MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Detroit 2 Final
Texas 3 Final
LA Angels 4 Final
San Diego 0
Minnesota 3 Final
Kansas City 3 Final
Toronto 5 Final
NY Yankees 1
Tampa Bay 12 Final
Seattle 4 Final 10
Chi White Sox 6 Final
NY Mets 9 Final
Washington 5 Final
Philadelphia 0 Final
Cincinnati 4 Final
Chi Cubs 3
LA Dodgers 7 Final
St. Louis 2
San Francisco 12 Final
INDIANA AP FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL POLLS
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Center Grove (14) 3-0 298 1
2. Merrillville (1) 3-0 254 3
3. Westfield – 2-1 184 T5
4. Carmel – 2-1 174 2
5. Brownsburg – 2-1 172 T5
6. Hamilton Southeastern – 3-0 156 7
7. Warren Central – 2-1 108 8
8. Ben Davis – 2-1 66 9
9. Homestead – 2-1 62 4
(tie) Lawrence North – 2-0 62 10
Others receiving votes: Fishers 56. Chesterton 36. Elkhart 16. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Cathedral (15) 3-0 300 1
2. Ft. Wayne Dwenger – 3-0 230 3
3. Valparaiso – 3-0 228 4
4. Mishawaka – 3-0 184 5
5. Zionsville – 2-1 164 2
6. Bloomington South – 3-0 162 7
7. Decatur Central – 2-1 122 8
8. Bloomington North – 3-0 94 T10
9. Whiteland – 2-1 52 6
(tie) Ft. Wayne Snider – 2-1 52 T10
Others receiving votes: Kokomo 18. Michigan City 18. Lafayette Harrison 16. Castle 4. Concord 2. Ev. North 2. New Palestine 2.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Roncalli (14) 3-0 298 1
2. Mooresville (1) 3-0 262 2
3. Leo – 3-0 222 4
4. Jasper – 3-0 178 5
5. E. Central – 2-1 142 3
6. E. Noble – 3-0 130 6
7. Northridge – 3-0 104 8
8. New Prairie – 3-0 96 9
9. Bishop Chatard – 0-3 58 7
10. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) – 2-1 52 10
Others receiving votes: Pendleton Hts. 26. Delta 24. Northview 18. Ev. Memorial 12. Culver Academy 8. Logansport 8. Martinsville 8. Hobart 4.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Gibson Southern (8) 3-0 286 1
2. Brebeuf Jesuit (6) 3-0 276 2
3. W. Lafayette (1) 3-0 244 3
4. Tri-West – 3-0 188 5
5. Danville – 2-1 182 4
6. Lawrenceburg – 2-1 116 6
7. Mt. Vernon (Posey) – 3-0 92 NR
8. Western Boone – 2-1 78 9
9. Franklin Co. – 3-0 40 NR
10. Brownstown – 3-0 32 NR
Others receiving votes: Tippecanoe Valley 28. Norwell 22. Guerin Catholic 22. Owen Valley 16. Calumet 10. Mishawaka Marian 8. Ft. Wayne Concordia 6. Oak Hill 4.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Ft. Wayne Luers (14) 3-0 294 1
2. Ev. Mater Dei (1) 3-0 252 2
3. Eastbrook – 3-0 244 3
4. Heritage Christian – 3-0 168 6
5. Tipton – 3-0 162 5
6. Eastside – 3-0 130 7
7. Linton – 3-0 104 10
8. Andrean – 1-2 90 4
9. Speedway – 3-0 70 NR
10. Lafayette Catholic – 2-1 38 NR
Others receiving votes: Lapel 26. N. Posey 26. Scecina 20. Rensselaer 12. Triton Central 8. Southmont 6.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. S. Adams (9) 3-0 284 1
2. Lutheran (5) 3-0 270 2
3. Adams Central (1) 2-1 226 5
4. Monroe Central – 3-0 200 4
5. Winamac – 3-0 186 6
6. Covenant Christian – 2-1 112 7
7. Parke Heritage – 2-1 110 3
8. N. Judson – 3-0 78 10
9. Southwood – 2-1 76 9
10. W. Washington – 1-0 50 8
Others receiving votes: Springs Valley 34. S. Putnam 12. Triton 6. Churubusco 6.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SATURDAY
|ALL TIMES EASTERN|
|Alexandria||vs.||Blackford||1:00 pm||Ball State|
|Frankton||vs.||Elwood||4:00 pm||Ball State|
|Indiana Deaf||at||Alabama Deaf||7:00 pm|
|Madison-Grant||vs.||Mississinewa||10:00 am||Ball State|
|Oak Hill||vs.||Eastbrook||7:00 pm||Ball State|
|Osceola Grace||at||Phalen Academy||3:00 pm|
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL POLLS
- McCutcheon, Hamilton Southeastern
- Bishop Dwenger
- Muncie Burris
- Benton Central
- Western Boone
- Springs Valley
- Trinity Lutheran
- Lafayette Central Catholic
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER POLLS
- Noblesville (1)
- Fishers (2)
- Chesterton (3)
- Hamilton Southeastern (4)
- Ev. Memorial (6)
- Castle (5)
- Elkhart (7)
- Penn (10)
- Northridge (12)
- Valparaiso (8)
- Carmel (9)
- Plainfield (14)
- Lawrence North (18)
- Lake Central (15)
- Munster (13)
- Zionsville (11)
- Westfield (NR)
- Columbus North (17)
- Warsaw (NR)
- FW Carroll (16)
Dropped out: Center Grove (19); Crown Point (20)
- Canterbury (2)
- Guerin Catholic (1)
- Concordia Lutheran (4)
- West Lafayette (5)
- Mishawaka Marian (3)
- Gibson Southern (8)
- Bishop Dwenger (7)
- Heritage Hills (6)
- Speedway (10)
- SB St. Joseph (11)
- Culver Academies (12)
- Tri-West (9)
- Lawrenceburg (14)
- Yorktown (15)
- NorthWood (13)
- Oak Hill (16)
- Washington Community (17)
- Northwestern (19)
- Batesville (20)
- Greencastle (NR)
Dropped out: Bishop Chatard (18)
- Park Tudor (1)
- Heritage Christian (Indpls) (3)
- University (5)
- Providence (2)
- South Knox (4)
- North White (6)
- Cascade (7)
- Kouts (11)
- Jac-Cen-Del (8)
- Lutheran (Indpls) (10)
- Southwestern (Shelbyville) (9)
- Northeast Dubois (14)
- Forest Park (17)
- Covenant Christian (Indpls) (13)
- Faith Christian (18)
- North Putnam (15)
- Carroll (Flora) (NR)
- Illiana Christian (NR)
- Oldenburg Academy (20)
- Tell City (NR)
Dropped out: Lakewood Park Christian (12); Liberty Christian (16); Scecina Memorial (19)
- Noblesville (1)
- Hamilton Southeastern (3)
- Carmel (2)
- Homestead (4)
- Bloomington South (5)
- Columbus North (6)
- North Central (7)
- Zionsville (9)
- Saint Joseph (8)
- Center Grove (12)
- Penn (10)
- Chesterton (14)
- Castle (11)
- Evansville Reitz (13)
- Fishers (15)
- Plainfield (16)
- Mt. Vernon (17)
- Crown Point (19)
- East Central (20)
- Guerin Catholic (18)
Dropped out: FW Dwenger (20)
- Evansville Memorial (1)
- Chatard (3)
- Cathedral (4)
- Brebeuf Jesuit (5)
- Mishawaka Marian (7)
- Mater Dei (2)
- Park Tudor (6)
- Hamilton Heights (8)
- Tri West (9)
- Lawrenceburg (13)
- Silver Creek (10)
- Heritage Hills (12)
- Lafayette Central Catholic (15)
- Culver Academy (14)
- Wheeler (11)
- West Lafayette (17)
- Leo (16)
- Plymouth (18)
- Batesville (20)
- South Dearborn (19)
- Forest Park (1)
- Evansville Christian (2)
- Heritage Christian (3)
- Canterbury (13)
- Argos (5)
- Providence (6)
- Speedway (4)
- Boone Grove (15)
- Tipton (10)
- Andrean (7)
- Northeast Dubois (16)
- Covenant Christian Demotte (11)
- Faith Christian (12)
- Blackhawk Christian (8)
- Monrovia (9)
- Oldenburg (14)
- Southmont (19)
- Switzerland County (20)
- Lakewood Park Christian (NR)
- Scecina (NR)
Dropped out: Westview (17); Cascade (18)
AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Record Pts Prv
1. Alabama (59) 1-0 1571 1
2. Georgia (4) 1-0 1507 5
3. Ohio State 1-0 1437 4
4. Oklahoma 1-0 1374 2
5. Texas A&M 1-0 1288 6
6. Clemson 0-1 1231 3
7. Cincinnati 1-0 1136 8
8. Notre Dame 1-0 1070 9
9. Iowa State 1-0 1045 7
10. Iowa 1-0 942 18
11. Penn State 1-0 908 19
12. Oregon 1-0 883 11
13. Florida 1-0 842 13
14. Southern Cal 1-0 789 15
15. Texas 1-0 683 21
16. UCLA 2-0 668 –
17. Coastal Carolina 1-0 384 22
18. Wisconsin 0-1 376 12
19. Virginia Tech 1-0 359 –
20. Mississippi 1-0 335 –
21. Utah 1-0 334 24
22. Miami 0-1 229 14
23. Arizona State 1-0 222 25
24. North Carolina 0-1 198 10
25. Auburn 1-0 83 –
WEEK TWO COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 10
Kansas at Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
North Carolina A&T at Duke | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
North Dakota at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN
UTEP at Boise State | 9:30 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 11
Boston College at UMass
Western Carolina at Oklahoma
Illinois at Virginia | 11 a.m. | ACC Network
Western Kentucky at Army | 11:30 a.m. | CBSSN
VMI at Kent State | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN3
Alabama State at Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
South Carolina at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Pitt at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Norfolk State at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Youngstown State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Indiana State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Oregon at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX
Tulsa at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FS1
Florida at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ABC
Wyoming at Northern Illinois | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Rutgers at Syracuse | 2 p.m. | ACC Network
Duquesne at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Toledo at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | Peacock
Purdue at UConn | 3 p.m. | CBSSN
Robert Morris at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Texas A&M vs. Colorado (Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado) | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Buffalo at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Ball State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Cal at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Temple at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Murray State at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Air Force at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Georgia Southern at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Mercer at Alabama | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
South Alabama at Bowling Green | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Iowa at Iowa State | 4:30 p.m. | ABC
South Carolina State at Clemson | 5 p.m. | ACC Network
Long Island University at West Virginia | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Illinois State at Western Michigan | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Charlotte | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Lamar at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Portland State at Washington State | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
North Carolina Central at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Houston at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Bethune-Cookman at UCF | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas at Arkansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN
NC State at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU
Texas State at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
SE Louisiana at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
North Texas at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Hampton at Old Dominion | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Grambling at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky at Louisville | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Appalachian State at Miami | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU
Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin | 7 p.m. | FS1
Liberty at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas Southern at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Southern Illinois at Kansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Morgan State at Tulane | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Memphis at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Louisiana | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
New Mexico State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Missouri at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Austin Peay at Ole Miss | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network+
Georgia State at North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Idaho at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Howard at Maryland | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
McNeese at LSU | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Jacksonville State at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Washington at Michigan | 8 p.m. | ABC
Vanderbilt at Colorado State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
San Diego State at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Cal Poly at Fresno State | 10:05 p.m. | CW59
Utah at BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN
Stanford at USC | 10:30 p.m. | FOX
UNLV at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Idaho State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | Stadium
Hawai’i at Oregon State | 11 p.m. | FS1
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 13, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC
Gonzaga coach Mark Few cited for DUI in Idaho
COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho (AP) Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few has been cited for driving under the influence and said he exhibited “poor judgement” operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.
Few released a statement Tuesday night apologizing for the “hurt caused to those most important to me – my family, my players, and my program.” He was cited on Monday night in the town about 30 miles east of the Gonzaga campus.
“I believe as a leader and role model, I am expected to set only the best example. The decisions I made yesterday do not exemplify this standard and for that, I sincerely apologize to you all. I recognize that operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol exhibits poor judgment,” Few said in his statement.
“Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I will never allow such a lapse in judgment to occur again. Please know that I am committed to learning from this mistake and will work to earn back your trust in me.”
Few was stopped by Coeur d’Alene police around 8 p.m. Monday after he was “called in as driving erratic and speeding,” according to a police report.
The report stated that Few exhibited “several signs of intoxication” and that he refused to complete field sobriety tests. Few provided breath samples of .119 and .120, which is above the legal limit of .08, the report stated.
Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford released a statement earlier Tuesday saying the school was aware of Few’s situation.
“While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow,” Standiford said. “As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few’s right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time.”
The Coeur d’Alene Press and Spokesman-Review first reported about Few being cited.
Few has been the head coach for the Bulldogs for 22 seasons and is 630-125 in his career. Gonzaga lost to Baylor in the national championship game last April.
Miley goes 7, Castellanos and India homer as Reds stop Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) Wade Miley was terrific, and Kyle Farmer made a pair of clutch plays. Jonathan India and Nick Castellanos had a couple of big swings.
They all stepped up on a night when Cincinnati desperately needed a win.
Miley pitched seven effective innings, Castellanos homered and the Reds cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 4-3 victory Tuesday.
Cincinnati had dropped seven of nine to lose ground in the NL playoff race. It began the day one game back of San Diego for the second wild card.
“We needed that as a squad,” Miley said. “We’ve been scuffling a little bit of late.”
The Reds bounced back behind Miley (12-5), who was coming off one of his worst performances during an impressive season. The veteran left-hander allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and walked none.
Miley, tagged for five runs and 12 hits over four innings during a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals last week, improved to 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his last 11 starts.
“He did what he’s done all year,” manager David Bell said.
Willson Contreras, Rafael Ortega and Ian Happ homered for Chicago, which had won a season-high seven straight. Happ, who finished with three hits, is batting .367 (33 for 90) in his last 24 games.
“We were right there until the end,” said bench coach Andy Green, who is running the Cubs while manager David Ross is away from the team following a positive COVID-19 test.
The Reds were clinging to a 2-1 lead before they pushed across two runs in the eighth. India, who homered in the first, doubled and scored on Mike Moustakas’ two-out single off Manuel Rodriguez. Farmer tacked on another RBI single.
Ortega and Happ connected in the bottom half against Michael Lorenzen, but Mychal Givens worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Right before Happ’s 20th homer, Farmer robbed Frank Schwindel of a hit when the shortstop ran back into short center field for a terrific catch.
“That was unbelievable,” India said.
Webb, Yastrzemski, Duggar power Giants past Rockies 12-3
DENVER (AP) Logan Webb pitched effectively for seven innings, Mike Yastrzemski homered and Steve Duggar had two triples among his three hits as the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 Tuesday night.
Brandon Crawford added three hits and an RBI. All of Duggar’s hits went for extra bases and he drove in three runs. Yastrzemski added a run-scoring single in the ninth, finishing with three RBIs and helping San Francisco to its fifth win in six games.
C.J. Cron had an RBI double for Colorado. Pinch-hitter Joshua Fuentes and Rio Ruiz added RBI singles.
Webb (9-3) allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out six, just missing on extending his string of 14 consecutive starts in which he had allowed two or fewer runs. He helped himself with an RBI double in the second inning.
“I was trying to stay away from the big inning and really not walk anybody,” Webb said. “Because when you start walking these guys and give them free bases, that’s when you get in trouble. Luckily, I was able to execute that. I kind of went with the game plan and it worked out.”
Colorado got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on Cron’s run-scoring double. The Giants countered with three runs in the top of the fifth on Duggar’s bases-loaded triple. Evan Longoria had a run-scoring fielder’s choice ahead of Yastrzemski’s homer off Julian Fernandez.
The homer was Yastrzemski’s 22nd of the season, marking a career best and a team high for the Giants, who have an NL-leading 207 home runs this season. The homer total is the highest since the Giants hit a franchise-record 235 homers in 2001.
The Giants hit Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-7) hard from the outset, tagging him for five runs on eight hits before being lifted in favor of Ashton Goudeau with one out in the second.
“I think Chi Chi had a hard time getting the ball down,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He couldn’t get the ball at the knees or below. When Chi Chi’s good, that ball is down and produces a lot of grounders. Today, he just couldn’t get the ball where he needed to and the Giants took advantage. When they got a good pitch to hit, they smoked it.”
The first three batters Gonzalez faced, Tommy La Stella, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey doubled, and Crawford added a one-out RBI single to put the Giants up 3-0. Webb doubled following Duggar’s first triple in the second, and La Stella’s RBI single gave the Giants a 5-0 lead.
“It’s a big yard here,” Duggar said. “I was able to get a couple of pitches over the heart tonight. I was on them. I was able to split the gaps and run a little bit.”
Cole hurt, surging Blue Jays power past skidding Yanks 5-1
NEW YORK (AP) Marcus Semien homered again, Alejandro Kirk went deep twice and the surging Toronto Blue Jays beat the skidding Yankees 5-1 on Tuesday night after New York ace Gerrit Cole exited early with a hamstring injury.
Cole (14-7) was pulled in the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness after allowing a sacrifice fly to Reese McGuire that gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead. After the throw from center fielder Aaron Judge deflected off his glove, Cole motioned to the dugout and was checked out by trainer Tim Lentych.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Cole was not headed for an MRI and the right-hander said it was too early to determine if he would miss his next scheduled start.
“I want to make sure that I am good if I’m good or if I need a few extra days, but I was sitting out there for a couple of pitches weighing the pros and cons and I just wasn’t quite sure I was going to be able to get through the inning and get some treatment on it to get back out,” Cole said. “So unfortunately, I just had to pull the plug.”
Cole allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. After striking out 15 on Wednesday against the Angels, he threw 70 pitches as Toronto put together several long at-bats against the star right-hander.
“He didn’t look different to me,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “You’ve got to give our hitters credit because we were having good at-bats against one of the best pitchers in baseball.”
Semien extended his career high with his 38th homer and seventh against the Yankees this year when he connected off Albert Abreu to open the fifth for a 4-1 lead. It was the sixth homer in six games for Semien, whose previous career best was 33 for Oakland in 2019.
Kirk went deep in the second off Cole and connected again in the eighth as Toronto won its sixth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games.
The Blue Jays moved within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees for the first AL wild card, and two back of Boston for the second. Toronto and Boston are tied in the loss column.
“Pitching, defense and hitting – we’re doing it all right now,” Montoyo said.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth on a night when slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his career-high hitting streak stopped at 14 games.
Steven Matz (11-7) allowed one run over six innings and matched his career high for wins. He struck out six, walked none and withstood several long outs to the warning track in his second win in New York this season.
“We’re having fun, we’re playing good,” Matz said. “You can kind of sense it. We’re playing important baseball in September and that’s what we want to do.”
Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single for New York, which dropped its fourth straight. The Yankees remained a half-game ahead of rival Boston, which lost to Tampa Bay, for the first AL wild card. New York lost for the eighth time in 10 games since a 13-game winning streak Aug. 14-27.
The Yankees were held without an extra-base hit or a walk for the second straight game. According to the YES Network, that last happened in June 1962.
“We had some guys that hit the ball OK today compared to yesterday, but the bottom line is we’ve got to be better,” Boone said. “We’ve got our guys now and if we’re going to be the team we hope to be, our offense has to carry that freight for us. So we’ve got to get it rolling.”
Joakim Soria got a double play to end a scoreless seventh, Tim Mayza pitched the eighth and Jordan Romano finished up for the Blue Jays.
Pujols homers in return to St. Louis, Dodgers down Cards 7-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) Albert Pujols rewarded an adoring crowd by hitting a home run in his return to Busch Stadium, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers toward a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Justin Turner homered twice and Will Smith also homered for the playoff-contending Dodgers, who won for the sixth time in eight games. St. Louis has lost four in a row.
A star slugger who led the Cardinals to a pair of World Series championships, the 41-year-old Pujols made his second appearance at Busch Stadium after playing for St. Louis from 2001-2011.
Pujols drew a 40-second standing ovation when his name was announced prior to a first-inning at-bat, with catcher and longtime teammate Yadier Molina stepping in front of the plate to prolong the cheer. They had a short embrace before Pujols stepped in.
Pujols promptly drilled the fourth pitch from J.A. Happ on a line over the wall in left. It was his 679th career home run and 17th of the season.
“It’s one of those things that you hope could happen,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “But the likelihood is very improbable. Getting a standing ovation and then homering in that first at-bat. Storybook. I’m a firm believer that the game honors you. The way Albert’s played the game for so long, the right way, that’s the way it was supposed to go.”
Pujols tried to downplay the moment.
“When it happens, you just let it happen,” he said. “It’s part of the game. Embrace the moment. But try not to get caught up too much.”
His teammates had no problem enjoying the special moment.
“It was pretty surreal,” Turner said. “Pretty cool for everyone in the stadium – not just Albert. Every time he hits a homer, you’re watching history.”
The 10-time All-Star drew a similar fan reaction when he returned to St. Louis with the Los Angels Angels for the first time in 2019 He was given a standing ovation in all 12 plate appearances that series including, a one-minute tribute in his first trip to the plate. He also homered in the first game of that series.
Pujols, who did not play in the series opener Monday night, went 1 for 4. The first baseman signed a 10-year deal with the Angels after the 2011 season, then joined the Dodgers last May.
Alex Vesia (3-1) picked up the win for Los Angeles, which used nine pitchers. He struck out the only man he faced to end the third inning. Corey Knebel started and went one inning as the opener.
AP Top 25: Georgia jumps to No. 2 behind Tide; UCLA moves in
(AP) — Georgia jumped three spots to No. 2 behind Alabama in The Associated Press Top 25 released Tuesday, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 30th time in the 85-year history of the college football poll.
It is the second time in the last three seasons and the third in the last five that the SEC is sitting 1-2 in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank. Alabama and LSU had a four-week run as Nos. 1 and 2 in the 2019 season before they played each other.
The Crimson Tide strengthened its hold on No. 1 after it throttled Miami in the first full week of the regular season. Alabama received 59 first-place votes, up from the 47 it had in the preseason poll.
Georgia received four first-place votes after beating Clemson 10-3 in the opening weekend’s biggest game.
Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Oklahoma dropped two spots to No. 4. Texas A&M is fifth, giving the SEC three teams in the top five.
Clemson fell three spots to sixth, marking the first time the Tigers have been out of the top four since 2017. Clemson dropped as low as No. 7 that season before finishing fourth.
No. 7 Cincinnati and No. 8 Notre Dame moved up one spot each. Iowa State dropped two places to No. 9, one spot ahead of No. 10 Iowa, heading into their rivalry game on Saturday.
Alabama and Georgia finished 1-2 in the Top 25 in 2017, when the Tide beat the Bulldogs in overtime in the an all-SEC College Football Playoff game. Alabama and Georgia also spent two weeks in that regular season at Nos. 1-2.
One conference has held the top two spots 76 times since the AP poll started in 1936, none more than the SEC. The now-defunct Big Eight is next with 23.
– No. 16 UCLA is ranked for the first time since a brief stay at No. 25 in 2017, Jim Mora’s last season as coach of the Bruins. It has been a slow climb back for UCLA under Chip Kelly, but a 2-0 start and a 38-27 victory against LSU pushed the Bruins into the rankings. LSU dropped out of the rankings from No. 16.
– No. 19 Virginia Tech moved into the rankings after beating Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina. This is the sixth straight season the Hokies have been ranked for at least one week, though Virginia Tech has not finished in the Top 25 since 2017. The Tar Heels fell 14 spots to No. 24.
– No. 20 Mississippi was not far outside of the rankings to start the season and earned their first poll appearance since early in the 2016 season by beating Louisville.
– No. 25 Auburn grabbed the final spot and has now been ranked for at least one week in nine straight seasons.
Eight Top 25 teams lost over the holiday weekend, though five were beaten by another ranked team.
– Indiana, ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1969, is unranked after getting blown out at Iowa.
– Washington dropped out after a 13-7 loss to FCS power Montana. The Huskies became just the fifth ranked team to lose to an FCS team in the history of the AP Top 25.
– Louisiana-Lafayette received its first preseason ranking in school history, but dropped out after losing decisively at Texas.
SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 2, 5, 13, 20, 25).
Pac-12 – 5 (Nos. 12, 14, 16, 21, 23).
ACC – 4 (Nos. 6, 19, 22, 24).
Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 3, 10, 11, 18).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 9 , 15).
American – 1 (No. 7).
Sun Belt – 1 (No. 17).
Independent – 1 (No. 8).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 12 Oregon at No. 3 Ohio State. The pandemic cost the Ducks their home game in this series last year. It’s the teams’ first regular-season meeting since 1987.
No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State. The biggest Cy-Hawk game ever. No doubt.
Top recruit Shaedon Sharpe commits to Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ken. (AP) Five-star recruit Shaedon Sharpe has committed to Kentucky, giving coach John Calipari his highest-rated player in five years.
Sharpe announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter after also considering Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma City and the G League.
A 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Sharpe is rated No. 4 in the 247 Sports composite for the class of 2022.
The Canadian-born senior will play at Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona, after averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the Elite Youth Basketball League.
Sharpe will join fellow five-star player Skyy Clark at Kentucky in 2022 and is Calipari’s highest-rated recruit since Bam Adebayo in 2016.
Broncos’ Chubb detained on warrant over traffic offenses
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Bradley Chubb was detained Tuesday on a warrant for failing to appear in court last month to face traffic-related charges.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Miller said Chubb was pulled over for speeding Tuesday morning and it was discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic offenses. He was taken to the Douglas County Detention Center.
Court records show Centennial Police cited Chubb for having expired license plates and for misdemeanor driving under restraint on May 6. A warrant was issued for his arrest Aug. 6 when Chubb failed to appear in court on those charges.
“We are aware of the matter, which was related to an unresolved traffic citation that has now been addressed,” the Broncos said in a statement.
Court records also show Chubb was cited for speeding in 2019 by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department and in 2020 by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, according to KUSA-TV in Denver, which first reported Chubb’s arrest Tuesday.
Chubb is coming off a Pro Bowl appearance in 2020 but he underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery this offseason and recently sprained his other ankle, forcing him to miss practice all last week.
He returned to the practice field Monday but appeared to mostly work on the side. Coach Vic Fangio said he expects Chubb to play Sunday when the Broncos open the season against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.
That would mark the first game Chubb and pass rush partner Von Miller have played together since Sept. 29, 2019. Chubb tore a knee ligament that day and missed the remainder of the season and Miller missed all 2020 with a dislodged ankle tendon.
Chubb was the Broncos’ first-round pick in 2018, when he was taken fifth overall, and he set a team rookie record with a dozen sacks. He recorded 7 1/2 sacks last season in his return from the torn ACL and earned his first Pro Bowl berth.
NFLPA calls for daily COVID-19 testing for all players
(AP) — The NFL Players Association wants daily COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated players.
The league and the union agreed last week to update protocols so vaccinated players would be tested weekly instead of every 14 days as they were during training camp.
That’s not enough, according to NFLPA president and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter.
“Since the beginning of training camp, we have been testing our vaccinated players once every 14 days. It has been ineffective as we’ve had significantly more incidents of transmission inside the building this year than last year,” Tretter wrote in a column on the union’s website. “The NFLPA saw this coming months ago and has been advocating for a return to daily testing because it is more effective way to stop and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our locker rooms. However, the NFL decided to move to weekly testing; and while that is a step in the right direction, it leaves us open to many of the same problems we’ve been facing.”
The league most recently announced 93% of players are vaccinated. Unvaccinated players are tested daily and face strict protocol requirements. The league didn’t immediately respond to a request for a response to Tretter’s comments.
“We are all tired. No one likes that this is the world we are living in still this season. No one likes mitigation methods,” Tretter wrote. “But we cannot do what is easy over what is right. We cannot do what is cheaper over what is right. We have been warned by our experts that, because of our current testing cadence, we are at more risk of missed games this season than last season. If we continue to go down this path, I need everyone in the football community to be aware of what lies ahead.”
In his column, Tretter also criticized the league’s taunting point of emphasis.
“We would support the removal of this point of emphasis immediately,” Tretter said. “Fans enjoy the intensity and the raw emotion that our players show on the field; and the overwhelming majority of the time, players understand the line between that emotion and bad sportsmanship.”
BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week
Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
RB – Jr. – Arlington, Tenn. – Arlington (Tenn.)
- Rushed for a career-high 264 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 23 carries (11.47 avg.) in Michigan State’s 38-21 win at Northwestern. His 264 yards rushing marked the seventh-highest single-game total in Michigan State history and his four rushing touchdowns were the most by a Spartan since Edwin Baker rushed for four touchdowns vs. Minnesota in 2010. Became just the seventh player in the Big Ten since 2000 to register more than 260 yards rushing and four-plus touchdowns and the first player to do so since Melvin Gordon ran for 408 yards and four touchdowns vs. Nebraska in 2014
- Sprinted for a 75-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage to give Michigan State a 7-0 lead. Also added touchdowns of 3, 5 and 6 yards
- His 264 yards mark the highest single-game rushing yardage total by any player in the FBS through Week 1
- Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
- Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Felton Davis III (Oct. 2, 2017)
Defensive Player of the Week
Riley Moss, Iowa
DB – Sr. – Ankeny, Iowa – Centennial (Iowa)
- Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in Iowa’s 31-6 win over Indiana, marking just the second time since 2000 that a Big Ten player has recorded two pick-sixes in a conference game
- Becomes the third Iowa player since 2000 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game, joining Joshua Jackson (Nov. 11, 2017 at Wisconsin) and B.J. Lowery (Sept. 21, 2013 vs. Western Michigan)
- Is just the second FBS player since 2018 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game. The last player to accomplish the feat was Akron’s Alvin Davis at Northwestern on Sept. 15, 2018
- Earns the second Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and his first since Oct. 8, 2018
- Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Zach VanValkenburg (Nov. 16, 2020)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Stout, Penn State
K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.)
- In Penn State’s 16-10 road win at Wisconsin, averaged a career-high 53.9 yards per punt on seven punts, marking the second-highest single-game punting average in Penn State history, trailing only Ralph Giacomarro who averaged 54.75 yards per punt at Syracuse in 1981.
- Registered five punts of 50-plus yards, including a career-long 76-yarder in the third quarter. His 76-yard punt tied for the third-long punt in Nittany Lions history
- Added a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10-10
- Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jahan Dotson (Dec. 14, 2020)
Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
- Completed 13 of 22 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start to help Ohio State defeat Minnesota 45-31. His 294 yards are the second-most by a Buckeye quarterback making the first start of their career since 2000
- Threw four touchdown passes in the second half to rally Ohio State from a 14-10 halftime deficit. Recorded three touchdown passes of 50-plus yards, connecting on touchdown strikes of 56, 61 and 70 yards
- Is one of just nine quarterback in the FBS to pass for four-plus touchdowns in a game this season
- Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
- Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Tate Martell (Sept. 10, 2018)
THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL: Big Ten Weekly Football Release
• All 14 Big Ten schools will be in action this Saturday, highlighted by four teams hosting nonconference opponents in their home openers: Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. The complete Week 2 schedule appears to the right.
• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 10 Iowa, No. 11 Penn State and No. 18 Wisconsin. Michigan and Northwestern are both receiving votes.
• No. 3 Ohio State welcomes No. 12 Oregon to Columbus for a top-15 matchup on Saturday at noon ET on FOX. This marks the first meeting between these teams since the Buckeyes claimed the inaugural CFP National Championship with a 42-20 victory on Jan. 12, 2015, and the 10th meeting overall. Ohio State has won 23 straight home games, which is the longest streak by a Big Ten team since the Buckeyes’ school-record 25-game streak from 1972-76.
• Iowa and Iowa State are meeting as AP ranked opponents for the first time in program history. Iowa has faced a ranked Iowa State team just one time, a 31-0 loss at home in 1978. The Hawkeyes are also playing their second straight AP Top 25 team. It marks the fourth time in program history Iowa has opened a season against consecutive opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 (1960, 1973, 1974). The Hawkeyes started 2-0 in 1960, 1-1 in 1974 and 0-2 in 1973.
• In his first career start, quarterback C.J. Stroud finished 13-of-+22 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns, leading Ohio State to a 45-31 season-opening win over Minnesota on the road last Thursday. His scoring tosses went for 38, 56, 70 and 61 yards. One of Stroud’s favorite targets on Thursday was senior wide receiver Chris Olave, who caught four passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. It was the seventh multi-TD game of Olave’s career and moved him into a tie for fifth place in school history in career touchdown receptions with Brian Robiskie (24).
• Iowa’s Riley Moss became just the third player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game in the Hawkeyes’ 34-6 win over Indiana on Saturday. He had a 30-yard interception return to give Iowa a 14-0 advantage in the opening minutes of the game. Moss collected his second touchdown in the final minutes of the second quarter, returning the pick 55 yards for the score. Moss currently leads the country with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
• Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III rushed for a career-high 264 yards – the seventh-highest total in school history – and scored a career-high four touchdowns to lead the Spartans past Northwestern, 38-21, on Sept. 3 at Ryan Field. It marked the most rushing yards by a Spartan in a debut wearing the Green and White. Walker is also the first Big Ten running back with 250-plus rushing yards and four rushing TDs in a single game since Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) in 2014. The junior currently leads the nation in rushing and is tied for first in rushing touchdowns.
• All six of the New Year’s Six bowl games have had a chance to host a semifinal game twice with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl doing so three times. This year, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will serve as semifinal games. Last year, Alabama became the second-straight No. 1 seed to win the playoff. The No. 1 seed did not win a title in the first five years, while the No. 2 seed has won it three times and the No. 4 seed has won it twice. The No. 3 seed has won just three playoff games in seven years, with Ohio State winning one of those last season.
• The 2021 campaign features 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.
• Ohio State was crowned 2020 Big Ten Champion after its 22-10 win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game presented by Discover on Dec. 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Buckeyes’ 39th Big Ten title and fourth in as many years.
• Northwestern and Ohio State will look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Buckeyes finished 5-0 to win the East Division and the Wildcats finished atop the West Division standings at 6-1 in conference play.
|Saturday, September 11, 2021 Football|
|Illinois||Virginia||11:00 A.M.||Charlottesville, Va.||TV: ACC Network Stats Radio: Busey Bank Illini Sports Network|
|Youngstown State||Michigan State||12:00 P.M.||East Lansing, MI||TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: TCF Bank Spartan Media Network|
|Indiana State||Northwestern||12:00 P.M.||Evanston, Ill.||TV: Big Ten Network Radio: WGN Radio AM-720|
|Oregon||Ohio State||12:00 P.M.||Columbus, OH|
|Miami (OH)||Minnesota||12:00 P.M.||Huntington Bank Stadium||TV: ESPNU Stats Video|
|Rutgers||Syracuse||2:00 P.M.||Syracuse, NY||TV: ACC Network Radio: WCTC 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 389, Scarlet Knights App Video|
|Purdue||Connecticut||3:03 P.M.||East Hartford, Conn.||TV: CBS SN Stats Radio: Purdue Sports Network Video|
|Buffalo||Nebraska||3:30 P.M.||Lincoln, Neb.||TV: BTN Stats Radio: Huskers Radio Network Video|
|Ball State||Penn State||3:30 P.M.||University Park, Pa.|
|Iowa||Iowa State||4:30 P.M.||Ames, IA|
|Eastern Michigan||Wisconsin||7:00 P.M.||Madison, WI||TV: FS1 Radio: Badger Sports Network|
|Howard University||Maryland||7:30 P.M.||Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium||Stats Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network|
|Idaho||Indiana||7:30 P.M.||Bloomington, Ind.||TV: BTN Stats Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 108, XM 202, SXM App 965|
|Washington||Michigan||8:00 P.M.||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TV: ABC|
Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue Capture Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards
Player of the Week
Jonni Parker, Penn State
Sr. – RS – Casstown, Ohio – Miami East – Major: Education
• Named the Most Valuable Player at the Penn State Classic after averaging 3.89 kills, 2.44 digs and 1.22 blocks per set in sweeps over Iowa State, Oregon State and LSU
• Recorded her 1,000th career kill in the first set against Iowa State on Sept. 3
• Twice selected for Academic All-Big Ten honors (2019, 2020)
• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Penn State Player of the Week: Kaitlyn Hord (Sept. 9, 2019)
Defensive Player of the Week
Kayla Caffey, Nebraska
Sr. – MB – Chicago, Ill. – Mother McAuley – Graduate Major: Teaching, Learning and Teacher’s Education
• Averaged a team-high 1.56 blocks per set in helping Nebraska to wins over Omaha, Georgia and Arizona State at the Huskers’ Ameritas Players Challenge last week
• Also registered 2.44 kills per set and hit .405 for the weekend, including six kills without an error on 10 swings and seven blocks while coming off the bench in the final two sets against Omaha
• Earned a place on the all-tournament team
• Garners her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
• Last Nebraska Defensive Player of the Week: Kenzie Knuckles (Nov. 4, 2019)
Setter of the Week
Hayley Bush, Purdue
Grad. – S – Union, Ky. – Ryle – Graduate Major: Finance
• Earned MVP honors at the Rebel Challenge in Las Vegas after registering 12.67 assists per set in leading Purdue to three-set wins over No. 25 Washington State and UNLV last weekend
• Dished out 45 assists in a sweep of WSU, the most by a Big Ten student-athlete in a three-set match since Nov. 2019
• Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection last season
• Collects her fourth career Setter of the Week plaudit
• Last Purdue Setter of the Week: Hayley Bush (March 29, 2021)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Milan Gomillion, Maryland
L – Bowie, Md. – Annapolis Area Christian School – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 4.91 digs per set in helping Maryland to the Cherry & White Challenge title in Philadelphia with wins over Long Island, Temple and Iona
• Recorded 22 digs in the tournament opener against LIU and added 18 digs in a five-set win over Temple, both on Sept. 3
• Named to the all-tournament team as the Terrapins are off to their best start (6-0) since 2017
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Erika Pritchard (Nov. 27, 2017)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Arica Davis, Ohio State
MB – Raleigh, N.C. – North Raleigh Christian Academy – Major: Biology
• Tallied 1.9 kills and 1.5 blocks per set last weekend with a .517 attack percentage as Ohio State defeated Rhode Island, Texas State and Texas Tech at the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas
• Had eight blocks and six kills in the win over Texas State on Sept. 4
• Added a season-high seven kills and hit .778 with four blocks in the tournament opener against Rhode Island on Sept. 3
• Receives her second career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Arica Davis (Aug. 30, 2021)
NFL PREVIEW WEEK 1: ALL 32 TEAMS SHARE SINGULAR GOAL AS NFL KICKS OFF ENHANCED SEASON
“Life starts all over again,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, “when it gets crisp in the fall.”
And this fall in the National Football League, that initial autumn breeze means an enhanced 18-week, 272-game regular-season schedule. Each team is playing 17 regular-season games for the first time, providing fans an extra week of action. It marks the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games.
Life starting all over again also means 32 clubs are tied for first place, and that means every NFL coach, player and fan has insatiable hope. Why so much hopeful optimism entering 2021?
- Currently, the average team has waited just 1.8 years since its last playoff berth. Three quarters of the league’s teams, 24 of 32, have been to the playoffs at least once in the past four seasons.
- Over the past 18 seasons (2003-20), the average number of division winners that missed the postseason the year prior is 3.3 – including 26 division champions that finished last the year before. Both the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (AFC North) and WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (NFC East) won their divisions in 2020 after missing the postseason in 2019, and at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 years.
- Since 1990, 5.8 teams per year have qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous year. Over that stretch – a streak of 31 consecutive seasons – at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Seven teams that missed the postseason in 2019 – CHICAGO, CLEVELAND, INDIANAPOLIS, LOS ANGELES RAMS, PITTSBURGH, TAMPA BAY and WASHINGTON – accomplished the feat in 2020.
- And no team has won consecutive Super Bowls since the 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, the longest stretch in NFL history without a repeat Super Bowl champion.
The team currently challenged with breaking that streak, the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, will kick off the NFL’s 102nd season on Thursday when the defending champions host the DALLAS COWBOYS (8:20 PM ET, NBC). In that game, quarterback TOM BRADY needs 300 passing yards to join DREW BREES (123 games) as the only players with at least 100 career games of 300-or-more passing yards in NFL history. Brady enters Thursday with 99 such games.
The Buccaneers, Cowboys and 30 other teams enter 2021 with one goal in mind: A trip to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.
ROOKIE RESPECT: In 13 consecutive seasons, at least one rookie quarterback has started a Week 1 game, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.
- The top two overall selections in the 2021 draft – Clemson’s TREVOR LAWRENCE (No. 1, Jacksonville) and BYU’s ZACH WILSON (No. 2, New York Jets) – are expected to extend the streak early in the afternoon on Sunday. Both signal-callers will be on the road; the Jaguars meet the Texans (1:00 PM ET, CBS) and the Jets travel to Carolina (1:00 PM ET, CBS) to play their former quarterback SAM DARNOLD, acquired by the Panthers in an offseason trade. Darnold’s new teammates include rookie cornerback JAYCEE HORN (selected No. 8 overall), expected to make his NFL debut for Carolina.
- The last two starting quarterbacks at the University of Alabama will square off in New England Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) when Patriots rookie MAC JONES (No. 15 overall) opens his NFL career against the Dolphins and TUA TAGOVAILOA, the fifth overall selection in the 2020 draft. Both players joined the Alabama program in 2017 and combined to lead the Crimson Tide to a berth in three of the past four national championship games. The AFC East showdown is also expected to feature the debut of former Alabama wide receiver JAYLEN WADDLE, the sixth-overall selection in the 2021 draft.
Elsewhere this weekend:
- Steelers rookie running back NAJEE HARRIS (24th overall) is expected to make his NFL debut when Pittsburgh makes the short trip to open the season Sunday at reigning AFC East champion Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- Two potential offensive stars – Atlanta tight end KYLE PITTS (No. 4 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft – the highest selected tight end in the common-draft era) and Philadelphia wide receiver DEVONTA SMITH (No. 10, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner) – will be on opposite sidelines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Pitts’ Falcons host the Eagles on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).
- In Cincinnati on Sunday, Bengals rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE (No. 5 overall) will line up for the first time with his college quarterback, JOE BURROW (No. 1 overall in 2020), when the Bengals host former LSU teammate JUSTIN JEFFERSON and the Vikings (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The last time the trio was on the same field, the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns while Chase had nine catches for 221 yards with two touchdowns, and Jefferson nine receptions for 106 yards.
- Several rookie offensive linemen, including Lions tackle PENEI SEWELL (No. 7 overall), Chargers tackle RASHAWN SLATER (No. 13), Jets guard ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER (No. 14) and Las Vegas tackle ALEX LEATHERWOOD (No. 17), are expected to make their NFL debuts on Sunday.
- On the defensive side, rookie linebackers MICAH PARSONS (No. 12, Dallas), ZAVEN COLLINS (No. 16, Arizona) and JAMIN DAVIS (No. 19, Washington) are expected to anchor the middle of their respective defenses this weekend, while cornerback PAT SURTAIN (No. 9, Denver) and defensive end KWITY PAYE (No. 21, Indianapolis) will also make their first NFL appearances.
YOUTH MOVEMENT IN AFC EAST: All four quarterbacks expected to start for their AFC East teams this weekend, including TUA TAGOVAILOA (23 years old) and MAC JONES (23) in New England on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), are under the age of 26 to open the season. If JOSH ALLEN (25) starts for Buffalo and ZACH WILSON (22) opens for the Jets, it will mark the first time in 36 years that four starting quarterbacks in the same NFL division were under the age of 26 at the start of a season. In 1985, TONY EASON (25) of New England, Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (23) of Miami, KEN O’BRIEN (24) of the Jets and ART SCHLICHTER (25) of Indianapolis began the year under center in the AFC East. The Dolphins, Jets and Patriots reached the playoffs that season, and New England earned a berth in Super Bowl XX.
CONSISTENTLY PRODUCTIVE: When Green Bay meets New Orleans for a Sunday showdown between 2020 NFC division winners (4:25 PM ET, FOX, in Jacksonville), two of the NFL’s most consistently productive players will be in action. Only six individuals have rushed for at least 700 yards in each of the past three seasons (2018-20), including the Packers’ AARON JONES and the Saints’ ALVIN KAMARA.
The players with at least 700 rushing yards in each of the past three seasons:
|PLAYER||TEAM||RUSHING YARDS (2018-20)||SCRIMMAGE YARDS (2018-20)|
|Aaron Jones||Green Bay||2,916||3,951|
|Alvin Kamara||New Orleans||2,612||4,610|
PLAYOFF TEAMS FACE OFF: That Packers-Saints contest is one of five games on the Week 1 docket featuring two teams that qualified for the 2020 playoffs.
- Included in that group is a rematch of an AFC Divisional game between the CLEVELAND BROWNS and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS on Sunday (4:25 PM, CBS). Including the postseason, Chiefs head coach ANDY REID is 8-0 against the Browns, 4-0 with Philadelphia and 4-0 with Kansas City. Kansas City defeated Cleveland, 22-17, last postseason and became the first team since Reid’s 2002-04 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES to host three consecutive championship games.
- Both the Packers and Chiefs will be looking to extend the league’s longest active winning streak on Kickoff Weekend. Each club has won its first game in six consecutive seasons.
- Another tilt on the Kickoff Weekend card features the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Including the playoffs, Seattle in the Eastern Time Zone has won 12 of its past 13 games. Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON in those 13 games is 12-1 with a 117.9 passer rating, 3,598 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes and five interceptions.
- In a marquee early game Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the PITTSBURGH STEELERS – who ranked third in the NFL last year in total defense (305.8 yards per game) and finished second in scoring defense (19.5 points per game) – face the BUFFALO BILLS, whose offense was second in the league in both yards per game (396.4) and points per game (31.3).
- The LOS ANGELES RAMS will welcome fans to SoFi Stadium for the first time when the CHICAGO BEARS pay a visit on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Chicago has 55 wins on Kickoff Weekend, the second-most in NFL history, while the Rams have won four consecutive Week 1 games.
REIGNING ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: For the second straight season and fourth time in NFL history, the defending Associated Press rookies of the year will clash on Kickoff Weekend. At FedExField on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year JUSTIN HERBERT will lead the Chargers against 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year CHASE YOUNG and Washington. Last season, Herbert recorded the most touchdown passes (31) and most completions (396), and second-most passing yards (4,336) by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Young, meanwhile, led all rookies with 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss, and tied for the lead among rookies with four forced fumbles.
- Last season, 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year KYLER MURRAY guided the Cardinals to a season-opening win at San Francisco against defending Defensive Rookie of the Year NICK BOSA.
- Prior to 2020, the last time defending rookies of the year met in Week 1 was Sept. 10, 1989, when the Patriots and running back JOHN STEPHENS defeated the Jets and defensive back ERIK MCMILLAN, 27-24, at Giants Stadium. The first time it happened was Sept. 21, 1975, when San Diego Chargers running back DON WOODS and Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker JACK LAMBERT met at Jack Murphy Stadium, where the Steelers won, 37-0, en route to a Super Bowl X championship.
THE FOUNTAIN OF BRADY: Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY, who will be 44 years and 37 days old on Thursday when the Buccaneers host Dallas in the league’s annual kickoff contest (8:20 PM ET, NBC), is expected to become the fourth-oldest individual on record (since 1932) to play in a season-opening game.
- Brady also enters 2021 more than four years older than the next-oldest player on an active NFL roster, Rams tackle ANDREW WHITWORTH, who will be 39 years and 274 days old when his club hosts Chicago on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
The five oldest individuals to play in a season-opening game, since 1932:
|George BlandaHOF||48 years, 5 days||Sept. 22, 1975||Oakland Raiders|
|Adam Vinatieri||46 years, 254 days||Sept. 8, 2019||Indianapolis|
|John Carney||45 years, 146 days||Sept. 13, 2009||New Orleans|
|Tom Brady||44 years, 37 days*||Sept. 9, 2021||Tampa Bay|
|Morten AndersenHOF||44 years, 24 days||Sept. 12, 2004||Minnesota|
|Lou GrozaHOF||43 years, 235 days||Sept. 17, 1967||Cleveland Browns|
RAVING ABOUT THE RAVENS: The LAS VEGAS RAIDERS also welcome fans to their home, Allegiant Stadium, for the first time, hosting the BALTIMORE RAVENS on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN/ABC). Since 2016 in Week 1 games, Baltimore is 5-0 and has outscored its opponents 177-26. The Ravens haven’t allowed more than 10 points in any of those five Kickoff Weekend games.
OPTIMISTIC STATE OF MIND: New leaders and new outlooks will dot the NFL’s landscape this weekend.
- Seven new head coaches enter the 2021 season – DAN CAMPBELL in Detroit, DAVID CULLEY in Houston, URBAN MEYER in Jacksonville, ROBERT SALEH with the New York Jets, NICK SIRIANNI with Philadelphia, ARTHUR SMITH with Atlanta and BRANDON STALEY with the Los Angeles Chargers.
- Over the last four seasons, seven head coaches in their first year with a new club have led their teams to the playoffs: RON RIVERA (Washington) and KEVIN STEFANSKI (Cleveland) in 2020, MATT LAFLEUR (Green Bay) in 2019, MATT NAGY (Chicago) and FRANK REICH (Indianapolis) in 2018, and SEAN MCVAY (Los Angeles Rams) and SEAN MCDERMOTT (Buffalo) in 2017.
- Two games this weekend will feature first-year head coaches on opposite sidelines: Meyer and Culley (1:00 PM ET, CBS) will meet in Houston on Sunday while Sirianni and Smith will battle in Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Coaches in their first year at the reins of an NFL team have played a Week 1 game only five times over the past 38 seasons, and never twice in the same opening weekend.
The last five meetings of rookie NFL head coaches on Kickoff Weekend:
|DATE||WINNING COACH||TEAM||LOSING COACH||TEAM||FINAL|
|Sept. 7, 2014||Bill O’Brien||Houston Texans||Jay Gruden||Washington||17-6|
|Sept. 3, 2000||Al Groh||New York Jets||Mike Sherman||Green Bay||20-16|
|Sept. 12, 1999||Dick Jauron||Chicago||Gunther Cunningham||Kansas City||20-17|
|Sept. 6, 1992||Dennis Green||Minnesota||Mike Holmgren||Green Bay||23-20 (OT)|
|Sept. 4, 1983||John Robinson||L.A. Rams||Bill ParcellsHOF||N.Y. Giants||16-6|
SAME FACES, NEW PLACES: Several notable players were on the move since the end of the 2020 season, including quarterbacks TEDDY BRIDGEWATER (Denver), ANDY DALTON (Chicago), RYAN FITZPATRICK (Washington), JARED GOFF (Detroit), MATTHEW STAFFORD (Los Angeles Rams), TYROD TAYLOR (Houston) and CARSON WENTZ (Indianapolis); running backs JAMES CONNER (Arizona), MIKE DAVIS (Atlanta), KENYAN DRAKE (Las Vegas), PHILLIP LINDSAY (Houston) and SONY MICHEL (Los Angeles Rams); wide receivers COREY DAVIS (New York Jets), A.J. GREEN (Arizona), JULIO JONES (Tennessee) and KENNY GOLLADAY (New York Giants); tight ends HUNTER HENRY (New England) and JONNU SMITH (New England); offensive linemen ORLANDO BROWN (Kansas City), TRENT BROWN (New England), COREY LINSLEY (L.A. Chargers), ALEX MACK (San Francisco) and JOE THUNEY (Kansas City); defensive linemen TREY HENDRICKSON (Cincinnati), YANNICK NGAKOUE (Las Vegas) and J.J. WATT (Arizona); linebackers BUD DUPREE (Tennessee), JUSTIN HOUSTON (Baltimore) and HAASON REDDICK (Carolina); and defensive backs KYLE FULLER (Denver), MIKE HILTON (Cincinnati), JOHN JOHNSON (Cleveland) and PATRICK PETERSON (Minnesota).
KICKOFF WEEKEND NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, September 9||Dallas at Tampa Bay||NBC||8:20|
|Sunday, September 12||Philadelphia at Atlanta||FOX||1:00|
|Pittsburgh at Buffalo||CBS||1:00|
|New York Jets at Carolina||CBS||1:00|
|Minnesota at Cincinnati||FOX||1:00|
|San Francisco at Detroit||FOX||1:00|
|Jacksonville at Houston||CBS||1:00|
|Seattle at Indianapolis||FOX||1:00|
|Arizona at Tennessee||CBS||1:00|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Washington||CBS||1:00|
|Cleveland at Kansas City||CBS||4:25|
|Miami at New England||CBS||4:25|
|Green Bay at New Orleans (in Jacksonville)||FOX||4:25|
|Denver at New York Giants||FOX||4:25|
|Chicago at Los Angeles Rams||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, September 13||Baltimore at Las Vegas||ESPN/ABC||8:15|
Purdue Fort Wayne’s Erik Josson Picks up MSOC Weekly Horizon League Honor
INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore Erik Josson of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday (Sept. 7).
The Mastodons picked up a pair of non-league shutout victories last week. The ‘Dons defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0 and Western Illinois 2-0. Josson recorded four saves against the Panthers and six saves against the Leathernecks.
This is the second career Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honor for the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native. He earned it once last season. He now has four shutouts in his 13-match Mastodon career.
Josson is part of a stout Mastodon defense which has given up only two goals in 366 minutes of play.
The ‘Dons (2-2-0) open league play on Saturday (Sept. 11) at Oakland. It will be a 1 p.m. kick against the Golden Grizzlies.
RHIT Football – Stevens Named HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Michael Stevens has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday night’s narrow 33-23 football loss to Wabash College.
Stevens blocked two extra points to help keep Rose-Hulman within striking distance during the contest. Defensively, the senior preseason All-American had 11 tackles highlighted by nine solo efforts.
Stevens was named a first-team Preseason All-American by College Football America and was a second-team selection by Lindy’s Football Magazine. His career totals include 89 total tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and 5 sacks.
Rose-Hulman stands 0-1 on the season and returns to action on Saturday night at Trine University.
Trailblazer Golf takes home fifth-place finish at Rend Lake, Maris gets hole-in-one
WHITTINGTON, Ill – The VU fall golf season is in full stride as the Blazers took their show on the road this past weekend to take part in the Rend Lake Fall Preview at Rend Lake Golf Course in Whittington, Ill.
Vincennes faced some tough competition in this 45-hole, two-day tournament and managed to come away with a fifth-place finish as a team.
One highlight of the tournament came from freshman Caleb Maris (Terre Haute, Ind.), who was playing in this tournament as an individual.
Maris hit a hole-in-one on hole four at Rend Lake, hitting the cup from 174 yards out with a nine iron. It is Maris’ first hole-in-one.
The Trailblazer golfers played 27-holes on Saturday.
VU was led by freshman Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) after the first day of competition, who finished with a 109.
Paxton was followed by sophomore Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Ind.) and Zeke Niehaus (Evansville, Ind.) who shot a first-day 113 and 118 respectively.
Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.) and Sam Stewart (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) rounded out the scoring for VU, with VanDeventer finishing with a 120 and Stewart shooting a 123.
Vincennes returned to the course on Sunday for the final round of play, looking to shed a couple of shots and possibly move up in the leaderboard.
The Trailblazers were led by Kirchner and VanDeventer Sunday, with Kirchner finishing with a 79 and VanDeventer ending with a final round 80.
Schwomeyer and Niehaus each ended their tournament with a final round 84 and Stewart finished with an 85.
“I normally try to stay positive but I just can’t think of anything we really did well as a team,” VU Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “This was the worst score we’ve had in practice or a tournament this season, by a lot.”
“We are just better than that,” Chattin added.
The Trailblazers will look to get back on the right track this coming weekend at a more familiar course as VU will host the VU Fall Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery, Ind.
The two-day tournament is set to begin Saturday, Sept. 11 and conclude the following day, Sunday, Sept. 12.
Heartland – 443, 288 – 731
Rend Lake – 441, 297 – 739
John A. Logan – 455, 301 – 756
Mineral Area – 464, 314 – 778
VINCENNES – 460, 327 – 787
Lincoln Trail – 483, 318 – 802
Bryce Kirchner – 113, 79 – 192
Paxton Schwomeyer – 109, 84 – 193
Luke VanDeventer – 120, 80 – 200
Zeke Niehaus – 118, 84 – 202
Sam Stewart – 123, 85 – 208
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Lamb Selected as MSFA Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week
UPLAND, Ind. – The Mid-States Football Association announced its weekly awards on Monday, with Taylor’s Brendan Lamb being touted as the MSFA Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week after TU’s 42-26 win at Judson in the season-opener.
Lamb was instrumental in Taylor’s road victory, setting new single-game career-highs with 34 carries, 109 yards and three touchdowns out of the backfield for the Purple and Gold.
The sophomore running back powered his way into the end zone from inside the three-yard line on all three touchdowns. Lamb’s two second quarter scores were the lone points of the first half for either side and his strike in the third quarter pushed TU’s advantage to 28-6.
The MSFA honor is the first for Lamb, as well as the first MSFA Offensive Player-of-the-Week nod for Taylor football since Spencer Crisp on September 23, 2019.
Taylor Athletics already now boasts seven player-of-the-week honors from the MSFA or Crossroads League early into the 2021-2022 year.
Lamb and the Trojans (1-0) will have a bye week, before hosting NCAA FCS Butler (0-1) under the Turner Stadium lights on Saturday, September 18 at 7:00 pm.
VALPO FOOTBALL GAME NOTES
Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 PFL)
at #4/5 North Dakota State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC)
Game #2 Saturday, Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m. CT
Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome (18,700) – Fargo, N.D.
This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football team will face a
significant test this week as the program receives the opportunity to take the field
opposite one of the nation’s premier Division-1 FCS programs. Valpo will visit a
nationally-ranked North Dakota State team that has won eight of the last 10 FCS
national titles. The Beacons will compete in their second of three nonconference
Previously: Valpo outscored host Indiana Wesleyan 10-7 over the final three quarters
of the team’s Week 1 game on Saturday, Sept. 4, but an early deficit proved too large
to overcome and the Wildcats prevailed 28-10. Wide receiver Chuck Maxwell was
a bright spot offensively as he boasted a team-high 77 rushing yards on jet sweeps
including a 45-yard TD run that represented the only points of the second half by
either team. Jaxon Peifer accrued a career-high 14 tackles to pace a Valpo defense
that did not yield a point after halftime.
Series Notes: This will mark the second meeting between Valpo and North Dakota
State, with the first coming back on Aug. 28, 2004 in Fargo. The Bison prevailed
52-0 in their first game as a Division-I program after transitioning from Division-II.
That was the first game of Tom Horne’s final season as Valpo head coach.
Wrapping Up Week 1: Indiana Wesleyan 28, Valpo 10
– The Valpo defense held Indiana Wesleyan scoreless after halftime, and seven of the
first-half points for the hosts were recorded on a special teams play. The Beacons
limited the Wildcats to 82 yards of total offense in the second half.
– Jaxon Peifer paced the defense with a career-high 14 tackles. It marked his third
career double-figure tackle output and first since a 10-tackle performance on Nov.
9, 2019 vs. Morehead State. Peifer also totaled 10 tackles on Aug. 29, 2019 at
Eastern Kentucky, so two of his three games with 10 or more tackles have come
in season openers.
– Although Keyon Turner saw his remarkable streak of notching a takeaway in each
of his first six collegiate games come to an end, the sophomore standout did turn
in a career-best nine tackles.
– Sophomore Kurt Kessen had a strong showing on the defensive line, racking up
seven tackles including four solos.
– Redshirt sophomore defensive back Austin Chilton turned in Valpo’s first takeaway
of the season by notching an interception, the first of his career.
– The Valpo defense racked up 11 tackles for loss totaling 45 yards, including three
sacks. Nathan Orlandini had 2.0 TFL, leading a collection of 10 Valpo players who
were involved in at least one tackle for loss. The fifth-year senior now has 5.5 TFL
in his career. The 11 TFL were the team’s most since Oct. 5, 2019 at Dayton (12).
– Valpo held Indiana Wesleyan to just 1-of-12 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth
– Chuck Maxwell’s speed was a bright spot for Valpo offensively as the sophomore
had three carries for 77 yards including a 45-yard TD run that represented the only
points of the second half by either team. That marked Maxwell’s first career offen-
sive TD and second overall score including a kickoff return last season. Maxwell finished the game as the team’s leading rusher.
– Ollie Reese led the Valpo receiving core with three catches for 60 yards, including
several difficult grabs where he battled a member of the Indiana Wesleyan secondary
to pull down the football.
– Ben Niesner averaged 38.8 yards per punt on four attempts and pinned one at the
IWU 2-yard line. Brian Bartholomew went 1-for-2 on field goals and made from
34 yards out. He is now 8-for-10 in his Valpo career. Freshman Ryan Hawk handled
kickoff duties and booted all three of his kicks through the end zone for touchbacks,
averaging 55.0 yards per kick.
– The two teams were fairly evenly matched in yards of total offense with the Wildcats
outgaining the Beacons 328-300. Valpo outdid the hosts 178-175 in passing yards.
Valpo Football Reveals Team Awards for Week 1
The Valparaiso University football program announced its team honors for Week 1 of the season on Tuesday. Sophomore wide receiver Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while redshirt sophomore defensive back Austin Chilton (Windermere, Fla. / West Orange) received Defensive Player of the Week honors and redshirt sophomore Matt Ross (Naperville, Ill. / Montini Catholic [Eastern Illinois]) was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week.
In addition, freshman wide receiver Dom Grguric (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) was named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore defensive lineman Chase Folkestad (Glendale, Ariz. / Sandra Day O’Connor) received Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore Marvin Rushing (Detroit, Mich. / Cass Technical) was named Scout Special Teams Player of the Week.
Maxwell had three carries for 77 yards, averaging a robust 25.7 yards per carry. He accounted for the Valpo touchdown in Saturday’s 28-10 setback at Indiana Wesleyan, breaking off a 45-yard run. The speedy sophomore also had a 38-yard kickoff return.
Chilton finished with five tackles including one sack while also recording his first career interception for Valpo’s lone takeaway of the day. His sack accounted for one of the 11 tackles for loss notched by the Valpo defense.
Ross had a tackle on special teams that limited a punt return to one yard in the first quarter. He was playing in his second game in a Valpo uniform after seeing action in the Spring 2021 opener at Butler before being sidelined by an injury.
Valpo will return to the field on Saturday at No. 5 North Dakota in Fargo, N.D. The game will be available on ESPN+ and televised on the statewide ABC Network in the state of North Dakota. The hometown radio call will air on the Valpo Sports Network, online on ValpoAthletics.com and on 95.1 FM Valparaiso WVUR.
HCAC 2021 Football Notebook, Week 1
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Austin Brock (Gainesville, Ga.) Mount St. Joseph University | Wide Receiver | Senior – Brock had an outstanding day for the Lions in the teams loss to Albion over the weekend. Brock set new career-highs for catches in a game with 11, and touchdown receptions with three. All-told he had 11 catches on 12 targets for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Kody Wilkerson (Chesterton, Ind.) Franklin College | Linebacker | Junior – Wilkerson was all over the field for the Franklin defense on Saturday against Illinois Wesleyan, recording a career-high 15 tackles with one sack and a huge forces fumble in the Grizzlies’ 35-21 win over the Titans. He made 10 solo stops, also setting a new career-high mark. Wilkerson’s forced fumble came with Franklin protecting a one-score lead in the third quarter, leading to a turnover and another Grizzly touchdown that put the game out of reach.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Michael Stevens (Orland Park, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology |Linebacker | Senior – Stevens blocked two extra points – in addition to an 11-tackle performance that included nine solo stops in a 33-23 loss to Wabash.
- Javonte Malone (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Back | First-Year – Malone blocked an extra point against Hope. Malone also provided seven tackles and a pass breakup on defense. Anderson fell to Hope 42-7.
- Montez Archer Jr. (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | Returner | Sophomore – Archer Jr. ran back two kickoffs for 72 yards and he also had three punts returns for 49 yards in Bluffton’s 24-6 loss at Alma on Saturday.
- Garrett Cora (Lizton, Ind.) Franklin College | Running Back | First-Year – In his first career game, Cora carried the ball 19 times for a team-high 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns, helping Franklin erase an early two-touchdown deficit in their 35-21 win over Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. He added his first career reception for 18 yards, extending a big second half drive for the Grizzlies.
- Dylan Boswell (Butlerville, Ind.) Franklin College | Punter | Junior – Boswell played a major role in flipping the field for Franklin on Saturday in their win over Illinois Wesleyan, averaging 45.4 yards per punt on eight attempts. He placed four of his eight boots inside the IWU 20, with one of those coming on a game-best 55-yard punt.
- David Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Returner | First-Year – Smith returned three kicks that went for 108 yards against Trine on Thursday night. Smith’s longest kick return went for 66 yards.
- Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Running Back | Senior – Coane posted a strong opening week performance at Centre as the Blue and Red fell in the contest 56-34. The senior rushed for 117 total yards on 19 carries. He also added a touchdown that pulled him within one of the Hanover all-time career-rushing touchdown record.
- Kiefer Askew (Warner Robins, Ga.) Hanover College | Defense | Senior – Askew led the Panther defensively as he tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo attempts. The senior added two pass breakups as the Panthers fell at Centre.
- Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind.) Manchester University | Linebacker | Senior – Masden tallied eight tackles against Trine during Week One. He added 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and 1.5 sacks against the Thunder.
- David Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Returner | First-Year – Smith returned three kicks that went for 108 yards against Trine on Thursday night. Smith’s longest kick return went for 66 yards.
- Anthony Wright (Nashville, Tenn.) Mount St. Joseph University | Nickle | Sophomore – Wright had an outstanding game for the Lions on defense in the teams 36-20 loss to Albion on Saturday. The sophomore led the way with a game and career-high 11 tackles (eight solo), he also had one tackle for loss and forced a fumble.
- Daniel Huery (Katy, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Wide Receiver | Sophomore – Huery had three receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in a 33-23 loss to Wabash. Huery had a career-long 58-yard touchdown catch to highlight the performance.
- Kyzer Bowen (Centreville, Mich.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Linebacker | Junior – Bowen had a team-high 12 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry to lead the Rose-Hulman defense in a 33-23 loss to Wabash.
HCAC 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 1
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Scheper led the No. 11 Pioneers to a 4-0 start in Southern California as the Pioneers dropped just two sets by picking up wins over Pomona-Pitzer, California Lutheran, Eastern Nazarene, and Whittier. Scheper finished off her weekend with a match-high 15 kills against four errors in a four-set win over Whittier. Scheper began her career with 11 kills against three errors for a .364 attacking percentage in a tidy three-set win over California Lutheran. Scheper was responsible for the final two points of the win over Whittier as the Pioneers completed the California sweep. For the week, Scheper totaled 43 kills over four matches, seven digs, and four blocks for a .259 attacking percentage.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Erin Androne (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Libero | Sophomore – Androne had an outstanding weekend for The Mount, helping the team to a 3-1 showing at the Ohio Northern Invitational including an upset win over No. 16 Muskingum. In the Lions four matches she registered 87 digs, and 4.85 digs per set.
- Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Bontrager closed out the week with a .271 attack percentage and 1.92 kills per set in three matches. The Ravens finished 1-2 on the week.
- Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Troyer scattered 4.15 digs per set in three matches. The Ravens finished 1-2 on the week.
- Cassidy Posey (Paulding, Ohio) Bluffton University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Posey finished the week with 30 kills (2.31 KPS) and a .183 hitting percentage. She led the team with 10 blocks (.77 BPS) and also fired four aces. She was named to the Sommer Center Spiketacular All-Tournament Team. Posey was unstoppable with her two double-digit kill performance in five hours on Saturday, including her domination of the Trine Thunder with 10 kills, five blocks and two aces.
- Erin Wagner (Amarillo, Texas) Earlham College | Setter | Junior – Wagner had 14.5 assists per set (a new Earlham record) against Case Western, totaling 58 assists for the match. She also had 57 assists against Bethany in a four-set match, during the last tournament.
- Jennifer Shamel (Columbiaville, Mich.) Earlham College | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Shamel had 8.75 digs per set against Case Western, totaling 35 digs for the entire match
- Billie Jarrett (Speedway, Ind.) Franklin College | Setter | Junior – Jarrett ran the Franklin offense in all four matches, recording 165 assists and 11.00 assists per set while adding 15 kills and six aces as the Grizzlies went 3-1 on the week. She set a career high with seven kills and handed out 52 assists in a five-set win over Capital on Saturday. Jarrett became the latest Grizzly to reach 1,000 career kills with her performance in the win against Capital. She notched 50 assists and had a career-high four aces in a four-set win over Washington & Jefferson to open Saturday’s double-header.
- Allison Thompson (Louisville, Ky.) Franklin College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Thompson recorded 67 digs over four matches, averaging 4.5 digs per set for Franklin as the Grizzlies went 3-1 in the opening week. She led the team in digs with 25, leading the way for the FC back line in a thrilling five-set win over Capital to close out a 3-0 weekend at the BSN Sports River City Classic, hosted by Marietta College.
- Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Vance posted a strong week as the Blue and Red competed among some of the nation’s top programs. Hanover opened the week with a straight set victory over Spalding before falling to No. 14th ranked ONU 3-0 and No. 16th ranked Muskingum in a five-set thriller 3-2. She tallied a team-high 43 kills, averaging 2.87 kills per set. She also added two assists with four service aces.
- Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Dunn posted a strong week as the Blue and Red competed among some of the nation’s top programs. Hanover opened the week with a straight set victory over Spalding before falling to No. 14th ranked ONU 3-0 and No. 16th ranked Muskingum in a five-set thriller 3-2. Dunn finished the week with a team-high 68 digs, averaging 4.53 per set. She also posted zero receiving errors on 56 total attempts.
- Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind.) Manchester University | Right Side | Junior – Planck spurred the Manchester Spartans to its best start since the 2012 season. MU opened the year with a 3-1 record with wins coming against Olivet, Northwestern Ohio, and Spalding. Planck led Manchester with 38 kills over four matches. She added four block assists and one solo block.
- Rachael Ressler (Tipton, Ind.) Manchester University | Libero | Junior – Ressler racked up 70 digs over four matches during the first week of the season. Ressler’s defense helped guide the Spartans to a 3-1 start – their best start since the 2012 season. Ressler capped a busy week with 23 digs against Spalding. The Black & Gold topped Olivet (in five), Northwestern Ohio (in five), and Spalding (in four).
- Emily Abshire (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Abshire helped the Lions to a 3-1 weekend at Ohio Northern, including an upset win over No. 16 Muskingum. On the weekend the sophomore led the team with 65 kills and a .218 hitting percentage, while accounting for 71.5 total points.
- Allie Fults (Centralia, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Fults led Rose-Hulman in hitting percentage (.237), blocks (12) and blocks per set (0.63) as the Fightin’ Engineers finished 2-2 at Illinois College. She recorded 12 kills in five-set matches against Illinois College and Olivet and had four solo blocks against Monmouth. For the week, she recorded 34 kills, 12 blocks and 12 digs.
- Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Miller anchored the backline to lead the No. 11 Pioneers to a 4-0 start in Southern California as the Pioneers won over Pomona-Pitzer in four sets, California Lutheran in a sweep, Eastern Nazarene in a sweep, and Whittier in four. Miller had a weekend-best 22 digs in the season-opening three set win over California Lutheran along with three aces and an assist. The junior finished off the weekend with a team high 12 digs in a win over Whittier. With Miller presiding over the defense, Transylvania only conceded two sets in California. For the weekend, Miller totaled 53 digs in four matches, adding 12 assists, and six aces.
HCAC 2021 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 1
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Jak Birdsong (Liberty Township, Ohio) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – The senior defensive midfielder showed his class in three starts for the Pioneers in the opening week. Birdsong was an ironman on the pitch, playing 262 minutes for the Pioneers. In the season opening 2-2 draw for Transylvania at Wittenberg, Birdsong was pivotal on both sides of the ball while collecting two goals to give his side the lead both times. His opening goal came seven minutes into the game and sparked the Pioneer team. After an equalizer from Wittenberg, the Pioneers earned a penalty kick which Birdsong calmly slotted into the goal in the 63rd minute. For the week, Birdsong had two total goals and three shots on goal.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – The sophomore helped guide the Panthers to a 1-1-1 week as they beat Spalding and tied with No. 10 ranked Kenyon. In frame, Salemi tallied a team-best 13 saves, including six against Kenyon, while only allowing four goals total.
- Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Hughes helped lead the Blue and Red to a 1-1-1 week as they defeated Spalding and drew a 1-1 tie with No. 10 ranked Kenyon. In the contest with Kenyon, Hughes charted four shots with one landing on frame. Against Otterbein, the senior added the Panthers’ lone goal off a PK. He finished the week with eight total shots and a goal.
- Cade Terry (Frankfort, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – The first-year goalkeeper for the Pioneers made his collegiate debut, starting all three games for the Pioneers and played all 290 minutes over the first three games for the squad. Terry faced 20 shots over three matches, collecting 13 saves for a 65 percent save percentage. Terry made a trio of diving saves from close-range over a two-minute span in the first half against Kenyon College on Sunday in a 3-1 setback to keep the Pioneers in the game. Terry had two matches of a season-best five saves, first in the opener on Sept. 1 at Wittenberg in a 2-2 draw, and again on Sunday.
HCAC 2021 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 1
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Emilie Yates (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Senior – The senior winger led the Pioneers to a 2-1 week in the first week of action where she was pivotal to the team’s success. Yates’s week was highlighted by her two-goal output in a 4-1 win over Wilmington this past Sunday as she vaulted the Pioneers to their second win of the season. Yates was a cornerstone for the offense, playing 217 minutes over the course of the three contests. Yates totaled 11 shots, six of which were on target resulting in a 54.5 SOG percentage.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Patton started in all three games for Transylvania, leading the Pioneers to a 2-1 record with a clean sheet in the season opener in a 1-0 win against Maryville College. Patton collected seven saves in the first two contests of the year, and two more in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Wilmington, a match in which the Pioneers controlled possession. After facing 27 shots in three matches, Patton earned a spectacular save percentage of 88.9 percent while playing all 270 possible minutes in goal.
- Harper Manion (Lebanon, Ohio) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Manion produced a goal and an assist against Indiana Tech. The Ravens finished 0-2 on the week.
- Julia Gibson (New Carlisle, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Gibson knotted Bluffton’s Friday night match against Olivet when she answered back with a free kick from near midfield to tie it up 1-1 going into the half. The Beavers notched their first victory (2-1) of the season over the Comets.
- Riley Rice (Waynesville, Ohio) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Making the first two starts of her career, Rice stopped 17-of-19 shots on goal for the Grizzlies in games against Trine and John Carroll. She made a career-high nine saves on Sunday against John Carroll.
- Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Hughes helped propel the Panthers to a 1-0-2 record following a very tough opening week of competition. They opened with a 3-0 victory over Kenyon, before playing to a 1-1 draw with the No. 8 ranked Wheaton Thunder. They closed out the week with a 2-2 tie against Trine. Hughes paced the attack for the Blue and Red as she added one goal and an assist. The senior registered seven total shots with five landing on frame. In the contest with Trine, Hughes delivered the game-tying goal in the 88th minute to secure the draw.
- Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hinegardner played an impressive week in goal helping to propel HC to the 1-0-2 record. The sophomore charted seven saves, surrendering just one goal to the No. 8 ranked Wheaton Thunder. In the contest, the sophomore tallied four saves to secure the 1-1 draw.
- Kyra Hicks (Lynnwood, Wash.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Sophomore – Hicks scored the first goal and game winning goal in Rose-Hulman’s only match last week – a 2-0 victory over Webster. She had two shots in the match, including the game winning score.
- Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon recorded a shutout in Rose-Hulman’s lone match last week – a 2-0 win over Webster. Dillon had five saves, including three in the first half, to help lead a strong Rose-Hulman defensive effort.
HCAC 2021 Cross Country Notebook, Week 1
Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Athlete of the Week:
Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Salazar led Manchester with a sixth-place finish at the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin on Saturday morning. Salazar set a new personal-best this weekend, crossing the finish line with a time of 25:12. Salazar’s time ranked as the second-best mark in Manchester history in an 8k race.
Women’s Athlete of the Week:
Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | Graduate Student – Lohman had an excellent debut as a Spartan this past weekend. Lohman placed ninth overall at the Knight Invitational at Calvin. Lohman clocked a time of 22:41 – good enough to land her eighth on the all-time top 50 list at Manchester.
- John Asplund (Bloomington, Ind.) Franklin College | First-Year – In his first career race, Asplund led the Franklin men at their home race on Saturday with a time of 26:32, placing eighth overall against a field of 130 racers. His debut time was good for the 18th-best 8K time in school history.
- John Sluys (Columbus, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Sluys led Rose-Hulman’s fifth place team performance with an 18th place individual finish at the Great Lakes Preview Meet with a time of 27:05.
- Alex Adams (Owensboro, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – The first-year made his collegiate debut with a ninth place finish at the season-opening BC/CC challenge to push the Pioneer men’s cross country team to a third-place team finish. Adams took ninth out of 100 runners, finishing his 5K race in 16:10.7. His efforts helped the Pioneers podium against 10 total teams.
- Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Loller captured third place out of 110 runners with a 6K time 23:36.83 during the Grizzly Invitational.
- Kaia Johnson (Brighton, Mich.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Johnson finished 19th in the Great Lakes Preview Meet with a 6K time of 24:47 to help Rose-Hulman place fourth as a team in the event.
- Lauren McGarvey (West Chester, Ohio) Transylvania University | Sophomore – McGarvey was the top finisher for the Pioneers at the BC/CC Jamboree in Berea, Kentucky, finishing in 55th by completing the women’s two-mile race in 14:07.9.
Thompson Named NCAC Offensive Player of the Week
Wabash College quarterback Liam Thompson has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s 33-23 victory by the Little Giants over Rose-Hulman.
Thompson threw for a career-best 340 yards and ran for another career-high 87 yards. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score in the game.
Thompson completed 19-of-31 passing attempts to record the third 300-yard passing game of his career. He eclipsed his previous career-best effort of 312 yards at Wooster in 2019 and matched the three touchdown passes thrown against Kenyon in that same season. Thompson’s 87 rushing yards topped his 61-yard effort in the first game of his career at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His rushing touchdown on Saturday was the sixth of his career.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bragg and Fifield Chosen as CL Players of the Week
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its third collection of weekly honors on Tuesday, with Kacy Bragg repeating as the CL Setter of the Week and Stephaney Fifield recognized as the CL Defender of the Week.
Bragg earned her second player-of-the-week honor of the 2021 season, as she led the Trojans in five victories this past week, four of which were in Cleveland, Georgia, at the Truett-McConnell Tournament.
TU’s junior setter increased the stat line from her previous weekly honor, racking in 179 assists, along with 11 kills, four service aces and 51 digs. Bragg averaged 35.8 assists in Taylor’s five wins and finished the Truett-McConnell Tournament with 40 assists in each of TU’s final two matches.
The Warsaw native is now ranked fourth in the NAIA with 430 total assists and 19th in the nation with 10.24 assists per set.
This week’s honor marks the third CL weekly award in Bragg’s career, while teammate, Stephaney Fifield, received her first player-of-the-week award as a Trojan.
Fifield’s award-winning stat line boasted 125 digs throughout the week, while averaging 25 digs per match and 7.35 digs per set. The senior defender spotlighted her week’s effort with 34 digs in TU’s victory over Fisk in the opening match of the Truett-McConnell Tournament and 31 digs two matches later against Keiser.
Fifield currently ranks third in the NAIA with 257 total digs and fifth with 6.12 digs per set.
Taylor athletes now boasts six CL weekly awards in the 2021-2022 athletic year, five of which belong to TU’s volleyball squad.
The Trojans have won 10 in a row and are now 11-1, which is their best start since 2010 when the team won 18 of its first 19 games.
Bragg, Fifield and the Trojans (11-1) return to action on Wednesday, September 8, when they take on Huntington at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Beavins Wins as Trojans Roll in Season Opener
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – It didn’t take long for Ellie Beavins to make a her mark for the 18th-ranked Taylor women’s golf team as the freshman notched a victory in her collegiate debut, leading the Trojans to a dominant team win in the process.
Beavins entered Tuesday’s final round tied atop the leaderboard following an opening round 73. The Franklin, Ind., native took care of business with a final round 74 to finish two shots clear of teammate Nicole Jung for the individual title. Beavins offset five bogeys on Tuesday with birdies on the par-4 tenth, par-4 13th, and par-5 16th en route to her 2-over par 74.
Taylor began Tuesday’s final round clinging to a slim three shot lead over Saint Francis with Huntington lurking at five shots back. Winds gusting at 15 to 20 miles-per-hour made the 5,863-yard, par-72 layout of Brookwood Golf Club a challenging tour during the final round but the young Trojan squad responded.
The Trojans pulled away from the pack during the final round to roll to a 26-shot victory with a two-round total of 608 (310-298). Saint Francis finished in a distance second place at 634 (313-321) followed by Indiana Tech at 641 (325-316) and Huntington at 649 (315-334).
The victory marked the fifth consecutive season in which the Trojans have claimed a win in their season opener.
Freshman Sabrina Langerak matched the low round of the day with a 1-over par 73 to lead Taylor’s second round charge. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native made four birdies on Tuesday and played the par-5’s at 2-under par. Langerak’s two-round total of 153 (80-73) earned the freshman a spot on the all-tournament team with a tie for fifth place.
Fifth-year senior Nicole Jung added a 74 for TU during the final round. The All-American saw a number of putts miss by the slimmest of margins but still managed a runner-up finish with a two-round total of 149 (75-74).
Freshman Ellie Karst carded a 77 during the final round. The Noblesville, Ind., native carded birdies on the par-3 11th and the par-5 16th en route to a 13th place finish at 159 (82-77).
Sophomore Elizabeth Kemper rounded out TU’s scoring with a second round 80. Kemper finished in a tie for 17th place at 164 (84-80).
Competing as an individual, junior Kailey Behrens earned a spot on the all-tournament team with a two-round total of 153 (77-76). The Fort Wayne, Ind., native produced the highlight of the day in round one with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 16th and the fireworks continued on the back nine for Behrens in round two as she tallied four birdies en route to a 1-under par 35. Behrens finished tied for fifth place and her final round 76 was tied for the fifth best final round in the field.
Sophomore Kirsten Schrock tallied an 82 to finish in a tie for 17th place at 164 (82-82) while freshman Alyssa Schmidt added a final round 87 to finish in 19th place with a two-day total of 165 (78-87).
Taylor will return to action this weekend as the Trojans host the Players Club Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s action is scheduled to begin with a 1:00 pm shotgun start.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Sophomore Duo Leads the Trojans in their First Road Win of the Season
RICHMOND, Ind. – Taylor’s women’s soccer team continued its strong start to the 2021 season, defeating IU-East (2-3-0) in the team’s first road match of the year. The Trojans are now 3-0 and have yet to allow a goal this season.
The Red Wolves began the match with energy, ripping off two shots in the opening five minutes, both of which were saved by Taylor goalie, Hannah Brackenbury. From that point on, however, the Trojans controlled the flow of the game.
After taking eight shots, five of which landed on frame, TU broke the 0-0 tie thanks to the craft of Trojan sophomore, Caroline Monberg. With just over two minutes remaining before intermission, Monberg scored her first goal of the 2021 campaign. The Colorado native’s goal was unassisted, sending TU into the half with a 1-0 lead.
Taylor came out in the second half and continued to put the pressure on the Red Wolves’ defense. Relentless in their attack, the Trojans took 10 more shots in the second half, nine of which landed on goal. While IU-East’s goalie made a strong effort, TU tacked another goal on the board with just over 10 minutes left to play.
It was Monberg’s fellow sophomore, Chloe Sena, who did the damage. The Illinois native notched her first goal of the 2021 season, after having scored two as a freshman in 2020. Sena’s goal was also unassisted, as the Trojan sophomores seem to have a knack for doing things their own way.
While Monberg and Sena navigated their shots to the back of the net, several other Trojans pressured the Red Wolves’ goalie by landing shots on goal. Seniors, Erin Teevans and Linli Tu, in particular, hounded the opponent’s goal, each placing four and three shots on goal, respectively.
Hannah Brackenbury maintained her dynamite effort in goal, recording seven saves on each of IU-East’s seven shots on goal. The junior goalie kept the net clean once again, preserving her perfect goals-against average of 0.00 on the year.
TU (3-0) will return to Turner Stadium for its next three games, in which the Trojans will take on Lawrence Tech (2-0-1), IU-Kokomo (0-2-1) and Georgetown College (2-2-0). On Friday, September 10, Taylor will look to begin the season 4-0 for the first time since 2016, when the team won its first nine games of the season.
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