Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Chicago native Darien Walker has agreed to join the Crusader basketball program. Walker, a transfer from John A. Logan College, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 season.
In a bracket which saw nearly 3,500 total votes cast over four rounds of voting, 16 of the top moments and achievements over the last year have been pared down to just one, as the men’s tennis victory over UIC at the Horizon League Championship has been tabbed the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2013-2014 season.
Freshmen doubles team went 21-1 this past spring, earning the pair a #10 Midwest ranking in Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) year-end polls. The top-10 ranking represents the first in program history.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that Clay Yeo, who completed his freshman season in 2013-14 with the Crusaders, has been released from his commitment to the men's basketball program.
Bowling and men's tennis both scored convincing wins in the semifinals of Valpo Athletics' Best of 2013-2014. The two programs will now meet in the Championship Round with the polls now open! Cast your vote to determine the winner of this inaugural contest!
Six members of the Valparaiso women's bowling team earned All-Academic recognition from the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for the 2013-2014 campaign. The six honorees from the Crusader squad mark the most honorees the program has had in a single year.
With exactly 900 ballots cast in last week's quarterfinal vote, Valpo's Best of 2013-2014 is down to four. Today we unveil the first of two semifinal matches in the accompanying video. Fans can begin casting their ballots now!
Fifteen student-athletes across five sports were recognized by the league office Wednesday. Men's golf led the way for Valpo with four representatives, while baseball, and men's and women's outdoor track and field each boasted three.
Like any good bracket, the first round of the Best of Valpo Athletics 2013-2014 bracket featured some tight battles and some potentially surprising victors. With over 300 votes cast, click inside to see the first-round winners as the 16 get cut down to 8, and cast your votes in the quarterfinal round now!
Three day camp from June 23rd-25th will cover technique and fundamentals for kids in grades K-8. The morning (9 am-12 pm) will serve as the "skills camp" portion while the afternoon (1 pm-3 pm) will be the "game camp."
The Valparaiso University Alumni Association invites all alumni, as well as their families and friends, to U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, July 5 at 1:10 p.m. as the Chicago White Sox host the Seattle Mariners, managed by former Crusader baseball standout Lloyd McClendon. Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made former Crusader Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru) their 37th round pick in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft Saturday. He joins Dallas Cawiezell, Bryce Shafer, Bo McClendon, Kyle Gaedele, and Tanner Vavra as Crusaders chosen in the MLB Draft since 2007.
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery and his staff announced Friday that Matthew Gweh will join the Crusaders this fall. Gweh comes to Valpo from High Point, where he led the Panthers in assists per minute played and assists by a freshman in 2013.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team is one of four programs taking part in the inaugural Challenge in Music City next season, to be held Nov. 28-30, 2014 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Pairings for the event, which also includes Drake, Murray State and Portland, were announced today, and tickets are available today as well.
First-round matchups are now open for voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2013-2014 school year! Click into the story to see descriptions of all 16 nominees and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote and help narrow the top moments, performances and plays of the past year from 16 down to 1.
Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 118 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Spring 2014 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office. The 118 honorees are the most the Crusaders have had in a single semester since joining the league.
Valparaiso graduated senior Kyle Henning and junior-to-be Jared Magoline teamed up at the 2014 Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA) Bestball Championship last weekend, turning in a second-place finish in a field of 111 pairings.
Fans, over the next month, you'll have a chance to look back at some of the top moments, performances and plays from the last year and narrow the field, bracket-style, from 16 to 1 - choosing the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2013-2014 school year! Round one matchups will start later this week.
A little less than five hours after the Crusaders ended UIC's season thanks to yet another dazzling pitching performance, Valpo saw 2014 come to a close following a 7-0 defeat to Wright State. The Brown and Gold concluded their season with a 25-28 overall record. The 25 victories were the most ever recorded by a first-year head coach in Valparaiso history.
Dalton Lundeen's (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) prolific sophomore campaign continued Thursday at Kapco Park as the left-hander heaved 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Valpo's 2-0 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Crusaders will take on #2 UIC Thursday morning at 11:00 am.
Five Penguin pitchers combined to give Youngstown State a 7-3 win over Valpo in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament Wednesday at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisconsin. Crusaders will face elimination games the rest of the way as Oakland awaits them Thursday morning at 11:00 am CT.
The Horizon League invades the city of Mequon, Wisconsin this week with the league’s NCAA Tournament berth up for grabs in the double-elimination HL Tournament. The Crusaders enter as the third seed and will face Youngstown State at 3 pm CT on Wednesday inside Kapco Park.
Five Crusaders received recognition for their respective 2014 seasons Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its baseball awards. Dalton Lundeen was voted Co-Pitcher of the Year; Michael Morman and Chris Manning were named to the First and Second Teams, respectively; pitchers Ellis Foreman and Mario Losi were elected to the Horizon League's All-Freshman Team.
A seven-run top of the third that saw plenty of pomp and circumstance propelled the Crusaders to a 9-1 victory over Youngstown State Saturday. In the process, Valpo collected its first weekend sweep of the season in Horizon League play.
Valpo plated five runs with two outs in the top of the second inning in game one of Friday's doubleheader versus Youngstown State. In the second tilt, they put up four runs in the exact same scenario. The Brown and Gold collected their 10th and 11th victories in Horizon League play behind 6-2 and 5-3 wins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.
Volleyball, men's tennis, women's basketball, men's golf, women's swimming, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, baseball, women's cross country, men's cross country, and women's tennis all recorded perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the 2012-2013 academic year, the most of any current Horizon League institution.
Continuing the trend of looking both near and far to uncover potential student-athletes, Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach, Mike Avery announced today the addition of two players to the 2014 Crusader recruiting class. Ramone Howell (Portmore, Jamaica/Jamaica College) and Alex Fenn (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) join an exciting recruiting class set to arrive on campus in August for the 2014 season.
Valparaiso men's golf senior Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East) was named a First Team Academic All-District V At Large honoree by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and is now up for Academic All-American consideration after the conclusion of a stellar career both on the links and in the classroom.
Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) added another award to her list of honors on Thursday, as she was named a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). With the award, Ranieri becomes eligible for All-American honors.
Rain has forced the postponement of Thursday's baseball game between Youngstown State and Valpo. The game will be made up as part of doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 pm ET/12:00 pm CT at Eastwood Field.
The last time the Crusaders were on Eastwood Field, they celebrated their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. This weekend the curtain comes down on the regular season and third through sixth place have yet to be determined in the Horizon League.
Head women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow announced the hiring of Justin Rees to the Valparaiso University women’s program Monday. Rees arrives in Valpo after serving as head coach of the Missouri Valley College Lady Vikings during the 2013-2014 campaign.
The Horizon League announced Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point) as its Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 5th-11th on Monday. Foreman turned in nine dominating innings of shutout ball, striking out 11 Wright State Raiders, walking just one, and yielding six singles.
Head track and field coach Ryan Moore sat down with Brad Collignon to reflect on Valpo's success at the recent Horizon League Championships, discuss his team's future, and how the University will benefit from the new track.
Ellis Foreman struck out eleven Raiders in nine shutout innings, but five Wright State pitchers combined to blank the Crusaders 1-0 in 12 innings. WSU's Sean Murphy ended the game with a solo home run to left center.
The Valparaiso softball team came up one step short of capturing its third consecutive Horizon League title on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, falling to top-seeded Green Bay in the championship game by a 9-0 score. Junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) and sophomores Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
A bottom of the seventh that saw Wright State plate three runs after two Crusader miscues was the difference in the Raiders' 6-4 win over Valpo Saturday at Nischwitz Stadiium in Dayton. Dalton Lundeen allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings on the hill; Michael Morman was 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, an RBI, and his 16th stolen base of the season.
Another day just called for more walk-off heroics from the Valparaiso softball team, this time courtesy of junior Tarah McShane, who lined a two-run, two-out single into left field to give the Crusaders a 5-4 win in eight innings over UIC and send Valpo to Championship Saturday. The Crusaders lost their first game of the day to Green Bay, 9-1, and will have to beat the Phoenix twice on Saturday to earn the league title.
Cole Webb tossed eight innings of one-run ball Friday as Valpo defeated the Horizon League regular season champion Wright State Raiders 11-1 at Nischwitz Stadium. Chris Manning, Andrew Bynum, and Andy Burns each had two hits while Bryce Hara collected three RBIs at the plate.
The Valparaiso bowling team consistently challenged itself against the nation’s best teams throughout the 2013-14 campaign, ending the season ranked #14 in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Coaches Poll.
On Thursday, the Valparaiso men’s and women’s track teams sent a limited squad to compete in the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College. Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) and Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) led the group with a pair of fourth-place finishes.
The Crusaders hit the road Friday as their final six games will be played in the state of Ohio. Wright State has already wrapped up the Horizon League regular season crown and, in effect, the #1 seed for the Conference Tournament. Valpo and Milwaukee are essentially in a deadlock for third place so plenty is at stake for the Brown and Gold these final two weekends.
Construction has begun on Valparaiso University’s new track and field facility, as Valpo breaks ground on the eight-lane Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field, part of a wholesale reevaluation of the campus’ athletics and recreation facilities as outlined in the Campus Master Plan.
Making her second start of the day, Valparaiso sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) twirled a three-hit shutout as the third-seeded Crusaders defeated second-seeded Wright State 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at the 2014 Horizon League Championship. With the win, Valpo advances in the winner’s bracket and will play next on Friday morning at 10 a.m. CT.
Crusader outfielder Chris Manning broke the school record for career runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single off the bat of Karch Kowalczyk. Valpo went on to beat Western Michigan 8-4 Wednesday afternoon at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo. Michael Morman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs as Mario Losi went eight innings on the hill for his second win of 2014.
For the third time in her career, senior Angie Doerffler delivered a walk-off hit in the Horizon League Championship, this time a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give third-seeded Valparaiso a 4-3 victory over sixth-seeded UIC in the opener of the 2014 Horizon League Championship from Dayton, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play second-seeded Wright State this afternoon.
Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) was named the Horizon League co-Player of the Year and earned a First Team All-League spot as the league announced its postseason honors Wednesday morning. In addition, freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) was tabbed a Second Team All-League honoree and was joined on the All-Freshman Team by fellow rookie Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).
The Valparaiso softball team looks to make it three consecutive Horizon League titles this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio for the 2014 Horizon League Championship. Valpo will be the third seed for the tournament and opens play against sixth-seeded UIC at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday.
The Crusader Fund, in conjunction with the Athletics Department and Office of Alumni Relations, invites all fans to join Valpo head coaches in participating in the inaugural Crusader Fund Coaches Classic - a day of golf at the Course at Aberdeen capped with dinner at Strongbow Inn - on Friday, June 20.
The Valparaiso softball team will be the third seed for this week’s Horizon League Championship and will open tournament play at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday morning against sixth-seeded UIC from Dayton, Ohio. The Crusaders are in search of their third consecutive league title.
Valparaiso’s 4x400-meter relay team set a new program record in the event at the final day of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships. The relay team consisting of Antwon Hatchett , Joe Holy , Kurtis Slenk , and Andrew Butts clocked in at 3:22.05. The record-breaking time was good for fourth-place.
At the final day of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships, Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) led the Crusader women with a fourth-place finish in the high jump. Taylor cleared 5’4 ¼” in the event, missing out on the top-spot by just an inch.
Valparaiso’s bats came alive Sunday, pounding out 14 hits in a 7-3 victory at Green Bay to finish up the regular season. With the win, the Crusaders close out the season in a tie for third place in the Horizon League standings and will be the third seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship.
Fans, for the first time, you can watch the Valparaiso athletic department's annual awards show, the ARC Awards, live online this Sunday evening! Streaming of the sixth annual ARC Awards begins Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.
At day two of the Horizon League Championships in Youngstown, Ohio, Justin Zosso (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led the Crusader men with a first-place finish in the pole vault. Zosso was crowned champion after clearing 14’6” in his first attempt at the height. Zozzo’s winning mark was the third-best height in program history.
Nicole Zehel (Wixom, Mich./Lutheran Westland) and Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) led the Crusader women at day two of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships, winning the title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and pole vault, respectively.
The Valparaiso softball team entered this weekend with a chance to earn the Horizon League regular season championship, but following Saturday’s action, it was Green Bay which had the chance to celebrate a title, as the Crusaders dropped a pair of road games to the Phoenix by final scores of 5-0 and 3-1.
On Saturday, the Valparaiso baseball team celebrated the six seniors that would be graduating later this month and looked to send them off with a win, but Oakland pitching had other plans as the Crusaders were blanked in a lightning-quick nine-inning game, falling by a final score of 1-0.
At the first day of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships in Youngstown, Ohio, senior Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) was crowned champion in the discus. Howdeshell’s performance helped to put Valparaiso in second-place after the first day of events.
Jeremy Getz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Crusader men at day one of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships with a third-place finish in the javelin. Getz, who has been dealing with an injury all season long, threw for a personal season-best of 181’0” in the final - missing second-place by just three inches.
It looked like the same old story when it came to the Valparaiso offense on Friday, as the Crusaders picked up just five hits through the first seven innings. But a switch was flipped in the eighth inning, one which started an exciting Valpo comeback as the Crusaders defeated Oakland in 11 innings, 5-4.
Saturday’s Senior Day highlights the final weekend of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field. After Sunday afternoon’s tilt versus the Golden Grizzlies, the Crusaders will pay their final seven regular season games outside the state of Indiana.
Designated hitter/closer Karch Kowalczyk was announced as the DH on the Capital One Academic All-District Team Thursday. Kowalczyk carries a 3.49 grade point average and is majoring in biology and chemistry.
Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew announced today that the Crusaders have received a national letter of intent from David Skara, a native of Zadar, Croatia who will join the program as a freshman for the 2014-15 season.
Valparaiso men’s soccer player Zev Taublieb (Malibu, Calif./Agoura) was recently awarded the Highest Award for Achievement in the Dale Carnegie Course offered by Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering. The award, which is voted on by students in the course, recognizes the person that best represents Dale Carnegie’s principles.
The Crusaders snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the visiting Chicago State Cougars Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Trevor Haas notched his second win of the season as the sophomore scattered eight hits over six innings.
The Valparaiso softball team closed out the non-league portion of its regular season Wednesday at Indiana, falling to the Hoosiers in the resumption of a suspended game, 5-0, before dropping an 8-0 decision in the nightcap.
Michael Morman hit his first home run in nearly three years; Mario Losi tossed seven innings and allowed three runs in his first appearance since April 6th, but the Brown and Gold were shutout for the final eight innings in their tilt against Western Michigan on Tuesday.
The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled home doubleheader Tuesday against IUPUI has been canceled due to poor field conditions. The games will not be made up. The Crusaders will return to action Wednesday afternoon at Indiana.
Garrett Gardner and Chase Hamilton have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2014-15 season. Gardner is a four-star recruit, while Hamilton is a four-sport athlete.
Fans, the athletic department's sixth annual ARC Awards will be held on Sunday, May 4, and for the first time, you have a say in an award! Voting is open through Tuesday at noon for the Performance of the Year, so vote now, and then watch the ARC Awards Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Horizon League Network!
Led by an All-Tournament Team performance from senior Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale), the Valparaiso women’s golf team closed out the 2014 Horizon League Championship Sunday from Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey in the Hills, Fla. with a fourth-place finish.
Valpo strands nine runners in a 6-3 loss to UIC on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Karch Kowalczyk had his seventh multi-hit game of the season in addition to throwing a perfect inning in relief of starter Ellis Foreman.
Check out this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics as head coach Dave Cecchini, quarterback Scott Staal, running back Grayson Bastin, quarterback Ben Lehman, and running back Jake Hutson all reflect on Saturday's spring game and off-season practices.
A 2013-14 season that saw marked improvement from the Brown and Gold came to a close Saturday evening following a 4-0 loss to Green Bay in the semifinals of the Horizon League Conference Tournament held at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center.
The Crusader women traveled to Miami (Ohio) University on Saturday to compete in the Redhawk Invitational. In their last meet before the Horizon League Championships. Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) led the Crusaders with a third-place finish in the high jump.
On Saturday, the Crusader men traveled to Miami (Ohio) University to compete in the Redhawk Invitational; the team’s last chance to prepare for the Horizon League Outdoor Championships. Valparaiso took advantage of its opportunity, posting three third-place finishes and season-bests in nearly every event.
The Valparaiso women’s golf team is taking aim at its best-ever finish at the Horizon League Championship, moving up one spot on Saturday to enter the final round of play from Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey in the Hills, Fla. in third place. Senior Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale) is just two strokes out of the individual lead through 36 holes.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team improved by nine strokes on Saturday in the second day of competition at the 2014 Horizon League Championship from Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey in the Hills, Fla., and will enter the final day of play in fourth position.
Saturday saw another rite of spring come to Valpo as the 14th Annual Brown Gold game kicked off at Brown Field. With a new coaching staff in place, it gave fans a chance to see what could be an exciting team come early September.
Seniors Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) both broke program career records on Saturday as the Valparaiso softball team split a Horizon League doubleheader at Wright State. The Crusaders took the opener from the Raiders, 4-2, before falling 11-3 in the nightcap.
For the second straight day, the Crusader offense pushed a run across in the ninth after being flummoxed by a UIC starter for eight innings. Dalton Lundeen tossed seven innings of two-run ball as he punched out five Flames and walked just one.
Valpo won a thrilling match at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor on Friday evening. Dave Bacalla won 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in the decisive singles match at No. 2 for the 4-3 victory. The Crusaders will face the No. 1 seeded Green Bay Phoenix Saturday at 3:00 pm ET/2:00 pm CT.
Playing in the Horizon League Championship for the first time, freshman Angie Kim (Schaumburg, Ill./Fremd) led the Valparaiso women’s golf team on Friday as it ended the opening round of the league tournament in fourth place out of seven teams.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team finished the opening day of its defense of the Horizon League Championship Friday in fourth place after the opening 18 holes from Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey in the Hills, Fla.
Crusaders will play their annual spring Brown and Gold football game on Saturday morning, April 26 at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. The exhibition comes on the heels of head coach Dave Cecchini announcing a balanced 2014 recruiting class.
As the Valparaiso men's golf team prepares to defend its Horizon League Championship crown this weekend, the Crusaders learned Thursday evening that two players had earned postseason awards from the league. Senior Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East) earned a spot on the All-Horizon League squad for a second straight season, while freshman Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) became the first Crusader to be tabbed Horizon League Freshman of the Year.
Valparaiso senior Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale) earned All-Horizon League honors for the second straight season as the league announced its postseason awards prior to the start of the Horizon League Championship on Friday.
Jeffrey Schorsch was selected to First Team in addition to being chosen as Freshman of the Year; fellow freshman Dave Bacalla was named Second Team at the Horizon League Awards Banquet Thursday Night in Ann Arbor.
Valparaiso used back-to-back home runs in the first inning to claim an early lead at #21 Notre Dame, a lead it would carry into the fifth inning before the Irish scored six runs late as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 7-2 Thursday evening.
With .500 records in conference play, Valpo and UIC are part of a three-team logjam for second place in the Horizon League. Cole Webb and Dalton Lundeen have both been outstanding on the mound in HL play. They're faced with the challenge of containing a UIC offense that is 9th in the country in scoring (7.2 runs/game) beginning Friday at 3:00 pm.
The Valparaiso softball team continued its strong play of late Tuesday in Macomb, Ill., sweeping a non-league doubleheader from Western Illinois by scores of 3-1 and 5-4, holding off Leatherneck threats in the seventh inning of both games. With the pair of wins today, the Crusaders have now won 11 of their last 13 games.
Crusaders post an unearned run off lefty Matt Magni in a 2-1, two-hour loss to the Polar Bears. After yielding two first-inning runs, Trevor Haas settled in to give the Brown and Gold six strong frames.
For the second time this season, Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) has been selected as the Horizon League Track & Field Athlete of the Week. Taylor earned the honor by putting in a record-breaking performance in the high jump at the DePaul Invitational over the weekend.
Valparaiso assistant women's basketball coach Katie Loosvelt was among the participants in the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon. On the anniversary of its running, she talked about the surreal experience - and how a late jolt of determination may have literally saved her life.
The Crusaders waited out a 33-minute rain delay to defeat the Kalamazoo Hornets 10-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field Monday. Jeff Edwards, Chris Manning, Karch Kowalczyk, Grant Yoder, and Mark Johnson each had two hits at the plate as Drew Hasler threw five shutout innings to earn his second win of the season.
After three straight weeks of nothing but home games, the Valparaiso softball team plays six games in three different locations this week. A non-league doubleheader at Western Illinois and a single game at nationally-ranked Notre Dame set the Crusaders up for a huge Horizon League series this weekend at Wright State.
Competing in its final tournament prior to the 2014 Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso men's golf team placed 12th on Sunday at the Wolfpack Spring Open, hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C.
On Saturday, the Crusader men traveled to Chicago, Ill. to compete in the DePaul Relays. Valparaiso finished second overall with 191 total points. Antwon Hatchett and Jacob Frey led the Crusaders with first-place finishes in their respective events.
On Saturday, the Crusader women traveled to Chicago, Ill. to compete in the DePaul Relays. The relays featured athletics from DePaul, Northern Illinois, UIC, and Northwestern. Behind a handful of top-five finishes, Valparaiso took third overall with 82 points. Brook Hinstorff and Jazmin Taylor led the Crusaders on the day with first and second place finishes in their respective events.
Crusaders conclude the regular season 18-8 overall, 3-3 in Horizon League play after Cleveland State took a 5-2 decision Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Brown and Gold wrapped up the 4th overall seed in the process.
On a Senior Day where runs were at a premium at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, Valparaiso earned a 2-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader against Oakland before falling in extra innings for the first time this season, losing the nightcap 4-2 in eight innings.
The Valparaiso women’s tennis team played Horizon League leader Cleveland State on Saturday morning. The match, which was the final regular season match for both teams, carried plenty of significance for the final league standings, as Cleveland State needed to win in order clinch the regular season title. The Crusaders looked to play spoiler, but the Vikings were able to prevail with a 7-0 win, ending Valparaiso’s season.
Milwaukee's Justin Langley struck out twelve Crusaders over seven innings Saturday at Henry Aaron Field as the Panthers claimed the series with a 5-0 victory. Valpo dropped to 1-7 in series finales as the Brown and Gold were held scoreless for the second straight game.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team saw its opening round at the Wolfpack Spring Open in Raleigh, N.C. washed out on Saturday due to persistent rains in the Raleigh area. The Crusaders will tee it up on Sunday, as the event has been shortened to 18 holes.
Leading by just one run heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Valparaiso softball team batted around the order, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs to finish off a 11-3, six-inning victory in Horizon League play over Oakland Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
A Jake Hanson infield single in the eighth inning was the lone Crusader hit Friday as Valpo fell 3-0 to Milwaukee. UWM's Cody Peterson and Dalton Lundeen both went the distance but a two-run Panther third inning was the difference.
Senior turns in his most dominating start of 2014 in a series-opening 4-0 win over the Panthers at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee. Jeff Edwards provided the lone RBI for Valpo as the Crusaders scored a run off a passed ball, a wild pitch, a balk.
What will surely be the longest start-to-finish game in Valparaiso softball history is set for an April 30 conclusion, as Valpo and Indiana have agreed to resume their suspended March 1 game in Bloomington on the final day of the month, nearly two months later. The Crusaders and Hoosiers will then play a full second game following the conclusion of the suspended game.
The Valparaiso softball team closes out its 19-day, 14-game homestand on Easter weekend as the Crusaders welcome Horizon League newcomer Oakland to town for a three-game series. Valpo will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday in between games, honoring the six members of this year’s senior class.
Valpo's 4th annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser accumulated over $41,000 to fund research for cures for childhood cancers, a new university record. 80 heads were shaved in a half-hour, with over 100 heads shaved in total. The event was especially important to women's soccer player Jordyn Ryfiak. Click the video to find out why.
Valparaiso University awarded 132 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 21st Annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening in the Christopher Center.
The last time a Horizon League team won a game at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Kevin Wild was on the mound, Steven Scoby was patrolling right field, and Tracy Woodson was in the dugout. Since April 29th, 2012, the Panthers have won twelve straight at home against HL opponents. The Crusaders look to snap that streak in the first of a three-game set Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm CT.
As part of Valparaiso University’s “Proud to Be Valpo” Day of Giving last week, the athletics department held the first-ever Athletics Alumni Challenge, and the response was tremendous, as 325 former Valpo student-athletes donated upwards of $41,000 to the athletics department. The football and men’s tennis programs each won a $5,000 challenge grant, boasting the greatest number of alumni to make a gift and the highest percentage of alumni to make a gift, respectively.
The Valparaiso men's soccer program's annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser reached new heights this year, raising nearly $45,000 to fund research for cures for childhood cancers. 80 heads were shaved in a 30-minute span, with over 100 heads shaved in total. Check out the video for a taste of the event.
A forecast calling for cold temperatures and precipitation has prompted Tuesday's non-conference game at Toledo to be cancelled. The contest will not be made up. Valpo will return to the diamond Thursday to kick off a three-game set in Milwaukee. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.
The Valparaiso women’s tennis team played its last nonleague match of the season on Monday afternoon, falling to Chicago State 7-0 at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club in Homewood, Ill. The No.3 doubles pairing of Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer won the lone contest of the match for the Crusaders.
Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after capping another stellar week at the plate with a walk-off double on Sunday to give the Crusaders the series win over Cleveland State.
Freshman Charlie Emhardt recorded singles wins at No. 4 and 5 this week in addition to winning his 15th and 16th consecutive doubles matches alongside teammate Jeffrey Schorsch. Emhardt is 21-4 in singles play and 23-5 in doubles action this season. The honor is Emhardt's second of the year.
Dalton Lundeen collected his third Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award of the season Monday. Lundeen struck out a career-high nine batters and didn't allow an earned run over eight innings Saturday versus Youngstown State. OF Mark Johnson batted .643 for the week, including two home runs, a triple, a double, and four RBIs in Saturday's doubleheader with the Penguins.
In a game full of many twists and turns, it was Valparaiso’s Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) who delivered the final blow, driving a double to the left-center gap to score Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) as the Crusaders walked off with the 7-6 win in eight innings over Cleveland State. Valpo ends the weekend at 7-3 in Horizon League play and atop the league standings.
Senior Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead) finished in third place individually to lead the Valparaiso women's golf team to a second-place finish at the Crusader/Jaguar Challenge on Sunday, contested at The Course at Aberdeen. Valpo also fielded a 'B' squad, which placed fifth. The tournament served as the Crusaders' final tuneup for the 2014 Horizon League Championship.
Valpo battled the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana before falling 6-1. Charlie Emhardt claimed the lone point for the Brown and Gold at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 7-5, over ND's Alex Lawson.
The Crusader women were unable to right the ship on Sunday afternoon, falling to Oakland 6-1 in an important Horizon League match. Freshman Paige Heuer won Valparaiso its only point of the day with a win in No.3 singles. Heuer leads the team in singles victories with six on the season.
A top-ten finish from senior Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East) led the way for the Valparaiso men's golf team as the Crusaders finished in a tie for sixth place Sunday at the Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
A reminder to fans that first pitch of softball's series finale against Cleveland State Sunday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been moved up to 11 a.m. If you can't make it out to the field, watch live on the Horizon League Network.
During a windy second day at the Chicagoland Championships, Elizabeth Bloy ran for a first place finish in the 1,500-meter run, and Sarah Peters vaulted for first place in the pole vault, as the Crusaders finished in sixth-place with 60.50 total points.
With third-place performances from Antwon Hatchett and Justin Zosso, the Crusader men finished the Chicagoland Championships in sixth-place with 48 total points. Twenty teams competed at the Championships.
For the first time since September of 2011, the Valparaiso women’s golf team hosted intercollegiate action at The Course at Aberdeen in Valpo, as the opening round of the Crusader/Jaguar Challenge took place on Saturday afternoon. Fielding two teams in the field, the Crusaders sit in third and fourth place after the opening 18 holes.
Crusaders romp Penguins 13-1 in game one of the doubleheader; Youngstown State turns the tide in game two with a 12-4 defeat of Valpo to salvage a tilt in the three-game set. Dalton Lundeen was dazzling on the hill as he didn't allow an earned run over eight innings. Mark Johnson had a career day at the plate with two home runs. Karch Kowalczyk drove in a career-high six runs in the first contest.
The Valparaiso softball team bounced back from a loss in Saturday’s opener against Cleveland State in a Horizon League doubleheader, overcoming a three-run deficit in the nightcap for a 6-4 win to pull out a spit of the twinbill. The Vikings hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to send the Crusaders to a 3-2 loss. First pitch of Sunday's series finale has been moved up to 11 a.m.
The Valparaiso men’s golf team continued its 2014 spring campaign with the opening 36 holes of the Bluegrass Invitational at the University Club Big Blue Course in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, with the Crusaders finishing the day in a tie for seventh place.
In their first of three consecutive road matches, the Crusader women fell to Horizon League foe Detroit by a score of 6-1. Paige Heuer took two matches in both the first and second set of the No.3 singles contest, but was unable to capture the point for the Crusaders.
With inclement weather expected on Sunday, the Valparaiso Crusaders and Youngstown State Penguins have agreed to play a doubleheader today (Saturday). The first game will start at the originally scheduled 12:00 pm CT time, with game two beginning a half hour after the conclusion of game one. No changes have been made to the probable starting pitchers.
Jazmin Taylor led the Crusader women on the first day of the Chicagoland Championships at Lewis University. Taylor set a new program record in the high jump, clearing a height of 5’5”, breaking her own school-record of 5’4 ¼”. Taylor’s record-breaking height was good for first in the event.
The Crusader men’s track and field team finished the first day of the Chicagoland Championships in fifth-place with 20 points scored in eight events. Kevin Adamik and Jacob Smutz each posted top-three finishes for Valparaiso, taking second and third in their respective events.
All nine batters recorded at least one hit as the back end of the Crusader bullpen preserved a 10-7 series-opening win for the Brown and Gold Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo will go for the series win Saturday at 12:00 pm CT.
For just the third time in program history, the Valparaiso women’s golf program will host a tournament at The Course at Aberdeen in Valpo, welcoming four other programs to town for the Crusader/Jaguar Challenge this weekend, April 12-13.
Owners of five straight victories, the Valparaiso softball team continues its long homestand this weekend with a key Horizon League series against Cleveland State. The Crusaders enter the weekend in second place in the league standings.
Valpo is 26-5 all-time against the Penguins at Emory G. Bauer Field. At 3-3, the Crusaders are looking to vault into the top half of the Horizon League standings as they welcome Youngstown State to town for a three-game series starting Friday at 3:00 pm CT.
This year's St. Baldrick's Fundraiser is just two days away. With over $30,000 raised so far, the Valpo men's soccer program is more than 60% of the way to its goal of $50,000. Click on the video to hear part one of women's soccer player Jordyn Ryfiak's story.
For the first time in program history, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will take on a national team, as the Crusaders close out the home portion of their 2014 spring schedule by welcoming Haiti to Brown Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday evening.
Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week as the Crusaders carry a five-game winning streak into this weekend's home Horizon League series against Cleveland State.
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Allison Ketcham, a product of Mishawaka Marian H.S., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2014 season.
An entertaining afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field was capped in the most entertaining way possible for Crusader fans, as sophomore Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of the nightcap, giving Valparaiso a 4-3 victory over Northern Illinois and a sweep of the doubleheader. Valpo rallied from a four-run deficit for an 8-6 win in the opener.
Wildcats score twelve unanswered runs in the first five innings as they downed Valpo 12-5 at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston on Tuesday. Jeff Edwards, Mark Johnson, Michael Morman, and Ray Bartolomucci each recorded two hits in the losing effort.
With the Valparaiso men’s soccer program’s annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser upcoming this Saturday, April 12, supporters of the cause will also have the chance to cheer on both the Crusader men’s soccer and volleyball teams in spring action that day as well.
Wildcats lead the all-time series 23-9 but Valpo and Northwestern have split the last twelve meetings since 2000. The Crusaders will trot out RHP Ellis Foreman while the Wildcats will send LHP Dan Tyson to the hill Tuesday in the 3:00 pm tilt at Rocky Miller Park.
The Valparaiso women’s golf team finished out the IPFW Spring Classic at Chestnut Hills G.C. in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Monday afternoon, closing out the 36-hole event in ninth place as two Crusaders finished in the top-10 individually.
Valparaiso Men’s Soccer is proud to announce its eighth annual VIP Summer Camp. This three-day camp, to be held on June 17-19, will provide prospective student-athletes an extended opportunity to interact with the current coaching staff and players, explore Valparaiso’s beautiful campus, and receive an in-depth look at the life of a college soccer player.
The sophomore southpaw held Wright State scoreless through seven innings in Valpo's 2-0 win over the Raiders at Emory G. Bauer Field Saturday. With the victory, Lundeen improved to 3-0 lifetime against Wright State.
The Valparaiso softball team made it a complete series shutout of Detroit in Horizon League play on Sunday, delivering the Titans a third straight blanking in an 8-0, run-rule victory at the Valparaiso University Softball Field to improve to 5-2 in league action.
Having already secured the series victory over Wright State, the Valparaiso baseball team was unable to close out a series sweep at Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday, as the Raiders downed the Crusaders by a 4-2 score.
After winning their first Horizon League match in program history the night before, the Crusader women’s tennis team was unable to replicate the same play necessary to top an unbeaten Milwaukee team. The Panthers cruised to a 7-0 victory over Crusaders, who were playing their second match of a back-to-back.
The Crusader women’s tennis team made history Saturday night by defeating host Green Bay 5-2 for its first Horizon League victory in program history. Although there were plenty of impressive performances seen in the match, Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer provided the Crusaders with crucial victories at No.3 doubles and No.3 and No.4 singles.
On Saturday, the Crusader women saw action at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle Ind. Valparaiso collected multiple top ten finishes on the day, with Nicole Zehel leading the way with a second-place finish in the steeplechase.
On Saturday, the Crusader men traveled to Greencastle, Ind. to compete in the DePauw Invitational. Valparaiso saw nine athletes collect top ten finishes, with Elijah Owen and Justin Zosso leading the way with third and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
The Valparaiso softball team got a pair of shutout efforts in the circle Saturday from sophomores Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) and Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) as the Crusaders swept a Horizon League home doubleheader from Detroit by final scores of 6-0 and 9-0.
The Valparaiso baseball team handed Wright State its first two losses in Horizon League play of the season Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field, sweeping both ends of the twinbill from the Raiders, 3-1 and 2-0. The victories snapped the Crusaders' six-game losing streak and moved Valpo to 3-2 in Horizon League play.
A tight battle in doubles play for the Valparaiso men’s tennis team went the way of Green Bay Saturday afternoon, and the Crusaders were unable to make up the deficit in singles action, falling to the Phoenix 6-1 in a Horizon League match in Green Bay, Wis.
On Friday, several members from both the men’s and women’s Valparaiso track & field teams competed in the 30th Annual Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. With entries from over 100 colleges, the meet will see roughly 3,000 athletes competing over the two day span. On day one, Jazmin Taylor and Jeremy Getz each captured top ten finishes for the Crusaders.
For the third time since returning from its spring break trip, the Valparaiso softball team has had a game canceled, as rain over the past 36 hours forced the Crusaders to call off their scheduled home game against North Dakota on Friday. The game will not be made up. In addition, Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit will now start at 2 p.m.
The 8-0 Wright State Raiders come to town for the first Horizon League series of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field. Due to a rain-filled weather forecast for Friday, the two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon. The second game of the twin bill will start approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach, Mike Avery, and his staff, announced today a very promising recruiting class set to join the Crusaders in 2014. Coach Avery welcomes eight new additions to his current squad. The 2014 class is compiled of student-athletes from four states and three different countries and is well balanced with two defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
Men's tennis freshman Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and softball junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of March.
Despite drawing eleven walks, Valpo baseball dropped its sixth straight tilt Wednesday 10-6 to Northern Illinois. Michael Morman went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored three times and swiped three bases as the redshirt sophomore raised his average to .289. The Crusaders will host Wright State in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.
Big innings proved instrumental in both games as the Valparaiso softball team split a home doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against Eastern Michigan. The Crusaders scored 11 runs over the final two innings to earn a 13-3 victory in six frames in the opener, but the Eagles combined for nine runs in the first and last innings of an 11-7 decision in the nightcap.
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 8-11, 2014 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, entering grades 3-12. The Crusaders will also be hosting another camp as part of a combination Soccer/Volleyball camp from August 4-6, 2014 for youths entering grades K-8.
Andrew Bynum and Michael Morman both had multi-hit games but the Crusaders fell 11-1 to the Irish. Valpo will host its home opener Wednesday afternoon versus Northern Illinois at 3 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Facing tough scoring conditions on Monday at the Beu/Mussatto Invitational, hosted by Western Illinois, the Valparaiso men's golf team persevered, finishing the day in fourth place out of the 13 competing teams through two of the event's three rounds.
The club spent the better part of Monday afternoon getting Emory G. Bauer Field ready for games following four home cancellations already this season. First pitch between the Crusaders and Huskies is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.
The Valparaiso softball team will start its home schedule with a bang this week, playing seven games over five days at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. Four non-league games will open the home slate before a three-game Horizon League series against Detroit this weekend.
For the second straight weekend, the Valparaiso softball team split a Horizon League doubleheader, as the Crusaders fell in the opener Sunday in Chicago against UIC, 10-2, before leading start-to-finish in a 6-2 win in the nightcap. The games were moved from Flames Field and were played at Cacciatore Stadium on DePaul’s campus.
Crusaders outhit the Bulldogs 10-8, but leave twelve men on base and commit three errors in a 5-3 loss at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis. Karch Kowalczyk went 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI double off the left field fence.
Former Valparaiso men’s basketball player and Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Ron Howard etched his name into the NBA D-League record books on Saturday night, as he became the D-League’s all-time leading scorer.
Freshman Charlie Emhardt collected his 19th doubles win Saturday, a new single-season watermark. But Wright State secured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3, which was the difference in the Raiders' 4-3 decision over Valpo.
In its second Horizon League matchup in as many matches, Valparaiso welcomed Wright State to the Courts of NWI on Saturday morning. The visiting Raiders were able to get the best of the Crusaders on the day, taking all seven points in the match to take away an important Horizon League victory.
Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on Valparaiso's spring sports, this time forcing the cancellation of the Crusaders' game Saturday against UIC at DePaul. The forecast looks much better for Sunday's 2:30 p.m. doubleheader between the Crusaders and Flames, also slated to be played at DePaul.
The Crusader men’s and women’s track & field team were scheduled to compete at the Purdue Invitational over the weekend. That meet has been canceled, however, due to unfavorable weather conditions. Valparaiso will instead send a select group of athletes to North Park University.
Crusaders will square off against former Horizon League foe Butler Sunday afternoon at 1 pm in Indianapolis. Single game could change to doubleheader beginning at noon if Bulldogs can't get both of their games in Saturday in Louisville.
Valparaiso's Horizon League series this weekend at UIC has been moved to DePaul's Cacciatore Stadium. In addition, the schedule has been adjusted, as the Crusaders and Flames will now play a single game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Members of the Valparaiso men’s soccer team, as well as Valparaiso University president Dr. Mark Heckler and his wife Veronica, among others, will be getting their heads shaved for the fourth consecutive year as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday, April 12 between 1:00-3:00 pm in Hilltop Gymnasium.
Irish prevail 4-1 in a two-hour, two-minute tilt in South Bend. Michael Morman tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season, but the Crusaders managed just five hits. Ellis Foreman was highly efficient on the mound for Valpo, needing just 79 pitches to record seven innings.
The Valparaiso softball team will attempt to continue its spring schedule with four road games this week. The Crusaders are slated to travel to Eastern Illinois for a single game Thursday afternoon before making the short trek to Chicago for a three-game Horizon League series versus UIC this weekend.
A trio of Crusaders collected Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Honors on Tuesday. Jacob Frey and Jazmin Taylor were selected as Field Athletes of the week, while Elizabeth Bloy was named Runner of the Week.
Valparaiso women's basketball will hold a pair of individual camps: one from June 16th-19th, the other June 19th-20th before hosting a team camp on June 27th at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Prizes and awards will be given out daily and each camper will receive a free t-shirt. Register today to reserve your spot!
Valparaiso men's basketball signees Max Joseph and Tevonn Walker recently concluded their final season playing for Vanier College (Saint-Laurent borough, Montreal, Quebec), helping to lead the squad to a fourth-place finish at the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships. Along the way, both Joseph and Walker earned numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Walker's selection to the All-Canadian Team.
Tuesday's baseball game against Ball State has been cancelled due to poor field conditions. It represents the sixth contest lost thus far this season. The Crusaders are currently scheduled to play Oakland this weekend in Rochester, Michigan.
Freshman Charlie Emhardt won his 11th consecutive singles match Sunday at DePaul, but Valpo dropped its first match in the month of March. The Crusaders return to The Courts of NWI Saturday to face Horizon League foe Wright State at 2 pm CT.
Valpo men's tennis earned its first win in Horizon League play since Apr. 17th, 2010 thanks to a 7-0 defeat of UIC at The Courts of NWI Saturday. As a team, the Crusaders have won 39 straight points over opponents in the last six matches.
The Valparaiso softball team opened up Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon in Youngstown, Ohio, splitting a pair of high-scoring games with Youngstown State. The Crusaders captured the opener 7-4 before falling in the nightcap, 12-9. The third game of the series, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, has been canceled due to forecasted cold conditions.
Valpo lost a couple of tight contests Saturday to UIC. Dalton Lundeen's 7 2/3 innings and Chris Manning's 4-for-4 day at the plate weren't enough in the morning game as the Flames won 5-4. Spencer Mahoney was 3-for-5 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot, but two errors and eight runners left on base came back to haunt the Crusaders in a 6-3 defeat in the afternoon tilt.
Cole Webb and Tomas Michelson went toe-to-toe for eight innings Friday night in Chicago. Spencer Mahoney scored the game-winning run in the 9th on an error in center field to give Valpo its first win in an HL opener since 2010. The Crusaders move to 4-0 in one-run games.
In their first Horizon League match of the season, the Crusaders were unable to claim a point against preseason favorite UIC. The Flames swept both the doubles and singles competitions, winning the match 7-0.
The Valparaiso softball team looks to get Horizon League play off on the right foot this weekend as the Crusaders open the league slate with a three-game series at Youngstown State. The opening series is a rematch of last season’s final day of the Horizon League Championship, when Valpo downed the Penguins twice to claim the league title.
The newly-constructed Curtis Granderson Stadium in downtown Chicago will play host to Valpo and UIC Friday and Saturday. The Crusaders and Flames have faced each other 16 times over the past two seasons. Valpo enters conference play above .500 for the first time since 1997.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew was joined by seniors Lavonte Dority and Moussa Gueye and freshman Alec Peters following the Crusaders' loss to Columbia in the CIT Tuesday night, capping a season which featured a number of notable milestones.
Former Crusader Adrian Ortiz led his current side, the Chicago Mustangs of the Professional Arena Soccer League, to a league title this past Sunday. The Mustangs captured the Ron Newman Cup by defeating Hidalgo La Fiera 14-5.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team saw its season come to an abrupt end in the first round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday at the ARC, as Columbia’s Maodo Lo hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key to give the Lions a 58-56 victory. Valpo fifth-year senior Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) broke the program’s single-season blocked shots record in his final game as a Crusader.
After a 10-day hiatus, Crusaders return to diamond with a decisive 7-1 triumph over the Cougars. Ellis Foreman notched his first career win as he threw six innings of one-run ball. Jeff Edwards tallied his second multi-RBI game of the season while Spencer Mahoney and Andy Burns each had two-hit games.
Bacalla went 2-0 at No. 2 singles and also recorded a win at No. 1 doubles. He defeated Creighton's Elliott Baker 6-2, 6-3 in singles play on Wednesday before rallying back on Thursday to overthrow Quinnipiac's Eric Ambrosio 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to complete Valpo's 6-0 spring trip in Orlando, Florida.
The thaw continues in Northwest Indiana, but Emory G. Bauer Field remains unplayable as baseball endures its fifth cancellation of the spring. Wednesday's non-conference game against Buffalo will not be made up. Valpo's game versus Chicago State Tuesday at 1 pm is still expected to go on as planned.
Valparaiso softball junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) has been named to the All-Tournament Team at the Rainbow Wahine Classic last weekend. Also Monday, head coach Jordan Stevens announced that Wednesday's scheduled home opener against Western Michigan has been postponed.
Valparaiso opens its fourth consecutive postseason appearance on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders host Columbia in the first round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. This marks Valpo’s second appearance in the CIT, as Valpo was previously extended a bid in 2011.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew sits down with the voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, as Valpo prepares for the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament as it hosts Columbia on Tuesday night.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on its final day of action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, beating BYU 6-4 before falling to Hawai’i in bracket play to close its spring break trip, 8-4.
Longtime Valparaiso director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Rod Moore, ATC was presented the Golden Pinnacle Award at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) annual meeting on Friday. The Golden Pinnacle Award, which recognizes those members who have provided outstanding leadership to GLATA, is the highest honor a member of GLATA can receive.
The Crusader women dropped the final two matches of their spring trip on Friday, falling 7-0 to Providence in the morning, and 6-1 to Augustana in the afternoon. Freshman Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) led the Crusaders with a win in No.3 singles against Augustana.
Valparaiso freshman Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) earned his second Golfer of the Week honor of his young career from the Horizon League office after matching the Valparaiso program record for single-round score at the Bash at the Beach earlier this week.
Facing the nation’s second-ranked team for the second time in program history, Valparaiso struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning, but couldn’t push anybody else across the plate, falling to #2/4 Oregon 5-1 Thursday evening at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Freshman Jeffrey Schorsch defeated Quinnipiac's Kei Ezaka Thursday 6-3, 6-1 for his 21st singles victory, a new Valparaiso men's tennis single season record. The Crusaders (13-3) leave Florida after a perfect 6-0 week.
The Valparaiso men's basketball team's fourth straight postseason appearance will begin at the ARC against Ivy League foe Columbia in the first round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m.
The Crusader women’s tennis team lost the opening game of its Puerto Rico trip on Thursday morning, falling 7-0 to Seton Hall. Despite showing tough play in No.2 and No.3 singles, the Crusaders were unable to take a point from the Big East school.
The Valparaiso softball team lost a pair of games on the first day of action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday. One swing was the difference in a 4-0 loss in the Crusaders’ opener against #RV/-- James Madison, while Valpo then fell 8-0 to host Hawai’i in the nightcap.
Men's tennis notched its fifth straight win and fourth straight shutout with a 4-0 win over Creighton (7-3). With the victory, the 2013-14 Crusaders have already surpassed their win total from a year ago.
Valparaiso senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) added another honor to his standout final season as a Crusader on Wednesday, as he was named a Second Team All-District 12 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). With the selection, Dority is now eligible for NABC All-America honors.
Valparaiso freshman Peter Webb (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) shot a round of 67 for the second time in his career, matching the Crusader single-round record to lead the way as Valpo finished in eighth place at the Bash at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
For the third straight season, the Horizon League Conference Tournament takes Valpo to Green Bay, Wisconsin for a postseason tilt with the Phoenix. The Crusaders have their work cut out from them as the Phoenix have lost just once in 19 HL Tournament quarterfinal games.
The final game of the Crusaders' spring trip has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions at Daniel Sullivan Field in San Antonio. Valpo will open Horizon League play this weekend versus Milwaukee at a site still to be determined.
The Valparaiso softball team closes out spring break action with its first-ever trip to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Crusaders will face the nation’s second-ranked team in Oregon and another squad receiving votes in James Madison, as well as BYU and the host Rainbow Wahine. All five teams in the tournament field advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Valpo improves to 11-3 on the season after a 7-0 win over the Fighting Scots. Both Eric Honert (No. 2) and Brian Hickey (No. 6) won 6-0, 6-0 as the Crusaders won their fourth match in a row at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Sophomore southpaw tossed a shutout against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in just his second start back from a battle with mononucleosis. Lundeen has yet to allow an extra-base hit in 11 1/3 innings of work this season.
Senior recorded a career-high 25 points as her 9-of-16 shooting staved off a second-half, Senee Shearer-led comeback attempt. Crusaders advance to the quarterfinal round of the HL Tournament where they'll meet the #1-seeded Green Bay Phoenix (20-8, 13-3) Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay, Wis.
For the fourth consecutive season and the 13th time in the last 19 years, the Valparaiso men's basketball program will be playing in the postseason, as the Crusaders announced this afternoon they had accepted a bid to the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Valpo will be hosting a first-round game at the ARC either Tuesday, March 18 or Wednesday, March 19.
Freshman named Men's Tennis Player of the Week for second time in the last three weeks. Schorsch went 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 3-0 in doubles play with teammate Charlie Emhardt. Schorsch is currently tied for the most singles victories in a season in program history with 20.
Registration is open now for the Valpo Soccer Spring ID Camp, hosted by the Crusader women's soccer team on Sunday, March 30 for female players in grades 9-12. In addition, registration is also open for a trio of camps to be held June 16-18.
Valpo blows by Robert Morris 7-0 in the morning before blanking St. Cloud State 7-0 in the evening match in Orlando; Jeffrey Schorsch won his 20th singles match of the spring, tying Nic Kooyers and Eric Honert for the most singles victories ever in a season.
Valparaiso heads to Detroit for the second time in twelve days to open the Horizon League Conference Tournament. The winner will advance to face the defending champion Green Bay Phoenix in Wisconsin Wednesday night.
After a rain-delayed start to the final day of action at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho on Sunday, the Valparaiso offense was never able to get on track, as the Crusaders lost to Indiana, 3-1, and Boise State, 7-0.
Dalton Lundeen fired a shutout in a seven-inning tilt before Mario Losi scattered five hits over eight innings in Valpo's 5-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday. Catcher Jake Hanson had a pair of RBIs and Karch Kowalczyk went yard for the second straight day in the 4-0 Game 1 win.
The Valparaiso softball team split two games Saturday in Boise, Idaho at the Springhill Suites Invitational, earning revenge on Weber State for Friday’s loss with a 10-7 victory before surrendering three runs in the bottom of the sixth to Boise State in a 6-5 loss.
Sharon Karungi's 90% (9-for-10 FG) shooting percentage was just one of a handful of offensive watermarks met or set in Valpo's 101-80 loss to Wright State Saturday in Dayton. As a team, the Crusaders shot 59.6%, the seventh-highest percentage in program history.
Crusaders maintain break-neck pace at No. 1, 2, 5, 6 singles with victories over the Purple Eagles in a 5-2 team triumph; Brown and Gold claim doubles point with wins at No. 1, 2 as they open play at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team was unable to overcome a hot start from the floor by Milwaukee Friday evening in the second round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship, as the fourth-seeded Crusaders fell to the fifth-seeded Panthers by a final score of 74-57.
Karch Kowalczyk hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the fourth inning, but four errors on the infield coupled with nine strikeouts at the plate led to a 7-4 loss Friday night at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Valparaiso wraps up the regular season slate with a Saturday matinee against the Raiders in Dayton. A win and a Detroit loss Saturday would mean Valpo hosts the Titans Monday night at the ARC. For the Crusaders to hold up their end of the bargain, they'll have to win inside the Nutter Center for the first time since January 27th, 1994.
Valpo (5-6) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5-9) clash Friday in the first of a three-game series in southern Texas. Senior Cole Webb (2-1, 3.86) will battle Matt Danton (2-1, 2.53) on the mound in a 6:30 pm first pitch at Chapman Field.
The Valparaiso softball team continues its 2014 spring break trip this weekend at the Springhill Suites Invitational, hosted by Boise State in Boise, Idaho. The Crusaders will play two games apiece against the host Broncos and Weber State, while also taking on Indiana once.
Ellis Foreman made a statement start for Crusaders as the redshirt freshman scattered four hits over seven innings, allowing one earned run. Ben Mahar got the win as he provided the bridge to Karch Kowalczyk in nailing down his fourth save of 2014.
Charae Richardson dropped in a career-high 24 points in what was potentially her final game at the ARC Wednesday night in Valpo's 94-80 shootout win over Milwaukee. Karungi added 23 of her own on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor.
Valparaiso continues defense of the Horizon League Championship on Friday evening in Green Bay, Wis., as the Crusaders take on Milwaukee in second round action at 8:30 p.m. Both the fourth-seeded Crusaders and fifth-seeded Panthers won home games Tuesday evening to advance in the tournament.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Lavonte Dority and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' victory over UIC in the first round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship on Tuesday night.
Crusader bullpen limited the Longhorns to just one earned run in four innings in relief of Dalton Lundeen. Lundeen, who made his first start of the season in front of over 4,500 in attendance, allowed two earned runs in four frames. Michael Morman had two of Valpo's four hits on the evening.
Behind a sterling effort in his postseason debut from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington), the Valparaiso men’s basketball team defeated UIC 73-63 Tuesday evening at the ARC in the first round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship. With the victory, the fourth-seeded Crusaders advance to Green Bay to face fifth-seeded Milwaukee Friday evening at 8:30 p.m.
Valparaiso plays its final home game of the season Wednesday evening when the Milwaukee Panthers come to town for a 7:05 pm tip. The Crusaders are currently a game back of Detroit and two behind Milwaukee in the standings. Paul Oren and Renee Turpa will have the call on WVUR 95.1 FM.
First-year head coach Brian Schmack will call the shots across the diamond from 46-year veteran Augie Garrido Tuesday night in Austin as Valpo meets #10 Texas for the first time. Kevin Dunn and Greg Swindell will have the call live on the Longhorn Network at 6:00 pm CT.
Valparaiso opens defense of its Horizon League Championship at the ARC on Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m. with a first round game against UIC. The Crusaders earned the fourth seed for the tournament after finishing 9-7 in league play this year, while the Flames are the tournament’s ninth seed.
For the fourth straight year, the Valparaiso men's basketball team was represented on the All-League First Team as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards, as senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) earned First Team All-League honors this season. In addition, freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) both earned spots on the league's All-Freshman Team.
Men's swimming senior Tate Wegehaupt (Tigard, Ore./Tigard) and women's track and field junior Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of February.
Tickets are on sale Sunday beginning at noon for Valparaiso's first-round Horizon League Championship game Tuesday evening against UIC at the ARC, set for a 7:05 p.m. tip. In addition, tickets to a pre-game pep rally are also available now through the Office of Alumni Relations.
Valpo pushed seven runs across in a busy first two innings before McNeese State rallied back from 7-3 deficit to claim rubber game 15-8 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Crusaders prepare for Tuesday tilt with #15 Texas.
On the final day of the Horizon League Indoor Championships, Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park), Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island), and Elizabeth Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) each captured second-place finishes in their respective events to lead the Crusaders to a fifth-place finish.
The Valparaiso softball team played a pair of one-run games on Sunday at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., falling 1-0 to UT-Arlington before a walk-off home run from senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) gave the Crusaders a 7-6 win over Longwood.
Cowboys took advantage of three Crusader errors in an 8-0 win over the Brown and Gold. Michael Clemens struck out two Valpo batters in a five-hit shutout. Sunday's rubber game will begin at 1:00 pm CT.
Valpo held a lead against the Phoenix as late as the 3:00 mark of the second half, but Green Bay closed with six of the game's final eight points in a nailbiter at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Sharon Karungi tallied her third straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
In record breaking fashion, Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) finished first in the weight throw to lead the Valparaiso women’s track & field team at day one of the Horizon League Indoor Championships.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team was unable to capture a Senior Day victory on Saturday afternoon at the ARC, falling to Cleveland State, 63-52. The Crusaders end the regular season in fourth place in the Horizon League standings and will open the 2014 Horizon League Championship Tuesday evening at the ARC against ninth-seeded UIC at 7 p.m.
Frederick Jenny collected an eighth-place finish in the men's 100 yard breaststroke at the Horizon League Championships in Cleveland. Ciara Lightner hit the wall in under a minute in the 100 yard backstroke.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to go into the 2014 Horizon League Championship on a winning note on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Cleveland State in the regular season finale at 3 p.m. Saturday also is Senior Day at the ARC, as the four Crusader seniors will be honored prior to the game and will address the crowd following the game. The game is the HLN Regional TV broadcast, and will be tape-delayed locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 7 p.m.
Valparaiso will open the month of March with Green Bay in a 7:05 pm tipoff on Saturday. Elizabeth Hamlet, Charae Richardson, and Liz Horton will each be recognized before the game in a special Senior Day ceremony.
The Valparaiso softball team was unable to get its spring break trip off on a winning note Friday, falling to Iowa (8-0) and #10/9 Arizona (9-1) on the opening day of the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.
The Crusaders will play their next nine in the deep south as their spring trip begins Friday. Before heading to Texas, Valpo will tangle with McNeese State (5-2) in a three-game series. The Cowboys enter the weekend with 22 stolen bases thus far.
Crusader fans and alumni are invited to join new head football Dave Cecchini on Friday, March 14th at Mattone Restaurant and Bar in LaGrange Park, Ill. Free appetizers will be provided as well as a cash bar. Reserve your spot today by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 219.464.5537!
After a weekend off, Valparaiso opens its 2014 spring break trip this weekend at Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational. The Crusaders will play five games in a 48-hour span, facing Iowa, Indiana, Longwood and UT-Arlington in addition to the nationally-ranked Wildcats.
Head baseball coach Brian Schmack sat down with Brad Collignon for this week's episode of the Valpo Coaches Show ahead of his team's spring break trip through Louisiana and Texas. In the #talkingschmack segment, the Crusader skipper addressed what he looks for when determining whether a starting pitcher goes out to the mound in the latter innings.
Valpo extended its first-half lead to as many as 17 points before the Titans stormed back to tie the game with a minute and a half to play. Tayelor McCalister's jumper with four seconds remaining was the game-winner for Detroit in an 81-79 contest. Jessica Carr set a career high in points (21) for the second straight game.
Fresh off an 84-70 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Saturday, Valpo takes aim at Detroit Wednesday night inside Calihan Hall. The Crusaders won an 85-44 affair a month ago versus the Titans in Valparaiso.
Swimming and diving head coach Howard Hunte talked with host Brad Collignon about his team's goals heading into the Horizon League Championships this week in Cleveland, and to reflect upon what his five seniors have meant to the Crusader program.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to the final week of the regular season, as the Crusaders play at Wright State Tuesday evening and close out the slate at the ARC Saturday afternoon against Cleveland State.
Freshman extended his winning streak to six matches after beating Western Michigan and #29 Northwestern's No. 1 singles players. Schorsch's 17 wins have him currently in a tie for 5th all-time for singles victories in a season at Valparaiso.
Securing a bye in the Horizon League Championship is what the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has its sights set on Tuesday night, as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio to face Wright State. A victory would guarantee Valpo no worse than a third-place finish in the league standings.
Karungi turned in a dominant 22-point, 16-rebound game Saturday in Valpo's 84-70 win over Oakland. On Monday, College Sports Madness named the junior as the Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Jacksonville State plated three runs in the bottom of the 7th as Valpo fell 6-3 in Alabama Sunday afternoon. Chris Manning and Michael Morman both had two-hit games for the Crusaders, who will embark on their Spring Break trip Friday.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Bobby Capobianco, Lavonte Dority and Alec Peters in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' victory over Youngstown State on Saturday.
Junior scored 22, pulled down 16 boards in Crusaders' 84-70 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. Jessica Carr tossed in a career-high 16 points while Charae Richardson and Jessi Wiedemann each contributed 17.
It was tight all the way for the Valparaiso men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders never led Youngstown State by more than three points all game, but eight second-half 3-pointers, including the eventual game-winner inside the final minute from Bobby Capobianco, spurred Valpo to a 68-66 victory over the Penguins from the ARC.
One day after falling 10-0 in the series opener, Valpo answers with emphatic 10-3 victory over Gamecocks. Karch Kowalczyk's bases-clearing double in the 7th helped the senior to a five-RBI afternoon. Drew Hasler tossed seven strong innings as the sophomore registered his first win of the season.
Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) and Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) each impressed at the GVSU Tune-Up on Friday. Drozdowski placed first in the weight throw, while Taylor finished second in the high jump.
The Crusader women met the Broncs on Friday afternoon at the Courts of NWI for the first match of the weekend. In what would end up being a 6-1 defeat for the Crusaders, Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) would win her second straight match in No.3 singles to capture Valparaiso’s lone point of the match.
Valparaiso was limited to three hits in Friday's 10-0 series-opening loss to Jacksonville State. Second baseman Andy Burns went 2-for-4 for the Crusaders. Valpo sets its sights on evening the series Saturday at 1:00 pm in Alabama.
In addition to Saturday serving as the Father-Daughter Game, cancer survivors will be honored prior to tipoff of the 7:05 pm tilt versus Oakland. Sharon Karungi has finished in double figures in three straight games for the Crusaders as Valpo aims for its first win over the Golden Grizzlies since 2006.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team looks to rebound from a Thursday night loss on Saturday afternoon, returning home to the ARC as Youngstown State comes to town. Despite falling on Thursday, the Crusaders still control their own destiny for the second seed in the Horizon League Championship. Saturday's 3pm tip will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Six individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning at the annual Hall of Fame banquet as the Class of 2014, the 17th class in Hall of Fame history. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Crusaders' men's basketball game at 3 p.m. that afternoon.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team erased a double-figure first-half deficit Thursday night in Green Bay, Wis., but were unable to rally from a similar deficit early in the second half, as Green Bay downed the Crusaders by a 67-53 final. The Crusaders surpassed the program's single-season team blocked shots record early in the second half.
The Crusaders head south for a three-game set with the Gamecocks. The two teams face off for the first time in 35 years Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm CT. Cole Webb (1-0, 3.00) will take the hill opposite JSU's Taylor Shields (1-0, 1.80) at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Alabama.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer program is incredibly excited to announce its four signees from the class of 2014. The four young ladies hail from three states and will look to make an impact on the program when they get to campus this August. All four of the newest members to the Valpo soccer family come out of very successful high school and club programs.
Crusader head baseball coach Brian Schmack joined the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about his team's success this past weekend at Samford and to look ahead to a three-game set with Jacksonville State. The Valpo Coaches Show introduced a special, interactive "#TalkingSchmack" portion in this week's segment.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to Thursday night's game at league-leading Green Bay and Saturday afternoon's home game against Youngstown State.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns to the state of Wisconsin for a Thursday night battle against league-leading Green Bay. The Crusaders are looking for the season sweep of the Phoenix, which is receiving votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll.
Valparaiso junior Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) has been named Horizon League Athlete of the Week for her record-breaking performance this past weekend at the Fred Wilt Invitational hosted by Purdue University.
Valparaiso senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) has been named Horizon League Player of the Week after her stellar performance at the plate for the Crusaders at last weekend's Ragin' Cajun Invitational.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program is excited to announce its VIP Spring Camp, to be held on Sunday, March 16th. This one-day camp will provide prospective student-athletes a unique opportunity to experience a training environment similar to that seen at the college level.
The Valparaiso men's basketball home game against Cleveland State on Saturday, March 1 has been selected as the wildcard broadcast for Horizon League Network Regional TV, moving the game time to 3 p.m.
On Sunday morning, the Crusader women played South Dakota State in their second match of a four game home-stand. The Jackrabbits swept doubles play and won five of six singles matches to win the match. Despite the loss, Valparaiso saw inspired play from Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) in No.3 singles. Heuer claimed the lone Crusader victory of the day.
A pair of errors from Valparaiso led to four unearned runs for Memphis early on in the Crusaders’ finale at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La. on Sunday, and Valpo would not be able to recover, falling 7-3 to the Tigers. Senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team after hitting .538 with four runs scored and four RBIs over the course of the weekend.
Valparaiso led for the final 36 minutes of Saturday night’s Horizon League contest at Milwaukee, pulling away down the stretch for a 77-62 victory over the Panthers. The win keeps the Crusaders in a tie for second place in the league standings and puts Valpo two games ahead of fourth place.
#14 Valparaiso continued one of its strongest tournament performances of the season Saturday, rolling the best traditional match score in program history as the Crusaders moved up to fifth place through two days of action at the Track Kat Klash in Huntsville, Texas.
Bynum, Manning, Mahoney, Kowalczyk each had multi-RBI games in an 11-8 victory over Samford in Alabama. Bryce Yoder collected his first collegiate win as Kowalczyk worked a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. Crusaders off to 2-0 start for first time since 2009.
The Valparaiso softball team was unable to come up with a victory Saturday at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La., falling in a slugfest in the day’s opener to Central Arkansas, 10-8, and then failing to get anything going offensively in a 4-0 loss to Boston College.
Jeffrey Schorsch outlasted #93 Ricky Medinilla at No. 1 singles; Charlie Emhardt downed Boilermakers' Lucas Dages in straight sets at No. 6 singles as Crusaders dropped a tight 5-2 match versus 75th-ranked Purdue in West Lafayette Saturday.
The Crusader women recorded one first-place finish and seven top-ten finishes at the 2014 Fred Wilt Invitational at Purdue University on Saturday. Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) took first in the high jump, breaking the program record in the process.
Valpo’s trip through northeast Ohio comes to a close with a Saturday matinee versus the Penguins of Youngstown State. The Crusaders aim for their first win inside the Beeghly Center since January 14th, 2010. The Penguins have dropped three in a row since opening the Horizon League portion of the schedule 6-0.
The Valparaiso softball team dropped a pair of one-run games to open the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational on Friday in Lafayette, La., falling victim to a walk-off homer in a 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas and seeing its rally come up one run short in a 3-2 loss against host #20/20 Louisiana.
Men's basketball senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) and women's track and field senior Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of January.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team faces a key road game on Saturday evening, traveling to Wisconsin to take on Milwaukee. A win would put the Crusaders securely in the top-three in the Horizon League standings, two games up on fourth place.
Valpo and Cleveland State clash Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm CT at the Wolstein Center. The Crusaders, who are 9-3 all-time versus the Vikings away from the ARC, seek to split the season series after dropping a 76-66 contest to the Vikes Jan. 27th in Valpo.
The Valparaiso softball team continues the 2014 campaign this weekend at Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La. The Crusaders will play five games over three days, highlighted by games on Friday against #6/4 Michigan as well as the 20th-ranked hosts. Valpo will also take on Central Arkansas, Boston College and Memphis at the tournament. The game against BC will be held off-site at Teurlings Catholic H.S.
Adrian Ortiz last suited up for the Crusaders during the 2010 season and although that would be his last match as a Crusader, it would not be the last of his career. Ortiz is currently in his second season as a member of the Chicago Mustangs of the Professional Arena Soccer League.
The Crusaders take to the diamond Friday as their quest to become back-to-back-to-back Horizon League champions begins in Homewood, Alabama versus Samford. Despite recent unprecedented success, head coach Brian Schmack and his team remain hungry.
Valparaiso senior Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) has been named the Horizon League Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for her record-breaking performances this past weekend at both the Meyo and Windy City Invitationals.
The Valparaiso women's golf team has finished in 17th place at the LeTriomphe Collegiate Invitational at LeTriomphe G.C. in Broussard, La., as Tuesday's scheduled final round was canceled due to wet grounds.
The Valparaiso women's golf team continued the LeTriomphe Collegiate Invitational at LeTriomphe G.C. in Broussard, La. Monday with the second of three rounds of action, improving by three strokes from Sunday's opening round.
Crusaders blank Dayton 5-0 as Schorsch and Bacalla record 13th wins; freshman quartet improves to 45-14 through first 59 decisions. Valpo advances to 5-1 ahead of showdown with #75 Purdue next Saturday.
In another riveting chapter in the classic Valparaiso-Oakland men’s basketball rivalry, this time it was the Crusaders who came out on top, as freshman Clay Yeo canned a 3-pointer from the right-hand corner with 7.4 seconds to play to give Valpo a 63-60 victory in a key Horizon League battle at the ARC Sunday afternoon. For the second time in eight days, the Crusaders’ program record for individual blocks in a single game was matched, this time as Moussa Gueye rejected seven shots.
Playing the first match in their four game home-stand, the Crusader women dropped a hard fault 4-2 decision to Dayton on Sunday morning. In the loss, Kristin Zakiewicz and Kaitlyn Hamel would win their first No.1 doubles match of the young season.
The Valparaiso softball team made it two straight wins to close out the opening weekend of play Sunday at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C., defeating UMass Lowell by a final score of 5-2.
The Valparaiso women’s golf team kicked off its 2014 spring slate on Sunday with the first day of competition at the Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational, hosted by McNeese State at Le Triomphe G.C. in Broussard, La.
On Friday, Jacob Frey and Jacob Smutz saw action at the Meyo Invitational, held at the University of Notre Dame. Valparaiso also took part in the Windy City Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders were able to post three first-place and several top-five finishes at the meet.
Valpo and UIC met just 20 days ago in Chicago when the Flames overcame a halftime deficit to claim a 69-51 win over the Brown and Gold. The Crusaders seek to improve upon their 13-5 record versus the Flames at the ARC Monday night at a 7:05 pm jump ball.
The Crusader women saw action in two meets over the weekend. On Saturday, the Crusaders traveled to the University of Chicago to take part in the Windy City Invitational. In addition to the action on Saturday, Sarah Drozdowski, Sarah Peters, and Elizabeth Bloy also competed at the Meyo Invitational, which was held on Friday at the University of Notre Dame.
The Valparaiso softball team set numerous program records on Saturday, earning its first victory of the season with a 24-1, run-rule shortened victory over Big East foe Seton Hall in Buies Creek, N.C. as part of Campbell’s Hampton Inn Invitational.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns to the court Sunday afternoon in a quick turnaround from a heartbreaking loss Friday night, taking on Oakland at the ARC in a 1:35 p.m. tip. Despite the loss, the Crusaders still sit in third place in the Horizon League standings.
Due to delays in getting Saturday's action started at the Hampton Inn Invitational at Campbell, Valparaiso's tournament schedule has been shifted around. The Crusaders will now play Seton Hall this evening at 5 p.m. CT and UMass Lowell Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT. Further updates will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
In a game which featured an astounding 27 lead changes, freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) put Valparaiso ahead on a runner with 37 seconds to play, but Detroit’s Juwan Howard Jr. knocked down a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds remaining and the Crusaders’ final heave was off the mark as they fell to the Titans at the ARC Friday evening, 59-57.
On Senior Day, Tate Wegehaupt won the 100-yard breaststroke with a 58.93 time but Cleveland State prevailed 109-89 on the men's side. The Crusader women dropped their meet 121-69, but won the 200 yard freestyle relay thanks to a 1:46.53 finish.
The Valparaiso men's basketball home game against Youngstown State on Saturday, February 22 has been selected as the wildcard broadcast for Horizon League Network Regional TV, moving the game time to 3 p.m. Due to the game time change, the women's basketball home game that day against Oakland will now be a 7:05 p.m. tip.
The Valparaiso softball team was unable to push any runs across the plate on the opening day of the 2014 season on Friday, falling 6-0 to IPFW and 3-0 to Campbell at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C.
For the first time in program history, the two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball team has been selected to win the league in preseason polling of the league's head coaches. The poll was released by the league office Thursday afternoon on the eve of the 2014 campaign.
With the Valparaiso softball team opening the 2014 campaign this weekend at Campbell's tournament, read up on what to expect from the Crusaders entering the season, and watch head coach Jordan Stevens on the Valpo Coaches Show as he previews the coming year.
Winners of five of its last six games, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team returns home for a pair of games this weekend, beginning with a Friday night game against Detroit which will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 8 p.m. The Crusaders enter this weekend in a tie for second place in the league standings.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to a pair of Horizon League home games this weekend - against Detroit on Friday and against Oakland on Sunday.
World-famous national anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be at the ARC this Friday night, singing The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Crusaders' nationally-televised game against Detroit. The game will tip off at 8 p.m., with Cornelison singing the anthem at about 7:45.
Valpo's swim meet versus Cleveland State has been moved to Friday, February 7th at 3:00 pm at the ARC. Cheer on the Crusaders as they honor seniors Tate Wegehaupt, Andrea Bretl, Katie Meunier, Katrina Peters, and Ali Taubert for their service to the men's and women's swim teams.
For the second time in three weeks, Valparaiso senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, this time following a pair of dominating performances in Crusader victories last week, including a career-best 33 points on Saturday.
Four Valparaiso softball players have been selected to the College Sports Madness preseason All-Horizon League teams, highlighted by the choice of sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) as the league's Pitcher of the Year.
The Crusaders met Utah State for an early morning match on Sunday. Playing at a neutral site, the Aggies were able to defeat the Crusaders 7-0. Despite the team loss, the No.2 doubles pairing of Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) continued their solid play, winning their second consecutive match.
The combination of a career-high 33-point performance in a homecoming game from senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) on the offensive end and a program record-tying seven blocked shots by junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) on the defensive side of the ball propelled Valparaiso to a 70-46 victory over UIC Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.
After two weeks off, the Crusader men returned to action on Saturday to take part in the Mastodon Invitational in Fort Wayne, Ind. Despite the extended lay off, the Crusader men found plenty of success on Saturday, capturing a season high of four first-place finishes.
After a two-week layoff, the Crusader women returned to action on Saturday at the Mastodon Invitational. As a team, the Crusaders finished the day with multiple top-ten finishes and two first-place finishes. Elizabeth Bloy and Sarah Drozdowski each took first in their respective events; Bloy in the 1-mile run and Drozdowski in the shot put.
Despite wins over two of the nation's top-three teams on Saturday, #14 Valparaiso was unable to move up the standings at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas, closing the second day of action in seventh place.
In the second match of their two-game home-stand, the Crusader women welcomed South Dakota to the Courts of NWI. Despite solid play early on from Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) in No.2 doubles, the Crusaders would fall to the Coyotes in a 7-0 decision.
Valparaiso kicks off the second half of Horizon League play with its shortest road trip of the league slate, heading up to Chicago Saturday afternoon to face off with UIC. At the halfway point, the Crusaders sit in a tie for second place in the league standings. The game, which tips at 3 p.m., will be broadcast live locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
The Crusaders invade Wisconsin this weekend as they visit Milwaukee (6-13, 2-4 HL) Saturday afternoon. The Brown and Gold will be faced with the task of containing one of the best all-around players in the league in Angela Rodriguez (17.5 PPG, 6.1 APG).
If you missed any part of Wednesday night's pregame ceremony retiring the #24 jersey in honor of Bruce Lindner and Bryce Drew, or just want to re-live the festivities, the entire ceremony is now available in the attached video.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team came out on fire from the floor Wednesday evening at the ARC, hitting over 70% of its shots from the floor in the first half and controlling the game the rest of the way in handing Green Bay its first league loss, 75-60.
Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew is joined by Lavonte Dority, Lexus Williams and Jubril Adekoya in the postgame press conference following the Crusaders' win over Green Bay on Wednesday.
Valparaiso closes out the first half of Horizon League play at the ARC on Wednesday evening, looking to knock off a Green Bay squad which is undefeated in Horizon League play and receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll. Prior to the game, the #24 jersey will be retired in honor of both Bruce Lindner and Bryce Drew, in a ceremony slated to begin at 6:40 p.m.
Click the video to see highlights of Valpo baseball's trip to the Dominican Republic. The team spent a week in the some of the most underprivileged areas of Latin America as they performed community service, toured historical sites, and played a handful of games.
#14 Valparaiso continued its strongest tournament performance of the year on Saturday, winning five of its six matches in closing the second day of action at the Kutztown Invitational in sixth place. The Crusaders have a shot at finishing as high as third place in Sunday’s bracket play.
Valparaiso made just one field goal over the final 16 minutes of the first half Saturday at Cleveland State, an offensive malaise the Crusaders could not overcome in a 69-50 loss to the Vikings in Cleveland.
Both the men’s and women’s track & field team were forced to miss the IPFW duals due to inclement travel conditions. Rather than travel in unsafe conditions, both teams stayed in Valparaiso. The meet continued as scheduled.
A narrow 22-pin defeat was the only thing that stood between #14 Valparaiso and an undefeated opening day at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. on Friday, as the Crusaders closed the day in sixth place out of the 26 competing squads.
Valparaiso takes aim at its fourth straight victory Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders close their swing through northeast Ohio at Cleveland State. Valpo enters the game against the Vikings coming off of a thrilling win over Youngstown State Thursday night.
Valpo dominates Detroit for its first home win of 2013-14; Abby Dean pours in a career-high 20 points and six steals as Crusaders shoot 51.7 percent in their most lopsided victory in nearly three years.
In a game which saw nearly the entirety of the final 12 minutes played with no more than a three-point lead either way, it was Valparaiso which consistently came up with plays down the stretch, as the Crusaders scored on 12 of their final 13 possessions, including a perfect 8-of-8 effort from the foul line in the final minute, to pull out a 74-71 victory at Youngstown State on Thursday evening.
Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 117 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office. The 117 honorees marked the most the Crusaders have had in a single semester since joining the league.
Having one’s jersey retired is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon any athlete. Next Wednesday, January 29, prior to the men’s basketball game against Green Bay, two of the best players in Valparaiso men’s basketball history, Bruce Lindner and Bryce Drew, will become the first former Crusaders to earn that honor. The #24 jersey, which both Lindner and Drew wore during their careers, will be raised to the rafters of the ARC in a pregame ceremony and will be the first number officially retired by the Valpo men’s basketball program.
Valparaiso's student section, the ValparaiZone, has been nominated as one of the top student sections in the country and is now asking for its fans’ support in helping it win the title. Crusader fans can have a say by voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award via social media platforms. The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund.
Jessi Wiedemann's jumper at the 9:08 mark of the second half was the last field goal the Crusaders made in a 69-51 loss to UIC Tuesday night. Eleven of the Flames' final 13 points came from the foul line as they closed the contest on a 19-1 run.
Former Valparaiso men's basketball standout Chris Ensminger was honored last weekend at the Beko Basketball Bundesliga's All-Star Game for his long and distinguished career in the BBL, Germany's highest-level professional basketball league, and capped his career by making one final appearance in the league's All-Star Game.
Valparaiso continues the league slate this weekend in northeast Ohio, opening the two-game road trip Thursday evening at Youngstown State. A win would give the Crusaders their first three-game winning streak of the season.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to this week's pair of Horizon League games in northeast Ohio - at Youngstown State on Thursday and at Cleveland State on Saturday.
Valpo and UIC tipoff for the 40th time in school history Tuesday night in Chicago. The Crusaders ended UIC's season with a 67-57 opening round win in the Horizon League Conference Tournament last March. Meanwhile, the Flames seek their fourth consecutive victory over the Brown and Gold at the UIC Pavilion.
Valparaiso senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) has been tabbed the Horizon League co-Player of the Week by the league office and as Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, while freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) has been named Freshman of the Week by the league office as well following their performances in a pair of Crusader victories last week.
#14 Valparaiso closed out the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. on Sunday with a trio of matches in bracket play, finishing the tournament in eighth place. Freshman Carly Larson (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
19 first-half points from Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) helped propel Valparaiso to a 10-point halftime lead on Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the ARC, a lead the Crusaders would never relinquish in the second half en route to a 75-62 win over the Panthers.
Kim Demmings, the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, registered 31 points as Wright State held on for a 79-65 win over Valpo at the ARC Saturday afternoon. Sharon Karungi shot 8-of-10 from the floor en route to a 19-point game.
Segatto, Trimpe clinched individual victories, women's 400 yard freestyle relay team finished first; Castro Diaz turned in 4:16.68 time in 400 yard IM, 1:58.68 result in 200 yard butterfly en route to solid second-place finishes versus UIC Saturday in Chicago. Wegehaupt was first in the 200 yard breaststroke.
After their match at Ball State on Friday, the Crusader women’s tennis team returned home Saturday for an evening match-up against Western Michigan. Despite a solid effort from the Crusaders, the Broncos were able to defeat the Crusaders in a 7-0 decision.
On Friday, the women’s track & field team took a 9th place finish at the GVSU Invitational. Eighteen teams and over 800 total athletes competed at the invitational. Sarah Peters and Sarah Drozdowski led the way for the Crusaders with third and fourth place finishes in the pole vault and weight throw.
On Friday, the Valparaiso men’s track & field team traveled to Allendale, Mich. to compete at the GVSU Invitational. In a field of twenty teams and over 800 total athletes, the Crusaders were able to finish in thirteenth place overall.
Following a nearly two-month hiatus, the #14 Valparaiso bowling team returned to the lanes Friday at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., hosted by the nation's top-ranked team in Arkansas State.
Kim Demmings, the Horizon League's Preseason Player of the Year, visits the ARC this weekend as Wright State takes on Valpo Saturday at 4 pm. The two teams went to overtime in last season's tilt in Valparaiso.
Valparaiso returns home on Saturday afternoon looking to move to the right side of .500 in league play as the Crusaders host Milwaukee. The game will be televised on Horizon League Network Regional TV, including locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
As the Valparaiso women's tennis team continues to prepare for the upcoming season, the 2014 schedule was released on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusader women jump into play right away, as the team travels to Muncie, Ind. for a match against Ball State this Friday.
Valparaiso scored on five straight possessions early on in the second half, turning a three-point deficit into a six-point lead, and would never trail again, going on to defeat Detroit, 78-70, Wednesday night at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.
Head coach Jim Daugherty says team is up to test of 26-match schedule; Purdue, Northwestern, DePaul, Notre Dame highlight non-conference slate. Season opens Jan. 25 with doubleheader versus Indiana Wesleyan, Olivet Nazarene.
For the second time in 11 days, Valparaiso travels to the state of Michigan, looking to snap a two-game losing skid Wednesday evening as the Crusaders face off with Detroit. Valpo has won each of the last three seasons at Calihan Hall, including dramatic wins each of the last two years.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to this week's pair of Horizon League games at Detroit on Wednesday and at the ARC versus Milwaukee on Saturday.
The Crusader's women's tennis team has been picked to finish ninth in Horizon League play, according to the annual preseason tennis poll which was released on Monday by the Horizon League. The Crusader women received nine points in the polling.
Valpo and Oakland met four straight times in the Mid-Con Conference Tournament from 2000-2003. The two teams square off this time as Horizon League enemies in the first meeting in over 2,500 days at the O'Rena in Rochester, Michigan on Wednesday night.
After a long holiday break, the Crusader women’s track & field team returned to competition Saturday, traveling to Hillsdale, Mich. to take part in the Hillsdale Winter Opener. The Crusaders finished the event with five second place finishes and a handful of top ten finishes.
The Crusader men’s track & field team returned to competition this weekend, traveling to Hillsdale, Mich. to take part in the Hillsdale Winter Opener. The Crusaders boasted several top five finishers at the event. Valparaiso’s performance was highlighted by Junior Kevin Adamik who took second overall in the 400m hurdlers, finishing with a time of 1:01.12.
Valparaiso erased all but one point of a 15-point halftime deficit less than nine minutes into the second half of a nationally televised contest from the ARC Friday night against Wright State, but could never get over the hump, as the Crusaders fell by a 62-45 final score to the Raiders.
A rematch of the 2013 Horizon League Championship title game is on the docket Friday evening from the ARC, as Valparaiso hosts Wright State, live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT. The Crusaders swept the season series from the Raiders last season, including a 62-54 win to earn the league title.
Men's basketball senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) and women's swimming junior Flavia Segatto (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Charleow Flanigan) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of December.
The defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso men's golf program announced it will be adding one of the top golfers from the state of Missouri next season, as Zach Cutler (O'Fallon, Mo./Timberland) signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusaders as a freshman for the 2014-15 season.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to Friday night's nationally-televised rematch of last season's Horizon League Championship game against Wright State, an 8 p.m. tip on ESPNU.
Heidi Schlegel and the Youngstown State Penguins (4-9) come to town Thursday evening in the HL opener. Schlegel is currently third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game. Valpo is aiming for its first victory at the ARC this season.
Valparaiso led Oakland Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich. 61-50 as the clock ticked under 10 minutes to play, but the Golden Grizzlies used five 3-pointers over the last six minutes to out-score the Crusaders 25-9 the rest of the way as Valpo suffered its first Horizon League loss of the year, 75-70.
Valparaiso looks to make it two straight victories to start the Horizon League slate Saturday evening as the Crusaders travel to Rochester, Mich. to take on longtime rival Oakland. The game will be the first home league game as a Horizon League member for the Grizzlies.
Valparaiso opened its quest for a third consecutive Horizon League regular season title Thursday evening, rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit with a 55-point second half to down UIC 87-72 at the ARC.
Valpo has been winners of three of its last non-conference finales. The Crusaders will put that streak on the line Saturday against the Golden Hurricane. The meeting is the first ever between the two teams.
Both teams shot 50% or better in the opening half, but South Dakota knocked down 16 of 26 shot attempts in the final twenty minutes en route to an 11-point win at the ARC. Carr, Richardson, Dean, Wiedemann all finished in double digits for Valpo.
Valparaiso kicks off the Horizon League slate at home on Thursday evening as the Crusaders welcome UIC to the ARC. Valpo is in search of its third consecutive league regular season championship. The game will be available live exclusively on ESPN3.com.
The first ever meeting between Valpo and South Dakota will be the last event inside the ARC in 2013 when the Crusaders take on the Coyotes Tuesday afternoon at 1:35 pm CT. The Brown and Gold are in search of their first home win of the season.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team sliced a 23-point deficit early in the second half down to seven points on two occasions, but could get no closer as East Tennessee State earned a 73-62 victory over the Crusaders Sunday evening in Johnson City, Tenn.
Western Michigan used a 21-2 run to open the second half as the Broncos defeated Valpo 72-50 at the ARC Sunday afternoon. Junior point guard Jessica Carr made her first appearance since a September automobile accident.
Valparaiso closes out the non-conference portion of its 2013-14 schedule on Sunday afternoon, returning after a week off to face East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. The game also marks the final contest of the 2013 calendar year for the Crusaders.
The #1 moment from the year in Valpo Athletics in 2013: Ryan Broekhoff's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship semifinals! See all of the top 10 moments inside the story.
Crusader fans, you can now easily keep tabs on upcoming events for all the Valpo teams, as thanks to Valpo's partnership with ECAL, fans are able to download any or all of the Crusaders' schedules to their personal calendar program, their smart phone or tablet and even Facebook!
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome its offensive struggles in the first half Sunday in Orlando, as the Crusaders fell to UCF, 90-62, in their final game as part of the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic.
Valparaiso opened Saturday night’s game against Southeastern in Orlando, Fla. on a 22-2 run over the opening 10 minutes and cruised from there, eventually closing out the evening with an 89-46 win over the Fire. The game was the first of two in two days for the Crusaders at the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic.
Valparaiso flies down to Orlando this weekend to take part in the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic. The Crusaders will face off against Southeastern University Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. CT before taking on the host Knights Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., a game which can be seen live on ESPN3.com. Sophomore guard Keith Carter is eligible for the first time this weekend.
Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following his 30-point effort in the Crusaders' win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Peters also was tabbed league Freshman of the Week by the league office for the third time this year.
25 years ago Tuesday, a first-year head coach led the Valparaiso men's basketball team against a top-25 Notre Dame team. The result? What became known as "The Lutheran Miracle" - one of the biggest wins in Valpo history. Now, take a look back at the Crusaders' overtime win over the Irish in this video with Homer Drew, Scott Anselm and Mike Jones, and also make sure to check out Paul Oren's NWI Times print story and oral history about that Dec. 17, 1988 victory.
Facing a 10-point halftime deficit, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team had little trouble rallying for a victory, taking the lead less than eight minutes into the second half and going on to an 80-73 victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at the ARC. The Crusaders were led by the second 30-point effort of the season from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington).
Six individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 22. Rachel Janssen, Brittany Malicoat , Amanda Meyer, Dave Newnam, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher and John Wolfenberg comprise the 17th class in Hall of Fame history.
Valparaiso plays its final home game of the 2013 calendar year Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Loyola Marymount with a special 1:05 p.m. tip time. The Crusaders will be holding a toy drive for Hilltop Neighborhood House - each fan who brings a toy to donate will receive free popcorn!
After spending the majority of the first month of the season away from the ARC, Crusaders will play their next three games at home. The Brown and Gold aim for their third consecutive win as they host the Butler Bulldogs at a 7:05 pm tipoff.
Former offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Lehigh brings wealth of Division I coaching experience, success to Valparaiso; Cecchini coached Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts at The Citadel, Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at Harvard.
Valparaiso women's golf head coach Mat Blair announced that a pair of local products, Kiana Jongsma and Katie Willenbrink, signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to join the Crusader women's golf program as freshmen for the 2014-15 season.
Valparaiso men's basketball freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and women's basketball junior Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/ [Northern Oklahoma College]) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of November.
The voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, is joined by Valpo men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew as they look ahead to a light week, with just a 1:05 p.m. tip Saturday against Loyola Marymount on the docket.
Trailing nearly the entire game, Valparaiso fought back to tie Saturday night’s game at the ARC with Saint Louis on a LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) layup with 3.8 seconds to play, but the Billikens got a put-back basket from Mike McCall Jr. just before the buzzer to come out with the 67-65 victory.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program is excited to announce their first VIP Winter Futsal Camp. This one day camp, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 4th, will provide male college bound soccer players with a unique opportunity to experience a high-intensity, high-pressure training environment similar to that seen at the college level.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team limited Ball State to just 26.2% shooting from the floor Wednesday evening as the Crusaders won in Muncie for the first time since 1967 with a 69-50 final. The win was the Crusaders’ first road victory of the season as well.
Women's basketball will battle Chicago State for the 41st time in Toledo on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders have played the Cougars more than any other team in program history. 24 hours later, Valpo will face the host Rockets for the first time ever.
Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Catherine Ament, Kayla Currier and Taylor Graboski have all signed with the Crusader volleyball program during the early signing period and will join the team as freshmen for the 2014 season.
Fresh off a four-game homestand, Valparaiso heads out for its only road game in the span of a month, traveling to Muncie to take on Ball State Wednesday night. The Crusaders are in search of their first road win of the 2013-14 season.
Valparaiso freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week following a trio of double-figure scoring performances last week for the Crusaders.
Charae Richardson scored a career-high 23 points Sunday, but a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation gave Montana State new life in overtime. The Bobcats eventually prevailed 96-85. Lexi Miller was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team bounced back quickly from Friday’s heartbreaking triple-overtime loss, coming out 24 hours later and leading nearly start to finish in Saturday’s 94-58 victory over Cincinnati Christian at the ARC.
Valparaiso and Mercer battled like two heavyweight fighters standing toe-to-toe in an epic Friday night at the ARC, but in the end, the Crusaders were unable to land the last blow, as the Bears downed Valpo in triple overtime, 117-108.
The two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball program will host a pair of camp dates this winter. The Crusaders’ hitting/pitching camp will be held Sunday, January 19, while an all-skills camp will be held Sunday, February 23. Both camps are open to youths grades 2-12.
Valpo and Florida International meet for the first time in nearly 20 years Friday in Miami. FIU guard Jerica Coley is ranked 9th in the nation in scoring with 25.5 PPG. The Crusaders seek to contain her and claim their first victory at the U.S. Century Bank Arena at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT.
Valparaiso takes aim at continuing its season-opening winning streak at the ARC this weekend as it hosts a pair of home games. The Crusaders will take on Mercer, which won 24 games last year and already owns a win over Seton Hall this season, on Friday evening before facing NAIA squad Cincinnati Christian on Saturday night.
Valparaiso led wire-to-wire on Tuesday evening at the ARC, jumping out to a 20-7 lead less than eight minutes into the game en route to an 85-70 victory over UCF. The win is the Crusaders’ fourth in as many home games at the ARC so far this season.
Valparaiso senior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American Division I Men’s Soccer First Team, as announced on Monday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A year ago, Vervynckt was a Third Team Academic All-American. With the honor, Vervynckt becomes the first Crusader in the history of the men’s soccer program to be selected as a First Team Academic All-American.
Valparaiso looks to continue its undefeated start to the 2013-14 home slate on Tuesday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders host UCF. The game is the first of an same-season home-and-home series against the Knights.
For the 11th consecutive year, the Valparaiso women’s soccer teams was awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization late last week.
Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 22.5 points per game last week.
Valparaiso and Milwaukee split the first two sets Sunday afternoon in the Horizon League championship match in Milwaukee, Wis., but the Panthers took sets three and four to earn a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders and the tournament title. Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
Valpo led Tennessee Tech 78-74 with two minutes to play, but a game-closing 10-0 run by the Golden Eagles proved decisive Sunday in Cookeville. Lexi Miller, Abby Dean, and Jessi Wiedemann all recorded career-highs in points in an 84-78 defeat.
The Valparaiso volleyball team trailed just once over three sets in a sweep (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) of Youngstown State Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis. in the second semifinal of the Horizon League Championship. With the win, the Crusaders will face host and top-seeded Milwaukee Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the league title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Valparaiso surrendered just four points to James Madison over the final 12:22 of the first half Saturday afternoon in non-league action at the ARC, turning a six-point deficit into a 13-point halftime lead en route to an 81-49 victory over the Dukes.