By GREG KEIM firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — GOSHEN — Coy Brown is going bowling.
The NorthWood High School graduate is a sophomore reserve linebacker on the Bowling Green football team that defeated previously unbeaten Northern Illinois, 47-27, to win the Mid-American Conference championship.
Brown has played in all 13 games this season, making six tackles and assisting on five others.
The Bowling Green Falcons will be playing in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit.
This will be the 11th bowl game in program history and the third in the last five years under head coach Dave Clawson.
The Falcons had won five straight games outscoring their opponents 223-44 during the stretch.
Bowling Green features one of the nation’s best defenses and one of the MAC’s top offenses.
On the defensive side of the ball, Bowling Green ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 14.8 points per game. The defense only allows 308.7 yards per game, which is eighth-best in the country. The Falcons are also fourth in all of FBS, surrendering just 166.2 yards per game through the air.
Freshman Raina Troyer (Fairfield) has wrapped up her first season for the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats. The Wildcats finished with a 30-12 record after dropping a 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 28-26 decision to Dordt in pool play at the NAIA National Tournament. The defensive specialist totaled 269 digs, second on the team to senior Rae Brandes. Troyer also had four kills, 11 setting assists and 33 aces.
The Bethel College Pilots posted a 1-1 record on the opening day of the NCCAA National Tournament, defeating Lee 28-26, 17-25, 28-26, 25-21 and losing to Azusa Pacific 25-20, 25-17, 16-25, 25-10. Freshman outside hitter Hanna Stump (NorthWood) had seven kills, three digs, a solo block and an assisted block; senior defensive specialist Amanda Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) 12 digs and freshman middle blocker Jana Yoder (NorthWood) a dig for the Pilots against Azusa Pacific. Stump had four kills, three digs and a blocking assist and Troyer 14 digs and two aces in the Lee Contest.
Freshman Aimee Swihart (Goshen) netted 23 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Bethel College Pilots in an 87-74 win over Goshen College. She mad 8-of-10 field goals (2-of-4 from 3-point range) and 5-of-6 free throws. Swihart tossed in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a 65-59 win at Spring Arbor.
The No. 1 and No. 2 ranked NAIA Division II teams, both members of the Crossroads League, recently clashed with three former area players making key contributions for both squads. Sophomore Akyah Taylor (Elkhart Memorial) netted 28 points for the second-ranked Saint Francis Cougars in an 85-76 upset of top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan. Senior Taylor Goshert (Wawasee) scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and junior Emma Stahl (Jimtown) netted 18 points for Indiana Wesleyan.
Senior Lauren Adams (Northridge) had six points, three rebounds and two steals and freshman KiLee Knafel (Wawasee) three points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Indiana University at South Bend Titans in an 82-62 loss to Purdue Calumet.
Junior Marla zumFelde (Bethany Christian) tallied six points, five rebounds and two assists for Eastern Mennonite in a 78-72 loss to Ferrum.
Freshman Haley Richardson (West Noble) grabbed a rebound for the Ball State Cardinals in an 85-77 win over Western Kentucky at Worthen Arena in Muncie.
Freshman Blake Brouwer (Elkhart Central) has started all eight contests so far this season for the Manchester Spartans. He scored 15 points in a 58-53 loss to Earlham. Brouwer is averaging 9.5 points (second best on the team) and 2.4 rebounds per game. He has been the leading scorer in three of the last four games. He is shooting 44.6 percent on all field goals (25-of-56), 44.7 from 3-point range (17-of-38) and 75.0 from the free-throw line (9-of-12)/
The Indiana University at South Bend Titans dropped an 84-82 thriller to Purdue Calumet on a game-winning shot at the buzzer. Sophomore Joe Godfread (Elkhart Central) had 12 points (6-of-6 field goals) and three blocks, sophomore Riley Stichter (Wawasee) three points, 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block and senior Shane Cook (Jimtown) three points, two rebounds and an assist for IUSB.
Freshman Brian Clark (Wawasee) is a member of the Manchester Spartans this season, He was pinned at the 2:10 mark in a match at 184 pounds in a 40-6 team loss to Baldwin and lost a 9-6 decision as the Spartans posted a 24-16 win over Western Case Reserve.
Also on the Manchester roster are senior Gabe Zimmerly (Westview) at 285 pounds and freshman TJ Thompson (Lakeland) at 141.
Bethel College junior Kristyn Burt (NorthWood) is one of five members of the Pilots to be named an NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.