Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 115 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Spring 2016 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office. Valpo's 115 representatives ranked second in the ten-member league.
Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that a pair of transfer student-athletes have agreed to join the Crusader softball program. Pitcher Mackenzie Grossmann comes to Valpo after spending two seasons at Morehead State, while infielder Jaymee Lawton joins the Crusaders after playing her freshman year at Utah Valley. Both Grossmann and Lawton will be immediately eligible to play for the defending Horizon League champions in 2017.
One was the culmination of a three-year resurgence that saw the Crusader men’s tennis team go from winless in the Horizon League to the top of the mountain. The other was one of the most remarkable league tournament runs you’ll ever see, as the Crusader softball team put together an incredible four-day performance at the Horizon League Championship. Both journeys culminated with teams raising Horizon League title trophies and advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and with over 800 votes cast in the semifinals, they are your final two – but only one can claim to be the Best of Valpo Athletics in 2015-2016. Which will it be?
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Steffen Pulinx, a 6’3” defender from Genk, Belgium, will be joining the Crusader program as a freshman entering the 2016 season. Pulinx joins the previously announced class of incoming players to give Valpo an eight-player group of newcomers for 2016.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today his side’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 season – a challenging slate which includes six matches against teams which finished in the top-75 in the nation in RPI last season, and eight home matches at Brown Field.
The results are in from the quarterfinal round of voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-2016 bracket, and the Crusader fans have spoken. The final four which will face off include two Horizon League title wins, a deep postseason run and an individual effort that ranks among the top single-game performances in program history.
13 Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had four honorees from the outdoor season, while the women’s squad had three honorees. Three baseball players earned Academic All-League accolades, while softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis each had one recipient apiece.
Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today her program’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 campaign. The Crusaders graduate just one senior from last season’s 27-win squad, which tied for the second-most wins in a single year in program history.
Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Matt Lottich announced today that the Crusaders have added a pair of transfers to their roster, as Detroit native Bakari Evelyn and Atlantic City native John Middleton join the Crusaders from Nebraska and Utah State, respectively. Both guards will have to sit out the 2016-17 campaign and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting with the 2017-18 season.
17 Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority student-athletes who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
Like any good bracket, the first round of the Best of Valpo Athletics 2015-2016 bracket featured some tight battles and some potentially surprising victors. With over 350 votes cast, click inside to see the first-round winners as the 16 get cut down to 8, and cast your votes in the quarterfinal round now!
The Detroit Tigers selected Dalton Lundeen in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday. Lundeen recorded career podium finishes in all three major pitching categories. His 347 1/3 innings pitched are a program record. His 22 wins tied him with John Grippi for the third-most in Valpo baseball history. Lundeen's 275 strikeouts also rank third in the program's long-standing tradition of pitching excellence.
Senior Jeffrey Schorsch has been invited to play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Oracle Masters Invite held in Malibu, California from October 13th-16th. The exclusive 32-member tournament features the top returning player from each Division I athletic conference.
First-round matchups are now open for voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2015-2016 school year! Click into the story to see descriptions of all 16 nominees and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote and help narrow the top moments, performances and plays of the past year from 16 down to 1.
The Valparaiso University athletics department would like to recognize Adam Klos, Assistant Director of Athletics for Event Management, for his service to the Crusader student-athletes and athletic programs over the last decade as he moves to a new role on campus outside of athletics.
Former Liberty University standout and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Megan (Frazee) Leuzinger has been hired as assistant women's basketball coach at Valparaiso University. Leuzinger was an honorable mention All-American at Liberty before embarking on a seven-year professional playing career. She still holds the Flames' Division I record for career scoring average (18.5 PPG).
Senior outfielder Nolan Lodden was elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American First Team on Friday. Lodden amassed a 3.94 grade-point average as an electrical engineering major in the classroom. On the diamond, he tallied team watermarks in hits (83), runs (57), doubles (18), and walks (36) in 2016. This marks the first such honor in program history.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today a talented group of players set to join the Crusaders in 2016, as the men’s soccer program welcomes seven new additions to the current squad. The 2016 class is comprised of student-athletes from three different U.S. states and four total countries, and joins a Valpo squad that is looking to build off a 7-6-5 (3-3-3 Horizon) season in 2015 – a season which included a 3-1-1 mark for the Crusaders against teams ranked in the top-25 nationally. More detailed information on all the signees, including thoughts from Coach Avery, is available in the attached PDF.