The University of Indianapolis football team proved to be road warriors Saturday, holding off host St. Joseph’s 27-24 in Rensselaer.
The NCAA Division II No. 18-ranked Greyhounds (8-1, 5-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference) got a 40-yard reception from senior tight end Joe Bell (Lowell).
Freshman linebacker Derrick Bryant (Mount Carmel) had three tackles and a sack. Junior Greg Wedow (LaPorte) starts at left guard for the Greyhounds, who have won six straight games.
Indianapolis is coached by 1973 Andrean grad Bob Bartolomeo.
St. Joe’s (6-3, 3-2) got a 31-yard field goal and three extra points from kicker Gavin Voss (Wheeler). Billy VandeMerkt was 17-for-24 passing for 173 yards and a touchdown, while Braxton Shelton rushed for 59 yards and two scores.
• Franklin College celebrated senior day in style in a 41-7 victory over Defiance on Saturday. Colin Gallagher (Wheeler) starts on the defensive line for the Grizzlies, ranked No. 11 in the D3football.com top 25 poll. Franklin leads the HCAC with a 6-0 record and is winning conference games by an average score of 63-14. The Grizzlies have a 32-game conference winning streak, which is tied for the third longest active streak among NCAA Division III schools.
Franklin’s offense is third nationally in passing offense (357.7 yards per game) and fourth in scoring offense (52.7 points per contest), while the defense is ninth by allowing only 76.3 rushing yards per game.
Gallaudet University’s Kara Gulvas (Crown Point), a senior goalkeeper, was named to the 2013 North Eastern Atlantic Conference third team.
Gulvas started 15 games in goal and saw action in three others as a midfielder. She was between the pipes for 1,150 minutes and recorded 160 saves. She is currently ranked 15th in the NCAA Division III record book for saves per game and 10th for total saves.
Gulvas was a four-year letterwinner for the Bison. For her career, she played in 69 games, had 5,736 minutes played, saved 743 shots and compiled nine shutouts. Last season as a junior she led Division III in saves with 226.
Men’s cross country
St. Francis (Il.) is the top-ranked team in the NAIA poll and has been there for nine straight weeks. The defending NAIA national champs have two local runners on the roster: freshmen Alex Cordova (Hobart) and Jesse Unzueta (Thornwood). Cordova ran in one meet while Unzueta has participated in two this season.
• Manchester’s Jon Caffarelli (Marian Catholic) was third for his team and fourth overall as the Spartans won their fifth straight HCAC championship Saturday in Defiance, Ohio.
• Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point) was 36th and Shane Kenney (Chesterton) was 54th for St. Xavier University at the Great Lakes Challenge, hosted by Aquinas College (Mich.). The meet had 39 of the finest NAIA teams across the 8K (8,000-meter course). St. Xavier, ranked No. 14th, finished in fifth place as a team.
Oklahoma's Andrew Howe (Hanover Central) used a first-period takedown, a third-period escape and a riding time point to edge Penn State's Matt Brown 4-3 at 174 pounds in the NWCA All-Star Classic Saturday night at George Mason University. It was Howe's first competition at 174 pounds. Oklahoma is ranked No. 5 going into the season.
Saint Xavier is ranked No. 11 in the preseason NAIA poll, and looks to be dangerous with reigning NAIA Second-Team All-American Brad Karp (Valparaiso) back in the fold. The Cougars finished 29-6 last season and 22-2 in the CCAC.
Karp, who surpassed 2,000 career points last season as a junior, averaged 21.4 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.