Former Center Grove running back Max Norris, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Player of the Year in football, has waited two years to demonstrate his talent at the college level.
On Saturday, he got his opportunity and took full advantage. Norris rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries and caught a pass for 10 yards to lead Western Illinois to a 41-14 defeat of Tennessee Tech.
Minnesota tight end Nate Wozniak caught one pass for five yards in a 17-7 football win against Buffalo.
Three Trojan graduates started for the University of Indianapolis’ football team in a 24-20 upset of Grand Valley State. All-conference offensive lineman Jordan Bedan, granted a sixth year because of an injury last year, started at right guard. Freshman Clay Hadley started next to Beden at right tackle; and Dillon Dallas, a starting defensive end, had one solo tackle and one assist.
Titus McCoy carried the ball twice for six yards for the Indiana State football team in a 22-20 loss to Eastern Illinois.
Starting linebacker Alex Aukerman had two solo tackles, one of those a sack, and assisted on two others for the Army football team in a 64-6 defeat of Fordham.
Sam Hayes started at left tackle for the Franklin College football team in a 47-37 loss to Thomas More.
Defending NAIA football national champion St. Francis opened its season with a 55-7 defeat of Jamestown (North Dakota). Offensive linemen Alex Woods and Austin Smogor played for the Cougars.
Vanderbilt’s Cameron Tidd saw his first collegiate action in the Commodores’ 28-6 win against Middle Tennessee State.
Illinois State’s volleyball team (2-4) defeated UC-Santa Barbara and St. Louis 3-0 and lost 3-1 to Kennesaw State and UC-Irvine, 3-0 to Baylor and 3-2 to Florida State. Ali Line had 40 kills in 121 attempts along with an assist, four digs, two solo blocks and 12 block assists in 21 sets.
Denver’s volleyball team (6-0) defeated Tennessee State, UC-Davis and Eastern Illinois by 3-0 scores, and USC-Upstate, College of Charleston and Niagara 3-1. Macy Carrabine had eight assists and 24 digs in nine sets in the six matches.
The Middle Tennessee volleyball team opened its season with seven losses. Taylor Hammill played in each of the 22 sets for the Blue Raiders and had seven kills in 29 attempts, 152 assists, four service aces, 33 digs, one solo block and five block assists.
Ohio State opened its volleyball season with four wins in six matches, defeating Lipscomb, Oakland, St. Louis and Texas-Rio Grande Valley and losing to Brigham Young and Missouri State. Madison Smeathers started for the Buckeyes in five of the six matches and had 43 kills in 101 attempts, one assist, four digs, and two solo blocks and 25 block assists.
The Taylor women’s tennis team (2-0) defeated Lawrence Tech 5-4 and Bethel 7-2. Katelyn Gray won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles against Lawrence and 6-1, 6-3 against Bethel.
The Franklin College men’s golf team finished 14th of 14 at the Transylvania Invitational. Jackson Williams was first for the Grizzlies and 11th of 82 overall with even-par scores of 72-72—144.
Sydney Abbott was second for fourth-place Grace and 22nd of 74 overall with scores of 84-80-164 at the 13-team Indiana Wesleyan Women’s Golf Invitational. Raquel Helton was 11th overall and third for tournament champion Taylor, with scores of 80-76—156.
Cassie Hendrickson was fifth for third-place Hanover and 25th of 34 overall with scores of 91-99—190 at the six team Labor Day Golf Tee-Off at Olivet, Michigan.
Amber Perry started as a defender for the UIndy soccer team (1-1) in a 1-0 defeat of Urbana and a 1-0 loss to Saginaw Valley. She took two shots in the loss.
The Marian women’s soccer team (2-2) lost 4-2 to Martin Methodist and won 6-0 against Purdue-Northwest. Nicole Jansen started in both games for the Knights and took one shot in the win.
Erin Sutton has played in each match, starting two, for the Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team (3-2).
The St. Leo women’s soccer team (1-1) defeated Christian Brothers 2-0 and lost 1-0 to West Alabama. Kelli Hippenmeyer took one shot as a substitute in the win and had one shot on goal as a starter in the loss.
Andrew Vidal played in both matches for the Franklin College men’s soccer team (0-2), a 3-2 loss to Wabash and a 1-0 loss to Illinois College.
Adam Russell was fourth for fifth-place UIndy and 38th of 67 overall at the five team 5K Butler Twilight Cross Country Invitational in 20:08.1. Teammate Casey Wendorff was sixth for the Greyhounds and 44th overall in 20:15.2. In the four-team 5K women’s race, third-place Ball State’s Jordan Timmons was 22nd of 41 in 19:28.7.
Reed Sauter was seventh for Franklin College and 28th of 43 overall in 19:11.94 at the 5K Sodexo Grizzly Cross Country Invitational.
Starting safety Brendon Smith had two solo tackles and assisted on two others for Marian’s football team in a 32-27 loss to St. Xavier.
Cornerback James Starks had one solo tackle and assisted on four others for the Trine football team in a 35-12 defeat of Manchester.
The Evansville men and women competed at the 5K Belmont Cross Country Open. Tucker Dawson was fifth for the Aces in 18:30.22 in the men’s event, and Izzy Dawson was fourth for Evansville in 20:59.65 in the women’s race.
The Anderson volleyball team (2-2) defeated Trine 3-1 and MacMurray 3-0 and lost 3-0 to Greenville and 3-1 to Blackburn. Lucy Kieweg played in eight sets and had two service aces and nine digs.
Dakota Sneed was the starting center for the Butler football team in a 45-0 loss to Illinois State.
Hannah Johnson was third for sixth place IU-East and 26th of 74 overall with scores of 82-83-165 at the 13-team Indiana Wesleyan Women’s Golf Invitational.
Logan Mullinix had one solo tackle and assisted on two for the Franklin College football team in a 47-37 loss to Thomas More. Teammate Nick Ratti assisted on one tackle.
Dalton Lowery started at tight end for Taylor in a 28-21 football win against Malone.
Taylor’s Jacob Scott won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles in a 7-2 tennis defeat of Bethel.
Conner Swatts was a starting defender for the Theil soccer team and took one shot in a 1-0 loss to Franciscan.
IPFW’s Gabe O’Keefe finished 39th of 43, ninth for the Mastodons, in 21:00.2 at the 6K Valparaiso Men’s Crusader Cross-Country Classic.
Franklin College’s Krista Robinson won the 5K Sodexo Grizzly Cross-Country Invitational in a field of 34 runners with a time of 20:26.34.
Griffin Oakes was successful on each of his three extra-point attempts and kicked off four times for a 65-yard average and two touchbacks for the Indiana football team in a 49-21 loss to Ohio State.
Starting wide receiver Jackson Daugherty caught one pass for 14 yards for the Hanover football team in a 27-14 loss to Centre.
Offensive lineman Ryder Burchett saw action for the St. Francis football team in a 55-7 defeat of Jamestown.
Morgan Dangelo had 48 digs, three service aces, 13 assists and one kill in four attempts across 16 sets for the Point Park volleyball team (5-4) in a 3-0 defeat of Shawnee State and losses to Mount Vernon Nazarene (3-1), Marian (3-1) and Northwestern Ohio (3-2).
Franklin College’s Alex Hammer won 6-3, 6-7, 10-4 at No. 1 singles and 8-4 at No. 1 doubles in a 9-0 defeat of Midway.
The Evansville volleyball team (5-2) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3-1 and Morgan State 3-2, and lost 3-2 to Southeast Missouri. Addie Payne played in six sets in the three matches and had four digs, one kill in 10 attempts and two assists on blocks.
The Franklin College volleyball team (2-1), playing in Massachusetts, defeated Wellesley 3-0 and Brandeis 3-1 before losing 3-0 to Babson. Abby Sewell had 16 kills in 53 attempts, one assist, six service aces, six digs, and three solo blocks and two blocking assists while playing in each of the 10 sets.
The Georgia State volleyball team (2-4) lost 3-1 to Alabama-Birmingham and 3-2 to Austin Peay before winning 3-2 against Charleston Southern. Playing in every set, Morgan Hash had 36 kills in 139 attempts, one assist, 26 digs, four service aces, and one solo block with two blocking assists.
Butler’s Chandler McGaha was 10th for the Bulldogs and 43rd of 67 overall in 20:12.8 at the 6K Butler Twilight Cross Country Meet.
J.T. Sargent was sixth for Franklin College and 19th of 43 overall in 18:11.22 at the 5K Sodexo Grizzly Cross Country Invitational.
Jake Zakery won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and 8-3 at No. 2 doubles for Franklin College in a 9-0 tennis win against Midway.
The Marian men’s tennis team lost 6-3 to Indiana Wesleyan and defeated Huntington 5-4. Noah Roberts won 8-4 at No. 2 doubles and lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles against Indiana Wesleyan, and won 7-5, 6-1 in singles and lost 9-8 in doubles against Huntington.
The Marian men’s soccer team defeated Olivet Nazarene 2-1 and lost 3-1 to Calumet College of St. Joseph. Patrick Palmer started for the Knights and took one shot in the win. He played as a substitute in the loss and took one shot.
Jacob Hash was 51st of 82 golfers and second for 14th-place Franklin College with scores of 84-70—154 at the Transylvania Invitational.
Hannah White was second for fifth-place Franklin and 28th of 34 golfers with scores of 97-99—196 at the six-team Olivet Invitational.