Time to round up a caravan. Start the trek at Anthony and Washington for the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams, make a stop on Spring Street to grab both Saint Francis squads, then make a pit stop in Winona Lake for the Grace men. Final stops? Sioux Falls, S.D. and Sioux City, Iowa.
While those respective teams will likely travel via separate accommodations, they each learned their fates Wednesday as the NAIA announced the fields for their 32-team Division II national tournaments, set to tip next Wednesday with the championship games slated for Tuesday, March 17. The men will play at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., while the women will suit up at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Both Indiana Tech squads could relax a bit during the selection shows Tuesday, knowing they had each secured an automatic berth by winning their respective regular season titles in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference. Women’s coach Jessie Biggs’ squad particularly used the conference tournament to build momentum for nationals by winning the WHAC tournament Tuesday, 70-61 over Lawrence Tech. The Warrior women will ride an 18-game win streak into Sioux City.
Saint Francis stands as one of five teams from the Crossroads League to receive a berth in the men’s tournament, joining Indiana Wesleyan, Marian, Grace and Spring Arbor. USF and Grace both landed in the Cramer bracket, with Saint Francis seeded sixth and Grace fourth. The Lancers play West Virginia Tech Thursday, March 12 at 1:45 p.m., while the Cougars take on third-seeded Union of Kentucky at 8:30 a.m. on March 12.
Indiana Tech, the No. 6 seed in the Liston bracket, will tip at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday against Holy Cross.
In the women’s field, Indiana Tech, the No. 3 seed in the Naismith bracket, takes on sixth-seeded Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Wednesday at 1:45 p.m., while Saint Francis, the Cramer bracket’s third seed, plays No. 6 seed Sterling (Kan.) on Thursday, March 12 at 5:15 p.m.
Huntington’s Fryman named POY
Huntington’s Sarah Fryman was named the Crossroads League’s Player of the Year on Wednesday, joining Angola graduate Becca Buchs of Taylor and Grace’s Vironnica Drake on the Crossroads League First Team.
Saint Francis’ Lauren McBryar, Angola product Abby Buchs of Taylor and Warsaw graduate Dayton Groninger of Indiana Wesleyan all earned second-team honors, while USF’s Savannah Buck and Kara Gerka, Huntington’s Sam Hammel and Grace’s Kyannah Stull finished on the Third Team. Cassidy Crawford of Saint Francis was selected to the All-Freshman Team.
On the men’s side, Warsaw graduate Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan was tabbed as the conference Player of the Year, while Grace’s Scott Moore was named the Crossroads League Coach of the year. Spring Arbor’s Paul Marandet, who played prep ball at Warsaw, joined Grace’s Haden Deaton, Saint Francis’ Antwaan Cushingberry and Homestead graduate Brandon Durnell of Spring Arbor on the First Team.
Second Team honorees included Grace’s Charlie Warner and Jaret Sons along with Huntington’s Konner Platt and Caleb Middlesworth, while Goshen’s Tahj Curry, a Homestead graduate, was honorably mentioned with USF’s Connor Lautzenheiser.
Barlow to speak at Grace
Grace College, host of the 2020 NCCAA National Championships, announced that Ken Barlow will serve as keynote speaker at the event’s kickoff banquet on Tuesday, March 17. Barlow, a 2019 inductee to the Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame, played in a school-record 120 games during his collegiate career at Notre Dame before winning 12 championships as a professional playing in leagues throughout Europe.
The eight-team men’s and women’s NCCAA National Championships kick off Wednesday, March 18.
Tech sending 24 to nationals
Indiana Tech saw an NAIA-best 24 athletes qualify for the men’s indoor national championships. The Warriors will send nine more qualifiers than any other team to the 55th annual event, set to run Thursday through Saturday in Brookings, S.D. Since 2014, Tech has won five indoor national championships and finished second in the country once.
On the women’s side, Tech qualified 23 for nationals, the nation’s best by four athletes. The 40th annual women’s indoor national meet will take place concurrent with the men, and the Warrior women have won two national titles and finished second twice since 2014.
Tech to compete at nationals
Indiana Tech announced Wednesday that the men’s and women’s bowling teams both qualified for the inaugural NAIA national bowling championships, hosted by Lawrence Tech. The 12-team tournaments will run from March 26-28 in Sterling Heights, Mich. Both Warrior squads won the WHAC regular season championship.
Tech junior Dawson Maier earned WHAC Bowler of the Year honors after averaging 209.8 through four conference events, while Warrior men’s coach Jeff Dreyfus won the Coach of the Year award after leading Tech to its third straight league crown. Junior Cory Hersha, who averaged 206, also earned selection to the All-WHAC First Team.
On the women’s side, Tech junior Maryssa Carey averaged 202.8 to claim the women’s WHAC Bowler of the Year award, while coach Tom Osborne, who led the Warrior women to their third consecutive conference title, was selected as the conference Coach of the Year. Junior Brittney Kinney also earned All-WHAC First Team honors.
Tech sweeps POW awards
Indiana Tech junior Mike Snyder and freshman Philip Hobbs were named the WHAC Player and Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Snyder went 4-for-7 with two home runs and four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Thomas More, and the Fort Wayne native now has eight homers on the season. Hobbs allowed just one hit in seven innings against Thomas More with five strikeouts.
Indiana Tech junior Vero Jimenez was named the WHAC women’s tennis player of the week on Monday after winning a pair of matches against Aquinas. She won 6-0 at No. 1 doubles and 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
Tech to compete at ACHA Nationals
Indiana Tech will make its first appearance in the ACHA National Tournament, earning the No. 10 seed. Tech will play Saturday, March 21 against seventh-seeded Stony Brook.