Monday, November 14, 2022

Kings Of The Gridiron


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Kings Of The Gridiron

Ethan Greenfield

The 32-team bracket for the NCAA Division III Football Championship is out. Twenty-seven teams received automatic berths as conference champions, while five others - Bethel, Hardin-Simmons, Utica, Wheaton, UW-La Crosse,  - were selected at-large.

Northwestern at No. 4 Saint John's
No. 7 UW-La Crosse at No. 12 Wartburg
No. 25 Mount St. Joseph at No. 23 Alma
Aurora at No. 8 UW-Whitewater

Salisbury at No. 2 Mount Union
Utica at No. 11 Susquehanna
No. 17 Cortland at No. 16 Randolph-Macon
Gallaudet at No. 14 Delaware Valley

Lake Forest at No. 1 North Central (Ill.)
DePauw at No. 19 Carnegie Mellon
Springfield at No. 22 Endicott
UMass Dartmouth at No. 10 Ithaca

No. 9 Hardin-Simmons at No. 6 Trinity (Texas)
No. 20 Huntingdon at No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor
No. 13 Bethel at No. 15 Wheaton (Ill.)
Pomona-Pitzer at No. 5 Linfield

>> Bracket

Here is our compilation of the teams that received their conference's automatic berth to the NCAA football this fall.

* the NESCAC does not participate in the DIII football championship


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2.  The Fabulous Four

Ephs beat #1 Salisbury
Williams upset undefeated and top-ranked Salisbury, 2-0, to advance to the national semifinals. The other three quarterfinal results were chalk, as Nos. 2-3-4 also reached the final four.

No. 8 Williams d. No. 1 Salisbury, 2-0
No. 4 Johns Hopkins d. No. 7 Babson, 1-0
No. 2 Middlebury d. No. 9 Trinity (Conn.), 3-0
No. 3 Rowan d. No. 5 Messiah, 3-1

Semifinals - Friday, Nov. 18
No. 8 Williams vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins
No. 2 Middlebury vs. No. 3 Rowan

Final - Sunday, Nov. 20
semifinal winners

>> Complete Bracket


3. The Elite Eight

No. 6 Volleyball Breezes Past Chicago, 3-0, to Advance to NCAA III Regional Final

The eight teams bound for Pittsburgh are set for this weekend. But only even-numbered ranked teams are among them.

Sweet 16
No. 6 Trinity (Texas) d. No. 1 Claremont-M-S, 3-2
No. 16 Transylvania d. No. 7 Berry, 3-1
No. 8 NYU d. Williams, 3-1
No. 20 Hope d. No. 3 Calvin, 3-2
Johns Hopkins d. Mary Washington, 3-0
No. 4 Northwestern d. No. 11 UW-Whitewater, 3-1
No. 2 Juniata d. Christopher Newport, 3-0
No. 18 MIT d. No. 19 Tufts, 3-0

Juniata vs. Hope
Johns Hopkins vs. Northwestern
NYU vs. Transylvania
Trinity (Texas) vs. MIT

>> Complete Bracket


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4. Headed to Nationals

The field is set for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Lansing, Mich. The women's race will begin at 11 a.m. ET, while the men's race will start at noon.

Men - AQ
MIT, John Carroll, Haverford, Carnegie Mellon, Williams, North Central (Ill.), Geneseo, UW-Whitewater, Emory, Pomona-Pitzer

Bates, Calvin, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Claremont-M-S, Colby, Connecticut College, George Fox, Johns Hopkins, Loras, Lynchburg, Middlebury, Mount Union, Otterbein, RPI, St. Olaf, Tufts, UC Santa Cruz, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stout, Wartburg, Washington (Mo.)

Women - AQ
MIT, John Carroll, Widener, Johns Hopkins, Williams, Wartburg, Geneseo, Carleton, Lynchburg, Claremont-M-S

Amherst, Bates, Calvin, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Colorado College, Emory, George Fox, Hope, Loras, Mount Union, NYU, Pomona-Pitzer, RPI, Smith, St. Lawrence, St. Olaf, UC Santa Crus, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point, Washington (Mo.)

>> Individual Qualifiers
>> Regional Championship Recaps


5. How Sweet It Is

We are down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships without top-ranked men's team Messiah, who fell to Williams in penalties. Nine of the top 10 women's teams move onto the round of 16.

No. 1 Misercordia vs. Scranton
No. 2 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 25 Williams
No. 8 Carnegie Mellon vs. Washington (Mo.)
No. 4 Messiah vs. No. 15 Emory

No. 5 Case Western Reserve vs. No. 10 Loras
No. 7 Amherst vs. No. 11 William Smith
No. 3 Christopher Newport vs. No. 6 Trinity (Texas)
No. 12 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 16 Virginia Wesleyan

>> Conference Call: UAA (4), NESCAC (2),A-R-C (1), C2C (1), Centennial (1), Landmark (1), Liberty (1), MACC (1), MACF (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), WIAC (1)

>> Complete Bracket

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 18 St. Thomas
No. 10 Gustavus Adolphus vs. St. Olaf
No. 4 Stevens vs. Cortland
Catholic vs. No. 13 Johns Hopkins

Williams vs. Ohio Northern
No. 9 Washington and Lee vs. No. 5 Kenyon
No. 3 Amherst vs. Mary Washington
No. 19 Oneonta vs. No. 8 Bowdoin

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (3), MIAC (2), SUNYAC (2), C2C (1), Centennial (1), Landmark (1), MACF (1), NCAC (1), OAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), UAA (1)

>> Complete Bracket


6.  Lightning Round 


  • Alma College President Jeff Abernathy announced this month plans for a new indoor athletic facility — the hallmark building of what will be known as the Greg Hatcher Athletics Campus — also housing the Scots’ baseball field, Klenk Park, and soccer field, Scotland Yard. 

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