Midwest

November 17, 2015
Doing their homework on the fly
Even for programs with deep playoff histories, each new tournament brings new excitement and challenges. Coaches found out who their next opponent would be and got to work on Sunday night, in the hopes of that they can do the same thing next week. More in Around the Midwest.

November 10, 2015
New look, same rivalry
Rookie head coaches will be on both sidelines, but the opponents in the Midwest Conference championship game are far from strangers. St. Norbert and Monmouth will once again meet for the right to represent the MWC in the playoffs.

November 3, 2015
Lakeland is ready to turn the corner
The Muskies lost their last head coach, who left to coordinate the offense at Benedictine. This season, Lakeland can avenge 2014's late-season defeat at the hands of the Eagles that kept the Muskies out of the playoffs. A revamped offense has the Muskies rolling. More in Around the Midwest.

October 27, 2015
Monmouth is on the right track
Since a heartbreaking loss and a heart-stopping comeback win, the Fighting Scots have been cruising. Freshman defensive end Thomas Lesniewski has been nearly unstoppable. He and quarterback Tanner Matlick have Monmouth on track for another MWC championship game berth.

October 20, 2015
Franklin is in a familiar position
If ever there were a year to break the Grizzlies' streak of HCAC dominance, many thought this would be it. But, Franklin sophomore quarterback Chase Burton quickly rebounded from a tough start and the offense is clicking heading into Saturday's showdown at Rose-Hulman.

October 13, 2015
Wheaton is winning with balance
The Thunder don't have any player with eye-popping statistics on either side of the ball. What the Thunder do have are several talented and experienced players who expect to win.

October 5, 2015
St. Norbert doing more with less
The Green Knights don't beat up on each other much during the week. They save that energy for Saturdays. A stifling defense has St. Norbert at 4-0 heading into a showdown with Carroll. More in Around the Midwest.

September 29, 2015
Warriors are far from satisfied with wins
Wisconsin Lutheran hopes to again find its groove under longtime head coach Dennis Miller. The Warriors shared the NACC title last year, but are still seeking the playoff berth that has long eluded the program.

September 22, 2015
Engineering a climb up the HCAC mountain
Rose-Hulman is off to another fast start, but the Fightin' Engineers know that they have to get past Franklin to claim their first outright HCAC crown. The arm of Austin Swenson and an improved defense might be enough to get Rose-Hulman to the promised land this year.

September 15, 2015
The focus, like the name, stays the same at North Central
Jeff Thorne has taken the reins of the program from his father, John, but the Cardinals remain committed to building young men of character. More on what their new head coach learned from his first win in Around the Midwest.

September 8, 2015
Illinois College gives reins to a man named Brady
It's a tough act to follow, playing after the best quarterback in school history, but Brady Huber is doing his best to pick up where Michael Bates left off with the Blueboys.

August 31, 2015
10 games to watch for 2015
Sometimes the same game every year deserves to be in the 10 games to watch. But there are always others worth considering as well.

November 18, 2014
Big hills to climb
Benedictine and Macalester each face tall orders on Saturday, as they travel to Wheaton and UW-Whitewater for first-round playoff games.

November 11, 2014
IC's seniors get one more shot
Michael Bates and the Illinois College Blueboys went to the playoffs as freshmen. On Saturday they'll try to bookend their careers by clinching another trip.

November 4, 2014
Benedictine makes mess of NACC
You can thank the Benedictine Eaglesand their 33-6 thrashing of defending NACC champion Concordia (Wis.) last Saturday, which turned the conference race upside down.

Clyde Hughes

Clyde Hughes has been writing sports at various times over the past 24 years, covering everything from high school, college and sporting events. A native of football-crazed Texas, Hughes works in Indiana and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines.
2003-04 columnist: John Regenfuss

Previous Columns

November 17, 2015
Doing their homework on the fly
Even for programs with deep playoff histories, each new tournament brings new excitement and...
November 10, 2015
New look, same rivalry
Rookie head coaches will be on both sidelines, but the opponents in the Midwest Conference champions...
November 3, 2015
Lakeland is ready to turn the corner
The Muskies lost their last head coach, who left to coordinate the offense at Benedictine. This...
October 27, 2015
Monmouth is on the right track
Since a heartbreaking loss and a heart-stopping comeback win, the Fighting Scots have been cruising....
October 20, 2015
Franklin is in a familiar position
If ever there were a year to break the Grizzlies' streak of HCAC dominance, many thought this would...
October 13, 2015
Wheaton is winning with balance
The Thunder don't have any player with eye-popping statistics on either side of the ball. What the...
October 5, 2015
St. Norbert doing more with less
The Green Knights don't beat up on each other much during the week. They save that energy for...
September 29, 2015
Warriors are far from satisfied with wins
Wisconsin Lutheran hopes to again find its groove under longtime head coach Dennis Miller. The...
September 22, 2015
Engineering a climb up the HCAC mountain
Rose-Hulman is off to another fast start, but the Fightin' Engineers know that they have to get past...
September 15, 2015
The focus, like the name, stays the same at North Central
Jeff Thorne has taken the reins of the program from his father, John, but the Cardinals remain...
September 8, 2015
Illinois College gives reins to a man named Brady
It's a tough act to follow, playing after the best quarterback in school history, but Brady Huber is...
August 31, 2015
10 games to watch for 2015
Sometimes the same game every year deserves to be in the 10 games to watch. But there are always...
November 18, 2014
Big hills to climb
Benedictine and Macalester each face tall orders on Saturday, as they travel to Wheaton and...
November 11, 2014
IC's seniors get one more shot
Michael Bates and the Illinois College Blueboys went to the playoffs as freshmen. On Saturday...
November 4, 2014
Benedictine makes mess of NACC
You can thank the Benedictine Eaglesand their 33-6 thrashing of defending NACC champion Concordia...
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