On Campus: Voss brothers kicking it up at different schools
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent September 17, 2012 7:54PM
Updated: October 19, 2012 6:16AM
VALPARAISO — Former Wheeler standouts Mitchell and Gavin Voss continue to kick up a fuss, but the punting brothers don’t see much of each other during football season.
Mitchell Voss is back in action at Indiana after transferring from Ferris State, where he set several school kicking records as a freshman in 2009. He is averaging 36.2 yards for the Hoosiers. Six of his 15 punts have been deposited inside the 20. In Saturday’s loss to Ball State he kicked seven times, including a season-best 49-yarder.
Gavin, a freshman, kicked five extra points in St. Joseph’s 40-35 loss to Robert Morris. As a punter he is averaging 39.9 yards through three games. He also kicked a field goal in SJC’s 36-34 season-opening victory at Valparaiso.
Lowell grads Kurt Monix and Nick Schultz lined up on opposite sides Saturday in Franklin’s 48-27 victory. Manchester wide receiver Manix racked up 235 all-purpose yards, including 111 on seven receptions. Schultz started at left guard for the Grizzlies. Center Colin Gallagher (Wheeler) lined up next to him.
Manchester’s Dante Dinkins (East Chicago) scored a consolation touchdown on a one-yard plunge.
Ball State center Dan Manick (Dyer/Lake Central) made his 15th consecutive start Saturday in a 41-39 thriller at Indiana. It was his 31st start overall.
Western Michigan’s Terry Davisson (Rensselaer), who started 13 games at center last season, has shifted to left tackle. The junior checks in at 6-5, 301 pounds. Davisson’s brother, Ben, is a freshman. Clark Mussman (Ogden Dunes/Portage) is seeing action at tight end.
Rose-Hulman senior workhorse Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) boosted his career leading total to 3,454 rushing yards in a 33-20 victory over Defiance. The preseason All-American gained 88 yards in 33 carries and scored on a three-yard play. He also caught two passes in the Heartland Conference opener.
Freshman Mason Zurek (Andrean) recovered a Denison fumbled kickoff to set up a touchdown in Wabash’s 35-2 North Coast Conference romp.
Aaron Knight (Chesterton) caught three passes for 23 yards, but sixth-ranked St. Francis of Fort Wayne dropped a 15-14 heartbreaker to St. Ambrose.
St. Joseph’s Mike Fauser (Boone Grove) and Jacob Carden (Kouts) finished 53rd and 61st, respectively, in a field of 170 runners at the National Catholic College Invitational. Host Notre Dame won the team title for the 23rd time in 33 years.
Purdue’s Dana Payonk (St. John/Lake Central) placed fourth in the Indiana Intercollegiate 5K race. She was clocked in 18:06.9. Payonk also placed fourth earlier in the Crusader Open.
Ball State finished fourth in the 26th team field at the Indiana Intercollegiates. MaryKate Mellen (Michigan City) led the Cardinals with a career-best time of 18:16. The senior standout placed seventh and freshman teammate Katelyn DeVries (Valparaiso) followed in 34th place with a 19:11 effort.
Valparaiso’s Kelsey Victor was named tournament MVP after Valparaiso beat Miami of Ohio to claim the Hoosier Classic title. Junior teammates Sarah Dooms and Ellen Vanden Berg joined her on the all-tournament team. Earlier the Crusaders (8-6) upset Indiana.