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The Journal Gazette

Friday, December 14, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

TinCaps get award at winter meetings

Staff, News Services

TinCaps President Mike Nutter accepted Ballpark Digest's Continued Excellence Award at the annual winter meetings in Las Vegas. Fort Wayne's Midwest League team earned the award in October for its organizational success through 10 years at Parkview Field.

“I was proud to accept this award on behalf of our entire TinCaps staff,” Nutter said in a statement. “We are honored to be recognized and appreciate the award from Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard and his awesome team.”

The award was one of several the Midwest League captured at the winter meetings, which concluded Thursday. The league was informed it led all minor leagues in charitable contributions in 2018, with the 16 teams giving $6.9 million as a group.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods earned the Baseball America Minor League Team of the Year after winning 97 games and the Midwest League title, while league President Dick Nussbaum won the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service in his four years as president.

Nussbaum was also re-elected to another four-year term as the league's president, through the 2022 season. 

COLLEGES

Area roundup

Purdue Fort Wayne junior Pelegrin Vargas was selected as a member of the Preseason All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association team. ... For the second consecutive year, Saint Francis senior linebacker Piercen Harnish has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America NAIA football team as honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

BSU football foes for '19 revealed

Ball State will kick off its 2019 football season Aug. 31 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with a nonconference game against Indiana. In Mid-American Conference play, the Cardinals will square off against the same group it saw this fall, the conference announced. Ball State will flip home and road sites for all eight MAC opponents. West Division rivals Toledo and Central Michigan will play at Ball State, along with East Division foes Ohio and Miami. The Cardinals will travel to Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan from the West Division and Kent State from the East. Other nonconference games include home games against Fordham (Sept. 7) and Florida Atlantic (Sept. 14) and at North Carolina State (Sept. 21).

Stanford reaches volleyball final

In Minneapolis, Tami Alade had 14 blocks, Kathryn Plummer had 12 kills and Stanford beat BYU 25-15, 25-15 and 25-18 night to advance to the NCAA volleyball championship and avenge its only loss of the season. Seeking its eighth title, Stanford will face defending national champion Nebraska on Saturday night. The Cornhuskers, the seventh seed, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Illinois 3-2 (22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11). Carroll graduate Jacqueline Quade led all players with 18 kills in the match for Illinois.

BASKETBALL

Jordan says tap was friendly

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says lightly smacking the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in the closing seconds of Wednesday night's win against the Pistons was a “tap of endearment.” Monk and teammate Bismack Biyombo ran from the bench onto the court to celebrate as Jeremy Lamb launched a 22-footer game-winning shot with 0.3 second left. Officials gathered at the scorer's table and assessed the Hornets a one-shot technical foul for having six men on the floor. Jordan told The Associated Press on Thursday there was no malicious intent when he playfully smacked Monk on the back of his head.

GOLF

Birdie run vaults Dunhill leader

In Malelane, South Africa, Oliver Bekker put together a run of four straight birdies to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Bekker made birdies on Nos. 11-14 – he started his round on No. 10 – for a 6-under 66 in his native South Africa to overtake clubhouse leader Dimitrios Papadatos, who led for much of the afternoon after his 67 took him to 5 under.