Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Master Teacher Gets Hall Call

OCTOBER 22, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Master Teacher Gets Hall Call

This month, William "Bo" Ryan will be inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game of basketball at the small college level.

A graduate of Wilkes University, Ryan was not drafted into the NBA, rather he was drafted by the military. He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Dominican (Wis.) and lasted one season before the college closed. His next opportunity came as an assistant at Wisconsin where he spent the next seven years.

Ryan's first head coaching job in college came at Wisconsin-Platteville - a program in need of a jump-start after going 16-62 during the last three years. And that's where this story from D3hoops.com's Gordon Mann takes off.

>> Between The Lines: “I’m a teacher. I’ve always felt that, in coaching, it was our job to get [the players] better.” - Ryan

>> Coach 'Em Up: In Ryan's final game at Platteville - the 1998 NCAA final - the Pioneers defeated Hampden-Sydney on a backdoor layup with 20 seconds left. “When someone dribbles toward you, you go to the rim for the backdoor cut.”

>> Reality Check: After leaving Platteville for Madison, Ryan made plans for the Badgers to play an annual exhibition game against a WIAC school, giving D-III athletes the opportunity to have the D-I experience.

>> Read More from Gordon Mann

2. WOTY: Three for Three

Congratulations are in order for the three Division III finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Nebraska's Angela Mercurio was the winner of the award.
  • Hannah Orbach-Mandel, Kenyon
  • Monica Feeley, Vassar
  • Marin McCoy, Swarthmore

3.  FAR Institute

The annual Division III Faculty Athletics Representatives Institute was held last weekend in Indianapolis. The components of the program provide a thorough examination of best practices and issues surrounding the role and responsibility of the FAR, help FAR Fellows develop the leadership skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities on campus and in their conference and strengthen the network of FARs needed to serve on conference, divisional and Association-wide committees.

>> Where's Waldo: Can you find your FAR?

    4. Going Dancing

    Our apologies for missing this women's tennis championship tournament from Sunday.

    Empire 8 (W)

    St. John Fisher d. Nazareth, 5-0

    5. Polls

    Football - D3Football.com
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (6-0)
    2. Mount Union (6-0)
    3. UW-Whitewater (6-0)
    4. Saint John's (6-0)
    5. Wheaton, Ill. (6-0)
    6. Muhlenberg (6-0)
    7. North Central (5-1)
    8. Ithaca (6-0)
    9. Bethel (5-1)
    10. Salisbury (5-0)
    11. John Carroll, 12. Wartburg, 13. Wesley, 14. Delaware Valley, 15. Hardin-Simmons, 16. UW-Platteville, 17. Chapman, 18. St. Thomas, 19. Cortland, 20. Susquehanna, 21. Case Western, 22. Berry, 23. Redlands, 24. Linfield, 25. Union.

    >> Hello: Union
    >> Goodbye: Johns Hopkins
    >> Games to Watch (10/26): #15 Hardin-Simmons at #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor; #4 Saint John's at St. Olaf

    Football - AFCA
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (6-0)
    2. Mount Union (6-0)
    3. UW-Whitewater (6-0)
    4. Saint John's (6-0)
    5. Wheaton, Ill. (6-0)
    6. Muhlenberg (6-0)
    7. Ithaca (6-0)
    8. North Central (5-1)
    9. Wartburg (7-0)
    10. Salisbury (5-0)
    T11. Delaware Valley, T11. John Carroll, 13. Bethel, 14. Hardin-Simmons, 15. Wesley, 16. UW-Platteville, 17. Case Western, 18. Cortland, T19. Linfield, T19. Chapman, 21. Berry, 22. Susquehanna, 23. St. Thomas, 24. Union, 25. Bridgewater.

    >> Hello: Bridgewater
    >> Goodbye: Johns Hopkins
    >> Watching (10/26): #14 Hardin-Simmons vs. #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor

    6.  Comings and Goings 

    7.  Play of the Day


    There are hurdling plays in football ... and then's there's this from Concordia University.

    8.  1 Film Thing

    Image via YouTube

    The final trailer for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" debuted last night, offering montages of epic cosmic combat and a fleeting glimpse of the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia embracing Daisy Ridley's Rey, AP's Jake Coyle writes.
    • The two-minute spot strikes an elegiac note of finality.
    • "The Rise of Skywalker," which opens Dec. 20, is the last chapter in the now nine-part Skywalker saga.
    • Even C-3PO appears wistful, saying he's taking "one last look at my friends" presumably before the film's climactic showdown.
    The trailer's debut on "Monday Night Football" on ESPN (which, like Lucasfilm, is Disney-owned) coincided with tickets going on sale.
    • Atom Tickets said the film sold more tickets in its first hour than any movie in its seven-year history, besting "Avengers: Endgame."
    See the trailer.

    - courtesy of Axios


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