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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2005, 05:13:07 pm »
Blackburn plays tough vs. Illinois College
Blackburn is a young team who showed some good things but had a few breakdowns...
Blackburn was tied 7-7 at half but end up loosing 7-28... The beavers lone touchdown came off a 20 + yrd TD pass from Gruver to Dwiggins with 15 sec left in the first half...  Defense played well and had some big plays but in the end the Beavers fall short!!!

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2005, 12:14:22 pm »
Northwestern fans: we will be hosting a Stiftungsfestivities tailgate party this coming Saturday at Bethel in the parking lot by the stadium. Since Central College is coming to town, we thought it would be a good idea to host the tailgate party there and invite the St. John's and Northwestern fans to join us since Northwestern is so close. Starting time will be 10:30 a.m. Bring some food to share. Best burgers in the state are on the house.

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2005, 08:12:01 pm »
I'm glad to see that there is some discussion going on in here.  I think that the South is going to be the stronger division this year.  From my reports, and I haven't verified this yet but Martin Luther and  Minn-Morris did not have great years recruiting.  Last I heard ML brought in like 12 freshmen and MM only brought in 18 freshmen.  That would leave Crown, Trinity, and Northwestern.  Now out of those 3 who would you take.  Northwestern will not get challenged in the North this year.  In the South though it's a different story.  Blackburn brought in a pile of kids, Maranatha always plays hard especially on defense, Rockford only lost 3 starters on offense and 4 on defense.  As for Westminster, they only brought in 22 kids and have only 9 seniors. Only 6 are starting I think.  The rest are sophomores.   They got rolled by Coe.  QB gone, Coleman gone, Gastler gone, along with Bruck and the rest of the defense.  Colby Beal is going to have to put the defense on his shoulders if they are going to stop anybody.  I think this year it will be interesting to see who wins the South except for Prin.  Those Three teams will fight it out for the 8:00 pm spot in the dome.  My prediction will be Rockford.  Any different thoughts?

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2005, 10:52:54 pm »
Good to see the interest in the UMAC beginning to pick up.  I would assume that more people will chime in once they know where this is located and the season gets started.

This year's dome day championships (Oct. 28th, MPLS Metrodome) will once again feature good match-ups.

The UMAC will be undergoing some changes beginning in 2008 - Rockford and Maranatha will join as members of the Lake Michigan which will sponsor football.  Plans are in the works for adding independent members of the Illini Badger conference which will fold after the 2007 season.

There are also other colleges interested in joining the UMAC north division (some of which are exploring adding football at this time).

The conference is in discussions with the NCAA about the AQ - the jury is still out on the interpretation of an affiliated conference in reference to the UMAC - six of the ten members are already DIII with the rest in the process of membership.  Adding current DIII members could potentially speed up the process.

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2005, 09:50:28 am »
AO, I would have expected a better showing from a team that is supposed to compete with SJU.

After watching Kofoed tear apart UWEC 25 for 29 and SJU controlling the line of scrimmage against bigger Blugold lines, I just don't see how the Eagles can even make it a game. 
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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2005, 12:10:24 pm »
Can someone give me the lowdown on NWC's facilities?  Is there even a stadium?

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2005, 12:37:02 pm »
Yes, there is even a stadium.
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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2005, 12:47:07 pm »
I think NWC has pretty good facilities.  The stadium has a nice atmosphere around it and the campus is scenic.  I don't know about the weightroom, office, etc. but I'm sure that it no SJU!  Cant beat Clemens Stadium!

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2005, 02:26:54 pm »
I figured there was a stadium, but just wanted to be prepared to bring my lawn chair in case ::)  I didn't see any info on their website.

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2005, 04:22:52 pm »
From www.gojohnnies.com

"Please note there is limited seating for the game at Northwestern and fans should bring chairs and blankets to sit on to watch Saturday's game."

I wasn't so off base, now, was i ;D

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2005, 07:26:00 pm »
I don't know that anything really competes with Clemen's Stadium in any division for a football stadium.  I can tell you that Reynolds Field has natural grass, bleachers for  maybe 1500 and a modern athletic facility  (the Ericksen Center) that fits our school pretty well.  During Homecoming we'll fit 3 or 4 thousand around the field somewhat comfortably.  You may also notice that the baseball field is in the northwest corner and the softball field in the northeast.  If the dugouts were not being renovated currently, I kind of thought that some Johnnie fans might like to sit on top to watch the game.  It's bigger than my high school's stadium anyways.

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #41 on: September 06, 2005, 07:34:22 pm »
Thanks for the info?  Are there bleachers on both sides or only one?  How many NW fans are there usually?

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #42 on: September 06, 2005, 11:58:11 pm »
There are permanent bleachers only on the south side of the field.  For the St. John's game I'm sure a few sets of metal bleachers will be set up, but nothing too large for the Johnnie fans side of the stadium.  Northwestern fans are pretty notorious for coming to the game late so don't be too surprised if the home bleachers look pretty empty for the kickoff, but hopefully we've been getting the word out to the students so that they show up for the game on saturday.  Should be another beautiful day for football.

Last year Northwestern averaged right around 1000 fans per game with 2500 coming for the homecoming game against Crown.  I would be disappointed if the attendance wasn't over 2000 on saturday.

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #43 on: September 07, 2005, 01:02:52 pm »
Yeah, there might be 2000 thousand there but probably 1200 will be Johnnie's fans.  It's kind of embarrassing when the visitors bring in more fans than the home team.  I'm calling the score right now.  It's not going to be pretty and the final score is.........49-3.......NORTHWESTERN!!!!!!! Just Kidding!

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Re: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #44 on: September 07, 2005, 04:45:19 pm »
Exciting year for the South in the UMAC this year!!! Some improvement from Blackburn will make the south up for grabs!!!