INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHECULE

Fri Oct 296:50p#7 Warren Central @ #13 Lawrence Central6A Sectional 13 Football
Fri Oct 296:50p#4 Mt Vernon vs #11 Greenfield Central4A Sectional 21 Football
Fri Oct 296:50pTindley vs #9 Covenant Christian1A Sectional 46 Football
Fri Oct 296:50p#15 Carroll @ #19 Traders Pt1A Sectional 42 Football
Sat Oct 301:15pAnderson @ Mt St JosephCollege Football
Tue Nov 26:20pLiberty Christian @ Central ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 56pIHSVCA Annual BanquetVolleyball
Fri Nov 56:50pTBASectional Championship Football
Sat Nov 61:15pRose-Hulman @ FranklinCollege Football
Sat Nov 61:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 1College Volleyball
Sat Nov 64:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 2College Volleyball
Sat Nov 67:20pTriton Central @ Greenwood ChristianBasketball
Sun Nov 712:50pHCAC Conference ChampionshipCollege Volleyball
Thur Nov 117:20pLapel @ Heritage ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 126:50pTBARegional Football
Sat Nov 1311:20aTraders Pt @ Indpls LutheranBasketball
Sat Nov 131:15pFranklin @ HanoverCollege Football
Fri Nov 196:20pAnderson Prep @ Central ChristianBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pMartinsville @ ChatardBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pBloomington North @ Covenant ChristianBasketball

WORLD SERIES GAME ONE

Atlanta 6 Houston 2

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=411026118&home=18&vis=15&final=true

WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Braves at Astros, Game 2 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

NBA SCOREBOARD

New York 112 Philadelphia 99

Golden State 106 Oklahoma City 98

Dallas 116 Houston 106

LA Lakers 125 San Antonio 121 OT

Utah 122 Denver 110

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

WEDNESDAY’S NBA SCHEDULE

Charlotte at Orlando

Washington at Boston

Atlanta at New Orleans

Miami at Brooklyn

Indiana at Toronto

Minnesota at Milwaukee

LA Lakers at Oklahoma City

Sacramento at Phoenix

Memphis at Portland

Cleveland at LA Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD

Calgary 5 New Jersey 3

Tampa Bay 5 Pittsburgh 1

Nashville 3 San Jose 1

Vegas 3 Colorado 1

Minnesota 3 Vancouver 2

Winnipeg 4 Anaheim 3

Seattle 5 Montréal 1

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

WEDNESDAY’S NHL SCHEDULE

Boston at Florida

Detroit at Washington

Vegas at Dallas

Toronto at Chicago

Philadelphia at Edmonton

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Los Angeles FC 3 Seattle 0

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/boxscore.asp?gamecode=202110260099&season=2021-1

SATURDAY’S MLS SOCCER SCHEDULE

Inter Miami at New York City FC

Real Salt Lake at San Jose

New York at Montréal

Atlanta at Toronto

DC at Columbus

Dallas at Austin

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS

SECTIONAL 1

Crown Point (5-4) at Merrillville (9-0)

Lafayette Jeff (6-3) at Lake Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 2

Portage (2-7) at Chesterton (6-3)

Penn (4-5) at Elkhart (5-4)

SECTIONAL 3

Homestead (6-3) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Westfield (8-1) at Noblesville (2-7)

Fishers (6-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (8-1) at Avon (1-8)

Brownsburg (7-2) at Pike (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

Southport (0-9) at Ben Davis (4-5)

Perry Meridian (2-7) at Indianapolis Tech (5-4)

SECTIONAL 7

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-8) at Lawrence North (5-3)

Warren Central (5-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Center Grove (9-0) at Franklin Central (4-5)

SECTIONAL 9

Munster (2-7) at Hammond Central (2-7)

Hammond Morton (1-5) at Valparaiso (8-1)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (6-3) at South Bend Adams (4-6)

Mishawaka (7-2) at Concord (9-1)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Northrop (3-6) at Fort Wayne Snider (7-1)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1) at Zionsville (5-5)

Anderson (2-4) at Kokomo (7-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Plainfield (4-5) at Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)

Decatur Central (8-1) at Terre Haute South (1-8)

SECTIONAL 14

Columbus East (4-5) at Whiteland (5-3)

Franklin (3-6) at New Palestine (6-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington South (6-2) at Castle (7-2)

Evansville North (5-4) at Bloomington North (6-3)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (6-3) at Floyd Central (4-6)

Seymour (3-5) at Bedford North Lawrence (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Gary West (6-2) at Lowell (7-3)

East Chicago Central (2-6) at Hobart (7-3)

SECTIONAL 18

Kankakee Valley (4-6) at South Bend St. Joseph (3-7)

New Prairie (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-3)

SECTIONAL 19

DeKalb (2-8) at Leo (10-0)

Columbia City (5-5) at Northridge (6-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (3-7) at Delta (5-5)

Mississinewa (7-2) at New Haven (5-5)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (2-8) at Richmond (2-8)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (9-1) at Greenfield-Central (7-3)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Shortridge (3-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (6-4)

Lebanon (7-3) at Indianapolis Roncalli (10-0)

SECTIONAL 23

South Dearborn (7-3) at Martinsville (6-4)

East Central (8-2) at Mooresville (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Central (2-7) at Evansville Memorial (8-2)

Evansville Reitz (4-6) at Northview (8-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Benton Central (1-6) at Hanover Central (9-1)

River Forest (5-3) at Knox (4-6)

SECTIONAL 26

John Glenn (5-4) at Jimtown (8-2)

Mishawaka Marian (7-3) at Tippecanoe Valley (10-0)

SECTIONAL 27

Fort Wayne Concordia (2-7) at Norwell (9-1)

Peru (7-2) at Oak Hill (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Brebeuf Jesuit (8-2) at North Montgomery (4-4)

Guerin Catholic (3-7) at Western Boone (6-4)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (8-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (1-9)

Danville (9-1) at Indian Creek (3-7)

SECTIONAL 30

Vincennes Lincoln (2-8) at Edgewood (2-7)

Owen Valley (8-1) at Brown County (5-5)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (10-0) at Batesville (6-4)

Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Greensburg (4-4)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (8-2) at Evansville Bosse (3-7)

Salem (6-2) at Gibson Southern (9-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Rensselaer Central (6-4) at Andrean (7-3)

Boone Grove (2-6) at Whiting (4-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Delphi (7-3) at Pioneer (8-2)

Bremen (7-3) at LaVille (7-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (10-0) at Central Noble (8-2)

Fort Wayne Luers (9-1) at Prairie Heights (4-6)

SECTIONAL 36

Tipton (9-1) at Alexandria (4-5)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (6-4) at Southmont (6-4)

Monrovia (7-3) at Speedway (8-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Shenandoah (4-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (7-3)

Centerville (9-0) at Northeastern (6-4)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5)

Clarksville (3-7) at Triton Central (6-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Knox (8-2) at North Posey (8-2)

Evansville Mater Dei (8-2) at Linton-Stockton (10-0)

SECTIONAL 41

South Central (Union Mills) (5-3) at Culver (3-5)

North Judson (6-3) at Winamac (8-0)

SECTIONAL 42

Tri-County (0-8) at Clinton Prairie (5-4)

Carroll (Flora) (7-3) at Traders Point Christian (5-5)

SECTIONAL 43

Monroe Central (10-0) at South Adams (8-2)

Taylor (1-5) at Union City (5-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (3-6) at Northfield (7-3)

Southwood (5-5) at Adams Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 45

South Putnam (8-2) at Parke Heritage (8-2)

Covington (8-2) at Riverton Parke (3-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Indianapolis Tindley (4-4) at Covenant Christian (6-4)

Indianapolis Lutheran (10-0) at Park Tudor (8-2)

SECTIONAL 47

Milan (4-6) at North Decatur (5-4)

Tri (8-2) at Knightstown (1-7)

SECTIONAL 48

West Washington (4-4) at Springs Valley (8-1)

Tecumseh (3-6) at North Central (Farmersburg) (4-5)

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER STATE FINALS

Friday, October 29, 2021
6 pm ET | Boys Class 2A | West Lafayette (18-1-2) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-2) 
8 pm ET | Boys Class A | Westview (16-5) vs. Providence (15-3-3)

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11 am ET | Girls Class A | Andrean (15-3-3) vs. Heritage Christian (14-8)
1:30 pm ET | Girls Class 2A | Mishawaka Marian (20-3) vs. Evansville Memorial (19-3-1)
4 pm ET | Girls Class 3A | Homestead (20-0) vs. Carmel (18-2-2)
6:30 pm ET | Boys Class 3A | Noblesville (19-1-1) vs. Carmel (16-3-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

North

1. Huntington North
Class 2A | Andrean (30-5) vs. South Adams (28-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | West Lafayette (27-2) vs. Bellmont (29-5) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

2. Frankfort
Class A | Kouts (27-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Penn (36-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-6) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

South

3. Columbus East
Class A | Bloomfield (20-11) vs. Trinity Lutheran (29-4) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Brebeuf Jesuit (30-3) vs. Silver Creek (23-11) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

4. Jasper
Class 2A | Western Boone (26-8) vs. North Posey (27-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Roncalli (28-5) vs. Castle (30-2) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 9

Thursday, Oct. 28

Troy at No. 24 Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

South Florida at East Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Oct. 29

Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

UNLV at Nevada | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 30

No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Fox

Miami at No. 17 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Indiana at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

UCF at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas at No. 16 Baylor | 12 p.m. | ABC

Texas State at Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

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

No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Texas at Rice | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Hawai’i at Utah State | 3 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

Washington State at Arizona State | 3 p.m. | FS1

Missouri at Vanderbilt | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Florida) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

FIU at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Colorado at No. 7 Oregon | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Florida State at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Boston College at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

TCU at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Minnesota at Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Purdue at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Wyoming at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | FS2

Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

UTEP at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 19 SMU at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Arizona at USC | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Oregon State at Cal | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Boise State at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Louisville at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

UCLA at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Virginia at No. 25 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 01, 2021

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Soler, Braves overcome Morton injury, top Astros in Game 1

HOUSTON (AP) A healthy swing by Jorge Soler powered the Atlanta Braves to a smashing start in the World Series.

In the lineup for the first time since a positive COVID-19 test, Soler became the first player to begin a World Series with a home run and the Braves, despite the loss of pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken leg, hushed the Houston Astros 6-2 Tuesday night in Game 1.

Boosted by a strong bullpen effort, Adam Duvall’s two-run homer and a late sacrifice fly from Freddie Freeman, the Braves coasted in their first Series appearance since Chipper Jones and their Big Three aces ascended in 1999.

“So much happened really quick,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.

Every Braves starter wound up getting a hit and more than four hours later, this was the scene in their dugout: outlandish outfielder Joc Pederson sipping a glass of red wine and smoking cigars with closer Will Smith.

That victory party lasted a couple of minutes until a security guard ambled over and told them it was a smoke-free building.

Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros, meanwhile, mostly looked lost at the plate. This is their third World Series in five seasons – and first since their 2017 illegal sign-stealing scheme was revealed.

Before the game, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said there were plenty of sleuths monitoring the dugouts, clubhouses and stands to guard against any possible shenanigans.

“There’s a lot more people watching what goes on as a result of the issues that we’ve had,” he said.

Game 2 is Wednesday night, with Braves lefty Max Fried starting against right-hander Jose Urquidy.

“You’ve just got to like blow this game off and then come back and realize that tomorrow’s – that’s the beauty of baseball,” 72-year-old Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Tomorrow’s another day, and who knows? That’s the way I look at it. Ball’s going to bounce our way tomorrow.”

Soler’s no-doubt jolt into the left-field seats on Framber Valdez’s third pitch quickly drained all the juice out of Minute Maid Park, quieting a boisterous, sellout crowd.

“The energy was amazing and electric, especially after we took a 1-0 lead after that home run,” Soler said through a translator.

As for his feat?

“I didn’t know that was a thing until I was told a little later on in the game,” he said.

Fresh off dispatching the defending World Series champion Dodgers in the playoffs, the Braves weren’t done, either. Aggressive in every way, they kept teeing off against their former, longtime National League rivals.

Moments later, Ozzie Albies stole a base and Austin Riley hit an RBI double, taking a rare swing at a 3-0 pitch.

Soler, who missed five playoff games after testing positive for the coronavirus, added an RBI grounder in the second. And when Duvall launched a two-run homer, it was 5-0 and the Braves had made even more October history – the only team to score in each of the first three innings in a World Series opener.

“I think we obviously swung the bats there early pretty well, and doing that on the road, kind of getting them first at-bat jitters out of the way, it’s big,” Duvall said.

At that point, Braves batters were far from the only ones making noise. The few Atlanta fans sprinkled in the sea of orange had started their familiar chop chant, too.

Right then, it looked as if everything was going right for the Braves.

But baseball can be a fickle game, and the fates can spin faster than the best curveball.

Because in the bottom of the third, Atlanta absorbed its own big hit.

As he struck out Altuve, Morton suddenly grimaced and took an awkward step. His teammates, Snitker and a trainer soon joined him on the mound, and just like that, Morton was gone.

Turned out a hard comebacker by Yuli Gurriel that ricocheted off Morton’s leg to Freeman at first base for an out to begin the second had done more damage than anyone realized.

Morton stayed in for another inning, amazingly, before gingerly walking off with a fractured right fibula. The 37-year-old righty, the winning pitcher for the Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, will be replaced on the roster. He’s expected to be OK for spring training.

“God bless him, I hate it for him. Really hate it for him,” Snitker said. “He’s such a great person, great person and teammate. I do, I really hate it for him because I know he’s really looking forward to this run with us.”

A.J. Minter replaced Morton and got the win, permitting one run in 2 2/3 innings while throwing a career-high 43 pitches. Atlanta relievers Luke Jackson, Tyler Matzek and Smith finished it.

Altuve and the Astros did little all night. The All-Star second baseman struck out three times – he’d never done that in 73 prior postseason games.

Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and the Astros never seriously threatened in the later innings. Their only runs, in fact, came on shortstop Dansby Swanson’s fielding error in the fourth and Correa’s groundout in the eighth.

The game wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. It was more like a romp – during the seventh-inning stretch, as fans did a sing-a-long to “Deep In The Heart of Texas,” Braves backup catcher William Contreras locked arms with starter Travis d’Arnaud and did a little Texas two-step as they switched places warming up Jackson.

STATS AND STUFF

It was the first World Series action with a packed stadium since Game 7 at this very park in 2019, when a sellout crowd silently filed out after watching the Nationals rally past Houston. … Soler and Duvall became the first teammates both acquired midseason to homer in the same World Series game. … Soler returned late in the NLCS and went 1 for 2 with a double in a pair of pinch-hit appearances. … The Astros fell to 0-4 in World Series openers. … No team has won a World Series game in its own park since the Dodgers beat Boston in 18 innings in Game 3 of 2018. The visiting team won every game in 2019, and last year’s Series was played at a neutral site in Arlington, Texas.

UP NEXT

Braves: After two fine playoff starts, Fried faltered in Game 5 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium. With a chance to clinch, the Atlanta ace gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Astros: Urquidy was tagged by Boston for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his previous start in Game 3 of the ALCS. He has postseason pedigree, though, pitching five scoreless innings as a rookie to beat Washington in Game 4 of the 2019 World Series.

Bad break: Braves’ Morton fractures leg in Series opener

HOUSTON (AP) Charlie Morton spun a curveball past Jose Altuve for a called third strike, his 16th pitch after taking a 102 mph comebacker off his right leg. Morton stumbled and started to fall. Turns out the leg was broken.

“I wouldn’t think it’s possible,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “It’s incredible that he even like thought of going out there.”

Morton’s right fibula was fractured by Yuli Gurriel’s one-hop screamer leading off the second inning of Tuesday night’s World Series opener, a ball hit so hard it ricocheted to first baseman Freddie Freeman for an out.

By the time Morton faced Altuve leading off the third with a 5-0 lead, the leg had started to swell. Four relievers combined to pitch 6 2/3 innings and finish a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Morton’s World Series was over soon after it started.

“You don’t wish bad on anybody,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Charlie Morton is one of the best guys around, too.”

After Gurriel, Morton struck out Chas McCormick on four pitches, then retired Martin Maldonado on a liner to first base.

“When the inning was over, we meet and talk about what’s going on,” d’Arnaud recalled. “He said, `Oh, that one got me good.’ He was kind of walking a little funny. I didn’t think it was broken.”

Braves manager Brian Snitker said an initial X-ray after the second failed to show a break.

“He wanted to keep going, because he was down in the tunnel and he was throwing against the wall,” Snitker explained. “He said, `It kind of hurts more when I run. I feel good when I throw.'”

Morton went back out for the third. Still reaching up to 95.9 mph, he struck out Altuve. The 37-year-old right-hander braced himself with both arms after the pitch and grimaced as he popped back up, then rubbed at his right ankle.

“To go out there and strike out the next guy with a broken leg, it blows my mind,” d’Arnaud said, repeating for emphasis. “It blows my mind.”

Head athletic trainer George Poulis and manager Snitker came to the mound, and Morton walked back to the dugout, favoring a leg. By the fifth inning, the Braves said Morton’s next mound appearance was expected to be during spring training.

“That’s Charlie,” Snitker said. “He wants to be on this stage. God bless him, I hate it for him. Really hate it for him. He’s such a great person, great person and teammate.”

A.J. Minter came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-run ball for the win.

“Whenever I got through with my first inning. I went up to the locker room real quick, and I heard the news,” Minter said. “You could tell he was devastated, but he wasn’t going to show it.”

Asked what was the longest he could envision someone throwing with a broken leg, d’Arnaud responded: “Maybe one pitch, and it probably went to the backstop.”

“It’s incredible that he even like thought of going out there, and I bet you it was so A.J. could have some more time to get ready. He sacrificed himself,” the catcher said. “I don’t think he knew it was broken right away, but he knew it was hurting. For him to sacrifice himself to make sure A.J. was ready and for him to strike out Altuve is incredible.”

Morton threw 44 pitches – Hank Aaron’s old number keeps popping up – and allowed one hit, Michael Brantley’s one-out single in the first. Morton struck out three and walked two.

Morton pitched the final four innings and got the win for Houston in its Game 7 victory at the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. A calming, respected clubhouse presence, he was looking forward for a chance to take center stage in his former ballpark, before opponents he considers friends.

“He cares about everybody in the clubhouse,” d’Arnaud said. “Everybody knows his pedigree, and you wouldn’t expect somebody with that pedigree to be that humble and that down to earth, that caring about every little detail about everybody, not just baseball, but their lives, their families. So it’s definitely a tough, tough break for us. Like I said, I can’t wait to see him and give him a hug.”

Walker scores 19, Knicks romp to end 15-game skid vs 76ers

NEW YORK (AP) With Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, the New York Knicks can do things they couldn’t last season.

Or the three seasons before that.

Walker scored 19 points in his best game with his hometown team and the Knicks snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 112-99 victory Tuesday night.

Fournier added 18 points in the Knicks’ first victory over Philadelphia since April 12, 2017, the last game of the 2016-17 season. Julius Randle had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Joel Embiid didn’t have a field goal in the first half of his first career loss to the Knicks, who seized control by outscoring Philadelphia 39-16 in the second quarter and improved to 3-1.

“This was a good test for us and it doesn’t stop, and we can’t feel good about tonight,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We have to go to Chicago (on Thursday) and play an undefeated team that’s loaded that’s playing real well.”

Tobias Harris scored 23 points for the 76ers. Embiid finished with 14 points and six rebounds, shooting just 2 for 7. He had been 12-0 in games he played against New York.

“I mean, it’s the NBA season. It happens,” said Embiid, who was 0 for 5 in the first half.

A couple “Where’s Ben Simmons? Where’s Ben Simmons?” chants broke out at Madison Square Garden and the Sixers certainly missed their All-Star guard’s defense on the perimeter against a Knicks team that upgraded offensively with the additions of Walker and Fournier.

“Clearly they’re a better offensive team because they have more shot makers. They have more playmakers,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s one thing about Kemba and Fournier. They’re not just scorers. They’re playmakers and the more playmakers you can add to a team, the better. We didn’t have any playmakers tonight.”

The Sixers led 26-23 after one before the Knicks sped into the lead behind some energetic plays from their second unit to open a 47-36 lead.

Embiid then hit a pair of free throws before Walker, scoreless at that point, made a 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining, to get himself started and start the Knicks on a 15-4 run to end the half. He had another 3 and two more baskets before the Knicks took a 62-42 lead to the break.

“It was fun. Hopefully I can – we can have – more moments like that,” Walker said. “It was just such a great team win. Everybody contributed in many different ways and that’s how New York basketball is.”

Walker hadn’t scored more than 11 points in any game and had sat down the stretch of the Knicks’ two close ones while Derrick Rose played. He scored nine more in the third on three 3-pointers and the Knicks led by as much as 27.

Curry scores 23, Warriors top Thunder to remain unbeaten

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s plan to get Stephen Curry some extra rest didn’t turn out quite how he’d hoped.

Curry scored 23 points and the Golden State Warriors remained undefeated, but they had to rally in the second half to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-98 on Tuesday night.

Kerr said he couldn’t rest his star guard as much as he wanted because the Thunder were too competitive. Oklahoma City led by 11 points at halftime and by 12 midway through the third quarter before Golden State began chipping away.

“We knew we were going to take him out mid-first, buy him a few minutes, hopefully do the same in the third, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that,” Kerr said. “We were still climbing uphill a little bit.”

A 3-pointer by Otto Porter Jr. put the Warriors ahead for the first time, 78-76, with a minute left in the third. The Warriors took an 81-76 edge into the fourth. The Thunder cut their deficit to four at one point in the final period, but the Warriors went on a 9-3 run to go up 10 with just over three minutes to play.

Curry made 6 of 14 shots in just over 32 minutes and never really got comfortable with Oklahoma City’s Lu Dort defending him.

“I thought Lu did a great job on Curry,” Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said. “A lot of teams throw two guys at him, but a lot of teams don’t have Lu Dort. We challenged him to take that on tonight and he did an unbelievable job. That guy (Curry) earned everything he got.”

Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and Damion Lee scored 20 for the Warriors, who have opened the season with four straight wins.

Kerr warned his team that the Thunder might present a challenge.

“We talked to the team in our meeting today at the hotel about exactly what to expect,” he said. “This is a team that came in 0-3, they played Philly pretty tough in the fourth quarter (on Sunday) and the crowd was into it. They’re NBA players. They’re all great players or they wouldn’t be in the league.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City scored the first seven points of the game and led 34-29 at the end of the first quarter – the first time Oklahoma City took a lead into the second period this season.

The Warriors rallied late in the second quarter. Curry hit a 3-pointer, then Draymond Green made a three to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to four.

That’s when Gilgeous-Alexander took over. He passed to Dort for a dunk, made a floater, then converted a three-point play. He followed that with an assist to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl for a dunk to complete a 9-0 run that pushed the Thunder’s lead to 13. Oklahoma City led 59-48 at halftime.

The Thunder played a strong second half in their loss to Philadelphia and a strong first half against Golden State.

“We’ve got to play a full 48 if we want to get a W, for sure,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.

Doncic, Mavs beat Rockets 116-106 in Kidd’s home debut

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Reggie Bullock had his best game with his new team by scoring 16 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 116-106 in coach Jason Kidd’s first home game Tuesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis had another rough shooting night, starting 1 of 9 before finally making his only 3-pointer and leaving a short time later. The oft-injured Porzingis didn’t return because of lower back tightness. He came into the game with a black eye.

Eric Gordon scored 22 points, and Christian Wood had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost Dallas’ home opener for the first time after winning the previous three times.

It was the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season for someone other than Rick Carlisle on the sideline in Dallas for the Mavericks. But it was a familiar face in Kidd, who was drafted No. 2 overall in 1994 before leaving in a trade, coming back in another deal and helping the franchise win its only championship with Dirk Nowitzki leading the way in 2011.

Before the game, Kidd decided with his leadership council that all 15 active players would get in the home opener, and they did. Among them was 7-foot-4 fan favorite Boban Marjanovic, who played for the first time this season and had 11 points.

“Boban was great. He changed the game for us,” Kidd said. “I won’t be able to do that a lot more, to play all 15. It’s a beautiful thing, the chemistry and accountability. Everyone’s playing, but we’re playing to win, and they did that tonight.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, including the first bucket of the second half to start a 13-0 Dallas run for a 70-60 lead.

After the Porzingis 3 gave the Mavericks their biggest lead to that point at 73-62, the Rockets answered with a 10-0 run before Dallas posted up Doncic to end the run.

The margin was single digits most of the game, although the outcome wasn’t much in doubt once the Mavericks went up eight with about four minutes remaining.

“We were right there,” Wood said. “I loved the way we competed. We had energy the whole game. We just let that game get away from us in the third.”

Doncic did most of his damage inside the arc, the 22-year-old star finishing 10 of 25 despite 1-of-6 shooting from 3. He had seven assists while his backup, Jalen Brunson, tied his career high with 11 assists and scored 11 points.

“I think you guys saw the first three seasons, he was always great,” Doncic said. “As you can see, he’s improved his passing. I think everybody can see that.”

Davis, Westbrook lead Lakers by Spurs minus James, 125-121

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied without LeBron James to beat the San Antonio Spurs 125-121 in overtime Tuesday night.

Playing before a sold-out AT&T Center crowd that loudly booed the Spurs at the free-throw line in the final minute of regulation, the Lakers won their second straight to reach .500.

“It was like a home game,” said Malik Monk, who started in James’ place. “I’ve never seen nothing like it before. It’s crazy. It’s a crazy feeling. It made us more comfortable and let everybody relax like we were at home.”

Dejounte Murray had 21 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds for his fifth career triple-double, and he missed a jumper in the closing seconds that would have won it for the Spurs. Jakob Poeltl added 27 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, and Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 21 points.

James missed the Lakers’ first road game of the season with a sore right ankle, an injury that occurred in Sunday’s win over Memphis. The Lakers decided to be cautious with the early-season injury.

“We understand that with (James’ absence) comes the responsibility of making guys around us better,” Westbrook said. “And tonight, I thought A.D. did a great job of just being aggressive all night, miss and makes, finishing well around the basket. He was big for us tonight.”

The veteran duo helped the Lakers rally from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.

“We never lost belief when we were down that we were going to win the game,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Just persevered and got a huge road win.”

Monk gave the Lakers a 114-112 lead on a 3-pointer with 58.6 seconds remaining. Monk finished with 17 points and was 4-for-10 on 3-pointers.

Westbrook, acquired in an offseason trade, had 15 points in the final quarter and overtime to eclipse his previous high of 15 points with the Lakers.

“That’s why we felt great about this move,” Vogel said. “Last year we lost LeBron and A.D. for a long stretch, and we didn’t have enough to sustain throughout the regular season and win in the playoffs. To get a guy like Russ, if one of those guys is down, we have another guy that can put up a monster night like we saw tonight. Paying early dividends in acquiring Russell.”

Davis and Westbrook combined for 14 points as the Lakers went on a 17-4 run to open the fourth and reclaim a 102-101 lead.

“I’m not used to people cheering for me on the road,” Westbrook said. “That is a different experience for me.”

Walker made three consecutive 3-pointers that sparked an 18-3 run to close the third quarter that gave the Spurs a 97-85 lead.

“I thought we played another really good game,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “I am really proud of the guys. They went toe to toe with a talented, experienced group. If they continue to play like that, hopefully that worm will turn, and these will turn into wins. They deserve it.”

The Spurs were 12 for 22 on free throws, missing all seven of their attempts in the fourth quarter. Devin Vassell missed a pair with 5 minutes remaining and was booed heavily.

Gobert leads Jazz over Nuggets 122-110 as Jokic gets hurt

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Without the injured Nikola Jokic on the court, Rudy Gobert gladly took center stage down the stretch.

Gobert had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell added 22 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 122-110 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night in a game where Jokic left with a knee injury.

“When we share the ball on offense, then our defense gets better. I like when that happens and that’s when we play our best basketball,” said Gobert, who had 14 points and eight rebounds in the fourth quarter.

His teammates repeatedly found him near the hoop and the Nuggets even tried Hack-a-Rudy to no avail. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year also short-circuited the Denver offense when it mattered most.

The reigning NBA MVP had 24 points in just 15 first-half minutes before he got hurt.

Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic each contributed 15 for the Jazz, who moved to 3-0 on the season.

Two minutes before halftime, Jokic banged knees with Gobert and stayed down holding his right leg. He eventually got up with assistance and limped to the locker room. He will be examined again, but initial injury report was a knee contusion.

Denver coach Michael Malone doesn’t think it’s too serious.

“I went up to Nikola as he was warming up at halftime. I said, `How do you feel?’ He said `It feels a little weak’ and I just shut him down. I took the decision (out of his hands). It’s not his decision to make,” Malone said. “He’s far too important to this team for us to risk him being out there if he’s not feeling confident about it.”

Will Barton scored 21 points, Aaron Gordon had 20 points, and Monte Morris added 19 for the Nuggets, who dropped to 2-2. After period of lights-out shooting, Denver went 7-for-19 from the field in the fourth quarter.

“It was just tough. We never really play without Nikola. He’s a big piece of our offense. Just putting guys in different positions and (other) things. It was tough at times,” Morris said about Denver’s flagging finish.

Denver took its last lead at 93-91 before Gobert fueled Utah’s decisive move. His free throws finished an 11-2 run and the Jazz stayed in front the rest of the way.

“I was mad at myself for missing four free throws in the first half so it gave me a great opportunity to redeem myself,” Gobert said.

The game had high emotion uncharacteristic for an early-season encounter. It boiled over with 4:57 remaining when Hassan Whiteside and JaMychal Green started pushing, bumping and jawing – but not throwing punches — before teammates and security separated the pair.

Both were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game.

“That’s how I grew up. That’s New York City basketball at its finest. We’re now embracing it as a group, as well,” Mitchell said. “The biggest thing for us is to be able to still execute while being pushed.”

The two teams have recent history of shootouts, including a memorable series in The NBA Playoff bubble in 2020. This had all the same traits until the Nuggets ran out of gas. Denver also dropped a game to Cleveland, 99-87, on Monday night in the front end of their back-to-back.

The Jazz, who had the best record in the regular season last season, are working with the same primary group of players and looked dominant for most of the first two games. But the Nuggets carved the Utah defense with ball movement, advantages on Jazz switches, and pinpoint shooting.

Gordon and Jokic combined to make their first 11 field goal attempts of the game but the Nuggets devolved into a series of ineffective one-on-one isolations down the stretch while the Jazz were getting layups and free throws on the other end.

“That was a winnable game for us. We gave away a lot of possessions — too many possessions to win,” Gordon said.

Blackhawks GM resigns, team fined after sexual assault probe

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010, according to an investigation commissioned by the franchise that cast a shadow over the NHL on Tuesday.

Stan Bowman, Chicago’s general manager and president of hockey operations, resigned in the wake of the findings by an outside law firm, and the NHL fined the team $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response.” Al MacIsaac, one of the team’s top hockey executives, also is out.

Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who were with the Blackhawks when the sexual assault allegations were first reported, were named in the damning report as well.

The Panthers declined to comment, citing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s plans to meet with Quenneville. Cheveldayoff said he shared everything he knows with Jenner & Block for its report.

“Further, I look forward to my discussion with Commissioner Bettman at the soonest possible date to continue to cooperate fully with the National Hockey League,” Cheveldayoff said in a statement provided by the Jets to AP. “I will reserve any further comment until after that conversation has been conducted.”

The Blackhawks hired Jenner & Block to conduct what they called an independent review in response to two lawsuits filed against the franchise: one by a player identified as John Doe alleging sexual assault by then-assistant coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 and another filed by a former student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan.

The report, which team CEO Danny Wirtz called “both disturbing and difficult to read,” was released by the franchise. Former federal prosecutor Reid Schar, who led the investigation, said the firm found no evidence that Wirtz or his father, Rocky, who owns the team, were aware of the allegations before the former player’s lawsuit was brought to their attention ahead of its filing.

“It is clear that in 2010 the executives of this organization put team performance above all else,” Danny Wirtz said. “John Doe deserved better from the Blackhawks.”

In a statement released through his attorney, Susan Loggans, John Doe said he was “grateful for the accountability” shown by the Blackhawks.

“Although nothing can truly change the detriment to my life over the past decade because of the actions of one man inside the Blackhawks organization, I am very grateful to have the truth be recognized, and I look forward to continuing the long journey to recovery,” John Doe said.

Danny Wirtz said he has instructed the organization’s lawyers to try to “reach a fair resolution consistent with the totality of the circumstances.” But Loggans said there hadn’t been any settlement talks.

“I’m waiting to see if there’s any action behind their repentance that they expressed today,” she told The Associated Press.

Bowman, the son of Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, said he was stepping aside because he didn’t want to be a distraction. He also resigned his position as GM of the U.S men’s hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“Eleven years ago, while serving in my first year as general manager, I was made aware of potential inappropriate behavior by a then-video coach involving a player,” he said in a statement released by the Blackhawks. “I promptly reported the matter to the then-president and CEO who committed to handling the matter.

“I learned this year that the inappropriate behavior involved a serious allegation of sexual assault. I relied on the direction of my superior that he would take appropriate action. Looking back, now knowing he did not handle the matter promptly, I regret assuming he would do so.”

According to the report, the encounter between John Doe, then 20, and Aldrich, then 27, occurred on May 8 or 9 in 2010. Doe told investigators that Aldrich threatened him with a souvenir baseball bat before forcibly performing oral sex on him and masturbating on the player’s back, allegations that he also detailed in a lawsuit. Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual.

On May 23, right after Chicago advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, Bowman, MacIsaac, former team president John McDonough, former executive vice president Jay Blunk and then-assistant general manager Cheveldayoff met with then-coach Quenneville and mental skills coach Jim Gary to discuss the allegations. (McDonough and Blunk are no longer employed in the NHL.)

Schar said accounts of the meeting “vary significantly.”

“What is clear is that after being informed of Aldrich’s alleged sexual harassment and misconduct with a player no action was taken for three weeks,” Schar said.

According to the report, Bowman recalled that, after learning of the incident, Quenneville shook his head and said it was hard for the team to get to where it was, and they could not deal with this issue now.

The report found no evidence of any investigation or contact with human resources before McDonough informed the team’s director of human resources about the allegations on June 14 – a delay that violated the Blackhawks’ sexual harassment policy and had “consequences,” according to Schar.

“During that period, Aldrich continued to work with and travel with the team,” Schar said. “On June 10th, during an evening of celebration after the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win the previous day, Aldrich made an unwanted sexual advance towards a Blackhawks intern, who was 22 years old at the time.

“Also after the Stanley Cup win, Aldrich continued to participate in celebrations in the presence of John Doe, who had made the complaint.”

While announcing in July that he was willing to participate in the team’s probe, Quenneville said in a statement that he “first learned of these allegations through the media earlier this summer.” Cheveldayoff said in a statement that he had no knowledge of the allegations until he was asked if he was aware of anything prior to the end of Aldrich’s employment with the Blackhawks.

Bettman said he would “reserve judgment” on Quenneville and Cheveldayoff, and he plans to meet with them to discuss their roles in the situation.

The NHL said $1 million of the Blackhawks’ fine will help fund organizations in the Chicago area “that provide counseling and training for, and support and assistance to, survivors of sexual and other forms of abuse.”

On June 16, 2010, according to the report, Aldrich was given the option of resigning or being part of an investigation into what happened with John Doe. Aldrich signed a separation agreement and no investigation was conducted.

Aldrich received a severance and a playoff bonus, according to the report, and he was paid a salary “for several months.” He hosted the Stanley Cup for a day in his hometown, and his name was engraved on the iconic trophy.

The former player’s lawsuit, filed May 7 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges Aldrich also assaulted another unidentified Blackhawks player. The former player who sued and is referred in the document as John Doe is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Aldrich was sentenced to nine months in prison for the Michigan assault.

Kyle Davidson was elevated to interim GM for the Blackhawks, and USA Hockey said it expects to announce a replacement for Bowman soon.

NFL not planning to issue report on Washington Football Team

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is not going to issue a report on its 10-month investigation into allegations the Washington Football Team engaged in harassment and abuse because of its promise to protect the identities of those who testified, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday.

Speaking around 7 p.m. after the first day of meetings for the 32 owners, Goodell said the league wanted to protect the roughly 150 former employees who spoke to outside counsel Beth Wilkinson, who conducted the NFL investigation and amassed six million pages of evidence.

“When you make a promise to protect the anonymity, to make sure that we get the right information, you need to stay with it,” Goodell said. “And so we’re very conscious of making sure that we’re protecting those who came forward. They were incredibly brave.”

Goodell sidestepped a question about releasing a redacted report, saying he felt what the league did was appropriate. He said the league looked forward to responding to inquiries from Congress.

Goodell said the NFL did release a summary of its investigation and that Washington owner Daniel Snyder has not been allowed to handle any of the day-to-day operations of the franchise since July.

“I do think he has been held accountable and the organization has been held accountable,” Goodell said.

Goodell said the most important thing for the league was that the situation not happen again with any team.

“So we think protecting the people that helped us get to that place, the people that unfortunately have to live through that experience, if we respect them and make sure we protect them,” the commissioner said.

The league has released reports in other high-profile investigations into Tom Brady for deflating footballs in an AFC title game, offensive lineman Richie Incognito for alleged racial slur and Ray Rice for domestic violence.

Earlier in the day, members of the NFL’s Social Justice Working Group and the owners were given a copy of a letter by two former employees of the Washington Football Team asking them to make a report public.

“I love for this to be a learning point, not just for the NFL, but for leagues and teams all across that this shouldn’t be hidden,” said Ana Nunez, who worked in the team’s business department until 2019. “There shouldn’t be, no workplace is perfect which is understandable, but there has to be a level of accountability when it comes to toxic culture and sexual harassment.”

Addressing other topics, the commissioner said there has been progress made on getting a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. He believes the current location in Orchard Park, New York, is the likely one but the final decision is up to local officials.

The commissioner said the league has not made a decision on the future of quarterback Deshaun Watson because of pending legal issues from civil cases still being considered. The league is waiting to see all the information gathered in the suits.

The three-time Pro Bowler is facing allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior in 22 active lawsuits and has been inactive for Houston’s first seven games this season.

In other news, the league said earlier in the day it was encouraged by the progress made in preventing any major spread of COVID-19 among its teams, while concerned about an increase in soft tissue injuries.

Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, noted at the first in-person owners’ meetings since December 2019 that a low positive COVID-19 rate between .04% and .06% is due greatly to vaccinations and protocols working. Nearly 100,000 COVID-19 tests have been taken, 1,200 a day on average across the league.

So far, 94.1% of players are vaccinated, as well as 100% of team and league staff.

“We’re continuing to work with the players association on the goal of 100% vaccination,” Sills said. “The CDC has been in contact with us about how that is achieved, a vaccination success story, and is pointing to the NFL as a model for other parts of society.”

Sills mentioned a recent mini-outbreak with the Arizona Cardinals that included coach Kliff Kingsbury.

“Of the first seven cases in Arizona, five were different strains of the virus,” he said, which indicated those people were exposed outside the team facility. “Definitely the impact of vaccinations, we’re not seeing the clustering or uncontrolled spread of the virus. Nor are we seeing the uncontained, unexplainable, uncontrolled spread we saw last year.”

The league is undertaking a voluntary study of antibody levels to measure and compare who was vaccinated when and which medication, and whether the person had COVID-19. Sills called it a “unique study because of size and the frequent testing.” Players can participate but are not the focus; club employees are.

In the meantime, Bills co-owner Terry Pegula was required to leave the league’s first in-person meeting in 641 days for precautionary reasons after being deemed to have had close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at his daughter’s wedding over the weekend, as first reported by The Buffalo News earlier in the day.

Members of the Pegula family, including co-owner and team president Kim Pegula, are not experiencing any symptoms.

As for the soft tissue injuries (hamstring, groin, calf, et al), the numbers are up to a five-year high even though the overall amount of preseason injuries went down. Of course, 30 teams played only three preseason games, down from four in previous years.

Sills cited the amount of work required of players in a short timeframe, and expressed a need for significant load management to combat the problem.

“There’s a lot to unpack there and we will have more to say about this, I think, as we approach the combine (in late winter),” he said. “This year (such injuries) were particularly noteworthy.”

The 2022 combine will be in Indianapolis, but the 2023 event will be put up for bidding, with Dallas, Los Angeles and Indianapolis interested.

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-1) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-0)

THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 44-24-4

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Cardinals 20 at Packers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Cardinals 38, Packers 8

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.6 rating last week & became 4th QB all-time with 70 games with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 1,767 pass yards (294.5 per game) & 16 TDs vs. INT for 113.6 rating in his past 6 on Thursday. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 road starts. Aims for his 7th in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games on Thursday. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 45 scrimmage TDs (35 rush, 10 rec.) since 2018. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 76 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 10+ catches & 160+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 Thursday games. Has 95 receptions for 1,336 yards (121.5 per game) & 10 rec. TDs in his past 11 on road. Had 8 catches for 93 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. TE ROBERT TONYAN had season-high 63 rec. yards & 2nd TD catch of season last week. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 13 tackles & tied his career-high with 2 FFs last week. Had 99 tackles, 7 TFL & 2 sacks in 16 games with Az. in 2020. Aims for his 5th in row on road in 2021 with 6+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had season-high 7 tackles, career-high 2 sacks & 1st-career FF last week. DL KINGSLEY KEKE had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 7. S ADRIAN AMOS had 2 PD last week. Has 5+ tackles in 10 of his past 11.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 261 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 121.3 rating in Week 7. Is only QB with 100+ rating in 6 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in 2 career starts on TNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB JAMES CONNER had 64 rush yards & NFC-best 6th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 90 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 9 rec.) in Week 7. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had season-high 7 receptions for 53 yards & 7th rec. TD of season in Week 7. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 on Thursday. Aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with 5+ receptions. Had TD catch in only career game vs. GB (12/4/16 w/ Hou.). WR A.J. GREEN had 66 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with rec. TD. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on TNF. TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in Az. debut last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 8 sacks & 11 TFL in 8 career TNF games. Aims for his 4th in row on TNF with sack & 9th in row on TNF with TFL. Had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. DE J.J. WATT has 2 sacks & 6 TFL in 2 career games vs. GB. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday. S BUDDA BAKER has 4 TFL & 4 PD in 4 career games on TNF. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 2 sacks, FF & FR in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks & FF. Leads NFL with 4 FFs in 2021.

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INDIANA PACERS NEWS/NOTES

Caris LeVert practiced Tuesday but Coach Rick Carlisle wouldn’t say when he would return to the Pacers line-up. . LeVert is recovering from a stress fracture in his back[t1] .

“I don’t know when he’s going to play games,” Carlisle said. “But today, from where he’s been for the last month, it’s very good news.”

He has been listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

Game Preview: Pacers at Raptors

Matchup

After coming up short against last year’s NBA Champions, the Pacers (1-3) are looking to rebound on the road against the Toronto Raptors (1-3) Wednesday night. After spending last year in Tampa, Florida due to Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions, the Raptors are back home at Scotiabank Arena this year.

Even still, the Raptors have struggled to find their footing early in the season. Aside from an impressive 115-83 road victory against the Boston Celtics, Toronto has dropped decisions to Washington, Dallas, and Chicago to start the season. With the loss of Pascal Siakam due to injury and Kyle Lowry in an offseason trade, the squad’s offensive production is placed on the shoulders of sixth-year player Fred VanVleet. Through four games, the Wichita State product is averaging 14.5 points and 8.8 assists per game.

In two of the Raptors’ three losses, the team has failed to reach the century mark. After struggling against the Bucks, the Pacers’ defense has a chance to regroup against a team that ranks 24th in offensive rating. Currently, the Blue & Gold rank 24th in the NBA in defensive rating, surrendering an average of 110.4 points per 100 possessions.

Pacers fans received encouraging news Tuesday afternoon about the condition of Caris LeVert. The guard has been in street clothes for the first four Pacers games due to a stress fracture in his back. However, head coach Rick Carlisle announced that he had his first practice with the team. Although his official return to play is still unknown, all news of LeVert has been positive.

The addition of LeVert to the lineup will help spread out the workload for Indiana’s stars, especially for rookie Chris Duarte. While Duarte has been playing extraordinarily well, the Oregon product has played an average of 38.3 minutes per game – a volume not seen often in college basketball. Against Washington, he played a team-high 45:18. In an 82-game season, the increased playing time could lead to fatigue and minor injuries down the road. LeVert’s return will also add another shot creator to the Pacers’ talented backcourt – an added wrinkle to opposing defenses’ gameplans.

Injury Report

Pacers: Caris LeVert – out (sore back), Kelan Martin – out (sore left hamstring), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)

Raptors: Pascal Siakam – out (left shoulder injury recovery), Yuta Watanabe – out (left calf strain)

Last Meeting

May 16, 2021: Indiana secured the ninth seed for last year’s NBA Playoff Play-In with a 125-113 victory over the Raptors at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. It was the final game of the 2020-21 NBA regular season as it was shortened due to the effects of COVID-19.

Oshae Brissett led the charge for the Blue & Gold by tallying a career-high 31 points on10-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-8 from deep. After signing a 10-day contract with Indiana on April 1, the physical power forward worked his way into the starting rotation for the last month of the season. Aiding his efforts were Domantas Sabonis (25 points, 16 rebounds) and T.J. McConnell (12 points, 17 assists), who each finished with dominant double-doubles.

After a closely contested first quarter, Indiana started building its lead in the second. Brissett scored eight points of a 15-4 Pacers run that extended their lead to 14. They led 68-55 at halftime. The Raptors started the third with a 9-4 spree to close the gap to eight. However, the Blue & Gold responded with an 11-2 run. Brissett added 12 more during the period, as Indiana took a 94-83 lead into the fourth.

In the fourth, the Raptors closed the gap to nine, twice, near the midway mark of the frame. However, Brissett closed any comeback attempt down after drilling his fifth triple of the night with 4:10 to go. Toronto never threatened Indiana again.

Noteworthy

During the 2020-21 NBA season, the Pacers earned two regular-season wins over Toronto for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Indiana’s last road win in Toronto came on March 1, 2013.

Toronto has won nine of the last 13 and 18 of the past 25 contests dating back to the 2013-14 NBA season.

Tickets

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COLTS NEWS

Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Jahleel Addae and tight end Eli Wolf to the practice squad and released guard Zack Bailey from the practice squad.

Addae, 5-10, 195 pounds, has played in 107 career games (62 starts) in his time with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (2013-18, 2020) and Houston Texans (2019) and has totaled 415 tackles (316 solo), 18.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 26 passes defensed, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 23 special teams stops. He has also appeared in five postseason contests (four starts) and has compiled 34 tackles (20 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Addae was originally signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013.

Wolf, 6-4, 238 pounds, participated in the Baltimore Ravens’ 2021 offseason program and training camp. As a rookie in 2020, he spent time on the Ravens practice squad. Wolf was originally signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2020. Collegiately, he played in 41 career games (10 starts) at Georgia (2019) and Tennessee (2016-18) and totaled 22 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

Bailey, 6-5, 299 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 15. He spent time on the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad earlier this season. In 2020, Bailey spent time on the practice squads of Minnesota and Tampa Bay. As a rookie in 2019, he spent most of the season on the Buccaneers’ Injured Reserve list. Bailey was originally signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2019.

Indianapolis – _The Indianapolis Colts today activated guard Quenton Nelson from the Injured Reserve list and placed safety Julian Blackmon on the Injured Reserve list. The team also elevated wide receiver Keke Coutee and safety Josh Jones to the active roster from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Indianapolis’ active roster is now at 55 players.

Nelson, 6-5, 330 pounds, was placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on October 2. He has started all 51 career regular season games and three postseason contests he has appeared in since being selected by the team in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Nelson started Weeks 1-3 this season. He is a three-time First Team Associated Press and Pro Bowl selection.

Blackmon, 6-0, 202 pounds, has played in 21 career games (20 starts) in two seasons (2020-21) with the Colts and has compiled 73 tackles (60 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three special teams stops. He has also started one postseason contest and tallied five solo tackles. Blackmon was selected by the team in the third round (85th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. In 2021, he started all six games and registered 31 tackles (25 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and three special teams stops.

Coutee, 5-11, 180 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2. He saw action in 23 career games (10 starts) in three seasons (2018-20) with the Houston Texans and compiled 83 receptions for 941 yards and four touchdowns, five carries for 14 yards and one touchdown, seven punt returns for 48 yards and five kickoff returns for 97 yards. Coutee also started one postseason contest and totaled 11 receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown. He was originally selected by the Texans in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jones, 6-2, 220 pounds, was signed to the Indianapolis practice squad on October 20. He participated in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2021 offseason program and training camp. Jones has played in 48 career games (25 starts) in his time with the Jaguars (2020), Dallas Cowboys (2019) and Green Bay Packers (2017-18) and has compiled 202 tackles (152 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, eight passes defensed, two interceptions and nine special teams stops. He was originally selected by the Packers in the second round (61st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

» WR: T.Y. Hilton, Mike Strachan

» LT: Eric Fisher, Julién Davenport

» LG: Quenton Nelson, Chris Reed

» C: Ryan Kelly, Danny Pinter

» RG: Mark Glowinski, Will Fries

» RT: Braden Smith, Matt Pryor

» TE: Jack Doyle

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson

» WR: Zach Pascal

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Ashton Dulin

» QB: Carson Wentz, Brett Hundley, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins

Notes:

» Carson Wentz completed 17 of 26 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 106.2. Wentz has now had a passer rating of over 100 in four consecutive games and has hit that mark in five of his sevens starts in 2021.

» With Quenton Nelson back at left guard in Week 7, the Colts rotated Mark Glowinski and Chris Reed at right guard. Glowinski started and played 24 snaps (35 percent) while Reed tagged in for 44 snaps (65 percent).

» Michael Pittman Jr. caught all four of his targets for 105 yards with a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers, and he’s one of three wide receivers to have at least 30 catches and no dropped passes this season (Denver’s Courtland Sutton and Dallas’ Amari Cooper are the others).

» Mo Alie-Cox, who had four touchdowns from 2018-2020, caught his fourth touchdown of the season on Sunday.

» With T.Y. Hilton out with a quad injury and Parris Campbell on injured reserve, Ashton Dulin played a career high 43 snaps (63 percent). His previous high was 39 snaps Dec. 1, 2019 against the Tennessee Titans.

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DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Kemoko Turay, Ben Banogu

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Antwaun Woods, Khalil Davis

» NT: Grover Stewart, Taylor Stallworth

» DE: Al-Quadin Muhammad, Tyquan Lewis, Isaac Rochell

» WLB: Darius Leonard, E.J. Speed

» MLB: Bobby Okereke

» SAM: Zaire Franklin, Matthew Adams

» CB: Rock Ya-Sin, Isaiah Rodgers, Anthony Chesley

» FS: Andrew Sendejo

» SS: Khari Willis, George Odum

» N: Kenny Moore II

» CB: Xavier Rhodes, BoPete Keyes

Notes:

» The Colts had four takeaways on Sunday and have 16 on the season, tied for the most in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.

» Darius Leonard recorded the 12th forced fumble of his career on Sunday. He’s one of 10 players since 1999 to have 12+ forced fumbles over the first 50 games of a career and is the only non-defensive end/edge rusher among that group (which is led by former Colts greats Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney).

» Leonard, Bobby Okereke, Khari Willis and Kenny Moore each played all 56 defensive snaps in Week 7.

» Xavier Rhodes battled through a calf injury to play 48 snaps (86 percent) and come down with an interception in the fourth quarter.

» With Julian Blackmon on injured reserve, Andrew Sendejo started at safety and played 44 snaps (79 percent) while George Odum rotated in for 12 snaps (21 percent).

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SPECIALISTS

» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Michael Badgley

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah Rodgers, Ashton Dulin

» PR: Nyheim Hines, Isaiah Rodgers

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After two straight home games, the Indiana football program hits the road for a Big Ten East Division tilt at Maryland on Saturday (Oct. 30). The Hoosiers (2-5, 0-4 B1G) will look for its fourth straight victory over the Terrapins (4-3, 1-3 B1G) at Noon on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA (2-5, 0-5 Big Ten) at MARYLAND (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten)
Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 30 | Noon ET
TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
 
Setting The Scene
• IU leads the all-time series, 7-2, including a 3-1 mark in College Park.
• The Hoosiers won the last meeting at Maryland Stadium, 34-28, on Oct. 19, 2019.
• Indiana has won three-straight in the series following a 27-11 victory in Bloomington on Nov. 28, 2020.
• IU is 7-3 over its last 10 road games.
• The Hoosiers have faced five ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 31-4 in their first seven games.
• Redshirt junior offensive lineman Aidan Rafferty (Kensington) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Maryland.
• Peyton Hendershot became Indiana’s tight ends receptions leader with his 119th career catch against No. 5 Ohio State. His 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 1,337 and 15 from 2010-13.
• Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares fourth nationally with 12 TFLs.
 
The Coaches
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allenis 26-27 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)
• Michael Locksley was named Maryland’s 37th head coach in Dec. 2018. The Washington, D.C., native has nearly 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons over two separate stints in College Park.
 
News & Notes
• 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).

INDIANA WBB: Berger and Holmes Named Preseason All-Big Ten; Hoosiers Picked To Finish Second

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Senior guard Grace Berger and junior forward Mackenzie Holmes were named 2021-22 preseason All-Big Ten selections and the Indiana Hoosiers were picked to finish second amongst the league’s coaches and media, announced on Tuesday.

Berger is a preseason All-Big Ten selection for the second-consecutive season after earning All-Big Ten first team honors in 2021-22. Holmes makes her first appearance on the preseason All-Big Ten team after also turning in All-Big Ten honors along with an All-Defensive team nod last season.

The nation’s leader in triple doubles last season, Berger averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shot 44.1 percent from the floor as she earned WBCA and USWBA All-American honorable mention honors last season. She scored in double figures 23 times last season including seven games scoring 20 points or more. The Louisville, Ky. native looks to be the 29th member of IU’s 1,000-point club as she enters the 2021-22 season with 996 career points. 

Holmes led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, averaging 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as she became the program’s first ever Associated Press All-American honorable mention. Her seven double-doubles were also a team-high as she also led the Big Ten in blocks last season (81, 3.0 bpg.). She finished seventh in the NCAA ranked in total blocks and blocks per game last season. The Gorham, Maine native also shot 60.7 percent from the floor last season, which ranks fourth in a single season at IU.

The Hoosiers are picked to finish in both the coaches and media polls, coming in behind last year’s regular season and tournament winner Maryland. Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State followed, respectfully in each of the two polls. All top five teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 (No. 4 Maryland, No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa, No. 11 Michigan and No. 17 Ohio State).

Indiana is coming off a 21-6 overall record and 16-2 finish in Big Ten play as it advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight last season. All five starters return for the program, including seventh-year senior and 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award watch list candidate Ali Patberg, senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary and senior guard Aleksa Gulbe.

Season and single game tickets for the upcoming campaign are now on sale through the IU Ticket Office by visiting its website, calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or in person at the West lobby ticket office in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2021-22 COACHES BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS

1. Maryland

2. Indiana

3. Iowa

4. Michigan

5. Ohio State

2021-22 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Grace Berger, Sr., G, Indiana

Mackenzie Holmes, Jr., F, Indiana

CAITLIN CLARK, So., G, Iowa

Monika Czinano, Sr., F/C, Iowa

Diamond Miller, Jr., G, Maryland

ASHLEY OWUSU, Jr., G, Maryland

Leigha Brown, Sr., G, Michigan

NAZ HILLMON, Sr., F, Michigan

Nia Clouden, Sr., G, Michigan State

Veronica Burton, Sr., G, Northwestern

2021-22 COACHES BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Caitlin Clark, So., G, Iowa

2021-22 MEDIA BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS

1. Maryland

2. Indiana

3. Iowa

4. Michigan

5. Ohio State

2021-22 MEDIA PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Grace Berger, Sr., G, Indiana

Mackenzie Holmes, Jr., F, Indiana

CAITLIN CLARK, So., G, Iowa

Monika Czinano, Sr., F/C, Iowa

Diamond Miller, Jr., G, Maryland

Ashley Owusu, Jr., G, Maryland

Leigha Brown, Sr., G, Michigan

NAZ HILLMON, Sr., F, Michigan

Nia Clouden, Sr., G, Michigan State

Veronica Burton, Sr., G, Northwestern

2021-22 MEDIA BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Naz Hillmon, Sr., F, Michigan 

Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Hoosiers Welcome No. 11 Minnesota To Wilkinson Hall On Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-13, 3-7 Big Ten) plays host to No. 11 Minnesota (12-6, 7-3) on Wednesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. The match is the Hoosiers annual Dig Pink game and will air live on Big Ten Network.
 
Indiana vs. No. 11 Minnesota
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Wednesday, October 27 | 7:00 p.m.
Video (BTN) | Live Stats | Match Notes | Tickets
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The Opening Serve
• Last time out, the Hoosiers completed the season sweep of Rutgers on Sunday, October 24. Indiana was able to outlast the Scarlet Knight in five sets, 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13).
 
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the charge against Rutgers with a career-high 27 kills while tallying four blocks in which three were solo.
 
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth served up another three aces in the match against Rutgers to improve to No. 5 in the Big Ten with 30 aces so far in 2021.
 
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame had a strong week by tallying 39 digs. She is now fifth in the conference in digs with 355.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg continued her strong hitting and moved up to No. 9 in the Big Ten in hitting percentage after the weekend slate of matches. Rammelsberg is hitting .349 and has recorded 150 kills.
 
All-Time Series
• The Gophers have a strong grip on the all-time series record, 58-17. The last win for the Hoosiers was in 2014 where they picked off Minnesota 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 35-33).
 
• Indiana and Minnesota have already met once in the 2021 season. The Hoosiers traveled to Minneapolis on Sunday, October 17 where they stumbled, 3-0 (15-25, 16-25, 21-25) to the then 12th ranked Gophers.
 
Checking Out the Competition
• MINNESOTA: In his 10th season, Hugh McCutcheon sits at the helm of the Minnesota Volleyball program. He has coached them to No. 11 in the nation and a 12-6 record overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten Conference. There are 4-1 in their last five matches with their only loss being to No. 14 Penn State in straight sets. Their marquee win in that stretch was over Ohio State who Minnesota beat in four sets. Redshirt senior opposite Stephanie Samedy leads the attack for the Gophers with a Big Ten leading 305 kills and a hitting percentage of .250. Samedy also leads the conference in points with 336.5. Sophomore outside hitter Jenna Wenaas also has triple figure kills with 211. Sophomore Melani Shaftmaster is the main setter, recording 709 assists.  Her 709 assists rank third in the Big Ten. Senior defensive specialist CC McGraw has most of the squads digs, tallying 306 which is second-best in the conference. On defense Minnesota is led by redshirt senior middle blocker Katie Meyers who has put up 74 blocks this season. As a team, the Gophers are hitting .243 while they are allowing their opponents to hit just .182. Minnesota leads the Big Ten in digs, averaging 16.41 per set.
 
Last Time Out
• The Hoosiers were last in action on Sunday, October 24 when they hosted Rutgers. Despite being down 2-1, Indiana bounced back to win the match, 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13). Breana Edwards led the way with 27 kills and four blocks. Camryn Haworth dealt three aces while also recording 51 assists and five kills.
 
News & Notes
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 256 in 2021. She has tallied double-digit kills in two-straight matches. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg continues to lead the Hoosiers attack with 150 kills and a hitting percentage of .349.
 
• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld is leading the setting unit with 432 assists so far this season. She has also tallied 99 digs and 23 kills.
 
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede has put up a team-leading 55 blocks.
 
• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame is coming off a strong match against Rutgers where she saw 26 digs. She currently leads Indiana in the category with 355. Cerame is averaging 4.38 per set.
 
• In the match at Minnesota on October 17, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes tallied a career-high 10 kills. She then matched that career high in the victory over Rutgers on October 24.
 
Clutch Time
•Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards made clutch plays when she needed to as she led the Hoosiers to victory against Rutgers on Sunday, October 24. The Rainer, Ore. native put up a career-high 27 kills, four blocks, and one assist.
 
• In the fifth and final set the Hoosiers were down 11-8 but Edwards kept Indiana it with a kill and a solo block. She went on to score the final three points that the Hoosiers needed to secure the win. Edwards had the game-winning solo block to complete an outstanding day at the office.
 
Freshman Coming In Hot
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has been stellar behind the serving line, dealing an Indiana-leading 30 aces.  Haworth had three in the victory over Rutgers.
 
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris is having a strong first season with the Hoosiers as she has secured 210 kills and 33 blocks. She recorded her third double-double of the season on October 24 against Rutgers with 12 kills and 12 digs.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Munie Awarded Twice Tuesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer defender Daniel Munie added two awards to his teeming collection on Tuesday (Oct. 26), as the redshirt junior was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as well as a Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week honoree.
 
The Maryland Heights, Missouri, native has led the Indiana defense to six consecutive clean sheets. Munie may have been the most influential player in IU’s crucial 1-0 win over Wisconsin on Sunday (Oct. 24), holding the Badgers scoreless for 106 minutes before heading the final assist to Tommy Mihalic’s golden goal.
 
Munie earned the Big Ten weekly award for the third time this season and second time in three weeks. The award also marks three straight weeks of an Indiana student-athlete winning the award after junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano earned the recognition during the last cycle.
 
Tuesday also marks Munie’s second-career team of the week selection, with his first coming on May 11 as part of his 2020-21 sophomore campaign.
 
Three IU defenders have earned awards in the last three weeks with Celentano and Nyk Sessock joining Munie in receiving praise.
 
Munie and Indiana will look to stretch their win streak to seven when they host a challenging non-conference opponent in VCU on Wednesday (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field in Bill Armstrong Stadium.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Readies for Midweek Test

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer (11-3-1, 5-2-0 B1G) begins its final week of the regular season Wednesday (Oct. 27) when it hosts a challenging non-conference opponent in VCU at 7 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
 
The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Network Plus digital platform. 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 eight of its last nine and recording six straight shutout victories.
• Wednesday’s match is the final regular season contest at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
• IU will celebrate Senior Night on Wednesday, recognizing four student-athletes for their contributions to the program: Spencer GlassIsaac SarosyJoe Schmidt and Nyk Sessock.
• The Hoosiers have won four straight contests at home and own a 7-1-1 record against non-conference opponents.
 
ABOUT THE RAMS
• VCU is led by 12th-year head coach Dave Giffard. He owns a 106-82-34 record during his time with the Rams.
• The Rams are 2-1-0 in their last three matches, with one of the wins coming against No. 22 UNC-Wilmington in overtime.
• Sophomore midfielder Celio Pompeu and midfielder Damian Gallegos lead the team in scoring with four goals apiece. Adding seven assists to his tally, Pompeu has recorded a team-high 15 points.
• Three Rams have seen time in goal this season, with John Ermini and Mario Sequeira each appearing in seven matches. VCU keepers have combined for five shutouts this season.
 
SERIES HISTORY
• Indiana and VCU have played each other three times since 2013, with Indiana having a 2-1 advantage in the series.
• IU has outscored the Rams 10-1 in the three contests.
• The programs last played each other on September 7, 2018, at Bill Armstrong Stadium as the Hoosiers pulled out a 5-0 victory. Current Hoosier Spencer Glass scored in the match.
 
DOMINANT DEFENSE
• The Indiana defense has posted six consecutive clean sheets and nine total shutouts this season.
• The Hoosiers have not allowed a goal in 586 consecutive minutes of play.
• Indiana student-athletes have earned the last three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards, with Daniel Munie earning two (Oct. 12 & 26) and Roman Celentano the other (Oct. 19).
• Munie, Celentano and Nyk Sessock have all been named to a Top Drawer Soccer or College Soccer News Team of the Week in the last two cycles.
• Sessock and All-America left back Spencer Glass (12 starts) typically bookend Indiana’s four-wide back line, filled in the middle by Munie and sophomore center back Joey Maher.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Bova Named Goalkeeper of the Week, Purdue Ranked No. 18

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team checks in at No. 18 in the national rankings as senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week and sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews was recognized on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week on Tuesday.
 
The Boilermakers are ranked nationally in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 for the fourth consecutive week and at No. 18 for a second week in a row. Purdue debuted at No. 25 on October 5 and was No. 19 on October 12. The No. 18 spot in the poll is the team’s highest since 2009, which also was the last year the Boilermakers were ranked before three weeks ago.
 
Purdue enters the Big Ten Tournament at 13-3-2 overall and 8-2-0 in Big Ten play, its best records since 2007. The Boilermakers’ 13 wins are tied for fourth-most in a single season in team history, and eight Big Ten win are tied for their most ever, along with the 2007 squad. The team finished second overall in the conference standings, tied for its best-ever finish.
 
Coming off a 2-0 win over Indiana on Sunday to retain the Golden Boot Trophy for a seventh consecutive year, Purdue hosts Ohio State on Sunday, October 31, at 3 p.m. ET, in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal. Tickets are on sale now as postseason play returns to Folk Field.
 
Bova earned Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week accolades after she had a pair of shutouts to close out the regular season last week. The senior has three clean sheets in the last four games, including a three-save performance on October 21 against Northwestern and a two-save day in October 24’s regular-season finale against IU.
 
The Goalkeeper of the Week award is the third of Bova’s career, as she becomes just the fourth player in conference history to earn more than two goalkeeper honors in a career. She was recognized twice in 2019, and also collected Freshman of the Week accolades in 2018.
 
An integral part of Purdue’s success this season, Bova’s strong play has seen her continue to rise in the program record books in numerous statistical categories. She moves into a tie for second in program history with 19 career shutouts, and her five shutouts this year are now tied for sixth-most. The Hartland, Wisconsin, native has 90 saves in 2021, up to No. 3 in a single season, and her 207 career saves continue to rank No. 5. In her career, Bova also remains second in goals-against average (0.89) and save percentage (.805) and fourth in wins (27) and minutes (5,086.36). She moves into a tie for fourth with 54 career starts. In a single season, Bova’s 13 wins are No. 5 and the most by a goalkeeper since 2007, and she is third in save percentage (.849) and tied for sixth in goals-against average (0.87).

Mathews was recognized on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after she assisted on all three of Purdue’s goals last week. Her week included a pair of game-winning assists and her first career multi-assist showing. Mathews now has a team-high-tying seven assists this season, tied for No. 9 all-time, and nine in her career.
 
The Old Gold and Black are No. 3 in the North Region ranking, and they are up nine spots to No. 18 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue also is No. 18 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll and No. 23 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
 
The last time the Boilermakers appeared in the national poll prior to this season was when they entered the 2009 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 24. This week’s No. 18 ranking, along with last week’s is the highest since Purdue also was No. 18 on October 12, 2009.
 
One of three Big Ten teams in this week’s poll, the Boilermakers are joined by No. 6 Rutgers and No. 17 Michigan, while Penn State is receiving votes. Additionally, non-conference opponent Notre Dame is No. 22.
 
Bova is the sixth Big Ten accolade Purdue has earned this year. Senior forward Sarah Griffith is a three-time honoree, with her first coming along with sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija on August 31. Mathews was recognized on September 21, and Griffith earned Offensive Player of the Week distinction on September 28 and again on October 5.
 
Additionally, Mathews’ Top Drawer Soccer award is her second, along with recognition on September 21.
 
No. 18-ranked and second-seeded Purdue will host seventh-seed Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal on Sunday, October 31, at Folk Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET in a nationally-televised contest on the Big Ten Network. Tickets are on sale now, here, and at https://boile.rs/B1GQTix21.

PURDUE WRESTLING: Purdue Wrestle Offs Set for Friday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue wrestling team will make weight and take the mat for the first time in 2021-22 on Friday, however the Boilermakers will be competing against themselves as they host the preseason, intra-squad wrestle offs in Holloway Gymnasium at 7 p.m. ET. Head coach Tony Ersland has scheduled approximately 18 matches for the evening, ranging from most of the Boilermakers’ seven returning NCAA qualifiers to some of the newest members of the team.  
 
“Getting to wrestle offs means we’re one step closer to actually being able to wrestle other teams,” said Ersland. “It’s about getting down to weight for the first time, getting that first warm-up in, working out all the wrinkles before we lay it on the line against a real opponent.”
 
The Boilermakers return nine of 10 starters from a 2021 squad that went 4-5 in Big Ten duals, took sixth at the conference tournament and qualified seven individuals for the NCAA Championships. Six wrestlers earned preseason rankings from the various polls, including a No. 8 mark at 157 pounds for Kendall Coleman, a No. 12 ranking for Devin Schroder at 125 pounds and a No. 13 spot for Thomas Penola at 197 pounds.
 
Doors to Holloway Gymnasium will open at 6 p.m., and all seating is first come, first served. Fans are reminded that current Protect Purdue protocols require facial coverings for indoor settings, and this includes Purdue wrestling events.
 
Match Lineup*
Devin Schroder vs. Nate Cummings
Matt Ramos vs. Christian White
Parker Filius vs. Michael Leveille
Alec White vs. Jaden Reynolds
Ethan Smiley vs. Trey Kruse
Kendall Coleman vs. Cooper Noehre
Kendall Coleman vs. Brennan Doyle
Cooper Noehre vs. Brennan Doyle
Emil Soehnlen vs. Hayden Lohrey
Gerrit Nijenhuis vs. Hayden Lohrey
Max Lyon vs. Mitch Hutmacher
Max Lyon vs. Macartney Parkinson
Mitch Hutmacher vs. Macartney Parkinson
Thomas Penola vs. Michael Woulfe
Thomas Penola vs. Tristan Ruhlman
Michael Woulfe vs. Tristan Ruhlman
 
* – all matchups subject to change, order is to be determined

PURDUE BASEBALL: 28 Home Dates Highlight Baseball’s 2022 Slate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s 2022 schedule features a program-record 28 home games and seven weekends at Alexander Field.

Head coach Greg Goff has unveiled a slate that features 38 total games in the states of Indiana (29) and Illinois (9). The Boilermakers are slated to host Bellarmine (March 11-13), Illinois State (March 19-20) and Belmont (April 22-24) for non-conference home weekends as well as Ohio State (March 25-27), Indiana (April 8-10), Michigan (April 29-May 1) and Maryland (May 19-21) for Big Ten play.

Purdue has played just 13 of its 56 (23%) regular-season games at Alexander Field since Valentine’s Day 2020. The Boilermakers are slated to double that total of home dates this spring.

The Indiana series the weekend of April 8 to 10 will mark just IU’s second trip to Alexander for a weekend series in the ballpark’s 10-year history. The COVID-19 shutdown in the spring of 2020 wiped out an Indiana-Purdue series at Alexander. Since 2014, 14 of the 18 games in the rivalry series have been played in Bloomington. The Boilermakers have won three of the four meetings at Alexander.

Purdue is slated to open its season at a Triple-A ballpark in Texas for the second year in a row. This year it’s a four-game series vs. first-time foe South Dakota State at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, the home of the Sugar Land Skeeters (Houston Astros affiliate).

The next two weekends the Boilermakers will return to North Carolina for weekend series vs. Princeton and Longwood at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs, the home of the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League – one of the premier summer ball leagues in the southeast. Purdue swept through the four-team Campbell Invitational in Buies Creek, North Carolina, early in the 2020 season before the shutdown.

The Boilermakers have two long homestands on the schedule – seven consecutive home dates from March 19 to 29 and eight straight games at Alexander Field from April 20 to May 1. Purdue opens and closes Big Ten play at home, Ohio State the weekend of March 25 to 27 and Maryland the weekend of May 19 to 21.

A full list of gameday promotions and special dates at Alexander Field will be released in February or early March.

FAMILIAR FACES RETURN TO ALEXANDER

• The annual midweek game vs. Purdue Fort Wayne, set for April 12, takes on a higher profile this season because it will feature the return of all-time wins leader Doug Schreiber. The Purdue alumnus was hired as the head coach of the Mastodons in July 2019. Schreiber was a four-year starting second baseman for the Boilermakers in the 1980s and led the program to 485 wins and the 2012 Big Ten title as head coach from 1999 to 2016. Purdue Fort Wayne assistant coach Brent McNeil is a Lafayette native and former head coach of the Lafayette Aviators.

• The Boilermakers will also connect with former assistant coaches Steve Holm and Wally Crancer when Purdue and Illinois State play a unique home-and-home four-game series March 17 to 20 in Normal and West Lafayette. Greg Goff, Holm and Crancer were all assistant coaches during the Boilermakers’ memorable 38-win NCAA Regional season in 2018. Holm was hired as ISU’s head coach that summer and Crancer joined him as the associate head coach. Crancer was an assistant at Purdue for five seasons from 2014 to 2018, working under both Schreiber and Mark Wasikowski.

• Purdue alumnus Dustin Glant (2001-03) also returns to campus this season. He was hired as the pitching coach at Indiana in July.

TWO-THIRDS OF THE SCHEDULE IN INDIANA & ILLINOIS

• The Boilermakers are scheduled to play 38 of their 56 regular-season games (68%) in the states of Indiana and Illinois. The 29 games in Indiana includes the 28 at Alexander Field and a March 30 midweek date at Indiana State. Meanwhile, Purdue visits the Land of Lincoln for weekends at Illinois State (March 17-18), Illinois (April 1-3) and Northwestern (May 13-15) along with an April 19 midweek date at UIC.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

• Home Games: 28 (11 in March, 12 in April, 5 in May)

• Road Games: 17 (4 in March, 6 in April, 6 in May)

• Neutral Site Games: 11 (8 in February, 3 in March)

• Big Ten Home: Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland

• Big Ten Road: Illinois, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern

• Big Ten Non-Play: Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers

• Big Ten Tournament: May 25 to 29 (TD Ameritrade Park – Omaha, Nebraska)

• Season-Opening Series: vs. South Dakota State (4 Games at Triple-A stadium in Sugar Land, Texas)

• 10-Day Stay in North Carolina (Feb. 25-March 6): Weekend Series vs. Princeton & Longwood, Midweek at Charlotte

• Home-Opening Weekend: March 11-13 vs. Bellarmine

• Home-and-Home Midweek Dates: Indiana State, UIC

• Remainder of the Midweek Slate: Dayton, Northern Illinois, Purdue Fort Wayne, Evansville, Valparaiso, Butler

• 7-Game Homestand: March 19 to 29 vs. Illinois State (2) Northern Illinois, Ohio State (3), UIC

• 8-Game Homestand: April 20 to May 1 vs. Evansville, Belmont (3), Valparaiso, Michigan (3)

• First-Time Foes: South Dakota State, Longwood, Bellarmine, Dayton

• First-Time Visitors to Alexander: Bellarmine, Dayton, Northern Illinois, Evansville, Belmont

• 2021 NCAA Tournament Qualifiers: Charlotte, Indiana State, Maryland, Michigan

• Been a While: Purdue has not played Princeton since March 1999

• Easter Weekend now Thursday to Saturday: Purdue plays at Penn State April 14 to 16

• Indiana has played just one weekend series (April 2017) at Alexander since the ballpark opened in 2013

• Maryland has played just one weekend series (April 2015) at Alexander since joining the Big Ten in 2015

• Ohio State has played 13 games at Alexander, second to only Iowa (15) among visiting teams

• Purdue has played only one series (March 2017) at Iowa since 2013

• Conversely, Purdue is set to make its sixth trip to Champaign-Urbana since 2013

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Set to Host Seton Hall

Matchday Information – Seton Hall at Butler
DATE:                         Wednesday, October 27 / 7 pm
LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE STATS:              butlersports.com
LIVE VIDEO:             BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 5-1-1
LAST MEETING:        October 19, 2019 – South Orange, N.J. – Butler 4, Seton Hall 0

Full Notes (PDF)
 
The Butler men’s soccer team is set to host Seton Hall on Wednesday, October 27, at 7 pm. (This match was rescheduled from October 2.) The Bulldogs are coming off a 0-0 double-overtime draw with DePaul, while the Pirates most recently lost to Creighton, 3-1.
 
BULLDOG BITS

  • (through games 10/24/2021) 
  • Gabreil Gjergji ranks 40th nationally and third in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (.892), as well as 41st nationally and third in the conference in Save Percentage (.768).
     
  • For his performances last week against Marquette and DePaul, Butler midfielder Quint Breitkreuz has been selected as the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Week. He had a goal and assist in Butler’s 2-1 home win over Marquette, assisting on Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s opening goal in the sixth minute before providing the 102nd-minute golden goal to clinch the win. Breitkreuz registered two shots in each contest, including two in a draw at DePaul.
     
  • The Bulldogs, now with 13 points, sit in the fourth place in the BIG EAST standings. The third and fourth-place teams will host quarterfinal matches in round one of 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.
  • As of 10/25/21, Butler’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 4 by RPI Update.

The Matchup

  • Butler and Seton Hall have met seven times, with Butler coming out on top in five of the matches.
  • Seton Hall’s most recent win (2-1) was October 24, 2018
  • Three of the four Bulldogs who scored in the most recent (2019) match remain on the roster: Joel HarveyHemi NasserWilmer Cabrera, Jr.

Scouting Seton Hall
Previous match: Creighton L, 3-1

  • Seton Hall tied No. 10 Virginia Tech, 3-3 (2OT) and lost to No. 1 Georgetown, 2-4.
  • The Pirates have scored 26 goals this season and given up 29.
  • Thirteen different players have scored at least one goal, and eleven have at least one assist. Six have three or more assists.

Individual Statistics

  • Offensive standouts for Seton Hall include:

        #2 Johannes Pex (5g, 5a)
        #9 CJ Tibbling (4g, 2a)
        #11 Raz Amir (2g, 4a)
        #10 JP Marin (2g, 4a)
        #6 Jordan Jowers (2g, 3a)

  • Andreas Nota (5-6-3) has started 14 of 15 matches in goal. He has made 40 saves (.606) and has allowed 26 goals (1.81 GAA). He has three shutouts.

BALL STATE VB: Pair of Volleyball Players Earn MAC Weekly Honors

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – For their part in helping guide the Ball State women’s volleyball team to three crucial Mid-American Conference wins last week, freshman Megan Wielonski has been named the MAC West Division Setter of the Week and junior Natalie Mitchem has been named the MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week.
 
The pair helped the Cardinals improve to 20-3 (10-1 MAC) on the year, run its current winning streak to 10 matches, and become the league’s first 20-win team this season following a 3-1 victory over Toledo last Tuesday and a pair of weekend sweeps at Western Michigan.
 
The Rockets entered the Tuesday contest one match back of the Cardinals for the top spot in the MAC West Division, while the Broncos entered the weekend one match back of BSU. Both are now 7-4 in league play.
 
In earning MAC Setter of the Week honors for the second consecutive week, Wielonski averaged 11.20 assists per set, 4.20 digs per set, 1.40 kills per set, and led the offense to a combined .279 attack percentage. She started with 43 assists and 17 digs in the four-set win over Toledo, with the Cardinals finishing the match hitting .206 as a squad. She also registered five kills, three service aces, and a block assists in the win.
 
In Friday’s sweep at Western Michigan, Wielonski handed out 30 assists and corralled 10 digs, helping the Ball State offense connect for a .336 attack percentage. She smashed five kills and added two more aces to her season totals. Wielonski followed with 39 more assists in Saturday’s sweep. She was also credited with 15 more digs, led BSU to a .320 hitting mark, and scored four kills.
 
Mitchem, who earns MAC West Division Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career, turned in a solid performance from the right side for the Cardinals last week, averaging 4.40 kills per set and hitting .421 (44-4-95). She started with a career-high tying 21 kills in Tuesday’s sweep over Toledo, while hitting .452 (21-2-42). She was also credited with four block assists in the win.
 
In the weekend series at Western Michigan, Mitchem smashed 11 kills and hit .458 (11-0-24) Friday and followed with 12 kills and a .345 (12-2-29) attack percentage Saturday. Both matches were sweeps for the Cardinals.
 
Up next for the Ball State women’s volleyball team is a Friday (Oct. 29) matchup with MAC leader Bowling Green. The Falcons enter the 6:30 p.m. contest with an unblemished 11-0 league ledger. In addition to being a battle of the top two teams in the MAC, the match will serve as Alumni Night for the program. Ball State women’s volleyball alumni can register for the event at BallStateSports.com/WVBAlumni.
 
Following the battle with Bowling Green, Ball State will host Miami Saturday (Oct. 30) for Chirp or Treat. The FREE community event features trick-or-treating starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Worthen Arena Concourse sponsored by the Ball State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: #14 IRISH OPEN BIG TEN PLAY AT #7 MINNESOTA

WHO: #14 Notre Dame (4-1-1) at #7 Minnesota (3-3-0)
WHEN: Friday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET // Saturday, October 30 at 6 p.m. ET
WHERE: 3M Arena at Mariucci
WATCH: BTN // Bally Sports North
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com

NOTES (PDF)

SETTING THE STAGE

  • The Fighting Irish hit the road to open Big Ten play at seventh-ranked Minnesota this weekend, marking the start of Notre Dame’s fifth season as an affiliate member of the Big Ten.
  • Last weekend, the Irish split a home series with RIT, falling 3-2 in overtime of game one (Oct. 21) before rebounding with a resounding 6-0 game two win (Oct. 22). 
  • Trevor Janicke (two goals), Max Ellis (two goals) and Solag Bakich (three assists) led the Irish offense, while Matthew Galajda posted 22 saves to earn his first shutout with the Irish and the 20th of his career.
  • Bakich notched his first career three-point game and his second career multi-point game (had a goal and an assist versus LIU on Oct. 9).
  • Janicke posted his third career two-goal game (second of the season) and his seventh multi-point game.
  • For Ellis, it marked his second career two-goal game and his seventh career multi-point game. 
  • Notre Dame is 2-0-0 on the road this season after going 9-2-1 on the road last season.
  • The Fighting Irish are averaging 3.93 goals per game, which ranks eighth nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.
  • Notre Dame’s penalty kill has started the season with a perfect 23-for-23 showing over the five games, joining Michigan Tech and St. Lawrence with perfect penalty kills in the early going. 
  • The Irish are also holding opponents to 1.57 goals-against average, which ranks fourth nationally.
  • Adam Karashik (0-3-3) and Graham Slaggert (1-1-2) each have two-game point streaks heading to Minnesota.
  • Ellis leads the Irish with seven points followed by Janicke (4-2-6) and Solag Bakich (1-4-5).
  • All told, nine Notre Dame players have scored so far this season, while 17 have at least one point.
  • The 2021-22 season marks Notre Dame’s 17th under head coach Jeff Jackson and its fifth season in the Big Ten.
  • Overall, it is the 53rd season of NCAA Division I hockey for Notre Dame.
  • Notre Dame 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 BIG TEN STANDINGS

  • This season, teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation. 
  • If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.

GALAJDA NAMED THIRD STAR

  • Graduate student Matthew Galajda was named Big Ten Hockey’s Third Star of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday (Oct. 26).
  • Galajda made 22 saves to help lead the Irish to a 6-0 win over RIT on Friday night (Oct. 22), marking his first shutout for Notre Dame and the 20th of his career. A 2018 First Team All-American, his 20 career shutouts rank second in NCAA Men’s Division I.
  • Galajda is now 3-0-0 on the season with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. For his career, the Aurora, Ontario native is 63-15-9 with an 1.63 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.

THE NOTRE DAME – MINNESOTA SERIES

  • Minnesota leads the all-time series 35-24-5 dating back to 1924-25 when the Irish lost 2-1 in overtime in the first meeting.
  • Notre Dame recognizes its first win over Minnesota in 1926-27 when the Irish shutout their opponent, 2-0, in Minneapolis.
  • Twenty-nine contests between the two teams have been decided by a single goal, with the Irish narrowly leading that category 16-13.
  • The teams will be playing for a 10th consecutive season.
  • Before the Irish joined the Big Ten, those meetings largely overlapped with Mario Lucia’s time at Notre Dame from 2012-16 (Mario is the son of former Minnesota head coach Don Lucia – a 1981 Notre Dame graduate/former defenseman).
  • Last season, the Irish swept then top-ranked Minnesota at 3M Arena by scores of 3-2 and 2-1 on Jan. 15-16 and then the Gophers swept a series at Notre Dame on Feb. 12-13 in a pair of 3-0 wins.
  • During the 2019-20 regular season, the Irish went 1-1-2 against Minnesota, including a 1-0-1 mark in Minneapolis (Nov. 1-2).
  • That road series at Minnesota included a 2-2 game one tie (Minnesota won the 3-on-3 ot) and a 5-3 game two victory.
  • Then in the 2020 playoffs, the Gophers eliminated the Irish, two games to one on March 6-8.
  • The teams eliminated each other from the postseason in 2019 and 2020 with the Irish posting a 2-1 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win in overtime on March 16, 2019 en route to ultimately claiming a second consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship.
  • Notre Dame leads the series 11-9-2 since joining the Big Ten and 14 of the last 17 meetings have been decided by a goal or ended in a tie (two ties in that span, 12 one-goal games).
  • Notre Dame’s active career leaders against the Gophers include Nick Leivermann (15 GP; 5-1-6), Graham Slaggert (16 GP; 1-4-5), Spencer Stastney (16 GP; 1-4-5) and Trevor Janicke (11 GP; 3-2-5).
  • Five of Nick Leivermann’s 13 career goals have come against the Gophers.
  • Ryan Bischel is 1-1-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and an .894 save percentage against the Gophers.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: GALAJDA NAME BIG TEN THIRD STAR OF THE WEEK

OUTH BEND, Ind. — Graduate student Matthew Galajda has been named Big Ten Hockey’s Third Star of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday morning (Oct. 26).

Galajda made 22 saves to help lead the Irish to a 6-0 win over RIT on Friday night (Oct. 22), marking his first shutout for Notre Dame and the 20th of his career. A 2018 First Team All-American, his 20 career shutouts rank second in NCAA Men’s Division I.

Galajda is now 3-0-0 on the season with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. For his career, the Aurora, Ontario native is 63-15-9 with an 1.63 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. 

Big Ten Stars of the Week — Oct. 26
First Star: Kevin Wall, Jr., F, Penn State
Second Star: Drew DeRidder, Sr., G, Michigan State
Third Star: Matthew Galajda, GS, G, Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s 2021-22 B1G Stars of the Week
Third Star: Matthew Galajda, GS, G, Notre Dame (Oct. 26)

Next Up

  • Notre Dame opens Big Ten play next weekend with a two-game series at fourth-ranked Minnesota on Oct. 29 (9 p.m. ET) and Oct. 30 (6 p.m. ET).
  • Game one will be televised on the Big Ten Network, while game two will be broadcast by Bally Sports North. 

NOTRE DAME MEN’S GOLF: PALMER JACKSON NAMED TO FRED HASKINS AWARD WATCH LIST

Junior Palmer Jackson has been named one of 15 collegiate golfers named to the Final Fall Fred Haskins Award Watch List presented by Stifel. The news was announced on Monday, October 25 via the Golf Channel and Golfweek.

“It is impressive but much deserved after Palmer’s stellar fall to be selected to this prestigious list representing the best golfers in the country,” Irish head coach John Handrigan said.

“One thing I know and love about Palmer, he’s not content with just making the watch list.”

Jackson has four top-five finishes in five competitions this fall, including a first place effort at the Stephens Cup on October 19. Carding 18 rounds this fall, Jackson has finished under par 17 times and helped the Fighting Irish claim team victories at the Stephens Cup and the Gopher Invitational.

According to Golfstat.com, Jackson is the ninth-ranked collegiate golfer in the nation this fall with an adjusted scoring average of 69.29. The Irish have completed their fall schedule and will return to competition in February of 2022.

Celebrating its 52nd, year, the Fred Haskins Award has been given to the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. The award is named in honor of Fred Haskins, former golf teaching professional at the Country Club of Columbus (Georgia). The votes are tabulated by the Haskins Commission from select writers, golf coaches and collegiate golfers. It is college golf’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.

Final Fall Haskins Award Watch List

(listed alphabetically): 

Michael Brennan, Wake Forest

J.M. Butler, Auburn

Ben Carr, Georgia Southern

Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Arkansas

Ryan Gerard, North Carolina

Christopher Gotterup, Oklahoma

Austin Greaser, North Carolina

Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame

Luke Kluver, Kansas

RJ Manke, Washington

Logan McAllister, Oklahoma

David Puig, Arizona State

Cameron Sisk, Arizona State

Brian Stark, Oklahoma State

Michael Thorbjornsen, Stanford

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH CONTINUE ACC PLAY AT DUKE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. —After splitting home matchups against fourth-ranked Pittsburgh and Virginia last week, Notre Dame hits the road to take on Duke this Friday, October 29 in Durham, North Carolina. First serve is set for 5 p.m. ET and the match will be televised on ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME AT DUKE
Friday, October 29 – 5 p.m. ET
ACC Network
Live Stats

Notre Dame Notes (PDF)

FOR STARTERS

  • Notre Dame owns a 66-36 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.
  • The Irish have won six of their last eight matches, including five straight-set victories over ACC opponents.
  • Since being down 0-2 at Georgia Tech on October 1, Notre Dame has won 20 of 26 sets played.
  • Lauren Tarnoff racked up 23 total blocks in last weekend’s matches, including a 13-block effort vs. #4 Pittsburgh and 10 blocks in just three sets in Notre Dame’s home sweep of Virginia.
  • In that five-set match against Pittsburgh, the Irish notched 21 total blocks and hit the 20-block mark for the first time since October 28, 2018 vs. Boston College.

HISTORY VS. DUKE

  • The Irish and Blue Devils will be meeting for the 20th time on Friday with Notre Dame holding a 10-9 edge in the all-time series.
  • The Irish have won three consecutive matches against Duke since the outset of the 2019 season after Duke had won four straight in the series from 2016- 18.
  • The two sides met in last season’s regular-season finale with Notre Dame earning a four-set victory at O’Keefe Gym in Atlanta.
  • Charley Niego led the Irish with 15 kills in that victory while also adding 15 digs.
  • Zoe Nunez also notched 39 assists and hit the 3,000-assist mark in that matchup.

IUPUI CROSS COUNTRY: BYE NAMED #HLXC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI redshirt freshman Keith Bye has been named the #HLXC Freshman of the Week for his efforts at last week’s Stan Lyons Bulldog Invitational at Northview Church. Bye is the third IUPUI runner to earn the league’s Freshman of the Week Award this season, joining Grant Moon and Mitchell Rans

Bye was the Jaguars top finisher at the Bulldog Invitational, clocking a personal best 8K time of 26:56.9, taking 10 seconds off his previous best from the same course. He placed 11th overall as the team’s top finisher. 

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT UIC ON WEDNESDAY

CHICAGO – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will close the 2021 regular season at UIC on Wednesday night (Oct. 27) with postseason implications on the line. With a win and some help, the Jaguars can still secure a spot in the six-team Horizon League Tournament. Defensively, IUPUI is riding a four-game shutout streak, having not allowed a score since the Oct. 7 loss to league leader Milwaukee. Since then the Jags have rattled off shutouts at Detroit Mercy (1-0), Green Bay (0-0), Robert Morris (0-0) and Youngstown State (1-0). AP Woodall has collected all four clean sheets in goal and now ranks among the league leaders in goals against average, shutouts, saves and save percentage. 

Sophomore Leah Shumate tallied the game-winner at Detroit Mercy and junior Maya Lacognato came up with Saturday’s game-winner, tallying off assists from Paige Waskom and Renae Blevins. Lacognato was making a far post run when Waskom slid a pass in to Blevins. Blevins elected to send the ball out left to Lacognato, who redirected home her third goal of the season in the game’s 85th minute. It was her second game-winner of the season and eighth of her collegiate career. 

Woodall and the IUPUI defense made the goal stand as the Jaguars limited YSU to just five shot attempts and just two on frame. 

For the season, Woodall now has a 1.46 GAA and .814 save percentage with 92 total saves. Offensively, senior Elizabeth Bueckers continues to pace the attack with six goals and 13 points while Lacognato now has three goals and eight points. Shumate and Sam Slimak are both tied for third overall with four points. 

Head coach Chris Johnson‘s team continues to be the walking wounded as Lacognato and Autumn Weeks are the lone two players to have started all 16 matches. Twenty-one different players have made at least one start this season. 

QUOTABLE
 “Paige [Waskom] crossed it, and I was like: all you’ve got to do is just tap it in. Kept my composure, and that’s what happened,” Lacognato said following the win over Youngstown State on Saturday (Oct. 23). 

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

PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)
GK- AP Woodall, Sr.
D- Alex Bond, Jr.
D- Grace Moore, Jr.
D- Maya Turner, Jr.
D- Autumn Weeks, Jr.
MF- Renae Blevins, Sr.
MF- Leah Shumate, Soph.
MF- Paige Waskom, Fr.
F- Elizabeth Bueckers, Sr.
F- Maya Lacognato, Jr.
F- Hannah Roberson, Fr.

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

HEAD COACH CHRIS JOHNSON
Johnson is now in his 19th season on the IUPUI sidelines and owns a 135-167-43 mark with the Jaguars. He spent his first nine years of his coaching career at the University of Indianapolis where he amassed an 81-79-2 mark. All total, Johnson has 216 collegiate wins to his credit.  

SCOUTING UIC
UIC is 1-12-3 overall and 1-7-2 in Horizon League play with the Flames’ lone win having come over Robert Morris on Oct. 7. UIC has been outscored 28-7 on the year as Kaitlyn Montague and Megan Bowman have three goals each for the Flames. Montague has a team-high seven points, while also leading the team in shots (31) and shots on goal (15) and has the team’s game-winner. Lena Kurz has played the majority of the team’s minutes in goal, making 15 appearances with a 1.54 goals against average and .768 save percentage with two shutouts. 

ALL-TIME SERIES
IUPUI is 5-1 all-time against UIC and has won five-in-a-row over the Flames. The Jags are just 1-1 in the two meetings in Chicago. (Series History)

UP NEXT
Should IUPUI earn a spot in the six-team Horizon League Tournament, the Jaguars will play on Sunday, Oct. 31 on the road in the opening round. 

VALPO FOOTBALL: Travels West to Square Off with San Diego

Valparaiso (2-5, 2-2 PFL)
at San Diego (4-4, 4-1 PFL)

Game #8 Saturday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m. CT
Torero Stadium (6,000) – San Diego, Calif.

This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football team will attempt to keep its positive mojo going following a convincing victory over Dayton this past Saturday at Brown Field. This week, the Beacons will fly west for a Saturday afternoon date with San Diego in hopes of besting a historically-strong Pioneer Football League program for a second consecutive week.

Previously: Valpo faced a 20-14 halftime deficit this past Saturday at Brown Field, but the hosts outscored visiting Dayton 17-0 in the third quarter and used a 31-point second half to pull away from the Flyers 45-28. Quarterback Ben Nimz went 14-of-23 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Robert Washington contributed 91 rushing yards, three rushing TDs, 59 receiving yards and made a game-clinching 14-yard pass on fourth down in the closing minutes. Wide receiver Braden Contreras had four catches for a career-high 118 yards. Valpo won the turnover battle 3-0 behind a pair of Austin Chilton takeaways and a pick six by Jamauri Jackson.

Series Notes: San Diego owns a 20-6 lead in a series that dates back to 1993, but Valpo owns the most recent success by edging the Toreros – at the time a team receiving votes nationally – 20-19 on April 17, 2021 in the finale of the spring season. Braden Contreras caught a late touchdown pass from Ben Nimz to lift the Beacons past USD for the first time since 2003. Valpo is 2-11 all-time in games played at San Diego and has dropped nine in a row in the Golden State dating back to a 32-10 win on Oct. 28, 2000.

Following the Beacons: A video feed will be available on the WCC Digital Network free of charge. Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) will have the radio 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 (7-18) 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.

Downing Dayton: Valpo’s 45-28 victory over Dayton on Oct. 23 was significant in more ways than one. Valpo head coach Landon Fox earned his first victory against his former team, where he spent 11 years as defensive coordinator and secondary coach prior to earning Valpo’s top job. The win marked a considerable turnaround from Fox’s first matchup with his ex-employer, a defeat on Oct. 12, 2019 by a similar score of 41-28. The win was Valpo’s fourth in 30 all-time meetings with Dayton and first since 2017. The 45 points were the program’s most in any of the 30 matchups with the Flyers. The 17 points also represented Valpo’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series. Valpo has defeated Drake and Dayton – traditionally strong programs and fellow founding members of the PFL – in the same season for the first time since 2003 and the second time ever.

Rare Breathing Room: Valpo’s 17-point margin of victory in the 45-23 win vs. Dayton on Oct. 23 marked a welcome change from the team’s typical flair for the dramatic. It represented Valpo’s most lopsided triumph since beating Jacksonville 48-30 on Nov. 10, 2018. In addition, it snapped a Valpo streak of seven straight PFL games decided by seven points or fewer and a stretch of 14 straight decided by 12 points or fewer. Valpo’s previous four victories were decided by a combined total of 10 points with each of the four games decided by three points or fewer. The Dayton win was Fox’s largest margin of victory to this point in his head coaching career.

Putting Up Points: Valpo’s 45-point scoring output on Oct. 23 vs. Dayton represented the team’s highest point total in a game during the Landon Fox Era. It was Valpo’s highest scoring effort in any game since Nov. 10, 2018, a 48-30 win over Jacksonville. Valpo boasted 388 yards of total offense and 251 passing yards, both season highs. Both the total offense and passing yards were the team’s highest totals in those categories since Nov. 16, 2019 at Butler.

Second-Half Surge: Valpo trailed 20-14 at halftime and surged ahead after the break for a 45-28 victory on Oct. 23 vs. Dayton. This marked Valpo’s first victory when chasing at halftime this season as the Beacons were previously 0-5 when down at the intermission. Valpo’s last rally from down at half was the Spring 2021 season finale, when San Diego led 13-10 at the break before the Beacons prevailed 20-19. The 17-point third quarter against the Flyers on Oct. 23 was Valpo’s largest single-quarter point total since Nov. 17, 2018 at Stetson. By outscoring Dayton by 17 points in the third, Valpo enjoyed its best single-quarter scoring margin since blitzing Morehead State 21-0 in the first of an eventual 63-32 victory on Oct. 27, 2017.

Austin’s Powers: Redshirt sophomore defensive back Austin Chilton was named the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week by both the league office and College Sports Madness following his two-takeaway performance in Valpo’s 45-28 victory over Dayton on Oct. 23 at Brown Field. Chilton made a first-quarter interception that set up the Beacons with a short field to take a commanding 14-3 lead, then recovered a fumble on a punt play in the second quarter. Three of his five tackles were stuffs for either no gain or a loss. He is up to 34 tackles this season after accruing 13 during the Spring 2021 slate, all over the final two weeks. He has three interceptions this season and is tied for 16th nationally in interceptions per game. Valpo has won five weekly awards from either the league office or College Sports Madness this fall with Austin Martins (x2) and Ben Niesner accounting for the others.

Turnover Tidbits: Valpo owned a 3-0 edge in the turnover battle in the Oct. 23 game against Dayton. This marked Valpo’s first turnover-free game since the 10-7 win at Drake on April 3, 2021. The three forced turnovers also represented a season high and plus three was Valpo’s best single-game turnover margin since committing one to Stetson’s four in a 19-10 victory on Oct. 26, 2019. One of Valpo’s three takeaways in the Oct. 23 game vs. the Flyers was Jamauri Jackson’s interception return for a touchdown that accounted for the final points of the day with 6:04 to go in the fourth. That marked Valpo’s first pick six since Drew Snouffer returned one 40 yards for a score in a game at Morehead State on Oct. 20, 2018.

Proving Polls Imprecise: Valpo was picked to finish sixth of 11 in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll, but knocked off a Drake team that was projected to finish third in the Week 4 PFL opener and a Dayton team that was picked fourth in Week 8. Valpo has won four straight games against teams predicted to finish ahead of them in the standings after topping Drake and San Diego last spring, when the Toreros were picked to finish first and the Bulldogs were projected third. Valpo’s next chance to knock off a team picked ahead of the Beacons in the preseason poll will come this week at San Diego.  

Strength of Schedule: Valpo’s three nonconference opponents currently hold a combined 18-2 record. North Dakota State is a flawless 7-0 and is ranked second nationally. Dartmouth owns a 5-1 mark and has cracked FCS Top 25 polls. Indiana Wesleyan has just one loss and is nationally ranked in NAIA. In addition, Valpo’s two conference setbacks have come against teams with a combined PFL mark of 6-2.

Noteworthy Rankings: Valpo has the best third-down defense in the PFL, holding opponents to a 34.7 percent conversion rate… The Beacons are one of seven teams nationally with four or more blocked kicks. They are currently tied for third behind only Delaware State and Arkansas State with five apiece… Brett Bittner is one of 10 players in the nation with multiple blocked kicks this season and the only player in the PFL who has accomplished that feat. He is tied for third nationally behind only Delaware State’s Kevin Deshields and Southern Illinois’ Anthony Knighton, who have blocked three kicks apiece… Robert Washington ranks 39th nationally and fifth in the PFL in all-purpose yards per game at 106.86. He ranks 21st in FCS and third in the PFL in rushing TDs with seven while leading the league with 547 rushing yards (38th nationally) and 78.1 rushing yards per game (42nd nationally)… Brian Bartholomew leads the PFL and ranks 22nd nationally with 1.33 made field goals per game… Chuck Maxwell leads the PFL and ranks 16th in the nation in kickoff return yards with 364… Ben Niesner leads the PFL and ranks 17th nationally in punting at 42.4 yards per attempt.

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. Entering Week 9 at San Diego, he is eighth among active Division-I FCS players with 8,006 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 had a higher punting average than its opponent in each of the first six games this season, a streak that was snapped on Oct. 23 vs. Dayton.

Robert in the Record Book: Valpo running back Robert Washington has rushed for 1,200 career yards in just 13 games in a Valpo uniform. He recently surpassed 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 by 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. Washington has rushed for 547 yards this season and needs to get to 824 to crack the top 5 in program history for single-season rushing yards.

Scouting the Opponent: San Diego was picked to finish second in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll, narrowly behind Davidson for the top spot. Head coach Dale Lindsey earned his 72nd career victory last week, establishing the program record for wins by a head coach. That came in a 69-28 rout at Presbyterian. After an 0-4 start to the season including three challenging nonconference games and a 28-16 setback to preseason favorite Davidson in the PFL opener, San Diego has run off four straight victories. The Toreros are 44-3 in their last 47 PFL games with the only losses coming to Davidson (twice) and Valpo (Spring 2021 finale). Valpo defensive line coach RJ Ghilarducci spent three seasons on staff at San Diego prior to arriving in Northwest Indiana before the Spring 2021 campaign.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Preps For Three Matches Over Four Days

Valparaiso (15-6, 6-4 MVC)
Friday, Oct. 29 – at Evansville (16-4, 6-3 MVC) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – at Indiana State (11-8, 3-6 MVC) – 3 p.m. CT
Monday, Nov. 1 – UNI (8-15, 3-7 MVC) – 6 p.m.

This Week in Valpo Volleyball: The second half of Valley play comes flying in fast and furious this weekend, as Valpo faces three matches in a four-day stretch. The Beacons will hit the road to take on their fellow Indiana programs on Friday (Evansville) and Saturday (Indiana State) before returning home Monday evening to face UNI for the first time this season.

Previously: Valpo enjoyed a perfect weekend in its two home matches last weekend, sweeping Missouri State on Friday night in a tightly-contested match before easily handling Southern Illinois on Saturday evening.

Looking Ahead: The Monday match against UNI is the first of four straight at the ARC for Valpo to close out the home campaign. Next weekend features just a single match, as the Beacons welcome Loyola on Friday evening, Nov. 5.

Following the Beacons: All three upcoming matches will be broadcasted live on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats for all matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 438 matches (438-213, .673) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 493-237 (.675) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Evansville – The series against the Purple Aces is tied at 12-12, but Valpo holds a 10-2 advantage under Coach Avery and is 7-2 since joining the MVC. Valpo earned a 3-1 victory at the ARC in the first meeting this year, which saw Peyton McCarthy hit .371 with 18 kills and five blocks and Haley Hart go for 16 kills on .355 hitting and four blocks.

Indiana State – While Valpo holds a slim 16-15 advantage in the all-time series with the Sycamores, the edge is 11-5 under Coach Avery and 6-3 since joining the Valley. In fact, Valpo has swept six of the last seven meeting between the two teams, including a 3-0 decision at the ARC earlier this year. Haley Hart hit .500 with 15 kills and four blocks in that three-set win.

UNI – The Panthers hold a 14-2 advantage all-time over Valpo, but the mark was 14-0 before Valpo came up with a pair of historic wins last season. The Brown and Gold won in five sets on March 14 in the first of two matchups at the ARC for their first-ever win over UNI and followed with a three-set sweep the next day.

Scouting the Opposition: Evansville- The Purple Aces enter Friday at 16-4 overall and 6-3 in MVC play, having won each of their last six matches – four via sweep – since Valpo earned a 3-1 win on Oct. 2. Evansville boasts the top two players in kills in the Valley – Alondra Vazquez (4.29 kills/set) and Giulia Cardona (3.95 kills/set).

Indiana State – The Sycamores currently sit at 11-8 overall entering the weekend, but are just 3-6 in Valley play. ISU ranks second in the conference as a team in both opponent hitting percentage (.185) and service aces (1.57/set).

UNI – The Panthers own a 3-7 MVC record and an 8-15 overall mark, with a single match against Drake before Monday’s matchup. Junior Carly Spies ranks fifth in the MVC in blocks (1.05/set) and 10th in hitting percentage (.280).

Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.

Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Valpo currently sits 20th nationally in digs/set this season with 16.90/set and leads the MVC in the category.

Next Up, 20 Wins: With a 15-6 record, the 2021 Valpo squad has clinched a winning record, something which has been a standard for this program. This marks the program’s 18th winning season in head coach Carin Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm. Next up would be another run at the 20-win milestone, something Avery’s teams have accomplished 15 times.

A Hard-Fought Win: A quick glance at the schedule and results shows a 3-0 win over Missouri State last Friday. But that belies how hard-fought a victory it was. The win over the Bears contained 36 tie scores and 23 lead changes. The 36 ties were the most in a Valpo match since a 3-1 loss to UNI in the 2018 MVC Tournament featured 37 tie scores. But the 23 lead changes were even more noteworthy, especially considering it went just three sets. It is the largest number of lead changes in a Valpo match since the start of the 25-point era, and you have to go all the way back to September 2002 to find more than 23 lead changes. It was a 3-1 victory for Valpo over Penn in that match, one which included 35 lead changes.

Cookerly Continues to Dig: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly has checked numerous milestones off her lists of things to chase this season. First, she broke Valpo’s career digs record, previously held by Taylor Root, on Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois. One week later, on Oct. 1 against Indiana State, Cookerly surpassed former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence as the MVC’s career digs record holder. Finally, the next night against Evansville, Cookerly moved past Minnesota’s Paula Gentil for second place in NCAA history in career digs. The two-time MVC Libero of the Year next has her sights on the 3,000 career dig milestone, a mark which she enters this weekend 86 digs shy of after totaling 31 digs in the two sweeps last weekend. Cookerly currently ranks 28th nationally with an MVC-best 4.94 digs/set, on pace to finish in the top-30 for the fourth time in her career.

McCarthy Earns Another Honor: Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy received her third weekly award from the MVC office and her second of the season this week after a strong weekend defensively at the net. McCarthy was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week as she averaged 1.83 blocks/set in the pair of wins by the Beacons, highlighted by an eight-block performance in the sweep of Missouri State – tying the third-most blocks in a three-set match in program history in the 25-point era. She is the first player this season in the Valley to be named both Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week. Along the way, McCarthy surpassed 400 career blocks and moved past Lauren Moulton for fifth place in program history in rejections. Offensively, McCarthy tallied a match-best 10 kills on .421 hitting in the sweep of SIU and now has 1,067 career kills, just 10 shy of the top-15 in program history.

Hart Continues Good Form: Senior middle Haley Hart had another good pair of performances in Valpo’s pair of sweeps last weekend, highlighted by posting 10 kills on .421 hitting in the three-set win over Missouri State. Within Valley play this year, Hart ranks fifth among MVC athletes with a .313 hitting percentage and ninth with an even 1.00 block/set. A Second Team All-MVC honoree last season, Hart’s .300 overall hitting percentage this year has improved her career hitting percentage to .259, good for fifth in program history.

Set to Kill: Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson enjoyed two of the strongest matches of her career in terms of setting percentage last weekend in helping Valpo to the pair of sweeps. Anderson registered 25 assists on 54 set attempts in the win over Missouri State Friday, and then bested that with 22 assists on just 43 set attempts Saturday in the sweep of SIU. Her .512 setting percentage against the Salukis was the best single-match mark of her career. Anderson, who moved up two spots on the weekend to 18th in MVC history in career assists, averaged nearly eight assists/set on the weekend despite setting in a 6-2 and posted a .485 setting percentage after entering the weekend with a season setting percentage of .343.

All the Honors: Seven different Valpo players received All-Tournament Team accolades over its four early-season tournaments this season. Juniors Bella Ravotto (MVP) and Gretchen Kuckkan picked up awards for their play at the SIUE Cougar Classic. Senior Jillie Grant represented the Beacons on the All-Tournament Team at Toledo in the third weekend of action. In the second weekend of play at Tennessee Tech, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy was named Tournament MVP (and went on to be named MVC Player of the Week) and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson and sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn. In the opening weekend at Milwaukee, McCarthy and senior middle Haley Hart earned spots on that All-Tournament Team.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: Mastodons Finish Regular Season Against Cleveland State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team finishes off the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) against Cleveland State at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-6-6, 4-4-2 Horizon League) vs Cleveland State (5-10-2, 4-5-1 Horizon League) 
When: Wednesday, October 27 | 7:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live StatsLink
Live Video: Link
Weather: mostly cloudy, 50 degrees at kickoff
Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are in fifth place with 14 points. Cleveland State is in sixth place with 13 points.

What’s at stake?
The top six teams make the Horizon League tournament. Seeds three and four host an on-campus game for the Horizon League quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 31. The semifinals and Horizon League championship will be at Milwaukee on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Saturday. Nov. 6.

The Mastodons will clinch a berth in the Horizon League tournament with a win or a tie. With a win, and a Green Bay loss against Milwaukee, the ‘Dons can finish as high as the four seed. They would host the Phoenix for a Horizon League quarterfinals game on Sunday at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

With a tie, the ‘Dons will secure the fifth seed. In this scenario, if Green Bay loses to Milwaukee, the ‘Dons would play Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis. If Green Bay defeats Milwaukee, and Northern Kentucky loses or ties to Wright State, the ‘Dons would play against Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. If both Green Bay and Northern Kentucky win, or tie its games, the ‘Dons would play Green Bay.

If Cleveland State defeats Purdue Fort Wayne, the Vikings clinch the fifth seed, and the ‘Dons could potentially fall into a three-way tie for sixth place with Wright State and IUPUI, if both teams wins its respective games. The sixth seed would be determined by tiebreakers in that scenario. If IUPUI loses or ties, regardless of the result against Cleveland State, the ‘Dons would clinch a tournament spot. 

Scouting the ‘Dons
The Mastodons are coming off a 1-1 tie against Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich.

The ‘Dons are led by the sister duo of Morgan Reitano and Bella Reitano. The sisters have combined for 10 goals, six goals for Morgan, four goals for Bella. Morgan is tied for sixth in the Horizon League in goals. The ‘Dons are 5-1-1 when either Reitano sister scores a goal.

The ‘Dons are also led by Kelsey Gallagher, who is second on the team in points (10) contributing two goals and six assists. The six assist mark is tied for the program record for most assist in a season.

Samantha Castaneda has started all 17 games for the ‘Dons this season. She is first in the Horizon League in goalie minutes (1614:40), second in saves (93), and tied for third in shutouts (four).

As a team, the ‘Dons are tied for fourth in the conference in goals (20), fourth in team saves (95), and are tied for fourth for the least amount of goals allowed (27).

Scouting Cleveland State
The Vikings are led by Maddie Young, who is one of four players tied for the team lead in goals (two), and is one of three players tied for the team lead in assists (two). Grace Krosky, Maia Ranson, and Kathryn Ramicone are the other athletes with two goals. Ja’Maya Ward and Rylee Bussen are the other athletes with two assists.

Kyla Valaitis has started 11 games this season for the Vikings. In 1034 minutes in net, she’s racked up 46 saves and owns a 3-6-2 record in goal.

The Vikings have allowed the third most goals in the Horizon League (31) and have scored the second fewest goals in the conference (10).

Series History
The ‘Dons and Vikings have both won three games each in their six game series history against each other. The ‘Dons won the first matchup back on Sept. 24, 2004 with a 5-0 win over the Vikings in Fort Wayne, and won the most recent game against the Vikings back on Feb. 25, 2021 by a score of 3-2 in Fort Wayne.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Key MVC stretch ahead for Aces beginning with trip to SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – With three matches remaining in the 2021 campaing, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team hits a key stretch of their schedule beginning with a trip to Edwardsville, Ill. to take on SIUE at 7 PM on Wednesday night.

Previewing the Matchup

  • Meeting for the second time this season, the Aces and Cougars will renew their rivalry for the 24th time on Wednesday night with SIUE leading the all-time series, 13-6-4.
  • Meeting earlier this season in Evansville, the Cougars captured a 4-0 win over the Aces on Sept. 29.
  • The Aces enter Wednesday night’s contest looking for their first win in the series since a 1-0 triumph over SIUE on Oct. 17, 2012. 
  • Newly minted as an MVC member this season, SIUE enters the midweek matchup with a 4-8-2 overall record and a 2-5 mark in MVC action.
  • The Cougars have lost back-to-back matches, including a 1-0 loss at Bradley on Saturday.


Last Match: No. 9 Missouri State 1, Evansville 0

  • In an evenly played match, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team battled closely with the ninth-ranked team in the nation, but fell, 1-0, to No. 9 Missouri State on Saturday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
  • “It was a long week against three really good opponents. I give our guys credit for battling and fighting,” said Evansville head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We lost our way a little bit in the first part of the second half tonight and some of that is playing against a very good team in Missouri State and I think some of it is the fatigue that we felt after being on the road at Loyola to IU and now playing Missouri State at home. We’ve played better and we’re putting ourselves in situations to compete in matches. We’ve got to rest and get prepared for SIUE and finish off with our three conference games and get ready for the postseason tournament.”
  • Junior Nkosi Graham and freshman Jose Vivas led the Evansville attack, each recording three shots with Vivas putting a team-best two on-goal on the evening. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden turned-in an impressive performance, limiting a potent Missouri State attack with seven saves.
  • The first half of action saw much of the attack lean in Evansville’s favor as the Aces recorded a pair of great opportunities. In the 41st minute, Davis Peck received a ball in open space and dribbled into the box, firing a shot from 10 yards out that was blocked by a last ditch sliding effort by a Bears defender, keeping Evansville from scoring first. Just over a minute late, Evansville again challenged the Bears as Graham let loose a shot from 25 yards out that tested Missouri State Michael Creek, who eventually corralled the ball and made the save as the match went to the half scoreless.
  • Missouri State gained much of the early possession in the second half as the Bears went on to out-shoot the Aces, 14-5, in the second 45 minutes. In the 60th minute, the Bears found the back of the net as Aadne Bruseth made a run down the right side, crossing ball to Josh Dolling, who finished it to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage. Evansville provided a couple of heart-stopping moments in the final five minutes with Vivas curling a long shot that just missed the far post and Pablo Guillen recording a chance from the top of the box, but the Aces were unable to force OT as the Bears captured a 1-0 win.


In the Driver’s Seat

  • The final 10 days of the season could feature plenty of movement across the MVC table.
  • Evansville currently sits sixth with four points, but is just two points back of earning a home match for the MVC Championship quarterfinals.
  • With three matches to play, Evansville’s schedule puts them in the driver’s seat, playing one match each against the three teams in front of it in the standings with a possibility still to finish as high as third in the standings.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Right Back at #1 in Recent Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has jumped back up to being the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA Division II United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, officials announced on Tuesday.

The Hounds (12-0-1) take over the top spot from Franklin Pierce, who fell down to No. 5 after a loss last week. The remaining top five teams include Davis & Elkins at No. 2 (13-0-1), Young Harris at No. 3 (14-0-1), and Palm Beach Atlantic at No. 4 (11-1).

Joining UIndy from the Great Lakes Valley Conference is Maryville, who stays put at No. 10.

The Greyhounds will return to the pitch on Friday night in a GLVC battle on the road again Lindenwood beginning at 8:30 p.m. Also receiving votes: Lake Erie College, Auburn University Montgomery, Cal Poly Pomona, Anderson University (S.C.), Lock Haven University.    



  INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Abbott-Gillin Named IWLCA Assistant Coach of the Year NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has announced Tuesday its 2021 Outstanding Assistant Coach award winners, with UIndy’s Erin Abbott-Gillin earning the nod for Division II. The Outstanding Assistant Coach award recognized Abbott-Gillin for her distinct impact on the success of Greyhound women’s lacrosse program through her hard work, commitment, dedication and sportsmanship.

Abbott-Gillin helped lead UIndy to a 14-2 record last spring, finishing the season ranked third in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll after snagging the top spot on the separate occasions. Head coach James Delaney wrote in his nomination for the award, “Her impact is felt throughout our program. As the lead assistant, she was overseeing the #1 defense in the country, the IWLCA National Defender of the Year, two All-Americans, two All-Region Selections, the Conference Defender of the Year, four All-Conference Selections, and much more. She was also responsible for our rides and clears, and for anyone who has seen us play or matched up against us, those are some of our strongest areas of our team.”

The Hounds had the top offense and defense in the nation in 2021, averaging 19.8 goals per game while holding their opponents to 5.3 goals per. Abbott-Gillin not only coached the top-ranked defense, but her goalkeepers were the ninth-ranked in Division II, recording a .530 save percentage. Goalkeeper Cassidy King and defender Kara Antonucci were both selected as IWLCA Third Team All-Americans this past season.

“This is truly an amazing and emotional recognition, and one that I was not anticipating,” Abbott-Gillin said. “In January I gave birth to our stillborn daughter, Halle Claire Gillin, after 36 weeks of pregnancy. The physical and mental challenges I had to endure returning to work only three short weeks after saying goodbye to our daughter were extremely difficult. There were many days where I didn’t think I would be able to show up and finish the season but being around the team and our amazing group of young women gave me the strength to do so. I need to give so much credit to the athletes who were willing to work every single day, regardless of how I was able to show up (or not) for them. I would like to thank my players, Coach Delaney, assistant coach Abbie McEntee, my family members, and most importantly, my husband Carney, for supporting me in my position. As an update to our journey, Carney and I are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our second child and first son, Beau Gregory, due in December.”

HCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL: 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

CARMEL, Ind. – With the 2021-22 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) men’s basketball season set to tip-off, in a vote amongst league coaches, Anderson University and Hanover College finished in a tie for the first-place slot in the preseason poll.
 
Anderson and Hanover each earned 81 points, while the Ravens picked up four first-place nods and the Panthers nabbed one. In the very close race, Transylvania University finished third with 78 points and two first-place votes. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was picked to finish fourth, also garnering two first-place picks. Defending 2021 HCAC Tournament Champions Franklin College rounded out the top five with 67 points and one first-place nod.
 
Listed below is the 2021-22 HCAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and the 2021-22 HCAC Players to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Men’s Basketball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2021-22 HCAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

1.Anderson University (4)81
1.Hanover College (1)81
3.Transylvania University (2)78
4.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2)75
5.Franklin College (1)67
6.Bluffton University46
7.Manchester University41
8.Mount St. Joseph University36
9.Earlham College26
10.Defiance College19

 
2021-22 HCAC Players to Watch:
 
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Maurice KnightSRFrankton, Ind.Guard
Austin LyonsSRLapel, Ind.Guard

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Marcus BrunsJRColdwater, OhioForward
Jameel CosbySRSpringfield, OhioGuard
Mike KetnerJRMinster, OhioGuard
Michael StammenSOVersailles, OhioGuard

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Marell JordanSRChicago, Ill.Guard

 
Earlham

NameClassHometownPosition
Tommy MakabuSRChampaign, Ill.Guard
Josh OzanneSRCleveland, OhioForward

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Carter CroweJRGreenwood, Ind.Forward
Matt KrauseSRWest Lafayette, Ind.Forward
Lukas SwanSRTipton, Ind.Guard
Ryan WigginsJRBrownsburg, Ind.Forward
Ty WrightSOMooresville, Ind.Forward

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Isaac HibbardSRNew Albany, Ind.Guard
Ty HoustonJRUnion, Ky.Guard
Noah WilliamsSRJeffersonville, Ind.Guard

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Cortiz BucknerSRLafayette, Ind.Guard
Brandon ChristliebSOAshley, Ind.Forward
CJ HamptonSRHammond, Ind.Forward
Jackson JannsenSOCarmel, Ind.Guard

 
Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownPosition
Tanner ClosSRAlexandria, Ky.Forward
David LuersSRLebanon, OhioGuard
Brady ThomasSRGrove City, OhioGuard
Devin YoungSRCrestwood, Ky.Forward

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Max ChaplinJRCarmel, Ind.Wing
Dillon DuffSOFort Wayne, Ind.Wing
Terry HicksJRFishers, Ind.Wing
Jackson KabrickSOJasper, Ind.Wing
Samvit RamSRBuffalo Grove, Ill.Wing

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Brandon CromwellJRVersailles, Ky.Guard
Zach LarimoreSRLa Grange, Ky.Forward
Aiden PashleySRSydney, AustraliaGuard
Luke SchroederJRSydney, AustraliaCenter

HCAC 2021 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Paul Klaeren (Dusseldorf, Germany) Franklin College | First-Year – Klaeren claimed first place in all three individual events in his career debut, winning the 100 breaststroke (1:00.25), the 100 IM (55.02) and the 200 breaststroke (2:13.10).
Men’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Gauge Creech (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Creech won both diving events at Saturday’s Indiana DIII Championships, running away with victories on the one-meter board (267.00) and the three-meter board (291.70).
Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Caileigh McCafferty (Wonder Lake, Ill.) Franklin College | Junior – McCafferty dominated in Franklin’s season debut, winning all three individual events as the Grizzlies rolled to a team championship at the event. She topped the field in the 100 backstroke (1:01.84), the 100 IM (1:02.15) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.73).
Women’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Faith Jackson (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Jackson won both diving events at Saturday’s Indiana DIII Championships, accumulating 244.30 points on the 1-meter board and 258.85 points on the 3-meter board.
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Evan Kropf (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Kropf captured fourth in the 100 backstroke with a PR time of 55.79 seconds during Saturday’s Indiana D-III Invitational. He also earned 11th in the 50 freestyle (50.87). Kropf also competed on the 200 medley relay which took fourth (1:42.86) and the 400 freestyle relay which took fourth (3:30.40)
  • Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Hayward captured second in the 6-dive 1-meter diving event with a score of 269 points during Saturday’s Indiana D-III Invitational. He set a 6-dive school record in the 1-meter diving event. His average of 44.83 points per dive is a 1-meter diving school record.
  • Jacob Stauffer (Elkhart, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Stauffer improved upon his top 10 time in the 200-yard freestyle. Stauffer times of 2:02.52 in the event on Saturday bumped him up to seventh on the all-time top 10 listings. Jacob added a time of 2:31.66 in the 200-yard backstroke. His time in that event ranks as the sixth-best time in school history. Stauffer’s time of 1:12.82 on Saturday in the 100-yard backstroke stands as the 10th-best time in the event.
  • Ryan Bowering (Skokie, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Bowering won two individual titles at the Indiana Division III Meet to help lead Rose-Hulman to the team victory. Bowering won the 200-backstroke in 1:59.41 and the 1000-freestyle in 10:09.27. He added a fifth place finish in the 100-backstroke.
  • Connor Hood (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – The upperclassman won the men’s 200 freestyle race in the first meet of the season for Transylvania swimming and diving at Asbury University on Saturday. Hood finished in 1:51.28 in the men’s 200 freestyle race and took top-two in two other races, finishing in 57.94 s in the men’s 100 backstroke and second in the men’s 200 freestyle relay (1:33.10).

Women’s

  • Lily Hunter (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Hunter raced to second with a 50 freestyle time of 25.81 seconds during Saturday’s Indiana D-III Invitational. She also competed on the 400 freestyle relay which took second (3:54.87) and she competed on the 200 medley relay which took third (2:02.47).
  • Halle Strege (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Strege took second in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 203.9 points and an average of 33.98 points per dive during Saturday’s Indiana D-III Invitational.
  • MacKenzie Martin (Hartville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Sophomore – Martin showed out for Bluffton with a fourth place finish and a pair of seventh place finishes. The sophomore took fourth with a time of 1:17.66 in the 100-yard backstroke. Her seventh place showings came in the 50-yard freestyle (30:39) and the 100-yard freestyle (1:08.39). The Bluffton women’s swimming team traveled to Asbury University in Kentucky for the first-ever swimming competition in Bluffton University history. Bluffton went head-to-head with Asbury and Transylvania.
  • Ilys Anderson (Hebron, Ky.) Hanover College | Junior – Anderson led the Panthers as part of the Indiana Division III swim meet. The junior finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.29. She also found success in the 50-yard freestyle as she finished third in a time of 27.04. It didn’t stop there as she went on to take second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.78.
  • Eamin Lynch (South Bend, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Lynch swam the second-fastest time in the 200-yard backstroke after clocking a time of 2:26.85 on Saturday. She added the third-fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke after posting a time of 1:06.61.
  • Cate Stauffer (Elkhart, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Stauffer placed second in the 1000-freestyle in a time of 11:45.76 to lead Rose-Hulman individual performances at the Indiana Division III Meet. Stauffer also helped the 200-medley relay team placed 2nd in 2:02.23 as Rose-Hulman finished second in the meet as a team.
  • Mary Grace Thompson (Benton, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Thompson made her collegiate debut with a pair of victories in Saturday’s meet at Asbury. Thompson sprinted to first place in the women’s 50 yard freestyle race, touching in 25.94 seconds. She anchored a first-place finish for Transylvania in the women’s 200 freestyle relay, clocking in the second fastest time among her teammates to clinch a nearly seven second win in 1:43.73. Thompson added a top-four finish in the women’s 100 freestyle race to finish off a stellar debut.

IUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU SOUTH BEND AT IU EAST PREVIEW

The Indiana University East men’s basketball team tips off the 2021-22 season with an Indiana University regional campus clash.

The Red Wolves host Indiana University South Bend on Oct. 27. Tipoff time is 7 p.m. on Lingle Court.

FOLLOW THE GAME

General admission for IU East basketball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East basketball home games on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.

Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This is the start of the 15th IU East NAIA men’s basketball season. The Red Wolves are 287-145 since joining the NAIA. IU East was 3-2 last year in the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season.

* IU East is 8-6 in season openers since joining the NAIA.

* IU East is 2-0 in NAIA meetings against IU South Bend, including an 88-66 win against the Titans in 2016 in what was the first men’s basketball game on Lingle Court.

Dionte Raines (13.4 points per game) is IU East’s top returning scorer from the 2020-21 season. Garrett Silcott added 9.6 points per game and was sixth in the nation with a 4.25-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

* IU South Bend was 7-1 last year in what was also a pandemic-affected season. The Titans won two games in November, did not play again until the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in February, won the league tournament to advance to the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round, and won a game at the Opening Round site before falling against top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University.

* IU South Bend returns its top four scorers from last year, led by Dylan Allen with 15.8 points per game.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST AT RIO GRANDE PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team starts the final stretch of the regular season with a road trip to the University of Rio Grande on Oct. 27.

Match time is 6 p.m. at Rio Grande’s Newt Oliver Arena.

IU East (14-10, 9-3) enters the final two weeks of the regular season with a 1.5-game lead in the River States Conference East Division. Rio Grande (8-13, 6-7) is fourth in the RSC East.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Rio Grande’s Newt Oliver Arena is located inside the Lyne Center on the campus of the University of Rio Grande, GPS address 218 North College Avenue in Rio Grande, Ohio

Live video and live stats, produced by Rio Grande, are scheduled to be available. 

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the match recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This is the first of six matches against fellow RSC East Division programs to conclude the regular season for IU East.

* The top four teams in each of the RSC’s two divisions qualify for the league’s postseason tournament. IU East has clinched a top-four division finish.

* IU East has won 13 of 15 NAIA matchups against Rio Grande, including the last eight meetings. The Red Wolves beat the RedStorm in three sets in Richmond in September behind a 20-kill performance from Jessica Swimm.

FRANKLIN SWIMMING: Grizzly Swimmers & Divers Sweep HCAC Weekly Honors

CARMEL, Ind. – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams earned a clean sweep of this week’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) swimmers and divers of the week, when the league announced its weekly winners on Tuesday (Oct. 26) afternoon.

Freshman swimmer Paul Klaeren and junior diver Gauge Creech claimed the honors on the men’s side while juniors Caileigh McCafferty and Faith Jackson were the recipients on the women’s side. Each student-athlete won multiple events for the Grizzlies at last Saturday’s season-opening Indiana DIII Championships. 

Dusseldorf, Germany-native Klaeren made a serious impact in his career debut, taking first place in all three individual events. He started off his day with a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.25) and followed it up with first-place showings in the 100 IM (55.02) and the 200 breaststroke (2:13.10). Klaeren becomes the first Grizzly since Noah Tallman on Feb. 9, 2021 to earn the league’s weekly honor.

Creech collected HCAC Diver of the Week honors for the ninth time in his already stellar career after dominating on both diving boards last weekend. The Franklin-native started off the day by scoring 291.70 points on the three-meter board to win by a landslide. Later in the day, Creech bested the field on the one-meter board with 267.00 points. 

Wonder Lake, Ill.-native McCafferty becomes a two-time HCAC Female Swimmer of the Week with this honor. She was one of two Grizzlies, along with Samantha Phillips, to win three individual events over the weekend as the Grizzly women turned in a dominant showing in victory. McCafferty rolled to wins in the 100 backstroke (1:01.84), the 100 IM (1:02.15) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.73).

Jackson swept both diving events last weekend to become an eight-time HCAC Diver of the Week. The Greenwood, Ind.-native had a 258.85 point showing on the three-meter board to start and followed it up with a 244.30 score on the one-meter board later in the afternoon.

All four will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 5, when Franklin hosts a tri-meet with Bluffton and Asbury coming to town. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m. 

FRANKLIN MEN’S BASKETBALL: Defending HCAC Tourney Champion Grizzlies Picked to Finish Fifth in Pre-Season Rankings

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) rolled out the pre-season rankings for the upcoming men’s basketball season on Tuesday (Oct. 26) morning.

Coming off the program’s first HCAC tournament championship since 2007, the Franklin men’s basketball team was slotted fifth in the early season rankings, which consisted of votes from the conference’s 10 coaches. The Grizzlies earned one first place vote and 67 points overall, coming in just behind Rose-Hulman in the poll.

Additionally, five veteran Grizzlies were selected as Players to Watch by the league. Seniors Matt Krause and Lukas Swan were joined by juniors Ryan Wiggins and Carter Crowe as well as sophomore Ty Wright on the list.

Last year’s HCAC Tournament MVP, Krause returns as the team’s top scorer and rebounder after averaging 11.2 points and 10.2 boards per game a year ago. Swan appeared in nine games as a reserve last year, and enters the year carrying the most experience of all Franklin guards.

Wiggins and Crowe will also be counted for more expanded roles this year, with both earning valuable minutes during their sophomore campaigns. Crowe made 13 appearances and two starts last season while Wiggins saw action in six games, one of those a career-best 12-point outing against Hanover. Mooresville, Ind.-native Wright made an immediate impact as a true freshman, making 13 starts and averaging 9.0 points per game on 43.0% shooting while drawing the toughest matchup on defense every game.

Anderson and Hanover were picked as co-leaders in the pre-season poll, earning 81 points each. The entire rankings can be found below.

Franklin opens the 2021-22 campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 10, when they host the Otterbein Cardinals. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 7:00 p.m.

No.TeamPoints
T1Anderson (4)81
T1Hanover (1)81
3.Transylvania (2)78
4.Rose-Hulman (2)75
5.Franklin (1) 67
6.Bluffton46
7.Manchester 41
8.Mount St. Joseph36
9.Earlham26
10.Defiance19

HANOVER MEN’S GOLF: Long named the HCAC Men’s Golfer of the Week

CARMEL, Ind. – Junior Dawson Long (Paoli, Ind.) was named the Heartland Collegiate Men’s Golfer of the week announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office.
 
Long paced the Panthers as part of the Wittenberg Classic hosted at the prestigious Springfield Country Club. The junior finished tied for 12th in the 523-golfer field carding a two round 153 (76-77).
 
Hanover wrapped up the fall season this morning competing as part of The O’Briant-Jensen hosted by Guilford College.

MANCHESTER MEN’S BASKETBALL: HCAC Announces Preseason Poll for Men’s Basketball

CARMEL, Ind. – With hoops season just around the corner, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its preseason poll for men’s basketball on Tuesday October 26.

HCAC Preseason Poll & Players to Watch2021-22 MBB Schedule

In a vote amongst league coaches, both Anderson University and Hanover College tabbed as the co-favorites to win the league. Anderson received four first-place votes and 81 points. Hanover received one first-place vote and 81 points.
Transylvania was picked to finish third after earning 78 points and two first-place votes in Wednesday’s poll, while Rose-Hulman was picked fourth after garnering 75 points and two first-place votes. Franklin College rounded out the top half of Wednesday’s poll after earning one first-place vote and 67 points.

Manchester University was picked to finish seventh after earning 41 points.

Four Spartans have been named as “Players to Watch” by the HCAC.

Fifth-year seniors Cortiz Buckner (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Jefferson) and CJ Hampton(Hammond, Ind./Griffith) both provide a plethora of playing experience for the Black & Gold. Both were Honorable Mention All-HCAC selections during the 2020-21 season.

Sophomores Jackson Jannsen(Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Brandon Christlieb(Ashley, Ind./Prairie Heights) were also selected as “Players to Watch” by the league. Both started all 14 games a season ago with Jannsen averaging 10.1 points per game on the strength of 40.0 percent (32-80) shooting from downtown; Christlieb added 12.2 ppg and a 39.7 percent (29-73) shooting percentage from long distance. Christlieb was named to the HCAC All-Tournament Team this past season.

The Black & Gold will open their season at home on Tuesday November 9. The Spartans will host No. 7 Trine University in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena beginning at 7 p.m.
 

2021-22 HCAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
RankTeamPoints
T-No. 1Anderson University81 (1)
T-No. 1Hanover College81 (4)
No. 3Transylvania University78 (2)
No. 4Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology75 (2)
No. 5Franklin College67 (1)
No. 6Bluffton University46
No. 7Manchester University41
No. 8Mt. St. Joseph University36
No. 9Earlham College26
No. 10Defiance College19

WABASH MEN’S GOLF: Golfers Place 13th At Final Fall Tournament

Wabash finished 13th out of 22 teams competing at the 2021 O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament. The Little Giants recorded a two-day score of 638 strokes after shooting a 327 in Tuesday’s final round.

The Little Giants competed side by side with some of the top-ranked golf teams in Division III at the tournament. Third-ranked Methodist won the team title with a two-round score of 589. Wabash finished 10 strokes back of 41st-ranked Guilford in ninth place, eight strokes off the score of tenth-place and 30th-ranked Rochester, seven off the score of 11th place and 18th-ranked Hampden-Sydney, and just three strokes away from 12th-place and 20th ranked Lynchburg.

Sophomore Brayden Weiss finished in a five-way tie for eighth place in the individual standings. He shot a round of 77 on Tuesday after carding a 73 Monday for a total of 150 strokes. Hyatt Hines finished with a two-day total of 157 after scores of 74 and 83 to tie for 34th place overall. Tim Neu shot an 81 on Tuesday following his 79 Monday for a 160 to tie for 53rd place.

Matt Lesniak tied for 102nd place out of a field of 119 golfers. Lesniak finished the tournament with a two-day total of 172 strokes (85-87). Mark Poole trimmed three strokes off his Monday score to shoot an 86 on Tuesday, finishing with a two-day total of 175 to finish 108th overall.

The tournament, held at The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, North Carolina, was the final tournament of the fall season for the Little Giant team.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Comeback Bid Falls Short for TU Men in Opener

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A sluggish first 12-plus minutes of action put Taylor in a 21-point deficit at Aquinas on Tuesday and the Trojans could not quite overcome that margin in a 66-63 loss to open the 2021-2022 season.

It was a nightmarish start for the Trojans, who turned the ball over nine times and made just two field goals in the opening 12:26 of game action while falling into a 28-7 hole with 7:34 left in the first half.

TU came to life from there with seven-straight points from Jason Hubbard and a 6-0 stretch to close the half brought Taylor within 31-22 at the break.

Taylor narrowed the margin to eight points on multiple instances throughout the second half but did not mount a serious charge until a barrage of three-pointers off the hands of Kaden Fuhrmann served to rapidly shrink the Aquinas (1-0) lead.

Back-to-back-to-back triples from Fuhrmann, Aaron Hahn and Fuhrmann closed the gap to 62-55, before a transition three from Fuhrmann brought TU within 62-58. Fuhrmann dialed it up once more, this time sinking a pull-up fastbreak trey to make it 64-61 with 1:09 remaining.

Taylor found a defensive stop on the opposing end but a potential game-tying three-point shot was blocked and Aquinas held on for the 66-63 victory.

Fuhrmann ended the night nine-of-21 from the floor and five-of-13 from deep for a career-high 25 points. The sophomore added three rebounds and two assists.

Hubbard began his senior season with a 19-point, 12-rebound, two-block double-double and Hahn posted career-highs with 11 rebounds and three assists. Jackson Lewis shined in his collegiate debut, going three-of-four from the field and ending with six points, six assists, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

Taylor rallied to end the game at 42.9 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. TU also won the battle of the glass by three but committed 10 more turnovers than Aquinas and was minus-13 in points off miscues and minus-16 in points in the paint.

TU (0-1) will look to bounce back over the weekend with games at Indiana Northwest (0-0) on Friday, October 29 and at Governors State (1-1) on Saturday, October 30. Both games are set for 4:00 pm (ET) starts. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Post Strong Finish in Season-Opening Win Over Madonna

LIVONIA, Mich. – Thanks to a fourth quarter flurry of buckets, the Taylor women’s basketball team won its season-opener by a score of 80-56. Sophomore, Claycee West, put on a show, posting career-highs with 22 points and nine rebounds.

The Trojans finished the game shooting 45.6 percent from the floor, but the first quarter presented itself as an obstacle to be overcome. Taylor scored just seven points in the opening 10 minutes, turning the ball over four times and shooting a shy 17.6 percent.

Taylor began to flip the script in the second quarter, however, outscoring the Crusaders 19-12 and shooting 42.9 percent from three. West played a significant role in the Trojans’ renewed efficiency, scoring eight points in the second quarter, four of which came from the charity stripe.

Still, Madonna held the lead at half by a score of 31-26. The lead would not last for long, though, as the Trojans matched their first-half point total in the third quarter alone.

Taylor came out of the half precise in its shooting, maintaining a mark of 55.6 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from three. Once again, West led the way for the Trojans, as she tallied another nine points while holding a shooting percentage of 50 percent. Senior, Kayla Kirtley, helped energize the Trojan run, contributing five points and two assists while shooting perfectly from the floor.

At the end of the third quarter the score read 52-46 with the Trojans in the lead, a lead, however, that was soon to be extended. The Trojans ignited the fourth with a 14-0 run, culminating in a quarter in which Taylor outscored Madonna 28-10.

Senior standout, Lauren James, did damage to the scorebook in the game’s final 10 minutes, racking in 12 points while scoring on each of her seven shots. James finished the game with 19 points, four assists and three boards, while maintaining an exceptional shooting percentage of 80 percent from the floor and 75 percent from three.

Along with West’s 22 points and James’s 19, Kirtley added 13, while Merideth Deckard was solid across the board, contributing 10 points, along with four assists and five rebounds.

Sophomore, Taylor Westgate, was relentless in the paint, securing a career-high 13 rebounds.

Taylor has now defeated Madonna in each of their seven matchups.

The Trojans return to the court on Friday, October 29th, as they take on RV Olivet Nazarene in the opening round of the Bethel Tip-off Classic in Mishawaka, Indiana.

TRINE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Clinches Fourth Seed and Home MIAA Tournament Contest with Gritty 1-0 Victory

ANGOLA, Ind. — A successful penalty kick in the opening ten minutes of play was enough as the Trine University women’s soccer team held on to defeat Alma College by the score of 1-0. The victory propels the team into the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Women’s Soccer Tournament.

“We knew coming in there were big ramifications for a result tonight and that Alma was a better team then their record reflected.” said Head Coach Gary Boughton, “Sometimes you have to claw your way to get a win, and we did just that tonight.”

After a pair of early Thunder scoring opportunities coming in the first three minutes of play both teams fell silent for five minutes. Then a rush by the Trine offense was derailed by a foul in the penalty area. Freshman Teresa Ashbrook (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) took the penalty kick opportunity and converted to the top of the goal, giving the team a 1-0 lead.

The Thunder would give themselves two more scoring opportunities through the rest of the match, but spent much of the contest keeping the Scots away from the offensive zone. Alma was only able to place two shots on goal and freshman Sophie Aschemeier (Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton) was ready for both. She would end the contest with just two saves, but having played a strong contest in goal.

During a frantic final fifteen minutes, the Thunder turned in a gritty performance to keep a surging Alma squad off the scoreboard and clinching the fourth seed in the upcoming MIAA Tournament. 

“I’m so proud of this group. No one outside of our locker room expected this type of record setting season,” continued Coach Boughton, “The team set goals, believed in themseleves and worked like crazy to acheive them. It’s been amazing to watch them grow together and I can’t wait to see what they do in the playoffs.”

The team finishes the regular season a program best 14-3-1 overall. They finish the MIAA slate 5-3 in a tie for fourth with Adrian College, winning the right to host the opening round of the upcoming tournament by virtue of their 4-0 victory over the Bulldogs earlier season. That contest which will be against Adrian is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 30. The time of the event is yet to be determined.

Stay tuned to trinethunder.com for more details later this week.

BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: Falls in Four at No. 5 Wartburg

WAVERLY, Iowa – The No. 20th-ranked Bethel University volleyball had its hands full traveling to Waverly, Iowa for a nationally top-20 and regionally ranked matchup at No. 5th-ranked Wartburg. Bethel battled tight with the Knights, who end their regular season 25-0, before falling in four sets.
 
The Royals were led by Kirstin Cotter with 15 kills while Emily Rossing hit a team-best .379 with 14 kills. Kelsie Sealock finished with an impressive 30 kills, three off her career-high, with Hannah Wilhite dishing out 43 assists.
 
The opening set was tight from the start with 12 ties and only two lead changes. Bethel erased a 19-13 deficit scoring seven of the next eight points. A kill from Rossing evened it at 20 before the Knights rallied their way to set point. BU fended off three set points before the Knights were just able to find the floor taking the opener 25-23 despite the Royals hitting .300.
 
Bethel never held a lead greater than one before the Knights tallied a four-point swing. The Royals got as close as three forcing a Wartbug timeout, but the Knights came out swinging taking the second 25-18.
 
The Royals battled erasing a 14-8 defect tying it up at 17-17. A run of kills by Cotter, Allie Fauth and Danielle Friedges gave BU a two-point advantage before the Knights tied it up at 20. A tradeoff of points was responded by four straight from Bethel forcing a fourth set with a kill from Rossing.
 
Wartburg showed why it hasn’t lost a match this year coming out and hitting .448 in the fourth set. Bethel never led in the fourth but did get as close as six hitting .207.
 
BU jumps into MIAC play to close out the regular season hosting Macalester on Friday at 7 p.m. and Hamline Saturday at 7 p.m.

BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER: Win Over Concordia Keeps Men’s Soccer in MIAC Playoff Contention

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Bethel University men’s soccer team finds itself still in the race for a possible MIAC playoff spot earning a senior nigh victory over Concordia, 3-1. 
 
The Royals came out strong in the first half, scoring three minutes into the contest when Matthias Caspari found a loose ball in the box and headed it to senior Ben Richburg who finished it off into the net. 
 
Despite Concordia’s many opportunities, a solid defensive performance held the Cobbers to no score in the first half with six shots on goal and four corner kicks. 
 
About five minutes into the second half, BU expanded its lead after senior Isaac Howell headed in a shot off of a straight shot thrown-in by Zach Caouette
 
In the 88th minute, Conordia put its first number on the board after a BU handball in the box, allowing for a successful penalty kick. 
 
With just one minute left in the contest, freshman Jack Hanson added a third goal to the board for the Royals scoring on a breakaway after a pass from Ben Richburg drew the opponent’s goalie out to defend.
 
BU finished the night with 13 shots on goal, outshooting its opponent by 10 and with eight shots on goal. 
 
The Royals find themselves back on the pitch Friday night in Minneapolis where they face Augsburg at 7:30 p.m. In order to secure a MIAC Playoff spot the Royals will need a win and a Saint John’s loss. The Johnnies take on Carleton Saturday.

IU SOUTHEAST MEN’S BASKETBALL: GRENADIERS OPEN SEASON WITH 94-64 WIN OVER SIMMONS COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast men’s basketball team opened the 2021-22 season with a convincing 94-64 win over Simmons College of Kentucky on Tuesday.

Anthony Wales Jr had 25 points to lead the Grenadiers. Jared Osborne had 22 points and seven rebounds, Caleb Brown had 12 points and Glenn Hill Jr had 10 points and five rebounds.

The Grenadiers (1-0) opened the game on a 22-6 run. Anthony Wales Jr capped off the run with a three-pointer.

Jared Osborne was the offensive spark in the opening half as he scored 20 of his 22 points in the first 20 minutes of play and knocked down 5-of-7 three-point attempts.

IU Southeast led 51-38 at halftime. The Grenadiers shot 56 percent from the field and were 9-of-14 from three-point range (67 percent).

The Falcons (0-1) cut the deficit to 51-40 to start the second half but the Grenadiers answered with a 18-5 run to pull away once again.

In the second half, Wales Jr. led the Grenadiers with 12 points.

IU Southeast shot 51 percent from the field in the game and 49 percent from three-point range which was the difference in the contest. IU Southeast held the Falcons to just 26 percent shooting from behind-the-arc (7-of-27).

The Grenadiers dominated on the glass 47-27.

The Grenadiers host No. 25 University of the Cumberlands Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

IU NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL: DROPS MATCH AGAINST ST. FRANCIS IN FOUR CLOSE SETS TUESDAY

JOLIET, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest volleyball team played four close sets against host St. Francis but the Fighting Saints came out on top and won 3-1 at the Pat Sullivan Center Tuesday.

TEAM RECORDS
St. Francis (Ill.) 13-15 (9-5 CCAC) | IU Northwest 9-14 (4-10 CCAC)

STAT LEADERS
Kills: Emileishka De Jesus (11), Kelsey Ferrell (9)
Assists: Maddie Maatman (17), Stephanie Teer (9)
Digs: Emileishka De Jesus (15), Chloe Roberts (13), Maddie Maatman (10)
Blocks: Mary Markusic (5), Emileishka De Jesus (4)
Aces: Stephanie Teer (3)Emileishka De Jesus (2)

SET SCORES
Set 1: St. Francis (Ill.) 25, IU Northwest 23
Set 2: IU Northwest 25, St. Francis (Ill.) 21
Set 3: St. Francis (Ill.) 25, IU Northwest 21
Set 4: St. Francis (Ill.) 25, IU Northwest 23

SET BREAKDOWN
SET 1: St. Francis (Ill.) 25, IU Northwest 23

  • USF led 5-2 early in the first set before the RedHawks scored three in a row to tie it at 5-all.
  • Both teams traded the next few points which made it 8-8.
  • IU Northwest scored five in a row to make it 13-8.
  • Moments later, IUN led 22-15 before USF scored nine out of the next 10 points to tie it 23-23.
  • The Fighting Saints scored the last two points of the first set to win it 25-23.

SET 2: IU Northwest 25, St. Francis (Ill.) 21

  • IU Northwest led early in this set after going ahead 8-4.
  • The RedHawks led 12-6 in the second set before the Fighting Saints fought back. 
  • USF rallied on a 8-2 run to tie the match at 14-all.
  • Both teams would trade ties the next few points.
  • The Fighting Saints pulled away after it was 18-18 to score three in a row but the RedHawks did not give up.
  • IU Northwest scored the next seven points to win the second set 25-21.

SET 3: St. Francis (Ill.) 25, IU Northwest 21

  • USF went up 7-0 in the third set after scoring the first seven points.
  • IUN looked to get back in the set after winning the next three. 
  • The Fighting Saints led 13-8 midway through the third set before the RedHawks won three in a row to make it 13-11.
  • St. Francis (Ill.) scored three in a row before IU Northwest scored six in a row to go up 17-16.
  • Both teams traded the next few points to make it 19-19.
  • The RedHawks scored the next two points to make it 21-19 then the Fighting Saints rallied and scored the next six to win 25-21.he 

SET 4: St. Francis (Ill.) 25, IU Northwest 23

  • IU Northwest led 7-3 early in the fourth set.
  • USF went on a 6-2 rally to tie the set at nine a piece.
  • Both teams traded leads for the next few points. 
  • The Fighting Saints went ahead 17-14 before the RedHawks scored four in a row to go ahead 18-17.
  • St. Francis went on another run to grab the lead 23-22, after the RedHawks tied it 23-all, USF scored the next two to win the set 25-23 and won the match 3-1.

UP NEXT

  • IU Northwest will be back in action Thursday, October 28 as the RedHawks travel to Governors State for a CCAC matchup starting at 7 p.m. CT.

IU NORTHWEST WOMEN’S SOCCER: SUFFERS SETBACK ON THE ROAD AGAINST ROOSEVELT TUESDAY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s soccer team was unable to make it two wins in a row as the RedHawks lost a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match against host Roosevelt Tuesday.

TEAM RECORDS
Roosevelt 9-6-1 (6-4-1 CCAC) | IU Northwest 2-14-0 (1-11-0 CCAC)

HALF BREAKDOWN
FIRST HALF: Roosevelt 3, IU Northwest 0 

  • Roosevelt struck first in the 13th minute from the pass from Anahi Cerdi which made it 1-0.
  • RU doubled their lead during the 33rd minute after a goal from Ashley Capetillo off the corner kick from Mayeri Diaz. 
  • The Lakers added another goal, this time in the 40th minute after Capetillo and Yazmin Rojas passed it into Meaghan Smith.
  • Mackenzie Rooke recorded four saves in the first half.

SECOND HALF: Roosevelt 3, IU Northwest 0

  • Janice Oprisko went on the attack in the 54th minute, looking to get IU Northwest on the board but her shot was saved.
  • Roosevelt expanded their lead to 4-0 after a goal by Gabi Christidis in the 56th minute.
  • RU made it 5-0 quickly after Smith scored her second goal of the match in the 56th minute.
  • The Lakers added another goal, this time in the 78th minute by Rojas to make it 6-0.

FINAL SCORE: Roosevelt 6, IU Northwest 0

UP NEXT

  • IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, October 30 as the RedHawks have ‘Senior Day’ and host Trinity Christian at the Crown Point Sportplex starting at 11:30 a.m. CT. The RedHawks will honor Hayley Maze and Katherin Vargas.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1949       As part of the Browns’ five-year plan, team president William O. DeWitt announces he plans to place 14 players on the trading block who are 28 years old or older. The youth movement results from St. Louis finishing in seventh-place with 53 wins and 101 losses.

1954       Former Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe’s well-publicized stormy marriage ends in divorce after the famous movie star files on the grounds of mental cruelty, just 274 days after the wedding. After her death in 1962, Joltin’ Joe will send roses to his ex-wife’s grave three times per week for the next 20 years.

1962       The Tigers begin an eighteen-game tour of Japan. Detroit, compiling a 12-4-2 record against their opponents from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’ During the trip, the two countries work out terms of player exchanges between the two nations, giving the respective league’s commissioner final approval of any transaction.

1972       The Braves trade outfielder Rico Carty, the 1970 National League batting champ (.366) to the Rangers for hurler Jim Panther. The 28-year-old right-hander posts a 2-3 record with an ERA of 7.14 in his final major league season, and the traded flycatcher retires in 1979 after finishing a 15-year career with a .299 batting average.

1977       Calvin Griffin confirms he has rejected skipper Gene Mauch’s request to leave the team to manage the Angels. Two days ago, the Twins owner informed Gene Autry, the Halos owner, of his decision, citing the three-year contract was Mauch’s idea, and he didn’t want to lose a competent manager who the players and the Minnesota fans like.

1985       The Royals become the sixth team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the Fall Classic when series MVP Bret Saberhagen, who became a new dad yesterday, blanks the Cardinals on five hits, 11-0. Kansas City is the first team in World Series history to lose its first two games at home and then come back to win the World Championship.

1986       With another dramatic comeback, the Mets defeat the Red Sox, 8-5, winning Game 7 of the Fall Classic to become World Champions for the second time in the franchise’s 25-year history. Third baseman Ray Knight, the Fall Classic’s MVP, makes amends for an earlier error by hitting a home run, which puts the Mets ahead for good in the seventh inning.

1989       After a ten-day delay due to the Loma Prieta earthquake, the World Series resumes with the A’s beating the Giants in Game 3, 13-7. Oakland joins the 1928 Yankees as only the second team in major league history to hit five home runs in a Fall Classic contest.

1991       In Game 7 of the ‘Worst to First’ World Series, the Twins beat the Braves, 1-0, when Dan Gladden scores the winning run in the bottom of the tenth on Gene Larkin’s single, clinching its second world championship since relocating from Washington D.C. in 1961. Atlanta and Minnesota had both finished in last place in their respective divisions the previous season.

1991       At the Metrodome, Jack Morris goes the distance in Game 7 of the World Series, blanking the Braves, 1-0, in the Twins’ ten-inning, dramatic walk-off win. The 36 year-old right-hander, who posts a 2-0 record along with a 1.17 ERA during his three starts, is named the Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic.

1998       President Bill Clinton signs into law legislation overriding part of a 1922 Supreme Court ruling that exempted baseball from antitrust law because it was not considered interstate commerce. The 76-year-old exemption helped owners use the reserve clause to deprive players of bargaining rights, leading to much labor unrest in the national pastime.

1999       The Yankees, behind the solid pitching of Roger Clemens, sweep their second straight Fall Classic, beating the Braves, 4-1. Atlanta joins the New York Giants (1910-19) as the only teams to lose four World Series in a decade.

2000       New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani thinks it is okay for children to take a day off from school to watch the Yankees’ ticker-tape parade. His Honor, believing baseball can be an educational experience, has allowed his kids, Andrew and Caroline, to miss classes in the past to watch the Bronx Bombers’ postseason celebrations.

2000       The Mets, this year’s runner-up in the Subway Series, turn down New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s invitation to be part of the parade for the World Champion Yankees down the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.

2002       In the team’s 42nd season, the Angels finally win a World Series title by beating the Giants, 4-1, in Game 7 at Edison Field. Garret Anderson’s three-run double provides enough offense for John Lackey to become the first rookie to win the seventh game since 1909 when Babe Adams accomplished the feat for the Pirates.

2003       The Red Sox will not renew manager Grady Little’s contract. The manager, who won 188 games during his two seasons with Boston, was severely criticized for not removing a tiring Pedro Martinez in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, allowing the Yankees to tie the score in their eventual extra-inning pennant-winning victory.

2004       Under the moon’s reddish tint caused by a lunar eclipse, the Red Sox exorcised 86 years of agonizing losses by winning their first World Series since 1918. In one of the most dominating Fall Classic performances, Boston, who never trailed during the four games, blanks the Cardinals, 3-0, to complete the sweep.

2004       After a 10-day Overstock.com online auction and 240 bids, Barry Bonds’ 700th home run ball goes for $804,129. Steve Williams, who came up with the milestone ball in SBC’s left-field bleachers on September 17, announced he was quitting his day job as a broker’s assistant but hadn’t decided what to do with the windfall.

2006       At the new Busch Stadium, the Cardinals beat the heavily favored Tigers, 4-2, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic to win their first world championship since 1982. With an 83-78 record, St. Louis, who lost 10 of their last 14 regular-season games, won fewer games than any World Series champion in baseball history.

2006       After leading the Padres to two consecutive NL West titles, Bruce Bochy, with a year left on his contract, leaves San Diego to become the manager of the division rival, San Francisco Giants. The 51-year-old skipper, who compiled a 951-975 (.494) record during his 12 seasons in the Friars dugout, signs a three-year deal worth approximately $6 million.

2007       🇯🇵 In the first Fall Classic game played in Colorado, Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, allowing two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings to beat the Rockies in Game 3, 10-5, becomes the first Japanese starting pitcher in World Series history. After paying $51.1 million to negotiate with the right-hander, Boston obtained ‘Dice-K’ from the Seibu Lions, signing the World Baseball Classic MVP to a six-year deal worth $52 million.

2008       In a 5-4 Game 3 loss to the Phillies, B.J. Upton becomes the fourth player and first American Leaguer to steal three bases in a World Series game. The Rays’ center fielder joins Honus Wagner (Pirates, 1909), Willie Davis (Dodgers, 1965), and Lou Brock (Cardinals, 1967) to accomplish the trio of thefts in a Fall Classic contest.

2008       After playing in drenching steady rain until the middle of the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park, Game 5 of the World Series is suspended, making it the first Fall Classic contest to start and not be played to completion. The 2-2 tied game between the Rays and hometown Phillies, who are one victory away from a world championship, will resume tomorrow at the point the rain delay stopped play.

2009       General manager Ed Wade announces Brad Mills has agreed to a two-year contract, with a team option for the third, to become the Astros’ manager, replacing Dave Clark, the interim manager named in September to take the reins for the fired Cecil Cooper. The 52-year-old, who for the past six seasons has been Terry Francona’s bench coach with the Red Sox, has never managed in the majors but spent 11 seasons as a minor league skipper with the Cubs, Rockies, and Dodgers.

2013       The Red Sox win the first World Series game to ever end on a pickoff, beating the Cardinals, 4-2, in Game 4 of the Fall Classic. Kolten Wong, a 23-year-old rookie pinch-running for Allen Craig, is caught off first base by Boston closer Koji Uehara, ending the Busch Stadium contest with the dangerous Carlos Beltran at the plate.

2013       The San Diego State University baseball team continues their tradition in which every player dons a costume during a late-October intra-squad scrimmage. The Aztecs’ third annual Halloween Game at Tony Gwynn Stadium, which is open to the public, features team members dressed as the Jamaican Bobsled Team, social media apps, a Leprechaun, as well as Captain America and Captain Underwear.

2015       Michael Conforto becomes the third player to accomplish the World Series Triple Crown, playing in the Little League World Series (2004 Redmond LL, WA), the College World Series (2013 Oregon State), and the MLB World Series (2015 Mets). The two other major leaguers who have participated in the rare event are Jason Varitek (1984 Altamonte Springs LL, FL, 1994 Georgia Tech, and the 2004 Red Sox) and Ed Vosberg (1973 Tucson LL, AZ, the 1980 University of Arizona, and the 1997 Marlins).

2019       Arriving just before the first pitch of Game 5 of the World Series, President Donald Trump stays for seven innings in the Astros’ eventual 7-1 victory over Washington at Nationals Park. Amidst the boos, chants of “Lock him up!” a reference to a refrain often used during the 2016 campaign toward his opponent Hillary Clinton, are heard when he and his entourage are announced and appear on the ballpark’s video screens at the end of the third frame.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1921 WORLD SERIES

If the 1920 season had left Boston wondering if they had made a mistake, then the 1921 season surely removed any doubt. Babe Ruth was in New York and busy breaking his own records for the second consecutive season. As the Red Sox were struggling to stay competitive, the Yankees were still getting used to winning after coming off of a third place American League finish during the Babe’s “rookie” season in a pinstriped uniform. Nothing changed in 1921 as their new acquisition raised his homerun record to a staggering fifty-nine, his RBI total to one-hundred seventy-one and his batting average to .378 on the way to their first American League pennant and World Series appearance. The Babe wasn’t alone though as teammate Bob Meusel contributed twenty-four homers and one-hundred thirty-five RBIs and the rest of the Yankees batted .288 or higher. Two other “ex-Red Sox”, Carl Mays (a twenty-seven game winner) and Waite Hoyt (with nineteen) added insult to injury while Bob Shawkey added eighteen more victories.

The National League’s Giants were veterans to the Fall Classic and had plenty to smile about themselves. With a line-up of lumberjacks including Frankie Frisch, Ross Youngs, George Kelly and Irish Meusel and a solid pitching staff known as the “fearsome foursome” (Art Nehf, Fred Toney, Jesse Barnes and Phil Douglas), they promised to give Babe Ruth and his re-born Yankees a run for their money. In the first World Series to be played entirely in one ballpark (the Polo Grounds), the Big Apple’s “rival roommates” squared off in the first official Subway Series. Despite rumors of Ruth on the mound, Miller Huggins gave the Game 1 start to Carl Mays while John McGraw selected Phil Douglas. The Yankee’s pitchers quickly set the tone for the Series with an opening 3-0 victory that was repeated the following day with a two hit, 3-0 triumph by Waite Hoyt.

Down but not out, the Giants managed to come back in Game 3 after trailing four runs in the fourth. After tying it up in the bottom the inning, McGraw’s team rallied for eight runs in the seventh thanks to Ross Youngs’ bases-loaded triple. In the end, the Yankees had blinked and were taken for twenty hits and a 13-5 victory that turned the momentum back to the veterans. The Giants continued as Douglas returned the following day and vindicated himself with a 4-2 win that tied the Series at two games apiece. Game 5 was even more dramatic as an injured Babe Ruth shocked everyone with a key bunt in the fourth inning, setting up the winning run off a Bob Meusel double. The Yankees had regained their composure and walked away with a 3-1, Series leading victory, but at a terrible cost as their most valuable player would be unable to continue due to arm and knee ailments.

Despite the absence of the Babe, the Yankees still felt confident with their remaining line-up. That was until they lost Game 6, 8-5 and Game 7, 2-1. Great performances at the plate by Irish Meusel and Frank Snyder as well as a solid outing on the mound by Phil Douglas had put the Giants out in front. Game 8 evolved into a classic pitcher’s duel between Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf, who led the standoff 1-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. In a last chance effort, the desperate Yankee skipper went to his bench and replaced the struggling Wally Pipp (who had batted a miserable .154) with the still injured Babe Ruth who grounded out to first. Two plays later, the Series was over with the Giants winning five games to three.

Although they had fallen short in their first World Series appearance, the Yankees had shown a glimpse of what would become a dynasty. Waite Hoyt had not allowed a single earned run in twenty-seven innings and Carl Mays had been just as effective with an ERA of 1.73 over twenty-six. Ruth batted an impressive .313 and added his first World Series home run and four RBIs. After four straight losses, the Giants had finally reclaimed the championship title for the first time since 1905.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots340.4291.51791401-4-02-0-03-1-02-1-01 W
New York Jets150.1673.0801751-1-00-4-01-3-00-2-02 L
Miami Dolphins160.1433.51272070-3-01-3-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.51481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs340.4292.01882031-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 L
Denver Broncos340.4292.01401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals520.7140.01891282-1-03-1-03-0-02-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns430.5711.01731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5001.51171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans520.7140.01931643-1-02-1-04-1-02-0-03 W
Indianapolis Colts340.4292.01691491-2-02-2-02-2-01-1-02 W
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.51161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
Houston Texans160.1434.0972031-2-00-4-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team250.2863.51462101-3-01-2-02-2-01-0-03 L
Philadelphia Eagles250.2863.51591850-3-02-2-02-3-00-1-02 L
New York Giants250.2863.51391801-3-01-2-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals7001.0000.02251143-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-07 W
Los Angeles Rams610.8571.02071463-1-03-0-05-1-01-1-03 W
San Francisco 49ers240.3334.51351490-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-04 L
Seattle Seahawks250.2865.01501620-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers610.8570.01681463-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.51471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears340.4293.01011622-1-01-3-01-3-01-1-02 L
Detroit Lions070.0006.01282000-3-00-4-00-5-00-3-07 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers610.8570.02331474-0-02-1-04-1-01-0-04 W
New Orleans Saints420.6671.51401011-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons330.5002.51351761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-02 W
Carolina Panthers340.4293.01461462-2-01-2-01-4-01-0-04 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32217464402411-3-110-4-370
Philadelphia311310843321110-3-33-7-549
Nashville SC31111644728198-8-03-8-449
Orlando City SC3112118454418-6-24-5-647
New York City FC31128115134179-3-33-5-844
New York3012711373167-5-35-2-843
Atlanta3011109403468-4-33-6-643
CF Montreal31111010444138-4-33-6-743
D.C.31125145150110-1-42-4-1041
Inter Miami CF31115153348-157-2-74-3-838
Columbus31108133842-48-3-42-5-938
Chicago3297163651-157-5-52-2-1134
Toronto FC3168173560-254-6-52-2-1226
FC Cincinnati3148193364-311-5-93-3-1020
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle3117775128238-4-49-3-358
Sporting KC3016775434208-5-28-2-555
Colorado31151064532138-7-17-3-555
Portland31144134851-39-2-45-2-946
Los Angeles31137114648-28-4-45-3-746
Minnesota31129103638-29-3-43-6-645
Vancouver31111194142-19-2-42-9-544
Real Salt Lake3012612484629-4-23-2-1042
Los Angeles FC3111812474527-5-34-3-941
San Jose31910124148-75-4-74-6-537
Houston32612143651-156-6-40-6-1030
FC Dallas31611144352-94-7-42-4-1029
Austin3184193150-196-2-82-2-1128

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York31.7502-11-02-03-13-11 W
Brooklyn22.5001.01-11-11-02-22-21 W
Boston22.5001.00-12-10-21-22-22 W
Philadelphia22.5001.00-12-10-20-22-21 L
Toronto13.2502.00-31-01-01-21-32 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago401.0002-02-02-03-04-04 W
Milwaukee31.7501.01-02-11-02-13-12 W
Cleveland22.5002.01-11-11-12-22 W
Indiana13.2503.01-10-20-11-31-31 L
Detroit03.0003.50-10-20-20-30-33 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte31.7501-12-03-13-11 L
Miami21.6670.52-00-11-02-12-11 W
Washington21.6670.51-01-12-12-11 L
Atlanta21.6670.52-00-11-12-11 W
Orlando13.2502.00-11-20-11-21-31 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah301.0002-01-02-03-03-03 W
Minnesota21.6671.02-12-12-11 L
Denver22.5001.51-11-10-12-12-22 L
Portland12.3332.01-10-11-21-21 L
Oklahoma City04.0003.50-20-20-10-30-44 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State401.0001-03-03-04-04-04 W
LA Lakers22.5002.01-21-00-22-22-22 W
LA Clippers12.3332.51-10-10-11-21-21 W
Sacramento12.3332.50-21-00-11-21-22 L
Phoenix12.3332.50-11-11-01-21-21 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas21.6671-01-11-01-02-12 W
Memphis21.6671-01-11-12-11 L
New Orleans13.2501.50-11-21-11-31 W
San Antonio13.2501.51-20-10-21-33 L
Houston13.2501.51-10-20-11-21-32 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers660012627124-0-02-0-06-0-0
Carolina Hurricanes55001052282-0-03-0-05-0-0
Washington Capitals640210426162-0-22-0-04-0-2
New York Rangers74219415180-1-14-1-04-2-1
Buffalo Sabres64119319114-1-00-0-14-1-1
Detroit Red Wings63217320212-1-11-1-03-2-1
Pittsburgh Penguins63128324172-1-11-0-13-1-2
Columbus Blue Jackets64208419154-1-00-1-04-2-0
New York Islanders63217315153-2-13-2-1
10 Tampa Bay Lightning73317321270-2-13-1-03-3-1
11 Boston Bruins43106314112-0-01-1-03-1-0
12 New Jersey Devils53206314153-2-03-2-0
13 Philadelphia Flyers42115218132-1-12-1-1
14 Toronto Maple Leafs72415213232-1-10-3-02-4-1
15 Ottawa Senators62404215192-3-00-1-02-4-0
16 Montreal Canadiens71602111251-3-00-3-01-6-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
St. Louis Blues550010525112-0-03-0-05-0-0
Edmonton Oilers550010424133-0-02-0-05-0-0
Minnesota Wild651010520182-1-03-0-05-1-0
Calgary Flames64119421150-0-14-1-04-1-1
San Jose Sharks64208420141-0-03-2-04-2-0
Winnipeg Jets63217324222-0-01-2-13-2-1
Vancouver Canucks73317220210-1-03-2-13-3-1
Nashville Predators73406320202-3-01-1-03-4-0
Dallas Stars63306212151-0-02-3-03-3-0
10 Seattle Kraken72415218241-1-01-3-12-4-1
11 Anaheim Ducks72415220241-2-01-2-12-4-1
12 Vegas Golden Knights62404213201-3-01-1-02-4-0
13 Colorado Avalanche62404116231-2-01-2-02-4-0
14 Los Angeles Kings61413114201-1-00-3-11-4-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks60511012270-3-00-2-10-5-1
16 Arizona Coyotes60511011300-3-00-2-10-5-1

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