Murphy Nabs Athlete of the Week Award


Former Greenfield-Central standout Tyler Murphy is working on a record-setting soccer career at Trine University.

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Tyler Murphy of the Trine University men’s soccer team was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Men’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week, earlier this month, after picking up victories in three matches from Sept. 5-11.

Murphy, a junior from Greenfield, and Greenfield-Central High School, had six points in the wins and helped the Thunder rebound from their first loss to ranked Otterbein. On Monday, Sept. 5, Trine defeated Franklin by a score of 2-1, then the team posted wins against Heidelberg, 3-0 on Sept. 9 and 2-1 on Sept. 11 against Benedictine.

Murphy netted a penalty kick goal that ended up being the game-winner against the Grizzlies to start the week on the right foot. He then notched his second goal of the 2022 season versus the Student Princes of Heidelberg. Murphy collected a rebound and put it in the back of the net to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. In the Benedictine match, Murphy was credited with assists to Jared Cromwell and Ryan Cote that aided in the 2-1 win.

In his career, Murphy has won four MIAA Athlete of the Week awards and is closing in on the school’s NCAA D-III era records for most points and most goals scored. He currently sits two scores away from tying the goals record at 27 and six points from reaching Nooh Aljabaly’s record of 65 career points.


Koziol finds end zone again

For the third time in four games, Ball State freshman tight end Tanner Koziol has scored a touchdown.

The former Mt. Vernon standout had a 9-yard touchdown reception in the Cardinals 34-23 loss at Georgia Southern. His second-quarter TD catch was Ball State’s first TD of the game and cut the Georgia Southern lead to 13-10.

For the game, Koziol had four catches for 41 yards. He scored touchdowns earlier this season in games against Tennessee and Murray State.

Also against Georgia Southern, former New Pal all-stater Kyle King, a sophomore defensive end, had one PBU.

Hook has big game for Rockets

Toledo Rockets safety Maxen Hook, a former standout at New Palestine, was the team’s top defensive player in a 17-14 loss at San Diego State Saturday.

Hook led the Rockets in total tackles with 10 and in solo tackles with six. He also had the team’s lone sack and had two tackles for loss.

Slunaker throws TD pass in win

Former Mt. Vernon standout Gehrig Slunaker completed 6 of 8 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in Georgetown College’s 24-0 victory over Cumberland Saturday.

Georgetown is 4-0 this season. Slunaker is a freshman quarterback for the Tigers.

Hockett leads in tackles

Former New Pal linebacker Jacob Hockett led Taylor University in tackles in a 49-14 loss to Olivet Nazarene.

A senior at Taylor, Hockett had nine total stops, including seven solo tackles.