Friday, September 16, 2022

Landmark, ODAC Announce Bowl Games


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Landmark, ODAC Announce Bowl Games

ODAC and Landmark Team Up for Bowl Series

"The Landmark Conference and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) are pleased to announce a four-year bowl series partnership entitled the Chesapeake Challenge. The Chesapeake Bay, the natural split between the two conferences, serves as the series’ namesake.

The format of the series will feature two games with four teams (two from each conference) playing in either the Cape Henry Bowl or the Cape Charles Bowl. Cape Henry and Cape Charles serve as the northern and southern gateways of the Chesapeake Bay. Each conference will be represented by the top two teams from their respective league standings that do not qualify for the NCAA postseason.

The Chesapeake Challenge will begin in 2023 with the No. 1 seed in the ODAC hosting the second seed from the Landmark in one bowl game, while the No. 1 seed in the Landmark will host the second seed of the ODAC in the other postseason contest. Games will be played at member campuses. The same format will be used in 2025."

>> Quotable: “Securing a bowl partnership with a strong conference in our inaugural season further solidifies the conference’s commitment to the sport of football and the overall experience of our member schools and student-athletes," said Katie Boldvich, commissioner of the Landmark Conference.

>> Quotable II: “This partnership establishes a framework for consistent, quality postseason competition outside of NCAA Tournament play, fulfilling a long-desired goal of our programs," said Brad Bankston, commissioner of the ODAC.

>> The Key Stat: Beginning next fall, 16 DIII conferences will have a postseason bowl at stake, as well as a DIII playoff berth.

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2. Luther Plays 1st College Game at Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams Game Feature

"The Luther College and Briar Cliff University baseball teams are excited to announce they will be the first collegiate teams to play on the iconic Field of Dreams original movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. This historic game will be held tonight at 6:30 CT. 

Briar Cliff University secured this opportunity and invited Luther College as their opponent."

The Field of Dreams movie site became a landmark in Iowa after the movie was released in 1989. The MLB hosted the Yankees vs. White Sox at the site in August 2022, which marked the first-ever regular season MLB game to be played in Iowa and drew over 5.9 million viewers.

>> What They're Saying: "We are so excited that our student-athletes, along with Briar Cliff's, will be the first collegiate players to take the Field of Dreams—a field like none other, known to inspire and evoke emotions," said Renae Hartl, director of intercollegiate athletics at Luther College."

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3. Pomona Alum Helps St. Louis Cards Use Technology to Drive Success

by Nathan Rubbelke, St. Louis Inno

"While a member of the baseball team at Pomona College in Claremont, California, Jack Hanley turned to technology to get a better understanding of his competition. The former catcher developed an app that uses data to show the hitting trends of every player in the NCAA Division III level.

While no longer a college baseball player, the 23-year-old Hanley is still using data to help influence decisions on the baseball diamond. Today, he is an analytics engineer with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he began working in 2020. In this role, Hanley helps the Major League Baseball club with how it collects and shares data between its front office, coaches and players to drive on-field success."

>> Proudest Accomplishment: "At the end of college, I was able to build a beta version of an app that scraped data and visualized and compiled the hit distribution of every hitter in Division III baseball in 2019. The project started by simply wanting to update some code written by a former student-athlete at my college and hopefully use it for advance scouting in my last year of baseball."

>> How DIII Experience Aides in Job: "It’s been invaluable. It’s the same as having an applied background in any industry; you build experiences and skills that can then be generalized and applied to a variety of new perspectives."

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4. What We're Watching 

Why does every grab popcorn? Just bring something that you enjoy snacking on ... a favorite beverage ... and enjoy DIII sports on your computer or big screen this weekend. Here are some of the top games to watch, including a 2-3 matchup.

  Field Hockey

  • No. 4 Tufts at No. 12 Amherst, 12:00
  • No. 8 Williams vs. No. 15 Bates, 12:00
  • No. 10 Messiah vs. No. 11 TCNJ, 1:00
  Soccer (M)
  • No. 5 Tufts at No. 2 Amherst, 2:30
  • No. 3 Chicago vs. Luther, 4:00
  • No. 12 Johns Hopkins vs. Swarthmore, 7:00
  Soccer (W)
  • No. 1 Christopher Newport at Swarthmore, 11:00
  • No. 4 Amherst vs. No. 19 Tufts, 12:00
  Volleyball (W)
  • No. 2 Juniata vs. No. 3 Trinity, Texas (Fri.), 8:00
  • No. 5 Calvin vs. No. 7 Northwestern (Fri.), 6:30
  • No. 1 Claremont-M-S vs. No. 10 Colorado College, 6:00
  • No. 6 Hardin-Simmons at No. 24 UW-Platteville, 2:00
  • No. 25 Washington & Jefferson at Case Western Reserve, 7:00

all game times ET

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5.  Lightning Round 


  • UW-Superior announced the construction of a new on-campus stadium. The facility, which will be named Superior Choice Credit Union Stadium, is scheduled to open in September 2023 and will serve as the home of the Yellowjacket men's and women's soccer teams and the men's and women's outdoor track and field teams. 
  • Midstream Lighting, a world leader in aviation, maritime, horticulture and sports LED lighting technology, has been named the official lighting partner of the Ohio Athletic Conference. Midstream also announced a three-year partnership as official lighting partner with the North Coast Athletic Conference.
  • Baptist Health has now become the official sports medicine provider for Spalding University. Baptist Health Sports Medicine will provide Spalding University Athletics with a dedicated team physician, athletic training, and access to comprehensive, multidisciplinary services to prevent and treat injuries.

   Happy Birthday

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  • Friday: Mariana Freitas, head tennis coach, Moravian; Kasey Vaughan, Cortland.
  • Saturday: Amanda Devitt, athletic director, USJ; Zona Smith, assistant women's basketball coach, Wilson
  • Sunday: Ed Hockenberry, athletic director, Norwich
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