NFL SCOREBOARD

LA Chargers 28 Las Vegas 14

NBA PRE-SEASON

Toronto 123 Philadelphia 107

Boston 98 Orlando 97

Miami 125 Atlanta 99

Minnesota 117 New Orleans 114

Charlotte 113 Oklahoma City 97

San Antonio 111 Utah 85

Golden State 121 Portland 107

Sacramento 117 Phoenix 106

LA Clippers 103 Denver 102

BOYS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Heritage Christian 9 Home School Resource 0

Carroll 4 Faith Christian 3

South Dearborn 12 Franklin County 0

West Lafayette 4 Boone Grove 2

New Prairie 9 River Forest 0

Centerville 1 Seton Catholic 0

Fishers 3 Hamilton Southeastern 1

Providence 3 Lanesville 0

South Bend St. Joseph 9 Glenn 0

Covington 5 IMSAN 1

Avon 3 Brownsburg 1

Northwestern 1 Mississinewa 0

Homestead 9 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Lake Central 9 E. Chicago Central 0

McCutcheon 4 Marion 1

Scecina 7 Tindley zero

Lebanon 5 Western Boone 0

NorthWood 8 Garrett 0

Fort Wayne Snider 2 Fort Wayne Carroll 1

Mishawaka 5 South Bend Riley 2

Penn 3 Northridge 1

Hauser 2 Morristown 1

Speedway 4 Herron 0

Zionsville 3 Westfield 1

White River Valley 5 N. Knox 1

Indianapolis Genesis 3 Suburban Christian 2

Washington 10 Southridge 0

Hobert 2 Merrillville 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Fort Wayne Luers 1

Silver Creek 3 Corydon Central 2

Indianapolis Lutheran 9 Irvington Prep 0

South Ripley 4 Shawe Memorial 2

New Albany 7 Jennings County 0

Frankfort 7 Southmont 0

Edgewood 4 Solomon 1

Argos 6 Tippecanoe Valley 0

Washington Township 9 Oregon Davis 0

New Castle 2 Blackford 1

Martinsville 2 Terre Haute North 1

Southport 7 Franklin 4

Bethany Christian 6 Prairie Heights 0

Taylor 2 Anderson Prep 0

Evansville Memorial 3 Evansville North 0

Mount Vernon 6 Connersville 0

Andrean 1 Covenant Christian 0

Boonville 2 Evansville Bosse 0

Munster 2 Lowell 0

Western 8 Tipton 0

Huntington North 3 Fort Wayne South 0

Cascade 1 N. Putnam 0

Muncie Central 4 Anderson 0

South Bend Adams 10 Michigan City 1

Greensburg 4 Rushville 2

Henryville 10 Christian Academy 1

Ben Davis 2 Mooresville 0

Goshen 4 Concord 2

Chatard 3 Indianapolis Washington 0

Fort Wayne Northrup 8 DeKalb 2

West Noble 7 Wawasee 1

Mitchell 3 Vincennes Rivet 1

Brebeuf 3 Hamilton Heights 1

Northeast Dubois 4 S. Spencer 0

GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Washington Catholic 5 Bloomfield 0

Eastern 5 Landmark Christian 1

Wapahani 5 Centerville 0

MLB PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
AL Wild Card Game, Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Yankees at Red Sox

NL Wild Card Game, Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on TBS
Cardinals at Dodgers

AL Division Series (starts Thursday)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Rays
White Sox at Astros

NL Division Series (starts Friday)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Giants
Braves at Brewers

DIVISION SERIES
Presented by Good Sam
Best-of-five

Thursday, Oct. 7
• ALDS A, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Friday, Oct. 8
• ALDS A, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)
• NLDS A, Game 1 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 1 (TBS)

Saturday, Oct. 9
• NLDS A, Game 2 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 2 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 10
• ALDS A, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Monday, Oct. 11
• ALDS A, Game 4* (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 4* (FS1 or MLBN)
• NLDS A, Game 3 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 3 (TBS)

Tuesday, Oct. 12
• NLDS A, Game 4* (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 4* (TBS)

Wednesday, Oct. 13
• ALDS A, Game 5* (FS1)
• ALDS B, Game 5* (FS1)

Thursday, Oct. 14
• NLDS A, Game 5* (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 5* (TBS)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Best-of-seven
Presented by loanDepot

Friday, Oct. 15
• ALCS Game 1 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 16
• ALCS Game 2 (FOX or FS1)
• NLCS Game 1 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 17
• NLCS Game 2 (TBS)

Monday, Oct. 18
• ALCS Game 3 (FS1)

Tuesday, Oct. 19
• NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
• ALCS Game 4 (FS1) 

Wednesday, Oct. 20
• ALCS Game 5* (FS1) 
• NLCS Game 4 (TBS)

Thursday, Oct. 21
• NLCS Game 5* (TBS)

Friday, Oct. 22
• ALCS Game 6* (FS1) 

Saturday, Oct. 23
• NLCS Game 6* (TBS)
• ALCS Game 7* (FOX or FS1) 

Sunday, Oct. 24
• NLCS Game 7* (TBS)

WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven

Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL COACHES FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

1 Center Grove (10) 7-0 100

2 Westfield 6-1 84

3 Carmel 6-1 80

4 Merrillville 7-0 73

5 Lawrence North 5-1 53

6 Hamilton Southeastern 6-1 36

7 Brownsburg 5-2 35

8 Chesterton 6-1 30

9 Warren Central 5-2 28

10 Carroll (Allen) 6-1 20

Others receiving votes:

Homestead 4-3 (5), Warsaw 6-1 (2)

5A

1 Indpls Cathedral (10) 7-0 100

2 Decatur Central 6-1 87

3 Valparaiso 6-1 73

4 FW Snider 5-1 56

5 Bloomington South 6-1 52

Harrison (WL) 6-1 52

7 Concord 6-1 35

8 FW Dwenger 4-3 33

9 Bloomington North 5-2 12

10 Mishawaka 5-2 11

Others receiving votes:

Zionsville 3-4 (6), Castle 5-2 (5) Kokomo 6-1 (5),

Michigan City 4-3 (2), Whiteland 3-3 (1)

4A

1 Indpls Roncalli (10) 7-0 100

2 Leo 7-0 86

3 Jasper 7-0 81

4 East Central 6-1 70

5 Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 6-1 54

6 Evansville Memorial 6-1 51

7 Mooresville 5-2 35

8 Indpls Chatard 3-4 34

9 New Prairie 6-1 13

10 East Noble 4-2 8

Others receiving votes:

Logansport 5-1 (5), Martinsville 5-2 (4), Greenfield Central 4-3 (3),

Hobart 4-3 (2), Northwood 4-3 (2), Pendleton Heights 4-3 (2)

3A

1 West Lafayette (8) 7-0 98

2 Indpls Brebeuf (2) 6-1 87

3 Gibson Southern 6-1 82

4 Danville 6-1 71

5 Lawrenceburg 6-1 57

6 Brownstown Central 7-0 44

7 Western Boone 5-2 29

8 Norwell 6-1 27

9 Tri-West 5-2 19

10 Mishawaka Marian 4-3 11

Others receiving votes:

Sullivan 5-2 (10), Mt. Vernon (Posey) 6-1 (8), Hanover Central 6-1 (3),

Owen Valley 6-1 (3), Tippecanoe Valley 7-0 (1)

2A

1 FW Luers (10) 7-0 100

2 Eastbrook 6-0 83

3 Andrean 5-2 81

4 Linton-Stockton 7-0 63

Tipton 7-0 63

6 Heritage Christian 7-0 48

7 Eastside 7-0 39

8 Evansville Mater Dei 5-2 34

9 Lafayette CC 4-3 17

10 Speedway 6-1 12

Others receiving votes:

North Posey 6-1 (5), Monrovia 5-2 (4), Centerville 6-0 (1)

1A

1 Indpls Lutheran (10) 7-0 100

2 Adams Central 6-1 89

3 Monroe Central 7-0 76

4 Winamac 5-0 60

5 Covenant Christian 5-2 46

South Adams 5-2 46

7 Churubusco 5-2 42

8 South Putnam 6-1 30

9 Parke Heritage 5-2 19

10 Perry Central 6-1 13

Others receiving votes:

North Judson 5-2 (12), Carroll (Flora) 6-1 (6), Springs Valley 5-1 (6)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Adams Central (6-1) at Bluffton (3-4)

Attica (0-4) at South Newton (3-4)

Avon (0-7) at Zionsville (3-4)

Ben Davis (2-5) at Lawrence Central (3-4)

Benton Central (0-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (4-3)

Bowman Academy (0-6) at South Bend Washington (2-3)

Bremen (4-3) at South Bend Riley (1-3)

Brown County (3-4) at North Putnam (1-5)

Brownsburg (5-2) at Noblesville (2-5)

Calumet (6-1) at River Forest (3-3)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Winchester (3-4)

Carroll (Flora) (6-1) at Clinton Prairie (3-3)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6-1) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-6)

Castle (5-2) at Evansville Central (2-5)

Caston (2-5) at Winamac (5-0)

Central Noble (6-1) at Eastside (7-0)

Columbia City (4-3) at Leo (7-0)

Columbus East (2-5) at Jeffersonville (2-4)

Columbus North (4-3) at Bloomington North (5-2)

Covenant Christian (5-2) at Park Tudor (5-2)

Crawford County (2-3) at West Washington (2-3)

Crawfordsville (0-7) at Tri-West (5-2)

Crown Point (4-3) at Chesterton (6-1)

DeKalb (1-6) at Bellmont (0-7)

Delphi (4-3) at Clinton Central (2-5)

Delta (4-3) at Greenfield-Central (4-3)

East Central (6-1) at Guerin Catholic (1-6)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Elwood (0-6)

Eastern Hancock (4-3) at Shenandoah (4-2)

Edgewood (1-5) at Northview (5-1)

Elkhart (3-3) at Mishawaka Marian (4-3)

Evansville Bosse (2-5) at Evansville Reitz (2-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (5-2) at Evansville Harrison (1-6)

Evansville North (4-3) at Jasper (7-0)

Fairfield (3-4) at Lakeland (3-4)

Fishers (5-2) at Westfield (6-1)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-3) at Fort Wayne Snider (5-1)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-5) at Fort Wayne North (2-5)

Fort Wayne South (1-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (7-0)

Fort Wayne Wayne (2-5) at Homestead (4-3)

Franklin Central (4-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (6-1)

Franklin County (4-3) at Batesville (4-3)

Frankton (2-5) at Madison-Grant (3-4)

Fremont (2-5) at Prairie Heights (2-5)

Garrett (3-4) at Angola (2-5)

Gary West (4-2) at Hammond Central (1-6)

Gibson Southern (6-1) at Princeton (2-5)

Goshen (2-5) at Plymouth (0-7)

Greensburg (1-4) at Milan (2-5)

Greenwood (2-5) at Franklin (2-5)

Heritage (2-5) at Southern Wells (0-7)

Heritage Christian (7-0) at Indianapolis Tindley (3-3)

Hobart (4-3) at Highland (3-4)

Huntington North (2-5) at Norwell (6-1)

Indian Creek (2-5) at Sullivan (5-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (7-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-1)

Indianapolis Chatard (3-4) at Terre Haute North (3-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-7) at Indianapolis Scecina (4-3)

Indianapolis Roncalli (7-0) at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio)

Indianapolis Shortridge (2-3) at South Putnam (6-1)

Indianapolis Washington (2-4) at Indianapolis Attucks (3-3)

Jay County (3-4) at Lapel (5-2)

Jennings County (1-6) at Floyd Central (2-5)

Kankakee Valley (3-4) at Andrean (5-2)

Kokomo (6-1) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (6-1)

Lake Station (2-3) at Boone Grove (0-5)

LaVille (5-1) at North Judson (5-2)

Lawrence North (5-1) at Center Grove (7-0)

Lawrenceburg (6-1) at Connersville (1-6)

Lewis Cass (2-4) at Hamilton Heights (4-3)

Linton-Stockton (7-0) at Eastern Greene (1-6)

Logansport (5-1) at Lafayette Jeff (4-3)

Lowell (4-3) at Munster (2-5)

Maconaquah (2-3) at Manchester (3-3)

Madison (3-4) at Bedford North Lawrence (3-4)

Marion (3-3) at Indianapolis Tech (4-3)

McCutcheon (0-6) at Muncie Central (1-6)

Merrillville (7-0) at Lake Central (3-4)

Michigan City (4-3) at LaPorte (2-5)

Mishawaka (5-2) at Wawasee (1-6)

Mississinewa (4-2) at Blackford (1-5)

Monrovia (5-2) at Cascade (2-5)

Mooresville (5-2) at Martinsville (5-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (6-1) at Shelbyville (1-3)

New Albany (4-3) at Seymour (2-4)

New Castle (2-5) at New Palestine (4-3)

New Haven (3-4) at East Noble (4-2)

North Central (Indianapolis) (0-7) at Pike (0-7)

North Daviess (4-3) at North Knox (5-2)

North Montgomery (2-3) at Frankfort (2-4)

North Newton (4-3) at North White (3-2)

North Posey (6-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-1)

North Vermillion (3-4) at Fountain Central (3-4)

Northeastern (3-4) at Knightstown (1-5)

Northridge (5-2) at Concord (6-1)

NorthWood (4-3) at Warsaw (6-1)

Oak Hill (5-2) at Alexandria (3-3)

Oldenburg Academy (0-4) at South Decatur (0-5)

Paoli (4-1) at Mitchell (3-3)

Pendleton Heights (4-3) at Yorktown (4-3)

Penn (3-4) at New Prairie (6-1)

Perry Central (6-1) at Springs Valley (5-1)

Perry Meridian (2-5) at Decatur Central (6-1)

Peru (4-2) at Northfield (5-2)

Pike Central (1-4) at Forest Park (2-5)

Pioneer (5-2) at Culver (2-3)

Plainfield (3-4) at Whiteland (3-3)

Providence (3-4) at Corydon Central (0-6)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-6) at Monroe Central (7-0)

Rensselaer Central (4-3) at Northwestern (0-6)

Richmond (1-6) at Anderson (1-4)

Riverton Parke (2-4) at Parke Heritage (5-2)

Rochester (3-2) at North Miami (0-7)

Rock Creek Academy (1-5) at Edinburgh (4-3)

Rushville (0-7) at South Dearborn (5-2)

Salem (4-1) at Charlestown (5-2)

Scottsburg (5-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-4)

Sheridan (5-2) at Eastern (Greentown) (6-1)

Silver Creek (4-2) at Brownstown Central (7-0)

South Adams (5-2) at Woodlan (3-4)

South Bend Adams (3-3) at Jimtown (5-2)

South Bend Clay (0-7) at John Glenn (3-4)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-5) at Culver Academy (5-2)

South Spencer (3-4) at North Harrison (2-5)

South Vermillion (3-4) at Seeger (4-3)

Southmont (5-2) at Lebanon (4-3)

Southport (0-7) at Terre Haute South (0-7)

Southridge (4-3) at Heritage Hills (5-2)

Speedway (6-1) at Indianapolis Lutheran (7-0)

Switzerland County (2-4) at North Decatur (2-4)

Taylor (0-3) at Tri-Central (2-5)

Tell City (4-3) at Tecumseh (1-5)

Tippecanoe Valley (7-0) at Wabash (1-5)

Tipton (7-0) at Western (5-2)

Traders Point Christian (3-4) at North Central (Farmersburg) (2-4)

Tri (5-2) at Hagerstown (1-5)

Tri-County (0-6) at Covington (5-2)

Triton (3-4) at Knox (1-6)

Triton Central (4-3) at Beech Grove (3-4)

Twin Lakes (2-5) at West Lafayette (7-0)

Union City (4-2) at Centerville (6-0)

Union County (3-3) at Wes-Del (0-6)

Valparaiso (6-1) at Portage (1-6)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-6) at Evansville Memorial (6-1)

Warren Central (5-2) at Carmel (6-1)

Washington (0-6) at Boonville (1-5)

West Central (1-6) at Frontier (1-6)

West Noble (3-4) at Churubusco (5-2)

West Vigo (2-3) at Cloverdale (0-6)

Western Boone (5-2) at Danville (6-1)

Wheeler (5-1) at Hanover Central (6-1)

Whiting (2-5) at Griffith (3-4)

Whitko (1-6) at Southwood (3-4)

Owen Valley (6-1) at Greencastle (5-2)

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL PAIRINGS

Dates: Oct. 12, 14, 16, 2021.

4A

1. Lake Central (7)

M1: Hammond Central vs. East Chicago Central.

M2: Highland vs. Lake Central.

M3: Hammond Morton vs. Munster.

M4: Gary West Side vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

2. Hobart (7)

M1: Portage vs. Merrillville.

M2: Hobart vs. Chesterton.

M3: Lowell vs. Crown Point.

M4: Valparaiso vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

3. Plymouth (6)

M1: Plymouth vs. LaPorte.

M2: Mishawaka vs. South Bend Riley.

M3: South Bend Adams vs. M1 winner.

M4: Michigan City vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

4. Concord (6)

M1: Penn vs. Goshen.

M2: Warsaw Community vs. Elkhart.

M3: Concord vs. M1 winner.

M4: Northridge vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6)

M1: DeKalb vs. East Noble.

M2: Fort Wayne Snider vs. Fort Wayne Northrop.

M3: Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. M1 winner.

M4: Fort Wayne North Side vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

6. Columbia City (6)

M1: Fort Wayne South Side vs. Huntington North.

M2: New Haven vs. Fort Wayne Wayne.

M3: Columbia City vs. M1 winner.

M4: Homestead vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

7. Harrison (West Lafayette) (6)

M1: McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jefferson.

M2: Logansport vs. Harrison (West Lafayette).

M3: Kokomo vs. M1 winner.

M4: Marion vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

8. Westfield (6)

M1: Noblesville vs. Hamilton Southeastern.

M2: Fishers vs. Westfield.

M3: Carmel vs. M1 winner.

M4: Zionsville vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

9. Yorktown (8)

M1: Richmond vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

M2: Pendleton Heights vs. Greenfield-Central.

M3: Muncie Central vs. Yorktown.

M4: New Castle vs. Anderson.

M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

Championship: M5 winner vs. M6 winner.

10. North Central (Indianapolis) (6)

M1: Warren Central vs. Indianapolis Cathedral.

M2: Lawrence North vs. Lawrence Central.

M3: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. M1 winner.

M4: New Palestine vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

11. Roncalli (7)

M1: Southport vs. Roncalli.

M2: Ben Davis vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks.

M3: Perry Meridian vs. Pike.

M4: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

12. Terre Haute South Vigo (7)

M1: Mooresville vs. Plainfield.

M2: Avon vs. Terre Haute North Vigo.

M3: Brownsburg vs. Terre Haute South Vigo.

M4: Decatur Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

13. Shelbyville (6)

M1: Whiteland Community vs. Greenwood Community.

M2: Franklin Community vs. Shelbyville.

M3: Franklin Central vs. M1 winner.

M4: Center Grove vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

14. Martinsville (7)

M1: Columbus North vs. Martinsville.

M2: Columbus East vs. Bloomington South.

M3: East Central vs. Bloomington North.

M4: Bedford North Lawrence vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

15. Providence (6)

M1: Jeffersonville vs. Floyd Central.

M2: Providence vs. Seymour.

M3: Jennings County vs. M1 winner.

M4: New Albany vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

16. Jasper (6)

M1: Jasper vs. Evansville North.

M2: Evansville Central vs. Evansville Harrison.

M3: Evansville Reitz vs. M1 winner.

M4: Castle vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

3A

17. River Forest (4)

M1: River Forest vs. Hanover Central.

M2: Griffith vs. Calumet.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

18. Kankakee Valley (4)

M1: Knox vs. Culver Academies.

M2: Wheeler vs. Kankakee Valley.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

19. New Prairie (6)

M1: New Prairie vs. South Bend St. Joseph.

M2: Glenn vs. Mishawaka Marian.

M3: South Bend Washington vs. M1 winner.

M4: South Bend Clay vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

20. Frankfort (6)

M1: North Montgomery vs. Frankfort.

M2: Benton Central vs. West Lafayette.

M3: Crawfordsville vs. M1 winner.

M4: Twin Lakes vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

21. Lakeland (6)

M1: West Noble vs. Tippecanoe Valley.

M2: NorthWood vs. Lakeland.

M3: Jimtown vs. M1 winner.

M4: Wawasee vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

22. Angola (7)

M1: Leo vs. Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

M2: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers vs. Angola.

M3: Garrett vs. Woodlan.

M4: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

23. Bellmont (7)

M1: Bellmont vs. Heritage.

M2: Wapahani vs. Delta.

M3: Jay County vs. Norwell.

M4: Muncie Burris vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

24. Peru (6)

M1: Western vs. Oak Hill.

M2: Mississinewa vs. Northwestern.

M3: Peru vs. M1 winner.

M4: Maconaquah vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

25. Tri-West Hendricks (5)

M1: Tri-West Hendricks vs. Danville Community.

M2: Greencastle vs. Lebanon.

M3: Monrovia vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

26. Owen Valley (7)

M1: Northview vs. Brown County.

M2: West Vigo vs. Brownstown Central.

M3: South Vermillion vs. Edgewood.

M4: Owen Valley vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

27. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (7)

M1: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Hamilton Heights.

M2: Brebeuf Jesuit vs. Heritage Christian.

M3: Guerin Catholic vs. Christel House.

M4: Indianapolis Shortridge vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

28. Beech Grove (6)

M1: Indian Creek vs. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

M2: Indianapolis Washington vs. Beech Grove.

M3: Herron vs. M1 winner.

M4: Speedway vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

29. Batesville (7)

M1: Franklin County vs. Greensburg.

M2: South Dearborn vs. Rushville Consolidated.

M3: Connersville vs. Lawrenceburg.

M4: Batesville vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

30. Scottsburg (7)

M1: North Harrison vs. Silver Creek.

M2: Scottsburg vs. Salem.

M3: Charlestown vs. Corydon Central.

M4: Madison Consolidated vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

31. Princeton (6)

M1: Sullivan vs. Pike Central.

M2: Princeton Community vs. Washington.

M3: Barr-Reeve vs. M1 winner.

M4: Vincennes Lincoln vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

32. Heritage Hills (6)

M1: Evansville Bosse vs. Gibson Southern.

M2: Boonville vs. Heritage Hills.

M3: Evansville Memorial vs. M1 winner.

M4: Mt. Vernon vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

2A

33. Andrean (6)

M1: Bowman Academy vs. Whiting.

M2: Hammond Bishop Noll vs. Andrean.

M3: Lake Station Edison vs. M1 winner.

M4: Illiana Christian vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

34. Boone Grove (6)

M1: North Judson-San Pierre vs. Hebron.

M2: Rensselaer Central vs. Boone Grove.

M3: North Newton vs. M1 winner.

M4: Winamac Community vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

35. Bremen (6)

M1: Westville vs. South Central (Union Mills).

M2: South Bend Career vs. Bremen.

M3: Rochester Community vs. M1 winner.

M4: LaVille vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

36. Central Noble (6)

M1: Central Noble vs. Westview.

M2: Churubusco vs. Eastside.

M3: Fairfield vs. M1 winner.

M4: Prairie Heights vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

37. Rossville (7)

M1: Rossville vs. Lewis Cass.

M2: Clinton Prairie vs. Seeger.

M3: Carroll (Flora) vs. Delphi Community.

M4: Fountain Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

38. Bluffton (7)

M1: Wabash vs. South Adams.

M2: Manchester vs. Whitko.

M3: Bluffton vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury.

M4: Adams Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

39. Madison-Grant (6)

M1: Madison-Grant vs. Taylor.

M2: Blackford vs. Eastern (Greentown).

M3: Eastbrook vs. M1 winner.

M4: Tipton vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

40. Alexandria Monroe (7)

M1: Monroe Central vs. Lapel.

M2: Elwood Community vs. Cowan.

M3: Frankton vs. Winchester Community.

M4: Alexandria Monroe vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

41. Union County (6)

M1: Union County vs. Eastern Hancock.

M2: Northeastern vs. Knightstown.

M3: Centerville vs. M1 winner.

M4: Hagerstown vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

42. Indianapolis Scecina Memorial (4)

M1: Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

M2: Irvington vs. Triton Central.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

43. Western Boone (4)

M1: Western Boone vs. Sheridan.

M2: University vs. Park Tudor.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

44. Southmont (7)

M1: Southmont vs. South Putnam.

M2: Cascade vs. Cloverdale.

M3: North Putnam vs. Parke Heritage.

M4: Riverton Parke vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

45. South Ripley (7)

M1: North Decatur vs. Milan.

M2: Switzerland County vs. Southwestern (Hanover).

M3: Austin vs. South Ripley.

M4: South Decatur vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

46. Christian Academy of Indiana (7)

M1: Christian Academy of Indiana vs. Paoli.

M2: Eastern (Pekin) vs. Henryville.

M3: Crawford County vs. Mitchell.

M4: Clarksville vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

47. Linton-Stockton (6)

M1: Linton-Stockton vs. North Knox.

M2: Forest Park vs. Eastern Greene.

M3: South Knox vs. M1 winner.

M4: Southridge vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

48. South Spencer (6)

M1: Evansville Mater Dei vs. South Spencer.

M2: Tell City vs. North Posey.

M3: Perry Central vs. M1 winner.

M4: Tecumseh vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

1A

49. Marquette Catholic (7)

M1: 21st Century-Gary vs. Hammond S&T.

M2: Covenant Christian (DeMotte) vs. Kouts.

M3: Morgan Township vs. Washington Township.

M4: Marquette Catholic vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

50. Triton (6)

M1: LaCrosse vs. Triton.

M2: Culver Community vs. Oregon-Davis.

M3: West Central vs. M1 winner.

M4: Argos vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

51. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (6)

M1: Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian vs. Fremont.

M2: Bethany Christian vs. Elkhart Christian.

M3: Hamilton vs. M1 winner.

M4: Lakewood Park Christian vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

52. Southwood (6)

M1: Southwood vs. North Miami.

M2: Lakeland Christian vs. Pioneer.

M3: Caston vs. M1 winner.

M4: Northfield vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

53. South Newton (6)

M1: Tri-County vs. Faith Christian.

M2: Frontier vs. South Newton.

M3: North White vs. M1 winner.

M4: Clinton Central vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

54. Covington (6)

M1: Covington vs. Lafayette Central Catholic.

M2: Bethesda Christian vs. Traders Point Christian.

M3: North Vermillion vs. M1 winner.

M4: Attica vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

55. Daleville (6)

M1: Anderson Preparatory vs. Wes-Del.

M2: Tri-Central vs. Liberty Christian.

M3: Daleville vs. M1 winner.

M4: Southern Wells vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

56. Union (Modoc) (7)

M1: Union (Modoc) vs. Seton Catholic.

M2: Randolph Southern vs. Blue River Valley.

M3: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Union City.

M4: Tri vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

57. White River Valley (6)

M1: Bloomfield vs. Shakamak.

M2: Eminence vs. Clay City.

M3: White River Valley vs. M1 winner.

M4: North Central (Farmersburg) vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

58. Indiana School for the Deaf (5)

M1: Indiana Math & Science vs. Indiana Deaf.

M2: International vs. Riverside.

M3: Tindley vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

59. Indianapolis Lutheran (4)

M1: Providence Cristo Rey vs. Central Christian.

M2: Victory College Preparatory vs. Indianapolis Lutheran.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

60. Edinburgh (6)

M1: Waldron vs. Edinburgh.

M2: Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Morristown.

M3: Hauser vs. M1 winner.

M4: Greenwood Christian vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

61. Rock Creek Academy (6)

M1: Borden vs. Rock Creek.

M2: New Washington vs. South Central (Elizabeth).

M3: Shawe Memorial vs. M1 winner.

M4: Lanesville vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

62. Trinity Lutheran (7)

M1: Medora vs. Rising Sun.

M2: Jac-Cen-Del vs. Oldenburg.

M3: Trinity Lutheran vs. Crothersville.

M4: West Washington vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

63. Loogootee (5)

M1: Vincennes Rivet vs. North Daviess.

M2: Lighthouse Christian vs. Loogootee.

M3: Shoals vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

64. Orleans (5)

M1: Cannelton vs. Orleans.

M2: Northeast Dubois vs. Springs Valley.

M3: Wood Memorial vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

North Decatur 3 Southwestern 0

Daleville 3 Jay County 2

New Washington 3 Crothersville 0

Covenant Christian 3 Indianapolis Tech 0

Oldenburg Academy 3 Franklin County 1

Scecina 3 Indianapolis Washington 0

Greensburg 3 Batesville 1

Hebron 3 River Forest 1

Suburban Christian 3 Calvary Christian 0

Jasper 3 Forest Park 0

DeKalb 3 Woodlan 2

Lebanon 3 N. Montgomery 0

Loogootee 3 Wood Memorial 0

Tri-County 3 N. White 1

Moorestown 3 Rushville 0

Wabash 3 Lewis Cass 1

Covenant Christian 3 Boone Grove 1

Owen Valley 3 White River Valley 0

Linton Stockton 3 Bloomfield 0

Garrett 3 E. Noble 0

Northfield 3 Winchester 0

Northfield 3 Whitko 2

Illiana Christian 3 Highland 0

Seton Catholic 3 Union City 2

Mitchell 3 Salem 1

Monroe Central 3 Randolph Southern 0

LaVille 3 Oregon Davis 0

Covington 3 Riverton Parke 0

Alexandria Monroe 3 Cowan 0

Paoli 3 Shoals 0

Triton Central 3 Eastern Hancock 0

Heritage Christian 3 Illiana Lutheran 1

Festa Christian 3 Tabernacle Christian 0

Marquette Catholic 3 Calumet New Tech 0

North Daviess 3 South Knox 1

Seeger 3 Bismarck Henning 0

Monrovia 3 Speedway 0

North Newton 3 Donovan 0

South Newton 3 Frontier 1

Western Boone 3 Park Tudor 2

Charlestown 3 Eastern 1

Trinity Lutheran 3 Floyd Central 2

Mishawaka 3 Bremen 0

Heritage 3 Lakewood Park 0

North Putnam Fountain Central 0

Christian Academy 3 Clarksville 0

NorthWood 3 Lakeland 0

Elkhart Christian 3 Westview 1

Kankakee Valley 3 Hobart 0

Oak Hill 3 Manchester 0

Washington 3 Sullivan1

Tipton 3 Rossville 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Crothersville 3 Clinton Prairie 0

Brownstown Central 3 Scottsburg 0

Columbia City 3 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

South Adams 3 New Haven 0

Angola 3 Eastside 0

Logansport 3 Delphi 0

Carroll 3 Leo 0

Easter 3 Elwood 1

FINAL GIRLS SOCCER POLLS

3A Girls Soccer  

  1. Noblesville 
  2. Homestead 
  3. Hamilton Southeastern 
  4. Carmel 
  5. Bloomington South 
  6. North Central 
  7. Columbus North 
  8. Center Grove 
  9. Saint Joseph 
  10. Zionsville 
  11. Castle 
  12. Guerin Catholic 
  13. Evansville Reitz 
  14. Chesterton 
  15. Plainfield 
  16. Mt Vernon 
  17. Penn 
  18. East Central 
  19. Crown Point 
  20. Fishers & Valparaiso  

2A Girls Soccer  

1     Chatard 

2.    Cathedral 

3.    Evansville Memorial 

4.    Mishawaka Marian 

5.    Park Tudor 

6.    Brebeuf Jesuit

7.    Mater Dei 

8.    Lawrenceburg 

9.    Tri West 

10.  Leo 

11.  Silver Creek 

12.  Heritage Hills 

13.  Western 

14.  Lafayette Central Catholic 

15.  Hamilton Heights 

16.  West Lafayette 

17.  Culver Academy 

18.  Batesville 

19.  Hanover Central 

20.  Gibson Southern 

1A Girls Soccer 

1          Heritage Christian 

2          Evansville Christian 

3          Forest Park 

4          FW Canterbury 

5          Argos 

6          Andrean 

7          Tipton 

8          Westview 

9          Providence 

10        Faith Christian 

11        Northeast Dubois 

12        Speedway 

13        Oldenburg 

14        Switzerland County 

15        Covenant Christian Demotte 

16        Southmont 

17        Boone Grove 

18        Cascade 

19        Lakewood Park Christian 

20        North Posey 

FINAL BOYS SOCCER POLLS

3A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Final Poll (10-4-21) 

  1. Fishers 
  2. Noblesville 
  3. Castle 
  4. Chesterton 
  5. Valparaiso 
  6. Penn 
  7. Zionsville 
  8. Elkhart 
  9. Lake Central 
  10. Carmel 
  11. Hamilton SE 
  12. Ev. Memorial 
  13. Plainfield 
  14. Westfield 
  15. Munster 
  16. Warsaw 
  17. Northridge 
  18. WL Harrison 
  19. Perry Meridian 
  20. Columbus East 


2A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Final Poll (10-4-21) 

  1. Canterbury 
  2. West Lafayette 
  3. Guerin Catholic 
  4. Concordia Lutheran 
  5. Mishawaka Marian 
  6. Speedway 
  7. Heritage Hills 
  8. Gibson Southern 
  9. Bishop Dwenger 
  10. Lawrenceburg 
  11. Culver Academies 
  12. SB St. Joseph 
  13. Yorktown 
  14. Northwestern 
  15. Tri-West 
  16. Bremen 
  17. Washington Community 
  18. Oak Hill 
  19. Crawfordsville 
  20. Batesville 


1A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Final Poll (10-4-21) 

  1. Park Tudor 
  2. University 
  3. Providence 
  4. Kouts 
  5. South Knox 
  6. Faith Christian 
  7. North White 
  8. Forest Park 
  9. Illiana Christian 
  10. Jac-Cen-Del 
  11. South Ripley 
  12. Heritage Christian (Indpls) 
  13. Lutheran (Indpls) 
  14. Southwestern (Shelbyville) 
  15. Carroll (Flora) 
  16. Westview 
  17. Providence Cristo Rey 
  18. Cascade 
  19. Northeast Dubois 
  20. Switzerland County 

INDIANA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. COLUMBUS NORTH
  2. CARMEL
  3. NOBLESVILLE
  4. FLOYD CENTRAL
  5. NORTH CENTRAL
  6. WESTFIELD
  7. CHESTERTON
  8. NORTHVIEW
  9. ZIONSVILLE
  10. FORT WAYNE CARROLL
  11. VALPARAISO
  12. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  13. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  14. HOMESTEAD
  15. PENN
  16. WARSAW
  17. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  18. AVON
  19. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  20. BREBEUF
  21. EAST NOBLE
  22. JASPER
  23. FISHERS
  24. LAPORTE
  25. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

INDIANA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. COLUMBUS NORTH
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  3. CENTER GROVE
  4. CARMEL
  5. FISHERS
  6. NOBLESVILLE
  7. ZIONSVILLE
  8. GOSHEN
  9. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  10. FORT WAYNE CARROLL
  11. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  12. NORTHVIEW
  13. NORTH CENTRAL
  14. NORTHRIDGE
  15. WESTFIELD
  16. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  17. BREBEUF
  18. FLOYD CENTRAL
  19. MT VERNON
  20. VALPARAISO
  21. LAPORTE
  22. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  23. BROWNSBURG
  24. CASTLE
  25. JASPER

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-WEEK 6
Thursday, Oct. 7

Houston at Tulane | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Oct. 8

Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Charlotte at FIU | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Stanford at No. 22 Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 9

Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers  | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Vanderbilt at No. 20 Florida | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Northern Illinois at Toledo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas (Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas) | 12 p.m. | ABC

No. 13 Arkansas at No. 17 Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Akron at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

West Virginia at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FS1

South Carolina at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 2 Georgia at No. 18 Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

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

Old Dominion at Marshall | 2 p.m. | CBSSN on Facebook

Wisconsin at Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

North Texas at Missouri | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

Virginia at Louisville | 3 p.m. | ACC Network

Miami (Ohio) at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Liberty | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 24 SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Central Michigan at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

FAU at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2 

UConn at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

Boise State at No. 10 BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

San Jose State at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Ball State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa | 4 p.m. | Fox Sports

Oregon State at Washington State | 4 p.m. | PAC-12 Network

East Carolina at UCF | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

LSU at No. 16 Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

UTEP at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Wyoming at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

UTSA at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium

TCU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Buffalo at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Georgia Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia State at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

South Alabama at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 14 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

No. 9 Michigan at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | CBS

Utah at USC | 8 p.m. | FOX

Memphis at Tulsa | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

New Mexico at No. 25 San Diego State | 9 p.m. | FS1

New Mexico State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

UCLA at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE

Franklin at Mt. St, Joseph 1:30

Bluffton at Anderson 1:30

Defiance at Manchester 1:30 (INDIANA SRN GAME OF THE WEEK)

Hanover at Rose-Hulman

NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 10, 2021
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 11, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL POLL

1              Texas (64)            1600       11-0       1

2              Pittsburgh           1518       14-0       2

3              Louisville              1484       12-0       3

4              Wisconsin            1405       11-1       5

5              Kentucky             1279       9-3          6

6              Purdue 1201       11-2       4

7              Ohio State           1175       12-2       8

8              Minnesota          1161       7-4          7

9              BYU                        1096       13-1       10

10           Nebraska             1000       10-3       12

11           Washington        912         9-3          13

12           Baylor                   893         8-4          9

13           Penn State          808         11-3       14

14           Oregon                 778         12-2       11

15           Utah                      706         10-3       19

16           UCLA                     692         10-2       15

17           Stanford              659         8-4          17

18           Georgia Tech      395         11-3       18

19           Creighton            372         15-2       16

20t          Florida                  355         10-5       22

20t          W. Kentucky      355         15-1       21

22           Tennessee          285         12-3       20

23           Pepperdine        270         12-1       23

24           Colorado              163         12-2       24

25           San Diego            139         10-3       25

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES AND SPORTS NEWS

Herbert, Ekeler propel Chargers to 28-14 win over Raiders

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers came into their showdown against the Las Vegas Raiders after a signature win on the road at Kansas City.

In front of a prime-time audience on Monday night, the Chargers showed they are indeed for real.

Herbert threw for three touchdowns, Austin Ekeler rushed for a career-high 117 yards and scored twice as the Chargers knocked the Raiders from the unbeaten ranks with a 28-14 victory.

Los Angeles is 3-1 for the first time since 2014 and part of a three-way tie atop the AFC West with Las Vegas and Denver. The Raiders’ loss means the Arizona Cardinals are the NFL’s lone undefeated team after four weeks.

“We stayed patient, I thought we had a good mix of the run and pass. Justin was extremely patient and Austin came alive tonight,” Chargers first-year coach Brandon Staley said.

Herbert accounted for all of his TDs in the first half as the Chargers built a 21-0 halftime lead. The Raiders scored on their first two possessions of the second half to draw within a touchdown, but Ekeler gave Los Angeles some breathing room with an 11-yard run scoring off left guard. Herbert had the key play of the drive with a 13-yard completion to Jared Cook on fourth-and-2 from midfield.

The reception by Cook was one of two fourth downs converted by the offense and four on the season.

“He picks and chooses the right time to be able to do it. Sometimes on critical downs, especially when we have the momentum and we’re driving, and maybe when he feels like we need points,” said Cook, who had six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. “He’s been choosing great. We might as well play some lottery numbers with coach.”

Herbert achieved a pair of milestones in the win. He completed his 500th pass in his 19th start, becoming the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to reach that mark before his 20th start. He has accounted for 10 TDs in his first three prime-time games, tying Patrick Mahomes and Dan Marino.

“It’s awesome that he believes in us because everyone in the huddle believes in each other too, and whenever we get into one of those situations, we know that we’ve got the right play, we know that we’ve got the right guys,” said Herbert, who completed 25 of 38 passes for 222 yards.

Derek Carr was 21 of 34 for 196 yards with two TDs and an interception. The Raiders could manage only 48 yards rushing against a Chargers defense that was last in the league in run defense.

“We cannot come out and take that many punches in the first round,” coach Jon Gruden said. “We found a way to make it a football game and give ourselves a chance, but it’s just too hard in this league against good teams.”

The Chargers took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in 12 plays, including a 4-yard bullet to tight end Donald Parham in the back of the end zone to put them on top 7-0.

Los Angeles extended its lead to 21-0 at halftime by scoring on the final two drives of the first half – Herbert’s 10-yard TD to Cook and a 14-yard screen to Ekeler.

Las Vegas was held to one first down and 51 net yards in the first half, but made adjustments at halftime. The Raiders took the third-quarter kickoff and scored when Carr found Hunter Renfrow for a 10-yard touchdown.

Darren Waller then drew them within 21-14 when he caught a 3-yard pass with 1:44 remaining in the third.

“If anything, hopefully this wakes us up a little bit. I think we need to start a lot faster, if I’m honest,” Carr said. “We started the season great, but we don’t start games nearly good enough yet.”

Jets’ Maye facing DUI charge after February crash in Florida

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets safety Marcus Maye has been charged with drunken driving after a car crash in Florida in February.

Broward County court records show the 28-year-old Maye was charged with three misdemeanors – driving under the influence, DUI/damage to property, and leaving the scene of an accident – on Feb. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A Zoom hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20 in the case.

ESPN first reported the crash and charges Monday night.

Maye is also facing a civil lawsuit “in excess” of $30,000 filed by the driver of the car he hit, according to court documents.

“Marcus Maye has not committed any crime, nor was he either intoxicated or impaired,” Eric Schwartzreich, Maye’s lawyer, said in an email to The Associated Press. “Mr. Maye will have his day in court on these erroneous misdemeanor accusations, where we are confident that he will be found not guilty.”

The crash had not previously been reported publicly, and it’s unclear if Maye told the Jets about the incident before Monday night. The team told the AP it would have no comment since it is a pending legal matter.

Maye’s arrest could subject him to the NFL’s personal conduct policy and result in the safety being suspended. League spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to the AP the NFL is reviewing the matter under its policies. Maye could also be subject to discipline if he didn’t inform the Jets.

According to a police report, Maye was driving in a black 2018 Mercedes SUV on Florida’s Turnpike at 7:33 p.m. when the vehicle hit the left rear of a Volvo. Police found Maye alone in the driver’s seat on the side of the road, and his car had damage to the front that was consistent with the damage to the back of the Volvo.

The police officer wrote in the report that Maye was “unresponsive when approached and moving side to side” and “seemed unaware of what was occurring.” The officer also wrote that Maye’s eyes appeared bloodshot, his speech was slurred and vomit was observed on the driver’s door and on the floor. Maye also was “slow to walk and had a sway to his balance,” the officer wrote.

The report says Maye told the officer he wasn’t drinking that night and said the smell the officer noticed was from two days earlier. Maye declined to provided a breath sample and was arrested. He posted bond in the amount of $1,500. The court documents say it was Maye’s first DUI offense.

There were no injuries reported, but the driver of the Volvo, Jamila Abraham of Belle Glade, Florida, filed a civil suit.

Maye, in his fifth season with the Jets and the team’s longest-tenured player, is currently sidelined by an ankle injury and is expected to be out a few more weeks. His agent, Erik Burkhardt, tweeted last week that Maye “should be back fully healthy just before the trade deadline” and added a handshake emoji.

That has further fueled speculation that Maye, in a contract dispute with the Jets, could be dealt by the NFL’s deadline on Nov. 2.

Maye was voted a team captain last season and selected the Jets’ MVP by his teammates. A second-round pick out of Florida in 2017, Maye was given the franchise tag by the Jets during the offseason and the sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension. He’s playing this season on the franchise tag amount of $10.6 million.

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-2)

Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 7 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the Los Angeles Rams (3-1) visit the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) in an NFC West division matchup. The two clubs last met in the 2020 NFC Wild Card round, when the Rams defeated the Seahawks, 30-20, as defensive lineman AARON DONALD and linebacker LEONARD FLOYD each recorded two sacks. In their last regular-season meeting, Week 16 of the 2020 season, Seattle defeated Los Angeles, 20-9, as quarterback RUSSELL WILSON recorded two second-half touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the win. All-time, including the postseason, the Seahawks hold a 25-22 series advantage.

Dating back to Week 7 of the 2013 season, Seattle has won nine consecutive games played on Thursday and can join the Indianapolis Colts (11 consecutive wins in Thursday games from Week 12, 2004 to Week 5, 2015) as the only teams to win 10 consecutive games played on Thursday. The Philadelphia Eagles (six games) have the second-longest active winning streak on Thursday and host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football in Week 6. Under head coach SEAN MCVAY, the Rams have won three of four games played on Thursday, with the only loss coming to Seattle in Week 5 of the 2019 season.

Rams quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD ranks second in the NFL with 11 touchdown passes this season and ranks third in both passing yards (1,222) and passer rating (117.6). He is the only quarterback this season with at least 275 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each of the first four weeks. Wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the NFL with five touchdown receptions, ranks tied for second with 30 receptions and third with 431 receiving yards this season. He has at least five receptions in five of his past six regular-season games against Seattle and aims for his ninth in a row overall in the regular season with five-or-more catches. Wide receiver ROBERT WOODS had his second touchdown reception of the season last week and has 792 scrimmage yards (88 per game) in nine career games against Seattle.

In 15 career games, including the postseason, against the Seahawks, Donald has 15 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He has 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss in seven career games on Thursday. Since entering the NFL in 2014, Donald leads the league with 87.5 sacks and 134 tackles for loss. Floyd aims for his third in a row against the Seahawks with at least two sacks and his fourth in a row in 2021 with a sack. Cornerback JALEN RAMSEY is the only player in the league with four passes defensed and three tackles for loss this season.

In Week 4, Wilson totaled three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) with no interceptions for a 116.0 rating to earn his 100th career regular-season victory and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (105 wins) as the only quarterbacks with 100 regular-season wins in their first 10 seasons. He has a passer rating of 110-or-higher and no interceptions in each of his first four games this season and joined JOHN HADL (1973) and MILT PLUM (1960) as the only players in NFL history with a rating of 110-or-higher and no interceptions in each of his team’s first four games of a season. In nine career home starts against the Rams, Wilson has recorded 18 touchdowns (16 passing, two rushing) with three interceptions for a 107.8 rating.

Seattle wide receiver D.K. METCALF recorded his third touchdown reception of the season last week and has nine touchdown catches in his past 10 at home. He has at least six receptions in two of his past three against the Rams. Wide receiver TYLER LOCKETT aims for his third in a row on Thursday with a touchdown reception. Running back CHRIS CARSON has 420 scrimmage yards (105 per game) and a receiving touchdown in four career games against the Rams. He aims for his third in a row on Thursday with a touchdown.

Linebacker BOBBY WAGNER led the team with 10 tackles in Week 4. In nine career games on Thursday, he has 79 tackles (8.8 per game). Since entering the NFL in 2012, Wagner leads all players with 1,265 tackles. Safety QUANDRE DIGGS had his first interception of the season last week and since 2019, ranks tied for third among safeties with nine interceptions. Safety JAMAL ADAMS aims for his fifth in a row at home with at least five tackles. He has 21.5 career sacks, the sixth-most by a defensive back since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) and are slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

Montgomery’s knee injury means uncertainty for Bears offense

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears’ offense has dealt with adversity from injuries since the second game of the season.

It will only worsen heading into preparation for their game Sunday at Las Vegas against the Raiders, because now the injuries include running backs as well as quarterbacks.

The knee injury suffered by running back David Montgomery in a 106-yard effort during a 24-14 win Sunday over the Detroit Lions will be an uncertain situation to watch going forward.

“Again, we’ll know more with that as we go here the next couple days,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said on Monday. “For us, you hope that, but once we know more then that will give us more clarity with that.

“With a lot of this offense going through him, I think a lot of you feel it, you see it, his energy, his passion, the way he runs the football. The other stuff that you (media) can’t always see is how he is in practice and how focused he is and how he runs that huddle at times. You love that about him. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed and see where he’s at.”

Add this to the uncertainty at quarterback whether rookie Justin Fields will be asked to start for the third straight time because of the knee injury to starter Andy Dalton, and it will be another week of guessing for Nagy and the offense.

The fact Fields did a complete turnaround Sunday by going 11 of 17 for 209 yards won’t change things.

“When we work through this whole process, we gotta see where Andy’s at health-wise these next two days,” Nagy said. “That’s important.

“Like we said this whole time, when Andy’s healthy, he’s our starter.”

Nagy offered no further update on Montgomery’s health, but it was reported by NFL Network after Sunday’s win to be a hyperextension with no serious structural damage.

The Bears also have to contend with a quad injury to backup running back Damien Williams. So it’s possible they might need to rely on rookie running back Khalil Herbert.

“It’s one of those deals where, I can remember in the preseason, several years ago when Spencer Ware tore his ACL against the Seahawks (for Kansas City) in preseason game three or four and a running back by the name of Kareem Hunt stepped up and became pretty good,” Nagy said. “You just never know where guys are and how they go.

“If that’s the case, we have confidence in him.”

Broncos knew what was coming but still couldn’t stop it

DENVER (AP) Vic Fangio didn’t appreciate John Harbaugh’s decision to have Lamar Jackson sweep left on the final snap of Baltimore’s 23-7 win in Denver just so the Ravens could match the longest streak in NFL history of 100-yard rushing games.

“I thought it was kind of bull (expletive),” the Broncos coach said Monday when asked if he had a problem with the Ravens not just taking a knee.

“But I expected it from them,” added Fangio, who was on Harbaugh’s first coaching staff in Baltimore 14 years ago. “Because that’s just how they operate. That’s just their, you know, mode of operation; player safety is secondary.”

Harbaugh was taken aback by Fangio’s harsh words, saying, “I thought we were on good terms. We had a nice chat before the game. Known each other for a long time. But I promise you, I’m not going to give that insult one second thought. What’s meaningful to us might not be meaningful to them.”

Harbaugh then took a shot at the Broncos for trying to score a meaningless TD in the closing seconds, saying, “I don’t know that there’s a 16-point touchdown that’s going to be possible right there, so that didn’t have anything to do with winning the game.”

The Broncos (3-1) had limited the Ravens to 97 yards on the ground, including just 23 by Jackson, his lowest total in almost a year, when Baltimore cornerback Anthony Averett intercepted a Drew Lock pass in the end zone with 3 seconds left.

Harbaugh jumped at the chance to go for the record. Instead of lining up in victory formation, Jackson took the shotgun snap and swept left for 5 yards, pushing the Ravens over the century mark for the 43rd consecutive game.

“Oh yeah, 100% my call,” declared Harbaugh enthusiastically and unapologetically after the game, explaining it was important to his players and coaches to match the mark set by the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974-77.

A disgusted Fangio threw his headset to the ground after the final play, but didn’t voice his displeasure in his postgame handshake with Harbaugh.

“Thirty-seven years in pro ball, I’ve never seen anything like that,” Fangio said Monday. “But it was to be expected, and we expected it.”

That’s how it went all afternoon for the Broncos: they knew exactly what was coming and they were powerless to stop it.

Jaguars’ Meyer apologizes for ‘just stupid’ actions in video

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer apologized to his family, his team and owner Shad Khan for actions he called “just stupid.”

A video surfaced Saturday night showing a woman dancing close to Meyer’s lap, a clip that quickly went viral and made headlines across the country. Another video appears to show Meyer touching the woman’s behind.

Meyer called a team meeting Monday and vowed to “own it,” the motto he uses daily and has plastered all around the Jaguars facility.

“I just apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction,” Meyer told reporters afterward. “Just stupid and so I explained everything that happened and owned it. Just stupid. Should not have put myself in that kind of position.”

Meyer didn’t fly back with his winless team following Jacksonville’s 24-21 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday night. The three-time collegiate national championship-winning coach remained in his home state of Ohio to see family members and went to dinner Friday at his restaurant/bar in Columbus, Urban Meyer’s Pint House.

“I stayed to see the grandkids and we all went to the dinner that night,” he said. “There was a big group next to our restaurant and they wanted me to come over and take pictures, and I did. They were trying to pull me out on the dance floor, screwing around, and I should have left.”

The 9-second video showed a young blond woman dancing between the 57-year-old Meyer’s legs as he was sitting on a bar stool.

“I’ve always been so defensive of (my players),” he said. “I remember when (rookie quarterback) Trevor (Lawrence) told me he was going to go to Vegas for his bachelor party. I was just like, ‘My gosh, man, be careful and surround yourself because I’ve seen this happen.’

“The team, I spoke to a bunch of leaders one on one, spoke to all the players. They’re good. They’re focused on Tennessee. I apologized again for being a distraction. A coach should not be a distraction.”

Meyer said he also apologized to his family.

“Yeah, yeah, of course I did,” he said. “That’s not me. Oh, yeah, they’re upset.”

The Jaguars (0-4) have lost 19 consecutive games, seven shy of tying the NFL record set by Tampa Bay in 1977. Meyer insists they have shown dramatic improvements since Week 1.

But the epic losing streak ranks fairly low on the list of embarrassing missteps for the franchise since it coaxed Meyer out of retirement in January:

– Meyer hired strength coach Chris Doyle in February despite accusations of racist behavior and then had to let him go a day later because of a pending lawsuit.

– Meyer signed 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow to play tight end, an experiment that ended with Tebow looking lost in the preseason opener against Cleveland.

– Meyer held a fake QB competition between Lawrence, a generational prospect, and Gardner Minshew in training camp. Meyer since traded Minshew to Philadelphia, where he’s a third-stringer behind Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco and inactive every week.

– Jacksonville’s social media team started unfollowing longtime fans critical of the team’s performance following a 37-21 debacle at Houston in the season opener.

– Jacksonville declined to make Meyer available to visiting media in Denver in Week 2, creating some outrage.

– The Jaguars traded two starters – linebacker Joe Schobert and cornerback CJ Henderson – and got little in return. Henderson was the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Meyer said he’s concerned his latest issue could have long-term ramifications with players he hopes buy into his ways to make the team’s rebuild work.

“I have a very good relationship with our players,” he said. “I’ve dealt with this, not on the other side but with staff members and with other things, and I’ve dealt with it. So to say I’m concerned, yeah, I am concerned. But I just got to do right.”

Jaguars-Bengals is Most-Watched NFL Network Exclusive ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Since 2018

Total viewership for the Week 4 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum game featuring the Cincinnati Bengals’ 24-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars was 8.5 million viewers (TV + Digital) – topping the Week 2 and Week 3 Thursday Night Football games this season to make it NFL Network’s most-watched exclusive Thursday Night Football game since 2018 (New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns, 2018 Week 3).

The 8.5 million viewers for Jaguars-Bengals on TV and Digital is up +47% versus last year’s Week 4 Thursday Night Football matchup between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets (5.8 million) and up +36% vs. the 2020 NFL Network exclusive Thursday Night Football three-game average (6.3 million P2+). Jaguars-Bengals was television’s most-watched telecast of the day.

NFL Network averaged 8.1 million viewersTV+Digital for the three exclusive Thursday Night Football games this season – the highest since 2018, and up +29% vs. 2020 and up +18% vs. 2019.

Digital streaming across NFL digital platforms, Jaguars and Bengals mobile properties, and Yahoo Sports mobile properties delivered an average minute audience of 542K – the highest digital average minute audience ever for an NFL Network exclusive Thursday Night Football game, surpassing the Week 2 matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team earlier this season (533K).

The 2021 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum season continues Thursday, October 7 and moves to FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video when quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams travel to face quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West rivalry game. Pregame coverage on NFL Network begins with TNF First Look at 3:00 PM ET, followed by NFL GameDay Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET. At 7:30 PM ETFOX NFL Thursday airs on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

COLLEGE GAME OF THE WEEK: PENN STATE AT IOWA

PENN STATE NOTES:

OPENING KICK: No. 4/4 Penn State goes on the road to take on No. 3/3 Iowa on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on FOX. The 2021 season is presented by PSECU.

SERIES HISTORY: The Nittany Lions will meet Iowa for the 31st matchup. Penn State holds a 17-13 advantage in the series. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by one-score. Penn State had a six-game win streak in the series from 2011-19, but fell 41-21 in last year’s matchup at Beaver Stadium.

TOP FIVE MATCHUP: Saturday’s game will be the 11th game in program history with both teams ranked among the Top Five of the AP Poll and the Nittany Lions’ first since 1999, when No. 3 Penn State earned a 41-7 win over No. 4 Arizona. It’s also Penn State’s first Top Five matchup against a Big Ten opponent since 1997 vs. Michigan (No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 4 Michigan).

NATION’S BEST SCORING DEFENSES MEET: The Penn State-Iowa matchup will feature two of the top three scoring defenses in the nation. The Nittany Lions rank third in the country, allowing 12.0 points per game. Iowa sits second in the country, giving up 11.6 points per game.

PITCHING A SHUTOUT: The Nittany Lions held Indiana scoreless last Saturday. It marked Penn State’s sixth shutout since 2014 and its fourth against a Big Ten opponent. Penn State handed Indiana its first shutout loss in 246 games (2000 vs. Michigan). The blue and white earned its first shutout against a Big Ten opponent since 2019 at Maryland and its first home Big Ten shutout since 2015 vs. Illinois.

STRONG IN THE RED ZONE: Penn State ranks second in the nation and leads the Big Ten allowing a 53.3 conversion rate in the red zone. Penn State held Indiana without a score in both of the Hoosiers’ trips into the red zone. In the first quarter, the Nittany Lions stopped Indiana on fourth-and-one from the Penn State 4 yard-line. In the third quarter, Penn State blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt. Opponents have been held without a score in 7-of-15 trips into the red zone this season.

THE OPPOSITION: Iowa is 5-0 this season and coming off a 51-14 win over Maryland last Friday. Spencer Petras threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawkeyes held the Terrapins to 271 yards and forced seven takeaways, including six interceptions.

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES • Iowa has a 5-0 record to start the 2021 season. • The Hawkeyes earned a 51-14 win at Maryland last Friday. • QB Spencer Petras threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns. • The Iowa defense forced seven takeaways, including six interceptions. The Hawkeyes scored 17 points off of turnovers. • Petras has completed 62 percent of his passes for 943 yards and seven touchdowns. • RB Tyler Goodson has rushed for 430 yards, averaging 86.0 yards per game, and five touchdowns. • TE Sam LaPorta leads Iowa receivers with 22 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns. • The Iowa defense is allowing 271.4 total yards per game, including just 87.0 on the ground. • The Hawkeyes have forced 16 turnovers, including 12 interceptions. • LB Jack Campbell leads Iowa with 46 tackles. • DL Jack VanValkenburg paces the Hawkeyes with five tackles for loss, while DL Luke Van Ness has recorded a team-best four sacks. • DB Riley Moss has three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

IOWA NOTES:

The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 3 in the AP and Coaches polls, their highest ranking since Nov. 22, 2015 (#3). Iowa has two wins over ranked opponents (vs. #17 Indiana, 34-6; at #9 Iowa State, 27-17) this season and has won five straight against ranked opponents overall. Only Alabama (9) has more consecutive wins over ranked opponents.

Iowa and Penn State are meeting for the sixth time as ranked opponents, the third time in the last four years. The top five matchup is the sixth top-five matchup in Iowa football history, and the first at Kinnick Stadium since No. 1 Iowa defeated No. 2 Michigan, 12-10, in 1985. Iowa has won its last 11 games. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last 11 opponents, 380-141, averaging 34.5 points per game offensively and allowing 12.8 ppg during the winning streak.

Iowa has won eight straight games against Big Ten opponents (2020-21) for the fourth time in program history. Iowa won 10 straight from 2001-02, eight straight from 2008-09 and eight straight in 2015.

Iowa has won 11 straight for the first time since opening the 2015 season with 12 straight wins. Iowa reached the Big Ten Championship game that season and accepted an invitation to the 2016 Rose Bowl game.

Iowa leads the country with 12 INTs. The Hawkeyes have 76 INTs since 2017, more than any team in the country. Six different Hawkeyes intercepted a pass in Iowa’s 51-14 win at Maryland, tying a school record for most players with an interception in a single game (vs. Wisconsin, 1982). DB Riley Moss leads the Big Ten with three interceptions and leads the country with two interceptions returned for touchdowns (30, 55), both in Week 1. Iowa has turned 16 turnovers into 75 points in 2021. The Hawkeyes’ defense has scored 20 points (2 int. return TDs, one fumble return TD and 1 safety).

QB Spencer Petras has led Iowa to 11 consecutive wins. Petras is 177-293 with 2,031 passing yards during Iowa’s 11-game winning streak. He has thrown 15 TDs and three INTs over the last 11 games. Petras is 11-2 as Iowa’s starting QB, matching the best winning percentage by a starting QB in program history (Brad Banks, 11-2, .846).

LB Jack Campbell ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 46 tackles. He had a career-high 18 tackles in Iowa’s Week 4 win against Colorado State, earning B1G Defensive Player of the Week honors.

IN THE RANKINGS The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 3 in the AP and Coaches polls, their highest ranking since Nov. 22, 2015 (#3). Iowa opened the season with two wins over ranked opponents (vs. #17 Indiana, 34-6; at #9 Iowa State, 27-17). Iowa has won five straight games against ranked opponents dating back to 2019. The last Ɵ me Iowa won five straight against ranked opponents was a six-game stretch in 1960. Iowa opened the 2021 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll. It marked the third straight season Iowa was ranked in the AP top 25 preseason poll and its highest preseason appearance since being ranked 17th in 2016. Iowa’s first two opponents were ranked in the AP Top 25 (No. 17 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa State). It marked the fourth Ɵ me in program history the Hawkeyes have opened a season against consecutive opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 (1960, 1973, 1974). The Hawkeyes started 2-0 in 1960, 1-1 in 1974 and 0-2 in 1973. Iowa has been ranked in the AP Top 25 at least once in each of the last seven seasons, the third-longest streak in school history.  Iowa finished the 2020 season ranked 15th in the coaches poll and 16th in the AP poll. It marked the 26th Ɵ me in program history that Iowa finished the season ranked in the top 25. Iowa has finished ranked 15th or better in the AP poll six times in 22 completed seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz. These are Iowa’s most recent wins versus nationally-ranked opponents: Home: 34-6 over #17 Indiana 9/4/21 28-7 over #25 Wisconsin 12/12/20 23-19 over #7 Minnesota, 11/16/19 Road: 27-17 over #9 Iowa State, 9/11/21 40-10 over #20 Northwestern, 10/17/15 10-6 over #18 Wisconsin, 10/3/15 Neutral: 49-24 over #22 USC, Holiday Bowl, 12/27/19 27-22 over #18 Mississippi State, Outback Bowl, 1/1/19 27-24 over #12 Missouri, Insight Bowl, 12/28/10.

TOP FIVE MATCHUP No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Penn State are meeting for the sixth Ɵ me as ranked opponents, the third time in the last four years. The top five matchup is the sixth top-five matchup in Iowa football history, and the first at Kinnick Stadium since No. 1 Iowa defeated No. 2 Michigan, 12-10, in 1985. Saturday is the first regular season Big Ten Conference game featuring two top five teams that did not include Ohio State since No. 4 Michigan won at No. 2 Penn State in 1997.

Saban: Alabama RB McClellan out for year with knee injury

(AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban says tailback Jase McClellan is out for the year with a knee injury, leaving the team with three healthy scholarship backs.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s second-leading rusher is set for surgery on Tuesday, Saban said Monday. McClellan was injured in a win over No. 17 Mississippi, when Brian Robinson Jr. ran 36 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns.

Alabama visits Texas A&M on Saturday.

McClellan is second on the team in rushing with 40 carries for 191 yards and a touchdown. He also has 10 catches for 97 yards with another three scores and scored on a blocked punt return against Mercer.

“Jase is a very good player,” Saban said. “Did a great job as a runner, as well as a blocker as well as very good special teams player. We have to replace him in a lot of areas on our team, but we do have confidence in Roydell (Williams), and I think he’ll do a good job.

“Trey Sanders is going to get more opportunity now and he’s got to be able to step up and continue to make progress as well.”

McClellan made his first career start against Southern Miss when Robinson was nursing a rib injury. McClellan had 97 yards on 12 carries and also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass.

“Jase has been contributing great to our offense,” Robinson said after Saturday’s win over the Rebels. “He’s been doing a great job just playing a key role, just playing his role to the best of his ability.

“It’s our job to stay beside him and just keep him up and keep him motivated so he can make a great return when he does come back.”

That leaves more carries for Williams, who has averaged 6.4 yards on 24 runs, and Sanders. Sanders is a former five-star recruit who has run for 83 yards.

Saban said freshman Camar Wheaton, another five-star signee, hasn’t been cleared to practice because of a knee injury. Saban said the coaches will look at other players with running back experience as potential emergency fill-ins.

“I don’t think there’s any question we’ve got a lot of confidence in Roydell,” the Tide coach said. “He’s played well when he’s had the opportunity to play. He’s got some extensive playing time in the game BRob missed against Southern Miss. We’re very confident in him.”

Syracuse standout WR Taj Harris to enter transfer portal

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris plans to transfer.

Orange coach Dino Babers confirmed Monday that the junior has decided to enter the transfer portal. Babers said he spoke to Harris before Saturday’s game at Florida State and afterward. Babers said Harris, who did not travel to Florida with the team, decided “the best opportunity for him” would be to transfer.

Harris, who also did not play in the previous game against Liberty, announced his decision Sunday on social media. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

The speedy 6-foot-2, 180-pound Harris set Syracuse rookie records for receptions and receiving yards in 2018 with 40 catches for 565 yards.

He was a third-team, All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2020, when he had 58 catches for 733 yards and five TDs, and had 16 catches for 171 yards in three games this season. He finishes his Syracuse career with 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns and four 100-yard games.

The Orange (3-2, 0-1 ACC) have dropped to the bottom of the conference in passing offense, averaging 171 yards per game, and have only three scoring passes, the fewest in the league.

Babers has started dual-threat quarterback Garrett Shrader the past two games in place of Tommy DeVito. Shrader rushed 32 times for 190 yards and five TDs and was 19 of 38 passing for 227 yards and one TD. DeVito, the starter the previous two seasons and more of a pocket passer, is 32 of 52 for 388 yards and two TDs on the season.

Harris is the fifth Syacuse player to leave this year. He joins DB Ben Labrosse, RB Jarveon Howard, OL Cody Shear, and TE Landon Morris.

Washington puts trainer on leave for criminal investigation

AP) — The Washington Football Team has placed head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion on administrative leave for what a spokesman called an ongoing criminal investigation unrelated to the club.

Vermillion is in his second season with coach Ron Rivera in Washington after 18 seasons working for the Carolina Panthers. NBC Sports Washington reported federal authorities raided the team’s practice facility last week in connection to the investigation and that Vermillion did not travel with the team this past weekend for its game at Atlanta.

It was not immediately clear what the investigation is about. Rivera is expected to address the situation in a video call with reporters Monday afternoon.

Washington hired Vermillion shortly after Rivera in January 2020, with owner Dan Snyder calling him a perfect fit and “one of the most respected and seasoned head athletic trainers in the NFL.” Rivera said at the time he has “seen firsthand the positive impact Ryan has on a team.”

Before his time in Carolina, Vermillion spent one season as Washington’s director of rehabilitation. Before that, he spent nine seasons on Hall of Fame coach Don Shula’s staff with the Miami Dolphins: four as head trainer and five as rehabilitation director.

Vermillion graduated from the University of Miami in 1987.

Wainwright gets $17.5M from Cards in ’22, over double ’21

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright is guaranteed $17.5 million under his 2022 contract with the Cardinals, more than double his $8 million salary this year.

The 40-year-old also has a full no-trade provision in the deal announced Friday, not that it makes any difference. Wainwright has the right to block any trade as a 10-year veteran who has spent five seasons with his team.

Wainwright has spent all 16 of his big league seasons with the Cardinals.

He was 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA in 32 starts this year, and the three-time All-Star is scheduled to be on the mound for Tuesday’s NL wild-card game at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Max Scherzer gets the start for LA.

Wainwright is 184-105 with a 3.35 ERA in 358 starts and 67 relief appearances for the Cardinals.

NEW YORK (AP) Luis Rojas was let go as manager of the New York Mets on Monday after two losing seasons.

The team declined its option on Rojas’ contract for 2022, making the announcement a day after finishing third in the NL East at 77-85 in Steve Cohen’s first year of ownership. The move was no surprise, the first of several significant changes coming again this offseason for a club in constant turmoil.

“I want to share such heartfelt gratitude to so many in the Mets organization for not only the last two seasons as manager, but for the last 16 years in a variety of roles,” Rojas said in a statement released by the team.

“We live in a results-oriented business, and am deeply disappointed for our staff and fans that we didn’t reach our goals this season,” he said.

The Mets said Rojas has been offered the opportunity to remain in the organization in a role still to be determined. The club said decisions about the coaching staff will be made in the next several days.

“The entire Mets organization is grateful for the dedication and devotion that Luis has exhibited over the last two seasons as manager,” team President Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “He has shown a great commitment to the Mets over many years in multiple capacities. These decisions are never easy, but we feel a change is needed at this time.”

Expected to challenge for the playoffs or even a pennant with $341 million newcomer Francisco Lindor at shortstop, New York led the division for 90 straight days despite a wave of injuries. Rojas drew praise for his steady hand and communication skills – even garnering mention as a potential Manager of the Year candidate.

But then everything fell apart over the final two months of the season.

With ace pitcher Jacob deGrom sidelined since the All-Star break by a sprained elbow, New York went into a nosedive once August arrived. The lineup languished even when healthy, and an overtaxed pitching staff started to crack.

Lindor missed more than five weeks in the second half with an oblique injury and didn’t emerge from his season-long slump until too late. Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith and James McCann also flopped at the plate, leaving Pete Alonso to carry the load.

An untimely 2-11 stretch against the Dodgers and Giants, baseball’s top two teams, dropped the Mets from five games over .500 and tied for first place to 62-66 and 6 1/2 games out on Aug. 26. In a middling division, they lost the lead for good on Aug. 14 and never really recovered.

A missed opportunity.

Rojas made a series of questionable in-game decisions down the stretch, and the collapse was complete when the Mets were eliminated from postseason contention Sept. 25 with more than a week remaining. They limped to the finish line of their fourth losing season in five years, and 10th in the last 13. New York has made the playoffs twice in the past 15 seasons, advancing only in 2015 on the way to a World Series appearance.

As losses piled up, Rojas’ fate seemed sealed before the season was over. New York went 26-34 during his first year at the helm, finishing tied for last place in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

“I enjoyed my time here the last two years being the manager,” Rojas said last week, the writing already on the wall. “It’s been fun every day just working with the guys and connecting with them and preparing. We haven’t achieved what we wanted to achieve.”

Rojas was swiftly elevated to skipper in January 2020 by former general manager Brodie Van Wagenen as the replacement for Carlos Beltran. The promotion came just days after Beltran was let go without managing a single game as part of fallout from the Houston Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal.

With only one big league season under his belt as New York’s quality control coach, Rojas became the team’s fourth manager in 2 1/2 years – and third in four months. The move was applauded by veterans and young Mets players alike, including those such as Alonso who played for Rojas in the minors.

Rojas has worked in the Mets’ organization since 2007 and spent eight years as a minor league manager. He is the son of former Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants skipper Felipe Alou, and the brother of ex-big league outfielder Moises Alou.

Rojas turned 40 on Sept. 1 and was the second-youngest manager in the majors, 24 days older than Minnesota’s Rocco Baldelli.

“It was fun playing for him,” Lindor said. “I like him a lot. He brings a lot to the game. One of the biggest messages that he brought this year was to be fearless.”

Next up, Alderson and Cohen plan to search for a president of baseball operations – and that individual will likely be tasked with hiring the new manager.

The Mets initially intended to bring in a president of baseball operations last offseason, but were unable to interview top targets employed by other clubs, and at least one wasn’t interested in coming to New York.

So the Mets changed course, hiring Jared Porter as general manager to lead baseball operations under Alderson. Porter was soon fired after revelations that he sent unwanted, sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.

Zack Scott was promoted to acting general manager, then placed on paid administrative leave in early September after being arrested Aug. 31 on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Since then, the 73-year-old Alderson has been filling the role of GM.

Scott pleaded not guilty to the DWI charge and three traffic violations. He is due back in White Plains City Court on Oct. 7.

MLB POWER RANKINGS: THE PLAYOFF TEAMS

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Are we having fun yet?

After an exhilarating regular season that took all 162 games before the postseason field could be set, we’re on to October — the real October, when the stakes are high, nerves are shot and every pitch of every inning matters.

With that, we present our first postseason Power Rankings, listing the postseason teams, 1-10, to the best of our ability. This exercise is a lot more difficult than during the regular season, mainly because all of the postseason teams are good enough to get this far.

Power Rankings Top (And Only) 10

1) Giants
Giants TV analyst Mike Krukow said it best, once the team clinched the National League West division on Sunday: “For a team that many predicted would win 72 games … well, yeah, they did — that was like three months ago.” San Francisco was good at the beginning, middle and end of the season, winding up with a franchise-record 107 wins. What a year.

2) Dodgers
The Dodgers were 37-10 from Aug. 13 through Sunday, the best mark in the big leagues during that stretch. And they cut the Giants’ NL West lead by only four games. Anything can happen in the NL Wild Card Game, and the Cardinals steamrolling through September should be taken seriously. But if the two best teams are to face off in the NL Division Series, it’ll be the Giants and Dodgers.

3) Rays
As one of the first division clinchers, the Rays have known for quite some time where they’ll be playing on Thursday — at home, having long secured the best record in the American League. They don’t yet know who they’ll be playing, and they’ll happily watch a pair of their AL East rivals, the Yankees and the Red Sox, duke it out in Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game. The Rays have plenty of reasons for optimism. They won 100 games for the first time in franchise history, ranked second in the Majors in runs scored (857) and owned the AL’s best ERA (3.67).

4) Brewers
The Brewers’ past week can be looked at in one of two ways — either they clinched the NL Central and locked in the No. 2 seed so early that they had the luxury to dial it back, reset for the postseason and not worry about results, or they slogged through an uninspiring road trip against two great teams (the Cardinals and Dodgers) and may need a little kick in the pants before Friday’s NLDS opener against the Braves. For the sake of the Milwaukee fan base still waiting for the franchise’s first World Series championship, we’ll go with the former. The pitching is fabulous and it’s lined up exactly as the Brewers want it.

5) Astros
The Astros went a tepid 7-6 in the final two weeks, but they had a nice end to the regular season, winning a home series over the A’s and scoring 23 runs over those three games. One of Houston’s best postseason performers, shortstop Carlos Correa, is a pending free agent, and he may have an extra incentive as he begins what might be his final October with the Astros. That adds some intrigue to this particular postseason appearance, Houston’s fifth straight.

6) White Sox
The White Sox helped eliminate one narrative that had followed them through much of the second half by gaining some steam in the past week. After going 29-31 from July 21 to Sept. 25, the Sox won six of their final seven games, outscoring opponents 41-21 during that stretch. Their starters have been on a roll, too. During their recent six-game winning streak, they posted a 1.41 ERA.

7) Yankees
The Yankees’ final two weeks was a microcosm of their entire season — the highest of highs (winning eight of nine to close out September), the lowest of lows (a 12-2 loss to the Rays in a crucial Game 161 on Saturday) and teeth-gnashing endings that provided never-ending reminders to fans in New York that nothing comes easy to these Yanks. Now, it’s on to Boston for an AL Wild Card Game matchup with their biggest rivals. Again, we ask — are we having fun yet?

8) Braves
The Braves haven’t lost a series since they dropped two of three in San Francisco from Sept. 17-19. Since then, they’ve won series over the D-backs, Padres, Phillies and Mets. And they have their steady veteran taking the mound for Friday’s NLDS Game 1 against the Brewers — right-hander Charlie Morton, one of the most successful postseason pitchers in recent times.

9) Cardinals
Cardinals wins these days are about as common as references to Ted Lasso’s biscuits, and despite a little hiccup at the end in the form of a series loss at home to the Cubs, St. Louis is probably one of the last teams an opponent wants to see right now. Shall we review the Cards’ September? A 22-7 record and a 17-game winning streak that turned a once-compelling race for the second NL Wild Card into a one-team wrecking ball that knocked everyone else out more than a week ago.

10) Red Sox
The Red Sox somehow pulled this off, surviving this long to get to the AL Wild Card Game, despite losing series to the Yankees and Orioles heading into the final weekend of the season. A sweep of the Nationals wiped the slate clean, and the Sox get home-field advantage in the win-or-go-home showdown with the Yankees. Get your popcorn ready!

BIG 10 FOOTBALL: Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week
Chase Brown, Illinois
RB – So. – London, Ontario – St. Stephens Episcopal (Fla.)

  • Rushed for a career-high 257 yards and tied a career high with two touchdowns in Illinois’ 24-14 win vs. Charlotte. Also added a 17-yard reception
  • His 257 rushing yards marked the fourth-most in a single game in Illini history and the third-most by an FBS player in 2021, trailing only Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (277 vs. Tulsa on Sept. 18) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (264 at Northwestern on Sept. 3)
  • Scored a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter to give Illinois a 17-14 lead. Added his second touchdown of the game at the end of the third quarter on an 80-yard run to put Illinois up 24-14. His 80-yard score is tied for the 10th-longest run in program history
  • Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Artur Sitkowski (Aug. 30, 2021)

 
Co-Defensive Player of the Week
David Ojabo, Michigan
LB – Jr. – Aberdeen, Scotland. – Blair Academy (N.J.)

  • Recorded 2.5 sacks and led the Wolverines with seven tackles (four solo), including two for a loss, in Michigan’s 38-17 win vs. Wisconsin
  • Added the first forced fumble of his career on a strip sack in the fourth quarter
  • Registered the first multi-sack game of his career
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
  • Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Aidan Hutchinson (Oct. 7, 2019)

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
JoJo Domann, Nebraska
LB – Sr. – Colorado Springs, Colo. – Pine Creek (Colo.)

  • Recorded a career-high two sacks, forced two fumbles and led the Huskers defense with nine tackles (eight solo) in Nebraska’s 56-7 win over Northwestern. Helped lead a Nebraska defense that allowed its fewest points in a Big Ten game since 2019
  • With Northwestern threatening in the second quarter on the Nebraska 1, forced a fumble to help prevent a Wildcats score
  • Is one of just six FBS players to record at least two sacks and two forced fumbles in a single game in 2021 and is the only FBS player to record at least nine tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in a game this season
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Nebraska Defensive Player of the Week: Luke Reimer (Sept. 13, 2021)

Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
Mark Crawford, Minnesota
P – So. – Perth West, Australia

  • Helped Minnesota control field position by placing four punts inside the 15 in the Gophers’ 20-13 win at Purdue. Forced the Boilermakers offense to start drives from the 2, 9, 15 and 15-yard lines
  • Punted six times for 308 yards (51.3 avg.), including three 50-plus-yard punts
  • Recorded a career-long 60-yard punt twice during the game
  • Despite the heavy rain, executed successful place kicking holds on two extra points and two field goals, including a 38-yard field goal with 1:46 left in regulation to give Minnesota a 20-13 lead
  • Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Casey O’Brien (Oct. 21, 2019)

 
Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Stout, Penn State
K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.)

  • Landed four punts inside the 20, recorded touchbacks on four of five kickoffs and made a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to help Penn State defeat Indiana 24-0. Also connected on all three of his extra point attempts
  • Has now made four field goals of more than 50 yards in his career and ranks second in Penn State history behind Chris Bahr (six)
  • Totaled six punts for 278 yards (46.3 avg.), including two 50-plus-yard punts
  • Earns his second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of the season
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Stout (Sept. 6, 2021)

 
Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)  

  • Completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in Ohio State’s 52-13 win over Rutgers
  • Recorded a passer efficiency of 266.174 in the win, marking the third-highest passer efficiency by an FBS quarterback in a single game in 2021
  • His five touchdown passes are tied for the sixth-most in a single game in Ohio State history and the fourth-most by an FBS quarterback in 2021
  • Earns the third Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Kyle McCord (Sept. 27, 2021)

MAC FOOTBALL: MAC Announces Week 5 Football Players of the Week

MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
De’Montre Tuggle, Ohio, Running Back        
Redshirt 5th Year, Channelview, Texas        
Redshirt 5th year running back DeMontre Tuggle led Ohio offensively this weekend, helping the Bobcats open MAC play with a 34-17 victory at Akron – the first for first year head coach Tim Albin. Tuggle finished the game with a career-high 201 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Tuggle rushed for an average of 11.8 yards per carry and rattled off a 63-yard rush on the Bobcats’ second drive of the game.
 
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Will Evans, Ohio, Defensive End       
Redshirt 5th Year, Augusta, Ga.        
Redshirt 5th year defensive end Will Evans led Ohio on the defensive end, helping Ohio pick up their first win of the season, a 34-17 victory at Akron. Evans finished the game with six total tackles, all solo. He also finished with two sacks for 11 yards and two tackles for loss for 11 yards. He also recorded one pass breakup and forced one fumble in the win.
 
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Nate Needham, Bowling Green, PK  
Senior, Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton)           
Booted a 52-yard field goal at Kent State last time out. The career-long field goal by Needham is the longest in the MAC this season, tied for 12th longest in the nation and his second field goal of 50+ yards this year. He is one of five FBS players with multiple 50+-yard field goals this season, joining Cade York (LSU), Harrison Mevis (Missouri), James McCourt (Illinois) and Gabe Brkic (Oklahoma). Needham Also connected on a 42-yard field goal at Kent State to keep BGSU in the game in the first half as the Falcons trailed 13-6 at the intermission. Also hit on both his PAT opportunities, the second putting BGSU up for the first time in the game late in the third quarter, 20-13.
 
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Skyy Moore, Western Michigan, Wide Receiver      
Sophomore, New Kensington, Pa. (Shady Side Academy)
Racked up career-highs in receiving yards (163) and touchdowns (two) in a 24-17 victory at Buffalo. Had a 12-yard touchdown on a corner route to the back right of the endzone in the first quarter. Put the Broncos up 17-10 with under 10 minutes to play with a 64-yard catch down the sideline. It was his third game this season with 10+ catches and 100+ yards receiving.
 
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Dillon Thomas, NIU, Rover (LB)         
R-Junior, Kansas City, Mo. (Park Hill South)
Dillon Thomas made a number of key plays for the Huskie defense as NIU held Eastern Michigan to just 38 rushing yards on 24 carries for the game. Thomas tipped EMU quarterback Ben Bryant’s pass that was then intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Jaden Dolphin. Thomas accounted for two of the Huskies’ five sacks in the game. The first came on 3rd and 4 in the first quarter and forced an EMU punt; then in the fourth quarter, with NIU leading 24-17, Thomas sacked Ben Bryant  for an eight yard loss to put the Eagles in a 3rd and 16 down on the NIU 44 which they were not able to convert.
 
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Justin Hall, Ball State, WR      
Redshirt 5th Year, Douglasville, Ga. (Alexander)
Fifth-year WR Justin Hall returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown on a 99-yard scamper. It was his first career return of a touchdown and first time a Cardinal and taken it to the house since Malik Dunner at Western Michigan (Nov. 5, 2019, 100 yards). It was the fifth-longest play in program history, trailing only four 100-yard kickoff returns. With the touchdown, Army trailed for the first time all season and Ball State maintained that lead for the duration of the game.

Milestone for Bubba Wallace as he earns 1st NASCAR victory

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Bubba Wallace became just the second Black driver to win at NASCAR’s top Cup Series level when rain stopped Monday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Wallace had driven through a crash and to the front of the field five laps before the second rain stoppage of the race. NASCAR tried to dry the track for nearly 45 minutes, but called things off as sunset approached and the rain showed no sign of ceasing.

Wallace had been waiting atop his pit stand and celebrated wildly with his crew when the race was called. Wallace is in his first season driving for 23X1 Racing, a team owned by both Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

Wallace broke down in tears after he returned to his parked No. 23 Toyota. The car number was picked for co-owner Jordan, who wore 23 in the NBA.

“This is for all the kids out there that want to have an opportunity and whatever they want to achieve, and be the best at what they want to do,” Wallace said as he choked back tears. “You’re going to go through a lot of (BS). But you always got to stick true to your path and not let the nonsense get to you.

“Stay strong. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Been plenty of times when I wanted to give up.”

Wallace is the first Black driver to win at NASCAR’s elite Cup level since Wendell Scott in 1963 – a race where he wasn’t declared the victor for several months. NASCAR at last presented Scott’s family with his trophy from that race two months ago.

Bill Lester, a Black driver who raced intermittently in NASCAR from 1999 through one Trucks Series start this season, tweeted his congratulations to Wallace.

“Finally, it’s official, you’ve done it!” he posted. “So proud of you and what you’ve accomplished. Your win moves the (at)NASCAR needle forward on so many fronts. Glad I was a witness.”

In June 2020 at Talladega, NASCAR discovered a noose in the garage stall assigned to Wallace. The finding came just a week after NASCAR had banned the Confederate flag at its events at Wallace’s urging.

The FBI investigated and found that the noose was tied at the end of the garage door pull and had been there for months, meaning Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime. The entire industry rallied around him, though, and stood in solidarity with Wallace at his car at the front of the grid before the race.

The flag ban has been an issue at Talladega, where a convoy of vehicles has paraded up and down Speedway Boulevard outside the main entrance of the speedway in all four race weekends since NASCAR said it would not permit the symbol inside its tracks. The convoy was back this weekend and included one car pulling a trailer that contained a Civil War-era cannon.

Wallace has called the noose incident a low point in his life. He’s been subjected to nonstop online harassment that last year even included a tweet from then-President Donald Trump that falsely accused Wallace of making up the noose.

Wallace never saw the noose and was only told about it by NASCAR President Steve Phelps after the FBI had already been summoned to investigate. He said he never thought about the significance of earning his first career Cup race at the same track in his native Alabama; he was born in Mobile.

“When you say it like that, it obviously brings a lot of emotion, a lot of joy to my family, fans, my friends. It’s pretty cool,” he said.

Wallace went to a makeshift victory lane inside an empty garage stall to celebrate with his 23XI Racing team. The organization was formed a year ago and Wallace was the centerpiece based on all the corporations that entered NASCAR in support of Wallace and his social justice efforts.

23XI will expand to two cars next season with former series champion Kurt Busch joining the team.

Wallace’s win was his first in 142 career Cup starts, though he had six victories in the Truck Series from 2013 through 2015.

No playoff drivers won a race at Talladega this weekend and only Denny Hamlin is already locked into the third round of the playoffs headed into next week’s elimination race at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hamlin, a three-time Daytona 500 winner, celebrated with Wallace following his seventh-place finish.

“It’s just way more emotional because I know how difficult it is. These guys have worked so hard over the last 10 months to put this team together,” Hamlin said. “We’re still in the beginning stages of our team. We’re still growing. We’ve got some great things on the horizon. It’s just a great morale booster for everyone.”

Brad Keselowski finished second and was followed by Team Penske teammate Joey Logano in a pair of Fords. Busch was fourth in a Chevrolet.

Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman and William Byron head to Charlotte in danger of elimination.

UP NEXT

The final race in the second round of the playoffs is at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The hybrid road course/oval is where the field of 12 will be trimmed to eight. Chase Elliott is the two-time defending race winner at The Roval. His victory last October was his first of three wins in the final five races that lofted Elliott to his first Cup championship.

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BALDWIN THE LATEST TO LEAVE INDIANA FOOTBALL

Indiana RB Tim Baldwin’s entered the transfer portal Monday morning. Baldwin, a sophomore from Virginia, had 28 carries for 103 yards in Indiana’s first five games.

Baldwin is now the second IU RB to enter the portal since the beginning of the season. Former Avon RB Sampson James left the program midway through fall camp. He will play at Purdue.

Baldwin’s departure will leave Indiana with just three scholarship running backs.

Butler WSoccer’s Soderstrom Earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Honor

Butler midfielder Katie Soderstrom has been selected as the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her performance’s this week against St. John’s and Connecticut.

Soderstrom totaled four points in a 1-0-1 week for the Bulldogs. The redshirt-junior scored the game-tying goal in the 62nd minute at St. John’s on Thursday to secure the 1-1 draw. She followed that with two assists in a 3-0 win over UConn on Sunday, providing the helper on Becky Dean’s 27th-minute game winner before adding another dish on Julia Leonard’s 75th-minute insurance score. Soderstrom has 24 points on the year to rank ninth nationally.

For Soderstrom, the weekly honor is her second of the season and the fifth of her Butler career.

Freshman Emma Martin earned a spot on the five-member BIG EAST weekly honor roll after helping to lead the Bulldogs defense that notched a shutout. She surrendered just one goal in 200 minutes, making six saves (.857) and producing a 0.45 GAA.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, traveling to No. 23 Georgetown.

Freshmen Lead the Way for Butler WTennis in Fall Tournament

Indianapolis – The Butler women’s tennis team hosted Dayton, IUPUI and Western Kentucky over the weekend for singles and doubles matches. The Bulldogs fared particularly well in singles play, going 14-6.

Freshmen Norah Balthazor and Katie Beavin went undefeated on the weekend, pairing up to defeat a Dayton duo 6-1 and a Western Kentucky pair 7-6 in doubles action. Balthazor went 2-0 in singles play, beating IUPUI’s Krystal Grubb in a tiebreaker (6-4, 4-6, 10-4) before taking down Dayton’s Neena Katauskas in straight sets (6-1, 7-5). Beavin went 2-0 in singles as well, beating both IUPUI’s Christina Stankovic (6-0, 6-1) and Meghan Bernard (6-3, 6-3) in straight sets.

Freshmen Emma Beavin and Nancy Cabanas and sophomore Natalie Boesing also went a perfect 2-0 in singles action. Emma beat Dayton’s Erica Wojcikiewicz (4-6, 6-2, 10-7) in a tiebreaker before winning a match over teammate Delaney Schurhamer, who had to retire. Cabanas won in straight sets over WKU’s Alexis Cramer (6-1, 7-6) and in a tiebreaker against Dayton’s Natalie Stanton (2-6, 6-0, 10-4). Boesing beat Dayton’s Elizabeth Hamilton (6-1, 6-2) and WKU’s Rachel Hermanova (6-4, 6-0).

In addition to Balthazor and Katie Beavin’s two wins in doubles matches, Veronika Bruetting and Schurhamer paired up to beat a Dayton duo 6-4 to give the Bulldogs an overall 3-2 record in doubles matches for the weekend.

A summary of the results for Butler can be found below.

The Bulldogs visit Cincinnati for the Cincinnati/Xavier Fall Invitational this Friday through Sunday.

Singles

Norah Balthazor 2-0

Emma Beavin 2-0

Katie Beavin 2-0

Natalie Boesing 2-0

Veronika Bruetting 1-2

Nancy Cabanas 2-0

Hallie Leblebijian 1-1

Emma Sand 0-2

Delaney Schurhamer 1-1

Logan White 1-0

Doubles

Balthazor/Katie Beavin 2-0

Bruetting/Schurhamer 1-0

Boesing/Bruetting 0-1

Boesing/White 0-1

Hall selected to Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ball State wide receiver Justin Hall was selected to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performance in a win vs. Army, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday.

Hall racked up 187 all-purpose yards, highlighted by returning the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career return of a touchdown and first time a Cardinal and taken it to the house since Malik Dunner at Western Michigan (Nov. 5, 2019, 100 yards).

The 99-yard yard scamper is currently the fifth-longest play in program history, trailing only four 100-yard kickoff returns. With the touchdown, Army trailed for the first time all season, and Ball State maintained that lead for the duration of the game.

The Douglasville, Ga. native also hauled in all seven of his targets for 78 yards and added three yards on the ground in addition to seven punt return yards.

After five weeks into the 2021 season, Hall is averaging 141.6 all-purpose yards per game, good for 14th-most in the country and first in the Mid-American Conference. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return.

#13/#14 IRISH TRAVEL FOR ROAD CLASH WITH VIRGINIA TECH

GAME DAY INFORMATION
DateSaturday, October 9, 2021
Time7:30 p.m. ET
Site:Lane Stadium | Blacksburg, VA
TV:TV: ACC Network (national)
Dave O’Brien (play-by-play)
Tim Hasselback (analyst)
Kelsey Riggs (sideline)
Radio:Notre Dame Radio Network
THE COACHES    
Head CoachAt SchoolOverallvs. Opponent
Notre DameBrian Kelly106-40 (12th year)ˆ277-97-2 (31st year)ˆ2-3
Virginia TechJustin Fuente41-27 (Sixth year)67-50 (10th year)1-2
IRISH VS. HOKIES – BY THE NUMBERS
2The Irish are ranked fifth in the nation with two defensive touchdowns this season.
3Notre Dame is currently ranked tied for third nationally with nine interceptions to begin the 2021 season. The nine interceptions are the most to begin a season since the 2014 campaign, when the Irish also had nine through the first five games.
10Notre Dame is 10th nationally for third down defense as it has held opponents to 21-for-75 (28%) on third down this season.
12The Irish have totaled 12 takeaways through the first five games of the season. That figure is tied for eighth nationally.
15Notre Dame has recorded 15 sacks over the first four games of the season. It is the most sacks to start a season since 2003, when the Irish had 16 sacks through the first five games.
20Notre Dame has won 20-consecutive-regular season games against ACC opponents after its 41-38 OT win over Florida State. Its last defeat against an ACC foe in the regular season came back in 2017 against Miami. Of those 20 wins, 15 were won by 10 points or more.
35With the 27-13 win over Purdue, the Irish have won 35-straight games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season.
48JD Bertrand has totaled 48 tackles through the first five games of the season. That ranks tied for 15th nationally and is the most by an Irish player through the first five games of a season since Manti Te’o had 64 in the first five games of the 2010 season.
376^Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

ˆ Includes 21 wins vacated under discretionary NCAA penalty.

BALLIN’ BERTRAND

  • Linebacker JD Bertrand continues to be a force for the Irish on defense as he led the Irish in tackles against Cincinnati. He had six tackles for the game and it was his fifth-straight game to lead the Irish in tackles.
  • Bertrand has totaled 48 tackles through five games which is the most to begin a season since Manti Te’o totaled 64 over the first five games of the 2010 season.
  • The 48 tackles are tied for 15th nationally and he is 10th in the nation in solo tackles with 31 for the season.
  • Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue after he tallied 11 against Toledo and also had 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
  • The sophomore from Marietta, Georgia was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
  • He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
  • In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
  • Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.

CREATING HAVOC

  • Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 12 takeaways this season.
  • The 12 takeaways are tied for eighth nationally.
  • Of those 12 takeaways, the Irish have recorded nine interceptions from six different players.
  • The nine interceptions is currently tied for the third in the NCAA. It is also the most interceptions through the first five games of the season since 2014 when the Irish also had nine interceptions to start the year.
  • The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 10th in the country with a 28 percent (21-75) conversion rate.
  • Over the past two games, the Irish have limited opponents to 3-for-25 (10.7%) on third down.
  • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that ranks fourth in the country.
  • Cam Hart is tied for 16th nationally with two interceptions on the season.
  • Hamilton and Hart have both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
  • The Irish have 15 sacks this season and they are the most to begin a season since the 2003 campaign when the Irish had 16 sacks through the first five games.
  • The 15 sacks is tied for 21st in the country and eight different players have recorded a sack this season.
  • Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey leads the team with 5.0 sacks so far this season. The number is tied for ninth nationally and Foskey as recorded a sack in four of the five games this year.
  • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 10 different players have recorded a tackle for loss so far this season.
  • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for fifth nationally.

BE LIKE MIKE

  • Tight end Michael Mayer continued his strong start to the season after leading the Irish in receptions and yards against Cincinnati with eight catches for 93 yards.
  • It is the fourth time this season Mayer has led the team in receptions and the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.
  • Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
  • In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team high marks in receptions with seven, yards with 81 and touchdowns with two.
  • It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.
  • Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8;  Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).
  • Through the first five games this season, Mayer totaled 32 receptions for 360 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Among tight ends, Mayer ranks second nationally in receptions, third in receiving yards and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns.

AMONG THE NATIONS BEST

  • Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 37-6 (.881). That rate ranks fifth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
  • Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just five teams that have totaled six or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
  • The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.
SchoolRecord Since 2018Win Pct.
Alabama43-3.935
Ohio State37-4.902
Clemson42-5.894
Oklahoma38-6.864
NOTRE DAME37-6.861
Georgia36-7.837
LSU33-10.767
Oregon29-10.744
Washington23-13.639
Michigan State21-17.553
Florida State15-24.385

IRISH IN THE POLLS

  • The Irish check in this week at No. 13 in the Coaches poll and No. 14 in the AP poll.
  • Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 68-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
Notre Dame – Consecutive Weeks Appearing in the AP PollSeasons
1241987-1994
971969-1975
751942-1950
682017-Current
461952-1956
411964-1967
  • The 68-week run currently ranks third among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).
TeamWeeksSeasons
Alabama2192008-21
Georgia722017-21
NOTRE DAME682017-21
Florida512018-21
Cincinnati342019-21

ND Athletics: Litzinger No Longer Notre Dame Swimming Head Coach 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mike Litzinger has resigned as the Head Coach of Notre Dame’s Swimming & Diving program and in doing so has also announced his intention to retire from the sport of swimming, Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick announced Monday. In addition to Litzinger’s departure, Associate Head Coach Aaron Bell is also no longer with the team.

“Making changes in the leadership of one of our programs is never easy, especially at the start of the competitive season, but recent events convinced Mike and me that a change in the direction of our program was necessary,” Swarbrick said.

The program will not be competing in the dual meet that was scheduled for this weekend.  “We will instead use this week to develop an interim plan designed to allow our student-athletes to compete this year, ” Swarbrick added.

Notre Dame’s diving program will continue to be under the direction of head diving coach Mark Bradshaw.

The swimming program at Notre Dame has a long lineage of success at all levels, including Olympians, a host of All-Americans and 38 conference team titles.

A national search for the next full-time leader of Notre Dame’s swimming program will begin later in the year.

Football Announces Week 5 Team Honors

The Valparaiso University football program has announced its weekly award winners for Saturday’s Week 5 game, a 27-24 overtime loss to Marist at Brown Field.

Senior Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) was tabbed the squad’s Special Teams Player of the Week.

In addition, the program recognized the following Scout Team Players of the Week: offensive freshman quarterback Mikey Appel (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro), defensive freshman defensive lineman James Keighley (Dayton, Ohio / Archbishop Alter) and special teams freshman wide receiver Dom Grguric (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit).

Washington enjoyed his third straight 100-yard rushing game and the seventh in his 11 career games at Valpo. He produced 149 yards on the ground on 27 carries while twice plunging into the end zone to lift his season touchdown total to four. Niesner averaged 40.8 yards per punt on eight kicks, seven of which were placed inside the 20.

Valpo will visit St. Thomas on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff in St. Paul Minn., a contest that represents the first-ever matchup between the two teams. The game will be broadcast on TommieSports.com and the hometown radio call will be available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. 

Women’s Golf Cracks Program Record Book with Strong Second Round on Monday

The Valparaiso University women’s golf team turned in a top-10 round in program history in Round 2 of the Butler Fall Invitational on Monday at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis, helping the Beacons finish a solid first day of action on the par-70, 6010-yard course.

How It Happened

  • Junior Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) and senior Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) tied for the team lead on Day 1 of the event, posting a 153 through two rounds. Both players improved their score in Round 2, as Rooker went from a 78 to a 75 while Hodson carded a 77 followed by a 76. Rooker and Hodson enter Tuesday tied for 36th in the 14-team, 83-player event.
  • Freshman Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) also posted a pair of sub-80 scores on Day 1 in Indianapolis, turning in a 76 in Round 1 and a 78 in Round 2 to finish the day at 154, tied for 44th.
  • As a team, Valpo produced a 311 in Round 1 before bettering its score to 308 in Round 2. Entering Tuesday’s third and final round, the Beacons sit at 619 (+59), ahead of Chicago State, Marian and Eastern Illinois on the team leaderboard. The host Bulldogs hold the team lead, while Austin Peay’s Erica Scutt is atop the individual leaderboard.

Inside the Rounds

  • The 308 in Round 2 represented Valpo’s second-best round of the season, a stroke behind a 307 in Round 3 of the Redbird Invitational on Sept. 6.
  • The Round 2 team score tied for the eighth-best single-round score in program history, marking the second time this season Valpo has put together a top-10 round.
  • Rooker’s 75 in Round 2 was the third time a Valpo golfer went 75 or under this season.
  • Fay’s 76 in Round 1 was the best 18-hole score of her young collegiate career.

Up Next

The final 18 holes of the event will take place on Tuesday in Indy. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com. 

JAGUARS CARD OPENING ROUND 302 AT TOM TONTIMONIA INVITE

WESTLAKE, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s golf team carded an opening round 302 at this week’s Tom Tontimonia Invitational at Lakewood Country Club on Monday (Oct. 4) are sit 13th overall heading into Tuesday’s final round. The event was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather in Northeast Ohio on Monday.

“We need to play better, tougher,” head coach Jamie Broce said. “We need someone to get going and feed off that energy. Right now, we are grinding, but getting in our own way. All our guys are capable, but we just need to get moving in a positive direction.”

Scoring was at a premium for the Jaguars as IUPUI made just six birdies as a team and ranked at the bottom of the field in pars. Freshmen Sam McWilliams and Morgan Tournemire led the Jaguars as each carded rounds of 74 on Monday. McWilliams accounted for half of the team’s birdies, including one on his opening hole of the round, but made double on his final hole of the day to close at 3-over. Tournemire had a steady performance after starting his round with a double, later making a birdie to get back to 1-over. He followed with a bogey and made bogey on his next-to-last dive of the day to end at 3-over 74.

A third freshman, Colten Girgis, chimed in with a 5-over 76 and sophomore Taylor Gardner rounded out the scoring four at 7-over 78. Gardner went without a birdie on Monday, making seven bogeys and 11 pars on his card. He was 3-over with five holes to play, but made bogey on four straight as the weather intensified later in the round. Sophomore Brock Aten rounded out the group with an 84.

Butler leads the 13-team field at 1-under 283 and Oakland is second at even par 284. Purdue Fort Wayne’s Kasey Lilly and Dayton’s Kyle Schmidt are tied atop the leaderboard at 2-under 69. Five others are knotted at 1-under 70 heading into Tuesday’s finale.

Play is slated to resume at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Travels to Notre Dame

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon men’s soccer team steps out of league play on Tuesday (Oct. 5) with a visit to Notre Dame.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-5-1, 1-3-0 Horizon) at Notre Dame (5-4-1, 2-1-1 ACC)

When: Tuesday, October 5 | 7:00 p.m.

Where: Alumni Stadium | Notre Dame, Ind.

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+/ACCNX

Weather: High of 75, partly cloudy

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Notre Dame has earned wins in four of their last five matches. This stretch includes wins over NC State, Michigan, Trine and Virginia. Their only loss in this span was a 2-1 overtime loss at Virginia Tech.

• Jack Lynn leads Notre Dame in points with 13.

• The Fighting Irish have out-scored opponents 28-13 this season, but that total includes a 13-0 drubbing of Trine.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• Four of the five Mastodon losses this season have been by one goal and two have come in extra time.

• One of those overtime losses came on Saturday when the ‘Dons fell 2-1 to Cleveland State. The Vikings entered the match undefeated in league play. The ‘Dons led 1-0 until Cleveland State evened the match in the 87th minute and won it in the 95th.

• Purdue Fort Wayne has continued to put together a stingy defense this year, giving up just 0.965 goals per game. That total is 54th in the nation.

• Vukasin Bulatovic has played in 830 minutes this season. He has been subbed out for only 11 minutes on the entire season.

• Mastodon opponents have missed all three of their penalty kicks this season. The Mastodons are 2-for-3 with successful goals by Keith Larson and Ali Nasser.

JOSS WHAT YOU ORDERED:

Erik Josson has played 729 minutes on the season. He has allowed eight goals and compiled 27 saves in that time. He picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois. Josson owns a 0.987 goals against average on the season. The single-season school record for best goals against average came in 2014 when Raphael Kotzock recorded a 0.920 mark.

SERIES HISTORY:

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 7-1. The Mastodons’ lone win came in 1983 when the ‘Dons won 1-0.

SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:

The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.

UP NEXT:

The ‘Dons host Wright State on Saturday (Oct. 9) in a 7 p.m. start.

All Smiles as Kasey Lilly Leads Tom Tontimonia Invitational

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – After a shortened opening day of the Tom Tontimonia Invitational, Kasey Lilly of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team led the field with a 69 (-2) on Monday (Oct. 4).

There were originally 36 holes of action planned for the first day of the tournament, but weather pushed the golfers off the course before the start of round two. Round three will go on as planned on Tuesday (Oct. 5) with tee times beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Lilly, who is coming off a runner-up performance at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational, is tied for first with Dayton’s Kyle Schmidt. Lilly started his day on hole five, going 2-under through five holes. He got a birdie to go on the 566-yard sixth and the 589-yard ninth, both par-5s. After making the turn, he made birdies on 11 and 15 to shoot even on the back nine, concluding his round with five straight pars.

Three shots back of Lilly, Brett Seward is tied for 17th with 18 to play after shooting a 72 (+1). The graduate student turned in three birdies in his opening round, coming on holes four, seven and 12. This included a birdie on the 198-yard par-3 12th hole.

Burke Pitz was back in the lineup for the first time this season, shooting a 75. His round was highlighted by birdies on holes one and nine. After starting on hole seven, he was even through 13 holes after his birdie on one.

Tyler Green fired a 76 for his first round of the tournament, with his only birdie coming on the 590-yard par-5 14th hole. He had 11 pars, and is tied for 54th. Reece Compton rounded out the lineup, firing a 78. He got birdies to fall on the 10th and 16th holes, the latter of which was a 158-yard par-3.

As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne finished the day with the second-best average on par-5 holes, shooting 2-under for the round. The Mastodons are in a tie for fifth overall, tied with Horizon League member Northern Kentucky and DePaul with a score of 292. Purdue Fort Wayne is ahead of five Horizon League programs: Cleveland State (293), Youngstown State (295), Robert Morris (295), Detroit Mercy (299) and IUPUI (302). Of the league teams in the field, the ‘Dons only trail Oakland (284) and Green Bay (290). Butler is leading the field with a 283 day one total.

Buisman Earns Second GLVC Weekly Honor

INDIANAPOLIS – McKendree University junior wide receiver Steven Towns, Jr., Quincy University freshman cornerback Kenshawn Bragg, and University of Indianapolis junior kicker/punter Paul Buisman have been selected as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Players of the Week for football, it was announced by the league office Monday.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Paul Buisman, Indianapolis

Jr., K/P, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Major: Chemistry

Team Results: 77-10 W at Southwest Baptist (10/2)

Set GLVC record on 11-for-11 point after attempts

Averaged 44.5 yards on two punts

Kicked off eight times for 471 yards to average of 58.9 yards with two touchbacks

Earns third career Special Teams Player of the Week Award (10/2/21, 9/6/21, 11/11/19)

Last Greyhounds’ Special Teams Player of the Week: Paul Buisman (9/6/21)

Coryell Claims MVC Defensive Player of the Week Honor

After backstopping the Valpo defense to a pair of victories last week, surrendering just one goal over two matches, Valpo soccer sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) was selected Monday as the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Coryell started the week with a five-save performance in the Beacons’ shutout of Southern Illinois at home on Wednesday. She then went on to make seven saves in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Missouri State, none bigger than a leaping save to her right in the 75th minute to preserve the one-goal edge.

For the week, Coryell posted a 0.50 GAA and a .923 save percentage. She has surrendered just one goal in MVC play so far this year as Valpo has reached the halfway mark of the conference slate with a perfect 4-0-0 record.

Hart, Cookerly Earn MVC Weekly Awards

Two wins last weekend for the Valpo volleyball team led to two Beacons being honored by Monday as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its weekly award winners. Senior middle hitter Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) was named the MVC Player of the Week and fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Week.

Hart continued her standout start to Valley play to help Valpo to a pair of wins last weekend. She posted a match-high 15 kills on .500 hitting and added four blocks in a sweep of Indiana State on Friday, and then tied her career best with 16 kills on .355 hitting to go with four blocks in the four-set win over Evansville on Saturday. Four of the final five points of the match (three kills, one block) came courtesy of Hart after the Beacons trailed 23-20 in the fourth.

For the week, Hart averaged 4.43 kills/set on .421 hitting while adding 1.14 blocks/set as well. Through four MVC matches, Hart is hitting above .400 and is posting nearly four kills per set, while overall this year she is swinging at a .330 clip.

Cookerly set a new standard for Missouri Valley Conference volleyball players last weekend, moving past former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence atop the conference’s career digs chart on Friday evening. She continued her ascent up the NCAA chart in the category as well and moved into 2nd place in D-I history on Saturday night, ending the weekend with 2,807 career digs.

Cookerly led all players with 16 digs on Friday and tied for match-high honors with 17 digs on Saturday, helping limit Indiana State – which entered the weekend the conference leader in hitting percentage – and Evansville – which entered the weekend atop the conference in kills/set – to just 12.57 kills/set on .151 hitting. She averaged 4.71 digs/set for the weekend.

Hart’s weekly honor was the first of her Valpo career. Meanwhile, Cookerly was named Defensive Player of the Week for a fifth time to go with one Freshman of the Week accolade from her rookie season.

OLEKSAK TABBED AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – For the second time this season, Marian junior striker Erin Oleksak has been voted as the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week by the league’s 10 sports information directors Monday morning. Oleksak’s honor is the second of the season for her and seventh in her career, giving Marian their fourth player of the week honor this season.

Oleksak led No. 7 Marian to a bounce-back win over Bethel on Saturday, scoring three goals and adding an assist in the 7-3 victory for the Knights. The junior also led Marian in shots for the week, taking a team-high six attempts over two games. Oleksak leads the Crossroads League in goals scored this year with 13, as her second career hat trick marked her fifth multi-goal game this season.

Marian will travel to St. Francis on Saturday night looking to pick up their second league win of the season at 7 PM.

TAYLOR, JENNINGS EARN MSFA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a 51-7 win over Taylor, the Marian football team received two MSFA Mideast Player of the Week awards on Monday afternoon, as voted on by the association’s sports information directors. Return specialist Jalen Jennings was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for his work on Saturday, and running back Daylen Taylor was named the Offensive Player of the Week, marking the second straight week Marian has been awarded both the offense and special teams honor.

Kick returner Jalen Jennings was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season, gaining 176 all-purpose yards in the return game on five touches. As a kick returner, Jennings had three returns for 163 yards, returning his final kickoff of the game 85 yards for a touchdown, and as a punt returner he made two returns for 13 yards. The junior return specialist’s touchdown was his third of the season, setting a single season record at Marian doing so in a four-week stretch. Jennings also moved to No. 2 all-time in program history in return yards, and is nine yards shy of setting the single season kick return yards record at Marian.

Jennings’ honor marks the fifth straight week a Marian specialist has earned MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week, extending a program best record for the honor.

Daylen Taylor earned the Offensive Player of the Week award after a strong game on the ground, as the second year back totaled 174 yards from scrimmage on 19 touches. On the ground Taylor averaged 7.9 yards a carry, scoring two touchdowns on his 143 yard day. The running back also hauled in one pass, picking up 31 receiving yards. The honor is the first in Taylor’s career, and marks the second straight week Marian has earned the award.

The Knights will travel to Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon for a top-15 NAIA showdown. Kickoff from Marion is scheduled for 1 PM.

Wagner garners weekly honor

CARMEL — Earlham College volleyball player Erin Wagner has had an outstanding couple of weeks of achievements on the court. The Junior from Amarillo, Texas was announced as the HCAC volleyball offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Wagner surpassed the 1,000 career digs mark at the Wittenberg Fall Classic on September 18.

Then on Saturday, she broke the school record for most assists in a match by tallying 71 sets in the 5-set thriller with Mount St. Joseph in Druley Performance gym. Wagner is being recognized as Athlete of the Week for her efforts in the MSJ match, which also included a team-high three serving aces and 19 digs.

She has amassed 668 assists so far in the 2021 season and averages 10.95 assists per set.

This is the first time Wagner has received the weekly honor.

The Quakers (12-4, 1-0 HCAC) will continue HCAC competition with two matches this week, first they will travel to Hanover College (9-7, 1-0 HCAC) on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. matchup. Earlham will then host Manchester on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Druley Performance Gym. Saturday’s contest has been designated as “pride game” for the volleyball team.

HCAC 2021 Football Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Daniel Huery (Katy, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Wide Receiver | Sophomore – Huery recorded career-highs of seven receptions, 173-yards and two touchdowns in Rose-Hulman’s 63-14 win over Defiance, despite only playing slightly over two quarters in the game.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind.) Manchester University | Linebacker | Senior – Masden led a Manchester defense that limited Franklin to 72-yards rushing on Saturday. Masden racked up 14 total tackles – 11 of which were solo. He also assisted on a tackle-for-loss. The Spartans topped Franklin 27-24 in overtime, snapping a 10-game skid.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla.) Manchester University | Kicker/Punter | Senior –  Kibler provided some overtime heroics for Manchester as his career-long 49-yard FG snuck through the uprights sending Manchester to a thrilling 27-24 victory at Franklin College. Kibler added a 31-yard FG earlier in Saturday’s contest as well. Andrew also punted nine times for 356-yards, averaging 39.6 yards per punt. He placed three punts inside the 20-yard line as Manchester snapped a 10-game skid with the win.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Ojata Jireh (Carmel, Ind.) Franklin College | Defensive End | Sophomore – Jireh had a career afternoon for the Grizzlies on Saturday against Manchester, notching seven tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss with all three number setting career-highs.
  • Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Running Back | Senior – Coane turned in a record setting day on Saturday as the Panthers defeated Anderson 49-0. The senior became the career rushing touchdown record holder with 43 as he tallied two touchdowns on 13 carries. He added 54 total yards on the ground while hauling in two receptions. He now holds the Hanover all-time record in career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns in a season.
  • Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.) Hanover College | Linebacker | Junior – Hardiman paced the Panthers defense on Saturday as they charted a 49-0 shutout of Anderson. The junior finished the contest with six total tackles, including three solo. He also added two tackles for loss and two sacks, which totaled 12-yards. Hardiman added a forced fumble and a QB hurry to complete the stat sheet.
  • Blake Simpson (Allen, Texas) Hanover College | Kicker | Sophomore – Simpson helped lead the Panthers past Anderson on Saturday as he charted a perfect afternoon. The sophomore went 6-for-6 on PAT tries to propel HC to the 49-0 victory.
  • Joseph Powell (Beach Park, Ill.) Manchester University | Wide Receiver | Senior – Powell caught four passes for a career-high 119-yards in Manchester’s 27-24 OT win at Franklin College on Saturday. Powell’s longest reception went for 62-yards and a touchdown.
  • Kyle Farfsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker | Junior – Farfsing had one extra point conversion and six kickoffs for 232-yards in the Lions Saturday win.
  • Michael Stevens (Orland Park, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Linebacker | Senior – Stevens returned an interception 32-yards for a touchdown and had five total tackles in Rose-Hulman’s 63-14 win over Defiance. Stevens also had two tackles-for-loss and one sack in the victory as Rose-Hulman held the Yellow Jackets to just 180-yards of total offense.
  • Jonathan Oliger (Mount Zion, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Kicker | First-Year – Oliver finished a perfect 4-4 on extra points and booted eight kickoffs for a 54.5 yard average per kick as part of Rose-Hulman’s 63-14 win over Defiance. 

HCAC 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Erin Wagner (Amarillo, Texas) Earlham College | Right Side Hitter | Junior – Wagner broke the school record with 71 assists in a 3-2 win over Mount St. Joseph. She maintained an average of 14.2 assists per set and led the Quakers with three aces.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Bontrager notched 13 kills (4.25 kills per set), just one attack error, and an attack percentage of .414. On defense, Bontrager also recorded seven blocks (1.75 blocks per set) and six digs (1.5 digs per set).
 
Notable Performances:

  • Maura Dankoski (North Vernon, Ind.) Hanover College | Hitter | Senior – Dankoski paced the attack for the Blue and Red as they swept Manchester in straight sets. The senior tallied 10 total kills on 15 attempts for an impressive .667 hitting percentage. She also dished out an assist and tallied two blocks.
  • Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Senior – Ketcham helped lead the Panthers past Manchester in straight sets. The senior setter tallied 11 total digs while adding two blocks. She also dished out a team-high 32 helpers.
  • Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Aselage led the Lions to a big upset win over Thomas More on Tuesday night with 15 kills and a .196 hitting percentage. Then in the Lions loss in the five set thriller at Earlham on Saturday she registered 20 kills, against just two errors on 64 attempts.
  • Elizabeth Canon (Moraga, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outside Hitter | Senior – Canon had a team-high 15 kills with four block assists, seven digs and a .209 hitting percentage in Rose-Hulman’s three-set win over Defiance on Saturday.
  • Allie Fults (Centralia, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Fults led Rose-Hulman’s front row blocking effort with five total blocks (one solo, four assist) in Saturday’s three-set win over Defiance in the HCAC opener.
  • Madison Sweeney (Eminence, Ky.) Transylvania University | Middle Blocker | Sophomore – Sweeney led the Pioneers to a 3-0 week, including a four-set victory on Saturday at Bluffton. Sweeney’s week was punctuated with a three-set win against Trine played at Bluffton on Saturday in which she totaled 10 kills against no errors for a whopping .667 attacking percentage. For the week. Sweeney totaled 19 kills to just one error in three matches for a total attacking percentage of .545. The sophomore also totaled six total blocks on the week.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Miller keyed the Pioneers to a 3-0 week with wins against Spalding and Trine, along with a conference opening win at Bluffton, winning in four sets. Versus Bluffton, Miller totaled a match-high 18 digs in the four-set win and finished off her week with a match-high 16 digs and three aces in a three-set sweep of Trine. For the week, Miller totaled 43 digs over three matches to go with eight total aces and five assists.

HCAC 2021 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Day posted an impressive week as the Panthers pitched a pair of HCAC shutouts. In the 5-0 victory over Earlham the senior recorded a hat trick on four total shots. In the 7-0 victory at Bluffton, Day added two more goals and an assist. She currently leads the league in every major offensive category but one.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Madison Hart (Liberty Township, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hart led the Lions to a pair of 1-0 wins to open the conference season. The junior played all 180 minutes of the two matches putting together a pair of clean sheets. She registered nine saves over the two games
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lillie Casey (Loveland, Ohio) Anderson University | Midfield | First-Year – Casey totaled five points on the week as Anderson captured a 2-1 win against Transylvania and a 3-0 win against Franklin. Casey assisted on the game-winning goal against Transylvania on Wednesday. Casey then contributed two goals against Franklin on Saturday.
  • Katelyn Burden (Sidney, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defender | Sophomore – Burden netted two of Bluffton’s three goals in a 3-0 shutout at Defiance on Wednesday afternoon in the 2021 fall HCAC lidlifter. It also marked the first time since September 18, 2019, that a Beaver has netted two goals in a women’s soccer match.
  • Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Senior – Rolfsen continues to be a key component of the Panther success as they move to 2-0 overall in the HCAC tallying clean sheets against both Earlham (5-0) and Bluffton (7-0). In the contest with Earlham, the senior dished out an assist while helping to hold the Quakers to zero shots. At Bluffton, the senior back added a goal and an assist on four shots while holding the Beavers to just three combined attempts.
  • Kyra Hicks (Lynnwood, Wash.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Sophomore – Hicks helped Rose-Hulman finish 1-1 last week by scoring the lone goal in the Fightin’ Engineers 1-0 victory over Earlham.
  • Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon compiled a 1-1 record and a 0.50 goals against average to lead Rose-Hulman’s defense last week. She tallied three saves in a narrow 1-0 loss at Mount St. Joseph and had one save in a shutout win over Earlham.
  • Abby Baker (Corbin, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Snior – Baker paced the Pioneer offense on a 1-1 week with two fixtures on the road to open HCAC play. Baker scored one goal in each contest while firing 12 shots, eight of which were on target resulting in a 0.629 SOG percentage. Her week was highlighted by a penalty kick in the 54th minute in a 2-0 shutout win against Defiance where she gave the Pioneers a valuable insurance goal.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Noah Svanberg (Grand Rapids, Ohio) Defiance College | Midfield | Junior – Svanberg had the game winning assist against Bluffton last Wednesday and was involved in all three goals scored in a win against Transylvania on Saturday. He tallied one goal and two assists during the game.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Evan Hofer (St. Louis, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hofer compiled a 0.50 goals against average last week, helping Rose-Hulman to victories of 3-1 over Mount St. Joseph and 2-0 over Earlham. Hofer recorded six total saves and his first shutout of the season against Earlham. His career record stands at 14-3-2 with a 0.95 GAA.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio) Anderson University | Defense | Sophomore – Vaughn shared a team-high of three steals during Anderson’s 0-0 tie with Transylvania. On offense, Vaughn also provided the game-tying goal against Franklin in the 83rd minute, which resulted in a 2-2 tie.
  • Jon Moore (New Palestine, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | First-Year – Moore scored a goal in both games for Franklin last week, with each coming in the second half against Manchester and Anderson.
  • Elliott Clark (Brownstown, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Senior – Clark recorded 20 saves across two matches for Franklin last week. He made eight stops on Wednesday night at Manchester and followed it up with 12 saves on Saturday in the Grizzlies’ draw with Anderson.
  • Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Schryver propelled HC to a perfect 2-0 mark in HCAC action as he provided the game-winner in OT against Bluffton. The senior added the equalizer in the 80th minute before netting the golden goal in extra time.
  • Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Salemi moved to 2-0 overall in HCAC action as he posted a perfect week in frame. The sophomore tallied one save in the contest with Earlham, to save the 4-0 shutout. Against, Bluffton he added three saves and allowed just one goal.
  • Julian Keough (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Midfield | Sophomore – Keough scored in both contests this week as the Spartans went 1-1 to begin HCAC play. He put the Spartans ahead 2-0 in the 74th minute on Wednesday against Franklin with his first goal of the 2021 campaign. MU topped Franklin 2-1. Keough would also add a goal against Mt. St. Joseph on Saturday, scoring in the 25th minute.
  • Taidan Fox (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Midfielder | First-Year – Fox led the Lions a 4-2 win over Manchester on Saturday. He scored his first two HCAC goals in the win, including the game winner.
  • Takezo Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Kelly had two goals and one assist as Rose-Hulman defeated Mt. St. Joseph 3-1 and Earlham 2-0 last week. Kelly scored the first goal in each match, including the game winner against Earlham.
  • Jak Birdsong (Liberty Township, Ohio) Transylvania University | Midfielder/Defender | Senior – Birdsong flashed his offensive skill for the Pioneers in two games this week. Birdsong earned a perfect 1.000 SOG percentage while also moving back in defense to earn a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Anderson. His week was highlighted with a goal against Defiance in the 61st minute to put Pioneers in front in an eventual 3-2 defeat.
  • Gino Arena (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Arena was solid in goal for the Pioneer in his two appearances this week. Arena collected eight saves on the week including a season-high five saves in a contest against Defiance. Arena held the line for the Pioneers while collecting a clean sheet against Anderson in a 0-0 draw this past Wednesday at home in 110 minutes of work.

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week

Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Keegan Minahan, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore Keegan Minahan (Seattle, WA/Northwest) finished in fourth place, first among NCAC runners at the Muskingum Invitational on Saturday. Minahan completed the 8K course in 28:11.7, an average of 5:40.4 per mile.


Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Isabelle Hoover, Wooster
Wooster junior Isabelle Hoover (Millersport, OH/Fairfield Union) won the Muskingum Invitational on Saturday, beating a field of 81 competitors. Hoover posted a winning 6K time of 23:55.6, averaging 6:24.9 per mile.


Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Allison Ormsby, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior Allison Ormsby (Dayton, OH/Centerville) slotted three goals, including two game-winners, helping the Tigers pick up a pair of wins over Transylvania and Wooster. In Saturday’s 3-2 victory against the Fighting Scots, Ormsby connected on the game-winner in overtime.


Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Ryan O’Leary, Kenyon
Kenyon junior quarterback Ryan O’Leary (Manasquan, NJ/Manasquan) threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns as the Lords defeated Allegheny on Saturday. O’Leary also rushed seven times for 18 yards, finding the endzone twice.


Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Logan Jewsikow, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior linebacker Logan Jewsikow (Clayton, OH/Northmont) recorded seven tackles in the Tiger’s 24-23 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Down 23-21 with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, Jewsikow came up with a key fumble recovery that led to a game-winning field goal.


Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Carter Hassenplug, Allegheny
Allegheny freshman Carter Hassenplug (North East, PA/North East) posted a top-10 finish at the Guy and Jeanne Kuhn Invitational last week. Hassenplug fired-off rounds of 75 and 71 (146), good for an eighth-place finish in a field of 68 golfers.


Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Kate Griffin, Denison
Denison sophomore Kate Griffin (Colorado Springs, CO/The Colorado Spring School) was the medalist at the Guy and Jeanne Kuhn Invitational after shooting rounds of 80 and 72 (152). Griffin’s performance also helped lead the Big Red to a tournament victory, edging out Carnegie Mellon by six strokes.


Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Vitor Rocha, Denison
Denison junior Vitor Rocha (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Rainha da Paz) scored three goals and dished one assist for seven total points last week. Rocha tallied a goal as the Big Red tied No. 13-ranked Otterbein, 1-1. He also tallied two goals and one assist in a victory over Allegheny for the team’s first conference win of the season.


Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Isabelle Smith, Oberlin
Oberlin senior goalie Isabelle Smith (St. Paul, MN/St. Paul Academy and Summit) surpassed 200 career saves in a 1-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan while posting her fourth shutout of the season. Smith’s effort helped the Yeowomen beat the Battling Bishops for the first time since 2015 and give Oberlin its first 2-0 start in league play since 2014.


Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Cheyenne Wilson, Allegheny
Allegheny junior Cheyenne Wilson (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley) helped the Gators to a pair of NCAC wins over Oberlin and Kenyon last week. The victories marked Allegheny’s first NCAC win since 2015 and first back-to-back conference wins since 2011. On the week, Wilson collected 23 kills, 18 digs, three service aces and two blocks across eight sets.


Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Josh Pearson, Wooster
Wooster sophomore Josh Pearson (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) logged a trio of third-place finishes at Saturday’s season-opening Viking Relay Challenge. The sophomore anchored the 200-butterfly relay (1:38.54) and 3×500 freestyle relay (15:10.51). He also led off Wooster’s 400 IM relay that finished at 3:53.10. Pearson’s leg of 55.67 in the 400 IM is a lifetime best, and it’s the fourth-fastest in program history.


Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Emma Connors, Wooster
Wooster sophomore Emma Connors (Moon Twp., PA/Moon Area) was a triple winner as the Fighting Scots knocked off Cleveland State University at the season-opening Viking Relay Challenge on Saturday. Connors anchored Wooster’s winning 500-freestyle relay (4:52.44), led off the winning 3×500 freestyle relay (16:30.61), and was part of the first-place 200 freestyle relay (1:41.51).



NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 27 – Oct. 3)
Ohio Wesleyan, Volleyball –
 Freshman middle blocker Claire Solberg (Huron/OH/Huron) set a school record in Saturday’s match against Oberlin. Solberg finished with 11 block assists, breaking the school record of 10 in a four-set match compiled by Meigan Day against Allegheny on Sept. 22, 2012.

Wooster, Cross Country – The Wooster men’s cross country team won the Muskingum University Invitational on Saturday marking the program’s first title since 2014.

Wooster, Volleyball – Wooster’s NCAC win on Saturday marked the Scots’ first victory over the Tigers since DePauw joined the conference in 2011.

Wooster, Women’s Soccer – Wooster junior Katie Schumacher (North Canton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) scored twice in a span of 10 seconds on Wednesday at Baldwin Wallace University, breaking the program record for fastest consecutive goals in the process.

Anderson Releases 2021 Athletics Homecoming Schedule

Anderson University released its full 2021 athletics homecoming schedule on Monday.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

3:30 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Earlham (Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day) (AU Soccer Fields)

Friday, Oct. 8

1 p.m. — AU Soccer Golf Scramble (Anderson Country Club)

5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. — Men’s Basketball Alumni Cookout at the O.C. Lewis Gym

7:45 p.m. — AU Men’s Soccer Silent Auction (Anderson Country Club)

Saturday, Oct. 9

9:30 a.m. – Women’s Soccer Alumni Gathering / 3 vs. 3 Tournament (AU Soccer Fields)

10 a.m.–11 a.m. — Women’s Basketball Meet & Greet (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)

10 a.m.–1 p.m. — AU Baseball Alumni game and cook out (Don Brandon Field)

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. — Athletic Hall of Fame (York Performance Hall)

12 p.m. — Women’s Soccer vs. Mount St. Joseph (Senior Day) (AU Soccer Fields)

1:30 p.m. — Football vs Bluffton (Macholtz Stadium)

1:45 p.m. — Soccer Stadium ribbon cutting ceremony

3 p.m. — Men’s Soccer vs Mount St. Joseph (AU Soccer Fields)

5 p.m. — Men’s Soccer alumni game (AU Soccer Fields)

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bragg Receives Her Fourth Weekly Honor

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League revealed yet another collection of weekly honors, in which TU junior, Kacy Bragg, was recognized as the league’s Setter of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Bragg served up a grand total of 122 assists throughout the week, scoring at least 35 in each of TU’s three matches. Along with the abundance of assists, the Trojan setter recorded 19 digs, five kills and three service aces.

To kick off the week, Taylor made quick work of Huntington (9-13, 3-8 CL), winning in three sets while Bragg locked in 37 assists and eight digs. In their mid-week match, the Trojans had their eight-match win streak snapped by Thomas More (17-3) but Bragg posted her week’s best effort with 46 assists and seven digs. On Saturday, the Warsaw, Indiana, native dished out another 39 assists against Georgetown (6-12) to establish her week’s total at an astounding 122.

Bragg now leads the nation with 899 assists, while averaging 10.6 assists per set.

This week’s honor gives Bragg five in her career, four of which have come in her junior season alone. This is the first time a Trojan has collected four Player-of-the-Week honors in a single season since 2016, when Haley Harrell was honored as the league’s Setter of the Week six times.

Taylor athletes now boast 16 CL or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards in the 2021-2022 athletic year, nine of which belong to TU’s volleyball team.

Bragg and the No. 17 Trojans (21-3, 10-1 CL) return to action on Wednesday, October 6, when they will aim at first place in the Crossroads League while taking on No. 7 Marian (19-0, 11-0 CL).

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Gerber Receives Second Crossroads League Weekly Award

AVON, Ohio – For the second time this season, Daniel Gerber has been named the Crossroads League Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, as announced by the Crossroads League Monday afternoon.

Gerber and the No. 3 Trojans competed at the Louisville Classic, running in the Gold Race against NCAA Division I, Division II and top-ranked NAIA teams. Gerber clocked an outstanding time of 24:04.7, setting a career-best mark by 34.2-seconds and claiming the second-best time in Taylor cross country history.

The senior from Danville, Indiana finished 30th-of-353 runners and led the Trojans to finish 21st place overall.

Gerber and No. 3 Taylor will return to the course for the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 23.  

Little Giants Ninth After First Day Of Wabash Invite

The Little Giant golf team hosted 14 squads for the first two rounds of the 2021 Wabash College Golf Invitational Monday at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis. Wabash ended the first day of competition in ninth place overall.

Wabash finished the first two rounds with a total score of 610, trailing eighth-place Kenyon by seven strokes. The Lords finished day one with a score of 603. Illinois Wesleyan leads the team scoring heading into Tuesday’s final round with a score of 576.

Wabash sophomore Brayden Weiss produced the top individual finish for the Little Giants on day one. Weiss scored a 36-hole total of 149 strokes (75-74) to tie for 23rd place out of 70 competitors. Freshman Mark Lesniak is tied for 34th place with a two-round score of 152 (73-79). Mark Poole is tied for 38th place after shooting a 153 (77-76) on Monday.

Tim Neu enters Tuesday’s final round tied for 47th place with a score of 156 (77-79). Conner Taylor carded a two-round total of 164 strokes (78-86) for 60th place overall.

Wabash freshman Robert Pruzin, playing as a member of the Wabash “B” team, recorded a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th hole. His ace was one of two in the second round of the tournament.

The final round of the Wabash Invitational begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Broadmoor.

WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT RSC FALL PREVIEW – DAY 1 RECAP

FLORENCE, Ind. – Every stroke truly mattered on the opening day of the River States Conference Fall Preview.

The Indiana University East women’s golf team is in second place in the team standings after the opening round of the 36-hole event on Oct. 4. IU East posted a team score of 314 on the par-72, 5,830-yard layout at Belterra Resort. Reigning RSC champion Midway University shot 313 for the overnight lead.

“It’s going to be a shootout with Midway tomorrow, but we expected it,” said IU East coach Billy Mullin.

IU East’s Jo Wisecup shot 74 and is one stroke out of the individual lead.

The entire Red Wolf top five is in the top 12 on the individual leaderboard at the 47-player event.

Paola Delgado posted a 79, Annie Gillock carded an 80, Brooklynn Cromwell shot 81 and Olivia Sanders finished with an 83.

“Very soft golf course, and we played lift, clean and place. Scoring conditions were favorable today,” Mullin said. “Jo and Annie both played really strong back nines, and Paola played a strong front nine.”

Results from the RSC Fall Preview are part of the selection process for the league’s all-conference team and player of the year.

The final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 5.

USTFCCCA Names Bultemeyer DIII National Athlete of the Week

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] NCAA DIII National Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Louisville Classic last weekend.

Trine was competing against six teams who are nationally ranked at the event, with Bultemeyer breaking through for the individual victory. The biggest key to her 6K win was winning by 17 seconds over second place with a time of 21:32.3.

This is the third year in a row that Butlemeyer has been named National Athlete of the Week during the cross country season. Butlemeyer previously earned the honor on September 9, 2019 and October 6, 2020, following notable victories in prior weekends.

The Trine women began the year inside the national rankings and will look to regain their position inside the top 35 with a great performance in Louisville and are looking for more success at the upcoming Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on October 16.

MIAA Tabs Olivia Jolliffe as Athlete of the Week

FREELAND, Mich. – Sophomore Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week.

Jolliffe competed in four matches this week for the Trine University women’s volleyball team, with the Thunder accumulating a 3-1 record and a conference win versus Adrian.

The individual highlight of the week for Jolliffe came in a 3-1 win over Bluffton on Saturday, when she broke the school record for most service aces in a four-set match with nine.

In total, Jolliffe notched 51 kills, 23 digs, 14 aces and five blocks in 13 sets.

The Thunder take the court again on Tuesday, October 5 at Hope College, the sixth-ranked team in NCAA DIII. That match will begin at 6:30 pm.

Yoder Named MIAA Athlete of the Week

FREELAND, Mich. – Senior football player Jacob Yoder (Elkhart, Ind. / Concord) has been named this week’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Defensive Athlete of the Week following the team’s defensive led victory over visiting Adrian College.

This is the first time this season that a Thunder student athlete has been named athlete of the week. It is also the first time in Yoder’s career that he has earned the award.

Yoder led the defense on a day when the unit gave the oppositions fits. The team allowed just 233 yards of total offense including just 59 yards rushing. A big part of the team’s success was five sacks against the Bulldogs offense. Yoder recorded 1.5 of those sacks, leading the team. In addition, he recorded another quarterback hurry during the game.

Yoder also finished the game second on the team with eight total tackles including seven assists and one solo.

The team will take the field again on Saturday, Oct. 9 when they travel to face Olivet College in their second MIAA contest of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Day named back-to-back HCAC Offensive Athlete of the Week

CARMEL, Ind. – Senior Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) picked up her second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Athlete of the Week honor announced Monday afternoon by the league office. 

Day posted an impressive week as the Panthers pitched a pair of HCAC shutouts. In the 5-0 victory over Earlham the senior recorded a hat trick on four total shots.

In the 7-0 victory at Bluffton, Day added two more goals and an assist. She currently leads the league in every major offensive category but one.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 6 when they travel to Transylvania. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.

Kibler & Masden Earn HCAC Player of the Week Honors

CARMEL, Ind. – Seniors Andrew Kibler and Jalen Masden earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors, the league announced on Monday October 4.

Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) was tabbed as the HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. The senior drove home a career-long 49-yard field goal in overtime to send Manchester University to a thrilling 27-24 upset win over Franklin College on Saturday October 2. Kibler also added a 31-yard FG in the win, while also placing three punts inside the 20-yard line. He punted 9 times for 356, averaging 39.6 yards per punt. Kibler’s longest punt of the afternoon went for 46 yards.

Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) was named the HCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Masden spearheaded Manchester’s defensive efforts against Franklin College, leading the Black & Gold with 14 total tackles – 11 of which were solo. The Spartans limited the Grizzlies to just 72 yards rushing and 298 yards of total offense in their 27-24 overtime victory. Manchester’s defense racked up 8.0 tackles-for-loss for 66 yards while forcing 4 turnovers.

The Spartans snapped a 10-game skid with the win on Saturday afternoon at Franklin. The Black & Gold will host Defiance College (0-4, 0-1 HCAC) on Saturday October 9 in Spartan Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will mark Homecoming at Manchester University.

River States Conference Player of the Week winners selected for Sept. 27-Oct. 3

GICOVATE TAKES HOME RSC MEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR (RV) WVU TECH

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — (RV) WVU Tech freshman Marcos Gicovate totaled seven points on the week to gain River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

Gicovate, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, had three goals and one assist in two games on the week. In a 6-1 victory over Shawnee State (Ohio), he did all of his scoring with a hat trick and the assist. It was a 1-1 week for the Golden Bears with a later loss to No. 19 Rio Grande (Ohio), 1-0.

WVU Tech is now 5-4 overall, 1-1 RSC and will host Carlow (Pa.) and Point Park (Pa.) this weekend. 

MERINO REPEATS AS RSC MEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM NO. 19 RIO GRANDE

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — No. 19-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) goalkeeper Daniel Merino posted a shutout in the big matchup of the week to win River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 3. 

The freshman from Madrid, Spain, earned a 1-0 shutout over (RV) WVU Tech in a matchup of nationally ranked teams. Merino made four saves in the road win to pitch another shutout. 

Rio Grande has won four in a row to run its record to 7-2-1 overall, 3-0 RSC. The RedStorm will be hosting Midway (Ky.) on Oct. 7. 

MCGUIRE PICKS UP RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University forward Nola McGuire keyed a conference win to pick up River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

McGuire, from Elizabeth, Pa., scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute to beat IU Kokomo, 2-1. Her winning tally came with just 1:18 on the clock and answered IU Kokomo’s 81st-minute goal. She was also involved in the Pioneers taking a 1-0 lead when her cross into the box led to a PK attempt in the 10th minute.

Point Park is 5-6 overall, 4-1 RSC and will be at WVU Tech on Oct. 9. 

HEYER NAMED RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OHIO VALLEY

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University defender Anouck Heyer was named River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 27-Oct. 3. 

The sophomore from Bornheim, Germany, led the Fighting Scots to a big win over Point Park (Pa.) for first place in the RSC standings. In the matchup of undefeated conference teams, Ohio Valley won, 2-1, with Heyer’s game-winner in overtime. She was also a big part of the defensive effort in the victory.

Ohio Valley is 5-1-1 overall, 5-0 RSC and will host Carlow (Pa.) on Oct. 9. 

ALDERTON GETS ANOTHER RSC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK FOR BRESCIA (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brescia (Ky.) University junior Bree Alderton made it two wins in as many tries to claim River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 3. 

The Owensboro, Ky., native won her second race of the year at the Huntington Invitational. She did so with a time of 18 minutes, 47 seconds in the 5,000-meter race. She placed first out of 54 runners, and it is her second RSC weekly honor of the year. 

The Bearcats will host the Brescia Invitational on Oct. 8.

DICKERSON CLAIMS RSC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK FROM OHIO CHRISTIAN

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ohio Christian University senior D.J. Dickerson set a school record to claim River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

Dickerson, from Lancaster, Ohio, ran a time of 25 minutes, 47 seconds to set the team record for an 8,000-meter race. That came at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic. He finished 43rd out of 542 runners. 

The Trailblazers will be at the JennaStrong Fall Classic Oct. 15. 

WILLIAMS CARDS RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FOR ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS (IND.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College sophomore Erin Williams had a high finish to earn River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 3. 

Williams, from Crawfordsville, Ind., placed third individually at the Iowa Wesleyan Tiger Classic to garner the award. That was after shooting 86. She led the Pomeroys to first place as a team at Sheaffer Golf Course. 

Williams and the SMWC squad are competing at the RSC Women’s Golf Fall Preview Monday-Tuesday from Belterra Golf Club. 

CONN CAPTURES RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FROM MIDWAY (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University senior Logan Conn was the medalist at the RSC Men’s Golf Fall Preview and thus was chosen as the River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 4.

The Prestonburg, Ky., native was first of 62 players with a two-day total of 3-under 139. He opened up with a 68 and then fired a 71 in the final round to lead Midway to the team title out of 11 teams. It was a five-shot victory for Conn. 

The tournament was played at Belterra Golf Club, the same site as the RSC Championship in the spring. 

SMITH SELECTED FOR RSC VOLLEYBALL DEFENDER OF THE WEEK FROM IU KOKOMO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo sophomore Alyvia Smith led the back row on her way to River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week Sept. 27-Oct. 4

Smith, a native of Muncie, Ind., put up 47 digs in three matches and nine sets. The Cougars went 3-0 with Smith averaging 5.22 digs per set as a ky to success. She also picked up three assists on the week. 

IU Kokomo had straight-set wins over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.), Point Park (Pa.) and Carlow (Pa.) to run its record to 14-8 overall, 6-1 RSC. 

WILLIAMS CHOSEN AS RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK FROM IU KOKOMO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Kendal Williams was chosen for River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for her play Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

Williams, from Edinburgh, Ind., averaged 8.33 assists per set as the Cougars went 3-0 on the week. She had 75 total assists in nine sets with 41 of them in a sweep of Carlow (Pa.). She now has more than 2,000 assists in her career. 

Williams also picked up 18 digs, two service aces and three kills on the week. IU Kokomo is 14-8 overall, 6-1 RSC to move into the top spot in the RSC West Division.

ZUEGE SNAGS RSC VOLLEYBALL ATTACKER OF THE WEEK FOR SMWC

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Hannah Zuege had a big week at the net to gain River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week honors for Sept. 27-Oct. 3

A junior from Bedford, Texas, Zuege compiled 42 kills in three matches and nine sets. That was good for 4.67 kills per set and a .225 attack percentage. The Pomeroys went 2-1 on the week with weekend victories over Carlow (Pa.) and Point Park (Pa.).

Zuege also added 31 digs and nine total blocks on the week. Her play pushed SMWC to a record of 8-6 overall and 4-3 RSC. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1888       At Swampoodle Grounds in Washington, D.C., James Francis Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys becomes baseball’s first pitcher to record his 300th victory when he defeats the hometown Senators, 5-1. The 31 year-old ‘Pud,’ a workhorse who will win 20 games 10 of the 14 seasons he plays in the big leagues, will end his career with 361 victories.

1905       The Beaneaters suffer their 100th loss of the season when they drop the first game of a Washington Park doubleheader, 11-5, to the Superbas, a team that has already lost 103 games. It is the first occurrence in major league history that two teams with triple-digit losses have been opponents.

1906       Henry, Christy Matthew’s younger brother, sets a National League record when he issues 14 base-on-balls in the Giants’ 7-1 loss to the Braves. The 19 year-old’s defeat in the season finale at the Polo Grounds proves to be the only decision of his brief career.

1908       Defeating Detroit, 6-1, Ed Walsh wins his 40th game of the season, establishing a White Sox single-season record. ‘Big Ed,’ a right-hander from Meriden, Connecticut, finishes his 14-year Hall of Fame tenure with a 195-126 record and sets the all-time career ERA mark with an earned run average of 1.82.

1912       During the Highlanders’ last game played at Hilltop Park, Homer Thompson appears in his first and final game in the majors. Although the New York backstop doesn’t come to bat, his debut is memorable when he catches his younger brother Tommy, making the siblings the first brothers to form a battery in American League history.

1914       In the eighth, Robins reliever Pat Ragan throws an immaculate inning when he strikes out the first three batters he faces on nine pitches. Unfortunately, the right-handed will give up five runs in the next frame, taking the loss in the team’s 9-5 defeat to the Braves at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.

1918       Eddie Grant, a captain attached to the 307th Infantry, becomes the first major leaguer to be killed during World War l. The former Giants third baseman is hit by a shell while leading a unit to rescue the Lost Battalion, the name given to a contingent of roughly 554 soldiers of the United States 77th Division isolated by the German forces after an American attack in the Argonne Forest.

1929       On the next-to-last day of the season, Reds reliever Rube Ehrhardt wins his first and only start of the season, allowing five hits and issuing one walk when he blanks the first-place Cubs at Redland Field, 9-0. The shutout, which takes 75-minutes to complete, will be 34 year-old right-hander’s final major league appearance.

1941       In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and two strikes in Game 4 of the World Series, Tommy Henrich appears to be struck out, ending the game, but ‘Old Reliable’ reaches first base on Mickey Owen’s passed ball. The catcher’s blunder turns a sure 4-3 Brooklyn win into a heart-breaking 7-4 loss to the Yankees.

1942       At Yankee Stadium, the Cardinals stun the baseball world by beating the defending World Champions, 2-1, to capture the World Series in five games. Rookie right-hander Johnny Beazley (21-6) goes the distance, limiting the Bronx Bombers to seven hits to post his second complete-game victory of the Fall Classic.

1947       Al Gionfriddo, inserted in left field for defensive purposes, makes one of the most memorable catches in World Series history when he robs Joe DiMaggio of an extra-base hit with two men on base in the sixth inning. The outfielder’s heroics help to preserve an 8-5 Dodger victory in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, which will be the 25 year-old’s last game in the major leagues.

1949       Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, becoming the first black to start a World Series contest, allows only four hits in Game 1, including up a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to Tommy Henrich that gives the Yankees’a 1-0 walk-off victory in the Bronx ballpark. ‘Old Reliable’s shot to right field, the first game-ending home run in the history of the Fall Classic, gives Allie Reynolds the complete-game win, and it is Casey Stengel’s first postseason victory

1951       Mickey Mantle’s season comes to an immediate end after severely injuring his right knee when his cleats get caught on a drainage cap in Game 2 of the World Series. Joe DiMaggio’s abrupt call for Willie Mays’ fly ball in center field in the Yankee Stadium contest leads many to believe the last-minute call contributed to the torn cartilage suffered by the 19 year-old rookie right fielder.

1953       In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Yankees win their record fifth consecutive World Series when Billy Martin singles, scoring Hank Bauer to give New York a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dodgers. The Bronx Bombers’ second baseman, named the Series MVP, bats .500 in the six contests, collecting a record-tying 12 hits to equal Babe Ruth’s mark, and compiles 23 total bases, the most in Fall Classic history.

1956       U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower indicates he is not in favor of the Washington Senators shifting their franchise to another city and would like to see the District of Columbia get a new baseball stadium, a proposal the Congress has been working on for the past decade. According to Cal Griffith, who has acknowledged his willingness to stay in the nation’s capital if a new stadium plan is approved, other municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Louisville, have made attractive offers to attract his team.

1957       In the first World Series game ever played in Milwaukee, native son Tony Kubek hits two home runs in the 12-3 rout of the hometown Braves, which puts his Bronx Bombers ahead two games to one in the Fall classic. The Yankee shortstop becomes the second rookie to hit two round-trippers in a Fall Classic game, a feat first accomplished by Charlie Keller, who blasted a pair of homers in Game 3 in 1939.

1960       At Forbes Field, Roger Maris becomes the seventh major leaguer to homer in first World Series at-bat. The right fielder’s first-inning round-tripper off Vernon Law gets the Yankees off to a good start, but the Pirates will win Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 6-4.

1960       In Game 1 of the World Series, Bill Mazeroski’s two-run fifth-inning home run off Jim Coates proves to be the difference when the Pirates beat the Yankees at Forbes Field, 6-4. The victory marks Pittsburgh’s first Fall Classic win since 1925 when the Bucs became the World Champions by taking Game 7 from the Senators.

1963       In Game 4, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s record with his 15th World Series home run. The Yankees slugger turns around a Sandy Koufax fastball in the seventh inning to tie the score, but the blast isn’t enough to stave off the Dodgers’ Fall Classic sweep of the Bronx Bombers.

1966       Reliever Moe Drabowsky ties a World Series record by striking out six consecutive batters in the Orioles’ 5-2 Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium. Brooks and Frank Robinson hit back-to-back homers in the first inning.

1977       Glenn Burke greets Dusty Baker on the dugout steps to congratulate his Dodger teammate for hitting a grand slam against the Phillies in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. The greeting, which consists of the two players extending their right arms above their heads and slapping their hands to make a resounding clap, is considered the first ‘high five’ in baseball history.

1980       The Yankees break the American League regular-season attendance record when 35,879 fans watch the team beat the Tigers, 2-1, in the season finale, bringing the final total 2,627,417. The 1948 Indians previously set the mark when 2,620,627 fans turned turnstiles to watch their Tribe capture the Junior Circuit’s pennant.

1980       Reaching first on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh in the 4-0 win over the Twins, Royals’ leadoff hitter Willie Wilson establishes a major league record for the most at-bats in a season with 705. The Kansas City outfielder will collect 230 hits and score 133 runs for the division-winning club.

1980       Brewers’ outfielder Ben Ogilvie becomes the first non-American born player to lead the American League in home runs. On the last day of the season, the 31 year-old Panamanian goes deep off Oakland’s Rick Langford for his 41st homer, which ties Reggie Jackson for the most round-trippers in the Junior Circuit.

1980       In a duel between two 19-game winners on the last day of the season, Scott McGregor enters the 20-win circle for the first and only time when he bests Len Barker in the Orioles’ 7-1 victory over the Indians. The Cleveland right-hander, who gives up six runs in five innings to finish the campaign with a 19-12 record, will never again come close to being a 20-game winner.

1991       At the Kingdome, the Mariners’ whitewash the White Sox, 10-0, for their 83rd win of the campaign. The victory assures the team of their first winning season in the 14-year history of the franchise.

1991       Scott Erickson becomes a 20-game winner in his sophomore season when he hurls six scoreless innings in the Twins’ 3-1 victory over Blue Jays at the Metrodome. The 23 year-old right-hander, nicknamed the Prince of Darkness for using a black glove and wearing dark socks on the days he pitches, compiles a 20–8 record along 3.18 ERA for the eventual World Champs.

1993       Bob Watson replaces Bill Wood as the Astros’ general manager, making the former Houston player the first black GM in baseball history. Bill Lucas had performed many similar duties for the Braves in the late 1970s, but he never officially held the title.

1999       Randy Johnson suffers his sixth consecutive loss in postseason play when the Mets beat the Diamondbacks, 8-4, in Game 1 of NLDS. Edgardo Alfonzo, who had gone deep earlier in the Bank One Ballpark contest, blasts an eventual game-winning grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, sealing the future Hall of Fame southpaw’s fate.

2000       In Game 2 of the NLDS, the Mets rebound from J.T. Snow’s pinch-hit three-run game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, when Jay Payton’s tenth-inning base hit drives in the eventual winning run to beat the Giants, 5-4. New York closer Armando Benitez, who gave up devasting blow, gets the win in relief in the Pacific Bell Park contest.

2001       Arizona’s Albie Lopez hurls a three-hit shutout to beat the Brewers at Miller Park, 5-0. The Diamondback victory clinches a tie for the NL West flag, and with the win, the 30 year-old right-hander avoids becoming the first 20-game loser since Brian Kingman accomplished the feat in 1980.

2001       The Seattle Mariners record their 115th victory of the season when they beat Texas, 6-2, at Safeco Field, breaking the 1998 Yankee record for most wins in an American League season. The team will tie the 1906 Cubs for the major league record of 116 wins when they add their final victory tomorrow in the next to last contest of the campaign.

2001       In the longest nine-inning game in major league history, Barry Bonds breaks and then extends the mark for home runs in a season during the 4 hours and 27 minutes, 11-10 loss to the Dodgers at Pac Bell Park. The Giant outfielder connects off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park to break Mark McGwire’s 1998 record of 70 and then homers again in his next at-bat to extend his record to 72.

2001       The Braves maul the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the National League East title and become the first team in professional sports to win ten consecutive division titles. The Boston Celtics (1957-65) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-90) won nine in a row.

2001       On the last day of the season, 38 year-old Jamie Moyer (20-6) becomes the oldest first-time 20-game winner when the Mariners beat Texas at Safeco Field, 6-2. The Seattle southpaw will also compile a 21-7 record in 2003.

2002       For the first time in its 42 year-old history, the Angels win a playoff series when they beat the Yankees, 9-5, to take the ALDS 3 games to 1. The postseason appearance is the first for the Halos since 1986 when, after being a strike away in Game 5 of the ALCS from advancing to the World Series, the team lost to the Red Sox in seven games.

2006       At Game 2 of the NLCS played at Petco Park, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who recently became baseball’s all-time saves leader, catches the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Lee Smith, the reliever he surpassed with his 479th save. The two ‘firemen’ exchange autographed baseballs after the toss.

2009       The Indians, with six games left on the schedule, announce they have dismissed Eric Wedge, their manager for the past seven years. The Cleveland skipper, whose firing came as no surprise, asks to remain in the dugout to manage the fifth-place Tribe for the remainder of the season.

2010       Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton breaks Ichiro’s Japanese record for the most hits in a single season when he strokes his 211th hit of the year, a two-run single in a game against the Yakult Swallows. The 29 year-old former major leaguer, a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Red Sox who became part of a trade to the Cubs in a four-team deal that included Nomar Garciaparra, also played with the A’s before being released by the Rockies last season.

2011       During the fifth turn of Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, a squirrel runs across home plate just as Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt begins to deliver a pitch to Skip Schumaker. Umpire Angel Hernandez calls the pitch a ball, much to the chagrin of the right-hander and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, who believe that “no pitch” should be called due to the distraction caused by the grey rodent, immortalized by the Redbirds fans as the “rally squirrel.”

2012       In the first NL one-game winner-take-all wild-card playoff, the Cardinals beat the hometown Braves, 6-3, in a game-best remembered for a disputed infield fly rule call in the eighth inning. The irate Turner Field fans show their displeasure with the umpires’ decision on what appears to be a critical Redbird error on a dropped pop fly in the outfield by littering the playing field with debris, causing a 19-minute delay when the ground crew cleans up the assorted trash.

2014       The Royals complete a three-game sweep of the ALDS, beating the Angels at Kauffman Stadium, 8-3. The victory advances Kansas City to the league championship series for the first time since the team played in the postseason en route to winning a world championship in 1985.

2016       Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner goes the distance, throwing a 3-0 shutout against the Mets in the winner-take-all National League Wild Card Game. Conor Gillaspie’s three-run homer off Jeurys Familia in the top of the ninth breaks a scoreless tie, wasting a great start by Noah Syndergaard, who had matched zeros with the San Francisco postseason legend for the first seven innings of the Citi Field contest.

2020       In the ALDS, Shane McClanahan takes the mound against the Yankees, becoming the first pitcher and fifth player overall to make his major league debut in the postseason. The Rays’ 23 year-old southpaw follows Bug Holliday (10/17/1885), Mark Kiger (10/13/2013), Adalbert Mondesi (10/30/2015), and Alex Kirilloff (9/30/2020).

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills310.7500.0134442-1-01-0-02-1-01-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins130.2502.0621090-2-01-1-01-3-01-1-03 L
New England Patriots130.2502.071700-3-01-0-01-1-01-1-02 L
New York Jets130.2502.047941-1-00-2-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers310.7500.095741-1-02-0-02-0-02-0-02 W
Denver Broncos310.7500.083491-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders310.7500.01041002-0-01-1-03-1-00-1-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs220.5001.01341251-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens310.7500.0105921-0-02-1-02-1-00-0-03 W
Cleveland Browns310.7500.0100672-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers130.2502.067930-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans220.5000.0951111-1-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Houston Texans130.2501.0671161-1-00-2-01-2-01-0-03 L
Indianapolis Colts130.2501.083970-2-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.0741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys310.7500.0126972-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Washington Football Team220.5001.01011221-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles130.2502.0941060-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
New York Giants130.2502.083950-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals4001.0000.0140851-0-03-0-02-0-01-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams310.7501.0115992-1-01-0-02-1-00-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks220.5002.01031000-1-02-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
San Francisco 49ers220.5002.01071020-2-02-0-02-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers310.7500.0951002-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Chicago Bears220.5001.064912-0-00-2-01-1-01-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings130.2502.094921-1-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions040.0003.0811190-2-00-2-00-3-00-2-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers310.7500.01221052-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers310.7500.097662-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints220.5001.094691-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons130.2502.0781280-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC28111434626208-7-03-7-347
Philadelphia2711973626109-3-32-6-442
Orlando City SC281198414108-4-23-5-642
D.C.28124124941810-0-32-4-940
New York City FC28117104432128-3-33-4-740
CF Montreal2811710403738-3-33-4-740
Atlanta281099373348-3-32-6-639
New York279711333035-5-34-2-834
Columbus2897123239-77-3-32-4-934
Inter Miami CF2795132542-175-2-74-3-632
Chicago2976162946-176-5-51-1-1127
Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2748152852-241-5-63-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2716654422227-4-39-2-254
Sporting KC2815765131208-5-27-2-452
Colorado2713953827117-6-16-3-448
Portland2814410454419-2-35-2-746
Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
Los Angeles28116113945-67-3-44-3-739
Minnesota2710893032-28-2-32-6-638
Vancouver279108343408-2-41-8-437
Los Angeles FC2897124041-16-5-33-2-934
San Jose2889113544-94-3-74-6-433
FC Dallas29610133947-84-7-32-3-1028
Houston29512123345-125-6-30-6-927
Austin2874172944-155-2-72-2-1025

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference