TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman will play host to Defiance for its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener and homecoming game Saturday at Cook Stadium.
The Engineers enter the 2 p.m. matchup with a 0-2 overall mark after a tough 27-17 loss to Centre last Saturday.
Senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr had one of the most prolific passing games in Rose history with a 36-for-60 performance with 303 yards and two touchdowns. His completions and attempts ranked second in school history.
The Engineers enter the game with two HCAC Defensive Player of the Week award winners this season. Senior Cody Rivers received the honor after the Kalamazoo game, while Josh Sonneberger is the reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Week after his effort against Centre.
Defiance features the HCAC rushing leader in Sean Washington and the conference sacks leader in Andrew Leverenz. The Yellow Jackets also have dropped their first two games to members of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, 32-29 to Albion and 14-0 to Adrian.
After Saturday’s game, Rose-Hulman hits the road for Manchester on Sept. 28.
• Rose standout mentioned — Rose-Hulman has been named a “possible breakthrough” men’s team and senior Julian Strickland has been named an honorable-mention All-American in the Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook, available on newsstands Thursday.
The Sporting News Yearbook listed a preseason top 10 poll for NCAA Division III, then mentioned several other teams in the possible breakthrough category. The Engineers were mentioned in the list after completing a 24-4 season last winter.
Rose has qualified for two consecutive NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournaments after capturing two consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles. The Engineers were ranked as high as No. 18 nationally last season, led NCAA Division III in scoring defense by allowing just 51.8 points per game and hosted their first NCAA tournament game since 1997.
Strickland was a second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American last season and leads two returning starters for this year’s squad. He also was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player after leading the Engineers in scoring at 14.6 points per contest.
Strickland enters his season with 1,099 career points, including 65 games scoring in double figures and eight games of 20 or more points. His career-high 30-point game came in the 2012 HCAC tournament championship game at Transylvania, a victory that lifted Rose-Hulman to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999.
Rose will open its season with a scrimmage against Indiana State on Nov. 3. The Engineers will open their regular season Nov. 22 at Washington (St. Louis) University, which also was listed as a possible breakthrough team in the magazine.
• More racing coming — Racing is scheduled for this week with a tripleheader involving some Wabash Valley drivers in Ohio.
U.S. Auto Club features for Silver Crown, sprint and midget cars will be run in the 33rd 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway on Saturday in Rossburg, Ohio.
The Silver Crown championship will be decided by the results of the 50-lap main. Seven drivers have been the winners in the seven SC races and five drivers have a chance to win the title.
Bobby East has a five-point lead over Jerry Coons Jr. going into the finale. Tracy Hines, Chris Windom and Kody Swanson round out the top five.
Bryan Clauson is five points up on Dave Darland in the sprint totals. Sullivan native Chase Stockon is fifth.
Darland has had 21 podium finishes in the 4-Crown Nationals.
Christopher Bell is the leader in the midget standings with a seven-point lead over Clauson. Hines also is third in those totals and is sixth in the sprint division.
Regular racing with special events are set for Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway and Crossroads Dragway. King of the Non-Wing Sprints is on the LP card and a Fast 33 at the 330 race is on the Crossroads schedule.
USAC point leaders
Silver Crown — Bobby East 339, Jerry Coons Jr. 334, Tracy Hines 323, Chris Windom 318, Kody Swanson 310.
Sprints — Bryan Clauson 1,577, Dave Darland 1,572, Brady Bacon 1,521, Kevin Thomas Jr. 1,396, Chase Stockon 1,392, Hines 1,291, Robert Ballou 1,231.
Midgets — Christopher Bell 672, Clauson 635, Hines 596, Coons 564, Darren Hagen 543, Andrew Felker 531.
• Rose-Hulman 2, Fontbonne University 1 — At St. Louis, Ben Lyon scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to lift the Rose-Hulman to a riveting 2-1 double-overtime win Wednesday.
The freshman Lyon drilled the game-winner in the 104th minute of play, aided by an assist from classmate Brad Rostron. The goal ended the sudden-death final frame to give the Engineers their second straight victory.
Rose sophomore Mike Smyser opened the scoring early for the Engineers (3-1-2, 0-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), as he connected on his first goal of the season in the 6th minute to give RHIT a 1-0 lead. Senior teammate William Senat was credited with the assist.
Fontbonne (3-3-1) responded in the 25th minute behind a goal by Zach Schuchardt and assisted by Justin Williams to knot the score at 1-1 entering the half. Both defenses held in the second half to force overtime, until Lyon’s score gave Rose-Hulman the victory with five minutes remaining.
Junior keeper Drew Miller picked up his second straight win in goal for the Engineers, who were outshot by a 12-11 margin.
Fontbonne also held a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Engineers will return to action Sunday when they travel to Centre for a 4 p.m. matchup.
• Rose-Hulman 1, Fontbonne University 0 — At St. Louis, Nicky Wheeler extended her offensive hot streak with her fourth goal of the season to lift Rose-Hulman over Fontbonne on Tuesday.
With the score knotted at 0-0 late in the second half, Rose’s Kate DeMoss cleared a ball from a Fontbonne free kick near midfield to junior teammate Haley O’Neil. O’Neil dribbled the ball down the right side of the field before delivering a perfect cross to a sprinting Wheeler, who one-touched the pass just in front of the post for the game-winner in the 84th minute.
Wheeler has scored in three straight games for the Engineers, including a two-goal performance in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Millikin. O’Neil also picked up her second assist in as many matches, as the Engineers (4-1-1, 0-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) are winners of three in a row.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lucinda Combs recorded the shutout for the Engineers, as she tallied a match-high seven saves in the tight contest.
Rose-Hulman was able to come away with the victory despite being outshot by Fontbonne 11-5. Both teams were even in corner kicks with three apiece.
Rose returns to the field Sunday with a road matchup at Centre College, starting at 2 p.m. Fontbonne fell to 2-2-2 with the loss.
TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman will play host to Defiance for its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener and homecoming game Saturday at Cook Stadium.
ISU’s Abdul-Qaadir, Munn All-MVC selections
Senior guards Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Anna Munn have both been named to Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference teams, announced by the league on Wednesday. Abdul-Qaadir earned a spot on the first-team while Munn was named honorable mention.
History in making?: Indiana, Purdue need to reverse recent trends to keep offseason hopes alive
The state’s two Big Ten schools could begin the offseason as soon as tonight, depending on how they fare in the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.
Metro sports: ‘Lucky Lou’ strikes again on golf course
Retired Public Service Indiana employee Lou Mundell, a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, posted the fifth hole-in-one of his life Tuesday afternoon at the Harder Hall Country Club golf course in his winter home of Sebring.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida
Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
“The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Oh snap: Reed's 18-game hitting streak falls in No. 20 UK's loss at No. 16 IU
No. 16 Indiana mounted two-run rallies in the first and fourth innings and the Hoosiers ended the hitting streak of Terre Haute native A.J. Reed at 18 games to post a 7-2 win over No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday.
Despite going hitless, Reed remains the NCAA leader in home runs (8) and RBI (28) for a potent Wildcats’ offense.
Kentucky (13-4) dropped its first game with the Hoosiers in the last four meetings, with the meeting marking the first time in modern UK history (2003-present) that the two teams faced off as top-20 foes.
Munn named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley with six of the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards after Anna Munn earned the recognition Tuesday for the 2013-14 season.
Munn joins Kourtney Mennen (2003), Melanie Boeglin (2006), Laura Rudolphi (2007) and Kelsey Luna (2009 and 2010) as winners of the award, which began in 2002.
ISU win streak at 12
Ryan Keaffaber recorded his sixth save in seven opportunities Monday as Indiana State won its 12th straight college baseball game, holding off a rally by visiting Western Illinois for a 7-4 victory on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Another Rose freshman making big splash
The Rose-Hulman men’s swimming team received a much-needed boost last season when a talented freshman from Ohio entered to set school records, rack up conference titles and qualify for the NCAA Division III championships. So when the Rose women’s swimming team needed a boost this season, what did it do? Yep, the Engineers found another talented freshman from Ohio to do pretty much the same things.
Metro sports: Indiana State's Abdul-Qaadir honored by MVC again
Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir of Indiana State has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for women’s basketball, the league announced Monday.
Guts, sweat, tears: Sycamores fall to perfect Shockers
No one on Indiana State’s men’s basketball needed to say a word about the Sycamores’ 83-69 loss to Wichita State in Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game.
Todd Golden: Sycamores ran with the best
It’s hard to run with Secretariat. Secretariat, for the uninitiated, won horse racing’s Triple Crown in 1973 and famously stormed to victory in the Belmont Stakes by an unfathomable 31 lengths. Secretariat is widely considered to be the greatest thoroughbred of all time, and his Belmont performance is one of sports’ all-time greatest moments. In Missouri Valley Conference terms, Wichita State is Secretariat.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Odum rises to WSU challenge
When you’re getting ready to play the No. 2 team in the country — the undefeated No. 2 team in the country and the best Missouri Valley Conference team in a generation — the unwritten rule says you’re not supposed to rile them. That you’re not supposed to poke the hornet’s nest.
Clock problems delay start of Indiana State semifinal game
Time stood still in Scottrade Center on Saturday.
Not by design.
Sycamores advance to Arch Madness title game
No one said advancing to the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament championship game was going to be easy.
ISU women grab share of MVC regular-season title
The preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite lived up to its expectations, as the Indiana State women’s basketball team grabbed a piece of the regular-season title with an 85-72 triumph over host Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon inside McLeod Center.
Robinson leads No. 12 Michigan over Indiana
Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 to play, and Jordan Morgan had a double-double in his final home game to help No. 12 Michigan finish off its Big Ten championship season with an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.
Michigan (23-7 15-3) avenged last year’s defeat in the last game of the regular season. In that game, Morgan’s tap-in rolled off the rim as time expired, giving the Hoosiers the victory and costing the Wolverines a share of the conference title.
ISU headed to MVC title game
Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 62-59 on Saturday to advance to Arch Madness championship game.
Ramblin’ On: Sycamores use defensive stops to reach Missouri Valley semifinals
It sounds counter-intuitive, but to go forward in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament you must first get stops. In Friday’s MVC Tournament quarterfinal against Loyola, ISU followed that bit of zen to a tee. The Sycamores never let the Ramblers get comfortable offensively and put a hammer-lock on Loyola standout Milton Doyle. ISU rode its defense to an easy 75-62 victory at Scottrade Center.
ISU baseball looking to carry success home
Indiana State had pitching questions coming into the season, having lost its entire starting staff from a year ago.
So far anyway, those questions have been answered. The Sycamores are 9-1 going into their home opener today against Western Illinois.
Metro sports: Rose-Hulman picks up baseball win
A late run in the eighth-inning broke a 4-all tie and proved to be the game winner for Rockford College in a 5-4 decision over the Rose-Hulman baseball team Friday at the Chain of Lakes Complex.
Indiana State women move within one win from MVC title
Senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had 23 points to lead Indiana State to a 73-71 win at Drake on Thursday. The point guard led four Sycamores in double figures in the win.
Anna Munn, Jasmine Grier and Chelsea Small each chipped in 11 points as ISU shot 10-of-21 from 3-point range as a team.
Sycamores rejuvenated heading into MVC Tournament quarterfinals
Indiana State point guard Jake Odum is sick-and-tired of being sick and tired.
He’s tired of hearing about the team’s three-game losing streak. He’s tired of the Sycamores playing below par. He’s tired of the team not fulfilling its potential.
He plans to do something about it this weekend. Second-seeded ISU begins its Missouri Valley Conference Tournament trek at 7:05 p.m. tonight against either No. 10 Loyola.
Rose-Hulman seniors lead Engineers into NCAA Division III Tournament
For Rose-Hulman’s six senior men’s basketball players, this weekend will mark the beginning of their third and final appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Having left Terre Haute by bus Thursday, Rose (22-5) will open the Division III four-team regional at Hope College in Holland, Mich., today against Wheaton College (19-8) at the unique time of 5:30 p.m.
Coach Jim Shaw’s Engineers are coming off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular-season and tournament championships for the second consecutive year.
ISU women seek top MVC seed
Defense and rebounding are the staples of Teri Moren’s fourth Indiana State team, a squad that hits the road trying to defend and rebound its way to a regular-season conference title. The Sycamores women’s basketball can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference with wins tonight against Drake and Saturday against Northern Iowa.
Nebraska completes sweep of Indiana
Indiana’s slim hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid are all but done, unless the Hoosiers can win the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska never trailed Wednesday night, completing a season sweep of the Hoosiers with a 70-60 win. The loss ensures a losing conference record for IU (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) while boosting the Huskers’ chances at an at-large berth.
ISU reserve Smith earns two MVC honors
Indiana State sophomore Khristian Smith has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Bench and Most Improved Teams, according to an announcement by the league office Wednesday.
Two Sycamores with Scott during Saturday incident
A Vigo County’s Sheriff’s case report of Brenton Scott’s arrest last Saturday indicated that Scott, an Indiana State basketball player, tried to pass himself off as his twin brother and that two of his teammates were with him at the time of the incident.
Metro Sports: Sycamores to be represented at NCAA indoors
Three members of the Indiana State track and field team will compete in the 2014 NCAA indoor championships March 14-15 at Albuquerque, N.M. Senior Greggmar Swift will represent the men, while sophomore Katie Wise and senior Mary Theisen will represent the women.
Rose meets Wheaton in NCAA opener
Rose-Hulman will open its third straight trip to the NCAA Division III basketball tournament at 5:30 p.m. Friday when the Engineers play Wheaton in a four-team regional hosted by Hope College.
Metro: No ISU baseball today; home opener now Friday
Indiana State’s baseball home opener that was to be played today has been pushed back, according to Sycamore head coach Mitch Hannahs.
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