INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL SCORES
|South Bend Riley||44||Valparaiso||36|
|Gary West||58||South Bend Riley||43|
|Lafayette Jeff||52||Carroll (Fort Wayne)||46|
|Lawrence North||58||Ben Davis||44|
|Plainfield||61||Mount Vernon (Fortville)||52|
|Evansville Reitz||63||Center Grove||61||OT|
|Bloomington South||49||Evansville Reitz||31|
|South Bend St. Joseph||84||Twin Lakes||58|
|South Bend St. Joseph||79||Hammond||71||OT|
|Silver Creek||52||Heritage Hills||48|
|Bowman Academy||52||Boone Grove||50|
|Fort Wayne Blackhawk||68||Churubusco||55|
|Fort Wayne Blackhawk||68||Bowman Academy||52|
|Parke Heritage||47||Triton Central||30|
|Lafayette Central Catholic||67||Cowan||63|
|Southwood||54||Lafayette Central Catholic||53|
|Southwestern (Shelbyville)||57||Bethesda Christian||50|
|Indianapolis Tindley||50||Southwestern (Shelbyville)||48|
INDIANA STATE GYMNASTICS
School VAULT BARS BEAM FLOOR Total
- Valparaiso 27.850 27.875 28.000 27.575 111.300
- Homestead 28.325 26.800 27.400 27.950 110.475
- Chesterton 28.125 27.575 26.900 27.300 109.900
- Lake Central 28.200 27.675 26.825 27.050 109.750
- Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 28.000 27.050 26.950 27.500 109.500
- Columbus North 27.275 26.725 27.000 26.850 107.850
- Angola 27.900 27.075 24.850 27.175 107.000
- Richmond 27.200 25.700 25.475 26.700 105.075
- Martinsville 27.375 25.400 24.675 25.700 103.150
Gymnast Grade School Score Place
Gipson, Haiven 11 Harrison (WL) 9.875 1
Pak, Mia* 12 Chesterton 9.800 2
Ruger, Elizabeth* 11 Richmond 9.750 3
Zirille, Gina* 10 Homestead 9.750 3
Doyle, Emma* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.750 3
Carpenter, Madilyn* 12 Lapel 9.750 3
Dykes, Austyn* 9 Franklin Central 9.725 7
Grisafi, Gabriella* 10 Valparaiso 9.700 8
Smith, Catie* 12 Northwestern 9.550 9
Bugg, Madeline* 12 Lake Central 9.525 10
Boyd, Lillianne* 10 Martinsville 9.525 10
Moore, Emily* 11 Columbus North 9.475 12
Delgado, Hayleigh* 10 Lake Central 9.425 13
Evans, Ashtyn* 11 Angola 9.425 13
Taylor, Hope 10 Bloomington North 9.400 15
Boyd, Sarah* 12 Dekalb 9.400 15
Grubb, Gabrielle* 9 Martinsville 9.350 17
Goodine, Julia* 12 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 9.350 17
Cook, Caitlyn* 11 Chesterton 9.325 19
Stahl, Ava* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.300 20
Boothman, Stella 10 Homestead 9.300 20
Wilkinson, Audrey* 10 Angola 9.275 22
Wohlwend, Jillian* 11 Homestead 9.275 22
Ward, Samantha 12 New Castle 9.275 22
Falk, Sabrina* 12 Valparaiso 9.250 25
Sierks, Allison* 9 Homestead 9.250 25
Amanatidis, Cloe* 11 Lake Central 9.250 25
Schoenherr, Emma* 12 Angola 9.200 28
Black, Sydney 10 Lake Central 9.150 29
Hudson, Miah 12 East Noble 9.075 30
Conjelko, Gabriella* 11 Roncalli 9.075 30
Allen, Summer 10 Angola 9.050 32
Edwards, Madi* 11 Columbus North 9.000 33
Smock, Erika 9 Chesterton 9.000 33
Voelker, Natalya 9 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.950 35
Dreher, Molly* 10 Valparaiso 8.900 36
Saxe, Eleanor 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.900 36
Uhte, Aubrey* 11 Richmond 8.850 38
Jacobi, Abby* 11 Columbus North 8.800 39
Grothaus, Lainey 9 Chesterton 8.775 40
Curran, Mia 10 Valparaiso 8.750 41
Mullis, Lindsey* 10 Columbus North 8.600 42
Evans, Katelyn 12 Richmond 8.600 42
Ham, Lindsay 10 Martinsville 8.500 44
Carrell, Elaina 12 Martinsville 8.475 45
Wesler, Isabella 9 Richmond 8.350 46
Gymnast Grade School Score Place
Pak, Mia* 12 Chesterton 9.725 1
Evans, Ashtyn* 11 Angola 9.725 1
Moore, Emily* 11 Columbus North 9.650 3
Dykes, Austyn* 9 Franklin Central 9.625 4
Zirille, Gina* 10 Homestead 9.625 4
Ruger, Elizabeth* 11 Richmond 9.525 6
Grisafi, Gabriella* 10 Valparaiso 9.525 6
Amanatidis, Cloe* 11 Lake Central 9.475 8
Goodine, Julia* 12 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 9.450 9
Cook, Caitlyn* 11 Chesterton 9.425 10
Ward, Samantha 12 New Castle 9.375 11
Mella, Sarah 11 Wheeler 9.350 12
Carpenter, Madilyn* 12 Lapel 9.250 13
Smith, Catie* 12 Northwestern 9.200 14
Boyd, Sarah* 12 DeKalb 9.200 14
Dreher, Molly* 10 Valparaiso 9.175 16
Ochman, Chloe 9 Valparaiso 9.175 16
Doyle, Emma* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.175 16
Reed, Ava 10 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.125 19
Delgado, Hayleigh* 10 Lake Central 9.125 19
Bugg, Madeline* 12 Lake Central 9.075 21
Schoenherr, Emma* 12 Angola 8.925 22
Ventura-Sulivan, Liliana 11 Lake Central 8.900 23
Falk, Sabrina* 12 Valparaiso 8.850 24
Bond, Kendyl 10 Homestead 8.850 24
Conjelko, Gabriella* 11 Roncalli 8.775 26
Stahl, Ava* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.750 27
Woodard, Phoenix 11 Martinsville 8.725 28
Grubb, Gabrielle* 9 Martinsville 8.725 28
Edwards, Madi* 11 Columbus North 8.600 30
Mullis, Lindsey* 10 Columbus North 8.475 31
Larson, Chloe 12 Chesterton 8.425 32
Wilkinson, Audrey* 10 Angola 8.425 32
Sierks, Allison* 9 Homestead 8.325 34
Jones, Jensen 12 Richmond 8.300 35
House, Abigail 10 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.275 36
Wohlwend, Jillian* 11 Homestead 8.275 36
Hilyard, Haley 12 Angola 8.150 38
Allen, Emma-Kate 12 Martinsville 7.950 39
Jacobi, Abby* 11 Columbus North 7.950 39
Boyd, Lillianne* 10 Martinsville 7.950 39
Rader, Ella 10 Richmond 7.875 42
Jones, Natalie 10 Chesterton 7.725 43
Uhte, Aubrey* 11 Richmond 7.000 44
Gymnast Grade School Score Place
Moore, Emily* 11 Columbus North 9.725 1
Smith, Catie* 12 Northwestern 9.675 2
Dykes, Austyn* 9 Franklin Central 9.500 3
Ventura-Sulivan, Liliana 11 Lake Central 9.500 3
Goodine, Julia* 12 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 9.475 5
Grisafi, Gabriella* 10 Valparaiso 9.400 6
Sierks, Allison* 9 Homestead 9.350 7
Pak, Mia* 12 Chesterton 9.325 8
Dreher, Molly* 10 Valparaiso 9.325 8
Falk, Sabrina* 12 Valparaiso 9.275 10
Blythe, Lauren 11 Dekalb 9.275 11
Peele, Payton 10 Portage 9.225 12
Bond, Kendyl 10 Homestead 9.200 13
Doyle, Emma* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.200 14
Ruger, Elizabeth* 11 Richmond 9.150 15
Maunes, Ysabel 10 Crown Point 9.075 16
Clark, Mia 12 Harrison (WL) 9.075 16
Ochman, Chloe 9 Valparaiso 9.050 18
Saxe, Eleanor 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.025 19
Amanatidis, Cloe* 11 Lake Central 8.975 20
Cook, Caitlyn* 11 Chesterton 8.925 21
Zirille, Gina* 10 Homestead 8.850 22
Carpenter, Madilyn* 12 Lapel 8.825 23
Jacobi, Abby* 11 Columbus North 8.750 24
Reed, Ava 10 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.725 25
Jones, Natalie 10 Chesterton 8.650 26
Stahl, Ava* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.625 27
Grubb, Gabrielle* 9 Martinsville 8.625 27
Conjelko, Gabriella* 11 Roncalli 8.575 29
Edwards, Madi* 11 Columbus North 8.525 30
Hilyard, Haley 12 Angola 8.475 31
Evans, Ashtyn* 11 Angola 8.425 32
Boyd, Lillianne* 10 Martinsville 8.350 33
Bugg, Madeline* 12 Lake Central 8.350 34
Wohlwend, Jillian* 11 Homestead 8.300 35
Larson, Chloe 12 Chesterton 8.275 36
Garvin, Ella 10 New Castle 8.275 37
Boyd, Sarah* 12 DeKalb 8.250 38
Lane, Taylen 12 Columbus East 8.225 39
Evans, Katelyn 12 Richmond 8.200 40
Delgado, Hayleigh* 10 Lake Central 8.175 41
Uhte, Aubrey* 11 Richmond 8.125 42
Foster, Kylie 12 Tri-Central 8.075 43
Mullis, Lindsey* 10 Columbus North 7.975 44
Wilkinson, Audrey* 10 Angola 7.950 45
Allen, Emma-Kate 12 Martinsville 7.700 46
Davis, Reese 10 Martinsville 7.550 47
Schoenherr, Emma* 12 Angola 7.225 48
Jones, Jensen 12 Richmond 7.225 49
Zirille, Gina* 10 Homestead 9.650 1
Dykes, Austyn* 9 Franklin Central 9.650 1
Moore, Emily* 11 Columbus North 9.525 3
Ruger, Elizabeth* 11 Richmond 9.500 4
Smith, Catie* 12 Northwestern 9.475 5
Pak, Mia* 12 Chesterton 9.425 6
Cook, Caitlyn* 11 Chesterton 9.350 7
Dreher, Molly* 10 Valparaiso 9.350 8
Goodine, Julia* 12 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 9.300 9
Doyle, Emma* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.275 10
Wohlwend, Jillian* 11 Homestead 9.250 11
Schoenherr, Emma* 12 Angola 9.225 12
Floyd, Jessica 9 Bloomington North 9.200 13
Mella, Sarah 11 Wheeler 9.175 14
Reed, Ava 10 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.175 15
Evans, Ashtyn* 11 Angola 9.150 16
Falk, Sabrina* 12 Valparaiso 9.100 17
Amanatidis, Cloe* 11 Lake Central 9.100 18
Carter, Brielle 10 Eastside 9.100 19
Sierks, Allison* 9 Homestead 9.050 20
Stahl, Ava* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9.050 21
Grisafi, Gabriella* 10 Valparaiso 9.025 22
Delgado, Hayleigh* 10 Lake Central 9.025 23
Conrad, Shelby 10 Portage 9.000 24
Hoogland, Isabella 11 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 8.975 25
Conjelko, Gabriella* 11 Roncalli 8.950 26
Bugg, Madeline* 12 Lake Central 8.925 27
Ochman, Chloe 9 Valparaiso 8.900 28
Nagler, Katherine-Marie 11 Lafayette Jefferson 8.850 29
Edwards, Madi* 11 Columbus North 8.825 30
Wilkinson, Audrey* 10 Angola 8.800 31
Boyd, Sarah* 12 DeKalb 8.750 32
Boyd, Lillianne* 10 Martinsville 8.750 33
Grubb, Gabrielle* 9 Martinsville 8.725 34
Uhte, Aubrey* 11 Richmond 8.725 35
Echartea, Mia 12 Elkhart 8.650 36
Clark, Mia 12 Harrison (WL) 8.650 37
Larson, Chloe 12 Chesterton 8.525 38
Mullis, Lindsey* 10 Columbus North 8.500 39
Black, Sydney 10 Lake Central 8.475 40
Bond, Kendyl 10 Homestead 8.450 41
House, Abigail 10 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 8.400 42
Evans, Katelyn 12 Richmond 8.375 43
Carpenter, Madilyn* 12 Lapel 8.375 44
Smock, Erika 9 Chesterton 8.325 45
Jacobi, Abby* 11 Columbus North 8.250 46
Carrell, Elaina 12 Martinsville 8.225 47
Hutchins, Sarah 10 Angola 8.200 48
Wesler, Isabella 9 Richmond 8.175 49
Davis, Reese 10 Martinsville 7.775 50
Barcelli, Wrigley 10 Portage 0.000 51
Wright, Micah 9 Harrison (WL) 8.375 52
Gymnast Grade School Score Place
Dykes, Austyn* 9 Franklin Central 38.500 1
Moore, Emily* 11 Columbus North 38.375 2
Pak, Mia* 12 Chesterton 38.275 3
Ruger, Elizabeth* 11 Richmond 37.925 4
Smith, Catie* 12 Northwestern 37.900 5
Zirille, Gina* 10 Homestead 37.875 6
Grisafi, Gabriella* 10 Valparaiso 37.750 7
Goodine, Julia* 12 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 37.575 8
Doyle, Emma* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 37.400 9
Cook, Caitlyn* 11 Chesterton 37.025 10
Amanatidis, Cloe* 11 Lake Central 36.800 11
Dreher, Molly* 10 Valparaiso 36.750 12
Evans, Ashtyn* 11 Angola 36.725 13
Falk, Sabrina* 12 Valparaiso 36.475 14
Carpenter, Madilyn* 12 Lapel 36.300 15
Sierks, Allison* 9 Homestead 35.975 16
Bugg, Madeline* 12 Lake Central 35.875 17
Delgado, Hayleigh* 10 Lake Central 35.750 18
Stahl, Ava* 12 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 35.725 19
Boyd, Sarah* 12 Dekalb 35.600 20
Grubb, Gabrielle* 9 Martinsville 35.425 21
Conjelko, Gabriella* 11 Roncalli 35.375 22
Wohlwend, Jillian* 11 Homestead 35.100 23
Edwards, Madi* 11 Columbus North 34.950 24
Boyd, Lillianne* 10 Martinsville 34.575 25
Schoenherr, Emma* 12 Angola 34.575 25
Wilkinson, Audrey* 10 Angola 34.450 27
Jacobi, Abby* 11 Columbus North 33.750 28
Mullis, Lindsey* 10 Columbus North 33.550 29
Uhte, Aubrey* 11 Richmond 32.700 30
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#3 Illinois 82 #5 Iowa 71
#9 Ohio State 68 #4 Michigan 67
#6 Alabama 73 Tennessee 68
#7 Houston 76 Memphis 74
LSU 78 #8 Arkansas 71
#13 Texas 91 #12 Oklahoma State 86
Georgia Tech 80 #15 Florida State 75
Georgetown 73 #17 Creighton 48
#19 San Diego State 68 Utah State 57
Oregon State 70 #23 Colorado 68
Hartford 64 UMass Lowell 50
Norfolk State 71 Morgan State 63
Cincinnati 60 Wichita State 59
Iona 60 Fairfield 51
Texas Southern 80 Prairie View A&M 61
Ohio 84 Buffalo 69
Eastern Washington 65 Montana State 55
Abilene Christian 79 Nicholls 45
North Texas 61 Western Kentucky 57
Grand Canyon 74 New Mexico State 56
Cal Santa Barbara 79 UC Irvine 63
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#6 Baylor 66 Texas 55
#7 Maryland 104 Iowa 84
#17 West Virginia 59 Oklahoma State 50
Marist 69 St. Peter’s 30
Central Michigan 77 Bowling Green 72
VCU 56 Dayton 50
Stephen F Austin 55 Central Arkansas 47
Jackson state 67 Alabama state 66
Massachusetts 90 St. Louis 81
North Carolina A&T 59 Howard 57
Drexel 63 Delaware 52
Sam Houston 79 SE. Louisiana 77
California Baptist 78 Grand Canyon 60
Bradley 70 Loyola Chicago 56
Middle Tennessee 68 Rice 65
UC Davis 61 UC Irvine 42
New York 119 Oklahoma City 97
Brooklyn 100 Detroit 95
Milwaukee 125 Washington 119
Charlotte 114 Toronto 104
Atlanta 121 Sacramento 106
Portland 125 Minnesota 121
Dallas 116 Denver 103
Indiana 122 Phoenix 111
NY Rangers 4 Boston 0
Columbus 4 Dallas 3
Pittsburgh 3 Buffalo 0
NY Islanders 3 New Jersey 2
Washington 5 Philadelphia 4
Tampa Bay 6 Nashville 3
Florida 4 Chicago 2
Winnipeg 5 Toronto 2
Calgary 3 Montréal 1
Vegas 5 St. Louis 1
San Jose 3 Anaheim 1
Vancouver 2 Edmonton 1
MLB SPRING TRAINING
Chicago White Sox 6 LA Angels 5
Kansas City 10 Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco 5 Cleveland 4
Texas 4 Milwaukee 4
Arizona 6 San Diego 3
Colorado 2 Seattle 1
Oakland 5 Cincinnati 2
Boston 7 Atlanta 2
NY Yankees 7 Pittsburgh 5
Philadelphia 9 Detroit 3
Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 0
Toronto 5 Baltimore 0
Washington 4 NY Mets 3
St. Louis 6 Miami 4
THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Lee Westwood||69||66||68||-13 (203)||F|
|2||Bryson DeChambeau||69||69||67||-11 (205)||F|
|3t||Doug Ghim||71||67||68||-10 (206)||F|
|3t||Justin Thomas||71||71||64||-10 (206)||F|
|5t||Paul Casey||73||67||67||-9 (207)||F|
|5t||Brian Harman||67||71||69||-9 (207)||F|
|5t||Jon Rahm||72||68||67||-9 (207)||F|
|8t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||68||68||72||-8 (208)||F|
|8t||Sergio Garcia||65||72||71||-8 (208)||F|
|8t||Chris Kirk||72||65||71||-8 (208)||F|
|11t||Si Woo Kim||72||70||67||-7 (209)||F|
|11t||Cameron Smith||71||73||65||-7 (209)||F|
|13t||Abraham Ancer||72||70||68||-6 (210)||F|
|13t||Talor Gooch||71||68||71||-6 (210)||F|
|13t||Ryan Palmer||70||72||68||-6 (210)||F|
|16t||Harry Higgs||71||73||67||-5 (211)||F|
|16t||Tom Hoge||69||71||71||-5 (211)||F|
|16t||Patton Kizzire||70||69||72||-5 (211)||F|
|16t||Adam Long||70||74||67||-5 (211)||F|
|16t||Shane Lowry||68||74||69||-5 (211)||F|
|16t||Will Zalatoris||70||71||70||-5 (211)||F|
|22t||Corey Conners||68||72||72||-4 (212)||F|
|22t||Jason Day||70||71||71||-4 (212)||F|
|22t||Lanto Griffin||73||71||68||-4 (212)||F|
|22t||Patrick Reed||70||72||70||-4 (212)||F|
|22t||Jordan Spieth||70||74||68||-4 (212)||F|
|27t||Ryan Armour||74||68||71||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Daniel Berger||74||68||71||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||70||72||71||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Scott Brown||71||70||72||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Jason Kokrak||70||72||71||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Denny McCarthy||69||69||75||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Tyler McCumber||72||69||72||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||Victor Perez||73||71||69||-3 (213)||F|
|27t||J.T. Poston||76||68||69||-3 (213)||F|
|36t||Adam Hadwin||74||69||71||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Kramer Hickok||74||68||72||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Charley Hoffman||70||68||76||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Charles Howell III||73||70||71||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Matt Jones||73||71||70||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||72||71||71||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Phil Mickelson||71||72||71||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Joaquin Niemann||73||71||70||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Scott Piercy||73||70||71||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Brian Stuard||74||68||72||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Brendon Todd||74||69||71||-2 (214)||F|
|36t||Harold Varner III||70||73||71||-2 (214)||F|
|48t||Keegan Bradley||70||72||73||-1 (215)||F|
|48t||Dylan Frittelli||71||68||76||-1 (215)||F|
|48t||Billy Horschel||71||73||71||-1 (215)||F|
|48t||Sungjae Im||72||66||77||-1 (215)||F|
|48t||Zach Johnson||75||68||72||-1 (215)||F|
|48t||Ryan Moore||75||69||71||-1 (215)||F|
|48t||Brendan Steele||72||72||71||-1 (215)||F|
|55t||Lucas Glover||75||69||72||E (216)||F|
|55t||Dustin Johnson||73||70||73||E (216)||F|
|55t||Russell Knox||71||73||72||E (216)||F|
|55t||Louis Oosthuizen||73||69||74||E (216)||F|
|55t||Cameron Percy||73||70||73||E (216)||F|
|55t||Adam Scott||72||71||73||E (216)||F|
|55t||Nick Taylor||70||74||72||E (216)||F|
|55t||Michael Thompson||71||73||72||E (216)||F|
|55t||Jhonattan Vegas||73||71||72||E (216)||F|
|55t||Aaron Wise||73||71||72||E (216)||F|
|65t||James Hahn||76||67||74||+1 (217)||F|
|65t||Patrick Rodgers||74||70||73||+1 (217)||F|
|67t||Nate Lashley||74||69||75||+2 (218)||F|
|67t||Rory Sabbatini||69||75||74||+2 (218)||F|
|69t||Scott Harrington||72||71||77||+4 (220)||F|
|69t||Martin Laird||73||71||76||+4 (220)||F|
|69t||Collin Morikawa||71||73||76||+4 (220)||F|
INDIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: RICHMOND’S BO VAN PELT HONORED
ISHOF Class of 2022
Bobby Cox / IHSAA / Commissioner
Phil Eskew / IHSAA / Commissioner
Arthur L. Trester / IHSAA / Commissioner
Bob Alles / Jasper Reds Semi-Pro Baseball Team / GM, Manager
Dorothy “Dottie” Wiltse Collins / AAGPBL / Player
Ron Kittle / Gary, IN, White Sox / Player
Ray Howard / Jasper HS, IBHOF / Coach, Administrator
Lance Lynn / Indy, MLB / Player
Jeff Samardzija / Notre Dame , Giants / Player
Steve Schroer / Evansville, IN , Dodgers / Player
Kyle Schwarber / IU, Cubs / Player
Marty Watson / Evansville Outlaws Semi-Pro Baseball / Player
Jacqueline Battest / Notre Dame, WNBA / Player
Donna Cheatham / IHSAA / Coach
Tricai Cullop / U Toldeo / Coach
Skylar Diggins Smith / Notre Dame, WNBA / Player
Homer Drew / Valparaiso Univ. / Coach
Steve Green / IU / Player
Gordon Haywood / Butler U, Celtics / Player
Tony Hinkle / Butler Univ / Coach
John Laskowski / IU / Player
Cuonzo Martin / Purdue Univ., NBA / Player
Sheila Mc Millan / Notre Dame / Player
Beth Morgan Cunnigham / Notre Dame / Player
John Paxton / Notre Dame , Bulls / Player
Ruth Riley / Notre Dame, WNBA / Player
Mike Sandifar / Oakland City University / Coach, AD
Keith Smart / IU / Player
Brad Stevens / Butler U, Celtics / Coach
Kelly Tripuka / Notre Dame, NBA / Player
Michael Warren / South Bend, UCLA / Player
Jodie Whitaker / Austin HS, UK / Player
Jennifer Childers / Boxer, Promoter
Danny Thomas / Boxer
Mike Aulby / PBA / Bowler
E.J. Tackett / PBA / Bowler
LaVern Gibson / LGCCC / Sponsor
Chuck Koeppen / Carmel HS, IUPUI / Coach
Field & Stream
Bill Lowen / Pro Bass Fishing / Bass Master
Tony Dungy / Colts / Coach
Ken Kaczmarek / IU / Player
Ryan Kerrigan / Redskins / Player
Andrew Luck / Colts / Player
Tony McGhee / Terre Haute South, U of M, Bengals / Player
Joe Theismann / Notre Dame, Redskins / Player
Joe Tiller / Purdue University / Coach
Sandra Spuzich / LPGA / Golfer
Bo Van Pelt / PGA / Golfer
Jaycie Phelps / Olympian / Gymnast
Briget Sloan / Olympian / Gymnast
Mark Goepper / Olympian / Skier
Lauren Holiday / Olympian / Player
Jerry Little / Indy North Central HS / Coach
Greg Mauch / Ft. Wayne Canterbury HS / Coach
Bill Vieth / Evansville Memorial HS / Coach
Jerry Yeagley / IU / Coach
Todd Yeagley / IU / Coach
Super Sports Fans
Mark Cuban / IU / Super Fan
John “Cougar” Mellencamp / IU / Super Fan
Lindsay Benko / Olympian / Swimmer
Chris Plum / Carmel HS / Coach
Track & Field
Amy Yoder Begley / Olympian / Runner
John Campbell / Gary Roosevelt HS / Coach
Lloy Ball / Olympics / Player
Dr. Don Shondrell / Ball State U / Coach
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 9 Buckeyes edge No. 4 Michigan, make Big Ten title game
(AP) Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. just wanted a second chance at his home-state team.
On Saturday, the former Michigan prep star made sure it counted.
Washington had 24 points, six rebounds and four assists, helping the No. 9 Buckeyes fend off the fourth-ranked Wolverines for a 68-67 victory and a trip to the Big Ten Tournament title game.
“This rivalry means a lot to a lot of our guys, a lot of our Ohio guys,” Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said. “Even guys like E.J. (Liddell), who has seen what it means to our fans. Duane feels that, he knows what this game means to our fans. It’s not football, we understand that. But Duane understands it.”
It sure wasn’t easy. For the third straight day, the Buckeyes nearly blew a double-digit lead in the second half.
Michigan (20-4) scored the final seven points and Mike Smith even had a chance to win it with a long jumper with 2 seconds left. Instead, it bounced off the back of the rim and time expired in a scramble for the ball.
The Buckeyes (21-8) advance to play No. 3 Illinois on Sunday, seeking their first title since 2013.
For Washington, it was pure joy. After scoring a career-high 30 points in a 92-87 loss to Michigan on Feb. 21, Washington immediately started talking about a rematch. And he didn’t disappoint, making 5 of 10 3-pointers.
“Today we needed him big, huge and he produced,” Liddell said after scoring 18 points. “That’s why he’s a big-time player.”
Michigan played without starter Isaiah Livers, who is out indefinitely because of a stress fracture in his right foot. Livers was scoreless in 15 minutes in Friday’s victory over Maryland.
Forward Kyle Young, who missed most of the second half Friday for Ohio State after getting hit in the head with an inadvertent elbow, also sat out.
Like most games in this bitter rivalry, it was physical and close.
Ohio State started pulling away when Washington made two 3s and Liddell and C.J. Walker each completed three-point plays during a 14-2 run that made it 56-45 with 8:17 left. The Buckeyes still led 63-50 with 4:19 to go.
Then the Wolverines, behind 21 points and eight rebounds from Hunter Dickinson, charged back. They scored four straight to make it 67-60 and took advantage of one missed free throw, a missed dunk and back-to-back turnovers to make it 68-67. When the Buckeyes turned it over again with 28.7 seconds left, the Wolverines had a shot. But Smith’s jumper was long.
“We got exactly what we wanted – Mike for a ball screen, a switch and we got a good look at it,” coach Juwan Howard said. “I’d take that shot every time.”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 3 Illinois gets past No. 5 Iowa, into Big Ten title game
(AP) Illinois center Kofi Cockburn learned some hard lessons dueling with Luka Garza as a freshman.
On Saturday, he stood up to Iowa’s career scoring leader – and won.
Cockburn scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, fought through foul trouble in the second half and challenged Garza physically while leading No. 3 Illinois past No. 5 Iowa 82-71 on Saturday. The victory sends the Illini to the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
“I thought Kofi was just great,” coach Brad Underwood said. “I thought the job he did in the first half, he was just dominant and not just because he had 18 points but because of his defense.”
Illinois (22-6) has won six straight, with three coming against top-10 foes. If Illinois wins one more, against No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday, it would claim its first tourney title since 2005.
But it was the matchup between Cockburn and Garza that was one of the prime reasons why Illinois’ boisterous fans made the short trek across the state line to Indianapolis. They made themselves at home, cheering loudly each time Cockburn made a play, while booing the foul calls against Illinois.
And Cockburn made sure Garza worked for everything he got. Garza finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa (21-7). The Big Ten Player of the Year went 8 for 21 from the field and dealt with his own foul trouble in the second half.
Cockburn, meanwhile, made 11 of 21 shots.
“It’s tough,” Garza said. “You know he’s a tremendous big man. We’re both being physical with each other. It’s just it’s what I’m going to have to deal with and I’ve been dealing with in the Big Ten for a while now.”
The difference was Cockburn’s supporting cast.
Ayo Dosunmu had 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Freshman guard Andre Curbelo added 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
A 9-0 run midway through the first half gave Illinois a 22-14 lead that it never surrendered. The Illini led 45-37 at the break and then opened the second half on an 8-2 spurt that featured two big baskets from Jacob Grandison.
Iowa couldn’t get closer than five rest of the way.
“I wanted to make him score through me, always putting my body on him,” Cockburn said before turning his attention on some unfinished business. “It’s that Mamba mentality, that Kobe (Bryant) mentality that we’re not through. We’ve got a long way to go.”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 13 Texas beats No. 12 Oklahoma St for first Big 12 title
(AP) Texas finally won the Big 12 Tournament championship.
Don’t try telling the Longhorns they didn’t earn it.
After getting a free pass through the semifinals when Kansas withdrew due to a positive COVID-19 test, and avoiding mighty Baylor once they reached the title game, embattled coach Shaka Smart’s bunch took advantage of the situation Saturday night with 91-86 victory over No. 12 Oklahoma State.
Matt Coleman poured in a career-high 30 points, Jericho Simms had a career-best 21 to go with 14 rebounds, and the third-seeded Longhorns stayed poised during the tense final minutes to win for the first time in seven trips to the finals.
“This is a gift to everyone, whether they’ve supported us or not,” said Smart, whose future at Texas was in question after last season. “And there’s a lot of people that have supported us, and we’re grateful for it. But the most important thing is our guys stayed connected, and I’m just happy they get to experience this feeling.”
It’s the first conference tournament title for Texas since winning the old Southwest Conference in 1995.
“We’ve earned just a little bit of respect from, well, anybody, you know?” Coleman said. “And not that we’re searching for respect. We knew in each other what we had, what we could do.”
Freshman star Cade Cunningham had 29 points to lead fifth-seeded Oklahoma State (20-8), including a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, the second of them pulling his plucky team within 89-86 with 6 seconds to go.
The Cowboys immediately fouled Andrew Jones, and he calmly made two free throws to clinch the game.
Isaac Likekele added 13 points and Kalib Boone had 12 for the Cowboys, who fought past No. 10 West Virginia and the second-ranked Bears the previous two days to reach their first Big 12 Tournament title game since 2009.
“It’s so valuable having gone through this,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said, “and the thing I will remind them of probably every day until we play, the next time we have this feeling losing a game, it’s over.
“We need to make sure we have an understanding of that.”
While the Cowboys looked weary early on, the Longhorns appeared fresh from their day off.
They tracked down every loose ball, were quicker in transition and spent most of the first 20 minutes above the rim with a series of alley-oop dunks. Sims and Kai Jones did most of the damage with their size inside, but the Texas backcourt that was so good in the quarterfinals provided plenty of balance.
Coleman and Co. helped the Longhorns (19-7) stretch a 29-25 lead into a 43-33 advantage by halftime.
“They were the aggressors the whole first half,” Boone said. “They looked like they wanted to win. We looked like we just wanted to hang in there for a second.”
It didn’t help Oklahoma State’s cause that it went 0 for 9 from beyond the arc.
Cunningham finally hit the Cowboys’ first 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half, and the All-Big 12 forward kept pouring it on. Cunningham added another moments later as Oklahoma State whittled an 11-point lead to 52-48. And when Texas stretched the lead again, he fed Anderson with a nifty pass to get within 66-59 with 8 minutes to go.
Foul trouble began to set in, though. Cowboys forward Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe was the first to foul out, and Anderson joined him on the bench when he picked up his fifth foul with Texas clinging to an 81-75 lead and 1:16 to go.
Of course it would be Coleman that helped put the game away.
After hitting the go-ahead foul shots with 1.8 seconds left in a 67-66 quarterfinal win over No. 20 Texas Tech, the senior guard calmly made two more to give the Longhorns an 83-75 lead with 1:15 to go in the championship.
The Longhorns held on from there for their seventh win over a Top 25 opponent this season.
“I can’t even explain it. Nobody knows how much it means for myself and for coach,” Coleman said. “Since the day we stepped on campus, we got the whole team here, I looked to my left and my right and said, `We’ve got some guys. We’ve got the makeup to do something special this season.'”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Devoe, Georgia Tech beat No. 15 FSU 80-75 for ACC title
Jose Alvarado couldn’t contain his emotions as the horn sounded, collapsing in disbelief as his Georgia Tech teammates mobbed each other near midcourt.
He quickly ran to the celebration that included coach Josh Pastner – still sporting that can’t-miss-it clear face shield.
“Coach, you’re a champion, man!” Alvarado yelled as he joined him for a postgame TV interview amid fallen-from-the-rafters balloons and confetti.
The Yellow Jackets have their first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in nearly three decades after beating No. 15 Florida State 80-75 in Saturday night’s championship game. Just as importantly, they’ve secured an automatic NCAA Tournament berth to end an 11-year drought.
“A lot of emotions: joy, happiness, everything,” said Michael Devoe, the tournament MVP. “I mean, this goes down in history for us.”
Devoe scored 20 points for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (17-8), who shot 52% after halftime and repeatedly capitalized on mistakes by the Seminoles to win their first ACC Tournament crown since 1993 and fourth overall.
ACC player of the year Moses Wright and Jordan Usher each had 11 of their 15 points after halftime for Georgia Tech, which got off to an 0-2 start this season with home losses to Georgia State and Mercer. The Yellow Jackets stood 9-8 after a loss at Clemson on a last-second shot Feb. 12 to find themselves facing bubble uncertainty.
But they haven’t lost since. And there’s no doubt about the NCAA tourney now after a remarkable climb, not after a strong finish against the second-seeded Seminoles (16-6).
“Our guys have just scrapped, fought, kicked, clawed – whatever they had to do to find a way to get wins this year,” Pastner said. “And I’m just so darn proud of these young men.”
Scottie Barnes had 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting for Florida State, which shot 56% but committed 25 turnovers that led to 31 points for the Yellow Jackets.
They came in all kinds of ways, from the Seminoles bobbling catches and having passes deflected to just throwing balls straight out of bounds. The 25 turnovers fell one shy of tying a tournament title-game record since the league began tracking the number in 1961, while Georgia Tech’s 15 steals – five by Alvarado – was a title-game record since the league began charting it in 1976.
“We did turn the ball over a couple of times ourselves, what we call self-inflicted turnovers,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “But for the most part, I think that they forced us into turnovers. … I want to give them credit because they did an unbelievable job of just stripping us from the ball, and their defense created a mindset with us where we were unsure as to what we were supposed to do.”
The Yellow Jackets avoided such trouble with just seven turnovers. But they were particularly steady down the stretch, making six of eight shots over the final eight minutes as well as 11 of 12 free throws in the final 90 seconds.
That included Alvarado knocking down a pair with nine seconds left after shaking off a hard fall, which had come right after Barnes’ 3 pulled the Seminoles to 76-73.
The only thing that didn’t go according to plan was the Yellow Jackets’ celebration. Alvarado stripped RayQuan Evans and fed Devoe for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, but the Georgia Tech players began spilling onto the court early to celebrate. That led to a technical foul and two free throws for FSU, though the outcome was decided and the Georgia Tech party had begun.
Pastner kept that face shield in place, too, even as he stood atop a ladder – socially distanced from his team below – and cut down the final strands of net.
It was an unusual final pairing in a tournament altered by the coronavirus pandemic. No. 16 Virginia and Duke withdrew after positive COVID-19 tests within their programs. The title matchup marked the second finale without a North Carolina-based team, the other being Georgia Tech’s win against Virginia in 1990.
Now the Yellow Jackets finally have another.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Oregon State beats No. 23 Colorado 70-68 for first title
Maurice Calloo gave Oregon State an unexpected lift with 15 points and the Beavers won their first conference tournament title, holding off No. 23 Colorado 70-68 in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night.
Needing three wins in three days to end a four-year NCAA Tournament drought, the Beavers (17-12) built confidence with each step along The Strip.
Oregon State opened it first conference title game in 33 years with a flurry of 3-pointers and withstood a late push by Colorado (22-8) to become the first Pac-10/12 team to win the conference title after being picked to finish last.
Calloo helped the Beavers overcome leading scorer Ethan Thompson’s foul trouble, making 6 of 11 shots after scoring 10 points the eight previous games combined.
Oregon State’s gritty display put a damper on Colorado’s bid for its first Pac-12 Tournament title since 2012. The Buffaloes should hear their named get called on Selection Sunday, but Pac-12 champions would have had a nicer ring to it heading to Indianapolis.
Colorado pulled within 68-66 on McKinley Wright IV’s 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left and had a chance when Oregon State’s Roman Silva hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.7 seconds left. Wright’s halfcourt heave sailed over the backboard, sending the Beavers charging onto the floor.
Wright led Colorado with 18 points.
The underdog Beavers were given little shot outside of Corvallis, overlooked, underappreciated and picked to look up at the rest of the league.
Coach Wayne Tinkle promised his team wouldn’t finish last and they proved him right, winning 10 conference games to finish sixth.
The Beavers clawed their way out of a 16-point hole to beat UCLA in the conference tournament opener and reached their first Pac-12 title game since 1988 by upending top-seeded Oregon.
Oregon State opened the title game with a 3-point spree, hitting six of its first nine and had an early nine-point lead. A cooling trend followed, yet the Beavers still made half their shots for 33-28 halftime lead.
Oregon State kept making shots – mostly inside – and survived a six-minute stretch with Thompson on the bench to stay in front. The Beavers had some tense moments late, but can call themselves conference tournament champions for the first time.
Colorado was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll despite the return of Wright, one of the toughest, steadiest guards in college basketball.
Behind Wright and big man Evan Battey, Colorado finished third in the Pac-12, then had a pair of down-to-the-wire wins over California and No. 23 USC in the conference tournament.
The Buffaloes had a hard time slowing the Beavers in the first half of the title game, but also hit half their shot (13 of 26) to stay within reach at halftime.
Wright helped keep Oregon State within reach down to the wire, but came up one shot short.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Pitino back in the NCAA Tournament with MAAC champs Iona
(AP) Rick Pitino’s vagabond coaching career bathed in scandal and success brought him back to the NCAA Tournament. Asante Gist scored 18 points and Pitino took his fifth school to the tournament with Iona’s 60-51 victory over Fairfield on Saturday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
The 68-year-old Pitino was already the first coach to win national titles at two schools (Kentucky, Louisville) and the first to take three schools (Providence) to the Final Four. He led Boston University to the tournament in 1983.
Pitino was hired at Iona (12-5) last March to – yes, to keep the Gaels among the perennial favorite to come out of the MAAC in March – but in large part to rehabilitate his image after an ignominious end at Louisville.
Pitino had a trying first season trying to navigate a tourney bid through a pandemic. He contracted coronavirus and the Gaels were forced to stop four times this season because of virus issues – including a 51-day hiatus that sidelined them longer than any team in the country.
Led by the backcourt of Gist and Isaiah Ross, the ninth-seeded Gaels used a 10-0 run to close the first half at Boardwalk Wall and soon set up a ladder to clip the nets.
Pitino, his mask on his chain all game, shuffled side-to-side as if in a perpetual defensive drill, yelled instruction, harangued the officials and somehow in the roll of papers he gripped all game had the formula that showed why in stops ranging from Kentucky to New Rochelle, New York, he landed in the Hall of Fame. Well-traveled – with baggage.
“For the young coaches that we typically have in our league, he provides a learning experience they would rarely get,” MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor said. “Rick come to us at the pinnacle of his career. He’s had all the accolades. Now you have all these coaches with the opportunity to watch him. Sometimes I wish they wouldn’t watch him in action. He can be kind of animated on the sidelines and can work the officials like a Hall of Famer.”
Caleb Green buried a 3 for the Stags (10-17) that brought them to 20-18 in the first half before they faded over the final four minutes. Gist hit consecutive jumpers to kickstart the run and send the Gaels into the half with a 30-18 lead.
The championship game sprinkled mostly family and friends inside the boardwalk venue to liven the atmosphere and there was a nice round of applause when Gist needed help to the bench with an apparent knee injury. With Gist out, Fairfield’s Jake Wojcik buried a 3 in the second half that made it a four-point game. Gist’s absence was short-lived and he hit a 3 in his return to send the Gaels on their way to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: LSU upsets No. 8 Arkansas 78-71 to reach SEC tourney final
(AP) The LSU Tigers wanted another shot at Alabama. The opportunity to take the first Southeastern Conference Tournament title home since 1980 means so much more.
“Bringing the ‘ship back home man would mean a lot to all of us,” said Javonte Smart, a junior guard and Baton Rouge native. “So I think that’s the biggest thing, just bringing it back home and showing that we are really, really, really good.”
Cameron Thomas scored 21 points and third-seeded LSU upset eighth-ranked Arkansas 78-71 on Saturday to reach the title game for the first time since 1993.
The Tigers (18-8) will play No. 6 Alabama – a 73-68 winner over Tennessee in the first semifinal – on Sunday looking to improve their NCAA Tournament seeding even more by knocking off the SEC’s regular-season champ. LSU has won this tournament only once – back in 1980.
“It was just a huge, huge win,” LSU coach Will Wade said. “First time since `93 we’re going to play for the championship … So very, very excited. Our guys are really excited.”
The teams split during the season, winning on their home courts by almost identical margins. On this day, LSU gave its top scorer and freshman more help in a matchup of the SEC’s top scoring teams. Smart added 19 points for LSU, Darius Days had 13 and Eric Gaines added 10.
Arkansas (22-6) snapped a 12-game SEC winning streak that tied the program record set by the 1993-94 team that also ended in the SEC Tournament in the semifinals. Coach Eric Musselman insisted he wasn’t thinking about the streak much.
“I’m mad we lost,” Musselman said. “We didn’t play well enough to win.”
Marcus Moody tied his season high with 28 points for Arkansas, 20 of those in the first half as he hit his first six shots a game after the SEC Newcomer of the Year was held to five points. Justin Smith added 21.
“It’s definitely difficult,” Smith said of snapping the streak. “When you’re on a run like that, you kind of get used to it. I don’t think we ever got complacent or anything like that, but it definitely hurts. Losing hurts every time regardless, and we really wanted this game.”
The Razorbacks came in leading the SEC with 82.8 points a game. Yet they couldn’t knock down a shot for nearly 10 minutes in the second half, going without a basket between Smith’s layup with 17:12 left and Smith’s dunk with 7:24 remaining.
LSU took advantage after Arkansas guard Davonte Davis made a pair of free throws with 11:42 left tying it up at 52. The Tigers LSU reeled off 12 straight points to take the lead for good, and Gaines capped the spurt with a layup with 7:25 left.
Arkansas tried to rally, getting to 65-60, then Smith keyed a 9-2 spurt to make it 72-71 with 37 seconds left. LSU scored the final six points to finish off the victory.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Down 15, No. 6 Alabama rallies past Tennessee in SEC semis
(AP) Bad as Alabama looked while trailing by 15 points, Herbert Jones still believed the Crimson Tide could shift momentum by stringing baskets and stops together.
The Southeastern Conference’s best player had a huge role in achieving both goals, and his teammates joined in to help them reach the doorstep of their biggest prize in 30 years.
Jones scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 6 Alabama rallied from a big deficit in the final 17 minutes to beat Tennessee 73-68 Saturday in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
“At halftime, we decided to just come out and play our brand of basketball,” said Jones, chosen this week as the league’s top defender and player. “We came out and competed on the defensive end and that led to our offense.”
Jahvon Quinerly added 19 points, including two free throws with 15.5 seconds left, to help the Crimson Tide hang on.
“We came out a little bit slow, down nine going into the half and we fought our way back slowly but surely,” Quinerly said.
Top-seeded Alabama (23-6) faces the LSU-Arkansas winner in Sunday’s championship in search of its first SEC Tournament title since 1991.
Tennessee (18-8) awaits an NCAA Tournament seeding on Sunday.
The Volunteers trailed 69-68 when Davonte Gaines missed two foul shots with 25 seconds left. Down 71-68, Victor Bailey Jr. missed a 3-point try with nine seconds to go.
Behind 48-33 with 16:56 remaining, the Crimson Tide stormed back with help from a 14-0 run to lead 60-59 with 5:26 left, their first edge since the opening basket. They went ahead with just over four minutes left as Jones whipped a pass out to behind the arc to wide-open Keon Ellis for a tiebreaking 3-pointer to put Alabama up for good.
Jones made one of two free throws with 3:24 to make it a two-possession game before later feeding Quinerly in the lane for a layup and a 69-65 lead. Yves Pons’ 3-pointer got Tennessee within 69-68 with 41.4 seconds left, but Quinerly added two free throws and Ellis two more with 3.7 seconds left to seal a tense game.
Jones also had 13 rebounds and four assists for the Tide, who won despite shooting 37%. But they held the Volunteers to 35% shooting after halftime and made key 3s despite a shaky start. Quinerly was 8 of 13 shooting off the bench.
It was one of those gut-check wins, where guys expect to win,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “I think we’re 6-3 in one- or two-possession games this year. Last year, I believe we were 4-7. It’s one of those deals where our guys have changed their attitude. They expect to win.”
Keon Johnson had 20 points and Jaden Springer 18 for Tennessee, which sought to make its third consecutive SEC final and win its first title since 1979.
The Vols committed 11 of their 19 turnovers after halftime and were beaten 23-16 in rebounding.
“They packed the paint in on us, which we’re a driving team,” Johnson said. “We just had to get the ball moving side to side so we could get the shots that we were looking for, which we didn’t do and it led to turnovers.”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Ewing, Georgetown take Big East, NCAA bid with stunning rout
(AP) Patrick Ewing climbed the ladder – only a few steps needed for the 7-footer – clipped the last string and held the net high.
Georgetown is the Big East champion again, with the greatest Hoya of them all leading the way.
Ewing is taking his team back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 after the eighth-seeded Hoyas completed a surprising run to a Big East crown Saturday night with a stunning 73-48 rout of No. 17 Creighton.
On the 49th anniversary of the day Georgetown hired John Thompson, the late Hall of Fame coach who transformed the program into a national power and one of the most iconic brands in college basketball, the Hoyas won their record eighth Big East Tournament title and first since 2007.
Was it fate? Destiny? Maybe Big John, who died in August at age 78, smiling down on now-Coach Ewing and his Hoyas?
“I think so,” Ewing said.
Georgetown won with a dominant performance inside Madison Square Garden, reminiscent of Ewing’s playing days at the school.
The Hoyas (13-12) closed the first half on a 23-2 run that put them up 18 at the break against second-seeded Creighton (20-8). Then they started the second half with a 16-3 spurt. Chudier Bile knocked down a 3-pointer – holding the follow through for a beat – with 14:58 left that made it 52-21.
Ewing called it a huge step for a program that’s struggled to recapture old glory, and began this season picked to finish last in the Big East.
“A lot of people discredited. Talked bad about us. We believed in ourselves. We worked hard. We fought hard,” he said.
Ewing wondered aloud earlier this week if they had forgotten him at MSG. He complained that security asked to see his credentials as he was moving around the building where he starred for the New York Knicks and his No. 33 jersey hangs from the rafters.
Ewing said this championship was “right up there” with his greatest moments at The Garden.
“Different chapter of my life,” he said.
Bile matched a season high with 19 points and Jahvon Blair had 18 for Georgetown. After missing 12 of their first 14 shots, the Hoyas finished shooting 46.6% from the floor.
Marcus Zegarowski scored 17 points to lead Creighton, which is 0-3 in Big East title games since joining the conference for the 2013-14 season.
Georgetown fans, the few dozen that were in the mostly empty building because of COVID-19 restrictions, chanted “This Is, Our House!” as the Hoyas prepared to accept the championship trophy. Ewing carried a T-shirt with Thompson’s image on it, his old coach’s fist raised high.
“Just to see how happy he is, it makes me happy,” Blair said about Ewing. “I’m just so happy for him.”
Ewing and Thompson combined for three Big East Tournament championships, three Final Four appearances and a national title in 1984 during their time together at Georgetown.
Ewing aspired to be a head coach like his mentor. He spent 15 years as an assistant in the NBA, never getting a shot to be head coach – until his alma mater came calling.
“I’m here where a lot of people didn’t think I had the ability to (be),” Ewing said. “And I’m proving everyone wrong.”
The 58-year-old Ewing is in his fourth season with the Hoyas, and up until this week there hasn’t been much to get excited about. The only postseason tournament appearance was a one-game stay in the 2019 NIT. At the start of this tournament, Ewing’s record was 58-58 as head coach.
Now he is the first person in Big East history to be the most outstanding player on a Big East Tournament champion and coach a team to a Big East Tournament title.
INDIANA PACERS BASETBALL: Game Rewind: Pacers 122, Suns 111
The Pacers have been looking for a spark as of late, dropping a number of close contests while losing six of their past seven contests.
They got a huge jolt of adrenaline on Saturday night with the long-awaited addition of Caris LeVert to the Pacers lineup. The 26-year-old swingman acquired from Brooklyn in the Victor Oladipo trade on Jan. 16 made his first appearance in an Indiana uniform against the Suns and his teammates seemed to adopt his attacking mindset.
The Pacers (17-20) exploded for 35 points in the third quarter to open up a 20-point lead, then held on down the stretch for a 122-111 win. It was an impressive victory over the red-hot Suns (25-12), who had won five straight and 17 of their last 20 entering Saturday’s contest.
Six players scored in double figures for the Blue & Gold in the win. All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis registered his fifth triple-double of the season with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists (he also had four steals).
Malcolm Brogdon scored a team-high 25 points, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range, to go along with five boards and four assists. Doug McDermott added 22 points off the bench on 9-of-13 shooting.
LeVert finished with 13 points in 27 minutes on 5-of-14 shooting while also tallying seven rebounds and two assists. It was an emotional night for the 6-6 guard, who missed two months of basketball after a post-trade physical revealed renal cell carcinoma in his left kidney. He underwent surgery on Jan. 26 to remove the mass (no further treatment is necessary) and then patiently waited for his body to heal before he could make his Pacers debut.
“The main thing for me was to try to contribute to a win,” LeVert said after the game. “That’s what I’m all about. Today was maybe my second time going five-on-five since everything happened, so a little bit of heavy legs and lack of conditioning, but that will come back. I’m just glad we got the win.
“A month and a half ago, two months ago, I don’t think I even knew if I was going to be out here, especially this soon. It’s definitely a level of gratefulness and (I’m) just happy to be on the court.”
The two teams traded blows in a back-and-forth first quarter that featured four ties and eight lead changes. Brogdon and Sabonis scored seven points apiece in the frame, but Phoenix closed the quarter with a 6-2 run to take a 33-29 lead after one.
Indiana’s second unit mounted a charge at the start of the second quarter, however. The Pacers scored on their first six possessions, reeling off a 12-0 run over a 2:36 span.
LeVert — who started the game but went scoreless in his initial six minute stint — returned to the game shortly thereafter and collected his first points as a Pacer when he drew a foul in transition and hit both free throws with 8:12 remaining in the first half. He scored again on a putback a minute later, then scored buckets on back-to-back possessions shortly thereafter.
“Just having him out there, it was awesome to see,” McDermott said. “We’re all so happy for him.”
The Suns briefly tied the game at 48 with 6:06 remaining in the first half, but Sabonis answered with a three of his own on the other end to put the Pacers back in front. The Blue & Gold remained in front for the rest of the half, stretching the margin as high as eight and taking a 62-57 lead into the break.
The Pacers led 73-70 midway through the third quarter before putting together another impressive run. Myles Turner got the party started with a bucket off a nice dish from Sabonis. Back-to-back steals then led to a Sabonis dunk and Brogdon 3-pointer. Justin Holiday added a three of his own a minute later before Turner swatted a shot on one end and then cleaned up a Holiday miss on the other end to cap a 12-0 Pacers run.
Cameron Payne ended Phoenix’s drought with a 3-pointer, but Indiana then scored eight straight to open up a 94-73 lead.
Turner was dominant on both ends in the frame, scoring 11 points and blocking three shots to help Indiana take a 97-77 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Pacers were a little sloppy in the final frame, committing seven turnovers in the first eight minutes. The Suns eventually trimmed the deficit to nine on Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining. But back-to-back baskets from McDermott and Brogdon erased any threat of a comeback and the Pacers held on for arguably their most impressive win of the season.
“Our defensive energy all night was the level I expect us to play every night,” Turner said. “We have plenty of talent and we’re going to score offensively, but if we set the tone with our defense every night, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
Turner scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked four shots in the win. Justin Holiday added 10 points for Indiana.
Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker had 20 points on 9-of-20 shooting, four rebounds, and seven assists in the loss. Dario Saric added 17 points and five rebounds off the bench for Phoenix.
The Pacers close out a three-game road trip on Monday night in Denver before returning to Indianapolis to host LeVert’s former team, the Nets, on Wednesday.
NBA NEWS: AP source: Embiid could miss up to 2 weeks with knee injury
(AP) Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid has a bone bruise on his left knee and could miss at least two weeks, according to a person with knowledge of the injury.
Embiid did not suffer structural damage to his knee and will be evaluated again in two weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the severity of the injury had not been announced.
Embiid was injured in the Sixers’ win Friday over Washington. Embiid landed awkwardly after a dunk on his left leg, his knee joint appearing to bend slightly forward. He writhed in pain on the floor for several minutes, and a stretcher was briefly brought on the court, but the center limped off under his own power.
Embiid has emerged as an MVP candidate after helping the 76ers to the Eastern Conference lead. He’s averaging 29.9 points and 11.5 rebounds in 31 games.
The 76ers host San Antonio on Sunday.
NFL NEWS: Chargers release cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. after 5 years
(AP) Casey Hayward Jr. was released by the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday. The cornerback spent five seasons with the franchise after signing as a free agent in 2016.
“While the decision to add Casey to the team was obviously one of the best free agent signings we have ever made, this roster-related decision is one of the most difficult,” general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. “Casey is the consummate professional and a shining example for everyone who aspires to play in the NFL.”
Hayward Jr., who was a team captain, played in 14 games with 13 starts last season with an interception and eight passes defensed. He was inactive for the Nov. 29 game at Buffalo, snapping a streak of 107 consecutive games played.
He was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after a career-high 12 tackles in a 20-17 win over Cincinnati on Sept. 13, but struggled in coverage most of the season, especially on deep routes.
During his five seasons with the Chargers, Hayward Jr. had 66 passes defensed, which led the AFC during that span. He led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2016 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and ’17.
Hayward Jr.’s release comes with a salary cap savings of $9.5 million. Telesco said during a recent news conference looking ahead to free agency and the draft that the defense must improve in generating pressure and takeaways.
PGA NEWS: Westwood leads at Sawgrass, gets another shot at DeChambeau
(AP) One week later, the two leading characters and the roles they play are still the same.
Only the stage – and the stakes – have changed.
Lee Westwood went from surprise to delight when his tee shot to the island green on the par-3 17th stayed on the top ridge, and then he trickled in a 25-foot birdie putt that carried him to a 4-under 68 on Saturday at The Players Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau pumped his powerful arms twice when he made a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole, giving him a 67 and leaving him two shots behind and in the final group with Westwood.
That’s how it was last week at Bay Hill, when DeChambeau came from one shot behind to beat Westwood with a par on the final hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“It’s like Round 2, the rematch,” Westwood said.
Westwood, who turns 48 next month, no longer has to go up a few classes to face DeChambeau, golf’s fearsome heavyweight. Unlike Bay Hill, the TPC Sawgrass is all about position, not power.
Then again, DeChambeau is playing well enough for any style of golf course.
“I suppose if you sat Bryson down here and you asked him which golf course would suit him more, he’d probably say Bay Hill,” Westwood said. “You can open your shoulders a little bit more around Bay Hill than you can around here. This place is a little bit more strategic. But credit to Bryson. You wouldn’t associate this golf course with his style of play, and he’s up there. It shows he can adapt his game.”
It was the first time the same two players were in the final group in consecutive PGA Tour events in more than 14 years, with one big difference. This one is separated by seven days. Vijay Singh and Adam Scott faced off nine weeks apart – the season-ending Tour Championship in 2006 and the season-opening Mercedes Championship at Kapalua.
Westwood capped off his round with a 5-foot par putt, extending his streak to 44 holes without a bogey, and he’s dropped only two shots this week on a Stadium Course where one swing can lead to a big number.
Westwood was at 13-under 203.
“He’s making a lot of amazing putts, too,” DeChambeau said. “That’s what it takes to win golf tournaments.”
Westwood has 41 victories around the world – at least one on every major tour of the International Federation of PGA Tours – and knows better than to get caught up with DeChambeau, especially here.
He had the 54-hole lead at The Players in 2010 when 14 players were separated by five shots going into the final round, and Tim Clark rallied from three behind to win.
Among those three back going into Sunday was Justin Thomas, who started with four straight birdies and capped off his 64 with a 5-iron that stopped inches away from the hole on the par-5 16th for a tap-in eagle.
Doug Ghim, who is making his debut in The Players, also was three behind. He was among seven players who had at least a share of the lead at one point Saturday and was motoring along until one costly swing on the easiest hole, the par-5 16th. He came up well short in a bunker under a tree, tried to blast low under the limbs and caught the rough and wound up with his lone bogey.
Paul Casey had six birdies and an eagle to offset his mistakes in a 67, leaving him four shots behind with Jon Rahm (67). Also four shots behind was Brian Harman, who began his day by holing a wedge for eagle and shot 69.
Sergio Garcia was five shots behind and still can’t handle the short putts, including a 4-footer for birdie that missed badly on the low side at the 17th. He had to settle for a 72.
DeChambeau can’t blast away at Sawgrass because of the bending tree-lined fairways and water hazards. But his power still comes in handy. With his tee shot buried in deep rough right of the 18th fairway, some 210 yards away, he ripped an 8-iron to just short of the green and set up his chance at par.
He acted more excited aboutt that par than his six birdies.
“You’ve got to make those to win tournaments,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave a sour taste in my mouth.”
Westwood said this would be the biggest win of his career, and while there were times he chose not to play as a European Tour member, there is no denying the strength of the field – 48 of the top 50 players – and the nature of a Sawgrass course where fortunes can change with a single swing.
First prize is worth $2.7 million.
For DeChambeau, it’s a chance to stamp himself as the favorite as the Masters nears, if he’s not already. He already has two victories this season. He also knows from recent experience – seven days ago – that it might not be easy the way Westwood is playing.
“Mr. Consistency,” DeChambeau called him. “I mean, his driving is impeccable, his iron play is impeccable and he makes putts when he needs to. Fortunately for me last week I was able to get the job done, and I think tomorrow is going to be an incredible battle.”
BOXING NEWS: Boxing great Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies at 66
Marvelous Marvin Hagler stopped Thomas Hearns in a fight that lasted less than eight minutes yet was so epic that it still lives in boxing lore. Two years later he was so disgusted after losing a decision to Sugar Ray Leonard – stolen, he claimed, by the judges – that he never fought again.
One of the great middleweights in boxing history, Hagler died Saturday at the age of 66. His wife, Kay, announced his death on the Facebook page for Hagler’s fans.
“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement,” she wrote. “Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Hagler fought on boxing’s biggest stages against its biggest names, as he, Leonard, Hearns and Roberto Duran dominated the middleweight classes during a golden time for boxing in the 1980s. Quiet with a brooding public persona, Hagler fought 67 times over 14 years as a pro out of Brockton, Massachusetts, finishing 62-3-2 with 52 knockouts.
“If they cut my bald head open, they will find one big boxing glove,” Hagler once said. “That’s all I am. I live it.”
Hagler was unmistakable in the ring, fighting out of a southpaw stance with his bald head glistening in the lights. He was relentless and he was vicious, stopping opponent after opponent during an eight year run that began with a disputed draw against Vito Antuofermo in 1979 that he later avenged.
He fought with a proverbial chip on his shoulder, convinced that boxing fans and promoters alike didn’t give him his proper due. He was so upset that he wasn’t introduced before a 1982 fight by his nickname of Marvelous that he went to court to legally change his name.
“He was certainly one of the greatest middleweights ever but one of the greatest people that I’ve ever been around and promoted,” promoter Bob Arum said. “He was a real man, loyal and just fantastic person.”
Any doubts Hagler wasn’t indeed Marvelous were erased on a spring night in 1985. He and Hearns met in one of the era’s big middleweight clashes outdoors at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and when the opening bell rang they traded punches for three minutes in an opening round many consider the best in boxing history.
Hagler would go on to stop Hearns in the third round, crumpling him to the canvas with a barrage of punches even as blood poured out of a large gash on his forehead that nearly caused the referee to stop the fight earlier in the round.
“When they stopped the fight to look at the cut, I realized they might be playing games and I wasn’t going to let them take the title away,? Hagler said later. “It was a scary feeling. I thought, `Why are they stopping this fight?’ I didn’t realize I was bleeding. It wasn’t in my eyes. Then I knew I had to destroy this guy.”
Arum said Hagler simply willed himself to victory over Hearns, whose big right hand was feared in the division but couldn’t keep Hagler at bay.
“That was an unbelievable fight,” Arum said. “Probably the greatest fight ever.”
Hearns said Saturday he was thinking about Hagler and their historic fight. Hagler wore a baseball cap with the word “War” while promoting it while on a 23-city tour with Hearns that Arum said made the fighters despise each other before they even entered the ring.
“I can’t take anything away from him,” Hearns told The Associated Press. “His awkwardness messed me up but I can’t take anything away from him. He fought his heart out and we put on a great show for all time.”
Hagler would fight only two more times, stopping John Mugabi a year later and then meeting Leonard, who was coming off a three-year layoff from a detached retina, in his final fight in 1987. Hagler was favored going into the fight and many thought he would destroy Leonard – but Leonard had other plans.
While Hagler pursued him around the ring, Leonard fought backing up, flicking out his left jab and throwing combinations that didn’t hurt Hagler but won him points on the ringside scorecards. Still, when the bell rang at the end of the 12th round, many thought Hagler had pulled out the fight – only to lose a controversial split decision.
Hagler, who was paid $19 million, left the ring in disgust and never fought again. He moved to Italy to act, and never really looked back.
“I feel fortunate to get out of the ring with my faculties and my health,” he said a year later.
Hagler took the long route to greatness, fighting mostly in the Boston area before finally getting his chance at the 160-pound title in 1979 against Antuofermo as a co-main event with Leonard fighting Wilfredo Benitez on the same card. Hagler bloodied Antuofermo and seemed to win the fight, but when the scorecards were tallied he was denied the belt with a draw.
Hagler would travel to London the next year to stop Alan Minter to win the title, and he held it for the next seven years before his disputed loss to Leonard.
Arum remembered being at a black tie event honoring top fighters a year later that was attended by both Hagler and Leonard, among others. He said Leonard came up to him and pointed to Hagler across the room and suggested he go talk to him about a rematch that would have earned both fighters unbelievable purses.
“I went over to Marvin and said Ray is talking about a rematch,” Arum said. “He glared at me as only Marvin could and said, `Tell Ray to get a life.'”
Hagler was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved with his family to Brockton in the late 1960s. He was discovered as an amateur by the Petronelli brothers, Goody and Pat, who ran a gym in Brockton and would go on to train Hagler for his entire pro career.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1983.
NASCAR NEWS: Ty Gibbs heads to desert seeking another surprise NASCAR win
(AP) Ty Gibbs understands why some struggle to grasp how an 18-year-old without a single minute of experience at NASCAR’s national level just won his very first race.
He’d never driven an Xfinity Series car before, never participated in a live pit stop, and then without any practice or qualifying, Gibbs beat reigning series champion Austin Cindric on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.
“You know what Pop Warner football is, right?” said the grandson of three-time Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs. “It’s like taking a quarterback from the Pop Warner Football League and putting him in a college football game, a big bowl game, and you’re not allowed to stretch. You’re going in there cold, you might pull a muscle, but you’re firing off into the game.”
OK, so that’s what it felt like to Gibbs. But a Pop Warner quarterback is unlikely to lead a college football team to a bowl game victory, much the same way a rookie isn’t supposed to beat 39 other drivers who all had far more experience than Gibbs.
Gibbs had never even heard the engine in his Toyota until he turned it on moments before last month’s race. He’d never used a switch panel like the one inside the Xfinity car, was unfamiliar with the dashboard and even the placement of the window was a new thing.
Gibbs credits the successful debut to visualization techniques he’s relied on in his short racing career. He’d only run two full seasons at lower levels of competition before this year but won seven of his 23 outings.
“What I really enjoy is when I can see it in my brain, when I can envision what I am doing, I know I can put myself in there and do it,” Gibbs said. “I feel like that’s one of the skills that I’ve been blessed with and one of the tools that’s helped me. Like a golf swing, if I feel like I can do it with my eyes closed, I feel like I can just out the same thing to a race car.”
Although his grandfather gives him top equipment from Joe Gibbs Racing to drive, Gibbs’ career is largely steered by his father. It was Coy Gibbs who bumped his son up two levels of competition – Ty Gibbs skipped the Truck Series completely and went straight to Xfinity – and mapped out his 2021 season.
Ty Gibbs will run a full ARCA schedule again this year and pursue a championship but now that he’s the legal age to compete at NASCAR’s national level, he will also dabble in the Xfinity Series to gain experience for a potential full-time 2022 move.
Three days after his Daytona victory, JGR announced 14 additional Xfinity races for Ty Gibbs this year beginning Saturday at Phoenix Raceway. It will be double duty for Gibbs, who will run Friday night in the ARCA Series race.
Cindric, who had a gaping hole in his car from an early accident at Daytona, pushed Gibbs hard around the road course to force the rookie into a mistake. Because of the damage on Cindric’s car, he knew he’d lose his shot at winning the race if Gibbs got to the lead.
“I put him in some really tough spots trying to hang onto the lead… so he handled everything really well and was in a position on those restarts and made some decisions and won the race because of it,” Cindric said. “I feel like he’s showcased that he has the pace and he has the talent and it’s for everyone else to observe and for him to decide how the next couple races are going to go.”
The Toyota from his grandfather’s team will be among the best in the field at Phoenix – “he’ll obviously have capable equipment,” Cindric noted – but Gibbs isn’t concerned about pressure for a repeat performance.
“There’s no reason to stress myself out. I don’t have any expectations ever set for myself,” Gibbs said. “I feel like the same attitude and mental mindset going into every race and that’s to get the best finish I can and the most experience for myself so I can be the best racecar driver I can possibly be in the future.”
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball takes split out of HCAC twinbill versus Bluffton
SCORES: G1 – Earlham 8, Bluffton 1 / G2 – Bluffton 5, Earlham 2
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana (Randal R. Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 5-1 / Bluffton 1-4
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College baseball stayed ahead of the pack and atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a split against Bluffton University on Saturday afternoon at Randal R. Sadler Stadium. The Quakers posted a lop-sided 8-1 win over the Beavers in game 1, with Bluffton winning the nightcap, 5-2.
Earlham got break-out innings in the fourth and sixth to take command of the game.
The Quakers opened the fourth with a leadoff single from Danny Dopp followed by a double to right center by Austin Hatfield, with Brian Pincura’s triple down the right field line bringing home both runners to put Earlham up 3-0.
After a single Earlham run in the fifth, the Maroon and White put together a three-run sixth inning keyed by Nathan Lancianese’s triple to left-center that plated Easton Embry and pinch hitter Robby Shondel.
The teams traded runs in the eighth, with Lancianese recording his fourth RBI of the day with a single that scored pinch runner James Grace.
Lancianese finished the game 4-for-4 with one run scored and three batted in, while Pincura and Embry each collected two hits.
Earlham starter Joey Gerbus fanned eight Bluffton batters over his eight innings on the mound, improving his record to 2-0. He scattered seven hits and issued two walks while yielding one earned run.
Earlham allowed four runs in the top of the first inning, and Bluffton held off all Quaker rally efforts to escape Sadler Stadium with the game two win.
The Beavers engineered their four-run first on a leadoff hit by Reid Ruhl, back-to-back walks drawn by Jacob Latkofsky and Jack Towell, followed two batters later by a two-run double down the left field line by Garrett O’Reilly. Towell scored later in the frame on a wild pitch, while O’Reilly crossed on a grounder to second.
The Quakers held the Beavers to three-up, three-down in three of the next four innings, and allowed a Bluffton base runner to reach third base just four times the rest of the way.
Earlham’s come-back campaign began with Jeordan Kuderer’s RBI double in the third inning and Maxwell Fries’ two-base shot to right-center in the fourth to score Dopp, that cut the margin to 4-2 after four complete innings.
The Quakers got runners aboard in every inning the rest of the way, but were unable to close ground on the Beavers. Earlham had runners at second and third with two out in the seventh and threatened to tie the game, but Bluffton’s Tommy Siemer induced a pop-up to second to get out of the frame unscathed. The Beavers then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth on Ruhl’s RBI triple to left field to scored Jaxon Rogan.
Starter Justin Dillhoff lasted four innings and charted four strikeouts against four earned runs on four hits and two walks on his way to taking the loss for the Quakers. Siemer earned the win for Bluffton with seven strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Earlham baseball is at home again next Saturday, March 20, when it hosts Anderson University in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Beats Penn State, 7-2, in Series Opener
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the day’s doubleheader at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. The game was a scheduled seven-inning contest.
The victory was the Hoosiers’ fourth straight, pushing the team’s record to 4-1 on the season and in Big Ten play. Penn State fell to 2-3 on the year and in the league.
• In the bottom of the second inning, the Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Nittany Lions thanks to RBI singles from OF Hunter Jessee and C Jacob Southern. INF Jeremy Houston plated the final run of the frame with an RBI groundout.
• LHP Tommy Sommer (2-0) pitched 4.2 innings for the Hoosiers to earn his second win of the season. The reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week allowed just two runs on three hits while striking out three.
• In the bottom of fifth, IU scored three more times to push the lead to 7-2. OF Tyler Van Pelt drew a base-loaded walk to get the RBI, while Houston added a run-scoring single. DH Drew Ashley plated another with an RBI fielder’s choice.
• RHP Nathan Stahl pitched a scoreless 2.1 innings to earn his first career save, allowing just three hits and striking out a pair.
• Houston batted 2-for-3 in the game with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while freshman OF Sam Murrison was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
• DH Drew Ashley extended his on-base streak to 30-games dating back to the 2019 season.
• Indiana hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any game this season.
• The Indiana Hoosiers and Penn State Nittany Lions will continue their four-game series on Saturday, Mar. 13 at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Women’s Soccer Falls to Illinois, 1-0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer (3-3-0) fought hard, but an early goal in the second half by Illinois (3-2-1) was the difference maker as the Hoosiers fell to the Fighting Illini at Bill Armstrong Stadium, 1-0.
• Sophomore Avery Lockwood had the first look on the afternoon on target in the second minute, but the Illinois’ goalkeeper Sami Sample was able to step in for the save.
• The Fighting Illini would take back-to-back shots to give goalkeeper Bethany Kopel a couple of saves.
• To start the second half, freshman Jen Blitchok looked to put the Hoosiers ahead with an on-target attempt in the 46th minute. The ball was saved by Sample once again.
• A foul by the Hoosiers in the 55th minute led to a free kick where the Fighting Illini capitalized from it. Illinois’ Eileen Murphy headed it deep into the far post off a cross from Aleah Treiterer for the lead.
• Indiana saw its best opportunity inside the box in the 69th and 70th minute from Lockwood and senior Melanie Forbes, but Sample’s hands were too quick.
• The Hoosiers looked for the equalizer as they outshot the Fighting Illini 8-4 in the second half but couldn’t take advantage as the pressure from the Illini defense was overbearing.
• Indiana moves to 3-3-0 on the season while Illinois improves to 3-2-1.
• Avery Lockwood led the Hoosiers attack with four shots, three of them on goal.
• The Hoosiers outshot the Illini 15-10 but couldn’t find the net with eight shots on goal.
• Indiana out cornered Illinois 10-3, with nine corners in the second half.
• Junior Natalie Lunt saw 28 minutes in her second game this season.
• Bethany Kopel had three saves during Saturday’s match.
• The Hoosiers take on the Michigan State Spartans at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday, March 17. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and will be streamed on Big Ten Network +.
INDIANA TRACK: Brathwaite Highlights Final Day at NCAA Indoor Championships
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Indiana Track & Field wrapped up the final day of NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships on Saturday afternoon. Rikkoi Brathwaite led the Hoosiers with a third place finish in the 60m.
Brathwaite clocked a time of 6.55 in the 60m semifinal to earn a spot in Saturday’s final. During the final, Brathwaite went 6.56 to take home the bronze medal. This was the highest finish in a sprint event, that is still ran today, in program history. The highest finish previously was Kind Butler in the 200m in 2012.
Nathan Stone competed in the pole vault and placed ninth overall. The sophomore cleared a height of 5.40m (17′ 8.5″) in his first NCAA competition.
Brathwaite, Stone, and the rest of the Hoosiers squad will now shift to the outdoor season. The schedule will be announced at a later date.
All dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Check IUHoosiers.com for the latest information.
PURDUE BASEBALL: Errors, Walks Haunt Boilermakers vs. Michigan
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Errors and walks mounted throughout the day, coinciding with another quiet day offensively for the Boilermakers as Purdue baseball dropped both ends of a Saturday doubleheader with No. 19 Michigan.
The Wolverines (6-1) were victorious 4-0 and 9-2 to clinch a series win in the four-game set.
Ben Nisle went deep in the ninth inning of the nightcap, hitting Purdue’s first home run of the season and the 10th of his career. He’s now accounted for the the team’s first homer in three different seasons (2018, 2019, 2021) and gone deep in each of his four years with the program. He’s the first Boilermaker with a double-figure career total since Jacson McGowan (21) was drafted following his junior season in 2018. McGowan’s final home run for Purdue was part of a back-to-back set with Nisle at an NCAA Regional.
Calvin Schapira gave the Boilermakers (1-6) an opportunity to win in game 1, surrendering just one earned run over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Purdue committed two errors in both games, conceding four unearned runs over the course of the day. In his first two starts as a Boilermaker, Schapira (0-2) has been charged with eight runs, but only two have been earned.
In the nightcap, starter Calvin Starnes surrendered just one hit to the 11 batters he faced. But that lone hit was a big blow. Jimmy Obertop connected for a grand slam to left field after three straight two-out free passes in front of him. Starnes (0-1) walked five and hit a batter before being lifted in the second inning. And while Purdue was able to keep Michigan off the scoreboard until the fourth inning of game 1, the Wolverines raced out an early 7-0 lead in the second game of the day.
Michigan pitchers issues only three walks on the day and their teammates backed them up with a clean day defensively.
Sunday’s series finale is slated for 9 a.m. ET.
• Jack Firestone, Steve Ramirez and Jeremy Schork each recorded their first hits as Boilermakers. Schork’s pinch-hit RBI double ended Purdue’s scoring drought at 19 consecutive innings in the top of the seventh of the nightcap. Firestone singled in the seventh inning of game 1 and Ramirez hit a rocket off the mini Green Monster in left field in the second inning of game 2.
• Skyler Hunter finished the day 3-for-8 with a double, recording his 68th career multi-hit effort in game 1. He moved into 12th place in program history with 227 hits as a Boilermaker. The center fielder also threw out a runner at second base from for his eighth career outfield assist. With a base hit in his final at-bat of the nightcap, Hunter extended his reached base safely streak in Big Ten play to 13 consecutive games. It dates back to May 2019.
• Miles Simington finished the day 2-for-7 with a single in both games to extend his hit streak to eight consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2020 season.
• Ben Nisle doubled and homered in his final two at-bats of the day to finish the twinbill 3-for-7 while also scoring both of Purdue’s runs. He leads the team with five extra-base hits and has three in the series. Nisle also recorded an outfield assist, his second of the season, when the Boilermakers doubled off a runner at first base in the seventh inning of game 2.
• Avery Cook struck out two of the three batters he faced while working a 1-2-3 eighth inning as Purdue’s final pitcher of the day.
• Ricky Castro enjoyed his longest and most effective outing as a Boilermaker. He worked 3 2/3 innings of two-run relief and issued only one base on balls after walking four last weekend vs. Nebraska.
PURDUE TRACK: Moore, Greene Earn Top-Seven NCAA Finishes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Purdue track & field senior Tamar Greene and sophomore Marcellus Moore earned top-seven finishes on Saturday at the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Moore was sixth overall in the 60-meter dash final and Greene was seventh in the triple jump to cap the national championship meet. The duo, who both recorded marks that are in the top-three in their events in school history, will earn first team All-America honors.
“Tamar and Marcellus did really well today, I am really proud,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “We talked about executing all season long, and that’s exactly what they did today. They were poised throughout and rose up to the competition, which was the best in the nation, and represented Purdue very well. All five of our athletes who competed this weekend will carry great momentum into the upcoming outdoor season. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Moore placed sixth in the 60-meter final with a time of 6.65 seconds. It tied his personal-best mark set yesterday, which is tied for the third-fastest in program history in the event.
Entering the meet, Moore was seeded No. 15 but advanced to the final as one of the top-eight seeds in yesterday’s semifinal.
In the triple jump, Greene finished seventh overall with a mark of 16.28 meters. The second-best mark in the Purdue record books, it came on his second attempt.
The jump bested his previous best mark of 16.14 meters, which Greene set at the 2021 Big Ten Championships to qualify for his first NCAA Indoor Championships. Greene entered the meet seeded No. 10.
Moore and Greene were two of five Boilermakers to compete at the three-day national championships. On Friday, junior Isaiah Martin finished 10th overall in the heptathlon and seniors Brian Faust and Alexis Zatta were 12th in the 400 and 15th in the high jump, respectively.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Griffith’s 74th-Minute Goal Leads Purdue Past NU
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith scored her team-high-tying third goal of the season as the Purdue soccer team blanked Northwestern, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Folk Field in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Boilermakers (3-3-0) shut out the Wildcats (3-3-0), which is the second consecutive match that Purdue has held its opposition scoreless for the first time this season. Griffith’s goal came in the 74th minute as the Boilermakers won their second in a row.
“It was certainly a hard-fought match today,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “Both teams really wanted it and got after it. It was one of those games where you just wonder in the back of your mind, is either team going to find a goal. I liked how we defended and I don’t think we gave them much in the attack, which was really great, but at the same time, we weren’t creating a ton of chances either. I knew it was going to come down to that one moment, as these games typically do. Northwestern is a hard team to play and they played well. Sarah Griffith, fortunately Griff doesn’t need a lot of chances to make those big plays, and the one good opportunity she had she was clinical with the left-footed finish. I’m really happy for her, the game needed that player in the final third from either team to step up and make that play and that was all the difference. Very hard fought and relatively evenly played match between two good teams.”
The Boilermakers were out-shot 8-7, but had a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Griffith’s goal was the team’s lone shot of the second half. Purdue had five corner kicks, all in the first half, while Northwestern had four, two in each half.
Griffith led the team with two shots, both on goal. It was her first match-winner in 2020-21 and the fourth of her career. Junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves and earned her second shutout of the season and 13th of her career.
The game-winning goal began with junior defender Julia Ware, who centered the ball to senior defender Maya Lambert from the near sideline, 25 yards from Purdue’s endline. Lambert dribbled several yards before she sent a long ball up the field to meet a sprinting Griffith, 25 yards in front of Northwestern’s goal. Griffith dribbled to her left into the 18 towards the near corner of the six. With her left foot, Griffith buried the match-winner into the far corner past a diving Northwestern keeper at 73:12.
With the win, Purdue improves to 16-6-1 all-time against Northwestern and 9-2 in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers have shut out the Wildcats in each of the last three meetings.
The first half saw Purdue hold a 6-4 edge in shots and a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Off a corner kick, Griffith had Purdue’s first opportunity in the 10th minute, but her shot from 25 yards out was saved. The Boilermakers had another corner six minutes later, but could not get a shot off.
Northwestern’s first chance came in the 21st minute, when a shot went way high. In the 35th minute, the Wildcats again earned a corner and followed it up with two shots from inside the 18, but the Boilermaker defense blocked the first shot and forced the second to go wide.
Purdue had several good chances in the final six minutes of the half. First it was junior midfielder Ally Mussallem who had a shot saved in the 39th minute. After a Bova save, two corner kicks and three shots followed for the home side.
It began in the 42nd minute, when freshman forward Callie Ingram had a header that was saved. That was followed by a blocked shot from senior midfielder Hannah Melchiorre, and after the next corner, junior midfielder Teagan Jones had an opportunity that went wide.
In the second half, NU had four shots, one on goal, while Purdue had one shot, thanks to Griffith.
The Wildcats’ first chance went high in the 47th minute, and Bova made a fantastic leaping save in the 72nd to tip the ball out and set up a corner kick. However, the visitors’ attempt off the set piece went high.
After Griffith’s goal in the 74th minute, Northwestern was held to one shot, which did not go on net.
Up next, the Boilermakers welcome Ohio State to Folk Field on Thursday, March 18. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Butler Baseball Evens Series with 2-0 Win over Purdue Fort Wayne
INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Myers, Derek Drees and Jack Pilcher kept the Mastodons off the scoreboard on Saturday allowing the ‘Dawgs to pick up a 2-0 victory. Myers was credited with the win after striking out seven over seven innings of work. Pilcher took care of the ninth to record his first save of the season.
Each BU run crossed home plate in the fifth inning. Aaron Steinhart singled to left field to score Zach Orn. The lead moved to 2-0 after James Gargano scored on a wild pitch.
Cameron Boyd took the loss for Purdue Fort Wayne (0-3). Butler limited the Mastodons to just four total hits, two of which were recorded by the nine-hole hitter Zac Baden.
BUTLER FOOTBALL: Valparaiso Tops Butler Football in Season Opener 24-14
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the 2021 spring season, but would ultimately fall to Valparaiso at the Sellick Bowl 24-14. Valpo rushed for 241 yards to find the win column in the season opener. Junior Robert Washington did the heavy lifting with 199 rushing yards on 39 carries.
How it Happened
Butler used a 10-play, 75-yard drive to score the first points of the day, but would find themselves down at the half 14-7. Nick Orlando rushed for a TD in the first quarter from three yards out. Valpo would counter with a rushing touchdown of their own from Washington in the second quarter to tie the game.
A costly BU fumble would set Valpo up for points at the end of the first half. Quarterback Chris Duncan took a snap with just six seconds left on the game clock and found Deuce Larose in the corner of the end zone for six points with time expired.
Valpo got the ball after halftime and marched down the field. The ‘Dawgs dug in defensively and would get a fourth down stop to return the ball back to the offense. Kavon Samuels broke loose on a 17-yard gain moments later and would get Butler down to the one-yard line. Orlando would take it from there with his second rushing TD of the game to tie it up at 14-14.
Valpo faced a fourth-and-two call in the closing moments of the third quarter and opted to kick a field goal. The decision was a good one as Brian Bartholomew split the uprights to give the visitors a three-point lead heading into the final 15 minutes.
The only points of the fourth quarter would go to Valpo as Duncan connected with Holden Hodge on a 20-yard pass, taking us to our final score of 24-14.
Stat of the Game
Valpo forced two turnovers, went 8-for-14 on third down and dominated time of possession in the second half to earn the win (18:39 to 11:21).
Inside the Box Score
– Kavon Samuels rushed for 117 yards on 20 carries
– Sam Brown completed 13 of his 26 pass attempts for 143 yards
– Yogi Flager caught two passes for 46 yards in his BU debut
– Mickey Kane came up with the first sack of the season for BU and made two tackles for loss
– Malachi Pike led Butler with 12 total tackles
– Mike Manning was credited with eight tackles
Butler will travel to San Diego next weekend for a 4 PM contest.
BALL STATE BASEBALL: Big Inning Dooms BSU in Game 2 at ODU
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NORFOLK, Va. — A big inning was the difference Saturday, as Old Dominion defeated the Ball State baseball team in game two of this weekend’s series.
The Monarchs piled up six runs in the fifth inning, all with two outs, to blow open a tight contest en route to a 10-5 victory.
“Today was one of those days that each college baseball team experiences over a long 56-game schedule,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “We got beat in all facets. This great game can be humbling. We get another shot at a solid Old Dominion team tomorrow.”
ODU (11-3) secured the series victory, while Ball State (6-6) will suffer its first series defeat of the season. The Cardinals will look to salvage one game this weekend in Sunday’s series finale. First pitch is set for noon.
Noah Navarro went 3-for-5 at the plate Saturday, scored twice and drove in two. His triple keyed a three-run ninth inning for the Cardinals, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
It was a tight, 2-1 game in the fifth inning. BSU starter John Baker had worked around some trouble in the early frames. But an error extended the fifth, and then two home runs and a double later, the Old Dominion lead swelled to 8-1.
Adam Christianson drove in a BSU run with no outs in the sixth, as the Cardinals looked like they might rally. They forced ODU starter Nick Pantos from the game, but they could get nothing else out of the inning in response to ODU’s big number.
Nick Powell also had a good day offensively for Ball State, reaching in his first three plate appearances and driving in the first run of the day.
Sunday’s series finale at Old Dominion is also the Cardinals’ last scheduled non-conference game. BSU is slated to open its MAC schedule at home next weekend with four games against Western Michigan.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: BATS LIFT NO. 25 IRISH TO SERIES WIN OVER NO. 21 VIRGINIA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 25th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team kept the bats rolling to another victory when they defeated No. 21 Virginia 12-4 Saturday afternoon at Disharoon Park. The win clinched Notre Dame’s fourth-consecutive series victory dating back to last season. It is the first time the Irish have won four-straight series since joining the ACC.
“Proud of the execution and grit of the team,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “Two good starting pitchers went toe to toe. I was pleased with how Bertrand settled in after a difficult fourth inning. He showed poise and was able to continue to collect outs after UVA had strung together several good at bats in a row.”
John Michael Bertrand was excellent once again for the Irish (6-2, 6-2 ACC). He tossed seven innings of work and allowed just three runs. After surrendering the lead in the fourth inning, Bertrand retired the final 10 batters in his outing. It was the second straight start that Bertrand pitched seven innings.
“McGary was electric out of the gates, but our hitters didn’t get overly distracted and continued to drive up the pitch count,” said Jarrett. “So many guys had key at bats, Coetzee’s HR again proved to be key. Brannigan had a good day at the plate and made some solid plays at third base. There were several innings where two-strike hits and putting tough pitches in play against quality UVA arms helped our offense to maintain some momentum.”
The middle innings were big for the Irish as they scored in three straight innings from the third to the fifth. The Irish had their best inning right after the Cavaliers tied it with five runs in the fifth, capped off by a two-run home run from Brooks Coetzee to break the game open.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The second time through the lineup proved effective for the Irish once again on Saturday. The Irish loaded the bases with no outs to start the third inning. Two runs came home in the inning after a sacrifice fly from Carter Putz and a groundout from Jared Miller. The Irish added another run in the fourth after a RBI single from Jack Brannigan scored David LaManna.
Virginia clawed back in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring three runs to tie the game at 3-3. The tie did not last long as the Irish struck right back in the next half inning.
The Irish started the inning with three straight hits, a single from Putz, RBI-double from Miller and a single from Niko Kavadas. Kavadas scored after LaManna reached base on an error from the third baseman and Miller scored on a ground out from Brait. The Irish weren’t done in the inning as Coetzee blasted his second home run of the series to extend the Irish lead to 8-3.
Bertrand was in cruise control for most of his outing against Virginia. He made quick work of the Cavaliers in multiple innings, posting four 1-2-3 innings on the afternoon.
Notre Dame scored two more runs in the seventh to add more breathing room. Brannigan picked up his second RBI of the game with his single that scored Coetzee. Prajzner also scored in the inning after an errant throw on a double play attempt by the Cavaliers.
In the ninth, the Irish tacked on two more runs. Brannigan set a career high with his fourth hit in the inning to score another run.
STATS OF THE GAME
The Irish scored in double figures for the second-straight game in the series. It is the first time since April 26-27, 2016 that the Cavaliers gave up 10 or more runs in consecutive games.
Brooks Coetzee hit his second home run of the series in the fifth inning.
It is the first series win for the Irish over Virginia in program history.
Jack Brannigan set a career high with four hits.
The Irish will look for the series sweep when the two teams meet for the final time of the series on Sunday. The game is set for a 1 p.m. ET first pitch and it will be aired on the ACC Network. The Irish have not named their starting pitcher for the series finale.
NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: IRISH SHUT OUT TAR HEELS 13-0, 4-0 IN DOUBLEHEADER
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Notre Dame (9-6) shut out North Carolina (9-8) on the second day of the series, winning the first game of the doubleheader 13-0 and the second 4-0. Both junior pitcher Payton Tidd (4-3) and senior pitcher Alexis Holloway (5-3) earned the wins, as Holloway pitched the full 7.0 innings in the second game to earn the complete game shutout.
Notre Dame batters recorded a whopping 28 hits over the course of the two games, sending six home runs outside the park, allowing just six North Carolina hits (five singles and one double).
With four home runs in the first game of the day, it marked the most by an Irish team since April 3, 2015 at Pittsburgh (5 HR). That game was also the last time Notre Dame has totaled 17 or more hits in an ACC matchup, and was the highest hit total for the Irish since they earned 19 hits vs. Utah Valley March 1, 2019.
Senior Abby Sweet led Notre Dame on the day, going 7-8 in the box. In the first game, she batted a near cycle, going 5-5 with four RBI, two home runs and two doubles, as well as a stolen base. She now boasts a 31-game on-base streak, spanning back to Feb. 15, 2020.
Notre Dame’s other four home runs on the day came courtesy graduate student Katie Marino and Tidd in the first game, and from freshman Karina Gaskins and junior Quinn Biggio in the second game.
Senior pitcher Morgan Ryan also saw time against the Tar Heels Saturday, throwing three innings to close out the first game, allowing just one hit and issuing zero walks, striking out one.
Junior Emma Clark also kept her on-base streak alive, stretching to 13 games (beginning Feb. 14, 2021).
Both teams were quiet through the first two innings, as Sweet led off the first with a standup double, but was left on base. Carolina also failed to score, leaving two on base through the first two innings.
The Irish opened up the scoring with Marino’s home run in the third, also scoring Sweet, who was on base due to her second-consecutive double, to put the Irish up 2-0. With two on base for Carolina in the third, Sweet grabbed a fly ball to hold the Tar Heels scoreless.
In the fourth, Tidd sent a leadoff homer outside the walls, her second of the season. Sophomore Miranda Johnson doubled, advancing to third on a sac bunt from graduate student Chelsea Purcell, and later sped home on a Carolina wild pitch. Later in the inning, Sweet hit her first home run of the game, Notre Dame’s third of the day, for a solo score. Tidd and the Irish allowed one hit and stranded two on base to end the inning up 5-0.
Notre Dame kept it moving in the fifth, as Marino doubled, moving to third on a single from Gaskins, who moved to second on the throw. With junior catcher Shelby Grimm pinch running for Gaskins, sophomore Leea Hanks grounded out to score Marino. Later, Johnson delivered a single to score Grimm.
Ryan entered to pitch for the Irish in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Carolina in order, and both teams went scoreless in the sixth to enter the seventh with the Irish up 7-0.
The Irish exploded in the seventh, as Gaskins and senior Sarah Genz delivered singles before Ryan trapped the Tar Heels in a fielder’s choice, which tagged Gaskins out at third. Johnson delivered another hit, doubling to score Hanks. Biggio entered the game, delivering a double to score Ryan and Johnson. After sophomore Brooke Marquez singled, Sweet sent her second home run of the day, Notre Dame’s fourth of the game, to score three runs.
Ryan and the Irish preserved the 13-0 lead in the seventh, allowing a hit before Marquez turned a double play and Biggio grabbed the final lineout for the win.
In contrast to the first game of the day, both teams were quiet on the boards through the first five innings. In that time, the Irish totaled five hits, while the Tar Heels notched two hits in the first inning, and wouldn’t earn another until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Entering the sixth scoreless, Marino led off with a single, and Gaskins immediately followed with her two-run homer to put the first runs of the game on the board. Hanks singled, advancing to third on a Johnson bunt. Biggio entered to pinch hit and sent the first pitch she saw out of the park for another two-run shot. While Carolina notched a hit in the sixth, Holloway and the Irish kept the Heels scoreless, up 4-0 heading into the seventh.
While the Irish added two hits in the seventh, the final batting campaign ended with two runners on base. With Carolina undertaking the last-chance effort, Holloway struck out two, and Grimm grabbed the infield popup to preserve the 4-0 win.
The final game of the series will begin at Noon ET Sunday, back at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill. Broadcast coverage will be provided by ACC Network Extra.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Drop Series Finale at #20 FAU; Finish Florida Swing 6-1
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Indiana State baseball saw its six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as No. 20 Florida Atlantic salvaged the series finale, 7-5, at FAU Baseball Stadium. The Sycamores fall to 9-5 on the year while FAU moves to 9-5.
The Sycamores were unable to overcome an early five-run deficit as the Owls jumped out to a lead in the first inning, taking advantage of four walks and a pair of home runs in the frame. ISU starter Tristan Weaver was charged with the loss after going two-thirds of an inning, falling to 0-1 on the year. Battling back from preseason injuries, Weaver allowed four walks, and two home runs while facing eight batters.
Javin Drake settled in to pitch four and a third innings in relief. The right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out five. Closer Tyler Grauer made his first appearance of the weekend, pitching the final three innings, striking out two and allowing just one base hit.
Indiana State got the offense churning in the fourth after taking advantage of a fielding error before Diego Gines lifted a ball over the wall in left for his first home run of the season to cut into the Owl lead. ISU made it a four-run game in the eighth after Dominic Cusumano led off the inning with a pinch hit walk before coming in to score on a double play.
In just his ninth at bat of the season, Aaron Beck homered to right field during a pinch hit at bat to pull ISU two within two runs. The Sycamores looked to continue the rally when Miguel Rivera was hit-by-pitch but was called back to the box by the umpire, striking out two pitches later to end the comeback effort.
Matt Sparling picked up the win for the Owls after a six-inning day. The right-hander allowed just three hits and two runs while striking out eight. Three FAU relievers combined tow allow two base hits.
Caleb Pendleton led the Owls with a 2-for-4 day and two RBIs. Four total FAU hitters recorded multiple hits.
ISU was outhit on the day 11-5 and FAU leadoff men reached base in each of the first four innings.
Fuentes led the Sycamores with two RBIs, two runs scored and a homer while Max Wright hit his fourth double of the season in the loss.
The Sycamores will travel to Birmingham, Ala. next weekend for a three-game series with UAB.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Johnson Throws One-Hitter, Mastodons Split With Cleveland State
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball’s Jadelyn Johnson nearly threw a no-hitter on Friday (March 12) as the Mastodons split with Cleveland State in their Horizon League opener.
Game 1 – Vikings 4, Mastodons 3
In the Horizon League opener, Morganne Denny had an early home run in the bottom of the first that knocked in Meagan Mullaney after she drew a walk.
After this 2-2 first inning, it was a calm afternoon until the sixth inning. Alexa Seiger knocked a two-run homer over right center that would give the Vikings just enough.
In bottom of the seventh, Camryn Mosher singled to left, which scored Kyndell Ethridge, who pinch ran for Olivia Stansbury. Mosher would be stranded on base, however, giving the Vikings the one-run win.
Shaina Eyre threw a complete seven-inning game in the circle, striking out seven Vikings. She drops to 1-2. Hannah Griffin picked up the win and Torrie Jenkins got a save.
Game 2 – Mastodons 11, Vikings 1
Purdue Fort Wayne picked up its first-ever Horizon League win behind Johnson’s one-hitter. Johnson had a no-hitter going until the second-to-last batter of the game.
The Mastodon newcomer finished her day with five strikeouts in five innings pitched. The one run that Cleveland State scored was unearned in the first inning.
Mullaney opened up the scoring with a double to center field that brought in Madeline Swart. Denny brought in Mullaney with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Mastodons a 2-1 edge through the first.
It was big fourth inning that gave the Mastodons the runs they needed to run-rule the Vikings. The ‘Dons put nine runs on the board starting with a single to left field from Lexi Smalarz that brought in Ethridge. A pair of singles from Madeline Swart and Alise Hale brought in four runs, then Stansbury doubled to right field to score two more. After making a full trip through the order, Ethridge hit a home run over the left field wall that gave the ‘Dons the 11-1 lead that would hold for the duration.
Aly Packish got the hit in the fifth inning that broke the no-hitter bid. Johnson moved to 1-1 while Taylor Betz fell to 2-3.
The ‘Dons had nine hits, a high on the young season.
Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 2-4, 1-1 Horizon League while Cleveland State goes to 6-8, 1-1 with the doubleheader split. These two teams will meet again tomorrow with another doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at the Purdue Fort Wayne softball field.
IUPUI SOFTBALL: SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH OAKLAND ON SECOND DAY OF HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY
INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI earned its first win of the league season in a dramatic 7-5 win over Oakland in Game 1 of the double header to close out the series with the Golden Grizzlies. The Jags dropped Game 2 by the score of 12-1 in five innings.
IUPUI 7 – Oakland 5
In the first game of the day, IUPUI got major production form the top of its lineup as the top three batters went a combined 7-for-12 , scored four runs and drove in five. Overall, seven Jags finished with a hit on the day as IUPUI scored a season-high seven runs and matched the season high with 11 hits.
The scoring got started in the second as a play full of miscues allowed an Oakland sacrifice bunt to turn in to two runs.
IUPUI took advantage of an Oakland error in the bottom of the inning as Maicey Bedrick reached to lead off the inning on a dropped fly ball in left, allowing Bedrick to end up a third. Rachael Gregory hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead in half but the Jags were not done. A single and double had the Jags threatening and Morgan Gilbert singled to center to score both Kasie Keyes and Jasmin Speth.
After a pitching change for Oakland, IUPUI kept things going. Lauren Youngblood single to the wall in right center to score Gilbert and a single by Jennah Speth scored Youngblood to put IUPUI up 5-2.
Oakland got a run back in the fourth off of another IUPUI error but the Jags added two in the bottom of the inning after Jennah Speth’s ground ball was thrown wide of first. That throw allowed Gilbert and Youngblood, who had both singled earlier to touch home and make it 7-3 IUPUI.
Oakland cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth with a double and two run home run but starter Lexi Lucas was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout and foul out.
IUPUI had a chance to add runs in both the fifth and sixth innings but double plays ended any threat for the Jags.
In a game marred by errors, seven in total, it was IUPUI’s defense that came up big in the win. Oakland had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh down two. Cammie Brummitt, who hit the earlier home run, hit a fly ball to left field that was caught by Bedrick. Bedrick’s throw home was just in time to get the runner to end the game for IUPUI.
Youngblood’s three hits marked the second-straight three-hit game for the freshman. Jasmin Speth earned her first-career hit in the win.
Lucas earned the win for IUPUI, moving to 2-3 on the season with four strikeouts and no walks.
OAKLAND 12 – IUPUI 1 F/5
The second game of the day, and final of the four game series was not what IUPUI had drawn up as the Jags fell to Oakland in five innings.
Two IUPUI errors in the second inning allowed the first two runs of the game to score for the Golden Grizzlies. IUPUI got a run back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out single by Abby Haas. Rachael Gregory scored on the play after reaching on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning.
Oakland added to its lead in the third with one-out solo home run and the next four Golden Grizzlies reaching base. By the time IUPUI got the next out, Oakland had stretched the lead to 5-1.
IUPUI got a runner to third in the third as Gilbert singled to lead off the inning, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch with one out but a line out and ground out ended IUPUI’s last real threat of the afternoon. In total, IUPUI managed just three hits on the day.
Oakland put the game out of reach, batting around in the top of the fourth. The first six Golden Grizzlies reached base and Oakland scored seven runs on IUPUI to take a 12-1 lead that would eventually be the final score.
IUPUI will hit the road for its first Horizon League series away from Indianapolis. The Jags will make the trip to Cleveland State to play the Vikings for four games with double headers on both Friday (March 19) and Saturday (March 20).
INDY WRESTLING: Combest, Sams in semis at 2021 NCAA DII Wrestling Championships
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ST. LOUIS- A pair of Greyhounds are in the semifinal rounds of their respective brackets at the 2021 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, while UIndy sits in a tie for 10th overall as a team heading into day two of the event.
Dawson Combest, the two-seed at 157, advanced to the semis with a 6-1 win over Northern State’s Caden Moore. The redshirt sophomore is now a two-time All-American, and will face six-seed Ronnie Gentile of Lindenwood in Saturday’s semifinal.
Redshirt junior Andrew Sams is also in the semis. The six-seed at 174, Sams opened his day with a 2-1 win over Wyatt Jordan of Central Oklahoma. In the quarters he then upset three-seed Brock Biddle of Pitt.-Johnstown 2-1 to earn match in the semis with two-seed Trevor Turriff of Minnesota State.
Logan Bailey (149) and Gleason Mappes (184) ended their seasons on day one of the event. Bailey, a true freshman, lost both of his matches in his Nationals debut to seeded opponents in the bracket eight and two seeds, while Mappes fell to the four and five seeds at 184.
Nebraska-Kearney leads the team race with 58 total points, with St. Cloud State not far behind in second with 51.5 points. Lindenwood (43.5), McKendree (42.5) and Central Oklahoma (42) round out the top five. They Greyhounds are currently tied for 10th with 16 total points.
Saturday action from the America’s Center opens with the semifinal matches. Wrestling begins at 1:00 p.m. EST, and can be watched live on NCAA.com.
MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls at Memphis, 5-2
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Miami University RedHawks baseball team played game two of their series in Memphis, Tenn., with the RedHawks (7-6) falling to the Tigers (5-7), 5-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the bottom of the second, Memphis scored two runs. The RedHawks answered in the top of the third, as Graduate Student Will Vogelgesang singled, driving home redshirt freshman Benji Brokemond to cut the Tigers lead to one.
The Tigers continue their offensive display at the bottom of the third, adding two more runs, extending their lead to 4-1.
The Tigers struck again, extending their lead to four in the bottom of fourth.
In the top of the eighth Freshman Dalton Back homered to right field, cutting into the Tigers lead.
Vogelgesang was 2-for-4 with an RBI-single, driving home the RedHawk’s first run. In the top of the eighth, he doubled to left field.
Dalton Back was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the eighth to cut the Tigers lead to three.
Jacob Webb was electric out of the bullpen, pitching four scoreless innings, coming in and shutting down the Tigers’ offense. Jacob finished with four shutout innings, striking out four while allowing just two hits. Jacob brought his season earned run average down to 1.23
The RedHawks and Tigers will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday, March 14, with a 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) first pitch in Memphis.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raidergang takes a pair on Saturday afternoon
The Wright State baseball team took both sides of the doubleheader over Youngstown State on Saturday, wining the opener 2-1 before a 14-5 victory in the nightcap.
The Raiders (7-5, 7-0 Horizon) now look to complete the weekend sweep over Youngstown State (5-10, 3-4 HL) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from The Nisch.
The opening game of the day was a true pitchers’ duel, with the teams combining for six hits. Youngstown State got on the board first with a solo homer in the top of the fifth for its first hit of the afternoon, but the Raiders battled back in the sixth. After Quincy Hamilton was hit by a pitch and Tyler Black singled, Sammy Sass delivered a two-out, two-run single into right to plate both runners in what turned out to be the difference in the game.
Bradley Brehmer earned the win for the Raiders on the mound, allowing just two hits and the one run with six strikeouts in the complete game effort. In addition to the hits from Black and Sass, Wright State also had hits from Gehrig Anglin (double in the second) and Jay Luikart (single later in the sixth).
Collin Floyd was saddled with the loss for Youngstown State, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 5.2 innings of work. Padrig O’Shaughnessy had one of the two Penguin hits, the solo homer in the fifth.
The second game of the afternoon was the exact opposite of game one, with the Raiders tallying three homers on the way to the big win. Already leading by two in the third, Hamilton connected on a solo homer down the right field line in the third before delivering a three-run double down the line in the fourth to break the game open.
Wright State tacked on to the lead in the fifth on Konner Piotto’s two-run homer before an RBI double in the sixth from Zane Harris. A Luikart solo homer in the seventh and a two-run double from Sass in the eighth wrapped up the Raider scoring.
The Raiders finished with 10 hits in game two, including two apiece from Hamilton, Black, Sass and Luikart, while Hamilton’s four RBI paced the offense. Sam Wirsing earned the win after 4.1 innings of relief out of the bullpen, allowing three runs with three strikeouts. Starter Alex Theis struck out three batters of his own, allowing two runs and four hits in the opening 3.2 innings.
Nick Perez allowed six runs (four earned) over the first three innings on the way to the loss, while Turner Grau had two hits and three RBI for Youngstown State.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Drops Saturday Contest With North Dakota State
DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team dropped Saturday’s contest against North Dakota State 9-1 at Woerner Field.
The Flyers only managed to pick up three hits on the day and made four errors in the loss, which brings the team’s record to 3-9 in 2021. Junior Benjamin Blackwell picked up two of those hits and scored the only run of the game for Dayton, which was driven in by junior Marcos Pujols.
ON THE MOUND
Graduate student Ben Olson started on the mound for the Flyers, battling for six innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits. The lefty struck out eight Bison hitters throughout the contest before leaving the game in the seventh inning.
Sophomore Anthony Hattrup entered for Olson, going two-thirds of an inning allowing two runs, one earned, with two walks and two strikeouts in his time in the game. Freshman Nick Rispoli ended the seventh inning on the mound, allowing one hit in his one-third of an inning and one unearned run.
Junior Thomas Braybrooks pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one and freshman Parker Bard finished the game not allowing a run in the ninth while picking up two strikeouts.
Top 3: (2-0 Bison)
Olson walked the leadoff hitter in the third inning but looked to have him out on a pickoff attempt. The throw to second from Pujols went into left field allowing him to get into scoring position. An infield single got him to third and after a wild pitch put runners on second and third a groundout to senior Mariano Ricciardi brought home the first run of the game. A single to right field followed to make it a 2-0 NDSU lead.
Top 4: (4-0 Bison)
The leadoff hitter for the Bison was hit by a pitch and a double to left center field made it 3-0 NDSU, with the throw home allowing the runner to advance to third. The next batter grounded out to Blackwell, bringing home the fourth run of the game.
Top 7: (9-0 Bison)
Olson allowed a leadoff single followed by a hit by pitch. Hattrup entered for him and the Bison attempted a double steal with the throw from junior Jay Curtis going wide past senior third baseman Riley Tirotta and into left field allowing a run to score. Hattrup struck out the next two hitters before walking the two after that to load the bases with two outs. Rispoli entered the game at that point and a single brought home two more runs, giving NDSU a 7-0 lead. An error by senior left fielder Jared Howell brought home the final two runs of the inning for the Bison.
Bottom 7: (9-1 Bison)
Blackwell doubled to left field to open the seventh inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pujols brought him home with a sacrifice fly to right field putting Dayton on the board and giving the game its final score.
The Flyers will return for the third game in the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Woerner Field.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BUCKEYES TOP IOWA, 7-4, SATURDAY IN MINNEAPOLIS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with six runs, five of them unearned, and went on to defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 7-4, Saturday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. The win improves Ohio State’s records to 4-3 overall and in the Big Ten while Iowa drops to 2-5 overall and in the Big Ten.
“We strung some hits together and hit the ball hard in the fifth,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “They gave us a little help in the inning as well and we were able to take advantage of it.”
Mitchell Okuley had the big hit of the fifth inning for the Buckeyes, dropping a bases-loaded double near the left field foul line, and just beyond third base, that was out of the reach of the Iowa left fielder to score three runs. Nate Karaffa also had an RBI double in the inning.
Jack Neely started on the mound for the Buckeyes and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He exited in the inning after loading the bases and allowing one run. His final line read 4.1 innings pitched with seven strikeouts, four walks, just one hit allowed and one earned run allowed.
“I like how Jack pitched today,” Beals said. “He goes four-and-a-third innings and he punched out seven guys. He went over 75 pitches. He gave us four really good innings and we went to the bullpen early because of yesterday [two losses].”
Neely was replaced with one out in the fifth by graduate student Patrick Murphy, who went 1.2 innings and gave up four hits and three runs.
Bayden Root then gave the Buckeyes two much-needed solid innings with the Hawkeys having chipped away at the lead to make it a three-run game. Root came in to pitch for Murphy in the seventh with two on and nobody out. The junior got the Buckeyes out of the jam, though, with line out to short, a fly out to left and then a liner to right that Okuley snared on the run for the final out.
Root gave up a leadoff hit in the eighth, but then got the next three batters, including striking out the final two batters of the inning, to send the game to the ninth. Root’s line was terrific: 2.0 IP with no hits a walk and two strikeouts.
Junior T.J. Brock closed out the game for the Buckeyes, pitching the ninth, hitting a batter but otherwise retiring the other three. For the game, Ohio State’s pitchers combined to allow just five hits, four earned runs and seven walks, and they helped themselves by striking out 14 Hawkeyes.
Murphy picks up the win for Ohio State to improve to 1-0 on the season. Brock gets the save; his first of the year. Cam Baumann, who pitched 4.0 innings and allowed two runs and only one earned, drops to 0-2 with the loss.
Offensively, there were hits up and down the line-up as eight different players recorded at least one hit. Okuley led the way by going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in. He now leads the team with seven RBI and he raised his average nearly .100 points to .333.
“Okuley doesn’t say a whole lot but he really competes,” Beals said of his sophomore outfielder who now has five RBI in three games this weekend. “I like the athlete that he is.”
Connor Pohl scored twice and got the Buckeyes’ offense going with a towering home run to deep right field in the fourth inning. In all, six Buckeyes scored runs and four had RBI on the day.
Ohio State completes its Minneapolis-series of four games tomorrow at 11 a.m. against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
OHIO STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: BUCKEYES DRAW WITH NITTANY LIONS 2-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State took the lead in the 65th minute but Penn State answered with a goal just two minutes later and neither team was able to net a shot over the final 44 minutes as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions tied 2-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State is now 2-1-2 on the season and Penn State moves to 4-1-1.
Both Ohio State goals came from junior forward Kayla Fischer. Those were her first two goals of the season and the 10th and 11th of her career.
In goal, Bailey Kolinski made nine saves on the afternoon, giving her 21 on the year.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring early as Marissa Birzon fed a nice ball into the box and it was headed home by Fischer. That came just three minutes into the contest. Fischer was the most active player on the field in the first half. She took four of the seven Buckeye shots. Penn State put six shots on target in the opening 45 minutes and Kolinski was up to the challenge on all six.
As quick as the Buckeyes scored to open the game, Penn State scored just as quick in the second half. Sam Coffey scored just three and a half minutes into the second half to even the score at 1-1.
Fischer then put the Buckeyes ahead in the 65th minute as she finished off a nice play that started again with Birzon. Her pass was headed on by Peyton McNamara and it was put home right in front of the net by Fischer.
The lead was short lived as Penn state’s Ally Schlegel whipped a hard cross into the box and a Buckeye defender knock the ball into the net in an attempted clear. The unfortunate Buckeye bounce even the score at 2-2 and neither team was able to find the game winner the rest of the regulation and both overtime periods.
The Buckeyes now head out on the road for a pair of matches next week. They will play at Purdue on Thursday, March 18 and then at Illinois on Sunday, March 21.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: SMITH, HACKENBRACHT KEY DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT WITH NORTHWESTERN
LEESBURG, Fla. – Ohio State split on Saturday doubleheader against No. 23 Northwestern and in the process handed the Wildcats their first loss of the year with a 4-2 triumph in the first game. Northwestern won the second game, 9-0. The teams will play the rubber game of their three-game set tomorrow at 9 a.m.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes’ game one win was built of the strength of timely hitting and another strong performance from freshman pitcher Allison Smith. Sam Hackenbracht hit a two-run home run in the second inning and Ohio State tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to ride the arm of Smith, who struck out seven over seven innings to earn her third win of the weekend.
Northwestern won the second game of the day due in large part to a six-run third inning. The rubber game of the three-game set will be tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in Leesburg, Fla.
Game One: Ohio State 4, Northwestern 2
Ohio State broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second in a big way when Sam Hackenbracht connected on a two-run home to left field. One batter earlier, Avery Clark nearly homered when she sent a ball to the wall that resulted in a triple, the first of her career. It marked the first time this season that
Northwestern, which had won its first nine games of the season prior to Saturday, trailed all year.
The Buckeyes added an RBI single from Carley Gaskill in the bottom of the fourth to increase their lead to 3-2, which was an important run after NU’s Rachel Lewis hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the fifth to make the score 3-2 in Ohio State’s favor.
In the fifth inning, Ohio State tacked on an important insurance run. The first batter of the inning – Tegan Cortelletti – singled through the left side and was sacrificed to second on a bunt. With two outs, Ashley Prange delivered a clutch single to left center, scoring Cortelletti and giving Ohio State a 4-2 lead.
Smith cruised through the sixth inning, setting the Wildcats down in order. In the seventh, NU had two runners on with two outs, but a ground ball to shortstop got the final out at second base.
Smith has been the winning pitcher in each of Ohio State’s three victories this weekend and has 18 strikeouts in 17.0 innings with a 2.02 earned run average.
Cortelletti has had two hits in each game and is batting .474 on the weekend with nine hits in 19 at-bats. She’s one of five players with multiple RBI.
Game Two: Northwestern 9, Ohio State 0
Northwestern broke a scoreless tie open in the bottom of the third with six runs and then tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth to earn a 9-0 win and split the Saturday doubleheader.
Two of Ohio State’s five hits came off the bat of Cortelletti, who was 2-for-3 on the game. The Buckeyes’ offense produced three doubles – one each from Prange, Gaskill and Hackenbracht. The Buckeyes’ five hits came against NU pitcher Danielle Williams, who had allowed just seven hits in 25.0 innings prior to Saturday.
The two teams wrap up their series – and the weekend – tomorrow with a game at 9 a.m. at Sleepy Hollow Fields. It will be broadcast live on BTN Plus.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
NOME, Alaska (AP)-Greeted by sirens, banners and shouts, Susan Butcher mushed into Nome in record time today to win her fourth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the past five years. Butcher was running about two hours ahead of Joe Runyan, the defending champion, in a reversal from the 1989 finish. Runyan won that race with a 65-minute cushion over Butcher.
Butcher had to drop three of her veteran dogs, including two leaders. She gave credit for the victory to her team, which she said had been “absolutely incredible.” “I’ve never had a team go as strong as this,” she added. “I don’t know what’s in that team that could do it, but it must be the combination working together. There’s been no strong dog to emerge from this group.”
Butcher and Rick Swenson are the only four-time winners of the Iditarod, a 1,158-mile race from Anchorage to Nome. Her official time was 11 days 1 hour 53 minutes 23 seconds, more than 10 minutes better than her 1987 mark of 11 days 2 hours 5 minutes, which was set on another route. The previous record for the northern route, set by Butcher in 1986, was 11 days 15 hours 6 minutes. She won $50,000 in first-place money plus $25,000 from Purina Pro Plan, one of her sponsors. The rest of the $200,000 purse will be split among the next 19 finishers.
The winning time came as something of a surprise this year. The 70 mushers who began the race March 3 in Anchorage had to contend with the deepest snow in a quarter-century, ash from a volcano, some unseasonably warm days, buffalo on the trail and marauding moose. Forced to forage in shoulder deep snow, moose were especially aggressive this winter. At least two mushers had run-ins with the huge animals, who tangled their lines and stomped their dogs.
Swenson, who was leading out of McGrath near the halfway point, had to turn back and have his team checked by a veterinarian after one such encounter. That cost him the race. People emptied out of bars and stores as Butcher headed down Front Street to cross the finish line for her fourth victory. She has finished second three times and among the top 10 four other times.
The grueling Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been held annually since 1973 but did not become widely recognized throughout the United States until it drew television coverage after Libby Riddles became the first woman to win it in 1985. Rick Swenson holds the record with five victories between 1977 and 1991.
1967: Less than two months after the first Super Bowl, the Baltimore Colts selected defensive end Bubba Smith of Michigan State as the No. 1 pick in the first combined A.F.L.-N.F.L. draft. Other top draft choices that year were quarterbacks Steve Spurrier of Florida, No. 3 by the San Francisco 49ers, and Bob Griese of Purdue, No. 4 by the Miami Dolphins.
1976: Bill Shoemaker, already the winningest jockey in horse racing history, rode Royal Derby II to victory at Santa Anita, becoming the first to win 7,000 races. Shoemaker was passed for most career victories by Laffit Pincay Jr. with 8,834 in 1999.
1953: Walter Dukes scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead Seton Hall over St. John’s, 58‚46, for the National Invitation Tournament championship at Madison Square Garden. Dukes, a huge star in the years before Bill Russell, had set the collegiate single-season record for rebounds (734), which still stands.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1953 Designated hitter Hal McRae, 39, and Brian, his 18 year-old second baseman son, play together in a Royals preseason game against the Phillies at Terry Field to become the first father and son combination appearing as major league teammates. Kansas City manager Dick Howser refers to the pair of teammates as a ‘Big Mac Attack.’
1954 Hank Aaron, filling in for Bobby Thomson, who broke his ankle yesterday, starts his first game wearing a Braves uniform. The 20 year-old from Mobile, Alabama, makes such an impression the club offers him a major league contract after he collects three hits, including a home run, in the spring training game against Boston.
1961 The Mets, playing their inaugural season next year, lure former Yankee general manager George Weiss out of retirement to become the club’s first president. The expansion team reportedly offered the iron-fisted executive a five-year deal at $100,000 annually, more than he ever earned during his 14 seasons with the Bronx Bombers.
1993 The Reds announce the Reds president Marge Schott’s Saint Bernard is being prohibited access to the Riverfront Stadium field for the season. The mandate to ban Schottzie 02 comes from the MLB’s Executive Council, who have received numerous complaints from the players about dogs running on the field.
1995 The players’ union makes it clear if the owners use replacement players during regular-season games and the results count, the strike will continue. The NLRB also announces it will be charging MLB owners with two counts of unfair labor practices.
2003 Cablevision, maintaining its “long-standing philosophy,” of allowing customers to choose to receive paid programming, agrees to a one-year interim deal to offer YES Network to New York Yankees fans for a fee, ending a bitter and costly yearlong feud. The arrangement makes YES a premium channel instead of a basic cable channel, dropping the new network’s previous mandate to make every subscriber pay for regardless of the viewer’s choice.
2003 Baseball suspends Montreal outfielder Vladimir Guerrero for three regular-season games and Marlin starter Brad Penny for five after igniting an exhibition game bench-clearing brawl earlier in the week. After being hit in the chest, the Expo All-Star, with a bat in his left hand, swings his right fist around Florida catcher Matt Treanor, trying to restrain him, missing the starting pitcher, who retaliated with a punch which also missed its mark.
2003 “Must be in the front row!”- BOB UECKER, a quip from beer commercials which has become a famous cry in ballparks around the country. Bob Uecker, the Brewers’ TV/radio play-by-play announcer, is chosen for induction into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. The 68 year-old former backup catcher, a member of Milwaukee’s broadcast crew since 1971, is best known for the humor he has brought to the game through his starring role in the cult movie Major League and the Miller Lite beer commercials.
2003 Dependent on passing a physical, free agent Kenny Lofton agrees to a one-year pact to play with the Pirates this season. The 35 year-old leadoff man would most likely start in center, moving Brian Giles to left field with left fielder Reggie Sanders going to right.
2006 Avoiding a trial scheduled to begin on Opening Day, Major League Baseball settles a lawsuit with an Atlanta-based company that claimed it owned the trademark rights to the name Washington Nationals. MLB sued Bygone Sports LLC, asking the court to declare that the trademark for the name Nationals does not belong to the company because its sole purpose in filing the September 2002 trademark application was to capitalize on the renaming of the team that recently shifted from Montreal to Washington.
2006 Terry Francona agrees to a two-year contract extension keeping the skipper at the helm through 2008. The Red Sox manager replaced Grady Little in December 2003 and promptly brought Boston to its first World Championship in 86 years.
2006 Washington, D.C. officials unveil the designs for a new home for the Nationals, scheduled to be opened in 2008. The glass-and-steel 41,000-seat ballpark will feature pale stone, chosen to complement the nation’s capital’s familiar skyline.
2008 Randy Wolf, the Padres’ new left-hander starter, struggles in a 6-2 spring training loss to the Brewers in Peoria, Arizona. The pitcher’s brother, Jim, isn’t much help as the home plate umpire, an occurrence which isn’t allowed during a regular-season game and is the only time it has ever happened, as the San Diego hurler gives up three runs in four innings.
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