Spring is within the air. The ping of the bat on the DII baseball diamond and offended screams as brackets are busted on the DII school basketball court docket are among the acquainted sounds. It is event time in DII, however with the added bonus of spring soccer, soccer and volleyball, this 2021 spring season has been something however acquainted.
Do not forget, we had some nationwide champions topped as effectively. Ashland gained the lads’s indoor observe and subject title whereas Grand Valley State took house the ladies’s. St. Cloud State gained its third-straight wrestling staff title.
Oh yeah, and Tiffin occurred.
Let’s have a look across the males’s and girls’s brackets, in addition to our recurrently scheduled journey across the horn to verify in on DII baseball. Oh, and Rogan Wells was very Rogan Wells this previous weekend on the DII soccer subject.
Buckle up, DII followers. This week’s DII Report is coming at you.
2021 CHAMPIONSHIPS: DII males’s hoops | Girls’s hoops | Wrestling | Indoor T&F
10 early ideas from the DII males’s and girls’s basketball championships
The mayhem of March started final weekend in some wild convention tournaments. Thrilling finishes opened the door for some sudden groups which took that momentum and did not decelerate one bit. As the ladies head to the regional finals and males start Spherical 2, let’s check out 10 issues that stood out to this point in each tourneys.
1. How concerning the Tiffin ladies’s basketball staff? Speak about a March run. The Dragons swept by way of the G-MAC event, profitable three-straight upsets to clinch their first-ever journey to the event. They’ve but to relent, posting back-to-back upsets on their approach to the Atlantic area finals. The Dragons upset Kentucky Wesleyan within the first spherical earlier than an unbelievable fourth-quarter, 18-point comeback towards No. 2 Glenville State ended with the game-winner from Aarion Nichols as time expired. Tiffin will play Charleston (WV) for an opportunity to go to the Elite Eight subsequent.
2. Talking of the unbelievable, have you ever seen Roberts Wesleyan ladies’s staff? The Redhawks first beat an excellent Daemen staff to win their first-ever ECC title and advance to the event for the primary time in program historical past. The Redhawks proceed to roll, first upsetting American Worldwide and its No. 2-ranked scoring protection after which the unthinkable: a dramatic come-from-behind, double-overtime victory over No. 1 seeded Dominican (NY). That units up a rematch of the ECC title recreation within the East area finals.
3. Just one No. 1 seed has performed up to now within the males’s bracket, and that No. 1 isn’t any extra. Northwest Nazarene, who thumped a excellent Level Loma staff by 12 factors on Friday, rolled No. 1 Colorado Mesa by 20 on Saturday, 74-54. This one was by no means doubtful because the Nighthawks led the entire manner. Ezekiel Alley has been scorching scorching, scoring 20 and 30 factors, respectively.
4. Ashland’s ladies’s staff is in March kind, regardless of coming into the tourney in not-so-Ashland-March vogue. The Eagles have been a 5 seed and first upset rival Grand Valley State earlier than taking down No. 1 Michigan Tech 74-65. Trailing 17-14 after the primary, Ashland erupted for a 23-9 second quarter and actually by no means regarded again. Annie Roshak has 44 factors within the two victories.
5. To not be outdone, the Ashland males’s staff upset No. 4 Wayne State (MI), 76-61. The Eagles made a miracle run from the last-ranked staff within the closing regional rankings to GLIAC event champs to earn the automated bid. They stayed scorching, as did GLIAC tourney MVP Brandon Haraway who had 13 factors, six assists and 4 boards.
6. No. 5 West Georgia held off a ferocious comeback from No. 4 Valdosta State to maneuver on the the second spherical of the lads’s tourney. A fast reminder: The Wolves have been 3-6 on the finish of January. They’ve misplaced as soon as since Jan. 30 and that was to Valdosta State every week in the past within the Gulf South event. Subsequent up is a really stable Flagler staff which additionally looks as if it refuses to lose.
7. Cameron’s ladies’s staff had some very spectacular wins this season towards ranked competitors. That wasn’t the case Saturday, the place Lubbock Christian regarded very very like the defending champs. The Girl Chaps rolled to a 96-66 victory behind Ashton Duncan’s 22 factors and Allie Schulte’s 21.
8. Whereas Central Missouri was the 4 seed, its win over No. 1 Fort Hays State was hardly an upset. These two groups know one another very effectively and are two of the perfect in DII ladies’s basketball. That stated, it was a really spectacular victory for the Jennies as 4 gamers reached double figures within the 72-68 win.
9. The Daemen ladies’s basketball staff made their very-long-awaited event debut. And it could not have gone higher. After incomes a bid and lacking their likelihood to debut final yr, the Wildcats pounced Georgian Court docket 73-54. Caroline White scored 20 factors with 9 rebounds, seven off the offensive glass, to cleared the path.
10. Following Tiffin’s lead, six seeds had weekend. Oklahoma Baptist males upset No. 3 Arkansas-Monticello in dominant vogue, profitable 76-57. Nigel Wilcox led the way in which with a double-double with 14 factors and 15 rebounds. Tusculum males upset No. 3 Carson-Newman, led by Trenton Gibson and his 22 factors. Although they did not advance to the regional finals in Spherical 2, No. 6 Catawba earned a first-round upset on the ladies’s facet as effectively.
And one final observe. Whereas we won’t verify it is occurred earlier than, we’ve a really distinctive rematch within the South Central. As a result of one-year convention realignment within the areas, we can have a rematch of the 2019 DII ladies’s basketball championship recreation between No. 1-seeded Lubbock Christian and No. 2-seeded Southwestern Oklahoma State. Each groups regarded very spectacular of their victories and this must be one other nice end because it was in 2019.
DII baseball spherical up: What impressed us this week
- Colorado Mesa’s bats are in midseason kind. Haydn McGeary, Matt Turner and Spencer Bramwell have mixed for 15 house runs and 60 RBIs by way of 9 video games. I attempted to calculate their mixed OPS, however my calculator simply stated, ‘WOW’. Andrew Morris has been spectacular on the bump as effectively, putting out 29 in 14 innings to this point. The Mavs are 8-1 heading into Sunday’s matchup towards Colorado College of Mines.
- The Mules are again on observe, winners of their final seven after a bumpy begin to the season. Central Missouri scored 33 runs in its three-game sweep of Fort Hays State. Ace Mason Inexperienced improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.49 in a Recreation 1 victory. First base/DH Garrett Pennington had a gentle weekend: he had two RBI in every of the Mules’ three wins.
- Okay, Barton, we see you. The Bulldogs took the primary two video games towards a red-hot No. 2 Mount Olive, permitting only one run in every win. Alex Hart went the space in Recreation 1, putting out 9 whereas 4 pitchers mixed for a one-hitter in Recreation 2.
- Lander baseball’s Roury Glanton doubled his season house run whole in a single recreation. The left fielder slugged three house runs in a midweek victory, driving in 4. The very subsequent day, Northeastern State’s catcher, Brayden Rodden bashed three house runs in a victory over Newman.
- Lee began out red-hot this season, going 11-1 earlier than dropping a slugfest 16-13 final Sunday. The Flames bounced again with a doubleheader sweep of Delta State on Saturday. Each victories have been tightly-contested, with one run separating the 2 in every recreation. Logan Workman and Seth Konkel, who each pitched effectively on Saturday, have been very spectacular up to now atop the rotation.
- Kyle Hentis is now 2-0 as Lindenwood improved to 8-0 on the season this previous weekend. The Lions’ ace has been very spectacular up to now, permitting one run and putting out 17 in his first 15.2 innings. In truth, you need to go all the way in which again to Could of 2019 for the final time Hentis picked up a loss for the Lions after ending an ideal 4-0 when play stopped final yr.
- Minnesota Crookston is scoring runs. Quite a lot of runs as a matter of truth. The Golden Eagles moved to 4-0 this previous week, cranking six house runs and scoring 17 runs in a midweek victory. On the season, they’ve crushed 16 house runs and scored 65 runs. Brock Reller may be very scorching proper now, homering in each recreation, together with a pair of two-home run performances.
- If Shorter’s Tony Boisclair is not in your radar, he must be. The senior, right-handed pitcher now has an ERA of two.50 and a 0.81 WHIP, however it’s his strikeout price that leaves you in awe. After 9 strikeouts in his most up-to-date begin this weekend, he now has 58 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. Fueled by a pair of 15-strikeout performances, Boisclair is putting out 13.4 batters per 9, whereas strolling simply seven this yr.
DII soccer by the numbers: Stats that stood out
2 — Overtimes it took for Mike Jacobs to earn the win in his debut as Lenoir-Rhyne’s head coach. The Bears downed Newberry 27-20. Two can be the variety of defensive touchdowns scored, one on a blocked punt and the opposite on a pick-six. Bears’ freshman working again Dwayne McGee was additionally spectacular in his DII debut, dashing for 160 yards.
3-0 — Texas-Permian Basin is off to an ideal begin this spring season. The Falcons took down Western New Mexico this previous weekend 31-6 to seize their third win and finest begin in program historical past.
4 — Variety of gamers who had 4 touchdowns this weekend. Rogan Wells’ Tusculum debut was spoiled by Newberry final week, holding the star quarterback in verify. Mars Hill wasn’t as profitable this previous weekend: Wells threw for 308 yards, these 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in a 58-20 victory. West Virginia State’s Dant’e Jones did it within the Jackets 38-13 win. Jones ran three in and caught one other on the day. Quarterback Josh Jones was spectacular in UNC Pembroke’s opening day, 30-7 victory over Glenville State. Jones had an enormous day, finishing 26 of 32 passes for 350 yards and people 4 touchdowns. And let’s not overlook Findlay’s Matt Winzeler, who threw for 259 yards and 4 touchdowns within the Oilers spectacular 45-24 victory over Hillsdale.
4 (Half II) — Overtimes wanted for Carson-Newman to defeat Virginia-Sensible 40-37 on Saturday. Freshman kicker Christian Erwin was the hero for the Eagles, scoring the final 12 factors of the sport, connecting on 4 enormous subject targets together with the 43-yard game-winner.
7 — Receptions that Mars Hill’s receiving duo changed into 241 yards. Marquis Williams had a 63-yard catch and a 75-yard landing reception, whereas CJ Thompson pulled in 103 yards and tossed the aforementioned 63-yard completion to Williams.
70 — Factors Notre Dame (OH) put up in securing rookie head coach Mickey Psychological’s first victory. Former Virginia Union star working again Tabyus Taylor erupted for 107 yards and three touchdowns in his Falcons debut, whereas Chris Brimm threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
217 — Yards receiving by Erskine’s Senika McKie on 14 receptions in a loss to Shorter on Saturday. The Hawks working again, Jaiden Dollard, had a powerful day himself within the 24-13 victory, totaling 219 yards and three touchdowns. It was Shorter’s first win since 2015.
373 — Complete yards by Tiffin quarterback Nick Watson in his 2021 debut. The star QB threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns whereas working for 71 yards and one other landing to account for all of the scoring within the Dragons 21-14 victory over Walsh.