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THORNTON, COLO. › Soccer
Akindele, a freshman midfielder-forward at Colorado School of Mines, became the first player in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history to score three consecutive hat tricks, helping the Orediggers to wins over Colorado Christian (in which he scored four goals), UC Colorado Springs and Adams State. Through Sunday he led the league in total goals (17).
ERLANGER, KY. › Volleyball
Niemer, a senior outside hitter at Cincinnati, had 39 kills and a combined .578 hitting percentage to lead the Bearcats to straight-set wins over DePaul and Notre Dame and earn a record fifth consecutive Big East player of the week honor. Through Sunday, Niemer led the conference in kills (444) and points (517.5). She was All--Big East in 2008 and '09.
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FRESNO › Motocross
JD, a sophomore at Jinny Lind High, won the 450cc stock novice class at the Dodge Amateur Nationals in Sacramento, his first national title. He also finished third in the 250cc modified novice class. JD has 269 first-place finishes overall in his racing career and 20 top 10s in national amateur competition, including eight podium finishes.