Monday, March 22, 2021

Can I Get In?


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1.  Can I Get In?

Washington University in St. Louis
by Allison Pohle, Wall Street Journal

"The pandemic upended the college-admissions process this year. Here’s what students and their families need to know about admissions, wait lists and acceptance rates.

Admissions officers typically review students’ grades, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, essays and recommendation letters. But the pandemic has upended the process, with grade point averages complicated by the spring 2020 semester, and many extracurriculars canceled.

One of the biggest changes was the cancellation of sessions to take standardized tests. More than 1,600 four-year colleges didn’t require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, which led to an increase in the number of students applying to selective colleges that are test optional. This year, there was a substantial decrease in the number of students who sent standardized test scores to colleges. Forty-six percent of students who used the Common App to apply to college submitted standardized test scores this year compared with 77% last year."

Selective colleges saw an overwhelming increase in the number of applicants

  • The nation’s most-selective four-year colleges and universities saw a record-breaking 17% increase in applications this year, according to the Common App. This included both selective public and private schools.
For most students, it might actually be easier to get admitted to college this yearDeferrals from last academic year don't appear to have a big effect on admissions this fall
  • Many college officials said deferrals from the fall academic year were small in number, and wouldn’t have a large effect on the number of students admitted for the fall 2021 term. 
Students who are waitlisted might find they have increased odds of getting admitted
  • College wait lists are expected to be very long this year. This year, because of the uncertainty in where students will enroll, there could be more activity off the wait list
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2. Stepping Up to the Plate

by Lori Riley, Hartford Courant

"Sure, Peter Maneggia said, he would help out Molly Rathbun as an assistant coach for the Trinity softball team.

It was Rathbun’s second head coaching job and the first in her home state. Maneggia had coached Rathbun at Eastern Connecticut where she was a pitcher and led the Warriors to two Division III Women’s College World Series.

Last year, yeah, it was just ‘Hey, can you show up for practice? See how it’s going. Throw some BP. Look at my defense’ — because that’s what I do — and tell me what you see,’” Maneggia said. “I said, ‘Sure.’ And then it turned into this.”

On Sunday, Maneggia, who is retired and enjoys working on his golf game in his spare time, will be coaching the Trinity softball team when it opens its season at Eastern Connecticut." (Editor's note: A twinbill defeat for the Bantams)

>> Situational Awareness: "Rathbun, who has yet to coach a game for Trinity after the team didn’t play last season due to COVID-19, is nine months pregnant, due March 31. Her full-time assistant, Brittany Sarnese, had a baby boy in January and is out on maternity leave."

>> Quotable: “There are some times I feel like I don’t know my players to the fullest extent yet because I haven’t seen them in a game situation,” Rathbun said. “So many other things happen on the field during competition that I feel like I’m missing out on.”

>> Reality Check: "Sarnese and Rathbun, who is expecting a boy, aren’t even sure if they can go to games because no spectators are allowed. They’ll be live-streaming games on their computers and talking to Maneggia a lot."

>> Yes, But: “This might have been the year to plan it, with the limited schedule,” Maneggia said. “We’re only playing 18 games. They might have picked the right spring to have both of their children in.”

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3. Champions

UW-River Falls

Congratulations to these conference champions!


  • MAC Commonwealth: M) Albright; W) Messiah
  • MAC Freedom: M) Lycoming; W) DeSales
  • NJAC: M) New Jersey City
  • Presidents: M) Westminster; W) Saint Vincent
  • SCAC: M) St. Thomas, Texas; W) Trinity, Texas
  • AMCC: W) Medaille 
  • CCIW: W) Marian
Cross Country
  • Presidents: M) Franciscan; W) Waynesburg
Ice Hockey
  • NCHA: M) Marian; W) Adrian
  • WIAC: W) UW-River Falls
Indoor Track and Field
  • Empire 8: M) St. John Fisher; W) St. John Fisher

TOP 10

4. Weekend Review

  1. Trinity, Texas
  2. Cal Lutheran
  3. Washington, Mo. (d. DePauw, 12-1, 10-0, 9-4)
  4. Chapman
  5. Babson
  6. North Central, Ill. (d. Augustana, 6-2, 13-2; lost 2-3)
  7. Salisbury (split with #9 Rowan, 4-3, 2-6; d. TCNJ, 6-2, 11-3)
  8. Webster (d. Blackburn, 15-2, 3-0)
  9. Rowan (split with #7 Salisbury, 3-4, 6-2)
  10. Johns Hopkins (lost to Franklin & Marshall, 1-2, 0-7)
Lacrosse (M)
  1. RIT (d. Cortland, 12-8)
  2. Lynchburg (lost to #11 Christopher Newport, 9-10 OT)
  3. Tufts
  4. Salisbury (d. #5 Cabrini, 11-4)
  5. Cabrini (lost to #4 Salisbury, 4-11)
  6. Williams
  7. York
  8. Denison
  9. Ursinus
  10. Gettysburg
Lacrosse (W)
  1. Franklin & Marshall (d. McDaniel, 16-5)
  2. Tufts
  3. Washington and Lee (d. #16 Mary Washington, 8-3)
  4. Gettysburg (d. Washington College, 16-8)
  5. Salisbury (d. #10 TCNJ, 14-8)
  6. Wesleyan, Conn.
  7. York, Pa. (d. Hood, 19-4)
  8. Catholic
  9. Amherst
  10. TCNJ (lost to #5 Salisbury, 8-14)
  1. East Texas Baptist (d. Hardin-Simmons 12-0, 7-6; lost 6-7)
  2. Virginia Wesleyan (d. Guilford, 14-1, 10-4)
  3. Linfield (d. Pacific 14-2, 8-7)
  4. Texas Lutheran
  5. Christopher Newport
  6. Salisbury (d. Rowan, 12-3, 5-1)
  7. DePauw (d. #22 Trine, 1-0, 7-2; Wittenberg)
  8. Kean (d. Centenary, 14-0, 8-4)
  9. Berry (split with #13 Birmingham-Southern, 5-11, 10-8)
  10. Transylvania (d. Illinois Wesleyan, 1-0; lost to #22 Trine, 5-6; lost to Wittenberg, 7-8)
Volleyball (M)
  1. Springfield
  2. New Paltz (lost to #12 St. John Fisher, 2-3)
  3. Carthage (d. #13 North Central, 3-0)
  4. Vassar (d. Elmira, 3-0)
  5. Rutgers-Newark
  6. Benedictine (d. Edgewood, 3-0)
  7. Dominican (d. Wisconsin Lutheran, 3-0)
  8. Endicott (d. Nichols, 3-1, 3-0)
  9. Juniata
  10. Southern Virginia
Volleyball (W)
  1. Colorado College (d. Texas Lutheran, 3-0)
  2. Trinity, Texas (d. Dallas, 3-0, 3-0)
  3. Transylvania
  4. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. Hardin-Simmons, 3-0, 3-0; split with McMurry, 0-3, 3-1)
  5. Carthage
  6. Texas-Dallas (d. LeTourneau, 3-1, 3-0)
  7. Millikin
  8. Elmhurst
  9. Berry (d. Rhodes, 3-0, 3-0)
  10. Birmingham-Southern (d. Centre, 3-0, 3-0)

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5. Weekend Stars

James Mishoe '20 (Sideline Media Productions)
James Mishoe, Guilford

  • (M) James Mishoe took medalist honors with a 54-hole score of eight-under-par (208) to lead #8 Guilford to the team title at the Jekyll Island Collegiate.
  • (W) #2 Methodist went wire-to-wire to capture the Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate by 26 shots over runner-up #25 Centre. The Monarchs' Jillian Drinkard took medalist honors by four shots.
  • (W) Hat tip to Carnegie Mellon's Alexis Sudjianto for her ace on the second hole of Friday's opening round at the Jekyll Island tourney.
Lacrosse (W)
  • Kat Walton became the second player in Capital history to score 200 career goals with her hat trick vs. Baldwin Wallace.
Scores and Schedules: BSB | SFB | MLAX | WLAX | MIH | WIH | FB | GOLF 

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Cake and Candles

Happy birthday to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference commissioner Jay Jones ... also birthday wishes to William Shatner who turns 90 today. I don't believe Mr. Shatner is a reader of the D3Playbook, however.

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