Muncie Central 10 Muncie Burris 6

Harrison 10 Lafayette Jeff 9

Harrison 7 Lafayette Jeff 2

McCutcheon 14 Kokomo 4

Logansport 13 Rochester 3

Liberty Christian 14 Seton Catholic 9….CARDINALS: Luke Leverton 3 RBI… Jake Moynahan 4 – 4 RBI 3R…Trey Pipenger 2 – 4….. Nolan Burkhardt 2 – 3

Union County 5 Lawrenceburg 4

Cowan 21 Randolph Southern 6

Knightstown 6 Union City 0…PANTHERS: Aaron Reagan 1-3 2RBI….Brock Corbett 2-2….Brayden McDaniel 2-3…Dalton Scott RBI….Robert Porter 1-3 RBI…Keelan Walters RBI…PITCHING: Mason Muncy 4IP 7K’s….Dalton Scott 3IP 5K’s…..UNION CITY: only one hit

Greenfield Central 5 New Palestine 2

Yorktown 4 New Castle 3

Mt. Vernon 10 Pendleton Heights 6

Shelbyville 14 Delta 0

Blue River 8 Eastern Hancock 4


Richmond 7 Anderson 6

McCutcheon 7 Logansport 0

Cowan 11 Randolph Southern 0

Tri 16 S. Decatur 0

Wapahani 10 Winchester 6

East Central 7 Rushville 0

Franklin County 10 Greensburg 9

Mt. Vernon 5 Lapel 0

New Palestine 11 New Castle 1

Shelbyville 17 Greenfield Central 4


New Castle 171…. Richmond 172…. Monroe Central 174

RHS: Carson LaFuse 41

Shenandoah 192…Knightstown 210….Centerville 212

BULLDOGS: Mike Davis (51), Brandon Tedder (49), Payton Chappel (59), Rylan Schuerman (54) and Elijah Bellew (58).


Pittsburgh 2 Kansas City 1

Toronto 9 Washington 5

Boston 2 NY Mets 1

Cleveland 7 Minnesota 4

NY Yankees 5 Baltimore, 1

Tampa Bay 4 Oakland 3

Texas 6 LA Angels 1

Detroit 5 Chicago White Sox 2

Houston 2 Seattle 1

Atlanta 5 Chicago Cubs 0

Milwaukee 5 Miami 4

St. Louis 5 Philadelphia 2

Arizona 5 San Diego 1

Colorado 7 San Francisco 5 (10)

Cincinnati 6 LA Dodgers 5

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Oklahoma City 119 Boston 115

Portland 133 Indiana 112

Milwaukee 114 Charlotte 104

Brooklyn 116 Toronto 103

Minnesota 114 Houston 107

Dallas 133 Golden State 103

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NY Rangers 3 Buffalo 1

Boston 3 Pittsburgh 1

Columbus 1 Detroit 0

Washington 1 NY Islanders 0

New Jersey 6 Philadelphia 4

Tampa Bay 7 Chicago 4

Florida 7 Nashville 4

Carolina 5 Dallas 1

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Votto, Winker lead Reds to 6-5 win over scuffling Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joey Votto hit a go-ahead double, Jesse Winkler homered and drove in two runs and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for the second straight night to defeat the scuffling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Tuesday.

The defending World Series champions have dropped six of eight, including three straight for the first time since 2019.

Votto’s two-run double to right field off Scott Alexander (0-2) in the seventh snapped an 0-for-15 skid and gave Cincinnati the lead. The Reds trailed by two going into the inning, but Tucker Barnhart led off with a double and scored when Kyle Farmer lined a single to left-center.

Winker had three hits – including a leadoff home run – to extend his hitting streak to a career high-tying 12 games.

The Dodgers managed only four hits off six Reds pitchers, including Will Smith’s home run in the fourth. Los Angeles benefited from eight walks, but left eight on base.

Ryan Hendrix (1-0) got the win for the Reds, who have won two in a row after dropping seven straight.

Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler struck out 10, but allowed five runs and seven hits. It was the ninth time the right-hander reached double-digit strikeouts.

Winker, who hit the tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning of Monday’s 5-3 win at Dodger Stadium, didn’t waste any time going deep again. He drove Buehler’s fastball over the wall in right-center on the first pitch of the game.

It was Winker’s sixth career leadoff homer and second this season. Half of his homers have come on the first pitch.

The Dodgers got only one hit off Cincinnati starter Jeff Hoffman, but it was big. Smith hit a three-run homer to center in the fourth inning to put Los Angeles up 3-1 after the right-hander walked the first two batters. Hoffman went four innings with three strikeouts and five walks.

The Reds responded with a pair in the fifth to tie it 3-all on an RBI grounder by Tyler Stephenson and Winker’s single. Los Angeles regained the lead with Matt Beaty’s two-run single to right.

Acuña hits long HR as Anderson, Braves shut down Cubs 5-0

ATLANTA (AP) Ian Anderson allowed one hit in seven innings, Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a long home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the skidding Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Anderson (2-0) won his second consecutive start, after throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday. He walked only one Cubs batter and struck out eight.

“His last two outings have been excellent,” Acuna said through a translator. “He’s a tremendous pitcher. I’m not surprised at all. He’s a superstar in my opinion.”

Chicago held out Javier Baez and Kris Bryant with injuries in its fourth consecutive loss.

A rookie making his 11th career start and fifth this season, Anderson lowered his ERA to 2.48. Cubs manager David Ross was impressed by the right-hander in his first game against Chicago.

“I thought the changeup was the difference-maker,” Ross said. “He threw it for strikes and it looked like a fastball out of his hands from my vantage point.”

A.J. Minter pitched a perfect eighth. Nico Hoerner’s one-out single off Jacob Webb in the ninth was Chicago’s second hit, but Webb struck out Willson Contreras and David Bote to end the game.

With one out in the fifth, Acuna pulled a belt-high fastball from Trevor Williams (2-2) for the longest of his eight homers this season. The drive traveled 481 feet and landed near the top of the seats in left-center field.

“It’s special. It’s a different sound,” Anderson said. “It’s something I’ve seen a few times now. He seems to thrive in a big moment and that speaks to the kind of player he is.”

Acuna tossed his bat and slapped his chest with both hands as he left the batter’s box for his jog around the bases. The homer was his first since April 15.

“Truthfully, I don’t concern myself too much with how far I hit it,” Acuna said.

Williams then walked Freddie Freeman, who scored on Ozzie Albies’ double off the right-field wall for a 2-0 lead.

Albies added another double off Brandon Workman leading off the eighth and scored on Dansby Swanson’s single. Hoerner’s error at shortstop on Austin Riley’s grounder set up pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval’s run-scoring single up the middle.

Workman walked Acuna to load the bases and also walked Freeman, forcing in the third run of the inning.

Jake Marisnick led off the third with a single for Chicago’s only hit off Anderson, but Marisnick was stranded at second base. The only other baserunner against Anderson came on Jason Heyward’s walk with one out in the fifth.

Williams allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. He had two walks and eight strikeouts, matching his career high.

Guerrero hits 3 HRs, slam off Scherzer, Jays beat Nats

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on a power display that really impressed his Hall of Fame father.

Guerrero hit three home runs, including a grand slam and solo shot off Washington ace Max Scherzer, and had seven RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Nationals 9-5 on Tuesday night.

“I’m feeling very blessed right now,” Guerrero said. “Hitting two homers against a legend like that, it’s unbelievable what I’m feeling right now.”

Scherzer (1-2) joined Ivan Nova as the only pitchers to have allowed a homer to both Guerrero Jr. and his slugging father.

“What a day for my boy,” the senior Guerrero said on his Twitter account. “All the hard work is paying off.”

The senior Guerrero also went deep twice against Scherzer, in 2010 with Texas and 2011 with Baltimore in his final season. He finished with 449 homers but never had a three-homer game.

“Looking at Vladdy, he has a good eye,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He doesn’t chase much as Senior. That’s one big difference I’ve noticed already, he swings at strikes.”

Guerrero’s slam in the third put the Blue Jays ahead 4-3 and ended Scherzer’s scoreless streak at 19 innings.

Guerrero made it 7-3 with his drive in the fifth and added a two-run, seventh-inning shot off Kyle Finnegan to complete his first three-homer game.

“He was locked in,” Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette said. “I don’t really think you can really explain how you feel on nights like that. It’s probably just a blur and everything looks in slow motion.”

Scherzer allowed seven runs – five earned – and eight hits over five innings. He had given up one earned run in 19 innings over his previous three starts.

“I did not pitch well tonight, that’s obvious,” Scherzer said. “I didn’t execute.”

Trea Turner, hit on the left forearm by a pitch Sunday, homered twice for the Nationals. It was his seventh multihomer game and second this year, with the other coming April 18 against Arizona.

Ryan Zimmerman got Washington within 7-5 on a two-run homer in the seventh.

Turner led off the game a home run and hit a solo drive in the third against Trent Thornton. The shortstop was hit by reliever Anthony Castro’s pitch during the fifth but stayed in the game.

Castro entered in the fourth with the bases loaded and got an inning-ending double play from Victor Robles.

Yadiel Hernandez put Washington up 3-0 with a third-inning homer off reliever Tommy Milone (1-0).

Toronto used seven pitchers during a bullpen day.

It was the first game of the Blue Jays’ second homestand at TD Ballpark, their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. Toronto is set to play at least through May at the park.

One reason to remain in Florida and not start the season at their Triple-A park in Buffalo, New York, which hosted games last season, was the weather. The game time temperature was 81 degrees under clear skies with a refreshing breeze blowing out at 10 mph.

“It’s weird,” Turner said. “The clubhouse and everything is actually really nice. I think they did a good job.”

Phillips’ homer helps Rays cool off Athletics 4-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brett Phillips hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning Tuesday night and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 4-3 win over Oakland, handing the Athletics their second loss in 16 games.

Joey Wendle’s two-out single in the seventh tacked on another run for the Rays and ended Tampa Bay’s 0-for-26 stretch with runners in scoring position.

Phillips’ first homer of the season came off Frankie Montas (2-2) and erased the impact of a bizarre defensive decision in the top of the sixth by Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

“Hits like that kind of reassure you to keep doing your work,” said Phillips, who had been struggling along with the rest of Tampa Bay’s offense. “It feels good to contribute. I got lucky and put a good swing on it.”

“We needed something to spark us and that certainly did,” manager Kevin Cash said.

Jeffrey Springs (1-0) got the win in relief. Diego Castillo worked the ninth and gave up Sean Murphy’s third homer this season before earning his fifth save.

It was the first one-run loss of the year for Oakland. The A’s have won five games by one, including Monday night over the Rays after their 13-game winning streak ended Sunday at Baltimore.

With one out, Matt Olson on third base in the sixth and the game tied 1-1, Mitch Moreland hit a flyball to left field. Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena got under it, but Kiermaier called him off, caught the ball running laterally and had to turn to make the throw to the plate. Kiermaier’s throw was accurate but late as Olson, who had led off with a double, slid in with the run that put the A’s up 2-1.

“I know what it looked like from everybody else’s vantage point,” Kiermaier said, “but I believe I’m the best defensive outfielder in the game, and on that play, in a 1-1 game and the team not playing well, I’m doing everything in my power to preserve a 1-1 tie. I know I surprised Randy and I caught him off-guard and and he did absolutely nothing wrong.

“If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine. It didn’t work out. But I’m just trusting my instincts and trying to make a play out there. I’m very confident I can make that play.”

Kiermaier, leading off for the first time this season, hit Montas’ first pitch of the game for a triple and scored on an error by Oakland third baseman Vimael Machin.

The A’s tied it in the second after singles by Moreland, Murphy and Stephen Piscotty loaded the bases with none out. Machin drove in the run with a groundball.

Montas pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out five.

“It came down to one pitch, basically,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “On their first run we just didn’t make a play. He threw the ball well.”

Rays starter Michael Wacha gave up one run on five hits in five innings, striking out two.

Richards strikes out 10, pitches Red Sox past Mets 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) Garrett Richards reworked his delivery last weekend with one thought in mind.

“More north and south,” he said.

The Red Sox right-hander is going in the right direction now.

Richards finally found the strike zone and punched out 10, Bobby Dalbec hit his first homer of the season and Boston beat the New York Mets 2-1 Tuesday night.

Richards (1-2) allowed a run and seven hits over seven innings, issuing no free passes one start after walking six. He trimmed his ERA from 6.48 to 4.94 thanks to a tip from pitching coach Dave Bush, who suggested he ditch his full windup to eliminate side-to-side movement.

“It’s super simple as far as my delivery goes,” the 32-year-old Richards said. “And it helps me stay in the zone.”

Boston improved to an AL East-leading 15-9, including a major league-most 12 comeback victories.

Jeff McNeil put New York up 1-0 with a homer in the second, but Dalbec tied it with a shot to right-center leading off the third. Rafael Devers put Boston ahead with an RBI single in the sixth, scoring Kike Hernandez after his leadoff double.

Matt Barnes fanned Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis during a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save. Alonso struck out four times.

Barnes quick-pitched Alonso for strike two, apparently upsetting the slugger. Alonso stared down Boston’s closer after fouling off the pitch, then failed to check his swing on a breaking ball for strike three.

David Peterson (1-3) permitted two runs in six innings for the Mets. The left-hander induced 12 groundouts and struck out three while giving up four hits and two walks.

“He had three pitches going on for him today and his command was solid,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said.

Javier pitches Astros past Mariners 2-0, back over .500

HOUSTON (AP) Cristian Javier combined with two relievers on a two-hitter, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Tuesday night to get above .500 as they bounced back from a long skid.

Javier (3-0) allowed two hits in a career-high seven innings – both by Kyle Seager – struck out six and walked three.

“He showed me he’s in shape,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Even though his velocity went down there in the one inning, and then, he reached back and went back up to 93 (mph). He had a good breaking ball, a good fastball. … He gave us what we wanted. He gave us seven innings.”

Javier extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings over three starts and lowered his season ERA to 0.87.

“I’m really just going out there to have fun,” he said through a translator. “That’s the first thing I am focused on is to have fun and do my job, letting things fall how they may.”

Houston catcher Martin Maldonado said Javier was able to mix his pitches well.

“He looked really good,” Maldonado said. “His fastball command wasn’t there like it normally is. I think we mixed different pitches where we got them guessing second or third time through the lineup.”

Brooks Raley and Ryan Pressly each pitched a perfect inning, with Pressly getting his third save.

Seattle did not move a runner past second.

Houston has won five of six to reach 12-11, a spurt that followed nine losses in 10 games.

“We’ll take these victories,” Baker said. “Back over .500, it’s been a good homestand. We want to close out strong before we go on the road.”

Seattle has lost three in a row.

Yordan Alvarez had a sacrifice fly and Kyle Tucker an RBI single in a two-run fourth off Marco Gonzales (1-3), who allowed five hits in six innings with four strikeouts. Gonzales has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three starts.

“His fastball command leads the way with everything,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought his curveball was good and his changeup was coming into play. He’s doing a good job of reading batters and knowing whether to speed them up or slow them down.”

Rockies finally win on the road, beat Giants 7-5 in 10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ryan McMahon and C.J. Cron hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning and the Colorado Rockies finally won on the road, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-5 Tuesday night.

Garrett Hampson also went deep for Colorado, and Charlie Blackmon added two hits and two RBIs.

The Rockies lost their first seven away from Coors Field but manager Bud Black’s ballclub avoided joining the 2009 Washington Nationals, the 2006 Kansas City Royals and the 2003 Detroit Tigers as the only teams in the modern era to drop their first eight road games.

“We’ve had tough losses on the road, close games, a pitch here or there, a big knock here or there. Tonight we got the big knocks,” Black said. “We have to get the big hit when we have the opportunity. Hopefully moving forward we’ll get more. That was a good one.”

Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford homered for San Francisco. The Giants had won their first four against the Rockies this year before Colorado’s power display over the final two innings.

With Yonathan Daza starting the 10th at second base, McMahon crushed an 0-1 pitch from Gregory Santos (0-2) to center field for his eighth home run this season.

“He had a little cut action on most of his stuff so I was trying to get a good pitch, trying to get on top of it,” McMahon said. “He made a mistake and I didn’t miss it.”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Santos left his slider over the middle of the plate.

“McMahon’s a good hitter with pop,” Kapler said. “Santos’ slider is a plus pitch. It got whacked.”

Cron followed with his fourth of the year.

Daniel Bard (1-1) retired three batters and got the win despite his second blown save. Carlos Estevez gave up an RBI single to Buster Posey in the 10th but held on for his first save.

Hampson connected for a pinch-hit homer off Giants closer Jake McGee in the top of the ninth to put the Rockies ahead 4-3 before Crawford tied it in the bottom half with a leadoff shot against Bard that landed in McCovey Cove.

Kellys keep Diamondbacks rolling, beat Padres 5-1

PHOENIX (AP) Merrill Kelly gave up one run and four hits over six quality innings Tuesday night. That’s not quite up to the Diamondbacks’ lofty standards these days, but it’ll certainly do.

Kelly gave Arizona another stingy pitching performance, Carson Kelly added a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks stayed on a roll with a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

Coming off a doubleheader sweep in Atlanta on Sunday in which Madison Bumgarner pitched a no-hitter that doesn’t count in the record book and Zac Gallen threw a one-hitter in a pair of seven-inning shutouts, Merrill Kelly kept up the mound mastery.

“After watching Zac and Bum do their thing, everyone needs to step up their game,” he said.

The Diamondbacks have won seven of eight, improving to 12-11 for the season. It’s the first time they’ve been above .500 this year.

“The reason we’re playing good baseball right now is our starting pitching,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “Easy to say that after Atlanta, but even before that, we’ve had some really good pitching the past 10 days or so.”

Merrill Kelly (2-2) struck out five and lowered his ERA to 6.33 after struggling in his first four starts of the season.

Carson Kelly’s long, high-arching homer in the sixth pushed Arizona ahead 5-1 and chased San Diego starter Chris Paddack (1-3) from the game. It was the catcher’s sixth homer of the season.

“I was just looking for a heater, staying with my approach,” Carson Kelly said. “He left a pitch up in the zone, and put a good swing on it.”

The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Trent Grisham dropped Nick Heath’s line drive into the left-center gap. It looked as though Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar could have made the easier play, but Grisham called him off and the ball ricocheted off his glove and rolled to the wall.

Carson Kelly and Nick Ahmed scored while Heath made it all the way to third. It was a tough break for Paddack, who was very effective for much of the night. He gave up three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

“He was as good as I’ve seen him in a long time tonight,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “He pitched better than the line. I think he deserved better.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. scored San Diego’s lone run after reaching base in the sixth on a leadoff double.

Difo leads Pirates over Royals 2-1, back over .500 at 12-11

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Kansas City 2-1 on Tuesday night to end the Royals’ five-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh (12-11) has won three straight games and 11 of 16 since a 1-6 start, moving back above .500 for the first time since it was 1-0 in the opening week.

“We have to figure out ways to create run-scoring opportunities and we did a nice job of executing,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “Sometimes you don’t have to hit the ball hard to score some runs.”

Kansas City has lost seven straight games in Pittsburgh since 2009. The Royals arrived from Detroit following their first four-game road series sweep since 1999.

Jacob Stallings singled off Jakob Junis (1-1) leading off the seventh and took third on Kevin Newman’s one-out single with a hit-and-run on.

Difo, a switch-hitter, batted for pitcher Duane Underwood Jr., and right-hander Scott Barlow relieved. Difo looped a single that dropped in front of a sliding Michael A. Taylor in center, just 227 feet from home plate.

“My mindset going up to the box was to put the ball in play,” Difo said. “I knew they wouldn’t get a double play on me because I run fast. I went up there aggressive and was able to square the ball up well enough to get it in play.”

Underwood (1-0) won in his second big league decision, his first since last Aug. 17 for the Chicago Cubs against St. Louis.

Anderson allowed one run and three hits in six innings while striking out five and walking two.

Junis gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts and one walk.

“Really well-pitched game by Jake,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “Just a shame he couldn’t get the win. We just really couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Underwood, Sam Howard and Richard Rodriguez combined for three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief. Rodriguez retired the side in order on nine pitches for his fourth save in as many opportunities.

“Richie, he’s just got a real slow heartbeat, and games are won with slow heartrates,” Anderson said.

Colin Moran had an RBI single in the first inning, the start of a three-hit game.

Carlos Santana had two of the Royals’ four hits, and neither left the infield. His singled tied the score in the third.

Cards catcher Molina goes on injured list with foot strain

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was put on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a strained tendon in his right foot.

Molina was hurt in a game Friday night against Cincinnati. He sat out Saturday and Sunday, then returned on Monday to catch all nine innings of a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia.

The nine-time Gold Glove winner said he “had trouble moving around,” manager Mike Shildt said.

The 38-year-old Molina is off to one of the best starts of his career. He is hitting .323 with five home runs and 14 RBIs.

This was the ninth time he has gone on the injured list during his 18-year career.

Andrew Knizner started Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies. The Cardinals recalled catcher Ali Sanchez from their alternate training facility.

Portland ends 5-game skid with 3-point flurry at Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Anfernee Simons delivered the knockout flurry for Portland on Tuesday.

His teammates and coaches enjoyed watching it.

Simons made his first nine 3-pointers, finished with 27 points and helped the Portland Trail Blazers snap a season-high, five-game losing streak with a 133-112 rout at Indiana.

“After the first 3 I made in the second half, I knew it was going to be a good night for me,” Simons said. “After that, I felt like it didn’t matter who was contesting or how close they were, I knew it was going to go in.”

They did – time after time.

Simons fell two 3s short of Damian Lillard’s franchise record and became the first NBA player to open a game with nine consecutive 3s since Klay Thompson made 10 straight on Jan. 21, 2019. Simons wound up 9 of 10 from beyond the arc and 9 of 13 overall.

How good was he?

“The man of the hour, talk to him,” Lillard said when Simons showed up for his postgame Zoom call. “Nine 3s.”

Lillard added 23 points and the Blazers shot a season-best 57.1% from beyond the arc.

Malcolm Brogdon and Oshae Brissett each finished with 18 points for the short-handed Pacers, who had a three-game winning streak end.

With the Trail Blazers going 20 of 35 from 3-point range, Indiana never really had a chance.

Portland broke open the game in the second quarter by taking advantage of a 13-5 discrepancy in offensive rebounds and, of course-, the long-range shooting.

The second of Lillard’s four 3s broke a 50-all tie and spurred 21-5 run that gave the Trail Blazers a 71-55 lead late in the first half. A flagrant foul against CJ McCollum in the final minute allowed the Pacers to claw their way back within 11 and a technical foul on Lillard after the first half ended got Indiana within 73-63 before the start of the second half.

But Portland prevented the Pacers from making a serious challenge and used its second 3-point barrage to close the third quarter with a 113-78 lead.

“It was the 3s and the obvious one was Simons out there and Lillard and McCollum out there,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “We needed to do a better job of contesting there. The glass got away from us, too, but the game really got away from us on the arc.”

Thunder snap 14-game skid with 119-115 win over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder were on the verge of making some unpleasant history. Lu Dort made it his mission not to let that happen.

Dort scored 24 points, Darius Bazley added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Thunder snapped a 14-game skid with a 119-115 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Isaiah Roby and Ty Jerome each finished with 15 points for the Thunder, who won their first game since March 31 against Toronto.

A 15th straight loss would have set a franchise record for Oklahoma City.

“I saw it today and I told Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander), `Shai, we’re winning today,'” Dort said. “That was my mindset just before the game – to do everything to win. The fact that we did it as a team was great.”

The Thunder’s recent swoon coincides with a foot injury that sidelined leading scorer Gilgeous-Alexander more than a month ago – they have won just two games since.

Oklahoma City committed 27 turnovers against Boston but went 13 of 30 from 3-point range and 28 of 36 from the free-throw line to beat back a late charge.

“It was a character test,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “It was an opportunity to show who we are through the adversity. I came away impressed.”

Jaylen Brown scored 39 points for the Celtics, who have lost four of five as they fight to maintain their position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. Payton Pritchard added a career-high 28 points.

The Celtics made the Thunder work in the closing minutes.

Oklahoma City had its 11-point lead erased in the third quarter before taking a 106-95 edge on a layup by Bazley with 2:25 left in the game.

It was 110-100 before the Celtics reeled off seven straight points. Boston applied pressure, but Bazley got in the lane for a dunk.

Boston cut it to 112-109 on a pair of free throws by Pritchard with 30.8 seconds remaining. The Celtics then fouled Theo Maledon, who hit two free throws.

Brown was fouled on a layup attempt and hit both free throws. Oklahoma City then beat Boston’s full-court press and Roby dunked to close it out.

The Celtics played without All-Star forward Jayson Tatum (left ankle impingement), point guard Kemba Walker (strained left oblique) and big man Robert Williams (left knee soreness).

Coach Brad Stevens said he’s hopeful both Tatum and Williams will be able to return Wednesday when Boston hosts Charlotte. Walker will miss that game and maybe more – yet another hiccup for a team Stevens said has little room for error with 10 games left in the regular season.

“We’ve got to play with more of a sense of urgency,” Brown said. “Tonight I feel like we didn’t have the sense of urgency that we needed across the board. A team that has some young, talented players came ready to play. And we got beat.”

Timberwolves beat Rockets 114-107 for third straight win

HOUSTON (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns scored 31 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 114-107 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Anthony Edwards had 19 points and nine rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell added 15 points and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who have won three in a row for the first time since starting 3-0 in the 2019-20 season.

Minnesota won in Houston for the first time since Feb. 17, 2012, snapping a 14-game losing streak.

“It was a game that was going to come down to effort, getting an extra possession, good defense and getting your hand on a ball somehow,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said.

Kelly Olynyk had 28 points and nine rebounds for Houston. Christian Wood had 24 points and 18 rebounds, Jae’Sean Tate scored 20 points, and Kenyon Martin Jr. added 15 points off the bench.

The Rockets have lost five straight and 10 of their last 11. They’re 4-37 since Feb. 4.

Houston tied the game at 102 with 2:38 remaining. On the following play, Towns fouled out of the game with an offensive foul. He added seven rebounds and five assists.

Without Towns, Minnesota closed out the game on a 12-5 run.

“We just wanted to turn up the physicality on defense,” Minnesota’s Jarred Vanderbilt said. “Offensively, we wanted to get our shot, and I felt like we did that down the stretch.”

The game matched the teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Minnesota improved to 19-44, going 3 1/2 games up on Houston (15-47).

Finch said before the game that he told the team’s core players that there won’t be unnecessary rest days down the stretch as the team prioritizes building chemistry and an identity to take into the offseason.

“They’re putting their bodies out there, and they’re trying to hit first, whether it’s offense or defense,” Finch said. “We grow into the game. We just need to start the game with that kind of physicality, and we’re getting better at that.”

Houston was playing its first game since Monday’s news that John Wall would likely miss the remainder of the season with a right hamstring strain. Wall has averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in his first season in Houston.

The Timberwolves led 28-23 at the end of the first quarter and 59-50 at halftime. Houston outscored Minnesota 29-19 in the third quarter to enter the fourth with a 79-78 lead.

“It tells you a lot about this season,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “If you have rest and you have practice, then you can play well.”

Doncic scores 39 points as short-handed Mavs pound Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) To Steve Kerr, Dallas looked like a team in the playoffs while Golden State remained stuck in an exhibition game.

Luka Doncic scored 39 points and the short-handed Mavericks jumped on Golden State from the start to thump the Warriors 133-103 on Tuesday night.

“Biggest game of the year and it was over before it started,” said Kerr, whose team trailed by as many as 43.

Stephen Curry scored 27 points with five more 3-pointers, extending his NBA record for 3-pointers in a month to 90 in April. He had passed James Harden’s 82 in November 2019 on Sunday.

“Chasing Steph Curry around has got to be the hardest job in all of basketball, pro, college, international, you name it,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “The guy has been on just a tear over the last month. Trey Burke rose to the challenge, he just chased him all over the place and we had plenty of help.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench as the Mavericks got 60 points from their reserves a night after losing 113-106 in Sacramento.

Just when the Warriors were determined to gain some momentum for the important stretch run, they delivered a dud and had their four-game home winning streak snapped.

“It was the perfect storm of everything going wrong tonight,” Curry said.

Golden State didn’t defend the perimeter, where the Mavericks shot 18 of 35 on 3-pointers.

The Warriors went 9 minutes, 40 seconds without scoring spanning the first and second quarters and were just 5 for 27 midway through the second quarter. That drought eventually led to a 47-16 hole.

“I’m not concerned about the scoring drought, I’m concerned about defense, I’m concerned about a level of intensity and preparation and competitiveness,” Kerr said. “That’s what was missing. I’m the head coach. I did not have them ready to play, clearly.”

Doncic shot 15 for 23 and added eight assists and six rebounds. Dallas has won seven of nine against Golden State and four in a row on the Warriors’ home floor.

The Mavericks made nine of their initial 15 shots to go ahead 25-12 and force a Golden State timeout at the 4:58 mark of the first.

“It was the complete opposite from yesterday. It was crazy,” Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber said. “They couldn’t make any shots. … I don’t even know how to describe it. We just went with the flow.”

JJ Redick played seven minutes for the Mavericks after being questionable with soreness in his right heel. Boban Marjanovic was ejected with 2:39 left for a Flagrant 2 foul, raising his arms in the air at the crowd as he disappeared down the tunnel.

Bucks avoid series sweep with 114-104 win over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t about to let the Milwaukee Bucks get swept by the Charlotte Hornets this season.

Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Brook Lopez added 22 points and the Bucks held off the Hornets 114-104 on Tuesday night to avoid losing all three matchups this season.

The Hornets (30-31) beat the Bucks by 12 at home in January, and then by eight on April 9 in Milwaukee.

Antetokounmpo seemed determined not to let that happen again.

The two-time NBA MVP played with aggression, finishing 11 of 19 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free throw line.

“We came out with focus knowing they had beat us twice,” Antetokounmpo said. “We wanted to get one and not get swept. … For sure everybody was locked in and extra motivated to win this game.”

Antetokounmpo got fired up midway through the game when he thought Charlotte’s P.J. Washington intentionally tried to trip him after Antetokounmpo stole the ball from him. Antetokounmpo pointed his finger at Washington – and some replay angles appeared to justify the Greek star’s anger over the play.

“His leg came with force,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was upset because it was a dangerous play. I was about to (run) and I felt like he tripped me a little bit. But he plays hard and I respect every single of one them. But if you’re coming at me, I’m going to come at you, especially if I think you’re doing it in purpose.”

The Hornets have been playing small ball, but Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer refused to play that game, sticking with Lopez in the middle. The 7-foot, 282-pound Lopez responded in a big way, shooting 9 of 12 from the field while dominating the paint at both ends of the floor.

The Bucks outrebounded the Hornets 48-38.

“It was a kind of strange, when (Hornets center Bismack) Biyombo came into the game we were going the opposite way,” Budenholzer said. “But Brook was really big tonight — literally and figuratively.”

Milwaukee built a 62-45 halftime lead behind 15 points and eight rebounds from Antetokounmpo while the Bucks’ defense held the Hornets to 4-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Hornets battled back to cut the lead to 103-99 with four minutes left to play but Terry Rozier missed a key 3-pointer and Antetokounmpo answered with a dunk off a lethal spin move at the other end. Middleton then added a 3-pointer from the left wing off an inbounds play to push the lead to nine.

Rozier had a rare off night for the Hornets, finishing with eight points and going 0 for 7 from 3-point range.

Despite the loss, Hornets coach James Borrego seemed pleased with his team’s effort as it prepares for a possible berth in the play-in tournament.

“I feel like our attention to detail and our urgency and our competitive spirit’s there,” said Borrego, whose teams remains without Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball and Malik Monk due to injuries. “We’re moving in the right direction, which is great. This is where you want to be this time of year. It’s starting to feel like that, but we’ve got execute better I think overall for 48 minutes.”

Durant, Nets rally past Raptors 116-103, clinch playoff spot

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) Kevin Durant scored seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Green had 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night by rallying late to beat the Toronto Raptors 116-103.

Trailing 90-84 early in the fourth period, Brooklyn used a game-turning 16-2 run to grab control. Later, Durant hit a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining and glared at the Toronto bench after putting his team up 111-101.

Durant, who was playing his second game after returning from a thigh injury, added 10 rebounds in 33 minutes for his eighth double-double.

“Just all of the adversity that we’ve fought through this year with injuries, protocols, trade situations and guys being in and out of the lineup, I’m very proud of everybody in the organization top to bottom,” Durant said.

Kyrie Irving finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists. Seven other Nets scored in double figures on the night Brooklyn became the first Eastern Conference team to lock up a playoff spot.

“Tonight was a night where our connectivity really showed because Toronto put us under duress. When things weren’t going our way we could have started to splinter, but our guys stuck with it,” said Brooklyn coach Steve Nash, whose Nets made 13 of 19 shots in the fourth quarter.

The Nets won for a third straight time and the fourth time in five games to prevent Toronto from pulling off the season sweep. The Raptors, who were led by Kyle Lowry’s 24 points, had their five-game home winning streak end. One of those victories was a 114-103 defeat of Brooklyn last week.

On Tuesday, Toronto got outscored 31-24 in the fourth quarter after making just 7 of 21 shots.

“I don’t think 116 is an outlandish number for that (Brooklyn) team, but we’ve just got to score a little bit more,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “The opportunities were there.”

Newly signed guard Mike James scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets rallied from an 83-80 deficit to start the final period. Blake Griffin shot 6 of 11 and scored 17 points off the bench.

“It seemed like there was a lot of back and forth for the majority of the game, but we were able to wear them down by the end of the game,” said Joe Harris, who had 16 points.

It was just the 19th time all season that Durant has been on the floor with Irving because of injuries. The Nets are 12-7 in those games.

Toronto was in action less than 24 hours after beating Cleveland 112-96 in Tampa on Monday. Back-to-back sets of games have been a problem all season for the Raptors, who are 2-12 on the second night of consecutive games.


Nash said he’s come to grips with the Nets not having James Harden, Durant and Irving on the floor together prior to the playoffs, if even then. Remarkably, Brooklyn’s trio of superstars have played just seven games together all season because of injuries and COVID protocols.

“We recognize now that we’re not going to have the luxury of a run of games with everyone available, and we may not have that to start the playoffs,” Nash said. “It’s been like an avalanche of relentless injuries, games and travel and it’s just part of the challenge for this team.”

Harden, who has been out April 5, is back with the team and Nash said the guard went through light drills on Tuesday. “He’s not doing any high-intensity stuff, but he’s shooting and doing all the strength and rehabilitation work. Positive signs, but still a ways to go.”

Dolphins send veteran guard Ereck Flowers back to Washington

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins agreed to trade veteran guard Ereck Flowers to Washington in a deal Tuesday that also included a swap of late-round draft picks.

The Dolphins will pay Flowers $6 million as a signing bonus for a restructured contract this year, and Washington will pay him a $3 million base salary, said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Flowers signed a $30 million, three-year deal with the Dolphins a year ago and started 14 games at left guard in his only season with them. He started 16 games in 2019 for Washington under that team’s previous coaching regime and is expected to return to that starting spot.

He has also played for the Giants and Jaguars and has 85 career starts.

The deal frees up needed salary-cap space for the Dolphins, and slightly increases the chance they’ll take Oregon right tackle Penei Sewell with the No. 6 pick in the draft Thursday. But they’re still expected to choose a pass catcher for Tua Tagovailoa with their top choice.

By returning to Washington, Flowers provides insurance in case the team loses right guard Brandon Scherff in free agency after the 2021 season. Scherff will be playing on the franchise tag for a second consecutive year.

Geno Hayes, former NFL, Florida State linebacker, dies at 33

(AP) — Geno Hayes, a former NFL linebacker who starred at Florida State, has died. He was 33.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed his death Tuesday. He had liver disease and had been in hospice care at his parents’ home in Valdosta, Georgia.

Hayes spent four seasons with the Bucs, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2008. He then played one year with Chicago and two with Jacksonville.

“Geno was a beloved teammate and often the first player to volunteer his time to our efforts in the community,” the Bucs said in a statement. “He frequently visited schools and had a remarkable ability to connect with children. Losing him at such a young age is heartbreaking.”

New York Jets coach Robert Saleh was coaching Jaguars linebackers in 2014 and worked with Hayes.

“I saw Geno’s passion and love for not only football but for life itself,” Saleh said in a statement. “He was an amazing person who left a mark on everyone who had the pleasure of connecting with him.”

Hayes started 70 games for his career. He made 401 tackles, 48 for losses. He had 10 sacks, six interceptions and six forced fumbles.

In an interview with ESPN this year, Hayes said he was diagnosed with chronic liver disease two years ago and had been placed on a waiting list for a transplant at the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern Medicine.

Hayes was at two-year starter at Florida State. He famously called out Florida quarterback Tim Tebow before the rivals squared off in Gainesville in 2007, saying the Heisman Trophy front-runner was “going down.”

Hayes insisted the Seminoles would “shatter his dream for the Heisman.”

Florida won 45-12, with Tebow accounting for five touchdowns. Hayes finished with one tackle and was booed as he ran off the field and cursed at reporters. The exchange was one reason the Gators stopped allowing reporters on Florida Field after games.

Hayes turned pro a couple months later.

NFL’s Patriots could have full house for opener

Boston’s pro sports teams could be playing in front of full-capacity crowds by August, according to new Massachusetts COVID-19 reopening guidelines.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced Tuesday that capacity at large venues, such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks, can increase from their current level of 12% to 25% beginning May 10.

Those limits would then increase to 100% for all businesses on Aug. 1 as vaccination numbers continue to increase and the state enters its final phase of reopening. The state will also relax its mandatory mask order for some outdoor settings, effective at the end of April.

The shift means that the New England Patriots could begin their 2021 season with Gillette Stadium at full capacity. It also clears the way for the Boston Marathon, which last year was canceled for the first time in its 124-year history and shifted this year from its normal mid-April running to Oct. 11.

All of these changes are based on vaccination distribution and favorable public health data and could change.


1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

3. San Francisco 49ers (via Houston and Miami) – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

4. Denver Broncos* (via Atlanta for 2021 1st-round pick, 2021 2nd-round pick, 2021 4th-round pick, 2022 2nd-round pick) – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

6. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia) – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

7. Los Angeles Chargers* (via Detroit for 2021 1st-round pick, 2021 3rd-round pick, 2021 6th-round pick,

8. Carolina Panthers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

9. Atlanta Falcons (via Denver) – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

10. Dallas Cowboys – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

11. New York Giants – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

12. New England Patriots* (via San Francisco, Miami and Philadelphia for a 2021 1st-round pick, 2021

13. Detroit Lions* (via Los Angeles Chargers) – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

14. Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

15. Philadelphia Eagles* (via New England) – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

16. Jacksonville Jaguars* (via Arizona for 2021 1st-round pick, 2021 3rd-round pick, 2021 5th-round pick) – Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

18. Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

19. Green Bay Packers (via Washington for a 2021 1st-round pick, 2021 3rd-round pick, 2022 3rd-round pick) – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

20. Chicago Bears – Jalen Mayfield, OL, Michigan

21. Indianapolis Colts – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

22. Tennessee Titans – Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State

23. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks) – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

25. Arizona Cardinals* (via Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville) – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

26. Cleveland Browns – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

27. Baltimore Ravens – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

28. New Orleans Saints – Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

29. Washington Football Team (via Green Bay) – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

30. Miami Dolphins* (via Buffalo for 2021 2nd-round pick, 2021 5th-round pick, 2021 7th-round pick) – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

31. Baltimore Ravens (via Kansas City) – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State


6’5” 322

Virginia Tech was the only FBS school to offer Darrisaw a scholarship out of Riverdale Baptist High School in Maryland. He played at Fork Union Military Academy in 2017 before joining the Hokies. Darrisaw entered the starting lineup at left tackle immediately (taking on Florida State edge rusher and eventual first-round pick Brian Burns early on), missing only one of 13 games due to injury. He began all 13 games on the blindside as a sophomore. Darrisaw was regarded as one of the top tackles in the country his junior season, earning second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC accolades for his play in 10 starts.


Athletically gifted left tackle prospect with the natural talent to be as good as he wants to be. Darrisaw plays with plus body control. He has the initial quickness and smooth agility to get to any and all blocks in the run game. The tape shows a player who’s able to make jaw-dropping cutoffs on the backside but who gives half-hearted effort securing down blocks and squeezing down to help protect the B-gap. He’s flexible and loose in pass pro, with the foot quickness and hand strength to punch and close up shop on would-be edge rushers. His mirror can get a little lazy at times, and he will definitely need to do a better job of finishing his blocks. The low-burn field demeanor leads to inconsistencies in play, but the athletic traits and talent as a true left tackle should create first-round demand as a higher-ceiling, lower-floor prospect.


  • Split low with optimal center of gravity.
  • Natural bender who’s able to keep his pad level right.
  • Silky-smooth feet in pass slides.
  • Strong hands help him lock in after punch has landed.
  • Athletic feet to mirror and move in all directions.
  • Ability to quick-set wide rushers and short-circuit their angles.
  • Body control and balance generally solid throughout the rep.
  • Lower-body bend to doorstop a bull rush.
  • Has talent and athleticism to make all the blocks at any angle.
  • Lateral quickness off the snap is fantastic.
  • Enticing combination of feet, hips and hand strength.
  • Tunnel-maker with ability to reach, turn and secure cutback lanes.
  • Very effective cut blocker.
  • Keeps eyes trained on second-level targets through his secure blocks.
  • Agility to stalk and connect against moving targets.
  • Eliminated most penalties over the last two seasons.


  • Play can be much too nonchalant at times.
  • Inexplicably lets opponents off the hook early rather than finishing them.
  • Too reliant upon athleticism over technique.
  • Low hands lead to occasional late punches.
  • Opens outside hip a little early in his pass slides.
  • Allows defender into his frame more than he should.
  • Needs committed power step inside to protect B-gap.
  • Inconsistent working a firm, accurate outside hand.
  • Lazy with hand placement on down blocks.
  • Rushes through secure block on combos.


6’3” 261

Kwity Paye (pronounced quity pay) was named the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016 because of his play on offense (13 rushing touchdowns) and defense (12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks). He played in nine games as a reserve his true freshman season (five tackles, 1.5 for loss) before earning four starts in 13 appearances the following campaign (29 tackles, 5.5 for loss, with two sacks). Paye stepped forward as a junior, garnering second-team All-Big Ten accolades with 50 tackles, 12 for loss, with 6.5 sacks in 12 games (11 starts). Paye was named a team captain for the 2020 season and earned honorable mention all-conference honors after starting four games (16 tackles, four for loss, with two sacks). He missed two contests due to injury. Paye’s mother, Agnes, fled Liberia due to civil war and gave birth to Kwity in Guinea before coming to the United States. Kwity’s brother, Komotay Koffie, played defensive back at New Mexico State.


The explosive testing will surely get teams and evaluators excited, but it might be hard to bang the table for him based on the tape. Paye’s traits and potential should not be discounted, as he’ll continue to be skilled up in technique and fundamentals. However, he’s a choppy-stepping short-strider who doesn’t play with the feel and instincts of an NFL playmaker. He can overcome his lack of stride length as a rusher with a more focused, upfield attack and better hands at the top of his rush, but he might be better-suited as a reduced rusher on passing downs, where his quickness could overwhelm guards. The traits and explosiveness are enticing but the film says “good” rather than “great” at this time


  • Team captain who leads with great work ethic and determined effort.
  • Explosive, twitched-up ball of power.
  • Possesses rare short-area quickness and agility.
  • Excellent flexibility playing low and firm into the block.
  • Leverage and leg drive to work across the block post-contact.
  • Quick hands should help batter blocks on the next level.
  • Has potential for quicker stack and shed with more work.
  • Lateral shuffle down the line is as quick as you’ll find.
  • Pursuit speed is upper-echelon for players his size.
  • Hard to move around by single, base blocks.
  • Quickness could unlock rush success as interior rusher.
  • Pure power to push the pocket, dislodge and anchor.
  • Good change of direction to hound targets inside the pocket.
  • Secondary rush effort lasts game in and game out.


  • Has just 19 collegiate starts.
  • Production doesn’t always match the traits.
  • Doesn’t have natural instincts and awareness of a playmaker.
  • Playing style is very choppy and unfocused.
  • Short-stepping rusher who is easier to find with a punch.
  • Has acceleration and rush momentum stalled by blockers.
  • Needs to incorporate a more violent chop to grease the edge.
  • Slow to read and react to screens and misdirection.

WVU’s Derek Culver signs with agent, will enter NBA draft

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) All-Big 12 forward Derek Culver has decided to skip his senior season at West Virginia to enter the NBA draft.

Culver announced Monday night on Instagram that he has signed with an agent.

Culver was named to the all-Big 12 first team as a junior. The 6-foot-10 Culver was second on the Mountaineers with a scoring average of 14.3 and led the Big 12 with 9.4 rebounds per game. He had 11 double-doubles this past season, but none over his final seven games.

West Virginia’s roster has seen an extensive makeover since the Mountaineers lost to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to finish the season 19-10.

Coach Bob Huggins this month announced the signings of DePaul forward Pauly Paulicap, Florida International forward Dimon Carrigan, and Old Dominion guard Malik Curry as graduate transfers.

West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews transferred to Washington, while guard Jordan McCabe transferred to UNLV. Guards Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Miles McBride have announced they will enter the NBA draft process and leave open the option of returning to school.

NHL addressing playoff border concerns

The NHL is preparing to adjust playoff contingency plans if virus restrictions in Canada prevent travel between provinces or back and forth to the U.S.

“Where we play is going to depend on COVID, obviously — we hope to keep everybody healthy — and it’s going to depend on government regulations in terms of where we’re going to be able to travel our players and our teams and where we can’t,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday. “If we can’t travel in Canada, either as among the provinces or from the U.S. to Canada and back, we’ll make whatever adjustments we have to do to get the playoffs completed.”

Bettman called the situation “wildly unpredictable” and one that changes daily. The NHL kicked the can down the road on cross-border travel by having all seven Canadian teams play in the same division for the entire regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs.

The first time a Canadian team would need to play a counterpart in the U.S. would be in June, though there has been speculation about the first two rounds of the North Division playoffs happening in a quarantined bubble.

Canada has so far lagged behind in vaccinating people against COVID-19 compared to the U.S. Canada has fully vaccinated 2.71% of people, while the U.S. is just under 29%.

That disparity has prevented the NHL from relaxing virus protocols for teams that reach a certain threshold of vaccination, which is the case with the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball that currently have all teams playing in the U.S.

Essential Quality is 2-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) With the rail still open and Kentucky Derby post positions dwindling, Brad Cox grew anxious about the most notable of his two horses drawing the least desired spot.

The home-grown trainer soon breathed easier. Essential Quality got something more palatable, though the hardest part awaits with the target firmly on his back.

Essential Quality is the 2-1 morning line favorite and will start from the No. 14 post for Saturday’s 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

“It got a little nerve-wracking with both horses still to go and the rail still being out there,” Cox said Tuesday. “I think it’ll be a good spot. He’s got good tactical speed that he’ll be able to get into a good position from there.”

The $3 million, 1 1/4-mile marquee race for 3-year-old colts is back on the first Saturday of May after being delayed to Labor Day weekend last fall because of the pandemic. About 45,000 spectators are expected at the track.

Rock Your World is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 15 slot with Known Agenda the 6-1 third choice despite drawing the rail in the 20-horse field. Hot Rod Charlie drew 8-1 odds as the fourth choice from the No. 9 slot.

The obvious focus is on Essential Quality, the reigning 2-year-old champion who enters the Run for the Roses having won all five races and with Luis Saez aboard. His haul of graded stakes victories includes a gutsy Blue Grass victory at Keeneland on April 3 that vaulted the gray son of Tapit to the top of the Derby standings with 140 points and cemented him as the projected favorite.

He’s one of two entries trained by Cox, who grew up a few blocks from Churchill Downs and will make his Derby debut trying to become the first Louisville native to win the race. The Eclipse Award winner will also saddle Mandaloun from the No. 7 post as a 15-1 choice, with the bay colt looking to bounce back from a disappointing sixth in the Louisiana Derby.

At least their starting spots are no longer an issue.

“That was more than I wanted to experience this early, but it worked for us,” Cox added.

Rock Your World, trained by John Sadler, has won all three starts this year after not racing as a 2-year-old. But he rolled to a 4\\-length victory in the Santa Anita Derby over favorite Medina Spirit, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, and looks for another marquee win.

NCAA extends contract of President Mark Emmert through 2025

(AP) — The NCAA Board of Governors voted Tuesday to give President Mark Emmert a two-year contract extension through 2025.

Emmert’s contract was set to expire in 2023, but the board voted unanimously to extend his deal, the NCAA said in a statement.

The announcement comes less than a month after the NCAA and Emmert drew sharp criticism for inequities between the women’s and men’s Division I basketball tournaments.

Exactly one month ago, Board of Governors chairman Jack DeGioia told AP the board was satisfied with Emmert’s handling of the basketball tournament issues and his overall performance.

Emmert has also been facing scrutiny and political pressure for the NCAA’s inability to move forward with proposed reforms to its rules prohibiting athletes from earning money off their names, images and likenesses.

“We have confidence in Mark’s continuing leadership of the NCAA,” DeGioia, who is president of Georgetown University, told AP.

DeGioia’s comments came one day after Emmert told AP: “We’ve had a bunch of challenges to say the least, but there’s no doubt in my mind the NCAA is moving in a good direction despite all of this and as long as my board is supportive I want to keep doing this job.”

Dozens of states have bills in the pipeline that will prohibit the NCAA from stopping college athletes from being compensated for endorsement and sponsorship deals. Florida and Mississippi are among the states with laws scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Emmert and the NCAA have turned to federal lawmakers for help with NIL.

The NCAA is also awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court in an antitrust case the association has been fighting for several years.

Emmert has been NCAA president since November 2010, when he succeeded the late Myles Brand. Only Walter Byers (1951-1988) has headed the NCAA longer than Emmert.

According to the NCAA’s federal tax returns, Emmert made $2.7 million during 2018, USA Today reported last year.

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Earlham bats get going as baseball soars past the Ravens


SCORES: Earlham 17, Anderson 10

LOCATION: Anderson, Indiana – Don Brandon Field

RECORDS: Earlham 17-13 / Anderson 16-13

ANDERSON, Indiana – Earlham College baseball piled up 17 runs on 14 hits and 15 Anderson University walks as the Quakers downed the Ravens, 17-10, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Monday night at Don Brandon Field.

Trailing 6-4 after three innings, Earlham put up three runs in the top of the fourth including two runs that crossed on Austin Hatfield’s single to left-center. Andrew Bradley singled home the third run later in the frame, giving the Quakers a 7-6 lead.

A seven-run uprising by Earlham in the fifth inning extended the Quakers’ lead to 14-6. Cameron McCabe’s single down the right field line plated a pair of runs, and Marc Gendreau’s base hit coupled with an Anderson error allowed two more runs to cross. Maxwell Fries was hit by a pitch and Hatfield drew a walk – both with bases loaded – to push two more Quaker runs across the plate.

Earlham manufactured two runs in the top of the seventh and Anderson answered with three in the home half of the frame, putting the Quakers’ lead at 16-9. Each side tacked on single runs in the ninth for the final 17-10 score.

Justin Dillhoff came out of the pen for the Quakers two batters into the second inning, and went 5.0 innings to pick up the win. He scattered five hits and recorded two strikeouts. Domanick Michael earned his seventh save of the season after relieving Dillhoff midway through the seventh and finishing off the Ravens.

Pincura went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI for the Quakers, while Hatfield had three runs batted in on a 1-for-5 effort at the plate. Fries and McCabe each had three hits, while McCable and Gendreau each charted a pair of RBI.

Justin Reed led Anderson with three hits and four RBI, while Tyler Burton tallied three RBI.


Earlham baseball will host Franklin College on Saturday, May 1, at Sadler Stadium. The Quakers and the Grizzlies will start the day at noon by completing their unfinished game from March 27, which stands at 8-8 heading into the 11th inning, followed by the scheduled doubleheader.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana’s Colopy Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University OF Morgan Colopy was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday, the conference office announced.

Colopy helped lead the Hoosiers to a three-game sweep of Minnesota this past weekend, batting 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles, a home run, eight RBI and six runs scored. The sweep of the Golden Gophers was the first for the Hoosiers since the 1962 season.

On the year, the Centerville, Ohio native has earned 16 starts in his 21 appearances for IU, batting .309 with five doubles, a triple, four home runs, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored. He’s tied for the team lead in both homers and RBI.

The Indiana Hoosiers will host the Iowa Hawkeyes for a three-game, Big Ten series at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. starting on Friday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

ND BASEBALL: No. 6 Irish Outlast Valparaiso, 8-7

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team came out on top after a back and forth midweek battle with Valparaiso Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish ended up on top, 8-7, in a game that had four lead changes and two ties.

The Irish (21-8) had big nights at the plate from Carter Putz and Spencer Myers. Putz led the way with a team-high three RBI and Spencer Myers reached based four times against Valpo. Aidan Tyrell got the Irish going with 4.2 innings to start and Liam Simon finished the game off with 2.1 innings as he picked up his fifth win of the year.


The Irish jumped out to an early lead after scoring in each of the first two innings.

In the first, Putz brought home Myers and Ryan Cole on a single up the middle to put the Irish up 2-0. In the second, Myers singled up the middle to score Zack Prajzner and the Irish lead grew to 3-0.

Valpo dug into the Irish lead in the fourth after they got their first hit of the game to begin the inning. Steven Fitzsimmons made it over to third with two outs and came home on Kaleb Hannah’s single to center. Tyrell limited Valpo to just the one run and the Irish held a 3-1 advantage.

Valpo took the lead in the fifth inning after they scored three on a bases clearing double from Kyle Schmack. They added another run in the inning and held a 5-3 lead after four and half innings.

The lead did not last long as the Irish jumped back in front in the very next half inning. The Irish loaded the bases and scored the first run after Niko Kavadas got hit by a pitch to bring home Kyle Hess. Myers came home on the next at bat as Putz hit a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game. The Irish took the lead after Cole came home on the passed ball. After five innings, Notre Dame led 6-5.

Valpo jumped back in front in the top of the sixth. They got runners on second and third after an error and the very next batter singled to right field to score both and put them in front 7-6.

The Irish answered right back in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Notre Dame loaded the bases again and Prajzner scored on the ground out from Cole. After six innings, the score was tied at 7-7.

Notre Dame regained the lead in the seventh as the bases were loaded for the third-straight inning. Hess grounded to the second baseman to score Jack Brannigan on the play and he reached via a throwing error. After seven innings of play, Notre Dame was ahead 8-7.

Simon came on for the final out of the seventh inning and finished the game off for the Irish. He allowed just two hits and no runs as he secured his fifth win of the year to tie the team lead.


The Irish stay home as they welcome North Carolina to Frank Eck Stadium for a three game series. The Irish and Tar Heels will kick it off Friday night at 5:30 for the first game of the series and all three games on the weekend will be broadcast on ACCNX.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Crane Earns First Team All-Big Ten Honors

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Indiana senior Bennett Crane earned First Team All-Big Ten Honors, the conference announced Tuesday. It is the second straight season Crane has earned the recognition.

Crane has posted a 7-6 record in dual matches at the No. 1 singles position this season. Crane picked up a key win in the dual match against Ohio State with a victory over No. 35 John McNally.

Crane reached a national ranking of 49 in singles and 42 in doubles during the 2020 season. Crane has compiled over 120 total wins during his career as a Hoosier.

Crane is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree and three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Honoree.

“This is a great honor for Bennett to add to a great career,” IU head coach Jeremy Wurtzman said.  “The Big Ten is very competitive and for him to be recognized as one of the best is a tremendous achievement”.

Andrew Redding earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Indiana.

BUTLER MEN’S GOLF: Cascino Remains in Top Spot Entering Final 18 of BIG EAST Championship

Butler senior Michael Cascino kept his spot atop the leaderboard at the 2021 BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP. Cascino entered Tuesday’s second round with a two-shot lead and has kept a one-stroke advantage following an even-par 72.

The 54-hole event concludes Wednesday. The first golfers are set to tee off at 8 a.m.

Cascino was two-over on his round through 12 holes before responding with three birdies in a four-hole stretch to right the ship. Those were three of his four birdies during the round on the 7,060-yard Streamsong Blue Course in Bowling Green, Fla.

Entering Wednesday’s final round, Cascino is at six-under 138. That is one shot better than Marquette’s Hunter Eichhorn, who made up one shot on Cascino Tuesday. The largest move of the day belonged to UConn’s Caleb Manuel, who carded a 66 (-6) Tuesday to climb 15 positions and into the third spot. His 66 matched Cascino’s round on Monday, which tied a Butler single-round record.

Cascino is joined in the top 10 by teammates Raymond Sullivan and Logan Sabins. Sullivan shot a one-over 73 Tuesday and is now tied for fifth at 143 (-1). His Tuesday card included three birdies. Sabins is among three golfers tied for seventh at even-par 144. For the second day in a row, he shot 72. His round also included three birdies.

Led by Manuel’s 66, UConn shot a team score of three-under 285 (matching Butler’s Monday performance) to move into the team lead. The Huskies jumped from fourth to first and are now at 577 (+1). Marquette is second at 579 (+3), followed by Butler in third at 586 (+10). Those three teams will tee off together in the final pairings Wednesday.

The Bulldogs shot 13-over 301 Tuesday, a 16-shot slide from their Monday round. Butler is one shot ahead of fourth-place Seton Hall (587; +11) and three shots clear of Villanova (589; +13).

Butler’s fourth scorer on Tuesday was Stephen Kocerha, who subbed in for freshman Jack Wilcox for the second round. Kocerha posted a score of 84 (+12).

Nick Williams carded an 85 (+13) Tuesday and is now tied for 40th at 162 (+18).

The team winner will earn the BIG EAST’s automatic berth into the 2021 NCAA Championship field.  Should the individual champion not be a member of the winning team, he will also earn a spot in the NCAA Championship. 

The Bulldogs have moved up in the standings in recent years.  They tied for sixth in 2017 and 2016 before finishing fifth place in 2018 and a tie for third in 2019.

St. John’s announced that it is unable to compete in the Championship due to COVID issues within its program. The absence of the Red Storm leaves nine teams in the 2021 field.

Live stats for all the rounds will be available on GolfStat.com. 

Team Scores – Following Second Round

1. Connecticut – 292-285–577 (+1)

2. Marquette – 286-293–579 (+3)

3. Butler – 285-301–586 (+10)

4. Seton Hall – 296-291–587 (+11)

5. Villanova – 290-299–589 (+13)

6. DePaul – 302-293–595 (+19)

7. Xavier – 297-301–598 (+22)

8. Creighton – 299-303–602 (+26)

9. Georgetown – 314-311–625 (+49)

Top Individual Scores – Second Round

1. Michael Cascino, Butler – 66-72–138 (-6)

2. Hunter Eichhorn, Marquette – 68-71–139 (-5)

3. Caleb Manuel, UConn – 74-66–140 (-4)

4. Nicolas Evangelio, Marquette – 73-69–142 (-2)

T5. Nate Vontz, Creighton – 72-71–143 (-1)

T5. Raymond Sullivan, Butler – 70-73–143 (-1)

T7. Andres Acevedo, Seton Hall – 70-74–144 (E)

T7. Logan Sabins, Butler – 72-72–144 (E)

T7. Noah Peck, Villanova – 69-75–144 (E)

T10. Conor Glennon, DePaul – 75-70–145 (+1)

T10. Jared Nelson, UConn – 74-71 –145 (+1)

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Flager, O’Shea and Spetter Named Second Team All-PFL

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Butler football team had three players selected to the 2020-21 Pioneer Football League Second Team on Tuesday afternoon. All three Bulldogs played on the offensive side of the ball. Yogi Flager and Johnny O’Shea represented Butler as wide receivers to make the second team and offensive tackle Skyler Spetter was also worthy of the recognition.

Sixty-five total student-athletes made up the 28th All-Pioneer League Football teams this spring. Head coaches from around the league voted for the awards, however they were not permitted to vote for their own players. In addition to the 65 student-athletes making up the first and second teams, 44 additional student-athletes received honorable mention recognition.

Yogi Flager – WR

Flager played in all six games for Butler as a true freshman and started in the final three contests. He ended the year with 24 receptions for 387 yards and a touchdown. Flager led the team in receiving yards and was second on the squad in receptions. His best performance came in the season finale at Morehead State. Against the Eagles, Flager caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. That was his second 100-yard performance with the first coming at San Diego in Week 2. Altogether, Flager averaged 16.1 yards per catch for BU and 64.5 yards per game.

Johnny O’Shea – WR

O’Shea was a starter on the outside for Butler over the first four games of the regular season. He caught 22 passes this spring for 271 yards and added one touchdown. His top performance came in front of the home fans against Morehead State. O’Shea caught eight passes for a season-high 108 yards. His TD catch came the week prior at Valparaiso. O’Shea was also the top target in San Diego with six grabs for 86 yards. Over the first four games of the spring season, O’Shea averaged 12.3 yards per catch and a team-best 67.8 yards per game.

Skyler Spetter – OT

Spetter started in all six games at right tackle for the Bulldogs. He helped BU average 104 rushing yards and 224 passing yards per game. As a unit, the ‘Dawgs only gave up six sacks in 2021.

PFL major award winners are listed below. The Academic All-PFL team, highlighted by the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, will be released Wednesday, concluding the league’s awards week.

2020-21 All-PFL Second Team Selections

Yogi Flager, Johnny O’Shea, Skyler Spetter

2020-21 All-PFL Honorable Mention Selections

Devin Aguilar, Jordan Caselberry, Mickey Kane, Grant Purlee, Kavon Samuels, Trevor Scott, JJ Wadas.

2020-21 Pioneer Football League Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: Robert Washington, Valparaiso

Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Glajchen, San Diego

Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Hunter Nichols, San Diego

Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Ben Neisner, Valparaiso

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Delvecchio Powell II, Presbyterian

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Hammond, Davidson

Coach of the Year: Scott Abell, Davidson

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: To be announced, Wednesday

2020-21 All-Pioneer Football League First Team

(as selected by PFL head coaches)

Pos.       Player   School   Ht.          Wt.         Yr.           Hometown


WR         BJ Byrd (U, H)     Morehead State               6-2          190         Sr.           Richmond, Calif.

WR         Michael Carner San Diego            6-1          190         RSo.       Westlake Village, Calif.

WR         Keith Pearson (U)             Presbyterian      5-9          175         Sr.           Enoree, S.C.

QB          Mark Pappas      Morehead State               6-2          213         RJr.         Avon Lake, Ohio

TE           Derek Kline (U) San Diego            6-5          230         RSo.       Phoenix, Ariz.

RB           Dylan Sparks      Davidson             6-0          201         So.          Centreville, Va.

RB           Robert Washington (U)  Valparaiso           5-11       215         Jr.           Huntersville, N.C.

FB           Coy Williams       Davidson             5-11       202         Jr.           Lumberton, Texas

A-P         Keith Pearson    Presbyterian      5-9          175         Sr.           Enoree, S.C.

OL           Billy Corte (H)    Stetson 6-5          285         RSo.       Cleveland, Ohio

OL           Antonio Derry (H)            Stetson 6-4          308         RSo.       Baltimore, Md.

OL           Cam Marriott     Morehead State               6-3          300         Jr.           Redlands, Calif.

OL           Khalil Miller        Davidson             6-3          299         Jr.           Lithonia, Ga.

OL           DJ Wright (1)      San Diego            6-4          275         RJr.         Pittsburg, Calif.


DL           Kevin Glajchen (U)           San Diego            6-2          270         RSr.        Saratoga, Calif.

DL           Vaughn Taylor Jr. (U, 1)  Morehead State               6-2          252         Sr.           Washington, D.C.

DL           Chris Reese        San Diego            6-4          265         RSr.        Littleton, Colo.

DL           Fermon Reid (2) Stetson 6-0          254         RJr.         Naples, Fla.

LB           Jake Alexander Davidson             6-0          189         Jr.           Belmont, N.C.

LB           Kyle Bilchik (H)  San Diego            5-10       210         Sr.           Simi Valley, Calif.

LB           Colby Campbell (U)         Presbyterian      6-0          230         Sr.           Montmorenci, S.C.

LB           Kama Kamaka (1)             San Diego            6-1          210         Sr.           Kailua, Hawaii

LB           Jaxon Peifer (H) Valparaiso           6-1          235         Jr.           Normal, Ill.

LB           Vincent Winey   Morehead State               6-1          230         Sr.           Lindenhurst, N.Y.

DB          Brandon Barbee               Morehead State               5-11       192         Jr.           Orlando, Fla.

DB          Michael Hawkins              San Diego            6-1          200         Sr.           San Diego, Calif.

DB          Hunter Nichols (H)           San Diego            6-0          185         Jr.           Los Angeles, Calif.

DB          Keyon Turner     Valparaiso           5-9          160         Fr.           Chicago, Ill.


PK           Brian Bartholomew         Valparaiso           5-11       160         RSo.       Sugar Grove, Ill.

P             Ben Niesner (H) Valparaiso           6-0          190         Sr.           Black Diamond, Wash.

RS           Jaylon Johnson (1)           Stetson 5-10       156         So.          Olive Branch, Miss.

RS           Hunter Nichols  San Diego            6-0          185         Jr.           Los Angeles, Calif.

LS            Ryan Kriceri (H) Drake    6-2          235         Sr.           Aurora, Ill.

Notes in parentheses: U-indicates a player was a unanimous first-team selection; 4x-is a four-time first-team All-PFL selection; 3x-is a three-time first-team All-PFL selection; 1-was a first-team selection in 2019; 2-was a second-team selection in 2019; H-was a honorable mention selection in 2019. Six linebackers and two return specialists named to First Team, five linebackers and six offensive linemen to Second Team due to ties in voting.

2020-21 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

Pos.       Player   School   Ht.          Wt.         Yr.           Hometown


WR         Thomas Campbell-Clay  Morehead State               5-10       196         Jr.           Knoxville, Tenn.

WR         Yogi Flager          Butler    5-10       165         Fr.           Fairview Heights, Ill.

WR         Johnny O’Shea  Butler    6-2          180         RSo.       Palatine, Ill.

QB          Tyler Huff            Presbyterian      6-1          200         So.          Orange Park, Fla.

TE           Jackson Sherrard              Davidson             6-5          233         Jr.           Olney, Md.

RB           Emilio Martinez San Diego            5-10       200         Sr.           Salinas, Calif.

RB           Jordan Younge-Humphrey           Stetson 5-9          208         So.          Rockledge, Fla.

FB           Michael Gadinis San Diego            6-1          220         RJr.         San Diego, Calif.

A-P         BJ Byrd Morehead State               6-2          190         Sr.           Richmond, Calif.

OL           Mark Bach           Drake    6-0          267         Sr.           Barrington, Ill.

OL           Will Berkey         Davidson             6-3          293         Sr.           Atlanta, Ga.

OL           Alex Brown         Stetson 6-3          300         Sr.           West Palm Beach, Fla.

OL           Cole Foley           Davidson             6-4          293         Jr.           Winston-Salem, N.C.

OL           Gordon Sandorf Davidson             6-3          287         Sr.           Clearwater, Fla.

OL           Skyler Spetter    Butler    6-5          280         RSo.       Bargersville, Ind.


DL           Jonathan Hammond       Davidson             6-2          218         Fr.           Dunwoody, Ga.

DL           Jake Hoper          Drake    6-4          269         Jr.           South Beloit, Ill.

DL           Muhindo Kapapa              San Diego            6-2          275         RJr.         Fairfield, Calif.

DL           Tanner Wilhelm Presbyterian      6-1          235         RJr.         Fyffe, Ala.

LB           Evan Annis          Valparaiso           6-1          220         RFr.        Hilliard, Ohio

LB           Declan Carr         Drake    6-1          226         Jr.           Frankfort, Ill.

LB           Ethan Hull            Stetson 6-1          220         RSo.       Crestwood, Ky.

LB           Ryan Kriceri        Drake    6-2          235         Sr.           Aurora, Ill.

LB           Will Kulick           Drake    6-2          223         Sr.           Aurora, Colo.

DB          Jaylon Bolden    Davidson             6-3          206         Sr.           Rowlett, Texas

DB          Oka Emmanwori               Presbyterian      5-10       183         So.          Columbia, S.C.

DB          Danny Morales  Drake    5-11       180         Jr.           Temecula, Calif.

DB          Jeffrey Smyth    Presbyterian      5-11       180         So.          Beaufort, S.C.


PK           Caden Bonoffski               Davidson             5-8          174         So.          Huntersville, N.C.

P             Andrew Foster  Morehead State               6-3          230         Sr.           Knoxville, Tenn.

RS           Charlie Maxwell Valparaiso           5-5          135         Fr.           Elkhart, Ind.

LS            Mike Wojciechowski       Stetson 5-7          167         RFr.        Oak Harbor, Ohio

2020-21 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention

BUTLER: Devin Aguilar  (RJr., DB), Jordan Caselberry  (RSo., DL), Mickey Kane  (RJr., LB), Grant Purlee  (RJr., OL), Kavon Samuels (Jr., RB), Trevor Scott  (RJr., OL), JJ Wadas (Fr., PK). DAVIDSON: James Boyle  (Sr., DL), Jalen Jefferson  (Jr., LB), Kaedon Jenkins  (So., DB), Tate Kipperman  (Sr., OL), Mark McCurdy (Fr., AP), Tyler Phelps (Sr., QB), Evan Pritchard  (Jr., P), Jalen Staples (Jr., WR), Eli Turner (Jr., AP). DRAKE: Ben Gerdes  (RSo., DL), Grant Gossling (RJr., FB), Colin Howard  (So., WR), Max Johnson  (RJr., DL), Alex Rogers  (RJr., DB), Jake Shipla  (Fr., DL). MOREHEAD STATE: Cam Barrett  (Sr., LB), Devin Connors  (Jr., DL), Mike Davis  (Sr., OL), Ian Holder (Jr., RS), Nick Lavender  (So., DL), Tyler Noble  (Sr., DB), Jacob Ungruhe  (Jr., OL). PRESBYTERIAN: Trent Carrington  (RJr., DB), Luke Foster  (RJr., OL), Rod Haygood  (Sr., DB), Noah Mangum  (So., OL), Jarrett Nagy  (Jr., LB). SAN DIEGO: Mason Randall (RSr., QB). STETSON: Connor Becker (So., WR), Michael Carley  (So., WR), Jaylon Johnson  (So., DB), Rassi Littlejohn  (So., DB), Greg Moore  (RJr., DL). VALPARAISO: Aaron Byrd  (RSo., OL), Doug Haugh (Sr., LS), Jadarius Horton  (Jr., DB), Trejuan Purty  (Jr., DL).

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Lissy Named MAC Softball Player of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – After going a perfect 7-for-7 on the base paths, including a swipe of home, and batting .588 (10-for-17) last week, Ball State freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy has been named the Mid-American Conference Softball Player of the Week.

“Kayla has been a steady force for us,” head coach Lacy Wood said. “She came in, got an opportunity and has never looked back. Her play this past week has been the spark we have needed. Watching her put pressure on other defenses with her speed on the base paths is a joy to watch. Then there is her ability to rob base hits at short, that is priceless.”

Lissy, a native of Valrico, Florida, opened the week by tallying two hits, scoring a pair of runs and stealing one base in last Tuesday’s (April 20) doubleheader split at Miami.

In Ball State’s weekend series versus Ohio, Lissy led all players with eight hits and a .667 (8-for-12) batting average. She also led all players with six stolen bases on the weekend, while tying for weekend-high honors with four runs scored.

She reached base safely in each of the final three games of the series and sparked a huge seven-run inning in Ball State’s come-from-behind victory in Sunday’s series finale.

With two on and no outs, Lissy missed her first out-of-the-park home run by a fraction of an inch, bouncing an RBI double off the top of the fence back into play. Moments later, she was able to steal home to account for two of the seven runs in the frame as Ball State rallied from down 6-1 to win 11-7.

Overall, Lissy finished the six games with 10 hits and six runs scored. For the year, Lissy is a perfect 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts and owns a .341 batting average. She is tied for team-high honors with 25 runs scored and leads the MAC with six triples.

“Kayla has steadily improved over the course of the season and is still growing,” Wood added. “Her greatest attribute is her tireless work ethic. I can’t wait to watch her the rest of this year and the next three.”

The Ball State softball team returns to action later this afternoon, when it battles Miami in a 2 p.m. doubleheader for the top spot in the MAC standings. The Cardinals enter the games with a 19-2 MAC record, while Miami is leading the conference at 21-1.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: John Baker Named MAC Pitcher of the Week

John Baker was selected MAC Pitcher of the Week after passing a career Ball State record and pitching a complete game gem on Friday. He share the weekly honor with Ohio’s Joe Rock.

Baker, the right-hander who leads all active Division I pitchers with 359 career strikeouts, surpassed Bryan Bullington’s school record of 357 in Ball State’s victory on Friday. Bullington, a star at BSU from 2000-02, was the No. 1 pick in the 2002 MLB Draft. Baker tied him in the 4th inning on Friday and broke the record in the 6th inning.

Ball State won Friday’s game 3-1 over Northern Illinois behind a complete game from Baker, who allowed just one run on four hits. He struck out eight and walked one.

It is the sixth time Baker has been picked as the league’s pitcher of the week, including third time this season.

Baker and the Cardinals will take a 16-4 conference record to Bowling Green this weekend. Ball State is tied for the conference lead with Central Michigan, and the regular season champion goes to the NCAA Tournament.


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior pitcher Alexis Holloway has been named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in her career after two complete-game performances in the sweep of #15/13 Virginia Tech. On the weekend, Holloway allowed just two earned runs through 16.0 innings for a 0.88 ERA, while throwing 11 strikeouts.

Holloway, an aerospace engineering major, pitched the series-opening 2-1 complete game at Virginia Tech, returning the next day, just 19 hours later to pitch the full 9.0 innings of the 4-3 win over the Hokies. Holloway was dominant in the circle, outdueling one of the top-ranked pitching staffs in the ACC along with fellow Irish pitcher Payton Tidd.

Holloway also made a difference in the batter’s box, as she scored the tying run in the 4-3, nine-inning game on April 24, sending a solo home run off one of the ACC’s top-ranked pitchers, Keely Rochard, in the seventh inning to force extras. Holloway held the Hokies off the board in two extra innings, while the deciding run came on a solo home run in the top of the ninth from senior Sarah Genz.

The senior also earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors as a freshman in March of 2018.

Holloway and the Irish will next take the field Saturday, May 1, hosting Charlotte for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Chad Killinger Introduced as Ninth Head Coach of Sycamore Women’s Basketball

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales officially introduced Chad Killinger as the ninth women’s head basketball coach in Sycamore history on Tuesday, Apr. 27.

The press conference was held in the newly renovated Hulman Center on the south concourse and can be found in its entirety below. Killinger brings 25 years of coaching experience to Terre Haute, including stops at Division I Nicholls State, East Carolina and Marshall. Killinger owns a 279-167 (.626) record in 14 seasons as a head coach and has been a part of 473 victories at the collegiate level.

Quotes from Coach Killinger

“On the court we are going to concentrate on six things on a daily basis: defending, rebounding, running every opportunity we get, playing harder, playing together and taking care of the ball.”

“We want to play up-tempo offensively, while sharing the ball, taking quality shots, and staying under control. But the biggest aspect of that is putting our student-athletes in a position to be successful.”

“Defensively we are going to do whatever it takes to get stops, that could mean changing defenses a lot, pressing, trapping, or playing zone. Our last six seasons at Moberly we were ranked in the top seven in the country in points allowed per game three times, including leading the nation at 48 points per game during the 2018 season. We will be committed to stopping our opponents.”

“Off the court we want our student-athletes to have an enjoyable experience while representing the program with class. We are going to work hard to build positive relationships with them because this has to be about more than basketball. We have an opportunity to help these young women become the future leaders of our world and that begins with their educations. Our number one goal is that they earn a degree from Indiana State University.”

“We are going to learn to appreciate the past, while striving towards the future as we build this program back to one that expects to be playing post-season basketball.”


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s golf team earned a second-place finish at this week’s 2021 Horizon League Championships at Ackerman-Allen Golf Course, finishing the tournament at 908 (303-295-310). The Jaguars were tied with Youngstown State heading into Tuesday’s final round, but saw the Penguins put together a round of 295 to win by 15 shots. IUPUI closed with a final round 310 to place second, five shots clear of third-place Green Bay.

Amelie Svejda collected a runner-up finish at 3-over 219 (73-70-76) and was joined on the five-player All-Tournament Team by freshman Shelby Busker. Busker put up a final round 77 to finish at 9-over 225 (75-73-77).


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Freshman Taylor Gardner played his way on to the Horizon League’s Golf Championship’s All-Tournament Team this week, finishing the 54-hole tournament tied for fifth overall at 4-over 220 (72-71-77). With Gardner leading the way, the Jaguars finished tied for sixth overall at 926 (309-303-314).

Oakland won the team title at 6-over 870 and OU’s Thomas Giroux was medalist at 2-under 214 (70-70-74).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S GOLF: Parker posts low round on final day of MVC Championship

FLOSSMOOR, Ill. – Freshman Carson Parker was the low scorer on Tuesday when the University of Evansville men’s golf team completed the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Flossmoor Country Club.

Parker rounded the final 18 holes in 77 strokes to record the Purple Aces low round of the day in the third and final round.  Coupled with his effort on Monday, Parker wrapped up the tournament with a 247, tying for 39th.

Leading UE in the final standings was Isaac Rohleder.  His 3-round tally of 235 put him in a tie for 21st.  After going 9-over through the first nine holes, Rohleder improved on the back nine, going 2-over on his way to an 83 on Tuesday.  He had two birdies in the final nine holes.  He was followed by Michael Ikejiani, who placed 38th with a 246.  Ikejiani had his low round of the championship on the final day, carding a 6-over 78.  A blazing start to the day saw him record a birdie on the second hole before shooting even par through the opening nine holes.

Carson Parker was third on the team, tying for 39th while Jessie Brumley came home in a tie for 41st.  He finished Tuesday’s round with an 84 with his final tally coming in at 248.  Spencer Wagner rounded out the Evansville contingent.  His 252 put him 43rd.

As a team, Evansville finished in 9th place with 972 strokes.  Loyola held off a furious rally by Illinois State to clinch the team championship.  The Ramblers paced the Redbirds by 21 strokes following Monday’s action, but a 286 by ISU put them in contention on Tuesday.  It was the lowest team round of the entire tournament.  Loyola did just enough to win, scoring a 304 to finish with 896 strokes.  ISU finished at 899.  Devin Johnson of LUC was the medalist.  His 216 edged the competition by five shots.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S LACROSSE: Barnett Garners USILA D2 Team of the Week Honors

LOUISVILLE, KY – Goalkeeper Austin Barnett has earned a spot on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) D2 Team of the Week after already being named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week.  This marks Barnett’s first National Team of the Week honor and UIndy’s first since Jordan McKenzie in February 2020.

The senior led the Hounds to an upset win on Saturday, taking down No. 9 Lindenwood at Key Stadium. Barnett collected 14 saves in the win, recorded a .609 save percentage in the victory.  It marked the fifth time this season that he’s finished with double-digit saves.

USILA Team of the Week

Ryan Dunn – attack (Rollins College)

Tyler Kolodka – attack (Davis & Elkins)

Myles Moffat – attack (Lenoir-Rhyne)

Willie Grieco – attack (Wingate)

Luke Goetz – defense (Rockhurst)

Zach Ornstein – faceoff specialist (Chestnut Hill)

Austin Barnett – goalkeeper (UIndy)

Chase Snyder – long stick midfield (Rollins College)

Thomas Purfeerst – midfield (Lewis)

Xan Brouillet – midfield (Lewis)

INDIANAPOLIS TENNIS: UIndy Men, Women Both Earn Top Seed in GLVC Tennis Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s and women’s tennis teams both earned the top seed in the east in the 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tennis Championships this upcoming weekend.  The pair of eight-team tournaments begin play on Friday with the Championships set for Sunday in Romeoville, IL.

The GLVC Tennis Championships will once again be streamed live and free on all GLVC Sports Network platforms, including GLVCSN.com, iOS/Android mobile apps, and Roku, Apple TV, Amazon fireTV and Android TV OTT apps. A complete schedule will be announced during championship week.

Both the men and women enter as the defending champions, taking home the title at the 2019 Championships before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 event.  The Hounds pace the conference with 11 titles on the women’s side and 10 for the men including a stretch of four consecutive titles from 2016 to 2019.

The women enter as the No. 1 seed in the East with a perfect 16-0 record on the year.  The Hounds will face the No. 4 seed in the West, Quincy University.  Friday’s quarterfinal will begin at 10 am ET at Plainfield East High School.

The men are also slated as the No. 1 seed in the East with an unblemished 6-0 in conference action this season.  UIndy will square off against the No. 4 seed in the West, Rockhurst University at 1 pm ET on Friday at Plainfield East HS.

Saturday’s semifinal and Sunday’s Championship for both the men and women will be held on the campus of Lewis University.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Five Valpo Players Named to All-PFL First Team, Two Others Earn Second-Team Nods

After finishing with the program’s best winning percentage since 2003, the Valparaiso University football team was well represented as the Pioneer Football League unveiled its all-conference teams on Tuesday.

Junior running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]), junior linebacker Jaxon Peifer (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community), senior punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]), redshirt sophomore kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) and freshman defensive back Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) were named to the All-PFL First Team.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) and freshman return specialist Charlie Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) were named to the All-PFL Second Team.

In addition, a Valpo quartet received All-PFL Honorable Mention status: redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Aaron Byrd (Bradley, Ill. /Bourbonnais), junior defensive lineman Trejuan Purty (Maryville, Tenn. / Maryville [East Tennessee State]), senior long snapper Doug Haugh (Redlands, Calif. / Redlands Senior) and junior defensive back Jadarius Horton (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte [Southwestern College]).

The five first-team all-conference honorees mark the program’s most since 2005.

Washington was one of seven unanimous All-PFL selections, while Turner was the lone freshman on the all-league first team. Washington was named the first PFL Offensive Player of the Year in program history on Monday, while Niesner shared PFL Special Teams Player of the Year accolades.

Peifer finished with a team-high 42 tackles including 22 solos during the six-game season. He accounted for 3.0 tackles for loss totaling 15 yards, made a pair of sacks, broke up two passes, forced two fumbles and was credited with a QB hurry. Peifer helped Valpo rank third in the league in scoring defense thanks to his 7.0 tackles per game, which ranked seventh among all PFL players. He was one of four players in the league with multiple forced fumbles.

Peifer had a season-high nine tackles on two occasions, the March 27 home victory over rival Butler and the April 10 game at Morehead State. He had five or more stops in all six games and had six solos in each of the two games against Butler.

Bartholomew boasted the league’s best field-goal percentage at 87.5 percent, converting seven of his eight attempts. He had the most point-after attempts without a miss in the league, going a perfect 13-for-13 on PATs. The redshirt sophomore ranked sixth in the PFL in scoring at 5.7 points per game.

Bartholomew’s season-long 49-yard field goal came at a crucial time as it represented the first points of an eventual 10-7 win over Drake, the program’s first win over the Bulldogs since 2003 and its first-ever win in Des Moines, Iowa. Bartholomew also averaged 51.6 yards per kick on 25 kickoffs, booting a pair of touchbacks. He posted Valpo’s best single-season field-goal percentage since at least 2005.

Turner finished his season as the FCS nation’s true leader in takeaways with six. He recovered fumbles in Week 1 and Week 6 sandwiched around a four-game stretch of contests with an interception in Weeks 2-5. The rookie was named the co-PFL Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

Turner’s four picks helped him become one of only five Valpo players with four or more interceptions in a single season over the last 12 years despite the fact that this year’s slate was shortened to six games. He ranked in the top 10 nationally in interceptions per game, led the nation in interceptions per game among freshmen, became the first Valpo player with interceptions in four straight games in over two decades and became the first Valpo freshman with four interceptions in a season in over 20 years.

Washington ranked eighth nationally in FCS in rushing yards per game at 108.8. He accrued 100 or more rushing yards on four occasions including a season-high 199 on 39 carries in the March 13 season opener at Butler, the highest single-game rushing output by a Valpo player since 2012. His 199-yard performance marked the ninth-highest single-game rushing number in the nation this season, and he was one of three players nationally with multiple games of 180+ rushing yards.

Washington, who totaled 653 yards and five touchdowns on 140 carries over six games, had the most rushing yards in a season by any Valpo player since Brandon Hall’s 855 in 2014 despite this year’s slate being shortened to six games. Washington was named the PFL Offensive Player of the Week once this season and earned a pair of College Sports Madness PFL Offensive Player of the Week nods. In addition, the Valpo running back ranked 11th nationally in total rushing yards and 12th in all-purpose yards per game (129.33).

Niesner tied Greg Wood’s program record for single-season punting average at 43.6. When taken to the next decimal point, Niesner’s 43.58 is narrowly behind Wood’s 43.64, which is also the Pioneer Football League record. Niesner’s mark is the second-best in PFL history. He ranked eighth nationally in punting average in Division-I FCS this spring.

Niesner booted seven punts for 50+ yards this season including a career-long 72 in the season finale vs. San Diego. He pinned the opposition inside the 20 on nine occasions while totaling 1,351 yards over his 31 boots. Niesner earned a pair of PFL Special Teams Player of the Week accolades this spring.

Maxwell finished his season as the FCS national leader in kickoff return average at 29.8 yards per return. He was named a national player of the week honorable mention following his Week 6 performance against San Diego, which featured an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He accrued 151 return yards in that game, the most by any PFL player in a single contest this season. The 86 yarder marked the second-longest return by a PFL player this year.

Annis finished second on the team in tackles with 41, a single tackle behind Peifer. He posted 2.5 TFL and ranked eighth in the PFL at 6.8 tackles per game. Annis had a midseason stretch of three straight games with eight tackles or more, including back-to-back outings with a season-high nine tackles against Drake and Butler.

The PFL will round out its week of announcing awards on Wednesday afternoon by releasing the PFL All-Academic Teams.

2020-21 Pioneer Football League Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: Robert Washington, Valparaiso

Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Glajchen, San Diego

Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Hunter Nichols, San Diego

Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Ben Niesner, Valparaiso

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Delvecchio Powell II, Presbyterian

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Hammond, Davidson

Coach of the Year: Scott Abell, Davidson

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: To be announced, Wednesday

VALPO SOFTBALL: Five Games on Tap For Softball This Week

Valparaiso (5-28, 1-17 MVC)

April 28 – Loyola (10-24, 6-12 MVC) – 1 p.m. DH

May 1 – at Southern Illinois (31-11, 13-7 MVC) – 2 p.m. DH

May 2 – at Southern Illinois – 11 a.m.

Next Up in Valpo Softball: Five games are on deck this week for the Valpo softball team as the regular season nears its conclusion. Valpo will host Loyola in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon before making its final road trip of the regular season, a journey to Carbondale, Ill. this weekend for a three-game set at Southern Illinois.

Previously: Valpo dropped a mid-week game at Loyola and then saw a seventh-inning rally come up just short in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep by Drake. The third game of the series against the Bulldogs was canceled due to weather.

Looking Ahead: The regular season concludes next Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, as Valpo hosts Illinois State for a three-game series.

Following Valpo Softball: Live stats for all five 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 119-185 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: Loyola – The second most common opponent in program history, Valpo and Loyola have met on the softball diamond 69 times entering this week, with the Ramblers holding a 43-26 advantage in the series. Valpo is 2-5 against Loyola since joining the MVC, including a 7-1 victory for the Ramblers last Wednesday in Rogers Park.

Southern Illinois – Valpo is 1-5 all-time against SIU, with five of those six meetings coming since Valpo joined the MVC. The Salukis earned a three-game series sweep in Carbondale in March 2019 in the last meetings.

Scouting the Opposition: Loyola – The Ramblers enter Wednesday at 10-24 overall and 6-12 in MVC play, most recently posting a 1-2 record last weekend in a road series at Missouri State. Allyson Ivey hits a team-best .394 and leads LUC with 20 RBIs, while in the circle, Sydney Ruggles has tossed just over half the innings and is 5-12 with a 3.41 ERA.

SIU – The Salukis enter the week at 31-11 overall and 13-7 in MVC play, with a game at Missouri State on tap for Wednesday prior to the weekend. Maddy Vermejan hits .340 with a team-high 46 runs scored, while in the circle, Sarah Harness has tossed half the innings and is 17-4 with a 1.60 ERA.

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.

Tonoian Sets Program Record: Junior catcher Taylor Tonoian etched her name into the program’s record book last Wednesday at Loyola. From her position behind the plate, Tonoian threw out a Rambler runner attempting to steal in each of the first four innings to set a new record for caught stealings in a single game. Two players had previously combined for three instances of three caught stealings in a game, most recently Jenna Stauffenberg in May 2018. The four caught stealings is also a team single-game record as well.

KB Enjoys Strong Week: Junior outfielder Kate Beckemeyer put together a string of strong performances at the plate in Valpo’s three games last week, reaching base multiple times in all three outings and hitting .714 for the week. She opened the week by going 1-for-2 with a walk in Valpo’s mid-week game at Loyola. Then in Sunday’s doubleheader against Drake, Beckemeyer went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the opener before going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the nightcap. Beckemeyer has now picked up hits in four consecutive games.

Scoreless Outings From Wathen: Freshman pitcher Madison Wathen posted a pair of scoreless outings out of the bullpen over her three appearances last week. Wathen entered in the fifth inning in Valpo’s mid-week game at Loyola and threw two shutout innings. Then, in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader with Drake, Wathen entered in the fourth inning with a runner in scoring position, got out of the inning stranding the runner on base and proceeded to pitch 3.1 innings of shutout softball. Those two outings were Wathen’s longest scoreless outings of the season.

MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL: RedHawks Land Transfer Kamari Williams

OXFORD, Ohio—Miami University men’s basketball head coach Jack Owens announced that Kamari Williams (Sandy Spring, Md./St. Andrew’s Episcopal), a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward transfer from Boston College, will join the RedHawk program. Williams just completed his sophomore campaign and will be eligible for the 2021-22 season with three years of eligibility remaining.

“We are excited about Kamari joining the family! He is a skilled player who has the ability to shoot the basketball,” said Owens. “He provides good size, length, and athleticism at the guard position and I know he will come to Oxford ready to work. He is looking forward to embracing this opportunity and helping our program win.”

Williams played in 40 career games for the Eagles, making six career starts. He averaged 2.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg during his sophomore season. Over his last six games in 2020-21, Williams averaged 5.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg and was 7-of-18 from three-point range (.390). As a sophomore, he scored a season-high 11 points off 4-of-6 shooting from the field and a 3-for-5 effort from long range against Miami (Fla.), while hauling in a career-high six boards. During his freshman campaign, he scored a career-high 14 points against the Hurricanes, going 6-for-10 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc.

Williams prepped at St. Andrew’s Episcopal where he averaged 14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.0 apg as a senior. He helped the St. Andrew’s to the quarterfinals of the Maryland Private School Tournament. Williams was ranked the No. 9 player in Maryland according to 247sports.com. He was named to the 2018-19 Washington Post All-Met Team and was an All-Mid-Atlantic Conference selection.

WRIGHT STATE MEN’S GOLF: Raiders finish second at 2021 Horizon League Championship

The Wright State golf team earned runners-up honors at the 2021 Horizon League Championship in West Lafayette, Indiana on Tuesday afternoon, with three Raiders finishing inside the top five individually and all five players tallying op 20 finishes.

The Raiders were two-over on Tuesday with a final team round of 290, their best of the week, and finished 13-over overall. Oakland won the team title behind a six-over team score, while the next closest Horizon League team following Wright State was Cleveland State’s 42-over in third place.

Mikkel Mathiesen paced the Raiders, finishing tied for third with a one-over final score after carding a one-over 73 on Tuesday. Bryce Haney and Austin Schoonmaker each finished tied for fourth at four-over to give Wright State a trio inside the top five. Haney tallied four birdies on Tuesday and was two-under on the day to make the jump to fifth, while Schoonmaker was three-over in the final round.

Tyler Goecke had four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back nine, on the way to an even par final round to finish tied for 10th at six-over for the Championship. Cameron Willis rounded out the Raider lineup with a four-over final round as he finished the week at 10-over in a tie for 16th.

As a team, Wright State has carded 167 pars to lead all teams, while the Raiders’ 41 birdies over the 54 holes trailed only Oakland’s 49 atop the team high mark. Individually, Haney’s 36 pars were the second-most of the field, while Mathiesen tallied 10 birdies, three off the top number for the weekend.

Oakland’s Thomas Giroux won the individual title at two-under overall, while the Golden Grizzlies also had Chris Handy (tied for third) and Yaro Ilyenko (tied for eighth) finish inside the top 10.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Alec Sayre named #HLBASE Batter of the Week

Wright State’s Alec Sayre has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week, the League office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Sayre drove in a team-high 10 RBI as Wright State went on the road last weekend and tallied a four-game sweep at Northern Kentucky in its first Horizon League action in nearly a month. Sayre had at least one hit and one RBI in all four games, including a pair of three-hit games in the first and final games of the weekend, on the way to a .533 average (8-for-15) with a pair of doubles and two home runs while driving in 10 RBI. His 10 RBI over the weekend surpassed his nine total RBI from his first 16 games this season.

Sayre added three walks and had 16 total bases while scoring five runs of his own. In Friday’s doubleheader, his three-run homer broke the game open in the first game before his two-run homer in the second game. In the series finale, his three-run homer in the first inning gave the Raiders a lead it would never look back from.

Following this weekend’s action, Sayre leads the Horizon League with a .429 batting average, while his .686 slugging percentage is just off the League-leading .691 clip of teammate Quincy Hamilton.

Wright State enters this weekend’s Horizon League road series at Purdue Fort-Wayne with an 18-10 overall record and a 17-3 mark in League play. The Raiders are slated to return home to Nischwitz Stadium for the first time since mid-March with a four-game series May 7-9 against Milwaukee. Wright State then closes the regular season at home the following weekend, May 14-16, with four games against Oakland.

DAYTON SOFTBALL: Softball Hosting Eastern Kentucky For A Single Game Wednesday

DAYTON – The University of Dayton softball team is set to host Eastern Kentucky for a single game Wednesday. First pitch between the Flyers and Colonels is set for 2 p.m. at UD Softball Stadium on April 28.


Eastern Kentucky (30-11) is currently enjoying a five-game winning streak including a three-game sweep of Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech Sunday and Monday. With its 21-5 mark in league play, EKU sits atop OVC standings. The Colonels’ offense is led by Sammi Miller who carries a .424 average on the strength of a team-high 53 hits, including 11 doubles, and she is 15-for-16 in stolen bases. In the circle for EKU, Mollie Paulick is a perfect 10-0 with the team’s low ERA of 1.41 and she has collected a team-best 65 strikeouts.


Dayton (15-21) is coming off a bye week in Atlantic 10 Conference action but the Flyers have won their last four contests. Dayton swept its A-10 series with George Mason at UD Softball Stadium April 17-18 and the Flyers are in second place in the A-10 Central division with a 10-6 league mark. Freshman Megan Ward holds the team’s best batting average at .413 as she has tallied a team-best 50 hits and has scored 18 runs while senior Abby Ehrenborg (.328) leads the team with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 30 RBI. Left-handed freshman Addy Bullis (8-6) leads the Flyers’ pitching corps with a 1.94 average, 77 strikeouts and six complete games.


Based on campus and local COVID-19 protocols and capacity restrictions, Dayton home athletic events will not be open to the general public. Limited seating is available to guests of Dayton student-athletes (names must be on a pass list for admission). Currently, visiting team fans are not permitted in/at the facility. Additionally, attendance at Dayton home athletic events will be socially distanced and fans are required to wear masks.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time in four weeks, Ohio State catcher Sam Hackenbracht is the Big Ten’s Player of the Week.

Hackenbracht earned the award after a remarkable weekend at the plate in a four-game series versus Rutgers. She batted .778 with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored. Perhaps most impressively, Hackenbracht finished the weekend with a .867 on-base percentage after reaching base in 13 of her 15 plate appearances. After hitting three home runs in her first eight at-bats of the series, Hackenbracht was intentionally walked five times over the final two games. In all, she collected seven hits in nine at-bats and walked six times.

A sophomore from Massillon, Ohio, Hackenbracht is batting .342 for the season – ninth-best in the conference – with a league-leading 10 home runs and 21 RBI. She also leads the league in slugging percentage (.803). Behind the plate, Hackenbracht is tied for the league lead with nine runners caught stealing.

Over the last 10 games, Hackenbracht is batting .370 with five home runs, a .926 slugging percentage and 12 runs scored. Included in that span is a two-home run game against Indiana and her three long balls last weekend. Hackenbract previously was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on April 6 following a weekend in which she hit .833 with eight RBI and three home runs versus Penn State.

Hackenbracht and the Buckeyes will be back in action this weekend, Friday-Sunday, with a four-game series at Purdue. Action gets underway with a single game on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. All four games can be seen live on BTN Plus.


FLORENCE, Ind. – Promise kept.

Indiana University East’s Jo Wisecup fulfilled a pledge she made early in her career by taking first place at the River States Conference Women’s Golf Championship, which concluded on a windy April 27 at Belterra Resort.

Wisecup finished the 54-hole event with a score of 226, good for a five-stroke victory on the par-72, 5,830-yard course.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of Jo Wisecup,” said IU East coach Billy Mullin. “She’s the most competitive kid I’ve ever coached. She told me two years ago that she was going to do this, and she delivered.”

Wisecup earned the right to represent IU East at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship starting May 25 at Rose Creek Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

“Super excited,” Wisecup said after the awards ceremony, where she picked up first-team all-conference and conference Golfer of the Year trophies.

“I watched people go to nationals in previous years. I’ve always wanted to go to nationals. This is what I was working for all fall and spring.”

IU East finished second in the team standings with a 54-hole score of 968, just eight shots behind team champion Midway University.

“Very proud of the team,” Wisecup said. “We turned it around in the final round (nearly overcoming a 14-stroke deficit) and showed what we can do.”

Wisecup re-wrote significant sections of the IU East women’s golf record book with her matching scores of 73 in the final two rounds:

* Wisecup’s rounds of 73 are the lowest spring 18-hole scores in program history.

* Wisecup’s score of 146 over the final two rounds represents the best 36-hole stretch in program history.

* Wisecup’s 54-hole score of 226 also set a program record.

Wisecup started the day in a tie for first with Asbury University’s Hannah McCrabb. Wisecup played the front nine in even-par to move ahead by three strokes entering the back nine. She built a five-stroke margin over her closest pursuers with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 11th hole and the par-3 12th hole. She maintained that margin through the final holes.

“I was getting putts to fall, and I kind of knew going into 18 that I had a pretty good lead,” Wisecup said. “Once I got down 18 and chipped it close, I knew I pretty much had it sealed.”

IU East has now produced the medalist at four of the last five conference tournaments.

The Red Wolves started and finished the final day in second place in the team standings, but made quite a charge in between. IU East at one point erased all 14 strokes of Midway’s start-of-day lead to create a virtual tie atop the team standings before finishing as team runner-up for the third consecutive conference tournament.

IU East’s team score over the final two rounds represented the best 36-hole stretch at a spring event in program history.

Annie Gillock closed with an 81 to finish eighth in the individual standings. Gillock earned second-team all-conference honors and also represented IU East on the RSC Champions of Character team.

The entire IU East lineup finished in the top half of the 40-player field. Paola Delgado placed 16th. Chloe Brown finished with an 83 and was 18th in the final standings. Brooklynn Cromwell carded a 79 in the final round and moved up four spots on the leaderboard to finish 19th.

“I told the girls (before the final round), we’ve got to post a strong number, and that number has got to be under 320, and we did that,” said Mullin, whose pack shot 316 in the last round. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone on this team.

“A tip of the cap to Midway. They are a very strong team. But so are we, and our time is coming. We’re going to keep knocking on the door and staying after it, and we’re not going to stop.”

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Hawkeyes’ Adreon named Player of the Week; Illini’s Gowens and Spartans’ Benschoter split Pitcher of the Week; Hoosiers’ Colopy captured Freshman of the Week 

Player of the Week
Zeb Adreon, Iowa

OF – Sr. – Pleasantville, Iowa – Pleasantville

  • Hit .714 (10-of-14) with five RBI and seven runs scored to lead the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 weekend against Maryland and Northwestern for their fifth straight series win
  • Finished with a 1.071 slugging percentage and .765 on-base percentage on the weekend and reached base safely in each of his final 10 plate appearances
  • Recorded a triple in both outings against Northwestern, becoming the first Hawkeye since 2018 to triple in consecutive games
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his second career Big Ten Player of the Week award and first of the season
  • Last Iowa Big Ten Player of the Week: Ben Norman (April 20, 2021)

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Riley Gowens, Illinois

P – Jr. – Libertyville, Ill. – Libertyville

  • Pitched seven shutout innings against Purdue on April 25, combining with Ryan O’Hara and Cole Kirschsieper to throw the 11th no-hitter in Illinois’ 142-year program history and first ever on the road
  • Faced 27 batters and struck out six in his seventh career start
  • Helped the Illini complete their first sweep of the season at Purdue and Illinois’ first Big Ten series sweep on the road since March 23-25, 2018, at Northwestern
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Andy Fisher (May 6, 2019)

Sam Benschoter, Michigan State

P – Sr. – Tecumseh, Mich. – Tecumseh

  • Fired a career-high 17 strikeouts in 9.1 innings of relief on Sunday vs. conference-leader Nebraska
  • Entered the game in the third inning and struck out the side in the third and fifth innings, holding the Huskers without a hit until the eighth
  • The 17 strikeouts are the most in the program’s modern day history, besting former MLB All-Star Mark Mulder’s 16 Ks against Campbell on March 7, 1998
  • The three-time Academic-All Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Mason Erla (March 10, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Morgan Colopy, Indiana

OF – Centerville, Ohio – Centerville

  • Helped the Hoosiers to a series sweep against Minnesota last weekend 
  • Registered a .444 batting average on the week with eight hits, seven runs, 10 RBI, two doubles and a home run
  • Recorded a .474 on-base percentage and .722 slugging percentage
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Gabe Bierman (May 13, 2019)

Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Hawkeyes’ Loecker, Wolverines’ Storako and Buckeyes’ Hackenbracht recognized by conference this week

Player of the Week

Sam Hackenbracht, Ohio State

So. – C/UTL – Massillon, Ohio – Massillon Washington – Major: Middle Childhood Education

• Registered a .778 batting average, 1.778 slugging percentage and .867 on-base percentage with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored in the Buckeyes’ series win over visiting Rutgers last weekend

• Reached base in 13 of her 15 plate appearances, highlighted by six hits in her first seven at-bats and three home runs (one in each of the first three series games)

• Was intentionally walked in five of her final seven plate appearances during the weekend

• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor

• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Sam Hackenbracht (April 6, 2021)

Pitcher of the Week

Alex Storako, Michigan

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

• Went 2-0 in the circle with a 1.00 ERA, two complete games and 17 strikeouts with four walks as the Wolverines took three of four games last weekend against visiting Northwestern

• Threw a complete-game four-hit shutout in the series finale on Sunday, striking out 10 and walking one

• Also went the distance to get the victory in the opener of an April 24 doubleheader against the Wildcats, allowing three hits and two runs with seven strikeouts

• A 2020 Academic All-Big Ten Team selection

• Collects her fifth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit, fourth this season and third in as many weeks

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Alex Storako (April 20, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Denali Loecker, Iowa

IF – Ogden, Iowa – Ogden – Major: Business

• Batted .308 with a .615 slugging percentage and .400 on-base percentage in last weekend’s series at 24th-ranked Minnesota

• Had two hits and two RBI in Hawkeyes’ win over Golden Gophers in opener of April 24 doubleheader

• Also swatted a three-run home run in the first inning of the nightcap in that same twinbill

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Kalena Burns (March 9, 2020)

Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers Earn Final Weekly Men’s Lacrosse Honors

Boehm (MICH), Fyock (PSU), Geppert (MD, Kirst (RU) and Wisnauskas (MD) earn weekly awards

Offensive Player of the Week

Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland

Sr. – A – Sykesville, Md. – The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

  • Registered five points on four goals and one assist during Maryland’s 14-13 win over Johns Hopkins. The win over the Blue Jays kept the Terrapins’ record at a perfect 10-0 heading into the postseason.
  • Helped Maryland pull off a late-game comeback by scoring two goals in the final two minutes of regulation. The tallies were part of a 3-0 run by the Terrapins that saw Maryland turn a 13-11 deficit into a 14-13 win.
  • Scored the first goal of Maryland’s final 3-0 run with 1:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. Dove from behind the crease and scored with one second remaining on the shot clock to pull Maryland to within 13-12.
  • Tallied the game-winning goal with 18 seconds left in the game to keep Maryland unbeaten on the season.
  • Registered a behind-the-back assist while falling to the ground late in the first half.
  • Earns his fifth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor. Was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times in 2018.
  • Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: Jared Bernhardt (April 13, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week

John Geppert, Maryland

Jr. – LSM – Washington, D.C. – Landon

  • Anchored Maryland’s defense in the Terrapins’ 14-13 comeback win against Johns Hopkins.
  • Led the Terrapins with a career-high six ground balls. Tied a career high and led all players with three caused turnovers.
  • Registered multiple ground balls as a wingman on the faceoff unit to help spark Maryland’s late-game comeback.
  • Earns his third career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor.
  • Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Brett Makar (April 6, 2021)

Co-Specialist of the Week

Aleric Fyock, Penn State

So. – G – Bowie, Md. – St. Mary’s-Annapolis

  • Made the first start of his career and helped lead Penn State to a 10-9 win over No. 15 Ohio State.
  • Registered 15 saves on 24 shots on goal for a .625 save percentage.
  • Stopped four of Ohio State’s final six shots in the fourth quarter.
  • With 10 seconds remaining in the game, made a game-winning kick save on a shot from inside five yards to help preserve the victory.
  • Helped the Nittany Lions complete 21-of-22 clears (.954 pct.).
  • Earns the first Big Ten Specialist of the Week award of his career.
  • Last Penn State Specialist of the Week: Colby Kneese (March 30, 2021)

Co-Specialist of the Week

Colin Kirst, Rutgers

Gr. – G – Bernardsville, N.J. – Seton Hall Prep

  • Tied a career-high with 19 saves, including 11 in the second half, in Rutgers’ 13-12 win over Michigan.
  • Registered 19 saves on 31 shots on goal for a .613 save percentage.
  • Held the Wolverines to just two goals in the final 18 minutes of the game to seal the victory.
  • Helped the Scarlet Knights go 17-for-19 (.895 pct.) in the clearing game, including a perfect 9-for-9 in the second half.
  • Earns his fourth career Big Ten Specialist of the Week award. Becomes just the third player ever to be named Big Ten Specialist of the Week four times in a single season.
  • Last Rutgers Specialist of the Week: Colin Kirst (April 13, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Michael Boehm, Michigan

A – Rocky River, Ohio – St. Ignatius

  • Led the Wolverines with a career-high six points in Michigan’s 13-12 loss to No. 5 Rutgers.
  • Registered two goals and led all players with a career-high four assists. Also tied a career high with three ground balls.
  • Assisted back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to help Michigan tie the game at 12-12 with just over nine minutes remaining in the game.
  • Earns the first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of his career.
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Josh Zawada (March 10, 2020)

MTEN: Five Buckeyes Named All-Big Ten 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In what has become an annual occurrence, Ohio State has once again dominated the men’s tennis All-Big Ten awards. Five Buckeyes were named to either the first or second team, the most of any school in the conference, and Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy took home the two individual player awards.

Kingsley was the conference head coach’s unanimous choice for Athlete of the Year while Tracy was named the Freshman of the Year. In addition to his Athlete of the Year award, Kinglsey claims first team All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season. Joining him on the first team are seniors John McNally and Kyle Seelig. Tracy earned second team accolades and he was joined by junior James Trotter.

Ohio State has now won nine Big Ten Athletes of the Year awards including four out of the last six. Tracy is the 10th Buckeye to be named the conference’s Freshman of the Year and the sixth in the last seven years.

Last year’s National and Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Kingsley has taken his game to another level this season. He has a 25-0 singles record and is 14-5 in doubles. He has beaten eight ranked singles opponents and has only played into a third set four times this year. All of his wins have come in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

McNally finishes his career as a four-time first team honoree. The two-time All-American is 19-4 on the year and has a 15-5 doubles record. He has been one of the rocks at the top of both the singles and doubles lineups for the Buckeyes and has notched 89 career singles wins.

For Seelig, he caps his career by earning first team accolades for the third-straight season. He owns a 17-7 record on the year and seems to be playing his best tennis at just the right time as he has won his last five matches. The two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar has led the team both on and off the court and the Hatfield, Pa., native has also been named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Tracy lost his first two collegiate matches at the OSU Invitational back in January. But since that point, he has been dominant. The Hilton Head, S.C. native has reeled-off 22 consecutive singles wins and has also worked his way into the doubles lineup where he owns a record of 12-2.

Trotter is on a similar run as he dropped his first match of the year but has since won 11 consecutive singles matches. All of his wins have come at the No. 3 spot in the lineup and he and partner Justin Boulais have quickly become one of the team’s top doubles pairings. This is the second year in a row that Trotter has earned second team All-Big Ten honors.

The Buckeyes finished the regular season 18-2 and claimed a share of the Big Ten East Division title. They will be the No. 1 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament which is being played in Lincoln, Neb.

OHIO STATE SB: Hackenbracht Named Big Ten Player of the Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time in four weeks, Ohio State catcher Sam Hackenbracht is the Big Ten’s Player of the Week.

Hackenbracht earned the award after a remarkable weekend at the plate in a four-game series versus Rutgers. She batted .778 with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored. Perhaps most impressively, Hackenbracht finished the weekend with a .867 on-base percentage after reaching base in 13 of her 15 plate appearances. After hitting three home runs in her first eight at-bats of the series, Hackenbracht was intentionally walked five times over the final two games. In all, she collected seven hits in nine at-bats and walked six times.

A sophomore from Massillon, Ohio, Hackenbracht is batting .342 for the season – ninth-best in the conference – with a league-leading 10 home runs and 21 RBI. She also leads the league in slugging percentage (.803). Behind the plate, Hackenbracht is tied for the league lead with nine runners caught stealing.

Over the last 10 games, Hackenbracht is batting .370 with five home runs, a .926 slugging percentage and 12 runs scored. Included in that span is a two-home run game against Indiana and her three long balls last weekend. Hackenbracht previously was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on April 6 following a weekend in which she hit .833 with eight RBI and three home runs versus Penn State.

Hackenbracht and the Buckeyes will be back in action this weekend, Friday-Sunday, with a four-game series at Purdue. Action gets underway with a single game on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. All four games can be seen live on BTN Plus.

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track:
Noah Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Thomas won the 100-meter dash and helped the 4-x-100 relay team place second at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday night. Thomas won the 100-meter dash in 11.02 seconds and was part of the 4-x-100 team that ran 43.84. Thomas also placed fourth in the long jump (20′ 6 1/2″) to help the Fightin’ Engineers place second as a team in the meet.
Men’s Field:
Zak Wiley (Mooresville, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Wiley earned two event wins and one seventh-place finish for Franklin Friday night at the RHIT Friday Night Spikes meet. He topped the field with a throw of 42.59 meters in the hammer throw and his mark of 42.10 meters in the discus was also good to best the field and recorded a nightly best 38.98 meters in the javelin to take seventh.
Women’s Track:
Lisa Markau (Cape Coral, Fla.) Defiance College | Junior – Markau won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.51 over 11 other competitors at the Concordia Legacy Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Markau also was a part of DC’s 4×100-meter relay team that placed second with a time of 54.97.
Women’s Field:
Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Beckman paced the way for the Blue and Red as part of the Friday Night Spikes meet hosted by Rose-Hulman as she won the shot put with a toss of 11.17 meters. Beckman finished fifth in the hammer throw with a throw of 31.72 meters. She continued her strong showing in the field events taking third in the javelin with a toss of 31.88 meters.
Notable Performances:

  • Ja’qway Janvier (Miami Gardens, Fla.) Defiance College | Sophomore – Last Saturday, Defiance’s Ja’qway Janvier placed second of 19 in the 100-meter dash (11.36 seconds) and third of 20 in the 200 meters (22.88) at the Concordia Legacy Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Janvier also was a part of DC’s 4×100-meter relay team that took first place with an HCAC season-best time of 43.39.
  • Sheldan Lindsay (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Earlham College | Junior – Lindsay improved his times in both the 100m and 200m on Saturday in a dual meet with Oberlin College. Lindsay ran a 11.11 in the 100m, a time that ranks fourth in the HCAC and 29th in the Great Lakes Region and clocked a 22.74 in the 200m to rank fifth in the HCAC and 41st in the Great Lakes Region.
  • John Mahaney (Portsmouth, W. Va.) Earlham College | Sophomore – Mahaney set a new best-in-conference mark in the javelin with a throw of 52.38m (171-10) at Saturday’s dual meet at Oberlin College. That throw ranks fifth in the Great Lakes Region, 49th among Division III leaders in the event, and is over 21 feet farther than the next closest mark in the HCAC.
  • Zach Roberts (Zionsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Roberts recorded a pair of runner-up finishes at the RHIT Friday Night Spikes Invitational in the 100 meter dash and the 400 meter hurdles. He set a new PR with a mark of 11.24 in the 100 and clocked in at 58.94 in the 400 hurdles.
  • Jake Kehoe (LaGrange, Ky.) Hanover College | First Year – Kehoe posted an impressive evening as part of the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes meet. The first year won the shot put with a toss of 12.99 meters, ranking third overall among HCAC competitors. He would take seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 34.76 meters while finishing sixth in the discus with a throw of 34.32 meters.
  • Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Hunter dominated the track for the Blue and Red as part of the Friday Night Spikes meet hosted by Rose-Hulman. The senior won the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.09 seconds, moving him into second among HCAC competitors. He also claimed a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.91 seconds.
  • Tim Youndt (Pottstown, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Youndt won the triple jump with a mark of 44′ 8 3/4″ at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday. He added finishes of sixth in the long jump (20′ 1″), fourth in the 110-hurdles (16.33) and sixth in the 400-hurdles (1:02.49) in a busy night of competition to help Rose-Hulman place second in the meet.
  • Jacob Burnam (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Burnam placed fourth in the men’s 800-meter run at the Ashland University Alumni Open Meet with a time of 1:52.38, coming just short of the conference-best mark that he set earlier in the month.


  • Lyndsey Hermes (Edmond, Okla.) Earlham College | Sophomore – Hermes improved upon her time in the 100m when she clocked a 13.12 in the 100 at Saturday’s dual meet at Oberlin College. That time ranks 2nd in the HCAC this season and 29th in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Taylor Tatlock (Edinburgh, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Tatlock picked up Franklin’s lone win of the night at the RHIT Friday Night Spikes Invite, besting the field, setting a new PR and moved into third place in program history in the javelin with a toss of 36.17 meters. She added a fourth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 32.54 meters.
  • Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Martin registered a strong showing for the Panthers as part of the Friday Night Spikes meet hosted by Rose-Hulman. The sophomore took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.59 seconds, while posting a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.70, finishing sixth. Martin also was a member of the 4×100-meter relay that took third with a time of 51.81 seconds.
  • Nosa Igiehon (Wheeling, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Igiehon placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.69) in track events – and won the high jump (5′ 2 1/4″) and triple jump (34′ 5 1/2″) in field events – to help Rose-Hulman place second at its own Twilight Meet last weekend.
  • Cassie Utley (Danville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Utley recorded three top-three finishes at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet to help the Fightin’ Engineers finish second in the meet as a team. Utley won the discus (118′ 3″); placed second in the javelin (107′ 4″); and came home third in the shot put (33′ 8 3/4″) to boost the team score.
  • Taylor Allen (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Allen placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles event at the Ashland University Alumni Meet with a time of 1:07.98, a mark that currently ranks first in the HCAC this season.


1901       At Chicago’s South Side Park, the Cleveland Blues (Indians) collect 23 singles as the team coasts to a 13-1 victory over the White Sox. Pale Hose hurler Bock Baker gives up all of the one-base hits, a major league record.

1922       At Ebbets Field, Lee King drives in seven runs in the Phillies’ 10-7 win over the Robins. The Philadelphia outfielder will collect a total of only 15 RBIs this season playing with Philadelphia and the Giants.

1929       The Red Sox lose to the A’s, 7-3, in their first-ever Sunday home game. Due to Fenway’s proximity to a church and the resulting protesters, the historic contest takes place one mile west of its home to its crosstown rival’s ballpark, Braves Field.

1930       Thanks to a lack of control and a pair of Red Sox errors, the A’s score four runs without the benefit of a base hit. The ninth inning Boston meltdown accounts for Philadelphia’s 5-4 comeback victory at Fenway Park.

1934       At Navin Field, Goose Goslin grounds out into four consecutive double plays. The Tiger outfielder’s lack of offense doesn’t matter, as Detroit beats the visiting Indians, 4-1.

1946       The Braves sweep a twin bill from the Phillies played at Fenway Park, the home of the American League’s Red Sox, because the seats in the reserved grandstand in their Boston ballpark are still tacky after the team’s Opening Day debacle due to wet paint. As a thank-you, the Red Sox, who play all day games at home, are offered the use of Braves Field for night games, but the team declines the invitation.

1950       Jim Martin, the Pampa Oilers’ catcher, is struck by lightning behind the plate during a Class C West Texas-New Mexico League contest played at Abilene’s Blue Sox Stadium. The 20 year-old backstop, who will return to the lineup tomorrow, is knocked unconscious by the bolt of electricity that propels his mask 20 feet beyond the pitcher’s mound.

1960       At a night game against Cleveland, the White Sox unveil the ‘Monster,’ their new exploding scoreboard at the Comiskey Park. The $300,000 brainchild of Chicago owner Bill Veeck will produce fireworks and accompanying sound effects whenever a hometown player hits a home run.

1961       Five days past his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn becomes the second-oldest pitcher, only behind Cy Young’s performance at the age of 41 years and three months, to throw a no-hitter. Hank Aaron knocks in the game’s only run when the Braves beat the Giants at County Stadium, 1-0.

1965       As Houston fans cheer their pregame ascent, Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson and a radio engineer climb into the Astrodome’s gondola and are hoisted 208 feet above second base to broadcast the game. The umpiring crew determines that any ball hitting the pair will be in playable following an existing ground-rule also that calls a ball striking any part of the dome in play.

1985       The Yankees fire Yogi Berra after the team gets off to a 6-10 start, replacing him with Billy Martin, who is returning to manage the club for the fourth time. The fired skipper vows not to return to Yankee Stadium for as long as George Steinbrenner is the owner of the team, and it will take 14 years for the two to reconcile.

1987       Mike Boddicker tosses his second career one-hitter when the Orioles beat Kansas City at Royals Stadium, 3-0. The only hit given up by the 29 year-old right-hander is a sixth-inning single to Willie Wilson.

1988       The Orioles extend their major league mark of season-starting losses to 21 when the team is defeated by the Twins, 4-2, finishing the day 16 games out of first place. The Metrodome loss marks the seventh consecutive time the opponents sweep a series from Baltimore.

1995       Showing their displeasure at the recent baseball strike, three fans jump a Shea Stadium fence with one out in the top of the fourth inning and begin scattering dollar bills at the feet of the Mets’ players on the field. As a finale to their defiant act, the trio stands on second base with arms raised, showing the Opening Day crowd their T-shirts stenciled with the word Greed.

1998       Juan Gonzalez establishes a new major league record for April by driving in 35 runs during the month. The Rangers right-fielder sets the mark with two RBIs in the 7-2 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome.

2000       Ranger reliever Jeff Zimmerman takes his third loss of the young season when he balks home the winning run in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The walk-off balk, scoring pinch-runner Mark Lewis, is called by home plate umpire Ian Lamplugh when the right-hander starts his motion, but steps off the rubber without delivering a pitch.

2010       Phillies slugger Ryan Howard agrees to a $125 million, five-year contract extension that could keep the infielder with the team until 2017. The 30 year-old first baseman’s $25 million guaranteed average salary during the new deal is the second-highest amount in the major leagues, trailing behind only Alex Rodriguez’s ten-year contract with the Yankees that averages $27.5 million per season.

2010       David Wright surpasses Ed Kranepool to become the Mets all-time leader in doubles. The 27 year-old third baseman, who collected his 1,000th career hit yesterday, strokes his 226th two-bagger in the second inning of the Mets’ 7-3 victory over L.A. at Citi Field.

2010       Changes recommended by baseball’s special committee for on-field matters, including the expansion of All-Star rosters to 34 players, including 13 pitchers, will be implemented for this season’s Midsummer classic scheduled for Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. Other adopted rules include the use of a designated hitter every year, making a pitcher who starts on the final Sunday before the break ineligible to play and allowing re-entry into a game if the last available position player at any position is injured.

2010       Luke Hughes becomes the fifth player in Twins’ history to homer in his first at-bat in the major leagues when he goes deep off Detroit’s Max Scherzer in Minnesota’s 11-6 loss at Comerica Park. The Australian-born rookie third baseman joins Rick Renick (1968), Dave McKay (1975), Gary Gaetti (1981), and Andre David (1984) in accomplishing the feat.

2011       Ben Zobrist breaks the Rays’ RBIs record of seven established in 2007 by Carlos Pena when he drives in eight runs with an RBI single, a three-run homer, along with a pair of two-run doubles. The All-Star infielder’s offensive output helps Tampa Bay trounce the Twins 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Target Field.

2012       Bryce Harper makes his much-anticipated debut in the Nationals’ 4-3 loss to Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine. The 19 year-old rookie center fielder, who drives in the potential go-ahead run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly, doubles in the top of the seventh off Chad Billingsley for his first major league hit.

2012       Adam Jones, who is currently leading the Orioles in both homers and RBIs and has a 17-game hitting streak, has agreed to the richest contract in franchise history. The 26 year-old center fielder comes to terms with the team on an $85.5-million, six-year no-trade deal that will keep the All-Star flychaser in Baltimore through the 2018 season.

2012       Frank Robinson’s likeness, created by sculptor Antonio Mendez, becomes the second of series of six bronze statues, with skipper Earl Weaver being the first, unveiled at Camden Yards’ Legends Park this season. In his first season with the Orioles, the future Hall of Fame outfielder won the Triple Crown (.316 average, 49 homers, 122 RBI) and both the American League and World Series MVP awards, en route to leading Baltimore to the Fall Classic four times during his six seasons with team.

2013       In the first game of a day-night doubleheader, Jeremy Guthrie ties a franchise record by going 16 consecutive starts without a loss for the Royals. The 34 year-old right-hander works 6.2 innings without giving up a run in Kansas City’s 9-0 victory over Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium.

2013       The Blue Jays become the first team to start six players from the Dominican Republic in a game. The sellout crowd of 45,260 at the Rogers Centre is delighted when Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Francisco, and Moises Sierra help Toronto bounce Boston 7-1.

2019       Matt Adams’ walk-off home run in the 11th inning becomes the decisive blow when Washington overcomes a six-run deficit to beat the Padres at Nationals Park, 7-6. Round-trippers by youngsters Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Carter Kieboom, the first trio of teammates 21 years old or younger to homer in the same game, according to Elias, also contribute significantly to the comeback victory.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston159.6258 – 87 – 17 – 45 – 32 – 25 – 5W 2
Tampa Bay1212.50035 – 77 – 56 – 62 – 12 – 46 – 4W 1
Toronto1111.50034 – 37 – 87 – 41 – 32 – 45 – 5W 2
Baltimore1013.4354.53 – 97 – 45 – 60 – 04 – 65 – 5L 1
NY Yankees1013.4354.54 – 76 – 66 – 113 – 10 – 05 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City148.6368 – 56 – 34 – 36 – 24 – 27 – 3L 1
Chi White Sox1210.54526 – 46 – 62 – 24 – 46 – 46 – 4L 1
Cleveland1111.50037 – 54 – 61 – 39 – 60 – 04 – 6W 3
Detroit816.33374 – 94 – 70 – 04 – 103 – 42 – 8W 1
Minnesota715.31873 – 74 – 81 – 32 – 31 – 62 – 8L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland159.6258 – 67 – 33 – 27 – 02 – 58 – 2L 1
Seattle1311.54226 – 57 – 65 – 33 – 32 – 34 – 6L 3
Houston1211.5222.56 – 66 – 50 – 00 – 312 – 66 – 4W 2
LA Angels1111.50036 – 45 – 72 – 15 – 34 – 74 – 6L 1
Texas1014.41754 – 76 – 76 – 41 – 53 – 24 – 6W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets99.5006 – 33 – 67 – 40 – 32 – 14 – 6L 1
Atlanta1112.4780.56 – 65 – 65 – 84 – 11 – 26 – 4W 2
Philadelphia1112.4780.58 – 43 – 86 – 63 – 22 – 44 – 6L 1
Miami1013.4351.54 – 76 – 64 – 21 – 43 – 44 – 6L 1
Washington812.40025 – 53 – 72 – 44 – 22 – 55 – 5L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee149.6095 – 69 – 31 – 19 – 63 – 07 – 3W 1
Pittsburgh1211.52225 – 37 – 80 – 05 – 72 – 27 – 3W 3
St. Louis1211.52226 – 56 – 67 – 75 – 40 – 06 – 4W 1
Cincinnati1112.47837 – 54 – 70 – 05 – 44 – 73 – 7W 2
Chi Cubs1013.43548 – 72 – 64 – 46 – 90 – 05 – 5L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers159.6257 – 58 – 43 – 00 – 29 – 53 – 7L 3
San Francisco159.6259 – 36 – 66 – 42 – 16 – 27 – 3L 1
Arizona1211.5222.53 – 39 – 84 – 35 – 13 – 57 – 3W 3
San Diego1312.5202.55 – 88 – 40 – 02 – 58 – 74 – 6L 1
Colorado914.3915.58 – 71 – 73 – 30 – 04 – 116 – 4W 1


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Brooklyn4220.67725-717-138-422-146-43 W
Philadelphia4021.6561.523-717-1410-225-95-51 W
New York3428.5488.021-1113-173-822-179-11 L
Boston3230.51610.019-1213-184-718-176-43 L
Toronto2636.41916.016-1610-204-817-226-41 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee3823.62320-1018-139-023-116-41 W
Indiana2932.4759.011-1818-146-416-185-51 L
Chicago2635.42612.012-1814-175-416-154-61 W
Cleveland2140.34417.012-169-244-715-202-83 L
Detroit1943.30619.512-167-271-1012-243-71 W
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta3428.54818-1116-176-320-157-31 L
Miami3230.5162.018-1414-165-618-175-51 L
Charlotte3031.4923.516-1314-187-217-173-71 L
Washington2734.4436.515-1712-172-710-238-21 L
Orlando1843.29515.510-238-204-611-231-96 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4417.72126-418-135-421-116-42 L
Denver4021.6564.022-1018-118-123-137-32 W
Portland3328.54111.016-1617-124-617-183-71 W
Oklahoma City2141.33923.59-2112-203-811-221-91 W
Minnesota1944.30226.011-198-255-613-246-43 W
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix4318.70523-920-96-324-107-31 W
LA Clippers4320.6831.024-819-128-226-118-21 L
LA Lakers3625.5907.017-1319-123-621-144-61 W
Golden State3131.50012.519-1112-204-717-157-31 L
Sacramento2536.41018.014-1711-194-713-193-71 W
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas3427.55716-1418-136-420-185-51 W
Memphis3129.5172.513-1618-134-614-215-51 L
San Antonio3129.5172.513-1918-106-616-207-33 W
New Orleans2734.4437.017-1610-186-415-185-51 W
Houston1547.24219.57-248-235-710-271-95 L


Washington Capitals4932134682917114415-6-217-7-27-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins5032153672917013820-4-212-11-17-2-1
New York Islanders4929155632513611419-3-310-12-24-5-1
Boston Bruins4828146622413911914-6-314-8-37-3-0
New York Rangers5026186582516713214-8-312-10-37-2-1
Philadelphia Flyers4922207511914017710-10-412-10-34-5-1
New Jersey Devils491527737151271745-17-310-10-41-8-1
Buffalo Sabres501330733101221746-16-47-14-34-5-1
x-Vegas Golden Knights4734112703316010318-4-216-7-09-1-0
x-Colorado Avalanche4631114663116211218-4-213-7-27-3-0
x-Minnesota Wild4731133653015112317-4-014-9-38-1-1
St. Louis Blues462119648191351439-11-412-8-25-5-0
Arizona Coyotes4921235471813215611-10-310-13-22-8-0
San Jose Sharks481924543141311679-11-210-13-32-7-1
Los Angeles Kings461822642171241379-11-49-11-24-6-0
Anaheim Ducks491428735131061605-17-49-11-33-7-0
Toronto Maple Leafs4830135652915913014-7-316-6-25-3-2
Edmonton Oilers4628162582815012614-9-014-7-26-3-1
Winnipeg Jets4827183572714913511-10-216-8-15-5-0
Montreal Canadiens4721179512013613610-10-211-7-74-6-0
Calgary Flames4821243452012813912-11-19-13-25-5-0
Vancouver Canucks4219203411611413212-10-27-10-15-4-1
Ottawa Senators4918274401613317110-10-48-17-05-5-0
x-Carolina Hurricanes4932107712816111916-3-416-7-35-1-4
x-Florida Panthers5132145693116614117-5-315-9-26-3-1
x-Tampa Bay Lightning4933142683216712919-6-014-8-27-3-0
Nashville Predators5127222562214114615-10-012-12-25-4-1
Dallas Stars49211612541914012913-7-88-9-46-2-2
Chicago Blackhawks4922225492013915812-10-210-12-35-5-0
Detroit Red Wings5117259431611515911-10-56-15-44-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets5116251042131221709-8-77-17-31-7-2