The Journal Gazette
 
 
Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:00 am

Briefs

Cougars extend deal with Donley until '26

Staff, news services

Saint Francis signed football coach Kevin Donley to a contract extension through 2026, the Cougars announced Wednesday.

Donley, 69, is the all-time winningest coach in NAIA football. He started the Saint Francis program in 1997 and led the Cougars to back-to-back national championships in 2016 and 2017. He was inducted in the NAIA Football Hall of Fame in 2014 and won NAIA National Coach of the Year in both 2016 and '17. He is also a 10-time Mid-East Football Association Mideast League Coach of the Year.

The Cougars have 21 winning seasons in Donley's 23 years at Saint Francis and is the active leader in wins across college football with 335, a figure that ranks seventh all-time among college football coaches at all levels. The 2021 season will be his 43rd as a head coach.

BASKETBALL

Jazz's Gobert top defensive player

Utah's Rudy Gobert won his third Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday after helping the Jazz to the best record in the NBA. Gobert had the most total blocked shots and defensive rebounds in the league this season and became the fourth player to win the award at least three times.

FOOTBALL

Broncos to honor ex-QB Manning

Peyton Manning was elected to the Broncos Ring of Fame in recognition of his record-breaking four-year run in Denver that culminated with a victory in Super Bowl 50. Manning will be honored during a game against Washington on Halloween, less than three months after his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Furst scores 22 to lead All-Stars

After leading by just one point at halftime, the Indiana Senior Boys All-Stars outpaced the Junior All-Stars in the second half to win 127-106 at Brownsburg. Mr. Basketball Caleb Furst of Blackhawk Christian scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds for the seniors, along with five assists and two blocks. Trey Kaufman-Renn of Silver Creek, Furst's future Purdue teammate, also scored 22 points. Leland Walker led the juniors with 24 points. Jalen Jackson of Carroll led the Fort Wayne juniors with 20 points. Fletcher Loyer of Homestead scored 15 points.

Girls All-Stars top Junior All-Stars

The Indiana Senior Girls All-Stars easily beat their junior counterparts at Brownsburg 94-69. Miss Basketball Jayla Smith, who is committed to Purdue, led all scorers with 16 points. Junior All-Star Ayanna Patterson of Homestead had eight points and five rebounds. Junior Olivia Smith of South Side scored three points. 

SOFTBALL

Oklahoma forces decisive game

In Oklahoma City, Jocelyn Alo hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, and Oklahoma beat Florida State 6-2 to force a decisive Game 3 for the Women's College World Series title. The final game will be played today. Oklahoma (55-4) is seeking its fifth championship. Florida State (49-12-1) is trying for its second title in four years.


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