INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

TECUMSEH 7 NORTH POSEY 6

WINAMAC 26 CULVER 1

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 2 SALEM 1

SHAKAMAK 17 NORTH CENTRAL 3

BARR REEVE 12 VINCENNES RIVET 0

CTHS 20 CINCINNATI LANDMARK 3

SOUTH KNOX 6 LOOGOOTEE 1

SOUTHWESTERN 16 SOUTH RIPLEY 1

WARREN CENTRAL 18 CHATARD 9

EAST CENTRAL 18 CONNERSVILLE 0

JASPER 6 HERITAGE HILLS 1

WHITELAND 7 NEW PALESTINE 4

PIONEER 7 KNOX 0

LAWRENCEBURG 6 RUSHVILLE 5

NORTH JUDSON 12 TRITON 2

WEST VIGO 10 GREENCASTLE 0

COLUMBUS EAST 9 EDGEWOOD 8

FRANKTON 11 TIPTON 1

SEYMOUR 11 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 6

VINCENNES LINCOLN 15 WASHINGTON 4

HENDERSON COUNTY 6 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 4

LAFAYETTE JEFF 11 BENTON CENTRAL 2

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 15 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 1

PERU 17 MARION 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL POLLS

4A

1)WESTFIELD H.S. 7-0 (230)

2)CENTER GROVE H.S. 8-0 (214)

3)FISHERS H.S. 8-3 (166)

4)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 6-1 (144)

5)JASPER H.S. 5-1 (122)

6)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 7-2 (104)

7)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 8-2 (68)

8)LAWRENCE NORTH H.S. 5-0 (60)

9)INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S. 6-2 (52)

10)MOORESVILLE H.S. 1-0 (22)

Receiving Votes:

Avon H.S., Carmel H.S., Crown Point H.S., Evans. Central H.S., Floyd Central H.S., Homestead H.S., Jeffersonville H.S., Laporte H.S., Lawrence Central H.S., Mooresville H.S., Noblesville H.S., Penn H.S, Terre Haute South H.S., Zionsville H.S.,

3A

1)ANDREAN H.S. 7-1 (240)

2)BREBEUF H.S. 4-0 (218)

3)WESTERN H.S. 7-0 (202)

4)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 7-0 (160)

5)BATESVILLE H.S. 6-2 (144)

6)WEST VIGO H.S. 7-1 (120)

7)SILVER CREEK H.S. 7-5 (66)

8)MADISON H.S. 6-3 (44)

9)GIBSON SOUTHERN H.S. 6-0 (40)

9)GLENN H.S. (JOHN GLENN) 1-0 (40)

Receiving Votes:

Danville H.S., Evans. Memorial H.S., F.W. Dwenger H.S., Griffith H.S., Guerin Catholic H.S., Hanover Central H.S., Heritage H.S., Lebanon H.S., New Castle H.S., Northwestern H.S., Yorktown H.S.,

2A

1)WAPAHANI H.S. 7-1 (218)

2)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 5-2 (178)

3)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 6-0 (150)

4)FOREST PARK H.S. 5-2 (112)

5)CASCADE H.S. 5-1 (96)

6)CENTERVILLE H.S. 2-2 (82)

7)DELPHI H.S. 5-1 (76)

8)EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S. 6-0 (66)

9)PROVIDENCE H.S. 3-6 (62)

10)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 2-2 (34)

Receiving Votes:

Adams Central H.S., Eastside H.S., Heritage Christian School, Illiana Christian Hs, Lapel H.S., Monroe Central H.S., Shenandoah H.S., South Spencer H.S.,

1A

1)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 4-2 (192)

2)BARR-REEVE H.S. 4-1 (156)

2)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 4-2 (156)

4)BORDEN H.S. 5-2 (146)

5)COWAN H.S. 4-2 (100)

6)NORTH DAVIESS H.S. 2-0 (66)

7)F.W. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN H.S. 2-0 (62)

8)WASHINGTON TWP. H.S. 0-1 (52)

9)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 0-2 (48)

10)CLAY CITY H.S. 4-0 (42)

Receiving Votes:

Bloomfield H.S., Caston H.S., Daleville H.S., Hauser H.S., Jac-Cen-Del H.S., Kouts H.S., Northeast Dubois H.S., Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun H.S., Riverton Parke H.S., Shakamak H.S., Southwood H.S., Tecumseh H.S., Wes-Del H.S.,

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL RANKINGS

CLASS 4A

1. RONCALLI, 135

2. LAKE CENTRAL, 113

3. COLUMBUS NORTH, 86

4. NEW PALESTINE, 82

5. NOBLESVILLE, 77

6. SHELBYVILLE, 76

7. PENDLETON HEIGHTS, 72

8. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, 69

9. MOORESVILLE, 65

10. CASTLE, 52

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:DECATUR CENTRAL, 37; WHITELAND COMMUNITY, 36; CROWN POINT, 35; CENTER GROVE, 29; PENN, 28; LEO, 15; NEW ALBANY, 9; JASPER, 9; MUNSTER, 8; LAWRENCE NORTH, 8; AVON, 7; FLOYD CENTRAL, 7; BROWNSBURG, 7; CARMEL, 5; FISHERS, 5; PORTAGE, 3; EAST CENTRAL, 2; NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS), 2.

CLASS 3A

1. GUERIN CATHOLIC, 62

2. DANVILLE COMMUNITY, 45

3. SCOTTSBURG, 41

4. TRI-WEST HENDRICKS, 36

T-5. KANKAKEE VALLEY, 31

T-5. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH’S, 31

T-5. YORKTOWN, 31

9. BENTON CENTRAL, 29

10. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, 27

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BOONVILLE, 25; GIBSON SOUTHERN, 25; NORTHVIEW, 24; FRANKLIN COUNTY, 23; GREENSBURG, 20; HANOVER CENTRAL, 19; NORTHWESTERN, 16; INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD, 16; FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER, 13; INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL, 13; NEW PRAIRIE, 12; HERITAGE, 10; BEECH GROVE, 7; SOUTH BEND CLAY, 7; SILVER CREEK, 5; NORWELL, 4; PIKE CENTRAL, 4; EDGEWOOD, 4; CORYDON CENTRAL, 4; OWEN VALLEY, 3; BELLMONT, 3; GRIFFITH, 1.

CLASS 2A

1. PIONEER, 88

2. SULLIVAN, 81

3. UNION COUNTY, 59

4. SOUTH VERMILLION, 43

5. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI, 41

6. FRANKTON, 40

7. MADISON-GRANT, 38

8. FAIRFIELD, 34

9. EASTERN HANCOCK, 27

10. LINTON-STOCKTON, 25

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:BOONE GROVE, 22; NORTH POSEY, 19; ILLIANA CHRISTIAN, 19; ANDREAN, 18; WESTERN BOONE, 18; HEBRON, 16; WHEELER, 16; BREMEN, 15; EASTERN (GREENTOWN), 14; SOUTH RIPLEY, 14; CASCADE, 10; WINAMAC COMMUNITY, 7; ROCHESTER COMMUNITY, 7; RENSSELAER CENTRAL, 7; ELWOOD COMMUNITY, 7; EASTBROOK, 5; SPEEDWAY, 4; DELPHI COMMUNITY, 3; NORTH NEWTON, 3; NORTH PUTNAM, 3; INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA MEMORIAL, 2; SHENANDOAH, 1; CLINTON PRAIRIE, 1.

CLASS A

1. TECUMSEH, 85

2. CLAY CITY, 70

3. WEST CENTRAL, 56

4. NORTHEAST DUBOIS, 45

5. LOOGOOTEE, 37

6. HAUSER, 37

7. WEST WASHINGTON, 36

8. COWAN, 31

9. BARR-REEVE, 30

T-10. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS), 25

T-10. NORTHFIELD, 25

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: RIVERTON PARKE, 22; KOUTS, 17; CASTON, 16; TRINITY LUTHERAN, 15; EDINBURGH, 14; NORTH VERMILLION, 13; RISING SUN, 12; SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH), 12; SPRINGS VALLEY, 12; NORTH MIAMI, 11; NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG), 10; HENRYVILLE, 9; INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN, 9; MORGAN TOWNSHIP, 8; PARKE HERITAGE, 8; LANESVILLE, 7; WES-DEL, 7; SHAKAMAK, 7; UNION CITY, 6; TRI-CENTRAL, 5; ORLEANS, 5; FREMONT, 5; BLOOMFIELD, 4; SOUTHERN WELLS, 4; FRONTIER, 3; COVINGTON, 2; NORTH DAVIESS, 2; JAC-CEN-DEL, 1

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SCORRBOARD

CLAY CITY 16 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 1

EAST CENTRAL 3 FRANKLIN COUNTY 1

TECUMSEH 7 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 5

BLOOMFIELD 14 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1

SEYMOUR 15 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3

NORTH CENTRAL 17 VINCENNES LINCOLN 7

FOREST PARK 3 PERRY CENTRAL 1

HERITAGE HILLS 3 PIKE CENTRAL 2

COLUMBUS NORTH 12 COLUMBUS EAST 1

EVANSVILLE NORTH 7 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 3

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 14 CHRISTEL HOUSE 6

FLOYD CENTRAL 11 JEFFERSONVILLE 1

CORYDON CENTRAL 21 CRAWFORD COUNTY 3

CASCADE 10 GREENCASTLE 0

PERU 11 OAK HILL 7

MONROVIA 5 SOUTH PUTNAM 1

MISHAWAKA 8 PLYMOUTH 2

NORTH POSEY 11 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 0

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 14 RIVERTON PARKE 3

BROWNSBURG 11 MOORESVILLE 1

SALEM 9 PAOLI 2

SOUTHERN WELLS 18 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 4

SHELBYVILLE 16 GREENWOOD 6

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 11 HERRON 1

RONCALLI 10 CHATARD 0

WEST VIGO 14 SHAKAMAK 0

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 11 NORTH HARRISON 1

ELWOOD 11 SHERIDAN 0

JASPER 7 SOUTH SPENCER 3

NORTH PUTNAM 16 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 12

NBA PLAYOFFS…RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami Heat (1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (8)

• Game 1: Miami 115, Atlanta 91
• Game 2: Atlanta vs. Miami | Tuesday, April 19 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• Game 3: Miami vs. Atlanta | Friday, April 22 | 7 ET | ESPN
• Game 4: Miami vs. Atlanta | Sunday, April 24 | 7 ET | TNT
• Game 5*: Atlanta vs. Miami | Tuesday, April 26 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Miami vs. Atlanta | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Atlanta vs. Miami | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT
Heat lead series 1-0


Boston Celtics (2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (7)

• Game 1: Boston 115, Brooklyn 114
• Game 2: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wednesday, April 20 | 7 ET | TNT
• Game 3: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Saturday, April 23 | 7:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 4: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Monday, April 25 | TBD | TBD
• Game 5*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD
Celtics lead series 1-0


Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Chicago Bulls (6)

• Game 1: Milwaukee 93, Chicago 86
• Game 2: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wednesday, April 20 | 9:30 ET | TNT
• Game 3: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday, April 22 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 4: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Sunday, April 24 | 1 ET | ABC
• Game 5*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD
Bucks lead series 1-0


Philadelphia 76ers (4) vs. Toronto Raptors (5)

• Game 1: Philadelphia 131, Toronto 111
• Game 2: Philadelphia 112, Toronto 97
• Game 3: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Wednesday, April 20 | 8 ET | NBA TV
• Game 4: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Saturday, April 23 | 2 ET | TNT
• Game 5*: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Monday, April 25 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT
Sixers lead series 2-0


WESTERN CONFERENCE

Phoenix Suns (1) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8)

• Game 1: Phoenix 110, New Orleans 99
• Game 2: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Tuesday, April 19 | 10 ET | TNT
• Game 3: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Friday, April 22 | 9:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 4: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Sunday, April 24 | 9:30 ET | TNT
• Game 5*: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Tuesday, April 26 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT
Suns lead series 1-0


Memphis Grizzlies (2) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7)

• Game 1: Minnesota 130, Memphis 117
• Game 2: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tuesday, April 19 | 8:30 ET | NBA TV
• Game 3: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Thursday, April 21 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• Game 4: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Saturday, April 23 | 10 ET | ESPN
• Game 5*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tuesday, April 26 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD
Wolves lead series 1-0


Golden State Warriors (3) vs. Denver Nuggets (6)

• Game 1: Golden State 123, Denver 107
• Game 2: Golden State 126, Denver 106
• Game 3: Golden State vs. Denver | Thursday, April 21 | 10 ET | TNT
• Game 4: Golden State vs. Denver | Sunday, April 24 | 3:30 ET | ABC
• Game 5*: Denver vs. Golden State | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Golden State vs. Denver | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Denver vs. Golden State | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD
Warriors lead series 2-0


Dallas Mavericks (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5)

• Game 1: Utah 99, Dallas 93
• Game 2: Dallas 110, Utah 104
• Game 3: Dallas vs. Utah | Thursday, April 21 | 9 ET | NBA TV
• Game 4: Dallas vs. Utah | Saturday, April 23 | 4:30 ET | TNT
• Game 5: Utah vs. Dallas | Monday, April 25 | TBD | TBD
• Game 6*: Dallas vs. Utah | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD
• Game 7*: Utah vs. Dallas | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT
Series tied 1-1

= if necessary

MLB SCOREBOARD

CHICAGO WHITE SOX CLEVELAND POSTPONED

ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON POSTPONED

SAN FRANCISCO AT NEW YORK METS POSTPONED

MINNESOTA 8 BOSTON 3

MILWAUKEE 6 PITTSBURGH 1

CHICAGO CUBS 4 TAMPA BAY 2

HOUSTON 8 LA ANGELS 3

COLORADO 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

SAN DIEGO 4 CINCINNATI 1

OAKLAND 5 BALTIMORE 1

LA DODGERS 7 ATLANTA 4

NHL SCOREBOARD

CALGARY 5 CHICAGO 2

CAROLINA 5 ARIZONA 3

SEATTLE 4 OTTAWA 2

WASHINGTON 3 COLORADO 2

NEW JERSEY 3 VEGAS 2

VANCOUVER 6 DALLAS 2

TOP NATIONAL NEWS/RELEASES

Brunson scores 41, Mavs make 22 3s in Game 2 win vs Jazz

DALLAS (AP) Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber and the Dallas Mavericks got even in their first-round playoff series with a bunch of a 3-pointers, their fewest turnovers ever in a postseason game, and without injured superstar Luka Doncic.

Brunson scored a career-high 41 points, Maxi Kleber had 25 with eight of their playoff-record 22 made 3-pointers and the Mavericks, with only three turnovers, beat the Utah Jazz 110-104 in Game 2 on Monday night.

In danger of dropping the first two games after opening the playoffs with home-court advantage for the first time since their NBA title 11 years ago, the Mavericks even overcame a 10-point deficit after halftime.

Kleber, who had made only 19% of his 3-point attempts since the All-Star break, was 8-of-11 from beyond the arc and put the Mavs ahead to stay with 4:21 left, then added another 3 on the next possession.

“I started this morning, I was talking to (Dorian Finney-Smith) and I told him, `Doe, I’m going to let 10 3s fly tonight.’ And he said, `That’s my dog.’ And that kind of set the tone for the day,” Kleber said. “The mindset is we know they’re going to leave certain guys open to shoot. We’ve just got to let it fly.”

Game 3 is Thursday night in Utah, where Dallas has lost its last 11 games.

“We did what we had to do, which was win tonight. But we were only focused on tonight,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We understand what’s in front of us, what’s coming. It’s going to be a hostile environment.”

Brunson, the starting point guard with Doncic out, became the fifth Dallas player to score 40 points in a playoff game. He is the first Mavericks player to do that without committing a turnover. The other 40-point scorers were Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, Rolando Blackman and Nick Van Exel.

Donovan Mitchell had 34 points for Utah, while Bojan Bogdanovic had 25 and Jordan Clarkson 21. Rudy Gobert had eight points and 17 rebounds.

“We tried to go out there and take both (games). Didn’t happen. You know we’re not going to overreact. We’re going to go home, and we’ve got to take care of business. Simple as that,” Mitchell said. “At the end of the day, we’re happy we took a game and go back and take care of business.”

Dallas had led only once in the second half until a 10-0 run capped by a go-ahead 3 by Finney-Smith and a jumper by Brunson. Royce O’Neale then hit a tying 3-pointer and Mitchell made a short jumper to put Utah back in front before Kleber’s back-to-back 3s.

“The telltale is we can’t have Brunson have the night he had and also be able to kick the ball out for those looks,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “And when those passes are kicked out, I thought we weren’t as sharp mentally in our ability to rotate. And that’s something that we’ve done before.”

Doncic was still out because of a strained left calf he suffered in the regular season finale eight days earlier. Kidd said before the game that the 23-year-old All-Star was making progress, “definitely going in the right direction” and doing more each day.

Brunson, who had 24 points when the Mavs lost 99-93 in Game 1, made his first five shots – with three 3s – in the first 6 minutes.

“I’m just playing how the defense is giving me, just seeing how they’re defending certain things. Just stepping into certain shots,” Brunson said. “Yeah, the 5-of-5 start is great, but I had the same mentality when I was 0 for 5 last game, or whatever. … You can’t fluctuate whenever, not even when (Doncic) is in or out. Because you need guys to make plays.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah wiped out a five-point deficit in the final minute of of the first quarter to tie the game at 24. The sequence started with Gobert’s putback dunk. The 7-foot-1 center, the NBA’s top defensive player three of the previous four seasons who finished third for this season’s award announced earlier Monday, then had a block before a 3 from Clarkson, who initially was tripped up moving through the lane before getting up and getting the ball back in the corner.

Mavericks: The Mavs finished 21 of 41 on 3s (51.2%) and shot 50% overall (36 of 72). … Spencer Dinwiddie had all three Dallas turnovers, two on plays that could have easily been fouls against Utah. He had 17 points and six assists. … Dallas led the NBA during the regular season with 17 wins after coming back from deficits of at least 10 points.

SAME DRAFT

Brunson, whose previous high was 34 points during his rookie season, is in the final year of his rookie deal and is unsigned past this season. The former NCAA championship guard at Villanova was drafted in 2018, the same year as Doncic.

“He’s going to make a lot of money. I don’t know if he needs an agent, but I’ll put my name in the hat,” Kidd said, apparently not aware that Brunson has the same agent as Doncic. “It’s not just what he did tonight. It’s not what he’s going to do going forward. He’s already done the work. He’s showing that he deserves to be paid. He does his job at a very high level, and he’s a winner.

Curry scores 34 points off bench, Warriors lead Nuggets 2-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry drove to the basket with fervor and knocked down a 3-pointer while falling to the ground getting fouled to convert a key four-point play, exhibiting all the signs he’s his healthy former self at last.

And the raucous home crowd loved every minute of No. 30’s galloping, grinning, body-shaking show.

Curry came off the bench for a second straight game following a month-long absence with a foot injury, scoring 34 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Denver Nuggets 126-106 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series.

He was only on the floor 3 seconds shy of 23 minutes, and no player in the shot clock era had scored as many as 30 points in 23 or fewer minutes in a playoff game, according to Elias.

“It didn’t surprise me because we’ve been watching this for a long time with Steph,” coach Steve Kerr said. “You never really are surprised when he has an outburst like that. It’s great to see.”

Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 11 rebounds before being ejected with 7 minutes left after a second technical and was held back from a referee, after his first technical came with 2:31 to go in the third. The MVP candidate’s emotions ran high all night. In the first quarter, Golden State guard Gary Payton II patted Jokic on the backside and the big man turned and came toward Payton when Curry stepped in and held the 7-footer back and Jordan Poole came in to help.

Draymond Green’s defense flustered Jokic all night.

“If you feel like you’re getting under their skin you press up a little more,” Green said. “If you don’t feel like you’re getting under their skin, you press up a little more.”

Poole started for Curry again and contributed 29 points – just missing a chance to become the first Warriors player ever to score 30 in his first two playoff games.

Klay Thompson added 21 points, while Curry shot 12 for 17 with five 3s as Denver again had no answer defensively for all of the Warriors’ dangerous perimeter threats.

The series shifts to Denver for Game 3 on Thursday night. Will Curry start?

“We’ll see,” Kerr said.

The Warriors are rolling with the backing of their adoring fans, winning their seventh in a row overall following a five-game winning streak to close the regular season.

Golden State used runs of 16-0 and 23-4 late in the second quarter to erase a 43-31 deficit and take a 57-51 lead at the break. On one particularly dazzling sequence, Green bounced a pass to Poole who threw it behind his back to Thompson for a layup that made it 54-47.

Austin Rivers grabbed at his left hip and went down hard after getting hurt on a drive then Thompson hit a jumper on the other end in the 5-on-4 advantage before Rivers exited with 10:04 left in the second quarter. He returned with 46.7 seconds to go in the half.

The Nuggets went ahead 43-31 on Monte Morris’ layup at the 7:25 mark of the second quarter and the Warriors answered with 16 straight points. The Chase Center crowd went crazy on Poole’s 3 with 3:38 remaining.

Curry entered for the first time at the 6:32 mark of the first to a roaring ovation and immediately hit a jumper. With 16 first-half points he became the 27th player in NBA history to score 3,000 career postseason points.

He showed a full range of moves including driving to the basket with a fervor and making a 3-pointer while falling to the ground.

Denver took a 7-0 lead 90 seconds into the game as Jokic made four quick free throws. But the teams combined to start 6 for 21 with three field goals apiece – and the Warriors were 1 for 7 on 3s.

FRUSTRATION BOILS OVER

During the Warriors’ 44-point third quarter, Denver’s DeMarcus Cousins and Will Barton exchanged words.

“That’s two games in a row where you’re in the game, then snap of the finger you’re out of the game, and it just seems like it happens that quickly. So I think it’s just frustration,” coach Michael Malone said.

NO IGGY

Golden State missed veteran Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP who sat out with neck spasms after playing just more than 13 minutes in the series opener.

It marked the first time he, Curry, Green and Thompson played together all season.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Jokic shot 9 for 20 and has missed all eight of his 3-point tries in two games. … Denver had intended to inquire to the NBA about Cousins’ back-to-back technicals in Game 1 that led to his ejection with 10:28 left in the game, though Malone wouldn’t provide details about whether the Nuggets had indeed spoken to the league and said he would keep any such discussions private. Cousins scored five straight points during one second-quarter sequence. … Denver committed costly turnovers once more, 18 of them leading to 25 Warriors points – something Malone stressed couldn’t happen.

Warriors: Curry, Poole and Thompson combined to go 31 for 52 from the floor with 13 3s. It was the fourth time three Warriors guards scored 20 or more points and first since 2013. … While the Warriors held a 41-35 rebounding advantage in the series opener, Denver led 47-35 on Monday. … Golden State is 17-4 in Game 2 of the playoffs dating to the 2015 title run when the franchise captured its first championship in 40 years. … The Warriors planned to take Tuesday off then practice in San Francisco on Wednesday before flying to Denver.

QUOTABLE

Malone on the Nuggets needing to improve communication in Game 2: “It was definitely addressed during the game, yesterday, this morning. The good thing is when it is horrendous it usually can’t get any more horrendous so there’s only one way for it to go.”

Embid scores 31 to carry 76ers to 2-0 series lead on Raptors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid took a stiff arm moments after tipoff and the 7-footer pushed back. Trying to keep his composure, Embiid absorbed a few more deliberate blows from a Raptors defense clearly trying to bully the big guy.

Coach Doc Rivers gave Embiid a quick message: “No, Jo, you be the dominant guy.”

The NBA MVP finalist quit deferring and started dominating.

Embiid took his lumps and powered his way to 31 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrese Maxey showed he was no one-game postseason wonder and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 112-97 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

“They put me on the floor a few times and to me, this is where it gets interesting,” Embiid said. “I’m like, cool. I’m going to come back with more power and make you foul me.”

Embiid took foul after foul – he rubbed parts of his shoulders and elbows and shook off at least one foot injury – and made 12 of 14 free throws. He made 9 of 16 shots from the floor for the game.

“That’s what we need from the Big Fella,” Maxey said.

Maxey had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Tobias Harris had 20 points and 10 rebounds. James Harden scored 14.

Game 3 in the Eastern Conference series is Wednesday in Toronto.

The Raptors trailed by 27 points but showed some life in the fourth cutting it to 11 until Maxey, the Game 1 star, buried a 3 that got the Sixers rolling again.

OG Anunoby led the Raptors with 26 points. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each had 20.

The Raptors came ready to rumble after coach Nick Nurse accused the officials of letting the Sixers get away with hard fouls in Game 1. Not even 2 minutes into the game, Anunoby shoved Embiid, Embiid shoved back and both teams had to be separated as the crowd erupted. Anunoby and Embiid were both whistled for technical fouls.

“I didn’t really want them to set that tone,” Embiid said. “I wanted myself and us to set that tone. That’s why I picked up that early technical foul.”

The Raptors raced to an 11-2 lead and had the first six fouls to none for the 76ers.

“They wanted to muck the game up and play physical, Rivers said. “I just told our guys to just play through it.”

Embiid, the NBA scoring champion who had only 19 points in Game 1, was fouled hard by Siakam and made a free throw — one of the 11 he made in the quarter on 12 attempts. He matched his Game 1 total with 19 points in the quarter.

Embiid told Nurse in the waning moments of the game that he was going to keep making all the free throws if Toronto continued to foul him.

Nurse’s retort? “You might have to.”

Embiid laughed and said he told Nurse, “respectfully, to stop b–ing about calls.”

VanVleet scored 17 points in the half and tried to keep the Raptors in the game. Maxey, who had 38 points in Game 1, didn’t score until he hit a floater in the lane with 8:03 left in the second. He followed with an acrobatic layup for a 50-42 lead and suddenly the Sixers had some juice. Harden hit a 3 for an 11-point lead.

The half ended with a tense moment.

Harden tried to split two defenders on a drive down the lane in the final seconds of the half and his knee crashed into Embiid’s left knee. Embiid’s left ankle seemed to buckle and both players went down in a heap. Both stars were sprawled on the backs for several moments: Harden rubbed his neck and head. Embiid limped down the court on the next possession.

Sixers fans held their breath at the half.

Philly’s first bucket of the third quarter? How about Harden-to-Embiid on an alley-oop that settled nerves and rattled the rim.

Embiid scored nine more points in the third and Maxey had seven for a 95-73 lead at the end of the third. Embiid had 28 points and 11 rebounds before he picked up his first foul midway through the fourth.

Embiid played every bit like the All-Star who carried the Sixers this season.

“He’s the most dominant player in the league,” Rivers said.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. was a game-time decision with an illness. He did not score and had four fouls in the first half. He did not return in the second.

76ers: Philly native and two-time South Carolina national championship coach Dawn Staley rang the ceremonial bell.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Raptors forward Scottie Barnes sat out with a sprained left ankle suffered in Game 1. Barnes did not reveal a timetable for his return but said he was “getting better each and every day.”

CRYING FOUL

“There was another open-handed slap to the face. Again, I don’t understand why will not call them. Other than that, at least there wasn’t as many elbows thrown to the face tonight that we had to endure.” – Nurse, on the officiating.

UP NEXT

The Sixers head to Toronto and will play the next two games without defensive ace Matisse Thybulle. Thybulle, who received one third-place vote in the NBA defensive player of the year award voting, is barred from entering Canada because he is not fully vaccinated.

Celtics’ Marcus Smart is NBA defensive player of the year

NEW YORK (AP) Boston’s Marcus Smart is the first guard in over a quarter-century to win the NBA defensive player of the year award.

NBA officials announced the award on Monday. The last guard to win this honor was Seattle’s Gary Payton in 1995-96.

Smart helped the Celtics lead the NBA in defensive rating and scoring defense (104.6) while holding opponents to a league-low field-goal percentage (.434) and 3-point percentage (.339). The 28-year-old ranked seventh in the NBA in steals per game (1.68) and tied for sixth in total steals (119).

Smart received 257 total points and earned 37 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges finished second with 202 points and 22 first-place votes.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who had won the award in 2018, 2019 and 2021, finished third with 136 points and 12 first-place votes.

Smart, who started each of the 71 regular-season games he played, tied for fourth in loose balls recovered (75) and tied for 10th in deflections (106) and charges drawn (16). He had a career-high 3.2 defensive rebounds per game.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo won defensive player of the year in 2020.

Players received five points for each first-place vote, three for each second-place vote and one for each third-place vote.

Machado, Padres hand Reds 7th straight loss, 4-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Other than three pitches to Tommy Pham, newcomer Sean Manaea did just fine in his home debut with the San Diego Padres.

Manaea pitched six strong innings and Manny Machado had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Padres, who won 4-1 on Monday night to hand the Cincinnati Reds their seventh straight loss.

The Padres extended their major league record with 12 consecutive errorless games to open a season.

The Reds took a rare lead when Pham, who played for the Padres the past two seasons before leaving as a free agent, hit a solo homer with two outs in the first. It was his first of the season and doubled his hit total. Pham finished with three hits.

That was the extent of the Reds’ scoring, though. The Padres came right back when Austin Nola hit a leadoff single and Machado followed with a line-shot homer to left field, his second, off Nick Lodolo (0-2), who was making his second big league start.

“I definitely battled through a lot of stuff and the Reds were definitely putting the bat on the ball and making me work, but I got out of some tough jams and the defense was good, as usual,” Manaea said. “It was a lot of fun.

“I just used my stuff effectively and tried to keep guys off balance, except for Tommy. I don’t know what I did to him. … I threw meatballs, I guess. I don’t know what happened there. He’s got my number.”

Manaea (2-1) held Cincinnati to six hits, struck out six and walked two. Taylor Rogers pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.

Manaea was obtained from Oakland late in spring training. Padres manager Bob Melvin said Manaea has been on regular rest since spring training and he wasn’t going to let him throw more than 80 pitches. The big left-hander threw 78.

“He’s been working pretty hard,” Melvin said. “One thing he’s done over his career is he’s been able to find a way to pitch when his best velocity is not there and that’s what you saw again tonight. It doesn’t take your best stuff to go out there and perform well and he did that tonight.”

Kim Ha-seong hit an RBI single in the fourth. Machado doubled leading off the seventh, advanced on Jake Cronenworth’s groundout and scored on Luke Voit’s sacrifice fly.

“It just looks like he plays the game at a different pace than anybody else, because it’s so easy, it’s effortless, there’s no tension in his game,” Melvin said of Machado. “You see the consistent numbers every year and what he means to this team and the big hits that he gets. In some of these low-scoring games he’s been the guy that’s been prominent. This team relies on him a lot.”

Lodolo allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, struck out eight and walked two.

USING THEIR HANDS

Soccer stars Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper of the expansion San Diego Wave of the National Women’s Soccer League threw out the ceremonial first pitches, to Joe Musgrove and rookie C.J. Abrams.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Relief pitcher Austin Adams has a strained right forearm and will be shut down for at least six weeks, Melvin said. … Fernando Tatis Jr., on the IL with a fractured left wrist, made some throws at shortstop. Melvin said he saw the video of Tatis tripping while playing soccer in the outfield before Sunday night’s game. “Visually maybe not the best look,” Melvin said. “I talked to him a little bit about that, but he’s trying to get a little bit of conditioning. He is protected as far as the hand goes.”

UP NEXT

The middle game of the series Tuesday night features Reds LHP Reiver Sanmartin (0-1, 6.14 ERA) against Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0, 1.42).

Suzuki extends hitting streak to 9, Cubs beat cold Rays 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) Seiya Suzuki extended his hitting streak to nine games, tying Akinori Iwamura for the longest by a Japanese-born player at the start of a major league career, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a cold Tuesday night.

Suzuki singled to left leading off the fourth, matching the mark that Iwamura set with the Rays in 2007 and tying Andy Pafko’s record for a Cubs player at the start of his career, set in 1943. Suzuki was thrown out by left fielder Randy Arozarena trying to stretch his hit to a double, a call upheld in a video review.

Suzuki is batting .429 after a 2 for 3 night.

“He seems to be a real steady player,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Confident within himself, having good at-bats. … He just goes about his business. He’s a hard worker. Good teammate. Things seem to be flowing really easily for him right now.”

The 27-year-old Suzuki said he hasnt been overthinking.

“Obviously, we have a lot of great data here, but when you step in the box, there’s some different stuff that you feel,” Suzuki said through translator Toy Matsushita. “That’s what is most important. I just have my own data in my head to utilize.”

There were intermittent snow flurries throughout the game, and the temperature at gametime was 40 degrees with a 16 mph wind that caused a 34-degree windchill. Several Rays wore handwarmers.

Ian Happ’s RBI single in the eighth against Jeffrey Springs broke a 2-2 tie and drove in Suzuki, who was hit by a pitch from Jason Adam (0-1) leading off the inning.

“In that situation with guys in scoring position, you’ve got to be pretty aggressive,” Happ said.

Frank Schwindel homered to right in the eighth off Javy Guerra, who made his Tampa Bay debut, one day after he was acquired from San Diego for cash.

Keegan Thompson got Arozarena to ground into an inning-ending double play in the fifth and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings while allowing one hit.

David Robertson pitched around a walk in the ninth for his fourth save in four chances, one shy of the 37-year-old right-hander’s total from 2018-21. He retired Manuel Margot on a game-ending groundout.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Shane McClanahan allowed two runs – one earned – and four hits in six innings with a career-high nine strikeouts.

“Mac is doing some special things here through three starts right now,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Like that, we got him out to six innings. We’re probably another start or two away from sending him back out there again and adding more pitches, but he gave us every opportunity.”

Patrick Wisdom hit his first home run of the season in the second, a drive about three-quarters up the left-field bleachers. The two-run drive scored Suzuki, who reached on a throwing error by shortstop Taylor Walls.

Wisdom has seven hits in his last four games after starting the season 1 for 21.

Tampa Bay tied the score on RBI singles by Ji-Man Choi in the fourth and Josh Lowe in the fifth.

TRUSTING THOMPSON

Ross said Thompson helped to flip momentum back toward Chicago in the fifth. He threw 27 strikes on 39 pitches, retiring nine of 11 batters.

“Sometimes you feel like relievers can be the momentum of the game when they come in,” Ross said. “They slow things down. They throw strikes. He comes in, he pounds the zone. He works quick. Runners get on and he’s quick to the plate. He’s got multiple weapons.”

Thompson said his confidence has increased after going 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings as a rookie last season.

“I think having a little more experience and having some of that under my belt, yes, it does give you a little more confidence,” Thompson said. “When you’re throwing it well, you have a lot of confidence as well. I’m excited to get back on the mound between each pitch.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: SS Wander Franco was a late scratch due to quadriceps tightness. The 21-year-old is batting .381 with 16 hits in 10 games. Cash said Franco “feels good” and said he could return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Cubs: LHP Wade Miley is set to throw in the bullpen on Tuesday as he works back from left elbow inflammation. . SS Andrelton Simmons is to take batting practice on Tuesday with the Arizona Complex League Cubs as he rehabilitates from a shoulder injury that has kept him out since late March. RHP Alec Mills will face batters with the Arizona Complex League Cubs on Tuesday after going on the 10-day IL on April 7 with a lower back strain.

UP NEXT

LHP Josh Fleming (1-1, 4.05 ERA) is to start Tuesday night for the Rays and LHP Justin Steele (1-0, 1.93 ERA) will start for the Cubs.

Alvarez has 2 HRs in return to lead Astros over Angels 8-3

HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager Dusty Baker considered giving Yordan Alvarez another day off after he missed five games because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols because he wasn’t sure if Alvarez was ready to go.

It quickly became apparent Monday night that the big slugger didn’t need any more time off.

Alvarez homered twice with four RBIs in his return to the lineup to lead the Astros to an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in their home opener.

“It was unbelievable,” Baker said. “He came back better than when he left. He was struggling a little bit when he left. He told me he was ready, so when says he’s ready I guess I’ve got to take his word, especially after tonight’s performance.”

But the Astros lost Jose Altuve in the eighth inning with a strained left hamstring when he fell to the ground after legging out an infield single.

“I’m actually feeling better than what I was expecting but we’ll see tomorrow,” Altuve said, adding that he would likely have tests done Tuesday.

Alvarez, who had three hits, put the Astros up early with his 417-foot shot to the second deck off Michael Lorenzen (1-1) in the first inning, scoring Michael Brantley.

“It felt great,” Alvarez said in Spanish through a translator. “When I hit the ball, the stadium got super loud, so it was a great welcome back.”

The Angels tied it in the second before Houston added two runs in the fourth inning to regain the lead.

Alex Bregman doubled with no outs in the seventh, and then Alvarez connected again – a homer to the bullpen in right center to push the lead to 7-3. Alvarez has three home runs so far this season, and it was his ninth multi-homer game of his career.

Houston starter Luis Garcia (1-0) allowed four hits and three runs with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the win. Phil Maton, Rafael Montero and Hector Neris combined to shut out the Angels the rest of the way.

Lorenzen took the loss after allowing four hits and four runs with two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

“He was just off a little bit,” manager Joe Maddon said. “His changeup wasn’t as effective. The breaking ball overall wasn’t as effective. He still had decent numbers on the pitches, but wasn’t putting them where he had the last time.”

Max Stassi hit a solo homer for the Angels, who were without star Mike Trout. He sat with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch Sunday.

Brantley singled with one out in the first before Alvarez sent a slider into the right field stands with two outs to make it 2-0.

The Angels tied it up on a two-out double by Tyler Wade in the second inning.

Lorenzen’s bases-loaded walk of rookie Jeremy Pena with one out in the fourth put the Astros on top 3-2. Lorenzen then plunked Jose Siri on the hand to score another run and end his night.

With two outs in the sixth, Stassi homered to right field to cut the lead to 4-3 and chase Garcia.

The Astros had runners at first and third with one out in the sixth when Martin Maldonado drove in a run on a sacrifice bunt to make it 5-3.

PUT A RING ON IT

The Astros received their AL championship rings in a pre-game ceremony. The rings feature 104 round diamonds to commemorate the team’s wins in the 2021 season.

Along with diamonds, the rings have blue and orange sapphires for a total weight of about 7.10 carats.

After the rings were handed out, the team unveiled its 2021 AL championship pennant on the wall in left field.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Team trainer Mike Frostad said Trout had an MRI on Monday that was negative for a fracture. Frostad added Trout’s return to the lineup will depend on pain tolerance. … 3B Anthony Rendon was scratched from the lineup because of a stomach bug. Rendon said he was unable to keep anything down Monday and Maddon wasn’t sure if he’d be back in the lineup Tuesday.

Astros: Alvarez was activated from the injured list before the game and INF Joe Perez was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi to make room for him on the roster. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. was transferred to the 60-day injured list to clear a spot for Alvarez on the 40-man roster.

UP NEXT

Houston LHP Framber Valdez (1-0, 0.93) goes up against LHP Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 0.00) when the series continues Tuesday night.

Commanders send letter to FTC denying financial impropriety

WASHINGTON (AP) The NFL’s Washington Commanders denied several allegations of financial impropriety in a letter sent Monday to the U.S Federal Trade Commission.

The 19-page letter including testimony, emails and other documents came as a response to the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee asking the FTC to look into the team’s business practices. There are more than 80 pages of signed affidavits, emails and text message exchanges laid out as the team’s evidence.

The committee last week told the FTC it found evidence of deceptive business practices over the span of more than a decade, including withholding ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable deposits from fans. The NFL said it engaged Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White “to review the most serious matters raised by the committee.”

The letter signed by Jordan W. Siev from the law firm Reed Smith denies all of those allegations and takes aim at the motives and character of former VP of sales and customer service Jason Friedman, whose testimony against the team framed the committee’s recommendation. Siev argues no financial investigation is warranted, saying the committee never requested information about the allegations made, which the Commanders believe would clear them of any wrongdoing.

“The committee did not request a single document from the team; the committee did not invite a single representative of the team to address the truth of the matters contained in the committee’s letter; and the committee did not pose questions to the team to answer in writing about its allegations, or provide any mechanism whatsoever for the team to address the truth of the allegations,” the letter said. “Had the committee posed any of these questions or requests to the team, the team could – and would – easily and fully have rebutted each allegation.”

Congress began looking into the team’s workplace misconduct after the league did not release a report detailing the findings of an independent investigation into the matter, which led to a $10 million fine but no other discipline. The committee said the NFL and the team “have taken steps to withhold key documents and information.”

In a statement sent to The Associated Press on April 4, a Commanders spokeswoman said there was “absolutely no withholding of ticket revenue at any time” and pointed to audits by multiple parties, adding that “anyone who offered testimony suggesting a withholding of revenue has committed perjury, plain and simple.”

Lawyer Lisa Banks, who represents Friedman, said at the time the team defamed her client, who she said “testified truthfully, with evidence.”

Friedman testified before Congress saying the team had two separate financial books: one with underreported ticket revenue that went to the NFL and the full, complete picture. According to testimony, owner Dan Snyder was aware of the numbers shared with the league while also being privy to the actual data.

In the team’s letter to the FTC, former director of finance Paul Szczenski is quoted as saying, “I can state unequivocally that I never helped maintain, or saw anyone else maintain, a `second set’ of books. The team also cites declarations from former chief operating officer Mitch Gershman and former general counsel David Donovan along with emails and other documents to refute allegations cited by the Oversight Committee.

The team called Friedman’s accusations baseless, false and reckless and painted him as a disgruntled former employee. Banks and fellow attorney Debra Katz said in a statement to The Associated Press that Friedman is prepared to defend himself publicly if Snyder allows him to do so, but in the meantime would communicate directly with the team about what they called “demonstrably false allegations.”

“Mr. Friedman stands by his testimony, which was truthful and based on his experiences with the team,” Banks and Katz said. “He is happy to answer follow-up questions from Congress, the FTC, or any government agency.”

AP source: Browns, CB Ward agree on $100M contract extension

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward has agreed to a five-year, $100.5 million contract extension with the team, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

Ward’s deal includes $71.25 million guaranteed, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the 24-year-old has not yet signed the contract.

With a yearly average of $20.1 million, Ward will be the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback.

ESPN was first to report the agreement.

Ward has developed into one of the league’s best coverage cornerbacks during his four seasons as a pro. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft from Ohio State, Ward, who is from the Cleveland area, had said last season that he hoped to spend his entire career with his hometown team.

Ward has 10 career interceptions. Last season, he picked off Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for the Browns’ 41-16 win over the Bengals, who went on to win the AFC title.

Ward, who has started 51 games with the Browns, has 186 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered three.

Johansson lifts Capitals, snaps Avs’ 9-game winning streak

DENVER (AP) Marcus Johansson scored the go-ahead goal with 9:14 remaining, Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 shots and the playoff-bound Washington Capitals snapped the Colorado Avalanche’s nine-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Monday night.

Alex Ovechkin and Garnet Hathaway also added goals for a Washington team that clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot the night before, courtesy of Toronto beating the New York Islanders. The Capitals have qualified for the postseason in eight straight seasons. It’s the second-longest active streak behind Pittsburgh (16).

“This is the way we want to play. It’s going to be like this in the playoffs,” Johansson said. “It was a fun atmosphere out there tonight.”

Valeri Nichushkin and Artturi Lehkonen had goals for the Avalanche, who lead the NHL with 116 points. They’re two shy of matching the team mark set by the 2000-01 Colorado squad that won the Stanley Cup.

“I liked our competitiveness. I didn’t like our execution,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We didn’t have the puck enough in my opinion. We didn’t get on the attack enough, but it was a hard-fought game. Some of those games, you’ve got to just grind through it. They’re checking you hard. They’re not giving you a lot of space. They had really good sticks and you’ve got to just find a way to get enough to win. That’s where that game was going.

“We just couldn’t do it.”

Darcy Kuemper finished with 24 saves.

Lehkonen tied the game at 2 with 11:47 left when he pushed the puck and Samsonov’s pad into the net. The Capitals challenged for goaltender interference but the call stood.

Moments later, Conor Sheary took advantage of a Colorado turnover by delivering a pass around a sliding Jack Johnson to Johansson, who fired the puck over the glove of Kuemper.

“I thought our guys were really good,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “That was a good game, a playoff-type game. It was fast. It was physical. It was tight. Lots of good things out there.”

Ovechkin not only drew the penalty that set up a power-play chance in the second period, but scored the goal to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Shortly after being tripped by Nico Sturm, the 36-year-old Ovechkin worked himself in front of the net and knocked in the puck.

It was Ovechkin’s 48th goal this season. He’s tied with Teemu Selanne (2006-07) for the most in a season by an NHL player 36 or older.

Consider Johansson impressed.

“How can you not be, right?” he said. “It’s fun to watch. … It’s unbelievable.”

An assist on Nichushkin’s first-period goal gave Cale Makar 83 points for the season, which broke the franchise record for an Avalanche/Nordiques defenseman. He entered the game tied with Steve Duchesne, who posted 82 points for Quebec in 1992-93.

“It’s not something that I think about too much,” Makar said. “This one, obviously, I’m very honored to just get to that mark.”

WINNING STREAKS

Colorado’s winning streak was its second of nine games or more this season. The Avalanche won 10 straight from Jan. 14-30.

This marks the first time in Avalanche history the team has reeled off two winning streaks of nine or more games in the same season.

INJURY UPDATES

Colorado defensemen Erik Johnson and Devon Toews, along with forward Andrew Cogliano, were given the night off. Bednar said all three would’ve been available if there was anything riding on the game. … Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog (knee surgery) will skate on his own while the team is away on its road trip. The plan will be to soon have him join the squad in a non-contact capacity. … Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri (upper body) is nearing a return.

OVI’S SHOT

When he was with Washington, Colorado forward Andre Burakovsky studied and studied Ovechkin’s powerful and accurate shot.

“It’s hard to learn much from him because it feels like every time he shoots he beats the goalie,” Burakovsky cracked. “I do have a good wrist shot, I think, but his shot is on another level.”

UP NEXT

Capitals: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Avalanche: Begin a three-game trip Wednesday in Seattle.

Devils land a blow to Vegas’ playoff hopes with 3-2 win

LAS VEGAS (AP) Nathan Bastian had a goal and an assist, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Monday night.

The Golden Knights blew their chance to gain ground on the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division, and their playoff hopes lessened severely with just five games left to play. Vegas, which has made the postseason in each of its first four seasons since entering the league, is three points back of Los Angeles in the division and four points back of Dallas and Nashville for a wild-card berth.

“We gotta win them all, I think that’s pretty simple, we gotta win `em all,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “It doesn’t get any more desperate than that. I would think that motivation would be the least of our problems right now.”

Vegas closes out the home portion of its schedule by hosting Washington on Wednesday and San Jose on Sunday before finishing its season with three road games.

In a rare win for the Devils – their 13th in their last 40 games – Andreas Johnsson and Jesper Boqvist also scored, while Andrew Hammond made 42 saves.

Hammond is playing with his third organization this season and made just his eighth NHL appearance of the season.

“It’s special,” Hammond said of earning his first win as a Devil. “It’s a lot of fun playing in this building. I think it’s an atmosphere that I if you kind of harness it the right way you can really feed off of. … I think both teams were trying to fight for every inch of the ice and I felt like I was a part of that too.”

The Devils closed their longest road trip of the season by going 3-1-1, including victories over a pair of desperate teams in Vegas and Dallas.

“They’re a good team,” New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said. “And we knew at times they would have the edge and I thought we answered the call.”

Indeed, in more ways than one. The Devils stayed active on defense, with discipline in front of Hammond to also beat Vegas with blocked shots (24-16) and hits (41-26).

At times, New Jersey looked like the team jockeying for playoff position, with players standing rather than sitting on the bench, cheering exuberantly every time Hammond made a save.

“Played an awesome game,” Ruff said of Hammond. “He made a lot of great saves. He was there when we broke down, he was there in the early breakaways, he gave us a chance to settle into the game.”

Keegan Kolesar and Chandler Stephenson scored for Vegas and Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots.

Taking advantage of a Vegas turnover in its own zone, Devils center Michael McLeod fired a slap shot that Lehner stopped, but Bastian skated by at the right time to tap home the rebound and give New Jersey an early lead in the opening period.

The Golden Knights got the equalizer late in the second period from the unlikeliest of candidates, as Kolesar skated down the right side and sent the puck across the slot, then off New Jersey defenseman P.K. Subban’s skate and past Hammond.

Vegas’ offensive flame was quickly extinguished early in the third, when Johnsson grabbed a rebound on the right side of the goal and sent it top shelf over Lehner’s glove to put New Jersey back in front by a goal.

Boqvist essentially sealed things midway through the third, when he drove in and around Alex Pietrangelo and slid the puck into the net. It appeared Lehner never even saw the attempt, as he watched Boqvist skate into the corner for at least two seconds before realizing the puck was in the net.

With Lehner pulled for a man advantage, Stephenson made it a one-goal game with 1:14 left in the game, but Vegas couldn’t tie it.

The Golden Knights have now registered 83 shots on goal in their past two games but scored only twice.

“You have to give some credit to both goalies, but we also have to look in the mirror,” DeBoer said. “This has been a historical problem here, going dry at the wrong times. There’s no excuses this time of year, you gotta find a way to win and step up in the most important moments.

“The circumstances have put us in a situation here where we have no margin of error. That’s a tough way to play … we don’t have the luxury of being able to relax and play loose this time of year.”

NOTES: Vegas D Shea Theodore registered his 200th point with the Knights with an assist on Kolesar’s goal. … Knights F Jonathan Marchessault registered his 200th career assist with his helper on Stephenson’s goal.

UP NEXT

New Jersey: Hosts Buffalo on Thursday.

Vegas: Hosts Washington on Wednesday.

Kraken add Marshawn Lynch, Macklemore as minority owners

SEATTLE (AP) The expansion Seattle Kraken are adding some additional star power to their ownership group.

The Kraken announced Monday that Grammy winner Macklemore and former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch are joining the minority investor group.

The two are taking small stakes in the franchise but bringing big ideas about community engagement and outreach to go along with their financial commitment. One of the original members of Seattle’s ownership group was Hollywood film maker Jerry Bruckheimer.

“I’d say that perhaps we didn’t need just two more investors. But these are investors who uniquely want to help us in the community and are excited about what we’re doing,” Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke told The Associated Press.

The franchise is in the final weeks of its inaugural season after paying a $650 million expansion fee to join the NHL.

Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, said part of his efforts will focus on the music community and curating partnerships between the team and young musicians to take advantage of smaller spaces at Climate Pledge Arena for performances on game nights.

He also intends to partner on a charity golf tournament involving the team and his Bogey Boys golf brand.

“I think bringing music to Climate Pledge is the big one and helping facilitate with local artists. There’s so many small micro venues in areas that people can perform at Climate Pledge outside of just Climate Pledge as an arena itself,” Macklemore said. “I think that the Kraken have been really open and excited about bringing in local talent. So I think that that’s one way. I think the other way is just making sure that we’re exposing all people to the game.”

Macklemore has also been a part owner of the MLS Seattle Sounders since 2019. The Sounders won the MLS Cup title in the first season of his investment.

“I think that’s something that I feel super blessed and privileged to be a part of, and it’s transferred over to wanting to be part of the Kraken,” he said.

Lynch was a member of the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-15 and 2019, and was part of the first team in franchise history to win the Super Bowl. He’s a beloved figure among sports fans in the area and last year ventured into sports ownership with an investment in the Oakland Roots SC, which plays in the USL Championship, the second tier of men’s soccer in the United States.

“I’ve been a part of a lot of things, but this is something I never would have imagined. As a young hyena I always dreamed of playing on a professional team but owning one is something special,” Lynch said in a statement. “As I look back on some of my accomplishments — I retired before I was 30 and now being an owner of a professional club at the age of 35 — I’m going to continue to count my blessings. Being a part of the Seattle Kraken is something big for me and it gives me another chance to get a ring after helping bring the first one to the city.”

Iowa State star Hunter enters transfer portal

Iowa State freshman phenom Tyrese Hunter is entering the NCAA’s transfer portal, he announced on Monday.

Hunter was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year last season after averaging 11 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assist per game.

The four-star prospect from Racine, Wisconsin, was a massive part of Iowa State’s impressive turnaround over the last two years. The program went 2-22 in 2021 before owning a 22-13 mark with a March Madness Sweet 16 berth in 2022.

Hunter was especially key in the No. 11 Cyclones’ Round of 64 victory over 6-seed LSU, hitting seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points.

Rumors that Hunter could transfer to North Carolina before entering the portal were shut down by Iowa State Daily’s Matt Belinson last week.

UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. to return for senior season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jaime Jaquez Jr. said Monday he will return to UCLA for his senior season, keeping him in Westwood for the debut of his sister Gabriela with the women’s basketball team.

A slickly produced video posted to his social media accounts concluded with Jaquez slipping on his team jersey and saying, “I’m coming back.”

The video featured highlights of his first three seasons and images of John Wooden, who guided the Bruins to 10 of their record 11 NCAA titles.

“I want to hang banner No. 12 at Pauley Pavilion,” Jaquez said.

The guard-forward from nearby Camarillo earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. Jaquez has averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 97 games over three seasons.

“Jaime has a chance to go down with so many other great Bruins in UCLA history who have played four seasons in front of the Pauley Pavilion faithful,” coach Mick Cronin said in a statement.

Jaquez’s sister is a 6-foot forward who averaged 34.2 points as a senior and led Camarillo High to a 30-3 record. She scored 52 points in a playoff game, second most in Ventura County history.

Olympic champ Jepchirchir wins 50th women’s Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) Reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir capped the celebration of a half-century of women in the Boston Marathon with a finish to top them all.

The 28-year-old Kenyan won a see-saw sprint down the stretch on Monday, when the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon returned to its traditional spring start for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

On the 50th anniversary of the first official women’s race, Jepchirchir traded places with Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh eight times in the final mile before pulling ahead for good on Boylston Street and finishing in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 1 second.

“I was feeling she was strong. I pushed it,” said Jepchirchir, who earned $150,000 and the traditional gilded olive wreath to go with her Olympic gold medal and 2021 New York City Marathon title. “I fell behind. But I didn’t lose hope.”

Evans Chebet completed the Kenyan sweep, breaking free in the men’s race with about four miles to go to finish in 2:06:51 for his first major marathon victory. Gabriel Geay of Tanzania was second, 30 seconds back, and defending champion Benson Kipruto was third.

Daniel Romanchuk of Champaign, Illinois, won his second career wheelchair title in 1:26:58. Switzerland’s Manuela Schar won her second straight Boston crown and fourth overall, finishing in 1:41:08.

Sharing a Patriots’ Day weekend with the Red Sox home opener – the city’s other sporting rite of spring – more than 28,000 runners returned to the streets from Hopkinton to Copley Square six months after a smaller and socially distanced event that was the only fall race in its 126-year history.

Fans waved Ukrainian flags in support of the runners whose 26.2-mile run Monday was the easiest part of their journey. Athletes from Russia and Belarus were disinvited in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Forty-four Ukrainians had registered for the race; only 11 started. Those who were unable to make it to Boston were offered a deferral or refund.

“Whatever they want to do, they can do,” Boston Athletic Association President Tom Grilk said. “Run this year, run next year. You want a puppy? Whatever. There is no group we want to be more helpful to.”

Jepchirchir and Yeshaneh, who was third in New York last fall, spent most of the morning running shoulder to shoulder – or even closer: Just after the 25-kilometer marker, the Ethiopian’s eyes wandered from the course and she drifted into Jepchirchir.

Yeshaneh reached out to apologize, and the two clasped each other’s arms as they continued on.

“In running, we understand each other and we maybe somebody came and bumps, but it’s OK,” Jepchirchir said. “It was not rivalism; it was just an accident.”

Beaten, Yeshaneh finished four seconds back. Kenya’s Mary Ngugi finished third for the second time in six months, following her podium in October after the 125th race was delayed, canceled and delayed again.

About 20 men stayed together – with American CJ Albertson leading for much of the way – before Chebet and Geay broke from the pack coming out of Heartbreak Hill. Chebet pulled away a couple of miles later.

“We had communicated earlier, all of us. We wanted to keep running as a group,” said Chebet, who finished fourth in London last fall. “I observed that my counterparts were nowhere near me and that gave me the motivation.”

This race marked the 50th anniversary of Nina Kuscsik’s victory in the first official women’s race. (But not the first woman to finish: That honor belongs to Bobbi Gibb, who first ran in 1966 among the unofficial runners known as bandits.)

At Wellesley College, the women’s school near the halfway point, the iconic “scream tunnel” was back after the pandemic-induced absence – and louder than ever. One spectator in Wellesley held a sign that read “50 Years Women Running Boston,” along with names of the eight who broke the gender barrier in 1972.

Five of the original pioneers returned for this year’s celebration, including Valerie Rogosheske, who finished sixth in ’72; she ran alongside her daughters this year and served as the honorary starter for the women’s elite field.

Rogosheske, who wore Bib No. 1972, said at the starting line that she had been planning to hide in the bushes and run as a bandit 50 years ago until women got the go-ahead a few weeks before the race.

“It’s a reminder that we’ve got it pretty easy,” said 2018 winner Des Linden, who finished 13th on Monday. “Fifty years ago, they were breaking barriers and doing the hard part.

“It’s really not lost on me that there’s 126 years of race history here, and we’re `Rah! Rah!’-ing 50,” she said. “But you can’t look back, you look forward.”

BIG 10 BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Player of the Week
Ryan Lasko, Rutgers
OF – So. – Jackson, N.J. – Jackson Memorial

  • Hit .444 with three home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored to lead Rutgers to a 4-0 week, including a series sweep at Nebraska, and its 10th straight win
  • Was 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three RBI and three runs scored for his first career multi-home run game on April 8, leading the Scarlet Knights to a 7-5 win in the series opener vs. the Cornhuskers
  • Went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a career-high four runs scored in a 19-1 series-finale win in Lincoln
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Rutgers Big Ten Player of the Week: Carmen Sclafani (April 8, 2019)

 
Pitcher of the Week
Jackson Smeltz, Purdue
LHP – Jr. – Lafayette, Ind. – McCutcheon

  • Struck out 13 of 27 batters faced to lead Purdue to its first shutout win since 2019
  • Posted his fourth double-figure strikeout total of the season and the most strikeouts by a Boilermaker pitcher since 2010
  • Improved to 6-2 on the season with an ERA of 2.66 and 64 strikeouts in 44.0 innings pitched
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Ross Learnard (April 23, 2018)

 
Freshman of the Week
Trey Lipsey, Ohio State
OF – Southfield, Mich. – Birmingham Grove

  • Hit .600 (9-of-15) with two doubles, a triple and five RBI to help the Buckeyes go 3-1 on the week
  • Opened the series against Michigan State by reaching base in his first seven at-bats, while recording a double, a triple and four RBI
  • Posted a .667 on-base percentage, a .867 slugging percentage and has not committed an error in 39 chances in the outfield
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Seth Lonsway (May 20, 2019)

Player of the Week
Jordyn Rudd, Northwestern
Sr. – C – Greenwood, Ind. – Center Grove – Major: Political Science
• Batted .600 with a 1.600 slugging percentage and .750 on-base percentage in four games last week, collecting three home runs, six RBI and scoring six runs
• Homered and scored twice in each of NU’s three games in weekend sweep at Ohio State
• Reached base in 12 of 13 plate appearances during the OSU series
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten citation last year
• Captures her second career Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Rachel Lewis (March 28, 2022)
 
Pitcher of the Week
Tori McQueen, Illinois
So. – LHP – Mooresville, Ind. – Mooresville – Major: Kinesiology
• Went 2-0 with two complete games and a 1.31 ERA in 16.0 innings of work across three games last week, posting 19 strikeouts and just two walks while holding opposing batters to a combined .096 average
• Registered back-to-back complete-game victories in both ends of an April 9 doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin
• Recorded 13 strikeouts in the April 9 doubleheader opener against the Badgers
• Collects her first career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Sydney Sickels (April 6, 2021)
 
Freshman of the Week
Taylor Minnick, Indiana
OF – Bloomington, Ind. – Edgewood – Major: Sports Marketing and Management
• Compiled a .667 batting average, 1.500 slugging percentage and .818 on-base percentage in Indiana’s three-game conference sweep over Rutgers
• Tallied a home run, five runs and three RBI while reaching base in nine of 11 plate appearances during the series
• Homered in the series opener on April 8 and added a key RBI double in a four-run fifth-inning rally on April 9
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Brianna Copeland (April 4, 2022)

MAC Announces Baseball Pitchers & Players of the Week

MAC Baseball Co-Players of the Week
Mason Minzey, Ohio, Catcher          
Senior, Grand Blanc, Mich.   
Senior Mason Minzey was dominant at the plate this week, leading the Bobcats in batting average (.625), runs (8), hits (10), doubles (3), RBIs (8), slugging percentage (.938) and on-base percentage (.700). In all three victories over Eastern Michigan, Minzey contributed at least one RBI per game, highlighted by four RBIs in Ohio’s 14-8 victory on April 16.
 
Garret Pike, Toledo, INF       
Freshman, Waterville, Ohio (Anthony Wayne)       
Freshman Garret Pike was terrific in Toledo’s weekend series against Kent State, hitting .625 in four games. He had multiple hits in three out of four contests and reached base at least twice in all four games. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in the series opener on Friday. On Saturday, Pike scored the game-winning run in UT’s walk-off victory in the first game of the doubleheader, then drove in the game-winning run in the second walk-off victory of the day. Pike went 3-for-4 in game two with a pair of RBIs and scored twice. The freshman was excellent in the series finale as well, going 4-for-5 at the plate and scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of Toledo’s 5-4 win. Pike has raised his batting average nearly 50 points in the month of April and is now hitting .344. The freshman is hitting .347 in MAC play while slugging .507 and getting on base at a .443 clip.
 
MAC Baseball Co-Pitchers of the Week
Andrew Taylor, Central Michigan, Pitcher   
Sophomore, Alto, Mich./Caledonia 
Taylor dominated his outing against Bowling Green with 12 strike outs over 6.1 innings, allowing just one run and three hits. The sophomore posted a WHIP of 0.78 and only allowed an opposing batting average of .136. Taylor has allowed just five earned runs over his five MAC starts this season.
 
Tyler Schweitzer, Ball State, Pitcher
Junior, Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern
Tyler Schweitzer was dominant in a complete-game effort with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He improved to 5-2 as he allowed a single run on just four hits. He held the Zips to a .160 batting average.

HCAC 2022 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Jailen Hobbs (Spring Lake, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Hobbs was named Men’s Track Athlete of the Meet at the Indiana Division III Championships after winning two events highlighted by another school record. Hobbs won the 100 in 10.69 seconds for the No. 20 ranked time in Division III this season and a new Rose-Hulman school record. He also won the 200 in 22.53 and was part of a second place 4-x-100 relay team.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Zak Wiley (Mooresville, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Wiley was named the Most Outstanding Thrower at the Indiana DIII Championships over the weekend, winning one event and earning points in two others. He won the hammer throw with a toss of 50.37m and added a runner-up finish in the discus with a new PR throw of 47.66m. He placed sixth in the javelin with a mark of 40.46m.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | Graduate Student – Lohman led the Manchester women with an event win in the 3000m steeplechase at the Indiana D3 Championships on Saturday at DePauw. Lohman’s top time of 11:12.77 crushed her previous top mark in the event, while remaining as the second fastest mark in program history. Her time leads the HCAC by over a minute and currently ranks as the 13th fastest mark in the country.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Rofiat Adeyemi (Austin, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Adeyemi won the triple jump (35′ 6″) and came home second in the long jump (16′ 11 1/4″) at the Indiana Division III Championships on Saturday at DePauw.
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Desmond Gist (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | Sophomore – At the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, Desmond ran a season best/conference best 110H placing first (15.01), won the long jump with a PR and conference best (6.91 meters/22-08.00 feet), and was part of the conference leading 4×400 which placed fourth (3:26.10).
  • Tawon Cannon (Columbus, Ohio) Defiance College | Sophomore – Cannon took first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.02 seconds which is the fourth-best in team history at the Division III All-Ohio Championships this past Saturday.
  • Connor Del Carmen (Chesterfield, Mo.) Earlham College | First-Year – Del Carmen earned two top-three finishes at the DePauw Indiana DIII Invitational on Friday. He broke the school record in the 5k with a time of 15:10.20 to finish in third place. He then scored a second-place result in the 1500 with a time of 4:04.25.
  • Ethan Weston (Mount Washington, Ky.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Weston paced the Panthers as part of the Indiana Division III Championships as he claimed the top spot in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:43.39.
  • Nate Reynolds (Mitchell, Ind.) Hanover College | First-Year – Reynolds led Hanover in the in the field events as part of the Indiana Division III Championships, winning the long jump with a leap of 6.68 meters.
  • Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Salazar earned an event win in the 5000 meter at the DePauw D3 Championships on Saturday. Salazar clocked a top time of 14:57.60 – a new personal record and the third fastest mark in school history. His mark is the fastest in the HCAC by 13 seconds.
  • Ben Villafuerte (Angola, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Villafuerte took home the top honors in the shot put on Saturday at the Indiana D3 Championships hosted at DePauw. His leading mark of 15.04 meter was a new personal record and bumped him up to seventh on the all-time MU Top 10 listings. His mark also leads the HCAC this outdoor season.
  • Justin Dreyling (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Sophomore – Dreyling had another impressive week for the Lions competing at the All-Ohio Track meet. Dreyling finished first in the Triple Jump with a jump of 13.59M. Dreyling also finished second in the Long Jump with a jump of 6.83M.
  • Tim Youndt (Pottstown, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Youndt won the triple jump with a personal best mark (45′ 7 3/4″) at the Indiana Division III Championships. He also placed fourth in the long jump (21′ 0 1/2″) and fourth in the 110-hurdles (15.79).
  • Nathan Very (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Very competed in the 1500 meter run on Saturday at the University of Charleston (WV) invite. He finished in ninth out of 24 in a field of athletes across all NCAA divisions.

Women’s

  • Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Loller captured first in the 10,000 in the Huntington Invitational with a PR time of 38:00.76. She currently ranks second in the conference and 40th in the nation in the 10,000.
  • Delaney Moore (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – During the Huntington Invitational, Moore took fourth in the long jump (4.61 meters) and fifth in the high jump (1.50 meters). Among HCAC leaders, those performances rank first in the high jump and tied for fifth in the long jump.
  • Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Martin turned in a school record performance in the 100-meter dash to lead the Panthers at the Indiana Division III Championships, winning the event in a time of 12.25 seconds. She also was a part of the 4×100-meter relay that took first in a time of 50.51 seconds.
  • Jessie Stenger (Brookeville, Ind.) Hanover College | First-Year – Stenger broke the Hanover record in the discus with a toss of 40.61 meters finishing second as part of the Indiana Division III Championships. Stenger also turned in a third place mark in the shot put.
  • Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Camp had a strong day in both the shot put and hammer throw events at the Indiana D3 Championships at DePauw. Camp placed second in both with respective marks of 12.86m and 43.33m. Camp’s mark in the shot put was a new PR and still ranks as the fifth-best mark in Manchester history.
  • Hannah Keith (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | First-Year – Keith was impressive at the All-Ohio Meet for The Mount. Keith finished second in the 400M Dash with a time of 1:01.38. Keith also ran the 200M Dash finishing 11th with a time of 27.17.
  • Christina Rogers (Laurel, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Rogers won the 400-meter dash at the Indiana Division III Championships in a time of 1:03.21. She also helped the 4-x-400 meter relay team place second in a time of 4:20.29.

HCAC 2022 Softball Notebook, Week 9

Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Delayne Sanchez (Osceloa, Ind.) Manchester University | Outfield | Sophomore – Sanchez has blossomed this spring for the Spartan softball program. She helped lead the Spartans to a 4-2 week – including a 3-1 mark in HCAC play – after going 10-19 (.526) at the plate with seven RBI. Sanchez hit her first career home run on Friday in MU’s doubleheader sweep of Bluffton. Was a perfect 3-3 on stolen base attempts and also scored twice during the week.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Sydney Pitts (Rising Sun, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Pitts went 4-0 in the circle and did not allow an earned run for the Grizzlies over 22 innings of work. She scattered six hits and struck out four to earn her first career shutout with a 3-0 blanking of Hanover on Tuesday. Pitts recorded back-to-back shutouts with a three-hitter against Rose-Hulman on Thursday. She worked three innings of scoreless ball in relief to help the Grizzlies earn a comeback win over Hope on Friday.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Kayla Dillinger (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | First-Year – Dillinger went 9-for-21 as the Ravens finished 3-3 last week. Dillinger put up a .429 batting average, stole three bases and plated four runs.
  • Kaitlyn Hawkins (Decatur, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Hawkins went 2-0 last week, closing the week with a 0.60 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. In 11 and two-thirds innings pitched, she struck out nine batters, yielded four walks and allowed one run on nine hits. Against Adrian, she fanned six batters, issued one walk and allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings. Then against Hanover, she punched out three batters, yielded three walks and conceded one run on four hits and four and two-thirds innings.
  • Kalin Hubble (Anderson, Ind.) Defiance College | Outfield | Senior – Hubble led the Yellow Jackets at the plate with three hits, one double, and three RBI this past Saturday. During the games she broke two Defiance softball records in becoming the all-time career leader in RBI and doubles.
  • Shelby Crock (Pittsboro, Ind.) Franklin College | Short Stop | Sophomore – Crock batted .400 (8-for-20) with two home runs, 12 RBI and seven runs scored for the Grizzlies during a busy slate last week. She went 2-for-2 with a home run and four knocked in as part of a 15-1 win over Rose-Hulman on Thursday night. Crock went 5-for-7 with a home run, eight knocked in and three doubles as part of Saturday’s sweep of Bluffton.
  • Alex Miller (Miamisburg, Ohio) Hanover College | Utility | First-Year – Miller led the Panthers to a 2-2 week as she provided a clutch homerun in the Panthers 3-2 victory over Franklin. The first-year finished the game 1-for-3 with all three RBI.
  • Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | First-Year – Beaman led the Panthers to a 1-0 victory over Anderson as the first year pitch a three hit gem. She surrendered just one walk and struck out one.
  • Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | First-Year – Carr continues to have a strong rookie season in the pitcher’s circle for Manchester. Carr pitched in three of Manchester’s six games last week – all of them wins. She tossed a complete game in a 4-1 win over Anderson on Tuesday in which she allowed just one run on seven hits. Carr picked up her first collegiate save in an 11-9 win over Bluffton on Friday and rounded out her outstanding week by throwing 4 2/3 innings of relief against a solid Hope College squad. Against Hope, Carr allowed just one run on four hits as the Spartans were able to rally for a 7-6 win in eight innings.
  • Rachel Gabbard (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | First Base | Junior – Gabbard was powerful at the plate for the Lions hitting in the clean-up spot. Gabbard finished the week 6-8 from the plate adding nine RBI, four walks, and one run scored while leading the Lions to a perfect 4-0 record this week.
  • Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – McCool continued her historic season with another dominant week in the circle. McCool pitched 10 innings allowing just two hits and zero runs in two starts. McCool also added 11 strikeouts while walking just three batters.
  • Stella Wulker (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – Wulker finished Saturday’s doubleheader at Defiance going 6-9 at the plate with three doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and a batting average of .667.
  • Carlee Jeter (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – In Saturday’s doubleheader at Defiance Jeter went the distance in game one, pitching 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts, and allowing just five hits and two walks, as well as two runs that were unearned, to take the win. She returned in game two to pitch 3.1 more innings, tacking on two more strikeouts, and earning the save in the game. Overall, she pitched 10.1 innings, allowing three earned runs, with 11 strikeouts. 

HCAC 2022 Baseball Notebook, Week 10

Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Josh Mesenbrink (Troy, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Base | Senior – Mesenbrink blasted four home runs and batted .556 (10-for-18) in a week that vaulted him into a tie for Rose-Hulman’s single-season school record for home runs with 11. Mesenbrink blasted two doubles, two triples and four home runs among his 10 hits, with nine runs scored and perfect fielding in 35 attempts. Mesenbrink’s efforts helped Rose-Hulman finish a perfect 4-0 on the week with doubleheader sweeps at Mount St. Joseph and at Transylvania.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Garrett O’Reilly (Galena, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Graduate Student – O’Reilly did it all in Bluffton’s sweep-capping 9-3 victory over Earlham on Friday. He tossed eight outstanding innings and allowed only one run in his final frame for a 1.12 ERA. O’Reilly fanned seven and did not walk a batter while scattering five hits for a .172 OBA. The icing on the cake was his two homers in the first two innings and four RBI for the game.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Connor Gordon (Carmel, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Gordon went 2-for-6 with a walk and a hit by pitch during Saturday’s doubleheader with Hanover. He finished with a .333 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage.
  • Landen Southern (Lafayette, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | First-Year – Southern struck out 10 batters, issued two walks and allowed four runs on four hits in four and two-thirds innings during his no decision against Hanover on Saturday.
  • Nick Diana (Batavia, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outfield | Junior – Diana hit .500, going 5-of-10, with four RBI and four runs scored. He had a homer and two doubles while slugging 1.000 for the week.
  • Cameron McCabe (Union, Ky.) Earlham College | Utility | Junior – McCabe went six-of-12 in the batter’s box this week with one home run and two RBI. He posted a slugging percentage of .750 and scored six runs on the week.
  • Dillon Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Fischer pitched 5.1 innings against Transylvania and earned the win in his start. The sophomore recorded five strikeouts and had three earned runs from five hits.
  • Logan Demkovich (Hammond, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Senior – Demkovich moved into a tie for the most home runs in a single season in school history on Saturday, clubbing three solo shots to help Franklin sweep Manchester. He went 3-for-8 at the dish with four runs scored and clubbed a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth in game one that sent it to extras where the Grizzlies would win 9-8.
  • Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) Hanover College | Catcher | Senior – Burton helped lead the Panthers to a 3-0 week as the Blue and Red swept Anderson and took down Spalding. The senior had a game-high five RBI in the team’s win Spalding while adding two hits in the team’s 10-4 victory over Anderson.
  • Nick McClanahan (Union, Ky.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – McClanahan recorded his fourth quality start of the year, tossing a season-high seven innings with eight strikeouts against Manchester on Saturday afternoon. He picked up a no-decision.
  • Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Junior – Joyce led the Panthers to a 3-0 week as the relief pitcher picked up two saves and a win for the Blue and Red. He picked up six strikeouts through four complete innings.
  • Harrison Pittsford (Ellettsville, Ind.) Manchester University | Designated Hitter | Sophomore – Pittsford went 4-for-10 last week at the plate for Manchester. He drove in six runs while hitting his first collegiate grand slam against Franklin College and doubled once and scored twice.
  • Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Hooks struck out a season-high and career-high 13 batters in Manchester’s narrow 9-8 extra inning loss to Franklin on Saturday. He worked seven innings against the Grizzlies.
  • Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Designated Hitter | Senior – Anderson was on fire at the plate for The Mount this week. Anderson finished the week batting 8-for-16 with one double, five runs scored and two Grand Slams. Anderson on Friday finished the series versus Defiance 5-9 with two Grand Slams (one in each contest) and eight RBI.
  • Ryan Caulfield (Sidney, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph | Pitcher | First-Year – Caulfield appeared in two relief appearances this week and was dominant. Caulfield pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up five hits, zero runs and striking out six batters.
  • Josh Erpenbeck (Clayton, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Erpenbeck pitched seven innings and allowed just one run (zero earned) in two appearances with five strikeouts to help Rose-Hulman finish 4-0 as a team last week. Erpenbeck pitched six innings and allowed just one unearned run in a win over Mount St. Joseph, then provided a scoreless inning in relief in a game two win over Transylvania on Saturday.
  • Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – Youngblood had a great week at the plate as he touched home in all four games, in doubleheaders against Earlham and Rose-Hulman. Overall, he hit .438 with two HR, five RBI, two doubles, four runs scored, two walks, and he stole four bases.
  • Lee Watson (Greenville, N.C.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | First-Year – Against Earlham on Tuesday, Watson started on the mound and notched nine strikeouts in just 5.2 innings of work. He walked just two batters, allowing four earned runs.

River States Conference Player of the Week selections presented by Brown & Brown

JONES SELECTED RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FROM IU KOKOMO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo grad student Brandi Jones earned a victory to pick up River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17.

Jones, from Peru Indiana, won first place at the IU East Spring Invitational. She bested the field of 41 golfers with rounds of 81 and 78. That won by two shots over second place and notched her 11th career victory. 

The venue of Forest Hills Country was par 73. Jones had a 5-over effort in the final 18 holes to win. She led the field with 22 pars. 

MOLEN GETS RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FOR MIDWAY (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University senior Will Molen was the conference medalist and thus was named River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17. 

Molen, from Frankfort, Ky., placed first of 59 players in the field to win RSC medalist honors. He won by four strokes with rounds of 70-73-75 over 54 holes. His wire-to-wire win led Midway to the team championship, its second title in a row. 

Molen’s tournament total of 218 was 5-over par on the par-71 course. The tournament was played a Belterra Golf Course in Florence, Ind. Molen also earned a spot on the All-RSC First Team.

BROWN GETS RSC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR MIDWAY (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University pole vaulter Nevaeh Brown hit the NAIA top standard to earn River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17.

Brown, a sophomore from Louisville, Ky., met the NAIA ‘A’ standard of 3.65 meters at the Brescia Bearcat Invitational. That placed first at the meet and hit the top standard right on the number. 

She had previously reached the lower NAIA standard, but then she increased her personal best to this week’s effort of 11 feet, 11.75 inches. 

WAGNER CHOSEN RSC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FROM CARLOW (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa) University freshman Molly Wagner won two events to garner River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17.

Wagner, from Pittsburgh, Pa., won the 100 and 200 meters at the Thiel Tomcat Invitational over the weekend. She had a time of 12.91 seconds in the 100 to beat 20 other runners.

Wagner took first place of 15 runners in the 200 with a time of 26.65 meters. She ranks No. 1 in the conference in the 100 and second in the 200.

JACOBS NAMED RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University javelin thrower Daniel Jacobs earned River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17.

Jacobs, from Elizabeth, Pa., threw the No. 3-ranked javelin toss in the NAIA this weekend. His distance of 62.00 meters placed fourth at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, an NCAA Division I event. That cleared the NAIA ‘A’ standard of 57.00, something he’s done regularly this season.

Jacobs beat his teammate, Jakob Blatnik, who still ranks No. 1 in the NAIA and placed fifth at Bucknell. 

SALAAH REPEATS AS RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR MIDWAY (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University sprinter Abdul Salaah was named River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17, his second time in a row winning the award. 

Salaah, a native of Covington, Ky., won the 100 meters, placed second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 4×100 relay at the Brescia Bearcat Invitational during his week. 

The win in the 100 meters came with a time of 10.94. He ran a time of 22.51 seconds for runner-up in the 200. The Eagles put together a time of 44.95 seconds in the relay with Salaah running a leg. 

CALLAGHAN GETS RSC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR IU KOKOMO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo left-hander Owen Callaghan threw a gem to pick up River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17.

Callaghan, from Fishers, Ind., allowed just one run and one hit in 8.0 innings of a 9-1 win over Brescia (Ky.). Callagan struck out 12 and walked three in the victory, which increased his team-high total to six wins on the year. 

MILLS PICKS UP RSC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR IU KOKOMO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo outfielder Patrick Mills hit four homers in four games to earn River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17.

Mills, a Kokomo, Ind., native, hit 389 (7 for 18) in four games as the Cougars swept their RSC week. He drove in seven runs, scored four times and had a triple for a total of five extra-base hits on the week. 

Mills had three homers in the first two games of a series sweep of Brescia (Ky.). He also drove in a couple of runs in the series finale. Mills started off his week with a homer and a triple in a series finale versus WVU Tech.

FRONTINO NAMED RSC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jodi Frontino had a clutch week for Point Park (Pa.) University to earn River States Conference Softball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17. 

Frontino, from Cranberry Twp., Pa., hit .417 with five hits in 12 at bats on the week. She hit safely in each game and propelled the Pioneers to a 4-0 week. Frontino doubled three times, homered and drove in four. 

She had a homer and two RBIs in a 6-5 win over WVU Tech. Later that day, she had an RBI double in bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win. She had doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings at 3-3. 

BEALL CHOSEN RSC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FROM POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University junior Angalee Beall was 3-0 in three games to earn River States Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 11-17. 

Beall, from Export, Pa., pitched 15.0 innings and compiled a 2.80 ERA in three outings. She pitched two complete games with wins of 6-3 over Carlow and 6-5 over WVU Tech. She also came on in relief in the ninth inning of a 4-3 comeback over WVU Tech.

For the week, Beall scattered 15 hits and kept the walks to just two across her three games. The best game was versus Carlow with five hits, no walks and only two earned runs in the 7.0-inning complete game. 

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDIANA GETS 5-STAR FORWARD

Malik Reneau, a top-30 power forward from Montverde Academy has committed to Indiana and Head Coach Mike Woodson. He made the announcement on twitter Monday. Reneau becomes Indiana’s second highest-rated commitment in the incoming freshman class.

“After my visit, it was clear to me there was no point in visiting other schools,” Reneau told IndyStar on Monday. “Coach (Mike) Woodson and his staff, they just presented the game plan for me when I get there. It was just so clear to me. It was a no-brainer. It was easy to talk with the coaches and the players, it was easy to connect with them.”

Reneau’s commitment puts the Hoosiers past Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State to No. 1 in the Big Ten in the 247Sports Composite 2022 class rankings.

Four Hoosiers Named to NFF Hampshire Society

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2022 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. Linebacker Thomas Allen, offensive linemen Charlie O’Connor and Dylan Powell, and punter/holder Chase Wyatt were Indiana’s honorees.

An elite group of 1,559 players from 313 schools qualified for membership in 2022, the Society’s 16th year. The 1,559 honorees are the second most in a single year during the program’s history. The initiative has now honored 14,640 student-athletes since its inception.

“As the National Football Foundation celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2022, we are pleased to honor another impressive group of athletes as part of this year’s Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Over the last 16 years, the Hampshire Honor Society has served as a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives.”

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have:

·     Completed their final year of playing eligibility in Fall 2021;

·     Graduated players, who have remaining eligibility but will not return to collegiate play (e.g. declared for NFL Draft or retired from football), may also be nominated.

·     Attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale);

·     Met all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements; and

·     Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2021 season.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes at the 771 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

Division III’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology led all programs with 22 members in 2022, tying Yale (2018) for the single-year mark for most honorees from one school. Coastal Carolina, Northwestern and Stanford led all FBS programs with 10 members each while Harvard led all FCS schools with 18 honorees. Hillsdale (MI) was the Division II leader with 14 members, Peru State (NE) led the NAIA with nine honorees and the Cornell Sprint Football team topped the Collegiate Sprint Football League with 11.

Fifty-two schools had at least nine honorees in 2022, including Brown, Carnegie Mellon (PA), Catholic (DC), Central (IA), Chadron State (NE), Chicago (IL), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA), Coastal Carolina, Columbia, Cornell, Cornell Sprint Football, Dartmouth, Davidson, Dayton, DePauw (IN), Franklin & Marshall (PA), Gustavus Adolphus (MN), Hardin-Simmons (TX), Harvard, Hendrix (AR), Hillsdale (MI), Illinois, Iowa State, Ithaca (NY), Johns Hopkins (MD), Kalamazoo (MI), Lake Forest (IL), Loras (IA), Macalester (MN), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio Northern, Peru State (NE), Pomona-Pitzer (CA), Redlands (CA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), Rochester (NY), Rose-Hulman (IN), Saint John’s (MN), Sioux Falls (SD), St. Lawrence (NY), St. Thomas, Stanford, Stonehill (MA), Texas A&M-Commerce, Tufts (MA), Union (NY), Washington & Jefferson (PA), Washington Univ. in St. Louis (MO), Wheaton (IL) and Williams (MA).

Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the funds to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year’s Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating his achievement.

“It was my great privilege to endow the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which has greatly increased the number of college student-athletes the NFF has been able to recognize during the past 16 years,” said Hanson. “Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they are going on to become great leaders.”

“We have honored more than 14,000 student-athletes in the last 16 years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.” 

Twenty-five colleges and universities have had at least one player in all 16 years of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society (2007-22), including Brigham Young, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Dayton, Iowa, Johns Hopkins (MD), Kentucky, Lafayette, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Penn State, Redlands (CA), Saint John’s (MN), SMU, South Dakota State, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (MO), Wayne State (MI), West Virginia, Wingate (NC), Yale and Youngstown State.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents an important component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, which began in 1959 with the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Click here to learn more.

About The Hampshire Foundation

The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully-integrated real estate firm that has more than 60 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. Founded by Jon F. Hanson, who served as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, Hampshire is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey. Learn more at www.hampshirere.com.

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters in 47 states, NFF programs include the selection and induction of members of the College Football Hall of Fame; the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta; Future For Football; The William V. Campbell Trophy®; the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments; the NFF National High School Academic Excellence Award; and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Catapult, Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Jostens, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the New York Athletic Club, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and the Sports Business Journal. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork and learn more at footballfoundation.org.

Hoosiers Host Pair of Midweek Games

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team will host Notre Dame and Louisiana this week at Andy Mohr Field. 

Date: Tuesday April 19/Wednesday April 20

Location: Bloomington, Ind.

Stadium: Andy Mohr Field

The Schedule

Tuesday April 19 at 5:00 PM ET

Indiana (23-12, 6-6 Big Ten) vs. No. 25 Notre Dame (31-9, 10-5 ACC)

Wednesday April 20 at 5:00 PM ET

Indiana (23-12, 6-6 Big Ten) vs. RV Louisiana (29-10, 15-3 Sun Belt)

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Live scoring

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Series History

Indiana leads the all-time series 10-9 against Notre Dame. The Hoosiers and Ragin’ Cajuns will be meeting for the first time. 

Scouting the Opponent

Notre Dame comes in with a 31-9 overall record and 10-5 in conference play. Most recently the Fighting Irish lost a series at Clemson 2-1. Notre Dame has ranked wins over LSU, Texas, Duke and Clemson this season. Notre Dame is hitting .330 on the season as a team and their pitching staff have a combined 2.50 era. Louisiana is 29-10 on the season and 15-3 in conference games. The Ragin’ Cajuns are hitting .354 on the season with a 2.31 team era. 

Last Time Out

The Hoosiers went 1-2 at Penn State this past weekend. After a defeat in the opening game of the series Indiana responded with a 11-5 victory in game two. Kinsey Mitchell went 3-for-4 in the Hoosiers victory. Cora Bassett hit .300 on the weekend with three hits, including her 12th home run of the season. Brittany Ford hit two home runs on the weekend.

2 Out Hitting

Indiana has scored 68 runs this season with two out, including 11 games in which they have scored three or more runs with two outs. Cora Bassett is hitting .500 on the season with two outs.

The Long Ball

The Hoosiers have already surpassed their home run total from a season ago. Indiana has 45 home runs through 35 games this season. Last year the Hoosiers tallied 28 home runs in 44 games.

Big Improvements

Brittany Ford and Brooke Benson have shown great improvement from last season to this season.

Brittany Ford 2021: .200 BA, 35AB, 7 hits, 1HR, 6 RBI

Brittany Ford 2022: .337BA, 89AB, 30 hits, 7HR, 26 RBI

Brooke Benson 2021: .178 BA, 73AB, 13 hits, 1HR, 5 RBI

Brooke Benson 2022: .330BA, 91AB, 30 hits, 5HR, 23 RBI

Stanton Earns 700th Career Victory

With the Hoosiers 2-0 victory over Sam Houston State on March 19 IU head coach Shonda Stanton earned her 700th career victory. Stanton is in her 24th year as a head coach. Before arriving in Bloomington, she coached at Marshall for 18 seasons and is the winningest coach in Marshall history with 560 wins.

Copeland Freshman of the Week X3

On Monday April 4 Brianna Copeland earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. Copeland provided fireworks in the Hoosiers 14-11 win over Kent State on March 30. Copeland hit three home runs to become the Hoosiers first freshman to ever hit three home runs in a game and just the third ever player to accomplish the feat. Copeland lifted the Hoosiers to victory with a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning of the game. Copeland is hitting .400 on the season with eight home runs.

Attacking the Next 60 Feet

The Hoosiers rank 12th among NCAA DI softball teams in stolen bases at 2.34 per game. Tatum Hayes ranks second in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 20 and 28th in the NCAA. The Hoosiers have stolen 82 bases this season compared to 24 from their opponents. Lindsey Warick has thrown out nine runners trying to steal bases this season, which ranks her second on the Big Ten.

Purdue Fort Wayne in Town to Take on Butler Softball

Game Information – Purdue Fort Wayne

DATE:                        Tuesday, April 19

LOCATION:               Indianapolis, Ind. / softball field

LIVE STATS:             link

LIVE VIDEO:             FloSports/Butler+

Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler softball team will be in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Apr. 19, for a non-conference game with Purdue Fort Wayne. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm.

The Bulldogs (22-14, 9-5 BIG EAST) are currently tied for third in the BIG EAST standings with Providence, and behind UConn and Villanova. Butler most recently won a non-conference game against UIC.

Bulldog Bits                                                       

           (as of 4-17-22)

Karli Ricketts leads the BIG EAST (36th nationally) in hits allowed/7 innings (4.41) and is second with a 2.42 ERA. She comes in at number three (63rd) in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.62) and walks allowed/7 innings (1.71). Her 111 strikeouts rank fourth (98th), and she landed fifth in strikeouts/7 innings (7.9).

Lauren Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (29th nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 21.6 at bats per strikeout. Her thirteen stolen bases put her sixth in stolen bases/game (.37).

Monique Hoosen is third in the BIG EAST with nine home runs and fourth in home runs/game (0.26). She ranks sixth in slugging percentage (0.671).

Ella White’s four sacrifice flies lead the BIG EAST and put her 11th nationally.

Ellie Boyer leads the BIG EAST and is 63rd nationally with 0.17 sacrifice bunts per game.

Alyssa Graves ranks second in the BIG EAST (65th nationally) with 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings. She also comes in at number two with 5.62 hits allowed/inning.

Bri Avery’s 14 stolen bases put her in fifth in the conference in stolen bases/game (.39).

Monique Hoosen’s nine home runs this season have moved her into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for home runs in one season. With twelve in her career, she is now tied for tenth on that all-time list.

SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE

Series Record: Purdue Fort Wayne leads, 11-8-1

Last Meeting: April 11, 2019 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 3, PFW 2

Butler has won the previous two meetings, while PFW won the four games prior.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s previous series: The Mastodons lost two to Detroit Mercy but came back to win the third game of the series.

The Mastodons are 7-30 overall with two wins over UIC and losses to Indiana State, Chattanooga, and Valpo.

PFW trails its opponents in runs (103-264), hits (194-334), RBIs (90-240), and stolen bases (29-54).

Batting leaders for the Mastodons include Sonia Solis (.296), Brooke Wintlend (.269), and Emma McMillan (.264).

PFW most often relies on pitchers Shaina Eyre (3-11, 75.2 IP, 4.90 ERA, 52 K), Lauren McConnell (1-4, 50.2 IP, 4.28 ERA, 24 K), and Gracie Brinkerhoff (2-7, 46.1 IP, 10.88 ERA, 23 K).

Butler WBB Adds Valpo Grad Transfer Shay Frederick

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler women’s basketball head coach Austin Parkinson added a talented floor general to the program this week. 5-7 point guard Shay Frederick will join the Bulldogs for the 2022-23 season as a graduate transfer from Valparaiso. During her four-year career as a Beacon, Frederick posted 1,264 points, 493 assists and 164 steals.

Frederick was a three-year starter at Valpo that ended her time on campus ranked second all-time in assists (493) and eighth in scoring (1,264). A two-time First Team All-MVC selection, Frederick played in 116 games at Valpo and capped of her senior season averaging 11.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per contest. Frederick led the Valley in assists in consecutive seasons and was the first Valpo player to earn All-MVC accolades multiple times since 2005-06.

“We are so thrilled to have an experienced point guard like Shay join our Butler family,” Parkinson stated. “Her basketball IQ and ability to score the basketball make her very hard to defend; however, her best attribute is her knack for making everyone around her better as she led the MVC in assists per game the past two seasons. I also like the fact she always plays on balance and has deep range.”

Frederick made 192 3-pointers at Valpo placing her fifth all-time in program history. She made at least 39 3-pointers in every season and knocked down 55 from behind the arc in 2020-21. Frederick also earned post-season awards off the court for the Beacons. She is a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection as a marketing major (3.9 GPA).

Originally from Greenville, Wisconsin, Frederick was a four-time first team all-conference selection coming out of Hortonville High School. She led her team to its first state tournament final four appearance in 30 years as a junior and senior. A McDonald’s All-American nominee, Frederick finished her Hortonville career as the school’s all-time leader in scoring, assists, steals and 3-pointers (boys and girls). She averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior to end her prep career with 1,451 points, 403 assists, 205 steals and 282 made 3-pointers.

Schweitzer Named MAC Co-Pitcher of the Week

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly Player and Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Tyler Schweitzer was named the MAC Co-Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding outing on the mound for Ball State.

Tyler Schweitzer was dominant in a complete-game effort with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He improved to 5-2 as he allowed a single run on just four hits. He held the Zips to a .160 batting average. He ranks second in the MAC with 11.60 strikeouts per nine innings.

Ball State is scheduled to play a single game at Western Michigan on Tuesday, April 19. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Tyler had command of all of his pitches and gave our team a big lift.”

Indiana State back in action against Illinois in midweek contest

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State remains at home this week as the Sycamores welcome their second consecutive Big Ten school to Bob Warn Field on Tuesday night as ISU takes on the University of Illinois. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Illini is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Indiana Recap

Indiana connected on back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning as a part of a five-run comeback to spoil a strong start from Indiana State’s Brennyn Cutts as the Sycamores fell on Tuesday night, 6-5.

Trailing 5-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Indiana pushed across their first run of the frame on a Hunter Jessee RBI single back up the middle off ISU reliever Joey Hurth. Carter Mathison followed with a game-tying three-run home run over the fence in left center scoring Matthew Ellis and Jessee to tie the score up at 5-5 with two outs in the frame. Tyler Doanes made it back-to-back blasts with a solo shot over the left field fence before Jose Cabrera came in to retire the final Hoosier in the frame.

The Sycamores had a chance to tie in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jordan Schaffer and Sean Ross both drew walks off Indiana reliever Braydon Tucker. However, the senior right-hander was able to escape the jam with a final strikeout to end the Sycamore rally.

Brennyn Cutts was brilliant in his second start of the 2022 season for the Sycamores. The Greenup, Ill. native went 6.0 innings giving up just one hit and one run while striking out a career-high 10 batters in the no decision. Cutts was particularly dominant against the top of the Indiana lineup holding them to a 0-for-8 mark with seven strikeouts on the evening.

Randall Diaz continued to flash the hot bat at the plate for the Sycamores as the freshman third baseman went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run. Aaron Beck added two hits, including a double, while Sean Ross added his fourth home run of the season in the loss.

Scouting Illinois

Illinois enters the week with a 19-14 overall record, including an impressive 10-2 mark in Big Ten play following this past weekend’s sweep over Northwestern. The Fighting Illini are on a six-game winning streak dating back to April 9 with wins over Iowa (two), Illinois State, and the three wins over the Wildcats this past weekend. Illinois has also added a sweep over Purdue and series wins over Michigan State and Western Kentucky.

Illinois was not among the top six teams ranked in the Big Ten preseason poll, but the Illini currently sit second in the Big Ten standings on the year trailing just Rutgers (11-1) in the conference standings on the season. Illinois is currently 64 in the D1Baseball RPI and 66 in the NCAA D1 RPI entering the week with games against Indiana State and Maryland on tap for the week.

Three Illinois players were among the those recognized on the preseason Big Ten squad with shortstop Branden Comia, infielder Justin Janas, and left-handed pitcher Cole Kirschsieper all receiving honors in the preseason.

Illinois currently is hitting .280 as a team on the season with three batters hitting above the .300 mark on the year. Cam McDonald paces the Illinois lineup with a .359 batting average with a team-high 47 hits, five home runs, and 35 RBI. Comia is also hitting .333 from the plate with 45 hits, five home runs, and 32 RBI, while Danny Doligale is the team leader with 11 doubles.

Cole Kirschsieper (4-2, 2.75 ERA) has been the pitching leader for Illinois on the season, while nine different pitchers have all earned starts for the Illini on the year. Overall, Illinois has posted a 5.64 team ERA with a 263:131 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the 2022 season.

Illini Top Player

Cam McDonald has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Big Ten in the 2022 season with the junior sitting in the top-10 in the conference in batting average on the year. McDonald is the team leader with a .359 batting average with 47 hits and 35 RBI, while adding a .565 slugging percentage. He boasted a 23-game hitting streak from February 20 – April 3, while adding a five-hit , five-RBI game this past weekend against Northwestern.

Opponent History

Illinois leads the all-time series 44-36-2 over the Sycamores dating back to the first contest back on May 12, 1906. The Sycamores have won the last four games at home at Bob Warn Field dating back to the 2006 season. The Sycamores and Illinois split their two contests in the last two times the teams faced off in the 2019 season with each squad winning their respective home game. The Sycamores picked up the 3-1 win over then-No. 25 Illinois back on March 26, 2019, while the Illini responded with a 5-2 victory on May 1 in Champaign.

Last Time against Illinois

The Sycamores and the Illinois split the series in the 2019 season in their last matchups. Indiana State picked up its fourth consecutive Big Ten win against the No. 25 Illini with a 3-1 victory at Bob Warn Field on March 26. Tyler Ward’s three-inning save highlighted a complete effort by the pitching staff as seven different hurlers saw time on the mound in limiting Illinois to five hits in the win. The Illini responded with win in the Sycamores’ return trip on May 1 as the Illini scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the 5-2 victory.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 14-8 overall record in non-conference play heading into the midweek against Illinois. The Sycamores have posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 6-2 home mark at Bob Warn Field this season, while sitting 2-3 in true road games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), and Purdue.

Friendly Confines

Indiana State fell to 8-3 inside the friendly confines of Bob Warn Field after falling to the visiting Indiana Hoosiers this past Tuesday. The Sycamores are hitting .289 at home this season and averaging 6.2 runs and 9.4 hits per game. The Sycamores have combined for 40 extra-base hits at Bob Warn Field paced by Sean Ross’ .405 batting average with seven doubles and a home run, Seth Gergely leads the Sycamores with 10 RBI, while Josue Urdaneta has a team-high four home runs at home. On the mound, ISU has posted a 3.34 ERA with a 101:38 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Mastodon Softball Heads to Butler For Midweek Game

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will play at Butler on Tuesday for a non-league game at 4 p.m. in Indianapolis.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-30, 6-11 Horizon League) at Butler Bulldogs (22-14, 9-5 Big East)

When: April 19 – 4 PM

Where: Indianapolis, Indiana

Live Stats: Link

Watch: Link

Know Your Foe

Butler is 22-14, 9-5 Big East and is coming off a 3-2 win over UIC. The Bulldogs have wins over common foes IUPUI (7-2 and 5-4), UIC (3-2) and Southern Illinois (7-2). They have losses to Chattanooga (11-1), Indiana State (7-1, 11-5), which the Mastodons also lost to earlier this season.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne leads the all-time series 11-8-1, which dates back to 2003. Butler has won the last two, a 5-1 game in Clearwater Florida in 2017 and a 3-2 game in April of 2019 in Indianapolis. Lauren McConnell threw four innings of one-run ball in that game. The Mastodons’ last win came in 2012, which saw Courtney Cronin throw 6.2 innings with five strikeouts.

Best When It’s Best

Sonia Solis is batting .478 this season with runners in scoring position. She is also a perfect 4-for-4 when there is a runner on third with less than two outs.

The Complete Pitcher

Jadelyn Johnson threw a complete shutout against Detroit Mercy on Saturday, April 16. Johnson tossed a pair of strikeouts with only one walk in 25 batters. She ran through 25 batters in 1:15.

Breath of Fresh Eyre

Shaina Eyre is seventh in program history with 21 career wins. Eyre is also secpmd in program history in career pitching appearances with 114, behind just Courtney Cronin (122).

1. 63 – Courtney Cronin (2009-12)

2. 59 – Miranda Kramer (2012-14)

3. 40 – Megan Flenniken (2011-14)

4. 24 – Angie Quickery (1992-94)

5. 23 – Rachel Staschuk (2008-11)

6. 22 – Mindy Pomeroy (2001-04)

7. 21 – Shaina Eyre (2018-present)

Yeah Baby, Yeah!

Epiphany Hang is leading the team with a .298 batting average. She has started in 18 games and has recorded 17 hits, two doubles and a home run. She has struck out just nine times, the fewest of any regular starter.

In League Play…

>> Brooke Wintlend is slugging .683 for eighth in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has a 1.123 OPS, which is seventh in the league.

>> Alise Hale has scored 13 runs, which is second the league. Emma McMillan is seventh in the league with 11 and Sonia Solis is eighth with 10.

>> Sonia Solis has 16 RBIs, which is a league-best. Brooke Wintlend’s 13 is third in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has four home runs, which is fourth in the league.

>> Emma McMillan and Brayden Lickey have five and four stolen bases, the sixth- and seventh-most in the league, respectively.

>> Shaina Eyre has struck out 12 batters looking, which is fourth in the league.

>> Lauren McConnell and Shaina Eyre are two of the seven players with saves in league play.

>> The Mastodons have the second-most runs (68) and RBIs (61) in the league.

>> The Mastodons have the third-most hits in the league with 116.

Streaky ‘Dons

The following Mastodons have a streak of games this season where they get on base:

>> 11 – Brayden Lickey

>> 9 – Sonia Solis

>> 8 – Brooke Wintlend

>> 7 – Thais Uyema

>> 6 – Taryn Jenkins, Emma McMillan

>> 5 – Alise Hale

>> 4 – Taylor Warne, Epiphany Hang

Smarty Pants

Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons picked up a 2-0 win over Horizon League foe Detroit Mercy thanks to 7.0 innings of pitching from Jadelyn Johnson.

Next Time Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will hit the road to play at Robert Morris on Friday and Saturday (April 22-23) for three Horizon League games.

Men’s Volleyball Ranked No. 15 in Latest AVCA Poll

FORT WAYNE, Ind. –  The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team is ranked No. 15 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 15 poll, the AVCA announced on Monday, April 18.

The last time the Mastodons were ranked was back on Feb. 24, 2020 when they were ranked No. 14.

This past weekend, the ‘Dons defeated then ranked No. 15 McKendree in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinals in Lebanon, Ill.

The ‘Dons travel to Chicago, Ill. to play Loyola Chicago in the MIVA Semifinals on Wednesday, April 20 (8 p.m. ET). A win would advance the ‘Dons to the MIVA Championship on Saturday, April 23. The ‘Dons are the No. 6 seed in the MIVA Tournament. Loyola holds the No. 2 seed.

The ‘Dons are 16-12 on the season.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Basketball Announces Four Signees

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball coach Maria Marchesano has announced four additions for the 2022-23 season: Destinee Marshall (Louisville, Ky. / Sacred Heart Academy / Radford), Sydney Graber (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead High School / Central Michigan), Klea Kaci (Mississauga, Ontario / Turner Fenton Secondary School) and Alaina Diaz (Hudsonville, Mich. / Hudsonville High School) will join the Mastodon program this summer.

Marshall is a 5-foot-5 guard that spent two seasons at NCAA Division I Big South member Radford. The dean’s list honoree played in 38 games in her two seasons with 17 starts. In her sophomore season, she averaged 6.0 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Highlanders. She had a career-high 15 points against UNC Asheville and in the rematch with the Bulldogs had a career-high eight assists. She was a member of the Go For Greens Leadership Campaign, the Big South SAAC Committee and Vice President of the Radford SAAC Committee, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee. While at Sacred Heart Academy, she won two letters with the Valkyries. She led them to an 82-20 record while shooting 45 percent from the floor, 34 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the charity stripe. Marshall led Sacred Heart to three regional championships, and was honored as a Kentucky All-State in her junior and senior seasons. She was a First Team All-Region selection and Second Team All-State honoree. She played club basketball for F.O.C.U.S. from 2010-14, Kentucky Premier from 2015-19 and Gym Rats in 2020.

“Des brings a great deal of experience of running a team and playing the point guard position at a high level,” Marchesano said. “When we saw she was available, we were very excited about building a relationship with her because she has the ability to get downhill and facilitate but can also shoot the ball as well. We were also super high on her leadership qualities and I know she’s going to hit the ground running when she arrives on campus.”

Graber is a 6-foot-1 forward that graduated from Homestead in 2020. She played two seasons with Central Michigan and was a member of the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament team. The Chippewas won the Mid-American Conference Tournament after upsetting No. 1 seed Bowling Green in the championship. Graber played in more than 30 games in her two-year career with the Chippewas and had a career free throw percentage of 83.3. At Homestead, she earned four letters and served as the team captain for three years. She averaged 15.1 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game as a senior and was named First Team All-Conference and All-State honors for her efforts. The four-time All-State selection led Homestead to four SAC titles, three sectional championships and a state title. The Indiana Junior and Senior All-Star finished her prep career with 1,154 points and 730 rebounds. Graber was the 2020 Tiffany Gooden award. Prior to her time at Central Michigan, Graber was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, the No. 51 overall prospect and No. 13 at her position. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and played club basketball for Always 100.

“Getting Sydney to come home and join our team was a big day for our program,” Marchesano said. “She’s a talented forward that can play inside and out. She’s got a lot of variety to her offensive game and will fit very well into our systems, and I know the Fort Wayne community is going to love watching her play again.”

Kaci is a 5-foot-11 guard that comes from Turner Fenton Secondary School. She played club basketball with Excel Hoops and Juel Oakville Vytis in Ontario. Three of her best games came against Loui Riel, Mississauga and Tri County. Against Loui Riel, she had 25 points, eight steals, seven assists and a block. She had 28 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block against Mississauga and 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals against Tri County. She was named a Third Team All-Star by the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association and picked up a Player of the Week honor while with Juel.

“Kaci is a talented wing who has a flare for the game,” Marchesano said. “She’s creative, confident, and absolutely eats, sleeps, and lives all things basketball. Her love for the game is a trait you love to see when you’re recruiting a kid. Her diverse set of skills combined with her length are going to be fun to watch in a Mastodon uniform.”

Diaz is a 5-foot-7 point guard out of Hudsonville High School. She will be a dual-sport athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne, as she will also compete for the women’s track and field team. Diaz was a four-year All-Conference selection and was the team defensive MVP for three years. She was also an All-State honoree in 2021 and 2022. She led the Eagles to the state championship in 2021, earning regional, quarterfinal, semifinal and final MVP awards. She was also a 2022 Academic All-State selection. She was the team’s leader in steals. On the track and field side, she is the state of Michigan’s long jump record holder and Hudsonville High School’s record holder in the 100-meter, 200-meter and long jump events.

“One of our goals in this off-season was to become more athletic, and Alaina helps us out tremendously in that department,” Marchesano said. “She’s an explosive guard with a toughness about her that is going to elevate our team right away.”

Marshall, Graber, Kaci and Diaz will join Lauryn Stover and Jaidyn Koerdt, who signed with the Mastodons in November. The six-player signing class will look to improve upon Marchesano’s first season with the Mastodons, which featured the most league wins since 2013-14.

Tuesday Trip to No. 18 Notre Dame On Deck for Baseball Beacons

Valparaiso (13-18, 2-4 MVC)

at No. 18 Notre Dame (21-8, 8-7 ACC)

Frank Eck Stadium (2,500) | Notre Dame, Ind.

Tuesday, April 19, 4 p.m. CT – RHP Connor Lockwood

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will make the short trip to the South Bend area on Tuesday for a midweek matchup with nationally-ranked Notre Dame. The Beacons will visit the Fighting Irish for the second time this season in hopes of avenging a setback from last month. Valpo will look to sustain the momentum it created this weekend with a road series win at Illinois State.

Last Time Out: After falling 7-0 in Friday’s series opener at Illinois State, Valpo rallied to take two of three in an Easter Weekend series at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill. After Valpo prevailed 10-2 in Saturday’s middle game – the team’s most lopsided win in league play since joining the Missouri Valley Conference – the Beacons held on for a 2-1 win behind hometown hero Griffin McCluskey, who pitched six strong innings to earn his first collegiate victory in his native Normal. The series victory came against the team picked third in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.

Following the Beacons: Tuesday’s game will air on ACC Network Extra. Links to live video and stats can be found on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (165-253), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Notre Dame leads the all-time series 70-21 in a matchup that dates all the way back to 1958. Prior to Valpo’s 12-1 defeat earlier this season, each of the previous five matchups were decided by three runs or fewer. Valpo has dropped 12 straight head-to-head meetings since a 7-4 triumph on May 2, 2012. Valpo led 3-0 through seven last season at Emory G. Bauer Field, but the No. 8 Fighting Irish rallied for a seven-run eighth to win 7-4. In the first matchup this season, Kyle Schmack had two hits including a home run, but Notre Dame scored twice in each of the first three innings and never looked back.

Valpo vs. Ranked Foes: This will be Valpo’s second game this season against a nationally-ranked opponent, both against Notre Dame. Valpo went 0-7 against top-25 foes a year ago, with four of those games coming against Indiana State and three against Notre Dame. In the last decade, the program has Top-25 wins over No. 25 Illinois (April 17, 2018), No. 25 DBU (March 11, 2016), No. 9 Arizona State (April 21, 2013) and No. 4 Arkansas (Feb. 26, 2012).

Approaching the Century Mark: Two members of the middle of Valpo’s batting order enter Tuesday’s game at Notre Dame closing in on the 100-hit milestone for their collegiate careers. Kaleb Hannahs has 96 career hits, while Kyle Schmack owns 95.

Wrapping Up Illinois State (April 15-17)

Colin Fields took his first loss of the season and struck out just two after he had struck out seven or more in each of his first eight starts this season as Valpo dropped Game 1 7-0. Ryan Mintz worked three shutout innings of two-hit ball out of the bullpen in the series opener.

Valpo had a season-high five doubles plus three home runs for eight total extra-base hits in a 10-2 victory over the Redbirds in Game 2 of the series. The five doubles were the team’s most in a game since May 1, 2021, also against Illinois State (seven).

The eight-run margin of victory was Valpo’s largest in league play since joining the Missouri Valley Conference. The team’s previous most lopsided wins in conference play were seven-run margins, a 10-3 win at Bradley last season and a 9-2 home triumph over Dallas Baptist in April 2018.

Kyle Schmack hit two home runs in the Saturday game, his first career multi-homer game. He became the first Valpo player to go deep twice in a game since Kaleb Hannahs on Feb. 20 of this season at Memphis.

Schmack scored four runs in the Saturday game, becoming the first Valpo player to score four times in a game since May 8, 2018 vs. Western Michigan (both Chad Jacob and Blake Billinger).

Jake Miller struck out five and walked two while allowing three hits over 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to earn his fourth win. He had a perfect game intact through four frames in Saturday’s contest.

Valpo starting pitcher Griffin McCluskey earned is first collegiate victory in his hometown of Normal on Sunday, pitching six solid innings of one-run, four-hit ball.

Valpo won a road series in league play for the first time since April 2018 at Evansville and just the second time since joining the MVC.

Bobby Nowak nailed down his seventh save of the season on Sunday, the most by a Valpo pitcher in a single season since Jon Tieman finished with seven in 2017. Furthermore, Nowak has cracked the top 10 on the program’s career saves list, as he is already tied for 10th in his first season with the Beacons.

Valpo improved to 6-2 against Illinois State over the last two seasons. Three of those six victories over the Redbirds have been one-run affairs.

All three games in the series were lightning-fast, as none of the games took longer than 2:31 (Saturday’s game). The Friday game lasted just 2:07, while Sunday checked in at 2:05. The Friday and Sunday games are the two shortest nine-inning games that Valpo has played all season.

Prior to the month of April, Valpo hadn’t bounced back from losing a series opener to win a series since May 2015 vs. Youngstown State. Now, the team has accomplished that feat in two out of the last three weeks, rallying to take road series from UIC and Illinois State.

With the win in the series finale, Valpo improved to 2-2 in one-run games and 5-6 in games decided by two runs or fewer this season. Furthermore, the Beacons were 0-9 when scoring two runs or fewer this season prior to Sunday’s victory.

In the Other Dugout: Notre Dame

Ranked in the top 25 in multiple national polls, including No. 18 by D1Baseball.com.

Attempting to return to form after being swept in a three-game series at Duke this weekend. Duke took the opening game 15-5, the middle game 4-3 in 11 innings and the finale 6-2.

Led offensively by Carter Putz, who is hitting .357 with five home runs and 28 RBIs. He is slugging .589 and reaching base at a .422 clip.

Finished the 2021 season at 34-13 including a 25-10 mark in ACC play. Won the South Bend Regional before falling to Mississippi State in three games in the Starkville Super Regional.

Pitching Probable: #11 RHP Connor Lockwood, Fr. (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville)

Named conference co-player of the year as a high school senior in 2021 and received all-state accolades.

Interested in a career in elementary education.

Favorite food is deep dish pizza.

Allowed two runs on six hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings on March 15 at No. 6 Notre Dame.

Made his first career weekend start in Game 2 of a doubleheader on March 19 at Murray State.

Made his second start of the season on March 29 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne and took the defeat.

Took the defeat on April 12 at Eastern Illinois, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Fields on the Strikeout List: After becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 200 career strikeouts on March 25 at St. Bonaventure, Valpo starting pitcher Colin Fields unlocked another achievement on April 1 at UIC, cracking the program’s career top 10. He did so in resounding fashion, fanning a career-high 13 to usurp Chuck Donley (212, 1991-1995) for 10th in program history. Furthermore, the 13 strikeouts marked the most by a Valpo pitcher in a single game since April 12, 2011, when Jon Gulbransen reached that same number in a game against Chicago State. Fields turned in another gem to start MVC play on April 9 vs. Indiana State, logging six scoreless innings of five-hit ball while striking out eight. He now has 225 career strikeouts, a number that ranks eight in program history.

Evan Berkey named MVC Player of the Week after explosive week

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Helping the Aces to a clean sweep of four contests, University of Evansville baseball second baseman Evan Berkey has been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference’s Player of the Week, it was announced by the Conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Leading the Aces to a 4-0 week, Berkey put in a show at the plate and in the field. On the week, Berkey hit a team-best .438, going 7-of-16 at the plate with two doubles, two homers, and eight RBI. In the field in Sunday’s second game of the doubleheader alone, Berkey helped Evansville turn a pair of double plays, lifting their season total to 33. Berkey’s best game of the week came in the second game of the three-game series sweep of Missouri State, where the La Quinta, Calif. native drove in five of Evansville’s nine runs, smashing a home run and recording a double in a 2-for-5 performance at the plate.

Berkey becomes  the fifth Ace this season to earn an MVC weekly honor, joining Mark Shallenberger, Tanner Craig, Shane Gray, and Nick Smith.

Evansville gets back on the field on Wednesday evening with a contest at Purdue at 5 PM (CT) in West Lafayette, Ind.

Greyhounds Sweep GLVC Player of the Week Honors

INDIANAPOLIS – Following a pair of conference wins last week, UIndy stole both Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week honors this week in Abigail Lagos and Peyton Romig.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Abigail Lagos, Indianapolis

Gr., Attack, Windham, NH

Major: Exercise Science

Team Results: 23-2 W vs. Maryville (4/14) | 22-1 W vs. Quincy (4/16/22)

Totaled nine goals and eight assists in two conference wins last week

Became the UIndy single season goals leader

Earns ninth career Player of the Week award (4/18/22, 4/11/22, 4/4/22, 3/14/22, 3/7/22, 2/21/22, 3/1/21, 3/2/20, 2/24/20)

Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Abigail Lagos (4/11/22)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Peyton Romig, Indianapolis

Gr., MF, Carthage, NY

Major: Exercise Science

Team Results 23-2 W vs. Maryville (4/14) | 22-1 W vs. Quincy (4/16/22)

Accumulated 29 draw controls and caused three turnovers on the week

Scored two goals and added an assist

Earns sixth career Player of the Week award (DEF: 4/18/22, 3/28/22, 2/21/22, 4/19/21, 4/12/21; OFF: 2/17/20

Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Peyton Romig (3/28/22)

The Hounds return home this week to host No. 7 Lindenwood on Friday afternoon at Key Stadium in a battle between the top two teams in the GLVC.  Both teams have a perfect 5-0 record in conference play this season with a chance to host the GLVC Championship tournament on the line.

Wyatt Auyer Snags GLVC Offensive Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – Following a five-point performance on Saturday, UIndy attackman Wyatt Auyer has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Wyatt Auyer, Indianapolis

So., Attack, Memphis, NY

Major: Business

Team Results: 14-10 W vs. Maryville (4/16/22)

Recorded five points off of four goals and one assist

Credited with the game-winning goal in the win over Maryville

Added one ground ball

Earns second career Player of the Week award (4/18/22, 2/28/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Wyatt Auyer (2/28/22)

Auyer and the No. 7 Hounds return home this weekend, hosting No. 6 Mercyhurst on Saturday at Key Stadium.

Hounds Move Up One Spot in USILA Top 20

INDIANAPOLIS – After a road win last weekend, the Univeristy of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team has moved up one spot in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Dynamic Men’s Coaches Division II rankings up to No. 7.  The Hounds also moved up one slot to No. 8 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men’s Top 20.

This marks the 16th straight week that UIndy has been ranked in the Top 10 and the 47th straight week they’ve been nationally ranked dating back to the 2019 preseason rankings.

The Hounds remain the highest ranked team among the GLVC with Lindenwood clocking in at No. 8.  Maryville also received votes.

UIndy returns home this weekend to host No. 6 Mercyhurst on Saturday at Key Stadium, marking the fourth ranked opponent they’ve have faced this season.

RHIT Men’s Basketball Chosen for Great Lakes Invitational Nov. 18-19

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The pairings are set as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will compete in one of the most prestigious events in NCAA Division III men’s basketball in November.

The Fightin’ Engineers are one of eight teams competing in the 5th annual Great Lakes Invitational, a premier event featuring selected teams from the top tier of NCAA Division III men’s basketball.  This year’s event will be hosted by 2022 NCAA Division III Final Four competitor Wabash College on November 18-19.

Rose-Hulman will face Baldwin Wallace University on Friday November 18 at 3 pm to open the event.  Day two includes a matchup with Trine University on Saturday November 19 at 1 pm.

“When we were invited to play in the Great Lakes Invitational, I knew we would be slotted to play some of the best teams, not only in the region, but in the country.  The announcement of Baldwin Wallace and Trine as our opponents is exciting because I consider Tom Heil (Baldwin Wallace) and Brooks Miller (Trine) as two of the best coaches in the Great Lakes who oversee two great programs.  Both play in traditional powerhouse conferences at our level and I look forward to representing the HCAC in the event,” said Rose-Hulman head coach Rusty Loyd.

Rose-Hulman finished 15-10 last season and was 10-7 in HCAC play.  Baldwin Wallace also compiled a 15-10 record and was 9-7 in Ohio Athletic Conference competition.  Trine compiled an 18-9 record and was 10-4 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

“It will be an honor to play in the GLI because it is considered one of the best in-season tournaments in the country and the competition level cannot be denied as three teams from last year’s event went to the D3 Final Four (Wabash, Marietta, Elmhurst).  We look forward to the games, and the atmosphere at historic Chadwick Court, and appreciate Wabash for hosting the 2022 event and Ryan Whitnable for the invitation,” added Loyd.

The full Great Lakes Invitational schedule is below:

Friday, November 18 – at Wabash College

1:00 p.m. – Trine vs. Benedictine

3:00 p.m. – Baldwin Wallace vs. Rose-Hulman

5:30 p.m. – Keene State vs. Maryville

7:30 p.m. – Marietta vs. Wabash

Saturday, November 19 – at Wabash College

1:00 p.m. – Trine vs. Rose-Hulman

3:00 p.m. – Benedictine vs. Baldwin Wallace

5:30 p.m. – Marietta vs. Keene State

7:30 p.m. – Maryville vs. Wabash

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Hesting Earns Second Crossroads League Weekly Honor

JACKSON, Mich. – Taylor’s Liam Hesting was honored as the Crossroads League Field Athlete of the Week on Monday, earning his second CL weekly honor of the 2022 track and field campaign,

Hesting, a standout thrower from Columbia City, Indiana, was honored with the award after turning in impressive first and second-place performances at the Huntington Invitational last Thursday. The junior launched the hammer 54.55-meters to take first place in the hammer throw. Hesting posted in a second-place finish in the shot put, recording a mark of 14.56-meters, and a second-place finish in the discus throw, claiming a distance of 40.94-meters.

Hesting previously received this award back on March 28 after his stellar performances at the Emory Invite.

The Taylor track and field teams will be back in action next weekend for the Little State Championships in Marion, Indiana on April 22 and 23.

IWU SOFTBALL FIELD NAME BEING UPGRADED TO SUE BOWMAN FIELD

MARION, Ind. – Nearly 11 years and one month to the date, former Indiana Wesleyan head softball coach Sue Bowman stepped down, from a post she held for 24 years. Today, Monday, April 18, 2022, the legacy of Coach Bowman will forever be honored with the naming of Wildcat Softball Field to Sue Bowman Field, as announced by the University earlier today.


“She was very personal with us knowing us not only as her athletes but people outside the game of softball,” said Gabby Thomas, a 2014 IWU graduate and current Pioneer (Ind.) Head Softball Coach. “She walked the faith and taught us to trust the process that we go through and know that God is in control of it all. Like it tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6.”


Bowman became the head coach for the newly formed softball team in 1988-99. She held the position for 24 years and compiled a career record of 585-407 for a .590 winning percentage. The Wildcats won at least 20 games and maintained a winning record in each of the last 13 seasons. Indiana Wesleyan softball won four MCC (Crossroads League) regular-season championships under the watch of Bowman in 1989, 1992, 2005 and 2006. The 2005, 2006 and 2007 squads won 39 games each season, setting the school record for wins. During her run as softball coach, Bowman had been named MCC Coach of the Year, NAIA Region VIII Coach of the Year, and NCCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.


“This is a well-deserved honor for the softball field being named in Sue’s honor,” said Deb Thompson, Head Softball Coach, Spring Arbor University. “Coaching against Sue since 1988, I learned Sue was very passionate about expecting excellence on and off the field of play, while showing and teaching the love of Jesus to each of her girls. Their spiritual development was her primary ministry in her coaching career, and I saw that as an opponent and friend.” 


Bowman faithfully served the Wildcat community for 41 years coaching seven different sports at the university since her first year in 1970-71. Bowman was inducted into the Grant County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the IWU Athletics Hall of Honor in 2017, the Inaugural Hall of Honor Class. 


Bowman captured her final home win of her career against Marian University in a 3-0 victory on Thursday, April 21st, while collecting her final win at the helm against her alma mater Grace College in the Conference Tournament on May 4th, 2011.


A formal naming ceremony will be announced at a later date.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1890       The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, who will later be known as the Dodgers, play their first National League game. The former American Association team loses to the Beaneaters, who will become known as the Braves in 1912, at Boston’s South End Grounds, 15-9.

1900       The Beaneaters score nine runs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, but the Phillies recover to beat Boston in 10 innings, 19-17. The 36 runs crossing the plate in the South End Grounds set a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs on Opening Day.

1912       Due to a rainout on Opening Day, the Red Sox schedule a two-admission twin bill with games starting at 10:30 am and 3:15 pm to give morning fans the chance to see the end of the Boston Marathon and race watchers the opportunity to attend the afternoon contest. Although a Patriots’ Day game will not become an annual event until 1959, the pairing of the holiday and the big crowd gathered for the 26.2-mile run almost occurred a half-of-a-century sooner if inclement weather hadn’t also washed away today’s Fenway Park doubleheader.

1912       At Griffith Stadium, before the Senators’ 6-0 victory over the A’s, James S. Sherman becomes the first U.S. Vice President to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. William Howard Taft does not attend the game due to the death of Archibald Butt, a friend lost in the sinking of the Titanic.

1927       Calling the play-by-play in the Tigers’ 8-5 victory over the Indians, Edwin Tyson becomes the first person in club history to broadcast a game. The radio personality will begin the game by saying, “Good afternoon, boys and girls, this is Ty Tyson speaking to you from Navin Field,” which will become his familiar refrain on WWJ.

1938       During the first inning, both Dodgers’ Ernie Koy and Phillies’ Emmett Mueller homer in their first major league at-bats. The rookies will collectively hit 42 home runs during their nine seasons in the major leagues.

1939       At an informal press conference arranged by Universal Pictures, actress Dorothy Arnold tells wire service reporters that she and Joe DiMaggio are engaged and plan to marry sometime this summer. Upon hearing the news, the somewhat surprised Yankee center fielder clarifies that no ceremony will occur during the baseball season, but the couple will exchange vows in November.

1944       Mel Ott hits the first National League round-tripper of the season, the 464th of his career, helping the Giants defeat the Braves, 2-1. Next season, Master Melvin will become the first National Leaguer to amass 500 career home runs.

1948       Yankee starter Allie Reynolds, thinking the Senators are trying to trick him, refuses to leave second base after hitting his first and only career home run, which is unbeknownst to him because he did not see the ball clear the left-field fence. In front of an amused President Truman, New York skipper Bucky Harris finally convinces the skeptical baserunner to round the bases to continue the Opening Day contest at Griffith Stadium.

1948       The Pirates, wearing their black and gold color scheme for the first time, lose baseball’s traditional opener in Cincinnati, 4-1, in a game that features scuffles between opposing players, an ump, a photographer, a fan who jumps on the field, and the police. Becoming the first team to change their original colors permanently, the Bucs abandoned the familiar patriotic look of red, white, and blue, choosing to use hues that match the Flag of Pittsburgh.

1948       The Red Sox become the first team to hit three consecutive homers on Opening Day when Stan Spence, Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerr go deep in the second frame. The long ball proves not to be enough with the A’s 5-4 victory over Boston in 11 innings.

1949       In front of 53,000 fans on Opening Day, Johnny Groth hits home runs in two of his first three at-bats at Tiger Stadium. The 22-year-old rookie’s performance enables Hal Newhowser and Detroit to beat Chicago, 5-1.

1949       On Opening Day, the Yankees unveil a monument in centerfield in memory of Babe Ruth eight months after his death. The legendary “Bambino” joins Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins, also honored posthumously with cenotaphs, the team’s highest honor.

1949       Pirates right-hander Rip Sewell establishes a National League record when he throws his third Opening Day shutout, blanking the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field. Rick Mahler (Braves, 1982, 1985,1987) and Chris Short (Phillies, 1965, 1968, 1970) will match the record of the 42-year-old veteran hurler, who also threw zeros to start the 1943 and 1947 seasons.

1956       In the first major league game ever played in New Jersey, the Dodgers begin their Jersey City home game experiment with a 10-inning 5-4 victory over the Phillies at Roosevelt Stadium. A sparse crowd of 12,214, limited by inclement weather, sees Brooklyn backstop Roy Campanella tie the score in the tenth inning with his 1000th career hit, a double down the left-field line.

1960       A record Opening Day crowd at Chicago’s Comiskey Park enthusiastically greets their American League champs and warmly welcomes Minnie Minoso to the team after his three-year exile to Cleveland. The 34-year-old outfielder doesn’t disappoint the South Side fans when, in addition to hitting a grand slam in the fourth, he blasts a ninth-inning walk-off home run, giving the White Sox a 10-9 victory over Kansas City.

1960       Roger Maris, obtained from the A’s in the offseason, goes 4-for-5 batting leadoff in his first game as a Yankee. The 25-year-old right fielder’s 11 total bases, including two home runs and a double, contribute to the Bronx Bombers’ Opening Day 8-4 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.

1961       At Comiskey Park, Bill Veeck employs eight Little People to work in the stands during the White Sox home opener against Washington. The Chicago owner’s hiring decision responds to complaints that fans sitting in the box seats couldn’t see over the vendors.

1963       Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League right-handed home run leader when he connects for his 371st career round-tripper, a fourth-inning solo shot off Chicago’s Larry Jackson in the Giants’ 5-1 victory at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco center fielder surpasses Gil Hodges, who established the mark last season.

1968       Nolan Ryan makes quick work of the Dodgers when he strikes out the side on nine pitches in the top of the third inning of the Mets’ 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium. The 21-year-old New York fireballer, who will also accomplish the feat with the Angels in 1972, strikes out 11 batters in 7.1 frames, including Claude Osteen, Wes Parker, and Zoilo Versalles, the victims of his immaculate inning.

1969       Along with Dick Ellsworth and Juan Pizarro, Ken Harrelson is traded by the Red Sox to the Indians for Joe Azcue, Vicente Romo, and Sonny Siebert. The 27-year-old ‘Hawk’ decides to retire but reluctantly returns to the game after a conversation with commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who will later say, “the loss of Ken Harrelson would be a tragedy for baseball.”

1972       The demolition of Crosley Field begins when two-year-old Pete Rose, Jr. pulls a lever that sends a wrecking ball into the side of the former home of the Reds. The left-field terrace area will become a parking lot but is still distinguishable due to its slope and proximity to York Street.

1972       Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to come into a game with a signature entrance song when the Yankee Stadium PA system plays Pomp and Circumstance as the closer approaches the mound. Although the southpaw secures the last out of the team’s 3-2 victory over Milwaukee, the reliever believes the Edward Elgar’s march, selected by PR man Marty Appel, adds more pressure to his closer role and asks the public relations department to put the tradition on hold.

1979       The Mets trade Tim Foli and minor league prospect Greg Field to the Pirates for second baseman Frank Taveras. Foli, appearing in 133 games, will play a significant role in the club’s world championship this season, batting .291 and providing solid defense at shortstop for the Bucs.

1979       After a 6-3 loss to the Orioles in New York, Goose Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb due to a clubhouse brawl with Yankee teammate Cliff Johnson. The reliever will be out of action until mid-July, and Johnson, due to the altercation, will be traded to the Indians in June for southpaw Don Hood.

1987       In the 4000th game in franchise history, the Mets drop a 4-2 decision to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The reigning World Champs, who started as an expansion team in 1962, have won exactly half of their last 1000 games, posting a 500-498-2 record during the span that began on July 19, 1980.

1987       Thanks to Rob Deer’s three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum’s two-run winning shot, the Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, beating the Rangers, 6-4. The Milwaukee victory sets an American League record as they win their 12th straight game to start the season.

1996       In the eighth, the Rangers fall one run short of setting a modern major-league mark, scoring 16 runs in one inning in their 26-7 rout of the Orioles. In 1952, the Red Sox tallied 17 times in the seventh frame in a 23-3 rout of Detroit at Fenway Park.

1997       The Cubs lose their 13th consecutive game to match the longest losing streak in their 122-year history. Reliever Turk Wendell, wearing #13, is tagged with the loss when Chicago drops a 6-3 decision to the Mets at Shea Stadium.

1997       In the first major league game ever played in Hawaii, the Cardinals edge the Padres, 1-0, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The three-game set, known as Padres Paradise Series, find the hosts dropping two of three contests to the Redbirds.

1998       Equaling their largest margin of victory when keeping an opponent scoreless, the Mets rout Cincinnati at Cinergy Field, 14-0. Outfielder Bernard Gilkey crosses the plate in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and eighth inning, becoming only one of four players in franchise history to score five runs in one game.

1998       The Devil Rays, en route to finishing last in the AL East, improve their record to 10-6, beating the Angels at Anaheim, 6-0, becoming the first expansion team to be four games over .500 at any point in their inaugural season. In contrast, the 1962 Mets posted a 3-13 mark in their first 16 games.

1999       A sore back puts Oriole third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr. on the disabled list for 22 games. The injury marks the first time the Iron Man, who, in 1995, broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record by playing in 2,131 straight games, has been placed on the DL during his 19-year career.

2000       Veteran hurler Orel Hershiser ties a major league mark, equaled by 19 others, hitting four batters in one game. Astro Richard Hidalgo also ties a modern major league record when hit three times, twice by the 41-year-old Dodger starter and a third time by reliever Matt Herges.

2002       Mariners’ third baseman Jeff Cirillo ties the major league record for consecutive errorless games at the hot corner by playing his 99th contest without a miscue. John Wehner, a journeyman infielder with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Marlins, established the mark during a span of eight-plus seasons.

2004       After faking a throw to third base before throwing to first, A’s right-hander Justin Duchscherer is called for a balk by umps Paul Emmel and Mike DiMuro as the result of stepping toward home plate before beginning his pick-off move. The Oakland hurler’s mound miscue ends the 14-inning contest, giving the Mariners a 2-1 balk-off victory at Safeco Field.

2005       David Wright’s seventh-inning grand slam at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park establishes a club record for home runs hit in a game. The Mets go deep seven times (Reyes-2, Diaz-2, Piazza, Wright, and Mientkiewicz) when they rout the Phillies, 16-4.

2009       Daniel Cabrera puts the ball in play when he grounds out to first and then reaches base safely for the first time in his six-year career when he walks on four straight balls thrown by Florida’s Hayden Penn. The Diamondbacks’ right-hander had previously struck out in all of his 18 major league at-bats, including one in today’s game, setting a major-league mark for consecutive strikeouts.

2009       For the third successive day, the Marlins rally in the top of the ninth, completing a three-game sweep against the Nationals. The last team to win three consecutive times after trailing in the ninth inning were the 1998 Tigers, coming back dramatically in a trio of mid-September contests to beat Toronto and Minnesota.

2012       Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, and Matt Downs hit three-baggers in Houston’s five-run first frame, marking the first time the Astros collect three triples in one inning. The triple-triple helps Houston coast to an easy 11-4 victory over the Nationals in Washington.

2013       After stealing second, Jean Segura changes his mind about swiping third and returns to the bag, but thinking he’s out because Ryan Braun occupies the base, he starts to head for the dugout, scrambling back to first when realizing he is safe. Two pitches later, the bewildered Milwaukee baserunner tries to steal second base again, becoming the first player to have taken second base once and then out stealing the same bag in the same inning.

2013       According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern major league history to win his first four games while giving up less than ten hits. The 24-year-old Mets right-hander easily outduels his mound opponent, Washington’s former phenom, Stephen Strasburg, prompting the Citi Field crowd to start chanting, “Har-vee’s be-tter, “Har-vee’s be-tter.”

2019       When right-hander Adam Ottavino faces the Royals’ Terrance Gore in the seventh inning of New York’s 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, the matchup becomes the first zero vs. zero confrontation to take place in a big-league game. The 33-year-old reliever, whose the first Bronx Bomber to wear the uniform #0, strikes out the Kansas City outfielder, the second Royals player ever to don a cipher, and the first since George Scott wore it in 1979.

2020       Once considered one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the history of the game, Steve Dalkowski, a nine-year minor league veteran, playing mostly in the Orioles organization in the 1950s and ’60s, dies from COVID-19 at 80. After beaning a mascot, the New Britain (CT) native became the inspiration for the character of Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, a hurler with a blazing but uncontrollable fastball played by Tim Robbins in the 1988 classic baseball movie Bull Durham.

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE5:00PMACCN
DALLAS BAPTIST AT TEXAS A&M7:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE6:00PMBTN
MLBTIME ETTV
CHI. WHITE SOX AT CLEVELAND6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
NY YANKEES AT DETROIT6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
ST. LOUIS AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON7:05PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT NY METS7:10PMNBCS-BAY
SNY
TORONTO AT BOSTON7:10PMSPORTSNET
NESN
PITTSBURGH AT MILWAUKEE7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
TAMPA BAY AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMMARQ
BALLY SPORTS
LA ANGELS AT HOUSTON8:10PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT COLORADO8:40PMNBCS-PHI
ATTSN-RM
BALTIMORE AT OAKLAND9:40PMMASN/2
NBCS-CA
TEXAS AT SEATTLE9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT SAN DIEGO9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 2: MINNESOTA AT MEMPHIS8:30PMNBATV
FIRST ROUND GAME 2: ATLANTA AT MIAMI7:30PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS AT PHOENIX10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO7:00PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
MINNESOTA AT MONTREAL7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
WINNIPEG AT NY RANGERS7:00PMMSG
SPORTSNET
FLORIDA AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMMSG+
BALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMESPN+
HULU
CALGARY AT NASHVILLE8:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
LOS ANGELES AT ANAHEIM10:00PMESPN
OTTAWA AT VANCOUVER10:00PMSPORTSNET
COLUMBUS AT SAN JOSE10:30PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ARSENAL VS BARRACAS CENTRAL1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: MALLORCA VS DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS1:00PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER UNITED3:00PMUSA
LA LIGA: REAL BETIS VS ELCHE3:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS VALENCIA3:30PMESPN+
DFB POKAL: HAMBURGER SV VS FREIBURG2:45PMESPNU
COPPA ITALIA: INTERNAZIONALE VS MILAN3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: UNIÓN SANTA FE VS SAN LORENZO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: HURACÁN VS COLÓN6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ESTUDIANTES VS TIGRE6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
US OPEN CUP: CINCINNATI VS PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS7:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: FLOWER CITY UNION VS D.C. UNITED7:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: MIAMI FC VS INTER MIAMI7:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: DETROIT CITY VS COLUMBUS CREW7:30PMESPN+
LIGA MX: NECAXA VS TIGRES UANL8:00PMTUDN
US OPEN CUP: BIRMINGHAM LEGION VS TORMENTA8:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: CHICAGO FIRE VS UNION OMAHA8:00PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: INDEPENDIENTE VS ALDOSIVI8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: PLATENSE VS GIMNASIA LA PLATA8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
US OPEN CUP: DALLAS VS FC TULSA8:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS RIO GRANDE VALLEY8:30PMESPN+
COSTA RICA PRIMERA DIVISION: ALAJUELENSE VS PÉREZ ZELEDÓN10:00PMFUBOTV
LIGA MX: GUADALAJARA VS TIJUANA10:00PMTELEMUNDO
LIGA MX: TOLUCA VS JUÁREZ10:00PMTUDN
US OPEN CUP: LA GALAXY VS SAN DIEGO LOYAL10:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS BAY CITIES10:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: TUCSON VS CALIFORNIA UTD STRIKERS10:30PMESPN+

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
TORONTO64.6004 – 22 – 22 – 20 – 04 – 26 – 4W 1
BOSTON54.5560.52 – 13 – 31 – 24 – 20 – 05 – 4W 2
NY YANKEES55.50014 – 31 – 25 – 50 – 00 – 05 – 5L 1
TAMPA BAY55.50014 – 31 – 23 – 01 – 21 – 35 – 5W 1
BALTIMORE36.3332.53 – 30 – 32 – 40 – 00 – 03 – 6W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CHI WHITE SOX63.6674 – 22 – 12 – 12 – 12 – 16 – 3L 1
CLEVELAND45.44420 – 34 – 20 – 02 – 20 – 04 – 5L 3
DETROIT45.44422 – 42 – 11 – 23 – 30 – 04 – 5L 1
KANSAS CITY35.3752.53 – 40 – 10 – 03 – 40 – 03 – 5W 1
MINNESOTA36.33332 – 41 – 21 – 20 – 02 – 23 – 6L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS64.6003 – 33 – 10 – 00 – 04 – 46 – 4W 3
HOUSTON54.5560.50 – 05 – 40 – 00 – 04 – 35 – 4L 1
OAKLAND55.50010 – 05 – 54 – 30 – 00 – 05 – 5L 1
SEATTLE55.50012 – 13 – 40 – 03 – 42 – 15 – 5W 1
TEXAS27.2223.51 – 51 – 21 – 20 – 01 – 32 – 7L 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS73.7002 – 15 – 25 – 20 – 02 – 17 – 3W 1
ATLANTA56.4552.53 – 42 – 21 – 22 – 22 – 25 – 5L 1
MIAMI45.4442.53 – 11 – 43 – 10 – 01 – 24 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA46.40033 – 31 – 32 – 50 – 00 – 04 – 6L 1
WASHINGTON47.3643.51 – 33 – 43 – 41 – 30 – 04 – 6L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS53.6253 – 12 – 20 – 04 – 30 – 05 – 3L 1
CHI CUBS54.5560.52 – 13 – 30 – 03 – 22 – 25 – 4W 1
PITTSBURGH54.5560.54 – 21 – 23 – 12 – 30 – 05 – 4W 2
MILWAUKEE55.50012 – 23 – 30 – 03 – 40 – 05 – 5W 1
CINCINNATI28.20040 – 22 – 62 – 20 – 00 – 42 – 8L 6
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS72.7784 – 03 – 20 – 04 – 01 – 27 – 2W 6
SAN FRANCISCO72.7784 – 23 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 17 – 2W 5
COLORADO63.66714 – 32 – 00 – 02 – 22 – 16 – 3L 1
SAN DIEGO65.54522 – 24 – 32 – 20 – 04 – 36 – 4W 1
ARIZONA36.33342 – 41 – 21 – 20 – 01 – 33 – 6L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS75541561145131721832-6-022-9-610-0-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES76482081044725118727-8-421-12-44-5-1
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS76502061064829523528-8-222-12-48-1-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS76492161044523519125-8-424-13-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING75462181004425021224-7-622-14-25-3-2
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS77432311974025421521-12-522-11-63-6-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS7546245974423320323-13-223-11-35-5-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS75422310943726022319-15-523-8-57-3-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS7535319793320821019-13-416-18-56-4-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7635356763124528219-15-416-20-23-6-1
11 BUFFALO SABRES78293811692621927815-18-614-20-55-5-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS76293710682621429118-15-711-22-33-5-2
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7528407632720424413-21-415-19-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7526427592323127816-17-410-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS76234211572219627813-20-610-22-52-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS76204511511719729510-23-410-22-72-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE75551461165129420631-4-324-10-39-0-1
2 X-CALGARY FLAMES75462091014426818823-9-723-11-26-3-1
3 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES764620101024428821926-9-420-11-69-0-1
4 X-MINNESOTA WILD75472171014228123527-7-220-14-56-1-3
EDMONTON OILERS7644266944026423524-12-120-14-58-1-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS77402710903622222619-16-421-11-64-5-1
DALLAS STARS7543275913921922124-10-319-17-26-2-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7643285914124422524-14-019-14-55-4-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7641305873724422621-14-320-16-27-2-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS75372810843422421117-14-620-14-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS76353011813323524519-15-316-15-84-5-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS77303314742621925317-17-513-16-93-4-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS75293412702719524116-16-513-18-70-6-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS75253911612020226812-20-613-19-51-7-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7424446542119325813-21-311-23-34-6-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7522485492118328710-25-112-23-42-8-0
 

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