Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Hawkins, Mulvihill Named to Top 10


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1.  Hawkins, Mulvihill Named to Top 10

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by Carly Lyvers, NCAA

"The NCAA Honors Committee has selected 10 recent student-athletes as the Today's Top 10 awardees, recognizing their outstanding achievements as athletes, students and contributors to their campuses and communities.

Among the 10 were two alumni from Division III institutions - Blaine Hawkins, Central (Iowa) and Jack Mulvihill, St. John Fisher. 

The awardees each have completed their undergraduate studies and their athletics eligibility and are pursuing successful futures. 

The Today's Top 10 awardees will be honored at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 11 during the NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

Blaine Hawkins, Central, Football
Hawkins was the 2021 Gagliardi Trophy winner, recognizing the NCAA's top Division III football player. In 2021, Hawkins also was named the D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the American Football Coaches Association Division III All-America first team, the Associated Press Division III All-America first team and the D3football.com All-America first team. The two-year team co-captain was a representative on the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student Senate. He served as an assistant coach for a third-grade basketball team and volunteered annually to complete landscaping projects on Central Service Day.

Jack Mulvihill, St. John Fisher, Lacrosse
Mulvihill was a three-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American, with a first-team selection in 2022 following second-team honors in 2021 and honorable mention recognition in 2019. He was a second-team USILA Preseason All-American in 2022, a third-team preseason selection in 2021 and an honorable mention Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American in 2020. Mulvihill was a SAAC representative on the Division III Management Council, discussing issues important to Division III student-athletes with college presidents, athletics directors and various community leaders.

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2.  Walsh Brothers Follow Late Dad's Path

by Travis Barrett, Kennebec Journal

"Less than an hour after the Colby men’s hockey team finished off rival Bowdoin on Saturday night, brothers Sean and Tyler Walsh embraced at center ice.

Tyler Walsh, a Colby assistant coach, was again reunited with Sean, an assistant coach at Bowdoin.

Their late father, Shawn Walsh, was a fierce competitor. Now the brothers are competing against one another in the nation’s oldest small college hockey rivalry."

>> Ice Awareness: "Shawn Walsh built the University of Maine men’s hockey program from the ground up and led it to a pair of NCAA championships, in 1993 and 1999. He died in 2001 after a brief battle with kidney cancer. His work brought college hockey to the forefront of the state’s winter sports landscape."

>> Of Note: "Tyler Walsh looks almost identical to his father at the same age, but his personality is more measured. He’s a more of a tactician, a dogged worker behind the scenes. Sean Walsh may not look like his father, but he acts almost exactly like him."

>> Quotable: “I try and just be myself and do things my way,” Sean said of comparison to his father’s career path. “But at the end of the day, you can’t change your DNA.”

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3.  Making Their Move

Dan Masino

Three new teams appear in the top 10 of the latest D3hoops.com men's basketball rankings, while three others make an appearance in the top 25.

  1. Christopher Newport (20), 8-0
  2. St. Joseph's, Conn. (1), 6-0
  3. UW-La Crosse (4), 8-0
  4. Williams, 8-0
  5. Randolph-Macon, 6-1
  6. Mount Union, 5-1
  7. Rochester, 7-1
  8. Keene State, 8-0
  9. John Carroll, 6-0
  10. UW-Oshkosh, 7-2

>> Zeroes: There are still 21 unbeaten teams and 12 winless squads according to NCAA stats.

>> Games We're Watching: No. 4 Williams at Oneonta (Tues.); No. 9 John Carroll at No. 6 Mount Union (Wed.); Trine vs. No. 4 UW-La Crosse (Sat.)

>> Complete Poll

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4.  No Change In Top Five

The top five teams in the country remained in place according to the latest D3hoops.com rankings released late Monday.

  1. Hope (21), 7-0
  2. New York U. (3), 7-0
  3. Transylvania (1), 6-0
  4. Trinity, Texas, 9-0
  5. Christopher Newport, 8-0
  6. Amherst, 5-0
  7. Scranton, 7-0
  8. Baldwin Wallace, 7-0
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 8-1
  10. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 4-0

>> Zeroes: There are still 22 unbeaten and 23 winless teams according to NCAA stats.

>> Games We're Watching: No. 7 Scranton vs. Misericordia (Wed.); No. 17 Ithaca at No. 21 Rochester (Wed.); No. 9 UW-Eau Claire at Loras (Sat.).

>> Complete Poll

5. Statesmen, Gusties Hold Onto Top Spots

The Hobart men and Gustavus Adolphus women remained atop the latest USCHO.com DIII ice hockey rankings this week.

  1. Hobart (20), 10-0
  2. Utica, 8-2-1
  3. Adrian, 7-2-1
  4. Augsburg, 6-2-1
  5. St. Norbert, 7-2-1
  6. Geneseo, 8-3-2
  7. Endicott, 9-1
  8. Norwich, 7-2-1
  9. Babson, 7-3-2
  10. Oswego, 7-4

>> Perfect: There are two teams with unblemished records in DIII men's ice hocjey - Hobart and Colby.

>> Complete Poll

  1. Gustavus Adolphus (16), 10-0
  2. UW-River Falls (4), 8-1
  3. Adrian, 9-0
  4. Plattsburgh, 9-2
  5. Norwich, 7-1
  6. Amherst, 5-1
  7. Colby, 5-0
  8. Elmira, 9-2
  9. Middlebury, 4-3
  10. UW-Eau Claire, 7-2

>> Spotless: There are three women's ice hockey teams in DIII with spotless records - Gustavus, Adrian and Colby.

>> Complete Poll

6.  Lightning Round 


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7.  Comings and Goings

8.  "A Charlie Brown XMas" Backstory

Photo: Peanuts Worldwide via AP

The jazzy soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas"— which has sold 5 million copies over 57 years — happened in a hurry, AP's David Bauder writes.

  • Why it matters: The CBS special became an indelible holiday tradition. The music's nostalgia-fueled popularity has only grown.

In 1965, producer Lee Mendelson scribbled some lyrics to jazz musician Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here," for an animated TV special featuring the Peanuts gang.

  • Mendelson told his family he spent less than half an hour on it: "Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer."

Guaraldi's cascading piano evokes motion and lightly falling snow on "Skating."

  • The driving melody of "Linus and Lucy" is the eternal backdrop to a swinging party.
  • "O Tannenbaum" shifts from the traditional carol to a bass-driven groove.
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