Friday, November 12, 2021

Running for Glory


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


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1. Running for Glory

NCAA cross country: DIII men's and women's qualifiers announced for 2018  championship |
photo courtesy of NCAA Photos

"Qualifying for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships has changed a bit.

Out with the old, which featured two automatic qualifiers per region and 16 at-large selections, per gender; in with the new, which will have one automatic qualifier per region and 22 at-large selections, per gender. You read that correctly: at-large selections now double the number of automatic qualifying bids.

Competition will be fierce with only 10 tickets promised per gender to the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships next Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the last chance to impress the Selection Committee before the field is decided."

"(These are the) three of the 10 regional meets stood out to us the most."

Midwest Region

  • Can you name the only region with three top-10 teams in one race? The Women’s 6k Championship, which starts at noon CT, features a savory top-10 triangular between No. 3 Wartburg, No. 4 Washington (Mo.) and No. 7 Chicago. The Men’s 8k Championship, first on the course at 11 am CT, isn’t to be overlooked. You’ll see national No. 1 Wartburg go up against No. 9 North Central (Ill.), No. 14 Washington (Mo.), No. 16 Loras and No. 18 Chicago. 
North Region
  • The Men’s 8k Championship, first on the course at 11 am CT, features No. 8 UW-La Crosse, No. 10 UW-Whitewater, No. 15 Carleton, No. 25 St. Olaf, No. 27 UW-Oshkosh and No. 29 UW-Eau Claire. The Women’s 6k Championship, second on the course at noon CT, seems like a coronation for No. 8 UW-La Crosse as the highest-ranked team in the field. 
East Region
  • The Women’s 6k Championship, second on the course at noon ET, has six of the 10 ranked programs: No. 11 MIT, No. 14 Tufts, No. 16 Bates, No. 24 Wellesley, No. 26 Brandeis and No. 35 WPI. The Men’s 8k Championship, first on the course at 11 am ET, has a big split between its ranked teams: No. 3 MIT is the headliner, while No. 17 Colby, No. 26 Tufts and No. 32 Bates trail. 

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2.  Rivalry Weekend


Bronze Turkey - Monmouth College Athletics

It's week 11 of the Division III football season and some classic rivalries are set for the closing weekend of the regular season.

Long-Running Series
133 - Amherst vs. Williams
130 - Knox vs. Monmouth (Bronze Turkey Trophy)
130 - Bowdoin vs. Colby
125 - Hampden-Sydney vs. Randolph-Macon
125 - DePauw vs. Wabash (Monon Bell)
118 - Lawrence vs. Ripon - canceled

Trophy Games

  • Academic Bowl (1986): Case Western vs. Carnegie Mellon
  • Bell Trophy (1931): Franklin vs. Hanover
  • Cortaca Jug (1959): Cortland vs. Ithaca
  • Cranberry Bowl (1979): Bridgewater State vs. Massachusetts Maritime
  • Cuyahoga Gold Bowl (1989): Baldwin Wallace vs. John Carroll
  • Dutchmen's Shoes (1950): RPI vs. Union
  • Keystone Cup (1981): Delaware Valley vs. Widener
  • Lincoln Hat (2014): Franklin & Marshall vs. Gettysburg
  • Mercer County Cup (1984): Grove City vs. Thiel
  • Old Goal Post (1953): Juniata vs. Susquehanna
  • Secretary's Cup (1981): Coast Guard vs. Merchant Marine
  • Sodexo Cup (2013): Moravian vs. Muhlenberg
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3. First Round Results

Twelve matches are in the books after the first day of the NCAA Division III women's volleyball championship. Six teams move on to second round action, while 52 teams embark on opening-round matches today.

Calvin vs. Penn State Behrend, 25-10, 25-22, 25-10
Wittenberg d. St. John Fisher, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23
Otterbein d. Westminster (Pa.), 25-20, 25-11, 25-23
UW-Whitewater d. Ithaca, 26-28, 25-13, 25-15, 25-12

UW-Eau Claire vs. Greenville, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20
Gustavus Adolphus d. Chicago, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17
Hope d. Whitworth, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24
Northwestern d. Illinois Wesleyan, 25-20, 25-15, 32-30

Berry d. Transylvania, 25-21, 31-29, 25-23
Southwestern d. Washington & Lee, 25-11, 25-23, 13-25, 25-20
Texas-Dallas d. Christopher Newport, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23
Emory vs. Southern Virginia

>> Updated Brackets

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4.  Family Tradition Ends Saturday

Terry Wirkus
courtesy of the La Crosse Tribune

"Many people follow in their parents’ footsteps.

Terry Wirkus practically walked in his father’s shoes.

Wirkus, the distance learning technology coordinator for UW-La Crosse Information Technology Services, has traced the life and career of his late father, Tom, almost to a T.

Both studied speech in college and went on to work at radio stations.

Both left their media jobs for a position at UW-L, where they both taught communication courses.

And both spent exactly 25 years announcing for the UW-L Screaming Eagles Marching Band during home football games — a family tradition that will end Saturday, Nov. 13, when Wirkus announces for likely the final time."

>> Situational Awareness: "For this branch of the Wirkus family tree, announcing for the university marching band is the perfect pastime. It combines three things that have long been central to their lives: communication, music and UW-L. It started in fall 1968, when then band director Ralph Wall was looking for an announcer. Tom was recommended for the job — one he would dutifully perform until his retirement in 1993."

>> Consistency: "When Wirkus accepted a job at UW-L in 1996, it seemed only fitting that he continue the family tradition. In the 25 years since, he has not earned a dime from his announcing. But he has accumulated a trove of memories. He’s been at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex for every home game but one, when he had a family event and asked Chancellor Joe Gow to fill in."

>> What They're Saying: “If I had to give Terry a title, it would be ‘Mr. Consistency,’” Tammy Fisher, director of the Screaming Eagles, says. “He just shows up for pregame and halftime — I never have to tell him what time to be there or anything. I send him the script in advance, and he’s there like magic."

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5.  Weekend Preview

Here's a list of the games/matches/events that we are keeping an eye on this weekend.

Basketball (M)

  • No. 3 Marietta at Christopher Newport
  • No. 5 UW-Platteville vs. #19 Whitworth
  • No. 16 Dubuque at Augustana
  • No. 17 UW-Oshkosh at Saint John's
Basketball (W)
  • No. 6 Simpson vs. Gustavus Adolphus
  • No. 7 Tufts at Rowan
  • No. 9 DeSales at No. 12 Scranton
  • No. 14 Hardin-Simmons vs. Trinity (Texas)
  • No. 16 Amherst at Oglethorpe
  • No. 5 Saint John's at No. 13 Bethel
  • No. 14 Cortland vs. No. 18 Ithaca
  • No. 21 RPI at No. 23 Union
  • Chicago at Lake Forest
  • Husson at Western New England
  • Hope at Trine
  • Mount St. Joseph vs. Rose-Hulman
Ice Hockey (M)
  • No. 7 Augsburg at No. 15 UW-Eau Claire
  • No. 8 Endicott vs. No. 10 U. of New England
Ice Hockey (W)
  • No. 1 Plattsburgh State at Oswego
  • No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus vs. Saint Catherine 

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