REGION COLLEGIANS: St. Francis falls in NAIA playoffs

2013-12-01T17:30:00Z 2013-12-01T20:10:21Z REGION COLLEGIANS: St. Francis falls in NAIA playoffsBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
December 01, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

The University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) football team had its season come to an end Saturday in a 28-14 loss to the University of Cumberlands in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

Senior safety Taylor Brown (Chesterton) had an interception for the Cougars and finished as the team’s top tackler for the season. Aaron Knight (Chesterton) was second on the team in receptions and had over 500 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Also, Zach Greiner (Valparaiso) started at center, while Joe Torres (Munster) was a backup linebacker. Ryan Nix (Valparaiso) kicked off four times.

The Cougars had 10 players named All-Mid States Football Association, including Greiner (first-team), Taylor Brown (second-team) and Knight (honorable mention).

* North Central College in Naperville advanced to the Division III national quarterfinals with a 52-24 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Saturday. Denzel Thompson (Mt. Carmel) has rushed for 312 yards and three touchdowns. His 12.0-yard average on rushes leads the Cardinals (12-0).

* Franklin College fell 33-3 to host and unbeaten Wisconsin-Whitewater in Division III playoff action on Saturday. The Grizzlies (8-4) saw the careers of 18 seniors end, including Colin Gallagher (Wheeler), who started on the defensive line. Franklin’s senior class went 36-11 overall, including 31-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Keaton Lyons (Rensselaer) also saw action on defense Saturday.

* Alabama State’s Kourtney Berry (Merrillville) had eight tackles, including a sack, and added a quarterback hurry in the team’s 41-28 victory over Stillman in the 90th Turkey Classic on Thursday. Berry, a freshman, earned Defensive MVP honors in the game.

Men’s swimming

Matt Poulos (Munster) was named a captain for the Denison University (Ohio) swimming and diving team.

Poulos, a senior diver, has the Big Red currently ranked No. 1 in the Division III poll, according to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) top 25 poll.

Men’s basketball

Saint Xavier University’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Karp, a senior guard, averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.5 steals per game in contests against NAIA No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Cardinal Stritch University and against No. 16 Arizona Christian University.

Karp had 30 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-74 loss to Cardinal Stritch, and added 27 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists in an 83-76 loss to Arizona Christian.

Karp had 30 points and five steals in Saturday night’s 98-96 victory over Indiana University-East.

* Calvin’s Jordan Brink (Dyer/Illiana Christian) leads the team in scoring (15.4) and assists (4.2) through five games.

* Wabash’s Pete Nicksic (Andrean) leads the team in scoring (11.5), rebounds (6.3) and assists (2.3).


Western Kentucky’s Heather Boyan (Munster) was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference’s second-team.

The junior is third on the team with a .405 hitting mark, but leads the conference with a .452 hitting percentage against league opponents. Boyan also leads the team at the net with 99 blocks.

Men’s cross country

Saint Xavier finished 19th at the NAIA Cross Country National Championship in Lawrence, Kan.

Seniors Shane Kenney (Chesterton) was 140th and Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point) was 180th for the Cougars, who had their best postseason finish in the 10-year history of the program.

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