INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 10 INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL
|1. Hamilton Southeastern||(9)||9-0||338||4|
|2. Indpls Cathedral||(9)||7-1||332||3|
|4. Center Grove||–||7-2||242||2|
|5. Carroll (Fort Wayne)||–||9-0||208||5|
|6. Crown Point||–||9-0||170||6|
|8. Indpls Ben Davis||–||6-3||100||7|
Others receiving votes: Fishers 38. Warren Central 4. Warsaw 2. Lafayette Jeff 2.
|1. Ft. Wayne Snider||(13)||8-1||332||2|
|3. Bloomington South||–||7-1||232||4|
|5. Lafayette Harrison||(1)||8-1||200||6|
|7. Ft. Wayne North||–||7-2||162||7|
|10. Ft. Wayne Dwenger||–||6-3||44||NR|
Others receiving votes: Terre Haute South 12. Chesterton 8. Castle 2.
|1. New Palestine||(17)||9-0||358||1|
|2. Indpls Roncalli||(1)||8-1||310||2|
|4. E. Central||–||7-2||208||4|
|5. Ev. Reitz||–||9-0||198||6|
|6. New Prairie||–||8-1||166||8|
|9. Columbia City||–||8-1||80||10|
|10. Indpls Brebeuf||–||5-3||52||NR|
Others receiving votes: Ev. Memorial 38. Jasper 22. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) 18. Martinsville 10. Logansport 6.
|1. W. Lafayette||(12)||9-0||346||1|
|2. Gibson Southern||(3)||9-0||318||2|
|3. Oak Hill||–||9-0||234||5|
|5. Hanover Central||–||9-0||182||6|
|6. Indpls Chatard||(2)||5-4||166||4|
|7. Western Boone||–||8-1||148||8|
|8. Owen Valley||–||9-0||142||7|
Others receiving votes: Tri-West 64. Guerin Catholic 8. Jimtown 6.
|3. Indpls Scecina||(2)||8-1||282||5|
|4. Triton Central||–||7-2||228||6|
|6. Ev. Mater Dei||–||6-3||184||4|
|9. Lafayette Catholic||–||6-3||74||7|
|10. Heritage Christian||–||5-3||40||NR|
|(tie) Perry Central||–||8-1||40||NR|
Others receiving votes: Ft. Wayne Luers 28. Churubusco 12. S. Vermillion 10. Seeger 4. N. Posey 4. Southmont 2. Sullivan 2. Cass 2.
|1. Indpls Lutheran||(15)||9-0||334||1|
|2. Adams Central||(2)||9-0||306||2|
|3. N. Decatur||–||9-0||256||3|
|4. N. Judson||–||8-1||228||5|
|8. Carroll (Flora)||–||8-1||86||4|
|9. S. Adams||–||7-2||70||10|
|10. S. Putnam||–||7-2||66||6|
Others receiving votes: Covenant Christian 22. Providence 14. Triton 6. Indpls Park Tudor 2. Madison-Grant 2. Southwood 2.
INDIANA BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS
1 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | WESTVIEW (19-1-1) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1)
3:30 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | PENN (13-4-4) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3)
6 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CROWN POINT (17-4-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (18-1)
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (16-1-3)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (19-1-1) VS. LEO (17-4)
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | ANDREAN (14-2-4) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (10-8-3)
3. EVANSVILLE NORTH
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (18-2-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (15-4-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (15-3-2)
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (19-1-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (14-7)
1 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (17-2-2) VS. CENTER GROVE (17-2-2)
3 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (10-7-5) VS. COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1)
5 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (10-7-3) VS. FOREST PARK (14-6-1)
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE
1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON
2. NEW HAVEN @ INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE
3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY
4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS
INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
ANDERSON AT DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
BALL STATE VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
BUTLER VS. MARIST, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: FLOSPORTS)
DEPAUW VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
FRANKLIN AT ROSE-HULMAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
HANOVER VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
INDIANA AT RUTGERS, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)
INDIANA STATE VS. ILLINOIS STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)
MANCHESTER VS. BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
MARIAN AT CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
NOTRE DAME VS. UNLV, OCTOBER 22 AT 2:30 P.M. (TV: PEACOCK)
PURDUE AT WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN)
ST. FRANCIS AT INDIANA WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: ESPN3)
TAYLOR VS. MADONNA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
TRINE VS. ALBION, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
UINDY VS. QUINCY, OCTOBER 22 AT 6 P.M.
VALPARAISO AT MOREHEAD STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
WABASH AT OBERLIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
GEORGIA STATE AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
TROY AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
PRINCETON AT HARVARD | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
LONG ISLAND AT WAGNER | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT TEMPLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UAB AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
IOWA AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
SYRACUSE AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC
UT MARTIN AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
KANSAS AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M.
CINCINNATI AT SMU | 12 P.M.
UL MONROE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
INDIANA AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M.
HOUSTON AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
AKRON AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
DUKE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TOLEDO AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | PEACOCK
WEST VIRGINIA AT TEXAS TECH | 3 P.M.
RICE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
OLE MISS AT LSU | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
UCLA AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M.
BOSTON COLLEGE AT WAKE FOREST | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MARSHALL AT JAMES MADISON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BYU AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M.
PURDUE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NORTHWESTERN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M.
MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M.
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
FIU AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NORTH TEXAS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M.
VANDERBILT AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
HAWAI’I AT COLORADO STATE | 4 P.M.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
SAN JOSE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 6 P.M.
FRESNO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 6:30 P.M. | FS2
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
BOISE STATE AT AIR FORCE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA AT PENN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UCF AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS STATE AT TCU | 8 P.M.
COLORADO AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
PITT AT LOUISVILLE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UTAH STATE AT WYOMING | 9:45 P.M.
WASHINGTON AT CAL | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NFL WEEK 7
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (THU) 5:15P (MST) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
DETROIT LIONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON AP POLL
- SOUTH CAROLINA (30)
- IOWA STATE
- NOTRE DAME
- NORTH CAROLINA STATE
- NORTH CAROLINA
- VIRGINIA TECH
- OHIO STATE
- SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
NY YANKEES 5 CLEVELAND 1
PHILADELPHIA 2 SAN DIEGO 0
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
NLCS GAME 2, PHI @ SD 4:30 P.M., FOX OR FS1
ALCS GAME 1, NYY @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
ALCS GAME 2, NYY @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
NLCS GAME 3, SD @ PHI 7:30 P.M., FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
ALCS GAME 3, HOU @ NYY 5 P.M., TBS
NLCS GAME 4, SD @ PHI 7:45 P.M., FOX
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
NLCS GAME 5, SD @ PHI 2:30 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
ALCS GAME 4, HOU @ NYY 7 P.M., TBS
MONDAY, OCT. 24
ALCS GAME 5, HOU @ NYY 4 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 6, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
ALCS GAME 6, NYY @ HOU 6 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 7, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FOX OR FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
ALCS GAME 7, NYY @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
BOSTON 126 PHILADELPHIA 117
GOLDEN STATE 123 LA LAKERS 109
WEDNESDAY NBA SCHEDULE
HOUSTON AT ATLANTA
CHICAGO AT MIAMI
NEW ORLEANS AT BROOKLYN
CLEVELAND AT TORONTO
NEW YORK AT MEMPHIS
OKLAHOMA CITY AT MINNESOTA
CHARLOTTE AT SAN ANTONIO
DENVER AT UTAH
DALLAS AT PHOENIX
PORTLAND AT SACRAMENTO
OTTAWA 7 BOSTON 5
NEW JERSEY 4 ANAHEIM 2
COLUMBUS 4 VANCOUVER 3
PHILADELPHIA 3 TAMPA BAY 2
NY ISLANDERS 5 SAN JOSE 2
CALGARY 3 VEGAS 2
BUFFALO 4 EDMONTON 2
LOS ANGELES 4 NASHVILLE 3
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Harper, Schwarber HR as Wheeler, Phils top Pads to open NLCS
SAN DIEGO (AP) Bryce Harper hit another postseason home run – no surprise there – and then Kyle Schwarber topped him by launching a shot that amazed even his teammates.
Harper hit his fourth homer this postseason and Schwarber hit a jaw-dropping, 488-foot drive that carried the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Diego Padres 2-0 Tuesday night to open the all-wild card NL Championship Series.
Zack Wheeler was awesome, too, combining with two relievers on a one-hitter for Philadelphia. The Phillies managed just three hits off Yu Darvish and the San Diego bullpen – the combined four hits matched the fewest ever in a postseason game.
The Phillies will try to take a 2-0 lead when they send Aaron Nola to mound to oppose Blake Snell on Wednesday afternoon. Nola is set to pitch against his brother, Padres catcher Austin Nola.
“I thought Darvish was really good and we couldn’t get much going, but Harper, three straight games with a home run, and Schwarber’s game was just completely flush,” Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson said. “I mean, with the great pitching we had tonight, that’s all we needed.”
Harper, trying to reach his first World Series, hit a high-arcing, opposite-field shot into the first row in left field with one out in the fourth. It was the fourth home run this postseason for Harper, who was playing in San Diego for the first time since his left thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch by Blake Snell on June 25, sidelining him for two months.
Harper, the two-time NL MVP who won the award last year, has hit nine home runs in 26 career postseason games.
Schwarber’s incredible shot on Darvish’s first pitch of the sixth had an exit velocity of 119.7 mph – the hardest-hit ball in any postseason since Statcast began tracking in 2015 – and was the first to reach the right field upper deck at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. It was the farthest in his career and the farthest at Petco in the Statcast Era and gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Schwarber, who led the NL with 46 home runs this season but was in a 1-for-20 postseason slump coming in, raised his right arm as he rounded first base and Harper stood in the dugout with his mouth agape in amazement.
“I thought it got pretty small pretty fast,” said Harper, who’s in his first NLCS. “I’ve never seen a ball go up in that section in Petco Park. Just very impressive.”
And then some.
“A lot of people just looked at me weird,” Schwarber said about the reaction he got in the dugout. “It was a cool moment, but I’m happy that we got the win overall.”
Wheeler said he was in the tunnel just off the dugout, “but I heard everybody sort of take off, so I ran up the stairs and I saw it land, and that was pretty crazy,” the pitcher said. “I’ve never even seen that done in batting practice or anything.”
Austin Nola, the Padres’ catcher, said “that ball was hit as far as I’ve ever seen. It was left over the middle – it was up in the zone. He put a good swing on it.”
Darvish said it wasn’t a mistake pitch to Harper, but added, “For Schwarber that is on me, that is my mistake. I knew he was waiting on something off-speed. The ball kind of went into the middle area and he got the most of it,” he said through an interpreter.
The Padres, who eliminated the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, had only four baserunners, including a single by Wil Myers in the fifth. Still, they had a chance to win in the ninth against Jose Alvarado.
Jurickson Profar drew a one-out walk and Juan Soto reached when third baseman Alec Bohm made an errant throwing trying for a force. Manny Machado flied out and Alvarado struck out Josh Bell for the save, looking skyward and clapping after getting the final out.
The long balls by Harper and Schwarber were the latest impressive home runs for the Phillies, who are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The last won the World Series in 2008. They’ve hit eight homers in seven games this postseason.
Harper joined Gary Matthews (1983) as the only players in franchise history to homer in three straight postseason games in the same year. Harper hit one homer in the wild-card series win at St. Louis and two in going 8 for 16 as the Phillies eliminated the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
Rhys Hoskins had an epic bat spike on a monster homer against the Braves, and J.T. Realmuto became the first catcher in postseason history to hit an inside-the-park home run.
“I love this,” Harper said. “Like I just really enjoy this situation. I really enjoy coming to ballparks that are hostile. I don’t know, I just really enjoy it.”
The Phillies at times stunned Petco Park, where a sellout crowd of 44,826 was amped up for the Padres’ first NLCS appearance since 1998.
But Wheeler had he Padres totally off balance, allowing only a one-out walk to Juan Soto in the first and then retiring 12 straight batters until Myers singled with one out in the fifth. Wheeler then retired his final eight batters. He struck out eight and walked one on 83 pitches.
“That’s probably as good a pitching performance we’ve seen all year, is my guess,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said.
Seranthony Dominguez pitched a perfect eighth.
Darvish took the loss, allowing two runs and three hits in seven innings while striking out seven and walking one.
The combined four hits matched matched the total for the Cardinals and Pirates in a 2013 NLDS matchup, and a game in the 2004 NLCS between the Cards and Astros. … The Padres became the first team to pitch a one-hitter in one game and have a one-hitter thrown against them in another during the same postseason. Joe Musgrove and the San Diego bullpen allowed one hit against the Mets in the wild-card round clincher.
Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA regular season; 2-0, 0.00 postseason) and Padres LHP Blake Snell (8-10, 3.38 ERA regular season; 1-0, 3.12 postseason) are scheduled to start Game 2 Wednesday afternoon. Nola’s brother Austin is the Padres’ catcher. Austin Nola’s RBI single off his younger brother carried the Padres to a 1-0 win against the Phillies at Petco Park on June 24.
Stanton, Judge HR, Yankees beat Guards, into ALCS vs Astros
NEW YORK (AP) Gleyber Torres stepped on second base for the final out, swinging his arms back and forth, four times in all, while glaring at Josh Naylor and the Guardians dugout.
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge rocked Cleveland with early homers, and Nestor Cortes and the New York Yankees rolled into another AL Championship Series matchup with the Houston Astros.
“We got our revenge. We’re happy to beat those guys. Now they can watch on TV the next series for us,” Torres said after the Yankees beat the Guardians 5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of their AL Division Series on Tuesday night. “It’s nothing personal. Just a little thing about revenge.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone won his gamble by starting Cortes on three days’ rest over Jameson Taillon, making the late switch after Monday night’s rain caused a postponement.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona stayed the course with Aaron Civale instead of switching to 2020 Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber on short rest.
“I’ve never done it,” Bieber said. “But could I have? Sure.”
Civale had trouble throwing strikes, and the Guardians never recovered from Stanton’s three-run homer just 21 pitches in.
Taillon will start Wednesday night at Houston, which goes with Justin Verlander. The AL matchup features the league’s top two regular-season teams in the 106-win Astros and 99-win Yankees, a contrast to the NL championship between wild-card San Diego and Philadelphia.
“When they’re all clicking they’re great,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole said of the Astros, his former team. When they’re not all clicking, they’re great.”
Cole got two wins against Cleveland and carved the Guardians with just three words. Naylor made the rocking the baby motion repeatedly while rounding the bases after homering off Cole in Game 4.
Cole responded: “Whatever. It’s cute.”
“We feel like it is a little disrespectful, not just Cole but for the team,” Torres said.
Yankees fans in the sellout crowd of 48,178 greeted Naylor with derisive chants of “Who’s your daddy!” echoing their treatment of Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez two decades ago.
No offense, Naylor said.
“That was so sick,” he said. “That was honestly like a dream come true as a kid. Playing in an environment like this, where they’ve got diehard fans. It’s cool.”
Now 27, Cortes he was traded by the Yankees to Seattle after the 2019 season, was dropped by the Mariners a year later and became an All-Star after resurfacing in the Bronx.
“Just the legend of Nestor,” Boone said. “Honestly going in, I would have been really excited about 10 batters.”
Cortes dominated with three-hit ball for five innings for the win, throwing 61 pitches.
“I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve been in the gutter before. I’ve been down,” Cortes said. “So for me, this is just a cherry on top,”
Jonathan Loaisiga, Clay Holmes and Wandy Peralta finished with five-hit scoreless relief. Peralta became the first Yankees pitcher to appear in all five games of a Division Series..
“Just getting the last out, it’s hard to explain. It’s such an exciting moment,” Peralta said through a translator.
With two outs and two on, Myles Straw hit a grounder to shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who flipped to Torres to end it.
Anthony Rizzo had a fifth-inning RBI bloop single for AL East champion New York, which is seeking its 28th title and first since 2009,
AL Central champion Cleveland, the youngest team in the majors, remained without a championship since 1948. The Guardians whose $68 million payroll is a fraction of the Yankees’ $274 million, led 2-1 in the best-of-five series.
“I know they are hurting right now,” Francona said. “This needs to be a starting place for us. This can’t just be a good story this year. We need to take this and go, because I think we have a chance to have something really special.”
Jose Ramirez’s third-inning sacrifice fly drove in the only run for Cleveland, which has lost a big league record 11 straight postseason elimination games.
New York hit .182 but outhomered the Guardians 9-3 as Stanton and Judge each went deep twice. The Yankees scored 16 of their 20 runs on long balls.
“We definitely had to throw the first punch in a game like this,” Stanton said.
Judge, who homered on an opposite-field drive to right against Sam Hentges, became the first player with four homers in winner-take-all postseason games. He tugged at and kissed the interlocking “NY” on his jersey after reaching the dugout.
“I’ve been watching a lot of Premier League soccer games. So I’ve seen those guys doing it,” Judge said. “It was in the moment.”
Civale threw just 12 of 26 pitches for strikes, getting only one swing and miss and just one out.
Torres walked on four pitches leading off, Judge struck out on a full-count curveball and Civale hit Rizzo on the left thigh with a pitch.
Stanton lined a cutter 379 feet into the short right-field porch, a drive that would be a home run in only three of the 30 major league ballparks.
Civale stared into his stall after the game, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, before showering and then answeing questions.
“Just didn’t have great command early on and didn’t last very long,” he said. “Left a pitch up, rand one of the guys that gets paid to hit home runs hit a home run.”
Cleveland failed to ask for a video review in the fourth inning when Andres Gimenez clearly beat a diving Rizzo to the first-base bag. Francona said he ran out of time.
Yankees: LF Aaron Hicks hurt his left knee in a collision with SS Oswaldo Cabrera chasing a Steven Kwan’s popup, which fell for a single. Hicks said his postseason is over after an MRI showed the knee requires a six-week recovery. … RHPs Ron Marinaccio (right shin) and Frankie Montas (right shoulder) could be activated agaist Houston. … OF Andrew Benintendi (right wrist) is unlikely.
Guardians: Open the season at Seattle on March 30.
Ohtani had ‘good’ season; less glowing about Angels results
TOKYO (AP) Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani arrived home on Tuesday and was critical of his Los Angeles Angels team missing the Major League Baseball playoffs again.
In an interview at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, he said it was “a good season for me personally.” Not so good for the Angels, though.
Without solid support for former AL MVPs Ohtani and Mike Trout, the Angels suffered a seventh consecutive losing season, and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year.
“I have to say that August and September in particular felt longer to me than last year,” Ohtani said, speaking in Japanese. “We were not able to play as many good games as we would like – including 14 consecutive losses. So I have a rather negative impression of this season.”
The Angels finished 73-89 and were 33 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West.
The Angels last made the playoffs in 2014. Ohtani joined in 2018, leaving one of baseball’s biggest stars on the sidelines for the game’s biggest stage.
Ohtani was 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA as a pitcher. As a batter he hit 34 home runs, had 95 RBIs and hit .273.
He was asked about the possibility of being the American League MVP again.
“I’m just happy to be considered as a candidate,” he said.
Ohtani has already picked up an armful of awards. He was the AL MVP last year. Last season, he was also presented a special award – the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award – by Commissioner Rob Manfred to recognize his two-way play.
Ohtani has already agreed to a $30 million deal with the Angels for the 2023 season, his final year before free agency. The Angels have said they want to keep him.
He was open to playing for Japan in next year’s World Baseball Classic, which takes place before the MLB season.
“Many top-class Major League players from the United States and Latin America have announced their participation,” Ohtani said. “Participating in this tournament is very appealing to me. I have that kind of feeling.”
Broncos QB Wilson adds hamstring to list of injuries
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Russell Wilson has added hamstring to his list of injuries.
A week after getting treatment for an injury near his throwing shoulder, the Denver quarterback said he tweaked his hamstring during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s 19-16 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
“I kind of scrambled and moved around on one, had to throw it away. It got me pretty good in the fourth quarter. Just tried to play through it and all that,” Wilson said. “I felt good moving around, running around and throwing it and everything else, especially early on, and then that happened, so that was a little unfortunate. But, you know, trying to find a way to win the game.”
Wilson was 15 of 28 for 188 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (2-4), who dropped a game in overtime for the second straight week.
Wilson, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, received an injection for a strained muscle near his throwing shoulder after the Oct. 6 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The platelet-rich plasma injection was used to treat a strained latissimus dorsi on his right side. It is the large, flat muscle on the back that stretches to the sides and behind the arms. Wilson sustained the injury during an Oct. 2 loss at Las Vegas and then played through it on a short week.
Steelers QB Pickett to play if he clears concussion protocol
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett will practice on Wednesday and will play next Sunday night against Miami if he clears the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Pickett will have “no restrictions” in practice this week and the plan is to stick with Pickett if he’s available rather than turn to backup Mitch Trubisky, who played well in relief of Pickett in a 20-18 victory over Tampa Bay last week.
“If Kenny Pickett is cleared to play, he’ll play,” Tomlin said.
Pickett left in the third quarter against the Buccaneers after being legally knocked to the ground by Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White. He lay on the Acrisure Stadium turf for several moments, stood up but then sat back down as officials ordered members of Pittsburgh’s medical staff to tend to Pickett.
The 20th overall pick in the draft made his way to the sideline and then to the training room for the examination and did not return. Trubisky, who was benched for Pickett at halftime of a loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 2, passed for 144 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Tomlin praised Trubisky for his contributions, but has no plans to go back to Trubisky if Pickett is good to go.
“We’re not going to blow in the wind,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to be somewhat steady. I’ve been consistent in my messaging regarding the decision-making at that position. I think it helps those that are playing. I think it helps the team in terms of who to follow. And we’re not going to flip the script now.”
Pickett completed 11 of 18 passes for 67 yards and his first NFL touchdown pass before leaving. The former University of Pittsburgh star is 55 of 83 for 514 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions in a little more than two games.
Pickett is the fifth Steelers player to enter the concussion protocol this season. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick did not miss a game after going into the protocol following a loss to Cleveland last month. Safety Terrell Edmunds missed one game after getting hurt against the Jets.
Tight end Pat Freiermuth and cornerback Levi Wallace sat out last week after sustaining concussions against Buffalo. Tomlin indicated both players could possibly be available on Sunday night.
The Steelers could have the majority of their starting secondary available after only one regular – Edmunds – played against the Buccaneers. Wallace, Fitzpatrick (knee), Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) and Cam Sutton (hamstring) all sat out as Pittsburgh beat Tom Brady for just the fourth time in 16 tries during Brady’s long career.
Tomlin said the play of little-used backups or practice squad players such as Elijah Wright and Quincy Wilson is Tomlin’s “standard is the standard” cliche come to life.
“When guys get an opportunity to ascend and make plays and positively contribute to a winning effort, it solidifies and hopefully is inspirational for those that are still very much in development awaiting their opportunities,” he said.
NOTES: Tomlin declined to confirm or deny a reported confrontation between Trubisky and wide receiver Diontae Johnson at halftime of the Jets’ game, right before Trubisky was benched. “If it transpired, good. It probably means there’s a couple of guys that wanted to win,” Tomlin said. “If it didn’t transpire, that probably means that it should have because we are aggressively pursuing victory.” … Tomlin also called the return of former Miami head coach Brian Flores – now a senior defensive assistant in Pittsburgh – a “non-factor.” Miami fired Flores last January, starting a series of events that concluded with Flores suing Miami and the NFL among others alleging racist hiring practices. The civil case remains in the courts.
Prime Video will add Black Friday game to NFL package in ’23
(AP) — The NFL will expand to Black Friday beginning next season.
The league announced Tuesday that Amazon Prime Video will stream a game on the day after Thanksgiving. The first Black Friday game will kick off at 3 p.m. EST on Nov. 23, 2023. The teams will be announced in May when the regular-season schedule is expected to be released.
Prime Video is in its first season as the exclusive carrier of “Thursday Night Football” and will expand to 16 games next season.
The package, which goes through the 2033 season, averages $1.2 billion per season but Amazon will pay between $50 million and $70 million per year for the additional game.
NFL owners passed a resolution during the league meetings in March that gave the league permission to schedule another short turnaround game the week of Thanksgiving.
Marie Donoghue, Amazon’s vice president of global sports video, said discussions about a Black Friday game began while the original contract was being negotiated last year, but that it picked up more steam this year.
Donoghue said Amazon will treat the game like one of the biggest of the season.
“Given what that day already means to millions of Americans, and how many of them interact with Amazon and what a strong presence Amazon has. And also, the fact that there were no NFL games on that day, we thought we could treat it like a Super Bowl,” she said.
The NFL has regularly played three games on Thanksgiving Day since 2006. The prime time game was originally carried by NFL Network before NBC took it over in 2012. CBS and Fox alternate carrying the early game from Detroit and the late afternoon matchup from Dallas.
There were rumors this summer that the Black Friday game would be fast-tracked to this year, but the day is already packed with the World Cup and high-profile college football matchups.
The United States will face England in a World Cup group stage match on Fox at 2 p.m. ET. College football has long used Black Friday as a day to showcase rivalry games, and this year is no exception with Texas vs. Baylor, North Carolina vs. NC State, Missouri vs. Arkansas, Iowa vs. Nebraska and Florida State vs. Florida among the matchups.
“This year we were focused on the 15 Thursday’s they already had. But now as we get here almost to the halfway point and see the great success out of the gate with Amazon, it felt like the right time to take the next step forward, and add to the partnership and expand onto Black Friday,” said Hans Schroeder, the executive vice president of NFL Media.
According to Nielsen, Prime Video is averaging 10.8 million viewers through the first five games. The last two games have not been must-see TV as Indianapolis defeated Denver 12-9 and Washington held on for a 12-7 victory over Chicago.
The game this Thursday will be a matchup of 2-4 teams when New Orleans visits Arizona. The Oct. 27 matchup features Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens and Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The league has eight weeks set aside to cycle through byes, but all 32 teams are in action for Week 12 this season, which is the week of Thanksgiving.
The additional game also means there will be eight windows to fill with intriguing matchups while satisfying five broadcast partners. Schroeder said the league had the same case this year with Christmas week and that they will use that as a template for how to build the week of Thanksgiving.
Colts owner Irsay says there’s “merit to remove” Snyder
NEW YORK (AP) Colts owner Jim Irsay says there’s “merit to remove” Dan Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders, making him the first NFL owner to publicly state that his controversial counterpart should go.
Snyder’s status has been widely debated for years amid several scandals and investigations into workplace conduct in Washington. The league has been investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety, a probe conducted by attorney Mary Jo White that is ongoing.
Removing Snyder would be unprecedented and requires 24 votes from the other owners.
“It’s something we have to review, we have to look at all the evidence and we have to be thorough and it’s something that has to be given serious consideration,” Irsay said Tuesday. “I believe in the workplace today, the standard that the shield stands for in the NFL, that you have to stand for that and protect that. I just think once owners talk among each other they will arrive at the right decision. Unfortunately, I believe that’s the road we probably need to go down and we just need to finish the investigation, but it’s gravely concerning to me the things that have occurred there over the last 20 years.”
A person familiar with the thinking of several owners told The Associated Press that they agree with Irsay and have serious concerns about the allegations against Snyder. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the conversations are private, said a group of owners believe Snyder’s dismissal would be best for the NFL and the other 31 teams. The person doesn’t know if 24 owners would vote to remove Snyder, but momentum is building against him.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cautioned owners to reserve judgment until the investigation is completed.
“There’s no reason for there to be any speculation at this point in time or discussion until we have the facts. That was my message to ownership,” Goodell said. “Speculation without facts is not a very positive thing to do. I think everyone deserves to have the facts and to make sure those decisions are made with facts, and the membership will have that opportunity.”
The Commanders released a statement saying the Snyders will not sell the team.
“It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay opted to make statements publicly based on falsehoods in the media,” the statement said. “It is unfortunate that Mr. Irsay decided to go public with his statement today, while an investigation is in process, and the team has had no opportunity to formally respond to allegations. The Commanders have made remarkable progress over the past two years. We are confident that, when he has an opportunity to see the actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that there is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise. And they won’t.”
Goodell said there’s no timeline for White to submit her report. It’s anticipated she’s nearing the end of the investigation, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation remains open.
Snyder’s ownership of the Commanders became a big issue again last week when ESPN reported, citing anonymous sources, that he has hired private investigators and told people he has enough information to expose fellow owners and Goodell.
The Commanders denied the contents of the report, calling it “categorically untrue” and “clearly part of a well-funded, two-year campaign to coerce the sale of the team, which will continue to be unsuccessful.”
Snyder addressed the report in a letter to owners.
“That is patently false and intended to erode the trust and goodwill between owners that I take quite seriously,” Snyder wrote in the letter obtained by the AP. “I have never hired any private investigator to look into any owner or the commissioner. I have never instructed or authorized my lawyers to hire any private investigator on my behalf for any such purpose. And I never would.”
Snyder added he did not take for granted the privilege of being able to own an NFL franchise and said he and wife Tanya are available if anyone has questions or wants to discuss any issues.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a known supporter of Snyder, declined to throw the embattled owner under the bus, despite ESPN’s report of a rift between the longtime confidants.
“I have no knowledge of anything that has got any basis to it,” Jones said.
Tanya Snyder, the team’s co-CEO, and Commanders President Jason Wright represented the team at the meetings.
Snyder and the organization are also currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Snyder has owned the team since 1999.
Lawyers representing dozens of former Washington employees wrote a letter to Goodell expressing concern over an element of ESPN’s report last week that indicated Snyder used the league’s independent investigation to gather information on witnesses who participated given the promise of confidentiality.
“After participating in the investigation, and after the NFL revealed witness names, several of our clients were harassed by private investigators, some were publicly disparaged and/or removed from team alumni groups and at least one who was still working for the tram was terminated,” attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz wrote in the letter. “If true, (the ESPN-reported) `tip sheet’ allegation is not only normally reprehensible, but it also provides the basis for us to take legal action against the NFL.”
The NFL denied the allegations, with a spokesperson saying the league has repeatedly committed to protecting the anonymity of witnesses who took part in Beth Wilkinson’s investigation.
“The NFL did not share their names with the Commanders and their lawyers,” the statement said. “The allegation is false. Ms. Wilkinson and her firm kept their pledge to the witnesses and did not share their identities with the commissioner or league staff other than the limited number of participants who were willing to be identified.”
Tennessee QB Hooker leads AP midseason All-America team
(AP) — Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, two Big Ten running backs and Alabama pass-rusher Will Anderson Jr. highlight The Associated Press midseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank, selected by AP Top 25 voters and released Tuesday.
Hooker is second in the country in passer efficiency rating at 187.7 and has accounted for 18 touchdowns, The Virginia Tech transfer led the Volunteers to a 52-49 victory against Alabama that pushed Tennessee to No. 3 in the Top 25.
Joining Hooker in the All-America backfield is Illinois’ Chase Brown, who leads the nation with 1,059 yards rushing, and Michigan’s Blake Corum, who is averaging 129 yards game and has scored 13 TDs.
Anderson leads the defense. Last year’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner as national defensive player of the year has five sacks among 10.5 tackles for loss this season for the sixth-ranked Tide. Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who was selected as an all-purpose player, is also on the team.
Quarterback – Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Running backs – Chase Brown, Illinois; Blake Courm, Michigan.
Tackles – Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State; Peter Skoronski, Northwestern.
Guards – O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida; Steve Avila, TCU.
Center – John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota.
Tight end – Dalton Kincaid, Utah.
Wide receivers – Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee; Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State; Charlie Jones, Purdue.
All-purpose player – Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama.
Kicker – Christopher Dunn, North Carolina State.
Edge rushers – Will Anderson Jr., Alabama; Laiatu Latu, UCLA.
Linemen – Tuli Tuipulotu, Southern California; Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois.
Linebackers – Ivan Pace, Jr., Cincinnati; Daiyan Henley, Washington State; Drew Sanders, Arkansas.
Cornerbacks – Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State; Clark Phillips III, Utah.
Safeties – Christopher Smith, Georgia; Bentlee Sanders, Nevada.
Defensive back – Joey Porter Jr., Penn State.
Punter – Bryce Baringer, Michigan State.
Tatum, Brown each score 35, Celtics beat 76ers 126-117
BOSTON (AP) A scandal off the court cast a shadow over the Boston Celtics entering the preseason.
On the court, they opened the regular season looking like a team still very much capable of contending for a championship.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 35 points and the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 126-117 on Tuesday night in the NBA’s season opener.
Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Grant Williams finished with 15 as the defending Eastern Conference champions gave interim coach Joe Mazzulla a victory in his debut on a night the team honored the legacy of Bill Russell.
“It was just unique and special,” Brown said. “It feels a little bit better knowing who we were playing and who we were playing for.”
Mazzulla has been tasked with leading the team after Ime Udoka was suspended for the season following an investigation by a law firm that found he committed multiple violations of team policies.
Mazzulla successfully led a Celtics team that very much resembled the one that made a surprise run to the NBA Finals a season ago.
“It was a proud moment,” Mazzulla said. “I think at the end of the game, the ‘Let’s go Celtics! `chant – we picked up right where we left off. … When they’re cheering for you, you’re doing something right.”
Boston opened up a 110-97 lead with 8 minutes to play and never trailed again.
James Harden scored 35 points – his most since joining the 76ers last season – including 12 of 12 from the free throw line. He also had five 3-pointers.
“We gave them 20-plus points in transition,” Harden said. “That’s the game right there.”
Joel Embiid added 26 points and 15 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey finished with 21 points.
Mazzulla has vowed to keep the focus on building upon the culture Udoka established on the court as a rookie head coach last season.
He insists that it will be done primarily on the defensive end of the floor, but the offense was the story for the Celtics on Tuesday with 56% shooting from the field.
With big man Robert Williams sidelined as he recovers from offseason surgery on his knee, the Celtics stuck with the same starting lineup they employed during the preseason, playing defensive stalwart Derrick White alongside Marcus Smart, Tatum, Brown and Al Horford.
The smaller group sped Philadelphia up at times, forcing the 76ers into 14 turnovers for the game, leading to 22 Boston points.
The 76ers are looking to contend with the top teams in the East with Harden embarking on his first full season in Philadelphia after being swapped for Ben Simmons late last season in a trade with Brooklyn.
Harden looked rejuvenated coming off a season defined by hamstring injuries that hampered his effectiveness in a truncated 21 regular-season games with the Sixers last season.
The 10-time All-Star frustrated the Celtics, displaying the mobility he was missing a year ago. He was able to get to the free throw line often. He also was effective from the 3-point line, connecting on four in the first half, including a rainbow heave from the top of the key to beat the shot clock late in the second quarter.
76ers: Were outrebounded 36-31. . Led 29-24 at the end of the first quarter, with Harden scoring 16 points in the period and going 8 of 8 from the free throw line.
Celtics: Outscored the 76ers 24-2 in fast-break points. . Shot 71% in the second quarter with no turnovers. . Opened game on 9-2 run before being outscored 27-15 the rest of the quarter.
Tempers flared briefly in the third quarter when Smart took issue with Embiid holding onto his arm and then standing over him following a rebound. Smart got up and pushed Embiid, leading to a brief scrum between the teams.
Smart said he felt Embiid tried to break his arm.
Following a review by referees, Smart was assessed both personal and technical fouls.
“I could have cracked his head open, but I didn’t,” Smart said.
Said Embiid: ‘”‘It’s basketball. Emotions. The first game of the season. Rivalry, Boston-Philly.”
The Celtics held the first of two planned ceremonies this season to commemorate the life and legacy of Bill Russell, who he died July 31 at age 88.
There were video tributes highlighting some of Russell’s biggest moments on and off the court.
The team also wore No. 6 patches on its special edition jerseys. The uniforms included 11 gold diamonds down the sides, signifying the 11 championships Russell helped bring Boston during his career.
His widow, Jeannine Russell, sat courtside and tearfully acknowledged a standing ovation from fans during a timeout in the third quarter.
76ers: Host Milwaukee on Thursday.
Celtics: Open a three-game road trip Friday at Miami.
Stephen Curry, Warriors celebrate championship, beat Lakers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry opened the season with 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 on Tuesday night after receiving their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.
Jordan Poole made a pretty bounce pass to a driving Draymond Green for a layup and all seemed perfectly well with the defending champions almost two weeks after Green punched Poole at practice Oct. 5, then took a brief leave of absence from the team to work on his emotions. Poole wound up with 12 points and seven assists.
James had 31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, while Russell Westbrook scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds after nursing a sore left hamstring. Anthony Davis added 27 points, but the Lakers couldn’t keep up in another signature, runaway third quarter by reigning NBA Finals MVP Curry and Co.
Klay Thompson contributed 18 points in 20 minutes for the Warriors, who celebrated the franchise’s fourth title in eight years.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr limited the minutes of both Thompson and Green, who was away from the team until last Thursday. Kerr said he will increase Thompson’s minutes each game as a precaution following his return in January from an absence of more than 2 1/2 years for surgeries to his left knee and right Achilles tendon.
Warriors center James Wiseman made his first appearance since his rookie season of 2019-20 after sitting out all of last season recovering from right knee surgery. He had eight points and seven rebounds.
First-year Lakers coach Darvin Ham was thrilled to represent Saginaw, Michigan, in his coaching debut – and proud that it’s also Green’s hometown.
“I’m excited for the city of Saginaw, Michigan, to get to see a kid that represents the city well and happens to be playing some really good basketball and playing at a high level his entire career in Draymond Green,” Ham said. “And now they get to see another kid who is the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. This is a great night for Saginaw.”
“The way we’ve changed some things offensively, defensively within our system is like everything is all coming to this big, beautiful pot of gumbo, so we’ll mix it around with a spoon and see what tastes good and what doesn’t taste so good. I’m looking forward to it.” – Ham on figuring things out
Lakers: F Juan Toscano-Anderson received his championship ring from his former team, the first player to accept the sparkling jewelry. … Patrick Beverley picked up his third foul with 5:46 left in the first half and shot 1 of 5 for three points. … C Thomas Bryant had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament on his left thumb and is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors in about three weeks. “He came in and it was bothering him. The way he plays you know setting screens, diving on the floor, rumble tumble type of big, really providing the physicality, it could have happened anywhere,” Ham said. “Again he got fixed up today so we’re looking forward to a speedy recovery with him.”
Warriors: The Warriors have won three straight at home vs. the Lakers. … Golden State is 6-1 in home openers after a championship season. … F Andre Iguodala was inactive for the opener as the Warriors monitor his nagging left hip and manage the 38-year-old forward’s playing time at the start of his 19th season.
Lakers: Host the Clippers for their home opener Thursday.
Warriors: Host Denver on Friday night in a rematch of the first round of this year’s playoffs after the Nuggets handed the Warriors their lone preseason defeat last Friday.
NASCAR suspends Bubba Wallace 1 race for Las Vegas crash
(AP) — Bubba Wallace received a one race suspension from NASCAR after an investigation determined he deliberately spun reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson at Las Vegas in a “dangerous act” of retaliation before confronting him afterward.
Wallace had a shoving match with Larson after Sunday’s incident at Las Vegas and also pushed away a NASCAR official. The suspension handed down Tuesday falls under NASCAR’s behavioral policy, and technically could cover most of Wallace’s actions at Las Vegas.
But Steve O’Donnell, the executive in charge of competition and racing operations, said the penalties were for Wallace’s dangerous and deliberate retaliation against Larson, not the fracas a few moments later.
“When we look at how that incident occurred, in our minds, (it was) really a dangerous act that we thought was intentional and put other competitors at risk,” O’Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Still, Wallace’s suspension for this Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is a rare step: Wallace is the first Cup Series driver to be suspended for an on-track incident since Matt Kenseth was parked for two races in 2015 for an incident at Martinsville.
23XI Racing, which is owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan, is not appealing the penalty, and John Hunter Nemechek will replace Wallace this weekend.
“23XI is aligned with NASCAR on the one-race suspension issued to Bubba and we understand the need for the series to take a clear stand on the incidents that took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” the team said in a statement. “Bubba’s actions are not in keeping with the values of our team and partners. We have spoken to Bubba and expressed our disapproval of how he handled the situation. Bubba has made impressive strides this season and this experience is an opportunity for him to further learn and grow as a competitor in NASCAR.”
Larson, who had been eliminated from the playoffs a week earlier, and Wallace, who did not qualify to race for the Cup title, clashed on Lap 94 at Las Vegas. Larson attempted a three-wide pass and Kevin Harvick in the middle dropped out of the bunch. Larson slid up the track toward Wallace, who did not lift off the gas to give Larson any room. Larson then shoved Wallace’s Toyota into the wall.
Wallace had led 29 laps in a car he believed capable of winning and he reacted by following Larson’s car down to the apron, where he seemed to deliberately hook him in the rear corner as retaliation. That sent Larson spinning into the path of Christopher Bell, a title contender who is part of the Toyota camp with Wallace.
The crash ended Bell’s race and dropped him to last in the eight-driver playoff standings.
Wallace, meanwhile, climbed from his car and marched on the track toward Larson. Wallace was shouting before he even got to Larson and immediately began to shove the smaller driver.
Larson tried to turn away from him and several times lifted his arms to block Wallace’s shoves, but Wallace got in multiple shots before a NASCAR safety worker separated the two.
Wallace on Monday night apologized “for my actions” in a social media post he titled “Reflection.” He apologized specifically to NASCAR and its fans, but also Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for “putting them in a situation in the Playoffs that they do not deserve.”
His post did not address wrecking Larson – Wallace had claimed his steering broke when he hit the wall – or apologize specifically to the champion.
“I compete with immense passion, and with passion at times comes frustration,” Wallace wrote. “Upon reflecting, I should have represented our partners and core team values better than I did by letting my frustrations follow me outside of the car. You live and learn, and I intend to learn from this.”
Wallace, the only Black driver at the top level of NASCAR, has shown clear progress this season under heavy scrutiny. The incident has been sharply criticized by some of his fellow drivers, who have called for safety improvements to NASCAR’s new Next Gen car after recent injuries.
Joey Logano, winner of Sunday’s race and the first driver locked into the championship-deciding finale, said Wallace’s “retaliation is not OK.”
“If he spun (Larson) into the infield, maybe it’s a little better,” Logano said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “But right-rear hooking someone in the dogleg is not OK. I don’t think anyone realizes how bad that could have been. That could have been the end of Kyle Larson’s career. That to me was what was on the line. Or, his life.”
Logano said Larson was actually fortunate to have ricocheted into Bell and not directly into the wall.
“(Larson) might have flush-hit that thing in the side. And then game over. There’s no room for that. You can’t do that,” Logano said. “I don’t like using cars for a weapon. If you’re that mad, just get out and fight him.”
NASCAR also announced that the crew chief for Kyle Busch, Ben Beshore, along with two pit crew members have been suspended for the next four races after a wheel came off during the Las Vegas race.
Giroux scores, Senators beat Bruins 7-5 in home opener
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Claude Giroux opened the scoring in his Ottawa homecoming and the Senators outscored Boston 7-5 on Tuesday night for their first victory of the season and the Bruins’ first loss.
The 34-year-old Giroux signed with the Senators as a free agent in the offseason. He spent part of his childhood in Ottawa and has returned to the area for summers.
Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson and Tim Stutzle each had a goal and two assists for Ottawa. Mark Kastelic, Shane Pinto and Artem Zub also scored, and Anton Forsberg stopped 26 shots.
“Obviously, offensively we did all the things we wanted to do tonight, but clearly gave up too much,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “There was a lot of nerves, you could see it on the bench. . I thought we played really well in the first two games and didn’t get the results, so we’ll just take the win and move on.”
Coming into the home opener, Ottawa only had three goals in two road losses.
“It creates confidence for us,” Tkachuk said. “We faced adversity in those first two games and couldn’t get it done . it did tonight and all 20 of us took a step and went to the next level to get the job done.”
The Bruins dropped to 3-1. David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and two assists each, David Krejci, Nick Foligno and A.J. Greer also scored and Jeremy Swayman made 26 saves.
“These games happen every once in a while,” Pastrnak said. “It was obviously our third game in four days. We kept it positive. We came back twice.
“Hockey is a long season. It’s still early and these kinds of games are going to happen. You see it around the league all the time. Just sometimes the puck goes into the net both ways.”
Bruins: Host Anaheim on Thursday night.
Senators: Host Washington on Thursday night.
Dougie Hamilton breaks tie in 3rd, Devils beat Ducks 4-2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Defenseman Dougie Hamilton broke a tie 33 seconds into the third period, Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Jesper Bratt set up Hamilton with a cross-crease pass to Hamilton, parked to the right of goaltender Anthony Stolarz.
“I was hoping Jesper would get that puck across. Obviously, I knew he could do it and that he would see me just sitting there,” Hamilton said. “I thought I was going to miss for sure, but it’s almost one of those where it was too easy.”
Blackwood denied Ducks scoring leader Troy Terry from in front on the power play midway through the third as New Jersey held on for its first victory of the season after two losses.
Dawson Mercer added an insurance goal with 7:11 left.
Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg scored twice in the first period for a 2-0 lead, but Devils forwards Ondrej Palat and Nico Hischier each notched their first goals of the season to tie it in the second.
“Obviously, it’s always fun to get on the scoresheet,” Silfverberg said. “It felt good after the first, but worse after the second and even worse after the third.”
Devils coach Lindy Ruff was particularly pleased with the play of his goaltender who denied former Devil Adam Henrique on a breakaway midway through the second. The 25-year-old Blackwood had only nine wins last season during an injury-plagued campaign in which the Devils employed seven goaltenders.
“I think when you ramp up the pressure – and we were fatigued a bit – he made a big save on a breakdown,” Ruff said. “You look at big saves giving us an opportunity to get back in the game and he did that.”
Silfverberg, the 32-year-old Swedish forward in his 10th season with the Ducks, opened the scoring with his first goal this season at 7:57, snapping the puck past Blackwood after Isac Lundestrom won the faceoff to the goaltender’s right. Silfverberg scored again with 6:52 left.
Stolarz, who was born in nearby Edison and said he had about 75 family members in attendance, stopped Devils forward Nathan Bastain on a breakaway as time expired in the first to keep Anahem ahead by two. He made 37 saves overall.
The Ducks – after winning their opener at home against Seattle – were coming off two losses to start a five-game trip, 7-1 to the Islanders on Saturday and 6-4 to the Rangers on Monday.
“I thought we’ve got a healthy dose of what back-to-back games feel like in this league. As the game went on, I thought we made some tired mistakes,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “We didn’t manage their pushes or their pressure and you’ve got to learn how to do that back-to-back games when one team is fresh and the other one’s not.”
New Jersey fans voiced a smattering of boos after Silfverberg’s second goal, but the home team managed to reverse the momentum in the second period, getting 20 shots and scoring twice.
“We persevered,? Ruff said. “We were facing some adversity and Nico and his guys did a great job.”
Palat scored his with his first goal as a Devil at 4:17 with assists defenseman Ryan Graves and center Jack Hughes, their first points of the season. The 31-year-old Palat had played his entire 10-year NHL career with the Lightning before signing a five-year, $30 million contract with the Devils in July.
Hischier, the Devils’ captain, scored his first goal of the season with 5:12 left in the second. The 23-year-old Swiss-born forward said he was happy that he and and his teammates were able to shift the game’s momentum after the Ducks mostly controlled the first 20 minutes.
“We cleaned it up and got the crowd back on our side,” Hischier said. “Guys had a lot of energy and we executed so it was a great comeback win.”
MILESTONES: Ruff – in his third season behind New Jersey’s bench – notched career win No. 783 to move into fifth place ahead of Al Arbour at 782. The 62-year-old Ruff coached Buffalo for 15 seasons and Dallas for four years.
NOTES: The Devils scratched defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Jesper Boqvist and Fabian Zetterlund .. The Ducks scratched defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and Colton White plus forward Pavol Regenda . The Devils and Ducks split their two meetings last season . They will meet again on Jan. 13 in Anaheim.
Devils: At New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Ducks: At Boston on Thursday night.
Gavrikov’s OT score lifts Blue Jackets over Canucks 4-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Vladislav Gavrikov scored in overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets came from behind to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their first victory of the season.
The Canucks remained winless after four games and are the first team in NHL history to give up four straight multi-goal leads to start the season.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist, Justin Danforth and Zach Werenski each scored, and Gavrikov added an assist before his goal at 3:21 of overtime on a pass from Yegor Chinakhov. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 32 shots for Columbus, which had lost its first three games.
“You got to find a way to spark your team,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “We needed to find a way to win one game and then go from there. Hopefully, that lets you take a breath, and it loosens up some guys.”
Elias Pettersson scored his 100th career goal and added an assist, and Bo Horvat scored twice for the Canucks. Spencer Martin stopped 28 shots.
Vancouver got on the board at 7:51 of the first with Horvat’s short-handed one-timer off a pass from Pettersson with 13 seconds left in Curtis Lazar’s roughing penalty. Pettersson followed at 11:11, burying a rebound from inside the right circle for his third goal in four games.
But as it has in every game this season, the Vancouver lead eventually evaporated.
Danforth put the Blue Jackets on the board at 15:42 of the second, beating Martin over the left shoulder, and Werenski pulled them even at 6:18 of the third, finishing a cross-crease pass from Boone Jenner.
“In the first period we didn’t really have much,” Werenski said. “Both were desperate teams needing to win. I thought they came out a little bit better than us. The start of the second we started playing better and the third we dominated.”
Vancouver pulled ahead again 41 seconds later with Horvat’s dribbler before Gaudreau skated in to beat Martin with a wraparound at 9:27 of the third.
“We competed,” Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We came back. I thought in the last 10 minutes of the game we had 75% of the chances. We just didn’t score.”
Boudreau remains one victory shy of becoming the 22nd coach in NHL history and the fifth active head coach to reach 600 regular-season wins.
NICK OF TIME
Nick Blankenburg made his season debut Tuesday after being a healthy scratch in the first three games of the season. The defenseman played seven NHL games after finishing his University of Michigan last spring, notching a goal and two assists. Adam Boqvist was a healthy scratch.
Columbus forward Kent Johnson celebrated his 20th birthday, playing 12:24 with one shot on goal.
The Canucks assigned defensseman Noah Juulsen to their AHL affiliate and activated defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Ilya Mikheyev from injured reserve.
Vancouver: Visits Minnesota on Thursday.
Columbus: Hosts Nashville on Thursday.
Flyers beat Lightning 3-2 for 3rd straight comeback victory
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Carter Hart stopped 37 shots, Noah Cates scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and Philadelphia beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Tuesday night for the Flyers’ third straight comeback win to open the season.
Hart made a pad save on a breakaway by Brayden Point in the first period and improved to 1-5-1 against Tampa Bay.
Cates completed the rally from a two-goal deficit by scoring from the slot after a turnover at 12:44 of the third.
“Carter was outstanding,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “Kept us in it. We found a way at the end. We hope we’re building a little bit of a mindset of resiliency. I think each time it happens that way and you succeed, it just builds it for you.”
Steven Stamkos had two power-play goals and extended his season-opening goal streak to four games for the Lightning, who had their 10-game winning streak against the Flyers halted.
Stamkos has six goals during the second-longest goal streak to start a season in team history. Nikita Kucherov holds the franchise record with seven, set in 2017-18.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves for the Lightning, who opened the season dropping two of three on the road.
“This is a stinger,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We should never leave this game with zero points … probably should have left with two. This group should close that game out, and we didn’t. That’s probably a little bit of a concern.”
The Lightning lost in the championship series last season after win two straight Stanley Cups.
“Probably take things for granted with this team just for the past decade, what’s gone on,” Cooper said. “Early on in this first week and half, two weeks, it’s not going the way we’re used to it going. We have to fight through it, you’ve got to man up.”
Stamkos opened the scoring with a pair of power-play goals 2:47 apart early in the second. The first came at 1:25 off a nifty drop pass by Vladislav Namestnikov.
Kucherov assisted on both Stamkos goals as the Lightning captain moved past Jeremy Roenick into 25th place on the all-time power-play goal list with 185.
James van Riemsdyk tied it at 2 by redirecting Kevin Hayes’ power-play shot at 1:06 of the third with Stamkos in the penalty box for hooking.
Scott Laughton scored off a rebound at 10:43 of the second.
“We’ve done some good things in just finding ways to win the games at key times late in the game,” Tortorella said. “They’re showing me they’re ugly, they’re showing me it doesn’t matter, and they still have a little bit left in the tank to get things done.”
Lightning RW Perry had a game-high eight shots on goal, while Stamkos finished with six. Kucherov had none.
D Ian Cole made his Lightning debut after the NHL announced Saturday it found no evidence to substantiate allegations posted on social media against him.
Among the allegations posted anonymously to Twitter by an account created last month, the person said Cole pressured her into having sex multiple times when she was a minor after he had reached the NHL.
Team founder Phil Esposito and current owner Jeff Vinik dropped a ceremonial first puck as part of the Lightning’s 30th anniversary season celebration.
Flyers: D Rasmus Ristolainen (lower body) and D Cam Atkinson (upper body) didn’t play.
Lightning: Coach Jon Cooper said D Philippe Myers (undisclosed) is out and needs some recovery time.
“It’s like Halloween. Aside from the opening night of the playoffs, this is the biggest night. Just the excitement and the introductions at the beginning, and getting to hear all the guys get cheered for, it’s just an exciting, exciting time,” Cooper said about the home opener.
Flyers: Continue a three-game trip Wednesday night at Florida
Lightning: Play at Florida on Friday night.
Oliver Wahlstrom scores twice, Islanders beat Sharks 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice to help the New York Islanders beat San Jose 5-2 on Tuesday night, pushing the Sharks’ season-opening losing streak to five.
Anders Lee, Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for New York. Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves for his first victory of the season.
“We want to find consistency in our game,” Islanders forward Matt Martin said. “If you get off to a good start, when you do hit adversity throughout the year, there is a little bit of wiggle room there. You are not feeling the weight of the world on your back.”
Nico Sturm and Evgeny Svechnikov scored for San Jose. James Reimer made 40 saves in the second game of a four-game trip.
“It sucks,” Sturm said about the disappointing start. “I got to look back but I haven’t been on a losing team I think since my first year of juniors. It’s not really something I am used to. I don’t like it.”
Wahlstrom gave New York a 3-2 with 56 seconds left in the second period. The 22-year-old forward wired a wrist shot under Reimer’s glove.
Wahlstrom scored again at 5:24 of the third, hammering a shot past Reimer’s blocker.
“I like to shoot from you know, everywhere, Wahlstrom said. “I try to catch the goalie off guard.”
New York forward Josh Bailey played his 996th game as he moves closer to joining Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. The 33-year-old Bailey is in his 15th season with the team, which ties Potvin and Trottier for most by an Islanders skater.
NOTES: The Islanders scratched forwards Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston and Nikita Soshnikov. … San Jose scratched defenseman Scott Harrington and forwards Oskar Lindblom and Noah Gregor. . Sharks forward Alexander Barabanov made his season debut after missing first four games with a lower-body injury. . The teams meet again March 18 in San Jose, California
Sharks: At New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Islanders: Host New Jersey on Thursday night.
Backlund breaks late tie, Flames beat Golden Knights 3-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Mikael Backlund broke a tie with 4:29 left in the Calgary Flames’ 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
Elias Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli also scored and Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves to help the Flames improve to 3-0 and drop Vegas to 3-1.
Jonathan Huberdeau, acquired in an offseason trade with Florida, assisted on Calgary’s first two goals. Kadri, signed as a free agent in August, had an assist.
“These guys work really hard,” Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau said. “I think they created so many opportunities and they put us on the power play three or four times in a row in the second.
“That creates momentum for us and that’s how we came back in the game. The first two lines weren’t going too well and then these guys came in and gets us going. That’s what we’re going to need all year.”
William Carrier and Brett Howden scored their first goals of the season for Vegas. Logan Thompson stopped 37 in his hometown.
“We’ll definitely respond,” Thompson said. “It’s a veteran group here, right? We know what we’ve got to do. We’ll be better, we’ll get back to practice and get back to work.”
After the Flames killed off a pair of hooking minors in the third period, Backlund netted the winner. Blake Coleman collected the puck off the glass and shoveled it out front to Backlund on Thompson’s doorstep.
Vegas newcomer Phil Kessel played his 986th consecutive NHL game, leaving him three back of Philadelphia defenseman Keith Yandle’s record set in April.
Golden Knights: Host Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Flames: Host Buffalo on Thursday night.
Eric Comrie makes 46 saves in Sabres’ 4-2 win over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Eric Comrie made 46 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old goalie, whose brother Mike played for the Oilers from 2000-03, relished playing in goal in his hometown.
“It was great, but it’s just two points and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against and what’s going on whether my family is in town,” Comrie said. “I’m just going out there with this group of guys and giving it all I have for this group, no matter where it is or when it is.
“Our D core did an awesome job of making sure everything was to the outside, everything was taken care of and props to them, they were awesome out there all night tonight.”
Rasmus Dahlin, Tage Thompson, Alex Tuch and J.J. Peterka scored for Buffalo. The Sabres improved to 2-1.
Dahlin joined Lindy Ruff as the second defenseman in franchise history to score in each of the first three games in a season.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to win and that’s what this league is all about,” Dahlin said. “We just dug in and played solid in the third period and he kept us in the game. It was a really good team effort and we have a lot of guys that come in here and compete hard, so it’s really good for the future.”
Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for Oilers. They are 1-2.
“We don’t want to be sitting at 1-2, but that being said, I don’t think there’s any need to panic,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “This group knows how important starts are – not only to games, but to the season – and we haven’t had our best for the first three. But I would expect our best is coming here.”
Buffalo took a 2-1 lead 46 seconds into the second period when Thompson danced around defenders and made a nice move at the net to slide the puck past goalie Stuart Skinner.
The Sabres made it 3-1 early in the second when Vinnie Hinostroza sprang Peterka for a breakaway and he put it through Skinner’s legs.
Sabres: At Calgary on Thursday night.
Oilers: Host Carolina on Thursday night.
Vilardi leads Kings to 4-3 shootout win over Predators
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Gabriel Vilardi scored the shootout winner and had a goal and an assist in regulation in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Matt Roy had two third-period goals and Cal Petersen made 31 saves in regulation and overtime and denied all three Nashville attempts in the shootout to help extend the Kings’ winning streak to three.
“It’s not often we’re talking about Matt scoring two to tie the game in the third period but he has that ability,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s got tremendous legs and he’s strong. He went to the net.”
Cody Glass, Filip Forsberg and Tanner Jeannot scored for Nashville and Juuse Saros made 32 saves. After winning a pair of season-opening games against the San Jose Sharks in Prague, the Predators have dropped three in a row.
“What did we take, nine penalties tonight and six of the nine were in the offensive zone or the neutral zone, undisciplined stick penalties,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. “That’s not going to put you in a position to be able to have success.”
Roy sent it to overtime, scoring with 2:08 remaining in the third.
“The fourth man up in the rush is a good look offensively, but there comes a responsibility, you can’t just jump up whenever you want,” Roy said. “You’ve got to pick your spots and be responsible defensively.”
Jeannot scored with 30 seconds remaining in the second, converting the rebound of his initial wraparound attempt, giving Nashville a 3-1 lead.
“I thought we were playing pretty well,” Forsberg said. “Obviously in the third period, we got way too passive and just kind of handed the game over to them.”
FIRST GOAL IN GOLD
Glass scored for the first with the Predators. Acquired from Vegas as part of a three-team trade in July 2021, Glass skated in eight games with Nashville last season and did not score. He has dressed in four of five games so far this season. His last NHL goal was March 17, 2021, with Vegas.
Los Angeles forward Alex Iafallo was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of a lower-body injury sustained late in an overtime victory in Detroit on Monday night.
Kings: At Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Predators: At Columbus on Thursday night.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS WIZARDS
After a four-game preseason, the Pacers will officially tip off a new season on Wednesday night, as they open their 2022-23 campaign with a three-game homestand. First up is a visit from Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards for Opening Night presented by Kroger.
The Pacers have overhauled their roster over the past year, as 11 of the 17 players on Indiana’s Opening Night roster were not on the team at the start of last season. Wednesday’s game will be the first Pacers season opener for players like Tyrese Haliburton and Jalen Smith, who were acquired in midseason trades.
Those two, along with 2021 first-round picks Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson, are part of an impressive collection of young talent assembled by the Pacers’ front office in the last 18 months. Another key piece in that group is rookie guard Bennedict Mathurin, who will make his highly anticipated NBA debut on Wednesday.
The sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Mathurin lived up to lofty expectations in the preseason. The 20-year-old out of Arizona averaged 19.8 points over four preseason contests and showed a knack for attacking the paint and getting to the line, attempting 27 free throws over the preseason.
As the schedule happened to set up, Mathurin will face off against three other 2022 top-10 picks to start the season. The Pacers are to set to face Washington guard Johnny Davis (the 10th overall pick) on Wednesday, San Antonio forward Jeremy Sochan (the ninth overall pick) on Friday, and Detroit guard and former Purdue star Jaden Ivey (the fifth overall pick) on Saturday.
After missing the playoffs last season, the Wizards are hoping to return to the postseason this year. Those aspirations will hinge largely on star guard Bradley Beal. The three-time All-Star finishing second in the league in scoring in 2020-21, when he averaged a career-best 31.3 points per game, but was limited to just 40 games due to injuries last season.
Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Chris Duarte, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner
Wizards: G – Monte Morris, G – Bradley Beal, F – Will Barton, F – Kyle Kuzma, C – Kristaps Porzingis
Pacers: Aaron Nesmith – questionable (sore left foot), Jalen Smith – questionable (sore right knee), Daniel Theis – out (sore right knee)
March 6, 2022: Seven Wizards reached double figures in a 133-123 victory over Indiana at Washington.
Malcolm Brogdon had a game-high 27 points for the Blue & Gold in the loss, going 8-for-17 from the field and 11-for-13 from the free throw line. Goga Bitadze chipped in 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting and six rebounds.
Buddy Hield added 19 points, eight boards, and seven assists for Indiana, while Tyrese Haliburton recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists.
Kristaps Porzingis had a team-high 25 points for Washington. Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who went 17-for-42 from 3-point range.
- In keeping with tradition, Wednesday’s home opener will be a Gold Out. All fans in attendance will receive a gold t-shirt. See the t-shirt design at Pacers.com/OpeningWeek.
- This will be the eighth season for Pacers center Myles Turner, Indiana’s first-round pick in 2015 and the longest-tenured player on the roster. It will also be Turner’s first regular-season game action since Jan. 14, as he missed the last three months of the 2021-22 season with a foot injury.
- Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle enters the season with 861 career wins, three behind Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay for 14th place on the all-time wins list.
The Pacers tip off the 2022-23 season by welcoming Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards to Gainbridge Fieldhouse for Opening Night presented by Kroger on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>
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COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 7 GAME VS. TENNESSEE TITANS
» WR: Alec Pierce, Mike Strachan
» LT: Dennis Kelly, Bernhard Raiman
» LG: Quenton Nelson
» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French
» RG: Matt Pryor, Danny Pinter, Will Fries
» RT: Braden Smith
» TE: Mo Alie-Cox
» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods
» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee
» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.
» QB: Matt Ryan, Sam Ehlinger, Nick Foles
» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Deon Jackson
- The Colts went into Week 6 planning to rotate Bernhard Raimann and Dennis Kelly at left tackle, but were so impressed by Kelly – and how the offense looked when he was in the game – that they stuck with the veteran over the rookie the rest of the game. Kelly played 70 of 81 offensive snaps vs. Jacksonville, while Raimann played 11. “Bernard is doing fine,” head coach Frank Reich said. “But what happened is Dennis got in there and he just looked good.”
- Matt Pryor started at right guard, his third different position in as many weeks, while Braden Smith went back to right tackle against Jacksonville.
- The Colts made a switch on their quarterback depth chart, too, with Sam Ehlinger now the backup. Reich explained the decision here.
- Matt Ryan threw for a career high (and Colts record) 42 completions on 58 attempts for 389 yards with three touchdowns.
- In his first career start, Deon Jackson scored a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 79 yards – with those 10 catches the most by a Colts running back since Joseph Addai in 2009.
- Michael Pittman Jr. set new career highs with 13 catches for 134 yards, and is now averaging 7.6 receptions and 83.4 yards per game.
» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Dayo Odeyingbo
» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams
» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II
» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ben Banogu
» WLB: Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed, Grant Stuard
» MLB: Shaquille Leonard
» SAM: Zaire Franklin, JoJo Domann
» CB: Brandon Facyson, Dallis Flowers
» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II
» SS: Rodney McLeod Jr., Nick Cross
» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown
» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Isaiah Rodgers Sr.
- Julian Blackmon dressed but did not play, and was available only in case of emergency, Reich said. Blackmon sustained an ankle injury in the Colts’ Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and did not play in Weeks 4 of 5. Rodney Thomas II played all of the Colts’ defensive snaps at free safety for the third consecutive game.
- The Colts will continue to rotate Brandon Facyson and Isaiah Rodgers Sr. at cornerback, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Tuesday. Rodgers out-snapped Facyson 32-24 against the Jaguars. “Isaiah is doing a good job,” Bradley said. “He’s a guy that can bring the ball back to you. He does a good job in his coverage skills and as far as people say, what is it – he just needs to be more acclimated in the system. I would say he knows the system real well. We just know that we’re going to need all three. Brandon Facyson has had a history of doing some very good things for us and he will continue to do some very good things for us. So, he just needs to tighten up his game and play like he’s capable of playing and in the long run, that bodes well for us as far as having three corners that can play at any time.”
- With Kwity Paye (ankle) out, Tyquan Lewis got the start at defensive end and played 41 snaps, registering a sack and a tackle for a loss. Ifeadi Odenigbo added his first sack in a Colts uniform on Sunday, too.
- Zaire Franklin’s 11 tackles brought his season total to 65, tied for second-most in the NFL and one behind Bears linebacker Roquan Smith.
IU EARNS BIG TEN WIN AT WISCONSIN
MADISON, Wis. – On a cold, windy night in Wisconsin, the No. 18-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team (7-2-4, 3-1-3 B1G) beat the weather and the Wisconsin Badgers (4-6-3, 1-4-1 B1G) to earn a crucial Big Ten road win.
A 54th-minute game-winning goal from redshirt junior midfielder Quinten Helmer helped IU to the 2-1 victory as the Hoosiers earned three points and moved into a tie for first in the Big Ten table with 12 points overall.
• 8′ – For the third straight match, Indiana scored within the opening 10 minutes. Senior defender Nyk Sessock dinked a pass into the box to senior forward Herbert Endeley, who made a defender miss at the end line and passed across the six-yard box to the on-rushing sophomore forward Tommy Mihalic. Mihalic smashed it home, and IU had the early lead.
• 49′ – IU held its lead for the remainder of the first half, but the Badgers equalized early into the second half. A long free kick was headed towards goal by senior midfielder Inaki Iribarren, and sophomore midfielder Ryan Keefe touched it in.
• 54′ – Less than five minutes later, IU had its response. Endeley was a creator again, taking on two defenders in the box before passing to Mihalic. Mihalic’s shot was right into the keeper, who deflected it about 10 yards out. Helmer was in the right place at the right time, and his composed left-footed volley found the back of the net.
• 89′ – Wisconsin nearly had an equalizer as time ticked down as a shot from just outside the 18 sailed just high.
• Indiana is undefeated in its last seven matches, going 4-0-3 in that span.
• IU improved to 42-5-9 all-time versus Wisconsin with its sixth straight victory over the Badgers and seventh win in eight games.
• Mihalic scored his third goal in five matches and moved into second on the team in goals (5) and points (12).
• Mihalic has scored in both matches he’s played in versus the Badgers after scoring the golden goal in the 2021 win in Bloomington, Indiana.
• Providing the first assist to Mihalic’s goal, Sessock is the Big Ten’s sole leader in assists with seven. Sessock has contributed an assist in three straight matches.
• With the final pass to Mihalic, Endeley earned an assist and his third goal contribution in five matches. He is tied for second on the team with five assists and sits third in points with 11.
• Helmer scored his second goal of the season.
Indiana returns home for an exciting matchup on Saturday (Oct. 22) when it hosts No. 2 Kentucky at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
SCALIA NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE WATCH LIST
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Indiana senior guard Sara Scalia has been named one of 20 candidates on the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.
The Stillwater, Minn. native averaged 17.9 points and shot 41.3 percent from the 3-point line in her junior season at Minnesota. She led the program in field goal attempts (513), field goals made (203), 3-pointers attempted (269), 3-pointers made (111) and free throw percentage (91.5). Scalia scored in double figures 26 times last season, scoring 30 or more points four times and 20 or more in nine games while notching her 1,000th career point in 2021-22.
Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds starting Friday, October 21. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2023 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just five. In March the five finalists will be presented to Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected.
The winner of the 2023 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Award (Point Guard), Cheryl Miller Award (Small Forward), Katrina McClain Award (Power Forward) and the Lisa Leslie Award (Center), in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.
HOOSIERS START SEASON AT NO. 11 IN ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESEASON POLL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball will start off the 2022-23 season at No. 11 in the Associated Press preseason poll, announced on Tuesday.
It marks the 58th consecutive week that the Hoosiers have appeared in the Associated Press poll, dating back to the 2019-20 season. They came in at No. 11 in the final poll of the 2021-22 season.
IU is coming off consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearances where it finished 24-9 overall in 2021-22 and are highlighted by All-Americans graduate student guard Grace Berger and senior forward Mackenzie Holmes. The program will also welcome seven new players to its roster this season including 2022 Indiana Ms. Basketball junior guard Sydney Parrish and senior guard Sara Scalia.
Indiana was selected to finish second (media) and third (coaches) in the annual Big Ten preseason polls earlier this month as Berger and Holmes earned spots on the All-Big Ten preseason team.
Season and single game tickets for the upcoming campaign are now on sale through the IU Ticket Office by visiting its website, calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or in person at the West lobby ticket office in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NO. 12 VOLLEYBALL TO FACE PAIR OF TOP-10 FOES
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 8 p.m. ET
No. 12 Purdue vs. No. 3 Nebraska
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Saturday, Oct. 22 | 9 p.m. ET
No. 12 Purdue at No. 9 Minnesota
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 12 Boilermaker volleyball team looks to bounce back with a pair of top-10 opponents vs. No. 3 Nebraska (16-1, 8-0 Big Ten)and at No. 9 Minnesota (10-6, 5-3 Big Ten).
Purdue will begin the split weekend with a midweek vs. No. 3 Nebraska, which remains undefeated in conference play. The match is set for an 8 p.m. ET first serve on Big Ten Network and the Hawaiian Night promotion will include a Purdue Hawaiian-themed cooler giveaway for the first fans in attendance.
Then, Purdue will travel to Minneapolis for a Saturday night matchup at No. 9 Minnesota. The Boilermakers will be closing out the season series against the Gophers after sweeping them at home to open the Big Ten season in September. The match will begin at 9 p.m. ET on BTN.
Four of the team’s next five matches will appear on Big Ten Network.
Purdue has 12 matches remaining this season, with just five at home.
The month of November will be the team’s toughest stretch of the year, with six of the team’s eight matches (75%) against programs receiving a nod in the AVCA poll. Moreover, the Boilermakers will be on the road most of the month, with five away contests.
Purdue is 8-2 over its last 10 matches.
Holloway Gymnasium is sold out for the remainder of the season. In fact, Purdue sold out every match this season except for its 10 a.m. win vs. Bradley on Sept. 2 – a match that came 315 tickets short of a sell-out.
Holloway Gymnasium is sold out for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, the student section, the Block Party, sold out their season tickets in under two hours of going on sale.
A Look At The #3 Nebraska cornHuskers
Series Record: 8-21 (NEB leads) | Last Meeting: Nov. 27, 2021 (L, 1-3 in West Lafayette)
The Boilermakers most recent win against the Huskers came on Oct. 26, 2019, where they won 3-2 in West Lafayette.
Nebraska and Wisconsin faced off in the 2021 NCAA Championship match, in which the Huskers fell 2-3 to the Badgers to finish runner-up in the tournament.
Nebraska is arguably the best defensive team in the Big Ten and one of the best in the country. They lead the conference in Opponent Hitting Percent, Opponent Assists, Opponent Kills, Opponent Service Aces, and Digs, while also ranking third in Blocks.
The Huskers attack is led by Madi Kubik and Whitney Lauenstein, who are both averaging over 3.00 kills per set.
2021 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Lexi Rodriguez ranks second in the Big Ten in digs per set with 4.30. She is only behind Maddie Schermerhorn from Purdue who is averaging 4.37 digs per set.
A Look At The #9 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Series Record : 33-56 (MINN leads) | Last Meeting: Sep. 23, 2022 (W, 3-0 in West Lafayette)
Purdue’s most recent win at Minnesota came on Nov. 14, 2021, which broke a 19-match losing streak at Minnesota. It is the first time Purdue has won back-to-back matches against Minnesota since the 1998 season.
The Golden Gophers offense is led by Taylor Landfair who is averaging 4.52 kills per set and ranks second in the Big Ten behind Eva Hudson.
Melani Shaffmaster leads the team in assists per set and ranks second in the Big Ten with 10.50 assists per set.
Carter Booth and Naya Gross both rank in the top ten of the Big Ten in blocks per set with averages of 1.29 and 1.28, respectively.
Although the Boilermakers were picked to finish 8th in the Big Ten, they currently sit at 4th in the standings and with the second-highest overall win % (.833).
The Boilermakers started Big Ten play 5-0, the best start in 37 years (last: 1985, started 5-0).
The team’s 6-2 start to Big Ten play is the best since 2015 (6-2). It also marks the fourth time this Boilermakers have started the season with six wins in the last 36 years (2015, 2014, 2006).
For the seventh straight year, the Boilermakers entered Big Ten play with one non-conference loss or fewer.
Purdue closed non-conference season with a 9-1 record, marking the most wins in non-conference play since 2018.
Among the Big Ten
Purdue was the last team to remain undefeated at home this season, opening the season with an 8-0 record on Belin Court.
The Boilers are fifth in the league in kills (13.36/set) and hitting % (.251). Meanwhile, they are second in opponents blocks (1.85/set).
Libero Maddie Schermerhorn is recording a league-leading 4.37 digs per set this season.
Making an Immediate Impact: Eva Hudson
As the Big Ten leader in points/set and kills/set, Hudson has set the standard for Big Ten freshmen.
Hudson ranks in the nation’s top-10 in kills/set (4.68) and points/set (5.21), despite her newcomer status. To put in perspective, the next highest-ranked freshman is Mimi Colyer (Oregon) at #56 with 4.46 points/set and #62 with 3.86 kills/set.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native has reached double-digit kills in every match this season.
In conference play, Hudson is averaging 4.50 kills per set.
Hudson has posted four double-doubles in the last six matches, including her career-high 24 kills and 17 digs at Illinois.
Number of 20+ kill matches: 4
Number of 15+ kill matches: 14
Number of matches hitting above .300%: 9
Number of matches hitting above .350%: 7
Number of matches hitting above .400%: 4
Matches hitting .500%: 1
When reaching 20 kills in a match, Hudson has done so at some of her most efficient rates, including 21 kills with a .475% vs. Xavier (9/10) and 24 kills with a .380%, proof that when she gets going, she is even more difficult to stop. In the past seven years, only All-Americans Sherridan Atkinson, Grace Cleveland, Danielle Cuttino and Faye Adelaja have registered as efficient of a match while posting 20+ kills. Of those four Boilermakers, only Hudson has accomplished the feat as an underclassman.
BUTLER MSOCCER FACES HIGH-POWERED OFFENSE AT CREIGHTON
The Butler men’s soccer team travels to Creighton on Wednesday, Oct. 19, for a 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT) kickoff. Creighton is eighth in the tight BIG EAST standings, but leads the conference in several offensive categories. The (rv) Bulldogs (8-4-1, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) are coming off a 2-1 loss at Providence and sit in fourth in the current standings. The Bluejays (4-3-5, 1-2-3 BIG EAST) most recently tied Seton Hall, 1-1.
(through games 10/16/2022)
Palmer Ault ranks fourth nationally and leads the BIG EAST with 4 game-winning goals. He is second in the conference with 8 goals (14th) and 19 points (19th). His shot accuracy of .500 (65th) is fouth in the conference.
Wilmer Cabrera Jr. leads the BIG EAST and is 13th nationally with 3.54 shots per game, and he is sixth in the conference (54th) with 1.31 shots on goal per game. His 13 total points are seventh in the BIG EAST (91st), and his five goals are seventh (85th).
DJ Hooks’ 2 game-winning goals rank second in the BIG EAST (49th nationally). His 13 total points are seventh in the BIG EAST (91st), and his five goals are seventh (85th).
With four assists, both Tommy Visser and Rico Hollenkamp rank fifth in the BIG EAST.
Gabriel Gjergji ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 43 saves.
Butler leads BIG EAST teams with 32 goals. Creighton is second with 31.
Gabriel Gjergji was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (10/17) for his performances against Villanova and Providence. Gjergji made 10 saves on the week, including 6 in the 2-0 shutout of Villanova.
The Bulldogs are currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll (10/11/2022). Butler’s highest ranking this season was No. 12 in the Sept. 4 poll. The Bulldogs are 1-1 against opponents ranked in the top-15, defeating No. 14 Marshall (1-0) and losing to No. 15 Indiana (1-2).
Kyle Hagerman’s goal was his third of the season and of his career.
Rico Hollenkamp’s assist was his fourth of the season and the fifth of his career.
SERIES RECORD: Creighton leads, 10-4-1
LAST MEETING: Oct. 30, 2021 – Indianapolis – Creighton 2, Butler 0
Butler’s last win was a 3-2 victory in April, 2021, in Indianapolis.
Neither side has won two in-a-row since Creighton in 2018 & 2019.
In the most recent 10 meetings, Creighton leads the series, 6-4-0.
Previous match: Seton Hall T, 1-1
Creighton has wins over Rutgers (6-1) and Villanova (3-1), while losses include Xavier (1-3), Georgetown (1-2), and Saint Louis (2-3). The Bluejays have tied Stanford (1-1), UConn (1-1) and St. John’s (1-1).
Creighton leads BIG EAST teams in shots, points, and assists.
Offensive standouts for Creighton include:
#13 Duncan McGuire (9g, 2a) – Leads BIG EAST in goals and points.
#18 Owen O’Malley (6g, 3a)
#16 Jackson Castro (6g, 2a)
#27 Giorgio Probo (2g, 7a) – Leads BIG EAST in assists.
Paul Kruse (4-3-5) is the primary keeper for the Bluejays. In 12 matches, he has given up 16 goals (1.43 GAA) and has made 34 saves (.680). He has one shared shutout.
BUTLER WBB PICKED NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL
NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll was announced at Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with reigning champion UConn the unanimous favorite to win the league. The Bulldogs finished tied for ninth in the poll along with Georgetown (21 points).
Butler has a new coaching staff heading into the 2022-23 season and that group brought in eight new student-athletes (5 transfers; 3 freshmen). Top returners from last year’s squad include Trinity White, Tenley Dowell, Kendall Wingler and Sydney Jaynes.
Coming off a historic run to the Elite Eight, Creighton finished second in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 89 points. Led by reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year Maddy Siegrist, Villanova was slotted third with 83 points and the remaining first-place vote. DePaul, which joined the Huskies, Bluejays and Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament last year, tied with Seton Hall for fourth place in the poll with 68 points. The Pirates advanced to the WNIT title game in 2022. Fellow WNIT squad Marquette was picked sixth (56 points) followed by St. John’s in seventh (47 points) and Providence in eighth (34 points). Butler and Georgetown were knotted at ninth with 21 points apiece, while Xavier rounded out the poll in 11th with 18 points.
UConn went 30-6 overall a season ago, advancing to its 14th straight Final Four and playing in its 12th NCAA title game. The Huskies went 16-1 in BIG EAST play, and return a trio of starters from that squad, including sophomore standout Azzi Fudd. UConn boasts the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class, as ranked by ESPN, highlighted by top-five recruits Ayanna Patterson and Ice Brady. UConn also returns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Nika Muhl and Preseason All-BIG EAST honorees Caroline Ducharme and Aaliyah Edwards. Naismith Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma is entering his 38th season and boasts 1,149 career wins.
Returning four starters and 84 percent of its scoring from 2021-22, Creighton went 23-10 overall and 15-5 in BIG EAST play. The 10th-seeded Bluejays went on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, upsetting No. 7 seed Colorado, No. 2 seed Iowa on its home floor and No. 3 seed Iowa State before falling to eventual national champion No. 1 seed South Carolina. Among Creighton’s returners are All-BIG EAST First Team selection Emma Ronsiek, BIG EAST Sixth-Woman of the Year Morgan Maly and BIG EAST Most Improved Player Laura Jensen. Among the notable newcomers for Jim Flanery’s squad is Brittany Harshaw, a McDonald’s All-American nominee out of Andover, Kan.
Coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2018, Villanova (24-9, 15-4 BIG EAST) finished runner-up in the BIG EAST regular-season and Tournament. The Wildcats earned a historic win over UConn in February, dealing the Huskies their first conference loss in nearly nine years. Highlighting their trio of returners is reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year Maddy Siegrist. The rising senior forward shattered the BIG EAST record for scoring, averaging 27.9 points per game, besting the previous mark of 26.6 which had been on the books since 1991-92. In two seasons under head coach Denise Dillon, the Wildcats have gone 41-16 (.719) and have made the national postseason in both years.
DePaul earned an NCAA Tournament invite for the 25th time and finished the season with a 22-11 overall record and 14-6 BIG EAST mark. The Blue Demons return a pair of starters from that squad, most notably national Freshman of the Year Aneesah Morrow. Morrow broke 13 BIG EAST records, including all rebounding records (single game, rookie game, season, rookie season, average, rookie average) and all rookie scoring standards (single game, season, average). DePaul also returns double-digit scorer Darrione Rogers. The Blue Demons add a number of new faces, including Notre Dame transfer Anaya Peoples. DePaul head coach Doug Bruno was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this summer and is entering his 36th season with the Blue Demons.
Winning 16 of its last 19 games, Seton Hall finished the year with a 24-13 overall record, including 12-8 in BIG EAST play. The Pirates advanced to the title game of the WNIT, but will look to return to the NCAA Tournament this year. The Hall returns three starters from ’21-22, including a pair of All-BIG EAST First Team honorees in Lauren Park-Lane and Sidney Cooks. Park-Lane holds the BIG EAST single-game record for assists (18) and is already among the conference’s all-time leaders in the category with more than 300 over her 53 career league contests. The Pirates have qualified for the national postseason in six of head coach Tony Bozzella’s nine seasons at his alma mater.
Marquette earned the BIG EAST’s automatic bid into the WNIT last year, advancing to the third round. The Golden Eagles return a trio of starters from that team that went 23-11 overall and 13-7 in BIG EAST play. Highlighting the returners is Jordan King, who finished third on the team in scoring last year with an 11.5 average, while leading the squad in assists (4.4). Among the newcomers for Marquette is Xavier transfer Nia Clark, who previously played for MU head coach Megan Duffy while she was at Miami (Ohio).
St. John’s returns five of its top-six scorers from a year ago while adding four transfers to bolster its lineup. The Red Storm went 12-19 overall and 7-12 in BIG EAST play last year. Top returners include Kadaja Bailey, who finished second on the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game, and leading rebounder Rayven Peeples who grabbed 9.6 boards per contest. Among the newcomers is Ole Miss transfer Mimi Reid and Georgetown transfer Jillian Archer. Entering his 10th year at the helm, Joe Tartamella became St. John’s all-time winningest coach last season.
Leading scorer Janai Crooms returns for Providence, which went 11-19 overall and 6-15 in BIG EAST play in 2021-22. Crooms averaged 13.8 points per game and is joined by a pair of key sophomore returners in Kylee Sheppard and Olivia Olsen. The Friars added impact transfers during the offseason, including Iowa’s Logan Cook and Florida’s Brynn Farrell. Head coach Jim Crowley is entering his seventh season in Friartown.
Butler is under the direction of a new head coach as Austin Parkinson takes the reigns after a successful stint at IUPUI. Butler returns its No. 2 scorer in Trinity White, while adding all-league transfers in Rachel McLimore (IUPUI) and Shay Frederick (Valparaiso).
After scoring an upset in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament, Georgetown finished 10-19 overall and 4-15 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas return a trio of starters, including No. 2 scorer Kelsey Ransom. GU will look to add some depth with transfers, including Duke’s Jade Claude and Florida’s Kristina Moore. James Howard is entering his sixth season as the Hoyas’ head coach.
Xavier went 9-21 overall and 4-16 in BIG EAST play in 2021-22. The Musketeers return two starters from that team, including their assists and steals leader in Shaila Beeler, and No. 3 scorer Aanya Harris. XU adds a number of new faces, including Ole Miss transfer Taylor Smith and Kent State product Nila Blackford. Mel Moore is entering her fourth season as head coach of the Musketeers.
2022 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1) Connecticut (10) 100
2) Creighton 89
3) Villanova (1) 83
4) DePaul 68
Seton Hall 68
6) Marquette 56
7) St. John’s 47
8) Providence 34
9) Butler 21
11) Xavier 18
Preseason Player of the Year
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, Sr., F*
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Ayanna Patterson, UConn, Fr., F
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Caroline Ducharme, UConn, So., G
Aaliyah Edwards, UConn, Jr., F
Azzi Fudd, UConn, So., G*
Lauren Jensen, Creighton, Jr., G
Emma Ronsiek, Creighton, Jr., F*
Aneesah Morrow, DePaul, So., F*
Jordan King, Marquette, Sr., G
Janai Crooms, Providence, Sr., G
Kadaja Bailey, St. John’s, Fifth Year, G
Sidney Cooks, Seton Hall, Grad., F/C
Lauren Park-Lane, Seton Hall, Sr., G*
^extra player added due to a tie in voting
Preseason Honorable Mention
Dorka Juhász, UConn, Grad., F
Morgan Maly, Creighton, Jr., G/F
BUTLER MBB PICKED EIGHTH IN BIG EAST COACHES POLL; HARRIS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
NEW YORK (October 18, 2022) – BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.
The preseason coaches poll, as well as All-BIG EAST First Team, All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention, were announced Tuesday in conjunction with BIG EAST Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The 11 BIG EAST head coaches were not permitted to select their own teams or players on their ballots. Creighton was named the preseason favorite, while Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo and Villanova freshman Cam Whitmore were selected as the 2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and the BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year, respectively.
Thad Matta has returned to his alma mater to lead the Bulldogs. In his 17 years as a college head coach, which includes stints at Butler, Ohio State and Xavier, Matta possesses an incredible record of 439-154 (.740). Matta’s teams won 20 or more games in 16 of those 17 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 13 times.
The Bulldogs return leading scorer Harris and significant contributors Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius from last season’s roster. Matta has supplemented that young, talented group of Bulldogs this offseason with the addition of standout transfers Manny Bates (North Carolina State), Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue), Jalen Thomas (Georgia State), and Ali Ali (Akron).
Matta and this group will work on moving Butler up in the league standings after last year’s 14-19 overall mark and 6-14 BIG EAST record.
For the second year in a row, Harris earned honorable mention recognition. The junior guard has led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of his two seasons in Indianapolis. During the 2021-22 campaign, Harris averaged 11.4 points per game. He had four games scoring 20 or more points, including matching his career-high with 29 in Butler’s win over Xavier in the opening round of the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament.
For the first time as a member of the BIG EAST, Creighton has been tabbed to finish first in the preseason coaches poll. The Bluejays collected eight first-place votes and earned 98 points in the poll. Xavier was placed second in the poll with 86 points, including two first-place votes. Villanova, the defending BIG EAST Tournament champion, was one point behind Xavier with 85 points and received one first-place vote.
2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll
Creighton (8) – 98 points
Xavier (2) – 86
Villanova (1) – 85
Connecticut – 77
Providence – 62
St. John’s – 52
Seton Hall – 44
Butler – 36
Marquette – 32
Georgetown – 21
DePaul – 12
First-place votes in parentheses.
2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Honors
BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Adama Sanogo, Connecticut, F, Jr., 6-9
BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year
Cam Whitmore, Villanova, F, Fr., 6-7
Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, Jr., 7-1
Jared Bynum, Providence, G, Gr., 5-10
Posh Alexander, St. John’s, G, Jr., 6-0
Colby Jones, Xavier, G, Jr., 6-6
Jack Nunge, Xavier, F, Gr., 7-0
Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Arthur Kaluma, Creighton, F, So., 6-7
Ryan Nembhard, Creighton, G, So., 6-0
Kadary Richmond, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-6
Caleb Daniels, Villanova, G, Gr., 6-4
Eric Dixon, Villanova, F, R-Jr., 6-8
Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-4
Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Chuck Harris, Butler, G, Jr., 6-2
Baylor Scheierman, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-7
Cam Whitmore, Villanova, F, Fr., 6-7
^Tie in the voting created an extra position on the Second Team.
JAGUARS FALL IN PANTHERS’ REVENGE MATCH, 3-1
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The IUPUI volleyball team fell to Milwaukee in four sets on Tuesday night, 3-1. Briana Brown led with 15 kills followed by Allie Pogue with 14.
The Jags previously defeated the Panthers earlier this season on September 27 in four sets and Milwaukee was looking for revenge. IUPUI took the opening set, 25-22. In the second set, the score was even at 13 before the Panthers went on a 5-1 run to take the lead. A few points later, Milwaukee finished the set with three straight points, 25-18.
After tying it up at one set a piece, the third was back-and-forth for most of the set with the Jags taking the lead at 21-20 with a kill by Morgan Ostrowski. The lead didn’t hold long as Milwaukee took five of the last seven points to take set three 25-23. In the final set, IUPUI took a 19-14 lead, trying to push the match to five sets but the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to take the lead. IUPUI fell in the fourth set, 25-21.
Sophomore Brown led the Jaguar attack with 15 kills hitting .324 while Allie Pogue totaled 14 kills hitting .226. Maddie Ohm added nine kills while freshman Ostrowski hit .545 with seven kills. Brooke Phillips recorded five service aces and Addie Evans collected 15 digs. Darragh Dixon earned 25 assists and five digs.
The Jags will finish out the four-game road trip on Saturday, October 22 when they face Purdue Fort Wayne at 6:00 PM.
JAGUARS MOVE TO THIRD ON FINAL DAY OF TVACCU INVITATIONAL
KILLEN, Ala. – The IUPUI men’s golf team capped its fall slate on Tuesday (Oct. 18) with a third-place finish at this week’s TVA Community Credit Union Invitational, closing the 54-hole event at 903 (301-302-300). Both Sam McWilliams and Taylor Gardner collected top-10 finishes and helped the Jaguars to a final round 300.
“The team is definitely heading in the right direction. Our bad rounds are getting better and we are starting to compete,” Gardner said. “We are hoping to carry some of this momentum into the spring and play some good golf coming up. We want to play these golf tournaments to win them and we are getting closer every week to doing so.”
Gardner paced the Jaguars with a final round, 2-under 70, making five birdies, including three on his final five holes of the day. Gardner climbed to eighth of 64 players, finishing at 219 (73-76-70) with a team-high 12 birdies.
McWilliams closed tied for fifth at 2-over 218 (73-71-74) for the week, including making back-to-back birdies near the middle of his round.
Josh Yoder and Morgan Tournemire rounded out the Jaguars’ scoring group on Tuesday with rounds of 78 and Kevin Tillery shot 79. Freshman Harry Ward carded a round of 83 while playing as an individual.
Tournemire finished tied for 26th at 232 (78-76-78) and Tillery closed at 237 (77-81-79). Yoder’s final round 78 was his best of the tournament as he finished at 240 (83-79-78).
IUPUI topped the field with 35 birdies as Gardner had 12 and McWilliams had nine. McWilliams also led the team with 34 pars.
Mississippi State’s Austin Vukovits earned medalist honors at 2-under 214 for the week while playing as an individual. Host North Alabama won the tournament at 885, finishing 15 shots ahead of its closest competition.
IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED SIXTH IN #HLWBB PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The reigning Horizon League Champions were picked to finish sixth in the #HLWBB preseason poll, as released by the league office on Tuesday (Oct. 18). Youngstown State were picked to finish atop the standings with eight first-place votes followed by Green Bay with two votes and Cleveland State with one. Cleveland State’s Destiny Leo was named Preseason Player of the Year while Hailey Oskey (Green Bay), Megan Walstad (Milwaukee), Lindsey Duvall (Northern Kentucky) and Lilly Ritz (Youngstown State) join her on the first team. IUPUI’s Rachel Kent was pegged #HLWBB second team.
Head coach Kate Bruce enters her first season with the Jaguars with a new staff and several new faces. Those returning for the Jags include starters Rachel Kent (10.5 ppg, 70 3’s) and Destiny Perkins (6.6 ppg, 72 assists) along with Natalie Andersen (5.3 ppg, 21.8 mpg) and Ali Berg (1.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg). Other returners that look to make a big impact this season include Jaci Jones, Logan Lewis, Jacquel Bronaugh and Nakaih Hunter.
The freshman class of Brianna Wooldridge, Abby Wolterman and Teresa Maggio with provide fresh talent for the Jags while Coach Bruce also added new faces from the transfer portal with Genesis Parker (Butler) and Jazmyn Turner (Ball State).
IUPUI will open the season at home when they host UIC on Monday, November 7 at 7:00 PM. In conjunction with the men’s program, the Jags will host its IUPUI Basketball Hoopsfest inside the Jungle on Thursday, Oct. 20.
2022-23 #HLWBB Preseason Poll
Pl. Team – Pts. (First-place votes)
1. Youngstown State (8) – 118
2. Green Bay (2) – 106
3. Cleveland State (1) – 102
4. Northern Kentucky – 88
5. Milwaukee – 75
6. IUPUI – 67
7. Oakland – 47
8. Purdue Fort Wayne – 44
9. RMU – 42
10. Wright State – 26
11. Detroit Mercy – 11
#HLWBB Preseason Player of the Year
Destiny Leo, Cleveland State
Preseason All-League First Team (alphabetical order by school)
Destiny Leo, Cleveland State
Hailey Oskey, Green Bay
Megan Walstad, Milwaukee
Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky
Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State
Preseason All-League Second Team (alphabetical order by school)
Bailey Butler, Green Bay
Rachel Kent, IUPUI
Ivy Turner, Northern Kentucky
Breanne Beatty, Oakland
Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne
IUPUI VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES ROAD TRIP AT MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The IUPUI volleyball team continues their four-game road trip tonight when they face the Milwaukee Panthers at 7:00 PM. The Jags look for redemption after four straight #HLVB losses.
IUPUI enters the week 9-12 and 3-6 in conference with wins over Milwaukee, Youngstown State and Robert Morris. Briana Brown leads the attack with 3.43 kills/set while Addie Evans keeps the Jags in every point with 4.54 digs/set. Brooke Phillips adds34 service aces.
Milwaukee is coming off a loss to Green Bay and enters the game 6-14 overall and 5-4 in conference. The Jags knocked off the Panthers earlier this year with a 3-1 win. Ari Miller leads Milwaukee totaling at least 10 kills in 14 matches.
The battle of the cats will be broadcast on ESPN+ with first serve at 7:00 PM.
BALL STATE SET TO HOST 2022 MIVA HALL OF FAME
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team is set to host the 2022 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Hall of Fame this year which will take place on Nov. 12 on Ball State’s campus.
The seven-member class will be inducted into the MIVA Hall of Fame following a fall tournament that the Cardinals are hosting which will feature MIVA members Ball State, Lindenwood, Ohio State and Purdue Fort Wayne
The 2022 MIVA Hall of Fame seven-member class features five inductees from Ball State — Eduardo Ferraz, Barry Long, Wes Lyon, Rick Niemi and Don Purvis along with fellow inductees from Kellogg C.C./Ohio State’s Craig and Brian Sherman.
Ferraz led the Ball State program to three straight MIVA regular season championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and two tournament championships in 1995 and 1997. Ferraz was named the MIVA Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997 and was a four-time All-MIVA selection. He finished his career with 6,779 assists, ranking second in Ball State history.
Long also led Ball State to a pair of regular season championships in 1970 and 1971. He led the Cardinals to an undefeated championship season in 1970 and followed it up with MIVA Co-Player of the Year honors in 1971. The Cardinals were 10-0 in MIVA play in both of Long’s championship seasons.
Lyon was a four-time All-MIVA selection from 1974-77, becoming the first Ball State student-athlete to earn four All-MIVA honors. He was a First-Team selection each of his last three years in Muncie. Lyon was also a three-time selection to the USA Men’s National Team. He led Ball State to three straight MIVA regular season championships.
Niemi played three seasons at Ball State, earning All-MIVA honors every year from 1970-72. Pairing with teammate Barry Long, Niemi led Ball State to back-to-back 10-0 MIVA seasons for two regular season championships. In 1972, Niemi was named the MIVA Player of the Year.
Purvis was the Athletic Director for Ball State in some of the best men’s volleyball seasons in the Cardinals’ history. Under his leadership from 1984-95, Ball State won six regular season championships and seven MIVA tournament titles. He had three student-athletes be named the MIVA Player of the Year and Don Shondell was the MIVA Coach of the Year three times under Purvis’ tutelage. In addition to his oversight, Purvis also served as the chair of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Committee, bringing the NCAA Championship to the Midwest, with Ball State hosting the championship in 1992.
Brian Sherman was a three-time All-MIVA selection in 1977 (Kellogg C.C.), 1978 and 1979 (Ohio State). Sherman led his squads to 32 MIVA wins in those three seasons, which included a 12-0 season at Ohio State in which the Buckeyes claiming the MIVA regular season title. His 1978 squad hosted the NCAA Championship in Columbus.
Craig Sherman is the only student-athlete in MIVA history to be named Player of the Year at two different schools: Kellogg C.C. (1980) and Ohio State (1981). The Independence, Missouri native was Co-Player of the Year in 1980, leading his Kellogg squad to MIVA regular season and tournament championships. After transferring to Ohio State, he won four more titles, two regular season and two tournaments, in 1981 and 1982.
Below you will find the banquet information and an online link to register by Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
Location: Alumni Center – Assembly Hall | 2800 W. Bethel Ave. Muncie, IN. 47306
Team cost per person: $18.00 (Buffett Style Dinner)
Friends, Family, and team guests cost per person: $23.00/adults, $15.00/youth
Ticket Link for guests: https://fevo.me/3fGPAWL
Sequence of Dinner and Awards:
• 5:00pm – Doors Open [Cocktail Hour | Cash bar available]
• 5:30pm – Dinner Buffet Opens
• 6:15pm – Awards and Recognition Presentation Begin
• 8:00pm – Post Banquet Party at 1925 Pub House
WVB BATTLES FOR MAC WEST LEAD WEDNESDAY AT TOLEDO
UP THIS WEEK: First up in a three-match week for the Ball State women’s volleyball team is a battle for the top spot in the Mid-American Conference West Division, when the Cardinals travel to Toledo for a 6 p.m. first serve Wednesday at Savage Arena … Ball State returns home Friday and Saturday for a battle of the league’s all-time winningest programs when Western Michigan visits Worthen Arena for a pair of 6 p.m. first serves.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Both Wednesday’s match at Toledo and Friday’s contest versus Western Michigan will be broadcast live on ESPN+ … Live video for Saturday’s match versus the Broncos will consist of a single-camera feed with nat sound … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of the host institutions … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Ball State women’s volleyball team holds a 71-11 lead in the all-time series versus Toledo, including a 31-6 edge in matches played at Toledo … BSU has won each of the last three meetings, including a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) sweep in the latest match played Nov. 17, 2021, at Savage Arena … The Cardinals are 53-48 all-time versus Western Michigan, including three straight wins … BSU holds a 28-15 advantage in matches played in Muncie, including a 23-7 mark inside Worthen Arena … The last time the teams met was Nov. 22, 2021, with Ball State earning a 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11) victory at home in the semifinals of the 2021 MAC Tournament.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:
• In its 51st season of play, Ball State boasts a 985-630-2 (.610) all-time record in women’s volleyball … The Cardinals have captured 11 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
• Ball State enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo as the winningest program in league play with a 424-214 (.665) all-time Mid-American Conference record … Western Michigan is second on the list, two-and-a-half matches behind the Cardinals at 422-217 (.660) … Toledo is 11th all-time based on winning percentage at 199-438 (.312).
• The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 301-94 (.762) mark inside Worthen Arena … Factor in opponents from just the Mid-American Conference and Ball State is 220-57 (.794) when battling in “The Nest” … No MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .632 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor.
• Ball State enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo with the longest active winning streak in the MAC at six matches … After opening league play with a pair of road losses at Central Michigan (Sept. 23-24), the Cardinals swept a home series versus Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1), topped both Akron (Oct. 7) and Buffalo (Oct. 8), and swept a two-match set at then-league-leading Northern Illinois (Oct. 14 and Oct. 15).
• The Cardinals defense played a large role in the pair of wins at NIU, holding the league’s top attacking team to its two lowest single-match hitting marks of the season … In Friday’s 3-1 win, Ball State limited the Huskies to a .166 rate of success … In Saturday’s sweep, BSU held Northern Illinois to a .084 effort … Overall, the Huskies hit just .134 over the two matches after entering the series hitting a league-best .263.
• For her backcourt play at NIU, Ball State senior libero Maggie Huber was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and the third time in her career … Huber led all MAC players with a 7.29 digs-per-set average last week … She collected a season-best 30 digs in Friday’s win, while adding 21 more in Saturday’s sweep … She also finished the two-match set with a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 35 attempts.
• Overall, Ball State’s backcourt enters the week as one of the nation’s best, ranking first in the MAC and third nationally with a 17.61 digs-per-set average … In addition, the Cardinals’ 1,391 total digs are fifth nationally.
• Three Ball State student-athletes rank in the top 300 nationally in total digs, led by Maggie Huber in 88th at 313 … Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski is close behind in 185th at 261, while senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates is 292nd at 220 … Overall, Ball State has five regulars averaging at least 2.49 digs per set, led by Huber at 3.96.
• In addition to leading the team with a 3.96 digs-per-set average this season, Maggie Huber has started 15 of BSU’s 20 matches at libero … She has collected double-digit digs in 17 matches, including a season-high 30 in last Friday’s win at NIU … Huber also leads Ball State’s primary passers with a .956 reception percentage, with just 15 reception errors in 339 total attempts.
• Havyn Gates served as BSU’s starting libero in the other five matches and owns three of BSU’s five largest single-match dig totals so far this season … She collected a Ball State career-high 33 digs in the five-set thriller at Central Michigan (Sept. 24) and scored 24 digs in five-set matches versus Dayton (Sept. 13) and Northern Kentucky (Sept. 16) … Gates, who registered a career-high 42 digs as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan in 2019, has 1,660 career digs including 536 at BSU and 1,124 at IWU.
• On offensive, senior middle Marie Plitt enters the week ranked first in the MAC and 30th nationally with a .389 (199-31-432) attack percentage … That mark includes a program record .833 (15-0-18) rate of success in Ball State’s sweep of Arkansas State (Sept. 9) … So far this season, Plitt has hit .300-or-better in 15 of BSU’s 20 matches, including a .467 (8-1-15) effort at No. 10 Purdue (Sept. 17) … Plitt also enters the week as the team leader with a 2.52 kills-per-set average, including double-digit kills in nine matches.
• Senior outside Natalie Risi is not far behind, ranking second on the squad with a 2.43 kills-per-set average … Risi has smashed double-digit kills in a team-high 11 matches this season, including five of the last six outings … Risi has also collected nine kill/dig double-doubles on the year and ranks fourth on the squad with 218 total digs.
• Natalie Risi became just the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs with her third of 10 digs in the Sept. 3 match versus Mississippi State … She currently ranks 11th in program history with 1,158 digs … Risi, who is 19th in program history with 833 career kills, could become just the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs if she can average 16.7 kills-per-match over the final 10 matches of the regular season.
• Speaking of ranking among the program elite in kills, senior opposite Natalie Mitchem enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo ranked 12th in program history with 935 career kills … Marie Plitt also ranks in the top 20, with her 871 career kills placing 18th … Only 11 players in program history have reached 1,000 career kills while playing for Ball State.
• Megan Wielonski, who earned MAC West Division Setter of the Week honors for the second time this season and sixth time in her career this past week, is picking up right where she left off last season by dishing out 836 total assists so far in 2022 … The total currently stands as the seventh-most in the nation … She also ranks 28th nationally with a 10.58 assists-per-set average … Last season, Wielonski finished the year ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Over her career, Wielonski has helped the Cardinals hit .300-or-better in 13 of her 54 matches as the program’s starting setter, included two of the top four single-match performances in program history.
• Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season, while her 2,230 career assists currently rank 12th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).
• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski enters the week ranked 29th nationally with 34 service aces … Last season, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30, 2021) … Her 58 aces in 2021 tied as the sixth-most in a single season in Ball State history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping Amber Seaman’s total of 51 in 2018 … Overall, her 92 career aces are seven shy of breaking into the top 20 in program history.
• Lauren Gilliland enters the week ranked eighth in the MAC with a .308 (161-33-415) attack percentage … She has hit .350-or-better seven times in 2022, including a .533 (17-1-30) mark versus Oklahoma (Sept. 2) … Gilliland’s 17 kills versus the Sooners were a career-high, and one of six times she has blasted double figure kills so far this season … Last season, Gilliland ranked first in the MAC and 49th nationally with a .366 hitting mark.
• Ball State continues to be one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking 17th nationally with 1,071 total kills … Five Cardinals have over 100 kills so far this season, led by 199 from Marie Plitt … In addition, six players are averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while the team ranks 62nd nationally with a .246 attack percentage.
BALL STATE CLOSES STRONG IN FINAL ROUND OF FALL SEASON
KETTERING, Ohio – In the final round of the UD Flyer Invitational Tuesday, the Ball State men’s golf team shot up the leaderboard in its best round of week with a 13-over 297 to finish seventh at the par-71 NCR Country Club.
The Cardinals had to play in tough conditions during the tournament with frigid temperatures, strong wind and a delay due to a freeze warning in their three circuits.
“It was a tough two days with the cold temperatures, the wind and the course conditions,” head coach Mike Fleck said. “NCR is a championship venue, and it was showing its teeth. It was a grind, that’s for sure, but I’m proud of how we finished. Both Joey and Ali had strong rounds to help our team climb up the leaderboard on the final day. It was also good to get a couple of MAC wins as we close out the fall and shift our focus with our sights set on a competitive spring.”
Ball State had the fifth-best round of the day and finished just five strokes from fifth and 12 strokes from third in the 13-team field. The Cardinals finished three shots ahead of MAC foe Eastern Michigan and 18 strokes above Bowling Green.
Joey Ranieri was Ball State’s top finisher at 7-over (76-72-72–220), good for a tie for ninth. The senior split a pair of birdies across the front and back nine while compiling 13 pars in his final round of the week.
Ali Khan fired a 1-over 72 to finish in a tie for 16th at 10-over (78-73-72–223). After having just two birdies in his first two rounds, the sophomore racked up four on his final card, including three in a span of four holes on the front nine.
Carter Smith tied for 44th at 18-over (77-75-79–231), while Griffin Hare finished in a tie for 55th at 20-over (80-79-74–233). Together, the tandem combined for four birdies Tuesday with two on both the front and back nine.
Rounding out the lineup, Drew Todd tied for 68th at 26-over (78-81-80–239) and Colin Nasser tied for 71st at 27-over (76-85-79–240).
The Cardinals return to action in the following months after the calendar flips to 2023.
GALLAGHER LEADS BALL STATE IN FINAL ROUND OF LITTLE ROCK CLASSIC
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. – The Ball State women’s golf team finished the fall portion of the 2022-23 campaign with the final round of the Little Rock Classic on Tuesday. Sarah Gallagher led the Cardinals and tied for 36th.
The Diamante Country Club is a difficult, par-72, 6,051-yard course. No teams finished the three rounds below par, despite Georgia State shooting a 283 (-5) in the second round and Missouri State shooting a 287 (-1) in the opening round. Only one team, ULM, was able to shoot even par on the final round.
Gallagher produced two birdies on the final day along with a round of 77 (+5). Her tournament total of 228 (+12) earned her a tie for 36th. She finished the tournament with a team-high seven birdies.
Jasmine Driscoll posted a three-round mark of 230 (+14) and tied for 48th. She shot a final round of 80 (+8) with one birdie. She tallied three birdies for the tournament.
Madelin Boyd notched two birdies for the day and posted a score of 81 (+9). She produced four birdies across the three rounds and finished with a combined tally of 234 (+18).
Peyton Broce came in 65th with a three-round effort of 235 (+19) and made one birdie for the tournament. She shot a final-round mark of 81 (+9).
Paige Hillman finished in 84th with an effort of 246 (+30). She recorded a final-round score of 85 (+13). She notched one birdie for the three rounds.
The Cardinals will not be back on the course until 2023.
1. Georgia State – 869 (+5)
2. ULM – 877 (+13)
3. Houston Christian – 880 (+16)
4. Missouri State – 884 (+20)
5. Belmont – 888 (+24)
T6. Troy – 892 (+28)
T6. Little Rock – 892 (+28)
8. Tarleton State – 895 (+31)
9. Wichita State – 896 (+32)
10. Texas A&M-Commerce – 915 (+51)
11. Stephen F. Austin – 923 (+59)
12. Ball State – 924 (+60)
13. Southern Illinois – 927 (+64)
14. UT Arlington – 928 (+64)
15. Idaho State – 954 (+90)
16. Southern Indiana – 962 (+98)
ATTACK FIRES IRISH PAST UIC IN 4-2 WIN
CHICAGO — Sophomore forward Matthew Roou scored the first brace of his career, scoring twice in the 4-2 win over UIC at Flames Field on Tuesday evening.
Roou was joined by Kyle Genenbacher and Mitch Ferguson as Fighting Irish players that found the back of the net on the evening in the Notre Dame victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish couldn’t have asked for a better opening five minutes of play, as they stuck in the fifth minute for the opening goal. Roou pounced on a loose ball after a miscommunication between a defender and the goalie and slotted his shot into the net to make it 1-0 early.
The Notre Dame lead was short lived, as the Flames leveled the match off a corner just three minutes later to make the score 1-1.
The Irish had a couple looks to retake the lead midway through the first half but weren’t able to finish the buildup.
In the 44th minute Notre Dame regained the lead off a strike from Genenbacher. Bryce Boneau laid off a pass at the top of the box and the sophomore made no mistake with the finish, blasting the ball into the back of the net to put the Irish on top 2-1 going into the half.
The Irish doubled their lead in the 57th minute off a beautiful team goal. Ferguson flicked a pass to Daniel Russo, who looped a ball into the path of Roou. The sophomore striker wrapped his left foot around the ball and tucked his effort inside the far post to make the score 3-1.
Notre Dame’s attack continued to click, as Ferguson opened his Fighting Irish account with his first career goal in the 73rd minute. His initial effort was saved off the line but he collected the rebound and fired it past the UIC keeper to increase the lead to 4-1.
The hosts managed to pull one back in the 80th minute, scoring their second goal of the evening off a corner to make the score 4-2.
The Irish saw out the rest of the game to come away with the 4-2 victory.
McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the performance…
“Obviously pleased with the result. When you feel like things are going against you a little bit it is hard to turn it around and the guys fought really hard and earned a well-deserved result in a tough place to play against a good UIC team.”
On the attack scoring four goals…
“It feels great, especially when your strikers and midfielders are scoring it’s always nice. It is something that is a big part of their job and it is hard to do so it was nice for them to get that reward of some good play that maybe they haven’t gotten over the last couple of games.”
On Roou’s first career brace…
“I thought he was great. He has been so determined to score. He brings so much to the team but obviously goals are a big part of what we hope to get from him and it was nice to see him get two tonight.”
The Irish remain unbeaten in the series against UIC, improving to 5-0-0 in the matchup.
Roou’s brace was the first of his career and he now has four goals on the year and 11 in his career.
Genenbacher scored his second goal of the season and his career.
Ferguson made his first career start and also registered his first goal and assist in his collegiate career.
Boneau picked up his third assist of the season
Russo dished out his team-high fourth assist of the year.
The Irish return to Alumni Stadium for a 7 p.m. ET start against Virginia Tech in an ACC matchup on Friday, Oct. 21. The game will be streamed on ACCNX.
IRISH FINISH COMPETITION AT MARILYNN SMITH SUNFLOWER INVITATIONAL
LAWRENCE, KS. – The Notre Dame women’s golf team finished up competition at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. The team shot 794 (+74) to take 13th place. Montgomery Ferreira led the team shooting 75-76-43 for a 194 (+14).
Caroline Curtis shot a 195 (+15) with her best round being round two with a 74 (+2). Ferreira shot her best through round one shooting 75 (+3).
Lauren Beaudreau shot 200 (+20) and Caroline Wrigley shot 205 (+25).
The Irish are back in action on October 24 and October 25 at the Old Stone Intercollegiate.
SHAYLA SELLERS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball senior Shayla Sellers was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team, the league announced on Tuesday (Oct. 18).
Sellers was an All-Horizon League Third Team selection in the 2021-2022 season. She has steadily improved in her time in Fort Wayne, boosting her scoring average from 4.3 to 10.8 points per game from her freshman to junior seasons. Sellers also improved her shooting percentages from 32.4 percent and 27.5 (3-point) percent as a freshman to 39.8 percent and 36.2 (3-point) percent as a junior. Her rebounding average was also up in 2021-22, jumping up to 4.8 boards per game. Last season, she shot a career-best 90.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Sellers led Purdue Fort Wayne to a 9-21 overall record and 7-14 Horizon League record. The seven league wins was the program’s most since 2013-14. The Mastodons were picked to finish eighth in the 2022-23 preseason poll.
2022-23 #HLWBB Preseason Poll
Pl. Team – Pts. (First-place votes)
1. Youngstown State (8) – 118
2. Green Bay (2) – 106
3. Cleveland State (1) – 102
4. Northern Kentucky – 88
5. Milwaukee – 75
6. IUPUI – 67
7. Oakland – 47
8. Purdue Fort Wayne – 44
9. Robert Morris – 42
10. Wright State – 26
11. Detroit Mercy – 11
#HLWBB Preseason Player of the Year
Destiny Leo, Cleveland State
Preseason All-League First Team (alphabetical order by school)
Destiny Leo, Cleveland State
Hailey Oskey, Green Bay
Megan Walstad, Milwaukee
Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky
Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State
Preseason All-League Second Team (alphabetical order by school)
Bailey Butler, Green Bay
Rachel Kent, IUPUI
Ivy Turner, Northern Kentucky
Breanne Beatty, Oakland
Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne
ICELANDERS TIE FOR NINTH AT DAYTON FLYER INVITATIONAL
KETTERING, Ohio – Arny Dagsdottir and Anna Olafsdottir of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team tied for ninth at the Dayton Fall Invitational on Tuesday (Oct. 18).
Dagsdottir recorded the first top-10 of her career with a 79-77-156. She birdied the par-4 10th to pair with nine pars. Olafsdottir was even with Dagsdottir for the two-day event, but floated around the top of the leaderboard for a portion of the round. She was just 1-over after six holes. She finished with nine pars as well.
The Brazilian twins Laura Caetano and Luiza Caetano were third and fourth on the team this week. Laura turned in 84-78-162 with 10 pars for 27th place. Luiza took 34th after an 86-81-167 two-day total. She had eight pars.
Adrienne Rohwedder shot 82-89-171 to round out the Mastodon lineup. She had five pars to tie for 44th. Natalie Papa (85-84-169, T-39) and Taylor Norman (82-88-170, T42) played as individuals.
As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne shot 320-317-637 to take fourth. They were the best among Horizon League teams in attendance, topping Cleveland State (655) and Northern Kentucky (656). UIndy won the team title with a 620, led by Anci Dy (151), the individual medalist.
The Mastodons are done with their fall season. They will return to the course in the spring.
ABBY FEIT NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MVC
ST. LOUIS – As the start of the season sits just 11 days away, the Missouri Valley Conference has released its preseason poll and all-conference team in an announcement on Tuesday morning from the Conference office.
Following another outstanding season in 2021-22 and a spot on the all-conference first team, senior guard/forward Abby Feit was selected to preseason all-MVC squad. Joining five others, Feit is the first Aces to be named to The Valley’s preseason all-conference team since all-time leading scorer Sarah Dickey in 2015-16.
“Abby is very deserving of making the pre-season all MVC team,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “I love coaching her and beyond her obvious talent, she is a great teammate. Her growth as a player and a leader over the last year has been tremendous, and I can’t wait to see the impact she will have on our team and the MVC this season.”
In the preseason poll, Evansville was selected ninth of 12 teams in the MVC, its highest selection since being select eighth in 2017-18. Newcomer Belmont is projected to capture the league’s championship, receiving 32 of the available 48 first-place votes. 2022 Hoops in the Heartland champion Illinois State was picked second with Drake and another newcomer in Murray State selected third and fourth, respectively.
“Pre-season polls don’t really mean much to me, but I am glad to see we have climbed a few spots from last year,” sais Scherr-Wells. “I think it shows that the coaches in our conference respect the growth our program has made. Of course, we have higher goals than finishing in the bottom third and I look forward to seeing the growth steps our program will take in our 2nd year.”
Evansville opens up the 2022-23 campaign on October 29th in an exhibition against Roosevelt University at 1 PM inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
USI VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY THIS WEEKEND
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-19, 1-8 OVC) will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas for a battle against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (4-18, 1-8 OVC) Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. at Jack Stephens Center. The Screaming Eagles and Trojans are both first-year Ohio Valley Conference members and look to keep their postseason hopes alive as they sit in the final two spots of the standings with only the top eight teams making the conference tournament.
Information about USI Volleyball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on USIScreamingEagles.com.
Tickets to the USI, Little Rock volleyball match are $7 for general admission. You can purchase tickets online by following this link.
Screaming Eagles Headlines:
Eagles Outsoared by Redhawks. The Screaming Eagles lost both matches against Southeast Missouri State last weekend. On the bright side, USI put up 40 or more kills and 30 or more assists in both matches.
You Have To #OVCit. The Eagles are set to face Ohio Valley Conference newcomer, Little Rock, this weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas. This will be the first match between the two programs.
History in the Making. With junior Leah Anderson becoming the 15th player to reach 1,000 kills, her new goal is to become the 13th player to reach the 1,000-dig plateau (992). If successful, Anderson would become the fifth player in program history to reach both milestones. She will join a historic group that includes Shannon Wells, Jamie Roth, Danielle Peter, and Leeanne Gross in the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club.
Season Leaders. Anderson leads the group with 208 kills and 15 aces as junior Katherine Koch holds a team-high 341 assists. On defense, freshman Keira Moore has received 259 digs as sophomore Paris Downing has earned 60 blocks.
OVC Leaders. There are four Eagles who sit atop the best in five different categories within the OVC individual standings. Anderson ranks eighth in points (241.5) and kills (208) while Koch holds sixth most assists per set (6.31). Moore has tallied 259 digs and 3.92 digs per set, putting her at seventh, while Downing is sixth with 1.03 blocks per set.
Digging Out. The Eagles’ defense is third in the conference with 15.42 digs per set. USI also is fifth in total digs with 1,110.
Level 200. Anderson is the lone Eagle to reach 200 kills this season. She is one of nine OVC players to have accumulated 200 kills.
Keeping it 100. Three Eagles have reached the 100-kill club this season. Anderson leads the pack with 208, sophomore Abby Bednar has 167, and sophomore Abby Weber has 153.
Double-Doubles. There have been six Eagles who have reached the double-double mark this season. Anderson leads the team with eight while sophomore Carly Sobieralski has earned five. Koch has tallied four while Weber has recorded three. Bednar has nabbed two while sophomore Evie Duncan earned one.
USI by the Set. This season, the Eagles have accumulated four opening set wins compared to winning 11 sets between frames two through five. USI has lost in the third set 16 times and lost in the fourth set seven times. The Eagles are 0-3 in the fifth frame.
About Little Rock. The Trojans are 4-18 overall and 1-8 in the OVC after winning their first conference match against Morehead State on 10/14, 3-2. Little Rock’s defense at the net has been stellar, ranking first in the conference and 69th in NCAA I with 2.34 blocks per set and second in the OVC and 32nd in NCAA I with 180.5 total blocks. The Trojans will face Southeast Missouri State Tuesday night at home before facing the Eagles.
Leading the Trojans. Junior Zanobia Willis sits second in the conference with 1.17 blocks per set and third with 81 total blocks. Leading the passing game is freshman Gabrielle Spankus who is fourth in the OVC with 7.19 assists per set while freshman Daedrianna Cail stands in fourth with a .300 hitting percentage to lead Little Rock. The Trojans’ roster consists of nine freshmen and three sophomores with just four upperclassmen.
Record Book Watch. The Eagles have one player climbing up the USI Volleyball Record Book:
–Leah Anderson is sixth in service aces (154), 13th in digs (992), and 13th in kills (1,092) all-time.
EAGLES PICKED 7TH IN OVC PRESEASON POLL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball team is predicted to place seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference, as voted by the league’s 10 head coaches and athletic communications directors in a poll released today. The Screaming Eagles also have been picked fifth by Blue Ribbon Magazine and eighth by Lindy Basketball Magazine.
The Eagles, who received 78 points in the preseason poll, enter their first season of NCAA Division I play looking to build off last season’s 18-8 record during the final season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Morehead State University is predicted to win the conference, earning 138 points and seven first place votes. Tennessee State University followed with 130 points and two first place votes, while the University of Tennessee Martin rounded out the top three with 120 points and seven first place votes.
USI senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) was the Eagles’ lone representative on the Preseason All-OVC team. Simmons averaged 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Senior forward Jacob Polakovich, who will join the team in December after recovering from an ankle injury, averaged 11.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in 2021-22. Polakovich, who had 11 double-doubles last year, leading the GLVC and ranked fourth nationally in rebounding.
The Eagles also are tipping off 2022-23 campaign under leadership of Head Coach Stan Gouard. Gouard has compiled a 234-124 record as a head coach (30-13 at USI; 204-112 at UIndy). The 2020 NCAA II Midwest Region Coach of the Year also produced a 162-89 record in GLVC action (23-10 at USI; 139-79 at UIndy).
USI Men’s Basketball opens the 2022-23 campaign with an exhibition game November 2 versus Midway University and opens the regular season November 7 at the University of Missouri. The regular season home opener is November 13 when Southern Illinois University visits Screaming Eagles Arena.
The complete 2022 OVC Preseason Poll (first-place votes):
1. Morehead State (7 first-place votes) 138
2. Tennessee State (2) 130
3. UT Martin (7) 120
4. Southeast Missouri (2) 115
5. SIUE (2) 111
6. Little Rock 102
7. Southern Indiana 68
8. Tennessee Tech 62
9. Eastern Illinois 31
10. Lindenwood 23
USI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED 7TH IN OVC
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball is projected to place seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference in a vote submitted by the league’s head coaches and communication directors. USI heads into its first season as an OVC member and NCAA Division I program.
The 10-team OVC will feature a schedule with each team playing each other twice for an 18-game conference schedule from December 29, 2022, through February 25, 2023. The conference’s season concludes with the OVC Basketball Championship Tournament taking place at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana March 1-4, 2023.
Tennessee Tech University topped the OVC preseason poll with 147 points and 11 first-place votes. The University of Tennessee at Martin was picked second with 134 points and four first-place votes. The University of Arkansas-Little Rock, one of three new members in the OVC this season, also received four first-place votes and picked up 129 points for a third-place finish.
Eastern Illinois University was picked fourth with 115 points, and Tennessee State was selected fifth with 95 points and one first-place vote. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is picked sixth with 83 points while Southern Indiana earned 66 points for seventh place. Southeast Missouri State University (61), Lindenwood University (33), and Morehead State University (33) round out the poll.
As part of the OVC’s preseason announcement, senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) represented USI on the 2022-23 Preseason All-OVC Women’s Basketball Team. Coming off a terrific junior season in 2021-22, Haithcock averaged 12.3 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and shot 46.7% (135-289) from the floor. She also connected at the free throw line at an 80.5% (66-82) clip. Haithcock made 13 starts in 28 appearances on her way to earning second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference accolades for a second consecutive season.
Last season, Haithcock scored in double-figures 20 times, increasing her career total to 48 such performances. She had a pair of double-doubles and two 20-plus games, matching a career-high 22 points in back-to-back contests midway into the conference season. She led the team in scoring in 11 of USI’s 29 games last year. She helped USI to a 23-6 overall record, a 16-2 conference record, a GLVC regular season championship, and an appearance in the 2022 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Tournament.
Haithcock enters the 2022-23 season 26th all-time at USI in career scoring (823) and 33rd all-time in career rebounding (374).
The 2022-23 USI Women’s Basketball squad features returning players in 14 of 15 roster spots and begins its 24th season under Head Coach Rick Stein, who has a 411-237 record leading the last 23 years. The three-time GLVC Coach of the Year earned his 400th career win last January and led the Screaming Eagles to the GLVC regular season championship en route to the program’s 12th NCAA Division II Tournament selection.
Alongside Haithcock, USI has their main frontcourt trio back in the fold this season as the team’s returning leading scorers. Junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) and graduate student Ashlynn Brown (Perrysburg, Ohio) also headline USI’s post presence after averaging 11.8 points per game and 9.2 points per game, respectively. Raley also grabbed a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game, which finished just ahead of Brown’s 5.0 caroms per contest. Sharp-shooting senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) leads the USI backcourt once again this season, coming off a 2021-22 season in which she shot 43.9% (47-107) from three. Blackwell averaged 9.2 points per game, pulled down 3.1 rebounds per game, and totaled 54 assists last season. Raley, Brown, and Blackwell also earned All-GLVC honors a season ago.
USI gets the 2022-23 season rolling on November 7 at 6 p.m. against Oakland City University from Screaming Eagles Arena, starting their season with a pair of home games that week. The first OVC matchup for the Screaming Eagles is on December 29 when USI hosts Southeast Missouri.
2022-23 OVC Women’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
(as voted on by the league’s head coaches and communication directors)
1. Tennessee Tech (11 first-place votes) – 147 points
2. UT Martin (four first-place votes) – 134 points
3. Little Rock (four first-place votes) – 129 points
4. Eastern Illinois – 115 points
5. Tennessee State (one first-place vote) – 95 points
6. SIU Edwardsville – 83 points
7. Southern Indiana – 66 points
8. Southeast Missouri – 61 points
T9. Lindenwood – 33 points
T9. Morehead State – 33 points
2022-23 Preseason All-OVC Team
Lariah Washington, Eastern Illinois*
Paige Pipkin, UT Martin
Gia Adams, Tennessee State
Shae Littleford, UT Martin
Mikayla Kinnard, SIU Edwardsville
Jada Guinn, Tennessee Tech
Jordan Brock, Tennessee Tech
Anna Walker, Tennessee Tech
Seygan Robins, UT Martin
Hannah Haithcock, Southern Indiana
Kennedi Watkins, Southeast Missouri
Morgan Litwiller, Eastern Illinois
*Preseason OVC Player of the Year
EAGLES HEAD ON THE ROAD FOR TWO
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer heads on the road for back-to-back matches starting with a flight to Denver, Colorado to take on the University of Denver on Wednesday, October 19 at 8pm (CDT). The Screaming Eagles then head to St. Charles, Missouri to take on familiar foe in Lindenwood University for the second time this season on Sunday, October 23, with kickoff at 2pm. USI will then return home for their final homestand of the season with matches against Western Illinois University and the University of St. Thomas.
USI had an extended break from play this past week. Having 11 days between matches. The break will try to boost the Eagles back into form, coming off two losses following their first win of the season at Eastern Illinois University. The Eagles had been outscored in their last two matches, 6-1, and have allowed 44 shots. With a tough matchup with the 8th ranked Pioneers looming on Wednesday, the Eagles have a favorable schedule to look forward to after. USI’s next three opponents have a combined five wins on the season, and each have just one conference win on the year. The Eagles will face Lindenwood for the second time this season. The Lions were victorious when these two met on September 16 at Strassweg Field in a non-conference match, 2-1. USI will then host two new opponents in Western Illinois and St. Thomas.
USI has been trying to find that consistent goal scorer up front all season. The Eagles have three players leading the team with two goals this season. Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri), Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri), and Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) lead the team in goals while Faddis is one of four Eagles with two assists this season. Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) has been the head man up front for USI, playing 12 games and starting 10. Barton leads the team with 18 shots and 11 shots on goal but has scored just one goal.
The USI defense has been one of the talking points this year. The defensive line is what has been keeping this team in so many games. In eight of the teams 12 matches this season they have allowed two goals or less. With the main stays of Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri), Travis Sides (Evansville, Indiana), and Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada), the team has gone seven of their last eight matches allowing two or less. Only recently has the team allowed double digit shots on goal, allowing double digits in their last three matches. The Eagles have been struggling to find that final defender to fit in. Marky Lara (Evansville, Indiana) looked like the man for the job but recently we’ve seen Head Coach Mat Santoro mix it up with the likes of Aevar Ofjord (Grindavik, Iceland) and Luke Lindsay (Plymouth, Minnesota) getting starts.
Junior Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has been the main man in goal for the Eagles this season. Meissner has starting in 11 of the 12 games this season. He has allowed 23 goals and has made 47 saves while facing 144 shots. Meissner was also the man in net when USI earned a shutout against the University of Evansville earlier this season. Freshman Giancarlo Varano (Woodbridge, Canada) looked like another one to throw their name in the hat early in the season, starting against Norther Kentucky University and coming on against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Varano has allowed four goals and has made nine saves while facing 20 shots.
Summit League play continued over the weekend with eight teams in action. Western Illinois earned their first win of the season over Lindenwood, 3-2. Oral Roberts University earned a dominating win over Eastern Illinois, 6-1. The University of Nebraska Omaha was victorious against St. Thomas, 1-0. Denver and the University of Missouri-Kansas City fought their way to a 1-1 draw. Conference play starts on Wednesday this week, as St. Thomas travels to Oral Roberts and USI heads to Denver. There are three matches on Saturday, starting with Eastern Illinois hosting UMKC. The late afternoon game sees Western Illinois heading north to take on St. Thomas. Then it’s a battle at the top as Oral Roberts hosts Omaha in the nightcap. USI heads to Lindenwood on Sunday to finish off the conference weekend.
The 8th nationally ranked Pioneers come into the match with USI with a 7-2-5, 2-0-2 Summit League, record and have drawn their last three matches, including a matchup with ranked the University of Pittsburgh. Sam Bassett leads Denver this season with five goals and 12 points on the year. Aidan O’Toole leads the team in assists with four. Bassett also leads the team with 24 shots and 16 shots on goal. Isaac Nehme leads the Pioneers in goal, starting 13 out of the teams 14 matches. Nehme has allowed 10 goals this season while making 29 saves on 113 shots faced. Will DeSantis started the other match in net for Denver against St. Thomas, earning a clean sheet and making three saves on three shots faced. Denver is outscoring their opponents 18-10 this season and have allowed just 116 shots compared to taking 170. The Pioneers have also committed the most fouls this year in the Summit League with 185. They have also gone 3/3 from the penalty spot.
Lindenwood comes into the match with USI with a 2-8-1, 1-3-0 Summit League, record after falling to Western Illinois on Saturday, 3-2. The Lions were victorious in their non-conference matchup with the Eagles earlier this season, 2-1. USI took an early lead off a goal from Nick Faddis but Lindenwood took the lead with goals from Anis Smajlovic and Roland Dearborn. Smajlovic leads the team in both goals and assits with three each. He also leads with 20 shots and 13 shots on goal. Meldin Sabotic has started all 11 matches for the Lions this season. He has allowed 25 goals and has made 43 saves while facing 161 shots. Lindenwood is being outscored this year by their opponents 29-11 and outshot 174-96.
The Eagles match with Denver can be found on Pioneer All-Access, a paid subscription service, and the match with Lindenwood will be streamed on ESPN+.
USI COMPLETES LITTLE ROCK CLASSIC IN 16TH
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf finished 16th in the Little Rock Classic Monday and Tuesday at Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. The Screaming Eagles shot a 962 (326-308-328).
Georgia State University took the top spot in the 36-hole tournament with an 869 (297-283-289).
Individually for the Eagles, junior Haylee Exline (Poseyville, Indiana) led the way with a 236 (80-77-79) and tied for 66th. Junior Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois) followed Exline in USI’s five scoring players with a 239 (79-76-84) to tie for 73rd.
USI concludes the fall by playing in the Evansville Invitational, hosted by the University of Evansville at the Oak Meadow Golf Club October 24-25.
JOINER EARNS MVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
For the second time this season, Valpo soccer sophomore Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) has been named MVC Offensive Player of the Week after finding the back of the net in both of the Beacons’ road wins last weekend.
Joiner finished out Valpo’s come-from-behind win at Belmont on Thursday evening by winning a penalty kick in the 76th minute, stepping up to the spot and burying the penalty for the match-winner in the Beacons’ 2-1 victory over the Bruins. She followed on Sunday by striking back quickly after Murray State had taken the initial lead, knocking home a goal off a corner kick less than eight minutes after the Racers’ opening goal to account for the front half of Valpo’s 2-1 comeback win over MSU.
Joiner has tallied an MVC-best six goals on the season, all of which have come in reserve appearances. She has scored five goals in Valley play, one apiece in five of the Beacons’ six conference wins to date, and has found the back of the net in each of Valpo’s last three matches, becoming the program’s first to tally in three straight fixtures since Cory Griffith in 2017.
Joiner previously was named MVC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26. Joiner’s honor is the seventh weekly award for a Valpo player this season.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED 10TH IN MVC PRESEASON POLL
The Valpo women’s basketball team has been picked to finish in 10th place in the Missouri Valley Conference in the 2022-23 season, according to preseason polling of the conference head coaches, sports information directors and selected media members.
The Beacons garnered 197 points in the preseason poll to place 10th, coming in ahead of Bradley and UIC and finishing just 10 points behind Evansville. Belmont claimed 32 of 48 first-place votes to top the poll, outpacing Illinois State and Drake at the top.
Valpo will have a revamped squad on the floor this season, as the Beacons return just 32.1% of their scoring, 38.1% of their rebounding, 24.4% of their assists and 35.9% of their minutes played from last year’s squad. Valpo does return a pair of starters among its seven returning letterwinners. Olivia Brown earned a spot on the MVC All-Newcomer Team last season, averaging 6.6 points/game overall and 9.5 points in Valley play. Also returning is Leah Earnest, who posted 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season and ranked second on the team in rebounding.
Valpo opens the 2022-23 season at Central Michigan on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. CT. The Beacons’ home opener is Saturday, Nov. 12 versus Southern Miss at noon.
FOOTBALL VISITS MOREHEAD STATE FOR FIRST OF CONSECUTIVE ROAD TRIPS
Valparaiso (3-3, 2-1 PFL)
at Morehead State (2-4, 1-2 PFL)
Game #7 Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. CT
Jayne Stadium (10,000) – Morehead, Ky.
This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football program still controls its own destiny for at least a share of the Pioneer Football League title, but the next step toward the ultimate goal comes this week with an opportunity to bounce back from last week’s Hoosier Helmet heartbreak as the Beacons take the field in Morehead, Ky. against Morehead State. Valpo will look to reverse history as Jayne Stadium has traditionally represented a challenging venue for the Brown & Gold to find success.
Previously: Valpo jumped out to a 13-0 lead with two quick scores and maintained a 13-point edge through three quarters, but visiting Butler rallied to outscore the hosts 20-6 in the final stanza to win the Hoosier Helmet rivalry trophy at Brown Field by a 26-25 score. Aaron Dawson ran for 158 yards on 14 carries, Solomon Davis had seven receptions for 73 yards and Max Franco accrued 12 tackles on a day where the Beacons were plagued by two blocked extra points, a missed two-point conversion and a missed field goal.
Series Notes: The Eagles have always been a thorn in Valpo’s side as the Beacons sit at just 4-23 in the all-time series. Morehead State has won four straight, the first three of which were by seven points or fewer before last year’s 51-38 season finale at Brown Field. In fact, Valpo has lost 14 of the last 15 matchups dating back to 2006 with the only win coming by a lopsided 63-32 score in 2017 at Brown Field. Five of their last six losses to the Eagles have come by seven points or fewer. Jayne Stadium has been a house of horrors as Valpo has dropped seven straight at Morehead State dating back to a 42-35 win in 2006. Valpo is just 2-9 all-time in Morehead, Ky. The Brown & Gold prevailed 54-42 in the most notable matchup between the two squads, the 2003 PFL Championship Game at Brown Field.
Following the Beacons: This week’s game will be available on ESPN+. In addition, the hometown radio call will be available on ValpoAthletics.com, 95.1 FM Valparaiso and the TuneIn Radio app with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst). Links to live video, audio and stats can all be found on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter.
Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (12-23) is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2022. In his third season leading the program in Fall 2021, Valpo finished with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better for a second consecutive year. This marked the first time Valpo had achieved that feat since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. The Beacons won four Pioneer Football League games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 and Spring 2021) and four league games in any conference for just the third time since 1968. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
- Aaron Dawson’s name already appears in the FCS record book, and the fifth-year senior running back will find his name in a second location after his record-setting carry in Week 7 against Butler.
- Dawson’s 99-yard touchdown run tied an FCS record for longest play from scrimmage as he became the 16th FCS player of all-time and second this season with a 99-yard play. He tied Monmouth’s Owen Wright for the longest running play in the nation this year.
- In addition, Dawson’s 99 yarder shattered a Valpo record for the longest scoring run from scrimmage of 86 yards that was set by Joe Pahr way back on Oct. 8, 1949 vs. Saint Joseph’s.
- Dawson tied with John Unger for the longest offensive play from scrimmage in program history. Unger’s record, which came on a pass from Rob Rayl, had stood since Sept. 12, 1992 at Hillsdale.
- Dawson shattered the Pioneer Football League record for longest rushing play. The previous mark was set against Valpo by Marist’s Max Jacques on Oct. 27, 2012, a 96-yard carry.
- The 99-yard run marked Dawson’s second career entry into the FCS record book as he set a Division-I record for yards in half with 308 and an FCS record for yards in a quarter with 197 on Oct. 27, 2018 vs. Wagner while playing for Central Connecticut State. He totaled 361 yards for the game, the sixth highest rushing output in FCS history and highest since 2001.
With a Win This Week, Valpo Would…
- End a seven-game road losing streak to Morehead State and notch the program’s first win in Morehead, Ky. since 2006.
- Improve to 3-1 in league play for the second time in the last three years. Prior to the Spring 2021 campaign, Valpo hadn’t started a league slate with a 3-1 mark since 2003.
- Win the first two PFL road games of the season for the second time in the last three years after winning at Butler and at Drake during the Spring 2021 slate. Prior to the Spring 2021 season, Valpo had never started 2-0 in PFL road games and hadn’t won the first two league games in any conference since 1986, when head coach Bill Koch’s team recorded wins at Franklin College and Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) in Heartland Collegiate Conference action.
- Hold the program’s best record through seven games since 2007.
- Continue to control its own destiny for a share of the PFL title.
WOMEN’S GOLF FINALIZES FALL WITH TOP-5 TEAM FINISH
A pair of Valparaiso University women’s golfers earned top-5 individual finishes in a 65-player field to help the Beacons garner a top-5 team finish on Tuesday’s final day of the Dayton Fall Invitational, hosted at the par-70, 5967-yard NCR Country Club in a cold and windy Kettering, Ohio. The sophomore tandem of Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) and Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland) that paced the team throughout the autumn once again topped the squad on the final day of the fall ledger.
How It Happened
Fay boasted Valpo’s best Round-2 score with a 75 to finish the event at 155. After completing Day 1 at t-15, she barged into the top five with her performance in Tuesday’s second and final round, finishing tied for fourth.
Fay was joined at t-4 by her teammate Keil, who carded a 78 on Tuesday to complete the event at 155.
Ani Cy of UIndy took individual medalist honors at 151. The Valpo tandem was one stroke in back of third and two strokes in back of second.
All five golfers in the Valpo lineup improved their Round-1 score in Tuesday’s second round. Emily Krzyzanowski (Scottsbluff, Neb. / Gering) carded an 81 to close the event at 166, while Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit) made a seven-stroke improvement with an 18-hole score of 82 on Tuesday.
As a team, Valpo improved its opening-round score by 15 strokes with a 316 in Round 2, the third-best second-round score in the nine-team field, behind only tournament champion UIndy and host Dayton. The Beacons erased an eight-stroke deficit to overtake Cleveland State for fifth while also finishing ahead of Northern Kentucky, Chicago State and Thomas More.
Inside the Rounds
Keil had her second career top-10 finish, both this season, while Keil and Fay each enjoyed the first top-5 finish of their collegiate careers.
This marks the first time Valpo had an individual finish in the top five of a tournament since Roslyn Leitner tied for third at the Lewis Flyer Intercollegiate in September 2020.
This marks Valpo’s first top-five team finish in an event with more than six participating schools since the aforementioned Lewis Flyer Intercollegiate in September 2020.
The Beacons finished third in the field in par-3 scoring at 3.63 with Fay leading the way at 3.38. Belle Brunner (Goshen, Ind. / Concord) and Keil had two birdies apiece in the tournament.
The spring slate will get underway on Feb. 5 with the Lady Bison Classic at Bay Port GC in Panama City, Fla.
TITLE ASPIRATIONS FOR SOCCER ENTERING FINAL WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON
Valparaiso (7-6-3, 6-1-1 MVC)
Thursday, Oct. 20 – Southern Illinois (8-3-3, 5-1-2 MVC) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23 – Indiana State (2-9-3, 2-4-2 MVC) – noon
Next Up in Valpo Soccer: The Valpo soccer team has it all to play for this week as it closes out the regular season, and will do so within the friendly confines of Brown Field. The Beacons take on Southern Illinois Thursday night and Indiana State Sunday afternoon in control of their own destiny, as a pair of victories guarantees them no worse than a share of the MVC regular season title.
Previously: Valpo posted a pair of come-from-behind victories on the road last week, overcoming early one-goal deficits for 2-1 wins at both Belmont and Murray State. Sophomore Addy Joiner, who scored a goal apiece in the two matches, was named the MVC Offensive Player of the Week.
Looking Ahead: The MVC Tournament opens next Thursday, Oct. 27, but the earliest the Beacons would have to potentially play would be a second-round game on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Following the Beacons: Thursday’s match will be broadcast on ESPN+, while Sunday’s will be carried on ESPN3. All nine of Valpo’s home matches are slated for broadcast on The Valley on ESPN (ESPN+ or ESPN3), while select road matches will be broadcast as well.
Head Coach John Marovich: In his 15th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 120-111-41 (.517) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.
Series Notes: Southern Illinois ‑ It’s a brief series history against an SIU program still in its infancy, but Valpo holds a 1-1-0 advantage in the first two matchups between the two teams. Last season, the Beacons earned a 2-0 home win over the Salukis, as Dana Fish scored the eventual match-winner in the 75th minute and Kelsie James put the match away with a penalty kick in the 89th. Nikki Coryell made five saves to earn the clean sheet in that win.
Indiana State – Valpo has enjoyed a vast amount of success against the Sycamores over the years, as its 12 wins over ISU are tied for the second-most against a single program in team history. Overall, Valpo holds a 12-3-2 advantage in the series and is 5-1-0 since joining the Valley. Each of the last two meetings – the spring 2021 MVC Tournament semifinal and last year’s regular season matchup – have ended 1-0 in extra time on a golden goal from Lindsey DuSatko.
Scouting the Opposition: Southern Illinois – The Salukis are one of the nation’s most improved sides this year, as after going 0-15-1 in 2021, SIU enters the final weekend of the regular season with an 8-3-3 overall mark. The Salukis are unbeaten in their last five, including back-to-back 1-0 wins over Murray State and Illinois State in their last two matches. A balanced attack has seen 11 different players combine for the team’s 17 goals, while in goal defensively, Maddy Alaluf has seen the majority of action and owns a 1.00 GAA and an .823 save percentage.
Indiana State – The Sycamores are just 2-9-3 overall, but are in the hunt for a potential MVC Tournament berth at 2-4-2 in Valley play. Indiana State has dropped three matches in a row, however, and will play at UIC Thursday night before traveling to Valparaiso. Ella Gorrie has been involved in half of the Sycamores’ eight goals this season, tallying two goals and two assists, while Maddie Alexander and Tara Hoffman have split time in goal.
Valpo Picked Atop Preseason Poll: The Beacons will be the hunted rather than the hunter this season, as Valpo was chosen atop the MVC preseason poll. Valpo gathered eight out of 11 potential first-place votes and totaled 116 out of 121 potential points, 22 points clear of second-placed Indiana State in the poll. Notably, the program has matched or surpassed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.
Quartet of Preseason Honorees: Plenty of individual standouts have helped Valpo get to the point where it is the preseason Valley favorite, and four of them were honored with preseason All-MVC accolades. Seniors Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk were joined by juniors Nikki Coryell and Kelsie James as preseason honorees. Valpo topped all MVC schools with four members of the preseason All-Conference squad.
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo put together its best season since joining the Valley last fall, finishing the year with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-1-1 mark in Valley play to finish in second place in the standings. The Beacons went unbeaten in their first seven MVC fixtures, part of a nine-match unbeaten streak – the second-longest such streak in program history. Eight players earned postseason awards from the MVC, highlighted by the selection of Nikki Coryell as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year for a second straight season. Kelsie James joined Coryell on the All-MVC First Team, while James and Kiley Dugan were both Second Team All-Region selections.
What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 20 letterwinners from last season’s MVC runner-up squad, including nine starters. Joining the fold this year are six newcomers – five freshmen and one transfer.
What’s On the Line: Quite simply, everything. Valpo enters the week having already clinched a top-three finish in the MVC regular season standings, but has in its hands its own destiny in terms of the final standings, as two wins would guarantee no worse than a tie for the regular season title. Valpo has won three previous conference regular season titles (2005, 2006 – Mid-Continent Conference; 2014 – Horizon League). Should the Beacons finish tied with Missouri State atop the table, the Bears would get the #1 seed and hosting duties for the MVC Tournament semifinals and championship match by virtue of their head-to-head win. Every step up the standings is meaningful, as the #3 seed will have to host a second-round match to earn its way into the semis, while the #2 seed goes directly to the semis and the #1 seed gets hosting privileges.
Comeback Victories: Valpo took all six points from last weekend’s road trip thanks to its resiliency, bouncing back from one-goal deficits both at Belmont and at Murray State to earn 2-1 wins. Prior to last weekend, the Beacons had not come from behind for a victory since a 2-1 win at Robert Morris on August 29, 2021. It marks just the second time in program history that Valpo has come from behind to win in consecutive matches – in nonconference play early in the 2006 season, Valpo was down 2-1 at Belmont before winning 3-2 in extra time and followed with a 3-1 win at Lipscomb after trailing 1-0.
Joiner Just Keeps Scoring: Sophomore Addy Joiner has been more than just a spark off the bench this season – she’s been an assassin in front of goal. Joiner added two more goals to her account last week, converting a penalty kick for the match-winning goal at Belmont and then equalizing in the first half of Sunday’s win at Murray State. Joiner, who was named MVC Offensive Player of the Week for her two-goal weekend, has scored an MVC-high six goals this year – all of which have come as a reserve. Five of Joiner’s six goals have come in Valley play, one apiece in each of the five matches she has entered off the bench. Her five goals in conference play match the most by a Valpo player in league action since Jackie Kondratko netted six goals in Horizon League matches in 2009, while Joiner has now also scored in three consecutive matches ‑ the first Valpo player to score in back-to-back-to-back fixtures since Cory Griffith tallied goals in the last three matches of the 2017 season.
O’Rear Keeps Pushing: Freshman Molly O’Rear has established herself as a presence in the Valpo attack, and was key to the Beacons’ win at Belmont, finding the back of the net less than eight minutes into the second half to level the match at 1-1. All eight of O’Rear’s points (3g, 2a) – including two match-winning goals – have come within MVC play, tied for fourth-best in the conference within MVC matches.
Top-10 Placements: A trio of Beacons have cracked into the top-10 of various record book charts this season. Junior goalkeeper Nikki Coryell earned the 19th clean sheet of her career Oct. 9 against Evansville, tied for 10th-most in MVC history, while junior Kelsie James picked up her 10th career assist in that match, which is tied for sixth-most in Valpo history. Most recently, senior Allie Anderson’s corner kick led to Joiner’s goal at Murray State for her team-high fifth assist of the season – tied for fourth in a single season in program history.
Knocking Home Goals: This year’s Valpo side is the most prolific on the attack within Valley play since Valpo joined the MVC, having already found the back of the net on 14 occasions – the highest-scoring league campaign since finding the back of the net 15 times in Horizon League play in 2015. Three of the Beacons’ six wins have come by multiple goals, matching their number of multi-goal conference wins from the last three seasons combined. It’s the first time since 2009 that Valpo has won at least three matches in conference action by two or more goals.
Limiting the Opposition: While the attack has been on point, so has the Beacons’ defensive unit within MVC play. Valpo has surrendered just three goals through its first eight MVC matches and has posted five clean sheets – matching the program record for the most clean sheets within conference play in a single season. Last year’s side also registered five shutouts, while the 2011 and 2014 Valpo teams both blanked five Horizon League foes. The Beacons have surrendered more than one goal just once in their last 25 MVC regular season matches, a stretch which includes 14 clean sheets.
Saving PKs: When Nikki Coryell faced a penalty kick with mere minutes to play in the Oct. 9 win at Evansville, the stakes were relatively low – the three points were already secured with a 3-0 lead, the only thing gained with her penalty save was keeping the clean sheet. One week later, in the 50th minute at Murray State, the stakes were at the other end of the scale. Coryell was the only thing standing between the penalty spot and the Racers taking a 2-1 lead. But not only did Coryell successfully save her second penalty try in a week’s span, her save directly led to Valpo’s match-winning goal, as the ensuing corner resulted in a counter for the Beacons. Coryell now owns three career penalty saves.
Streak Comes to an End: Senior center back Nicole Norfolk started each of the first 65 matches of her collegiate career since arriving at Valpo for the 2019 season, but suffered an injury in the opening minutes on Thursday. Norfolk, who had been off the field for just 91 minutes total over her four seasons prior to last week, then did not feature on Sunday at Murray State, snapping her starting streak.
A Historic Honor: Nikki Coryell was tabbed MVC Goalkeeper of the Week Sept. 26 for her pair of shutouts against UIC and Drake, her second weekly award of the season from the conference office and the sixth of her career. With six weekly awards, Coryell is now tied with Lori Moore (six-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week) as the most prolific weekly award winner in program history.
Winning Weekly Awards: The Beacons have claimed seven weekly honors from the MVC office to date this season, the latest Joiner’s second honor of the season this week. In addition to the awards for Joiner and Coryell, Molly O’Rear (Sept. 20, Freshman), Nicole Norfolk (Sept. 26, Defensive) and Abbey Hillman (Oct. 10, Defensive) have been recognized by the conference this year.
Conference Success: Valpo is building on its success within conference play over the last few seasons. Since the start of the spring 2021 campaign, the Beacons are 15-4-5 within regular season MVC matches – a mark which improves to 15-2-5 with the removal of the two Loyola matches.
A Great Start: Valpo earned all nine points with three victories in its first three MVC fixtures, something which has been a good omen in the past. This year’s side is the seventh in program history to start conference play at least 3-0-0, as Valpo did so four times in the Mid-Continent Conference, once in the Horizon League and last season in the Valley. All six previous sides to start with at least three straight wins finished no worse than second in the final conference standings, including three conference regular season titles.
National Recognition: Senior Kiley Dugan and junior Kelsie James both earned preseason recognition on a national level, as both were named preseason Players to Watch by United Soccer Coaches. The preseason Players to Watch lists were released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season. The lists included United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2021 who are scheduled to return for the 2022 season.
Always in the XI: Three players have started all 16 matches for Valpo this season: Allie Anderson, Kiley Dugan and Natalie Graf. In her fourth season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan has started all 66 matches since stepping on campus.
WOMEN’S GOLF FINISHES 11TH IN WEATHER-SHORTENED NAIA PREVIEW
Silvis, Ill. – Battling through tough wind, rain, and snow flurries, the Marian women’s golf team finished tied for 11th in the NAIA Preview, hosted at TPC Deere Run. Second round play had begun on Tuesday morning, but the cold weather conditions brought the tournament to a close, scoring off of Monday’s round one cards.
Marian’s 11th place finish came in a tie with Truett-McConnell, as both teams finished with a score of 348. The University of the Cumberlands won the tournament with their round one score of 324, 10 strokes better than Dalton State who finished second. SCAD-Savannah, William Penn, and Cumberland rounded out the top five teams in the field, while conference foes Indiana Wesleyan (340, 8th) and Taylor (342, 9th) finished in the top-10.
The Knights were led individually by Sidney Parmer and Elizabeth Hedrick, as both players shot an 86 through the adverse weather conditions. MacKendzie Dresbaugh shot an 88 on Monday as she tied for 43rd, while teammate Keara Eder also carded an 88 to finish in the same position. Rounding out the lineup for the Knights was Ava Hedrick who made her return into the lineup, as she shot a 91 and finished 61st.
With the fall coming to a close, the Knights will look to finish the first half of their season strong as they play in the Crossroads League Championship Preview at Chariots Run GC in Laconia, Ind., next Monday and Tuesday.
FOOTBALL DROPS IN NATIONAL POLL, REMAINS IN TOP 20
WACO, Texas—The UIndy football team dipped 12 spot to No. 20 in this week’s AFCS DII Coaches Poll. The Greyhounds are coming off a 38-14 loss at Saginaw Valley last weekend – their first of the season.
Elsewhere in Super Region 3, Grand Valley downed rival Ferris State to grab the No. 1 spot. Ferris fell to No. 7 behind Ouachita Baptist (4th) and Pittsburgh State (5th). Northwest Missouri State climbed to 14th, followed by Harding (23rd) and Saginaw Valley (24th).
Truman State University is still receiving votes.
AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL
|RK||SCHOOL (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (29)||7-0||749||2|
|2.||Angelo St. (Tex.) (1)||7-0||713||3|
|4.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||7-0||650||5|
|5.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||7-0||598||7|
|7.||Ferris St. (Mich.) (28)||5-1||583||1|
|8.||Delta St. (Miss.)||7-0||534||10|
|11.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||7-0||427||14|
|14.||Northwest Missouri St.||5-2||298||16|
|17.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||6-1||277||18|
|T18.||Colorado School of Mines||5-2||229||19|
|24.||Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)||5-2||76||NR|
Others Receiving Votes: New Haven (Conn.), 55; Albany St. (Ga.), 19; Wingate (N.C.), 19; Emporia St. (Kan.), 18; Notre Dame (Ohio), 14; Truman St. (Mo.), 11; Henderson St. (Ark.), 10; Central Oklahoma, 7; Nebraska-Kearney, 3; Concord (W.Va.), 1.
HOUNDS, DY WIN DAYTON INVITE
DAYTON, Ohio—The UIndy women’s golf team wrapped up its fall slate at the Dayton Fall Invitational Monday and Tuesday. the Greyhounds took the team title while sophomore Anci Dy (+11) captured the individual medal among an otherwise all-Division I field. The tournament was held at the par-70 NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.
Facing some brutally cold and windy conditions, especially in Tuesday’s final round, the Hounds erased a four-stroke deficit over the final 18 holes to leapfrog the host Flyers and earn the team win by a single stroke. Dy sank a particularly clutch putt, earning her lone birdie of the day on the 18th and final hole to help lift her team to the win.
Dy was joined at the top of the leaderboard by teammate Katelyn Skinner. Competing as an individual, Skinner finished at +13 to secure runner-up honors.
Freshman Alice Webb made a memorable debut in the UIndy lineup, earning a share of fourth place at +15. Her second-round 74 matched the lowest score at the tournament.
Seniors Elyse Stasil and Catharina Graf both finished at +17 to tie for 11th. Individual competitor Macey Brown (+21) shared 24th while freshman Ava Ray rounded out the team scoring at +26 to tie for 32nd.
Head Coach Brent Nicoson…
“We are obviously extremely happy to get a tournament win to end the fall season; we needed that. It was a gutsy effort in very tough conditions, and we needed all 36 holes to get the job done.
“I am very proud of Anci on the individual win. We didn’t know how big that final birdie putt on 18 was until after we got in, but it ended up being the tournament-winning putt for our team. We also got a great effort from Katelyn, and we were led by Alice Webb today in her first appearance in the top five. I’m very proud of our group.”
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||5||1||0||.833||0.0||176||81||2-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|New York Jets||4||2||0||.667||1.0||143||128||1-2-0||3-0-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Miami Dolphins||3||3||0||.500||2.0||131||155||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|New England Patriots||3||3||0||.500||2.0||141||113||1-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||4||2||0||.667||0.0||179||149||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||2||0||.667||0.0||141||152||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||3 W|
|Denver Broncos||2||4||0||.333||2.0||91||99||2-1-0||0-3-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||1||4||0||.200||2.5||125||130||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||3||3||0||.500||0.0||158||141||1-2-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||3||0||.500||0.0||138||115||1-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||2||4||0||.333||1.0||148||163||1-3-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||4||0||.333||1.0||97||146||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||3||2||0||.600||0.0||96||118||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||2||1||.583||0.0||103||121||2-1-0||1-1-1||3-2-1||1-2-1||2 W|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||4||0||.333||1.5||138||114||1-1-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|Houston Texans||1||3||1||.300||1.5||86||99||0-1-1||1-2-0||1-2-1||1-0-1||1 W|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||161||105||3-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|New York Giants||5||1||0||.833||1.0||127||113||3-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||4||2||0||.667||2.0||110||98||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||2||4||0||.333||4.0||102||135||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||3||0||.500||0.0||122||89||2-0-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||3||0||.500||0.0||104||126||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||3||3||0||.500||0.0||146||163||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||2||4||0||.333||1.0||114||142||0-3-0||2-1-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||5||1||0||.833||0.0||139||118||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||3||0||.500||2.0||107||123||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Chicago Bears||2||4||0||.333||3.0||93||118||2-1-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|Detroit Lions||1||4||0||.200||3.5||140||170||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||3||0||.500||0.0||121||103||1-2-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||3||0||.500||0.0||146||136||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||2||4||0||.333||1.0||141||158||1-3-0||1-1-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||1||5||0||.167||2.0||103||146||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-4-0||1-0-0||3 L|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1932 Chuck Klein (.348, 38, 137), receiving all six first-place votes, is named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. The 27-year outfielder, who is the first Phillies player to win the award, led the Senior Circuit in hits (226), runs (152), home runs (38), and stolen bases (20).
1949 In one of their best trades in franchise history, the White Sox obtain future Hall of Famer Nellie Fox from the A’s in exchange for catcher Joe Tipton. The hard-nosed second baseman will lead the league in hits four times, winning the 1959 American League MVP during his 14-year tenure with the team.
1964 Two days after manager Johnny Keane announces he is joining the Yankees, Cardinals GM Bob Howsam makes public the resignation of Branch Rickey, stating he had no explanation why the 83-year-old team consultant decided to leave the club. The move appears to be the continuation of the front office shakeup for the World Champs, including Eddie Stanky’s resignation as the director of player development and the dismissal of former general manager Bing Devine.
1964 Fred Hutchinson, who compiled a 443-372 (.544) record and won the 1961 National League pennant during his six seasons with the team, resigns as the Reds manager. The 44-year-old much-respected skipper, after a courageous battle against lung cancer, will die three weeks later in Bradenton, Florida.
1964 Harry Walker becomes the Pirates’ skipper replacing Danny Murtaugh, who will return to the field as an interim manager during the 1967 season, replacing his fired successor. During his two-plus years in the Pittsburgh dugout, ‘Harry the Hat’ compiles a respectable 224-184 (.549) record but is let go after his team plays .500 ball after competing for the National League flag the previous two seasons.
1972 The A’s score two runs in the bottom ninth to win Game 4 of the World Series, stunning the Reds at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 3-2. Four straight singles, three delivered by pinch-hitters Gonzalo Marquez, Don Mincher, and Angel Manual, who provides the walk-off hit, fuel the comeback victory that gives Oakland a commanding 3-1 lead in the Fall Classic.
1976 Jim Mason’s solo home run in the seventh inning of Game 3 proves to be the Yankees’ only round-tripper in the World Series en route to being swept by the Reds. Cincinnati designated hitter Dan Driessen has a single, double, and homer in the team’s 6-2 victory at the Bronx ballpark.
1978 The White Sox fire Larry Doby, who posted a 37-50 record for the fifth-place team as a midseason replacement for skipper Bob Lemon. Owner Bill Veeck names 35-year-old shortstop Don Kessinger, obtained from St. Louis at the end of the 1977 campaign, as the club’s player-manager for next season.
1981 Dodger outfielder Rick Monday dashes the first Canadian pennant hopes with a ninth-inning two-out dramatic home run to beat the Expos, 2-1, in the NLCS’s deciding game. The series marks the first and last time in franchise history Montreal makes it into the postseason until 2012, when the Washington Nationals, the team’s new name and home for the past seven seasons, finishes first in the National League East Division.
1986 In Game 2 of the World Series, Steve Crawford gets the win in the Red Sox’ 9-3 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium. The right-handed reliever, 0-2 before the postseason, becomes the first hurler to win a Fall Classic contest after being winless during the regular season.
1987 The Yankees name Billy Martin as their manager for the fifth and final time. The fiery skipper will stay at the helm until June 23 of next year, finishing his tumultuous tenure with the Bronx Bombers with a 556-385 (.591) record that produces two pennants and a World championship during his eight seasons with the team.
1991 At the Metrodome, Lonnie Smith becomes the first player in baseball history to play in the World Series with four different teams when he leads off for the Braves in Game 1. The DH, scoring a run in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Twins, also appeared in the Fall Classic with the Phillies (1980), Cardinals (1982), and the Royals (1985).
1993 The Dodgers trade future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to the Expos for second baseman Delino DeShields, who will hit .241 during his three seasons with Los Angeles. The 21-year-old Dominican right-hander will win 55 of 88 decisions in his four-year tenure with Montreal before being dealt to Boston before the 1998 campaign.
1999 The Braves stroll into a World Series berth with their 10-9 walk-off victory against the Mets at Turner Field in Game 6 of the NLCS. Atlanta has their ticket punched to the Fall Classic when Kenny Rogers issues a base on balls to Andruw Jones with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to force Gerald Williams in with the winning run.
2000 Dusty Baker, who led the Giants to a National League West flag with baseball’s best record (97-65), reaches an agreement with the Giants on a two-year contract extension. The pact makes the two-time National League Manager of the Year the second-highest-paid skipper in the majors.
2002 Giants’ designated hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in the World Series. The Osaka native gets a hit in his three trips to the plate in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Angels in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
2002 At Edison International Field of Anaheim, the Giants edge the Angels in Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 4-3. The contest marks the first time two wild-card teams have faced one another in the World Series.
2004 In a pivotal play of Game 6 of the ALCS, the umpires rule Alex Rodriguez out for interference after slapping the ball from Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo’s glove. As a result, Derek Jeter, who had scored, is ordered back to first with two outs rather than one, killing a potential rally in New York’s eventual 4-2 loss to Boston at Yankee Stadium.
2004 In a contest that features two reversed calls by the umpires, the Red Sox, three outs from being swept in Game 4, become the first team in baseball history after trailing the series 0-3 to force a Game 7. Playing with a dislocated ankle tendon, Curt Schilling turns in an outstanding pitching performance in Boston’s 4-2 victory over the Bombers in the Bronx ballpark, 4-2.
2005 The Astros, one of six teams to have never played in the World Series, break the franchise’s 43-year drought, advancing to the Fall Classic when they beat the Cardinals in the NLCS, 5-1. Houston had been close before, coming up short five times in their history in a game with the NL flag on the line, including being a strike away in Game 5 when Albert Pujols hit a two-out three-run ninth-inning homer, forcing a Game 6 in St. Louis.
2006 Nicole Sherry becomes the second woman to be named the head groundskeeper of a major league team when the Orioles ask her to lead the crew taking care of Camden Yards. The Wilmington, Delaware native joins Heather Nabozny, who has been in the same position with the Tigers since 1999.
2006 In Game 7 of the NLCS at Shea Stadium, Adam Wainwright, on three pitches, strikes out Carlos Beltran looking with the bases loaded, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 victory over the Mets, their 17th pennant in franchise history, and a trip to the World Series to face the Tigers. The New York outfielder, with the best HR ratio (11/81) in postseason history, is frozen by the rookie right-hander’s two-out, two-strike incredible curveball.
2006 For a new generation, the term “the Catch” may conjure up memories of Endy Chavez’s NLCS Game 7 leaping catch when he grabs a ball with his outstretched glove destined to be a Scott Rolen two-run home run and starting an unbelievable double play. The Shea Stadium heroics are overshadowed in the ninth inning when Yadier Molina hits a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran, with the best HR ratio (11/81) in postseason history, looks at a third strike with the bases loaded with Mets, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 victory and the pennant.
2007 After 12 seasons and 12 playoff appearances, including 10 AL East titles, six pennants, and four world championships, manager Joe Torre rejects the Yankees’ overture, which calls for a pay cut. The non-negotiable offer – a one-year, $5 million deal with $1 million incentives per playoff round and an $8 million option for 2009 if the Yankees reached next year’s World Series – was considered by many to be insulting and a ploy to oust the popular manager without upsetting the team’s fans.
2007 The Royals hire Trey Hillman, a successful skipper in the minors and Japan, to be the team’s manager. The 44-year-old current Nippon Ham Fighters pilot, who has never played, coached, or managed in the big leagues, spent 13 years in the dugout in the Yankees’ minor leagues and was named manager of the year three times.
2008 Behind the solid start of Matt Garza and the stellar relief work of rookie David Price to finish the game, including a bases-loaded strikeout to end the eighth, the Rays beat the Red Sox, 3-1, in Game 7 of the ALCS, winning their first American League pennant. After posting the worst record in baseball last season, the Rays advance to the World Series, hosting the Phillies in Game 1 of the Fall Classic at Tropicana Field.
2009 Kenji Johjima, the first Japanese catcher in major league history, surprises the Mariners by opting out of the final two seasons of his three-year deal. Unhappy about being benched, the 33-year-old struggling backstop walks away from $15.8 million to finish his career in Japan.
2010 The Yankees honor Freddy Schuman, a fan known for his rhythmic banging of a spoon against a skillet, displaying some of his memorabilia inside Gate 4. After a moment of silence for the fan-favorite sign-man before Game 4 of the ALCS, the fans continue to show their appreciation of 85-year-old iconic “Freddy Sez” when they photographed friends banging his pan, chanting “Fred-dy! Fred-dy!” during the contest against the Rangers at the Stadium.
2010 The Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signs a five-year contract extension, receiving a promotion to be the executive vice president of baseball operations. The new position, made available when team president Stan Kasten resigned, gives the 48-year-old more control over the franchise and a direct line to the team’s ownership, including principal owner Ted Lerner.
2010 The Cubs select Mike Quade, Lou Piniella’s interim replacement who guided the team to a 24-13 record during the last six weeks of the season, as the franchise’s newest manager. Triple-A Iowa skipper and a Hall of Fame icon Ryne Sandberg, a finalist in the selection process, was thought to be the front-runner for the position.
2012 Rays closer Fernando Rodney is named the AL Comeback Player of the Year after the reliever establishes the all-time MLB mark with a 0.60 ERA and sets the franchise record with 48 saves. Before playing for Tampa Bay, the 35-year-old right-hander struggled for two seasons with the Angels, saving just 17 games during his tenure with the Halos.
2019 In front of a sellout crowd at Minute Maid Park, the Astros win the American League pennant when Jose Altuve takes Aroldis Chapman deep in the bottom of the ninth, giving the team a 6-4 walk-off victory over the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS. Houston had blown a 4-2 lead in the top of the frame when Roberto Osuna allowed DJ LeMahieu’s two-run homer to tie the game.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-2020
Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Tampa Bay Rays (2)
The 2020 World Series was the 116th edition of Major League Baseball’s World Series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League (AL) champion Tampa Bay Rays.
The Dodgers posted the best record (43-17) in the National League, winning the west division, then sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers (2-0) in the expanded Wild Card Series and the San Diego Padres (3-0) in the Division Series. A hard fought battle with the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series (4-3) put Los Angeles back in the Fall Classic, their third appearance over the previous four years.
The Rays posted the best record (40-20) in the American League, winning the east division, then sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays (2-0) in the expanded Wild Card Series before defeating the New York Yankees (3-2) in the Division Series. Another hard fought battle with the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series (4-3) put Tampa Bay in the Fall Classic, their second in team history, having lost to the Philadelphia Phillies (1-4) in the 2008 World Series.
Game 1 featured each team’s ace, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers versus Tyler Glasnow of the Rays. A future hall of famer versus a young twirler who regularly threw 100-mph pitches, respectively. LA struck first, when Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run off of Glasnow in the fourth inning, but TB kept it close in the following frame, when Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo home run. In the bottom of the fifth, the momentum changed, the Dodgers scored four runs, then never looked back, scoring two more in the sixth. The Rays fought back, scoring two runs off the bullpen, but the 8-3 win never felt in jeopardy.
The Rays brought out their ace for Game 2, and Blake Snell did not disappoint, not surrendering a hit until the 4th inning. They also brought their bats, starting with Brandon Lowe, who hit a solo homer off Tony Gonsolin in the first inning to give the Rays their first lead of the series, Two runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth, and an insurance run in the sixth kept them in the lead during the entire (6-4) contest.
Walker Buehler started Game 3 for the Dodgers, and the Rays countered with Charlie Morton. Justin Turner hit a solo home run off Morton in the first inning for the first run of the game, and tied Duke Snider for the most postseason home runs in Dodgers history with 11. LA scored two more runs in the fourth inning, another two runs in the fith, and added an unnecessary insurance run in the sixth. Buehler no-hit the Rays through the first four frames, and only surrended three hits after that, while striking out ten, a dominating win for the ace twirler.
Game 4 was a near-must win situation for the Rays, as teams who went down 3-1 during a World Series, lost 40 of the previous 46 Fall Classics. Tampa did not let down their fans and the summary of this game was best described by historian Phil Bolsta, “What a game! What a finish! With apologies to Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956, Game Four was the most exciting, memorable, and awesome non-elimination World Series game EVER!”
Bolsta breaking it down: “In the bottom of the ninth, one run down and one strike away from defeat, the Rays’ Brett Phillips, who had been left off Tampa Bay’s roster for the ALCS and hadn’t had a hit in a full month, lined a single into right field for his first postseason hit ever… and then the craziness started… and escalated by the second! Centerfielder Chris Taylor misplayed the ball, then fired to cutoff man Max Muncy, who wheeled around and threw to catcher Will Smith, but the ball glanced off the glove of the Fresh Prince as he started his sweep tag. In the meantime, Randy Arozarena had tripped coming around third and stopped, dropped, and barrel-rolled down the baseline. He regained his footing, started back toward third, certain to be caught in a rundown, only to glance back to see an unguarded home plate beckoning. He slid into home head first, then kept slapping the plate eight or nine times and grinning as teammate Willy Adames stepped over him to go chase after unlikely hero Phillips, who was racing around the outfield with his arms out, airplaning, and for all we know, vibrating his lips to make engine sounds. For all we know, he has yet to come in for a landing. Meanwhile, Arozarena just lay there smiling, abandoned by his teammates, for what seemed like an eternity.”
Game 5 featured a rematch of Game 1 starting pitchers; Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and Tyler Glasnow for the Rays. Each twirler pitched into the fifth frame, but Kershaw only surrendered two runs, versus four for Glasnow. The bullpens took over, then each one held the game scoreless the rest of the way, with the Dodgers holding onto the 4-2 lead, and taking back the series lead (3-2).
With their backs against the wall, the Rays started their ace in Game 6, Blake Snell, who once again did not disappoint, surrendering one hit in the third, and one hit in the sixth, while striking out nine, and not walking a single batter. Up just one run, courtesy of a Randy Arozarena homer in the first, manager Kevin Cash pulled his ace, and inserted Nick Anderson, who had allowed runs in his previous six outings. Mookie Betts promptly doubled, followed by a wild pitch, then a fielder’s choice, and suddenly the Dodgers were up, 2-1. The LA bullpen had been in service since the second frame, and never once surrendered a run in Game 6, securing the victory.
The Dodgers defeated the Rays to win the series in six games for their first championship in 32 years. Los Angeles shortstop Corey Seager was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) after batting 8-for-20 with two home runs and five runs batted in.
Football first organizes
October 19, 1873 – Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York City – American College football first organizes. The very first rule change in American football history occurred in preparation for the season that would start in November. According to football historian Parke H. Davis, Princeton University members started an organization of intercollegiate football league rules, a predecessor of the NCAA, and this was the group’s initial meeting. Representatives from Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, Rutgers and Yale were invited, only Harvard declined the invite. The group decided to reduce players from 25 to 20 men per side and play on a specific size field 400 feet long x 250 feet wide, goal posts set at 25 feet apart and a coin toss would decide who would possess the ball first.
Kicks for everyone!
October 19, 1975 – Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado – Cleveland Browns’ Don Cockroft kicks a club record 5 field goals (later to be broken by Phil Dawson). The game was a defensive struggle as the 2-2 Broncos hosted the winless Browns. Late in the fourth quarter according to fs64sports.blogspot.com the Browns were holding a lead 15-13. Denver moved the ball into Cleveland territory and it all came down to the last play. 34 year old Bronco’s kicker Jim Turner trotted out onto the field and kicked a 53 yard field goal lifting the Broncos to a dramatic 16-15 victory.
October 19, 1991 – The longest NCAA football game (up to that time) ever took place. The game was between Rhode Island University and Maine University. The teams went into six overtimes, with Rhode Island edging out Maine. The game ended after 3 hours and 52 minutes of playing. according to a post by Zachary Kaye on the website thedeclarationatcoloniahigh.com. This record was broken a couple of times since then with the new record on September 26, 1998 season when Bethune-Cookman vs. Virginia State football game went to a new record 8 overtime sessions to decide a winner as B-CC pulled it out 63-57.
October 19, 1991 – Lonnie Glieberman purchased Ottawa Rough Riders from CFL for the price of $1.00. The other part of the equation was that he had to absorb more that $1 million in franchise debt. Glieberman was both a football saviour and a franchise killer. Lonnie and his father Bernie owned teams in Ottawa in 1992-93 and 2005 when they created the Renegades, but bailed for Shreveport, La., in 1994 and folded the Renegades franchise in 2006. An October 13, 2012 post on the Ottawa Sun’s website interviewing Glieberman, tells us that his biggest regrets and probably items that upset the apple cart of the CFL franchises was his decision to bring banished a NFL star Dexter Manley to Ottawa and the much-ridiculed Mardi Gras promotion that stated it would give cash to the lady that would expose herself and collect the most beaded necklaces. Not a great combination to win the fans over.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 19
October 19, 1911 – Dultuh, Minnesota – University of Washington guard Max Starcevich is born. Max’ bio on the National Football FOundation’s website reveals that he worked in a steel mill and attended a Junior college in Duluth , Minnesota before enrolling at Washington. The Huskies tried him at fullback, tackle as a guard. At that position he made the All-American team 1936 and led the University of Washington to the Rose Bowl. He played in the 1937 College All-Star Game and helped the college All-Stars team upset the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers 6-0. The National Football Foundation voted to send Max Starcevich to enter into their College football Hall of Fame in 1990.
October 19, 1963 – Jim Dombrowski entered into the world. Jim was an offensive tackle that played for the Virginia Cavaliers. Jim was an excellent student, as he won numerous awards as one of the finest student-athletes in the history of the University of Virginia. As a player he unanimous First Team All-America pick in 1985 and received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in back-to-back years in 1984 & 85 as the best offensive lineman in his conference per the footballfoundation.org’s bio on him. The National Football Foundation voted to send Jim Dombrowski to enter into their College football Hall of Fame in 1990.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
3 – 6 – 18 – 15 – 9 – 4 – 24 – 15
October 19, 1932 – Jimmie Foxx, Number 3 of the Philadelphia Athletics won the American League MVP and Philadelphia Phillies Number 3, Chuck Klein won the National League MVP
October 19, 1943 – New York Yankee 2nd baseman Joe Gordon, Number 6 announced his retirement. The future Hall of Famer would come out of that retirement and play off and on through the 1950 season with both the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.
October 19, 1949 – The A’s traded 2nd baseman Number 18, Nellie Fox to White Sox for Number 15, Joe Tipton
October 19, 1957 – Montreal Canadian Number 9, Maurice Richard, became the the first NHL player to score 500 goals, Known as the “Rocket” he enjoyed a very fruitful career.
October 19, 1966 – Bobby Orr, made his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins wearing Number 4 against the Detroit Red Wings
October 19, 1974 – Detroit Red Wing Number 24, Mickey Redmond scored the first hat trick against Wash Capitals franchise
October 19, 1975 – Cleveland Browns’ Number 12, Don Cockroft kicked a club record 5 field goals in a single game
October 19, 1997 – It was th 700th recorded home run hit in the World Series when Cleveland Indians slugger Number 15, Sandy Alomar smashed a shot over the wall.
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Georgia State at Appalachian State||7:30pm||ESPN2|
|MLB PLAYOFFS||Time ET||TV|
|NLCS Game 2: Philadelphia at San Diego||4:30pm||FOX/FS1|
|ALCS Game 1: NY Yankees at Houston||7:30pm||TBS|
|Orlando at Detroit||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Washignton at Indiana||7:00pm||NBCS-WSH|
|New York at Memphis||7:30pm||ESPN|
|Chicago at Miami||7:30pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Cleveland at Toronto||7:30pm||Sportsnet|
|Houston at Atlanta||7:30pm||ATTSN-SW|
|New Orleans at Brooklyn||7:30pm||YES|
|Charlotte at San Antonio||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Oklahoma City at Minnesota||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Denver at Utah||9:00pm||ATTSN-RM|
|Dallas at Phoenix||10:00pm||ESPN|
|Portland at Sacramento||10:00pm||NBCS-CA|
|Philadelphia at Florida||7:30pm||TNT|
|Winnipeg at Colorado||8:00pm||Sportsnet|
|St. Louis at Seattle||10:00pm||TNT|
|Coppa Italia: Spezia vs Brescia||9:00am||Paramount+|
|Coppa Italia: Parma vs Bari 1908||12:00pm||Paramount+|
|First Division A: Union Saint-Gilloise vs Gent||12:30pm||ESPN+|
|La Liga: Real Valladolid vs Celta de Vigo||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|Scottish League Cup: Motherwell vs Celtic||1:15pm||Paramount+|
|La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Mallorca||2:00pm||ESPN+|
|EPL: Brentford vs Chelsea||2:30pm||USA|
|EPL: Liverpool vs West Ham United||2:30pm||Peacock|
|EPL: AFC Bournemouth vs Southampton||2:30pm||Peacock|
|EPL: Newcastle United vs Everton||2:30pm||Peacock|
|First Division A: Club Brugge vs Sint-Truiden||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|La Liga: Elche vs Real Madrid||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Coppa Italia: Udinese vs Monza||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|EPL: Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur||3:15pm||Peacock|
|Scottish League Cup: Rangers vs Dundee||3:15pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Talleres Córdoba vs Unión Santa Fe||8:30pm||Paramount+|
What to Watch: Wednesday, 10-19-22
|MLB PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|NLCS Game 1: Philadelphia at San Diego||4:30pm||FOX/FS1|
Philadelphia Phillies lead the series 1-0 versus San Diego Padres. The Phillies were 5-3 overall and 3-1 on the road versus Padres during the regular season.
|ALCS Game 1: NY Yankees at Houston||7:30pm||TBS|
The New York Yankees finished first in the AL East and Houston Astros finished first in the AL West in 2022 regular season. The Astors were 5-2 overall and 3-0 at home versus the Yankees during the regular season.
|Dallas at Phoenix||10:00pm||ESPN|
The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Sun were two of the top five teams in the 2021-22 regular season. The Suns were 3-0 versus the Mavericks last season