Houston 9 Boston 2
LA Dodgers 6 Atlanta 5
Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 5 (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)
Thursday, Oct. 21
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 5 (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6* (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX/FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Start time of NLCS Game 6 will move to 8 p.m. ET if the ALCS has concluded
Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day
Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)
Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)
Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*
Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Milwaukee 127 Brooklyn 104
Golden State 121 LA Lakers 114
Chicago at Detroit
Indiana at Charlotte
Boston at New York
Washington at Toronto
Philadelphia at New Orleans
Houston at Minnesota
Cleveland at Memphis
Orlando at San Antonio
Oklahoma City at Utah
Denver at Phoenix
Sacramento at Portland
FINAL AP INDIANA HS FOOTBALL POLLS
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Center Grove (14) 9-0 280 1
2. Westfield – 8-1 236 2
3. Merrillville – 9-0 226 3
4. Carmel – 8-1 208 4
5. Brownsburg – 7-2 164 6
6. Carroll (Fort Wayne) – 8-1 126 7
7. Hamilton Southeastern – 7-2 112 5
8. Warren Central – 5-3 56 10
9. Lawrence North – 5-3 40 8
10. Fishers – 6-3 26 NR
Others receiving votes: Ben Davis 20. Warsaw 20. Columbus North 12. Homestead 8. Lafayette Jeff 2. Elkhart 2. Chesterton 2.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Cathedral (13) 8-1 264 1
2. Decatur Central (1) 8-1 244 2
3. Lafayette Harrison – 8-1 206 3
4. Valparaiso – 8-1 188 4
5. Ft. Wayne Snider – 7-1 184 5
6. Concord – 8-1 134 7
7. Mishawaka – 7-2 72 8
8. Bloomington South – 6-2 52 6
9. Kokomo – 7-2 46 NR
10. Michigan City – 6-3 44 10
Others receiving votes: Ft. Wayne Dwenger 40. Zionsville 38. Castle 18. Whiteland 4. New Palestine 4. Bloomington North 2.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Roncalli (14) 9-0 280 1
2. Leo – 9-0 242 2
3. Jasper – 9-0 218 3
4. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) – 8-1 190 5
5. E. Central – 7-2 162 4
6. Mooresville – 7-2 130 7
7. Bishop Chatard – 5-4 112 8
8. Ev. Memorial – 7-2 80 6
9. Northview – 7-1 64 10
10. Hobart – 6-3 22 NR
Others receiving votes: E. Noble 18. New Prairie 18. Logansport 4.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. W. Lafayette (11) 9-0 272 1
2. Gibson Southern (3) 8-1 250 2
3. Brebeuf Jesuit – 7-2 198 5
4. Danville – 8-1 192 3
5. Lawrenceburg – 8-1 164 4
6. Brownstown – 9-0 140 6
7. Tippecanoe Valley – 9-0 112 7
8. Norwell – 8-1 86 8
9. Mt. Vernon (Posey) – 8-1 50 9
10. Tri-West – 7-2 48 10
Others receiving votes: Jimtown 10. Mishawaka Marian 6. Owen Valley 6. Sullivan 4. Heritage Hills 2.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Eastbrook (5) 8-0 256 2
2. Ft. Wayne Luers (8) 8-1 242 1
3. Heritage Christian (1) 8-0 200 3
4. Eastside – 9-0 184 4
5. Linton – 9-0 172 5
6. Tipton – 8-1 136 8
7. Ev. Mater Dei – 7-2 120 7
8. Andrean – 6-3 74 6
9. Centerville – 8-0 72 9
10. Speedway – 7-2 40 NR
Others receiving votes: Scecina 18. Lafayette Catholic 16. N. Posey 10.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Lutheran (12) 9-0 270 1
2. Monroe Central (1) 9-0 248 2
3. Adams Central (1) 8-1 232 3
4. Winamac – 7-0 202 4
5. Parke Heritage – 7-2 122 7
6. Springs Valley – 7-1 120 8
7. S. Adams – 7-2 112 6
8. S. Putnam – 7-2 94 5
9. Churubusco – 7-2 76 9
10. Covenant Christian – 5-4 18 10
Others receiving votes: Sheridan 16. Perry Central 14. N. Central (Farmersburg) 6. N. Judson 4. Park Tudor 4. N. Decatur 2.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE WEEK 1
South Bend Adams (3-6) at Goshen (4-5)
LaPorte (2-7) at Concord (8-1)
McCutcheon (1-7) at Zionsville (4-5)
Terre Haute North (3-6) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-1)
Jeffersonville (3-5) at Floyd Central (3-6)
Lowell (6-3) at Highland (4-5)
Griffith (4-5) at Hobart (6-3)
South Bend Riley (1-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-6)
South Bend St. Joseph (2-7) at Logansport (5-2)
Plymouth (0-9) at New Prairie (7-2)
Culver Academy (6-3) at South Bend Clay (0-8)
DeKalb (1-8) at Wawasee (1-8)
Leo (9-0) at East Noble (6-2)
Northridge (5-4) at NorthWood (5-4)
Angola (2-7) at Columbia City (4-5)
Marion (4-4) at Fort Wayne Wayne (2-7)
Fort Wayne South (1-7) at Delta (4-5)
Jay County (3-6) at Mississinewa (6-2)
New Haven (4-5) at Huntington North (2-7)
Richmond (1-8) at Shelbyville (1-5)
Muncie Central (1-8) at Connersville (1-8)
Pendleton Heights (5-4) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (8-1)
Greenfield-Central (6-3) at New Castle (2-7)
Indianapolis Chatard (5-4) at Frankfort (2-6)
Indianapolis Attucks (3-5) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-4)
Beech Grove (3-6) at Lebanon (6-3)
Indianapolis Roncalli (9-0) at Western (6-3)
South Dearborn (6-3) at Madison (3-6)
Martinsville (5-4) at Silver Creek (5-3)
Mooresville (7-2) at Jennings County (1-8)
Greenwood (2-7) at East Central (7-2)
Evansville Memorial (7-2) at Evansville Harrison (2-7)
Evansville Reitz (3-6) at Boonville (2-6)
Northview (7-1) at Jasper (9-0)
Twin Lakes (2-7) at Hanover Central (8-1)
Calumet (6-3) at Knox (3-6)
Lakeland (3-6) at John Glenn (4-4)
West Noble (4-5) at Jimtown (7-2)
Mishawaka Marian (6-3) at South Bend Washington (3-4)
Tippecanoe Valley (9-0) at Garrett (4-5)
Norwell (8-1) at Maconaquah (2-5)
Northwestern (0-8) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)
Oak Hill (7-2) at Bellmont (1-8)
Heritage (4-5) at Peru (6-2)
West Lafayette (9-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (7-2)
Yorktown (5-4) at North Montgomery (3-4)
Hamilton Heights (6-3) at Guerin Catholic (2-7)
Crawfordsville (1-8) at Western Boone (5-4)
Indianapolis Ritter (0-9) at Christel House Manual (2-5)
West Vigo (3-4) at Tri-West (7-2)
Greencastle (6-3) at Danville (8-1)
Indian Creek (2-7) at Indianapolis Washington (3-5)
Vincennes Lincoln (1-8) at Princeton (2-7)
Edgewood (1-7) at Washington (0-8)
Brown County (4-5) at Pike Central (1-6)
Sullivan (7-2) at Owen Valley (7-1)
Scottsburg (6-3) at Brownstown Central (9-0)
Rushville (0-9) at Batesville (5-4)
Greensburg (3-4) at Charlestown (7-2)
Franklin County (6-3) at Lawrenceburg (8-1)
North Harrison (4-5) at Heritage Hills (7-2)
Corydon Central (0-8) at Evansville Bosse (2-7)
Salem (5-2) at Southridge (5-4)
Gibson Southern (8-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (8-1)
North Newton (6-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-4)
Wheeler (6-2) at Andrean (6-3)
Hammond Noll (1-6) at Boone Grove (1-6)
Whiting (3-6) at Bowman Academy (0-8)
Lewis Cass (3-5) at Delphi (6-3)
Wabash (2-6) at Pioneer (7-2)
Bremen (6-3) at Manchester (4-4)
LaVille (6-2) at Rochester (5-2)
Bluffton (4-5) at Eastside (9-0)
Whitko (1-8) at Central Noble (7-2)
Fairfield (4-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-1)
Prairie Heights (3-6) at Woodlan (3-6)
Eastern (Greentown) (7-2) at Eastbrook (8-0)
Lapel (7-2) at Frankton (3-6)
Blackford (1-7) at Tipton (8-1)
Alexandria (3-5) at Elwood (0-8)
South Vermillion (4-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-4)
Southmont (5-4) at Cascade (3-6)
Monrovia (6-3) at North Putnam (2-6)
Speedway (7-2) at Seeger (5-4)
Heritage Christian (8-0) at Indianapolis Scecina (6-3)
Centerville (8-0) at Eastern Hancock (5-4)
Northeastern (5-4) at Winchester (5-4)
Providence (4-5) at Switzerland County (2-6)
Union County (4-4) at Paoli (5-2)
Triton Central (5-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-6)
Mitchell (3-5) at Clarksville (2-7)
North Posey (7-2) at Crawford County (2-5)
South Spencer (4-5) at North Knox (7-2)
Linton-Stockton (9-0) at Tell City (5-4)
Forest Park (3-6) at Evansville Mater Dei (7-2)
Caston (2-7) at South Central (Union Mills) (4-3)
South Newton (5-4) at Culver (2-5)
Winamac (7-0) at West Central (2-7)
Lake Station (2-5) at North Judson (6-3)
Clinton Prairie (4-4) at Clinton Central (2-7)
Traders Point Christian (4-5) at North White (4-3)
Frontier (1-8) at Carroll (Flora) (6-3)
Monroe Central (9-0) at Wes-Del (0-7)
South Adams (7-2) at Madison-Grant (4-5)
Southern Wells (0-9) at Taylor (0-5)
Union City (4-4) at Tri-Central (4-5)
Northfield (6-3) at Fremont (3-6)
North Miami (0-9) at Southwood (4-5)
Adams Central (8-1) at Churubusco (7-2)
Parke Heritage (7-2) at Attica (0-6)
North Vermillion (5-4) at South Putnam (7-2)
Fountain Central (3-6) at Covington (7-2)
Riverton Parke (2-6) at Cloverdale (0-7)
Indiana Deaf (5-3) at Covenant Christian (5-4)
Park Tudor (7-2) at Sheridan (7-2)
Edinburgh (5-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (9-0)
North Decatur (4-4) at South Decatur (2-5)
Hagerstown (1-7) at Tri (7-2)
Knightstown (1-7) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-5)
Springs Valley (7-1) at North Daviess (4-5)
Rock Creek Academy (1-7) at West Washington (3-4)
Eastern Greene (1-8) at Tecumseh (2-6)
Perry Central (7-2) at North Central (Farmersburg) (3-5)
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS
Class A (at Kokomo) — Park Tudor (15-3-1) vs. Westview (15-5), 1 p.m.
Class A (at Evansville North) — Providence (14-3-3) vs. Cascade (13-5-1), 6 p.m.
Class 2A (at Kokomo) — FW Bishop Dwenger (13-4-2) vs. West Lafayette (17-1-2), 3 p.m.
Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.
Class 3A (at Kokomo) — Noblesville (18-1-1) vs. Chesterton (18-1-1), 5 p.m.
Class 3A (at Seymour) — Castle (20-1) vs. Carmel (15-3-2), 3 p.m.
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS
Class A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Andrean (14-3-3) vs. Tipton (10-4), 11 a.m.
Class A (at Providence) — Providence (13-5-1) vs. Heritage Christian (13-8), 1 p.m.
Class 2A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Leo (19-0-2) vs. Mishawaka Marian (19-3), 1 p.m.
Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.
Class 3A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Homestead (20-0) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (17-2-1), 3 p.m.
Class 3A (at Seymour) — Bloomington South (20-0-1) vs. Carmel (17-2-2), 5 p.m.
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS
Penn vs. LaPorte
Crown Point vs. Munster
Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Fishers
McCutcheon vs. Homestead
At Greenfield Central
Yorktown vs. Cathedral
Brownsburg vs. Roncalli
At Bloomington North
Floyd Central vs. Castle
Center Grove vs. Columbus East
at Kankakee Valley
Culver Academies vs. West Lafayette
New Prairie vs. Hanover Central
Bellmont vs. Angola
Northwestern vs. NorthWood
Ritter vs. Tri-West Hendricks
Brebeuf vs. Brownstown Central
Greensburg vs. Evansville Memorial
Silver Creek vs. Barr Reeve
Fairfield vs. Andrean
North Judson vs. South Central
Madison Grant vs. Alexandria Monroe
South Adams vs. Rossville
Union County vs. Covenant Christian
South Putnam vs. Western Boone
North Posey vs. Mitchell
Linton Stockton vs. South Ripley
Southwood vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk
Kouts vs. Triton
Seton Catholic vs. Lafayette Central Catholic
Daleville vs. South Newton
Bloomfield vs. Waldron
Indiana Deaf vs. Indianapolis Lutheran
Lanesville vs. Springs Valley
Trinity Lutheran vs. Loogootee
AP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
1. South Carolina
5. NC State
12. Iowa St.
14. Oregon St.
16. Florida St.
17. Ohio St.
17. Georgia Tech
19. West Virginia
21. South Florida
23. Texas A&M
24. Virginia Tech
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Oct. 20
No. 14 Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Thursday, Oct. 21
FAU at Charlotte | 7:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Tulane at No. 21 SMU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Louisiana at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
San Jose State at UNLV | 11 p.m. | CBSSN
Friday, Oct. 22
Middle Tennessee at UConn | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
Columbia at Dartmouth | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Memphis at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Colorado State at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Washington at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Saturday, Oct. 23
Illinois at No. 7 Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern at No. 6 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 16 Wake Forest at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Kansas State at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS1
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Pennsylvania at Yale | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Morehead State at Marist | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Duquesne at Sacred Heart | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Ohio | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Brown at Cornell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
North Carolina Central at Morgan State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Youngstown State at Indiana State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgetown at Bucknell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
San Diego at Presbyterian | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Lehigh at Fordham | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Harvard at Princeton | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Dayton at Valparaiso | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Norfolk State at Howard | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Chattanooga at Samford | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Incarnate Word at McNeese | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Stetson at Drake | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
North Carolina A&T at Hampton | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Illinois State at South Dakota | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Western Carolina at The Citadel | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
East Tennessee State at Furman | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Bethune-Cookman at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
South Carolina State at Delaware State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Virginia Lynchburg at Tennessee Tech | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Wisconsin at No. 25 Purdue | 3 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Jacksonville State at Sam Houston | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Idaho State at Montana State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Western Illinois at South Dakota | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Southeast Missouri State at UT Martin | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Northern Iowa at South Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Charleston Southern at North Alabama | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Austin Peay at Murray State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
LSU at No. 12 Ole Miss | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Clemson at No. 23 Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Maryland at Minnesota | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
No. 10 Oregon at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
BYU at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Colorado at Cal | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Western Michigan at Toledo | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Rice at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Buffalo at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
New Mexico at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m.
Missouri State at North Dakota State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Boston College at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina at Houston | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Liberty at North Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Eastern Washington | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Kennesaw State at Campbell | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Colgate at Holy Cross | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Wofford at Mercer | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN
South Alabama at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 22 San Diego State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Nevada at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | FS2
Western Kentucky at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Temple at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 24 UTSA at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.
Central Arkansas at Lamar | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Midwestern State at Tarleton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Houston Baptist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Prairie View A&M at Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
USC at No. 13 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC
No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
West Virginia at TCU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
South Carolina at No. 17 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 18 NC State at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Utah at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Montana at Idaho | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UC Davis at Cal Poly | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Northern Colorado at Southern Utah | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Dixie State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+
Northern Arizona at Sacramento State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+
New Mexico State at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m.
THURSDAY NFL SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 25, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Buffalo 5 Vancouver 2
San Jose 5 Montréal 0
New Jersey 4 Seattle 2
Florida 4 Tampa Bay 1
Dallas 2 Pittsburgh 1
Washington 6 Colorado 3
Detroit 4 Columbus 1
NY Islanders 4 Chicago 1
Minnesota 6 Winnipeg 5
Nashville 2 Los Angeles 1
Edmonton 6 Anaheim 5
TOP NATIONAL NEWS
Bellinger, Betts rally Dodgers, cut Braves’ NLCS lead to 2-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger keeps erasing a forgettable regular season, with his latest big swing putting the Los Angeles Dodgers right back in the NL Championship Series.
Bellinger hit a tying, three-run homer and Mookie Betts then lined an RBI double in the Dodgers’ eighth-inning rally, storming back to beat Atlanta 6-5 Tuesday and cutting the Braves’ lead in the series to 2-1.
“It’s hard to remember a bigger hit, with what was at stake,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I’m kind of exhausted now.”
Some of the 51,307 fans had already left when the Dodgers were down to their final five outs and facing the daunting prospect of a 3-0 deficit in the series. Bellinger swung and missed two pitches down the middle for strikes, going to his knees in the dirt.
“Ball’s coming in hard, some shadows you’re dealing with, so I saw it well and I just tried to barrel it up,” Bellinger said. “Just continue to barrel up the ball and pass the baton.”
Bellinger drove a shoulder-high, 95.6-mph fastball from Luke Jackson into the right-field pavilion, igniting the blue towel-waving crowd and reviving the hopes of the defending World Series champions.
“Sad thing is I would do the same thing again,” Jackson said. “I was trying to throw a fastball up and away. I actually threw it better than I thought I threw it. Out of my hand, I was like, `Oh, that’s a ball. It’s too high.’ And no, it wasn’t too high. Good player, put a good swing on it and pretty remarkable.”
Chris Taylor singled, stole second and moved to third on pinch-hitter Matt Beaty’s groundout. Betts followed with the double off Jesse Chavez to right-center.
“One of our strong suits is not worrying about what happened yesterday, focusing on right now,” Betts said.
Game 4 is Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
“We can do it, we’re confident,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “There is going to be no residual effects after this game.”
The Dodgers had lost all 83 previous postseason games – in both Los Angeles and Brooklyn – in which they trailed by three or more runs in the eighth inning or later.
But that’s history now. And so are Bellinger’s recent struggles.
The 2019 NL MVP, Bellinger batted a miserable .165 this year with a paltry .240 on-base percentage and 94 strikeouts in 315 at-bats. He helped redeem himself last week with a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning of the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the rival Giants at San Francisco.
“Fresh start,” Bellinger said of the postseason. “At least for me this year it’s a fresh start. You know, a tough regular season but you know, I felt good towards the end of the season, and just try to continue that feel all the way through.”
“Just you know, staying simple,” he said. “Crazy things are happening.”
Bellinger’s done this before, too. After the Dodgers overcame a 3-1 deficit against Atlanta in the NLCS last year, his tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning won Game 7.
With the cheering, chanting crowd on its feet in the ninth, Kenley Jansen struck out the side to earn the save, the ninth pitcher used by the Dodgers. They ran through a combined 15 in the first two games.
Staggered with back-to-back walk-off losses in Atlanta, the Dodgers returned home, where they’ve dominated the Braves in recent years and were an MLB-best 58-23 during the regular season.
The Braves haven’t won at Dodger Stadium since June 8, 2018. Going back to the 2013 NLDS, the Braves have dropped 20 of their last 23 in LA – they’ve lost 10 straight in Los Angeles overall.
It sure looked like they’d end that skid after leading 5-2 in the fifth.
After Corey Seager’s two-run shot gave them an early lead, the Dodgers’ offense stalled out from the second to eighth innings, with only five hits.
“It’s never going to just be easy and handed to us,” Bellinger said. “We got to fight for it.”
But the wild-card winner staged another improbable comeback late, just like the Dodgers have done so often this postseason.
They beat St. Louis in the NL wild-card game, then edged 107-win San Francisco in the NLDS.
Despite trailing the best-of-seven series, the Dodgers have grabbed the momentum. They’re at home for the next two games, knowing they overcame that 3-1 deficit against the Braves in last year’s NLCS at a neutral site in Arlington, Texas.
The Braves built their lead with a bunch of singles, pounding out 12 hits, and a dropped flyball by novice center fielder Gavin Lux.
Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, going 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored after he struck out seven times in eight at-bats in the first two games.
Adam Duvall went 2 for 5, driving in two runs and scoring another for the Braves. Every Atlanta batter got on base at least once.
Tony Gonsolin got the victory, recording one out in relief.
Jackson took the loss after getting hammered in the eighth.
Eddie Rosario and Freeman jump-started the Braves with back-to-back singles off Walker Buehler to open the game.
The Braves quieted the crowd of 51,307 while knocking around Buehler and taking a 4-2 lead in the fourth.
Atlanta got RBI singles from Joc Pederson, Duvall and Dansby Swanson, and Buehler walked Rosario on four pitches with the bases loaded to force in another run.
Swanson’s hit off his former Vanderbilt teammate went off the glove of shortstop Seager and rolled into left, allowing Pederson to score the go-ahead run as the Braves batted around.
Seager’s wasn’t the only miscue in the fourth. Lux chased Austin Riley’s double to the warning track in right-center only to have the ball go off his glove to keep the inning going.
Buehler got yanked after walking Rosario. Working on two extra days’ rest, Buehler allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked three on 76 pitches.
Buehler pitched on short rest for the first time in his career in Game 4 of the NLDS. He didn’t the win, but the Dodgers tied the series and forced a deciding fifth game.
Atlanta extended its lead to 5-2 in the fifth on Duvall’s RBI single that scored Ozzie Albies, who walked and stole second.
The Dodgers had Charlie Morton on the ropes in the first, when he tied a postseason record with four walks on 34 pitches. The right-hander walked leadoff hitter Betts and Seager followed with a homer to center for a 2-0 lead.
Morton then loaded the bases on consecutive two-out walks to Justin Turner, Lux and Bellinger before Taylor lined out to short to end the inning.
Morton allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked six.
Astros awaken for 7 in 9th, beat Boston 9-2 to tie ALCS 2-2
BOSTON (AP) Six outs from falling behind 3-1 in the AL Championship Series and facing elimination in Game 5 in Boston – where the Red Sox had yet to lose this postseason – the Houston Astros offense awakened.
After tying it in the eighth inning on Jose Altuve’s solo homer, the Astros bullied the Boston bullpen for seven runs in the ninth to win 9-2 on Tuesday night and even the best-of-seven playoff at two games apiece.
“This is one of the great things about baseball,” said the Astros’ 72-year-old manager, Dusty Baker. “When you’re dead in the water and things aren’t going good, and then all of a sudden, boom, boom, boom, and you got seven runs.
“That’s what they’ve been doing to us this whole series,” he said. “And we’re capable of doing that as well.”
Jason Castro looked off a potential third strike from Nathan Eovaldi before driving in watch-tapping Carlos Correa with the go-ahead run in the ninth, then the AL West champions kept on scoring to guarantee themselves at least one more game back home.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston, with Games 6 and 7 back in Houston on Friday and, if necessary, Saturday.
The Red Sox are 5-0 after playoff losses under manager Alex Cora.
“We’re feeling pretty confident,” said Eovaldi, the Game 2 winner who made his first relief appearance since 2019. “That’s been one of our strengths is being able to turn the page and come in tomorrow.”
In a series that had been dominated by offense – especially Boston’s, which has hit 10 homers in the series, including a record-setting three grand slams to turn Games 2 and 3 into routs – the teams traded first-inning home runs.
Alex Bregman hit a solo shot into the Green Monster seats, then Xander Bogaerts topped it with a towering, two-run drive onto Lansdowne Street in the bottom half to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
Then, the pitchers took over.
It was still 2-1 when Altuve homered against Garrett Whitlock to tie it in the eighth. It was his 21st career postseason home run, breaking a tie with Derek Jeter for third-most in baseball history and trailing only Manny Ramirez (29) and Bernie Williams (22).
Eovaldi, making his first relief appearance since he was coming back from an injury two years ago, came on for the ninth and gave up Correa’s leadoff double.
The Red Sox thought they were out of the inning when Eovaldi’s 1-2 breaking ball appeared to catch the plate for strike three on Castro. Still alive, Castro singled in Correa to give Houston the lead.
“Yeah, a lot of people thought it was a strike,” Cora said. “It was a good game until the end, right? We were one pitch away from ending that inning, and it didn’t happen, and then they scored seven.”
Michael Brantley hit a three-run double off Martin Perez. Yordan Alvarez added an RBI single. Perez’s throwing error on Correa’s infield single allowed a run to score, and Kyle Tucker singled in another run.
Houston has scored 36 runs with two outs in the postseason, including 18 of its 22 in this series.
“We knew with this team that we’re playing we wanted to pad the lead,” Baker said. “And pad the lead we did, you know what I mean? That one run might not have stood up, especially in this ballpark.”
The Red Sox, who were the first team in major league history to have double-digit hits six straight times in a single postseason, had just five on Tuesday – two of them when already trailing by seven in the ninth.
Nick Pivetta allowed just one more hit after Bregman’s homer before leaving with a 2-1 lead through five innings. Eovaldi took the loss, allowing four runs while getting just two outs.
Kendall Graveman, the fifth Houston pitcher, threw two scoreless innings for the win. The Astros had special praise for Cristian Javier, who pitched three scoreless innings to get them through five as Houston’s bullpen delivered 7 2/3 shutout innings.
“What the relievers did today was amazing,” Altuve said.
It was the third straight game the Red Sox got five or more innings from a starter, and the third straight that the Houston starter didn’t make it out of the second inning; Zack Greinke got just four outs on Tuesday.
Manager Aaron Boone re-signed by Yankees to 3-year contract
NEW YORK (AP) Manager Aaron Boone was re-signed by the New York Yankees to a three-year contract with a club option for 2025 after four winning but unsuccessful seasons.
Boone, a third-generation major leaguer who hit a pennant-winning home run for the Yankees in 2003, led the team to a 328-218 record and four postseason appearances but just one AL East title.
New York beat Oakland in the 2018 AL wild-card game and lost to rival Boston 3-1 in the Division Series, swept Minnesota in the 2019 Division Series and lost to Houston in a six-game Championship Series, swept Cleveland in the 2020 Wild-Card Series and lost to Tampa Bay in a five-game Division Series, and lost to the Red Sox in this year’s wild-card game.
The Yankees remain without a World Series appearance since winning the 2009 title under manager Joe Girardi – in the last full season before owner George Steinbrenner’s death. Boone was hired by general manager Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner, who succeeded his father as controlling owner in November 2008.
“We have a person and manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us forward,” Steinbrenner said in a statement Tuesday. “As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve. We need to get better. Period. I know Aaron fully embraces our expectations of success, and I look forward to drawing on his intelligence, instincts and leadership in pursuit of our next World Series championship.”
New York was Major League Baseball’s streakiest team this season, with winning runs of 13, seven and six games, and two each of five and four, but also skids of seven, five and four of four.
Even after in-season moves to add Rougned Odor, Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, Yankees left-handed batters were last in the majors with a .207 batting average, 26th in home runs with 53 and 28th in RBIs with 148. Their righties hit .249 with 169 homers and 518 RBIs.
Boone, 48, was an ESPN broadcaster and had never managed when he was hired by the Yankees. He was among six people interviewed for the job and won out over Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline. His 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.
Boone’s grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03. His brother, Bret, was a three-time All-Star second baseman in a big league career from 1992-2005.
Browns’ Mayfield expects to play despite shoulder injury
BEREA, Ohio (AP) Baker Mayfield wants to tough it out.
The Browns quarterback said he expects to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos despite a painful left shoulder injury that has worsened since he hurt it a month ago while trying to make a tackle.
Asked if he expects to play, Mayfield, who took part in the team’s morning walk-through, said, “I do.”
Mayfield, who re-injured his non-throwing shoulder Sunday, said it was still to be determined if he would practice.
Case Keenum is Cleveland’s backup and the 33-year-old veteran, who has 62 career NFL starts, will play if Mayfield feels he can’t go.
Mayfield has played the past four games with a complete tear of his left labrum suffered on Sept. 19. He’s wearing a harness to stabilize the shoulder, but that didn’t prevent it from twice popping out of the socket – once on a non-contact play – in a loss to Arizona on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Mayfield said it’s important for him to stay on the field.
“I think that sets the tone,” he said. “Obviously, if I was in a physical state where I wasn’t able to play to the best of my abilities and I was hurting the team, I wouldn’t do that because I care about winning and I want to give this team the best position to do that, so I want to be out there.
“I want to get healthy, I want to do all that, so that’s what it’s about.”
Mayfield is awaiting a second opinion on MRI results to assess the damage to his non-throwing shoulder, which he injured in Week 3.
Mayfield could benefit from taking a game off. After facing the Broncos on Thursday, Cleveland won’t play again until Oct. 31 against Pittsburgh and the added break would give Mayfield’s injury a chance to heal some.
Mayfield said that ultimately the decision on whether he plays will come down to being able to perform at his best – and that might not be possible right now. He’s planning to test his pain tolerance with hard throws.
“I think whenever we decide to give me some of these reps and throw the pads on and simulate these throws, these game throws. If I’m not able to do and be 100 percent, that’s where I’d be at.
“I have to make that decision. Only I know how my body feels. And if anyone questions whether I’m hindering the team in going out there injured, that’s just not right. so it’s my decision, I get to say whether I’m able to play or not, and that’s just how it is.”
THIS WEEK IN THE NFL: WEEK 7
Week 7 is an important juncture in any NFL season.
Some teams are hitting their strides while others are developing new identities as adversity forces them to pivot and reframe. For younger players, the game is beginning to slow down. And, teams are reaching bye weekends that allow them to recharge mentally and physically.
Week 7 in this NFL season is important because several teams have an opportunity to reach or stay above the always-important .500 mark, keeping pace with division leaders.
Recent history proves that having a .500-or-better record after Week 7 is a key factor in earning a trip to the postseason. Over the past 10 years (2011-20), 122 teams made the playoffs and 107 of those (87.7 percent) were either .500 or above through the first seven weeks of the NFL season.
That’s why this week is key for several teams, beginning with the Thursday night matchup between 3-3 clubs, the DENVER BRONCOS and CLEVELAND BROWNS (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon). Elsewhere across the league:
- Two teams coming off their bye weeks, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-3) and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-2), will attempt – in primetime – to include themselves in that .500-or-better group. The 49ers host the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), while the Saints travel to play the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-4) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).
- A pair of NFC South teams, the CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3) and ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3), can maintain pace with respective trips to play the NEW YORK GIANTS (1-5) and MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-5), both 1:00 PM ET kickoffs on FOX.
- The CHICAGO BEARS (3-3) have an opportunity to surprise the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).
- And, in one of the weekend’s marquee pairings, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3) have a date in Nashville with the TENNESSEE TITANS (4-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
STREAKS ARE CHIC: Four teams currently own winning streaks of at least five games: ARIZONA (six), BALTIMORE (five), DALLAS (five) and GREEN BAY (five). It’s the first time since Week 13 of the 2018 season in which four-or-more teams have winning streaks of that length.
- Three of those clubs (Baltimore, Dallas and Green Bay) lost their 2021 openers. Last season, the Browns, Colts and Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, made the playoffs after losing their initial 2020 games.
SEESAW GAMES: Last week’s Monday night thriller in Nashville, where the Titans held off the Bills, 34-31, in the final seconds, marked the third NFL game this season with at least seven lead changes.
- Tennessee and Buffalo matched a Monday Night Football record with their seven lead changes. The only other time it happened in the 52-year history of the primetime series was Sept. 15, 2008, when Dallas emerged with a 41-37 victory over Philadelphia at Texas Stadium.
- Previously this season, two other games have involved seven lead changes: Arizona beat Minnesota, 34-33, in Week 2, and the Chargers defeated Cleveland, 47-42, in Week 5.
- Teetering games have been common so far this season. On average, better than one game per week has included at least five lead changes (seven such games in six weeks).
BONUS TIME: Already this season, 11 games have gone to overtime, the second-most through the first six weeks of a season all-time. Only the 1995 season (12 games) had more at this point. Dallas, Minnesota and Pittsburgh earned overtime victories in Week 6.
- At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first six weeks.
- The league needs just one overtime contest this weekend to tie the NFL record for the longest stretch of season-opening weeks with at least one overtime game (Weeks 1-7, 2018).
There have been 23 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through the first six weeks all-time.
TITANS HAVE ANOTHER TITANIC QUARTERBACK ON DOCKET: Fresh off an impressive Monday night win over Buffalo, the TENNESSEE TITANS (4-2) host the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- The game features the NFL leader in touchdown passes, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (18) and his top target TYREEK HILL, who is tied for the NFL lead with 46 receptions. The matchup also includes Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY, the league leader in both rushing yards (783) and rushing touchdowns (10).
- Last week, Mahomes passed for a season-high 397 yards with two touchdowns, while tight end TRAVIS KELCE had eight receptions for 99 yards in the Chiefs’ win at Washington.
- At Nissan Stadium on Sunday, Mahomes can record his 30th career 300-yard passing game and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (29) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.
- Also this week, Kelce can record his 79th career game with at least five receptions and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (78) for the fourth-most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (139 games), JASON WITTEN (130) and ANTONIO GATES (96) have more.
- Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY averaged 7.2 yards per carry (20 attempts, 143 yards) and ran for three touchdowns in the Titans’ victory last week. Henry, who ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5, is the first player in 15 years, since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006, with consecutive games of 100 yards rushing and three-or-more rushing touchdowns. Tomlinson reached those marks over a three-game stretch from Nov. 5-19, 2006.
- Henry’s 13-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining, and the Titans’ dramatic goal-line stand in the final seconds, sealed Tennessee’s Monday night win last week. The Titans, who outscored the Bills 10-0 in the fourth quarter, have the league’s most come-from-behind wins (13) in the fourth quarter or overtime since head coach MIKE VRABEL took the reins in 2018.
The most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime, since the beginning of 2018:
BENGALS, RAVENS BATTLE FOR DIVISION LEAD: Quarterbacks JOE BURROW and LAMAR JACKSON will square off for just the second time when the CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-2) travel to meet the BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- Last week, Jackson earned his 35th career win as a starting quarterback and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (34 wins) for the most wins by a quarterback prior to his 25th birthday in NFL history. Jackson turns 25 in January.
- In the Bengals’ win last week, Burrow passed for 271 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 115.7 rating, while rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE led the team with 97 receiving yards.
- Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has at least two touchdown passes in each of the Bengals’ first six games this season. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (first 10 games in 1984) as the only first- or second-year quarterbacks with at least two touchdown passes in each of their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.
- Chase has 553 receiving yards this season, the second-most receiving yards by a rookie in his first six career games in the Super Bowl era. Only ANQUAN BOLDIN (592 receiving yards in 2003) had more.
- Bengals defensive end TREY HENDRICKSON has 19 sacks since the beginning of 2020. Only T.J. WATT (22) and MYLES GARRETT (20) have more in that span.
BUCS AIM FOR BEST START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-1), who began play as an expansion franchise in 1976, have matched the best start in team history. They also began 5-1 in 2005, 2002, 1997 and 1979. Tampa Bay has never opened a season 6-1 and can reach that mark with a win over the CHICAGO BEARS (3-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).
- Chicago’s defense enters the game tied for the league lead with 21 sacks, while Tampa Bay’s offense has allowed just nine sacks, tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL.
- Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY has the second-most passing yards (2,064) and touchdown passes (17) of his career through six games, topped only by his 2,163 passing yards in 2011 and his 21 touchdown passes in his MVP season of 2007. His 2,064 passing yards this season rank No. 1 in the league.
SAINTS STRONG AFTER BYE WEEKS: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-2) are fresh off their bye week and play at the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-4) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). Over the last 10 seasons (2011-20), New Orleans is 7-3 in games after bye weeks, tied for the best record in the NFL. On the other sideline, the Seahawks are 4-2 over the previous five seasons (2016-20) against opponents coming off bye weeks.
GOFF, STAFFORD BATTLE AT SOFI STADIUM: In their first meeting after trading places as starting quarterbacks of their respective teams, JARED GOFF and the DETROIT LIONS (0-6) go on the road to play MATTHEW STAFFORD and the LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX). The trade this past offseason involved two former No. 1 overall selections in the NFL Draft.
- Since the beginning of 2018, when Goff led the Rams to a berth in Super Bowl LIII, he has 14,783 passing yards. Over that span, only PATRICK MAHOMES (15,755), MATT RYAN (15,303) and TOM BRADY (15,109) have more.
- Stafford, who this week plays his 172nd NFL game, has 298 career touchdown passes. With two more on Sunday, he would become the eighth player in NFL history to reach the 300-touchdown milestone in 175-or-fewer games.
- This season, Stafford has 16 touchdown passes, the most in NFL history for a player in his first six games with a new team.
The most passing touchdowns by a player over his first six games with a new team in NFL history:
|Matthew Stafford||Los Angeles Rams||2021||16|
|Justin Herbert||Los Angeles Chargers||2020||15|
|Deshaun Watson||Houston Texans||2017||15|
|Kurt WarnerHOF||St. Louis Rams||1998-99||15|
Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the NFL with seven touchdown catches, while his 46 receptions are tied for the league lead with DAVANTE ADAMS and TYREEK HILL. Last week, Kupp recorded nine catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Kupp, who also had two touchdown receptions in Week 2 and Week 3, is the first player since JULIUS THOMAS (2014) with at least two touchdown catches in three of his team’s first six games of a season.
- Kupp also has 46 receptions for 653 yards and seven touchdowns this season and has joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (45 catches for 709 yards and eight touchdown receptions in 1999) as the only players with at least 45 catches, 650 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions in their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.
MEMORIES OF POSTSEASON CLASSICS: This week’s schedule features six contests matching franchises that met previously in significant postseason games:
|Packers 21, *Boston 6||1936 NFL Championship||Polo Grounds, New York||12/13/1936||Packers win fourth of 13 world championships|
|Lions 31, Rams 21||1952 Conference Playoff||Briggs Stadium, Detroit||12/21/1952||Lions advance en route to 1952 title|
|Raiders 27, Eagles 10||Super Bowl XV||Superdome, New Orleans||01/25/1981||Raiders become first Wild Card team to win SB|
|Broncos 23, Browns 20||1986 AFC Championship||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||01/11/1987||John Elway authors The Drive to force OT|
|Seahawks 41, Saints 36||2010 NFC Wild Card||Qwest Field, Seattle||01/08/2011||Marshawn Lynch authors the Beast Quake|
|Chiefs 35, Titans 24||2019 AFC Championship||Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City||01/19/2020||Chiefs advance to first Super Bowl in 50 years|
|*Washington franchise was located in Boston; game moved to New York due to poor home attendance|
WEEK 7 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, October 21||Denver at Cleveland||FOX/NFLN/Amazon||8:20|
|Sunday, October 24||Cincinnati at Baltimore||CBS||1:00|
|Washington at Green Bay||FOX||1:00|
|Atlanta at Miami||FOX||1:00|
|New York Jets at New England||CBS||1:00|
|Carolina at New York Giants||FOX||1:00|
|Kansas City at Tennessee||CBS||1:00|
|Detroit at Los Angeles Rams||FOX||4:05|
|Philadelphia at Las Vegas||FOX||4:05|
|Houston at Arizona||CBS||4:25|
|Chicago at Tampa Bay||CBS||4:25|
|Indianapolis at San Francisco||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, October 25||New Orleans at Seattle||ESPN||8:15|
|Byes: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh|
76ers suspend Simmons 1 game for conduct detrimental to team
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Ben Simmons has been suspended by the Philadelphia 76ers for one game due to what they called conduct detrimental to the team. Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener Wednesday night at New Orleans.
“I just thought he was a distraction today,” coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday after practice. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everybody else was doing. It was early. It wasn’t a big deal. I just told him he should leave. We went on with practice.”
The three-time All-Star guard was a holdout in training camp in the wake of his offseason trade demand. He reported last week and practiced Sunday and Monday with the Sixers.
Simmons lingered outside the huddle, dribbled a basketball and looked uninterested during a team huddle at Monday’s practice, where he did not practice with the first team.
Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid said Tuesday he wasn’t here to “babysit” Simmons.
“At this point, I don’t care about that man,” Embiid said. “He does whatever he wants.”
The 25-year-old from Australia had four years and $147 million left on his max contract when he decided he wanted a trade.
“Every day, every single moment, I’m going to give Ben a chance to join the team and be part of the team,” Rivers said. “He’s under contract to be part of the team and that’s not going to change. Sometimes it happens quick and guys join back in. Sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve been in both situations and I’m fine with that.”
Simmons did not make his scheduled media availability Tuesday. Rivers said Simmons would be welcome to return to practice. The Sixers play their home opener Friday.
Bucks begin title defense with 127-104 victory over Nets
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and the Milwaukee Bucks opened the defense of their first title in half a century by beating the Brooklyn Nets 127-104 on Tuesday night.
In his first game since scoring 50 points in a title-clinching Game 6 NBA Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns, Antetokounmpo also had 14 rebounds and seven assists.
Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton each added 20 points to help the Bucks withstand the loss of Jrue Holiday, who sat out the second half with a bruised right heel after scoring 12 points.
Kevin Durant led the Nets with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Patty Mills scored 21 points and shot 7 of 7 from 3-point range. James Harden added 20 points.
The Nets were missing star guard Kyrie Irving, who isn’t with the team due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
A New York mandate requires professional athletes on local teams to be vaccinated to practice or play in public venues. Rather than using Irving exclusively in road games, the Nets decided he wouldn’t play or practice with them at all until he could be a full participant.
After receiving their rings and raising a banner to celebrate their first NBA championship since 1971, the Bucks defeated the team that nearly eliminated them in the second round of the playoffs.
Milwaukee rallied from a 2-0 deficit and won Game 7 at Brooklyn in overtime after Durant’s foot barely crept across the 3-point arc in the final seconds of regulation, turning a potential series-winning 3-pointer into a game-tying 2-point basket.
The Bucks went on a 21-4 run in the first quarter to extend a 10-8 advantage to 31-12. They got the lead back up to 19 again in the second quarter and were ahead 66-59 at halftime. The lead never dropped below seven the rest of the way.
Milwaukee got 15 points from Jordan Nwora, a 2020 second-round pick who wasn’t in the Bucks’ rotation as a rookie but could be ready for a bigger role this year. Grayson Allen added 10 points in his Bucks debut.
Curry, Warriors stun James, Lakers 121-114 in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) Stephen Curry had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Golden State Warriors, who rallied from 10 points down to stun LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 in a season opener Tuesday night.
The loss spoiled opening night in Hollywood, where superstars James and Davis played brilliantly for three quarters before the Lakers went cold in the fourth.
James had 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Davis had 30 points and 11 rebounds. No other Lakers scored in double figures.
Russell Westbrook shot just 4 for 13 for eight points in his Lakers debut.
The Lakers had an 84-74 lead late in the third quarter after a jumper by Kent Bazemore, but the Warriors slowly closed the gap.
Curry made three free throws in the closing seconds of the third quarter after he was fouled taking a 3-pointer, and Jordan Poole and Damion Lee hit 3-pointers early in the fourth. Poole’s layup with 9:17 left put the Warriors ahead for good at 91-90, and he finished with 20 points. The Warriors expanded the lead to 98-90 before the Lakers twice closed within two points.
But Curry and Nemanja Bjelica each hit 3-pointers to give the Warriors some breathing room. Bjelica had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Lee also scored 15 points.
Davis and James dominated for much of the game while welcoming a slew of new teammates, including L.A. native and former league MVP Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan.
L.A., which won the NBA title in the bubble in October 2020, retooled after losing to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The Lakers retained just three players – James, Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker, who’s out with a thumb injury.
James and Davis made 3-pointers and fallaway jumpers. In one remarkable sequence, James saved an errant pass and flicked it to Davis, who slammed it home for a 68-61 lead with 7:51 to go in the third quarter.
The Lakers, who went 0-6 in the preseason, led 59-53 at halftime.
Pistons rule out Cade Cunningham for opener against Bulls
DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham has been ruled out of the team’s season-opening game against the Chicago Bulls due to a sprained right ankle.
Detroit will host the Bulls on Wednesday night without Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. Cunningham hurt his ankle early in training camp and did not play in the preseason.
Detroit is counting on the 6-foot-8 guard to help restore success.
The Pistons have earned a spot in the playoffs just twice since 2009, when they ended an eight-year playoff run that included their third NBA championship, two Eastern Conference titles and six trips to the conference finals.
South Carolina, UConn, Stanford women top preseason Top 25
(AP) — Dawn Staley and South Carolina are back in a familiar spot: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll.
It’s the second consecutive season that the Gamecocks are the preseason favorite.
“With who we brought back and who added for this season, we knew we would start out among the hunted, and it’s something that our program is getting used to,” said Staley, who is going into her 14th season as South Carolina coach. “Watching practice every day, I can see that we have the pieces and the competitive fire to reach all of our goals. We have a few more weeks to put those pieces together into a cohesive, successful team that can live up to this preseason ranking.”
The Gamecocks received 14 of the 29 first-place votes from a national media panel in Tuesday’s poll. UConn was second, garnering 10 first-place ballots. It’s the 15th consecutive season that the Huskies were among the top five teams in the preseason.
Defending national champion Stanford was third, getting the other five first-place votes. Maryland and North Carolina State rounded out the top five.
It’s been a busy few days for Staley. The school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9 million this season and grow to $3.5 million in the final season. She also believes the $22.4 million deal should make an impact on her sport and in the equality of what men and women’s coaches and athletes receive from their schools.
Indiana is No. 8, the school’s highest ranking ever in women’s basketball. There’s a lot of excitement around Bloomington, with all five starters returning from a team that went to the Elite Eight last year and had its sixth straight 20-win season.
“It’s great recognition for our program and a testament to our team and how they continued to get better throughout one of the most difficult and challenging seasons we had in the history of women’s basketball,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “We believe we have much to prove and are looking forward to what we know will be a challenging season in both non-conference as well as what we’ll see in the Big Ten.”
Michigan also tied its best ranking ever, coming in at No. 11. The Wolverines return three starters, including Naz Hillmon, from the squad that lost to Baylor in overtime in the Sweet 16 last season.
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico called the ranking an honor and said her team was eager to build on the momentum from last spring.
“We have been able to take steps forward and grow as a program the past few seasons, doing things that had never been done before,” she said. “Showing that consistency year in and year out is the sign of a great program, not just a great team.”
There are high expectations in Iowa this year: The Hawkeyes are No. 9 and Iowa State is No. 12.
Iowa, led by star guard Caitlin Clark, has its its highest preseason ranking since the team was sixth in 1996.
Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly has a bulk of his starting five back, including Ashley Joens and Lexi Donarski. It’s the team’s best ranking in the preseason since 2001, when the Cyclones were eighth.
The Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC each have five ranked teams, tops in the nation:
Joining No. 4 Maryland, No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa and No. 11 Michigan is No. 17 Ohio State for the Big Ten.
In the Pac-12, No. 3 Stanford is joined by No. 10 Oregon, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 20 UCLA and No. 22 Arizona.
The ACC has No. 5 N.C. State, No. 6 Louisville, No. 16 Florida State, No. 17 Georgia Tech and No. 24 Virginia Tech.
The SEC has four teams with No. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 23 Texas A&M joining top-ranked South Carolina. The Big 12 also has four programs ranked, led by No. 7 Baylor with new head coach Nicki Collen. The Bears are joined by the Cyclones, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 25 Texas.
The only non-Power Five team in the poll is No. 21 South Florida out of the American Athletic Conference.
Georgia Tech is ranked for the third time ever in the preseason (2009, 2012). … Virginia Tech is in the preseason poll for only the second time ever, joining the 1999 squad that was ranked 19th.
Kuznetsov scores twice, Capitals beat Avalanche 6-3
WASHINGTON (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov skated to the bench after a turnover cost the Washington Capitals a goal against and wanted to slink into the ground.
None of his coaches or teammates said a thing, but it took until he scored his second goal of the game on the way to the Capitals beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Tuesday night that Kuznetsov finally felt better. He was the most noticeable player on the ice, finishing with three points after an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s empty-netter for career goal No. 734 and looking like the player Washington needs him to be.
“The confidence always goes from the coaches and teammates,” said Kuznetsov, who is tied with Ovechkin for the team lead in scoring with six points through three games. “I feel like I have a great relationship with the coaches and teammates, and that always gives you a lot of confidence when you can be creative.”
Kuznetsov dazzled from his first shift on, skating around defenders with ease and showing off the talent that made him the Capitals’ leading scorer on their 2018 Stanley Cup run. It was only fitting he brought back his flapping wings bird celebration on a night that he showed the best he could offer.
Especially without top center Nicklas Backstrom for at least their first 10 games, the Capitals will take every bit of the good and bad of Kuznetsov if he produces like this. And it could have been even more because teammates kept trying to set Kuznetsov up for the hat trick in the third period, but that’s the last thing he wanted.
“I’m not a shooter,” he said. “I always say one goal for four games and I’m all set: get 20 in a year, so now I’m all set for 10 games probably.”
Fourth-liner Nic Dowd shook his head and told Kuznetsov the Capitals don’t want him settling.
“We need more,” Dowd said. “A goal every game would be perfect.”
Nick Jensen, Anthony Mantha and Dowd also scored for the Capitals before Ovechkin sent the puck into an empty net from 143 feet to continue his quest for the career goals record. Mantha’s goal was the 100th of his career and ended a 17-game drought counting the playoffs and the end of last season.
“It’s been a long time,” Mantha said after his first goal since April 18. “From 99 to 100, it was hard.”
The Capitals spoiled Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon’s first game of the season after he missed the past week in NHL COVID protocol. MacKinnon, fellow top-line forward Mikko Rantanen and Norris Trophy finalist Cale Makar were each on the ice for four goals against.
Coach Jared Bednar called it a “bad night” for some of his top players.
“I thought we got outcompeted in a lot of areas, so we gave up way too much,” Bednar said. “I just thought they were the faster, bigger, stronger and hungrier team tonight, start to finish.”
J.T. Compher scored short-handed, Darren Helm at even strength and Rantanen on a late power play for Colorado. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper allowed five goals on 38 shots but was hung out to dry by his teammates in a game that was a defensive adventure at times.
NOTES: Ovechkin skated in his 1,200th regular-season NHL game, becoming the fifth active player to reach that mark. … Connor McMichael played his first game of the season, replacing fellow rookie Hendrix Lapierre in Washington’s lineup. … Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson returned after missing one game in COVID protocol. … Captain Gabriel Landeskog served the second and final game of his suspension for boarding.
Avalanche: Continue their three-game road trip Thursday at the Florida Panthers
Capitals: Play their first road game of the season Thursday at the New Jersey Devils.
Avs’ MacKinnon clears COVID-19 protocol, set to play at Caps
WASHINGTON (AP) Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon has cleared NHL coronavirus protocols is set to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.
MacKinnon tested positive for the coronavirus last week and had been in the league’s COVID-19 protocols since Oct. 12. The three-time MVP finalist needed to test negative twice to be cleared to rejoin the team and flew by himself to get to the East Coast for the start of the Avalanche’s road trip.
Coach Jared Bednar confirmed after his team’s morning skate that MacKinnon would be in the lineup.
“I’m pumped to play,” MacKinnon said. “I didn’t think I’d even get two negatives. I thought I’d have to wait the 10 days and miss the first two games of the road trip and probably the third one, too.”
Instead, MacKinnon is expected to center Colorado’s first line between fellow All-Star Mikko Rantanen and former Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky. Captain Gabriel Landeskog is serving the second and final game of his suspension for boarding, so MacKinnon’s return is welcome for the Avalanche.
“I would say it’s a pleasant surprise because I wasn’t expecting him (to play) tonight,” Bednar said. “He would have needed the two tests that were still out, and both of them would have had to have been negative. It just so happens they both were, so here he is.”
MacKinnon missed Colorado’s first two games of the season. Because he is vaccinated, the 26-year-old’s absence was considered a hockey-related injury and he was paid during his time away.
“I didn’t feel anything,” MacKinnon said. “I was good. I was working out the whole time at home, doing what I can to stay in shape. It’s just unfortunate. I didn’t infect anybody in my family. Nobody got sick, no teammates got sick, so that’s lucky, I guess.”
Colorado defenseman Jack Johnson is also back after missing the previous game after testing positive. Johnson got his second negative test back Monday in time to fly with the team.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said on opening night last week that the NHL had only four unvaccinated players out of roughly 700 on active rosters. He acknowledged the pandemic will still play a factor this season, such as vaccinated players missing games, and stressed the need for vigilance across the league’s 32 teams.
TOP INDIANA NEWS: PRESS RELEASES
INDIANA PACERS PREVIEW: CHARLOTTE
The Pacers will officially tip off the 2021-22 NBA season on Wednesday night in Charlotte against Gordon Hayward and the Hornets. It will be the official start of Rick Carlisle’s second tenure as Pacers head coach.
Indiana fans have high hopes for the Blue & Gold under Carlisle. The team will initially be without a pair of starters, as T.J. Warren remains out indefinitely as he rehabs a foot injury and Caris LeVert will miss at least the first four contests with a sore back, but the Pacers still have plenty of firepower.
Malcolm Brogdon, who agreed to a multi-year contract extension on Monday, will again run the offense, coming off the best season of his career (21.2 points and 5.9 assists per game last season). And in the frontcourt, the two-headed monster of two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis and the NBA’s leading shot-blocker, Myles Turner, returns for another season.
The Pacers’ most impactful offseason addition might well have been rookie guard Chris Duarte, who Indiana drafted with the 13th overall pick. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic already has a polished offensive game and impressed in the preseason, starting three of four games and averaging 13.8 points per game. Expect Duarte to play a major role from day one, especially until LeVert and/or Warren return.
The Hornets are looking to improve on their record from last season, when they finished in 10th place in the East and lost to the Pacers in the first round of the Play-In Tournament. Charlotte has an emerging star at the point in LaMelo Ball. Ball was named Rookie of the Year in 2020-21, when he averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.6 steals while starting 31 of 51 games. Ball’s numbers figure to improve this season as he moves into a full-time starting role.
May 18, 2021: The Pacers dropped 40 points in the first quarter and never looked back, routing Charlotte, 144-117, in the first Play-In Tournament game ever in Indianapolis.
Eight Pacers reached double figures in the victory. Oshae Brissett scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting, Doug McDermott tallied 21 points, and T.J. McConnell collected 17 points, five assists, and four steals.
“Everybody got going,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who had 16 points and eight assists. “It’s the best when all your teammates score and get to have fun, and everybody’s standing up on the bench. I thought we had fun tonight, and I thought everybody contributed. That’s the best part of tonight.”
Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds, and four assists in the loss. Cody Zeller added 17 points off the bench on 7-for-7 shooting.
The Hornets won two of three regular season games against Indiana last season, the first time Charlotte won the season series since the 2015-16 season.
Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb spent four seasons with the Hornets from 2015-19.
Carlisle enters the season 15th in NBA history with 836 career victories, 28 behind Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay.
Hanover Basketball player dies unexpectedly Sunday
Hanover basketball player and Danville graduate Lexi Riggles died unexpectedly Sunday. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Danville girls basketball coach Kaley May posted this statement on social media:
“No coach ever wants to experience the loss of a current or former player. They mean the world to us as people, become part of our family, and give us so much pride as they get older,. Lexi Riggles was one of the sweetest, most pure people you could meet. She had a genuine smile and a contagious laugh. I was so proud of the person and leader she was becoming at Hanover and it breaks my heart to think I’ll never see her walk in the gym again to give me a big hug. My heart goes out to her family; please say a prayer for them and hug your loved ones a little tighter.”
“It is with immense sadness that we share that senior Alexus “Lexi” Riggles passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 17,” Hanover College tweeted Tuesday morning. “Hanover College extends our sincerest condolences to Lexi’s family, friends, the women’s basketball team, the sisters of Chi Omega, and all who knew her.”
2021-22 INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL WATCH LIST
McKenna Layden 6’1” Junior Northwestern (PURDUE)
Ayanna Patterson 6’3” Senior FW Homestead…5 STAR (UCONN)
Lilly Stoddard 6’4” Senior Crown Point…4 STAR (PURDUE)
Mila Reynolds 6’2 Senior South Bend Washington…4 STAR (MARYLAND)
Laila Hull 6’1 Junior Zionsville
Tanyuel Welch 5’8 Senior North Central
Alyssa Crockett 6’2 Senior Westfield…4 STAR (MICHIGAN)
Kate Clarke 6’1 Senior Carmel…4 STAR (MICHIGAN)
Amiyah Reynolds 6’0 Junior South Bend Washington
Jessica Carrothers 5’8 Senior Crown Point
Ashlynn Shade 5’10 Junior Noblesville
RaShunda Jones 5’8 Junior South Bend Washington
Ali Saunders 5’10 Senior North Harrison
Makaya Porter Junior Mishawaka Marian
Kynidi Striverson 5’9 Senior Silver Creek
Brooklyn Smitherman 6’5 Junior Noblesville
Olivia Smith 5’5 Senior Ft. Wayne South (EASTERN MICHIGAN)
Teresa Maggio 5’5 Senior McCutcheon (IUPUI)
Jasi Scaife 5’11” Junior Muncie Central
Chloe McClain 5’7” Senior Kokomo
Gabby Richie 5’6” Junior Logansport
Ali Saunders 5’10 Senior North Harrison
Makaya Porter Junior Mishawaka Marian
Kynidi Striverson 5’9 Senior Silver Creek
Chloe Spreen 5’9 Sophomore Bedford North Lawrence
Juliann Woodard 6’0 Sophomore Jennings Co.
Ramiah Elliott 6’0 Senior North Central
Josie Trabel 6’0 Junior East Central
Nevaeh Foster 5’8 Junior Mishawaka Marian
Jordyn Poole 5’6 Sophomore Ft. Wayne Snider
Ellery Minch 6’3 Sophomore Mt. Vernon Fortville
Ashlynn Brooke 5’6 Junior Pioneer
Kuryn Brunson 5’10 Senior Franklin
Diana Burgher 6’0 Senior North Harrison
Ally Capouch 5’9 Junior Kouts
Karsyn Cherry 5’8 Senior Lafayette Central Catholic
Hailey Cripe 5’7 Senior Pioneer
Gabby Dean 6’4 Junior Columbus East
Kelsey DuBois 6’0 Junior Carmel
Jada Patton 5’11 Senior Penn
Taylor Farris 5’9 Junior Northeastern
Skylie Lutz 5’6” Senior Union City
Mariah Claywell Senior 5’9” Senior Union City
Koryn Greiwe 5’7 Senior Columbus East
Rayah Kincer 5’9 Senior Franklin Central
Kenna Kirby 5’8 Senior Tri-West
Hailee Kline 5’7 Senior Ft. Wayne Blackhawk
Kencia Levasseur 5’10 Senior Washington
Myah Montgomery 6’0 Senior Southridge
Jaelynne Murray 5’10 Senior Pike (ALABAMA A&M)
Camryn Runner 5’7 Sophomore Hamilton Heights
Ashlee Schram 6’1 Junior Tipton
Demari King 5’10 Senior Charlestown
Graycie Poe 5’4 Senior North Knox
Abigail Ratts 5’11 Senior Salem
Abby Sanner 6’1 Senior Warsaw
Quinci Thomas 6’2 Junior Brownsburg
Ashlyn Traylor 5’8 Senior Martinsville
Amber Tretter 6’1 Junior Forest Park
Kylie VanHoy 5’9 Senior Loogootee
De’Mour Watson 5’9 Senior Elkhart
Ava Weber 5’10 Junior Corydon Central
Kennedy Wenger 6’0 Senior Evansville Mater Dei
Reagan Wilson 5’7 Sophomore Noblesville
Isabella Gizza 5’7 Junior New Palestine
Novalee Glass 6’0 Senior Brownsburg
Layla Gold 5’10 Junior Park Tudor
Alli Harness 5’7 Sophomore Flora Carroll
Bailey Kelham 5’8 Junior Garrett
Ally Madden 6’3 Senior Blue River Valley
Maci Chamberlin 5’ 7” Sophomore Blue River Valley
Natalie Noel 5’10 Senior Salem
Karsyn Norman 5’7 Junior Bedford North Lawrence
Kaybree Oxley 5’10 Senior Tecumseh
Annika Marlow 5’5 Senior Rushville
Tori Allen 5’8 Junior Andrean
Alaysha Brandenberger 5’6 Senior Boonville
Alexis Castator 6’0 Sophomore Ft. Wayne Carroll
Jaleigh Crawford 5’11 Senior Elwood
Jackie Crews 5’7 Junior Paoli
Kylee Edwards 5’6 Junior Shelbyville
Hope Fox 5’9 Senior East Central
Kenzie Fulks 5’6 Sophomore Bethesda Christian
Renna Schwieterman 5’10 Junior Jay Co.
Hailey Smith 5’9 Junior Fishers
Zoe Stewart 5’9 Senior Terre Haute North (MURRAY STATE)
Bailey Tabeling 5’9 Junior Trinity Lutheran
Aliana Thorne 6’0 Senior Washington
Ellie Wilkerson 5’9 Senior Plainfield
Faith Wiseman 6’2 Sophomore Indian Creek
INDY FUEL: FUEL ADD DEFENSEMAN PARSELLS
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Monday that they have signed Adam Parsells to a standard player contract for the 2021-22 season.
Parsells, 24, joins the Fuel after finishing a four-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The 6-foot-6, 192-pound defenseman skated in eight games during his senior year tallying two goals and six assists. After finishing his collegiate career, Parsells signed a contact with the Utah Grizzlies where he played two games.
A sixth-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (160th overall) by the San Jose Sharks, Parsells played in 88 games over four seasons at UWEC earning 20 goals, 38 assists and 98 penalty minutes.
Opening Night of the 2021-22 Indy Fuel season arrives on October 23, and Ticket Plans are now on sale! Lock up your seat for every second of the action with a Fuel Ticket Plan. Grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.
COLTS RELEASE EASON
The Colts made a QB move Tuesday releasing back-up Jacob Eason. Sam Ehlinger was brough off the injured reserve list. Eason was a former fourth-round selection.
Also Tuesday the Colts placed wide receiver Parris Campbell on injured reserve, waived defensive tackle Chris Williams and promoted kicker Michael Badgley from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Badgley will be the permanent replacement for Rodrigo Blankenship while the Colts’ primary kicker is on injured reserve.
The Colts placed S Jordan Lucas and CB Marvell Tell on the practice squad injured list.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Game Notes: Ohio State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program will square off with No. 5/5 Ohio State under the light in front of a sold-out crowd inside Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 23. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
No. 5/5 OHIO STATE (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
Saturday, Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. ET
TV: ABC | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
• Indiana (2-4, 0-3 B1G East) wraps up its two-game homestand against No. 5/5 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on ABC.
• The Buckeyes are the Hoosiers fifth ranked opponent and fourth Top-10 foe in seven games.
• IU held No. 10 Michigan State to 20 points, 100 rushing yards, 141 passing yards, and 241 total yards last weekend. MSU came into the game averaging 36.7 points, 217.2 rushing, 269,7 passing, and 486.8 total yards.
• Ty Fryfogle became the 11th Hoosier to reach 2,000 receiving yards against the Spartans.
• He ranks 10th in yardage (2,056), eighth in receptions (145), and T-10th in touchdowns (14) in IU lore.
• Peyton Hendershot needs four catches (114) and 95 yards (1,242) to set the program marks for a tight end.
• Hendershot is second with 11 TDs, trailing Ted Bolser’s 15 (2010-13).
• Saturday’s game is IU’s second sellout of the season (Cincinnati).
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-26 (.500) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)
• Ryan Day is in his third season as Ohio State head coach. He posted a 3-0 record as the Buckeyes acting head coach to open 2018 and owns a 28-3 overall mark (.903), including a perfect 18-0 Big Ten record.
News & Notes
• Indiana is 16-11 overall and 11-8 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
• The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 17 league games.
• IU was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
• Indiana appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.
• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
• IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
• Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
Six Former Hoosiers on NBA Rosters for the 2021-2022 NBA Season
BLOOMINGTON, IND – The NBA is set to begin its 2021-2022 season tonight and six former Hoosiers are currently on active rosters around the league.
Former Indiana stars O.G. Anunoby (Toronto Raptors), Thomas Bryant (Washington Wizards), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Romeo Langford (Boston Celtics), Victor Oladipo (Miami Heat), and Cody Zeller (Portland Trail Blazers) make up the list of Hoosiers in the NBA.
Five of them will open their season on Wednesday, Oct. 20 while Oladipo and the Miami Heat play their first game on Thursday, Oct. 21.
O.G. Anunoby (Toronto Raptors)
Anunoby enters his fifth season in the NBA, all with the Toronto Raptors. The versatile forward is coming off his best professional season where he set new career highs in points per game (15.2), rebounds per game (5.5), assists per game (2.2). He also started in all 43 games that he played in during the 2020-2021 season.
In Indiana: 10/30, 11/26
Thomas Bryant (Washington Wizards)
Bryant will begin his fifth professional season and his fourth with the Wizards looking to ascend to new heights. Bryant was off to a stellar start in the 2020-2021 season, averaging career highs of 14.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game in 10 games while being a routine starter before suffering an ACL injury. Bryant is still recovering from the injury and is not expected to be ready for the season opener.
In Indiana: 12/6, 2/16
Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
This will be Gordon’s 14th season in the NBA and fourth with the Rockets. The former No. 7 overall pick enters the year as a career 17.8 point per game scorer and will be a key veteran presence for a young Rockets team.
In Indiana: 12/23
Romeo Langford (Boston Celtics)
Langford starts his third season as a pro with the Celtics. Through 50 career games, he is a 2.7 points per game scorer while shooting 35.3% from the field. Langford is expected to take a major step forward this season. The shooting guard is fully healthy entering the season and showed flashes of his potential at the end of last season. He scored a career-high 17 points against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
In Indiana: 1/12, 2/27
Victor Oladipo (Miami Heat)
The 2021-2022 season will be Oladipo’s ninth as an NBA player and his second with the Heat. Oladipo played 33 games last season while averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per contest before suffering a torn right quad. Oladipo is not expected to be ready to play by the start of the season.
In Indiana: 10/23, 12/3
Cody Zeller (Portland Trail Blazers)
This is Zeller’s ninth year in the NBA and his first with the Trail Blazers. In eight years of playing with the Charlotte Hornets, Zeller was a career 8.7 points per game scorer with a 51.8% field goal percentage. He also averaged six rebounds per game.
In Indiana: 2/20
INDIANA: Hoosiers Ranked No. 8 In Preseason Associated Press Top 25
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball will begin the preseason with its highest ranking in school history, coming in at No. 8 in the Associated Press top 25 on Tuesday.
The Hoosiers have now appeared in the AP preseason poll for the last four consecutive seasons, marking its highest-ever ranking overall in the national poll. It leaps its No. 9 ranking, one they earned in Week 16 last season. They elevated three spots from its final ranking of 2020-21, where they finished at No. 12 and have now been ranked for a program-record 38 consecutive weeks.
Off the heels of an NCAA Elite Eight appearance last season and its sixth-straight 20-win campaign, the Hoosiers return all five starters for 2021-22. Among those returners includes a pair of All-American honorees in junior forward Mackenzie Holmes (17.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg.) and senior guard Grace Berger (15.4 ppg.) Second team All-Big Ten selection Ali Patberg (14.0 ppg.) also returns for her seventh and final collegiate season along with senior forward Aleksa Gulbe (9.0 ppg., 6.9 rpg.) and senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary (8.5 ppg.).
Eighth year head coach Teri Moren holds a 148-80 overall record in her time in Cream and Crimson. She’s taken the program to three NCAA appearances and are coming off a second-place finish in the Big Ten last season.
Indiana will host UIndy in exhibition play on Nov. 5 and will open the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Butler. Season tickets are now on sale by visiting IUHoosiers.com/tickets, calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or visiting the west lobby ticket windows at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.
INDIANA: Big Ten Rewards Celentano for Role in Shutout Streak
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Amidst a four-match shutout streak, an Indiana men’s soccer student-athlete has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight cycle.
Marking the fifth occurrence in his career and his first of the season, junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano has been named the Big Ten’s top defender via the conference office’s announcement on Tuesday (Oct. 19).
Celentano made four crucial saves in the span of 15 minutes in Indiana’s 1-0 Big Ten road win against Penn State, including a pair of impressive diving stops, and finished with five total saves. With the victory, Celentano became the 13th keeper in program history to reach 30 wins.
Earlier in the week, the Napierville, Illinois, native led the Hoosiers to another conference clean sheet as they took care of Ohio State, 3-0, at home. Celentano had four saves in the match.
The IU defense has been solid to help Indiana flourish through its best stretch of the season, winning six of its last seven matches. Within that span, Indiana has allowed just three goals and has shutout its opponents over the last 390 minutes of play. Last week, redshirt junior defender Daniel Munie was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his role in clean sheets against Omaha and Trine.
In all, Indiana men’s soccer student-athletes have earned four Big Ten Player of the Week distinctions. Alongside Celentano, Munie has earned two and freshman Tommy Mihalic received the offensive award on August 31.
Celentano and the Hoosiers are back in action Wednesday (Oct. 20) night as they welcome non-conference opponent Evansville to Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
INDIANA: Men’s Soccer Set for Midweek at Bill Armstrong Stadium
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A red-hot Indiana men’s soccer team (9-3-1, 4-2-0 B1G) returns to Bill Armstrong Stadium Wednesday (Oct. 20) night to host non-conference opponent Evansville (1-10-1, 1-4-1 MVC) at 7 p.m. ET.
The match will be aired live on Big Ten Network with Samantha Condra and Elizabeth Ward on the call. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana men’s soccer is in its best stretch of the season so far, winning six of its last seven and recording four straight shutouts.
• Indiana is 5-1-1 against non-conference opponents this season.
• IU is coming off four straight wins, including back-to-back wins against Big Ten opponents. Last week, the Hoosiers beat Ohio State, 3-0, at home on Tuesday, before grabbing another three points against Penn State on the road on Sunday. Indiana faces Evansville Wednesday before another important conference matchup against Wisconsin on Sunday.
ABOUT THE PURPLE ACES
• Evansville is led by seventh-year head coach Marshall Ray. He owns a 31-71-15 record during his time with the Purple Aces.
• Evansville’s lone win came in a 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference win over Bradley on October 9.
• Sophomore midfielder Pablo Guillen leads the Purple Aces in scoring, owning three of the team’s nine goals so far this season. Redshirt junior Jakub Hall has contributed a team-high three assists.
• Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jacob Madden has appeared in goal in nine of 12 matches for Evansville and leads the team in goals allowed average (2.28) saves (45) and shutouts (1).
• Indiana has traditionally dominated the series between in-state opponents, holding a 31-4-3 record in the series history.
• IU has won 17 straight matches against the Purple Aces spanning back to 1996. The Hoosiers are also undefeated against Evansville in 21 consecutive matches, a streak that stretches back to the 1992 season.
• In their last five meetings, Indiana has outscored Evansville 19-1.
• The Indiana defense has posted four consecutive clean sheets and seven total shutouts this season.
• The Hoosiers have not allowed a goal in 390 minutes of play.
• Indiana student-athletes have earned the last two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards, as junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano (Oct. 19) and redshirt junior defender Daniel Munie (Oct. 12) have played key roles in IU’s defensive dominance.
• Munie, center back partner Joey Maher and Celentano have started every match this season. The trio is typically joined by Nyk Sessock on the right (12 starts) and veteran left back Spencer Glass (12 starts).
IUVB: Returns To Wilkinson Hall For Match Against (RV) Michigan
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (8-12, 2-6 Big Ten) makes it return to Wilkinson Hall on Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. when they clash with (RV) Michigan. The match will stream live on B1G+.
Indiana vs. Michigan
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Wednesday, October 20 • 7:00 p.m.
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The Opening Serve
• The Hoosiers were last in action on Sunday, October 17 at No. 12 Minnesota where they fell to the Gophers, 3-0 (15-25, 16-25, 21-25).
• In the match on Sunday against Minnesota, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes tallied a career-high 10 kills. She also put up a solo block against the Gophers.
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth ranks fifth in digs among Big Ten players with 27 which is also an Indiana-high.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame has been solid in digs all season and is currently sixth in the conference, tallying 316 so far in 2021.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg leads the Hoosiers attack and sits at No. 10 in hitting percentage with .360. Rammelsberg has also recorded 136 kills.
• As a team the Hoosiers are recording 14.21 digs per set which ranks No. 8 in the conference. Indiana also is No. 9 in blocking, putting up 171 blocks and 2.34 per set.
• Michigan holds a slight lead over Indiana in the all-time series between the two programs, 42-43-1. The two teams met twice in the spring of 2021 where the Wolverines took both matches 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 28-26, 25-21,11-15) then 3-1 (28-30, 25-20, 17-25, 19-25) the following day. The last time the Hoosiers won a match against Michigan was in 2018 where they saw a 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17) victory at home.
Checking Out the Competition
• MICHIGAN: Mark Rosen is the head coach of the Wolverines and is in his 23rd season. Michigan continues to receive votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll and has a record of 11-6 overall, 4-4 record in the Big Ten. They have a marquee win over No. 8 Minnesota which they beat in Ann Arbor by a score of 3-2 (25-13, 13-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-11). Sophomore outside hitter Jess Mruzik leads the Michigan attack with 218 kills and a hitting percentage of .225. Her 218 kills rank No. 9 in the conference. Sophomore Scottee Johnson does most of the setting, recording 588 assists and is No. 10 in the Big Ten so far this season. Junior middle blocker May Pertofsky leads the conference in aces with 35. Pertofsky has also slammed 154 kills. On the defensive side of the ball, freshman middle blocker Jacque Boney has thrown up a team-leading 71 blocks. The Wolverines are hitting .239 as a squad and are allowing their opponents to hit .186.
Last Time Out
• The Hoosiers completed a four-game road swing with a trip to No. 12 Minnesota on Sunday, October 17. While Indiana gained momentum in each set the Gophers prevailed, 3-0 (15-25, 16-25, 21-25). Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers offense with 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .300. Morgan Geddes saw a career-high 10 kills while also recording a solo block. Kaley Rammelsberg tallied a team-high three blocks in which one was a solo block.
News & Notes
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 233 in 2021. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is leading the Hoosiers attack so far this season with 136 kills and a percentage of .360.
• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld returned to the starting lineup vs. Minnesota where she saw 32 assists and a block. Westbeld has a team-leading 408 assists.
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede has put up a team-high 64 blocks. The Colleyville, Texas native has tallied 109 kills.
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has seen an impressive first campaign with the Hoosiers and leads the team in aces with 27 so far this season.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris is having a strong first season with the Hoosiers as she has secured 194 kills and 31 blocks.
• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame has put up 316 digs to lead Indiana. In seven-straight matches, Cerame has seen double-digit digs.
PURDUE: Ivey Tabbed to Jerry West Award Watch List
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue sophomore guard Jaden Ivey is one of 20 players to be named to the Jerry Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top shooting guard.
Ivey is one of three Big Ten players named to the list (Maryland’s Eric Ayala, Michigan’s Eli Brooks). Ivey could become the second Boilermaker to win the award, as Carsen Edwards was named the recipient in 2018. No school has ever had two players win the award.
Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will open up on Friday, October 22 so your fans can vote for their favorite players in each of the three rounds. Please help promote the fan voting to your fan base through your social media channels. The top 10 player selections from the fan vote will get an additional vote towards making the next round.
This list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then 5 finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Jerry West and the selection committee. The winner of this award will be presented on a to be determined date. Presentation details will be announced at a later date.
Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore guard from South Bend, Indiana, had an outstanding freshman campaign, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.
Ivey then excelled this past summer on the international scene, being named to the FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star 5 Team after leading Team USA to the Gold Medal and averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. Ivey played a major role in the Gold Medal game against France, sparking an American comeback in the second half.
Ivey has been named to almost every preseason All-Big Ten and All-American list.
The Boilermakers will open their season with an exhibition game Nov. 4, against Indianapolis. The regular-season opener comes five days later against Bellarmine in Mackey Arena.
PURDUE: Moves Up to No. 18 in Poll
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team rose one spot in the national rankings to No. 18 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25.
The Boilermakers are ranked nationally for the third consecutive week, and it is their highest ranking since 2009, which also was the last year the team was ranked before two weeks ago. Purdue debuted at No. 25 on October 5 and was No. 19 last week.
Purdue is 11-3-2 overall and 6-2-0 in the Big Ten, both its best records since 2007, and the Boilermakers are second in the conference standings with 18 points. Last week, a 1-0, overtime win at Ohio State on October 14 was followed by a 2-1 defeat at Penn State on October 17. The Boilermakers saw their three-match win streak snapped with the loss, and they entered the game having won nine of their last 10.
The Old Gold and Black also remain at No. 2 in the North Region ranking, and they are No. 27 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue also is No. 27 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.
The last time the Boilermakers appeared in the national rankings prior to this season was when they entered the 2009 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 24. This week’s No. 18 ranking is the highest since they also were No. 18 on October 12, 2009.
One of three Big Ten teams in this week’s poll, Purdue is joined by No. 9 Rutgers and No. 24 Penn State, while Michigan is receiving votes. Additionally, non-conference opponent Notre Dame is No. 15.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the 18th-ranked Boilermakers host Northwestern on Thursday, October 21, at 8 p.m. ET. The contest will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021.
BUTLER: Butler’s Gjergji Named to College Soccer News Team of the Week
This week, the Butler men’s soccer team was featured by Collegesoccernews.com when Senior Goalkeeper, Gabriel Gjergji, was named to its eleven-member Team of the Week (October 10-17).
Gjergji has been pivotal in the Bulldogs defensive efforts averaging .98 GAA in 12 starts this season and only allowing two goals this past week. Gjergji, who is wearing the armband for the second consecutive season, was instrumental in the Bulldogs Top 25 upset of Providence, where he recorded four saves.
Previously Gjergji has won BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on three separate occasions (10/21/19, 03/15/21, 04/05/21). This is Gjergji’s second time being named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week after first being selected in 2019.
Butler MBB: Picked Sixth in Preseason BIG EAST Poll
The BIG EAST’s head coaches have tabbed Butler to finish sixth in the conference’s preseason poll. Bulldog guard Chuck Harris was an honorable mention Preseason All-BIG EAST selection after an impressive freshman campaign. The preseason accolades were announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) in conjunction with the conference’s annual Basketball Media Day in New York City.
The Bulldogs bring back 10 of their top 11 scorers, including six fifth-year players. Harris, a sophomore guard, made the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team last year and was the first Butler freshman to lead the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) in 40 years. Four other double-figure scorers are back – forwards Bryce Nze (11.9) and Bryce Golden (10.4) along with guards Jair Bolden (10.5) and Aaron Thompson (10.4).
For the seventh time in the last eight years, Villanova has been chosen to win the BIG EAST regular-season title in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Wildcats, who captured last year’s regular-season crown, received all possible 10 first-place votes from the league’s head coaches, who did not place their own teams on their ballots.
Villanova guard Collin Gillespie has been chosen 2021-22 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Georgetown guard Aminu Mohammed has been named BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year. The coaches, who were not permitted to choose their own players, also selected an All-BIG EAST First Team, All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention.
Gillespie, a 6-3 graduate student from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., is coming off a season when he shared BIG EAST Player of the Year honors with teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukelashvili.
2021-22 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
- Villanova (10) – 100 points
- Connecticut (1) – 84
- Xavier – 76
- St. John’s – 73
- Seton Hall – 68
- Butler – 60
- Providence – 45
- Creighton – 38
- Marquette – 26
- Georgetown – 25
- DePaul – 10
First-place votes in parentheses.
2021-22 BIG EAST Preseason Honors
BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Collin Gillespie, Villanova, G, Gr., 6-3, 195, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year
Aminu Mohammed, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-5, 210, Temple Hills, Md.
Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Nate Watson, Providence, C, Gr., 6-10, 260, Portsmouth, Va.*
Julian Champagnie, St. John’s, G-F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Brooklyn, N.Y.*
Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall, G-F, Sr., 6-6, 210, Baldwin, N.Y.
Paul Scruggs, Xavier, G, Sr., 6-4, 196, Indianapolis, Ind.*
Zach Freemantle, Xavier, F, Jr., 6-9, 216, Teaneck, N.J.
Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
R.J. Cole, Connecticut, F, Gr., 6-1, 185, Union, N.J.
Tyrese Martin, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-6, 215, Allentown, Pa.
Posh Alexander, St. John’s, G, So., 6-0, 200, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-4, 210, Fort Washington, Md.
Jermaine Samuels, Villanova, F, Gr., 6-7, 230, Franklin, Mass.
Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Chuck Harris, Butler, G, So., 6-2, 190, Ashburn, Va.
Adama Sanogo, Connecticut, F, So., 6-9, 240, Bamako, Mali
BUTLER: Marquette to Pay Visit to Butler Soccer
Matchday Information – Marquette at Butler
DATE: Wednesday, October 20 / 7 pm
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE STATS: butlersports.com
LIVE VIDEO: BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD: Marquette leads, 7-5-1
LAST MEETING: March 27, 2021 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Marquette 1, Butler 0 (OT)
The Butler men’s soccer team is preparing to host Marquette at the Sellick Bowl on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-1 win over No. 20 Providence, while the Golden Eagles most recently defeated DePaul, 1-0.
- (through games 10/17/2021)
- Gabreil Gjergji ranks 51st nationally and fifth in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (.982).
- Jack Streberger is fourth in the BIG EAST with four assists.
- Previous match: No. 20 Providence (W, 2-1): Henri Kumwenda’s goal was the first of his career, and Rico Hollenkamp notched his first career assist. The assist from Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was his first of the season and the seventh of his career. Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji picked up his fifth win of the season, making four saves in the match.
- For their performances in back-to-back victories over Xavier and No. 20 Providence, Butler defender Griffin DeBolt was named BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Defender of the Week, and, in addition, Bulldogs goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji was named Goalkeeper of the Week.
- The Bulldogs currently sit in sixth place in the BIG EAST standings, with five matches remaining. Six teams will make the BIG EAST tournament.
- 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.
- Butler and Providence have met thirteen times, with the Golden Eagles coming out on top in seven.
- The most recent victory for the Bulldogs was a 2-1 win on October 28, 2017, though the teams fought to a 0-0, double-overtime draw on March 10, 2021.
- Butler won four straight matches from 2014-2017.
- Previous match: DePaul W, 1-0
- Marquette tied No. 24 Providence, 2-2, on October 2.
- The Golden Eagles have scored 19 goals this season and given up 18.
- Eight different players have scored at least one goal, and nine have at least one assist.
- Offensive standouts for Marquette include:
#9 Lukas Sunesson (6g, 1a)
#11 Beto Soto (4g, 2a)
#6 Edrey Caceres (3g, 3a)
#23 Zyan Andrade (1g, 5a)
#5 Harvey Read (2g, 1a)
- Chandler Hallwood (6-6-1) has played every minute for all 13 matches in goal. He has made 49 saves (.731) and has allowed 18 goals (1.34 GAA). He has two shutouts.
Butler WBB: BIG EAST Media Day
NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference announced preseason women’s basketball awards today at Madison Square Garden. UConn received 10 first place votes in the coaches’ poll to take the top spot. The Huskies also took home Preseason Player of the Year (Paige Bueckers) and Preseason Freshman of the Year (Azzi Fudd) honors. Butler was picked 11th in the preseason poll.
Team Motto “26”
“The 2021-22 roster is a mix of eight returners and eight newcomers,” Head Coach Kurt Godlevske stated. “Therefore, our staff wanted to define our mission and purpose early in the season. That way everyone has a clear understanding of their individual role, and what we expect from them in order to contribute to this team. It has been 26 years since the Butler women’s basketball team reached the NCAA Tournament. We will recognize “26” with everything we do this year. Our team will understand why every single day is important and why what we do is important. The members of our 1996 team that reached the tournament connected with our current student-athletes to share some thoughts, ideas and stories from their historic season. It was impactful. Their messages were powerful. Don’t just say you will do something. Do it today. Those types of concepts will be motivating our team and “26” is also a reminder that we can make it to the postseason.”
2021-22 Team Goal
“We want to finish in the top four of our league,” Godlevske explained. “That will give us a chance to get into the NCAA tournament, and at the end of the day that is our ultimate goal.”
“As a defense, we don’t want to give up anything easy,” Godlevske said. “That’s our goal every possession. No layups, no easy shots, and limit the opponent to one shot per possession.”
Style of Play
“On offense we will use the same type of offensive philosophy, but the structure of it will be different,” Godlevske mentioned. “We are now at a point where we recruit to benefit our system. For a while we were focused on finding the best players, and we were lucky to find some really good ones. So we took on a system that fit them. Now we have created an identity and we recruit to that identity.”
“We want to challenge our players during the non-conference season to prepare us for BIG EAST action,” Godlevske stated. “We will see some opponents early in the year that feature different playing styles and we will matchup against some in-state rivals to give women’s college basketball fans an opportunity to see our talent. The non-conference schedule is so important. We hope we are ready to go once BIG EAST basketball starts up and equally as important; we hope we are injury-free and playing with confidence. Each week will be unique with a different test in front of us.”
– Butler will open the 2021-22 season by hosting Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
– BU scored a season-high 86 points to upset #25 DePaul in the 2020-21 regular season finale.
– Butler scored 68 points in the setback to UConn at Hinkle Fieldhouse, marking the most points scored against the Huskies by any BIG EAST team.
– Butler averaged 57.2 points per game last season, but hit their stride late in the year to average 72.4 points over their final five games.
– BU hit seven 3-point field goals per game last year, the fifth-best average in the BIG EAST.
– Emilia Sexton shot 42 percent from 3-point range last year, posting the third-best percentage of any player in the BIG EAST.
– Genesis Parker made two 3-pointers per game on average to rank fifth in the BIG EAST.
– Butler will host Providence this year on FS1. The game will be played on Jan. 2 at 12 PM.
Butler’s roster was limited during the 2020-21 campaign due to multiple injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bulldogs postponed or canceled eight contests including the season opener and four-straight from Dec. 12-22. Genesis Parker and Tenley Dowell were also playing limited minutes due to injuries, although Dowell was the only student-athlete to appear in all 20 contests for BU.
Toure Returns to Action
Oumou Toure missed the entire 2020-21 season with an injury. The year prior, Toure made the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team by averaging 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and a league-best 2.3 steals per game. She ranked ninth in the conference in blocked shots (1.0), 14th in rebounding and 29th in scoring.
Welcome To Butler
The Butler coaching staff welcomes eight newcomers to the 2021-22 roster this season. Celena Taborn (Furman), Kendall Wingler (Eastern Kentucky), and Kate Tanner (Miles CC) will join freshmen Madison Royal-Davis, Trinity White, Zoe Jackson, Alex Richard and Sydney Jaynes.
McKinney to Indianapolis
McKinney, Texas is nearly 900 miles away from Indianapolis, Ind., yet the Bulldogs have two freshmen on the roster from the Dallas suburb. Zoe Jackson and Trinity White left the Lone Star state to become Bulldogs. Jackson was a four-year starter at Allen H.S. that averaged 18 ppg. White averaged 11 points and six boards at McKinney H.S.
Johnson Joins Coaching Staff
Gabby Johnson joined the Butler coaching staff this off-season. Johnson has coached at Valparaiso, Dominican University, Northern Kentucky and Thomas More. She also played basketball at Thomas More.
2020-21 Roster Breakdown
Two graduate students, three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and seven freshmen make up the 2020-21 roster. These student-athletes travel to Indianapolis from eight different states. The ‘Dawgs also have a player from Quebec City, Canada and Melbourne Australia!
2021 Indiana All-Star Sydney Jaynes will join the Bulldogs after a fantastic high school career at Trinity Lutheran. She is the sixth Indiana All-Star to attend Butler since Coach Godlevske’s arrival in 2014-15.
Kurt Godlevske has recorded 90 wins at Butler since taking over the program in 2014-15. That total ranks him fourth all-time at BU, 10 shy of 100, and 25 back from June Olkowksi who sits in third place all-time with 114 wins from 1993-1999.
Butler Drops DePaul
The highlight of the 2020-21 season came in the regular season finale when Butler defeated DePaul for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs went to Chicago to claim an 86-81 victory at Wintrust Arena. BU shot 54 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range. They shared the ball by recording 17 assists on 33 made field goals and also won the points in the paint battle 42-34.
Parker Puts Up Points
Genesis Parker scored in double figures 11 times last year. She made her season debut at Providence on Jan. 7 and would score 10+ points in Butler’s next seven-straight games. Parker led BU in scoring seven times. She scored a season-high 18 points in three different games (vs. DePaul, vs. Xavier, vs. UConn).
Sexton’s a Shooter
18 of Emilia Sexton’s 21 made field goals in 2020-21 were made from 3-point range. She hit three 3-pointers in her season debut at Michigan and matched that effort again near the end of the year with three more at DePaul.
Seize the Opportunity
Butler brings in five true freshmen this year, but only return 36.5 percent of last year’s scoring. The newcomers will have an opportunity to fill the void and compete for minutes right away to begin their collegiate careers.
Butler brought in an experienced post player this off-season in graduate transfer Celena Taborn. During her four-year career at Furman, Taborn scored 1,234 points and pulled down 591 rebounds. All eight BU returners combine for 1,200 career points so her presence on the offensive end of the floor will be a welcomed addition.
Butler will play seven of their nine non-conference games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. The first road test of the season will send BU downtown to play IUPUI at The Jungle. The Bulldogs will also play at Illinois in December. Highlighting the home slate will be three contests against in-state rivals. Butler will host Indiana in the season opener, face Ball State six days later, and end the non-conference portion of the schedule with a matchup against Evansville.
BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Paige Bueckers, Connecticut, So. Guard*
BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year
Azzi Fudd, Connecticut, Fr. Guard*
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Christyn Williams, Connecticut, Sr., G*
Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Connecticut, Sr., F
Aailyah Edwards, Connecticut, So., F
Sonya Morris, DePaul, Sr., G*
Lexi Held, DePaul, Sr., G
Lauren Van Kleunen, Marquette, Gr., F
Leilani Correa, St. John’s, Jr., G*
Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Seton Hall, Gr., G/F
Lauren Park-Lane, Seton Hall, Jr., G*
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, Jr., F*
BIG EAST Preseason Poll Results
Team (First-Place Votes)
1) UConn (10) 100
2) DePaul (1) 90
3) Seton Hall 80
4) Marquette 74
5) Villanova 62
6) Creighton 54
7) St. John’s 51
8) Providence 32
9) Georgetown 27
10) Xavier 18
11) Butler 17
BUTLER MGOLF: Finish T-Fifth at Xavier Invitational
Led by their youngsters, the Bulldogs closed the fall schedule by tying for fifth at the Xavier Invitational. The 54-hole event concluded Tuesday.
Butler tied for fifth at 881 (+29). The Bulldogs were joined in that spot by host and BIG EAST rival Xavier and Austin Peay. The Bulldogs posted rounds of 295 and 297 Monday, followed by a 289 Tuesday. Butler entered the final round tied for sixth.
Morehead State and Northern Illinois tied for the team title (864; +12). Morehead State won the tiebreaker based on the score of their fifth player.
Butler freshman Henry Quinn tied for eighth at 216 (+3). Quinn shot 75 Tuesday after rounds of 70 and 71 in Monday play. Northern Illinois’s Reece Nilsen won the event by seven shots, posting a score of 207 (-6).
Quinn’s classmate Damon Dickey carded a four-under 67 Tuesday, which matched Nilsen for the best round of the day. Dickey had six birdies in his final round on the 6,809-yard Maketewah Country Club course in Cincinnati. Dicked tied for 11th at 217 (+4), moving up 23 spots on the leaderboard Tuesday.
Brothers Daniel and Michael Tanaka tied for 44th at 226 (+13). Daniel shot an even-par 71 Tuesday, which included a 33 on the back nine.
Raymond Sullivan tied for 49th at 228 (+15) after rounds of 73, 79 and a Tuesday 76.
The event finishes off the fall portion of the schedule for the Bulldogs. The team’s spring schedule will be announced soon.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: #20 NOTRE DAME EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO SIX IN 3-0 WIN OVER UIC
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Fighting Irish men’s soccer team pushed its win streak to six matches, defeating UIC by a final score of 3-0 on Tuesday evening inside Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame now has a record of 9-4-1 on the season.
All three of the Irish goals came in the second half, as Reese Mayer, Matthew Roou and Jack Lynn each registered a goal. Dawson McCartney led the way in assists with two.
The clean sheet is Notre Dame’s seventh of the season, including its fourth straight.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Neither team created many chances over the first 45 minutes of action, as the contest was scoreless going into the halftime break. The best chance in the first half came from a back post run off a free kick but Lynn’s effort was turned away by the Flames keeper.
The Irish came out of the intermission on the front foot and found the opener in the 62nd minute. McCartney whipped in a perfect free kick to the back post where Mayer nodded in a header for his first goal of the season to put the Irish on top 1-0.
Twelve minutes later Notre Dame doubled its lead to 2-0. McCartney found Roou in space in the box and the freshman’s sliding right-footed finish tucked inside the post to give the Irish some breathing room.
Lynn put the exclamation mark on the performance in the match’s final stages from the spot. Daniel Russo was brought down in the area to set up the spot kick. Lynn made no mistake with the finish, sending the keeper the wrong way and firing a low drive into the bottom corner to give the match a final score of 3-0.
McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the performance…
“I am very proud of the team tonight. That is a good result against a very good team in UIC. I thought they did a great job and I am truly proud of how our team responded to the challenge on the night. Another great team win for us.
ND STAT OF THE MATCH
The Irish have now gone 376 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, recording four clean sheets in that span.
- Notre Dame has won six straight matches and eight of its last nine
- The six match winning streak is the longest of Riley’s tenure and the longest since the Irish opened the 2017 season with six straight victories
- The Irish have recorded four straight clean sheets and seven on the season
- Notre Dame has scored three or more goals in a contest five times this season
- Lynn’s conversion from the spot gives him the team lead for goals with three on the season
- Roou’s goal was his sixth of the year, ranking him second on the team
- McCartney’s two assists give him the team lead on the season with five
- Thomas Deslongchamps now has three clean sheets on the year
The Irish close out the regular season home slate with a pivotal matchup against No. 18 Duke at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 22 at Alumni Stadium. The Senior Night ceremony will take place before the game. The match will air on ACCNX.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: NO. 12/13 IRISH HOST RIT FOR TWO-GAME SERIES
WHO: Notre Dame (3-0-0) vs. RIT (2-1-1)
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET // Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena
WATCH: NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, SNY & NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
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SETTING THE STAGE
- The Fighting Irish return home after earning a pair of road wins last weekend, including a 2-1 overtime win at Michigan Tech (Oct. 15) and a 5-2 win at Northern Michigan (Oct. 16).
- Notre Dame has started the season with a 3-0-0 record for the first time since starting the 2019-20 season 4-0-0 (also started 7-0-1 that year).
- The Fighting Irish are averaging 3.89 goals per game, which ranks 10th nationally (fourth in the Big Ten).
- Notre Dame’s penalty kill has started the season with a perfect 17-for-17 showing over the first three games.
- Max Ellis (1-4-5), Ryder Rolston (1-2-3) and Spencer Stastney (0-3-3) have each posted three-game point streaks to start the season.
- Ellis leads the Irish with five points followed by Trevor Janicke (2-2-4), while Cam Burke leads the team with three goals.
- All told, eight Notre Dame players have scored so far this season, while 15 have at least one point in the first three games.
- The 2021-22 season marks Notre Dame’s 17th under head coach Jeff Jackson and its fifth season in the Big Ten.
- Overall, it is the 53rd season of NCAA Division I hockey for Notre Dame.
- Notre Dame returns four of its top-five point scorers from 2020-21, including Graham Slaggert (7-18-25), Landon Slaggert (8-14-22), Nick Leivermann (5-12-17) and Max Ellis (5-11-16).
- The Irish welcome four graduate transfers into the fold for the 2021-22 campaign, including forward Jack Adams, defenseman Chase Blackmun, goaltender Matthew Galajda, and defenseman Adam Karashik.
- Five freshmen also join the Irish this season in forward Tyler Carpenter, defenseman Ryan Helliwell, forward Justin Janicke, forward Hunter Strand and defenseman Hunter Weiss.
- Goaltender Josh Graziano also transferred into the program as a sophomore, having last played collegiately at Union.
- Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.
THE RIT SERIES
- Notre Dame and the Rochester Institute of Technology have only met four times, all of which came in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.
- The Irish split the series both of those years, with all four meetings taking place at the Joyce Center.
- The Tigers played at the Compton Family Ice Arena when they were the No. 4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional.
- RIT downed top-seeded Minnesota State 2-1 in the opening round before falling to Omaha in the Regional Final by a score of 4-0.
- The University of Notre Dame hockey team is once again partnering with the 525 Foundation’s Drop 2 Stop program to help raIse awareness about opioid misuse and abuse and provide a pill drop location.
- This season’s event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 22 as the Fighting Irish host their second of two games against RIT at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
- There will be an information table set up just inside the main entrance at the Compton Family Ice Arena where fans will be able to drop off expired or unneeded pills as part of the Drop 2 Stop “pill drop” program.
- The partnership between the 525 Foundation and Notre Dame hockey was spearheaded by senior captain and South Bend native Graham Slaggert, who grew up playing youth hockey with the late Savage brothers, Nick and Jack, in honor of whom the foundation was established.
- The number “2” in Drop 2 Stop represents the two lives the Savage family lost due to opioid misuse and abuse.
- The Fighting Irish also teamed up with the 525 Foundation during the 2019-20 season and raised funds via a jersey auction.
- Notre Dame posted a pair of road wins, defeating Michigan Tech in overtime, 2-1, on Oct. 15 and following up with a 5-2 win at Northern Michigan on Oct. 16.
- Senior forward Cam Burke scored both goals in Notre Dame’s win over the Huskies, marking his first career two-goal game.
- Burke’s second goal of the night came with just 5.3 second left in overtime, with the assists going to Max Ellis and Spencer Stastney.
- Ryan Bischel made his first start of the season, earning the win with 16 saves.
- Against Northern Michigan, Notre Dame started fast with a three-goal first period en route to the 5-2 victory.
- Max Ellis finished with a goal and two assists, while Trevor Janicke had a pair of goals to lead the Fighting Irish offense.
- Notre Dame also turned in another strong showing on the penalty kill, going 6-for-6 against the Wildcats to improved to 17-for-17 on the season.
- In net, Matthew Galajda made 29 saves to earn his second win of the season.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: GM 16 & 17 PREVIEW: NO. 8 DUKE & NO. 3 UNC
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team looks to get back in the win column and make a statement in ACC play with a big road week ahead starting with No. 8 Duke on Thursday, Oct. 21, followed by No. 3 North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 24. Thursday’s contest kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, while Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. ET. Both contests will stream live on ACCNX.
With the 2021 ACC Tournament only featuring the top-six teams, in what is a loaded conference, every remaining game is pivotal. At 6-1-0, the Irish sit in third place with a big matchup at No. 8 Duke on the horizon next. The Blue Devils are in fourth with a 4-2-1 league record.
No. 1 Florida State (7-0-0) and No. 2 Virginia (6-0-1) occupy the top two spots.
Wake Forest (4-3-0), who the Irish host on Oct. 28, is in fifth place. No. 3 North Carolina is also vying for a spot at 3-2-2.
The Irish have won 12 times through its first 15 games, going 12-2-1 on the year. It marks Coach Norman’s best start at the helm of the Irish. Overall, it’s the team’s best start since 2010 when they began 13-1-1 and finished 21-2-2.
The Irish also made program history with its 6-0-0 start in ACC play. Virginia was its first loss, dropping to 6-1-0.
IN THE RANKINGS
After achieving a top-25 ranking from Top Drawer Soccer heading into ACC play, the Irish continued to climb the charts, reaching as high as No. 13. This week they checked in at No. 14
The Irish finally got some attention in the United Soccer Coaches poll as well, moving up to No. 17 as of the Oct. 10 poll.
EYE ON THE RPI
For the Oct. 18 week, the Irish boast the No. 10 RPI in the country. The ACC checks in with the No. 1 conference RPI. In fact, Notre Dame is 1-of-4 ACC schools in the top-10 RPI. Furthermore, the Irish are 2-1 against the RPI top-25 and 5-1-1 against the RPI top-50.
ON THE FRONT FOOT
Notre Dame has had a tendency to strike early, scoring a total of nine goals in the first 12 minutes of games this season – spanning seven games. In fact, they have done so in six of the past eight games:
Clemson 11:51 | Louisville 0:37, 9:28 | NCST 0:58 | BC 4:49 | Syracuse 6:38 | Detroit 1:43, 11:59 | Wisconsin 7:52
Sammi Fisher deserves to be recognized as one of the nation’s top scorers this season, as her 10 goals rank 23rd in the country and tied for first in the ACC. To put into perspective, her previous season best was six goals in 2019.
Fisher also leads the team in game-winners with four, which ranks 15th in the nation. Fisher scored game-winners against Syracuse, Brown, Wisconsin and Bowling Green.
Her 24 total points rank 25th nationally and leads all players in the ACC. In addition, her 0.67 goals per game ranks 33rd in the nation and third in the league.
With the 2-1 loss at Virginia, Notre Dame’s eight-match win streak came to a close. During the win streak, the Irish outscored their opposition, 30-4. In addition, Notre Dame outshot its opponents 152-38.
Furthermore, there were 10 different goal scorers during said span: Maddie Mercado, Kiki Van Zanten, Sammi Fisher, Sophia Fisher, Olivia Wingate, Kaylie Ronan, Katie Coyle, Brooke VanDyck, Korbin Albert and Eva Gaetino.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Coach Norman talked about how the freshmen class is his true first class at the helm of the program and they are certainly leaving their mark on this season.
Seven of the last 10 goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.
Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshmen in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second most goals on the team with eight. In fact, she has four goals in the last four games, including an absolute rocket at No. 2 Virginia.
Katie Coyle recorded her first career game-winner, scoring in the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Coyle owns two goals and one assist.
Sophia Fisher also has a game-winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The freshman most recently scored in the win over Louisville, bringing her season total to three.
Last but not least, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who scored her first career goal in the win over Boston College on Sept. 26.
FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE
Notre Dame has scored 40 goals which rank second in the ACC and 13th in the nation. The 40 goals are already more than six of the past seven seasons.
Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.67 ranks 18th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC. In addition, ND’s 108 total points rank 24th in the country and 4th in the conference.
BALL STATE VB: Grounds Rockets in Tuesday #MACtion
MUNCIE, Ind. – – In a battle of the top offense and top defense in the Mid-American Conference, something had to give Tuesday night in Worthen Arena.
After a slow start in the opening set, it looked like the Ball State women’s volleyball offense would be victim.
However, the Cardinals (18-3; 8-1 MAC) found their usual rhythm over the final three frames to earn a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20) victory over Toledo in a pivotal MAC West Division showdown. BSU has now won its last eight matches and is 7-0 at home this season.
“I thought we started out the match pressing a little too much,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We were amped up for this match. We knew it was a big one and Toledo was going to come out ready to go. Toledo is a great team and they put a lot of pressure on you. After the first set, we settled down, played tough, and played our style.”
The Rockets (15-6; 6-3 MAC) entered the contest limiting opponents to a league-low .163 attack percentage. That defense did the job early, limiting Ball State to a .029 mark in the first set. However, the Cardinals started to click in the second set and finished the match hitting .206. It was the 20th time in 21 matches this season BSU has hit at least .200.
Leading the way for Ball State was opposite Natalie Mitchem who tied her career high with 21 kills, hit a blistering .452, and came up with four huge blocks to go along with an overall solid night denying the Rockets offense at the net.
Her best offensive effort came in the third set when she smashed eight kills, helping the Cardinals rally from down 22-16 to win the frame 26-24. Mitchem had four kills in the run, which also saw outside Cait Snyder add a solo block and the frame-ending kill. Snyder was one of three Cardinals to end the match with five kills.
“I thought Natalie Mitchem was a huge block presence for us tonight,” Phillips added. “From an attacking and blocking standpoint, she was dialed in and hit her assignment every time. She made a huge difference on our side of the net.”
In addition to Mitchem’s solid performance, outside Jaclyn Bulmahn was second on the squad with 12 kills. It is the 15th time this season she had reached double figures, with six of the kills coming in the fourth set.
In addition to handing out 43 assists and scoring five kills, setter Megan Wielonski served up a match-high three aces. The effort raised her season total to 37 which ranks first in the MAC and is in the top 20 nationally.
Wielonski also tied for team-high honors with 17 digs, for her 11 assist-dig double-double of the season. Defensive specialist Havyn Gates was the other Ball State defender with 17 digs, while libero Maggie Huber collected 10.
“I thought we fought really well,” Mitchem said. “We knew this would be a really hard match and we had to compete. I feel like our defense was a big part of that. Without our defense we wouldn’t have been as a successful as we were, so I really give kudos to our back row.”
Overall, the Cardinals defense limited Toledo to a .195 rate of success, with Taylor Alt smashing 20 kills. Uluave Sinalauli’I led the Rockets with 18 digs and added 13 kills.
Tuesday’s match was the first of four big tests for the Ball State women’s volleyball team over the next two weeks. Up next, a two-match series at Western Michigan who enters the match right behind the Cardinals in the MAC West Division standings at 7-2. The team will play at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at University Arena.
After this weekend, the Cardinals return home for its next four matches, staring with a Friday, Oct. 29 date with MAC-leading Bowling Green which entered the week with an 8-0 league ledger. First serve for that contest, which will also serve as Alumni Night for the Ball State women’s volleyball program, is set for 6:30 p.m.
INDIANA STATE WGOLF: Sycamores move up in the field on Day 2 of the Ozarks National Invitational
HOLLISTER, Mo. – Indiana State cut 14 strokes off their first-round total as the Sycamores moved up in the field on the second day of the Ozarks National Invitational.
ISU turned in a second-round 317 (+29) to move into 14th-place on Tuesday afternoon as the Sycamores moved one stroke ahead of Ball State in the team standings. The Sycamores (+72) have turned in a two-round score of 331-317 heading into the final round of their last fall tournament.
“The wind blew considerably harder today and the course was more difficult,” said ISU head women’s golf coach Greg Towne. “The girls had more fight in them today. Situations like today and how they responded will help build some resilience down the road and I’m looking forward to seeing how we play tomorrow.”
Lauren Green (+16) turned in the Sycamores’ lowest round of the day as the junior carded a 77 (+5) to move into a tie for 61st overall in the field. Green tied for the most birdies on the roster on Tuesday with four holes under par, including a three-hole stretch on the sixth, seventh, and eighth to highlight a strong front-nine.
Madison Branum (+15) was one stroke behind Green on the day with a second-round 78 (+6). Branum matched Green with four birdies on the day as Indiana State’s first-round leader moved into a tie for 56th overall in the field. She birdied the fifth, seventh, 13th, and 18th holes to highlight her round.
Chelsea Morrow (+18) also cut two strokes off her first-round total as the Fishers, Ind. native sits 68th overall in the field through the first 36 holes. Morrow birdied the first and third holes on the day to highlight her round.
Kristen Hobbs (+23) put together the Sycamores’ fourth scoring round of the day with an 82 (+10) to sit tied for 76th in the field. Hobbs birdied the fourth and eighth holes to highlight her second round.
Iyoun Chew (+28) equaled her first-round 86 with a matching round on the second day. The freshman birdied the 11th and 16th holes on Tuesday.
Indiana State is back on the course tomorrow morning for the final round of the Ozarks National Invitational. Tee time is set for 8 a.m.
PFW: Jarred Godfrey Named To 2021-22 Preseason All-Horizon League Second Team
INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne guard Jarred Godfrey was named to the 2021-22 Preseason All-Horizon League Men’s Basketball Second Team, the league announced on Tuesday (Oct. 19).
Godfrey owns 1,110 career points in his Mastodon career. He averaged 16.2 points per contest last year, making 80.9 percent from the free throw line and improving his 3-point percentage for a third straight season. He was named to the All-Horizon League Third Team last season. Godfrey picked up a Horizon League Player of the Week honor after scoring 41 points vs. UIC.
The ‘Dons open the 2021-22 season Nov. 9 against Earlham. Purdue Fort Wayne’s first Horizon League contest will be Dec. 2 at home against Wright State.
2021-22 Preseason Player of the Year
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Preseason All-League First Team (alphabetical order by school)
Torrey Patton, Cleveland State
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee
Jalen Moore, Oakland
Grant Basile, Wright State
Preseason All-League Second Team (alphabetical order by school)
DeAndre Gholston, Milwaukee
Trevon Faulkner, Northern Kentucky
Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky
Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne
Tanner Holden, Wright State
PFW WGOLF: Schroeder Leads ‘Dons to Fourth at Dayton Flyer Invitational
KETTERING, Ohio – Behind Emma Schroeder’s week of 75-75-150, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team took fourth at the Dayton Flyer Invitational on Tuesday (Oct. 19).
Schroeder, who took 11th place individually, started on one and went par, birdie, par. She got another birdie on the 330-yard sixth. Schroeder turned in 10 pars to go with her two birdies. Schroeder had the best score on par-3’s for the week, tying four others at 1-under. Laura Caetano started her day with two birdies in the first three holes, going 2-under early. After a birdie on seven, she finished the front at 1-over. She birdied 13 after making the turn and shot 77 for a 151 once the scorecard had been totaled. She took 15th place.
With only four holes above par, Anna Olafsdottir shot a 75 to finish in a tie for 31st with a 155 for the week. She birdied 12, which came in the middle of a stretch of nine holes of par or better. She had 13 pars overall. Kennedy Brooker had her score taken to round out the team score. She turned in a 79-77-156 for 38th place. Her 77 came by way of nine pars and a birdie on hole nine. Taylor Norman turned in an 83-81-164 for 62nd place. She had 10 pars and a birdie on hole seven.
Ohio State’s Alexis Phadungmartvorakul won the tournament with a 139. UIndy’s team score of 589 was enough to win the team trophy.
The Mastodons are done with their fall season. They will take the course again in the spring.
PFW MEN’S GOLF: Tyler Green Shoots Under Par in Final Round at Dayton Flyer Invitational
KETTERING, Ohio – On the final day of the Dayton Flyer Invitational on Tuesday (Oct. 19), Tyler Green of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team shot a 1-under 70 to lead the Mastodons.
Green finished the tournament in 23rd place at 77-775-70-222. His final round was highlighted by a back nine, in which he scored a 3-under 32. He birdied four holes: 11, 13, 14 and 18. He parred 11 holes, including seven on the front nine. Kasey Lilly was one shot ahead of Green for the week, as he turned in a 77-71-73-221. Lilly’s final round saw him go 3-under in his last 12 holes, birdieing the 17th before parring five in a row. He birdied the back-to-back par-5’s at five and six, the finished his round with two more pars. Lilly placed 20th.
Brett Seward had his best round of the week, firing a 72. His 226 for the week earned him 37th place. Seward started his day with two birdies on his first two holes, 10 and 12. Before making the turn, he birdied 17, a 352-yard par-4. He shot an even 36 on the front nine, with a birdie coming on the 389-yard par-4 fourth. Reece Compton had his last round of 75 taken for the team score on Tuesday. Compton got four birdies to fall on the front nine, finishing his day 2-under on the last seven holes (4-10). For the week, he tied for 53rd with teammate Burke Pitz with a 232. Pitz’s last round saw him go on a tear of eight-straight holes of par or better from 18-7. He birdied the sixth hole. Hunter Mefford competed as an individual, shooting 77-81-72-230 to tie for 48th.
As a team, the Mastodons shot 312-296-290-898, improving in each round of play. They finished in eighth place, ahead of Dayton and Bradley. Wright State won the tournament with an 848, led by Bryce Haney, who earned medalist with a 4-under 209.
Purdue Fort Wayne will be back in action for its final tournament of the fall season on October 31, when they travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the Daniel Island Intercollegiate. That tournament will be hosted by Charleston Southern.
IUPUI: KAISER, RANS SWEEP #HLXC WEEKLY AWARDS AFTER BRADLEY INVITE
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s cross country team swept the #HLXC weekly awards on Tuesday (Oct. 19) as Nate Kaiser was named the league’s Runner of the Week and redshirt freshman Mitchell Rans was named Freshman of the Week. The duo helped IUPUI to a third-place finish in the red race of the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic, just behind a pair of regionally ranked teams in Wichita State and Eastern Illinois. In addition, IUPUI finished just ahead of a pair of Big Ten foes in Iowa and Nebraska.
Kaiser placed fourth of 248 runners in a school record time of 24:06.5, taking 15 seconds off IUPUI’s prior 8K record. His time was 28 seconds faster than the previous IUPUI record at the same course, set back in 2013. In doing so, Kaiser collected his third #HLXC Runner of the Week award of the season.
Rans earned his first career award as IUPUI’s No. 3 runner at Bradley. He spun a time of 24:50.2 and placed 31st overall while taking more than a minute off his previous best 8K time.
IUPUI: PICKED 12TH IN #HLMBB PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team has been picked to finish 12th in the Horizon League according to the league’s preseason polls, released on Tuesday (Oct. 19). Reigning champion Cleveland State earned 30 of the 44 possible first-place votes to be voted atop the poll while Wright State earned nine first-place votes and was second overall. Northern Kentucky, Milwaukee and Detroit Mercy all earned first-place votes and were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
IUPUI, under first-year head coach Matt Crenshaw, brings back seven letterwinners from a season ago, but lost its top three scorers from 2020-2021. Senior swingmen Azariah Seay (5.7 ppg) and Bobby Harvey (5.6 ppg) are the team’s top returning scorers while 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.
Pruitt, a 6-foot-4 guard, and Stanton, a 6-foot-5 guard, give Crenshaw intriguing options in the backcourt from day one. Isitua is an athletic 6-foot-11 forward/center who will be relied upon to fortify the frontcourt from day one.
The Jaguars will open their exhibition slate on Nov. 3 when they host Anderson at 11:00 a.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The regular season will begin with a road game at Butler on Nov. 9 on FS1 and the home opener will be on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when the Jaguars host Spalding University at the Coliseum at 7:00 p.m..
The full poll results and preseason teams are listed below.
2021-22 #HLMBB Preseason Poll Results
Pl. School (1st place) – Votes
1. Cleveland State (30) – 502
2. Wright State (9) – 463
3. Northern Kentucky (1) – 406
4. Milwaukee (2) – 396
5. Detroit Mercy (2) – 350
6. Oakland – 340
7. Youngstown State – 214
8. UIC – 204
9. Purdue Fort Wayne – 169
10. RMU – 157
11. Green Bay – 146
12. IUPUI – 85
Preseason Player of the Year
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Preseason All-League First Team (alphabetical order by school)
Torrey Patton, Cleveland State
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee
Jalen Moore, Oakland
Grant Basile, Wright State
Preseason All-League Second Team (alphabetical order by school)
DeAndre Gholston, Milwaukee
Trevon Faulkner, Northern Kentucky
Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky
Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne
Tanner Holden, Wright State
IUPUI WGOLF: BUSKER FORCES PLAYOFF AS JAGS FINISH SECOND AT BRAUN INTERCOLLEGIATE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – IUPUI sophomore Shelby Busker finished tied atop the leaderboard and earned a spot in a playoff while the Jaguars ultimately finished second among the seven-team field at this week’s Charles Braun Intercollegiate. Busker surged up the leaderboard with a final round 75 and finished the tournament at 10-over 154 (79-75) to finish among a three-way tie. However, she made bogey on the second playoff hole and Green Bay’s Ashley Kulka made a tap-in par to earn medalist honors.
Green Bay won the team title at 618 while IUPUI finished second at 629 (315-314).
Busker made five birdies, including back-to-back late in her round, as part of her second round 75.
“The greens were pretty tough so you couldn’t take any putt for granted,” Busker said. “I was just trying to hang in there the whole time. I had no idea I was in contention to win though.”
Senior Kara Blair carded a final round 76 and ended her tournament tied for tenth at 158 (82-76). Meanwhile, fifth-year senior Amelie Svejda, who led the tournament heading into the final round, struggled on Tuesday and finished tied for sixth at 157 (73-84). Blair had a stretch of three birdies in a four hole span midway through her round while Svejda never got rolling in her final round of the fall.
Sophomore Annaliese Fox had a countable round of 81 without a birdie while freshman Nerea Lancho had a countable 82. Both finished tied for 17th overall at 163.
Sophomore Madeleine Pape finished off her tournament at 164 (82-82) while playing as an individual.
Svejda closed the fall with a team-best 74.43 scoring average and three top-10 finishes while Blair was second on the team with a 75.86 average and two top-10’s. Busker ranked third on the squad with a 77.00 stroke average and collected her fourth career top-10 finish this week.
IUPUI MGOLF: JAGUARS TO OPEN TWO-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST EIU ON WEDNESDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will kickoff a two-game homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 20) when the Jaguars host Eastern Illinois at 4:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Jonathan Matthes (pxp) calls the action.
Wednesday’s game pits IUPUI head coach Brian Barnett against his longtime assistant Ronnie Bouemboue, who enters his second season as head coach at EIU.
Barnett’s squad is coming off a 1-0 road win at Green Bay as Logan Finnegan tallied the game’s lone goal in the 32nd minute off a Kirezi Freddy assist and Lucas Morefield dialed up a shutout in goal. The Jaguars’ defense allowed just three shots on goal as Morefield earned his third solo shutout of the season. The victory gave IUPUI six points in Horizon League play as the Jaguars continue to be in the mix for a spot in the upcoming, six team league tournament.
Finnegan scored a goal in both of IUPUI’s games last week and leads the Jaguars’ attack in goals (3) and points (6).The sophomore midfielder is vying to become the first IUPUI player to score goals in three straight games since Alan Aguilar did so in October 2018.
Freddy moved into a tie with Tylin Broaders for the team lead in assists with two on the season.
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
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- Rayan Choukri, Soph.
MF- Logan Finnegan, Soph.
MF- Kirezi Freddy, Jr.
MF- Cameron Haegele, 5th
MF- Chris Workman, Jr.
F- Mandela Cybahiro, Soph.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
EIU is 1-9-1 on the season and 1-3 in Summit League play with a win over St. Thomas (Minn.). The Panthers have been outscored by a 24-6 margin on the year as Davi Girardi has a team-high two goals and five points. In goal, Jonathan Burke has played the majority of the team’s minutes, posting a 1.81 goals against average and 42 saves in 10 starts.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
Oakland will enter play at 7-5-2 overall and 5-1-1 in Horizon League play. The Golden Grizzlies knocked off Louisville earlier this week on the road and are riding a four-game winning streak. Mikey Ketterman leads Oakland with nine goals and Noah Jensen has a team-high seven assists. Three of Ketterman’s nine scores have been game-winners. In goal, Oakland has had two different keepers each start seven times as Alessio Carbone (1.34 GAA, 24 saves) has a 2-4-1 record and Finn Jurak (1.35 GAA, 21 saves) is 5-1-1.
IUPUI is 6-5-6 all-time against Eastern Illinois and 5-1-3 in nine meetings in Indy. (Series History)
IUPUI is 6-17-1 overall against Oakland and 4-6-1 at home against the Golden Grizzlies. (Series History)
IUPUI will play its final regular season road match at Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN+.
VALPO: Valpo Women Picked Sixth in MVC Preseason Poll
The Valpo women’s basketball team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference for the 2021-22 season, according to preseason polling of the conference’s coaches, sports information directors and media members. Valpo was just one point shy of fifth place in the final results.
Valpo amassed 208 points in the polling to come in sixth position, just one point shy of Bradley in fifth place and 15 points clear of Loyola in seventh place. Missouri State topped the preseason poll and claimed 35 of the 40 first-place votes, while Drake and UNI were picked second and third, respectively, and combined for the other five first-place nods.
Valpo returns most of its squad from last year’s team which posted a 12-13 overall record, including two non-conference wins over Big Ten programs and a 7-9 mark in Valley play, and finished the year with a 122 NET — the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign. The Beacons bring back 14 letterwinners who combined for 93% of the team’s scoring, 91.6% of the rebounding and 96.4% of the assists.
Four of the team’s five starters from last season return, highlighted by senior point guard Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville). A First-Team All-MVC honoree last season, Frederick led The Valley in assists and finished the season sixth in scoring. She enters the season less than 100 points shy of becoming the 17th 1,000-point scorer in program history. Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) returns as well after earning honorable mention All-MVC accolades last year. A two-time member of the MVC All-Defensive Team, Weinman paced the MVC in steals for a second straight season.
The Missouri Valley Conference projects to be as strong as ever across the board in women’s basketball this season. Last season, the Valley ranked seventh in the nation as a conference in the NET, the highest ranking in conference history, and boasted five teams in the top-100 of the NET. 10 of 11 First Team All-MVC selections from last season return for the 2021-22 campaign, nine of the conference’s top-10 leading scorers return and all 10 of the leading rebounders are back.
VALPO: Football Returns to Action by Hosting Dayton on Saturday
Dayton (3-3, 2-2 PFL)
at Valparaiso (1-5, 1-2 PFL)
Game #7 Saturday, Oct. 23, Noon CT
Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
This Week in Valpo Football: After a bye week that blended rest and recovery with additional practice and preparation, the Valparaiso University football team will return to action this week as the Beacons are set to host Dayton on Saturday at high noon at Brown Field. This week will mark a reunion of sorts for head coach Landon Fox, who will oppose one of his coaching mentors in longtime Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin. Prior to arriving at Valpo, Fox spent 11 years as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Dayton. Saturday will be Family Day at Brown Field.
Previously: Prior to the bye week, Valpo incurred a 20-13 setback at St. Thomas on Oct. 9. A strip sack by Nick Price and an interception by Austin Chilton helped ignite a fourth-quarter surge that saw Valpo outscore the hosts 10-0 over the final 15 minutes, but the Beacons couldn’t fully overcome a 17-point deficit. Kicker Brian Bartholomew made a pair of field goals and punter Ben Niesner achieved 53.2 yards per attempt, while the Valpo defense was led by Jaxon Peifer’s career-high-tying 14 tackles. QB Ben Nimz completed 17 passes for 183 yards, while the Tommies contained the running game to the tune of 24 carries for 37 yards. Penalties were a major bugaboo as Valpo was flagged 13 times for 112 yards. The frequent penalties were an aberration from the norm under head coach Landon Fox, as this marked the first time during his tenure that Valpo was penalized for at least 100 yards in a game, something that had most recently occurred on Nov. 3, 2018 (110 at Marist).
Series Notes: Dayton holds a 26-3 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1988. The two teams faced off 27 consecutive seasons from 1993-2019, a streak that was snapped when Dayton opted to sit out the Spring 2021 season. This will mark the 28th straight season in which both teams have participated that the charter Pioneer Football League members have faced off. Dayton came to Brown Field and prevailed 41-28 on Oct. 12, 2019 in Fox’s first matchup with his former team. Valpo’s most recent win over the Flyers was 8-7 on Nov. 18, 2017, a victory that clinched the program’s best season since 2003, a mark that has since been surpassed by the Spring 2021 squad. Dayton has won 14 of the last 15 matchups.
Following the Beacons: All home games this season will be broadcast on ESPN3. The longtime Voice of Valpo Todd Ickow will have the play-by-play alongside color analyst Tom Byrne, who was a standout on Valpo’s offensive line from 1999-2002 and is a member of the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame. In addition, Garrett Willis and James Sroge will have the call on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (6-18) is in his third season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in Fall 2021. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. Valpo limited the opposition to 172.2 passing yards per game, the program’s best passing defense since 2008. In addition, the squad boasted its best rushing defense (111.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points per game) since 1999. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
Strength of Schedule: Valpo’s three nonconference opponents currently hold a combined 16-1 record. North Dakota State is a flawless 6-0 and is ranked third nationally. Dartmouth owns a 5-0 mark and is coming off a 38-21 victory at No. 23 New Hampshire. Dartmouth is now ranked 25th in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 and is receiving votes in the FCS Coaches’ Poll. Indiana Wesleyan has just one loss and is ranked 10th nationally in NAIA. In addition, Valpo’s two conference setbacks have come against teams with a combined PFL mark of 5-1. This past weekend, Drake – a team Valpo beat earlier this season – took perennial league powerhouse San Diego down to the wire in a 13-10 Torero triumph, while Marist bested a traditionally-strong Dayton program 20-17 and St. Thomas blitzed Stetson 38-7.
Close Calls: Dating back to last season, Valpo has played seven straight PFL games decided by seven points or fewer. Dating back to 2019, Valpo’s last 14 league games have been decided by 12 points or fewer and 12 of those 14 have been dictated by 10 points or fewer. Valpo’s last two games have resulted in a pair of close defeats, 27-24 in overtime on Oct. 2 vs. Marist and 20-13 on Oct. 9 at St. Thomas. Dating back to 2019, six of Valpo’s last eight losses in PFL play have come by seven points or fewer.
Niesner Notes: Ben Niesner averaged a career-high 53.2 yards per punt on six attempts in the Oct. 9 game at St. Thomas, helping him earn Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He launched four of his six punts 50-plus yards and all six 40-plus yards. His performance marked the 10th-best single-game punting average in Division-I FCS to that point in the season. His biggest boot of the day was a 63 yarder that represented his season long and the second-longest punt of his collegiate career. With his successful Saturday in St. Paul, Niesner is up to 43.7 yards per punt, which ranks 13th nationally in Division-I FCS. He is also seventh among active Division-I FCS players with 7,843 career punting yards. Niesner, who was named to the FCS Punter of the Year Preseason Watch List and was a semifinalist for that honor a year ago, also earned PFL Special Teams Player of the Week laurels twice during the six-week Spring 2021 docket. Valpo has had a higher punting average than its opponent in each of the first six games this season. Niesner’s season average is up to 43.7, currently placing him in position to surpass his program-record-tying mark of 43.6 from a year ago.
Robert in the Record Book: Valpo running back Robert Washington has rushed for 1,109 career yards in just 12 games in a Valpo uniform. He is on the fringe of passing Kyle Cartales (1,140 yards; 38 games) and Brandon Hall (1,196 yards; 23 games) on Valpo’s career rushing list. He has a chance to get past Jarrett Morgan (1,267 yards; 39 games) and Jake Huston (1,296 yards, 26 games) for Valpo’s highest career rushing total since Jeff Horton closed out his career in 2007 with a school-record 3,072. In order to crack the top 10 in program history in career rushing yards, Washington would need to get to 1,644. With 456 rushing yards in six games, Washington is on pace to rank third in Valpo history in single-season rushing yards. If he sustains the current pace, he would rush for 890 yards this year.
Coming Off a Bye: There were no bye weeks during the Spring 2021 season, and Valpo’s bye week during the 2019 season came in Week 2, while 2018 came in Week 1. In 2016 Valpo had a bye the final week of the season, so over the last six years, this marks just the second time Valpo’s bye has come in the midst of PFL play. The only other time in that stretch that Valpo broke up league action with an off week was the 2017 campaign, when a well-rested group followed an Oct. 21 bye with a 63-32 home victory over Morehead State on Oct. 28. That sparked a stretch where Valpo won three of its final four games.
Scouting the Opponent: Dayton was picked fourth of 11 in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll. The Flyers, who opted out of the Spring 2021 season, went 7-3 overall and 6-2 in PFL play during the 2019 campaign. They opened this season with a 17-10 victory over scholarship-foe Eastern Illinois. Dayton owns a league-record 12 PFL championships, has the best all-time PFL record in league history and entered this season with the fifth-best winning percentage in FCS football since 2000. The Flyers are coming off a 20-17 home loss to Marist last week.
VALPO: Women’s Golf Closes Out Fall Season
The Valparaiso University women’s golf team finished up the fall portion of its 2021-2022 season on Tuesday at the Dayton Fall Invitational, hosted at the par-70, 5968-yard NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. The Beacons matched their team score from Monday’s opening round to crack the program record book in 36-hole team score, while Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland) led the way with a strong showing in Round 2.
How It Happened
- Keil carded a 73 on Tuesday, elevating to the team’s top spot by tying for 26th. She posted a 36-hole score of 153 as Tuesday represented a seven-stroke improvement from her first round.
- Tuesday’s other sub-80 round came courtesy of Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton), who was the only Valpo golfer to enjoy rounds of under 80 on both days of the tournament. She tied for 31st on the individual leaderboard by virtue of a 36-hole score of 155 (76-79).
- Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) was also part of the tie for 31st in the 77-player field, finishing the week at 155 behind a strong Round-1 effort
- As a team, Valpo carded a 312 in both rounds to finish at 624 (+64), placing ninth in a 12-team field. The Beacons finished ahead of Youngstown State, Ohio and Eastern Illinois and were just two strokes behind a seventh-place tie between Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine University.
- The University of Indianapolis won the event at 589, while Ohio State’s Alexis Phadungmartvorakul was the individual medalist at 139.
Inside the Round
- Valpo had the fourth-best Par-3 scoring average in the field at 3.40 while also turning in the field’s fourth-best average on Par 5s at 5.20.
- The Beacons birdied on 11 occasions during the tournament, led by Keil with four.
- Valpo cracked the program record book for 36-hole tournament low as the team score of 624 ranks fourth in program history. The program record for a 36-hole tournament also came at the Dayton Fall Invitational, when the team carded a 592 back in 2012.
- At +64, this week’s showing ranks ninth in program history in 36-hole tournament score in relation to par.
- Keil tied for the 10th-best 36-hole tournament score in program history at 153. She became the first Beacon to crack the program’s top 10 in that area since Hodson held that same score of 153 at the 2019 Dayton Fall Invitational.
The Beacons will begin the spring portion of the season on Monday, March 7 at the Butler Benbow Invitational, hosted at Jacksonville Beach GC in Jacksonville, Fla.
VALPO MEN’S GOLF: Valpo, VanArragon Close Fall with Runner-up Finishes
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team tied a bow on a successful fall season on Tuesday, wrapping up a runner-up finish at the TVA Community Credit Union Invitational, hosted by North Alabama at the par-72, 7133-yard Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club in Killen, Ala. Junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) concluded a stellar fall slate with another individual runner-up performance.
How It Happened
- VanArragon turned in a 73 (+1) in Tuesday’s final round, finishing the event at 212 (-4) over 54 holes. His Round-3 showing was enough to hold off Southern Illinois’ Matthis Besard by one stroke in a tight battle for individual runner-up status in a 66-player field. VanArragon was three strokes behind UT Martin’s Tate Chumley for medalist honors.
- VanArragon was joined in the top 5 by freshman teammate Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield), who posted three straight rounds of par or better in the tournament. His consistent output closed with a 72 (E) on Tuesday as the rookie finished the event at 215 (-1), tied for fourth.
- The Beacons boasted balanced scoring on the event’s final day as all five players in the lineup carded 75 or better. Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) finished third on the team with a 224 (+8) by virtue of a 74 (+2) on Tuesday. He tied for 20th among competing players.
- Valpo enjoyed a team runner-up finish by carding an 875 (+11) over three rounds. Host North Alabama won the 11-team tournament at 867 (+3). Valpo was seven strokes clear of third and 10 strokes in front of conference foe Southern Illinois, which finished fourth.
Inside the Round
- VanArragon posted his fifth straight top-5 finish and was the individual runner-up or medalist in four of six tournaments this fall. He has carded 215 or better in each of his last three outings.
- This marked the eighth time in his collegiate career that VanArragon has finished as the individual medalist or runner-up including seven times in the calendar year of 2021.
- VanArragon again cracked the program record book in 54-hole tournament score in relation to par. By finishing the event at four strokes under, he tied for the eighth-best 54-hole score in relation to par in program history. This marked the fifth time in his career that VanArragon has finished an event four strokes under par or better.
- By finishing with an 875, this represented the third time this season that Valpo has cracked the program record book in 54-hole team score. This marked the 10th-best 54-hole team score in modern program history. Three of the program’s top-10 tournaments since the 2009 relaunch have come this fall.
- In terms of 54-hole score in relation to par, Valpo’s +11 this week is eighth in program history. Three of the top eight marks in that area have come this fall.
- Delisanti turned in his first career top-5 finish and his second top-10 finish this fall. This marked the first time in his young career that he finished a tournament with a three-round score under par.
- Valpo was second in the field in par-3 scoring (3.20), second in par-5 scoring (4.83) and third in Par-4 scoring (4.16). Delisanti was the individual tournament leader on par-5 holes at 4.50, while VanArragon’s 3.87 average on Par 4s paced the tournament field.
- The team led the tournament with 179 even-par holes while also accruing 35 birdies.
- Delisanti and VanArragon paced the team with 10 birdies apiece, while VanArragon added 39 even-par holes, tied for the second most in the event.
- Dating back to last season, Valpo has finished in the top five in 10 consecutive tournaments. This marked the team’s second runner-up showing this fall and third of the calendar year 2021.
Valpo will crank up the spring season on Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Advance Golf Partners Collegiate in Palm City, Fla. The event will take place at Hammock Green GC.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Midweek matchup with Indiana up next for Aces
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Closing-out a three-game road trip, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team makes the trip up I-69 to face (RV) Indiana at 6 PM (CT) on Wednesday evening in Bloomington, Ind.
Previewing the Matchup
- A series with a rich history is revived on Wednesday as the Aces and Hoosiers meet for the 39th time in series history as Indiana owns a 31-4-3 advantage in the all-time series.
- Last meeting in 2019, the Hoosiers captured a 5-1 win on Oct. 22, 2019 in Bloomington over Evansville.
- Five of the 38 meetings in the series have occurred in the NCAA Tournament with the last coming in 1990 with Fred Schmaltz’s Aces capturing a 1-0 win over the Hoosiers, earning UE a spot in the College Cup.
- Indiana enters the match on a four-match winning streak, out-scoring its opponents, 14-0, during that stretch.
Last Match: Loyola 5, Evansville 1
- Tasked with limiting an explosive attack, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team dropped a road match at Loyola Chicago, 5-1, on Saturday evening in Chicago, Ill.
- Evansville’s attack was powered by junior Carlos Barcia on the night, who tallied his second goal of the season, moving just one goal out of the team lead. Barcia’s compatriot, Jose Vivas, added his first assist of his collegiate career, assisting Barcia in the 50th minute. Fifth-year senior Francesco Brunetti also got involved in the offense, generating two shots on the night with one coming on frame.
- Loyola’s attack was on the front foot early and often during the opening 45 minutes. The Ramblers opened the scoring in the 10th minute as Billy Hency sent a cross in off a corner that Julian Cisneros headed-in near post. The 25th minute saw Loyola double its advantage with a brace from Cisneros. After the ball was played into the box by Oscar Dueso and Tyler Biggs, Cisneros finished the play off from 15 yards out with his second goal of the evening.
- Just 90 seconds later, the Ramblers tallied another as Hency converted a penalty to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage. After his earlier assist, Dueso scored a goal of his own in the 31st minute as the Ramblers saw their advantage increased to 4-0. Evansville found a strong spell of possession inside the final six minutes of the opening half as the Aces recorded four shots, including a shot from Brunetti that came on goal, but UE could not pull one back before the break.
- A fifth and final goal came for Loyola after the half, this time coming from Lukas Ender off a second assist on the night from Billy Hency, giving LUC a 5-0 lead. Evansville would answer with a goal in 50th minute as Vivas played a perfect through ball to a sprinting Barcia, who smashed it past the keeper at a difficult angle to push the Aces within 5-1. Over the final 40 minutes, the two sides combined for just six shots as the Ramblers secured the 5-1 win.
Barcia Scores Again
- In the 50th minute against Loyola on Saturday, junior Carlos Barcia scored his second goal of the season.
- The goal pushed Barcia into sole possession of second place on the team in goals and put him one behind Pablo Guillen for the team-lead.
- Of Evansville’s nine goals this season, five have been scored by a player from Spain.
Playing Top Competition
- Evansville heads into a midweek contest on Wednesday with Indiana having already played some tough competition this season.
- Five of the Aces opponents have been ranked at some point this season, including two currently ranked (Kentucky and Missouri State) and two more currently receiving votes (Indiana and Louisville).
EVANSVILLE WGOLF: O’Donnell earns top ten at Braun Intercollegiate
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Senior Caitlin O’Donnell picked up the top finish for the University of Evansville women’s golf team while sophomore Mallory Russell had the low round of the day to complete the Charles Braun Intercollegiate at Oak Meadow Country Club.
O’Donnell finished the Purple Aces’ home event with an 80 in the final round. Her final tally of 158 was good for a 10th place tie in the final standings after fin9ishing the first 18 holes with a 78. The low score for the final 18 on the UE squad belonged to Mallory Russell. After shooting an 82 in the first round, Russell lowered her tally by four strokes on her way to a 160. She finished in 16th.
After finishing the first 18 holes in a tie, the duo of Alissa McMinn and Allison Enchelmayer did the same on Tuesday. Both fired off rounds of 83 to begin the tournament before carding scores of 81 on Tuesday. Both finished with a 164. Joining them in a tie for 21st was Carly Frazier. She registered an 85 in the final 18 to tie her teammates.
Magdalena Borisova was UE’s top individual finisher. She tied for 37th in her first college tournament with a 171. After carding an 86 to open play, she lowered her final on Tuesday by one to an 85. Taylor Keating was seven spots behind her with a 184. Her scores checked in at 91 and 93.
Evansville took 5th place in the final team standings with a score of 642. The Aces completed the tournament t just one behind UIC and Western Michigan, who tied for third place. Green Bay took the team championship with a 618, cruising to an 11-stroke win over IUPUI.
Three players tied for the individual win with Ashley Kulka (Green Bay), Shelby Busker (IUPUI) and Alissa Fish (Western Michigan) each completing the two rounds with a 154. After two playoff holes, Kulka took the championship. All three of the individuals who tied for the top spot began the playoff on hole #1, parring the hole (4 strokes). The second hole in the playoff was #9. Kulka earned another par of four while Shelby Busker and Alissa Fish each had a bogey.
The fall season comes to a close in Greensboro, N.C. when the Aces take part in the Grandover Invitational. UE’s final tournament of the fall takes place on November 1-2.
INDIANAPOLIS WGOLF: Greyhounds Take Team Title in Fall Finale
KETTERING, Ohio – The UIndy women’s golf team (291-298) wrapped up its fall slate with a nine-stroke win at the Division I Dayton Fall Invitational Monday and Tuesday, held at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. Competing on the par-70 North Course, all eight Greyhounds made the trip, with six finishing in the top 20.
Fifth-year senior Anna Kramer and true-freshman Anci Dy both earned a spot in the top five. Kramer (70-73), who started Tuesday’s final round with an eagle on hole No. 1, finished at +3 to earn runner-up honors – four strokes back of medalist Alexis Phadungmartvorakul of Ohio State. Dy, meanwhile, carded matching 73s to tie for fifth place at +6.
Freshman Ellen Caton (73-77) fired three birdies in Monday’s opening round before settling at +10 to share 11th place. Senior Elyse Stasil (75-77) and Catharina Graf (77-75) finished as two of nine golfers to tie for 17th at +12.
Senior Daniela Gomez (73-79) was also part of the contingent at T-17. She was followed by fellow individual competitors Katelyn Skinner (77-78) at T-31 and sophomore Maggie Schaffer (82-75) at T-41.
Head Coach Brent Nicoson on the team victory…
“We needed this one. Bouncing back from a very poor performance last week to come back and win this tournament feels like a great way to end the fall. I feel like the entire group of eight came together and worked hard this week to eliminate unnecessary pressure we’ve been putting on ourselves.”
Nicoson on Kramer’s performance…
“It was great to see Anna bounce back and cap off a very good fall season for her. Her leadership has been very important in our development this fall.”
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 MSOCCER: Men’s Soccer Tallies Another Week at #2 in United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third straight time, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team holds the No. 2 spot in the NCAA Division II United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, officials announced on Tuesday.
Once again, UIndy (10-0-1) sits just on the heels of Franklin Pierce who remains perfect in the drivers seat at 13-0. Trailing behind the Hounds in the top-five is Davis & Elkins (11-0-1) at No. 3, Young Harris (12-0-1) at No. 4, and Palm Beach Atlantic (9-1) at No. 5.
The Greyhounds are not the only Great Lakes Valley Conference program featured in this week’s poll, as Maryville climbed up one spot to No. 10.
UIndy returns to Key Stadium this Friday for a battle against Missouri S&T beginning at 7:30 p.m.
MARIAN MSOCCER: PAIR OF GOALS FROM NEUHOLD NOT ENOUGH IN MARIAN’S 3-2 LOSS TO HUNTINGTON
Huntington, Ind. – Despite a pair of goals from Valentine Neuhold, the Marian men’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Huntington on Tuesday afternoon. Marian falls to 7-6-2 on the season and 3-3 in the Crossroads League.
Both Marian and Huntington got off to an even start, with both teams trading a couple of shots through the opening 20 minutes of play. The Knights broke the scoreless deadlock when a throw-in by David Green bounced into the box for Neuhold, who’s header redirected the ball past Huntington goalkeeper Gabe Greenfield in the 27th minute.
The Knights made it a 2-0 game in the 28th minute after another Neuhold shot from the box, with his strike again just sneaking past a diving Greenfield. Once again, Neuhold was assisted by another throw in by Green, setting up both goals in nearly identical ways.
The Foresters stepped up the offensive pressure, winning several corner kicks in the following minutes. On their third corner, Huntington’s Pablo Garcia hooked a shot in to the far corner to make it 2-1 Marian in the 36th minute. The pressure continued for Marian, but they held off three more shots from Huntington over the final nine minutes of the half to maintain a one-goal lead into halftime.
The Foresters once again kept the pressure up on the Marian defense, getting off five shots to Marian’s one in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. However, Knights goalkeeper Brendan Weiger continued to make saves to preserve the Knights lead. In the 73rd minute, Huntington tied the match at 2-2, with Alan Bernardez scoring on a header after Eric Ocock’s free kick was sent into the box from about 40 yards out.
As the clock ticked down, both teams took a few opportunistic shots from distance without any luck. With just two minutes left, Huntington’s Higor Barbieri scored the go-ahead goal after a throw in from Austin Batey, giving the Foresters a 3-2 lead. The Knights got one last chance with Nate Van Keulen‘s corner kick in the closing seconds, but the Foresters blocked it out of harm’s way for the 3-2 win.
Weiger took the loss in the net, making 13 saves while allowing three goals. Neuhold led the Knights with three shots, with Alan Tenorio and Sebastian Gonzalez adding a pair. Huntington outshot Marian 19 to 10 while also taking six corner kicks to Marian’s five.
Marian will return to St. Vincent Field on Saturday, October 23, as they host Goshen at 7 PM.
MARIAN WSOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER DT DRAWS AT MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Cincinnati, Ohio – The Marian women’s soccer developmental team played to a 2-2 draw on Monday night, tying with Mount St. Joseph in their first road game since September 9. The Knights are now 3-1-2 after the draw.
Kathleen Lynch scored the first goal of the game for the Knights, scoring off a corner 10 minutes into play. Lynch found the ball in a wild scramble in front of the goal, and was able to chip it in for the first goal of the day. Mount St. Joseph would score the next two goals in the match, taking a 2-1 lead.
Marian trailed until the final two minutes of the match, and late in the action Marian was rewarded with a corner kick. The ball was popped out of the goal on a half clearance, and found Jasmine Hermosillo, who blasted a shot upper 90 from over 20 yards out of the goal, tying the game to end in a draw.
Marian will play their final game of the fall on Sunday, October 31 when they travel to Thomas More to finish their season series.
IU EAST: CROSS COUNTRY: KLIPSTINE NAMED RSC RUNNER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East’s Chance Klipstine led the Red Wolves at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic to claim River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Oct. 11-17.
Klipstine ran the 8,000-meter race at Wilmington (Ohio) College in a time of 28 minutes, 5 seconds. That was for a team-best 79th place out of 325 runners in the big meet. There were a total of 33 teams in the standings.
The Red Wolves will be at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge on Oct. 23.
ANDERSON: Hayward Named HCAC Diver of the Week
Anderson University men’s diving standout Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Diver of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Tuesday.
Hayward earned his fourth career HCAC Diver-of-the-Week selection. During Saturday’s Indiana Intercollegiates, Hayward recorded a 6-dive 1-meter diving score of 248.20 points. The sophomore from Fort Wayne contributed an average of 41.37 points per dive.
Anderson battles in the Indiana D-III Invitational on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center in Terre Haute.
TRINE: Trine Women’s Basketball Ranked Number Three in D3hoops.com Preseason Poll
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s basketball team will enter the 2021-22 season third in the nation, according to the D3hoops.com preseason poll.
The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly. The Trine women were able to accumulate 522 points, and are second among Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) schools. Hope College was ranked number one with 617 points and 21 first-place votes.
Head Coach Andy Rang, who enters his fourth season as head coach and tenth as a member of the Thunder women’s basketball coaching staff, is 63-12 heading into the season. Assisting Rang is newly promoted Associate Head Coach Rob Hoffman, and Assistant Coaches Craig Taylor and Becky Johnson.
A season ago, Trine was 14-3 overall, with all three losses coming against the number one team in NCAA DIII. The Thunder were 6-1 in limited MIAA competition and return four of five starters as well as a majority of players off the bench. All-Region selection Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich./Dakota] enters her senior season after averaging 10.8 points per game and shot 41.2% from deep. Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany], Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] and Makayla Ardis [Lake City, Mich. / Lake City] are returning starters for the Thunder.
Trine has an exhibition game against NCAA DI Butler University on Thursday, November 4 and open the regular season versus Kenyon College at home on Saturday, November 13.
BETHEL: Kirstin Cotter Named MIAC Offensive Player of the Week
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Junior opposite Kirstin Cotter was named the MIAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after pacing Bethel to a five-set victory over St. Olaf and a three-set win at St. Catherine this past weekend. Cotter earns her first career MIAC weekly award averaging five kills per set while hitting .419 with five digs and four blocks.
Cotter sparked the weekend with a career-high 26 kills on a .444 hitting percentage against the Oles making it the second time this season with 20-plus kills. She then put down another 14 kills against the Wildcats helping BU improve to 6-1 in MIAC play moving them into a tie for first place with Hamline and Gustavus Adolphus. Cotter has put down double-digit kill numbers in three straight matches and has tallied 10-plus kills in 16 of the Bethel’s 21 matches.
In conference-only matches, she currently leads the MIAC with 4.22 kills per set and his second in hitting percentage at .359.
The 23rd-ranked Royals, now 17-4 overall on the year, continue a four-match road stand Friday at Augsburg before traveling to Saint Mary’s Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
MANCHESTER: Spartans Sweep HCAC AOTW Honors for 2nd Time this Fall
CARMEL, Ind. – For the second time this fall, the Manchester University Spartans swept the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week Awards.
Both Elizabeth Lohman(Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) and Thomas Richardson(Ladoga, Ind./Southmont) picked up the weekly accolade from the league office on Tuesday October 19.
Lohman was named the HCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the third time this fall on Tuesday. Lohman led Manchester University with a top time of 22:54.4 at the Oberlin Inter Regional Rumble on Saturday October 16. She placed 14th overall in a race of more than 300 competitors. The women placed 12th out of 33 teams.
Richardson earned his first HCAC Male Athlete of the Week award of the fall on Tuesday. Thomas led Manchester with a final time of 26:06.8 at the Oberlin Inter Regional Rumble on Saturday October 16. Richardson placed 18th overall in a race of more than 300 competitors. The men placed 17th out of 35 teams.
WABASH: Little Giants Pick Up Shutout Win At Wittenberg
Wabash extended its 1-0 first-half lead at Wittenberg with two goals in the final period to earn a 3-0 victory over the host Tigers Tuesday evening in North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer action.
Jerry Little II picked up his first goal of the season in the 31st minute off a pass from Coledon Johnson to give Wabash (10-4-1, 3-2-1 NCAC) the lead it would not relinquish. Timothy Herring picked up his second goal of the season in the 66th minute with Bruno Zamora handing out his fifth assist of the year on the play.
Herring scored again in the 73rd minute on a penalty kick to put the game away for the Little Giants.
Wabash goalkeeper Michael Bertram faced one shot on goal to record his only save of the evening on five Wittenberg (6-6-3, 1-4-1 NCAC) total shot attempts. The Little Giants finished the match with 14 shots and eight shots on goal.
Wabash travels to Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday to play 22nd-ranked Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m.
ANDERSON: Women’s Swimming & Diving: Hunter, Strege Sweep HCAC Athlete-of-the-Week Awards
Anderson University women’s swimming and diving standouts Lily Hunter (Westfield, Ind. / Westfield) and Halle Strege (McCordsville, Ind. / Mount Vernon) swept the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Athlete-of-the-Week awards, which was announced on Tuesday.
Hunter was tabbed as HCAC Swimmer of the Week for the second time in her career while Strege was selected as the HCAC Diver of the Week for the fourth time in her career.
Strege posted a 6-dive 1-meter diving score of 212.85 points during Saturday’s Indiana Intercollegiates in Lafayette. The junior from McCordsville recorded an average of 35.48 points per dive.
Hunter raced to a time of 25.47 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. The junior from Westfield also competed on two Anderson relays. The Ravens fielded a 200 freestyle relay ‘A’ team of Tori Haessig (Sunman, Ind. / Milan), Hunter, Heather Karm (Lowell, Ind. / Lowell) and Kaitlyn Hopp (Downers Grove, Ill. / Downers Grove South), which clocked a time of 1 minute, 50.69 seconds. Anderson also put together a 200 medley relay ‘A’ team of Ashley Daulton (Bateville, Ind. / Batesville), Karm, Brooklyn DenOuden (Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion) and Hunter, which turned in a time of 2:03.81.
Anderson battles in the Indiana D-III Invitational on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center in Terre Haute.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 15 Women’s Golf Dominates in Kentucky
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. – The 15th-ranked Taylor women’s golf team fired a final round team score of 298 to pull away for a convincing victory at the Heritage Hill Fall Collegiate.
Senior All-American Nicole Jung provided the highlight of the day on her final hole of the tournament. Jung faced a decision on the short par-4 18th hole, she could attempt to drive the green which meant carrying the pond guarding the putting surface, a carry of nearly 250 yards, or play a safer shot by laying up short of the water.
The two-time Crossroads League Player of the Year slid the headcover off her Callaway driver and took dead aim, smashing a towering baby draw over the pond and onto the green nearly 260 yards away. The ball cleared the water by roughly five yards and rolled to 12 feet from the hole. The Santa Cruz, Bolivia native coolly rolled in the eagle putt, punctuating the moment with a fist pump to cap a final round score of 76.
Jung’s eagle at the last proved pivotal as the senior finished tied atop the individual standings with a two-day total of 145. The victory was Jung’s 15th of her stellar career and the first of this season that has seen the senior earn four runner-up finishes.
Jung may have laid claim to the shot of the day but the round of the day belonged to TU sophomore Elizabeth Kemper. Kemper played remarkably steady golf, hitting 12 of 13 fairways and 14 of 18 greens en route to a 1-under par 71. The Fairland, Indiana native closed her round in exciting fashion, playing her last seven holes in 4-under par, including birdies on each of her last three holes. Kemper’s stellar final round, the low round of the day in the field, propelled the sophomore to a third place finish with a two-day total of 149 (78-71).
The Trojans also got strong play from freshmen Sabrina Langerak, Ellie Karst, and Ellie Beavins. Langerak was a ball-striking machine during the final round as the freshman hit 12 of 13 fairways and 14 greens in regulation on her way to a 3-over par 75 that included 15 pars and three bogeys. Langerak claimed fifth place overall with a two-day total of 152 (77-75).
Karst added a 76 during the final round to finish in a tie for seventh place with a two-round total of 154 (78-76). Beavins added a tie for 15th place at 160 with back-to-back rounds of 80.
Junior Kailey Behrens made four birdies during the second round en route to an 80 while freshman Alyssa Schmidt added an 89 and sophomore Kirsten Schrock tallied a 91.
The Trojans dominated the team standings, pulling away for a 16-shot victory over Cumberlands (KY). The Trojans tallied a two-day total of 602 (304-298) followed by Cumberlands at 618 (316-302). No. 22 Northwestern Ohio finished in third place at 624 (314-310).
The tournament marked the end of the fall portion of the Trojans’ 2021-2022 season. TU collected four victories in six starts during the fall and will return to action in the spring as the Trojans seek a fifth consecutive Crossroads League title.
TRINE VOLLEYBALL: Trine Collects Conference Win in Three Sets Versus Alma
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s volleyball team was able to pick up a conference win on Tuesday night via a three-set sweep of Alma College at Hershey Hall.
Set one was dominated by the Thunder 25-10, with Trine taking advantage of nine Scot errors. A pair of kills by Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] and an attack error forced an early Alma timeout in the midst of an 8-2 run. Nicholls served up three consecutive aces later in the first to continue to extend the gap. All told, Nicholls had four kills in seven first set attempts, three aces and chipped in on four block assists.
It was the Scots who got off to a hot start in the second, taking their own 8-2 edge before a kill by Anna Loughrey [West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Central] turned the tide for the home squad. The turning point of the set came in a 5-0 scoring run by the Thunder and a kill by Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] gave Trine their first lead at 16-15. Six straight points by the Thunder allowed them to stave off the late Scot run, 25-22.
Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] had a pair of early kills in the third to give Trine a slight lead, 10-6. The teams went back-and-forth through the middle stages of the set and a big run highlighted by a pair of Meara Finnegan [Blissfield, Mich. / Blissfield] kills put the match out of reach. An attack error from Alma gave the Thunder a 3-0 sweep at 25-17.
Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina] was an x-factor in the back row. She led the team with 17 digs and is nearing 500 for the season. Jolliffe and Kacie VanKalker [Dyer, Ind. / Illiana Christian] were in double figures as well with 10 digs each. Jolliffe was the team leader offensively with 10 kills, following closely behind were Nicholls and Baughman with nine apiece.
There’s only two more regular season matches for Trine, the next coming on Wednesday, October 27 at Saint Mary’s College. The teams met earlier this season, with the Thunder coming out on top, 3-0. The conference matchup will begin at 7 pm.
TRINE MSOCCER: Thunder Score Three Straight to Defeat Adrian College
ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine University men’s soccer team responded to visiting Adrian College’s opening goal by scoring three straight to earn the 3-1 victory.
After 30 minutes of scoreless play, the Bulldogs broke the deadlock to take a 1-0 lead.
The Thunder were quick to respond. In the 33rd minute freshman Will Burba (Cincinnati, Ohio / Cincinnati La Salle) and sophomore Tyler Murphy (Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central) both scrambled for a loose ball in the goal area. After a failed attempt by the keeper to settle the ball, Murphy recovered it and fired the ball home for his 11th goal of the season.
Another two minutes later, Trine took their first lead of the game. Sophomore Francesco Mazzei (Dearborn, Mich. / Dearborn) tallied the goal, which would end up being the game winner, with senior Brian Morris (Metamora, Mich. / Lapeer) adding an assist.
The final ten minutes of the half were uneventful and the Thunder entered intermission leading 2-1.
For much of the second half the contest was a back and forth affair, both teams pressuring into the offensive zone. The Thunder however continued to record quality attempts, while the Bulldogs were only able to force a lone save, though they did force tough defensive plays from Trine.
The Thunder finally broke through again in the 82nd minute of the contest. Senior Trevor Towghi (Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern) started the play by firing a blistering shot off the left goal post. The rebound came out wide and freshman Luke Kearns (Dearborn, Mich. / Dearborn) was able to fire his shot into the back of the net. Kearns first goal of the season gave the team a 3-1 lead.
That score would go final less than eight minutes later.
The Thunder improve to 2-2-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play and 7-7-1 overall following the victory.
They will continue their season when they travel to face Albion College on Saturday, Oct. 23. The match is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
DEPAUW FH: Prevails 2-0 in Battle of the Tigers
Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University field hockey team bounced back from its two-game skid to beat the Wittenberg University Tigers 2-0 in its final home game of the season.
The DePauw Tigers from the jump put pressure on Wittenberg’s midfield, forcing most of the play into DePauw’s attacking half.
Up a goal heading into the second half, the Wittenberg Tigers managed to push the ball into its attacking half and force two penalty corners. However, DePauw’s defense remained poised and stopped the Wittenberg Tigers’ attacks before it ever made it into the striking circle.
At the end of the second half, a yellow card put the DePauw Tigers down a player for over half of the third quarter. Despite being down a player, DePauw stayed its course and forced most of the third quarter to be played in its attacking half.
Still down a player, in the 38th-minute of play, DeAscentis tallied her second assist of the afternoon after finding Allison Quackenbush in front of the congested Wittenberg cage.
Wittenberg attempted to cut the DePauw Tigers’ lead in half in the 40th-minute; however, a combination of the defensive containment and a diving save by Allie Duranceau kept DePauw up by two.
With this afternoon’s win, the DePauw Tigers move to 3-3 in North Coast Athletic Conference play and 5-9 overall. The Tigers are back on the road Saturday, October 23, and face Denison University at 11 am EDT.
MANCHESTER WCROSS COUNTRY: Earns Regional Ranking
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Manchester University women’s cross country earned its first regional ranking of the season on Tuesday, as announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Complete USTFCCA NCAA Division III Region Rankings
The Spartans slid into this week’s regional rankings, coming in at No. 10 in the Great Lakes Region. Manchester is currently the only team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to be regionally ranked.
The Spartans are currently preparing for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which are scheduled to be held on Saturday October 30 at Shelbyville, Ind.
|Great Lakes Region – Women|
|No. 3||John Carroll||OAC|
|No. 6||Case Western Reserve||UAA|
|No. 7||Mount Union||OAC|
|No. 8||Ohio Northern||OAC|
OAKLAND CITY: Melgar wins RSC POW again!
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University freshman Claudia Melgar had a hat trick to get River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 11-17.
The midfielder from Mexico City, Mexico, racked up three goals in the only game of the week for the Mighty Oaks, a 4-0 win over Midway (Ky.). Melgar also had an assist on the other goal for a total of seven points on the day. She registered 11 shots with eight on goal.
The now 2 time Conference Player of the Week has racked up 11 goals and 5 assists in 13 games.
IU NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL: LOSES TO JUDSON ON ROAD TUESDAY
GARY, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s volleyball nearly pulled off the first set but then ended up dropping their match against host Judson in straight sets Tuesday.
IU Northwest 8-12, 3-9 CCAC | Judson 18-5, 7-5 CCAC
Set 1: Judson 29, IU Northwest 27
Set 2: Judson 25, IU Northwest 17
Set 3: Judson 25, IU Northwest 15
SET 1: Judson 29, IU Northwest 27
- Both teams traded points early in the first set.
- Judson led 13-11 midway through before IU Northwest rallied for four points in a row to grab a 15-13 lead.
- Moments later, The RedHawks captured a 21-17 advantage before Judson rallied to tie it at 22-all.
- The two teams traded the next few points and IUN led 27-26 late.
- The Eagles won three straight points to win the set 29-27.
SET 2: Judson 25, IU Northwest 17
- Both teams went back-and-forth again to start the second set which made it 7-7.
- Judson rallied and scored four in a row to grab a 11-7 advantage.
- IU Northwest looked to fight back and made it 15-14 Judson but the Eagles scored three in a row to grab a 18-14 lead.
- The RedHawks bounced back and score three in a row of their own to make it a one-point deficit.
- Judson ended the set scoring eight in a row to win it 25-17.
SET 3: Judson 25, IU Northwest 15
- It was 4-4 early on before Judson made a 5-1 rally to make it 9-5.
- Judson went on another run this time to make it 13-6.
- The RedHawks looked to bounce back after scoring the next two points but the Eagles were too strong.
- Judson won the third set 25-15 and won the match 3-0.
- IU Northwest Volleyball will be back in action Thursday, October 21 as the RedHawks travel to Roosevelt starting at 7 p.m. CT.
IU NORTHWEST MSOCCER: ANGEL DIAZ SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL; MEN’S SOCCER DROPS MATCH TO HOLY CROSS TUESDAY
CROWN POINT, Ind. — Freshman Angel Diaz connected on his first collegiate goal in the 76th minute as the IU Northwest men’s soccer team was defeated by Holy Cross College at the Crown Point Sportsplex Tuesday.
Holy Cross 7-5-2 (4-4-2 CCAC) | IU Northwest 1-12-1 (0-11-0 CCAC)
FIRST HALF: Holy Cross 2, IU Northwest 0
- Holy Cross scored two goals in the opening half to go ahead 2-0.
- Fernando Ramos recorded four saves in the first 45 minutes.
SECOND HALF: Holy Cross 8, IU Northwest 1
- The Saints made eight more goals in the second half for 10 total during the match.
- Alec Spicer tried to put the RedHawks on the scoreboard but his shot was saved in the 66th minute.
- Trevor Witte looked to end the drought in the 76th minute but the goalkeeper saved it again.
- Angel Diaz was able to get the rebound off Witte’s shot and found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
- Ramos picked up six more saves in the second half.
FINAL SCORE: Holy Cross 10, IU Northwest 0
- IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, October 27 as the RedHawks travel to Roosevelt University to take on the Lakers starting at 6 p.m. CT.
IU NORTHWEST MGOLF: MEN’S GOLF WRAPS UP FALL SEASON AT CCAC CUP TUESDAY
LEMONT, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s golf team finished their fall part of their schedule as the RedHawks completed all 36 holes of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cup hosted by Holy Cross College at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club Tuesday.
Todd Gehring-Gervase led the RedHawks after shooting a 73 during the final round, 14 strokes better than Monday, which brought his two-day total to 160. Sam Latinovich was the next finisher for IU Northwest after cutting 14 strokes off his first round score and recording a 107 for the final 18 holes.
Jeremiah McFerson cut four strokes off his first-round score after scoring a 117 for a two-day total of 238. Jacob Corner rounded out the RedHawks scoring after the freshman recorded a 121, which was a 22 stroke improvement from Monday to give him a final score of 263.
- IU Northwest will be back for their championship season in the spring. Stay tuned for schedule, news and roster updates on our website at http://www.iunredhawkathletics.com/
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1910 A’s starter Jack Coombs, pitching with one day of rest, throws a six-hit complete game, beating the Cubs, 12-5, to give Philadelphia a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series. ‘Colby Jack’ also collects three hits and drives in three runs in the West Side Park contest.
1931 Frankie Frisch, known as the Fordham Flash, is selected as the National League’s Most Valuable Player. The Cardinals’ second baseman (.311, 4, 82) is considered the World Champion Redbirds’ on-field leader.
1931 Mickey Mantle, the ‘Commerce Comet’, is born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. The newborn’s dad, a lead miner known as Mutt, names his son after Mickey Cochrane, not realizing the major league catcher’s real name is not Mickey but Gordon. The future Yankee outfielder is glad his father was not aware of this fact.
1964 Johnny Keane, three days after resigning as manager of the World Champion Cardinals, replaces Yogi Berra as the Yankees’ field boss. The new skipper of the Bronx Bombers will not fare well next year, leading the aging team to their first losing season since 1925.
1964 Red Schoendienst, a favorite former player, is named the Cardinals’ new manager, replacing Johnny Keane, who resigned the day following the team’s Game 7 Fall Classic victory over New York. Albert will compile a 1,041-955 record for the Redbirds during 12 full seasons and two stints in 1980 and 1990 as interim skipper, capturing a World Championship in 1967 and an NL pennant in 1968.
1969 Joining the AFL’s New York Jets and the Apollo 11 astronauts, the Mets become the third group this year honored with a ticker-tape parade on Broadway. The World Champions attend three rallies throughout the Big Apple, with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers enjoying the day-long festivities.
1972 After hitting only five home runs in the regular season, Gene Tenace goes deep for the fourth time in the World Series, hitting a three-run homer off Jim McGlothlin in the second inning of the A’s 5-4 loss to the Reds in Game 5. The Oakland catcher, who will be named the MVP of the series, ties the major league mark for round-trippers in a Fall Classic shared by Babe Ruth (Yankees, 1926), Lou Gehrig (Yankees, 1928), Duke Snider (Dodgers, 1952), and Hank Bauer (Yankees, 1958).
1982 On his 29th birthday, Keith Hernandez hits a game-tying two-run single off Bob McClure in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, in the Redbirds’ eventual 6-3 victory over the Brewers at Busch Stadium. The batter and pitcher, who lived in homes 100 feet from one another growing up in Pacifica, California, were teammates in Little League and Terra Nova High School baseball team.
1982 The Brewers, playing in their first World Series, cannot hold on to a 3-1 lead in Game 7, when the Cardinals, thanks to Keith Hernandez’s two-run sixth-inning single, beat Milwaukee at Busch Stadium, 6-3. The Fall Classic victory marks the Redbirds’ ninth world championship in franchise history and the first since 1967.
1987 🇻🇪Twins right-hander starter Les Straker becomes the first Venezuelan to pitch in the World Series. At Busch Stadium, the Ciudad Bolivar native blanks the Cardinals for six innings on four hits before being removed for a pinch-hitter.
1988 The Dodgers become World Champions when Orel Hershiser limits the opposition to four singles in Game 5 of the World Series and beats the A’s, 5-1. The right-hander, who also won Game 2, is named the Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic.
1990 The Reds complete their World Series sweep, beating the heavily favored A’s at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 2-1. With ninth-inning help from Randy Myers, Jose Rijo earns his second win of the four-game series, going 8.1 innings.
1992 In Game 3 of the Fall Classic, the Blue Jays would have turned the second triple play in World Series history if not for a missed call. Terry Pendleton makes an out for passing Reggie Sanders on the bases after Devon White makes an outstanding grab in center field, and Sanders is tagged on the foot by third basemen Kelly Gruber trying to return second, although a video of the play clearly shows the third out should have been called, umpire Bob Davidson sees it differently.
1993 Calling balls and strikes during Game 4 at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Charlie Williams becomes the first black umpire to work home plate during a World Series. The game becomes memorable as the Blue Jays win the 15-14 marathon, which takes a record four hours and 14 minutes to complete.
1994 Receiving all 28 first-place votes, Raul Mondesi (.306, 16, 56) is named the National League’s Rookie of the Year. The Los Angeles right fielder, who easily outdistanced Astros’ hurler John Hudek and Braves’ outfielder Ryan Klesko, is the third consecutive Dodger to win the award.
1996 Andruw Jones becomes the fourth rookie in baseball history to hit two home runs in the same World Series game when he goes deep twice in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. The Braves’ center fielder joins Charlie Keller (1939 – Yankees), Tony Kubek (1957 – Yankees), and Willie McGee (1982 – Cardinals) in accomplishing the feat.
2000 Major league play-by-play broadcasters and color commentators select Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton as the recipients of the Hank Aaron Award. The honor, established last year, recognizes the Blue Jay and Rockies’ first baseman as the best overall hitters in each league.
2000 The Blue Jays and Carlos Delgado agree to a record four-year $68 million contract. The Toronto first baseman’s average salary of $17 million is the richest in major league history.
2002 Twenty-year-old Venezuelan right-hander Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game. With just 15 days of major league experience, K-Rod throws 37 pitches, retiring nine consecutive batters in three innings to pick up the victory when the Angels outslug the Giants in Game 2 of the Fall Classic, 11-10.
2004 After dropping the first three decisions, the Red Sox win their fourth consecutive ALCS game to win the American League pennant, beating the Yankees in the Bronx, 10-3. Johnny Damon’s two home runs, including a grand slam and Derek Lowe’s solid pitching performance, help Boston join the 1942 Maple Leafs and the 1975 Islanders as the only teams in the history of professional sports to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series.
2008 The Cubs and Jim Hendry agreed to a four-year contract extension. The deal, which will expire in 2012 and extend into the club’s new ownership tenure, is the general manager’s reward for the team’s best regular-season showing in more than sixty years en route to its second consecutive National League Central title.
2008 Two storied franchises, the NFL Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, form a partnership to handle concession and merchandise sales at the clubs’ new stadiums. The company, known as Legends Hospitality Management, LLC, founded in cooperation with Goldman Sachs and CIC Partners, envisions expanding its services to other professional franchises and college programs.
2009 The Brewers hire Rick Peterson as their pitching coach to improve the club’s woeful starting pitching, which posted a 5.37 ERA last season. The 54-year-old pitching guru, known for his focus on motion analysis, is reunited with bench coach Willie Randolph and skipper Ken Macha, his former managers with the Mets and the A’s, teams he toiled for in a similar role.
2010 Ted Lilly signs a three-year, $33 million deal to remain with the Dodgers. The 34 year-old southpaw, obtained from the Cubs in early August, compiled a 7-4 record with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for LA, including victories in the first five starts for his new team.
2012 The Red Sox select John Farrell as their new manager to replace fired Bobby Valentine, who let go the day after the season ended after piloting the club to a last-place finish in his only year in the Boston dugout. The team’s new skipper, who spent the previous two seasons managing the Blue Jays, is obtained from Toronto by sending infielder Mike Aviles north of the border as compensation for the opportunity to hire their former pitching coach.
2012 After agreeing to pay $8 million of the remaining $21 million owed to Heath Bell, the Marlins deal their disappointing closer to the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade in which Miami obtains 22-year-old minor league shortstop Yordy Cabrera, acquired by Arizona along with Cliff Pennington from the A’s for outfielder Chris Young. The D-Backs plan to use the 35-year-old right-handed reliever to set up closer J. J. Putz, who earlier in the day had his $6.5 million option picked up by the team.
2020 Rays’ skipper Kevin Cash becomes the first to play in the Little League World Series and manage a major league team in the Fall Classic. Playing for Tampa’s Northside team, the former big-league catcher went 2-for-7, with a double and two runs scored in the 1989 Williamsport tournament.
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|Buffalo Bills||4||2||0||.667||0.0||203||98||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|New England Patriots||2||4||0||.333||2.0||125||127||0-4-0||2-0-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|New York Jets||1||4||0||.200||2.5||67||121||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Miami Dolphins||1||5||0||.167||3.0||99||177||0-2-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||2||0||.667||0.0||148||150||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||4||2||0||.667||0.0||147||144||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||3||0||.500||1.0||126||110||1-2-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||3||0||.500||1.0||185||176||1-2-0||2-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||1||0||.833||0.0||170||123||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||0-0-0||5 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||2||0||.667||1.0||148||111||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||3||3||0||.500||2.0||156||151||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||3||0||.500||2.0||117||132||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||4||2||0||.667||0.0||166||161||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||2||4||0||.333||2.0||139||131||1-2-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||5||0||.167||3.0||92||172||1-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||5 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||1||5||0||.167||3.0||116||172||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||1||0||.833||0.0||205||146||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||4||0||.333||3.0||136||186||1-3-0||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||2||4||0||.333||3.0||137||152||0-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||1||5||0||.167||4.0||114||177||0-3-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||194||109||2-0-0||4-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||1||0||.833||1.0||179||127||2-1-0||3-0-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||3||0||.400||3.5||117||119||0-2-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||2||4||0||.333||4.0||140||149||0-2-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||144||136||2-0-0||3-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||3||3||0||.500||2.0||147||137||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||3||0||.500||2.0||98||124||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Detroit Lions||0||6||0||.000||5.0||109||172||0-3-0||0-3-0||0-4-0||0-3-0||6 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||195||144||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|New Orleans Saints||3||2||0||.600||1.5||127||91||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||3||3||0||.500||2.0||143||121||2-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||2||3||0||.400||2.5||105||148||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Golden State||1||0||1.000||—||–||1-0||1-0||1-0||1-0||1 W|
|LA Lakers||0||1||.000||1.0||0-1||–||0-1||0-1||0-1||1 L|
|1 Florida Panthers||3||3||0||0||6||3||14||6||2-0-0||1-0-0||3-0-0|
|2 Pittsburgh Penguins||4||2||0||2||6||2||16||11||1-0-1||1-0-1||2-0-2|
|3 Buffalo Sabres||3||3||0||0||6||2||12||4||3-0-0||—||3-0-0|
|4 Washington Capitals||3||2||0||1||5||2||12||6||2-0-1||—||2-0-1|
|5 Detroit Red Wings||3||2||0||1||5||2||13||9||2-0-1||—||2-0-1|
|6 New York Rangers||4||2||1||1||5||2||8||10||0-0-1||2-1-0||2-1-1|
|7 Toronto Maple Leafs||4||2||1||1||5||2||8||7||2-0-1||0-1-0||2-1-1|
|8 Carolina Hurricanes||2||2||0||0||4||2||9||5||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0|
|9 Ottawa Senators||3||2||1||0||4||2||7||7||2-0-0||0-1-0||2-1-0|
|10 New Jersey Devils||2||2||0||0||4||2||8||5||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|11 Columbus Blue Jackets||3||2||1||0||4||2||11||7||2-0-0||0-1-0||2-1-0|
|12 Tampa Bay Lightning||4||2||2||0||4||2||12||17||0-2-0||2-0-0||2-2-0|
|13 Philadelphia Flyers||2||1||0||1||3||1||10||6||1-0-1||—||1-0-1|
|14 Boston Bruins||1||1||0||0||2||1||3||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|15 New York Islanders||3||1||2||0||2||1||8||12||—||1-2-0||1-2-0|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||4||0||4||0||0||0||3||15||0-2-0||0-2-0||0-4-0|
|1 Minnesota Wild||3||3||0||0||6||3||11||8||1-0-0||2-0-0||3-0-0|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||3||3||0||0||6||2||14||9||3-0-0||—||3-0-0|
|3 San Jose Sharks||2||2||0||0||4||2||9||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0|
|4 St. Louis Blues||2||2||0||0||4||2||12||7||—||2-0-0||2-0-0|
|5 Anaheim Ducks||4||2||2||0||4||2||13||11||1-1-0||1-1-0||2-2-0|
|6 Dallas Stars||4||2||2||0||4||1||8||9||—||2-2-0||2-2-0|
|7 Seattle Kraken||5||1||3||1||3||1||11||19||—||1-3-1||1-3-1|
|8 Vancouver Canucks||4||1||2||1||3||0||10||15||—||1-2-1||1-2-1|
|9 Vegas Golden Knights||2||1||1||0||2||1||6||9||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|10 Los Angeles Kings||3||1||2||0||2||1||9||7||1-1-0||0-1-0||1-2-0|
|11 Nashville Predators||3||1||2||0||2||1||7||8||1-2-0||—||1-2-0|
|12 Colorado Avalanche||3||1||2||0||2||1||10||13||1-1-0||0-1-0||1-2-0|
|13 Calgary Flames||2||0||1||1||1||0||4||8||0-0-1||0-1-0||0-1-1|
|14 Winnipeg Jets||3||0||2||1||1||0||9||14||—||0-2-1||0-2-1|
|15 Arizona Coyotes||3||0||2||1||1||0||7||17||0-1-0||0-1-1||0-2-1|
|16 Chicago Blackhawks||4||0||3||1||1||0||8||17||0-1-0||0-2-1||0-3-1|
|Orlando City SC||29||12||9||8||42||41||1||8-4-2||4-5-6||45|
|New York City FC||29||11||7||11||44||33||11||8-3-3||3-4-8||40|
|Inter Miami CF||29||9||5||15||25||47||-22||5-2-7||4-3-8||32|
|Real Salt Lake||29||12||6||11||48||45||3||9-4-2||3-2-9||42|
|Los Angeles FC||29||10||7||12||43||42||1||7-5-3||3-2-9||37|