College update – October 3

Four Johnson County football players are members of Big Ten teams with a cumulative record of 11-1, and each has played in all four of his team’s games.

Griffin Oakes, a Greenwood Community High School graduate, is the placekicker for 4-0 Indiana and has been successful on 7 of 8 field-goal tries and 18 of 19 extra-point attempts. The sophomore averages 63.8 yards on 29 kickoffs. Teammate Mario Swann, a Center Grove High School graduate, has played in each of the Hoosiers’ four wins and has one solo tackle.

Today’s Indiana opponent is top-ranked Ohio State (4-0), and Center Grove graduate Joel Hale has played in each of the Buckeyes’ wins and has assisted on four tackles.

Nate Wozniak, also a Center Grove graduate, has started three games for Minnesota (3-1) and played in all four contests, catching six passes for 57 yards.

Center Grove

The Marian tennis team defeated Grace 7-2 and St. Francis 8-1. Grace Neathery won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and 8-1 at No. 2 doubles against Grace and 6-3, 6-3 and 8-1 against St. Francis.Wheaton’s Emily Jones won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles and 9-8 at No. 2 doubles in a 9-0 tennis defeat of North Central.Competing in Flight A singles at the Purdue tennis Invitational, Ball State’s Luke Andersen defeated Louisville 6-1, 3-6, 7-6; lost 6-4, 6-7, 6-0 to Southern Illinois; and won 6-4, 6-3 against Marquette. In Flight A doubles, the junior lost 9-8 to Tennessee and then defeated Wright State 8-4 and Marquette 8-5.

Chris Heck finished third for sixth-place Indianapolis and 33rd of 153 golfers with scores of 69-84–153 at the 15 team Division II Midwest Fall Regional.

The Indiana women’s soccer team (3-5-4) lost 3-0 to Wisconsin and 3-1 to Minnesota. Hannah Johnson scored the Hoosiers’ only goal in the loss to the Gophers.

Gabe Edel assisted on 6-2 Drake’s first goal in a 3-1 soccer defeat of Evansville.

The Anderson football team (1-3) defeated Earlham 51-20. The Ravens’ Luke Calvert completed 11 of 15 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Starting H-back Eric Kwiatkowski caught one pass for 23 yards; and starting linebacker Andrew Wozniak intercepted one pass, broke up another and had four solo tackles and two assists.

Starting defensive lineman Alex Aukerman had one solo tackle for the Army football team (1-3) in a 58-36 win against Eastern Michigan.

Dmitri Wilson had five solo tackles and three assists, including a five-yard sack and 2.5 other tackles for losses, in 2-2 Franklin’s 49-31 football defeat of Bluffton. Offensive lineman Sam Hayes also saw action for the Grizzlies.

Ben Wheeler converted each of his two extra-point tries in 0-4 Hanover’s 19-14 football loss to Defiance.

Starting defensive end Dillon Dallas had one solo tackle for the Indianapolis football team (3-1) in a 38-7 defeat of Hillsdale.

Tyler Mills had three solo tackles and assisted on two others for the Taylor football team (2-2) in a 40-0 defeat of Olivet Nazarene.

Austin Smogor recovered a fumble for the St. Francis football team (4-0) in a 74-13 defeat of Lyndenwood-Belleville.

The Taylor women’s golf team finished sixth of eight teams at Madonna’s Crusader Classic in Gaylord, Michigan. Raquel Helton was fourth for Taylor and 32nd of 49 with scores of 97-83–180.

The Ball State volleyball team (8-8, 2-0) defeated Toledo and Akron by 3-2 scores. Mackenzie Kitchel had 21 kills, 15 digs, two assists and one block for the Cardinals in the two wins.

The Illinois State volleyball team (10-5, 0-2) lost 3-0 to Missouri State and 3-1 to Wichita to open conference play. Ali Line had 14 kills, three blocks and three digs in the two matches.

The Taylor volleyball team (8-9, 5-4) lost 3-1 to St. Francis and 3-0 to Mount Vernon Nazarene and won 3-0 against Goshen. Jessi Arbuckle played in seven games in the three matches, including three as a starter against Goshen, and had 14 kills (12 against Goshen) and eight digs.


Aaron Harris carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards and caught one pass for eight yards for the St. Francis football team (4-0) in a 74-13 win against Lindenwood-Belleville.Kyle Stucker started his third game at center for the Wabash football team (3-0) in its third consecutive win by more than 30 points, a 42-14 defeat of Wittenberg.Starting nose guard Zach Rudolf had one solo tackle, a six-yard sack, for the Manchester football team (2-1, 2-0) in a 44-21 win against Mount St. Joseph.

Paige Lundy was first for third-place Franklin and seventh of 40 overall with scores of 87-81–168 at the six-team Rose-Hulman Golf Invitational.

The Taylor men’s tennis team lost 8-1 to Goshen and 5-0 to Indiana Wesleyan. Jake Scott lost 6-1, 7-5 at No. 6 singles and 8-2 at No. 3 doubles to Goshen and 8-0 in doubles to Indiana Wesleyan.


Kole Stogner rushed 13 times for 40 yards, caught three passes for 73 yards and one touchdown, and returned two kickoffs 19 yards for the Franklin football team (2-2) in a 49-31 defeat of Bluffton.Starting defensive tackle Lee Campbell blocked a field-goal attempt and assisted on two tackles for the Indianapolis football team (3-1) in a 38-7 win against Hillsdale.The Franklin men’s tennis team lost 8-1 to Hanover. Alex Hammer scored the Grizzlies’ only point with a 6-1, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6) win at No. 1 singles, but lost 8-5 at No. 1 doubles.

Competing at the NAIA/ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Tournament, IU-Southeast’s Katie Walsh lost 7-5, 6-2 to Georgetown in singles and 8-0 to Cumberland in doubles after advancing from the first round by default. In a 9-0 dual meet defeat of IU-East, she won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and 8-4 at No. 1 doubles; and in a 9-0 win against Brescia she won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

Indian Creek

Matthew Wray completed 12 of 24 passes for 89 yards in 1-3 Olivet Nazarene’s 40-0 football loss to Taylor.Brenden Smith had two solo tackles and two assists for the Marian football team (3-0) in a 76-0 win against Missouri Baptist.Morgan Morrison had three solo tackles for the Hanover football team (0-4) in a 19-14 loss to Defiance.

The Marian men’s tennis team defeated both Grace and St. Francis by 9-0 scores. Taylor Kinney won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles against Grace and 8-0 against St. Francis.

The Cincinnati Christian volleyball team (6-5) defeated Kentucky Christian 3-0 and Oakland City 3-2 and lost 3-0 to IU-Kokomo and 3-1 to Ohio Christian. Ellie Abel had 95 assists, 24 digs, seven kills, five service aces and one block in the four matches. The junior leads the 14 team Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in service aces per game and is sixth in assists per game.

Bridget Marlow had six digs and one service ace in seven games for the Trine volleyball team (6-8) in wins against Olivet (3-1) and Alma (3-0) and a 3-2 loss to Albion.


The Central Christian soccer team (3-5) defeated Calvary Baptist 4-1 and lost 5-0 to Barclay and 5-2 to Manhattan Christian. Hunter Chadwell scored three goals in the win.The Aurora soccer team (3-5-1) tied Marian 1-1. Nick Cataldi assisted on Aurora’s goal.Hannah White was seventh for Franklin and 22nd of 40 overall with scores of 91-95–186 at the Rose-Hulman Fall Golf Invitational.

Franklin’s Madison Parker was second for the Grizzlies and 36th of 146 overall in 20:32 at the 5K Indiana Small College Cross-Country Invitational.

The Trine volleyball team (6-8) defeated Olivet 3-1 and Alma 3-0 and lost 3-2 to Albion. Megan Verkemp had 24 kills, 16 digs, 11 assists, four blocks, and four service aces in the three matches; and Lauren Verkemp, playing in seven games, had five kills, 13 digs, and three blocks.

Karissa Wentzell had one assist, one service ace, and four digs for the Anderson volleyball team (4-10) in a 3-0 loss to IU-East.

The Butler volleyball team (5-10, 2-1) defeated DePaul 3-2 and Providence 3-0 and lost 3-2 to St. John’s. Jessica Admire played in three games in two matches and had two kills and two blocks.


hThe Franklin College women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to 10 matches with 9-0 wins against Mt. St. Joseph, Earlham, Berea, and St. Joseph’s before losing 6-3 to Hanover. Emily Roberts won her first seven singles matches of the season before losing 3-6, 6-1, (10-7) at No. 4 singles to Hanover.