INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1A LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (20-9) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (26-3)

GAME TIME: 10:30 AM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

2A CENTRAL NOBLE (28-2) VS. PROVIDENCE (20-6)

GAME TIME: 12:45 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

3A MISHAWAKA MARIAN (24-3) VS. BEECH GROVE (21-6)

GAME TIME: 6 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

4A CHESTERTON (29-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (25-6)

GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news%20media/2021-22/2021-22%20Boys%20Basketball%20Preview.pdf

HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE TOP 60 WORKOUT PARTICIPANTS

@MARIAN UNIVERSITY

JAMEER AJIBADE, EVANSVILLE BOSSE

REGGIE BASS, TECH

TOBEY BILLUPS, CONNERSVILLE

CAEDMON BONTRAGER, LEO

RICHARD BROOKS, MISHAWAKA MARIAN

JAVON BUCHANAN, LAFAYETTE JEFF

BROCK BUCKLEY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN

LUKE CARROLL, HAMILTON HEIGHTS

WESLEY CELICHOWSKI, FLOYD CENTRAL

COLIN COMER, GREENSBURG

TAYSHAWN COMER, CATHEDRAL

RYAN CONWELL, PIKE

HAYDEN CUTTER, SCOTTSBURG

TAE DAVIS, WARREN CENTRAL

AJ DIXON, MERRILLVILLE

JAXON EDWARDS, CATHEDRAL

CONNOR ESSEGIAN, CENTRAL NOBLE

TRAVIS GRAYSON, CHESTERTON

WILL GRISSOM, GUERIN CATHOLIC

CJ GUNN, LAWRENCE NORTH

CAM HAFFNER, WESTFIELD

MARK HANKINS, TERRE HAUTE NORTH

ELI HOFFMAN, SOUTH DEARBORN

CHRIS HOOD, EAST NOBLE

AARON HUMPHREY, TINDLEY

CHANDLER JACKSON, WARREN CENTRAL

JALEN JACKSON, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP

SAM JACOBS, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

AMHAD JARRARD, MT. VERNON

ARMON JARRARD, MT. VERNON

KARSON JENKINS, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

HUNTER JOHNSON, SOUTH DECATUR

CADE JONES, EASTERN (PEKIN)

RASHEED JONES, TECH

RANDY KELLEY, SULLIVAN

SAM KING, COLUMBUS NORTH

NICK KLAIBER, BLOOMINGTON NORTH

HAGEN KNEPP, BARR-REEVE

AIDAN LAMBERT, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

FLETCHER LOYER, HOMESTEAD

HAYDEN MAIBEN, MACONAQUAH

NEIL MARSHALL, DELTA

ELIJAH MATTINGLY, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN

CHRISHON MCCRAY, AVON

LOGAN MCINTIRE, NORTH HARRISON

CARSON MILLER, BREMEN

BRANDEN NORTHERN, SILVER CREEK

CHRISTIAN NUNN, CRISPUS ATTUCKS

LANDON O’NEAL, EASTERN HANCOCK

AARON PICKEL, NORTH PUTNAM

NATE POWELL, TIPTON

ERIC PRICE, GARY 21ST CENTURY

A.J. ROSEMAN, BISHOP CHATARD

BRADY RUGGLES, DANVILLE

AVERY SAUNDERS, SOUTHMONT

JEFFREY SIMMONS, FISHERS

BILLY SMITH, BREBEUF JESUIT

E.J. SMITH, NOBLESVILLE

TOMMY SNYDER, SOUTH BEND ADAMS

PETER SUDER, CARMEL

JAHNI SUMMERS, EVANSVILLE HARRISON

KYLE THOMAS, CLOVERDALE

SHON TUPUOLA, BROWNSBURG

JORDAN TURNER, CARDINAL RITTER

JACKSON ULLOM, MONROE CENTRAL

CARTER WASKOM, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL

CHARLIE WILLIAMS, CARMEL

TY WILLS, ANDERSON

BOBBY WONNELL, TAYLOR

IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAMS

*****SUPREME 15*****

                TAYSHAWN COMER, CATHEDRAL

                RYAN CONWELL, PIKE

                TAE DAVIS, WARREN CENTRAL

                CONNOR ESSEGIAN, CENTRAL NOBLE

                TRAVIS GRAYSON, CHESTERTON

                C.J. GUNN, LAWRENCE NORTH

                JALEN JACKSON, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP

                ARMON JARRARD, MT. VERNON

                KARSON JENKINS, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

                RANDY KELLEY, SULLIVAN

                FLETCHER LOYER, HOMESTEAD

                BILLY SMITH, BREBEUF JESUIT

                BRADEN SMITH, WESTFIELD

                TOMMY SNYDER, SOUTH BEND ADAMS

                PETER SUDER, CARMEL

*****LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STATE*****

                JAMEER AJIBADE, EVANSVILLE BOSSE

                REGGIE BASS, TECH

                CAEDMON BONTRAGER, LEO

                RICHARD BROOKS, MISHAWAKA MARIAN

                JAVAN BUCHANAN, LAFAYETTE JEFF

                JAXON EDWARDS, CATHEDRAL

                CAM HAFFNER, WESTFIELD

                AMHAD JARRARD, MT. VERNON

                NICK KLAIBER, BLOOMINGTON NORTH

                CHRISHON MCCRAY, AVON

                JOE REIDY, WOODLAN

                BRADY RUGGLES, DANVILLE

                JEFFREY SIMMONS, FISHERS

                BREECE WALLS, VALPARAISO

                CHARLIE WILLIAMS, CARMEL

*****SMALL SCHOOL ALL-STATE*****

                CLARK BARRETT, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

                WYATT DAY, JAC-CEN-DEL

                RAEDHYN FOUST, NORTHEASTERN

                LOGAN GARD, CENTRAL NOBLE

                BAYLIN GRAF, BLOOMFIELD

                BREVIN HALLATT, BLUE RIVER VALLEY

                AARON HUMPHREY JR., TINDLEY

                HUNTER JOHNSON, SOUTH DECATUR

                HAGEN KNEPP, BARR-REEVE

                LANDON O’NEAL, EASTERN HANCOCK

                NATE POWELL, TIPTON

                GABE TREVINO, EASTSIDE

                JACKSON ULLOM, MONROE CENTRAL

                OWEN WILLARD, EASTSIDE

                BOBBY WONNELL JR., TAYLOR

*****HONORABLE MENTION*****

                CARTER ABSHEAR, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN

                DREW ADZIA, CROWN POINT

                JAWAN AGNEW, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

                LADAION BARNES, HAMMOND MORTON

                BRAYDEN BETZNER, MACONAQUAH

                JACKSON BOBO, LAWRENCEBURG

                JORDAN BOWLES, PARK TUDOR

                STEELE BRASFIELD, NEW PALESTINE

                BROCK BUCKLEY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN

                AMONN BURNS, INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON

                BENTLEY BUSCHMAN, NORTH WHITE

                LUKE CARROLL, HAMILTON HEIGHTS

                WESLEY CELICHOWSKI, FLOYD CENTRAL

                JAKE CHAPMAN, TRI-CENTRAL

                KANNON CHASE, SPRINGS VALLEY

                DESHAWN CLARK, NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)

                ZACH COLE, SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)

                COLIN COMER, GREENSBURG

                HOLTON COMPTON, SOUTH SPENCER

                CHAD COX, FRANKLIN COUNTY

                HAYDEN CUTTER, SCOTTSBURG

                AJANEN “A.J.” DIXON, MERRILLVILLE

                TYLER DOSTIN, DANVILLE

                BRADY DUNN, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA

                ELI EDWARDS, NORTHWESTERN

                MARCO FITCH, BLOOMINGTON NORTH

                CONNOR FOLEY, JASPER

                BEN GARWOOD, LACROSSE

                CAMERON GEHLHAUSEN, EVANSVILLE NORTH

                COY GILBERT, SHAKAMAK

                MARK HANKINS, TERRE HAUTE NORTH

                CADEN HARKER, TWIN LAKES

                JAMES HOLDER, INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON

                CHRIS HOOD, EAST NOBLE

                ADONIS HOUSE, LIBERTY CHRISTIAN

                DREW HOWARD, FOREST PARK

                ZACH HUBARTT, HUNTINGTON NORTH

                CADEN HUTTENLOCKER, EDGEWOOD

                SAM JACOBS, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

                ASHTON JOHNSON, FORT WAYNE SOUTH

                TREVION JOHNSON, DALEVILLE

                CADE JONES, EASTERN (PEKIN)

                RASHEED JONES, TECH

                TRAVIS JONES, EDINBURGH

                SILAS KASER, JOHN GLENN

                AARON KETCHMARK, KOUTS

                BROCK KINCAID, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

                SAM KING, COLUMBUS NORTH

                EVAN KRETZ, WESTERN

                AIDAN LAMBERT, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

                JONAH LUCAS, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)

                HAYDEN MAIBEN, MACONAQUAH

                KADEN MANNA, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC

                ERIC MARTIN, CALUMET

                ELIJAH MATTINGLY, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

                LOGAN MCINTIRE, NORTH HARRISON

                CARSON MILLER, BREMEN

                NATHAN MILLER, NORTH WHITE

                LUKE NONTE, LOOGOOTEE

                BRANDEN NORTHERN, SILVER CREEK

                CHRISTIAN NUNN, CRISPUS ATTUCKS

                ETHAN OAKLEY, NORTH HARRISON

                CLARK OBERMILLER, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

                KENNY PEPPER, WESTVILLE

                AARON PICKEL, NORTH PUTNAM

                HUNTER POGUE, NORTH WHITE

                JONATHAN RICKETTS, NORTH POSEY

                MATTHEW ROSS, PERU

                AVERY SAUNDERS, SOUTHMONT

                GAVIN SCHIPPERT, EVANSVILLE REITZ

                HARRISON SCHWINN, FRANKTON

                DAWSON SCOTT, NEW CASTLE

                CALEB SIMON, JAC-CEN-DEL

                CHARLIE SMITH, FISHERS

                GAVIN SMITHSON-BURCIAGA, MONROE CENTRAL

                TREY STEINHILBER, BOONE GROVE

                JAHNI SUMMERS, EVANSVILLE HARRISON

                KYLE THOMAS, CLOVERDALE

                JAVON TRACY, DECATUR CENTRAL

                DAYVEON TURNER, TECH

                JORDAN TURNER, CARDINAL RITTER

                MATT WAGNER, EVANSVILLE BOSSE

                CARTER WASKOM, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL

                EVAN WHITESELL, WES-DEL

                BECK WILLEMS, BETHANY CHRISTIAN

                JAKAR WILLIAMS, NEW HAVEN

                TYRELLE WILLS, ANDERSON

                CHRISTIAN WOODS, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

                CALEB WRIGHT, FAIRFIELD

                MASON YODER, WESTVIEW

2022 IBCA/FRANCISCAN HEALTH UNDERCLASS ALL-STATE

******SUPREME 15******

                JACK BENTER, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL

                FLORY BIDUNGA, KOKOMO

                XAVIER BOOKER, CATHEDRAL

                JOEY BROWN, NORTH CENTRAL

                MARKUS BURTON, PENN

                AHMERE CARSON, ANDERSON

                ZANE DOUGHTY, BEN DAVIS

                JALEN HARALSON, FISHERS

                JOEY HART, LINTON-STOCKTON

                LOGAN IMES, ZIONSVILLE

                MASON JONES, VALPARAISO

                SAM ORME, CARMEL

                JAQUALON ROBERTS, BLOOMINGTON NORTH

                BRANDON TRILLI, MUNSTER

                ASHTON WILLIAMSON, GARY 21ST CENTURY CHARTER

*****LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STATE*****

                ANTHONY BALL, BEECH GROVE

                CADE BRENNER, NORTHWOOD

                A.J. DANCLER, SOUTHPORT

                COOPER FARRALL, CULVER MILITARY

                JAXSON GOULD, WARSAW

                BRYCEN HANNAH, JOHN GLENN

                JAMIE HODGES JR., MICHIGAN CITY

                BRAUNTAE JOHNSON, FORT WAYNE NORTH

                A.J. LUX, CROWN POINT

                LUKE MCBRIDE, NORWELL

                SHERIDAN SHARPE, BEN DAVIS

                TRENT SISLEY, HERITAGE HILLS

                DEAGLAN SULLIVAN, MISHAWAKA MARIAN

                JARON TIBBS, CATHEDRAL

                CALEB WASHINGTON, FLOYD CENTRAL

*****SMALL SCHOOL ALL-STATE*****

                ISAAC ANDREWS, WAPAHANI

                CHASE BACHELOR, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS

                PEYTON BLEDSOE, LOOGOOTEE

                MYLES COLVIN, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

                OWEN DUFF, CARROLL (FLORA)

                JOSIAH DUNHAM, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN

                AIDAN FRANKS, WAPAHANI

                JOSH FURST, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN

                JAYLEN MULLEN, NORTH DAVIESS

                JAYDEN PINKSTON, TINDLEY

                GAGE SEFTON, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN

                JACOB SPAULDING, EASTERN HANCOCK

                SILAS SPAUDING, EASTERN HANCOCK

                WYATT THORNBURGH, BLUE RIVER VALLEY

                BRADEN WALTERS, LINTON-STOCKTON

*****HONORABLE MENTION*****

                DIVINE ADEYANJU, WEST LAFAYETTE

                WESTON AIGNER, CASTLE

                LUKE ALMODOVAR, NOBLESVILLE

                MARCUS ANKNEY, CENTER GROVE

                MATTHEW ARTHUR, NEW WASHINGTON

                PARKER ARVIN, LOOGOOTEE

                LLEYTON BAILEY, NORWELL

                LUKAS BALLING, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC

                K.C. BERRY, DECATUR CENTRAL

                GAVIN BETTEN, MANCHESTER

                LANDON BIEGEL, OAK HILL

                DEZMON BRISCOE, CRISPUS ATTUCKS

                DARRION BROOKS, NEW HAVEN

                NICOT BURNETT, MT. VERNON (POSEY)

                SABIEN CAIN, UNIVERSITY

                JOSTEN CARTER, NEW ALBANY

                JACOB CHERRY, EASTERN (PEKIN)

                JERMAINE COLEMAN, PARK TUDOR

                PETER COMBS, BLOOMFIELD

                DREW COOK, NORTHVIEW

                CAM CRAIG, SWITZERLAND COUNTY

                AUSTIN CRIPE, WEST NOBLE

                NOLAN CUMBERLAND, TIPPECANOE VALLEY

                DAVID CUNDIFF, MUNSTER

                TREVOR DAUGHTRY, WABASH

                JAKE DAVIS, CATHEDRAL

                MICAH DAVIS, FRANKLIN

                CALEB DEWEY, EDINBURGH

                ELHADJ DIALLO, BROWNSBURG

                ETHAN DIRKSEN, JAY COUNTY

                OMARI FERGUSON, INDY METROPOLITAN

                QUINTIN FLOYD, GARY 21ST CENTURY CHARTER

                JOEY GARWOOD, PENN

                ROMEO GUERRA, LAKE STATION EDISON

                MASON HARVEY, SETON CATHOLIC

                COLE HAYWORTH, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA

                ANDREW HEDRICK, COLUMBIA CITY

                BEN HENDERSON, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)

                TYVON HENRY, SOUTH BEND CAREER ACADEMY

                BLAKE HERDES, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL

                ISAAC HIGGS, EVANSVILLE REITZ

                LANE HOEFLER, WEST WASHINGTON

                COOPER HORN, COLUMBUS NORTH

                JASE HOWELL, MADISON-GRANT

                KELSON JORDAN, NORTH JUDSON

                KYRON KAOPUIKI, HOMESTEAD

                BEN KEIL, LAKELAND

                CHASE KONIECZNY, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH

                NICKENS LEMBA, SOUTHPORT

                ISAIAH MALONE, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS

                KEEGAN MANOWITZ, JENNINGS COUNTY

                DAVID MERIWETHER, INDY METROPOLITAN

                JOSH MICKENS, LAWRENCE CENTRAL

                JACOB MILLER, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)

                WILLIE MILLER, LAKE STATION EDISON

                LUCAS MITCHELL, WALDRON

                DYLAN MOLES, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL

                J.J. MORRIS, ARGOS

                D.J. MOSS, GARY 21ST CENTURY CHARTER

                TYLER MYERS, EVANSVILLE DAY

                MARCUS NORTHERN, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

                BLAINE NUNNALLY, NEW PALESTINE

                KADEN OLIVER, SILVER CREEK

                TYLER PARRISH, CHESTERTON

                NICK PATTERSON, MOORESVILLE

                DYLAN PUENT, INDIANA DEAF

                IAN RAASCH, NORTHWOOD

                NICK RICHART, ZIONSVILLE

                PRESTON ROBERTS, NOBLESVILLE

                MATT ROETTGER, PERU

                ALEX ROMACK, WESTFIELD

                LUKE SAYLOR, HERITAGE

                TY SCHUMACHER, NORTH JUDSON

                JUSTIN SIMS, CHESTERTON

                JAKE SKINNER, CARROLL (FLORA)

                KAMARI SLAUGHTER, PORTAGE

                JOE SMITH, PENN

                IAN STEPHENS, NEW PALESTINE

                NOLAN SWAN, TIPTON

                ZEKE TANOOS, WEST VIGO

                AJANI WASHINGTON, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA

                LOGAN WEBB, LINTON-STOCKTON

                GAVIN WELCH, NEW CASTLE

                LANCE WILSON, NORTH DAVIESS

                LOGAN WILSON, NORTH DAVIESS

                COLE WINER, SOUTHWOOD

                GAVIN WISLEY, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

                DEVON WOODS, PIKE

                JACKSON WORS, DELTA

                TYLER WYLES, LINCOLN

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

NCAA Tournament
#4 ARKANSAS74FINAL
#1 GONZAGA68
 
#11 MICHIGAN55FINAL
#2 VILLANOVA63
 
#3 TEXAS TECH73FINAL
#2 DUKE78
 
#5 HOUSTON72FINAL
#1 ARIZONA60

MEN’S SWEET 16 MATCH-UPS/ODDS

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

MIDWEST

NO. 1 KANSAS (-7.5) VS. NO. 4 PROVIDENCE (141.5)

NO. 10 MIAMI (-1.5) VS. NO. 11 IOWA STATE (133)

EAST

NO. 4 UCLA (-2.5) VS. NO. 8 UNC (142.5)

NO. 3 PURDUE (-12.5) VS. NO. 15 ST. PETER’S (135.5)

WOMEN’S SWEET 16 MATCH-UPS

GREENSBORO, N.C. REGION: GREENSBORO COLISEUM

MARCH 25, 7 P.M. ET: NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA

MARCH 25, 9:30 P.M. ET: NO. 3 IOWA STATE VS. NO. 10 CREIGHTON

SPOKANE, WASH. REGION: SPOKANE ARENA

MARCH 25, 7 P.M. ET: NO. 6 OHIO STATE VS. NO. 2 TEXAS

MARCH 25, 9:30 P.M.: NO. 1 STANFORD VS. NO. 4 MARYLAND

WICHITA, KAN. REGION: INTRUST BANK ARENA

MARCH 26, 4 P.M. ET: NO. 1 LOUISVILLE VS. NO. 4 TENNESSEE

MARCH 26, 6:30 P.M. ET: NO. 3 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 10 SOUTH DAKOTA

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. REGION: TOTAL MORTGAGE ARENA

MARCH 26, 11:30 A.M. ET: NO. 1 NC STATE VS. NO. 5 NOTRE DAME

MARCH 26, 2 P.M. ET: NO. 3 INDIANA VS. NO. 2 UCONN

NBA SCOREBOARD

CLEVELAND104FINAL
TORONTO117
 
CHICAGO109FINAL
NEW ORLEANS126
 
WASHINGTON102FINAL
MILWAUKEE114
 
INDIANA103FINAL
MEMPHIS133
 
PHOENIX140FINAL
DENVER130

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY2FINAL
BOSTON3
 
FLORIDA4FINAL
MONTREAL3
 
DALLAS4F-SO
CAROLINA3
 
DETROIT2FINAL
NY ISLANDERS5
 
PHILADELPHIA5FINAL
ST. LOUIS2
 
VANCOUVER2FINAL-OT
MINNESOTA3
 
OTTAWA5FINAL
WINNIPEG2
 
SAN JOSE2FINAL
EDMONTON5
 
NASHVILLE1FINAL
VEGAS6
 
CHICAGO4F-SO
LOS ANGELES3

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PRE-SEASON POLLS

4A

1)FISHERS H.S. 0-0 (210)

2)ZIONSVILLE H.S. 0-0 (156)

3)WESTFIELD H.S. 0-0 (138)

3)JASPER H.S. 0-0 (138)

5)CENTER GROVE H.S. 0-0 (132)

6)JEFFERSONVILLE H.S. 0-0 (124)

7)CARMEL H.S. 0-0 (92)

8)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 0-0 (62)

9)INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S. 0-0 (46)

10)NEW ALBANY H.S. 0-0 (32)

Receiving Votes:

Andrean H.S., Crown Point H.S., Evans. North H.S., Floyd Central H.S., Harrison H.S. (West Lafayette), Homestead H.S., Lawrence North H.S., Mccutcheon H.S., Munster H.S., New Albany H.S., Noblesville H.S., Penn H.S, Roncalli H.S.

3A

1)ANDREAN H.S. 0-0 (184)

2)SILVER CREEK H.S. 0-0 (138)

3)LEBANON H.S. 0-0 (116)

4)BREBEUF H.S. 0-0 (108)

5)BATESVILLE H.S. 0-0 (98)

6)MADISON H.S. 0-0 (88)

7)NEW CASTLE H.S. 0-0 (80)

8)WESTERN H.S. 0-0 (74)

9)NORTHWESTERN H.S. 0-0 (68)

10)GRIFFITH H.S. 0-0 (50)

Receiving Votes:

Connersville H.S., Crawfordsville H.S., Danville H.S., Evans. Memorial H.S., F.W. Dwenger H.S., F.W. Luers H.S., Frankfort H.S., Garrett H.S., Gibson Southern H.S., Glenn H.S. (John Glenn), Hanover Central H.S., Northview H.S., Oak Hill H.S., Peru H.S., South Bend St.Joe H.S., Southridge H.S., West Vigo H.S., Yorktown H.S.

2A

1)PROVIDENCE H.S. 0-0 (182)

2)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 0-0 (168)

3)FOREST PARK H.S. 0-0 (126)

4)WAPAHANI H.S. 0-0 (92)

5)CENTERVILLE H.S. 0-0 (90)

6)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 0-0 (88)

7)DELPHI H.S. 0-0 (84)

8)FAIRFIELD H.S. 0-0 (76)

9)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 0-0 (74)

10)EASTSIDE H.S. 0-0 (58)

Receiving Votes:

Adams Central H.S., Alexandria H.S., Boone Grove H.S., Cass H.S. (Lewis – Cass), Hagerstown H.S., Heritage Christian School, Illiana Christian Hs, Indpls Scecina H.S., Lapel H.S., Linton-Stockton H.S., Park Tudor H.S., Westview H.S., Whiting H.S.,

1A

1)BORDEN H.S. 0-0 (164)

2)WASHINGTON TWP. H.S. 0-0 (136)

3)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 0-0 (128)

4)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 0-0 (110)

5)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 0-0 (106)

6)COWAN H.S. 0-0 (100)

7)SHAKAMAK H.S. 0-0 (90)

8)NORTHEAST DUBOIS H.S. 0-0 (80)

9)NORTH DAVIESS H.S. 0-0 (68)

10)WES-DEL H.S. 0-0 (50)

Receiving Votes:

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Notae, Arkansas muscle top overall seed Gonzaga out of NCAAs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) For 40 frenzied minutes, JD Notae, Jaylin Williams and Arkansas played a maddening, muscular style on both ends that took Gonzaga out of its game – and right out of the NCAA Tournament far earlier than these Zags expected.

Notae scored 21 points despite missing 20 shots and the determined, fourth-seeded Razorbacks dashed the No. 1 overall seed Bulldogs’ title hopes with a 74-68 win in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night.

“We’ve been disrespected the whole year, so it’s just another thing for us,” Williams said. “We saw everything they were saying, we felt like they were dancing before the game. That was disrespect for us. We just came into the game playing hard and we had a chip on our shoulder. Every game we do.”

When the final buzzer sounded, Notae tossed the game ball into the air in triumph, while Williams flexed and roared near midcourt. Coach Eric Musselman made his way into the stands to find his mother, Kris, for a celebratory embrace after she watched her son in person for the first time coaching the Razorbacks.

After a throwback performance from the program that once promised “40 Minutes of Hell,” these Hogs relished in pure bliss.

Notae finished with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and even swatted a pair of shots for the Razorbacks (28-8), who reached the Elite Eight for a second straight year and will face second-seeded Duke on Saturday, hoping to deny retiring coach Mike Krzyzewski one last trip to the Final Four.

Drew Timme scored 25 points but couldn’t rally the normally high-scoring Bulldogs (28-4), who for the second straight season were favored to win that elusive national title but couldn’t keep up with Arkansas’ athleticism and fight. Gonzaga had been undefeated last year before losing to Baylor in the national title game.

“We just wanted to be physical, plain and simple,” Musselman said. “We wanted them to feel bodies. Obviously they played a really tough schedule early in the season, but it’s been a long time in conference play since they faced a team like us.”

An emotional Timme addressed his teammates afterward, then fought tears during a postgame news conference.

“It was a hell of a ride,” Timme said. “It didn’t end up the way we wanted but we came to play hard. It was their night.”

Arkansas continually challenged 7-foot freshman Chet Holmgren in the paint, and the lanky NBA prospect fouled out with 3:29 remaining. Holmgren scored all 11 of his points after halftime and had 14 rebounds in what might have been his final college game.

Notae shot 9 of 29 overall and 2 for 12 from 3-point range yet still did a little bit of everything for Arkansas. The senior guard’s 3 with 6:38 left made it 59-50, and the Razorbacks held on from there.

Au’Diese Toney’s one-handed slam with 1 second left punctuated the victory.

Toney converted a three-point play with 8:36 left by going right at Holmgren to draw his fourth foul and send him to the bench. The big man returned at the 6:46 mark but Notae drove at him three minutes later and drew the freshman’s fifth foul. Holmgren raised his arms in protest.

During one key sequence, Notae scored, then sneaked in from behind Timme for a steal as Williams held his ground on the block. Notae swatted an early shot and made a steal to get his team going. He hit the floor repeatedly to corral loose balls.

“He kept the momentum our way,” Trey Wade said.

Gonzaga trailed at the break for just the fifth time this season and never found the shooting touch that made the Zags the top scoring team in the nation at 87.8 points per game. The Zags shot 37.5% and went 5 of 21 from 3-point range. Andrew Nembhard was a non-factor with seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.

“It’s always so tough when it finally ends, especially short of the goal we all had,” coach Mark Few said. “First time we lost in this round in quite a while. All the credit goes to Arkansas. Their defense was tough to get any rhythm against. To me that was the difference in the game.”

Williams took a charge late in the first half – his 45th of the season – and drove through the lane for an emphatic dunk during a 9-0 run by Arkansas in which the Zags were 0 for 5 with three turnovers.

Williams had 15 points and 12 rebounds while Wade also scored 15.

BAY AREA MEMORY

Gonzaga’s last two visits to the Bay Area have been forgettable. The Bulldogs’ previous visit was still plenty fresh before Thursday – a 67-57 loss at rival Saint Mary’s on Feb. 26 for their first defeat since Dec. 4.

FACING NO. 1

The Hogs earned their first ever win against a No. 1 team in the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas had been 0-5 all-time against the nation’s top-ranked team and 2-11 overall, with one of those wins coming this season. The Razorbacks beat then-No. 1 Auburn 76-73 in overtime on Feb. 8.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas: Musselman coached both the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings in the 2000s, so this was a homecoming of sorts. His mother flew in from San Diego. … Hogs assistant Keith Smart also coached with both franchises. … Arkansas missed its initial four 3-point tries before Wade hit from deep at the 10:36 mark of the first half. … The Razorbacks lost to eventual champion Baylor in last year’s Elite Eight. … Arkansas improved to 8-5 in Sweet 16 games.

Gonzaga: The Zags committed 15 turnovers, resulting in 10 Arkansas points. … Gonzaga’s seven straight Sweet 16s is the longest active run to this round. … The Zags won the only previous meeting between the schools, 91-81 at the Maui Invitational in November 2013.

Shead scores 21 points, Houston knocks out 1-seed Arizona

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Houston coach Kelvin Sampson gritted his teeth and raised his arms before emphatically pounding his right fist into his left hand 11 times while celebrating with ecstatic Cougars fans who were not too far from home.

Another No. 1 seed is out, and Houston is one win way from playing in its second straight Final Four after leading throughout in a 72-60 victory over Arizona in an NCAA South Regional semifinal game Thursday night.

“I knew we were going to make them uncomfortable, that’s what we do,” Sampson said. “Our team, we’re a tough bunch. … They’re not afraid of anybody.”

Jamal Shead, a 19-year-old second-year guard, scored a career-high 21 points and experienced guard Kyler Edwards had 19 points with five 3-pointers. They both played 38 minutes after Taze Moore got in early foul trouble.

“We always feel like we’re the toughest team out there and we play like that …. we can’t be scared of anybody,” Shead said. “The energy was just electric. It was awesome to have that type of crowd here.”

Consecutive layups by Dalen Terry got Arizona within 64-58 with just over two minutes left. But Edwards, the transfer from Texas Tech who played in the 2019 national championship game for the Red Raiders, settled things for Houston with a 3 from the right wing.

The No. 5 seed Cougars (32-5) play second-seeded Villanova in the South Region final on Saturday in San Antonio, about 200 miles from the Houston campus.

Terry had 17 points for Arizona (33-4), while Pac-12 player of the year Bennedict Mathurin had 15 and Christian Koloko 10.

“It was a tough game. There’s a lot of things we could have done better to win the game,” Mathurin said. “I don’t have a lot to say.”

The American Athletic Conference champion Cougars became the second former Southwest Conference team to knock a No. 1 seed out of this NCAA Tournament in a matter of hours. Top overall seed Gonzaga lost 74-68 to Arkansas, which went to the SEC in 1991, five years before the SWC’s final season.

These Cougars are much different than the ones Sampson took the the Final Four last year – their first since going three times in a row during the Phi Slama Jama era from 1982-84.

Houston lost four starters from last season and then lost Marcus Sasser, the lone returner and leading scorer who broke his left foot before Christmas. Sophomore guard Tramon Mark had a season-ending shoulder injury before that.

Arizona had one of the least-experienced teams in Division I this season; according to KenPom.com, the Wildcats average 0.63 years of experienced, ranked 355th out of 358 teams. But they won 33 games, and two of their losses were on the road during the regular season against top-20 teams.

Those 33 wins left Tommy Lloyd one win shy of the most in NCAA history for a first-year coach. He took over the Wildcats after 21 seasons as an assistant coach for Mark Few at Gonzaga.

“I think we really built some foundational pieces this year that are really going to serve us well moving forward. Extremely proud of the guys. Extremely proud of the coaching staff,” Lloyd said. “We ran into a really good team tonight that was just a little bit too much for us.

Houston stretched its lead to 10 points three different times before halftime.

The Wildcats missed seven of their first eight shots, and trailed by double digits for the first time after Houston scored seven points in a 57-second span for a 14-4 lead. That quick spurt included Shead getting a rebound to start a fastbreak that ended with his pass to Ramon Walker Jr. in the left corner for an open 3, and a driving layup by Edwards after a turnover.

Moore, a graduate transfer, had a career-high 21 points in Houston’s second-round win over Illinois, but his early 3 to make it 5-0 Houston in the first two minutes was all he’d score against the Wildcats. He committed his third personal foul with 9:22 left and played only 17 minutes overall.

“The guy that’s been really good for us, Taze Moore, was a non-factor. … Tonight, you know, he was in the witness protection program. I couldn’t find him. Nowhere,” Sampson said. “We put him in there, we had to take him right back out.”

EXTRA SECOND

Arizona was within 34-28 at halftime when Koloko made both free throws after a whistle and a replay review when 0.6 seconds were put back on the clock. Sampson and the Cougars thought the half was over, and Mathurin thought he had been fouled going for the rebound on Koloko’s miss as the buzzer sounded, but the refs ruled a foul on Koloko’s shot after looking at the replay.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats needed overtime to beat TCU in the second round, but they got off to the slow start shooting and never recovered in the Sweet 16 game. They shot 33% (18 of 54) and had 14 turnovers that Houston turned into 24 points.

Houston: The Cougars have been to six regional finals in the past. They won each time to advance to the Final Four. … When Arizona was down only two early in the second half, Edwards hit a 3-pointer. Terry hit a 3 a few minutes later to get the Wildcats within a bucket again, but Shead responded with another from long range.

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Houston and Villanova haven’t played since the Cougars’ 79-49 win on November 23, 1991. The two teams have played twice in the NCAA Tournament – Houston won in 1983 and Villanova won in the 1981 tourney.

Duke beats Texas Tech 78-73 to send Coach K to Elite 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Mike Krzyzewski has spent more than four decades at Duke telling his players what to do, with championship-level results.

With his Hall of Fame career in danger of coming to an end, Krzyzewski let his players dictate the game-closing defensive strategy of switching from an uncharacteristic zone defense into Duke’s famous man-to-man.

The key defensive stops and two late baskets by Jeremy Roach moved Krzyzewski within one win of his record-setting 13th trip to the Final Four in his farewell season with a 78-73 win over Texas Tech on Thursday night.

Krzyzewski said the players came to him during a late timeout like a “Catholic boys’ choir,” asking in unison for the switch to man that led to three straight stops and turned the game in Duke’s favor.

“With this team they’re so young and they’re still growing,” Krzyzewski said. “Whenever they can own something, they’re going to do it better than if we just run it. When they said that, I felt they’re going to own it. They’ll make it work, and that’s probably more important than strategy during that time. So that’s the way I looked at it.”

Roach did the rest with two jumpers during a 7-0 run as the steady sophomore came through in the clutch for a second straight game to send second-seeded Duke (31-6) into an Elite Eight matchup against fourth-seeded Arkansas.

Paolo Banchero led Duke with 22 points, Mark Williams scored 16 and Roach added 15 as the Blue Devils made their final eight shots from the field to hold off third-seeded Texas Tech (27-10) and give Coach K his record 100th NCAA Tournament victory.

“I would say all year in the biggest moments we’ve always stepped up, and there’s no bigger moment than this,” Banchero said. “I don’t know about these guys, but I’ve never played in a basketball game like that.”

As compelling as the action on the court was in this taut West Region semifinal, the story of this Blue Devils run has surrounded the farewell tour of their Hall of Fame coach.

Krzyzewski announced last June he would retire after this season. After missing the tournament last year, Duke was back with a roster filled with NBA prospects and capable of delivering Krzyzewski his sixth title.

Duke played from behind for much of the first half but was much sharper offensively in the second half. Williams got free for three easy baskets early in the half to get the Blue Devils rolling.

Then the vocal Duke contingent on hand for the first NCAA Tournament games in San Francisco since 1939 made its presence known midway through the half when A.J. Griffin tied the game at 47 with his third 3-pointer and Banchero followed with a jumper that gave Duke the lead.

But a Red Raiders team featuring four super seniors and five players with more than 120 career games didn’t go away and the game stayed tight as Duke used the zone to negate Texas Tech’s strength advantage.

“They have a Hall of Fame coach in Coach K over there and he was trying to find a way to slow us down because we were scoring,” guard Adonis Arms said. “I just think if we would have just recognized it a little quicker, it would have been fine. But it was a great adjustment from Coach K.”

Kevin McCullar and Banchero traded 3s with Banchero’s long-range shot putting Duke up 69-68 with less than three minutes to play.

That’s when Duke made the switch back to man defense. Roach made two jumpers and the defense did the rest with Krzyzewski even throwing in a patented Duke floor slap for good measure. Bryson Williams had a shot blocked by Mark Williams, committed a turnover and shot an airball.

“The slapping the floor, what the hell? Why not?” Krzyzewski said. “Our guys really wanted that because it’s kind of like a cross the bridge to the brotherhood. They can now say they did that.”

Griffin’s two free throws with 12.9 seconds to play gave Duke a 77-73 lead. Arms then missed a 3-pointer and Krzyzewski gave an emphatic fist pump to celebrate his 17th trip to the Elite Eight.

Bryson Williams scored 21 points to lead Texas Tech and McCullar added 17. Kevin Obanor had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double in six career tournament games.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: Coach Mark Adams’ first season has been a remarkable one as he brought in four senior transfers after taking over what had been a thinned-out roster following Chris Beard’s departure for Texas. The Red Raiders made it to their third Sweet 16 in the past four tournaments.

“I thought it was an unbelievable year,” Adams said. “It’s just a team that just reached all kinds of heights no one ever thought was possible.”

Duke: The Blue Devils have been carrying a heavy responsibility trying to cap Krzyzewski’s final season with a championship. The young players showed some nerves early, missing four of five shots and committing three turnovers, leading to a quick timeout by Krzyzewski. They quickly steadied things and got right back into the game but struggled to generate any consistent offense until the second half.

BLOCK OR CHARGE?

There was a lighthearted moment in the first half when Roach came up with a loose ball and was trying to take it up court in transition. Roach stepped on the sideline and then ran into an official before falling down right next to Duke’s bench.

The official ruled for the ball to go back to Texas Tech but Krzyzewski jokingly signaled for a block on the referee instead.

UP NEXT

Duke will play Arkansas on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four. The only previous tournament meeting between the schools came in the 1994 title game that Arkansas won 76-72.

Samuels powers Villanova over Michigan 63-55 in Sweet 16

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Villanova Wildcats have made quite a second home for themselves in the Alamo City, where they won a national championship in 2018 and are carving a path toward another.

Jermaine Samuels scored 22 points, Collin Gillespie scored 12 and made a key 3-pointer late, and Villanova controlled Michigan in a 63-55 Sweet 16 victory on Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.

Samuels and Gillespie were freshmen in that title run a few years ago. Now, they are grizzled veterans and long-time starters who are still around because of the extra season of eligibility due to the pandemic.

They’re also the driving force for second-seeded Villanova (28-7), which advanced to the South Region final. They’ll play No. 5 seed Houston (32-5), which beat top seed Arizona 72-60. It’s the deepest run in the tournament for Villanova since coach Jay Wright won the second of his two national titles in 2018 – against Michigan.

Samuels’ 8-of-13 shooting performance, much of it coming on tough drives through Michigan defenders and around Wolverines 7-foot-1 center Hunter Dickinson, carried a Wildcats offense that had long stretches of misfiring on 3-pointers.

Samuels battled Dickinson on both ends of the court, and challenged the big man every time he had the ball to divert shots or force outlet passes.

“I just wanted to stay mobile and move,” Samuels said. “He’s a phenomenal player, so he’s going to get great looks at the basket. But that I have teammates behind me gave me all the confidence I needed.”

The loss ends a turbulent season for the Wolverines (19-15) and coach Juwan Howard, whose team squeaked into the tournament field only to shine in the first two rounds. Howard was suspended for five games late in the season for hitting a Wisconsin assistant during a postgame handshake line.

“We learned a lot (about) who we are,” Howard said. “We always talk about Michigan being a family. We’ve been the most connected group this year because of the fact everyone has been supporting each other. When I walk away from this season, and I look back, there’s no reason not to hold your head up high.”

Villanova twice threatened to pull away in the second half, but the Wolverines matched Nova’s 3-point shooting in spurts to hang around. Guard Eli Brooks kept rescuing Michigan with 3-pointers, making 3 of 5. One of Brooks’ 3s, plus two free throws from Terrance Williams II, had the Wolverines within 54-50 with just over 3 minutes left.

Michigan had plenty of tournament experience to lean on. They had fought back from halftime deficits against Colorado State and Tennessee to make the Sweet 16 for the fifth consecutive year.

But after Dickinson, who led the Wolverines with 15 points and 15 rebounds, missed near the basket, Samuels blew by him on the other end for a layup. Gillespie followed it with a 3-pointer – his fourth of the game- from the left wing to make it 59-50 with 1:52 to play.

That was the cushion the Wildcats needed, as Michigan closed within six points before Samuels made four three throws over the final 13 seconds to put it away.

Defensively, Villanova refused to yield space under the basket to Michigan’s big man, who came in averaging 24 points in Michigan’s two NCAA Tournament wins. Dickinson was 6 of 16 shooting.

“We asked a lot of (Samuels) him on the defensive end guarding Dickinson a lot. And then on the offensive end, we’re trying to move Dickinson around,” Wright said. “Which it sounds good unless you’re guy that’s got to go. You’re running around, setting screens, cutting to make him follow you … He never wanted to come out.”

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: Guard DeVante’ Jones was back in the starting lineup. He missed the Wolverines’ first-round game against Colorado State because of concussion protocols, and was held out of the second half of the second-round win over Tennessee when his symptoms returned. He scored seven and had five rebounds against Villanova, also left the game briefly in the second half when he fell hard to the floor chasing a loose ball.

Villanova: The Wildcats have been launching 3-pointers all season and there was nothing to deter them when they weren’t falling against the Wolverines. The Wildcats were 9 of 30 from long range – their ninth game this season with at least 30 attempts. The most was 50 in a win over Syracuse.

“We have a saying, `Shoot ’em up, sleep in the streets,'” Wright said. “We’re OK if we’ve got open shots.”

FAB FIVE

Howard’s former Michigan teammates Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson from the “Fab Five” era that played for two national titles were in the Michigan cheering section. Rose stood the entire game, wearing a hoodie that said “Black As Hail.” Jackson wore a yellow “Wolverine Culture” shirt.

INJURED WILDCAT

Before the game, Villanova announced freshman guard Jordan Longino’s season was done. He needs arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was hurt in practice on March 16 and didn’t play in the tourney. longino played in 26 games this season, averaging 8.8 minutes and 1.8 points.

“We’re all crushed for Jordan that this injury has prevented him from playing in the NCAA Tournament,” Wright said.

UP NEXT

Villanova will face a Houston team backed by a big crowd, since San Antonio is just a three-hour drive from the Cougars’ home city. Villanova and Houston haven’t met since the 1991-1992 season.

Creighton signs McDermott to new multi-year contract

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton coach Greg McDermott has signed a new multi-year contract after leading the Bluejays to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

Athletic director Marcus Blossom announced the new deal Thursday. Terms weren’t disclosed.

McDermott owns a 276-137 record with seven NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 seasons at Creighton and has the second-highest win total in program history.

“We have become one of the best programs in the Big East, a regular participant in the NCAA Tournament and I believe the best is yet to come,” Blossom said in a statement. “This contract represents a commitment of mine to retain and recruit talent, and to win championships. We are confident, under Greg’s leadership, that we will achieve our goals.”

Creighton went 23-12 this season and posted a 72-69 overtime victory over San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament before losing 79-72 to Kansas, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. Creighton went 22-9 and reached a regional semifinal last season for the Bluejays’ first Sweet 16 appearance since 1974.

Five of McDermott’s Creighton teams have won at least one NCAA Tournament game. Creighton has earned at least 20 wins in 11 of McDermott’s 12 seasons.

“My family and I have called Omaha home the last 12 years,” McDermott said. “During that time, we have been fortunate to have created many wonderful memories and countless lifelong friendships.”

McDermott added that “while I am proud of the accomplishments of the past, I couldn’t be more excited to continue the upward trajectory of our program, in front of the absolute best fans in the country.”

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Paul’s back, Suns clinch top seed with 140-130 win in Denver

DENVER (AP) Chris Paul was eager to rejoin his teammates who were having all the fun even if that meant playing his first game in five weeks at altitude.

Paul returned from a broken right wrist that sidelined him since the All-Star break to help the Phoenix Suns win their seventh straight game and wrap up the top seed in the NBA playoffs with a 140-130 victory over Denver on Thursday night.

“I’ve been playing pickup, 3-on-3, 2-on-2, but 5-on-5 is totally different, especially when your first game back is in Denver. I mean, whew!” said Paul, who had 17 points and 13 rebounds in serving as the ideal wingman for Devin Booker, who scored a season-high 49 points and 10 assists.

The number on Booker’s mind, however, wasn’t 49.

“Sixty wins is something I never even thought of, to be completely honest,” he said.

“We have a special team, it’s that simple,” Paul said. “But just being back for the warmup stuff, the pregame stuff, you know what I mean? There’s nothing like being part of this team. I’m just happy that I could get back.”

Graham, McCollum lead Pelicans past Bulls 126-109

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Devonte’ Graham unraveled his braids and let his hair, as well as his shot, flow freely.

Graham hit five 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 30 points, CJ McCollum scored 25 and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Chicago Bulls 126-109 on Thursday night.

“It was good, man, to see the ball go in, play with confidence. It was fun,” Graham said, but sounded reluctant when asked if he’ll keep his hair unbraided.

“For now, I guess, until I play bad,” said Graham, a fourth-year pro out of Kansas. “I used to have this little nappy head in college. I guess everybody’s just surprised by it now.”

Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 19 rebounds for the Pelicans, who won for the fourth time in six games as they try to solidify their hold on a Western Conference play-in spot.

Zach LaVine scored 39 points and Coby White added 23 for Chicago, which played without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan (left groin) and lost for the fifth time in six games. The slumping Bulls are in danger of sliding out of a top-six seed in the East (the seventh and eighth seeds have to host the play-in round).

“It’s frustrating; obviously, we’re just trying to figure out how to get back into a rhythm,” LaVine said. “No one is going to help us. We’ve done enough talking. We’ve done enough of trying to pep talk and rallying to keep guys’ spirits up, but we just have to get it done now.”

Holiday helps short-handed Bucks beat Wizards 114-102

MILWAUKEE (AP) Even without either of their All-Stars on the floor, the Milwaukee Bucks had enough firepower to beat the slumping Washington Wizards.

Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 10 assists to help the Bucks withstand a late comeback attempt and beat the Wizards 114-102 on Thursday night.

Grayson Allen added 21 points and the Bucks never trailed despite playing without Khris Middleton or two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Middleton missed a second straight game with a sore left wrist. Antetokounmpo was out for the second time in three games with a sore right knee.

“We know what time it is when it comes to winning games, knowing that the (regular) season’s about to end, knowing that we want to be the best seed possible to have that advantage and knowing that the pressure’s kind of on us,” Holiday said. “We won last year and we want to win again.”

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game he expects Middleton to travel with the team to Memphis and that he’s “hopeful” the three-time All-Star will play Saturday against the Grizzlies. Budenholzer was less certain about Antetokounmpo’s status for Saturday.

“I don’t think it’s anything long-term or anything significant, but we’ll see whether (Antetokounmpo) travels tomorrow and make decisions on the game Saturday as we kind of see how he feels and learn more,” Budenholzer said.

Washington was missing Kyle Kuzma for a third straight game due to right knee tendinitis. The Wizards also continue to play without three-time All-Star Bradley Beal, who underwent season-ending surgery on his left wrist last month.

Ish Smith scored 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kristaps Porzingis each added 16 for the Wizards.

Pat Connaughton had 16, Brook Lopez 13, Bobby Portis and Serge Ibaka 11 each and George Hill 10 for the Bucks. Portis also had 12 rebounds.

Siakam matches season high with 35, Raptors top Cavs 117-104

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam matched his season high with 35 points, Chris Boucher scored 17 and the Toronto Raptors tightened the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104 on Thursday night.

“It was a good game, it was a big game,” Siakam said. “I think every game is a big game.”

OG Anunoby returned from injury to score 14 points, Scottie Barnes had 11 and Fred VanVleet and Precious Achiuwa each added 10 as Toronto (41-32) snapped a three-game home losing streak and tied Cleveland for the sixth-best record with nine games to go in the regular season.

“You’ve got a choice of fighting or you’ve got a choice of running, and our guys don’t run,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickertaff said. “We’ll lay it out there. But again, we’re in a position where we just have to take care of business. We take care of business, we’ll be fine.”

Cleveland had won all three previous meetings with the Raptors this season, meaning the Cavs hold the tiebreaker over Toronto and retain possession of the No. 6 seed in the East. That is the last guaranteed postseason spot, with teams finishing in the Nos. 7-10 spots headed for the play-in tournament.

Siakam’s six made 3-pointers matched his career high. He shot 6 for 7 from long range.

“He was feeling it, that’s for sure,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

Anunoby started for the Raptors, returning to the lineup after missing 15 games because of a fractured right ring finger. He shot 4 for 11 in 26 minutes, finishing 4 for 8 from behind the arc.

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CADE OTTON WASHINGTON: GRADE 6.33

The Otton family has deep roots in football. Cade’s grandfather, Sid, is the state of Washington’s all-time leader in high school coaching wins. His father, Tim, coaches at Tumwater High School, where Cade was named Class 2A State Player of the Year as a senior (39-733, 13 TDs receiving; 107 tackles, 10 for loss). His uncle, Brad, played quarterback at USC and his younger brother, Ryan, was offered by Washington in the summer of 2020 to be part of the recruiting class of 2022. Otton redshirted in 2017 and excelled the following fall, earning the team’s Freshman of the Year Award after starting 10 of 14 games played (13-174-13.4, three TDs). He started all 13 games as a sophomore, grabbing 32 passes for 344 yards (10.8 per rec.) and two scores. Otton earned first-team All-Pac-12 recognition in 2020, leading the Huskies with 18 receptions, 258 receiving yards (14.3 per rec.) and three scores. His 2021 season did not go as expected, however, as he missed four games (two for COVID protocols, two with a left foot injury) and the team’s quarterbacks struggled to get him the ball (28-250-8.9, one TD in eight starts).

Overview

Four-year starter who will be next up from a program with a history of turning out NFL talent at tight end. Otton is an instinctive route-runner with agile feet in tight quarters and a great feel for changing speeds inside the route. He has sudden, reliable hands, and is skilled and athletic enough to shine against man or zone coverages. As with all UW tight ends, Otton was expected to block for the run game and did so with adequate technique. He will need to bolster his play strength and aggression levels to better execute his blocking itinerary at the next level. He’s an ascending combination tight end with starting talent. He should become a more productive pro than college player as a likely Day 2 selection.

Strengths

  • Bends and turns to avoid redirections from defense.
  • Zips into patterns and is a threat underneath.
  • Smart route-runner with basketball athleticism for uncovering.
  • Changes speeds to keep coverage in defensive posture.
  • Sinks, stems and separates from coverage at the break point.
  • Can adjust and catch without breaking stride.
  • Quick to anchor, open and secure the catch window versus zone.
  • Enough talent to put coverage on notice on all three levels.
  • Twitchy hands to pluck, tuck and go.
  • Aggressive hand strikes into the point of attack while blocking.
  • Technique and background to become adequate NFL blocker.

Weaknesses

  • Seems bothered by contact inside the route.
  • Could use additional play strength.
  • Urgent after the catch, but average yards-after-catch talent.
  • More willing than aggressive in taking on blocking duties.
  • Frequently out-muscled and loses his stalemate block.
  • Not enough core strength to sustain and seal defensive ends.
  • Average reliability when asked to make backside cut-offs on outside zone runs.

TREY MCBRIDE COLORADO STATE GRADE: 6.31

McBride excelled in three sports at Fort Morgan High School, earning All-Colorado honors in football, setting the school record for points scored in basketball as well as most home runs and runs batted in for the baseball squad. His decision to stay near home for college paid off his true freshman year, as he started five of 12 games played (7-89-12.7, one TD). McBride was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference pick as a sophomore (45-560-12.4, four TDs in 12 games, 11 starts) and a second-team selection the following season (team-high 22-330-14.0, four TDs in four starts). He considered transferring before the Mountain West decided to play a shortened fall season due to COVID-19 concerns. Rams fans were happy McBride stayed for 2020 and 2021, when he won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end. The first-team Associated Press All-American and all-league selection ranked ninth in the country with 90 receptions and led the team with 1,121 receiving yards (setting school career records in both categories) despite scoring only once through the air. On the final play of his collegiate career, he ran a fake punt 69 yards for a score against Nevada.

Overview

Two-way tight end with the size, strength and ball skills to help impact games in-line and in space. McBride has room for improvement at the point of attack, but possesses the thickness and determination of a true, in-line blocker. He’ll need to improve his angles and play strength to even out the wins and losses against NFL competition. McBride lacks top-end speed and quickness into the route, but he can snap off route breaks and has the body control and sticky hands to win contested catch battles. Long athletes could suffocate his catch space if he doesn’t play with more physicality and aggression during the route. McBride is solid in all phases and should appeal to every team looking for a combination tight end with early starting potential.

Strengths

  • Excellent weight distribution and thickness in his frame.
  • Takes pride in blocking and puts in the effort.
  • Blocks with adequate play strength and proper base width.
  • Capable of helping in pass protection.
  • Adequate footwork to get in and out of short routes.
  • Decent separation snap at the top of the route.
  • Squares to in-breaking throws and able to pluck throws behind him.
  • Intensifies focus in traffic.
  • Hands are big, efficient and sticky.
  • Hand strength to finish catches through heavy contact.
  • Athletic run-after-catch talent.

Weaknesses

  • Ducks head into contact as run blocker.
  • Needs to keep working feet for positioning after contact.
  • Inexperienced as an outside zone blocker.
  • Takes inconsistent angles in attempting to secure the lane.
  • Only one touchdown on 90 total catches in 2021.
  • Below-average early speed to threaten Y seam.
  • Needs better physicality inside his route.
  • Has tendency to slow feet through ball-tracking downfield.
  • Allows too much trespass into his catch space.
  • Slightly below-average catch radius.

GREG DULCICH UCLA GRADE: 6.24

Dulcich (pronounced dull-sitch) walked on at UCLA as a three-star recruit who racked up more than 1,000 yards as a receiver at St. Francis High School in the San Gabriel foothills. He redshirted his first year on campus, playing in three games (1-6), before playing in 11 games as a reserve in 2019 (8-105-13.1, one TD). Awarded a scholarship in the spring of 2020, Dulcich led the team with 517 receiving yards and five scores (on 26 receptions, a healthy 19.9 per rec.) and garnered second-team All-Pac-12 recognition. He topped the Bruins by averaging 17.3 yards per reception in 2021 (42-725, five TDs in 12 starts) to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Overview

Move tight end with some vertical talent who can’t be expected to add much as an in-line blocker. Dulcich is a long-legged, duck-footed runner who is faster than he looks, averaging 17.6 yards per catch for his career. He can improve as a route-runner but might have three-level potential as a pass-catcher. He’s urgent and determined, adding extra yardage after the catch. He has a decent catch radius and tracks it well, but lacks desired body control for tougher catch adjustments down the field.

Strengths

  • Added 40 pounds of good weight and muscle while at UCLA.
  • Potential to succeed working downfield routes.
  • Demeanor to get better as a blocker.
  • Plays physically against route bumpers.
  • Long strides open ground on linebackers.
  • Stacks defender and tracks the ball into his hands over his shoulder.
  • Snaps eyes to quarterback at break.
  • Speed and toughness for additional yards after catch.

Weaknesses

  • Poor placement and overall use of hands as blocker.
  • Lacking technique and fluidity as run blocker.
  • Leggy and gradual into turns.
  • Drifts and stagnates versus zone, creating contested catches.
  • Below-average body control catching on the move.
  • Disappointing catch focus at times.

JEREMY RUCKERT OHIO STATE GRADE: 6.24

The 2017 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today first-team High School All-American (13 receiving TDs, 13 sacks on defense) was rated the top tight end prospect in the country before signing with Ohio State. As a true freshman, Ruckert played in 12 games as a reserve but only made one catch for 13 yards. He started three contests for the Big Ten champs in 2019, grabbing 14 passes for 142 yards (10.1 per rec.) and four scores in 14 appearances. Ruckert was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2020 (13-151-11.6, five TDs receiving), making one of the team’s best plays in the national title game with a one-handed 36-yard catch (his lone reception on the night). He was an honorable mention selection again in 2021, setting career bests with 26 receptions for 309 yards (11.9 per rec.) and scoring three times in 12 games (10 starts). — by Chad Reuter

Overview

Muscular move tight end on the collegiate level who should be able to find a home as an in-line worker. Ruckert should test well creating a favorable height-weight-speed profile that could push him up draft boards. He blocks with good aggression, but can be a little inconsistent at the point of attack for now. He’s not as explosive in his route-running as his testing might indicate but will catch what is thrown his way even though he might never be much of a volume target. He has TE2 potential and could become an average NFL starter.

Strengths

  • Rocked up with quality lean mass on his frame.
  • Explosive testing potential.
  • Brings toughness as a blocker.
  • Radar and balance to find and tag targets in space.
  • Races across formation looking to flatten backside chasers.
  • Makes quick adjustments finding work as run blocker.
  • Adequate catch radius.
  • Adjusts pad level to secure low throws.
  • Sells initial break on double moves.

Weaknesses

  • Hip tightness led to rolling stops on hitch routes.
  • Not much separation burst from route breaks.
  • Double catches show themselves.
  • Straight-line runner with limited YAC potential.
  • Loses block positioning due to wide hands at point of attack.
  • Drops head into initial contact.
  • Needs to keep pads over his feet as base blocker.

CHARLIE KOLAR IOWA STATE GRADE 6.22

Kolar is the son of two professors at the University of Oklahoma (and a high school teammate of NBA star guard Trey Young), so he grew up wanting to play for the Sooners. An offer never came, so he signed with Iowa State. The 2016 first-team all-state pick (66-1,240 with 15 TDs) redshirted his first year in Ames but came on to start three of 13 games played the following year (11-137-12.5, three TDs). Kolar garnered third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big 12 status in 2019, catching 51 passes for 697 yards (13.7 per rec.) and a team-high seven touchdowns in 13 games (10 starts). He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award in 2020 and landed third-team AP All-American and first-team all-conference accolades (44-591-13.4, team-high seven receiving TDs in 11 games, five starts). Kolar was a Mackey Award finalist and first-team all-conference selection in 2021 (62-756-12.2, team-high six TDs in 12 games, 11 starts), as well as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the Academic Heisman. Charlie’s brother, John, was a quarterback at Oklahoma State before transferring to ISU for his final season in 2019.

Overview

A tight end with elite measurements and statistical production, Kolar’s tape can be a little bit average when studying the entire body of work. Despite his outstanding size and length, Kolar is not very aggressive or effective as a point-of-attack blocker. He has the tools to improve but needs to add a glass-chewing mentality to match up against NFL defenders. There isn’t much wiggle and bend in his route work, but he understands angles and leverage. He finds a way to open throwing windows for his quarterback. He has box-out talent to keep catch windows clean and his quiet, sticky hands are automatic. I’m not sure his college production will travel with him, but he should become a solid move tight end as a Day 2 selection.

Strengths

  • Outstanding student with excellent work habits.
  • Premium size and length measurements.
  • Creates route leverage through his approach angles.
  • Human shield in hiding his catch space from man coverage.
  • Soft hands; rarely ever drops the on-target throws.
  • Makes catches with twitchy, late hands.
  • Helps quarterback by working back to throws.
  • Fits up into blocks with a broad base.
  • Unafraid of catching through the collision.
  • Footwork and athletic ability for blocking duties in space.

Weaknesses

  • Requires more toughness as run blocker.
  • Needs to play to his size at the point of attack.
  • Inconsistent angles/footwork in finding backside cut-off landmarks.
  • Needs to accelerate into contact on split-zone and lead blocks.
  • Linear route-runner with limited short-area wiggle underneath.
  • Needs to become more physical at the top of the route.
  • Not very dynamic after the catch.

AP Source: Chiefs agree with Valdes-Scantling on 3-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a $30 million, three-year contract to help replace the departed Tyreek Hill, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

The move came one day after the Chiefs traded Hill, a three-time All-Pro and one of the league’s most dangerous downfield threats, to the Dolphins for a package of five draft picks. It also comes less than a week after the Chiefs landed JuJu Smith-Schuster with a club-friendly, one-year deal in the hope that he’ll bounce back from a shoulder injury.

Valdes-Scantling was a fifth-round pick of the Packers in the 2018 draft, quickly becoming a useful option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the passing game. He caught 123 passes for 2,153 yards and 13 touchdowns during his first four seasons in the league, appearing in all 16 games the first three before a hamstring injury hampered him last season. He wound up playing 11 games and catching 26 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AP source: Jays trade Grichuk and cash to Rockies for Tapia

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have traded outfielder Randal Grichuk and cash to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Raimel Tapia and minor league infielder Adrian Pinto, an official familiar with the deal said Thursday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The 29-year-old Grichuk hit .241 with 22 homers and 81 RBIs in 149 games last season.

Tapia, 28, hit .273 with six home runs, 50 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 133 games.

The Blue Jays signed Grichuk to a five-year contract worth $52 million in 2019 but he wasn’t assured of a starting job. Toronto has George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the outfield.

NASCAR NEWS

NASCAR hits Keselowski with huge fine for modifying Next Gen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR issued steep penalties against Brad Keselowski and his new race team on Thursday for illegally modifying a supplied part on the Next Gen car.

Keselowski was docked 100 driver points and the No. 6 Ford team docked 100 owner points. Matt McCall, his crew chief, was fined $100,000 and suspended from the next four Cup races.

The penalty plunged the 2012 NASCAR champion from 16th in the current standings to 35th – behind every other full-time driver in the field. Keselowski is in his first season as driver and part-owner of RFK Racing.

Additionally, should Keselowski qualify for NASCAR’s playoffs, he will be docked 10 points at the reset ahead of the first round.

The infraction was discovered in a teardown technical inspection of the No. 6 Ford at NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord this week. The RFK Racing entry was brought to NASCAR headquarters after Sunday’s race at Atlanta, where Keselowski was sent to the back of the field at the start for unapproved adjustments.

Keselowski finished 12th at Atlanta.

NASCAR announced a more stringent penalty structure for 2022 and its new Next Gen car, which is a spec car consisting of primarily single-source parts from distributors. Modifications are not permitted, and the Fords from RFK and Team Penske were already found to have made changes to their wheels ahead of the Daytona 500. Both organizations escaped penalty for the first offense.

NASCAR’s new penalty system is three-tiered and designed to deter teams from altering its new race car. Keselowski received an L2-level penalty, which allows for points deductions up to 120 points and fines of up to $250,000.

*****TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES*****

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ATLANTA – Indiana duo junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Grace Berger were named Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Region finalist for 2022 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America.

Holmes earns her first all-region honor from the association while Berger earns her second, also appearing in the 2020-21 season.

Berger is the team’s leading scorer with 16.3 points per game. She adds 6.3 rebounds, a team-high 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals and holds a +2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Louisville, Ky. native shoots 45.2 percent from the floor and 79.1 percent at the charity stripe. She has recorded 29 games in double figures this season and tied a team-high three double-doubles. She repeated as an All-Big Ten first team selection in 2021-22 and earned spots on a plethora of watch lists including a 2022 Associated Press All-American honorable mention, 2022 Wooden Award preseason top 50, 2022 Wade Watch list, 2022 Cheryl Miller Award top 10 watchlist and a top 30 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

Holmes averages 15.4 points, a team-high 7.0 rebounds and shoots 60.4 percent from the floor in 24 games for IU this season. The Gorham, Maine native is tied for a team-high three double-doubles and leads her squad with 40 blocks (1.7 per game). Holmes set a new career-high 30 points in the win at Ohio State and has scored in double figures 21 times. In addition, the junior forward has shot 40 percent from the 3-point line and 80.3 percent at the free throw line. She earned All-Big Ten second team honors, 2022 Lisa Leslie Award top 10 watch list, 2022 Naismith Trophy midseason Team Top, 2022 Wooden Award midseason Top 25 watch list and Late Season Top 20 and 2022 Wade Trophy midseason watch list.

The selection committee will choose the 10-member Coaches’ All-America team from these 52 finalists. The 2022 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team will be announced Thursday, March 31.

The 3-seed Hoosiers advanced to their second-straight Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history and will travel to the Bridgeport regional on Saturday, March 26. They will face the 2-seed UConn Huskies at Total Mortgage Arena at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

MICHAEL DURR ENTERS TRANSFER PORTAL

Michael Durr entered the portal Tuesday as a graduate transfer. Durr averaged 1.5 points and one rebound per game. He also blocked seven shots.

Khristian Lander went into the portal Wednesday after two seasons spent as a backup point guard.

IU coach Mike Woodson has two free scholarships for next season.

PURDUE BASEBALL

Boilermakers Begin Big Ten Play by Hosting Buckeyes

WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION

Ohio State (8-11) at No. 17 Purdue (17-1)

Friday to Sunday, March 24 to 26 / Watch B1G+

Series Opener: Friday, March 24 at 4 p.m. ET

Middle Game: Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. ET

Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

Friday: Little League Day ($1 Tickets) & Pennant Giveaway (First 300 Fans)

Saturday: Heroes Day – $1 GA Tickets for all Service Personnel

Sunday: Family 4-Pack Ticket Deal & Kids Run the Bases Postgame

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. OSU’s Isaiah Coupet (So, LHP)

Saturday: TBA for Purdue vs. OSU’s Nate Haberthier (So, RHP)

Sunday: Troy Wansing (Fr, LHP) vs. OSU’s Wyatt Loncar (Jr, RHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Ohio State leads 154-67-1

All-Time in West Lafayette: Ohio State leads 67-38-1

2021: Ohio State won 3 of 4 – 2 of 3 in Columbus & Midweek Game in West Lafayette

Last Series in West Lafayette: Ohio State swept a 3-game set (May 2019)

Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. OSU: Purdue won 2 of 3 (April 2017 in Columbus)

Purdue’s Last Win vs. OSU in West Lafayette: Purdue 4, OSU 3 – 13 Innings (April 2014)

Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. OSU in West Lafayette: Purdue swept a 4-game set (May 1987)

First Meeting: Purdue 4, OSU 3 (May 1913 in West Lafayette)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 17 Purdue baseball opens Big Ten Conference play at home for the first time since 2016, hosting Ohio State for the sixth year since Alexander Field opened in 2013.

First pitch at Alexander is set for 4 p.m. Friday before 1 p.m. matinee starts Saturday and Sunday.

The Boilermakers open league play with the best record in the Big Ten, holding that distinction for the first time since 2012 (14-3). Their 17-1 mark is also the best entering conference play in the program’s modern era. The 1991 and 1993 teams lost only two games before their Big Ten openers.

Purdue started conference play at home in three of the first four years of the Alexander Field era (2013-present). But the five-year gap since last opening league play at home represents the longest in team history. Even in the abbreviated 2020 season, which was shut down the week before Big Ten play was scheduled to begin, the Boilermakers were slated to open on the road.

In the last decade, Purdue also opened Big Ten play against Ohio State in 2012 and 2013. That helped make the Buckeyes the opponent in the first-ever game (and series) at Alexander Field. Their 13 games in West Lafayette since 2013 are second to only Iowa (15), which played at Alexander the first three years of the ballpark and again in 2019 and 2021.

From 2007 to 2017, the road team won eight consecutive Purdue-Ohio State series. But the Buckeyes reversed that trend in recent years by taking two of three in Columbus in 2018 and 2021. The Boilermakers look to return the favor this season and post their first series win at home against OSU since May 1988. They also want to extend their six-game home win streak.

Ohio State had traditionally played a weekend series at home prior to opening conference play. But not this season and the Buckeyes two home games entering the weekend are the second fewest in the league behind only Rutgers. Eight of their 11 losses over the first five weekends have come in true road games, including three each at Texas State and UNC Wilmington. Those two teams are a combined 30-12 this season.

OPENING WEEKEND OF BIG TEN PLAY (March 25-27)

• Ohio State at Purdue

• Illinois at Michigan State

• Rutgers at Penn State

• Michigan at Nebraska

Non-Conference

• Maryland at Dallas Baptist

• Evansville at Indiana

• Central Michigan at Iowa

• Western Illinois at Minnesota (Indoors)

• Northwestern vs Butler & Southern Illinois in Carbondale

SEASONS WITH MULTIPLE PITCHERS TO REGISTER 10-STRIKEOUT GAMES (Since 2001)

• 2022 – Jackson Smeltz (3) & Wyatt Wendell (1)

• 2021 – Jett Jackson (1) & Trent Johnson (1)

• 2010 – Matt Bischoff (4) & Matt Morgan (1)

• 2009 – Matt Bischoff (2) & Matt Jansen (1)

• 2006 – Dan Sattler (2) & Jay Buente (2)

• 2001 – Ben Quick (1) & David Gassner (1)

ACTIVE STREAKS

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 19-game on-base

• Cam Thompson – 11-game RBI, 18-game on-base

• CJ Valdez – 15-game on-base, 4-game RBI

• Evan Albrecht – 10-game on-base, scored a run in 5 straight games

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 6-game on-base

• Wyatt Wendell – 14 consecutive innings without a walk

• Landon Weins – 10 consecutive innings without a walk

LEADING THE BIG TEN

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 3 Triples, 12 Stolen Bases

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 23 Runs Scored, 12 Stolen Bases

• Cam Thompson – 28 RBI, 10 Hit by Pitch

• Jackson Smeltz, 44 Strikeouts

• Troy Wansing – 1.33 ERA

• Troy Viola – 3 Sac Flies

• Purdue – Stolen Bases (54), ERA (2.69), Hit by Pitch (47), Sac Flies (12)

Last season’s four-game season series vs. Ohio State featured a traditional three-game weekend set in Columbus plus a midweek game in West Lafayette that was a late addition to the schedule after both teams had a series canceled due to COVID-19 pauses for their opponents. The Sunday series finale in Columbus, which Purdue won 16-15, turned out to be the highest-scoring affair (31 combined runs) of the BBCOR bat era (2011-present) for the Boilermakers. On a hitter-friendly day at Bill Davis Stadium, the teamed combined for eight home runs. Purdue hit two sets of back-to-back jacks.

The scoring surges broke down like this – Ohio State scored the first five runs, Purdue came back with eight consecutive tallies, OSU surged ahead 12-8 with seven unanswered, Purdue responded with eight straight runs again, and OSU tallied the game’s final three runs. But Jackson Smeltz closed out the victory with a strikeout, stranding the potential tying run at third base.

Smeltz is slated to take the ball for the opening game of Purdue’s fourth straight weekend. Lefthanders Patrick J. Smith (2019) and Jordan Minch (2014) started Big Ten openers in recent years, but both were on the road. The Boilermakers have not started a lefty in a Big Ten opener at home since Russ Morgan in 1999.

BUTLER BASEBALL

Weekend Series Shifts to Southern Illinois

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team will still play three games this weekend, but all three contests will take place at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Ill. Heavy rain in the Indianapolis area this week caused poor field conditions at Bulldog Park. Therefore, the series that features Butler, Southern Illinois and Northwestern will now be played on an Astroturf field.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 25

Northwestern vs. SIU – 7 PM

Saturday, March 26

Northwestern vs. Butler – 1 PM

Butler vs. SIU – 5 PM

Sunday, March 27

SIU vs. Northwestern – 12 PM

Butler vs. Northwestern – 4 PM

All games to be played at Itchy Jones Stadium

Scouting Northwestern

The Wildcats were scheduled to play Notre Dame on Wednesday, but the midweek contest was postponed due to bus driver availability with Northwestern. The ‘Cats have won four-straight and are now 6-10 heading into the weekend. The top two hitters in the Northwestern lineup are Anthony Calarco and Ethan O’Donnell. Calarco has a team-best 16 hits and is tied for the team lead with three home runs. O’Donnell is a sophomore outfielder with a team-leading nine doubles this season. He added a home run to his stat line vs. Cincinnati giving him 10 extra base hits on the year (15 total).

Scouting Southern Illinois

The Salukis are off to a 16-5 record to start the 2022 campaign. They lost their season opener 1-0, but responded by winning their next seven contests. Recent wins for SIU have come against Arkansas State (6-5) and Illinois (11-4, 7-5). JT Weber and Kaeber Rog are two players to keep an eye on in the batting order. Each student-athlete has 38 hits this season. Weber has seven doubles and a team-best eight home runs. Rog has a team-high 11 doubles and five homers. The two combine for 43 RBI and 49 runs scored.

Pick a Side

Butler’s best hitter vs. left-handed pitching is Scott Jones (.389). The best bat vs. right-handers belongs to Aaron Steinhart (.333).

Drive Him In

Billy Wurch is batting .350 with runners in scoring position. Teammate Travis Holt is at .300, collecting six hits in 20 at-bats with Bulldogs ready to run home.

Power at the Plate

Butler has recorded at least one double in a game 16 times this year. They came up with a season-high four vs. Prairie View A&M on Feb. 26 and have a double in five of their last six games.

Solo Shots

Butler hit three solo home runs at #5 Tennessee on Tuesday night. Scott Jones, Aaron Steinhart and Ryan O’Halloran all hit homers over the wall in leftfield in Knoxville. Three home runs in a single-game ties the season-high total that was originally set at Illinois on March 15. Travis Holt, Lukas Galdoni and Jonathan Shoop hit home runs against the Fighting Illini.

Hitting Streak

Ryan O’Halloran went 2-for-4 at Tennessee to extend his hitting streak to four games. O’Halloran has reached base safely in six-straight games. The longest streak there belongs to Billy Wurch (11 games).

Holt Hits First

Travis Holt had led-off for Butler in every game this season. He has 10 multi-hit games, and heads into the weekend with the best batting average on the team (.337).

.300 Club

Travis Holt, Aaron Steinhart, Kollyn All and Ryan O’Halloran are all batting over .300 this season. Holt and O’Halloran have started on the left side of the infield in all 20 games this season. Steinhart has played primarily as the team’s designated hitter and All has caught 14 games.

Big Stage

Butler played at #5 Tennessee Tuesday night in front of 4,494 fans, the largest crowd the Bulldogs have seen this season.

Up Next

Butler will play at Bellarmine on Tuesday, March 29. First pitch in Louisville is set for 2 PM.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Hosts Cincinnati at Varsity Field Friday

On Friday, the Butler women’s lacrosse team will host Cincinnati at Varsity field for their second home game of the season. First draw is set for 3 p.m.

Bulldog Bits:

– 11 new Bulldogs joined the team this season and are a part of one of Butler’s strongest recruiting classes in program history

– Campbell Connors has 21 goals and four assists on the season

– Leah Rubino has eight goals, three assists, 13 caused turnovers, and 25 draw controls

– Greer Bireley has three goals and 14 assists this season

– Aleigh Monroe has played 360 minutes between the pipes this season, registering 48 saves

– Campbell Connors netted five goals and had two assists against Duquesne

– Lindsey Schreiber had a seven-point performance with three goals and four assists; she also added six draw controls and three caused turnovers against Duquesne

– Gabryelle Bodine had three goals and an assist

– Holly Hall had two goals

– Kayla Kielbasa and Layla Tattersfield each tallied one assist

– Kaley Attaway had one goal and one assist and added four draw controls

– Leah Rubino had four groundballs, eight draw controls, and three caused turnovers

Last Time Out

On Sunday, the Bulldogs fells 19-16 against Duquesne on the road. Campbell Connors and Lindsey Schreiber led the way for Butler, combining for 14 points in Sunday’s game. Connors scored five goals and had two assists to tie her career-high in goals. Schreiber had three goals and four assists en route to her seven-point outing.

Leah Rubino was stellar for the Bulldogs in the midfield, registering four groundballs, eight draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Both Connors and Schreiber were tabbed as BIG EAST Honor Roll selections this past week for their performances. With Connors and Schreiber tabbed for the weekly honor roll, this marks the fifth time a Bulldog has been honored this season. 

Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats come into Friday’s match with a 4-6 record, with their last outing being a 16-12 loss to Liberty. However, the Bearcats’ offense has been lethal with the combination of Kylie Nause and Ava Goeller. Nause and Goeller have combined for 66 of the teams 115 goals with 38 and 28 respectively.

Goeller and Dani Mlkvy dominate the draw circle for the Bearcats. Goeller has won 33 draw controls, and Mlkvy has won 34 for a total of 69 draw control wins between the two. Sophie O’Brien has notched 517 minutes in goal for the Bearcats and is credited with 63 saves in 10 games.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will host Youngstown St. on Sunday, March 27. First draw is set for 12 p.m. at Varsity Field.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Heads To Quincy And Lindenwood This Weekend In MIVA Action

Game 17

No. 8 Ball State (15-2, 7-1 MIVA | Quincy (4-12, 0-8 MIVA)

Quincy, Ill. | Pepsi Arena

Date: March 25 at 8 pm ET | Watch: GLVSN | Live Stats

Game 18

No. 8 Ball State (15-2, 7-1 MIVA) | Lindenwood (7-8, 3-5 MIVA)

St. Charles, Mo. | Robert F. Hyland Arena

Date: March 26 at 7 pm ET | Watch: GLVSN | Live Stats

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Quincy 0 (2/25/22)

Series History: Ball State has defeated Quincy in 55 of 60 all-time meetings and has won the last six.

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Lindenwood 1 (2/24/22)

Series History: Ball State leads the series 20-4

NEW ERA: First-year head coach Donan Cruz has started his first year off strong so far this season leading the Cardinals to five-straight wins which included back-to-back victories over No. 1 Hawai’i … Prior to taking over the helm of the Cardinals, Cruz was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Coach of the Year at Grand View University … Just the fourth head coach in the storied history of Ball State men’s volleyball, Cruz led the inaugural Grand View men’s team to a 13-13 mark in 2012 season, on his way to compiling a 211-55 overall record with the Vikings … He concluded his Grand View career with the best winning percentage in NAIA men’s volleyball history at .793.

ALSO NEW ON THE STAFF:  Joining Cruz on the Ball State staff are Midwestern Volleyball Association (MIVA) standout and former Lewis University star Mike Iandolo and BYU men’s volleyball alumnus Christian Rupert … Iandolo was a two-time All-MIVA First Team selection and spent the last three season as the head coach at the University of Charleston … Rupert helped lead the Cougars to a pair of appearances NCAA Division I/II Men’s Volleyball Championship Match, and following a brief professional career, spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Princeton.

SCOUTING QUINCY: Quincy has an overall record of 4-12 and is still looking for its first MIVA victory of the year after falling 0-8 thus far in conference play. The Cardinals defeated Hawks in their first meeting on Feb. 25 by a score of 3-0 in Muncie. That contest BSU was led by Bryce Behrendt who tallied 10 kills while Nathan Lawton led Quincy offensively with 10 kills as well. Quincy hasn’t played since March 13 when the Hawks defeated Lincoln Memorial by a score of 3-2.

SCOUTING LINDENWOOD: Lindenwood enters Saturday’s match with a 7-8 overall mark and a 3-5 MIVA ledger. The Lions are riding a four-match win streak into their second matchup against the Cardinals this season. Lindenwood is coming off back-to-back 3-2 victories in non-conference play against Lincoln Memorial (March 11) and Limestone University (March 13). Ball State won the first meeting against Lindenwood by a score of 3-1 in Worthen Arena on Feb. 24. The Cardinals were led by Kaleb Jenness who registered 21 kills that contest while Lindenwood’s AJ Lewis turned in an 18-kill performance.

IN THE NATION: The Cardinals sit at No. 8 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll after sweeping Ohio State in a two-match away and home series last week. The highest Ball State has ever been ranked was No. 5 and that was in the final poll in 1995. Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson still ranks first in the nation among his setting peers with 11.67 assists per set while Ball State as a team also holds the top spot for that same category (13.00). Senior middle blocker Felix Egharevba is second in the nation in blocks per set (1.446) and Kaleb Jenness is third in attacks per set (9.05) and second in kills per set (4.73).

LAST WEEK’S RECAP:  The Cardinals defeated the Buckeyes on the road last Wednesday in a five-set thriller. The two rivals then met again on Saturday in Worthen Arena. It was an emotional day for Ball State as the Cardinals held a celebration of life Ceremony for Dr. Don Shondell prior to the match. Ball State posted a 3-1 victory over Ohio State to complete the two-match series sweep for the first time since 2014. The Cardinals were led offensively by Angelos Mandilaris who tallied 14 kills while Kaleb Jenness finished the night with 11. Defensively, Felix Egharevba collected nine total blocks while Mandilaris had seven.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

Notre Dame Clinches Spot in Regional Final On Slaggert’s Overtime Winner

ALBANY, New York  – Notre Dame Hockey clinched its spot in the NCAA Tournament Albany Regional Final with a 2-1 overtime victory over the second-seeded University of North Dakota on Thursday night at MVP Arena (2,345).

Senior Graham Slaggert sealed the overtime victory with his game-winning goal, just 38 seconds into the extra frame.

Landon Slaggert scored the first goal on the night for the Irish.

Graduate student goaltender Matthew Galajda made 23 saves in the winning effort for the Irish.

Notre Dame appeared to win the game with under one second left in regulation, but after a lengthy review, the call on the ice was overturned.

“Obviously, we were excited getting that goal, ” Landon Slaggert said, “but, having it called back, we had to regroup. We thought it was in, but you’ve got to bounce back and recollect yourself and get another, and that’s what Graham did tonight.”

How It Happened

Jake Pivonka had one of Notre Dame’s best chances of the first period in the early going but the puck rolled off his stick in the low slot.

Max Ellis took the puck into the offensive zone with speed and fired a wrist shot that flashed just wide with 3:31 left in the first.

North Dakota took a 1-0 lead with just 1:17 left in the first when Brent Johnson sent a wrist shot from the point through a screen in front and the Fighting Hawks took the 1-0 lead to the locker room.

Landon Slaggert got the Irish on the board just 1:03 into the second period when he took a deflected pass from Graham Slaggert in front of the Irish bench. Landon then worked around a North Dakota defenseman and took the puck to the net and beat Driscoll down low.

Notre Dame killed off a Fighting Hawks power play chance midway through the period, including one save from Matthew Galajda.

The Irish then closed the period on a power play, but good looks by Graham Slaggert and Nick Leivermann were turned aside by Driscoll.

On the power play, Spencer Stastney deked his way through the Fighting Hawks and had a partial breakaway chance but Driscoll made the save at 9:05.

Just after they Notre Dame power play expired, Matthew Galadja stopped a penalty shot by North Dakota’s Riese Gaber at the 10:30 mark

After Jack Adams was whistled for a penalty with 90 seconds left in regulation, the Irish were stalwarts on defense. Landon Slaggert took possession of the puck and drove it up the ice before dumping it off to Graham Slaggert. Slaggert took the shot on goal, Karashik quickly rebounded it, and the puck found the back of the net.

After a 13-minute review, the game-winning effort was overturned and the Irish headed to overtime.

Notre Dame began overtime with Adams still in the penalty box, but North Dakota was quickly whistled for interference, creating 14 seconds of four-on-four hockey before the Irish were given the one-man advantage.

Graham Slaggert sealed the Irish victory with the game-winning goal just 38 seconds into the overtime period. With the man-advantage, Landon Slaggert fed the puck to Leivermann, who then pushed it to Graham Slaggert as he found the back of the net.

Next Up

Notre Dame moves on to face Minnesota State in the NCAA Tournament Albany Regional Final on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the Regional Final will advance to the Frozen Four in Boston.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LACROSSE

GAME 6 PREVIEW: #2/3 VIRGINIA

OUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 12/10 Notre Dame opens up ACC play with a showdown in Charlottesville against No. 2/3 Virginia at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 26 at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ACCN.

GAME DETAILS

Location: Charlottesville, Virgina | Klöckner Stadium

Schedule: March 26 — 1 p.m. ET

TV: ACCN

Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE VIRGINIA SERIES

• Saturday will be the 17th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Virginia. The Irish and Cavaliers are tied in the all-time series at 8-8.

• The two teams met at Arlotta Stadium last season with Virignia escaping with a 12-11 victory.

• Eric Dobson scored three goals last season while midfield running mate Wheaton Jackoboice scored a goal and added three assists.

• Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by two goals or less.

THE KAVANAGH BROTHERS

• Pat Kavanagh became the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history in 2021 and his brother Chris joined the 2022 squad as an attackman.

• Pat currently leads the team in points (21) with 9G and 12A while Chris is second in points (14) with 11G and 3A.

• The brothers have linked up on eight goals this season, with one assisting the other’s goal.

• In the 2022 season opener, Pat and Chris combined for 14 points off eight goals and six assists, despite each playing less than a half.

• Pat was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week following the four-goal, four-assist outing.

• Pat produced a team-high 64 points on the season off 38 assists and 26 goals.

• In just 12 games Pat became the all-time single-season ND assist record holder, passing older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33-assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.

• Of the five Tewaaraton Finalists, Pat led the group in assists per game (3.17), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (9).

• Pat’s 38 assists over 12 games ranked third in the NCAA and led the ACC in assists per game with an average of 3.17.

• In the final game of the 2021 regular season Pat broke the program record for points in a game with a 10-point showing off five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No. 9 Syracuse.

CAUSING HAVOC

• The Irish lead the ACC and rank fifth in the country in caused turnovers per game, averaging 11 per game.

• The Irish defense has caused double-digit turnovers in four of its five outings and have registered at least nine in each game.

• Notre Dame recorded a season-high 14 caused turnovers  against Georgetown on Feb. 26.

• Jason Reynolds leads the team with eight caused turnovers on the year while Carson Cochran has forced seven turnovers this season.

• Arden Cohen has caused three to give the close defense unit 18 on the year.

• The Irish attackmen have also caused chaos this season on the ride, as Pat Kavanagh and Chris Kavanagh have each recorded five caused turnovers this season.

ENTENMANN’S CAREER DAY

• Liam Entenmann was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on March 22, following one of the best performances of his career in a win over Michigan.

• The junior made a career-high 19 saves while allowing just seven goals in the 12-7 victory.

• Entenmann recorded seven saves in the second quarter, allowing the Irish to outscore the Wolverines 5-0 and take control of the game.

• Despite playing some of the best attacking units in the country, Entenmann currently ranks second in the ACC and 19th in the country in save percentage (.541).

CASHING IN ON THE EMO

• Notre Dame enters the weekend ranked second in the country in man-up offense this season and leads the ACC in EMO efficiency.

• The Irish EMO unit has cashed in on 9-of-13 chances (.692) this season.

• Six players have combined to score the nine goals, with Pat Kavanagh, Chris Kavanagh and Jeffery Ricciardelli each scoring two man-up goals.

CHALLENGING SLATE

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2022 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 12 regular-season opponents, seven are currently ranked in the top 20 in either the USILA or Inside Lacrosse polls.

• Five of Notre Dame’s first six games have come against teams ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse rankings, including three ranked in the top three.

• All three of Notre Dame’s losses have come against teams currently ranked in the top 10 in this week’s polls.

ALL CLEAR

• The Irish have been exceptional at clearing the ball this season, ranking third in the country with a 91.5 percentage.

• Notre Dame went 23-for-25 on clears against Michigan, 25-for-25 against Maryland, 19-for-21 against Georgetown and 24-for-25 in the win over Detroit Mercy.

• On the other side the Irish ride has held opponents to clearing at just a 74.3 percent clip, ranking third in the country.

THE ATTACK IS BACK

• The Irish returned 74.0 percent of their goals from last season (125 of 169).

• Seven of ND’s top eight scorers from 2021 are on the 2022 roster, including six that finished in double figures.

• Five of six attacking starters from the 2020 squad are back in 2021, as Pat Kavanagh, Griffin Westlin, Wheaton Jackoboice, Quinn McCahon and Eric Dobson return to the field.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 325-171 in his 36 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 315-156 in his 34 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

IRISH WELCOME NO. 7/8 DUKE TO MELISSA COOK STADIUM FOR ACC SERIES

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – After a pair of midweek games could not be played due to inclement weather, the University of Notre Dame softball team is set to host the seventh-ranked Duke Blue Devils in a three-game series at Melissa Cook Stadium. The Irish have won their last six games, and are coming off of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series sweep of Pittsburgh.

Neither team competed during the week leading up to this weekend’s series. The Irish had two games scheduled, but inclement weather in the area led to the postponement of the game with UIC and the cancelation of the matchup with DePaul. Last time out, the Irish closed out an ACC sweep of the Pittsburgh Panthers in Pittsburgh. In the last two ACC series, the Irish have scheduled a doubleheader for Friday with a single game later during the weekend. In both doubleheaders, the team that won the first game, swept the twinbill with the Irish coming up on the short-end at Virginia.

Karina Gaskins leads the Irish offense as she was named NFCA National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week. She hit for a .750 average in five games, driving in at least one run and tallying at least in a hit in all five games. She recorded four multi-hit and four multi-RBI games in the perfect week.

Prior to the season, Duke was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll, one spot ahead of the Irish and had a pair of Preseason All-ACC selections in Deja Davis and Jameson Kavel. Duke has come out strong, earning a 23-4 overall record and are 8-1 in ACC play this season. The Blue Devils have swept ACC series against Georgia Tech and NC State, and took two of three from the Clemson Tigers at home last weekend.

Offensively, the Blue Devils are the only team in the ACC who have a better team average than the Irish, hitting at .338. Eight Blue Devil regulars hit over the .320-mark, led by Kavel’s .407. The graduate outfielder leads the team with 19 extra-base hits, to go with eight home runs and 26 RBI. Kelly Torres is hitting double the Mendoza line at .404. She’s tallied four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 25 games this season. Another Blue Devil who has come on strong is Kristina Foreman. The senior is tied with Kavel for the team-lead with eight home runs, while driving in 19. Ana Gold, a freshman infielder is hitting at a .354 average and leads the team with eight stolen bases.

In the circle, Peyton St. George has been among the nation’s best in 2022. In 18 appearances, she’s earned a 13-1 record with a 1.52 ERA. St. George has started 12 games, gone the distance eight times and picked up two saves. She’s thrown a team-best 78.1 innings, striking out 110 hitters and limits opponents to a .163 average against. Jala Wright has thrown in 12 games with eight starts, logging 42.0 innings. Wright has earned a 1.50 ERA, striking out 48 hitters and has allowed just five extra-base hits. As a staff, Duke has a 1.80 ERA as three other pitchers have combined for 46.1 innings all with a sub-three ERA. The trio of Shelby Walters, Claire Davidson and Lillie Walker have struck out 43 and held opponents to a .240 average against.

Dates with Duke

Notre Dame and Duke have met every season since the Blue Devils’ first softball season in 2018. In the 11 overall meetings, the Irish trail the series 5-6. In games at Melissa Cook Stadium, the Irish are 1-2, dropping the 2018 series. After falling in the first two games, the Irish took the series finale 9-5. 2019 saw a split of a two-game set at neutral sites, including an Irish win in the 2019 ACC Tournament. Notre Dame took the 2020 series in Durham, and dropped two of three games in Bull City a year ago.

Melissa Home Cooked

In the last four seasons, Notre Dame has gone a combined 29-2 at Melissa Cook Stadium, including a perfect 15-0 at home last season. In the Gumpf-era, the Irish are 288-63 when defending home turf and have won the last 21 home games.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

The catching combination of Shelby Grimm and Carlli Kloss have limited the opponents running game better than any tandem in the ACC. Kloss has thrown out four of eight attempted base stealers, and Grimm has tossed out six of 14 attempts. Combined, the Irish have thrown out 10 of 22 attempted base stealers and the .545 stolen base allowed percentage is the lowest in the conference. Grimm also picked off a runner this season.

National and ACC Player of the Week

Karina Gaskins had one of the most productive weeks in all of NCAA softball last week, leading the Irish to a 5-0 record and a three-game ACC sweep at Pitt. She finished the week 12-for-16 with a double, two home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all five games, four of which were multi-hit and multi-RBI games.

Against Pitt, all of her hits drove in at least one run in the sweep. She had clutch at bats in the first and third games of the series. In game one, she hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to extend the Irish lead to 7-4. Pitt rallied to score a run and put the tying run on second before Irish pitching got the strikeout to win the game 7-5. In the finale, She hit a solo home run to right center to extend the Irish lead to 5-2 before Notre Dame added three more runs in the seventh.

Gaskins has come on strong over the last 10 games, hitting at a .667 average with five home runs, 17 RBI and scored 11 runs.

Record Setting Night

In the home opener against Detroit Mercy, the Fighting Irish scored 18 runs, tying a school record for runs scored and the largest margin of victory. The original record was set March 11, 1994 in an 18-0 victory over Robert Morris. Eight of nine starters had a hit and five players who didn’t start the contest registered one of the 18 hits. 15 different players scored a run in the victory.

Getting Out of the Blocks

Notre Dame has scored 34 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 94 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 11-2 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 18-2 on the season.

Any Means Necessary

Offensive stand out Abby Sweet picked up right where she left off after a record-setting on-base percentage in 2021 (.537). She leads the Irish with a .519 on-base percentage this season. She owns a .414 batting average, drawn eight walks and has been hit by 11 pitches. The 11 hit by pitches in 28 games ranks 10th nationally in HBP per game. Her .724 slugging percentage is second-highest among the Notre Dame regulars.

Starting Hot

The Irish were 16-4 through the first 20 games this season. Its the best start for Notre Dame Softball since the 2016 season where the team was 17-3 through the first 20 games. The Irish went on to earn a 43-13 record and a third-place finish in the ACC during the regular season. The first ACC series of the 2016 season was in Charlottesville as the Iris took the three games by a combined score of 32-7.

Lineup Shuffle

In the final game of the Liberty Invite, the Irish flipped the first and third hitters of the first 18 games of the season. Abby Sweet moved to the 3-spot in the order, and Leea Hanks moved to the lead-off role. Since the switch, Sweet is hitting for a .419 average with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI and seven stolen bases. Hanks owns a .343 average, with 12 hits, three doubles, three triples, a homer, and scored 10 times. Sweet has crossed the plate 13 times. The player who has improved the most since shuffling Sweet and Hanks is the clean-up hitter, Karina Gaskins. Gaskins is hitting a scorching .667 in the 10 games with Hanks leading off, hitting three doubles, five home runs and driving in 17.

Working in TRANsistion

Emily Tran has appeared in 19 games this season, all of which have come as a pinch runner. In that role, she’s scored eight times, and is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. She’s the primary speedster off the bench for the Irish.

An Extra Run

After averaging five runs per game in 2021, the Irish offense has upped that number to 6.12 per game this season. Abby Sweet has scored 31 runs this season, ranking 23rd nationally in runs scored per game.

Top 25 wins

After falling in the first three games of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, the Irish went on to take down a pair of Top 25 teams in LSU and Texas.

Against LSU, the Irish rallied late, using a fifth inning home run from Payton Tidd to tie it, and Miranda Johnson drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh. Tidd shut the door as the Irish earned the 8-6 win.

Notre Dame followed that with a 9-2 win over then No. 9-Texas. A 7-run fifth inning paved the way for the first win over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent since beating No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee in 2019.

Sister Sister

Notre Dame softball has a pair of sisters on its roster this season. Shelby and Cassidy Grimm are playing their second collegiate season together in 2022. Alexis and Anna Holloway are playing their first year of softball together this season. The extra year of eligibility for Alexis allowed for her to stay at Notre Dame long enough to play with her younger sister.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

Indiana State continues home stretch with Memphis series

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back in action this weekend as the Sycamores welcome the University of Memphis Tigers to Bob Warn Field for a three-game weekend series. ISU and the Tigers will open the series on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., while Saturday’s contest starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is set for 1 p.m.

Friday’s game between the Sycamores and the Tigers will be carried live via ESPN+, while Saturday and Sunday will be featured on ESPN3. Additionally, Luke Martin will be on the call for the game on 105.5 The Legend for all three contests. Live stats will also be provided on GoSycamores.com.

Kansas Recap

Indiana State took the first and last games in the weekend series against Kansas as the Sycamores battled both the Jayhawks and the elements this past weekend at Bob Warn Field. ISU picked up its first weekend series win of the 2022 season with the pair of victories over the Jayhawks behind dominant pitching from Matt Jachec, as well as a pair of Josue Urdaneta home runs.

After Friday was washed due to inclement weather in the Terre Haute area, the Sycamores and Jayhawks moved to a single game on Saturday, Sunday doubleheader series. ISU turned the ball to Matt Jachec on Saturday afternoon and the redshirt sophomore ace delivered one of his best lines in the 2022 season in the series opening win.

Jachec pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in his career and posted a career-high nine strikeouts in limiting the Kansas offense in the series opener. The Hampshire, Ill. native picked up eight of his nine strikeouts over his final four innings on the mound before turning the ball over to the bullpen in the 6-2 win. Josue Urdaneta, Diego Gines, and Grant Magill all homered in support of Jachec’s outing on the mound.

Kansas outlasted Indiana State in the first game on Sunday afternoon as the Jayhawks utilized a late Reyce Curnane home run in the 7-5 win. Josue Urdaneta and Seth Gergely both posted multi-hit games in second game of the weekend series as ISU battled back from an early 4-0 deficit to tie the game up at 4-4 before Curnane’s late home run.

The Sycamores utilized a comeback of their own in the final game of the weekend as Indiana State held off a late Kansas rally in 11-10 win. Indiana State took a 10-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a Jordan Schaffer RBI double while Tyler Nelson connected on a run-scoring sacrifice fly to give the Sycamores the advantage. Josue Urdaneta capped off the ISU win with a late insurance home run in the bottom of the eighth to secure the series victory.

Scouting Memphis

Memphis enters the weekend with a 12-6 overall record in the 2022 season following their midweek contest at Ole Miss. The Tigers were also affected by the weather with UM seeing their Tuesday home game against the Rebels called due to rain, but Memphis was able to get the Wednesday game in on the road in Oxford, Miss., in falling to No. 1 Ole Miss, 11-8.

The Tigers are 8-5 at home and 4-1 on the road this season with series wins over Valparaiso, Brown, Samford, and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Tigers dropped a weekend series at home against Nicholls for their lone series loss of the season as Memphis dropped two of three at home against the Colonels.

Memphis was selected eighth in the American Athletic preseason poll as announced by the conference office back in December. The Tigers received seven overall points in the poll and returns four starters to the 2022 lineup, while Connor Shamblin and Dalton Fowler both transferred in to bolster the Memphis rotation on the mound.

The Tigers entered the week with seven players hitting above .300 on the season paced by Jacob Compton (.348) and Logan Kohler’s (.348) efforts on the year. Kohler is the team leader with five home runs, while Compton and Zach Wilson have seven doubles apiece on the year. Compton has been the team lead with 20 RBI.

Shamblin has been the team’s ace on the mound this spring with a 2.84 ERA and a 31:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 25.1 innings pitched. Landon Gartman has added 27 strikeouts over 23.1 innings in his three starts, while Fowler has also started all five games he’s lined up this season. Dalton Kendrick is the bullpen leader with three saves over his eight appearances, while adding a 1.59 ERA on the year.

Tigers Top Player

Memphis’ Friday night starter is the one to watch as Connor Shamblin is expected to take the ball against Indiana State in the opener. The 6-2 right-hander has gone at least five innings in four of his five outings on the year, including adding a 12-strikeout game on February 25 against Brown. Shamblin transferred in during the offseason from Alabama and has posted a trio of scoreless appearances over his first four outings. Opponents are only hitting .170 against the junior on the season.

Opponent History

Memphis is 6-4 all-time against Indiana State dating back to the series opener between the Tigers and the Sycamores back in 1976 when the Tigers were known as Memphis State University. Eight of the 10 games have been played in Memphis, Tenn., while the Sycamores and Tigers lined up two more times at neutral sites in both 2004 and 2005. This weekend marks the first time the two teams have played at Bob Warn Field.

Last Time against Memphis

Memphis took two of three in the last matchup between the Sycamores and Tigers back in the 2009 season as the Sycamores fell in the first two games, while picking up the win in the series finale. In ISU’s win, Jake Petricka picked up his second win of the season in a strong outing, while Tyler Graham and Brian Jett had four RBI apiece in the Sycamores’ 12-6 win.

Missouri Valley Player of the Week

Josue Urdaneta became the first Indiana State player to earn conference recognition in the 2022 season as the redshirt sophomore connected on four home runs and added a walk-off single in leading ISU to a 4-1 week. The Maracaibo, Venezuela native finished the week with a .429 batting average with multiple hits in four of the five games over the week, while adding a pair of two-run home runs in ISU’s 10-1 win over Southeast Missouri State. Urdaneta’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth secured ISU’s 5-4 win on Wednesday against SEMO. He added two more home runs in the weekend series against Kansas, including the eventual game-winner in the Sunday finale.

ISU Player of the Week

March 21 – Josue Urdaneta

Leading the Valley

Indiana State’s offense continues to fire on all cylinders through the first 18 games of the season as the Sycamores entered the week as the Missouri Valley Conference’s top offense in regards to batting average. ISU (.313) is one of three MVC teams hitting at an above .300 clip on the year, while Indiana State’s 205 hits put them just behind Southern Illinois’ 214 hits accumulated over 20 games. The Sycamores are 21st overall in the NCAA in batting average while leading the MVC in on-base percentage (0.405). Indiana State has posted double-digit hits in 11 games in the 2022 season, including a season-best 22 hits on February 26 against Minnesota. The Sycamores also have five games with at least nine hits, while posting extra base hits in all 18 games on the year.

Dodging Baseballs

The Sycamores have been one of the worst teams in the NCAA to dodge a baseball in the 2022 season, but it has worked out to Indiana State’s credit this year in providing 34 extra runners to the base paths. The Sycamores rank 23rd in the NCAA in hit-by-pitches, while Jordan Schaffer (11) enters the week sitting sixth nationally in the category. The Sycamores have had multiple batters get hit by a pitch in 11 of the 18 games on the season, including a season-best five on February 25 against Merrimack. Schaffer was plunked a career-high three times against Ohio State on February 19, to tie for the Indiana State single-game record. Seven additional players have also been hit by multiple pitches with Sean Ross (3), Mike Sears (3), Tyler Nelson (3), Parker Stinson (3), Josue Urdaneta (2), and Randall Diaz (2) all getting plunked multiple times on the year.

We Don’t Give Up Free Bases

The Indiana State pitching staff has been one of the nation’s best at not hurting themselves this year sitting second in the Missouri Valley in both strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.46) and second in walks allowed per nine innings (3.69) through the first 18 games of the season. Right-hander Matt Jachec is individually ranked in both categories to pace the Sycamores on the season and he currently leads ISU with a 9.33 K:BB ratio (34th in NCAA) and a 0.79 walks allowed per nine innings (15th in NCAA) stretch. Overall, the Sycamores pitching staff has allowed three or fewer walks in 10 different games, while posting double-digit strikeouts on five separate occasions.

Thievin’

Indiana State continues to sit nearly perfect on the base paths in the 2022 season as the Sycamores have posted 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts on the year. Tyler Nelson and Josue Urdaneta both are a perfect 3-for-3 on the year to lead ISU on the base paths, while Jordan Schaffer has also added a pair of swipes on the year. Sean Ross, Diego Gines, Jackson Taylor, and Daunte Majors have also added steals in 2022 as the Sycamores sit sixth in the conference in total steals on the season.

Double-Digit Hitting Streak

Eighteen games into the season and Josue Urdaneta has showed few signs of slowing down as the redshirt sophomore switch-hitter continues to sit among the Missouri Valley’s leading hitters in the 2022 season. Urdaneta (.430) sits as one of just two players in the MVC this season to hit at an above .400 clip on the year and sits just behind Southern Illinois’ J.T. Weber (.435) in the conference standings on the year. The Maracaibo, Venezuela native is third in the MVC with 34 hits, while his .489 on-base percentage puts him third in the conference on the season. Urdaneta’s recent stretch of success has featured his first four home runs of the 2022 season, while 12 of his 15 RBI have come in the last 10 days. He leads the team with 11 multi-hit games in the 2022 season.

Gines Powering Up

Redshirt sophomore Diego Gines has taken over the power bat role in the middle of the Indiana State lineup over the last week as the Canovanas, Puerto Rico native has heated up in conjunction with Josue Urdaneta. Gines has hit safely in eight of the last nine games, while adding Indiana State’s first grand slam of the 2022 season in ISU’s 10-1 win over SEMO. He followed up with a solo home run on March 19 in the Sycamores’ 6-2 series-opening win over Kansas, while adding his team-leading fifth double of the year in the series finale against the Jayhawks. Gines has two of Indiana State’s four-hit games on the year, while sitting third on the team with a .324 batting average. He’s one of three Sycamores to start all 18 games in the 2022 season joining Urdaneta and Jordan Schaffer.

Streaks End – Let’s Start New Ones

Indiana State saw two of its longer streaks in the 2022 season come to an end this past week as both Jordan Schaffer (on-base) and Sean Ross (hitting) both saw extended streaks come to an end against Kansas. Schaffer saw his 27-game on-base streak come to an end in the opening game of the series against Kansas, but he bounced back with a 2-for-5 game in the finale against the Jayhawks as the preseason MVC All-Conference selection is hitting .320 from the plate on the year. Ross saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end in the second game of the series against Kansas, but the redshirt senior rebounded with a hit and run scored in the finale against the Jayhawks in the 11-10 win. Ross is second on the Sycamores with a .386 batting average on the year, while leading ISU with 16 RBI and five doubles.

Facing the “M”

In a rare occurrence across college baseball this season, Indiana State is scheduled to face off against their sixth university that starts with the letter ‘M’ this weekend as the Sycamores welcome Memphis to Bob Warn Field. ISU took on Marshall in the opening weekend at the Snowbird Baseball Classic, and added games against both Merrimack and Minnesota the following weekend, and followed up with contests against both Maryland and Michigan at the LeClair Classic. Not counting a midweek series against Southeast Missouri State, ISU will continue their ‘M’ opponents against Memphis (March 25-27) and Missouri State (April 29-May 1) this year. So far, Indiana State is 5-1 on the season against opponents starting with the letter ‘M’ with the lone loss coming against Maryland, 12-6, back on March 5.

Hitting the Triple

Another weekend, another Indiana State triple as the Sycamores picked up their fourth three-bagger of the 2022 season in the opener against Kansas. Four different Indiana State players have posted triples on the year with Josue Urdaneta, Sean Ross, Seth Gergely, and Luis Hernandez all ending up on third base this season. Gergely became the fourth Sycamore to hit a triple on the year as the redshirt junior centerfielder drilled a two-out triple to right centerfield to add to ISU’s totals on the year. The Sycamores are currently third in the conference this season with four triples on the year trailing just Valparaiso (7) and Missouri State (5) in the conference standings.

Leaving the Park as a Group

It just took returning home to Bob Warn Field for the Indiana State bats to find their power stroke as the Sycamores combined to hit eight of their 17 home runs in 2022 over the past week against SEMO and Kansas. Josue Urdaneta led the charge this past week with four of the team’s home runs, including a pair of two-run homers in the home opener against SEMO, while adding shots in both the first and last games in the Kansas series. Diego Gines added Indiana State’s first grand slam of 2022 this past Tuesday and added a solo shot on Saturday against Kansas, while Grant Magill and Parker Stinson also left the ballpark. Overall, 10 different Indiana State players have homered in the 2022 season with five posting multiple home runs on the year. The Sycamores went on a seven-game home run streak earlier this season and added three more consecutive games with a home run earlier late last week against SEMO and Kansas.

Doubling It Up

Indiana State’s offense has featured a balanced approach throughout the 2022 season with the Sycamores posting 32 doubles on the year. The Sycamores have had at least one player record a double in 16 of the 18 games played on the season, including a season-high four doubles on February 20 against Ohio State. Indiana State has also featured 11 games with multiple doubles on the year and enters the weekend with doubles in each of their last six games. Sean Ross and Diego Gines led ISU with five doubles apiece on the season, while Jordan Schaffer has added four doubles to sit among the team leaders. Randall Diaz (3) and Aaron Beck (3) also are among the team leaders in the category on the season.

Jachec Leading the Way

Indiana State’s rotation has found another ace as redshirt sophomore Matt Jachec currently sits among the Missouri Valley leaders through his first five starts of the 2022 season. The Hampshire, Ill. native is currently in the top-10 in multiple individual categories on the season including innings pitched (34.0), ERA (2.38), opponent batting average (.229), strikeouts looking (9), wins (4), and walks allowed (3). He went the first 16.2 innings before surrendering his first walk in the 2022 season, while going at least five innings in each of his four starts. Jachec has picked up wins over BYU, Minnesota, Wright State, and Kansas on the year, while taking his lone loss against East Carolina. He remains one of the NCAA leaders in both strikeouts-to-walk ratio and walks allowed per nine innings.

Mr. 300

Graduate transfer Jack Parisi knocked another career milestone off his list this past weekend as the Fort Wayne, Ind. native took the mound in a relief role on Sunday against Kansas. Parisi entered the weekend with 298 career strikeouts and the right-hander wasted little time in picking up two more strikeouts over his first two innings of work with Kansas’ Jack Hammond becoming No. 300 in the record books in the top of the fifth. Parisi added two more strikeouts over his three innings of work to run his season total to 33 strikeouts over 22.1 innings in five appearances. Parisi currently sits tied for second in the MVC with 33 strikeouts on the season and is fourth in strikeouts looking (8). He is currently one of just two pitchers across all NCAA Divisions to post 300 career strikeouts trailing Shorter’s Jonathan Pintaro (D2) with 330 career strikeouts.

Taking the Mound

Six different Indiana State players have earned starts on the mound in the 2022 season paced by Matt Jachec’s five starts on the year. The redshirt sophomore right-hander has been one of the top aces in the Missouri Valley on the year in multiple categories, while Jake Ridgway (4) and Jack Parisi (4) have also been among the top starters on the squad this year. Luke Patzner and Jared Spencer also posted multiple starts this season as the Sycamores continue to work on the mound combination heading into the start of conference play. Jose Cabrera made his first start of the 2022 season in the second game against SEMO and could see more time on the mound over the next few weeks.

Saving the Game

Indiana State features two Sycamores with three saves in the 2022 season as redshirt junior Connor Fenlong and sophomore Joey Hurth help headline the ISU bullpen this year. Fenlong, a 2021 Missouri Valley All-Conference selection, has been one of the top right-handed arms in the league over his career and has seen action in nine games this year. Hurth has also been among the conference leaders in appearances this year possessing a strong slider and a 21:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio while earning a trio of saves on the year. Both right-handers headline a bullpen group that has posted a 5.64 ERA over 18 appearances.

Bullpen Aces

In addition to Fenlong and Hurth, the Sycamores have turned to several other strong arms out of the pen this season as Luke Patzner, Brennyn Cutts, and Lane Miller have also been weapons out of the bullpen for ISU. Patzner has been the headliner of the group over his last two appearances going 4.0 innings against SEMO on March 15 and 4.2 innings on March 20 against Kansas. He’s posted 13 strikeouts over his last 9.2 innings of work allowing just six hits and four walks during the stretch. Cutts is also coming off a pair of standout appearances on the rubber with a 3.0 inning, five strikeout game against SEMO on March 16, while Miller has posted a trio of scoreless outings over his five games.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

CHRISTIAN STEWART NAMED NAIA THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

Kansas City, Mo. – After crowning the 84th NAIA Men’s Basketball National Champion on Tuesday, the NAIA announced its selections of the 2021-22 NAIA Men’s Basketball All-America Teams. Marian men’s basketball’s Christian Stewart was named to the All-American Third Team, as the senior earned his first career NAIA All-American honor.

Christian Stewart returned to Marian as a fifth-year senior, and flourished in his final campaign earning All-Crossroads League First Team honors for the second consecutive season. Stewart led the Knights in scoring with 18.0 points per game and led the Knights in assists with 110 on the season, shooting 50 percent from the field, 45.1 percent from three, and 94.3 percent from the foul line. Stewart led the Crossroads League and the NAIA in free throw shooting on the year, setting a Marian single season record with his percentage. The senior guard poured in four 30-point games in his final run, including a career-best 32 point outing in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship game against Grace.

Stewart ended his career as one of Marian’s all-time greats, closing as the sixth ranked scorer in program history with 1790 career points, while averaging just under 12 points per game in his five-year career. One of the top shooters in program history, Stewart drained the fourth most three’s and leaves with the fourth-best three-point field goal percentage in program history at 42.7 percent. Stewart is also the all-time Marian basketball leader in free throw percentage, making 91.5 percent from the charity stripe as he logged the most games in school history.

Marian ended their year with a 26-6 overall record, reaching the NAIA Tournament Round of 32 for the fifth consecutive season. Stewart’s All-American Honor gives the Knights at least one honoree in each of the past five seasons.

WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL

Jack Davidson Earns Jostens Trophy Award for Most Outstanding NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Player

Wabash College senior guard Jack Davidson earned the Jostens Trophy Award as the NCAA Division III Most Outstanding Men’s Basketball Player for the 2021-2022 season.

The Jostens Trophy, created by the Rotary Club of Salem and sponsored by Jostens, Inc., recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year. The award focuses on three major criteria: basketball ability, academic prowess, and service to one’s surrounding communities. The Jostens Trophy models the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of a well-rounded Division III student-athlete.

“This is truly an incredible honor and I’m beyond grateful to have been chosen for this prestigious award,” Davidson said. “To see all the hours I’ve put into this game be rewarded means the world to me. Most of all, none of this would be possible without my coaches, teammates, family, friends, and the entire Wabash community.”

Davidson led the Little Giants to the semifinals of the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since Wabash won the national title in 1982. Wabash won its first North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season title since joining the league in 1999. The Little Giants also won the conference tournament to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Davidson and his Wabash teammates defeated four ranked teams on the road before eventually losing in the semifinals to national runner-up Elmhurst University.

Davidson earned NCAC Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career and was named the D3hoops.com Region 7 Player of the Year and D3hoops.com First Team All-America. He was also named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American and a Third Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Davidson was the nation’s third most prolific scorer this year by averaging 25.5 points a game, and he led all of Division III with 817 points. He also led the nation in free throws made with 210 and in three-point field goals made with 123.

“Jack’s statistics put him in the most elite basketball company in the history of Wabash College, but also among the best players in Division III,” Wabash Head Basketball Coach Kyle Brumett said. “His transcendence as a player can be seen in the growth of the Wabash program from 11 years prior to his arrival, to 28 wins and an NCAA DIII Tournament semifinal appearance. Equally impressive is Jack’s focus on his academics and the compassion he shows in many areas of his life.”

An economics major with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average, Davidson is a three-time Academic All-American. He is an active member of Wabash’s Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship. He has led teams of students working with local businesses and non-profit programs to analyze market conditions, business performance, and economic factors, using that research to develop new business models and marketing strategies.

Davidson and his Wabash teammates are part of the Little Giant basketball team’s partnership with Hose Elementary School for a program called “Books, Basketball, and Beyond.” The players regularly meet with kindergarten and first-grade students to help develop and strengthen reading skills while also serving as positive male role models.

“Over the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure to watch and cheer for Jack Davidson as a student, community volunteer, and All-American basketball player,” Wabash President Scott E. Feller added. “The impact Jack and his teammates are having with members of the Hose Elementary School reading program is immeasurable. They are inspiring a generation of young boys, many of whom don’t have father figures in their homes. Jack is the ideal Wabash student-athlete.”

Davidson completed his Wabash career as the all-time leader in career scoring for the Little Giants. He tallied 2,464 points in 110 career starts for a school-record 22.4 points-per-game average. He owns the Wabash record for free throws made with 718 in his career and ranks second in all-time assists for the Little Giants with 377. He finished the 2021-22 season shooting 53 percent from the field, 48.2 percent from three-point range, and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. His career shooting numbers are equally impressive. Davidson ends his time at Wabash shooting 48.4 percent overall with a 45.4 percent shooting mark from three-point range. He shot 87.3 percent from the free throw line and broke the NCAA record for consecutive made free throws for all divisions by hitting 95 in a row during a span of 14 games in 2019.

In addition to the Trophy, the Wooldridge Scholarship, a $1,000 donation, will be presented in the names of the winners to their institutions. The scholarship is named after Dan Wooldridge, a Salem Rotarian and the retired commissioner that founded the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), for his long-time dedication to Division III athletics.

Hope College’s Kenedy Schoonveld was named the women’s recipient of the Jostens Trophy.

ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

Baseball Invitational Features 6 Games Starting Friday

FRIDAY MARCH 25

6 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Carthage (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)

SATURDAY MARCH 26

11 am – Carthage vs. Illinois Tech (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)

2 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Carthage (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)

5 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Illinois Tech (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)

SUNDAY MARCH 27

12 pm – Illinois Tech vs. Carthage (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)

3 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Illinois Tech (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman stands 5-4 after sweeping Capital in a doubleheader Sunday and falling to DePauw 10-5 on Monday.

* Kade Kline finished 6-7 at the plate, and Ian Kline struck out 11 hitters in 6 innings in the nightcap to highlight the Capital performance.

* Kade Kline is batting .600 so far this season (9-15) with 7 runs scored to lead the team.

* Adam Taylor has a .351 batting average with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 pitching save so far this season.

* Drew Roberts (.400) and Harrison Finch (.368) have had at least 10 bats with also a .350 or above average.

* Josh Mesenbrink hit 2 home runs against DePauw on Monday and leads the team with 4 home runs.

* Shane Garner added his 3rd home run of the season against DePauw on Monday.

* Ian Kline leads the pitching staff with a 2-0 record and 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings of work, along with a 2.13 ERA.

* Brett Borcherding has a 1-0 mark and 12 strikeouts in 11 innings of work for the pitching staff.

* Jonathan Oliger and Korey Marlow join Ian Kline and Borcherding with pitching wins this season. 

* Adam Taylor and Schuyler Wilcox have recorded saves for the Engineer bullpen.

SERIES HISTORY VS. CARTHAGE SINCE 1990:

* Overall Series: Rose-Hulman leads 3-2

* Current Streak: Carthage won 1

* Last Meeting: CAR 2, RHIT 1 on 3/12/2017

SERIES HISTORY VS. ILLINOIS TECH SINCE 1990:

* Overall Series: Illinois Tech leads 2-1

* Current Streak: Illinois Tech won 1

* Last Meeting: IIT 7, RHIT 6 on 3/10/2019

HUNTINGTON MEN’S BASKETBALL

GOODLINE TOPS IN THE NATION

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington University junior Zach Goodline is one of the nation’s top players as recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) earlier today. Goodline was voted an Honorable Mention selection this season as one of six Crossroads League players to earn All-American honors.

The last Forester to be recognized as an NAIA All-American was Mike Bush in 2018. Since 1995, 17 HU players have accumulated 30 All-American badges including three-time honoree Alex Kock who was named the 2007 NAIA National Player of the Year.

Goodline finished the year ranked fourth among his league peers in scoring with his team-leading 18.3 points per game and third in assists by averaging 4.5 per game. The 6-1 floor general also corralled 3.6 rebounds and swiped 1.3 steals per night.

Against Grace on February 19, Goodline became the 51st Forester to join HU’s 1,000 point club. During his two years in green and white, the Coloma (Mich.) native has racked up 1,091 career points in 61 games to average 17.9 ppg.

Goodline helped guide Huntington to its first NAIA National Tournament appearance since 2014 where they upset #12 Georgetown in the opening round. It was the program’s first win on the big stage since the 2005-06 season when the Foresters made it to the championship game of the tourney.

Goodline and crew wrapped up the season with an overall record of 23-11 which included four wins against Top 25 teams.

ST, FRANCIS MEN’S BASKETBALL

Antwaan Cushingberry Earns NAIA All-American Honors with David Ejah an Honorable Mention

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis athletic department is excited to announce that junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry from No. 16 Cougars basketball has earned NAIA All-American Honors for the third consecutive year, and sophomore forward David Ejah earned Honorable Mention.

During the 2021-22 season, the Cougars compiled a 24-9 record while going 13-6 in conference play. Cushingberry led the team throughout the season in scoring with 724 points, and also totaled 178 rebounds, 59 steals, and 151 assists as he also earned a spot on the First-Team All-Crossroads League.

“Cush has worked extremely hard over his career at USF, and being named in a Second-Team NAIA All-American is a testament to the hard work he puts in,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said. “I’m extremely proud of him and happy for him to receive this honor as I feel like he is one of the best guards in the country.”

On the other hand, David Ejah was nearly as impressive during his breakout season. He led the team in rebounds with 305 during the season, got 26 steals, led the team with 21 blocks, and totaled 658 points.

“David prepared himself like an All-American this past year, and for him to be recognized as an honorable mention All-American is a great honor,” Coach LaCross said. “I know this will fuel David this off-season to climb up that ladder and have even a better year at USF next season.”

After crowning the 84th NAIA Men’s Basketball National Champion on Tuesday, the NAIA announced its selections of the 2021-22 NAIA Men’s Basketball All-America Teams.

IU KOKOMO MEN’S BASKETBALL

Desean Hampton Named Second Team All-American, Spivey Listed as Honorable Mention

KOKOMO, Ind. – Senior Desean Hampton has been named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America Second Team while Trequan Spivey was named an Honorable Mention. Hampton and Spivey were named to their respective teams in a release from the NAIA this morning.

The three All-America teams are each comprised of 12 student athletes.

Hampton, the River States Conference Player of the Year, averaged a double-double of 12 points per game and 11 rebounds per game in his final campaign, helping lead the Cougars to the Sweet 16.

Desean was not only a 1,000-point scorer, but he also became the first in program history to tally 1,000 rebounds in a career, as he scored 409 points and grabbed 354 rebounds on the year.

Fellow senior Trequan Spivey was named to the honorable mention team after a stellar senior season. Spivey scored 600 points in his final season of eligibility, becoming the first 2,000-point scorer in program history. Trequan also led the team averaging 17 points per game and a team-high 120 assists on the season.

IU NORTHWEST MEN’S BASKETBALL

JOHNSON AWARDED NAIA MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICAN HONORS FOR 2021-22 SEASON

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jared Johnson has been named a National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics All-American in Men’s Basketball for his efforts on the court this season. Johnson was named to the Honorable Mention team after a stellar junior season.

Johnson led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. The junior averaged 16.3 points, 9.1 rebounds per game while recording 131 assists in 30 games played this season.

The junior helped lead the RedHawks to a 23-8 record and their first-ever NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round in program history in 2021-22.

During his two years at IU Northwest, Johnson recorded 847 total points, 418 rebounds, 192 assists, 72 steals and 33 blocked shots.

IU SOUTH BEND MEN’S BASKETBALL

Allen named NAIA All-American

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Capping a career that saw over 1,600 career points, two conference tournament titles, and postseason appearances in three straight seasons, IU South Bend senior Dylan Allen can now add All-American to his list of accomplishments. Allen was named to the NAIA All-American Third Team, announced on Thursday, becoming the second NAIA All-American in IU South Bend program history.

Allen finished his Titan career earlier this month, finishing with 1,643 points, second-most in program history. The guard led IUSB to back-to-back CCAC Tournament titles in 2020 and 2021, and three consecutive NAIA Tournament appearances from 2020-22, the first-ever NAIA Tournament berths for the Titans.

Allen averaged 14.4 points per game for IU South Bend, along with 4.0 rebounds and a team-leading 2.9 assists each night. The senior was a key player on the defensive end of the floor as well, finishing 22nd nationally in the NAIA with 63 steals on the year.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

Kunkle has win No. 600 in reach as Eagles travel visit Truman, Quincy

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball Head Coach Sue Kunkle is just three wins shy of career victory No. 600 as the Screaming Eagles get set to visit Truman State University for a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader Saturday at noon in Kirksville, Missouri.

USI (18-8, 4-0 GLVC) also visits Quincy University for a conference twinbill Sunday at noon in Quincy, Illinois. All four of USI’s games will be aired on the GLVC Sports Network, while live stat and video links can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com.

Kunkle, whose staffs have twice been named the NFCA Division II Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year in addition to the 2018 NFCA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year, enters the weekend with a 597-415-1 overall record during her 21-year career at USI. She was the GLVC Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2017.

The Eagles enter the weekend after opening league play with four straight wins to raise their season-high tying win streak to six games.

USI began last weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Lewis University, winning game one, 1-0, before besting the Flyers, 2-1, in nine innings. The Eagles returned to the field the following day to score 14 unanswered runs in a doubleheader sweep of the University of Illinois Springfield. They rallied from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Prairie Stars, 6-5, in the opener before run-ruling the Stars, 8-0, in game two.

Senior designated player/pitcher Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) hit .615 with a double, home run and four RBI to lead the Eagles at the plate, while sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) hit .462 with a double, triple and two RBI. Sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) aided the Eagles with a .444 batting average, three doubles and four RBI.

In the circle, four different pitchers picked up wins for the Eagles, with freshman pitchers Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) both picking up complete-game wins. Newman and junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) each had complete-game shutouts, while Back picked up a win in USI’s comeback against Illinois Springfield.

On the year, Back and Fair are respectively hitting .464 and .423 to lead a potent USI lineup that ranks second in the GLVC in batting average (.338), slugging percentage (.499), on-base percentage (.413) and extra base-hits (70).

Freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) is hitting .341 with a team-high tying three home runs to go along with a team-best 22 RBI, while Fair has three home runs and 22 RBI.

In the circle, senior pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) continues to pace the Eagles with a 1.42 ERA and .207 opponent batting average, while Gotshall is 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA. Goodin and Back are 3-0 and 4-1, respectively, while Newman is 4-3 with a team-high 48 strikeouts.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1910       Hugh Chalmers, the president of the Chalmers Motor Car Company of Detroit, announces his Model 30, one of the most luxurious autos of its day, will be awarded to the player with the highest batting average this season. Nap Lajoie goes 8-for-9, beating out seven bunts, when Browns’ Red Corriden purposely plays deep at third base, raising the Indian infielder’s final average to .384 to surpass Ty Cobb for the controversial batting title.

1914       Babe Ruth makes the first start of his professional career when he defeats the world champion Philadelphia Athletics, 6-2, in an exhibition game played in Wilmington (NC). The 19-year-old International League left-hander tosses a complete game, allowing 13 hits and four walks.

1934       For the third time in six days, track and field Olympian medalist (javelin, hurdles, high jump) Babe Didrikson takes the mound to face a major leaguer team. The Orleans Pelicans’ hurler pitches two scoreless innings against the Indians, lining out in her only at-bat.

1935       The Cubs sell 32 year-old right-hander Pat Malone to the Yankees. The former 20-game winner (1929, 1930) will go 12-4 in 1936 but will post only a 19-13 record in his three-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.

1945       Tryouts are granted to pitcher Terris McDuffie and first baseman Dave Thomas when a group of blacks appears at the Dodger offices in Brooklyn. The two players will work out at Ebbets Field in front of Branch Rickey on April 7.

1959       Infielder Bill White and third baseman Ray Jablonski are traded to the Cardinals by the Giants in exchange for pitching prospect Don Choate and right-hander Sam Jones. Although southpaw ‘Toothpick Sam’ will have three solid seasons in San Francisco, including a 20-win season, the Redbirds’ new first baseman will become a perennial All-Star and Gold Glover during his eight-year tenure in St. Louis.

1962       The Cubs, who haven’t had a manager since 1960, tap Elvin Tappe to be the team’s first head coach of the campaign after he posted a 42–54 record last year, the best by far of the four who led the club as members of Chicago’s college of coaches. When he gets off to a 4–16 start as the skipper, the 35 year-old veteran returns to the bench, playing 26 games as a backup catcher for the ninth-place team.

1963       The Reds sell journeyman pitcher Johnny Klippstein to the Phillies. After going 7-7 over two seasons with Philadelphia, the 37 year-old box salesman will help the Twins win the pennant in 1965, posting a 9-3 record.

1981       The Phillies trade Bob Walk to the Braves for outfielder Gary Matthews. The team’s new center fielder provides outstanding defense and has three solid seasons at the plate for Philadelphia, with Atlanta’s new right-hander compiling a 12-13 record with a 4.85 ERA during his three-year tenure with the club.

1985       The news is terrible for the Cubs when Circuit Court Judge Richard L. Curry rules that the existing laws banning night games are constitutional. The Chicago’s west-side club brought suit after giving up a home playoff game last season due to Wrigley’s lack of lights.

1989       The Pirates and Indians swap shortstops with Jay Bell going to the Steel City and Felix Fermin joining the Tribe. Pittsburgh’s new slick infielder will serve as the team’s starting shortstop for the next eight seasons, winning a Gold Glove in 1993.

1997       The Indians send Kenny Lofton (.317, 14, 67) and Alan Embree (3-1, 2.79) to the Braves for Marquis Grissom (.262, 10, 57) and David Justice (.337, 30, 88). The deal saves $5.8 million in salaries for Atlanta and helps the team sign hurlers Greg Maddux ($57.5 million, five-year) and Tom Glavine ($34 million, four-year).

2006       Acknowledging he may never play again, Jeff Bagwell announces he will start the season on the disabled list and seek consultation to determine if removing bone spurs from his shoulder would help prolong his career. The 37 year-old first baseman must stay on the injured list all season for the Astros to collect $15.6 million of the $17 million guaranteed contract from an insurance claim filed in January.

2008       In Japan’s Tokyo Dome, the Red Sox beat the A’s, 6-5, in the earliest major league opener ever played. Manny Ramirez’s tenth inning double gives Hideki Okajima the victory, who used to pitch in this stadium for the hometown Yomiuri Giants.

2008       Miguel Cabrera (.320, 34, 119), acquired by the Tigers in a trade at the winter meetings with the Marlins, agrees to a $152.3 million, eight-year deal to play with the team. The All-Star third baseman, who had previously agreed to an $11.3 million, one-year contract in January, will compile a .326 batting average and hit 270 home runs during the span of the deal.

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI4726.64426-1021-1611-230-146-42 L
MILWAUKEE4627.6301.026-1220-1510-328-188-22 W
PHILADELPHIA4527.6251.521-1624-116-927-176-42 W
BOSTON4628.6221.525-1221-169-630-169-15 W
CHICAGO4231.5755.026-1016-219-527-183-72 L
CLEVELAND4132.5626.023-1318-199-524-205-52 L
TORONTO4132.5626.018-1623-168-525-207-31 W
BROOKLYN3835.5219.016-1922-169-626-186-41 L
CHARLOTTE3736.50710.019-1818-186-722-237-31 L
10 ATLANTA3637.49311.023-1413-238-622-245-51 L
11 NEW YORK3142.42516.015-2116-214-1016-276-41 W
12 WASHINGTON3042.41716.518-1812-246-722-232-82 L
13 INDIANA2549.33822.516-219-282-1311-343-72 L
14 DETROIT2053.27427.012-248-295-916-294-61 W
15 ORLANDO2054.27027.510-2610-282-1110-354-61 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6014.81130-830-68-436-99-17 W
2 X-MEMPHIS5123.6899.026-1025-139-532-148-23 W
GOLDEN STATE4825.65811.529-919-1610-328-175-51 W
UTAH4528.61614.526-1119-1713-129-155-52 L
DALLAS4528.61614.525-1220-1613-232-157-32 W
DENVER4331.58117.021-1522-165-926-205-51 L
MINNESOTA4232.56818.024-1318-1911-428-207-32 L
LA CLIPPERS3638.48624.020-1516-237-721-263-74 L
NEW ORLEANS3142.42528.517-2014-226-820-234-61 W
10 LA LAKERS3142.42528.520-1811-243-1116-273-71 L
11 SAN ANTONIO2944.39730.514-2315-214-819-245-52 W
12 PORTLAND2745.37532.017-1910-261-1211-312-81 L
13 SACRAMENTO2648.35134.016-2310-255-817-293-71 W
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2152.28838.510-2711-254-814-311-91 W
15 HOUSTON1855.24741.511-257-303-129-373-71 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6343146924125818326-6-017-8-68-1-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6442157914120915424-5-418-10-35-3-2
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS65391610883621317218-9-521-7-56-2-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6340185853823219123-7-217-11-35-4-1
NEW YORK RANGERS6440195853619316720-6-320-13-26-4-0
BOSTON BRUINS6440195853819417119-10-221-9-38-1-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6339186843720918019-6-420-12-24-6-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS65352010803121618515-13-520-7-57-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6432293672821123918-13-314-16-04-4-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS6228259652717016817-12-411-13-57-2-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6426317592318624017-12-49-19-32-7-1
12 BUFFALO SABRES6423338542017122312-16-411-17-47-3-0
13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS64213211532116422213-15-68-17-55-4-1
14 OTTAWA SENATORS6423365512216720912-19-211-17-34-6-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6423365512119723315-14-38-22-24-6-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS6417371044151632429-19-48-18-64-3-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE6445145954224517825-4-320-10-25-4-1
CALGARY FLAMES6338178843621815319-6-619-11-26-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD6238204803323119821-7-117-13-36-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES6335199793322418020-8-415-11-53-4-3
LOS ANGELES KINGS6635229793219118617-13-418-9-55-3-2
EDMONTON OILERS6536245773322220620-12-016-12-56-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6537244783521219019-11-018-13-46-4-0
DALLAS STARS6336243753218818821-8-115-16-26-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6735284743121120219-13-316-15-13-7-0
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6631269712818819014-13-517-13-44-3-3
11 WINNIPEG JETS65302510702920320317-13-213-12-86-4-0
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS66272811652318821416-14-411-14-71-7-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6428288642616920315-14-413-14-44-4-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS6524329572017522411-16-513-16-44-5-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN6420386461816822811-18-39-20-34-5-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES632039444191642289-22-111-17-36-4-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE