Richmond 20 Muncie Central 0….….RICHMOND: Hayden Scalf 2-4 2R 2RBI…Logan Wadsworth 2-2 2RBI….Colton Fox 2RBI….Nick Chaney 2RBI…Pitching: Fox 4IP 8K’s

Northfield 16 Marion 6

Harrison 5 University 0

McCutcheon 7 Logansport 3

Lafayette Jeff 7 Kokomo 5

Knightstown 10 Winchester… PANTHERS: Ben Newby 3 – 3 2 RBI…Gunnar Hannis 2 – 4 2 RBI…Keelan Walters 2 – 2 RBI…. Brock Loveall 2 – 3 RBI…..Pitching: Mason Muncy 10K 2BB….. GOLDEN FALCONS: Will Anderson 2 – 2

Northeastern 9 Cowan 3…. KNIGHTS: Ben Deitsch 3 – 4 RBI…. Colton Coyle 2 – 32 RBI….Keaton Mikesell 2 – 3 2 RBI….Payton Lumpkin 2 – 4 RBI….Pitching: Landon Sum: 6IP 2H 3R 3ER 4K 3BB

Park Tudor 17 Seton Catholic 5… CARDINALS: Jake Moynihan 2 – 3 3 RBI… Luke Leverton 2 – 2 2 RBI…Pitching: Leverton 4IP 6H 8R 5ER 7K 2BB

Union County 17 N. Decatur 5…. PATRIOTS: Eric Burdine 3 – 4 5 RBI…. Mason Hornung 1 – 3 2 RBI…. Noah Taylor 2 – 3 2 RBI 3R 3SB…. Mason Wicker 1 – 3 1 RBI 3R

Wapahani 11 Shenandoah 1

Blue River 6 Daleville 5

Greenfield Central 7 Delta 6

Monroe Central 17 Wes-Del 0

Eastern Hancock 14 Randolph Southern 9

Columbus North 6 Batesville 2

Shelbyville 13 Mount Vernon 11

New Palestine 16 Yorktown 1


Hagerstown 14 Union City 4…. TIGERS: Tori Kelley 3 – 4 3 RBI….Meghan 1 – 3 3 RBI…Hallie Rogers 2 RBI….Marissa Slagle 2 – 2 2 RBI… Hannah Pyle 3R…..INDIANS: Skylie Lutz 2RBI

Wapahani 7 Shenandoah 6

Union County 15 Winchester 2…. PATRIOTS: Annalea Adams 3 – 5 3 RBI 3R…. Sophia Knock 4 – 5 4R…. Chloe Greene 2 – 5 3 RBI….Peyton Logue 2 RBI…. Shelby Hill 3 – 5 3 RBI 2R…Roya Walton 2 – 3 2R…Pitching: Chloe Greene 7IP 4H 2R 2ER 14K 3BB

Eastern Hancock 18 Randolph Southern 0

Mount Vernon 3 Yorktown 1

New Palestine 8 East Central 1


Northeastern 3 Richmond 2

Hagerstown 3 Tri 2


Oakland 7 Arizona 5

Boston 4 Minnesota 2

Seattle 4 Baltimore 3

Baltimore 7 Seattle 6

Toronto 7 NY Yankees 3

Texas 8 Tampa Bay 3

Cleveland 2 Chicago White Sox 0 (10)

Kansas City 3 LA Angels 2

Detroit 8 Houston 2

NY Mets 4 Philadelphia 3

Pittsburgh 8 San Diego 4

Miami 14 Atlanta 8

Chicago Cubs 3 Milwaukee 2

NY Mets 4 Philadelphia 0

St. Louis 14 Washington 3

San Francisco 7 Cincinnati 6

LA Dodgers 7 Colorado

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LA Clippers 126 Indiana 115

Brooklyn 127 Minnesota 97

Atlanta 108 Toronto 103

LA Lakers 101 Charlotte 93

Utah 106 Oklahoma City 96

Phoenix 106 Miami 86

Boston 116 Portland 115

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NY Rangers 3 New Jersey 0

Boston 3 Buffalo 2

Washington 6 Philadelphia 1

Calgary 3 Toronto 2

Nashville 7 Tampa Bay 2

Florida 3 Dallas 2

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NBA NEWS: George dominates Pacers, leads Clippers to 6th straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George continued to dominate his former team by scoring 36 points on Tuesday night and leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 victory at Indiana.

The Clippers have won six straight.

George also had seven rebounds and eight assists and is 4-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since being traded by the Pacers to Oklahoma City in July 2017. He has topped the 30-point mark in each of the Clippers’ last four games, the last two without All-Star teammate Kawhi Leonard, who sat out with a sore right foot.

“That’s what we’ve got to do,” he said. “It’s just how we’ve got to play. That’s just how we’ve got to finish.”

George heard boos during pregame introductions and jeers throughout the game in a mostly empty arena. He’s been through it before but has now won twice in Indianapolis with the Thunder, by margins of five and eight points, and twice with the Clippers, both by 11-point margins.

George’s big night was no surprise to coach Tyronn Lue.

“I think Paul is taking what the defense is giving him,” Lue said. “In the second half, he was making the right pass, the right plays, just taking what the defense is giving him – slowing it down, getting to the right spots to operate.”

Indiana was led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 29 points. Caris LeVert scored 26 as the Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak.

It sure didn’t look as if the game would be lopsided after a topsy-turvy first half, which included a 15-point first quarter from George amid a chorus of boos as the Clippers led 67-65. And Los Angeles still was clinging to a 100-97 cushion after an equally entertaining third quarter.

But George made two of the first three baskets in the fourth quarter to spur 8-0 run and Indiana never recovered.

“Good teams put you away, they don’t let you back in the game,” Brogdon said. “That’s what they did tonight. They built an 11-, 12-point lead and they kept it.”

Durant, Nets top Wolves 127-97 in makeup game after shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The show in Minnesota went on, the day after raw emotion from a fatal police shooting of a local Black man was too strong to play.

Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of the Timberwolves, even if focus was harder to come by than usual.

Durant scored 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting in his most productive performance in 2 1/2 months, as the Brooklyn Nets blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-97 on Tuesday afternoon.

“I felt like my wind and legs are getting up under me, each and every minute I’m playing,” said Durant, who missed 23 games with a strained hamstring until returning last week.

The game was rescheduled from the previous night, out of sensitivity to the community following the traffic-stop death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Players from both teams wore black warmup shirts that read, “With liberty and justice for all,” with the last two words in all-caps for extra emphasis, and a moment of silence was held before tip-off.

“All we can do is be here for each other physically, emotionally try to comprehend what guys are going through,” Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell said, adding: “I encourage everybody to go out there and do what you can physically do to make things better, not just speak about it.”

Anthony Edwards had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who played without Karl-Anthony Towns on the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death from COVID-19 complications. Towns chose to sit out and spend the time with his family.

Joe Harris pitched in 23 points for the Nets, who had 31 assists on 46 made baskets. Missing James Harden (strained hamstring), Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) and LaMarcus Aldridge (non-COVID-19 illness), the Nets were in command from the jump and ahead by 23 points before the midpoint of the second quarter. They built their lead as big as 45 points early in the fourth quarter.

Bogdanovic, Capela lead Hawks past Raptors 107-103

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 points, Clint Capela added 19 points and 21 rebounds, and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 107-103 on Tuesday night for their seventh win in eight games.

“Our depth is something we talked about when the season started, and now it’s really showing,” said Kevin Huerter, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half for Atlanta. “We’re going into every game thinking we can win no matter who goes out on the court.”

Brandon Goodwin added 18 points for the Hawks, who were missing seven injured players including Trae Young, who has sat out two games with a left calf contusion after a 42-point, nine-assist performance against Chicago on Friday night.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and rookie Malachi Flynn scored 22 points.

Toronto played from behind all night, but a 3-pointer by Flynn brought the Raptors within eight with 6:20 left. Bogdanovich and Goodwin answered with 3s for Atlanta. The Raptors made it closer in the final 72 seconds with the help of three more 3-pointers by Flynn. They were 6 of 30 from behind the arc before Flynn made four late in the game.

“Tonight he was pretty much our offense down the stretch,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

Atlanta led 66-54 after shooting 53% in the first half.

Siakam scored 21 points in the half and hit a baseline jumper with 0.6 seconds left – enough time for Solomon Hill to throw a full-court pass to Huerter, who laid it in at the horn.

“That was a lot of fun,” Huerter said. “We looked up and saw point-6 so I knew I had enough time to catch and finish. Great way to end the half.”

The end of the game wasn’t quite as great, coach Nate McMillan said.

“We got the win and we did a lot of good things, but we’ve got to be sharper in the fourth quarter,” he said. “We just did not execute down the stretch.”

Capela, the NBA’s leading rebounder, dunked for the Hawks’ final field goal with 2:38 left.

“These teams that are playing a lot of small ball, he’s done a good job of punishing them in the paint,” McMillan said.

Kuzma nets 24, lifts Lakers past short-handed Hornets 101-93

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Frank Vogel isn’t complaining about the Los Angeles Lakers finishing a seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record.

“I think all of our guys are really fatigued right now,” the Lakers’ second-year head coach said. “We are stretched really thin with all of the injuries and the compact schedule. To come out of it 4-3 on this stretch, we feel good about that.”

Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, and the Lakers held on for a hard-fought 101-93 win against a Charlotte Hornets team missing five of its top six scorers on Tuesday night.

Dennis Schroder added 19 points and Andre Drummond chipped in with 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who’ll return home to face the Boston Celtics on Thursday with fans allowed in the Staples Center.

“It could be a big impact having that energy,” Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “That energy can fill you up.”

Devonte Graham led the Hornets with 19 points. Caleb Martin had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers held the Hornets to 43.4% shooting overall and 25.7% from 3-point range.

The game was largely a battle of backups, with the Hornets missing four starters due to injury and the Lakers three.

Charlotte was missing more than 72% of its scoring with Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington joining LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Malik Monk on the bench. The Lakers, who are still without All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, were also missing Markieff Morris due to a sprained left ankle.

The Lakers built a 10-point lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter behind a jumper by Schroder.

But Charlotte cut the lead to one with 1:54 remaining behind a coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer from Graham. The Hornets had a chance to take the lead after getting a defensive stop, but Graham turned the ball over and Alex Caruso made them pay at the other end with a clutch 3 with 43 seconds left.

NBA-leading Jazz deal Thunder seventh straight loss, 106-96

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic knew the Jazz would look to him to take a leading role with three of Utah’s primary players out.

Bogdanovic scored 23 points and Donovan Mitchell added 22 as the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder 106-96 on Tuesday night.

“We had guys out on this back-to-back, so we’re ran way more sets of fences for me so I was able to get to the basket and draw the fouls,” Bogdanovic said.

Luguentz Dort scored career-high 42 points and Moses Brown had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11.

Bogdanovic, who scored a season-high 33 points in his last game, left his familiar spot on the perimeter and repeatedly took the ball to the basket. He finished with a season-high 10-for-10 shooting from the free throw line.

“I knew I had to be more aggressive these last two games,” Bogdanovic said.

In pain, Bogdanovic held his right wrist after getting knocked to the floor in the third quarter. Surgery on that wrist ended his season before the bubble last season. Bogdanovic kept playing and was a key to Utah’s 66-38 scoring advantage in the second and third quarters.

Mitchell, who averaged over 40 points in his previous four games, didn’t need to be nearly as dominant against the Thunder.

Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks for Utah, which held the Thunder to 38.7% shooting.

The Jazz used a 12-0 run after a 55-53 halftime edge to blow open a close game. Mitchell made consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run.

Suns get big night from bench, cruise past Heat 106-86

PHOENIX (AP) Cam Payne was the man who got the curtain call on Tuesday night. The backup guard sheepishly grinned and waved to the screaming Phoenix Suns’ fans as he trotted off the court postgame.

Usually, those cheers are reserved for All-Stars like Devin Booker or Chris Paul. On this night, the praise belonged to the backups.

Payne scored 14 points and dished seven assists to lead a Phoenix bench that poured in 65 points, and the Suns rolled to a 106-86 victory over the Miami Heat.

Payne banked a layup high off the glass with less than a second left to give the Suns an 83-72 lead heading into the fourth. It was part of a big game for several Suns’ reserves, which was the biggest reason they were able to slowly pull away from the Heat in the second half.

Four backups scored in double figures, including Cam Johnson (15 points), Payne (14), Torrey Craig (14) and Dario Saric (13). Jevon Carter added nine points on three 3-pointers. That offset a fairly quiet night for Booker and Paul.

Booker finished with 12 points and Paul had five points and nine assists. Paul said he wasn’t surprised the bench was able to pick up the slack.

“We have a team. Like a real team,” Paul said. “We lean on each other and trust each other.”

The Suns have won 10 of their last 11 games, including three in a row. They improved to 39-15. The Heat fell to 28-26.

Phoenix was 13 of 42 from 3-point range (31%), one night after setting a franchise record with 25 long balls.

Miami had an even worse night from beyond the arc, making just 9 of 44 (20.5%). Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 18 points and Duncan Robinson added 15.

Tatum scores 32, Celtics edge Trail Blazers for 4th straight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 32 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final moments, and the Boston Celtics held off the Portland Trail Blazers 116-115 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four games.

Jaylen Brown added 24 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for Boston, winners of six of their last seven games.

“We’re trending in the right direction,” Tatum said.

Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists, and Carmelo Anthony had 25 points off the bench for Portland.

Tatum’s 3-pointer early in the final quarter put the Celtics up 99-91, their biggest lead of the game to that point. Anthony closed the gap for Portland with a jumper and a 3-pointer.

It appeared as if the Celtics were pulling away when Walker’s 3 put Boston up 107-99 with just over five minutes left, but Lillard’s 3-pointer got Portland within five points.

CJ McCollum’s jumper and a pair of free throws from Lillard narrowed it to 107-106. After Robert Williams III’s layup, Lillard’s 3 tied it at 109 with 2:03 left.

Williams’ tip kept the Celtics in front until McCollum’s 3 gave Portland a 112-111 lead with 1:01 to go.

Tatum made a pair of free throws before a step-back 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds appeared to seal it. Norman Powell hit a 3 for the Blazers with 5.4 seconds to go to close within 116-115, but Portland couldn’t catch up.

Tatum, who scored a career-high 53 points in a win last Friday over Minnesota and earned player of the week honors, scored 17 of his points in the third quarter.

The Blazers have lost five of their last seven games.

NBA NEWS: Nuggets’ Murray tears ACL in left knee, out indefinitely

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets will be without Jamal Murray indefinitely after the dynamic point guard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

The Nuggets announced the diagnosis in a statement Tuesday. It’s a big blow to a team coming off a season in which it advanced to the Western Conference finals and is hoping to make another deep postseason run.

Murray was hurt late in a loss at Golden State on Monday night. He drove the lane, tried to elevate off his left foot and fell to the ground, instantly grabbing his knee in pain.

Coach Michael Malone expressed immense concern soon after Murray’s injury. Same with his teammates and players around the league, who posted their well-wishes on social media.

Before Monday, the 24-year-old Murray had missed four games with a sore right knee. He is averaging 21.2 points and 4.8 assists this season as the Nuggets sit in fourth place in the West.

Murray drew rave reviews for his postseason performance inside the NBA bubble in Florida last season. He averaged 26.5 points and 6.6 assists to help the Nuggets overcome 3-1 series deficits against Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers before losing to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals.

This was looking like another season in which the Nuggets could challenge the top teams in the West, with Murray running the show. They also have a bona fide MVP contender in big man Nikola Jokic, who is averaging nearly a triple-double. Plus, they have a potent outside weapon in Michael Porter Jr. and depth after the addition of Aaron Gordon, who moved into the starting lineup following his acquisition from Orlando at the trade deadline.

“You all know what he means to us. He’s `the dude,’ you know what I’m saying – Nikola and Jamal,” Porter said after the 116-107 loss to the Warriors. “They’ve brought this team to new heights. You talk about their closing all the time, but we need Jamal. We all know that. But we’re more worried about his well-being right now – how he is individually – than we are the team. The team right now is an afterthought. We’re just worried about Jamal.”

BASKETBALL NEWS: Indiana Basketball Icon Bobby “Slick” Leonard Passes Away at Age 88


Indiana men’s basketball national champion and Hall of Famer Bob “Slick” Leonard passed away on April 13 at the age of 88.

When it comes to basketball in the state of Indiana, very few have done more or meant more to the game than ‘Slick.’ As an IU player from 1951-54, he was a two-time All-American and All-Big Ten player who teamed with Don Schlundt to lead the program to the 1953 national championship. It was his free throw with 27 seconds left that secured the 69-68 win over Kansas in the title game. He also led the program to Big Ten titles in both 1953 and 1954 and finished his career with 1,098 points.

After departing Bloomington, Slick had an equally profound impact on the game in our state at the professional level. After two years of military service he spent seven years in the NBA as a player with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and then Chicago. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists.  He then went into coaching, where he was best known for the 12 years he spent as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in the ABA and then the NBA. After taking over as the Pacers’ head coach in the franchise’s second season in the ABA, he guided the Pacers to three ABA Championships (1970, 1972, 1973) and a five ABA Finals appearances, both records for the ABA’s nine-year run that ended in 1976.  He then spent four more years as the Pacers coach after they joined the NBA.

His contributions didn’t end there; he returned to the Pacers in 1985 as a radio broadcaster and went on to spend 35 years in that role. He’s been honored on numerous occasions for his contributions to the game, including as a 2014 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Woodson on Slick Leonard:

“Slick has meant so much to me for such a long time.  Take a moment and think about this.  He has meant as much as anyone in the state of Indiana when it comes to the game of basketball.  He played the game with great flair.  He coached with undeniable passion.  His smile put everyone at ease.  The man was a champion through and through whether it was with the Pacers organization or at Indiana University.  Without question, he was a Hall of Fame human being.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loving wife, Nancy, their children and everyone he touched on a daily basis.”

IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson on Slick Leonard

 “I am heartbroken by the passing of Slick, and my heart goes out to his wife, Nancy, and the entire Leonard family,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “He was a Hoosier basketball legend, but more than anything, he was a Hoosier legend. Slick has been one of our state’s most beloved basketball figures for seven decades, someone who loved the game and dedicated his life to it. In addition to loving the sport of basketball, Slick and Nancy also loved IU. There was no alum that I enjoyed seeing more when he returned for a game than him. His stories were priceless and endless. He will be dearly missed.”

NBA NEWS: Cuban: Play-in tournament ‘an enormous mistake’

With his Dallas Mavericks on track to participate in the NBA’s end-of-season play-in tournament, team owner Mark Cuban called the new format “an enormous mistake,” citing the extra workload for teams that would have otherwise clinched playoff berths late in the regular season.

“The worst part of this approach is that it doubles the stress of the compressed schedule,” Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Tuesday. “Rather than playing for a playoff spot and being able to rest players as the standings become clearer, teams have to approach every game as a playoff game to either get into or stay in the top six, since the consequences, as Luka (Doncic) said, are enormous. …

“In hindsight, this approach was an enormous mistake.”

The NBA normally holds an 82-game regular season that runs from mid-October to mid-April. With last season’s midyear delay pushing the 2020 postseason into October, the 2020-21 regular season was shortened to 72 games, with opening night on Dec. 22. The play-in games will take place from May 18-21.

Cuban said he would have preferred if the NBA had eliminated conference-based playoff berths, seeding the top teams 1-20 with the bottom four seeds as the play-in teams. In that format, the 29-24 (.547) Mavericks would be on track for the 10th seed.

Instead, if the regular season ended today, the Mavericks would host the 8-seed Memphis Grizzlies in a winner-takes-all game for the 7-seed. The loser of that contest would then face the winner of a matchup between the ninth-seeded San Antonio Spurs and the 10th-seeded Golden State Warriors for the West’s final playoff berth.

Doncic is still in search of his first postseason series victory, and the third-year phenom said Monday that he doesn’t like the notion of having to fight even harder just to get into the final field of 16 playoff combatants.

“I don’t understand the idea of a play-in,” Doncic said following a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. “You play 72 games to get into the playoffs, then maybe you lose two in a row and you’re out of the playoffs. So I don’t see the point of that.”

WNBA NEWS: WNBA to start 25th season May 14, with teams back at home arenas

The WNBA released its 2021 schedule Tuesday as the league gets set to celebrate its 25th season starting May 14.

The 12 teams will play 32 regular-season games, which includes a break from July 12-Aug. 14 for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The television schedule will be released at a later date.

The WNBA had a 22-game regular season last year in the bubble in Bradenton, Florida. This year, teams will be back at home arenas. For the defending champion Seattle Storm this season, that will be at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington, as refurbishment work continues on Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The Los Angeles Sparks will play home games at both the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center. And the New York Liberty’s home games are now played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“As we tip-off this historic season with teams returning to play in their home markets, we celebrate the impact the WNBA has made on generations of young and diverse athletes and on sports and society since 1997,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “Together with our fans and partners, we look ahead to how the outstanding athletes of the WNBA will continue to provide the best women’s basketball in the world while also driving change, striving for justice and equality, and impacting future generations.”

There will be four games on Friday May 14, starting with Indiana at New York, as last year’s No. 1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu is expected back in action for the Liberty after missing most of last season with an ankle injury.

Last year’s WNBA Finals teams meet May 15 as Las Vegas visits Seattle, a game that also pits the top two finishers in the MVP race last season: winner A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart. The Storm won their fourth championship, and Stewart was the WNBA Finals MVP.

May 15 also will feature Chicago, which signed two-time MVP Candace Parker as a free agent earlier this year, at Washington, the 2019 champion that hopes to have two-time MVP Elena Delle Donne back after she missed the 2020 season. Washington also hopes to see 2012 MVP Tina Charles make her Mystics debut; she sat out last season on a medical exemption because of extrinsic asthma.

Parker, who played 13 seasons with Los Angeles, will return there to play the Sparks on June 5 after facing them twice in Chicago in May. Parker opted to leave Los Angeles for her hometown of Chicago, which has been to the WNBA Finals (in 2014) but hasn’t won a title. Parker won the league championship with the Sparks in 2016.

The 2021 schedule also seeks to reduce the number of trips teams take, including the use of a “series” model in which some teams are scheduled to play back-to-back games in the same place.

The WNBA will finish the regular season Sept. 19. The playoff format remains the same, with eight teams advancing to the postseason. There are single-elimination first- and second-round games, followed by best-of-five series for both the semifinals and WNBA Finals.

MLB NEWS: Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly holds up, Giants beat Reds 7-6

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Down by four runs after a half-inning a day after being shut out, San Francisco just started swinging away.

Wilmer Flores’ tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh held up in a strange, back-and-forth game that featured four two-run homers in the first inning alone, and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Austin Slater put the Giants ahead on an RBI triple in the sixth following three home runs by San Francisco. That lead didn’t last: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Tommy La Stella collided trying to chase down pinch-hitter Alex Blandino’s fly in shallow center in the seventh, and the ball fell to the grass for a single as the Reds scored the tying run to make it 6-6.

The teams were tied at 4 after the first inning on a pair of two-run homers by each club. The only other time since at least 1974 that teams hit four two-run homers in the same inning was Sept. 18, 2004, when the Tigers and White Sox did so in the 10th inning, according to Sportradar.

“There’s a lot of confidence up and down our lineup. I just don’t think we’ve lost any of that from the way that we’ve started, we just haven’t scored that many runs,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “What tonight demonstrated is that we are resilient. We’re not going to get down on ourselves, we’re not going to lose confidence because we have a stretch of 10 or sometimes even more games where we’re not putting up big numbers.”

Joey Votto connected off former Reds right-hander Kevin Gausman – who was nearly hit by a flying bat from leadoff hitter Jesse Winker to start the game – for his second homer in two nights. Mike Moustakas then added his two-run homer, sending the drive into the water of McCovey Cove beyond the right field arcade to give Cincinnati a splash-hit homer for the second straight game.

Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford each hit two-run shots in the bottom half against Cincinnati ace Luis Castillo.

Plunked again, Contreras hits back with HR, Cubs beat Brews

MILWAUKEE (AP) After getting hit time and time again by Milwaukee Brewers pitchers, Willson Contreras finally hit back.

Contreras delivered a two-run homer in the eighth inning and enjoyed his trip around the bases as the Chicago Cubs rallied past Milwaukee 3-2 Tuesday night, ending a three-game skid and snapping the Brewers’ three-game winning streak.

Contreras’ blast came after he was hit by a pitch from a Brewer for the third time this season.

“Tonight we sent a message,” Contreras said. “They picked the wrong guy to throw at.”

Contreras hit a towering drive to left-center off Brent Suter (0-1). The long drive delighted the large contingent of Cubs fans at Milwaukee’s American Family Field.

After leaving the batter’s box, Contreras turned himself around and flipped his bat back toward the Cubs dugout before beginning his trot.

He acknowledged that getting hit by pitches so often by one team had angered him. He talked about it with Brewers catcher and good friend Omar Narvaez.

“I told him, `I know you guys are not trying to hit me, but bro, that’s something that would frustrate any player and I’m trying to take care of myself,'” Contreras said.

Contreras put his finger to his lips several times as he rounded the bases, as if to hush Milwaukee fans. He walked the last couple of steps to the plate.

“That’s got to feel so good for him,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He almost ripped my hand off when he high-fived me in the dugout.”

Devers, Bosox win snowy 7th in row; Twins hold silent moment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rafael Devers homered for the fourth straight game and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on a snowy Tuesday afternoon in a series opener moved back following the fatal police shooting of a Black man in a nearby suburb.

Hunter Renfroe hit a solo homer and Bobby Dalbec added a pair of RBI doubles as Boston won its seventh in a row after losing its first three games of the season.

“I felt good today. I felt good in my early work the last two days, even though we didn’t play yesterday,” Dalbec said. “Obviously, it’s pretty cold and tough to get the hands going. But you kind of got to just push through it and find a way to stay warm.”

Monday’s game was postponed due to safety and sensitivity concerns in the Twin Cities after the police shooting a day earlier of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. The Twins held a moment of silence for Wright prior to Tuesday’s game.

Snow flurries fell for most of the game and it was 33 degrees for the first pitch. That made for the third-coldest start at Target Field, the record being 27 degrees on April 7, 2018.

“It was cold. I don’t feel my fingers the first inning,” said Boston starter Martin Perez, who allowed the first two hitters of the game to score before settling in for five innings.

Adam Ottavino (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Matt Barnes pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.

Randy Dobnak (0-2) took the loss for Minnesota, which has lost three in a row.

“I think that this is one of those periods of time that I think a lot of teams go through when you’re looking for a big hit,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You’re looking for something to set everything off and get things rolling in some of these games.”

Bieber excels, Indians outlast Giolito, White Sox 2-0 in 10

CHICAGO (AP) Shane Bieber wasn’t sure where this ranked among his best performances. The AL Cy Young Award winner knew it was high on the list.

Bieber pitched three-hit ball over nine innings for Cleveland while Lucas Giolito nearly matched him before the Indians broke through in the 10th to beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 on Tuesday night.

The matchup between All-Star aces sure lived up to its billing.

“I guess it was a big one,” Bieber said. “It’s special to me. It was great to know that tonight’s matchup was kind of as advertised and we were able to come out on top.”

Bieber (1-1) struck out 11 and has fanned 35 in his first three starts of the season for the second straight year. Nolan Ryan set the record with 37 in 1973 and Gerrit Cole had 36 in 2018.

“I thought he was tremendous,” manager Terry Francona said. “You pick the adjective and you can put my name to it. I thought that was one of the best-pitched games on both sides that I’ve seen in a long time. Those are two of the best. Biebs did a heck of a job.”

Giolito wasn’t bad, either.

“These types of games are the ones I remember, the ones that I really enjoy,” he said.

Giolito also allowed only three hits and fanned eight. He was pulled after issuing his second walk to begin the eighth inning. Bieber walked one.

“The way Bieber was pitching tonight, I didn’t have to wait in the dugout very long to get back out there,” Giolito said. “So it was like full go. Every inning, we were both putting up zeros. It was just a battle, and it’s pretty exciting, pretty fun. Just had to stay within myself.”

Garrett Crochet (0-2) came on in the 10th for Chicago and catcher Yasmani Grandal interfered with Josh Naylor leading off, putting runners on the corners.

Ramos homers twice, Tigers slug Astros for 2nd straight win

HOUSTON (AP) Wilson Ramos hit two home runs and Renato Nunez and rookie Akil Baddoo each homered for the second straight game as the Detroit Tigers slugged their way to an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Ramos has stepped into the cleanup spot with Miguel Cabrera sidelined by a biceps injury, and his six homers lead the majors.

“Miggy is one of the leaders of this team and we need him back,” Ramos said. “But since he’s not here right now I have to take that spot he left. I’m very happy for what I’m doing right now. I don’t want to be Miggy’s bat, but I want to give support to my team.”

Baddoo, a Rule 5 pick, is off to a scorching start to his major league career with four homers in eight games. Nomar Mazara also homered to give the Tigers a season-high five long balls as they won their second straight following a four-game skid.

“We’ve made them come inside the strike zone,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think we’ve been selective and punished some mistakes when they’ve made mistakes.”

The Tigers spoiled the Astros debut of Jake Odorizzi (0-1), who got a late start to the season after signing on March 8. Detroit tagged him for seven hits and five runs, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings to hand the Astros their fourth consecutive loss after a 6-1 start.

“This one’s on me,” Odorizzi said. “Anytime you give up multiple runs in a mid-game inning it’s usually a tough one to come back from. Maybe treat it as a learning tool and try to move from it differently and how to attack it. Having a short area in left field is a different aspect and I got my firsthand experience tonight.”

In his first visit to his former team, Hinch won the opening two games, securing the Tigers’ first series win against the Astros since July 28-30, 2017, and the first series win in Houston since May 2-5, 2013. Hinch was suspended for a year by MLB in January 2020 and subsequently fired by the Astros for his role in the team’s sign-stealing scandal before being hired by Detroit this offseason.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (2-1) yielded six hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings.

NFL NEWS: Three-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft: AFC South

With the 2021 NFL Draft now only three weeks away, we at PFF are continuing our division-by-division three-round NFL mock draft series with a look at the AFC South.

As we have already done for the AFC East, AFC West, NFC East and AFC North, we have used the PFF Mock Draft Simulator to make the perfect picks for each team in the division.

The Tennessee Titans stock up with positions of need after losing some key members in free agency, taking a cornerback and a wide receiver, among others. The Jacksonville Jaguars also load up with some big-time players, including a quarterback at No. 1 overall, though there are no prizes for guessing who that quarterback may be. The Indianapolis Colts, even without many picks, rebuild their offensive line to protect newly signed signal-caller Carson Wentz. The hapless Houston Texans are here, too, though only just.

READ MORE: https://www.pff.com/news/draft-three-round-2021-nfl-mock-draft-afc-north

NFL NEWS: Arizona Cardinals sign RB Conner to one-year deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed running back James Conner to a one-year contract.

The Cardinals made the move after starting running back Kenyan Drake announced he was signing with the Las Vegas Raiders a few weeks ago. Conner is expected to join Chase Edmonds as the Cardinals’ main options in the backfield next season.

The 25-year-old Conner played his first four seasons in Pittsburgh and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He ran for a career-high 973 yards and 12 touchdowns that year.

He played in 13 games in 2020 and started 11, finishing with 721 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also been active in the passing game throughout his career, catching 124 passes for 963 yards and four touchdowns.

The Cardinals continued their aggressive overhaul in an effort to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. They’ve signed several veterans, including three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, cornerback Malcolm Butler and receiver A.J. Green.

NFL NEWS: Broncos, Seahawks players skipping voluntary offseason workouts

Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players announced via the NFLPA on Tuesday that they won’t participate in voluntary offseason workouts due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Broncos players made their decision on a call Monday night, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

In their statement through the players’ union, Seahawks players said: “While many states in this county are still seeing rising COVID-19 numbers, we believe that a virtual offseason is best for everyone’s protection.”

NFLPA president J.C. Tretter urged players to boycott this spring’s in-person offseason team activities on a conference call this past Friday.

“We’ve been telling them it’s voluntary and we’re not gonna go,” Tretter said.

Tretter and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith reiterated the union’s desire to have all activities prior to training camp conducted virtually, including mandatory minicamp, in a memo to players Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The players’ association requested an all-virtual offseason, similar to what NFLers experienced in 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL and NFLPA haven’t announced a formal agreement regarding testing for the offseason programs.

The Broncos and Seahawks, along with the rest of the league, were set to begin their offseason program April 19.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry have announced the hiring of Matt Crenshaw as the tenth head coach in the men’s basketball program’s history. Crenshaw, an IUPUI Hall of Famer and longtime assistant coach, was selected following a national search, facilitated by an IUPUI campus-wide search committee and assisted by Parker Executive Search. He brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Jaguar program.

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said, “I am pleased to welcome Matt Crenshaw back to IUPUI. Coach Crenshaw brings a depth of experience unmatched by other candidates, including—and especially—his experience as an IUPUI Jaguar student athlete and as an assistant coach at IUPUI. In addition, he has also coached at Ball State University as well as playing professional basketball. With deep roots in the community and ties to many former IUPUI players, Crenshaw is well positioned to take IUPUI men’s basketball to the next level.”

“This is an exciting day for our university, athletics department and men’s basketball program,” Perry said. “Coach Crenshaw’s experience, excitement and love for this university and basketball program makes him the perfect candidate to build upon past successes in leading the program to new heights while connecting with former players, alumni, current students, faculty and staff.”

“We are happy to welcome him home.”

“IUPUI has meant so much to me over the course of my time here as a student-athlete, a coach and alum. I am humbled and honored that Chancellor Paydar, Dr. Perry and the search committee have given me this amazing opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program,” Crenshaw said. “We will strive to not only reach the same level of success as we’ve had in the past, but also make greater strides in the future.

“I look forward to rebuilding and growing the program. I’m ready to get to work.”

Crenshaw has spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Ball State, serving as the Cardinals’ co-defensive coordinator. In addition, he was instrumental in BSU’s guard development, recruiting efforts and advance scouting. Under his tutelage, Ball State boasted All-Mid-American Conference performers Tayler Persons, Ishmael El-Amin, K.J. Walton and 2019-20 MAC Freshman of the Year Jarron Coleman. In addition, Ball State had the MAC’s best scoring defense during the 2019-2020 season and captured a West Division championship before the season was halted due to COVID-19.

Crenshaw previously spent 12 seasons on the IUPUI bench, including his final seven years as the program’s associate head coach. He was on the IUPUI coaching staff when the Jaguars notched a 26-7 mark in 2007-2008, led by the program’s first NBA Draft pick, George Hill. While at IUPUI, he coached 15 all-league performers, two all-district honorees, three Mid-Major All-Americans and one CoSIDA Academic All-American.

His time on the IUPUI sidelines spanned the tenures of three head coaches, starting with his college coach Ron Hunter. Crenshaw was instrumental in a pair of firsts – leading the Jaguars to their first NCAA Tournament as a player and helping the program to its first postseason victory as a coach.

That victory came in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational as part of a 25-win season in which IUPUI fell one win shy of tying the program’s single-season record for victories. That season also included one of the Jaguars’ two trips to the Summit League championship game during Crenshaw’s time on the bench.

In May of 2013, Crenshaw was selected from a competitive field of talented assistant coaches and invited to participate in the NCAA’s A.C.E (Achieving Coaching Excellence) Program. The professional development seminar provided an opportunity to focus on training and education in the areas of leadership, communication, campus relations, media, community involvement and program management. He was able to implement much of the training as he has excelled in academic oversight and been active on campus, both at IUPUI and Ball State. He’s also helped spearhead community service initiatives in both Indianapolis and Muncie.

As a player, Crenshaw gained national acclaim in March 2003 when his last second jumper sent IUPUI to a thrilling win over Valparaiso in the Mid-Continent Conference championship game and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

The Charlottesville, Va.-native capped his collegiate career with an outstanding senior season, earning Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Year honors and Honorable Mention All Mid-Con honors. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 11.7 points, 5.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game as IUPUI went 21-11 overall. He shot 57.3 percent from the floor from his guard spot, while playing 36.3 minutes per game. He was a Preseason All Mid-Con selection prior to his senior season.

He finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 157 steals and led the Mid-Con as a junior and senior in assist-to-turnover ratio. He played in 123 career games, making 98 starts during his four years, totaling 923 points and 422 rebounds to accompany his school record 510 assists. He later had his No. 21 jersey retired by the program, becoming just the third former player to have his number retired to the IUPUI rafters.

After graduating from IUPUI in 2004, Crenshaw spent two years playing professionally both in the U.S. and overseas. He has played professionally in the ABA, Slovakia and Poland. While in Slovakia, he helped his squad to the Slovakian National Championship, while earning Playoff MVP honors. He was pegged by Eurobasket.com as the All-Slovakian League Import Player of the Year and First Team All-League before turning his attention to the coaching ranks.

Crenshaw was officially introduced as the tenth head coach in program history on Apr. 13 and will officially begin duties on Apr. 19.

INDIANA MSOCCER: Indiana Hosts Maryland in Big Ten Semifinals


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 3-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (8-1-0) will host the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins (4-3-2) for the third-straight season in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, this time at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday, April 14.

First kick is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN. Chris Vosters (PxP) and Chris Munroe (Color) will be on the call. Live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.


• For the third-straight season, Indiana claimed the Big Ten regular season title, the longest streak in the conference since IU captured nine-straight league crowns from 1996-2004.

• The Hoosiers have won a conference-leading 17 regular season Big Ten championships.

• Indiana has won the last five trophies handed out by the Big Ten (3 regular season, 2 tournament), meaning 25-of-30 (83.3%) of the roster has never lost a B1G trophy during their collegiate career.


• The Indiana men’s soccer team cleaned up the 2020-21 Big Ten Conference postseason awards.

• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra, sophomore goalie Roman Celentano, and redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass earned All-Big Ten First Team plaudits, while sophomore midfielder Herbert Endeley and redshirt sophomore defender Daniel Munie were named to the 2020-21 All-Big Ten Second Team. Freshman defender Joey Maher was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.

• Bezerra also earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. He is the third Hoosier to garner the award as he joins Will Bruin (2010) and Eriq Zavaleta (2012). Celentano became the second IU keeper to be named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year (Trey Muse, 2018).

• Todd Yeagley was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time (2010, ’18, ’19). Yeagley joins his father, Jerry Yeagley, as the only coaches in Big Ten history to earn the accolade in three-consecutive seasons. Jerry achieved the feat from 2001-03.


• Yeagley earned his 150th-career win in a 3-0 result over Northwestern on March 23. He holds a record of 145-50-39 in his illustrious tenure at the helm of the Hoosiers.

• In the program’s last 44 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 33-2-9. The Hoosiers are 9-0-5 in the Big Ten Tournament since the start of the 2015 postseason.

• Glass suffered a season-ending injury (tibia) against No. 11 Michigan.

• Bezerra leads the Big Ten in game-winning goals (3), points per game (2.11), shots per game (3.11), total goals (8), and total points (19). Celentano carries the conference torch in goals against average (0.211), save percentage (0.935), shutouts (6), and is second in total saves (29).


• The Hoosiers continued their offensive onslaught against the Big Ten Conference, scoring three goals against the eighth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. IU cruised to a 3-0 result.

• Bezerra netted two goals, including a free kick from the spot in the seventh minute to open the scoring. He capped the Hoosier scoring with a strike in the 73rd minute.

• Sandwiched between the Bezerra goals, was a tally from redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink. He took advantage of a goalkeeper mistake to slot home his fourth goal of the season.

• Celentano and redshirt sophomore keeper Bryant Pratt, making his IU debut, combined for Indiana’s seventh clean sheet of the year. 


• The Maryland Terrapins, under the direction of head coach Sasho Cirovski, started the season 0-3-0, but have regained traction and not suffered a setback since. The Terps have earned results (4-0-2) in each of the last six matches, including a thrilling 1-1 draw against the fifth-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland advanced via a 5-4 advantage in the penalty kick shootout.

• Redshirt senior forward Paul Binn, an All-Big Ten Second Team selection, paces the Terrapins in goals scored (3), total points (7) and game-winning goals (2). Freshman midfielder Ben Bender has scored two goals and leads Maryland in shots (20) and shots on goal (8).

• Freshman keeper Jamie Lowell leads the Terps in starts (6) and saves (19), but holds a record of 1-3-2 with 10 goals against.


• Indiana and Maryland have played 16 times on the pitch. Both programs have scored 18 goals in those 16 matches, but Indiana holds the slight series edge, 5-4-7.

• The two teams have squared off six times in the postseason, including twice in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Maryland won the regular season match in 2019 (3-0), but Indiana settled the score with a 1-0 (2OT) decision in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

• Jack Maher scored the late winner in the match on a penalty kick in the 103rd minute to advance to the title match.

Consistent with IU Athletics’ ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, coaches, staff, spectators and the local community, men’s soccer matches will continue to be played without fans indefinitely. All times, dates, and locations are subject to change.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: ND BASEBALL: Early Offense Propels No. 7 Irish Past Central Michigan, 8-4


NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team scored early and often en route to an 8-4 midweek win over Central Michigan Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium.

“I felt like our guys were ready to play today,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “That was a 17-9 team and they know what they are doing. Being able to jump on the scoreboard early is always ideal but in today’s game, that was the sense of what we wanted to do and we did it.”

Notre Dame (16-6) scored in each of the first four innings to take an 8-2 lead. Alex Rao came on from the pen and kept the Chippewas (17-10) hitless over 4.1 innings to help the Irish get into the later innings.

“Rao was really good again,” stated Jarrett. “Very good fastball command and got some swings-and-misses with the changeup. Good solid win and very happy to see some guys hit well at the plate in (Carter) Putz and (Kyle) Hess.

Carter Putz was stellar at the plate on the day, finishing 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Kyle Hess also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.


The Irish jumped out in front in the first inning with a little bit of everything at the plate. Putz tripled to the gap in right center to score Ryan Cole for the game’s first run. Then Putz was part of a double steal and came home after the throw went to second for Jack Zyska. Zyska moved to third on a throwing error and came home on an RBI-single from Jack Brannigan. After the first frame, the Irish led 3-0.

The Chippewas got two runs back in the top of the second to get the game within one but the Irish scored again in the bottom of the inning. A single by Danny Neri and a double from Hess got two runners in scoring position. Neri came home on a sacrifice fly and the Irish held a 4-2 lead.

Three more runs scored for the Irish in the third as the Irish loaded the bases with just one out. Kavadas came home on a passed ball and then Hess scored two on a double to the wall in right.

The offense kept rolling in the fourth as the Irish loaded the bases once again. Putz sent a high fly ball to right field that was deep enough for Myers to score on the sacrifice fly and increase the lead to 8-2 after four innings.

The score would stay that way all the way until the ninth inning as the Irish bullpen kept their bats at bay. The Irish only allowed two hits going into the eighth inning after 4.1 innings from Rao. He struck out five during his relief appearance and did not allow a hit.

The Chippewas scored two runs in the top of the ninth but Jackson Dennies was able to get the final out and clinch the 8-4 win.

The Irish will continue their eight-game homestand this weekend with a conference series against NC State. The Irish and Wolfpack kick off their series Friday night from Frank Eck Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and the entire series will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

BIG 10 BASEBALL: Indiana, Northwestern and Rutgers Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Wildcats’ Goosenberg named Player of the Week; Hoosiers’ Tucker earned Pitcher of the Week; Scarlet Knights’ Lasko captured Freshman of the Week 

Player of the Week
Shawn Goosenberg, Northwestern

SS – Jr. – Encino, Calif. – Calabasas

  • Posted a slugging percentage of 1.333 and a .563 on-base percentage to lead the Wildcats against Rutgers last weekend 
  • Registered a .533 batting average on the week with eight hits, four runs, six RBI and four home runs
  • Hit a 12th-inning walk-off home run on April 9 before hitting a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth of Sunday’s game to tie the game and force extra innings
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his second career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Big Ten Player of the Week: Shawn Goosenberg (March 30, 2021)

Pitcher of the Week

Braydon Tucker, Indiana

P – So. – Brazil, Ind. – Northview

  • Combined with McCade Brown to record Indiana’s first no-hitter in nearly 37 years on April 10 against Illinois
  • Pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the save, striking out one, while issuing one walk
  • The no-hitter is the first for Indiana since April 25, 1984, when the Hoosiers blanked Rose-Hulman, 6-0
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: McCade Brown (March 16, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Ryan Lasko, Rutgers

OF – Jackson, N.J. – Jackson Memorial

  • Tallied five RBI on six hits and scored four runs while batting .429 last weekend at Northwestern to lead the Scarlet Knights to their 11th Big Ten win, the most for the program since joining the conference in 2015
  • Hit three home runs as he registered a .500 on-base percentage and 1.071 slugging percentage
  • Drilled a solo homer in his first at bat in Sunday’s finale to give RU a 1-0 lead and homered again in the fourth inning to build a 3-0 lead
  • Wins his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Jordan Sweeney (April 7, 2021)

BIG 10 SOFTBALL: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Terrapins’ McFarland, Wolverines’ Storako, Golden Gophers’ Partain and Huskers’ Andrews chosen for latest conference accolades

Player of the Week

MaKenna Partain, Minnesota

Grad. – IF – Banks, Ore. – Banks – Graduate Program: Human Resource & Development

• Sparked the Golden Gophers to a four-game sweep at No. 22 Northwestern last weekend, batting .412 with a .941 slugging percentage and .444 on-base percentage

• Hit three home runs (her first of the season) as part of her seven hits on the weekend, while adding six runs scored and four RBI

• Had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader, completing the series sweep

• A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018, 2019, 2020)

• Earns her fourth career Player of the Week honor and second this season

• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: MaKenna Partain (March 16, 2021)

Pitcher of the Week

Alex Storako, Michigan

Jr. – RHP – Frankfort, Ill. – Lincoln Way East – Major: Sport Management

• Went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA last week at Ohio State, tossing two complete games, including one shutout, with 21 strikeouts and only three walks in 14.0 innings

• Tossed her fourth shutout of the season in Sunday’s series finale, allowing just five hits while striking out 10

• Also picked up the complete-game victory in the opener of an April 10 doubleheader, giving up just two hits and one run with 11 strikeouts

• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2020

• Collects her third career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and second this season

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Meghan Beaubien (March 30, 2021)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Jaeda McFarland, Maryland

OF – Orange Park, Fla. – Oakleaf – Major: Accounting

• Leadoff hitter batted .417 with an .833 slugging percentage and .462 on-base percentage last week, with five hits (three for extra bases) and five runs to help Maryland take three of four games from Michigan State

• Had three hits, including a double and a triple, and scored three times in the Terrapins’ five-inning victory on April 9

• Tripled and scored twice in a 5-4 victory on April 10, completing a doubleheader sweep and clinching the series win

• Secures her first career Freshman of the Week accolade

• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Trinity Schlotterbeck (March 9, 2020)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Billie Andrews, Nebraska

IF – Gretna, Neb. – Gretna – Major: Graphic Design

• Posted a .364 batting average, .909 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage last week, adding two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored to help the Huskers capture three wins over Illinois

• Homered twice (her first career multi-HR game) and drove in three runs in the nightcap of Nebraska’s April 10 doubleheader sweep

• Reached base safely in all four games, extending her current on-base streak to 13 consecutive games

• Receives her third career Freshman of the Week award, all in the past three weeks

• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Billie Andrews (April 6, 2021)

VALPO SOFTBALL: Softball Faces Four Games This Week


Valparaiso (5-21, 1-11 MVC)

April 14 – at Northern Illinois (10-21, 5-11 MAC) – 3 p.m.

April 17 – Missouri State (16-14, 7-4 MVC) – noon DH

April 18 – Missouri State – 11 a.m.

Next Up in Valpo Softball: The Valpo softball team steps out of non-conference play for the final time this year with a mid-week game at Northern Illinois before returning to MVC action with a three-game home series against Missouri State.

Previously: Valpo fell in a three-game road series at UNI last weekend by final scores of 9-0, 9-3 and 10-5.

Looking Ahead: Valpo’s first two games of its three against travel partner Loyola come on the road next Wednesday in Chicago. The Brown and Gold then host a second straight conference weekend series as Drake visits the Valpo Softball Complex.

Following Valpo Softball: Wednesday’s game at NIU will have a pay video broadcast available through the NIU website. Live stats for all four games this week will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Kate Stake: Kate Stake was hired as head coach of the Valparaiso softball program on July 23, 2014 and is in her seventh season as head coach in 2021. Stake, who is 119-178 at Valpo, led Valpo to the 2016 Horizon League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament – the third in program history. Stake arrived at Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra. She played her collegiate softball at fellow MVC member Illinois State and is a 2005 graduate of ISU.

Series Notes: Northern Illinois – One of Valpo’s most common non-conference opponents in program history, NIU holds a 29-14 advantage in the all-time series. The last meeting between the two programs was a May 2, 2018 doubleheader at Valpo, which saw Valpo win the opener 5-3 before dropping a weather-shortened 8-4 decision in the nightcap.

Missouri State – Valpo owns a slight 4-3 edge in the all-time series over the Bears, including a 3-2 advantage since joining the MVC. The two teams split a doubleheader in their last matchups in Valpo on April 1, 2019 – MSU claimed the opener, 6-0, on a no-hitter from Steffany Dickerson, while Valpo earned a 5-2 win in the nightcap for Coach Stake’s 100th career win.

Scouting the Opposition: Northern Illinois – The Huskies enter Wednesday’s game at 10-21 overall this year and are 5-11 in MAC play. Katie Keller leads the NIU offense, hitting .360 with a 1.075 OPS thanks to 20 extra-base hits and 16 walks. In the circle, Claire Norred has pitched just shy of half the innings this season and owns a 3.73 ERA with opponents hitting .310 against her.

Missouri State – The Bears enter this weekend’s series at 16-14 overall and 7-4 in MVC play, but have not played since April 6. Daphne Plummer hits a team-best .333 with 19 runs scored. In the circle, Madison Hunsaker boasts a 2.01 ERA and has struck out a team-high 61 batters.

Valpo Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll: Valpo was tabbed to finish in ninth place in the MVC preseason polling of its head coaches. Valpo tallied 28 points in the polling, seven points out of eighth place. Southern Illinois topped the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes, while Illinois State received two first-place votes and Drake and UNI one apiece.

Looking Back at 2020: Valpo posted a 9-10 record in last year’s truncated campaign, a schedule which featured three wins over squads which had won their league title the previous season, four extra-inning games and eight one-run games. Sophomore Peyton Moeder led the offensive attack, hitting .310, while all three regular pitchers had ERAs under three, led by freshman Easton Seib’s 2.16 ERA.

What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including eight regulars from the batting order. The Brown and Gold did graduate two of their three main pitchers, however, and return just 28.4% of last season’s innings pitched. Joining the team this season are eight freshmen – six position players and two pitchers.

Herschbach Stays Hot: After going 4-for-5 with a walk in the weekend series against Indiana State, junior Taylor Herschbach kept swinging a hot bat last week with two more multi-hit games at UNI. After drawing a walk in three plate appearances in the opener, Herschbach went 2-for-4 in the middle game of the series before capping the weekend by going 3-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a double. Over the last two weeks, Herschbach is hitting .600 and reaching base at a .647 clip and has raised her team-high batting average to .339, among the top-15 in the conference.

Flawless Fielding: Senior Addi Burke has been surehanded manning second base for the Brown and Gold this year. Burke successfully fielded 17 chances (seven putouts, 10 assists) last weekend without committing an error, maintaining her 1.000 fielding percentage this year. Her perfect fielding percentage has come on 105 chances (47 putouts, 58 assists), fourth-most among MVC players with a 1.000 fielding percentage – of the three players ahead of her, two are first basemen and one is a catcher. Her 58 assists are good for fourth in the conference as well.

Betz Takes Advantage: Freshman infielder Ashlyn Betz was given her first two starting nods of the year in the lineup for the Sunday doubleheader at UNI last weekend and took full advantage of the opportunity. Betz picked up a base hit in each game and also was hit by a pitch to reach base three times in eight plate appearances. She drove in three runs in the series finale as well, one of just three times this year a Valpo player has recorded three or more RBIs in a game.

Going Deep: Junior Jaina Westphal went 5-for-7 with two runs scored in the three games at UNI last weekend, highlighted by a solo homer to open the scoring in the second game of the series. The long ball was Westphal’s first of the season but the seventh of her career, tying her with Brittany Anderson for most by an active Valpo player. Later in that game, sophomore Lauren Kehlenbrink connected on her third career homer and first of the season, while in the finale, sophomore Ryan Milkowski went deep for the second time this year.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Football to Host San Diego on Senior Day


San Diego (4-1, 4-1 PFL)
at Valparaiso (3-2, 3-2 PFL)

Game #6 Saturday, April 17, Noon CT
Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: The regular season comes to an end on Saturday at Brown Field as the Valparaiso University football team closes out the home slate by hosting Pioneer Football League preseason favorite San Diego. Valpo will attempt to cap off a successful spring by knocking off a traditional league powerhouse on Saturday. A victory would allow the Brown & Gold to secure the program’s best winning percentage since 2003 and give the team an opportunity to earn a share of the PFL title if Stetson defeats Davidson. Saturday will be Senior Day at Brown Field.  

Previously: Valpo roared from 21 points down to force a 21-all tie in the second half of the Week 5 game at Morehead State, but the host Eagles edged their way to a 28-24 victory as Valpo couldn’t complete what would have been its largest comeback since 1995. Gabe Lawson scored a pair of touchdowns, Robert Washington ran for 180 yards and Keyon Turner notched his fourth interception of the season.

Series Notes: Valpo is 5-20 all-time against San Diego and has dropped 14 straight head-to-head meetings dating back to Oct. 18, 2003, a 41-34 win at Brown Field. The most recent matchup saw the host Toreros come away with a 42-17 victory on Oct. 19, 2019. San Diego will make its first trip to Northwest Indiana since Sept. 26, 2015, a 38-6 victory for the guests. The closest Valpo has come to knocking off the perennial PFL favorites in recent years was Nov. 15, 2014, one of the most heartbreaking defeats in Valpo football history. Valpo scored a go-ahead touchdown with 28 seconds remaining to grab a 27-26 lead, but San Diego won on a 44-yard desperation pass with no time on the clock to prevail 32-27.

Following Valpo Football: The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Dave Huseman (analyst) on the call. In addition, Zach Collins (play-by-play) and Noah Godsell (analyst) will handle the Valpo Sports Network radio call, which is available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso and via the TuneIn Radio app. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (4-13) completed his first season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2019. In Year 1 of the Fox Era, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). The defense also thrived in critical down-and-distance situations, as the team’s opponent third-down conversion percentage of 32.4 ranked second in the league and its opponent fourth-down conversion percentage of 46.2 was third. After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2020 season. His teams held opponents to an average of 19 points per game during his time as the defensive coordinator at Dayton. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

With a win vs. San Diego, Valpo would…

  • Clinch a winning season.
  • Snap a 14-game losing streak to the Toreros and earn its first victory over San Diego since 2003 after already ending a 17-game skid by picking up its first win over Drake since 2003 earlier this season.
  • Earn a fourth PFL win in the same season for just the second time ever (five, 2017) and a fourth league win in any conference for the second time since 1968.
  • Clinch the program’s best winning percentage since 2003.
  • Remain alive for a share of the PFL title and clinch a share of the title with a win and a Davidson loss to Stetson. That would mark Valpo’s third PFL title and first since 2003.
  • Hold its best record through six games since 1999.
  • Holds its best record through six league games since 1964.

Valpo in Finales

  • Valpo won the season finale for the third time in four years in 2017, but dropped the final game of the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.
  • Valpo had won its final home game in three straight seasons before falling to Marist on Senior Day in 2019.
  • This marks the first time ever that Valpo and San Diego will face off in the final game of the regular season.

Record Book Watch

  • If Ben Niesner’s current average holds, he will set Valpo’s single-season record for punting average. Niesner is averaging 43.8 yards per punt, narrowly ahead of Greg Wood’s 2010 program record of 43.6. (The standard for qualify is a minimum of two punts per team game, which Niesner will easily meet.) Second in the program record book is Roy Carlson at 42.1 in 1953 and third is Wood at 42.0 in 2011.
  • Running back Robert Washington is flirting with the best per-game rushing average in program history. The top single-season rushing average is Jeff Horton at 123.5 yards per game in 2005. Washington enters this week at 124.2 rushing yards per game, so if he goes above 124 this week, he’ll own the program’s single-season record for per-game rushing average.
  • Washington has 621 rushing yards for the season entering the game vs. San Diego. He would need to get to 824 (Ross Wiemer, 1984) to crack the Top 5 in program history for rushing yards in a single season. Washington has 121 rushing attempts and the mark needed for the single-season Top 5 is 179 (Bobby Mason, 1986).
  • Quarterback Chris Duncan is among the program’s career leaders in both passing yards (4,086, sixth) and total offense (4,902, fifth) entering Saturday’s game vs. San Diego. In addition, Duncan ranks 19th among active FCS players in career yards of total offense.
  • Brian Bartholomew has a field-goal percentage of 83.3 (5-of-6) that would be Valpo’s best since at least 2005. Jacob Newman was 80 percent in both 2013 and 2014.

Ground & Pound

  • Valpo is outrushing opponents 928-569 this season, a sharp contrast to the 2019 season, when Valpo was outdone 2211-1159 in rushing yards.
  • Valpo is in position to finish a season with more rushing yards than its opponents for the first time since 2007.
  • Entering Week 6, Valpo is averaging 185.6 rushing yards per game, which would mark the program’s highest total since averaging 206.7 yards per game in 2007.
  • Starting running back Robert Washington has finished with 100 or more rushing yards in four of his five games this season.
  • Washington is the first Valpo player with four 100-yard rushing games in the same season since Jeff Horton had six in 2005.
  • Valpo has outgained its opponent on the ground in four of its five games.
  • Washington ranks 12th nationally in total rushing yards with 621 and fourth nationally with 124.2 rushing yards per game. In addition, he ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yards per game at 148.2.
  • Washington is Valpo’s first 500-yard rusher since Jarrett Morgan finished the 2016 season at 576. Despite playing during a shortened six-game season, Washington has the most single-season rushing yards by a Valpo player since Brandon Hall finished 2014 with 855.

Ben’s Boots

  • Valpo punter Ben Niesner ranks eighth nationally at 43.8 yards per punt, giving him an opportunity to shatter the program record for single-season yards per punt if he hits his average in Week 6 vs. San Diego.
  • This season, Niesner has pinned nine punts inside the 20 and rocketed six punts for 50+ yards with a long of 58.
  • Niesner has twice been named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.

Keyon Turnover

  • Keyon Turner notched an interception for the fourth straight week in Week 5 at Morehead State. The rookie also recovered a fumble in Week 1, so he has been part of a Valpo takeaway in each of his five career contests.
  • Over the last 12 seasons, Turner is one of only five Valpo players with four or more interceptions in a single season. He joins Jamari Booker (2019, 5), Josmar Diaz-Martinez (2016, 5), Kellan Hughes (2015, 4) and Eli Crawford (2009, 4). All of the others came in full seasons, while Turner’s four picks have come over the first five weeks of a shortened six-game season.
  • Turner ranks tied for eighth nationally in FCS with 0.8 interceptions per game. He leads the nation in interceptions among freshmen.
  • Turner is the first Valpo freshman with four interceptions in a season in over 20 years.
  • The rookie is the first Valpo player with an interception in four straight games in over two decades.

Competing in Close Ones

  • Valpo has played three straight games decided by four points or fewer entering Week 6 vs. San Diego. This marks the first time since October 1965 that Valpo has played three consecutive games decided by four points or fewer.
  • All five Valpo games this season have been decided by 11 points or fewer. Dating back to the end of the 2019 season, Valpo has played 10 straight games decided by 12 points or fewer.
  • The three-point win in Week 3 was Valpo’s closest triumph in a head-to-head meeting with Butler since a 19-17 victory on Oct. 18, 1997.
  • Valpo’s three-point victories over Butler and Drake in Week 3 and Week 4 marked the first time the program had won back-to-back games both by three points or fewer since 1997, two-point wins over Evansville (Oct. 11) and Butler (Oct. 18).

Lock-Down Defense

  • Valpo is allowing 279.6 yards per game, a significant improvement after permitting 381.6 yards per game during the 2019 season.
  • If the team can keep that number (279.6) below the 1999 mark of 296.5, this will be Valpo’s best defensive season in terms of total defense in the last 40 years.
  • Valpo is allowing 165.8 passing yards per game, which would be the program’s best mark for passing defense in a season since 2008.
  • If Valpo can sustain its scoring defense (currently allowing 18.2 points per game), it will be the program’s best single-season scoring defense since 1999.
  • The Brown & Gold enter this week allowing just 113.8 rushing yards per game, which would be the program’s best rushing defense since allowing 99 rushing yards per game in 1999.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Program-Best 5 Boilermakers Named AVCA All-Region


OMAHA, Neb. – The Purdue volleyball program continued its record-setting awards season with five Boilermakers garnering Northeast All-Region honorees, the most in program history.

The accolades, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and selected by member coaches, celebrate Hayley Bush, Grace Cleveland, Caitlyn Newton and Jena Otec as first team selections, while Taylor Trammell received Honorable Mention.

Bush Is the first setter to be recognized on the first team all-region team since Val Nichol in 2013. Before being named a First Team All-Big Ten selection a week ago, Bush closed out the season averaging 10.62 assists per set and 2.82 digs per set over the 20-match season. In addition to 12 double-doubles, the setter recorded 45 kills throughout the spring, including a .500 or better attack % on five occasions this year, including seven kills and no errors at then-No. 10 Penn State. The Union, Kentucky, native continued to step up in key moments throughout the season and secured a career-best 22 digs vs. No. 6 Minnesota earlier in the year. The All-Big Ten honor is the first of its kind for Bush.

Cleveland continued her growing tradition of postseason honors, earning her second straight all-region and All-Big Ten nod. Cleveland, a Bloomington, Illinois, product set career-highs in multiple categories this season including block assists (nine on three outings) and digs (11). Registering a .299 attack percentage, Cleveland recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches this season in addition to eight with two or fewer errors. Not only did Cleveland record a .350 hitting clip or better in six times throughout the 2021 campaign, her defensive performance led to 1.42 blocks per set. Moreover, Cleveland was one dig shy of a triple threat in the victory at Penn State with 11 kills, nine digs and 10 blocks. It is the second straight year Cleveland received first team honors.

Joining Cleveland with back-to-back all-region recognition is Newton, who also received first team honors in 2019. Newton, who is also a First Team All-Big Ten selection, recorded double-digit kills in all but three matches this season, with 11 coming in consecutive fashion. With 281 kills on the season, the full-rotation hitter also recorded five double-doubles over the Big Ten campaign. Setting career-highs in kills (29 vs. No. 6 Minnesota 2/6), digs (15 vs. Illinois 4/3), block assists (6 at Rutgers 3/19) and attacks (84 vs. Minnesota 2/5) this season, Newton has played in all but one set this season.

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Otec became the first Purdue libero/defensive specialist to be named First Team All-Region since Kim Corwin in 1983. Otec joins 2013’s Carly Cramer (honorable mention) as the second defensive specialist to receive all-region honors under the Shondell era. Otec concluded the regular season with 4.59 digs per set, including two of the three most digs in a single match (including the Big Ten-best: 31 vs. Minnesota and 29 at Ohio State). The Crystal City, Missouri, native recorded a perfect 1.000 reception rate nine times this season, including at No. 1 Wisconsin, at No. 9 Ohio State and at then-No. 24 Michigan. In the second victory at No. 9 Ohio State, Otec was served the ball 34 times without a single error. Otec concluded the Big Ten season with seven 20-plus dig matches.

Trammell joins All-American Stephanie (Lynch) Harpenau as the only freshmen Boilermakers named to the all-region team this century. In her breakout year, Trammell led the team with a .397 attack %, which checks in at No. 6 overall in the Big Ten. Not only did the Lexington, Kentucky, middle blocker out-block all Big Ten freshman, sophomores, juniors and most seniors, her 1.59 blocks per set rank as the fifth-most in the nation while her 118 total blocks are the third-most in all of Division I.

Bush, Cleveland, Newton and Otec will move on for All-America consideration. The 14 person first, second and third team will be released Wednesday, April 21.

Purdue, selected as a No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, has spent five consecutive weeks in the AVCA top 10 polls. The Boilermakers are set to play the first round winner High Point or UCF on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Lindsey Miller was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association East Coast Region Freshman of the Year and was joined by Caroline Meuth, Charley Niego and Zoe Nunez in earning AVCA East Coast All-Region accolades, the AVCA announced Tuesday morning (April 13).

Miller becomes the fourth player in program history to earn All-Region Freshman of the Year honors while Nunez earns her third consecutive All-Region recognition and Nunez earns an All-Region nod for the second straight year.

All four players earned All-ACC honors last week, with Nunez and Niego being named to the First Team and Miller and Meuth earning Second Team recognition. Miller was also tabbed to the ACC’s All-Freshman Team.


Niego racked up 224 kills and 152 digs in 55 sets during the regular season to go with a hitting percentage of .266. The Chicago, Illinois, native finished with eight double-doubles in the shortened season, including seven in the final 10 matches. Niego’s efforts included a trio of 15-15 performances, including a 19 kill, 18 dig effort against Syracuse on October 2. Niego’s mark of 4.07 kills per set ranked third in the ACC and she also led the Irish with 23 service aces to go with 20 total blocks.


Nunez ranked second in the ACC with a mark of 10.92 assists per set and third with 699 total assists in 64 regular-season sets. In the regular season finale vs. Duke, Nunez became just the eighth player in program history to hit the 3,000 career assists mark. Nunez hit the 50-assist mark on two occasions this year, including a 51-assist effort vs. Syracuse and season-high 57 assists against Valparaiso. The Rockford, Illinois, native also ranked second on the Irish with 200 digs and 22 service aces in addition to notching 32 blocks.


Meuth ranked second on the Irish with 189 kills and 61 total blocks in 63 sets this season. The sophomore reached double-digit kills on 10 occasions, including a trio of 17-kill performances against Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Valparaiso. The San Antonio, Texas, native earned five double-doubles this year, including a 17-kill, 17-dig performance in a five-set triumph over Pittsburgh. Meuth also added 114 digs and nine service aces.


Miller ranked fourth in the ACC and 11th in the nation with a .442 hitting percentage while racking up 119 kills as a freshman in 59 sets. The San Diego, California, native also notched 59 total blocks, including three six-block efforts against Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Duke. Miller hit over .600 on four occasions in 2020-21, including a season-best .647 (11-0-17) at Florida State.


For the third time in the past four seasons, the Notre Dame volleyball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

The Irish (14-3, 13-3 ACC) will meet Army (6-2, 4-2 Patriot League) in the first round at noon ET this Wednesday, April 14 and the winner of that matchup will take on tenth-seeded Oregon in the second round at noon ET on Thursday, April 15. Both of those matches will be streamed live via ESPN3.

The entirety of the tournament will be played in Omaha, Nebraska, with the first two rounds set for April 14-15, the regional semifinals and finals set for April 18-19, the national semifinals set for April 22 and the national championship set for April 24.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Cookerly Named to AVCA All-Midwest Region Team


Valpo senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) added another honor to her lengthy list of accolades on Tuesday, as she earned a spot on the AVCA All-Midwest Region Team. By virtue of her All-Region award, Cookerly is now eligible for All-American consideration.

Cookerly enjoyed another stellar season in the spring 2021 campaign, earning MVC Libero of the Year honors for a second straight year as she totaled 422 total digs. Her average of 5.78 digs/set is good for 10th nationally and is third in a single season in program history. Cookerly finished in double figures in digs in each of her 18 matches this season including 20+ digs 12 times and 30 or more on four occasions — highlighted by a season-high 40 digs at #13 Notre Dame to match Valpo’s record for digs in a five-set match.

Another strong season has pushed Cookerly’s career numbers into lofty territory. She now owns 2,514 career digs, over 400 more than any other active player in the country. Cookerly closed the shortened spring 2021 campaign second in Valpo history and third in MVC history in career digs, and is just outside the NCAA’s top-15 all-time in the category as well.

This marks the third time in Cookerly’s four seasons at Valpo she has earned postseason recognition from the AVCA, as she was the Midwest Region Freshman of the Year in 2017 and an Honorable Mention All-Region choice in 2019. Cookerly becomes Valpo’s first All-Region selection since fellow standout libero Taylor Root earned a spot on the All-Region squad in 2012.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Sycamores to Host First MVC Tournament Match Since 2016


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State women’s soccer will host their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament match since 2016 on Wednesday evening when they welcome #3 seed Valparaiso to Memorial Stadium.


– Indiana State hosts its first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament match since the 2016 season when they defeated Drake in PK’s (3-2).

– This season, ISU broke the program record for most victories in the MVC, finishing with six Valley wins after defeating Evansville last Wednesday.

– Junior Sydney Ewing scored her first goal of the season in the third minute of the match against Evansville to help Indiana State lock-in for a 1-0 victory. It was her third-straight match with a point.

– Maddie Alexander recorded seven saves in the match against Evansville, her fifth match with at least six saves.

– For the first time in program history, all of Indiana State’s victories during the season have come in the form of shutouts. The six shutouts are the tied for the third-most in ISU history with the 2013 team.

– All six of the Sycamores’ shutouts came courtesy of Maddie Alexander. The freshman’s effort is the second-best in program history, trailing only Erin Mitchell who recorded seven in 2012. Her Goals Against Average of 1.10 is third in Sycamore history.

– Indiana State’s current three-game winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in school history and their three road wins during the shortened season are tied for the third most in ISU history.

– With Ewing joining the scoring column, six Sycamores have now notched goals this season, led by CeCe Wahlberg, Audrey Stephens, and Katie Yankey with two each.

– Ewing and Stephens currently lead the Trees in the passing game with two assists each.

– Kloe Pettigrew earned Freshman of the Week honors from the Valley after playing all 90 minutes and helping limit Evansville to just three shots in the second half on April 7. It marked the fifth weekly award winner for the Sycamores this season. Pettigrew joined CeCe Wahlberg (OPOW), freshman Maddie Alexander (FOW), sophomore Chloee Kooker (DPOW) and freshman Audrey Stephens (FOW) in earning honors from the league.


– Indiana State will look for revenge on Wednesday evening after falling to Valparaiso, 2-0, on Mar. 9.

– ISU and Valpo have played one another 15 times in program history, with Valparaiso leading the all-time series, 10-3-2.

– Wednesday marks the first meeting between the two squads in the MVC Tournament.

– Indiana State will be looking to advance to the MVC Tournament finale for the first time since 2013 on Wednesday. This season, the Blue & White beat UNI for the first time since 2014, defeated Missouri State in Springfield for the first time since 2013, took down Illinois State in Normal for the first time in program history and defeated Evansville for the first time since 2013.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER: Spring 2021 HCAC Women’s Soccer Awards Announced

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) released the Women’s Soccer post-season awards on Tuesday.

After earning the No. 1 seed and the Conference Tournament Championship, Hanover College also swept the major awards following the Spring 2021 season.

Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year. The junior netted eight goals and one assist over the course of the regular season, accumulating 17 points. Day fired 24 shots, with 16 of them on goal, for a shots on goal percentage of 66.7 percent.

Fellow Panther Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year. The sophomore was a force in the backfield, directing the Hanover defense that only allowed two goals on the year. The sophomore dished an assist in 2021 and saw 741 minutes of action.

Fresh-face Jostin Reeves (Greenwood, Ind.) was selected as the Newcomer of the Year. The first year netted six goals and handed out three assists, racking up 15 points. Reeves boasts 19 shots, with 13 shots on goal in 2021.

James Watts led the Panthers to an unbeaten 8-0 regular season, earning the No. 1 seed in the HCAC post-season tournament and claiming the Spring 2021 title, earning the title of HCAC Coach of the Year.

Offensive Player of the Year – Maggie Day, HC
Defensive Player of the Year – Josie Dattilo, HC
Newcomer of the Year – Jostin Reeves, HC 
Coach of the Year – James Watts, HC 

The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.

For more information on HCAC Women’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page. 

All-Conference First Team

Abby BakerJRMFTransylvania University
Autumn BoothbyJRFHanover College
Josie DattiloSOMFHanover College
Maggie DayJRFHanover College
Morgan FowlerJRDTransylvania University
Maggie HinegardnerFYGKHanover College
Lane LawrenceSOFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
Jostin ReevesFYMFHanover College
Bryn RolfsenJRDHanover College
Christina RogersJRDRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Maggie SheerinSRMFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
Anna SmithJRDHanover College 
Elle VuottoJRMFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Emilie YatesSRFTransylvania University

All-Conference Second Team

Meaghan CurrenJRDTransylvania University
Natalie DillonSOGKRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Taylor FortSOMFAnderson University
Lilly HainesSOFFranklin College
Lauren HaynesSRFMount St. Joseph University 
Alex HinesSRDMount St. Joseph University
Maddie HuffmanSRMFBluffton University
Kelsey HughesJRFHanover College
Kiley McKeeSODRose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
Madeline ScherpenbergSRMFMount St. Joseph University
Madison ShortJRDFranklin College
Jodie WeimerSRFMount St. Joseph University 

All-Conference Honorable Mention

Nadia BentleyJRDAnderson University
Jennifer DouyereSRDEarlham College
Rachel LowellSRGK/MFDefiance College
Maddie MuterspawSRGKMount St. Joseph University
Brooke PuterbaughJRDTransylvania University
Brianna RogersSOGKFranklin College
Sarah ShoemakerJRMFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Adelle StankoSODManchester University
Taylor SteinkeSRMFBluffton University
Hailey StoweFYDHanover College

HCAC Spring 2021 Football Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) Hanover College | Quarterback | Junior – Weimer helped propel the Panthers to at least a share of their third straight HCAC Title as they defeated Franklin 56-21. The junior threw for a game-high 281-yards on 21 attempts. He added three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground for a combined four trips to the endzone. Hanover also tallied their third consecutive Victory Bell Game win.
Richard Pope IV (Holly Hill, Fla.) Defiance College | Defensive Lineman | First Year – In a slim 23-20 loss at Bluffton on Saturday, Defiance first year Richard Pope IV finished with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solos, four for loss and one sack. He also had one quarterback hurry.
Special Teams:
Alex Barnett (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Wide Receiver | Senior – Barnett took a 94-yard kick return to the house. Barnett finished with 166 kick return yards on the day.
Notable Performances:

  • Nicholas Rawles (Albion, Ind.) Anderson University | Running Back | Sophomore – Rawles rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed four receptions and 56 receiving yards. Rawles finished the day with 177 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
  • Juancarlos Ramirez (Marion, Ind.) Anderson University | Lineback | First Year – Ramirez led the Ravens with 11 tackles. He also recorded a sack.
  • Justin Rupp (Wauseon, Ohio) Bluffton University | Punter/Kicker | Junior – Rupp had seven punts for 243 yards with a touchback and three inside the 20-yard line. He made a game-saving leap to corral an errant snap that would have given Defiance in the red zone in the fourth quarter with the Jackets trailing by just three points. He also had five kickoffs for 218 yards with a touchback.
  • Nazavious Williams (Hudson, Fla.) Defiance College | First Year – In a slim 23-20 loss at Bluffton on Saturday, Defiance freshman superback Nazavious Williams carried the ball 23 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per rush. Williams had touchdowns runs of 14 and 40 yards, plus added one reception for eight yards.
  • Jayan Kent (Cedartown, Ga.) Hanover College | Defensive Line | First Year – Kent continued his impressive freshman campaign as he helped propel the Panthers to at least a share of their third straight HCAC Title. The first year tallied nine total tackles, including eight solo stops. He also registered two tackles for a loss as the Blue and Red secured their third straight Victory Bell Game 56-21.
  • Austin Steurer (Warsaw, Ky.) Hanover College | Punter/Kicker | Senior – The senior added to his impressive kicking point total as he posted a perfect 8-for-8 mark in PAT tries to help lead the Panthers past Franklin 56-21. With the win, Hanover claimed at least a share of the HCAC Title for the third straight season. 

HCAC Spring 2021 Men’s Golf Notebook, Week 7

Athlete of the Week:
Rhett Cox (Campbellsville, Ky.) Transylvania University | First Year – Cox finished second out of 66 golfers and tops among all participating HCAC golfers to propel the Transylvania men’s golf team to a first-place team finish at this weekend’s Hoosier Heartland D3 Challenge. Cox shot a career-best one-under-par 71 in the opening round on Saturday and carded a three-round 221 to finish at five-over-par. For the week, Cox tallied six birdies and 39 pars to complete the top-two finish.
Notable Performances:

  • Hayden Clingaman (Stryker, Ohio) Defiance College | Senior – At the LTU Battle at Bedford Valley last Friday and Saturday, Defiance senior Hayden Clingaman finished with a 36-hole total of 151 to tie for fifth place among 41 players. During Saturday’s final round, Clingaman fired a one-under-par 71, his career-best score.
  • Dawson Long (Paoli, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Long helped lead the Panthers to a seventh-place finish as part of the Hoosier Heartland D3 Challenge. He fished the weekend with a two-day total of 229 (78-77-74) strokes.
  • Thomas Butler (Telford, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Butler led Rose-Hulman’s fifth place team performance at the Hoosier Heartland D3 Challenge with rounds of 82, 79 and 75 to finish 20th individually.

HCAC Spring 2021 Men’s Tennis Notebook, Week 8 

Athlete of the Week:
Joshua Giambattista (Dayton, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Giambattista led Rose-Hulman’s effort in an 8-1 win over Franklin with victories at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-1) and No. 2 doubles (8-2). The Fightin’ Engineers increased their win streak against HCAC opposition to 50 consecutive wins in the victory, dating back to May 2014.
Notable Performances:

  • Cory Evans (Middletown, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Evans won both of his matches against Transylvania. He and doubles partner Sam Songer won at No. 3 doubles 8-2. Evans then won at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-1.
  • Arjun Gupta (Fort Collins, Colo.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Gupta guided the Pioneers to a 6-3 victory over the Anderson Ravens on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore joined teammate Jon-Michael Schulte to capture an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles before rolling to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the No. 1 singles matchup.

OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: Buckeye Trio Earns AVCA All-Region Distinction 

Emily Londot voted Regional Freshman of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team were selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Northeast Regional team, the organization announced Tuesday.

Rookie Emily Londot was tabbed as the AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the Year and was joined by classmate Rylee Rader and sophomore Mac Podraza on the regional team. The trio is now eligible for AVCA All-America laurels, which will be announced on April 21.

Londot is the second Buckeye to be named Regional Freshman of the Year, joining Kylie Murr, who received the honor in 2019. The Utica, Ohio, native led all Big Ten freshmen and ranked second in the league in kills per set (4.03) and total points (335.5). She recorded double-digit kills in all 18 matches this season and had at least 20 kills on six occasions. Her efforts on the court earned her Big Ten Freshman of the Year, unanimous first team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team recognition.

Rader ranked 15th nationally with a .422 hitting percentage, which earned her second team All-Big Ten and all-freshman team laurels. The middle blocker has been a force at the net, coming in third on the team in total blocks (64). She cemented her place in Ohio State’s record book with a career-high 11 blocks against Rutgers on Feb. 27. It was the most blocks in a match by a Buckeye since 2015 and the most by a freshman since 1987. 

Podraza checked in second in the Big Ten and 19th in the country with 10.89 assists per set. Her 806 total assists topped the conference and ranked 16th nationally to secure a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team. The 6-foot-2 setter recorded at least 40 assists in 16 contests and surpassed 50 helpers five times. She was a four-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season and became the first Buckeye to earn the honor three weeks in a row (Feb. 22-March 8).

Ohio State is the No. 9 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and received a first-round bye. The Buckeyes (15-3) will face the winner of the first-round matchup between Missouri and South Dakota in the second round of the tournament on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

WRIGHT STATE VOLLEYBALL: Allie Matters Named AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year; Story Earns Regional Honorable Mention


DAYTON – Wright State volleyball coach Allie Matters has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year, the AVCA announced on Tuesday morning. Matters becomes the second Raider head coach to earn the honor and just the sixth Horizon League coach to earn a regional coach of the year award since 1986.

Additionally, Jenna Story was named an AVCA Northeast Region honorable mention performer for the second straight season.

In her third season this spring, Matters was named the Horizon League’s Coach of the Year for the second straight season and has guided the Raiders to their second straight NCAA appearance. Wright State has won the last two League regular season championships and is coming off of its first Horizon League tournament title in program history last weekend.

The AVCA Northeast region includes 35 schools from the following conferences: Big 10, Horizon, Ivy, MAC, Metro-Atlantic, Northeast and Patriot.

Matters joins current Wright State Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator and former head coach Joylynn Brown as the only two Raider head coaches to earn AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors. Matters is the first HL coach to earn an AVCA regional coaching honor since Cleveland State’s Chuck Voss was the Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2015.

Story has earned back-to-back Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year honors and is one of the top defensive players in the country, sitting third in the nation with her 6.10 digs/set average, while her 366 total digs are inside the top 30 nationally. Her 1,614 career digs to date are already inside the Top 3 for the Wright State career digs leaders. Story has tallied 15 or more digs in 15 of the Raiders’ 17 matches despite Wright State playing 11 three-set matches and has recorded 30-plus digs 13 times over her career.

Matters has led Wright State to 16 victories in the shortened spring season entering the NCAA Championship, while guiding the Raiders to a perfect 14-0 Horizon League regular season record before two more HL wins in the tournament.

In January 2020, Matters was named to VolleyballMag.com’s Under 40 Coaching Hotshots list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming coaches across NCAA Division I women’s volleyball, after leading the Raiders to their first Horizon League regular season championship in program history and earning an at-large berth into the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championship, the first at-large NCAA bid in any sport in Wright State athletic department history.

The 2019 Raiders finished the season with a 24-5 record, winning 20 or more matches for just the seventh time in the program’s Division I era. In her first campaign in 2018, Matters led Wright State to a 15-14 overall record, its first .500 or better season since 2003, while finishing with seven Horizon League wins, the most for the program since 2008, as the Raiders qualified for the Horizon League Tournament for the first time in 10 years.

Wright State begins NCAA Championship play on Wednesday night, taking on Samford at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The entire NCAA Volleyball Championship will be played in a neutral-site format in Omaha, Nebraska. The Wright State-Samford winner advances to take on the No. 4 overall seed Texas in the second round on Thursday night.

XAVIER VOLLEYBALL: Carrigan O’Reilly Named to AVCA All-East Region Team


CINCINNATI – Carrigan O’Reilly was named to the AVCA All-East Region Team on Tuesday morning. The sophomore setter picked up honorable mention team honors.

O’Reilly becomes the first Musketeer to earn AVCA All-Region honors since Sofia Peterson and Abbey Bessler in 2016.

The All-BIG EAST selection averaged 10.71 assists per set this season, ranking second in the BIG EAST and 28th in the NCAA. She added 69 kills, 29 blocks, 146 digs and seven aces.

The Westerville, Ohio, native had seven double-doubles this season and one triple-double.

DAYTON WSOCCER: UDWSOC Opens A-10 Championship At #20 Saint Louis Thursday


• The University of Dayton women’s soccer team (7-5-1 overall, 4-3-1 A-10) is the fourth and last seed in the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship which begins Thursday on the campus of No. 1-seed Saint Louis at Hermann Stadium. The Flyers will take on the No. 20 Billikens (13-1-0 overall and 8-0-0 A-10) for the fourth time this season. The semifinal match will be Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

• In the other semifinal, No. 2 Massachusetts will face third-seeded Davidson Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.

• The winners of the two semifinals will advance to meet in the championship final, which will be played Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

• All three of the matches are scheduled to be streamed on ESPN+ with Dan Bettlach, Bill McDermott, and Nate Gatter on the call

• Live stats will be available. Fans can also follow Dayton women’s soccer social media for updates: on Twitter: & Instagram:  @daytonwsoccer 


• Dayton has won the A-10 Tournament Championship more than any other team in the conference: 10 times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016).

• UD has also won or shared 11 Atlantic 10 Regular Season titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013). The next closest is Massachusetts with five.

• This will be Dayton’s 24th consecutive season playing in the A-10 Championship, earning a berth every year the Flyers have been a member of the conference.


• The Flyers lead the all-time series over Saint Louis, 10-8-3.

• Dayton is 3-4-1 all-time in road matches vs. Saint Louis.

• The Billikens have won the last six meetings, including three this season (3-2 in 2OT on March 18 at Baujan Field and most recently to close out the season 3-1 on April 8 and 2-1 on April 11 at Hermann Stadium.


• Dayton’s only conference losses were to No. 20 Saint Louis this season.

• UD is averaging 1.77 goals per game in the 13 matches this season. 16 of the 23 goals have come from UD freshmen: Itala Gemelli leads Dayton and the A-10 with nine goals, including three game-winning goals, and including three goals vs. the Billikens. Madison Wilson has three goals. Diana Benigno has scored two goals, and Mia Perri and Elle Lovdal have each netted one goal.

• Sophomore Jessica Sheldon leads the Flyers with five assists, and also has a goal. Fellow sophomores Marlee Taylor and Audrey Steiert each have three assists, and sophomores Laney Huber and Yaiza Navarro Leon and freshman Katie Houck each have two assists.

• Gemelli also leads Dayton in points (19), shots (37), and shots on goal (20).

• The four Flyers who have started every match this season are freshmen (Itala Gemelli and Katie Houck) and sophomores (Jessica Sheldon, and Audrey Steiert). Sophomores Yaiza Navarro Leon and Mackenzie Lutz have played in and started 12 matches.

• Sophomore defender Audrey Steiert leads all Flyers field players with 975 minutes.

• Sophomore Madelyn Dewey earned her first collegiate start vs. Louisville (March 6) and has started every match since. In the other four matches she came off the bench to start the second half. Dewey is 7-4-1 on the season with 42 saves. The Flyers have five shutouts.

• Head coach Eric Golz is in his fourth season at the helm of the Flyers. He previously served as an assistant at UD in 2011.

• Dayton returns eight starters from a squad that went 7-9-3 overall and 5-3-2 in conference play in 2019.


• Saint Louis is currently ranked No. 20 by the United Soccer Coaches and is on an eight-match winning streak, going undefeated in Atlantic 10 play.

• SLU’s only loss this season is a 1-0 overtime setback to Oklahoma State, ranked No. 16 at the time (March 6).

• Hannah Friedrich has 14 assists this season to lead the Billikens. She is also the A-10 and NCAA leader in assists.

• Saint Louis averages 2.50 goals per game and 12 different Billikens have scored this season led by Emily Groark’s and Hannah Larson’s seven goals. Abbie Miller has six goals this season, including four against Dayton.

• Emily Puricelli has 14 starts in goal with 47 saves, a .55 GAA, and six shutouts.


• A four-team 2020-21 Atlantic 10 Championship will be played on the campus of the highest seed, April 15-17, with the winner advancing to the NCAA tournament.

• The Atlantic 10 has divided the 14 teams that participate in women’s soccer into three geographical pods.

• The top team from each pod, and the next best team (regardless of pod) will play in the four-team Championship.


• Freshman forward Itala Gemelli leads the Flyers and Atlantic 10 in goals scored with 9. She’s also scored three game-winning goals. Her nine goals this season are third best in the NCAA for freshmen.

•  Gemelli was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Feb. 22. Gemelli scored her first collegiate goal, a game-winner in the 86th minute against Northern Kentucky in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for UD. The rookie from Rochester, Mich., also scored the Flyers’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to undefeated Butler.

•  She also won the award for matches played March 15-21 when she scored three goals on the week. She scored both goals in Dayton’s 3-2 double overtime loss to No. 22 Saint Louis, including the first goal just 57 seconds into the match, a rocket to the upper, far post 90. She also scored the equalizer in the 69th minute to send the match into OT. Gemelli scored the game-winning goal in UD’s 3-0 shutout road win over St. Bonaventure.


Senior Kara Camarco scored the game-winning goal in UD’s 1-0 victory over Marshall on Feb. 28. She also scored the game-winning goal in Dayton’s 5-1 win over St. Bonaventure (April 1). She’s played in 12 matches and started 10. Camarco had an assist in UD’s 3-2 loss to Saint Louis.


Sophomore Marlee Taylor scored her first collegiate goal in 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure (March 21). She had a goal and two assists in UD’s 5-1 victory over SBU on April 1.


• Freshman Katie Houck, from Smithton, Ill. – which is located 30 minutes southeast of St. Louis – has started every match at defender for the Flyers. She’s played 966 minutes and has two assists, both coming against Saint Louis (April 8 and April 11).


• Dayton swept the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, closing out the three-game series with a 2-0 win on Easter Sunday at Baujan Field. UD also had a 5-1 win vs. SBU on April 1 and a 3-0 road win on March 21. 


• The Flyers opened the A-10 campaign with a double overtime 1-1 draw at Duquesne. Freshman Madison Wilson scored in the match for Dayton.

• Prior to the 1-1 double overtime tie at Duquesne Sunday, March 14, Dayton’s last A-10 regular season match was Oct. 27, 2019, a 3-2 loss at La Salle.  When the Flyers took on the Dukes it marked 504 days since UD’s last conference match.

• In the second meeting, Dayton posted a 2-0 shutout with goals from Itala Gemelli and Diana Benigno and both assists coming from Yaiza Navarro Leon.


• Dayton closed out non-conference play with a 1-0 loss to Louisville via a PK, on March 6 at Baujan Field, finishing with a 3-2-0 record going into league play.

2-0-0 TO START

•  Dayton opened up this unorthodox spring campaign with a 2-0 win over Bellarmine at CJ’s Roger Glass Stadium on Feb. 6. Freshmen Madison Wilson and Diana Benigno scored.

•  The Flyers followed that win a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Northern Kentucky at indoor facility Wall2Wall in Mason, Ohio. Freshmen Mia Perri and Itala Gemelli scored.


• The Dayton women’s soccer team was selected  to finish fourth in the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 standings in a vote by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Flyers were 5-3-2 in the conference in 2019 and finished fifth in the league.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ohio State Football: Buckeyes’ 2021 Schedule Analysis

As far as 2020 is concerned for the Ohio State Buckeyes, just put that season in the rearview mirror and move on. Yes, Ohio State won its fourth straight Big Ten championship. Yes, Ohio State vanquished Clemson in the Sugar Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal, helping to soothe the pains from the crushing loss to the Tigers in 2020. And of course, Ohio State competed for the national championship against Alabama, losing 52-24.

The loss to the Crimson Tide is far from the only reason why Ohio State coaches, players, and fans want to move on from 2020. The COVID-19 issues that wreaked havoc across the sporting world resulted in a canceled spring practice season, a nearly-canceled regular season that was eventually resolved in an abbreviated fashion, and three games that Ohio State was unable to play due to COVID-19 outbreaks on either the side of the Buckeyes (Nov. 28 at Illinois) or their scheduled opponent Nov. 14 at Maryland, Dec. 12 at Michigan). The loss of THE GAME loomed large for fans on both sides of that historic rivalry.

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1908       Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss offers Honus Wagner a contract with a proposed a salary of $6,000. The third baseman, who won his second consecutive NL batting crown last season, will eventually sign for $10,000, twice the amount of his previous pay, to become the first major leaguer to make a five-figure salary.

1910       At American League Park in Washington, D.C., William Taft becomes the first president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Chief Executive stays to see a great game when Senator legend Walter Johnson one-hits the A’s in the season opener, 3-0.

1911       Shortly after midnight, a tremendous fire breaks out, destroying much of the Polo Grounds, leaving the Giants without a place to play. The Highlanders invite the McGraw men to share Hilltop Park, an offer the displaced National League team accepts for six weeks until the completion of the temporary stands at their damaged ballpark.

1915       Herb Pennock’s bid to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day is spoiled when he gives up a scratch hit to Harry Hooper with two outs in the ninth inning. The A’s southpaw retires the next batter, preserving his 2-0 shutout of Boston at Shibe Park.

1917       White Sox hurler Eddie Cicotte, who will become better known as one of the eight players made permanently ineligible for professional baseball due to his alleged participation in the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series, no-hits the Browns, 11-0. The 33 year-old Michigan native, called Knuckles by his teammates, will finish the season with a 28-12 record along with a 1.53 ERA, leading the league in victories and earned run average.

1925       The Indians start the season drubbing the Browns, 21-4, to establish the major league mark for the most runs scored by one club on Opening Day. Cleveland tallies 12 times in the eighth inning with the help of five St. Louis errors.

1925       WGN broadcasts the first fully-live regular season baseball game, detailing Grover Alexander and the Cubs’ defeat of the Pirates on a chilly Opening Day, 8-2. Quin Ryan is behind the microphone doing play-by-play from a perch on the Wrigley Field roof.

1930       President Herbert Hoover, continuing the tradition started by William Taft in 1910, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox edge the hometown Senators, 4-3. The Chief Executive, historically thought to be a southpaw, does the honors right-handed six times during his one term in the White House, all four Opening Days at Washington’s Griffith Stadium and two World Series games played at Shibe Park in the 1929 and 1930 Fall Classics.

1931       At Braves Field, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest pitcher to start an Opening Day game. The 47 year-old Robin right-hander gives up six runs on nine runs in six innings of work, taking the loss when Brooklyn bows to Boston, 7-4.

1936       At Sportsman’s Park, Eddie Morgan, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the Cardinals’ 12-7 loss to Chicago, hits a home run in his first major league first at-bat. The round-tripper will be the 21 year-old rookie’s only career homer during his brief stint with St. Louis and Brooklyn.

1949       Bobo Newsom signs as a free agent with the Senators. The 41 year-old right-hander, who will not appear with the club until the 1952 season, becomes the first major leaguer to join the same team on five different occasions (1935-37, ’42, ’43, ’46-47, ’52).

1953       In their first game ever played in Milwaukee, the transplanted Braves beat the Cardinals at County Stadium, 3-2, thanks to Billy Bruton’s walk-off home run off Gerry Staley in the tenth inning. The 27 year-old rookie center fielder will not hit another home run this season.

1953       Bob Lemon nearly throws an Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox, except for Minnie Minoso’s first-inning single spoiling the bid. The Indians’ hurler almost loses his shutout when Jim Rivera walks, steals second, and goes to third on a grounder, but the fleet-footed outfielder thrown out trying to swipe home.

1955       Elston Howard, who will be named the American League’s MVP in 1963, becomes the first black to play for the Yankees. The former Monarchs’ catcher will appear in nine All-Star Games and 54 World Series games, compiling a .274 batting average during his 14-year playing career.

1960       Bill Mazeroski hits the first home run of the season at Forbes Field, going deep in the bottom in the second of the Pirates’ 13-0 rout of the Reds in the team’s home opener. The Bucs’ second baseman will also hit the last round-tripper of the season at the historic Pittsburgh ballpark, ending the season with a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off homer that beats in Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series.

1961       Frank Lary tosses a one-hitter on Opening Day, beating the White Sox at Tiger Stadium, 7-0. Chicago’s lone hit comes in the fifth inning when Jim Landis singles off the glove of shortstop Chico Fernandez.

1965       Willie Mays hits his 455th career home run, a third-inning two-run shot to left field off future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, in the Giants’ 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The round-tripper surpasses Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle’s current total, a lead the Say Hey Kid will not again relinquish to his rival center fielder.

1967       In the home opener at Yankee Stadium, southpaw Billy Rohr, making his major league debut, is one out from pitching a no-hitter when Elston Howard singles on a 3-2 pitch, ruining the 21 year-old rookie’s shot at immortality. A heartbroken six-year-old fan sitting near the Boston dugout named John has to be consoled by his mother, Jackie Kennedy, although his beloved Red Sox beat the Bronx Bombers, 3-0

1968       Jim Bunning becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to collect a thousand strikeouts in both leagues when he whiffs eight Dodgers during his first win for the Pirates, a 3-0 complete-game victory in Chavez Ravine. The 37 year-old right-hander, acquired from the Phillies in December, sent 1,406 American League batters back to the bench with a bat in their hands for nine seasons while pitching for the Tigers at the start of his Hall of Fame career.

1969       In the first regular-season contest to take place outside the United States, the Expos play their first home game, treating 29,184 fans on a cold day at Jarry Park to an 8-7 win over the defending National League champion Cardinals. Montreal moundsman Larry Jaster throws baseball’s first international pitch to left fielder Lou Brock, and Mack Jones provides the offense for the home team, driving in five runs and hitting the first home game homer in franchise history.

1976       On the north side of Chicago, Dave Kingman launches a homer down the left-field line that hits a house 530 feet from home plate. The Cubs, as well as the home, survive the right fielder’s blast, defeating the Mets in the Wrigley Field contest, 6-5.

1978       The biggest Opening Day crowd ever, 45,777, attends the Wrigley Field opener against Pittsburgh. Although the team gives up an early 3-0 lead, the hometown fans will not go home disappointed when Larry Biittner, leading off in the bottom of the ninth inning, homers giving the Cubs a 4-3 walk-off victory.

1982       At Watt Powell Park, the home of the International League’s Charleston Charlies, Toledo’ Mud Hens’ pinch-hitter Randy Bush hits an eighth-inning home run in the team’s 4-3 victory over Charleston that travels over 200 miles. The Twins’ farmhand, not known for his power, hits a ball over the right-field wall that lands on a moving coal train.

1983       The Metrodome’s roof deflates due to the weight of heavy snow dumped during a late-season storm, canceling the game between the Twins and Angels. The postponement marks only the second time the putting off a contest occurs in a domed stadium due to weather, the first being a 1976 Astros match not played when massive flooding in the Houston metropolitan area prevented many fans and the umpiring crew from reaching the Astrodome.

1990       Cal Ripken begins a streak which leads to the major league record for the most errorless games [95] and total chances [431] by a shortstop. At the end of June, the O’s infielder appeared to have made an error, but official scorer Bill Steka changed his mind the next day, deciding to give Birds’ center fielder Mike Devereaux the error instead.

1990       Kansas City beats the Blue Jays, 3-1, marking the first time two reigning Cy Young Award recipients contribute to the same victory. Brett Saberhagen picks up his first win of the season with closer Mark Davis, last year’s NL Cy Young’s after saving 44 games for the Padres, pitching a perfect ninth inning for the save in the Royals Stadium contest.

1993       After establishing the all-time career major league record last night with his 358th save, Cardinal reliever Lee Smith breaks the National League mark, recording his 301st in the Senior Circuit when he tosses a perfect 15th frame in the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The right-handed reliever will extend the big league mark to 478, pitching for the Cubs (1980-1987), Red Sox (1988-1990), Cardinals (1990-1993), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995-1996), Reds (1996), and Expos (1997).

1998       Diamondback third baseman Matt Williams knots the score at 4-4 when he hits the first-ever grand slam in franchise history. The fourth-inning blast off southpaw Kent Mercker proves to be of little consequence in the expansion team’s 15-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Our thanks to M. Blake for suggesting this entry.)

1999       Tampa Bays’ designated hitter Jose Canseco becomes the 28th player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he takes Kelvim Escobar deep down the left-field line in the top of the third inning in the Devil Rays’ 7-6 loss to Toronto at the SkyDome. The controversial slugger will finish his 17-year career in 2001 with 462 round-trippers.

2001       The Reds beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 1-0, to establish the new National League mark for not being shut out by an opponent, scoring in their 175th consecutive game. Ironically, the record-breaking contest comes against the last team and pitcher to blank the franchise, a 5-0 defeat at Cinergy Field in a playoff game to determine the NL Wild Card.

2001       A total of eleven one-run games (six in AL and five in NL) breaks a 1967 record set on May 30th when there were a combined ten one-run contests in the major leagues.

2002       Mascots from all the major league teams, as well as Sandy the Seagull, of the near-by farm team Brooklyn Cyclones, attend a birthday party held for Mr. Met at Shea Stadium. The Amazins’ 38 year-old bobble-headed good luck charm, believed to be the first live mascot in big-league history, appeared in the flesh, so to speak, in 1964 after being an illustration on the cover of scorecards the season before.

2004       Aaron Miles becomes the fifth player in history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game, joining Johnny Lucadello (1940 Browns), U.L. Washington (1979 Royals), Bret Barberie (1991 Expos), and Brian Simmons (1998 White Sox). In a 14-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks at Coors Field, the Rockies’ switch-hitting second baseman hits a solo homer in the first inning batting lefty off Elmer Dessens, before he goes deep in the fifth with two on as a right-handed batter off southpaw Stephen Randolph.

2004       In the game played after teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th career victory, Kevin Brown, obtained from the Dodgers for Jeff Weaver and two minor-leaguers in an off-season trade, reaches the same plateau, beating the Devil Rays, 5-1. The wins mark the first time in baseball history members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th career victory in consecutive starts.

2006       At the Mets Team Store beginning today through the April 17 tax deadline, fans can have their taxes done for free by Gilman Ciocia. The Shea TAX-TEAM will also prepare an automatic extension for those who are not ready to file.

2017       Hank Aaron, who also did the traditional toss for the Braves in the first and last contests at Turner Field, throws the ceremonial first pitch, with former long-time team manager Bobby Cox serving as the catcher, before the inaugural game at SunTrust Park. Atlanta’s center fielder Ender Inciarte records the first out, first hit, first run, and the first home run in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Padres at the new ballpark.

2017       The Twins make history when the team starts three fly-chasers with the same surname in the same game with left fielder Willy Garcia, center fielder Leury Garcia, and right fielder Avisail Garcia appearing in the Target Field lineup. In the 1960s, the three Alou brothers, Felipe, Jesus, and Matty, patrolled the same outfield on three occasions, but the trio of siblings never started the contest at the same time.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston73.7003 – 34 – 06 – 31 – 00 – 07 – 3W 7
Baltimore56.4552.51 – 44 – 24 – 50 – 01 – 14 – 6W 1
NY Yankees56.4552.53 – 32 – 35 – 60 – 00 – 05 – 5L 1
Tampa Bay56.4552.53 – 22 – 42 – 40 – 01 – 14 – 6L 1
Toronto56.4552.52 – 33 – 33 – 20 – 02 – 44 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland64.6004 – 12 – 30 – 06 – 40 – 06 – 4W 1
Kansas City54.5560.53 – 22 – 20 – 02 – 23 – 25 – 4W 1
Minnesota55.50011 – 34 – 20 – 12 – 11 – 25 – 5L 3
Chi White Sox56.4551.52 – 23 – 40 – 02 – 23 – 45 – 5L 1
Detroit56.4551.53 – 32 – 30 – 03 – 62 – 04 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Angels74.6364 – 23 – 22 – 14 – 21 – 16 – 4L 1
Houston65.54511 – 45 – 10 – 00 – 26 – 35 – 5L 4
Seattle65.54513 – 33 – 21 – 13 – 30 – 05 – 5L 1
Oakland57.4172.51 – 64 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 55 – 5W 4
Texas47.36432 – 42 – 33 – 21 – 20 – 04 – 6W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets43.5713 – 11 – 24 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 3W 2
Philadelphia65.5455 – 11 – 46 – 50 – 00 – 05 – 5L 2
Miami46.4001.51 – 53 – 13 – 10 – 30 – 04 – 6W 3
Atlanta47.36422 – 32 – 44 – 70 – 00 – 04 – 6L 3
Washington26.2502.51 – 21 – 41 – 21 – 10 – 32 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati74.6365 – 12 – 30 – 05 – 12 – 37 – 3L 1
Milwaukee65.54512 – 34 – 20 – 05 – 30 – 05 – 5L 1
St. Louis65.54512 – 34 – 24 – 12 – 40 – 05 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs56.45523 – 32 – 30 – 05 – 60 – 05 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh47.36433 – 21 – 50 – 03 – 61 – 13 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers92.8184 – 05 – 23 – 00 – 04 – 19 – 1W 4
San Diego84.6671.54 – 34 – 10 – 01 – 14 – 36 – 4L 1
San Francisco74.63624 – 13 – 30 – 01 – 15 – 17 – 3W 1
Arizona48.3335.52 – 32 – 50 – 02 – 12 – 54 – 6L 2
Colorado38.27363 – 40 – 40 – 00 – 03 – 82 – 8L 4


Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3717.68520-517-129-224-76-42 W
Brooklyn3717.68522-715-106-219-117-31 W
Milwaukee3320.6233.518-815-129-019-104-61 W
Atlanta3025.5457.514-1016-154-316-127-33 W
Boston2926.5278.517-1012-164-618-147-34 W
Miami2826.5199.015-1313-135-516-156-41 L
Charlotte2726.5099.513-1114-157-215-125-52 L
New York2827.5099.517-1011-172-819-175-53 W
Indiana2528.47211.59-1616-125-414-175-51 L
10 Chicago2231.41514.510-1612-154-312-123-73 L
11 Toronto2134.38216.511-1510-193-614-203-72 L
12 Washington2033.37716.510-1610-172-78-235-51 W
13 Cleveland1934.35817.511-158-193-513-153-72 L
14 Orlando1737.31520.010-197-184-510-202-86 L
15 Detroit1638.29621.09-157-230-910-224-62 L
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4114.74525-316-115-219-87-31 W
Phoenix3915.7221.522-817-75-323-99-13 W
LA Clippers3818.6793.522-816-108-222-108-26 W
Denver3420.6306.518-1016-107-118-128-22 L
LA Lakers3421.6187.016-1118-103-620-116-41 W
Portland3123.5749.516-1215-114-516-145-52 L
Dallas2924.54711.013-1216-125-416-166-42 L
Memphis2725.51912.513-1514-104-512-176-41 W
San Antonio2626.50013.512-1714-95-614-194-62 W
10 Golden State2628.48114.517-109-183-714-144-62 W
11 New Orleans2529.46315.516-139-166-314-176-43 W
12 Sacramento2232.40718.512-1510-174-510-163-77 L
13 Oklahoma City2034.37020.59-1911-153-811-211-97 L
14 Houston1440.25926.57-197-215-710-222-83 L
15 Minnesota1441.25527.09-185-233-69-223-71 L


Washington Capitals4328114602615212714-5-214-6-26-4-0
New York Islanders422711458231259818-2-29-9-27-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4227132562414611816-3-111-10-18-2-0
Boston Bruins4022126501811210611-6-311-6-35-4-1
New York Rangers422016646191361129-7-311-9-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers421917644181231549-9-310-8-34-4-2
New Jersey Devils411421634141031354-16-310-5-32-6-2
Buffalo Sabres42102572771001474-13-46-12-34-3-3
Colorado Avalanche42299462291509818-4-211-5-28-1-1
Vegas Golden Knights412811258281329416-4-212-7-06-3-1
Minnesota Wild4024133512311910914-4-010-9-35-3-2
St. Louis Blues411916644171191287-9-412-7-23-6-1
Arizona Coyotes4319195431611613410-8-39-11-25-5-0
San Jose Sharks411819440131131378-9-210-10-25-5-0
Los Angeles Kings411619638151121217-8-49-11-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks43132373312971375-14-48-9-34-5-1
Toronto Maple Leafs4328114602714311214-6-314-5-17-1-2
Winnipeg Jets4225143532513611311-6-214-8-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers4225152522513412013-8-012-7-26-2-2
Montreal Canadiens391812945171221109-8-29-4-75-4-1
Calgary Flames4218213391711112610-9-18-12-23-7-0
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators431425432121161619-9-45-16-04-5-1
Carolina Hurricanes4127104582313310214-3-413-7-06-3-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4228122582714310815-4-013-8-24-6-0
Florida Panthers4327124582613611714-4-313-8-17-3-0
Nashville Predators4424191491911912313-9-011-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks4320185451812213511-8-29-10-35-5-0
Dallas Stars4115141242141131078-6-87-8-44-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets441520939131121458-8-77-12-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings44152363614991409-9-46-14-25-3-2