PUMAS' VANDEMERKT GOES OFF: St. Joseph's College quarterback Billy VandeMerkt completed 24-of-31 passes for 449 yards and nine touchdowns as the Pumas outlasted William Jewell 65-49 Saturday in Liberty, Mo.
Julian Walker was his favorite target, reeling in 10 catches for 206 yards and four scores. Gavin Voss (Wheeler) made eight of nine extra points in addition to a 41-yard field goal for the Pumas (4-4, 3-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference).
PUC RALLIES FOR TIE: Trailing 4-0 with less than 20 minutes in the match, Purdue Calumet scored four goals to earn a 4-4 draw against Rochester College on Saturday.
The Peregrines (3-7-1) got on the board in the 74th minute as Hassan Al-Salem chipped a ball over the defense to Juan Pablo Garza, who side-stepped the keeper for PUC’s first score. Juan Lopez scored via a penalty kick more than four minutes later, before Garza added his second goal of the match off a feed from Djurica Bukur in the 80th minute.
Garza set up Bukur for the equalizer to complete the rally.
PUC SHUTS OUT GRACE BIBLE: Purdue Calumet scored six first-half goals en route to a 7-0 victory over Grace Bible on Saturday at Munster High School.
Munster native Rachel Shmagranoff and Vanessa Hernandez scored in the first six minutes for the Peregrines (7-9)
Maxzine Rossler completed her second hat trick of the year, and Kirsten Nirtaut and Nikki Goodeve added goals of their own.
PENGUINS PUT VU ON ICE: Valparaiso outshot Youngstown State 26-8 but couldn't put the ball in the net, falling 1-0 to the Penguins.
Youngstown State (7-7, 2-3) scored in the 36th minute against Kristen Manski (three saves) and held on for the win against the Crusaders (9-5-2, 2-2-1).
STENHOUSE STEALS NATIONWIDE RACE AT KANSAS: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came back from two laps down Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway.
The race was extended six laps because of a late caution, which helped Stenhouse grab his sixth win of the season because the cars in front of him didn't have enough gas to make it to the finish.
Sam Hornish Jr. ran out of fuel before the planned restart, which extended the caution period another lap. As the field came to the green, Paul Menard ran out gas.
Kyle Busch then pulled away from the field, but his tank ran dry as he exited the third turn of the final lap.
Stenhouse, who had lined up in fourth on the restart, zipped past for the victory.
CREEK EAGER TO SHOW HOOSIERS FANS HE'S BACK: Indiana's Maurice Creek spent the last 21 months trying to recover from two season-ending injuries.
On Saturday night, the injury-prone guard finally gave Hoosiers fans a glimpse of what he can still do. He scored 48 points in Hoosier Hysteria's long-shooting contest.
It came a week later than most teams opened practice, and fans filled every seat in Assembly Hall for the first time in event history. Some fans began lining up Friday afternoon and camped through steady rain and chilly temperatures to get one of the coveted tickets, which were all gone two hours before introductions began.
For Creek, it was a re-introduction of sorts. He hasn't played in a game since January 2011. And Creek savored the moment, even hugging his mother after finishing the first round.
FRANKLIN COMMITS TO CAL: Olympic star Missy Franklin has verbally committed to attend the University of California, ending the pursuit of one of the most sought after swimming recruits.
"Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley! I am officially a baby Golden Bear?????? I am so honored to be a part of such a special team! (hash)GoBears," Franklin tweeted Saturday.
Franklin will be reunited with Cal coach Teri McKeever, who directed the U.S. women's team at the London Olympics, where Franklin won five medals. The 17-year-old won the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events, earned gold medals in the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays, and a bronze in the 400 freestyle relay.
Around the horn
Despite one of the best blocking performances in program history, the Valparaiso University volleyball team dropped a Horizon League match to visiting Loyola (14-7, 6-2) 26-24, 24-26, 16-25, 25-21, 15-13 Friday night. The Crusaders (13-10, 5-3) totaled 20 team blocks, one shy of the program record. Junior Ellen Vanden Berg led the way with a career-high 11 rejections, matching the second-most in a five-set match in program history.