Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A New Number One

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
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TOP STORY

1. A New Number One



Ryan Turell, Yeshiva

For the first time in program history, Yeshiva has risen to the top spot of the D3hoops.com men's basketball poll. The Maccabees received 13 of a possible 25 first-place votes to edge Illinois Wesleyan and Randolph-Macon for the number one position.

  1. Yeshiva, 8-0
  2. Illinois Wesleyan, 5-0
  3. Randolph-Macon, 6-1
  4. Wisconsin-Platteville, 7-0
  5. Wheaton, Ill., 6-0
  6. St. Joseph, Conn., 5-0
  7. Elmhurst, 6-0
  8. Wisconsin-La Crosse, 7-0
  9. Roanoke, 5-0
  10. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 6-1

Mid-Week Games to Watch
  • No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan vs. Chicago
  • No. 4 UW-Platteville vs. No. 8 UW-La Crosse
Longest Winning Streak
  • Yeshiva, 44
  • Berry, 12
  • UW-Platteville, 10
Longest Home Win Streak
  • Randolph-Macon, 33
  • Yeshiva, 21
  • Brockport, 18
Players to Watch
  • Ryan Turell, Yeshiva, 28.6 ppg
  • Codey Hicks, Wartburg, 80.0 FG%
  • Mousa Sinera, Medgar Evers, 17.0 rpg
  • Philbert Weeks, Buffalo State, 17.0 ppg


>> Complete Poll

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BASKETBALL (W)

2. Hope Still The One


Meg Morehouse dribbles through the lane.
Meg Morehouse, Hope | photo by Steve Herppich

Hope retains the top spot in the latest D3hoops.com women's basketball poll. The Flying Dutch, who have won 50 consecutive contests, earned all 25 first-place ballots to outpoint Whitman.

  1. Hope, 5-0
  2. Whitman, 5-0
  3. John Carroll, 4-0
  4. Bowdoin, 7-0
  5. Wartburg, 4-0
  6. Wheaton, Ill., 7-0
  7. Trine, 5-1
  8. Amherst, 5-0
  9. East Texas Baptist, 4-1
  10. Hardin-Simmons, 6-0
Mid-Week Games to Watch
  • No. 1 Hope vs. Calvin
  • No. 4 Bowdoin vs. Bates
  • No. 8 Amherst vs. Emmanuel
  • No. 11 UW-Eau Claire vs. No. 20 UW-Oshkosh

Longest Winning Streak

  • Hope, 50
  • Christopher Newport, 24
  • Wheaton, Ill., 16
Longest Home Win Streak
  • Messiah, 39
  • Hope, 35
  • Christopher Newport, 24
Players to Watch
  • Alyssa Adomaites, St. Joseph, L.I., 27.8 ppg
  • Hannah Favaloro, Clark, 14.7 rpg
  • Bailey Donovan, Husson, 70.7 FG%
  • Marissa Howell, La Verne, 5.0 threes pg

>> Complete Poll
    ICE HOCKEY (M)

    3.  Knights Reign




    Geneseo held onto the top spot in the latest USCHO men's ice hockey poll, but Adrian and Utica are hot on the Knights' heels. 

    1. Geneseo, 8-0-1
    2. Adrian, 7-1
    3. Utica, 7-2
    4. Augsburg, 6-0
    5. Hobart, 6-1-1
    6. Norwich, 5-0-3
    7. Aurora, 8-0
    8. Endicott, 6-1-1
    9. Babson, 7-1-2
    10. Trinity, 3-1
    1 v 2
    • Matt Petizian made 23 saves as No. 1 Geneseo blanked No. 2 Utica, 3-0, in the championship game of the Utica Invitational.
    Players to Watch
    • John Moncovich, Utica, 9 goals, 6 assists
    • Justin Cmunt, Geneseo, 9 goals, 3 assists
    • Jack Jaunich, Aurora, 6 goals, 11 assists
    • Conor O'Brien, Endicott, 95.9 save pct., 1.13 goals-against average
    Road Win Streak
    • Endicott, 14
    • Geneseo, 9
    >> Complete Poll
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    ICE HOCKEY (W)

    4.  Panthers Take Top Spot


    No. 9 Endicott Edges No. 1 Plattsburgh In Overtime, 4-3
    Michaela O'Brien, Endicott

    Middlebury moved into the number one position in the latest USCHO women's ice hockey poll, following Plattsburgh's 0-2 weekend.

    1. Middlebury, 5-0
    2. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 10-0
    3. Elmira, 8-1
    4. Plattsburgh, 6-2
    5. Wisconsin-River Falls, 8-1
    6. Gustavus Adolphus, 7-0
    7. Endicott, 7-2
    8. Adrian, 6-1
    9. Colby, 3-1
    10. Hamilton, 4-0
    1 and 2
    • Endicott ended No. 1 Plattsburgh's NCAA Division III women's ice hockey record home winning streak of 44 games with a 4-3 overtime victory. GK Michaela O'Brien made 56 saves vs. the Cardinals and 34 more in a 2-1 loss against No. 2 Middlebury.
    Players to Watch
    • Georgiana Santullo, Utica, 14 goals, 9 assists
    • Morgan Olson, St. Norbert, 13 goals, 3 assists
    • Callie Hoff, UW-River Falls, 6 goals, 14 assists
    • Katie McCoy, Gustavus Adolphus, 98.3 save pct, 0.20 goals-against average
    Road Win Streak
    • Adrian, 18
    • Elmira, 11
    >> Complete Poll
    TRANSACTIONS

    5.  Comings and Goings
     
    1 THING

    6.  Foster G. Ulrich Jr. 1934-2021

     


    A personal moment ... my father passed away Saturday night at the age of 87. He instilled in me the belief that I could achieve my dreams as long as I put in the work. He cheered me on as my dreams took me to Dartmouth, McDaniel, Cornell, Yale and the Centennial Conference. And now those cheers have been silenced. 

    My father loved his wife, his kids and their families and being in the arena - helping people in need and making lives better, especially in our hometown of Huntingdon, Pa. He reached the rank of colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and was twice elected Mayor of Huntingdon. The F&M Class of 1967 dedicated its yearbook to my Dad. I could go on and on.

    Suffice it to say, I am lucky to have had him as my father and I hope I made him proud. I love you.

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    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Colleges Are Hiring! Do You Want to Work There?

     

    written by STEVE ULRICH
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    TOP STORY

    1. Colleges Are Hiring!
    Do You Want to Work There?


    Part-Time Jobs for Future Teachers and School Employees - Local school  districts offer paid positions perfect for college students. - Attallah  College of Educational Studies
    by Kevin R. McClure, Chronicle of Higher Education

    Last month, Michigan State University was met with widespread scorn after it was reported that a senior administrator there had asked faculty and staff members to volunteer in the dining halls on nights and weekends because of a worker shortage. Despite the outrage the request produced, the situation that led to it is not unique. Colleges throughout the U.S. in recent months have faced a similar struggle in keeping their operations staffed enough to run smoothly.

    It is clear now that higher ed is not immune from this Great Resignation sweeping across America. This perhaps comes as a surprise to some college hiring officials. For a long time, colleges have operated under the assumption that they can easily replace people. And until recently, that was true.

    (The) rosy vision of higher education was already starting to sour prior to the pandemic. And after the last two years, it isn’t safe to assume we can field the same numbers of applicants. Educators across the country are under attack for teaching history, supporting public health, and generally wanting to stay alive. It’s not impossible to imagine these dynamics dissuading talented doctoral students from pursuing faculty roles. I’ve been interviewing college leaders as part of my research, and many of them expect we’ll see a wave of people stepping down from leadership roles — and few people eager to replace them."

    >> Situational Awareness: "Employee morale at colleges is tanking. Some in the industry have told me it’s the lowest they’ve ever seen. There are several likely reasons for it, including low pay and frustration that administrations aren’t taking health concerns of frontline workers during the pandemic seriously enough. But perhaps the biggest cause for the drop in morale is understaffing."

    >> The Bottom Line: "While labor shortages and understaffing are distinct, they are symptoms of the same illnesses: austerity due to budget cuts and accompanying competition for resources."

    >> Why It Matters: "All of this leads to overworked and unhappy employees. Unfortunately, many institutions aren’t doing a good enough job of finding out how their workers are feeling. A more pessimistic explanation is that institutions aren’t simply ignorant when it comes to employee concerns — they are indifferent."


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    CONFERENCES

    2. Belhaven to Join USA South


    Belhaven University Set to Join USA South

    "The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Belhaven University has been accepted for full membership within the League. The Blazers are currently an NCAA Division III institution competing in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) and will begin its USA South membership in the 2022-23 academic year.

    "The Conference is pleased to admit Belhaven University as our newest member," stated Dr. Tom Hart, USA South Commissioner. "As an NCAA Division III member, Belhaven provides the programmatic offerings, institutional values, and athletic excellence which align well with our 19 current members. This decision also continues our Presidents Council's strategic vision of how the USA South structure will fit within the Southern region of the Division III landscape."

    "Joining the USA South groups Belhaven with a league of schools that all share our similar characteristics - private institutions, commitment to prioritizing academics, balanced quality athletic programs - and located closer to us in the Southeast region," said Belhaven President, Dr. Roger Parrott. "At the same time, it is difficult to make this change because we have appreciated our affiliation with the ASC, and I am especially grateful to the presidents of the conference for accepting us in as a new NCAA DIII member several years ago."

    >> Read More

      WRESTLING (M)

      3.  Loras Takes Top Spot


      The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its initial tournament team and individual rankings for the 2021-22 season.

      Tournament Teams

      1. Loras
      2. Wartburg
      3. Stevens
      4. Augsburg
      T5. UW-La Crosse
      T5. Baldwin Wallace
      T7. John Carroll
      T7. Coe
      9. North Central (Ill.)
      10. Johnson and Wales

      >> Complete Team Ranking

      Individual

      125: Matt Caccamise, Brockport
      133: Jake Giordano, TCNJ
      141: Jimmy McAuliffe, Elmhurst
      149: Brett Kaliner, Stevens
      157: Kaidon Winters, RIT
      165: Braden Birt, Millikin
      174: Solomon Nielsen, Augsburg
      184: Shane Liegel, Loras
      197: Beau Yineman, UW-Oshkosh
      285: Wyatt Wriedt, Loras

      >> Individual Rankings
       
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      TRANSACTIONS

      4.  Comings and Goings
       
      1 THING

      5.  The Best Thanksgiving Episode Ever!


      The Best Thanksgiving TV Episode Is From WKRP in Cincinnati

      For those of you who have seen this ... enjoy. For those of you who have not, this WKRP in Cincinnati episode - IMHO - is the best Thanksgiving show ever. And don't @ me.

      >> 7 Fun Facts About the Episode

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      Monday, November 22, 2021

      Blugolds Win First Title

       

      written by STEVE ULRICH
      your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
      >> Good Monday morning. Congrats to UW-Eau Claire, Johns Hopkins, Pomona-Pitzer and Middlebury on their fall championships.

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      1. Blugolds Win First Title

       

      Photo by Bill Hoepner, UWEC Athletics

      Wisconsin-Eau Claire's volleyball wrote its name into the history books on Saturday night, winning the 2021 DIII women's volleyball championship to earn the school's first national title.

      The No. 4-seeded Blugolds swept No. 6 Calvin 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 at Francis Fieldhouse in St. Louis, Mo.

      Arianna Barrett registered 13 kills and was named the tournament MVP.

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      CROSS COUNTRY

      2. For the Birds


      The Johns Hopkins women and Pomona-Pitzer men captured the 2021 Division III cross country championships in Louisville, Ky.

      The top-ranked Blue Jay women won their seventh NCAA title by holding off No. 2 Claremont-M-S, 130-132. The Athenas led 66-84 through four runners but JHU's Dianna Vizza's 46th scoring position finish proved to be the difference.

      Kassie Parker of Loras won the individual title in 20:11.1, 17.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Ari Marks of Wellesley in 20:28.6. 

      The Sagehen men ran as a pack, using a meager 15.2-second spread between their No. 1 and No. 5 runners to put up 80 points and easily outdistance MIT, 80-112. Colin Kirkpatrick led P-P in 10th place.

      Alex Phillip of John Carroll won the individual title in 23:27.6, 2.7 seconds faster than Elias Lindgren of Williams (23:30.3).

      >> Continue Reading
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      FIELD HOCKEY

      3.  Perfection


      MiddFHNCAAChampions2021

      The Middlebury field hockey team captured its fourth-straight NCAA Championship with a 4-1 victory over second-ranked Johns Hopkins. The top-ranked Panthers became the first team to win four consecutive titles, taking home the program's sixth overall title. Middlebury finishes the season with a perfect 22-0 mark, improving its unbeaten streak to 30 straight games and 16 straight in NCAA tournament play. The Blue Jays conclude the season with an impressive 21-1 mark, with their only loss coming in their first NCAA Championship appearance.

      Erin Nicholas and Katie George each scored a pair of goals for the Panthers.

      The last time a team went unbeaten in Division III was back in 2007 when Bowdoin went 20-0. The victory marked just the ninth time a team finished with a perfect record. 

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      SOCCER (W)

      4. The Final Four
       

      It will be TCNJ, Christopher Newport, Wesleyan and Loras to compete for the DIII women's soccer championship in Greensboro in two weeks.

      TCNJ 1, William Smith 0

      • Nikki Butler scored the game-winner in the 59'

      Christopher Newport 2, Chicago 1

      • Riley Cook scored both goals in the first half
      Wesleyan (Conn.) 2, MIT 1
      • Grace Devanney tallied twice, including the golden goal just 35 seconds into extra time
      Loras 2, UW-La Crosse 2, OT (Duhawks advance in PKs, 4-3)
      • Savannah Johnson's PK was the difference

      Semifinals
      Loras (21-0-2) vs. Christopher Newport (20-0-1)
      TCNJ (20-0-2) vs. Wesleyan (18-1-2)

      >> Complete Bracket
      SOCCER (M)

      5. Down to Four


      It will be Amherst, Chicago, Connecticut College and Washington and Lee to compete for the DIII men's soccer championship in Greensboro in two weeks.

      Amherst 1, Middlebury 0

      • German Giammattei scored the winning goal in the 44' while Kofi Hope-Gund made nine saves

      Chicago 2, North Park 0

      • Robbie Pino and Kameron Bloye tallied first-half goals
      Connecticut College 5, Tufts 4
      • MT Tshuma scored once in each half
      Washington and Lee 3, Messiah 1
      • Adrian Zimmerman scored twice for the Generals

      Semifinals
      Connecticut College (17-4-1) vs. Washington and Lee (18-1-2)
      Amherst (16-2-2) vs. Chicago (16-5-1)

      >> Complete Bracket
      FOOTBALL

      6. 1st Round Chalk
       

      Home teams were victorious in 12 of the 15 first-round DIII football championship contests.

      Johns Hopkins pulled perhaps the biggest surprise, as one of the last teams selected to the field trounced Salisbury, 45-20.

      Second Round Matchups

      • Linfield at Saint John's
      • Birmingham-Southern at Mary Hardin-Baylor
      • DePauw at Wisconsin-Whitewater
      • Wheaton (Ill.) at Central
      • Wisconsin-La Crosse at North Central (Ill.)
      • Rensselaer at Cortland
      • Johns Hopkins at Mount Union
      • Muhlenberg at Delaware Valley

      >> Recaps
      TRANSACTIONS

      7.  Comings and Goings
       
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