Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Court Smarts


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Court Smarts


The 2022 College Sports Information Directors of America announced their Division III men's and women's basketball Academic All-America teams last week.

Simpson fifth-year Jenna Taylor was named the women's Academic All-America® of the Year for Division III for the second year in a row. She is the first player to earn the honor twice since CoSIDA created the DIII awards in 2011-12. Taylor, who posted a 4.0 GPA as an undergrad, was twice named the American Rivers Conference MVP, averaging 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds this season.

Four of the 15 members of the Academic All-America® Division III women’s basketball teams claim a perfect 4.0 GPA in their undergraduate work or graduate school. The six members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.86, with the entire Division III team retaining a collective average GPA of 3.83.

First Team

Lexi Dellinger, Anderson, Sr., 3.92, elementary education
Hanna Geistfeld, Bethany Lutheran, Sr., 3.56, elementary education
Nicole Heffington, John Carroll, Gr., 3.76. advanced studies in education
Olivia Parisi, William Smith, Sr., 4.00, economics
Leah Springer, Messiah, Gr., 3.97, economics
Jenna Taylor, Simpson, Gr., 4.00, accounting and economics

>> Complete Team


Senior Matthew Leritz was honored as the men's Academic All-America® of the Year for Division III. A three-time All-CCIW selection, he also has compiled a 3.96 GPA in finance. Leritz averaged 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in leading the Titans to the Elite Eight.
Two of the 15 members of the Academic All-America® Division III men’s basketball teams boast a perfect 4.0 GPA in their undergraduate work or graduate school. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.82, with the entire men’s team holding a collective average GPA of 3.83.

First Team

Jack Davidson, Wabash, Sr., 3.68, economics
Bobby Hawkinson, New York U., Sr., 3.68. economics/history
Gabriel Leifer, Yeshiva, Gr., 3.72, accounting and management
Matthew Leritz, Illinois Wesleyan, Sr., 3.96, finance
Matthew Schner, Emory, Sr., 3.91, business administration

>> Complete Team


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2.  'What More Could You Ask for'

Meg Morehouse puts up a shot in the national semifinals as her Dad and head coach Brian Morehouse looks on.
by Tony Paul, Detroit News / photo by Lynne Powe, Hope College

"Tis the season for daddy-daughter dances.

And nobody cut a rug — or a net — like the Morehouses in the Big Dance.

Brian Morehouse, head coach of the Hope women's basketball team, and Meg Morehouse, a junior guard on the team, capped off a ride to remember in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when the Flying Dutch won the Division III national championship. It was Hope's third national title, and first since 2006.

During post-championship net-cutting ceremonies, it's usually one person to a ladder. But not Saturday night. Father and daughter cut down the nets together."

>> Court Awareness: "Meg Morehouse is the prototypical player for Hope. She can actually score (17 at Alma on Jan. 13), but Hope doesn't really need her to. Instead, she's one of the faces of the so-called "Chaos Crew," Hope's bench unit that could go toe-to-toe with most programs' starting five. At Hope, everyone has a role to play, from 1A to the farther reaches of the bench — a formula that helped the Flying Dutch go undefeated each of the last two seasons, and win 61 games in a row, until that streak was snapped in January."

>> The Key Stat: "Her stats are modest from afar — 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 assists. She's played 74 games in three seasons at Hope, and hasn't started any of them. But defensively, she's a rock. In Saturday's final, Morehouse, 5-foot-7, only played 12 minutes and had one rebound, but she also was charged with guarding one of Wisconsin-Whitewater's top performers, freshman guard Kacie Carollo, who was limited to 11 points."

>> Quotable: "It's the best. I go to work every day and I get to see my kid every day. Now, I have to yell at her at a lot, but I get to go see my kid every single day and it's a blessing," said Brian Morehouse."

>> The Final Word: "I've watched multiple players go through my Dad's program ... and you always dream about (cutting down the nets)," Meg Morehouse said after the 71-58 victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. "To be able to do that with my Dad and win a national championship, what more could you ask for as a daughter? That's unreal. That's an amazing experience."

>> Keep Reading


3. Methodist, Carnegie Mellon No. 1

Men's Golf Leads Golfweek Invitational After Two Rounds - Klutznick Cards Program Record For Lowest Round
Jackson Klutznick, Emory

The latest Golfstat Division III men's and women's rankings were released last week and Methodist and Carnegie Mellon head the men's and women's rankings, respectively.

  1. Methodist
  2. Babson
  3. Emory
  4. Huntingdon
  5. Wittenberg
  6. Carnegie Mellon
  7. Illinois Wesleyan
  8. Claremont-M-S
  9. Christopher Newport
  10. Piedmont

>> Event Wins: Babson leads the country with six tournament victories, while Mary Hardin-Baylor is next with four.

>> Individuals: Emory soph Jackson Klutznick holds down the top spot with an adjusted 70.35 average. Carnegie Mellon junior William Knauth is second at 70.67.

>> GolfStat Rankings

  1. Carnegie Mellon, 173-1
  2. Emory, 172-2
  3. Centre, 171-3
  4. Methodist, 170-4
  5. George Fox, 169-5
  6. Williams, 169-5
  7. Washington and Lee, 168-6
  8. Redlands, 167-7
  9. Pomona-Pitzer, 167-7
  10. Amherst, 167-7

>> Event Wins: George Fox and Williams are tied for the national lead with four event victories apiece, while Trinity (Texas), Mary Hardin-Baylor, Carthage and Emory each have three wins.

>> Individuals: Centre's Rylee Suttor is ranked No. 1 in Division III. The junior has won four of her six events this season and finished second once. Suttor's adjusted scoring average is 71.72. Carnegie Mellon first-year Sriya Mupparaju is ranked second and has a 72.18 adjusted average.

>> GolfStat Rankings

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4.  Tigers Overtake Gulls

Ryan Rosenblum, RIT / photo by Evie Linantud

The latest Division III men's and women's lacrosse polls are out and there is a change at No. 1 for the men as RIT supplanted Salisbury. The Sea Gulls remain atop the women's poll.


  1. RIT (19), 6-0
  2. Salisbury (7), 9-0
  3. Tufts, 4-0
  4. Christopher Newport (1), 9-0
  5. St. John Fisher, 5-0
  6. York, 4-2
  7. Lynchburg, 5-2
  8. Dickinson, 7-0
  9. Franklin & Marshall, 7-1
  10. Union, 5-0
>> On the Move: Amherst (+6), RPI (+4), Wesleyan (-6), Gettysburg (-4)
>> Welcome: Bowdoin

Games We're Watching
  • No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 7 Lynchburg (Tues.)
  • No. 15 RPI vs. No. 17 Williams (Wed.)
  • No. 5 St. John Fisher vs. No. 11 Amherst (Sat.)
  • No. 10 Union vs. No. 12 St. Lawrence (Sat.)

>> Complete Poll


  1. Salisbury (22), 8-0
  2. Gettysburg, 5-1
  3. Middlebury, 4-0
  4. Ithaca, 5-0
  5. Washington and Lee, 5-2
  6. Franklin & Marshall, 5-1
  7. William Smith, 4-0
  8. TCNJ, 5-0
  9. Tufts, 3-1
  10. York, 4-2
>> On the Move: Colby, York, Hamilton, Bowdoin (+3), Brockport (-4)

Games We're Watching 
  • No. 1 Salisbury vs. No. 7 William Smith (Tues.)
  • No. 3 Middlebury vs. No. 11 York (Tues.)
  • No. 2 Gettysburg vs. No. 10 Tufts (Wed.)
  • No. 6 Franklin & Marshall vs. No. 16 Catholic (Wed.)
  • No. 9 Colby vs. No. 13 Hamilton (Thurs.)
  • No. 3 Middlebury vs. No. 8 TCNJ (Thurs.)

>> Complete Poll


5.  Lightning Round 

  Texas Lutheran's Kelly Jurden set the NCAA Division III record for career stolen bases when she swiped No. 196 vs. Austin last Saturday.

  Congrats are in order for Northwestern head baseball coach David Hieb on the occasion of his 1,000th game at the school. The Eagles defeated Saint John's, 3-2.

  Cake and candles to Marietta assistant athletic director and SID Jeff Schaly.



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