back to create several opportunities in the closing minutes. Following a corner kick, Delaney Taylor hit a header into the box. Smith then scored from Taylor on her header attempt to get Marian within a goal in the 71st minute, trailing 3-2. Indiana Wesleyan played defensive and tried to run off as much clock as possible. The Knights managed to get two shots late, but Mallin’s shot in the 87th minute went high, and Miranda Nosko’s header went just left of the net in the 89th minute, as the Wildcats held onto a one-goal victory.

The Knights outshot the Wildcats 12-11, but Indiana Wesleyan recorded three more shots on goal than the Knights. Both teams finished the contest with four corner kicks. Mallin’s goal was her second of the season, while Smith’s score was her ninth. Smith also led Marian with four shots of the team’s 12. Oleksak took three shots, while Mallin also tallied two shots. Nosko, Decker, and Allie Schlom each managed one shot. Rolfsen took the loss while making five saves over 90 minutes for the Knights.

With the loss, Marian falls to 15-4-1 on the season. The Knights will eye an at-large bid in the NAIA Tournament after maintaining a rank at No. 8 in the women’s soccer coaches poll earlier today. Marian will also host also the opening round of the tournament on November 18 and 20. The field will be announced on Monday, November 15 at 11 AM.

MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER: MARIAN COMES UP SHORT AGAINST BETHEL IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

Mishawaka, Ind. – The Marian men’s soccer team battled but ultimately fell to the top-seeded Bethel Pilots in the Crossroads League Semifinals, dropping a 2-0 decision on Wednesday night.

The Knights were the first to get a few looks on goal as Sebastian Gonzalez took a shot from distance in the 10th minute which was saved. Another Marian look came a few moments later as Jalen Rice shot a rocket towards the net, which hit the right post.

Top-seeded Bethel began to wake up after Rice’s shot, taking the next three shots. In the 28th minute, Bethel took their first corner kick and appeared to score in a packed box. The officials eventually waived off this goal and instead called a handball on Marian. Bethel’s Andres Gonzalez Maza then converted the penalty kick to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead. The Knights managed to keep Bethel from adding on throughout the rest of the half, preventing the Pilots from getting any more shots off after their goal.

Marian hoped to turn the tides in the second half but the Bethel defense did not allow very many offensive chances. Marian took a few corner kicks in the opening five minutes. However, Bethel defended both of Nate Van Keulen’s corners well and prevented both from getting in front of the net. Marian goalkeeper Brendan Weiger did his best to keep Marian in the contest, making a terrific save off of a Bethel header from the box in the 64th minute. Bethel did score again from another penalty kick after a Marian foul in the box, with Andre Luis Sabino scoring from the spot to give the Pilots a 2-0 advantage in the 76th minute.

Bethel kept the Knights from getting any chances to cut into the two-goal deficit through the closing minutes. Marian’s Ian Smith did get one late chance to put the Knights on the scoreboard in the final minute, but his shot ricocheted off of the post.

The Knights were outshot by Bethel 8-4 with Marian having just one shot on goal. Rice tallied two of Marian’s four shots. Gonzalez and Smith also tallied a shot. Weiger took the loss, manning the net in all 90 minutes and making two saves.

Marian ends the season 10-8-2 overall as they made their first appearance in the Crossroads League semifinals since the 2010 season.

MARIAN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: EARNS AT-LARGE BERTH TO NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

KANSAS CITY, MO. – On Tuesday night, the 36 team, 82 individual championship field was announced for the 66th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship that will be held on November 19. The event will take place in Vancouver, Wash. The Marian men’s cross country team earned an at-large bid for the NAIA Championship, marking the first time since 2016 the Knights have qualified as a team.

The field is made up of 22 automatic qualifiers, one host berth and 12 at-large berths. For a conference to earn their automatic berth six teams must finish the conference meet with five runners or, in the case of two berths, 12 teams must finish the conference meet with five runners. The second automatic qualifier must also be ranked in the top 30 in the final poll to be awarded automatic qualification.

Marian was one of five teams in the Crossroads League to earn a bid, and was one of four teams in the league to earn an at-large. Joining Marian in the field from the Crossroads League is the champion Taylor, as well as Indiana Wesleyan, Huntington, Grace, and Goshen. The Wildcats, Foresters, Lancers, and Maple Leafs also earned at-large bids.

The men’s 8 KM race is set to begin at 10:30 AM PST.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: GAMEDAY GUIDE: MARIAN HOSTS LAWRENCE TECH IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team is a few days away from completing their 2021 regular season, as the Knights will host Lawrence Tech on Saturday, November 13, for a 1:05 p.m. contest. The game will be the 10th of the season, as Marian closes the regular season at home for the first time since 2018. Marian enters the week with a record of 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the MSFA, while Lawrence Tech enters with a 7-3 overall mark and 3-3 record in league play.

THE SERIES

Marian is 1-0 all-time against Lawrence Tech, first meeting the Blue Devils on October 26, 2019 for senior day and homecoming. Marian won the game 46-0, racking up over 250 yards on the ground as they took victory in a rain-soaked contest. Ben Stevens returned a punt for a touchdown in the win, and former running back Money Woods ran for three scores. The second all-time meeting comes on senior day in 2021.

WHERE TO WATCH

Fans unable to attend the game can watch live on the ISC Sports Network, with Scott McCauley and Lance Scheib calling the action. Live stats will also be available at marianstats.com. Live updates throughout the game will be provided on the official Marian athletics Twitter page @MUKnights.

TICKETS AND TAILGATING

Fans are highly encouraged to purchase tickets prior to their arrival at St. Vincent Field. Tickets can purchased online here. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Fans wishing to tailgate at Saturday’s game should click here to purchase a spot and click here to view all rules and regulations.

SENIOR DAY

Prior to the game, the Knights 2021 senior class will be recognized. Family members joining their student-athletes are asked to congregate near the south gate by 12:30 p.m. Senior day festivities will begin around 12:40 p.m.

At halftime, Marian senior band, cheerleaders, and dance team members will be honored.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

A win for Marian will clinch a share of the MSFA Mideast Regular Season Championship, giving Marian their first conference title since 2019. Marian would share the title three-ways with Concordia and Indiana Wesleyan. A win will also keep Marian alive in the hunt for the NAIA Football Championship Series, with the Knights currently projected to grab an at-large bid. Marian’s playoff streak is also on the line, with Marian aiming to make the postseason for a program-record fourth consecutive season.

Marian and Lawrence Tech will kick-off at 1:05 p.m. at St. Vincent Field. A full report will be available postgame on MUKnights.com.

INDIANA WESLEYAN WSOCCER: FOULK NETS GAME WINNER, NO. 7 WOMEN’S SOCCER HEADED TO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

MARION, Ind. – After a tied match at the midway point, No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer found the back of the net on two occasions in the second half, downing No. 8 Marian University 3-2, for the second time this season. IWU moved to 15-3-0 on the season, the sixth time in 15 years the Wildcats have garnered at least 15 wins.

Freshman Jackie Norris continued her Crossroads League Tournament reign, netting two goals in the match. Norris has three goals so far in postseason play.

SEIFFERT PERSPECTIVE

We are really proud of the energy and focus that our team brought tonight. Anytime you play a quality opponent, you know you need to bring forth great effort. Ultimately, the girls did just that.

It was also great being able to play at home in front of wildcat nation and the support that we had from the students and families was incredible.

NEXT TIME OUT

IWU heads to No. 3 Spring Arbor Saturday with the winner claiming Crossroads League Tournament bragging rights.

A game time will be posted on IWUWildcats.com later this week.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER ADVANCES TO CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP ON SHOOTOUT

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer advanced to the Crossroads League championship on a 4-3 decision in shootouts. After dropping the regular season matchup with the Lancers 4-1, Wildcats and Lancers came to a 0-0 draw after double overtime. This is the team’s eighth overtime matchup on the season, and fourth game that ended in a draw.

GAME INSIGHTS

Wildcats were out powered on the offensive end of the ball with Lancers outshooting Wildcats 18-7.

Both teams were aggressive each collecting 12 fouls.

Aaron Carr had another outstanding night in the net for the Wildcats posting five saves. In the shootout, Carr posted three crucial saves which moved the Wildcats to a 4-3 victory.

REEB REMARKS

“Another game and a lot of the same story. Our guys showed heart and toughness for all 110 minutes. I thought we were really good on the defensive end. Credit to our backline for two clean sheets in a row and Aaron Carr for three big penalty saves. Our guys are pumped to be in the final with a conference championship on the line!”

THE ROAD CONTINUES

Wildcats will travel to Bethel University for the Crossroads League Championship on Saturday. Game time will be announced tomorrow. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National tournament.

IU EAST WSOCCER: RIO GRANDE 1, IU EAST 0

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team had its season come to an end in the River States Conference Championship semifinals with a 1-0 loss at the University of Rio Grande on Nov. 10.

No. 3 seed IU East finishes the fall at 11-7-1, which gives the Red Wolves four straight seasons with double-digit victories.

No. 2 Rio Grande (11-5-2) advances to the championship contest as the RedStorm travel to regular-season conference winner and top seed Ohio Valley University (12-1-1) on Nov. 13. Ohio Valley defeated Point Park University 3-0 in the other semifinal on Wednesday.

The Red Wolves were attempting to make the finale of the tournament for the fourth year in a row. IU East fell in the title match in 2018, while the Red Wolves had won the last two conference championships to earn a bid to the NAIA National Tournament. All three of the final affairs were against former RSC member Asbury University.

Goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum had seven saves, while Ashlynn Black had two for the Red Wolves against the RedStorm. 

Chase Davis scored for Rio Grande in the first half at the 30:07 mark.

FRANKLIN INDOOR TRACK: NEWS | FIVE GRIZZLIES NAMED ATHLETES TO WATCH, HCAC ROLLS OUT INDOOR PRE-SEASON RANKINGS

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) rolled out the first of two indoor track & field pre-season rankings on Wednesday (Nov. 10) morning, with the announcement of the men’s pre-season coaches’ poll.

Five members of the Franklin men’s track and field team were named Athletes to Watch by the league, with the team accumulating 46 points in the poll to earn seventh place overall. Senior Zak Wiley, juniors Nick Patton, Zach Roberts and Jaycee Wilburn and freshman John Asplund were recognized by the league prior to the start of the indoor season.

Mooresville, Ind.-native Wiley is back to lead the Grizzly throwers after a strong junior season. Wiley was the gold medal winner in the weight throw at last year’s HCAC Championships and is one of the league’s top returning throwers this winter.

Greenwood, Ind.-native Patton has qualified for the finals of the 60m hurdles in each of his first two HCAC Indoor Championships. He’ll be joined in the hurdles by Zionsville, Ind.-native Roberts, who will also compete in sprints and in the long jump.

New Castle, Ind.-native Wilburn returns to head up the Grizzly mid-distance runners. Last indoor season, Wilburn earned top-10 finishes in the 800m and the 4x400m relay while taking part in Franklin’s winning distance medley relay team. Bloomington, Ind.-native Asplund will aid the Grizzly distance runners on the track following an impressive career debut during the cross country season that saw him finish 10th at the recent HCAC Championships.

The Grizzlies open the indoor season on Friday, Jan. 14, traveling to Crawfordsville, Ind. and Wabash College for the Wabash Invitational.

2021-22 HCAC Pre-Season Indoor Track & Field Poll

No.         School   Points

1.            Rose-Hulman (10) 100

2.            Manchester       88

3.            Hanover               69

4.            Transylvania       63

5.            Earlham                55

6.            Defiance              52

7.            Franklin 46

8.            Bluffton               35

9.            Anderson            30

10.          Mount St. Joseph 12

FRANKLIN MEN’S BASKETBALL: RECAP | MEN’S BASKETBALL’S SEASON OPENER SPOILED BY CARDINALS

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team tipped off the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday (Nov. 10) night in front of a raucous Spurlock Center crowd that waited 656 days to see the team in action.

The Grizzlies (0-1) welcomed the Otterbein Cardinals (1-0) to town for the opener. The home side rallied from down by double figures in the second half to tie the game with 10 minutes to go, but Otterbein used a big run down the stretch to pull away and earn a 76-66 win.

How it Happened

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 9-3 lead before Franklin rallied back and cut the deficit to two at 13-11 with Reggie McDonald knocked down a jumper from just outside the paint. But a 9-2 Otterbein run followed, giving the visitors some breathing room and eventually, a 39-30 lead at the half.

The Cardinals’ lead grew to as many as 12 early in the second half before Franklin fought their way back to even things up at 50 with a 16-4 run. But the momentum wouldn’t last and the Cardinals put things out of reach with a 21-5 run over a seven-minute stretch.

Inside the Box Score

-Senior Matt Krause led the Grizzlies with 17 points while TJ Deere had 13 points in his Franklin debut.

-The Grizzlies shot 43.9% (25-for-57) from the floor, 53.8% (7-for-13) from three and 47.4% (9-for-19) from the free throw line.

-Rebounds played a key role in the game, with Otterbein out-rebounding the Grizzlies 39-26. The Cardinals turned 13 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points. Ryan Wiggins led Franklin with six rebounds.

-Six Grizzlies made their career debuts in the game. Deere, McDonald, Mitch O’Mara, Logan Hudgins, Lynn King and Trey Flatt suited up in the blue and gold for the first time.

Up Next

Franklin begins a three-game road trip on Saturday, Nov. 20, when they travel to Aurora, Ill. to take on Aurora University. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: RHIT MEN’S BASKETBALL VICTORIOUS IN SEASON OPENER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball kicked off the season with a win over Albion College 72-58.  The Fightin’ Engineers outscored the Britons by 16 in the second half to earn the win.

Albion led 32-30 at the halftime break, but Rose-Hulman relied on 50% shooting from the floor in the second half to outscore their opposition.  RHIT opened up the second half with a 14-3 run with seven points by Dillon Duff and four from Vuk Djuric.

Rose-Hulman had five players finish in double-digit scoring, led by Duff with 15 points on 5-9 from the field.  Djuric recorded 10 points and game-leading totals in rebounds (9) and assists (5) in 21 minutes.  Max Chaplin scored 12 points on 50% shooting from behind the arc, and Samvit Ram and Jackson Kabrick each tallied 11 points.

MJ Barnes from Albion finished with a game-high 21 points, and Cortez Garland chipped in 14.

The Fightin’ Engineers shot 46% fromn the field and also hit 8-9 free throws in the contest.  Rose-Hulman handled the Albion pressure defense well by committing just nine turnovers in the contest.

Rose-Hulman men’s hoops head to Arlington, Va. for the Marymount Tournament on November 20-21.  The team will battle Washington & Lee on Saturday and either Marymount or Ramapo on Sunday.

ROSE HULMAN WBASKETBALL: HOSTS BEREA IN OPENER SATURDAY AT 6 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball team hosts its 2021-22 regular season opener against Berea College on Saturday at 6 pm at Hulbert Arena.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman opens the 2021-22 women’s basketball season at home against Berea on Saturday. 

* Rose-Hulman finished 2-6 last season, while Berea missed the entire 2021-22 women’s basketball season due to Covid-19.

* Jordan Barlow earned honorable mention all-HCAC honors in 2021-22.  Barlow averaged 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, highlighted by her career-high efforts of 20 points at Anderson and 14 rebounds vs. Hanover.

* Nola Wilson is the lone senior on the Fightin’ Engineer squad after playing the last two seasons at Rose-Hulman.

* Jon Prevo enters today’s game with a record of 199-177, marking the most wins and highest winning percentage in Rose-Hulman women’s basketball history.

* Two first-year team members should make an impact this year.  Jamie Baum scored 1,246 points and averaged 16.5 points per game as a senior last year.  Rowan Hein played at NCAA Division I Denver last season and hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds left in an 85-84 win over Colorado.

* Rose-Hulman has a road heavy early schedule, with seven of the first nine games on the road.

BEREA GAME NOTES:

* Berea did not play during the 2020-21 campaign due to Covid-19.

* Berea had a 25-4 record and a 15-1 mark in the USA South during the 2019-20 season.

* Aaliyah Hampton led Berea in scoring at 19.8 points per game in 2019-20.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Overall Record: Berea leads 1-0

* Berea won the only previous meeting to open the 2019-20 season.

ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL HOSTS HCAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON SENIOR DAY SATURDAY AT 1:30

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team hosts Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day this Saturday at 1:30 pm.  The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

ROSE-HULMAN (7-2, 6-0 HCAC) NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman seeks its second NCAA Division III Playoff appearance in school history this season. 

* The Fightin’ Engineers previously appeared in the 2016 NCAA Playoffs.

* Rose-Hulman has secured at least a share of the 13th football conference regular season title in school history regardless of Saturday’s outcome.

* Saturday is Senior Day for 21 members of the Fightin’ Engineer football team.  The 21 seniors include: Winston Amankwah, Jonathan Anstett, Caleb Brown, Andrew Dion, Desmond Dunson, Tristen Foisy, Charlie Hahm, Sam Hedrick, Thomas Hostetler, John Hruska, Jacob Jagger, Alonzo Johnson, Daniel Morford, Riley Roberts, Max Sage, Justin Sands, Connor Schulte, Michael Stevens, Noah Thomas (graduate student status), Brett Tuttle and Shane Welshans.

* Andrew Dion holds career school records for career passing yards (9128) and career touchdown passes (88).  He also ranks No. 2 in school history with 673 career completions. 

* Dion is 179-284 this season for 2549 yards passing and 26 touchdowns.

* Noah Thomas holds Rose-Hulman career school records for pass receptions (239) and receiving yards (3412), and is #2 in school history with 34 TD catches.

* Michael Stevens has career totals of 149 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, 6 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 defensive TDs.

* Defensive leaders include Stevens in tackles (71) and fumble recoveries (3); Kyzer Bowen in tackles-for-loss (12); Deven Cobb in sacks (3.5); Tyler Smith in pass breakups (8) and quarterback hurries (5); and Tyce Miller in interceptions (6).

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (6-3, 5-1 HCAC) NOTES:

* Mount St. Joseph seeks its sixth NCAA Division III Playoff appearance in school history and its first since 2009.

* Quarterback Josh Taylor has made the most of his five games played this season, with 525 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns to go along with 991 passing yards and 11 TDs.

* Austin Brock has emerged as the team’s top receiver with 39 receptions for 635 yards and 9 touchdowns.

* Defensively, Jonathan Finn leads Mount St. Joseph with 72 tackles. 

* Decklan Brophy has a team-high 4 sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss.  Devon Donawerth and Deshawn Starks lead the Lions with 3 interceptions each.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Mt. St. Joseph leads 11-8

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 2

* Last Game: RH 31, MSJ 21 (3/13/21)

* Last MSJ Win: MSJ 54, RH 35 (9/15/18)

WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL: LATE RALLY CANNOT PUSH WABASH PAST HANOVER

Wabash cut a 13-point second-half deficit to a single possession difference in the closing seconds of its home-opening basketball game against Hanover Wednesday evening. The Little Giants lost to the visiting Panthers 83-81.

Wabash (1-1) did not score a field goal in the first six minutes of the second half. The scoring drought allowed Hanover (1-0) to boost its three-point halftime lead to as many as 13 points with 12:16 left to play in the game. Avery Beaver and Tyler Watson started the offensive rally for the Little Giants with back-to-back three pointers to cut the Panthers’ advantage to 55-48.

Jack Davidson scored two of his game-high 33 points on a driving layup with 4:32 remaining in the contest to bring Wabash to within four points at 64-60. Hanover responded with baskets from Isaac Hibbard and Jack Wininger to push the advantage back to eight points.

The lead hovered in the six- to eight-point range into the final minute of play before Davids hit a free throw to complete a three-point play to cut the Hanover lead to five points. The Panthers stepped on the end line on the ensuing inbound play for a turnover. Davidson followed with another basket to make it a 76-73 Hanover advantage with 31 seconds on the clock.

The Little Giants were forced to foul in the closing minute of play. Hanover connected on five of six free throws in the closing seconds to maintain the lead. Davidson scored on a driving layup with five seconds left in the game to bring Wabash back to within three points. The Panthers hit their final two free throws of the game for a five-point cushion before a Watson three-pointer at the buzzer provided the final two-point differential.

Wabash held an early three-point lead in the first three minutes of the game. The teams traded the lead five times in the early going before a jump shot from Hibbard in the lane provided a 20-18 lead for the Panthers midway through the first half that they would not relinquish.

The Little Giants shot 48.2 percent from the field by connecting on 27 of 56 shot attempts. Hanover hit 30-of-58 shots for 51.7 percent.

Watson chipped in 18 points for Wabash. Kellen Schreiber added 12 points. Davidson and Watson both finished with seven rebounds to lead the Little Giants. Hibbard led Hanover with 16 points and five assists. Max Greenamoyer finished with 15 points. Wininger scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Noah Williams also scored 11 points coming off the bench for the Panthers. Hanover’s reserves outscored Wabash 30-8 for the ballgame.

Wabash returns to action on Friday, November 19th with a game at Marietta College as part of the Great Lakes Invitational. The Little Giants are one of eight teams competing at the two-day event hosted by Marietta. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER: PILOTS EARN PLACE IN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH SHUTOUT OVER MARIAN

MISHAWAKA – (RV) Bethel Men’s Soccer recorded a 2-0 shutout victory over Marian on Wednesday evening in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals to earn a chance to play for a championship on Saturday. Andre Luis Sabino found the back of the net twice on penalty kicks in regulation—once in each half—for the final margin.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Marian 2-0

Records: Bethel (15-4-1) | Marian (10-8-2)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – RV | Marian – NR

Location: Morey Field | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

SCORING SUMMARY

29′ | Andre Luis Sabino (BU) penalty kick

76′ | Andre Luis Sabino (BU) penalty kick

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

With a scoring opportunity inside the six-yard box, the Knights were called for a handball denying a goal scoring opportunity, resulting in the first penalty kick for Sabino.

In the second half, with Sabino dribbling the ball on a breakaway, the Knights took a careless foul just inside the 18 resulting in the second penalty kick for Sabino.

The Pilots recorded their ninth shutout of the season. Franklin Joyce lowered his season Goals Against Average to just 0.472, currently the lowest GAA in a single season in program history.

The Pilots held the Crossroads League’s leading goal scorer James Jenkins off the score sheet with 0 shots on the night.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host sixth-seeded Indiana Wesleyan–who advanced on a penalty kick shootout 4-3 over Grace in the other semifinal–for the Crossroads League Championship on Saturday with game time at 3:00 pm. The Pilots defeated the Wildcats on Morey Field earlier this season 2-1 in overtime. The last three Crossroads League Tournament Championships for the Pilots, in 2008-09-10, came by wins over Indiana Wesleyan in the final.

BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: PILOTS BREAK INTO FINAL NAIA COACHES’ TOP 25 POLL

KANSAS CITY – Bethel Volleyball made their first appearance of the season in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll of the regular season, debuting at No. 24 ahead of tonight’s Crossroads League Tournament Semifinal matchup at No. 7 Marian.

The Pilots received 131 points in the poll, 26 points behind No. 23 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and 11 points ahead of No. 25 Oregon Tech. The poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated groups.

The Pilots are the third of three Crossroads League teams in the poll, behind No. 7 Marian and No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan. Taylor and Mount Vernon Nazarene also appear in the Receiving Votes section.

The Pilots travel to Indianapolis tonight to take on the Crossroads League No. 1 seed in the tournament, Marian, in the semifinal round at 7:00 pm for a berth in the Crossroads League Championship on Saturday. In their previous meeting just 11 days ago, the Pilots handed the Knights their first loss of the season, halting their winning streak at 29 matches. The Knights are the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked hitting offense and the Pilots are the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked blocking defense. The other semifinal in the Crossroads League pits No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan against (RV) Taylor in Marion.

BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: PILOTS COME UP SHORT IN RETURN TRIP TO #7 MARIAN

INDIANAPOLIS – Bethel Volleyball saw their dream of a Crossroads League Tournament Championship come to an end on Wednesday evening in the Semifinals, falling to top seed No. 7 Marian in three sets. The Pilots allowed the Knights to hit .320 on the night and managed just a .069 hitting percentage on their own attack.

MATCH VITALS

Match Score: Marian def. Bethel 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-17)

Records: Bethel (28-8) | Marian (31-1)

NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll:  Bethel – No. 24 | Marian – No. 7

Location: Physical Education Center | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Maddy Payne: 7 kills, 4 blocks

Madyson Beaver: 15 assists, 5 digs

Cheyanne Seymour: 7 kills

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Knights recorded 10.0 total blocks to the Pilots’ 4.0.

The Pilots had 1-0 leads in each set but could not grab a lead after the third rally in any set.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots will await word on a possible at large berth to the NAIA Championship Opening Round on November 20. The selection show will air live on Facebook on Monday, November 15 at 11:00 am EST.

DEPAUW MEN’S SOCCER: THREE DEPAUW PLAYERS NAMED TO 2021 ALL-NCAC MEN’S SOCCER SELECTIONS

Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University men’s soccer team had three players named to the 2021 All-NCAC men’s soccer selections.

Senior midfielder Flynn Sheehan was named to the All-NCAC second team after leading the North Coast Athletic Conference in assists (8) this past season. Sheehan was tied for second for most goals for the Tigers with five and also led the team in points (18).

Named All-NCAC honorable mention selections, was sophomore forward Sam Thiel and junior defender James Maguire. Thiel led the Tigers in goals with six, five were game-winners, recorded three assists, and had the third-most points on the team with 15.

Maguire was one of two players who played and started in all 18 of DePauw’s games. A crucial piece to the Tigers defensive line, he also impacted the attacking end, recording two assists for the season.

DePauw finished the season 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC.

HANOVER FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL SET TO HOST THE 91ST VICTORY BELL GAME

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team welcomes Franklin College for the playing of the 91st Victory Bell Game.

91st VICTORY BELL: Hanover enters the contest holding the slim 45-42-3 overall record, including winners of the last three meetings. Last season, saw the Panthers claim the convincing 56-21 road victory paced by senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with three rushing touchdowns for 107 yards.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Panther offense is paced by senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) with a season total 13 touchdowns through the air, averaging 223.89 yards per game. On the ground, Coane continues to be the best in the business tallying eight total touchdowns with a team-leading 88.67 yards per contest.

Defensively, Hanover has held opponents to just 4.6 yards per play led by senior Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, INd.) with 76 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Junior Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.) has added a team-best 8.5 sacks for a combined 42 total yards.

THE LAST MEETING: The last meeting between Hanover and Franklin came in the spring of 2021 when the Panthers defeated the Grizzlies, 56-21. Leading the charge was quarterback, Matthew Weimer with 281 yards through the air and three touchdowns. Senior Jared Frank (Louisville, Ky.) appeared to be his top target with six receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

WELCOMING FRANKLIN: The Grizzlies sit at 5-4 overall after falling to Rose-Hulman 38-14. Franklin is paced this season by freshman, quarterback, Dane Andrews with 11 combined touchdowns, averaging 218 yards per game through the air. Freshman Derek Thompson has carried the ground game averaging 5.3 yards per carry with a season total six end zone visits.

HANOVER MEN’S BASKETBALL: HANOVER OPENS THE 2021-22 SEASON WITH VICTORY OVER WABASH

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team opened the 2021-22 season with a tight 83-81 victory at non-conference foe Wabash.

The Panthers were paced by senior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) with a team-high 16 points including five rebounds and five assists.

The opening frame saw a slow start by both teams when a 7-0 Panther run paced by Hibbard propelled HC out front 25-18 with 8:47 to play. Hanover continued on the offensive attack as sophomore Brice Gilman (Clinton, Ind.) connected for a three pointer to push HC to the 31-26 lead.

Hanover entered the break with the slim advantage as Wabash battle back using a 5-0 run in the final minute to pull within 38-35.

The second half saw Hanover increase the difference as sophomore Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a deep ball at the 17:47 minute mark to extend the lead to 45-36. The Panther pushed the advantage to 47-37 moments later following a senior Noah Williams (Jeffersonville, Ind.) layup, but Wabash responded pulling within 59-54 with just 6:23 remaining.

However, Hanover continued to battle as they were able to secure the season opening 83-81 victory.

The Panthers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 14 when they compete at Indiana State University. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

OAKLAND CITY MSOCCER: TALLADA NETS RSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Oakland City, IN–Midfielder Jorge Tallada had three points in a playoff win to earn River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 1-7.

Tallada, a freshman, had a goal and an assist in the Mighty Oaks’ 3-0 victory over IU East in the RSC Championship quarterfinals. He scored the eventual game-winner in the eighth minute to set the tone. Tallada later assisted on Connor Shields’ tally in the 76th minute to put the game away, 3-0. Tallada is tied for the team lead in goals (8) and second in assists (3).

No. 3 seed Oakland City advanced to play at No. 2 Brescia (Ky.) in the semifinals today at 6pm!

ST. FRANCIS WSOCCER: COUGARS WOMEN’S SOCCER WELCOMES 2021-22 RECRUITING CLASS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Women’s soccer program is excited to announce the recruiting class of 2022. With six new recruits, the Cougars are hopeful to regain their winning ways under Head Coach Ken Nuber.

The first recruit is Emma Cox from Indianapolis. A psychology major from Lawrence North High School, Cox was a two-year varsity captain, three year all-conference, three year all-country, two year academic all-state, and the top team player her senior year.

During her high school career, Cox was a member of two sectional championships and three sectional final appearances. Her biggest soccer influence has been her first high school coach, Mitch Holden, whom she said she wouldn’t be where she is today without him.

“Emma is a strong midfielder with a great work ethic,” Head Coach Ken Nuber said. “Emma has played at a high level with the Indiana Fire Juniors and will transition quickly into the college game. She will make our midfielder stronger!”

Cox played club soccer for Indiana Fire Juniors, and their coach John Simmonds wishes her all the best.

“We (Indiana Fire Juniors) are excited for Emma Cox to be continuing her soccer career at Saint Francis and Coach Nuber. Emma has been a key fixture on our Great Lakes Conference and state semifinalist Indiana Fire Jrs. 04 Red.  We are confident Saint Francis is a great fit for Emma as a student athlete.  We wish her the best of luck on this new phase of her soccer career in 2022.

Academically, Cox was on the honor roll all four years and was a two-year member of the National Honor Society.

The next recruit is Abigail Wozny from Perrysburg, Ohio. A pre-veterinary major, Wozny attended Perrysburg High School where she was named Athlete of the Week. In addition, she was a district and sectional champion her junior year in 2020.

“Every time I came to visit our ID camp everyone was so welcoming, and the atmosphere was fun and competitive,” Wozny said. “Lastly, I got along with the coach and the players very easily and I felt very comfortable and fit in with this team.”

“Abby is a great young lady who will make an immediate impact in your program,” Coach Nuber said. “She is a great athlete and a very creative player, and we are very excited to have her in the program! Abby also comes from an outstanding club program and has played at a high level of GTFC Impact.”

The next recruit is Kiersten Parker, a pre-med major from Winona Lake. At Warsaw Community High School, Parker was the team captain, made all-conference three times, and was academic all-state three years running.

“Kiersten is a very athletic player who loves to attack!” Coach Nuber stated. “Her personality and work ethic are infectious and will make a positive impact on our program! She has played in highly competitive environments with both Fort Wayne United and Warsaw High School and will fit in nicely.”

“Kiersten is going to be a great addition to the Cougar roster,” said Jonathan Hoover, Warsaw High School’s Head Coach. “Her speed and grit on the outside make her a very dangerous player that can cause issues for any opponent.  She’s a selfless teammate that will have a positive impact on those around her. I can’t wait to see her impact on USF’s program for the years to come!”

Academically, Parker made the honor roll all four years and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Raylinn Kappes is the next recruit from Switzerland County. A nursing major that attended Switzerland County High School, Kappes was the team captain her senior year, made all-conference from 2019-21, and all-sectional from 2019-21.

With her team, Kappes was a conference champion three years in a row and was also involved with Track. There, she was all-conference in Track for the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay in 2021.

“I attended an ID camp at USF and immediately connected with the girls from the team that were at the camp,” Kappes said when she came to campus. “Coach Nuber made me feel welcomed and gave me pointers on how to improve my game.”

“Raylinn is a dynamic goal scorer with great speed and a nose to score goals,” Coach Nuber said. “She will fit in very well both on and off the field. She led Switzerland County High School to a sectional championship and we are excited to have her at USF!”

Another recruit is Kayden Tassler, an athletic training major from Fort Wayne where she attended Northrop High School. During her senior year, she was named the team captain, made first team all-conference, and was Co-player of the year.

Tassler played for Fort Wayne United club soccer and always wanted to be a goalkeeper, but it wasn’t until sixth grade that she got that opportunity.

“Kayden is a strong shot stopper and a very aggressive keeper who will compete well at the college level,” Coach Nuber said. “Fort Wayne United constantly develops players who are college ready.”

Another recruit is Emma Dellinger, a nursing major from Halan, Indiana. During her high school career, Dellinger was on varsity all four years, made first team all-conference her junior and senior years, and made the 2020 & 2021 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Girls Academy All-State.

“Emma is a tremendous athlete and very hard working player,” Coach Nuber said. “Emma is exactly what we want in our program and can’t wait to see her raise the level at USF. She is another Fort Wayne United player with great experience at a high level.”

The final recruit is Wendy Escalante, a psychology major from Goshen where she attended Northridge High School.

“Wendy is a wonderful young lady who we are excited to see her develop,” said Coach Nuber. “She comes from a great Northridge High School program and a very competitive Elkhart County United (ECU) club.”

IU SOUTH BEND WBASKETBALL: TITANS HOLD OFF LATE PUSH TO DEFEAT HOLY CROSS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Following a big first-half lead, IU South Bend secured their first win in CCAC play this season after holding off a late rally from their opponents, earning a 78-64 victory over cross-town rival Holy Cross on Wednesday night.

Maddie Gard led the Titans (5-1, 1-1 CCAC) with her second double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Sara Doi posted 15 points, including a game-high 13 in the first half, on 6-of-9 shooting, while Katie Gard came off the bench to collect 14 points. Emma Fisher tallied 12 points with three assists and a pair of steals on the night.

The Titans got out to a big lead in the early minutes of the first quarter, with Fisher’s jumper at the 5:43 mark putting IUSB in front 10-2. Another bucket from Fisher later in the quarter, followed up by Maddy Schumacher’s three-pointer put the Titans up 22-12 by the end of the opening period.

Managing a small double-digit lead throughout most of the second quarter, IU South Bend opened the gap with back-to-back threes to end the half, from Katie Gard and Doi. The Titans closed the first half on an 11-2 run over the final two minutes, building a 45-27 lead at the break.

Scoring the first six points of the third quarter, the Titans continued to pull away, taking a 24-point lead on Fisher’s layup at the 8:22 mark. Schumacher briefly gave IUSB their largest lead of the game with a layup to take a 67-42 lead with 0:59 remaining in the quarter, but Holy Cross (1-2, 0-1 CCAC) came back with a score on the next possession to start closing the gap.

The Saints would hold IU South Bend to just 11 fourth-quarter points, matching their lowest point total in a single period this season. The visitors would go on an 11-0 run midway through the fourth, cutting the lead down to 71-60 with 4:09 to play. A corner three from Maddie Gard with 2:20 to play would turn the momentum however, as the Saints were unable to pull back within single-digits down the stretch.

The Titans will now prepare for another three-game road swing, beginning this Friday and Saturday at the Huntington (Ind.) Classic. IUSB will take on St. Francis (Ind.) in a non-conference battle on Friday, November 12, followed by a matchup with hosts Huntington on Saturday, November 13. IUSB returns to the Student Activities Center when they host Lincoln for a CCAC matchup on Saturday, November 20.

PURDUE NORTHWEST MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER TAKES ON TOP-SEED PARKSIDE IN GLIAC SEMIFINAL

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest men’s soccer team will look to keep its postseason run alive when it makes its first-ever appearance in the GLIAC Tournament semifinals on Friday, Nov. 12. PNW (9-8-1) matches up against the host and top-seed Parkside (13-3-2) in a 5 p.m. start at Pritchard Park (Racine, Wis.).

The winner of Friday’s clash between No. 4 PNW and No. 1 Parkside will play the winner of the other semifinal match — No. 2 Davenport and No. 3 Saginaw Valley State. The GLIAC Championship match is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, Nov. 14.

If PNW were to advance to the title match, it would be the first GLIAC Championship game appearance, in any sport, in school history. A victory on Friday would also mark the highest single-season win total for PNW Men’s Soccer since joining Division II.

THE SERIES

PNW is 2-5-1 in the all-time series against Parkside

The Pride won two out of the first three matches against the Rangers

Parkside holds a 4-0-1 ledger over the previous five meetings

PNW fell 2-1 in overtime in the first meeting of this season played in Kenosha, and the Pride came up short 1-0 in the match played in Hammond

The two teams have never met in the GLIAC Tournament

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TAYLOR FALLS IN FOUR SETS IN CL TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

MARION, Ind. – Playing in its first Crossroads League Tournament Semifinal since 2016, the RV Taylor squad took aim at notching its fifth win of the year over a foe ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 Poll but fell just shy of advancing to the CL Tournament Finals with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18 loss at No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan.

Taylor posted solid statistics across the board, getting 16 kills in 28 swings for a .429 percentage from Ryan Czerniak and a 48-assist, 14-dig, one-ace effort from Kacy Bragg. Amanda Adams and Sarah Scott also cracked double figures with 13 and 11 kills each, with Stephaney Fifield adding 20 digs.

The Wildcat (22-4) attack was up to the challenge from the Trojans however, as the hosts hit .396 as a team in the match, slamming 60 kills and just seven errors on the night.

The opening set hung in the balance midway through, before Indiana Wesleyan took control late to strike first with a 25-19 victory.

Taylor hit back, tying the contest with a 25-23 thriller in the second set. A trio of IWU errors turned the action in TU’s favor and a kill from Czerniak opened a 19-15 Trojan edge. Czerniak added another termination, before Adams added two and Scott closed the door with two kills to seal the two-point win.

TU stayed hot to open the third set with a 3-1 lead, but Indiana Wesleyan punched back with an extended, 18-10, stretch to take control of the eventual 25-15 outcome.

The fourth set saw a valiant effort from Taylor, as the Trojans looked to force a decisive fifth set. Czerniak was in the middle of the action once again, providing three-straight points for Taylor, before Adams beat the IWU defense on back-to-back swings to put TU out front by a 14-10 margin.

That would be Taylor’s final push however, as Indiana Wesleyan registered nine of the next 10 points to flip the momentum and went on to finish the match with a 25-18 win.

The loss brings an end to RV Taylor’s (27-7) time in the CL Tournament and leaves the Trojans waiting to see if they will receive an at-large bid into the NAIA National Tournament when the field is announced on Monday, November 15 at 11:00 am (ET) on the NAIA Facebook page.

INDIANA TECH VOLLEYBALL: WARRIORS SWEEP CARDINALS TO ADVANCE TO WHAC SEMIFINALS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech women’s volleyball team defeated Concordia University 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-19) Wednesday evening in the quarterfinals of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Tournament inside the Schaefer Center.

Emma Westra had a team-high 11 kills, a .409 attack percentage, four blocks and three digs while Taylor Paul had 10 kills and four digs. Kelsey Schladenbrand dished out 19 assists while Andrea Schriver notched 16 of her own. Noelle VanOort had a season-best 21 digs to go along with eight kills, three blocks and two service aces while Havilyn Cummings had eight blocks and Madelyn Omo had six blocks.

Tech got out to a 6-3 lead to start off the match only to see the Cardinals go on a 3-0 run to tie it up at 6-6. A 7-1 run from the Warriors put them back up 13-7 though and they never looked back as they grew their lead to 20-12 before ending the set on a 5-0 run that was capped by a Mallory Green service ace.

The Warriors started the second on a 5-0 run before extending their advantage to 10-4 thanks to three kills from Paul over a 4-0 spurt for the hosts. The Orange and Black continued to push the lead over the Cardinals and were never threatened as they went up 2-0 with the 25-14 win.

Concordia came out ready to fight in the third set with an early 3-2 lead, but the Warriors responded with an 11-3 spurt to go ahead 13-6 that was capped by a 5-0 run that featured four points from Cummings on three blocks and a kill. The Cardinals cut the deficit down to 16-12 but Tech roared back with a 5-2 run to make it a 21-14 lead. Concordia managed to fight off three match points to cut the deficit to six points, but Schladenbrand sealed the win with a kill to send Tech to the conference tournament semifinals for the third straight season.

Tech (24-12) heads to Madonna University Friday night for the WHAC Tournament Semifinals where they will take on second-seeded Cornerstone University. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Alliance Catholic Credit Union Arena at the Performing Arts, Academics, and Athletic Center.

INDIANA TECH WBASKETBALL: WARRIORS SOAR PAST GOLDEN EAGLES IN WHAC OPENER

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 14-ranked Indiana Tech women’s basketball team defeated Cornerstone University 84-41, Wednesday afternoon, in their opening game of their Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) slate inside Mol Arena.

Taya Andrews had a game-high 16 points on 7-9 shooting while adding four rebounds. Kyra Whitaker added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists while Erika Foy chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jules Cutrara contributed 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals off the bench.

The Warriors led from the opening tip as Andrews scored on a putback on their first possession that started an 11-2 run. Cornerstone battled back to make it a 17-10 game with 1:46 left in the first quarter while holding Tech scoreless for a three-minute stretch, but the visitors scored four points in the final 41 seconds of the period to take a 21-10 lead into the first break.

The Orange and Black stepped up the intensity on both sides of the floor in the second as they outscored the Golden Eagles 25-8, shooting 10-15 from the field and making all three of their attempts from downtown while limiting the hosts to just 3-11 shooting. A 16-0 run that was paired with a 4:08 scoring drought propelled the Warriors to a 37-12 lead halfway through the quarter and they never looked back en route to their seventh straight win over Cornerstone.

Tech (6-0, 1-0 WHAC) returns to action Saturday as they hit the road to battle Concordia University. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. from Cardinal Fieldhouse.

INDIANA TECH MEN’S SOCCER: WARRIORS MOVE UP TO NINTH IN FINAL NAIA POLL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech men’s soccer team was ranked ninth in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the national office released the latest rankings Wednesday.

Tech received 374 points in the 10th and final regular season edition of the rankings and rose one spot in the poll. The Warriors have now been ranked for 21 straight polls.

The NAIA Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll will be released on December 17.

INDIANA TECH MEN’S HOCKEY: WARRIORS RANKED 10TH IN ACHA TOP 25

UNION LAKE, Mich. – The Indiana Tech men’s ice hockey team was ranked tenth in the ACHA Division I National Rankings announced on Wednesday.

Tech has now been ranked in 31 consecutive polls.

The eighth edition of the ACHA National Rankings will be released on November 17.

INDIANA TECH WOMEN’S HOCKEY: WARRIORS RANKED THIRD IN INITIAL ACHA REPORT

TROY, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s ice hockey team was ranked third in the first report of the ACHA Women’s Division I National Rankings as the association released the rankings Monday.

Tech was one of three teams from the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association (CCWHA) ranked in the top 10 in the nation, with Adrian College earning the number two spot and Miami University (Ohio) coming in at number nine. Defending national champion Liberty University was the top ranked team. Michigan State, Grand Valley State and Michigan also received votes.

The ACHA uses two computer rankings, Ranking A (Wins with goal differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with maximum goal differential of 1), and come up with an average of the two rankings. It is the first season the ACHA is using computer-only rankings for the Women’s Division I.

GRACE MEN’S SOCCER: LANCERS FALL IN PK SHOOTOUT

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s soccer team fell in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals.

The Lancers tied Indiana Wesleyan 0-0 after two overtimes, and the Wildcats escaped in a penalty kick shootout (4-3).

Grace had a dominant 18-7 shot advantage against the Wildcats, but IWU managed to keep the Lancers off the scoreboard. The Wildcats remarkably have not scored a goal in the CL Tournament after two straight scoreless PK shootouts, yet the sixth-seeded Wildcats find themselves one match away from qualifying for the NAIA National Championships.

Grace’s NAIA hopes vanquished as a result of Wednesday’s match, but the Lancers will continue still in the postseason.

Grace will attempt to defend its NCCAA national championship crown; the Lancers will likely have an NCCAA regional match next week in order to qualify for the national tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. Regional opponent and date have yet to be announced.

During the first half, Grace’s pressure began to give IWU issues in possession. As a result, Grace consistently earned dangerous advances toward the Wildcats’ goal.

In the seventh minute, a well-worked attack resulted in a header by Tyler Brueckman, but his headed effort was saved out of bounds for a corner kick.

Minutes later, Ze Maria Goncalves tried a long-range shot that went wide.

Midway into the half, Jordan Jayapuram’s cross connected with Goncalves, and his headed effort in front of the net was high.

The Wildcats mainly attacked through direct plays, trying to take advantage of Grace’s pressure. But the Lancers were rarely threatened.

Grace owned a 9-3 advantage in shots in the first half with seven players recording a shot for the Lancers. Grace also had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks in the half.

The Lancers continued their role as the offensive aggressor in the second half, peppering the Wildcats’ goal with eight more shots.

Martim Cardoso was fouled twice in the opening minutes of the second half. The first occasion drew a yellow card on IWU, and the second earned a dangerous free kick opportunity.

On the ensuing free kick, Ethan Vigario’s curling effort whizzed just wide of the net.

IWU seemed content to play in a defensive formation, and the Wildcats’ defensive shell proved hard to crack. Grace still possessed the ball fluidly through the midfield and largely kept IWU pinned into its own end of the field.

With 22 minutes left, Grace had another golden chance. Felipe Gruber beat a defender along the left side of the field. He fired a left-footed rocket that beat the goalkeeper but clanged off the post.

Jules Peycelon tried a pair of late shots for Grace to no avail, sending the match to overtime. The Lancers doubled up the Wildcats in shot attempts in the second half by the count of 8-4.

The overtime periods had little action with just one shot attempt. The Lancers made a late push in the final minutes of the second overtime, picking up a pair of corner kicks and a shot by Vigario. But the Wildcats’ net remained unharmed as their defense held firm.

Grace had the lead in the PK shootout after three rounds thanks to the goalkeeping prowess of Matteo Conci. But the Wildcats made their final three spot kicks while Grace missed two of its final three to allow the Wildcats to advance.

Conci saved three shots to record the shutout. Vigario tried five shots, nearly the same amount as IWU in the match (seven). Peycelon and Gruber each shot three times.

VINCENNES MEN’S BASKETBALL: VINCENNES PICKS UP BIG WIN AHEAD OF TOUGH WEEKEND AT MCDONALD’S CLASSIC

VINCENNES, Ind. – The VU Trailblazers picked up a late addition to their schedule in Indiana Elite Prep Wednesday night and Vincennes came away with a big 30-point win over the Wolves 74-44.

VU freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished off his second double-double of his young Trailblazer career with a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Vincennes got their offense rolling early as freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) helped the Blazers grow a 19-7 lead midway through the first half.

James Biel and Jackson would continue to control the paint offensively throughout the first half as Vincennes went into the locker room holding a 36-19 advantage on the scoreboard.

Indiana Elite Prep tried to fight back, but every comeback attempt was met with another VU scoring run to expand on their growing lead.

The Trailblazers reached their biggest lead of the night late in the second half, growing the margin to 35 points before the Wolves cut the lead back down to the eventual final score of 74-44.

“We played a little up and down tonight. There were some good things, there were some bad things,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “I thought the one area I thought was good was we were looking inside. We made more of a concerted effort to get the ball in there and that’s something that we are going to have to do.”

“I thought we played a little more inside-out, we still didn’t make the shots when we went inside-out but it’s the beginning,” Franklin added. “Our turnovers weren’t quite as high tonight. They are still not where they need to be but there was some improvement there. There will have to be a big improvement there this weekend.”

“This was just another step for this team. I’m still talking to guys about not running back on defense, guys are back-peddling. There are a lot of elementary things that we are discussing on that sideline right now, it’s not really advanced at the moment. But if we just do the simple things hard I think we’ve got a chance to win some games. We had a chance to win against Columbia State last weekend, which would have been a really good win for us and I think we will see if we play hard enough to give us another chance to get one against East Mississippi. I think we can have a chance to win, but we have to do all the little things right.”

Shilo Jackson led the Blazers offensively and defensively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 freshman used his size advantage to lead VU with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came off the bench to end his night with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Thow James Biel was the third VU scorer to reach double-figures, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Deatrick Pashell (Orlando, Fla.) just missed a double-double off the bench, ending with nine points and eight rebounds.

Freshman Devawn White (Montreal, Quebec) got his first start of his VU career and finished with seven points and five rebounds for the Blazers.

“We’re getting there,” Franklin said of his post players. “There are good moments and then there are moments where we’re leaving things on the table. We’ll see what they learn from this. We’ve got to get Thow a little tougher on his finishes and I think he can be. He’s not going to be the most physical guy, but just a little bit more toughness, a little bit more pop through the contact and he can get buckets. I think it’s there and we need it.”

“Shilo started the game, we kept trying to get him going, trying to be ready to score when the ball hits your hands. Go up and go up powerful and I think he’s still learning to be that guy. He’s never been that guy in his life, we’re asking a guy who has kind of come out of nowhere, grew fast, never really was the scorer. He has all the ability to do it, but this is not a guy who has done it before. So, we’re having to reshape his mentality on the fly right now. We can see those things happening, where his learning and we’re trying to win games against some really good teams. It’s a battle, but he obviously has potential, there’s no question.”

“I thought Devawn gave us some good minutes,” Franklin added. “He kind of goes for a couple of minutes then he loses himself mentally when he gets a little fatigued. We’ve talked about that, trying to get these young guys to push through that. But in his first couple of minutes, every time he came in on his rotations he was active at chasing the ball and doing good things. You can see the possibilities he gives us.”

“We’re just battling right now. Offensively it’s still a grind when we shoot 3 for 18 from three. I didn’t think those were bad threes, just at some point in time we have to make seven or eight of those 18. That’s just working at it,” Franklin said.

The Trailblazers will have one day to rest and recover before they get set to host the first annual McDonald’s Classic at the P.E. Complex Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13.

Vincennes will take on East Mississippi Community College from Scooba, Miss. Friday at 7 p.m. and conclude the weekend by facing No. 18 Northeast Mississippi Saturday night at 7 p.m. eastern.

VU will also welcome No. 3 John A. Logan as the fourth team in the McDonald’s Classic. The Volunteers will play at 5 p.m. eastern Friday and Saturday.

“Our guys need to go home and watch the game film, listen to the things that we’ve told them and start to see what we’re saying to them,” Franklin said. “They’re getting enough touch and feel for what is going on, that now you can know what I’m talking about. Then you go home and look at it and make a mental note and say I’m going to come out and do better today, that’s exactly what he’s saying and I need to do that. I’m looking for that.”

“I’m looking for those things every day,” Franklin added. “We don’t have any days to waste. We’ve got to be locked in better tomorrow and bring those things that we’re talking about better tomorrow than we did today and we have to try to win while we’re learning. How fast we can move to that, like if we were a little more advanced than where we were last Friday night, we would have beaten Columbia State, so we’ll see if that’s true this weekend. Hopefully we’ve advanced enough on the fly that on game night we find a way. Instead of being a close hard-fought loss, this time hopefully we can get a tough hard-fought win against a really good team. It’s a fine line and hopefully we’re there to do it.”

HCAC INDOOR TRACK: 2021-22 MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD PRESEASON POLL

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the results of the Men’s Indoor Track and Field preseason poll, with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology taking first in the men’s polls in a vote amongst league coaches.


The Fightin’ Engineers picked up all 10 first-place votes, earning 100 points in the poll. Manchester University finished in second, with 88 points with Hanover College snagging third with 69 points. Transylvania University claimed fourth, with 63 points while Earlham College rounded out the top five with 55 points.
 
Listed below is the 2021 HCAC Indoor Track and Field Preseason Poll and the 2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Track and Field, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2021-22 HCAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Preseason Poll
 

1.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (10)100
2.Manchester University88
3.Hanover College69
4.Transylvania University63
5.Earlham College55
6.Defiance College52
7.Franklin College46
8.Bluffton University35
9.Anderson University30
10.Mount St. Joseph University12

 
2021-22 HCAC Athletes to Watch:
Anderson

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Jair AdamsSRIndianapolis, Ind.Sprints
Caleb CarraoSOIndianapolis, Ind.Sprints
Zachary DavenportFYFrankton, Ind.Distance
Drew DeBoerSOLafayette, Ind.Throws
Kaleb GucinskiJRFishers, Ind.Distance

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Desmond GistSODetroit, Mich.60 Hurdles, Long Jump
Russell LoughFYWintersville, Ohio400, Long Jump
Kyle MannsFYOttoville, OhioHigh Jump
Alex MontrossSOPerrysburg, Ohio3K, 5K
Simon ShawkFYGalion, Ohio800, Mile

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Tawon CannonFYColumbus, Ohio400
Carlens ElisiasJRLantana, Fla.60, 200
Ja’Qway JanvierSOMiami Gardens, Fla.60, 200, Long Jump
V’Sean PalmerFYDayton, Ohio200, 400
John ReeseFYMorton, Texas800, Mile

 
Earlham

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Connor Del CarmonFYChesterfield, Mo.Distance
Conner HubbardSROsgood, Ind.Throws
Sheldan LindsaySRStone Mountain, Ga.Sprints
Abraham SadiqJRRichmond, TexasSprints
Blessed ShumbaJRHarare, ZimbabweJumps
David TurnerFYNavasota, TexasSprints, Jumps

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
John AsplundFYBloomington, Ind.Distance
Nick PattonJRGreenwood, Ind.Hurdles
Zachary RobertsJRZionsville, Ind.Hurdles, Long Jump
Jaycee WilburnJRNew Castle, Ind.800, 4×400
Zak WileySRMooresville, Ind.Weight Throw, Shot Put

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Cooper HansonSRGreenfield, Ind.800, 3K
Justin JohnsonSRCamby, Ind.60 Hurdles, Pole Vault
Jake KehoeSOLaGrange, Ky.Shot Put, Weight Throw
Nick StroudJRLeavenworth, Ind.Shot Put, Weight Throw
Ethan WestonSOMt. Washington, Ky.5K, 3K

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Tristen BronaughSOCrawfordsville, Ind.Sprints
Gabe HendricksJRFort Wayne, Ind.Throws
Thomas RichardsonJRLadoga, Ind.Distance
Enrique SalazarJRPlymouth, Ind.Distance

 
Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Matthew BriedisSOCincinnati, OhioThrows
Evan CoxFYCincinnati, OhioHurdles
Justin DreylingJRReading, OhioJumps
Dylan Halloran-ThompsonFYCincinnati, OhioThrows
Ty RichardsonFYMooresville, Ind.800

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Marcus Hughes-OliverSRCarey, N.C.Jumps
Parker JordanSRRensselaer, Ind.Jumps
Isaiah LiljeSRNew Concord, OhioSprints
Will TheskenSRRocky River, OhioMiddle Distance
Tim WilsonSRAvon, Ind.Distance

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownEvent(s)
Ike BolingJRLexington, Ky.400
Garrett ElrodSOBowling Green, Ky.800, Mile
Drew MeaderSOLaurel, Ky.3K, 5K
Bailey MorgersonSOLexington, Ky.800, Mile
Brett RottinghausFYCovington, Ky.60, 200
Luke StegmanFYCovington, Ky.Shot Put

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS530.6250.02351183-1-02-2-04-3-02-0-01 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS540.5560.52301701-4-04-0-04-1-02-1-03 W
NEW YORK JETS260.2503.01442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
MIAMI DOLPHINS270.2223.51552421-3-01-4-02-5-01-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS530.6250.01992012-2-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS530.6250.01961893-1-02-2-04-1-01-1-01 L
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS540.5560.52212273-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-02 W
DENVER BRONCOS540.5560.51871532-2-03-2-02-4-00-1-02 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS620.7500.02211954-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS530.6251.01611693-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-04 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS540.5561.52241963-2-02-2-03-3-01-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS540.5561.52362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS720.7780.02552113-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-05 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS450.4443.02452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS260.2504.51322092-3-00-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
HOUSTON TEXANS180.1116.01282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS620.7500.02411923-1-03-1-04-1-02-0-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES360.3333.52272180-4-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 L
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3333.51792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM260.2504.01562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS810.8890.02771553-1-05-0-04-1-03-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS720.7781.02611963-2-04-0-05-1-01-1-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS350.3754.51811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS350.3754.51852020-4-03-1-03-4-00-3-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS720.7780.01991803-0-04-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS350.3753.51941912-2-01-3-03-2-01-0-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS360.3334.01502242-2-01-4-01-4-01-1-04 L
DETROIT LIONS080.0006.51342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS530.6251.02011552-2-03-1-04-3-01-2-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS440.5002.01752201-3-03-1-02-4-01-2-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS450.4442.51711832-3-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN84.6674-24-22-08-47-31 W
PHILADELPHIA84.6674-34-10-35-47-32 L
NEW YORK75.5831.02-45-13-16-55-51 L
TORONTO66.5002.02-54-12-26-55-53 L
BOSTON56.4552.51-34-31-24-55-51 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO83.7275-23-12-05-37-32 W
CLEVELAND75.5831.52-25-34-27-31 L
MILWAUKEE66.5002.51-45-22-05-35-52 W
INDIANA48.3334.53-21-60-12-64-61 L
DETROIT28.2005.51-41-40-31-82-81 W
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON83.7275-13-21-17-37-33 W
MIAMI74.6361.04-13-32-04-26-42 L
CHARLOTTE67.4623.02-24-51-14-33-71 W
ATLANTA48.3334.53-11-71-12-43-75 L
ORLANDO39.2505.51-52-40-21-73-71 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH83.7274-04-32-05-07-31 W
DENVER74.6361.05-12-31-15-36-43 W
PORTLAND57.4173.55-10-64-44-62 L
OKLAHOMA CITY46.4003.52-22-40-14-54-63 W
MINNESOTA37.3004.52-51-20-12-63-76 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE101.9097-13-03-08-19-16 W
PHOENIX73.7002.55-22-12-15-37-36 W
LA CLIPPERS64.6003.54-22-20-15-36-45 W
LA LAKERS75.5833.56-31-20-24-57-32 W
SACRAMENTO57.4175.52-43-31-24-64-63 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS74.6365-12-34-05-17-31 L
MEMPHIS65.5451.04-22-35-25-51 L
SAN ANTONIO47.3643.02-32-40-21-53-71 W
HOUSTON110.0916.01-30-70-11-81-99 L
NEW ORLEANS111.0836.50-51-60-11-71-98 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS131021211052357-0-03-2-17-2-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS1485117836376-2-12-3-06-4-0
DETROIT RED WINGS1475216743464-1-23-4-05-4-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING1263315636372-2-24-1-15-2-3
BOSTON BRUINS1064012528285-0-01-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES1255212436364-1-11-4-13-5-2
OTTAWA SENATORS123817330432-5-01-3-12-7-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS1431017328482-5-11-5-03-6-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES111010201041215-0-05-1-09-1-0
NEW YORK RANGERS1373317733372-1-15-2-26-2-2
WASHINGTON CAPITALS1262416642324-1-32-1-15-2-3
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1163214632283-2-13-1-16-3-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1073014632285-1-02-2-07-3-0
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1163214533334-2-12-1-15-3-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1053212527255-3-25-3-2
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1143412435353-3-21-0-23-3-4
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD1293018842384-1-05-2-07-3-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES1182117740273-1-05-1-17-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1375115636353-3-04-2-16-3-1
WINNIPEG JETS1263315539354-1-12-2-26-1-3
DALLAS STARS1246210327391-2-13-4-13-5-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE104519330362-2-12-3-04-5-1
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS143928231503-4-10-5-13-6-1
ARIZONA COYOTES1311113121541-4-00-7-11-9-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS1192018847326-1-03-1-08-2-0
CALGARY FLAMES1272317741262-1-35-1-07-1-2
ANAHEIM DUCKS1474317745395-2-12-2-25-2-3
SAN JOSE SHARKS1274115736313-2-14-2-05-4-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS1375115638345-2-02-3-16-3-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS1376014637403-3-04-3-06-4-0
VANCOUVER CANUCKS1356212435362-4-13-2-14-5-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN134819436443-2-01-6-13-7-0