Friday, March 11, 2022

48 Hours

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

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1. 48 Hours

If you are a winter sports enthusiast, it doesn't get much better than this weekend.

Indoor Track and Field and Wrestling Championships. Basketball Sweet 16. Women's Ice Hockey Quarterfinals. Men's Ice Hockey Opening Round.



2. Sectional Weekend

MBB | Illinois Wesleyan vs North Central (CCIW Tournament)

It may be the best weekend of DIII basketball all season - Sectional Weekend.

Six of the top eight teams, according to the poll, have advanced on the women's side, while five of the first seven are in the Round of 16 on the men's side.

(1) Christopher Newport vs. (13) Trinity, Texas, 5:00
(8) Amherst vs. (11) Tufts, 7:00
(10) Baldwin Wallace vs. UW-Oshkosh, 6:00
(16) Smith vs. (12) UW-Whitewater, 8:30
(7) New York U. vs. (9) Scranton, 5:00
(2) Hope vs. Millikin, 7:00
(5) Trine vs. Springfield, 4:30
(3) Transylvania vs. (21) Mary Hardin-Baylor, 6:30

>> Complete Bracket

(16) Elmhurst vs. Calvin, 5:00
(6) Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Case Western Reserve, 8:00
(15) Wabash vs. (22) Williams, 5:30
(7) Illinois Wesleyan vs. (18) Wheaton, Ill., 8:30
(4) Christopher Newport vs. (23) Stockton, 4:00
(2) Marietta vs. (17) Oswego State, 7:00
(13) WPI vs. RPI, 4:30
(1) Randolph-Macon vs. Mass-Dartmouth, 7:30

>> Complete Bracket

3.  Tourney Time


It's first-round action in the men's tournament, while the women determine the Final Four.

(10) Elmira at (7) Hobart, 7:00
St. Olaf at (6) St. Norbert, 8:00
(8) U. of New England vs. (15) Plymouth State, 7:00
(5) Babson vs. (14) Trinity, Conn., 7:00

>> Complete Bracket

(1) Middlebury vs. Endicott, 3:00
(3) Elmira vs. (6) Nazareth, 3:00
(2) Plattsburgh State vs. (9) Colby, 3:00
(4) UW-River Falls vs. (5) Gustavus Adolphus, 4:00

>> Complete Bracket


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4.  Going for Gold

The 2022 Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the JDL Fast Track.

Action begins today at 10 a.m.

Top Seeds - Women
60: Tia Jones (Ithaca) and Maddie Moran (Nebraska Wesleyan) 7.59
200: Jones, 24.82
400: Alyssa Fadenhauer (Loras) 55.95
800: Esther Seeland (Messiah) 2:06.84
Mile: Ella Baran (Johns Hopkins) 4:43.31
3000: Kassie Parker (Loras) 9:17.86
5000: Parker 16:05.97
60 Hurdles: Kelsie Sealock (Bethel) 8.56
4x400 Relay: Nebraska Wesleyan, 3:50.01
Distance Medley: Wartburg, 11:40.13
High Jump: Breya Christopher (Wartburg) 1.74m
Pole Vault: Meghan Matheny (Ithaca), 4.00m
Long Jump: Isabel Maletich (Chicago), 5.96m
Triple Jump: Maletich 12.71m
Shot Put: Skye Digman (UW-La Crosse) 14.97m
Weight Throw: Chelsea Yang (Rhode Island College) 19.09m

60: Sam Blaskowski (UW-La Crosse) 6.70
200: Dallas Wright (Wartburg) 21.62
400: Wright 48.11
800: Mike Jasa (Wartburg) 1:50.13
Mile: Aidan Ryan (Williams) 3:59.92
3000: Ryan 7:59.99
5000: Alex Phillip (John Carroll) 14:07.40
60 Hurdles: Oliver Thomas (WPI) 7.82
4x400 Relay: Rowan 3:15.89
Distance Medley: John Carroll 9:49.47
High Jump: Tanner Slack and Evan Hershberger (Mount Union) 2.11m
Pole Vault: Ben Drummey (Southern Maine), 5.12m
Long Jump: Blaskowski 7.48m
Triple Jump: Jonathan Wilburn (UW-Oshkosh) 15.15m
Shot Put: Bram Miller (Carnegie Mellon) 17.22m
Weight Throw: Alex Kristeller (Widener) 19.54m

>> Heat Sheets
>> Watch
>> Live Scoreboard
>> Live Results


5. Mat Madness

by Jon Gremmels,

"Looking for a new champion in NCAA Division III wrestling?

For 25 years it’s been the same story: Either Augsburg or Wartburg ends up holding the team championship trophy. But this might be the year somebody interrupts that run.

Each of those teams has as many qualifiers as anyone this year, but there is one key difference: The numbers don’t favor either the Auggies or the Knights this time.

But this year, for the first time in Division III history, no team will be represented by more than seven national qualifiers when the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships take place Friday and Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa."

>> Continue Reading

>> Live Results

6.  Rankings

The first ITA Division III spring ranking was released Thursday.


  1. Case Western Reserve
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington, Mo.
  4. Claremont-M-S
  5. Emory
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Williams
  8. Trinity, Texas
  9. Brandeis
  10. North Carolina Wesleyan
>> Conference Call: UAA (6), SCIAC (6), NESCAC (5), C2C (3), Centennial (3), NCAC (2), CCIW (2), Northwest (2), SCAC (2), ASC (1), Liberty (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), NEWMAC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), USA South (1), WIAC (1)

>> Complete Poll

  1. Chicago
  2. Emory
  3. Pomona-Pitzer
  4. Claremont-M-S
  5. Wesleyan
  6. Tufts
  7. MIT
  8. Sewanee
  9. Amherst
  10. Middlebury
>> Conference Call: NESCAC (8), UAA (6), SCIAC (4), Centennial (3), NEWMAC (3), C2C (2), Liberty (2), NCAC (2), SCAC (2), ASC (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), NJAC (1), Northwest (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), WIAC (1)

>> Complete Poll

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7.  Weekend Watchlist  

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

Volleyball (M)

  • No. 2 Marietta vs. No. 4 North Central, Ill. vs. No. 8 Webster
  • No. 9 Texas-Dallas vs. No. 13 Wheaton, Mass.
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (W)
  • No. 1 Salisbury vs. No. 13 St. John Fisher
  • No. 4 Washington and Lee vs. No. 14 Catholic
  • No. 18 Bowdoin vs. No. 20 Hamilton
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (M)
  • No. 2 Salisbury vs. No. 6 York
  • No. 14 Wesleyan vs. No. 20 Stevens
  • No. 16 Stevenson vs. No. 17 Denison
  • Complete Schedule
SoftballTennis (M)
  • No. 1 Case Western Reserve vs. No. 14 Carnegie Mellon
  • No. 13 Kenyon vs. No. 21 Wesleyan
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (W)

8.  Lightning Round

  UW-Whitewater alum Jake Kumerow re-signed with the Buffalo Bills this afternoon. He has 20 catches for 322 yards and two scores in his career.

  Saint John's digs the long ball, hitting six home runs in a 20-8 victory over No. 2 Marietta. Joe Becker slammed a pair for the Johnnies (5-6).

  Cake and candles to three alums this weekend - Zack Morgan (Waynesburg, soccer), Mark Fallati (Swarthmore, tennis) and Eric Demers (Gordon, basketball). 


9.  Comings and Goings
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