Friday, March 6, 2020

Spectators Out at JHU

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MARCH 6, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Spectators Out at JHU

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The NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament has come down with a case of COVID-19.

The first and second-round games of the four-team pod in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins will be played without spectators amid growing concerns about the coronavirus.

Johns Hopkins released the following statement late last night: 
  • "Johns Hopkins University is pleased to be hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament this weekend.  However, in light of Maryland's recently confirmed cases of COVID-19, and based on CDC guidance for large gatherings, we have determined that it is prudent to hold this tournament without spectators.  We are not making any determination about other JHU events at this time; while we await further guidance from public health authorities, we will be assessing large events on a case-by-case basis.  We regret any inconvenience to the families and fans of the players."

Yeshiva will take on WPI at 1 p.m., while Penn State Harrisburg will play the host Blue Jays at 6 p.m. The winners will face off in the second round at Hopkins' Goldfarb Gym on Saturday night. The games will be live streamed over HopTV.

Individuals who purchased tickets in advance should contact the Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics at 410/516-7490 or kmwilson@jhu.edu during regular business hours (9 am – 5 pm) to obtain a refund.

The news comes after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that three Montgomery County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

>> Live Coronavirus Updates from the Washington Post


2. Maccabees Turned Away


courtesy of Associated Press 

A hotel in a Baltimore suburb on Thursday canceled the reservation of the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team over fears of the novel coronavirus, the coach of the Maccabees told The Associated Press.

Coach Elliot Steinmetz said the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville canceled the reservation, forcing the team to book rooms at a different hotel. A student at the Orthodox Jewish university has tested positive for the virus.

“I made it very clear to the hotel that it's discrimination,” Steinmetz said. “I basically said to them: `Do you have a checkbox on your website that says that you've been in an area with suspected coronavirus?' And they said no. So I said: `Is it just for the guests of Yeshiva University?' And they said yes. I told them that that's called discrimination.”

The team is scheduled to play Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament at Johns Hopkins.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the wife, two children and a neighbor of a New York lawyer who is hospitalized in critical condition with COVID-19 have also tested positive for the disease. One of the lawyer's children is a student at Yeshiva University.

Josh Joseph, the university's senior vice president, said the infected student is not a member of the basketball team, has not participated in any team events and has not been on campus since Feb. 27. He added that the New York City Department of Health has “cleared” the team to participate in the tournament.

>> Go Deeper
>> Listen to Dave McHugh's interview with Steinmetz on Hoopsville (forward to the 2:08.00 mark).


3.  #CawlidgeHawkey
 

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It's championship weekend in Division III with nine men's and eight women's conferences crowning champions.

Men
  • UCHC (FRI/SAT, 7:00): #15 Wilkes at #3 Utica (best of 3)
  • NESCAC Semifinals (SAT): Hamilton vs. #8 Trinity, 1:00; Wesleyan at #9 Williams, 4:00
  • CCC: Wentworth at #12 Endicott, 3:00
  • NEHC: #5 Hobart at #1 Norwich, 7:00
  • SUNYAC: Oswego at #2 Geneseo, 7:00
  • NCHA: #11 St. Norbert at #6 Adrian, 7:00
  • MASCAC: UMass Dartmouth at Plymouth State, 7:00
  • WIAC: #4 Eau Claire at #7 Stevens Point, 8:00 (non-AQ)
  • MIAC: St. Thomas at Concordia-Moorhead, 8:00
  • NESCAC Final (SUN)
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Women
  • NCHA Semifinal (FRI): St. Scholastica vs. Lake Forest, 5:00
  • NESCAC Semifinals (SAT): Hamilton at #2 Middlebury, 1:00; Amherst vs. Colby, 4:00
  • UCHC Semifinals (SAT): Stevenson at #5 Elmira, 3:00; William Smith vs. Manhattanville, 7:00
  • NEWHL: Oswego at #1 Plattsburgh, 3:00
  • WIAC: #6 River Falls at #3 Eau Claire, 3:00 (non-AQ)
  • MIAC: #10 Augsburg at #4 Gustavus Adolphus, 3:00
  • NEHC: Suffolk at #7 Norwich, 3:00
  • NCHA Final (SAT): semifinal winner at #9 Adrian, 3:00
  • CHC: U. of New England at #8 Endicott, 7:00
  • NESCAC Final (SUN)
  • UCHC Final (SUN)
     
4.   Hoop Mania

It's the opening day of the 2020 NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball championship with 32 games being played in each draw.

What We're Watching in the First Round (W)
#20 DeSales (23-4) vs. Smith (24-4), 5:30
#14 Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-4) vs. #22 Austin (23-4), 6:00
#10 Whitman (24-3) vs. Wheaton, Ill. (20-7), 6:30
#21 Texas-Dallas (22-5) at #16 Trinity, Texas (23-4), 8:30

What We're Watching in the First Round (M)
#21 Middlebury (20-5) vs. Westfield State (20-7), 4:00
#14 St. Joseph's, Conn. (26-2) vs. Hobart (21-5), 5:00
#4 St. Thomas (24-3) vs. #22 St. Norbert (23-4), 6:00
#16 Washington U. (20-5) vs. Bethany Lutheran (21-6), 6:00


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5.  About Last Night

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Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Have a day, Spartans!  York (Pa.) defeated #8 Trine, 3-2, as Shyla Pastore drove in one run, scored another and picked up the complete-game mound win. How do you celebrate a win over a ranked team? Taylor Lindsay (pictured) tossed a six-inning no-hitter, walking two and fanning seven in a 10-0 victory over Illinois College in game two of the day.

Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Kenyon softball is 8-0 for the first time in program history following a 17-8 victory over North Central (Ill.). Emily Buckwalter drove in five for the Ladies.

  Freshman Brian Norsen had a day, slamming a pair of home runs and driving in seven as #14 St. John Fisher defeated Saint Vincent, 19-12.

  MIT scored seven unanswered runs over the last three innings to close out a 9-5 victory over #11 UMass Boston. Matt Johnston had a pair of hits and two RBI.

6. Weekend Preview Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Softball on Apple iOS 13.3

Baseball - D3baseball.com
  1. Washington U. (SAT/SUN vs. Coe)
  2. Cal Lutheran (SAT vs. U. of Dallas)
  3. Chapman (SUN vs. Ithaca)
  4. Trinity, Texas
  5. Babson
  6. Southern Maine
  7. Randolph-Macon (SAT/SUN vs. Guilford)
  8. Birmingham-Southern (SAT/SUN vs. Millsaps)
  9. Salisbury (SUN vs. #22 Johns Hopkins)
  10. Kean
>> Others to Watch: #15 Webster vs. #21 Aurora (SUN).

Softball - NFCA
  1. Texas Lutheran (FRI vs. #5 IWU/Babson; SAT vs. #2 CNU/Pacific Lutheran; SUN vs. St. John Fisher/#3 Linfield)
  2. Christopher Newport (FRI vs. CMS/#19 UMHB; SAT vs. #1 Texas Lutheran/#5 IWU; SUN vs. St. Benedict/Berry)
  3. Linfield (FRI vs. Emerson/Berry; SAT vs. Piedmont/St. Benedict; SUN vs. Emory/#1 Texas Lutheran)
  4. East Texas Baptist (FRI vs. DePauw/St. John Fisher; SAT vs. Emory/Berry; SUN vs. Piedmont/Transylvania)
  5. Illinois Wesleyan (FRI vs. #1 Texas Lutheran/Pacific Lutheran; SAT vs. Emory & Henry/#2 CNU; SUN vs. Berry/St. Benedict)
  6. Virginia Wesleyan (FRI vs. Greensboro/Bethany; SAT vs. Bethany/Allegheny)
  7. Eastern Connecticut
  8. DePauw (FRI vs. #4 ETBU/#12 Central; SAT vs. Alma/Washington U.; SUN vs. Emerson/Pacific Lutheran)
  9. Williams
  10. TCNJ (SAT vs. Lynchburg; SUN at #16 Salisbury)

Lacrosse (M) - USILA
  1. Salisbury (SUN vs. Ohio Wesleyan)
  2. Amherst (at #6 Tufts)
  3. Cabrini (at Ithaca)
  4. Williams (vs. Colby)
  5. RIT (vs. Clarkson)
  6. Tufts (vs. #2 Amherst)
  7. Denison (vs. DePauw)
  8. Ursinus (vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
  9. York (SUN vs. Lycoming)
  10. Wesleyan (vs. Western New England)
>> Others to Watch: #16 Stevenson at #18 Christopher Newport; Geneseo at #15 St. Lawrence.

Lacrosse (W) - IWLCA
  1. Middlebury (at Connecticut College)
  2. Tufts (at #9 Amherst)
  3. Gettysburg (at #6 W&L)
  4. Franklin & Marshall
  5. Wesleyan
  6. Washington and Lee (vs. #3 Gettysburg)
  7. Salisbury (at Washington College)
  8. York (vs. #19 William Smith)
  9. Amherst (vs. #2 Tufts)
  10. Catholic
>> Others to Watch: #18 Ithaca at #20 Brockport.

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

7.   Weekend's Best

Volleyball on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #3 New Paltz at #15 MIT (FRI); #7 St. John Fisher at #9 Endicott; #6 Vassar at #10 Wells.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (M): #2 Claremont-M-S vs. #9 Washington U.; #26 Denison vs. #29 Kalamazoo.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (W): #12 Williams vs. #16 Skidmore; #15 Mary Washington vs. #30 Caltech (SUN); #25 Denison vs. #28 Hope (SUN).

8.  Comings and Goings


9.  1 Friend Thing 

Wanted to end on a good note. Enjoy your weekend.


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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Faith Before Basketball

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MARCH 5, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Yeshiva: Faith Before Basketball
 
by Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press

"Each of the mighty Maccabees has his role on the men’s basketball team. Gabriel Leifer sinks three-pointers; Daniel Katz is the defense wizard; Simcha Halpert makes the perfect alley-oop passes to Ryan Turell who soars for dunks.

Kids pretend to be them in pickup games. The home crowd sings in Hebrew and roars when they score. But before tipoff, the team always gathers around Tyler Hod, a senior guard and their unofficial rabbi.

Reading passages from the Torah, Hod shares a story, all the while drawing lessons to inspire them on and off the court in a pregame ritual that ends when they huddle and yell: “Amen!”

Yeshiva University’s basketball team can’t play on the Sabbath, on Jewish Holidays or fast days. They’ve also faced anti-Semitic taunts and ethnic slurs from opponents and spectators. But they continue to beat their rivals, many proudly wearing the skullcap that identifies them as Jewish."

>> Why It MattersElliot Steinmetz '02 is the head coach of Yeshiva. “He sold us all on that dream of bringing Jewish basketball to the forefront and making us relevant,” Halpert said. His brother, Eitan, also plays for the Macs. “And we really bought into it.”

>> The Big Picture: The players come from across the U.S. Some turned down offers at Ivy League and Division I schools to play for Yeshiva. They also vary in their observance of their faith - from Hod who will go to rabbinical school after he graduates this year, to Ofek Reef, a 6-foot freshman from Texas who goes on the court without the skullcap, wearing tattoos and a Star of David-shaped earring, and who enthralls the crowds when he defies gravity and dunks over taller rivals. All of them, though, are united by their Jewish identity and their love of basketball.

>> Reality Check: The Maccabees have been subjected to anti-Semitism. “There was one time that they were chanting: “Hitler was right!” ... It’s the 21st century. There’s no room for that kind of hate in any capacity. I try not to harp on it so much, but we’ve heard a lot of things. I just tell the guys: we’re just here to play ball.” - Halpert.

>> The Final Word: “To be able to follow my religion and to play basketball at the same time at a high level is amazing. It’s the best of both worlds.” - Turell

Go Deeper

 
2.  Canceling Spring Break
 


by Bryan Walsh, Axios
"The novel coronavirus outbreak has caught the U.S. and the world off guard, and now threatens to break through all containment efforts. But far from being a surprise, the potential pandemic was utterly predictable, as scientists have long warned.

Flashback: Last October the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) put on a high-level pandemic simulation focusing on a fictional global outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus that spilled over from animals to humans.
  • Called Event 201, the exercise brought together policymakers and disease experts to debate how they would respond to the simulated pandemic, in an effort to map out how they could combat a real one.
Along with other reporters, I was there to observe the proceedings. What happened during the fictional pandemic eerily presaged the challenges and conundrums the world is facing with COVID-19.
  • Governments agonized about whether to ban public gatherings and block travel from infected areas.
  • Misinformation — accidental and deliberate — spread over social media, and participants in the exercise struggled to control messaging.
  • The economic effects of attempts to control the pandemic were as devastating as the disease itself, a dilemma compounded by the fact that participants had to make vital decisions with imperfect information about the virus—just as officials must do today."

>> Our Take: Decisions made or about to be made by our institutional leaders are hard. Expect to hear the phrase "out of an abundance of caution" a lot over the next few weeks.

 
3.  Polls  Softball on Apple iOS 13.3
 

>> Hello: Aurora, Rowan, Marietta.
>> Movin' On Up: Cal Lutheran (+13), Rhodes (+12), Randolph-Macon (+10).

>> What We're Watching: #13 North Central vs. #20 Heidelberg (FRI).


>> Welcome: Kean, Ferrum, Wartburg.
>> Climbing: Central (+10), DePauw (+6), TCNJ (+6).

>> What We're Watching: #1 Texas Lutheran vs. #5 Illinois Wesleyan (FRI); #4 East Texas Baptist vs. #8 DePauw (FRI); #2 Christopher Newport vs. #19 Mary Hardin-Baylor (FRI).

 

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4.   About Last Night  Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3
 
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Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #1 Salisbury (5-0) exploded for eight third-period goals to turn around a 6-3 halftime deficit and defeat #20 Stevens, 14-8. Cross Ferrara had five goals and two assists for the Gulls.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) Connor Koch scored the golden goal with 2:49 remaining in overtime to lift #12 Gettysburg (4-1) past #9 York, 7-6. Watch here.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3 (W) Gabriella Prisco and Maya Feigenbaum tallied hat tricks as Endicott (2-0) posted its first win over a ranked opponent since March 19, 2014, knocking off #16 Trinity, 11-10.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) Conor Lenfest scored 10 goals and added three assists as UMass Boston (3-0) defeated Emmanuel, 26-13.
 

5.  Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  1 Jimmy V Thing 

Jim Valvano speaking

27 years ago yesterday, Jim Valvano delivered one of the most iconic speeches in recent memory - "Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up."
 
  • "To me, there are three things we all should do every day. ... No. 1 is laugh. ... No. 2 is think. ... No. 3 is you should have your emotions moved to tears ... That's a full day. That's a heckuva day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."
  • "Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you, and God bless you all."
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Calhoun Builds Another Winner

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MARCH 4, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
Our goal is to keep you - the influencers in DIII athletics - apprised of what's happening around Division III - the games, polls, news, happenings, awards, calendar of events, and much more. We hope you enjoy D3Playbook and that you'll share this with your friends, colleagues and co-workers.
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1. Calhoun Builds Another Winner at USJ


photo by Steve McLaughlin, USJ Athletics
by Anthony Olivieri, ESPN.com
"It's the first day of March in Connecticut, and there's a line to see Jim Calhoun's team play for a championship. The fans, men and women, young and old, shuffle down a dimly lit hallway that leads to a dimly lit gym that houses the best team in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) -- a team that didn't exist two years ago.

Walk into that 350-person bandbox, past the ticket collectors at the foldout table and into the wooden bleachers that rise on one side, and you'll see why the University of Saint Joseph, formerly all women, started a men's basketball program during the 2018-19 academic year.

It wasn't for a berth in the Division III NCAA tournament, which is on the line today, and it wasn't for the 24-game winning streak, which started before Thanksgiving. Or the wins by double digits, which came in all but two games entering this one.

It was for the headliner who gets everyone in the door."

>> Situational Awareness: It stars the 77-year-old Calhoun, who guided the University of Connecticut to three national championships with a relentlessness that he aims at both players and referees. He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame, has more than 900 wins and has coached two rosters full of NBA players. Now he's here, at this West Hartford, Connecticut, school that needs a shot in the arm.

>> Why It Matters: Tickets for the GNAC title game rematch against in-state rival Albertus Magnus -- which beat USJ at home last year -- sell out in under two minutes. The elevated track above the court holds an overflow of donors and friends of Calhoun, including current UConn coach Dan Hurley. After Calhoun was hired by the school in 2017, months after its decision to admit men, St. Joe's literally had to buy men's basketballs. Now students line up an hour before the game just to get a glimpse of Calhoun's crew bouncing them.

>> Reality Check: Though he's now cancer-free, Calhoun has sought a respite during the second half of many games this year. As it turns out, this one is no different. With USJ leading by 14 points with 18 minutes left in the game, the headliner exits, stage right.

>> The Final Word: "Bottom line," Calhoun says with local news cameras in his face, "to watch the evolution of this school is what I thought about when I first got here. Can we help this school be [what] it can be? And certainly, we're working hard to do that."

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2.  NCAA Establishes Coronavirus Panel

The NCAA has established a COVID-19 advisory panel of leading medical, public health and epidemiology experts from their respective fields of study and NCAA member schools to guide its response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline will lead the group, while UT-Dallas' Isaiah Swann, national SAAC member and DIII rep to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport, will serve as one of the four college athlete liaisons.

>> The Big Picture: “The NCAA is committed to conducting its championships and events in a safe and responsible manner,” said Donald Remy, NCAA chief operating officer. “Today we are planning to conduct our championships as planned, however, we are evaluating the COVID-19 situation daily and will make decisions accordingly.

>> Worth Noting: “We are actively monitoring COVID-19 in the United States and will make recommendations on competition based on the evolving medical protocols established by the CDC, NIH and state and local authorities,” said Hainline. “We are in daily contact with the CDC and are advising leadership on the Association’s response to this outbreak.” 



3.  Jostens Trophy Finalists

Rotary Club of Salem Announces Finalists for 2020 Jostens Trophy

The Rotary Club of Salem (Va.) announced the 20 finalists for the 23rd annual Jostens Trophy, awarded to the outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball players who excel on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.

WomenKate Balcom, Grove City; Shelby Boyle, Transylvania; Erica DeCandido, Tufts; Hannah Frazier, Wheaton, Ill.; Maddie Hasson, Bowdoin; Hallee Hoeppner, UW-Eau Claire; Sydney Kopp, DePauw; Paige Matijasich, Kenyon; Alexis Nall, Hanover; Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon.

MenBen College, Whitworth; Spencer Cook, Stevens; Kena Gilmour, Hamilton; Kent Hanson, Carleton; Michael Jefferson, Transylvania; Conor Riordan, Simpson; Nate Schimonitz, Nebraska Wesleyan; Noah Valencia, Gallaudet; Tim Wendel, Crown; Tanner Youngberg, Northwestern.

The awards presentation is scheduled for March 26 in Salem.


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4.  About Last Night 

Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Junior Hannah Duff walked one and fanned six in a no-hit performance as Muskingum edged Bluffton, 1-0.

  A pair of baseball coaching milestones were reached yesterday. Alvernia head coach Yogi Lutz earned his 900th career win as the Wolves defeated Finlandia, 16-4. Alvernia no-hit the Lions in the nightcap, 25-0, as Michael Simmerman twirled a gem, fanning 10. Rose-Hulman head men Jeff Jenkins picked up career win #800 as RHIT downed St. Joseph's (Maine), 3-1. His reaction.

  Saint Mary's, Minn. (2-2) knocked off No. 14 St. John Fisher, 11-4. Justin Weinberg and Kody Kiel each had four hits for the Cardinals, while Ryan Wolfe allowed just one run over seven innings of work.

5.  Rankings Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3


>> Welcome: Geneseo
>> Movers and Shakers: F&M (+2), W&L (+2), Colorado College (+2), Trinity (+2).
>> What We're Watching (WED-FRI): #4 Franklin & Marshall vs. #24 Messiah; #8 York vs. #21 Denison (WED).



>> Hello: Stevenson.
>> Upward Bound: York (+3), St. Lawrence (+3).
>> What We're Watching (WED-FRI): #1 Salisbury vs. #20 Stevens; #15 St. Lawrence vs. #19 Cortland; #9 York vs. #12 Gettysburg.

6.  Comings and Goings



7.  What College Sports CAN Be


Vermont senior Josh Speidel was a top recruit for the Catamounts, when a nearly fatal car accident left him in a coma. UVM still honored his scholarship. Last night, he got his first start and points on senior night. What college sports CAN be.
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