April 18, 2014

Midland moves on, but Bellevue men knocked out of NAIA tournament

No. 10 Midland (Neb.) heads into the quarterfinals after holding off no.7 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 64-61 in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

The Warriors shot 47 percent from the field in the game and went 13-19 from the free throw line. St. Xavier struggled from the floor, shooting just 35 percent on the day after going just 6-24 in the first half. Starkel was Midland’s leading scorer on the game with 14 points. Franklin and Gullie contributed 12 points each, and Williams added nine points with seven rebounds.

Midland improves to 28-5 and will play either Bethel (Ind.) or College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in Saturday’s quarterfinal.

#9 Davenport picked up a thrilling 67-65 win over No. 8 Bellevue (Neb.). The appearance in the third round is the third in the last four years for the Panthers, tops among all NAIA teams at the Division II Championship.  The Bruins were held 25 points below their season average while struggling from behind the arc, as they finished just 2-18 (11.1%). On the flip side, Davenport did not make a single shot from long-range but connected on 26-37 (70.2%) inside the arc.

York edges Bellevue. Both baseball teams make NAIA tournament

York College blanked the 25th-ranked Bellevue University baseball team, 3-0, in the championship game of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at Westgate Field on the Bellevue campus.  The Panthers (38-17) earned the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, and will be the 4th seed in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile the Bruins (39-19) received an at-large bid and will join Peru State in Paducah, KY.

Both events will run May 10-14 with the site winner advancing to the NAIA World Series, scheduled for May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Bellevue’s Kerns hits two grand slams

Lewiston, ID native Dusty Kerns hit two grand slams on Saturday as the MCAC leading Bellevue Bruins beat the York Panthers in both games of a double-header on Saturday.  In game one, the Bruins beat York 13-2 as Kerns, Tanner Moore and Ryan Knutz hit home runs and the Bruins used the solid pitching of Josh Trejo. In the second game of a 7-3 win, the game was scoreless until Kern’s fourth-inning grand slam gave the Bruins a 4-0 lead.

Bellevue men bounced at NAIA tournament

In a rematch of a second round game from the 2011 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, the Saint Francis (Ind.) Cougars turned away the Bellevue Bruins (Neb.) by a 61-58 decision to advance to the quarterfinal round on Saturday.

The Cougars were in control from the start, taking a 34-19 lead at the half. The lead grew to 17 points when Scott Kohne opened the half with a basket. The next ten minutes belonged to the Bruins as they outscored Saint Francis 19-4 and were down 40-38 with 10:23 left. The Bruin comeback continued as the teams swapped buckets up to the 6:26 mark when an Austin Bowen basket tied it at 50-50.

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Bellevue men advance in NAIA D-II men’s tournament

No. 7 Bellevue (Neb.) used an outstanding defensive effort to defeat Daemen (N.Y.), 58-48, in the first round of the 2012 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The event is being played at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. This was a defensive struggle throughout as both teams shot well below their season average. Bellevue shot 34 percent for the game and went 1-for-10 from beyond the arc, while Daemen was just 33 percent from the floor.

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