Friday, March 10, 2023

SAA Brings Southwestern, Trinity To Fold


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. SAA Brings Southwestern, Trinity To Fold



The Southern Athletic Association announces that Southwestern University and Trinity University (Texas) will join the league starting Fall 2025, bringing the conference’s membership to 10 institutions.

As full members, Southwestern and Trinity are eligible to compete for championships in the 23 sports sponsored by the SAA. Trinity has been an affiliate member of the SAA in football since 2017, winning the last two championships with undefeated conference records. Southwestern is set to join SAA football as an affiliate for the 2023 season. 

>> What They're Saying: "The SAA Presidents' Council voted unanimously in favor of adding both institutions to the conference. According to its chair, Dr. Steve Briggs of Berry College, “both institutions align perfectly with the SAA in valuing a residential model of education that emphasizes and integrates high-quality academic and athletic programs.  Both universities are nationally competitive, and this expansion will establish the SAA as one of the premier Division III conferences.”  

>> Quotable: “The addition of both Southwestern and Trinity to the Southern Athletic Association is exciting for all of us,” added SAA Commissioner Jay Gardiner. “These great institutions will add to the conference’s already strong athletic reputation while emphasizing the integrity of our academic missions. We welcome them both to our family.”

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2. NCAA Preview

The 2023 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship begins today at 10 a.m. in Roanoke, Va.

Top Seeds
125: Joziah Fry (Johnson & Wales)
133: Robbie Precin (North Central, Ill.)
141: Zayren Terukina (Wartburg)
149: Michael Petrella (Baldwin Wallace)
157: David Hollingsworth (Wartburg)
165: Nathan Lackman (Rhode Island College)
174: Michael Ross )Johnson & Wales)
184: Jaritt Shinhoster (UW-Whitewater)
197: Coy Spooner (Coast Guard)
285: Jack Heidt (Wabash)

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>> Complete Brackets


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3. Down Goes #1

Caiti Mickles went deep with one out in the top of the seventh inning as Pfeiffer toppled top-ranked Christopher Newport, 1-0, ending the Captains' 32-game home winning streak.

Kenzi Lyall allowed five hits and five walks but kept CNU off the scoreboard in posting the complete-game victory.


4. Weekend Watchlist


  Lacrosse (M)  Lacrosse (W)  Softball  Volleyball

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Grove City LHP Nick Guidas tossed a perfect game in the Wolverines' win vs. Illinois College. He struck out 14 batters and only two balls put in play against Guidas left the infield.
  • Alma 1B Avery Carnicom and Bridgewater State RHP Matt Josselyn were named the NCBWA's DIII National Players of the Week.
  • The faculty of Connecticut College voted that it had no confidence in the performance of President Katherine Bergeron. The vote was 149 in favor, 11 against and eight abstaining.

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Katie Mucci, assistant direcor, NCAA; Zack Morgan, athletic director, Waynesburg (Sun.); Mark Fallati, alum, Swarthmore (Sun.)

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