Homestead 4, Noblesville 2 

Harrison 1, Carroll 0

South Bend St. Joseph 4, Penn 0

Valparaiso 7, Crown Point 2

Castle 6, Floyd Central 0

Bloomington South 4, Columbus North 0

East Central 4, Roncalli 0

Carmel 3, Brownsburg 0

Hamilton Heights 2, Bellmont 1

Leo 4, Western 1

Mishawaka Marian 3, DeKalb 0

West Lafayette 2, Hanover Central 1

Evansville Memorial 5, Silver Creek 0

Jasper 3, Northview 0

Cathedral 4, South Dearborn 0

Brebeuf Jesuit 1, Tri-West 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 2, Manchester 0

Tipton 1, Faith Christian 0

Westview 1, Argos 1 (PKs 5-4)

Andrean 3, Trinity 0

Forest Park 2, South Knox 0

Providence 1, Switzerland County 1 (PKs 3-1)

Heritage Christian 8, Muncie Burris 0

Cascade 2, Greenwood Christian Academy 0




Noblesville vs. Columbia City

Fort Wayne North vs. Harrison

Elkhart vs. South Bend Adams

Chesterton vs. Munster

Castle vs. Columbus East

Bloomington South vs. Southport

East Central vs Cathedral

Carmel vs. Avon



Yorktown vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger

Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. Oak Hill

West Noble vs. Bremen

West Lafayette vs. Griffith

Heritage Hills vs. Madison

Gibson Southern vs. West Vigo

South Dearborn vs. Speedway

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks



Park Tudor vs. Liberty Christian

Carroll Flora vs. Wabash

Caston vs. Westview

Trinity vs. Illiana Christian

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Southwestern

Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Providence Cristo Rey

Centerville vs. Cascade




(at Westfield)

M1: Noblesville vs. Hamilton Southeastern, 5:30 p.m.

M2: Fishers vs. Westfield, 7 p.m.

(at Yorktown)

M3: Muncie Central vs. Yorktown, 6 p.m.

M4: New Castle vs. Anderson, 7:30 p.m.

(at North Central)

M1: Warren Central vs. Cathedral, 6 p.m.

M2: Lawrence North vs. Lawrence Central, 7:30 p.m.

(at Roncalli)

M2: Ben Davis vs. Crispus Attucks, 6 p.m.

M3: Perry Meridian vs. Pike, 7:30 p.m.

(at Terre Haute South)

M2: Avon vs. Terre Haute North, 6 p.m.

M3: Brownsburg vs. Terre Haute South, 7:30 p.m.

(at Shelbyville)

M1: Whiteland vs. Greenwood, 6 p.m.

M2: Franklin vs. Shelbyville, 7:30 p.m.

(at Martinsville)

M2: Columbus East vs. Bloomington South, 6 p.m.

M3: East Central vs. Bloomington North, 7:30 p.m.

(at Tri-West)

M1: Tri-West Hendricks vs. Danville, 6 p.m.

(at Bishop Chatard)

M2: Brebeuf Jesuit vs. Heritage Christian, 5:30 p.m.

M3: Guerin Catholic vs. Christel House, 7 p.m.

(at Beech Grove)

M1: Indian Creek vs. Cardinal Ritter, 6 p.m.

M2: Washington vs. Beech Grove, 7:30 p.m.

(at Batesville)

M2: South Dearborn vs. Rushville Consolidated, 6 p.m.

M3: Connersville vs. Lawrenceburg, 7:30 p.m.

(at Southmont)

M2: Cascade vs. Cloverdale, 6 p.m.

M3: North Putnam vs. Parke Heritage, 7:30 p.m.

(at Covington)

M1: Covington vs. Lafayette Central Catholic, 6 p.m.

M2: Bethesda Christian vs. Traders Point Christian, 7 p.m.

(at Indiana Deaf)

M1: Indiana Math & Science vs. Indiana Deaf, 6 p.m.

(at Edinburgh)

M1: Waldron vs. Edinburgh, 6 p.m.

M2: Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Morristown, 7:30 p.m.


Alexandria (3-4) at Frankton (2-6)

Anderson (2-4) at Logansport (5-2)

Andrean (6-2) at Lowell (5-3)

Angola (2-6) at Eastside (8-0)

Attica (0-5) at South Vermillion (3-5)

Batesville (4-4) at Connersville (1-7)

Bedford North Lawrence (4-4) at Columbus East (3-5)

Beech Grove (3-5) at Franklin County (5-3)

Bellmont (1-7) at East Noble (5-2)

Blackford (1-6) at Oak Hill (6-2)

Bloomington North (5-3) at Southport (0-8)

Bloomington South (6-1) at Indianapolis Chatard (4-4)

Bluffton (3-5) at Lakeland (3-5)

Boone Grove (1-5) at Whiting (2-6)

Boonville (2-5) at Gibson Southern (7-1)

Bowman Academy (0-7) at River Forest (4-3)

Brown County (3-5) at Edgewood (1-6)

Brownstown Central (8-0) at Scottsburg (6-2)

Calumet (6-2) at Hanover Central (7-1)

Carmel (7-1) at Lawrence Central (3-5)

Carroll (Flora) (6-2) at Sheridan (6-2)

Center Grove (8-0) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-0)

Charlestown (6-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-5)

Chesterton (6-2) at Merrillville (8-0)

Churubusco (6-2) at Fairfield (4-4)

Cloverdale (0-7) at Owen Valley (7-1)

Corydon Central (0-7) at Silver Creek (4-3)

Covington (6-2) at Riverton Parke (2-5)

Culver (2-4) at LaVille (5-2)

Danville (7-1) at North Montgomery (3-3)

Dugger Union (1-2) at Oblong (Ill.)

East Central (7-1) at Indianapolis Roncalli (8-0)

Eastern (Greentown) (6-2) at Clinton Prairie (4-3)

Eastern Hancock (5-3) at Lapel (6-2)

Elwood (0-7) at Mississinewa (5-2)

Evansville Central (2-6) at Evansville North (4-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-7) at Evansville Bosse (2-6)

Evansville Mater Dei (6-2) at Evansville Reitz (3-5)

Evansville Memorial (7-1) at Castle (6-2)

Floyd Central (3-5) at New Albany (5-3)

Forest Park (3-5) at Southridge (4-4)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-4) at Fort Wayne Northrop (3-5)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)

Fort Wayne Snider (6-1) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-0)

Fort Wayne South (1-6) at Homestead (5-3)

Fort Wayne Wayne (2-6) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (7-1)

Fountain Central (3-5) at Parke Heritage (6-2)

Frankfort (2-5) at Crawfordsville (0-8)

Franklin (3-5) at Decatur Central (7-1)

Frontier (1-7) at South Newton (4-4)….INDIANA SRN

Garrett (4-4) at Central Noble (6-2)

Greenfield-Central (5-3) at New Castle (2-6)

Griffith (4-4) at Wheeler (5-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-7) at Culver Academy (6-2)

Hagerstown (1-6) at Northeastern (4-4)

Hamilton Southeastern (7-1) at Brownsburg (6-2)

Hammond Central (1-7) at East Chicago Central (2-5)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (7-1) at Richmond (1-7)

Heritage (3-5) at Jay County (3-5)

Heritage Christian (8-0) at Christel House Manual (2-5)….INDIANA SRN

Highland (3-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-5)

Huntington North (2-6) at New Haven (3-5)

Indianapolis Attucks (3-4) at Gary West (5-2)

Indianapolis Lutheran (8-0) at Traders Point Christian (4-4)….INDIANA SRN

Indianapolis Ritter (0-8) at Cascade (2-6)

Indianapolis Tech (5-3) at Kokomo (6-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (3-4) at Indianapolis Washington (3-4)

Jasper (8-0) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-7)

Jennings County (1-7) at Jeffersonville (2-5)

Jimtown (6-2) at South Bend Riley (1-4)

John Glenn (3-4) at South Bend Washington (3-3)

Knightstown (1-6) at Centerville (7-0)

Knox (2-6) at Caston (2-6)

Lake Central (3-5) at Valparaiso (7-1)

Lebanon (5-3) at Western Boone (5-3)

Leo (8-0) at DeKalb (1-7)

Maconaquah (2-4) at Rochester (4-2)

Madison-Grant (4-4) at Eastbrook (7-0)

Martinsville (5-3) at Plainfield (3-5)

McCutcheon (1-6) at Marion (3-4)

Michigan City (5-3) at Crown Point (5-3)

Milan (2-6) at Switzerland County (2-5)

Mishawaka Marian (5-3) at South Bend St. Joseph (2-6)

Mitchell (3-4) at Perry Central (6-2)

Monroe Central (8-0) at Shenandoah (4-3)

Monrovia (6-2) at Indianapolis Scecina (5-3)

Mooresville (6-2) at Perry Meridian (2-6)

Mount Vernon (Posey) (7-1) at Washington (0-7)

Muncie Central (1-7) at Lafayette Jeff (5-3)

Munster (2-6) at Hobart (5-3)

New Palestine (5-3) at Delta (4-4)

New Prairie (7-1) at Elkhart (4-4)

Noblesville (2-6) at Avon (0-8)

North Central (Farmersburg) (2-5) at Eastern Greene (1-7)

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-7) at Ben Davis (3-5)

North Decatur (3-4) at Wes-Del (0-7)

North Harrison (3-5) at Providence (4-4)

North Judson (6-2) at Pioneer (6-2)

North Knox (6-2) at Paoli (5-1)

North Miami (0-8) at Northfield (5-3)

North Posey (6-2) at Pike Central (1-5)

North Putnam (2-5) at Greencastle (5-3)….INDIANA SRN

North White (3-3) at West Central (2-6)

Northridge (5-3) at Mishawaka (6-2)

Northview (6-1) at Indian Creek (2-6)

Norwell (7-1) at Columbia City (4-4)

Park Tudor (6-2) at Edinburgh (5-3)

Peru (5-2) at Manchester (4-3)

Pike (0-8) at Lawrence North (5-2)

Plymouth (0-8) at NorthWood (4-4)

Portage (1-7) at LaPorte (2-6)

Prairie Heights (3-5) at West Noble (3-5)

Princeton (2-6) at Heritage Hills (6-2)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-7) at Covenant Christian (5-3)….INDIANA SRN

Rock Creek Academy (1-6) at Clarksville (1-6)

Rushville (0-8) at Greensburg (2-4)

Seeger (5-3) at North Vermillion (4-4)

Seymour (2-5) at Madison (3-5)

Shelbyville (1-4) at Pendleton Heights (4-4)

South Bend Adams (3-5) at Penn (3-5)

South Bend Clay (0-7) at Bremen (5-3)

South Central (Union Mills) (2-3) at Hammond Noll (1-5)

South Dearborn (6-2) at Lawrenceburg (7-1)

South Decatur (1-5) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-4)

South Putnam (7-1) at Linton-Stockton (8-0)

South Spencer (3-5) at Tell City (5-3)

Southern Wells (0-8) at South Adams (6-2)

Southside HomeSchool at Indiana Deaf (4-3)

Southwood (4-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (8-0)

Springs Valley (6-1) at North Daviess (4-4)

Sullivan (6-2) at West Vigo (3-3)

Taylor (0-4) at Delphi (5-3)

Tecumseh (1-6) at Crawford County (2-4)

Terre Haute North (3-5) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-2)

Terre Haute South (1-7) at Columbus North (5-3)

Tri-Central (3-5) at Clinton Central (2-6)

Tri-County (0-7) at North Newton (5-3)

Triton (3-5) at Winamac (6-0)

Triton Central (5-3) at Speedway (6-2)

Tri-West (6-2) at Southmont (5-3)

Union County (4-3) at Tri (6-2)

Wabash (1-6) at Whitko (1-7)

Warsaw (7-1) at Concord (7-1)

Wawasee (1-7) at Goshen (3-5)

West Washington (3-3) at Salem (4-2)

Westfield (7-1) at Franklin Central (4-4)

Whiteland (4-3) at Greenwood (2-6)

Winchester (4-4) at Union City (4-3)

Woodlan (3-5) at Adams Central (7-1)

Yorktown (5-3) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (7-1)….INDIANA SRN

Zionsville (4-4) at Fishers (5-3)

Northwestern (0-7) at Benton Central (0-6)

Lewis Cass (2-5) at Twin Lakes (2-6)

Hamilton Heights (5-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-3)

Tipton (7-1) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-3)

Western (6-2) at West Lafayette (8-0)


Quarterfinals | Carmel HS | Fri, 12 pm ET

Match 1: Munster vs. Columbus North.

Match 2: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Carmel.

Quarterfinals | Center Grove HS | Fri, 12 pm ET

Match 3: Covington vs. Zionsville.

Match 4: Westview vs. Jasper.

Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET

Match 5: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner.

Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET

Match 6: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner.

State Championship | Carmel HS | Sat, 2 pm ET

Match 7: Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner. 


1. Crown Point | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT 
Feeder Sectionals: Highland, Hebron

2. Chesterton @ Sunset Hill Farm County Park | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT 
Feeder Sectionals: New Prairie, Rensselaer Central

3. Harrison (West Lafayette) | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Benton Central, Harrison (West Lafayette)

4. Culver Academies | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Manchester, Logansport

5. Elkhart @ Ox Bow Parks | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Elkhart, South Bend Riley

6. West Noble | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Fort Wayne Northrop, West Noble

7. Marion @ Indiana Wesleyan | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Bellmont, Marion

8. Delta @ Muncie Sportsplex | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Delta, Pendleton Heights

9. Ben Davis | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Ben Davis, Brownsburg

10. Noblesville | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Noblesville

11. Rushville Consolidated | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Connersville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

12. Franklin Community | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Franklin Community, South Dearborn

13. Columbus North | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Brown County, Austin

14. Bedford North Lawrence | 10:30 am ET; 11:30 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Terre Haute North

15. Crawford County | 11 am ET; 11:45 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Crawford County, Jasper

16. Pike Central | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Evansville Mater Dei, South Knox


Week 7

Thursday, Oct. 14

Navy at Memphis | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Southern at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Oct. 15

Marshall at North Texas | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Clemson at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Cal at No. 9 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 24 San Diego State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 16

No. 10 Michigan State at Indiana | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 20 Florida at LSU | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Auburn at No. 17 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | CBS

No. 21 Texas A&M at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Rutgers at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Ohio at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Nebraska at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Yale at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX

Duke at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | RSN

Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Akron at Miami (Ohio) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Central Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Purdue at No. 2 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Western Kentucky at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Arizona at Colorado | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Kent State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Miami at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network

Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network

Bowling Green at Northern Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 19 BYU at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Texas Tech at Kansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Rice at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Colorado State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Utah State at UNLV | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 13 Ole Miss at Tennessee | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Stanford at Washington State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Iowa State at Kansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 22 NC State at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Army at Wisconsin | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UCLA at Washington | 8:30 p.m. | FOX

Louisiana Tech at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 18 Arizona State at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Hawai’i at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at Boise State | FOX, FS1 or FS2

Fresno State at Wyoming | FOX, FS1 or FS2


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 18, 2021

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN


Thursday, Oct. 14
• Dodgers v. Giants, Game 5 (TBS, 9 p.m. ET)

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Friday, Oct. 15
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 1 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 16
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 2 (FOX or FS1)
• NLCS Game 1 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 17
• NLCS Game 2 (TBS)

Monday, Oct. 18
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 3 (FS1)

Tuesday, Oct. 19
• NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 4 (FS1)

Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 5* (FS1)
• NLCS Game 4 (TBS)

Thursday, Oct. 21
• NLCS Game 5* (TBS)

Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6* (FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 23
• NLCS Game 6* (TBS)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX or FS1)

Sunday, Oct. 24
• NLCS Game 7* (TBS)


Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)


Indiana 109 Memphis 107

Phoenix 119 Portland 74

Dallas 127 Charlotte 59

Orlando 103 Boston 102

New York 108 Detroit 100

Oklahoma City 108 Denver 99

Utah 124 Milwaukee 120


Phoenix 91 Chicago 86 OT


Toronto 2 Montréal 1

Washington 5 New York Rangers 1

Edmonton 3 Vancouver 2

Colorado 4 Chicago 2

Anaheim 4 Winnipeg 1


Simmons drama drags on for 76ers without a resolution

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) This much is known: Ben Simmons is back in Philadelphia. But there’s no clear sign yet the All-Star guard is set to rescind his trade request and actually play for the 76ers.

Even coach Doc Rivers – publicly, at least – says he’s unsure of the status of the trade demand, the latest wrinkle in the on-again-off-again relationship between Simmons and the Sixers.

“I don’t know. He’s voiced that, but we’ll see how that works out,” Rivers said Wednesday at team practice.

A rescinded request seems improbable, though Rivers said Simmons “was great, he was good” when the two met on Tuesday, a day after the three-time All-Star surprised the franchise by showing up to its arena during a preseason game to take a COVID-19 test.

Rivers said Simmons was scheduled to return to the practice facility late Wednesday for an individual workout and will not practice with the team until he clears NBA health and safety protocols.

That is, if Simmons returns to play at all.

That’s still a big if for the Sixers, especially with one more preseason game Friday at Detroit before next week’s season opener at New Orleans. Much like Marshawn Lynch at a Super Bowl media day, Simmons may be here only so he won’t get fined. The 25-year-old from Australia has four years and $147 million left on his max contract – though the 76ers placed in escrow $8.25 million due to the guard, and fines for missing games and practices could be subtracted from that amount.

Rivers, who turned 60 on Wednesday, said he wanted Simmons to play.

“I’m assuming he’s going to play, but who knows? I can’t get in anyone’s head,” Rivers said.

Rivers said he hasn’t ruled out Simmons traveling with the team to Detroit.

“Whether we play him or not, that’s going to depend on what we see this week,” Rivers said. “He’s coming from behind, because he hasn’t been in camp, obviously. Having said that, do you rush him and put him on the floor? That’s a whole other subject. What we see this week is how we determine everything going forward.”

Simmons missed training camp and the preseason so far in the wake of his offseason trade demand that rankled some teammates, raised the wrath of fans and left many puzzled why he wants off last season’s No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sixers President Daryl Morey and Rivers have been publicly optimistic since the start of training camp that Simmons would play again for the Sixers.

Simmons, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft, had been paired with Joel Embiid as the franchise cornerstones as the Sixers chase their first NBA championship since 1983. He averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists over four seasons with the Sixers, who drafted him out of LSU, where he played only one season.

The Sixers downplayed potential issues in the locker room, should Simmons return. Starters Seth Curry and Danny Green both said Wednesday they had not talked to Simmons this week but would welcome him back.

“We want him back. We want him with us,” Green said. “When he’s in the building, we’ll acclimate him appropriately. We just want everybody to come here, show up and do their part, do their jobs.”

Added Curry: “I’ll be able to see when he steps on the floor where his head’s at. I don’t feel like he needs to explain anything to me.”

Talk to Sixers fans; they can’t wait for answers.

Irving: Refusal to get vaccinated about ‘what’s best for me’

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he didn’t want to lose salary or a chance to compete for a championship with the Brooklyn Nets, but was doing “what’s best for me” by refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Nets decided Tuesday that Irving wouldn’t be with the team because he isn’t eligible to play in home games, where a New York mandate requires professional athletes on one of the city’s teams to be vaccinated to practice or play in public venues.

Speaking on Instagram Live, Irving said he loved basketball and wasn’t going to retire.

“I am doing what’s best for me. I know the consequences here and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that’s just what it is,” Irving said. “That’s the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate.”

Irving would have been able to practice with the Nets and play in road games outside New York. The Nets will pay him for those but he is giving up about half of his $35 million salary by missing the home games.

“So what? It’s not about the money,” Irving said. “It’s not always about the money. It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money?”

Irving said he supported people who were and weren’t vaccinated and expressed appreciation for doctors. The All-Star guard didn’t give any indication that he was against being vaccinated, just that he was deciding not to.

“Once again, I’m going to repeat this. This is not about the Nets, this is not about the organization, it’s not about the NBA, it’s not politics,” Irving said. “It’s not any one thing.

“It’s just about the freedom of what I want to do.”

Irving hasn’t spoken to reporters since the Nets’ media day on Sept. 27, when he appeared via Zoom and asked for privacy when questioned about his vaccination status.

The Nets are championship contenders and Irving said he didn’t want to miss the opportunity he has with them. General manager Sean Marks said the team would gladly welcome Irving back under the right circumstances, and Irving made clear he was going to play again.

“No, I’m not retiring and no I’m not going and leaving this game like this,” Irving said. “There’s still so much more work to do and there still so many other (youngsters) to inspire, because I know they want to be better than me.”

Mercury even WNBA Finals with 91-86 overtime win over Sky

PHOENIX (AP) Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago’s Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old.

As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the player recently named the greatest in the WNBA’s 25-year history.

Anyone who knows anything about Taurasi knows what happened next.

Summoning the will that’s made her great for so long, Taurasi scored eight of her 20 points in overtime to help the Mercury even the WNBA Finals at 1-all with a 91-86 win over the Sky on Wednesday night.

“That’s the GOAT right there,” said Mercury center Brittney Griner, who dunked and had 29 points. “We know time is going down, it’s crunch time, we have all the faith in the world she’s going to make big shots for us.”

Griner carried the Mercury early and brought the Phoenix Suns players sitting courtside to their feet with her second career playoff dunk in the first quarter. She scored on a turnaround jump to help give Phoenix a late four-point lead in regulation, but just missed blocking Courtney Vandersloot’s tying layup with 4.4 seconds left.

Overtime is Taurasi time and the league’s all-time leading scorer did what she does best.

Held to six points through three quarters, she opened overtime with a four-point play and added a 3-pointer that put Phoenix up 89-86 with 1:24 left. Taurasi then came up with a huge defensive play, getting a steal with 36 seconds left, and Skylar Diggins-Smith sealed it on a layup with 12.8 seconds left.

“When you’re in that moment, the gravity of what’s going on, you can feel it and you try to just laser in on each possession, each timeout, really communicating with each other,” Taurasi said.

Chicago backed up its Game 1 win with another strong offensive performance, yet couldn’t finish it off. Vandersloot hit some big shots while scoring 20 points and finished with 14 assists. Allie Quigley added 19 points.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

Oklahoma coach Riley won’t name starting QB before TCU game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Spencer Rattler was the man heading into the season. Now he might not even be the starter.

The Oklahoma quarterback had everything going for himself two months ago. He was a preseason Associated Press first-team All-American who was at the forefront of Heisman Trophy conversations. He was among the most visible players taking advantage of NCAA rules changes that now allow athletes to cash in on their celebrity.

Caleb Williams replaced him last Saturday and rallied the Sooners to a 55-48 win over Texas.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley wouldn’t say how he will play his quarterbacks heading into the fourth-ranked Sooners’ game against TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) on Saturday. He said he’s not a fan of two-quarterback systems, but wouldn’t rule anything out that he thought would help the team.

“I don’t plan on naming a starting quarterback this week,” Riley said. “We’ll see how the week plays out and we’ll see where we are when we get to Saturday. The guys have done well. They practiced well today. We’ll see how it goes. We’ll see Saturday at 6:30.”

Oklahoma is handling the situation delicately. Rattler normally talks with reporters on Wednesday, but Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0) canceled its weekly Zoom sessions.

TCU coach Gary Patterson said he doesn’t see Oklahoma changing much with Williams, but he will review past examples of Oklahoma using the quarterback run game to prepare. Williams has nine carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns this season.

“I think they’re the same,” he said. “One (Williams) is a little more like Jalen Hurts in the fact he’s stronger and faster. There’s a couple of quarterback plays we’ll prepare for. Outside of that, they both get ready to go. … They both run the offense like the offense is run.”

Riley said he gave Rattler Monday off to regroup after his benching. Receiver Marvin Mims said Rattler had the right approach when he returned Tuesday.

“If I got hit with something like that, you know, that’s something that’s huge,” Mims said. “You never know how someone is going to respond and how they’re going to deal with something that happened. But he was at practice today and had huge energy. A lot of energy controlling the offense just like he normally does.”

Rattler’s numbers have been solid this season. He has completed 74% of his passes for 1,371 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. But at times, he has looked uncomfortable in the pocket and has forced throws into coverage.

His problems have gone beyond the numbers. His body language at times has created the perception that he’s not a team player, and fans booed him and called for Williams after he threw an interception against West Virginia.

“This guy gets painted a different way publicly than what he really is,” Riley said. “He’s a great kid. He’s worked his tail off here. He’s been a really good player here. I have a ton of trust in him.”

Williams has earned Riley’s trust, too. The true freshman passed for 212 yards and rushed for 88 against Texas, including a 66-yard touchdown run on his first play from scrimmage.

“He came in and won the game for them,” Texas defensive back Anthony Cook said. “That was big time.”

Williams’ mobility helps cover for an offensive line that has potential but is still developing.

“Very inconsistent,” Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said of his unit. “Some really, really good things and some really, really bad things. Some of it is inexperience at some important positions. Some of it is preparation. Some of it is obviously coaching, as it falls on me. I do think we’ve gotten better.”

Rattler or Williams or both will have to deal with a TCU defense that typically is hard to handle with schemes including the unusual 4-2-5 alignment.

“They’re very multiple, and I think they’ve always done a tremendous job in the secondary, making things very tough,” Riley said. “They’re very aggressive with your routes. They do a good job of pattern reading. And they just — they know their system, man. They know it inside and out, and they play it well.”

Riley believes his Sooners will be successful with either quarterback going forward.

“For me, I feel like I have two really good players,” he said. “I don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see it as an issue. You get to choose between two great options and it’s a good position to be in. I know both of those kids will respond no matter what position they are in.”

Panthers’ Rhule: McCaffrey ’50-50′ for Sunday vs. Vikings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey is “50-50” for Carolina’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

McCaffrey has missed Carolina’s last two games with a hamstring injury. The Panthers (3-2) have lost both games without their 2019 All-Pro running back in the lineup.

“I think it will probably come right up until Sunday,” Rhule said of McCaffrey’s status this week. “It will be like a game-time decision. It could go one way or the other right now.”

McCaffrey was officially listed as limited in practice Wednesday. He also practiced last week on a limited basis, but was designated on Friday as doubtful for the game.

“I think it will come down to how he feels, and we have to wait and see how he responds to today,” Rhule said. “But I couldn’t say either way right now.”

Quarterback Sam Darnold said he misses having McCaffrey in the backfield with him, even though rookie Chuba Hubbard ran for 101 yards on 24 carries last week against the Eagles.

“There is just something about him,” Darnold said. “When he has the ball in his hands, he’s able to do things a lot of people aren’t able to do.”

The Panthers did get starting left tackle Cam Erving back to practice after he missed Carolina’s 21-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. If Erving returns this week, Taylor Moton will slide back over to the right tackle spot, Rhule said.

Carolina also designated guard Pat Elflein for return from injured reserve after being out with a hamstring injury.

Rhule also said linebacker Shaq Thompson will miss his second straight week with a foot injury.

Chiefs begin prep for Washington with mounting injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs practiced without five key starters Wednesday, including wide receiver Tyreek Hill and pass rusher Chris Jones, adding a long list of physical ailments to their battered pride five games into the season.

Hill was out with a bruised quadriceps that he sustained in Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bills, when the Chiefs also lost running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to a sprained knee ligament. Jones continues to deal with a lingering wrist injury.

Also missing practice with knee inflammation was linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who calls the plays in the middle of the defense. Defensive back Charvarius Ward remained out with a quad injury that sidelined him against Buffalo, and starting guard Joe Thuney missed practice with a broken hand sustained against the Bills.

Backup tight end Blake Bell joined the long list of starters on the sideline with a sore back as the Chiefs, at 2-3 and in last place in the AFC West, prepared for their trip to Washington on Sunday.

“It seems like a long list,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid acknowledged, “but when it’s all said and done, we’ll get some of these guys back here in the next little bit, which is a positive thing.”

The Chiefs haven’t been truly healthy all year, losing safety Tyrann Mathieu to a positive COVID-19 test, defensive end Frank Clark to a hamstring injury and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. to a tie injury before the opener against Cleveland.

This is a new level for the two-time defending AFC champions, though.

Hill managed to finish the game against Buffalo with seven catches for 63 yards, but any injury to the legs of a player whose speed is his primary weapon is worth noting. It’s even more important given the fact the Chiefs have few proven pass-catchers besides Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, who picked up a stinger against the Bills.

Thuney took part in Wednesday’s walkthrough, even though he missed practice, and Reid said it was unlikely that one of the Chiefs’ premier offseason acquisitions would land on the injured reserve list.

“We’ll give him a little time here for that thing to settle down,” Reid said. “He’ll have a chance to be OK.”

Edwards-Helaire went on the IR list Tuesday with a sprained MCL in his knee, which means Darrel Williams will get the start against Washington with Jerrick McKinnon backing him up. And because the Chiefs typically have three running backs active on game day, the Chiefs signed Elijah McGuire to join Derrick Gore on the practice squad.

Williams has been a key contributor for the Chiefs the past four years, appearing in every game last season and taking on an increased role when Edwards-Helaire sprained his ankle. But he has never before started an NFL game.

“It’s something big for my mom and dad,” Williams said. “I didn’t get drafted, and just the look in my parents’ eyes – watching my mom cry – that meant something to me because I had never seen my mom cry. Having that moment and not getting drafted, I took that to heart. Now I get this opportunity. I have to make the most of it.”

On the defensive side, Hitchens has been banged up most of the season. Ward hasn’t played since the Chiefs’ Week 2 loss in Baltimore, forcing the Chiefs to use a revolving door of fill-ins opposite struggling L’Jarius Sneed. And while Clark came back last week against Buffalo, he managed just two tackles and failed to pressure the quarterback.

Jones might be the biggest missing piece, though. The Chiefs were counting on the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle to help them generate more pass rush by moving him to defensive end, but after two sacks in the opener against Cleveland he had been held completely in check before missing last week’s game against the Bills.

Asked when he’ll return, Reid replied: “When he feels comfortable he can play. I mean, that’s literally it. When he feels that he can do his job, he’ll be back in. He’s getting better, though. That’s important.”

In the meantime, the Chiefs are pressing on without him.

Without a bunch of others, too.

Undefeated Cardinals down at least 2 starters vs. Browns

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals will be without two starters – and probably a third – when they try to stay unbeaten Sunday in a road game against the Cleveland Browns.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed tight end Maxx Williams is out for the season because of a right knee injury he suffered last week in the team’s 17-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He also said three-time Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson (ribs) will miss the Browns game, while linebacker Chandler Jones is doubtful after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Kingsbury said Jones was experiencing symptoms and it “would be a stretch” to expect the linebacker to return in time for the Browns game.

The 31-year-old Jones has been is one of the league’s elite pass rushers and was the Week 1 NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a five-sack performance against the Tennessee Titans.

“That’s just the way it goes,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve been fully vaccinated now for a while. It’s unfortunate, particularly for Chandler, who was really playing at a high level. Hopefully he can get well rested and be back by next week’s game so we’ll see how it plays out.”

The Cardinals have a 5-0 record for the first time since 1974 and feature one of the NFL’s best offenses. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Williams had been a big part of that and was on pace for a career year with 193 yards receiving through five games.

Williams was injured after his right knee buckled at the end of the run that resulted in a 14-yard reception.

“I just think guys have to step up,” Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said. “Guys who have been maybe waiting for an opportunity to show their skills, I think when a guy goes down, it’s an opportunity to step up and kind of make those plays and fill that void.”

Hudson was one of Cardinals’ key offseason signings after coming from the Las Vegas Raiders. The 11-year veteran has quickly turned into a team leader in Arizona with teammates and coaches raving about his physical and mental talent.

“I’m not sure if you can replace him as far as helping the plays being effective,” Kingsbury said. “He was such a great presence for us in the pass protection and the run game. It’s hard to account for not having him in there.”

Giants’ Jones could play if he clears concussion protocol

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Daniel Jones has made some progress since suffering a concussion last weekend and there’s a chance the Giants quarterback will play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Coach Joe Judge said Wednesday that Jones remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol. It is unlikely he’ll practice Thursday since the next step in the protocol would be either increased physical activity followed by a non-contact practice.

That would mean Jones, who threw a little away from the team early in the workout, would have missed most of the preparation for the Rams (4-1).

If that’s the case, the likelihood is backup Mike Glennon will start for New York (1-4) in the game at MetLife Stadium.

Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot) also did not practice Wednesday. Barkley and Golladay were hurt against the Cowboys.

The Giants did get a little good news on the injury front. Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who missed the last two games with hamstring injuries, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Linebacker Cam Brown, who has been on injured reserve with a hamstring, returned to practice.

There was a humorous moment during Judge’s news conference when a reporter told the coach Jones was on the field wearing pads. The second-year head man stretched his neck to get a look and had a surprised look on his face.

“Right now, he can just observe,” Judge said. “He’s in meetings. He can participate in meetings. He can be out here at practice, watch, stand behind, things of that nature. That’s all he can do right now.”

Jones, who was selected the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 402 yards against the Saints, did not speak to the media. He smiled while walking off the field with coordinator Jason Garrett after practice.

Glennon said last Sunday marked the first time in his nine-year career he has replaced a starter because of an injury. His focus this week is being prepared if he has to play.

“I’m very confident in myself,” Glennon said. “I haven’t started a ton of games in this league, but I’ve started enough. I started five games (Jacksonville) last year. Including as much as I played the other day, that’s a good bit of games in the past year. I’m extremely confident in myself, confident in the guys around me.”

Glennon completed 16 of 25 passes in relief for 196 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted twice, including a pick-6.

Shepard said he was close to returning last week. He has 18 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown, ranking second on the team in receptions and tied for first in receiving TDs and third in yardage.

Watching the win over New Orleans and the loss to the Cowboys was frustrating.

“It wasn’t any fun missing those two and not being out there with the guys,” Shepard said. “But, back this week and hopefully we can get a W.”

While the Giants missed Shepard and Slayton, it gave rookie first-round pick Kadarius Toney a chance to play more. He was outstanding against the Cowboys, making 10 catches for 189 yards.

“He’s electric with the ball,” Shepard said of Toney. “You get the ball in his hands and he’s going to make something special happen. We’ve got to continue to do that, and everybody else has got to play their part.”

Toney was ejected in the fourth quarter for throwing a punch. The league announces fines and possible suspension later in the week, but expect a fine.

Judge would not say if he planned any further discipline.

“I’ve heard nothing official from the league on anything,” Judge said. “I addressed it earlier. Obviously, there’s discipline inside and I’ll handle discipline in-house.”

Texans LT Tunsil out, QB Taylor won’t return this week

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor won’t come off injured reserve this week, and left tackle Laremy Tunsil will have thumb surgery and is expected to be out at least a month.

Taylor injured his hamstring Sept. 19 against the Browns and was placed on injured reserve the following week. He is eligible to return this week, but coach David Culley said he still needs more time.

“He’s progressing very well, but he’s not ready right now,” Culley said.

Tunsil injured his left thumb in a loss to the Patriots on Sunday and will have surgery Thursday. Geron Christian will take over at left tackle while Tunsil recovers.

Rookie Davis Mills has filled in since Taylor was injured and played well last week. But Culley said no matter what happens while Taylor is out, Mills will not keep the job when the veteran is healthy.

“(Taylor) gives us the best chance to win and he’s our starting quarterback,” Culley said. “He was our starting quarterback when he went down, he was doing an excellent job. And when he comes back, he’ll still be our starting quarterback.”

Rookie receiver Nico Collins, who was placed on injured reserve the same day as Taylor after injuring his shoulder, will return to practice this week.

Receiver Danny Amendola should play this week after missing three games with a thigh injury.

Garrett, Chubb, Hunt not practicing for banged-up Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns have an all-star roster of players hurt as they begin preparing for the unbeaten Cardinals.

NFL sacks leader Myles Garrett and star running back Nick Chubb are two of several key Cleveland players not practicing because of injuries on Wednesday.

Garrett, who has seven sacks and been dominant all season, is dealing with knee and ankle issues. The 2020 All-Pro defensive end sat out two practices last week, but played in Sunday’s 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Chubb rushed for 161 yards on Sunday. He’s dealing with a calf issue, the team reported before practice. Chubb has 523 yards and four touchdowns this season.

The Browns (3-2) host the Cardinals (5-0) on Sunday, and Cleveland plays again on Oct. 21 against Denver.

Before Wednesday’s workout, the Browns said Garrett will sit out along with Chubb, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, knee), starting right tackle Jack Conklin (knee), running back Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee), defensive end Takk McKinley (ankle, knee), tight end David Njoku (knee), linebacker Malcolm Smith (abdomen) and center JC Tretter (knee).

Cornerbacks Denzel Ward (neck) and Greedy Williams (shoulder) are expected to practice despite getting hurt in Sunday’s game and undergoing MRIs.

Also, rookie cornerback Greg Newsome (calf) and starting left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) are practicing after sitting out against the Chargers. Newsome has missed Cleveland’s past two games.

Clowney was kept out of Sunday’s game when his knee stiffened in pregame warmups.

Mark Davis not commenting on Gruden: NFL has ‘all the answers’

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis briefly addressed Jon Gruden’s resignation as head coach Wednesday.

“I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers,” Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

Gruden resigned Monday night after offensive emails he wrote from 2011-18 leaked. The emails from the former Raiders coach contained racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language.

The material came to light due to the league’s investigation into the workplace culture of the Washington Football Team. The NFL reviewed 650,000 emails in that investigation but didn’t share any specifics when it completed the probe, though the NFLPA is set to petition the league to release its findings.

Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia took over as the Raiders’ interim coach after Gruden’s resignation. Davis noted that general manager Mike Mayock will have 51% input on decision making while Bisaccia takes the other 49%, according to Gutierrez.

Ray Fosse, barreled by Rose at ’70 All-Star Game, dies at 74

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ray Fosse, the strong-armed catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Pete Rose at the 1970 All-Star Game, has died. He was 74.

Carol Fosse, his wife of 51 years, said in a statement online that Fosse died Wednesday after a 16-year bout with cancer.

Fosse was a budding talent for Cleveland when he made his first All-Star team as a 23-year-old in 1970, the same year he hit .307 with a career-high 18 homers and won the first of two Gold Gloves while throwing out 55% of attempted base stealers.

Rose barreled over him to score the winning run in the 12th inning of the exhibition at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. Fosse fractured and separated his left shoulder, and he told The Associated Press in 2015 his body still ached 45 years later.

“As much as it’s shown, I don’t have to see it on TV as a replay to know what happened. It’s fresh,” he said.

A first-round draft pick by Cleveland in 1965 from Marion, Illinois, Fosse made his second and final All-Star team in 1971 but never replicated that terrific 1970 season over a 12-year career with Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle and Milwaukee.

He batted .256 with 61 homers in 924 games, and helped the Athletics win the World Series in 1973 and ’74.

After his playing days were done, Fosse became a popular broadcaster for the A’s beginning in 1986, and he worked through part of the 2021 season.

“The Oakland A’s are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Ray Fosse,” the team said in a statement Wednesday. “Few people epitomize what it means to be an Athletic more than Ray. He was the type of franchise icon who always made sure every player, coach, colleague, and fan knew that they were part of the A’s family. We send our deepest condolences to Carol, Nikki and Lindsey, his family, and friends during this difficult time. We’ll miss you, Ray.”

Fosse told the AP in 2015 that he had pain and arthritis, endured five knee surgeries, had two bum shoulders he never had fixed, and a stiff neck.

Of course, he knew that wasn’t all from Rose’s blow at the All-Star Game. A lot of that was a result of the rigors of being a catcher.

“My body hurts. My shoulder still hurts,” he said. “There was not anybody at the time to say, `Don’t play.’ I continued. That’s something that I take with a lot of pride.”

Two days after the All-Star Game, Fosse caught nine innings in a win at Kansas City. He couldn’t lift his left arm above his head.

“That’s something people will continue to talk about, whether they were alive at the time or watched the video and see the result,” Fosse said.

“There have been some harder hits. Just the fact it was an All-Star Game, they always vote on the All-Star Game highlights or lowlights, and that always seems to be at the top that people talk about.”

The Cleveland Indians also released a statement after Fosse’s death.

“The Cleveland Indians family is deeply saddened by the passing of Ray Fosse, a true fan favorite who loved wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform. He was so proud to be our top draft pick in 1965. We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Fosse family, as well as his many teammates, Major League broadcast colleagues and the organizations impacted by his nearly 60 years in the game he loved,” said Bob DiBiasio, Senior Vice President Public Affairs.

Phillies hire Kevin Long as new hitting coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies hired Kevin Long as their hitting coach on Wednesday, reuniting him with both manager Joe Girardi and star slugger Bryce Harper.

Long spent the past four seasons as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, where he worked with Harper, and was part of the staff in 2019 when they won the World Series.

Before joining Washington, the 54-year-old Long spent three seasons as hitting coach with the New York Mets and he served as hitting coach for eight seasons with the New York Yankees. He worked under Phillies manager Joe Girardi for seven years (2008-14) when they were with the Yankees and won the World Series in 2009.

“I have had a long-standing relationship with Kevin and have seen his work up close and in person for years,” Girardi said. “I truly believe he is the best in the business and will have a huge impact on our offense.”

Girardi and Long weren’t quite so cordial during a game at Citizens Bank Park in late June. After then-Nationals star Max Scherzer was checked by umpires for sticky substances, Girardi and Long got into a shouting match.

The Phillies fired hitting coach Joe Dillon on the final day of the regular season. Philadelphia finished second in the NL East at 82-80 and ranked seventh in the NL in runs and ninth in batting average.

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in opener

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin moved a couple of steps closer to Wayne Gretzky’s goals record, Hendrix Lapierre scored the first of his NHL career and the Washington Capitals made their season opener a great one for scoring instead of fighting.

The fisticuffs never materialized against the division-rival New York Rangers, and the Capitals made their 5-1 victory Wednesday night memorable for Ovechkin passing Marcel Dionne for fifth on the career goals list and Lapierre scoring in his debut with Gretzky providing the soundtrack.

Ovechkin after scoring his 731st and 732nd goals returned to the refrain of “game by game, day by day” in pursuit of Gretzky’s mark was more enthused about Lapierre getting No. 1 at age 19.

“I told him before, `Just shoot the puck,'” Ovechkin said. “He’s a talented kid, fun to watch and obviously I hope he’s gonna have a great future.”

Ovechkin needs 163 goals to pass Gretzky, who was involved from afar in Lapierre’s emotional moment, talking about his relationship with the Russian superstar on national television while the rookie put the puck into the net and went sliding into the boards. Lapierre was all smiles after his parents, grandparents, brother, sister and girlfriend witnessed his NHL debut as part of a sellout crowd and will always have the “Great One” on the highlight reel of his first goal.

“For a first game, I don’t think I could have asked for a better one,” Lapierre said.

The hype going in was more about the aftermath of incidents between these teams last season and the changes the Rangers made over the summer to get bigger and tougher. They debuted a new-look lineup featuring gritty forwards Barclay Goodrow and Sammy Blais, enforcer Ryan Reaves and big defensemen Patrik Nemeth and Jarred Tinordi, but the closest thing to a fight was a pair of roughing penalties in the first period.

Penalties – nine of them – derailed the Rangers all night.

“Especially against a team like Washington you don’t want to take too many penalties,” center Mika Zibanejad said. “That’s something we have to get better at in the future and think about but without taking anything away from our aggressiveness and playing hard.”

Washington goals followed a few of those penalties. After T.J. Oshie opened the scoring on the power play in the first, Justin Schultz added a power-play goal in the second and Lapierre scored 24 seconds later on a two-on-one rush.

Ovechkin added another on the power play from his trademark spot in the faceoff circle to make it 4-0. Chris Kreider scored on the power play for New York midway through the third period, but that was the only goal Vitek Vanecek gave up on 24 shots against.

And Ovechkin wasn’t done. He scored a short-handed goal – just the fifth of his career – to put the game out of reach.

Ovechkin joked afterward he always tells assistant coach Scott Arniel he’s ready to play on the penalty kill. The Capitals will pass on that, and let Ovechkin keep scoring goals for the rest of his new, five-year contract.

Alexandar Georgiev allowed five goals on 27 Capitals shots, getting the nod in the first half of a back-to-back with regular starter Igor Shesterkin expected to be in net for the Rangers home opener.

“A few breakdowns and odd-man rushes,” reigning Norris Trophy winning defenseman Adam Fox said. “Just tighten up. We don’t have too much time to dwell on it.”

Predators sign D Mattias Ekholm to 4-year, $25 million deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a four-year, $25 million extension keeping him under contract through the 2025-26 season.

The Predators announced the contract Wednesday at a news conference.

General manager David Poile called Ekholm a foundational piece for the Predators and that they couldn’t be happier to get this deal done before the season opener Thursday night against Seattle. Poile said Ekholm brings size at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds to the blue line along with being a mentor.

“We have a group of young, right-shot defensemen that includes Alexandre Carrier, Philippe Myers, Dante Fabbro and Matt Benning who all have the opportunity to learn from and play with Mattias on the side opposite him, and we’re excited about the stability that will provide us on the blue line,” Poile said.

Ekholm’s deal starts with the 2022-23 season and has an annual average value of $6.25 million for Ekholm, 31, who has played all eight NHL seasons in Nashville.

“Nashville is home for us,” said Ekholm, a native of Borlange, Sweden. “It’s where we want to be. I believe in the future of this team and I’m looking forward to the chance at competing for the Stanley Cup here in the next five seasons.”

He was the 102nd pick overall in the fourth round of the 2009 draft and made his NHL debut during the 2011-12 season. Ekholm has at least 20 points six straight seasons, and his 23 points last season was second among Nashville defensemen.

Ekholm has two game-winning goals and had the first multi-goal game of his career in February. He finished 10th in Norris Trophy voting for the 2018-19 season. Ekholm said staying in Nashville with the Predators was a priority for him.

He has played in 71 playoff games, tied for third most among skaters in franchise history. His plus-14 rating in the postseason is best in Nashville history. Ekholm helped Sweden win the 2018 world championship.

Weah, Dest spark US to 2-1 win over Costa Rica in qualifier

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sixty seconds in, Costa Rica was celebrating and the U.S. World Cup campaign was spinning out of control.

Sergino Dest and Tim Weah, two young Americans unscarred by the failure of four years ago, got them back on track.

Shoelaces untied, Dest curled an 18-yard, left-footed shot past Keylor Navas in the 25th minute. Weah’s shot for the go-ahead goal deflected off the near post and then off backup goalkeeper Leonel Moreiera in the 66th, and the U.S. exhaled with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that eased pressure as qualifying neared the halfway point.

“We can’t lose again,” the 20-year-old Dest said. “We needed it really bad,”

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, one of nine new starters inserted following Sunday’s dismal 1-0 loss at Panama, made a costly headed clearance that led to Keysher Fuller’s goal 60 seconds in, the fastest goal conceded by the U.S. in 23 years.

Dest ended a streak of eight straight first halves without an American goal following a pass from Yunus Musah on the right flank after Weah had switched the ball from the opposite side. Dest cut toward the center and curled the ball just beyond Navas’ outstretched right hand into the upper corner.

Navas left at halftime because of a strained adductor muscle

Weah, a 21-year-old son of Liberia President and former FIFA Player of the Year George Weah, joined the lineup about five minutes before kickoff after Paul Arriola injured his right groin during warmups.

“Everything was kind of a rush. I had to warm up, get ready quick,” Weah said.

With Matthew Hoppe on the touchline about to replace Weah, Weston McKennie passed to Dest, who dished to Weah. His 10-yard shot from an angle hit the post and ricocheted off a diving Moreira and in,

“It just so happened that the ball came out wide to Serge, and I saw the run,” Weah said. “I just hit it one time, and it happened to go in.”

Weah originally was credited with a goal, but it was changed to an own goal by Moreira.

“We’ll talk to FIFA about that,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said.

Mexico leads with 14 points after a 2-0 win at El Salvador, and the U.S. has 11 after six of 14 matches going into its Nov. 12 meeting with El Tri at Cincinnati.

Canada has 10 after a 4-1 win over Panama, which has eight. The top three teams qualify for next year’s World Cup, and the fourth-place team advances to a playoff.

Costa Rica (six), Jamaica and El Salvador (five each) and Honduras (three) trail.

Berhalter was criticized for resting many front-line players in Panama, wanting fresh legs against the Ticos. Teams that win their home games usually qualify.

Steffen, a former Columbus keeper getting his first start in qualifying over Matt Turner, got in trouble when he headed a clearance over Dest in the first minute.

Bryan Ruiz kept the ball in with a backheel pass to Ronald Mattarita, who dribbled down the side and crossed. Just outside the 6-yard box, Fuller volleyed with his right foot, and the ball went in on two bounces inside the far post for his second international goal.

“I felt like the guy was in front of me and I thought he was offside,” Steffen said.

Fuller scored the fastest goal against the U.S. since the Netherlands’ Ronald de Boer on Feb. 21, 1998.

“My initial thought was: `Here we go. We got to respond,'” Berhalter said. “We challenged the guys to respond after a poor performance in Panama and this was going to be another element that we needed to respond to. It was early enough in the game that if we stayed calm and stuck to the game plan, I thought we’d be OK.”

Before a pro-American crowd of 20,165 at the first international match in $300 million-plus Field, Costa Rica’s starting lineup averaged more than 30 years old. Ticos coach Luis Fernando Suarez retained nine starters from Sunday’s 2-1 win at El Salvador.

Berhalter fielded the youngest U.S. qualifying lineup at an average of 22 years, 229 days. He retained only 18-year-old Musah and Weah from Sunday’s starters and gave 21-year-old defender Chris Richards his first competitive start.

Hoppe, 20, entered in the 73rd and 19-year-old Gianluca Busio five minutes later. They joined Steffen and Richards to increase U.S. qualifying debuts to 25 in this cycle, trailing only 1998 (29), and 2006 and 2010 (26 each).

Sprightly muscles overcame the inexperience.

“All of World Cup qualifying is difficult. All of World Cup qualifying is challenging, and sometimes I feel like people forgot that,” Berhalter said. “People think it’s a cakewalk, and we’re going to play the youngest team in the history of U.S. soccer in a game and we’re just going to breeze through these games. It’s not realistic.”

Notes: Hector Moreno scored in the 30th minute and Raul Jimenez got his 28th international goal in the third minute of second half stoppage time at San Salvador. … After After Rolando Blackburn put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute at Toronto, Amir Murillo’s own goal tied the score in the 28th. Alphonso Davies scored in the 66th, Tajon Buchanan in the 71st and Jonathan David in the 78th, his sixth goal in qualifying. … Jamaica won 2-0 as Kemar Roofe got his first international goal in the 38th minute and Oniel Fisher scored in the 79th at San Pedro Sula.


Hilton returns to Colts practice, could play against Texans

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was back on the practice field for Wednesday’s light workout.

If all goes well over the next few days, he might be playing Sunday against one of his favorite teams – Houston.

The four-time Pro Bowler has been designated for return from injured reserve after having neck surgery in August and coach Frank Reich is optimistic Hilton will be cleared to play this weekend.

“We’ll evaluate it as we go, but I’ve watched him work out over the last few days and I know he’s hitting some of his normal T.Y. speed, yardage type of things, ” Reich said. “It’s a big emotional boost for the team and it’s Houston week – probably not a coincidence.”

Hilton has been Indy’s most reliable receiver since replacing Reggie Wayne as the team’s top target in 2015, and nobody has been more efficient against the Texans than the former Florida International star.

He has 102 receptions for 1,803 yards and 11 touchdowns in 19 career matchups against Houston with eight 100-yard games, including one last season – his first in 22 games, including the playoffs.

The timing for Hilton’s return couldn’t be better, either, after Indy blew a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead in an emotional overtime loss at Baltimore. Indy has lost four of its first five games.

But Hilton’s return already has energized the locker room as the Colts get a critical opportunity to turn around their season in their first home game since mid-September.

“T.Y.’s a dog,” 2020 All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “His presence, his leadership is always great to have in the locker room and after the surgery he had, it’s exciting to get the Ghost back on the field.”

Hilton was injured when he landed awkwardly after taking a hard hit in the team’s final training camp practice. Less than a week later, Colts general manager Chris Ballard announced Hilton had surgery on a disc to relieve pain Hilton.

The 31-year-old, who is the fourth-leading receiver in franchise history, started the season on injured reserve but was expected to return this season. He’s getting closer by the day.

“It’s exciting for me, I think it’s exciting for the whole team,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “Everybody knows what kind of a player T.Y. is on the field, but he’s more so in the locker room as a leader. I think seeing him in the walkthrough today, everybody got a little excited.”

Hilton is only one part of a long list of injury concerns heading into this weekend.

Reich said an MRI on the hip of injured kicker Rodrigo Blankenship revealed “a little something there” and that a decision on his status for Sunday will be determined later this week. The second-year player from Georgia missed an extra point and two late field goals Monday, including a 47-yarder as time expired in regulation.

So the Colts brought in multiple kickers for workouts Wednesday including, reportedly, Michael Badgley, who competed against Adam Vinatieri at Indy’s training camp in 2018.

“I think we’ll make a decision pretty soon. We want to get all the information before we pull the trigger,” Reich said, referring to Blankenship. “I think whatever it is, it’s something that’s going to be short term, hopefully.”

Reich didn’t have many more answers about Indy’s depleted secondary.

Starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes and backup safety Andrew Sendejo are both in the concussion protocol, and Indy’s other starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin has missed two straight games with an injured ankle.

“We’re going to see how it goes this week,” Reich said when asked about Ya-Sin. “Last week, I would have thought for sure this week. It’s not a setback, it’s just not going as fast as we wanted it to go.”

INDIANA PACERS: Game Rewind: Pacers 109, Grizzlies 107 (Preseason)

The Pacers squared off against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight for the third game of their preseason schedule. It was the first time the Blue & Gold are taking the floor in the newly renovated, newly named Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Although the teams will not meet again until March 2022, the teams produced a thriller. With the score tied at 107 apiece and 4.8 seconds remaining, veteran Jeremy Lamb took point and knocked in a pull-up jumper for the victory. The bucket capped a 15-point fourth quarter performance from the former UConn star who dealt with a knee injury for some time last year.

“Whether it’s preseason, or whether it’s the regular season, it feels good to play well,” said Lamb, who finished with 20 points off the bench. “And to see my teammates happy for me, everybody cheering, having the fans back in the building, it was great.”

In addition to Lamb, Domantas Sabonis added 24 points and 13 boards, while rookie Chris Duarte tallied 21. Duarte also filled the rest of his stat line, hauling in six rebounds, dishing out four assists, snagging two steals, and collecting a block. The trio helped Indiana survive a 30-point night from Sam Merrill, who knocked in eight of his 13 3-point attempts.

“(I give) thanks to my teammates and my coaches,” the rookie said of his successful preseason. “They give me the confidence to go out there and just play my game — and be myself. That’s my mentality.”

After a few stifling defensive sequences by the Pacers early, Memphis found a bit of success on the wings and with floaters near the free-throw line to grab an 11-6 lead.

But as the quarter crept past the halfway mark, Indiana’s defense appeared to tighten back up. Active hands and rotation forced three straight Grizzlies turnovers. The Blue & Gold’s offense benefited from the miscues. A pair of Myles Turner free throws at the 4:37 mark gained a 14-13 edge for the squad. The lead continued to grow as the defense kept Memphis on a 3:32 scoreless streak.

The star of the quarter continued to be Duarte, who racked up stats in almost every major category. The Pacers’ top rookie showed his versatility on defense, using quick hands to snag steals and initiate fast breaks. On offense, the 24-year-old connected on a six-foot floater in the paint to give Indiana a 22-13 lead with 2:52 remaining in the frame. The squad appeared on its way to a double-digit lead. However, five straight from Ziaire Williams in 30 seconds closed Indiana’s advantage to 28-22 before time expired.

Memphis continued to climb as the second quarter started. Merrill knocked in a pair of triples en route to grabbing a 31-28 Memphis lead with 10:03 to go. From there, the visitors kept a slim lead over the next few minutes, finding success on backdoor cuts to the rim.

The Grizzlies extended their lead to six before Duarte and Sabonis combined to cut it back to 40-39. With 5:35 to play, T.J. McConnell found a cutting Sabonis for a swift, left-handed flush, exciting the crowd on hand.

Trailing 42-39, the Blue & Gold responded with seven straight, including the squad’s first 3-pointer of the night to grab a 46-42 lead with 3:20 to go. It was the only trey of the first half for the Blue & Gold.

In the final 1:10 of the half, the Grizzlies knocked in five straight, including Merrill’s fifth trey of the game, to take a 57-52 edge into halftime.

Although Indiana started the third with a three from McConnell, they still could not find a way to stop the hot-handed Merrill. The guard knocked in his sixth and seventh 3-pointer of the game as part of a 10-0 Memphis run that put Indiana in a 67-55 hole with 9:33 to play in the third.

The Pacers’ defense kept falling victim to backdoor cuts from the Grizzlies’ sneaky guards. A triple from Duarte and a pair of free throws from Sabonis trimmed the Grizzlies’ lead to 74-69 with 6:10 to go. However, Yves Pons and Merrill squashed the spree with a pair of buckets to jump ahead by nine.

Yet, the Pacers kept finding ways to stick around. This time, it was Oshae Brissett and Turner who chipped in. The duo pulled off a 9-2 run to pull within one of the lead with 1:39 to go. Then, Brad Wanamaker’s heads-up steal-and-finish in the offensive paint pushed the Pacers in front for the first time in the frame.

But Memphis’ run of seven unanswered, including five from John Konchar, over the final 52.4 seconds gave the visitors a 90-84 lead heading into the fourth.

The Pacers could not do much to close the small gap over the first four minutes of the frame. Although several players found open looks, none appeared to fall. After Romeo Weems connected on a finger-roll layup to put Memphis ahead 94-87, head coach Rick Carlisle called a timeout in an attempt to regroup the squad.

Although the results were not immediate, the Pacers seemed to find their stride around the halfway mark of the frame. Rookie Isaiah Jackson started things off with a putback tip. Then, Lamb found his way to the charity stripe. Jackson then added to the run again, slamming home an alley-oop lob from Wanamaker to cut the deficit to 96-93 with 6:29 to go. 1:02 later, Duarte added a layup to come within one of the lead.

Trailing 98-97 with 2:39 to play, Lamb snagged a rebound and completed an and-one finish on the offensive end to give Indiana a 100-98 lead. What followed was a series of back-and-forth buckets.

First, it was Santi Aldama for Memphis, who tied the score with a dunk. Sabonis then grabbed a lead with a bucket. Merrill’s eighth three of the night pushed the visitors ahead by one. Lamb responded with a layup.

After a pair of Williams free throws pushed the Grizzlies ahead, Lamb once again hit the floor. He drove left, finding a spot along the baseline. He lunged towards the rim, drew contact, and the ball fell in. He knocked in the ensuing free throw to give Indiana a 107-105 lead with 34.7 remaining.

On the next possession, Memphis tied it up thanks to a left-handed layup from Williams.

But Lamb, with a cool veteran stature, sized up his opponent with 21.6 seconds to go. He started left, stepped back, and nailed the 21-footer for the win. Aldama then missed his 3-point attempt for the Grizzlies. While it was only the preseason, it was great to see Lamb and the Pacers fight back and secure a victory in crunch time.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana shot just 1-of-16 from deep in the first half. However, they shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc in the second.

Domantas Sabonis posted a double-double in his second consecutive preseason game.

Chris Duarte has finished three straight preseason games with at least 15 points, with his highest total coming on Wednesday.

You Can Quote Me On That

“This was a good game for us to have right now. Close, situational game. We’re trying to win, they’re trying to win. Had to execute down the stretch. Had to get some stops. We were able to do that.” –Carlisle on the game tonight

“I learn a lot from that. Those are big moments for a rookie — for a guy like me that has never been in those moments in the league. So it’s good for me.” –Duarte on being on the floor during the late-game moments tonight

“A guy like me — that had to come from the Dominican Republic — I had to work extremely hard to be here. To be in this type of moment, you have to make sure you’re ready. That’s my focus. You have to work hard.” –Duarte on his work ethic

Stat of the Night

Lamb had 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and made all five of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter. He also grabbed two boards and blocked a shot in the frame.


  • Indiana and Memphis will not meet again until March 15, 2022.
  • Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon did not play tonight due to a shoulder injury. However, head coach Rick Carlisle expressed the belief that he would be available for the season opener during his pregame press conference.
  • Indiana will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 15 for their final preseason game.

Up Next

The Pacers will host Collin Sexton and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, Oct. 15 for their final preseason game.


The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced that they have signed forward Brent Gates to a standard player contract for the 2021-22 season and added defenseman Aaron Atwell on a pro-tryout agreement. Additionally, the Rockford IceHogs have assigned Riley McKay, Liam Folkes, Chad Yetman and Tom Aubrun to the Fuel. 

Gates, 24, returns to the Fuel after he skated in four games last season before signing a pro-tryout agreement with the Rochester Americans. Appearing in 12 games for the Americans, Gates tallied two goals and six assists. 

Atwell, 31, joins Indy after spending the past three years in the Federal Prospects Hockey League. Entering his eighth pro season, Atwell has played 199 games in the FPHL tallying 18 goals, 81 assists and 208 penalty minutes. 

Along with the additions of McKay, Folkes, Yetman and Aubrun, the Fuel defenseman Keoni Texeira and forward Cedric Lacroix returned to the Fuel following their American Hockey League tryouts. The Fuel roster additions bring the training camp roster to 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders.

The Fuel are set to play a pair of preseason games on Thursday and Saturday against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Stay tuned to Indy Fuel social media pages for more roster announcements leading up to Opening Night on October 23.

Opening Night of the 2021-22 Indy Fuel season arrives on October 23, and Ticket Plans are now on sale! Lock up your seat for every second of the action with a Fuel Ticket Plan.  Grab yours by heading to or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.

Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis Named Preseason First Team All-American by Dick Vitale/

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davisthe leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by noted analyst Dick Vitale and He previously was named Preseason First Team All-American by Athlon’s and Second Team by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
He started all 27 games last season and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during last season. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7%) and blocked shots (1.4) and was third in minutes played (34.2). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6%) and blocked shots (1.4) and third in minutes played (34.2). He is the first returning first, second, or third team All- American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993.
Under first-year head coach Mike Woodson, Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers to two wins over a professional Serbian Basketball team, BC Mega, in mid-August in the Bahamas. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Center Grove High School graduate posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in game two. He had 21 points and nine boards in the first game and averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two contests.
As a freshman at IU, he averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. The 2020-21 season did not count for a year of eligibility for all NCAA athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hoosiers will open their season at 6:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 9 at home against Eastern Michigan.
For a full list of Dick Vitale’s Preseason College Basketball All-Americans, click here.
Jackson-Davis Career Honors  
2021-22: First Team Preseason All-American (Athlon’s, Dick Vitale/, Second Team Preseason All-American (Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook)
2020-21: Third Team All-American (NABC, Sporting News, USBWA), Honorable Mention All-American (AP), All-Big Ten (1st Team, Media and AP; 2nd Team (Coaches), Wooden Award Finalist, Karl Malone Award Finalist, two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, All-Maui Invitational
2019-20: Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches and Media), All-Big Ten Freshman Team (Coaches), USBWA Freshman of the Week (2/24), Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Preseason Newcomer of the Year, five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Indiana Challenge MVP.

Hoosiers Stumble At No. 9 Nebraska On Wednesday Night

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a midweek matchup Indiana Volleyball (8-11, 2-5 Big Ten) was downed by No. 9 Nebraska (14-3, 7-0 Big Ten), 3-0 (13-25, 15-25, 15-25). Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers with six kills.
• Kaley Rammelsberg got the offense going for the Hoosiers with a kill to cut the Nebraska advantage to 5-3 in the opening set. Edwards slammed back-to-back kills as Indiana pulled within three.
• Down 19-11, Camryn Haworth and Rammelsberg threw up a block, but the Huskers attack was too potent and took the first set, 25-13.
• A block by Zumach and Kjolhede got the Hoosiers on the board to open the second set. Down 3-1, an ace by Edwards and slam from Zumach helped tie the frame at 4-4.
• Out of a timeout at 8-4 Huskers, a pair errors by Nebraska and a kill from Mady Saris put Indiana within reach down by just three. Kills by Edwards and Saris put the score 14-9 but a few points by Nebraska forced the Hoosiers to take a break.
• Immediately out of the timeout, Kjolhede slammed one down and made the score 16-10 Huskers. Rammelsberg secured a solo block and made the score 23-15. A pair of errors lead Nebraska to win the second set, 25-15.
• Edwards kicked off the third set with a slam as the Hoosiers took the early 2-0 advantage.
• The Hoosiers turned to Brooke Westbeld who checked into the match down 12-3, giiving Indiana a spark. The Hoosiers saw two-straight kills from Saris and Rammelsberg. A slam followed by an ace from Westbeld cut into the Nebraska lead, 17-9.
• A block by Morgan Geddes and Kjolhede forced the Huskers to call a timeout as the score read 18-11.
• With Nebraska needing just one point to secure the match win, a kill by Rammelsberg and a solo block from Edwards prolonged the match point and the score read 24-15. The Huskers went on to win the final set, 25-15.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards saw a team-leading six kills on Wednesday night.
• Senior outside/right side hitter Kari Zumach, junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg, and freshman outside hitter Mady Saris all tallied five kills apiece. Zumach and Rammelsberg also tallied two blocks.
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede led the way on defense with four blocks.
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth recorded a squad-high 16 assists against the Huskers.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame saw 15 digs for a team-high.
The Hoosiers will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. next for a match against No. 12 Minnesota. The match is slated for Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m. ET and will stream live Big Ten Network Plus.

Notre Dame Hockey: No. 17 Irish Head Out For Two-Game Road Swing

WHO: Notre Dame (1-0-0) at Michigan Tech // at Northern Michigan
WHEN: Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. ET // Saturday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: John MacInnes Student Arena // Berry Event Center
WATCH: FloHockey (streaming only)
LISTEN: 94.3 FM |


  • After opening the season with a 5-2 victory over Long Island on Saturday (Oct. 9), Notre Dame heads out on the road for the first time this season.
  • The No. 17 Fighting Irish play at No. 16 Michigan Tech on Friday (Oct. 15), marking their first trip to Houghton since the 1981-82 season.
  • Then Notre Dame plays at Northern Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 16), its first game in Marquette since October of 2012.
  • During the shortened 2020-21 season Notre Dame was one of the top road teams in the country, posting a 9-2-1 mark away from Compton Family Ice Arena.
  • Last Saturday against the Sharks, Nick Leivermann (1-1-2), Solag Bakich (1-1-2) and Trevor Janicke (2A) led a balanced offensive attack and graduate student Matthew Galajda made 15 saves to earn his first win with the Irish and the 61st win of his career. 
  • Freshman Hunter Strand scored his first career goal, while it marked Bakich’s first multi-point game and the first two assist game for Janicke.
  • The 2021-22 season marks Notre Dame’s 17th under head coach Jeff Jackson and its fifth season in the Big Ten.
  • Overall, it is the 53rd season of NCAA Division I hockey for Notre Dame.
  • Notre Dame returns four of its top-five point scorers from 2020-21, including Graham Slaggert (7-18-25), Landon Slaggert (8-14-22), Nick Leivermann (5-12-17) and Max Ellis (5-11-16).
  • The Irish welcome four graduate transfers into the fold for the 2021-22 campaign, including forward Jack Adams, defenseman Chase Blackmun, goaltender Matthew Galajda, and defenseman Adam Karashik. 
  • Five freshmen also join the Irish this season in forward Tyler Carpenter, defenseman Ryan Helliwell, forward Justin Janicke, forward Hunter Strand and defenseman Hunter Weiss. 
  • Goaltender Josh Graziano also transferred into the program as a sophomore, having last played collegiately at Union. 
  • Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.


  • Notre Dame and Michigan Tech have met 55 times, with Tech leading the all-time series 31-22-2 (15-9-2 at home).
  • Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson was an assistant at Lake Superior State during Michigan Tech head coach Joe Shawahan’s senior season. 
  • Former Irish All-American Bobby Nardella’s younger brother, Nick, is a sophomore forward at Michigan Tech.
  • The Irish and Huskies last played on March 23, 2018 in a memorable NCAA East Regional semifinal game in Bridgeport, Connecticut that saw Notre Dame come away with a 4-3 overtime victory which led to an eventual appearance in the 2018 NCAA Championship game.
  • In that contest, Michigan Tech’s Jake Jackson tied it late in the third period before Jordan Gross netted the overtime game winner at 16:24, with the assists going to Jake Evans and Jack Jenkins. 
  • Cale Morris posted 36 saves in the win, which was Notre Dame’s third of five straight victories to come in the last minute of play or in overtime as it claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship and made the NCAA title game.
  • Prior to the 2018 NCAA Regional meeting, the teams split a series on Jan 6-7, 2017 at Compton Family Ice Arena, with the Irish taking game one, 3-1, before the Huskies rebounded to take the second game, 4-2. 
  • The Irish have not traveled to Michigan Tech since the 1981-82 season when they split a two-game series at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. 
  • Notre Dame hockey’s first intercollegiate game was at the Amphidrome in Houghton, Michigan (L, 7-2 versus the Michigan College of Mines on Feb. 3, 1921); while Notre Dame’s first win against another college came at the Colosseum in Calumet (W, 3-2 versus the Michigan College of Mines on Feb. 4, 1921). 
  • Also of note, legendary Notre Dame football player George Gipp hailed from Laurium, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.


  • Notre Dame and Northern Michigan have played 53 times, with the Irish holding the slight edge 24-21-8 in the all-time series. 
  • Notre Dame also leads the series 10-8-4 in games played at Northern Michigan and the Irish are 6-0-2 in their last eight meetings with the Wildcats.
  • The teams last met on Nov. 27, 2018 when Cal Burke’s overtime goal lifted the Irish to a 2-1 victory at Compton Family Ice Arena. 
  • Current Notre Dame players Cam Burke, Graham Slaggert, Jake Pivonka and Spencer Stastney each played in that contest. 
  • The Fighting Irish last played at Northern Michigan on Oct. 26-27, 2012 when they posted a road sweep by winning game one 5-2 and coming back to take game two 3-2. 
  • Bryan Rust and Anders Lee each scored in the game one win, while Steven Fogarty had a pair of goals in the game two victory.

Roadtrip Begins at Ohio State for 19th-Ranked Boilers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Purdue Soccer team begins its final roadtrip of the regular season with a matchup at Ohio State on Thursday night in Columbus.
Kickoff at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET.
The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at
Purdue is 10-2-2 overall and 5-1-0 in the Big Ten, both its best marks since 2007. Winners of two in a row and eight of their last nine, the Boilermakers are second in the conference standings with 15 points after a dramatic, come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 15 have at least one assist, both tied for the most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for third-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 28-14 advantage in goal differential, including 19-6 in the second half.
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 5.36 saves per game, and they are second in goals (28), assists (28) and points (84) and third in save percentage (.843).
Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 6 nationally with 11 goals, No. 13 with 4.54 shots per game, No. 14 with 2.38 shots on goal per game and No. 22 with 23 points. She also is second in the conference with three game-winning goals. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is 25th in the NCAA with 1295:49 minutes played and she leads the league with 72 saves and is third in save percentage (.837).
Additionally, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews is second on the team with five goals and 13 points, and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway has a team-best six assists, which is third-best in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes are 7-6-1 on the year and 2-3-1 in Big Ten action. OSU is in eighth place in the conference standings with seven points.
Purdue moved up in the national rankings to No. 19 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25. Ranked nationally for the second consecutive week, the Boilermakers’ spot in the poll is their highest since 2009, and that year also was the last time they were ranked before last week. The team is up six spots after they debuted at No. 25 last week. The Old Gold and Black also moved up one place to No. 2 in the North Region ranking, and they are No. 20 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 27 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.
In her career, Bova’s 0.90 goals-against average is second-best all-time, and she is third with 16 shutouts and fourth with 24 wins and a .800 save percentage. She is fifth in school history in saves (189), starts (50) and minutes (4,725). In a single season, Bova is fourth with a .837 save percentage, eighth in goals-against average (0.97) and ninth in wins (10).
Griffith’s 21 career goals are tied for seventh-most all-time, while her eight game-winning goals is sixth in school history and her 49 points is 10th. In 2021, Griffith’s 11 goals is fourth-most. She has scored in five consecutive matches, tied for the second-longest streak in school history, with six goals in the stretch. Griffith has at least one point in all six Big Ten contests, the second-longest point streak in team history.
Additionally, Griffith is a three-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honoree this year, tied for fourth-most by a single player in conference history.
Dunaway’s six assists is tied for No. 2 in the school record books by a freshman and one shy of a spot in Purdue’s all-time top-10 list for assists in a season.
A second-half scoring surge helped Purdue erase a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Minnesota 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field. The Boilermakers trailed 2-0 after 41 minutes, but dominated a three-goal second half to beat the Golden Gophers. The rally was started with a goal by Mathews in the 64th minute, and an own goal tied the match at 2-2 in the 71st. Griffith completed the comeback with a goal in the 85th minute.
Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made five saves, with three in the second half as the Boilermakers rallied, and the Purdue defense cleared a ball off the line in the first half. Griffith had a game-best five shots and three shots on goal. Mathews added two shots, both on target.
The dramatic victory came on Senior Day, after Purdue’s nine seniors were honored on the field before the game.
A complete recap from the match, including box score, postgame comments from coach Drew Roff and highlights, can be found at
Purdue is 11-12-4 all-time against Ohio State and 4-6-1 in Columbus. This is the team’s first visit to OSU since 2015, with the last four meetings taking place in West Lafayette, including back-to-back draws the past two years. When the Boilermakers are ranked, they are 4-2-2 in the series, with all four wins and both ties coming against an unranked Buckeye side.
Last year, on March 18, 2021, the two teams played to a 1-1, double-overtime draw indoors at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. Griffith gave Purdue a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, but Ohio State found the equalizer in the 81st minute. Bova made five saves as the Boilermakers held a 15-13 advantage in shots.
Ohio State is 7-6-1 on the season, 2-3-1 in Big Ten play and 5-4-1 at home. The Buckeyes have lost two in a row, with a 2-1 home loss to No. 9 Rutgers on October 3 and a 1-0 defeat at Michigan State on Sunday. Purdue is OSU’s seventh top-25 opponent this season, and the team is 2-4, with a 1-0 victory at No. 12 Penn State and a 4-2 win over No. 18 UCF.
The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten with 28 assists, third with 74 points and fourth with 16.79 shots per game.
Purdue’s roadtrip concludes at Penn State on Sunday, October 17. Kickoff against the defending Big Ten regular-season champions is at 3:30.

Butler WSoccer Hosts Third-Place Providence

Matchday Information – Providence at Butler
DATE:                         Thursday, October 14 / 1 PM
LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 8-3-1
LAST MEETING:        November 3, 2019 – Indianapolis (BIG EAST quarterfinal) – T, 1-1 (2 OT) Providence advances on PKs, 5-4
Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler women’s soccer team is preparing to host Providence on Thursday afternoon in a battle of two teams tied for third in the BIG EAST standings. The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-1 loss to Georgetown, while Providence most recently defeated Marquette, 3-1.

(through games 10/10/2021)

  • Abigail Isger is ninth nationally with four game-winning goals and is tied for the BIG EAST lead (Turner, DePaul).
  • Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 22nd nationally with nine goals. Soderstrom is also second in the BIG EAST and 18th nationally with 24 points. Isger (with 17) is seventh in the BIG EAST.
  • Alli Leonard, with seven assists, is second in the BIG EAST and 24th nationally. Soderstrom (with six) is third in the conference and 47th nationally, while Isger (with five) is fifth in the BIG EAST.
  • Emma Martin’s five shutouts are fourth in the BIG EAST and 47th nationally, while her .644 GAA is third in the conference and 34th nationally.
  • At 3-1-1, Butler and Providence are tied for third place in the BIG EAST standings. (rv) Xavier (5-1-0) sits in first, and (rv) Georgetown (4-0-2) is in second.
  • The Bulldogs have scored 28 goals in 13 matches this season (2.15 goals/match) while giving up 12 goals (0.92 goals allowed/match).
  • Ten different players have scored at least one goal in thirteen matches this season, and eleven different players have produced an assist.

The Matchup

  • At 3-1-1, Butler and Providence are tied for third place in the BIG EAST standings.
  • The Bulldogs and Friars have met on twelve occasions, with Butler winning eight times.
  • Butler had won five straight prior to the draw in the 2019 BIG EAST tournament.
  • Providence’s last victory was a 1-0 win on October 2, 2016, in Indianapolis.

Scouting Providence
Previous match: Marquette, W, 3-1

  • Ten players have scored a goal for the Friars, and twelve have produced an assist.
  • Current offensive standouts for Providence include:
    #7 Meg Hughes (8g, 3a)
    #9 Gillian Kenney (4g, 3a)
    #21 Kyla Gallagher (4g, 2a)
    #28 Amber Birchwell (2g, 5a)
    #23 Hannah McNulty (2g, 3a)
    #22 Maria Paveglio (2g, 1a)
  • Emma Bodmer (7-3-2) has started all 13 matches in goal. She has 55 saves (.797) and has allowed 14 goals, producing a 1.04 GAA. She has two solo shutouts and two combined.

Butler MSoccer Nets Two, Defeats Xavier on the Road

CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Butler men’s soccer team won its second BIG EAST match of the season, defeating Xavier, 2-1. The Bulldogs (4-6-1, 2-2-0 BIG EAST) scored one in the first half, but the Musketeers (8-5-0, 2-4-0 BIG EAST) answered just after the break. Midway through the second period, after a foul in the penalty area, Butler’s Griffin DeBolt converted a penalty kick for the game-winning goal.

Key Moments

·   2′ | A Butler corner provides a Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. shot from the top of the penalty area, but it sails over the crossbar.

·   8′ | Xavier gets behind the Bulldogs’ defense, but Gabriel Gjergji comes off the line to make a sliding save.

·   9′ | Cabrera, Jr. gets a cross in front of the goal, but his low shot is blocked.

·   16′ | A Butler foul leads to a Xavier free kick from 19 yards. The shot sails just over the bar.

·   19′ | Jack Streberger takes a ball down the right side and sends it on the ground toward the top of the box. Hemi Nasser takes a shot that deflects off a Xavier defender and finds the back of the net. Bulldogs up, 1-0.

·   21′ | Henri Kumwenda takes a cross and gets a shot from eight yards, but the Musketeers keeper extends and denies the attempt.

·   43′ | A Xavier shot from straight on is deflected high in the air, and a Musketeer near the right post heads a shot that Gjergji is able to save.


·   46′ | The Xavier defense sends a ball forward, and Karsen Henderlong is able to elude the Butler defense and strike a shot into the left side of the goal, beyond Gjergji’s reach. All level, 1-1.

·   54′ | A straight-on Xavier shot from 25 yards is picked up by Gjergji.

·   62′ | Nasser gets some space on the left corner of the box and just misses the top right corner of the goal.

·   63′ | Henri Kumwenda charges into the penalty area and is fouled by the Xavier keeper. Griffin DeBolt steps up, and, as the keeper guesses to the right, he converts the penalty into the left side of the goal. Butler leads, once again, 2-1.

·   75′ | A hard Cabrera, Jr. shot is deflected by the Musketeers keeper and hits both the right post and the crossbar. After it bounces in front of the goal, DJ Hooks heads the ball toward the goal and forces a leaping save by Xavier’s keeper.

·   79′ | A free kick from the Musketeers leads to a header shot that is controlled by Gjergji.

·   84′ | Tommy Visser forces a diving save with a shot from just outside the eighteen.

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Hemi NasserGriffin DeBolt
ASSISTS: Jack Streberger

Bulldog Bits

·   Hemi Nasser scored his first goal of the season and the fourth of his career.

·   Griffin DeBolt’s penalty conversion was his first goal of the season and his first since scoring two during the 2019 season.

·   Jack Streberger’s assist was his fourth of the season.

·   Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji picked up his fourth win of the season, making four saves in the match.

·   Shots in the match were nearly level, with Xavier creating 12, with six on goal, and Butler making 11, with five on goal.

·   Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. led Butler with three shots, while Hemi Nasser had a pair. Six Bulldogs produced one shot.

Up Next

Butler hosts a pair of matches, starting with Providence on Saturday, October 16, at 7 pm. Marquette then comes to the Sellick Bowl on Wednesday, October 20.

Ball State Set to Battle Top-Two Teams in MAC

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to the pitch for a Mid-American Conference matchup with the Ohio Bobcats on Thursday, before it takes to the road for a MAC contest with the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Cardinals enter this week’s matchups with a 4-7-1 overall record and are 2-3-1 in conference play.
The Cardinals have dropped the last two contests and but have only been outscored 8-7 in the last five matches. Chelcy Ralph leads Ball State with four goals and eight points. Tatiana MasonNicky Potts, and Lexi Fraley all have two goals apiece, in a tie for second on the team for most goals. BSU has five players with one goal. Alex DeRuvo has been the main keeper for the Cardinals and has made 40 saves on the year.
This will be the 24th meeting between the Cardinals and Bobcats. Ohio holds an 11-8-4 series lead over Ball State. BSU won the last meeting 2-1, in 2019. In the last four meetings in Muncie, Ball State is 4-0 against Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Live stats can be found here, radio can be found here, and live video can be found here.
The Bobcats bring a 9-3-1 overall record into Thursday’s contest and are 5-0-1 in MAC play. Sam Wexell is tied for 20th in the NCAA and is tied for the conference lead with six clean sheets. Wexell has made 44 saves in 1,179 minutes in net. Shea Robertson leads the Ohio attack with four goals and an assist for nine points. Haley Miller is second on the team with three goals. Madison Clayton is second on the team with seven points, three assists and two goals. The Bobcats have had 11 different players score a goal this season.
Sunday will mark the 25th meeting between the Cardinals and Golden Flashes. Ball State enters with a slim 12-10-2 series advantage. The Cardinals have won six of the last seven matchups, including a 3-2 victory in 2019 in Muncie. First touch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats can be found here and live video can be found here.
Kent State enters this week’s action with an 8-4-1 overall record and are 4-1-1 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes are currently riding a two-match winning streak. Cameron Shedenhelm leads the team and is second in the MAC with seven goals on the year. She paces the team with 18 points and has four assists. Karly Hellstrom is second on the squad with 12 points, eight assists and two goals. Kent State has 12 players with goals, including seven with double digits. Sarah Melen has recorded 50 saves in 13 contests and has four shutouts.
Ball State Top-Five Active Points Leaders
1. Tatiana Mason – 41 points, 14 goals, 13 assists
2. Nicky Potts – 32 points, 12 goals, eight assists
3. Jenna Dombrowski – 13 points, five goals, three assists
T4. Grace Alsop – 12 points, five goals, two assists
T4. Melissa Diceman – 12 points, four goals, four assists
T4. Chelcy Ralph – 12 points, five goals, two assists
MAC Standings
1. Ohio – 9-3-1, 5-0-1
2. Kent State – 8-4-1, 4-1-1
3. Bowling Green – 5-5-3, 4-1-1
4. Miami – 7-4-3, 4-2
5. Central Michigan – 7-5, 4-2
6. Buffalo – 9-3-1, 3-2-1
7. Toledo – 8-4-2, 3-3
8. Ball State – 4-7-1, 2-3-1
9. Eastern Michigan – 2-9-2, 1-4-1
10. Northern Illinois – 4-10, 1-5
11. Western Michigan – 3-10, 1-5
12. Akron – 3-11, 1-5


NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame takes a four-match winning streak on the road this weekend to take on ACC foes Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. The Irish open the weekend at Wake Forest on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. ET before meeting the Hokies on Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m. ET. Friday’s match in Winston-Salem will not be streamed while Sunday’s contest in Blacksburg is set to be shown via ACC Network Extra.

Friday, October 15 – 7 p.m. ET
Live Stats

Sunday, October 17 – 1 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats

Notre Dame Notes (PDF)


  • Notre Dame owns a 64-34 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.
  • The Irish have won 12 consecutive sets and four straight matches over the last two weekends, earning road victories at #18 Georgia Tech and Clemson and home triumphs over Syracuse and Boston College.
  • During Notre Dame’s four-match win streak, Aubrey Hamilton has racked up 54 kills with a hitting percentage of .362.
  • Hamilton was named the ACC’s Co-Player of the Week following Notre Dame’s road wins at #18 Georgia Tech and Clemson.
  • In last weekend’s home sweeps of Syracuse and Boston College, Lauren Tarnoff hit a whopping .789 with 15 kills to go with nine blocks.
  • Zoe Nunez collected 73 assists in the six sets of play last weekend for a mark of 12.16 assists per set.


  • Friday will be the 11th meeting between the Irish and Wake Forest with Notre Dame holding a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series.
  • The Irish have won six consecutive matches against Wake Forest dating back to the 2016 season.
  • The two sides last met on March 20, 2021 when the Irish earned a neutral site straight-set win in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Charley Niego hit .368 with a match-high 19 kills in that victory while Aubrey Hamilton added 14 kills with a mark of .353.


  • Sunday marks the 14th match between the Irish and Hokies with Notre Dame holding a 9-4 advantage in the series between the two schools.
  • Notre Dame has won six straight against the Hokies dating back to the 2016 season.
  • The teams last met on March 13, 2021 in Tallahassee, Florida, where the Irish picked up a neutral site sweep over the Hokies.
  • Aubrey Hamilton led the Irish with 11 kills and hit .417 in that victory while Hattie Monson recorded a match-high 13 digs.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will look to keep its winning ways rolling this week when the Jaguars host Green Bay on Thursday (Oct. 14) and trek to Robert Morris for a Sunday (Oct. 17) showdown. Head coach Chris Johnson‘s team is coming off a 1-0 road win at Detroit Mercy as sophomore Leah Shumate powered the offense with her first career score and senior AP Woodall dialed up her first clean sheet of the campaign. 

The Jags, knowing they need to be nearly flawless down the stretch to earn a spot in the Horizon League Tournament, took the first step in that direction with the 1-0 win. The defense allowed just nine shots and just one on frame in the victory at UDM. Shumate delivered the goods with a free kick in the 34th minute to account for the game’s only offense. 

This season, senior Elizabeth Bueckers fuels the attack with six of the team’s 13 goals and a team-high 13 points. Junior Maya Lacognato has six points (2 goals, 2 assists) and both Shumate and Sam Slimak have two assists each. The defense has grown stronger through continuity as Autumn Weeks has moved to the center back spot and has played a team-high 1,103 minutes. At the outside spots, Makenna Collins and Maya Turner are second and third among field players in minutes played while Woodall has been her typical solid self between the pipes. Woodall has a 1.92 goals against average and 79 saves in her 11 starts. 

Johnson has had 22 different players start at least one contest while only three – Collins, Lacognato and Weeks – have started all 13. 

“It’s always a great feeling to get the lead. We had a great effort by the whole team to keep it. It’s awesome to come out with a win and we are aiming to keep the momentum going,” Shumate said following the victory at Detroit Mercy. 

IUPUI was picked to finish fifth in the league according to the preseason poll released on Aug. 18: Read More

PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)
GK- AP Woodall, Sr.
D- Makenna Collins, Fr.
D- Grace Moore, Jr.
D- Maya Turner, Jr.
D- Autumn Weeks, Jr.
MF – Jessica Jacobs, Soph. 
MF- Abbie Schad, Jr.
MF – Alex Stocker, Soph.
MF- Paige Waskom, Fr.
F- Elizabeth Bueckers, Sr.
F- Maya Lacognato, Jr.

Four IUPUI players have tallied their first collegiate goals this season in junior Ciena Miller, sophomores Sam Slimakand Leah Shumate and freshman Abbey Renner. Both Miller and Slimak tallied against Marian and Renner scored against Wright State. Shumate netted her first on Oct. 10 at Detroit Mercy for the game-winner. In addition, Ashton Kudlo registered a shutout in her first match in goal, blanking Purdue Fort Wayne on Sept. 19. 

Johnson is now in his 19th season on the IUPUI sidelines and owns a 134-167-42 mark with the Jaguars. He spent his first nine years of his coaching career at the University of Indianapolis where he amassed an 81-79-2 mark. All total, Johnson has 215 collegiate wins to his credit.  

Green Bay is 6-1-4 overall and 3-1-3 in Horizon League play this season. The Phoenix enter play on a three-game winning streak, having won all three matches by an identical 1-0 score. Green Bay is undefeated in its last five outings since a 6-0 loss at Oakland back on Sept. 19. Green Bay has outscored opponents by a 14-12 margin with McKayla Kertscher leading the way with five goals and two assists and Savanna Hayes has three scores. Green Bay has six different players with a game-winning goal this season. Annie Mason has started 10 of the team’s 11 matches in goal with a 0.94 goals against average and 30 saves with a 5-1-4 record and four shutouts. 

RMU is 4-9-2 overall and 0-5-2 in Horizon League play. The Colonials haven’t won since a 4-2 road win at Hampton on Sept. 12, going winless in seven matches since. Haleigh Finale leads the RMU attack with five goals and six assists and has 50 shot attempts. Kayla Veloso-Lima has three goals and both Kaoru Hayashi and Gabriella Lacuona have a team-high three assists each. Two RMU keepers have split time as Isabella Bohlen (1.88 GAA, 30 saves) has started nine times and Courtney Worstell (2.13 GAA, 36 saves) has made eight starts. 

IUPUI is 3-1-1 all-time against Green Bay and won three-in-a-row in the series. (Series History)
Sunday’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between IUPUI and Robert Morris. 

IUPUI will host Youngstown State on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Carroll Stadium. The Jaguars will honor its senior class surrounding that match. 

Mastodons On Wrong End of 2-0 Match Against Detroit Mercy

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne fell 2-0 to Detroit Mercy on Wednesday (Oct. 13) evening at the Hefner Soccer Complex in a Horizon League men’s soccer match. 

While the Titans would finish with the 2-0 win, the match was even in the box score. The Titans held a slight edge in shots at 11-10. The ‘Dons finished with a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, including five in the second half.

The Titans scored in the 12th minute off a free kick. Samory Powder was the goal scorer thanks to a feed from Ryan Halloran.

Keith Larson earned a good look in the 27th minute after finding himself in space, but Detroit Mercy goalkeeper Jonathan Kliewer took a quick step to his left to get his hands on the shot.

Vukasin Bulatovic nearly knotted the match in the 51st minute. His header off a free kick clanged off the left post. 

It stayed a 1-0 game until the 61st minute when Powder scored again. His shot bested Mastodon goalkeeper Erik Josson who dove to his left but couldn’t get his hand on the shot.

Purdue Fort Wayne earned multiple chances to cut into the deficit but each time Detroit Mercy was up to the challenge. This includes a Detroit Mercy team save in the 79th minute that was just inches away from going into the net.

Detroit Mercy improves to 3-4-4 (2-2-2 Horizon). The Mastodons fall to 3-8-1 (1-5-0 Horizon). The ‘Dons return to action on Saturday (Oct. 16) at UIC. It will be an 8 p.m. ET start from the Windy City.


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Four goals ended up in the back of the net in an eight-minute stretch amidst a torrential downpour as IUPUI squared off with Northern Kentucky at the NKU Soccer Stadium on Wednesday night (Oct. 13). Unfortunately for the guests, host NKU tallied three of the four scores and held off a feisty IUPUI attack in the 3-1 win. 

IUPUI (2-8-1, 1-5 HL) attempted a season-high 19 shots and earned seven corner kicks, but finished with just the one first half score. 

With a driving rain clearly affecting play, NKU (6-7, 4-3 HL) went in front in the 16th minute when Brodie Sallows got loose on a counter and sent a shot past Lucas Morefield for the game’s first goal. IUPUI had an immediate answer when Logan Finnegan drove a brilliant strike past Daniel Bermingham for his second goal of the season, less than two minutes after NKU’s tally. 

Gianni Catenacci helped setup the play by sending a pass to Matthew Skaar, who then laid the ball off to Finnegan for the finish. It was Finnegan’s second quality look in the game’s early going as he had previously tested Bermingham in the 16th minute.  

The game remained level for exactly 67 seconds before Ben Hegge angled a shot past Morefield from the left side, just inside the far post for his third score of the year. The back breaker came in the 24th minute when Jesse Randall scored from nearly the exact same spot from which Hegge had tallied, rolling a shot inside the far post for a two-goal margin. 

IUPUI continued to build chances through a combination of corner kicks and long throw-ins deep in NKU territory, but was unable to draw closer. Senior defender Tommy Patacca just missed on headers in both the 25th and 45th minutes, the second of which came on a restart just before halftime. 

As the rain dried up, so did the scoring. 

IUPUI controlled pace and possession in the second half, outshooting NKU 10-5 overall and leaving the Norse without a shot on frame. However, the Jaguars put just three of their 10 attempts on target, two of which came from Finnegan and Chris Workman in an early flurry of action. 

Later, Mandela Cybahiro tried Bermingham from the right side, but hit his attempt right at the NKU keeper. Bermingham finished with six saves in the victory while Morefield had three stops in the defeat. 

Finnegan paced IUPUI with five shot attempts while Patacca had three. Both Cameron Haegele and Anthony Saporito had two shot attempts each. 

IUPUI was credited with 54 percent of the game’s possession with more than half coming in the attacking end. However, NKU was largely content to defend in the second half and recycle possession through the midfield. 

IUPUI will continue the road swing this weekend when the Jaguars travel to Green Bay on Saturday (Oct. 16) for a match on ESPN+. 

Hounds Head to Hammond for Midwest Crossover

INDIANAPOLIS – The schedule for the 13th annual Midwest Region Crossover was announced this week.  The two-day tournament will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center in Hammond, IN.

The Hounds, slated as the seventh seed in the GLVC, will kick things off against No. 17 Hillsdale at 11 am ET on Friday.  This will mark the fourth time this season they face a Top 25 team.  UIndy will also face Grand Valley State of the GLIAC at 7 pm ET on Friday.

UIndy will take on Trevecca Nazarene of the G-MAC in their final match of the tournament.  First serve is slated for 1:45 pm ET on Saturday.

The nation’s largest collegiate tournament, the event features 57 matches from a combined 38 teams from the three Midwest conferences in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (15), Great Midwest Athletic Conference (12) and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (11).  This year’s tournament also includes three nationally-ranked programs with one institution from each conference sitting in this weeks AVCA’s Top 25 poll.

Till dominant in Aces shutout win over Salukis

EVANSVILLE – Led by a dominant defensive effort, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team captured a 1-0 shutout victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

In goal, fifth-year senior Michaela Till moved closer to a program record with an exceptional performance between the posts. Till recorded eight saves, including a diving save late in the match, moving her within eight of the program record for career saves. The 1-0 win also marked the Avon, Ind. native’s 16th career shutout, putting her just one behind tying Misty Long for second all-time at UE. 

On the attack, it was again a connection between seniors Alex Eyler and Emily Ormson that produced successful results. Ormson’s goal in the 10th minute increased her team lead with her sixth goal of the season, moving Ormson into a tie for second in The Valley in the category. Delivering the cross into the box, Eyler continued her tear this season, recording her sixth of the season and her fourth in five matches.

Evansville’s attack got started quick right out of the gate, finding the scoreboard early with the aforementioned goal. In the 10th minute, Eyler dribbled into to the side of the 18-yard box, sending a cross into the six. As the ball sailed over the keepers head, Ormson put herself in the proper spot, volleying the ball into the upper netting and giving the Aces an early lead. After scoring the early goal, Evansville locked-in defensively and prevented the Salukis from generating goal-scoring opportunities, taking the one-goal lead to the break.

The second half presented some challenges for the Aces as SIU began to hit on the counter. While Evansville outshot the Salukis, 10-6, in the first half, SIU played evenly with the Aces in the second 45 minutes as both teams recorded six shots in the period. The best chance of the night came in the 87th minute as SIU’s Ashley Scesniak turned inside the box and whipped a shot on frame that Till dove and tipped over the crossbar to help preserve Evansville’s lead in the 1-0 win.
Evansville gets 10 days to prepare for its next match, an important showdown with Valparaiso on the road at 7 PM on Saturday, October 23 in Valparaiso, Ind.

Soccer Continues Winning Streak, Prevails 1-0 at Drake

The perfect run through the Missouri Valley Conference slate continued Wednesday night for the Valpo soccer team, as a 72nd-minute goal from sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) directly from a corner kick stood up as the match-winner as the Beacons defeated Drake by a 1-0 final Wednesday in Des Moines. The win — Valpo’s seventh in a row — was the program’s first-ever victory over the Bulldogs and improved the team to 5-0-0 in MVC play.

How It Happened

  • Valpo had the better of the first 45 minutes, out-shooting Drake 8-3 in the first half and putting five shots on goal, but the two sides went into halftime still scoreless.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made a nice save to her right in the 59th minute to keep the Bulldogs off the board.
  • One match after scoring the first goal of her career, senior Morgen Metzger (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) had a great chance at her second in as many contests, but her 72nd-minute effort was tipped over the crossbar by Drake goalkeeper Kelsie Stone.
  • That just set the stage for James’ heroics, however. The sophomore stood over the corner kick from the right corner flag and took a perfectly-struck inswinger which curved into the upper-left corner to give Valpo a 1-0 lead with less than 20 minutes to play.
  • From there, the Beacons successfully saw out the game, surrendering just a pair of shot attempts and one corner kick over the final 18 minutes as they closed out their seventh consecutive victory.

Inside the Match

  • Valpo has now won seven consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 12. This is just the fourth winning streak of at least seven straight fixtures in program history, joining the 2014 squad’s 12-match winning streak, an eight-match winning streak by the 2006 team and a seven-match winning streak by the 2009 side.
  • The victory pushes the Beacons to a perfect 5-0-0 in Valley play, again matching just the 2014 team which finished 8-0-0 in Horizon League action for the best start to conference play.
  • With nine wins this season to date, Valpo is just one victory away from the 10th 10-win season in program history.
  • Valpo entered Wednesday night’s match 0-6-2 against Drake in program history and earned its first victory over the Bulldogs. The last two seasons have seen Valpo come away with a draw and a win in its matchups with the Bulldogs.
  • Within this seven-match winning streak, Valpo has posted six clean sheets. The Beacons now have seven shutouts as a team this year.
  • Coryell recorded her fourth solo shutout of the season, all of which have come within MVC play. She now has a .963 save percentage in conference action after making five stops tonight and a 0.20 GAA as Valpo has surrendered just one goal in its first five Valley matches.
  • James’ Olimpico in the second half was her seventh of the season, not only a team best, but leading the MVC as well. With seven goals and 17 points this year, the sophomore is just shy of Valpo’s single-season top-10 charts in both categories.
  • Ironically, Valpo’s perfect run through the Horizon League in 2014 also included an Olimpico by Abby Kenyon in a victory at Green Bay.
  • Four of the Beacons’ five wins in the MVC have come courtesy of a match-winner in the 70th minute or later.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“I continue to be so proud of this group. To get three points on the road is fantastic, and I’m happy not only with the result, but with how we played and how we built.”

“I felt like how we managed the game tonight was ultimately why we got the result. When we built through the middle of the field, we were able to create opportunities going forward. Then, after we scored the goal, we did a good job shifting our formation and seeing out the game.”

“The ownership our players have taken this season and their willingness to offer suggestions towards our game plan has been awesome to see — on the training ground leading into this game, we had players put in secondary actions on set pieces based off what they saw that we were able to use in the game.”

“As they have all year, everyone who stepped on the field tonight played their part, from the starters to the late subs to help see out the win. It was great to have Peyton and Allie back for extended minutes as they continue to work back from injuries.”

Next Up

Valpo (9-4-1, 5-0-0 MVC) will host back-to-back matches on Brown Field as it comes down the home stretch of the regular season, starting with a Sunday afternoon match against UNI. The 1pm kickoff can be seen live on ESPN+.


Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll and Preseason All-League Team on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Marian was voted as the preseason favorite to defend its Crossroads League Championship, after going unbeaten in league play during the regular season one year ago. The Knights were followed by Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Saint Francis in the top-half of the preseason rankings.

Marian returns four of their five starters from last season, while bringing in five new members for new head coach Steve Brooks.

MU’s Imani Guy was selected as the Crossroads League Preseason Player of the Year once again, after playing to NAIA All-American honors for a second-straight year and earning CL Player-of-the-Year recognition. Fellow returning All-Americans,Ella Collier (MU) and Lauren James (TU) joined Guy as Preseason All-CL First-Team selections, in addition to Maggie Coe (MVNU), Cassidy Crawford (USF), Jordan Reid (IWU), Abby Downard (MU) and Taylor Westgate (TU).

Guy was selected to repeat as the Crossroads League Player of the Year, coming off a strong 2020-2021 season where she averaged 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, both career highs. Guy also set the single game records for rebounds and recorded 72 blocks on the season, returning to the Knights using the NAIA’s COVID-19 exemption. 

Like Guy, Ella Collier was named to the All-Crossroads League First Team as a freshman, and was also named an NAIA All-American in her first season. Collier started 30 games as a freshman averaging 13.7 points per game, while shooting 50.8 percent from three and 93.1 percent from the foul line. 

Downard joins Guy and Collier on the Preseason All-Crossroads League First Team after averaging 9.3 points and 4.75 assists per game as a senior. Downard was named to the All-Crossroads League First Team as a senior, and also returns on a COVID-19 exemption. Completing Marian’s preseason honors is Tamia Perryman, who earned All-Crossroads League Freshman Team honors in her first season as a Knight, making 22 starts while averaging 6.8 points per game. 

2021-2022 Crossroads League Preseason Poll
1-Marian, 81
T2-Taylor, 67
T2-Indiana Wesleyan, 67
4-Mount Vernon Nazarene, 61
5-Saint Francis, 45
6-Huntington, 44
7-Goshen, 31
8-Grace, 25
9-Spring Arbor, 16
10-Bethel, 13

2021-2022 Crossroads League Preseason All-League

Imani Guy, Marian
Ella Collier, Marian
-Lauren James, Taylor
-Maggie Coe, Mount Vernon Nazarene
-Cassidy Crawford, Saint Francis
-Jordan Reid, Indiana Wesleyan
Abby Downard, Marian
-Taylor Westgate, Taylor

-Taniece Chapman, Goshen
-Rylee Pireu, Mount Vernon Nazarene
-Maleah Kunkel, Saint Francis
-Madison Davis, Indiana Wesleyan
-Emily Seboe, Huntington
Tamia Perryman, Marian
-Maddie Ryman, Grace
-Graysen Cockerham, Goshen

Honorable Mention Team
-Nyla Asad, Bethel
-Sage Brannon, Mount Vernon Nazarene
-Merideth Deckard, Taylor
-Dazia Drake, Huntington
-Kayla Kirtley, Taylor
-Maddie Lawrence, Indiana Wesleyan
-Grace Shoobridge, Spring Arbor


Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and Preseason All-League Team on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. 

Saint Francis was selected as the preseason favorite, after returning four starters from a squad that made a run to the NAIA National Tournament Semifinals one year ago. The Cougars were followed closely by Indiana Wesleyan and Marian in the poll, with Grace and Huntington picked to round out the top-five.

Marian returns four of their five starters from one season ago, while also returning two key pieces of their bench rotation to add to the core of three incoming transfers. 

IWU’s Seth Maxwell was chosen as the Crossroads League Preseason Player of the Year and was joined by fellow returning NAIA All-American Antwaan Cushingberry (USF) on the CL Preseason All-League Team. Maxwell and Cushingberry headlined a group that also included Christian Stewart (MU), Jason Hubbard (TU), Zach Goodline (HU), David Ejah (USF), Clay Hilliard (MVNU), Jared DeHart (BU), Caleb Middlesworth (HU), Christian Harvey (MU) and Cade Gibbs (GRA).

Last season Christian Stewartwas named to the All-Crossroads League First Team for the first time in his career last season, and had a strong fourth-year in the program averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game. Stewart shot a career-best 92.7 percent from the free throw line, and on the season shot 44.8 percent from the field. The fifth-year senior returned to Marian this coming season using the COVID-19 exemption granted by the NAIA.

Christian Harveylanded on the All-Crossroads League Preseason First Team for the second consecutive year, and in 2020-2021 put together a strong campaign averaging 11.4 points per game. Harvey was named to the All-Crossroads League Second Team as a redshirt-sophomore, putting up career best numbers in rebounds and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Marian begins their season on October 30 at home against Simmons College of Kentucky. 

2021-2022 Crossroads League Preseason Poll
1-Saint Francis, 94
2-Indiana Wesleyan, 89
3-Marian, 87
4-Grace, 61
5-Huntington, 58
6-Bethel, 54
7-Mount Vernon Nazarene, 47
8-Taylor, 30
9-Spring Arbor, 17
10-Goshen, 13

2021-2022 Crossroads League Preseason All-League
-Seth Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan
-Antwaan Cushingberry, Saint Francis
Christian Stewart, Marian
-Jason Hubbard, Taylor
-Zach Goodline, Huntington
-David Ejah, Saint Francis
-Clay Hilliard, Mount Vernon Nazarene
-Jared DeHart, Bethel
-Caleb Middlesworth, Huntington
Christian Harvey, Marian
-Cade Gibbs, Grace


Mount Vernon, Ohio – The Marian volleyball team opened a three-match week with a road victory on Wednesday night, closing a season-sweep of (RV) Mount Vernon Nazarene in three sets. The win is the 25th of the season for Marian as they continue their undefeated season, with the Knights improving to 13-0 in Crossroads League play. 

Marian powered through the first set, taking the opening set of the night by double-digits with a 25-13 win. After falling behind 7-2 in the opening set, Marian found their offense from Jai-Lyn Norwood, who helped open an 11-2 run with a kill and block. Michaela Hoffaand Madison Brooks also helped fuel the spree, growing the Knights’ lead to 13-9. Averi Lanmanalso sparked a run with a kill creating a 3-0 sprint, and a pair of Serena Dodsonservice aces saw the margin grow to nine. Dodson’s pair of aces came in a 6-0 run to close the set, with Norwood ending the game on an unassisted kill. 

A pair of Hoffa kills early in the second set helped Marian gain an edge on the Cougars, and two points from Lanman coming on a block and kill gave the visitors a 10-9 lead. Lanman’s kill in sparked a 4-0 run that forced a Mount Vernon timeout, and four rallies after the stoppage Hoffa started another run with her fourth kill of the set. The spike from the senior outside created a 5-0 spurt that moved Marian into a 20-11 lead, and after a timeout the run continued with Skyler Van Noterecording a kill. The Marian streak ran to 10 unanswered points, helping them cruise to a 25-12 win. 

Mount Vernon showed fight in the third set as they took an early 6-2 advantage, but attack errors haunted the Cougars as four misplays helped Marian surge back in front 10-7. The three-point lead allowed Marian to stay in control as the lead grew to four following a block from Van Note and Norwood, however the home team continued to fight tying the set at 16-16 10 rallies after the rejection. The Knights stayed on top through the late push, and got back to back kills from Brooks and Norwood to take a 20-18 lead. A Norwood kill after the final MVNU timeout helped Marian keep a firm lead on the set, as they were able to close the sweep with a 25-20 win on a Van Note kill.

As a team Marian hit .424 and recorded 42 kills in the three-set sweep, with Norwood recording 12 kills on 17 attacks to end the night with a .706 hitting percentage. Van Note recorded a double-double recording 10 kills and a team-high 17 digs, while also adding two assists and three total blocks. Hoffa had eight kills in the win, and Lanman had two kill and two block solos. Dodson led the team with two service aces and 18 assists, while Maggie Meyerhad 13 digs from her libero position. 

Marian will travel to St. Francis on Friday night for their final road match of the week, with the match scheduled for a 7 PM start in Fort Wayne. 


Mount Vernon, Ohio – The Marian women’s soccer team found all the offense they needed in a two minute window in the second half, as two second half goals guided the Knights to a 2-0 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene Wednesday night. The win gives Marian a 3-1-1 record in Crossroads League play, while their overall mark moves to 11-2-1 this season. 

The first half was relatively quiet for both teams on offense, as the two opponents managed a combined nine shot attempts in the period. Mount Vernon came away with the first look of the game in the second minute, but the kick was knocked away by the Knights’ defense. The Cougars would get one more shot off before Marian’s offense began to find it’s form, seeing Allie Schlomtake the team’s first look in the 20th minute, but her boot clanged off the crossbar. 

Marian went nearly 14 minutes in between shots as their offense built steam on the attack, with Jacelyn Smithmissing her first shot of the game wide coming just a minute after a save by Noelle Rolfsen. The Knights would get four addtional attempts off before the end of the half, seeing just one shot on frame from Ryli John in the 39th minute. Marian led at the half in shot attempts 6-3. 

In the second half Marian stayed as aggressive as they were in the final minutes of the first, getting a pair of early shots on goal from Madison Hill. The pursuit for a goal paid off in the 60th minute, as Jacelyn Smithwas able to recover a loose ball in front of the net, and bury an empty net goal to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Just 95 seconds later John came back in for the Knights, and found the ball after a Delaney Taylorthrow-in bounced through the defense. John dribbled toward the center of the field, and fired a strong shot at the left post, seeing the ball clang back into the goal to give Marian a 2-0 lead. 

The pair of goals was all Marian needed, as they allowed zero shot attempts over the final 29 minutes of the match to close the 2-0 victory. As a team the Knights took 13 shots, and were led by Smith’s three shots the helped result in the game-winning goal. John took three shots off the bench and led the team in looks on frame, scoring her insurance goal unassisted. Schlom and Erin Oleksakeach took two shot attempts. 

In goal Noelle Rolfsenfaced just two shots on goal, making two saves to preserve her fourth road shutout of the season. Rolfsen’s shutout was her fifth total this season. 

Marian will return home on Saturday for their first match at St. Vincent Field since September 29, hosting Huntington at 11 AM for a senior day match. 


INDIANAPOLIS – Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Marian men’s soccer team rebounded strong in the second half scoring two goals to score a home victory over Mount Vernon Nazarene Wednesday night. The Knights win improves their overall record to 7-5-2 this season, while they move to 3-2 in the Crossroads League

Mount Vernon had the advantage on offense early in the night, attacking the Knights in the first five minutes as they were able to get off a pair of corner kicks and an early Keon Boney shot, which Brendan Weigereasily made the save. Weiger was unsuccessful as the Cougars made their second run of the night in the 11th minute, as Moses Magens blasted a shot on goal from 30 yards out, with his strong boot slipping through the hands of the Knights’ keeper to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. 

The Knights calmly attempted to find the equalizer, working their way through the Cougars defense over the next 10 minutes taking four shots, but each of the attempts sailed high or wide of the net. The Knights put together one final push in the final five minutes of the first half taking three shots, but a pair of looks in the final 30 seconds were altered by the Mount Vernon defense, sending the game to half with Marian trailing 1-0. 

Marian responded to the halftime deficit strong in the opening minutes of the second half, answering an MVNU scoring chance with one of their own. After the Cougars were called offsides in point-blank range of the goal, Marian quickly worked the ball through the defense and got a shot attempt from Nate Van Keulen. Van Keulen’s look on frame was smothered by Josh Dunn, but the Cougars keeper was unable to control the ball, as James Jenkinsswooped in to clean up the ricochet with his third goal in two games. Jenkins score in the 48th minute knotted the score 1-1. 

Jenkins and the Knights stayed aggressive, playing deep into Mount Vernon territory after the restart. Eight minutes after the tying score, Alan Tenoriohelped put Marian in the lead, sending a long pass along the left sideline for Van Keulen. The freshman connection allowed Van Keulen to race past the nearest defender, and slam a shot over Dunn’s hand and into the back of the goal to give Marian a 2-1 lead. 

The one goal advantage was all the Knights needed, as their defense shut down the Cougars attack for the final 35 minutes of the half. Weiger and the back line were challenged on frame once in the final stretch of the game, as Magens missed a back-heel shot the crashed into the left side of the net out of play. Mount Vernon’s final push came in the closing minute as they were rewarded with a free kick from 35 yards out, but came up unsuccessful seeking the tying score as Sebastian Gonzalezand Timmy Anneehelped anchor the defense to clear the ball out of play and preserve the 2-1 victory. 

Marian took 18 shots as a team in the victory, with Van Keulen taking a team-high five shots. The freshman’s goal was the game-winner, and Jenkins’ scored the tying goal on one of his four shots in the match. Gonzalez took three shots off the bench, with six Knights taking at least one attempt. Tenorio recorded Marian’s only assist in addition to taking one shot. In goal, Weiger saw five shots on frame, making four saves to earn the victory in net. 

With the win, Marian moves into a tie for second place in the Crossroads League standings, and will travel to Huntington on Saturday for a 2 PM match. 


MARION, Ind. – After coming off a Crossroads League Tournament Championship and Fab Four finish at the National tournament last season, women’s basketball looks to carry that momentum into the 2021/22 season.
“We are excited for another season in the Crossroads League!  As it is every year, each team will be competitive and will force us to live into our gifts each and every day.  With so much youth and inexperience on our team, we have a lot to learn and must prove that we can consistently uplift one another in all circumstances.” – Head Coach Ethan Whaley
The Wildcats return nine players from last year’s squad.  Sophomore Jordan Reid earns a spot on the Crossroads League Preseason First-Team, Senior Madison Davis second-team, and sophomore Maddie Lawrence honorable mention.
The Wildcats will host Aquinas College for their season opener in Luckey Arena on October 28 at 7pm.  This season will start with seven non-conference games until Crossroads League play starts on November 20 when the Wildcats travel to the defending Crossroads League Regular Season Champions, Marian Knights. 


MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball is just 15-days from the start of the 2021-22 season and will enter it as the second-best team in the Crossroads League, as voted on by the Crossroads League coaches and released today by the League. In addition, Seth Maxwell was named Crossroads League Preseason Player of the Year, making it four straight seasons with the Leagues Preseason Player of the Year nod going to the Wildcats. 

TONAGEL ON THIS YEARS SCHEDULE….Our team will be tested early and often. With a relatively new team, this will undoubtedly help us in the all rugged Crossroads league games this season. 


Seth Maxwell

  • Maxwell will anchor the Wildcats offense as the lone double figures scoring threat returning from last season.
  • Maxwell started all 33 games for the red & gray last season.
  • CAREER AVERAGES/STATS: 13 ppg, 6 rbs, 2 blks, 1,334 points, 622 rebounds, 234 blocks
  • CAREER AWARDS: 2020-21 NAIA All-American, 2020-21 Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year, 2020-21 Crossroads League First Team, 2020-21 Crossroads League All-Defensive Team, 2019-20 NAIA All-American, 2019-20 Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year, 2019-20 Crossroads League First Team, 2019-20 Crossroads League All-Defensive Team, 2018-19 Crossroads League All-Freshman Team

Michael Thompson III (*2019-2020 Transfer)

  • Thompson started all 33 games for the Wildcats last season
  • CAREER AVERAGES/STATS: 6 ppg, 2 rbs, 400 points, 169 rebounds
  • CAREER AWARDS: 2020-21 All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention


Lincoln Hale

  • A 6’4 freshman from Linton-Stockton, Hale averaged 27.0 points per game as a senior to lead Linton-Stockton to a 23-5 record and a Class 2A sectional title. He finished his high school career with 2,213 points and helped his team to the Indiana State Championship game in 2018. 
  • Has earned a slew of individual accolades, including being named a Junior Indiana All-Star and small school All-State in 2019-20. He was named Greene County Player of the Year, Wabash Valley All-Tournament Team, and GCI MVP his sophomore and junior seasons.
  • Over three seasons with the Miners, Hale tallied a 71-11 record, scored the most points, and recorded the most field goals in a single season while becoming Linton-Stockton’s all-time leading scorer.

Dan Largey

  • Largey comes to IWU from NCAA DII Palm Beach Atlantic where he was an All-Sunshine State Conference First Team member last season. 
  • A 6’5 forward, Largey played high school basketball at Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch, New Jersey, where he was named Jersey Shore News Player of the Year as a senior. 
  • He averaged 16.8 ppg and 7.7 rbs per-game his redshirt senior year at PBA, while dropping a season-high 22 points and 14 rebounds against Florida Southern. 

In addition to Hale and Largey, IWU brings in freshman Griffin Kliewer (Summit Christian Academy), Tyler Kindberg (Worthington Christian H.S.), and Kyle Sanders (Western H.S.). Sanders is also a member of the Men’s Golf team. 

TONAGEL ON THE NEW FACES…we are excited for this group of guys. They each bring something unique to the table while all being unified around the I Am Third philosophy. 


Kyle Mangas

  • The most decorated player in the history of the NAIA will not return for the 2021-22 season.
  • On September 1, 2021, Mangas signed his first professional contract with USK Praha of the Czech National Basketball League.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer picked up their eighth shutout of the season Wednesday, pushing past Huntington University, 4-0. All four goals came in the second half, with Jackie Norris punching the first two into the net. 


  • Norris has netted a goal in 10 of the Wildcats 12 matches this season, totaling 13 so far. It’s the most goals scored by a freshman since Katie Pannabecker, who netted 13 during the 2012 season.
  • Sydney Brown assisted on three of the four goals, bringing her season total to 12 assists. It ties her career-high for assists in a season, a mark she set during her freshman campaign.
  • IWU landed a season-high 17 shots on goal while Huntington was allowed just one total shot in the contest. IWU has allowed an opponent two or fewer shots on four occasions this year.


  • Today was a match that took us a little while longer to really switch on in the way that we needed to. Some of the soccer decisions that we were making early on weren’t quite where they needed to be. But we talked through some things at halftime and came out with a much better mentality second half. We’ll get back to work tomorrow in prepping for another quality opponent from this league.


  • After three straight matches on the road, IWU hosts No. 4 Spring Arbor at 7 p.m.
  • Fans are encouraged to wear red!


MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer tied with Huntington Foresters this evening on a cold and rainy night on IWU’s campus. Wildcats have not beaten the Foresters since October 17, 2015. Wildcats move to 8-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in conference play.


  • Huntington found the back of the net early into the game at the 8-minute mark.
  • IWU trailed at halftime 1-0.
  • Partway through the second half, Philipp Basara placed the ball in the lower left corner of the net to give IWU their only goal of the night. Giuseppe Santacroce’s header assisted on the play.
  • Both teams remained scoreless the rest of the game and ended in a 1-1 draw after double overtime.
  • Wildcats outshot Foresters 14-8 including four shots in overtime periods.


  • Wildcats head to Spring Arbor University on Saturday for a 7pm kick off.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan volleyball team traveled to Grace College this evening coming out victorious in a four-set match.  Wildcats started off slow dropping the first set in a decisive 25-14 outcome for the Lancers.  IWU bounced back and took the next three sets to come home with a win.
WIN 3-1: 14-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-13

  • Wildcats toppled Lancers in kills 53 to 40.  Ana Collar led the way with 14 kills, followed by Courtney Watkins and Victoria Johnson with 12 and 11, respectively.
  • IWU’s defense has been a highlight in recent games, with tonight’s 89 digs their second-highest this season.  Collar led the way 26 followed by Paige Thibault with 21.
  • Olivia Zawadzki paced the offense with 40 assists.


  • “Grace gave us everything we could handle in the first set!  I am really proud of the girls keeping their composure and stepping up to get the win!”


  • Wildcats return home on Friday, October 15 to host Spring Arbor Cougars at 7pm for their Play For The Cure event.

RSC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll & Preseason Team released on Media Day

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — As new year begins in the RSC, WVU Tech is the defending champion and also the preseason favorite. The Golden Bears are on top of the 2021-22 River States Conference Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll after results of the league-wide voting were posted today at as part of RSC Men’s Basketball Media Day.

WVU Tech received 173 total votes in the polling of the 14 head coaches in the RSC. The Golden Bears were also way out in front with nine of the possible 13 first-place votes they could receive. WVU Tech won the RSC Championship last year and made it to the second round of the NAIA National Championship.

The release of the preseason coaches’ poll is a part of RSC Men’s Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Also unveiled today is the RSC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team. The preseason team features 10 players and is made up of the top all-conference returners from last season.

Tune in to RSC Men’s Basketball Media day all day long on the RSC Facebook page. Go to to see preseason video interviews with all 14 head coaches and student-athletes from every school previewing the 2021-22 season.

WVU Tech has two players on the preseason all-conference team with Tamon Scruggs (F) and Andreas Jonsson (G) as well as several other key players coming back.

Indiana University Kokomo was picked second overall in the preseason coaches’ poll and also returns a pair of preseason selections with Trequan Spivey (G) and Desean Hampton (F). The Cougars received 158 total votes and two first-place votes in the overall voting. They are also the clear favorite in the RSC West Division with 12 of a possible 13 votes to win their side of the conference.

University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was picked third overall in the poll as the RSC runner-up last year and a national-tournament qualifier. The RedStorm received 155 votes, one first-place vote and return preseason picks Shiloah Blevins (F), the player of the year in the conference, and also Miki Tadic (G).

Indiana University East received the remaining two first-place votes and was picked fourth overall in the poll. The Red Wolves totaled 151 votes.

For the complete RSC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll — both overall and by division — as well as the RSC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team, see below.  

The River States Conference has 14 member schools, all of which play basketball. The RSC is represented in five different states — Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The basketball conference is split into RSC East & West Divisions with teams playing home and away inside their division and once across the divisions. This past summer, St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College and Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University became members of the conference and joined the RSC West and East divisions, respectively.

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

1. WVU Tech (9)173
2. IU Kokomo (2)158
3. Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)155
4. IU East (2)151
5. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)130
6. IU Southeast129
7. Point Park (Pa.)111
8. Midway (Ky.)97
9. Oakland City (Ind.)90
10. Ohio Christian70
11. Ohio Valley (W.Va.)67
12. Brescia (Ky.)59
13. Carlow (Pa.)35
14. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)33

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. WVU Tech (9)86
2. Rio Grande (Ohio) (2)75
3. IU East (3)74
4. Point Park (Pa.)57
5. Ohio Christian37
6. Ohio Valley (W.Va.)35
7. Carlow (Pa.)19

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. IU Kokomo (12)90
2. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (1)73
3. IU Southeast (1)70
4. Midway (Ky.)52
5. Oakland City (Ind.)49
6. Brescia (Ky.)32
7. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)19


Shiloah BlevinsFJr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Tamon ScruggsFSr.WVU Tech
Donnie MillerGJr.Midway (Ky.)
Trequan SpiveyGSr.IU Kokomo
Miki TadicGJr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Kwon EvansFSr.Midway (Ky.)
Desean HamptonFSr.IU Kokomo
Noah YoungGSr.Alice Lloyd (Ky.)
Andreas JonssonGSr.WVU Tech
Nathaniel SchmittlerCSr.Oakland City (Ind.)


The Indiana University East women’s soccer team finishes the regular season home schedule this week with two River States Conference matches.

On Oct. 14 at Centerville High School, the Red Wolves entertain new league foe Ohio Valley University at 5 p.m.

WVU Tech is the opponent for Senior Day, with the match getting underway at 1 p.m. It’s the opener of an IU East men’s and women’s twinbill with the second contest scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

IU East is 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the conference after defeating Brescia University 4-1 at home on Oct. 9.

Ohio Valley tops the RSC standings at 6-0 with an overall mark of 6-1-1. The Red Wolves are in a tie for second with the University of Rio Grande.

WVU Tech is currently 4-5-2, 1-3-2. The Golden Bears play a RSC match at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Oct. 14.

IU East then visits Oakland City on Oct. 18 for the makeup date of a match originally scheduled for Oct. 2. Match time is 2 p.m. (IU East time). The Mighty Oaks enter this weekend 5-5-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the league.


Admission to home matches for IU East soccer is free.

The GPS address for Centerville High School is 507 Willow Grove Road in Centerville, Ind. The soccer field is in the southwest portion of the CHS campus, adjacent to the tennis courts and baseball field.

Live video and live stats for the match are scheduled to be available.

Monitor for the postmatch recap and box score.

Oakland City’s Aigner Field is located off Williams Street on the Oakland City campus at 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660.

Oakland City is on Central time.


Kimberly Trapp leads the Red Wolves with 16 points on seven goals and two assists. Next on the list is Sophie Pohlabel (10 points on three goals, four assists) and Shelby O’Leary (seven points on three goals and an assist).

* IU East has never played Ohio Valley, while the all-time series with WVU Tech is tied at 2-2-1. The Red Wolves won both matches against the Golden Bears last season, including a 1-0 double overtime victory in the semifinals of the RSC Tournament at Wright State.

* Oihane Abascal and Manuela Filipe top Ohio Valley in scoring with four goals apiece.

* Ohio Valley beat Carlow University at home 3-1 in the most recent match for the Fighting Scots on Oct. 9. 

* Brittany Dye leads WVU Tech with six goals this season.

* WVU Tech coach Kate Franks-Carr is in her third season with the Golden Bears after serving as an assistant with IU East.

* Heading into its match at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, WVU Tech has played to draws in its last two contests a week ago against Point Park University (1-1) and Carlow (2-2).

* Due to various factors, Oakland City has not played since Sept. 14. Claudia Melgar leads Oakland City with eight goals and five assists.

Volleyball drops Transy 3-0

RICHMOND — The Earlham College volleyball team picked up its first win over Transylvania since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2010. The Quakers won the match in three sets of play. 

The Quakers improved to 14-3 (3-1 HCAC) while the Pioneers fell to 13-10 (3-1 HCAC).

Maria Young paced the Earlham offense with 16 kills. The sophomore from Bedford, Va. attacked at a .333 clip and recorded one ace and two blocks on the evening. 

Caroline Mulvihill and Erin Wagner both collected a team-high 17 digs, with Wagner also setting up 32 assists. 

While Earlham took comfortable 25-18 wins in both of the first two sets, the Pioneers would not leave Druley Performance Gym lying down. 

After a libero change for set three, Transy stayed closer in competition through most of the set. With the score at 21-17, the Pioneers went on a 5-0 run to recover their deficit and take the lead 22-21. Undeterred, Earlham quickly reached match point. Two quick kills from the visitors forced extra points to be played in what would become the final frame. The teams traded points until Earlham finally managed to score consecutively on an attack error from Transy and a kill from Giselle Mora to end the deadlock at 28-26. 

The Quakers travel to Anderson on Saturday to continue HCAC competition. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Wabash Drops 1-0 Decision At Denison

Wabash put six shots on goal and had another glance off the post in its North Coast Athletic Conference match at Denison Wednesday evening. The Little Giants lost 1-0 to the host Big Red.

Wabash (9-3-1, 2-1-1 NCAC) suffered its first loss of the season in conference play. Denison (6-4-1, 2-2-0 NCAC) picked up the victory by scoring in the 72nd minute when Jake Krueger collected a loose ball in front of the Wabash goal to produce the only goal of the night. 

Wabash nearly took the early lead when a second-half shot from the right side of the pitch hit the far left post and bounced harmlessly away from the front of the net. The Little Giants fired 14 total shots in the match with six ending up on goal. Jerry Little II led the team with two shots on goal. Coledon JohnsonAlexis DelgadoMitchell Keeling, and Jordan Donsky each finished with one shot on goal. 

Michael Bertram turned away five of the six shots on goal put up by Denison in the match. The Big Red finished with 19 total shots for the contest.

Wabash returns to Fischer Field for the first time since October 2 when the Little Giants play 22nd-ranked Kenyon College at noon this Saturday. 

Trine Draws with Hope 1-1 in Thrilling Overtime Match

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s soccer team competed at home on Wednesday against Hope College, who was receiving votes in the most recent NCAA DIII national poll. The Thunder were able to record a draw in the match after a scoreless pair of overtimes.

Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] buried a goal in the 56th minute after a long outlet pass and he beat the last defender and found a hole in the bottom right corner of the net to take a 1-0 lead. It is his 10th of the 2021 campaign.

That advantage held until the final minute of action, when the Flying Dutchmen were full throttle on offense and a header by Griffin Brown found its mark to send the game to extra time.

The tie keeps Trine at .500 in both their overall record (6-6-1) and conference record (1-1-1). Hope is now 8-2-2 overall and remain unbeaten in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play at 4-0-1.

Two of the first three shots of the match were taken by the Flying Dutchmen, with two of them blocked by defenders and one saved by the goalkeeper Troy Saylor [Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia]. Trine countered with long distance shots by Trevor Towghi [Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern] and Alhasan Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] but both were saved.

In the 19th minute, Murphy had a wonderful look at the net, but the Hope keeper went all the way to the crossbar to make a diving save and keep the match scoreless. That would be the final opportunity of the half for the Thunder. The Flying Dutchmen held a 10-3 shot advantage in the first.

Yahya and Brian Morris [Metamora, Mich. / Lapeer] triggered the offense for Trine in the second half, and eventually Murphy beat the defense for the game’s first score.

The next five shots belonged to the Flying Dutchmen as they began to get desperate to get on the board. That left them open for a counterattack in the 82nd minute, where Murphy struck the right post with a sliding shot.

The game-tying goal in the 90th minute forced overtime, where Hope was able to get two shots, one of which nailed the crossbar, inches from ending the match with a golden goal. The Flying Dutchmen added two more in the second overtime, extending their shot advantage to 24-8 for the match.

Saylor was able to get a hand on 11 shots, the most in one match for his career as a sophomore.

Trine continues league play at Kalamazoo College on Saturday, October 16 in an evening match at 5 pm.

Sixth-Ranked Calvin Upends Trine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Trine University women’s volleyball team was defeated by nationally-ranked Calvin University on Wednesday night in straight sets.

The road loss drops Trine to 13-12 this season and 3-2 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Number six Calvin is 20-2 and a perfect 5-0 in league action.

The Knights took advantage of eight Thunder errors and a negative hitting percentage in the first set en route to a 25-15 win. Chloe Behm [Albion, Ind. / Central Noble] and Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] started the scoring for Trine with kills. Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina] had two aces during a 5-0 run that cut into the Knights’ lead.

The Thunder kept things close at the start of the second set, with Anna Loughrey [West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Central] swinging for three kills in the first eight points. Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] added to the offensive efforts with a pair of kills as well. Unfortunately, Calvin was too much in the late stages with a 12-2 scoring run to take the second 25-13.

Trine was behind right away in the third set after dropping the first four points. Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] and Mikaila Sullivan [Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South Vigo] each notched kills in the set. Baughman and Jolliffe kept the Thunder in the set, but ultimately fell short 25-17.

Carlin led the way for Trine with two aces and 13 digs defensively. Jolliffe had a team-high eight kills and Baughman had assists on 16 of 21 kills for the match. Nicholls chipped in on four blocks.

The Thunder look to bounce back at the Millikin 5-State Classic this weekend. The first match is Friday, October 15 at 8 pm versus Simpson.

Wabash Drops 1-0 Decision At Denison

Wabash put six shots on goal and had another glance off the post in its North Coast Athletic Conference match at Denison Wednesday evening. The Little Giants lost 1-0 to the host Big Red.

Wabash (9-3-1, 2-1-1 NCAC) suffered its first loss of the season in conference play. Denison (6-4-1, 2-2-0 NCAC) picked up the victory by scoring in the 72nd minute when Jake Krueger collected a loose ball in front of the Wabash goal to produce the only goal of the night.

Wabash nearly took the early lead when a second-half shot from the right side of the pitch hit the far left post and bounced harmlessly away from the front of the net. The Little Giants fired 14 total shots in the match with six ending up on goal. Jerry Little II led the team with two shots on goal. Coledon JohnsonAlexis DelgadoMitchell Keeling, and Jordan Donsky each finished with one shot on goal.

Michael Bertram turned away five of the six shots on goal put up by Denison in the match. The Big Red finished with 19 total shots for the contest.

Wabash returns to Fischer Field for the first time since October 2 when the Little Giants play 22nd-ranked Kenyon College at noon this Saturday.

DePauw Beats Wittenberg 4-1 at Home

Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw men’s soccer team extended its win streak to three after defeating the Wittenberg University Tigers 4-1 at home.

In the battle of the Tigers, DePauw struck first. The DePauw Tigers’ forward Sam Thiel finessed his way past the defenders and placed a ball right in front of teammate Jacob Fowler for the first of four goals in the 34th-minute of play.

Thiel would tally his second assist of the night in the 43rd-minute of play after slipping a ball to Ben Weidner for his fifth goal of the season.

In the second half, Wittenberg cut DePauw’s lead to one after gathering a short, clear attempt by DePauw. However, the DePauw Tigers would go back up by two goals following a penalty kick goal by senior midfielder Flynn Sheehan.

Giving DePauw a three-goal cushion, Sheehan would find the back of the net once more in the 82nd-minute of play, solidifying its win over the Wittenberg Tigers.

DePauw moves to 3-1 in the conference and 9-4 overall. The Tigers are back at Reavis Stadium Saturday, October 16, at 2:30 pm EDT. 

Manchester Sweeps Defiance for First HCAC Win

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University volleyball team earned its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win of the season on Wednesday night following a straight set sweep of Defiance College inside a blacked out Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Manchester swung .248 as a unit, while topping the visiting Yellow Jackets by set scores of 25-15, 25-17, and 25-16.

The balanced offensive trio of Halle Planck(Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa), Erika Kramer(Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur), and Sara Shultz(Churubusco, Ind./East Noble) led the way for Manchester. Planck finished with a team high nine kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Kramer hit an impressive .533 and ended the match with eight kills. Kramer was also strong at the net, finishing with four solo blocks and a block assist. Shultz ended Wednesday’s match with eight kills.

First-year Carly Ripberger(Tipton, Ind./Tipton) led the Black & Gold with 32 assists. Rachel Ressler(Tipton, Ind./Tipton) and Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) added 17 and 16 digs, respectively. Walters added three aces against the Yellow Jackets.

Defiance hit just .105 on Wednesday night.

The win snapped a three-game skid for Manchester. The Spartans (9-10, 1-3 HCAC) will host another tri-match on Saturday October 16 inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. Manchester will take on Rose-Hulman at 1 p.m. and then St. Mary’s (Ind.) at 5 p.m.

Defiance slipped to 3-11, 1-3 HCAC following the loss.

Spartans Drop Narrow 1-0 Decision to Rose-Hulman on Wednesday

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s soccer team was edged by visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by a final score of 1-0 on Wednesday night in Sparta Stadium.

Rose-Hulman netted the lone goal of the match in the 13th minute. Caleb Urban played a ball from the far side into the box that was headed in by Tatenda Mafa. Mafa’s goal was his first of the season.

The Fightin’ Engineers’ defense held out the remainder of the contest as the Black & Gold were unable to equalize.

For the game, RHIT held an 11-6 advantage in shots taken. Rose-Hulman also held a slim 3-2 advantage in corner kicks taken.

Aidan Brunkow (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian) made four stops in goal for Manchester. Ian BowronHarley KruschwitzNoah Black, and Julain Keough all landed a shot on goal for MU.

The Spartans (5-7-1, 2-3 HCAC) will host Earlham College on Saturday October 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

Rose-Hulman improved to 8-4-1 overall and remained undefeated in conference play at 5-0 following the win.

Manchester Tripped up at Rose-Hulman on Wednesday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s soccer team fell on the road in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Rose-Hulman on Wednesday October 13.

The host Fightin’ Engineers sit in second place in the HCAC standings following their 5-0 victory.

RHIT scored three goals in the opening period, while adding two more in the second half. Both Christina Rogers (10th & 22nd minutes) and Sarah Shoemaker (82nd & 87th minutes) netted two goals for Rose-Hulman. Lane Lawrence (21st minute) tallied the other goal for RHIT.

Jayden Murray (Delphi, Ind./Rossville Consolidated) led Manchester with two shots. Both McKenna Burkholder (Argos, Ind./Argos) and Elaina Halferty (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) put a shot on goal for MU.

Cate Bennett (Hartford City, Ind./Blackford) made seven stops in goal for the Spartans.

Manchester (1-4 HCAC) will host Earlham College on Saturday October 16 in Spartan Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. The Spartans will honor their senior class prior to the start of Saturday’s contest.

Rose-Hulman remains one-game back of Hanover College in the conference standings following Wednesday’s win. The Fightin’ Engineers now stand 8-2-1, 4-1 HCAC on the year.

Women’s Tennis Wraps up Fall Slate in HCAC Opening Round

HANOVER, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s tennis team concluded its fall season on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The match was halted due to weather in the area, and with Hanover being the higher seed, advanced to the HCAC Semifinals at the commissioner’s discretion. Before play was halted, Hanover was leading in both the no.1 and 2 doubles matches, as well as the no. 5 singles match.

The Spartans will now be off until the spring semester.

Women’s Tennis advances in HCAC Tournament

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team opened the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated Manchester as part of round one of play.
Play was halted due to weather and the higher seed advanced at the commissioner’s discretion.
Hanover claimed the early 1-0 lead after taking no. 3 doubles. Before play was halted, senior Maddie Shannon (Anderson, Ind.) and freshman Linde Meerpoel (Wolvertem, Belgium) held a convincing 7-1 advantage at no. 1 doubles while sophomore Isabelle Roberts (Brownsburg, Ind.) and sophomore Melaina Tippery (Loogootee, Ind.) held the 7-0 lead at no. 2 doubles.
In singles action, senior Cassie Froedge (Louisville, Ky.) had made strong progress at no. 5 singles leading the match 6-0, 1-0.
With the win, Hanover advances to the next round of the HCAC Tournament hosted by Transylvania.

Hanover remains perfect in HCAC action with win at Franklin

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team remained perfect in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action as they defeated Franklin, 3-1.
With the win, Hanover moved to 9-3-1 overall, 5-0-0 in the HCAC.
Leading the charge for the Blue and Red was senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) with two goals on seven shots. He landed six total attempts on frame.
Senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) put the Panthers on the board first as he found the back of the net in the 3rd minute sending HC to the 1-0 lead.
In the 5th minute, Hughes provided his first goal as he extended the advantage to 2-0 before Franklin responded. The Grizzlies cut the deficit to 2-1 at the half after netting a strike in the 27th minute.
However, Hanover got the final say as Hughes connected on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to propel HC to the 3-1 victory.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16 when they travel to Defiance. Game time is set for 3:30 PM.

Second half surge sends HC past Franklin

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers continued their hot streak as they dominated Franklin on Wednesday afternoon, 7-0.
With the win, Hanover remains perfect in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at 5-0-0, 10-0-2 overall.
The Panthers were paced by senior Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) with two goals on three shots through 51 minutes of work.
Senior Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) dealt the first goal for Hanover in the fourth minute as she was able to beat the Franklin backline for the 1-0 advantage.
The 10th minute would see Boothby make her way into the scores column as she took a pass from junior Ainsleigh Spaulding (Independence, Ky.) inside the 16-yard box to extend the lead, 2-0.
The second half saw a Panther surge as the tacked on five more goals. Freshman Beth Cook (Goshen, Ohio) found the first blow in the 59th minute off a pass from sophomore Jostin Reeves (Greenwood, Ind.) before a Franklin miscue pushed the difference to 4-0.
Boothby’s final goal of the afternoon came in the 80th minute as freshman Nora Ludwig (Cincinnati, Ohio) played a through ball that saw HC push the lead to 5-0.
The final two goals of the contest came from senior Kelsey Haas (Pickerington, Ohio) and junior Marigrace Anderson (Batesville, Ind.). Haas found the back of the net in the 87th minute before Anderson provided the final strike in the 88th minute for the convincing 7-0 victory.
The 7-0 win tied the Panthers largest margin of victory this season.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 16 when they travel to Defiance. Game time is set for 1 PM.

Hanover host Breast Cancer Awareness game with MSJ

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers hosted Mount St. Joseph on Saturday evening as part of their Breast Cancer Awareness game, falling to the Lions 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 20-25, 21-25).
Hanover moves to 11-8 overall, 3-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
The Blue and Red were paced by junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a team-high 13 kills posting a .229 hitting percentage. Senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) dished out 29 assists and added 11 digs.
The opening set saw Hanover tally a set high 13 kills for an impressive .393 hitting percentage. Leading the attack was junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) charting a series of kills that knotted the contest at 10-10. She would steal the momentum moments later as a kill off an assist from junior Meredith Deckard (Bedford, Ind.) gave Hanover the edge they needed for the set one win.
Set two saw the Lions surge ahead early when a Vance kill tied the match at 11-11. However, MSJ was able to string together a six-point rally that propelled them out front. The Lions never looked back as they knotted the match 1-1. Hanover landed just seven kills in the set.
The next two sets would see MSJ continue on the attack as they would register a set high 18 kills followed by 12 kills in the final stanza. The Lions finished the contest with a match best 55 kills.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16 when they travel to Bluffton. Game time is set for 2 PM.

No. 4 Spring Arbor Proves Too Strong Against Cougars

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-9-1; 0-5 Crossroads) traveled to Spring Arbor, Michigan Wednesday evening for a road conference match against the No. 4 Spring Arbor University Cougars (10-0-1; 5-0 Crossroads), and suffered their worst loss of the season 10-0.

Spring Arbor took control as the game got underway, applying the pressure and forcing senior goalkeeper Melanie Xouris to make a couple saves. Then in the 28th minute, the first goal went in for Spring Arbor and it was the beginning a downpour.

Two more goals in the next two minutes put Spring Arbor ahead by three and a fourth shot found the net in the 30th minute as the Cougars went to halftime down 4-0.

Six more goals in the second half solified the game for Spring Arbor. 

Throughout the game, Spring Arbor managed 33 shots against just one by the Cougars, while Xouris made 11 saves.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday evening when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to play host to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (5-6-1; 2-2-1 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm.

Strong Team Effort by Cougars Falls Short to Spring Arbor 2-0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-8-2; 0-5 Crossroads) played host to the Spring Arbor University Cougars (6-5-1; 3-1 Crossroads) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium, but could not manage enough offense despite a good team effort falling 2-0.

Both teams played a strong first half. A team save and another by goalkeeper Aidan Hosler then turned the ball over to the Cougars who then went on the attack. But a couple saves, another team block, and a shot off the crossbar all went to no avail.

The remainder of the first half went back and forth with neither side able to gain an edge, as the game went to halftime in a scoreless tie.

Heading into the second half both teams picked up where they left off. Saint Francis kept battling for each other, picking one another up, but struggled to produce a scoring opportunity.

Then in the 82nd minute, after both teams had worn each other out, Spring Arbor broke the scoreless tie. A second goal found the net in the 88th minute, and there was no time left for the Cougars to battle back.

“Tonight was the first night in league play that we looked like our identity,” Head Coach Jake Essig said. “We had guys battling for each other, laying their body on the line, and if we keep doing that, we will get a result in league play soon.”

Throughout the game, the Cougars managed six shots with two on goal, while Hosler made three saves on five shots by Spring Arbor.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday evening when they travel to Mount Vernon, Ohio for a road conference match against the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (7-6; 2-3 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm.

Despite Fortkamp’s Milestone, Cougars Fall in Four Sets to Huntington

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (5-19; 3-9 Crossroads) played host to the Huntington University Foresters (10-13; 4-8 Crossroads) Wednesday evening at Hutzell Athletic Center and fell in four sets after winning the opener.

In the first set, the Cougars went to work. They jumped out to a 7-2 lead before the Foresters had to call their first timeout.

As the first set continued, the Cougars continued building upon their lead over the Foresters, and despite a late rally by Huntington, Saint Francis held on to win 25-19.

The second set started as more of a back-and-forth battle as the Foresters began applying more pressure. The Cougars went ahead by two and maintained that lead for several rallies, but then the Foresters came to life.

Down 18-16, Huntington went on a four-point service run to take their first lead of the match and force Saint Francis to call their first timeout.

The next couple rallies went back and forth but Huntington never looked back, winning the set 25-21 to tie the match.

In the third set, both teams exchanged blows in the early going, and then found themselves tied at 11. After that though, the Foresters went on a six-point service run to distance themselves from the Cougars.

The Cougars did manage to close the gap to within four points, but no more as Huntington claimed the frame 25-21 to pull ahead 2-1 in the match.

Early in the third set, freshman setter Paige Fortkamp recorded her 300th kill of the season and totaled 18 of them throughout the match.

“Paige is a stud,” Head Coach Scott Haddix said of his freshman standout. “She listens well and is amazingly passionate about the game. She has accomplished so much as a freshman and she still isn’t satisfied. She has carried so much weight as a freshman, but seems to handle it well. We are so thankful to have her on our team.”

As the fourth set got underway, the Cougars fell behind 7-2 to open the frame. But then they took a timeout, and came out firing on all cylinders, tying the set at 10 and pulling ahead by two before the Foresters called a timeout.

Once they got back to the floor though, Huntington regained control and got the lead back and never relinquished it and dealt the Cougars the loss.

Throughout the game, freshman setter Alexa Sparks and senior setter Madison Candler combined with 36 assists, while junior libero Maile Steckelberg recorded a team-leading 14 digs.

The Cougars resume play on Friday evening when they play host to the No. 7 Marian University Knights (24-0; 12-0 Crossroads) in Hutzell Athletic Center beginning at 7:00 pm.

Volleyball Rolls Past Conference Foe Saint Mary of the Woods

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team recorded their sixth straight victory Tuesday evening with a 3-0 sweep over conference foe, Saint Mary of the Woods College. With the sweep, the Cougars have not lost a set in 17 days.

The win improves the Cougars to 17-8 on the season and 9-1 in conference play.

IU Kokomo jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set behind two Saint Mary of the Woods attack errors followed by two Erinn Adam kills. The Pomeroys then rattled off three straight points to cut the lead to 4-3, before the Cougars answered with five consecutive points of their own to make it a 9-3 IU Kokomo lead. The rest of the set was a back-and-forth affair that ended with an Audrey Strawsma kill to give IU Kokomo a 25-16 first set win.

The second set proved to be the most competitive set of the match. After taking a 2-0 lead to begin the second set, IU Kokomo trailed until a kill from Strawsma gave the Cougars a 16-15 advantage. After a Pomeroy kill knotted things up at 16, IU Kokomo took the lead for good on a kill by Morgan Weir. The Cougars ended the second set on a 6-0 run that was capped off by a Kaley Lyons kill, giving IU Kokomo the second set 25-18.

The third set featured total domination from the Cougars, who opened the final stanza by winning 11 straight points. The Pomeroys were held to a -.026 hitting percentage in the final set. IU Kokomo would go on to win the most lopsided set of the match, 25-13.

Erinn Adam led the Cougars on the night with 14 kills and four blocks. Sidney Gerig contributed 10 kills and two blocks as well.

The Cougars will travel to Richmond on Friday to take on River States Conference opponent, IU East. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.

Titans receiving votes in latest NAIA Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – IU South Bend volleyball made another appearance in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Top 25 Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday, as the Titans received votes in the national rankings for the second consecutive edition.

The Titans gained a bit of momentum after winning all four matches since the previous poll was released, earning six points but remaining 37th overall in the poll.

IUSB is one of two CCAC teams among the 42 programs listed in the rankings, and one of five from the state of Indiana.

Sitting atop the CCAC standings, the Titans are a perfect 11-0 in league play, and boast a 15-3 record overall. The team’s straight-set win over Roosevelt on Tuesday night matched the program record with their eighth consecutive victory.

The Titans have an opportunity to make a big jump up the next poll this weekend, when they face No. 3 Missouri Baptist as part of a tri-match at Lincoln. IUSB will open with a CCAC match against the Lynx at noon on Saturday, October 16, before taking on the 3rd-ranked Spartans later in the day.

Volleyball to host Saginaw Valley tomorrow night

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest women’s volleyball team will host Saginaw Valley State in GLIAC action on Thursday night. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside the Fitness & Recreation Center in Hammond.
Tomorrow’s match begins a string of four matches in three days for PNW as the Midwest Region Crossover Tournament takes over the Hammond Sportsplex. The Pride are scheduled to play McKendree on Friday (2:30 p.m.), then take the court Saturday against Lake Erie (9:30 a.m.) and Illinois-Springfield (4 p.m.).

Mollo and Lucas lead Blazers to best finish in three years

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Vincennes University Blazer bowlers hit the road this past weekend to take part in the Orange & Black Classic.

The Trailblazers came away with a sixth-place finish overall, with a team score of 4789 and a Baker score of 3183.

Vincennes lost in three games during the best-of-three match play round.

VU was led by sophomore Dylan Mollo (Centerville, Ind.) who finished with a total of 1070 pins for an average score of 214, including a team-high game of 256.

Mollo was followed by freshman Brighton Lucas (Salem, Ind.) who also cracked the 1000 pin barrier, for a score of 1043.

Lucas was very consistent during the five games, finishing with a high-score of 222 and all five rounds being above 200 pins.

Sophomore Alex Wiles (Bloomington, Ind.) was the third highest VU finisher, ending with 991 pins and a high of 214.

Freshmen Reyce Buchanan (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Garrison Taladay (Terre Haute, Ind.) round out the Vincennes scoring, with Buchanan finishing with 873 pins and a high of 213 and Talalday ending with 812 and a high of 201.

Mollo and Lucas both placed in the Top-15 on the individual leaderboards, with Mollo coming away with a 10th-place finish and Lucas ending at 12th.

Alex Wiles also found a spot near the top of the leaderboard, placing 28th in a tournament with over 175 bowlers.

The Trailblazers will now turn their attention to the Western Shootout, taking place this Saturday, Oct.

16 and concluding Sunday, Oct. 17 in Indianapolis.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Women’s Hoops Ranks Second in Crossroads Preseason Poll

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its preseason poll for the 2021-2022 women’s basketball season, in which the Trojans shared a second-place standing with crosstown rival Indiana Wesleyan while racking in 67 votes.

Taylor is coming off of a shortened season that nurtured a final record of 19-7 with a Crossroads League record of 11-5. The Trojans ended the year ranked third in the league but have their eyes set on higher ground this year, as the team returns a great deal of offensive firepower.

Spearheaded by First-Team Preseason All-Crossroads League selections, Lauren James and Taylor Westgate, the Trojans are prepared to make a run this season. James returns for her senior season, after a standout junior year in which she was honored as a NAIA Third-Team All-American while averaging 15.6 points-per-game and shooting 47.3 percent from three-point land.

Westgate prepares to take the court for her sophomore season, building on the foundation of a stellar freshman season in which she was recognized with a Crossroads League All-Freshman selection. En route to her recognition, the Marion, Indiana, native averaged 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.

In addition to James and Westgate, seniors Merideth Deckard and Kayla Kirtley also received preseason honors from the league office. Deckard’s craft as a sharpshooter and Kirtley’s wonderful habit of collecting double-doubles granted them each with a Preseason Crossroads League Honorable Mention selection.

At the helm, Jody Martinez enters his fifth season as the Trojans’ head coach. Martinez boasts a total record of 103-27 throughout his previous four seasons at Taylor, including three trips to the NAIA National Tournament and back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

The Purple and Gold will begin the 2021-2022 campaign on the road against Madonna on October 26 at 5:30 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Ranked No. 18 in Latest NAIA Top-25 Volleyball Poll

KANSAS CITY – The NAIA announced its latest NAIA Top-25 Volleyball Poll on Wednesday morning, with Taylor dropping one spot to No. 18 in the new rankings.

Taylor garnered 240 points in Wednesday’s poll, down slightly from the 278 it received two weeks prior in the September 29 poll. TU went 3-2 in between the two ratings, scoring sweeps of Huntington, Georgetown and IU East and suffering a four-set loss at 19-3 Thomas More and a three-set defeat at No. 7 Marian.

The Trojans enter the final stretch of their regular season at 22-4 overall, marking the program’s best win total since ending the 2014 campaign with 26 victories.

Entering TU’s Wednesday evening home clash with RV Bethel (23-5, 8-4 CL), Taylor ranks fourth in the NAIA in assists and sixth in kills and digs. Kacy Bragg leads the NAIA with 964 assists, while Stephaney Fifield sits third in the NAIA with 551 digs and Amanda Adams is fifth with 320 kills.

No. 18 Taylor (22-4, 10-2 CL) will look for a season sweep of RV Bethel, when it hosts the Pilots on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Women’s Hoops Ranks Second in Crossroads Preseason Poll

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its preseason poll for the 2021-2022 women’s basketball season, in which the Trojans shared a second-place standing with crosstown rival Indiana Wesleyan while racking in 67 votes.

Taylor is coming off of a shortened season that nurtured a final record of 19-7 with a Crossroads League record of 11-5. The Trojans ended the year ranked third in the league but have their eyes set on higher ground this year, as the team returns a great deal of offensive firepower.

Spearheaded by First-Team Preseason All-Crossroads League selections, Lauren James and Taylor Westgate, the Trojans are prepared to make a run this season. James returns for her senior season, after a standout junior year in which she was honored as a NAIA Third-Team All-American while averaging 15.6 points-per-game and shooting 47.3 percent from three-point land.

Westgate prepares to take the court for her sophomore season, building on the foundation of a stellar freshman season in which she was recognized with a Crossroads League All-Freshman selection. En route to her recognition, the Marion, Indiana, native averaged 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.

In addition to James and Westgate, seniors Merideth Deckard and Kayla Kirtley also received preseason honors from the league office. Deckard’s craft as a sharpshooter and Kirtley’s wonderful habit of collecting double-doubles granted them each with a Preseason Crossroads League Honorable Mention selection.

At the helm, Jody Martinez enters his fifth season as the Trojans’ head coach. Martinez boasts a total record of 103-27 throughout his previous four seasons at Taylor, including three trips to the NAIA National Tournament and back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

The Purple and Gold will begin the 2021-2022 campaign on the road against Madonna on October 26 at 5:30 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Ranked No. 18 in Latest NAIA Top-25 Volleyball Poll

KANSAS CITY – The NAIA announced its latest NAIA Top-25 Volleyball Poll on Wednesday morning, with Taylor dropping one spot to No. 18 in the new rankings.

Taylor garnered 240 points in Wednesday’s poll, down slightly from the 278 it received two weeks prior in the September 29 poll. TU went 3-2 in between the two ratings, scoring sweeps of Huntington, Georgetown and IU East and suffering a four-set loss at 19-3 Thomas More and a three-set defeat at No. 7 Marian.

The Trojans enter the final stretch of their regular season at 22-4 overall, marking the program’s best win total since ending the 2014 campaign with 26 victories.

Entering TU’s Wednesday evening home clash with RV Bethel (23-5, 8-4 CL), Taylor ranks fourth in the NAIA in assists and sixth in kills and digs. Kacy Bragg leads the NAIA with 964 assists, while Stephaney Fifield sits third in the NAIA with 551 digs and Amanda Adams is fifth with 320 kills.

No. 18 Taylor (22-4, 10-2 CL) will look for a season sweep of RV Bethel, when it hosts the Pilots on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Falls at the Feet of the Pilots 2-1

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s soccer team lost by a score of 2-1 in a hard-fought match against RV Bethel (11-3, 5-0 CL) inside Turner Stadium.

Bethel wasted little time before scratching the scoreboard, heading in its first goal just four minutes into the match. As the match progressed, the Pilots maintained the pressure, taking another seven shots before scoring their second goal in a most fortunate manner. After deflecting off the post, a Pilot shot ricocheted off the heel of a Trojan defender and into the net.

Bethel carried its 2-0 lead into the half, while outshooting the Trojans 11-4. In the second half, however, the Trojans soon gained control of the ball and cut into the Pilot lead.

Just within the 70th minute of the match, Jackson Hoosier, recently recognized as the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week, scored his second goal in as many games. The Trojan defenseman received the ball at the top of the box from teammate, Sawyer Watterson, made a quick move and, then, finessed the ball beyond the reach of the Pilot goalie.

Hoosier notched his third-career goal, as Watterson earned his season’s third assist to make it a 2-1 game.

With five minutes to play, Hoosier lined up a foul kick from 23 yards out, where the Colorado native struck a line drive above the Pilot defense that, unfortunately, flew just inches above the goal.

Despite the Trojans’ best effort at a comeback, the match ended with the Pilots on top 2-1, securing their position at the top of the league’s standings.

Taylor (7-4-1, 2-2-1 CL) returns to action on Saturday, October 16, as they travel to Goshen to take on the Maple Leafs (5-6-3, 1-4 CL) at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Lose Third Straight in Double Overtime

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Taylor women’s soccer team lost its third match in a row, as the Trojans fell to Bethel (4-10, 3-2 CL) in double overtime.

The Pilots managed only two shots on goal the entire match, the second of which, unfortunately, sent the Trojans home just moments into the second overtime period.

Prior to the Pilots’ game-winning goal, Taylor had outshot Bethel 17-9, five of which landed on frame only to be saved by the Pilot goalie. Linli Tu and Chloe Sena led the way for the Trojans, each recording three and four shots, respectively.

Taylor will look to shift its momentum in a positive light on Saturday, October 16th, when the Trojans return to Turner Stadium to take on Goshen (5-7, 1-4 CL) at 7:00 pm.

VB | No. 18 Taylor Rolls Past RV Bethel in Key Crossroads Clash

UPLAND, Ind. – No. 18 Taylor took a significant step toward securing a first-round home contest in the upcoming Crossroads League Tournament by sweeping RV Bethel 25-21, 25-12, 25-21 on Wednesday, opening a three-game lead over the fifth-place Pilots in the league standings.

The three-set win also capped a season sweep of BU for Taylor, maintained TU’s second-place position in the CL standings, and moved the program within one win of becoming the second NAIA volleyball program to reach 1,300 wins all-time.

Taylor came out swinging, using a 5-0 run to take a 10-5 lead in the opening set and never allowing Bethel (23-6, 8-5 CL) any closer than three points the rest of the game. Jaylynn Dunsmore provided a boost with four kills in as many swings, while Nikki Parrett added seven digs and Kacy Bragg tossed up 15 assists to fuel TU’s .302 hitting percentage.

It was more of the same in the second, with Taylor taking control early and pulling away late for a lopsided victory. The Trojans scored the final nine points and closed the game on a 15-4 surge, fueled by a trio of service aces from Jessica Dodane.

Bethel mounted its most serious threat in the third as it attempted to extend the contest, but Taylor took control with a 6-1 run midway through the set and closed the night with the 25-21 victory.

Taylor held sizable edges in nearly all stats, outpacing the visitors by a 51-29 gap in kills and a 60-42 margin in digs. TU also doubled up Bethel in aces, 4-2, and outhit the Pilots .252 to .094 on the night.

The trio of Dunsmore, Grace Isaacs and Ryan Czerniak were dialed in from the get-go, teaming for 26 kills and a .345 percentage. Czerniak led that group with 11 terminations and a .364 clip. Amanda Adams and Bragg posted double-doubles, as Adams ended with a match-high 13 kills and 12 digs, while Bragg registered 40 assists to surpass 1,000 for the season and also collected 10 digs, five kills and two blocks.

Stephaney Fifield posted 14 digs and five assists, with Parrett adding 12 digs and Dodane ending with the three aces.

No. 18 Taylor (23-4, 11-2 CL) will turn its focus toward a pair of road matches over the weekend, playing at Goshen (3-25, 0-13 CL) on Friday, October 15 and at Spring Arbor (11-15, 4-9 CL) on Saturday, October 16.

RHIT Men’s Soccer Tops Manchester 1-0

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer recorded its 5th straight victory on the road at Manchester University.  Rose-Hulman moved to 8-4 on the season and 5-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Manchester fell to 5-7-1 and 2-3 in the HCAC.

Tatenda Mafa scored the winning goal for the Fightin’ Engineers in the 13th minute, assisted by Caleb Urban.

The Rose-Hulman defense recorded the 5th straight shutout, led by the goalkeeper Evan Hofer with four saves.

Rose-Hulman outshot the Spartans 11-6 in the match, led by four shots from Takezo Kelly.

The Fightin’ Engineers return to conference play on Saturday, October 16 at Transylvania University with a 3:30pm kickoff.

RHIT Volleyball Falls to Franklin in Four Sets

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team gave Franklin College a tight match at home on Wednesday night before falling 25-23, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23 to the visiting Grizzlies.

Elizabeth Canon led the Fightin’ Engineers with 19 kills, and Sophia Koop contributed 15 kills.  Allie Fults added 11 kills.

Kylie Rathbun had team-highs of 20 digs and three service aces.  Fults had a team-high seven blocks.

Sophia Harrison paced Rose-Hulman with 26 assists, and Jillian Gregg had 21.  Harrison and Gregg both added 12 digs to the effort.

Franklin improved to 10-11 and 2-2 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 9-12 and 1-3.  The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Manchester University for matches against Manchester and St. Mary’s College Notre Dame on Saturday.

RHIT Women’s Soccer Tops Manchester 5-0

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer won its fourth-straight match on Wednesday night, defeating Manchester University 5-0. Rose-Hulman improved to 8-2-1 overall and 4-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Manchester fell to 2-9 and 1-4 in HCAC.

Rose-Hulman opened the first half scoring three times within the first 22 minutes. Christina Rogers scored in the 10th minute, assisted by Lane Lawrence. Lawrence then scored a goal on her own in the 21st minute, followed by Rogers scoring her second goal of the game off passes from Lawrence and Kiley McKee.

Sarah Shoemaker led the second-half charge, scoring the final two goals of the game in the 82nd and 87th minute. Lawrence assisted the first goal, and Rogers assisted the second.

The Fightin’ Engineer defensive unit recorded its fourth-straight shutout and eighth total. Natalie Dillon and Lily Dore both spearheaded the unit, where Dore recorded two saves.

Rose-Hulman returns to HCAC play on Saturday, October 16 at Translyvania University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm.

RHIT Women’s Tennis Wins HCAC Tournament Opener

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology advanced to the semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament with a 5-2 victory over Franklin College on Wednesday night at DePauw University.

The match was moved to the indoor facility at DePauw due to rain that did fall in the Terre Haute area on Wednesday afternoon.

Taylor Goldman and Ruby Kauffman combined for three points to lead the performance.  Goldman won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and Kauffman won 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 singles position.  The duo also won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Other winners for Rose-Hulman included Krista Manche by a 6-0, 6-4 margin at No. 4 singles; and Wynne Aldrich by a 6-0, 6-4 count at No. 6 singles.

The Fightin’ Engineers narrowly won two of the three doubles points, before the No. 3 team of Julia McGuire and Gwyneth Kibbey narrowly fell 8-7 with a tiebreaker margin of 8-6.

Rose-Hulman advances to Saturday’s HCAC Tournament Semifinal matchup against Transylvania at 11 am.  The winner will advance to the title match at 10 am on Sunday.  Weekend action will take place at Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky.


1905       In Game 5, Christy Mathewson blanks the A’s for the third time as the Giants beat the A’s 2-0 to win the World Series. It will be the only Fall Classic in which every game ends in a shutout.

1906       The White Sox, known as baseball’s ‘hitless wonders,’ complete their unbelievable World Series, upsetting their powerful crosstown rivals, beating the Cubs, 8-3, at South Side Park. The Cubs had won a record 116 regular-season games.

1908       As the result of a formative gathering of sports scribes from New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Cincinnati at the National League offices in New York in August, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America holds its first meeting with forty-three founding members in attendance in Detroit. The mission of the BBWAA will be to improve working conditions for writers, promote uniformity of scoring methods, and limit the press box to working reporters, telegraphers, and other professional personnel with a need to be there.

1908       In front of the smallest crowd in World Series history, Chicago, behind the strong pitching of Orval Overall, beat the Tigers in just 85 minutes to capture the Fall Classic. The 6,210 fans, witnessing the fifth and final World Series game at Detroit’s Bennett Park, have no idea it will be the last time the Cubs will win a World Championship in the next 100+ years.

1952       The Reds obtain outfielder Gus Bell from the Pirates in exchange for Cal Abrams, Gail Henley, and Joe Rossi. The newest Cincinnati flychaser, considered one of general manager Gabe Paul’s best acquisitions for the team, will become a fan favorite and hit .288 during his nine-year tenure in the Queen City.

1969       Thanks to two great catches by Tommy Agee at Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Orioles to take a 2-1 game lead in the World Series. The center fielder’s outfield heroics save the team at least five runs in the 5-0 victory over Baltimore.

1972       In Game 1 of the World Series, Gene Tenace, who went 1-for-17 in the ALCS, becomes the first player in history to hit two home runs in his first two at-bats in the Fall Classic. The catcher’s round-trippers in the second and fifth inning account for all of the A’s runs in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Reds at Riverfront Stadium and earn the Oakland backstop a $5,000 bonus from the usually tight-fisted owner of the club, Charlie Finley.

1973       The contest in which Willie Mays gets his last hit, an RBI-single that plates the decisive run in the 12th inning of the Mets’ 10-7 victory over the A’s in the second game of the World Series. The game, best remembered for the aging superstar’s misadventures in the outfield when he loses two fly balls in the sun at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, takes four hours and 13 minutes to complete, making it the longest Fall Classic contest ever played.

1976       The Yankees dramatically win their 30th pennant on Chris Chambliss’ home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The first baseman’s walk-off solo shot beats the Royals in Game Five and deciding contest of the ALCS, 7-6

1978       In the sixth inning of Game 4, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda argues unsuccessfully that the umpires should call interference on Reggie Jackson when a throw from Dodger shortstop Bill Russell caroms off his hip near first base, allowing Thurman Munson to score from second. New York eventually overcomes a three-run deficit with a 4-3 walk-off victory in ten innings at the Bronx ballpark, tying the World Series at two games apiece.

1983       At Veterans Stadium, Jim Palmer pitches two innings of scoreless relief, getting credit for the win when the Orioles beat the Phillies in Game 3 of the World Series, 3-2. The Hall of Famer becomes the only pitcher in baseball history to win a Fall Classic game in three decades.

1984       The Tigers’ 8-4 clinching victory over the Padres marks the last time the World Series is played outdoors in sunlight. A scheduled daytime Fall Classic game will occur in 1987, but the contest is played indoors at the Metrodome in Minnesota.

1984       With the Tigers leading 5-4 in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, Kirk Gibson hits his second home run of the game, a three-run blast to the upper deck in right field, putting the game out of reach to give the Motor City its fourth World Championship in franchise history. Padres manager Dick Williams had ordered his pitcher to walk the Detroit right fielder intentionally, but after ignoring the walk sign at first, Goose Gossage convinces his skipper he can get the slugger out, only to be proven wrong two pitches later.

1985       “Go crazy, folks, go crazy.” – JACK BUCK, Cardinals broadcaster’s reaction to Ozzie Smith’s unlikely home run during the 1985 NLCS against Dodgers. Ozzie Smith provides one of the most memorable moments in Cardinals’ history by hitting a dramatic homer to win Game 5 of the NLCS. The round-tripper was the first left-handed home run of the Wizard’s career, which spans 3009 major league at-bats.

1986       After their dramatic come-from-behind 7-6 extra-inning win to stave off elimination in California, the Red Sox defeat the Angels, again. Boston’s 10-4 victory at Fenway Park evens the ALCS at 3-3.

1992       Canada gets its first pennant when the Blue Jays clinch the American League crown with a 9-2 victory over the A’s in Game 6 of the ALCS. Toronto goes on to capture the World Series, beating the Braves in six games.

1992       Francisco Cabrera’s ninth-inning, two-out pinch-hit single drives in two runs, giving the Braves a stunning comeback victory, 3-2 over the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS. The backup catcher had only three hits during the regular season.

1997       At Turner Field, Kevin Brown tosses an 11-hit complete game to capture the Marlins’ first National League pennant. The flag, captured in only the fifth year of the team’s existence, is clinched in Game 6 of the NLCS when Florida beats Tom Glavine and the Braves, 7-4.

2000       Roger Clemens strikes out a record-setting 15 batters and one-hits the Mariners, 5-0, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. Al Martin’s seventh-inning double broke up the Rocket’s bid for a no-hitter in the Safeco Field contest.

2002       Japan’s Seibu Lions, ending the regular season with a record of 90-46-1, post the Pacific League’s highest win total in 46 years. Alex Cabrera fails to hit a home run in the team’s last five games and has to settle with tying the single-season home run record with 55, along with Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001).

2003       Holding a 3-0 lead and needing only five more outs to go the World Series for the first time since 1945, the Cubs give up eight runs, on five hits, three walks, and an error to the Marlins. The team appears to come apart after a fan, later identified as Steve Bartman, sitting along the left-field line at Wrigley Field, tries to snag a foul ball that was about to be caught by Chicago outfielder Moises Alou for the second out of the inning.

2003       The Giants announced the renaming of Pac Bell to SBC Park. The new moniker will change again after the 2005 season due to the SBC merger with AT&T.

2005       After negotiations have broken down with their skipper, the A’s interview five candidates to replace outgoing manager Ken Macha, apparently a top choice for many other teams. GM Billy Beane and his former field boss agree to a surprising new three-year deal a week later.

2006       With a 6-3 victory in Game 4 of the ALCS, Jim Leyland’s Tigers sweep the A’s to win the American League pennant for the first time since 1984. Magglio Ordonez’s dramatic walk-off three-run homer sets off a wild celebration at Comerica Park by the fans, who suffered through a historic 119 loss season just three years ago.

2006       Silas Simmons, the oldest former professional baseball player of all time, celebrates his 111th birthday. The 17th-oldest person in the country, born the same year as Babe Ruth, is joined by former players of the Negro Leagues and receives a 1913 Homestead Grays jersey with No. 111 stitched beneath his name from Steve Henderson of the Devil Rays at his home in the Westminster Suncoast retirement community in St. Petersburg.

2010       In a widely anticipated hiring, the Braves sign Fredi Gonzalez to replace their long-time legendary manager Bobby Cox, who retired at the end of the season. Atlanta’s new skipper, who served as the team’s third-base coach from 2003-06, was unexpectedly fired in June by the Marlins, a move thought to be prompted by the benching of Hanley Ramirez for not hustling.

2015       In a game that includes the benches-clearing twice, the Blue Jays advance to the ALCS, defeating the Rangers, 6-3, in the decisive game 5. Toronto overcomes a one-run deficit, thanks to Texas’s three straight errors to start the bottom of the seventh inning, followed by a three-run homer hit by Jose Bautista, who annoys his opponents with an exaggerated bat flip while admiring his third-deck shot at the Rogers Centre.

2020       In the Dodgers’ 15-3 victory in Game 3 of the NLCS, the team puts together the highest-scoring inning ever in a postseason game, scoring 11 runs against the Braves, collecting seven hits, three walks, and a hit batter during the 32-minute first frame at Globe Life Field. LA surpasses the mark the Cardinals established last season of deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, crossing the plate ten times in the first inning, with Atlanta.


American Football Conference
East Division
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Buffalo Bills410.8000.0172642-1-02-0-03-1-01-0-04 W
New England Patriots230.4002.096920-3-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 W
Miami Dolphins140.2003.0791540-2-01-2-01-3-01-1-04 L
New York Jets140.2003.0671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers410.8000.01421162-1-02-0-03-0-02-0-03 W
Denver Broncos320.6001.0102761-1-02-1-02-2-00-0-02 L
Las Vegas Raiders320.6001.01131202-1-01-1-03-1-00-1-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs230.4002.01541631-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens410.8000.01361172-0-02-1-03-1-00-0-04 W
Cincinnati Bengals320.6001.01141002-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 L
Cleveland Browns320.6001.01421142-0-01-2-01-2-00-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers230.4002.0941121-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans320.6000.01321301-1-02-1-02-1-02-0-01 W
Houston Texans140.2002.0891411-2-00-2-01-3-01-0-04 L
Indianapolis Colts140.2002.01081280-2-01-2-01-2-00-1-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars050.0003.0931520-3-00-2-00-4-00-2-05 L
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys410.8000.01701173-0-01-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
Washington Football Team230.4002.01231551-2-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles230.4002.01151240-2-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
New York Giants140.2003.01031390-2-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals5001.0000.0157952-0-03-0-03-0-02-0-05 W
Los Angeles Rams410.8001.01411162-1-02-0-03-1-01-1-01 W
Seattle Seahawks230.4003.01201260-2-02-1-01-2-01-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.01171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers410.8000.01201222-0-02-1-02-1-01-0-04 W
Chicago Bears320.6001.0841002-0-01-2-01-1-01-0-02 W
Minnesota Vikings230.4002.01131092-1-00-2-02-1-01-0-01 W
Detroit Lions050.0004.0981380-2-00-3-00-4-00-3-05 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers410.8000.01671223-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Carolina Panthers320.6001.0115872-1-01-1-01-2-01-0-02 L
New Orleans Saints320.6001.0127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.01051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage


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