Four Charger teams ranked in respective Top 25 polls
As of 3 p.m. Monday, all four Hillsdale College fall sports teams are in the nation’s Top 25 in their respective NCAA D II polls for the first time ever.
The Hillsdale College volleyball team was ranked 25th in the nation in last week’s poll, but they could fall out after a loss to Northern Michigan.
The Charger women’s cross country team is ranked 18th in the country, while the men’s cross country team finished last week ranked 25th in the nation.
And following a victory over the No. 15 Ashland Eagles the Hillsdale College football entered the AFCA Top 25 poll at No. 24 with a 4-1 record.
Panizzi named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week
For the first time in his career, Hillsdale College senior RB Vinnie Panizzi was named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week. The award was announced by the conference office Monday morning.
Panizzi spearheaded one of Hillsdale’s biggest victories in many years Saturday, by rushing for a career-high 231 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 38-19 win over the No. 15-ranked Ashland University Eagles.
Panizzi had 11 runs of seven yards or more against the Eagles, and had his third three-touchdown game of this season. It marked the second week in a row he set a new career-high for rushing yards in a game, after he had 188 vs. the University of Indianapolis on Sept. 19.
Panizzi now ranks second in the GLIAC with an average of 135 rushing yards per game, and is tied for first in the GLIAC with Wayne State’s Joique Bell with 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. He ranks third on Hillsdale’s all-time rushing yards list with 2,893 for his career, and his 38 career rushing TDs are also third in school history.
Panizzi’s award marks the third time this season a Charger has won conference player of the week honors, joining Troy Weatherhead (Offense, Sept. 7) and Mark Petro (Special Teams, Sept. 21) as GLIAC weekly award winners.
He and the Chargers (4-1) will travel to the University of Findlay for a 4:00 game Saturday at the 4-1 Oilers.