Thursday, December 10, 2020

Say Hey S-A-A



DECEMBER 10, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Say Hey S-A-A

"On December 7, the Southern Athletic Association’s Council of Presidents voted unanimously to return to play in January 2021.

Seven of the eight conference institutions will participate in fall and winter sports starting with men and women’s basketball beginning the weekend of January 15-17. Sewanee has opted out of playing a traditional conference schedule and will play home only games for fall and winter sports.

Additionally, the Council of Presidents indicated the intention to have a full, traditional conference season for all spring sports."

>> What It Means: Sewanee will play ONLY home games as part of the SAA schedule and will not travel for any competition. In addition to testing requirements, the school will cover all expenses associated with travel and testing for visiting teams and officials.

>> What They're Saying: "With the success the University experienced during the Advent Semester with our COVID-19 protocols and with our strong desire to compete against Southern Athletic Association opponents, these measures are required to ensure the health and safety of the Sewanee community," said Director of Athletics Mark Webb.

>> Sewanee Statement
>> SAA Statement



2. Leagues Announce Spring Schedules

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2021 football schedule on Wednesday. The ODAC members will play four games over a five-week span with a fifth game slated for week six.

That game will be based on the results of the previous four games to determine the league champion. The season begins on February 26. 

American Southwest Conference: begins February 6
USA South Conference: February 20
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference: February 27
Ohio Athletic Conference: March 12
American Rivers Conference: March 27



3.  Making Our Game More Diverse

by Liz Geyer, US Lacrosse magazine

"Over the past 29 years of my life, I have been fortunate to have amazing coaches, teachers, and leaders.

Most of these people were strong, loud, confident women who told me to speak up, be heard, and be authentic. Their honesty, which was sometimes tough to hear, and often linked with “we won’t need our sticks or goggles for this part,” held me accountable to represent not only myself, but my team as well. 

The power of coaching in my life was so significant, it led me to become a coach and influence young women every day to follow their dreams, stay steadfast, and push their limits.

However, it wasn’t until I started coaching, that I started to recognize a pattern that had existed long before I stepped on the field – people that looked like me were really rare on the field, in the stands, or on the sidelines."

>> Situational Awareness: "I was adopted from Guatemala and raised in a very loving, but almost entirely white community, playing a very white sport, and taught by nearly all white teachers and professors."

>> Why It Matters: "When the (Concordia University-Chicago women's lacrosse) program started in 2016, 16 out of the 17 players on our team had never seen the sport of lacrosse, before; they were from on campus, walk-ons mostly, and some had played a sport before, others not so much. I began to wonder why this was the first time in my 15 years of being involved in the game that I was seeing more than one or two young women of color on the field? We showed up to games with a Black male head coach and a Latina assistant coach as well as a team filled with women of all races and ethnicities."

>> Reality Check: "My answer to that question was largely because none of our players had ever played the game before. They had never experienced the stigma of lacrosse being a white sport. They didn’t show up to a field where all the experienced players and coaches looked the same, played on the same clubs, and came from the same communities."

>> The Key Stat: "This is why I am challenging my fellow coaches to engage in changing our game from the top down. Many of our dual duties include teaching, admissions, joining campus-wide hiring committees and regularly push us out of athletics to roles that influence our campus as a whole."

>> An Important Read


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4.  Men's Cross Country

Ian LaMere and The Art of Solo Running ::: USTFCCCA

These men rank among the best in Division III history. There are four two-time individual champions, as well as two runners who finished in the top 10 all four seasons and 12 others who did so three times.

Two-Time Champions

  1. Dale Kramer, Carleton, 1976-77
  2. David Terronez, Augustana, 1988-89
  3. Josh Moen, Wartburg, 2003-04
  4. Ian LaMere, UW-Platteville, 2015-16
Four-Time Top-10 Finishes
  1. Bob Dunphey, North Central (1981-82-83-84), 9-6-7-5
  2. Tony Fraij, RIT, (1993-94-95-96), 10-6-7-3
Three-Time Top-10 Finishes
  1. Jeff Milliman, North Central (1978-79-80), 3-4-1
  2. Scott Steuernagel, UW-Oshkosh (1988-89-90), 9-8-2
  3. Sandu Rebenciuc, Augustana (1991-92-93), 1-9-3
  4. John Weigel, North Central (1993-94-95), 2-2-1
  5. Jeremie Perry, Williams (1993-94-95), 9-1-8
  6. Neal Holtschulte, Williams (2003-04-05), 6-2-1
  7. Macharia Yuot, Widener (2003-05-06), 2-2-1
  8. Tyler Sigl, UW-Platteville (2005-06-07), 4-10-1
  9. Peter Kosgei, Hamilton (2007-08-10), 2-1-6
  10. Grant Wintheiser, St. Olaf (2012-13-14), 3-3-1
  11. Ian LaMere, UW-Platteville (2014-15-16), 5-1-1
  12. Isaac Garcia-Cassani, Geneseo (2015-16-17), 8-4-6

5.  About Last Night
  • Briana Gillig scored eight of her game-high 20 points in overtime as Bluffton remained unbeaten with a 70-66 win against AdrianNora Hemminger added 18 points and eight boards as coach Chad Shutler earned his 200th career win.
  • Raenett Hughes had a double-double with 26 points and 10 caroms to go along with five assists as UT-Dallas edged Piedmont, 70-66. It was the 300th career coaching victory for Polly Thomason.


6.  Scorecard

We continue to update the winter and spring competition seasons for schools and conferences that have made formal announcements. Many others have yet to indicate plans for the upcoming seasons.

Moving Forward (12)

Waiting to Make Call (5)

Canceled Conference Play and Championships (14)

Canceled Winter Competition (2)


7.  Comings and Goings


8.  1 Gingerbread Thing

Photo: Marit Hommedal via Getty Images

An employee squats between exhibits of the traditional Gingerbread Town in Bergen, Norway.

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