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November 18, 2014
Sura, Johnnies glad to be back
Don’t be mistaken: Sam Sura and the St. John's football team are thrilled to still be playing. But if the Johnnies seem to be going about business as usual, it’s because they feel like they've been in the playoffs for the last seven games.

November 11, 2014
The Sister on the sidelines
Whether it was watching the Saints practice next to the monastery, leading a team prayer or attending a game on Saturday afternoon, Sister Lisa Maurer enjoyed her time with the St. Scholastica football team. So when she was invited to join the coaching staff, she couldn't say no.

November 4, 2014
Willamette, Jones keeping up
Saturday’s win over Linfield has been the talk of Willamette University's campus because the Bearcats beat a top-five team and dropped the Wildcats from the top of the league standings.

October 28, 2014
At home in the secondary
A team that works well together wins together. And as four of Bethel's defensive backs have discovered this season, apparently living together doesn't hurt either.

October 21, 2014
Leipold keeps his personal accomplishments in background
"When he steps back when he’s done — whenever that is — he will look back and just realize what an accomplishment he achieved in a very short period of time," Bob Berezowitz said of Lance Leipold. "And this will be the first of many."

October 15, 2014
Back on the field
When he injured his knee during training camp last summer, it was difficult for Jeremiah McKibbins to stand by while his teammates went on to match the best season in Chapman history. But the running back is back and Chapman is looking for a postseason bid.

October 7, 2014
The Gustavus gunslinger
Mitch Hendricks has stepped up his game at Gustavus Adolphus. The Gusties’ quarterback has the offense putting up staggering numbers through the air and has led the team to a 5-0 start.

September 30, 2014
'This is just another game'
Although UW-Stevens Point was in the pink on Saturday with its win vs. North Central, the Pointers know they have a long way to go and haven't played a single conference game.

September 23, 2014
A gunslinger's record-setting day
At the last minute, Bryan Peterson’s parents decided to make the trip to La Verne for Whitworth's game. Good thing they did, or they would have missed an epic passing performance.

September 16, 2014
A long way to go for Wartburg
Was beating Bethel one of the Wartburg football team’s goals coming into this season? Of course. But does that mean the Knights are ready to call the 2014 season a successful campaign? Not even close.

September 9, 2014
'Quite a way to open up a stadium'
The players on the Northwestern (Minn.) football team were excited to play their first game at the university’s newly renovated stadium. And after a dramatic win in front of a boisterous crowd, there is a good chance the fans are excited for more games at Reynolds Field as well.

September 3, 2014
10 games to watch for 2014
Around the West is back for the 2014 season with a look at the top games involving teams from the region, which includes the West coast, IIAC, MIAC, UMAC and WIAC.

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Josh Smith covers high school and Division III athletics for the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He has won multiple awards for reporting and photography and contributes to multiple publications in addition to his duties at the Daily Union, including D3football.com beginning in 2012. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in print journalism.

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Previous Columns

November 18, 2014
Sura, Johnnies glad to be back
Don’t be mistaken: Sam Sura and the St. John's football team are thrilled to still be playing....
November 11, 2014
The Sister on the sidelines
Whether it was watching the Saints practice next to the monastery, leading a team prayer or...
November 4, 2014
Willamette, Jones keeping up
Saturday’s win over Linfield has been the talk of Willamette University's campus because the...
October 28, 2014
At home in the secondary
A team that works well together wins together. And as four of Bethel's defensive backs have...
October 21, 2014
Leipold keeps his personal accomplishments in background
"When he steps back when he’s done — whenever that is — he will look back and...
October 15, 2014
Back on the field
When he injured his knee during training camp last summer, it was difficult for Jeremiah McKibbins...
October 7, 2014
The Gustavus gunslinger
Mitch Hendricks has stepped up his game at Gustavus Adolphus. The Gusties’ quarterback has the...
September 30, 2014
'This is just another game'
Although UW-Stevens Point was in the pink on Saturday with its win vs. North Central, the Pointers...
September 23, 2014
A gunslinger's record-setting day
At the last minute, Bryan Peterson’s parents decided to make the trip to La Verne for...
September 16, 2014
A long way to go for Wartburg
Was beating Bethel one of the Wartburg football team’s goals coming into this season? Of...
September 9, 2014
'Quite a way to open up a stadium'
The players on the Northwestern (Minn.) football team were excited to play their first game at the...
September 3, 2014
10 games to watch for 2014
Around the West is back for the 2014 season with a look at the top games involving teams from the...

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