INDIANA SRN SCHEDULE

Fri Sep 177pParke Heritage @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 177pTindley @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 177pFrontier @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 177pScecina @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 177:30pDelta @ Mt VernonFootball
Tue Sep 215pCovenant Christian @ Park TudorSoccer
Tue Sep 217:30pCovenant Christian @ Guerin CatholicVolleyball
Thur Sep 237pChatard @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Fri Sep 247pPendleton Heights @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Sep 247pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 247pTindley @ Purdue PolyFootball
Fri Sep 247pLapel @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 247pSouth Newton @ FrontierFootball
Sat Sep 2510aNorth Putnam @ GreencastleSoccer Doubleheader
Mon Sep 277pRitter @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Mon Sep 277pCenter Grove @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Wed Sep 296p & 8pCity Alliance Conference ChampionshipsGirls & Boys Soccer

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Brebeuf Jesuit at Culver Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Cascade at Lutheran 

Cathedral at Columbus North 

Center Grove at North Central 

Christel House Manual at Phalen Academy 

Cincinnati Country Day (Ohio) at Park Tudor 

Clinton Prairie at Sheridan 

Covenant Christian at Tindley 

Danville at Tri-West 

Decatur Central at Mooresville 

Delta at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 p.m.

Edinburgh at South Decatur 

Fishers at Brownsburg

Franklin at Martinsville 

Franklin Central at Avon 

Frontier at Traders Point Christian 

Greenwood at Plainfield 

Hamilton Heights at Western 

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock, canceled

Lapel at North Decatur 

Lawrence Central at Pike 

Lawrence North at Carmel 

Lebanon at Frankfort

Pendleton Heights at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.

Purdue Polytechnic at Crispus Attucks

Roncalli at Guerin Catholic 

Scecina at Heritage Christian 

Shelbyville at Greenfield-Central, canceled

Shortridge at Cardinal Ritter, canceled

South Putnam at Eastern Hancock

Southport at Bishop Chatard 

Speedway at Monrovia 

Tech at Muncie Central 

Triton Central at Indian Creek 

Warren Central at Ben Davis 

Washington at Beech Grove

Western Boone at North Montgomery 

Westfield at Hamilton Southeastern 

Whiteland at Perry Meridian 

Zionsville at Noblesville, 7:30 p.m.

Andrean at Highland, 8 p.m.

Attica at Fountain Central 

Bedford North Lawrence at Seymour 

Benton Central at Twin Lakes 

Blackford at Madison-Grant 

Bloomington South at Terre Haute South, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at Jay County

Boonville at Linton-Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

Bremen at Jimtown 

Brown County at West Vigo 

Calumet Christian at Bowman Academy, 8 p.m. (at Gary West)

Cambridge City Lincoln at Hagerstown

Carroll (Flora) at Eastern (Greentown)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne Dwenger 

Castle at Vincennes Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.

Central Noble at Fremont 

Churubusco at Prairie Heights

Clinton Central at Taylor 

Concord at Goshen 

Connersville at Rushville 

Covington at Seeger 

Crawfordsville at Southmont 

Crown Point at Portage, 8 p.m.

DeKalb at Columbia City

East Central at Batesville 

East Chicago Central at Calumet, 8 p.m.

Eastbrook at Frankton 

Eastern (Pekin) at Corydon Central 

Elkhart at Penn 

Elwood at Alexandria 

Evansville Bosse at Evansville North 8 p.m.

Evansville Harrison at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm

Evansville Reitz at Evansville Central 8:00 pm

Floyd Central at Jeffersonville 

Forest Park at Mount Vernon (Posey), 7:30 p.m.

Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Northrop 

Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne North

Fort Wayne Snider at Homestead 

Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Wayne 

Franklin County at Lawrenceburg 

Garrett at Eastside 

Gary West at Hammond Morton, 8 p.m.

Griffith at Hanover Central. 8 p.m.

Hammond Central at Pioneer, 7:30 p.m.

Harrison (West Lafayette) at Anderson 

Heritage at Adams Central 

Huntington North at Bellmont 

Jasper at Evansville Mater Dei, 7:30 p.m.

John Glenn at Knox, 7:30 p.m.

Kankakee Valley at Munster 8 p.m.

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo 

Lake Central at LaPorte, 8 p.m.

Lakeland at Angola

LaVille at Caston 

Leo at East Noble 

Lewis Cass at Northwestern 

Lowell at Hobart, 8 p.m.

Madison at Jennings County

Marion at Richmond 

McCutcheon at Logansport 

Merrillville at Michigan City, 8 p.m.

Milan at New Miami (Ohio)

Mississinewa at Oak Hill

Mitchell at Crawford County 

New Albany at Columbus East

New Castle at Yorktown, 7:30 p.m.

New Prairie at South Bend St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

North Central (Farmersburg) at North Knox

North Harrison at Brownstown Central 

North Miami at Whitko 

North Posey at Heritage Hills 8 p.m.

North Putnam at Cloverdale 

Northfield at Manchester

Northridge at Warsaw 

Norwell at New Haven 

Osceola Grace at South Central (Union Mills), 7:30 p.m.

Owen Valley at Northview

Parke Heritage at Greencastle 

Perry Central at Tecumseh, 8 p.m.

Peru at Maconaquah 

Plymouth at Mishawaka

Princeton at South Spencer, 8 p.m.

Providence at Charlestown, 7:30 p.m.

Rensselaer Central at West Lafayette, 8 p.m.

Riverton Parke at North Vermillion

Rock Creek Academy at North Daviess 

Salem at Clarksville 

Shenandoah at Wes-Del

Silver Creek at Scottsburg 

South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.

South Bend Adams at Mishawaka Marian 

South Bend Clay at South Bend Washington 

South Bend Riley at Mattawan (Mich.), 7:30 p.m.

South Dearborn at Greensburg 

South Newton at Tri-County 

South Putnam at Edgewood, canceled 

South Vermillion at Sullivan 

Southridge at Gibson Southern, 7:30 p.m.

Southwood at Wabash

Springs Valley at Tell City, 7:30 p.m.

Switzerland County at Oldenburg Academy 

Terre Haute North at Bloomington North, 7:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley at Rochester, canceled

Tipton at Lafayette Central Catholic 

Tri at Centerville 

Tri-Central at Delphi 

Triton at Culver

Union City at Northeastern 

Valparaiso at Chesterton, 8 p.m.

Washington at Pike Central

Wawasee at NorthWood 

West Central at North Newton, 7:30 p.m.

West Noble at Fairfield 

West Washington at Paoli 

Wheeler at Boone Grove, 8 p.m.

Whiting at River Forest, 8 p.m.

Winamac at North Judson, 7:30 p.m.

Winchester at Union County 

Woodlan at Southern Wells 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3

Friday, Sept. 17

UCF at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland at Illinois | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 18

Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | FOX

New Mexico at No. 7 Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 8 Cincinnati at Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Virginia Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Michigan State at No. 24 Miami | 12 p.m. | ABC

Northern Illinois at No. 25 Michigan | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Eastern Michigan at UMass | FloSports

Chattanooga at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+

Tennessee Tech at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | | SEC Network+/ESPN+

Western Michigan at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Albany at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Boston College at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

UConn at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota at Colorado | 1 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Nevada at Kansas State | 2:05 p.m. | ESPN+

Purdue at No. 12 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Kent State at No. 5 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at No. 9 Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

SMU at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Florida State at Wake Forest | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Delaware at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Baylor at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Long Island University at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Bryant at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Elon at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho at Oregon State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

USC at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Georgia Southern at No. 20 Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Mississippi State at Memphis | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

Ball State at Wyoming | 4 p.m. | Stadium

Northwestern at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Colorado State at Toledo | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Sacramento State at Cal | 4 p.m. | Stadium

Arkansas State at Washington | 4:15 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Murray State at Bowling Green | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Middle Tennessee at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Fordham at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Old Dominion at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

East Carolina at Marshall | 6 p.m. | Facebook/CBSSN

South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Charlotte at Georgia State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

FIU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

Grambling at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida A&M at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Incarnate Word at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Utah at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Stony Brook at No. 4 Oregon | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Virginia at No. 21 North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Central Michigan at LSU | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Furman at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium

Utah State at Air Force | 7:30 p.m. | FS2

Tulane at No. 17 Ole Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

Stanford at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

South Carolina State at New Mexico State | 8 p.m. | Bally Sports AZ/Flo Sports

Rice at Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network

Jackson State at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Alcorn State at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Oklahoma State at Boise State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Northern Arizona at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

No. 14 Iowa State at UNLV | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Fresno State at No. 13 UCLA | 10:45 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

San Jose State at Hawai’i | 12:30 a.m. Sunday | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 2-WHERE TO WATCH

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 20, 2021

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

NFL THURSDAY

Washington 30 NY Giants 29

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA Angels 9 Chicago White Sox 3

Oakland 7 Kansas City 2

Baltimore 3 NY Yankees 2 (10)

Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 2

Houston 12 Texas 1

Colorado Atlanta postponed

Cincinnati 1 Pittsburgh 0

San Diego 7 San Francisco 4

Philadelphia 17 Chicago Cubs 8

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

St. Paul 8 Indianapolis 0

Dayton 6 Fort Wayne 5

South Bend 5 Quad Cities 4

WNBA

Los Angeles 74 Atlanta 68

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Knightstown 7 Anderson Prep 1

Guerin Catholic 5 Covenant Christian 0

West Noble 9 Garrett 0

Ritter 3 Scecina 2

Covington 4 Western Boone 3

Jay County 4 Bellmont 0

Morgan Twp. 10 HAST 0

Pendleton Heights 3 Delta 1

Huntington North 7 Eastbrook 0

Granger Christian 2 Portage Christian 1

Evansville Harrison 2 Mount Vernon 0

Heritage 0 Fort Wayne South 0

North White 3 Craroll 3

Cascade 3 Danville 1

Northridge 9 E. Noble 0

Plymouth 9. Mishawaka 0

Wood Memorial 5 Shoals 2

Rushville 6 Morristown 2

Richmond 4 Connersville 1

Columbus East 4 Jennings County 1

Fort Wayne Luers 4 Lakewood Park 1

University 9 Liberty Christian 0

Washington 2 Boonville 1

Rensselaer Central 7 Benton Central 0

Central Noble 4 Prairie Heights 0

Washington Catholic 7 Vincennes Rivet 0

Speedway 10 Beech Grove 1

Rossville 5 Eastern 2

International 8 Phalen 7

Marion 4 Anderson 1

Lebanon 9 N. Montgomery 0

Wabash 2 Blackford 0

Plainfield 5 Greenwood 3

Mississinewa 2 Maconaquah 1

Floyd Central 1 New Albany 0

Evansville North 1 Jasper 0

Indianapolis Shortridge 2 Heritage Christian 2

Southridge 2 S. Spencer 0

McCutcheon 6 Lafayette Jeff 0

Culver Academies 2 Bethany Christian 0

Forest Park 5 Princeton 2

Lawrence North 4 Center Grove 1

Terre Haute South 2 Terre Haute North 1

Northwestern 3 Hamilton Heights 1

Illiana Christian 2 Wheeler 1

Perry Meridian 3 Whiteland 1

Pike 4 Lawrence Central 0

Noblesville 2 Hamilton Southeastern 0

Park Tudor 1 Chatard 0

Fishers 3 N. Central 0

Carmel 9 Warren Central 0

Mooresville 3 Decatur Central 2

New Castle 0 Shelbyville 0

Herron 5 Sheridan 0

Franklin Central 4 Southport 1

Goshen 4 NorthWood 0

Bloomington South 4 Bloomington North 2

Lawrenceburg 5 Landmark Christian 2

Switzerland County 2 Shawe Memorial 0

DuPont Manual 3 Jeffersonville 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 1 Franklin County 1

Faith Christian 7 Tri-Central 2

Greencastle 3 Brown County 0

Victory Christian 5 New Prairie 0

Gibson Southern 1 Forest Park 0

Huntington North 4 Eastbrook 0

Evansville Central 9 Evansville Bosse 0

Chesterton 4 Kankakee Valley 1

Lowell 2 Boone Grove 0

South Adams 2 Norwell 1

West Lafayette 9 Kokomo 1

Danville 2 Cascade 0

Oldenburg Academy 1 Switzerland County 0

Tipton 2 University 0

Jeffersonville 3 Madison 0

Richmond 1 Franklin County 1

Silver Creek 6 Jennings County 1

Heritage Hills 9 Princeton 0

Wheeler 2 Illiana Christian 0

West Vigo 3 Owen Valley 0

North Montgomery 6 Frankfort 3

Greenwood 1 Greenwood Christian 0

Martinsville 2 Edgewood 0

Benton Central 3 Rensselaer Central 0

Rochester 5 Maconaquah 1

South Knox 2 North Knox 0

South Bend Adams 2 Glenn 0

Speedway 5 Monrovia 0

DeKalb 10 New Haven 0

Trinity 7 Bremen 0

Blackford 3 Wabash 2

Yorktown 7 Centerville 0

Westview 2 Central Noble 0

Bethany Christian 5 N. Miami 0

Corydon Central 3 N. Harrison 2

Carroll 1 Fort Wayne Northrup 1

Elkhart Christian 5 Wawasee 2

Trinity Lutheran 4 Salem 2

North Central 9 Warren Central 0

Heritage Christian 9 Covenant Christian 0

Bellmont 5 Jay County 0

North Posey 4 Southridge 0

Columbus North 9 Terre Haute South 0

Goshen 2 NorthWood 0

Pendleton Heights 6 New Castle 0

Hobart 4 Michigan City 0

Penn 2 Warsaw 1

Fort Wayne Concordia 4 Columbia City 3

Chatard 6 Hamilton Heights 1

Homestead 7 Fort Wayne Snider 0

Western 2 Northwestern 1

Floyd Central 3 New Albany 0

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

South Bend St. Joseph 3 South Bend Adams 1

Crown Point 3 Merrillville 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3. Fort Wayne North 0

Valparaiso 3, Lake Central 0

Wood Memorial 3 Dugger Union 0

South-Central 3 South Bend Career 0

North Judson 3 Culver 0

Knox 3 Argos 0

Triton Central 3 Rushville 0

Chesterton 3, LaPorte 1

Connersville 3 N. Decatur 1

Portage Christian 3 Granger Christian 0

West Lafayette 3 Benton Central 0

Fairfield 3 Lakeland 0

South Ripley 3 Rising Sun 2

University 3 Liberty Christian 0

Fort Wayne Snider 3. Fort Wayne South 0

Woodlan 3 Adams Central 1

Trinity Lutheran 3 Indianapolis Lutheran 0

Union County 3 Northeastern 0

North Putnam 3 Northview 0

Linton Stockton 3 Eastern Greene 0

Blue River Valley 3 Union City 2

Western 3 Maconaquah 1

Eastern Hancock 3, Southwestern 0

Sullivan 3 Vincennes Rivet 0

Carroll 3 Lafayette Jeff 0

Crawford County 3 Orleans 0

Frontier 3 Faith Christian 0

Mount Vernon 3 New Castle 0

Hauser 3 S. Decatur 0

Pioneer 3 Caston 1

Wabash 3 N. Miami 0

Andrean 3 Highland 1

Southwood 3 Whitko 0

Southridge 3 Forest Park 1

Rochester 3 Northfield 0

Bedford North Lawrence 3 Shoals 0

Fremont 3 Hamilton 0

Springs Valley 3 Mitchell 1

Winchester 3 Anderson 0

Warsaw 3 Plymouth 0

Northwestern 3 Twin Lakes 0

Delphi 3 Sheridan 0

Charlestown 3 Salem 2

Rossville 3 Tri-County 0

Jasper 3 NE Dubois 0

Tippecanoe Valley 3 Manchester 0

Bluffton 3 Southern Wells 0

Lebanon 3 Ritter 0

Yorktown 3 Muncie Burris 0

Scecina 3 Cascade 1

Martinsville 3 Bloomington North 0

Carmel 3 Warren Central 0

Marquette Catholic 3 Victory Christian 0

Munster 3 Kankakee Valley 0

Illiana Christian 3 Hobart 0

Columbia City 3, Huntington North 0

Tipton 3 Kokomo 0

Clinton Prairie 3 Taylor 0

Daleville 3 Muncie Central 1

Shelbyville 3 Greenfield Central 1

Fort Wayne Northrup 3. Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Fishers 3 Brownsburg 1

Griffith 3 Wheeler 1

Greencastle 3 W. Vigo 1

NorthWood 3 Mishawaka 1

Heritage 3 S. Adams 0

McCutcheon 3 Harrison 0

Avon 3 Franklin Central 2

Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Rensselaer Central 0

Christian Academy 3 Borden 0

Western Boone 3 Frankfort 0

Covenant Christian 3 Danville 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Lakewood Park 3 Garrett 1

Seymour 3 Southport 0

Bloomfield 3 Owen Valley 2

Crawfordsville 3 N. Montgomery 0

Westview 3 Churubusco 2

West Noble 3 Central Noble 0

Northridge 3 Goshen 0

Hagerstown 3 Lincoln 0

Jennings County 3 Columbus North 2

DeKalb 3 E. Noble 0

Penn 3 South Bend Clay 0

Floyd Central 3 Male 0

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS

Richmond 5 Shenandoah 0

Knightstown 5 Centerville 0

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Hopkins converts 2nd chance, Washington beats Giants 30-29

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Taylor Heinicke and Dustin Hopkins made the most of their second chances.

Washington needed every last second – and then some – to earn a long-awaited win over the New York Giants.

Hopkins made a 43-yard field goal on an untimed down – after a penalty negated his miss seconds earlier – and Washington beat New York 30-29 on Thursday night, snapping a five-game win streak for the Giants in the series.

It also gave Heinicke another moment in the sun after he cost Washington dearly with a late interception. The 28-year-old quarterback was making his second career start in the regular season and first since 2018 with Carolina. He became a bit of a sensation when Washington had to use him in last season’s playoffs against Tom Brady and Tampa Bay, but his team lost that game.

“It’s amazing,” Heinicke said. “The first start was what, two or three years ago in Carolina? Threw three picks, tore my tricep, it was just a brutal thing – and that was my last start until last year (against) Tampa. Come in to Tampa last year, had a good game, but ultimately fell up short. And finally get that first win.”

Heinicke, playing because of an injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick, threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. His interception set up Graham Gano’s fifth field goal of the game, which gave the Giants a 29-27 lead with 2:00 remaining. Heinicke then guided Washington back into field goal range.

“He does have the ability to throw the ball and make all the throws. We’ve seen that,” coach Ron Rivera said. “And he’s got a lot of confidence.”

Hopkins missed his first attempt to win the game, but he was given a reprieve when Dexter Lawrence was flagged for being offside. His next attempt was good, giving Washington (1-1) a wild victory.

Chiefs’ Mathieu ready to take field after COVID-19 bout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tyrann Mathieu kept hoping, even as the days slowly went by and he returned one positive test after another, that he would be cleared of COVID-19 in time to join the Kansas City Chiefs for their season opener against Cleveland.

He was. Just barely. And then he sat out anyway.

Mathieu was cleared the day before the Chiefs beat the Browns 33-29 at Arrowhead Stadium, and coach Andy Reid made the prudent decision to hold him out after missing nearly two weeks of practice.

And while Mathieu would have loved to be on the field last weekend, he acknowledged Thursday that the coaching staff made the right decision.

“I think it would be tough on anybody to not practice for 10 days and try to go out there and play a game you have to win at home,” Mathieu said. “I thought coach Reid, the training staff, everybody really made the best decision for me as a player. It was much appreciated, much respected. But I’m very happy to be back.”

The Chiefs are very happy to have the three-time All-Pro safety back.

They were shredded by Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense in the first half on Sunday, trudging off to the locker room in the depths of a 22-10 hole. It took some brilliant adjustments by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and a game-wrecking pass rush from Chris Jones, to hold Cleveland mostly in check as the Chiefs mounted their second-half comeback.

Coincidentally, it was Mathieu’s understudy that helped lead the way.

After Juan Thornhill was victimized as much as anybody by Mayfield in the first half, he made a series of important plays in the second. None was bigger than stripping Nick Chubb, causing a fumble that the Chiefs turned into a touchdown.

“I thought he just got more confidence as the game went on,” Reid said, “and again, Juan is a real smart kid, and him seeing it and putting himself in position gives him a good opportunity to make plays.”

What did Mathieu see from his perch on the sideline?

Mahle, Reds avoid sweep, edge Pirates 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Cincinnati Reds reliever Mychal Givens has been around long enough to understand the rhythms of a season.

Funks happen. What defines a team is how it responds to them. With the Reds staggering at the end of a frustrating nine-game road trip, Givens delivered a fastball that gave Cincinnati a much-needed jolt, exorcising some bad vibes in the process.

Givens struck out Pittsburgh’s Hoy Park with a 98 mph heater to seal a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Thursday to send the Reds home for a pivotal series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with something akin to momentum.

Less than 24 hours after a stunning ninth-inning loss in which Givens surrendered the winning run when Wilmer Difo scored from second on a fielder’s choice, he bounced back by picking up his eighth save.

It wasn’t easy. The Pirates had the tying run on third and the winning run on second with two outs. Givens fell behind Park 3-0 before four straight fastballs – all 95 mph or better – ended the threat.

“Compete,” Givens said. “That’s all that matters.”

Something the Reds are trying to do in an effort to stay in the mix for the second NL wild-card spot. They entered the day 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis and were in danger of getting swept by the last-place Pirates.

Angels’ Ohtani has sore arm, may not pitch again this season

CHICAGO (AP) Two-way star Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch Friday for the Los Angeles Angels because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season.

“If there’s any kind of lingering soreness, you may not see him pitch,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said prior to Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Ohtani (9-2, 3.36 ERA) felt soreness while playing catch Wednesday. Maddon said he raised the possibility of the likely AL MVP being shut down on the mound for the rest of the season during a meeting.

Maddon said there are currently no plans for Ohtani to be examined by a doctor, nor has it been determined when he would try to resume playing catch.

Ohtani, 27, hasn’t pitched since Sept. 10, when he was tagged for six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Houston.

Maddon said Ohtani would like to continue pitching in an attempt to get his 10th victory.

“(Ten wins) always looks better than nine,” Maddon said. “But you can’t let that be the driving factor.”

The arm discomfort won’t prevent Ohtani from continuing to serve as a designated hitter. Ohtani entered Thursday’s game against the White Sox ranked second in the major leagues with 44 home runs and 74 extra-base hits and fourth with a .599 slugging percentage.

Tatis hits 39th HR, Padres beat Giants 7-4 to gain on Cards

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his NL-leading 39th home run and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Thursday to earn a series split.

The Padres moved within half a game of the idle Cardinals for the second NL wild card at 76-70. San Diego starts a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday.

Tatis also singled and walked twice a day after matching a career best with four hits. Tommy Pham and Manny Machado each drove in two runs, and Adam Frazier and Austin Nola had three hits apiece.

“It feels good, especially the way we played the last couple of days,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “Pitchers have been huge and, obviously, you’ve seen the shift offensively.”

Evan Longoria homered for the NL West-leading Giants, whose lead over the Dodgers dropped to a game. Los Angeles was off Thursday.

Nabil Crismatt (3-1) pitched four scoreless innings in relief to earn the win in a bullpen game for the Padres.

“He’s been kind of the secret guy at the back end that just continues to get the job done,” Tingler said. “Four innings against a really good lineup. He gave us exactly what we needed.”

Added Crismatt: “I’ve been feeling really well with all of my pitches right now. I feel really confident and just go out there and compete and have fun.”

Giants starter Kevin Gausman (14-6) lost for the first time since July 30, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in five innings.

“The Padres are swinging the bats very well the last couple of days,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “I think we can chalk it up to kind of running into the best version of them.”

Royals’ Perez ties Bench’s HR mark with 45th in loss to A’s

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez tied Johnny Bench’s record for homers in a season by a catcher with his 45th, but Chad Pinder’s two-run single spurred a third-inning rally and the Oakland Athletics held off the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Thursday.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the first inning, matching Bench’s total from 1970 for the most by a player who played at least 75% of his team’s games at catcher. Perez is tied with Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead in homers and also leads the bigs with 112 RBIs.

“We’re witnessing a special season,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We’re witnessing a special player. To be able to be put in the conversation with one most would say is the best ever is pretty rare.”

His talent is not lost on the opposition.

“Salvador, it seems like he’s hitting a home run a day against everybody,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “You can’t miss against him right now.”

Oakland started the day 3 1/2 games behind Toronto, Boston and the New York Yankees for the two AL wild cards.

Pinder delivered a two-out hit during a four-run third inning in which Oakland had seven runners reach base – with just two hits. The A’s also scored three runs in the ninth on just one hit.

“We’ll draw some walks,” Melvin said. “Obviously there were some wild pitches that moved some runners up. We got big hits when we needed to. When you put a crooked number up, it has an emotional effect on the other side.”

The Royals had the tying runs on base with less than two outs in the sixth and eighth innings but couldn’t score.

Paul Blackburn (1-2) battled through five-plus innings for Oakland, yielding two runs on six hits.

Harper homers, rallies Phils from 7 down in 17-8 win vs Cubs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper keeps earning those “MVP!” chants in Philly.

Harper doubled to start a seven-run, game-tying rally in the fourth inning, doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth and sealed the Philadelphia Phillies’ 17-8 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night with a three-run homer in the seventh.

Harper’s NL MVP candidacy – Philly fans call him MV3 – is thriving.

Also alive, improbably, given the start in this one, is Philadelphia’s playoff push.

The Phillies are three games behind first-place Atlanta – rained out Thursday – in the NL East with 16 games left this season, and 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second wild card. San Diego and Cincinnati also lead Philadelphia in the wild-card chase.

With Harper as hot as can be, can the Phillies be counted out yet?

“It feels good but we’ve got a while to go,” Harper said. “I want to keep playing well and have good at-bats, have good games and just be where we need to be down the stretch.”

Each team scored seven runs in an inning, the Cubs taking a 7-0 lead in the third against a pair of relievers in a bullpen game that seemed headed toward a loss that would crush Philadelphia’s season.

Enter Harper.

Year three of his $330 million, 13-year deal has been his best one yet.

“I don’t ever think about it like we don’t want to waste someone’s season,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re all involved in this, right? And the game is always, to me, about our team. But he’s a big reason why we’ve hung around, just because of the season that he’s had and the last 2 1/2 months, whatever he’s done. It’s been incredible to watch.”

Add this one to the highlight reel.

Yanks toss it away in 9th, fall to Hays, Orioles 3-2 in 10th

BALTIMORE (AP) Yankees reliever Clay Holmes threw a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning that let the tying run score, then Austin Hays chopped an RBI single in the 10th that lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 win Thursday night, dropping New York back in the AL wild-card race.

The Yankees fell a half-game behind idle Toronto and Boston atop the AL wild-card standings. New York had won three in a row.

“We’ve had a lot that have stung a lot at different times throughout the course of the year,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “This certainly falls into that category, but we have to get over it. We have too important of a game tomorrow.”

Working on a wet night, Holmes was one strike away from his first career save when his high and outside fastball got past catcher Gary Sanchez, allowing pinch-runner Kelvin Gutierrez to streak home from third base with two outs. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had pitched the previous three days.

“It’s definitely not ideal, but we’re all playing the same game in it and you have to learn how to adjust and make pitches and do your job,” Holmes said of the conditions.

Ryan Mountcastle homered for Baltimore, which snapped a five-game skid and avoided its 100th loss of the season. The Orioles improved to 12-22 in one-run games.

“We haven’t caught a ton of breaks, and we feel like we got one tonight,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

Jahmai Jones, pinch-running for automatic runner Austin Wynns, moved to third on Richie Martin’s leadoff bunt single against Wandy Peralta (5-4) in the 10th. After Cedric Mullins walked and Mountcastle struck out, Hays grounded a single to left over a drawn-in infield to win it.

Hays homered twice Wednesday night in the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

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INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Hoosiers Bounce Back With 3-0 Win Over Alabama A&M

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (6-4) opened the Indiana Invitational with a bounce back win over Alabama A&M (0-8) on Thursday night in straight sets. Breana Edwards highlighted the night with her 1000th kill of her career.

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers got out to a 7-1 lead in the opening set which included three kills by Mady Saris and two by Morgan Geddes. A quick shot by Savannah Kjolhede gave Indiana a 10-2 advantage, forcing the Bulldogs to call a timeout.

• Indiana kept on rolling through the set by going on going on a 9-1 run to make the score 18-3. Checking in for the Hoosiers, Sophie Oliphant recorded back-to-back aces before a kill by Geddes gave Indiana the 25-8 set one victory.

• A pair of attack errors by the Bulldogs put Indiana in front as the second set of action began. Edwards gave the Hoosiers their first attack point of the set.  Making it one point game after an error by the Indiana offense, kills by Kjolhede, Saris and Edwards helped keep the momentum alive and Alabama A&M was forced to take a break down, 17-9.

• Elle Hillers scored her first point of the season to give the Hoosiers a 18-10 advantage.

• Two slams by Edwards and one from Kjolhede helped Indiana close out set two with a 25-12 win.

• Saris kept the aggressive attack going in the third set by scoring the first three of four Hoosier points.

• Camryn Haworth tallied three straight aces to put the Hoosiers on top 12-6. 

• Up 13-9, Indiana needed a breather as the Bulldogs crept their way back into the frame. Kills by Geddes and Saris ensured that the Hoosiers kept the momentum going.

• A quick slam by Kjolhede made the Bulldogs take their final timeout. Out of the break strong kills by Edwards and Kjolhede aided the Hoosiers in taking the third and final set, 25-17.

NOTABLES

•With the straight set sweep of Alabama A&M, Indiana improves to 6-4 on the 2021 season. They are also now 3-0 against the Bulldogs.

• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris led the Hoosier attack with 15 kills against the Bulldogs.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame had a team-high 11 digs. Cerame also recorded her first kill of the season.

• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld put up 20 assists to lead the squad.

• Junior defensive specialist Sophie Oliphant recorded her first two aces of the 2021 campaign. This was also the first match this season that the Carmel, Ind. native saw game action.

• Sophomore middle blocker Elle Hillers received her first career start on Thursday night. Hillers tallied two blocks along with an assist and a kill.

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards recorded eight kills and two blocks. Edwards was also welcomed into the 1000 kills club on Thursday night.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede had a team-high tying two blocks and added six kills to the box score.

• Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes had six kills and a block for Indiana.

• Sophomore outside hitter Grae Gosnell tallied the first three kills of her career.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth and junior outside hitter Ashley Zulauf contributed one kill each. Haworth also put up three aces while Zulauf had one.

• Haley Armstrong, Kenzie Daffinee, and Emily Fitzner all checked in against Alabama A&M.

• The 10 aces by the Hoosiers were a season high by the squad.

• As a team, the Hoosiers saw a .345 hitting percentage which was a season high.

• Indiana had 36 digs compared to the Bulldogs 19.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, September 17 to wrap up the Indiana Invitational. Indiana will play Chicago State at 10 a.m. followed by Ole Miss at 7 p.m. Both matches will stream live on BTN Plus.

PURDUE WBB: Versyp Announces Retirement from Purdue Women’s Basketball

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a career that has included four Big Ten Conference Tournament titles, nine NCAA Tournament appearances, and more than 300 wins, Purdue Women’s Basketball head coach Sharon Versyp has announced her retirement Thursday after leading her alma mater for the last 15 seasons.

The Boilermakers’ all-time winningest coach will step away as one of eight coaches across all sports at Purdue to reach the 300-wins plateau. An Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Versyp closes out a 25-year career in women’s college basketball with a 418-257 record.

As part of a previously announced succession plan, Purdue alumna and 2007 All-American Katie Gearlds will take over as the ninth head coach in Purdue women’s basketball history.

“Coaching at my alma mater has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Versyp said. “My purpose has always been to teach life skills through basketball: respect, hard work, discipline, selflessness, what it means to be part of a team.

“I am delighted that the alumna coaching tradition will continue with Katie Gearlds – it shows what a special program we have at Purdue. I believe that the team is in great hands with Katie and the entire staff.

“I am thankful for my close to 20 years here at Purdue and all of the people who have been such a positive and memorable part of my experience. I am ready to chase new dreams off the court.”

A Boilermaker to her core, Versyp returned to her alma mater as head coach on April 10, 2006, and immediately guided the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Tournament title and an Elite Eight appearance in her inaugural campaign in 2007.

That quick success rolled into another Elite Eight bid in 2009 and three more Big Ten Tournament championships in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

In 15 years in West Lafayette, Versyp piled up a 301-192 record, including 164 wins in front of the Boilermaker faithful at Mackey Arena. Her 149 career Big Ten victories, including nine from one season at Indiana, rank fifth in conference history.

Postseason success was a staple of Versyp-led squads, as she guided the Boilermakers to 11 total postseason appearances. In addition to the pair of Elite Eights, Purdue advanced to the second round on six other occasions. Versyp retires with the most wins in Big Ten Tournament history, holding a record of 25-12.

“We sincerely thank Coach Versyp for her commitment and devotion to Purdue, her impact on the greater Lafayette community and the leadership she’s provided our women’s basketball program” said Vice President and athletics director Mike Bobinski. “As we move forward, our program will benefit from the history of success and accomplishments under Coach Versyp’s watch. We wish her the very best in the years ahead.”

Purdue student-athletes were heralded throughout the conference and the country under Versyp. Gearlds and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton were named All-Americans in 2006-07, the first of seven national selections during the Versyp era.

Purdue had 41 All-Big Ten selections over the last 15 years, including seven first-team honors. Ae’Rianna Harris became just the fourth player in Big Ten history to win Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back campaigns in 2018-19.

Versyp’s impact on the program extended far beyond the court. Encouraging her student-athletes to pursue their desired degrees, Purdue had 73 Academic All-Big Ten selections in the last 15 seasons.  In 2021, Leony Boudreau joined Lauren Mioton as the only Boilermakers to be named Rhodes Scholar Finalists, both of whom played under Versyp.

One of the most impactful characteristics of the Versyp-era has been community outreach. Over the last 15 years, Versyp has served the West Lafayette, Lafayette and surrounding communities in numerous capacities. She has been the co-chair of the Lafayette Urban Ministries Hunger Hike, the Community Cancer Network Carry the Torch Walk and Community Cancer Network Hope on the Horizon fundraiser. The Beat Cancer Pinkout Game every February has raised funds to combat breast cancer.

All told, Versyp has helped raise more than $200,000 annually to support a variety of causes since her return to Purdue in 2006.

Versyp’s first foray with Purdue started back in 1984-85 as a freshman guard. Over four seasons, all as a starter, Versyp totaled 1,565 points, 418 assists and 194 steals. Her impact led to an improvement in wins every season from 12 in 1984-85 to 21 in 1987-88.

She garnered three All-Big Ten selections, three Academic All-Big Ten nods and the 1988 Purdue Athlete of the Year Award. Her playing career continues to stack up as one of the all-around best in program history.

BUTLER W SOCCER: ButlerUWSoccer Propelled by Soderstrom Hat Trick in 5-0 Win Over Western Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team (7-1-0) won its seventh straight match Thursday evening, producing a 5-0 shutout over visiting Western Michigan (2-5-0).

Key Moments

17′ | Alli Leonard sent a ball straight up the middle for Katie Soderstrom who ran onto it, made a perfect strike, and gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

21′ | Morgan Kloosterman sent a ball forward to Leonard who then found Soderstrom at the top of the box. Soderstrom tapped the ball past the keeper and then tapped it again into the net. The lead was doubled, at 2-0.

23′ | Just two minutes later, Kloosterman found Soderstrom up the right side. She then crossed the ball to Abigail Isger who one-touched it past the Broncos’ keeper. Butler was now in control, 3-0.

HALF

58′ | Soderstrom collected a ball at the top of the box, and after a deflection off of a defender, got the ball back and immediately shot. The resulting goal gave her a hat trick and put Butler up, 4-0.

66′ | A cross that caromed off the crossbar landed in front of the Western Michigan goal. Anastasia Savich pushed the ball back toward the goal with her heel, and Gabby Smith, who was facing away from the goal as well, used her heel to knock the ball over the goal line. Butler took a 5-0 commanding lead.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom (3), Abigail Isger, Gabby Smith

ASSISTS: Alli Leonard (2), Morgan Kloosterman (2), Katie Soderstrom, Anastasia Savich

Bulldog Bits

Katie Soderstrom knotched her second career hat trick and the fourth multi-goal match of her career. She now has eight goals this season and 24 for her career, which ties her for eighth on Butler’s career list. Her assist was her second of the season and 18th of her career.

Soderstrom is the second Bulldog in program history to score seven points in one match. Four other Bulldogs have scored eight points in one match, and they lead the pack.

Soderstrom now leads the Bulldogs with 18 points. She has scored in five of Butler’s eight matches this season.

Abigail Isger scored her fifth goal of the season, which was the sixth of her career.

Gabby Smith’s goal was her third of the season and the fourth of her career.

Alli Leonard was credited with two assists, her fourth and fifth of the season, giving her a career total of eight. This is the second time she has made two assists in a single match.

Morgan Kloosterman knotched two assists, her first of the season and the third and fourth of her career. This was the first time she has produced multiple assists in a match.

Anastasia Savich’s assist was her second in as many matches and the 11th of her career

Freshman Emma Martin improved to 7-0-0 on the season and was credited with her third shutout. She made one save.

The five goals scored by the Bulldogs are the most since a 9-2 win over Marian on February 17, 2021.

The Bulldogs produced 24 shots, and 10 were on goal. The Butler defense held the Broncos to five shots, one on goal.

Alli Leonard led Butler with seven shots. Soderstrom tallied 6, while Amanda Kowalski added three.

Up Next

Butler travels to Milwaukee, Wis., for a BIG EAST matchup with Marquette on Thursday, September 23, at 6 pm CT (7 pm ET). Then, the Bulldogs return to Indianapolis to host BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on Sunday, September 26.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: WVB Welcomes Northern Kentucky for Pair of Weekend Matches

Match 11: Ball State (8-2) hosts Northern Kentucky (4-3)

   Friday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena – Tickets | Live Stats | ESPN3

Match 12: Ball State (8-2) hosts Northern Kentucky (4-3)

   Saturday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena – Tickets | Live Stats | ESPN3

MUNCIE, Ind. – – After playing its first three weekends on the road, the Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to Worthen Arena for the first time during the 2021 regular season for a pair of weekend matches versus Northern Kentucky.

The Cardinals (8-2) and Norse (4-3) will battle at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, with both matches being broadcast live on ESPN3.

Ball State Sports Link’s Ryan Klimcak and Lexi Eblen will team up for Friday’s coverage, while Rob Connett and Katie Tomasic will handle the Ball State Athletics call for the broadcast on Saturday.

Following Saturday’s match, the Cardinals will host a FREE 1-HOUR KIDS CLINIC for fans in 8th grade or younger. For more information or to register CLICK HERE.

Ball State enters the weekend with an 8-2 overall record, coming off a tough challenge at the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament hosted by Iowa, where the team went 1-2. The big win … a 3-2 (29-27, 25-15, 23-25, 18-25, 15-12) victory over the host Hawkeyes.

Prior to last weekend, the Cardinals went undefeated at both the GBD Invite (4-0) hosted by Green Bay and the TRU By Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational (3-0) host by Wright State.

Overall, Ball State’s 8-2 record is tied with Toledo as the best in the Mid-American Conference entering the final weekend of non-conference play.

One of the keys to the Cardinals’ strong start to the season has been the team’s ability to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Four different Ball State players enter the NKU series averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while seven are smashing at least 1.21 kills per set.

Junior opposite Natale Mitchem leads the offense at 2.82 kills per set, while graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn is a close second at 2.68.

BSU’s offense is also connected at a .234 clip this season, which is the second-best attack percentage in the MAC, trailing only Toledo’s .235 mark. In fact, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in nine of its 10 matches this season, including finishing last weekend’s Cy-Hawk Series Tournament with a combined .251 rate of success.

Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been freshman setter Megan Wielonski who is fourth in the MAC with a 9.97 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.

Sophomore libero Kate Vinson leads the Ball State defense with a 4.29 dig-per-set average, which also ranks fifth in the MAC so far this season. At the net, junior middle Marie Plitt has a team-best 0.84 blocks-per-set average, while sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland is not far behind at 0.78.

As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .206 attack percentage and rank fourth in the MAC at 2.04 blocks per set and seventh in the league at 14.71 digs per set.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

In addition to ranking second in the MAC with a .234 team attack percentage, Ball State features three players ranked in the top 10 in the league in individual attack percentage … Sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland paces all league players, and is 60th nationally, with her .385 rate of success, while junior middle Marie Plitt is ninth (.313) and junior opposite Natalie Mitchem is 10th (.311).

In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, ranking fourth in the league at 9.97 assists per set, freshman Megan Wielonski has proven to be one of its top servers ranking fifth at 0.39 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 15 service aces are second in the league and rank 58th among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.

As a setter, freshman Megan Wielonski ranks 13th nationally with her 379 total assists, while her 9.97 assists-per-set average is 66th … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with five assist/dig double-doubles in the last six matches … In fact, her 95 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are second on the squad as is her 2.50 digs-per-set average.

Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, leading the Cardinals with a 2.82 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in six of BSU’s 10 matches, including a season-high 16 in the win over Wright State (Sept. 3) … She’s also turned in a strong effort at the net, averaging 0.61 blocks per set, with at least one block in nine matches.

Graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn has also made her presence felt, ranking second on the team with a 2.68 kills-per-set average … She has reached double digits in six matches, including a season-high 15 at Wright State (Sept. 3).

Sophomore libero Kate Vinson anchors the Ball State defense, ranking fifth in the MAC with a 4.29 digs-per-set average … She has collected double-digit digs in nine of the 10 matches, including a career-high 29 versus Marshall (Sept. 4) … The 29 digs tie as the third-most in a match in the MAC so far this season.

Ball State enters the two-match set versus Northern Kentucky with a 949-622-2 (.605) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play.

The all-time series between Ball State and Northern Kentucky is currently tied at 3-3 … The teams last met Sept. 13, 2019, with the Cardinals rallying from two sets down to win the match 3-2 (18-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-9) … Ball State junior outside Natalie Risi tied for team-high honors in that win with 14 kills, while junior opposite Allison Hamaker added 11 … Key returners for NKU from the 2019 matchup include senior outside Anna Brinkmann who tied for match-high honors with 16 kills and senior setter Miranda Wucherer who dished out a team-high 27 assists in a 6-2 rotation.

ALL-TIME VS. NORTHERN KENTUCKY (3-3)

10/29/1977 – W, 2-1 (15-6, 5-15, 15-1) – Neutral Site

11/7/1980 – L, 1-2 (14-16, 15-5, 15-13) – Neutral Site

10/6/1981 – L, 2-3 (15-10, 4-15, 1-15, 15-9, 9-15) – Home

10/20/1981 – W, 2-1 (8-15, 15-9, 15-10) – Neutral Site

9/9/2016 – L, 1-3 (23-25, 25-10, 18-25, 15-25) – Neutral Site

9/13/2019 – W, 3-2 (18-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-9) – Away

NOTRE DAME MBASKETBALL: IRISH FULL SCHEDULE UNVEILED FOR 2021-22

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team has released its 2021-22 full schedule, which features a handful of home games against traditional college basketball power schools, a defense of the 2017 Maui Invitational Championship and a trip to Howard for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January of 2022. 

The 2021 season will begin (after two exhibition contests on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5) on Saturday, November 13, 2021, against Cal State Northridge, followed by a visit from High Point on Tuesday, November 16. The Irish will then head to Maui to defend their 2017 title before returning to the challenge of four consecutive power conference games – including three on the road – over a three-week span. That string of games begins with the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Illinois (Monday, Nov. 29), a trip to Boston College (Friday, Dec. 3), a home game with Kentucky (Saturday, Dec. 11) and the Crossroads Classic against Indiana in Indianapolis (Saturday, Dec. 18). 

After two home games before Christmas (Western Michigan, Monday, Dec. 20 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Wednesday, Dec. 22), the New Year brings the challenge of a trip to Pittsburgh (Dec. 28), home games with Duke (Jan. 1) and North Carolina (Jan. 5) and the traditional battle at Georgia Tech on Jan. 8. 

Once the Irish make the trip to Howard for MLK Day (Jan. 17), the team will enter a distinct pattern of games on Wednesday (sometimes Tuesday) and Saturday for the rest of the season. The home schedule continues to shine in the second half of the campaign, with visits from Virginia, Louisville, Syracuse and Georgia Tech. 

Notre Dame’s repeat conference opponents this season are Boston College, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, NC State and Pittsburgh. The Irish will face Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia in Purcell Pavilion only, while making trips to Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. 

Season ticket renewal information will be sent out the week September 20, with more information (single game tickets, health and safety protocols in the Purcell Pavilion, etc.) to follow soon. 

2021-22 Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Schedule

DATEDAYTIME (ALL ET)OPPONENTCITYSITENETWORK
10/29FRI7 p.m.!Nazareth CollegeNotre Dame, NPurcell PavilionTBA
11/5FRI7 p.m.!St. Norbert CollegeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
11/13SATTBACal State NorthridgeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
11/16TUE7 p.m.High Point UniversityNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
11/22MON11:30 p.m.^vs. St. Mary’s (CA)Lahaina, HILahaina Civic CenterESPN2
11/23TUETBA^TBALahaina, HILahaina Civic CenterTBA
11/24WEDTBA^TBALahaina, HILahaina Civic CenterTBA
11/29MON7 p.m.&at IllinoisChampaign, ILState Farm CenterTBA
12/3FRI6 p.m. *at Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAConte ForumACC Network
12/11SATTBAKentuckyNotre Dame,INPurcell PavilionTBA
12/18SATTBA#vs. IndianaIndianapolis, INBankers Life FieldhouseTBA
12/20MON7 p.m.Western MichiganNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
12/22WEDTBATexas A&M – Corpus ChristiNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
12/28TUETBA*at PittsburghPittsburgh, PAPetersen Events CenterESPN2
1/1SAT6 p.m.*DukeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
1/5WED9 p.m.*North CarolinaNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN2
1/8SAT6 p.m.*at Georgia TechAtlanta, GAMcCamish PavilionACC Network
1/12WED9 p.m.*ClemsonNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionRSN
1/15SAT6 p.m.*at Virginia TechBlacksburg, VACassell ColiseumACC Network
1/17MONTBAat HowardWashington, DCBurr GymnasiumTBA
1/22SATTBA*at LouisvilleLouisville, KYKFC Yum! CenterESPN/2/U
1/26WED9 p.m.*NC StateNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionRSN
1/29SAT4 p.m.*VirginiaNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
2/2WED7 p.m.*at MiamiCoral Gables, FLWatsco CenterRSN
2/5SAT3 p.m.*at NC StateRaleigh, NCPNC ArenaACC Network
2/9WEDTBA*LouisvilleNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN2/U
2/12SAT7 p.m.*at ClemsonClemson, SCLittlejohn ColiseumACC Network
2/16WED7 p.m.*Boston CollegeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN2/U
2/19SAT1 p.m.*at Wake ForestWinston-Salem, NCLJVM ColiseumRSN
2/22TUETBA*SyracuseNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN/2
2/26SAT5 p.m.*Georgia TechNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
3/2WED7 p.m.*at Florida StateTallahassee, FLDonald L. Tucker Civic CenterESPN2/U
3/5SAT8 p.m.*PittsburghNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
3/8TUETBAACC Tournament begins Brooklyn, NYBarclays CenterTBA

NOTRE DAME WBASKETBALL: BOTH ACC & ND RELEASE FULL 2021-22 SCHEDULE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2021-22 women’s basketball league schedule on Wednesday via a live Nothing But Net special on ACC Network. Before diving in, it’s important to note that ACC women’s hoops will return to an 18-game conference slate this season. 

With that said, Notre Dame has the honors of kicking off the first ACC contest of the year with a unique November conference matchup. The Fighting Irish will travel to Syracuse on Sunday, Nov. 14, in what will be their third game overall on the schedule.

The Irish will later play two other ACC contests before 2021 closes, first Pitt at home on Dec. 19, then away at Virginia on Dec. 30.

All 135 ACC regular-season conference games will be available through the ESPN family of networks, including ACC Network, the conference’s Regional Sports Networks (RSN) or ACC Network Extra.

As previously announced, two of the nation’s premier women’s basketball conferences will again square off for hardwood bragging rights, as the matchups for the 14th Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge are set. Notre Dame will clash with Michigan State on Dec. 2 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

In addition to the aforementioned, Notre Dame’s non-conference slate was officially signed off on Wednesday as well. It will feature five games inside Purcell Pavilion, including the season opener on Nov. 9 against Ohio.

For Thanksgiving, the Irish will head south for the Daytona Beach Invitational. They will compete against Georgia on Nov. 26, followed by Oregon State on Nov. 27.

The annual December rivalry returns this year when the Irish travel to UConn on Dec. 5. Another key matchup includes a trip to Chicago to take on DePaul inside Wintrust Arena on Dec. 22.

2021-22 Notre Dame ACC Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 14

Notre Dame at Syracuse, Noon, ACCN

Sunday, December 19

Pitt at Notre Dame

Thursday, December 30

Notre Dame at Virginia 

Sunday, January 2

Notre Dame at Duke

Sunday, January 9

NC State at Notre Dame, 2 p.m., ACCN

Thursday, January 13

Notre Dame at Wake Forest

Sunday, January 16

North Carolina at Notre Dame, 1 p.m., RSN

Thursday, January 20

Notre Dame at Boston College, 6 p.m., RSN

Sunday, January 23

Notre Dame at Pitt

Thursday, January 27

Syracuse at Notre Dame, 6 p.m., ACCN 

Sunday, January 30

Boston College at Notre Dame, 2 p.m., ACCN

Thursday, February 3

Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 8 p.m., ACCN

Sunday, February 6

Notre Dame at Florida State, 2 p.m., ACCN

Thursday, February 10

Miami at Notre Dame, 6 p.m., RSN

Sunday, February 13

Notre Dame at Louisville, 2 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Thursday, February 17

Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m., ACCN

Thursday, February 24

Clemson at Notre Dame, 8 p.m., ACCN 

Sunday, February 27

Louisville at Notre Dame, ESPN/ACCN

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores Ready for Home-and-Home with Eastern Illinois

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball returns to action this weekend when they matchup with Eastern Illinois for a home-and-home series.

OPENING SERVE

Indiana State volleyball is will look to extend their winning streak over the weekend when they compete with Eastern Illinois in a home-and-home series. The opening match will take place at the ISU Arena with first serve slated for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The match at Eastern Illinois will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Charelston, Ill., with first serve scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN+. The Panthers enter the match on a hot-streak of their own, boasting a 7-1 record through the season.

LAST TIME OUT

Sycamore volleyball claimed the Sycamore Invitational title on their home court, winning three matches in three days to hoist the trophy. They started the weekend with a 3-1 victory over IUPUI before a dramatic come-from-behind (0-2) victory over Western Michigan, a squad that finished 45th in RPI a season ago. The weekend concluded with another five-set victory over Austin Peay. The Sycamore Invitational marked the first nonconference tournament title for ISU since the 2015 campaign when they won the ISU Classic.

SERIES AT A GLANCE

Eastern Illinois: The Panthers leads the overall series with Indiana State, 29-16, winning the last match in 2017, 3-2. This season, Eastern Illinois boasts a potent serving attack, ranking third in the NCAA in service aces per set at 2.32. They are 15th in the NCAA with 72 total aces.

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

Sycamore volleyball accomplished a feat they hadn’t managed to accomplish since the 2015 season over the weekend: claiming a preseason tournament title. Indiana State defeated IUPUI, Western Michigan and Austin Peay to go 3-0 on the weekend and win the Sycamore Invitational, their first championship since winning the 2015 ISU Classic. The 2021 tournament featured an impressive come-from-behind victory over Western Michigan, a team that finished 45th in RPI during the spring season. In addition to winning the tournament, ISU’s five-match winning streak is also the longest since the 2015 campaign when they won five in-a-row.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

Indiana State has creeped their way into the top-50 nationally in a defensive category, thanks to strong efforts at the Sycamore Invitational. The Sycamores rank 35th in the NCAA with 16.46 digs per set in with Melina Tedrow leading the way at libero. She sits at 76th in the nation with 4.61 digs per set as an individual.

CLIMBING THE LADDER

Melina Tedrow continued to claw her way up the Indiana State record book over the weekend, using 57 total digs over three matches to push her career number to 1332. She is now just 102 digs away from fifth in the record book. Nationally, Tedrow is 76th with 4.61 digs per set.

#500

With an undefeated weekend at the Music City Invitational, Sycamore volleyball earned their 500th victory in program history. Indiana State clinched victory 500 on Saturday evening, defeating Belmont, 3-1, on the Bruins home court. The Sycamores’ first official year of volleyball was 1977.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: FB Preview | Sycamores continue road trip with weekend trek to EKU

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its longest road trip of the 2021 season as the Sycamores line up in their final nonconference matchup of the regular season on Saturday evening against Eastern Kentucky. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Colonels is set for 7 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Game Notes of Interest

Still on the Road

Indiana State continues its longest road trek this weekend as the Sycamores remain on the road for the third week of the 2021 season. The Sycamores make their fifth trip to Richmond, Ky. in the matchup and first since the 2014 season when Indiana State took on Eastern Kentucky in the FCS Playoffs. The two-game road trip marks Indiana State’s longest of the season as the Sycamores alternate home-away for the remainder of the regular season.

Series History

Indiana State and Eastern Kentucky’s series dates back to the 1926 season when the teams first met in Terre Haute. The Sycamores topped the Colonels in the first matchup between the two programs, 10-7, but EKU took the following seven contests over a stretch spanning from 1938-2000. Indiana State has won the last two matchups in the past decade with a postseason win over EKU in 2014 and a home win two years ago at Memorial Stadium, 19-7.

Defense Reins Supreme

Indiana State’s defense is coming off another dominant performance as the Sycamores head into Saturday’s matchup against the Colonels. The Sycamores allowed just 275 yards throughout the contest and surrendered just nine first downs in the second half on their way to allowing the third-fewest points against a Big Ten opponent in program history. Paced by the trio of Michael Thomas, Inoke Moala, and Matt Thompson, the Sycamores have playmakers at every level and will look to stifle an EKU defense that is averaging 295.5 yards and 17.0 points per game.

Opponent Information

Eastern Kentucky was selected fifth overall in the inaugural ASUN/WAC AQ7 preseason poll as announced prior to the start of the 2021 season. The Colonels received 20 points after a 3-6 season in 2020 in their final season in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Eastern Kentucky topped The Citadel, Central Arkansas, and Western Carolina in the 2020 fall season to pick up their first wins under head coach Walt Wells. The win over the Catamounts came in a game titled the Opportunity Bowl on November 21, 2020.

Six EKU players were recognized on the preseason All-Conference team. Wide receiver Jacquez Jones, offensive lineman Payton Collins, and all-purpose player Jyran Mitchell represented the offense, while defensive lineman Quinten Floyd, linebacker Matthew Jackson, and defensive back Joseph Sayles represented the other side of the ball.

The Colonels are currently 1-1 overall in the 2021 season after opening up on the road in each of their first two contests. Eastern Kentucky topped Western Carolina in the first game of the season, 31-28, before falling this past weekend at Louisville, 30-3.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Parker McKinney has paced the Colonels offense with back-to-back solid games. McKinney has completed at least 20 passes in each of the two contests, while adding a touchdown pass in the win over Western Carolina. McKinney has thrown three interceptions on the season with two coming this past weekend at Louisville.

Matt Wilcox Jr. (12 catches) and Jaden Smith (10 catches) pace the receiving efforts of the Colonels offense with Wilcox Jr. the team leader with 117 yards. Da’Joun Hewitt is the team leader with 84 rushing yards and three touchdowns over the first two games of the season.

Defensively, Kyle Bailey (19) and Matthew Jackson (18) are the team’s tackling leaders on the year. The Colonels have posted 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks on the year.

Thompson Settling In

Quarterback Anthony Thompson has settled in and taken the reins of the Indiana State offense over the opening two games of the season. After being named the starter midway through fall camp, Thompson has taken a majority of the snaps in each of the first two games. The Chicago, Ill. native has completed 34-of-57 pass attempts in the 2021 season for 219 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came this past weekend in the matchup at Northwestern as Thompson found tight end Zach Larkin open across the middle for a nine-yard touchdown pass in the Sycamores 24-6 loss. Playing in a controlled offense, Thompson is also second on the team with 11 carries to supplement the INS rushing attack. Thompson has also spread the ball around the field with eight different receivers hauling in a pass on the season with Rontrez Morgan hauling a season-high 15 passes.

Morgan Catches Everything

Two games in and Rontrez Morgan has already surpassed the total number of catches the senior wide receiver recorded in the entirety of the 2019 season. Morgan hauled in a team-high six catches in the opener against Eastern Illinois on opening night. This past weekend against Northwestern, the Jacksonville, Fla. native was targeted early and often by INS quarterback Anthony Thompson to the tune of matching his career-high with nine receptions. He’s averaging a team-high 7.5 catches per game and looks to be the linchpin of the Sycamores’ passing game in the early part of the 2021 season.

Kerlegrand Keeps Running

Peterson Kerlegrand continues to sit atop the Indiana State depth chart in the running game heading into the week three matchup at Eastern Kentucky. The senior running back continues to be the workhorse as his eight carries this past week against Northwestern was nearly half of the Sycamores attempts on the day. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native has recorded 27 carries for 83 yards on the season and paces the team with 41.5 yards per game on the ground. Kerlegrand was nominated for MVFC Player of the Week following his opening performance against Eastern Illinois and is expected to be one of the players to watch this weekend heading into the contest at Kidd Field.

Depth and Added Dimension

In addition to Kerlegrand’s abilities on the field, the Sycamores saw flashes of brilliance in the running game by the two-headed monster of Matt Sora and Justin Dinka. Sora has been impressive in limited action between the tackles as the Mason, Ohio native is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, including picking up a team-high 13 rushing yards this past week on three carries against Northwestern. Sora also added the receiving dimension to the game this past weekend with one catch for 17 yards that put the Sycamores inside Northwestern territory in the contest. Dinka has also come along with two carries for six yards against the Wildcats this past weekend as has provided an excellent complement to the Sycamores’ attack.

Spreading the Wealth

Through two games this season the Sycamores passing game has not been shy about targeting the open man. Although Rontrez Morgan (15) and Dante Hendrix (6) highlight the most catches on the Indiana State roster, the Sycamores have seen 11 different players targeted by passes this season with eight different players recording at least one catch. This included four players (Michael Haupert, Phazione McClurge, Matt Sora, and Henry Woodcock) all hauling in their first pass of the season with McClurge bringing in three receptions on the Sycamores scoring drive in the fourth quarter. With a deep stable of receivers on the roster this season, expect to see more players adding their first reception of 2021 over the coming weeks.

Haupert Lines Up Everywhere

Michael Haupert has done everything but throw a pass in the Sycamores offense this season as the do-everything quarterback/wide receiver/running back/return specialist has been a key part to Indiana State’s success in 2021. After rumbling 45 yards for a touchdown and finishing second on the team in rushing in the opener against Eastern Illinois, Haupert took over the receiving side of the ball with five receptions for 33 yards on six targets against Northwestern this past weekend. He’s also been the team’s primary returner on both kickoffs and punts this year with 122 total return yards on the year heading into the week 3 matchup against Eastern Kentucky.

Thompson’s Career Day

Matt Thompson turned in a career effort on the biggest stage this season as the redshirt senior recorded career highs in tackles (11) and tackles for loss (2.0), while limited Northwestern to just 275 total offensive yards. Thompson saw increased playing time after the first two drives and his entry helped play a factor in limiting Northwestern to just nine first downs and 138 total yards over the final three quarters in giving the Sycamores a chance to keep the game within reach. Thompson recorded three tackles on Northwestern’s opening drive of the second quarter to force NW’s first punt of the game and he added seven more stops (six solo) as well as a TFL in the second half in the loss.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUARS TO FACE MICHIGAN STATE AND CENTRAL MICHIGAN ON SATURDAY

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The IUPUI volleyball team will be back in action this week when the Jaguars participate in the Green & White Volleyball Classic, hosted by Michigan State this weekend. IUPUI will compete in two matches in the four-team tournament, playing both host MSU and Central Michigan on Saturday (Sept. 18). IUPUI’s opener against the Spartans will be at 11:00 a.m., followed by the contest with CMU at 2:30 p.m.. Both matches are slated to be broadcast on BTN+.

IUPUI (2-7) looks to stop a four-game slide after dropping all three contests at Indiana State last weekend. Head coach Lindsey Froehlich’s team showed flashes during the three games but ultimately dropped contests to Indiana State, Austin Peay and Western Michigan. The Jags had chances against Austin Peay, but dropped a tight second set and lost momentum in ultimately falling 3-1.

Sophomore middle Emily Alan earned a spot on the Sycamore Invite All-Tournament Team and was her second all-tournament team award during the non-conference season. Sophomore Millai Madison (24.0 blocks) and Alan headline the IUPUI defense while fifth-year senior Rhiannon Schuenemann is tops among the back row players with 164 total digs and 4.69 digs/set. True freshman Briana Brown leads the offense with 105 kills and 3.00 kills/set. Maddie Haines has put down 73 kills and Allie Pogue is just off her pace at 70 kills.

Sophomore Brooke Phillips has been the primary setter with 9.05 assists/set and Darragh Dixon checks in at 8.00 assists/set.

IUPUI enters the week 0-3 all-time against Michigan State and 4-3 against CMU.

QUOTABLE

“We executed well behind the service line to give us some important point runs. We were able to score with our middles in transition more often today, which was something we worked on this week,” Froehlich said following the loss at Indiana State.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE

Michigan State is 4-2 at this point in the season with wins over Western Michigan, Canisius, Dixie State and Weber State. Sarah Franklin leads the Michigan State offense with 3.18 kills/set and hits .246 overall. Cecilee Max-Brown has a team-high 62 kills and has knocked down 3.10 kills/set. Celia Cullen has a team-high 130 assists and the defense is keyed by Talia Edmonds’ 4.15 digs/set. 6-foot-3 senior middle Naya Gros has a team-high 31.0 blocks, including seven solo blocks on the year.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN

Central Michigan enters the weekend at 5-4 overall with victories over Bradley, North Dakota, Butler, Youngstown State and Illinois State. The Chippewas swept their own Chippewa Invite with wins over UND, Butler and YSU. Savannah Thompson paces the CMU offense with 3.68 kills/set and a team-high 114 kills. Grace Butler has 185 assists and Kamryn Olson has 123 as the duo combines on 11.83 assists/set. The duo of Aly Gurtiza (5.45 digs/set) and Thompson (4.29 digs/set) key the defense and Maddie Whitfield has a team-high 24.0 total blocks.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will open Horizon League play with back-to-back home matches against UIC (Sept. 23) and Green Bay (Sept. 24). Both matches will be in the Jungle at 6:00 p.m.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: Aces open conference play at UNI Friday

EVANSVILLE – After a successful non-conference slate, the University of Evansville’s women’s soccer team embarks on its first trip in conference play when it heads to take on UNI on Friday at 3 PM in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Last Match: SIUE 2, Evansville 0

Wrapping-up non-conference play, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to SIUE on Sunday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

SIUE controlled possession and the offensive opportunities early in the game as the Cougars tallied 16 shots with nine on goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The Cougars opened the scoring in the 18th minute as Mackenzie Litzsinger completed a long run by finding the back of the net, giving SIUE the early advantage.

Evansville’s offense could never really get started in the first half as the Cougars held the Aces without a shot in the opening stanza and held a 1-0 lead at the break.

Inside the first 10 minutes of the second half, SIUE earned another opportunity. After a collision at the top of the 18, the Cougars were awarded a free kick from a dangerous position. Lily Schnieders took the free kick and looped the ball into the top right corner, doubling SIUE’s lead.

Evansville put together an attack in the 54th and 60th minutes keyed by Jayme-Lee Hunter. The New Zealand native put a shot on frame that forced a save in the 54th and then gathered the ball from 25 yards out and launched a right footed shot towards goal. Hunter’s shot curled towards the top right corner, but just missed.

SIUE continued to control possession as regulation waned, capturing the 2-0 win.

Previewing the Matchup

Evansville and UNI are meeting for the 24th time in series history with the Aces owning a 15-5-3 advantage in the all-time series.

The Aces captured the last meeting between the two sides, 1-0, at Arad McCutchan Stadium on March 5, 2021.

In recent history, Evansville has controlled the series with the Panthers, winning the last two meetings and earning a tie in the previous meeting as the Aces advanced 3-2 on PKs.

UNI enters Friday’s contest with a 2-5-1 record, beginning a set of five games in which the Panthers will play four at home.

Lauren Heinsch has been the driving force for the Panthers’ attack this season, scoring a team-high five goals.

Till Sets Sights on Record Book

Making a pair of appearances this past week, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till has moved into a tie in UE’s program record book for appearances with 59, tying her with Simone Busby.

Till has also put herself in a position to chase the program record for career saves. The Avon, Ind. native has 312 saves, 46 behind UE record holder Chaviel Harrison.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Schedule modified for home-opening Dunn Hospitality Tournament

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Schedule modifications have been announced as the University of Evansville volleyball team prepares to open its home schedule this weekend with the Dunn Hospitality Tournament.

Due to COVID protocols, Liberty University withdrew from the tournament.  The updated schedule will feature a total of three matches with Cleveland State and Murray State playing at 10 a.m. on Friday before the Vikings take on the Purple Aces at 6 p.m.  Saturday’s single match will see the Aces and Racers tangle at 1 p.m. inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Tournament History

– This will mark the 10th time the Purple Aces have hosted the Dunn Hospitality Tournament

– It has been held annually since 2010 with the exception of 2012 and 2020 – overall the Aces are 16-10 in the event while going a perfect 3-0 in 2010 and 2019

Looking at the Start

– With Tuesday’s win at Tennessee State, Evansville improved to 8-1 on the season

– It is the best start since 2010 when UE won 11 of its first 12 matches

Last Time Out

– A wild match ensued on Tuesday when UE traveled to 5-0 Tennessee State

– The Tigers had significant leads in each of the first two sets before Evansville rallied to win both

– Game three saw the Aces complete the night with a 25-21 win following a slight delay for an apparent fire in the ceiling of the arena

– Melanie Feliciano had 12 kills with Giulia Cardona and Alondra Vazquez finishing with 11 apiece – Vazquez had a team-high 12 digs

– Cardona and Taya Haffner added three service aces apiece

Four in a Row

– Freshman Giulia Cardona continued her impressive season at Tennessee State, posting 11 kills for her fourth double figure kill performance in a row

– Cardona has been racking up the kills at a rate of 4.0/game over the last three matches

– In two matches at the Miami Invitational, she recorded 4.13 kills on her way to a spot on the All-Tournament Team; she set her career mark with 22 kills vs. Miami

– She ranks second in the MVC in three categories including kills (3.83), points (4.52) and service aces (0.50)

– Her 3.83 kills is 8th among all freshmen in the NCAA

Racking up the Aces

– As a team, UE has recorded seven or more service aces in four of the last five matches to tally an average of 1.93 per set

– That average is second in the MVC and 32nd in the country

– Cardona and Haffner had three each at TSU…Cardona leads the Aces and is tied for the top average in the MVC (0.50/set)

In a Groove

– Melanie Feliciano has recorded 4.57 kills/set over the last seven sets to bump her season average to 3.07

– The junior has had at least seven kills and seven digs in all nine matches

– She completed the Miami Invitational with 20 kills and 15 digs, both season highs – she registered eight kills in the first set alone against the Norse

One of the Top Freshmen

– Taya Haffner is averaging 10.90 assists per set which is tops in the Missouri Valley Conference and 19th in the country

– Equally impressive is her standing within her class as she is the #4 freshman in that statistic in the NCAA

– She had contributed in other facets of the game, notching three service aces and seven digs at TSU

INDIANAPOLIS WTENNIS: Women’s Tennis Kicks Off Saturday at ITA Regional

INDIANAPOLIS – Malik Tabet and the Greyhound Tennis team are hungry for more. Fresh off the more successful season in UIndy Tennis History. The 2021 National Runner-Up Greyhounds are looking to kick off the 2021-22 season this weekend as they host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Individual Midwest Regionals. Matches begin on Saturday, Sep 18 and will continue until Monday, Sep 21.

The Greyhounds return the main core of their squad, including ITA tournament one seed, Anna Novikova, along with ITA Rookie of the Year and 2021 GLVC Freshman of the Year, Sofia Sharonova. While also welcoming transfers, Bella Dunlap and Maissane Aik, along with Freshman Lea Cadaveric. The Greyhounds hold the one seed in both singles brackets and the doubles bracket.

“We are very happy with the players that we brought it,” noted Head Coach, Malik Tabet. “We’re excited to see what is going to unfold this season.”

The tournament will begin with matches beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: UIndy Opens GLVC Play with Win Over Truman

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Thursday night with a their second straight 3-0 clean sweep.  Thursday marked the first time in three meetings that the Hounds were victorious over Truman State University.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first set opened with a service ace from Gillian Santana and it was smooth sailing from there as the Hounds opened with a 25-16 first set victory.  UIndy scored the final six points of the set while boasting a 0.333 hitting percentage.

Truman led 16-14 in the second set before Hannah Huppenbauer and Emma Jones halted the Bulldogs momentum with back-to-back kills.  A quick 4-0 run gave the Hounds a 18-16 lead, and they never trailed from then on.  Elizabeth Eads closed out the set with a kill on the assist from Alex Equihua for a 25-20 win.

Tied at eight in the final frame, the Hounds rattled off four points to jump to a 12-8 lead.  Jones tallied back-to-back kills in the run accompanied by Huppenbauer.  MaKenna Barnhart served up an ace to seal the 25-16 set win as well as the 3-0 sweep.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Jones and Grace Hegwood led the offense with 12 and 11 kills respectively.

– Huppenbauer dished out three blocks.

– Equihua recorded 34 assists.

– Barnhart paced the defense with 15 digs.

UP NEXT

The Hounds hit the road this weekend for their first road trip of the season in the continental US.  UIndy will take on Southwest Baptist at 4 pm ET on Saturday.

EARLHAM WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s soccer defeated at home by Wilmington College

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College women’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Wilmington College on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Wilmington (1-4) scored all three of its goals in the first half at Matlack-Messer Stadium.

Tess Cunningham topped Earlham with four shots, while Hannah Wallhausser, Quinn Doden and Eva Lyon had two attempts apiece.

Goalkeeper Becca Hancock set a new career high with seven saves in the contest for Earlham.

Earlham (1-4) entertains Berea College on Saturday, Sept. 18. The non-conference match starts at 1 p.m.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team takes its first River States Conference road trip of the year this weekend.

IU East (6-6, 1-0) visits RSC newcomer Ohio Valley University (0-2, 0-1) on Sept. 17. Match time is 7 p.m.

The Red Wolves then play at Ohio Christian University (1-1, 1-0) at noon on Sept. 18.

FOLLOW THE MATCHES

Ohio Valley’s Snyder Activity Center is located at the corner of College Parkway and Briscoe Road in Vienna, W.Va.

Live video and live stats, for the IU East-Ohio Valley match, produced by Ohio Valley, are scheduled to be available.

Ohio Christian’s Maxwell Center is located on the OCU campus, GPS address 1476 Lancaster Pike in Circleville, Ohio.

Live video for the IU East-Ohio Christian match, produced by Ohio Christian, is scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for recaps and box scores from the weekend matches.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East has won its last 12 regular-season RSC matches dating back to 2019 after starting the 2021 conference schedule with a three-set home win against Rio Grande on Sept. 14.

* IU East’s Brooke Lepper is the reigning RSC Attacker of the Week. Lepper also has lined up at setter in recent matches.

* This will be the first NAIA volleyball meeting between IU East and Ohio Valley. IU East is 11-0 all-time in NAIA volleyball meetings against Ohio Christian.

* Jessica Swimm is 45th in the nation with 3.47 kills per set after putting away 20 kills in three sets against Rio Grande.

* Teah Barrett Matthews (.259 hitting average), Reece Shirley (8.67 assists per set), Jenna Mitchell (.47 aces per set), Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (4.07 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.77 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the standard statistical categories.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Saints Shut Out Indians, 8-0

INDIANAPOLIS ­– The Indianapolis Indians were held to two hits as they lost their third game of the series vs. the St. Paul Saints on Thursday night, 8-0.

With a 4-0 lead after a two-run fifth inning, the Saints (61-56) broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning. Jose Miranda highlighted the frame with a two-run home run down the left-field line to cap the frame.

Keury Mella, Matt Eckelman and Hunter Stratton combined for three scoreless innings for the Indians (54-62) after James Marvel (L, 5-7) was charged with eight runs (five earned) in six innings. Chandler Shepherd (W, 7-6) earned the win as the second pitcher in a bullpen game for the Saints.

The Indians will look for their first win of the series over St. Paul on Friday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Miguel Yajure (1-3, 3.58) will take the mound against RHP Jason Garcia (0-0, 14.40).

Mastodons Celebrate Party At The Pitch With a 2-0 Win Over UIC

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – At its second annual Party at the Pitch celebration, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team opened Horizon League play with a 2-0 victory over UIC on Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

The win improves the Mastodons’ record to 2-2-4 (1-0-0 Horizon League) on the season, and they’re now 2-0 in Horizon League home openers under head coach Jason Burr.

The contest was played in front of a festive crowd of more than 600 as part of the second annual Party at the Pitch featuring food trucks, music and a soccer clinic for kids prior to the game. 

After a close first half, the Mastodons would get on the board with a goal at the 60th minute from Morgan Reitano. Rylee Vruggink set up the goal with a cross from the left side of the field, Reitano was able to gain possession of the ball off a deflection, and put the ball past the goalie. The goal would be Reitano’s second of the season, and the assist was Vruggink’s first of the season. Megan Sinnott would ice the game with a goal in the games 71st minute. Sinnott weaved her way through multiple UIC defenders to create space and put the ball in the top right corner of the net. The goal was also Sinnott’s second goal of the season. Over the last two games, the ‘Dons have scored four second half goals.

The ‘Dons out-shot the Flames 13-7 on the day, including a 9-2 shot advantage in the second half. Of those 13 shots, eight were on goal while two of the Flames’ seven shots were on goal. In net for the ‘Dons was Samantha Castaneda. She saved two shots and earned her third shutout of the season. Heading into the game, the Homestead High School graduate was tied for second in the Horizon League in shutouts.

UIC falls to 0-6-1 (0-1-0 Horizon League) with the loss. 

The Mastodons will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 19 (1 p.m.) as they travel to Indianapolis, Ind. for a Horizon League game against IUPUI. 

Mastodon WVB to Face Two Ranked Foes at Stacey Clark Classic

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons are set to face off against a pair of top 25 teams this weekend at the Stacey Clark Classic this weekend: No. 22 Tennessee and No. 9 Purdue. The ‘Dons will also face a 9-1 Jacksonville State team in the tournament in West Lafayette.

Stacey Clark Classic Game Day Information

When: Friday, September 17 – Saturday, September 18

Where: West Lafayette, Ind. | Holloway Gym

Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

Watch: Game 1 (BTN+) | Game 2 (BTN+) | Game 3 (none)

Game Schedule

Friday, September 17

12:30 PM: Purdue Fort Wayne vs. No. 22 Tennessee

7:30 PM: Purdue Fort Wayne at No. 9 Purdue

Saturday, September 18

10 AM: Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Jacksonville State

Know Your Foes

• Tennessee is 6-1 on the year. The Volunteers beat No. 9 Baylor in five sets but dropped the following contest to No. 7 Pittsburgh in five. Apart from those two matches, Tennessee has not lost a set. The Vols are led by Morgahn Fingall, who is averaging 4.16 kills per set with a .287 hitting percentage. Breana Runnels and Lily Felts have 3.52 kills per set and 2.92 kills per set, respectively. Natalie Hayward is the setter, averaging over 11 assists per set to pace the .286 team hitting percentage.

• Purdue is 5-1 on the year with its only loss coming to No. 10 Louisville in a neutral match. The Boilermakers have three set wins over Kansas, No. 25 Washington State and UNLV. Caitlyn Newton and Grace Cleveland are both averaging over 3.50 kills per set, with the former hitting .278 and the latter a scorching .391.  As a team, The Boilermakers are hitting .309 for the year, with only one match this year when they failed to hit over .300. They hit .444 against Lipscomb. Hayley Bush is the setter responsible for the high-powered offense, as she averages 11.21 assists per set. Jena Otec is pacing the defense with 4.11 digs per set.

• Jacksonville State is 9-1 this season. The Gamecocks’ only loss came to Wyoming on a neutral floor. They are coming off five straight wins, which included a five-set win over South Alabama. Lena Kindermann is averaging 3.74 kills per set with a .352 hitting clip, while Lexie Libs is doing the lion’s share of the setting duties. She is dishing out 10.53 assists per set. Their best defensive option is Erin Carmichael, who is averaging 3.15 digs from the back line.

Series History

The Mastodons have only met Purdue of their three opponents this weekend. The ‘Dons and Boilermakers met on September 6, 2002, which saw the Boilers take a 3-2 victory over the Mastodons. Hall of Famer Fabiana Souza had 27 kills for the Mastodons.

Saturday Night Five

The Mastodons have already played three five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State and Liberty). This is more than the entirety of the spring 2021 season, as the ‘Dons had just one: a 3-2 loss at Green Bay.

Big 50

Katie Crowe has five double-doubles this season for 50 in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs.

Hello, My Name is Claire and I’ll Be Your Server

Claire Pape had five aces in the Mastodons’ match at Liberty (Sept. 11), which included a stretch in the fifth set when she rattled off three aces in a row. Her five aces were the most by a Mastodon in a match since Katie Crowe had six against Youngstown State last spring.

Ace Ace Baby

Purdue Fort Wayne had 14 aces against Old Dominion on Saturday, September 11, which was the most a Mastodon squad had in a single match since October 5, 2007. In a match against South Dakota State on that date, the ‘Dons had 16 aces.

Let’s Take a Michi-Gander at that Game

The Mastodons picked up their first win of the season at Western Michigan on September 4. The Broncos won the Discover Kalamazoo Classic, but the ‘Dons were the only team to beat them in the weekend. Katie Crowe led the ‘Dons with 15 kills and 12 digs, while Ramei Jackson had 13 kills with a .550 hitting clip. Rachael Crucis dug out 19 attacks, while both Madison Gates and Nicole Jones recorded double-doubles.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Toledo 3-0 in a midweek game in Fort Wayne. Rachael Crucis recorded her 1,000th career dig against the Rockets, finishing with 16 on the night.

Coming Up

After the Stacey Clark Classic, the Mastodons will open Horizon League play on Thursday, September 23 against Green Bay in Fort Wayne at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center at 6 PM. The ‘Dons will also play Milwaukee and UIC in the three days following.

Lilly and the Mastodons Travel to Muncie For Earl Yestingmeier Invite

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Led by junior Kasey Lilly, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team heads down I-69 to compete in the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational at Ball State this Friday and Saturday.

Event: Earl Yestingmeier Invitational

Host: Ball State

When: September 17-18 | Shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday

Where: Delaware Country Club  | Muncie, Ind.

Par: 70

Yardage: 6,501

Format: Play 5, take 4, 54 holes

Live Results: Golfstat

Competing Teams

Ball State, Butler, Taylor, Loyola Chicago, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Wright State, Bowling Green, IUPUI, Oakland, Northern Kentucky, Purdue Fort Wayne.

Delaware Country Club

A place to meet your friends or relax with your family, Delaware Country Club is your resort in your backyard. We offer fine dining, exquisite banquet rooms and services, a championship golf course, large practice facility, top-rated pro shop, private locker rooms and lounges, and a sparkling pool. With many club events, there is always something for everyone. Just minutes from it all, Delaware Country Club is the area’s premier club for you. A welcoming place for family and friends. An excellent place to do business. A special place for your special events. Members enjoy the manicured championship layout with rolling land, gentle streams, woods and elevation changes unique to the Muncie area. Delaware Country Club also provides comprehensive practice facilities for all aspects of the game, a well-appointed pro shop for their every need, and beautiful new private locker rooms and lounges.

Mastodon Lineup

Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green, Brett Seward, Hunter Mefford and Reece Compton will compete for the Mastodons’ team score this week. Burke Pitz will compete as an individual.

No Record Is Safe

Purdue Fort Wayne has seen two records fall already this season, both by the hands of Kasey Lilly. In the opening tournament of the season, Lilly broke the 54-hole with a 208, besting the previous record of 210. At Marshall’s tournament nine days later, Lilly broke the 18-hole record with a 7-under 64, two shots better than the previous record of 66.

Down the Fairway

In Tyler Green’s first tournament at Purdue Fort Wayne, he shot 211, with an average of 71.67 in each round. While he does not qualify for the career or season minimums yet, this would be one of the two best in program history.

All Fore the Best

Kasey Lilly has finished in the top-10 five times in his career, including three in his shortened sophomore season. The junior finished as the runner-up at the Horizon League Championship in the spring of 2021, marking his second top-five finish. In the first tournament of this season, Lilly finished sixth at the EKU Fall Intercollegiate.

He’s Pretty Tee-rific

After two-plus seasons with the ‘Dons, Kasey Lilly holds the Purdue Fort Wayne program record for career scoring average with a 73.03 mark. He is also the leader in win/loss percentage with a .790 winning percentage. Last season, Lilly shot a program best 72.6 average in 14 rounds with an .858 winning percentage. Through six rounds in his junior season, Lilly has a 70.33 18-hole average.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons finished fifth at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational thanks to a final round of 277. The ‘Dons moved up five places in the last round of the tournament, as the 277 was the second-best team score in the field for the event.

Next Time Up

This is the last event of September for the men’s team. They will return to the course on October 4 at Cleveland State’s Tom Tontimonia Invitational.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Basketball Horizon League Schedule Announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Horizon League office announced the 2021-22 women’s basketball league schedule on Thursday, September 16.

In addition to the league schedule being announced, Purdue Fort Wayne has announced game times for non-league home contests: Manchester (Nov. 9, 5 p.m.), Evansville (Nov. 24, 2 p.m.) and Indiana State (Dec. 20, 7 p.m.).

The Mastodons’ first season under head coach Maria Marchesano will feature 22 Horizon League games which begin on November 18 with UIC at home. The ‘Dons will then host IUPUI and three-time League Player of the Year Macee Williams on November 20 before continuing non-league play.

Purdue Fort Wayne will play three more Horizon League games in December, with reigning champion Wright State (Dec. 3), Northern Kentucky (Dec. 5) and Youngstown State (Dec. 30), all on the road.

The Mastodons will not have much time to celebrate the New Year, as they play on New Year’s Day in Moon Township, Pa. against Robert Morris. The ‘Dons return home for a pair of games against Oakland (Jan. 6) and Detroit Mercy (Jan. 8) before three straight road games at Milwaukee (Jan. 14), Green Bay (Jan. 16) and Cleveland State (Jan. 20). After a home game against the Vikings on January 22, the ‘Dons will travel to IUPUI (Jan. 27) and UIC (Jan. 29).

Four straight home games will highlight February, when the Mastodons welcome Northern Kentucky (Feb. 3), Wright State (Feb. 5), Robert Morris (Feb. 11) and Youngstown State (Feb. 13). The final road trip of the year will see the Mastodons head to Detroit Mercy (Feb. 17) and Oakland (Feb. 19). The ‘Dons will close the season with a homestand against Green Bay (Feb. 24) and Milwaukee (Feb. 26).

All eligible teams will compete in this year’s Horizon League Basketball Championships and eight teams – four men and four women – will look to advance to Indianapolis March 7-8 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.

The opening rounds of the Horizon League Basketball Championships will start on campus with early round matchups set for March 1 and 3. The top-four teams in the regular season will earn a bye to the quarterfinals and a home game on Thursday, March 3 with the winners advancing to the semifinals on March 7 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The first round will feature the teams placing fifth through 12th competing on campus at the highest-available seeds on Tuesday, March 1.

Continuing a partnership that began during the 2014-15 season, ESPN+ and ESPN3 will be the home for the League’s live streaming game content. Full television information and start times will be announced at a later date.

Locations and times for Mastodon home games will be announced later. Season and individual ticket information will be announced soon.

The Mastodons will open the 2021-22 season with a 5 p.m. game against Division III Manchester at the Memorial Coliseum on November 9. It will be a doubleheader with the men’s basketball team, which will play Earlham at 7:30 p.m.

ANDERSON: Spotlight Raven Series: Karis Johnson (Cross Country/Track & Field)

Karis Johnson enters the 2021-22 season in her first season as the Anderson University head cross country coach and her first season as an Anderson assistant track and field coach.

Johnson spent two years as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at NCAA Division II’s Lewis University. She also competed for NCAA Division II’s McKendree University for four years.

During Johnson’s tenure at Lewis, the Flyers secured three Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) titles. The men’s cross country team claimed the 2020 conference championship while the women’s track and field team captured the 2020 indoor title and the 2021 outdoor title. Lewis’s women’s track and field team then took sixth place during the 2021 NCAA Division II Championships. Johnson coached the distance runners for Lewis. During that time, the Flyers totaled five all-conference recipients in cross country and three all-conference selections for the Lewis distance team in track and field.

While at McKendree, Johnson earned two fourth-place finishes in the 800 during the GLVC Championships. Johnson holds personal records of 2 minutes, 16.12 seconds in the 800-meter run and 5:08.30 in the 1-mile run. She served on McKendree’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was also named McKendree’s GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship recipient for women’s outdoor track and field in 2016.

While at McKendree, Johnson earned a certification of First Aid in Mental Health. She also served as a CPR and First Aid instructor.

An Indianapolis native and Lawrence Central High School alumna, Johnson graduated from McKendree with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Performance in 2018. She then earned her Master of Business Administration from Lewis in 2021.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay9156.61946 – 2645 – 3047 – 2318 – 1114 – 175 – 5W 1
Toronto8264.5628.541 – 3041 – 3437 – 3015 – 1216 – 168 – 2W 1
Boston8365.5618.544 – 2939 – 3637 – 3020 – 1315 – 184 – 6W 2
NY Yankees8265.558941 – 3141 – 3430 – 3721 – 819 – 124 – 6L 1
Baltimore4799.32243.523 – 5124 – 4818 – 4910 – 2413 – 154 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox8363.56849 – 2734 – 3619 – 1438 – 2714 – 164 – 6L 2
Cleveland7173.4931136 – 3635 – 3711 – 2038 – 2613 – 163 – 7W 1
Detroit7077.47613.539 – 3631 – 4116 – 1325 – 3918 – 166 – 4L 1
Kansas City6680.4521735 – 3731 – 4312 – 2129 – 3413 – 175 – 5L 2
Minnesota6483.43519.534 – 4030 – 4310 – 1633 – 3713 – 204 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8660.58945 – 2741 – 3316 – 1219 – 1644 – 227 – 3W 2
Oakland7967.541740 – 3439 – 3315 – 1823 – 1030 – 305 – 5W 2
Seattle7868.534842 – 3336 – 3519 – 1513 – 1637 – 264 – 6L 2
LA Angels7274.4931438 – 3434 – 4016 – 1721 – 1224 – 364 – 6W 2
Texas5492.3703232 – 4022 – 5212 – 159 – 1726 – 476 – 4L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7668.52837 – 3639 – 3240 – 3022 – 128 – 125 – 5L 2
Philadelphia7472.507342 – 3232 – 4038 – 2917 – 1313 – 194 – 6W 2
NY Mets7275.4905.543 – 3129 – 4434 – 3213 – 1716 – 173 – 7L 3
Miami6284.4251538 – 3424 – 5031 – 3511 – 1817 – 175 – 5W 1
Washington6086.4111734 – 4126 – 4528 – 4513 – 159 – 194 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8957.61040 – 3149 – 2614 – 1444 – 2223 – 97 – 3L 2
St. Louis7669.52412.539 – 3337 – 3617 – 1631 – 3117 – 137 – 3W 5
Cincinnati7671.51713.538 – 3338 – 3817 – 1240 – 3010 – 203 – 7W 1
Chi Cubs6681.44923.539 – 3627 – 4513 – 2130 – 3317 – 154 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh5492.3703534 – 4120 – 5114 – 1319 – 4811 – 216 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco9552.64647 – 2548 – 2719 – 1020 – 1443 – 218 – 2L 2
Y-LA Dodgers9453.639152 – 2342 – 3024 – 915 – 1243 – 248 – 2W 6
San Diego7670.52118.544 – 3132 – 3914 – 1516 – 1432 – 354 – 6W 2
Colorado6878.46626.545 – 2723 – 5115 – 1114 – 1929 – 385 – 5W 3
Arizona4799.32247.528 – 4319 – 5612 – 1813 – 1919 – 482 – 8L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.017160-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.014190-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Buffalo Bills010.0001.016230-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.016170-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders1001.0000.033271-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs1001.0000.033291-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers1001.0000.020160-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Denver Broncos1001.0000.027130-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023160-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals1001.0000.027241-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns010.0001.029330-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens010.0001.027330-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans1001.0000.037211-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts010.0001.016280-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Tennessee Titans010.0001.013380-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0001.021370-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.03260-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Football Team110.5000.546491-1-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.029310-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
New York Giants020.0001.542570-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams1001.0000.034141-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
San Francisco 49ers1001.0000.041330-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals1001.0000.038130-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Seattle Seahawks1001.0000.028160-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings010.0000.024270-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions010.0000.033410-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Chicago Bears010.0000.014340-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0000.03380-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.03831-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.031291-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers1001.0000.019141-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.06320-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England25174447291810-1-17-3-355
Nashville SC23101123821178-6-02-5-241
Orlando City SC241086353327-4-23-4-438
New York City FC2310584127148-2-22-3-635
D.C.2410410393368-0-32-4-734
CF Montreal24978343046-3-23-4-634
Atlanta24897322846-3-32-6-433
Inter Miami CF239592431-75-2-54-3-432
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
Columbus2586112934-56-3-32-3-830
New York2265112528-35-3-31-2-823
Chicago2465132438-145-4-41-1-923
FC Cincinnati2348112342-191-5-43-3-720
Toronto FC2436152650-241-5-42-1-1115
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2313643619176-4-37-2-145
Colorado2312743423116-4-16-3-343
Los Angeles241158373707-2-44-3-438
Portland24104103441-76-2-34-2-734
Real Salt Lake24969403556-4-23-2-733
Los Angeles FC24969373436-5-23-1-733
Minnesota238782429-56-2-32-5-531
Vancouver237882933-46-2-41-6-429
FC Dallas2569103640-44-6-22-3-827
San Jose246992835-73-3-63-6-327
Houston25411102837-94-5-30-6-723
Austin2454152236-143-2-62-2-919

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Connecticut Sun256.80614-111-511-310-013 W
x-Chicago Sky1515.5009.55-910-69-55-51 L
Washington Mystics1218.40012.58-74-117-74-62 W
New York Liberty1120.35514.06-95-115-91-98 L
Atlanta Dream823.25817.04-124-116-82-81 L
Indiana Fever624.20018.54-112-134-102-85 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Las Vegas Aces228.73313-39-510-48-22 W
x-Minnesota Lynx2010.6672.013-37-710-57-32 W
x-Seattle Storm2011.6452.510-510-68-64-61 L
x-Phoenix Mercury1911.6333.07-812-36-79-11 L
x-Dallas Wings1318.4199.56-97-96-84-61 L
Los Angeles Sparks1219.38710.58-84-112-124-62 W