On Campus: Wheeler grads spark St. Joe’s, Franklin
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent October 14, 2013 8:48PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:20AM
Wheeler grad Gavin Voss improved his season stats to 6-for-8 with field goals of 27 and 17 yards in St. Joseph’s 34-26 victory over Quincy.
He also kicked four extra points for the Pumas, who are off to a 5-1 start for the first time since 1979. Voss also handles kickoff duties.
Gary Yeoman stood out defensively with eight solos. He was also credited with a season-high 3.5 sacks.
Franklin extended its Heartland Conference winning streak to 29 straight games with its 55-27 romp against Mt. St. Joseph.
Linebacker Keaton Lyons (Rensselaer) collected three tackles and broke up a pass. Nose tackle Colin Gallagher (Wheeler) bagged two tackles for losses, hiking his team-leading total to 7.5 for the year.
Indianapolis tight end Joe Bell (Lowell) boosted his season total to seven receptions for 69 yards with two catches in a 45-7 rout of McKendree. Blake Surface (Michigan City) is a fixture in the defensive line.
The Greyhounds moved to 5-1, 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Unbeaten Wabash is exhausting its supply of running backs.
Andrean grad Mason Zurek is the second to be knocked out of action. Saturday the Little Giants leading rusher suffered a fractured left tibia.
Coach Erik Raeburn called the season-ending injury a huge loss.
“He got tackled in an awkward position on his fifth carry,” he said Monday.
Zurek moved into the starting lineup when Tyler Holmes was injured after rushing for 244 yards in just two games. The sophomore from St. John joins him on the sidelines with 505 yards and five touchdowns.
Zurek was averaging eight yards per carry.
“We’ve been decimated,” Raeburn said. “They were a great one-two punch.”
Michigan State freshman Kelly Grassel (Chesterton) fired successive 71s in the Tarheel Invitational.
She slipped to 76 in the final round of the 54-hole tournament, but her 218 score was good for 19th place in the 18-team field at Chapel Hill.
It was the two-time state champion’s second top-20 finish in three collegiate tournaments.
Defensive back Jake Dixon (Portage) bagged five tackles for Fordham, which matched its first 7-and-0 start since 1930 with a 35-12 victory over Georgetown’s Hoyas.
Ball State punter Kyle Schmidt (Chesterton) is averaging 41.8 yards for 24 kicks. The Cardinals (6-1, 3-0 MAC West) became bowl-eligible with a 27-24 victory over Kent State.
Sophomore safety Greg Thome (Valparaiso) was credited with eight tackles in Chicago’s 41-34 loss to Rhodes.
Back-to-back weekend victories over Youngstown State and Cleveland State boosted Valparaiso’s Horizon League record to 4-1.
Senior Ellen Vanden accounted for 10 of VU’s 12 blocks against Cleveland State and Ariel Cudney (LaPorte) chalked up 13 assists. The Crusaders improved to 15-4, overall.