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Tuesday, December 03, 2019 1:00 am

College notebook

Homestead grad looking at transfer

Staff, news services

Northwestern wide receiver and captain Ben Skowronek has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports. Skowronek, a Homestead graduate who set a Spartans record with 133 receptions in his high school career, is “50-50” to transfer or return to Northwestern for his final season of eligibility, according to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Skowronek played just three games this season because of an undisclosed injury that required surgery in November. He reportedly has NFL aspirations, but the league wants to see more tape on him to determine whether he will play wide receiver or a receiver-tight end combo in the pros.  

The Fort Wayne native has 110 catches for more than 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns in his Wildcats career.

AP poll updates

Louisville is the latest team to climb to No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll and Michigan has matched a record by debuting at No. 4.

The Cardinals received 48 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday. No. 2 Kansas had three first-place votes and No. 5 Virginia had five.

The Wolverines received nine first-place votes and matched Kansas in 1989 for the biggest jump from being unranked the previous week after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis title in the Bahamas.

Louisville moved up one to the top spot after previous No. 1 Duke lost to Stephen F. Austin. The Cardinals are the fourth different No. 1 in five weeks. Maryland rose to No. 3.

In the women's poll, Stanford moved up to No. 1 in for the first time in seven years. The Cardinal received 23 of 30 first-place votes from a media panel on Monday. Stanford was last No. 1 for six weeks in 2012.

Its ascension came after a weekend that saw previous No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Baylor both lose Saturday. It was only the third time since the Top 25 became a writers' poll before the 1994-95 season that the top two teams lost on the same day.

Louisville jumped six spots to No. 2 after knocking off Oregon, which fell to third. The Cardinals got five first-place votes. UConn, which was the only top-10 team that didn't play over the holiday weekend, received the other two first-place votes and remained No. 4.

Oregon State moved up to No. 5. South Carolina and Baylor were Nos. 6 and 7. The Gamecocks beat the then-No. 2 Bears in the Paradise Jam tournament.

Florida State, Maryland and Mississippi State rounded out the first 10 teams in the poll.

Indiana rose to No. 14, the highest ranking in program history, after beating South Carolina at the Paradise Jam.

Missouri State entered the Top 25 for the first time since 2004, coming in at No. 22. Michigan and LSU also got ranked at Nos. 24 and 25. South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia all fell out of the poll.

IU QB Ramsey gets Manning nod

Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey was named one of eight Manning Award “Stars of the Week” after going for 23 for 39 for 337 yards through the air and accounting for five touchdowns in the Hoosiers' 44-41 win over rival Purdue. This is the second time this season Ramsey has been honored by the Manning Award.

Summit League honors Mastodon

Jarred Godfrey, who averaged 22.5 points in two Purdue Fort Wayne wins last week, was named the Summit League's Player of the Week for the first time in his career. The sophomore guard had a career-high 28 points against Grand Canyon.

Cardinals QB Plitt earns MAC honor

Ball State quarterback Drew Plitt was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week after rolling up 389 total yards (317 through the air) and throwing for three touchdowns in a 41-27 season-ending win over Miami (Ohio). He finished the year with 2,918 passing yards, fifth on Ball State's the single-season list.

2 Grace players All-Americans

Grace men's soccer players Gabriel Osti, a senior midfielder, and Marcelo Talamas, a junior forward who scored 15 goals this season, earned Academic All-America honors, given to players who play in at least half of games and have a 3.3 GPA or better.

Big Ten honors IU's Patberg

Indiana point guard Ali Patberg was named to the Big Ten Women's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3 assists at the Paradise Jam. The Hoosiers went 2-1 at the tournament, including a win over No. 5 South Carolina, in which Patberg had 16 points.

Warriors No. 7 in hockey poll

Indiana Tech men's hockey checked in at No. 7 in the ACHA Division I national rankings. The Warriors (15-2-0), winners of 11 in a row, occupied the same spot in the previous poll and have been ranked for 10 straight weeks. 

Volleyball tournaments

No. 16 Purdue will open the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday with a home matchup at Holloway Gymnasium against Wright State. The Boilermakers (22-7) have won six matches in a row and will be playing in their 21st NCAA Tournament. They're hosting the first and second rounds for the first time since 2011. The Boilers have never lost in the first round.

Notre Dame (19-9) reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons and will face UCLA in Madison, Wisconsin on 5:30 p.m. Friday in the first round. Ball State (20-11), winners of the MAC Tournament, will face No. 5 Nebraska in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday in Lincoln. The Cardinals have won nine in a row.

PFW (18-14) earned a spot in the 32-team National Invitational Volleyball Championship and will be on the road to take on Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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