INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
ANDERSON (2-6) AT LOGANSPORT (3-5)
ANDREAN (3-5) AT LOWELL (3-5)
ANGOLA (1-7) AT EASTSIDE (6-2)
ATTICA (0-8) AT SOUTH VERMILLION (7-1)
BATESVILLE (7-1) AT CONNERSVILLE (2-6)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (5-3) AT COLUMBUS EAST (3-5)
BEECH GROVE (3-5) AT FRANKLIN COUNTY (3-5)
BELLMONT (0-8) AT EAST NOBLE (6-2)
BLOOMINGTON NORTH (8-0) AT SOUTHPORT (1-7)
BLUFFTON (6-2) AT LAKELAND (6-2)
BOONVILLE (5-3) AT GIBSON SOUTHERN (6-2)
BREMEN (4-4) AT TIPPECANOE VALLEY (8-0)
BROWN COUNTY (1-7) AT EDGEWOOD (1-7)
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (7-1) AT SCOTTSBURG (5-3)
CALUMET (3-5) AT GARY WEST (5-3)
CARMEL (5-3) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-5)
CARROLL (FLORA) (8-0) AT SHERIDAN (6-2)
CENTER GROVE (7-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (6-2)
CHARLESTOWN (5-3) AT EASTERN (PEKIN) (3-5)
CHESTERTON (2-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (6-2)
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (MO.) AT WARREN CENTRAL (3-5)
CHURUBUSCO (2-6) AT FAIRFIELD (4-4)
CINCINNATI ELDER (OHIO) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (8-0)
CLOVERDALE (2-6) AT OWEN VALLEY (2-6)
CORYDON CENTRAL (0-8) AT SILVER CREEK (5-3)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (4-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (3-5)
COVINGTON (4-4) AT RIVERTON PARKE (3-5)
CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-8) AT CLARKSVILLE (0-8)
CULVER (0-8) AT LAVILLE (7-1)
DANVILLE (6-2) AT NORTH MONTGOMERY (5-3)
EAST CENTRAL (8-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (3-5)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (6-2) AT CLINTON PRAIRIE (5-3)
EASTERN HANCOCK (5-3) AT LAPEL (4-4)
ELWOOD (1-7) AT OAK HILL (4-4)
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-8) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-3)
EVANSVILLE HARRISON (1-7) AT EVANSVILLE BOSSE (2-6)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (2-6) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (8-0)
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (6-2) AT CASTLE (5-3)
FLOYD CENTRAL (7-1) AT NEW ALBANY (2-6)
FOREST PARK (5-3) AT SOUTHRIDGE (5-3)
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (0-8) AT FREMONT (2-6)
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (3-5) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (0-8)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (6-2) AT HOMESTEAD (4-4)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (3-5) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (6-2)
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (0-8) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (1-7)
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (5-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (7-1)
FRANKFORT (1-7) AT CRAWFORDSVILLE (0-8)
FRANKLIN (5-3) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (6-2)
FRANKTON (3-5) AT BLACKFORD (0-8)
FRONTIER (4-4) AT SOUTH NEWTON (3-5)
GARRETT (3-5) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (3-5)
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-1) AT NEW CASTLE (1-7)
GRIFFITH (3-5) AT WHEELER (5-3)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-2) AT CULVER ACADEMY (3-5)
HAGERSTOWN (5-3) AT NORTHEASTERN (7-1)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (7-1) AT BROWNSBURG (8-0)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (5-3) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (8-0)
HAMMOND MORTON (3-4) AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-7)
HAMMOND NOLL (2-6) AT BOONE GROVE (6-2)
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (7-1) AT RICHMOND (1-7)
HERITAGE (7-1) AT JAY COUNTY (4-4)
HIGHLAND (3-5) AT HOBART (6-2)
HUNTINGTON NORTH (1-7) AT NEW HAVEN (7-1)
INDIANAPOLIS TECH (0-8) AT MUNCIE CENTRAL (3-5)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (4-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (4-4)
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (0-8) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (2-5)
JASPER (5-3) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (6-2)
JENNINGS COUNTY (3-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (0-8)
JIMTOWN (4-4) AT SOUTH BEND RILEY (7-1)
JOHN GLENN (4-4) AT SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (2-6)
KNIGHTSTOWN (3-5) AT CENTERVILLE (8-0)
KNOX (8-0) AT CASTON (1-7)
LAFAYETTE JEFF (4-4) AT KOKOMO (7-1)
LAKE CENTRAL (4-4) AT VALPARAISO (6-2)
LAKE STATION (2-6) AT RIVER FOREST (5-3)
LEBANON (4-4) AT WESTERN BOONE (5-3)
LEO (6-2) AT DEKALB (5-3)
MACONAQUAH (6-2) AT ROCHESTER (6-2)
MADISON-GRANT (6-2) AT ALEXANDRIA (7-1)
MARTINSVILLE (5-3) AT PLAINFIELD (6-2)
MCCUTCHEON (5-3) AT MARION (2-6)
MICHIGAN CITY (5-3) AT CROWN POINT (8-0)
MILAN (5-3) AT MADISON (1-7)
MISHAWAKA MARIAN (4-4) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-4)
MISSISSINEWA (8-0) AT EASTBROOK (6-2)
MITCHELL (2-6) AT PERRY CENTRAL (4-4)
MONROE CENTRAL (3-5) AT SHENANDOAH (1-7)
MONROVIA (6-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (5-3)
MOORESVILLE (3-5) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (2-6)
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (4-4) AT PRINCETON (1-7)
MUNSTER (2-6) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (4-4)
NEW PALESTINE (6-2) AT DELTA (5-3)
NEW PRAIRIE (6-2) AT ELKHART (3-5)
NOBLESVILLE (3-5) AT AVON (1-7)
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (2-6) AT EASTERN GREENE (4-4)
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-8) AT BEN DAVIS (7-1)
NORTH DECATUR (5-3) AT SWITZERLAND COUNTY (5-3)
NORTH HARRISON (6-2) AT PROVIDENCE (8-0)
NORTH KNOX (5-3) AT PAOLI (7-1)
NORTH MIAMI (1-7) AT NORTHFIELD (3-5)
NORTH POSEY (7-1) AT PIKE CENTRAL (1-7)
NORTH PUTNAM (3-5) AT GREENCASTLE (6-2)
NORTH WHITE (8-0) AT WEST CENTRAL (7-1)
NORTHRIDGE (7-1) AT WARSAW (7-1)
NORTHVIEW (6-2) AT INDIAN CREEK (5-3)
NORTHWOOD (6-2) AT GOSHEN (1-7)
NORWELL (2-6) AT COLUMBIA CITY (5-3)
PARK TUDOR (8-0) AT EDINBURGH (1-7)
PERU (8-0) AT MANCHESTER (3-5)
PHALEN ACADEMY (1-6) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (7-1)
PIKE (2-6) AT LAWRENCE NORTH (5-3)
PLYMOUTH (2-6) AT CONCORD (4-4)
PORTAGE (0-8) AT LAPORTE (1-7)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (0-8) AT WEST NOBLE (8-0)
PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (3-5) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (5-3)
RUSHVILLE (2-6) AT GREENSBURG (0-8)
SALEM (1-7) AT WEST WASHINGTON (5-3)
SEEGER (6-2) AT NORTH VERMILLION (5-3)
SEYMOUR (5-3) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1)
SHELBYVILLE (3-5) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (6-2)
SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-7) AT PENN (7-1)
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (3-5) AT WHITING (2-6)
SOUTH DEARBORN (5-3) AT LAWRENCEBURG (6-2)
SOUTH DECATUR (6-2) AT DAYTON CHRISTIAN (OHIO)
SOUTH PUTNAM (7-1) AT CASCADE (5-3)
SOUTH SPENCER (3-5) AT TELL CITY (5-3)
SOUTHERN WELLS (1-7) AT SOUTH ADAMS (5-3)
SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (7-1)
SOUTHWOOD (4-4) AT LEWIS CASS (4-4)
SPRINGS VALLEY (7-1) AT NORTH DAVIESS (4-4)
SULLIVAN (4-4) AT WEST VIGO (2-6)
TAYLOR (1-7) AT DELPHI (3-5)
TECUMSEH (0-8) AT OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (0-8) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (3-4)
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (4-4) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (3-5)
TRI-CENTRAL (2-6) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (1-6)
TRI-COUNTY (4-3) AT NORTH NEWTON (0-8)
TRITON (5-3) AT WINAMAC (3-5)
TRITON CENTRAL (7-1) AT SPEEDWAY (2-6)
TRI-WEST (7-1) AT SOUTHMONT (4-4)
UNION COUNTY (0-8) AT TRI (5-3)
WABASH (1-7) AT WHITKO (1-7)
WASHINGTON (2-6) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-1)
WAWASEE (1-7) AT MISHAWAKA (6-2)
WES-DEL (3-5) AT CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (1-5)
WESTFIELD (7-1) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (4-4)
WHITELAND (4-4) AT GREENWOOD (4-4)
WINCHESTER (5-2) AT UNION CITY (2-6)
WOODLAN (2-6) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (8-0)
YORKTOWN (4-4) AT MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (4-4)
ZIONSVILLE (3-5) AT FISHERS (5-3)
BOWMAN ACADEMY (1-4) AT BENTON CENTRAL (1-7)
TIPTON (1-7) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (4-4)
NORTHWESTERN (3-5) AT TWIN LAKES (4-4)
WESTERN (4-4) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (5-3)
HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-0) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (6-2)
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SECTIONALS
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER REGIONALS SCORES
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 5 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 0
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 1 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 0
CARMEL 1 PIKE 1 (CARMEL WINS SHOOTOUT 4 – 1)
CATHEDRAL 2 CENTRAL 1
BREBEUF 3 CASCADE 1
SOUTHWESTERN 1 ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 0
PARK TUDOR 2 MUNCIE BURRIS 2 (PARK TUDOR WINS SHOOTOUT 4 – 1)
LEO 2 MISSISSINEWA 1
WEST LAFAYETTE 1 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 0
CONCORD 1 PENN 0
LAKE CENTRAL 3 HOBART 1
PROVIDENCE 3 GREENCASTLE 0
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 1 WESTVIEW 1 (BETHANY CHRISTIAN WINS SHOOTOUT 3 – 1)
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 3 NORTHWESTERN 1
FOREST PARK 3 NORTHEAST DUBOIS 0
NOBLESVILLE 1 WARSAW 1 (NOBLESVILLE WINS SHOOTOUT 4 – 3)
CARROLL 2 HARRISON 1
WHEELER 6 MORGAN TWP. 0
FLOYD CENTRAL 1 CASTLE 0
SPEEDWAY 5 MADISON 0
ARGOS 2 CARROLL 1
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 1 WASHINGTON 0
COLUMBUS NORTH 3 CENTER GROVE 2
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER REGIONALS-THURSDAY
NOBLESVILLE VS. FW NORTHRUP
FW CARROLL VS. HARRISON
NORTHRIDGE VS. PENN
CROWN POINT VS. LAKE CENTRAL
CASTLE VS. FLOYD CENTRAL
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH VS. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
EAST CENTRAL VS. CATHEDRAL
CARMEL VS. BROWNSBURG
YORKTOWN VS. BELLMONT
LEO VS. OAK HILL
NORTHWOOD VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
WEST LAFAYETTE VS. HANOVER CENTRAL
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL VS. SILVER CREEK
JASPER VS. MONROVIA
LAWRENCEBURG VS. CONNERSVILLE
GUERIN CATHOLIC VS. TRI-WEST
FW CANTERBURY VS. EASTBROOK
FAITH CHRISTIAN VS. SHERIDAN
WESTVIEW VS. TRINITY
MORGAN TOWNSHIP VS. WHEELER
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI VS. SOUTH KNOX
PROVIDENCE VS. SWITZERLAND COUNTY
MUNCIE BURRIS VS. PARK TUDOR
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN VS. GREENCASTLE
INDIANA BOYS TENNIS STATE FINALS OCTOBER 13 AND 14
CULVER ACADEMIES VS. HOMESTEAD
CARMEL VS. NORTH CENTRAL
NOBLESVILLE VS. JASPER
FLOYD CENTRAL VS. COLUMBUS NORTH
SATURDAY FINALS @ NORTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONAL-SATURDAY OCTOBER 14
1. Highland (16) | Boys 10 am CT; Girls 10:45 am CT | Results
Calumet, Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hanover Central, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lighthouse CPA, Lowell, Munster, Whiting
2. Chesterton (14) | Boys 10:30 am CT; Girls 11:15 am CT | Results
Andrean, Boone Grove, Chesterton, Hebron, Hobart, Kouts, Lake Station Edison, Merrillville, Morgan Township, Portage, River Forest, Valparaiso, Washington Township, Wheeler
3. New Prairie (17) | Boys 10 am CT; Girls 10:45 am CT | Results
Glenn, LaPorte, Marquette Catholic, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Career Academy, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, South Central (Union Mills), Trinity Greenlawn, Tri-Township, Westville
4. Elkhart (Oxbow Park) (13) | Boys 10 am ET; Girls 10:30 am ET | Results
Bethany Christian, Bremen, Concord, Elkhart Christian Academy, Elkhart, Fairfield, Goshen, Jimtown, LaVille, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee, Westview
5. Rensselaer Central (14) | Boys 10:30 am CT; Girls 11:15 am CT | Results
Benton Central, DeMotte Christian, Frontier, Kankakee Valley, Knox, North Judson-San Pierre, North Newton, North White, Rensselaer Central, South Newton, Tri-County, Twin Lakes, West Central, Winamac
6. Manchester (16) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Argos, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Culver Community, Huntington North, Lakeland Christian Academy, Manchester, North Miami, Northfield, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Triton, Wabash, Warsaw, Whitko
7. West Noble (15) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Angola, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Central Noble, Churubusco, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Fremont, Garrett, Hamilton, Lakeland, Lakewood Park Christian, Leo, Prairie Heights, West Noble
8. Woodlan (The Plex) (14) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne Northside, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Heritage, Homestead, New Haven, Woodlan
9. Delta (Taylor University) (16) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Eastbrook, Jay County, Monroe Central, Norwell, Randolph Southern, South Adams, Southern Wells, Union (Modoc), Union City, Wapahani, Winchester Community
10. Marion (Indiana Wesleyan University) (15) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Alexandria Monroe, Blue River Valley, Cowan, Daleville, Elwood Community, Frankton, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Oak Hill, Southwood, West-Del, Yorktown
11. Logansport (16) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Carroll (Flora), Caston, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Eastern (Greentown), Frankfort, Kokomo, Lewis Cass, Logansport, Maconaquah, Northwestern, Peru, Pioneer, Rossville, Taylor, Western
12. Harrison (West Lafayette) (14) | Boys 10 am ET; Girls 10:30 am ET | Results
Attica, Covington, Crawfordsville, Delphi, Faith Christian, Fountain Central, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, North Montgomery, Seeger, Southmont, West Lafayette
13. North Central (Indianapolis) (18) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Carmel, Heritage Christian, Herron, Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Indianapolis George Washington, Indianapolis Metropolitan, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, North Central (Indianapolis), Park Tudor, Riverside, Tindley, Traders Point Christian, University, Western Boone, Zionsville
14. Terre Haute North Vigo (17) | Boys 10 am ET; Girls 10:45 am ET | Results
Clay City, Cloverdale, Dugger Union, Greencastle, North Central (Farmersburg), North Vermillion, Northview, Owen Valley, Park Heritage, Riverton Parke, Shakamak, South Putnam, South Vermillion, Sullivan, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo
15. Ben Davis (15) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Avon, Ben Davis, Bethesda Christian, Brebeuf Jesuit, Brownsburg, Cascade, Covenant Christian, Danville Community, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, North Putnam, Pike, Plainfield, Providence Cristo Rey, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks
16. Noblesville (15) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Anderson, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Fishers, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Lebanon, Liberty Christian, Noblesville, Pendleton Heights, Shenandoah, Tipton, Tri-Central, Westfield
17. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (17) | Boys 9:45 am ET; Girls 10:30 am ET | Results
Beech Grove, Eastern Hancock, Franklin Central, Greenfield-Central, Indianapolis Arsenal Tech, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Irvington Preparatory Academy, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Morristown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Palestine, Purdue Polytechnic, Victory College Prep, Warren Central
18. Connersville (15) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Batesville, Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Connersville, East Central, Franklin County, Hagerstown, New Castle, Northeastern, Oldenburg Academy, Richmond, Rushville Consolidated, Seton Catholic, Tri, Union County
19. Shelbyville (Blue River Park) (16) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Center Grove, Decatur Central, Edinburgh, Franklin Community, Greenwood Christian Academy, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Roncalli, Shelbyville, Southport, Southwestern (Shelby), Triton Central, Waldron, Whiteland Community
20. Southwestern (Hanover) (Hanover College) (16) Boys 9 am ET; Girls 9:45 am ET | Results
Austin, Charlestown, Crothersville, Henryville, Jac-Cen-Del, Lawrenceburg, Madison Consolidated, Milan, New Washington, Rising Sun, Scottsburg, Shawe Memorial, Southwestern Hanover, Switzerland County, South Dearborn, South Ripley
21. Brown County (14) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Brown County, Columbus East, Columbus North, Edgewood, Eminence, Greensburg, Hauser, Jennings County, Martinsville, Monrovia, North Decatur, Seymour, South Decatur, Trinity Lutheran
22. Bedford North Lawrence (17) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brownstown Central, Eastern (Pekin), Eastern Greene, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Linton-Stockton, Loogootee, Mitchell, North Daviess, Orleans, Salem, Shoals, West Washington, White River Valley
23. Crawford County (15) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Borden, Christian Academy of Indiana, Clarksville, Corydon Central, Crawford County, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Lanesville, New Albany, North Harrison, Paoli, Providence, Silver Creek, South Central (Elizabeth), Springs Valley
24. Jasper (14) | Boys 10:30 am ET; Girls 11:15 am ET | Results
Barr-Reeve, Cannelton, Forest Park, Jasper, North Knox, Northeast Dubois, Perry Central, Pike Central, South Knox, Southridge, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln, Washington, Washington Catholic
25. Evansville Mater Dei (Angel Mounds) (19) Boys 10 am CT; Girls 10:30 am CT | Results
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Day, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville North, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Gibson Southern, Heritage Hills, Mt. Vernon, North Posey, Princeton Community, Signature, South Spencer, Tecumseh
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY: HTTPS://IN.MILESPLIT.COM/
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE
UTEP 27 FIU 14
NEW MEXICO STATE 27 SAM HOUSTON STATE 13
THURSDAY, OCT. 12
WEST VIRGINIA AT HOUSTON | 7 P.M. | FS1
SMU AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, OCT. 13
TULANE AT MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FRESNO STATE AT UTAH STATE | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
STANFORD AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN
SATURDAY, OCT. 14
NO. 1 GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | CBS
INDIANA AT NO. 2 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
NO. 3 OHIO STATE AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | PEACOCK
SYRACUSE AT NO. 4 FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M.
ARKANSAS AT NO. 11 ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN STATE AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M.
TEMPLE AT NORTH TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
KENT STATE AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
SACRED HEART AT YALE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
PRINCETON AT BROWN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
SAN DIEGO AT MARIST | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
HOWARD AT HARVARD | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
BUCKNELL AT CORNELL | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
DARTMOUTH AT COLGATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGETOWN AT LEHIGH | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
ST. THOMAS (MINN.) AT DRAKE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
FURMAN AT SAMFORD | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE TECH AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
PENN AT COLUMBIA | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT CHARLOTTE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
VMI AT THE CITADEL | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TOLEDO AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GARDNER-WEBB AT AUSTIN PEAY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT NORTH DAKOTA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT SOUTH DAKOTA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MOREHEAD STATE AT VALPARAISO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
CAL AT NO. 16 UTAH | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
INDIANA STATE AT ILLINOIS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT GRAMBLING | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA STATE AT JACKSON STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TARLETON STATE AT EASTERN KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SACRAMENTO STATE AT NORTHERN COLORADO | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT MURRAY STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UNI AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UMASS AT NO. 6 PENN STATE | 3:30 P.M.
NO. 8 OREGON AT NO. 7 WASHINGTON | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
TEXAS A&M AT NO. 19 TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NO. 23 KANSAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
TROY AT ARMY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WAKE FOREST AT VIRGINIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
BYU AT TCU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
AKRON AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (OHIO) AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
WOFFORD AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
OHIO AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NORTH ALABAMA AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
PORTLAND STATE AT NORTHERN ARIZONA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSOURI STATE AT WESTERN ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
LAMAR AT SE LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ROBERT MORRIS AT BRYANT | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHWESTERN STATE AT NICHOLLS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
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D-BACKS SLUG 4 HOMERS IN RECORD-SETTING BARRAGE, SWEEP DODGERS WITH 4-2 WIN IN GAME 3 OF NLDS
PHOENIX (AP) Geraldo Perdomo got the Arizona Diamondbacks started with an unexpected homer, then Ketel Marte made the 48,000-plus at Chase Field giddy with another blast.
Christian Walker followed with a line-drive shot into the left-field seats and then Gabriel Moreno polished off the onslaught with a 420-foot moonshot into left-center.
One inning. Four hitters. Four solo homers.
“That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Walker said.
The hard-hitting Diamondbacks rode a record-setting barrage of homers in the third inning to a 4-2 win in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night, sweeping the 100-win Los Angeles Dodgers out of the playoffs.
The D-backs return to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2007, where they’ll face either the Phillies or Braves.
“This is what we worked all year for,” rookie sensation Corbin Carroll said. “It’s amazing to be here. It doesn’t feel real.”
Arizona – the No. 6 seed after squeezing into the NL playoff bracket with an 84-78 record – has won all five of its games during the postseason, sweeping aside both the Brewers in a best-of-three series and the Dodgers in a best-of-five.
The wild-card Diamondbacks won with brawn in this one, slugging a postseason-record four homers in the third off veteran righty Lance Lynn. That gave Arizona a 4-0 lead it never relinquished.
“It’s almost unbelievable, right? I’m a fan, too, and I was looking at it thinking, what in the world is happening here?” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
The NL West champion Dodgers rallied for two runs in the seventh on two-out RBI singles from Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández off side-armer Ryan Thompson, but lefty Andrew Saalfrank entered and retired Austin Barnes on a groundout.
Will Smith had a one-out single in the ninth off closer Paul Sewald, but Taylor hit a flyout to deep center in front of the 413-foot sign and Hernández flied out to left to end it.
Sewald, acquired from Seattle in a trade-deadline deal on July 31, earned his fourth save of the postseason.
“You look at the game, the series, they outplayed us, and there’s no other spin to it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “As far as our clubhouse, it’s just a lot of disappointment.”
Lynn cruised through the first two innings of a scoreless game – giving no indication what was about to come.
Perdomo started the scoring with a leadoff homer, his first long ball since Aug. 13. One out later, Marte hit a 428-foot drive to right on a 1-0 cutter. With two outs, Walker pulled a 3-1 cutter to left for a 3-0 lead.
Then came No. 4: Moreno sliced a 2-1 fastball down the line to the opposite field that right field umpire Gabe Morales called fair. But the umpires huddled and crew chief Todd Tichenor reversed the call to foul, a decision upheld by a video review.
Moreno then drove Lynn’s very next pitch – a hanging slider – over the left-field wall, flipping his bat high in the air as he started his trot.
“The one that was really impressive for me was Gabby Moreno. He hits one foul, then he hits one fair. It’s a great moment for us,” Lovullo said.
A few moments later, a dejected Lynn handed the ball to Roberts and trudged toward the dugout.
Lynn gave up 44 homers in the regular season, the most in the majors. The previous mark of three homers in a postseason inning had been accomplished 12 times, most recently by the Dodgers against Atlanta in 2020.
Arizona rookie right-hander Brandon Pfaadt threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.
While the D-backs thrived, the Dodgers had no answers for a third straight game. A stacked lineup with a pair of former MVPs – Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman – couldn’t make much of an impact throughout the series.
Both All-Stars struck out in the eighth against Kevin Ginkel with a runner on first. Betts finished the series 0 for 11 while Freeman was 1 for 10.
“The bottom line is that they outplayed us in every facet of the game,” Roberts said.
Roberts made a few lineup changes in advance of Game 3.
He flipped Smith and J.D. Martinez in the order, dropping Smith to fifth and moving Martinez up to third. Hernández started in place of James Outman in center field.
EMOTIONAL FIRST PITCH
The four sons of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen threw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of their mom Nicole Hazen, who died from brain cancer in 2022.
Hazen’s four sons are Charlie (17), John (16), Teddy (15) and Sam (13).
Nicole Hazen was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2020 and fought the disease for more than two years. She was 45 when she died.
It was the first playoff game at Chase Field since 2017 and the stadium’s retractable roof was open. The temperature was in the high 80s at first pitch. It was a sellout crowd of 48,175.
Moreno left in the fifth inning with a bruised right hand. The catcher was struck by a foul ball when Taylor squared to bunt. Moreno said postgame that X-rays were negative.
Arizona plays Game 1 of the NL Championship Series at Atlanta or Philadelphia on Monday. The defending NL champion Phillies hold a 2-1 lead in that best-of-five series, with Game 4 on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
JOSÉ ABREU HOMERS AGAIN TO POWER THE ASTROS PAST THE TWINS 3-2 AND INTO THEIR 7TH STRAIGHT ALCS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Houston Astros gathered in the clubhouse with their bottles and goggles to toast another postseason victory, when manager Dusty Baker called Justin Verlander forward to lead the celebration.
“I’m doing the World Series!” Baker said. “You do this one!”
Verlander, after a profanity-punctuated speech that had teammates roaring with laughter, started the cork-popping countdown at seven – one for each consecutive AL Championship Series appearance.
José Abreu homered for the third time in two games, a two-run rocket in the fourth inning that launched the Astros to their seventh straight ALCS with a 3-2 win that eliminated the Minnesota Twins in Game 4 of their Division Series on Wednesday night.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the bond that we have and the relationships that we have in this locker room, and we hold each other accountable in a good way,” said Verlander, who returned to the Astros in August via trade from the New York Mets. “Obviously, this team is built different. These guys are built different. When it’s time to step up, we play our best baseball.”
José Urquidy gave the defending World Series champion Astros another solid postseason start, withstanding home runs by Royce Lewis in the first and Edouard Julien in the sixth before handing the ball to the bullpen.
Hector Neris and Bryan Abreu combined for five strikeouts over 2 1/3 hitless innings. Ryan Pressly, who pitched five-plus years for the Twins before a trade to Houston in 2018, struck out the side in the ninth for the save. He froze Max Kepler with a full-count fastball to end it, leaving former Astros star Carlos Correa on deck.
“Oh yeah, we knew, and I was trying not to have nightmares, because I remember when Carlos was with us he hit that ball up in the right-center field seats up there,” Baker said, referring to Correa’s homer at Minnesota in a 2020 Wild Card Series. “But we never got to Carlos, so that was a great, great victory.”
Correa hit .409 with three doubles and four RBIs in the series.
“I wanted that at-bat so bad. I know Pressly very well, and it would’ve been a fun matchup,” Correa said. “It didn’t get there, but it’s the way it was supposed to be.”
Houston will host in-state rival Texas in Game 1 of the ALCS on Sunday, when Verlander is scheduled to make his 36th career postseason start.
“They know us, and we know them,” Baker said, “and it’s going to be a heck of a series.”
The Astros, who are 56-34 in the playoffs since 2017, hit 10 homers in the series. Abreu had eight RBIs.
“They never give up, and they understand that this is the time where the greats need to be good,” Abreu said through an interpreter.
Urquidy, much like Game 3 starter Cristian Javier, had an October track record to rely on after a forgettable regular season. The right-hander, who has logged 42 postseason innings and made his seventh start in the playoffs, missed three months with shoulder trouble this year.
Michael Brantley got the Astros started with a solo shot in the second against Twins starter Joe Ryan, who was pulled after that inning in manager Rocco Baldelli’s all-out attempt to extend the series.
Caleb Thielbar, the only left-hander on the roster, gave up a leadoff single in the fourth to Yordan Alvarez, a win for the Twins considering he had two doubles and four homers in the series. With one out, Abreu hit a 1-0 fastball to the opposite field for a 3-1 lead.
The rest of the relievers gave the Twins some energy back from the crowd, particularly when Chris Paddack pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings with four strikeouts. But the home team just didn’t have enough hits to overcome all those swings and misses.
Lewis gave the Twins another big-moment home run, a smash to left field with a similar trajectory to the one he hit in his first postseason at-bat in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series sweep over Toronto.
Bad luck cost them a critical extra run. Julien led off the game with a double, but Jorge Polanco followed with a line drive straight at Jeremy Peña that was sharp enough to give the shortstop time to make a diving tag on Julien for the double play.
“We didn’t get it done in this series,” Baldelli said. “We got beat, but I couldn’t be happier with what I saw from so many of our guys, and I told them that.”
The Astros hit four homers in their 9-1 win in Game 3, even taking Sonny Gray – the runaway major league leader in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings this year – deep twice.
Their patience, confidence and power made Ryan a vulnerable opponent, considering the right-hander was making his first career postseason start after allowing 24 homers over his last 14 turns. Hall of Fame member Bert Blyleven was the only other Twins pitcher to give up that many long balls in a 14-start span.
Twins batters set the all-time record with 1,654 strikeouts this year, a whopping 413 more whiffs than the Astros had with the third-fewest in baseball.
The only club with more consecutive league championship series appearances than Houston was Atlanta with eight NLCS trips from 1991-99. There were no playoffs in 1994 due to the players’ strike.
In just his sixth playoff game, Lewis tied Greg Gagne with four postseason home runs for the second-most in Twins history, one behind Hall of Fame member Kirby Puckett. Gagne and Puckett each played 24 postseason games on their way to winning World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
Houston went 9-4 against the wild-card Rangers this season, giving the Astros the tiebreaker for the AL West title after both teams finished 90-72. Texas led the division for most of the year, but the Astros beat Arizona on the final day of the regular season and the Rangers lost at Seattle.
BRYCE HARPER SLUGS 2 MORE HOMERS AS PHILLIES POUND BRAVES 10-2 IN GAME 3 OF NL DIVISION SERIES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) When gossip spread among the Phillies that Bryce Harper – of all the superstars to poke – had been laughed at inside the Braves clubhouse, his teammates dared the slugger to deliver.
“They looked at me,” Harper said, “and they were like, ‘What are you going to do?’”
Well, how about two homers, two staredowns, four RBIs, and one more marvelous game for to his growing October lore.
Harper answered Orlando Arcia’s mockery with a mammoth three-run homer and a solo shot, glaring at the shortstop on each trot around the bases, and Philadelphia beat Atlanta 10-2 in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night.
“Yeah, I mean, I stared right at him,” Harper said.
Aaron Nola (2-0) and four relievers combined to push the 104-win Braves to the brink of elimination. The Phillies can advance to the NL Championship Series for the second straight season with a win at home Thursday.
Nick Castellanos homered twice as Philadelphia rebounded from its disappointing loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Trea Turner and Brandon Marsh also went deep.
Harper and Castellanos are the fourth pair of teammates in postseason history to each hit multiple home runs in a game, a list topped by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1932 World Series.
“(Harper’s) one of the best in the world for a reason,” Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber said. “When we’re in these moments, this is baseball at its best for him. When it’s at his best for him, anything can happen.”
Harper continues to make teams pay for any perceived slight, and his eighth and ninth postseason homers in the last two seasons added to the Phillies’ pursuit of the franchise’s first World Series championship since 2008.
Not that he needs any incentive to go deep, but Harper tried to atone for a Game 2 baserunning blunder that capped an astonishing collapse. Harper had rounded second base on a deep flyout and was doubled up at first to end the game, the final moment in a series of late-inning plays that melted a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 loss.
In the jubilant Atlanta clubhouse after the win, Arcia cracked, “ha-ha, attaboy, Harper.” Faster than Harper rocked his shot off Game 3 starter Bryce Elder (0-1), the barb got back to the two-time NL MVP.
“He can look wherever he wants to look,” Arcia said through a translator. “When you’re in the clubhouse, I was under the impression you could say whatever you wanted. He wasn’t supposed to hear it. That’s when we were talking in the clubhouse.”
Harper and Castellanos seemed to send a message about the wisecrack when they arrived at the ballpark wearing gear inspired by Colorado coach Deion Sanders. Harper wore a “ Coach Prime” T-shirt and Castellanos a “Prime” hoodie.
The brash Sanders retorted at criticism earlier this season from a rival coach by saying, “they done messed around and made it personal.”
Harper took it personal.
First, though, it was Castellanos – who said after Game 2 that the Phillies “thrive after we get punched in the face” – who delivered the first counterpunch with a homer in the third that tied it at 1.
Rep Deion, hit dingers. That’s a Philly fact.
Harper’s 10 career homers in the NLDS are now tops in baseball history.
“He’s a Hall of Famer,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s one of those guys that loves that stage. He’s a special player. You put him in the spotlight, and he’s going to shine.”
Castellanos and Harper insisted it was coincidence that they both wore Sanders shirts to the game.
Castellanos said he was simply a fan and “today just felt like the perfect day to wear it.” Harper said he had second thoughts about wearing a shirt of the former Braves star on his drive to the ballpark.
“Oh no, he actually played for Atlanta,” Harper said, laughing. “Maybe I should turn around and go take this shirt off. But then I was just like, man, I’m a big fan of Prime and what he’s doing to Colorado.”
Once again, the Phillies pounded the Braves in the third inning of Game 3 of the NLDS for the second straight season.
A year ago, the Phillies returned home from a 1-1 split in Atlanta and scored six runs in the third. The outburst was highlighted by Rhys Hoskins’ bat spike on a three-run homer.
After Castellanos and Harper went deep off Elder in this one for a 4-1 lead, catcher J.T. Realmuto tacked on a two-run double against Michael Tonkin.
Harper added a solo shot to center in front of 45,798 frenzied Phillies fans in the fifth off Brad Hand – well out of reach for Michael Harris II, who saved the Game 2 win with a great leaping catch – and delivered one more death stare to Arcia as he rounded second base.
“Stare downs aren’t an official stat (yet!) but we’re all in awe of Harper over here,” the Elias Sports Bureau wrote on social media.
Nola, eligible for free agency after the World Series, tipped his cap in appreciation of a roaring standing ovation after 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and allowed Ozzie Albies’ RBI single in the third.
The Phillies have run a scoreboard ad this season for a technology and investment solutions company that said “Building brave futures.” For Game 3, brave was covered up by an image of the Phillie Phanatic’s lengthy red tongue.
The Phillies are 3-0 at home in the playoffs this season and have a 25-11 career postseason record at Citizens Bank Park. The .694 winning percentage is the best among all teams with least 30 games in their home park in baseball history.
The Braves will start right-hander Spencer Strider in Game 4. The 20-game winner went seven innings in Game 1, allowing one earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts.
Ranger Suárez, who earned a no-decision in his Game 1 start, will start for the Phillies in Game 4.
COLUMN: MLB’S PLAYOFF FORMAT IS PENALIZING TOP SEEDS WITH ALL THAT TIME OFF
The Baltimore Orioles won an AL-leading 101 games during the regular season. The Los Angeles Dodgers also reached triple digits in victories.
Those impressive accomplishments earned both teams a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Clearly, the time off did them no good.
Tossing in the 104-win Atlanta Braves and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, baseball’s four top seeds went a combined 2-6 on their home fields to start the best-of-five division round.
Which begs the question: Is it time to say goodbye to the bye?
The Orioles lost their first two games at home to the Texas Rangers, who finished off the sweep with a 7-1 win at home Tuesday night. The Dodgers were on the verge of elimination after dropping two straight to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Astros split their first two games in Houston with the Twins before pulling ahead in the series with a 9-1 rout at Minnesota. The power-hitting Braves needed an improbable comeback to even their series with the Phillies after going scoreless over the first 14 innings at Truist Park.
“We came out slow. We had a good amount of off days,” Braves center fielder Michael Harris II said. “I guess it took some time to get the rust off.”
MLB’s relatively new playoff format — comprised of six division winners and six wild-card teams, with the top two teams in each league advancing straight to the second round while the others play best-of-three series — actually seems to penalize the best clubs by giving them five days off.
Yes, it’s a chance for stars like Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuña Jr. to recover after a long season. And nobody complains about lining up their ace for Game 1 on full rest.
But remember, this is a sport that leans heavily on a monotonous schedule centered around games that are played almost every day for six months straight. The bye is a jarring change to the order of things.
“The format is a unusual where you win a division and have this much time off,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I don’t know if it’s a disadvantage, but it puts you in a different routine than you are during regular season and what you’re used to.”
A season ago — the first with the current format — top AL seeds Houston and the New York Yankees both won their division series after the bye. But in the senior circuit, Atlanta and the Dodgers were upset by division rivals that finished a cumulative 36 games behind them during the regular season.
This season, Los Angeles blew away the Diamondbacks by 16 games in the NL West standings.
That meant nothing in the first two games of the division series at Dodger Stadium. Riding the momentum from its wild-card victory at Milwaukee, Arizona rolled to an 11-2 win over well-rested Clayton Kershaw and listless LA in the opener, and held on for a 4-2 triumph in Game 2 to take a commanding lead back to Phoenix.
“I don’t think that five days is ideal, but that’s the playoff structure,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The world’s not perfect. A couple-day break would have been nice. But five’s a little …”
He didn’t finish the thought, but it was clear what Roberts was thinking.
“There’s nothing we can do about it,” he added.
What could MLB do about it? Here are some options:
MORE PLAYOFF TEAMS
If the playoffs expanded with two more wild-card teams in each league, everyone would have to play in the opening round.
But this is the least attractive option, because it would dilute the playoffs even further by sending more than half of MLB’s teams — 16 of 30 — to the postseason.
Also, it would subject the top two seeds in each league to best-of-three series against teams that likely finished far behind them during the regular season.
Under such a format, for instance, the MLB-leading Braves would’ve opened the playoffs against the San Diego Padres, a team that barely eclipsed .500 (82-80) with 22 fewer wins than Atlanta.
Also, a 16-team format opens the door for a team with a losing record to qualify for the playoffs. It wouldn’t have happened this year. But if such a system had been in place two years ago, the 79-83 Padres would have earned a wild card.
FEWER DAYS OFF
The off days that are built into the schedule before and after the best-of-three wild-card series could be eliminated.
That would give the top seeds just a three-day break and penalize the teams that didn’t earn a bye with some potentially tiresome travel arrangements — especially if their first-round matchups go the full three games.
But this format could present troublesome scheduling issues for television. Teams that clinched a series in a late-night Game 3 couldn’t be asked to start the next round in another city early the next afternoon.
ONE-GAME WILD CARDS
When the wild card was first introduced by MLB in 2012, the opening round was a single-elimination game between the fourth and fifth seeds.
That certainly reduced the down time for the three division winners and produced plenty of drama. But one game to determine who advances and who goes home always seemed totally at odds with a sport that plays 162 games during the regular season.
Also, it would significantly reduce the number of games during the most profitable time of year for television revenues.
That ain’t happening.
THE KOREAN MODEL
The South Korean league has a unique ladder playoff system in which the top five teams qualify.
The element that might be incorporated into the MLB format is the best-of-three opening round between the fourth- and fifth-place clubs.
The higher seed starts at home with a 1-0 series lead, needing only one win to advance. The lower seed must win two straight games to move on.
If MLB used that system for the opening round, only two days would be needed to determine the first-round winners. That would reduce the break for the top seeds to four days, and starting the wild-card round the day after the regular season would cut it to three.
That might be an option worth considering.
For sure, some sort of tweaking is needed.
The best teams deserve to be at their best for the most important games of the season.
THE DOLPHINS AND THE 49ERS ARE OFF TO RECORD-THREATENING OFFENSIVE STARTS
Kyle Shanahan and Mike McDaniel spent years together scheming ways to exploit NFL defenses.
Now split apart with McDaniel in his second season coaching Miami and Shanahan in Year 7 in San Francisco, the two offensive coaches have their teams threatening records with their early season domination.
The 49ers and Dolphins rank 1-2 in several key offensive categories, from scoring to yards per play to success rate to passer rating to first downs.
Miami is the second team in NFL history to average at least 500 yards of offense a game through five games, with its 513.6 beating out the previous record of 505.4 set by the Rams in 2000.
The Dolphins are scoring 36.2 points per game for the best total at this point of the season in eight years, as defenses have had no answer for the speed of players like Tyreek Hill, De’Von Achane, Jaylen Waddle or Raheem Mostert.
Miami has seven of the nine fastest speeds for ball carriers tracked by NFL NextGen stats, led by Hill’s 22.01 mph on a 64-yard catch last week. Hill also reached a speed of 20.95 mph on a 69-yard TD against the Giants last week that gave him five TDs on the season and tied him with Lance Alworth for fifth place with his 19th career TD of at least 60 yards.
Achane has been on a record-setting pace of his own, with his seven TDs in his first four games ranking second in NFL history to Bill Paschal’s eight in 1943.
Achane has rushed for 100 yards and a TD in three straight games, tied for the second-longest streak ever for a rookie since the merger behind Franco Harris’ six-game streak in 1972. He is averaging 12.1 yards per carry on the season.
Achane will have to wait a bit to have a chance to tie Harris’ streak after getting placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury.
Mostert leads the NFL with eight TDs, making the Dolphins the second team ever with three players with at least five TDs from scrimmage in the first five games of a season. New England did it in 2011 with Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
The Niners have been more dominant overall, becoming the ninth team in the Super Bowl era to start 5-0 with a point differential of plus-99 or better. Six of the previous eight teams to do it made the Super Bowl, with Washington (1991), the Rams (1999) and Saints (2009) winning it all.
San Francisco is the sixth team to score at least 30 points in each of the first five games of a season and its eight-game regular-season streak of scoring at least 30 points ranks fifth-longest ever.
Quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Christian McCaffrey have fueled this run, with Purdy throwing a career-high four TD passes and McCaffrey running for a score in a 42-10 win over Dallas.
Purdy has won all 10 of his regular-season starts, with his 121.1 rating in those starts the best ever through 10 starts. He has completed 70.4% of his passes — second best to Chad Pennington’s 70.8% — through 10 starts. Only Ben Roethlisberger has won more consecutive starts (15) to begin his career.
McCaffrey has TDs in 14 consecutive games in the regular season and playoffs, tied with Emmitt Smith for the fourth-longest streak ever. Only Lenny Moore (17 games), O.J. Simpson (15) and John Riggins (15) have longer streaks.
Bill Belichick appears to be set to eclipse the NFL coaching record for losses well before he becomes the winningest coach ever the way things are going for New England early this season.
One week after suffering his most lopsided loss in 498 career regular-season and playoff games as a head coach in a 38-3 defeat to Dallas, Belichick took his most lopsided shutout loss ever in a 34-0 defeat to New Orleans.
This marked just the 13th time in the Super Bowl era that a team lost back-to-back games by that many points, with Miami the last to do it in 2019.
The Patriots have allowed 69 consecutive points since making a field goal to tie Dallas at 3 early in that Week 4 game. That’s two points shy of the most consecutive points allowed in franchise history, set in the team’s inaugural season in 1960 when the Patriots gave up 71 straight points over three games.
The back-to-back losses leave Belichick with a career record of 330-169-0 in the regular season and playoffs. He is 17 shy of tying Don Shula’s record for wins and nine shy of tying Tom Landry’s record for losses.
With last week’s win over Minnesota, Patrick Mahomes has beaten every team in the NFL in the regular season or playoffs other than his own Kansas City Chiefs, becoming the 10th player to beat 31 teams. Only Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady have wins over all 32 teams.
Mahomes gets to play his favorite opponent this week when he tries to improve to 12-0 all-time against Denver. The only quarterback since at least 1950 who is undefeated against an opponent with more starts than Mahomes has against the Broncos is Otto Graham, who went 12-0 in his career against the Cardinals.
In all, Kansas City has won 15 straight games against Denver, which is tied for the fourth-longest regular-season winning streak against an opponent ever. Miami won 20 straight vs. Buffalo in the 1970s, San Francisco won 17 in a row against the Rams in the 1990s and Washington won 16 straight vs. Detroit from 1968-97.
Sam Howell and Daniel Jones are spending far too much time on their backs this season.
Howell has been sacked an NFL-worst 29 times for Washington after taking five more last week, while Jones is only one behind at 28 for the Giants after being sacked six times against Miami.
Both are just behind the record-setting pace of David Carr. As a rookie on the expansion Texans in 2002, Carr was sacked 31 times in the first five games on the way to an NFL-record 76 for the season.
The only other time since the merger that a QB was sacked more in the first five games than Howell and Jones came in 2005 when Carr was sacked 30 times for Houston.
GIANTS QUARTERBACK DANIEL JONES MISSES PRACTICE BECAUSE OF NECK INJURY
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was held out of practice on Wednesday because of a sore neck and his status for this weekend’s game against the Buffalo Bills is uncertain.
Jones hurt his neck on Sunday when was hit on a blind-side sack by Dolphins edge rusher Andrew Van Ginkel in the fourth quarter and had to leave the game.
Coach Brian Daboll was optimistic on Monday that Jones would be able to play on Sunday, but that hope waned when Jones was too sore to work out Wednesday.
“He’s a little bit sore today,” Daboll said, adding Jones would be considered day to day for the Giants (1-4), who have lost three straight.
Daboll would not disclose the exact nature of the neck injury.
Tyrod Taylor, who played the final 12 minutes after Jones was hurt, would start if Jones cannot play against Buffalo (3-2). Tommy DeVito, who has never taken a snap in a regular-season game, is on the practice squad and he would be next in line unless the Giants signed a veteran.
The Giants’ injury report is long. Besides Jones, Daboll said left tackle Andrew Thomas, center John Michael Schmitz (shoulder), backup tackle Matt Peart (shoulder), tight end Darren Waller (groin), receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), linebackers Micah McFadden (ankle) and Azeez Ojulari (ankle) also won’t practice.
Star running back Saquon Barkley, who has missed the past three games, is expected to do more in practice this week, Daboll said.
DOLPHINS PLACE ROOKIE RB DE’VON ACHANE ON IR WITH KNEE INJURY, EXPECT HIM TO RETURN THIS SEASON
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins are placing rookie running back De’Von Achane on injured reserve on Wednesday after he suffered a knee injury against the New York Giants.
Coach Mike McDaniel did not confirm whether Achane’s injury will require surgery, nor did he provide many details on the extent of the injury. He said it is not a “grave” injury, and he expects Achane to return this season. The injury happened late in a 31-16 win over the Giants on Sunday.
“It wasn’t a black-and-white decision where it was obvious, but it was something that Chris (GM Chris Grier) and I knew was the best thing for the team, which always coincides with what’s best for that particular athlete,” McDaniel said.
Achane will miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, as well as matchups against Philadelphia, New England and Kansas City. The Dolphins have a bye in Week 10, so he will be eligible to return in Week 11 against the Raiders.
Miami’s running back room will get a boost soon with the return of Jeff Wilson Jr, whom the Dolphins designated to return from injured reserve after he missed the first five weeks with various injuries. His 21-day window to return opened Wednesday, and he will practice.
Miami has the NFL’s top rushing offense, averaging 185.8 yards per game, thanks in part to the production of Achane, whom the Dolphins selected in the third round of the 2023 draft.
“I never look at the run game in general as one player,” McDaniel said. “(Achane has) been making a ton of plays and has been obviously doing an outstanding job with every single one of his opportunities.”
Achane leads the league with 12.1 yards per carry, and he’s second in total yards rushing with 460 despite having only 38 carries — 61 fewer than San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey, who leads the NFL with 510 yards.
Achane had a breakout game in Week 3 against Denver after being a healthy scratch in the season opener and getting only one carry for 5 yards the next week.
The former Texas A&M running back led the team with 203 total yards on 18 carries, 11.3 yards per rush and four touchdowns in Miami’s 70-20 win over Denver, and he immediately earned a larger role in the Dolphins’ prolific offense.
He had a team-high 11 carries against the Giants, as well as a 76-yard touchdown run in which he reached 21.76 mph, which is the third-fastest ball carrier speed in the NFL this season.
His grasp of his role in a short period of time has impressed teammates.
“I mean, you guys see it. I think the entire NFL can see it. Dude’s a special player,” quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said last week. ”He understands ball like the back of his hand and I think that is one of the coolest characteristics that I can say about someone like him. He’s very smart, very intellectual when it comes to the X’s and O’s of understanding where to line up. … I think that’s something that needs to be said because it’s hard, especially being in this offense.”
BROWNS QB DESHAUN WATSON STILL NOT PRACTICING WITH SHOULDER INJURY; STATUS FOR SUNDAY’S GAME UNCLEAR
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is not practicing again as he continues to be slowed by an injured right shoulder, leaving his status for Sunday’s game against unbeaten San Francisco in question.
Watson, who sat out Cleveland’s game on Oct. 1, is dealing with a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.
He had been expected to return this week following the team’s bye, but has been kept out of two practices.
Watson did not do his normal Wednesday availability with reporters before practice. He was briefly in the locker room before grabbing a couple of items and leaving.
The Browns have repeatedly said Watson’s shoulder is structurally sound.
Watson got hurt on a running play in a Sept. 24 win over Tennessee. The team expected him to play the next week against the Ravens, but he couldn’t throw more than a few yards and was ruled out just before kickoff.
If Watson can’t play against the 49ers (5-0), P.J. Walker, who has made seven starts in three seasons as Carolina’s backup, is a potential option. Coach Kevin Stefanski said on Wednesday that Walker is now the backup.
Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson made his NFL debut before the bye week and was roughed up by the Ravens, who intercepted him three times and sacked him four times in a 28-3 rout.
MAC JONES WILL REMAIN PATRIOTS’ STARTING QB THIS WEEK AGAINST RAIDERS, BILL BELICHICK SAYS
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are making some big changes to try to improve their offense.
For now, a change at quarterback won’t be one of them.
New England coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that Mac Jones will remain the starter when the Patriots visit the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Yeah, we’re not making any changes,” Belichick said.
Jones is having his worst season since being drafted 15th overall in 2021. He completed just 12 of 22 passes for 110 yards and two interceptions in New England’s 34-0 loss to New Orleans last week. He had a 30.5 passer rating, the second-worst mark of his career.
He has had six turnovers over the past two weeks, one of the biggest impediments for an offense that has managed just three points during that stretch. The Patriots (1-4) haven’t scored a touchdown in 10 quarters of play.
It’s led to a promise from Belichick that this week’s preparation for the Raiders would begin with a restart of sorts, focused on fundamentals including everything from pre-snap penalties to consistency in the run and passing games, to improved pass protection.
For Jones, that also has meant a recommitment to something else that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet — having fun.
It was a point of emphasis Jones first made during training camp that he said has gotten lost during the Patriots’ slow start.
“You guys saw that in training camp, we were out there having fun. Then, the game comes around. I don’t know what it is,” he said. “We want to go out there and have fun and do our jobs and celebrate with each other. When somebody gets knocked down, pick them back up and all that stuff. So trying to change the narrative there and really just play football together.”
An increased fun quotient does two things, Jones said. It helps him relax, and also helps him be a more free-flowing communicator with those around him.
Following mistakes or poor offensive series in the two most recent losses, he’s often slumped quietly on the bench and had little interaction with his teammates. That must change, he said, if the unit is going to find a way out of its current malaise.
“(Self-doubt is) definitely a real thing, right, when you’re not playing too well,” Jones said. “But at the same time … there’s a lot of things I can do really well. And one of those things in my ability to communicate and be myself. I haven’t done that here at times. But I just need to be consistent with that, and be Mac.”
Asked whether he believes Jones is the right quarterback to get the offense back on track, tight end Hunter Henry pointed to his work ethic.
“He’s been through a lot of adversity in his own way,” Henry said. “I think the proof’s in the work. That guy comes to work every single day. No matter the circumstances, no matter what is going on around him. We’ve put a lot of work in together and we’ve got to rely on that work.”
As bad as things have been, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien believes there is time to fix the issues.
“There’s a lot of season left,” O’Brien said this week. “There’s always obituaries being written. But there’s a lot of football to be played.”
BILLS PLACE LB MILANO AND DT JONES ON INJURED RESERVE, AND SIGN LB KLEIN OFF PRACTICE SQUAD
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills placed linebacker Matt Milano and nose tackle DaQuan Jones on injured reserve and signed linebacker A.J. Klein to their roster on Wednesday, continuing the process of reinforcing their injury-depleted defense.
Milano hurt his lower right leg and Jones tore his pectoral muscle in a 25-20 loss to Jacksonville last weekend. Both require surgery and are out indefinitely.
Klein is a 10-year veteran who was signed off Buffalo’s practice squad. The 32-year-old is familiar with the defense after spending much of the past three seasons in Buffalo, including closing last year with the Bills before being among the team’s final cuts in August.
Buffalo (3-2) is down three starters on defense, with cornerback Tre’Davious White out for the remainder of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon 10 days ago. The Bills addressed their secondary on Tuesday by signing veteran cornerback Josh Norman to their practice squad.
The Bills host the New York Giants (1-4) on Sunday night.
In other moves, second-year linebacker Baylon Spector was designated to return after spending the first five weeks of the season on injured reserve after hurting his hamstring in August. The designation opens a three-week window for Spector to begin practicing before the team must determine whether to activate him.
Buffalo filled Klein’s spot on the practice squad by signing defensive tackle Andrew Brown, who has four seasons of NFL experience and appeared in five games with Chicago last year.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS: DUCKS-HUSKIES PLAY 1ST TOP-10 MATCHUP; ANGSTY GAMES FOR ND, USC, MIAMI, A&M
The week after the biggest Big 12 game matched a couple of soon-to-be Southeastern Conference teams, the Pac-12’s marquee matchup is between teams that will be in the Big Ten in 2024.
Maybe new Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti will show up at Husky Stadium in Seattle for No. 8 Oregon at No. 7 Washington on Saturday, similar to the way SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey attended the Red River Rivalry in Dallas.
A case can be made this is the most significant Ducks-Huskies game in the 107-year history of their series. It is the ninth matchup where both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 but it is the first with both in the top 10.
Washington won a thriller last year in Eugene with two late scores after Ducks quarterback Bo Nix injured his foot.
“It can serve as a motivator or it can get you down,” Bix told reporters this week. “It’s one I’ve been looking forward to just because of last year and how it ended.”
Hard to say the winner takes control of the Pac-12 because the conference is so deep, but it’s a big one for the league, College Football Playoff and Heisman Trophy races.
Nix’s Washington counterpart, Michael Penix Jr., is leading the nation in passing yards at just a under 400 per game.
Ducks-Huskies is clearly the most intriguing game of Week 7. The others are laced with angst, involving one or both teams with fans feeling anxious about where this season is headed.
No. 8 Oregon (plus 2 1/2) at No. 7 Washington
The Oregon defense has been much improved this season, portal bolstered by former Alabama CB Khyree Jackson and former Fresno State S Evan Williams. They like to play man-to-man but how aggressive will they be against the best receiving trio in college football? Rome Odunze, Ja’Lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan have combined for 79 catches for 1,378 yards and 15 total touchdowns.
LINE: Washington by
LINE: Washington by 2 1/2. PICK: Oregon 34-27.
No. 10 USC at No. 21 Notre Dame (minus 2 1/2)
The Trojans, who have not won in South Bend, Indiana, since 2011, come in undefeated but wobbly after three straight weeks of competitive games against second-tier Pac-12 teams. The defense is shaky again and Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams is facing more pressure than last year. At least they haven’t lost two of three like Notre Dame.
LINE: Notre Dame by 2 1/2. PICK: Notre Dame 38-28.
Texas A&M (plus 3 1/2) at No. 19 Tennessee
To fire coach Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M would have to pay a $77 million buyout before Dec. 1. After that, it drops to a mere $68 million, give or take a few million.
We bring that up because in Year 6 of Fisher’s tenure A&M, the Aggies could be headed for another season where they’re out of championship contention before Halloween. Volunteers fans are generally feeling good about their program, but optimism is fleeting in the SEC.
LINE: Tennessee by 3 1/2. PICK: Texas A&M 28-23.
No. 25 Miami (plus 3 1/2) at No. 12 North Carolina
Coming off one of the most embarrassing losses in the history of the program, the Hurricanes still have an opportunity to be an Atlantic Coast Conference contender. Miami plays all three unbeaten ACC teams, starting with the Tar Heels and QB Drake Maye.
The Tar Heels have beaten Miami four straight, but the ‘Canes could really use a cleansing victory.
LINE: North Carolina by 3 1/2. PICK: Miami 27-24.
Iowa (plus 9 1/2) at Wisconsin
The winner of the Heartland Trophy takes pole position in the Big Ten West, which is going out with a whimper in the conference’s last season with divisions. The Iowa offense slogging along at 21.8 point per game — including defensive and special teams touchdowns — is now being led by backup QB Deacon Hill.
LINE: Wisconsin by 9 1/2. PICK: Wisconsin 23-16.
The rest of Saturday’s games involving ranked teams and FBS foes, with lines by FanDuel Sportsbook:
No. 1 Georgia at Vanderbilt (plus 31 1/2)
Since losing to Vandy in 2016, Kirby Smart’s first season as coach, the Bulldogs have won five straight by an average of 40 points … GEORGIA 42-14.
Indiana at No. 2 Michigan (minus 33 1/2)
Wolverines defense is excellent and stays fresh, facing only 52 plays per game … MICHIGAN 49-10.
No. 3 Ohio State (minus 19 1/2) at Purdue
Spoilermakers time? Purdue has 17 victories as an unranked team against top-five teams, including the Buckeyes’ last visit in 2018 … OHIO STATE 42-20.
Syracuse at No. 4 Florida State (minus 17 1/2)
Seminoles have lost only one of 14 meetings since the Orange joined the ACC … FLORIDA STATE 38-17.
UMass at No. 6 Penn State (minus 42 1/2)
Good week for the Nittany Lions to build some confidence in the offense … PENN STATE 59-14.
Arkansas (plus 19 1/2) at No. 11 Alabama
Tide has won 16 straight in the series and the Hogs are in danger of spiraling toward a bleak season … ALABAMA 31-14.
No. 14 Louisville (minus 7 1/2) at Pittsburgh
Cardinals RB Jawhar Jordan is averaging 7.51 yards per carry, tops among Power Five players with at least 80 carries … LOUISVILLE 28-17.
No. 18 UCLA (plus 3 1/2) at No. 15 Oregon State
Led by twin brothers Gabriel and Grayson Murphy on the line, Bruins have the nation’s No. 1 defense … UCLA 23-20.
California (plus 13 1/2) at No. 16 Utah
Utes DE Jonah Elliss, son of former NFL DL Luther Elliss, leads the Pac-12 in sacks with 7 1/2 … UTAH 28-17.
North Carolina State at No. 17 Duke (minus 3 1/2)
Status of Blue Devils QB Riley Leonard (ankle) is uncertain at best … DUKE 24-20.
Arizona at No. 19 Washington State (minus 8 1/2)
Second straight road game vs. a ranked team for the Wildcats … WASHINGTON STATE 35-24.
Auburn (plus 11 1/2) at No. 22 LSU
Good test of the theory that LSU’s defense can make any offense look good … LSU 34-24.
No. 23 Kansas (minus 3 1/2) at Oklahoma State
Jayhawks have not won consecutive games against the Cowboys since 1994 … KANSAS 31-24.
Missouri (plus 2 1/2) at No. 24 Kentucky
Interesting matchup of teams trying to be second-best in the SEC East … MISSOURI 24-23.
West Virginia at Houston (plus 3 1/2), Thursday (@JeffCampbellWV): Former Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen faces his former school for the first time … WEST VIRGINIA 21-18.
Tulane at Memphis (plus 4 1/2), Friday (@PackripMahoment): Longtime rivals meet in a big early AAC matchup … TULANE 27-26.
Wyoming at Air Force (minus 10 1/2), (@EZembeck): Falcons have won 10 straight games overall and are probably one more victory away from being ranked for the first time since 2019 … AIR FORCE 34-20.
Georgia Southern at James Madison (minus 4 1/2), (@BrandonOCook): JMU can’t actually win the Sun Belt East because it’s still in FBS transition, but it’s shaping up to be a fun race with the Dukes as a factor … JAMES MADISION 35-24.
Florida (plus 2 1/2) at South Carolina (@BZSEC): Another angsty SEC game, especially for the Gators … FLORIDA 26-21.
Ohio at Northern Illinois (plus 6 1/2) (@CBFriedman): Huskies RB Antario Brown has 432 yards rushing in the last two games, but the Bobcats have the stingiest run defense in the MAC … OHIO 27-23.
NO. 8 OREGON AT NO. 7 WASHINGTON IS A JUICY WEEK 7 MATCHUP WITH HIGH-FLYING OFFENSES, HEISMAN HYPE
Go west, college football fans, if you’re looking for the best games in Week 7. Pac-12 teams are involved in three of the four Top 25 matchups Saturday.
No. 8 Oregon plays the first of three straight games against ranked opponents when it visits No. 7 Washington. The Ducks and Huskies meet for the 103rd time, but first when both are in the top 10. It’s the Pac-12’s game of the year so far.
No. 18 UCLA at No. 15 Oregon State is a nice Pac-12 undercard. The Bruins’ defense has held four straight opponents under 260 yards. DJ Uiagalelei leads a balanced Beavers offense piling up 450 yards per game.
No. 10 Southern California, coming off its close call against Arizona, travels to South Bend to face a 21st-ranked Notre Dame team looking to rebound from a lackluster loss to Louisville.
No. 25 Miami at No. 12 North Carolina is the only other game pitting Top 25 teams. The Hurricanes will try to bounce back from their a play-calling gaffe that cost them last week’s game against Georgia Tech. They will face a red-hot Drake Maye, who has thrown for over 400 yards in two of his last three games.
No. 8 Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) at No. 7 Washington (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Pity the defenses: These are the top two offenses in the country, and they combine to average more than 1,100 yards and 97 points per game. The game has potential College Football Playoff implications. Washington’s 37-34 win last year was the Huskies’ first in Eugene since 2016.
Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and Oregon’s Bo Nix are the main attractions in Seattle.
Penix is the national passing leader, and it’s not close. He’s throwing for nearly 400 yards per game. Nix is completing 80.4% of his passes and on track to break the FBS season record of 77.4% by Alabama’s Mac Jones in 2020.
The two have combined for 31 touchdowns and just three interceptions this season. As far as the actual Heisman Trophy race, Penix is ahead of 2022 winner Caleb Williams of Southern California according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
6 — Points needed by Texas State in its seventh game, against Louisiana-Monroe, to match its 2022 total of 253 in 12 games.
10 — Air Force’s win streak entering its Mountain West showdown with Wyoming, the Falcons’ longest since 1998-99.
13-5 — Mike Elko’s record at Duke, the best 18-game start for a coach in program history.
17 — Second-half points allowed by Michigan and Penn State (each).
21 — Wisconsin’s third-down conversions on 35 attempts in its last two games, a 60% success rate that’s best among Power Five teams in conference play.
UNDER THE RADAR
Tulane (4-1, 1-0 AAC) at Memphis (4-1, 1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
It’s a key game early in the AAC schedule, and the winner will stay in first place and check a box in the competition for the Group of Five slot in the New Year’s Six bowls.
The Green Wave are stout defensively. They’re giving up AAC lows of 17.4 points and 84 yards rushing per game and have league-best averages of 3.4 sacks and 1.4 interceptions.
Memphis is scoring a league-best 36.6 points per game, Seth Hennigan is completing just under 70% of his passes for 275.2 yards per game, and Roc Taylor is coming off two straight 100-yard receiving games.
Louisiana-Monroe’s Terry Bowden is 10-19 in three seasons and coming off a 55-7 home loss to South Alabama. Now the Warhawks (2-3, 0-2 Sun Belt) face back-to-back road games against Texas State and Georgia Southern.
ULM is averaging just 18.2 points and 325 yards per game, worst in the conference, and it ranks near the bottom in the major defensive categories.
Bowden is under contract through 2024 and would be owed just under $200,000 if ULM fired him after the season.
PAC-12 TEAMS STILL INTERESTED IN PLAYING EACH OTHER EVEN AS THEY GO SEPARATE WAYS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference is falling apart, but coaches are still interested in playing West Coast schools even as they go their separate ways.
Arizona and UCLA, in particular, plan to continue to play each other.
“I’m confident it will happen,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said Wednesday at Pac-12 media day. “We need to sit down and hammer out exactly what it’s going to look like, but there’s so much change going on. First off, I want to figure out what the Big 12 schedule is going to look like. (Cronin) probably wants to know what his Big Ten schedule will look like. What are some non-conference obligations that come with being in a new conference?”
The schools have met in the conference tournament championship the past two seasons, with the Wildcats winning both times.
Arizona will head to the Big 12 Conference with three other Pac-12 schools after this season, and UCLA is one of four teams departing for the Big Ten Conference.
The mass defections have torn apart one of the nation’s premier and most historic basketball conferences.
“I try to not get too emotional about it,” Lloyd said. “I’m a West Coast guy, having grown up in the Northwest. I think all of us were a little bit shocked, but I also understand I have an obligation to the University of Arizona. The University of Arizona played the hand they were dealt, and now we’re in the Big 12. I welcome that challenge.”
Oregon’s Dana Altman, who enters his 14th season, is the conference’s longest-tenured coach.
“It probably means a little bit more to me that the league is not going to be here,” Altman said. “I’ve always really liked the league. I thought it was really competitive. Even in years that people said our league was down, I don’t think it was.”
Altman and Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said they would like to maintain their rivalry.
Because the Ducks are heading to the Big Ten, Altman said he wants to fill up his nonconference schedule with Western teams.
“We’re going to have enough travel during conference going to the East Coast,” Altman said. “I’m not interested in traveling all over the country playing games nonconference now.”
California coach Mark Madsen’s first season in the Pac-12 also is his last. The Bears and Bay Area rival Stanford will be in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
“I’m incredibly sad about the breakup of the Pac-12,” Madsen said. “In the back of my mind, I hope in 20 years we’ll be able to put it back together in some way. A lot of West Coast rivalries, even in different conferences, will still try to find a way to play each other.”
COACH PRIME EFFECT
Even Colorado’s basketball team has been caught up in the hoopla surrounding the football team with the arrival of coach Deion Sanders.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” Buffaloes guard KJ Simpson said. “I’m pretty sure everybody knows it’s like the BET awards there. I feel like it’s been positive, especially what Coach Prime is bringing to the football team. The fan base has been dying to see a successful year.
“Everybody is really, really excited, and it’s kind of carrying over to basketball season now that it’s right around the corner.”
Simpson said he would like to see celebrities at basketball games after the football team has become such a draw.
“That would be great,” he said. “I’m trying to get some shades, though, if I’m being honest.”
ARIZONA PICKED TO WIN CONFERENCE
Arizona, which has won the past two Pac-12 Conference tournament championships, was picked by the media to win the regular-season league title. The Wildcats received 18 of the 26 first-place votes.
USC and UCLA evenly split the other four first-place votes, with the Trojans picked to finish second and the Bruins third. UCLA won the regular-season title last season.
THE ALMANAC’S ‘JUMP SEAT’ COACHES FOR 2023-24
Last year, The Almanac identified a handful of these high-caliber candidates for high-major jobs, and there were a couple hits among the group.
Grant McCasland, who won an NCAA Tournament game in 2021 and an NIT championship in 2023 with North Texas, now takes over a promising Texas Tech program. Meanwhile, former George Mason skipper Kim English will debut at Providence this fall.
Some of the names on the list below are retreads from last year still looking for their break; others forced their way onto the Jump Seat with successful seasons in 2022-23.
No matter how they got here, there’s only one requirement to make the list: You must be under 50 years of age. With that, here are 20 head coaches to keep an eye on come March — when the coaching carousel gets moving.
Dusty May, Florida Atlantic
The former Indiana manager became the hottest mid-major coach in the country after leading the Owls to an improbable Final Four and a 35-4 campaign in Boca Raton. May, 46, agreed to a 10-year contract extension, but it’s likely he won’t stay at FAU for long — especially since he brings back just about everyone of note from last year’s team.
Pat Kelsey, College of Charleston
Kelsey went to the NCAA Tournament twice in his tenure at Winthrop, but last year put him on the national map as a future power conference coach. He took a group of anonymous guys and led them to a 31-4 season and a tourney appearance. Kelsey, 48, learned from the late Skip Prosser and brings an insane amount of energy to the table.
Niko Medved, Colorado State
The 49-year-old began the turnaround at Furman in his four seasons at the helm, spent one year at Drake and has won at least 20 games in three of his five seasons at Colorado State — including an NCAA tourney appearance in 2022.
Bob Richey, Furman
Richey, 40, had been terrific in his first five years at the helm at Furman. He took over when Medved left, but there was one thing missing: an NCAA Tournament berth. Richey got that a year ago, and also added a tourney win to his resume.
Matt Langel, Colgate
Colgate is arguably the toughest job in the Patriot League, and Langel has now dominated the conference for the past five years. The 45-year-old former Penn guard wasn’t the choice at Temple, but he should be on the radar for high-majors — although it needs to be the right fit.
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
The 44-year-old Queens native finished in the top two of the MEAC in each of his first nine seasons before finishing third a year ago. He’s gone to the NCAA Tournament twice, the NIT once and the CIT four times.
David Riley, Eastern Washington
Riley, 34, was elevated from assistant to head coach in 2021 after Shantay Legans left for Portland, and he’s 27-11 in the Big Sky in his two seasons at the helm. A year ago, EWU went 23-11 overall and 16-2 in conference and before losing in the league tourney.
Landon Bussie, Alcorn State
The former Prairie View A&M assistant took over in 2020 and led Alcorn to a 14-4 record in SWAC play in Year 2. Last year, the Braves earned back-to-back regular-season titles with a 15-3 mark a year ago. Alcorn hasn’t been able to get over the hump and win the league tourney, but the 35-year-old Bussie has done a terrific job the last couple of years.
Mike Morrell, UNC Asheville
Morrell, 40, a former Shaka Smart assistant, enters his sixth season as the head coach at UNC Asheville and is coming off a year in which the Bulldogs won a school-record 27 games, won the Big South regular-season and league titles and went to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2016. Morrell should have a chance to repeat with the return of league POY Drew Pember.
Mike Magpayo, UC Riverside
Some weren’t even sure Riverside would still have a D1 program. Instead, Magpayo — a former Columbia and Campbell assistant who is the first Asian head coach in D1 — led UCR to a 21-win campaign and a third-place finish, one game out of first in the Big West. The 43-year-old California native could have bigger opportunities if he can duplicate last season’s success.
Takayo Siddle, UNC Wilmington
Siddle is only 37, and has quickly turned the UNC Wilmington program back around. After finishing 10th in the league in the COVID-shortended 2020-21, he’s led the Seahawks to a 27-9 record in CAA play the past two years. Siddle is a North Carolina native who played at Gardner-Webb and was an assistant under Kevin Keatts at both UNCW and NC State.
Speedy Claxton, Hofstra
The former Hofstra star and NBA point guard was an assistant under Joe Mihalich before taking over in 2021. Claxton’s two-year record is 46-21 overall and 29-7 in CAA play, and the 45-year-old led the program to a share of the regular-season title last season.
Joe Gallo, Merrimack
The 43-year-old was hired by his alma mater in 2016, and has led Merrimack into the D1 ranks with unparalleled success. In the Warriors’ first season in the NEC, they went 14-4 and won the league — but weren’t eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Last year, they won the league and the NEC tourney, but still weren’t eligible and instead watched FDU go dancing and beat Purdue for arguably the greatest upset in tournament history. The shackles are off this year, though.
LeVelle Moton, NC Central
Moton, 49, has taken the Eagles — his alma mater — to the NCAA Tournament four times. He’s 129-50 since the program joined the MEAC in 2011. Those trips to the Big Dance weren’t just conference tourney flukes, either. NC Central has four regular-season MEAC titles under Moton.
Preston Spradlin, Morehead State
Spradlin, 36, took over in 2016. After a few tough years early, he has won 68 games over the past three years. He has an NCAA tourney and NIT appearance over that span and was named OVC Coach of the Year last year after the Eagles won their first league title since 1983-84.
Bucky McMillan, Samford
McMillan, 39, has quickly flipped it at Samford. He won a total of six games as a first-year D1 head coach — after making the jump from being head coach at Mountain Brook High School. Now, he has back-to-back 21-win seasons and won a share of the SoCon title last year.
Joe Pasternak, UC Santa Barbara
The 46-year-old has led Santa Barbara to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years and has a 67-30 Big West mark in his six seasons. He’s been a high-major assistant at Arizona and should be in the mix for Mountain West and/or Pac-12 openings.
Darian DeVries, Drake
DeVries, 48, was a longtime Creighton assistant who got the Drake head job in 2018. He’s won at least 20 games in all five of his years at the helm, and he took the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 2021 and 2023. Another trip could make this his last year in Des Moines.
Eric Henderson, South Dakota State
Since taking over the Jackrabbits, he is 87-35 in four seasons — finishing in the top two of the league each year. South Dakota State went 18-0 in conference play two years ago, and won the league tourney to get to the NCAA. The 45-year-old should be in play for high-major gigs soon.
Mitch Henderson, Princeton
The 48-year-old Princeton grad has been at the helm of his alma mater for the past decade, but the last two years he’s gotten the program back to the level he was hoping, going 46-16 overall and making a Sweet 16 appearance last season.
THE ALMANAC’S ‘HOT SEAT’ COACHES FOR 2023-24
There were 60-plus job changes for the second-consecutive season, which means that more than one-third of the D-1 jobs have changed hands over the past two years.
A year ago, four coaches on our Hot Seat didn’t make it: Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Mike Anderson (St. John’s), Kermit Davis (Ole Miss) and Mark Fox (Cal). However, three from our list managed to wriggle off the hot seat: Former Duke assistants Chris Collins (Northwestern) and Jeff Capel (Pittsburgh), as well as Kevin Keatts (NC State).
Now, looking ahead at 2023-24, we provide another group of coaches who can ill-afford to finish near the bottom of their respective leagues if they wish to remain at their current spot — including five holdovers from last season’s list.
Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska
- Record: 40-83, 18-61 (four seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2026-27; extension signed in 2020
Hoiberg finished strong last season — which helped him get another year. After winning nine league games over his first three seasons, Hoiberg won nine in 2022-23 alone. Remember, he restructured his deal a year ago, and the buyout dropped significantly. He’ll need to keep up the momentum this year.
Brad Brownell, Clemson
- Record: 241-177, 117-117 (13 seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2025-26; extension signed in 2021
Athletic director Graham Neff gave Brownell another season because he won 23 games, went 14-6 in the ACC, was barely left out of the NCAA tourney and is a high-character guy. Brownell has a small buyout, so this year he’ll probably need to get to the NCAA Tournament.
Mike Hopkins, Washington
- Record: 101-91, 51-61 (six seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2024-25; extension signed in 2019
The good news is that Hopkins has gotten the program back to respectability after a 5-21 season in 2020-21. The last two years have resulted in a 17-15 and 16-16 campaigns, and a combined 19-21 league mark. Hopkins has gone to one Big Dance in his tenure — all the way back in 2019. Hopkins’ buyout drops to about $3 million after this season, so he’ll need to be competitive this year.
Jerod Haase, Stanford
- Record: 112-109, 59-72 (seven seasons)
- Contract: Details not available
Haase enters his eighth season in Palo Alto still searching for his first NCAA tourney appearance. Stanford finished 14-19 overall and 10th in the Pac-12 a year ago. However, athletic director Bernard Muir has shown patience — even after an opportunity to pluck former Cardinal star Mark Madsen from Utah Valley this past offseason. (Instead, Madsen got the head job with Stanford’s chief rival and spent the summer rebuilding the Cal basketball program.)
Bobby Hurley, Arizona State
- Record: 141-113, 71-76 (eight seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2025-26; extension signed in 2023
Hurley should be safe after going to the NCAA Tournament last season, the third appearance in the last five dances, especially after getting a contract extension through the 2026 season. But he can’t take a major step backward and have a repeat of the 2020-21 or 2021-22 campaigns in which he finished ninth and eighth in the Pac-12.
Johnny Dawkins, UCF
- Record: 131-87, 65-61 (seven seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2024-25; extension signed in 2019
Dawkins took UCF to the NCAA Tournament back in 2019, but hasn’t been able to get back. The Knights are 32-40 in the last four seasons in league play, and they’re now headed to the unforgiving Big 12. Dawkins has two more years on his current deal.
Kenny Payne, Louisville
- Record: 4-28, 2-18 (one season)
- Contract: 2027-28; contract signed in 2022
It’s rare to see a coach on the hot seat after just one season, but that’s what happens after a brutal four-win debut. Payne will have to make strides, and whether that means 12 wins or 15 wins, the bottom line is that he can’t have another terrible campaign at a storied program like Louisville — even if he is one of their own. Payne’s buyout is $8 million after Year 2.
Wayne Tinkle, Oregon State
- Record: 127-158 (nine seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2026-27; extension signed in 2021
Tinkle led the Beavers to a surprising Elite Eight appearance in 2021 and was rewarded with a huge contract extension by AD Scott Barnes. The last two seasons have been rough — a 3-28 campaign in 2022 and an 11-21 record last season.
Ben Johnson, Minnesota
- Record: 22-39, 6-33 (two seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2026-2027; extension signed in 2022
Johnson took over in 2021, and has struggled thus far — winning a total of six Big Ten games in two seasons. Johnson will need to show progress, although the buyout is still high after Year 3 with the price tag at nearly $6 million.
Tony Stubblefield, DePaul
- Record: 25-39, 9-31 (two seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2025-26; contract signed in 2021
Stubblefield took over in 2021, and has 25 total wins and nine in Big East play in two seasons. The issue is the league – which has become a buzzsaw with the addition of Rick Pitino to St. John’s and the move of Ed Cooley to Georgetown.
Justin Hutson, Fresno State
- Record: 80-73, 43-48 (five seasons)
- Contract: Signed through 2023-24; extension signed in 2019
Hutson has had a couple of 23-win seasons, in both his rookie campaign in 2018-19 and also two years ago, but he’s averaged just 11 wins in his other three seasons at the helm. A year ago, Fresno was 11-20 overall and 6-12 in the Mountain West, and there was some concern he might not get another year. Hutson will likely need to get to the postseason this year because his contract expires after this season.
Lorenzo Romar, Pepperdine
- Record: 105-136 (5 seasons)
- Contract: Details not available
Romar’s second stint at Pepperdine started off solid, with three straight seasons of 15 or 16 wins. But the last two years have been rough: seven wins in 2021-22 and nine last season with a team that possessed plenty of talent. That’s three WCC victories in the last two seasons — which needs to change if Romar wants to stick around in Malibu.
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John Calipari, Kentucky
- Record: 387-113 (14 seasons)
- Contract: 2019 through 2028-29
Calipari gets paid a ton of money, and he set the expectations high early in his tenure, winning the title in 2012 and going to the Final Four in 2011, 2014 and 2015. But over the last three years, Big Blue Nation has been starting to sour on Calipari. The ‘Cats went 9-16 during the pandemic year, lost to St. Peter’s in the first round in 2022, and finished 22-12 and couldn’t get out of the first weekend last season. Calipari would still be owed about $33 million after this season, so it’ll take another first-round exit or not getting into the NCAA Tournament for something to happen in Lexington.
Hubert Davis, North Carolina
- Record: 49-23 (2 seasons)
- Contract: 2022 through 2027-28
Davis was rewarded with a new deal after taking the Tar Heels to the national title game in his first season after replacing Roy Williams, a six-year contract worth $16.7 million. But he’ll have pressure to get back to the NCAA tourney after a brutal year in which UNC made history, going from preseason No. 1 to being bystanders come March. Davis can ill afford to make it two years in a row at Carolina. The last time that happened was in 2002 and 2003 under Matt Doherty — and he wasn’t the coach come 2004.
Jerry Stackhouse, Vanderbilt
- Record: 61-69 (4 seasons)
- Contract: Details not available
Stack and Vandy got some momentum the second half of last season, but the Commodores will need to pick up where they left off and avoid reverting back to what they were the first couple years — when they finished 14th and 13th in the SEC. Stackhouse is 24-46 in league play in his tenure and hasn’t gone to the NCAA Tournament yet in four seasons at the helm. Remember, this is a program that went five times in a six-year stretch from 2007 to 2012.
Anthony Grant, Dayton
- Record: 91-53 (6 seasons)
- Contract: Details not available
In 2019-20, the Flyers were 29-2, finished without a loss in league play and were set to be a 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to COVID. Dayton hasn’t gone to the tourney in his other five seasons in charge, and now there’s some pressure to go this season — especially with DaRon Holmes back. Grant is a Dayton grad, but this is a program with resources, and more importantly, with expectations to be playing in the Big Dance.
Travis Ford, Saint Louis
- Record: 133-89 (7 seasons)
- Contract: Details not available
Ford has done a solid job with the Billikens, but there’s just one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2019, and last season, the hopes and expectations were high as a Preseason Top 25 team. Instead, Saint Louis didn’t receive a postseason bid. There have been NIT appearances in 2021 and 2022, but that’s not enough for a program that has the second-best resources in the A-10. Ford cannot afford to have a poor season this year.
Billy Lange, Saint Joseph’s
- Record: 38-77 (4 seasons)
- Contract: Details not available
The Hawks did make progress last season, finishing 16-17 overall and 8-10 in the league. But Lange is still 18-48 in A-10 play thus far in his four seasons, and he just can’t backslide into his first three seasons — when St. Joe’s finished 13th, 13th and 12th in the conference.
Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina, 77 years old
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State, 76
Dan D’Antoni, Marshall, 76
Fran Dunphy, La Salle, 75
Jim Larrañaga, Miami, 74
Keith Dambrot, Duquesne, 65
Jeff Jones, Old Dominion, 63
Josh Eilert, West Virginia
Aaron Fearne, Charlotte
RSC MBB COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL, PRESEASON TEAM RELEASED ON RSC MEDIA DAY
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2023-24 River States Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day tipped off with the release of the RSC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll and RSC Preseason All-Conference Team.
The preseason coaches’ poll is voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches as a prediction of the conference standings this year. The preseason all-conference team identifies the Top 10 returning players to watch this upcoming season.
The RSC Men’s Basketball Media Day featured video interviews with head coaches and players from all 13 schools talking about the upcoming season. Click the link above for all of the videos from all corners of the conference.
University of Rio Grande (Ohio) is this year’s preseason favorite in the RSC with nine of its top 11 players returning from last year. The RedStorm received 139 total votes and eight of the 13 first-place votes in the polling of the RSC coaches.
Rio Grande was the RSC Regular Season Champion and an RSC Championship semifinalist last year. The RedStorm went 25-7 overall, 16-1 RSC and beat Marian (Ind.) in the first round of the NAIA national tournament before losing to William Penn (Iowa). Rio Grande has two players on the preseason all-conference team with senior guard Miki Tadic and sophomore guard Kaden Warner.
Point Park (Pa.) University is picked second in the preseason with 125 total votes and two first-place votes. The Pioneers return the top two players on the preseason all-conference team with junior forward Jo Valrie and senior guard Jalen Stamps. Point Park is coming off a 23-7, 13-4 RSC campaign as an RSC semifinalist.
Indiana University Kokomo and Indiana University Southeast tied for third place in the poll each getting 118 total votes. IU Kokomo received two first-place votes and IU Southeast one. Those two teams were the RSC Championship finalists last year with IU Southeast winning on the road. Both teams made the NAIA national tournament and both finished 23-9.
The top half of the poll was rounded out with WVU Tech (99 votes) in fifth, Indiana University East (87 votes) in sixth, conference newcomer Shawnee State (Ohio) University (81 votes) in seventh and Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College (65 votes) in eighth.
The poll finished out with Midway (Ky.) University, Brescia (Ky.) University, Oakland City (Ind.) University, Ohio Christian University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College.
Rio Grande was picked as the favorite in the RSC East with 11 of the 13 first-place votes there followed by Point Park, WVU Tech and Shawnee State as the top four divisionally.
IU Southeast edged out IU Kokomo as the RSC West favorite with eight first-place votes compared to five for IU Kokomo. Next were IU East and Midway to round out the top four there.
In addition to Rio Grande and Point Park with two players each on the preseason all-conference team, IU East has two players with Jake Johnson and Colt Meyer as does WVU Tech with Ashton Parker and Andrew Work. The final two players on the team are Donnie Miller from Midway and Jocobi Hendricks from IU Southeast.
RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL (OCT. 11, 2023)
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. Rio Grande (Ohio) (8)||139|
|2. Point Park (Pa.) (2)||125|
|T3. IU Kokomo (2)||118|
|T3. IU Southeast (1)||118|
|5. WVU Tech||99|
|6. IU East||87|
|7. Shawnee State (Ohio)||81|
|8. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||65|
|9. Midway (Ky.)||51|
|10. Brescia (Ky.)||35|
|11. Oakland City (Ind.)||34|
|12. Ohio Christian||32|
|13. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)||30|
RSC MEN’S BASEKTBALL EAST DIVISION POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. Rio Grande (Ohio) (11)||71|
|2. Point Park (Pa.) (2)||61|
|3. WVU Tech||47|
|4. Shawnee State (Ohio)||41|
|5. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||30|
|6. Ohio Christian||17|
RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL WEST DIVISION POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. IU Southeast (8)||73|
|2. IU Kokomo (5)||71|
|3. IU East||54|
|4. Midway (Ky.)||39|
|5. Oakland City (Ind.)||27|
|6. Brescia (Ky.)||26|
|7. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)||25|
RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
(Top 10 Returning Players)
|Jo Valrie||F||Jr.||Point Park (Pa.)|
|Jalen Stamps||G||Sr.||Point Park (Pa.)|
|Donnie Miller||G||Sr.||Midway (Ky.)|
|Miki Tadic||G||Sr.||Rio Grande (Ohio)|
|Jocobi Hendricks||G||Sr.||IU Southeast|
|Jake Johnson||G||So.||IU East|
|Ashton Parker||F||Sr.||WVU Tech|
|Colt Meyer||G||Sr.||IU East|
|Andrew Work||G||Sr.||WVU Tech|
|Kaden Warner||G||So.||Rio Grande (Ohio)|
ACES THROTTLE LIBERTY, CLOSE IN ON SECOND STRAIGHT WNBA TITLE
A’ja Wilson scored 26 points as the Las Vegas Aces parlayed a record-setting first quarter and a third-quarter surge into a 104-76 rout of the visiting New York Liberty in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday.
The Aces grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, and they are within one win of becoming the first repeat champions since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and ’02. Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in New York.
Wilson shot 10 of 16 from the floor and grabbed 15 rebounds for the top-seeded Aces. Las Vegas’ Jackie Young added 24 points and eight rebounds, Kelsey Plum amassed 23 points and eight assists, and Chelsea Gray bundled 14 points with 11 assists.
Jonquel Jones posted 22 points and 10 boards for the second-seeded Liberty, who lost consecutive games for the first time this season. League MVP Breanna Stewart managed 14 points and 13 boards, but Sabrina Ionescu was limited to 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting.
The momentum Las Vegas seized as it outscored New York by 20 points in the second half of Game 1 immediately poured over into Wednesday night.
The Aces hit three 3-pointers in the game’s first two minutes and soon led 14-2 on Young’s driving layup, which prompted a Liberty timeout.
Las Vegas continued its sizzling start with a fusion of crisp ball movement and lights-out shooting that complemented its up-tempo attack. Every Aces starter canned a trey during a first quarter in which Las Vegas shot 70 percent and dished out 12 assists.
Gray’s last-second pull-up capped the highest-scoring first quarter by a team in WNBA Finals history as the Aces led 38-19 after one.
Gray’s jumper early in the second period pushed Las Vegas’ advantage to 22 before one of New York’s prized offseason acquisitions provided a much-needed spark. Jones poured in 16 points in the half’s final 6:47, including three free throws to cap an 11-0 surge that dwindled the Liberty’s deficit to 50-44 with 25 seconds to go before halftime.
Alysha Clark’s layup in the final seconds ended the Aces’ four-minute scoring drought and kept Las Vegas ahead 52-44 at the break.
After their slow finish to the second quarter, the defending champions went full throttle to begin the second half and put the game out of reach.
The Aces opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run. A gorgeous fastbreak feed from Gray that Young converted into an and-one made it 69-47 midway through the quarter.
Las Vegas led by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter to improve to 7-0 this postseason.
NHL ROUNDUP: BLACKHAWKS FALL DESPITE CONNOR BEDARD’S FIRST GOAL
Blackhawks rookie sensation Connor Bedard scored his first career NHL goal in the first period, but the host Boston Bruins rallied for a 3-1, season-opening win over Chicago on Wednesday night.
David Pastrnak scored twice after Trent Frederic netted the first Boston goal, and Linus Ullmark stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced as Boston won for the 16th time in its past 17 regular-season games. Arvid Soderblom made 30 saves for Chicago.
Bedard had a game-high six shots on goal in 21:44 of time on ice, though Boston finished with a 33-21 edge in that department.
With his goal, Bedard became the fourth-ever No. 1 overall pick, and first since Nathan MacKinnon in 2013-14, to record points in each of his first two career games as an 18-year-old. Bedard had an assist in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.
Maple Leafs 6, Canadiens 5 (SO)
Mitchell Marner scored the only goal in a shootout and Toronto came back from two goals down on two different occasions to defeat visiting Montreal.
Auston Matthews scored three goals for Toronto, including two late in the third period to tie the game. Noah Gregor and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs. John Tavares added three assists, while John Klingberg had two.
Alex Newhook scored twice for Montreal. Jake Evans, Cole Caufield and Jesse Ylonen also scored for the Canadiens, with Kirby Dach adding two assists. Ilya Samsonov made 19 saves for Toronto, while Jake Allen stopped 37 shots for Montreal.
Hurricanes 5, Senators 3
Brady Skjei and Jaccob Slavin scored in a 3 1/2-minute span of the third period as Carolina pulled out a season-opening victory against Ottawa in Raleigh, N.C.
Skjei scored the goal-ahead tally with 12:09 to play in a wild third period. The teams combined for five goals in an 11-minute stretch of the final period, with each team posting one short-handed goal.
The Hurricanes also got goals from Michael Bunting, Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Staal, while Frederik Andersen made 27 saves. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots for the Senators, whose goal-scorers were Mathieu Joseph, Parker Kelly and Tim Stutzle.
VERSTAPPEN WINS 3RD STRAIGHT F1 TITLE; ALLMENDINGER KNOCKS OUT BUSCH, KESELOWSKI
NASCAR CUP SERIES
South Point 400
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Saturday, practice, 12:35 p.m., and qualifying, 1:20 p.m.; Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m. (NBC).
Race distance: 267 laps, 400.5 miles.
Last year: Joey Logano won after starting fifth.
Last race: A.J. Allmendinger led a race-best 46 laps, including the last 33, on The Roval at Charlotte to win for the third time in his career in NASCAR’s top series.
Fast facts: All three of Allmendinger’s Cup Series wins have come on road courses. … Two-time champion Kyle Busch (2015, 2019) was eliminated from the playoffs along with Ross Chastain, last year’s title runner-up, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace. … The eight remaining are William Byron, who finished second, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, 2021 champion Kyle Larson and 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. … Byron leads Truex by five points, Hamlin by nine and Larson by 17. The second four in the standings with four races remaining are all within 10 points of the top four.
Next race: Oct. 22, Homestead, Florida.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Alsco Uniforms 302
Site: Las Vegas.
Schedule: Friday, practice, 7:05 p.m., and qualifying, 7:35 p.m.; Saturday, race, 3:30 p.m. (USA).
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Race distance: 201 laps, 302 miles.
Last year: Josh Berry won after starting 12th.
Last race: Sam Mayer rallied from the verge of elimination into the next round of the playoffs with a dominating win on The Roval at Charlotte.
Fast facts: Mayer was last among the 12 drivers contending for spots in the round of eight at the start of the race. He led 51 of the 67 laps in his third career victory, all this season and all on road courses. … Defending series champion Daniel Hemric, Parker Kligerman, Berry and Jeb Burton were eliminated from the playoffs. … Mayer is joined by Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith, Sheldon Creed and Sammy Smith in the round of eight.
Next race: Oct. 21, Homestead, Florida.
NASCAR TRUCK SERIES
Last race: 2018 series champion Brett Moffitt turned his first race of the season in the series into his first superspeedway victory, prevailing in a three-wide overtime battle to win at Talladega. Corey Heim is the only driver to have secured a spot in the championship finale with one race remaining for the seven other contenders.
Next race: Oct. 21, Homestead, Florida.
Last race: Max Verstappen clinched his third consecutive season championship with a second-place finish in the sprint race, then won in Qatar for his 14th victory in 17 races this season. He and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez have combined to win 16 times.
Next race: Oct. 22, Austin, Texas.
Last race: Scott Dixon won at Laguna Seca, his third win of the season, all in the last four races. The six-time champion gave Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 finish in the standings. A week earlier, teammate Alex Palou became the first driver in 18 years to clinch the title before the final race of the season.
Next race: 2024 season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida.
NHRA DRAG RACING
Last race: Clay Millican won in Top Fuel and Matt Hagan won in Funny Car at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Next race: Oct. 12-15, Ennis, Texas.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Next events: Oct. 13, Wichita, Kansas, and Oct. 14, Kansas City, Kansas.
INDIANA RELEASES/TOP HEADLINES
COLTS QB ANTHONY RICHARDSON TO MISS AT LEAST 4 WEEKS AFTER GOING ON INJURED RESERVE
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson will miss at least four weeks after the Indianapolis Colts put him on the injured reserve list Wednesday.
The former Florida star injured the AC joint in his right shoulder when he hit the ground awkwardly at the end of a 4-yard run during Sunday’s win over Tennessee.
Five-year veteran Gardner Minshew will replace Richardson as the starter. Minshew has played in four games this season, relieving the injured Richardson three times. He’s led the Colts (3-2) to wins in two of those relief appearances and his only start, an overtime game at Baltimore.
Colts coach Shane Steichen did not set a timetable for Richardson’s return. He also would not say if Richardson is expected to return this season.
The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Richardson was the fourth overall selection in April’s NFL draft. He has started four games this year but has only finished one.
Sam Ehlinger was the only other quarterback on Indy’s roster until Wednesday when they signed Kellen Mond to the practice squad.
This weekend, Indy visits Jacksonville, where Minshew started his NFL career, in a battle of the AFC South’s co-leaders.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
INDIANA STRIKES TWICE IN SHUTOUT WIN
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana men’s soccer kept its sixth clean sheet with a dominant 2-0 win over Evansville Wednesday (Oct. 11) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
First-half goals from junior Patrick McDonald and senior Karsen Henderlong were more than enough to suffice a suffocating defensive effort that allowed five shots, none forcing a save.
• 6′ – Coming off a two-goal performance in IU’s last match, junior Samuel Sarver was creating chances again Wednesday. Just minutes in, he used his quickness to get past a man on the wing and pounced on the wide-open space towards the end line. He passed across goal to McDonald 10 yards from goal, and his fellow junior struck the ball first time and into the back of the net.
• 8′ – IU nearly doubled two minutes later. Sarver won a corner, played a quick 1-2 with Henderlong and passed inside to junior forward Tommy Mihalic, whose first-touch attempt was saved. The rebound fell to senior Hugo Bacharach, but he put it just wide.
• 27′ – The Hoosiers doubled their lead from a true team goal. Senior defender Jansen Miller collected at midfield and dribbled down the pitch past two defenders before laying off to Sarver on the right wing. Sarver’s cross came to McDonald, and his mistimed shot careened towards the six-yard box. Freshman forward Collins Oduro beat the keeper to it and flicked it over to Henderlong, who smashed it in.
• 60′ – The match was paused after an hour of regulation due to lightning in the area.
• 79′ – Senior Maouloune Goumballe was unlucky not to see his name on the scoresheet with four shots and three on frame. Perhaps his closest opportunity came from a Sarver cross that he volleyed mid-air towards goal. Evansville senior goalkeeper Aiden Montoure made a fantastic diving save to deny him again.
• Wednesday’s match experienced a lightning delay as a pop-up thunderstorm moved through the area. The delay began at 8:30 p.m. ET, in the 60th minute. The delay lasted one hour and three minutes as play resumed at 9:33 p.m.
• Indiana has won 22 its last 24 meetings with Evansville and remains undefeated in that stretch (22-0-2) going back to 1990. IU is 33-4-4 against the Purple Aces all-time.
• IU is undefeated from in-state contests this season at 2-0-1. It’s only remaining opponent from The Hoosier State is Trine on Oct. 27.
• The Hoosiers are 2-0-1 to kick off October.
• With its sixth shutout, Indiana’s goals against average improved to .580. Indiana has allowed just one goal at home this season.
• McDonald scored his first goal of the season, marking his fourth-career goal. He then assisted Henderlong’s goal, his second helper of the campaign.
• The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Sarver picked up his third goal contribution in two matches with his assist to McDonald.
• Henderlong scored for the second time in three matches having recorded IU’s goal at Kentucky last week.
Indiana will look to continue its dominant play at home when it kicks off the second half of Big Ten Conference play on Sunday (Oct. 15), hosting Ohio State at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
NO. 20 INDIANA HOSTS NO. 25 SPARTANS, RV WOLVERINES IN FINAL REGULAR-SEASON HOMESTAND
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 25 Indiana women’s soccer (10-1-3, 4-1-1 B1G) hosts No. 20 Michigan State and RV Michigan in their final regular-season homestand at Bill Armstrong Stadium this week.
• Cruz Martin (PxP) and Adam Oppenheim (Analyst) will be on the Thursday nights B1G+ call, with Josie Broyles providing updates from the sideline.
• Sunday’s match will also be on B1G+, Noel Fary (PxP) and Alex Hynes (Analyst) will be on Sunday afternoon’s call against Michigan with Joe Cronin on the sideline. Both matches will be broadcasted on B1G+
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
• Michigan State (9-3-2, 4-1-1 B1G) defeated the No. 14 ranked Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Oct. 7.
• Junior forward Jordyn Wickes scored two goals including the game winner in the rivalry game to secure their first top-25 win of the season.
• The Spartans have scored 26 goals with 32 assists for 104 points on the season. Wickes leads the attack with seven goals with a .424 shots on goal percentage.
ABOUT THE NO. 14 WOLVERINES
• No. 14 ranked Michigan (7-3-3, 3-2-1 B1G) fell 2-1 against rival Michigan State on Saturday.
• Senior forward Sammi Woods leads the team with eight goals and one assist for 17 points. She holds a .542 shots on goal percentage.
• The Wolverines will travel to Rutgers on Thursday before heading to Bloomington.
• Indiana leads the series against the Spartans 19-9-2. The Hoosiers fell, 1-0, in the last two matches.
• The Wolverines lead the series 17-7-5. The Hoosiers have won the last three out of the last five matchups with the other two resulting in nil-nil draws in overtime.
LAST TIME OUT
• Bennett put the Hoosiers (10-1-3, 4-1-1 B1G) up early with a second chance shot that the Boilermakers failed to clear in the 0:37 seconds, tying the second fastest goal in regulation.
• The teams would battle it out in the first 20 minutes until Purdue (3-10-1, 0-5-1 B1G) saw an opportunity to equalize in the 27th minute, but junior goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg swooped in for the save.
• In the 31st minute, IU saw another chance from graduate forward Paige Webber. She flicked one into the bottom right of the net, but it wasn’t enough to get past the keeper.
• Junior defender Camille Hamm took a shot at the top center of the net to close out the first half in the 42nd minute.
• Coming out of the locker room, Indiana continued to be aggressive as they took four shots on goal with their best chance coming from senior midfielder Sofia Black. Webber sent a cross in the middle, but Purdue’s keeper would make the grab.
• Gerstenberg picked up her second save of the afternoon in the 84th minute to shut down any opportunity from the Boilermakers before securing her eighth shutout victory this season.
HOOSIERS IN THE POLLS
• The Hoosiers are receiving votes in week seven of the United Soccer Coaches Poll after earning their highest ranking at No. 16 in week six.
• Indiana’s national ranking at No. 16 was the highest ranking in program history. IU last appeared in the polls in March 2021 when they were ranked No. 24.
• Additionally, IU was also recognized in TopDrawerSoccers’ national poll for the first time coming in at No. 17.
• IU is #27 in the CollegeSoccerNews polls top-30 (Week 8 Oct. 9)
• The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten standings behind No. 4 Penn State (11-0-2, 5-0-1 B1G) who holds an undefeated record through 13 matches.
• IU ranks No. 35 in the RPI standings and will play two opponents in the top-25 with Michigan (24), Penn State (1) along with Michigan State (26) who sits right outside.
‘PIP, PIP’ HOORAY
• Freshman Piper Coffield earned her second Freshman of the Week Award, the conference announced on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
• She helped hold the backline strong in the shutout over in-state rival Purdue, 1-0, to take home The Golden Boot.
• Coffield made her 14th career start, playing 90 minutes on the pitch in their first win over Purdue since 2014. The Mars, Penn., native helped hold the Boilermakers to only two shots on goal in the Hoosiers’ eighth cleansheet of the season. She is the third freshman to win two Freshmen of the Week awards in the same season. She last won the award on Aug. 29 after two shutout wins over Morehead State and Evansville.
TOP DRAWER SOCCER TOP 100
• Freshmen defender Piper Coffield and midfielders Kennedy Neighbors and Elle Britt were named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Midseason Top 100 Freshmen List.
• Coffield is placed in the top-25 at No. 21 in TDS List. She has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week Awards this season. Coffield has tallied six points with two goals and two assists on the season. The Mars, Penn., native has started in 13 games for the Hoosiers this season and has aided in eight shutouts this season.
• Neighbors, a native of Evansville, Ind., has played in all 14 games this season earning six starts. She has totaled over 500 minutes on the pitch in her rookie season. She has tallied one assist and three shots on the season.
• Britt rounded out the list for the Hoosiers ranked at No. 63. She has totaled 575 minutes on the pitch through 14 games played. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has earned four starts, recording 33 shots. Britt scored her first goal in the 2-0 shutout win over Louisville. In addition, she has recorded two assists totaling four points.
• Indiana has seven teams that are ranked second edition of the United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by three top-20 Big Ten opponents in No. 10 Penn State, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 18 Northwestern and RV Virginia Tech and Rutgers.
• In the non-conference slate, Indiana will face Virginia Tech who is currently receiving votes as well as Big Ten foe Rutgers.
• Since rankings were tracked during the 2001 season, Indiana has not played more than five ranked opponents in a single season. The Hoosiers took on five ranked foes in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
•Indiana defeated their first ranked opponent in No. 18 Northwestern since Sept. 8, 2017, when they defeated No. 23 SMU in Dallas.
• The Hoosiers earned a result after a 0-0 draw against No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 3, 2021, and against No. 8 Penn State on Sept. 18, 2022.
• More recently, Indiana battled No. 25 Tennessee to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 1, 2023.
TRIO OF HOOSIERS NAMED TO TOPDRAWERSOCCER’S MIDSEASON TOP 100 FRESHMEN LIST
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A trio of Indiana freshmen were named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Midseason Top 100 Freshmen List, the publication announced.
Freshmen defender Piper Coffield held the highest ranking with midfielder duo Kennedy Neighbors and Elle Britt rounding out the list.
Coffield is placed in the top-25 at No. 21 in TDS List. She has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week Awards this season. Coffield has tallied six points with two goals and two assists on the season. The Mars, Penn., native has started in 13 games for the Hoosiers this season and has aided in eight shutouts this season.
Neighbors, a native of Evansville, Ind., has played in all 14 games this season earning six starts. She has totaled over 500 minutes on the pitch in her rookie season. She has tallied one assist and three shots on the season.
Britt rounded out the list for the Hoosiers ranked at No. 63. She has totaled 575 minutes on the pitch through 14 games played. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has earned four starts, recording 33 shots. Britt scored her first goal in the 2-0 shutout win over Louisville. In addition, she has recorded two assists totaling four points.
The Hoosiers host No. 20 Michigan State tomorrow (Oct. 12) night at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The match will air live on BTN at 7 p.m. ET.
INDIANA DOWNS NO. 15 PURDUE, RETURNS MONON SPIKE TO BLOOMINGTON
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Volleyball team (14-6, 4-3) broke the floodgates open in sets three and four, hitting over .300 in each frame enroute to a four-set victory over in-state rival and No. 15 Purdue.
IU broke a 21-match losing streak to the Boilermakers and returned the series’ traveling trophy, the Monon Spike, back to Bloomington for the first time since 2007.
The win over the No. 15 Boilermakers was the fourth top-15 win of the Steve Aird era and the first at home since opening the doors to Wilkinson Hall in 2019.
Junior setter Camryn Haworth was outstanding with 40 assists, nine digs, eight kills and three aces. Sophomores Candela Alonso-Corcelles and Avry Tatum tied for the team lead with 12 kills each.
IU fans helped break the Wilkinson Hall attendance record (2,725) for the second-straight match, creating a raucous home environment.
The Hoosiers take possession of fourth place in the Big Ten and return to action on Saturday night vs. Michigan (7:00 PM). This marks the best 20-game start to a season (14-6) since 2010.
Stats and Notes
• IU won a majority of the statistical categories on the night, outhitting Purdue .281-.243 while acing them six times on four fewer service errors.
• The Hoosiers beat their in-state foe for the first time since 2012, snapping a long 21-match losing streak to the Boilermakers.
• This is the best 20-game start to a season (14-6) since 2010 and the first 4-3 start to a Big Ten season since 1993.
• Another attendance record, with 2,725 fans in the gym, highlighted a special night at Wilkinson Hall for the Indiana Volleyball program.
#10 Haworth, Camryn
• The junior turned it on in sets three and four, helping pace an offense that hit over .300 in the final two frames and .281 in total on the night.
• She recorded 40 assists, nine digs and eight kills on the evening, finishing just one dig and two kills short of a triple-double.
• A strong run of serve in the third set, and three aces on the night, helped break open the match for the home team.
#13 Tatum, Avry
• The sophomore really jumped into the offense in the final three sets, producing 12 kills on 24 swings while hitting .375.
#3 Alonso-Corcelles, Candela
• A second double-double of the season, with 12 kills and 13 digs, highlighted a strong night for IU’s new six-rotation weapon.
• Her ability to hit out of the back row opened up a new offensive option for the Hoosiers and helped limit the Purdue block.
#32 Gary, Ramsey
• A rock in the back row, the freshman dug 22 balls in her first taste of the Indiana-Purdue rivalry.
• She also chipped in three assists and had a crucial ace to force a Purdue timeout down the stretch.
Set 1: Indiana 25, Purdue 23
• Despite being outhit in the first set, IU hung around thanks to six service errors from the visitors. The Hoosiers took the first set in a deuce game behind five kills from Alonso-Corcelles.
• The Hoosiers went down 12-15 at the media timeout but climbed back into the match, leveling the set at 20-all behind an attack error from Purdue outside hitter Eva Hudson.
• Senior outside hitter Morgan Geddes and Alonso-Corcelles produced back-to-back kills at 23-all to take the opening set by two points.
Set 2: Purdue 25, Indiana 17
• The visitors were outstanding offensively in the second set, hitting .429 (13-1-28) on their way to a 25-17 win. Purdue had three aces and four blocks in the frame.
• IU brought it within one at 16-17 but Purdue used an 8-1 run to close out the set and bring the match back to level terms.
Set 3: Indiana 25, Purdue 16
• Three aces from Haworth and a dominant run of serve from the end line helped spark a big run and a dominant 25-16 win in the third.
• Tatum had four kills in the set while Alonso-Corcelles provided three including some monster attacks out of the back row.
• An ace from Haworth put IU up 21-15 before a Purdue timeout. Tatum answered straight out of the timeout before IU’s setter aced the Boilermakers once more to go up 23-15.
• Alonso-Corcelles handled things herself on set point two, recording a kill to give the Hoosiers the crucial third set.
Set 4: Indiana 25, Purdue 17
• It was all IU in the fourth set as the hosts hit .310 (12-3-29) to put away Purdue on Wednesday night in Bloomington.
• Tatum put away four balls including the final point of the match while Gary came up with 10 digs in the fourth set.
• Purdue shrunk IU’s lead to just three before Aird called a timeout leading 18-15. Out of the timeout, IU went straight to the middle and found graduate student Kaley Rammelsberg for the kill to swing the momentum back.
• A service error from Purdue and a big kill from Tatum, playing in her first IU-Purdue match, saw out the Boilermakers and a four-set win.
INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS
INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS SET TO PLAY IN THE ITA OHIO VALLEY REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ––––– The Indiana Men’s Tennis team is set to play in their third tournament of the fall season in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships at the UTC Tennis Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Indiana will send six players to the tournament, including Jagger Saylor, Luc Boulier, Sam Landau, Nishanth Basavareddy, Ilya Tiraspolsky, and Deacon Thomas.
The Ohio Valley Regional Tournament will feature players from a number of teams including Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Xavier.
The event will take place from October 12-16 and will feature both a singles and doubles flight with a main draw and consolation draw.
GAME 7 PREP: FOOTBALL HOSTS NO. 3 OHIO STATE FOR HAMMER DOWN CANCER GAME
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Football returns home to host No. 3 Ohio State in a cross-divisional matchup. It will be a blackout in Ross-Ade Stadium with all fans encouraged to wear black to cheer on the Boilermakers. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET on Peacock.
The contest will also be the team’s annual Hammer Down Cancer game, raising money for the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research. The last time Purdue hosted Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018), the Boilermakers rolled past the No. 2 Buckeyes 49-20 behind inspiration from superfan Tyler Trent.
Purdue is the only team to have three wide receivers ranked in the B1G’s Top 10 for receptions. Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen ranks third with 25, while Deion Burks and TJ Sheffield are tied for sixth with 24 catches apiece. The Boilermakers are one of only two teams (Maryland) in the Big Ten to average at least 240 passing yards per game and at least 140 yards rushing yards per game. Purdue leads the Big Ten in first downs (140), including 76 passing first downs which also tops the conference.
• Seth Morales (2000-02) will serve as the honorary captain for Saturday’s game.
• The former Boilermaker wide receiver is remembered for one of the most famous plays in Purdue Football history, catching the game-winning 64-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to beat Ohio State (Oct. 28, 2000).
• Morales’ big catch, as well as his 35 receptions for 556 yards throughout the 2000 season, helped the Boilermakers win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl.
• No. 3 Ohio State enters Saturday’s matchup with a perfect 5-0 (2-0 B1G) record following a 37-17 victory over Maryland.
• The Buckeyes are one of six teams in the country to score three defensive touchdowns, while only allowing 10.2 ppg to rank third nationally.
• Ohio State paces the Big Ten in passing offense, averaging 302.8 yards per game led by starting quarterback Kyle McCord (1,375 yards).
• Marvin Harrison Jr. averages 99.8 receiving yards per game to top the conference.
• Ryan Day is in his fifth season as OSU’s head coach, promoted in 2019 following two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
WINS OVER TOP-5 BUCKEYES
• Purdue is no stranger to upsetting Ohio State.
• The Boilermakers have defeated a ranked OSU team eight times throughout history, including four times when the Buckeyes were ranked in the Top 5.
LAST MATCHUP IN ROSS-ADE
• The last time the Boilermakers welcomed the Buckeyes to Ross-Ade Stadium (Oct. 20, 2018), it was a night Purdue fans will never forget.
• Inspired by Purdue superfan Tyler Trent’s fight against cancer, the Boilermakers blew out No. 2 Ohio State 49-20.
• Ethan Trent, Tyler’s brother, is a freshman offensive lineman for the 2023 Boilermakers.
• David Blough went 25-of-43 for 378 yards and three touchdowns.
• D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
• Markus Bailey (Cincinnati Bengals) sealed the victory with a 41-yard pick-six.
THIENEMAN NAMED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK, AGAIN
• For the second time this season, defensive back Dillon Thieneman has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday morning (Oct. 9).
• Thieneman earned the accolade after hauling in his team-leading third interception of the season to go along with eight tackles (seven solo) against Iowa.
• The Westfield, Indiana, native led a secondary that held the Hawkeyes to just 6-of-21 (28.6%) for 110 yards through the air, the lowest completion percentage allowed since limiting Illinois to 27.6% 17 years ago (Nov. 11, 2006).
• With his third interception of the season, Thieneman became the nation’s only freshman with three INTs.
• Thieneman joined Devin Mockobee (2022), David Bell (2019) and Rondale Moore (2018) as Boilermakers to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week multiple times throughout the past six seasons.
• Thieneman joins Frankie Williams as the only Boilermaker defenders to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice.
#15 PURDUE FALLS, 1-3 IN BLOOMINGTON
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Purdue’s 21 consecutive wins versus Indiana came to an end at Wilkinson Hall as the No. 15 Boilermakers fell, 1-3 (23-25, 25-17, 16-25, 17-25) to the Hoosiers in the Monon Spike match.
Three Boilermakers posted double-digit kills as Eva Hudson and Chloe Chicoine each registered 17 kills and Raven Colvin posted a season-high 13. Additionally, Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 24 digs in the outing, another season-high.
It was the first time Purdue has fallen to Indiana since October 16, 2012, ending a 21-match win streak for the Boilermakers.
The Monon Spike match was just the second loss under head coach Dave Shondell, moving to 19-2 in Spike matches and 37-3 overall under Shondell.
Up next, Purdue travels to Ohio State for a matinee showdown on Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET on B1G+. Then, next Wednesday, October 18, Purdue will look to even the series when it hosts Indiana at 7 p.m. ET on B1G+.
Purdue all-time in Monon Spike matches: 36-13.
Taylor Anderson served up 16 assists in Set 1 on her way to ending the night with 34, a Big Ten match career-high. The freshman produced her second double-double in the last three matches, complimenting the effort with 10 digs.
Raven Colvin registered five kills with one error on eight swings (.500 attack %) in Set 1. It was the fourth match this season the junior reached double-digit kills, and the second during Big Ten play.
Hudson’s 17 kills came on a .341 clip, marking the second time during Big Ten play the sophomore has hit above .300 (last: vs. Illinois, 10/4).
Purdue hit a set-best .429% in Set 2 and finished the night with a .243 team hitting %.
The Boilermakers out-blocked the Hoosiers, 7-6.
BOILERMAKERS OPEN ON FRIDAY THE 13TH AT UND
DUAL MEET INFORMATION
Purdue Men and Women at Notre Dame
Friday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. ET
Rolfs Aquatic Center / South Bend, Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue swimming & diving teams open their new season with their lone full team road trip of the fall, visiting South Bend for a Friday the 13th co-ed dual at Notre Dame.
Action begins at 4 p.m. ET at UND’s Rolfs Aquatic Center. A traditional 16-event dual is planned for Friday with the default events, including the 200 medley and 400 free relays, 200 individual medley and springboard diving.
The Purdue men are set to compete for the first time under the guidance of head coach Alex Jerden, who ascended to the leader of the program in April following the retirement of Dan Ross. Jerden previously spent four years as an assistant coach with the Boilermakers.
Purdue swept a co-ed dual in November 2014 for its last victories in South Bend. After the Boilermakers enjoyed a strong stretch in the annual series from 2007-08 through 2015-16, the Fighting Irish have turned the tables in recent years and swept the last five co-ed duals. Purdue also visited South Bend for the last dual between the schools in October 2021. Brady Samuels won the 50 freestyle that night.
The Boilermakers also traveled 19 swimmers to the South Bend-Elkhart area in March for the CSCAA National Invitational Championships at the Beacon Health Aquatic Center. All 19 swimmers remain active members of the programs. Ethan Shaw won bronze in the 500 free. Last month, Shaw joined Andrew Alders and Griffin Seaver as the seniors elected as team captains for this season by their teammates.
South Bend native and Saint Joseph High School product Evie Sierra headlines Purdue’s current group of student-athletes that hail from Northern Indiana and the Region.
After Friday, the Boilermakers’ next five NCAA meets are all at home. They don’t travel again until visiting Bloomington for the annual rivalry dual with Indiana on January 27. Purdue home-opening weekend is up next and features meets Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
PURDUE’S NORTHERN & NORTHWEST INDIANA NATIVES
• Andrew Alders – Chesterton
• Mya Bailey – East Chicago
• Gabe Eschbach – Westville
• Griffin Poulsen – Munster
• Evie Sierra – South Bend
• Kaitlin Simons – Middlebury
• The Purdue women also have seven Michigan natives on their roster, with South Bend representing the closest to home they will be competing this season. The group from Michigan includes: Masy Folcik, Madeline Greaves, Ashley Lund, Abby Marcukaitis, Kendal Schreder, Kate Stanley and Hannah Williams.
CAREER BESTS TO MOVE UP OR JOIN PURDUE RECORD BOOK – MEN IN 2022-23
• Brady Samuels – 1st in 100 Back (45.17), 2nd in 100 Free (41.99), 2nd in 200 Free (1:34.85), 4th in 50 Free (19.46)
• 200 Medley Relay – 2nd (1:23.86)
…Muhammad, Witty, Samuels, Sherman
• 800 Free Relay – 2nd (6:24.66)
…Sherman, McCarthy, Samuels, Wenker
• Ethan Shaw – 3rd in 500 Free (4:20.65), 7th in 200 Fly (1:45.85), 12th in 200 Free (1:36.64), 12th in 400 IM (3:51.23)
• 200 Free Relay Team – 3rd (1:17.35)
…Sherman, Samuels, Juengel, Muhammad
• 400 Free Relay Team – 3rd (2:50.87)
…Sherman, Samuels, Muhammad, Hart
• Coleman Modglin – 4th in 100 Breast (53.08)
• 400 Medley Relay – 4th (3:08.36)
…Muhammad, Sherman, Samuels, Hart
• Idris Muhammad – 5th in 100 Back (46.98), 6th in 50 Free (19.50)
• Aaron Frollo – 7th in 500 Free (4:23.64), 12th in 1000 Free (9:18.00), 14th in 1650 Free (15:27.18)
• Andrew Witty – 9th in 100 Breast (53.51), 15th in 200 Breast (1:58.73)
• Jordan Rzepka – 9th in Platform Diving (451.40)
• Andrew Alders – 12th in 200 Breast (1:58.26)
• Andrew Swenson – 13th in 200 Back (1:44.41)
• Sam Bennett – 14th on 3-Meter (408.20)
• Connor McCarthy – 15th in 200 Free (1:37.32)
• Dylan Burau – 15th in 200 Back (1:45.59)
CAREER BESTS TO MOVE UP OR JOIN PURDUE RECORD BOOK – WOMEN IN 2022-23
• Hannah Hill – 3rd in 50 Free (22.56)
• Kate Beavon – 3rd in 1000 Free (9:47.32)
• 200 Free Relay Team – 4th (1:30.74)
…Hill, Love, Bowen, Schreder
• Maggie Love – 6th in 100 Breast (1:00.81), 9th in 200 IM (2:00.01), 13th in 50 Free (22.96), 14th in 100 Free (49.84)
• Abby Marcukaitis – 7th in 100 Back (54.32)
• Kendra Bowen – 8th in 100 Free (49.70)
• Mahala Erlandson – 9th in 200 Breast (2:15.68)
• Cecilie Wiuff – 9th in 200 Fly (1:59.22)
• 400 Free Relay – 9th (3:18.98)
…Bowen, Love, Hill, Schreder
• Daryn Wright – 10th on 1-Meter (321.60), 10th on 3-Meter (354.53), 12th on Platform (309.60)
• Kelsey Cooper – 11th in 200 Back (1:58.39)
• Sophie McAfee – 14th on 3-Meter (347.30)
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER
PURDUE HOSTS NO. 4 PENN STATE IN HDC GAME
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Another ranked opponent comes to Folk Field as the Purdue soccer team hosts No. 4 Penn State in the annual Hammer Down Cancer Game on Thursday, October 12, at 7 p.m. ET.
As part of Hammer Down Cancer, the Boilermakers will wear special uniforms, and the jerseys are being auctioned now through Friday, October 13, at 11:59 a.m. at https://boile.rs/SocHDC23. All proceeds benefit the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research. Fans also are encouraged to wear neon yellow to honor the fight against cancer, and there will be other opportunities to get involved at the game.
Admission is free for all fans to the contest and to each regular-season home game in 2023. As a reminder to all fans, a clear bag policy is in effect for all Purdue Athletics events once again in 2023.
The game will be streamed live on B1G+ and live stats are available at PurdueStats.com. Updates also can be found by following and connecting with @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Ahead of its second-to-last home game of the regular season, Purdue is 3-10-1 and 0-5-1 in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers are 3-6-0 at home. Penn State will be the team’s fifth top-25 opponent this year, another two past foes are currently ranked and three more have spent time ranked nationally this season. In total, 11 of Purdue’s first 15 opponents are or have been in the top-25 for at least one week during the 2023 campaign.
The Boilermakers have scored 16 goals with 19 assists for 51 points on 156 shots and 60 shots on target. Eight of Purdue’s 16 goals have come from different players, and four of those are first career goals. The Old Gold and Black have given up 23 goals on 152 shots, 76 on goal. The defense has allowed two or fewer goals in all but three games for a 1.64 goals-against average.
Junior forward Gracie Dunaway and sophomore forward Kayla Budish each have scored a team-high-tying three goals, and another four Boilermakers have two goals. Budish has eight points, and Dunaway, senior midfielder Emily Mathews and junior forward Megan Hutchinson all have six. Dunaway has a squad-best 31 shots and shares the team lead of 13 shots on goal with freshman forward Lauren Omholt. Mathews and junior midfielder Abigail Roy each of four assists to pace the team. In goal, senior Charlotte Cyr has made 46 saves for a .676 save percentage and a 1.77 goals-against average in more than 1,115 minutes.
In the record books, Mathews’ 20 career assists are tied for fourth-most in program history and the most since Maddy Williams had a record 26 assists from 2013-17.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State comes to Folk Field with an 11-0-2 record and a 5-0-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions are 3-0-1 away from home, most recently with a 1-1 draw at No. 22 Michigan and a 3-1 win at Michigan State on September 28 and October 1, respectively. PSU is coming off a 2-1 victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. All but four of Penn State’s games in 2023 have been decided by two or fewer goals, with six of their eleven wins coming by one goal.
The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 nationally in the United Soccer Coaches Poll for the fourth consecutive week and they are No. 5 in the latest Top Drawer Soccer rankings. PSU has been voted in the top-10 by the coaches every week of 2023, and top-five all season according to TDS.
PSU has scored 32 goals with 30 assists in 2023. The Nittany Lions have recorded 205 shots, 91 on goal. They have allowed six goals with five assists on 123 shots. Payton Linnehan and Kaitlyn MacBean each have five goals to lead the team, and Linnehan has three assists for a squad-best 13 points. She also paces the team with 29 shots and 15 shots on goal. Eva Alonso has seven assists to lead Penn State. In goal, Katherine Asman has started all 13 games and has 39 saves for a .886 save percentage and a 0.42 goals-against average.
SERIES HISTORY VS. THE NITTANY LIONS
The Boilermakers own a 1-18-2 record in the all-time series against Penn State, though this is just the third matchup since 2017. Purdue and PSU meet for the first time since 2021, when the Boilermakers suffered a 2-1 loss in State College, Pennsylvania. Mathews registered an assist in the loss. The Nittany Lions come to Folk Field for the first time since 2019, when they came away with a 2-1 win. Penn State has been ranked nationally in the top-25 in all but three of the first 21 meetings, and Thursday’s contest will be the fifth time PSU is in the top-five.
LAST TIME OUT: EDGED IN SUNDAY MATINEE
Purdue lost to Indiana 1-0 on October 8. In a tightly contested affair on a cool and windy afternoon at Folk Field, a first-minute goal ended up being the difference. The Boilermakers had offensive momentum and created chances in the final third throughout the game but could not get the equalizer.
Both teams had 10 shots and Purdue had two shots on goal to IU’s seven. The Boilermakers earned seven corner kicks and limited the Hoosiers to two. Senior forward Zoie Allen registered a game-best and career-high four shots and Omholt had two shots, one on target. Cyr made a season-high-tying six saves.
With the defeat, Purdue saw its eight-game unbeaten streak against IU come to an end. The Boilermakers hold a 16-5-7 record in the in-state series that has been played every year since 1999. The Old Gold and Black own the two longest unbeaten streaks in the series, with a 15-game run from 2000-11 to go along with the eight-game stretch from 2015-22.
A complete recap from the game is available at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
UP NEXT: A SHORT TRIP WEST
Purdue begins its final roadtrip of the 2023 regular season with a short trip west to face Illinois on Sunday, October 15. Kickoff in Champaign is at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT. Following a contest at Nebraska on October 19, the Boilermakers are back home for the regular-season finale on Sunday, October 22, against Minnesota. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET at Folk Field, and admission is free for all fans to the contest.
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER
BULLDOGS HIT THE ROAD FOR MATCH AT ST. JOHN’S
The Butler women’s soccer team travels to New York this week for a Thursday evening match at St. John’s in Queens. The Bulldogs (5-5-4, 1-1-3 BIG EAST) are coming off a 2-1 loss to DePaul, while the Red Storm (7-4-3, 2-3-1 BIG EAST) most recently tied Providence, 2-2.
(as of 10/8/23)
With seven goals, Norah Jacomen ranks second in the BIG EAST and 57th nationally. Her 15 offensive points rank third in the conference, and her shot accuracy (.552) ranks fourth (74th).
Alexei Whittaker’s four goals rank ninth in the BIG EAST.
Talia Sommer’s five assists rank second in the BIG EAST and 64th nationally. Additional conference rankings include: two game-winning goals (3rd), 13 total points (6th), and four goals (9th).
Aliya Diagne’s goal was her first of the season and the fifth of her career.
Alana Wood’s assist was her second of the season and the fifth of her career.
Talia Sommer’s assist was her fifth of the season and ninth of her career.
Butler outshot DePaul, 18-5, and also produced more shots on goal (8-3).
Diagne led Butler in both shots (6) and shots on goal (3). Abigail Isger and Norah Jacomen each had three shots with a pair on frame.
SERIES RECORD: St. John’s leads, 5-4-2
PREVIOUS MEETING: Oct. 13, 2022 – Indianapolis – St. John’s 3, Butler 1
The teams battled to a 1-1 (2OT) draw in 2021 in Queens.
Butler’s last win in the series was a 1-0 victory in Indianapolis in 2019.
In the most recent six matches, each team has two wins and there were two ties.
Scouting St. John’s
Previous match: vs. Providence T, 2-2
St. John’s has notable wins against Penn (1-0), Harvard (4-3), Villanova (2-0), and Creighton (3-2), and the team has tied Providence (2-2), Yale (2-2) and Navy (0-0). The Red Storm lost to No. 17 Georgetown (1-3), UConn (1-2), and Seton Hall (0-1).
Offensive standouts for St. John’s include:
#12 Jessica Garziano (7g, 9a)
#19 Lauryn Tran (4g, 5a)
#20 Nicole Gordon (3g, 4a)
#5 Frederique St.-Jean (2g, 3a)
#10 Jordyn Levy (3g)
#00 Maria O’Sullivan (7-3-3) is the primary goalkeeper for the Red Storm. In 13 starts, she has allowed 16 goals (1.23 GAA) and has made 32 saves (.667 SV%). She has five shutouts.
BUTLERVB HEADS TO THE EAST COAST TO FACE PROVIDENCE AND UCONN
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team will look to bounce back on their second conference road trip of the season on the East Coast. The Bulldogs will head to Providence on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 PM to face the Friars. The weekend will come to a close with a match on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 PM against UConn.
-For the second week in the row, the Bulldogs went 1-1 against Seton Hall and St. John’s to move to a record of 2-4 in conference and 8-9 overall on the season.
-Butler earned their first conference win at home in a four-set victory over the Pirates before then losing in three sets against the Red Storm.
-This season, Butler ranks second in the BIG EAST with 13.03 kills per set and 12.21 assist pet set while they sit in third with 15.78 digs per set
-BU moved up to sixth in the country with an average of 38.02 attacks per set
-Jaymeson Kinley sits at second in the conference this season with an average of 5.08 digs per set, which ranks 18th in the country.
-Kinley moved to second on Butler’s all-time career dig list last week after her total reached 1774 digs
-Cora Taylor leads the BIG EAST this season with 10.37 assists per set, which also ranks 29th in the nation.
-Butler has never lost to Providence holding an all-time record of 17-0. The Bulldogs have only dropped a total of four sets in those matches with their last meeting in Providence resulting in a 3-1 BU victory.
-UConn and Butler hold a split all-time series of 2-2. The Bulldogs knocked off the Huskies during their last meeting in a five-set thriller last season
-Elise Ward set a new personal best against Seton Hall last week with 18 digs while adding 11 kills en route to her third career double-double.
-Abby Maesch just missed her seventh double-double of the season after tallying 19 kills and nine digs against Seton Hall last Friday
-Maesch ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 4.10 points per match during conference play
-Grace Boggess hit for an average of .414 with 16 kills to just four errors against Seton Hall and St. John’s last weekend
-Boggess is nine kills shy of reaching 100 kills this season for the first time in her collegiate career.
SCOUTING SETON HALL: The Friars have been on a roller coaster this season filled with plenty of ups and downs. Providence holds a 2-4 record in conference and an 8-10 overall record. The season began on a four-game losing streak before winning the next six matches including victories over Saint Peter’s and Bryant. The Friars then went cold, losing six of their next seven matches. This losing streak extended into conference action where the team was swept in their first four matches against Seton Hall, St. John’s, DePaul, and Marquette. Last weekend, the Friars bounced back with thrilling five-set victories over Georgetown and Villanova.
Providence has struggled on offense during conference play, ranking last in four different categories, including kills per set, assists per set, digs per set, and serving aces per set. The Bulldogs have to watch out for Lyric Berry whose 1.15 blocks per set is second in the BIG EAST play this season.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S: The Huskies sit at the bottom of the BIG EAST standings and are the last remaining team without a win in the conference this season. UConn began the season with a 5-7 record with wins over Merrimack and Rhode Island along with challenges against Michigan State and Florida State losing both matches 3-0. Their last win dates back to Sept. 16 where they beat Binghampton in five sets. The Huskies then hit conference play where they have lost six straight matches. Last weekend, UConn fell to Villanova 3-0 and Georgetown 3-1.
Emma Werkminster has been one of the few bright spots for UConn totaling a team-high 204 kills (3.04 kills per set) this season. Werkminster ranks sixth in conference matches with an average of 3.50 kills per set.
PROMINENT PINS: Mariah Grunze and Abby Maesch have been the Butler’s top two weapons on offense this season. The pin-hitting duo are the only group of student-athletes in the BIG EAST to each have been set the ball over 580 times this season. Grunze holds the second-highest average in the conference with 10.77 attacks per set, which ranks 39th in the country, while Maesch sits fourth in the conference at 9.80 attacks per set.
Butler’s outside hitters have also been able to capitalize on the attacks. Grunze’s average of 3.44 kills per set is fifth in the conference while Maesch is right behind her in sixth with an average of 3.36 kills per set.
ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY: The two-time BIG EAST Libero of the Year Jaymeson Kinley moved to second on Butler’s all-time career digs list after her total reached 1774 career digs. Kinley is now just 235 digs away from passing Katie Daprile’s record of 2009 career digs to become Butler’s all-time leader in career digs. She currently sits second in the BIG EAST with 5.04 digs per set, which ranks 21st in the NCAA.
Kinley has led the match in digs during 11 of Butler’s 16 matches this season. She currently sits second in the BIG EAST with 5.04 digs per set, which ranks 21st in the NCAA.
GRACEFUL PRECISION: Grace Boggess has been one of Butler’s most reliable hitters on offense this season. The standout middle blocker has notched 91 kills while limiting her mistakes to just 24 errors. She currently ranks sixth in the BIG EAST after boosting her season-hitting percentage to .319.
Boggess hit .414 percent in the matches against Seton Hall and St. John’s last weekend. She registered 16 kills to just four errors including the match against the Pirates where she hit for a .500 hitting percentage.
A TALE OF TWO MATCHES: Last week, Butler had one of their best and worst matches of the season. The Bulldogs dominated the match against Seton Hall last Friday posting the highest hitting percentage (.331) and most number of digs (78) this season. The following day against St. John’s was the complete opposite as Butler then had their lowest hitting percentage (.051) and number of digs (40) in a match.
Three Bulldogs collected digs in the double figures in Butler’s 78 dig performance against Seton Hall, including Jaymeson Kinley (23), Elise Ward (18), and Cora Taylor (12). This mark was the first time Butler reached 78 or more digs in a four-set match since they had 89 digs against Georgetown 369 days ago.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will return home to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host Marquette, who is undefeated in conference play, and DePaul.
The Bulldogs will face Marquette on Oct. 20 at 6 PM followed by another match the next day against DePaul on Oct. 21 at 5 PM.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL OPENS THREE-MATCH HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. AKRON
THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: The Ball State women’s volleyball team opens a three-match homestand Thursday when it welcomes Akron to Worthen Arena for the first of back-to-back meetings between the two programs … The Cardinals and Zips will also play again Friday, while BSU welcomes Toledo to its home floor Tuesday … First serve for all three matches is set for 6 p.m.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Fans unable to make their way to Worthen Arena can still watch the action live, as all three contests will be broadcast on ESPN+ … In addition, SL Digital will be on hand for the internet radio call, while live stats will be provided by Ball State Athletics … Updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s X feed and Instagram story: @BallStateWVB.
BALL STATE ALL-TIME: After running its winning streak to seven matches with road wins at Miami and Bowling Green last weekend, Ball State enters Thursday’s match versus Akron with an 1,004-641-2 (.610) all-time record in women’s volleyball … Thanks to its 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan on Sept. 22, Ball State became just the 44th program in NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball history to reach 1,000 wins … All-time, the Cardinals have captured 12 MAC West Division Championships, 10 MAC Regular Season Championships and eight MAC Volleyball Championship titles … Ball State has made 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three of the last four seasons … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
IN #MACTION: With a 6-0 MAC record so far this season, Ball State maintains its status as the winningest program in league play with a 439-215 (.671) all-time Mid-American Conference mark … Western Michigan is second on the list, seven matches behind the Cardinals at 432-222 (.661) … Akron enters the week ranked ninth based on winning percentage at 198-331 (.374), while Toledo is 11th at 209-444 (.320).
THE WORTHEN FACTOR: The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 311-96 (.764) all-time mark inside Worthen Arena … Looking at just opponents from the MAC, Ball State is 228-58 (.797) when battling in Worthen Arena … Overall, no MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .632 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor … Akron is 1-20 (.048) all-time in Muncie, while Toledo is 3-27 (.100).
THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS AKRON: Ball State holds a 39-5 advantage in the all-time series versus Akron including four straight wins … Last season, the Cardinals tallied a 3-1 (25-14, 24-26, 25-9, 25-11) victory over the Zips in Worthen Arena on Oct. 7 … The effort helped Ball State improve to 20-1 all-time versus Akron at home, including nine straight wins … The Zips lone win in Muncie was a 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13) victory on Nov. 9, 2008
THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS TOLEDO: Ball State maintains a commanding 73-11 advantage in the all-time series versus Toledo including five straight wins … Last season, the Cardinals picked up a 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22) road victory Oct. 19 and closed the regular season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-16) sweep at home Nov. 16 … Ball State hold a 35-4 lead in matches played in Muncie, including a 27-3 mark in Worthen Arena … Toledo’s last road win in the series was a 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18) victory Sept. 29, 2016.
SCOUTING BALL STATE:
• Ball State has opened league play with six consecutive wins, raising its overall record to 9-8 (6-0 MAC) … The Cardinals started the year with a tough pre-conference slate which ended with a 3-0 sweep of East Tennessee State (Sept. 16) to set up the program’s current seven-match winning streak … The win over the Bucs snapped a seven-match losing streak in which the Cardinals battled some of the nation’s top teams, including two programs (No. 17 Creighton and No. 18 Dayton) currently inside the Top 25 of the AVCA/Taraflex Coaches Poll.
• Ball State enters the week as one of the nation’s top blocking programs, ranking first in the MAC and 57th nationally with a 2.42 blocks-per-set average … Freshman middle Camryn Wise has played a large role in those numbers over the last four weeks, averaging 1.52 blocks per set … Sophomore opposite Madison Buckley has also helped, climbing to fourth in the MAC with a 0.92 blocks-per-set average.
• On the attacking front, redshirt freshman outside Aniya Kennedy leads the squad and is third in the league with a 3.57 kills-per-set average … Fifth-year middle Marie Plitt is BSU’s top attacker by percentage, boasting a .369 hitting percentage which is second in the league.
• The Zips enter the week with a 10-7 (5-1 MAC) record including a 3-0 win over EMU (Oct. 5) and a 3-2 win versus CMU (Oct. 6) last week … Akron has been on a hot streak as of late, winning seven of its last 10 matches.
• Akron enters the week as one of the nation’s top serving teams, leading the MAC and ranking fifth nationally at 2.30 aces per set … Eliska Vytiskova’s 39 aces are third nationally, while Vanessa Del Real’s 34 are 17th … Overall, Akron has served up 159 aces on the year, 20 more than any other MAC team.
• The Zips’ offense is in the middle of the pack in the MAC, ranking sixth in the league with a .210 hitting percentage … Faith Johnson leads the squad with a 3.51 kills-per-set average.
• The Rockets enter a weekend series at Buffalo with a 7-10 (5-1 MAC) record … Last week, Toledo earned a 3-0 win at Miami (Oct. 5) and a 3-2 victory at Bowling Green (Oct. 6) … UT’s lone league loss came at Central Michigan on Oct. 1.
• Toledo is the league’s top defensive team, ranking first in the MAC and 43rd nationally with a 15.83 digs-per-set average … Ryann Jaqua is one of the nation’s top liberos, averaging 5.05 blocks per set to pace the league and rank 21st nationally … The Rockets also rank second in the MAC with a 2.09 blocks-per-set average.
• On offense, Toledo is 10th in the league with a .200 hitting percentage … Taylor Alt is one of the nation’s top attackers, ranking second in the league and 52nd nationally at 3.85 kills per set.
BALL STATE QUICK HITS:
• Ball State made a brief stop at home versus Central Michigan Sept. 21-22, improving to 30-3 in Worthen Arena over the past three seasons (Fall 2021-2023) … BSU has won its last 20 MAC regular season home matches, with its last regular season MAC home loss coming to Central Michigan on March 20, 2021.
• Marie Plitt has picked up right where she left off last season, leading the squad and ranking 63rd nationally with a .369 (142-21-328) attack percentage this season … Her best effort came in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne (Aug. 26) when she smashed 10 kills on 12 swings with one error for a .750 attacking mark … Plitt also hit .688 in the Sept. 21 win over Central Michigan and has hit .500-or-better in 32 career matches … In BSU’s first six MAC matches this season, Plitt is hitting .466 (59-5-116) and averaging 2.95 kills per set.
• Marie Plitt enters Thursday’s match vs. Akron ranked third on Ball State’s all-time list with a .355 career hitting percentage … Plitt has steadily improved each year, hitting .295 as a freshman, .316 as a sophomore, .360 as a junior and a Ball State single season record .404 last year … She is the first player in program history to hit .400-or-above in a single season … Ball State’s career record for attack percentage is .360 set by Julie Zilka from 1998-2001.
• Marie Plitt, who became Ball State’s all-time leader in sets played at Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30), became the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills with her first of 10 markers in last season’s NCAA Tournament opening round match at No. 16 Marquette … With 1151 career kills, Plitt currently ranks 10th in program history and needs 49 more to pass Julie Zylka’s (1998-2001) total of 1,199 for ninth.
• Marie Plitt has also made her presence felt at the net over her career, ranking fifth in program history with 388 career blocks … She is tied for fifth on Ball State’s all-time charts with 313 career block assists, while ranking 10th all-time with 75 solo blocks … Plitt’s average of 0.88 blocks-per-set so far this season is her best since averaging 1.05 during the 2021 spring COVID season.
• Fifth-year defensive specialist Havyn Gates has served as starting libero in 16 of Ball State’s 17 matches this season, and has now started in the off-colored jersey 21 times in her Ball State career … She was credited with a season-high 26 digs in the near upset at then-No. 20 Creighton (Sept. 1) and followed with 22 versus UNI (Sept. 2), giving her 26 career matches with 20-or-more digs … Gates’ Ball State career-high is 33 digs in the five-set thriller at Central Michigan (Sept. 24, 2022) … Gates, who registered 42 digs in a match as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan in 2019, has 1,990 career digs including 866 in her three seasons at BSU and 1,124 over her two-year career at IWU.
• Megan Wielonski, who currently ranks seventh in program history with 3,348 career assists, has proven to be one of the nation’s elite setters … In fact, her 3,348 career assists currently rank 18th among all active NCAA Division I players … As a freshman, she finished the 2021 season ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Her sophomore campaign ended with her ranked fourth nationally with 1,358 total assists in 2022 … 17 matches into the 2023 season and Wielonski is 68th nationally with 595 total assists.
• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski is one of the country’s top servers with 126 career aces … The total currently ranks ninth in program history … As a freshman, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30, 2021) … Her 58 aces in 2021 tied as the sixth most in a single season in Ball State history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping Amber Seaman’s total of 51 in 2018 … Last season, she ranked 55th nationally with 46 service aces, while she has a team-leading 22 aces so far this season.
• Madison Buckley has made a big impact so far this season, ranking second on the squad with a 2.53 kills-per-set average … Her biggest match so far came at then-No. 20 Creighton (Sept. 1) when she smashed a career-high 14 kills, a mark she later tied versus UIC (Sept. 9) … Buckley has also made her presence felt at the net, ranking fourth in the MAC with a 0.93 blocks-per-set average … She has a team-best 56 total blocks this season, including two solo blocks and 54 block assists.
• Aniya Kennedy enters Thursday’s match versus Akron ranked third in the MAC with her team-leading 3.57 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in 11 matches, while leading the team in kills in 10 outings … Last weekend, Kennedy smashed career-high kill totals in back-to-back matches, helping her claim her second MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week honor this season … She started with 17 kills in the four-set win over Miami (Oct. 6) and followed with 21 kills at Bowling Green (Oct. 7) … The 21 kills tie as the 10th-most by a MAC player in a match this season, and are the second-most by a league player in a four set contest.
• Freshman Camryn Wise has found a home in the middle of the court over the last four weeks, boasting a team-leading 1.52 blocks-per-set average … She has registered at least two blocks in all eight matches she has played, while tallying a career-high eight total blocks in the Sept. 22 sweep of Central Michigan … Wise has also aided from the attack line, with 23 kills and a .326 hitting percentage.
• Ball State currently ranks third in the MAC and 83rd nationally with a 15.12 digs-per-set average, led by Havyn Gates at 4.08.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL
HORIZON LEAGUE REVEALS 2023-24 #HLMBB TELEVISION SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League has revealed the 2023-24 #HLMBB television schedule, featuring five regular season games on ESPN linear networks. Purdue Fort Wayne is an option for four of the dates.
Why it Matters: A total of eight Horizon League matchups will air on ESPN linear networks including five during the regular season.
All regular season games during the 2023-24 season will be “wildcard” selections to ensure the best matchups possible. All 11 teams will begin the season with an opportunity to be featured on ESPN2/ESPNU during League play.
The Horizon League has streamed every League basketball game for an industry-best 17 consecutive seasons, beginning its streak in 2007 with the groundbreaking Horizon League Network.
2023-24 #HLMBB Television Schedule
Thursday, January 4 – 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Cleveland State at Wright State
Youngstown State at Northern Kentucky
Milwaukee at Oakland
Green Bay at Detroit Mercy
IUPUI at RMU
Friday, January 12 – 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Wright State at Youngstown State
Cleveland State at Milwaukee
Purdue Fort Wayne at RMU
Thursday, January 25 – 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Wright State at Cleveland State
Detroit Mercy at Milwaukee
Purdue Fort Wayne at Northern Kentucky
Oakland at Green Bay
Youngstown State at IUPUI
Thursday, February 1 – 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Youngstown State at Wright State
Cleveland State at Detroit Mercy
Milwaukee at Purdue Fort Wayne
RMU at Oakland
IUPUI at Green Bay
Saturday, March 2 – 6 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Northern Kentucky at Wright State
Detroit Mercy at Oakland
Green Bay at Milwaukee
RMU at Purdue Fort Wayne
IUPUI at Cleveland State
Continuing a relationship that began with the 1988 Midwestern Collegiate Conference men’s basketball championship game, the entire Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship in Indianapolis will be televised on ESPN linear networks from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
The action begins on Monday, March 11 with the semifinals and culminates with the championship game on Tuesday, March 12 on either ESPN or ESPN2.
ESPN+, the leading sports streaming service, continues to be the home for the League’s live streaming game content, a relationship that began during the 2014-15 season.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
MAHLMEISTER LIFTS ‘DONS TO 3-1 WIN AT UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Seth Mahlmeister had a role in all three of Purdue Fort Wayne’s goals on Wednesday (Oct. 11) evening in a 3-1 non-league men’s soccer victory at UAB.
Mahlmeister scored the first two goals and then assisted on the third goal.
He put the ‘Dons up 1-0 with a tally in the ninth minute. The goal was assisted by Soshi Fujioka and Marc Rodriguez. Mahlmeister took a pass and seemed to volley the ball to himself at the penalty kick spot. He sent a bouncing shot just inside the left post.
UAB tied it at one just before the end of the first half. It stayed 1-1 until Mahlmeister scored in the 71st minute. Joel Opoku’s shot was saved by the UAB goalkeeper charging out of his box. But he couldn’t control the rebound and the ball bounced to Mahlmeister who didn’t miss the opportunity to take the lead with his seventh goal of the season.
The ‘Dons put it away for good in the 80th minute. Mahlmeister had the ball deep in the box and as the defense converged on him passed it to Dakota Hart, who was only about 15 feet away. Hart put the ball in the back of the net for his first collegiate goal. Mahlmeister earned the assist on the score.
Purdue Fort Wayne held a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. Danny Salazar made a pair of saves for the ‘Dons.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 6-4-1. UAB falls to 0-8-4. The ‘Dons return to Horizon League play on Saturday at Detroit Mercy.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER
MASTODON WOMEN’S SOCCER VISITS GREEN BAY, HOSTS WRIGHT STATE FOR SENIOR DAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer is set for a pair of crucial league matches this week, with a trip to Green Bay on Thursday (Oct. 12) and a home match against Wright State on Sunday (Oct. 15). Sunday’s match will be Senior Day for five student-athletes.
Game Day Information (Thursday)
Who: Green Bay Phoenix
When: Thursday, October 12 | 4 PM ET
Where: Green Bay, Wis. | Aldo Santaga Stadium
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Green Bay
Game Day Information (Sunday)
Who: Wright State Raiders
When: Sunday, October 15 | 1 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Wright State
Know Your Foes
• Green Bay is 0-9-3 and 0-5-1 in Horizon League play. The Phoenix are coming off a 1-0 loss at IUPUI. They have scored seven goals this season with Zoey Pagels netting four of them.
• Wright State is 5-5-3 and 3-2-1 in the Horizon League. The Raiders are coming off a 4-0 loss at Milwaukee and a draw against IUPUI. Three different Raiders have scored two goals this season: Lauren Borchert, Kaylin Helinski and Marcella Sizer.
• Green Bay leads the all-time series against the ‘Dons 2-1-1. The Mastodons won last year’s meeting 2-0 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. Bella Reitano scored a penalty kick goal shortly into the second half, then Gigi Ricciardi scored in minute 81.
• Wright State leads the Mastodons 9-1-2 in the series dating back to 2002. The Mastodons have had two positive results over the last two seasons, with a 2-1 win in 2021 and a 1-1 draw in Dayton in 2022. Morgan Reitano scored a goal in the eighth minute in last year’s draw.
Today… Is Senior Day
Sunday’s game against Wright State will be the Senior Day celebration for five seniors: Zoe Greenhalge, Alyssa Weisbrodt, Lizzie Haub, Rylee Vruggink and Allison Adams. Fellow seniors Kelsey Gallagher, Mackenzie Evans, Isabelle Wissel, Morgan Reitano, Samantha Castaneda and Madde Elliott were honored last year.
Last Time Out
Detroit Mercy took a 4-0 win over the ‘Dons in Detroit.
The Mastodons will wrap up the regular season at IUPUI on Wednesday (Oct. 25) with their Horizon League Championship berth hopes on the line.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
TWO ISU GAMES SPOTLIGHTED BY MISSOURI VALLEY IN PRESEASON ESPN NETWORK RELEASE
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two Indiana State men’s basketball games have already been spotlighted by the Missouri Valley Conference as Commissioner Jeff Jackson announced the men’s basketball schedule on ESPN networks during the 2023-24 academic year this afternoon.
The Sycamores’ January 21 game at Murray State has also been pre-determined for a national linear network on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. The remainder of the Valley’s linear telecasts will utilize a Wildcard Selection process to determine which games will be aired on specific dates.
As part of the Wildcard Selection process, ESPN, working in tandem with league staff, will announce its telecast selection 14 days from competition. The remaining Wildcard Selection dates are Dec. 2, Jan. 7, 14 and 27, Feb. 3, 10, 18 and 24 and March 3.
The Valley has also selected an 18-game, regular-season digital exclusive men’s basketball package for distribution on ESPN+. Indiana State’s MVC home opener against Southern Illinois on November 28 will be the first league game selected as a regular-season digital exclusive by the Valley office distribution on ESPN+.
Games on ESPN Networks that Indiana State will take part in are listed below.
November 28 – Southern Illinois @ Indiana State MBB (The Valley on ESPN) – TBD p.m. Eastern
$December 2 – Indiana State @ Bradley MBB (ESPN2/ESPNU) – 2 p.m. Eastern
$January 7 – Indiana State @ UNI MBB (ESPN2/ESPNU) – 3 p.m. Eastern
January 10 – Indiana State @ Drake MBB (MVC TV Network) – 8 p.m. Eastern
January 13 — Belmont @ Indiana State MBB (The Valley on ESPN) – TBD p.m. Eastern
January 16 – Missouri State @ Indiana State MBB (MVC TV Network) – 7 p.m. Eastern
January 21 – Indiana State @ Murray State MBB (ESPN2/ESPNU) – TBD Eastern
%January 27 – Bradley @ Indiana State MBB – MVC TV Network at 2 p.m. Eastern or ESPN2/ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern
January 31 — Indiana State @ Belmont MBB (The Valley on ESPN) – TBD p.m. Eastern
^February 3 – Drake @ Indiana State MBB – MVC TV Network at 2 p.m. Eastern, The Valley on ESPN at TBD p.m. Eastern, CBS Sports Network at TBD p.m. Eastern or ESPN2/ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern
%February 10 – Indiana State @ Missouri State MBB – MVC TV Network at 2 p.m. Eastern or ESPN2/ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern
February 17 – Indiana State @ Southern Illinois MBB (The Valley on ESPN) – TBD p.m. Eastern
%February 24 – UIC @ Indiana State MBB — ESPN2/ESPNU at 6 p.m. Eastern or MVC TV Network at 8 p.m. Eastern
%March 3 – Murray State @ Indiana State MBB — ESPN2/ESPNU at 2 p.m. Eastern or MVC TV Network at 4 p.m. Eastern
$–This is a Wildcard Selection date – network determined 14 days out from competition – for clearance on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. If this contest is not selected for ESPN2 or ESPNU clearance, the host school will produce and distribute via ESPN+ as a digital exclusive or as a linear production made available for digital distribution. The host institution is permitted to set its start time.
%–This is a Wildcard Selection date – network determined 14 days out from competition — with ESPN picking first and MVC TV Network second. If none of these networks select the contest, the host school will produce and distribute via ESPN+ as a digital exclusive or as a linear production made available for digital distribution. The host institution is permitted to set its start time.
^–This is a Wildcard Selection date – network determined 14 days out from competition — with ESPN picking first, CBS Sports Network second, MVC TV Network third and The Valley on ESPN fourth. If none of these networks select the contest, the host school will produce and distribute via ESPN+ as a digital exclusive or as a linear production made available for digital distribution. The host institution is permitted to set its start time.
Postseason coverage from the 2024 State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Tournament — known uniquely as Arch Madness — in St. Louis includes four opening-round games on March 7 and four quarterfinal contests on March 8.
Those telecasts are distributed on linear platforms Bally Sports Midwest-Indiana-Kansas City-South-Southeast and NBC Sports Chicago plus live digitally on ESPN+ within the league’s six-state footprint of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee for the first time.
The Arch Madness semifinals on March 9 and the title game on March 10 will be shown on CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports, respectively, as part of a sublicense agreement between ESPN and CBS Sports.
CBS Sports has carried the championship game of Arch Madness every year since 2006 after ESPN or ESPN2 had served as television home for the title tilt from 1991 to 2005.
In 2020, the Missouri Valley joined the Big East (New York City) as the only Division I athletics conferences to conduct their men’s basketball tournaments in the same city for 30 or more consecutive years.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
INDIANA STATE CONTINUES MVC PLAY HOSTING MISSOURI STATE ON THURSDAY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State returns home this week as the Sycamores take the field against Missouri State on Thursday afternoon. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+.
The Sycamores (1-5-8, 0-3-3) are coming off back-to-back shutout draws following a home 0-0 tie against UIC, while going scoreless in a tie at Southern Illinois this past weekend. Indiana State’s defense has recorded five shutouts on the year including back-to-back contests to start the season at Louisville and Miami (Ohio).
The Sycamore defense stood strong against the Southern Illinois offense on Sunday at the Lew Hertzog Track & Field Complex. The Salukis outshot the Sycamores 18-3 in the contest and had the 7-2 edge in corner kicks on the field in a back-and-forth game on the field.
Carlie Jensen (two) and Mackenzie Kent combined for ISU’s three shot attempts in the contest as the Sycamores were held scoreless for the sixth consecutive match on Sunday. Maddie Alexander posted five saves in the contest in her fifth shutout of the season.
The Sycamores remain in the hunt for a postseason berth with four matches to play in the regular season. ISU currently sits 10th overall in the conference standings trailing Illinois State (1-2-3 MVC), Belmont (1-1-4 MVC), and Valparaiso (1-1-4 MVC) for the final spots in the MVC Tournament field.
ISU looks to make their mark this week against a Missouri State team that has posted an 8-1-5 overall mark with a 3-0-3 record in Valley play. The Bears were picked first overall in the MVC preseason poll as voted on by the league’s coaches. MSU received 120 points and 10 first-place votes after a 12-7-2 mark last season with a 7-2-1 record in conference play.
The Bears have lived up to the billing to date in the 2023 season with Missouri State picking up key wins over Oklahoma State and Tulsa, while adding a draw against Oregon in MVC play. MSU has outscored opponents 9-1 over six conference matches to date.
The Sycamores have scores six goals over the 2023 season paced by Maddie Helling’s two on the year, while Lina Fasquelle, Mackenzie Kent, Chloe Tesny, and Adelaide Wolfe have all found the back of the net. Kent continues to lead the Sycamores with 25 shots and 13 shots on goal in 2023, while Alexa Mackey has 12 shots with nine on target on the year.
Alexander continues to pace the Sycamores with 58 saves while starting all 14 matches on the year. The senior’s 58 saves are the second-most in a single season over her career (81, 2021), while her 224 saves put her 11 behind Emily Lahay (235, 4th) for fifth all-time in Sycamore history.
Gracie English leads Missouri State with five goals in the 2023 season, while Kaeli Benedict, Hailey Chambliss, and Carly Raunig have all scored three goals on the year. Overall, 12 Bears have scored on the season to date.
Camielle Day is Missouri State’s leader in the goal posting 40 saves and seven shutouts overall on the year over 13 starts. She’s allowed just seven goals over 132 shots faced on the year.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER
UE MEN’S SOCCER DROPS FINAL NON-CONFERENCE MATCH TO INDIANA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The University of Evansville men’s soccer team struggled to find its offensive touch in a 2-0 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers.
The Aces couldn’t find the net in Bloomington as UE recorded five shots in a physical 90 minutes. Forward Kai Phillip led UE with three shots, all of which came in the second half. Winger Nkosi Graham and defender Kylian Behem also recorded a shot for Evansville. Aces goalkeeper Aidan Montoure made six saves in the loss for a season-high performance.
UE found themselves down early at Bill Armstrong Stadium as Indiana struck first in the 6th minute. The Hoosiers added to their lead in the 27th minute after drawing goalkeeper Aidan Montoure out to the right side of the penalty area. Freshman defender Kylian Behem had Evansville’s lone chance in the first half during the 20th minute that was blocked by Indiana.
The Aces offense found its spark to begin the second half, putting up three shots in under three minutes. But right before the 60th minute the game went into a weather delay due to lighting strikes in the Bloomington area. The game remained in a weather delay for just over an hour before the players returned to the pitch. The final 30 of the game became a back-and-forth affair between the two sides through the midfield. But Montoure made a diving save to the right in the 81st minute on the Hoosiers second to last shot to keep the final result a 2-0 loss.
Evansville returns to Missouri Valley Conference action on Saturday evening at UIC. UE will kick-off against the Flames at 7 p.m. from Flames Field.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER
IMPORTANT ROAD TRIP BEGINS THURSDAY AT UNI FOR UE WOMEN’S SOCCER
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will kick off an important two-game road trip to Iowa on Thursday afternoon when the Purple Aces travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to battle the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. and Thursday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.
Evansville will enter Thursday’s match in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings with a 1-0-5 conference mark and 1-3-8 overall record. The Purple Aces have been unbeaten in the last seven matches to remain one of two unbeaten teams in the Valley, alongside preseason favorite Missouri State. While UE is in sixth, the Purple Aces are just five points behind the league-leader, and just two points out of fourth place entering Thursday’s action.
The Purple Aces extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over UIC. Sophomore defender Kaylee Woosley (Evansville, Ind./North) scored on a free kick in the 86th minute, and the Purple Aces’ defense combined with senior goalkeeper Myia Danek (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) to post UE’s fifth shutout of the season for the win. Woosley was named the MVC’s Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, and has recorded a point in three-straight matches, as she assisted on UE’s match-tying goals against Southern Illinois and Belmont.
UNI will enter Thursday’s match in second place in the MVC with a 4-2 conference record and 11-2-1 overall mark. The Panthers entered the week ranked tenth in the United Soccer Coaches’ Midwest Ranking. UNI bounced back from a 4-1 loss at Murray State on Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Belmont thanks to redshirt sophomore Olivia Knoepfle’s sixth goal of the season in the tenth minute. Knoepfle leads the MVC in scoring this year with 17 points (six goals, five assists), and she is tied with teammate Macy Smith for the team-lead with six goals. Overall, the Panthers lead the MVC in scoring at 2.43 goals per match.
All-time, Evansville has controlled the series against UNI, 16-5-4, and the Purple Aces are currently unbeaten in the last five series meetings with UNI. UE rallied for a 2-2 tie against UNI last year at home, as former Purple Ace Emily Ormson scored in the 88th minute to secure the final score line.
SOUTHERN INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY
USI XC SET TO CO-HOST ANGEL MOUNDS INVITATIONAL FRIDAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Men’s and Women’s Cross Country returns to action Friday when the Screaming Eagles co-host the Angel Mounds Invitational at Angel Mounds.
The women’s six-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., while the men’s 8k is at 10 a.m. Admission for the meet is $5 and is cash only.
USI is co-hosting the meet with the University of Evansville and the Evansville Sports Commission. Including USI and UE, the meet features several Division I programs from the Ohio Valley Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, Atlantic Sun and Conference USA. It also features several NAIA teams, including Oakland City University and Brescia University. Vincennes University is the lone junior college competing Saturday.
USI’s women are coming off a 23rd-place finish at the Live in Lou Classic two weeks ago. Junior Cameron Hough (Olney, Illinois) and freshmen Zoe Seward (Rochester, Indiana) were 47th and 60th, respectively, to lead the Eagles. Hough completed the 5k race in 17 minutes, 54.6 seconds, while Seward clocked a time of 18:01.2.
The Eagles’ men were led by senior Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana), who was 36th in the 378-competitor field. Hopf finished the 8k course in 24:23.0 as the Eagles placed 26th as a team.
Following the Angel Mounds Invitational, the Eagles travel to Morehead, Kentucky, to compete in the OVC Championships.
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
USI FACES SIUE ON MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS NIGHT
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer concludes its brief two-match homestand Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Screaming Eagles host Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at Strassweg Field.
Thursday is Mental Health Awareness Night as part of the Ohio Valley Conference’s Mental Health Awareness Week. All in attendance are encouraged to wear green to help raise and spread mental health awareness.
Southern Indiana is 4-6-4 this season with a 3-1-1 record in Ohio Valley Conference play. USI is currently enjoying a three-game winning streak dating back to October 1. It is the longest win streak for USI since the 2021 fall championship season. Plus, the Eagles have earned results in seven of the last eight matches, going 4-1-3 during that stretch. USI is also 3-0-1 in its last four home contests.
In the recent stretch of play, USI has finished its scoring chances offensively while holding opponents to low-percentage looks on the defensive end. During the three-game winning streak, Southern Indiana has outscored its opposition 6-1 with eight assists. With the seven results in the last eight matches, USI has outscored opponents 10-3 with 12 assists.
Last time out, USI notched its third straight victory with a 3-0 shutout against Lindenwood University on Sunday. It was the fourth clean sheet of the season and the largest margin of victory this season for the Eagles.
Against Lindenwood, USI came out of the gates fast, controlling the action in the midfield and in the attacking half early on. Midway into the first half, the Lions made a push against USI, but the Eagles’ defense stood tall. Southern Indiana took hold of momentum late in the first half with a goal by freshman midfielder Grace Bamber (Chesterton, Indiana) off a nice build-up from the wing. USI tacked on another goal right after halftime when sophomore midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) made a good run off an over-the-top pass, slotting the ball past the keeper. The Screaming Eagles capped off its goal-scoring late when senior midfielder Paige Vanek (St. Charles, Missouri) knocked in her first career goal, which happened to come on Senior Day for the senior captain.
Murphy was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. The sophomore had a big week for USI, tallying two goals, including one game-winner, and an assist in helping USI to a 2-0-0 week. Murphy stepped up to the penalty spot and scored the game-winning goal last Thursday in the Screaming Eagles’ 1-0 win at Western Illinois before her goal on Sunday against Lindenwood. She also added an assist in Sunday’s win.
Statistically, freshman midfielder Pilar Torres (Chula Vista, California) leads Southern Indiana with three goals, which is eighth in the OVC. Torres also has seven points after tallying her first assist in Sunday’s win. Murphy and Bamber are right behind her with two goals each and six and five points, respectively. Murphy has a team-best 21 shots, which is good for ninth in the OVC, and three more than Torres. In goal, redshirt freshman Anna Markland (Hoover, Alabama) is third in the OVC with four shutouts, fifth with a 1.21 GAA, and sixth in the conference with 52 saves.
Following Sunday’s victory against Lindenwood, USI Head Coach Eric Schoenstein is in line to hit a milestone mark with the next win for USI. Schoenstein is one win shy of 75 victories while at the helm of the USI Women’s Soccer program. In his eighth season as the head coach, Schoenstein is second in wins in USI Women’s Soccer history.
The SIUE Cougars enter Thursday with a 4-5-3 mark and a 2-1-2 record in the OVC. SIUE has tied in its last two matches, including a 1-1 draw last time out on Sunday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After a scoreless first half, the Cougars scored a few minutes out of halftime with a goal by redshirt junior midfielder Sidney Christopher. Little Rock answered shortly after to tie the game, leading to the 1-1 draw.
Christopher joins junior midfielder Kasey Neidhardt with a team-leading two goals on the season. Christopher was second-team All-OVC last season, while Neidhardt was selected to the OVC All-Newcomer team. The scoring has been spread out for SIUE, as nine other Cougars have scored this season. Graduate midfielder Matea Diekema paces the squad with 13 shots and nine shots on goal. Diekema is the reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year. Between the posts, redshirt junior keeper Taylor Spiller has started all 12 matches for SIUE, recording 46 saves, a 1.45 GAA, and two shutouts.
As longtime rivals in the Great Lakes Valley Conference years ago, SIUE and USI have transitioned the rivalry to Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference. Last season, the Cougars and the Eagles renewed the rivalry with a scoreless draw in Edwardsville, Illinois. Thursday’s meeting will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two programs. SIUE leads the series history 11-2-2, including a 6-0-0 mark on USI’s home field. Both of USI’s wins in the all-time series have come on the road, including the Eagles’ last win in the series back in 2003 when USI won 2-1. The all-time series dates back to 1996.
Heading into Thursday’s tilt against SIUE, USI sits in third place in the OVC standings with 10 points, which is three back of conference-leading Tennessee Tech University. The Cougars are tied for fourth with eight points in the league table.
Thursday’s contest can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+. Additional coverage links are on the USI Women’s Soccer schedule page on usiscreamingeagles.com.
ZEUCH AND PAIS SET TO BATTLE ITA CUP
ROME, Ga. – The University of Indianapolis tennis team is sending a pair of Greyhounds to the ITA Cup in Rome, Ga. with action set to begin Thursday, Oct. 12. The yearly fall tournament hosts the best of the best from of all the ITA Regional Championships from across the United States. The yearly tournament is the only singles and double championship event for the Division II level.
Tyffaine Pais is the female representation for the Greyhounds, having captured the crown at the ITA DII Midwest Regional Championship in Indianapolis. On the men’s side, Tom Zeuch earned an at-large bid after finishing third at the regional up in Allendale, Mich.
Last year, Zeuch and Edgar Destouet created magic in Rome, Ga., capturing the program’s second ever doubles title and earning the nod as the best doubles team in Division II, a mark they carried to the end of the spring season.
MARIAN RUGBY TO HOST BIG RIVERS RUGBY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
INDIANAPOLIS – On Saturday October 14, the Marian rugby program will host the quarterfinal round of the Big Rivers Rugby Conference Tournament. The Knights are hosting the entire quarterfinal round on Saturday afternoon, with three matches taking place at St. Vincent Field.
All three games of the quarterfinal round on Saturday will be played on St. Vincent Field, to preserve the Marian rugby pitch due to the forecasted rain throughout the end of the week. Saturday’s first game will start at 4 p.m. following the Marian men’s soccer match which begins at 1 p.m., with Iowa Central Community College taking on Thomas More. The schedule will roll after the first match, with Aquinas slotted to take on Wheeling University at 6 p.m., with the Knights finishing the day at 8 p.m. with their matchup against Thomas More.
Marian’s matchup against Rio Grande will be their first of the season. Marian finished second in the regular season standings, with Wheeling placing third and Iowa Central finishing fourth. Principia, who handed Marian their only defeat of the season so far, finished first and earned a bye for the quarterfinal round. Thomas More is the fifth seed in the tournament, followed by Rio Grande in sixth and Aquinas as the seventh.
This season Marian is the highest scoring team in the Big Rivers Rugby Conference, totaling 151 points on the year. The next closest team is Principia, who has scored 77 points.
Marian is 4-1 overall on the year and 2-1 in BRRC play.
For the event on Saturday, a food truck will be on site throughout the day in the north bowl of the stadium for fans to enjoy. The truck will be available through the end of the Marian match, and will open prior to 4 p.m.
MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER
BERNERON’S 89TH MINUTE PENALTY LIFTS MARIAN TO ROAD WIN AT SPRING ARBOR
Spring Arbor, Mich. – In a back and forth match, the Marian men’s soccer team stole a victory from Spring Arbor on Wednesday night, getting a go-ahead goal on a penalty kick in the 89th minute to claim a 3-2 win. The Knights win improves their overall record on the season to 8-2-2, while the Knights are now 3-2 in Crossroads League play.
Spring Arbor took the first shots of the game as they pressured the Knights early, but the two rips in the first 11 minutes of the match both were wide of target. Agon Hoxa made a run and took both of the opening attempts of the match for the visitors, but after missing his first look wide, the second was smothered by keeper Matt LeBlanc.
Marian stayed on the attack and in the 20th minute came away with the night’s first goal, as Kameron Hooker cleaned up a congested goal box off a Yoshiaki Takeishi free kick to bury the night’s first goal. Kyle Alb earned the assist on the goal that put Marian in front 1-0, but the lead wouldn’t last long as Spring Arbor answered with the tying goal from Rood Schnaider in the 23rd minute.
The score would remain level at the break, despite Spring Arbor taking an 8-4 advantage in shot attempts in the half. Juan Torres came up big twice with a pair of saves in the first half to keep the 1-1 draw.
After intermission, Marian turned up their offensive pressure, taking nine attempts in the second half with the first coming in the 48th minute from Phillip Seifert. Romaric Berneron and Sebastian Gonzalez peppered the goal as Torres worked his best to keep the Cougars out of the net, with the Knights keeper making a pair of saves before the match reached the 75th minute.
In the 76th minute, Marian built their offensive attack and punched through the go-ahead goal, as Sebastian Gonzalez took a pass from Takeishi and buried his sixth goal on the season to drive Marian in front 2-1. Much to the chagrin of the Knights, the actions of the first half repeated itself, as Spring Arbor countered with a goal in the 81st minute from Matheus Cunha, as he broke through the defense of Marian to tie the game.
Marian kept their composure despite giving up the tying goal, and attacked the Cougars with a fury of shots and corner kicks, trying to sneak a go-ahead goal. With 70 seconds left in the match Marian made one final push, and had a look as Jayden Francis was attacking in the box, but the striker was taken down from behind, drawing a penalty shot. The Knights’ captain Berneron took the shot from the spot, and slammed his first goal of the season to the right of the keeper to give Marian a 3-2 lead, which would go on to stand as the final score.
As a team the Knights recorded 13 shots with five looks on target, converting three goals. Gonzalez led the team with three shots with one resulting in a goal, and Hooker posted two shots with one goal. Hoxha and Berneron each took two shots in the match with Berneron’s penalty goal standing as the game-winner. Alb and Takeishi had the two assists in the match for Marian. In goal, Torres finished the night with five saves on the 16 Spring Arbor shots.
Marian will come home for their next four matches as they hit the home stretch of the season, hosting No. 10 Bethel on Saturday afternoon. The match time for Saturday’s match has been moved up an hour, and kick will come at 1 p.m.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER
#8 MARIAN DRAWS WITH #2 SPRING ARBOR
INDIANAPOLIS – The rematch of last year’s NAIA National Championship game was nothing short of exciting, as No. 8 Marian women’s soccer team holds No. 2 Spring Arbor to a 0-0 draw. Marian put up a hard-fought match, showing resilience the entire 90 minutes to hold the reigning champs to their first shutout of the season.
Spring Arbor was the first to strike in the match, with the guest putting together six shots and four corner kicks in the first 16 minutes of action. Marian finally got into the grove in the 20th minute with a corner kick and a pair of shot attempts coming from Sophie Decker and Delaney Taylor.
Although the Cougars led the Knights in shots and corner kicks, the final 18 minutes of the first half showed a different story with both teams going back and forth. In a chance to score the game’s first goal at the 27th minute mark, SAU was denied as Mycheala Johnson grabbed her third save of the night. Marian and Spring Arbor traded shots in the final seven minutes, with Katie Koger having her attempt go wide and Johnson picking up the save on the other end of the pitch to keep the score locked at 0-0.
At the break, the Cougars were leading the Knights 8-3 in shots and 6-2 in corners with the scored tied at 0-0.
The start of the second half was quite the opposite of the first, as it was Marian kicking things off. The Knights fired off the first two shots, with a shot going wide and a save by the SAU keeper coming in the first nine minutes. Marian found another great attempt from Olivia Parmer in the 61st minute as she booted one that just skimmed the post. In the 62nd minute, Knights’ fans were on the edge of their seat after a red card and foul on Spring Arbor happened in the box. Gretchen Mallin would step up to take the penalty kick, but was unable to convert as the All-American goalie denied the shot. Parmer found the ball at her feet after the bounce off from the goalie, but once again it was Blair Currie coming up big for her team.
Both teams continued to go back and forth with possession holding fairly even the remainder of the match. Marian and Spring Arbor were both efficient on the offensive and defensive end, producing five shots each in the final 28 minutes. The Cougars fired off the game’s final attempt at the 87:59 mark, but were unable to find back netting as the game would end in a 0-0 tie.
Both team’s defenses proved to be an offensive stopper, with Johnson making seven saves on 14 shots attempted. Marian had 12 shots throughout the match, with Parmer leading the way with four. Decker, Koger, and Mallin each had two attempts, while Grace Crawford and Taylor had one.
Marian will take on Bethel Saturday, October 14 at Bethel for a 2 p.m. matchup.
EFFECTIVE OFFENSE LEADS MARIAN SWEEP OVER HUNTINGTON
NDIANAPOLIS – Looking to wash the taste of their loss from the previous week out of their mouths, the Marian volleyball team played one of their cleanest matches of the season Wednesday night, sweeping Huntington on their home floor. Marian’s quick win improves their season record to 15-7 overall, while they jump to 9-3 in Crossroads League play.
The Knights wasted no time grabbing a lead in the first set, leaping in front 4-0 behind a pair of kills from Avery Toole. Toole continued to be effective as she was making her first start of the season, hammering three more kills throughout the set as she helped push Marian to a 16-7 lead. After a Huntington timeout was forced by Mikayla Christiansen, the Knights backed off their aggressive approach and allowed Huntington to gain ground, before stepping the pedal back to the floor. A pair of Forester errors got Marian back into system, as they closed the first set on top 25-18.
Huntington answered Marian in the second set by establishing the lead early in the game, jumping in front 9-6 after the 15th rally of the set. Gabby Fish and Toole helped keep Marian in the set, and while trailing 17-13, Christiansen scored a big kill that sparked a winning rally. The junior’s point dropped Logan Smith to serve, who helped ignite a 6-0 with three service aces to give the home team a 20-17 lead. Huntington was unable to recover after allowing the run, as Marian led the rest of the set, getting a block from Nicole Wilkinson and kill from Fish to close the 25-21 win.
With a 2-0 lead established, the Knights wasted little time building a lead in the third set, as Khori Dryden and Averi Lanman scored early kills to grow a 7-2 lead. Jaymison Summers got involved as she entered the match as two kills and a block from the junior pushed the advantage to eight points, as the Knights showed little signs of slowing down. A kill from Sydney Henke pushed Marian to an 18-12 lead, and Christiansen and Dryden helped finish the win, with the freshman landing three consecutive kills from Ainsley Neighbors as part of a 6-0 run. The run gave Marian a 24-12 lead, and three rallies later Dryden put down the winning kill, closing the sweep with a 25-14 win.
The Knights played lights out in their win on offense, hitting .346 as a team with 48 kills. Dryden led the team with 12 kills total on the night, posting eight alone in the third set as she finished the match with a .500 hitting percentage. Toole was equally impressive, posting 10 kills with a .400 hitting percentage. Christiansen ended with eight kills while adding a service ace, block assist, and 11 digs on the night, and Fish and Lanman combined for 13 kills.
Defensively, Lyons led the back row with 20 digs, while Wilkinson posted four block assists in her two sets of work to lead the team. Logan Smith finished the match with a team-best 22 assists, recording four of Marian’s six service aces. Lyons and Katie Hardegree each had six assists, and Neighbors finished with 12.
Marian will be off until next Wednesday when they resume their schedule, staying home to take on Goshen College. The match on October 18 will begin at 7 p.m. in the PE Center.
MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MARIAN PICKED SECOND IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL; COLLIER TABBED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2023-2024 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll and Preseason All-League Team on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Indiana Wesleyan was touted as the preseason favorite, after sweeping the regular season and tournament titles last season. The Wildcats were followed by Marian, Grace, Saint Francis, and Spring Arbor in the top-five.
The Knights, who went 15-3 in league play in 2022-23 to finish second in the standings, are picked to finish second in the Crossroads League this year. The preseason favorite is Indiana Wesleyan with Grace and Saint Francis (Ind.) picked to finish third and fourth respectively. Marian returns all five starters from one season ago, while also returning everyone who played significant minutes and adding three new players to the mix.
The Preseason All-Crossroads League First-Team was headlined by reigning NAIA National Player of the Year, Ella Collier of Marian. Joining Collier on the Preseason All-CL First-Team were fellow NAIA All-Americans, Lilli Frasure and Jade Nutley of Indiana Wesleyan and Alana Nelson of Spring Arbor, while Cassidy Crawford (USF), Taylor Westgate (TU), Maddie Ryman (GRA), Allison Bosse (MU), Emily Parrett (USF) and Jordan Reid (IWU) also earned First-Team honors.
Collier was selected to repeat as the Crossroads League Player of the Year, coming off another strong 2022-2023 campaign where she averaged 18 points per game while shooting at a clip of 55.6 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from three, and 93.6 percent from the charity stripe, turning in her third consecutive 50/40/90 season. In addition to her scoring, Collier pulled down 4.4 rebounds and dished out 2.5 assists per contest. Among all NAIA players last season, Collier ranked in the top-50 in scoring and field goal percentage, top-15 in three-point percentage, and second in free throw percentage.
Bosse, who was named to the CL Second Team last season, comes in this year as a First Team selection. The senior guard improved her play dramatically as a junior, becoming a focal point on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor as she was named to both the All-CL First and Defensive Teams last season. Bosse finished fourth on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game, logging nearly 33 minutes of work per game. Matched up with opponent’s top wing players, Bosse averaged 1.3 steals per game, and grabbed 3.0 rebounds per game.
Completing Marian’s preseason honors is Abbey McNally and Kinnidy Garrard, who earned All-Crossroads League Second Team honors. McNally had a dominant freshman season, earning both Freshman of the Year and All-CL Second Team honors last year. McNally was second on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game, while also leading the team in rebounds with 8.2 per game and put together 10 games with a double double. Garrard was also a strong force for the Knights, averaging 9.0 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game, while also causing havoc on the defensive end tallying 27 blocks throughout her 19 games played.
Marian begins their season on October 31 at home against Rochester with a 6 p.m. tip-off.
2023-2024 Crossroads League Preseason Poll
1-Indiana Wesleyan, 89
4-Saint Francis, 64
5-Spring Arbor, 63
6-Mount Veron Nazarene, 52
2023-2024 Crossroads League Preseason All-League
-Ella Collier, Marian
-Lilli Frasure, Indiana Wesleyan
-Alana Nelson, Spring Arbor
-Cassidy Crawford, Saint Francis
-Jade Nutley, Indiana Wesleyan
-Taylor Westgate, Taylor
-Maddie Ryman, Grace
-Allison Bosse, Marian
-Emily Parrett, Saint Francis
-Jordan Reid, Indiana Wesleyan
-Abbey McNally, Marian
-Angela Roshak, Mount Vernon Nazarene
-Alize Tripp, Spring Arbor
-Maiah Shelton, Bethel
-Zion Neat, Goshen
-Emily Seboe, Huntington
-Reganne Pate, Saint Francis
-Claycee West, Taylor
-Taylor Folkema, Indiana Wesleyan
-Kinnidy Garrard, Marian
MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MARIAN PICKED FIFTH IN 2023 CROSSROADS LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
Jackson, Mich. – On Wednesday the Crossroads League released its 2023-24 preseason conference ratings, as voted on by the 10 head coaches in the league. Marian University was picked to finish fifth in the league standings, as they enter the year coming off a 21-10 2022-23 campaign.
Last season the Knights finished fourth in the Crossroads League, posting 10 wins in the 18-game conference slate. The Knights finished last season with a record of 21-10 overall, reaching the NAIA Tournament First Round.
Grace College, last year’s regular season and tournament champion, were picked to repeat as conference champions. Indiana Wesleyan was picked to finish second, followed by Huntington and Bethel. Behind Marian in the standings, was St. Francis, Mt. Vernon Nazarene, Taylor, Spring Arbor, and Goshen.
The league also announced its preseason player of the year and first team honorees. Zach Goodline of Huntington was picked by the coaches as the favorite to win the Crossroads League Player of the Year, as he headlined the 10-player first team. Joining Goodline on the Preseason All-CL Team were fellow NAIA All-Americans, Drew Lutz of Bethel and Elijah Malone of Grace, with Lane Sparks (HU), Gabe Newhof (SAU), Luke Brown (IWU), Jakob Gibbs (GRA), Griffin Kliewer (IWU), Kade Ruegsegger (MVNU) and Zane Burke (USF) also earning the recognition.
Marian’s season will kick off on Saturday October 28, as the Knights host IU-Southeast at 3:30 p.m.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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|Las Vegas Raiders||2||3||0||.400||2.0||79||114||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||1||4||0||.200||3.0||121||181||0-3-0||1-1-0||0-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
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|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||2||0||.600||0.0||79||110||2-1-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||3||2||0||.600||0.0||109||75||1-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||2||2||0||.500||0.5||76||60||2-1-0||0-1-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||2||3||0||.400||1.0||83||114||1-1-0||1-2-0||0-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
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|Indianapolis Colts||3||2||0||.600||0.0||120||115||1-2-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||2||3||0||.400||1.0||115||100||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Tennessee Titans||2||3||0||.400||1.0||88||93||2-0-0||0-3-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||5||0||0||1.000||0.0||141||104||2-0-0||3-0-0||4-0-0||1-0-0||5 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||3||2||0||.600||2.0||134||83||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||2||3||0||.400||3.0||109||160||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|New York Giants||1||4||0||.200||4.0||62||153||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||3 L|
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|San Francisco 49ers||5||0||0||1.000||0.0||167||68||3-0-0||2-0-0||4-0-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||3||1||0||.750||1.5||111||91||1-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||2||3||0||.400||3.0||112||108||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||1||4||0||.200||4.0||108||136||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||2 L|
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|Detroit Lions||4||1||0||.800||0.0||148||107||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Green Bay Packers||2||3||0||.400||2.0||113||113||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Minnesota Vikings||1||4||0||.200||3.0||110||122||0-3-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||1||4||0||.200||3.0||115||157||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
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|New Orleans Saints||3||2||0||.600||0.5||96||76||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||0||5||0||.000||3.5||91||144||0-2-0||0-3-0||0-5-0||0-2-0||5 L|
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1907 At Detroit’s Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.
1916 In front of a record crowd of 43,620 fans at Braves Field, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins in Game 5 of the World Series, 4-1, to capture the team’s fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. As it did last season, Boston plays its Fall Classic home games in their crosstown National League rival’s larger ballpark, allowing more fans to attend the game than if played at Fenway Park.
1920 At Cleveland’s League Park, the Indians’ hurler Stan Coveleski blanks the Robins, 3-0, to win the 1920 World Series. The Tribe, en route to the franchise’s first World Championship, wins the best of nine series five games to 2.
1923 In front of the largest crowd in baseball history, 62,430 fans are on hand to see Casey Stengel hit his second World Series home run. The round-tripper proves to be the difference when Giants hurler Art Nehf outduels Yankees’ starter Sam Jones in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 1-0.
1929 The A’s, trailing 8-0 during Game 4 of the World Series, erupt for ten runs in the seventh inning off three Cub pitchers en route to a 10-8 victory. Chicago’s Hack Wilson becomes one of the game’s goats when he loses two balls in the sun in center field.
1948 The Yankees surprise their fans and a skeptical press when they name Casey Stengel to replace Bucky Harris as the team’s manager. In his previous stints as the skipper with the National League’s Braves and Dodgers, the ‘Old Perfesser’ had never finished higher than fifth place.
1949 Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by-play when Maryland defeats Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start of a 67-year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who becomes the iconic voice of the Dodgers.
1954 Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A’s to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman planning to shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after moving to KC, taking the club to Oakland in 1968.
1958 Willie Mays makes his first appearance in New York since the Giants moved to San Francisco when his barnstorming NL All-Stars beat Mickey Mantle’s American League All-Stars, 6-2. Before the game, the ‘Say Hey Kid,’ who thrills the Yankee Stadium crowd of 21,129 with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, bests ‘The Mick’ in a home run hitting contest, 2-1.
1963 At the last game featuring major leaguers played at the historic Polo Grounds, the Latin stars from the National League beat their AL peers, 5-2, in the first and only Hispanic Major League All-Star Game. Future Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, and Juan Marichal are on hand to see Vic Power, a native of Puerto Rico, honored as the number-one Latin American player during a pregame ceremony before the postseason exhibition.
1965 Larry Bowa, who did not make the baseball team during his first three years in high school, signs as an amateur free agent by Philadelphia. The persistent infielder, who made the C. K. McClatchy squad as a senior, will be given the Phillies’ starting shortstop position in 1970 by Phillies’ skipper Frank Lucchesi, an admirer of the 24-year-old’s fiery personality.
1967 Lou Brock becomes the third player in major league history to accomplish a trio of thefts in a World Series contest. The three stolen bases during the Cardinals’ 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 7 gives the speedy St. Louis left fielder seven for the series, establishing a new Fall Classic mark.
1967 Boston’s Impossible Dream ends when Cardinals’ ace Bob Gibson throws a three-hitter, his third complete game in the Fall Classic, beating the Red Sox, 7-2. The team’s slogan for the season, based on the hit song from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” became popular as the ninth-place team from last year won the AL flag on the last day of the campaign in a pennant race involving four teams and came up one game short from being the World Champions.
1969 Al Weis’s timely ninth-inning hit, combined with the two-hitter tossed by Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor, enable the Mets to even the Fall Classic with the Orioles at one game apiece. New York will win the next three games, all played at Shea Stadium, to finish their amazing season with a World Championship.
1972 After clinching the pennant with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS, Blue Moon Odom and Vida Blue give new meaning to the term Swingin’ A’s when the starting pitcher and the game’s closer begin to brawl in the clubhouse. Odom, who left after five innings having allowed a run on two hits, takes exception to the universal choke sign made by Vida Blue when the reliever used the gesture to answer his own question, “How come you starters can’t finish what you begin.”
1972 In Game 5 of the ALCS, the A’s clinch their first American League pennant since 1931 by beating Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Oakland’s Blue Moon Odom goes the first five innings, giving up one run on two hits, and Vida Blue shuts down the opponents for a four-inning save.
1982 In Game 1, Brewers’ leadoff batter Paul Molitor becomes the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game. The third baseman’s 5-for-6 Fall Classic performance helps Milwaukee rout the Cardinals, 10-0, the largest shutout margin since the Yankees blanked the Bucs 12-0 in 1960.
1983 At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, the Orioles even the series at one game apiece when they defeat the Phillies, 4-1. In a battle between rookie pitchers, 26-year-old Mike Boddicker throws a three-hitter, besting 24-year-old Charles Hudson when John Lowenstein paces the Birds’ offense with three hits, including a fifth-inning home run.
1986 The Angels, ahead 5-4 and one strike away from going to the World Series, see their lead vanish when Dave Henderson, who had Bobby Grich’s fly ball bounce over the fence off the heel of his glove, hits a two-run homer off Donnie Moore, putting the Red Sox ahead, 6-5. California will tie the Anaheim Stadium contest in the bottom of the frame, but Boston will prevail, scoring the deciding run in the 11th inning on a Henderson sac fly.
1987 The Twins win their first American League pennant in 22 years, beating Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 9-7. Minnesota, posting the worst road record (29-52) in history for a playoff team, won two of three games in the Motor City to capture the best-of-7 ALCS in five games.
1997 Livan Hernandez, with a complete-game performance at Pro Player Stadium, strikes out 15 Braves in the Marlins’ 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the 1997 NLCS. The rookie right-hander, also the winner in Game 2 for the eventual World Champs, is named the MVP of the NL’s championship series.
2001 Tom Kelly retires as the Twins’ skipper. During his 15-season tenure, the longest among current managers, he won two World Series titles and compiled a record of 1140-1244 for the small-market team.
2003 With his team losing three consecutive playoff games and on the brink of elimination in the NLCS, Marlins starter Josh Beckett sends the series back to Chicago, striking out 11 Chicago batters en route to tossing a two-hit 4-0 shutout at Pro Player Stadium. Florida will complete their stunning comeback by winning the final two games at Wrigley Field, including the infamous Game 6 that will make Steve Bartman an instant villain in the Windy City.
2003 Thirty-five years after creating controversy with his non-traditional rendition of the song, Jose Feliciano sings the Star-Spangled Banner at the Marlins’ NLCS game against the Cubs at Pro Player Stadium. The singer’s gospelized version of the national anthem sung before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Tiger Stadium caused such a flap that some radio stations stopped playing his records on the air.
2005 Doug Eddings’s controversial call, which he appears to signal the third out of the ninth inning, but A.J. Pierzynski takes first base as the home plate ump belatedly rules the catcher had trapped the swinging strike. Chicago will take advantage of the incident when pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna steals second and scores the winning run on Joe Crede’s double, tying the ALCS at one game apiece with a 2-1 victory over the Angels.
2007 In a move commended by environmentalists, the Devil Rays, which had decided to phase out all free parking, continues to extend its offer to all vehicles transporting four or more passengers. The decision exemplifies Tampa Bay’s continued approach to the greening of Tropicana Field and its team operations.
2009 The Phillies rally for three runs in the top of the ninth, beating the Rockies 5-4 in Game 4 of the division series to advance to the NLCS. For the second consecutive night at Coors Field, Huston Street, Colorado’s reliable closer, gives up runs in the final frame and takes the loss.
2009 The Cubs file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware. The anticipated short-term move will allow the club’s owner, the Tribune Company, to sell the team in an $845 million deal to the family of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.’s founder, Joe Ricketts.
2010 The Rangers, behind the complete-game effort by Cliff Lee, beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field for the team’s first playoff series victory in franchise history, the last major league club to accomplish the task. Texas, who will take on the Yankees for the AL flag, lost three previous playoff appearances with first-round losses to the Bronx Bombers in 1996 and 1998-99.
2012 Twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS, the Nationals suffer the worst collapse in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.
2013 Anibal Sanchez becomes the second person to strike out four batters in an inning in the postseason, whiffing Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino (who reaches base on a passed ball), David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli in Detroit’s 1-0 ALCS victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 29-year-old right-hander, whose first-frame feat matches Cubs right-hander Orval Overall’s total in Game 5 of the 1908 Fall Classic, is also the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history, including the regular season.
2013 For the first time in baseball history, two playoff games on the same day end with a score of 1-0. In Game One of the ALCS, the Tigers blank the Red Sox with the lone run scoring on Jhonny Peralta’s sixth-inning sac fly, and Jon Jay’s fifth-frame sacrifice fly at Busch Stadium provides the only tally the Cardinals needed to take a 2-0 game advantage to LA in the NLCS.
2015 The Cubs homer six times en route to an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Game 3 of the NLDS. Chicago’s sextet of round-trippers, including long balls from Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler, sets the postseason mark for home runs by one team in a game.
2018 Brandon Woodruff becomes the first southpaw-swinging reliever to hit a postseason home run off a left-handed pitcher when he drives a Clayton Kershaw fastball 407 feet over the centerfield wall in the Brewers’ 6-5 win over the Dodgers Game 1 of the NLCS. The 25-year-old right-hander, the first Milwaukee pitcher to homer in a postseason game since Lew Burdette accomplished the feat against the Yankees in the 1958 World Series, throws two perfect innings of relief for the victory in the Miller Park contest.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1914 WORLD SERIES
By 1914, the Philadelphia Athletics had become a World Series regular and had dethroned two of Major Leagues baseball’s first post-season dynasties by beating the mighty Chicago Cubs and New York Giants on more than one occasion. Most of their success had been built on a foundation of solid “big-game” pitching. Chief Bender, a Fall Classic favorite, entered Game 1 with a Major League leading .850 winning percentage and a 17-3 record. His opponent, Dick Rudolph had won twenty-seven games for his Boston Braves. Rudolph pitched a five-hitter and teammate Hank Gowdy made a valiant attempt at a True Cycle when he singled, doubled and tripled. Boston won 7-1 and surprised the presumably overconfident A’s who were heavy favorites.
The next day the “Miracle Braves” called on their other ace Bill James who had boasted an impressive twenty-six wins for his team during the regular season. The A’s Connie Mack countered with the 1913 Series winner Eddie Plank and both pitched to a 0-0 standstill after eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Boston’s Charlie Deal hit a one-out double, stole third and scored on a two-out single by Les Mann. In the bottom of the ninth, James walked two batters but got out of the jam by inducing Eddie Murphy to hit into a game-ending double play. James’ two-hit, 1-0 victory gave Boston a shocking Series lead of two games to none.
Although the Fall Classic had shifted to Boston, the Braves were still without home-field advantage. Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) was chosen over their own South End Grounds as a more attractive and inviting venue. Game 3 was anyone’s game as the Braves and A’s battled to another game extending tie at 2-2 through nine innings. Once again, “Home Run Baker” came up clutch, hitting a two run single off of the Braves starter, Lefty Tyler. The Braves answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the tenth as Gowdy led off with a timely homer and Joe Connolly produced a run-scoring fly ball later in the inning. Bill James came in as relief for Tyler and shut the Athletics out for the next two innings. In the bottom of the twelfth, Gowdy knocked a double off of “Bullet” Joe Bush (who had gone the distance) and gave way to a pinch-runner, Mann. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Larry Gilbert, Herbie Moran followed with a perfect bunt. Bush grabbed the ball and threw toward the third baseman in an attempt to force Mann, but his throw went wide resulting in much more than an error. Mann jumped at the opportunity and darted home for the 5-4 victory. Boston was now up three-games-to-none and the Philadelphia favorites were in serious trouble.
After failing to win with the “Big 3” – Bender, Plank and Bush, the Athletics turned to second year man, Bob Shawkey in an effort to get themselves back in the game. The Miracle Braves were on the verge of sweeping one of baseball’s original dynasties and the A’s were running out of options. Shawkey rose to the challenge and shutdown Boston for three scoreless innings before giving up one in the fourth. In the next inning, he helped his own cause with a game-tying double, but later surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Game 1 winner, Dick Rudolph held the A’s at one and the Braves went on to a 3-1 victory and World Series sweep. The Philadelphia Athletics became the first team in World Series history to be eliminated in four games (the 1907 Tigers also went winless, but managed a tie game against the Chicago Cubs, extending the contest to five games).
Hank Gowdy was a standout for the Braves with three doubles, one triple and a homer while batting a Series leading .545. Rudolph and James, after accounting for fifty-three of the Braves’ 94 regular-season victories, went undefeated while holding their opponents to a miserable .172 team mark. After their less-than stellar performance Connie Mack’s Athletics began rebuilding for the future. Unfortunately, Mack’s plan did not include many of the 1914 players. Eddie Collins was traded over the winter, Home Run Baker sat out the entire 1915 season in a dispute before being sold to the up-and-coming New York Yankees and both Plank and Bender went off to the Federal League. It didn’t stop there, by the middle of 1915, Jack Barry, Eddie Murphy and Bob Shawkey had all been traded or sold. The underdog Braves had not only swept the American League’s first real dynasty, they had destroyed it.
October 12, 1989 – In what was the largest player trade in the history of the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys traded running back Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for 5 then current players and 6 draft picks of the future. The Cowboys were winless at this point of the 1989 season after five games played. The franchise was somewhat of a laughing stock of the league as their new Owner/GM Jerry Jones and Rookie head Coach Jimmy Johnson looked like they got into something a little bit too much for them to handle. They really looked foolish when they traded their star player, but the compensation of basically 11 players for one? That seemed like an offer too good to pass on. According to an ESPN article on the trade the deal went something like this: the Cowboys would give the Vikings Walker, their third and 10th round picks in 1990, and their third pick in 1991. In return, the Vikings would send linebackers Jesse Solomon and David Howard, defensive end Alex Stewart, running back Darrin Nelson, cornerback Issiac Holt and Minnesota’s first-, second- and sixth-round picks in 1990. Then the real craftyness started, Nelson refused to report with Dallas, so he was traded to the San Diego Chargers and became two draft picks: a sixth-rounder in 1990 and a second-rounder in ’91. The Cowboys took Emmitt Smith of Florida, in the first round of the 1990 draft; defensive tackle Russell Maryland of Miami in the first round in ’91; cornerback Kevin Smith of Texas A&M in the first round in ’92; safety Darren Woodson of Arizona State in the second round in ’92; and cornerback Clayton Holmes of Carson-Newman in the third round in ’92. A dynasty had been born in Dallas with the jump start of trading one star player, and the clever draft maneuvering of the Cowboys brass. The Vikings did make the playoffs in 1989 with Walker running the ball, only to get knocked out by a very good San Francisco team.
October 12, 1991 – Mike Lerch of Princeton ties NCAA record with 370 receiving yards along with 4 touchdowns to lead the then unbeaten Princeton Tigers to a 59-37 victory over a winless Brown University.
October 12, 1991 – Doug Flutie, formerly of Boston College and now with the BC Lions set a CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton Eskimos, 45-38 in overtime
October 12, 1992 – Washington Redskins wide out Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception. Monk did it in grand style too as the game was played on the Monday Night Football stage, with all of the nation watching. The Redskins had their way with their opponents that night the Denver Broncos as they won handedly 34-3. It was a 10-yard reception from Redskin quarterback Mark Rypien in the fourth quarter, when Monk passed Steve Largent for the most career receptions in NFL history. Monk finished the game with seven receptions for 69 yards. For his career, Monk totaled 840 catches, 788 of which came in his 14 seasons as a Washington Redskin.
Ocotber 12, 2019 – The University of South Carolina knocks off the 3rd ranked University of Georgia by a score of 20-17.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS OF OCTOBER 12
October 12, 1878 – Truxton Hare was a guard from the University of Pennsylvania. Hare played on the Penn Quakers football team from 1897 through 1900. He was the first of four players to have been a four-year All-American per pennathletics.com. Even more amazing was that Hare played every minute of all 54 games in which he competed, as the rules of his playing era players couldn’t return to the game after being substituted. Truxton was a big dude when he played too as he stood 6’-2” and weighed 208 pounds. Truxton was quite an accomplished athlete even without football. According to Olympic.org, Hare won a Silver medal in the 1900 Olympic games in Paris for the Hammer Throw Competition and a Bronze medal in the 1904 Olympics played in St. Louis. Truxton Hare was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
October 12, 1921 – South Bend, Indiana – Les Horvath was born. Don’t let his birthplace fool you into thinking Les was with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, no he was not. It might get a little bit clearer when you find out that after the family moved he spent most of his childhood in Parma, Ohio. Les attended and played for Ohio State University as a halfback/quarterback. He earned football letters in 1940, 1941, 1942 & 1944. He was not eligible to play football in 1943 as he attended dental school that year. The 1944 season was a special eligibility for Horvath, as most players of that era only had 3 seasons of eligibility but the NCAA granted an extra season due to World War II and the lack of athletes in college. OSU Head Coach Carroll Widdoes asked Horvath to return to the team for a fourth year. Due to the demands of dental school, Horvath was initially reluctant to play but agreed to do so after Widdoes promised that Horvath would be flown to all of the games and would not have to practice as much as the other players. Ohio State went 9-0, won the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally. Horvath rushed for 905 yards and passed for 345. He ranked second in the nation in rushing, third in total offense, was unanimous All-America, Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten, and won the Heisman Trophy. Les was the very first Buckeye Heisman Trophy in 1944 winner according to heisman.com. The National Football Foundation invited Les Horvath into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. LEs graduated dental school in 1947 and then the NFL came calling as he was drafted by the LA Rams and played there and with the Cleveland Browns before hanging up his helmet to practice dentistry in the LA area.
October 12, 1970 – Thoamasville, Georgia – Charlie Ward was a Quarterback from the Florida State. Charlie may be the most decorated college quarterback of all time according to heisman.com as he won every award he was eligible for in 1993. For starters he won the Heisman Trophy, and he led his Florida State Seminoles to the National Championship title. Ward also was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Toyota Leader of the Year. Ward filled his trophy case even more by taking home the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards and was only the second college football player ever to win the Sullivan Award given annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete. His 1993 number were off the charts with completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,032 yards with 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Football was not where it stopped though as the super athlete also guided FSU’ basketball teams to 3 NCAA tournaments and Charlie became the first ever Heisman winner to play in the NBA. Ward ended up staying in the NBA for 12 seasons and never put on an NFL uniform . Charlie Ward entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
20 – 29 – 42 – 32 – 81 – 16 – 34 – 4
October 12, 1967 – At the World Series, Cardinals Number 20, Lou Brock steals WS record 7 bases as St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 7-2 at Fenway Park for a 4-3 series win; MVP: Cards pitcher Bob Gibson
October 12, 1977 – In a game no known as “Throwaway Game” Catfish Hunter, Number 29 lost Game 2 of the World Series contest 6-1 to the LA Dodgers as the resting Yankees were apparently resting other pitchers
October 12, 1979 – Boston Celtics guard Number 42, Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird
October 12, 1979 – Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard/ forward Number 32, Magic Johnson made his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102
October 12, 1982 – Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor, Number 4 produced a World series record 5 hits
October 12, 1989 – Blockbuster NFL Trade. Dallas running back Herschel Walker (Number 34) was traded from the Cowboys to the Minnesota Vikings for 5 players and 6 future draft picks including future stars Emmitt Smith (Number 22), Russell Maryland (Number 67), Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson
October 12, 1991 – Doug Flutie, Number 22 of BC Lions sets CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton Eskimos, 45-38 in overtime
October 12, 1991 – Mike Lerch of Princeton ties NCAA record with 370 receiving yards
October 12, 1992 – Washington Redskins Number 81, Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception
October 12, 1999 – Pat LaFontaine, Number 16 for multiple franchises, was forced to formally retire from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems
October 12, 2003 – FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Home Depot Center, Carson, CA: Number 4, Nia Künzer scored the winner in sudden death extra time as Germany beats Sweden, 2-1
October 12, 2016 – Auston Matthews, Number 34 became first player to score 4 goals in his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa
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