WORLD SERIES SCOREBOARD
Atlanta 7 Houston 0 (Braves win series 4-2)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Ball State 31 Akron 25
Ohio 35 Miami Ohio 33
Eastern Michigan 52 Toledo 49
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
- Georgia 8 – 0
- Alabama 7 – 1
- Michigan State 8 – 0
- Oregon 7 – 1
- Ohio State 7 – 1
- Cincinnati 8 – 0
- Michigan 7 – 1
- Oklahoma 9 – 0
- Wake Forest 8 – 0
- Notre Dame 7 – 1
- Oklahoma State 7 – 1
- Baylor 7 – 1
- Auburn 6 – 2
- Texas A&M 6 – 2
- BYU 7 – 2
- Mississippi 6 – 2
- Mississippi State 5 – 3
- Kentucky 6 – 2
- North Carolina State 6 – 2
- Minnesota 6 – 2
- Wisconsin 5 – 3
- Iowa 6 – 2
- Fresno State 7 – 2
- San Diego State 7 – 1
- Pittsburgh 6 – 2
COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Central Michigan at Western Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Northern Illinois at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Thursday, Nov. 4
Georgia State at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Nov. 5
Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Utah at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Nov. 6
Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS
Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Ohio State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX
Kansas State at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1
Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC
Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Missouri at Georgia | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN
Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Cal at Arizona | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC
Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Rhode Island at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports
Penn State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Michigan State at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Baylor at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Auburn at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Wisconsin at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Utah State at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports
NC State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook
Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Oregon State at Colorado | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
LSU at Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN or CBS
Iowa at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Oregon at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Texas at Iowa State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1
Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Indiana at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | FOX
Clemson at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
USC at Arizona State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN
San Jose State at Nevada | 10 p.m. | FS2
UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2
San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | FS1
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 9
Thursday, November 04, 2021
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 07, 2021
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 08, 2021
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Milwaukee 117 Detroit 89
Miami 125 Dallas 110
Utah 119 Sacramento 113
Phoenix 112 New Orleans 100
LA Lakers 119 Houston 117
Toronto 4 Vegas 0
Montréal 3 Detroit 0
Philadelphia 3 Arizona 0
Minnesota 5 Ottawa 4
Winnipeg 4 Dallas 3
Nashville 3 Calgary 2
Vancouver 3 NY Rangers 2
Anaheim 4 New Jersey 0
San Jose 5 Buffalo 3
Los Angeles FC 1 Vancouver 1
GIRLS HS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
Alexandria 49 Muncie Burris 13
Boone Grove 37 Marquette Catholic 28
Cloverdale 42 Riverton Parke 34
Concord 56 New Prairie 53
Corydon Central 59 New Washington 30
DeKalb 48 Heritage 34
Eastern Greene 90 Bloomington Lighthouse 13
Eastern Hancock 53 Wes-Del 24
Edgewood 46 West Vigo 22
Evansville Reitz 38 Mount Vernon (Posey) 30
Fairfield 68 Jimtown 25
Faith Christian 49 Fountain Central 31
Franklin Central 48 Center Grove 45
Granger Christian 47 South Bend Career 24
Hamilton Southeastern 72 Columbus North 52
Indianapolis Cathedral 60 Covenant Christian 24
Indianapolis HomeSchool 72 Monrovia 31
Indianapolis Scecina 58 Providence Cristo Rey 15
Jennings County 62 Scottsburg 48
Liberty Christian 41 Central Christian 31
Lowell 45 Wheeler 23
Mishawaka Marian 74 Bremen 37
Mooresville 56 Northview 36
Morgan Twp. 47 Culver Academy 43
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 44 Whiteland 38
New Castle 33 Richmond 22
North Central (Indianapolis) 65 Westfield 49
North Decatur 42 Franklin County 30
North Putnam 61 North Vermillion 40
Northeast Dubois 64 Shoals 25
Pendleton Heights 70 Marion 25
Pike 62 Anderson 21
Plainfield 63 Terre Haute South 22
Shelbyville 47 Brown County 36
South Decatur 44 Milan 33
South Knox 62 White River Valley 30
Southridge 54 Perry Central 29
Tri 51 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 31
University 55 Indianapolis Shortridge 13
Warren Central 40 Brownsburg 31
Western 54 North Miami 34
Woodlan 58 New Haven 9
Zionsville 68 Indianapolis Attucks 16
INDIANAPOLIS ALL-CITY FOOTBALL TEAM
Carter St. John, Bishop Chatard
Kyle Antoine, Heritage Christian
Tony Flatt, Covenant Christian
John Nabors, Covenant Christian
Colton Brown, Heritage Christian
Tommy Hannon, Bishop Chatard
Dequan Stennis, Scecina
Jaron Tibbs, Cathedral
Brock Buckley, Covenant Christian
Jayden Pinkston, Tindley
Zac Schloemer, Heritage Christian
Calvin Connor, Scecina
Cooper Koers, Cathedral
Ethan Orstead, Heritage Christian
Brandon Salas, Bishop Chatard
Ethan Sparks, Covenant Christian
Joseph Glenn, Tindley
Ben Gomez, Cathedral
Kendrick Gilbert, Cathedral
Tamir Woods, Scecina
Joe Phillips, Tindley
Jalen Washington, Shortridge
Hudson Miller, Cathedral
Jeffery Pinkston, Tindley
Jack Goheen, Cathedral
Collin Thompson, Heritage Christian
Travion Woods, Scecina
Bryce Llewellyn, Cathedral
Jeff Utzinger, Cathedral
Mason Beriault, Scecina
Duane Pollard, Crispus Attucks
Brady Braun, Bishop Chatard
Tech: D’Fayebeon Pittman; Ivionte Campbell; Juh’Quan Sturdivant; James Williams; DeMaris Williamson
Crispus Attucks: Antwan Hicks; Diego Pettiford
Bishop Chatard: Jack Annee; Patrick Countryman
Christel House at Manual: Isaiah Prater; Jermaine Thomas
Covenant Christian: Gavin Tindall
Heritage Christian: Tim Jackson; A.J. Neal; C.J. Opper
Scecina: Aidan Ray; Luke Soultz
Shortridge: Joseph Jones
Tindley: Darien Davis
INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Merrillville (10-0) at Lafayette Jeff (7-3)
Chesterton (7-3) at Penn (5-5)
Warsaw (7-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9-1)
Hamilton Southeastern (8-2) at Westfield (9-1)
Carmel (9-1) at Brownsburg (8-2)
Ben Davis (5-5) at Indianapolis Tech (6-4)
Lawrence North (6-3) at Lawrence Central (4-6)
Columbus North (6-3) at Center Grove (10-0)
Valparaiso (9-1) at Munster (3-7)
Michigan City (7-3) at Mishawaka (8-2)
Fort Wayne Snider (8-1) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-4)
Zionsville (6-5) at Kokomo (8-2)
Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1) at Decatur Central (9-1)
Whiteland (6-3) at New Palestine (7-3)
Bloomington North (7-3) at Bloomington South (7-2)
New Albany (7-3) at Seymour (4-5)
Hobart (8-3) at Lowell (8-3)
South Bend St. Joseph (4-7) at New Prairie (9-2)
Leo (11-0) at Northridge (7-4)
Fort Wayne Wayne (4-7) at Mississinewa (8-2)
Connersville (3-8) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (10-1)
Indianapolis Chatard (7-4) at Indianapolis Roncalli (11-0)
Martinsville (7-4) at East Central (9-2)
Evansville Memorial (9-2) at Northview (9-1)
Hanover Central (10-1) at Knox (5-6)
Jimtown (9-2) at Mishawaka Marian (8-3)
Norwell (10-1) at Peru (8-2)
Western Boone (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (9-2)
Tri-West (9-2) at Danville (10-1)
Owen Valley (9-1) at Vincennes Lincoln (3-8)
Brownstown Central (11-0) at Lawrenceburg (10-1)
Heritage Hills (9-2) at Gibson Southern (10-1)
Andrean (8-3) at Whiting (5-6)
Pioneer (9-2) at LaVille (8-2)
Eastside (11-0) at Fort Wayne Luers (10-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.
Eastbrook (10-0) at Tipton (10-1)
Lafayette Central Catholic (7-4) at Speedway (9-2)
Indianapolis Scecina (8-3) at Centerville (10-0)
Paoli (7-2) at Triton Central (7-4)
North Posey (9-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (9-2)
Culver (4-5) at North Judson (7-3)
Clinton Prairie (6-4) at Carroll (Flora) (8-3)
South Adams (9-2) at Union City (6-4)
Triton (4-6) at Adams Central (10-1)
Parke Heritage (9-2) at Riverton Parke (4-6)
Covenant Christian (7-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (11-0)
North Decatur (6-4) at Tri (9-2)
North Central (Farmersburg) (5-5) at Springs Valley (9-1)
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL FINAL-MUNCIE
Class A State Championship | 11 am ET
Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)
Class 2A State Championship, 1:30 pm ET
Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)
Class 3A State Championship, 4 pm ET
Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)
Class 4A State Championship, 6:30 pm ET
McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2)
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES AND SPORTS NEWS
Hammerin’ Braves rout Astros to win 1st WS crown since 1995
HOUSTON (AP) Most of the season, it just seemed this wasn’t their year.
They dropped their first four games, and soon injuries piled up. They lost their most dynamic player before the All-Star break. They were stuck below .500 in August.
Yet out of nowhere, suddenly, these Atlanta Braves transformed themselves and took off.
Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman and the Braves breezed to their first World Series championship since 1995, hammering the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night in Game 6. Max Fried threw six dominant innings in a signature pitching performance to close it out.
“We hit every pothole, every bump you could possibly hit this year,” Freeman said. “Injuries, every single kind of thing that could happen, that could go wrong went wrong, and we overcame every single one of those things.”
How proud The Hammer himself would’ve been.
Even so, Atlanta’s troubles never fully went away.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos, the architect of the Braves’ midseason turnaround, missed this crowning achievement after testing positive for COVID-19. He was back home for the clincher.
Soler, a July acquisition who tested positive for the coronavirus in the playoffs, backed Fried early with a monster three-run shot for his third homer against the Astros.
Freeman hit an RBI double and then punctuated the romp with a solo home run in the seventh that made it 7-0.
By then, it was a total team effort. Ailing star Ronald Acuna Jr., the dynamo of Atlanta’s future, bounded from the dugout to join the celebration for Freeman, the longtime face of the franchise.
When Yuli Gurriel grounded out to end it, Freeman caught the throw at first base, put the ball in his pocket, and the party was on for manager Brian Snitker’s club.
A full hour after the game, hundreds of Braves fans packed behind the team’s third base dugout kept doing the chop and chant, causing loud echoes to bounce around the ballpark.
About 700 miles away at suburban Truist Park, thousands of fans poured into the Braves’ home to holler.
A mere afterthought in the summer heat among the land of the Giants, White Sox and Dodgers, but magnificent in the Fall Classic.
“This is the toughest team I’ve ever been a part of,” said shortstop Dansby Swanson, who also homered.
Soler tapped his heart twice before beginning his home run trot after connecting off rookie Luis Garcia in the third inning, sending the ball flying completely out of Minute Maid Park and clinching the Series MVP award.
By the end, nothing could stop them. Not a broken leg sustained by starter Charlie Morton in the World Series opener. Not a big blown lead in Game 5.
Steadied by the 66-year-old Snitker, an organization man for four decades, the underdog Braves won the franchise’s fourth title.
“They never gave up on themselves,” he said on a postgame victory platform. “We lost a lot of pieces over the course of the summer and it was just the next man up.”
Consider it a tribute to the greatest Braves player of them all, Mr. Hank Aaron. The Hall of Fame slugger died Jan. 22 at 86, still pulling for his old team, and his legacy was stamped all over this Series.
“Nobody ever wanted to let Hank down,” Snitker said. “That’s just the way it was, we didn’t want to let him down. He charged us with a responsibility to make these guys better and we weren’t going to let him down.”
And note the Braves outhomered the top-scoring team in the majors by 11-2.
For 72-year-old Houston manager Dusty Baker, a disappointment. But for many fans rooting against the Astros in the wake of their 2017 sign-stealing scandal, some satisfaction.
“Yeah, it’s tough, but you know something? You’ve got to keep on trucking, and that gives you even more incentive next year,” Baker said.
“It’s tough to take now, but this too shall pass. I mean, it really hurts, but it’s over,” he added.
Major credit for Atlanta’s title goes to Anthopoulos. Undaunted by Acuna’s knee injury, he pulled off a flurry of July trades that brought the Fab Four to an entirely retooled outfield – NL Championship Series MVP Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall, Joc Pederson and Soler.
“Thanks to God for the opportunity to be on this team,” Soler said through a translator.
But even in the Analytics Era, guided by a GM fully versed in new-age ways, the path these Braves took wouldn’t add up in any computer. Especially with how things looked in midseason.
“At that time, we were searching,” third baseman Austin Riley said before Game 6. “I think there’s no question about that.”
Minus Acuna, Atlanta wasn’t over .500 for a single day until the first week in August. The Braves finished 88-73 for the 12th-best record in the majors and fewest victories among playoff teams; their win total was the lowest for a World Series champion since St. Louis’ 83 in 2006.
Plus, some agonizing history in Atlanta, a city where no team had won a title in the four major pro sports besides 1995.
The Braves couldn’t convert a 3-1 series advantage over the Dodgers in the NLCS last year. The Hawks fell short in the Eastern Conference finals last season. And then there was the big one, the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
But these Braves, not this time.
“Boy, we’re in November right now and we’ve been doing this since February. We’ve had so many ups and downs this year. For us to be world champions, that is awesome to hear,” Freeman said.
Favored in spring training to win their fourth straight NL East title, the Braves lost Acuna to a torn knee in July. Earlier, 2020 Triple Crown contender Marcell Ozuna was injured and later placed on leave while Major League Baseball investigated him under its domestic violence policy. Projected ace Mike Soroka never made it back from an Achilles injury.
Going into the playoffs, their bullpen was a crazy patchwork.
They had a guy who made his big league debut in October, a lefty who was pitching in 2019 for the Texas AirHogs in a now-defunct independent league and a righty who was stacking boxes at an appliance warehouse a decade ago. Toss in a rookie who was off the roster a week ago as he watched Game 1 at a hotel in suburban Atlanta.
For sure, plenty of fans around the country were rooting hard against Jose Altuve and the Houston crew. Many continue to heckle them as the “Cheatin’ Astros” for an illegal sign-stealing scheme on the way to their 2017 title, and those feelings might last forever.
Certainly a lot of people were cheering for Baker. A World Series winner as a player and a highly respected figure on and off the field, he wasn’t able to check the final box on his resume as a championship skipper.
The Braves’ crowns have been spread out over more than a century.
The 1995 Atlanta champs featured five future Hall of Famers – rookie Chipper Jones, aces Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, and manager Bobby Cox. Those rings were the lone pieces of hardware that resulted from 14 straight division titles.
The 1957 Milwaukee Braves were led by Aaron in his only NL MVP season. His 44 was painted in large numbers on the outfield grass at Truist Park, and Baker and Snitker often mentioned how much he’d meant to them.
There were the 1914 Boston Braves, too, dubbed the “Miracle Braves” back in the day. In last place on the Fourth of July, they surged to win the pennant, then upset a heavily favored team – the Philadelphia A’s – to earn their nickname.
Indians begin removing scripted name from stadium scoreboard
CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians began removing the team’s scripted logo atop the giant scoreboard at Progressive Field on Tuesday as they transition their name to the Guardians.
Crews started dismantling the letters, beginning with the “I” on the 80-foot-long sign. It’s another step in the offseason change for the Major League Baseball team, which has been called the Indians since 1915.
The removal of the letters is expected to take several days. The sign will be placed in storage while the club evaluates options for a permanent spot for it.
A new “Guardians” sign will replace the old one and be erected before opening day 2022.
The American League franchise announced earlier this year it was changing its name in a move prompted by a national reckoning on racist names and symbols.
The team already has removed other signage inside and outside the downtown ballpark. The team’s official name switch is expected to take place in a few weeks, when Guardians merchandise will go on sale.
The changeover hit a snag last week when a roller derby team known since 2013 as the Cleveland Guardians sued the baseball team in federal court, alleging the switch infringes on its trademark.
In a statement, the Indians said they don’t believe there is a conflict between the parties and they remain confident in their position to move forward with the name change.
Police: Raiders’ Ruggs to face DUI case in Vegas fatal crash
LAS VEGAS (AP) Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III is facing a driving under the influence charge after a fiery vehicle crash early Tuesday in Las Vegas that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passenger injured, authorities said.
According to police, Ruggs was driving a Chevrolet Corvette a little before 3:40 a.m. when it crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 on a busy thoroughfare in a residential area several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Toyota caught fire and the driver died, police said. She was not immediately identified.
Ruggs, 22, “showed signs of impairment,” police said in a statement that said he will be charged with felony DUI resulting in death.
Ruggs and his female passenger were hospitalized. Ruggs’ injuries were described by officials as not life-threatening. His female passenger was not immediately identified.
Charges were not immediately filed. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he was aware of the crash and would await results of the police investigation.
Probation is not an option in Nevada for a conviction on a charge of DUI causing death, which carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in state prison.
Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said that on behalf of their client they also were investigating the crash “and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
The Raiders released a statement saying the team is aware of the crash involving Ruggs. “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family,” the team said. “We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim of this horrific tragedy. We will continue to gather facts and monitor the matter under our policies, but our thoughts at this time are with those impacted by this devastating incident.”
Ruggs is a second-year wide receiver who was taken 12th overall in the 2020 draft after a productive three-year career at Alabama, including helping the Crimson Tide win the national championship as a freshman in 2017.
Ruggs has 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns this season. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
Ruggs, from Montgomery, Alabama, caught 12 passes for 229 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman with Alabama in 2017. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa in the 26-23 victory against Georgia in the championship game.
The crash occurred three weeks after Jon Gruden abruptly resigned as Raiders coach over emails he sent before being hired by the team in 2018. Gruden stepped down after The New York Times reported that he frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language in those emails directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others.
The AFC West-leading Raiders (5-2) have won two in a row under interim coach Rich Bisaccia and now return to the field this week without their leading receiver in yardage. They’ll visit the New York Giants (2-6) on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson staying put for now as Texans don’t make deal
(AP) — Deshaun Watson’s future destination remains unknown.
The NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday with the Houston Texans keeping the embattled quarterback on their roster. Watson has not played this season amid a trade request and 22 lawsuits alleging sexual harassment or assault. He has not been charged.
The Texans (1-7) had long discussed dealing Watson to the Miami Dolphins but the teams couldn’t agree to the significant compensation, a person familiar with those discussions told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversations are private.
Houston now has an opportunity to involve more teams in the bidding for Watson during the offseason, especially if his legal issues are resolved. The 26-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowl pick who had his best statistical season last year on a 4-12 team. Watson threw for an NFL-best 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He led the Texans to consecutive AFC South titles in 2018 and 2019.
Watson signed a four-year, $156 million contract in 2020. He has a no-trade clause but asked the team to move him earlier this year before the sexual misconduct allegations became public.
The Texans have been paying Watson not to play, placing him on the inactive list each week. The league hasn’t disciplined him yet.
“Obviously, the police have been investigating, and we don’t have access to all of that information at this point in time,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week. “We pride ourselves on not interfering in that and in being as cooperative as we can in order to get all the facts. I think that process is still ongoing.”
Watson can’t be officially traded until the new league year starts on March 16, 2022. Deals can be agreed to and announced before that date.
Rams waive WR DeSean Jackson after disappointing 7-game stay
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams have released disgruntled receiver DeSean Jackson after just seven games with his hometown team.
Jackson will be available on the waiver wire Wednesday, general manager Les Snead said Tuesday. The Rams spent the past five days trying to find a trade partner for the 14-year NFL veteran, and he didn’t suit up for Los Angeles’ blowout win at Houston.
Jackson, who turns 35 on Dec. 1, asked to leave the Rams last week after making just eight catches for 221 yards and a touchdown in his first seven games with Los Angeles. The Rams signed him to an incentive-weighted, one-year contract with a guaranteed $2.75 million salary last spring to reunite him with Sean McVay, his offensive coordinator in Washington.
“Obviously, it was an experiment we attempted,” Snead said. “Didn’t work out as well as we wanted to, as DeSean wanted it to, as even Sean wanted it to – and especially those two, because they have a relationship that goes deeper than football. Didn’t work out for us.”
The Rams wanted Jackson to be the defense-stretching deep threat they lacked last season, and he filled that role well when he was on the field. But Jackson’s playing time was infrequent, with second-year pro Van Jefferson taking about three-quarters of the Rams’ offensive snaps alongside Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, who rarely leave the field for Matthew Stafford’s prolific passing offense.
Jackson posted a farewell message on Instagram: “I am very grateful for the time that I spent playing for the LA Rams. Although this isn’t the outcome that we wanted, I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity & support given to me by the Rams Coaches & all of the Fans. I understand that everything happens for a reason & I look forward to beginning the next chapter of my NFL career.”
Jackson was healthy this season after playing in only eight games over the previous two seasons in Philadelphia because of injuries.
Jackson got only 15 targets on the Rams’ offense, but he likely would have received more playing time in the second half of the season if he had stuck around. The Rams are surging toward a playoff berth, and they would like to decrease the heavy playing time of Kupp – the NFL’s leading receiver in several statistical categories – and Woods.
Jackson’s departure and rookie Tutu Atwell’s season-ending shoulder injury last Sunday leaves the Rams with just four healthy receivers on their roster. Rookie Ben Skowronek made his first three NFL receptions last week in Houston.
Snead said the Rams won’t necessarily sign another veteran receiver to fill out the roster, noting they could promote a player from the practice squad to help out on special teams.
Jets add Wilson’s personal QB coach Beck to staff
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Zach Wilson will have a familiar face by his side for the rest of the season.
The New York Jets have hired John Beck, the rookie’s personal quarterback coach, as a full-time assistant.
Beck began working with the team last week and was on the sideline wearing team gear and a headset during the Jets’ 34-31 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday, led by Mike White’s stunning performance.
Wilson, who is sidelined with a sprained knee ligament, has worked with Beck for a few years. The two even met up in Utah during the Jets’ bye-week break two weeks ago.
“He went to see John and I was like, `Why not just bring him here?'” coach Robert Saleh said Tuesday. “So we just started talking about it and one thing leads to another. Now there’s just a really good plan in terms of how to get him through the rest of the year and keep himself connected and keep everything tight.”
The 40-year-old Beck had never previously been an NFL coach, but has become one of the game’s leading personal quarterback gurus while working with several pro passers at his 3DQB facility in Huntington Beach, California.
The hope is Beck will able to assist offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese and senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh in helping Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick, develop. Beck has familiarity with the Shanahan-style offense LaFleur is running since he played under Mike Shanahan in Washington.
“We thought it would be really good to just have John in our building, learn the verbiage that we’re teaching along with the things that are being asked of all our quarterbacks,” Saleh said. “So when he is having those conversations, those on-the-side conversations, everybody’s speaking the same language. And he can tie in what he does as a quarterback guy to the students.”
Wilson, who could return as soon as next week, has struggled in his brief NFL career. He threw four touchdown passes and nine interceptions during his six starts, sometimes flashing the playmaking ability that made him a star at BYU but also having issues with his mechanics, footwork and making the so-called “easy” short throws.
Beck was a second-round draft pick of Miami in 2007 out of BYU. He played in nine career games with the Dolphins and Washington, throwing three touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Beck also spent time with Baltimore and Houston, as well as the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Steelers trade veteran LB Ingram to Chiefs for 2022 pick
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded veteran outside linebacker Melvin Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft.
The teams made the announcement Tuesday, hours before the NFL’s trade deadline.
The move gives Kansas City’s struggling defense some much-needed help, though Ingram did sit out Pittsburgh’s win over Cleveland on Sunday with what the team called a groin injury.
Ingram spent the first nine years of his career with the Los Angeles Chargers before signing a one-year deal with Pittsburgh in July. He played a fair amount early in the season while Steelers star T.J. Watt and second-year outside linebacker Alex Highsmith dealt with injuries.
Ingram’s snaps declined as October wore on. He was on the field for just 17 plays during a win over Seattle on Oct. 17.
The 32-year-old Ingram had one sack and 10 tackles in six games with Pittsburgh.
NFL CAPSULE: NEW YORK JETS (2-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-5)
THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 42-29
STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/27/20: Jets 7 at Colts 36
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/20
QB MIKE WHITE completed 37 of 45 passes (82.5 pct.) for 405 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week, most-ever completions by QB in 1st-career start & joined CAM NEWTON (2011) as only QBs with 400+ pass yards in 1st-career start. Became 1st NYJ QB with 400+ pass yards since 2000 (VINNY TESTAVERDE). • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had season-high 172 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 77 rush), 9 catches & rush TD last week, most scrimmage yards by rookie RB in single game this season & 5th-most ever by NYJ rookie. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Ranks 4th among rookies with 505 scrimmage yards (279 rush, 226 rec.) in 2021. RB TY JOHNSON had season-high 86 scrimmage yards (71 rec., 15 rush) & 1st TD catch of season in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. Has TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JAMISON CROWDER set season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (84) last week. Aims for his 6th in row on Thursday with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 90+ rec. yards. WR COREY DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 65+ rec. yards. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had TD catch in Week 8. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 8. Has 20 tackles (10 per game), 2 TFL, 2 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles. DL SHAQ LAWSON had 2 PD & 1st-career INT last week. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had sack last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. DT SHELDON RANKINS had 2 TFL & sack in Week 8.
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 231 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 189 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in only career start vs. NYJ (10/6/19 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 225+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 108.1 rating in his past 4 starts on TNF. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 122 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 52 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 59 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. RB NYHEIM HINES had 61 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 21 rush) & 4 catches in last meeting. RB MARLON MACK rushed for 89 yards in only career game vs. NYJ (10/14/18). • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had career-high 10 catches for 86 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD. TE MO ALIE-COX had 50 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with rec. TD. TE JACK DOYLE had 1st TD catch of season last week. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 8 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Had 10 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 8+ tackles. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 4th in row with sack. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 INTs, incl. 44-yard INT-TD, in last meeting. Has 6 PD in 3 career games vs. NYJ. CB KENNY MOORE had 9 tackles, 2 PD & INT last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting.
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NFL PREVIEW: INTERCONFERENCE MATCHUPS HIGHLIGHT WEEK 9
As the NFL approaches the halfway marker of its 2021 regular season, teams are proving again and again that what matters most is not how you start.
It’s how you finish.
On 37 occasions this season, a team has trailed in the fourth quarter and come back to win, including eight of 15 games this past weekend. The eight teams – Dallas, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, the New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tennessee – to accomplish the feat in Week 8 mark the most in a single week since nine teams did it in Week 1 of 2016. Three teams – Baltimore, Tennessee and the Los Angeles Chargers – have three wins this season after trailing in the fourth quarter.
Through eight weeks of any previous NFL season, only the 2012 campaign (38) had more fourth-quarter comebacks.
The most victories by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 8 in NFL history:
This season, 31 games have been decided with a score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, tied with 2012 for the most such late-game thrillers in NFL history through Week 8.
Through eight weeks, 26 games have featured a game-winning score in the final minute of the fourth quarter or in overtime, tied with 2015 for the most ever at this point in a season.
- Also in Week 8, five games were decided by three-or-fewer points.
- Two teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win: Tennessee trailed by 14 points before defeating Indianapolis, 34-31, in overtime, while the New York Jets erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Cincinnati, 34-31.
- Including that Titans victory, there have been 12 overtime games this season, tied with the 2002 and 2003 seasons for the third-most overtime games at this point of a season all-time. Only 1995 (14 overtime games) and 1983 (13) had more.
INTERCONFERENCE MATCHUPS HIGHLIGHT WEEK 9: Week 9 features eight interconference matchups, the first time since Week 3 of the 2018 season (eight) that there have been at least eight games in a single week featuring both an AFC and NFC team.
Three of the interconference matchups feature two teams that were each in the postseason last year:
- GREEN BAY (7-1) at KANSAS CITY (4-4): Green Bay enters Week 9 on a seven-game winning streak while Kansas City is coming off a Monday Night Football victory over the New York Giants. Since 2018, when PATRICK MAHOMES took over as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, Kansas City (42-14, .750) and Green Bay (39-16-1, .705) are two of the four teams with a winning percentage above .700.
Mahomes (2018 NFL MVP) and Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS (2020 NFL MVP) have been two of the best players in the NFL over the past four seasons.
|PLAYER||PASS YARDS||PASS TD||RATING|
|Patrick Mahomes||16,236 (1st)||133 (1st)||106.9 (3rd)|
|Aaron Rodgers||14,637 (5th)||116 (t-3rd)||104.5 (5th)|
|Totals and ranks among quarterbacks since 2018|
- TENNESSEE (6-2) at L.A. RAMS (7-1) on Sunday Night Football: Both Tennessee and Los Angeles enter Week 9 on four-game winning streaks. Both teams have scored at least 25 points in their combined 13 wins this season.
The Titans are looking to continue their success without the league’s leading rusher, DERRICK HENRY, who was placed on injured reserve this week. Quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL has a passer rating of 90-or-higher in three of his four road starts this season while wide receiver A.J. BROWN aims for his third game in a row with at least 125 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.
This week, the Rams acquired linebacker VON MILLER from Denver. Since 2014, defensive tackle AARON DONALD (90.5 sacks) and Miller (75.5) rank first and fourth, respectively, in sacks. Quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD ranks second in the league this season in passing yards (2,447), touchdown passes (22) and passer rating (118.0) while wide receiver COOPER KUPP became the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 900 receiving yards (924) and 10 touchdown receptions (10) in his team’s first 10 games of a season.
- CHICAGO (3-5) at PITTSBURGH (4-3) on Monday Night Football: Last week, Chicago’s JUSTIN FIELDS became the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to record a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and at least 100 rushing yards in a single game, joining ROBERT GRIFFIN III (Oct. 14, 2012) and MARCUS MARIOTA (Dec. 6, 2015).
Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER has a 16-6 record in 22 career starts on Monday and has at least two touchdown passes in six of his past seven games on Monday Night Football.
UNPRECEDENTED WEEKEND FOR QUARTERBACKS IN FIRST STARTS: This past weekend, both MIKE WHITE of the Jets and COOPER RUSH of the Cowboys led their teams to dramatic, fourth-quarter comeback wins. It marked the first NFL weekend since at least 1950 in which multiple quarterbacks making their first NFL starts won their games while each passing for 300-or-more yards.
- Rush is the only quarterback since the league merger in 1970 to pass for at least 300 yards and throw a game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute of his first career NFL start.
- White completed 37 of 45 pass attempts (82.2 percent) for 405 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 107.9 rating in the Jets’ win. His 37 completions are the most by a quarterback all-time in his first career start. He also joined CAM NEWTON (422 yards on Sept. 11, 2011) as the only quarterbacks since 1950 to pass for at least 400 yards in their first career starts.
JUST CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK OUT ON THAT ROAD AGAIN: NFL teams were 9-6 on the road last week and this season are 63-59 (.516) overall away from home. That’s the fourth-best road winning percentage at this point of any season since the league merger in 1970, trailing 1983 (.558), 2019 (.525) and 1972 (.519).
The ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-1), who are tied with the Rams for the league’s best road record (4-0), travel to meet the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-4) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Arizona has road victories this year over the Titans, Jaguars, Rams and Browns, and each of those road victories has been by at least 12 points.
- Arizona is the first team to win its first four road contests by 12-or-more points since the 2007 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. This week, the Cardinals are bidding to become the first team to win its first five road games with a margin of victory of at least 12 in each contest since the 2005 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS.
- Meanwhile, San Francisco wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL ranks second in the league with 819 receiving yards, the most through seven games ever by a 49ers player. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE established the previous mark, 781 through the team’s first seven games in 1986.
PACKERS WINNING TURNOVER MARGINS, TOO: The GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-1) face a road test against the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-4) on Sunday (4:25 ET, FOX). The Packers enter the game with a share of the league’s best record (7-1), the league’s longest active winning streak (seven) and a few other impressive feats.
- Green Bay has won the turnover margin in each of its seven consecutive wins, the longest such streak of victories with a positive turnover ratio since Seattle’s eight-game stretch from 2012-13.
The teams with the longest streaks of regular-season wins and positive turnover margins in NFL history:
Since MATT LAFLEUR took the reins as Packers head coach in 2019, Green Bay is 33-7 over his first 40 regular-season games. In NFL history, only Pro Football Hall of Famer GUY CHAMBERLIN (34) had more wins as a head coach over his first 40 regular-season games.
The head coaches with the most wins over their first 40 regular-season NFL games:
|Guy ChamberlinHOF||Canton/Cleveland Bulldogs, Frankford Yellow Jackets||1922-25||34|
|Matt LaFleur||Green Bay Packers||2019-21||33|
|Paul BrownHOF||Cleveland Browns||1950-53||33|
|George Seifert||San Francisco 49ers||1989-91||32|
|Chuck Knox||Los Angeles Rams||1973-75||32|
The Chiefs, meanwhile, are coming off a Monday night victory. NFL teams this season are 7-0 in games following a win on Monday. Over a longer stretch, dating to Week 14 of last season, clubs are 12-0 in games following a Monday win.
KUPP BIDS TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY: When the LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-1) host the TENNESSEE TITANS (6-2) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), keep your eyes on COOPER KUPP. The Rams’ wide receiver has an opportunity to join four Pro Football Hall of Famers (DON HUTSON in 1942, ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH in 1951, RAYMOND BERRY in 1960 and JERRY RICE in 1990) as the only players to reach 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches over the first nine games of a team’s season in NFL history.
- Last week, Kupp recorded seven receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ win. Kupp, who has 63 receptions for 924 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 900 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his team’s first eight games of a season.
- Kupp is also the third player all-time with at least seven receptions in seven of his team’s first eight games of a season, joining ADAM THIELEN (2018) and MICHAEL THOMAS (2019).
- Los Angeles quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 305 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.7 rating last week. Stafford now has 28 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (27) for the fifth-most such games by a player in his first 13 seasons in NFL history.
- Since SEAN MCVAY became Rams head coach in 2017, the team is 43-0 when leading at halftime, including the postseason. That’s the second-longest such streak in NFL history, trailing only the GREEN BAY PACKERS, who won 49 consecutive games in which they led at halftime, from 1926-33 under Pro Football Hall of Famer CURLY LAMBEAU.
- The Titans have played three overtime games this season and are on pace to break the single-season NFL record held by the 1983 GREEN BAY PACKERS, who played five overtime contests.
- Tennessee is 3-1 (.750) in games decided by three points or fewer. With a minimum of three such games, only the Packers (3-0) have a better record in those situations this season.
BIG O IN BIG D: The DALLAS COWBOYS (6-1) return home to face the DENVER BRONCOS (4-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The last time the teams met in Dallas, Oct. 6, 2013, Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING combined to throw for 920 yards and nine touchdown passes. Each team erased a deficit of at least 14 points before Denver prevailed, 51-48, on a field goal by MATT PRATER as time expired.
- Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads the NFC with 571 rushing yards. He enters this week with 6,955 career rushing yards, needing 45 on Sunday to become the third player in franchise history to reach 7,000, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (17,162) and TONY DORSETT (12,036).
- This year, the Cowboys lead the NFL with 454.9 yards per game. Through eight weeks, that’s the fifth-best figure at this point of a season since the league merger in 1970.
|St. Louis Rams||2000||497.7||Advanced to Wild Card playoffs|
|Tampa Bay||2018||467.6||Missed postseason|
|Denver||2013||466.4||Advanced to Super Bowl|
|San Francisco||1998||455.1||Advanced to Divisional playoffs|
CHASING HISTORY: When the CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-3) host the CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE looks to continue his impressive start. Chase has 786 receiving yards, the second-highest total by a player in his first eight career games all-time, trailing HARLON HILL (802).
- On Sunday, Chase needs 84 receiving yards to surpass MARQUES COLSTON (869) for the most by a player ever over his first nine NFL games.
- Last week, Chase recorded his seventh touchdown reception to become the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with a touchdown catch in six of his first eight career games, joining CHARLIE BROWN (1982), MARQUES COLSTON (2006), WILLIE GREEN (1991) and DONTE’ STALLWORTH (2002).
VIVA LAS VEGAS: The LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-2), who share the AFC’s second-best record, come off their bye for a road game against the NEW YORK GIANTS (2-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- In Week 7, Raiders quarterback DEREK CARR completed 31 of 34 pass attempts (91.2 percent) for 323 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a 113.6 rating in the team’s win. Carr’s 91.2 completion percentage ranks as the second-highest single-game mark all-time in games in which a quarterback attempted at least 30 passes. Only DREW BREES (96.7 percent on Dec. 16, 2019) had a higher single-game completion percentage.
- Among head coaches that took over their teams during a season, the Raiders’ RICH BISACCIA has an opportunity to become the first head coach to win his first three games since GARY MOELLER took over in midseason and led the Lions to three straight wins in 2000.
SAINTS HAVE FARED WELL AGAINST ALL-TIME LEADERS: Fresh off a win over Tampa Bay, the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-2) host another divisional game against MATT RYAN and the ATLANTA FALCONS (3-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Since SEAN PAYTON became head coach in 2006, including wins over reigning Super Bowl MVP TOM BRADY and reigning league MVP AARON RODGERS this season, the Saints have faced eight quarterbacks currently ranked among the top 10 all-time leaders in passing yards,
- Including the postseason, the Saints are 38-20 (.655) since 2006 in games against those eight quarterbacks. In that group, the only player against whom the Saints have a losing record is Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING. Their lone win against Manning was a victory over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
BILLS LEAD LEAGUE ON BOTH SIDES OF BALL: The BUFFALO BILLS (5-2) lead the NFL in both points scored per game (32.7) and fewest points allowed per game (15.6). Only two teams since the league merger in 1970 have finished a season leading the NFL in both categories: the 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS and 1996 GREEN BAY PACKERS.
- Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN leads his team into TIAA Bank Field against the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Last week, Allen made his 50th career start and passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns while adding 55 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ win. Allen has 28 career rushing touchdowns, tied with CAM NEWTON (28) for the most by a quarterback in his first 50 career starts all-time.
SUPER BOWL REMATCH WEEKEND: Five games on the Week 9 slate pair franchises that met in Super Bowls:
|TEAMS, RESULT||SUPER BOWL||DATE||SITE||MVP|
|Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10||I||Jan. 15, 1967||Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles||Bart StarrHOF|
|N.Y. Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7||III||Jan. 12, 1969||Orange Bowl, Miami||Joe NamathHOF|
|Dallas 27, Denver 10||XII||Jan. 15, 1978||Superdome, New Orleans||Harvey Martin/ Randy WhiteHOF|
|St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee 16||XXXIV||Jan. 30, 2000||Georgia Dome, Atlanta||Kurt WarnerHOF|
|New England 32, Carolina 29||XXXVIII||Feb. 1, 2004||Reliant Stadium, Houston||Tom Brady|
WEEK 9 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, November 4||New York Jets at Indianapolis||FOX/NFLN/Amazon||8:20|
|Sunday, November 7||Minnesota at Baltimore||FOX||1:00|
|New England at Carolina||CBS||1:00|
|Cleveland at Cincinnati||CBS||1:00|
|Denver at Dallas||FOX||1:00|
|Buffalo at Jacksonville||CBS||1:00|
|Houston at Miami||FOX||1:00|
|Atlanta at New Orleans||FOX||1:00|
|Las Vegas at New York Giants||CBS||1:00|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia||CBS||4:05|
|Green Bay at Kansas City||FOX||4:25|
|Arizona at San Francisco||FOX||4:25|
|Tennessee at Los Angeles Rams||NBC*||8:20|
|Monday, November 8||Chicago at Pittsburgh||ESPN||8:15|
|Byes: Detroit, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Washington|
AP source: Ga Southern nearing deal to hire Helton as coach
(AP) — Georgia Southern is working to finalize a deal with former Southern California coach Clay Helton to become the Eagles’ new head coach.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Helton and the school were closing in on an agreement that could be done by the end of the day. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school was not yet ready to make an official announcement. On3.com first reported that Georgia Southern was interested in hiring Helton.
Helton was the first coach fired this season, two games into his eighth season at USC. Helton, 49, was 46-24 with the Trojans, including a Rose Bowl victory after the 2016 season.
Georgia Southern fired coach Chad Lunsford after a 1-3 start to the season. The Eagles (2-6, 1-4 Sun Belt) are last in the Sun Belt’s East Division heading into Saturday’s game against No. 21 Coastal Carolina.
Antetokounmpo leads Bucks in 117-89 rout of Pistons
DETROIT (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks ended a three-game losing streak with a 117-89 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
“Thank God we won a game,” Antetokounmpo said with a grin. “I was worried we were going to start tanking for the No. 1 pick.”
With Brook Lopez (back) sidelined, Antetokounmpo spent much of the time playing center on defense. He blocked four shots but doesn’t want to stay at the new spot.
“I learned today that I hate playing (center),” he said. “I have never appreciated Brook as much as I do tonight. Please come back soon, Brook.”
The Bucks also got 16 points from Pat Connaughton and reserve Jordan Nwora.
“We really needed this one tonight,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We talked about setting the tone on both ends of the floor, and I thought we did that. Obviously, Giannis was a big part of that, but we saw a lot of other guys stepping up.”
Jerami Grant led the Pistons (1-6) with 21 points, but Trey Lyles was the only other player to reach double figures with 13.
“We know this is all part of the growing pains that a young team has to deal with,” Grant said. “That doesn’t make it any easier to go through what we’re going through. We need to get focused tomorrow, because we’ve got a back-to-back coming up against pretty good teams.”
Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 pick in this summer’s draft, went 2 for 14 in his second NBA game, including 0 of 9 from behind the 3-point line. He is shooting 13.6% (3 of 22) thus far and has missed all 14 3-point attempts.
“This was the young man’s second NBA game after being out for a month with a sprained ankle,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Right now, we’re just trying to help him knock off the rust and get him some confidence in his shot.”
The Pistons stayed close early, only trailing 36-31 in the second quarter, but they couldn’t score consistently against Milwaukee’s defense. The Bucks finished the half with a 21-8 run to take a 57-39 lead.
Antetokounmpo, who played 27 minutes total, had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half, as the Bucks outshot Detroit 47.8% to 34.1%.
“I thought we got off to a great start on the defensive end, and it built from there,” Connaughton said. “When we play that well on both ends of the floor, we are a dangerous team.”
Grant had 14 points in the half, including 3 3-pointers, but his teammates went 2 for 19 from behind the arc.
“We took 47 3-pointers today, which is about where we need to be,” Casey said. “But you can’t win by only making eight of them. We’re getting good looks – we’re taking shots I want us to take – but we just don’t have a lot of confidence right now.”
The Bucks expanded their lead to 29 points in the third quarter and cruised to the easy win.
“The starters went in there and did their jobs, which meant I was able to get them out of there earlier than normal,” Budenholzer said. “They didn’t want to run any more than they needed to run.”
Paul now 3rd in all-time assists, Suns beat Pelicans 112-100
PHOENIX (AP) Chris Paul was struggling through the first half and – frankly – looking a little old and creaky.
The moment was fleeting.
The 36-year-old Paul responded with a vintage performance in the second half, finishing with 14 points and 18 assists as the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 112-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
“It’s pretty cool to watch greatness,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.
Paul is now third in NBA history with 10,346 career assists, passing both Mark Jackson and Steve Nash. The point guard scored all of his points in the second half and dished 10 assists to help the Suns steamroll the Pelicans down the stretch.
“I’m just inspired by it honestly,” Suns guard Devin Booker said. “Been a fan for a really long time. It’s really fun to see, it’s really fun to be a part of it. A long time from now, I’ll be able to say I got to play with Chris Paul.”
The Suns improved to 3-3 this season. The Pelicans fell to 1-7.
Mikal Bridges led the Suns with 22 points. Little-used reserve Frank Kaminsky added 17 points and four steals, and JaVale McGee had 18 points and five rebounds. The two big men were particularly good as the Suns regained control of the game in the second half.
The Pelicans led by as many as 20 points in the first half, but that advantage was cut to 65-62 by midway through the third quarter. New Orleans took an 82-76 lead into the final quarter. Then it was Paul’s turn to take over – he was 5 of 5 shooting from the field in the fourth and 2 of 2 on free throws.
“We made a lot of mistakes, especially in that second half to a team you can’t make mistakes to,” Pelicans guard Josh Hart said. “Being young is not an excuse. We weren’t dialed in the second half defensively to focus on getting stops and playing our game.
“When that happens, we blow a 20 point lead and lose.”
The Pelicans took a 36-22 lead in the first quarter after making 6 of 10 3-pointers and forcing eight Suns turnovers. New Orleans had a 59-48 lead at halftime.
It was a brutal start for the Suns’ All-Star backcourt of Paul and Devin Booker, who combined for eight turnovers in the first half. The home team even heard scattered boos from fans in the second quarter before the cheers came in the second half.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Pelicans with 16 points and eight rebounds before the break. He finished with a team-high 23 points.
LeBron, Westbrook propel Lakers past Rockets again, 119-117
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Lakers’ immediate rematch with Houston was a whole lot tougher than the initial meeting, and it wasn’t decided until Kevin Porter Jr.’s 3-pointer rimmed out right before the buzzer.
Los Angeles still kept winning with a huge collective game from its new Big Three.
LeBron James scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and the Lakers swept back-to-back games against the Rockets with a 119-117 victory Tuesday night.
Anthony Davis had 27 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lakers, who have won three straight and five of six after an 0-2 start to their reboot season.
After dominating Sunday’s visit from Houston, Los Angeles struggled through the first half and trailed by 11 in the third quarter of the rematch before they were spurred to the win by Westbrook and James, who put LA ahead to stay while scoring 10 straight points midway through the fourth quarter.
“It was just about the moment,” said James, who has been managing a right ankle injury. “Just trying to make the best plays to help our team win.”
Rookie Jalen Green scored 24 points for Houston, but the second overall pick was scoreless in the second half until he hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute, abruptly slicing the Lakers’ lead to one point with 8.2 seconds left. Malik Monk then made just one of two free throws for the Lakers, but USC product Porter missed a step-back 3 for Houston to end it.
“I didn’t like how we played the first game, (but) we for sure grew up a lot,” Green said. “I think today showed that we grew and started playing as a team and trusting each other.”
James, Davis and Westbrook scored at least 20 points apiece for the first time in their nascent partnership, while James added 10 assists and Westbrook contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony also provided yet another impressive performance off the bench, hitting three 3-pointers while scoring 15 points.
Christian Wood had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who have lost five straight and six of seven to begin this rebuilding season. Houston still played 2 1/2 impressive quarters against the star-studded Lakers led by Wood and Jae’Sean Tate, who had 20 points.
“Like I’ve said from the jump, we’re seeing the growth,” Tate said. “We’re seeing us get more comfortable with each other. You’re seeing us get more comfortable in the system, and I think it’s going to get even better as the season progresses. … As long as we continue to learn from game to game, we’re going to see results.”
Two nights after Los Angeles held Houston to 85 points, the Rockets had 70 by halftime against an unimpressive effort on defense by the Lakers, whose consistent defensive investment has already appeared to be a problem this season for a veteran roster.
“All of their guys shot the ball well,” Davis said. “Hats off to them. That’s a young team that’s coming in and playing with a lot of freedom, and their guys can play. Sunday night, they didn’t make a lot of shots. Tonight they did.”
Alperen Sengun had four points for Houston in the Turkish teenager’s first NBA start.
Mitchell, Conley power Jazz past Sacramento 119-113
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell had a big third quarter and then turned to Mike Conley. He didn’t need to say a thing.
“Don and I kind of have a nonverbal communication. He looks up at me with his hands on his knees and I’m like, `I’ll take the ball for a few possessions,`” Conley said.
Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points and Mike Conley add a season-best 30 points, lifting the Utah Jazz to a 119-113 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
“To be able to play off each other and be in close games like this one where shots may stop falling but fortunately I’ve got a 15-year veteran there and can say, “You got it and I’ll stay out of the way,” Mitchell said of his backcourt mate.
Conley scored 13, including three 3s, in the fourth quarter, and Rudy Gobert made six clutch free throws down the stretch to move Utah to 7-1 on the season.
“It was one of those games where me and Don had it going and the rest of the team was missing shots they usually make, so in those moments you go with what’s working,” Conley said.
Gobert had 12 points, 20 rebounds and four blocked shots.
This win wasn’t easy for Utah. The Kings kept hanging around and cut the lead to 115-113 on Harrison Barnes’s 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining.
Mitchell made two free throws while Buddy Hield jawed with him. Gobert forced Barnes into a tough shot on a drive and then blocked Davion Mitchell’s shot on the next possession to seal the win, Utah’s sixth straight over the Kings.
The game was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than single digits. Sacramento (3-3) took its final lead of the game on Richaun Holmes’s tip-in with 5:02 remaining to make it 102-101.
Barnes led the Kings with 23 points and Hield had 19. Seven Sacramento players scored in double figures.
The Jazz have been struggling from the 3-point arc and went 4 of 25 in first half, missing 10 in a row at one point. But the Jazz used the long ball to gain advantage in the second half, especially behind Mitchell and Conley. The pair combined to go 11 for 21 from beyond the arc.
Last season, the Jazz set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made per game in a single season at 16.8 per game. In a regular 82-game season, they were on pace for 1,378 from deep, which would have easily topped the Houston Rockets’ mark of 1,323 in 2018-19. But this year has been a different story, and Utah is at 32% on 3s.
Mitchell scored 17 points in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to shake Sacramento, which trailed 90-87 entering the final period.
“He was hot tonight. He hit shots. He hit tough shots. You can’t really do anything about that,” Davion Mitchell said.
However, Utah’s Mitchell had one play that deflated Kings’ spirit. Mitchell missed a 3-pointer, ran to grab the rebound and then made a layup as the Kings stood and watched. Sacramento coach Luke Walton was visibly upset and called a quick timeout.
“I love the fight of our team. It’s really fun coaching these guys. We’re learning these hard lessons. I hope we figure it out soon, but the details of the game is what’s costing us right now. Tonight, it was defensive rebounding,” Walton said of Utah’s 15 offensive rebounds.
Fox was shooting just 37.7% overall and 17.1% from 3-point range and struggled again versus Utah. He had eight fourth-quarter points to keep the Kings close. The Sacramento point guard is now 9 of 34 in two games against the Jazz.
“He’s fine. Yeah, he’s missing some shots, but that’s part of it. We all go through these little slumps. It happens to everybody. I think it’s being made a bigger deal than it is,” Tyrese Haliburton said of Fox.
Balanced Heat hold off late Mavericks rally, win 125-110
DALLAS (AP) Four Miami Heat players had 22 or more points for the first time in franchise history to hold off a late Dallas rally and beat the Mavericks 125-110 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Tyler Herro scored 25 points off the bench, 15 alone in the second quarter when the Heat outscored the Mavericks 46-32 to take a 70-62 halftime lead. Jimmy Butler added 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and Bam Adebayo scored 22 and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Miami’s top scorers did so from all over the court. Butler sank 15 of 17 free throws while Lowry hit six of nine 3-pointers. The Heat shot 52% behind the arc.
“You want to be able to maximize your offense in all the different ways in your menu without feeling like you’re taking turns,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Luka Doncic scored a season-high 33 points for the Mavericks, who lost for the first time in four home games.
Miami is off to its first 6-1 start since the 2012-13 season, when it won the second of its three NBA championships.
“The Heat, I would consider them the best team in the league right now,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said.
Dallas’ Jalen Brunson had a season-high 25 points in his first start of the season, necessitated by injuries that have sidelined big men Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber.
Porzingis missed his fourth straight game with lower back tightness. Kleber, who started Sunday’s win over Sacramento in Porzingis’ place, left that game late in the first period and will be out 7-10 days with a left oblique strain.
The Mavericks got out to a 20-9 lead seven minutes into the game, hitting four of their first six 3-pointers before the Heat pushed back, led by Herro’s second-quarter scoring.
Miami led 97-81 with 2:12 to play in the third quarter when Dallas began its run. The Mavericks pulled within 101-95 two minutes into the fourth period before the Heat held them off down the stretch.
Spoelstra said Herro made his largest improvements over the summer.
“People are noticing now from a lot of work that happened behind the scenes,” Spoelstra said.
LA County to pay $2.5M to settle Kobe crash photo lawsuits
LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles County agreed Tuesday to pay $2.5 million to two families who lost relatives in last year’s helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people.
The Board of Supervisors approved a settlement of two federal lawsuits filed by the Altobelli and Mauser families alleging they suffered emotional distress over graphic photographs of the scene that reportedly were taken or shared by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters.
A similar lawsuit by Bryant’s widow continues, however.
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the others were flying to a girls basketball tournament on Jan. 26, 2020, when their helicopter crashed in the Calabasas hills west of Los Angeles in foggy weather. Federal safety officials blamed pilot error for the wreck.
The settlement, if approved by a judge, will pay $1.25 million to Matthew Mauser, whose wife was killed. Another $1.25 million will be shared by J.J. Altobelli and Alexis Altobelli, siblings who lost their mother, father and 14-year-old sister.
The county already spent about $1.3 million in legal costs in the two invasion-of-privacy cases, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The settlements are “reasonable and fair to all concerned,” said Skip Miller, an attorney representing the county. “We are pleased that the Mauser and Altobelli families, who as private citizens suffered the same grief and loss as others, will be able to move forward after these settlements. We also hope that eventually the other families will be able to do the same.”
Vanessa Bryant continues her own lawsuit over the photos, which weren’t taken as part of the investigation into the crash.
A federal judge on Monday ruled that she won’t have to undergo an independent psychological examination that the county had argued was necessary to determine whether she had suffered emotional distress.
Attorneys for the county had argued that Bryant had never seen the photographs, which haven’t been made public.
According to the lawsuits, they were shared by a deputy trainee with some bar patrons and by a firefighter with a group of off-duty colleagues.
Vanessa Bryant said in a deposition that “for the rest of my life I’m going to have to fear that these photographs of my husband and child will be leaked.”
Last week, the judge ordered that the sheriff and fire chief must provide depositions in the case, which is scheduled for trial in February.
Also pending is a lawsuit filed by survivors of crash victims Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter.
Mississippi’s Kermit Davis agrees to new four-year contract
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Kermit Davis has agreed to a new four-year contract running through 2025 just a week before his fourth season opens.
Keith Carter, the Ole Miss vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, anounced the deal on Tuesday. Ole Miss didn’t release details of the contract.
“Starting with his first season when he was SEC coach of the year, coach Davis has increased the expectations of Ole Miss basketball,” Carter said in a statement.
Davis has led the Rebels to two postseason appearances in his first three seasons. The 2020 postseason was canceled because of COVID-19.
Davis originally signed a four-year contract that paid a base salary of $2.5 million annually when he was hired in 2018. He received a new deal in March 2019.
Ole Miss was a No. 1 seed in the NIT before falling in the first round last season. The Rebels made the NCAA Tournament in his first season after being picked to finish last in the Southeastern Conference, and Davis was named the league’s coach of the year.
“I’m very proud of what we are building here on and off the court, and I am extremely excited about this year’s team,” Davis said.
Davis has signed the two highest ranked recruits in program history, Matthew Murrell and Daeshun Ruffin.
Ole Miss opens the regular season against New Orleans on Nov. 9.
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INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY: Indiana Heads to Rutgers for 2021 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After dropping the regular season finale to No. 6 Northwestern, the 7th-seeded Indiana Field Hockey team prepares for a quick turnaround to face 2nd-seeded Rutgers in the opening round of the 2021 Big Ten Tournament. The matches will take place in Piscataway.
Rutgers holds a 9-2 all-time advantage over Indiana after a 1-0, double-overtime match in early October. IU held strong all game but conceded a winning goal to the Scarlet Knights in the closing seconds of the second-overtime period.
IU’s last win in the series came in a 2016 match in Bloomington that IU won 3-2.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Rutgers is coming off one of its most successful regular seasons in program history. The Scarlet Knights went 15-3 and 6-2 in Big Ten play to finish in second behind Iowa.
Senior midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer and freshman forward Lucy Bannatyne pace the Rutgers offensive attack. The two have six goals apiece and have combined for 34 points this season.
Senior goalie Gianna Glatz and freshman defender Iris Langejans help lead a backline that has conceded just 18 goals this season and tallied seven shutouts.
LAST TIME: 2020-2021 SEASON
IU spent the entire 2020-2021 spring season on the road in Head Coach Kayla Bashore’s second year in charge. The Hoosiers finished the campaign 1-14 overall and in conference play. Then-junior Peyton Becker’s overtime winner on April 15th at Michigan State gave IU its first victory of the season.
The Big Ten Conference named its Preseason Honorees on Wednesday, August 25th. Senior Hailey Couch, Senior Mary Kate Kesler and Freshman Kira Curland were named to the list for Indiana.
Mary Kate Kesler returns as last year’s leading point scorer. The Louisville native scored seven points in a condensed-spring season.
After opting out for health and safety concerns, Hailey Couch returns to action as the team’s active goal scorer. In her sophomore season, Couch bagged 10 goals enroute to Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Senior Jes McGivern (64), junior Kennedy Reardon (51) and senior Peyton Becker (39) have each also played 35-plus matches in an IU uniform.
IU’s 4-1 start was the best five-game start to a season since starting 5-0 in 2014.
The seven goals scored on the opening weekend matched the most IU’s scored in its first two games since scoring nine goals in the first two matches of 2014.
IU’s 17 penalty corners against Richmond were the most in a game since it had 17 against Northwestern on November 4, 2005.
Goalkeeper Arabella Loveridge has nine victories in 18 appearances this season.
Midfielder Kira Curland has scored a team-high seven goals in 19 games this season.
Forward Kayla Kiwak (2) and midfielders Sofia Arrebola Garcia (2) and Maggie Carter (3) have also scored for IU this season.
Curland’s seven goals are the most by an IU freshman in a single season since Frederique Meeuwsen scored 10 in 2004.
Arrebola Garcia’s and Curland’s six assists are the most in a single season by an IU player since Mollie Getzfread had nine in 2016.
Freshmen have combined for 50 points for IU this season.
Curland is T-1st in goals by a Big Ten Freshman (7), T-1st in assists by a Big Ten Freshman (6) and 1st in points by a Big Ten Freshman (20).
Loveridge is the only starting freshman goalie in the Big Ten and has held a 1.96 GAA against the nation’s most elite offenses.
Curland was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on October 26th. It was IU’s first weekly award since 2017 and first conference freshman of the week award since 2015.
BEST OF THE BEST
IU has played 10 ranked opponents this season. The Hoosiers are 2-8 so far against Top-25 teams with a win over No. 21 Miami and No. 16 Ohio State
IU’s match against Rutgers on Thursday will be the 11th ranked opponent that IU has faced this season.
Sydney Keld, Mary Kate Kesler and Yip van Wonderen have helped anchor the defense for IU. While leading the Hoosiers to 10 victories, the trio has also scored 24 points and poured in 74 shots.
IU has recorded seven shutout victories this season. That’s the most in a single season in program history.
Against Ball State, Arabella Loveridge recorded her fourth clean sheet of the season. That breaks the program record for most shutouts by a goalie in a single season. Her shutout of Ohio extended that record to six in a season.
The ranked win over No. 21 Miami (OH) was the first ranked victory for IU since beating No. 15 Wake Forest on Sept. 1, 2017.
IU’s 3-1 victory over No. 16 Ohio State on Oct. 8, 2021, was the first top-20 ranked road win for the program since beating No.12 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 14, 2016.
This is the first time since 2005 that IU has recorded two-ranked road victories in a single season.
IU’s 5-0 victory over Michigan State on October 15, 2021, was the biggest conference win in program history.
The seven goals scored against St. Louis on October 22, 2021, is the most in a single game since 9/5/13 against St. Louis (7).
The Hoosiers had seven different goal scorers against St. Louis on October 22, 2021. That’s the most in a single game since seven players scored against St. Louis on 9/5/13.
IU’s 30 shots against the Spartans were the most recorded in a single game since firing 34 against St. Louis on September 5, 2013.
Kira Curland’s three assists against St. Louis on October 22, 2021, tied a program record for assists in a single game.
IU made its season debut in the Top-25 of the RPI on October 18, 2021.
IU celebrated its senior class on Friday before the matchup with St. Louis. Peyton Becker, Hailey Couch, Mary Kate Kesler and Jes McGivern were all honored.
The four have combined for 224 appearances, 157 starts, 25 goals and 7 assists over the past four years at IU.
Against Michigan on October 17, 2021, Mary Kate Kesler became the 37th player in program history to make 65 career appearances. She has played in every single one of IU’s games during her four years in Bloomington.
Last Sunday against Northwestern, Kesler has made her 50th-consecutive start.
Hailey Couch’s 16-career goals put in her in a tie for 14th all-time in IU program history.
Jes McGivern made her 60th-career appearance against Michigan State on October 15th, 2021 while Hailey Couch made her 50th-career appearance against Michigan on October 17th, 2021.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Ervin-Poindexter Tabbed Burlsworth Trophy Nominee
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana football junior running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter was honored as a nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding student-athlete that began his career as a walk-on, on Tuesday (November 2).
In the award’s twelfth year, the trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas walk-on and All-American offensive lineman. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in American who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with FBS football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.
Ervin-Poindexter joined the Hoosier program as a walk-on in 2019 and was a two-time scout team player of the week. The 2020 season saw him earn IU’s Chris Beaty Outstanding Walk-On Player of the Year after logging time on special teams in each of the teams eight games.
The Merrillville, Indiana, native has again seen time in each game of the 2021 season and rushed for 128 yards on 19 carries. He scored his first career touchdown against Idaho. Against the Vandals, he recovered a blocked punt in the fourth quarter and punched in the final score of the game on a 4-yard rush on the ensuing drive. His long carry came against Cincinnati, a 37-yard burst, and he gained a career-best 40 yards on five carries against Michigan State.
The Burlsworth Trophy award ceremony to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2021 winner will on December 6th at 7:00pm CST at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Boilermakers at No. 19 in National Rankings
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team is No. 19 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25 and ranked for a fifth consecutive week.
Winners of three in a row and six of their last seven, with three consecutive shutouts, the Boilermakers are 14-3-2 on the season after a 1-0 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Quarterfinal on Sunday. Purdue’s 14 wins are tied for its second-most in a single season in program history.
The Boilermakers were No. 18 nationally the last two weeks, No. 19 on October 12 and No. 25 on October 5, when they made their return to the polls for the first time since 2009.
This week’s poll sets up a top-20 matchup in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal on Thursday, as second-seeded Purdue faces No. 13-ranked and third-seeded Michigan in a 4 p.m. ET contest in Piscataway, New Jersey, on the Big Ten Network.
The Old Gold and Black remain at No. 3 in the North Region ranking and No. 18 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue also is No. 15 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll and No. 20 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
The last time the Boilermakers appeared in the national poll prior to this season was when they entered the 2009 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 24.
One of three Big Ten teams in this week’s poll, the Boilermakers are joined by No. 4 Rutgers and No. 13 Michigan, while Penn State is receiving votes. Additionally, non-conference opponent Notre Dame also is receiving votes.
Purdue and Michigan meet in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal on Thursday, November 4, at 4 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will air the contest, played in Piscataway, New Jersey. Top-seeded Rutgers will host the semifinal and final, as the Scarlet Knights play No. 5-seed Iowa in Thursday’s first semifinal.
PURDUE WRESTLING: Wrestling Season Preview
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue wrestling team opens its 2021-22 opens this weekend, returning seven 2021 NCAA qualifiers from a squad that took sixth at the Big Ten Championships last season. The Boilermakers posted a 4-5 dual mark in 2021, wrestling a Big Ten-only schedule, and take aim to win at least four conference duals in three straight seasons for the first time since 1991-93.
The 2021-22 schedule consists of 14 dates, six coming in the non-conference schedule and eight Big Ten duals. The Boilermakers will have a pair of multi-dual dates, competing at Drexel and Rider to open the season and hosting Bellarmine, Brown, Duke and Northern Illinois for the 2021 Boilermaker Duals; Purdue’s lone home contest of the non-conference schedule. Purdue will also travel to Cleveland State for a dual, in addition to its annual dates at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 3-4) and Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30). The most interesting note of the Boilermakers’ non-conference schedule will be a dual with Iowa State at Humboldt High School (Iowa), the alma mater of Purdue head coach Tony Ersland and Iowa State head coach Kevin Dresser.
The Big Ten reduced its conference schedule from nine to eight duals this season, and will follow the football model of East/West divisions. Purdue will compete annually against Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Northwestern, in addition to a pair of cross-divisional duals each year, one of which will be Indiana to maintain the intrastate rivalry. The Boilermakers’ second matchup against the East comes vs. Michigan State.
The 2022 Big Ten Championships will be hosted by Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena on March 5-6, marking the first time the Cornhuskers have hosted the tournament since joining the Big Ten in 2011. The NCAA Championships will follow in Detroit at Little Caesar’s Arena on March 17-19.
After considering hanging up his wrestling shoes in 2021, senior Devin Schroder decided to capitalize on the NCAA’s COVID eligibility waiver and return to the Boilermaker lineup at 125 pounds. He enters the year ranked 13th at the weight, carrying a 77-31 career record, including 32 dual wins, 19 Big Ten dual wins and 25 wins over ranked opponents. His 40 career bonus-point wins make him an all-too important part of the Boilermaker lineup, while 31 of his 77 career wins have come by shutout (40.2%).
Schroder holds a variety of spots on the Boilermakers’ record lists, including the second-most back points all-time at Purdue (432) and the No. 20 win percentage in school history (.713). His 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons account for three of the top-10 single-season back point totals in the record book as well.
The depth chart at 125 is filled out by a pair of Illinois natives in fourth-year Nate Cummings and third-year Kooper Loehr. Cummings provided depth at 133 pounds in the shortened 2021 season, but will return to his natural weight for this year. Loehr capitalized on the extra matches featured in 2021, competing in a pair of Big Ten duals.
Ersland expects to send out a fresh face at 133 pounds, despite 2021 NCAA qualifier Jake Rundell returning to the room after a solid first season. Minnesota transfer and 2018 Cadet World Champion Matt Ramos made the move to the Boilermakers this summer and looks to hold down the starting job, while Rundell takes the redshirt season he didn’t get last year. Ramos spent two seasons in Minneapolis, receiving a medical redshirt in 2019-20, and taking an Olympic redshirt during 2021. In addition to his world title in Croatia, Ramos also took third at the 2021 UWW Junior Freestyle U.S. Championships and seventh at the 2021 U23 Freestyle National Championships, in addition to an Illinois state title at 3A in 2019.
Rundell placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships last year, earning an automatic bid to nationals where he went 1-2 with a win over preseason-ranked Richie Koehler of Rider. True freshmen Dustin Norris and Christian White add more depth and outstanding training partners at the weight as Norris is a two-time Ohio state champion, including a 44-1 record as a senior, while White is the younger brother of current Boilermaker Alec White and was a state placewinner in Indiana last year.
Two-time NCAA Championship qualifier Parker Filius returns to the 141-pound weight class this season, earning various preseason rankings as high as No. 13 in the country and aiming to climb the national podium this spring. After just a 3-5 mark in Big Ten duals in 2021, Filius came on strong in the postseason. He took fifth at the Big Ten Championships, including a win over top-five ranked Illinois senior Dylan Duncan, and then went 2-2 at nationals in St. Louis.
Filius will be pushed by sophomore Michael Leveille, who enters his third year in the program after seeing his first varsity action in extra matches last season.
The Boilermakers have several able bodies at 149 pounds this season, headlined by junior Alec White. White has had some bad luck the last two years with injuries, but aims to hold down the starting nod in 2021-22 with a variety of success in tow. He had only three starts in 2021 before his season was cut short, and was 6-6 at 141 pounds in 2019-20, including a 3-2 mark at the Michigan State Open.
Fellow junior Ethan Smiley enters his fourth year in the program, earning his first varsity action in 2021, while sophomore Trey Kruse had a pair of wins and three varsity starts in his rookie season. Rounding out the list of bodies at 149 is sophomore Christian Navida, who will open 2021-22 on the injured list after off-season surgery.
Boilermaker fans will be delighted to enjoy another season of Kendall Coleman takedown clinics at 157 pounds as the Purdue junior returns to the lineup for his third year. Coleman saw his pursuit of the podium cut short in 2021, suffering an injury against North Dakota State’s Jared Franek at the national tournament and being forced to withdraw. He finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships and went 12-4 overall on the year, rising as high as No. 5 in the country in the rankings. His 47 takedowns on the shortened year were a team-best, and he became one of the fastest wrestlers in program history to collect 100 takedowns, cracking the mark in his 39th career match.
Sophomore Cooper Noehre gained as much experience as any Purdue freshman in 2021, posting a 4-4 mark including a varsity start at 165 pounds where he helped the Boilermakers to a win over Northwestern. Junior Brennan Doyle joins the roster in 2021-22 and aims to add depth at the weight.
165 & 174
Ersland is not without options at the 165-pound weight class, featuring sophomores Emil Soehnlen, Gerrit Nijenhuis and Hayden Lohrey. While at least one of the trio is bound to move up to 174 pounds, whomever earns the starting job at 165 will be battle tested and ready to go.
Nijenhuis earned the nod in 2021, posting an 11-7 record that included a fifth-place effort at Big Ten Championships and a 2-2 mark at the NCAA Championships. He led the Boilermakers with four falls, including one at each of his postseason tournaments, and earned a No. 18 national ranking to finish out his rookie campaign. Soehnlen was the Boilermaker starter at 174 pounds in 2021, after competing at 165 for his first two seasons at Purdue. He advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, and posted a win over Northern Illinois’ Izzak Olejnik who enters 2021-22 at No. 18 in the nation. Lohrey went 3-2 in his first season of varsity action in 2021, with all five bouts occurring in extra matches.
Soehnen is the only one of the three with any experience at 174 pounds, earning five wins at the weight last season, including an appearance at the Big Ten Championships.
Senior Max Lyon returns for one more run against the nation’s best at 184 pounds, aiming for a spot on the national podium in Detroit. The Iowa native enters his final year with a career record of 71-53, including 35 bonus-point wins and 13 wins over ranked opponents. He wrestled one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2021, competing against a ranked foe in 15 of his 17 matches, finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships and going 2-2 at NCAA’s with a pair of major decisions.
Lyon will see ample support and competition from sophomores Macartney Parkinson and Mitch Hutmacher, both of whom earned valuable experience in extra matches during their rookie campaigns. Parkinson highlighted his season with an upset win over No. 22 Jack Jessen of Northwestern in the Boilermakers’ collegiate debut, and needed only 47 seconds at Illinois to earn his first college fall.
Junior Thomas Penola made the most of his first collegiate season at 197 pounds, posting a 13-6 mark, placing seventh at the Big Ten Championships and advancing to the Round of 12 at the national tournament. The two-time NCAA Championship qualifier enters the season with a top-15 ranking in each of the preseason polls, including a No. 13 mark from WIN Magazine. Penola was 7-2 in Big Ten duals last season, and earned seven of his 13 wins over ranked opponents.
Senior Michael Woulfe aims to provide competition for the starting nod, returning to the mat after a successful career with the U.S. Naval Academy from 2012-16, in which he went 50-28 in three seasons. Woulfe qualified for the NCAA Championships at 197 pounds in his final season with Navy and was one of the nation’s leaders with 17 falls.
Freshman Ben Vanadia intends to redshirt his inaugural season at Purdue after a successful high school career in Ohio.
The Boilermakers’ starting heavyweight job is up for grabs between a pair of young wrestlers in sophomore Dorian Keys and freshman Tristan Ruhlman. Keys was 2-6 in varsity action for Purdue in 2021, earning a varsity win vs. Northwestern in his collegiate debut. Ruhlman comes to Purdue as one of the nation’s top seniors at 220 pounds last season and won the Indiana state title at the weight.
Freshman Hayden Copass will throw his name into the hat at the semester, signing a tender with the Boilermakers in October and enrolling in classes for second semester. Copass was ranked No. 1 in the nation at 285 pounds last season, won Fargo twice, won the 2020 Super 32 title and the 2020 Illinois state championship.
Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Return Home To Host Holy Cross
WHO: #17 Notre Dame (4-3-1, 0-2-0 B1G) vs. Holy Cross (1-5-1)
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET // Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena
WATCH: NBCSN // NBC Sports Chicago+ Sports (NBC App for both games)
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
The Fighting Irish return home to play host to Holy Cross in a non-conference, Thursday-Friday series (Nov. 4-5).
The series will be a part of a stretch of four games in eight days for Notre Dame after suffering a road sweep at seventh-ranked Minnesota to open Big Ten play last weekend (Oct. 29-30).
The Irish dropped game one of that series 4-1 and then lost game two due to a Minnesota goal late in the third, 3-2.
Grant Silianoff scored to tie game two at 1-1 late in the second period and Soalg Bakich made it a 2-2 game in the third but the Irish couldn’t find another goal to take a lead.
Notre Dame is 2-1-0 this season at home.
Junior Max Ellis leads the Irish with eight points on three goals and a team-high five assists, while Trevor Janicke (4-2-6) and Solag Bakich (2-4-6) are tied for second with six points each.
Janicke leads the team with four goals, followed by Ellis, Cam Burke and Landon Slaggert with three goals each.
Notre Dame’s penalty kill has started the season with a perfect 28-for-28 showing over seven games, joining Michigan Tech with perfect penalty kills on the season (Brown, Cornell and Yale are also at 100% on the season but have only played one or two games each).
The Irish are also holding opponents to 2.12 goals-against average, which ranks 16th nationally (third in the Big Ten).
All told, 10 Notre Dame players have scored so far this season, while 18 have at least one point.
The 2021-22 season marks Notre Dame’s 17th under head coach Jeff Jackson and its fifth season in the Big Ten.
Overall, it is the 53rd season of NCAA Division I hockey for Notre Dame.
Notre Dame has returned four of its top-five point scorers from 2020-21, including Graham Slaggert (7-18-25), Landon Slaggert (8-14-22), Nick Leivermann (5-12-17) and Max Ellis (5-11-16).
The Irish welcomed four graduate transfers into the fold for the 2021-22 campaign, including forward Jack Adams, defenseman Chase Blackmun, goaltender Matthew Galajda, and defenseman Adam Karashik.
Five freshmen also joined the Irish this season in forward Tyler Carpenter, defenseman Ryan Helliwell, forward Justin Janicke, forward Hunter Strand and defenseman Hunter Weiss.
Goaltender Josh Graziano also transferred into the program as a sophomore, having last played collegiately at Union.
Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.
THE BIG TEN STANDINGS
This season, teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation.
If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.
GALAJDA SHUTOUT RANKS
Graduate student Matthew Galajda made 22 saves to help lead the Irish to a 6-0 win over RIT on Oct. 22, marking his first shutout for Notre Dame and the 20th of his career.
A 2018 First Team All-American, his 20 career shutouts rank tied for fourth in NCAA Men’s Division I history:
Rank Name (Years) GP Shutouts
1. Dryden McKay (2018‑pres.) 105 27
2. Ryan Miller (1999‑2002) 106 26
3. Michael Bitzer (2014‑2018) 138 21
4. Joe Fallon (2004‑2008) 132 20
Matthew Galajda (2017‑pres.) 90 20
6. Ben Scrivens (2006‑2010) 117 19
Michael Garteig (2012‑2016) 124 19
THE NOTRE DAME – HOLY CROSS SERIES
Notre Dame and Holy Cross have met five times, with the Irish leading the all-time series 4-1-0.
Notre Dame and Holy Cross first met in the 1984-85 season, with the Crusaders posting a 9-6 win at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Irish then swept a two-game series during the 1989-90 season by scores of 10-4 and 9-2 at the Joyce Center.
Next, the teams met at the 2010 Ice Breaker Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Notre Dame won that opening game of the Ice Breaker by a score of 6-3, including a hat trick by Anders Lee in his first career game with the Irish.
Most recently, the Irish posted a 5-3 win over Holy Cross on November 26, 2016 at the Compton Family Ice Arena as part of the 2016 Shillelagh Tournament.
Anders Bjork had a goal and two assists to lead Notre Dame to that victory, while Cal Petersen had 17 saves to earn the win.
Current Holy Cross junior forward Jackson MacNab was on the Notre Dame roster for the 2019-20 season (did not play any games).
Associate Head Coach Paul Pooley’s son, Scott, skated for the Crusaders from 2014-18 (he currently plays for Lukko Rauma of the SM-liiga in Finland).
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH CONTINUE ROAD SWING AT UNC & NC STATE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame continues ACC play on the road this weekend with matchups at North Carolina and NC State. The Irish meet the Tar Heels on Friday, October 5 at 6 p.m. ET before taking on the Wolfpack on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
NOTRE DAME AT NORTH CAROLINA
Friday, November 5 – 6 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
NOTRE DAME AT NC STATE
Sunday, November 7 – 1 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Notre Dame owns a 66-36 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.
The Irish have won six of their last nine matches, including five straight-set victories over ACC opponents.
Since being down 0-2 at Georgia Tech on October 1, Notre Dame has won 22 of 29 sets played.
Lauren Tarnoff has racked up 29 blocks in her last three matches, including a 13-block effort vs. #4 Pittsburgh on October 22.
In that five-set match against Pittsburgh, the Irish notched 21 total blocks and hit the 20-block mark for the first time since October 28, 2018 vs. Boston College.
HISTORY VS. NORTH CAROLINA
Friday will be the 16th meeting between the Irish and Tar Heels with Notre Dame owning an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series.
Notre Dame has won three of the last four matchups against North Carolina, but fell in five sets a season ago in Chapel Hill.
The Irish erased a 2-0 deficit in that contest to force a fifth set, but ultimately 15-9 in that final frame on March 21, 2021.
In last year’s meeting, Charley Niego led the Irish with 21 kills to go with 10 digs while Hattie Monson racked up a team-high 19 digs.
HISTORY VS. NC STATE
The Irish and Wolfpack will be meeting for the 13th time on Sunday with the all-time series even at 6-6.
Notre Dame has won two straight matches against NC State, both in straight-set fashion, including a sweep inside Purcell Pavilion last season on March 5, 2021.
In last year’s sweep of NC State, Aubrey Hamilton hit .419 and led Notre Dame with 15 kills while Charley Niego added 12 kills with a mark of .485.
As a team, the Irish hit .375 in their victory over NC State last spring.
NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: NAYLOR EARNS ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – With the regular season at a close, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its final women’s soccer Player of the Week honors, as Notre Dame goalkeeper Ashley Naylor got the Defensive honor. The accolade is the first for Naylor. Meanwhile, it marks the program’s third this season, with both Sammi Fisher and Eva Gaetino previously recognized.
Naylor came up big in the 2-1 regular-season finale win over Wake Forest, notching a career best 10 saves.
Naylor has done a terrific job all season, being thrusted into the starting role after senior goalkeeper Mattie Interian went down with an injury in the fourth game on the year.
The California native boasts 35 saves on the year with a 0.99 goals against average. Naylor has recorded three solo shutouts as well.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Tops Akron in Midweek #MACtion Opener
AKRON, Ohio – – A steady diet of Justin Hall and Carson Steele early helped the Ball State football team build a 21-10 lead at half, while a late fourth-quarter fumble recovery by Bryce Cosby in the end zone secured a 31-25 victory over Akron in Tuesday night #MACtion at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field.
Hall scored the game’s first two touchdowns to give the Cardinals (5-4; 3-2 Mid-American Conference) a 14-3 edge 10 seconds into the second quarter. The first came on a 25-yard rush with 5:54 left in the opening quarter, while his second was a 13-yard reception on the first play of the second quarter.
It was the eighth career multiple touchdown game for Hall, and the fourth time he has scored at least one receiving and one rushing touchdown in the same game. Hall finished the contest with 73 receiving and 30 rushing yards.
The Zips (2-7; 1-4 MAC) would follow with a touchdown on the ensuing possession to cut Ball State’s lead to 14-10 with 12:52 remaining in the first half. The teams would then trade punts on the next three possessions, before Akron gained a little momentum and was driving to take the lead.
However, with fourth and five from the Ball State 39, the Cardinals were able stop the Zips inches short of the line to gain to stop the threat. BSU then drove 65 yards the opposite direction to pull ahead 21-10 on Steele’s first career receiving touchdown.
The true freshman running back finished the opening half with 71 rushing yards to go along with his five-yard touchdown reception. Overall, Steele logged a career-high 154 yards on the ground for his second career 100-yard rushing game.
After forcing a Zips three-and-out to open the second half, the Cardinals put together a 16-play, 74-yard drive which lasted nearly seven minutes to pull ahead 28-10. Yo’Heinz Tyler brought in a nine-yard pass from Drew Plitt for the score, and his fifth touchdown in the last five games.
Plitt finished the game 18-for-31 for 185 yards and three touchdowns. It was his fifth consecutive game with a touchdown pass and the 11th time in his career he has thrown for at least three scores.
While the Zips scored a pair of quick fourth-quarter touchdowns to cut the Ball State advantage to 28-25 with 9:57 remaining, a 15-yard late hit out of bounds on a 24-yard kickoff return from Hall shifted the momentum back to Ball State.
Two plays later, a 32-yard rush from Steele moved the Cardinals to the Akron 26 and helped set up a 31-yard field goal from Jake Chanove which put BSU back ahead 31-25.
The Zips would make one last push to try to steal the victory, but an 11-yard rush up the middle by Akron quarterback Zach Gibson ended with a fumble in the end zone which Cosby recovered with 1:32 left to seal the victory. It was the game’s only turnover.
Rushes of 16, seven and four yards by Steele followed, before Plitt was able to take a pair of kneel downs to end the game.
In addition to his fumble recovery, Cosby led all players with 11 tackles, including three solo. Overall, the Ball State defense logged three sacks and seven tackles for loss in the victory.
The Ball State football team returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 10 with a 6 or 7 p.m. CT kickoff against MAC leader Northern Illinois. The Huskies enter their midweek #MACtion opener at Kent State tomorrow with a 6-2 (4-0 MAC) record.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE: MEN’S SOCCER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon men’s soccer team closes out the regular season on Wednesday (Nov. 3) at Milwaukee.
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-8-2, 3-5-1 Horizon) at Milwaukee (7-7-1, 5-3-1 Horizon)
When: Wednesday, November 3 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Engelmann Stadium | Milwaukee, Wis.
Live Stats: Link
Weather: High of 45
The Horizon League hasn’t released final scenarios yet, however there isn’t a scenario where the Mastodons can qualify for the 2021 Horizon League Championship with a loss or tie at Milwaukee. The ‘Dons will need to beat Milwaukee and then hope other contests conclude to their benefit.
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• The Panthers have lost two straight. This includes a 1-0 non-league loss to St. Thomas and a 4-3 overtime league loss to Oakland.
• Milwaukee has already qualified for the Horizon League Championship.
• Logan Farrington has a team-best seven goals and five assists on the team for 19 points, fifth best in the league.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS:
• The Mastodons have shutouts in their last three games. This includes wins over UIC and IUPUI as well as a tie at Green Bay.
• Goalkeeper Danny Salazar has three shutouts in his three career starts.
• The ‘Dons have given up only 12 goals in league play this season, tied for fourth best in the league. With only 19 goals given up on the season, the ‘Dons rank second in the league in fewest goals allowed in all games.
• Milwaukee leads 3-2.
• All five meetings have come since 2002.
• Milwaukee defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 3-2 last season in Fort Wayne.
Emil Fosse was named to the 2021 Horizon League All-Academic Team. Erik Josson was selected to the honorable mention squad.
Should the Mastodons advance to the 2021 Horizon League Championship, they would play on the road in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 7.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A pair of Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer student-athletes have been honored for their work in the classroom, the Horizon League announced on Tuesday (Nov. 2) afternoon.
Emil Fosse was named to the 2021 Horizon League Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team while Erik Josson received a Honorable Mention nod.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Horizon League All-Academic consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale), have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits, and participate in 50 percent of the team’s overall contests. An Honorable Mention team is awarded to student-athletes who received at least 25 percent of votes, but did not make the All-Academic team.
Fosse has started 14 games for the Mastodons this season in the midfield. He owns assists against Eastern Illinois and Robert Morris. He’s played whistle-to-whistle 12 times this season, including a pair of 110-minute performances in ties against Western Michigan and Green Bay. Fosse is a finance and business major with a 3.92 GPA. He is a three-year starter for the ‘Dons and was selected as one of Purdue Fort Wayne’s Top 50 students last spring.
Josson is a finance major with a 4.00 GPA. He has started 11 matches this season, holding a 1.55 goals against average. He earned a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honor this year after shutouts against Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
The ‘Dons close out the regular season on Wednesday (Nov. 3) at Milwaukee.
BUTLER SOFTBALL: Announces 2022 Schedule
Butler softball coach Scott Hall has announced the Bulldogs’ schedule for the upcoming spring 2022 season. The schedule features games against seven different teams who reached the NCAA Tournament in 2021.
The Bulldogs will participate in four early-season tournaments, beginning with one in Rosemont, Ill., from Feb. 10-13. The Bulldogs will face Valparaiso to open the event and the 2022 season.
Following the Rosemont event, Butler will travel to Leesburg, Fla., for the 2022 Spring Games from Feb.18-20. While in Florida, Butler will play five different teams, including two 2021 NCAA Tournament participants (Liberty and South Alabama).
After the Spring Games, the Bulldogs will travel to a tournament hosted by UT-Chattanooga. Butler will play five games from Feb. 25-27 including a game against 2021 NCAA Tournament participant Southern Illinois.
The Bulldogs will remain in Tennessee for their fourth and final regular season tournament of the season as they compete in the Memphis Blues Classic hosted by the University of Memphis from March 4-6.
Butler will then travel to Kentucky to face Morehead State on Mar. 8, before opening up conference play in Philadelphia against defending BIG EAST champion Villanova in a series beginning on March 11.
The first home game and home BIG EAST series for the Bulldogs comes on March 25 against Seton Hall. The 2022 schedule also features 10 straight home games from April 12 through May 1. This homestand includes match-ups with 2021 NCAA participants UIC on April 12 and Miami (Ohio) on April 13, as well as two BIG EAST series with Creighton and Providence.
The Bulldogs will travel to Washington D.C., to take on Georgetown for the final series of the regular season from May 6-8. The top four teams in the conference standings will qualify for the BIG EAST Tournament, which begins May 12.
Hall enters his 12th season in the Butler dugout. His 2022 Bulldogs includes a pair of returning All-BIG EAST performers in Lauren Fey and Karli Ricketts. Alyssa Graves and Maddie Moore will also utilize a fifth season of eligibility. Graves led the team with a 2.71 ERA a season ago, while Moore earned All-BIG EAST honors in 2019.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Travels to St. John’s Seeking Tournament Berth
Matchday Information – Butler at St. John’s
DATE: Wednesday, November 3 / 7 pm
LOCATION: Queens, N.Y. / Belson Stadium
LIVE STATS: redstormsports.com
LIVE VIDEO: BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD: St. John’s leads, 8-2-1
LAST MEETING: September 28, 2019 – Indianapolis – St. John’s 1, Butler 0
The Butler men’s soccer team is seeking an win at St. John’s on Wednesday, November 3, at 7 pm, which would guarantee the Bulldogs a spot in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament. Butler is in a four-way tie for fourth place and is coming off an 0-2 loss to Creighton, while the third-place Red Storm most recently defeated DePaul, 2-0.
(through games 10/31/2021)
Gabreil Gjergji is sixth in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (1.086) as well as Save Percentage (.735).
The Bulldogs clinch a berth in the six-team BIG EAST Tournament with a win Wednesday at St. John’s or if DePaul loses or ties Wednesday at Xavier. Butler can finish as high as the No. 4 seed and host a quarterfinal match, but could also end up as the No. 5 seed, the No. 6 seed, or on the outside looking in based on the number of scenarios in play for Wednesday’s results throughout the conference.
Jack Haywood, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection in spring 2020-21, has been out with injury since the September 29 match at No. 5 Marshall.
Butler’s 2021 schedule has included five ranked teams, including three ranked in the top-5 when the contest was played. The Bulldogs faced No. 1 Indiana (L, 0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (L, 0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (L, 0-2). Marshall is the defending College Cup National Champion, having defeated Indiana in the spring.
The Bulldogs were victorious over No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1) on September 21, as well as No. 20 Providence (2-1) on October 16.
As of 11/01/21, Butler’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 8 by RPI Update.
St. John’s has already secured a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament. Butler does the same with a win in this match. With a tie or loss, there are several scenarios.
Butler and St. John’s have met eleven times, with the Red Storm coming out on top in eight.
Butler’s most recent win (1-0 (2OT)) was September 30, 2017, in Indianapolis.
Scouting St. John’s
Previous match: DePaul W, 2-0
St. John’s lost to No. 6 Clemson (1-2).
The Red Storm has scored 22 goals this season and given up 9.
Ten different players have scored at least one goal, and nine have at least one assist.
Offensive standouts for St. John’s include:
#10 Brandon Knapp (4g, 6a)
#40 Lucas Bartlett (5g, 3a)
#7 Einar Lye (3g, 4a)
#9 Wesley Leggett (3g, 1a)
Luka Gavran (10-4-2) has played every minute of all 16 matches in goal. He has made 47 saves (.839) and has allowed 9 goals (0.54 GAA). He has ten shutouts.
IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL: JAGUARS TO HOST ANDERSON IN EXHIBITION OPENER ON WEDNESDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will open its exhibition slate on Wednesday morning (Nov. 3) when the Jaguars host Anderson University at 11:00 a.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. IUPUI is partnering with the NCAA to host a fourth-annual Readers Become Leaders program as roughly 1,500 elementary aged students are expected to attend the contest. Tickets are available for Wednesday’s contest by contacting the IUPUI box office.
In addition, parking will be FREE at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Wednesday.
On the court, head coach Matt Crenshaw’s first team returns seven letterwinners from a season ago, but has tempered expectations. The Jags were picked to finish 12th of 12 teams in the Horizon League according the league’s preseason polls. Reigning champion Cleveland State earned 30 of the 44 possible first-place votes to earn the top spot and was followed closely by Wright State, Northern Kentucky, Milwaukee and Detroit Mercy in order, as all five teams earned first-place votes.
The Jags lost their top three scorers from a year ago as Marcus Burk and Elyjah Goss are now pursuing professional opportunities and the program’s all-time leader in threes made, Jaylen Minnett, is playing a fifth year at Missouri State. The group of returners includes senior swingmen Azariah Seay (5.7 ppg) and Bobby Harvey (5.6 ppg) and Mike DePersia (5.0 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Nathan McClure (4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg) are the team’s two returning starters.
Other returning letterwinners include sophomore guard Bakari LaStrap (2.8 ppg) and senior forwards Dimitar Pandev (1.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and Jonah Carrasco (0.4 rpg).
Crenshaw retooled the roster in short order with the additions of transfers B.J. Maxwell (St. Edward’s) and Zach Gunn (Ball State) and three true freshmen in Chuks Isitua, KJ Pruitt and Boston Stanton III. Maxwell, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 18.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor at Division II St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Gunn appeared in 69 games over three seasons at Ball State, averaging 4.7 points per contest while shooting 35.1 percent from three.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS TO CAP REGULAR SEASON WITH HOME MEETING WITH ROBERT MORRIS
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer will close its 2021 campaign on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 3) when the Jaguars host Robert Morris at 2:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Admission will be FREE of charge for Wednesday’s contest.
IUPUI (3-11-1, 2-7 HL) has been relegated to the role of spoiler for the season’s final contest as RMU still has a chance of making the six-team Horizon League Tournament while the Jaguars were officially eliminated recently. Head coach Brian Barnett’s team has dropped three straight 1-0 outcomes and has yielded just three goals in the season’s last four games. However, goals have been at a premium all season long as the Jaguars have yet to score multiple goals in a regular season contest this year. IUPUI tallied twice in the exhibition opener as both RIley Shives and Caleb Hussain netted scores against Dayton, but the faucet has run dry during the regular season. The Jags have scored seven goals, paced by sophomore Logan Finnegan’s three scores and both Tylin Broaders and Kirezi Freddy have a team-high two assists each. Two of Finnegan’s three goals have been game-winners while Rayan Choukri also has a game-winner.
Defensively, the Jaguars have been fairly stout, authoring four shutouts. Lucas Morefield, who was named to the league’s All-Academic Team on Tuesday, has started 12 of the team’s 15 games with a 1.51 goals against average and three clean sheets. He has a .698 save percentage and totaled 44 stops overall.
A number of Jags will suit up for a final time on Wednesday, keyed by defenders Tommy Patacca, Corey Goede, Gianni Catenacci and Ethan Diedel. That quartet has started virtually every game this season, as has fifth-year senior midfielder Cameron Haegele in the midfield. Patacca leads the team in minutes (1,361) and is followed closely by Goede (1,354) and Catenacci (1,276).
Barnett’s squad was recently honored by the United Soccer Coaches with a Team Academic Award and ranked among the nation’s D1 programs in team grade point average: Read More
Sophomore goalkeeper Lucas Morefield was honored on the 12-man #HLMSOC All-Academic Team on Tuesday, as voted on by the league’s faculty athletic representatives. Read More
IUPUI was picked to finish 11th in the Horizon League according to the preseason poll released back on Aug. 24.
PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)
GK- Lucas Morefield, Soph.
D- Gianni Catenacci, 5th
D- Ethan Diedel, Sr.
D- Corey Goede, Sr.
D- Tommy Patacca, 5th
MF- Mandela Cybahiro, Soph.
MF- Logan Finnegan, Soph.
MF- Kirezi Freddy, Jr.
MF- Cameron Haegele, 5th
MF- Chris Workman, Jr.
F- Riley Shives, Sr.
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
Robert Morris enters play at 4-10-1 overall and 3-5-1 in Horizon League play. The Colonials have been outscored by a 27-16 margin on the year. Bryan Akongo leads the RMU attack with four goals and five assists and Gal Ben Dayan has three goals. Three RMU keepers have split time in goal with Grant Glorisio have made seven starts with a 1.51 goals against average and 3-3-1 record. The Colonials have just two shutouts this season and the three keepers have a combined .730 save percentage.
Wednesday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Hall named MVC Offensive Player of the Week
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After an incredible pair of performances, University of Evansville men’s soccer redshirt junior Jakub Hall has been named Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced in a release from the Conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Helping lead Evansville to a pair of wins over SIUE and Drake, Hall continued his best season in white and purple. Against SIUE on Wednesday, Hall scored what would prove to be the game-winner in the 12th minute off an assist from Jose Vivas in a 2-0 road victory. On Sunday, Hall scored twice in another 2-0 shutout victory, this time a win over Drake. The wins were the first back-to-back shutout wins of two-goals or more, including a road match, by the Aces since 1990, a season in which the Aces advanced to the Final Four. On the season, Hall is now tied for the team lead in goals and is the leader in assists.
Hall’s honor is the first MVC Offensive Player of the Week award for an Ace since Jesse Stafford-Lacey earned the honor on Nov. 6, 2018.
Evansville closes the regular season on Saturday night at Bradley with a 7 PM matchup in Peoria, Ill.
VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER: Heads to MVC Tournament Semifinal Friday
Valparaiso (10-5-2, 6-1-1 MVC)
MVC Tournament Semifinals – Chicago, Ill.
Friday, Nov. 5 – vs. Evansville (6-4-7, 2-3-3 MVC) – 3 p.m.
Next Up in Valpo Soccer: The second season begins for the Valpo soccer team on Friday afternoon, as after earning a first-round bye in the MVC Tournament, the second-seeded Beacons will kick off the first tournament semifinal against sixth-seeded Evansville at 3 p.m. Valpo is in search of its first MVC Tournament title in program history.
Previously: In a matchup to determine the MVC regular season champion, Valpo fell to Loyola in Chicago last Thursday, Oct. 28, by a 5-0 final. The Beacons trailed just 2-0 before a red card forced them to play the remainder of the match a player down.
Looking Ahead: A win on Friday would send Valpo into a Sunday matchup against either top-seeded Loyola or fifth-seeded Drake in the MVC Tournament championship match, with the winner of that match earning the conference title and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Following the Beacons: Friday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN+, with Brian Bedo and David Dir on the call. Links for the liveo video and live stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach John Marovich: In his 14th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 113-104-38 (.518) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.
Series Notes: Valpo is just 4-9-4 all-time against the Purple Aces, but has not lost in its last four meetings with Evansville. This is the second straight season the two sides have met in the MVC Tournament, as they met this past spring in a first-round matchup at Valparaiso – a 0-0 draw which saw Valpo advance to the tournament semifinals thanks to a 5-3 advantage on penalties. In the regular season matchup this season, goals from Kelsie James in the 17th and 26th minutes propelled the Beacons to a 2-1 win over the Purple Aces. Notably, the last 10 meetings in the series have all been draws or one-goal games.
Scouting the Opposition: Evansville enters Friday’s semifinal at 6-4-7 overall this season and posted a 2-3-3 mark in MVC play. The Purple Aces were part of a three-way tie for fifth through seventh in the final MVC regular season standings and came out of the tiebreaker with the sixth seed. Evansville advanced to the semifinals after drawing 1-1 with Indiana State in the first round, prevailing 5-3 in penalties. Emily Ormson has scored six of the Purple Aces’ 20 goals this year, while Alex Eyler has tallied six assists. In goal, Michaela Till has played the vast majority of the minutes, posting a 1.10 GAA and an .833 save percentage.
Valpo Outperforms Preseason Poll: For the third straight season, Valpo outperformed its projection in the MVC preseason poll, as the Beacons were picked to finish fourth before eventually finishing in second position. The spring 2021 side finished third after being picked sixth, while the 2019 team finished fifth after being picked seventh. In fact, in its first five seasons in the Valley, Valpo has never finished below its preseason projection, as the 2017 (fifth) and 2018 (sixth) squads both matched their preseason poll position.
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed a strong spring 2021 campaign, posting its best regular-season finish since joining the MVC (third place) and advancing to the title match of the MVC Tournament for the first time. Valpo finished with a 5-4-5 overall record, a seven-game improvement from its record the previous season — the third-best year-over-year improvement in the nation. Freshman Nikki Coryell was the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and was joined on the All-MVC First Team by senior defender Keegan Maris and sophomore forward Kiley Dugan – Second Team and Third Team All-Region honorees, respectively.
A Top-Two Finish: This year’s Valpo team is the sixth side in program history to finish in the top-two of the conference standings. Valpo’s last top-two finish came when it won the 2014 Horizon League regular season title. Previous to that, Valpo earned top-two finishes in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2006 (1st), 2005 (t-1st), 2002 (2nd) and 2001 (2nd). Meanwhile, the Beacons’ 6-1-1 record in MVC play this year is their third-best conference record in program history, topped only by the 2014 (8-0-0) and 2006 (4-0-2) squads.
Advancing to the Semis: This is Valpo’s second straight appearance in the MVC Tournament semifinals, but the first time it has advanced directly to the semis after earning a first-round bye. Valpo advanced to the MVC semifinals for the first time as a conference member during the spring 2021 campaign, which was the program’s league tournament semifinal appearance since winning the 2014 Horizon League Tournament.
Valpo in the MVC Tournament: Valpo owns a 1-3-1 record in the MVC Tournament in its first four seasons as a league member. The program dropped first-round matches at Loyola (2017) and at Drake (2019) before going 1-1-1 in the spring 2021 tournament: drawing Evansville, beating Indiana State and losing to Loyola.
A Familiar Foe: Due to the impact of COVID-19 pushing last season from fall 2020 to spring 2021, Friday’s matchup with Evansville will be the fourth showdown between the Beacons and the Purple Aces this calendar. The two sides battled to scoreless draws in both the regular season and the tournament in the spring, and Valpo earned a 2-1 win in the fall regular season meeting. Prior to this calendar year, Valpo had never faced the same program even three times in one calendar year. Should Valpo advance to the championship match and face Loyola, it would be the fourth meeting of 2021 between the Beacons and Ramblers as well.
A Lengthy Unbeaten Streak: Valpo went 48 days in between losses in the second half of the season, putting together a nine-match unbeaten streak (8-0-1) which was snapped in the regular season finale. It was the second-longest unbeaten streak in program history, trailing only the 2014 side, which went 18 straight without a defeat. The first seven matches in this season’s unbeaten streak were all wins, tying the 2009 team for the third-longest winning streak in program history.
Getting Defensive: The nine-match unbeaten streak included seven clean sheets, with only Missouri State and Evansville putting away a goal against the Beacons during the stretch. The first four wins in the unbeaten streak all came via shutout — prior to this year, you have to go back to 2009 to find the last time Valpo won four in a row, all in shutout fashion. Valpo put together a streak of 419 consecutive minutes of shutout soccer between Sept. 10 and Oct. 3, and had a 408-minute shutout streak snapped against Evansville.
Double-Digit Wins: The win over Evansville in the penultimate match of the regular season gave Valpo 10 wins on the season, the 10th time in program history the squad has reached the 10-win mark. This is the fifth time Valpo has won at least 10 matches under head coach John Marovich.
Regionally Ranked: For the fourth consecutive week, Valpo has earned a spot in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region rankings, coming in at #9 this week. The Beacons broke into the regional rankings at #10 on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and have reached as high as #8 this season. This year’s side is the first Valpo squad to be ranked since the 2017 team was ranked for the first three weeks of that season – back then, 15 teams were ranked, while only 10 are ranked now.
James Stands Out: Sophomore forward Kelsie James enjoyed the most prolific regular season on the attack of any MVC player this fall. James leads the conference with nine goals and 21 points, both marks which are tied for seventh in a single season in program history. Five of her goals came within conference play, tying for MVC-high honors, while she was the only player in the conference with three match-winning goals within MVC play.
Multiple Match-Winners: James isn’t the only Valpo player to account for the match-winning goal multiple times within conference play, as freshman Dana Fish netted the decisive tallies against Illinois State and against Southern Illinois. The Beacons are the only Valley program with two different players registering multiple match-winners in conference action.
Coryell Keeps Goals Out: Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell has been a brick wall in goal for Valpo throughout her career and has taken her game to another level in MVC action this year. The MVC Goalkeeper of the Year this past spring, Coryell posted five clean sheets in the Beacons’ eight conference fixtures, tied for the most of any Valley goalkeeper. She also led the conference in save percentage in MVC-only play this year (.865). Her numbers in conference play look even better when you consider that, of the 745 minutes played in conference, Valpo was tied for 498 minutes and was in a one-goal game for 127 minutes.
Coryell on the Charts: On the season, Coryell owns an .830 save percentage and a 1.11 GAA, marks which rank sixth and eighth in a single season in program history, respectively. Her five shutouts this season also crack Valpo’s single-season top-10 chart as well. Despite being in just her second season at Valpo, Coryell has also made her mark on Valpo’s career charts already. She ranks seventh in program history with 2,756 career minutes played and is ninth with 142 saves. Her .850 save percentage would be tops in program history once she meets the shots faced minimum, while her 0.82 GAA is second-best in program history and fourth in MVC history.
Raking in the Honors: James and Coryell have both earned two weekly honors from the MVC office this season, part of a program-record nine weekly awards, spread among seven different athletes. In addition to James’ pair of Player of the Week honors, fellow sophomore Lindsey DuSatko has also been named Player of the Week. Addy Joiner, Dana Fish and Abby White have been Freshman of the Week honorees, while Coryell (2x) and Nicole Norfolk have earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Valpo had a six-week run from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25 where it claimed at least one weekly award every week.
Finding Goals Late: Four of the Beacons’ six wins in MVC play came courtesy of a match-winner in the 70th minute or later. The winner against Illinois State (Dana Fish) came in the 83rd minute, against Indiana State (Lindsey DuSatko) came in extra time, against Southern Illinois (Fish) came in the 75th minute and against Drake (James) came in the 72nd minute. The only exceptions were the match at Missouri State, when Valpo netted two goals before 20 minutes were up, and the win over Evansville last time out, when Valpo scored twice in the first 30 minutes.
Trio of Firsts: The trio of Alexis Gaffney, Morgen Metzger and Claire Bonnici all scored their first collegiate goal in the Cornell College win, the second time this season Valpo has had three first-time goal scorers in the same match. The Sept. 12 win over Chicago State featured the first collegiate goals for Cassidy Eckstein, Dana Fish and Cierra Welch. Prior to this season, Valpo had never had three players net their respective first career goals in the same match.
Many Goal Scorers: 11 different players have found the back of the net this year for the Beacons, the third-most in a season in program history. The 2006 side had 14 different goal scorers, while the 2004 team had 13. The Beacons now count nine different first-time goal scorers among their 11 goal scorers this season, while nine of the 13 players who have recorded assists entered the season without a collegiate assist.
Always in the XI: Three players have started each of the season’s first 17 matches: Kiley Dugan, Nicole Norfolk and Abby White. In their third season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan and Norfolk have both started all 49 matches since stepping on campus.
Streak Comes to a Close: Junior defender Nicole Norfolk earned a well-deserved rest late in the St. Bonaventure match on Sept. 5. Leading by three goals, John Marovich subbed Norfolk out in the 83rd minute, ending her streak of consecutive minutes played since stepping on campus at 3,591 straight minutes. She played all 1,659 minutes in 2019 as a freshman, played 1,379 minutes during the spring 2021 campaign and was at 553 straight minutes this season before coming off the park. Norfolk surpassed Tracy Roos’ mark of 3,413 consecutive minutes played (2009-11), the previous known program record for consecutive minutes played by a Valpo field player, late in the game at Robert Morris Aug. 29.
INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Drops Midweek Match Up at Southern Indiana
EVANSVILLE, IN – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team traveled to Evansville on Tuesday night for a GLVC match up with the University of Southern Indiana. The Screaming Eagles came out on top 3-0 in the crucial conference match.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds trailed by one midway thru the first set before 6-0 run from the Eagles put them ahead 17-10. UIndy bounced back with a 6-2 run of their own including a pair of kills from Hannah Huppenbauer before USI scored six of the final eight points of the set to take a 25-18 victory.
USI led by five early in the second set until a 5-2 run from the Hounds pulled them within two. Four of UIndy’s five points came from Lauren Cullison kills. The Eagles established a seven point lead at 17-10 but UIndy clawed back, eventually tying it at 21 after back-to-back kills from Cullison and Huppenbauer. The Hounds fought off set point but USI snuck away with the 25-22 win.
The final frame was back and forth to start as neither team scored back-to-back points. The Eagles utilized a 10-1 run to jump out to a 17-7 lead en route to the 25-13 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Grace Hegwood paced the Hounds with 11 kills and a pair of blocks.
– MaKenna Barnhart and Alex Equihua both recorded double digit kills with 19 and 14 respectively.
– Equihua led the offense with 23 assists on the night.
– USI recorded 18 blocks to UIndy’s eight.
The Hounds close out the week with their final road trip of the regular season. UIndy takes on Missouri-St. Louis on Friday followed by Maryville on Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS WRESTLING: #13 Greyhounds blank Defiance for Warthan’s 100th win
INDIANAPOLIS- The #13 UIndy wrestling team opened its 2021-22 season in the win column Tuesday evening, taking a 57-0 victory over visiting Defiance in dual action in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.
The win marked #100 for Head Coach Jason Warthan, who is in his 13th year at the helm of the UIndy program. Warthan, a UIndy alum, was an All-American himself in a Greyhound singlet.
Following forfeits at both 125 and 133 from the Yellow Jackets, Breyden Bailey pushed the score to 17-0 with a tech fall, 16-0 in 3:27, at 141. His brother, #10 Logan Bailey, followed with a pin in just 43 seconds at 149 to push the Greyhound lead to 23-0. Nathan Conley also pinned at 157, in 1:51, to put the score at 29-0 in favor of the Hounds.
#12 Jack Eiteljorge kept the pins coming with a fall in 5:48 at 165, with #5 Andrew Sams following with the Hounds’ fourth consecutive fall at 174 in 2:02. Gleason Mappes made the score 46-0 with a tech fall, 20-1 in 4:12, at 184, with Derek Blubaugh also putting up five team points with a tech, 16-1, in 2:21 at 197. Cale Gray closed out the 57-0 victory with a fall in 2:21 at heavyweight.
The Greyhounds head to St. Louis Saturday for Maryville’s Kaufman/Brand Open. Wrestling kicks off from Westminster Christian High School at 9 AM CST.
#13 UIndy 57 – Defiance 0
125: Noah Cantu (UINDY) over (DEF) (For.)
133: Chase Wilkerson (UINDY) over (DEF) (For.)
141: Breyden Bailey (UINDY) over Seth Majewski (DEF) (TF 16-0 3:27)
149: Logan Bailey (UINDY) over Brent Eicher (DEF) (Fall 0:43)
157: Nathan Conley (UINDY) over Cortez Bradley (DEF) (Fall 1:51)
165: Jack Eiteljorge (UINDY) over Alejandro Castro (DEF) (Fall 5:48)
174: Andrew Sams (UINDY) over Sean Rankin (DEF) (Fall 2:02)
184: Gleason Mappes (UINDY) over Joey Perez (DEF) (TF 20-1 4:12)
197: Derek Blubaugh (UINDY) over Mason Morris (DEF) (TF 16-1 2:21)
285: Cale Gray (UINDY) over Jonah Schlegel (DEF) (Fall 2:21)
MARIAN FOOTBALL: MARIAN TRAVELS TO SIENA HEIGHTS FOR ROAD FINALE
INDIANAPOLIS – After enjoying a bye week to recover and get set for the playoff push, the Marian football team will hit the road for the final time in the regular season as they travel to Siena Heights on November 6. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 12 PM.
Marian is 8-0 all-time against Siena Heights, winning each game of the series since its inception in 2012. The Knights are 5-0 all-time when traveling to Adrian, Mich., and are familiar with the trip traveling to Michigan for the fourth time in the last five meetings. Siena Heights was scheduled to travel to Indianapolis in the spring, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues.
In the most recent matchup at Adrian, Marian was victorious 21-7 in the 2019 regular season finale as a Tristen Tonte 33-yard touchdown run sealed the victory and Marian’s 2019 MSFA Mideast Championship.
HOW TO WATCH
Saturday’s game will be live streamed through the Siena Heights Sports Network. The live stream can be found here. Fans can also listen to the game through 96.5, The Cave. Updates will be posted throughout the game on the @MUKnights Twitter feed.
All tickets for Saturday’s contest must be purchased online prior to arrival. Tickets for adults cost $7, while ticket prices for children under five and seniors is $5. The link to purchase tickets to Saturday’s game can be found here.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Knights look to remain alive in the hunt for the MSFA Mideast Championship, as they enter the week tied with both Concordia and Indiana Wesleyan. Marian also looks to stay in the mix to grab either an automatic or at large berth in the NAIA FCS Playoffs, as the playoff race heats up with several ranked teams facing each other in each of the final two weeks of the season.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 12 PM.
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S GOLF: Hounds Cap Fall Slate in Sunshine State
ORLANDO, Fla. – The UIndy men’s golf team (292-279-293) wrapped up competition this fall semester with a fifth-place finish at the McDonough Cup, held Monday and Tuesday at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla. Two Greyhounds notched top-10 performances among a field that featured a number of talented southern schools.
One of five competing teams receiving votes in the most recent DII coaches poll, the Greyhounds highlighted their week with a second-round 279. Fifth-year senior Oliver Mast led the surge with a six-under 66—lowest single-round score by a Greyhound this fall.
Mast (75-66-72) would go on to share 10th place at -3, one shot back of Keegan Bronnenberg. The reigning individual national champion carded scores of 69-71-72 finish at -4 in a three-way tie for seventh.
CJ Jones (73-71-76) tied for 30th place in the 78-man field, while Cam Carroll (+8, T-44) and brother Ian Carroll (+14, T58) rounded out the team scoring. Meanwhile, individual Jacob Nickell (72-76-74) finished at +6 to tie for 39th.
The Hounds begin their yearly winter hiatus before returning to the course this spring. The balance of the 2021-22 schedule will be posted when available.
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: Falls Down to #7 in Recent Top 25 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has fallen to No. 7 in the recent edition of the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, officials announced on Tuesday.
The Greyhounds (12-1-2) make the drop out of the No. 1 spot after collecting a 1-1 tie against Lindenwood last Friday alongside a loss against then-No. 10 Maryville 3-2 on Sunday.
Despite the fall, UIndy still sits as the top team from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the poll. Maryville, who is now at No. 11, is the only other GLVC member listed.
The Hounds have received the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Championship Tournament and are set to battle Lindenwood in the quarterfinals on Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m.
HCAC MEN’S SOCCER POST SEASON AWARDS
CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the Men’s Soccer All-Conference and marquee awards winners on Tuesday.
Following its undefeated run of the conference slate, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned the Offensive Player of the Year in Takezo Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio). This is the second straight award for the junior, who led the league in shots (71) and shots on goal (35) in 2021. Kelly was fifth in the league in goals with nine and also added five assists. His 12 conference points were also good enough for fourth in the league.
The regular season runners up, Hanover College, claimed the Defensive Player of the Year, with Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.) selected in a vote of league coaches. The senior saw action in 1,165 minutes for the Panthers getting a start in all 17 Hanover contests. He helped direct a back line that only allowed a league leading three goals.
The HCAC also recognizes a Newcomer of the Year, an athlete who made an impact in their first year of athletic action. Franklin College’s Jon Moore (New Palestine, Ind.) was selected as the Newcomer of the Year. The forward was third in the league in goals in 2021 with six and third in the conference in points at 14. He saw action in 16 games for the Grizzlies, accumulating 10 goals and one assist behind 15 shots on goal.
Anderson University front man Scott Fridley was named the 2021 HCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. Fridley led the Ravens to a No. 3 seed, finishing with a 5-2-2 in conference play and a mark of 8-8-2 overall.
Offensive Player of the Year – Takezo Kelly, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Defensive Player of the Year – Evan Redmon, Hanover College
Newcomer of the Year – Jon Moore, Franklin College
Coach of the Year – Scott Fridley, Anderson University
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.
For more information on HCAC Men’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
All-Conference First Team
All-Conference Second Team
All-Conference Honorable Mention Team
|Taidan Fox||M||Mount St. Joseph|
HCAC WOMEN’S SOCCER POST SEASON AWARDS
CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the Women’s Soccer All-Conference and marquee awards winners on Tuesday.
Hanover College earned two of the major award winners, with Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) and Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) being named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year respectively. Day led the league in shots (63) and shots on goal (39), burying 14 goals and two assists to also lead the conference in points (30).
Dattilo was a force for the Panthers on defense, earning her second straight HCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor. She led Hanover in tackles, passing percentage (completing 86 percent of her passes), interceptions and recovered balls. She helped anchor a defense that only gave up four goals in league play.
McKenzie Schneeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the 2021 HCAC Newcomer of the Year. The HCAC recognizes an individual in their first year of athletic participation who is a standout on the field. Schneeman was in the top-10 list of HCAC performers in league play in shots (20) and shots on goal (14) and led the league in goals (nine) and points (19). She also notched a conference-high four game-winning goals in 2021.
In his first season at the helm of the Mount St. Joseph program, Darren Gallagher led the Lions to the 2021 regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the 2021 HCAC Championship. Gallagher was named the 2021 HCAC Coach of the Year in a vote of league coaches, after posting an 8-0-1 mark in conference play and a 11-7-1 overall record.
Offensive Player of the Year – Maggie Day, Hanover College
Defensive Player of the Year – Josie Dattilo, Hanover College
Newcomer of the Year – McKenzie Schneeman, Mount St. Joseph
Coach of the Year – Darren Gallagher, Mount St. Joseph
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.
For more information on HCAC Women’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
All-Conference First Team
|McKenzie Schneeman||F||Mount St. Joseph|
|Molly Sheridan||D||Mount St. Joseph|
|Vivian Willis||D||Mount St. Joseph|
All-Conference Second Team
|Madison Hart||GK||Mount St. Joseph|
|Catherine Hatfield||M||Mount St. Joseph|
|Emily Reichling||M||Mount St. Joseph|
All-Conference Honorable Mention Team
|Ella Pittman||F||Mount St. Joseph|
HCAC VOLLEYBALL POST SEASON AWARDS
CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the Volleyball All-Conference and marquee awards winners on Tuesday.
Earning the title of Player of the Year in just her second season is Maria Young (Bedford, Va.) from Earlham College. The sophomore had a stellar campaign for the Quakers, helping to lead them to a regular season title in 2021. Young was third in the conference in kills, racking up an impressive 329, backed by a .296 hitting percentage (fourth in the league). She averaged a 3.58 kills per set, and was also a force at the net, picking up 80 total blocks, the second highest total in the league, averaging .87 blocks a set. She led the conference in points, with a 4.05 points per set average, tallying 373 in 2021.
Leading the charge defensively and picking up the title of Defensive Player of the Year, from Hanover College, was Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.). Also, in just her second year in the league, Dunn led the league in digs per set with a 5.72 average, sprawling for 526 digs in 2021. The defensive specialist helped lead the Panthers to a No. 4 seed in the 2021 Volleyball post-season.
The HCAC recognizes an athlete in their first year of athletic competition who stands out, and in a vote of league coaches, Transylvania University’s Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) was selected as the Newcomer of the Year. The hitter boasts an impressive league-leading 401 kills in 2021, behind a .220 hitting percentage. She was also third in the conference in points per set with 3.79 and averaged 3.52 kills a set.
After leading the Quakers to an 8-1 mark in conference play and a regular season title championship, Earlham’s Lauren Horton was named the 2021 HCAC Coach of the Year. Horton helped guide Earlham to their first No. 1 seed in the post season, and boast a 19-5 overall record.
Player of the Year – Maria Young, Earlham College
Defensive Player of the Year – Casey Dunn, Hanover College
Newcomer of the Year – Cate Scheper, Transylvania University
Coach of the Year – Lauren Horton, Earlham College
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.
For more information on HCAC Women’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
All-Conference First Team
|Emily Abshire||OH||Mount St. Joseph|
|Brooke Aselage||OH||Mount St. Joseph|
|Grace Young||MH/OH||Mount St. Joseph|
All-Conference Honorable Mention Team
|Erin Androne||DS||Mount St. Joseph|
|Morgan Whitaker||OH/RS||Mount St. Joseph|
River States Conference Player of the Week winners picked for Oct. 25-31
IU EAST’S COLEMAN SELECTED FOR RSC MEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East defender Callum Coleman had a big week on both ends of the field and claimed River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 25-31.
The sophomore from Darlington, United Kingdom, anchored the Red Wolves’ defense in two wins, and he also scored three goals on the week. Coleman scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Point Park (Pa.). He then scored two goals in a 7-1 victory at Carlow (Pa.).
The victories pushed the Red Wolves into the postseason at 5-4 RSC. IU East won four games in 10 days to secure their spot. The defense gave up only the one goal. IU East will travel to Oakland City (Ind.) for the RSC Championship quarterfinals Nov. 6.
IU EAST’S ALVAREZ SCORES RSC MEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East senior Brian Alvarez keyed two road wins to earn River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 25-31.
A senior winger from Liberal, Kan., Alvarez scored five points in the two games. He assisted on the only goal of a 1-0 win at Point Park (Pa.). He then scored two goals in a 7-1 victory at Carlow (Pa.).
The big weekend secured a playoff spot for the Red Wolves, who won four games in 10 days to make the postseason. IU East is 5-11-1 overall, 5-4 RSC and took the No. 6 seed in the RSC Championship. The Red Wolves will be at Oakland City (Ind.) for the quarterfinals Nov. 6.
IU EAST’S MITCHUM SECURES RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum posted a shutout in a big win to claim River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 25-31.
The junior from Brookville, Ind., made six saves in a 0-0, double-overtime shutout at Point Park (Pa.). That result secured the No. 3 playoff seed for the Red Wolves, who went on to go 2-0 in their trip to Pittsburgh.
Mitchum played all 110 minutes in the stalemate and made some big stops to preserve the scoreless tie. She snagged a key save after a shot hit the crossbar to keep the ball in play and highlight her night.
IU East is 10-6-1 overall, 8-2-1 RSC and will host Oakland City (Ind.) in the RSC Championship quarterfinals Nov. 6.
RIO GRANDE’S SULLIVAN CLAIMS RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) forward McKenna Sullivan had five goals in two games to claim River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 25-31.
A sophomore from Canal Winchester, Ohio, Sullivan had two goals versus Oakland City (Ind.) and followed that up with a hat trick versus Brescia (Ky.). She had 10 points on the week to lead the RedStorm to a 2-0 showing.
It was a 4-1 win over Oakland City and an 8-0 victory over Brescia. Sullivan had the game-winning goal each time. Her five goals came on eight shots and seven shots on goal. Rio Grande is 10-5-2 overall, 10-1 RSC and will be hosting an RSC Championship semifinal game Nov. 10.
POINT PARK’S LAKIN NAMED RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park University senior Star Lakin directed the Pioneers to a 3-0 week to pick up River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for Oct. 25-31.
Lakin, from Titusville, Fla., had two matches with 30 or more assists and also had two double-doubles of assists and digs to power the week. She had 32 assists and 9 digs in a win over WVU Tech and also 31 assists and 10 digs the next day in a win over Rio Grande (Ohio).
Lakin started off her week with 14 assists and 10 digs in three sets over Ohio Valley (W.Va.). Lakin averaged 7.00 assists and 2.64 digs per set. She improved the Pioneers to 16-9 overall, 11-5 RSC. Point Park hosts Ohio Christian on Nov. 2.
IU EAST’S SWIMM SNAGS RSC VOLLEYBALL ATTACKER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East outside hitter Jessica Swimm had a big week of offense to snag River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Oct. 25-31.
The Hagerstown, Ind., native totaled 52 kills in just 11 sets played on the week for an average of 4.73 kills per set. She put together a .312 attack percentage and scored 54.5 points. That led the Red Wolves to a 2-1 week in conference.
A big match for Swimm was 26 kills in a win over Ohio Christian. Swimm also collected 28 digs on the week for an average of 2.55 digs per set. IU East is now 16-11, 11-4 RSC and will travel to WVU Tech on Nov. 2.
IU KOKOMO’S ADAM GETS RSC VOLLEYBALL DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo middle hitter Erinn Adam added a River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week award to her list of accolades this season. She won the honor for her play Oct. 25-31.
Adam, a senior from Bloomington, Ind., won the defensive side of things after being the conference attacker of the week twice previously this year. Adam made her defensive presence known with 21 total blocks in three matches and an average of 2.10 blocks per set. She also scored with 31 kills on the week as the Cougars went 3-0 to secure the RSC Regular Season Championship and an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship.
Adam had nine blocks in a win over IU Southeast. She then had eight blocks in a victory over Midway to clinch the RSC title. She earlier had four blocks in a sweep of Brescia. She also hit .390 for the week. IU Kokomo is 23-8, 15-1 RSC and hosts Oakland City (Ind.) on Nov. 2.
INDIANA WESLEYAN MBASKETBALL: TOPS #RV OLIVET NAZARENE IN HOME OPENER
MARION, Ind. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball bounced back into the win column Tuesday in the home opener, defeating #RV Olivet Nazarene, 98-74. Indiana Wesleyan led by as much as 35 points in the contest.
14 players saw action in the contest, with 12 scoring at least a point.
IWU finally recorded a block, swatting four shots tonight.
Dan Largey recorded this second 30 point game of the season, netting 32 to lead all scoreres. He was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line, while shooting 9-of-14 from the field.
ONU’s NAIA All-American Alex Gross was held to just four points.
IWU dished out 23 assists on 36 baskets. It’s their highest assist total so far this season.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU hosts Briar Cliff on Friday at 6 p.m. and Lincoln College on Saturday at 1 p.m.
INDIANA WESLEYAN WBASKETBALL: WILDCATS ESCAPE IN OVERTIME ROAD WIN
LIVONIA, Mich. – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball team escaped a near upset this evening with an overtime win over Madonna University 78-70. IWU gave up a 19-point lead in the third quarter and a 14-2 run by Madonna in the fourth quarter brought the game to a tie at the end of regulation.
Wildcats exchanged baskets back and forth throughout the first quarter. A layup good by Jade Nutley put the Wildcats up three before Crusaders finished the quarter with a layup, having the Wildcats lead 16-15 after the first.
The second quarter, Wildcats began to take more control of the game leading by as many as 10 on two different occasions. IWU led 32-22 at the break.
IWU started to run away with the game as they spread the lead to 19-points with three minutes to go in the third quarter. Adrianna Trexler scored seven points to lead the third quarter run.
Crusaders turned on the pressure and weren’t going down without a fight. A 14-2 run by Madonna in the fourth quarter brought the Crusaders within reach. Wildcats were up three with 1:16 to go, Crusaders sunk two free throws. After a missed layup by the Wildcats, Madonna scored a layup tying the score 63-63. Jordan Reid scored the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds remaining off a put back in the paint. With 13 seconds left, Madonna echoed IWU and scored the final layup of their own tying it 65-65. A turnover by the Wildcats and a missed jumper at the buzzer for Madonna sent the game into overtime.
Wildcats took control in overtime play outscoring the Crusaders 13-5. Lilli Frasure scored ten of the 13 points in extra minutes.
INSIDE THE BOX
Freshman Lilli Frasure put up 20 points in her second debut in a Wildcat jersey. Reid and Trexler followed with 14 points apiece and Madison Davis chipped in 11.
Wildcats won the battle on the boards 38-30.
Madonna posted 44 points in the paint to IWU’s 32.
Wildcats shot a low 13% from the arc to Crusaders 33%.
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats head to Missouri to face Columbia College at 6pm on Thursday, November 4. They will continue their road trip playing #17 Central Methodist University on Friday at 1pm.
IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, WVU TECH 2
BECKLEY, W.Va. – It’s never easy to win on the road.
The Indiana University East volleyball was able to win its third straight River States Conference match with a 25-22, 25-18, 24-26, 19-25, 15-7 victory over WVU Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
With the win, IU East stays on top of the East Division in the conference at 12-4 with an overall mark of 17-11. The Golden Bears are 13-17 and 9-7.
“We came in really fired up to play today,” Jessica Swimm said. “After losing some energy in the third and fourth sets, we came together to minimize our errors and worked hard on every single point in the fifth set to win an away match, which was a big deal for this team.”
After Golden Bears scored to cut their deficit to 9-7 in the final set, the Red Wolves finished the contest with six points in a row as Jenna Mitchell served the last five to put the match away.
Swimm led the Red Wolves with a school record 31 kills, which erased her mark of 29 set last spring.
Brooke Lepper finished with 13 kills, while Teah Barrett Matthews added a dozen.
Reece Shirley ran the IU East offense with 64 assists.
“After winning two games this past weekend, we had the privilege to play an away game, and came on the court with fire,” Shirley said. “I am super proud of the team and our ability to stay consistent throughout the whole match. After losing the third and fourth set, we knew we needed to step it up and trust each other in order to win.”
Mitchell had two service aces as she established a new IU East season record with 58 surpassing the 2019 mark of 57 set by Taylor McKinney. Briann Robinson also had a pair of aces.
After Mitchell’s team-high 22 digs, Swimm had 14 with Shirley contributing 12 and Sammei Fulkerson-Bird 10.
Lepper, Shirley and Barrett Matthews had three blocks each.
IU East swept the two regular-season matches with WVU Tech this season as the Red Wolves now lead the all-time series against the Golden Bears at 9-4 with three wins in a row.
The Red Wolves return home for their next contest against Point Park University on Friday, Nov. 5. The RSC affair on Lingle Court gets underway at 7 p.m.
IU EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL: MIAMI HAMILTON 76, IU EAST 70
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team dropped a 76-70 decision to Miami University Hamilton on Lingle Court on Nov. 2.
The Red Wolves are 0-2. The Harriers are 2-0, with both wins against River States Conference squads.
Garrett Silcott led IU East in scoring with 12 points and four assists. Jehu Lafeuillee recorded a double-double for the Red Wolves with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Nate Soltis had nine points and nine rebounds as Jamisen Smith also added nine points. Dionte Raines tossed in eight points.
IU East jumped out to a 10-3 advantage in the first two minutes before the Harriers battled back to tie it at 10-10 with 13:35 left in the opening period.
The Red Wolves answered by building a 26-14 lead when Colt Meyer nailed a 3-pointer at the 8:04 mark. By halftime, IU East was on top 36-35.
In the second half, IU East led until King Goss hit a 3-pointer to give the Harriers a 46-45 lead with 14:52 remaining.
After Raines tied it at 48-48 with a trey at 13:31, Miami Hamilton would score moments later and lead the rest of the way.
This was the second game against Miami Hamilton for the Red Wolves, who won 89-53 in the first affair at the start of the 2017-18 season.
This was IU East’s last home game until Dec. 2.
IU East is back on the court against Lincoln College at the Indiana Wesleyan University Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic in Marion on Nov. 5. The contest is scheduled for 8 p.m.
EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: Field hockey falls short in NCAC semifinal
RICHMOND — The Earlham College field hockey team lost in heartbreaking fashion to Denison University in the North Coast Athletic Conference semifinals on Tuesday. The Quakers scored first but Denison came back to tie the game and force penalty shots where they took a 2-1 win.
Earlham tallied the first goal of the contest in the 11th minute of play. Reilly Swislosky intercepted a poor pass from the Big Red defense and took a shot on goal. The Denison goalkeeper made the save on Swislosky’s shot but Guin Schalck was there to make the second-attempt goal.
Denison equalized the game on the chaos of a penalty corner. The Big Red had a player on the backside to collect a loose ball and put it away for the score.
After four quarters of play, the teams were still tied at 1-1 and play went to overtime. The two 10-minute periods were not enough to decide a winner as the Quakers went to shootouts for the second time this season against Denison.
Schalck scored the first penalty of the shootout for the Quakers but Earlham was unable to score again in the shootout. Meg Murphy saved two of the penalty shots as Denison won 2-1.
The Quakers led in shots 13-11 with eight of their shots coming in overtime. Denison led in penalty corners 6-2.
Murphy recorded six saves in goal.
Earlham concludes its season with a mark of 15-4 and 6-2 in NCAC competition. The 2021 season marks as one of the best in program history as the Quakers beat the program record for wins in a season and made the NCAC tournament for the first time in program history.
TRINE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Women’s Cross Country Sixth in Latest USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Trine University women’s cross country team sits sixth in the Great Lakes Regional rankings by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conference championship weekend.
The Thunder lost a spot to Case Western Reserve University, who have traded fifth place back-and-forth throughout the season. Trine placed third at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships on Saturday, and that is reflected in the rankings, being the third team from the group.
Trine will look to make the most of their next opportunity to compete at the Great Lakes Regional at Blue River XC Course in Shelbyville, Indiana.
TRINE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Nick Bowman Named Preseason Second Team All-American by D3hoops.com
ANGOLA, Ind. – D3hoops.com has named Trine University men’s basketball student-athlete Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] a Preseason Second Team All-American heading into the 2021-22 season.
Bowman, who is entering his senior season with the Thunder men’s basketball program and in 2021-22, was named a First Team All-American last year by D3hoops.com. He led the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) in scoring (21.8 points per game), field goals (146-of-273), steals (63) and was second in assists (54). Bowman scored in double figures in all but one game with 11 games of 20 or more points and two games of 30 or more points, including a career-high 35-point effort against Olivet College on Feb. 13. Bowman earned MIAA Athlete of the Week three times in 2020-21 and was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week twice.
Bowman was a major contributor to a 17-1 season, including an undefeated conference slate at 5-0 and MIAA Championship with a 64-62 victory over Albion. It is the team’s first title since joining the league and broke a spell of two consecutive championship game losses.
Trine opens the regular season at home on Saturday, November 6 with a 2 pm contest versus Mount St. Joseph’s at MTI Center.
TRINE VOLLEYBALL: Thunder Reach MIAA Semifinals with 3-2 Victory Versus Adrian
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s volleyball team advanced in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament with a First Round win over Adrian College 3-2.
With the victory, the fourth-seeded Thunder will venture to Hope College for the Semifinal Round on Friday, November 5 to play the top seeded Fighting Dutch.
Trine holds a record of 17-15 and Adrian concludes their season at 7-19.
The Thunder limited their mistakes in the first set, garnering 16 kills to just three errors en route to a 25-22 win to take a 1-0 edge. It was a match-high side out percentage of 73% (17-23) that led to the win, with Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] and Francesca Queary [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] leading the way with five kills apiece. After falling behind 16-14 and needing a timeout, a quick 5-0 run highlighted by a Kacie VanKalker [Dyer, Ind. / Illiana Christian] ace swung momentum back in Trine’s favor.
Unfortunately for Trine, the second set would not go their way. Adrian was just a touch better on side out opportunities and took an early 12-6 lead that was difficult for the home squad to overcome. Chloe Behm [Albion, Ind. / Central Noble] had four kills in the set.
It was a second consecutive bad start for the Thunder in the third as the visiting Bulldogs went ahead 5-0, but a massive scoring run of 13-2 forced Adrian to utilize both of his timeouts in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Meara Finnegan [Blissfield, Mich. / Blissfield] was key in turning the tide for Trine with three straight serves that led to points and a kill to take a commanding 18-9 lead. The Thunder defeated Adrian in the third 25-14, aided by nine Bulldog errors.
The fourth set would be one where Trine lost themselves a little. The number five seed did not want to see their season come to an end and fought vigilantly in the fourth to force a winner-take-all fifth. Adrian had their highest attack percentage of the match in a stunning 25-12 win in the fourth.
The intensity inside Hershey Hall kicked into high gear as the Thunder faithful were on their feet in the final home set of the year. The duo of Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] and Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] assisted on a pair of block assists to send a wave of momentum flowing through the arena and forced Adrian to use their first timeout at 7-3.
The rest would be effective as the Bulldogs collected four straight points to even the match and made Trine call one of their own. Jolliffe, Behm and Hannah Sands [Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville] all sent balls crashing to the hardwood to give Trine a 12-9 lead, and the final three points of the match would belong to Trine to win 15-11.
Jolliffe had 14 kills to lead the offense and Baughman notched 39 assists. Serving the ball, VanKalker recorded a season-high four aces in the playoff victory. The Trine defense had 80 digs, the third-most in a match in the 2021 season. Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina] scooped up a team-best 19, with Rachel Campbell [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central], VanKalker and Jolliffe all getting in double figures as well.
IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Erinn Adam Earns First-Ever National Player of the Week Award for Volleyball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After an impressive defensive performance that included 21 total blocks, Erinn Adam has been named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Defender of the Week as announced by the national office on Tuesday. The announcement comes just one day after Adam was named the River States Conference Defender of the Week.
The national honor is the first-ever for the IU Kokomo volleyball program.
Along with 31 kills, Adam recorded 21 total blocks in three matches, averaging just over two blocks per set on the week. In a sweep over Brescia, Adam recorded four total blocks (two solo and two assists). The fifth year senior had career-best nine blocks in a 3-1 win over IU Southeast. To cap off the week, Adam had eight blocks in a 3-0 win over Midway, avenging the Cougars’ lone RSC loss of the year.
IU SOUTHEAST VOLLEYBALL: GRENADIERS SWEEP ASBURY ON SENIOR NIGHT
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast volleyball team concluded the home portion of its 2021 schedule with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-22 sweep of Asbury University on Senior Night.
Fittingly, it was the quartet of seniors who led the way in the win. Twenty-one of the team’s 41 kills came from its four seniors: Jennie Malone and Makendri Fisher each had seven kills, Jennie Malone had six and Lexie Fisher had one.
Lexie Fisher led the Grenadiers with three aces and 18 digs. Freshman Emilee Organ had a team-high nine kills for IU Southeast.
IU Southeast (15-11) led 14-12 in the first set after a kill by Malone. The Grenadiers scored six of the next nine points to hold a 20-15 advantage which led to an Asbury timeout. Makendri Fisher had two kills and Emilee Organ added another during that run.
An ace by Lexie Fisher forced set point and a kill by Macy Graves won the first set for the Grenadiers.
In the second set, the Grenadiers led 10-6 before pulling away on a 11-5 run. Three-straight kills by Hannah Brown, Graves and Malone sparked the run and it concluded with a pair of kills by Organ and one by Malone.
Three Asbury errors in the final four points of the set sent the period to the Grenadiers. IU Southeast recorded a .324 attack percentage in the set and had 14 kills to three errors.
The third set was evenly-matched throughout. The set was tied at 15 and the Grenadiers finally pulled away with an 8-2 run. Back-to-back kills by Malone and Makendri Fisher gave the Grenadiers a comfortable lead. Two Asbury errors completed the sweep for IU Southeast.
IU Southeast recorded 41 kills to Asbury’s 29 and capitalized on 10 service errors by the Eagles.
IU Southeast finished the season with a 9-3 record at home.
The Grenadiers travel to Oakland City Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Sweep of Mighty Oaks Gives Volleyball 13th Straight Victory
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team extended its winning streak to 13 matches on Tuesday night as the Cougars handled the Oakland City Mighty Oaks with ease. IUK cruised to a 3-0 sweep to finish the River States Conference regular season with a 16-1 mark.
Erinn Adam, who was named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Defender of the week earlier today, showed her versatility as she was efficient and effective on the offensive side this evening. Adam posted a school record hitting percentage in a three-set match, hitting .923 with 12 kills on 13 swings with no errors. The Cougars hit .345 as a team in the victory.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first set, the Cougars went on a 7-1 run to take an early lead. Oakland City called its first timeout, trailing 7-2. Out of the timeout, IUK went on an 8-2 run to extend its lead to 15-4, forcing the Mighty Oaks to take their second and final timeout of the first set. The Cougars would go on to win the set 25-11.
The Cougars are 22-1 on the season when winning the first set.
In the early parts of the second set, both teams traded points, but an 11-4 run turned a 6-5 IUK lead into a 17-9 advantage. Adam ended the set with a kill off an overpass from the Mighty Oaks to give IU Kokomo a 2-0 match advantage.
A fast start by the Cougars was the difference in the third and final set. IUK sprinted out to a 9-3 lead forcing an Oakland City timeout. The Cougars never looked back on their way to a 25-14 victory and their 18th sweep of the season.
IU Kokomo will conclude its regular season on Saturday as they travel to Gary, Indiana to take in the IU Northwest Redhawks.
The Cougars will then return home next Friday and Saturday as they host the River States Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
IU NORTHWEST WBASKETBALL: FORCES OVERTIME AS SAMANTHA MARTIN RECORDS DOUBLE DOUBLE; UNABLE TO COME AWAY WITH VICTORY
GOSHEN, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball was able to force overtime on the road against Goshen but the Maple Leafs were able to come out on top, 72-71, Tuesday. Samantha Martin recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and three other starters recorded double figures.
Goshen (2-0) | IU Northwest (1-2)
IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Sarah Martin (21), Michaela Schmidt (18), Samantha Martin (14), Alyna Santiago (12)
Rebounds: Samantha Martin (10), Michaela Schmidt (7)
Assists: Alyna Santiago (7)
Blocks: Tiara Jackson (3)
Steals: Alyna Santiago (8)
Goshen went up 8-2 to start the game. Michaela Schmidt hit a three-pointer to keep it close at the 6:09 mark.
The Maple Leafs went on another run to go ahead 17-9. Alyna Santiago nailed a three-pointer and Schmidt made a pair of free throws to close out the quarter with GC leading 19-16.
GC opened up the second quarter with a 11-2 run to pull ahead 30-18. Samantha Martin made back-to-back baskets to make it 30-22.
Sarah Martin converted an and-one and Jen Tomasic made a bucket to cut it to 32-27 with 3:51 left in the second quarter. Goshen led 37-30 at the half.
The Maple Leafs went on a 8-2 run to start the second half for a 45-32 advantage. The RedHawks looked to bounce back but Goshen would not give up and lead 54-38.
Sarah Martin started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and a jumper to make it 54-43. Midway through the fourth quarter, Goshen went up 56-46 with 5:35 left.
Santiago capped off a 6-0 run for the RedHawks to make it a four-point game with 4:36 left. Goshen went ahead 61-52 with 2:46 remaining.
Sarah Martin and Samanatha Martin hit back-to-back buckets to cut it back to two (63-61) with 45 seconds left. Schmidt hit a jumper with six seconds left to force overtime.
Goshen had the advantage in overtime. Schmidt had the only field goal in the overtime period with the Maple Leafs winning 72-71.
IU Northwest will be back in action Thursday, November 4 as the RedHawks travel for an exhibition against Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis starting at 6 p.m. CT.
IU NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL: LOSES THREE STRAIGHT SETS TO CARDINAL STRITCH
GARY, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s volleyball team lost three straight sets to visiting Cardinal Stritch at the Savannah Center Tuesday.
Cardinal Stritch 13-10 (10-7 CCAC) | IU Northwest 9-16 (4-12 CCAC)
Kills: Emileishka De Jesus (11)
Assists: Maddie Maatman (14)
Digs: Emileishka De Jesus (6)
Blocks: Mary Markusic (3)
Aces: Stephanie Teer (1), Kelsey Ferrell (1)
Set 1: Cardinal Stritch 25, IU Northwest 22
Set 2: Cardinal Stritch 25, IU Northwest 12
Set 3: Cardinal Stritch 25, IU Northwest 14
SET 1: Cardinal Stritch 25, IU Northwest 22
Both teams traded points early in the first set making it 7-7.
Cardinal Stritch scored two straight points to grab a 9-7 lead.
IU Northwest went on a road to pull ahead 14-10.
The Wolves went on a 5-1 rally and tied the match at 15-all.
Both teams traded points then Cardinal Stritch went ahead 24-21.
CSU ended up winning the first set 25-22.
SET 2: Cardinal Stritch 25, IU Northwest 12
Both teams traded the first six points which made it 3-3.
Cardinal Stritch scored six in a row to grab a 9-3 lead.
IU Northwest looked to bounce back but the Wolves were one step ahead.
CSU went up 15-6 looking to put the match away.
The Wolves won the second set 25-12.
SET 3: Cardinal Stritch 25, IU Northwest 14
Both teams scored five points a piece early on which made it 5-all.
Cardinal Stritch scored three points in a row to make it 8-5.
IU Northwest bounced back and added three in a row to tie it back.
The Wolves went up 12-10 then scored eight straight for a 20-10 lead.
CSU won the third set 25-14 and won the match 3-0.
IU Northwest will be back in action Tuesday, November 2 as the RedHawks host Cardinal Stritch inside the Savannah Center starting at 7 p.m. CT.
IU SOUTH BEND: Titans take straight-set win over Lincoln
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – IU South Bend secured the No. 2 seed for next week’s CCAC Tournament on Tuesday night, as the Titans earned a straight-set sweep over visiting Lincoln, 25-10, 25-17, 25-21.
Hannah Marchand led the attack for the Titans (19-6, 15-2 CCAC), scoring a match-high 11 kills with a .588 attack percentage. The senior also served up seven aces in the win along with three blocks to finish with 20 points on the night. McKenzie Powell collected 35 assists, while Amber Jacobs posted a team-high 12 digs along with six kills.
The Titans jumped out on the Lynx (6-16, 5-12 CCAC) early in the first set, taking an 11-4 lead to start the match. IUSB held their opponent to the lowest point total of the year, holding the Lynx to ten points in the first-set victory.
Keeping the momentum rolling through game two, the Titans scored the first six points of the set behind three service aces from Marchand. A quick three-point rally later in the set stretched the Titan lead to 21-10 after kills from Marchand and Jacobs, and Julie Brown finished out the game with her kill at 25-17.
The visitors played their strongest stretch in the early moments of game three, as the Lynx took a 10-6 lead to open the set. The Titans worked to even the score at 15-15 on another kill from Brown, then moved in front at 17-16 with Marchand’s strike. Lincoln would score the next two points to briefly reclaim the lead, but the Titans would finish with 8 of the final 11 points to close out the match.
The Titans now prepare for the regular season finale, as they host Judson on Thursday, November 4. Marchand and Brown will be recognized before the match as part of the Senior Night festivities, with the match set to tip off at 7:00 p.m.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Third Quarter Surge Leads Trojans to 75-66 Win on the Road
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Energized by a third quarter surge, the Taylor University women’s basketball team defeated Cornerstone (0-2) by a score of 75-66, re-entering the win column after two tough losses.
The Trojan offense was fairly well distributed throughout the night, four players scoring double-digits while none eclipsed the 20-point mark. Taylor Westgate grabbed her second double-double of the short season, snagging 14 points in addition to 12 boards. With four games now in the books, the Marion, Indiana, native holds a season-average of 13.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
The opening 10 minutes of the game were evenly matched, with the Trojans inching ahead 17-16 thanks to an Ava Henson jumper at the buzzer. In the quarter, Taylor shot 44.4 percent from the floor on 18 shots taken, while knocking down just one of five shots from three.
In the second quarter, the Golden Eagles outscored the Trojans 19-14, carrying a four-point lead into the half. Claycee West led the Taylor offense with six points in the quarter, yet five Taylor turnovers and four offensive boards for Cornerstone proved enough to give the home team the advantage at half.
A new script unfolded in the third frame, however, as the Trojans outscored Cornerstone 25-11 while shooting a remarkable 76.9 percent from the floor. Lauren James led the way, scoring eight points while perfect on four shots.
The Trojans coughed up eight turnovers in the third quarter alone, which were impressively overcome as Taylor hit on 10 of its 13 shots while holding the Golden Eagles to a mere 21.1-percent mark from the field.
Taylor dominated play around the hoop, throughout the game but especially in the third quarter, as the Trojans outscored Cornerstone 20-6 in the paint, outrebounding the opponent 14-5.
Up 10 heading into the final frame, Taylor maintained its lead, culminating in a nine-point victory. Kayla Kirtley provided steady offense down the stretch, scoring seven, three of which came from the free-throw line.
Taylor had another six turnovers in the fourth quarter, yet a shooting percentage of 54.5 percent and composure at the free-throw line carried the Trojans to their season’s second win.
TU finished the game shooting 54.5 percent overall from the floor and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe, a significant increase from the team’s previous season-average of 56.5 percent. Three-point land continued to be rocky soil, however, as the Trojans shot just 18.2 percent from deep, granting them a season-average of 30.9 percent.
In addition to Westgate’s 14-point 12-rebound night, Kirtley contributed 14 and eight while West added 16 and five. Lauren James scored 12 points, maintaining a mark of 55.6 percent from the floor.
Taylor is now 5-0 all-time against Cornerstone.
The Trojans will be back in action on Friday, November 5th, as they participate in the 22nd annual Cattle Classic at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Taylor will take on No. 13 Dakota State (3-2) on Friday at 2:00 pm, and, then, No. 18 Sterling (0-0) on Saturday at 11:00 am.
INDIANA TECH VOLLEYBALL: Blust Named WHAC Defender of the Week
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech junior Jacey Blust was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Defender of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Blust recorded 80 digs over three matches and averaged 5.7 digs per set to help the Warriors go 2-1 over the week. She had a season-high 30 digs against Madonna while notching 26 against Michigan-Dearborn and 24 against Concordia.
It’s the third time this season, and 10th time in her career, that she was won the weekly award.
INDIANA TECH WBASKETBALL: Warriors Top Century Mark in Rout
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 14-ranked Indiana Tech women’s basketball team defeated Miami University – Hamilton 110-38, Tuesday morning inside the Schaefer Center on Kids Day.
Emma Tuominen had a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds while Erika Foy contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Bethany Worm chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals off the bench while Kyra Whitaker had 12 points and four assists. All 16 players who suited up for the Warriors registered a point in the win.
The Harriers gook the first lead of the game and traded buckets with Tech over the first two-plus minutes, but a pair of free throws from Foy, who finished the quarter with 10 points, sparked a 12-3 run for the Warriors as they took a 18-6 lead with 4:12 to play in the first quarter. The Orange and Black ended the period on a 15-2 run, with the lone Harrier bucket coming at the 1:50 mark as Tech led 31-10 at the buzzer.
The Warriors continued to dominate in the second quarter with a 23-15 scoring advantage and allowing just one point from Miami-Hamilton through the first four minutes of the period. Tech entered the locker room leading 54-25 and allowed just 13 points over the final 20 minutes of the game while scoring their most points since January 4, 2020 when they also scored 110 against the University of Northwestern Ohio. The last time Tech scored triple digits in a game was January 21, 2021 when they defeated Cornerstone University 101-62.
Tech (3-0) returns to action Friday as they host the Warrior Classic and welcome in Judson University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Rochester University. The Warriors will take on Judson at 5:30 p.m. Friday from the Schafer Center while MVNU and Rochester are slated to play at 7:30 p.m.
VINCENNES BOWLING: Wiles earns All-Tournament honors as VU Bowling places 10th at Boilermaker Classic
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Trailblazer sophomore Alex Wiles (Bloomington, Ind.) earned All-Tournament honors after his third-place finish at the Boilermaker Classic hosted by Purdue University this past weekend.
Wiles earned his first Top-Five finish of the season by shooting an impressive 1103 over five games, for an average of 220 pins per game, 22 pins higher than his next best tournament this season.
“Vincennes hasn’t had an All-Tournament player in over three years,” VU Bowling head coach Stephen Mohn said. “They aren’t easy to get against the level of competition we see every weekend.”
Vincennes as a team placed 10th in the 12-team tournament, finishing with a team score of 7404 pins.
VU sophomore Dylan Mollo (Centerville, Ind.) was the next highest Vincennes bowler, ending with a 35th place finish with a five-round score of 909.
Freshman Michael Zimmerman (Highland, Ind.) ended his day with a score of 886 or 177 pins per round.
Freshman Brighton Lucas (Salem, Ind.) finished with a final score of 637 in four games, for an average of 159 pins.
Freshmen Garrison Taladay (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Reyce Buchanan (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the Vincennes scoring, with Taladay ending with a total of 508 pins in three games and Buchanan shooting a 459 in three games.
“This was a long, brutal weekend,” Mohn added. “We didn’t perform at our best on day one but came out on day two with a lot of energy. While we weren’t the best on day two, we had more fun as team than most.”
The Trailblazers will now get set to take their longest trip of the season this weekend as Vincennes travels to Atlanta to take part in the Bowlero Southern Collegiate Classic at Bowlero Austell. This will be Vincennes’ second Tier I tournament of the season.
McKendree – 8240
Marian – 8117
Judson – 7848
Purdue – 7682
Midway – 7634
Southeastern Illinois – 7592
Siena Heights – 7572
Roosevelt – 7522
Lourdes – 7461
VINCENNES – 7404
Illinois State – 7374
Indiana – 6992
Alex Wiles – 3, 1103
Dylan Mollo – 35, 909
Michael Zimmerman – 46, 886
Brighton Lucas – 69, 637
Garrison Taladay – 85, 508
Reyce Buchanan – 94, 459
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1953 After two days of meetings, the rules committee ends the practice that allows players to leave their gloves on the playing field, requiring outfielders and infielders to carry their gloves with them into the dugout after each half-inning. Before the controversial change, left fielders, right fielders, first basemen, and third basemen would leave their gloves in foul territory with center fielders, shortstops, and second basemen dropping their gloves at their position, with plays occurring around the scattered leather.
1953 The Rules Committee re-establishes the sacrifice fly ruling, which credits a batter with an RBI who flies out driving in a run without charging the hitter with a time at-bat. MLB dropped the original decree in 1939.
1964 Philadelphia voters approve a $25 million bond issue to build a new sports stadium. Due to cost overruns, a 1967 measure authorizes an additional $13 million, bringing the final price tag to approximately $50 million, making Veterans Stadium one of the most expensive ballparks ever built.
1965 A’s pitcher Lew Krausse strikes out a record 21 Lara batters during a winter league game, tossing a one-hitter for Caracas. The right-hander will average 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings during his dozen years in the major leagues, including stops with the Brewers, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Braves.
1965 Sandy Koufax (26-8, 2.04, 382) wins the second of his three Cy Young Awards unanimously, capturing all twenty of the writer’s votes from both leagues. The Dodger southpaw also received the honor in 1963 and will be named again next season.
1968 Trying to cross the busy Kings Highway near the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Harry Carey suffers two broken legs, a broken nose, and a dislocated shoulder after flying 40 feet in the air when struck by a car at 1:15 AM on an inclement Sunday morning. The popular Cardinals broadcaster’s hospital room becomes party central before his discharge, recovering in time for Opening Day.
1970 The Phillies swap Curt Flood to the Senators for three minor leaguers. The embattled outfielder had refused to go to Philadelphia after the 1969 trade from the Cardinals, citing he was not a piece of property to be sold, becoming the first player to challenge the reserve clause seriously.
1971 Pennsylvania lawmakers Hugh Scott and Richard South Schweiker collect their World Series wager in front of the U.S. Capito from their fellow senators from Maryland, Charles Mathias, Jr. and J. Glenn Beall. After winning the bet on the Fall Classic between the Orioles and Pirates, the Keystone State lawmakers victoriously ride elephants, as the losers lead and feed the pachyderms peanuts while carrying shovels to clean the street.
1979 The AL and NL all-star teams depart on an exhibition tour of Japan. The National League squad will take four of seven from the American League counterparts, but the teams will combine to split a pair of games with the Japanese all-stars.
1987 Mark McGwire wins the American League Rookie of the Year, easily outdistancing runners-up Kevin Seitzer and Matt Nokes. The 24 year old A’s first baseman, who set the freshman major league home run record for home runs in with 49, becomes the second player to win the AL award unanimously, joining Carlton Fisk, who accomplished the feat with the Red Sox in 1972.
1988 The White Sox name Jeff Torborg to replace Jim Fregosi as the team’s manager. Chicago’s new skipper, who will be named the American League Manager of the Year in 1990, will see his club finish second twice during his three-year tenure in the Windy City, before leaving the team for a short-lived position managing the Mets.
1992 The Reds trade Paul O’Neill and Joe DeBerry, a minor leaguer, to the Yankees for Roberto Kelly. The deal works well for the Bronx Bombers as the popular outfielder will become a team leader, playing a vital role in four World Series championships before he retires before the 2002 season.
1993 Greg Maddux (20-10, 2.36) wins his second Cy Young Award when he easily outpoints Bill Swift of the Giants and teammate Tom Glavine on ballots cast by the BBWAA. The 27 year-old right-hander becomes the first hurler to win the prestigious pitcher prize in back-to-back seasons for different teams, having copped the award with the Cubs last season.
1997 Becoming the fifth Red Sox player to receive the honor, Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (.306, 30, 98) is unanimously selected as the American League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA. The 23-year-old leadoff hitter led the league with 209 hits.
1999 In a nine-player deal, the Rangers trade superstar Juan Gonzalez along with pitcher Danny Patterson and catcher Greg Zaun to the Tigers for pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb, and Francisco Cordero, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Bill Haselman, and infielder Frank Catalanotto.
2000 After being turned down by Yankees third base coach Willie Randolph and their third base coach, Ron Oester, because of below-market contract offers, the Reds hire Bob Boone as their manager, replacing 69 year-old Jack McKeon. The former catcher and present special assistant to general manager Jim Bowden had a 181-206 record as the Royals manager.
2001 In Game 6, the Diamondbacks get 21 hits in the first six innings against the Yankees to set a record for hits in a World Series game. The 1921 Giants (Game 3 vs. Yankees) and the 1946 Cardinals (Game 4 vs. Red Sox) established the previous record of 20.
2003 ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine will return to Japan to manage the Chiba Lotte Marines, which fired him after a solid second-place finish in 1995. The former Mets and Rangers skipper signs a three-year deal with an option for two more years worth an estimated $6.4 million.
2005 SBC announces the San Francisco home of the Giants will getting its third name in three years. The corporation will adopt the better known AT&T brand for its identity as the result of the likely merger of the two companies planned for later this year.
2006 Orlando Hudson becomes only the sixth major league infielder to win a Gold Glove in both the American and National Leagues. The Diamondback second baseman’s defensive prowess was recognized in the Junior circuit last season when he copped his first Rawling’s award playing for the Blue Jays.
2006 🇨🇳 To bring America’s national pastime to a country with over 1.3 billion potential fans, MLB officials announce an office will be opened in China to help promote the game. Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer, raises the possibility of the sport playing a regular-season opener in Beijing.
2006 Greg Maddux wins his sixteenth Gold Glove award, tying the mark held by former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson and pitcher Jim Kaat for the most ever won by one player. The Braves right-hander will extend the major league mark to 18 when managers and coaches again select him in 2007 and 2008 as the best fielding pitcher in the National League.
2008 Ruben Amaro Jr., the team’s assistant GM for a decade, is named to replace Pat Gillick as the general manager of the recently crowned World Champion Phillies. The former batboy signs a three-year deal to run the club five days after Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay in the Fall Classic, winning just its second title in the 125 year-history franchise.
2008 The Brewers exercise their $10 million option on Mike Cameron (.243, 25, 70). The 35-year-old three-time Gold Glove outfielder committed only one error in 119 starts for the Brew Crew last season.
2009 George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yomiuri Giants’ 7-4 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters in Game 3 of the Japan Series. The former American president, who bounces the ball in the dirt before it is snagged, enjoys the game in a private box with former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, home run king Sadaharu Oh, and John Roos, the U.S. ambassador to Japan.
2010 Reminiscent of when the New York team moved to San Francisco in 1958, tens of thousands of Giants fans pay homage by celebrating the World Champions with a ticker-tape parade. First baseman Aubrey Huff delights the fans by pulling out his “rally thong” as he addresses a raucous crowd at Civic Center.
2013 Brad Ausmus, who has never managed or coached a professional baseball team, is introduced as the Tigers’ new skipper, replacing veteran manager Jim Leyland. The 44 year-old Dartmouth graduate, a former All-Star catcher just three years past his playing career, signs a three-year contract with a team option for the 2017 season.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1976 WORLD SERIES
Cincinnati Reds (4) vs New York Yankees (0)
The 1976 season witnessed the return of baseball’s most successful postseason-dynasty to the Fall Classic. After a twelve year hiatus, the New York Yankees had rebuilt themselves back into the American League champions of old. After the team was purchased by a cunning-businessman named George Steinbrenner (in 1972) they filled several gaps with some shrewd trading and finished in third during the ’75 season.
This year, former “Bronx Bomber” Billy Martin was at the helm and his crew consisted of several standouts including Thurman Munson, Chris Chambliss, Graig Nettles, Sparky Lyle and Jim “Catfish” Hunter (who had made good on his threat to Oakland).
It seemed fitting that the perennial champions were to face the defending champions as the Cincinnati Reds returned for their second consecutive Classic. Manager Sparky Anderson may not have had a ship, but he did have “The Big Red Machine” and it ran on cylinders like Tony Perez at first, Joe Morgan at second, Pete Rose at third, Dave Concepcion at shortstop and George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and Ken Griffey on the grass.
They also boasted one of the best pitching rotations in all of Major League baseball. Gary Nolan led the pitching staff with fifteen victories, Pat Zachry won fourteen, and Fred Norman and Jack Billingham each won twelve games. Their bullpen was just as good with Manny Sarmiento and Rawly Eastwick, both with an ERA below 2.10 and a combined record of 16-6. The Reds had also remained one of the most consistent ball clubs in the league winning one-hundred eight games in ’75, ninety-eight in ’74 and ninety-nine in ’73.
Cincinnati hosted the Series opener at Riverfront Stadium and showed their hometown fans who was in charge. Morgon launched a first-inning homer, Perez added three hits of his own and Gullett and reliever Pedro Borbon combined on a five hitter for the 5-1 victory.
Game 2 looked much the same as Perez snuck a two out single in the ninth to score Griffey for the 4-3 win. Hunter had retired the Reds’ first two batters, but New York shortstop Fred Stanley’s throwing error on Griffey’s roller put the National League champs back in business. The Yankees may have been back as well, but the dust and cobwebs were certainly showing. As the Series returned to the “not-so familiar” surroundings of Yankee Stadium (due to the two year long modernizing process that had sent the Yanks to Shea from ’74-’76) the Reds continued to dominate the home team. Perhaps “The Babe” was displeased with his new decor as the “Big Red Machine” became the “Bronx Bombers” for a day.
With the American League’s designated-hitter rule being used in the Series for the first time, Dan Driessen cracked a homer and went three-for-three while helping the Reds to a third, 6-2 victory. On the other side, shortstop Jim Mason managed the only home run for the Yankees (in his only career at-bat ever in a Series).
Now on the verge of elimination, New York was determined to extend the contest, but the visiting team had a different idea. After blasting them for two and three run homers, the defending champions cruised to another title with a 7-2 sweeping triumph. Yankees fans were devastated (after all, losing in the Bronx was unacceptable) but Steinbrenner wasn’t done yet and they would have their dynasty back, eventually.
Cincinnati became the first National League team to win back-to-back crowns since the New York Giants had in ’21 and ’22. Seven of their hitters batted above .300, led by Bench’s .533 and Foster’s .429.
Amazingly, Anderson did not make a single change during the entire Series among his nine regulars, forsaking the use of a pinch-hitter or a pinch-runner and never making a switch in either his batting order or fielding alignment. On the mound, his rotation boasted a combined 2.00 earned-run average and the franchise’s two year totals consisted of two-hundred ten regular-season victories, a 6-0 record in Championship Series play, and two consecutive World Series triumphs. The mistaken fans at Yankees Stadium had witnessed the play of a dynasty, unfortunately for them though, they weren’t wearing pinstripes.
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|New England Patriots||4||4||0||.500||1.5||206||164||1-4-0||3-0-0||4-1-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|New York Jets||2||5||0||.286||3.0||114||206||2-1-0||0-4-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||1||7||0||.125||4.5||138||233||0-3-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||1-2-0||7 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||2||0||.714||0.0||180||166||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||172||177||2-2-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|Kansas City Chiefs||4||4||0||.500||1.5||208||220||2-2-0||2-2-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||4||4||0||.500||1.5||157||137||2-2-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||2||0||.714||0.0||187||164||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||5||3||0||.625||0.5||220||162||2-1-0||3-2-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||132||142||2-2-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|Cleveland Browns||4||4||0||.500||1.5||183||180||3-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||6||2||0||.750||0.0||227||195||3-1-0||3-1-0||5-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||5||0||.375||3.0||200||183||1-3-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||1||6||0||.143||4.5||123||203||1-3-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Houston Texans||1||7||0||.125||5.0||119||241||1-3-0||0-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||7 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||1||0||.857||0.0||225||162||3-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|Philadelphia Eagles||3||5||0||.375||3.5||203||191||0-3-0||3-2-0||3-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||6||0||.250||4.5||156||227||1-3-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-0-0||4 L|
|New York Giants||2||6||0||.250||4.5||156||200||1-3-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||7||1||0||.875||0.0||246||138||3-1-0||4-0-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||7||1||0||.875||0.0||245||168||3-1-0||4-0-0||5-1-0||1-1-0||4 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||4||0||.429||3.5||168||171||0-3-0||3-1-0||3-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||3||5||0||.375||4.0||181||169||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||7||1||0||.875||0.0||192||167||3-0-0||4-1-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||7 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||3||4||0||.429||3.5||163||157||2-2-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||5||0||.375||4.0||123||195||2-2-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|Detroit Lions||0||8||0||.000||7.0||134||244||0-4-0||0-4-0||0-6-0||0-3-0||8 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||2||0||.750||0.0||260||183||4-0-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||5||2||0||.714||0.5||176||128||2-1-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|Carolina Panthers||4||4||0||.500||2.0||165||159||2-2-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||4||0||.429||2.5||148||195||1-3-0||2-1-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|New York||5||2||.714||—||2-2||3-0||2-1||4-2||5-2||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||1||6||.143||5.0||1-2||0-4||0-1||1-5||1-6||2 L|
|Golden State||5||1||.833||—||2-1||3-0||3-0||5-1||5-1||1 W|
|LA Lakers||5||3||.625||1.0||4-2||1-1||0-2||4-3||5-3||3 W|
|LA Clippers||2||4||.333||3.0||2-2||0-2||0-1||2-3||2-4||1 W|
|San Antonio||2||5||.286||2.0||1-2||1-3||0-1||0-3||2-5||1 L|
|New Orleans||1||7||.125||3.5||0-4||1-3||–||1-3||1-7||4 L|
|1 Florida Panthers||9||8||0||1||17||8||36||18||5-0-0||3-0-1||8-0-1|
|2 Carolina Hurricanes||8||8||0||0||16||8||33||12||5-0-0||3-0-0||8-0-0|
|3 New York Rangers||10||6||2||2||14||6||24||22||1-1-1||5-1-1||6-2-2|
|4 Washington Capitals||9||5||1||3||13||5||32||22||3-0-3||2-1-0||5-1-3|
|5 Toronto Maple Leafs||10||5||4||1||11||5||25||29||4-1-1||1-3-0||5-4-1|
|6 Tampa Bay Lightning||9||5||3||1||11||5||29||30||2-2-1||3-1-0||5-3-1|
|7 Philadelphia Flyers||8||5||2||1||11||5||28||21||3-1-1||2-1-0||5-2-1|
|8 Buffalo Sabres||9||5||3||1||11||4||28||22||4-1-0||1-2-1||5-3-1|
|9 Detroit Red Wings||10||4||4||2||10||4||29||34||2-1-2||2-3-0||4-4-2|
|10 Columbus Blue Jackets||8||5||3||0||10||4||23||22||4-1-0||1-2-0||5-3-0|
|11 New Jersey Devils||8||4||3||1||9||4||21||25||3-2-1||1-1-0||4-3-1|
|12 New York Islanders||7||3||2||2||8||3||17||18||—||3-2-2||3-2-2|
|13 Boston Bruins||7||4||3||0||8||3||18||20||3-0-0||1-3-0||4-3-0|
|14 Pittsburgh Penguins||8||3||3||2||8||3||26||25||2-3-1||1-0-1||3-3-2|
|15 Ottawa Senators||9||3||5||1||7||3||24||30||2-3-0||1-2-1||3-5-1|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||11||3||8||0||6||3||22||34||2-3-0||1-5-0||3-7-0|
|1 Edmonton Oilers||8||7||1||0||14||6||34||21||4-1-0||3-0-0||7-1-0|
|2 St. Louis Blues||7||6||1||0||12||6||29||15||3-1-0||3-0-0||6-1-0|
|3 Calgary Flames||9||6||1||2||14||6||31||18||1-0-2||5-1-0||6-1-2|
|4 San Jose Sharks||9||6||3||0||12||6||27||22||3-1-0||3-2-0||6-3-0|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||9||5||2||2||12||4||32||29||3-0-0||2-2-2||5-2-2|
|6 Minnesota Wild||9||6||3||0||12||6||27||30||3-1-0||3-2-0||6-3-0|
|7 Anaheim Ducks||11||4||4||3||11||4||35||35||3-2-1||1-2-2||3-4-3|
|8 Nashville Predators||9||5||4||0||10||4||26||24||3-3-0||2-1-0||5-4-0|
|9 Vancouver Canucks||10||4||5||1||9||3||25||27||1-3-0||3-2-1||4-5-1|
|10 Colorado Avalanche||8||4||4||0||8||3||24||27||2-2-0||2-2-0||4-4-0|
|11 Vegas Golden Knights||9||4||5||0||8||3||21||30||2-3-0||2-2-0||4-5-0|
|12 Dallas Stars||9||3||4||2||8||2||18||26||1-1-1||2-3-1||3-4-2|
|13 Los Angeles Kings||9||3||5||1||7||3||24||27||3-2-0||0-3-1||3-5-1|
|14 Seattle Kraken||10||3||6||1||7||3||25||33||2-2-0||1-4-1||3-6-1|
|15 Chicago Blackhawks||10||1||7||2||4||1||22||38||1-3-1||0-4-1||1-7-2|
|16 Arizona Coyotes||10||0||9||1||1||0||13||42||0-3-0||0-6-1||0-9-1|
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|New York City FC||33||14||8||11||55||35||20||10-3-3||4-5-8||50|
|Orlando City SC||33||12||12||9||48||48||0||8-7-2||4-5-7||48|
|Inter Miami CF||33||11||5||17||35||53||-18||7-2-8||4-3-9||38|
|x – Seattle||33||17||8||8||52||32||20||8-5-4||9-3-4||59|
|x – Sporting KC||32||17||7||8||57||36||21||9-5-2||8-2-6||58|
|x – Colorado||33||16||10||7||46||33||13||8-7-1||8-3-6||58|
|Real Salt Lake||32||13||6||13||53||51||2||9-4-3||4-2-10||45|
|Los Angeles FC||33||12||9||12||51||46||5||8-6-3||4-3-9||45|