Giants help Marian reach playoffs

Giants help Marian reach playoffs

Starting outside linebacker Sir’ Zion Dance had another outstanding game for Marian (5-1) in a 41-34 win against St. Francis that clinched a place in the NAIA National Championship Playoffs for the Knights. The junior had five solo tackles and assisted on eight others. His freshman teammate Trent Gipson  had a breakout performance in his third action of the season, catching two passes for 16 yards, and rushing for 60 yards in 12 carries, including his first career touchdown,  a 35 yard TD run. Marian opens tournament play against Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia this weekend.

Sophomore cornerback Jontae Dobson has played in five games for Southeast Missouri (3-4) and had three solo tackles against Eastern Illinois and two solos and two assisted tackles against Tennessee-Martin. Freshman defensive back Jaylen Dobson has played in two games.


Zion Avery had three hits, including his second home run of the season, four RBIs, and four runs scored in five at bats for Parkland Community College (17-7) in a doubleheader sweep of Spoon River. He is now batting .308 (8 for 26) with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Logan Butrum pitched to one batter and retired him for Wabash (11-11) in a 10-8 loss to Denison. In a 16-2 loss to the same team, he gave up four hits, one walk, and three earned runs in one inning, while striking out one.


 Dany Escamilla added to his team highs in goals (4) and points (10) with a goal for Franklin (3-6-1, 2-6-1) in a 4-1 defeat of Earlham. He took two shots on goal in the win.


Mariah Judy, competing for Indianapolis in the Jim Vargo Invitational at Bellarmine University in Louisville,  placed fifth of 16 in the 1500 (5:08.37) and 14th of 20 in the 800 (2:34.16).


Vincennes’ Jacob Fair, competing at the Brescia University Blue and Gold Twilight Meet, won the 400 meters hurdles event (1:56.92) and was a member of the winning 4 X 400 relay team (3:39.06) and the second place 4 X 100 relay team.

Wabash and Rose-Hulman took part in the Huntsman Family Invitational at Wabash College. The Little Giants’ Isaiah Campbell was third of 18 in the discus (131-06) and fouled on his three attempts in the hammer throw. Rose-Hulman’s Tyler Speitel was seventh of 19 in the 800 (2:02.75).

Grace’s Maurice Macklin placed fourth of 12 in the 800 (1:56.18) at the Manchester Invitational. Trine’s Zach Brickler was 11th of 24 in the 5000 (16:11.27). Franklin’s Corbin Lee was 22nd of 24 (18:10.37) in the 5000 , and teammate Matthew Lee (19:33.50) was 23rd in the same event.

Competing for Indianapolis at the Jim Vargo Invitational at Bellarmine University, Hayden Baldwin placed fifth of nine in the 5000 (16:25.24), and Aaron Trejo was 16th of 17 in the 800 (2:12.74).