On campus: Mike Josifovski helps Marian wrap up NAIA title berth
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent December 3, 2012 10:56PM
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:22AM
Thanks to four field goals by Mike Josifovski, the Marian’s Knights are heading for Rome, Georgia and an NAIA national championship meeting with Morningside (Iowa).
The Hobart kicker punched Marian’s ticket with a 51-yarder as the clock ran out for a nail-biting 20-17 victory at Missouri Valley College. His clutch kick nailed down Coach Ted Karras Jr.’s third straight 11-win season. Earlier, Josifovski booted kicks of 47, 54 and 34 yards. to eliminate the previously unbeaten Vikings.
Unbeaten Morningside advanced with a 47-19 rout of St. Xavier’s defending champions, who bowed out with an 11-2 record. Cole Midgett (Lowell) caught two passes for the Chicago-based team.
The title game, which will be televised by CBS, is scheduled for Dec. 13.
Freshman punter Mark Strbjak (Munster) is the only Northwest Indiana representative on the roster of Northern Illinois, which beat Kent State for the Mid-American Conference title then waved goodbye to Coach Dave Doeren, whose two-year record of 23-4 convinced North Carolina State to hire him. Strbjak did not see action, but was the top-ranked punter in Indiana last season with a 41.3 average.
Campbell, which obliged Valparaiso University with its only two wins in the last three years, replaced Dale Steele as head coach with Nebraska Hall of Famer Mike Minter. Steele is the third Pioneer Football League coach to be fired in the last month. Minter previously assisted at Liberty.
San Diego joined Butler and Drake to share the PFL title by downing Marist (N.Y.) 34-10 in a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy.
After missing a game because of a sprained left ankle, Northern Illinois’ Amanda Corral (Hobart) scored a game-high 19 points in a 67-63 victory over visiting Loyola. She leads the Huskies with an 11.4 average and 4.4 rebounds. Loyola’s Abby Skube (Chesterton) countered with 14 points and eight rebounds in her first start.
St. Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) leads the Cougars in scoring (22.6 ppg), rebounds (7.6) and steals (16). He is shooting 56.9 percent from the field.
Nomadic Adonis Filer, now a freshman at Clemson, arrived by way of Mt. Carmel, Bishop Noll and Notre Dame Prep high schools. He comes off the bench to receive starter minutes (20.5 average) and is contributing 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.
The 6-2 guard powered Noll to a 26-1 record in his senior season and is the brother of former Notre Dame linebacker Steve Filer.
Though he’s only 6-foot-4, forward Chris Bond (Gary/Bowman) leads Ball State in blocked shots and steals. He is averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Michigan won the Hawkeye Invitational with the help of Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton), who was praised by Coach Mike Bottom for being ahead of schedule after the junior posted a winning time of 3:44.68 in the 400-yard IM.
In the same meet Notre Dame’s Bill Bass (Chesterton) and Chris Johnson (St. John/Lake Central) chalked up season-bests in the 100 butterfly (49.3) and 100 breaststroke (54.63).