• Varsity sports weekend preview: Oct. 15-17

    Football: The Tommie gridders will attempt to stay in the heart of the MIAC race when they host Carleton at 1 p.m. Saturday in O’Shaughnessy Stadium. The game also will be televised on Media One Cable in St. Paul and suburbs.

    The Tommies (3-2 overall, 3-1 MIAC) rolled past Macalester, 60-14, last week to move into a tie for second place (one game behind undefeated Concordia) while the Knights won their first league game over Hamline, 16-13. But there is more than just football on the agenda. Tommie quarterback Greg Kaiser will be honored at halftime as a Burger King National Scholar Athlete of the Week. Kaiser, who has a 3.87 GPA as a business major, will be honored with a $10,000 scholarship that will be presented in his name to the Rev. Dennis Dease, St. Thomas president. Kaiser will be honored for being a member of the American Football Coaches Association Good Works team for exceptional community service.

    After Saturday, there is just one regular season game left at O’Shaughnessy Stadium — Oct. 30 vs. Bethel.

    Volleyball: The first-place Tommie volleyball team (11-8 overall, 6-0 MIAC) will face two ardent pursuers this weekend. Friday, St. Thomas travels to Macalester for a 7:30 p.m. match. The Scots are one of three teams in second place chasing the Tommies — one loss off the league lead.

    There will be little rest for coach Cole Tallman’s team. On Saturday, St. Olaf, also part of that second-place logjam (Bethel is the third team) will visit Schoenecker Arena for a 3 p.m. match. The Tommies are at Gustavus next Wednesday.

    St. Thomas defeated Augsburg in three straight games last week in their only MIAC action.

    Cross Country: The men’s and women’s cross country teams return to full strength against a formidable field at the UW-LaCrosse Invitational this Saturday. The women’s team, ranked 10th in the country, rested Jenni and Becky Mooney last weekend at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational, but still outdistanced second-place UMD for the title. The 10th-ranked men’s team held out five of their top seven runners and placed sixth out of 13 teams at Eau Claire. Both teams will send their full squads into action Saturday as they prepare for the Oct. 30 MIAC conference meet at Como Golf Course in St. Paul.

    Women’s soccer: St. Thomas heads to Elmhurst (Ill.) for a nonconference game Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the Tommies get no rest as they move on to the Windy City to meet the University of Chicago. Their last home game is Tuesday against Carleton, at 3:30 p.m. The women defeated St. Olaf (2-0) and Cornell (1-0) last weekend to run their record to 8-3 overall and 3-2 MIAC.

    Men’s soccer: The men’s soccer team looks to rebound from two losses last week Saturday at Gustavus. The men’s team dropped to 6-6 overall (3-2 MIAC) after losing to unbeaten St. Olaf, 2-0, on Wednesday, and 1-0 in double overtime to Simpson on Saturday. They also play at Carleton on Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m.

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