Friday, April 1, 2022

Hopkins Heads Learfield Standings


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Hopkins Heads Learfield Standings

National Runner-Up  

The final Learfield Directors' Cup winter standings for Division III and the NAIA has Johns Hopkins (DIII – 855.50 total points) sitting in first.

  1. Johns Hopkins, 855.5
  2. Tufts, 632
  3. Middlebury, 621.5
  4. Chicago, 616.5
  5. Washington, Mo., 603
  6. MIT, 559.75
  7. UW-Eau Claire, 527.5
  8. Williams, 511
  9. UW-La Crosse, 510.5
  10. Emory, 510
Conference Leaders
AMCC: Penn State Behrend, 99
ARC: Wartburg, 495
ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor, 237
AEC: Cabrini, 75
CCIW: North Central, 338
Centennial: Johns Hopkins, 855.5
C2C: Christopher Newport, 415.5
CCC: Endicott, 163
CSAC: Wilson, 50
CUNYAC: Brooklyn, 75
E8: Nazareth, 237.5
GNAC: Johnson and Wales, 129
HCAC: Transylvania, 98
LAND: Scranton, 206
LL: Ithaca, 478.75
LEC: Rhode Island College, 120
MAC: Stevens, 341.5
MASCAC: Framingham, 75
MIAA: Calvin, 481
MIAC: Gustavus Adolphus, 267
MWC: Cornell College, 50
NACC: Aurora, Dominican, 75
NCAC: Kenyon, 225
NECC: Mitchell, 50
NESCAC: Tufts, 632
NEWMAC: MIT, 559.75
NJAC: Rowan, 347.5
NAC: Maine Maritime, SUNY Poly, 50
NWC: Pacific Lutheran, 119.5
OAC: John Carroll, 437.75
ODAC: Washington and Lee, 444
PAC: Westminster, 106.5
SAA: Centre, 266
SCAC: Trinity, 436.5
SCIAC: Claremont-M-S, 414
SKY: Mount St. Mary, 50
SLIAC: Greenville, Webster, 50
SUNYAC: Geneseo, 507.5
UAA: Chicago, 616.5
UMAC: Northwestern, 75
UEC: Penn State Harrisburg, 100
USAS: Southern Virginia, 114
WIAC: Eau Claire, 527.5

>> Complete Rankings
>> Conference Standings

2. DOE Proposes New Transgender Rules

Parent opposes 'fairness in women's sports" bill
by Laura Meckler, Washington Post | photo by Jan Murphy, PennLive

"Discrimination against transgender students would be a violation of federal civil rights law under proposed regulations the Education Department is expected to finalize in the coming weeks.

Title IX bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education, and the new rules would make clear this includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things, according to two people familiar with a draft of the proposed regulation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly comment on the subject.

Regulations carry the power of law. The rules, if finalized, would set up a clash with state laws that bar transgender women from competing in women’s sports. Those statutes are already being challenged in the courts."

>> The Key Stat: "The draft text of the regulation included this key sentence, according to the people familiar with it: “Discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of sex stereotypes, sex-related characteristics (including intersex traits), pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

>> Why it Matters: "National debate over gay and lesbian rights has quieted, but there remains a storm of controversy around transgender rights, often focused on bathroom use and, in more recent months, participation in sports. Twelve states, including Utah, Texas, Florida, Idaho and South Dakota, have passed laws banning transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports."

>> What They're Saying: “Under the Title IX, every student who wants to should be able to play and feel welcome as who they are,” Amit Paley, chief executive of the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youths, told the department. “By ensuring that LGBTQ young people have access to a welcoming and affirming school environment, the Department of Education can improve student mental health and well-being and ultimately save lives.”

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3.  Chicago, Case at No. 1

The latest ITA Division III women's and men's team and individual rankings are out and Chicago and Case Western Reserve hold down the top spots.


  1. Chicago
  2. Pomona-Pitzer
  3. Claremont-M-S
  4. Emory
  5. Wesleyan
  6. MIT
  7. Sewanee
  8. Middlebury
  9. Amherst
  10. Tufts
>> Other Leagues' Top Teams: 13-Mary Washington (C2C), 14-Southwestern (SCAC), 15-Kenyon (NCAC), 17-Washington and Lee (ODAC), 19-Skidmore (LL), 23-Johns Hopkins (CC), 27-North Central (CCIW), 30-Gustavus Adolphus (MIAC), 33-UW-Whitewater (WIAC), 38-Linfield (NWC), 39-TNCJ (NJAC), 40-Wellesley (NEWMAC).

>> Complete Rankings

  1. Case Western Reserve
  2. Chicago
  3. Claremont-M-S
  4. Washington, Mo.
  5. Trinity, Texas
  6. Williams
  7. Bowdoin
  8. Tufts
  9. Middlebury
  10. Pomona-Pitzer
>> Other Leagues' Top Teams: 12-Johns Hopkins (CC), 13-NC Wesleyan (USA South), 14-Denison (NCAC), 16-George Fox (NWC), 19-Gustavus Adolphus (MIAC), 22-Mary Washington (C2C), 25-Babson (NEWMAC), 27-RPI (LL), 28-Kalamazoo (MIAA), 34-UW-Whitewater (WIAC).

>> Complete Rankings

4.  Lightning Round 

Star on Apple iOS 15.4  Former UMass Boston vice chancellor of athletics Charlie Titus is one of eight members of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

  Rylee Soutor of Center and Jackson Klutznick of Emory are the top ranked female and male golfers in Division III, according to Golfstat

Fishing Pole on Apple iOS 15.4  Congrats to Cason Ragsdale and Kaden Proffitt of East Texas Baptist for winning the program's first national collegiate fishing championship.

  Tip of the ole ball cap to Thiel head baseball coach Joe Schaly for his 600th career victory.

  Cake and candles to Corey Paluga, head baseball coach at Elmira; Claudia Black, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Lebanon Valley; Kiki Jacobs, AD at Roger Williams (Saturday); Angela Baumann, commissioner of the MASCAC (Saturday); and Tim Yourison, athletic development at UW-La Crosse (Sunday).


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5.  Weekend Watchlist  


  • No. 2 Birmingham-Southern vs. Hendrix
  • No. 8 North Central, Ill. vs. Millikin
  • No. 18 Tufts vs. Colby
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (W)
  • No. 1 Middlebury vs. No. 7 Tufts
  • No. 5 Franklin & Marshall vs. Swarthmore
  • No. 11 Wesleyan vs. No. 12 Hamilton
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (M)
  • No. 1 RIT vs. No. 19 RPI
  • No. 7 Union vs. Clarkson
  • No. 11 Bowdoin vs. No. 15 Amherst
  • Complete Schedule
SoftballTennis (M)
  • No. 1 Case Western Reserve vs. No. 13 N.C. Wesleyan
  • No. 7 Bowdoin vs. No. 20 Amherst
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (W)
  • No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer vs. No. 20 Redlands
  • No. 5 Williams vs. No. 18 Wesleyan
  • Complete Schedule

Volleyball (M)



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