College Insider: Fenwick’s Catrine ends solid football career at Valpo


College Insider: Fenwick’s Catrine ends solid football career at Valpo

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Fenwick’s Frank Catrine carries the ball during a Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown game against Wyoming on Aug. 23, 2012, at Sycamore. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Senior wide receiver Frank Catrine has finished his Valparaiso University football career with nearly 1,500 receiving yards.

The Fenwick High School graduate helped the Crusaders post a 6-5 record this season, their first winning mark since 2003. They were 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League.

Catrine caught 31 balls for 402 yards and a touchdown while running 14 times for 87 yards and a score in 2017. He totaled 126 receptions, 1,446 yards and seven TDs through the air in his 39-game career.

Sophomore running back Cody Boxrucker (Badin) was Valpo’s No. 3 rusher this year. He carried the ball 69 times for 292 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns.

• Three local players have been honored by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Franklin (Ind.) senior center Landon Johnson (Lakota West) and Rose-Hulman junior safety John Kirby (Lebanon) were named to the first team, while Earlham senior offensive tackle Jacob Breen (Monroe) was voted to the second team.

Finishing 8-3 overall and 8-0 in the HCAC was Franklin, which lost to Wartburg 35-34 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Kirby was the top tackler for Rose-Hulman (8-2, 7-1). He had 48 solos, 21 assists, 4.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Earlham ended a winless campaign at 0-10, 0-8.

• Gannon (Pa.) junior offensive tackle Brady Bowling (Lakota West) has been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division second team.

Bowling was one of the O-line anchors for the Golden Knights, who scored at least 22 points in 10 games this season. Gannon finished 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the PSAC.

Senior punter Jarod Morrison (Hamilton) had a 42.6-yard average on 38 punts. He dropped 11 kicks inside the 20-yard line and totaled nine punts of 50-plus yards.

• Redshirt junior place-kicker Ryan Nuss (Fairfield) gave Western Kentucky a 41-38 victory over visiting Middle Tennessee State last Saturday, kicking a 37-yard field goal in the third overtime period.

Nuss is the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer with 59 points. He’s 8 of 12 on field goals and 35 of 36 on extra points.

WKU, 6-5 overall and 4-3 in Conference USA, closes the regular season at 6 p.m. on Friday at Florida International.

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