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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 15, 2020, 03:39:23 pm »
Has there been a good reason all the NCAA tourneys couldn’t just be postponed and played on college campuses?

I get the NCAA division 1 tourney is held at massive arenas and the Mercedes Area won’t be available on x date.

But, Kansas’s Gym will be available and can host for a weekend. Just let the highest seed host each weekend just like in D3 ball.

And D3 ball, why can we pick this tourney up in 2mo and let a D3 school host it.

What am I missing??
It sounds good in theory, but these athletes would need ample time to get back to game readiness after a layoff of a couple of months with no practice or strong competition.  Also, many campuses are closed to everyone but essential staff, so there is no place for the teams to practice.  A lot of athletes come from out of state and have probably gone home during the hiatus.

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It's now official. The CCIW has canceled all spring sports.
Just heartbreaking for all the student-athletes, coaches, and fans.  And announcers.  It was shaping up to be an interesting race for the CCIW.

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It's now showing as "canceled," as well as Saturday's game against Wells.
I see the Wells game is cancelled on the site, so the team is probably heading back north.  How disappointing for all the players across the country.

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If this was the last game of Ethan Sund's season, he went out with a bang. The reigning CCIW Pitcher of the Week tossed six innings of four-hit ball, giving up one run while walking only one and striking out seven, in NPU's 11-1 victory over Cornell in Winter Haven. Jake Reinhardt picked up three more hits, including his second homer of the year, and drove in five runs, while Jared Cantu scored four runs.

The Vikings were supposed to have played PSU-Abingdon later this afternoon. No word from either school as to whether that game was even played or not.
The Abington game is still on the schedule for tomorrow, according to the NPU website. 

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North Park bounced back for a 6-2 victory over #21 Concordia Chicago.  They got great pitching from Ethan Sund and Brendan Russ, plus a bases-clearing double by Jake Reinhart to put the game out of reach.  That wraps up a challenging 6-game start to the season in which the Vikings faced ranked opponents in five of the games.

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Central Region / Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 29, 2020, 01:34:25 pm »
North Park picked up its first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over UW Oshkosh.  Matt Pizur escaped a bases-loaded, nobody-out first inning with a pair of strikeouts and went on to hurl seven shutout innings with 9 K's.  Justin Woolbright worked a two-inning save, allowing just one unearned run.  Logan Peters collected three hits for the Vikings, who will play Webster later this afternoon.

UWO's Will Michalski also pitched a fine game, allowing two runs (one earned) while fanning ten.  Hunter Staniske had two hits for the Titans.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 29, 2020, 09:45:43 pm »
In Decatur, NPU up 37-19 at halftime.  The Vikings' Marek is 4/4 from beyond the arc.  Can the visitors put together two good halves ala their recent victory against Bosko's boys?
Yes, the Vikings prevail, 75-63. Toby Marek had 31 points for North Park.

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 22, 2019, 07:20:23 pm »
It's going OT in Chicago.  North Park and Calvin are still scoreless after regulation.

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Men's soccer / Re: North Park Broadcast
« on: November 17, 2019, 09:49:44 pm »
Big ups to our production company, Fulcrum, which also worked with us when NPU hosted the first two weekends in 2017. It's a company founded by North Park grads, and they do great work. Their main focus in terms of sports production is ultimate, which is fortunate for us -- ultimate plays a lot like soccer in terms of movement and pace, so they have a good feel for the camerawork and direction.

I was kicking myself after the match, because I wanted to thank the Fulcrum folks on the air by name, but I was so mentally spent that I completely forgot and signed off before I could do that.
I thought the camera work was really good, considering all the ball movement.  The replays of goals were also great.

You'll have a chance to mention Fulcrum on your next broadcast.

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:08:56 pm »
Susan,

I watched the game online and it was clear that it wasn’t a flop. He simply tripped over his own feet. The center got the call wrong, the AR got it right and in the end - the right call was made. Your observation on it being a “flop” was incorrect.
I agree that it was not a flop.  He just overran and fell.  The ref conferred with the linesman, and they got the call right.  The complaining might have been over the subsequent possession, which went to the Gustavus GK.

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Men's soccer / Re: CCIW
« on: November 17, 2019, 06:59:33 pm »
North Park edges Gustavus on PKs after the Gusties sent the game to OT with a goal at the 88:00 mark.  A real quality defensive battle from both sides.

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 17, 2019, 06:57:12 pm »
North Park with a few very good chances in the 2 overtimes.  Gustavus surviving by the skin of their teeth.  Game is going to PKs.

Brutal ending for Gustavus but NPU was the better team on the day. No saves on any kicks round 1-4 and then the Gustavus shooter (shooting second in the fifth round) put it right down the middle which the GK saved. A bit confounding he would go there given the 'keepers were getting nowhere near the kicks into the corner.
I agree -- Gustavus battled North Park tooth and nail and scored the equalizer at the 88:00 mark to send it to OT.  It came down to the final PK, which the NP keeper blocked with his feet rather than his hands.   

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Men's soccer / Re: CCIW
« on: November 16, 2019, 04:31:01 pm »
North Park scored five unanswered goals in the second half in a 6-1 rout of Pacific Lutheran in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The Vikings scored in the first three minutes of the contest, then the Lutes tied it at the 57:05 mark before North Park netted five goals in the final 30 minutes.  They move on to play the winner of the Colorado-Gustavus Adolphus contest, which is being played right now.

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North Park 38
Elmhurst 14

Enough with this crap about NPU's 2019 edition being the worst football team anybody's ever seen. The Vikings aren't even the worst team in this league.

Great performance today by the Vikes on Senior Day.
I watched (on line) most of the second half and the Vikings played really well, capitalizing on two huge Elmhurst turnovers.  They mixed up the play calling with runs and some nice catch-and-run plays. I'm very happy for the Viking players, coaches, and fans.

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