Impressive debut by Evans highlights busy week for BD grads



Franklin defeated Millikin 2-0 in its season opener,  Taylor McDaniel assisted on the Grizzlies’ second goal.

Southern Indiana (2-0) opened its season with a 5-1 defeat of  Findlay and a 3-0 win against Kentucky Wesleyan. Senior pre-med major  Courtney Lofland was in the goal for the first half (45 minutes) of each win and had two saves in each contest while giving up the goal against Findlay.


Ian Dieters  won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and 8-5 at No. 2 doubles for Marian (2-0) in an 8-1 defeat of Huntington. The freshman fell 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles in the Knights’ 7-2 win against Indiana Wesleyan.


Ball State finished third of four schools at the 5K Butler Open.  Maritza Rodriguez crossed the finish line in 20th place in a field of 43 runners, seventh for Ball State, in 20:04.9.  Meliza Rodriguez was 28th, 10th for the Cardinals, in 20:36.0.


IUPUI won the three team 6K Butler Open.  David Behrmann was 19th of 40 runners, 10th for IUPUI, in 19:44.6.


Danielle Cuttino , an honorable mention All American last year, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Shamrock Invitational at Notre Dame after leading Purdue to 3-0 wins against Howard and Coastal Carolina and a 3-1 defeat of  Notre Dame. The junior had 22 kills  (.425 hitting percentage) and five blocks  in the win against the Irish. Her hitting percentages were .296 and .367 in the other wins; and she had 12 assists, one dig, and one solo block in those matches.  Shavonna Cuttino did not play in the tournament.

Franklin lost 3-0 to Spalding in its season opener and then defeated Waynesburg, Kalamazoo, and Olivet by 3-0 scores before bowing 3-0 to Albion.  Libero  Sarah Labra played in 14 of the 15 sets and had 22 digs.

Competing in the Red Wolves Invitational, host school I.U. East (5-7) lost by 3-1 scores to both The University of  the  Cumberlands and Mount Vernon Nazarene and defeated Shawnee State twice by identical 3-2 scores.

Madison Yoder , who recorded 104 digs in the four matches, was the only IU-East player named to the All Tournament team. The junior also had 14 assists and four service aces.

Spring Arbor (2-3) lost 3-1 to Indiana Wesleyan.  Alyssa Walker had four digs, two blocking assists, one assist and one kill in 12 attempts in the loss.


Chris Evans  became only the third player in Michigan’s outstanding football history to gain 100 or more yards in his first game for the Wolverines. The former first team all-state running back for the Giants led Michigan with 112 yards in eight carries and had touchdown gallops of 43 and 18 yards in a 63-3 thrashing of Hawaii.

Asmar Bilal  had one solo tackle for Notre Dame (0-1) in a 50-47 double overtime loss to Texas.

Franklin (1-0) defeated NCAA Division III power Thomas More  (0-1) 43-39.   Tre’ Tunstill,a starting linebacker for Thomas More,  led the Saints with a team high 14 tackles, 11 of them solo tackles. He also broke up one pass.  John Ward had one solo tackle for Franklin.

Defensive back Jailyn Harden  had three solo tackles for Grand Valley State  (1-0) in a 45-7 defeat of Tiffin.

Starting cornerback Steve Walker  had two solo tackles for Walsh (0-1) in a 33-7 loss to Michigan Tech.

Tim Leath  started on the offensive line at right guard, and defensive lineman  Dallas Pitts saw action for Wabash (1-0) in a 27-17 defeat of Albion.

Washburn, KS (1-0) defeated Northeastern State, OK 38-18 .  Chris McGee carried the ball six times for 26 yards, caught one pass for three yards, and returned two kickoffs for 30 and 15 yards for the winners.

St. Francis (2-0) defeated Olivet Nazarene 58-14.  Four former Giants contributed to the win.  Sean Boswell carried the ball once for 67 yards and caught one pass for10 yards.  Montay McDowell  caught three passes for 118 yards, including a 52 yard touchdown reception.  Carlin Coleman had two solo tackles, one for a loss, and assisted on another tackle; and  Na’ Shawn Lewis had one solo tackle.

Buffalo (0-1) lost 22-16 to Albany, Albany’s first ever win against an FBS school. Buffalo defensive lineman   Justin Brandon had one quarterback hurry.

Redshirt sophomore Donavan Scisney  saw action for Indianapolis (0-1) in a 30-24 loss to Hillsdale.