INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL PAIRINGS

REGIONAL PAIRINGS
CLASS 4A
MICHIGAN CITY
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL [22-4] VS. MISHAWAKA [19-7]

**EAST CHICAGO FAVORED BY 6
MICHIGAN CITY
WARSAW [19-5] VS. CROWN POINT [19-5]

**CROWN POINT FAVORED BY 7
NEW CASTLE
KOKOMO [25-3] VS. FISHERS [25-1]

**FISHERS FAVORED BY 8
LOGANSPORT
FORT WAYNE NORTH [19-8] VS. FORT WAYNE WAYNE [21-3]

**FT. WAYNE WAYNE FAVORED BY 8
GREENFIELD
AVON [15-10] VS. LAWRENCE NORTH [24-3]

**LAWRENCE NORTH FAVORED BY 15
SOUTHPORT
NEW PALESTINE [22-5] VS. BEN DAVIS [20-5]

**BEN DAVIS FAVORED BY 5
SOUTHRIDGE
JEFFERSONVILLE [18-7] VS. EVANSVILLE HARRISON [20-4]

**JEFFERSONVILLE FAVORED BY 1
SOUTHPORT
FRANKLIN [18-4] VS. CENTER GROVE [20-4]

**CENTER GROVE FAVORED BY 3


CLASS 3A
TRITON
HAMMOND NOLL [20-7] VS. FAIRFIELD [19-6]

**HAMMON NOLLFAVORED BY 4
SB WASHINGTON
JOHN GLENN [13-13] VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH [17-9]

**ST. JOSEPH FAVORED BY 19
LOGANSPORT
PERU [15-10] VS. WEST LAFAYETTE [19-6]

**WEST LAFAYETTE FAVORED BY 1
LAPEL
DELTA [21-6] VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA [14-12]

**DELTA FAVORED BY 11
GREENFIELD
GUERIN CATHOLIC [20-7] VS. INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON [14-12]

**GUERIN FAVORED BY 9
LEBANON
NORTHVIEW [14-11] VS. DANVILLE [21-3]

**DANVILLE FAVORED BY 9
SEYMOUR
BATESVILLE [20-5] VS. SCOTTSBURG [21-5]

**SCOTTSBURG FAVORED BY 14
SOUTHRIDGE
SOUTHRIDGE [19-6] VS. EVANSVILLE BOSSE [14-10]

**BOSSE FAVORED BY 1


CLASS 2A
TRITON
WABASH [20-5] VS. WESTVIEW [20-5]

**WESTVIEW FAVORED BY 2
NORTH JUDSON
NORTH JUDSON [15-9] VS. GARY 21ST CENTURY [20-6]

**GARY 21ST FAVORED BY 19
LAPEL
WAPAHANI [23-2] VS. TIPTON [24-2]

**WAPAHANI FAVORED BY 3
FRANKFORT
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK [20-6] VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC [17-8]

**FW BLACKHAWK FAVORED BY 11
LEBANON
IRVINGTON PREP [16-9] VS. PARK TUDOR [19-5]

**PARK TUDOR FAVORED BY 27
MARTINSVILLE
PARKE HERITAGE [22-5] VS. NORTHEASTERN [18-7]

**PARKE HERITAGE FAVORED BY 6
SEYMOUR
SWITZERLAND COUNTY [15-10] VS. FOREST PARK [17-9]

**FOREST PARKE FAVORED BY 10
WASHINGTON
SULLIVAN [21-5] VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL [24-4]

**BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL FAVORED BY 22


CLASS 1A
SB WASHINGTON
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC [11-15] VS. DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN [19-7]

**MARQUETTE FAVORED BY 2
NORTH JUDSON
TRI-COUNTY [14-11] VS. ELKHART CHRISTIAN [16-9]

**ELKHART CHRISTIAN FAVORED BY 7
NEW CASTLE
SETON CATHOLIC [19-7] VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN [16-9]

**LIBERTY CHRIATIAN FAVORED BY 1
FRANKFORT
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY [15-9] VS. NORTH VERMILLION [15-10]

**FW CANTERBURY FAVORED BY 15
MARTINSVILLE
OLDENBURG ACADEMY [13-11] VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN [17-7]

**GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN FAVORED BY 9
WASHINGTON
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN [20-7] VS. CLAY CITY [21-5]

**BETHESDA CHRISTIAN FAVORD BY 2
LOOGOOTEE
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY [22-4] VS. BARR-REEVE [23-2]

**BARR-REEVE FAVORED BY 8
LOOGOOTEE
TRINITY LUTHERAN [14-11] VS. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN [23-2]

**EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN FAVORED BY 29

2023-24 GIRLS GYMNASTICS STATE TOURNAMENT

Site: Worthen Arena, Ball State University, 1699 W. Bethel Avenue, Muncie | Facility

Time: Doors open to spectators at 10 am ET; Opening ceremonies at 11 am ET; Competition at 11:30 am ET.

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $15 per person. Children age 5 and younger admitted free. All seats general admission. No pass outs. Patrons will enter at Gate 1 on the northeast side of the facility.

Results: Unofficial live results are available online once the meet begins. Official results will be posted following the conclusion of the event.

Streaming: Competition will be streamed exclusively (no commentary) at IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV) via pay-per-view for $15.

Photography: Double Edge Media is the Official Photography Service of the IHSAA and posts state championship images for purchase. Website

Sports Medicine: Athletic trainers from Forté Sports Medicine, the Official Sports Medicine Provider to the IHSAA, will be on hand to assist student-athletes as needed. Website

Apparel: Contact Team IP, our official online provider of state tournament apparel. Website

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#1 HOUSTON 67 CENTRAL FLORIDA 59

#4 TENNESSEE 66 #17 SOUTH CAROLINA 59

#2 CONNECTICUT 74 #8 MARQUETTE 67

#6 IOWA STATE 68 #20 BYU 63

#15 KENTUCKY 93 VANDERBILT 77

#22 UTAH STATE 90 SAN JOSE STATE 70

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 53 NORTHWESTERN 49

BUTLER 72 XAVIER 66

TENNESSEE STATE 78 SOUTHERN INDIANA 64

INDIANA 70 MINNESOTA 58

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#18 COLORADO 79 OREGON 30

#22 UTAH 71 ARIZONA STATE 60

ELSEWHERE:

BALL STATE 75 KENT STATE 71

OHIO 72 AKRON 63

BUFFALO 77 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 68

PURDUE 78 NORTHWESTERN 72

BOWLING GREEN 87 WESTERN MICHIGAN 73

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 56 MIAMI OHIO 46

TOLEDO 87 EASTERN MICHIGAN 41

MINNESOTA 77 RUTGERS 69

NBA SCOREBOARD

ORLANDO 119 WASHINGTON 109

MEMPHIS 115 PHILADELPHIA 109

ATLANTA 112 CLEVELAND 101

LA CLIPPERS 122 HOUSTON 116

CHICAGO 119 UTAH 117

OKLAHOMA CITY 128 PORTLAND 120

GOLDEN STATE 125 MILWAUKEE 90

SACRAMENTO 130 LA LAKERS 120

NHL SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 2 BUFFALO 1 OT

COLORADO 7 DETROIT 2

ANAHEIM 2 OTTAWA 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY METS – HOUSTON CANCELED

TAMPA BAY 4 NY YANKEES 3

MINNESOTA 7 BOSTON 1

WASHINGTON 9 MIAMI 3

CHICAGO CUBS 6 LA ANGELS 5

LA DODGERS 12 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 9

MILWAUKEE 2 CINCINNATI 0

SEATTLE 8 KANSAS CITY 7

TEXAS 6 COLORADO 6

CINCINNATI 6 SAN DIEGO 2

OAKLAND 12 LA ANGELS 5

CLEVELAND 3 MILWAUKEE 3

BALTIMORE 6 PITTSBURGH 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

TENNESSEE 2 SOUTHERN INDIANA 1

CINCINNATI 19 ACCURATE 8

MICHIGAN 13 OAKLAND 5

INDIANA 11 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 5

WRIGHT STATE 6 MIAMI OHIO 5

BALL STATE 10 FLORIDA A&M 2

BALL STATE 6 FLORIDA A&M 4

DAYTON 6 TOLEDO 2

ORAL ROBERTS 10 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 7

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

BAYLOR 4 PENN STATE 1

WEDNESDAY’S TRANSACTIONS

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball

American League

BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned LHP Brandon Walter to Worcester (IL). Reassigned RHPs Melvin Adon, Franklin German and Alex Hoppe, LHP Helcris Olivarez and Cs Nathan Hickey and Stephen Scott to the minor league camp.

NEW YORK YANKEES — Reassigned LHP Tanner Tully to the minor league camp.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES — Reassigned RHPs Grant Holmes and Jake Walsh, INFs Phillip Evans, Leury Garcia and Alejo Lopez to the minor league camp.

SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with SS Brad Miller on a minor league contract.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association

DETROIT PISTONS — Signed F Taj Gibson to a 10-day contract.

MIAMI HEAT — Signed G Patty Mills to a rest-of-season contract.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Signed F T.J. Warren to a 10-day contract.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

BUFFALO BILLS — Signed G David Edwards to a two-year extension.

DALLAS COWBOYS — Exercised their fifth-year option on DE Micah Parsons.

HOUSTON TEXANS — Re-signed K Ka’imi Fairbairn to a three-year contract extension.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS — Signed TE Zach Ertz to a one-year contract.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

BOSTON BRUINS — Recalled C Marc McLaughlin from Providence (AHL).

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

FROM HERSCHEL WALKER TO RUSSELL WILSON, HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE WORST NFL TRADES EVER

In a span of just a few days in the 2022 offseason, the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns made aggressive trades to acquire what they hoped would be franchise-altering quarterbacks.

The results so far have been underwhelming.

The Broncos are cutting ties already with Russell Wilson after investing heavy draft capital and $124 million for two years of mostly disappointing play, making the trade with Seattle and subsequent extension one of the worst deals in NFL history.

The Browns still have a shot to get more value out of their trade that sent three first-round picks and three lower picks to Houston for Deshaun Watson. Cleveland then gave Watson a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract only to get better play from his backups the past two seasons.

Here’s a look at some of the worst trades in the NFL over the years:

HERSCHEL WALKER TO MINNESOTA

The Cowboys launched their dynasty in the 1990s when Jimmy Johnson realized the high value of draft picks and turned Herschel Walker into a huge haul of them.

Johnson dealt his star running back to the Vikings in 1989 for five role players, and picks in the first, second and sixth rounds of the 1990 draft. But Johnson negotiated terms into the deal that gave Dallas two additional first-round picks, two second-round picks and a third-round pick if they got rid of the players the Cowboys acquired.

The trades helped Dallas acquire draft picks that led to Emmitt Smith, Darren Woodson, Russell Maryland and Kevin Smith, who contributed to three Super Bowl titles.

Walker did little to get the Vikings over the hump, losing in his only playoff game in three seasons in Minnesota.

RUSSELL WILSON TO DENVER

The Broncos believed they finally found the successor to Peyton Manning when they dealt two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-rounder and three players to Seattle for Wilson and a fourth-rounder.

Denver believed so strongly in Wilson that the Broncos gave him a five-year, $245 million extension before he played a game for them even though he had two years left on his deal.

Denver is moving on from Wilson before that extension even started but with a high price attached. The Broncos will officially cut Wilson next week after the start of the new league year but will have to carry $85 million of dead money on the salary cap divided over the next two years as a reminder of the bad deal.

O.J. SIMPSON TO SAN FRANCISCO

The 49ers of the late 1970s were a mess of a franchise and trading for an aging local star epitomized the problems of the pre-Bill Walsh years.

San Francisco dealt five draft picks to Buffalo in 1978 for hometown star O.J. Simpson, who was about to turn 31 and coming off knee surgery.

Simpson rushed for 1,053 yards in two injury-filled seasons for the Niners, while the Bills got two second-round picks, one third-round pick, one fourth-rounder and a first-round pick in 1979 that turned out to be the No. 1 overall selection when the Niners had the worst record in the league in 1978.

BRETT FAVRE TO GREEN BAY

Atlanta invested a second-round pick in Brett Favre in the 1991 draft, but he barely got on the field as a rookie as he struggled.

That led the Falcons to cut ties quickly, trading him after the season to Green Bay for a first-round pick. Favre’s arrival sparked a franchise revival under GM Ron Wolf and coach Mike Holmgren as the Packers made the playoffs his second season, won the Super Bowl his fifth season and made 11 playoff berths in his 16 seasons as starter.

Favre won three MVPs and ended up as one of the game’s most prolific passers ever with 71,838 yards and 508 TDs.

The Falcons turned the pick into running back Tony Smith, who rushed for 329 yards in his career.

TREY LANCE TO SAN FRANCISCO

The 49ers knew they needed an upgrade at QB from Jimmy Garoppolo and aggressively pursued one in the 2021 draft.

They packaged the No. 12 overall pick, two future first-rounders and a third-rounder to move up to No. 3 where they took the inexperienced Trey Lance out of North Dakota State.

Lance couldn’t win the starting job as a rookie, struggled in training camp the next season and then broke his leg in the second game in 2022.

San Francisco dealt him to Dallas last summer for a fourth-round pick after just four starts when he fell behind both 2022 seventh-round pick Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold on the depth chart.

RICKY WILLIAMS TO NEW ORLEANS

Coach Mike Ditka traded his entire 1999 draft class, plus first and third-rounders the following year to move up seven spots to draft Ricky Williams fifth overall.

Williams lasted just three seasons with the Saints, while Washington got eight picks, including the No. 2 overall selection in 2000 used on LaVar Arrington.

CLINTON PORTIS FOR CHAMP BAILEY

This rare star-for-star trade was made in 2004, long before the value of running backs had been diminished in the NFL.

Washington dealt four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey to Denver for Clinton Portis, who was coming off back-to-back 1,500-yard rushing seasons. Washington even threw in an extra second-round pick to sweeten the pot.

Portis was a solid contributor in Washington with four more seasons with at least 1,000 yards rushing in his final seven years.

Bailey built a Hall of Fame career with the Broncos, earning first-team All-Pro honors his first three seasons in Denver and going down as one of the best cornerbacks of his generation.

RICK MIRER TO CHICAGO

Mirer hadn’t shown much in four seasons in Seattle after being drafted second overall in 1993. But the Seahawks were able to turn him into a first-round pick from quarterback-starved Chicago in 1997.

The Bears dealt the No. 11 pick that Seattle used to move up to draft star cornerback Shawn Springs.

Mirer made three starts for the Bears, losing all of them and ending his tenure in Chicago with six interceptions and no touchdowns.

REPORT: BRONCOS ALLOW WILSON TO TALK TO TEAMS

The Denver Broncos have permitted Russell Wilson to start talking to and meeting with potential suitors immediately, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Broncos already informed Wilson that they’ll be releasing him, though the move won’t be processed until the new league year begins on March 13. The veteran can now effectively start his free agency before his release becomes official.

Wilson’s departure costs Denver an NFL-record $85 million in dead money. The franchise will be on the hook for $39 million of Wilson’s salary for 2024.

His release marks the end of a failed two-year project by the Broncos, who acquired Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster trade in 2022 and then inked him to a five-year, $245-million contract extension.

The former Super Bowl champion struggled to replicate his elite Seahawks form with his new club. His first season ended with career lows in wins (4), completion percentage (60.5%), touchdowns (16), and passer rating (84.4).

The Broncos hired Sean Payton as their head coach last offseason in hopes of salvaging Wilson. He responded with 26 touchdowns to eight interceptions but still didn’t achieve a winning record, finishing 7-8 and sitting out for the final two games of the campaign.

REPORT: SNEED DRAWS TRADE INTEREST FROM LIONS, 6 OTHERS

The Kansas City Chiefs have received interest from several teams regarding the availability of cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, sources told USA Today’s Tyler Dragon.

The Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Tennessee Titans are among the teams to express interest.

The Chiefs placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Sneed and granted the 27-year-old permission to seek a trade.

Kansas City general manager Brett Veach said the team was hopeful that it could retain both Sneed and defensive tackle Chris Jones. However, Jones is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year on March 13.

The two-time Super Bowl winner is aiming to land a new deal after a stellar campaign in 2023. Sneed didn’t surrender a touchdown as the closest defender during the regular season, while often matching up against the opposition’s top receiver, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher.

Sneed has recorded 40 passes defended, 10 interceptions, and four forced fumbles in 57 games with the Chiefs.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS ARE SIGNING VETERAN TIGHT END ZACH ERTZ, AP SOURCES SAY

The Washington Commanders are signing veteran tight end Zach Ertz, two people with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been announced. One person familiar with the signing said the contract for next season is worth up to $5 million.

Ertz, 33, reunites with Kliff Kingsbury, Washington’s offensive coordinator who coached him with Arizona. He played parts of three seasons with the Cardinals before being released in late November.

A Super Bowl champion with Philadelphia, Ertz returns to the NFC East as the first big addition for new Commanders general manager Adam Peters. Ertz replaces Logan Thomas, who was released last week along with two offensive linemen: starting left tackle Charles Leno and center Nick Gates.

Ertz has played in 159 NFL regular-season and playoff games since making his debut in 2013 after being a second-round pick of the Eagles. Over the past decade, he has caught 745 passes for 7,815 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Who he’ll be catching passes from with Washington remains to be seen. The Commanders have the second pick in the draft and could use that on a quarterback or be active in free agency, with Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins among the veterans expected to be available.

BUFFALO BILLS AGREE TO RE-SIGN BACKUP OFFENSIVE LINEMAN DAVID EDWARDS TO 2-YEAR DEAL, AP SOURCE SAYS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to sign backup offensive lineman David Edwards to a two-year contract extension, a person with direct knowledge of talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not announced the agreement that was first reported by The 33rd Team.

The 26-year-old Edwards had completed his one-year contract with Buffalo, and was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week. Primarily an interior lineman, Edwards appeared in all 17 games in a backup role last season.

His return to Buffalo comes two days after the Bills acquired a fifth-round draft pick by trading backup interior lineman Ryan Bates to Chicago in a salary cap savings-related move.

Edwards signed with Buffalo in free agency a year ago after spending his first four seasons with the Los Angele Rams. He was selected by L.A. in the fifth round of the 2019 draft out of Wisconsin, and had 45 starts in 53 games with the Rams.

REPORT: QB MITCH TRUBISKY HEADING BACK TO BILLS

The Bills have agreed to a deal to bring quarterback Mitch Trubisky back to Buffalo, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The former No. 2 overall pick mutually agreed to part ways with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 12, with two years left on a three-year, $19.4 million contract.

Now he’s reportedly heading to Buffalo to reprise the role of Josh Allen’s backup. Trubisky, 29, spent the 2021 season in Buffalo seeing limited action in support of Allen, going 6 of 8 for 43 yards and rushing for 24 yards and a touchdown over six games (no starts).

Trubisky joined the Steelers as a free agent in 2022, the same year Pittsburgh selected quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round of the draft. Trubisky began that season as the starting quarterback but soon gave way to Pickett.

While Pickett dealt with injury and regression in 2023, Trubisky made two starts before the Steelers eventually turned to Mason Rudolph, who helped guide the team to a wild-card berth.

In 12 games (seven starts) for Pittsburgh, Trubisky completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,884 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added four rushing touchdowns.

Since entering the league with the Chicago Bears in 2017, Trubisky has amassed 12,536 passing yards, 72 touchdowns and 48 picks across 69 games (57 starts) with the Bears (2017-20), Bills (2021) and Steelers. He is 31-26 all-time as a starter.

REPORTS: TEXANS RE-SIGN PK KA’IMI FAIRBAIRN TO 3-YEAR DEAL

Houston kept kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn from free agency by re-signing him on Wednesday to a three-year, $15.9 million contract, according to multiple reports.

Fairbairn’s four-year deal expired but the Texans moved to bring him back, one day after agreeing to a three-year deal to retain tight end Dalton Schultz.

Fairbairn missed only three total field goal tries the past two seasons and has one miss in 12 attempts from 50-plus yards during that span. Fairbairn, 30, booted a team record 61-yarder in 2021.

An undrafted free agent who signed with the Texans in 2017, Fairbairn made 27 of 28 field goals and 21 of 22 extra points during the 2023 regular season but a hamstring injury forced him to miss five regular-season games.

REPORT: LIONS LETTING CB JERRY JACOBS ENTER FREE AGENCY

The Detroit Lions will not tender restricted free agent cornerback Jerry Jacobs, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Jacobs, 26, is now set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

Undrafted in 2021, he posted 131 tackles and four interceptions in 40 games (29 starts) for the Lions.

Jacobs started 12 of his 15 games last season and set career highs in interceptions (three) and tackles (55). He was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 13 with a thigh/knee injury.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 4 VOLS CAPTURE OUTRIGHT SEC TITLE

No. 4 Tennessee held on for a 66-59 win over No. 17 South Carolina on Wednesday in Columbia, S.C., to clinch its first outright Southeastern Conference regular-season title since 2007-08.

Dalton Knecht scored 26 points on 9-for-23 shooting to lead Tennessee (24-6, 14-3 SEC), which won its seventh game in a row.

Meechie Johnson scored 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting to pace South Carolina (24-6, 12-5). Collin Murray-Boyles finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Gamecocks, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Knecht pointed toward his ring finger and embraced his teammates after the final buzzer sounded. The Volunteers smiled and slapped hands with one another but otherwise stayed subdued on the court in the moments after securing the regular-season title.

No. 1 Houston 67, UCF 59

L.J. Cryer scored 25 points as the Cougars recovered from a sluggish start and clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title with a win over the Knights in Orlando.

Cryer scored 19 after halftime when the Cougars (27-3, 14-3 Big 12) outscored the Knights 39-28. Jamal Shead added 16 points and eight assists for Houston, which earned its ninth straight victory over UCF (15-14, 6-11).

C.J. Walker scored 15 points for the Knights, who fell to 0-3 all-time when facing the top-ranked team.

No. 2 UConn 74, No. 8 Marquette 67

Alex Karaban had 23 points and Cam Spencer added 17 to lead the Huskies past the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee.

Marquette, which trailed by 14 with just under eight minutes left, used an 11-2 run to pull within 72-67 with 56 seconds remaining. UConn then turned it over, but the Golden Eagles missed a chance to make it a one-possession game with their own turnover, and they lost for the second straight time without star guard Tyler Kolek (oblique).

Karaban and Spencer each hit five 3-pointers for UConn (27-3, 17-2 Big East). Kam Jones had 18 points and Oso Ighodaro added 16 to lead Marquette, (22-8, 13-6).

No. 6 Iowa State 68, No. 20 BYU 63

Tamin Lipsey scored 19 points and made a late steal to help the Cyclones win their home finale by overcoming the Cougars in Ames, Iowa. BYU went without a field goal for almost six minutes to close the game and didn’t score at all in the last four minutes.

When Iowa State’s Robert Jones missed both free-throw attempts with 22 seconds left, the Cougars trailed by just one after the rebound and were in position to win. Lipsey’s steal altered that plan. Iowa State’s Keshon Gilbert sank four free throws in the last 10 seconds.

Curtis Jones added 18 points for Iowa State (24-6, 13-4 Big 12), while Richie Saunders poured in 20 points off the bench for BYU (21-9, 9-8).

No. 15 Kentucky 93, Vanderbilt 77

Rob Dillingham scored 23 points off the bench to lead the Wildcats past the Commodores in Lexington, Ky.

Antonio Reeves added 20 points and six rebounds for Kentucky (22-8, 12-5 SEC), which won its fourth consecutive game. Freshman Reed Sheppard matched his career best of 11 assists for the Wildcats, who put away the Commodores with a strong second half.

Tyrin Lawrence established season bests of 23 points and nine rebounds for Vanderbilt (8-22, 3-14). Ezra Manjon had 17 points and seven assists.

No. 22 Utah State 90, San Jose State 70

Senior guard Darius Brown II sank a career-high seven 3-pointers while recording 21 points and nine assists, leading the Aggies past the host Spartans.

Mason Falslev added 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting for Utah State (25-5, 13-4 Mountain West), which clinched at least a share of the conference’s regular-season crown. Great Osobor had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Javon Jackson established career bests of 15 points and five 3-pointers.

Myron Amey Jr. had 20 points and seven rebounds and Alvaro Cardenas added 18 points and matched his career best of 10 assists for San Jose State (9-22, 2-16).

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

OKLAHOMA-TEXAS ARE TOP 2 SEEDS IN FINAL WOMEN’S BIG 12 TOURNAMENT BEFORE THEY DEPART FOR SEC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma was a game above .500 following a loss to Southern three days before Christmas, and there seemed few reasons to believe the Sooners would turn around their fortunes when their last run through the Big 12 Conference began the following week.

More than two months later, Jennie Baranczyk’s team has lost only three more times.

Led by Skylar Vann and Louisville transfer Payton Verhulst, the No. 19 Sooners (21-8) rolled to their first Big 12 regular-season title since 2009 before they join Texas in departing for the Southeastern Conference next season.

That also gave Oklahoma the No. 1 seed when the conference tournament begins Thursday in Kansas City.

“This team has really found itself to be a really good team,” Baranczyk said, “and I don’t mean good because we won a Big 12 championship. I mean good because they cover for each other. They help each other. They believe in each other. And they never quit on each other, and they never have a second of doubt, even when it seems impossible.”

The Sooners earned a double bye as the 14-team Big 12 Tournament begins at T-Mobile Center, where the men have played for years but the women are getting equal billing for the first time. They had played down the street at Municipal Auditorium.

Oklahoma will play the TCU-Oklahoma State winner Saturday night as it seeks its first Big 12 tourney title since back-to-back championships in 2006 and ’07.

“The tradition here is amazing, and everyone knows that,” said the Sooners’ Lexy Keys, a transfer from Oklahoma State. “This program is amazing. This team is amazing. Playing against them, I knew that going in.”

The road to the Big 12 Tournament title won’t be easy, though.

The second-seeded Longhorns (27-4), who will play the BYU-Kansas winner Saturday night, are the highest-ranked team at No. 6 in the AP Top 25 this week. In all, there are four teams in the poll and three more receiving votes, and each of those seven are almost certain locks when the NCAA Tournament selection committee meets to decide its field.

“It’s been a little bit of a grind,” said Texas coach Vic Schaefer, whose team won the Big 12 tourney two years ago, “and now we go into the third season, which is the conference tournament, and then the fourth season, which is the NCAA Tournament. And both of those seasons can be a lot shorter than what we just ran through.”

Especially in the Big 12, where No. 16 Kansas State — the No. 3 seed — was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this season.

“We definitely ended conference play on a good note,” the Longhorns’ Shaylee Gonzales said. “Obviously we’re going to take that in but realize we’ve got games ahead of us that we need to prepare for. They’re all good teams. And we’ve all played before.”

CHANGING IT UP

The women’s tournament previously ran alongside the men’s tournament, which allowed fans traveling to Kansas City to catch both of their teams in the same week. But the Big 12 wanted women to have the same spotlight at T-Mobile Center as the men, and that meant moving up the start of the tourney by a week. The championship game is Tuesday night.

ON THE RISE

No. 17 Baylor, which plays the Houston-Texas Tech winner Friday night, has won five straight to climb to the No. 5 seed. Other teams on the rise include fourth-seeded Iowa State (18-10), which earned the last of the four double byes, and seventh-seeded Kansas (18-11), which has won eight of its last nine games to work its way into the projected NCAA Tournament field.

ON THE SLIDE

Kansas State (24-6) hasn’t been the same since All-America candidate Ayoka Lee missed about a month because of ankle surgery, losing five of its last nine after a 20-1 start to the season. Texas Tech was 16-6 after beating TCU on Jan. 27, but it enters the Big 12 tourney on a nine-game skid and likely needs five wins in five days to make the NCAA field.

BEARS BACK ON TRACK

Baylor started the season 14-0, went through a 4-6 stretch midway through the season, then beat Oklahoma State on senior day for its fifth consecutive win. Now, the Bears will go for their first Big 12 tourney title since 2021, when the Bears won the last of three straight championships under former coach Kim Mulkey.

STRANGE SITUATION

Ninth-seeded TCU enters the Big 12 tourney 19-10 overall and 6-12 in conference play. How do the losses compute? The Horned Frogs forfeited two games when they didn’t have enough healthy players, which counted against their Big 12 record but not their overall mark. They have won four of their last five and could work their way into the NCAA field in Kansas City.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: WARRIORS BULLDOZE BUCKS

Stephen Curry led a balanced scoring attack with 29 points and the Golden State Warriors rebounded from a humiliating loss in Boston with a 125-90 romp over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night in San Francisco.

Golden State rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis squashed a Milwaukee rally with two blocks on Giannis Antetokounmpo in a five-second highlight reel in the third quarter. He added 15 points and four blocks for the Warriors, who were last seen getting swamped 140-88 by the Celtics on Sunday.

Returning to action after missing a Monday home win over the Los Angeles Clippers with Achilles soreness, Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Damian Lillard wound up with 20 points and six assists for Milwaukee, which had a six-game winning streak end.

Magic 119, Wizards 109

Franz Wagner scored 28 points and Paolo Banchero added 25 points and 10 assists as Orlando rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to hand host Washington its franchise-record-tying 16th consecutive loss.

Jalen Suggs made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Orlando, which has won five straight games and 14 of its past 18. The game featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes.

Jordan Poole scored 26 points off the bench to lead Washington, while Kyle Kuzma added 25. The 16-game skid matches the Wizards’ record set in March 2010.

Bulls 119, Jazz 117

DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and hit the game-winning free throws with nine seconds remaining in Chicago’s victory over Utah in Salt Lake City. The decisive free throws followed moments after a sequence in which a fracas led to three technical fouls.

Utah had two subsequent chances to win the game, but Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton missed 3-point attempts in the final seconds. John Collins led the Jazz with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sexton chipped in 24 points and seven assists.

Coby White finished with 25 points and Nikola Vucevic totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulls improved to 2-0 on their four-game Western trip.

Hawks 112, Cavaliers 101

Saddiq Bey and Bogdan Bogdanovic each scored 23 points, helping lead Atlanta to a victory over visiting Cleveland.

Dejounte Murray added 18 and De’Andre Hunter scored 17 off the bench for the Hawks, who won their second game in as many nights.

Jarrett Allen led Cleveland with 18 points and 19 rebounds. Isaac Okoro put up 17 points for the Cavaliers, who had rallied for a win over the league-leading Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

Clippers 122, Rockets 116

Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 28 points while Paul George scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half as visiting Los Angeles rallied from a 20-point deficit to defeat Houston.

Leonard added six rebounds and seven assists and James Harden had 21 points and seven assists for the Clippers, who earned their third win in four games.

Houston’s Alperen Sengun posted his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, a season-best 19 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists. Jabari Smith Jr. added 19 points for the Rockets, who had won two in a row.

Thunder 128, Trail Blazers 120

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points and Jalen Williams added 31 to lead Oklahoma City to a victory at Portland.

Chet Holmgren recorded 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Thunder won for the eighth time in their past 10 games. Oklahoma City completed a four-game sweep of the season series and defeated the Trail Blazers for the 12th consecutive time.

Anfernee Simons scored 29 points and Jerami Grant added 20 for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

Kings 130, Lakers 120

De’Aaron Fox scored a season-high 44 points and Domantas Sabonis added his NBA-best 22nd triple-double with 16 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists as visiting Sacramento rallied from an early 19-point deficit to beat Los Angeles.

Malik Monk scored 26 points and dished out eight assists off the bench against his former team as the Kings got back on track after losing three of their previous four games.

LeBron James logged 31 points and 13 assists and Rui Hachimura added 29 points as the Lakers dropped to 2-2 in their six-game homestand.

Grizzlies 115, 76ers 109

Jaren Jackson Jr., back from a three-game absence caused by a quadriceps injury, posted 30 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, and Memphis used a late 11-0 run to rally past host Philadelphia.

Jake LaRavia added 19 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for his second consecutive double-double as the Grizzlies won their second game in a row following a five-game skid. Memphis, which trailed by 15 points in the third quarter, outscored the Sixers 34-16 in the fourth.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led Philadelphia with 25 points off the bench. Paul Reed added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who dropped their second game in a row.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: ATHLETICS’ OFFENSE EXPLODES IN ROUT OF ANGELS

Miguel Andujar clubbed a pair of homers and drove in four runs as the Oakland Athletics cruised to a 12-5 victory over the host Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz.

Andujar went 2-for-3 and is now batting .421 in spring training. JJ Bleday and Shea Langeliers also had two hits apiece for the Athletics, who piled up 17 on the afternoon.

Mike Trout hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to pull the Angels within 6-5, but Oakland ended any chance of a comeback with six more runs, five of which came in the top of the ninth.

Athletics starter Joe Boyle (1-1) didn’t allow a hit but did give up a run across his three innings. Joey Estes closed the door with three perfect frames for a nine-out save, striking out five in the process.

Patrick Sandoval (0-1) was shelled for four runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Dodgers 12, White Sox 9

Freddie Freeman hit a grand slam and had five RBIs as visiting Los Angeles overcame a rough start from Yoshinobu Yamamoto to beat Chicago in Glendale, Ariz.

Yamamoto, a prized offseason acquisition by the Dodgers who signed a 12-year, $325 million deal in December, allowed five runs and six hits in three innings. He walked three and fanned four, but Los Angeles’ offense rode to the rescue.

Paul DeJong had a 3-for-3 day at the plate with three RBIs for the White Sox. Chicago’s Eloy Jimenez tied things at 7 with a two-run homer in the fourth, but the Dodgers ran away with the contest by scoring the next five runs.

Brewers 2, Reds 0

Seven pitchers combined on a five-hitter for Milwaukee, which blanked host Cincinnati in Goodyear, Ariz.

Starter Bryse Wilson (1-0) set the tone by giving up just one hit in three innings before six relievers kept the shutout intact. Christian Arroyo provided the Brewers all the offense they would need with a run-scoring double in the first.

Jake Fraley doubled among his two hits as the Reds failed to come through for Brandon Williamson (0-2), who absorbed the loss despite surrendering just one run and four hits in four innings.

Twins 7, Red Sox 1

Joe Ryan logged three strong innings and Edouard Julien ripped a three-run shot to lead Minnesota past visiting Boston in Fort Myers, Fla.

Ryan (1-0) gave up one run on two hits while striking out one without issuing a walk. Jair Camargo also homered for the Twins, hitting a two-run blast.

The Red Sox scored their lone run on Wilyer Abreu’s solo home run in the second.

Rays 4, Yankees 3

Tampa Bay scored all four of its runs on homers and held off a rally from host New York in Tampa, Fla.

Solo shots from Yandy Diaz and Amed Rosario and a two-run homer from Richie Palacios put the Rays up 4-1. Gleyber Torres went deep in the sixth and Carlos Narvaez did so in the eighth as the Yankees made it 4-3, but that was the closest New York would get.

Taj Bradley (1-0) went three scoreless innings to get the win, while Carlos Rodon (1-1) was hit around for three runs on five hits in three innings to take the loss.

Nationals 9, Marlins 3

Dylan Crews, the No. 1 prospect in Washington’s organization, went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBIs and two runs as the visiting Nationals had little trouble with Miami in Jupiter, Fla.

Crews was the second overall pick of the 2023 draft but is already projected to reach the majors in 2024, per MLB Pipeline. He is 4-for-14 (.286) this spring. Patrick Corbin (2-1) went four innings, giving up two hits and two runs for Washington.

Griffin Conine connected on a Corbin cutter for a two-run home run for the Marlins. Left-hander Jesus Luzardo (0-1) surrendered five runs (four earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He fanned three.

Cubs 6, Angels 5

BJ Murray Jr. smacked a go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift host Chicago over Los Angeles’ split squad in Mesa, Ariz.

The Angels had built a 4-1 cushion following Jo Adell’s solo home run in the fourth, but the Cubs struck for four runs in the fifth before Adell scored on a fielding error in the sixth to tie things at 5-all.

Jimmy Herget (0-1) served up Murray’s homer, which made a winner out of Javier Assad (2-1).

Mariners 8, Royals 7

Visiting Seattle used a five-run sixth to rally past Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz.

Solo home runs from Salvador Perez and Michael Massey helped the Royals build a 5-1 lead, but the Mariners plated a pair of runs in the fourth, then Josh Rojas ignited the outburst in the sixth by walking with the bases loaded. Samad Taylor capped the rally with a two-RBI single.

CJ Alexander had a two-run single in the home half of the sixth for Kansas City, but the Royals never scored again.

Reds 6, Padres 2

Carson Spiers turned in four innings of scoreless relief to help Cincinnati post a split-squad victory over host San Diego in Peoria, Ariz.

Spiers gave up three hits and struck out five, but it was starter Graham Ashcraft (1-0) who came away with the win. Tyler Stephenson and Christian Encarnacion-Strand had two-run homers for the Reds.

Padres starter Randy Vasquez (1-1) surrendered five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. San Diego got an RBI double from Jake Cronenworth.

Rangers 6, Rockies 6

Colorado brought home a pair of runs in the eighth to salvage a tie with visiting Texas in Scottsdale, Ariz.

It was tied 4-4 until the Rangers’ Blaine Crim drilled a two-run blast in the seventh. With the Rockies down to their final five outs, Jordan Beck scored on Hunter Goodman’s groundout and Aaron Schunk followed with a run-scoring base hit to even the score after eight innings.

Adolis Garcia homered for Texas.

Guardians 3, Brewers 3

Host Milwaukee’s split squad overcame a three-run deficit to break even with Cleveland in Phoenix.

Eric Haase hit a two-run blast for the Brewers, whose bullpen kept them in the game. Four relievers combined to give up just one unearned run and three hits in six innings.

Angel Martinez had an RBI triple as the Guardians built a 3-0 lead. Carlos Carrasco was responsible for all three Milwaukee runs (two earned) in his 2 1/3 innings.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

BIG TEN BASEBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE RELEASED

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2024 baseball television schedule on Wednesday. As many as 38 games will be carried on the Big Ten Network (BTN), including every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament Presented by IFS. This spring marks the 17th season of Big Ten Baseball on BTN.
 
The television schedule spans 23 regular season games, including 16 conference contests and seven wildcard dates that will highlight marquee matchups in May. The schedule also features six doubleheaders.
 
The first broadcast is scheduled for Friday, March 29 when Ohio State plays host to Purdue. Coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Omaha, Neb., begins May 21. All 13 Big Ten schools will be showcased on BTN with additional games streamed on B1G+, BTN’s home for non-televised events and on-demand archives.


2024 Big Ten Baseball Television Schedule

DateAway TeamHome TeamTVTime (ET)
Friday, March 29PurdueOhio StateBTN6 p.m.
Saturday, March 30MinnesotaIowaBTN3 p.m.
Sunday, March 31Maryland MichiganBTN12 p.m.
Sunday, March 31Penn StateIllinoisBTN3 p.m.
Friday, April 5MichiganIowaBTN or B1G+3 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 6MichiganIowaBTN or B1G+2 p.m.
Friday, April 12MinnesotaMichiganBTN8 p.m.
Sunday, April 14NebraskaRutgersBTN12 p.m.
Friday, April 19Penn StateMichigan StateBTN8 p.m.
Friday, April 26IllinoisMarylandBTN5 p.m.
Friday, April 26PurdueNorthwesternBTNTBA
Saturday, April 27IowaNebraskaBTN2:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 28RutgersIndianaBTN11 a.m.
Saturday, May 4MarylandRutgersBTN12 p.m.
Saturday, May 11IndianaNebraskaBTN7 p.m.
Sunday, May 12IndianaNebraskaBTN1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 12WildcardWildcardBTN12 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 16WildcardWildcardBTN5 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 16WildcardWildcardBTN8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Friday, May 17WildcardWildcardBTN5 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Friday, May 17WildcardWildcardBTN8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 18WildcardWildcardBTN12 p.m.
Saturday, May 18WildcardWildcardBTN3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21Game #1Big Ten TournamentBTN11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 21Game #2Big Ten TournamentBTN3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21Game #3Big Ten TournamentBTN7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22Game #4Big Ten TournamentBTN3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22Game #5 Big Ten TournamentBTN8 p.m.
Thursday, May 23Game #6Big Ten TournamentBTN11 a.m.
Thursday, May 23Game #7Big Ten TournamentBTN3 p.m.
Thursday, May 23Game #8Big Ten TournamentBTN7 p.m.
Friday, May 24Game #9Big Ten TournamentBTN3 p.m.
Friday, May 24Game #10Big Ten TournamentBTN8 p.m.
Saturday, May 25Game #11Big Ten TournamentBTN10 a.m.
Saturday, May 25Game #12Big Ten TournamentBTN2 p.m.
Saturday, May 25Game #13Big Ten Tournament (if necessary)BTN6 p.m.
Saturday, May 25Game #14Big Ten Tournament (if necessary)BTN10 p.m.
Sunday, May 26ChampionshipBig Ten TournamentBTN3 p.m.

NHL NEWS

PANTHERS GET TARASENKO, AVALANCHE ADD MITTELSTADT AND WALKER AS NHL TRADE DEADLINE MOVES PICK UP

NEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Cup contenders aren’t waiting until the NHL trade deadline day to shore up depth for what they hope is a long playoff run.

The league-leading Florida Panthers got deeper on the wing Wednesday by acquiring Vladimir Tarasenko from Ottawa, and the Colorado Avalanche loaded up by getting defenseman Sean Walker from Philadelphia and center Casey Mittelstadt from Buffalo in separate trades.

Colorado traded a top-10 protected 2025 first-round pick and center Ryan Johansen to Philadelphia for Walker and a fifth-rounder in 2026 and got Mittelstadt in a one-for-one trade that sent defenseman Bowen Byram to the Sabres.

The Panthers sent a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft to Ottawa for Tarasenko, and the fourth-rounder would upgrade to a 2026 third-rounder if Florida wins the Stanley Cup this season. Ottawa also is getting a third-round pick from Florida in 2025, while the Senators are retaining half of Tarasenko’s salary.

“Vladimir is a highly skilled and experienced scoring winger who provides our club with another dynamic offensive option as we embark on the remainder of our season,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. “We are excited for him to join our team, and to compete for the Stanley Cup once again.”

The moves come less than 24 hours after the defending champion Vegas Golden Knights got the ball rolling by trading with Washington for 20-goal scorer Anthony Mantha. Many more moves are expected before 3 p.m. EST Friday deadline.

After taking on Johansen’s contract, which has $4 million annually left on it through next season, the Flyers immediately put him on waivers. GM Danny Briere, whose team is in third place in the Metropolitan Division and an unexpected playoff contender, said “everything’s on the table” for Philadelphia at this deadline as he looks to build for the future.

REPORT: OILERS ACQUIRING HENRIQUE, CARRICK FROM DUCKS

The Edmonton Oilers are adding centers Adam Henrique and Sam Carrick, along with a seventh-round pick from the Anaheim Ducks, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Anaheim is receiving a 2024 first-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2025 that upgrades to a fourth if Edmonton wins the Stanley Cup, per The Athletic’s Eric Stephens.

The deal also involves salary retention and a third-party team, reports Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

Henrique and Carrick are both pending unrestricted free agents. The former carries a $5.85-million cap hit, while the latter accounts for $850,000.

The Oilers had approximately $2.37 million in deadline cap space before the trade, per Cap Friendly.

Henrique has 42 points in 60 games this season, averaging 17 minutes per night and winning 52.9% of his faceoffs. His addition gives Edmonton more options down the middle, as Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins frequently bounce between center and wing.

Carrick has 11 points in 61 appearances in 2023-24 and will likely be used lower in Edmonton’s lineup down the stretch and into the playoffs. The 32-year-old is operating at 51% at the dot this season and is known for his physicality, posting 137 hits on the campaign.

CAPITALS RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN RASMUS SANDIN TO A 5-YEAR CONTRACT WORTH $23 MILLION

Rasmus Sandin is sticking around with the Washington Capitals for a while after re-signing Wednesday on a five-year contract worth $23 million.

Sandin will count $4.6 million against the salary cap through the 2028-29 NHL season as part of the new deal.

Set to be a restricted free agent this summer with the potential for arbitration, Sandin has rounded out his game since joining the Capitals a year ago from Toronto in a trade deadline deal that cost them a first-round draft pick. That price has proven to be worth it, as Sandin has averaged more than 21 minutes of ice time and has 20 points in 52 games this season.

“It all started really a year ago when I got here,” Sandin told reporters after the team’s practice in Arlington, Virginia. “It really felt like the organization really believed in me, and I love this organization and just living here. Very excited to get that extension.”

The Swede, who turns 24 on Thursday, will now be part of Washington’s blue line of the future along with franchise cornerstone John Carlson and young Slovak Martin Fehervary. Forward Aliaksei Protas also recently was extended through 2029, and only winger Tom Wilson — whose seven-year contract through 2031 begins next season — is signed for longer.

Re-signing Sandin comes on the heels of the Capitals trading Anthony Mantha to the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2024 second-round and a 2026 fourth-round pick. They also could make moves involving fellow pending free agents Joel Edmundson, Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Aube-Kubel and are receiving calls about valuable fourth-line center Nic Dowd.

“It can be a tough time,” Edmundson said Tuesday. “It can wear you down if you keep thinking about what could happen, so we’re just trying to keep things light at the rink and take everyone’s mind off it. This comes around every year, it can be a stressful time for a lot of guys, but it’s part of the business.”

For his part, Aube-Kubel — who helped Colorado win it all in 2022 and famously dented the Stanley Cup by dropping it on the ice during the postgame celebration — said he doesn’t think about trade possibilities.

“I think it just brings anxiety and stress, which I’m against,” Aube-Kubel said. “Just try to stay as Zen as possible.”

General manager Brian MacLellan has said he would like to add young players to the mix even while selling, similar to the trade he made with the Maple Leafs for Sandin. Getting high picks and flipping them could still happen before the deadline Friday.

“That would be ideal,” MacLellan said last week. “That would be the type of thing we’re looking to do, yes.”

NHL NEWS:

NHL ROUNDUP: AVS’ CALE MAKAR NETS HAT TRICK VS. WINGS

Cale Makar notched his first career hat trick and added an assist, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists to extend his home point streak to 31 games, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 in Denver on Wednesday.

MacKinnon tied Mario Lemieux and Bryan Trottier for the fourth-longest home point streaks in NHL history. MacKinnon, who has a five-game goal streak, took sole possession of the NHL points lead with 109, breaking a tie with Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov.

Jean-Luc Foudy scored his first NHL goal, Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, Artturi Lehkonen also scored, Mikko Rantanen added four assists and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 27 shots for Colorado.

Robbi Fabbri and David Perron scored for Detroit. Alex Lyon had 35 saves before being replaced by James Reimer, who stopped 12 shots.

Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 1 (OT)

Auston Matthews, the NHL leader in goals scored, tallied at 4:20 of overtime as Toronto defeated visiting Buffalo.

Matthews scored his 54th goal of the season on a quick shot from the slot after Mitchell Marner set him up with a pass. It was Matthews’ second in his last six games, after he netted 10 in a five-game span. William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves.

Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabres, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 25 shots for Buffalo.

Ducks 2, Senators 1

Lukas Dostal made 29 saves to lead host Anaheim past Ottawa.

Alex Killorn and Ryan Strome scored for the Ducks, who won for the third time in four games. It was a rare home win for Anaheim, which entered the contest with the worst home record in the NHL (9-21-1).

Mark Kastelic scored for the Senators, who took their fifth straight loss. Mads Sogaard finished with 14 saves for Ottawa, which fell to 8-18-1 on the road, the worst road record in the Eastern Conference.

MEN’S GOLF

BRITISH OPEN WILL REDUCE ITS AGE LIMIT TO 55 FOR FUTURE CHAMPIONS

The British Open is reducing the age limit to 55 for winners of the claret jug this year and beyond, part of a few tweaks to its exemption categories announced Wednesday.

Among the changes are to take the leading five players from the International Federation Ranking — the top players from the money lists of Japan, Asian, Australian and South African tours, plus the next-highest player in the world ranking from those tours.

That provides a path this year for Andy Ogletree, now with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year. The PGA Championship also has provided spots from the International Federation Ranking.

The 152nd British Open is July 18-21 at Royal Troon in Scotland.

The Open changed its age limit from 65 to 60 in 2010, and it now will be 55 for anyone winning at Royal Troon and in future years.

It is not likely to have a dramatic effect. Phil Mickelson, who won at Muirfield in 2013, will be 54 this year at Royal Troon but will be able to play until he is 60. Ditto for John Daly, who will be 58 at this year’s Open. He can continue playing until 60.

The 55-age limit applies only to the Open champions from this year and onward.

The Open still includes the top 30 from the Race to Dubai on the European tour, securing a spot for Adrian Meronk, who joined LIV and already has fallen out of the top 50, and the top 30 from the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour.

It has added an exemption for the new Africa Amateur champion, to go with spots for the Latin America Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur champions.

Still in effect is the top 50 in the world ranking through May 26. LIV’s request to be part of the Official World Golf Ranking was rejected last fall. It has only four players in the top 50 — all already exempt for the Open — and this week said it has withdrawn its OWGR application.

LIV Golf players not exempt for the Open include Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia. Their best path into golf’s oldest championship would be either the Italian Open (part of the Open Qualifying Series and one week after a LIV event in Tennessee) or final qualifying on July 2.

2024 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL: PREVIEW, PROP PICKS, BEST BETS

The Bay Hill & Lodge has long been one of the favorites stops on the PGA Tour, in part due to the legacy of Arnold Palmer.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational received elevated status this year, as it’s the fourth of eight signature events and features a $20 million purse with $4 million to the winner. That has drawn an elite field to Orlando this week, and our golf experts preview the tournament while providing their favorite prop picks and best bets to win.

ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Location: Orlando, Fla., March 7-10
Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Par 72, 7,466 yards)
Purse: $20M (Winner: $4M)
Defending Champion: Kurt Kitayama
FedEx Cup Leader: Matthieu Pavon

HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC)
Streaming (ESPN+): Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
X: @APInv

PROP PICKS
–Rory McIlroy to Beat Scottie Scheffler (+105 at DraftKings): Scheffler is Mr. Consistency, but Bay Hill has been one of McIlroy’s favorite tracks throughout his career. His six top-10s since 2015 lead the field and include a win in 2018 and a runner-up last year. McIlroy is coming off a T21 at PGA National.

–Emiliano Grillo Top 30 (-120 at BetMGM): The Argentinian has made seven consecutive cuts, including four finishes of T22 or better. Grillo finished top-30 in two of the first three signature events of the year, and only needs to be 39 players in the 69-player field for this prop to pay out.

–Min Woo Lee Top Australian (+225 at DraftKings): Lee has far less experience at Bay Hill than countrymen Jason Day (+190) and Adam Scott (+250), who are both in solid form. Lee also has to beat Cam Davis (+500) for this prop to pay. We’re banking on Lee gaining valuable knowledge from his missed cut last year. The young Australian plays with no fear and closed with a 66-67 over the weekend to claim a T2 at the Cognizant Classic.

2024 Prop Picks Record: 12-14-1

BEST BETS
–Scottie Scheffler (+650 at BetMGM) has gone T4-1-T15 in his past three starts at Bay Hill. He hasn’t finished worse than T17 in his past five starts on tour, but Scheffler is seeking his first official tour win since The Players last March. Since opening at +700, Scheffler is second in the field with 8.9 percent of the bets and 10.8 percent of the money backing him to snap that winless streak.
–Rory McIlroy (+900) won the API in 2018 and was the runner-up last year. He is the BetMGM’s biggest liability this week, drawing 14.6 percent of the money since opening at +1000.
–Viktor Hovland (+1400) makes his first start since a T19 at the Genesis. Hovland is third in the field with 6.0 percent of the total bets backing him since opening at +1200.
–Ludvig Aberg (+2000) has shot up to 11th in the world rankings with a pair of top-10s ahead of a T19 at the Genesis in his most recent start. He’s the book’s third biggest liability with 6.0 percent of the money backing the young Swede.
–Min Woo Lee’s (+4500) late charge for a T2 at PGA National helped earn a spot in the field. He enters the week a career-best 31st in the world rankings.

NOTES
–This is the second of three player-hosted invitationals along with Tiger Woods’ at the Genesis and Jack Nicklaus’ at the Memorial. It’s also the fourth of eight signature events, featuring a $20 million purse and 700 FedEx Cup points. Player-hosted signature events are the only ones to feature a 36-hole cut, with the low 50 and ties advancing to the weekend.
–Tony Finau is the only eligible player among 70 who is not competing this week.
–Kitayama seeks to become the first player to successfully defend at Bay Hill since Matt Every in 2015.
–The API has three qualifying spots available for The Open Championship to those not already qualified.
–European Ryder Cup players Nicolai Hojgaard and Shane Lowry are in the field on sponsors exemptions, and will be joined by 2018 Players champion Webb Simpson.
–North Carolina junior David Ford will make his first start on tour after winning a vote of his peers at the 2023 Palmer Cup.
–Payne Stewart holds the tournament scoring record of 264 set in 1987.

HONG KONG FEELING LIKE HOME FOR CAMERON TRINGALE, ANDY OGLETREE

LIV Golf will be teeing off in China for the first time ever this week, but a handful of players on the Saudi-funded upstart tour will need no introduction.

Among them are Cameron Tringale, who has already reached fan-favorite status over in southeast Asia ahead of this week’s LIV Golf Hong Kong at Hong Kong Golf Club. Tringale has played in Malaysia numerous times, and the California native hasn’t been shy on the road.

“It’s very flattering, for one,” Tringale said on Thursday (local time) of the support he has received in the area. “I’m perplexed as to why there’s such popularity here. I’ve always enjoyed my trips here. I find the culture and the people just very friendly, so I try and reflect that when I’m here and say hello.

“I don’t think it’s much more than that. I’ve played well a few times, but yeah, just trying to bring some smiles to people here when we’re playing.”

Andy Ogletree made a name for himself on the Asian Tour, picking up three titles during the International Series. He won at Egypt in 2022 and prevailed at Qatar and England in 2023, using his success on the tour as a jumping-off point to reach LIV.

“I’m super thankful for the Asian Tour and all that they provided for me, giving me somewhere to play, giving me somewhere to show the world what I can do,” Ogletree said. “To be on LIV Golf now is super rewarding, and I’m so thankful for the guys hitting next to me to push me every day to keep getting better and better.”

Ogletree was named the No. 1 player on the Asian Tour last year and received his trophy for that achievement at Hong Kong Golf Club.

“I’ve never been more excited to finish 12th in a golf tournament in my entire life. But yeah, we were popping champagne beside the 18th green, my caddie Mike and I, and we actually went to Macau for a celebration that night,” Ogletree said. “Some great memories around this place. … This is a special place for me, and this is the place that officially got me on to LIV Golf for this season.”

Fond memories of playing in China also sit with Phil Mickelson, who is a two-time winner of the HSBC Champions at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai. He prevailed in 2007 and 2009.

But rather than reliving the past, Mickelson is more focused on what this week’s event means for the future.

“I think that (Hong Kong) has had great growth in the game of golf and the ability to bring some of the best players in the world here to compete and hopefully inspire a lot of young players and for people to see the best players in the world will hopefully continue growing and pushing the game forward here in the area,” Mickelson said. “Because it’s a huge growth opportunity for the game of golf.”

MEN’S TENNIS NEWS

RAFAEL NADAL DROPS OUT OF INDIAN WELLS, SAYS HE ‘CAN’T LIE’ TO FANS, SELF

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open, citing concerns in a social media post about his readiness to play “at the highest level at such an important event,” as he continues to battle back from a left hip injury.

“It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from this amazing tournament at Indian Wells. Everyone knows how much I love this place and how much I love to play here,” Nadal, a three-time winner there, posted Wednesday on X. “I have been working hard and practicing, and you all know I took a test this weekend but I don’t find myself ready to play at the highest level at such an important event.

“It is not an easy decision. It’s a tough one as a matter of fact, but I can’t lie to myself and lie to the thousands of fans.”

Nadal, 37, lost to fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in an exhibition match on Sunday in Las Vegas, where he showed no obvious signs of issues with the hip injury he initially suffered at the 2023 Australian Open.

“We are disappointed that Rafa is unable to play in the BNP Paribas Open, but we wish him continued healing and hope he can be back in action again soon,” tournament director Tommy Haas said in a statement Wednesday. “He is one of the all-time fan favorites here, and we hope to see him back in Indian Wells again in the future.”

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has played in just one competitive tournament this year — the Brisbane International in Australia. He won two matches before losing to Jordan Thompson in the quarterfinals.

He aggravated the hip injury during the tournament and pulled out of this year’s Australian Open.

TIGER WOODS, JAY MONAHAN NAMED TO PGA TOUR ENTERPRISES BOARD

Tiger Woods was named vice chairman of the new PGA Tour Enterprises as a 13-member board was announced Wednesday.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was named chief executive officer of the group, which was formed after the Strategic Sports Group investment partner was added in January. SSG, which is led by Fenway Sports Group, infused $1.5 billion in capital to the PGA Tour.

“Our current and former players will provide essential insight into our members’ priorities and needs,” Monahan said in a release, “And we welcome key SSG members to the leadership team, whose exceptional track records and achievements in global professional sports will lend a wealth of knowledge into the opportunities ahead for the PGA Tour.”

The PGA Tour Enterprises board was formed to focus on “fan engagement and growth, as well as developing new media, sponsorship and commercial opportunities,” according to a release from the PGA Tour.

In addition to Monahan and Woods, active PGA Tour players Patrick Cantlay, Peter Malnati, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth were named to the board. Former player Joe Ogilvie was named director liaison.

Joe Gorder, an independent director on the tour’s policy board, was also named to the PGA Tour Enterprises board.

SSG named four directors: John W. Henry, Arthur M. Blank, Andrew B. Cohen and Sam Kennedy.

Henry is the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Penguins and Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League. Blank is the co-founder of Home Depot and the owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of MLS. Cohen is vice chairman of the New York Mets, and Kennedy is president and CEO of the Red Sox.

“Our role on the Enterprises board will focus on hearing Player Director ideas and working alongside them to ensure the sport’s commercial growth occurs in a way that creates the best possible product for fans,” Henry said in a press release.

INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS TIMBERWOLVES

The NBA’s highest-scoring offense and top-rated defense will soon square off in the Circle City.

Following a three-game road trip, the Indiana Pacers (35-28) return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday to host the Western Conference’s first-place Minnesota Timberwolves (43-19).

Brilliance will flash on both sides of the ball, as the Pacers remain the top-scoring team in the NBA at 123.5 points per game, and the Timberwolves hold the best defensive rating (108.0). The Timberwolves are giving up an NBA-low 106.3 points per game, and are ranked third for overall net.

After failing to put up more than 105 points in back-to-back losses, the Pacers got their offense back on track Tuesday by posting a 137-120 win over the Dallas Mavericks (34-28) at American Airlines Center.

A season-best nine players scored in double digits for the Pacers, including 20 points from Myles Turner and 19 from Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin each. When eight or more Pacers score in double figures, the team has a record of 5-0 this season.

While Luka Doncic posted a fourth straight triple-double for the Mavs, the Pacers bench, which leads all NBA second units at 47 points per game, outscored the Dallas reserves 69-32.

Minnesota is 7-3 over their last 10 games but has dropped two of their previous three.

The Timberwolves are coming off a 119-114 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Wolves 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, led his squad with 25 points and 16 rebounds, and Indiana native Mike Conley posted 19 points and seven assists.

While their stats weren’t eye-popping against Portland, the All-Star tandem of Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards has proven one of the most lethal duos in the NBA this season. Towns, a 7-foot forward/center, is averaging 22.3 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting (42.7 percent from 3-point range), 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while Edwards is putting up career-bests in points (26.3) and assists (5.1).

When the teams last met in December, Towns and Edwards scored a combined 77 points in an 18-point win over the Pacers in Minneapolis.

However, the second matchup will look different. Haliburton didn’t play in the first game due to injury, and the Pacers hadn’t acquired forward Pascal Siakam yet from the Toronto Raptors.

After hosting the Timberwolves, the Pacers take on the Orlando Magic on Sunday in the Sunshine State.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Timberwolves: G – Mike Conley Jr., G – Anthony Edwards, F – Jaden McDaniels, F – Karl-Anthony Towns, C – Rudy Gobert

Injury Report

Pacers: Doug McDermott – TBA (right calf strain)

Timberwolves: TBA

Last Meeting

Dec. 16, 2023: The Timberwolves duo of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 77 points in a 127-109 win over the Pacers at Target Center.

After leading 57-55 at the half, the Timberwolves used a 38-point third quarter to go ahead by double digits.

Just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, Indiana trailed by 20, and the Blue & Gold couldn’t recover from there.

Minnesota shot 55.7 percent from the field, including 18 made 3-pointers. Towns led the Timberwolves with a season-high 40 points and 12 rebounds, Edwards scored 37, and Naz Reid supplied 17 points off the bench.

The Pacers shot 55.8 percent as a team but made just six threes. Aaron Nesmith and Bruce Brown each scored 17 points for the Pacers. Tyrese Haliburton missed a second straight game after bruising his knee.

Deep shooting provided a major difference in the game, as the Pacers actually outgained the Timberwolves 70-50 in points in the paint and won the rebounding margin 40-36.

Noteworthy

Minnesota has won five straight games against Indiana dating back to the 2021-2022 season. Prior to the current streak, the Pacers had beaten the Timberwolves five games in a row.

Minnesota guard Mike Conley Jr. is a graduate of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. From 2004 to 2006, he helped guide the Wildcats to three straight state championships before playing at Ohio State.

Pacers forward Doug McDermott has missed four straight games with a calf injury.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle is five wins from passing Dick Motta (935 career wins) for 13th place all-time in NBA head coaching wins.

Indiana backup center Jalen Smith needs 17 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

INDY SIGNS DEFENSEMAN NICK GRIMA

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel announced today that they have signed defenseman Nick Grima to a standard player contract on Tuesday.

Grima, 24, joins the Fuel after finishing his fourth collegiate season with the University of Toronto where he scored 41 points through 67 games and helped the Varsity Blues to the USports playoffs the last three seasons.

The 6’0 Toronto native led defenseman on his team in scoring during the 2023-24 campaign as well as the 2021-22 season for the Varsity Blues.

Prior to his collegiate career, Grima played six seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Peterborough Petes, Sarnia Sting and most recently the North Bay Battalion. During his time in the OHL, Grima only missed the playoffs twice.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER

HOW TO WATCH INDY ELEVEN USL CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION IN 2024

Fans now have more ways than ever to watch Indy Eleven during the 2024 USL Championship season.

The league announced on Feb. 27 a slate of 35 matches to be televised nationally across the league’s media rights partners – CBS Sports and ESPN. The April 6 Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest (LIPAFC) between Indy Eleven and Louisville City FC will open the USL Championship’s national network television broadcasts for 2024 and is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on CBS. The match, along with the June 9 match at Birmingham Legion FC, will air on SiriusXM FC Channel 157.

Also announced as part of the USL’s new multi-year media rights agreement are more than 400 live matches per year of the USL Championship and USL League One on ESPN platforms. Twenty-six of the Boys in Blue’s 34 regular season matches will stream on ESPN+ (Click for more information and to subscribe).

In addition to the April 6 match-up on CBS, seven matches will be shown on CBS Sports Golazo Network. Golazo is FREE and can be found via CBSsports.com, the Paramount+ app, the CBS Sports app, Pluto TV and Roku, among other platforms.

Fans can still watch the Boys in Blue locally on WRTV, WISH and WNDY throughout the regular season for home matches and select road matches, with a complete lineup available in the coming days.

For an up-to-date schedule and how to watch visit IndyEleven.com/schedule.

Indy opens the 2024 slate on a two-match road swing beginning at non-conference foe Oakland Roots SC on March 9 before returning home to host 2023 Western Conference Champion Sacramento Republic FC at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on March 23. Single-game tickets are available now for all matches via Ticketmaster. Season Ticket Packages can also be purchased, as well as tickets for groups and hospitality areas. For more information on these options click here. For questions, please email tickets@indyeleven.com or give us a call at 317.685.1100.

Complete 2024 Regular Season Schedule with Broadcast Information

March 9 at Oakland Roots SC | ESPN+
March 16 at Memphis 901 FC | ESPN+
March 23 vs Sacramento Republic | ESPN+
March 30 vs Detroit City FC | CBS Sports Golazo Network

April 6 at Louisville City FC | CBS
April 13 vs Charleston Battery | ESPN+
April 20 at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | ESPN+
April 27 vs North Carolina FC | ESPN+

May 4 at Monterey Bay FC| CBS Sports Golazo Network
Sunday, May 12 at Miami FC | ESPN+
May 18 vs Hartford Athletic | ESPN+
May 25 vs Phoenix Rising FC | CBS Sports Golazo Network

June 1 at Pittsburgh Riverhounds | ESPN+
Sunday, June 9 at Birmingham Legion FC | ESPN+
June 15 vs San Antonio FC | ESPN+
June 22 vs Orange County SC | CBS Sports Golazo Network

Friday, July 5 at Rhode Island FC | ESPN+
July 13 vs Loudoun United FC| ESPN+
July 20 vs Tampa Bay Rowdies 
| ESPN+Friday, July 26 at FC Tulsa | ESPN+

Friday, August 2 at Charleston Battery | CBS Sports Golazo Network
Wednesday, August 7 vs Rhode Island FC | ESPN+
Sunday, August 11 vs New Mexico United | ESPN+

August 24 at Las Vegas Lights FC | ESPN+
August 31 vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds | ESPN+

September 7 at Hartford Athletic | ESPN+
September 14 vs El Paso Locomotive FC | ESPN+
September 21 at North Carolina FC | ESPN+
September 28 vs Miami FC | ESPN+

October 5 vs Louisville City FC | CBS Sports Golazo Network
Tuesday, October 8 at Loudoun United FC | ESPN+
October 12 at Detroit City FC | ESPN+
October 19 vs Birmingham Legion FC | CBS Sports Golazo Network
October 26 at Tampa Bay Rowdies | ESPN+

Home matches in BOLD | All matches on Saturday unless otherwise noted
Dates, times and broadcast networks subject to change

INDY ELEVEN ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF NOTRE DAME STANDOUT ETHAN O’BRIEN

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, March 6, 2024) – Indy Eleven has today announced the addition of midfielder Ethan O’Brien to its USL Championship squad for the 2024 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed, and status is pending league and federation approval.

It’s a family business in Indianapolis as Ethan joins his brother Josh (signed Feb. 1, 2024) as a member of the Boys in Blue. Ethan played his college soccer at Notre Dame, finishing up in 2023. In three seasons with the Fighting Irish, Ethan played in 46 matches, making 34 starts, and registered three goals and seven assists. During the 2021 season, Ethan tallied assists in back-to-back games against Wake Forest and Pitt to help lead Notre Dame to an NCAA Tournament Semifinal appearance.

In his final year as a grad student, Ethan started 14 of 15 matches played. He tallied four points off a goal and two assists with one goal coming against the Duke Blue Devils, earning him TopDrawerSoccer’s Goal of the Season.

Ethan led Columbus Crew SC Academy to the quarterfinals of National Development Academy Playoffs, recording 29 goals and 25 assists during his time at the club.

Ethan and Josh are one of 10 sets of brothers to have played alongside each other in the USL Championship:

Charlotte Independence – Alex and Enzo Martinez
LA Galaxy II – Jose and Jaime Villarreal
Louisville City FC – Elijah and Joshua Wynder
OKC Energy FC – Miguel and Daniel Gonzalez
Orange County SC – Milan and Brian Iloski
Sporting Kansas City II – Kavon and Kaveh Rad
Sporting Kansas City II – Christian and Cam Duke
Tampa Bay Rowdies – Conner and Ian Antley
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – Michael and Matthew Baldisimo

Indy Eleven Roster as of 3-6-24

Goalkeepers (4): Cayden Crawford^, Yannik Oettl, Hunter Sulte, Hayden Vostal^

Defenders (8): Danny Barbir,Younes Boudadi, Callum Chapman-Page, Adrian Diz Pe, Macca King, Logan Neidlinger^, Josh O’Brien, Aedan Stanley

Midfielders (8): Jack Blake, Tyler Gibson, Nikola Ivetic^, Cam Lindley, Ethan O’Brien, Aodhan Quinn, Diego Sanchez, Max Schneider

Forwards (7): Benji Chavarria^, Elliot Collier, Sebastian Guenzatti, Karsen Henderlong, Douglas Martinez, Roberto Molina, Augi Williams

^USL Academy Contract

Indy opens the 2024 slate on a two-match road swing beginning at non-conference foe Oakland Roots SC on Saturday before returning home to host 2023 Western Conference Champion Sacramento Republic FC at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on March 23. Single-game tickets are available now for all matches via Ticketmaster. Season Ticket Packages can also be purchased, as well as tickets for groups and hospitality areas. For more information on these options click here. For questions, please email tickets@indyeleven.com or give us a call at 317.685.1100.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

WIN STREAK HITS THREE AS HOOSIERS DOWN GOPHERS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Hoosier surge continues.

Strong shooting. Shutdown defense. Sustained intensity. Winning basketball.

Indiana displayed all of it Wednesday night in its 70-58 victory at Minnesota, its third-straight win and fourth on the Big Ten road this season (only Purdue and Illinois have more). It was also its eighth-straight victory over the Gophers.

“We’re just now starting to connect as a team,” center Kel’el Ware told the Big Ten Network in a post-game interview. “I feel like we’re going to make a run in the Big Ten Tournament.”

Despite foul trouble and turnover issues, IU took charge behind stifling defense, inside dominance, second-half sharpshooting and fast-break opportunities. It took away Minnesota’s inside game, forcing the Gophers (18-12, 9-10) into a perimeter approach that didn’t work — 5-for-26 3-point shooting.

“We were really good defensively from the beginning to the end,” coach Mike Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “That was the difference.”

The Hoosiers (17-13 overall, 9-10 in the Big Ten) again found road success on the perimeter. They were 5-for-7 from 3-point range in the second half, and shot 64.0% in the final 20 minutes. They had 28 assists on 30 made baskets. Forty-eight of their points came in the paint.

“(The 28 assists) means we were playing unselfish and sharing the basketball,” Woodson told Fischer. “Guys were getting the ball in good position; the ball was moving around. Our defense had a lot to do with that.”

IU sustained the offensive firepower it displayed during its 50-point, 73-percent-shooting second half at Maryland three days earlier.

“It makes it nice when the ball is moving and guys are in position to knock shots down,” Woodson told Fischer.

Ware again dominated with 26 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists despite foul trouble. Forward Mackenzie Mgbako overcame his own foul trouble to score 15 points with three 3-pointers.

Guard Trey Galloway bounced back from early turnovers to total 11 assists and 13 points.

“We had to monitor Ware and Malik (Reneau) because they got into early foul trouble,” Woodson told Fischer. “We had to have one in and one out. When we were able to get them both in, they closed it and brought it home for us.”

As for Mgbako, Woodson told Fischer that, “Mack made some big shots coming down the stretch to give us the cushion we needed to secure the victory.”

IU also got solid bench play from forward Anthony Walker (six points, one rebound, one assist) and guard Anthony Leal (four assists, three rebounds, two steals).

“The guys who came in off the bench gave us a lift,” Woodson told Fischer.

Despite the strong effort, the Hoosiers weren’t flawless.

“The only flaws I saw were the 14 turnovers,” Woodson told Fischer. “We can get better in that area, but for the most part, we were really good.”

Walker was injured in the second half. Woodson isn’t sure what his status will be moving forward.

“We’ll see where we are,” he told Fischer. “He was playing well. We’ll need somebody else to step up if he’s hurt. That’s the nature of this game.”

IU opened by attacking inside for baskets from Ware, Reneau, Galloway, and Ware again for an 8-0 lead before Minnesota got a four-point play from Cam Christie to start a surge for a 13-12 lead after six minutes, 15-12 two minutes later.

Enter guard Xavier Johnson. Out Reneau (foul trouble). Enter turnovers (four by each team).

Hoosier turnovers continued — four by Galloway, three by Johnson as the Gophers pushed ahead 23-18. Johnson came out. Leal replaced him.

The turnovers stopped and IU dominance emerged.

It regained the lead on an 10-0 run, highlighted by Ware’s strong play despite playing with two fouls and a defense that shut out Minnesota for more than four minutes.

The Hoosiers reached halftime with a 30-25 lead, with 26 points coming in the paint, 12 by Ware.

Five minutes into the second half, Ware and Reneau each had three fouls. Still, the Hoosiers capitalized on Gopher turnovers to build a 41-30 lead.

Consecutive Mgbako 3-pointers pushed the Hoosiers ahead 47-32 with 11:39 left.

Minnesota never recovered.

IU will end the regular season on Sunday by hosting Michigan State (18-12, 10-9), which is coming off a victory over Northwestern.

“Michigan State is well coached,” Woodson told Fischer. “They’ve got a wonderful team. We have to commit for 40 minutes and see what happens.”

INDIANA BASEBALL

STADLER, WIGGINS HOMER AS HOOSIERS RETURN TO WINNING WAYS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Freshman outfielder Andrew Wiggins and redshirt junior catcher Jake Stadler each recorded the first career home runs of their Hoosier careers, launching two-run long balls in the third and fifth innings respectively to help lead the Indiana Baseball team (8-4) to a win on Tuesday (March 6) night against Northern Kentucky.

Junior first baseman Brock Tibbitts totaled four of IU’s 13 hits on the night, the seventh four-hit game of his stellar career in Bloomington. Sophomore shortstop Tyler Cerny added a pair of hits and three RBIs as IU’s offense found a groove in the early part of the ballgame.

Sophomore pitcher Ethan Phillips (W, 1-0) made his second start in four days, earning the win for 1.2 innings of work as part of a staff day for the IU rotation. Julian Tonghini (SV, 2) bounced back in a big way, earning the save after throwing 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball to see out the Tuesday contest.

The Hoosiers will play their first home series of the season this weekend as Troy makes the trip to Bloomington. First pitch is currently slated for 5:00 PM on Friday but times are subject to change based on weather.

Scoring Recap

Bottom First

IU batted around its entire lineup in the first inning, tacking five runs on the board in the opening frame. Brock Tibbitts drove in the opening run on a single through the left side. Tyler Cerny doubled in two more runs into left field before Jake Stadler brought Carter Mathison around to score on a ground ball to the short stop. Morgan Colopy’s ground-rule double into the bullpen in left field scored Cerny, the team’s fifth run of the inning.

Indiana 5, Northern Kentucky 0

Top Second

An error from second baseman Brandon Burckel allowed Logen Devenport to score from second base and put Northern Kentucky’s first run on the board.

Indiana 5, Northern Kentucky 1

Bottom Third

Pinch hitting in the nine hole, Andrew Wiggins took a two-strike pitch into the left-field bullpen for his first career home run.

Indiana 7, Northern Kentucky 1

Top Fourth

Zacarias Salinas singled into left field to drive in Cleary Simpson and Zack Minton. Due to an error earlier in the inning, the runs were charged as unearned for Ryan Kraft.

Indiana 7, Northern Kentucky 3

Bottom Fifth

Stadler earned those two runs back after driving a two-run home run over the wall in right-center field, the first home run of his IU career.

Indiana 9, Northern Kentucky 3

Top Sixth

The Norse got to IU’s bullpen in the sixth, tacking on a pair of runs. Liam Ackman-McFadden doubled into the gap to score Treyvin Moss. Later in the inning, John Odom hit a ball to shortstop where Cerny elected to take the out at third base, letting Mitch Wood come home and score.

Indiana 9, Northern Kentucky 5

Bottom Eighth

IU added insurance runs in the eighth for relief pitcher Julian Tonghini. Tibbitts singled through the left side of the infield, his fourth hit of the day, driving in Nick Mitchell. A sacrifice fly from Cerny scored Devin Taylor, IU’s 11th run of the contest.

Indiana 11, Northern Kentucky 5

Notes to Know

• Tuesday’s win was the 150th for head coach Jeff Mercer at Indiana in just his fourth complete season. 2020 was shortened after 15 games and 2021 was played under a conference-only format. Mercer is now 23 wins away from 250 for his entire career.

• Andrew Wiggins and Jake Stadler both recorded the first home run of their IU careers. The home run off the bat of Wiggins was the first in his entire collegiate career. It also marked the first pinch-hit home run for the Hoosiers since Carter Mathison in 2022 (April 12 at Indiana State).

• Brock Tibbitts had four hits in a game for the seventh time in his career. It was his first four-hit game since May 13 of 2023 against Purdue.

• Julian Tonghini earned the save after 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. It is the third time this season he’s gone three-plus innings without allowing a single run. Excluding his outing against Arizona, he’s thrown 10 innings while allowing just three hits with eight strikeouts.

• Ryan Kraft made the 50th appearance on the mound of his collegiate career and the fourth of the young season. Since a shaky outing on opening day, Kraft has allowed just one earned run across his past 6.2 innings pitched.

Top Hoosier Performers

#9 Tibbitts, Brock

4-4, 2 RBI

#8 Cerny, Tyler

2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI

Up Next

Troy makes the return trip to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers in a three-game set this weekend. Contests are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday but are subject to change with potential weather in the area. The games will be available via BTN+ or can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SWIMMING

NINE SWIMMERS, ALL FIVE RELAYS QUALIFY FOR NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Big Ten Champion Indiana women’s swimming and diving will send nine swimmers and all five relays to the 2024 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships following the NCAA’s announcement of invitations to the national meet on Wednesday (March 5).

The four-day meet will run March 20-23 inside the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia.

Including the five relays, Indiana will have competitors in 17 events. IU is well-represented in the 500-yard freestyle, with four Hoosiers qualified for the event. Indiana will also have three swimmers each in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Indiana can add more qualifiers via the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, March 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Hoosiers with NCAA zone qualifying marks during the season will compete for qualification spots at the preliminary meet.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SWIMMING QUALIFIERS

2024 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Brearna Crawford – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke

Mariah Denigan – 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle

Anna Freed – 200 butterfly, 200 IM, 400 IM

Ching Hwee Gan – 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle

Elyse Heiser – 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle

Kacey McKenna – 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke

Kristina Paegle – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle

Anna Peplowski – 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle

Ashley Turak – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke

200-yard freestyle relay

400-yard freestyle relay

800-yard freestyle relay

200-yard medley relay

400-yard medley relay

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

MCNEELEY NAMED HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICAN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Liam McNeeley, a consensus five-star commit out of Montverde Academy, was named to the 2024 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Boy’s High School All America Third Team, the Naismith Awards announced on Wednesday afternoon.

In 30 games at Montverde Academy, the top-ranked high school program in the country, McNeeley is averaging 12.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He is shooting 51.0% (130-of-255) from the field, 46.0% (64-of-139) from the 3-point line, and 80.0% (56-of-70) from the free throw line.

The fourth-highest ranked recruit in program history is expected to play in the McDonald’s All-America Game on April 2 in Houston, the Chipotle Nationals from April 4-6 in Brownsburg, and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 21 in Brooklyn.

This season marks the fourth-straight season in which Indiana received a commitment from a player represented on a Naismith Trophy All America Team. Tamar Bates (2021) and Kel’el Ware (2022) were both honorable mentions, while Jalen Hood-Schifino (2022) and Mackenzie Mgbako (2023) each claimed third team nods.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

BIG TEN ANNOUNCES SOFTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– The Big Ten Network announced their linear television schedule for the 2024 softball season on Wednesday.

Per the release, Indiana will be featured four times in the network’s regular season coverage schedule. Indiana’s matchups on the Big Ten Network are as follows:

-Wednesday, April 3: Purdue at Indiana (5 PM)

-Wednesday, April 3: Purdue at Indiana (7:30 PM)

-Friday, April 12: Minnesota at Indiana (6:00 PM)

-Sunday, April 21: Indiana at Iowa (2:30 PM)

With the television designation, Indiana’s doubleheader against Purdue is now on Wednesday, April 3, after originally being slated to take place on Tuesday, April 2.

All of Indiana’s other regular season conference games can be found on BTN+.

The entire Big Ten Tournament, hosted in Iowa City, Iowa, will be on the Big Ten Network, as well.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

DOUBLEHEADER AT INDIANA TO AIR ON BIG TEN NETWORK

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two games during Purdue softball’s season will air on Big Ten Network, as announced by the conference office. Fans can catch the Boilermakers on television Wednesday, April 3 for a doubleheader at Indiana.

The games are schedule for a 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET start at the Hoosiers’ Andy Mohr Field.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS STORM BACK FOR FIRST ROUND WIN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Coming out of a timeout down 10 midway through the third quarter, the Purdue women’s basketball team outscored Northwestern by 16 points over the final 15 minutes of action to pull off a 78-72 win over the Wildcats in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday night at the Target Center.

It was Purdue’s first win this season when trailing at the break, as well as facing a deficit of 10 points or more.

Abbey Ellis was electric in her first career double-double. The fifth-year senior dropped 25 points on 7-of-18 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers. Ellis added 10 rebounds, marking Purdue’s first double-double in the tournament since 2020. The Australian international’s 25 points were most by a Boilermaker since Dominique Oden scored 20 against Nebraska in 2019.

Ellis finished 9-of-10 at the line, tying for fifth in Purdue’s single-tournament game history.

Rashunda Jones gave Purdue a much-needed spark off the bench with 19 points in her first tournament game. It was the highest point tally by a Purdue freshman since Oden had 20 against Ohio State in 2017.

Jeanae Terry filled up the stat sheet with a typical line of eight points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and three steals. The fifth-year senior tied Stacey Lovelace’s record for most rebounds in a tournament game by a Boilermaker, while sliding into 10th on the Big Ten’s all-time chart.

Down four at the break, Purdue (13-17) outscored Northwestern (9-21) by 10 over the final 20 minutes. The Boilermakers overcame a 35.9% shooting clip by going 26-of-32 at the charity stripe, matching the Purdue single-game tournament record set in 2003 against Iowa.

The Boilermakers opened strong in the first quarter hitting six of their first eight shots to build a 14-9 lead midway through the frame. Northwestern closed the first on an 11-4 run with 10 points in the paint to hold a 20-18 lead after the first.

Purdue started the second on an 8-2 run to open up a 26-22 lead, before Northwestern rolled back to close the half up 39-35. The Boilermakers forced 10 first half turnovers, but Northwestern shot an even 50% from the field.

The Wildcats added to gap early in the third with a 10-2 run, forcing Katie Gearlds timeout with 4:55 to play. From that point, it was all Boilermakers. Ellis and Jones scored the next 15 points for Purdue to close out the third down 55-52.

The duo combined for 19 of Purdue’s 26 points in the fourth. Purdue went 5-of-12 from the field and 15-of-18 at the line. Layden drilled a long-range 3-pointer with 8:58 left in the game to put Purdue ahead for good. The Boilermakers managed just three made field goals in the final eight minutes of action, but all three were momentum builders.

Ellis rolled through a contested layup with 5:45 to go, before Jones converted back-to-back traditional 3-point plays with under four minutes to play. Purdue’s defense forced four turnovers in the final frame.

The Boilermakers finished the final 15 minutes of the game making 10 of their final 21 shots.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Northwestern 53-26.

• The Boilermakers recorded their conference-best 47th Big Ten Tournament victory.

• Purdue won the battle on the glass 43-36, with a plus-12 margin in the second half.

• The Boilermakers committed just 12 turnovers and allowed eight points, while flipping 15 Northwestern giveaways into 11 points.

• Purdue grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, a new high under Katie Gearlds and the most at a Big Ten Tournament game by the Boilermakers since 2012 against Nebraska.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will have a tight turnaround before facing No. 5 Nebraska on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SWIMMING

CHRISTMAN, GRAVES MAKE NCAA SQUAD

Madelyn Christman and Maggie Graves will be headed to the nation’s top collegiate competition.

On Wednesday, the NCAA announced the Irish juniors have qualified for the 2024 NCAA Championships, which are set for March 20-23 at the University of Georgia. It is the first time for both Christman and Graves.

Christman, a native of nearby Carmel, Ind., earned a spot in the meet in the 200 backstroke and was also invited as a result to swim the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle. She is coming off of a season in which she posted numerous best times in those events; Christman’s 1:53.06 200 back now ranks second in school history while her 100 back (52.66) and 100 free (49.07) are both third. Christman placed fourth in the 200 back at the 2024 ACC Championships.

Graves hails from outside of Chicago in Barrington, Ill. She will compete at NCAAs in the 1650 freestyle after posting a time of 16:11.39 in the event this season. That mark ranks second in program history. Graves most recently placed fifth in the 1650 at the 2024 ACC Championships.

The full invite list and psych sheet for the meet can be found here. A full schedule for the meet with results can be found here.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

KOVAL NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

ATLANTA — Notre Dame signee Kate Koval added another line to her resume on Wednesday, as she was named to the Naismith Trophy High School All-America Second Team.

Koval, a 6-5 post who ranks as the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2024 class per the ESPN HoopGurlz Rankings, is originally from Ukraine but plays her high school basketball at Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.), one of the nation’s top high school programs.

Through the end of the regular season during her senior year, Koval was posting 15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. She has already been named a 2024 McDonald’s All-American and will compete amongst the nation’s best in Houston on April 2.

Additionally, Koval was the 2022-23 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year after posting 15.1/11.7/3.4.

“She’s skilled, versatile and extremely competitive,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said after Koval signed with the Irish in November. “Kate has the ability to dominate on the block but also step out and shoot from the perimeter. Her excellent passing and very high IQ and motor will complement our style of play and identity perfectly. The impact she will make on our program will be immediate and massive.”

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

IRISH WIN HOME OPENER 11-2 AS MORENO’S THREE-HOMER GAME SETS CAREER RECORD

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame (9-2) found a rhythm at the plate, pushing them past Purdue (8-4) in an 11-2 victory in their home opener. INF Estevan Moreno recorded his third-career three-homer game, making him the only player in program history to hit three home runs in three separate games (also hit three homers March 2, 2024 at Tennessee Tech and April 21, 2023 vs. Virginia). Moreno has now hit six home runs in the last three games.

The Irish win was quite the team effort, with seven players recording an RBI on the day. The defense only allowed two runs. On the mound, RHP Matt Bedford (1-1) pitched a win in three innings of work, only allowing two hits. Given the midweek contest, the planned bullpen game allowed Bedford to earn the win in fewer than the customary five innings.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams started slow at the plate in the first inning–the Notre Dame and Purdue defenses traded a three up, three down each. The Boilermakers drew a walk and recorded a single on consecutive at-bats to put runners on first and second base, but a popup to second base sent the game to the bottom half of the inning. The Irish had yet to find a rhythm at the plate in the second, as the Boilermaker defense retired the side in order.

Moving into the third inning, the Irish defense held strong. After drawing a walk and unsuccessfully bunting towards Bedford for the first out, a Boilermaker single hit put runners on first and second base. Fortunately, the Irish were able to turn two–a collective effort by INF Jack Penney, Moreno, and INF Connor Hincks–to escape the top of the third inning scoreless.

In the bottom of the third, Moreno smashed a solo home run on the first pitch in his first at-bat of the day. After a strikeout and a flyout to left field, Notre Dame headed to the fourth with a 1-0 lead.

At the top of the fourth inning, RHP Radek Birkholz came in to relieve Bedford. After a Boilermaker double to left center field, Birkholz responded with an impressive three-pitch strikeout. A groundout to shortstop ended the fourth for the Boiler bats, leaving a runner in scoring position.

The fourth inning saw the bats awaken for the Irish, as Hincks led off with a double. On the next pitch, Flores reached on a fielder’s choice, advancing Hincks to third. With runners on each corner, Baumgardt’s single through the left side scored Hincks, bringing the score to 2-0 with no outs recorded. A Tinney single down the left field line sent Flores home, extending the lead to 3-0. The inning ended on a Moreno flyout with Tinney turning the corner towards home from second base, but was tagged out after attempting a leap to try avoiding contact with the catcher.

Starting the fifth inning, with a walk, a single hit to left center put the Boilermakers on first, with the runner caught out at third coming from first. Two consecutive walks put runners at second and third. Another single hit by Purdue on the left side led to two RBI cutting the Irish lead to 3-2.

Birkholz struck out the next batter looking, but the runners on first and second stole second and third bases respectively. A groundout to second base ended the first half of the inning, leaving both runners on base. The Irish went three up, three down in the fifth.

At the top of the sixth inning, RHP Bennett Flynn took the mound for Birkholz, striking out his first batter faced of the day, grounding out the second batter, and striking out the third batter to send the Irish to the bottom of the sixth with a one run lead.

A pair of singles from Hincks and Baumgardt put the duo on base in the bottom of the sixth. An OF Brady Gumpf double to deep right field drove in the two runners, extending the Irish lead to 5-2. Following a pitch clock violation, Moreno hit his second solo home run, notching another multi-homer game and putting the Irish up 7-2 heading into the seventh inning.

It was a quick top half of the seventh inning for the Irish defense, with Flynn striking out two more batters. Penney, hit by pitch, took first base. DH DM Jefferson, entering the game at DH in the seventh, sent a deep ball down the right field line, recording a triple and scoring Penney. Following Jefferson’s triple, on the next at-bat, Hincks hit a triple of his own, scoring Jefferson. The hit parade continued with a Flores single to drive in Hincks. The Irish finished the seventh inning with three runs and three hits, running away with a 10-2 lead.

After a flyout, a double play effort by the Irish put a quick end to the top of the eighth inning. A third Moreno solo homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning made him the first player in program history to homer three times in three separate games, putting the Irish up 11-2.

RHP Sammy Cooper came into the game for Flynn to close the night out. After a single, a fielder’s choice retired the lead runner and placed a runner at first. The Boilermakers notched a double to right center field, putting their runners on second and third. A hit-by-pitch on the next at-bat loaded the bases. Unphased by the tight spot, Cooper struck out the next batter with one out remaining in the game. A flyout on a shot to deep left center field on the ensuing at-bat sealed the 11-2 victory for the Irish.

UP NEXT

The Irish travel to Blacksburg, Va. to take on Virginia Tech on March 8-10, opening ACC play. The games will be broadcast on ACCNX.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS CELEBRATE SENIOR NIGHT WITH 72-66 WIN OVER XAVIER

Butler scored 20 of the game’s first 24 points and then withstood a dry spell in taking a 72-66 win over Xavier Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The game served as Senior Night and the final regular season game of the season for the Bulldogs.

With the win, Butler is now 18-13 (9-11 BIG EAST), while Xavier falls to 15-15 (9-10).

THE FLOW OF THE GAME:

Butler’s 17-0 run gave the Bulldogs a 20-4 advantage with 14:52 remaining in the first half. At that point in the contest, Butler had hit eight of 10 attempts from the field.

Xavier would trim the lead to eight before another 13-4 run pushed the edge back to 17 at 35-18 with 5:33 remaining in the half.

The teams would combine to miss their final 12 shots of the half with Butler going scoreless for the final 4:46 and Xavier not scoring over the final 3:22 of the half.

Butler’s dry spell continued after the break as Butler missed its first nine shots.

Xavier would trim the lead to five at the 13:54 mark of the second half at 13:54.

Jahmyl Telfort’s lay-up at 13:39 ended a stretch of 11:25 of game action without Butler scoring.

The lead briefly returned to double figures before Xavier found itself once again down five at 53-48 with 9:28 to play.

Five straight points from Posh Alexander which became an eventual 9-0 run gave Butler a 62-48 lead they would not relinquish.

OF NOTE:

Four Bulldogs found double figures, led by Telfort at 18 points. Alexander (16), Pierre Brooks II (14) and DJ Davis (11) joined him.

Alexander added six assists, four assists and four steals.

Butler shot only 41 percent for the game, but committed only nine turnovers.

Jalen Thomas pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Desmond Claude led Xavier with 17 points.

Xavier’s top three scorers – Claude, Quincy Olivari and Dayvion McKnight – were held to combined 16-for-43 shooting and a total of two three-pointers.

Xavier shot 37 percent from the field and had only five assists, while committing 15 turnovers.

The teams combined to make 24 of 25 free throw attempts.

Butler celebrated Jalen Thomas and John-Michael Mulloy in a pregame Senior Night ceremony.

Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier, who has announced his retirement effective at the end of April, was honored at halftime.

The teams split the season series as Xavier won the first match-up between the teams Jan. 16 in Cincinnati.

Butler coach Thad Matta led the Xavier program for three seasons (2001-04); current Xavier coach Sean Miller was a member of his staff during that time.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs have a week off before the 2024 BIG EAST Tournament, which begins Wednesday in New York City. The complete bracket will be released Saturday night following the last day of BIG EAST conference games.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

COMEBACK FALLS JUST SHORT FOR @BUTLER SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team trailed IUPUI, 7-2, in the middle of the fourth inning and rallied to threaten in the final moments. The Bulldogs (10-10, 0-0 BIG EAST) trailed by just one run in the bottom of the seventh and had loaded the bases, but the Jaguars (4-16, 0-0 Horizon League) were able to secure the final out and take the win.

In the first inning, an Ella White double to left field sent Cate Lehner across for the first run of the game. After a Paige Dorsett single advanced White to third, a sacrifice fly from Teagan O’Rilley allowed White to score. Butler’s 2-0 lead held through two full innings.

In the third, IUPUI used four singles and an error to take a 3-2 lead. In the top of the fourth, a two-run double highlighted an offense that scored four more runs, increasing the Jaguars’ lead to 7-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, after Makena Alexander and Kaylee Gross drew walks, Monique Hoosen stepped in as a pinch hitter and launched a three-run bomb over the center field fence.

After IUPUI added a run in the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs got one back in the bottom of the sixth, when Hoosen tagged her second home run of the game. The score entering the seventh was 8-6, Jaguars.

In the seventh, a two-out rally nearly put Butler in the win column. First, an Alexander solo home run brought the Dawgs to within one. Three walks loaded the bases, setting up a dramatic finish, but IUPUI collected an infield grounder and ended the game.

Katie Petran started the game for Butler in the circle and left with a 2-0 lead after two innings. Rylyn Dyer entered in the top of the third and, ultimately, took the loss. She allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk. Sydney Cammon (0.1IP, 2R, ER, BB) and Kayla Noerr (0.2IP, R, H, 2BB) each provided relief before Petran (4.2 IP, 5H, BB) re-entered and finished the game.

Bulldog Bits

Monique Hoosen hit two home runs in a single game for the first time in her career. She now has five long balls this season and 32 in her career. Her four RBI were a career high.

Makena Alexander’s home run was her third this season.

Ella White had two doubles in the game. She now has eight this season and 28 for her career.

Cate Lehner’s triple was her first this season and the third of her career.

Up Next

Butler remains in Indianapolis to host its first BIG EAST weekend series of the season. Providence will visit Butler’s campus for single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Mar. 8-10.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

IUPUI ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI Director of Athletics Luke Bosso announced today (Mar. 6) that head men’s basketball coach Matt Crenshaw has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.

“I want to thank Coach Crenshaw for his countless contributions to the IUPUI basketball program as a student-athlete, assistant coach and ultimately as head coach. These decisions are never easy and aren’t taken lightly, but we wish Matt nothing but the best going forward,” Bosso said.

Crenshaw joined the Jaguar program as a student-athlete in 2000 and remains IUPUI’s all-time leader in assists. He captained IUPUI’s NCAA Tournament team in 2003 and is one of three players in program history to have his jersey number retired. He later joined the IUPUI coaching staff in 2006 as an assistant before joining the Ball State coaching staff in 2018. He returned to IUPUI as head coach in April 2021. He exits with a 14-79 head coaching record with the IUPUI program.

The university will immediately launch a national search for the next IU Indianapolis head coach and SP Athletics has been retained to assist with the search. Those interested should email Jon LeCrone at jon@sp-athletics.com.

IUPUI SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL EARNS CLOSE VICTORY OVER CITY RIVAL BUTLER, 8-7

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team traveled across town where they picked up a midweek victory over the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon, 8-7. The Jags totaled 12 hits while Isabelle Waggner picked up her first win of the season on the mound.

Butler (10-10) took an early lead in the first inning with two runs on three hits. Ella White knocked an RBI double to record the first run of the game while Teagan O’Rilley recorded a sacrifice fly to score White, 2-0.

IUPUI was slow to push runs across the plate in the first two innings but quickly picked up momentum to take the lead in the third inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Kinsey Pfeiffer singled to left field to score two runs while a third Jaguar run snuck home due to an error by the Bulldogs’ shortstop.

After taking the 3-2 lead in the top of the third, IUPUI added to their lead in the top of the fourth frame. With runners on first and third and two outs, Paige McPhearson singled to left field to score Rachael Gregory. Kennedy Cowan followed with a two-run double to center field, extending the Jags lead to 6-2. Cowan later scored on a wild pitch to give the Jags a 7-2 lead.

The Bulldogs answered with a three-run homer off the bat Monique Hoosen to cut the lead back down to 7-5.

IUPUI added one more run in the fifth inning with an RBI single from McPhearson, 8-5.

Butler’s Hoosen knocked her second home run of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead once again to 8-6. An inning later, the Bulldogs once again threatened. In the bottom of the seventh, Butler’s Makena Alexander knocked a solo homerun to cut the lead to one, 8-7. The Bulldogs then loaded the bases on walks before Carly Metcalf entered the game and sealed the win for the Jags, earning her first save of the year.

Waggner earned the win on the mound for IUPUI giving up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Kendal Calvert, McPhearson, Cowan and Kasie Keyes all recorded two hits while McPhearson, Cowan and Pfeiffer totaled two RBI each. Kelli Riordan, Pfeiffer, Alexa Holman and Gregory each added a single in the win.

IUPUI will next travel to Bloomington this weekend for the Indiana Invite where they will face Dayton, Howard and Indiana.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SCHEDULE UPDATE: SOFTBALL OPENS MARSHALL MARCH MADNESS THURSDAY

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team closes its annual spring break trip this week at the Marshall March Madness invitational … With wet weather in the forecast, the Cardinals will start the event Thursday with a 5 p.m. game versus host Marshall … Friday’s schedule remains the same, with BSU slated to play Indiana State (11 a.m.) and Marshall (4 p.m.) … The Cardinals are now slated to play Notre Dame in single games Saturday (1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (10:30 a.m.).

» ROAD WARRIORS: Like all northern teams, Ball State will be road warriors for the first part of the season as the team is slated to play its first 26 games away from Muncie … The program record for consecutive road games to start a season is 33 games set in 2018 … BSU opened both the 2016 and 2019 campaigns with 32 straight road games.

» THE OVERALL RECORD: Ball State enters Marshall March Madness with a 1158-1153-4 (.501) overall record dating back to 1975 … The Cardinals have tallied 30-or-more wins in 16 seasons, most recently a 37-18 mark in 2021 … Of the 16 seasons with 30-or-more wins, 11 have come in the past 16 years.

» A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINALS: Led by first-year head coach Helen Peña, the Cardinals own a 10-11 overall record … Ball State maintains a .243 team batting average, led by redshirt junior utility player McKayla Timmons who ranks ninth in the MAC at .393 … Timmons ranks second in the MAC and nationally with 10 home runs, while ranking third in the league and 19th nationally with 24 RBIs … Redshirt sophomore designated player Jessica Hoffman is second on the squad in average (.309), RBI (15) and home runs (4) … In the circle, the Cardinals own a 3.59 ERA led by senior Francys King who boasts a 5-5 record and a 3.20 ERA over 65.2 innings of work … King has also tallied three complete game shutouts this season and is second on the squad with 27 strikeouts … Sophomore Bridie Murphy has a team-best 31 strikeouts over her 45.2 innings, to go along with a 4-3 record, one save and a .267 average against.

» CARDINALS VERSUS THE MARSHALL MARCH MADNESS FIELD:

– Ball State enters Marshall March Madness with a 44-45 all-time record versus the tournament field … The Cardinals hold a 34-25 lead in the all-time series versus Indiana State, while trailing Marshall 8-5 and Notre Dame 12-5.

» SCOUTING THE MARSHALL MARCH MADNESS FIELD:

– MARSHALL: The Thundering Herd enter Thursday’s showdown versus the Cardinals with an 11-9 record after going 3-2 at last weekend’s Thundering Herd Invitational … Sydney Bickel leads the squad with a .417 average and has scored a team-high 19 runs … In the circle, Bub Feringa leads the squad with a 2.77 ERA over 48.0 innings of work and owns a 3-2 record, while Kaleea Washington and Savannah Rice each have four wins.

– INDIANA STATE: The Sycamores enter Marshall March Madness with an 11-8 overall record after going 3-2 at last weekend’s Governors Classic hosted by Austin Peay … Kennedy Shade leads the squad with a .408 average, 20 RBI and a pair of home runs … Danielle Henning has a team-high 15 runs scored, while Abi Chipps is right behind with 13 … Lauren Sackett has a 5-4 record in the circle with one save and owns a 3.73 ERA over a team-high 35.2 innings of work … Megan Asher has a team-low 1.66 ERA over 25.1 innings with a .198 average against.

– NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish enter Marshall March Madness with an 8-8 overall record after opening ACC play by dropping three games at No. 23/20 Virginia Tech last weekend … Emily Tran leads the squad with a .486 average and has scored 10 runs … Addison Amaral has driven in a team-best 18 RBI and had five home runs, while batting .300 … Micaela Kastor has thrown a team-high 38.2 innings and owns a 4-2 record, a 4.16 ERA and one save … Shannon Becker leads the squad with a 3.62 ERA and three saves over 19.1 innings.

BALL STATE NEWS & NOTES:

» MAC PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS: Ball State was picked to finish fourth among 11 teams in the Mid-American Conference’s annual preseason poll … The Cardinals, who finished fourth in the league last season with a 17-12 MAC record, are looking for a second consecutive  MAC Softball Championship berth, with the league’s top six teams advancing to Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, for the three-day event which runs May 8-11.

» THE WYNN FACTOR: Graduate third baseman Haley Wynn has taken early advantage of her extra year of eligibility, tying for first on the team with 24 hits so far this season … That raises her career total to 205 which is seventh in program history … Wynn has registered at least one hit in 16 of first 21 games of the season, including three of home runs to up her career long ball total to 22 which is tied for 12th in program history.

» MORE ON WYNN: Haley Wynn is one of the most prolific batters in program history ranking 16th on Ball State’s career charts with a .331 career average … She is also 13th all-time in slugging percentage (.531) and 16th in on base percentage (.405) … In addition, her 150 career runs scored are tied for third in program history and 28th among all active NCAA Division I players … She also ranks 28th among active DI players with 40 career doubles which is tied for eighth in program history.

» TIMMONS CLIMBING THE CHARTS TOO: After leading the Ball State offense with a .393 batting average, a .934 slugging percentage and a .512 on base percentage through the first 21 games of the season, McKayla Timmons continued her climb up BSU’s career charts … She currently ranks fourth in program history in both slugging percentage (.685) and on base percentage (.457), while her .353 career batting average is seventh on BSU’s all-time list … Timmons, who has blasted a team-leading 10 home runs so far this season, including her first collegiate grand slam at Georgia State (Feb. 24), is also one of the program’s top home run hitters with her 26 career long balls tying for seventh in BSU’s all-time list.

» BALL STATE’S BEST THIEF: Senior outfielder Remington Ross enters Marshall March Madness as the greatest base thief in program history with a .962 (51-for-53) career stole base percentage at Ball State … Last season, she went a perfect 23-for-23 in stolen base attempts and ranked second in the MAC and 54th nationally with a 0.47 steals-per-game average … Ross, who is seventh in program history with 51 career stolen bases, had been successful in her previous 36 stolen base attempts before being caught stealing for just the second time in her Ball State career at Georgia State (Feb. 24) … She has since stolen two straight bases.

» A SLAMMING FIRST HIT: Redshirt sophomore Jessica Hoffman had just two career at bats when she stepped up to the plate with bases loaded in the 10-8 win over Fordham (Feb. 11) … She proceeded to blast her first career hit over the fence in right center field for her first career home run and Ball State’s first grand slam since April 6, 2022 … A regular in the lineup since, Hoffman has 17 career hits and is second on the team with a .309 average this season … Of her 17 hits, eight have driven in at least one RBI and she currently ranks second on the squad with 15 RBIs.

» KING OF THE PEN: Senior Francys King leads the Ball State pitching staff with a 3.20 ERA over 65.2 innings of work this season … She has earned the victory in five of BSU’s 10 wins, including all three of the team’s complete game shutouts … King has 14 career collegiate pitching victories, with eight coming at Ball State and six coming in her two seasons at Tennessee State (2021-22).

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

GALLAGHER LEADS WOMEN’S GOLF ON DAY 2 OF PUERTO RICO CLASSIC

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico – – Sophomore Sarah Gallagher shot Ball State’s lowest round of the week so far, tallying an even-par 72 to lead the women’s golf team Wednesday morning on the second day of the Puerto Rico Classic.

The reigning MAC Golfer of the Week, Gallagher had a pretty steady day, carding 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey. The birdie, her fourth of the tournament, came on the 335-yard, par-4 sixth and helped her climb 18 spots into a tie for 21st, at +5 (149), among the field of 71 golfers on the Flamboyan Course at the Palmas Del Mar Golf Club in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Ball State’s leader in the clubhouse after Tuesday’s opening round, sophomore Madelin Boyd maintained her status as the top individual in the field and is currently tied for 17th at +3 (147). She shot +2 (74) in her second round, including back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11 to raise her tournament total to three.

“Sarah played a really solid round of golf today and Maddy Boyd continued her nice play as well,” head coach Cameron Andry said. “Hopefully we can get a little better play from the bottom of our lineup tomorrow so we can finish with a strong round.”

Freshman JJ Gregston also climbed several spots up the leaderboard with her second round +3 (75), moving into a tie for 26th at +7 (151). The effort included three more birdies, raising her two-day total to eight which is tied for third among the field.

The second day also saw the Cardinals count rounds of +5 (77) from senior Kiah Parrott and +6 (78) from sophomore Jasmine Driscoll who are both tied for 39th overall at +10 (154) after the two rounds. Parrott’s Wednesday score included three birdies, raising her tournament total to four.

As a team, the Cardinals shaved four strokes off its opening-day score and remains ninth among the 12-team tournament field with a 36-hole score of +32 (608). Florida Gulf Coast and Cal Baptist are currently tied for the Puerto Rico Classic lead at +6 (582), while UNCG’s Ava Romfo is the event’s individual leader at -5 (139).

“The course was a little more challenging today with some difficult hole locations so I was encouraged that we found a way to improve on our score from yesterday,” Andry said. “We still didn’t take advantage of the par fives like we usually do but we’re on the right track.”

Back on the individual front, Ball State junior Payton Bennett carded a round of +4 (75) to climb 10 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 39th at +10 (154). Bennett, who is one of only six golfers to record an eagle in the tournament with her circle three on the 455-yard, par-5 11th Tuesday, also has four birdies in the event, including three today.

Action in the Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Ball State concludes Thursday with an 8 a.m. AT / 7 a.m. ET shotgun start.

BALL STATE TEAM SCORES

T21st – Sarah Gallagher – +5 (149): 77-72

T26th – JJ Gregston – +7 (151): 76-75

T39th – Jasmine Driscoll – +10 (154): 76-78

T39th – Kiah Parrott – +10 (154): 77-77

T65th – Madelyn Young – +21 (165): 86-79

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T17th – Madelin Boyd – +3 (147): 73-74

T39th – Payton Bennett – +10 (154): 79-75

T57th – Sabrina Langerak – +14 (158): 81-77

T57th – Jenna Estravillo – +14 (158): 77-81

TEAM RANKINGS

1st – Cal Baptist – +6 (582): 281-301

       Florida Gulf Coast – +6 (582): 296-286

3rd – Little Rock – +8 (584): 290-294

4th – Seattle – +9 (585): 294-291

5th – UNCG – +14 (590): 297-293

6th – Western Carolina – +19 (595): 292-303

7th – South Dakota – +27 (603): 295-308

8th – Wofford College – +28 (604): 297-307

9th – Ball State – +32 (608): 306-302

10th – Georgia State – +33 (609): 314-295

11th – Loyola – +38 (614): 306-308

12th – Northern Kentucky – +67 (643): 319-324

BALL STATE SWIMMING

MEN’S S&D OPENS MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH MEDALS AND PROGRAM RECORDS

CARBONDALE, Ill. – – The Ball State men’s swimming & diving program opened the 2024 Mid-American Conference Championships with bronze medals and a pair of program records Wednesday evening at SIU’s Shea Natatorium.

The Cardinals started the night by taking third in the 200 medley relay, as Ethan Pheifer, Joey Garberick, Bryce Handshoe and Owen Chaye combined for a time of 1:26.61.

About 30 minutes later, Ball State added its first two program records of the week while taking fourth in the 800 freestyle relay. Jacob Siewers started by beating his own program record in the 200 free with an opening split of 1:37.05, well ahead of his 1:38.62 set earlier in the season.

The effort helped the relay finish with a program record time of 6:36.72, as Siewers, Malcolm Slater, Michael Mitsynskyy and Owen Chaye took 0.78 off the previous mark of 6:37.50 set at last season’s league meet.

With the opening day relay results, Ball State is currently tied for third among the seven-team field with 62 points. Miami, which won both relays, holds the overall lead with 80 points.

Action in the 2024 MAC Championships picks up Thursday with three individual swimming events, 1-meter diving, and the 400 medley relay. Prelims start at 11:30 a.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. CT and finals at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT

Ball State Results on Day 1 of MAC Championships

200 Medley Relay | Program Record – 1:26.35 by Pheifer, Garberick, Handshoe, Chaye in 2023

3rd – Ethan Pheifer, Joey Garberick, Bryce Handshoe, Owen Chaye – 1:26.61

800 Freestyle Relay | Program Record – 6:36.72 by Siewers, Slater, Mitsynskyy, Chaye in 2024

4th – Jacob Siewers, Malcolm Slater, Michael Mitsynskyy, Owen Chaye – 6:36.72

BALL STATE BASEBALL

BASEBALL SCORES EARLY AND OFTEN IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP AT FLORIDA A&M

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Ball State baseball team jumped on Florida A&M in each game of a doubleheader on Wednesday evening on its way to a midweek sweep over the Rattlers.

The Cardinals (9-4) scored nine runs in the first five innings of the opener, which they won 10-2 over the Rattlers (5-8) before crossing the plate six times in the first two innings of the 6-4 nightcap triumph.

“Our boys hit the ball well, and we played a lot of guys to earn these two wins,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “It truly was a team effort. We have a lot of work to do but 9-4 is a good start.”

Game 1 – Ball State 10, Florida A&M 2 (7 innings)

Blake Bevis was perfect at the plate and Keegan Johnson threw 5.0 quality innings to lead Ball State to the 10-2 decision.

The sophomore Bevis went 3-for-3 with a home run, walk, two RBI and four runs scored, nailing a solo shot to spark a four-run fourth inning rally. The Cardinals tallied a single run in the first inning on a

Michael Hallquist solo homer and two in the second on RBI singles by Matthew Kamins and Nick Gregory.

FAMU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but the big fourth inning and later RBI safeties by Bevis in the fifth and Nick Gregory in the seventh created separation for the visitors.

Johnson (1-0) struck out four while allowing five hits and two runs to earn his first collegiate victory. Nate Blain and Ty Bradle followed with a scoreless inning each to close out the game. FAMU’s Dallas Tease (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs in 3.1 frames. 

Game 2 – Ball State 6, Florida A&M 4 (7 innings)

Decker Scheffler and Hallquist had big games at the dish and the Cardinals’ bullpen game came through for sweep-clinching nightcap victory.

Scheffler went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while hitting the first triple of the year for Ball State. Hallquist had a pair of knocks and RBIs to up his season average to .380 and RBI count to 15.

The junior transfer got the scoring started in the first on an RBI single that brought home Scheffler before crossing the plate himself on a Hunter Dobbins sac fly.

Korbin Griffin, Scheffler and Hallquist pounded out RBI singles in the second inning to provide the Cardinals pitching staff all the offense they would need for the rest of the game.

Zach Kwasny (3-1) struck out five and allowed one run in 2.0 innings for the win, while Tanner Knapp pitched a scoreless seventh for his third save of the year. The Cardinals put six runs on Rattlers pitcher Raylan Wagner in 2.0 innings to hand him the loss.

Up Next

Ball State is scheduled to play at 1 p.m. on Friday against Eastern Michigan in its home opener.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOLDS OFF KENT STATE FOR A MAC ROAD VICTORY ON ESPNU

KENT, Ohio – It’s never easy playing on the road let alone competing on a national stage, yet the Cardinals (26-9, 15-2 MAC) were able to hold off the Golden Flashes (18-9, 12-4 MAC) from their fourth quarter comeback to win tonight’s ball  game on ESPNU.

With the victory, Ball State earned its 26th win for the second-straight season etching its name into the record books once again as the Cardinals tied the program record for most wins in a season. Also, the 15 Mid-American Conference victories is the most in program history.

From start to finish, tonight’s contest in the M.A.C. Center was intense as both squads got to display their talents on a national stage. Ball State is the lone school in the Mid-American Conference to have been chosen to play on ESPNU two years in a row.

The opening frame had eight ties and three lead changes which saw the Cardinals end the first quarter with a two-point (18-16) edge over the Golden Flashes.

The second period mimicked the first as Ball State outpaced Kent State 17-15 for a 35-31 halftime edge over the Golden Flashes.

After the break, the Cardinals were on fire as Ally Becki hit back-to-back 3’s with a little over a minute shaved off the clock to put Ball State up by 12 (31-43). The Cardinals continued to dominate the floor offensively and defensively eventually building a 14-point cushion (49-35) with 4:34 on the clock after Estel Puiggros hit one from behind the arc. Per usual though, it came to no surprise that Kent State would not go away quietly. The Golden Flashes began to make a comeback around the four-minute mark and would outscore BSU 12-7 to cut the Cardinals’ once 14-point lead to nine (47-56) at the end of the third quarter.

The final 10 minutes were an up and down affair which saw Kent State nipping at the heels of Ball State the entirety of the final stanza. As a matter of fact, the Golden Flashes made it a two-point ball game (73-71) with 11 seconds on the clock. However, Ball State used some strategic passing on its last possession until Kent State finally sent Madelyn Bischoff to the line for two free throws. Bischoff made both to seal the win for the Cardinals.

For the game, Alex Richard had yet another impressive showing inside the paint as she led the Cardinals in scoring with 17 points. Behind Richard was Nyla Hampton who chipped in 16 while Becki finished the contest with 13.

Defensively, Marie Kiefer ended the night with 11 rebounds.

The Ball State women ‘s basketball team will now wrap up regular season action at Buffalo on Saturday at 2 pm ET in University Arena.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES CONTINUE 2024 SEASON WITH WEEKEND ROAD TRIP TO FLORIDA A&M

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State remains on the road this weekend as the Sycamores continue their season-opening trip in Tallahassee, Fla. with a four-game series at Florida A&M. The schedule is set for a single game on Friday, doubleheader on Saturday, and the series finale single game on Sunday at Moore-Kittles Field.

None of the games this weekend will be streamed live, but live stats will be available at the link on GoSycamores.com.

Indiana State is coming off a weekend trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. when the Sycamores took on fellow 2023 NCAA Super Regional participant Southern Miss in a three-game series at Pete Taylor Park. The Sycamores fell in each of the first two games by margins of 5-1 and 6-2, before topping the Golden Eagles in Sunday’s series finale, 12-5.

Dominic Listi was ISU’s top hitter over the weekend with the redshirt senior posting a .444 batting average while getting on base eight times over his 13 plate appearances. He added a team-high three runs scored over the series to keep the Sycamores on the base paths. Luis Hernandez added onto his current 10-game hitting streak over the weekend connecting safely in all three contests while adding his first stolen base of the season.

Parker Stinson connected on a grand slam to highlight a five-RBI game in the series finale win over USM. Adam Pottinger added two doubles and three RBIs over the weekend, while Randal Diaz added his second home run of the season over the series.

The Sycamore pitching staff featured several standouts over the weekend highlighted by Jacob Pruitt’s second consecutive 11-strikeout contest in the Friday opener. The sophomore right-hander went 5.1 innings allowing one run and three hits while retiring 11 Golden Eagles on strikes marking the first time an ISU pitcher recorded back-to-back double-digit strikeout outings since Geremy Guerrero (2021). Jared Spencer and Cameron Holycross also added standout relief appearances on the weekend combining to go 6.0 innings while striking out 11.

Indiana State is off to an 8-3 mark to start the 2024 season and continues to receive recognition among the major Division I baseball polls through the first three weeks of the season. ISU received votes in the NCBWA poll for the third consecutive week and the USA Today Coaches Poll for the second time as the Sycamores continue non-conference play.

Following Tuesday’s games, Indiana State continues to lead the Missouri Valley in four major team statistical categories on the season. The Sycamores are first in hit-by-pitches (27), first in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.85), first in strikeouts per nine innings (11.0), and first in team shutouts (1). ISU is also second in the Valley in earned run average (4.41) and third in WHIP (1.42) through the first 11 games of the season.

ISU also features several athletes sitting among the NCAA’s national leaders with Jacob Pruitt sitting fifth overall in strikeouts (31) and 10th in strikeouts per nine innings (16.41), while Dominic Listi is 16th in hit-by-pitches (7) and Adam Pottinger is 31st in doubles (6).

Stinson and Listi lead ISU’s offensive efforts from the plate on the year as the duo are tied with team-best .333 batting averages. Stinson leads the team with four home runs and 12 RBIs, while Listi is the team leader with 11 runs, eight walks, and seven hit-by-pitches, as well as a team-best .531 on-base percentage. Randal Diaz (.302) is also among the team leaders with 13 hits, two home runs, and nine RBIs on the year.

Pruitt is the team’s pitching leader on the season with a 1.06 ERA over a team-high 17.0 innings. He’s posted a 31:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year while limiting opponents to a .186 batting average. Luke Hayden (1-1, 2.57 ERA) is also among the team’s pitching leaders with 15 strikeouts over 14.0 innings on the mound.

The bullpen remains deep with Jared Spencer (2-0, 1.69 ERA), Cameron Holycross (0-0, 2.70 ERA), Simon Gregersen (0-0, 3.12 ERA) and Zach Davidson (1-1, 5.00 ERA) highlighting a group that has combined for 26 appearances and 53.0 innings pitched, while posting a 59:20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Adam Berghorst and Cole Gilley have also made three appearances out of the bullpen for the season and provided strong innings in support of ISU’s efforts.

Scouting Florida A&M

Florida A&M is set to play a Wednesday doubleheader against Ball State ahead of their weekend series against Indiana State. The Rattlers have posted a 5-6 record heading into the week and are coming off a doubleheader split against Grambling State this past weekend in Atlanta, Ga. at Coolray Field. Florida A&M took the opener, 2-1, before falling in the doubleheader finale, 3-2.

Additional wins for the Rattlers this season include taking two of three from Eastern Illinois on the season’s opening weekend, while adding another win over Grambling State and against Southern University at the Andre Dawson Classic held in Vero Beach, Fla.

Florida A&M was selected third overall in the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s East Division preseason poll finishing with 61 points and three first-place votes. as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Ty Jackson (OF), Sebastian Greico (DH), Janmikell Bastardo (OF), and Caleb Granger (SP) were all named to the conference’s First Team.

Four Rattlers have already earned weekly SWAC awards this year with Tre Simmons (Pitcher), Jacob Granger (Pitcher), Jalen Niles (Hitter), and True Fontenot (Hitter) being voted on for the weekly honors over the first three weeks of the season.

Fontenot is the team’s hitting leader on the year with a .370 batting average, while Bastardo paces the team in hits (11), runs (10), and triples (2). Greico is the team’s power threat with two of FAMU’s six home runs on the year. Overall, the Rattlers are hitting .241 as a team with 59 runs scored over their first 11 games.

Jacob Granger (1-0, 1.98 ERA) has made three appearances with one start on the season, while adding eight strikeouts over 13.2 innings. Caleb Granger (2-0, 2.25 ERA) has thrown a team-high 16.0 innings over three starts, while Simmons (1-1, 3.29 ERA) has posted 13.2 innings on the mound this season.

Series History

This marks Indiana State’s first time facing Florida A&M in program history.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORE SOFTBALL BACK ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND AT MARSHALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Softball will travel to Huntington, W. VA. this weekend to compete in the Marshall March Madness, which will be the last weekend of tournament play for the Sycamores before entering conference play. Games begin on Friday, March 8 and all five games throughout the weekend will have live stats available and Sunday’s game against Marshall will be live streamed on ESPN+.

The Sycamores will play five games throughout the weekend, beginning with a matchup at 11 a.m. ET against Ball State and to wrap up Friday’s play the Sycamores will take on Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, ISU will play twice again, first taking on Ball State at 11a.m. ET and then turning around to play Notre Dame at 6 p.m. ET. ISU will wrap up their weekend Sunday morning with a matchup against the host, Marshall at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Last Time Out

The Sycamores went 3-2 last weekend in Clarksville, Tenn. with wins over IUPUI, and Ohio (twice) while falling to SLU and Austin Peay. Indiana State now holds an overall record of 11-8 in the 2024 season.

Hailey Griffin had a great weekend in Clarksville, Tenn for the Sycamores. Griffin threw her first collegiate no hitter in seven innings in the 4-0 victory over IUPUI. Griffin went 2-0 on the weekend where she also took the win in the circle over Ohio with a score of 5-2. In 14 innings pitched, she recorded seven strikeouts, allowing only five hits and two earned runs.

Kennedy Shade recorded her second home run of the 2024 season in the 4-0 victory over IUPUI on Friday. Shade leads the Sycamores with a .408 batting average and leads the team in RBIs with 20.

Livi Colip recorded her first collegiate home run in the 5-2 victory over Ohio on Saturday in Clarksville.

The Opponents- Ball State

Coached by Helen Peña who is entering her first season as head coach for Ball State.

8-11 record in 2024 season.

The Cardinals lead the all-time series over the Sycamores 35-25. Last matchup between these two teams was in 2020.

McKayla Timmons was named MAC softball player of the week early this season, posting a .529 batting average with 12 RBIs, five home runs and eight runs scored. Timmons hit at least one home run in the first four games of the tournament, and hit two in one game.

The Opponents- Notre Dame

Coached by Deanna Gumpf who is entering her 23rd year as head coach for Notre Dame.

8-8 record in 2024 season.

First ever matchup between Notre Dame and Indiana State.

2023 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Carlli Kloss returns to the 2024 Notre Dame roster. Kloss leads the Fighting Irish with 20 hits and 13 runs scored this season where she holds a .364 batting average.

The Opponents- Marshall

Coached by Morgan Zerkle who is entering her first year as head coach for Marshall

11-9 record in 2024 season.

Marshall leads the all-time series over Indiana State 6-3.

2023 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, Sydney Bickel returns to the 2024 roster for Marshall where she leads the team with a .417 batting average, with 25 hits, 19 runs scored, and three home runs on the season.

Up Next

The Sycamores will travel to Evansville, Ind. to begin conference play on March 12-13. Indiana State will play Evansville at 6 p.m ET Tuesday and again at 6 p.m ET on Wednesday.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL

SYCAMORES ANNOUNCE ADDITION OF SIMMONDS, SEYMOUR TO STAFF

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head coach Curt Mallory announced additions to the Sycamore football coaching staff, as well as new positional titles heading into the spring season.

Mallory welcomes back ISU Hall of Famer Michael Simmonds as the Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, as well as Joseph Seymour as the Special Teams Coordinator. Wide Receivers Coach Collin Coffer adds the title of Pass Game Coordinator to his duties.

“We’re glad to bring back a legend in Mike Simmonds to the ISU coaching staff,” Mallory said. “He’s an experienced veteran and he and his wife Jamie are a welcome addition to the Sycamore family as they return here to Terre Haute. We’re looking forward to adding him to the culture of the program.”

No stranger to Indiana State athletics, Simmonds returns to the Sycamores as the offensive line coach in the spring of 2024 continuing a 30-plus year coaching career heading into his 19th season at the collegiate level.

Simmonds previously coached the Sycamores back in the 2010 season when he helping the Sycamores post a 6-5 record for the program’s first winning season since 1996. The Sycamores ranked 14th in the nation in scoring at 31.9 points per game in 2010 as he guided an offensive line from the lowest scoring team to the highest scoring team in school history (351 points), as well as a school record number of touchdowns (48) in 2010.

Simmonds has coaching stops at South Florida (2006-09), ISU (2010), North Texas (2011-15), Eastern Illinois (2016), Northern Iowa (2017), and most recently Texas El Paso (2018-2023).

Simmonds is coming off one of the best coaching years of his career being named the Conference USA Offensive Line Coach of the Year after guiding UTEP through nine different starting lineup combinations this past season. He coached the 2023 Conference USA Offensive Tackle of the Year, Zuri Henry, and Center of the Year, Andrew Meyer, highlighting an experienced unit that featured five returning starters with 120 combined starts.

Over his tenure at UTEP, the Miners featured 13 offensive linemen placed on C-USA All-Conference teams and blocked for three different 1000-yard-wide receivers. From 2021-23, the offensive line blocked for an average of over 2000 yards rushing per year & over 4000 yards total offense per year. UTEP also ranked 21st nationally for fewest sacks per game in 2021 (1.46).

Prior to UTEP, Simmonds coached at Northern Iowa where he was the offensive line coach/co-offensive coordinator. Northern Iowa led the nation (FCS) in red zone offense, converting on 92 percent of its opportunities (51 att., 31 TD, 16 FG). UNI averaged 29.4 points per game in 2017, while averaging 354.7 yards of total offense in 13 games (8-5 overall record).

In 2016, Simmonds directed the offensive line at Eastern Illinois. Tackle Evan Kanz earned second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, helping a group that carved holes for the OVC’s leading rusher, Devin Church, to run through. The offensive line finished the 2016 season ranked 36th in the FCS in fewest sacks allowed.

Simmonds coached at North Texas from 2011-15, as the Mean Green transitioned from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA. Employing a physical style of play at the offensive line position, Simmonds’ group paved the way to three 2,000-yard rushing seasons in five years with the team falling just short of that mark in 2015, averaging 158.7 yards per game on the ground.

During his stint at North Texas, Simmonds coached eight players to All-Conference honors with his group blocking for the school’s all-time leading rusher Lance Dunbar. In 2011, the offensive line led the way for Dunbar’s school record-setting performance of 313 yards against Middle Tennessee.

Prior to joining the staff at North Texas, Simmonds coached one season at Indiana State, helping the Sycamores post a 6-5 record for the program’s first winning season since 1996. Prior to the six wins, ISU had won two games in the previous five seasons.

Simmonds was on the staff at South Florida from 2006-09.  In his first season he worked as a graduate assistant coach before taking over offensive line duties in 2007. During his time with the USF program, the Bulls led the Big East Conference in total offense in 2008, averaging 405.0 yards per game. The team was third in the conference in rushing offense at 165.4 yards per game.

During his three seasons as a full-time coach USF was nationally ranked during each season, climbing as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the 2007 campaign. All four years on the staff USF played in a bowl game, with appearances in the PapaJohns.com Bowl, Sun Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, and International Bowl. USF was 3-1 in bowl games with Simmonds on the staff with 34 overall wins.

A graduate of Indiana State, Simmonds started 46 games in his career, earning I-AA All-American honors. He was a member of the Sycamores’ 1983 and 1984 FCS playoff teams. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 10th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. Simmonds played four seasons in the NFL with Tampa Bay and San Diego. He started at offensive guard for Tampa Bay in 1989, part of an offense that earned NFC Players of the Week in a game against Chicago.

Following his professional career, Simmonds was a successful high school coach in the Tampa area before joining the USF staff. He coached six years as an assistant at Hillsborough HS, helping the team win 54 games. From 1998-2005 he was the head coach at Jefferson HS in Tampa, posting a 75-29 overall record. He coached in FHSAA State Championship Games three times in 1996, 2002 and 2004.

Simmonds was inducted into the Indiana State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.  He was named to both the Gateway Conference 20th Anniversary Team and the Gateway Conference All-Decade Team (1980’s).

He and his wife, Jamie, have three daughters – Amanda, Lauren and Emily.

Seymour joined the staff by way of North Dakota following a six-year tenure with the Fighting Hawks working with both the special teams and offensive staff both as an intern and in a graduate assistant role.

He helped oversee the UND punt return units that ranked in the Top-10 in blocked punts, including two returned for touchdowns in the 2022 season. This past year, Seymore helped UND be named the top Kickoff Return Unit in the FCS averaging 27.0 yards per return highlighted by First Team All-Conference selection Luke Skokna.

The Sycamores will announce their spring practice schedule in the coming days as they prepare for the upcoming practice slate ahead of their annual Blue-White Game.

INDIANA STATE BASKETBALL

COACH SCHERTZ, BLEDSON, CONWELL EARN MVC YEARLY AWARDS

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball took home three of the major Missouri Valley men’s basketball awards as announced at the awards banquet on Wednesday evening. Coach Josh Schertz (Coach of the Year), Ryan Conwell (Newcomer of the Year), and Xavier Bledson (Sixth Man of the Year) were all honored following the voting as conducted by the league’s head coaches, media members, and sports information staff.

Coach of the Year

In his third season with Indiana State, and his third season in Division I, head coach Josh Schertz brought home the MVC Coach of the Year award. Coach Schertz is the fifth head coach to win the award in Sycamore history marking the eighth total time. Former coach Duane Klueh was a four-time winner.

Coach Schertz led the Sycamores to a 26-5, 17-3 MVC record in the 2023-24 regular season, flipping from a 13-23, 4-14 inaugural season with Indiana State in 2021-22. Coach Schertz guided the Sycamores to the most wins since 1978-79 and the most conference wins in program history (17). The Sycamores also earned its first national rankings under Coach Schertz for the first time since the 1978-79 season. Indiana State earned the No. 23 spot on the AP Top 25 and the No. 24 spot on the USA TODAY Sports Coaches poll in the month of February. Every week except once, ISU earned votes since the start of the 2024 calendar year in at least one of the two national polls. Indiana State slowly climbed the rankings in the Collegeinsider.com mid-major poll and led for three-straight weeks in the back-half of the season, before ending in the No. 3 spot.

Newcomer of the Year

Sophomore guard Ryan Conwell earned Newcomer of the Year, marking the first time in program history the Sycamores have won the award in back-to-back years. The sophomore is only the fourth Sycamore to record this award in program history.

Conwell earned the weekly newcomer award five times over the course of the season. He played in 30 of 31 games for the Sycamores, averaging 16.0 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Conwell scored a career-high 27 points against Ball State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse as a part of the Indy Classic. He went on to finish with 20+ points seven times, recording four double-doubles throughout the season. Conwell helped bring home the regular season championship for the Sycamores by racking up two of his four double-doubles in the last three games of the season, grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds in both of those games. Helping close out the season, in the last five games Conwell averaged 17.6 PPG and 8.4. RPG, shooting 53.1% from the floor (54.5% from three) and converted all 18 free throw attempts.

Indiana State had the top two vote recipients in the Newcomer of the Year voting, with Conwell receiving the most votes ahaed of teammate Isaiah Swope.

Sixth Man of the Year

Xavier Bledson, a redshirt senior, earned Sixth Man of the Year in the MVC, marking only the second time a Sycamore has won the award and first since Khristian Smith was honored back in 2014. Bledson played in all 31 games in the regular season, averaging 6.9 PPG and 3.0 RPG. He finished with the third-most assists (85), was fourth on the team in total three-pointers made (35), and tied for the fourth-most rebounds (92). Bledson had the most minutes averaged (18.5) and total points (215) outside the usual starting five.

The MVC Tournament

The 2024 MVC Tournament kicks off tomorrow, March 7. With Indiana State earning the No. 1 seed, the team gets a bye through the first round and will play its opening game on Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. versus the winner of No. 8 Murray State/No. 9 Missouri State.

FIVE SYCAMORES HIGHLIGHTED ON ALL-MVC TEAMS

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball frequented the podium at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel on Wednesday night for the 2024 Missouri Valley men’s basketball awards night.

All five regular starters for Indiana State made the All-MVC Teams. Robbie Avila was the lone recipient of the First Team for Indiana State. The trio of Ryan Conwell, Jayson Kent, and Isaiah Swope all made Second Team, while Julian Larry got the nod for Third Team.

Ryan Conwell and Isaiah Swope were both named to the MVC Newcomer Team, while Julian Larry and Jayson Kent were selected to the All-Defensive Team.

Robbie Avila was the only Sycamore named to the first team and was in contention for the Larry Bird Player of the Year award. Avila is the first player to be selected to the First Team since Tyreke Key in 2020. Throughout the season, Avila averaged a team-high 17.6 PPG, to go along with 6.9 RPG and 3.86 AST/G in 29 total games. In league action alone, he stood at 18.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 3.7 AST/G. Avila shot 55.6% from the floor in the 29 games.

Ryan Conwell averaged 16.0 PPG and 5.4 RPG, good for third on the team in both categories. The 6-4 guard also finished third in total rebounds (163). Conwell finished second in total threes made (85) while leading the team in free-throw percentage with 87.3% (89-for-102).

Jayson Kent led ISU in field goal percentage (min. 40 attempts) with a 61.3% clip (141-for-230). Kent finished just shy of averaging a double-double in conference play, averaging 12.6 PPG and 9.3 RPG in 19 of 20 MVC games. He led the team in rebounding (236). Kent was third on the team in free throw percentage at 83.5%.

Isaiah Swope averaged the second-highest scoring average for ISU at 16.6 PPG. He led the team and was 11th in the NCAA Division I rankings in total three-pointers made (96). Swope was second on the team in steals (38). In 29 games played this season, he averaged the highest minutes-per-game mark among the Sycamores with 34.9.

Julian Larry was the only team member to play in all 31 games this season, and only missed one start due to choosing to sit on Senior Day allowing Jake Wolfe to start his last home game as a Sycamore. He averaged 10.6 PPG and led the team in total assists (139), good for 4.48 AST/G. He led the team in three-point field goal percentage (46.4%) with the fifth-most attempts, and he finished third on the team in field goal percentage (min. 40 attempts) shooting 52.9% from the field.

Ryan Conwell and Isaiah Swope are the first pair of teammates to both make the Newcomer Team since 1999. Conwell earned Newcomer of the Week five times in the 2023-24 season, while Swope was a one-time recipient. It marked the fifth and sixth appearance by Sycamores on the team since the 1999 season.

Jayson Kent and Julian Larry both were selected to the All-Defensive Team as the ninth and 10th ISU players selected to the team in program history. Kent led ISU in total rebounds with 236 and recorded the league’s only 20-rebound game, which moved him into tying for eighth in ISU program history for single-game rebounds. Larry was the team’s leader in steals (49) and received the honor for the second consecutive season.

The MVC Tournament

The 2024 MVC Tournament kicks off tomorrow, March 7. With Indiana State earning the No. 1 seed, the team gets a bye through the first round and will play its opening game on Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. versus the winner of No. 8 Murray State/No. 9 Missouri State.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES OPEN SENIOR WEEKEND HOMESTAND AGAINST NORTHERN IOWA

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State begins its final homestand of the season Thursday evening when it plays host to Northern Iowa for a 6 p.m. tip.

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and GoSycamores.com.

Gameday Promotions

This weekend is Senior Weekend for the Sycamores. Indiana State will honor its senior class, consisting of forward Chelsea Cain, guard Ella Sawyer and manager Reagan Smalley, across the weekend, culminating with a pregame recognition prior to Saturday’s regular season finale against Drake.

Thursday’s game has been designated as a Blue Out. All fans in attendance are encouraged to be loud and wear blue.

The Hometown Savings Bank is Thursday’s game sponsor. For more information on our game sponsor, visit HERE.

Last Time Out

All five Indiana State starters scored seven or more points Sunday afternoon, but a slow start for the Sycamores proved costly in an 87-70 defeat at the hands of Murray State inside CFSB Center.

Ella Sawyer led the Sycamores with 15 points, her most in an Indiana State uniform. Mya Glanton added 13 points, while Bella Finnegan had 12. Glanton and Kiley Bess pulled down six rebounds each, while five different Sycamores dished out multiple assists.

In a near-mirror image of the first meeting this season, Indiana State quickly found itself in an early double-digit hole. The Sycamores trailed 17-2 by the midway point of the opening quarter and found themselves trying to catch up for the remainder of the game. A strong third quarter, capped by a 13-3 run, helped the Trees get within 62-49 heading to the fourth. Indiana State got within 10 at 66-56 following baskets from Glanton and Bess along with a three-ball from Finnegan, but an 11-2 Murray State run put the game out of reach.

Senior Weekend Special

This weekend’s homestand also marks Senior Weekend for Indiana State, with the Sycamores set to recognize their senior class on Saturday.

This year’s senior class has a special meaning to the program, as it is the first senior class fully recruited by the current coaching staff. Indiana State will recognize Chelsea Cain, Ella Sawyer and Reagan Smalley over the course of the weekend.

Cain and Sawyer have both played two seasons (2022-24) at Indiana State after transferring from Nicholls State and Austin Peay, respectively. The duo represented part of the first signing class for the current Sycamore coaching staff, and have been mainstays in the starting lineup for Indiana State.

Smalley joined the Indiana State program during the 2021-22 season and has played an instrumental role behind the scenes of the Sycamore program over the last three seasons. A lot of her work often goes unnoticed by outsiders, but her hard work has earned the respect and admiration of both the staff and student-athletes.

Seeding Scenarios

Indiana State enters the final weekend of the season already aware of its path to a conference tournament title

The Sycamores will be seeded either eighth or ninth for the 2024 MVC Tournament and will play in the 1 p.m. game on the opening day (March 14). Indiana State’s potential first round opponent is still yet to be determined.

Should the Sycamores win their opening round game next week, they will play regular season champion Drake in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. on the second day of the tournament (March 15).

Shot-Swatting Sycamores

Indiana State has recorded 12 games with four or more blocks this season, including seven with five or more rejections. The Sycamores’ most recent five-block game came in their most recent game at Murray State.

As a team, Indiana State ranks fourth in the conference with 3.3 blocks per game and have improved that average to 3.7 blocks per game against Valley foes. The Sycamores tied the program single-game high of 10 blocked shots earlier this season against Southern Illinois, while Savannah White matched the program individual single-game high of seven blocks in the aforementioned game against the Salukis.

Get To The Line

Indiana State has fared well when it gets to the free throw line this season, connecting on 75 percent of its attempts from the charity stripe during the 2023-24 campaign.

Since the start of conference play, Indiana State’s free throw percentage has improved to 76.7 percent.

Downtown

Indiana State has shot the ball better from behind the arc in conference play, with the Sycamores knocking down 33.3 percent of their 3-pointers against MVC foes. The 33 percent clip is a 10 percent improvement from the Trees’ non-conference mark and also ranks fourth in the conference.

Indiana State shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in both ends of their recent two-game trip to Belmont and Murray State.

Sharing Is Caring

Indiana State dished out a season-high 20 assists in its most recent win over Bradley, with the Sycamores assisting on nearly 75 percent of their made baskets.

The 20-assist game was Indiana State’s first since a March 2023 win over Bradley at home. All five starters for the Sycamores had at least three assists.

Northern Iowa at a Glance

Northern Iowa enters the weekend at 13-14 overall and 12-6 in conference play. The Panthers have won four of their last five games.

MVC Preseason Player of the Year Grace Boffeli leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounding at 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while Maya McDermott averages 15.5 points and 3.6 assists per game. Northern Iowa features nine different players who average four or more points per game, while six different Panthers average at least three rebounds per game. Boffeli, McDermott and Kayba Laube are all averaging double-digit scoring against conference foes.

Tanya Warren is in her 17th season at the helm of the Northern Iowa program and has a 319-225 career record as the head coach of the Panthers. Warren is the MVC’s all-time wins leader.

Series History Against Northern Iowa

Indiana State owns a 42-41 advantage in the all-time series, though Northern Iowa has won the last six meetings. The Sycamores’ last win in the series came in the 2019-20 season, a two-point win in Terre Haute.

Last Meeting Against Murray State (Jan. 6, 2024)

Indiana State gave preseason conference favorite Northern Iowa everything it could handle, but the Panthers outlasted the Sycamores 85-79 in a high-scoring battle inside McLeod Center.

Chelsea Cain led the way for the Sycamores with 18 points and six assists, while Mya Glanton added 17 points and six rebounds. Bella Finnegan was also in double-figures for the Trees with 11, while Ella Sawyer had seven points and matched her career high of eight assists.

Indiana State opened the game on a 7-0 run and shot 60 percent from the field in the opening quarter. The Sycamores were efficient from distance in the opening 20 minutes, where they were 7-for-10 from behind the arc. Northern Iowa kept pace, though, and took a two-point lead into halftime. The Sycamores were neck-and-neck throughout the second half, but the home side took advantage of 26 free throw attempts in the second half to narrowly defeat a scrappy Sycamore team.

Up Next

Indiana State wraps up the regular season with Senior Day Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Drake.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS VISIT OAKLAND ON THURSDAY IN #HLMBB QUARTERFINAL PLAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon men’s basketball team heads two hours north to the suburbs of Detroit to play Oakland in a quarterfinal matchup of the 2024 Barbasol Horizon League Championship. Tip on Thursday (March 7) is set for 7 p.m. A victory punches the Mastodons’ ticket to Indianapolis for the semifinals of the league championship. 

Game Day Information
Who: No. 8 Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (21-11) vs. No. 1 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (20-11)
When: Thursday, March 7 | 7 PM ET 
Where: Rochester, Mich. | OU Credit Union O’rena
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Oakland leads 21-10. The two teams split the season series. 
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne Notes(PDF)  | Oakland Notes (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS

// The Mastodons head to Rochester, Michigan to face Oakland in the Quarterfinals. The ‘Dons split the two meetings with Oakland this season. Thursday’s game will be one of the rare quarterfinal contests with both teams already at 20 wins on the season.

// Only once this season have the ‘Dons comitted more turnovers than their opponent. On Dec. 2 at Oakland the ‘Dons had 14 to Oakland’s 13. Only twice this season have the ‘Dons had equal turnovers to their opponent (13 at Pittsburgh and 20 at Northern Kentucky). The ‘Dons enter Thursday’s games not having lost the turnover battle in 23 straight games.

// The ‘Dons have single-digit turnovers in 15 games this season. Six times they have had six or fewer in a game.

// The ‘Dons have six games this season in which they never trailed. One of the games was the Mastodons’ win at Oakland on Dec. 2.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead in every game this season, except for two: at Pitt (Dec. 20) and vs. Wright State (Jan. 6).

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for 22 or more minutes in each of the last 10 games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson has reached the top 5 in single season 3-point field goals.

3. 98 – Nick Wise (2001-02)

4. 94 – Quinton Morton-Robertson (2023-24)

5. 93 – Nick Wise (2000-01)

6. 89 – Kason Harrell (2017-18)

// Quinton Morton-Robertson’s 94 made 3-pointers ranks him 14th in the nation.

// Both Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello are tied for eighth in the program’s Division I era for single-season steals with 58 for the ‘Dons.

// In league play only, all five starters ranked in the top-25 in steals per game in the League. Jalen Jackson was 3rd (2.0), Rasheed Bello was 4th (1.9), Anthony Roberts was 7th (1.5), Quinton Morton-Robertson was T-10th (1.3) and Eric Mulder was 23rd (1.1).

// Per Kenpom, Eric Mulder is 4th in 2-point field goal percentage (73.8 percent).

// Jalen Jackson is second in the Horizon League in fouls drawn with 5.6 per 40 minutes. First is Cleveland State’s Tristan Enaruna. He averages 5.9 (per 40 minutes), according to Kenpom.

// The ‘Dons finished the regular season with wins over each of the top five teams in the postseason and a 7-3 record against the five teams (Oakland, Youngstown State, Green Bay, Wright State and Northern Kentucky).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 16 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 24-of-32 games and eight of the last 11 games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 25-of-32 games and double digit treys in 10 games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in 12 games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 28th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.2 percent.

// Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello each have 58 steals, 49th in the nation and second in the league.

NOTES ON TUESDAY’S FIRST ROUND WIN OVER ROBERT MORRIS

// The ‘Dons had 50 points in the paint, their most against a Division I team this season.

// All nine ‘Dons that touched the floor recorded a field goal.

// Eric Mulder finished with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson led all scorers with 17 points, along with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

// The ‘Dons shot 49.2 percent from the field, 59.4 percent in the first half.

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 4th in turnover margin (+6.4)

// 10th in turnovers forced per game (16.53)

// 11th in steals per game (9.5)

// 25th in 3-pointers per game (9.4)

// 25th in fast break points per game (14.19)

// 28th in scoring offense (81.4)

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON WBB WELCOMES DETROIT MERCY FOR #HLWBB CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINAL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – No. 3 seed Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball begins its quest for a Horizon League Championship on Thursday (March 7) when they host No. 6 seed Detroit Mercy in the quarterfinal of the Barbasol Horizon League Championship. The game will be at the Gates Sports Center with a 7 p.m. tip.

Game Day Information
Who: Detroit Mercy Titans
When: Thursday, March 7 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets:Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Detroit Mercy | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Detroit Mercy is 17-15 and is coming off its opening round victory over No. 11 seed Robert Morris on Tuesday (March 5). Despite this, the Titans have won just three games over their last 10. In Detroit Mercy’s win over Robert Morris, Irene Murua had a team-high 12 points. This was just above her team-best season average of 11.2 points per game. Jada Moorehead had 10 rebounds in that game.

The Series

Detroit Mercy leads the all-time series 10-8, but Purdue Fort Wayne has won six of the last seven meetings, all coming under head coach Maria Marchesano. The two teams met in the Horizon League Championship opening round in 2023, in which Audra Emmerson scored a team-high 16 points.

Playoff Picture

The No. 3 seed Mastodons welcome No. 6 seed Detroit Mercy for the quarterfinal round of the Barbasol Horizon League Championship. Assuming a win for the Mastodons, they will move on to the semifinal in Indianapolis to face one of Green Bay, Northern Kentucky, Wright State or Milwaukee.

The ‘Dons are *Fire Emoji*

Purdue Fort Wayne has won nine of its last 12 games and has an average margin of victory of 14.1 in that span. In that stretch, Erin Woodson is 91.7 percent (11-of-12), Shayla Sellers is 87.5 percent (14-of-16), and Renna Schwieterman is 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the free throw line.

Closing In…

Shayla Sellers needs 21 points to break into the program’s top-10 in scoring.

10. Rhonda Unverferth – 1,293 (1982-85)

11. Shayla Sellers – 1,272 (2019-present)

Recency Bias

Over the last seven games, Shayla Sellers is shooting 58.7 percent (27-of-46) from 3-point range.

Purdue Fort Dubs

This is the first time in the Division I history of the Mastodon women’s basketball program that the ‘Dons reached 20 wins in the regular season. The Mastodons had not won 20+ regular season games in a season since 1995-96, when the ‘Dons were 23-5 in the Division II era.

Money Millie

This season, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures in all but six games. She is also 117th in the nation and fifth in the league in percentage, shooting 46.6 from the floor. She is top-180 in the country in scoring with 419 points this season.

How Many Ways Can We Say We Like Threes?

The Mastodons have made 10 3-pointers in 13 games this season. In the Division I era (2001-present), the Mastodons have hit double-digits 3-pointers 13 times in just two seasons: 2013-14 and 2023-24. ‘Dons had 14 such games in 2013-14.

Carving Out a Spot in the Record Book

Purdue Fort Wayne needs just three 3-point baskets to break the program record in 3-pointers. The Mastodons currently have 269, with 272 being a new record for the program, breaking the 271 in 2013-14.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne beat Youngstown State 73-64 on Senior Day behind 22 points, five rebounds and five assists from Destinee Marshall. Amellia Bromenschenkel chipped in 19 points.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ENDS REGULAR SEASON AT HOME AGAINST CONFERENCE LEADERS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will welcome two of the top teams in the Valley for its final weekend of regular season play.

The Purple Aces return home for their final two games of the regular season on Thursday and Saturday. After two tough games on the road, UE is looking to improve its seeding in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a win over either the regular season champions Drake or Northern Iowa. Evansville will also honor its senior players on Saturday afternoon for their contributions to the program over their careers. The Aces seniors this year include center Barbora Tomancova and guard Lexie Sinclair.

But before Senior Day, UE welcomes Drake to Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs come into Thursday’s game having clinched the regular-season MVC title on Saturday with an 82-62 win over Valparaiso. Drake is led by guard Katie Dinnebier, who was recently named a finalist for the Becky Hammond Mid-Major Player of the Year Award. Dinnebier averages 18 points and just under seven assists per game while the Bulldogs have forward Anna Miller leading the way under the glass with 9.9 rebounds a game.

Northern Iowa will be Evansville’s Senior Day opponent on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers come into this weekend looking to improve their Hoops in the Heartland seeding, currently sitting in fifth behind Illinois State with identical 11-6 Valley records. UNI won both their games over the past week against Valparaiso and UIC for their current two-game win streak. The Panthers are led on offense by MVC Preseason Player of the Year forward Grace Boffeli, who is averaging 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game in 25.1 minutes. Closely following behind Boffeli is point guard Maya McDermott with 15.5 points per game and 3.6 assists.

Freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas led the Aces in almost every statistical category at Murray State on Friday night. Thomas led UE in points (23), rebounds (11), assists (4), and blocks (2). Thomas’s four assists was a career-high surpassing her former high of three helpers against Bradley at the start of February. Thomas also added 19 points against Belmont while leading the team in steals with a season-high three takeaways. Evansville’s other freshman forward Maggie Hartwig had a team-leading performance at Belmont. Hartwig led the Aces in both points and rebounds with her fifth game of 20+ points. The forward added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

EVANSVILLE FACES ILLINOIS STATE IN ARCH MADNESS OPENER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Arch Madness opens on Thursday with the 10th-seeded University of Evansville men’s basketball team facing #7 Illinois State at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.  Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT with the MVC TV Network and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

– On and off the floor, Ben Humrichous epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete and others have taken notice as Humrichous was named the 2024 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday

– Humrichous owns a perfect 4.0 GPA at UE as he pursues his Master of Science in Leadership…in his undergraduate work at Huntington (Ind.) University, he finished with a 3.93 GPA

– He is the third Purple Aces to win the award joining Jason Holsinger (2009) and Colt Ryan (2012 and 2013)

All-Bench Team Honorees

– Chuck Bailey III and Tanner Cuff were both named to the 2024 MVC All-Bench Team on Tuesday afternoon

– Bailey played in 30 games as a freshman while making one start

– The 4-time MVC Freshman of the Week averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 boards per game

– Cuff saw action in all 31 regular season games with his top game being a 16-point effort in the win over UIC

Last Time Out  

– Evansville scored the first eight points of Sunday’s game at Belmont, but a late first half run by the Bruins saw them take a 38-26 halftime lead before winning by an 83-66 final

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. led UE with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Josh Hughes posted 13 tallies and 7 caroms

– Antonio Thomas scored 11 while Cam Haffner finished the day with 10 points

Storming into March

– Another strong effort in the regular season finale at Belmont has Kenny Strawbridge Jr. ready to make noise in the postseason

– Strawbridge has posted 12+ points in seven of the last nine games including back-to-back 14-point efforts over the last week

– He has averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 assists in his last nine games while posting multiple assists in eight of those contests

– Defensively, he is one of the best in the MVC and is second with 1.70 steals/game

Strong Finish

– Converting five of his 10 attempts and knocking down three triples, Josh Hughes finished with 13 points at Belmont

– It was a strong game that put an end to a 5-game stretch that saw him post a total of six points

– Over the last nine games, he is 18-of-37 from the field – 48.6%

– Since Jan. 13, Hughes is shooting 45.5% (20/44) from long range

Hitting his Stride

– Over the last five games, Cam Haffner is averaging 7.6 points per game while scoring 9+ points in three of those outings

– At Belmont, Haffner was 4-of-6 from the field on his way to 10 points while the streak began with 11 points, tying his season mark

– Haffner’s 5-game stretch has seen him go 15-for-27 (55.6%) from the field and 8-of-17 (47.1%) from outside

Scouting the Opponent

– Illinois State enters Arch Madness as the #7 seed following a 15-16 regular season and a 9-11 showing in the MVC

– ISU dropped two of its last three games with road losses at Bradley and Valparaiso; they defeated Missouri State by a 75-74 final in their home finale

– Darius Burford paces the Redbirds with a 13.2 PPG scoring average but has been limited to 21 games and has not played since Feb. 3

– Myles Foster is second on the team with 12.2 PPG and leads the way with an average of 8.0 rebounds

– Malachi Poindexter was the star the last time UE and ISU met in Normal; he recorded 27 points in an 86-79 Illinois State victory

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

MARAH WOOD’S 2-RUN HOME RUN LEADS UE TO WIN OVER LINDENWOOD

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With her team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning of the finale in Wednesday’s doubleheader against Lindenwood, Marah Wood launched a 2-run home run to give the University of Evansville softball team a 2-1 victory.  The Purple Aces split Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Lions at Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium.

Game 1 – Lindenwood 5, UE 3

After scoring a single run in the second, Lindenwood added two in the third and another pair of runs in the fourth to open a 5-0 lead.  In the bottom of the fourth, Evansville got on the board,  Following a leadoff walk by Jess Willsey, Marah Wood singled to set the table for Hannah Hood.  The Newburgh, Ind. native came through with a double down the left field line to score Willsey.

Three quick outs ended the threat but the Aces once again put together a rally in the seventh.  Taylor Howe recorded a 1-out double to score Brooke Voss, who reached on a walk.  Dori Brown came in to pinch run for Howe and crossed the plate on an error by the Lions catcher.  Despite the late comeback attempt, the efforts for the Aces came up just short as they dropped a 5-3 decision.

Mikayla Jolly took the loss, throwing the entire 7-inning contest.  She allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits.  Lindenwood pitcher Amanda Weyh also went the distance, giving up three runs, two being earned, on five hits.  Weyh was also the top offensive performer for her squad, going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

Game 2 – UE 2, Lindenwood 1

Pitching was the name of the game in the second game of the doubleheader and it was one pitch that would make the difference.  Lindenwood struck first with a single run in the top of the third and would hold that edge until the bottom of the sixth.

Evansville was held to two hits through the first five innings, but the third hit of the day proved to be the biggest of the season.  Hannah Hood reached on a walk before Marah Wood stepped to the plate.  She launched the first pitch she saw over the left field wall to put the Aces up by a 2-1 score.

The Lions did their best to even the score in the top half of the 7th, but UE starter Megan Brenton shut the door to give UE the win.  Brenton earned the win, throwing the entire 7-inning game while giving up just one run on six hits.  Wood recorded two out of UE’s three hits in the contest.  This weekend, the Aces play their final non-conference tournament at Bellarmine before opening up the Missouri Valley Conference slate next week. 

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

UE MEN BREAK 200 MEDLEY RELAY RECORD TO OPEN MAC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Despite having to run the race twice, the University of Evansville men’s swimming and diving team broke the 200-Yard Medley Relay record on Wednesday night to open competition at the 2024 Mid-American Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium in Carbondale, Illinois.

After a problem with the touchpads forced the race to be conducted twice, the quartet of juniors Patrik Vilbergsson (Kopavogur, Iceland), Carlos Souto Vilas (A Coruna, Spain), and Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) and sophomore Daniil Goncharuk (Kyiv, Ukraine) posted a time of 1:28.38 to edge the previous school mark set at last year’s MAC Championships by 0.03 seconds.

“What a tremendous start to the championships,” said UE head coach Stuart Wilson.  “The guys really stayed focused on the task at hand, and went out and ran a great race.  I am proud of them.”

In the only other event of the evening, the UE quartet of freshman Joseph Capo (Luling, La./Jesuit), junior Jakob Grundbacher (Thalwil, Switzerland), freshman Omar Hassan (Doha, Qatar) and senior Grant Kay (Ellicott City, Md./Hebron) combined to post a time of 6:46.46 in the 800-Yard Freestyle Relay.  Capo’s lead-leg time of 1:40.98 also moved him from tenth to ninth on UE’s career chart for fastest 200-Yard Freestyle times.

The MAC Championships will continue on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. with preliminary round swims in the 500-Yard Freestyle, the 200 IM, and the 50-Yard Freestyle.  The one-meter diving competition will begin at 1 p.m., and final-round competitions of all four events, as well as the 400-Yard Medley Relay will take place beginning at 6 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI ENDS 2023-24 WITH LOSS IN OVC CHAMPIONSHIP

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball could not hold off Tennessee State University in the second half and lost, 78-64, on the opening evening of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship at the Ford Center. The Screaming Eagles, the eighth seed, ends the season 8-24 overall, while the Tigers advance to Thursday with an 18-10 mark.

USI, which played without an ill junior guard and first-team All-OVC Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois), trailed by six early, 13-7, but rallied to tie the score at 19-19, when sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) ended a 12-6 run with a three-point bomb with 8:23 to play in the half.

After the Tigers and Eagles traded buckets, junior guard/forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi) put USI up two, 29-27, with 3:20 left before halftime on back-to-back three-pointers. USI sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) would put the Eagles up three, 33-30, at the break with back-to-back two-point buckets.

USI, which shot 52.0 percent from the field as a team (13-25), was led by Moore and sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) with eight points each in the opening 20 minutes. 

The second half was TSU’s turn to take command of the game. The Tigers methodically erased a seven-point Eagles’ lead, 37-30, with a 16-3 run with 14 minutes to play, posting their own 46-40 advantage.

USI would stay close, closing the gap to one, 49-48, with 10:52 left and two points, 59-57, with 5:19 to play before TSU sealed game with a final 19-7 run up to the final score of 78-64.  

The USI offensive attack, which also was without second leading scorer sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) after he suffered an ankle injury 50 seconds into the game, was led by the 14-point performance of Hall. Hall was five-of-eight from the field, including three three-pointers, and one-of-three from the line.

Campion followed with 13 points, while Moore finished out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI BATTLES #8 TENNESSEE, BUT FALL 2-1

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball goes toe-to-toe with #8 University of Tennessee, but lost, 2-1, Wednesday evening in Knoxville, Tennessee. USI is 4-8 to start the season, while Tennessee goes 13-1.

A pitcher’s duel through five innings as the Screaming Eagles and the Volunteers were not able to muster more than a combined seven hits and nine total base runners. USI senior designated hitter Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas) ended the offensive drought by both teams by crushing a bomb to center field for a 1-0 Eagles lead and his second round tripper of the season.

The 1-0 lead was short lived as the Volunteers responded with a solo shot of their own in the bottom of the frame. Tennessee broke the tie four batters later with a single and run scored for a 2-1 lead at the end of six.

USI would go down in order in the seventh and would strand the tying run at second in the seventh and eighth as Tennessee closed out the 2-1 decision.

Freshman right-hander Clayton Weisheit (Ferdinand, Indiana) began the contest on the mound for USI, getting a no-decision in his first collegiate start. Weisheit threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out four.

The loss in the game for USI went to junior right-hander Gavin Morris (Brazil, Indiana). Morris (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out four.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI continues its nine-game road swing this weekend when it visits Bellarmine University for a three-game. The series starts Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CST); continues Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (CST); and concludes Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (CDT).

The Knights of Bellarmine University are off to a rough start to 2024, going 1-10 and losing 10-straight. Bellarmine visited Marshall University Wednesday before hosting USI this weekend.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 85-77, dating back to 1970s and when both teams were members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Eagles extended its series lead after winning two-of-three from the Knights at the USI Baseball Field last spring.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF FINISHES 15TH AT THE HUNTSVILLE INTERCOLLEGIATE

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf competed in the 16-team Huntsville Intercollegiate on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. USI finished 15th in their second match of the spring season.

The Eagles finished with a three-round score of 1058 (359, 354, 345). The Intercollegiate was hosted by Samford University at the RTJ Golf Trail at Hampton Cove.

The five competitors for the week were junior Baileigh Schneider (Huntingburg, Indiana), senior Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois), freshman Alexis Wymer (Bridgeport, Illinois), freshman Ashlynn Weir (Evansville, Indiana), and sophomore Sydni Thurlow (Belleville, Illinois).

Sayyalinh led the Eagles with a three-round score of 257 (85, 84, 88). Schneider had the lowest round score on Wednesday with an astonishing 77. Lipscomb University was the eventual champion of the intercollegiate.

Next for USI

USI Women’s Golf is back in action on March 25-26 competing in The Julie, hosted by Northern Kentucky University in Batavia, Ohio.

VALPO BASEBALL

VALPO BASEBALL TO MAKE NEXT STOP OF SPRING TRIP AT THE CITADEL

Valparaiso (4-7, 0-0 MVC)

at The Citadel (9-3, 0-0 SoCon)

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (6,000) | Charleston, S.C.

Friday, March 8, 3 p.m. CT

Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 10, noon CT

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: A stretch of 19 straight days on the road during spring break for the Valparaiso University baseball team continues this weekend as the program’s annual spring trip makes its next stop in Charleston, S.C. for a three-game weekend series with The Citadel.

Last Time Out: Valpo enjoyed two wins at Elon last week, beating a warm-weather opponent that won over 30 games last season with 9-4 and 7-5 triumphs on Friday and Saturday. The Beacons followed that with back-to-back one-run setbacks, falling to Binghamton 3-2 on Sunday and Jacksonville 6-5 on Tuesday. Valpo rallied with three two-out runs in the ninth against the Dolphins including a go-ahead single by Liam Patton, but the Dolphins scored twice in the bottom of the inning to walk off with the win.

Following the Beacons: This weekend’s games will be Links to live coverage for all three games will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (192-302) is in his 10th season in charge of the program. He ranks third in program history in seasons coached and games coached as he enters 2024 having skippered 482 Valpo games. He enters the season with 188 victories, the third most in program history. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: This weekend will mark the first ever matchups between these two teams.

In The Other Dugout: The Citadel

Picked last in the eight-team Southern Conference based on the preseason poll.

Had three preseason all-conference picks – pitcher Sam Swygert, pitcher Will Holmes and shortstop Sawyer Reeves.

Coming off a 23-31 season (7-14 SoCon) last year.

Have weekend series wins over Harvard and St. Bonaventure plus a series sweep of Akron so far this season.

Schmacking Extra-Base Hits

Kyle Schmack is up to eight extra-base hits in 11 games this season, racking up four doubles and four home runs.

He is up to 22 career home runs, climbing into a tie for fifth in program history in that category. He will move into a tie for fourth with his next home run.

Schmack has increased his career double total to 41, a number that ranks tied for seventh in program history.

Schmack is up to 103 career RBIs. He needs to get to 116 to crack the top 10 in program history.

Inside the Schedule

Valpo started the season with a four-game series against an Alabama State team that won 41 games and went 26-4 in the Southwest Athletic Conference last season.

The Beacons played three more in the Heart of Dixie from Feb. 23-25 at Alabama. The Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) also won over 40 games in 2023, posting a 43-21 mark en route to an NCAA Regional crown and Super Regional appearance.

A challenging early-season docket continued on March 1, when Valpo played at Elon, a team that went 33-22 last season including a 19-9 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

After a neutral site game on March 3 vs. Binghamton of the American East Conference – another team that finished with a winning record last year – Valpo visited Jacksonville, a 34-win team last year and a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Valpo will have a three-game series at Campbell (March 15-17) against a team that went 46-15 and 22-5 in the Big South in 2023. The conference champion Fighting Camels reached NCAA Regionals.

The Beacons will make their way to Nashville, Tenn. for a game against preseason No. 6 Vanderbilt on March 26. The Commodores went 42-20 last season, were the runners-up of the College World Series in 2021 and won the national title as recently as 2019.

Other power-five opponents on the docket include April 3 at Purdue and April 16 at Notre Dame.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCHWIEGER NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

A stellar season by Valparaiso University men’s basketball freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) received well-earned recognition on Wednesday night as the Valpo rookie was presented with the league’s Freshman of the Year Award, as announced at the MVC Awards Banquet in St. Louis.

Schwieger, also a member of the all-freshman team, becomes just the fourth Valpo freshman to win a league’s Freshman or Newcomer of the Year Award, joining Lubos Barton (1998-99), Bryce Drew (1994-95) and Lance Barker (1991-92) and the first to do so in a quarter of a century. The high honor only furthered one of the greatest freshman seasons in the program’s storied history. This marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that Valpo has boasted at least one all-freshman team honoree.

Schwieger finished the regular season averaging 13.2 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He finished with a league-only scoring average of 14.6 and rebounding average of 5.7. The Kansas native is just the fourth MVC freshman since 1992-93 to average 13.0 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game, joining three other MVC Freshmen of the Year – Southern Illinois’ Marcus Domask (2019-20), Creighton’s Doug McDermott (2010-11) and Tulsa’s Shea Seals (1993-94).

Schwieger is one of eight freshmen nationally averaging 13 points and five rebounds per game and is one of four averaging 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in league play. He is the only freshman in the country shooting 50 percent from the floor, 80 percent from the free-throw line and scoring in double figures in conference play. He is one of five total MVC players shooting 50 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free-throw line and averaging double figures in scoring in league play, joining Robbie Avila (Indiana State), Cade Tyson (Belmont), Malevy Leons (Bradley) and Ja’Kobi Gillespie (Belmont).

Schwieger led all MVC rookies in overall scoring average, overall rebounding average, league-only scoring average and league-only rebounding average. A five-time MVC Freshman of the Week, Schwieger had career highs in each of his final two regular-season games, including 28 on Sunday vs. Illinois State, the highest single-game scoring output by a Valpo freshman since Alec Peters in March 2014.

Valpo will open Arch Madness – the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis – on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against fifth-seeded Belmont. The game will air on the MVC TV Network including NBC Sports Chicago Plus and ESPN+.

2024 All-Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Team

First Team                                  Yr.   Pos.  Ht.      Hometown

Robbie Avila, Indiana State     So.      C    6-10     Oak Forest (Ill.) Oak Forest High

Darnell Brodie, Drake             Gr.      F    6-10     Newark (N.J.) Newark East Side/Seton Hall

Duke Deen, Bradley                Sr.      G    170      Shreveport (La.) Bossier High/Troy

Tucker DeVries, Drake            Jr.     G/F   6-7       Waukee (Iowa) Waukee High

Xavier Johnson, S. Illinois       Gr.      G     6-1       Germantown (Md.) Episcopal/George Mason

Malevy Leons, Bradley            Gr.      F     6-9       IJmuiden (Netherlands) Apollo Amsterdam

Second Team

Ryan Conwell, Indiana St.       So.     G     6-4       Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike HS/South Florida

Ja’Kobi Gillespie, Belmont      So.     G     6-1       Greeneville (Tenn.) Greeneville High

Jayson Kent, Indiana State       Jr.     G/F   6-8       Oak Forest (Ill.) Oak Forest HS/Bradley

Isaiah Swope, Indiana St.       Jr.      G    5-10     Newburgh (Ind.) Castle HS/Southern Indiana

Cade Tyson, Belmont             So.    G/F   6-7       Monroe (N.C.) Carmel Christian High

Third Team

Malik Dia, Belmont                 So.      F     6-9       Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Ensworth HS/Vanderbilt

Connor Hickman, Bradley        Jr.      G     6-3       Bloomington (Ind.) Bloomington South High

Nate Heise, UNI                      Jr.      G     6-5       Lake City (Minn.) Lincoln High

Julian Larry, Indiana St.           Jr.      G     6-3       Frisco (Texas) iSchool Entrepreneurial Acad.

Alston Mason, Missouri St.     Jr.      G     6-2       Phoenix (Ariz.) Blue Valley NW High/Oklahoma

All-Newcomer Team

Ryan Conwell, Indiana St.       So.     G     6-4       Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike HS/South Florida

Malik Dia, Belmont                 So.      F     6-9       Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Ensworth HS/Vanderbilt

Myles Foster, Illinois State     Sr.      F     6-7       Brooklyn (N.Y.) Brooks School/Monmouth

Ben Humrichous, Evansville    Sr.    G/F   6-9       Tipton (Ind.) Tipton HS/Huntington Univ.

Isaiah Swope, Indiana St.       Jr.      G    5-10     Newburgh (Ind.) Castle HS/Southern Indiana

All-Freshman Team

Almar Atlason, Bradley                      F     6-8       Reykjabik (Iceland) Sunrise Christian Acad.

Chuck Bailey III, Evansville                G     6-5       Detroit (Mich.) Hamtramck High

Cooper Schwieger, Valpo                   F     6-9       Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley Southwest

Johnny Kinziger, Illinois St.                G    5-11     De Pere (Wis.) De Pere High

Kevin Overton, Drake                        G     6-5       Oklahoma City (Okla.) Midwest City

All-Defensive Team

Ja’Kobi Gillespie, Belmont       So.     G     6-1       Greeneville (Tenn.) Greeneville High

Jayson Kent, Indiana State       Jr.     G/F   6-8       Oak Forest (Ill.) Oak Forest HS/Bradley

Julian Larry, Indiana St.           Jr.      G     6-3       Frisco (Texas) iSchool Entrepreneurial Acad.

Malevy Leons, Bradley            Gr.      F     6-9       IJmuiden (Netherlands) Apollo Amsterdam

Toby Okani, UIC                       Sr.      G     6-8       Orange (N.J.) Cushing Academy/Duquesne

VALPO MEN’S SWIMMING

OOSTMAN SETS SCHOOL RECORD ON OPENING DAY OF MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

A day full of some of the best swims in program history for the Valpo men’s swimming team was highlighted by a program-record swim from sophomore Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) in the 100 IM as the Beacons opened the 2024 MAC Championships Wednesday from Carbondale, Ill.

How It Happened

The day’s action opened with time trial swims midday, and it was there that Oostman posted his record-setting time. The sophomore completed the 100 IM in 51.54, lowering his PR by over a second and breaking the previous program record by .31.

The lone event finals on Wednesday evening were a pair of relays, and they resulted in four top-five times in program history. The night began with the 200 medley relay, and the quartet of Oostman, freshman Ian Muffett (Zillah, Wash./Zillah), sophomore Luke Snider (Germantown, Tenn./Memphis University School) and sophomore Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) covered the distance in 1:32.36, moving into third in program history.

Oostman completed his opening 50 back leg in 23.75, second-fastest in program history for that distance.

Martin, freshman Sean Toolis (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), junior Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) and sophomore Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) got the nod for the Beacons in the 800 free relay and finished with a time of 6:54.30, fifth-fastest in Valpo history.

Martin’s opening 200 free leg of 1:41.25 was over two and a half seconds faster than his previous 200 free PR and moved him into second place in program history in the event.

Elsewhere in the day’s time trial swims, Snider covered the 100 breast in 57.71, fifth-best in program history and improving his PR by better than two and a half seconds. His 50 breast split was 27.18, seventh-fastest in program history.

Berzai narrowly missed improving his PR in the 200 breast which ranks fourth all-time at Valpo, posting a time of 2:05.37. He did register a 100 breast split of 58.70 to crack the top-10 chart in that event.

The Beacons finished the day with 48 points in the team standings.

Next Up

The second day of action from the MAC Championships begins with prelim swims at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Event finals begin at 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

BINGHAM, TCHOUA HIGHLIGHT ALL-GLVC ACCOLADES

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy men’s basketball players Jesse BinghamKendrick TchouaPaul Zilinskas, and Josiah Tynes were recognized on Wednesday among the 2023-24 All-GLVC postseason honorees. 

The postseason awards are voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches. By rule, coaches cannot vote for their own players. 

Bingham and Tchoua highlighted the group of Greyhounds on the first team for the second straight season. Bingham led the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, while averaging 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The Indy local produced five 20-point games this season, including a season-high 26 last Saturday at McKendree. He also recorded one double-double this winter, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Pitt-Johnstown. 

Bingham made 42 blocks this season, topping the team, and is nearing the program’s all-time record in career stops with 138. 

Tchoua as a force in the paint once again in his final year of eligibility, leading the country in offensive rebounds per game (4.1) and the conference in field-goal percentage (63.9%). The Silver Spring, Md., native averaged 12.5 points and 7.6 boards per contest, while also totaling 25 steals and 16 blocks. 

The big man recorded six double-doubles on the season, including a 21-point-17-rebound performance against Rockhurst on Senior Day on Feb. 24. 

Both Bingham and Tchoua were also recognized on the 10-person All-Defensive Team. 

Zilinskas was in the midst of a heat check after 12 conference games, averaging 12.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. In his first season as a Greyhound, Zilinskas had his 10 highest-scoring games in GLVC action, including a season-high 24 against Missouri-St. Louis in mid-January. 

A complete list of the 2023-24 All-GLVC teams and postseason honors can be found below.
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jake Hilmer, Gr., G, Upper Iowa
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Caleb Zurliene, Sr., G/F, McKendree
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kobi Williams, G, Truman State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Horner, Truman State
 

FIRST TEAM 
Jordan Rice, Jr., G, UIS
Jesse Bingham, Sr., G, UINDY
Kendrick Tchoua, Sr., C, UINDY
Beau Frericks, Jr., G, LEWIS
Milos Vicentic, Jr., F, MCK #
Matt Enright, So., G, UMSL
Jake Hilmer, Gr., G, UIU #
Noah King, So., G, UIU
Jordan Jermain, Sr., G, WJC
Kobe McKinley, 5th-Yr., G, WJC
SECOND TEAM 
Logan Applegate, So., G, DU
Jacob Hanna, Jr., G, UIS
Jack Weber, Jr., F, UIS
Paul Zilinskas, Jr., F, UINDY
Caleb Zurliene, Sr., G/F, MCK 
Ikenna Okeke, Sr., F, S&T
Zion Richardson, Sr., G, QU 
Timaris Brown, So., F, RU
Xavier Hall, So., G, TSU
Trey Shearer, Jr., G, TSU

 
# Unanimous Selection
 

ALL-DEFENSIVE 
Brock Wakefield, Jr., G, DU
Jacob Hanna, Jr., G, UIS
Jesse Bingham, Sr., G, UINDY
Kendrick Tchoua, Sr., C, UINDY
Gary Solomon, Sr., G, LEWIS
Caleb Zurliene, Sr., G/F, MCK
Xavier Hall, So., G, TSU
Kyle Hrncir, Fr., F, UIU
Kobe McKinley, 5th-Yr., G, WJC
Trey Shannon, 5th-Yr., F, WJC
ALL-FRESHMAN 
Juok Riak, F, DU
Ryan Renfro, F, LEWIS
Brian Hawthorne, G, RU
Kobi Williams, G, TSU
Kyle Hrncir, F, UIU




 

 
GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Luke Stubbs, DU
Jason Bergstrom, UIS
Josiah Tynes, UINDY
Ryan Renfro, LEWIS
Luke Williams, MU
Joey Niesman, MCK
Micah Johnson, S&T
Matt Enright, UMSL
Mason Wujek, QU
Miles White, RU
Drew McMillin, SBU
Casen Lawrence, TSU
Caleb Delzell, UIU
Mawutor Nogoson, WJC
 
GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD TEAM WINNER
William Jewell

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WELLS, BECKER AMONG ALL-GLVC POSTSEASON HONOREES

INDIANAPOLIS – A pair of UIndy women’s basketball players were honored on Wednesday as 2023-24 All-GLVC postseason honorees. 

Elana Wells, now a three-time all-league selection, earned second-team honors. The junior averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists per game as the primary point guard, while also securing 3.7 rebounds per contest. Wells, who was named to the All-Freshman team in 2022 and the second team a season ago, recorded two 30-point games this winter, including a career-high 32 against Upper Iowa on Nov. 25. Other season-highs include nine rebounds (twice) and eight assists (three times).

Liv Becker was rewarded for the first time as a junior, leading the team in 3-pointers (49) and 3-point percentage (37.7%). The Wilmette, Ill., averaged 13.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 28 games this season, while dropping a career-best 34 points at St.-Mary-of-the-Woods on Nov. 14. Becker drilled three or more triples on six occasions, including a season-best four against William Jewell in late February.

Earning the team’s James R. Spalding Sportsmanship nomination was Patricia Chikamba. The sophomore started 18 of her 26 games this season, leading the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. Chikamba pulled down double-digit boards six times, with a career-game of 22 points and 17 rebounds against Missouri S&T on Nov. 27.
 
A complete list of the 2023-24 All-GLVC teams and postseason honors can be found below.
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Reese Schaaf, So., F, Drury
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Naomi McDaniel, Sr., F, McKendree
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Molly Joyce, G, Truman State
CHUCK MALLENDER COACH OF THE YEAR: Kari Kerkhoff, McKendree
 

FIRST TEAM ALL-GLVC
Caitlynn Daniels, Jr., G, DU
Beth Martin Matas, Gr., G, DU
Reese Schaaf, So., F, DU #
Jessenia Lawson, Jr., G, UIS
Grace Hilber, Gr., G, LEWIS #
Carsyn Fearday, Gr., G, MU
Naomi McDaniel, Sr., F, MCK
Clare Breden, Jr., G, MCK
Ellie Weltha, Gr., F, TSU
Katie Tornstrom, Gr., G, UIU
SECOND TEAM ALL-GLVC
Elana Wells, Jr., G, UINDY
Jenna Badali, R-Jr., G, LEWIS
Taylor Gugliuzza, Sr., G, LEWIS
Kathryn Schmidt, Sr., F, LEWIS
Karlee Feldman, Gr., C, MU
Antoinette Mussorici, Gr., G, MU
Jalysa Stokes, Jr., G, UMSL
Cymirah Williams, Jr., F, QU
Keegan Sullivan, Sr., F, RU
Mia Huberty, Jr., G, UIU
THIRD TEAM ALL-GLVC
Anna Hitt, Jr., G, DU
Liz Uhl, Sr., G, UIS
Liv Becker, Jr., G/F, UINDY
Haidyn Pitsch, Sr., G, MU
Madyson Harper, Sr., G, MCK
Katelynne Roberts, Jr., F/C, S&T
Macie Conway, So., G, RU
Tori Hamilton, Jr., C, SBU
Brooke Evenson, Gr., G, UIU
Ayden Shannon, So., G, WJC

 
# Unanimous Selection
 
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM 
Shariah Gailes, F, UIS
Kayla Rice, G, UIS
Mara Rieder, F, UMSL
Mariann Blass, G, QU
Molly Joyce, G, TSU
 
GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Anna Hitt, DU
Ella Mann, UIS
Patricia Chikamba, UINDY
Alayna Soukup, LEWIS
Maddy Meehan, MU
Mac Taylor, MCK
Eryn Puett, S&T
Tori Standefer, UMSL
Kealani Neves, QU
Michele Origliasso, RU
Kallyn Stumbo, SBU
Kaitlyn Patke, TSU
Mia Huberty, UIU
Libby Arnold, WJC
 
GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD TEAM WINNER


William Jewell

UINDY BASEBALL

HOUNDS SUFFER MIDWEEK LOSS TO PRIDE

INDIANAPOLIS – In yet another close affair, the University of Indianapolis baseball team dropped a midweek contest with the Purdue Northwest Pride, falling 4-2, sliding to 2-6 on the young season.

Diego Cardenas was solid as you can ask out of starter for five innings, limiting the Pride to just two hits on four strikeouts in the 18 batters he faced. The junior set a career-best in innings pitched in his first start from the mound.

Offensively, the only RBI came from Will Spear, who led the Hounds with a 2-3 performance and the lone extra-base hit for the Hounds.

INS & OUTS

With the Hounds just two days from their series with the Lakers, the Hounds needed length from their starter, and they got it with Cardenas not giving up a hit until the third, where he let out a pair of singles to the Pride, both that were stranded on base.

With their starter pitching a gem, the Hounds bats rewarded him with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. A triage of singles by Spear, Drew Donaldson and Easton Good loaded the bases allowing for a balk and an RBI groundout by Caleb Vaughn to give the Hounds their lone runs of the game.

A run in the sixth chipped away at the lead of the Hounds, with Steven Jones limited the damage with a pair of clutch strikeouts. The Pride did not want to be caged, however, as a one-out double set the stage for an eventual three-run top of the eighth inning where the Hounds employed three separate pitchers.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will begin their GLVC schedule this coming weekend in Rolla, Mo. as they take on the Missouri S&T Miners. The four-game set will begin on Friday, March 8 with a doubleheader set for Saturday and a single game on Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday.

MARIAN BASKETBALL

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADLINE ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE AWARDS WITH 11 HONORS

Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2023-2024 Women’s Basketball All-League honors on Wednesday, following No. 1 Marian’s sweep of the regular season and tournament championships.

The Knights nearly swept the major honors as well, with Steve Brooks being named the CL Coach of the Year, Ella Collier being voted the CL Player of the Year and Abbey McNally being selected the CL Defensive Player of the Year. Marian also grabbed a trio of First-Team All-CL nods and hauled in a total of 11 postseason honors from the Crossroads League.

The CL’s other top honor went to Huntington’s Bailey Kelham, as the CL Freshman of the Year. The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head women’s basketball coaches from around the league.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Knights have brought home the Crossroads League Player of the Year, with Ella Collier retaining her title as the league’s best player for a second consecutive season. Collier is the second Knight to earn multiple Player of the Year honors, joining Imani Guy as the only players to do so for Marian. In her senior year, Collier put together one of the best season’s in program history, averaging 19.7 points per game in conference play to lead the team, while averaging 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per outing. Collier is averaging 19.1 points per game overall this season as she has been named to the All-CL First Team for the fourth time in her career, breaking Marian’s career-scoring record in her senior season while putting up a career-best 593 points this year.

Collier was joined on the All-CL First Team by Abbey McNally, who got it done on both ends of the court as the sophomore was named the CL Defensive Player of the Year. Headlining the All-CL Defense Team, McNally scored 12.9 points per game while grabbing 8.4 rebounds per contest in Crossroads League action, ranking second on the team in scoring this season. The team’s leader in rebounds averaged 1.5 blocks per game in CL action and had over one steal per game, all while shooting 59.9 percent from the field. McNally is the third Knight in program history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining Imani Guy and Kinnidy Garrard.

McNally’s frontcourt mate Kinnidy Garrard was also named to the All-Crossroads League First Team and Defensive Team, as the fifth-year senior put together a strong campaign as the team’s third-leading scorer averaging 12.0 points per game on the year. Garrard averages 6.5 rebounds per game entering the NAIA National Tournament, and has totaled 37 blocks and 26 steals this season, setting the program record for career blocked shots this season.

Landing on the All-Crossroads League Second Team was Allison Bosse, who finished the season as the team’s fourth-leading scorer averaging 9.3 points per game this season. Bosse recorded 26 steals and 16 blocked shots from her guard position, and played a key role for Marian’s defense often guarding the opponents top scoring threat.

Earning a spot on the All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention Team were seniors Tamia Perryman and Aliyah Evans. Perryman scored 7.2 points per game in her first fully healthy season since her freshman year, while Evans was a key piece off the bench, averaging 6.1 points per game and a team-best 2.4 assists per night.

Head Coach Steve Brooks was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year, winning the award for the second time in his three seasons as the Marian head coach. Brooks led the Knights to a Crossroads League Regular Season and Tournament Championship and the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA for the first time in six seasons, and has orchestrated Marian’s program-record 28-game winning streak.

Marian, the odds-on favorite to be the top-seed in the NAIA National Tournament, will learn their spot in the bracket and their NAIA First Round Opponent on Thursday, March 7 during the NAIA Selection Show. The show airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on the NAIA YouTube channel.

MARIAN BASKETBALL EARNS FIVE ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE HONORS

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2023-2024 Men’s Basketball All-League honors on Wednesday, following No. 1 Grace’s sweep of the regular season and tournament championships.

The Knights earned five honors in the 2023-24 season, with Gus Etchison leading the charge as a member of the All-Crossroads League First Team. Brody Whitaker was named to the Second Team along with Maximus Gizzi, with Gizzi also earning All-CL Defense Team honors. Ben Henderson rounded out the honors earning All-Freshman Team honors.

The Lancers took home nearly every major honor from the Crossroads League as well, with Scott Moore being named the CL Coach of the Year, Elijah Malone being voted the CL Player of the Year and Jakob Gibbs being selected the CL Defensive Player of the Year. Grace also grabbed three First-Team All-CL nods and hauled in a total of 10 postseason honors from the Crossroads League.

The CL’s other top honor went to Indiana Wesleyan’s Caedmon Bontrager, as the CL Freshman of the Year. The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head men’s basketball coaches from around the league.

Gus Etchison was the catalyst for Marian’s offense in the 2023-24 season, as the newcomer led Marian in scoring, steals, and assists on the season as he was named to the All-CL First Team. Etchison has poured in 646 points so far this season, averaging 23.1 points per game this season and 25.1 points in CL contests. Etchison averaged 3.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game in the 28 regular season and Crossroads League Tournament games played this season, and set Marian records for points in a half, three’s made in a game, and three’s made in a single half on January 31 with his 43-point outing against Spring Arbor. Etchison currently ranks fourth in single-season history scoring for Marian men’s basketball.

Brody Whitaker put together an equally strong season, battling to earn All-CL Second Team in his first season as a full-time starter. Whitaker has averaged career-bests this season, scoring 19.1 points per game while averaging 5.4 rebounds per game. Whitaker was Marian’s third-leader in rebounds and second in steals, and shot the ball at a 50 percent rate from the field. Whitaker began the season with consecutive 30-point games, and recorded one double-double this season.

Maximus Gizzi earned his first career honor on the All-Crossroads League Second Team, as the senior guard was also named to the All-Defense team. Gizzi averaged a career-high 10 points per game and scored a career-high 26 points in the Knights January matchup with Huntington. Often tasked with one of the top defensive assignments on the team, Gizzi helped lead Marian’s defense through their eight-game win streak to end the regular season, while adding 3.3 assists per game on the offensive end.

Rounding out Marian’s All-Crossroads League haul was Ben Henderson, who was named to the All-Freshman Team. Henderson played in all 30 games in the regular season making eight starts as a first-year collegiate player. Henderson averaged 5.1 points per game, and knocked down the fourth-most three point shots on the team while also grabbing the fifth-most rebounds per game.

Marian will learn their selection for the NAIA National Tournament on Thursday, March 7. The NAIA Selection Show will be shown on the NAIA YouTube channel, and will air at 7:00 p.m. ET.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU WOMEN’S TRACK COLLECTS 12 NAIA ALL-AMERICAN AWARDS

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women’s indoor track and field team recently wrapped up its season with a 12th-place showing at the NAIA National Championships. The Trojans logged 12 NAIA All-American awards from nine student-athletes over five events at the three-day event.

Noel VanderWall, Ashley Hall, Emily Johnson, Abby Mays, Audrey Brinkruff, Mollie Gamble, Kaitlin Burden, Olivia Jeanette and Ahna Neideck all raced to All-American honors, with VanderWall, Johnson, and Mays each collecting a pair of All-American awards.

In addition to the All-American performances, Taylor set four new program records at the National Championships, breaking the school marks in the 4×800-meter relay, distance-medley relay, 400-meters and mile.

In order to receive NAIA All-American recognition, an athlete or relay must advance to the finals at the NAIA National Championships and record a top-eight finish.

Taylor University Women’s Indoor Track and Field NAIA All-Americans

Noel VanderWall / Mile / 3rd

Ashley Hall / Distance-Medley Relay / 3rd

Emily Johnson / Distance-Medley Relay / 3rd
Abby Mays / / Distance-Medley Relay / 3rd

Noel VanderWall / Distance-Medley Relay / 3rd
Audrey Brinkruff / 5,000 / 4th
Mollie Gamble / 5,000 / 6th

Kaitlin Burden / 4×800-Relay / 6th

Olivia Jeanette / 4×800-Relay / 6th
Emily Johnson / 4×800-Relay / 6th
Abby Mays / 4×800-Relay / 6th

Ahna Neideck / 3,000 / 8th

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | WESTGATE LANDS SPOT ON FIRST-TEAM ALL-CL, HENSON ON SECOND TEAM

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League released its All-CL women’s basketball teams on Wednesday, in which Taylor Westgate garnered first-team honors and Ava Henson was named to the second team.

Westgate’s first-team nod adds to the impressive list of accolades the forward has notched within the Crossroads League over the past four seasons. The senior finishes her career at TU having been named once each to the league’s all-freshman team, all-defensive team and second team, three times to the preseason first team, and now twice to the First-Team All-Crossroads League. Additionally, she has earned three CL Player-of-the-Week Awards the past two seasons.

During the 2023-24 season, Westgate finished first in the CL in rebounds per game at 9.7, seventh in blocks per game at a hair under 1.0, and ninth in scoring with 13.9 points per game. The forward also recorded 11 double-doubles, tied TU’s single-game rebounding record with 25 boards on Jan. 17 versus Huntington, and closed her season with nine consecutive games scoring in double figures – a stretch that included six consecutive contests with a field-goal percentage of at least 50.0 percent.

Westgate ends her time with the Trojans as the program’s third most prolific rebounder with 1,013 boards, and she is tied for 12th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,416 points. She has also tallied 34 career double-doubles and 76 career games with a double-digit scoring total.

Henson’s Second-Team All-Crossroads League selection is the first such honor of her career, as the guard built on her CL Honorable Mention campaign from the 2022-23 season. The senior concluded her season as the Trojans’ most consistent and prolific scorer with nine games of at least 20 points, including the team’s highest single-game output of 34 points on Senior Day, Feb. 24, versus Bethel.

Amongst her peers in the Crossroads League, Henson ranked sixth in scoring average at 16.0 points per game, fourth in three-point accuracy at 39.8 percent, sixth in three-point makes per game with 1.7 and ninth in field-goal percentage at a team-best 51.4 percent clip. Defensively, Henson placed second on the team with 1.4 steals per game.

Despite her senior status throughout the season, Henson has announced intentions to utilize her fifth year of eligibility at Taylor and return as a graduate student to the team. The guard is currently nearing milestone marks with 982 career points and 99 career steals.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU MEN’S TRACK POSTS TWO NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s indoor track and field team recently completed its season with a 23rd-place showing at the NAIA National Championships. The Trojans posted two NAIA All-American awards at the three-day event.

Each honor came in the pole vault, as Josh Forbes and Isaac Brown finished second and fourth in the nation to push the Trojans into the top-25 on the team standings.

In order to receive NAIA All-American recognition, an athlete or relay must advance to the finals at the NAIA National Championships and record a top-eight finish.

Taylor University Men’s Indoor Track and Field NAIA All-Americans
Josh Forbes / Pole Vault / 2nd
Isaac Brown / Pole Vault / 4th

ROSE HULMAN TRACK

THREE MEN’S TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES EARN USTFCCCA ALL-REGION AWARDS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior athletes have earned 2024 USTFCCA Men’s NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Indoor Team honors, in results released on Tuesday by the national coaches association. Kyle Brownell, Jailen Hobbs, and Tim Youndt all brought home the All-Region awards with their top-5 finish in the Great Lakes Region.

Brownell finished 4th in the region in the High Jump with a mark of 6′ 7.75″ in the season-opening meet. The senior computer science major brought home his fourth Indoor High Jump HCAC title this year.

This is the sixth overall All-Region award for the Encinitas, California native, and it is the fourth Indoor High Jump All-Region award.

Hobbs brought home two more All-Region awards in the 60m Dash and 200m Dash in 2024 to bring his total up to seven with four indoor and three outdoor awards. The senior computer engineering major earned his fifth consecutive HCAC Sprint Athlete of the Year award this year with conference titles in the 60m, 200m, and 4x200m relay.

The Spring Lake, North Carolina native has won 14 HCAC Championships, holds five school records, and ranks in the top 10 in HCAC history in seven different events. He also holds two overall HCAC records including the 60m Dash where he is the #4 overall seed in the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships this weekend.

Youndt finished the year ranked 1st in the Great Lakes Region in the Triple Jump with a mark of 47′ 6.5″ in the Marian Indoor Invitational. The Pottstown, Pennsylvania native is ranked 2nd in school history and HCAC history in the Triple Jump, trailing only Tony Allen’s record from 1978. Allen is only one of three Rose-Hulman athletes to ever compete in multiple Olympic Trials.

The senior mechanical engineering major was named the 2024 HCAC Indoor Jumps Athlete of the Year this year, and he was named the Varsity R Club Outstanding Senior of the Year award last year before returning for his final season of eligibility.

The all-region team is made up of the top five performances in various events over the season as achieved by the over 40 colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region.

Hobbs and Youndt will compete in the 2024 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships this weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The rest of the Rose-Hulman men’s track and field team will return to action on Saturday, March 16 as they host the Early Bird Invitational to open the outdoor season.

ROFIAT ADEYEMI EARNS USTFCCCA ALL-REGION HONORS IN TRIPLE JUMP

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Rofiat Adeyemi has been named to the 2024 USTFCCA Women’s NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Indoor Team, in results released on Tuesday by the national coaches association.

Adeyemi finished the season ranked 3rd in the Great Lakes Region in the Triple Jump with her jump of 37′ 10″ in the HCAC Championships to win her third consecutive Indoor HCAC title in the event.

The senior mechanical engineering major was also named the 2024 HCAC Indoor Jumps Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year after claiming two HCAC titles in the Long and Triple Jumps.

The Austin, Texas native holds both the school record and the overall HCAC record in the Indoor Triple Jump by five inches. This is the fourth overall All-Region honor and the second consecutive Indoor Triple Jump All-Region honor for Adeyemi.

The All-Region team is made up of the top five performances in various events over the season as achieved by the over 40 colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region.

Adeyemi and the rest of the Rose-Hulman women’s track and field team will return to action on Saturday, March 16 as they host the Early Bird Invitational.

ROSE HULMAN ATHLETICS

ROSE-HULMAN LEADS HCAC COMMISSIONER’S CUP AFTER WINTER SEASON

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology leads the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings after the winter season, in results released on Wednesday by the league office.

The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded to the institution accumulating the most standings points in the HCAC’s league championship events and is widely regarded as the most prestigious honor among the 10 conference institutions.  The Fightin’ Engineers lead all HCAC schools as a 9-time Commissioner’s Cup champion, with Rose-Hulman winning the award in 2022-23 last season.

Rose-Hulman relied on a strong department wide fall season to earn their place towards the top of the leaderboard. The Fightin’ Engineers won the men’s soccer conference championship, and they earned second place finishes in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, and football. Women’s soccer and volleyball also earned points with their finishes which earned them a spot in the HCAC Tournament.

In the winter, the Fightin’ Engineers brought home three more conference title in men’s and women’s track and field and men’s swimming. Women’s swimming and women’s basketball also brought home top-5 finishes in the HCAC this season, and men’s basketball finished in sixth to clinch their spot in the HCAC Tournament.

The Commissioner’s Cup came into existence in 2005-06, and Rose-Hulman seeks to become the first 10-time winner of the award in conference history.

2023-24 COMMISSIONER’S CUP STANDINGS (AFTER WINTER SEASON):

2) Rose-Hulman – 83.60

1) Hanover – 81.78

4) Transylvania – 79.30

3) Manchester – 70.78

6) Franklin – 67.46

7) Anderson – 58.98

5) Mount St. Joseph – 49.97

8) Bluffton – 39.79

9) Earlham – 22.82

10) Defiance – 16.82

WABASH TRACK

NEUBAUER EARNS ALL-REGION RECOGNITION FROM USTFCCCA

Wabash College junior Will Neubauer earned NCAA Division III Great Lakes All-Region honors announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Neubauer posted the third-fastest men’s indoor 800-meter time this season among Division III competitors in the Great Lakes Region. He turned in a time of 1:51.91, converted from 1:53.51 for track size, at last weekend’s Mount Union Last Chance Meet to record one of the five quickest times in the region to earn recognition from the USTFCCCA.

ANDERSON MEN’S LAX

PRUDEN RECORDS 22 SAVES AGAINST DEPAUW

Anderson University men’s lacrosse sophomore Spencer Pruden made the second-most saves in a single game on Wednesday in Greencastle.

Pruden made 22 saves, the fourth time a Raven goalie has made over 20 saves and Spencer’s second in his 14-game career.

Anderson (2-3) fell to DePauw University (2-2) by a score of 18-4.

COACH JACOB ASHTON’S COMMENTS

Mason Bratcher continues to make plays and bring tenacity on both offense and defense.

Spencer Pruden played really well despite the time the team spent on defense.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Tigers cleared 19-of-22 (86.3 percent), while the Ravens cleared 16-of-29 (55.1 percent)

DePauw won the faceoff battle, winning 20-of-23 (86.9 percent)

The Tigers outshot the Ravens 57-17, including 18-0 in the 2nd quarter

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Mason Bratcher – 2 Goals, 2 Shots, 5 Ground balls, 7 Caused Turnovers (T-4th Most in a single game)

Abram Zimmerman – 1 Goal, 2 Shots, 2 Ground balls, 1 Caused Turnover

Rick Kaufman – 1 Goal, 6 Shots, 4 Ground balls

Will Harriman – 3 Shots, 1 Ground ball

Kenny Bentley – 2 Shots, 1 Ground ball

Jordan Garcia – 1 Shot, 2 Ground balls, 1 Caused Turnover

Travis Moon – 1 Shot

Robert Okougbo – 3 Ground balls

Dallas Hermanson – 2 Ground balls, 1 Caused Turnover

Gabe Yingst – 1 Ground ball

Justin Bemis – 1 Caused Turnover

Spencer Pruden – Loss (2-3), 22 Saves (2nd Most in a single game), 18 Goals Against, 8 Ground balls

UP NEXT

The Ravens travel to Mount Vernon, Iowa, to take on Cornell College (2-2) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET.

ANDERSON MEN’S TENNIS

CARDINALS SECURE WIN AGAINST RAVENS

Otterbein University (4-3) secured an 8-1 win against the Anderson University men’s tennis team (4-2) on Wednesday at the Community Sport & Wellness Center in Pendleton.

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1. Dylan Lemon/Martin Suarez (Anderson) def. Max Fickas/Neil Reddy (Otterbein) 8-3

No. 2. Joshua Mammen/Jake Chilcote (Otterbein) def. Sarvar Muzaffarov/Arturo Mendoza (Anderson) 8-0

No. 3. Will Newberry/Dylan Shook (Otterbein) def. Will Fosnot/Cory Evans (Anderson) 8-0

SINGLES RESULTS

No. 1. Max Fickas (Otterbein) def. Martin Suarez (Anderson) 7-6, 6-3

No. 2. Joshua Mammen (Otterbein) def. Arturo Mendoza (Anderson) 7-5, 7-5

No. 3. Jake Chilcote (Otterbein) def. Dylan Lemon (Anderson) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

No. 4. Neil Reddy (Otterbein) def. Sarvar Muzaffarov (Anderson) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)

No. 5. Nikita Kitaev (Otterbein) def. Cory Evans (Anderson) 6-0, 6-3

No. 6. Nate Stevens (Otterbein) def. Cody Hawkins (Anderson) 6-1, 6-4

UP NEXT

The Ravens battle St. Norbert College (4-4) on Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m. in Lakeland, Fla. at the Beerman Family Tennis Center.

ANDERSON WOMEN’S TENNIS

OTTERBEIN TAKES WIN AGAINST ANDERSON

Otterbein University (6-2) took a 9-0 victory against the Anderson University women’s tennis team (3-4) on Wednesday at the Community Sport & Wellness Center in Pendleton.

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1. Erin Storrer/Rachelle Moses (Otterbein) def. Ella Frantz/Kate Oberle (Anderson) 8-2

No. 2. Lillia Walter/Olivia Eckels (Otterbein) def. Megan Long/Gabby Hosier (Anderson) 8-1

No. 3. Julia Gillin/Aubrey McMahon (Otterbein) def. Ella Maiden/Katie Bishop (Anderson) 8-1

SINGLES RESULTS

No. 1. Erin Storrer (Otterbein) def. Megan Long (Anderson) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2. Lillia Walter (Otterbein) def. Gabby Hosier (Anderson) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3. Cassady Shough (Otterbein) def. Ella Maiden (Anderson) 6-0, 6-3

No. 4. Rachelle Moses (Otterbein) def. Ella Frantz (Anderson) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

No. 5. Olivia Eckels (Otterbein) def. Kate Oberle (Anderson) 6-0, 6-0

No. 6. Taryn Simmers (Otterbein) def. Angelia Thorsen (Anderson) 6-0, 6-1

UP NEXT

Anderson takes on St. Norbert College (7-8) on Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m. in Lakeland, Fla. at the Beerman Family Tennis Center.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

BLAZERS FALL IN FINAL TUNE UP BEFORE MWAC CONFERENCE OPENER WEEKEND

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball team headed back to Jerry Blemker Field Wednesday afternoon for their final game before the start of the Mid-West Athletic Conference schedule this weekend against Lake Land College from Mattoon Ill.

The Blazers got off to a great start, opening the scoring in the first after sophomore Jack Robinson (Mooresville, Ind.) reached base on a dropped third strike.

Redshirt freshman (Louisville, Ill.) Holden Clifton would follow that with a single before freshman Nate Montgomery (Lexington, Ind.) grounded into a fielder’s choice and sophomore Brandon Juarez (Evansville, Ind.) drove in Robinson with an RBI single to give VU an early 1-0 lead.

Lake Land would get on the board in the third to take their first lead of the game at 3-1 before Vincennes answered back in the bottom of the third after Robinson, Clifton and Montgomery led off the inning reaching base safely.

Robinson would come around to score his second run of the game on a wild pitch as VU cut the Lakers lead down to 3-2.

Lake Land would pad their lead in the middle innings with a pair of runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth to increase their lead to 6-2.

Vincennes would look to rally late after freshman Brody Fessel (DePauw, Ind.), sophomore Blake Heyerly (Monroe, Ind.) and freshman Bradyn Douglas (Frankton, Ind.) loaded the bases in the eighth.

Jack Robinson would push a run across on an RBI groundout to cut the Laker lead to 6-3.

VU would again get the bases loaded in the ninth after freshman Corbin Napier (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomores Carter Whitehead (Huntingburg, Ind.) and Keegan Schlotterbeck (Centerville, Ind.) led off the ninth with three straight singles.

The Blazers came up short however as Vincennes was unable to get another run across and fell to the Lakers by the final score of 6-3.

“We didn’t get it done at the plate,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “We had opportunities throughout the game to come up with some big two out hits or some big hits in crucial situations and that’s the difference in the ball game. We didn’t do it and we didn’t play great defensively. So when you start putting all of that together it comes out to an ‘L’, unfortunately. We were competitive but it’s a result we don’t want.”

Vincennes put eight players on the mound Wednesday as the pitching rotation rounds into shape as we head into Conference play this weekend.

VU got a big time start on the mound by Jack Robinson who allowed one base runner in two innings of shutout, hitless baseball. Robinson also picked up a pair of strikeouts as well.

Freshman Alex Wandersee (Centerville, Ind.) was the first out of the pen, throwing two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs, one earned, on one hit and striking out one.

Sophomore Max Lines (Indianapolis, Ind.) threw an inning and two-thirds, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out two.

Freshman Bryce Gross (Bridgeport, Ill.) allowed one unearned run in two innings of work while striking out three in his outing.

Sophomore Christian Pinson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) struck out one in the eighth inning before turning the game over to freshman Colton Okes (Evansville, Ind.) who retired the only two batters he faced and freshman JD Bowser (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) closed out the ninth striking out the only batter he faced.

“Obviously Jack Robinson started it off for us on the mound and put up two zeros,” Barney added. “I thought Gross threw really well for us. Max came out and got the first guy out that he faced and got us out of a jam. It’s hard to sustain it. There was an error to start the next inning and we just can’t let things snowball.”

“I thought Colton Okes threw really well,” Barney said. “Christian Pinson threw really well. JD Bowser threw really well. So there are some positives to take out of that but at the same time, we have to get it done before the horses are out of the barn.”

The Trailblazers will now turn their attention to the start of the Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) schedule this weekend.

VU will hit the road this weekend to face off against Lewis & Clark Community College Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. First pitch both days is scheduled for 1 p.m. eastern.

Scheduled dates and times for all VU baseball games are subject to change. Be sure to follow ‘Vincennes University Athletics’ on Facebook, X, or Instagram to stay up to date on any and all VU baseball schedule changes.

“We’ve got a ways to improve before we can start thinking about being really competitive,” Barney added. “We’ve got to get it done on the mound. We’ve got to come up with two out hits and we’ve got to play good defense. Our bullpen has got to give us innings and keep us in games and not let things snowball when we have to go to them during games. We’ve got some work to be done. We’re a very capable club. But we’ve got to go out and prove it and the results in the end will either prove it or not.”

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

March 7, 1943 – Portland, Oregon – The two way player at guard and linebacker from the University of Washington from 1962 to 1964, Rick Redman arrived into this life. This player has an interesting story, and we cover it along with some saved content by clicking his name.

March 7, 1950 – Baltimore, Maryland – Thom Gatewood the brilliant wide receiver of the University of Notre Dame football program from 1969 to 1971 celebrated his day of birth. The NFF tells us that Gatewood was the first African-American captain in Notre Dame history, and this player set almost every receiving record in school history during an All-American career! Earning the consensus First Team All-American in 1970, Thom was the leader of receiving for Notre Dame in all three seasons of his collegiate career. Gatewood didn’t establish just one but owned multiple Irish receiving records for more than 30 years! These Irish gridiron milestones included the single-season of 77 catches and  157 career receptions, single-season yardage marks with 1,123 and career yardage of 2,283 receiving and career receiving touchdowns at a solid 21 times crossing the goal line. The doors swung wide open for Thom Gatewood as he carried his collegiate legacy into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Thom was taken in the fifth round of the 1972 NFL draft by the New York Giants and spent two seasons in the Big Apple with the team. After that he went on to serve as director and stage manager for ABC News and ABC Sports, receiving both an Emmy and Peabody Award for his great work.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for March 7

March 7, 1950 – Fort Dix, New Jersey – The 6′-2″ 230 pound full back from the early 1970’s Penn State Nittany Lions, Franco Harris was born. We have so much more coverage of Franco, just a click on his name away…

March 7, 1952 – Alcoa, Tennessee – The graceful pass catching wide out of the USC Trojans of the early 1970’s Lynn Swann arrived into the world. Learn more about the Steelers graceful pass catcher by clicking on his name above.

March 7, 1955 – San Antonio, Texas – Rice University’s stellar quarterback of 1973 to 1976, Tommy Kramer was born. Kramer led the nation with 3,317 passing yards and 3,272 yards of total offense in 1976. Both milestones gave him the honor of ranking second in NCAA single-season history at the time. The NFF’s bio of Kramer gives him the distinction of being one of only two quarterbacks in college football history to earn consensus All-America honors for a team with a losing record. Also in that 1976 senior season of his, Tommy registered fifth in the Heisman voting and was selected as a consensus All-American. The NFF voters chose Tommy Kramer to be part of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame induction class and preserve his football legacy. Chosen by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft, Kramer compiled nearly 25,000 career passing and 159 touchdowns yards during 14 NFL seasons. In 1986 he was picked as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year and earned a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1857      The National Convention of Baseball Players, consisting of 16 different amateur organizations from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, adopt uniform rules that continue to impact the modern game significantly. The group agrees contests will be played consistently with nine players on a side for nine innings with bases 90 feet apart.

1903      The Tigers trade second baseman Kid Gleason to the Giants for Heinie Smith, the team’s part-time manager. New York immediately sends its newest infielder to the Phillies.

1914      In the last inning of an intrasquad exhibition game of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, the recently-signed George Herman Ruth Jr. hits his first professional home run, a 400-foot shot at the Cape Fear Fairgrounds in Fayetteville. A state marker claims the moniker ‘Babe’ was given to the 19-year-old in this North Carolina city when his teammates teased him about being adopted by manager Jack Dunn, who became his parent to keep the St. Mary student on the club.

1923      Kenesaw Mountain Landis turns down the American Legion’s request to discontinue major league morning games on Memorial Day. Although disappointed by the decision, the organization awards the baseball commissioner its Distinguished Service Medal in 1929.

1924      In Orlando (FL), Reds’ coach Jack Hendricks immediately replaces manager Pat Moran, who dies of Bright’s disease during spring training. The late 48-year-old Cincinnati skipper, who also piloted the Phillies, compiled a 748-586 (.561) record, capturing two pennants and a world championship during his nine-year tenure in the dugout.

1941      Pee Wee Reese and Ducky Medwick become the first players to don protective headgear when wearing plastic inserts inside their caps during a spring exhibition game. The Dodger teammates missed weeks of playing time after being beaned by a pitch during the 1940 season.

1955      Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter, claiming it is “a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw.” The commissioner believes there is nothing dangerous about the banned pitch, and making it legal again would slow down baseball’s increasing offensive statistics.

1956      The major league player representatives accept the owners’ position on the expiring World Series and All-Star game television deal and the proposed minimum salary structure, which remains at $6,000. The players are still seeking workman’s compensation coverage by all the clubs.

1979      The Hall of Fame’s Special Veterans Committee selects former center fielder Hack Wilson, who compiled a .307 batting average playing mostly for the Giants and the Cubs during his 12-year major league career. The committee also chooses former National League president Warren Giles, who spent 18 years in the post, for induction in Cooperstown this summer.

1995      The Veterans Committee selects former players Richie Ashburn, Vic Willis, Leon Day, and past president of the National League, William Hulbert, for induction into the Hall of Fame. Day, a Negro League right-hander, who played with Baltimore’s Black Sox and Elite Giants and the Brooklyn and Newark Eagles, will be dead of a heart attack in less than a week after hearing the good news.

2001      Bud Selig upholds the January 14th Blue Jay and White Sox trade, which sent Toronto pitchers David Wells and Matt DeWitt to the White Sox in exchange for pitchers Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne, and Mike Williams and outfielder Brian Simmons. Although further medical examinations will determine Mike Sirotka to be ‘damaged goods’ before the deal, the commissioner used a ‘buyers beware’ policy, stating the individual club must take responsibility for the info initially used in making the transaction.

2006      In their World Baseball Classic debut, Team USA blanks Mexico, 2-0. Home runs by Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones, along with Jake Peavy and a bevy of relievers combining to throw a four-hitter, prove to be the difference as the United States defeats their neighbors from south of the border.

2008      Danny Sandoval spoils the Braves’ bid for a spring training combined no-hitter with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning off reliever Colter Bean. Atlanta uses seven hurlers, beating the Indians at Winter Haven 4-1.

2008      The Cape Cod Times reports MLB has threatened to withhold their annual grant from the Cape Cod League if six teams in the ten-team circuit continue to use nicknames of big-league without purchasing uniforms and souvenir merchandise from licensed vendors. The deadline has been extended until March 21 to give league officials more time to resolve the more expensive edict.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1933 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The legal prevention of alcoholic beverages known as “Prohibition” was finally repealed due to the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment. After World War I, national prohibition had become the law as stated in the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which strictly forbid the manufacturing, sale, import, or export of any and all intoxicating liquors. In spite of the Volstead Act (1919), law enforcement proved to be very difficult and smuggling (or bootlegging) on a large scale could not be prevented. As a result, the illicit manufacture of liquor sprang up with such rapidity that authorities were unable to suppress it.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated his “New Deal” domestic reform program. The first phase (1933-34) attempted to provide recovery and relief from the Great Depression through programs of agricultural and business regulation, inflation, price stabilization, and public works. As a result, Congress established numerous emergency organizations, notably the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Public Works Administration.

In the American League…

During a May 16th marathon at Griffith Stadium, the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians both combined to break a Major League record by using eleven different pitchers in twelve innings. With both bullpens depleted, the Senators finally broke through the stalemate for the 11-10 decision.

On August 14th, Philadelphia Athletics slugger Jimmie Foxx hit for the cycle against the Cleveland Indians while driving in nine runs for a new American League record. Eight players amazingly would hit for the cycle during the 1933 season.

New York Yankees icon Babe Ruth returned to the mound on October 1st to pitch the final outing of his career. Adding a homerun to support his own cause, “The Bambino” finished the complete game with a 6-5 victory over his old teammates (and rivals) the Boston Red Sox.

In the National League…

Honus Wagner left retirement to rejoin the Pittsburgh Pirates as a coach. Wagner had previously played seventeen years with the ball club and would remain for thirty-nine more while giving batting tips to future Hall of Famers Pie Traynor, Kiki Cuyler, Arky Vaughn, Ralph Kiner, and the Waner brothers.

On March 11th, a substantial earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area interrupting an exhibition game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. As fans exited the grandstands amidst panic, players from both teams were forced to huddle around the center of the diamond until the tremors stopped.

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Dick Bartell equaled a Major League mark on April 25th with four doubles in four at bats during a 7-1 victory over the Boston Braves at the Baker Bowl.

Around the League…

Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis took a voluntary pay-cut of forty percent setting an example for the league-wide salary cuts that were anticipated due to the lingering Depression.

The All-Star Game made its debut on July 6th 1933, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. The National League’s manager John McGraw and American Leagues’s Connie Mack were chosen to lead a line-up of big hitters including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Babe Ruth. With fellow All-Star, Charlie Gehringer on first in the bottom of the third, Ruth drove one into the right-field stands for the first homer in All-Star history. The rest of the American Leaguers followed suite and went on to beat the Nationals in the inaugural Midsummer Classic 4-2.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

17 – 4 – 99 – 25

March 7, 1978 – The Vancouver Canuck’s Ron Sedlbauer, Number 17  failed to send the puck home on 5th penalty shot against Islanders.

March 7, 1979 –  Both legends Warren Giles, a pioneer executive and Hack Wilson who wore the Number 4 with the Brooklyn Dodgers after playing many season with the New York Giants before numbers were on uniforms were selected for entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame

March 7, 1986 – The Great One, Number 99, Wayne Gretzky, breaks his own NHL records by registering his 136th assist in a season.

March 7, 1988 – Jim Abbott, Number 25 wins the James E. Sullivan Award for his playing performance. The amazing thing is that Abbott showed the world that a person with only one hand can do remarkable things at the highest levels of sport!

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

March 7, 1974

The New Orleans Jazz (who later moved to Utah) became the NBA’s 18th franchise.

March 7, 1995

Dominique Wilkins of Boston scored 19 points in the Celtics’ 115-110 loss at New York, moving him past 25,000 career points, the ninth NBA player to reach that plateau.

March 7, 1996

With seven assists against Sacramento in the visiting Lakers’ 102-89 victory, Magic Johnson becomes the second NBA player to register 10,000 career assists.

March 7, 2001

The Phoenix Suns retired the No. 7 jersey worn by Kevin Johnson, the immensely popular point guard who played for the team for 12 seasons and retired sixth on the NBA’s all-time assists list.

March 7, 2017

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder scores 58 points in a 126-121 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

March 7, 2017

The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki becomes the sixth member of the 30,000 all-time points club in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

March 7

1921 — Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators scores six goals in a 12-5 victory over the Hamilton Tigers.

1951 — Ezzard Charles wins a unanimous 15-round decision over Jersey Joe Walcott to retain the world heavyweight title in Detroit.

1954 — The Minneapolis Lakers and Milwaukee Hawks experiment with the baskets raised from 10 feet to 12 feet during an exhibition game. George Mikan and the Lakers win 65-63.

1970 — Austin Carr scores an NCAA tournament record 61 points as Notre Dame routs Ohio University 112-82. Carr hits 25 of 44 field goals and 11 of 14 free throws.

1974 — New Orleans is granted an NBA franchise.

1977 — Anthony Roberts of Oral Roberts scores 65 points in a 90-89 loss to Oregon in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

1983 — Phil Mahre wins the Alpine World Cup championship for the third straight year to become the third person to win three consecutive titles.

1987 — Thomas Hearns wins his third championship, the WBC light heavyweight title, with a 10-round TKO of Dennis Andries.

1996 — Magic Johnson becomes the second NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists, getting the milestone on the go-ahead basket in Los Angeles’ 102-90 victory over Sacramento.

TV SPORTS THURSDAY

AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL (MEN’S)

3:30 a.m.

FS2 — AFL: Melbourne at Sydney

AUTO RACING

8:25 a.m.

ESPNU — Formula 1: Practice, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

11:55 a.m.

ESPN2 — Formula 1: Practice, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

ESPN2 — UAB at Temple

ESPNU — Canisius at Fairfield

FS1 — Rutgers at Wisconsin

9 p.m.

CBSSN — Sam Houston St. at Louisiana Tech

ESPN2 — Colorado at Oregon

ESPNU — Howard at Norfolk St.

FS1 — Washington at Washington St.

9:30 p.m.

ESPN — Arizona at UCLA

11 p.m.

ESPN2 — California at Stanford

ESPNU — Utah at Oregon St.

FS1 — Arizona St. at Southern Cal

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

11 a.m.

ACCN — Atlantic Coast Tournament: TBD vs. Louisville, Second Round, Greensboro, N.C.

12 p.m.

SECN — Southeastern Tournament: Texas A&M vs. Mississippi St., Second Round, Greenville, S.C.

12:30 p.m.

BTN — Big Ten Tournament: Illinois vs. Maryland, Second Round, Minneapolis

1:30 p.m.

ACCN — Atlantic Coast Tournament: Miami vs. North Carolina, Second Round, Greensboro, N.C.

2:30 p.m.

SECN — Southeastern Tournament: TBD vs. Tennessee, Second Round, Greenville, S.C.

3 p.m.

BTN — Big Ten Tournament: TBD vs. Nebraska, Second Round, Minneapolis