The St. Thomas football team, ranked No. 22 in the country, faces its biggest game of the year Saturday at No. 11-ranked Bethel. The Tommies need a win over the Royals to stay in the hunt for a MIAC title and keep their chances alive to get to the postseason.
A spot in the MIAC title game is on the line Friday night as St. Thomas (21-4) hosts Bethel. The Tommies ended the regular season with a 76-69 loss to St. John’s in their final regular season home game.
In the late ‘80s, conventional wisdom suggested Bethel would not compete in the MIAC in football. Back then Steve Johnson showed up, and the Royals are playing in their ninth NCAA playoff. He’s got discipline but he’s got a connection to his players that creates a culture.
The Tommies lost at Bethel 28-21 Saturday to drop to 4-2 on the season, but more importantly 2-2 in the MIAC. The win for the Royals also gives them the inside track at a league title and the MIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs.
The similarities between shifty St. Thomas wideouts – and close friends – senior Dan Noehring and junior Dan Ferrazzo are numerous. The Dan duo were both: -Captains of their high school football teams (Noehring hails from Lakeville South, and Ferrazzo’s a Mahtomedi product).
If the St. Thomas football team has any hopes of playing in the NCAA Division III Playoffs, it knows winning out is pretty much the only option. That got a lot more difficult this week despite a 20-12 win at Gustavus last Saturday.
A 43-year-old Bethel woman has been ordered to spend one year in jail for killing two in a car crash she caused while driving drunk.
The St. Thomas campus, at least from a football standpoint, was quiet last weekend with the Tommies on a bye following a frustrating loss to St. John’s. With that bye after three games, it gave St. Thomas an early chance to correct several mistakes and get back to the fundamentals of football.
For Cory Svihla, donning horns on his helmet and hustling through drills at Winter Park last week alongside the Vikings’ coveted draft picks made the last two years of grinding it out completely worth it.
The Twins’ old home. The Metrodome is still alive with baseball this time of year but it’s the final year. With the dome set to be torn down at the end of the Vikings season, it’s the end of another era this winter – college baseball under the roof.
The St. Thomas football team has passed every test so far this season on the way to a 5-0 record and a top-5 Division III national ranking. The Tommies get their biggest test yet this Saturday as they host undefeated and No. 9-ranked Bethel for Homecoming.
As a quarterback, Scott Kirchoff led his Hutchinson team to a state title. He took his winner’s mentality to Bethel, where he won consistently.
When you play sports, you dream of that big match-up. It’s the one big game on your schedule that you know you have to win if you have chance at a championship.
Police are searching for a person involved in some type of violent crime in Bethel, Minn.
WCCO Radio will broadcast live the NCAA Division III quarterfinal football playoff game between St. Thomas and Bethel at noon this Saturday. The game will be played at O’Shaughnessy Stadium on the St. Thomas campus.