Terre Haute -- The men's cross country team competed here Saturday to take on the nation's finest at the Pre-Nationals meet. The team placed fourth in their heat of 35 teams, led by three redshirt freshmen.\nFreshmen John and Sean Jefferson once again led the way for the Hoosiers with 16th and 18th overall finishes respectively. Freshman Eric Redman went out with the fast pace and held on to finish third place for the team and 57th overall in the eight kilometer race. \n"Our top three guys were freshmen," junior Bart Phariss said. "How great is that?"\nThe Jeffersons have led the team, along with Phariss, all season long. John Jefferson has been the team's number one runner in every meet with Sean closely behind.\nJuniors Phariss and Tom Burns rounded out the team's scoring with 64th and 82nd place finishes.\nThe team approached the meet as a low-stress big meet. The purpose of the meet was to give teams a chance to run on the course of the NCAA Championship meet on Nov. 25 and also to give teams a chance to run against top competition to earn an at-large bid to nationals.\nTo earn a spot at the NCAA Championship meet, a team must finish in the top three at Districts or earn an at-large bid. The Hoosiers have already beat top teams with fine performances at the Indiana State Invitational and have a No. 17 national ranking. This put little pressure on the team to perform well at the meet Saturday.\n"I think if you asked the guys, they would say they ran just about average," coach Robert Chapman said. "Luckily, our average is pretty good."\nChapman said the team did not really come in with any expectations. He expects for the team to hit its peak for nationals. He said that if the team can fire on all cylinders for nationals, they can do pretty well.\n"We had redshirt freshmen go one, two, three and that's pretty special," Chapman said. "And you know the older guys will be running well by the end of the season, so it looks like everything's clicking."\nThe team did benefit from the opportunity to race on the course where the NCAA Championships will be held. The team already raced there once for the Indiana State Invitational where they placed runner-up.\n"I think it is helpful to run on the ISU course a number of times before the championship meet," Sean Jefferson said. "I think knowing the course will give me a bit of an advantage over the other guys who have never run there before."\nThe team will compete next at the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette on Nov. 3.
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Going into this weekend's Pre-NCAA 6k Meet at Indiana State University on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, the women's cross country team was ranked No. 30 in the FinishLynx national cross country poll. After all the runners had finished the race, a solid showing by the team was had. The Hoosiers finished eighth out of the 38 teams in the race.\nThe team was ousted by top ranked teams such as No. 1 Brigham Young, No. 4 Colorado, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 20 Missouri, No. 11 Duke, and No. 14 North Carolina.\nSophomore Mindy Peterson paced the Hoosiers with a finish of 30th and a time of 21:16. The next four finishers for the Hoosiers were freshman Jessica Gall (38th, 21:27), juniors Audrey Giesler (44th, 21:30) and Becky Obrecht (54th, 21:39), and freshman Lindsay Hattendorf (73rd, 21:52).\n"I'm glad that I ran more aggressively the first half of the race, but wish I had been tougher the last half and not died so much," Gall said. "It was a good step up for me, though, and it will be a valuable experience during these last few meets of the season."\nGall said that the team was focused and it showed in their results. \n"We're moving in the right direction but still have lots of room for improvement," she said. "We placed well against quality competition so I think it showed us that we can run with anyone if we are on top of our game."\nGiesler agreed with Gall's assessment of the team's performance. \n"I think we needed a meet like this to lead into the Big Ten Meet," Giesler said. "Mindy and Jessica both took a risk by going out hard and it paid off for them and the team. It was important for us to beat some of the nationally ranked teams like Michigan and Boston College, but we still need to make even more progress at the Big Ten Meet."\nBut, Giesler was not pleased with her own race. \n"I think I might have been a little too conservative in the first part of the race, and that ended up costing me some places at the end," she said. "In future races, I need to take a risk and trust that I will always be able to kick at the end."\nCoach Judy Wilson said in a press release the meet was a solid showing by the team. \n"This is great for the girls, a reward for their hard work, and they're having fun," Wilson said. "At the same time, they know that this is just a poll, and what matters is how you do on the course. This is a good race that leads us into Big Tens."\nThe next race for the Hoosiers, which is two weeks from now, is the Big Ten Championship in West Lafayette at Purdue University. Giesler said it is important for the team to continue to run well. \n"From here, we just have to keep our goals in focus and continue to train and mentally prepare for the big meets to follow," Giesler said. "We have a young team, and we've been able to take something from every meet to improve upon in the next one. At this point, I think we have the confidence, experience, and physical preparation to compete with almost any team in the Big Ten"
The IU men's swimming and diving team swept the University of Evansville on Saturday to open their season at the\nCounsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. Under the direction of first year Coach Ray Looze Jr., the Hoosiers won by sweeping all 32 events with a score of 320.50 to 209.50. \nLooze was not surprised by the win over Evansville. He stated that everything panned out the way he had expected.\n"I was real pleased. It was a great way to start the season. I saw enough good things that lead me to be optimistic about the rest of the season," Looze said. \nJunior Matt Leach, senior Dave Schulze, sophomore Murph Halasz, and junior Dale Ramsy all had great performances. The foursome placed first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32:42. All four won their individual events as well.\nSchulze swept the breaststroke posting times of 57.19 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:04:04 in the 200 breast. He also swam a winning time of 4:04:50 in the 400 IM. Halasz was victorious in all of his events swimming times of 1:51:20 in the 200-yard butterfly and 50.20 in the 100. Leach won the backstroke events with times of 51.83 and 1:51:76 in the 100 and 200 respectively. Sprinter Ramsy also won the 50 and 100 freestyle events. \n"I thought we did better than I thought we would. Everyone swam faster," Halasz said. \nThe divers' scores were not added on to the final score of the meet, but the team still performed well for the beginning of the season.\n"We didn't dive as well as we are capable of, but that is pretty\nstandard for the beginning of the season," head coach Jeff Huber\nsaid in a press release. "I think that we are going to have a good\nyear. Marc Carlton did some good stuff for us today and I think he has\na good shot at breaking two school records this year. All in all we\ndove well."\nBreaking Mark Lenzi's record this year is a goal of Carlton's. \n"We need to keep training hard," Carlton said. "We need to stay\ntogether and stay focused to work towards these same goals."\nThe Hoosiers also impressed alumni on Friday during the intersquad\nCream & Crimson meet. Led by Halasz, Ramsy, and sophomore Richard\nBryant, the Cream team won 105 to 75. \n"They displayed a lot of team spirit which is one of the things I\nwant to get ironed out early in the season, so we can be a first class\nsportsmanlike team the entire way," Looze stated in a press release.\n"That is what the Cream & Crimson essentially is, it is a great way\nto start the season, and it sort of brings us together." \nThe Hoosiers will open the Big Ten season hosting Michigan State this\nFriday at 5pm at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.
The IU ice hockey team will face off Friday and Saturday against the University of Dayton Flyers in the first regular-season matchup of the year. For the past eight seasons, IU has made it to the ACHA final four. This year's team is hoping that this series is the beginning to another successful season.\n"We're really anxious to see what happens on the ice, and have a little fun, too," forward Tom Orr said. "It's what we've worked for the last month or two."\nDayton comes to Bloomington to resume a rivalry that started when both teams were members of the now-extinct MCHL. Dayton is the only former MCHL team that IU has kept on its schedule since joining the Great Midwestern Hockey League in 2001. IU holds the series edge 27-3-1.\n"We have a lot a lot of respect for them, they're a good program and usually our games with them are pretty competitive," coach Rich Holdeman said.\nThough the games will not count to IU's conference record, Dayton provides some much-needed regional games for IU. ACHA teams are ranked in post-season play based on regional performance, and many of IU's GMHL opponents are not regional teams.\nIU will be without the services of top returning goal-scorer David Ravensberg, who separated his shoulder during the annual Red and White scrimmage last week.\n"David puts the puck in the net a lot," senior defenseman Joe Rogers said. "So we'll have to find some guys who can take his place."\nOrr said the veterans of the team were ready to accept the challenge.\n"The veteran players are going to have to come out and set the example right away, regardless," Orr said.\nIU lost over 50 percent of its goal-scoring production from last season, and Rogers said that good defense and goaltending were already the focus of the young season.\n"We're going to have to lower our goals against average this season," Rogers said. "We might not put up the same numbers again this year."\nIU will face one of their toughest tests of the year next weekend, when they will travel to the University of Illinois to face a Division I program, but Holdeman and the players agree that they will not be looking past Dayton.\n"Illinois will be a whole different story," Holdeman said "Our focus will be on this game."\nThe excitement of the first game of the year will keep everyone on the task at hand, Orr said.\n"I don't think anyone can overlook the first game of the year," Orr said. "I think everyone is excited to play."\nHoldeman said that although the team is coming together there are some questions remain. Whatever the answers may be, Rogers said IU will learn much about themselves this weekend.\n"It will give us a pretty good idea of where we stand going into the season," said Rogers
The IU ice hockey team will face off Friday and Saturday against the University of Dayton Flyers in the first regular-season matchup of the year. For the past eight seasons, IU has made it to the ACHA final four. \nDayton comes to Bloomington to resume a rivalry that started when both teams were members of the now-extinct MCHL. Dayton is the only former MCHL team that IU has kept on its schedule since joining the Great Midwestern Hockey League in 2001. IU holds the series edge 27-3-1.\nFor full coverage, visit http://www.idsnews.com/sports.
The Hoosiers wrapped up a solid weekend at the Head of the Rock Regatta highlighted by the first place finish of the novice 4 at the time of 19:38. The boat was rowed by freshmen Laura Wharen, Kati Peiss, Lauren Anderson, Barret Belstra, Laura Teskoski. They beat out two strong Loyola Academy crews that finished second (19:52) and third (20:29). In the double race, the Hoosiers placed third (19:36), seventh (21:28), and eighth (21:33).\nHead coach Mark Wilson was pleased with how the day went. He had every girl row in at least two races, and in some cases even three races. He said rowing more races in the fall helps the girls improve more for their main focus, which are the races in the spring.\n"Our philosophy in the fall is that the more rowing opportunities, the better," Wilson said in a statement. "The girls handled the multiple launching and racing very well. We just keep looking to the spring."\nThe Hoosiers also did well in Lightweight 4 where they finished fifth with a time of 19:24. They were beat by Wisconsin, who took the top three spots, and Purdue who finished fourth with a time of 18:35. The lightweight 4 consisted of seniors Becky England and Erin Koers, and sophomores Stephanie Weert, Kristin Storer, and Sarah Meyer.\nIn the open 8, the Hoosiers finished fifteenth with a time of 16:58 and thirtieth with a time of 18:10. Wisconsin placed first with a time of 15:46. Iowa finished second (15:55) while Notre Dame finished just one second slower than Iowa to take third place.\nThe Hoosiers rowed four boats in the open pairs race. The "A" boat finished 14th (19:17), the "B" boat finished 29th (21:05), the "C" boat finished 21st (19:59, while the "D" boat finished 23rd (20:07).\nWilson said he say improvement over last year's effort.\n"The improvement from last year to this year is amazing," Wilson said in a statement. "The girls have much more of a professional attitude, and they are learning to improve"
A second half scoring frenzy propelled the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans to a 5-1 victory over the IU field hockey team (3-9, 1-2 Big Ten) Saturday. The Spartans (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) tallied all five of their goals in the second half, including three in the final nine minutes of regulation. Despite the final score, the Hoosiers stayed close for much of the game with the more experienced and talented Spartans.\nThe contest was scoreless after the first stanza, and the Hoosiers only trailed 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining before the Spartan onslaught began. \n"We held off a long time," coach Amy Robertson said in a statement. "We had a five minute lapse in the final seven minutes, but we turned it around and the last few minutes picked up our play and fought to the bitter end."\nFollowing the scoreless first half, Michigan State freshman Michelle Huynh-Ba put the Spartans on top 1-0 eight minutes into the second half. Nine minutes later, freshman Jessica Miller received a pass from sophomore Judi van Haeringen and buried it into the back of the net to put the Spartans up 2-0.\nIU quickly fought back and only a minute later freshman Nikki Orciuch lit up the Hoosier side of the scoreboard when she rebounded her own shot and beat MSU goalie Christina Kirkaldy to draw IU closer, 2-1.Orciuch's goal was her third on the season and second in two games, and her two shots on the game were IU's only attempts at Kirkaldy all day.\nIU continued to give the Spartans all they wanted, but with 8:18 remaining the sleeping giant finally awoke when van Haeringen found senior Cynthia Martin to stretch the Spartan lead to 3-1. Less than a minute later, van Haeringen distributed her third assist to sophomore Michelle Carstens to make the score 4-1. Freshman Megan Kunk sealed the Spartan win with her first goal of the season to end the day's scoring at 5-1.\nRobertson's plan going into Saturday was to disrupt the rhythm and spacing of the MSU attack. While the plan worked in the first half, Robertson believes her team's failure to adjust to the MSU attack in the second half did them in. \n"We were able to disrupt their play in the first half," Robertson said. "But we couldn't make the adjustment defensively in the second half against their attack."\nWhile the Hoosiers did lose to the Spartans, Robertson credited many of her defensive players for outstanding performances.\n"Kayla (Bashore) and Akila (Jones) played really well for us today," Robertson said. "Morgan Albini had nice one-on-one plays, and made great defensive saves. Molly (Pulkrabek) came out really aggressive and never backed down in the cage."\nIU's schedule does not get any easier as the Hoosiers welcome No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Michigan 6 p.m. Friday at Mellencamp Pavilion.
The storm has subsided. After losing four straight games against Big Ten opponents, the Hoosier volleyball team has lurched back to life with an upset win against the No. 15 ranked Wisconsin Badgers Saturday. But, Saturday's win came with a price as the Hoosiers fell to the unranked Northwestern Wildcats just 24 hours earlier.\nSaturday's match against the Badgers looked like a monumental task for the Hoosiers. Wisconsin came into University gym sporting an 11-4 overall record and a 2-2 record in the Big Ten.\nDespite Wisconsin's ranking, IU drew first blood. The Hoosiers broke out to an early 9-5 lead. The Badgers seemed rattled in the first game, routinely letting balls drop to floor. IU utilized Wisconsin's mistakes, going on a 10-3 run to bring the score to 26-18 and eventually a 30-25 victory.\nGame two was a constant back and forth battle with neither team going on streaks of more than three points. Both IU and Wisconsin kept the game neck and neck until Wisconsin's sophomore outside hitter Jill Odenthal went on her own three point tirade to bring the score to 25-20. The Badgers eventually overtook IU 30-26.\nGame three was yet another close battle, featuring 15 ties. Trailing by two points late in the game, the Hoosiers were able to put together a three point run to gain the lead 21-20. Both teams kept trading blows for five consecutive ties until the Hoosiers nearly lost the game by trailing 29-28. Sophomore outside hitter Christina Archibald then took control by logging the pivotal kill to tie the game at 29 before gaining a service ace to take the game 31-29.\nIntensity reigned in game four with players from both teams constantly diving on the floor to keep the ball in play. IU trailed 18-19, but impressive Hoosier hitting eventually had the Badgers following suit. Despite the "floor play," the Badgers scored four straight points to win the game 30-26.\nGame five, however, was all Hoosiers, with Wisconsin constantly playing catch-up until junior outside hitter Nikki Hill smashed home the game's final point for a 15-11 IU win and 3-2 match victory. \nJunior middle blocker Melissa Brewer led the team with 25 kills along with 6 block assists. Archibald and sophomore middle blocker Katie Pollom also had 20 and 19 kills respectively. Senior outside hitter Erin Byrd paced Wisconsin with 18 kills. \nPollom said Saturday's victory proved to be an important victory for the Hoosiers by proving that IU can go the distance.\n"The fact that we won in five was very important for us, because that's a goal of ours, and that has become an expectation now," Pollom said. "We've proved to ourselves more than once this year that we can finish a game."\nThe Hoosiers came into Friday night's home match against Northwestern with much anticipation after three straight road losses. But, the Hoosier's home crowd was not enough, as IU dropped a heartbreaker, 3-2.\nThe first game had the Hoosiers blasting out of the starting blocks with all cylinders firing, constantly keeping the Wildcats playing catch-up. Ignited by Brewer's hitting prowess, IU went on a 10-3 run early in the game to bring the score to 17-9. Northwestern tried to hold on with mini-runs throughout, but the Hoosiers overpowered the Wildcats 30-19.\nThe Wildcats came back in game two to an early 5-1 lead. Northwestern kept the Hoosiers at bay with a 7-3 run to bring the score to 15-9. The Hoosiers regained their composure by stringing together their own set of mini-runs to bring IU within three points for a 25-22 Wildcats lead. This was as far as the Hoosiers could get, with Northwestern overtaking IU 30-27, tying the match.\nNorthwestern's momentum held strong through game three with powerful hitting. The game stayed close with neither team posting more than three point streaks. But, the Wildcats had the upper hand and overtook the Hoosiers 30-25.\nThe fourth game proved to be a battle with both teams knotting the score 15 times. The match was hard fought until IU logged an 8-2 run that brought the win within reach for a 27-20 Hoosier lead. Northwestern kept themselves alive by turning in a 6-1 stanza of its own to bring the Wildcats within one for a 28-27 IU lead. IU finally overtook Northwestern 36-34 to tie the match at 2 games apiece.\nThe fifth game of the match had both teams tying five times in a 15 point game. With both teams knotted at 12, Northwestern took three of the next four points to take the game 15-13 and the match 3-2.\nCoach Katie Weismiller said the team was dissatisfied with their play on both sides of the court after dropping the 3-2 match. \n"We staggered getting our offense going, out of rhythm," Weismiller said, "We have to find a way to get more blocks." \nArchibald again paced the Hoosiers with 23 kills, and Northwestern's junior outside hitter Iwona Lodzik logged 18 kills to lead the Wildcats. Northwestern buried the Hoosiers in blocking logging 19 to IU's 6. Northwestern's record improved to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten. \nThis weekend's split brings the Hoosiers to a 12-6 overall record and a 2-4 record in the Big Ten. Despite the team's big win, the Hoosiers' focus is to look ahead.\n"The big thing is to move on really quickly," Brewer said. "We're on the road again, and we've got to move on and carry this over to the next game"
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers know Alan Trammell was the popular choice to be their next manager. More importantly, they're also convinced he was the right choice.\n"People don't come to your games to see your manager," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday after signing the former star shortstop to a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth season. "But if your manager makes your team perform better and conduct itself better on and off the field, then people will show their support.\n"I can understand why some people will feel that this was based on Alan's popularity here. But really, we could not afford to make this decision based on that because we need to right this ship."\nThe Tigers have sunk and stunk for the most part since Trammell helped them win the 1984 World Series Detroit's fourth -- and the AL East title in 1987.\nDetroit has endured nine straight losing seasons and has gone through four managers since Sparky Anderson's 17-season tenure ended in 1995.\nThe player they called "Tram," said words such as tradition, history and respect used to be associated with the Tigers.\n"Right now, I don't know if I can say that," Trammell said. "That's going to be one of my jobs, to get that back.\n"This is where my heart is. I care about this place. It would make my life very satisfying to say we helped turn this thing around."\nWith veterans that didn't perform as well as they were paid to, and prospects rushed to the major leagues, the Tigers tied Tampa Bay for the worst mark in the majors with a 55-106 record.\nDombrowski fired manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith after an 0-6 start and then fired interim manager Luis Pujols the day after he lost his 100th game.\n"Is it going to change overnight? No," Trammell admitted. "But what I'm going to guarantee you is our professionalism and our effort."\nTrammell will be a manager for the first time -- at any level -- when the Tigers begin next season on March 31 at home against Minnesota.\n"I'm not worried about that because he's such a student of the game that he's managed in his head every game he's been a part of," Dombrowski said. "He's ready for this."\nThe 44-year-old Trammell was San Diego's first base coach the past three seasons and was the Padres' outfield and baserunning coach.\nWhen Trammell's 20-season career in Detroit ended in 1996 he spent the next two seasons as an assistant in the franchise's baseball operations department and one season as the Tigers' hitting coach.\nHe was fired when Garner was hired following the 1999 season.\n"That was a little disappointing," Trammell said. "But when I look back, it was good for me to go away and gain more experiences."\nTrammell hit .285 with 185 homers and 1,003 RBIs as Detroit's shortstop from 1977-96. The six-time All-Star won four Gold Gloves and was the World Series MVP in 1984 when the Tigers won their fourth and last championship.\n"We all know the history of the English 'D' that I feel a part of," Trammell said, referring to the team's letter insignia. "It's been a big part of my life."\nTrammell, Al Kaline and Ty Cobb are the only players to be with the Tigers for at least 20 seasons.\n"This is the biggest step the Tigers have taken since I retired (in 1974), other than hiring Sparky Anderson," Kaline said.\nDombrowski also interviewed New York Yankees third base coach Willie Randolph and Triple-A Toledo manager Bruce Fields, who was named the Tigers' hitting coach Wednesday. The Tigers asked Oakland for permission to talk to Ken Macha, its bench coach, but didn't interview him.\n"What Alan brings to this organization, I didn't think anybody else can match," Dombrowski said.
The women's cross country team looks to continue their strong running this weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational on the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course.\nThe first two meets of this young season have been very successful for this season's harriers. On August 30th, the team won the Indiana Open on the IU Cross Country Course. This past weekend they finished second in the Indiana Intercollegiates, losing the top spot to rival Purdue.\nThe Hoosiers said they are optimistic for this Saturday's meet in Minneapolis. \n"To be successful this weekend, we just need to run with the confidence and composure we've been running with so far. I think that if we work together as a pack and compete, we could surprise some people," junior Audrey Giesler said.\nSophomore Mindy Peterson said the team needs to be confident, but not overconfident about this weekend. \n"We just need to go out on the course without being intimidated by the number of runners and know that we can race with all of those girls," Peterson said. "I have already heard from many of the girls that are excited about this race, so that makes me even more excited."\nThe race is the fifth of seven that will take place Saturday. Other races will include high school and Division I, II, and III teams.\nPeterson, whose season personal best 18:12 was set at the Indiana Open last weekend, was the top finisher for the Hoosiers at last year's Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 22:28.6 for the five-kilometer course.\n"The meet is not as competitive as it has been in the past, but there are still some outstanding teams that are going to be there including Michigan State, last year's Big Ten Champs, Marquette, Arizona, and Arizona State," Giesler said.\nGiesler said she hopes to move on from the mistake she made in the Hoosiers' last meet. Towards the end of the race, Giesler was in the lead, but took a wrong turn, and had to retrace her steps. This error caused her to lose her No. 1 position in the race.\n"Making that wrong turn was frustrating because as a junior on my home course, I should not have made that mistake," Giesler said. "The frustration does help serve motivation for this weekend, but I'm just really excited to see how our team performs up there. Mistakes happen, and we must move on."\nDespite her mistake, Giesler said racing well comes not only from experience, but also the support of teammates. \n"The more you're in the big meets, the more comfortable you become when the gun goes off," Giesler said. "More importantly though, it really helps having so many teammates to run with both in practice, and in the meets. When we run together, it really keeps my head in the race."\nFreshman Jessica Gall also said that the competition will be tough.\n"[the team] is so excited about this meet in Minnesota. It is a great chance for us to prove how good IU really is against some quality competition."\nGall stated that the top five runners (Peterson, Gall, Freshman Lindsay Hattendorf, Giesler, and Junior Becky Obrecht) work really well with one another in practices and races. \n"We may not be with each other every step of the way, but it is always encouraging to see teammates around and in front of me," Gall said. "It makes me strive to do better for the team"
The Hoosiers fell to 2-5 over the weekend after losing to Ball State for the second time this season, 1-0. \nSimilar to the first game between the two, IU was dominated on the offensive side. The Hoosiers were outshot 22-2 in the first contest on Sept. 6 and were outshot 27-3 on Saturday in Muncie, Ind. The Cardinals also gained more penalty corners, defeating IU in that category, 19-4. \nDespite their complete offensive domination, BSU managed only one goal against goaltender Molly Pulkrabek. Just four minutes into the game senior BSU forward, Allison Haynes, rattled the cage to put the Cardinals on top for good. \n"To be honest, I was really disappointed in our play today," BSU coach Jen Halliday said in a statement. "To outshoot a team by the margin that we did, plus have 19 corners with only one goal shows that we were not executing. I thought Indiana did a really nice job of packing it in on us defensively, and we were lucky to get out of here with a win."\nIU coach Amy Robertson said she was disappointed. \n"We were trying to do the right things, but there was a lack of confidence on our part," Robertson said. "We just need to trust our abilities and play our game."\nDespite the defeat, there were some positives in Saturday's game. Pulkrabek, who led the Big Ten in saves and saves per game going into the contest, turned in another stellar performance. She had 17 saves. \n"Molly kept her composure in the game and stayed calm," Robertson said. \nIU did play well in spots, but couldn't keep it together. \n"We had some nice combinations; they were in pieces though," Robertson said. "We used the width of the field and made some nice passes, but what plagued us the most was that when we lost the ball on defense we weren't trying hard enough to get it back."\nLack of offensive execution has been a problem all year long for the Hoosiers. Going into Saturday's contest with Ball State, IU ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in every offensive category. They are dead last in both shots and goals scored. \nThey head back to the road on Sept. 28 to face Georgetown, and then head to Penn State to open up Big Ten play against the No. 7 Nittany Lions.
It's amazing what two weeks can do. Two weeks without competition. Two weeks to reflect on the last tournament. Two weeks to find any mistakes and correct them, and two weeks to get ready to win.\nThat is exactly what the Hoosiers did on Saturday. Sunday, however, was a different story. The Hoosiers ended Saturday in second place, one shot back of leader Eastern Kentucky University, but fell in the standings Sunday to finish the tournament in fifth place. \nEntering the Earl Yestinsmeier Invitational at Ball State University, the squad knew they had a very solid chance of winning the whole tournament -- their first since the 2000 Legends Intercollegiate. \nThe Hoosiers came out smoking. The Hoosiers were led by senior Ben Davidson and sophomore Jeff Overton after the first two rounds who both tied for sixth place with a three under par 141.\n"The first two rounds were pretty impressive, and the conditions were near perfect," coach Mike Mayer said.\nBut, the solid play did not continue throughout the third round. No Hoosier shot under 74, and they finished with an overall score of 307 which landed the team in fifth place overall out of 15 competing teams. \n"We got ourselves into a position to win, but we didn't get the job done," Mayer said. "We had a bad round [on Sunday]."\nSophomore Heath Peters said the team blew a golden opportunity.\n"We were in a place we knew we should be, but we just couldn't capitalize. We dropped the ball," Peters said. \nSeveral factors played into the team's unwinding in the third round. The weather went from clear and perfect to dismal over the weekend, with high winds and cooler temperatures. Peters said the weather had a negative impact on the team's play. \nOn top of the poor weather, poor short game play also raised scores this weekend for the Hoosiers. Once again, putting was trouble for the squad.\n"My putting was horrible," Peters said. "I could strike the ball well, but I couldn't get anything near the hole."\nPeters ended up being the lone Hoosier to shoot par, leaving him tied for tenth and the highest placing Hoosier of the tournament.\nOverton, who along with Davidson led the Hoosiers going into play on Sunday ended the tournament one over par, shooting a 217. \n"We played well for two rounds, but the last round was pathetic. We are very disappointed and upset we played so bad," Overton said.\nPeters said despite the breakdown, the team is ready to play at the next level.\n"We are real close to breaking through," Peters said.\nThat chance will come this coming weekend when the Hoosiers host the Northern Intercollegiate at the IU Golf Course. \n"We will get back up and get going again tomorrow," Mayer said. "We just to need to regroup and we'll be fine"
This summer for an IU sports fan was more about questions than answers and worries than affirmations.\nDoes the football team have a shot to beat William and Mary Aug. 31?\nWhy haven't we gotten any big-time men's basketball recruits?\nWhat is the Sears Directors' Cup?\nWhat goes with cream and crimson?\nFootball head coach Gerry DiNardo has both done and said interesting things over the summer. He vowed to go to every high school in the state and to introduce himself to the state's coaches upon his hiring and made it to about half of them before recruiting rules forced him off the road. He will visit the second half next offseason.\nOne minute, he said he would like to see IU play Notre Dame, his alma mater. Next, he criticized predecessor Cam Cameron's schedule-making strategy and said IU should give itself a weaker non-conference schedule. \n"If Cam doesn't play N.C. State, maybe he's still here, and I'm doing a radio show in Birmingham," DiNardo told the Courier-Journal.\nThis greatly appeased the small -- everything about IU football is small from the stadium to the linebackers to the number of passionate supporters -- group of fans still upset over Mallory's 1996 firing and Cameron's subsequent decision to discontinue using Mallory's famed T-formation, run-it-up-the-middle offense.\nLosing Antwaan Randle El, IU's best player ever; Levron Williams; and Justin Smith to graduation meant that the team will be hard to figure. Losing Jeremi Johnson, who would have been IU's top returning rusher, to transfer meant that the team offensively will be starting from a mostly clean slate.\nOn the other hand, the transfer-in by former Notre Dame quarterback Matt LoVecchio is probably the most significant athlete transferring to IU in decades, though that's not saying much. LoVecchio won seven straight games as a starter at Notre Dame two years ago and quarterbacked Notre Dame all the way to the Fiesta Bowl. If he's good enough for Notre Dame, then he is certainly good enough for IU. But he won't be eligible until next season.\nDiNardo revealed at Big Ten Media Day that IU will have only 69 scholarship players this season, nowhere near the maximum of 85. Twenty of them will be freshmen. Clearly, the focus for IU football is better strength in numbers.\nWhile the number of scholarship players remains small, at least the stadium will increase in size. Trustees approved eight luxury suites and 300 club seats for high-end seating with the IU Foundation financing the renovations at a $3.5 million price tag. Considering that Purdue is adding 34 suites to Ross Ade Stadium, it's small, but it's a start. It will be hard for any coach to recruit, though, at a stadium that isn't even half the size of three conference rivals (Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State).
This past Monday on TNN's "Monday Night Raw," Rikishi returned to WWF action after some time off because of an eardrum injury. In Rikishi's first night back, he found himself in the main event against Stone Cold Steve Austin. \nThe show started with Mick Foley being the first to enter. Trying to get a quick plug in on his new book, "Foley Is Good." When Vince McMahon found out Foley was in the ring, he quickly made his way there with Stephanie McMahon and William Regal.\nVince ordered Rikishi to drop Foley like a bad habit, but Rikishi dropped Regal instead. Because of this, Vince ordered Rikishi to face Austin in the main event.\nThe main event held little surprises. Other than Rikishi giving the "stink-face" -- where he places his butt into his victims faces-to Stephanie, nothing exciting came out of the main event. With a little help from his friends, Stone Cold came away with a clean victory, and walked out of the arena retaining his WWF Championship. But the more interesting plot turn of throwing Rikishi back into the mix was what held the night in suspense. \nNo other option existed for the WWF to turn Rikishi into a good guy -- at least for now. If you noticed Monday night, Rikishi came out to his old music, which would indicate some turn of a sorts, whether it's a face or a heel turn has yet to be fully determined. The WWF is short on good faces right now, and Rikishi would fill that void nicely, but with the past that Rikishi has with Austin and Triple -- remember the plot to run over Austin and send him away for a year -- it would not be a surprise to anyone to see some deeper plan in the works. With Vinnie Mac running the show now, and Linda McMahon and Foley attempting to regain control, we should see something major go down within the next few weeks, if not at Judgment Day itself. As the saying goes in the WWF, anything can happen.\nThe rest of the night saw little in the manner of plot development. A table match between the Dudleys and X-Factor saw little Spike Dudley perform an "acid-drop" over the apron to Albert through a table. A steel cage match -- usually reserved for main event matches -- was brought in to further the heat between Regal and Jericho. Jericho came away victorious, but the WWF fans were left puzzled as to why they would waste a cage match on these two. It seems to me that this angle has been played out to its maximum, and they should bury it before it becomes too repetitive-if it isn't already. \nThe rest of the night lacked significantly from the physical aspect as Undertaker, Kane and Triple H saw no real action. Perhaps coming off of the United Kingdom pay-per-view, "Insurrextion," played a role in the absence of much action last night. Kurt Angle wasn't even in the arena long, and Chris Benoit mocked him from afar by placing Angle's gold medals down his pants, but the WWF seemed to lack because of the UK scheduling, which was expected. \nWhether or not more story lines are going to be developed are yet to be determined. With the absence of The Rock filming another movie, the WWF has big shoes to fill. Austin and Triple H are carrying the company right now. Rikishi will help carry the load, but more superstars are going to need a big push to get to the top.
It was another weekend that began with a victory and ended in defeat for the women's volleyball team. The Hoosiers defeated Northwestern in five games (30-21,25-30,30-27,28-30,15-9) Friday and fell to Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin in three games (30-26,30-12,30-21) Saturday.\nThe weekend's matches left the Hoosiers with a conference record of 4-10 and an overall record of 7-15.\nFriday's match up with Northwestern wasn't easy for the Hoosiers, who lost to the Wildcats 3-1 earlier this year in Bloomington. IU won the opening game 30-21. After a timeout was called toward the end of the second game, Northwestern dominated, scoring three points and claiming a game two victory 30-25.\nGame three was closer than game two and ended with the Hoosiers on top by a score of 30-27. The Hoosiers now had two games won, with one more to win that would clinch the victory. Game four ended in Northwestern's favor 30-28, which put the Hoosiers in a position they knew well from the previous weekend in a match against Minnesota. This time the Hoosiers pulled out a game five win 15-9. Leading the Hoosiers, and winning game five with her 23rd kill for the night was freshman Christina Archibald.\nThe victory left the Wildcats 4-9 in the conference and 8-12 overall.\nThe Hoosiers traveled to Wisconsin Saturday to take on the Badgers, who also defeated IU at home earlier in the year. Wisconsin still stands at No. 1 in the Big Ten with a conference record of 13-1 and overall record of 19-3. Penn State has been the only Big Ten team to take out the Badgers so far this season. \nGame one was the Badgers 30-26 despite passing errors on Wisconsin's side of the net. Wisconsin held the lead almost all of the second game and once the score reached 20-6 in Wisconsin's favor, IU called a timeout. Although the Hoosiers tried to rally, Wisconsin proved why they are No. 1 in the Big Ten and won the game 30-12. Wisconsin finished off the Hoosiers 30-21 in game three.\nArchibald led the Hoosiers once again Saturday with nine kills and nine digs. Following close behind was sophomore Melissa Brewer with eight kills.
The IU field hockey team went into the 2001 Big Ten Tournament with hopes of pulling an upset of No. 2 seed Ohio State, but the Buckeyes jumped on the freshmen and sophomore laden Hoosier squad with a goal less than five minutes into the match.\nOSU senior Marije van Nouhuys got an assist when sophomore teammate Vanessa Immordino beat IU's keeper, junior Molly Pulkrabek for the first goal 4:54 into the first half. The Hoosier defense then withstood the Buckeyes attack for nearly 18 minutes until OSU netted four goals in less than seven minutes.\nBuckeye freshman Lorena Margni found the back of the net with 12:30 left in the first half. OSU added a third goal less than a minute later as van Nouhuys and Immordino connected again. Just over two minutes later freshman Lucy Clayton scored off a penalty corner with assists from Margni and senior Kimberley Reedy. That same trio got together for its second goal off another penalty corner with 5:38 left in the half.\nThe Hoosiers attempted to step up their attack in the second half, but were unable to muster a shot against the stingy OSU defense headed by senior goalie Allison Blanton who was named to the First Team All-Big Ten squad. Blanton faced only three Hoosier shots on the day while the Buckeyes managed to put 23 on the IU keepers. OSU also got 15 more penalty corners than the Hoosiers. The win boosted the Buckeyes to 13-4 overall after finishing Big Ten play with a 5-1 record and a share of the regular season conference championship with Michigan State. The loss dropped IU to 1-16 overall with a 0-6 record in conference competition.\nPulkrabek posted seven saves in the first half, giving her 85 stops on the year and placing her five ahead of freshman Katie Kanara for most saves in a season by an IU keeper. But Kanara was placed in the net to start the second half and recorded two saves on nine shots while shutting out Ohio State in the second half. Kanara's 82 saves on the season place her second on the school list in saves for a season and her 2.73 goals against average set a new single season school mark.\nKanara and Pulkrabek weren't the only Hoosiers who set new school records throughout the season. Freshman Kim Nash set school records with four goals and nine points on the year. Classmates Kayla Bashore and Ryan Woolsey each tallied three assists on the season to break the old mark of two. Bashore was also named a Second Team All-Big Ten midfielder, becoming the first Hoosier to be named to an all-conference team in the sport's two-year varsity history.
IU is expected to officially land three men's basketball recruits today, the first day recruits can sign national letters of intent. \nSix-foot-three, 186-pound Bracey Wright (The Colony, Texas) verbally committed to the Hoosiers in September after averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game for the Cougars. Wright was also voted most valuable player in the summer's Peach Jam Amateur Athletic Union tournament in Atlanta, which his Texas team won.\nWright's stepfather confirmed the guard is going to sign with the Hoosiers and will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m.\n"I'm as anxious as I can be," Wright said at Midnight Madness.\nWright visited IU in September, just days before signing, then returned for Midnight Madness Oct. 13. Wright is the nation's top shooting guard, according to Rivalhoops.com \nFellow guard Marshall Strickland is expected to join Wright in IU's backcourt. Strickland, a six-foot-two, 185-pounder, averaged 30.5 points, 4.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game as a junior at South Carroll High School in Mt. Airy, Md. Rivalhoops.com lists Strickland, who verbally committed in July and joined Wright on a visit to IU during Midnight Madness, as the No. 4 point guard in the nation.\n"The fans here are serious," Strickland told the IDS at Midnight Madness. "That's something I really like. I'm real excited."\nIU's final recruit, Daryl Pegram, didn't verbally commit to the Hoosiers until earlier this month and is set to begin his senior season at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, where he averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game last season. \nA native of San Bernadino, Calif., Pegram is listed at six-foot-eight and 185 pounds and visited Bloomington two weeks ago, when he witnessed IU's 105-59 victory against Athletes In Action. Several publications have named Pegram, who received offers from Ivy League schools, as one of the top 100 recruits. \n"(IU) offers a great combination of academics and athletics," Pegram said earlier this month. "It was hard to pass up. I just wanted the best challenge I could find."\nCheck Thursday's IDS for more coverage.
The decision was announced at a press conference today at 2 p.m. The second-team All-American made the announcement with his family present. Jeffries was the Big Ten player of the year, and finished one point short of 1,000.
The IU women's swimming team got what it wanted out of its three-day trip to East Meadow, N.Y. for the U.S. Open Swimming Championships.\nHeading into the meet, head coach Dorsey Tierney said she hoped the tough competition present at the meet would help the Hoosiers gear their improvements as they look ahead to the spring championship season. Tierney was also looking for the Hoosiers to continue the success they have achieved in their other meets in the fall season.\nThe eight Hoosier swimmers who made the trip to the Open responded and posted 10 new season best times, nine of which were B-qualifying times for the NCAA Championships. \nSenior Susan Woessner, junior Kristy Martin and sophomores Brooke Taflinger and Sarah Fiden led the Hoosier contingent at the Open.\nWoessner qualified for the C-final in the 200-meter backstroke and won the heat with a time of 2:14.07 (2:00.12 after conversion to short-course yards). That time is a new season best for Woessner and the team and was a NCAA B-qualifying time. Woessner placed fourth in the A-final of the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:01.45 (55.05 after conversion). Martin had two second place finishes in different B-finals to represent IU. She swam a season best 4:49.17 (4:19.09 after conversion) in the 400-meter individual medley and also posted a season best in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:15.55 (2:01.45 after conversion).\nTaflinger displayed her strength in the individual medley events for the Hoosiers. She qualified for the A-final in both the 200-meter and 400-meter IM. Her time of 2:17.05 (2:02.79 after conversion) in the 200-IM was good enough for sixth overall in the Open and is a new season best and a B-qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. Taflinger also placed sixth in the 400-IM A-final with a time of 4:49.71 (4:19.58 after conversion).\nThe Hoosiers also displayed their strength in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle competitions. The quartet of Taflinger, Fiden, Woessner and freshman Erin Smith competed in the 800 for the Hoosiers. Their time of 8:18.19 (7:26.37 after conversion) was fast enough for fourth overall and was a new season best. Junior Anne Williams took over for Taflinger for the 400-meter event and the team placed fifth with a time of 3:48.42 (3:24.57 after conversion), also a new season best. Each time is also a B-qualifying time for the NCAA's.\nWhile the eight Hoosier swimmers were competing at the Open, the team also had 15 swimmers at the Miami (OH) Invitational. Those swimmers in Tierney's mind primarily consisted of less experienced swimmers and Tierney was hoping for someone to step up in a leadership role.\nAfter two days of competition at the Invitational, the Hoosiers were led by junior Maggie Helmers and sophomore Meghan Medendorp. Helmers placed fifth overall in the 400-yard IM and fourth in the consolation final of the 200-yard IM. Medendorp qualified for three different individual finals and competed in two relay finals for the Hoosiers.\nIn the team standings the Hoosiers were in ninth place with a total of 365.5 points. Fellow Big Ten team Michigan State led host Miami (OH) by just 4.5 points. Results from the third day of competition were not available before print time.\nThe Open and Miami Invitational concludes the fall season for the Hoosiers with a 2-0-1 dual meet record. The team won't get back in the pool for competition until they host Ohio State in a co-ed dual Big Ten meet Jan. 12. The dual will be held at the Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center in the SRSC.
Traditionally, the U.S. Open has been an event where the top talents in the world clash for three days. On Saturday, the Hoosiers showed they belong under that heading, swimming to a second-place finish with 194 points. \nJunior David Schulze led the Hoosier scoring for much of the event. On Thursday, Schulze swam to a season-best fifth place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.53), a third-place finish in the bonus consolation heat of the 200-meter individual medley (2:03.59) and a second-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle relay (7:27.49), with teammates senior Heath Montgomery and freshmen Val Milkov and Richard Bryant. In the 200-meter breaststroke Sunday, Schulze placed third with a season-best time of 2:14.58.\nFreshman Murph Halasz won the bonus consolation heat of the 200-meter IM by only one hundredth of a second, with a time of 2:03.57. Halasz then finished seventh overall in the 100-meter butterfly (55.07) Friday before tying for third in the 200-meter butterfly Saturday with a new season-best time of 1:59.42. When converted to yards, Halasz's time in the 200-meter butterfly brought him within eleven hundredths of a second of Mark Spitz's 30-year old 1:46.89 school record.\nBryant placed seventh in the 400-meter freestyle (3:57.14) Thursday. \nThe Hoosiers captured a first-place finish in the 400-meter medley relay on Friday. The squad of sophomore Matt Leach, Schulze Halasz, and Milkov combined to win the event with a time of 3:43.60, more than two seconds ahead of runner-up University of Florida.\nIn the 100-meter freestyle, Milkov and Andersson swam to fourth- (51.21) and eighth-place (51.52) finishes, respectively, in the bonus consolatory round. Andersson set a season best in the preliminary session, with a 51.17 time. \nIn the final event of the tournament, the 400-meter freestyle relay, the Hoosier squad of sophomore Mike Payne, Andersson, Schulze and Milkov finished in sixth with a 3:26.58 time. \nThe University of Florida won the event, tallying a 221 final score. Penn State, Oakland University and Brown University rounded out the top five colleges, behind IU. \nThe U.S. Open marked the end of the Hoosiers' fall season. Their next competition is at home against Ohio State Jan. 12.