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Permalink 12/10/09 , CSN West, CSN Columns

CSN West: Two Titans Meet in Missoula

floated rightBy Kent Schmidt, CSN West Columnist

All matchups in the FCS national playoff semifinals are good ones, but this one coming to Missoula, Mont., this weekend is one that seems to have a little more flair. As most FCS fans know, three-time Division I champion Appalachian State will visit Missoula on Saturday afternoon to play Montana, who is a two-time champion.

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MIAC Profiles of Excellence: Marie Borner, Bethel University

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

Receiving a Division I scholarship, particularly to a school in one of the “big six” athletic conferences, is a goal all high school athletes share. But what happens when being at that prestigious Division I school does not work out? If you are Marie Borner, you transfer to Bethel University and go on to win three NCAA individual championships in track and cross country.

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CSN So South: Late Rally Keeps Mountaineers on Playoff Road

floated rightBy Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist

When it rolled to its historic title run from 2005 through 2007, Appalachian State made the most of its home confines, winning nine games at the Rock to punch a ticket to Chattanooga for each of those titles. It wasn’t unusual in those games for the Mountaineers to create some kind of classic play to spur on the victory.

Late in Saturday night’s quarterfinal playoff game at Richmond, it appeared the defending champion Spiders had pulled off their own classic play at home to end the Mountaineers’ season once again.

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FCS Recap: The Scores and Historic FAIL in the 2009 D-I Championship Quarterfinals

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Since 1981, the first time the NCAA Division I Championships had a round of four games, the four losing teams averaged 76 points combined every year with 1996 being the least amount at 52 points.

This year, three of the four losing teams; Stephen F. Austin, Southern Illinois, and New Hampshire combined for just 10 points! Even though the last losing team Richmond scored 31 points, it was a record-setting day of low scoring in defeat of 41 combined points.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Week One: Tip Off Thrills

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tipped off its 2009-10 men’s basketball season this past week. As is to be expected of the MIAC, there were plenty of nail-biters, including an overtime win on a 50-foot shot as Gustavus nipped Concordia. Preseason favorite St. Thomas swept its two games and holds onto a share of the conference lead with Gustavus, Augsburg and the surprising Saint Mary’s Cardinals. Those four square off in four games this coming week, which should b e another week packed with thrills and excitement around the league.

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Permalink 12/04/09 , The CSN Way, CSN Columns

The CSN Way: The Long Goodbyes?

floated rightBy Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

floatedleftIt was a crazy first weekend of the FCS playoffs, with two team losing on a botched field goal attempts - one returned for a touchdown to provide the margin of victory - while another team enjoyed one of the best football comebacks in history in order to survive into the second round. Eight teams said goodbye - including hard-luck teams Elon, South Carolina State and South Dakota State - and eight teams survive to compete for the Division I National Championship.

Two of the venues for this game - Richmond Stadium, home of the Spiders, and McAndrew Stadium, home of Southern Illinois - are engaged in “long goodbyes” of their own. In their final year of service, every weekend could be the final game enjoyed in their stadiums before new stadiums open up in Richmond and Carbondale next year.

Add to that two teams in the “Gridiron Classic” that are playing their first postseason games at the FCS level, and you have one damned exciting FCS football weekend. Save your goodbyes for another time - it’s time to pick some games.

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CSN Inside the OVC: The Streak Continues

floated rightBy James D. Horne, CSN Inside the OVC Columnist

Unfortunately the streak continues for the OVC.

Eastern Illinois’ 48-7 loss to Southern Illinois last Saturday extended the conference’s FCS Playoffs losing streak to 13 games.

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