Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Net Generation

written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Net Generation

Cassie Lee, Autumn Bruno, UW-Whitewater

The annual ITA Regional Small College Championships continued last weekend and here are the singles and doubles champions that advance to the national tournament.

New EnglandChase Cohen, Williams (S); Aidan Harris and Noah Laber, Middlebury (D)
SouthwestCameron Krimbill, Trinity, Texas (S); Hao Nguyen and Christian Settles, Trinity, Texas (D)
NorthwestLuke Lemaitre, George Fox (S); Lemaitre and Will Leach, George Fox (D)

SoutheastCrystal Zhou, Carnegie Mellon (S); Bin Zheng and Lindy Cornwall, Carnegie Mellon (D)
CentralSylwia Mikos and Shainna Guo, Chicago (D)
MidwestSabrina Tang, Grinnell (S); Cassie Lee and Autumn Bruno, Wisconsin-Whitewater (D)
Northwest: Angel Le, Whitman (S)


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BlueFrame Games We're Watching

Soccer (M): Tufts (5-0-1) at Babson (6-2), 3:20
Soccer (W): Virginia Wesleyan (3-2-1) at McDaniel (8-0), 4:00
Volleyball (W): Springfield (11-1) at MIT (13-0), 6:00

2. Vermont State?

Castleton State on road to becoming a university
by Tiffany Tan, VTDigger

"The Vermont State Colleges System’s board of trustees will consider public comments before deciding whether to adopt “Vermont State University” as the new name for the planned consolidation of Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Tech.

About a thousand Castleton alumni, for one, want the board to consider their recommendation ahead of its Wednesday vote on the new name. They’re asking the board to retain the name “Castleton University” for the new educational entity that is expected to be formed in July 2023.

In a letter sent to the trustees last week, the alumni cited factors such as the cost of rebranding the new entity when the Castleton University brand is apparently already established both at home and abroad."

>> Background: "In a statement to VTDigger on Friday, Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said the “Vermont State University” moniker leverages the nationally and internationally known Vermont brand. And designating the new institution as a university communicates the prestige, quality and level of education it provides."

>> Worth Noting: "(Alumni) underscored that within the state colleges system, Castleton has the largest alumni base, including students from 36 countries, the largest and most up-to-date campus, a wide-reaching academic program as well as a competitive sports program."

>> Gulp: "State colleges system spokesperson Katherine Levasseur told VTDigger the contract with VisionPoint cost around $261,000, which includes marketing materials for the new institution."

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3.  Athletes of the Week

Here are the USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week in NCAA Cross Country for September 27, 2021!

Williams junior Elias Lindgren topped the podium once again at the Purple Valley Classic.

Lindgren, who last won the individual title at the Williams-hosted meet in 2018, ran to victory this past weekend as he covered the 8k tract in 26:09.7. That proved to be a boon for the second-ranked Ephs, who needed every point to hold off a tough challenge from rival sixth-ranked MIT. Williams won the team title by three points, 29-32.

Tufts junior Danielle Page took big steps at the Purple Valley Classic over the years.

After finishing 21st as a freshman in 2018 and runner-up as a sophomore in 2019, Page ascended to the top of the podium this past weekend. Page covered the 6k course in 22:41.9, nearly four seconds faster than Genna Girard of Williams, who finished runner-up.

It has been a strong start to the season for Page, who notched back-to-back wins. Page captured the individual title at the Bates Super XC Shootout two weeks ago.

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    4. Rankings

    Two polls - two top teams. North Central heads the D3football.com poll, while Mary Hardin-Baylor has the top spot in the AFCA ranking


    1. North Central (Ill.), 3-0
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 4-0
    3. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 3-0
    4. Mount Union, 3-0
    5. Wheaton (Ill.), 2-1
    6. Saint John's, 3-0
    7. Hardin-Simmons, 3-1
    8. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2-0
    9. Linfield, 2-0
    10. Delaware Valley, 3-0
    >> On The Rise: Cortland (+6), Johns Hopkins, UW-La Crosse (+3)
    >> Newcomers: Hobart, Westminster (Pa.), Susquehanna

    >> Complete D3football Poll

    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 4-0
    2. North Central, 3-0
    3. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 3-0
    4. Mount Union, 3-0
    5. Saint John's, 3-0
    6. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2-0
    7. Delaware Valley, 3-0
    8. Linfield, 2-0
    9. Hardin-Simmons, 3-1
    10. Wheaton, Ill., 2-1
    >> Complete AFCA poll

    >> Notable: There are 45 undefeated teams remaining in Division III football, including 11 beginning with the letter "W."

    >> Games We're Watching (all times EDT):
    • No. 21 Hobart (4-0) at No. 17 Ithaca (3-0), 1:00
    • No. 25 Susquehanna (4-0) at Ursinus (3-1), 1:30
    • Gustavus Adolphus (3-0) at No. 16 Bethel (2-1), 2:00
    • No. 20 UW-La Crosse (2-1) at UW-River Falls (3-0), 2:00
    • Olivet (3-0) at Alma (4-0), 2:00
    • UW-Stout (3-0) at No. 3 UW-Whitewater (3-0), 3:00

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    6.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    7. A Better Grilled Cheese

    TikTok's viral baked feta pasta is worth the hype - The Washington Post

    by Becky Krystal, Washington Post
    photo: Scott Suchman, Washington Post / food styling: Lisa Cherkasky

    "Of all the quick but delicious meals I’ve leaned heavily on the past 18 months, grilled cheese is near the top of the list. I almost always have the basic ingredients around — some type of bread, some type of cheese — as well as some little extras to make the sandwich really sing. I suspect I’ve rarely made the same one twice.

    Whether you’re a grilled cheese improviser or creature of habit, there’s usually at least one thing you can do to help transform a good sandwich into a great one. I’m not necessarily talking about overhauling your strategy. Instead, these are small tips for making a next-level grilled cheese."

    >> Read, Learn and Enjoy

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