Otwinowski up for Campbell Trophy

Buffalo senior linebacker Matt Otwinowski (La Porte) has been named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. Celebrating its 30th year, the award recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

Otwinowski is an accounting major with a 3.89 cumulative grade point average. A two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection, he has been honored as a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Otwinowski has already been placed on the watch list for the AFCA Allstate Good Works Team and the Weurffel Trophy.

The Bulls starting middle linebacker ranks second on the team with 21 tackles. He has played in 42 games over his career and registered 99 tackles.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, During the event, one member of the class will be declared the winner and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Adams aces Cougars

Josh Ferrell and Colten Kitchen took a 6-2, 6-4 victory at one doubles, but it was the only point the New Prairie boys tennis team would garner in a 4-1 Northern Indiana Conference playoff to host South Bend Adams on Wednesday. The Eagles dominated singles, ceding just five games across three matches. Haydon Houser and Wreese Hemphill were competitive at two doubles for NP (14-4), but fell 7-5, 6-4.

Andrean edges Marquette boys

Cormack Bardol dropped a 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 battle at No. 2 singles as Andrean edged Marquette 3-2 in boys tennis Wednesday at the Elston Courts. Noah Wadle and Colin Thompson took two doubles 6-3, 6-0 with the Blazers' other point coming in a forfeit to Riggs Bardol at three singles. Sean Bardol lost 7-5, 6-1 at one and Aidan McDonnell and Brendan Mack 6-3, 7-6 at one doubles for Marquette (6-6).

Blazers spike O-D

Marquette rattled off its fourth consecutive volleyball shutout at home Tuesday, downing Oregon-Davis 25-19, 25-11, 25-22 at the Scholl Center.

Ryleigh Grott logged 11 kills while Julia Molina added nine to go with four aces. Freshman Kennedy Oselka and Emily Lasky notched six kills each with Oselka leading the Blazers (13-10) in digs with eight. Liberty Riley registered a match-high 10 assists with Jenna Kirby and Madison Lindsey contributing eight apiece. Freshman Diana Fields served three aces.

NP wins NIC playoff opener

Nathan Middlebrook (three singles) and Wreese Hemphill/Haydon Houser (two doubles) claimed three-set victories to push the New Prairie boys tennis team (13-3) to a 4-1 victory over Elkhart Central in a Northern Indiana Conference playoff match Tuesday. Middlebrook won 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, while Hemphill/Houser rallied to prevail 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Nick Boyd (one singles) and Colten Kitchen/Josh Ferrell (one doubles) breezed to wins, losing one game between them. 

Pumpkin Festival 3 on 3 tourney is Oct. 6

The Pumpkin Festival 3 on 3 double elimination basketball tournament will be Oct. 6. There will be youth divisions for fourth through 12 grade boys and girls as well as an adult division. Cost is $75 per team with trophies awarded to winners. Every participant will receive a T-shirt. Proceeds support the Westville boys basketball team.

For more information, contact Dale Lake @lake_dale@yahoo.com.

K of C Soccer Challenge Sunday

The Knights of Columbus of St. Michael Council in La Porte will hold its annual Soccer Challenge on Sunday at the YMCA soccer fields on Andrew Ave. The event is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Registration will take place from noon to 12:30 with the competition lasting until 3. Birth certificates are required.

Pumpkin Festival Run / Walk Oct. 5

The 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival Run, sponsored by Westville Tri Kappa, is set for Oct. 5 Registration is at 7 a.m. in the Westville High School parking lot with the 5K Run and 5K Walk set to begin at 8. These events are for adults. A kids race will be held at Prairie Meadow Park (Birch Field 1) at 1 p.m.

Applications may be picked up at area sports clubs and sport shops. Contact Jane Bachman at 219-898-3077 or email – jabachman305@gmail.com. Or you can go to www.westvillepumpkinfestival.com.

Valley Hills offers rates, tournaments

Valley Hills Golf Course in Rolling Prairie is offering a student rate of $5 every day until the end of the year for anyone in grade school, high school or college. Anyone wanting to set up a night golf tournament can call the course at 219-778-2823 with their info.

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