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The Aurora men’s soccer team scored five goals in its first four matches while compiling a 2-1-1 record. Nick Cataldi, a Franklin Community High School graduate, scored three of those goals while taking only five shots.

The freshman suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth match and has missed his team’s last three contests.


Franklin women’s soccer player Vanessa Benham achieved her second consecutive hat trick, scoring three goals and assisting on one in the 3-2 Grizzlies’ 6-0 win against Oberlin. The senior had one goal and two assists in a 6-0 win against Manchester.

The Trine volleyball team (6-8) split six matches last week. Megan Verkemp had 41 kills, 41 digs, 10 assists, four aces and seven blocks in the six matches and had a double-double (10 kills and 10 digs) in a 3-2 defeat of St. Mary’s. Lauren Verkemp had 45 kills, nine aces, 34 digs, five assists and three blocks and had a double-double (14 kills and 15 digs) against St. Mary’s.

The Marian volleyball team (7-3) defeated Grace 3-2, Goshen 3-0 and Bethel 3-2. Kacie Kelly had 109 assists, 38 digs, nine kills and two blocks in the three wins, including a double-double against Grace (43 assists and 18 digs).


The Indianapolis football (2-0) defeated St. Xavier 51-20. Starting defensive tackle Lee Campbell had one solo tackle and two assists.

Maxxwel Rance has played in all six matches, starting two, for the Anderson soccer team (3-3) and has scored two goals and assisted on one.

Danielle Gilles was in the goal for 66 minutes in Anderson’s 3-0 women’s soccer loss to Cincinnati Christian and made eight saves while yielding two goals.

The Trinity International volleyball team (0-7) lost 3-1 to Robert Morris and Judson and 3-0 to Roosevelt. Gabrielle LaMonaca had 44 digs, three assists, two kills and one ace in 10 games in the three losses.

Competing in a 5K cross-country meet with Wisconsin, Indiana State’s Amy Hicks was 18th of 19 runners, eighth for the Sycamores, in 20:44.

The IU-Southeast women’s tennis team defeated Brescia 6-3 and Franklin 5-4. Katie Walsh won her No. 1 doubles matches 8-6 and 8-2 and lost at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2.

The Southern Indiana women’s tennis team (2-1) lost 5-4 to Georgetown College and defeated Cedarville 8-1 and Charleston, W.V., 6-3. Alyssa Hoover won 6-2, 6-4 at no. 6 singles against Cedarville and lost 6-2, 6-1 to Georgetown and 6-2, 6-2 to Charleston.


Indiana State’s Jess Harris returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in a 70-7 football win against Quincy.

Starting defensive tackle Jordan Sharp had a quarterback hurry for Indianapolis’ football team (2-0) in a 51-20 defeat of St. Xavier.

Hanover quarterback Adam Gutermuth was 10 for 18 for 30 yards with three interceptions in the Panthers’ 69-0 football loss to Wabash.

Mitch Meador had one solo tackle and one assist for the Cincinnati football team (2-1) in a 66-9 win against Northwestern State.

Starting defensive tackle Kollin Wheat had two solo tackles for the Earlham football team (1-1) in a 25-15 defeat of Kenyon.

Aaron Harris carried the ball twice for nine yards in 1-0 St. Francis’ 31-13 football win against William Penn.

Paige Lundy was first for the Franklin women’s golf team and 46th of 111 overall with scores of 80-87—167 at the 21 team Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic.


Ethan Waltz had two solo tackles and one assist for the Hanover football team in a 69-0 loss to Wabash. Teammate Vince Peiffer had four solo tackles and three assists, and Morgan Morrison had one solo tackle and one forced fumble.

The Cincinnati Christian volleyball team lost four of its first five matches. Freshman Ellie Abel had 80 assists, 40 digs, 16 kills, 12 aces and two blocks in the five matches.

The Trine volleyball team split six matches last week. Bridget Marlow played in 10 games and had 23 digs and two assists.


The IU-South Bend volleyball team (3-7) won once and lost three times last week. Sam Stinson played in a 3-0 win against Grace Bible and had nine assists, five aces and two digs.

The Franklin women’s tennis team defeated Mount St. Joseph 9-0 and lost 5-4 to IU-Southeast. Emily Roberts won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles in the win and lost 6-2, 6-1 in the loss.


Drew Ponder had four solo tackles and five assists for the Anderson football team (0-2) in a 42-0 loss to Grove City.

Starting nose guard Joel Cox had three solo tackles and three assists for the Ball State football team (2-1) in a 34-27 loss to North Texas. Garrett Mack had one solo tackle.

Franklin’s Mike Wood converted each of four extra-point tries, missed a 21 yard field-goal attempt and averaged 47.6 yards on five kickoffs in a 31-28 football loss to Butler.

Mark Riffle started at left guard for the Wabash football team in its season-opening 69-0 defeat of Hanover. Hanover’s Ben Wheeler kicked off once for 61 yards.

Indiana’s Nick Stoner caught two passes for 40 yards in the Hoosiers’ 42-10 football win against Bowling Green.

O’rion Elder had one solo tackle for the Indianapolis football team (2-0) in a 51-20 defeat of St. Xavier.

Starting wide receiver Tanner Riley caught six passes for 62 yards and returned two punts 20 yards in Indiana State’s 70-7 football win against Quincy.

Joel Hale started at nose guard for the Ohio State football team (3-0) in a 52-34 defeat of California.

Blake Miller had two solo tackles, one a sack and one assist for the Southern Illinois football team in a 31-10 defeat of Charleston.

Tyler Mills had seven solo tackles, one assist and one pass breakup in Taylor’s 48-37 football loss to St. Ambrose.

The Toledo volleyball team defeated Portland 3-2 and lost 3-0 to Oregon State and California-Davis. Adria Pryor had 99 assists, 24 digs, six blocks and two aces in the three matches and had a double-double (47 assists and 10 digs) in the win.

The Valparaiso volleyball team (10-1) suffered its first loss of the season to Memphis 3-0 before defeating SIU-Edwardsville and Evansville by 3-1 scores. Sarah Dooms had 31 kills, 45 digs, five assists and four blocks in the three matches.

The Marian volleyball team (7-3) defeated Grace and Bethel 3-2 and Goshen 3-0. Morgan Merrill had eight kills, four blocks and two digs against Bethel and one assist in two games in the other two matches.

Senior defensive specialist Kayla Heldman has played in all 27 games for the 6-2 Southern Indiana volleyball team and has 121 digs, 26 assists, five aces and one kill.

The Ball State volleyball team (8-3) won the Hawkeye Challenge by defeating Western Illinois and Iowa 3-1 and Drake and Illinois-Chicago 3-0. Mackenzie Kitchel came off the bench in the first win to lead the Cardinals with a .379 hitting percentage and started the last three matches. She had 42 kills, eight digs and nine blocks in the tournament.

Arielle Knafel had three kills, two assists and one dig for the Indianapolis volleyball team (4-4) in a 3-2 defeat of Upper Iowa. She did not play in the following three matches.

Taylor golfer Elaina Mellott, competing at the 12 team Battle at Blackthorn Tournament, was first for Taylor and 46th of 58 overall with scores of 88-96—184.

Rose-Hulman finished third of nine teams at the Vincennes Golf Invitational. Kent Kraus was third for the Engineers and 18th overall with scores of 76-81—157.

The Wheaton tennis team defeated Elmhurst 8-1 and Carthage 7-2 and lost 6-3 to Augustana. Emily Jones, playing No. 3 singles, won each of her matches in straight sets, dropping only seven games. She won at No. 2 doubles in the wins and lost 8-6 in the loss.

Brittany Toney won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 singles in Ohio Northern’s 8-1 tennis defeat of St. Francis, Ind.

Competing at the ITA Midwest Tournament, Indiana Wesleyan’s Sarah Richert won 6-0, 6-0 against Cornerstone in singles and lost 6-4, 6-3 in the next round. Teammate Diane Jones lost her first match 6-1, 6-3 to Northwestern Ohio, and lost 7-5, 6-1 to Marian in the consolation round. Jones and Richert lost 9-8 to Northwestern Ohio in doubles, defeated Davenport 8-2 in a consolation match, and then lost 8-5 to Huntington.

Ball State tennis player Luke Andersen won 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 against Marquette and 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 against Wisconsin and then lost 6-2, 6-4 to Air Force at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. He and his partner lost all three matches in doubles to the same teams.

The Indianapolis men competed at the DePauw Tennis Invitational. Trevor Cox lost 6-2, 6-2 to DePauw in the No. 5 singles final after winning 6-0, 6-0 against IU-Southeast and 6-4, 6-3 against Grand Valley, and lost 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 to DePauw in the doubles final. Austin Ruddell finished in third place at No. 6 singles, defeating Transylvania 6-0, 6-0, losing 6-4, 6-3 to DePauw, and winning the third-place match against Ohio Dominican.

The Marian men’s soccer team (5-2) lost 3-2 to Calumet College of St. Joseph and defeated Benedictine 4-0. Keeper Dalton Mudd gave up three goals and had eight saves in the loss and had six saves in the shutout win.

The DePauw men’s soccer team (7-0) defeated Hanover 1-0 and Principia 3-0. Alieu Musa started in both matches and assisted on a goal against Principia.

Stacy Klene scored both of 2-1 Indianapolis’ goals in a 5-2 women’s soccer loss to Lewis.

Helena Bomber started for the Rose-Hulman soccer team (3-1-1) in wins against Greenville (3-0) and Millikin (2-1).

Jordan Timmons was second for the Ball State women and 43rd of 86 overall in 18:58.35 at the 5K Mel Brodt Cross Country Invitational at Bowling Green.

Megan Ryan was eighth for Benedictine and 95th of 150 overall in 28:53 at the 6K Falcon Cross Country Invitational at Concordia, Wis.

Running in the seven-team 5K Blue Grass Cross Country Invitational at Lexington, Ky., Tori Schoettmer was sixth for Louisville and 27th of 66 overall in 18:05.08.

Morgan Lee was 16th for the winning Indian Wesleyan team and 22nd of 90 overall in 20:31.90 at the eight-team 5K Grace Cross Country Invitational.

Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School. Send ideas for the College Update column to rmorwick@dailyjournal.net.

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