Zach Rodeghero, a member of Valparaiso University's class of 2008, has signed a contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League and will be in uniform for the team on Monday evening against Joliet.
Valparaiso bowling head coach Shon Washington announced today that Charlotte “Charlie” Scheipe has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2010-2011 campaign.
Valparaiso University's Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine women's track and field/cross country Academic All-America Third Team, as voted on by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Bradford is the fourth Crusader athlete to earn Academic All-American honors this academic year.
Valparaiso will open the 2010-2011 women's basketball season on Friday evening, November 12, as the Crusaders face DePaul out of the Big East in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament in Chicago, Ill.
There is still time to sign up for the 13th annual Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend will take place July 16-17 as alumni and friends have a chance to reconnect with one another as well as meet Crusader coaches during the event in Frankenmuth, Mich.
Valparaiso University outfielder Bo McClendon (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) and pitcher Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) were both selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
The academic excellence of Valparaiso University student-athletes continues to be recognized, with all 18 sports programs existing prior to the current academic year exceeding the NCAA's benchmark multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 925.
A trio of Valparaiso seniors were honored Thursday as the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V women's cross country/track and field teams were released. Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) both earned First Team accolades, while Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek) was a Second Team selection.
The “I Need a Hug” program, a partnership between the Valparaiso softball program and the United Way of Porter County, is currently in the running to receive $25,000 of funding through the Pepsi Refresh project. Fans can vote once per day through the end of the month for “I Need a Hug”, and the top ten ideas in the voting at the end of June will receive funding.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) represented Valparaiso University on the 2010 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament team announced on Sunday afternoon following the completion of the tournament.
Saturday marked the fourth straight day Valparaiso got a strong pitching performance in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, but for the second time in the tournament the Crusaders suffered a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, eliminating the Brown and Gold from the championship.
Playing in an elimination game for the first time in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, Valparaiso scored eight times in the first three innings on the way to a 10-5 victory over UIC on Friday afternoon at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
Valparaiso's Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) and Milwaukee's Chad Pierce battled one another with both tossing complete games on Thursday afternoon, but it was Pierce that came out on top as the Panthers defeated the Crusaders 3-1 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in a winner's bracket game of the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army.
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Year as well as to the league's First Team while Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) garnered Second Team All-Horizon League honors the conference has announced. In addition, Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) was named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team.
The 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship takes place at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. as Valparaiso hosts the league's annual postseason tournament. The Crusaders, the tournament's fourth seed, will face Butler on Wednesday morning in the opening game of the event, which will run through the weekend. The league champion will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Valparaiso University will open the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday morning playing in game one of the tournament at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary as the Crusaders face longtime rival Butler. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
Valparaiso closed out the 2010 regular season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with UIC at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders won the opener 9-8 before the Flames took the nightcap 10-5.
Rain throughout the Chicagoland area on Friday has forced the postponement of Valparaiso's doubleheader with UIC to Saturday at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. The two schools will begin game one of the twinbill at 11 a.m.
Valparaiso jumped out to a five run lead midway through the game on Thursday evening, but UIC rallied, plating the winning runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Crusaders 13-10 at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.
Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) has received Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Second Team All-Midwest Region honors after her record-breaking 2010 season in the leadoff spot for the Crusaders.
The 2010 regular season comes to a close for Valparaiso this week as the Crusaders head to the Windy City for a three-game series against UIC at Les Miller Field. The two schools will battle in a single game on Thursday evening before wrapping up the campaign on Friday with an afternoon doubleheader.
Valparaiso University head golf coach Mike Higdon has announced that both Kyle Henning and Thomas Wettstein have signed National Letters of Intent to play golf for the Crusaders beginning in the fall of 2010.
The Valparaiso University women's basketball program will host its 16th annual Fall Coaches' Clinic on September 24-25 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The event will feature four collegiate head coaches as well as the Crusader women's coaching staff.
Valparaiso saw its 2010 season come to an end Saturday morning, as Wright State defeated the Crusaders, 4-0, at the Horizon League Softball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. Valpo concludes the year with a school-record 35 victories.
After dropping game one of Friday afternoon's doubleheader with Youngstown State 15-5, Valparaiso's bats exploded in game two as the Crusaders defeated the Penguins 14-3 to earn a split of the twinbill on Senior Day at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) continued her tremendous string of pitching performances at the 2010 Horizon League Championship, giving up just four hits as Valparaiso shut out Green Bay, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. The Crusaders advance to face Wright State Sunday morning for the right to earn a berth in the championship series.
A two-run homer in the fourth inning by freshman Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was the difference Friday morning, as fourth-seeded Valparaiso defeated third-seeded UIC, 4-3, in an elimination game in the 2010 Horizon League Championship. With the victory, the Crusaders will play again this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CDT.
Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Crusader bowling head coach Stephen Anthony has stepped down from his coaching position to focus on his administrative role within the athletic department as associate director of athletics for business services. LaBarbera also announced that Shon Washington, who served as an assistant coach for the inaugural season of the bowling program, will be the program's new head coach.
Pitching her second game of the day, Valparaiso's Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) hooked up with three-time league Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko in a pitcher's duel, but in the end, the top-seeded Cleveland State Vikings earned a 1-0 victory in eight innings over the fourth-seeded Crusaders at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. The loss sends Valpo into the elimination bracket to face UIC Friday morning at 9 a.m. CDT.
Valparaiso wraps up the home portion of the 2010 regular season on Friday afternoon for Senior Day as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in a Horizon League doubleheader. The Brown and Gold then head to Indianapolis, Ind. on Monday afternoon to battle instate rival Butler in a twinbill.
Valparaiso University head coach Dale Carlson has announced his first recruiting class for the Crusaders, which consists of 33 players that have committed to play for the Brown and Gold beginning in the fall of 2010.
Early home runs from Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) propelled fourth-seeded Valparaiso to a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded Green Bay in first round action at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday morning. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play top-seeded Cleveland State at 1:30 p.m. CDT this afternoon.
Playing their annual exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Wednesday evening, the Valparaiso Crusaders came up on the short end of an 11-2 decision at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in a contest designed to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana.
A total of five Valparaiso players earned accolades from the Horizon League as the league announced its postseason awards Wednesday. Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) both were named First Team All-League, while Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) and Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) each earned Second Team honors. In addition, Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) was placed on the league's All-Newcomer squad.
Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) struck out 14 hitters in 7.2 innings of work and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) drove home six runs as Valparaiso posted a 10-7 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso takes aim at the 2010 Horizon League Championship and the corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this weekend as the Crusaders head to the league tournament in Cleveland. Valpo enters the tournament as the fourth seed and will open the double-elimination event on Thursday morning against fifth-seeded Green Bay at 9 a.m. CDT.
Valparaiso University's Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek H.S.) and Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskoland [Sweden] H.S.) were named finalists for the national Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.
Having already posted a school-record 32 victories during the regular season, the Valparaiso softball team will be the fourth seed for the 2010 Horizon League Softball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio and will open tournament play against fifth-seeded Green Bay on Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. CDT.
After dropping the opener of Saturday's doubleheader 2-1 in 10 innings, Valparaiso fought back in the night cap to earn a split with Butler, downing the Bulldogs 7-2 in game two at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso lost two games at league leader Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon, seeing a late-game rally come just short in a 3-2 loss in the opener before getting one-hit in a 7-0 loss in the nightcap.
Trailing by four runs, Valparaiso scored three times in the eighth inning and had the potential tying and winning runs on base in the ninth, but a diving line drive double play ended the Crusaders comeback attempt as Butler defeated the Brown and Gold 8-7 on a rain delayed Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso cross country head coach Mike Straubel announced today that Claire Johnson, Grace Shemwell and Grace Watkins have all agreed to join the Crusader women's cross country and track squads as freshmen during the 2010-2011 school year.
Three Valparaiso University football players that just graduated this past season were among the 620 total players selected nationwide as members of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
Former Michigan City H.S. standout and University of Illinois all-time digs leader Ashley Edinger will join the Valparaiso volleyball staff next year as a graduate assistant, head coach Carin Avery announced today.
Seeding for the 2010 Horizon League Championship is on the line this week as Valparaiso heads to regular season champion Cleveland State to close out the regular season slate with a three-game series. The Crusaders still can finish anywhere from the second to fifth seed for this year's championship event.
Every starter had at least one hit for Valparaiso on Tuesday evening, but Northwestern rallied from a 7-2 deficit, scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Crusaders 10-8 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
Valparaiso bowling head coach Stephen Anthony announced today that Katie Shumaker (Trafford, Pa./Penn-Trafford [Maryland Eastern Shore]) will be transferring into Valparaiso to join the Crusader bowling squad as a sophomore for the 2010-2011 campaign.
Valparaiso returns to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Tuesday evening for the third time this year to battle Northwestern. The Crusaders will then return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday and Saturday for a three-game Horizon League series against instate rival Butler.
Seven different Crusader athletes combined on nine top-ten finishes Sunday as the Valparaiso men's track and field team closed out the 2010 Horizon League Outdoor Championships in Lisle, Ill. in seventh place.
Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) ran one of the fastest times in school history in the 800m run to lead the Valparaiso women's track and field team as it concluded the 2010 Horizon League Outdoor Championships in eighth place.
A three-run home run by Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), her second of the game, in the bottom of the sixth inning completed Valparaiso's rally from a five-run deficit, and the sophomore eventually drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to score Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) with the game-winning run as the Crusaders completed a three-game sweep of Youngstown State with a 9-8 victory Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Vince Liuzzo (Jamestown, N.Y./Jamestown) earned the event victory in the javelin throw Saturday, leading the Valparaiso men's track and field team as it concluded the day's action at the 2010 Horizon League Outdoor Championships in Lisle, Ill. in fourth place.
The Valparaiso women's track and field team, led by Lindsey Gilman's (South Bend, Ind./Marian) sixth-place finish in the javelin throw, kicked off their competition at the 2010 Horizon League Outdoor Championships in Lisle, Ill. on Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game before winning in 11 innings and then defeated Valparaiso again in the nightcap of the doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
It was a record-setting Senior Day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders swept Youngstown State, 8-0 and 4-1, in Horizon League action. The latter victory was Valparaiso's 31st of the season, the most wins in a single season in school history, while numerous other school records fell during the twinbill.
Valparaiso pounded out a season-high 23 hits on Friday afternoon and snapped the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 18-game winning streak at Henry Aaron Field with a 17-3 victory over the Panthers in Milwaukee, Wis.
For the second consecutive season the Valparaiso Crusaders will face off in an exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats with proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. This year's game will be played Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard.
Valparaiso hosted the inaugural SouthShore Showdown on Wednesday evening at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., but it was Notre Dame that came away with an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders to spoil the festivities.
Valparaiso jumped out to an early lead with a four-run second inning, but Wright State countered with nine runs in the third frame and the Crusaders could not come back, falling 10-5 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon in Fairborn, Ohio.
Valparaiso's men's golf team wrapped up its first season since 1992 on Tuesday afternoon with an eighth place finish at the Horizon League Men's Golf Championship held at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky.
Valparaiso heads back to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Wednesday evening to battle Notre Dame in the SouthShore Showdown. The Crusaders will then return to Horizon League action this weekend, heading to Milwaukee to face the Panthers in another key three-game weekend series.
Valparaiso began play on Monday at the 2010 Horizon League Men's Golf Championship, shooting rounds of 321 and 318 for a total of 639 and the Crusaders sit in eighth place heading into the final round at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky.
Valparaiso is set for the most crucial week of the season to date, with six Horizon League contests on the slate. The Crusaders travel to Wright State for a mid-week series Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home this weekend to host Youngstown State. Seniors Carrie Franson and Whitney Warner will be honored during Senior Day ceremonies Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) picked up a pair of event victories in the jumps as the Valparaiso men's track and field team competed Saturday at the Aquinas Open in Grand Rapids, Mich., its final meet before next weekend's Horizon League Outdoor Championships.
Playing in the Horizon League Women's Golf Championship for the first time, Valparaiso saw rain interrupt its second round on Saturday afternoon, as play was suspended with 33 of the 35 golfers still on the course due to a three hour rain delay during round two at Kearney Hills Golf Course in Lexington, Ky.
On an overcast day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, the Crusader softball team brought some sunshine to the field, dominating in all facets of the game as it swept a key Horizon League doubleheader from Loyola, taking the first game 4-0 before ending the second game by a 9-1 score in five innings. Valpo has now won 29 games this season, just one win shy of matching the school record for victories in a single season.
Riding a six-game winning streak, Valparaiso looks to stay at the top of the Horizon League standings this weekend with a pair of key conference doubleheaders. Friday the Brown and Gold will host Wright State, the league's preseason favorite, in a twinbill before entertaining UIC in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Valparaiso will play its annual spring Brown and Gold football game Saturday morning at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. This year's format will feature the offense against the defense and admission is free.
Valparaiso went toe-to-toe with #23/25 Notre Dame Wednesday afternoon, taking a lead into the bottom of the sixth and rallying to tie the game in the seventh, but a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh gave the Fighting Irish a 7-6 victory at Melissa Cook Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
Valparaiso University's Shaunna Dangremond (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino H.S.) and Kristy Shew (Terre Haute, Ind./North Vigo H.S.) were both named to the Horizon League's All-Academic Team for women's swimming.
Valparaiso's baseball team ran its home winning streak to 10 straight games at Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon, defeating IPFW 14-4. The Crusaders took advantage of a pair of seven run innings to pull away.
For the second time during the 2010 outdoor campaign, junior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) has been named the Horizon League Male Field Athlete of the Week, this time after posting a pair of the best leaps in Crusader track and field history.
Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek) have both been named to the Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Horizon League squad for their performances both on the track and in the classroom during the 2010 indoor campaign.
Valparaiso takes on its final non-league opponent of the year Wednesday when it makes the short trip east to take on #23/25 Notre Dame. The Crusaders then return home for a three-game Horizon League set this weekend against Loyola.
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has earned his second straight Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor after leading the Crusaders to a victory over Cleveland State on Saturday.
Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Amanda Wisniewski has signed a National Letter of Intent during the current signing period and will join the Crusaders as a freshman for the 2011 season. Wisniewski joins Angie Doerffler and Amanda Korb, who both signed during the early signing period, as incoming freshmen for next year.
Playing in their final tune-up for the Horizon League Championships, Valparaiso's women's golf team finished in 10th place at the BGSU Falcon Invitational which concluded on Sunday at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Valparaiso played from behind the whole game on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill., and despite a seventh-inning rally, could not complete the comeback as the Crusaders fell 4-3 to UIC in Horizon League action.
Valparaiso rallied with four singles victories after dropping the opening doubles point to defeat Wright State 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex to keep its hopes alive for a spot in the 2010 Horizon League Championships.
Led by two more solid pitching performances, Valparaiso completed its weekend sweep of Cleveland State with 10-2 and 14-8 victories over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. With the wins, the Crusaders hold sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) posted career-best marks in both the long and triple jumps at the Dave Rankin Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., both of which were also the second-best marks in Valparaiso men's track and field history, as he led the Crusader men Saturday.
Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) registered a singles win for Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to Wright State 6-1 at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
Sophomore Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) had her no-hit bid spoiled with one out in the sixth of the nightcap Saturday, but that was the only thing that went against Valparaiso in a 9-1, six-inning victory over UIC in Chicago. The Flames earned a 5-2 win over the Crusaders in the opener.
Valparaiso's women's golf team shot 393 on day one of the Falcon Invitational and sit in 10th place after 18 holes at the Falcon Invitational on Saturday held at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Playing in their final tune up for the Horizon League Championships, Valparaiso currently sits in 13th place after two rounds of the Detroit Titans Invitational held at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, Mich. held on Friday
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) tossed his second complete game of the season on Friday afternoon allowing just two runs and nine hits as Valparaiso won the opener of its three-game series with Cleveland State 9-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso bowling head coach Stephen Anthony announced today that Alyssa Alvarez, Jill Larson and Nicole Sanhamel have all signed National Letters of Intent during the current signing period and will join the Crusaders as freshmen for the 2010-2011 season.
Jay Harris, a 6'1” guard out of Oswego East [Ill.] H.S., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Valparaiso men's basketball program as a freshman for the 2010-2011 season. Harris comes to Valpo ranked as the #22 point guard in the nation in the Class of 2010, according to ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc., and as the fifth-best prospect overall in his class from the state of Illinois.
Valparaiso continues its homestand this weekend with four more games, including a key three game Horizon League series. The Crusaders open up on Friday afternoon hosting Cleveland State before wrapping up the conference series against the Vikings with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, Valpo will step out of conference play to host Saint Francis (Ind.).
Valparaiso erupted for nine runs in the first inning and pounded out 18 hits total on the afternoon as the Crusaders returned to the victory column with a 17-1 triumph against Indiana-Northwest on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
The Valparaiso men's soccer program will conclude its spring season on Saturday afternoon with an alumni game at Brown Field at 12:30 p.m. before welcoming Taj Weekes, whose charity They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) the Crusaders have partnered with, and Adowa to town for a concert that night beginning at 9 p.m.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera is pleased to announce today that Carin Avery has signed a new four-year contract to continue as head coach of the Crusader volleyball program.
Valparaiso got a pair of outstanding pitching performances on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders swept a home doubleheader from IUPUI by scores of 2-1 and 4-0. The two wins give Valpo 26 to date this season, already fourth-most in a single year in program history.
Tuesday's scheduled Valparaiso-Chicago State men's tennis match slated for the Valpo Tennis Complex has been postponed due to roster personnel issues with the Cougars. The match has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
Valparaiso returns to the Northwest Indiana area for its next 12 games, beginning on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host Indiana at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary. The Brown and Gold will then return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Wednesday afternoon to face Indiana-Northwest.
Valparaiso University's women's golf team wrapped up play at the Loyola Invitational on Monday, posting the team's best tournament score in program history. The Crusaders shot their second straight 374, matching the low round set on Sunday, to finish the 36-hole event at 748.
After playing just two games last week, Valparaiso has a busy slate on tap this week. The Crusaders will play mid-week non-league doubleheaders Tuesday versus IUPUI and Thursday at Purdue before heading to Chicago this weekend for a Horizon League three-game series against UIC.
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week after posting a 2-0 record on the mound for the Crusaders from April 5-April 11.
Valparaiso University awarded 82 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 19th Annual Academic Honors Banquet for Student-Athletes held on Sunday evening in the Harre Union.
Led by Jessica O'Brien's (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) lowest round of the season, Valparaiso is in eighth place after the first round of the Loyola Invitational held at Evanston Golf Club in Evanston, Ill. on Sunday.
Making up a game which was postponed from Friday due to cold and snowy weather, Valparaiso was unable to complete the weekend sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday morning, falling 8-1 to the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.
Valparaiso scored two runs in the 10th inning of game one and Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) tossed a two-hitter over eight innings in game two as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader from Youngstown State 6-4 and 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio to open Horizon League action.
Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) improved on her own school record Saturday in the discus throw and also posted the second-best mark in Crusader history in the hammer throw to lead the Valparaiso women's track and field team as it finished in 12th place at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) and Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) posted some of the top performances in Crusader history in their respective events, leading the Valparaiso men's track and field squad to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.
Valparaiso sophomore Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) was named a Brunswick/National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Second Team All-American this week after leading the Crusaders on the lanes throughout their inaugural campaign.
Valparaiso sophomore pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) has been named ‘The People's Choice' this week on the Horizon League Network, and is spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.
Valparaiso finally begins Horizon League action with a three-game weekend series at Youngstown State. The Crusaders were suppose to have started conference play two weeks ago, but had their series at Wright State cancelled due to rain and snow.
Valparaiso University will hold tryouts for the cheerleading and Crusaderette squads as well as the Crusader mascot for 2010-2011 school year on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Gym 2 of the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso University will hold tryouts for the cheerleading and Crusaderette squads as well as the Crusader mascot for 2010-2011 school year on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Gym 2 of the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso junior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) has been named the Horizon League Male Field Athlete of the Week after winning the triple jump last Saturday at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.
Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) hit a three-run homer off the left field foul pole in the third inning of the opener Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, accounting for all the scoring in Valparaiso's 3-0 win over Butler to match the longest winning streak in school history. The Bulldogs avenged the loss with a 3-0 victory over the Crusaders in the nightcap.
Austin Gaugert (Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger H.S.) shot Valparaiso's first under par round this season, carding a three-under 67 to lead the Crusaders to a 13th place finish at the Big Blue Intercollegiate held at King's Creek Golf Club in Spring Hill, Tenn.
Valparaiso jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Purdue fought back and defeated the Crusaders 14-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Lambert Field in West Lafayette, Ind., snapping the Brown and Gold's four-game winning streak.
The Valparaiso Crusaders will host in-state rival Notre Dame in the first SouthShore Showdown, Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard, and general admission tickets are on sale now for only five dollars. In addition, the Crusaders will face the Gary SouthShore RailCats in an exhibition game at U.S. Steel Yard on Wednesday, May 12.
Valparaiso wrapped up the first two rounds of the Big Blue Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee State in 13th place on Monday after shooting its lowest score of the season, 299, in the opening round and finishing with a total of 604 at King's Creek Golf Club in Spring Hill, Tenn.
Playing 36 holes on the same day for the first time in program history, the Valparaiso University women's golf team finished Monday in 10th place at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic held at WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria, Ill.
Valparaiso's baseball team continued its hot hitting attack on Monday afternoon, scoring double figures for the fourth straight games as the Crusaders ran their win streak to a season-high four with a 14-6 victory over Wabash at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso has just one three-game series this week, but it is a huge one, as the first-place Crusaders host the second-place Butler Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon and a single game Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Valparaiso infielder Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) have been named the Horizon League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping to lead the Crusaders to a perfect 5-0 record last week with all five victories coming via run rule.
Sunday's final round turned out to be the best of the tournament for Valparaiso University, as the Crusaders shot 307 to move up one position and finish in 17th place at the adidas Hoosier Invitational held at the Indiana University Golf Course in Bloomington, Ind.
Crusader athletes went 1-2-3 in the triple Saturday at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind., three of 13 top-ten finishes on the day for the Valparaiso men's track and field squad as it finished in seventh place.
Valparaiso's men's golf team shot a two-round total of 634 on Saturday on the opening day of the adidas Hoosier Invitational held at the Indiana University Golf Course in Bloomington, Ind. The Crusaders shot 324 in the opening round before improving by 14 strokes to shoot 310 in round two.
Valparaiso's women's tennis team continued its four-match homestand on Saturday afternoon, falling to Cleveland State 7-0 at Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet Club in Flossmoor, Ill. after being forced to play indoors due to rain in Northwest Indiana.
Valparaiso ended its sweep of a three-game series in Detroit on Saturday afternoon with a bang, hitting two grand slams in the fifth inning of a 16-1, five-inning victory over the Titans. The win was the 105th in the careers of seniors Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) and Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), making them the winningest class in Valpo softball history.
Valparaiso matched a program record for runs in a single game to cap off a Horizon League doubleheader sweep at Detroit on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders took the opener, 10-0, before exploding for an 18-2 win in the nightcap. Junior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) matched Crusader single-game records, which go back a dozen years, with four hits and six RBIs in the second game.
Valparaiso's men's tennis team opened the home portion of the 2010 spring schedule on a warm Friday afternoon, picking up its first Horizon League victory of the year 4-3 against Youngstown State at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
Due to a chance of rain on Saturday, Valparaiso and Chicago State will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders and Cougars will then be scheduled for just a single game on Saturday, also starting at noon.
Valparaiso was sharp in all aspects of the game in a doubleheader sweep of Northern Illinois Wednesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, downing the Huskies 9-0 in the opener and 14-2 in the nightcap. The Crusaders matched their program record of four straight shutouts with the blanking in the day's first game, and also got to 20 wins the fastest of any team in program history.
Jackie O'Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) each won doubles and singles matches on Wednesday afternoon, but Valparaiso came up one point short of its first victory of the season, falling 5-4 to Indiana Wesleyan at the Sutter Tennis Center.
Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) went 4-for-4 with a RBI for the Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon but Central Michigan spoiled Valparaiso's home opener with a 17-4 victory at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso steps out of league play on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Northern Illinois before returning to Horizon League action at Detroit with a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.
Valparaiso opens the home portion of the 2010 baseball season this week with a five-game homestand beginning with a Tuesday afternoon contest against Central Michigan. The Crusaders will then host Chicago State for three games over the weekend, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
Valparaiso sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this year and the third time in her career after pitching 11 innings of shutout ball in a pair of victories last week.
Valparaiso shot a 316 in the final round on Sunday to give the Crusaders a tournament total of 951 to finish in 14th place at the BSU Cardinal Collegiate held at Sultan's Run Golf Course in Jasper, Ind.
Nine different Crusaders recorded top-ten finishes on Saturday as the Valparaiso men's track and field team opened its 2010 outdoor season at the Polar Bear Invitational in Marion, Ind., hosted by Indiana Wesleyan.
Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) registered top-five finishes in three throwing events, including a win in the discus throw, to lead the Valparaiso women's track and field squad as it opened the 2010 outdoor season Saturday at the Polar Bear Invitational in Marion, Ind.
For the second straight day Valparaiso and Wright State were unable to play baseball at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, as Saturday's doubleheader was postponed due to wet field conditions from the heavy rain and snow in the area on Thursday and Friday.
Valparaiso opened its home campaign at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, along with the Horizon League slate, with a pair of shutout victories over Green Bay Saturday afternoon, defeating the Phoenix 8-0 in the opener and 3-0 in the nightcap. Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) set Valpo's single-season saves record and moved into a tie for first nationally, picking up her seventh save of the year in the latter game.
Valparaiso opens the 2010 Horizon League schedule this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game set with the preseason favorites, the Wright State Raiders. The weekend set wraps up a 23-game road trip for the Brown and Gold to open the season, as Valpo will return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday to host Central Michigan.
Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) combined on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap Wednesday in Fort Wayne, Ind., while Jessie Marinec's (Alsip, Ill./Marist) solo homer to lead off the second was the only run in Valparaiso's 1-0 victory over IPFW. The Mastodons got a walk-off double in the opener to earn a 2-1 win.
Valparaiso's men's golf team opened the 2010 spring season on Tuesday, posting its best Division I finish of the year, placing sixth out of nine teams at the Butler Spring Invitational held at Prestwick Country Club in Avon, Ind.
Valparaiso takes the field for the first time since its spring break trip with a five-game slate this week. The Crusaders travel to IPFW on Wednesday for a non-league doubleheader and then host Green Bay this weekend at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game series.
The Valparaiso University football program will be holding several summer camps in 2010 at Brown Field, hosted by the Crusader coaching staff. The camps are designed to provide helpful instructional drills that will assist young athletes improve self-confidence in their ability to transfer proper technique to actual game situations.
Valparaiso's men's and women's golf teams will have to wait another day to begin their 2010 spring season, as rain and cold temperatures postponed the first day of play at the Butler Spring Invitational in Avon, Ind.
With the inaugural women's golf season kicking off in September, Valparaiso now sets its sights on its first championship season as the Crusaders head into the spring of 2010. Head coach Mike Higdon has five players, all of whom got their first collegiate experience in the fall, ready to take to the links to utilize the experience they gained and continue to move forward with the Crusader golf program.
The Valparaiso University men's golf team will compete for a conference title for the first time since 1992 this spring after the Crusaders brought the program back to campus this past fall. First year head coach Mike Higdon has six freshmen on the roster that gained a great deal of experience during the fall season, and heading into the championship season that knowledge will be valuable as the Brown and Gold competes in the Horizon League.
Valparaiso continues its season-opening 23-game road trip this weekend as the Crusaders head to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face Southeast Missouri State in a three-game series. Valpo looks to continue its momentum after winning two out of three last weekend at Gardner-Webb.
Valparaiso redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) represented the Crusaders on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 12 Second Team, as released today by the NABC.
Valparaiso University's Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Athlete of the Week in men's tennis after posting a 3-1 singles record and a 2-2 doubles mark in four matches last week in Florida.
Junior catcher Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week today for the week ending March 14 after putting together a stellar performance at the plate in Valpo's five games last week.
Valparaiso bounced back from an opening game 9-4 loss at Gardner-Webb to post a 10-4 victory in the night cap as the Crusaders took the series from the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, N.C.
Valparaiso's 15-day, 17-game, 2,869 mile spring break road trip closed on an extremely high note Saturday, as the Crusaders opened the day with a solid 4-1 win over Missouri State before ending their slate at the KU Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. with a 6-5 walkoff victory over host Kansas.
Valparaiso's offense pounded out 15 hits and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) pitched eight solid innings as the Crusaders defeated Gardner-Webb 7-5 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game series at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, N.C.
Valparaiso's Friday game at the KU Invitational against the host Jayhawks has been canceled due to inclement weather. The Crusaders will conclude play in Lawrence with two games Saturday, facing Missouri State at 11 a.m. and Kansas at 1 p.m.
Valparaiso cranked out 13 hits Thursday afternoon at Big 12 foe Kansas, but a pair of Jayhawk three-run innings were too much for the Crusaders to overcome as they fall to the hosts, 6-5, in the opener of the KU Invitational.
Rainy conditions in the weather forecast in the Lawrence, Kan. area have forced changes to Valparaiso's game schedule this weekend at the KU Invitational. Today's game is on as scheduled against Kansas at 4 p.m.
Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Valparaiso the lead, but #19/23 South Carolina responded by scoring in four straight innings on the way to a 7-3 victory over the Crusaders on Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Valparaiso took an early 3-0 lead against #19/23 South Carolina on Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C., but the Gamecocks scored 10 times in the third inning, including eight unearned runs, and defeated the Crusaders 12-4 before 5,295 fans.
Down 4-0 after two innings in the nightcap Tuesday in Huntington, W.V., Valparaiso scored six runs over the next three frames and kept Marshall off the scoreboard the rest of the way to earn a 6-4 victory and a split of the doubleheader. The Thundering Herd downed the Crusaders 8-0 in the day's opener.
Valparaiso saw its 2009-2010 women's basketball season come to a close on Monday evening as the Crusaders suffered a 71-57 setback against Milwaukee in the first round of the Speedway Horizon League Championship held at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Postseason play begins on Monday evening for the #8 seed Valparaiso Crusaders as the Brown and Gold host the #9 seed Milwaukee Panthers at the ARC. Valpo earned the home game on the final day of the regular season with a victory over UIC and now looks for its first win ever in the Speedway Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship.
Valparaiso extended its winning streak to eight games Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Alabama State before falling to host Auburn in extra innings, 6-3, as it closed out play at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala.
Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) allowed just one run in 6.1 innings of work on the mound but Fairfield came through with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Valparaiso 2-1 on Sunday morning at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.
Eighth-seeded Valparaiso will play host to ninth-seeded Milwaukee at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Speedway Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship.
Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) and Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) each tallied career highs on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso closed out the 2009-2010 regular season with an 88-77 victory over UIC at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.
All cylinders were clicking on Saturday for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders earned an 8-0 run-rule shortened victory over Tennessee State in Auburn, Ala. at the War Eagle Classic to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Valparaiso's offense, held in check over the first half of Friday night's game, exploded to overcome a five-run deficit in an 8-6 nine-inning victory over Gardner-Webb at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala. The win is Valpo's sixth straight and improves the Crusaders' record to 10-3, the best start in school history.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2009-2010 regular season on Saturday afternoon in the Windy City as the Crusaders battle UIC. The Brown and Gold still have a chance to host a first round Horizon League Tournament game on Monday evening with a win and some help.
Valparaiso fought back from an 11-point second half deficit and had a lead late, but Katie Kortekamp's three-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining gave Loyola (Chicago) a 62-61 victory over the Crusaders on Thursday night at the Gentile Center in Chicago, Ill.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went seven strong innings on Thursday, allowing just two earned runs, but Valpo's bats were limited to just eight hits as the Crusaders fell 3-2 to Duquesne at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Fla.
One day after its pitching dominated a pair of games, the Valparaiso offense took center stage Wednesday, totaling 26 hits as the Crusaders earned victories over Saint Francis (Pa.), 6-1, and Holy Cross, 7-5, at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The pair of wins extends the Crusader winning streak to five games.
Valparaiso begins its final road trip of the 2009-2010 regular season on Thursday evening when the Crusaders travel to the Windy City to battle Loyola (Chicago). Valpo's final two games of the regular season will have a large impact in the Crusaders' seed in the Horizon League Championships, which begin on Monday.
The Valparaiso pitching staff got the job done in a pair of games Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., as four Crusader pitchers combined to allow just one unearned run as Valpo defeated Dayton, 4-1, and Holy Cross, 8-0.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team saw its 2009-2010 campaign come to an end Tuesday at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the sixth-seeded Crusaders fell to seventh-seeded Detroit, 89-82, in first round action in the 2010 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship.
Valparaiso won its opening game on Tuesday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. for the 1,100th victory in school history, defeating Saint Bonaventure 17-13. The Crusaders then dropped the night cap 16-8 against Maine.
Valparaiso redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year today as the league unveiled its postseason awards. In addition, both Wood and Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) earned spots on the All-League Second Team, as well as the All-Newcomer Team.
Sophomore infielder/catcher Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week for the week ending Feb. 28 by the league office today after earning All-Tournament honors for Valparaiso last weekend at the Tiger Softball Classic.
Valparaiso, which finished in a tie for fourth place in the league regular season standings, is the sixth seed for the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship and will host seventh-seeded Detroit Tuesday evening in first round action.
Valparaiso University's Ryan O'Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Batter of the Week after continuing his hot start to the 2010 season over three games this past weekend.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on Sunday to end its time at the Tiger Softball Classic in Nashville, Tenn, dropping their opener to Indiana State, 13-4, before rallying for a 14-1 victory over Alabama A&M to close tournament play. Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) and Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) all earned All-Tournament Team accolades.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) each recorded top-five finishes in the triple jump Sunday to lead the Valparaiso men's track and field team as it concluded a seventh-place finish at the 2010 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) posted one of the best performances in Crusader history in the throws for the second straight day as the Valparaiso women's track and field squad finished in eighth place at the 2010 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships.
In a game which saw 37 runs, 45 hits, 11 errors, and 14 walks, Valparaiso came up on the short end of a 23-14 final against Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Jacksonville Tournament held at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Trailing by two runs and down to its final out against host Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Classic in Nashville, Tenn., Valparaiso rallied for three runs to earn a 4-3 victory over the Tigers. The Crusaders dropped their opener Saturday morning to Indiana State, 6-3.
Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) posted one of the best efforts in school history in the weight throw, while Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) also registered a top-five finish Saturday as the Valparaiso men's track and field team competed on the first of two days of action at the 2010 Horizon League Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) posted the second-best distance in program history in the weight throw, while Kara Connelly (Sugar Grove, Ill./West Aurora) led Valparaiso with a sixth-place finish in the pole vault as the Crusader women's track and field squad competed Saturday in the first of two days of competition at the 2010 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team, which finished tied for fourth in the Horizon League regular season with a 10-8 record, earned the sixth seed for the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship and will open play at the ARC on Tuesday evening against seventh-seeded Detroit at 7 p.m.
Led by a balanced scoring attack which saw five Crusaders score in double figures, Valparaiso closed out the home portion of the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 70-58 victory over Milwaukee on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) allowed just one run on six hits in eight strong innings for Valparaiso as the Crusaders posted their first victory of the season with a 9-1 triumph over Richmond on day two of the Jacksonville Tournament held at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Valparaiso led #15/10 Butler at the half in front of a capacity crowd at the Athletics-Recreation Center Friday night and was still leading with less than ten minutes to play, but the Crusaders eventually fell to the Bulldogs, 74-69, in both teams' regular season finale. Senior Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) broke Valpo's program record for games played in a career with his 128th appearance.
Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.) became the first Crusader to break into the top-16 at the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, as Valparaiso finished day three of competition at Flames Natatorium in Chicago, Ill.
Two individuals qualified for the evening finals on Friday for Valparaiso as the Crusaders returned to the water for day three of the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships at Flames Natatorium in Chicago, Ill.
Valparaiso rallied from a six-run deficit to tie the game at nine, but #22/20 Oklahoma came through with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated the Crusaders 12-9 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Jacksonville Tournament played at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 2009-2010 regular season home schedule comes to an end on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso hosts Milwaukee. Both teams are jockeying for position in the upcoming Horizon League Championships, and the Senior Day outcome may go a long way in determining who will be playing a home game in the first round of tournament play.
Valparaiso head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced this afternoon that Todd Vervynckt, a talented attacking player from Plymouth, Ind. (Plymouth H.S./Indiana Invaders FC), has signed a national letter of intent to join the Crusader squad as a freshman for the 2010 season. Vervynckt's addition brings the Crusaders' incoming class for 2010 to nine players.
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host a pair of 2010 summer camps this July at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The camp for youths in grades 5-8 will be held July 5-8, while grades 9-12 will attend camp July 8-11.
Valparaiso opened the 2010 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships in record-setting fashion on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders' 200 medley relay posted a new school mark at the Flames Natatorium in Chicago, Ill.
The 2010 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships got underway on Wednesday evening at the Flames Natatorium in Chicago, Ill. with Valparaiso sitting in eighth place after the first of four days of competition.
Valparaiso closes out regular season play Friday night with a matchup against in-state rival #15/10 Butler from the ARC live nationwide on ESPNU. It also marks the Crusaders' Senior Night, honoring lone senior Brandon McPherson for his contributions to the program over the last five years.
The Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office announced today that tickets are currently on sale for the Crusaders' first round game in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship on Tuesday at 7 p.m. In addition, there are still tickets available for Friday night's 8 p.m. game against #15/10 Butler.
Valparaiso begins its final homestand of the 2009-2010 regular season on Thursday evening as the Crusaders host Green Bay. Valpo is looking to rebound from a pair of road losses last weekend while the Phoenix enter the contest winners of four straight and six of their last seven overall.
McNeese State scored seven times in the first two innings on Saturday afternoon and Valparaiso could not rally from the deficit as the Crusaders fell 8-2 to the Cowboys at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La.
Junior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) won the triple jump Saturday, one of his two top-fives on the day as the Valparaiso men's track and field team took part in the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Valparaiso women's track and field team completed its final tuneup for the upcoming Horizon League Championships on Saturday, making the short trip south to compete at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
Valparaiso was unable to capture a victory in its final non-league game of the regular season, falling to Bowling Green State University 87-70 Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ohio. Fifth-year senior Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) matched the Crusader career record for games played with his 127th career game, tying Raitis Grafs.
Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went six strong innings for Valparaiso but McNeese State scored four times in the eighth and two more in the ninth as the Cowboys rallied to defeat the Crusaders 7-6 on Friday night at Cowboy Field in Lake Charles, La. in the season opener for both teams.
Valparaiso wraps up its weekend road trip on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders travel to the Motor City to battle Detroit. Valpo is looking to bounce back following Thursday's setback in which the Crusaders rallied from 17 points down to close within one before falling to Wright State.
Valparaiso takes one last breather from Horizon League action on Saturday as the Crusaders travel to the east to face off against Bowling Green State University. Valpo, which has won nine of its last 12 games, would secure at least a .500 overall mark for the season with a victory.
Valparaiso rallied from 17 points down with 8:46 to play, cutting the deficit to one in the final minute, but could not complete the comeback, falling to Wright State 54-51 on Thursday evening at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Freshman guard Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) scored a career-best 27 points off the bench Wednesday, leading a 52-point night from Valparaiso's reserves as the Crusaders led by as many as 20 in an 84-73 win over Loyola at the ARC. With the win, the Crusaders secured a first-round home game in the Horizon League Championship.
In a fight for seeding heading into the league championship, Valparaiso takes to the court of the ARC for the next-to-last time during the regular season on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders host Loyola. A win would give the Crusaders their greatest number of league victories since joining the Horizon League in 2007-08.
After posting their first winning record since 1999 one year ago, the Valparaiso Crusaders return to the diamond in 2010 looking to build upon the momentum that was created last season. Head coach Tracy Woodson's squad returns 20 players from the team that went 28-24 in 2009, and posted a 12-11 mark in Horizon League play, placing fourth, the highest for the Brown and Gold since joining the conference.
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the addition of four student-athletes set to join the Crusaders for the fall 2010 season. These four incoming freshmen will accompany four players who were introduced on February 3rd. The newest additions to the Crusader men's soccer roster are high school seniors Charles Barden, Ben Burnett, Michael Chwistek and Fabian Urquiza.
Coming off of a large, record-setting victory on Saturday afternoon, Valparaiso looks to continue its momentum on Thursday evening in Dayton, Ohio as the Crusaders battle Wright State. Both schools are jockeying for position over the next three weeks for the upcoming Horizon League Championships.
Valparaiso sophomore infielder Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while sophomore pitcher Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) earned Pitcher of the Week accolades as the league announced its weekly awards today. It is the first career weekly honor for both players.
The #11 Valparaiso bowling team brought home the first event victory in program history Sunday at the Warhawk Classic in Whitewater, Wis., while Krystyna Johnson (Montgomery, Ill./Oswego East [Delaware State]) earned individual titlist honors.
The Valparaiso softball team opened its 2010 campaign on Saturday, the earliest it has ever began a season, with a split at the Ramada UNI Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Crusaders began the day with a 7-2 loss to the host Panthers, but rebounded in the nightcap with a 4-3 victory over South Dakota.
Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) earned a victory at fifth singles for Valparaiso, but the Crusaders dropped a 6-1 decision to Toledo on Saturday evening at Laurel Hill Racquet Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Junior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) posted a pair of Valparaiso's best performances ever in the jumps as the Crusader men's track and field squad finished in 11th place Saturday at the Chicagoland Championships in Chicago, Ill.
Allowing the fewest points in school history, Valparaiso cruised to an 80-28 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, posting the largest margin of victory for a Crusader team in 32 years.
Senior distance runner Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) recorded two of Valparaiso's five top-ten finishes Friday night as the Crusader women finished in tenth place at the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill.
Coming off of a record-setting 2009 campaign, the Valparaiso softball team is taking aim at even bigger and better things as it prepares for the start of the 2010 season. The season begins this weekend at the UNI Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Valparaiso wraps up its three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon with its annual Pink Zone game. The Crusaders host Youngstown State as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Valparaiso looks to get back on the winning track on the road Saturday at Youngstown State. The Crusaders, who are closing out a stretch of five games in ten days, have just two regular-season league contests left after Saturday night, both at home at the ARC.
Down 18 with nine minutes to go, the Valparaiso men's basketball team attempted to mount a furious comeback, closing to within four points on a pair of occasions, but Cleveland State hit all its free throws down the stretch and held off the Crusaders, 80-71, Thursday night in Horizon League action in Cleveland, Ohio.
Valparaiso continues a stretch of five Horizon League games in a ten-day span on Thursday evening, hitting the road to take on Cleveland State. The Crusaders and the Vikings enter the game as two of the league's hottest squads, as Valpo has won seven of its last nine and CSU has won five in a row and eight of its last ten.
Valparaiso continues its three-game homestand on Thursday evening as the Crusaders welcome Cleveland State to the Athletics-Recreation Center. Both teams are looking to position themselves in the Horizon League standings for the upcoming postseason tournament.
A relatively low-scoring tied game at halftime turned into a shootout in the second half Monday evening at the ARC, with Valparaiso taking the lead for good with 13 minutes to go en route to an 83-82 victory over UIC in Horizon League action. The win is the Crusaders' seventh in the last nine games.
#11 Valparaiso went a perfect 4-0 in action Sunday on the final day of competition at the Shrewsbury Invitational in St. Louis, Mo., leapfrogging into third place in the final standings. Freshman Nicole Hamilton (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting a 192.7 average, good for fourth among all tournament bowlers.
Valparaiso closes out a stretch of three home games in five days with a rare Monday-evening showdown against UIC as the Crusaders continue their fight for an upper-division finish in league play. The game can be seen live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television.
Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) came off the bench to score 15 points for Valparaiso on Saturday night, but it was not enough as Butler defeated the Crusaders 66-52 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso ran out to a 19-point halftime lead over Detroit Saturday afternoon in Horizon League action at the ARC, and after the Titans took over the lead in the second half, the Crusaders rallied for a 74-70 victory to move into a tie with Detroit in the league standings.
Valparaiso closed the dual meet portion of the 2009-2010 season on Saturday afternoon and sent its seniors out on a high note with a convincing 137-87 victory over Western Illinois on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool.
Valparaiso won seven events on Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders' home finale, but came up nine points shy against Western Illinois as the Leathernecks defeated the Brown and Gold 116-107 at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool.
Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center to begin the second half of Horizon League action with a three-game homestand beginning on Saturday night as the Crusaders host instate rival Butler. The Brown and Gold will play five of their next seven games at the ARC.
Valparaiso University head women's soccer coach John Marovich has announced that six student-athletes from four different states, Hailey Chmela, Tara Ellis, Lauren Gagnon, Katie Gratzianna, Kristen Manski and Amanda Ulin, have chosen to continue their soccer careers as Crusaders starting in 2010 by signing National Letters of Intent.
Valparaiso plays the middle game of a three-game homestand Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Detroit in the HLN Game of the Week, seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. It is also Valpo's turn to impress the Horizon League in the HLN Student Section Challenge, devised to determine the league's best student section.
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be selling t-shirts and wristbands and accepting donations to benefit Valparaiso University's effort to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti at the men's basketball games on February 6 and 8, the women's basketball game on February 6, and the men's and women's Swim meet on February 8.
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today that four talented student-athletes will join the Crusader program for the 2010 campaign. The introduction of transfer students, Guy Shabtay and Lior Avisror, and high school seniors, Eppokrates Litos and Tom Serratore, kick off the announcement of the Valparaiso men's soccer recruiting class for 2010, a group that will be unveiled in its entirety over the next few weeks.
As the 2010 spring season is set to begin for the Valparaiso University women's tennis team, the Crusaders have a youthful roster void of any four-year players on this year's squad. Head coach Traci Young begins her first full season at the helm of the Brown and Gold after taking over the Crusader program midway through last season.
One of Valpo's most prolific quarterbacks ever, David Macchi owns nearly all of the Crusader passing records, and on Saturday afternoon will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Valparaiso freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named one of the Collegiate Volleyball Update's (CVU.com) ‘Rising Stars', honoring 19 freshmen nationwide who stood out with their performance in their rookie season.
Winners of five of its last six games, Valparaiso kicks off a stretch of three home games in a five-day span and five games overall in ten days when the Crusaders host Wright State Thursday night. Valpo, which sits just one game out of second place, plays the two teams currently tied for second place in its next two outings.
One of the most talented wrestlers ever at Valpo, Robert Thompson posted an 82-17-3 record over four seasons with the Brown and Gold, and on Saturday, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Valparaiso University junior relief pitcher Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been selected as one of 40 players to be named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award initial watch list.
Valparaiso trailed by eight points with 4:36 to play Sunday afternoon in Horizon League action at Green Bay, but outscored the Phoenix 19-6 the rest of the way to claim a big 84-79 win in league play. The win was the Crusaders' first in Green Bay since 1991 and ended Valpo's four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.
The #11 Valparaiso bowling team beat a pair of top-five teams to close action at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. on Sunday in fifth place, while the Crusaders' Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) earned tournament co-MVP honors.
The #11 Valparaiso bowling team used a 5-1 day on Saturday at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. to end the first day of tournament competition in sixth place. Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) tied for the tournament's best average on the day, averaging a 220.7 over the Crusaders' six matches.
Valparaiso hung with #24/22 Green Bay for the first 25 minutes on Saturday afternoon before the Phoenix went on a 24-2 run midway through the second half to defeat the Crusaders 78-54 in front of 3,039 fans at the Kress Center in Green Bay, Wis.
Valparaiso looks to end its four-game road trip on a winning note as the Crusaders take on Green Bay in a Sunday afternoon matinee at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television.
Valparaiso's Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) canned his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 27 seconds to play to tie Friday night's game at Milwaukee at 82 apiece, but Ricky Franklin answered with a 25-footer with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Panthers an 85-82 victory over the Crusaders. The loss snapped Valpo's four-game winning streak.
Valparaiso rallied after dropping the opening doubles point to pick up its first victory of the 2010 spring season on Friday evening, defeating Dayton 5-2 at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Valparaiso wraps up the first half of the Horizon League slate on Saturday afternoon while also concluding its current road trip in Wisconsin when the Crusaders battle #24/22 Green Bay. This will be Valpo's third game this year against a top-25 opponent.
Despite double-doubles from Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) and Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.), Valpo came up short against Milwaukee 54-48 on Thursday evening at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Valparaiso bowling squad continued its ascension up the national rankings in its inaugural season of competition, checking in at #11 in the most recent rankings as released today by the National Tenpin Coaches Association.
After a victory over Wright State on Saturday, Valparaiso heads to the Badger State for a pair of games this week, beginning on Thursday evening when the Crusaders battle Milwaukee. Valpo and the Panthers are tied in the Horizon League standings heading into the contest.
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the addition of Bob Muckian to his coaching staff as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Crusader program. Muckian will also assume the role of recruiting coordinator for the Brown and Gold.
Valparaiso put together an emphatic all-around showing to earn its first victory at Loyola in 35 seasons Saturday afternoon, going on a 30-8 run over the final 12 minutes of the first half en route to an 86-67 win over the Ramblers. The win moved the Crusaders into a tie for third place halfway through the Horizon League campaign, and extends their winning streak to four games.
Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) tied a career-high with six three-pointers on her way to 22 points on Saturday afternoon, leading Valparaiso to a 59-52 victory over Wright State at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian) each posted top-ten finishes Saturday to lead the Valparaiso men's track and field team on the final day of competition at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) and Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) all posted marks in their respective events among the top-five in Crusader history as the Valparaiso men's track and field team competed on the first of two days at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. Friday.
The Valparaiso women's track and field squad saw its field contingent in action Friday evening at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich, highlighted by the fourth-best pole vault in program history by Gianna Mirabelli (St. John, Ind./Lake Central).
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the dates for the 2010 VIP soccer camp. The 2010 Soccer VIP, held on the campus of Valparaiso University, is a soccer camp for high school age players with aspirations to play collegiate soccer. Session I will be held from June 14-16, with Session II scheduled from July 16-18.
Valparaiso looks to end the first half of Horizon League play above .500 in the league standings as the Crusaders carry a three-game winning streak into Loyola on Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcast live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television.
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from its tough overtime setback on Thursday night when the Crusaders return to the floor on Saturday afternoon to host Wright State. The game is Valpo's final home contest during the first half of Horizon League play.
Valparaiso utilized a stellar effort at the free throw stripe and a solid defensive performance Thursday evening to win on the road in Horizon League action, defeating UIC 64-58 in Chicago, just the Crusaders' second victory all-time on the Flames' home court.
Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) added a season-high 14 points and nine boards, but it was not quite enough on Thursday evening as Valparaiso was defeated by Detroit 72-70 in overtime at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
After playing 10 of their last 13 games away from home, Valparaiso returns to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening to face second place Detroit in Horizon League action. Five of the Crusaders' next seven contests will take place at the ARC as Valpo nears the midway point in the conference slate.
Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) registered a singles victory over Billy Heuer of Purdue on Sunday afternoon for Valparaiso's lone win on the final day of the Boilermaker Invitational held in West Lafayette, Ind.
Raegan Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard H.S.) scored a career-high 20 points to pace four Crusaders in double figures, but Valparaiso came up on the short end of a 71-68 decision against Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Valparaiso used an 11-0 run midway through the first half to take the lead for good, never letting Cleveland State get closer than three points in the second stanza in a 78-71 victory at the ARC Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week. Senior guard Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored his 1,000th career point to cap the run, becoming the 29th player in Valpo history to reach the milestone.
Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian) both posted performances among the top-five in Crusader history as the Valparaiso men's track and field team competed Friday evening at the Mike Lints Alumni Open in Allendale, Mich.
The #12 Valparaiso bowling squad took to the lanes for the first time in nearly two months Friday at the Mid-Winter Classic in Cabot, Ark., closing the first of three days of competition in tenth place.
Winners of two of their last three games overall, the Valparaiso Crusaders wrap up their three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon when the Brown and Gold travel to Cleveland to battle the Vikings of Cleveland State.
A youthful, yet experienced roster awaits head coach Jim Daugherty as Valparaiso returns to the tennis courts to begin the 2010 spring season. The 25th year head coach returns five players from last spring's lineup while adding three new faces, including one that garnered his first collegiate tennis experience during this past fall season.
Crusader guards Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) got Valparaiso off to a hot start Thursday evening and then combined to bring the Crusaders back from behind in the second half as Valpo defeated Youngstown State, 70-66, in Horizon League action at the ARC.
A 25-4 run spanning both halves helped Valparaiso rally from a early 13-point deficit to defeat Youngstown State 66-41 on Thursday evening at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio for the Crusaders' first road victory during the 2009-2010 campaign.
Valparaiso heads east to Ohio for a pair of games beginning on Thursday evening when the Crusaders face Youngstown State. Valpo is looking for its first road win of the year in the middle game of its three-game road trip.
Valparaiso held a 57-48 lead with 7:09 to play Sunday afternoon in Horizon League action in Dayton, Ohio, but Wright State scored the game's final 11 points, including a long jumper by Vaughn Duggins with 4.7 seconds to play, to steal a 59-57 victory from the Crusaders.
Valparaiso's men's swimming and diving team returned to the water for the first time in more than a month on Saturday afternoon, and posted a third place finish at the Ball State Relay Invitational in Muncie, Ind.
Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Laura Richards (Connersville, Ind./Connersville H.S.) added a career-high 10 points for Valparaiso, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell on the road 57-43 at Butler on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind.
Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) scored a career-high 31 points Friday evening, but it was not enough for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders saw a ten-point halftime lead erased as Detroit prevailed 77-67 in Detroit, Mich.
Valparaiso takes to the road on Saturday afternoon to begin a three-game trip beginning in Indianapolis, Ind. against instate rival Butler. The Crusaders are looking for their first road victory of the season after registering their first Horizon League victory of the year on Monday night.
Matching the sixth fewest points allowed in school history, Valparaiso registered its first Horizon League victory of the season on Monday evening, defeating Loyola (Chicago) 48-39 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso wraps up its brief two-game homestand against Windy City schools on Monday evening as the Brown and Gold entertain Loyola (Chicago) in Horizon League action. The Crusaders will not return to the Athletics-Recreation Center again until January 21 following the tilt with the Ramblers.
An evenly-matched game didn't fall Valparaiso's way Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the visiting Phoenix of Green Bay hit ten of its 12 free throw attempts in the end stages of the contest to hold off the Crusaders, 64-58.
Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 16 points, had seven rebounds, and added three steals, but it was not enough as UIC earned a 60-51 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League opener for both schools at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso looks to carry over the momentum from Thursday's win over Milwaukee into the 2010 calendar year, as the Crusaders host Green Bay Saturday evening in Horizon League action at the ARC. The game can be seen live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television or nationwide on the ESPN Full Court package.
Valparaiso opens the new year on Saturday afternoon returning home to the ARC for the first time in nearly a month as the Crusaders host UIC. This marks the beginning of the 18-game Horizon League slate for the Brown and Gold, with the Brown and Gold also beginning a brief two-game homestand.
Trailing by one with 3.8 seconds to play, Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) intercepted an inbounds pass just inside halfcourt and took it all the way to the rim, laying it in with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Valparaiso an improbable 55-54 victory over Milwaukee on New Year's Eve evening in the Horizon League home opener at the ARC.
Valparaiso goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) added to his collection of awards from his redshirt junior season, representing the Crusaders on the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region First Team.
A 15-0 run by Wake Forest late in the first half proved to be the difference on Wednesday evening as the Demon Deacons captured the consolation game of the San Diego Surf ‘n Slam with a 52-34 victory over Valparaiso in San Diego, Calif.
Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for just its fourth home game of the 2009-2010 campaign as the Crusaders hit the heart of Horizon League play with a New Year's Eve matchup against Milwaukee Thursday night.
Valparaiso closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule as well as the 2009 calendar year on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders face Wake Forest in the consolation game of the San Diego Surf ‘n Slam. This will be Valpo's fifth straight game against teams from power conferences.
A game-tying free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining rolled out late on Monday evening as Valparaiso just missed upsetting defending Southeastern Conference champion Auburn in the first round of the Surf ‘n Slam Tournament held in San Diego, Calif.
Valparaiso trailed by just nine with the ball in the early stages of the second half Sunday afternoon at Akron, but the Zips scored the next 14 points to take control as the Crusaders fell by a 77-57 count.
Valparaiso heads to sunny California for the San Diego Surf ‘n Slam Tournament beginning on Monday evening as the Crusaders take on Auburn in the opening round. Tournament host San Diego State and Wake Forest round out the tournament field.
Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) scored a career-high 23 points, including five three-pointers, but Cincinnati finished the game on a 25-9 run as the Bearcats defeated the Crusaders 62-50 on Monday evening in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Chris Bednarczyk (Westfield, Ind./Westfield), Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) represented the Valparaiso men's and women's cross country squads on the respective Horizon League Academic All-League teams.
Valparaiso University junior relief pitcher Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Preseason All-American Third Team as announced on Monday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Chris Bednarczyk (Westfield, Ind./Westfield), Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) represented the Valparaiso men's and women's cross country squads on the respective Horizon League Academic All-League teams.
Valparaiso leaves town Tuesday evening for its first of two games on a brief road swing prior to Horizon League play, taking on IPFW. Valpo carries a two-game winning streak into the contest against the Mastodons.
Valparaiso exemplified the giving spirit of the holiday season on Saturday evening as the Crusaders handed out 27 assists on 33 baskets in an 83-57 victory over Concordia (Wis.) at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
After a nine-day layoff for final exams, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood for the final time before Christmas on Monday evening as the Crusaders head to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats. The game wraps up a three-game road swing against Big East foes for the Crusaders.
Valparaiso University's Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan H.S. [Sweden]) is among the 55 members named to the 12th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) is one of 14 student-athletes that has been named to the Horizon League Academic All-League Volleyball Team, making her second straight appearance on the team.
Junior defender Ken Perkins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) were named to the Horizon League Men's Soccer Academic All-League Team, as released by the league office today.
Valparaiso University senior Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) is one of 11 student-athletes that has been named to the Horizon League Academic All-League Team in women's soccer, making her second straight appearance on the team.
Four former student-athletes will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on February 6 as members of the Class of 2010. This year's class will be the 13th since the Hall of Fame began in 1998.
The Horizon League Network (www.HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv) (HLN), in conjunction with the Horizon League, will name the conference's No. 1 student section at the conclusion of the 2009-10 men's basketball regular season. The winning section will be announced live on HLN March 1, and awarded the inaugural traveling trophy.
Valparaiso posted its highest finish since joining the Horizon League with an 11-9-1 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play to finish third during the regular season. The Crusaders advanced to their first Horizon League Tournament championship match before falling to Milwaukee 4-0.
The Valparaiso University women's soccer team volunteered to assist the Salvation Army of Porter County in the annual Angel Tree Christmas Program on Wednesday (Dec. 16). Members of the soccer program assisted recipients as they acquired their gifts and food packages as well as carried them to their vehicles.
Valparaiso put together a complete game in its return to the Athletics-Recreation Center, locking down on defense while lighting up the scoreboard on the offensive end in an 81-49 victory over Toledo Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso plays on its home court for just the second time during the regular season, returning to the ARC to take on Toledo in a Saturday afternoon matinee. The game will be televised live on Lakeshore Public Television. ***Season ticket holders, please note that the game time is 2 p.m. Please disregard any alternate game time listed on the tickets.***
For the second time in five days Valparaiso will take to the hardwood against a top-15 program on Saturday afternoon when the Brown and Gold visits #3/4 Notre Dame. The Crusaders will be playing their second of three straight games against Big East foes as well as the second game of a five-game road trip to wrap up the 2009 calendar year.
Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball program has announced that former major leaguer and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac will be the featured speaker at the third annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash held on Saturday, January 30 at Aberdeen Manor.
Valparaiso fell behind 22-3 just over seven minutes into the game, a deficit it could not overcome, as #5/5 Purdue went on to an 86-62 victory over the Crusaders Wednesday evening in West Lafayette, Ind.
Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 18 points, including 15 in the second half, but it was not enough for Valparaiso on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders fell 77-52 at #15/15 Pittsburgh to begin a five-game road trip, including three straight against Big East foes.
Valparaiso concludes its challenging early-season slate of ranked foes with a trip to West Lafayette to face #5/5 Purdue on Wednesday evening. Less than a month into the season, the Boilermakers will be the fourth top-25 team the Crusaders have faced and the third inside the top-five at game time. The game can be seen live nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
Valparaiso begins the first of three straight games against teams from the Big East Conference on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders head to Pennsylvania to battle #19/20 Pittsburgh. The Crusaders are looking to snap a three-game losing skid while taking on the unbeaten Panthers.
An 11-0 run early in the second half was too much for Valparaiso to overcome Saturday evening in its Horizon League opener, as the Crusaders dropped an 84-67 decision to #23/20 Butler in Indianapolis, Ind.
Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) tied the game on a three-pointer with just five seconds remaining Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas connected on a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds left to upend Valparaiso 70-68 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Behind David Sivak's (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) fourth fastest 200 butterfly time in school history, Valparaiso enters the final day of competition in fifth place at the Calvin Winter Invitational held in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Justine Barnes (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams H.S.) and Rachel Majercik (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant H.S.) each posted marks that move them onto the top-10 all-time list at Valparaiso helping to lead the Crusaders into eighth place after day two of the Calvin Winter Invitational held in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Follow the Valparaiso softball program through its newly released team blog. Check back frequently for the latest thoughts from head coach Randy Schneider as well as sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland and sophomore pitcher Sam McGee. They will give you a behind the scenes look into the program as the Crusaders begin their quest for a Horizon League title!
Kevin Fedde (Fort Collins, Colo./Heritage Christian H.S.) posted the fourth fastest 1650 freestyle time in school history for Valparaiso on the opening night of the Calvin Winter Invitational held in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Valparaiso returns to the ARC on Saturday afternoon for the final home game of the 2009 calendar year as the Crusaders host Central Michigan. Valpo is looking to remain perfect at home this season while also trying to snap a two-game losing skid.
Valparaiso continues its challenging early-season stretch of games Saturday, as the December Horizon League weekend brings about a trip to nationally-ranked in-state rival Butler. It will be the third game already this season in which the Crusaders have taken on one of the nation's top-25 teams.
The Valparaiso track and field teams, in partnership with Reachout Ministries, will be holding a lift-a-thon fundraiser next week, with all funds raised going to provide Christmas to families in Chiquimula, Guatemala who otherwise would not be able to celebrate.
After an eight-day layoff for Thanksgiving, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood on Wednesday evening in the Windy City as the Crusaders battle Chicago State. Valpo is looking to continue the best start in program history.
Valparaiso sophomore guard Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) represented the Crusaders on the Legends Classic Statesboro Subregional All-Tournament Team, as announced following the conclusion of the weekend's action.
Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) posted a game-high 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Valparaiso led for the game's last 30 minutes en route to an 86-74 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith Sunday afternoon in Statesboro, Ga. to close out play at the Legends Classic.
Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) scored 39 points on Friday evening as the Crusaders used an 18-3 run in the early stages of the second half to extend their halftime advantage en route to a 97-89 victory at Georgia Southern in Legends Classic action.
Valparaiso cut a 16-point second half deficit to five on Tuesday evening, but ran out of time to complete the comeback, dropping its first game of the season 71-64 to Ball State at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.
Valparaiso University had five football players named Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League as voted upon by the league's head coaches. Earning the honor for the Crusaders are Nate Blair (Andrean H.S. [Ind.]), Josh Lynn (Hammond, Ind./Morton H.S.), Nikko Carson (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.), Anthony Curry (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville H.S.), and Kyle Himmelwright (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall H.S.).
Gene Bartow, who served as Valparaiso's head men's basketball coach from 1964-1970, was one of six inductees in the Class of 2009 into the National Collegiate Basketball of Fame in a ceremony held this past Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.
Valparaiso takes part in the Statesboro subregional of the Legends Classic, spending Thanksgiving weekend on the campus of Georgia Southern University as the Crusaders face the host Eagles on Friday before taking on Troy on Saturday and Arkansas-Fort Smith on Sunday.
Valparaiso University's Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan H.S. [Sweden]) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team as voted upon by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named an ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American as chosen by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), released today. Porché was eligible for the honor after earning Academic All-District V First Team recognition earlier this month.
Valparaiso University women's golf coach Mike Higdon has announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Crusaders beginning in the fall of 2010. Joining the Brown and Gold's program are Brianna Davy, Erika Pfaender, and Kelly Voigt.
Facing a field with 13 of the 19 participating teams ranked among the nation's top-20, the #20 Valparaiso bowling team posted a 2-1 record in bracket play on Sunday in Millsboro, Del. to conclude the Hawk Classic in fourth place.
Double-doubles by Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) and Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.) helped Valparaiso overcome a nine-point second half deficit and defeat Colorado State 68-58 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 3-0 for the first time in school history.
A game-high 24 points from Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) were not enough Sunday afternoon, as Valparaiso fell to #2/2 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. 90-60 in the Crusaders' Legends Classic opener.
The #20 Valparaiso bowling team picked up three victories over nationally-ranked squads on Saturday, going 4-1 and moving up into sixth place after day two of three at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del.
Milwaukee's defense forced Valparaiso into 30 hitting errors as the Crusaders fell in three sets to the Panthers (25-14, 26-24, 25-23) Saturday afternoon in Horizon League Championship semifinal action in Cleveland, Ohio.
Returning to the pool for the second time in less than 24 hours, Valparaiso's women's swimming and diving team fell 201-72 to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday morning in Milwaukee, Wis.
Valparaiso University women's tennis coach Traci Young has announced the addition of three players that will be joining the Crusader program. Abby Wright is transferring to Valpo and will join the team during the spring semester while Shea Hennessy and Kristin Zakiewicz have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Brown and Gold beginning in the fall.
In a 19-team field that includes 13 of the nation's top-20 squads, the #20 Valparaiso bowling team is in seventh place after the first day of competition at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del., hosted by Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Valparaiso netminder Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), honored as the 2009 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year ten days ago, has been named one of 34 finalists nationally for the Soccer News Net Player of the Year award.
Valparaiso wraps up its three-game season-opening homestand on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders host Mountain West Conference foe Colorado State at the ARC. Following back-to-back wins, the Brown and Gold is looking to start the year 3-0 for the first time in program history.
Valparaiso returns to action on Sunday against another squad in the nation's top echelon, traveling to East Lansing, Mich. to face defending national runner-up #2/2 Michigan State. Sunday's game is the first of four the Crusaders will play as part of the Legends Classic, and can be seen live nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
Fifth-year senior guard Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored 14 straight points to start a 21-0 Valparaiso run in the second half, turning a nine-point deficit into a 12-point lead as the Crusaders went on to a 78-56 victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday evening over IU-South Bend. McPherson ended the night with a career-high 25 points.
Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the six members of the incoming recruiting class that have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2010-2011 season.
Valparaiso enters this weekend's Horizon League Championship as the tournament's second seed. The Crusaders will receive a bye into the semifinals and need to win just two matches to claim the tournament title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Lauren Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville H.S.) tallied her fourth career double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) also scored 21 points as Valparaiso started the season 2-0 for the first time since the 1985-1986 season with a 64-55 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso tied for league-high honors by placing three players on the Horizon League All-League Team, as the league announced its year-end awards on Wednesday. Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) all represented the Crusaders on the All-League squad, while Root also was named Newcomer of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
Student-athletes at Valparaiso University continue to distinguish themselves academically, graduating at a higher rate than their peers at many other universities, according to information released by the NCAA today, Nov. 18.
Valparaiso closes out the 2009 football season on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field as the Crusaders host Morehead State. Prior to kickoff, 16 members of the Valpo football program will be honored on Senior Day.
Valparaiso University senior Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection as chosen by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that eight newcomers will be joining the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2010 season, five of which were on the 2009 AVCA High School All-American Watch List entering their senior years.
After starting the year with a convincing 29-point victory, Valparaiso returns to the hardwood on Wednesday evening to face SIU Edwardsville in game two of the season-opening three-game homestand at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that high school seniors Angie Doerffler and Amanda Korb have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader softball program in the fall of 2010.
Crusaders Danny Jeftich (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso [IUPUI]) and Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) represented Valparaiso on the 2009 Horizon League Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team, as announced by the league today.
Valparaiso has earned the second seed for the 2009 Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio and receives a bye into the tournament semifinals, as the league officially released the tournament pairings today.
Betsy Adams (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) tallied career highs with 20 points and six steals to lead four Crusaders in double figures as Valparaiso coasted to an 86-57 victory over Indiana Tech in the 2009-2010 season opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday night.
Valparaiso combined big offensive nights from Tara Diebler and Angie Porché with a stellar team defensive effort on the back line to earn a 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23) victory at Green Bay in the regular season finale Saturday. The win secured the second spot in the league standings for the Crusaders and assured Valpo of a bye into the league championship semifinals.
The Valparaiso bowling team concluded the second of two days of competition at the inaugural Crusader Classic at Inman's Recreation Center on Saturday in third place. Valpo's Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) ranked among the event's top bowlers, as her 200.6 average on Saturday was third-best among all competing bowlers.
Valparaiso takes aim at the defending national champions on Sunday afternoon, as for the third straight year, the Crusaders face off against #6/4 North Carolina. The game can be seen live nationally on Fox Sports South (DirecTV channel 646).
The Valparaiso volleyball team got out to a fast start Friday night in Milwaukee, Wis., taking the opening set, but Milwaukee won each of the final three frames for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-22) victory over the Crusaders.
Newcomers Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) and Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) each surpassed 20 points Friday evening in Valparaiso's season opener, but it was not enough, as Ball State led start-to-finish in an 88-78 victory over the Crusaders in Muncie, Ind.
Valparaiso hosted the first day of competition of the inaugural Crusader Classic at Inman's Recreation Center on Friday afternoon, ending the day in third place out of the five competing squads with 3,528 total pins.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team saw the best season in program history come to an end on Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., as the third-seeded Crusaders lost to second-seeded Green Bay, 3-1, in Horizon League Championship semifinal action.
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be collecting canned goods for the Hilltop Neighborhood House Pantry at men's and women's basketball games on November 18, 19, and 22.
Valparaiso will tip off the 39th season of women's basketball on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders host Indiana Tech. The contest begins a three-game homestand for the Brown and Gold to begin the season, matching the longest stretch Valpo will be at home all season.
Valparaiso senior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) has been named this week's recipient of ‘The People's Choice' honor on the Horizon League Network. Bukowski is currently spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team will attempt to advance to the finals of the Horizon League Championship as the third-seeded Crusaders take on second-seeded Green Bay in semifinal action Friday in Indianapolis.
Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman has announced that four Indiana players have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Crusaders beginning in the 2010-2011 season. Joining the Valpo program are Maegan Callaway, Tabitha Gerardot, Liz Horton, and Stefanie Lang.
Valparaiso begins its final homestand of the 2009 season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders return to Brown Field to host Campbell. The Fighting Camels will be making their first appearance ever in Valpo.
A Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) goal in the seventh minute was all the scoring Valparaiso would need, and three second-half markers secured the Crusaders' first-ever win in Horizon League Championship action, as third-seeded Valpo downed sixth-seeded Milwaukee 4-0 Tuesday afternoon in a quarterfinal matchup at Brown Field.
Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was named Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year for the second time in his career and represented Valparaiso on the All-League First Team, while three other Crusaders were placed on the Second Team and one Crusader made the All-Newcomer Team as the league announced its postseason accolades today.
Valparaiso senior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as one of its Top Performers last week after her performances in a pair of Crusader sweeps.
Valparaiso shot 60% from the floor and 78.6% from three-point range while forcing 22 Indiana Wesleyan turnovers defensively as the Crusaders wrapped up exhibition play on Monday evening rolling to an 87-46 victory over the Wildcats.
The “I Need a Hug” program, a partnership between the Valparaiso softball team and the United Way of Porter County, is teaming up with book retailer Barnes & Noble for a national fundraiser on Sunday, November 15. 10% of all net proceeds from purchases made that day in any Barnes & Noble bookstore nationwide with the attached bar code will be donated to the “I Need a Hug” program.
Valparaiso senior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) was honored by the Horizon League today as its Offensive Player of the Week after guiding the Crusaders to some gaudy offensive numbers in a pair of sweeps last weekend.
One final home regular season match, a non-league meeting with Chicago State, leads the Valparaiso volleyball team into a weekend of action at Milwaukee and Green Bay. With a pair of victories this weekend, the Crusaders would win at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team will host a postseason game for the first time since 1998 when the third-seeded Crusaders welcome sixth-seeded Milwaukee to Brown Field on Tuesday in Horizon League Championship quarterfinal action.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team has earned the third seed for the 2009 Horizon League Championship and will host sixth-seeded Milwaukee in quarterfinal action at Brown this Tuesday, November 10 at noon CST, as announced by the league office today.
Valparaiso's seven-match winning streak and season came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a 4-0 decision to Milwaukee in the championship match of the 2009 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship.
On Senior Night at the ARC, it was only fitting that Valparaiso volleyball seniors Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka), Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) and Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) teamed up for the final point of a 3-0 (32-30, 25-14, 25-19) sweep of Loyola Saturday afternoon. The win was Valpo's 20th of the season, its eighth straight year with at least 20 wins.
Valparaiso takes on Horizon League regular season champion Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon in the championship match of the 2009 Horizon League Tournament with a trip to the NCAA Tournament at stake for the winner.
Junior midfielder Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) made the first two goals of his collegiate career count in a big way on Saturday afternoon, bringing Valparaiso back from a one-goal deficit in the second half as the Crusaders earned a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State at Brown Field. With the win, the Crusaders finish the Horizon League campaign tied for third and will host a HL Championship quarterfinal matchup at Brown Field on Tuesday as the third seed.
Closing out a tournament in which seven of the eight squads were nationally ranked, the #20 Valparaiso bowling team finished action at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday morning in sixth place.
Valparaiso's Nate Goergen (Golden, Colo./Golden H.S.) threw for a career-high 261 yards and two touchdowns by Jacksonville pulled away from the Crusaders in the second half on the way to a 49-20 victory at D.B. Milne Field on Saturday afternoon in the final road game of the season for the Brown and Gold.
Valparaiso won its seventh consecutive match on Friday evening, advancing to Sunday's Horizon League championship match with a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Wright State in the semifinals in Engelmann Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
The night started out with a Crusader service ace, and by match's end Valparaiso had tallied 11 more aces as it dominated UIC in every statistical category en route to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-15) sweep Friday night in Horizon League action at the ARC.