Hess selected by MVFC
Youngstown State quarterback Kurt Hess was selected the Missouri Valley Football Conference offensive player of the week.
Hess threw for a career-high 311 yards and four touchdowns in the Penguins’ 59-21 win over Illinois State. He also added a 16-yard rushing score.
Hess was 17-of-21 with touchdown passes of 67, 40, 10 and two yards.
It was the sixth time in his career that Hess threw at least four touchdown passes in a game.
It was the second time in his career that he threw for more than 300 yards and it was his 22nd career 200-yard plus passing game, a school mark.
Penguins compete at ITA Midwest Regionals
Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Youngstown State women’s tennis team competed at the ITA Midwest Regionals held at the University of Michigan’s Varsity Tennis Center.
In doubles play, Marta Burak and Margarita Sadovnikova won their first two doubles matches to reach the quarterfinals.
In the round of 16, the Penguin pair knocked off seventh-seeded Nida Hamilton and Maddie Lipp of Northwestern.
The duo lost to Michigan’s Ronit Yurosky and Sarah Lee, 8-4. Lee and Yurosky were the No. 2 seed and advanced to the finals.
Carolyn Jesko and Annina Brendel posted a 1-1 mark in doubles play.
In the singles bracket, Sadovnikova won the first set from Illinois’ Alexis Casati before dropping the next two sets 6-1, 6-0.
Townsend ignites Youngstown Christian
Darien Townsend scored two touchdowns as the Youngstown Christian football team overcame an early 14-point deficit for Saturday’s 42-28 win over Vermillion at Poland High School.
Townsend scored on runs covering 42 and 18 yards. Keemani Bryant rushed for 119 yards including a 24-yard touchdown.
Paris Bennett scored on a 22-yard run. Rob Thompson and Junior Blair scored the other touchdowns for the Eagles (2-4).
Bob Sahli used a pitching wedge to shoot a hole-in-one on the 116-yard No. 16 at Tippecanoe Country Club.
Witnesses were Dr. Ed Novosel, Bill Ronci and Jim Grace.
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Degenkolb wins Paris-Tours cycling classic
German rider John Degenkolb beat Michael Morkov of Denmark and Arnaud Demare of France in a mass sprint to win the Paris-Tours classic on Sunday.
Degenkolb completed the 146 miles from Authon-du-Perche to Tours in 5 hours, 29 minutes, 19 seconds. Morkov took second and Demare third.
Defending champion Marco Marcato of Italy attacked in the Cote de Beau Soleil and was followed by six riders — Degenkolb, Morkov, Jetse Bol of the Netherlands, Sep Vanmarcke of Belgium as well as Frenchmen Demare and Sylvain Chavanel.
Bajan takes Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita
Bajan won the $70,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 21/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Bajan ran six furlongs in 1:10.64 and paid $8.20, $3.80 and $4.80.
“It was a great trip, a lot of fun, actually,” Espinoza said. “She really loves to run on the dirt. She’s a young filly and I think she’s improving right now.”
E Equalsmcsquared returned $5 and $7, while Smoove was another 31/4 lengths back in third and paid $8 to show at 12-1 odds.
Spring Moon, the odds-on favorite, broke a step slow and finished fourth in the field of five.
Vindicator staff/wire reports