The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1:00 am


Former ND lineman Kona Schwenke dies

Staff, news services

Kona Schwenke, a former Notre Dame defensive lineman and winner of the program's Next Man In Award in 2013, died Sunday at his home in Laie, Hawaii. He was 25.

Schwenke started nine games in his Irish career, making 23 tackles as a senior in 2013. 

“Kona was an extremely caring young man who always thought of his family, friends and teammates before himself,” Kelly wrote on Twitter on Monday. “He had such a welcoming personality to everyone. My heart truly aches for his family.”


Tar Heels' Maye declares for draft

North Carolina junior Luke Maye has declared for the NBA draft but isn't hiring an agent.


Irish get recruit

Notre Dame received a commitment from a fourth recruit in four days in the class of 2019 when offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic announced on Twitter he would play for the Irish. Kristofic had offers from Clemson, Michigan and Ohio State, among others. His commitment is the seventh for the Irish for 2019 and moves Notre Dame's class up to No. 14 in's rankings.

Around campus

The IPFW women's golf team carded a 323 and sit in eighth place at the Summit League Championship with a two-day score of 656 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. North Dakota State leads the team standings after 36 holes with a score of 580. Sierra Bennion has a one-shot lead heading into the final round with a 1-under-par 143. Madison Chesnutt led the Mastodons with an 80 and is tied for 23rd with a 36-hole score of 160. Abigail Carlsen carded the tournament's only eagle, when she drained her third shot from 70 yards out on the par-5 No. 16. ... IPFW second basemen Mike Snyder was named The Summit League Baseball Player of the Week. Snyder, a sophomore, led IPFW to a series sweep over Omaha with a .429 (6-of-14) batting average, .571 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage.


49ers consider cutting Foster

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said the team will be patient through linebacker Reuben Foster's legal issues in a domestic violence case but stressed he won't remain on the 49ers if the team determines he hit a woman.  Prosecutors said Foster attacked his girlfriend in February, leaving her bruised and with an injured eardrum. She told officers that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.

Oakland signs DB after arrest

Oakland signed cornerback Daryl Worley just over a week after his release by Philadelphia following an arrest. The Raiders also announced they have exercised the fifth-year option on receiver Amari Cooper.

Snead leaving Saints for Ravens

Former Ball State star Willie Snead indicated on Twitter he's headed out of New Orleans to join Baltimore, which offered the receiver a two-year, $10.4 million contract.


Bennie Cunningham, a versatile tight end who starred at Clemson and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died at 63. ... Former North Carolina defensive tackle Dee Hardison, a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame who played 11 seasons in the National Football League, died at 61.


Area signings

Five Bishop Dwenger athletes will sign with colleges Thursday including Taylor Martin (golf), Purdue Northwest; Samantha Weldon (track/cross country), Evansville; Grady Clark (soccer), Bellarmine University; Noelle Rolfsen (soccer), Florida Southern; and Chip Clark (football), Adrian.

Area honors

Former Warsaw football coach Phil Jensen will be honored Wednesday by the Moose Krause Chapter of the Football Hall of Fame. Jensen will receive the chapter's 2018 Contributions to Football Award at a ceremony at the 45th annual Moose Krause Memorial Scholar-Athlete Dinner at St. Hedwig Memorial Center in South Bend. In addition to Jensen, senior Zach Riley is one of 44 athletes nominated for a scholarship.


Around the rink

Calgary hired Bill Peters as the team's head coach. Peters, 53, resigned as head coach of Carolina on Friday after four seasons and a year remaining on his deal.... Minnesota split with general manager Chuck Fletcher after the team's first-round playoff exit.

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